I found this inspirational

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by loanwizard, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

    I found this to be inspirational and hope you do too.

    Know the name Stuart Hamblin?

    Back in the 50's there was a well known radio
    host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named
    Stuart Hamblin who was noted for his drinking,
    womanizing, partying, etc.

    One of his bigger hits at the time was
    "I won't go hunting with you Jake,
    but I'll go chasing women."

    One day, along came a young preacher holding
    a tent revival. Hamblin had him on his radio show
    presumably to poke fun at him.

    In order to gather more material for his show,
    Hamblin showed up at one of the revival meetings.

    Early in the service the preacher announced,
    "There is one man in this audience who is a big fake."
    There were probably others who thought the same thing,
    but Hamblin was convinced that he was the one the preacher
    was talking about (some would call that conviction)
    but he was having none of that.

    Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple
    of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher's
    hotel door around 2AM demanding that the preacher
    pray for him!

    But the preacher refused, saying, "This is between you and God
    and I'm not going to get in the middle of it."

    But he did invite Stuart in and they talked until
    about 5 AM at which point Stuart dropped to his
    knees and with tears, cried out to God.

    But that is not the end of the story.
    Stuart quit drinking, quit chasing women,
    quit everything that was 'fun.' Soon he began
    to lose favor with the Hollywood crowd.

    He was ultimately fired by the radio station when
    he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor.

    Hard times were upon him. He tried writing a couple
    of "Christian" songs but the only one that had
    much success was "This Old House",
    written for his friend Rosemary Clooney.

    As he continued to struggle, a long time friend
    named John took him aside and told him,
    "All your troubles started when you 'got religion,'
    Was it worth it all?"
    Stuart answered simply, "Yes."

    Then his friend asked, "You liked your booze so much,
    don't you ever miss it?" And his answer was,
    "No." John then said, "I don't understand how
    you could give it up so easily."

    And Stuart's response was, "It's no big secret.
    All things are possible with God."
    To this John said, "That's a catchy phrase.
    You should write a song about it."

    And as they say, "The rest is history."

    The song Stuart wrote was "It Is No Secret."

    "It is no secret what God can do.
    What He's done for others, He'll do for you.

    With arms wide open, He'll welcome you.
    It is no secret, what God can do...."

    By the way... the friend was John Wayne.
    And the young preacher who refused to pray for Stuart Hamblin?
    ...That was Billy Graham.

    Worth repeating.
  2. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

    Tracy Calif
    Most of that story is true! However,it is inaccurate to say of Hamblen that "hard times were upon him" after his spiritual awakening. A year after his discovery of the Lord, Hamblen wrote "It Is No Secret," a tune that brought him tremendous acclaim as it became the first cross-over gospel, country, and pop ballad, reaching the number one spot on all three charts. That same year, he wrote "Remember Me, I'm The One Who Loves You," a song which peaked at #2 on the gospel and country charts and held that position for a full nine weeks. As for "This Ole House," supposedly the sole bright spot in Hamblen's career during a period of professional reverses between his conversion and the success of "It Is No Secret," he didn't write that song until 1954, four years after he'd topped the charts with "It Is No Secret." ("This Ole House" shouldn't be dismissively described as "the only one that had much success" — it went to #2 in the country field and stayed on the charts for thirty weeks, while Rosemary Clooney's version went to #3 in the pop charts and was named Song Of The Year.)
    Also, According to Dr. Graham, he went on Stuart Hamblen's radio show as part of a media push to raise interest in advance of the revival meeting. He and the other organizers of the event were having trouble getting any advance press coverage, so his appearance on Hamblen's show was a boon to them. And rather than poking fun at the Reverend, Hamblen told his listeners to "go on down to Billy Graham's tent and hear the preaching."

  3. Leakyboat

    Leakyboat New Member

    Good Post,Shawn!
    I had heard some of the information,but didn't know his friend was John Wayne!Good Post!
  4. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the corrections. I received it as an email and from where it originated I do not know. I thought that since we only hear the bad news of life on a daily basis that this was rather refreshing.