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Thoughts From D.L. Moody

Dear Friends, Today's "thoughts" come to you from the well-known evangelist of the last half of the 1800's -- D. L. Moody or Dwight L. Moody. Most know (I believe) that "Moody Bible Institute" in Chicago was started by him (in 1886). He was also instrumental in starting the YMCA -- Young Men's Christian Association -- which now goes simply by "The Y" and has distanced itself from it's solid evangelical beginnings. A man full of life and enthusiasm, I offer you 15 statements from his sermons or books, covering a number of different topics that allow you to peer into his heart. And though spoken between 1860 and 1899 (when he passed away), I do find it interesting how many are still quite relevant today. I offer them to you as a sample of his wit and wisdom. Enjoy. “Before we pray that God would fill us, I believe we ought to pray for Him to empty us.” “So few grow, because so few stud
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