Sunday, March 23, 2008

Top 10 Spiritual Encounters

I trust you had a blessed Easter, dear friends! Lately I've been recalling some of the most significant spiritual encounters of my 62 plus years. The following events come to mind and I have listed them in no particular order. My encounter with Christ when I first trusted Him and was saved is listed at the top but the rest are mentioned randomly.
  1. The Sunday morning, April 6th, 1952, when I trusted Christ as my Savior as a 6-year-old and was born-again from above.
  2. Seeing the buildings in Bristol, England where George Muller ministered to and provided for thousands of orphans in his lifetime.
  3. Hearing the late James Montgomery Boice preach in Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. I don't think I've listened to a more powerful orator who knew and loved God.
  4. Traveling by train to a Billy Graham Crusade in Toronto in the 50's as a young boy.
  5. Singing Make Me a Blessing in the V. Raymond Edman chapel at Wheaton College while attending a Missions Conference for young people in the 60's.
  6. Listening to J. Sidlow Baxter preach and play the piano in the same service at The Peoples Church in Toronto.
  7. Leading Elsie Knott, Canada's first female Indian chief, to faith in Christ in my Christian bookstore.
  8. Conducting Good Friday and Easter Sunday chapel services for the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals about 10 years ago and sensing the power of God in a remarkable way.
  9. Meeting Julius Erving, then playing basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers, after sending him numerous letters of encouragement over the years. Dr. J. knew who I was immediately and told me of the profound effect those "epistles" had had on his life.
  10. Visiting the Summer House in Olney, England (pictured) where the prolific poet and songwriter William Cowper penned many of his powerful hymns. Cowper battled depression constantly and found refuge with John Newton in this "Summer House".
There are many more events which impacted me powerfully but these are a few that come to mind. It's always good to rehearse the great things which the Lord has done. Now let me know what some of your most memorable events were! THANK YOU!

1 comment:

  1. Those are some pretty interesting memorable events...I'd be sure to miss some if I stopped to think, but some that come to my mind are

    -when I gave my life to the Lord at 10 years old. I had accepted him at 3, but this was more meaningful to me.

    -making black bean tortillas, and then hanging out with a whole bunch of college students (and two pro athletes) at my best friend's home; afterwards we all sang and worshipped together and my friend's dad shared a message about purity with those young people that I will never forget; I was 12 at the time, and that experience really impacted me.

    -gathering with a groups of believers in a community in Texas and praying with them. There were so many people in the room (it seemed like a hundred to my 11 y.o. mind) and some were praying in the Spirit, some were getting up and giving a word to another, I felt the Presence of God there like never before.

    There must be so many others, but those are what come to mind right away. I don't know if my writing conveyed the feeling those events mean to me, but I tried ;)

    God bless you,