Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Celebrity thief goes to his
Born in 1862, he ended up in an orphanage at age 12. Returning to work on a
grandfather's farm in Iowa, he took to baseball; and his amazing speed caught the eye of a
pro manager. He played pro ball for 8 years, reaching celebrity status when he stole 95 bases
in one season. At age 24, Jesus stole his heart at Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago. Over the
next 42 years, Billy Sunday (his gravesite memorial) would become the great evangelist predecessor to Billy Graham,
spreading the gospel to over 100,000,000 people! Of these, it is said that between 500,000
and 1,000,000 "hit the sawdust trail", coming down front, coming forward at the invitation
call to accept Jesus as their
savior. Check out his crusade preaching style in this rare video/audio on the topic of Prohibtion, HERE. And this 2 minute video fairly dramatically summarizes his life, HERE.
Probably the first great evangelist was the Scottish-born George Whitefield (of the First Great Awakening of the mid-1700s) who possibly preached to some 10,000,000 people in Europe & America during his time & focused on personal experiences of conversion to belief from no belief or uncertain belief. Isaac Backus (1724-1806) became a Baptist & evangelist & was convinced that all had to be done to allow people to accept Jesus as Savior without official or private coercion. He became convinced that a fee country had to assure individuals the complete freedom to individually accept Christ in order to assure political freedom. This lead to many having a deeply rooted fear of the potential for government abuse. This set the stage for the 1791 Establishment Clause in Virginia which helped phrase the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.
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(posted 2001; latest addition 12 July 2016)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now