Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Jewish Synagogue in Budapest
While we were missionaries in Eastern Europe for four and a half years, based in Budapest, Hungary, I had the opportunity to post a number of testimonies of the great things the Lord did in people's lives.  Some of them were the testimonies of people I met, which I wanted to publish for the glory of God.  Others were testimonies of what the Lord did in my own life while we were there.  And now that we are in the States again, I continue to post testimonies of what God is doing, so that He can receive the praise.

I've tried to organize them in some sort of order, beginning with my own testimony of salvation and the salvation of others I know in the left column.  In the middle column you will find testimonies of healing, deliverance and protection.  In the right hand column, I have posted testimonies of miracles, signs, and wonders, as well as other subjects that did not fit elsewhere.

"Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth." (Ps 115:1)

The Truth Set Me Free! Testimonies from Voila, Romania Pastor Raised from the Dead
The Lord Healed My Backsliding Healed from a Breathing Obstruction Gems from Heaven
My Life Was Built on the Wrong Foundation Healed of Chronic Leg Pain Escaped Having a Possibly Fatal Accident
Delivered from Cigarettes and Saved Delivered from Voices and Dizziness Like a Man Finding a Pearl of Great Price
The Joy I've Come to Know The Voice That Changed Everything -- the Testimony of Dr. Stenhouse Letting Go of Someone You Love
Testimonies from Kozloduj, Bulgaria
Seeing Dad Alive for the Last Time
My Journey from Buddhism to New Life in Christ 
He Forgave Those Who Threw Gasoline in His Eyes
Saved By a Vision of Second Coming - O. Moses Alabi
You Give and Take Away

Prodigal Restored to God
Outpouring of the Spirit

An Atheist Turns to Christ


The Spiritual Awakening of Richmond King

Muslim Woman Now Follows Jesus


“Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” (2Co 13:1b)


"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death." (Rev 12:11)

Attribution notice: Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.

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Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Voice That Changed Everything -- the Testimony of Dr. Stenhouse

Dr. Andrew Stenhouse
Today I would like to share with you the testimony of a dear friend of mine, whom I have known for about twenty-four years, who received his call to be a medical doctor when God spoke to him in an audible voice. What follows is a transcript from my interview with him on our Preparing the Way radio program on January 22, 2014. I have also inserted into the middle of the interview the transcript of my subsequent interview with him today on August 17, 2016, in order to get more specific details about his testimony. If you choose to listen to the audio recording of his testimony, please note that it will playback as two separate interviews, so the order of the discussion will not match the following transcript.

Dr. Andrew Stenhouse's Testimony
Len: Welcome to Preparing the Way, where we’re preparing the way for the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ in repentance -- preaching holiness, righteousness, and truth. My name is Len Lacroix, and I’m your host for this broadcast. I’m a preacher and missionary to Eastern Europe with Doulos Missions International. And joining me today as my guest is Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, the president of Doulos Missions International. He’s a teacher of God’s Word and has been a medical doctor for over fifty years, having lived in England, Scotland, Australia, Fiji, Afghanistan, and has been in the US for the last thirty years. I’ve known him since around 1992 when we met in Virginia. And he’s been the president of our ministry for about the last five years.

Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, welcome!

Andrew: Thank you so much, Len! I appreciate the opportunity to be with you on this program today. It’s a joy. It’s a pleasure. And anytime you have the opportunity to introduce anybody to the Lord Jesus, it’s such a pleasure.

Len: Absolutely. I wanted to take a moment to ask you to share a little bit about yourself—just anything you want to say about yourself to the listeners on the program.

Andrew: Well, the first thing is that, as Len stated, I am not a pastor; I’m not an evangelist; I’m not a preacher. I’m a doctor and have the pleasure of introducing people to the Lord daily, on a daily basis, really, as I take care of them. And they respond at those times, particularly the times when they’re going through serious problems, such as in hospice and terminal illnesses. So they get the opportunity to hear the gospel, hear the Good News of the Lord Jesus and how He became the bridge from this earth to the Father. And, as far as myself, I was saved when I was a child, and since then have been trying to listen to the Father. And it was the Father that told me that I needed to be a doctor. I was wanting to be a geologist, but my Father said no, He wanted me to be a doctor. So I argued with Him a little bit with Him, but it was no good. And so that was kind of the story, and I said, “Yes, Father, I will be a doctor.” So, that’s where we are, Len.

Len: I wanted to ask you, Andrew, if you could please tell me that part about -- go back to the beginning where you first received your call. You had been a geology student, but then a female friend invited you to church, and while you were sitting there in church with her, you told me one time that you heard God speak to you in an audible voice and called you to be a doctor. So pick it up with the friend inviting you and go from there with that piece where you were in the church and how you heard from God.

Andrew: Well, this was a worship service. And I loved that and loved to go. And then during the preaching part, I heard the audible voice of God speak to me on the right side of my body. And I said to the young lady Ruth, “Did you hear somebody talk?”

She said, “Shush, Andrew. You don’t talk in church.”

I said, “I know.”

And then the next thing that happened was, it was the audible voice of God telling me I was going to be a doctor. And then nothing happened for a few minutes, and then suddenly, my whole body started to shake like a rag doll and it interfered with the service. And I suddenly said, “This is my Creator doing this,” and I started talking to God and telling Him how I hated the War in London during World War II and the bombs and blood and guts and people not coming back to school. And the one thing I didn’t want to do was be a doctor. So I kept on talking and the shaking got worse and worse. So I had to stop, thinking I might physically die. And so the next thing that happened was that I stopped talking, the shaking stopped, and then the voice spoke to me, not from my right side, but from the lower left side of my body.

And it’s as though the Holy Spirit or God was surrounding me, and said, “You will be a doctor.” It was a command.

And I said, “Yes, Lord, I will be a doctor.”

And that was how I got in, and from then on nothing else mattered in my life. My interests -- I immediately resigned from geology courses and also the Geological Survey where I was working. I was about seventeen at that time.

Len: Wow!

Andrew: And I changed islands, went to the south island, and took up pre-med at that time. None of the courses had I taken in the past.  I had taken languages and geology mainly, and mathematics. And here I was doing courses that people have been trained for all their lives.

Len: Wow! Now you said the south island…what country was that?

Andrew: That’s New Zealand.

Len: Okay, so this all happened in New Zealand. And it was a lady named Ruth, a sister in Christ named Ruth that invited you to church.

Andrew: Yes.

Len: Now when you were in that service, two things I want to know about it, if you can tell me. Do you remember what the -- when God first told you to be a doctor, how He said it to you? Not that it really matters, but do you remember what words He used when He said it the first time on your right side?

Andrew: Yes, as far as I remember, “You are to be a doctor.” “You are going to be a doctor,” or something like that.

Len: Yeah. Now the other thing I wanted to know was, when you say it disrupted the service, did you have pretty much a lot of people now with their attention focused on you?

Andrew: Yes, and everybody was moving away, as far as I know. And I left the service at that point after the whole thing was over. I didn’t stay in the service, because I couldn’t focus on anything else.

Len: Yeah, so people probably thought you were kind of strange.

Andrew: Yes, very strange. And I had actually been brought up very strictly and didn’t realize that God would do that.

Len: Yeah, I mean, you would never have done anything like that on your own.

Andrew: Oh, no! Absolutely not! And everybody that I would tell it to thought I was nuts, you know.

Len: That’s a big difference between geology and medical practice.

Andrew: Yes.

Len: The Lord redirected you. And now it’s been, what, over thirty years…practicing medicine?

Andrew: Yes, I’ve been practicing medicine over fifty-five years. I’ll be going on fifty-five years, and loving it and loving the people. And it has been such a joy, and God has really, through His voice—I never thought, I never was taught that God still spoke. But He really still speaks if we have our ears listening for Him. So I just encourage everybody that’s on this program, just to look forward to hearing the voice of the Lord. And look forward to receiving Him into their hearts so as they will have the peace that passes all understanding.

Len: Yes, absolutely. And one of things I appreciate about you is, the way that, you know, with your patients, that you don’t just treat them through medical science, but you pray for them, you know, with laying on of hands when they allow you to, and trust the Lord to heal them. And I think that’s a really unusual thing for a medical doctor to do, because there are plenty of Christian doctors out there, but I don’t know many that do that.

Andrew: Yes, that’s right. And you just ask them first, “May I bless you? May I just bless you?” And there’s not many people who will turn down a blessing. And then as I’m blessing them, I say, “Can I pray for God to touch you and to heal you?” And they say, “Yes.” And there’s so many people have been touched over the years by the Lord. And particularly when you hear His voice speaking.

Len: Yeah, that’s awesome. Praise God. And did I get it right that you’ve been in the US now for the last thirty years?

Andrew: Yes, that’s correct. I’ve been here back in the United States. I was born in Detroit, but lived overseas for quite a long time. And I’ve been back here since about 1972, ’73. Yes. That’s right.

Len: Wow. Praise God. Okay, well thanks very much for introducing yourself, and what I’d like to do is just go on to the next segment of the program, if that’s okay.

Andrew: Absolutely.

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Editor's Comments
This is truly an amazing testimony of how God called a man to serve Him as a medical doctor. One thing you need to learn from this is that you need to listen to the Lord's voice. It's extremely important. The voice of the Lord changes your outlook, especially when He shakes you like a rag doll like He did with Dr. Stenhouse. In order to hear the Lord's voice, you need to be less involved in distractions. You need to remove them from your life, such as texting.

Only eternity will tell all that the Lord actually did through this humble servant of His during those fifty-five years of medical practice. I know that there were miraculous healings that took place, the gospel was proclaimed to the sick and dying, and people were introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Stenhouse served in many different capacities over those five decades. That included working for the US Navy in a medical school that he helped to establish in Afghanistan. It also included having his own Family Medical practice in Texas in the United States for a number of years, later serving as a Professor of Medicine for Texas Tech in Amarillo, Texas, as well as working at the Veterans' Administration Hospital there. Toward the end of his career, he spent a great deal of time working in a hospice caring for those who were dying, which was something he thoroughly enjoyed.

He is a model for other Christians who practice medicine, demonstrating how to serve patients not only from a physical and medical perspective, but also from a supernatural and spiritual one, so that their bodies might be healed and their souls saved.

Andrew loves the Lord with all His heart, and I have always known him to be a kind, loving, compassionate, generous person, who cares about people. When I asked him around 2007 to serve as the president for our ministry, Doulos Missions International, he humbly accepted it, feeling he was unworthy for such a task. Yet he served in that role for seven years, until he officially resigned in August 2014. He had actually tried to resign one year before that, due to his health, but agreed at my request to serve longer to help fulfill the need we had at that time. That was after he had retired from medicine, which he would not have done if it had not been for his health issues. He loved his profession, and put his heart into it. His resignation from our ministry's board of directors occurred one year after we had returned from the mission field of Eastern Europe to the United States.

During the time that he served as our ministry's president and chairman of the board, he was a tremendous blessing to us. Countless times he has been for us a source of godly counsel and wisdom from the Lord. He has upheld us in prayer, too. He always has and still does maintain his practice of asking the Father and hearing the Lord's voice, even though it may be the still small voice of the Holy Spirit in his heart, and not the audible voice of God like he heard so long ago in that church. Now in his 80's, he still continues to have two-way conversations with the Father.

If you are a Christian medical doctor, I hope that this testimony has encouraged you, as well as edified and guided you to serve the Lord with such honor, integrity, love, and compassion for people. I hope it has encouraged you to be bold and pray for the sick, trusting the Lord to heal them, as well as share the gospel with your patients and lead them to the Savior. You have a tremendous platform and a position of influence, so use it for the Lord.

If you are a Christian medical student or someone who is considering the medical profession, may this testimony be an encouragement to you, too, to hear the Lord's voice, whether audible or in your heart. Being a medical doctor is a calling, so you need to be sure it is your calling from God before you proceed down that path. Seek Him diligently in prayer and He will direct you. As the proverbs say:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Pr 3:5-6, NASB).

"In a man's heart he plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." (Pr 16:9).

God has had a plan for everyone since before the foundation of the world. Your life is foreordained. God has included you in His wonderful unfolding plan, but He will not violate your own free will. You can either choose to partner with Him by doing His will, as brother Stenhouse did, and experience the joy and excitement of doing so, or you can do your own will and forfeit all that, as well as eternal life. It's your choice.

Author's Note: You may listen to the interview here at this link. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like to read The Holy Spirit Speaks, Hearing the Lord's Voice, Inquiring of the Lord, Baptized with the Spirit, Walking in the Perfect Will of God, Obedience by the Spirit, Discerning the Things of the Spirit, The Forgotten Sin of Worldliness, What's Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?, The Cost of Discipleship, God Chooses the Weak Things, What is That in Your Hand?, Having a Servant's Heart, Avoid Becoming a Corrupted Christian, , Should you fear the Lord?, Holy Living in a Perverted World, An Open Mind that Loves the Truth, Sins That Will Keep You From Heaven, Ask for the Ancient Paths, Living a Life Worthy of the Lord, Supernatural Power for All Disciples, The Ways of Life, The Way, Will, and Word of God, Life After Death, The Power of God to Heal, Healing is in the Atonement, The Cause of Disease, Scriptural Guidance About Blood Transfusions, and Is it a Sin to Take Medicine? You may access more testimonies like this on the Home page of this blog. You are also invited to view my collection of blogs at Writing for the Master

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Muslim Woman Now Follows Christ

A former Muslim lady named "Momina" in a North African Muslim country, where there is restricted access to the gospel, wrote to me in early August to tell me how she has recently become a follower of Christ. Here is her testimony:

Momina's Testimony
Hi, brother Len. How are you? You don't know me, but I've become an avid reader of your blog Eternal Destinations since I've discovered it a few weeks ago.

I have come to the conclusion that I wanted to follow Christ about two months ago. You see, I used to be a Muslim. Although I never continually practiced the five prayers a day, called “salat”, I still considered myself a Muslim at heart, and strongly believed it to be the ultimate truth and that everything else was corrupt.

It all started at the beginning of the month of Ramadan on June 5, 2016. Muslims consider this a sacred month when people fast and try to get closer to God. I was very motivated and genuinely decided that starting that month I'd do every thing a good Muslim would do. I had to start praying my five prayers a day, and commit to spending my time reading the Quran. But for that to happen I promised myself to get rid of all distractions just at least for that special month, because I had decided that if I was going to seek God, then I had to give Him my full attention, my 100%.

So overnight I stopped watching secular music, soap operas and reality shows. It was actually quite a spiritual fast. I was very addicted to music and television programs and had to watch them every single day.  It was truly my guilty pleasure. I thought I was a good, godly person, yet I enjoyed watching vain and rich, dolled-up women scream and back stab each other constantly. Now that I look back at this, I thank God for inspiring me to quit watching these things. In fact, I can't bear looking at them anymore.

The first week of Ramadan went great, I prayed and felt tremendous joy, especially during my early prayers at dawn. I'd do my "official prayer" then sit still and just have a talk with the Creator. I'd cry tears of joy and tell Him how wonderful it would be to be with Him and be worshiping and praising Him all day long, because He's so glorious and worthy of all praise. I knew that it was my heart talking. I also believe I was better able to hear what it was saying, because I wasn't under the influence of external factors like music and TV.

But my faith was shaken a few days later, ironically by a fellow Muslim, who corrected me when I started talking about how I couldn't wait to worship God in the after-life. The person told me that there would be no more worshiping God in "paradise", and that worshiping is only something that will be done on earth. I was told that once we are there, the only goal is to enjoy yourself and fulfill all your earthly desires. I won't go into details of the description of paradise, but I went and confirmed what that person told me. I was so sad and disappointed, because it sounded so worldly, and yet here I was inexplicably seeking and craving for holiness and purity.

That day I stumbled upon the testimony of a man who converted to Christianity named Mario Joseph. His testimony intrigued me and his arguments made sense, so I went and looked for the description of heaven by Jesus Christ. I was so touched and immediately knew in my heart that I had finally found the truth, the missing piece of the puzzle. That's the heaven that I want to belong to, where everyone is humble and simple like children (Matthew 18:3), and people will neither marry nor be given in marriage, because they will be like the angels and pure like angels (Matthew 22:30). Hallelujah!

Since then I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior; strangely I don't feel that different. In fact I'm praying to the God of Abraham, the one, true God, as Muslims believe we should. But this time I'm also accepting His ultimate gift: the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross to save us, and I'm eternally grateful for it. Hallelujah!

Becoming a Christian has made me a better person. I've finally let go of myself and submitted to the will of God, which actually fulfills the definition of the Arabic word "Muslim" -- "one who submits to God". Hallelujah! 

A Final Word to Muslims
I would like to say a final word to my Muslim friends. My friends, how come we accept the Holy Spirit and don't consider it blasphemy? Muslims believe the "Ruh al qudus" (Holy Spirit) is distinct from God and yet God at the same time. If the Holy Spirit wasn't distinct, we wouldn't even have such a name, but this is not heresy because He is from God and is God and must be respected. Well, if that's the case, then why doesn't the same apply to the Word of God, which is known to Muslims as "Kalimatu Allah"? Why are we denying Him for making a sacrifice that the human mind cannot even comprehend in its entirety? His sacrifice was to come to earth as a human, to live a perfect life, die for us, and rise again, becoming the ultimate, sacrificial Lamb, the bridge between the Holy Almighty God of Abraham and us mere little worms, drenched in sin and unworthy of His presence. Please really ask yourself, since you sin every single day, how will you be able to stand in the day of the judgement shaking in fear of being rightly judged? Who will vouch for you? I personally choose the holiest, most perfect Being that ever walked the earth: the Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray for whoever reads this to find the truth, no matter who you are, no matter what religion you belong to. I'm not here to convince you of anything, because this is an adventure you must go on your own. But my only suggestion would be that if you want to seek God, then seek Him in truth. But you've got to REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to know Him with ALL your might!!! And you shall find Him, because God is a faithful God, and He will see and answer your call. He promises that "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). Hallelujah! God bless you all!

The Changes Christ Has Made in My Life
Brother Len, I wanted to personally thank you for your wonderful blog, Eternal Destinations. Thanks to you I was able to find all the resources gathered in one blog and take in all the information I could get. It was very scary and overwhelming at first, but with the Grace of God I have started repenting and applying those advices in my life one by one, and it's not as bad as I thought it'd be.

I went and threw away all my dolls, figurines, decorative statues, etc., which I didn't realize were idols. Even if we didn't pray to them, they still had no business being in our house.

I was never a fan of jewelry nor makeup, so that wasn't hard to give up, but pants!!! It was the unthinkable and hearing that they were an abomination to God was heartbreaking! I simply loved pants, I loved having a boyish look in order to look less vulnerable, but I want to please God more than anything. So I began wearing long skirts, and although it was awkward at first, I now have fully adapted! Hallelujah!

God bless you and your family!

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Editor's Comments
We praise the Lord for this sister's testimony.  Hallelujah! We give all the glory to God for what He has done in her life.

It is my hope that her testimony will help other Muslims like her, who are really searching for God, to find the truth and have a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Hers is not an isolated incident. Many Muslims are meeting Him personally in dreams and visions, as I have mentioned in my article Ongoing Earthly Ministry of Jesus. Near the end of that article, I featured the amazing testimonies of two former Muslim men who had supernatural encounters with the Lord Jesus Christ. Moreover, I have also written about two other former Muslims who have seen the Lord face-to-face in my articles, James Agboola Revelation of Heaven and Hell and Ibrahim's Experience in Hell. Don't miss these testimonies!

In the fifth chapter of Brother Ibrahim's book, Walking in God's Perfect Will, he states: "Immediately after the Lord Jesus delivered me from the control of Mohammed (Islam), He taught me how to pray and to depend on Him to preach the gospel to my Muslim brothers and sisters. Also to challenge my fellow Christians who were weak to awake." In the eighth chapter of his book, he says that while he was in a place of prayer, after a forty-day fast that the Lord led him through, he suddenly saw light around him and then heard the audible voice of the Lord speaking to him. Suddenly he saw an open vision. The first person he  saw in the vision was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, whom he claims he had seen on several occasions previously. I highly recommend reading his book.

In the author's note below, I have provide several resources for Muslims who are searching for truth, including articles I have written on who God is, the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, the Holy Trinity, the final judgment, and sins that will keep you from heaven. I have also provided articles for anyone, including weak Christians, who would like to know God's holy requirements for His children. I have also provided a link for those who want to know Jesus.

Finally, more than eighty percent of Muslims have never heard the Gospel, and less than one percent of all Christian missionaries are laboring among Muslims. God loves them! Jesus died for them. There is a great need, but you can help meet that need. Please pray for "Momina" and other Christian minorities like her in the Islamic world. Pray that God may open up the Muslim world for the Gospel. Pray for specific Muslims that Jesus Christ would come to them and reveal Himself to them. Share this article with your Muslim friends. And we will see a great harvest of souls among the followers of Mohammed.

Author's Note: This is not a hate site. There is no hatred here. Truth is hate to those who hate the truth!

If you would like to see some amazing, true testimonies of Muslims who gave their lives to Jesus Christ after seeing Him in a dream or vision, then I want to encourage you to visit "More Than Dreams: From Dreams to Reality." There you will find video dramatizations of five Muslims from the nations of Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, Egypt, and Indonesia, who each had such a supernatural encounter with Christ. 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like to read The Judgment Seat of Christ, Who is God? -- Part I, Is Jesus God?, Jesus is Yehova, The Holy Trinity, The Son of Man, The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, Garments of Godliness, Godly Attire & Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations, Carrying Your Cross or Cross Dressing?, Keeping Your Body Pure and Holy, Holy Living in a Perverted World, An Open Mind that Loves the Truth, Sins That Will Keep You From Heaven, Ask for the Ancient Paths, The Forgotten Sin of Worldliness, Ongoing Earthly Ministry of Jesus, Zipora Bitrus Testimony of Heaven and Hell, Linda Ngaujah Revelation of Heaven and Hell, and Who is God - Part II. You may access more testimonies like this on the Home page of this blog. You are also invited to view my collection of blogs at Writing for the Master

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Spiritual Awakening of Richmond King

Richmond, King, evangelist
I would like to share with you the testimony of a twenty-nine year old man from Liberia, named Richmond King.

Richmond's Testimony
I got saved at the age of fifteen and was trying my best to serve the Lord. Unfortunately, I backslid at the age of sixteen, and fell back into sin and lustful desires. After approximately ten years, I started cohabiting with a girl without fear of any punishment from the Lord. During this ten years period, I heard some salvation messages, but my heart was still filled with the lust of the world.

In March 2013, my girlfriend and I decided to visit her mother. When we arrived at the house, her mother told us that there was a testimony of a girl whom Jesus took to heaven and hell (Testimony of Linda from Sierra Leone). After witnessing the video, my girl friend and I wept bitterly for our sins that night and decided to rededicate our lives to Christ. After that, we started making plans to get married, and we got married December 27, 2014. We did not get married with rings, because of my research on jewelry from the Bible. Our families persecuted us, yet we stood strong and for the truth.

There were two encounters that I had with the Lord. One was the next day after we rededicated our lives to  Christ and the other was few months later. These experiences brought a tremendous change in my life. The first one happened the next day after we rededicated our lives to Christ. I decided to take a fast that day and while going through the fast, I decided to take a little rest. But before taking my rest, I made a statement and I said Lord what will you want me to do in the future. And after making this statement, I when to sleep. It happen between sleep and wake, I hear a voice speaking to me but I did not see anybody. The Bible I was reading before going to sleep was right over my head. In the vision, a small book was attached to the Bible and the voice told me to eat the book and I ate the book and swallowed it. After that, I awoke from sleep.

From that time until now, Scriptures can just be coming to my mind any time I am teaching the Bible. And when people ask questions, I can answer them directly from the Scriptures.

The second experience was between sleep and wake. During this encounter, I heard my name announced on a huge stage, and the people were speaking about healing happening to them, but I did not see anything. However, I heard the noise of the crowd. In this encounter, I was announced as an evangelist.  After this experience, I knew my calling in the five-fold ministry.

Thank God I did not die in my stubbornness against God and perish in hell. By the grace of God, I will stand for Jesus in this generation.

-- Richmond King

[END OF RICHMOND'S TESTIMONY]

Richmond's Wake Up Call
Praise the Lord for making Richmond to be a testimony of the saving power of Jesus Christ!  He could have died in his stubbornness against God and perished in hell like so many others do every day. But instead, when the Lord awakened him to his true spiritual condition, he repented with all his heart. He and his girl friend wept bitterly for their sins and rededicated their lives to Christ.

Look at what God can do! He can do the same for you or someone you love. But when they determined with God's help to live godly lives, then their families began to persecute them. "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." (2 Tim 3:12).  The devil was satisfied, as long as they remained asleep spiritually. But as soon as they woke up and began to follow the Lord according to the Bible, then the persecution came. As soon as they determined to embrace the Scriptural requirement of inward and outward holiness, then they were persecuted by their own loved ones. But they stood firm in the truth.

Let me encourage you that if you desire to live a godly life in Christ, you will be persecuted. Count on it! But stand firm, and rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer. Endure to the end. Those who endure to the end will be saved.

And not only did the Lord rescue Richmond from a life of sin that was taking him down to hell, but He called him to preach. That call was on his life since before he was born. The Scripture says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." (Eph 2:10). Now we can see why the devil deceived him away from the Lord after he got saved and wanted to keep him from serving the Lord. The devil knew that any preacher who fulfills his God-given calling is going to do serious damage to the kingdom of darkness by the power of God.

The experience Richmond had when the Lord called him to preach was not unlike what happened to the prophet Ezekiel, who wrote:

"Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe. Then He said to me, 'Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.' So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, 'Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.' Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth." (Eze 2:9-10 - 3:1-3)

Richmond asked, "Lord, what will you want me to do in the future," and God directly answered him. That was nothing less than a supernatural encounter with the living God. Praise the Lord!

My Personal Invitation to You
In closing, please let me say that if you are backslidden -- you were once saved, but are now away from Jesus Christ,  He is calling to you today to return to Him.  He leaves the ninety-nine other sheep in the flock to pursue you -- that one lost sheep. Wake up from your spiritual slumber! Return to Him with repentance and weeping.  "Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, 'Take away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.'" (Hos 14:2). He will forgive you, and heal you. If God could do it for Richmond, who was away from God for ten years, He can do it for you.

There is nobody on earth more miserable than a backslidden Christian.  It's a terrible place to be. You might fool yourself into believing that your having fun, but the truth is that deep down inside your soul is aching. You have no peace.  The only answer is to cry out to the Lord for mercy and turn your back on sin. Stop sinning. Don't ever go back that way again! Separate yourself from the world and consecrate yourself to the Lord once again. Pour out your heart to God in a covenant prayer something like this one.

And when you return to Him, find out what the Lord wants you to do for Him. Then serve Him with wholehearted devotion. "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." (2Ch 16:9). Work hard for the Lord and you will have a great reward in heaven. Live your life in holiness, righteousness, and truth, and strive to enter the kingdom of God through the narrow gate.

Attribution notice: Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.

Author's Note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like to read Linda Ngaujah Revelation of Heaven and Hell, Ezekiel Moses Testimony of Heaven and Hell, Why Not Live Together Rather Than Marry?, Holy Living in a Perverted World, Drifting Away, The Lord Healed My Backsliding, Striving to Enter the Kingdom of God, Rock, Rap, and Reggae Music -- Five Divine Revelations, Tattoos and Body Piercing, Alcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine Revelations, The Evil Spirit of Alcohol, The Truth Set Me Free, The Forgotten Sin of Worldliness, Sins That Will Keep You From Heaven, The Straight and Narrow Path, Ask for the Ancient Paths, James Agboola Revelation of Heaven and Hell, and Aim for Perfection. You are also invited to view my collection of blogs at Writing for the Master

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An Atheist Turns to Christ

"Hillside Glory" by C.V. Lacroix
I would like to share the testimony of my dear friend Gino.  When he told me how used to be an atheist and came to Christ in his quest to know the purpose of life, I thought that many people would be blessed to see what God did for Him. Here is his testimony.

Gino's Testimony
I was raised in a very non-Christian family.  There was nothing said about God in our home, except that we qualified as “ChrEasterns” by attending church twice a year on Christmas and Easter.  The school I attended also met those minimum requirements, but otherwise was godless.

As a high school student, I was the sociable type and not very academically minded. But after I graduated, a question came into my mind. I wanted to discover the purpose of this life, why the world is the way it is, and the solution to the world's root problem. I determined that I would try to find some answers to these questions through my research. Since I was an atheist, the only place I knew to look for knowledge was in the world. So I went to the library and began reading many books about Australian history, United States history, and other topics, looking for the purpose of life and the reason it is the way it is. I was not very sociable during this period in my life.  Now I just wanted to be by myself and read all these books, even though I had not been much of a reader or bookworm in my school days.
 
One day I discovered a book in the library about the creation story. I had always viewed the biblical account as a myth, but this book gave a possible explanation of how science and creation may actually be in perfect agreement. That was a big surprise to me, because I had loved to read Darwin’s writings, and always viewed his teaching about evolution as fact, just as everybody else that I knew did. You know, Darwin basically showed the picture of a monkey next to a picture of a man, and it had always seemed perfectly logical to me that the monkey became a man, just as I had been taught in school. Now I was wondering if anybody else besides me knew about this little book that I had just read about creation. It seemed like a well-kept secret of some kind.  That book was one of the things God used to begin directing me toward Him in my quest, at least in my thoughts, and opening up my mind to the possibility of the Bible being true.

Some time after reading that book, I was in a secular bookstore, shopping for some new books to feed this insatiable appetite I had acquired for knowledge.  While I was there, I noticed on a display rack that there was a book on sale. I picked it up and read the back cover, which stated that we all have a purpose in life, for which God made us. It claimed that this book would help me understand why I was alive and God's amazing plan for me, which seemed interesting, so I bought it.

In the first part of the book, the author explained that God made me, and that in His great love for me, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me, so that I could be with Him forever. As I read that, suddenly the realization of it all came to me personally. I was overwhelmed by the thought that Jesus Christ would die on the cross for me. I felt so unworthy of His loving sacrifice. I was hunched over in shame beneath my burden of sin, as I cried out to Him in my heart, “No, you couldn’t have done that for me. Not me! No! I don’t believe it.” Then just as suddenly as that overwhelming feeling of guilt came, it was replaced by an overwhelming sense of God’s love being poured over me. As I sat there under the weight of it, I said in my heart to God, “I believe.”  I did not even repent or confess my sins to God out loud, but in my heart, I admitted before God I was a sinner.

That moment was a turning point in my life that directed me to the Lord Jesus. I realized that He was the answer I had been searching for.  But I still had no understanding of what it meant to be saved or to become a disciple of Christ. I would describe myself to people at that point in my life as a devout Catholic, because I did not even know what else to call myself.

Sometime after that, I went to a Christian bookstore I had discovered and bought a Bible. I was so ignorant that I didn’t even realize that the three letters written on the front cover were an acronym.  I was telling friends that I had bought a “Niv”, pronouncing it like it's spelled, as if it were a word rather than an acronym. People didn’t know what I meant when I told them I had bought a “Niv”. It wasn’t until later that I looked closely at the front of my Bible and saw the subtitle in smaller font printed under the letters “NIV”, which said, “New International Version”. Then I realized that it was actually called the “N.I.V.”

I read through the entire Bible from front to back in three months! And God taught me so many things in His Holy Word during that time. For example, I now realized that the reason for all the problems in society is that man is sinful and has failed to obey His God his Creator. I didn’t hear that on the six o’clock news. Nobody seemed to know about it. I realized that the droughts and disasters were the judgment of God against sin, and not just some normal cycle within nature. But it seemed like a well-kept secret, since I heard nobody else talking about it.

Through my Bible reading, I now realized that everyone in the world must repent and turn to God through His Son Jesus Christ. It was such a great revelation to me that I simply wanted to tell everybody about it. I was not aware that others knew about this, too. In fact, one day I decided to find the local Muslim imam and tell him about this. I was going to ask him quite directly, “Do you know that you need to repent and give your life to God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for you?” In fact, I actually drove to the mosque and got out of my car, went over to the windows and peered into the mosque, but I couldn't find the imam or see any people there. Who knows what kind of reaction I would have gotten from the imam, if he had been there that day. 

But I began telling friends and family around me.  I thought it would be easy to tell my family, because whenever I visited relatives, I saw their pictures of Jesus hanging on the wall, the crucifixes over their beds, and their idols of Mary and the saints. I assumed they would accept what I had to say. I was very surprised when they rejected me and reacted with hostility toward me! Some of my relatives heard that I was speaking to other relatives about Jesus, and they called my mother to warn her that they would break both my legs if I ventured over to their side of town to speak to them. I actually thought it was rather humorous that they would be so frightened of little me that they would threaten to break my legs if I even went near their neighborhood.

As I had been reading Roman Catholic literature about their beliefs, I realized that the practices of that religion were unbiblical. For example, I read what they believe about the Eucharist, which is the bread used in communion.  I saw how it did not agree with what the Bible said about the Lord’s Supper. And there were other things like that. But when I shared that with family members, it was not received.  I remember attending a Roman Catholic mass for either a wedding or a funeral, and I did not participate when they served communion.  I was surprised afterward when my mother scolded me for it. She assured me that everyone present at the mass noticed that I did not participate. Again, it seemed ridiculous to me to think that someone as unimportant as me could create such waves.

I got a similar reaction from friends and coworkers. I remember sharing my new faith with a coworker one time, and he asked, “Wow, who’s been brainwashing you, mate?” I said, “Nobody! I’ve just been reading the Bible and learning all this on my own!” I was not even part of a church yet, and I didn’t even know how to share Jesus with people, but the Truth of God’s Word was so plain and clear to me.  I couldn’t really understand why nobody seemed to share that perspective.  I would have expected that at least some people would at least give some consideration to what I was telling them. But nobody received it at all. Instead, it was ridiculous to them and I became the object of their jokes.

One day I shared with a coworker that I had decided to burn my television, because I had come to realize there was nothing of value in secular programs. After that the rumor spread that I was throwing out my TV. So one burley coworker, who normally was pretty loud and rough-mouthed, came to me very quietly and gently. He said, “I heard you decided to throw out your TV…” Evidently the reason he was being so sweet was that he hoped I would decide to sell the TV to him for a really good price or give it away, rather than burn it. So once again, people were not able to see that these changes in my life were from God. Instead, they were only thinking of it from a human point of view.

I had been watching a video called Hell’s Bells: The Dangers of Rock ‘N’ Roll, in which Bruce Donaldson and Eric Holmberg of Reel to Real Ministries clearly showed the evils of rock music. One day I was riding in the back seat of my friend’s car. He was driving with a young lady beside him in the front passengers seat. And as I began telling my friend that I had thrown out all my rock music, he lost his temper and became very angry with me. He said something like, “You’ve gone too far with this!” Again, the changes I was making under the conviction of the Holy Spirit to rid myself of evil were misunderstood by someone close to me.

On another occasion I attended a family outing, where there was folk Italian music and dancing. In the past, I would normally have accompanied my father on the guitar.  But this time, I stayed in the background and ate food, refraining from joining in the festivities, because I realized that folk music and dancing are not godly, but worldly practices. As usual, this received quite a negative reaction from my relatives. I heard about it afterward through my mother, who told me that everyone noticed I was not playing guitar or dancing.

I began to attend a Baptist church occasionally, and I figured that these people should know what the Bible says. I was spending a lot of time with the youth of that church at different events and gatherings.  But I was surprised at the lack of biblical teaching on basic things. For example, let’s take the practice of going to the beach and wearing bathing suits, which leave a person half naked. I knew from the Bible that this was ungodly. But when I once commented half-jokingly to a young lady in the church that we should not go to the beach, she reacted very negatively to me. So I found that even within the church there is hostility toward holiness.

Some time afterward I began to pull back from some of the Christian social life I had been heavily involved in. At one point after that, my Christian friends took me out to dinner to see how I was doing. They told me that they missed me and were concerned about me. They told me they had not seen me around lately and wanted to make sure I was doing all right. While I certainly appreciated their concern, I realized that once again they were missing the point, which is that God requires holiness and righteousness from His saints. Christians cannot simply go on living like the world after we come to Christ, and expect to reach heaven.

In my disappointment with the Church, I began to look online to see if others besides me saw the requirement of holiness in the Bible. That’s when I found a site called Eternal Destinations.  There I began to read testimonies of people who had experienced heaven and hell, and who came back with a message of holiness from the Lord for mankind. Though these holiness messages are very unpopular in general in today's churches, they line up with God's Word, and the Truth is that without holiness no one will see the Lord.

I also discovered Seeking the Lord, a related site by the same author, which teaches holiness from the Word of God as a biblical requirement. This further confirmed for me that the testimonies of hell from those people are truly genuine.  I also discovered Working God’s Way, which is another site by the same author, which shows the need for true saints to practice righteousness. I began to realize that the Church has now rejected many of the things that Protestant Christians once accepted as biblical requirements. Sadly it’s true. History is repeating itself with man rejecting God’s Word over man’s opinion or denominational beliefs.

Then I read an article called Restored Truth, which showed that just as the Lord once restored Truth through reformers like Martin Luther, John Wesley, and others, He is now in the process of doing so once again.  He is restoring Truth to the Church, so that we can return to the Lord and live holy lives, as we ought to. He is coming back right away, but He is only coming for the holy ones, so we need to prepare ourselves. 

One common sin I read about on Working God’s Way was failing to keep Sundays holy. I found out that many famous Christian preachers down through the centuries kept Sundays holy, such as John Wesley and D.L. Moody, but the Church has abandoned this practice today.  However, when I tried to share this with other Christians, I received a negative reaction once again. They don’t want to hear anything about it, and consider it going back to the Law. I reckon that if God had commanded us to work seven days a week, then people would take one day a week to rest. But because He commanded that we rest one day a week and honor Him, people rebel against it.

All of this rejection from people showed me how important these things were to satan.  If I had just kept to myself, remained alone like a hermit, and carried on my life privately without telling others, it would not have been a problem. But the devil hated the fact that I was telling others, and their reaction to me made that very obvious.

I am very grateful for the sacrifice of God’s Son on the cross for me. And since I came to Christ in 2006, He has taught me what a high and holy calling it is to be a disciple of His. I cannot say that the Church has taught me that. In the Church, I see lots of programs and activities that appear to be helping countries in various humanitarian ways, such as providing clean drinking water for third world countries, but I don’t hear the biblical teaching about holiness.

One day I was visiting some very dear Christian friends, an older couple that lives close to me, named Feri and Elizabeth, whom I had met through Church. Feri was taking a nap on the couch, while I was telling Elizabeth about the testimonies I was reading on Eternal Destinations, and the articles I was reading about God’s biblical requirement of holiness.  When Feri got up from his nap, he said that he could hear me while he was sleeping, and as I was speaking he was having a dream from the Lord, in which he saw a prominent local pastor sitting asleep in a chair. It was yet another confirmation that what the Lord has been teaching me is in fact true.

This is not meant to be critical of any of the people I have mentioned, who have rejected me, or who have rejected the Lord’s message of holiness. I don’t have any ill will toward them, but only love and compassion. How can I be critical of anyone for the same things I myself once did? 

It’s written in Scripture: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Ps 14:1, NIV). That describes what I was like at one time. But I’m so glad He loved me enough to send His only begotten Son to die a horrible death on the cross for me. And He loved me so much that, even though I was living my life denying His existence, He reached out to me to make Himself known to me. I’m forever grateful for this new life He has given me. I’m still not all that I should be, but I’m definitely not what I used to be. I’m a new creature in Christ. And since I’ve come to know Him as my Lord and Savior, He’s continued to reveal His love to me in more ways than I can count.

If you are an atheist, I want to tell you that God is real. It takes more faith to be an atheist than it does to believe in God. You can see evidence of His existence all around you.  All the wonderful things in nature that you enjoy each day experienced their birth through Him. And you can see evidence all around you that God loves you. He provides you with food to eat, beautiful flowers to see and smell, the stars of the sky in their constellations, the sunshine, the majestic mountains, and the vast ocean with all its awesome power.

Meanwhile, atheists like I once was refuse to believe in the One who made it all. The Bible says, “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Rom 1:19-20, NIV).

He is the One who made you in His own image. You did not evolve from a monkey! He has an amazing plan for your life, both here on earth, and forever in eternity. But you cannot experience His purpose for your life without a relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. I urge you to give your life to the Lord Jesus, who died on the cross for you. The reason He died was to pay the price for your sins, so that you don’t have to spend eternity in hell. Hell is real! It’s a very hot place of eternal torment that was originally prepared for the devil and his angels (demons). You don’t want to go there! You need to repent of your sin and believe in Him for the forgiveness of your sins. You need to surrender your whole life to Him, and invite Him to come and live inside your heart as your Lord and Savior.

If you are a Christian, who already knows Jesus, but you are not living a holy, righteous life, then I have a message for you. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. Return to the Lord with weeping and mourning. Seek the Lord while He may be found. He loves you and does not want you to perish in hell. Don’t continue to trample underfoot the precious blood that saved you. But realize that you have offended the Lord and grieved the Holy Spirit.  Repent now with all your heart and ask the Lord to forgive you. Then by the power of the Holy Spirit, begin to live a life of holiness and righteousness for His honor and glory.

-- Gino Villella, Melbourne, Australia

Editorial Comments
What a marvelous testimony of God's love! Brother Gino was searching for Jesus while he was still an atheist, and he didn't even know it. He was seeking God without realizing it. In Psalm 14, David said, "The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God." (Ps 14:2, NIV).  It would not surprise me if God is the One Who initially put the question into Gino's mind, so that he would seek after Him, and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him.

God was so kind to brother Gino to reveal Himself to him the way He did, such as the way He used a book about Creation that was hidden in a public library among books by Darwin.  He used that book to open up Gino's mind to accepting the Truth of the Bible about God's existence as Creator of heaven and earth. He also used a book by a Christian author in a secular bookstore to open up Gino's mind to accept that Jesus died for Him on the cross.

All of those things were preliminary steps to get Gino to a place where He would read the Bible for Himself.  Just as Gino responded positively to each of those opportunities, he did the same when He bought a Bible and read it cover to cover in just a few months. As he read the Bible, whenever God showed Him something, he responded to it properly. I'm not saying Gino was perfect or that he never made a mistake. There were probably times that he did not respond as he ought to. But overall his attitude was that he listened to God's voice each time He spoke to Gino. He took the Bible literally and seriously. He wanted to know what pleased the Lord.  And when the Lord put His finger on something in Gino's life, he was willing to give it up, whether it was rock music, television, public bathing at the beach, unbiblical practices of the Catholic Church, or folk music and dancing. That's how the Lord wants to work in each one of our lives to sanctify us. But we must respond to Him in repentance, forsaking sin each time He convicts us of guilt.

And at every step along the way, Gino was sharing Jesus with friends, family, and others within his sphere of influence. He didn't have any formal training on how to do it, but he just did it. Each time God showed Him something, He was telling others, including his Christian friends. He lived what he believed, and let people see the life of Christ within him. He wasn't afraid to talk about the Lord and His Word. And when people rejected him, he didn't let that stop him. He kept right on sharing Jesus with others, in spite of being ridiculed, despised, and persecuted.  That kind of faith pleases the Lord. True saving faith will be marked by those kinds of deeds.

Let me assure you that a person does not go from being an atheist to living like that unless it's real. Nobody brainwashed Gino. The Lord revealed Himself to him. He didn't join some religion and become indoctrinated. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and followed Him, which he is continuing to do up to this day.  It hasn't always been easy for him. And he hasn't made the mistake of assuming that the truth is with the majority opinion. He hasn't conformed to the world or the worldly practices in the Church. He hasn't assumed that because the pastors are not preaching holiness that it must not be important to God. He reads the Bible and believes the Scriptures, even when it goes against popular opinion. That's what God expects from each of His children, and He's pleased when we live that way.

Let me encourage you today to seek the Truth like Gino did and give your life to Jesus. Live for him one hundred percent, loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." (Lk 13:24, NIV).

Attribution notice: Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted. The "Hillside Glory" painting and the "Holiness" calligraphy are by my seventeen-year old daughter, C.V. Lacroix. You can find more of her lovely artwork and calligraphy on A Brush with Life.

Author's Note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like to read Unbiblical Practices of the Catholic Church, Holy Living in a Perverted World, God's View of Public BathingRock, Rap, and Reggae Music -- Six Divine Revelations, Hell’s Bells: The Dangers of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Messages from the Lord for Catholics Worshiping Idols, Gabriel Doufle Kokou Testimony of Heaven and Hell, Tattoos and Body Piercing, Alcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine Revelations, Keeping Sundays Holy - Part I, Keeping Sundays Holy - Part II, Famous Christian Sabbath Observers, The Truth Set Me Free, Who is God?, and Australian Pastor Raised from the Dead. You are also invited to view my collection of blogs at Writing for the Master

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.