July 28, 1985 – 22 minutes after 8

Today I celebrate 26 years of being a Christian. It is unbelievable to me that 26 years ago, I was a lost man with no relationship with God and I was on my way to hell.

I remember so vividly sitting on a bleacher in Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC listening to Dr. Freddie Gage preach the gospel. I was struck with such deep conviction as he shared. I realized that night that I was lost in my sin and that I needed Jesus to forgive me, clean me up and give me a new life. When Freddie gave the invitation and told people if they wanted to receive Christ and forgiveness, I didn’t walk down the aisle, I ran! I jumped over a 5 feet concrete wall and ran to the front to receive the gift of eternal life that he spoke about. I experienced salvation!

The word salvation means, “to restore or deliver.” I was living a crazy life and making one bad choice after another…I desperately needed to be rescued. I was in bondage and needed to be delivered.

There is no greater feeling on the planet than to know that your sins have been forgiven, to know that you have power to live in victory everyday and to know that heaven will be your home when you die. I know what it means to be lost and to be separated from God but I also know what it is like to be saved and forgiven – to have an intimate relationship with Jesus and be the recipient of His grace and mercy.

Today I celebrate and thank God for new life. I have never gotten over the fact that God gave me a new life that evening in July of 1985. I am overwhelmed just thinking about God’s grace in my life and all He has done for me.

Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me.

Thank you Johnny Hunt for inviting Freddie Gage to preach that crusade in Wilmington, NC 26 years ago.

Thank you Freddie Gage for preaching the gospel and sharing your story with such passion.

I am forever grateful!

If you are reading this and you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal savior, please contact me and let me know. I would love to share with you.

If you do know Him, tell someone about Him today!

July 28, 1985, 22 minutes after 8…I will NEVER forget!  

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