The Body of Christ

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There is a testimony I’ve been wanting to share for quite some time at our church, and I finally have a computer, so I can (another testimony in and of itself)! I had been praying and believing for my husband’s salvation from the time I was born again. At times it seemed like it would never happen, but I kept holding onto the words God had given to me one day when I was praying in the Spirit on my way to work: "Jesus has my Jason." One day, following a marriage ceremony at our church, the couple invited people to share with them words of encouragement, etc. I told them how their marriage had encouraged me to continue standing in faith for my husband’s salvation, and that one day that would be me and my husband. On July 8, 2012, as my mother was being baptized, my husband accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior. After two-plus years of prayer and and believing, God proved His faithfulness as my husband was welcomed into the Body of Christ! Nothing has been more monumental in growing my faith than that. For anyone who is praying for a loved one to be born again, I hope that this testimony is an encouragement to stand on the Word of God which says that "you and your household will be saved"–not can be saved, but WILL be saved. God is FAITHFUL to bring about all of His promises in our lives. I haven’t found one that He hasn’t kept yet! Nothing is more telling of God’s love and power for us than another one of His children entering in to the kingdom of Heaven. Praise the Lord–He is good!

Submitted by Sarah Torrez

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A Praise Community

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Hi, I really wanted to share this openly in church 2nd service on 9/23/12, but i chickened out. Talking in front of people (a lot of people) gets me so nervous, but I feel I need to tell my story. Some of you may know I’ve been battling with alcohol for what seems like forever, and lately it’s been one relapse after another. I was sober for 2 1/2 years about a year ago, took a medication I shouldn’t have and ever since it’s been messy relapses. I’m not giving up and am more determined than ever to conquer this once and for all. I’ve reached out to the church for help and they have been there above and beyond in helping me and teaching me about God and His love and who I really am!!! David Sellers has been there for me as well as Bryan and Adam. And thank the Lord for Mickey and Tuesdays. I feel and see changes going on on the inside of me that I know are God and the Holy Spirit and I’m about to take a big turn in my life. I feel it and can’t wait. I want it and wont stop pursuing The Lord and all He has for me. I know it’s going to be BIG!!!! I love all the classes Praise has to offer, and can’t wait to join the woman’s group with Trish on Mondays. I really want to mention how wonderful Tuesdays are and that Praise has the church open for us all day to worship. You can be with God all day, alone or praying with others or get total love and support from Mickey. My husband just recently went with my good supporting friend Heather and me, and for the first time he said he felt GOD. He cried and prayed with Mickey and I think this is his start in knowing God. This couldn’t have happened for him unless Tuesdays were available, THANK GOD FOR TUESDAYS, and thank God for a church that allows and follows the Holy Spirit and all He has to bring. Thanks Mickey for loving my husband and helping the door open to start to rid the years of pain he has been holding in. It’s only the beginning for him, our marriage and many others. Thanks Praise Community Church for all your love, teachings and support. YOU ROCK!!!!!

Submitted by Denise Kuhn

Listen for God’s Voice

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I work as a counselor and there is a client I’ve been seeing who is a single mother of three boys. There was one session in which she was really distressed, so I turned on some worship music and encouraged her to listen for God’s voice. During the song I just kept hearing the number 2,000. I had no idea what that was supposed to mean. The next session she came back and told me she desperately needed new windows installed in her house for the winter and she found a guy who gave her a discount and would install them for $2,000 which is the amount she had saved. God is so good and will ALWAYS take care of our needs!

Another client I am seeing is a woman in a troubled marriage. Her husband has a deeply rooted sexual addiction and she has been so confused and distraught over what to do and whether or not she needs to divorce him. I encouraged her to listen for God’s voice and that she would find peace and know what decision to make. The next week she told me God gave her a vision of her husband as a broken man laying on the street which made her think of the Good Samaritan story. How could she walk away and leave him laying there to die? She came to the conclusion she needed to walk beside her husband in the healing process and not give up on the marriage so quickly. This just really encouraged me and opened my eyes to the amazing ways in which God speaks to us and that we don’t always have to tell people what to do or give advice–all we have to do is encourage them to seek God and the path will be made clear.

Submitted by Jess Dixon

The Good News

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For so long I knew my testimony was powerful, but when would God start using it? I had a friend contact me recently on Facebook. He knows my past as he was in Free!—a same-sex attraction group I went to up near Camp Hill. He told me how he was having issues with porn gone out of control. He works here in York and wanted to come sit and chat.
As the hours went by, he told me how event after event happened and his wife had to be gone from home more and more and he kept sinking deeper and deeper into porn and chatting with guys online. Even his gym times were now plagued with being more and more attracted to guys he saw there.

I told him I had good news. He sat and listened as I told him about my struggles and how I learned to understand the tactics of the devil—how he will send feelings of loneliness, separation and lust to hit. He will separate us to make us feel all alone as if we were the only ones who dealt with this stuff. I took him through Colossians 2 to show him that do’s and don’ts have no value to fight off the flesh and its desires.

Then I gave him the good news: he is free. He is delivered. It is finished. I told him he is a son and not a sinner and that is how God sees him. I showed him how the devil is angry and alone and scared and wants him to look just like him. I also showed him how God wants to father him to look just like Jesus. Then I sat and prayed with him to show him how easy it is to pray a faith-filled prayer out of relationship instead of the age-old fear oh save me prayer when he is already saved.

It was a beautiful afternoon and we plan to spend more afternoons talking more and learning more from each other. But more so, he has a nephew who just came out and has HIV at 19. He is hoping he can connect us, so I can encourage his nephew in his struggle. But the coolest thing is that my friend left with a smile and tears in his eyes which were now filled with hope!

The seeds I have been planting are starting to grow and give fruit—just like was prophesied over me at the conference. =)

Submitted by David S.

Update:

This is a follow up on the posting I made last night. I woke up and hit my computer to check emails and this was waiting for me:

I just wanted to briefly share with you a few things since I left. I decided not to go to the gym since I was tired. I just wanted to go home and have dinner. About 10 minutes before I got home I suddenly began thinking about looking at porn. I noticed the “feelings for the desire” had suddenly increased noticeably as I was getting closer to home. I began to wrestle a bit with those feelings and I was afraid I was going to give in to them after I walked in the door. The “voices” were at work again in my head giving me all kinds of excuses for doing it again. I wasn’t completely sure if I was going to give in, but I got out my laptop and sat down on my easy chair and began to think that maybe I was going to do it. After my laptop came out of hibernation it returned to the last thing that I was looking at back at work right before I shut it off. Well, that was your email to me containing the excerpt from your story!! The next thought was… hmmm…..what do I do now? Is this God speaking quietly to me and perhaps giving me a way out of my lustful intent?? I decided, if only for a minute, that I was going to begin reading your story. And so, it probably only took about one or two minutes of reading your text before I suddenly began to “feel” different. God began to draw me into your story and away from my lust. And then, I simply kept on reading your amazing, God-inspired words! Even as I am writing this to you tears are falling down my cheeks. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you are writing what the Lord wants you to be writing. The clarity of what you are saying is pouring right through me. The perspective of your words has such weight. I almost do not know how to explain it. All I can say is that for me, personally, your text has been very moving in a positive way. And, I’m glad I didn’’t read it until after we met. I was in a much better frame of mind to accept it all after having met with you this afternoon. We both know God’’s timing in all things is perfect.

And so, I do not know what tomorrow will bring in the sensual world. Perhaps more attacks? Probably. This is one of those moments the enemy doesn’’t like. Maybe his grip is being loosed just a bit? I pray so, and I pray that it continues over the coming days/weeks/months.

I just wanted to thank you so much for taking time to meet with me. I do have more I wish to share with you, so I look forward to seeing you again soon whenever our schedules permit.

For now, at least for tonight, it looks like it will not end the way so many other nights recently have come to a close. And, that’s a good thing!

Talk soon.

God is so awesome!

A Marriage Founded on Christ

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I wanted to share that my husband, Samuel, got Saved on Easter Sunday! What a fantastic, awesome experience for him, and our marriage. God is so good and so forgiving and loving. Wow! And on Sunday, May 13th, we were baptized together at the church. We are new creations in Christ, and our marriage is brand new and now completely built on the foundation of Christ! I am daily amazed at HIS goodness. Amen.

Submitted by Erica Lau