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Topic: Christian Baptism (10/18/07)
TITLE: The Bible Reading of 1960
By Patty Williamson
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For one full week in 1960, the electricity to the house was out due to an enormous snow storm. Bob remembers his mother lighting a lantern and reading aloud to the family every evening that week from an old Bible that her mother had given to her. Bob was nine years old in 1960. This was about the only time he heard the Bible read other than hearing short passages during the occasional funeral or wedding that he attended. Bob's family did not belong to a church or talk much about religion or God. His family was, however, fine, hard working, and moral. The were "good people;" not anti-God, just indifferent.
Time passed and Bob completed high school and college. He says he considered himself a Christian but didn't really know what that meant. Soon after Bob's college graduation, he and I began dating.
My family attended church every single Sunday and held, ever since I can remember, weekly family devotionals. Mom and Dad happily raised six children in the Faith. They were active in politics, always supporting candidates who supported Christian ideals. Although they didn't have much money, they trusted in the Lord and He always provided. They were sweet, kind and exhibited the true Christian spirit. Mom and Dad never asked Bob about his faith but Bob asked about theirs. He asked to attend church with us and then became interested in learning more about the Bible. Bob accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior the following year and was baptized.
Bob has continued to read and study the Bible and today is a true Christian man. He reflects on how my parents "saved his soul" by demonstrating true Christian behavior and by placing their trust in the Lord. He says he would have been turned off had they overtly preached or lectured him on religion.
Bob is thankful for The Bible Reading of 1960 as it ignited his interest in God. He comments that, although his parents lead good and happy lives, they missed the happiness that comes with knowing the Lord.
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