J. C. Penny, The Golden Rule

“I have found that unselfishness pays because it tends to engender unselfishness.” — J. C. Penney The year was 1902 and a 27-year-old man arrived by train in Kemmerer, Wyoming to start a new business. He couldn’t afford the train fare twice, so he made a commitment in dollars before seeing the town. A scattered …more

Dwight L. Moody Was Converted

Dwight L. Moody didn’t attend school beyond the fifth grade; he couldn’t spell, and his grammar was awful. His manners were often brash and crude, and he never became an ordained minister. Once, before his conversion, he so outraged an Italian shoe salesmen with a prank, that the man chased him with a sharp knife, …more

Sep 072012
Matthew Henry

— English minister and Bible commentator Matthew Henry was born in 1662 in a Welsh farmhouse close to the border of England and Wales. A few weeks earlier, his father Philip Henry (1631-1696) had been ejected from his ministry in the Established Church. Along with nearly two thousand other ministers, Philip Henry had refused …more

William Carey Preached Deathless Sermon

By Dan Graves, MSL The sermon that William Carey preached on this day has been called deathless. Mission text books agree that it changed the world. Thousands, perhaps millions have read or quoted the two most remarkable phrases from it: “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God!” A poorly educated cobbler, William …more

Lincoln's Faith in God

By Gordon Leidner of Great American History Lincoln’s relationship with God is a subject highly debated by historians and students of history. Some say Lincoln was an unbeliever, or at least a skeptic, of Christianity. A very few say he was an atheist. Many say he was a “deeply religious” man that daily sought God’s …more

Robert Moffat — Missionary to South Africa

1795-1883 Robert Moffat was born in Ormiston, Scotland, of pious but poor parents. The educational advantages afforded him were limited, so, at a young age, he became an apprentice to learn gardening. Upon the completion of this apprenticeship, he moved to England where he was won to Christ through the efforts of the Wesleyan Methodists. …more

John Wycliffe on His Death Ded

December 30, 1384 Word that John Wycliffe was dying whipped like storm winds across England. Now on this day, December 30, 1384, clerics–many of them his enemies—crowded into his room at Lutterworth. If they hoped to hear some last word or a recantation from him, they were disappointed. John could not speak. Two days earlier, …more

Apr 272012
Death of C.S. Lewis

Diana Severance, Ph.D. edited by Dan Graves, MSL   This is the date that is remembered around the world and annually recalled on the evening news as the date President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. Far less noticed is the fact that another famous twentieth century figure also died on this …more