The Testimony Podcast

People of faith telling the stories that matter from their lives

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March 01, 2022 01:03:14
I made a porn project! with Ian Henderson

I made a porn project! with Ian Henderson

My guest for this episode features a person whose family suffered greatly through the impact of pornography.  Ian Henderson first went into ministry as a response to a calling based on Isaiah 40, to prepare a way for the Lord and he has lived and worked for decades in some of the most difficult environments in Britain, living out the call from Isaiah 58 to “spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed”. But Ian’s world was shaken by an event that happened in 2007 when his father was arrested and charged with having indecent images on his computer. This event unearthed decades of pornography use. Because of this experience, Ian had to work out how to forgive and then felt convicted to start a ministry to help those who are caught up in an addiction to pornography and their families. This is his story. ...

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February 15, 2022 00:54:36
30. Music and the amazing grace of God, with Revd Tim Boniface

30. Music and the amazing grace of God, with Revd Tim Boniface

My guest for this episode is Tim Boniface. Tim is an ordained priest and a chaplain at Girton College here in Cambridge, but he’s also a professional jazz musician, and you’ll hear some of his music in this episode, and as part of our conversation, we talk about the fundamental role that music has played in his life. If you’re a listener to my other podcast for Creative Writers, the Creative Writer’s Toolbelt, it’s Tim’s music you hear at the start of that podcast. Tim is a fascinating character and has some real insights on the challenge of combining a career in music with a vocation to the priesthood, this is his story. You can find out more about Tim and check out his music at www.timboniface.co.uk  ...

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February 01, 2022 00:44:27
29. Only Jesus could fix me. With Trudy Makepeace

29. Only Jesus could fix me. With Trudy Makepeace

How do you escape from a life of crime, prison, drug addiction, and prostitution? How do you break out of a spiral that steals all of your energy and eventually your life? My guest today knows all about these questions.  Trudy Makepeace is an Elim Pastor and in this episode, she shares an astonishing testimony of someone who was damaged by sexual abuse as a child, became addicted to drugs, and lived a life of crime and prostitution. By her 33rd birthday Trudy had tried to break her addictions 33 times, and every time she’d gone back to the drugs and the crime, but something miraculous happened which showed her that she could not fix herself, only Jesus can do that. You can read all about the miraculous transformation that God made in her life in her book “Abused Addicted, Free” and reach her at her website www.trudymakepeace.com but for now, this is her story.   ...

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December 29, 2021 00:27:31
28. Wrestling with love – Gratitude, lament, and hope in our God

28. Wrestling with love – Gratitude, lament, and hope in our God

Welcome to episode 28 of the Testimony Podcast, this episode is the second part of a conversation I had with Sara Hall. If you’ve not listened to the first part, which is featured in episode 27, then I suggest you go and listen to that first. Sara is a wife, a mum, a blogger, counselor and author of “Tasting Dirt – When you’re disappointed with God” and in this episode, we talk about gratitude, including Sara’s own twelve thousand reasons for gratitude. We also talk about the helpfulness and honesty of lament, and its importance for healing, and the process of putting all of our faith and hope in the Lord. I think this episode, together with the previous episode, number 27, contains an essential message for Christians today.   I was greatly blessed by talking to Sara, I hope you are blessed by listening to our conversation. ...

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27

December 16, 2021 00:45:44
27. Disappointed with God - with Sara Hall, part 1 of 2

27. Disappointed with God - with Sara Hall, part 1 of 2

Hello and welcome to episode 27 of the Testimony Podcast. We praise God for those times in life when we can feel hope and joy, when we see God’s blessing in our lives, and when we rightly exercise the discipline of celebration. God is good and loves us. But sometimes the circumstances in our lives mean that it’s hard for us to be joyful, it’s difficult for us to be hopeful, and we find ourselves feeling angry, confused, and disappointed with God. Expressing these feelings to our brothers and sisters in the church can be difficult, many people won’t know how to respond to us, even if they know the circumstances that might have driven us to this point. Those we love might fall back on unconvincing and even unbiblical phrases like “God works all things for our good”, “we should be joyful all the time”, or “count your blessings and the negative feelings will go away”. There are times when talking to others can be an encouragement, especially wise people who have themselves suffered, but often we can feel frustrated and isolated, that no one understands our particular circumstances and needs. It is with all these things in mind that I want to share the next two episodes of the podcast with you. These next two episodes are two halves of a conversation I had with Sara Hall. Sara is a wife, a mum, a blogger and counselor and author of “Tasting Dirt – When you’re disappointed with God”. I have to tell you, this is one of the most important conversations I’ve had with anyone for the podcast, and I think there is real value and wisdom in what Sara has ...

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26

November 19, 2021 00:50:40
26.  Telling the story well with Geoff Peters

26. Telling the story well with Geoff Peters

Hello and welcome to episode 26 of the Testimony Podcast. My guest today is Geoff Peters, something of a tearaway in his youth for his mother, Geoff got a place at university and although he had a church upbringing, he really came to faith in college. He then went on to an extremely short-lived career with one of the top Public Relations firms in the world, and after that, he took his passion for presenting a message and communicating it clearly and worked for an organization that helped churches understand the demographics of their local communities. He now serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Operation Mobilisation, a global Christian Missions movement.  Geoff has a passion to release people of faith into their calling and equipping them to follow Jesus by living out God’s love in their neighbourhoods and he is the author of the newly published "The Family Business" a parable about stepping into the life you were made for; this is his story. ...

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