All posts filed under: Testimony

Nick Vujicic: ‘Even though we don’t get a miracle, we can be one’

A recent survey conducted by Lifeway Research has concluded there seems to be one small positive coming out of the COVID pandemic — people are starting to think more about their purpose in life. According to its recent survey of 1,200 people, 57% of people stated that at least once a month they are wondering “How can I find more meaning and purpose in my life?” This is up from 51% of people who wondered that same thing in 2011. The pandemic is causing people to realize there is more to life than just satisfying their personal desires. As Christians, it is vital we grasp that God has a purpose and plan for our lives. In a prophetic word given to the prophet Jeremiah, we read that God’s purpose for Jeremiah’s life was not laid out when the prophet was born, in fact, God’s plan for Jeremiah was written up before he was even conceived (Jeremiah 1:5). When you were born, God wasn’t caught off guard and wondering what am I going to do with …

How Jesus became front and center during ‘March Madness’

Each year, the NCAA holds a basketball tournament of the top ranked colleges in the US to determine a national champion. This year’s national tournament, often referred to as March Madness, was unusual because Christian universities were the talk of the town as it ended with Baylor, a Christian university out of Waco, Texas, winning the men’s crown. But it all started on a negative tone, with a USA Today columnist, Hemal Jhaveri, writing a hit piece on Oral Roberts University (ORU). The 15th seeded ORU, referred to as this year’s Cinderella team, rose to prominence advancing to the final 16 round of the tournament. This also put a target on the team’s back. Jhaveri called for the NCAA to ban ORU from the tournament because the Christian university did not hold the writer’s personal views on homosexuality and morality. Oddly, Jhaveri, called for the team to be banned in the name of diversity. Stories about Jhaveri’s call to ban ORU were all over the internet with most condemning the article asking why woke politics …

How a black woman’s Christian love impacted a Neo Nazi

I was encouraged when I read the story on Christian Post of how Michael Kent, a self-professed Neo Nazi, was led to the Lord by his black probation officer, Tiffany Whittier. Kent said his hatred of blacks started when he was 12 years old and was starting to hang out with a black friend, until his mother kicked Kent out of their house stating she would not have a “blue-eyed devil” in her home. By the age of 15, Kent was attending Neo Nazi rallies. He became involved with drugs and this along with his dislike for Blacks led to several altercations with the law. He had been in an out of jail several times, and most of his previous parole officers had treated Kent as a number and didn’t deal with the racial issues that dominated Kent’s life. However, Kent’s life was transformed when Tiffany Whittier, a Black woman, was assigned to be his parole officer on what would be his life changing last release. Tiffany is a believer, and when she showed up …

When in ‘doubt’ pray in ‘tongues’

In an article on Charisma News, Ruth Zschomler shared the amazing story on how the gift of tongues saved a woman’s life. On August 9, 2011, Kathi and David Byker were abruptly awakened from their sleep in Grandville, Michigan by two men wearing hoods and brandishing knives. The pair quickly bound Kathi with duct tape on her ankles and wrists and demanded that David pay a ransom for her release. One of the assailants put a knife to Kathi’s throat saying she would be killed if David didn’t provide the money. After blindfolding Kathi and gagging her mouth with duct tape, Kathi was dragged into the family’s SUV and driven away. David was then given a cell phone number to call once he had gotten the money. The message was clear without payment, Kathi would die. As she was lying in the back of the SUV and being driven away, Kathi was terrified as the driver repeatedly warned her he would kill her if she tried to sit up. Terrified, Kathi stated she wanted to …

Ex porn star finds Jesus after watching boyfriend murdered

In a recent podcast, former American porn star, Brittni De La Mora, explains how she became a Christian and left the porn industry shortly after watching her boyfriend get stabbed to death. Forced into hiding as police looked for her boyfriend’s killer, De La Mora came across a Bible in a hotel room that so spoke to her, she became a believer. The Western Journal provides the details: “Sometimes, hardships that come into our lives … are inevitable,” she said on a recent episode of “Let’s Talk Purity,” a show she co-hosts alongside her husband, Richard. “There was a time in my life … I actually was dating a guy who was murdered. He was stabbed in front of me.” De La Mora went into hiding for a few days while authorities searched for the people who committed the crime, and it was there, while isolated in a hotel, that she encountered a Bible. “I saw a Bible. I wasn’t a Christian. I was still in the porn industry during this time,” she explained. “And …

Jordan Smith, 2015 The Voice winner, provides a key to success

You may remember Jordan Smith, he was the believer that won Season 9 of The Voice in 2015. Raised in a Christian home of pastor parents, Jordan who also served as the church’s worship leader, attended Lee University a private Christian university based in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is interesting to note, that his success was due in part to perseverance, because he had previously auditioned for the show and been rejected. But he was accepted the second time and his first song, Chandelier, resulted in a four chair turn by the coaches that resulted in Jordan choosing Adam Levine as coach. During Season 9, he was the first artist from The Voice to top the iTunes pop chart when his song Great is Thy Faithfulness pushed ahead of Adele’s Hello to the number one spot. The song also placed number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Billboard’s Christian Song chart. His semi-final rendition of Queen’s Somebody to Love would once again send Adele’s Hello to second place on iTunes. Amazingly, it …

Why Kelly forgave her husband’s murderers?

There is a lot of anger in the world today, and a lot of reasons to justify our anger and certainly Kelly Saenz had a reason. While working in Colombia sharing the Gospel, Kelly and Pabel Saenz met and were married in 2008 and continued to work together, sharing their faith in the South American country. But things took a dramatic turn in November 2014, when Pabel, who was working as a motorcycle taxi driver, disappeared after going into a dangerous region in Colombia. Kelly spent the next couple of days frantically searching for her husband, but three days later she received word from the regional police that her husband was dead having been choked to death by two men in the area that Pabel had travelled to. When she found out where her husband had died, Kelly went to the village and met with the chief to discuss her husband’s murder. It was then she discovered that two of the chief’s nephews were the ones’ responsible. In a meeting with the village council, she …

Who was St. Valentine?

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this might be a good time to look at the history of the person for whom this day commemorating love was named. Though St. Valentine is recognized as an official Saint in the Roman Catholic Church, there is a bit of confusion over who this person actually was. Over the years, several people have been considered as a possible candidate for St Valentine, and part of this is due to the meaning of the name. In the Latin, the name Valentine, means strong or powerful, so it was a popular name for men and even women. Of course, odder still, how did a name associated with power and strength become linked with love. Well, there is one man who leads the pack for consideration as St. Valentine and that involves a person who lived in Rome around 270 AD. This individual sticks out because there are a couple of historical references that point to this man, giving him a slight edge. This Valentine was serving in a religious capacity …

5 devout Christians playing in 2021 Superbowl

Christian Post just released an article on the five devout Christians who will be playing in the 2021 Superbowl. Just as a reminder, being devout does not mean they have to be perfect. I believe we shouldn’t be praying for our favourite team to win, but rather pray that God will bless and anoint these players in a game that will be watched by millions of people. They are: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs QB Christian Post writes about Mahomes’ faith: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and 2019 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes has said faith has “always been a big part of what I do.” At last year’s Super Bowl, the athlete told reporters in Miami that his Christian faith has always been an essential part of his life. “Faith has always been big with me,” he said. Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay linebacker: Anthony Sherman, Kansas City Chiefs fullback: Stefen Wisniewski, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman: Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay place kicker: READ: 5 Super Bowl LV players who are devout Christians

How a strange musical instrument opened the door for the Gospel

God Reports talks about the intriguing dream given to Caleb Byerly, a missionary to the Philippines, that opened the door to the Gospel being preached to a small isolated tribal group numbering about 100,000 in that country. Caleb was home in North Carolina in 2014 when he received a descriptive dream that so impacted him, he wrote down all its details the next day. In the dream, he was in a mountainous region of the Philippines, and he encountered a group of people he had never heard of before called the Tinananon. The leader of the group was also carrying a musical instrument and when the chief started playing it the people began dancing and singing. During his dream, Caleb focused on the unusual round bowl-like instrument that had strings attached on the outer edge that crisscrossed and were attached to a cone in the centre of the bowl. Caleb felt that God was inviting him to reach out to this group. But his confidence in the dream faded as he could find no reference …

From dead man walking to preaching the Gospel

Faithit recently reported on an interview Pureflix had with Herman Mendoza, a former New York City drug dealer, on his remarkable conversion to Christ. Mendoza, who now helps pastor a church in New York City, shared how he turned to drug dealing in his 20s after being laid off from his job. His brothers were already dealing Cocaine, and he decided to start working with them. Soon the money was flowing in. With millions of dollars at his disposal, Mendoza was spending upwards of $20,000 a day. His life was consumed by partying, women and drugs. But it came to crashing halt, when police found a large quantity of cocaine in his car and he was facing upwards of 25 years in prison. However, he was able to work a deal with the prosecutor, that substantially reduced his sentence. But shortly after his release Mendoza returned to what he described as “the game” — his drug dealing ways and a short time later was arrested again. While Mendoza was serving his second sentence, his brother, …

Justin Bieber shares a photo of walking in handcuffs as a testimony of how far God has brought him

In a recent post to his over 160 million followers on Instagram, international pop star, Justin Bieber, shared a photo of an incident that took place seven years ago as the police led the pop star away in handcuffs. He had just been arrested in Florida on Jan 23, 2014, for driving under the influence and with an invalid license. In his post, Bieber simply shared how far God has brought him since those early days when he was constantly having run-ins with the law. Bieber wrote: “7 years ago today I got was arrested, not my finest hour. “Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at God. “I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami. “All this to say God has brought me a long way. From then til now I do realize something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now. “My encouragement to you is to ‘let your past be a reminder of …

It was legal until God said ‘No’

An interesting thing happened to Howard Kirby who lives in Ovid, Michigan. In 2019, he bought an old couch for $70 from a Habitat for Humanity Restore. After he had brought the couch home and set it up in his man-cave, it didn’t take long for his family to notice that the foot cushion was exceptionally hard. For several months, Kirby just put up with it, but finally his daughter-in-law couldn’t take it any longer and in January 2020, she cut it open to find out what was going on. Inside, she discovered a box stuffed with $43,170 in cash. It was a miracle. It was enough to pay off the mortgage on Kirby’s home and a lawyer even told Kirby that the money was legally his. But in an interview with MLive.com, Kirby said that God had a different opinion on the matter. “The Holy Spirit just came over me and said, ‘No, that’s really not yours.’” After God spoke to Kirby, he found out through the store who had donated the couch and …

Communist China: Jailed for doing God’s will?

On Dec. 28, 2020, China’s despotic communist regime sentenced a young woman, Zhang Zhan, 37, to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” in the communist regime. Zhan, a former lawyer, was working as a citizen journalist when she went to Wuhan, China in February 2020 to report on the COVID-19 pandemic that had broken out in the city. She shared videos showing empty streets and packed hospitals to reveal the full extent of the crisis that was taking place. In some of her videos, she criticized the communist regime’s attempts to silence whistleblowers and as well its harsh lock down that included welding the doors of people’s home shut and sealing their windows with metal bars so they couldn’t escape. In one of her last videos Zhan reported “The government’s way of managing this city has just been intimidation and threats. This is truly the tragedy of this country.” Shortly after this, Zhan was arrested. Many believe the severity of Zhan’s sentence reveals the regimes desire to stamp out any dissenting …

The voice of God & the Nashville bombing

You have may have heard about the bomb that exploded on Christmas morning in Nashville, TN. Six police officers risked their lives notifying people in the area to get out after the RV, where the bomb was planted, had a recording warning people to get out of the area. One of the officers believed he heard the voice of God and that his obedience may have saved his life. After helping clear the area, officer James Wells moved his vehicle, after he got out and started walking towards other police officers who were on the other side of the RV, Wells heard the voice of God. The Daily Wire explains what happened next: At that point, I get out, and I’m starting to go back toward Luellen and (Officer Brenda) Hosey, and as I’m getting ready to walk toward them, walking back toward the RV, this might not be politically correct, but this is my truth: I literally heard God tell me to turn around and go check on Topping, who was by herself down …

A miracle on Mount Rainier?

I recently read several articles in the secular media on the remarkable and miraculous recovery of Michael Knapinski, 45, after he was caught in a blizzard while hiking on Mount Rainier in Washington, USA. As I read these stories, I increasingly wondered if God had been involved in this miracle. Here is what happened. Michael was out hiking with his cousin on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 when they were hit by a blizzard. Michael was using snow shoes and his cousin was skiing, so they decided to head back separately and meet up later at Paradise, an information center lower down on the mountain. As he was snowshoeing back, Michael was hit by whiteout conditions from the blizzard and was unable to tell where he was going. He is uncertain what happened next, but by the bruises and cuts requiring stitches on his body, it looks like he fell. When Michael still hadn’t showed up at Paradise that evening, his cousin reported him missing to the Park Services. However, because of the …

How a prophetic word changed Gemma Hunt’s life

Gemma Hunt, 36, is not well known on this side of the ocean, but in Britain she has gained a significant media presence as a children TV presenter on BBC. It was a career sparked by a prophetic word she received as a teenager. She currently is the lead presenter on CBeebies’ Swashbuckle, a pirate theme BBC game show targeted at two to seven-year-olds and also on the BBC’s program Songs of Praise. Since she was hired by BBC in 2002, Hunt has not been shy about her faith in Christ. She was raised in a Christian home and attended a local Baptist church, but admits she was a bit of rebel. In an interview with Premier Christianity, Hunt said that changed while attending Hill House, a Christian summer camp, where she made a decision for Christ at the age 11. But it was while attending a summer camp five years later, that she received a prophetic word that would set the course for her life. She was 16 and attending a Christian camp called …

Terry Bradshaw lends a helping hand to a stranger

Terry Bradshaw, 72, is among the elites of NFL quarterbacks having won four Super Bowls in his 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1989, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Because of his various appearances on TV and in movies, Bradshaw was also the first NFL player to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. But as many have noted, despite his celebrity status, he is a very down to earth man and it showed up a couple of days ago, when someone secretly videoed Terry giving a stranger a hand after his car wouldn’t start because of a dead battery at a Pack ‘N’ Mail in Gainesville, Texas. According to the Western Journal, it was raining and Bradshaw had parked beside the stalled vehicle. An employee with Pack ‘N’ Mail, Cindy Hammer, videoed the incident explaining that when Bradshaw found out the man’s car battery was dead, he went into the store, purchased a set of booster cables and quickly helped start the stalled vehicle. When the car …

Did Luke Bernard’s healing involve ‘battering’ prayer?

Doctors told the family of actor Luke Benjamin Bernard, 25, that it would be a miracle if he survived his serious car accident in a vegetative state. Bernard came from a Christian home and in a podcast on Pureflix, Bernard shared his story of what happened after a serious car accident in 2013. When he arrived at hospital, doctors classified him as level 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale. His pupils were dilated and fixed and doctors told his family to get to the hospital as soon as possible fearing death was imminent. However, his Christian parents would not accept his death sentence. They began praying for their son, and Bernard explained the two important elements of their prayer that led to his miracle recovery. First, he says it was persistent prayer “Basically, they did the best thing they could for me … and the only thing they could have done was — they prayed. They read scriptures, they sang praise … at my bedside again and again and again.” Secondly, he says it was …

What if we pray for the wrong thing?

A man named Robert Joamie prayed and asked God for something, and he would probably tell us now that he prayed for the wrong thing. He “asked God to end his suffering, then passed out from exhaustion. When he woke up, he laughed at himself and told God he’d changed his mind” Robert is Inuit, what we used to call Eskimo, and he got lost while hunting. He survived for four days without food, although he did have one can of Pepsi and he ate some wild plants. I think he is more durable than most of us. The good news is that God didn’t answer his first prayer; he was rescued and taken to a hospital. READ: Nunavut hunter survives 4 days on the land with no food, plenty of polar bears Simple faith in God is for all of us ordinary people, whatever we do in our day. God has told us: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah …

All things work together for good

CBN reports on how Victor Marx, founder of All Things Possible Ministries had been kicked off a flight because he allegedly wasn’t wearing his facemask properly. Photos and videos suggest Victor’s mask was covering both his nose and mouth. However, he was also wearing a t-shirt in support of police on the front and a Biblical verse on the back, Joshua 1:9, but I am sure that had nothing to do with what happened. When Victor questioned the male attendant about his mask, CBN explains what happened next: Then the attendant threatened to have Marx removed from the plane. When Marx questioned the man’s reasoning, the flight attendant reportedly turned and walked away. The video reveals that after a few minutes had passed, the captain of the plane, who Marx describes as being embarrassed, asked him to step outside. The captain told Marx the flight attendant “felt threatened” by him. The pilot felt bad, the video explained. “Our masks were worked the same way as the flight attendant. It couldn’t be the mask, so why …

Was Mariah Carey impacted by a Christian prophetess?

Having sold 200 million records, Mariah Carey, 50, is a popular American singer and song-writer. In fact, she was the first singer to have her first five singles top the Billboard Hot 100. Last year, based on sales and chart performance, Billboard ranked her as the top female performer in the US. Mariah came from what some might describe as a dysfunctional family and neither her mother nor father, who divorced, were Christian. But there were Christians on her father’s side of the family and even one who apparently was in the ministry. Christian Post recently wrote about Mariah’s recent book, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, where she shared, among other things, about the importance of faith in her life. This included one experience that suggests she was impacted by the Holy Spirit as Mariah was ministered to by Nana Reese, an aunt on her father’s side. Reese not only ministered at a church in Harlem, she was also considered a prophetess. There had been a massive blow up in the family and her Aunt …

Captain America is transformed by Christ

There is a great testimony on God TV, of how Captain America recently became a Christian. In September 2019, the story about David Hobbs, 36, went viral after he was arrested by police in Clarksdale, Mississippi for break and enter. Of course, that in itself is not particularly unusual, but what makes it a bit different is that Hobbs was wearing a Captain America costume when police found him hiding in a backyard shed at 3 am. As this image of a drug addict sitting in his costume with his hands cuffed behind his back at the police station went viral, he was mocked incessantly. But one man’s heart went out to this man. When a friend sent Trey Lewis a link to the story, he immediately identified with David, because Trey, was a former meth addict himself. But his life was transformed by Christ, and he started Good Landing Recovery, a faith-based addictions recovery center in Atlanta, Georgia. But more than that Trey also knew Dave because they had lived in the same town …

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous”

This article may get me into trouble, because it involves a Roman Catholic and praying the Rosary. Now, I don’t agree with praying to Mary because there is only one mediator between God and man – Jesus, but I do believe anyone who prays in faith to Jesus or God, including Catholics, can have their prayer answered. With that as my disclaimer, I want to share a recent story written by Steve Doocy, a practising Catholic, who works for Fox News. In the 1990s, Doocy was attending a Catholic Church in Washington, DC when he was invited by the local priest, Father Fasano, to listen to man from Medjugorje, Bosnia who claimed to have had a vision of Mary. When Doocy arrived, they had arranged about 20 chairs in a circle in Father Fasano’s living room and Doocy recalled getting what was the last open chair, closest to the door. The man shared his vision and at the end of the meeting, they decided to wrap it up by praying the Rosary. But there was …

Dr. Francis Collins: ‘My atheism was dangerously thin’

It is a powerful testimony of how one scientist, Dr. Francis Collins, realized his belief in atheism was “dangerously thin” resulting him becoming a believer in Jesus Christ. And he is not just any scientist, Dr Francis Collins, 70, also serves as the Director of the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in the US which is the agency responsible for developing a COVID-19 vaccine in that country. He is also a world-recognized geneticist and led the Human Genome Project and is credited for finding the genes associated with several diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. In acceptance speech, after receiving a Templeton Prize on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, Dr. Collins shared his remarkable transformation from atheist to Christian. Dr. Collins started off as an agnostic, but as he pursued his career in science he began to embrace atheism. But that all changed when one of his patients asked him what he believed about God, Collins said: “I realised my atheism was dangerously thin. I began a journey to try to understand why intellectually sophisticated people could actually …

60 | The day God needed ‘super grace’

Hi my name is Dean Smith and in this podcast, I want to talk about the day in 1995, when God needed to use super-grace. On Sept. 2, 2020, I was surprised to hear about the passing of Duch, pronounced Dook. He was one of the most brutal mass murders of the past century. And I guess by definition that makes him one of the most notorious Christians of that era as well.

1,435 people baptized in Thailand in one service

An extraordinary thing happened in Thailand recently. The country located on the Indochinese Peninsula in Southeast Asia has a population of 66 million with 95% of them Buddhist and only 1% are Christians. But according to a report in Christianity Today, the Free in Jesus Christ Church Association (FJCCA) held what it claims to be the largest baptism in Thailand’s history, when 20 church pastors baptized 1,435 people on Sept 6, 2020. FJCCA, working with a missionary organization called Reach a Village, focuses its ministry on taking the gospel to the tens of thousands of villages scattered throughout Thailand. It is estimated that 75,000 Thai villages do not have a Christian witness. The people being baptized came from nearly 200 village churches in five provinces and many of the new converts had not heard of Christ until the gospel was shared with them this year. When it first started in 2016, FJCCA had just 20 village churches, but that number has grown to over 700 house churches today. Of course, in many of these villages …

Is the Holy Spirit raising up a river against the enemy?

There is a verse in Isaiah that states when the enemy comes in like a flood that the Lord will raise up a standard against this onslaught: When the enemy comes in like a flood,The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19 NKJ) However, blogger Kim Balogh believes that the comma has been put in the wrong place. She feels the verse should actually read this way: When the enemy comes in,like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. With this adjustment, the verse says that the Spirit of God will raise a rushing flood (lit. rushing river) against an invading adversary. She adds that the Hebrew word nûs (translated” lift up a standard” in the New King James) is better translated as fleeing or escaping. Using these two adjustments, Balogh believes that the verse should read “When the enemy shall come in, like a river the Spirit of God will make him flee.” And with the US being pummelled on every …

‘Fear and faith cannot live in the same house’

There is a story out of California how a 33-year-old man allegedly struck an 84-year-old woman in the face because she was attending a small pro-Trump rally in Aliso Viejo. When Alvin Shaw saw the group, he confronted them and in addition to hitting the 84-year-old woman, the man allegedly struck two other people, pushing one of them to the ground. When the man allegedly pulled a knife, a retired police officer at the rally drew his gun. The man dropped his knife and fled, but was caught and held until the police showed up. But I was struck by the comments of Cynthia Cantrelle-Westman, who also attended the rally, found in the last four paragraphs of the Daily Mail article: In a Facebook post, Cantrelle-Westman said she was interviewed by the investigation team at the police station in Aliso Viejo. She says she wants to ‘speak openly about the mayhem’ because she considers the gathering ‘a beautiful event that went south because of one individual. ‘Fear and faith cannot live in the same house.‘ …

Power of worship: Boy raised from the dead after drowning

An incredible story out of North Carolina arguably displays the power of worship. As they do every year, in 2019 the Floyd family headed to Holden Beach with family and friends to celebrate the fourth of July. But their annual visit took a dramatic change when they noticed the body of their 12-year-old son, Levi, floating motionless in the water. When their son’s lifeless body was dragged out of the water, he had no pulse. Leah, who is a member of the family and a nurse, immediately began performing CPR. She was quickly joined by two other nurses at the beach, and they rotated in giving CPR and performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But because nothing was happening, Leah believed there was no hope. Levi was dead. As the rest of the family stood by praying, things dramatically changed when Levi’s sister Lily started singing a worship song, “The King is alive.” In the interview with The 700 Club, Levi’s mother, Lindsey, described what happened next as the whole family joined in singing the song: “It was …