Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $12.95, is The Palestine Sermons by Thomas De Witt Talmage. Click here to download.
So, I thought, will be the going off of the storm and night of the Christian’s night. The darkness will fold its tents and away! The golden feet of the rising morn will come skipping upon the mountains, and all the wrathful billows of the world’s woe break into the splendor of eternal joy. And so we come into the harbor. The cyclone behind us. Our friends all before us. God, who is always good, all around us. And if the roll of the crew and the passengers had been called, seven hundred souls would have answered to their names. “And so it came to pass that we all escaped safe to land.” And may God grant that, when all our Sabbaths on earth are ended, we may find that, in the rich mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, we all have weathered the gale!”
This book chronicles sermons that Talmage preached during a pilgrimage to the Holy land with a group of Christian pilgrims. Talmage used this as an opportunity to bring to light to Christians worldwide the value of coming and experiencing the Holy Land for themselves. This book includes graphic descriptions of sacred places; vivid delineations of gospel truths; interesting local reminiscences; and varied miscellany through these sermons. Talmage’s hope was that his visit and his writings of his experience would spark an interest in American Christians making pilgrimages themselves to the Holy Land. At the time of these addresses, only 5000 pilgrims had visited the Holy Land.
Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832-1902) was born in New Jersey in 1832. He attended the University of New York, studied law for a brief time, and finally decided to enter the ministry. He studied theology at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and began preaching in New Jersey and New York in 1856. In 1869, Talmage accepted an offer to pastor the Central Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York and then later at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.. Following his service as pastor, Talmage took up editing Christian magazines and journals, including: Christian at Work, Advance, Frank Leslie’s Sunday Magazine, and the Christian Herald. In addition to his editorial work, Talmage put to paper his sermons and several other writings; all of which are said to have reached over 25,000,000 readers.
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