Joined: 14 Jun 2005
Location: West Florida gulf coast
|Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:20 am Post subject: How I met Jesus
|How I met Jesus: My Personal Testimony
It was February 1974 I was a machinist in a job shop in Birmingham Alabama. I was sick with a cold so I took a couple days off. I went down to the local pharmacist to get some over the counter cold remedies, while there I saw a book that piqued my interest, called the late “Great planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey, I bought it and a new testament for some reading material while sick in bed. Well that book changed my life, Quite drastically too as I had been a chief captain of Satan for some time, I was a party boy and saloon patron extraordinaire. And some of the saloons I had been in were not for law abiding citizens. One such saloon located on the Jefferson county walker county line in a village called Quinton, pronounced by the locals Quintown. This joint was notorious for fights and shootings, and all that accompanies such places. Well one particular Saturday night while out with my girlfriend a friend of hers and her date for the night walked up to our car to ask for a ride down the road, the girl had been steadily dating my friend at the time and she was not with him at this time, so I refused to give them a ride, being I supposed loyal to my friend of course I knew what might happen the Guy would want to do harm to me for refusing this request. Well of course a few days later the girl told us that her date that night wanted to teach me a lesson, I told her that it was a good thing that he did not because my .38 was sitting on my lap I would have gunned him down where he stood. I believe the Holy Spirit was there that night and made sure things did not result in that happening. So I read Hal’s book and towards the end Hal asks readers to pray the sinners prayer and get saved which I did. I also was reading my new Testament and praying for God every night to send me someone to invite me to church. As it would happen about two weeks later I decided to walk to the mailbox to mail some letters. About halfway there someone in an old Ford car stopped me to talk to me about Jesus, his Name was Charley, later he would tell me that the Lord had told him to stop and talk to me about Jesus, Charley said but Lord he’s so big he might hurt me. I was 6’11/2” about 210 pounds and wearing a denim jacket with sleeves cut off at the shoulders and no shirt underneath, So I suppose I was somewhat intimidating. Never the less Charley stopped and we had a nice conversation about forty minutes. He did indeed invite me to his church, (the first of many answered prayers) and drove to my house to pick me up the following Sunday morning. In 1975 I went to liberty University to get some good Bible teaching, I had no intention of going into ministry, But I did want to learn more of Jesus. I am currently serving the Lord through this website.
OBTW Brother Charley as we in the Baptist church call each other, has less than a high school education and can not read, but after becoming a Christian he wanted to read the bible so bad that he began to pray that the Lord teach him the KJV Bible, and now he reads it good enough, even though he still can not read the newspapers nor magazines.
Brother Charley serves the Lord full time at Jimmy Hale mission in Birmingham.
Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered
OBTW that name is Jesus
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