Listen here...Testimonies with Moni Episode #50
It was an honor and privilege to interview Patrick a few weeks ago to gather his Testimony to share with you all. Patrick has gone through some rough things in life and has landed in the Hand of God where he uses the comfort he has been given to comfort others in return. If you are familiar with the Prodigal Son story, you might recognize a few of the characters in this re-telling of life. One of Patrick’s favorite things to say is “God does not have any grandchildren”. As the son of a pastor, Patrick grew up around church all his youth. But once he was old enough, Patrick stepped away from the church and charted a path on his own out in the world. Through his 20s and 30s, he wandered through various stages of life alone and lost. It was not until he hit rock bottom, after a second failed suicide attempt, did he see the need for Christ as his savior in his life.
Once saved, Patrick took his talents and turned them to the work of the Lord. Patrick has served as the Mission Supervisor for his local Rescue Mission since 2017, has been a deacon at his home church and is on the A/V production team since 2015. In 2019, Patrick decided to take his years experience as a wedding DJ and turn it into A Guy and His Bible. Each week, he explores bible passages which have been meaningful and impactful to him the previous week.
In his spare time, Patrick is working on obtaining his Associates Degree in biblical studies and enjoys reading (Steve Berry is his go to author) and is an avid music fan, with The Killers, The Beatles, Sister Hazel and Oasis topping his list of all time favorite artists. He is also a self proclaimed Apple Fanboy and shuns any attempt to sway him to Android.
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Last week I shared the Intro to The Covenant Stories. Today the difference between contracts and covenants were explained. There were also many scriptures that mentions Covenants in the Bible. If you would like to take a look at your Bible before next week, here are some verses that you can highlight or write out the touch on the seven Covenants that I mentioned in the podcast, Episode #49, Listen here.
Travel back in time with me to the Ancient Hebrew way of thinking
The story of the Bible is the story of the Hebrew wife of God and the Gentile Bride of Christ grafted into the Hebrews.
The Abrahamic Covenant. Is it still relevant to us today? It began as a blood covenant with Abram. God called Himself “The God of Abraham” “The God of Isaac” and “The God of Jacob” and ultimately the God of Israel. Through Jesus, we can all have access to salvation, the Jew and the Gentile. The Abrahamic Covenant, made new, better translated as “re-newed” in the strongs ( a primate root; to be new, causatively to rebuild:-renew, repair) is now a better covenant through Jesus Christ. Psalm 105:7-11
Below you can find a PDF to download for a quick review of
"The History and Deeper Meaning of Covenant."
Just a reminder as you study your Bible to look at what you are reading through the eyes of those who it was written for. The Hebrew Culture is different than ours at present so little nuances can be lost if we are not paying attention. Enjoy time reading the love letters that God saved for us throughout the centuries. One day, those who have put their trust in Him, through His son Jesus, will see Him face to face. He loves you and wants to spend time with you.
Season 3 Episode #48
Jenna is a wife, mom, Nurse, and Podcaster and a fiery red head. She has been searching for a deeper understanding of what faithfulness looks like in life. She wants to share the wisdom she has learned with others. As a child her mother read the Bible stories to her, and her family all went to church together as first generation believers and grow in faithfulness. After marriage a time of suffering through infertility, God worked on what she calls the ugliness of her heart. In fact, she mentioned in this podcast that she is working on an episode of her own on this topic that should be released in October, so check the link at the end of this post.
As a couple they stepped out in faith. Jenna and her husband left the corn fields of Ohio and flew to Los Angeles. After praying for God's clear direction as the plane took off, they received word from her husbands employer, that his job was just gone. The answer was clear, but not exactly what they expected. To learn more about the Hope that Jenna shares, as well as her beautiful voice in song, listen in to the Podcast here.
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Season 3 Episode #47 Intro to the Covenant Stories
Almost 50 years ago, I was bussed to a church on Sunday’s while my mom went to visit my dad in the hospital. This gave my mom time to visit with Dad, and bring him home and get him comfortable to visit with the entire family and have an early Sunday dinner before Mom and my brothers and sisters drove Dad back to the Nursing home to visit him almost every other day after school. This routine lasted about a year, until Dad died. I cried and cried, and clung to my new friend Jesus that I met in Sunday School.
My Sunday School Teacher gave me a book. It was a little white Bible, and told me to read it. Mom thought I was taking this whole “saved” thing a bit far, and didn’t think I needed to be reading the Bible. I found some uninterrupted time to read under the covers at night with a flashlight. I didn’t remember any other instructions on reading the book, so I did what I usually did with books... I flipped to the end to see if it was a happy ending. So I read the last portion of the book. It was called Revelation.
Guess what? As a child, that book was ever so scary! It was an epic tale of testimonial proportions with peoples in far off lands, trumpets, golden candlesticks, and swords. It intrigued me beyond measure, but I think reading Revelation at the age of ten, knowing that his was a true tale of things to come, created a heart within me that never wanted to watch scary movies. I had seen the worst of things to come, and wanted no part of it pretend movies.
I had lots of questions after finishing the book. Dad was gone, and mom was busy raising a large brood all on her own so she was happy to keep sending us to church on the bus, and I was happy to keep hearing these Bible stories explained.
I heard tales of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. As I grew, most of the churches I attended in my youth, would tell the stories of these Bible Characters. After I married, my husband and I read the Bible from beginning to end, and I saw that there were many more stories of other people in the Bible that helped us to learn God’s heart.
We had two sons, and I became involved in serving in the children’s ministry as they grew. I taught out own two sons, as well as others in Sunday School about the Famous Stories of the Bible about The Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David, and Jesus. As a family, we sat under verse by verse teaching and these familiar stories were brought to life. I continued to share these famous Bible stories to the children at VBS, in Sunday school, Homeschool youth classes, and even women’s ministry.
I would take groups of children through a “walk thru the Bible” tour that the entire church would help set up each year to give children and parents from the community, a visual story telling of the events of the Bible, once again focusing on these main stories.
Several years later, I was teaching a Women’s Bible study on the Covenants of the Bible... Listen to the Podcast to learn more... Intro to the Covenant Stories
Episode #46 Link: Intro to Testimonies with Moni
Some of us are not able to meet together in person these days. However we can be creative with the ways we "gather" to encourage one another. This collection of Testimonies is meant to bring us encouragement to walk each day as we declare God's righteousness and praise all the days of our lives. May these Testimonies motivate us to love and good works, to encourage us to gather in Spirit and in person encouraging each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming nearer. The Overcomers of scripture, overcome by the blood of the Lamb, meaning their sins have been washed clean by the finished work of Jesus on the cross, and the word of their Testimony, bringing truth to the words, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, that Jesus is Lord. The Overcomers choose to declare this truth now, willingly and obediently instead of being made to bow down in the future. As you listen to the Testimonies, you will hear that all of us need a savior.