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Thank you so much for having ____ in your Club this year. He always had a great time and gained knowledge through hands-on activities. Most importantly, he grew spiritually and I saw him praying from time to time. Thanks for making this life impact on __.
L & K
Dear Bro. Stephen.
We love the people in your church and how you conduct ministry. Being an evangelist, I (and my family) have experienced many churches and I can earnestly say that CECL is led by the Holy Spirit...
God bless you.
Dear Pastor Stephen,
God has really changed me tremendously with the move to OH. He took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to do things I would have never had the time, courage or inclination to do if I had stayed in NY/NJ. I don't think I ever told you but part of the encouragement to go to OH and do the things I'm doing also has to do with a sermon you once gave. It had to do with a frog being in a well and how it was so comfortable being there that unless it jumps out, it would never know that there's something far greater out there. I remember hearing that sermon and afterward I told Winnie that that's me - I'm the frog. So, I just wanted to say a quick thank you for God to allow you to give such a life-changing message and I hope that it has affected others as much as it has touched me.
Our dear Pastor Stephen,
We would like to thank you for the sermon you preached today about "Surviving Stress". Although this is a very common subject matter, the words you used, as well as the illustrations you gave, were very precise and appropriate to get the point across. We appreciate the efforts you put into it. It's always a blessing to be reminded that we can always survive stress by trusting in God and keeping our faith in Him.
May God continue to use you mightily for His kingdom.
Caring CECL members
Dear Reverend Lim,
I attended the Memorial Service for Mr. ___ on Saturday. I was very impressed with the beauty of the Service. Your Pastor Thoughts were comforting and inspiring. You demonstrated a great deal of compassion for everyone involved. The music provided by your wife, and the Choir was beautiful.
Thank you for your wonderful service.
I Surrendered My Life to Our Lord
My first attendance at the CEC in West Orange was in mid-October, 1995. On November 24, 1996, I invited Jesus Christ to come into my heart. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I declared to Him: 'Lord, I give my life to You; You are in control; My life is in Your hands; God is so gracious and merciful that He provided salvation to us.'
When I learned that I had cancer before my conversion, I was anxious, worried, stressed out and I experienced dreadful moments and the fear of death. I was looking for inner peace. But when I become a newcomer at the CEC in West Orange, Julie lent me her Bible and introduced me to Bible verses like Philippians 4:6-7. "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understand shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Other Bible verses I learned from our Bible study about assurance of salvation and inner peace helped me before and after my conversion.
On the day that I surrendered my life to our Lord Jesus Christ, my life was changed. It was a turning point in my spiritual life and journey, and the fear of death faded away.
After my conversion, I learned to value each day, keeping in touch with the fact that life is a gift from God, and that every day is a gift from God. I appreciate everything much more than before.
By God's grace and mercy, God has extended my life to this day. I do not know if I will still be here tomorrow, the next day, next week, next month or next year. Only God knows. Everyday I live as though it's my last day on this earth. With anticipation, I know Jesus is returning at any moment.
Every step I make, every breath I take, for every heartbeat, God holds my being in His hands. God is my sustainer, redeemer, my refuge and the source of strength in my life.
Every day, I praise and thank God for a new morning, a new day, for all the blessings He has showered upon me. I thank Him for His love and care, for His protection and provisions, for supplying all my needs. I also thank Him for the miraculous provisions during my disability years.
I also learned about God's sufficient grace: God gave me an affliction that made me depend on Him and in my weakness, He leads me to trust in His strength. God's word in II Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness..."
Lastly, my thanks to Pastor Stephen and Eunice Lim, for their Christlikeness leadership and godly counsels. And thank you to all the church members, thank you for your love, prayers and care for me all these years. Thank you for your friendship, fellowship and for everything you have done for me and my relatives. Saying thank you is not enough; it's only a portion of my deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of you. Thank you for sharing so much goodness and kindness from your hearts.
With a grateful heart, I give thanks to our Lord and to all dear friends who touched my life, who bless me with your acts of kindness, your prayers, and encouragement.
To God be the glory, honor and praise!
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
There are usually turning points in a person's life when an event or a decision radically alters his life. For many Christians, it is often the day they take Christ as their personal Savior. We often hear touching testimonies of miraculous transformations in peoples' lives when they believe in God and form personal relationships with Him. For the Apostle Paul, his encounter with Christ on his way to Damascus not only changed him personally, but also benefited all of Christianity. Unfortunately, not all such transformations are positive. For every positive example we may be able to find one to the contrary, e.g., the prodigal son. Nevertheless, these negative episodes do not have to be final. As with the prodigal son, there is always room for hope, restoration, and renewal.
Unlike Paul's, there was nothing dramatic about my conversion experience. I was brought up in a Christian household. I had attended church ever since I could remember. I underwent a gradual progression from Sunday school to youth groups to regular church meetings. There wasn't a specific "aha!" moment to speak of. I could remember thinking to myself that I would not make a good testimony for Christ given the "non-dynamic" nature of my salvation experience. I even prayed for a "dynamic" salvation, not really knowing what it meant. However, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for...
Things came easily to me when I was growing up. I did well both at school and at work. God has been gracious to me and has blessed me with good academic achievements and career advancement. Instead of glorifying God by living a life worthy of His calling, I made an unwise choice shortly after graduate school that launched me into a downward spiral. I began to squander away my life, just as the prodigal son did. I started to live a life that was completely indistinguishable from that of worldly people. I stopped attending church fellowships, abandoned all spiritual pursuits, carried on a life independent of God, and even forsook certain Christian values. My life became a mess. Not only did my life suffer, but that of my family's as well. Our children were raised with minimal knowledge of God and with very little Christian values; my manner of life rendered me ineffective in sharing my faith. On the surface, things looked normal but inwardly, I was in a rut. There was no real joy or satisfaction.
During this time of reckless abandon, the Lord shone His light upon me and set me on a path towards recovery. It started out as a longing to restore some semblance of a Christian life for the sake of the kids. He led me to the CEC in West Orange, now Livingston. I began to attend church services, albeit irregularly. My attendance was then mostly an outward formality devoid of life and reality. While I attended services on and off, my Christian life continued to stagnate.
Praise God that "He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion." Through the perseverance of brothers and sisters who indefatigably prayed for my family, who demonstrated their love and concern through persistent contact, and who painstakingly devised ways to usher me back to Christ by involving me in some church services, the Lord has wonderfully restored me back into the flow of life. Beginning in late 2010, through His appointment, first to the Sunday school service and then to the translation service, the Lord has richly blessed me. These services forced me to come before the Lord to draw supply from Him. They also enabled me to keep more of His words in my heart to serve as a constant reminder of how we should live our lives before God. By His unfailing mercy, I was able to restore a more grounded Christian life with daily devotionals, Bible-reading and prayers. I thank the Lord for providing such loving shepherds in the church who act in concert with our Great Shepherd to restore lost sheep to the fold. May this be the beginning of a closer walk with God and a turn towards all things godly and eternal. May I continue to experience Christ as the Author and Perfecter of my faith.
The phrase "O Love that will not let me go" from a hymn speaks to this stage of my Christian experience. While we may forsake Him, the Lord will never forsake us nor leave us. He may occasionally cut us some slack and allow us to venture out on our own due to our stubbornness, but He will eventually corral us back to His fold. Thank God for His faithfulness and loving kindness. Through His dynamic love and saving mercy, He has restored me into His fellowship. I pray that my family be not too far behind.
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
- Psalm 詩篇 127:1