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altar call

an evangelist preacher's invitation at the end of the sermon, asking people to come forward to acknowledge a conversion.
Origin of altar call
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the altar call several went forward and found glorious peace at the foot of the cross.

    Around Old Bethany

    Robert Lee Berry
  • On Sunday at the mission there was a very impressive time, and when the altar call was given a number came forward.

    South and South Central Africa H. Frances Davidson

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