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Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation
FaithIssues ^ | 2/21/2012 | FaithIssues

Posted on 02/21/2012 8:35:55 PM PST by sreastman

Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation

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My years after high school centered upon work during the week and partying on Balboa Island on the weekends. A weekend party began early Friday night and ended sometime late Sunday. My house became one of the hot spots in Newport Beach for some five years.

But one day I grew tired of all the drinking and one night stands and thought it was about time I got married. Maybe that would bring a little more satisfaction and fulfillment into my life. So I ended up marrying a pretty girl from Newport but from the very beginning the relationship was a complete disaster. There was no foundation to the marriage and it ended after two years.

All through the 60’s I was heavily into the rock music scene. I saw in person the Beatles, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, the Band, Elton John, and many other groups. Gradually I came under the Eastern religion influence of the Beatles and began searching for God.

Raised a Catholic, I believed in God’s existence but felt He could be found in any religion. After reading the popular book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, I joined Self Realization Fellowship, a Hindu offshoot that focused on cleaning yourself up through meditation, health foods, and yoga. I then began attending services at a beautiful ashram in Encinitas that overlooked the Pacific Ocean.

On the altar in the ashram were pictures of those considered prophets by Yogananda, including representations of Krishna, Buddha, Mohammad, Jesus and others. On one Sunday, in the summer of 1971, I was looking at the pictures and as my eyes settled on the one of Jesus, I heard within my spirit these words: “He’s not like the rest.” I pondered those words as I left the service.

That night my mother called and said she had been reading about an exciting new church that was open to young people and old, hippies and straights – it didn’t matter who you were.

The next Sunday I drove up to a small church (that would become much bigger) in Costa Mesa called Calvary Chapel, pastored by a wonderful man named Chuck Smith. He was speaking from the gospel of Luke and as I listened about the love of God I was deeply touched. As I drove home from that first service I found myself crying all the way down the freeway.

The following Sunday I listened to my second message from Luke and driving home I began weeping again. I pulled my little VW bug over to the side of the freeway and right there asked Jesus into my life. I was immediately born again. It was just an extraordinary moment.

I was baptized by Chuck at Little Corona del Mar beach a few weeks later and shortly thereafter, during a Sunday evening service, Lonnie Frisbee laid hands on me and I was filled with the Holy Spirit, giving me a passion and heart for God that has only increased. And since the beginning, God has given me two wonderful gifts - a hunger for His Word and a great joy in worshipping Him. Last Sunday, here in Laguna, I was singing and worshipping God and rejoicing that I now knew Him. No longer was I searching. I was home.


TOPICS: General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: chucksmith; jesus; yoga

1 posted on 02/21/2012 8:36:01 PM PST by sreastman
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To: sreastman
The story of Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel is a little miracle in itself. Chuck was a young pastor and new to Calvary Chapel. The church had just installed new carpet, and Chuck happened to hear one of the elders telling some young hippies that they couldn't come in and walk on the new carpet barefoot. It could have cost him his much needed job, but he stopped the elder and turned to the kids and invited them in. He said "If I have to chose between new carpet and winning souls to Christ, I'll choose their souls."

Not only did those hippies come in and get saved, so did hundreds and hundreds of others. Calvary Chapel became the center of "creativity for Christ" in Southern California. Those kids were so talented, and created some of the best Christian music, art, drama around at the time. It was wonderful, and because of Chuck welcoming those young people, they came to Christ instead of getting into drugs, sex, and rock and roll as so many others their age did.

2 posted on 02/21/2012 9:03:06 PM PST by holyscroller ( Without God, America is one nation under)
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To: holyscroller

That is a great story, thanks. One for the good guys.


3 posted on 02/21/2012 9:15:15 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: sreastman

Chuck smith is a great teacher and man of God; he has cancer, we’ve been praying for him. We have his teachings going straight through the Bible tapes which my husband and I listen to together.

That summer of ‘71 I was pregnant with our second son living in Oregon and was saved and filled with The Holy Spirit. My husband and I together at home reading the Bible. We thought we grew up as Christians but we never knew Jesus personally until then. Later we went out to churches and made friends, ex hippies, all kinds.

That was during The Jesus movement and Late Great Planet Earth when many young people came to know Jesus and praise music was being sung. I know there are many Freepers remembering Calvary Chapel, Hal Lindsey, Christian Rock bands, Maranatha music albums, etc. Praise God he saved me. Praise God my grandfather prayed for my salvation while I was a child.


4 posted on 02/21/2012 9:21:17 PM PST by maranatha
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To: sreastman

A wonderful testimony!


5 posted on 02/21/2012 10:22:47 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: sreastman

Amen & Amen! “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalm 150:6)

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

SALVATION IS OF THE LORD!Amen and Amen!


6 posted on 02/22/2012 2:22:50 AM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: holyscroller; Alamo-Girl; Amityschild; AngieGal; AnimalLover; Ann de IL; aposiopetic; aragorn; ...

Great thread and post.

Thanks much.

PRAISE GOD.


7 posted on 02/22/2012 7:01:57 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: maranatha

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

Thx thx.

Prayers for Chuck.


8 posted on 02/22/2012 7:19:16 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix

Thanks for the ping!


9 posted on 02/22/2012 8:37:55 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Quix

Great ping, thanks! I was saved in 1971 also, in a “Jesus-Freak Coffeehouse.”


10 posted on 02/22/2012 12:27:17 PM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: oprahstheantichrist

PRAISE GOD!


11 posted on 02/22/2012 12:30:37 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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