I’m sure you’ve heard the miraculous story of the US airways plane going down safely in the Hudson river in New York city. There was a Christian Medical & Dental Association student on board. Listen to how God worked in and through this catastrophe in the testimony of this man and his wife. Click here.

~Donovan

HT: Tim Challies

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This is another wonderful testimony from the ministry of I Am Second. Karen Green was abused as a child. She had a baby by age 13. When her mom kicked her out of the house, she turned to prostitution and drugs…

Karen’s testimony is beautiful. Watch it here.

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Praise God!

~ Donovan

                               

I was raised in a non-Christian home until around 10 or 11 years old when God fulfilled a dream. This dream was one that one of my mother’s aunts had about my mother being covered with blood. When my aunt told my mother about her dream, it repulsed her, but my aunt said it was good for her to be covered with blood because it was the blood of Jesus Christ.

 

After my mother was born again, I started having some contact with the Gospel even though it was limited because my father wanted to go places on his only day off—Sunday. Like any saved mother, she got my sister and I involved as much as possible in Bible-centered activities. She won my father over without nagging him. She lived a godly life before him and lived like the woman in Proverbs 31:10.

 

I lived an outwardly clean life until my junior year of High School. This was the time my depraved nature started to manifest itself in many rebellious ways. Alcohol addiction was my first. I was known at Banning High as “Larry the Lush.” I soon tired of being sick, was introduced to drugs, and then became a respectable drug addict.

 

Then, God started doing some very strange things to me, like not letting me go to sleep until I read His Word. This went on for some months in 1957 until one Sunday morning in November God got me up and sent me off to my mother’s church. When the invitation was given, the Lord told me if I didn’t make a decision and believe on Jesus now He would never deal with me again. I went to the front and tried to tell a deacon my reason for coming but all I could do was cry. After a long time having liquid prayers, I went outside. I had never seen the sky so blue and the grass so green! That was the morning my Heavenly Father made me a new creature in the Lord Jesus Christ. “I have begun the work in you and I will complete it” Philippians 1:6.

 

Soon after, our gracious God and Father gave me life, light, and faith to believe in Him, He started using me to tell others of His great power to free souls from Satan’s darkness and slavery to sin. God gave me the gifts of teaching and preaching His Word and the faith to know that His Word always does exactly what He promises it will do. I have failed Him many times but for Jesus’ sake He has never given up on me. Praise His Holy Name!

 

~Larry Kuechlin Sr.

I am one of His Born Ones only by His GRACE!

 

 

Larry and Pat Kuechlin

               

 

Larry with 2 of his granddaughters, Lacee and Katelyn Young,

at Bethel Grace, Resurrection Sunday, 2008 

 

             

Larry and Dave Novak enjoying a laugh at the Bethel Grace VBS, 2007

 

     

To read more testimonies, click here.

             

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
        
When I try to explain to people what kind of person I used to be, it is usually received with shock and awe that the person standing before them really could have been “THAT” bad. But that’s what makes God’s grace so amazing! He can take the worst of sinners and turn their life around in such a dramatic way, a way that is so inhumanly possible,  that only God can get the glory for it!  Read the rest of this entry »

Lance Skifter is no longer at Bethel Grace, but God used our church significantly in his life, and used him to bless us greatly too… Most of us know him affectionately as “Skip” or “Skipper”. Many of his good friends are here, so he and his wife still visit from time to time… This is Lance’s testimony of God’s grace in his life:

“I was raised in a Christian home by godly parents. I attended church (at Bethel Grace since I was 8 years old) every Sunday and AWANA or Youth Group every Wednesday night. I went to Brethren Christian Elementary (in Long Beach) and Brethren Junior High School (in Paramount at that time). Although I attended church regularly, went to Christian school, could talk about all the Bible stories, and memorized many AWANA verses, my life never produced any good fruit (Matt. 7:17). 

 Throughout my high school years, I would go to church and act like the kids at church, then I would go to school and act like the kids at school. My main focus growing up was to be accepted by my friends. I guess you could say I became all things to all people, but in the wrong way.

 The evening of my high school graduation I took my first drink of alcohol. That was the start of a downhill slide that lasted nine years. In January 2001, I got married and by January 2002, we separated. My ex-wife announced that she was a lesbian. She moved out of our bedroom and into the spare room with her girlfriend. My drinking problem only escalated over the time of the marital problems and after the separation. The problem became so bad that I was drinking a case of beer every day (yes, every day!), and I was smoking a pack-and-a-half of cigarettes every day. My drinking caused me to lose my job and get evicted from my rental house in Riverside, CA. 

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At 1:30 p.m. on August 24 2007, I asked Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. I was sitting on the couch with my sister Debi and my niece Emily. We prayed together and cried together.  I remember it so definitely because my life changed so much that afternoon.

The leader of our Church youth group sexually molested me from when I was very young until I was the age of eleven, at which point I turned to a life of drugs and alcohol. I dropped out of school, was promiscuous, and became pregnant young. I was blessed with two beautiful children that I abused, not sexually but physically, and couldn’t care for. I ended up giving them to my aunt and uncle when they were only one and three. They are now fourteen and sixteen.

 

I had an uncle that I was very close to all my life; he was my buddy. He died August 16, 2001. I was devastated and became so mad at God for taking him away from me. I didn’t care about anything or anyone. I had given up any thought of becoming clean or having a chance at the good life.

 

I continued on my path of destruction for several years, trying to fix the emptiness within me with drugs, alcohol, and destructive relationships. Finally I hit my rock bottom and I quit. That was around June 2005. It seemed that I stood still in time until that wonderful day that I asked Jesus Christ to be my Savior. When I did I was finally able to exhale and I was released of my burdens. I haven’t felt the same since; colors are brighter, smells are sweeter, and songs dance in my head. God gave His only Son to die for my sins and therefore I’ve been given a chance at the good life!

 

I’m thirsty for the Word of God and I desire to do God’s will and glorify Him.

 

~Colleen Smith

 

 

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 Colleen (right), with her sister, Debi Herring, and niece, Emily

 

 

Debi prayed for her sister for years and witnessed to her numerous times before Colleen embraced Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Colleen’s salvation is a testimony to how God uses faithfulness in evangelism and prayer. It was such a joy to see Debi and Emily’s joy in Colleen’s salvation – they were so excited! And that joy has continued as they’ve watched her grow and grow… Colleen is a beautiful testimony to the joy that can only be found in Christ! She is amazed at God’s grace! And it’s truly impossible to talk to her about Jesus and miss the fact that she LOVES her Savior! : ) 

 

Colleen moved to California shortly after being saved in order to be close to her sister and other believing family. She was baptized at Bethel Grace on March 9, 2008. 

 

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Our God is mighty to save!

~ Donovan 

P.S: If you have not yet read our post describing this “series” of testimonies and what we’re hoping to achieve through them, check the post below this one.  

We’re going to start posting testimonies from different people in our church family – telling of God’s grace in saving them, growing them, or blessing them in other ways… You’ll be able to find them all by clicking on the category, “Testimonies of God’s Grace”. I’m excited about this for a number of reasons. Here are my hopes for these testimonies:

  • That God will be glorified as we identify His grace in people’s lives 
  • That we’ll be blessed and moved to worship as we savor God’s goodness
  • That we’ll be encouraged in our walks with God as we’re reminded of His forgiveness (don’t let guilt weigh you down!), faithfulness (He’s with you and always will be!), and power to transform lives (by His powerful grace, you CAN change!)… Believers have every reason for hope and joy!
  • That we’ll be comforted with the comfort with which others have been comforted – 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
  • That those who don’t know Christ will learn of His gospel of grace, see it’s power and beauty put on display, and turn to Him for forgiveness
  • That we’ll appreciate each other more as we’re reminded of what binds us together… We’re not just people who show up at the same place every Sunday! We’re family forever because God has been gracious to pay our debt and adopt us as His children!
  • That we’ll get to know each other better – through the testimonies themselves, and through the conversations that come from them
  • That our fellowship will be richer as our conversations are more and more centered on what Christ has done and is doing in individuals, families, and our church
  • That we’ll learn to better identify God’s grace in people’s lives on an ongoing basis. This is important because it encourages us, it enables us to better encourage others with specifics, and because God is magnified as we take note of what He’s doing in and through people…

For Christ and His people,

~Donovan