Sharing My Testimony

Sharing My Testimony by Pastor Bill DeDual – Read more about spiritual life growth, Christian living, and faith. (A work in progress).

Remember the paralytic in John 5? Jesus says, “Do you want to get well?” Do you really understand the implications of that? If you really do get well, you can no longer come and expect to be receiving the welfare and the gifts of people and depend upon it. You’ve crafted an identity based upon that.
The poet, W.H. Oden, put it this way, “We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.” It’s a good couplet, a good four lines from Oden. It’s very perceptive. We would rather be ruined than changed. Isn’t that an interesting idea? I think people are terrified of change. That’s really what He’s after. I think that’s one of the main reasons people resist coming to Christ. In fact if we look at John 7, it’s a paradigm of the fact that people are in a rebellion against God’s purposes and the various responses to God’s Son illustrates that. It would be naïve to suppose that if you present the gospel clearly that people will respond. That’s not the case. There is a need for this supernatural breakthrough. So Oden said we’d rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment. He’s saying that there’s a cross of the moment if you wish to be made well. We then climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die. So when Christ asks, “Do you want to be made well?” He’s also saying do you prefer your pain to the possibility of change? Some people prefer their pain to the possibility of change because they’re afraid of change.
Where you seek meaning, are you willing to be changed by that meaning? Where you seek understanding, do you really want to find the truth behind the understanding? When you look for help, are you willing to receive instruction as well as the help? When you seek healing, are you willing to be transformed?
It doesn’t come so easy. What we want is a quick fix and God says that’s not the way I work. I have something more profound than that in mind for you. You must respond to that. It’s exactly the same thing we see here each time He presents Himself. There’s a radical implication. I don’t think that our true response comes out until there’s a risk involved. For example, the idea of truly responding to Jesus will involve the risk of public affirmation of Him in spite of the fact that there can be some real conditions where we can be rejected or spurned or hurt by our friends for standing firm in our commitment to Christ. It’s always going to be against the culture. Everybody wants to homogenize everything and say all religions are equally true in spite of the fact that other religions don’t even agree with that. The idea here is that religions aren’t equally true.
I want us to see the need there is for change and the price we’ll be paying for being committed to this truth. It’s not going to be something popular. It’d be a lot easier to say everything is equally good and everybody is going to make it in the end and everybody is going to be happy. That’s not an option we have speaking biblically if we’re going to be faithful to the truth. There’s going to be some real impact that it has on our lives. If we continue on then what we see from His brother’s perspective then is that they were offering the world’s perspective.
Pastor Bill DeDual
My calling is Pastor and Teacher.
I’ve said the above to give you an idea once I elaborate later of how it fits with what happened to me. I was getting rich at one point in my life when I was younger that’s all that mattered to me at that time, But then I met Jesus and saw His face! I asked Him to forgive me of all that I did wrong and I gave my life to Him and to do whatever to get all my sin out of my life! I also learned to be careful how I asked Him, I asked the Lord to help me have Abraham’s faith, in the Bible Abraham had great faith. So, I have two mentors besides Jesus and the Holy Spirit, which is Abraham and Paul.
Now what started was a whirlwind of things happening people cut out of my life, lost my business, house, my daughter almost died. However now I praise God that He loved me so much to care about what I was doing and making me into what He wanted me to be and do, now here I am, Praising His name in what He has laid on my heart! Am I poor now? Yes! But I am in His will Not mine! Hallelujah!! Glory to the Highest!! (I’ll be expounding on this Lord willing at some point).
Relationship has always been the foundation of righteousness. The Father/son relationship in Scripture is not some cute analogy – it is the very substance of what it means to be the redeemed of the Lord!
Also I Pastor a physical church, House of the Nazarene, a Non- Denominational Church Organization, at my home.
We offer worship, and a wide variety of online ministries that help create a community of followers marked by unwavering faith and unconditional love. The read the Bible in a year will help you with a closer relationship with Christ, Lord willing at some point Food for the Hungry, we send Bibles to who we can, and more.
The House of the Nazarene page. Enjoy ❤️
has reached 6,929 likes! Approximatly 400 – 600 people enjoy Reading the Bible in a year that is posted on this page a day.
Please come one and all. Read and most of all Enjoy!

What is ‘The House of the Nazarene’ denomination?

https://ebible.com/questions/15302-what-is-the-house-of-the-nazarene-denomination#answer-24048

The ‘House of the Nazarene’ is an international non-denominational movement and is an evangelical part of the Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Http://whatshotn.me/
The House of the Nazarene Non-Denominational International Church Organization reaches out to the four corners of the world. Jesus calls all His followers to act and share the Good News of salvation throughout the world. 1 Ti 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
The House of the Nazarene holds that family is important. Family originated from the heart of God. Without a doubt, families are at the matrix of any culture. Because of these facts, families continue to need support, education, food, prayer and healing.
The House of the Nazarene promotes the core gospel message: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

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Preacher/Teacher
Company Name: The House of the Nazarene
LocationRockford, Illinois Area
Ordination Credentials
Established in 2009
My Ordination Credentials are, I am an Ordained Minister through Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries, and am also a member of The First International Church Of The Web which is a Christ-centered, Non-denominational, Web-based church.
My calling is Pastor and Teacher
Also I Pastor a physical church, House of the Nazarene, a Non- Denominational Church Organization, at my home.
Included in my ministry is a WordPress Outreach,
House of the Nazarene, a Non- Denominational Church Organization
A website dedicated to Teaching Biblical principals and an online Bible.

More to come Lord willing, please be blessed!

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