A Musical Minister

A Musical Minister

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...felt that I ought and wanted to speak, but hesitated, grabbed the bench in front, said a few words, omitting all the letters difficult to pronounce, until the dear brethern were amazed, and none but the Omniscient who looks at the heart knew my request. Still, Webster's sense of "omnipresent duty" did not leave me; and when my brother was taken away, and later a little friend, who had visited his grave with me, was laid to rest in that same cemetery, I de cided I would preach even though I stammered. I began the study of theology at Shurtleff College, and so far overcame my stammering that I led the boys in declamation, and took a prize in oratory. This was no miracle, but a simple illustration of what heaven will do for a man who tries to help himself and others on the lines of honest conviction. I am good now for two hundred words a minute and congregations have deplored and reporters despaired at my rapid utterance. I tell them I am only making up for lost time during the many years I was dumb. The only reminder of this early defect is when tired; then the words I omitted when a boy because of their difficulty, are hesitatingly pronounced. Disuse makes difficult; to ignore is to make impossible. There is such a thing as Professor Drummond termed the "hell of a neglected life." At last there were no lions in the way; I could talk; people were willing to listen to me; and I felt "woe is me if I preach, not the Gospel." But how was I to give up my music, which was second or even first nature to me? That was the rub. I thought of the ambition, work and money; but sensibly decided no Christian had the right to use the word sacrifice when he thought of his Master's cross. This estimate helped...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974409
  • 9781236974402