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The man that blessed the Town of Cootamundra:

Recollections of my Dad - Bert Crooks:

By: Allen Crooks.

Date: 20-10-2013.

I remember looking into his bedroom one day and seeing him on his knees praying beside his bed.

It was a peek moment. Not a display.  I knew then he was a man of prayer, not just at our tea time devotions

I remember him on a fruit box outside the Globe hotel on Sunday nights preaching the gospel then taking into our family for some years two boys of a jailed alcoholic.

And I remember him giving gardening work to alcoholics.

On Sunday afternoons he would conduct open air Sunday School in a little park in Warren Sub (across the road from the little corner store) and also in a little building he erected up in Hurley Lane  (the building was made from timber poles and scrap corrugated iron he rescued from the fire of Cohen's store.

He used to build houses on spec to sell; it took him a year to build each one... When he was working on one he made a verbal agreement with an insurance agent to sign up for accident insurance and he was to sign the papers the next week, but before the agent returned Dad fell off the roof badly breaking his leg resulting in months of living in a tent in Blacktown in Sydney with no income whatsoever while attending hospital for treatment. He was told he would never walk again, the insurance agent wanted Dad to predate his signature on the papers but on principle Dad would not predate his signature. .  The agent told him he was fool.

When he was awarded Citizen of the Year award a few years ago he took the opportunity to preach the gospel in his acceptance reply.

He was a main worker in the 'Put Christ Back into Christmas" campaign and also wrote letters to the paper when he felt it necessary.

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Isaiah 6:1-8 (KJV)
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

The Personal Testimony of Bert Crooks:

By: The late Bert Crooks.

My life before I came to know Christ:

1. Brought up in a Christian home.

2. Went willingly to church, Sunday school, Christian Endeavour.

3. Fitted easily into the Christian life-style of my upbringing.

4. As a child, quiet, shy, fairly co-operative and easy to get along with.  A follower rather than a leader among peers.

5. Embarrassed about the fact that my father was a minister, (lay preacher) and didn't want to be thought different to others.

6. Did the usual naughty things that young boys do.

e.g.

Lied to and deceived parents.

Got up to silly pranks with other kids.

Had fits of bad temper.

Was angry with parents when activities were restricted.

7. Became increasingly interested in the meaning of life as I reached my teen years and started to think about adult thoughts. Began to question the foundational beliefs I had been taught.

e.g. Is there really a God?

Is there life beyond this life?

Have I been brainwashed or is the Christian teaching I received through my home and church the truth?

How I came to see my need of Christ:

1. As I sought answers to the deeper questions of life and the truthfulness or otherwise of the Christian message it became increasingly clear to me that the Christian message was true and reasonable.

2. The little booklet "The Reason Why" was very helpful at that time (I was about 14 years of age at the time)

3. As I look back I can see that God was speaking to me and drawing me to Himself.

4. No doubt the prayers of my parents were a factor influencing my thinking at that time.

5. Because of my background I knew enough about the teaching of the Bible to know that if I  was to have "eternal life" I had to be "born again".

6. I began to sincerely and earnestly seek this experience of being "born again" (converted) because I knew that my parents' faith, my church going, and my reasonably good living, didn't make me a child of God.

7. I recall that over a period of about a year I used to kneel beside my bed at night, often for up to an hour, praying for salvation.

8. Although I knew so much in my head about "how to be saved" I lacked assurance that I was "saved".

How I received Christ:

1. I cannot say when I moved from the point when I was seeking Christ into the state when I knew that I had received Christ as my personal Saviour and Lord and was trusting Him. I.e. that I had been "born again"

2. For me it was a process of "growing assurance" as I gradually moved from thinking, to seeking, then to trusting.

3. Probably the most helpful event at that period of my life was when I attended a church service at Burton Street Boys' Church one Sunday night: The minister, Mr. A. M. Leghorn, preached a gospel message and called for a response and those who responded were asked to go into the church basement to be counselled.  I responded and was counselled by a mature Christian lady who, on listening to my story, realised that I was trusting Christ and that I should not doubt my salvation any longer.

4. Doubts did return but I increasingly learned not to rely on feelings but to believe the promises of Scripture and rest in them.

5. At 15 years of age I was baptized thus declaring to those who knew me best that I was now committed to following Christ.

What Christ has done and is doing in my life:

1. Having received Christ as my Saviour the Holy Spirit who now dwelt within me began to teach me and guide me.

2. Christ was gradually leading me into an understanding of changes that needed to take place in my life.

3. I had many struggles as I came to realise that many aspects of my life had been under the control of my old sinful and self-centred nature, and that nature had to give place to the new nature that God had given.

4. Gradually I learned that God's way for my life was always the best way and it became much easier to yield to Christ and allow Him to make me the person He wants me to be.

5. After following Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord for many years I have found that my life has been enriched beyond measure.

6. It gives great joy and peace and confidence in all details of my living and I have nothing to fear in life or in death.

God Bless.

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