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From Life to Life

From Life to Life

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
ILLUSTRATIONS AND ANECDOTES FOR THE

USE OF RELIGIOUS WORKERS AND FOR

PRIVATE MEDITATION


BY Rev. J. WILBUR CHAPMAN, D.D.
ILLUSTRATIONS AND ANECDOTES FOR THE

USE OF RELIGIOUS WORKERS AND FOR

PRIVATE MEDITATION


BY Rev. J. WILBUR CHAPMAN, D.D.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on May 09, 2014
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FROM LIFE TO LIFE ILLUSTRATIOS AD AECDOTES FOR THE USE OF RELIGIOUS WORKERS AD FOR PRIVATE MEDITATIO BY Rev. J. WILBUR CHAPMA, D.D. ITRODUCTIO. The greatest preacher the world has ever known was remarkable for his use of illustrations. Our Master never preached a sermon when he did not liken his truth to some every-day, ordinary object so that the little children in his company could take in the power and sweetness of the truth he taught. There is a great difference between the illustrations of Jesus and Paul. Paul lived in the city, and his truth was colored because of his contact with the people in the great centres of population ; but Jesus lived in the country, and the sparrows flying through the air, the grass growing beneath his feet, and the lilies blooming on every side furnished his illustra- tions. We are following in right footsteps when we pattern after Jesus and Paul in illustrating truth. The incidents related in this book have been used in my own work. God has set his seal of approval upon them, and because I have been urgently re- quested to do so I am sending them out with the prayer that they may be helpful to Christian work- ers everywhere.
 
J. Wilbur Chapman, Fourth Presbyterian Church, ew York, FROM LIFE TO LIFE, ASHAMED OF CHRIST. A MEMBER of a former charge in the city of ew York told me that in the old country he was a con- tractor putting up the large buildings which stand in many of the Irish cities. In constructing one of them he noticed that the workmen were building a little out of line, and, stepping back so that he could see the place plainly, he noticed that the workmen were standing in the way of his seeing plainly ; and so he shouted to them to stand aside on the scaffolding. One of them stepped back and lost his balance. My friend said that he was powerless to help him, but there stood beside him another man who quickly sprung forward with upreaching arms. The falling man struck his hands, bounded off into the sand, and was scarcely injured ; but the one who had saved him was terribly hurt. His arms were driven into their sockets ; his spine was pushed out of shape ; and, when he rose from his bed of suffering, it was to be forever deformed. I saw him the last time I was in Ireland, making his way along the streets, an object of pity to every
 
one ; but, when I asked him what had become of 5 6 FROM LIFE TO LIFE. the man whom he had saved, his face brightened, and he said, *'I meant to have told you ; he gave half of his property to his rescuer, divides half his earnings with him, and never allows him for a mo- ment to want." This sort of heroic action we can understand. But what if he had turned away from him, and re- fused to recognize him, and denied his obligation to support him ? Men everywhere would have de- nounced him as inhuman. But they somehow for- get that there is one other who became scarred and maimed and wounded for us, Jesus the Son of God, who died that we might live, and from whom, alas ! many have turned away, saying, ** We will not have this man to rule over us." There are ten thousand reasons why Christ should be ashamed of us, but never one why we should be ashamed of him. — J. W. C. LOVED UP TO CHEIST. The frail daughter of General Booth had preached her sermon and told her story night after night in the crowded room in the city of Paris, only to be mocked and jeered by those who came to crowd about her. At last, one night with breaking heart she came down from her platform, walked through the crowd, and said to a poor fallen girl who sat in the rear seat, as she took her face in her hands and bent over and kissed her, '' My dear sister, I would

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