Saturday, October 21, 2023

Thomas Dabney Tannehill - Testimony for Jesus

The Power of Testimony: One Man's Journey from the Occult to Salvation in Jesus Christ

Testimonies of faith have the power to inspire, convict, and spur spiritual growth. In this accompanying blog post for the Coffee with Conrad podcast episode featuring Thomas Dabney Tannehill's powerful testimony, we'll explore key themes surrounding his journey from occult practices and drug addiction to experiencing new life in Christ.

Here is the original Facebook Live 

Dabbling in the Occult Opens Doors to Darkness

Like many young people, Thomas was exposed to occult practices like using Ouija boards and tarot cards from a young age. Little did he know the dangers of opening doorways to the demonic realm. The occult should be avoided by believers, as it gives the enemy a foothold (Eph. 4:27). Thomas also experienced poltergeist activity in his home growing up. 

Drug Use Leads Down Destructive Paths

Down the road, Thomas' involvement in Eastern religious practices, psychedelic drugs, and rock music sent his life into a tailspin. He had demonic encounters telling him to worship Satan while high on LSD. Drug use leads to addiction, poor choices, and dangerous consequences. Seeking enlightenment or spirituality through substance abuse can open people up to darker forces.

Crying Out for Help in Your Darkest Hour

After a terrifying drug trip where Thomas saw his body convulsing and hordes of demons, he cried out to God for mercy. Though far from God, Thomas retained a flicker of faith from his religious upbringing. God hears our prayers even at our worst moments. When all seems lost, He provides hope.

Christian Fellowship Helps Restore the Lost

Just when he thought he was alone, Thomas encountered his old friend Mickey sharing the gospel. This divine appointment led to Mickey mentoring Thomas in his newfound faith, discipling him in God's Word, and providing a community of belief. Surrounding ourselves with strong believers helps us grow. 

The Holy Spirit Illuminates Scripture

As Thomas read the Bible, its truths came alive by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Mere intellectual study is not enough. When we invite the Spirit to teach us, the Word transforms us. The Bible is the Spirit's sword (Eph. 6:17) to cut through lies and point us to godly living.

True Repentance Leads to Lasting Change

After failed attempts to clean up his own life, Thomas fully surrendered his heart and will to Christ. This repentance led to supernatural freedom as he turned from darkness and embraced the light. When we submit ourselves to God, He breaks sin's power. Our old self dies, and we become new creations in Him (2 Cor. 5:17).

The Journey May Be Slow But Progress Comes  

Though saved, Thomas still stumbled at times on his spiritual walk. Sanctification is a process. The righteousness of Christ is gifted to believers, but living it out takes time. Thomas discovered the joys of forgiveness and getting back on the right path when he faltered. God's grace sustains us.

Testimonies Build Faith and Give Hope

By generously sharing his story, Thomas inspires us to cling to Jesus above all else and reach out into the darkness with Christ's love. Our testimonies matter―they build faith, give hope, and point others to the One who can set them free.

- Salvation Experience Facebook Post:  
- Podcast Episode:  ****Getting into the Spirit - The Biblical Way****  

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Pondering the Parables of Jesus - Portals of Revelation

The parables of Jesus

 have captivated audiences for centuries. These simple yet profound stories are packed with spiritual wisdom and revelation. In this podcast episode, we explore how pondering the parables can unlock hidden insights to transform your spiritual walk.  

Jesus used parables for several key reasons. 

The vivid imagery grabs people's attention and draws them into the narrative. Parables connect on an emotional level, making complex concepts relatable. They provoke deeper reflection as Jesus challenged societal norms. Most importantly, parables are accessible to all, regardless of background. The stories resonate across culture, education level, and time. 

A major benefit of parables is that they stick with you. Even if you only recall the essence, that seed can sprout revelation. Pondering parables while away from your Bible allows you to approach them with fresh eyes. Without preconceived notions, you're free to explore the truths from new angles. This is when the Spirit rushes in, bringing sudden clarity and congruent understanding.

As you meditate on parables, they become a mirror. You see yourself reflected in the stories, which challenges your beliefs and values. This introspection is key, but parables must align with scriptural truths. They complement the Word, offering perspectives on eternal truths. With the Word as your foundation, the Spirit has ample ammunition to guide you into deeper revelation. 

When you abide in the Word, you recognize Jesus' voice through the Spirit's guidance. This transforms you, as pondering the parables renews your mind. If you want to ignite your faith, listen to this podcast and start unlocking the hidden treasures within Christ's profound parables.

Let the parables of Jesus refresh your spiritual walk. Subscribe to the podcast and check the show notes for more resources to dig deeper into God's Word. Keep seeking the Savior through prayerful pondering and meditation.

You may also like:  Sparking Spiritual Insight: 4 Questions to Dig Deeper  

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Bystander Syndrome in the Church - Why We're Failing the Great Commission

Bystander syndrome is rampant in Christianity today, 

leading to a diffusion of responsibility when it comes to evangelism and fulfilling the Great Commission. Research shows that 78% of people come to Christ through relationships with family and friends, not church programs. Yet many believers fall prey to excuses like "I'm too busy" or "I don't feel qualified."
All followers of Jesus are called to share the gospel - not just pastors or those with the "gift" of evangelism. It's time to overcome fear and bystander syndrome to become bold witnesses for Christ! Souls hang in the balance.

Key Statistics:

- Only 31% of victims are helped when 5+ bystanders are present in an emergency (bystander effect)
- Most Christians cite relationships as their reason for faith, not church programs
- Only a few said a minister's preaching led to their salvation
- If each Christian leads 1 person to Christ per year, church growth can double!

Common Objections to Evangelism:

- "I'm too busy"
- "I don't feel qualified"
- Fear of rejection
- "I'll offend someone"
- "I don't have the gift of evangelism"
- "I'll share my faith when I feel led to"

Overcoming Excuses:

- Pray for open doors and courage
- Write out your testimony
- Practice sharing your story with Christian friends
- Stay alert to divine opportunities
- Offer to pray for people
- Focus on meeting felt needs first
- Change topics if they aren't interested
- Remember - souls hang in the balance!


- Alcoholic now sober after compassion
- Deaf man healed after shouting gospel
- Homeless man becomes preacher

Take action! The harvest is plentiful. Embrace your call to share the gospel - lives depend on it!