Proverbs 21: 29-31

 

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

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Sunday, August 6, 2017
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Two “Turning Point” Testimonies

Ricardo Alavarado: My journey began at a Methodist Institute inPanama where I first heard the Gospel.  To continue my education, I came to the United States and went to Fordham  University where I studied Accounting, Philosophy and Theology. Although I worked in the field of Accounting as a Controller in New York University, the Lord put an insatiable desire in my heart to learn more about Him.  I studied many books about God and did all kinds of good works, thinking that this would give me a personal revelation of Jesus.  But “God’s ways are not our ways, and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.”  He had a better way for me to know Him. He was preparing a beautiful lady from Puerto Rico (1,111 miles away from Panama) that knew the Lord.  We married, and for the next few years, her life influenced me in incredible ways.

          In 1974, an American missionary to Cambodia spoke at a service where he shared how the Lord had been moving in the jungles of Cambodia.  Thousands of Cambodians were coming to Christ and God was using them to go deeper into the jungles to preach the gospel.  I was deeply touched by these incredible events and it was then that the Lord spoke to my heart clearly saying, “If you want to be like one of these servants of mine that are full of my Spirit, you must surrender your life to me.”  I did and He transformed me radically, removing my old philosophies, my old religious teachings and calling me to be a Minister of the Gospel.  Here I am today 43 years later, “pressing on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14)

 

Amelia Ray: Approximately 18 months ago, I was at a crossroads in my life. Difficult circumstances, both personally and professionally, had robbed me of my joy, focus, and were even beginning to affect my health. I was relying on my own strength for so many things! I reached a stage of utter confusion and simply wanted to throw in the towel. On a cold February afternoon, I was pushed to my limit and God showed me my sin of faithlessness. I was broken over my reliance on self, and, in His steadfast love, God was calling me back to Himself and His sovereign purpose for me. Psalm 138:8 became a theme verse: "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands." As I daily gave the hardships back over to the Lord, He continued to prove His steadfast love and purpose for me. Through this time, He worked to move me first to New Jersey, and later to attend SHC, and I am so thankful that "[His] steadfast love endures forever!"