Wednesday Testimony – Jeff Durbin

Apologia Studios are doing absolutely amazing work at the abortion mills, and their videos on sharing the Gospel with the lost in various cults are extremely helpful. I’ve been so blessed by Jeff Durbin, his radio program and the other videos they upload, but this one in particular. As far as testimonies go, this is very raw and honest. Have tissues handy, they’ll be needed!

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Wednesday Testimony – R. C. Sproul

The body of Christ feels the loss of this brother! What a beautiful testimony, beloved. I pray it blesses you as much as it blessed me. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Joy, Excitement, and Hospitality

We need a birthday song for the day we were born again, brethren! For now, I’m going to use Amazing Grace to celebrate. What am I celebrating today, you ask? My third second birthday! Everyone else in America is baking, grilling, and popping fireworks to celebrate our freedom. Today I celebrate the freedom from sin and death I received three years ago today! What love is this, that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us? Absolutely amazing grace, oh how sweet the sound!

To celebrate freedom, as is her custom, my very own Naomi is flying up tomorrow afternoon. Yes, that’s right, by mother-in-law is coming to stay for a full two weeks! The best part is the fellowship, the second best part is practicing hospitality, the third is that she is an UNBELIEVABLE cook. Kk and her Meme have a very special relationship, I think partly because I worked the for a year and a half after she was born and Meme retired just to be able to stay home with her. The two of them FaceTime everyday, sometimes multiple times! So, while my husband and I are overjoyed to welcome her into our house, no one is more joyful than our little Kk. It’s also wonderful to have company when celebrating the grace of God that saved a wretch like me, a little before midnight in a hotel room in Bismarck, ND.

If you’ve never read my testimony you can find it here. For all my American readers, I pray you’re all enjoying your Independence Day. For everyone outside of the USA, I pray you are blessed by the Lord today. If any have a testimony they want to share, I’m always so edified by them, please feel free to leave them in the comments. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Luke Hahn

Beloved, today I have a testimony to share with you that is so encouraging. After a long, difficult week, Luke’s reminder of the blessings which come from our trials was needed and edifying to me. I pray it will bless you as much as it blessed me. It’s always a joy to hear God receive glory for the miraculous work of salvation! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – God Uses Many Instruments

Puritan testimony are impossible, brethren, just impossible. You can, and I have, search for hours without finding more than a hint on how these men were converted. David Brainerd is the only one I’ve found clearly detailed, almost painfully so. While I was searching for Isaac Watts testimony, however, I stumbled on this testimony instead.

“In 1830, James Delaney, a British artilleryman in India, first heard a Protestant prayer at the execution of a soldier for murder. Delaney’s command was stationed in Maulmain, where he heard Eugenio Kincaid preach, and ‘When I survey the Wondrous Cross’ was sung. In his hard life Delaney had seemed insensible to religious influence, but the song so deeply laid hold upon him that the course of his life was changed; his conversion was complete, and a few weeks after he was baptized in the Salwin river. Four years after he emigrated to the United States, and in 1844 settled in Wisconsin where he became a Baptist missionary, with fruits of his labors no less remarkable than his conversion. He died at Whitewater, Wis., in 1896, aged 93.”

Delaney’s testimony struck me at once, because the instrument God used in his conversion was a hymn. It never fails, each testimony I hear or read about is unique. This great God we serve not only condescended to enter His creation, where He died for our sins, rose again for our justification, but also rescues us from the wrath to come while we are yet sinners! No wonder men have written about His amazing grace! We are saved, dear ones, by the grace of God alone through faith in Christ alone. The only difference is the means by which God sends us to our knees, humbled and repentant. In this mans case, hard hearted though he was, a beautiful hymn pierced his conscience and caused him to bow his knee to the only way and truth and life, Jesus Christ. I pray this testimony is a blessing to you all, my beloved brethren. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourself approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Cosmic Child Abuse

This is one of those Twisted Tuesdays that turns my stomach. When the topic of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross comes up it brings joy to our hearts and tears to our eyes. Unfortunately there are some who say this never happened, because if it had it would have been cosmic child abuse. Have you heard this, dear ones? I have certainly, though phrased slightly differently, however I heard it from an agnostic. I was shocked to learn it was first suggested by those who claim to be Christians themselves.

This twist in Scripture revolves around the doctrine of penal substitution. Rather than twisting one verse in the Bible, liberal theologians challenge the very veracity of it. Some have suggested that it would be too harsh for God to punish Jesus Christ for sins someone else committed. They say, instead, that God forgives us simply because He is loving. Some even go so far as to say that Christ never existed, that the Bible can’t be trusted, yet they still call themselves Christians. Their heresy has become an argument used against Christians by the lost to this very day.

When we examine this reasonably we see that any judge who does not pass a sentence for a crime is not loving, but criminal himself. If someone were to brutally kill someone you loved, then stood before a judge and said ‘I’m really sorry judge, I won’t do it again’ should the judge let him go? Would it be loving for that judge to set this murderer free? Of course not! God has set Laws for mankind, we have broken those Laws, so to forgive us our trespasses without payment for said crimes would be unjust. God is just, He is a good judge, He is not slack nor is He criminal. Whether by Christ on that Roman cross, or in hell, sin must be paid for. God is not harsh, cruel, or unjust to have poured out the wrath due us on Christ. It’s the most merciful thing that has ever been done.

Men who suggest that God would never punish Christ for our sins have made the same mistake we see so often. They’ve lowered God to our level, and raised mankind to His. Sin, in their eyes, is really no worse than white lies. God, in their theology, is not the Righteous, Holy, Sovereign King of Kings, He’s just like you and me, a pal, a buddy that’s far too busy to notice all our secret sins of thought and deed. The idol they’ve created doesn’t match the God of the Bible, but they found a solution for that, they simply threw out the Bible. God is good, He is Just, one day He will sit in judgement over the world. How will you answer Him on that day? Do you foolishly imagine that you will shake your fist at Him? My dear friend, when your sins are laid bare before Him you will search out hell just to hide yourself from His holiness.

Penal substitution is a doctrine we can not afford to let slip, not even in the slightest. God is good, you and I are not. We have sinned against a Holy God, we are without hope in this world, depraved wretch’s unable to save ourselves or stop the very sin that condemns us. Christ as our substitutionary sacrifice, dying in our place, paying our debt, is the only hope we have. It’s a grand hope! Faith in Christ Jesus alone saves the wicked sinner! Any who preach a Gospel other then that are heretics, preaching a Christless, crossless, Gospel that can not save. Beloved brethren, this is why we must pray and study Gods Word, so that we will know how to give an answer for this hope within us. So, as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Mary Ann Collins

Beloved brethren today I want to share a testimony that was just a tremendous blessing to me. A while back our brother in Christ, Tom, reviewed Catholic Concerns, a book written by an ex nun. At the beginning Mary Ann gives her testimony, which I read with such joy in my heart I dropped everything and read it to my husband. Isn’t it truly a miraculous thing when God takes a person dead in their sins and gives them new life? All eternity will fail to be enough time to give God all the praise and honor and glory He alone is worthy of!

The book is a free PDF, in which you find Mary Ann’s testimony on pages 8-11. The beautiful part of her story is that her parents and her brother and his wife were also saved! Her testimony starts with her falling in love with a young Catholic boy, who was so devout it challenged her to look into religion herself. Eventually she decided to become a nun, however in Gods providence that didn’t work out. Her parents were born again, and as she lived with them after leaving the convent she began going to church with them. She also continued going to mass, a Sunday feet which she called doing the ‘splits’. That went on for years, until God saved her by faith in Christ alone.

Most, if not all of us have unbelieving loved ones that we’re praying for. Mary Ann’s parents were saved first, before their children. That must have been difficult for them, and all the more joyful when they joined their parents! I pray this testimony is a blessing to all of you who are praying night and day for your children, parents, spouses, friends and distant families. If there is anyone you would like me to join you in praying for, please let me know. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.