Are You Dreaming Big Enough?
“If I could live my life over again, I would dream bigger dreams, and I would take bigger risks,” is Tommy’s response when often asked by pastors what he would do differently in his life. The question of “what if it’s God?” occupies his big dreams of impossible roads. From his 67 years of ministry, Tommy Barnett, well-known leader, author, and founder of the Dream Centers shares the most miraculous events he’s witnessed after asking “what if it’s God?” One such miracle was witnessing 6,000 people give their life to Christ after he took the chance to ask Johnny Cash to sing at the World’s Greatest Sunday School, even after Johnny sang about drinking beer for breakfast.
“I thought ‘they’re going to run me out of town. I have violated all church history.’”
HOW JOHNNY CASH CAME TO JESUS
After the service, Johnny came up to Tommy and said, “Reverend, I enjoyed that message. I’m going to think over what you said. I need to think about my future, my life. I’ll be back.”
WHAT IF GOD USES JOHNNY FOR REVIVAL?
Tommy went backstage and presented to Johnny his vision of hosting the World’s Greatest Sunday School in a nearby stadium that seats 30,000 people. “If you sing and I preach, we can have the greatest Sunday School attendance ever,” said Tommy. Without hesitation, Johnny replied, “I’ll do it!”
Without hesitation, Johnny replied, “I’ll do it!”
Johnny opened the concert with the song “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and one of the first lines in the song was, “And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad so I had one more for dessert.” Tommy said, “They’re going to run me out of town. I have violated all church history.” But, it went over big.” Johnny and the others continued the concert with religious songs followed by Tommy’s 15 minute sermon about “How to be Free.” During the altar call, Johnny sang “Come home. Come home. It’s supper time.” Tommy witnessed, what he now calls, one of the greatest events in history as over 6,000 people crowded to the front of the baseball stadium by second base, repeated the sinner’s prayer, and gave their hearts to Jesus Christ.
“It was like a Billy Graham crusade.”
WHAT IF IT’S GOD?
“With any adventure, God has always spoken to me with an opportunity, a possibility. And I would look down the road and say, ‘That could be God. I’m not sure. But what if it is God?’”