Got 35 minutes? How ’bout 26 years?

I was on page 27 or so of a 32 page transcription when I noticed the share button. So here in its entirety is the testimony of Pastor Peter Dodge as given at Toccoa Falls College in April of 2009. It’s 35 minutes but worth every second to see what the Lord has done.  It starts with his mother’s introduction.

Testimony of Peter Dodge

Last week you met his mother and now in his own words, edited for length,  Peter Dodge.

 

“It’s a delight to give my testimony. First of all, I get to talk about my favorite subject, me. But Jeff says that’s not what our testimonies are supposed to be about. We’re supposed to talk about God’s glory so in an effort to kind of channel everything I want to say towards the goodness of the Lord I want to read a Psalm to you. I’m going to read just some verses from Psalm 103. David writes, “Bless the Lord o my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord o my soul and forget not his benefits Who pardons all your iniquities and heals your diseases. Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with loving kindness and compassion. Who satisfies your years with good things so that your youth is renewed like an eagle. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness. He will not strive with us forever, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins. As far as east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.  For He Himself knows our frame and He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass. Like flowers of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more in its place and is acknowledged no longer. But the loving kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him and His righteousness to His children’s children.”

 

I stand here because of a faithful mother and father who prayed for me because the Lord is faithful to His children’s children. From the Psalm, there are a few things I want to point out, some road markers that we’re going to hit throughout this testimony and I want you to remember the goodness of the Lord and the amazingness of our God. He pardons our sins, number one, according to this Psalm. He heals our diseases. He crowns us with compassion and He is faithful to His children’s children. And were it not for the mercies of the Lord that He is faithful to His children’s children I would have been consumed. Verse 10 of that Psalm say He has not dealt with us according to our sin.

 

Blessed be the name of the Lord that He has not dealt with me according to my sin because if that were the case, on Easter Sunday, 1998 I would’ve died. The Bible says that it is appointed once for a man to die and after that, the judgement. I would’ve faced judgement that night and I would’ve been found without Jesus Christ. I would’ve been lost forever but the Lord has not dealt with me according to my sins. He’s crowned me with loving kindness.”

 

Come back next Monday to find out what happened that Easter Sunday.

 

Reality Check

This week the pastor of the Foothills Alliance Church in Walhalla, SC sent me a video of his testimony which he shared at Toccoa Falls College in NE Georgia in April of 2009. Before I share his story I’d like to share what his mother had to say as she introduced him. So now in her own words Mrs. Sarah Dodge.

“I’m talking to you today as a mother, as someone who has had a reality check on our personal life, a reality check on our life as Christians. Dr. Gardner spoke this morning about struggling. Just because we’re Christians doesn’t mean we don’t struggle. Today you’re going to hear from our reality check Peter. He took us on a journey that we had never envisioned. Peter was raised in a Christian family. Dad was a preacher and our son was very much loved. We though that if we did everything the Bible said, we would have the ideal family. When he was born in 1972 we had two names picked, Andrew and Peter. We chose Peter because he was the size of a rock. What we didn’t realize is that rock was rock headed, not so much stubborn as thick headed.

We actually lived the Luke 15 Prodigal Son story. I thought if we did all the things right, that wouldn’t happen in our family. Peter had a mind of his own and Peter took the journey of the prodigal son. The prodigal son had a mother and it’s me. You only hear about the prodigal son’s dad. (In our version) Mom went along too and it was quite a ride, except then as Jeff said we put Peter in God’s Hands. God took him out of our hands. We dedicated him as a baby and He took him back. We had no control.
But the end of the story is that Dad had a verse for every one of the kids. The verse that Dad had picked out for Peter when he was a baby was Isaiah 54:13. “All your sons will be taught of the Lord and the well beings of your son will be great.” There were times when we doubted that. But after God got finished with Peter we saw how God taught Peter all by Himself and that the well being of our son was in His Hands. So now I introduce to you not Peter the rockhead but Peter, the solid man of God.”

You all can meet Peter here next week but I felt it important that you meet his mother. It was a joy for me to watch her speak. I watched my own mother struggle on the journey her prodigal son took her on. She, like Sarah made a wise choice. They gave their sons over to God.

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