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A Double Brush With Death
Two times, I had a brush with
death—the death of others.
I was born in Greenville, Michigan, the second of three sons, to a carpenter and his wife.
Both of my parents were ambitious, hard workers.
We lived across the field
from my grandparents, who owned an 100 acre farm.
I loved the outdoors.
I loved to roam through
the fields and woods, and to go hunting.
I loved to drive off-road
vehicles through the valleys and over the hills.
My first brush with death,
came in an hunting incident.
My older brother and I were
hunting that day with another man from our church.
We were hunting in the
swamps, which were surrounded by thick brush.
Good hunters always keep
track of where their fellow hunters are.
I thought that I knew
where my brother was—but I was wrong.
A game bird went up in the air, and I quickly raised my 20
Instantly, my brother
cried out, “Don’t shoot!
He had been hit.
Thoughts raced through my
mind, in those split-seconds following that shot.
“Why did I shoot!!!?”
“How could I have not
known that my brother was in that direction!!!?”
“Did I kill my
“Whereas ye know not what
shall be on the morrow.
For what is your life? It
is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then
vanisheth away” (Holy Bible, James 4:14, KJV).
Two pellets from that
shotgun shell had hit my brother—one in the leg, and the
other in the collarbone.
He ended up being okay,
and did not require any surgery, but it was a very emotional
brush with death for me—but it would not be
the last one.
I still hunted after that,
but it ceased to be an
idol in my life.
As I grew older, something
else began to consume my thoughts and my time—cars.
One night as I pulled into the church parking lot with my beloved
there was a crowd of people near the door.
As I approached the crowd,
I glanced to my left.
In that split second, I
heard a “THUD!”
against my right front fender.
I instantly slammed on my
brakes—but I could not see anyone.
quickly shut off the car,
and made sure that it did not move an inch.
screaming, “Back up!
You’re right on top of
Once again, in those split
seconds, thoughts were racing through my mind: “Did I just
“Who did I hit!!!?
It was a
little 3 year old girl who had darted
away from her parents and
out of the crowd—running right into
My right front tire had not run over her, but had her little
leg pinned so tightly to the tar, that it left a mark on it
floor burn, the width of my tire.
It took me a little while
to realize why God was allowing these things to come into my
As a little 6 year old
boy, I had heard a series of messages.
learned that the Lord
and that I was NOT READY
to face Him, because of my sin.
“For the wages of sin
(Holy Bible, Romans 6:23, KJV).
“He that believeth on him
is not condemned: but HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED
ALREADY, because he hath not believed in the name of the
only begotten Son of God” (Holy Bible, John 3:18, KJV).
I knew that I was not
ready, and that if Jesus came, I would be left behind, and
one day would be cast into hell.
As I lay in my bed one
Sunday night, after hearing this series of messages at
church, I turned from my sin to the Lord Jesus Christ, and
asked Him to save me.
“That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved” (Holy Bible, Romans 10:9, KJV).
God had allowed these
brushes with death to happen to me, because I
was putting those things (hunting, cars, etc.) before Him.
“Little children, keep
yourselves from idols” (Holy Bible, 1 John 5:21,
IDOLS do YOU have, bringing heartaches to your life?
Are you saved?
You might not have
That BULLET, or that CAR,
may kill YOU, and where will you spend eternity?
“Dear Lord Jesus, I do believe
that you are the Son of God; that you are God Almighty in
the flesh, the Creator of heaven and earth.
I do believe that you are
the only Savior; that you died on the cross for me, and gave
your precious blood to pay my sin debt; and then you arose
from the grave the third day.
I do now repent of my
sins, and receive you as my Savior.
Please forgive me, and
save my soul.
Please raise up my life
from sin and shame, and use it now for your glory.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
I just asked
and I desire to now live for Him.
God wants you to
now openly confess Him by
under the water at a good Bible-preaching church, and to
faithfully attend the services there.
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