"YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN"

TWICE-BORN
MEN

TRUE
CONVERSION
RECORDS OF
~100 WELL - KNOWN
MEN IN ALL
RANKS OF LIFE

Compiled by
HY. PICKERING

An American Teacher

DR. A. J. GORDON, whose name is of fame as a Bible
        Teacher, was born into a home in New Hampshire,
in 1836.   A new era was opening for American Christianity,
a new impulse was throbbing with springtime energy in
its veins.   The greatest of modern missionaries had gone
forth to grapple with the forces of heathenism in their
very stronghold.   The story of the heroic career in Burma
had reached the homes of America.   In city, in hamlet,
in distant farm, wherever devout hearts were praying
for the spread of Christ's kingdom, the history of hardship

and suffering and faithful testimony was being rehearsed.
The tale of the agony of Oung-Pen-La wrung the heart
of the New Hampshire villager, and in his admiration
he named his child after the apostle, Adoniram Judson.
   The early years were passed in a quiet village lying in
the trough of the billowy New Hampshire hills, in a home
of exceptional piety, amid such surroundings as could
hardly fail to nurture a wholesome, high-souled, nature-
loving character.   When the boy reached his fifteeneth
year a great change passed across his inner life.   Hitherto
a thoughtless, somewhat indifferent, unresponsive lad,
he now became intent on new things.   New vistas opened
out; a new seriousness sobered him; a new thoughtfulness
was turning his attention to a larger life than that which
had to do with fuller's tub and farmer's team.   The
weightier interests of the spiritual life began to absorb
his thoughts.   First came the struggle, the wrestling as
at Peniel till the grey dawn.   The conviction of sin was
intense, unendurable.   A realisation of the corruption
of the human heart, a vision of the perfect God, high and
lifted up--to what conclusion could these lead save that
of unqualified unworthiness, of utter helplessness?   The
conflict of soul darkened, and intensified.   A whole night
was finally spent in such anguish of spirit that the father
was obliged to sit with him till daybreak.   Sorrow endureth
for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.   Calm as
the sunshine which flooded the hills the next day was
that boy spirit which had found peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ.

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