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Lessons From the Life and Death of 
D. L. Moody 

" By the grace of God I am what I am : and His 
grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain ; 
but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet 
not I, but the grace of God which was with me." — 
I Cor. XV. lo. 

This passage of Scripture sums up the 
life of the Apostle Paul in a single sen- 
tence. It also sums up, describes, ex- 
plains and interprets the life of D. L. 
Moody. Mr. Moody differed in many 
notable respects from any other man of 
the century. This verse explains wherein 
he differed and why he differed. He has 
labored more than we all, and accom- 
plished more than we all; but it was al- 
together the grace of God that made him 
to differ. The grace of God bestowed 
upon him "was not in vain." He let 
grace have its perfect work. The grace 
bestowed upon us is often in vain. We 
will not accept it in its fullness and let it 
work out its glorious consummation. 
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4 Lessons From the Life 

The life and death of Mr. Moody are 
full of lessons. Lessons that it would 
take volumes to fully recount. We must 
confine ourselves to some of those that 
are most striking and fundamental. 

I. The first lesson is the great possi- 
bilities that are open through the grace of 
God, to a poor, uneducated, and spiritu- 
ally unpromising boy. His parents were 
poor; his father a country stone mason 
with seven children. All his property 
consisted of a plain little house, with one 
or two acres of poor land, and this mort- 
gaged. When the oldest child was but 
thirteen and Dwight only four, the father 
suddenly died. The widow was left 
with seven children to support, and the 
mortgaged home. A month after the fa- 
ther's death, two more children were 
born. It was a life of hard toil and little 
promise that D. L. Moody faced from 
early boyhood. He had meagre oppor- 
tunities for education, and did not take 



and Death of D. L. Moody 5 

to what little he had. Furthermore he 
was not a spiritually minded boy. When 
he offered himself for church member- 
ship in Boston at eighteen years of age, 
he was refused immediate admission to 
the church. The pastor and church have 
been criticised and laughed at for this, 
but the pastor and church were right, for 
he knew so little about salvation, that 
when the question was put to him 
"What has Christ done for us all, for 
you, which entitles Him to our love," his 
reply was "I do not know. I think 
Christ has done a good deal for us, but I 
do not think of anything particular as I 
know of." But the church while hold- 
ing him back, did not cast him off nor 
neglect him. It appointed a committee 
of two to watch over him with kindness 
and teach him the way of God more per- 
fectly. But this poor boy, poorly edu- 
cated, poor in spiritual promise, became 
the mightiest religious leader of the cen- 



6 Lessons From the Life 

tury; and I think it may be added the 
greatest man of the century; for when 
the fame and influence of our great gen- 
erals, great statesmen, great authors, and 
great scholars have been forgotten, his 
fame and influence, and thank God his 
influence more than his fame, will not be 
^forgotten, but will live on. 

2. The second lesson is the impor- 
tance of personal work. Young Moody 
was not converted by a great sermon, 
but by the quiet personal work of a lay- 
man — his Sunday-school teacher. Have 
many sermons been preached in this cen- 
tury that have wrought so much, if we 
look at ultimate results, as the personal 
dealing of this Sunday-school teacher ? 
Let Sunday-school teachers take courage. 

The importance of personal work is 
taught not only by Mr. Moody's conver- 
sion, but also by his life work. It was 
by untiring effort as a personal tvorker, 
on the street, in the store, in hotels, in 



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saloons, on the cars, everywhere, that 
Mr. Moody learned to be a mighty worker 
for Christ. 

3. The third lesson that we should 
learn from the life of Mr. Moody is the 
power of persistence. As we have al- 
ready seen, Mr. Moody had little promise 
when he started, but he had one thing 
that always has large promise in it. He 
had the habit of keeping at anything 
he undertook, until he accomplished it. 
Nothing ever discouraged him. At the 
outset everything was against him as a 
public speaker. His grammar was very 
bad; his sentences were hard to under- 
stand. He had not much to say that 
was worth listening to. But he was 
sure that God had called him to speak, 
and so, though people of good sense ad- 
vised him to keep still, he kept on talk- 
ing until he could get more hearers, and 
more deeply interested hearers, and more 
responsive hearers than any man of his 



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day. During the last meetings of his 
life, he spoke to an audience of 12,000 
people, and many thousands were turned 
away who could not get in. In the 
truest sense, he was without question 
the greatest orator of our day. 

His persistence was shown also in his 
getting a place for himself in Sunday- 
school work. He was not wanted; but 
he kept pegging away, until he not only 
had a great Sunday-school himself, but 
largely revolutionized the Sunday-school 
methods of the world. 

He had hard work to get recognition 
among Christians. He was at one pe- 
riod called "crazy Moody," later he was 
the target of the most bare-faced and 
outrageous falsehood. The first thing I 
ever heard about Mr. Moody was a lie, 
which I took for granted was true. 
When he began his great work in 
London, it was reported that he and 
Sankey were sent there by a firm of 



and Death of D. L. Moody 9 

organ makers at a salary of five hundred 
pounds per year. One of the leading 
dailies in New York City stated in an 
editorial, June 22d, 1875: "We are 
credibly informed that Messrs. Moody 
and Sankey were sent to England by 
Mr. Barnum as a matter of speculation." 
This lying never stopped. A number of 
falsehoods have appeared in religious 
and secular papers within a year. Some 
of them since his death; of his great 
wealth, and of the pecuniary demands 
he made wherever he held meetings. I 
know from positive personal knowledge, 
these statements to be absolutely false. 
But in spite of all this opposition and 
falsehood, Mr. Moody went right on to 
the goal without being embittered. He 
said to me one day last summer, "We 
will let others do the talking and try and 
keep right with God and go ahead." 

4. The fourth lesson from Mr. 
Moody's life is the power of a consum- 



id Lessons From the Life 

ing passion for souls. Very soon after 
his conversion, Mr. Moody became bur- 
dened for the salvation of others, and in 
season and out of season, gave himself up 
to the work of bringing men to Christ. 
He would speak to them in all sorts of 
places and at all hours of the day and 
night about their soul's interest. He was 
often reproached for his indiscretion in 
this matter, but not infrequently in the 
very case where he was told that he 
had done more harm than good, those 
spoken to afterward accepted Christ, and 
dated their conviction to Mr. Moody's 
unseasonable importunities. He was at 
it and always at it. He could not pass a 
crowd of men without wishing to preach 
to them the gospel. Riding through a 
dense crowd with him in Chicago when 
the mayor. Carter Harrison, lay in state in 
the Court House, he turned suddenly to 
me and said, "Torrey, this will not do, 
we must preach to these men." One of 



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the opera houses across the way was 
immediately secured, and all-day meet- 
ings began. 

Whoever came to speak to him in his 
office, reporters, and strangers of all 
kinds, were pretty sure to be approached 
on the subject of their soul's salvation 
before he got through with them. 

There is nothing that has so stirred 
my heart in reviewing the facts of his 
life, and brought to me such condemna- 
tion for neglect of opportunities, as this 
constant overwhelming burden for souls 
that always possessed Mr. Moody. 

3. The fifth great lesson taught by 
his life, is the power of the Holy Spirit. 
The power of the Holy Spirit was illus- 
trated in many ways in his life. 

(i) The power of the Holy Spirit 
was shown in his conversion. Mr. 
Moody did not take naturally to religious 
things or to orthodoxy. He went to an 
orthodox Sunday-school and church be- 



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cause his uncle demanded it as a condi- 
tion of giving him a position. He dis- 
liked the church and disliked the school. 
But at last the Holy Spirit began to work 
in his heart. How thorough was his 
conversion, though it was slow. Who- 
ever had an intenser and deeper love for 
the Sunday-school and for the church 
than he came to have ? It was the Holy 
Spirit who wrought the change. His 
Sunday-school teacher and Rev. Dr. Ed- 
ward N. Kirk were only instruments 
whom the Holy Spirit used. 

(2) The power of the Holy Spirit was 
shown again in the transformation of his 
character, and in its development into 
its present strength and beauty. Many 
chapters could be written on Mr. 
Moody's singular tender-heartedness, 
abounding sympathy, unconquerable 
charity, almost matchless humility, un- 
daunted courage, absolute freedom from 
the love of money and the praise of men, 



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Intense hatred of sham, consideration for 
his fellow-men, consuming passion for 
souls, overflowing joyfulness and hope, 
and all the other elements of strength 
and beauty in his many sided character. 
None of these things were natural to Mr. 
Moody; they were all the Holy Spirit's 
work. They were the work of Him 
whose fruit is " love, joy, peace, long- 
suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
meekness, temperance." 

(3) The power of the Spirit was seen 
again in the Spiritual illumination that 
came to him. We have seen that Mr. 
Moody was not naturally bright, but 
very dull in his spiritual perceptions; but 
to what a clearness and depth of spir- 
itual perception he attained. It was 
wonderful. Oftentimes has he taken us 
all with him as he described the beauties 
and wonders and glories that he saw in 
the word of God and in the Christ. It 
was the Holy Spirit that taught him 



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these things, — the same Holy Spirit who 
is willing to be your teacher and mine. 

(4) The power of the Spirit was seen 
again in his effective service. " What is 
the secret of that man's success," many 
have asked me. One of the easiest ques- 
tions that could be asked. He had power. 
But where did he get that strange power 
by which he swayed the affections and 
wills of men ? He knew, and we may 
all know. It was the Holy Ghost upon 
him. It was Christ's own promise real- 
ized, — **Ye shall receive power after that 
the Holy Ghost is come upon you." 
(Acts i. 18.) Mr. Moody did not always 
have that power. It came at a definite 
time in his life and in a definite way. 
Two women came to him and said, 
**We are praying for you." He was a 
little vexed, and asked why they were 
praying for him, why ihey did not pray 
for the unsaved. They replied — **we 
are praying that you may have the 



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power." These words sank deep into 
his heart, and there came a time when 
God interpreted the message. He went 
to these women to pray with him and 
fairly rolled on the floor in an agony of 
desire and prayer. Then he went alone 
with God, and shut himself in to wait 
upon God, and after a very definite ex- 
perience with the Holy Spirit, he entered 
into the life of power. When you and I 
have listened to his words, oftentimes 
they have seemed quite ordinary, yet 
they have impressed us as the words of 
almost no other man. What did it 
mean ? They were uttered in the power 
of the Holy Ghost. The last public 
words that Mr. Moody ever spoke in the 
Bible Institute, were about this experi- 
ence, and the possibility of every Chris- 
tian having it, and our responsibility to 
have it. 

6. The sixth lesson from Mr. Moody's 
life is the power of the Bible when fully 



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believed, patiently studied and faithfully 
preached. What an unanswerable dem- 
onstration of the power of the Bible there 
was in the life, and in the death too, of 
Mr. Moody! 

We see demonstrated in him what a 
power there is in the Bible to draw men. 
There are those who fancy that one must 
take up topics and truth outside the Bible 
if he is to draw and hold the crowds. I 
hear it constantly said, ** If you are going 
to draw and hold the masses, you must 
give them something beside the hack- 
neyed truth; you must give them some- 
thing fresh and new." But who else 
in our day has drawn and held such 
crowds to the very last as has Mr. 
Moody. And these crowds were com- 
posed of all classes; rich and poor, 
scholars, men of science, statesmen, 
noblemen, students, uneducated men and 
women, thieves, harlots, murderers, 
criminals of all sorts, absolutely all 



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classes, and what had he to give them ? — 
absolutely nothing but the Bible. Noth- 
ing else draws like that. 

But we see demonstrated in him not 
only the power of the Bible to draw men, 
but something higher far; the power of 
the Bible to save men. He not only drew 
vast audiences to hear, but thousands, 
ten of thousands, hundreds of thousands 
have gone away from hearing him saved. 
Saved by the power of this book. Some 
wise, advanced, philosophical, and very 
self-sufficient preachers have laughed 
at Mr. Moody's narrowness and his 
medisevalism; but let them point to 
results one hundredth part as beneficent 
as those that accompanied his "narrow 
and antiquated preaching," or else keep 
still, unless they are desirous of making 
themselves the laughing stock of all men 
of sense. 

The Word of God had such power in 
Mr. Moody's hands, first, because he thor- 



i8 Lessons From the Life 

oughly believed it from end to end. The 
time other men spent in picking it to 
pieces, he spent in feeding upon it. The 
difference between Mr. Moody and many 
a college and seminary bred preacher, is 
the difference between the man who eats 
a good dinner and the man who criticises 
it, and tries to display his knowedge of 
cookery. 

(i) He not only believed the Bible; 
he studied it. There are many who be- 
lieve theoretically that the Bible is the 
word of God, but they do not dig into it. 
Mr. Moody did. It has been said that 
Mr. Moody was not a student, but he 
was a student, a student of one book, 
and that book more worthy of study than 
all other books put together — the Bible. 
If he had not been a student of the Bible 
he never would have become what he 
was. 

(2) But he not only believed the Bible 
and studied the Bible, he preached it — 



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in season and out of season, on all pos- 
sible occasions, to large crowds and to a 
single hearer. He was ever pouring forth 
Bible truth. 

7. The seventh lesson from his life is 
the power of prayer. Mr. Moody be- 
lieved in a God who answers prayer; and 
his life was a constant demonstration 
that his faith was true. It was prayer 
that made the obscure man noted. 

After the Chicago fire he went to Lon- 
don to rest, and to learn from the Bible 
scholars there. He had no intention of 
preaching. One Sunday morning he was 
persuaded to preach in a church in Lon- 
don. Everything about the service 
dragged. He wished that he had never 
consented to preach. There was a 
woman in the city who had heard of Mr. 
Moody's work in America, and had been 
asking God to send him to London. 
This woman was an invalid. Her sister 
was present at the church that Sunday 



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morning. When this hearer reached 
home she asked her sister to guess who 
had spoken for them that morning. She 
made one guess after another of those 
with whom her pastor was in the habit 
of exchanging, and then gave it up. Her 
sister said *'No, Mr. Moody from Chi- 
cago." The sick woman turned pale and 
said "This is an answer to my prayer, 
(f I had known that he was to be at our 
church, I should have eaten nothing this 
morning, but waited on God in prayer. 
Leave me alone this afternoon; do not 
let any one come to see me; do not send 
me anything to eat." All that afternoon 
this woman gave herself to prayer. As 
Mr. Moody preached that night, he soon 
became conscious that there was a differ- 
ent atmosphere in the church. "The 
powers of an unseen world seemed to 
fall" upon him and his hearers. As he 
drew to a close he felt impressed to give 
out an invitation, He asked for all who 



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would accept Christ to rise. Four or five 
hundred people rose. He thought it 
must be that they misunderstood him, 
and put the question several ways that 
there might be no mistake. But no, they 
had understood. He then asked them to 
go to an adjoining room. As they passed 
out, he asked the pastor of the church 
who these people were. He replied: "I 
do not know." "Are they your peo- 
ple.^" "Some of them." "Are they 
Christians.^" "I do not think so." In 
that adjoining room he put the question 
very strongly, but still there were just as 
many who rose. He told them to meet 
their pastor the next night. Next day he 
left for Dublin, but no sooner had he 
reached there than he received a telegram 
from the pastor saying that he must re- 
turn and help him, as a great revival had 
broken out and there were more out the 
second night than the first. Hundreds 
were added to the church at the time. 



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That was the beginning of his work as 
an international evangelist. 

Few men have had so many people 
praying for them, and to that fact much 
of his success was due. Many are say- 
ing, "We shall never have another 
Moody"; but we shall, in everything 
that is essential, if as many people take 
to praying as earnestly for some other 
man. The great Scotch, Irish and English 
revivals under Mr. Moody in 1873, 1874, 
and 1875, were due more to the remark- 
able praying to which he moved men 
than to the remarkable preaching which 
he did himself. 

It was by prayer he overcame difficul- 
ties. When great and apparently unsur- 
mountable difficulties rose in any path he 
was pursuing, how often he would say, 
" Let us take this to God in prayer." Then 
how easily he led us all into God's very 
presence and with what mighty power 
of simplicity and faith he took hold upon 



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God. Then the difficulty was overcome. 
Only last summer great obstacles rose to 
projects that were dear to him and me. 
One day he drove up to my house and 
said, ** 1 want you to ride with me." As 
we rode up " Lover's Retreat," we talked 
all these things over, and when we 
reached a quiet spot he laid down the 
lines and said, "now pray." After that 
he led in prayer — just took hold of God 
in prayer in that way he had, and that 
settled the difficulty. The work has 
gone on all right. Thus he overcame ob- 
stacles by an appeal to Him to whom 
"nothing is too hard." 

By prayer he got money for the Lord's 
work. Some people have an idea that 
Mr. Moody "hustled" for money, and 
so he did; but his dependence was upon 
God, and prayer. God heard him. 
During the World's Fair he said one day 
as the inner council of workers sat down 
to dinner, "We need $7,000.00 for the 



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work to-day, $1,000.00 has come in; I 
do not know where the other $6,000.00 
is to come from, but we must have it, let 
us pray for it before we eat." In simple 
trust in God he took the matter to Him 
in prayer. We were long at the table 
discussing the work. Before the dinner 
was over, there came a knock at the door, 
a telegram was handed to Mr. Moody 
which he opened and read, and then 
passed on to me to read to the group. It 
read something like this : " D. L. Moody : 
your friends have taken up at the close 
of this morning's session an offering for 
your work in Chicago. $6,000 has been 
subscribed, more to follow. 

"H. M. Moore." 

Mr. Moore has since told me that as 
that morning session drew to a close. 
Dr. Gordon, who was presiding, said to 
him, "I have a feeling that Mr. Moody 
needs money for his work in Chicago, 



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what do you think of taking up a collec- 
tion ?" He agreed, with the result men- 
tioned. That opportune feeling must 
have come to Dr. Gordon about the time 
that we knelt in prayer in Chicago. 

One day last summer Mr. Moody 
found to his surprise that $20,000 was 
needed at once for the schools in North- 
field and Chicago. He told no one about 
it, but went alone with God and prayed, 
"Send me this $20,000, and send it in 
such a way that I will know that it 
comes from Thee." The manner of its 
coming was so manifestly from God 
that no person with any spiritual per- 
ception could doubt for a moment who 
sent it. Mr. Moody has received several 
millions of dollars for one form of Chris- 
tian work and another, and all in answer 
to prayer. 

8. The eighth lesson from Mr. 
Moody's life is the power of faith. Mr. 
Moody believed that there was nothing 



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too hard for the Lord; that the Lord 
could and would do great things, even 
with him, and God did not disappoint 
him. He never disappoints one whose 
faith is really in Him and not in himself. 
Mr. Moody's faith was daring, but the 
realization fully met the faith. 

9. The ninth lesson is the power of 
humility. He loved to quote some one's 
saying, *' Faith gets the most, love works 
the most, and humility keeps the most." 
His own life was a commentary upon 
these words. He got much by faith, he 
kept it by humility. It would have been 
so easy for one rising by such marvellous 
strides from utter obscurity to world- 
wide renown to become puffed up, but he 
never yielded to this temptation. When 
I first became acquainted with him 
twenty-one years ago, nothing so much 
impressed me as his humility. He con- 
stantly put himself in the background 
and put others forward. So it was to 



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the end. He refused again and again to 
speak at Northfield, because he wished 
to sit as a learner at the feet of two 
young men thirty-three years old. He 
was constantly expecting to learn from 
other people. 

He would not allow his photograph to 
be publicly sold, thinking that all this 
picture business ministered to vanity, as 
it doubtless does. When he held his 
last meetings in this city, I noticed that a 
student had Mr. Moody's pictures ex- 
posed for sale. I knew he would not 
like it and went and told him. **What! " 
he said excitedly, "go get them away at 
once." 

He hated all that smacked of boasting. 
I once spoke of my health. He stopped 
me at once and said very earnestly, 
*' Don't boast, don't boast, I never knew 
anything but evil to come of it." 

How many men whom God has led 
out and greatly used in America have 



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become puffed up, and God has had 
to lay them aside; but Mr. Moody 
was never laid aside. God used him to 
the end. Mr. Moody kept low, and the 
last four hours of his life were the 
mightiest and most glorious of all. The 
very gates of Heaven opened so wide for 
him to enter, that we too got glimpses 
of the beyond, as he passed in. 

10. The tenth lesson is the power of 
a wholly surrendered life. Mr. Moody 
was wholly given up to God. 1 do not 
mean that he was a perfect man. He 
was not. I have never met a perfect 
man, nor do 1 expect to until I see the 
Christ. But while he was not perfect, 
he was wholly God's. Once when we 
were talking upon a subject upon which 
we differed widely, he said, **Why, 
Torrey, if 1 thought that God told me 
to jump out that window, 1 would jump 
right out of it at once." I believe he 
would. He once said, "It yet remains 



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to be seen what God will do with a man 
wholly given up to Him." I doubt if it 
altogether remains to be seen. I think 
we can see very much of it in Mr. 
Moody himself. 

II. The eleventh lesson from the life 
and death of Mr. Moody is the reality 
and nearness of the world beyond the 
grave. About four hours before his final 
falling asleep, Mr. Moody passed within 
the gates, and then came back and spoke 
a little of what he had seen. He said: 
"Earth is receding; Heaven is opening; 
God is calling." Later he added, " I have 
been within the gates; I have seen the 
children's faces." Others have had 
similar experiences. Stephen had. Be- 
fore he fell asleep he cried, " Behold! I 
see the Heavens opened, and the Son of 
Man standing on the right hand of God." 
Paul also had, when he was "caught up 
even to the third heaven," (perhaps when 
he was drawn out as dead at Lystra) and 



30 Lessons From the Life 

"heard unspeakable words which it is 
not lawful for a man to utter." Gilbert 
Tennant also had, who seemed to die and 
then came back and said he had seen 
things *' not lawful to utter." The veil 
between this world and the other is not 
so very thick after all. 

12. The last lesson is the power of 
faith in God, in Christ, and in the Bible, 
to banish all fear of death, and to trans- 
form sorrow into rejoicing and triumph. 

For four hours Mr. Moody faced death 
without a tremor. Nay, he rejoiced in it 
and welcomed it. Standing midway in 
the stream he said, **No pain, no valley! 
Is this death ? It is not bad. It is sweet. 
It is bliss." Later he said, "This is glo- 
rious. This is my coronation day, I have 
long looked forward to it." Later still, 
"Don't call me back; God is calling." 

It is the testimony of those who were 
privileged to stand around that bed, that 
his last four hours took all the sting and 



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terror out of death, and that the room 
was transformed from the place of 
mourning to the chamber of triumph. 
As his son Will knelt by his side as he 
sank, he could not find it in his heart to 
call him back. He afterward said to 
me, "I did call him back once, but I 
could not find it in my heart to do it 
again." 

And triumphant too, was the scene as 
we sat two hours by that open casket in 
which that beloved form reposed, and 
then lowered it into the grave. O, 
blessed gospel that conquers the last 
great enemy — death. There is no longer 
any enemy left to fear. 

How different from the sad scene last 
summer when wife and daughter sat 
day by day in mute despair by the body 
of the great agnostic. What a demon- 
stration of the utter emptiness of scep- 
ticism, and the all-sufficiency of the 
gospel of Jesus Christ. 



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Shall we not believe in that old book as 
we never have believed in it before; study 
it as we have never studied it before; be- 
lieve in the Holy Ghost as we have never 
believed in Him before. Shall we not 
pray as we have never prayed before, and 
take up the work that Mr. Moody has 
laid down, claiming the power that he 
claimed, and working with every ounce 
of strength that God gives us. until our 
summons too shall come. God is saying 
to us as He said to Israel when Moses 
died : ' * Moody My senant is dead ; now 
therefore arise, go into the land which I 
do give thee. There shall not any man 
be able to stand before thee all the days 
of thy life. As I was with Moody so I 
will be with thee ; I will not fail thee nor 
forsake thee. Have not I commanded 
thee ? Be strong and of a good courage. 
Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, 
for the Lord thy God is with thee whith- 
ersoever thou goest." — Josh, i.1-9. 



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REVELL'S POPULAR RELIGIOUS SERIES 

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Number 245. March 31, 1900