Susan Osten’s Testimony

I was fifteen years old when I realized that I loved God, and I wanted to serve Him. I even asked my dad about becoming a Nun. He responded by telling me, “There are many ways to serve God,” and he handed me a Bible. He also said, “The Bible would answer all my questions about God.” Sometimes, I would read the Bible my dad gave me, outside, under one of the streetlights, near my house.

Unfortunately, as a young teen, I didn’t follow through with my desire to serve God. I succumbed to peer pressure, and I began to hang around with the wrong people. I used drugs, disobeyed my parents, ran away from home, and skipped school: my life spiraled out of control.

I was nineteen years old when I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. It was Springtime, and I remember driving down the highway looking at all the beautiful flowers, wondering, “What could I do to feel as pretty inside, as those flowers looked outside.” I felt impure! After I became a Christian and learned more about the Holy Spirit, I realized that the “impure” feeling was the Holy Spirit convicting me.

One evening, a few days later, I was ironing and watching the 700 Club on the television. Pat Robertson, the Host of the 700 Club asked a question that, instantly, got my attention. He said, “Is there anyone in our audience, that has not asked Jesus Christ to come into their heart, and to forgive their sins?” Then he turned his attention to the television audience and asked them the same question. He asked all who wished to ask Jesus into their hearts and receive forgiveness for their sins, to pray with him, so I prayed with Pat! When we finished praying together, Pat encouraged those who prayed with him, to call somebody that they knew and tell them about the decision they had just made, or call the 700 Club and tell one of the telephone operators on standby, that you had just prayed and asked Jesus to come into your heart and to forgive you for your sins.

I chose to call the 700 Club. The lady who answered the phone was happy for me! She asked me, “Would you like to receive the Holy Spirit?” I said, “Please send me more information about that subject.”

“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:10 (NIV)

After I became a Christian, I read my Bible, regularly and I found that I needed to be baptized in water.

Water baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

I had no church affiliation, and I didn’t know what church to call, to baptize me, so I decided to open the telephone book and look for a church. I had no idea what denomination to choose, so I closed my eyes, and pointed. Please don’t follow my example, there are many cults (false teachers) in the World, today! When I opened my eyes my finger was on a church called: Full Gospel Fellowship, which happened to be just a few miles from my home. I called that church and asked the Pastor, whose name was Gary Wood, to baptize me in water. He was happy to do so, and he told me what day and time to be at their church service, to be baptized. When I went into the church, the people were very friendly. The Pastor baptized me and afterward, he taught the Word of God. I joined that church and went on to serve God in many different capacities for eight years.

One day, after one of the church services, Tina, the wife of Richard Ford, an Elder at that time, said “Would you like to have a Ladies Bible Study in your home?” I was longing to learn more about God’s Word, so I held one in my home about a week later. At the end of the Bible Study, Tina asked me, “Have you received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?” I told her, “No” and she asked me, “Would you like to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?” I was a little embarrassed because I didn’t know what to expect, so I declined.

After everyone went home, I began to think about Tina’s question. I concluded, that if God had more to offer me: I wanted it! I got down on my knees and asked God to baptize me with the Holy Spirit. God answered my prayer. I was so thrilled about the unbelievable experience that I had just had with the Holy Spirit, that I went to the telephone, to call one of my friends and tell them the Holy Spirit is real! I picked up the receiver, and my legs buckled: I dropped the receiver and slid down the wall, to the floor.

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a blessing from God which causes ordinary people to become extraordinarily, effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV)

By it, God equips believers today with the same power we read about in the New Testament. Please take the time, to read the second chapter of Acts.

God’s plan has been to supernaturally equip every believer, so that the ministry of Jesus Christ may continue through us.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12 (KJV)

Jesus now directs growing multitudes of Spirit-empowered men and women to carry His Gospel around the world.

The blessing of salvation is now, being extended to you, the reader. If you haven’t asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and you would like to, please click on the link, below:

https://jesusiswaitingwithopenarms.com/2021/06/07/come-to-jesus-just-as-you-are/

Peace Be with You!

In † Christian love, Susan Osten

John Davison Rockefeller, One of The Men Who Built America

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as My priests. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 (ESV)

Rockefeller’s Religious Beliefs

John Davison Rockefeller was born July 8, 1839 and died May 23, 1937.

He was a devout Northern Baptist and supported many church – based institutions. He adhered to total abstinence from alcohol and tobacco throughout his life. For advice, he relied on his wife Laura Spelman Rockefeller with whom he had five children.

Rockefeller, would read the Bible daily, attend prayer meetings twice a week and even led his own Bible study with his wife. He tithed, rested on the Sabbath and gave away much of his money to charity. Additionally, Rockefeller took time to spend with his family, something that confused many business men.

In total, historians estimate that he gave away $550,000,000 which was more than any other American before him.

His philosophy of giving was founded upon biblical principles. He truly believed in the biblical principle found in Luke 6:38 (NIV), “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Rockefeller Center was officially completed November 2, 1939.

Prometheus, is an icon of history that can be recognizable to the eye, yet it’s possible that we know nothing about it.

That is often the case for the gold statue in Rockefeller Center’s lower Plaza. When picturing the skating rink, we don’t only imagine the sunken rink itself or the flow of skaters moving in a circle, but we see Prometheus, the 18-foot-tall, eight-ton, gilded cast bronze sculpture that was created by Paul Manship in 1934.

The sculpture has been in the background of countless concerts, tree lightings, skating shows and special events, but few are aware of its meaning or where it came from. Prometheus is just one piece of public art that was integrated into the plans of greater Rockefeller Center, but is definitely one of the most recognizable—in fact, many sources say this is the fourth most recognized statue in the country, behind the Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, and is the most photographed piece of art in NYC.

Referencing Greek mythology, the statue depicts the Greek Titan Prometheus, best known for going against the wishes of the gods and providing fire to humanity (and thus is given credit for civilization and progress). Over time, this classical figure came to represent human striving and the quest for knowledge. Prometheus played a large role in the approach to the art and architecture in the Complex, especially given that the overall theme of the project was “New Frontiers and the March of Civilization.”

Prometheus perfectly embodies both ancient myths and forward-thinking progress. He is depicted in motion, thrusting forward with his right arm held high, handing off the eternal flame to all of mankind; he sits on a mountain (Earth), is surrounded by the fountain (sea) and is encircled by the ring of the zodiac (heavens).

For those that have never looked, an inscription accompanies the sculpture. It reads: “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends.”

Susan Osten: The sculpture was created by Paul Manship in 1934. I could not find anything about Paul’s religious beliefs.

Given Rockefeller’s devout Christian beliefs and accomplishments, this statue is totally opposite to how Rockefeller lived his life.

On the 88 Annual Christmas at Rockefeller Center, on Wednesday night, December 2nd. This statue was the backdrop for almost all the entertainers. The only two entertainers who I saw choose a different backdrop, were Dolly Parton and the Pentatonix. I was so preoccupied trying to figure out what that statue represented, I researched it.

I believe it should be replaced with a statue of John Davison Rockefeller, with an inscription of all his “Good Deeds and Accomplishments” throughout his life.

Listed below, are three of The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…”

Where does God draw the line concerning these types of statues?

I pray you found this blog educational.

May God keep you in His warm and comforting embrace!

In † His Service, Susan Osten

Sources:

Excerpts from “The Men Who Built America, John D. Rockefeller’s Faith by Kurt Jaros, Executive Director of Defenders Media

Rock History by Jane Lerner

Google and Wikipedia

God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1:27

Consider for a moment just how incredible it was that God chose David to fight the giant Goliath. David was just a young boy when God called him. He was so young in age and immature in physical development that the Bible says, “And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance” (1 Samuel 17:42). Goliath took it as a joke when he saw who had been sent to fight with him. The giant laughed when he saw whom God had chosen! First Samuel 17:43 tells us what Goliath said: “…Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.” Who would have ever dreamed that God would select a young, inexperienced boy like David to bring down this giant? It may have looked laughable in the eyes of the world, but this young boy who fearlessly faced Goliath in battle was the exact person God had chosen! With that in mind, consider what Paul says in First Corinthians 1:27: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Source: Daily Devotionals By Renner