A reader of Billy Graham’s Peace with God sat down a few days ago to write the evangelist that she had “found the answer” in chapter nine. A Miami University student said his commitment had come as the result of listening to a radio broadcast. Another new believer, in a letter dated February 29, told of her experience and a subsequent desire to start a Bible class in her home.
In countless ways, men and women every day are finding new life in Christ. Some call it conversion, some regeneration, some commitment, some something else, and some don’t know what to call it. But the person who has it readily identifies it. And when it really happens, its all the same thing—the appropriation of God’s grace through saving faith in a way that imparts spiritual life.
Robert Harris is executive director of Choice ’68, an unofficial presidential primary among college students scheduled for April 24 and sponsored by Time magazine (he expects some 2,000000 votes to be cast on 1,200 campuses). Harris thought he had attained the ultimate when he was chosen student body president at Michigan State University in 1964. “I thought I was something special,” he says. “I got a Triumph convertible and went through the whole bit. Then there was nothing left.”
Out of his disillusionment with success, Harris attended a prayer breakfast sponsored by International Christian Leadership. Later he heard a Christian challenge from Mark Hatfield, then governor of Oregon, “and that probably decided it for me.” Harris made a commitment to Christ. Now 24, he looks ahead to a career in public service—undergirded with a Christian perspective.
Raymond Berry has been called pro football’s “living legend.” He’s retiring this year after more than a decade on the receiving ...1
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