Nicky Cruz is the author of eighteen books, including the all-time Christian classic, Run Baby Run, published in 1968 and translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. It continues to be a bestseller and is required reading in many high school curricula in the UK, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, and many more.
For nearly 60 years, he has been traveling around the world preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is estimated that he has spoken in person to tens of millions of people. His life story has been told in the bestselling book, The Cross and the Switchblade, and in the movie of the same title, which starred Pat Boone and Erik Estrada. Nicky Cruz continues to minister in inner cities, prisons, street corners, and stadiums around the world.
He is the president of Nicky Cruz Outreach, and Executive Producer of TRUCE, an aggressive international evangelism ministry dedicated to reaching urban communities. The father of four daughters and ten grandchildren, Nicky lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Gloria. After numerous awards and commendations, the burden of his heart is only to reach those who are lost and broken, just as he was.
The Wall Street Journal described Nicky as the “Billy Graham of the streets.”
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Click here to read observations, take-aways, lessons from Part 1:
- It takes time to get the darkness out of us after conversion, especially his self-survival instinct.
- Sometimes a person needs a change of environment to grow into their new life.
- The power of another person seeing what’s needed and helping them with that.
- We all need focused time in the Word, especially as a young believer.
- The power of another person calling him out, calling him in and calling him up.
Click here to read observations, take-aways, lessons from Part 2:
- The unexpected hurt of feeling loved for what you can do, not for who you are by churches and ministries. In a word: disillusionment.
- The need to evaluate you life each year and to rest your heart.
- Dark, painful, confusing moments that come into our life that can cause us to walk away from the life and work that God has given us.
- God will send an angle, if need be, to call us back.
- Don’t be hard on yourself. Be humble, gentle and loving with others.
- His wife has been is encourager, truth teller and comfortable.
- What he’d love to hear others say about him, which reveals his heart and calling, is the thing that he’s love others to say about their own life.
Click here to read observations, take-aways, lessons from Part 3:
- His love for people has sustained him over the years through all the difficulties
- He finds life and energy being in hard places with the Gospel. He’s made for that.
- The effect of betrayal: bitterness, confusion, anger, wanting to quit the ministry God has given him. Refusing to speak the message God had given him.
- Mixed motives in his actions, then pure repentance with God’s overwhelming grace.
- His calling and clarity came out of his pain.