Pastor Nicky Farmer’s Testimony – How a Scotsman Came to Kokomo, Indiana

 

Many people have asked me how I ended up in Kokomo, Indiana, all the way from the village of Dollar, Scotland. Here is the answer:

When I was about twelve years old, I told my mother that I would no longer attend Sunday School because to me, Jesus fell into the same category as one of those make-believe characters which my parents had lied to me about.

Later, I traveled to the USA to be a door-to-door book salesman during my summer break from college. I met thousands of people during that time, including Christians. They always wanted to tell me how Jesus Christ had changed their lives. At first, I didn’t understand it, but later I realized that there must have been some truth in it because I could see that their lives really were different: they had love, peace, joy and order. Instead of trying to get rid of me when I knocked on their doors, they tried to do whatever they could to love me! Some offered me a cold drink, others invited me for dinner. One lady even made me use her phone to call my mother in Scotland and tell her that I was safe and well. As I walked away from her house, suddenly I broke down in tears because I couldn’t understand why she loved me. The love of God pierced my cold heart.

One family invited me to their small church where there were real Christians. The first thing the pastor said was, “Before we even start the service this morning, God has laid it on my heart that there is someone here who needs to give their life to Jesus Christ.” I knew in my heart that God was speaking to me and that I had a decision to make. Either I could live the rest of my life for myself, and suffer the consequences, or I could live for God. So I bowed my head, and prayed, “Lord, I’ve been living my life for the wrong reasons. If you will come into my heart, then from now on, I will make every decision based on what you want me to do, and not on what I want to do.”

Despite the initial joy and hope from finding the Lord, after a few years, I realized that I had gone from being a miserable sinner to being a miserable Christian. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”(John 10:10). This clearly contradicted my experience, so I told God that he could do utterly anything with me if only I could have this abundant life that Jesus spoke of. When I came to this point of total surrender to the will of God in every area, my Christian life really began. Jesus said, “Any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33. The Amplified Bible.) In answer to my prayer, God brought me to Kokomo to learn how to walk with Him through the example of a German man of God called Reimar Schultze. I noticed that Pastor Schultze and the church loved other people and one another regardless of who they were, and they were different from the people of the world. Also, Pastor Schultze was allowing the Holy Spirit to direct the affairs of the church, and his life, just like they did in the book of Acts. I knew I had to stay in Kokomo until I learned the same thing.

Now my life has changed in every area. I had sinned, just like you have sinned. Sin is anything that we think, say, or do, that makes God sad or angry. Breaking any one of the Ten Commandments is sin. For example: Is anything more important in your life than God? Have you ever cussed? Have you always dedicated one day of the week to worshipping God? Have you ever dishonored your parents in any way, or harbored anger in your heart towards anyone? Have you ever lusted for, or slept with, someone you were not married to? Have you ever stolen, lied, or spoken behind someone’s back? Have you ever been greedy for what others have? One sin is enough for us to spend eternity in hell and there is no good deed that we can do to cover up our past sins. Fortunately, however, Jesus Christ has the power to take all your sins away. He paid the price for them when He gave His life on a Roman execution cross back in the year 33AD. That sacrifice was applied to my account in 1997 when I first trusted Him with my whole life. Because my sins are gone, I am no longer trapped into sinning all the time, and I have the joy of knowing God. He is making me into a new, and better person all the time.

I may not know you, but the reason I gave you this leaflet today is that I care where you spend eternity. Is God drawing you through this story of what He did for me? If so, be encouraged. Turn to Him in faith, believing in His Son Jesus Christ and turning away from all your sin. Find a church that will teach you how to walk with God.

About Pastor Nicky Farmer

Pastor Nicky Farmer, Senior Pastor

In 2007, God called Pastor Nicky out of the insurance business to be the Senior Pastor of KCF.  Pastor Nicky is originally from Scotland. He first came to America to sell books door to door during his college summers. Jesus saved him through the witness of countless Christians that he met during those summers. After many years of seeking God, the Lord eventually  made it clear that Nicky was to officially move to Kokomo. During this time, God also led for he and Jenn to be married. (Click Here to read the details.)

They currently have four children, Lucas, Alex, Sam, and Elaine. The Farmers have a heart to help others learn to walk with God and to see lives tranformed by Jesus Christ. They enjoy spending time with others and sharing all that Jesus has done in their lives.

God Talks Life- Are You Unforgiving, Unforgiven, or Both?

Have you ever been wronged, stolen from, physically assaulted or abused, lied to, verbally abused, slandered or lied about? Have you ever been cheated on during your marriage? Have you ever been treated unfairly in a business transaction or a job? Have you ever been sexually abused? Have you ever been dishonored by your children?

Are any of these issues still unresolved in your life? Have you ever been given lip service receiving a half-hearted “I am sorry” but never receiving full restitution? Has anyone borrowed money from you and never paid it back? Or have you ever received returned items that had been borrowed from you in a damaged or broken state?

Lets flip these questions around: Have you ever done anything wrong? Have you ever stolen? Have you ever physically assaulted or abused anyone? Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever verbally abused, slandered or lied about someone? Have you ever cheated on your spouse in marriage? Have you ever improperly treated a business partner or made a transaction that was unfair? Have you ever sexually abused anyone? Have you ever dishonored your children?

Are any of these issues still unresolved in your life? Have you attempted to apologize or to make it right on the part of the other party? Have you ever given lip service providing a half-hearted “I am sorry” but never giving full restitution? Have you ever paid back money that you borrowed from another? Or have you ever returned items that had been bought or borrowed in a damaged or broken state?

We have not only cheated man, but we have also cheated God, the creator of the universe. We have lied to God. We have abused God. We have stolen from God with regard to our time, money, and talents He has given us. Unfortunately, we have used them for our own selfish ends. We have betrayed God by spitting in His face while He stood by your side offering His hand in friendship. We have falsely blamed God, judged God and condemned God.

With these incredible wrongs that have been committed against you or that you have committed against God or your fellow man, what are you going to do about it?

Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ walked the face of the earth. He taught His disciples to pray daily: asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness to others. His followers did that. His followers were unique. They still are. They were able to do that. They had the power to do that only because they had come to Him and God had released them from their sin. They first received forgiveness from God—against whom all sins are ultimately committed. Then they had power to forgive others. They experienced it in their souls. They felt the guilt, the shame, the burden of sin literally being removed from them. They became free and unshackled from sin and then they had the power to release others. How could you not forgive others?

Mark 2:1-12 is the story of the healed paralytic man lowered through the roof. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee (Mark 2:5). Jesus had authority to forgive sins. Nobody else except God had the authority to release him from sin. Once you are forgiven, you also need to forgive others.
The unmerciful servant in Matthew 18:23-35 failed to have compassion on his fellow servant after he had been forgiven for his great debt and cast him into prison because of his unpaid small debt. There may be a struggle within your flesh, but ultimately, you have no right to withhold forgiveness after you have experienced forgiveness from God.

Are you unforgiving, unforgiven, or both? I think that you will find that one leads to the other.

It is not God’s will for you to be unforgiving and unforgiven. He is holding out His hand to you right now. Let go of what you are tightly holding on to so that you can take hold of His hand of friendship. He is willing to be your friend on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ which can change a wicked man into a good man. Take God’s wonderful gift of salvation. Turn away from your sin. Believe me and get started on the path to eternal life today. (Excerpt from a sermon preached July 16, 2017)

Pastor Nicky