Darryl Strawberry shares message of redemption at CPA Perspectives

This week, CPA and New Hope Academy partnered to host MLB All-Star and now speaker Darryl Strawberry at CPA Perspectives: A Community Gathering for the City. 
Hundreds from Nashville gathered in the Sanctuary to hear the famed baseball player share his testimony. Strawberry preached out of John 3:30: "He must increase, but I must decrease." He spoke of his broken past as an abused youth with very little schooling but prodigious talent on the baseball field. 

"There was nothing I couldn't do on the baseball field," explained Darryl. 

Signing on to play professional baseball was the beginning of a tumultuous lifestyle as a celebrity for Darryl, involving substance abuse, jail time, and depression. He describes his salvation as God "pulling me from the pit to the pulpit." After accepting Jesus into his life, Darryl began to wrestle with the demons of his past, eventually submitting to God's grace and the truth of God's word. 

He spoke critically of our country and young people wandering in their brokenness, urging listeners to partner together as the body of Christ to seek those who are hurting. 

"I had plenty of money. I had plenty of stuff. But none of it made me well. None of it will make you well. Only Jesus Christ can do that," Darryl said. 

His story is a powerful picture of God's love for His children, and how He can use all things to his purpose. We are thankful for Darryl Strawberry's life and work! 
 
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