"Most of you know Walt and me.
You know that we have had some serious
problems in our marriage this last year.
I want to tell you why and to warn you to
avoid the pit I fall into.
"I was abused by my father when I was a
teenager. As a result, I felt dirty and
worthless for much of my life. Walt and
I were not believers when we got married, and
we both drank a lot and got caught up in the
drug scene. Then Pastor Cliff introduced
us to Jesus., and our lives were changed
overnight. Some of you remember the
year, my sister called me and said she had
found the solution to our wounded hearts in a
seminar being run by a psychologist. I
remember telling her, I've accepted Jesus as
my Saviour. He has washed me white as
response was, you're repressing your memories,
Ellen. Hidden underneath the cheerful
veneer is a heartbroken little girl crying for
comfort. You owe it to her to go back
into the past with a psychologist so you can
deal with the unresolved issues of what Dad
did to us.
I said to her,
'But Carol, I've forgiven Dad. He didn't
know the Lord. I still love him in spite
what he did to us. I want him to know
'you are just not in touch with your true
feelings, Ellen. You've got to learn to
hate Dad and make him pay for what he did
before you can really forgive him.
I have never heard Carol sound so
bitter. But I promised I would read the
book on the wounded heart, so I bought it at
the Christian book store. As I read it,
i began to sense an uneasiness growing in my
heart. My old anger and hurts returned,
only worse than before. It began to
affect my feelings toward Walt, and I withdrew
from him. I went out to attend a seminar
on sexual abuse with my sister, and came back
convinced that only a psychologist could
really understand my problems and how to deal
and bitterness continued to grow until I
couldn't separate my anger at my father from
my bitterness towards Walt. Soon I
forgot all about the person who actually
abused me and directed all my venom at my
regular therapy with a psychologist at$90 an
hour, and it was causing us deep financial
stress. On top of that, I spent hours on
the phone with my sister. If Walt dared
to complain about the expense, i just got even
more angry. He couldn't win. I was
angry if he tried to talk to me about my
attitudes, and angry if he kept quiet.
I began to realize that I wasn't getting
better, but now my pride kicked in. I
was too embarrassed to admit that therapy was
only making matters worse. Walt kept
begging me to go to a biblical councelor with
him, and I finally agreed.
had enough faith in God to believe that the
Scriptures are true, so when the councelor
began sharing verses with me, I found that my
heart responded. I began to remember
what it was like when i first accepted
Christ-how free and clean, i felt. I
remember the joy Walt and I had shared, and I
wanted that again...........
councelor had me read 2.Peter chapter one out
loud. I understood the deception I had
bought into. It was almost like Saul's
experience in the Bible. it seemed like
scales fell from my spiritual eyes, and I
could see the love of God clearly again.
testimony of Jim Hohnberger
Q.: When you first recognized that
something was wrong in your spiritual life,
what was it that led you to decide that
simplifying your life was the answer?
wasn't raised in the faith that I am
presently in. After we had come into the
remnant church of God, we became very active
in sharing the truths that brought us into the
church. But I began to find out that a lot of
my Christian experience was outward -- church
attendance, giving Bible studies, etc. I
became the head elder at the church. I was
preaching and had been involved a little over
three years. Well, I came home one night and
Sally and I got into a real bad fight. My
3-year-old and my 5-year-old were screaming.
They didn't know what was going on, they were
too young to understand. Sally went for a walk
on our 40 acres and when she came back I just
said to her, "Honey, what's going
called my office. (I owned an insurance agency
then.) I told my office staff that I was
leaving for 10 days for some time out. Sally
and I pulled our travel trailer up to Imp Lake
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by
Watersmead, and spent 10 days re-evaluating
courted each other we were madly in love. I
mean we had a beautiful romance. But once we
got married we just jumped on the
merry-go-round that's in this society, this
giant treadmill. We thought to be happy we had
to have the bigger home -- We went through
three homes. We were now in a 3,000 square
foot, all cedar log home on 40 park-like acres
with a little lake. Had all the fine vehicles;
was making a great income. I was head elder of
the church, very active in the community, but
we had grown apart. There was an eroding
process that actually separated us and
the only thing we didn't have now was each
other. We had all the trappings of what
"they" said was success, but we were
So as we
re-evaluated ourselves over those ten days, we
began to look at others in my career. We
looked at others in the church, not from a
critical standpoint, not pointing fingers, but
seeing what we could learn from them and we
didn't like what we saw. We determined that
success was not in the direction that we were
going. We had to regain our time (the only
thing we didn't have now was time), and apply
it to really finding a walk with God, not just
truth and not just the church. And then making
our marriage a priority and our children a
priority. And so we knew we had to get off
this fast pace, this treadmill that we're on
in the United States. Of course, Europe is on
it, Australia, Canada and England too -- it's
not just the United States.
controversy that God has with His people is
that they are in charge of their lives.
That's the whole issue with humanity.
When Lucifer wanted to be in charge, that was
the sin problem. The method is simple:
Jim Hohnberger must learn how to surrender the
control of himself in the present, and then
maintain that surrender through the influence
of the Spirit in his conscience, allowing God
to be in control throughout the day.
That is the Christian life in a nutshell.
God can truly make a difference
in someones life. He offers Something
Better for those who accept him. Let me
share with you what he did for me.
I was in the Rock
Music Industry, Masquerading as someone
special. I say Masquerading because if those
in the industry were honest, especially with
themselves, they would admit to a deep
loneliness and a need for Something
Better in their lives, well that was me.
Although I enjoyed a reasonable amount of low
level success as a musso, I was empty. Most in
that scene do drugs, I was no exception, few
were the waking moments when I was straight.
Looking for that
Something Better, some normality in my
life, almost consumed my thinking, I wanted
built in me against the whole thing, against
the venues and managers where we performed,
against other musicians, against my self and
anybody who came near me and fights became
common. Now when I look back, I can plainly
see that the anger and frustration was because
I had two powers trying to work in my life.
Gods Holy Spirit was calling me out trying to
tell me, theres Something Better, and
Satan wasnt happy. Confusion dominated me
because God was calling me up, while Satan
tried so hard to keep me down where he had me.
The void in my life
started to be filled when I met a young lady
who was different from the rest, she had
happiness, direction, and
purpose. It was this lady that led me
into Christianity, she showed me that God does
love and care for me. This young lady also
showed me that she loved and cared for me and
our marriage soon followed. Twenty years on
and the love is still there between her and
me, and us and God, only the love now is much
When I first left the music industry I
still had a lot of baggage, drugs, alcohol and
cigarettes. These things had been a part of me
so long, that escaping them, I thought, would
be near impossible, but prayer changes things.
Personal prayer and prayer from others on my
behalf, soon gained me the victory. Friends
prayed the same prayer that I was praying,
that God would take all desire for these
things away. Amazingly God answered those
prayers, I have never in twenty years had the
slightest craving for any of those addictive
substances. God can truly make a difference in
your life, he offers Something Better.
A promise of Gods,
found in the bible has always meant so much to
me, ( Math 11:28 ) says come unto me, all
ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest what
a promise !!
I certainly was heavy laden, and
the rest and peace God gave me really is
Dear reader, I
dont know what your circumstances are,
Ive no idea what has happened in your life.
You may be a murderer or a rapist, you may
think that God wont help you because
youve been too bad. The good news is that
it is impossible to be too bad for God, he
loves us all and is willing to help any who
will ask. Jesus himself said it in ( John
6:37) The one who comes to me I will by no
means cast out. Friend, his heart is open
and so are his arms. Do you have a deep desire
for Something Better? Why not give God a
try, it works !! and thats not just my experience, but the experience
of countless others in my church also. Let me
say it once more, God can truly make a
difference in your life.
May God bless you as you consider what
you have just read. Mark Gale, SDA
Church Esk, Australia
LIFE AFTER DEATH
This is the story of my journey from atheism, through agnosticism to becoming a Christian, someone with a personal trust in Jesus Christ. Now I face death with total confidence!
I took this step in June 1987. Before then I thought the following:
- There is no God.
- Life on earth evolved.
- Jesus was a myth.
- The Bible was so old it could not possibly be accurate. History is unrepeatable so why should I believe it?
- Of all the religions in the world, why should the Christian faith be the only "right" one?
- Visions of heaven and hell experienced by some people close to death were biochemical changes in the brain. I had no doubt these stories were useful for controlling people! But what if these places really do exist, regardless of whether or not you believe in them?
Can you identify with any of this?
Even as a young child, I had no beliefs at all. It was as a teenager that I began to think that there might be a God. I attended School Chapel and went through with the church ritual in the vague hope that if there were " something in it" I would be all right. I assumed that making a commitment to Christ meant accepting that he was a man with a beard, living in Israel, claiming to be the Son of God. But I had great difficulty in believing in the existence of either and found myself unable to accept anything in the Bible.
Then, in 1987 I had a strange experience! It started in February when I began to feel like I was suffocating from the inside. However, there was no clinical explanation for it.
One Friday evening at the end of April that year, I met with three Christian friends to pray (speak to God). Because Christians prayed I thought I could be a Christian by praying! That is rather like being in a garage and pretending to be a car!
Then the young woman in the group began to say things about which only I knew. She said: "You did not choose me, I chose you Salvation* comes by faith not works The only thing you will ever have to boast about is that it is I and I alone who have saved you" I was overwhelmed. I gasped: " Its true!" I concluded that there is a God and he knows exactly what I think! To him we are totally transparent and that is how he is able to know everything about each of us, including whether or not we have a relationship with him.
(* The Christian view of Salvation is the attainment of Eternal Life in the joy of heaven. It has to be secured before death. No one knows or wants to know when that will occur).
Then it happened! There was a violent rushing wind from above. It seemed to occupy all the space in the room and penetrated both my eardrums but no damage was done. My whole body was filled with this powerful but gentle wind. The suffocating stopped and I could breathe properly again. There was no wind outside. The doors and windows were closed. There was no draught within. It was like a scene out of Pentecost! Please see Acts Chapter 2 verse 2 in the Bible: " Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting."
It took a several weeks for me to get my head around what had happened and why. I had often wanted to know whether or not the stories in the Bible were true. This is particularly so of the ones about Jesus rising from the dead and making the claim:
" I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies." (John 11v25 in the Bible). Also, " I am the way, the truth and the life, no-one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14v6).
Although I did not exactly meet with this so-called " man with a beard", I did have an encounter with who Christians call the Holy Spirit. Christians believe that God exists in three "persons". Water is available to us in the form of ice, steam and the water we drink. In a similar way Christians believe that God exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father made the world and sent His Son Jesus, fully God and fully man, to die on the Cross for the sins of all Christians. Who made God is difficult to answer but someone once stated: "If God needed to be made, he wouldnt be God!" The Holy Spirit is to us now what Jesus himself was in the flesh. He moves different people in different ways.
Pentecost only happened because Jesus lived, died and rose again. I thought. I prayed. I read into the evidence supporting the Christian faith. Since then much more has come to light. Such literature may be found in Christian bookshops. Even if you do not believe me or if you have another problem believing in what the Bible teaches, please seek this material out and read it. It is important.
My experience convinced me of the truth of Jesus Christ: his life, miracles, teachings, death and resurrection. Belief in his being raised from the dead is essential to have a relationship with the one who gives Eternal Life. " That 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."(Romans 10v9)
The same applies to his visible removal from earth and, one day, his public and personal return when he will place all people into one of two categories. These are those who are going to heaven, a place of everlasting peace and beauty, and those who are going to hell, a place of everlasting agony and punishment.
Of course, each person who has died by that time will have been placed in either heaven or hell.
In the light of this, do you think you can sit on the fence?
" Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for Gods wrath remains on him."(John 3v36)
In June 1987, I made a conscious decision to turn away from being wrong before God. I made a commitment to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He died for me personally.
Christians claim that this choice and belief are essential for Salvation, and the only way to escape Gods wrath. That is the Good News of Jesus Christ, also known as the Gospel. " For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."(John 3v16)
But why should anyone suffer this terrible fate? " There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3v22&23 in the Bible). Are you perfect? Can you say to a holy and righteous God that you are as sinless as he is?
Since most of us are capable of making decisions, we will be accountable to God in this light.
If you feel that you are ready to receive this wonderful gift of Eternal Life would you like to make a personal commitment to repent of sin and to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ?
Lord Jesus Christ, I am truly sorry for all of the wrong things I have said, thought and done in my life. I ask that you forgive me. I believe that you took all my sin on you when you died on the cross for me- personally. You rose again to give me Eternal Life with you. Please come into my life as my Saviour, Lord, and Friend. Thank you. Amen.
Then, if you are not already in one, please join a church where the Bible is taught and honoured and arrange to be baptised by having your body immersed in water.
" You must repent and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins: and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2v38)
You then need to walk with God by worshipping him and obeying his teaching. Also, you should tell others about what you have done and why, at your discretion.
If you feel you cannot follow these suggestions, then take these claims seriously. Ask God to reveal himself and his truth to you.
You are welcome to share this information with anybody by absolutely any means.
Thank you for reading this. May God bless you and bring you closer to him.
Name and address witheld
from Deborah Khalil.
I can not wait to let you know about this
testimony and the confirmation that our Lord
is alive. It begins as a tragedy but ends as
Victor received this by email a few days
(20/05/04), and talked with family in
confirm the details that were given there
A Muslim man in Egypt killed his wife and
with their infant baby and 8-year old
girls were buried alive! He reported to
that an uncle killed the kids.
15 days later, another family member died.
went to bury him, they found the 2 girls
sand - alive! The girl was asked how she
"A man wearing shiny white clothes, with
wounds in his hands, came every day to
feed us. He
woke up my mom so she could nurse my
She was interviewed on Egyptian national
TV, by a
veiled Muslim woman news anchor. She said
TV, "This was none other but Jesus,
else does things like this!"
Muslims believe Isa would do this; but the
mean He really was crucified, and it's
that He is alive! The country is outraged
incident, and the man will be executed.
also clear that the child could not make
up a story
like this, and there is no way these
have survived without a true miracle.
Muslim leaders are going to have a hard
figure out what to do with this, and the
of the Passion movie doesn't help matters
With Egypt at the center of the media and
in the Middle East, you can be sure that
will spread. Christ is still turning the
Please let this story be shared too.
This is the God we serve
May God bless you and guide you always
Do not give up...It is not over yet until
Cast your burdens upon JESUS because HE
Look up to JESUS.....HE is the AUTHOR and
FINISHER of our FAITH!
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(to be continued....)