Dr. Phinney’s writings are more than Truth to me, he is my spiritual father. Is ability to communicate the Word is one thing but the love of Christ that shines through his work is what impacts me the most. Just by hearing his sermons and reading his writings you can see Christ flow through him. I know as an indwelt believer, it is not him but Christ.
Testimonies are probably the most powerful expression of the outward pouring of the Life of Christ within the indwelt believer. It is with great privilege I am able to bless our readers with a few of these stories. If you are interested in reading more life changing testimonies read more below.
From "Sin Makes You Stupid", by Dr. Phinney | I loved reading these truths this morning and I am going to spend some time here reading and praying. These, I believe are some of the most important truths that I, as a believer, need and want to grab hold of and within this teaching it answers a question, that though I feel I already had the answer too, I have struggled much with, but it is finally settled for me. You are so right in saying "we ask for the truth but don't really want it." And you know why I think that is? Because once we know the truth we are required to obey it and we just don't want to.
I forwarded this message to my co-worker, one of the sales reps from my work because of a conversation we had at work a couple of days ago. He came up to my desk to offer me half of his avocado. I was just getting ready to go into the break room to eat my lunch, so he decided to join me with his lunch, which the sales reps never do. While having lunch, the conversation turned toward God when he mentioned something about 96 million people having "it right" about God so if that many have it right then he could believe it. Then he said, "after all, all paths lead to the same God." I was quiet until that point when out of my mouth shot "that is a total lie." He sat silenced with a humble look on his face, very unusual for him. I shared what Christ said of Himself, "I am the way, the truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but through me." He then said, "the way and truth were open for interpretation." "Another lie I said, and the problem with our pluralistic society." "If every human can take an absolute truth spoken by God and turn it into many truths through one’s own interpretation than it is no longer the truth of God but man’s truth - lie. I then shared what Jesus said about being born-again explaining what that meant. I asked him if he believed that God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world and that he rose again, and he said yes. So, I told him that he was right there, so close and that if he believed, he just needed to confess it and invite the Lord into his heart and life telling him that he would then receive the Holy Spirit who would seal his salvation. I asked him if he had ever read the 4 gospels and he said no but mentioned someone had suggested it before. He asked me to text him a reminder and so I did, suggesting the book of John since that is where I took the scriptures from. He also thanked me and said he thought it was worth looking into.
I mentioned to him that upon salvation it was important to learn who he now is in Christ and what that means sharing that Christ wants to live His life through his and I told him a bit about you and IOMAmerica.
That, my dear brother, was a first for me. I am so very grateful to you for the powerful truth-packed teachings you faithfully and tirelessly share. Even if it's to an audience of one it so very worth it.
I wanted to share this with you not to boast because I know I had absolutely nothing to do but to encourage my brother, friend and teacher. Sharon, Nevada
Dr. Phinney is gifted in his ability to see through the disguises the enemy puts before the believer. In Christ, he truly gets to the heart of the matter in people’s lives. A true prophet of the 21st century. Angie Brooks, Phoenix, Arizona
Like Paul, who witnessed Christ to the world during Christianity’s formative years, Steve Phinney is gifted writer and a student of God’s Word. He presents Biblical Truth with a clarity and passion sculpted from his personal trials and the blessings born through those trials. Gale Ethridge, Glasco, Kansas
I am always amazed by Dr. Steve’s Biblical insights into the expanse of the Scriptures – by that I mean, he has dedicate his life to the written Word of God. Pastor Bruce Carter (DOS), Atlanta, Georgia
I have the honor of being discipled under Dr. Phinney for approximately 5 years. His writings and sermons on Spiritual maturity, Biblical worldview and identity in Christ have deeply enriched my life. His submission to the Spirit regardless of the circumstance, is an inspiration to me and my family. Robert Cornelius, Orlando, Florida
Steve is the type of writer who is always consistent in what he does. Everything he says is directional and with purpose, to draw out Christ in the lives of the believer. Patrick William, Sterling, Kansas
With my Dad’s writings, you never have to fear lukewarm teachings. You will receive a bold message of your inadequacy apart from Christ. No matter the subject, he clearly spells out co-crucifixion is the pathway to freedom from living in bondage to our crucified old man. What blessed assurance that as an indwelt believer we don’t have to strive, but allow His Spirit to release His work in and through us. Jess Phinney, Sterling, Kansas
The Life of Christ in Steve's life is the real deal. I am so blessed to know him personally and learn from him. I can't count the number of times I mention my friend Steve Phinney, CEO, of IOM America, then proceed to explain the ministry, books, website, etc. & "how it can help you in your spiritual walk, my friend." Another great Christian teacher, Dr. Del Tackett, of whom I have great respect starts his class with, "Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?" Dr. Steve Phinney BELIEVES IT and PRACTICES IT!! Wendell Smock, Glendale, Arizona
Steve provides profound insight into the historical perspective of our Lord’s Word and how it applies to the current and future times. His use of Hebrew imagery allows the reader to form a vivid and lasting image that is rarely seen in today’s writings. - Jeff Brugman, Scottsdale, Arizona
Dr. Phinney is not just a gifted writer and teacher, he is my, and many others, spiritual father. My life has been altered by his willingness to write and live the Truth of the Scriptures – uncompromised. The Spirit breathed wisdom he shares has come through much pain and trial – as this book will unfold. I pray that his writing is used to bring you freedom and renewed understanding of how God views you, as it has me. Kris Cornelius, Orlando, Florida
Dr. Phinney is a genius, as far as his writings, even the common man can get it. Everything is easy to follow and interpret. I enjoy his workbook (Identity Matters) and his work as a counselor and discipler in my life. Corey S. Snow, Alden, Kansas
Dr. Phinney’s writings are more than Truth to me, he is my spiritual father. Is ability to communicate the Word is one thing but the love of Christ that shines through his work is what impacts me the most. Just by hearing his sermons and reading his writings you can see Christ flow through him. I know as an indwelt believer, it is not him but Christ. Marcos Jaquez, Hutchinson, Kansas
Dr. Phinney’s writings are applicable, Biblical, and speaks powerfully to one who truly wants to live the indwelt Christian life in victory and freedom. Donna Kratz, Arizona
Dr. Stephen Phinney clearly articulates the Life of Christ within the indwelt believer and keeps that focus in all of his teachings. He uses humor to engage his readers, while challenging them through Scriptures to consider a different perspective on living out the Life of Christ within. Loyda Leone, Kansas
When I learned that my friend in Christ was writing a heavily autobiographical book, I jumped for joy! Having been connected with Mr. Colson and Prison Fellowship for many years, I have loved jailhouse transformation stories produced by the wonderful Grace of Jesus in the lives of the down and out, from ruin to redemption! But there is something even more special to me about a man who simply changes from being a mere man - and a darned good one - to being a more man, a Grace-based, Grace-filled, Grace-teaching, Grace-preaching light on a hill kind of man, who cannot remain silent! Not that Steve was perfect before being made a brand new creature in Christ Jesus, but what really matters to me is being able to read how one goes from frustration to total forgiveness and freedom today, and from redemption to abundant victory by Grace alone through faith in Christ in Him every day! "Christ as Life" is my buddy's motto, and I am truly grateful to Abba for his Life in the Lord! Dan Camp, China
Our relationship with Steve & Jane Phinney encompasses the deepest of friendships spanning almost 40 years. It certainly included our parallel patterns of marriage, raising our families, vacations together, & incredibly wonderful times of laughter & joy. For me, however, Steve was so much more. As an impactful role model, teacher & prayer warrior, I watched, listened & learned. I matured in my Christian walk. For Steve, every struggle or challenge would become an opportunity to pray for God’s Provision. As a strategic visionary, I saw God reflected thru him, as many Kingdom ventures took shape & developed as the years progressed. In the depth of his knowledge & instruction, I was never left confused or intimidated in my curiosity. In fact, I was lovingly introduced to Biblical truths much deeper than what I would have imagined. Steve’s ability to bring clarity to the Word, structuring his messages with testimony & instructional diagrams, left me longing for the next encounter. This pattern of discernment & unfolding revelation continued thru out the decades. I have been honored to walk alongside with him & am excited that he is now sharing his journey for us all. It is to God that I give all the praise, for this humble & faithful servant. Art Smit, Illinois
Since Dr. Phinney is an astute student of the exchanged life and the importance of the current impetus in the developing Reformation, it is fitting that he be used of God to chronicle and interpret events of the past half century. God has been quietly bringing to pass, without fanfare, revival in individual lives.
As these events unfold, it is fitting that a servant of God interpret them to those not presently near the eye of the brewing storm! It is also noteworthy that Dr. Phinney is a product of the early waves of teaching, dating back to 1979 in Denver, Colorado, the site God chose to place the roots of the modern Reformation movement.
From that perspective, Dr. Phinney‘s involvement is not as a spectator, but is an involved participant in a significant movement of God in Church history. It is my prayer that the interpretation permitted by his being ‘on the ground’, as the events unfolded, will allow those in a spectator role to awaken to the significance of current events as they relate to Church history. Dr. Charles R. Solomon, Tenn
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