David Wilkerson killed in car crash

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  1. ktn4eg

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    Just heard that David Wilkerson (The Cross and the Switchblade), founder of Teen Challenge, was killed today in a car crash.

    While certainly not a Baptist, I believe that he accomplished much for God's kingdom.

    Remember his family in your prayers.
     
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    Sad to hear.

    As a youth, I was deeply moved by his book and feel I am in the field I am in partially do to his work.

    Greater gain.
     
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    I too was deeply moved by his book...a sad loss for sure. I will be praying for his family and all those whom he influenced.
     
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    I pray for his family and that his wife will be OK. It is a great loss for the kingdom.
     
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    Wow.

    Very sad to hear of this. The christian world has lost a truly great one, imo.

    But he is with the lord whom he loved and served.

    My prayers go out to his critically injured wife, and the others injured.
     
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    May he rest in peace and rise in glory. He has gone to his reward.
     
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    I'm very familiar with that stretch of highway. I travel that road every time I drive down to visit my mother.

    It's a narrow two-lane road with lots people pulling on and off the roadway. The speed limit is 70-mph, which a bit high for that section between Frankston and Cuney. I rarely drive 70 in that stretch because I've had a few close calls myself in that zone, mostly from people suddenly pulling onto the highway or weaving across the dividing line.

    Wilkerson was foolish not to wear his seatbelt. It's a real shame.
     
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    I agree. His wife was wearing one and is in the hospital for cuts and bruises. I wonder if he would have survived if he had worn one.
     
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    Agree about the seat belt thing.

    It only takes a few seconds to put it in place, and you forget about it almost immedietly.
     
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    Keep in mind, that approximately 1/2 of all auto deaths; the individual did have his seat belt on.

    And there are those rare occasions where a seat belt was the cause of death.

    Mind you, I am not trying to tell you never to wear a seatbelt - but wearing one is NOT a guarantee of surviving a crash, esp a heading crash.
     
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    I just heard this here and now and I'm leveled. David Wilkerson was a mighty man of God. He was the get in your face uncompromising leader that changed the face of evangelism for all of us.

    The one sermon I heard in person by Wilkerson was when he preached about the reality of hell. It was a white knuckled reach into the depths of our complacent conscience and that sermon saved me early on from a lot of stupid moves down dead end roads. You could tell he was deeply in touch with spiritual reality and was willing to say what it took to save people from eternity without God. It is sad to see such a gutsy servant gone but I only hope he went quickly without suffering. He did so much to prevent others from the same.
     
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    A Tribute

    David Wilkerson: May 19, 1931-April 27, 2011

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    by Jeff Dunn

    I first read The Cross And The Switchblade in its comic book format. I had been a Christian for less than a year when I picked this up and read it. What struck me was the story of a man who heard the Lord calling him, and he obeyed.

    He heard the Lord calling and he obeyed. And that set the course of my life. No, I have not always obeyed when I have heard the Lord calling me. But that is the desire of my heart—to hear and obey. And this desire was planted in me from the story of David Wilkerson:

    [Excerpt from the book]

    The whole strange adventure got its start one night as I sat in my study reading Life magazine. I merely turned a page, and at first glance it seemed there was nothing to interest me. The page showed a pen drawing of a trial taking place in New York City, 350 miles away from my home in rural Pennsylvania. I’d never been to New York, and I’d never wanted to go, except perhaps to see the Statue of Liberty.

    I started to flip the page over. But as I did, something caught my eye. It was the eyes of a figure in the drawing – a boy. He was one of seven boys on trial for murder. I held the magazine closer to get a better look. The artist had captured a look of bewilderment, hatred and despair in the young boy’s features. Suddenly, I began to cry.

    “What’s the matter with me?” I wondered, impatiently brushing away a tear. Then I looked at the picture more carefully. The boys were all teenagers. They were members of a gang called the Dragons. Beneath the picture was the story of how they had been in Highbridge Park in New York when they brutally attacked and killed a fifteen-year-old polio victim named Michael Farmer.

    The story revolted me. It literally turned my stomach. In our little mountain town, such things seemed mercifully unbelievable. Yet I was dumbfounded by the next thought that sprang into my head. It came to me full-blown, as if from somewhere else: Go to New York and help those boys....

    cont. http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/david-wilkerson-may-19-1931-april-27-2011
     

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