On January 1, 1773, John Newton, a former slave trader, introduced the world to what peopl now know and love as ‘Amazing Grace’. Its lasting legacy is deeply rooted in its living hope message – "YOU CAN NOW LIVE GUILT FREE!"
Amazing Grace, is hummed and heard on every continent in this world. It transcends race, religion and even record categories. It takes in its stride all nations, regardless of colour, creed or culture.
Whether presented in churches, performed in concerts or played in clubs, this song of songs touches the hearts of those who listen to its tune and learn its truth.
This hymn of hymns transforms the souls of those who hear its message and heed its meaning.
Thursday, August 4th marks the The 253rd anniversary of Newton's beginning to preach the gospel.
"It was my dear mother's hope that I enter the ministry ... "
2011 also marks:
1. The 263rd anniversary of Newton's Conversion (March 21)
2. The 238th anniversary of Newton's writing the words to "Amazing Grace" (Jan. 1)
3. The 225th anniversary of Newton's invitation to Rev. Richard Johnson to be the chaplain and missionary on the first fleet to the land Down Under.(Sept. 23)
4. The 208th anniversary of Newton's last Will &Testament (June 13) &
5. The 204th anniversary of Newton's death. (Dec. 21)
You can read the full inspiring story of John Newton in the Gospel Book "The Man and the Story Behind Amazing Grace ".
Endorsed by Australian Christian leaders, "The Man and the Story Behind Amazing Grace" tells the wonderful great story behind the world's greatest song. The 84 page/10 chapters of facts, figures and a faithful reproduction of Newton’s authentic writings explores the simple facts relating to the life of John Newton and explains the sincere faith required for living guilt-free.
For a free download about Newton and his "Amazing Grace," go to amazinggrace.org.au/media/Amazing%20Grace.pdf
Amazing Grace, John Newton and August 4th
By: Peter Rahme
Tuesday, 2 August 2011, 8:02 (EST)
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