Another Amazing Testimony…

… but then, aren’t they ALL amazing!

I have gotten to know Jon just a little over the last couple months and got to hear his testimony last Wednesday night at our church.  I thought it was such a powerful testimony of God’s grace that I would post it here for anyone who wants to listen to it.  But then, like I said, every testimony of I’ve ever heard of true conversion is amazing!

As a brief introduction to Jon and his testimony (for those of you who may not know him), here is a brief intro I borrowed directly from his ministry’s web site:

In April of 2004, Jon attended the first Evangelism Boot Camp (EBC) hosted by The Great News Network (GNN) and Way of the Master.  As a result, he got on fire for biblical evangelism and started an evangelism team at Genesee Country Church.  He began open-air preaching in Rochester, Buffalo, and places in between.  His favorite “fishing hole” is Niagara Falls, Ontario.

To find out more about Lost Cause Ministries, click on this link to visit their site.  To listen to God’s testimony in Jon’s life, click here:

Jon Speed Testimony (Matthew 7)

(I found out after posting this, that it seems to work fine with Firefox on my system – it loads a Quicktime plugin and plays it without a hitch.  However, it does not work so well in Internet Explorer.  If you are using IE, you can right-click on the file and store it locally on your machine and listen to it that way.  It’s worth listening to, however you go about it.  When I have the time to spend working on this, I’ll try to get it working correctly with IE, also.  Sorry for the inconvenience!)

Peace & Blessings,
Simple Mann

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6 responses to “Another Amazing Testimony…

  1. Hi there. I’ve known Jon for several years and been on the streets witnessing many times with him. Is there a way for me to download and save his testimony to upload to my other testimony podcast? Here’s mine! http://www.myChristianTestimony.mypodcast.com

    Thanks!

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    Betty – Thanks for stopping by! Absolutely, you should be able to download the file by right-clicking and selecting Save As, then save it to your local drive. If you have any problems, just send me an email, and I’ll help you get it one way or another. I’ll tell John you said hello, too!

    Peace & Blessings,
    Simple Mann

  3. Andy

    I am writing this journal to be a testament to the Grace of God in My life.(If anyone reads this understand that it is written from my point of view only and I don’t touch on what was going on in my families lives during this story, their exclusion does not mean that they were not important to me. My marriage to my wife Stacey and the birth of my three sons remain pillars of my life.)

    I was raised in a Christian home, I am a forth generation Christian. My entire family including extended family are all believers, so needless to say church and God were important to us. I got saved when I was five, (or so I have always said) Our pastor gave an invitation at the end of a sermon and My cousin and I went forward together, form that point on my life has been filled with a performance based religion where I thought that everything I did from sin, to missing my devotions in the morning effected how much God loved me (I did not know that about myself until a short time ago) my life was a spiritual roller coaster with a lot more downs than ups, It was characterized by sin and defeat which fuelled my certainty that God could not love a “Christian” like me. About six years ago I left the church I was raised in, I was certain something was wrong with the pastor, his messages were full of judgment and had no hope, no love, everything I did was a disappointment to him, he even told me that I deserved a series of bad accidents and financial trouble, and were due to the fact that I listened to Contemporary Christian Music, the churches standard was that music with any drums in it at all was offensive to a Holy God. The church had become extremely legalistic and I was not growing at all. So My family and I let the church. We found a wonderful church about 15 miles down the road where the Pastor Jon Speed preached the Word of God, I started to grow again a little at a time but the besetting sin was still there nagging at me that “how can a person live this way and be saved” but it was the time of my life, I became good friends with Pastor Jon . We hung out on a almost daily basis which kept me happy and feeling that God was still in my life. Later on Pastor Jon invited me to a hear a minister where we heard one of the most powerful messages we’ve ever heard. Pastor Jon made a decisions for Christ, I felt nothing. Pastor Jon wasn’t sure he had ever truly been saved. I realize now that this was a pivotal point in my life, It was here that God made it plain to my soul that I was not saved, My pride rebelled against this thought, how could I tell my friends, my family that I was not saved. So I brushed off God’s conviction and told myself that I believed all the right things, I knew I was a sinner , I knew that Christ lived a perfect life and that He died to take my place on the cross. I was even remorseful for my sin. A few more months past with Jon making radical changes talking about eventually leaving. But I really didn’t think He would because God wouldn’t take His biggest influences out of my life. What God has shown me is that I had been Relying on Tim Crawford and Jon as Spiritual Crutches to keep my soul happy in mediocrity . God then called both of them into an evangelism ministry in Texas, and my two best friends moved out of my life. Which spiraled my life out of control. They had been my two biggest allies against sin and any part of a godly life. God removed my crutches and I fell hard into sin, I devoted all of my time and energies into Fulfilling all of my passions. I could not get away with this type of sin with Tim and Jon around They loved God and there influence on me kept me from total depravity!

    From that day on I had no one to rely on and I believed in my heart of hearts that God had abandoned me to my own demise. Sin ruled in my life and I was helpless before it. So my life continued that way for the last five years, it’s a terrible thing to Know the plan of salvation and Know the punishment of hell that awaits if I didn’t get my life right. I awoke each morning knowing that I was a sinner and that if I didn’t change I was bound for an eternity in Hell, because how could God love a person like me. My marriage was broken and almost over with so I knew something had to change I did not want my family to leave me. What God has shown me since then is that because Tim and Jon left God was able to show me the total depravity my soul was in, so when I sunk as low as I could go without causing permanent damage to my soul and my life God graciously allowed me to seek counsel from Mark Khoury who I have know since the 4th grade to pray for me and meet with me this last Christmas, I told him about every aspect of my life and opened up my life for his inspection crying out for help. We spent hours talking, he kept coming back to the fact that I had been raised with a wrong understanding of The Grace of God, and that he had gone through the same sort of thing about 2 years ago and recommended a book that helped correct that. The book Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell.
    I ordered it that night from amazon.com I started reading it right away and read that when God saves you he not only forgives you of the sin you already committed but he forgives you for the stuff you haven’t done yet. That from that moment on He looks at the righteousness of Christ first before he sees us. That sin although it still disappoints God does not effect our standing before God. I now know that my conversion when I was five was false. God miraculously saved me about a month ago. I had been standing on my own righteousness and pride to save me I thought that I had to do something for God to love me and forgive me, now I know that it is only His Grace that allows us to repent of our sin and only by His grace can we stand and live in this life.
    So now I can say like the song writer Steven Curtis Chapman in his song Angel’s Wish
    I have seen the dark and desperate place where sin will take you
    I’ve felt loneliness and shame
    And I have watched the blinding light of grace
    Come breaking through with a sweetness only tasted
    By the forgiven and redeemed

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    Andy – Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your life, bearing your soul with us. God’s grace is truly amazing. Praise God the Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ that by His grace He does call some to repentance and to faith.

    Col 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
    Col 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
    Col 1:11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
    Col 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
    Col 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
    Col 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

    Andy, I will pass word along to Jon.

    Peace & Blessings,
    Simple Mann

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  6. Andy

    The GOSPEL TRUTH

    This is the words on a poster that I found years ago, I pray in Christ I will be able to fufill this calling now! I thought I’d share!
    The Fellowship of the Unashamed

    I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.”
    The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down,back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
    I am finished and done with low living, sight walking,small planning, smooth knees,colorless dreams,chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.
    I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position,promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience,lift by prayer, and labor by power. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few,my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought,compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back,diluted, or delayed.
    I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
    I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until Heaven returns, give until I drop, preach until all know,and work until He comes. And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear.

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