Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Ordinarily I like to share a testimony on Wednesday, however I’d like to do something a little different today. Dr. Steve Lawson has done such a brilliant job of giving a Gospel presentation in the clip below that I wanted to share it with you. Todd Friel is correct, we should be ready to share the truth of God’s saving grace! I hope this will be a blessing to you, as it certainly was to me. Have you shared the Gospel recently, if so I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourself approved.
Hello, dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Yesterday over on The Aquila and Priscilla Hour an episode dropped with me on it. I had the privilege of joining Emily Eavey to discuss the Word of Faith movement and share my testimony. We talked a little bit about the history of the movement, what it is and what it isn’t, but as Emily rightly says, we barely scratched the surface. In her show notes she offers some wonderful links to further educate anyone who is interested. Those included Justin Peters “Exposing the Word of Faith Prosperity Gospel” and Costi Hinn’s book “God, Greed, and the Prosperity Gospel”. I hope it will be an edifying discussion, helpful to those who are reaching out to loved ones stuck in deception.
I want to thank the Aquila and Priscilla Hour for having me on their program and allowing me to share my testimony! It was such a blessing to talk with Emily, she’s a very dear sister-in-Christ, who also has a blog I hope you’ll check out and follow over at HeMadeUsAlive. You can listen to this episode on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, and iHeart Radio. If you have a podcast and you’d like to invite Becca and I on to talk about, well pretty much anything, you can reach out to us on our Contact Us page. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! In continuing with highlighting the work Heartcry is doing, today I’ve pulled from a recent article about Alexander from Russia. Below is a portion of his testimony, you can read the full article here. I want to quickly remind y’all that you can support HeartCry every time you make a purchase from Amazon or EBay by selecting them as the charity of your choice. I hope this is encouraging to you, my friends, especially if you have loved ones that are hardened to the Gospel. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
I grew up in a home where my mother and grandmother on the mother’s side had genuine faith in God. Unfortunately, all of my father’s family were convinced atheists. As a child, I would go with my mom to Central Baptist Church (the only Baptist church in Minsk). But back then my “spiritual eyes” were closed and all I did was study the appearance of the preachers and see if the color of their tie matched the color of their suit.
I remember that when someone in the church gave my grandmother one of the very first copies of the New Testament which came into our country after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the USSR, she asked me to read it because she was illiterate. Sadly, I did not understand much, for instance, odd abbreviations like Mt, Mk, Lk, Jn, etc.
But the Lord was doing His work in my heart through the prayers of believers. I was into music for a while and even got to play at people’s weddings, but then all of a sudden I fell out of love with the type of music and songs I heard and played. I also got interested in strength sports, the Lord brought me to a point where my own strength failed me when one day I had to face a gang of tough guys one of whom had a knife in his hand.
It was precisely at that time that a handful of youth from that church I went to as a kid, invited me to a farewell party for a Christian young man who had to go to the army. I remember how much I was very impressed with the purity of relationships between guys and girls and the absence of alcohol on the table but, despite this, genuine and sincere joy, these guys had something that I did not know and did not have.
A brother from that group of believers gave me my first Bible. I started reading it avidly, alongside a novel by Main Read (I read a lot back in those days). I began to come to church, but this time it was my decision. The Word of God through the choir, sermons and, of course, through reading the Bible, touched my heart.
I prayed a sinner’s prayer to God in March 1990. I came into my room, closed the door behind me, got on my knees and began to pray: Jesus Christ came into my life and since then it has changed dramatically! I remember that when, back in 1991, “strict” brothers from the church elders’ board cleared me for baptism, I treaded air when I went back home! The Lord in His mercy allowed me to join the ministry of the church right away. I received a blessing from the brothers for a preaching ministry. I was also able to use my music skills in the church choir and string orchestra led by Pavel Obrovets. I even served as a youth leader in our church for a while and organized a number of evangelistic trips for youth all over Belarus. It was a blessed and fruitful time when I was able to spend all Sundays and weeknights (except one) in my favorite church (which was later renamed to Golgotha, or Calvary) where the Lord nurtured me and, looking back, as I understand it now, He prepared me for future ministry to Him in new places and in a new capacity.
Today, dear ones, we had the joy of interviewing a sweet sister-in-Christ and beloved friend, Rikki LeGrand. Ms. LeGrand was raised Catholic, but after a period of deep depression she found herself deceived by the Word of Faith movement. God graciously saved her, and she was kind enough to detail how He led her out of that deception. It never ceases to amaze me how patient our God is with us! It took a couple years, but eventually Rikki was able to walk away from the WoF deception altogether.
It is our hope and prayer that this conversation will be helpful to any that are coming out of the WoF movement. We’ve felt the confusion, and the frustration that can come from realizing you’ve been deceived by family or friends, or people you trusted. Below is a time stamped outline, that we hope will be helpful for anyone who wants to skip through the interview to certain points. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form (eventually) on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Intro- Shoutouts: TimeStamp 00:01:35
- THANK YOU to our wonderful HumbleBees
- Shout to Gio @diedonceborntwice
- THANK YOU TO Raza Reforma and their church—New Life Baptist Church
- Uploaded their Wednesday bible study on the attributes of God
- Connect with Sandi and Edward
- Mention Family Adoption story *My friends Jason and Yesenia
1. Testimony – Timestamp 00:06:40
a. Did you grow up going to church…what kind of church?
2. WoF/Hypercharismatic experiences – Timestamp 00:32:30
3. What were some red flags to you while you were in or red flags for others who are still caught up in the movement? – Timestamp 00:32:30
4. How and when did you hear the true Gospel? – Timestamp 00:47:00
a. What scripture was the biggest scripture or book of the bible that was most helpful coming out of the WoF
b. Do you still feel like you are re-learning the bible?
c.How has your family and friends reacted to your conversion?
5. What teachers/preachers/sermons/books have been encouraging to you coming out of the WoF?
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Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today we’ve dropped an episode with another very exciting announcement. Our young brother-in-Christ, Troy from ChristMarked, joined us in the program for a Bible study on 1 John 1:1-14 as well as allowing us to get to know him better. He walked us through his testimony, and how he came to decide to go to seminary, to blog, and now to podcast. We hope that this new Scripturally focused podcast will be edifying to you all, as it certainly was for us.
While Becca and I are uncomfortable teaching through God’s Word with our mixed audience, we’re happy to have Troy join us and lead us through a study of Scripture. We’re also honored to be able to announce he will be joining our podcasting channel, dubbed the Hub, where he’ll be making his way through the Bible. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form (eventually) on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Troy Paylor Outline
1. Intro – Troy Paylor from ChristMarked
2. Instagram: TimeStamp – 00:01:30
a. Personal @trp1256
3. Testimony: TimeStamp – 00:04:08
4. Blog: TimeStamp – 00:22:35
b. Ministry @christmarked
i. Loved a latest post about Jerry Bridges
1. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
5. Seminary Student: TimeStamp – 00:29:00
a. When did you notice the call?
b. Ministry Plans
6. Favorite books, teachers etc: TimeStamp – 00:38:45
7. Bible Study Plans and Books: TimeStamp – 00:52:15
8. John 1:1-14 ESV: TimeStamp – 01:02:24
a. The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
b. 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[d] from the Father, full of grace and truth.
9. Podcast: TimeStamp – 01:11:50
b. Type of info
Shenanigans: TimeStamp – 01:21:43
• Question: Is you had to be bitten or stung by the world worst bugs which one would it be? Wasp, spider, or ants?
• Question: What is your playlist like?
• Listener Question: What music do you listen to right now?
Below is an article written by Lucas A over at HeartCry Missionary Society. You can see the original article here. As we join together to pray for the work Paul Washer and his team are doing all over the world, remember that you can support them every time you make a purchase on Amazon by choosing them as your “Smile” charity. The same can be done with selling and buying on EBay. I hope this testimony will bless you, beloved brethren, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
I was reading the Bible and comparing it with the Quran, then I found out the Bible is better than the Quran.
‘Abu’ – former Imam
To: The Christian Who Feels Like a Fraud
A guest post by Emma from myredemptionforhisglory.com
Note from the writer: This amateur-ish poem was written in a moment of reflection upon a very real experience which I suspect many Christians have.
I do not normally write poetry. In fact, I used to detest the school assignments which required me to concoct a poem of my own.
This time, though, I needed to voice something through a slightly different medium. I hope it proves helpful to you, dear reader.
To the Christian who feels like a fraud,
I know how often you feel this way.
I see your doubtful thoughts every day.
You try to pretend and put on your best face,
But I know deep down, you’re scared that grace
Isn’t enough to cover over those sins.
No matter how many victorious wins
You achieve, you still find yourself wavering.
Though you would love to spend some time savouring
The various small blessings and reliefs,
Instead, you wind up in spiralling griefs,
Which threaten to steal your assurance
And nearly succeed in terminating your endurance.
It’s terrifying, isn’t it, to be rendered seemingly hopeless?
But then, you remember, Jesus’ power is not any less
Than those wretched sins you used to love.
And even though you now feel feeble as a dove,
Christ’s blood was the perfect payment.
You don’t have to muster up another atonement.
All that is required is a simple faith –
One which trusts fully in Jesus to be safe
From all condemnation, worry and fear.
This saving faith abides, knowing that He is near.
It does not question the efficacy of His sacrifice.
Rather, it relies securely on it to cover over every vice.
So, why do you remain unsure?
Has sin become too much of a lure?
Nonsense! You have been made new!
A softened heart has been established inside you,
Replacing the old, heavy, guilt-ridden heart of stone
You once bore as a sinner, not yet Christ’s own.
There is newness of life made possible now!
But you can only experience it when you humbly bow
Before the One Who has saved and redeemed your soul.
He bought you back, paying the due price for the whole
Of your sinfulness, your transgressions against God.
He already forgave you, so why you do still feel a fraud?
This is genuine – this repentance, this faith in Christ.
Therefore, cease this worrying, since it is He Who fights.
Your doubting is not helping anything.
Don’t waste another moment of your life, but cling —
Cling to the Messiah, the only Author of salvation.
Be done with all besides this solid Foundation,
Which promises to keep you forever, just as He planned.
The Lord will not fail you; you cannot fall from His hand.
Whether you feel like a fake, a phony, or not,
That will never cause His grace to be all for naught.
Remain in Him. Continue to trust in His sovereign will.
Be comforted that His perfect plans, He will fulfill.
You are safe and sound, though you fear the opposite is true.
Praise God that your salvation is not up to you!
For if that were the case, you would surely lose it.
Your words and deeds are important, yet they won’t acquit.
They are not what saves you, so stop putting your hope
In the evidence or lack thereof of sanctification. Nope!
That is not the way you are justified, rather
Christ Jesus must be the One to gather
His flock to Himself. You are not the Lord; He is.
Whatever your failures happen to be, they’re all His
To be cast into the depths of the sea,
Because Christ’s righteousness made you free.
I know you’re weary, looking for a place to rest.
Just lay yourself down at the Master’s feet without protest.
That’s all you must do to be rid of this cloud.
The doubt will fade as you trust God to do what He vowed.
It’s time to finally blockade your mind from entering that dark abyss.
By now, you’re wondering: how could I know all this?
Well, to be plain and honest, dear Christian who feels like a fraud,
I. AM. YOU.
This poem mentioned a key teaching of Christianity — the Good News of Jesus Christ. Click here to read more about the Gospel and learn how to be saved.
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