Redemption Through His Blood

Southside Baptist ChurchThis is a picture of the church building in which I gave my life to Christ. This facility now houses another church as Southside Baptist Church of Greensboro, North Carolina, relocated to another area in town. However, over the years as my family would travel to Greensboro to visit grandparents, I would say to my girls over and over, “That is where the Lord found me!” I think they grew tired of hearing that, but I nonetheless pointed it out every single time just to see their reaction!

Southside Baptist Church is a special place to me. As many know, I was not raised in a Christian home and it was often not the happiest of homes either. Elsie and Raymond Hampton, a sweet couple who lived near us, came and knocked on our door as we were new in the area and invited us to Vacation Bible School and Sunday School at Southside. We began to attend as often as possible. Sometimes, I would beg people to pick me up and give me a ride to church. It was during one of those times on a Sunday night that I was in church by myself as a nine-year-old boy. I felt the Holy Spirit of God speaking to my little heart in a powerful way. On that evening, I gave my life to Christ, trusting Him as my Lord and Savior. On that day in 1961, my life changed forever.

The Bible says what happened to me that night this way: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:7–8).

I will forever be thankful for what God did to my life on that Sunday evening. He began working in my life to help sanctify and grow me in Him. He also worked in a precious way to see my mother and father come to Christ, as well as my brother and sisters. God changed our entire family and for that I am deeply grateful!

Do you remember where it was when you experienced the forgiveness of your trespasses? I pray you have a sweet memory of a place and time where you, too, trusted in Jesus Christ. Let us all be thankful for our relationship with the Lord, whether we remember the specific place or not. Praise to the Lord today!

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