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Sunday, July 2, 2017
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Two “Turning Point” Testimonies

Bob Doll: Life is (thankfully) full of spiritual turning points.  One vivid memory for me is when we learned in September 1990 that my father had cancer.  He died in March 1992.  At my suggestion, dad grabbed onto Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  Dad leaned on God in those days as his health declined slowly but surely.  His example, and our ability to together trust in God for the way forward strengthened his faith and mine.  The night before he passed away, we reviewed the verse for the umpteenth time and once again, committed ourselves to Him, not necessarily understanding the circumstances.  My last words to dad were, “Save me a seat (in heaven).  I’ll be there and join you soon.”  God continues to show me that He is faithful.  The question is, are we?

Ana Alvarado: Having been born to Christian parents, I have been truly blessed!  As a child, my mother taught me to read God’s Word.  I have learned to trust God’s Word for guidance and to this day the Scriptures have been my delight. "Oh how I love your law, it is my meditation all the day!" (Psalm 119:97).  I have been truly blessed in many ways even through life’s transitions. After I studied and worked at NYU, I chose to become a ‘stay-at-home mom.’ What a wonderful calling to be a mom and a Pastor’s wife!  Last year, on Father’s Day, my husband preached his last sermon as he retired from the ministry.  The Lord made it clear to us that He was going to do something new with our lives. We felt like Abraham when the Lord commanded him to leave his country and he didn’t know where he was going; yet he obeyed. As my husband and I were praying and asking the Lord for His wisdom, He gave us these verses to confirm God’s will for us:  "The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock and there’s no unrighteousness in Him. " ( Psalm 92:12-15). Although we had not even heard of Stone Hill Church, this is where the Lord has planted us.  We have been refreshed by the teaching, encouraged by the worship and ministered to by the love of the saints.  To our old age God has been faithful!