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My Testimony is Simple

My testimony is simple. As a child I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church, right here in the heart of Memphis, TN. It was under a wonderful pastor, Dr. Murphy, that I was taught about the LORD and all of HIS goodness. Dr. Murphy was the kind of Pastor, that you seldom slept while he preached...he was a Fire and Brimstone man, that believed in telling the WORD just as it is! When I was about school age, I remember that my parents had to sit in the balcony, because the lower Sanctuary was full. It was that Sunday morning that I was behaving a little badly, and my Father, took me out of the Sanctuary and down near the restrooms to give me a little talking too. My father, had never needed to spank me, and usually a stern word from him was all that I needed, plus that fatherly stern look. We came back into the church and Dr. Murphy was still preaching...but soon my dad and I were called by a Deacon to come to the Pastor's Study as soon as the Sermon was over. My dad took me by the hand and we made our way to Dr. Murphy's office. He asked my father to wait outside, and he took me into the office, leaving the door ajar. He sat me on his lap and lovingly began to tell me why it was important that I behave in Church...that it was the way to respect JESUS. He told me of how much JESUS loved the little children and how JESUS took all my sins and put them on a Cross. After he finished talking with me, he called my dad in, and told him, he didn't think he would ever have problems with me misbehaving in Church again. What struck me was that Dr. Murphy knew my name, and that he knew out of all the people in Church that day, that I was the one who needed encouragement. Whether, dad and the Deacon had already arranged this, I don't know.

Anyway, when I was 8 years old, I decided to accept JESUS as my PERSONAL SAVIOR. I was baptised by Dr. Murphy, and not too long after this, he retired, and within a moth had passed from this life. His memories and teachings are the fundamental part of who I became in the LORD. I am greatful for a man of GOD that stood on the WORD, and brought me to repentence.

At age 12 or 13, I rededicated myself to the LORD. It was during a revival at a new church I was attending, in Bartlett, TN. We had moved there, and it was too far to go to our old Church. During the Revival, the evangelist was explaining about Hell, and what awaits those who don't believe in the LORD. It was during that time, that I reflected on my own Salvation, and wanted to serve the LORD, so I asked to be rededicated. The Pastor wanted to make sure of my Salvation, since I was a tender age, when I first accepted JESUS as LORD of my life...and he was sure that I understood the importance of knowing for sure.

Over the years, the LORD has been with me. Through all kinds of Trials and tribbulations, HE has carried me through. HIS WORD is sure, and there is no doubt in my mind that HE IS REAL!

My Testimony is simple, and I used to wonder at those who could tell of so much sin in thier life, and how the LORD truned them around...and ask the LORD, why I didn't have a testimony like that. But over and over, the LORD has given me wonderful testimonies to share, in so many different ways! HIS ways are truly awesome. So, you see, a simple testimony may not seem like much, but the LORD uses you to reach others.

May the LORD bless you.

01:34:46 am . 23 Mar 2014
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