“Ah,” said my friend, “but you’ve got to die, to leave this world; what will you take with you of all these things? We see very few illuminated Christians now. Bear in mind it is not a misfortune, but it is the damning sin of the world. “Why, man, you must be mad. Some one asked him how he was converted. A father took his little child out into the field one Sabbath, and, it being a hot day, he lay down under a beautiful shady tree. But the man said: Where will you be a hundred years hence?”. One day one of the sisters was going by the hall, and she thought she would drop in and see what class of people went there. They pulled away hard all night, wondering why they never got to the other side of the bay. Those who are working for salvation are like men on a treadmill, going round and round and round; toiling and toiling and toiling; but nothing comes of it all. He wiped away his tears, and started home. When I was speaking to five thousand children in Glasgow some years ago, I took a spool of thread and said to one of the largest boys: I want to talk to you about Christ.” So I took my Bible, and I read to her about Christ. ... AN INFIDEL'S TESTIMONY. When he got to the bedside the young man said: Jesus Christ makes no mistake of that kind. After wandering around for a long time, they sat down, and one of them said: The little fellow got all ready the third time to jump, but he looked on the floor, and said: Now, you might just as well say that the sun, which has shone so long, is now so old that it is out of date, and that whenever a man builds a house he need not put any windows in it, because we have a newer light and a better light; we have gaslight and electric light. There were already about twenty rollicking boys hitched on, when one little fellow dropped off behind. Why don’t some of these merchants say: “If God is going to make me a successful merchant in Chicago, I will be one whether I like it or not, and if He isn’t I won’t.” “Yes.” His friends gathered about him, saw his lips moving, and, bending down to catch his words, heard him say: He will make you an heir of His kingdom, if you will accept the gift of salvation. They had just come to a place where there was a fork in the road, and there was a sign-post which read, “Forty miles to Liberty.” “Could you say, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life?’ ” I am not going to stay here, I am going home.’ He said, ‘Don’t make a fool of yourself. A dying man can believe. The religion that has no fire is like painted fire. If the minister of a church cannot unite the people, if those that were dissatisfied will not fall in, it would be better for that minister to retire. With it, it becomes a joyful task, a refreshing service. Men do not object to a battle if they are confident that they will have victory, and, thank God, every one of us may have the victory if we will. The true child of God can tell the difference (so to speak) between sawdust and bread. He was dead within two weeks. William Dawson once told this story to illustrate how humble the soul must be before it can find peace. Commenting on the text: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power,” Spurgeon said: I gave them a good scare, and then I said, “I will compromise the matter; if you two men will get down here and let me pray with you, I will let you off.” “They have never been able to pump it dry yet. You will be a pauper; for you have no inheritance with the saints above.” The poor old man (he was poor enough in reality, though rich in all the world’s goods).burst into tears. She said, “Oh, Mr. Moody, this has been the most miserable week of my life.” It is a very sad thing that so many of God’s children are dumb; yet it is true. “What do you do when Satan tempts you?” At last light seemed to break in upon him, and he seemed to find comfort from it. They had a law in that town that fruit on a tree overhanging the street belonged to the public, and any fruit on the other side of the fence belonged to the property-holders. Unity is one thing that we must have if we are to have the Holy Spirit of God to work in our midst. Meet Dwight Dwight Lyman Moody was born the sixth child of Edwin and Betsy Holton Moody in Northfield, Massachusetts on February 5, 1837. People would look in and see that there was no water, and say nothing. When tea-time came she took him in and gave him his supper, and then took him out and kept him there until bed-time. When I was out on the Pacific coast, in California, some years ago, I was the guest of a man that had a large vineyard and a large orchard. “How are you going to keep me out?” I asked. “Yes.” They mentioned the assistant’s name. “I know that,” he said; “he died in my stead. “I hab hearn folks say, ‘Hope I has ‘ligion, but I doan know’; but I neber hearn a man say, ‘I hope’s I has money, but I doan know.’ Dat sorter ‘ligion dat yer hopes ye’s got, but doan know, ain’t gwine to do no mo’ good dan der money what yer hopes ye’s got but doan know.”, An English army officer in India who had been living an impure life went round one evening to argue religion with the chaplain. It was heavy, and too large to conceal in his pocket, so he had to put it under his hat. During his trial they had to guard the court-house, the indignation was so intense. When I was a little boy I tried to catch my shadow. The late Dr. Andrew Bonar once remarked in his own quaint fashion that it was always easy to trace the footprints of a person if we walked close behind him, but if we were some distance back we might fail to find them; and accordingly, if we followed close after the Master we would easily see the way, but if we tried to follow afar off we would find it difficult to know the path of His will. Attention! The burden had gone, there was joy; but just as she was leaving me at the door she said: The first took him into a storehouse, and showed him his sacks; but they were mildewed and worthless. As they passed on, cheer upon cheer went up. And yet I was once a poor boy. What is the matter with my Christianity?” “Ah, but I can’t; you’re all over mud. Whatsoever He tells you to do, do. His mother died when he was a little boy only three weeks old, and there was a large family of Arnots. It is not a creed, a mere empty doctrine, but it is Christ Himself we have. I inherited it from my father and mother, and it is uncontrollable; but my swearing comes only from the lips.” “Deacon, can you tell me how far it is to hell?” At last they made up their minds that they had better go in and surrender their cargo and their lives to their enemies rather than perish at sea without water; and when they got in, they found out that what had been told them was true, that peace had been declared. There is also an interesting dialogue between D. L. Moody and Rev. It becomes us, then, to make the most of the opportunities God has given us. Why, the South was a good deal stronger than the North supposed. She soon found out that he did, and that he was not going to pick up the Book. Pretty short, wasn’t it? We shall condemn ourselves, and we shall stand before God speechless. Let us not give heed to gloomy and discouraging remarks. “The Lord said to me, Halt! “You are a fool,” the devil said. Moody’s View of the Bible D.L. A good many people are afraid of doing anything out of the regular lines—of doing anything out of order. That helped this lady very much. We are all more or less troubled with stubbornness; and the moment this man found that his employer wanted him to go to the meetings, he made up his mind he wouldn’t go. He tried, but couldn’t catch up again, and pretty soon he began to look out for another chance for a ride. He made promises to Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and the others, and did He not fulfill them? On his way to get it, the tempter whispered to him: Have you lost something?” and I were to say, “No, I haven’t lost anything; I’m not looking for anything particular,” I fancy he would just let me go on by myself, and think me very foolish. I am married to a lawyer, and he has a large practice. No one saw the act; but God saw it, and this retribution followed it. He is the author of it, and we find our joy in Him. Douglas B. Whitley Jr as D. L. Moody sharing his testimony. I didn’t know it was so hard.” But he would not. “How do you know Christ ever said that after all? He go to these meetings? From the outside they did not seem very beautiful; but get inside, when the rays of the sun are striking upon the stained glass, and you begin to understand what others have told you of their magnificence. Within three months the whole thing smashed up, and one of them was converted shortly after. He reached down, and all he could hear was the faint whisper: How many times a godly, pure young lady has taken the light into some darkened home! Here, then, is a casket of knowledge marked, ‘It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.’ Cease to meddle with matters which are concealed, and be satisfied to know the things which are clearly revealed.”, I heard of a boy who stole a cannon-ball from a navy-yard. I cannot tell your feelings, but I can my own. There have been reporters here every day for all the different papers, and they are giving my semons verbatim in one paper. She took out her pocketbook, and handed over her last penny. “Is it hard for you to love your mother? That cannot be. We don’t want trees that haven’t any roots, for they will dry up when the sun blazes on them. You know, sister, if you had said half the mean things before I was converted that you have said since, I would have been angry and answered back, but if you remember correctly, I haven’t answered once since I have been converted.” One day he was busy reading his paper, and the boys said: It is the privilege of every child of God to know that he is saved, and yet I find ever so many people living in Doubting Castle. “I will tell you what I mean,” I said; “the man that comes into my house and runs a dagger into my heart for my money is a prince compared with a son that takes five years to kill me and the wife of my bosom. You know we were accustomed to hear the fire-bell often, and it didn’t disturb us much when it sounded. “He that winneth souls is wise.” Do you want to win men? “Oh,” she said, “it will be a long time before papa comes.” The captain said, “Are you a pilot?” If a man is not willing to go to heaven by the way of Calvary, he cannot go at all. That is the way I used to feel when I was a boy. Come! “Oh, there are no two alike. An old minister once invited a young brother to preach for him. They say that death has torn down everything in this world, everything but a mother’s love. Dwight’s struggle came to a head, and he surrendered his will to God’s will and came to Christ through Kimball’s invitation. They hear the flames roar as they come along, they see death coming toward them, but they do not fear, they do not tremble, because the fire has swept over the place where they are, and there is no danger. “What is his name?” said the visitor. I saw you standing up, although I didn’t see your face, and my men had their rifles focused upon you waiting the word to fire, but when you sang out—, ‘Cover my defenceless head One night they came home and told him that a chum of his own, a member of the university, had stood up and confessed Christ, and when he sat down his brother got up and confessed; and so with the third one. They know they cannot run as fast as the fire can run. He sensed, “The old sun shone a good deal brighter then it ever had before—I felt that it was just smiling upon me; and as I walked out upon Boston Common and heard the birds singing in the trees, I thought they were all singing a song to me.”, As he marched along, it seemed all creation cheered him on his way, and he sensed that “I had not a bitter feeling against any man, and I was ready to take all men to heart.” (Harvey, Moody 28-30), Nicodemus | What is It? The other told her it was for her, too, and she brought the sister to the meetings, where she found peace. He summoned Satan before him, and reproached him for ruining so good a youth. “No, that ain’t it; it is ‘Go pick cotton.’ ” “Why,” she said, “if I should go home and tell my infidel husband that I had found Christ, I don’t know what he would do. “Mr. A boy of fifteen years of age was in the audience, driven into the chapel by a snowstorm. I made inquiries, and I found that the man that had everything green, irrigated; he just poured the water right on, and kept everything green, while the fields that were next to his were as dry as Gideon’s fleece without a drop of dew. A man may preach with the eloquence of an angel, but if he doesn’t live what he preaches, and act out in his home and his business what he professes, his testimony goes for naught, and the people say it is all hypocrisy after all; it is all a sham. Take a witness in court and let him try his oratorical powers in the witness-box, and see how quickly the judge will rule him out. To make a long story short, she got the young lady to promise to come back. They came down at night to where their boat was tied. See, that sheep toes in a little; this sheep is a little bit squint-eyed; that sheep has a black spot on its nose.” I would sooner go out into the street and eat dirt than do some of the things I used to do before I became a Christian.” A friend of mine was going back to Scotland, and he heard a couple of these little modern philosophers discussing the Bible. There are a good many things that will separate a man from his wife, but there isn’t a thing in the wide, wide world that will separate a true mother from her own child. “Write these things to the churches.” I am afraid that door represents every sinner’s heart. They thought they would be back in ninety days; but the war lasted four years, and cost about half a million of lives. She said, “No.” Moody converted to Christ as a humble shoe salesman in Massachusetts and soon decided to give his life to Christian work, eventually pioneering many different types of ministry. I ask you, sinner, to settle it now. Dwight L. Moody, in full Dwight Lyman Moody, (born February 5, 1837, East Northfield, Massachusetts, U.S.—died December 22, 1899, Northfield, Massachusetts), prominent American evangelist who set the pattern for later evangelism in large cities.. Moody left his mother’s farm at age 17 to work in Boston and there was converted from Unitarianism to evangelicalism. Moody, can I go to the theater if I become a Christian?” “Thursday”; and so on, till he came to the answer, “Sunday.” We won’t let you in.” It is the easiest thing in the world to become a Christian, and it is also the most difficult. He had settled the question in his own mind at last, where he would spend eternity. One young man at college, an only son, whose mother wrote to him remonstrating against his gambling and drinking habits, took the letters out of the post-office, and when he found that they were from her, he tore them up without reading them. How could any one raise a dead man who had been laid away in the sepulchre for days, and who had already begun to turn back to dust; how with a word could he call him forth? There was a large party at our house, and my husband wanted us to go, and we went; but when the curtain lifted everything looked so different. Suppose that Moses had prepared a speech for Pharaoh, and had got his hair all smoothly brushed, and had stood before the looking-glass, or had gone to an elocutionist to be taught how to make an oratorical speech and how to make gestures. Repentance isn’t feeling. The farm was soon cut up into city lots, and the man became a millionaire, but he got no benefit from it. “If you don’t keep still,” the farmer replied, “I will give him every ham I have in the smoke-house.”, A gentleman in Ireland had a seal made for me. If you are down in the valley amidst the thick fog and the darkness, get a little higher; get nearer to Christ, and know more of Him. A brother who had been supporting the family had died, or sickened, and it had fallen upon her, and she asked the general to let her friend that sat next to her have the promotion in her place. Some years ago I heard of a poor woman who sent her boy to school and college. The wide grin on his face and the fresh sparkle in his big brown eyes reflected his newfound joy. His Sunday School teacher was a Mr. Kimball, and he had set his heart on winning the He said in after years it was the last thing he ever stole. Nothing can satisfy the longings of the soul but the Word of the living God. Two Americans who were crossing the Atlantic met on Sunday night to sing hymns in the cabin. “You talk like a madman,” they cried; but the man stuck to his point that he had been dead and buried some months. He wants a shepherd to keep down that spirit. In giving his testimony, he said he had been in the habit of attending church for a great many years, but he could not say that he had really heard a sermon all the time. One night it cried all night; I suppose it wanted food. I have an idea that when we get to heaven, or into eternity, we will find that recording angel has been ourselves. His manners were often brash and crude, and he never became an ordained minister. “Well, this morning as soon as I got my breakfast, I started out. How anxiously I would count those strokes of the bell to see how long I might reckon on living! We must study the Bible thoroughly, and hunt it through, as it were, for some great truth. I put him back, and the moment he got on the table he jumped, and after that, when he was on the table and I was standing five or six feet away I heard him cry, “Papa, I’se coming,” and had just time to rush and catch him. “But,” she said, “I don’t want to be one of your kind.” I do not know, in all my backward track, of any living man who has had a better testimony for Jesus Christ than that man. A certain John Bacon, once a famous sculptor, left an inscription to be placed on his tomb in Westminster Abbey: Christian Websites. “When the life-boat came to you,” said a friend, “did you expect it had brought some tools to repair your old ship?” His will had come right up against his mother’s will. “Can you tell what is on that sign-post?” At last he went down, put both his arms around the Bible, and tugged away at it; but he still said he could not do it. pretty!” We just want to know what men do believe. During the last days of the Civil War, when many men were deserting the Southern flag, Secretary Stanton sent out a notice from the war department that no more refugees should be taken into the Union army. Suppose I accept the cent; the man takes up the Bible and marches away home with it. Upon inquiry I found that all up and down the Connecticut valley what they call “honey-dew” had fallen, so that there must have been altogether hundreds of tons of honey-dew in this region. Put it down,” and down it went. He was just swept along with the tide in Chicago and his influence was lost. He trusted his father. He would not take my word for it; but one look at the glass was enough; he saw it for himself. This was her eldest son, and I thought that he was going to redeem the whole family. I knew nothing of it, but the next Sunday when he came into the Sunday-school all over the building the boys cried out: “I knew you would be after me, but I give it up. Probably not a day had passed in all those years without acute suffering. During the war, when enlisting was going on, sometimes a man would come up with a nice silk hat on, patent-leather boots, kid gloves, and a fine suit of clothes; perhaps the next man who came along would be a hod-carrier, dressed in the poorest kind of clothes. I got up in Scotland once and quoted a passage of Scripture a little different from what it was in the Bible, and an old woman crept up and said: D.L.       Let me hide myself in thee. A wild and prodigal young man, who was running a headlong career to ruin came into one of our meetings in Chicago. Said the young man, “So I am, but I am not ashamed of my Lord.” — D.L. It does not matter, for if God has decreed you are going to die, you will; if He hasn’t, you will get better. “Just see, baby’s feeding himself!” Let me tell you how I had my eyes opened about the theater question. I got those two rum-sellers down on their knees, one on one side of me and the other on the other side, and I prayed God to save their souls and smite their business. come!” He said to himself, “What a fool I am for allowing myself to be troubled in this way!” He went to a third saloon, had another glass, and finally got home. A mere knowledge of the historical events of Christ’s life, or a simple intellectual assent to His teachings and His mission, will be of no help in a man’s life unless he adds to them a trustful surrender to the Lord’s loving kindness. Updated: Sun, 09/11/2016 - 16:39 By admin. They counted the world-famous evangelist, Dwight L. Moody, among their friends. He had no hope for the future. If a boy kills his mother by his conduct, you can’t call it anything else than murder, and he is as truly guilty of breaking the sixth commandment as if he drove a dagger to her heart. “Why, papa,” the little fellow would say, “how funny you talk. 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