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Prayer and Personal Testimonies => Personal Testimonies => Topic started by: Richard OFfill on August 26, 2009, 12:16:05 PM

Title: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: Richard OFfill on August 26, 2009, 12:16:05 PM
A question -- Can you think of someone or several who have influenced you in your Christian walk.?

In my case it wasn't one person. Being raised in the church it depends on when and where. As a boy of 11-13 I was greatly inspired at campmeeting. Even as a young boy, I was deeply moved by HMS Richards Sr. and the Men from the General Conference who spoke. It has been found that from 10-12 a young person is moved by things spiritual and I certainly was. Even the Junior tent was an inspiration.

I cannot leave out my parents. My Dad baptized me when I was nine. It was his example that must have influenced my call to the ministry.
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: newbie on August 26, 2009, 04:37:26 PM
as a newbie... I had a C-span dish and was searching and found 3ABN...  most influenced by Doug B. and Ken Cox back in the early 90s.   :-)  PTL for their ministries and 3ABN

raised in an atheistic family one might think I'd never known the Lord but twice my life was saved by very strange circumstances and I KNEW there was something more to this world than what I was told or could see 
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: Soli Deo Gloria on September 01, 2009, 10:10:25 AM
A question -- Can you think of someone or several who have influenced you in your Christian walk.?

In my case it wasn't one person. Being raised in the church it depends on when and where. As a boy of 11-13 I was greatly inspired at campmeeting. Even as a young boy, I was deeply moved by HMS Richards Sr. and the Men from the General Conference who spoke. It has been found that from 10-12 a young person is moved by things spiritual and I certainly was. Even the Junior tent was an inspiration.

I cannot leave out my parents. My Dad baptized me when I was nine. It was his example that must have influenced my call to the ministry.

Pastor,
I was also influenced very positively by HMS Richards Sr. At a young age I would listen to the VOP broadcasts and thrill to the VOP quartet singing "Lift up the Trumpet and loud let it ring, Jesus is coming again". My mother also had a great influence on me by taking  us to the Soquel camp meeting during the days that the gospel would be preached in a way that was Biblical, rather than the unbiblical gospel that I heard at other times. I also learned to love the old hymns of the faith sung at those camp meetings. To this day I like the old hymns even though I don't consider myself old, and do not like much of what is called CCM (with a few exceptions)

My grandfather who was a missionary to the Amazon for 27 years was also a good influence, and baptized me outdoors in a beautiful river setting.

Stan
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: Deborah Risinger on September 01, 2009, 04:47:47 PM
There are/were soooo many. I love the SDA Church....Adventist people have treated me so kindly...I have learned so much...only a God of Love can produce such a "family."

Christ and the Church has continually dealt kindly with me all these years...I have not always been easy to work with.....I hope I can return true faithfulness to God, His Word and His people.

God's Blessings'
Deborah  :-)
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: Thandi on April 03, 2010, 06:31:54 AM
My husband-he was my boyfriend back then. I was a 'good SDA' in my reckoning, but he lent me his SOP Library and I found out what true Christianity is all about.
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: Larry Lyons on April 03, 2010, 08:07:57 AM
My husband-he was my boyfriend back then. I was a 'good SDA' in my reckoning, but he lent me his SOP Library and I found out what true Christianity is all about.
Amen Thandi! The SOP gives wonderful practical guidance for living a Christian life.
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: traveler on April 06, 2010, 01:06:12 PM
Goodness.  Who has influenced me?  The list is long, but distinguished.

I remember the hippie that led my junior high Sunday school class who taught us from Fritz Reidnour's book, Tell It Like It Is, a study of Romans, instead of the cotton candy the other junior high Sunday school classes were getting.  Sabbath school teachers take note!  We wanted to be challenged, even as children.

I remember the Full Gospel Business Men's meeting to which my parents took me where I heard the testimony of a man who survived the jet collision at Tenerife (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife_airport_disaster).  He said that men and women were dying all around him with cursing on their lips.  He said, "I will stand upon the Word!  I will stand upon the Word!" and God preserved him.  I remember him describing the painful process of aluminum slag (melted aluminum that fell on people during their escape) working it way back out of survivors' skin in the hospital.  Your testimony (telling the great things that God had done in your life) is powerful!

I remember the summer camp counselor who had the courage to tell me that I was a mean cuss and that I had alienated everybody in the entire camp.  That was a turning point in my life.  Up to that point I had considered vituperation a) a necessary survival skill b) an art form and c) great fun.  Never put a napkin over the blade!

I remember the convert from Christianity to Judaism (!) that taught me the beauty of the Sabbath.  SDAs had never presented it so beautifully.  Truth is still truth, even if it comes from strange places.

I remember the Messianic Jewish leader who told me I was a heretic for believing that the Ten Commandments applied to Gentiles.  My bride and I became Adventists a short time later.  We must study and understand the Bible for ourselves and not blindly accept the teachings that come from leaders.
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: dz1sfb on November 19, 2011, 07:41:35 AM
Who has influenced me?

Wow, where to begin. For starters I have to thank God for my parents. Dad taught me so many life lessons, even at times I did not want to here it, but I loved and respected him too much to disobey. Mom was the person that really pushed me to read the Bible. Then the Holy Spirit impressed the life of Christ upon me. That was the start of my journey some 34 years ago. We were raised Catholic, but something was missing there and I could not get out of there soon enough. Then I entered the working world. Now enters one of my mentors.

Richard Sawicki was a skilled tradesman in the shop where I worked. A Polish immigrant with a quick wit. He was always looking for an open door to connect with people. I did not know it at the time, but he was an SDA. As I was studying the Bible, he would ask questions and offer explanations. Everything he shared seemed to just make sense. I had many questions and not being invested in anyones denomination made it easier to accept the Bible truths that he shared. Soon I accepted the Sabbath and Bible prophecy, and was desiring to know more about SDA's. Had never heard of them before. We, that is my girlfriend and I were interested in taking Bible studies, and attending a church. We contacted the nearest church and began a relationship that is lasting to this day. She and I were baptized May 5, 1980, and were married about six weeks later.

There have been the many elders, and speakers that the LORD has spoken through that brought about changes in my thinking, pivotal points in my experience. I appreciate the many denominational speakers, but most experiences have been on the local level. These faithful men still hold a special place in my heart for how God used them. I would be remiss had I not mention of SOP. That little book Steps to Christ was another pivotal milestone in my thinking.

I am thankful most of all for the ministry of Jesus Christ as the most influential person in my life. He is the power behind all else. He is the one who freed me from alcohol use, and in retrospect had been calling me even before I knew it.

Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: Larry Lyons on November 19, 2011, 08:43:33 AM
Thank you Ken, for sharing your testimony with us. Welcome to the forum!! We look forward to your continuing participation. Things have been a little slow around here lately. It is good to have new members. Have a blessed Sabbath.

Larry.
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: V. Hahn on November 19, 2011, 11:32:18 AM
Wonderful testimony, Dz1sfb!  (How do you pronounce that?)!  Welcome to the forum!!
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: dz1sfb on November 19, 2011, 07:09:16 PM
Thank you Larry, and V. Hahn! No need to worry about how to pronounce Dz1sfb, it is just a username. Simply address me as Ken or Dz1, and thanks for the welcome to this forum. I have been hoping for this kind of forum for some time now. I use this type of communication concerning my hobby, and found it to be a super resource. Then began thinking what a wonderful tool this would be for Adventists. Hopefully I've found it.

Currently serving as the Head Elder of the Lapeer SDA Church in Lapeer MI, and Pathfinder Area Coordinator for South East MI.

Hope to learn and contribute while I am here.
Title: Re: Who Has Influenced You?
Post by: reaching4heaven on November 19, 2011, 07:31:55 PM
I remember the Full Gospel Business Men's meeting to which my parents took me where I heard the testimony of a man who survived the jet collision at Tenerife (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife_airport_disaster).  He said that men and women were dying all around him with cursing on their lips.  He said, "I will stand upon the Word!  I will stand upon the Word!" and God preserved him. 

Thank you for sharing that, Traveler. I read it this morning and ended up using a milder version of it as an illustration in Sabbath School today when the class couldn't answer a question about what Saul might have noticed about Steven when He was stoned. As you said, telling your testimony is powerful!