Matt.3:4-6 -Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the region around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

I’ll never forget that night I first surrendered my life to Jesus. It started at the movie theater on Canal Street watching Jesus Christ Superstar. I left that theater crying, not quite sure why, I just knew that change was in the air. Parris and I drove out to the lakefront in New Orleans and ended up right in the middle of a bunch of Jesus Freaks. Long hair, sandals, and guitars were everywhere. It wasn’t the outward trappings that got me, it was what I sensed in the air. Now I know it was the Holy Spirit, back then I wasn’t quite sure, all I knew is that Jesus was drawing me in and I knew my life would never be the same and that the atmosphere was filled with a love that I had never felt before. That’s just the way it is with Him, when He is there lives change. Here is an interesting quote from Time Magazine describing the Jesus Movement in the 70’s, I had run straight into it and had no idea the significance of what was going on.

Time, June 21, 1971



Notorious leader of an underground liberation movement. . . .

APPEARANCE: Typical hippie type—long hair, beard, robe, sandals.

Hangs around slum areas, few rich friends, often sneaks out into the desert.

BEWARE: This man is extremely dangerous.

His insidiously inflammatory message is particularly dangerous to young people who haven’t been taught to ignore him yet.

He changes men and claims to set them free.

The world was in chaos in those days in the 1970’s, I guess you could say we are right there again in 2023. Unrest, confusion, anger, rebellion, and rampant addiction is everywhere. Just like the 60’s and 70’s the unrest is really just a cry; a generation crying out for God. I am not talking about ritual or religious dogmas I am talking about authenticity. This generation is longing for the real thing. Jesus is the real thing and I think history may just be repeating itself. I sense that Jesus is on the move once again.

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