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Gary Paxton wrote over 2,000 songs. The two best-known songs from the 1950’s were “Alley-Oop” and “Monster Mash.” All the time he was writing he struggled with a tumultuous personal life. He made and lost a fortune, overcame addiction, and was once gravely wounded when a disgruntled singer hired hit men to gun him down. Then, in 1971, Paxton said, he “walked into a church—stoned on drugs—and got saved.” His song writing fused gospel and rock. Everything was not rosy from then on but late in his life he said, “I thank God for every scar, trial, and setback I’ve ever had, because they help you grow.”

Knowing Jesus Christ changed his life, and probably saved it as well. When Jesus comes into a life it is changed. —Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell.

The Week, Aug 12, 2016 p 39

2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”

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