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City Wide Crusade (10 of 33)
In the summer of 1954, in a hot little town of Carrollton, Georgia, I was a 16-year-old boy getting ready for my senior year in high school. I was running also getting ready for the beginning of the fall football season. In that year the Supreme Court had declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional. That year also, Roger Banister broke the four-minute mile, the first man ever to do that. That same year Elvis Presley recorded his immortal musical masterpiece, ''That's Alright, Momma.'' The televisions in those days were black and white, with little screens. The favorite television programs at that time were ''Liberace'', ''This is Your Life'', and ''I Love Lucy''. That same summer the Lord had called me to preach as a 16-year-old boy. On the television that summer, having just been called to preach, there was a young evangelist, a young crusade evangelist. It was my first introduction to a crusade evangelist. He was in his mid-thirties. He was preaching at a crusade in London. This man was destined to go on to preach to more people in the world than any man in the history of the world. He became my great hero. His name as you well know was Billy Graham. He is a crusade evangelist.
Interestingly enough as we move through the Acts narrative we find a series of characters and personalities. The Holy Spirit just seems to put the spotlight on or just seems to bring off of the pages for our consideration and our observation. Last week we looked at this man, Stephen, one of the first seven deacons. Stephen became a mighty Christian apologist. He gives a mighty defense of the Christian faith, articulating what the Christian faith is all about.
Now the Holy Spirit reaches on to the page and brings out another personality, another one of the original seven deacons. His name was Philip. Philip was what I call a crusade evangelist. In order to understand why we come to the 5th verse a ...
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