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!
men don't cry:
All the boy
had known growing up in a slum neighborhood was pain. At the age of 7, he was got a beating by his
alcoholic father (who ordered him to NEVER cry!) which left him too bloody to crawl...because he
cried over the death of his mother.
His father shortly set up housekeeping with a prostitute who
practiced her trade in the home. By the age of 10, he was an accomplished thief and a hard drinker.
At twelve, he murdered a woman as he took her money. Juvenile prison and reform school didn't work;
punishment only made him sneer. To help turn his life around, it took the consistent nurture of a
Christian couple and, later, a friend who invited him to a Christian youth rally. In his book, Too Tough To Cry, he tells about the night his screams of anger at God were met with
unconditional love: "At that instant, all of the hurt and pain of thirteen years that had
been held inside welled up in my throat. Oh, God, no, I'm going to cry...I'm going to cry...but
real men don't cry."
"I couldn't hold it in any longer. I fell to the
floor and began to cry. I wept and wept and continued to weep.. It was like a dam had burst
inside, and the tears poured out of me. I kept moaning, "Forgive me, forgive
Today Paul Powers is a pastor who ministers
especially to children. He is married to Margaret Fishback Powers, creator of the
famous Footprints poem.
horror of an abusive or bitter past have a choke-hold on your heart? Do you feel incapable of
loving or reaching out for help? Jesus is the only One who can heal that kind of crushing hurt and
restore positive emotions!
[from "Enter His Gates" 1998 devotional book by Charles Stanley, page
***give me your comments about this
(posted Sept 2000)
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