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Samuel Logan Brengle (1860 - 1936)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Samuel Logan Brengle in text and pdf format. Was an American Methodist born in Indiana who joined the Salvation Army in the 1890s. He was mightily used of the Lord--even more so through his many books, which were chiefly written during a convalescence following being badly injured while street preaching. He was described by one observer as a kindly, literate and articulate man who left good memories with nearly everyone he met.
He described his experience as being a full immersion in the love of God. He would later write of the experience: I walked out over Boston Common before breakfast, weeping for joy and praising God. Oh, how I loved! In that hour I knew Jesus, and I loved Him till it seemed my heart would break with love. I was filled with love for all His creatures. I heard the little sparrows chattering; I loved them. I saw a little worm wriggling across my path; I stepped over it; I didnt want to hurt any living thing. I loved the dogs, I loved the horses, I loved the little urchins on the street, I loved the strangers who hurried past me, I loved the heathen, I loved the whole world. This experience would become his life's focus as he taught and admonished believers to seek 'the blessing' on an international level.
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A Common Yet Subtle Sin
There is a sin which a Catholic priest once declared that no one had ever confessed to him sin so deadly that the wrath of God comes upon men because of it; a sin so common that probably everybody has at some time been guilty of it; a sin so gross in the ... read more
A Word To Those Who Are Growing Old
In one of my recent Meetings a dear sister, who has been serving the Lord and walking in the Light for many years, confessed with tears that her joy was not what it used to be. In her youth joys were rapturous, leaping up like springing fountains and sing ... read more
A Word To You Who Would Be Useful
Does the devil ever tempt you to feel that you are of no use and can do nothing? Every genuine Christian wants to be useful, fruit-bearing, and a soul-winner. This desire is characteristic of the new nature, received at conversion. When Paul was converted ... read more
After The Holiness Meeting
Were you at the holiness meeting? Did you come out to the Penitent-form? Did Jesus make your heart clean? And did you receive the Holy Ghost?
If you gave yourself to God in the very best way you knew of; but did not receive the Holy Ghost, I beg of yo ... read more
An Open Letter To A Young Man Seeking Spiritual Help
My dear Comrade,
Your letter has just now reached me, and I hasten to reply.
You say: 'I have sought and found Holiness many times, but the longest I have been able to keep it was seven weeks,' and then you mention some besetting sin against whi ... read more
An Undivided Heart
Unite my heart. -- David.
He who thinks to succeed in this infinite business of saving souls with a heart that is divided as yet knows nothing as he ought to know concerning the matter.
That a man may by personal magnetism, grace of manners, power ... read more
Another Chance For You!
"They that stood by ... said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them? Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, "I know not the Man" (Matthew xxvi. 73, 74).
"Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jones, lovest thou Me more thou these? He ... read more
A wide knowledge of history tends to sanity, to sobriety, and correctness of judgment of men and events, if we have seen God in history. We need such knowledge to give us perspective, to steady us, to save us from sharp judgments, to insure us against coc ... read more
Birds Of Prey
Against the entire sanctification of believers Satan brings to bear all his devices, his sophistical arguments, and the full force of his powerful will; but the resolute soul, determined to be all the Lord's, will find him a conquered foe, with no power ... read more
Confessing Other People's Sins
'Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?' asked the Lord of Adam in the Garden of Eden. And Adam replied, 'The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God sai ... read more
Recently in my regular Bible reading I came to that tender appeal of King David to his generals as they were going forth to fight with Absalom: "Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom" (2 Sam. 18:5), and my heart was touched with ... read more
Death Of 'The Old Man'
The Son of God came into this world, and lived, and toiled, and taught, and suffered, and died and rose again in order to accomplish a twofold purpose. The Apostle John explains this twofold work. In I John iii. 5, speaking of Jesus, he says, 'Ye know th ... read more
"The servant a" the Lord must not strive (2 Tim. ii. 24).
In seeking to lead a holy, blameless life, I have been helped at one point by the advice of two men and the example of two others.
1. -- COMMISSIONER DOWDLE
Some years ago, in Boston, ... read more
Encouraging One Another
Over and over again when Moses was preparing to give up his command to Joshua, he encouraged Joshua and exhorted him to 'be strong and of a good courage.' And so important was this matter, that when Moses was dead, God Himself spoke to Joshua and said, ... read more
'Speak evil of no man' (Titus iii. 2)
This is a command of God, and should be meditated upon and obeyed. A failure to do this leads to innumerable evils. Myriads of souls have backslidden; multitudes, almost persuaded, have turned back into darkness ... read more
Faith Is What You Want
Once in one of our holiness meetings I met a sister who was evidently in great spiritual distress, with intense hunger for full salvation. After a few moments' conversation, I felt assured that she was ready to accept the blessing, and so we knelt in pra ... read more
Faith: The Grace And The Gift
"Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises" (Heb. vi. 12).
"Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that dil ... read more
Faith: The Grace And The Gift
Be not slothful but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Heb. 6:12).
Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently s ... read more
The soul-winner, to be successful, must not be over anxious about finance, but must laugh at the devil and all his fears, and count God faithful and trust Him to supply all his needs. He should again and again read over the last part of the sixth chapter ... read more
First Things First
One of the outstanding ironies of history is the utter disregard of ranks and titles in the final judgments men pass upon each other. And if this be so of men, how much more must it be so of the judgments of God.
Nero and Marcus Aurelius sat upon the ... read more
Fools For Christ's Sake
To the natural heart and the unsanctified mind the commands of God are foolishness. 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee' (Gen. xii. 1), said God to Abraham. How foolish to l ... read more
Freedom From Sin
The most startling thing about sin is its power to enslave. Jesus said, 'Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin' (John viii. 34), and everyday life and experience prove the saying to be true. Let a boy or a man tell a lie and he is henceforth th ... read more
Future Punishment And The Bible
Joseph Cook, one of America's soundest and clearest thinkers, said to me a generation ago, 'Let the Churches banish from their pulpits the preaching of Hell for a hundred years, and it will come back again, for the doctrine is in the Bible, and in the n ... read more
(Judges vi. and vii.)
One hundred and twenty thousand Midianites had come up to fight against Israel, and thirty-two thousand Israelites rose up to fight for their wives, their children, their homes, their liberty, their lives. But God saw that if one ... read more
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2.)
The soul-winner must take the best care he knows how of his body, yet without everlastingly coddling and petting and pitying hims ... read more
Hindrances To Holiness
God has provided a salvation for us that is perfect in every particular, and that satisfies both the heart and the mind. It makes its possessor 'more than conqueror' over the world, the flesh and the devil, and enables him to do the will of God on earth ... read more
Hindrances To Obtaining The Blessing
Holiness has not legs and does not go walking about visiting idle people, as a lazy Christian seemed to think who told me that he thought the experience would "come" to him "some day." A sister aptly remarked: "He might as well expect the hall to com ... read more
Holiness -- How To Get It
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea iv. 6).
"And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent" (John xvii. 3).
Said an old professor of over eighty years, in a cert ... read more
Holiness -- What Is It?
"Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom, of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. vii. 21).
Now, "This is the will of God, even your sanctification ... For God hath not called ... read more
Holiness And Duty
If holiness delivers us from worry, it increases the sense of duty and of personal responsibility. It was the holiness of His heart that led the twelve-year-old boy Jesus to say to His mother, 'Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?' To ... read more
Holiness And Humility
Those who oppose holiness often say that we who profess it are proud, and that the doctrine tends to spiritual pride. But the truth is, that holiness goes down to the root of all pride, and digs it up utterly. A holy man is one who has found himself out, ... read more
Holiness And Prayer
You are coming to a King, Large petitions with you bring:
For His power and grace are such, You can never ask too much.
Prayer is a puzzle to unbelievers, but a sweet privilege to us. A stranger will hesitate to approach a king, but the king's ch ... read more
Holiness And Self-Denial
One day John Wesley was to dine with a rich man. One of his preachers, who was present, said, 'Oh, sir, what a sumptuous dinner! Things are very different to what they were formerly. There is but little self-denial now among the Methodists.' Wesley poin ... read more
Holiness And The Sanctification Of The Body
The Prophet Isaiah says that God inhabits eternity (Isaiah lvii. 15); and Solomon says, 'The heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee.' (I Kings viii. 27.) But, wonder of wonders! Paul says that we are a habitation of God. 'What!' says he, 'k ... read more
Holiness And Unconscious Influence
Some people often sing:
"Oh, to be nothing, nothing;"
but, in reality, to be something, to be useful, is one of the first and strongest desires that spring up in the heart of a truly saved person. And one of the blessed things about a holy life ... read more
Holiness And Worry
Worry is a great foe to holiness, and perfect trust puts an end to worry. 'I would as soon swear as fret,' said John Wesley. The murmuring and complaining of His children has ever been a great sin in the sight of God, and has led to untold suffering on ... read more
Holiness And Zeal For Souls
'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,' said Jesus to Peter and Andrew; and now as then when Jesus saves a soul, that soul wants to catch men, wants to see others saved. Holiness increases this desire, and makes it burn with a quenchless flame. ... read more
Holiness Before The Flood; Or, Do You Walk With God?
'And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him (Gen. 23, 24).
A remarkable biography! Nowadays men write hundreds of pages about their heroes, and do not say as much as ... read more
Holiness: A Love Service
'I wish I knew the secret of Paul's piety,' said that good man, Asa Mahan, to Mr. Finney one day. 'Paul said, "The love of Christ constraineth us." ' Just then the glorious truth burst upon his mind that we are sanctified not by works, but by faith ... read more
Holiness: How To Get It
Holiness is that state of our moral and spiritual nature, which makes us like Jesus in His moral and spiritual nature. It does not consist in perfection of intellect, though the experience will give much greater clearness to a man's intellect and simplif ... read more
Holiness: What It Is Not, And What It Is
First of all. Holiness is not necessarily a state in which there is perpetual rapturous joy. Isaiah liii. 3 tells us that Jesus was 'a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,' and Paul tells us of himself that he had continual sorrow and great heavin ... read more
'Covet earnestly the best gifts,' wrote Paul to his Officers and Soldiers at Corinth. Not the highest promotions, not the best positions, but 'the best gifts,' those gifts which God bestows upon the people who earnestly covet them and diligently seek ... read more
How A Nobody Became A Somebody
It is one of the shortest, simplest stories ever heard, and yet one of the sweetest and most wonderful, as told by Luke.
Jesus had been across the little sea and had cast a legion of devils out of a poor fellow. The devils, by His permission, went int ... read more
How To Get Holiness
God never raises a crop of potatoes or a field of wheat or a bushel of oats without man's help. He takes men into partnership with Him in such matters, He furnishes the sunshine and the air, the rain and the dew, the day and the night, the fruitful seaso ... read more
How To Keep A Clean Heart
It is possible to lose the blessing of a clean heart, but, thank God, it is also gloriously possible to keep it. How to do this is a vital question. Two or three years ago, a brother, going to the foreign field, arose in one of my meetings and said, 'I g ... read more
How To Keep Holiness
Do you ask, 'How can I keep the blessing?'
1. Do not let your poor heart be burdened with the thought that you have to do it all yourself. In this, as in all else, you are only a worker together with God. He loves you more than a mother loves her li ... read more
How To Prepare For The Meeting
A long time ago, St. Luke tells us when Jesus was a boy of twelve, He went with His parents and neighbors up to Jerusalem to the Feast of the Passover. On the return of the company, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem. 'And Joseph and His mother ... read more
How To Study The Bible
The other day I received a letter from a young Officer asking for a few suggestions as to how to read and study the Bible. Here they are:
I. Read and study it as two young lovers read and study each other's letters. As soon as the mail brings a lette ... read more
I Counted...And I Count
The Apostle Paul, in his young and fiery manhood, was on the way to Damascus, breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples,' when Jesus met him and won his heart; and from that day Paul counted all things loss for Christ. He made an unc ... read more
If You Have Lost The Blessing -- What?
"Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God... and ye have not obeyed My voice. Return ... and I will not cause Mine anger to fall upon yo ... read more