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For such a modest little word, "all" plays a significant role in Scripture, appearing nearly 6,000 times to amplify noble truths, commands, and promises! In his uplifting 365-day devotional, Morgan continually reminds you of God's purposes, power, and compassion. Prepare to gain deeper knowledge of your Creator and Savior! Originally titled My All in All. 400 pages, hardcover from B&H, Copyright 2012.
October 9th - Day 283
Are you called to be a speaker? . . .
Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. - 1 Peter 4:11 (NLT)
A young minister recently asked me how to keep one's morale up when the crowd at church is small. It's one thing to preach to a packed room, but what of those "off Sundays" when the pickings are meager? We mustn't base our morale on the size of our audience, but on the energy in our hearts.
One day the great evangelist George Whitefield preached near Princeton, New Jersey, but the weather was rainy and the room wasn't filled. Whitefield, who normally addressed thousands, was languorous. His restless audience seemed disinterested, and one old fellow sitting near the pulpit nodded off.
Suddenly Whitefield stopped. A series of terrible expressions crossed his face in succession until he bore the appearance of a thunderstorm. "If I had come to speak to you in my own name, you might rest your elbows on your knees and your heads upon your hands and sleep," he said with deliberation. "But I have not come in my own name."
Slamming his hand and his foot at once, he caused the house to ring. The sleeping man woke with a start. "Ay, ay," said Whitefield, eyeing him. "I have waked you up, have I? I meant to do it. I have not come here to speak to sticks and stones; I have come to you in the name of the Lord God of hosts, and I must and I will have an audience." The congregation was fully aroused, and the sermon produced powerful results.77
and holy manna will be showered all around.
óGeorge Atkins, 1819