Wednesday Testimony: How God Graciously Saved Kim Starling

Below is the testimony of a dear sister, and listener, who has been an encouragement to myself and many others in the Tulips & Honey Hub Facebook Group. Recently she shared her testimony with me, and agreed to allow me to share it here. I’m thankful for her boldness, as it is rarely easy to openly discuss our past selves. The old man is dead, and looking back on him we can often feel like we’re watching someone else’s life, but it can be edifying to share God’s grace in forgiving us for that old life. I hope that it will also be encouraging to those of us that have unsaved relatives we’ve prayed for, sometimes for years. I want to thank Kim for all she has done to bless me and others, and for sharing her testimony. At the end you’ll see a video of her baptism, let us rejoice in the saving work of Christ. In Him alone we find our only hope to be forgiven of our sins.

I was adopted as a baby but growing up was full of verbal and physical abuse. I didn’t feel safe at home or school, I was bullied everywhere I turned. Growing up I went to church but God wasn’t present in my home. I tried to please my family anyway I could gain their love and affection. I was involved in a campus ministry in high school called Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2000 at a high school retreat I walked down the aisle and first considered myself a Christian, even though I didn’t know what it meant to follow God except I did not want to go to hell. I began attending a charismatic church and followed and attended conferences of teachers such as Beth Moore, Benny Hinn, Paula White, and teachers at Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. I began to believe that because I was going to church, active in FCA, spoke in tongues, had various experiences within the charismatic church that was made me a Christian. By my senior year in high school, I was leading Bible studies and was captain of FCA. However, I still loved my sin and there was no difference in my life before I professed Christ, and after, except for the works I was hoping that would save me as I was being taught. In college, I continued my involvement in FCA. Around 2004 or 2005 I met a friend of mine at a college retreat. When I made a trip down to visit her we went to the college group with her church, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Oviedo. The pastor was going over the book Charismatic Chaos by John Macarthur and that was the first time I heard of what I had believed and the Brownsville school that I had visited was a false gospel. This shook my world, everything I believed, and caused me to become upset and silent.

In 2006 I swore in and joined the US Army as an MP. My friend would encourage me to find a biblically sound church in Tallahassee when one couldn’t be found I moved to Orlando in 2007. One day I thought I had understood the gospel and had repented of my sin. In June of 2007, I was baptized. Outwardly I tried to conform but there was no fruit of repentance in my life My friends would point out sin to me but I was prideful and apathetic, I would make excuses for the sin I was committing. About October of 2007, I moved back to Tallahassee due to a temporary duty assignment in Italy. After Italy, I returned to Tallahassee and entered into a relationship that was flirting with the line between sex and foreplay which ended about a month before I deployed. Shortly after I returned from Italy I received my orders to be deployed to Iraq. During my training for my deployment, I began talking to a woman on a Christian chat site which became a homosexual relationship. I also remained in touch with various people at Cornerstone, where I am attending now actually. Toward the end of the first month in Iraq, I was injured.

Once I was back stateside I would isolate from everything and everyone except for my family, my friends from Cornerstone, and the woman I was speaking with and seeing on Skype all the time. There were times my friends would ask about my status on Skype, my relationship with God, and going to church. I would tell them of my desire to isolate and she would ask me about the profession I had made and baptism. Due to her confronting me about my sin and being unwilling to repent I pushed her away. Because of how I thought it was unloving and not understanding why I wanted to isolate I would slander her to others. Every year until 2015 I would travel to Canada to visit my girlfriend. On one of my initial trips to see her we exchanged rings and said we were married even though she was already married with children who knew nothing of our sin. Due to trauma from war and childhood in April 2017, I got a service dog (which was at suggestions of other veterans that had gone through the war and had the same issues I did) and after that, I felt like I had to keep my promise to God and go back to church. I would go only when it was convenient and when I didn’t have to explain it to the woman I called a wife. That July I made my first trip back to Cornerstone in Oviedo for the woman’s conference with Ollie and still professed to be a Christian. By August I began being uncomfortable with the soft preaching or when I approached the pastor about being unsure of my salvation he prayed for me but did not mention anything about repentance or sin in my life but all was ok because we had prayed. I

n November 2017 I found a reformed church in Tallahassee called Grace Church of Tallahassee. During this time I began reaching out to my old friend who I pushed away again and she would graciously hear my questions and uncertainties I had about if I could come to Christ and repent. She would tell me today is the day of salvation, to read the book of John, and listen to Paster Marc at Cornerstone preach through the book of John. I would still make excuses for not going to church. Between January and March between hearing the sermons by Pastor Marc through John, reading Hard to Believe by John Macarthur, listening to the pastor at Grace Church of Tallahassee preach through Luke, and reading through John I think it was in March when my sin, depravity, understanding of the gospel and repentance for the first time I began being broken and downcast. I would come home from church before I would begin work there would be tears that would flow and I would get on my knees pleading with God to have mercy on me and grant me repentance. One day I prayed that I know the cost, I don’t care about the cost I want to follow Him. After that I told the woman I could no longer be in the relationship with her, I deleted all the photos of her and that I had with her. One day she asked me if I regretted the relationship and without hesitation I said I do regret it because of the offense it is to my Lord first and foremost and it was also sinning against her and her family. Now by God’s grace, I am living in Orlando again and attend Cornerstone and my life is completely different.

Clever Decorating & Homeschooling with Jasmin Davis

Today I had the joy of being joined on the program by The_Clever_Decorator, Jasmin Davis herself! Jasmin will be one of the breakout session speakers in the upcoming Open Hearts in a Closed World Women’s Conference. In this interview she shares her testimony, parenting and homeschooling tips, plus the way she decorates her home on a budget! She also gives us the inside scoop on what she’s addressing at the conference. You can find Jasmin on Instagram @the_clever_decorator.

The conference will be completely free, with CityALight doing the worship music, and main speakers including Susan Heck, Michelle Lesley, and Brooke Bartz! It will be live streamed on YouTube, FB, and IGTV and can be projected into your church if you’d like your women’s ministry to join in. I can’t wait for Jasmin’s breakout session, and I’m so thankful for her time on the program. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Wednesday Testimony – Dr. Steve Lawson & the Gospel

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.

My Testimony on the Aquila and Priscilla Hour

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.

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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.

Wednesday Testimony – Highlighting Heartcry Missionary Society: Alexander B.

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.

Interviewing Rikki LeGrand – Part I

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.

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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.

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Intro- Shoutouts: TimeStamp 00:01:35

Questions:

1. Testimony – Timestamp 00:06:40

Childhood

     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? 

Shenanigans:

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The Mark of Christ on a Young Man – with Troy Paylor

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

a. https://christ-marked.webnode.com/tour-dates/

b. Ministry @christmarked

i. Loved a latest post about Jerry Bridges

1. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

a. https://www.amazon.com/Trusting-God-Jerry-Bridges/dp/1631467921/ref=sr_1_2?crid=38NYC7Z6QHI3V&keywords=jerry+bridges+books&qid=1580188167&sprefix=Jerry+Bridges%2Caps%2C270&sr=8-2

c. https://www.facebook.com/Christmarked/

5. Seminary Student: TimeStamp – 00:29:00

a. When did you notice the call?

b. Ministry Plans

c. Apologetics?

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

a. Name

b. Type of info

Shenanigans: TimeStamp – 01:21:43

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• Question: Is you had to be bitten or stung by the world worst bugs which one would it be? Wasp, spider, or ants?

Becca

• Question: What is your playlist like?

• Listener Question: What music do you listen to right now?

Wednesday Testimony – Highlighting Heartcry Missionary Society: Abu the Imam

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.


My name is ‘Abu’ and I am from the northern mountains. When I was growing up, my family wanted me to become a religious teacher (Imam) and help our people by guiding them in the right path. I studied Islamic Rituals (theology) for 18 years and then I became a lead Imam in the community. Our area has 700 households and I was the spiritual leader, teaching them from the Quran and leading them in prayers and all religious matters. Since I couldn’t reach all the houses, I trained a group of disciples who helped me in overseeing them and performing all religious matters. 

About 18 months ago, the radical Islamic militia came and took control of our place. After some time, they invited me to discuss some rituals. But our discussion turned into a debate, and when they lost the debate, they started beating me very badly and I could not move. Some of my friends helped me to come to the capital of the province for medical treatment. 

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

I had no place to go but I heard there was a home where I could stay. I came to them and stayed for a month, and they served me with joy and love. They washed my hands and I was wondering why he is doing that, then I asked him ‘Why are you serving me?’  That man said because he is a follower of Jesus. I was amazed that the leader of Christians is serving people instead of people serving him. It was new for me, because I was not serving my people as an Imam but people were serving me.  Then I asked for a Bible and they gave me a Bible.

I was reading the Bible and comparing it with the Quran, then I found out the Bible is better than the Quran. The love of the believers toward one another touched my heart, and I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. When I was in need and wounded by Muslims, the Christians took care of me and helped me to start my life again.

I went back to my home and I shared the good news with my people, and around 60 people gave their lives to Jesus.  They want me to help and teach them to grow in their faith so they can help others. I took 5 of them to back to the capital of the province for the training. We had a great time in learning the word of God, worshiping, and prayers. Now I want to train the other 60 people people in our area. 

I have the heart now to share the love of God with my people and help them to know the love of God in Christ. This is the work of the Holy Spirit and comes from the seeds of many who have labored, given sacrificially, prayed, and taken great risk to bring the gospel to my country. All glory to God!” 

Yours prayers are appreciated for these persecuted brothers and sisters!


To: The Christian Who Feels Like a Fraud

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.


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Saved From Catholic Mysticism and The Occult

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today Tulips & Honey dropped an episode where we are joined by two very special guests, authors and writers of Through the Narrow, Gina Cook and Tami Dykes. Gina Cook is the author of Just a Little Lion, and joined us to discuss her testimony. You can find the written form of her testimony here. Tami Dykes is the author of Being Too Small is Big Enough, and is Gina’s Aunt. She was saved by the grace of God, and providentially brought into Gina’s life during a time of intense turmoil. Together they shared with us how Gina was bought out of such a dark place, and how we can better reach our family members. From Lutheran, to Catholic, to Occult, to born again believer, Tami and Gina went through an incredible journey on their way to the Celestial City. Like Christian and Faithful!

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I hope this episode will help believers who have attempted to reach their loved ones to no avail. Tami was patient, by the grace of God, and stood on the firm foundations of Scripture. Gina was by her side as they both worked through Scripture to find Biblically sound doctrine. Of course, it wouldn’t be Tulips & Honey without Shenanigans, and this time we were asked an important question! Are we bacon people? Are they Pineapple Pizza people? You’ll just have to listen to find out. Recently we were excited to announce that we’ll now be available on iHeart Radio! You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, Podbean, and on video at YouTube. We’ve also added several new designs to the store, which you can see below, or shop here.

 

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