Sam Wylie Story

My name is Sam Wylie and I have been a teacher and coach for 39 years and I would like to tell you my story.

I was born in western Oklahoma. My family was definitely on the low side of the economic average of the country. My Dad began to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a result, we moved a great deal as I was growing up. I have been called a lot of negative things as a result of my mobile upbringing. I attend 12 schools by the time I finished 12th grade. I realized that I must adapt to the people I came in contact if I wanted friends. They didn't need me but I desperately wanted their friendship and approval. As a result I became a plastic person. I would mold to any shape the friends I wanted wished me to be. Lying was certainly a tool I used to achieve what I wanted. I needed friendship and approval and would do most anything to get it.

In 1970, after various events led me to a point of realizing how fake my life really was, I was presented with Jesus. He was not the Jesus that I knew from the dead churches that I attended. That Jesus was in heaven and I was on earth. There was no contact until I died so you had to make your own way. I came to be aware that a living Jesus could provide reality and truth in my life. I jumped at the chance to make this living Jesus Savior and Lord. I have tried to keep him as Lord every day since.

In the year 1971, my Dad told me he had received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. We got saved the same night so we shared every new experience. So I asked, "The what?" I began to study to find out what he was talking about. In March, I received the Holy Spirit. I discovered that not only is Jesus alive but the power that is revealed in the Bible is available and desirable for today. Speaking in tongues and miracles became part of my life. I have seen God do amazing things. Probably the most amazing thing to me is that the eternal God of everything will spend time with me. How could a Holy God spend time with someone like me? How could He use me? I know what I have done. He loves me anyway. That is the loving God I have chosen to be my Lord. I have developed in the practical meanings of the functions of the Holy Spirit as described I Cor. 11-15. God will actually minister in reality to people through the working of the Holy Spirit revealing the "secrets of their heart." This practicality causes people to cry out "God is in this place." This is the effective evangelism of which I seek to be a part.

I have been a teacher and coach for 39 years now and I have seen many young people come to the Lord as they come in contact with the power of the living Jesus that works in the world and in the lives of His people today. God has also allowed me to teach His Word. Jesus is the Word so Jesus said we would do greater works than He did. One of those things is to go into the world and preach the gospel. I seek people to talk and share with in every place that God moves me to be on a daily basis. Divine appointments are an action of the Holy Spirit and it is the most exciting way to live your life.

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