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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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Importance And Benefits Of Bible Study
If someone had written a book so small that it could be carried in the pocket, and so cheap that the poorest could buy it, and if this book explained simply how anyone who followed its directions could surely, without any danger to themselves or others, g ... read more
In God's School
Man is the supreme product in this world, and the struggle with adversity and evil forces is a part of God's plan of developing him for mansions and thrones and crowns and kingdoms in the world to come. Therefore we must believe and hope and love and str ... read more
Jesus -- The Working Man
Peter the Great, Czar of all Russia, and in some respects the mightiest monarch of his day, used to make shoes like a common cobbler, that he might enter into sympathy with his people and help them to realize that labour is not menial, but honorable and f ... read more
Jesus Training Paul
We learn from the Gospels how Jesus, in the days of His flesh, trained the twelve. We learn from the Acts and Paul's Epistles how the risen and glorified Jesus trained Paul.
This paper is a fragmentary study of that training and of some of Paul's st ... read more
Keeping The Flock
The soul-winner must give much time and thought and prayer and effort to keep and strengthen his converts. He ought to say with Paul, "Now we live if ye stand fast," and again like Paul he should pray "night and day exceedingly that we might perfect th ... read more
King David's Use Of His Bible
David said, "Princes also did sit and speak against me; but Thy servant did meditate in Thy statutes. Thy testimonies are also my delight and my counsellors." (Psalm 119:23, 24)
What a picture! Evil men are plotting against him, digging a pit for hi ... read more
What an astonishing thing that we can know Jesus! And yet nothing is more clearly taught in Scripture or more joyously testified to in experience by godly people than this fact.
This is an age of specialists, when men devote their lives to the pursuit ... read more
Letting The Truth Slip
"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip" (Heb. iii. 1).
The truth that saves the soul is not picked up as we would pick up the pebbles along the beach, but it is o ... read more
There was a law among the Hebrews that for sore poverty or debt or crime one man might become the servant of another, but he could not be held in servitude beyond a certain period; at the end of six years, he must be allowed to go free. (Ex. 21:1-6; Deut. ... read more
Maintaining The Holiness Standard
The Salvation Army was born, not in a cloister, nor in a drawing-room, but on a spiritual battlefield -- at the penitent-form. It has been nourished for spiritual conquests, not upon speculative doctrines and fine-spun verbal distinctions, but upon those ... read more
I read recently of a speaker who preached on the mercy of God 'until it seemed there was nothing in God but mercy.' But I fear he misrepresented God. Such misrepresentation is easy, and to people who do not think deeply, and who do not want to take li ... read more
Must You Be Fed With A Spoon?
I am watching with much interest and some personal profit the development of my grandchildren. They are a luxury to my old heart; but, like all children, they are somewhat of a problem as well as a joy to their parents. At first, when brought to the ... read more
(1860 -- 59 -- 1919)
Today (June 1, 1919) I am fifty-nine years old, and there is not a cloud in my spiritual heaven. My mouth is full of laughter and my heart is full of joy. I feel so sorry for folks who don't like to grow old, and who are trying a ... read more
"I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision," said Paul, and in that saying he reveals the secret of his wonderful success as a soul-winner. The soul-winner is a man sent by God, and will have visions and revelations and secret orders that, if affecti ... read more
Our Mothers -- Thoughts For Mother's Day
How fitting, how beautiful, that a day should be set aside by the nation and the nations to do honour to that vast army of delicate soldiers, infinitely greater in numbers than the men who fought in the Great War, that numberless host whose sentinel watch ... read more
Paul A Pattern
Paul tells us that the Lord Jesus made him 'a pattern to them which should hereafter believe' (I Tim. i. 16). This fact makes his life and experience exceptionally interesting and valuable to us. And it is an especial mark of our Heavenly Father's wisd ... read more
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee" (Isaiah xxvi. 3).
A wonderful promise is that, and it ought to be the aim of every one of us to make it our experience. The way to do this is simple: it ... read more
Practical Lessons Of The Resurrection
Paul tells us that the same power which raised Christ from the dead is in us who believe (Eph. i.17-20). He says of Jesus: 'When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men' (Eph. iv. 8). He says of himself, 'But what thin ... read more
Prayer is the way of approach to God, and the soul-winner keeps it open by constant use. It is the channel by which all spiritual blessings and power are received, and therefore the life of the soul-winner must be one of ceaseless prayer. "Pray without c ... read more
Present-Day Witnesses To The Resurrection
Several years ago, I knelt in prayer with a young woman who wanted to be holy. I asked her if she would give up everything for Jesus. She answered that she would. I then thought I would put a hard test to her, and asked her if she would be willing to go t ... read more
Recent Acts Of The Holy Ghost
Someone has said that 'The Acts of the Apostles' should have been called 'The Acts of the Holy Ghost,' because it is here that His personality, who is the 'other Comforter,' whom Jesus promised, and His work and leadership are made manifest and show ... read more
Redeeming The Time
"See that ye walk circumspect, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Eph. 5:15, 16.)
The soul-winner must value time. Diamonds and gold nuggets are not so precious as minutes. One morning, about five o'clock, J ... read more
Sanctification v. Consecration
A state senator's wife regularly attended a series of our holiness meetings, and apparently became quite interested. One day she came to me, and said, "Brother Brengle, I wish you would call it "consecration" instead of 'sanctification.' We could al ... read more
All truth is precious, but not all truth is adapted to secure the immediate conversion and sanctification of men, any more than all medicine is adapted to cure heart-disease or rheumatism.
There are certain truths which, preached in the power of the H ... read more
Nothing is more completely hidden from wise and prudent folk than the blessed fact that there is a secret spring of power and victory in shouting and praising God.
The devil often throws a spell over people which can be broken in no other way. Many an ... read more
Sins Against Chastity
The preceding chapter was originally published as an article in 'The War Cry,' and in various Army periodicals in other countries. One result was that I shortly after received a communication from across the sea, in which a man wrote: 'I observe that y ... read more
Some Of God's Words To Me
"God doth talk with man, and he liveth" (Deut. v.24).
God did not cease speaking to men when the canon of Scripture was complete. Though the manner of communication may have changed somewhat yet the communication itself is something to which every S ... read more
Some Of My Experiences In Teaching Holiness
I once received a letter from one of the most devoted young officers I know, in which he said, "I love holiness more and more, but I am just about discouraged. It seems to me that I shall never be able to teach holiness, for it seems that I get things to ... read more
Samuel Logan Brengle (1860-1936) 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 by his many books. They were chiefly written during a convalescence following being badly ... read more
Soul-Winners And Their Prayers
"The inwrought fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James v. 16, R.V.).
All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in th ... read more
The soul-winner must have the power of spiritual leadership, and spiritual leadership is a thing of the Spirit, and not of birth, or rank, or title, or education, or circumstances. Here is the secret of the power of humble Salvation Army officers from the ... read more
God is the source of all spiritual power, and should be sought for constantly in two ways -- by meditation in His word, and by secret prayer -- if we would have and retain power.
Several years ago I was 'specialing' at a New England corps, commanded ... read more
Testify To The Blessing
'And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony ' (Rev. xii. 11).
A lieutenant got the blessing of a clean heart in one of my meetings the other day, and then told us that he had had the blessing once before but h ... read more
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise be thankful unto Him, and bless His name' (Ps. C. 4).
In every thing give thanks' (i Thess. v. 18).
As lilies of the valley pour forth perfume, so good hearts pour forth tha ... read more
The Ancient Prophets
For about sixty years I have been reading the Bible, and for nearly fifty I have been reading it through regularly, steadily, consecutively, year after year. When I have finished Revelation, I turn back to Genesis and begin over again, and day by day read ... read more
The Angels Song Of Peace
Heavenly beings always put the things of Heaven first. Our Lord Jesus placed ever the thought of unseen and eternal glory before the trifles of earth.
I have been much impressed with the order of the prayer which Jesus gave His disciples. Before tea ... read more
The Bible And Religious Experience
Man does not discover God. God reveals Himself to man. God seeks men before men seek God. God reveals His wisdom and power through nature. He reveals His Holiness through conscience. He reveals His hatred of sin through His judgments. He reveals His ... read more
The Chained Ambassador
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of t ... read more
The Chained Ambassador
My soul was stirred within me the other morning by Pauls appeal for the prayers of the Church, in which he declares himself to be an ambassador in bonds or as the margin reads, in a chain.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Sp ... read more
The Cost Of Saving Souls
Some years ago a young woman-Officer wrote the Colonel in command of a Continental Territory telling him she meant to resign if she could not get souls saved. But she did not resign.
A pastor, famous for the revivals which swept his churches and moved ... read more
The Dangers Of Middle Age
We read and hear much about the dangers of youth, and they are very many and often very deadly; but how little do we hear about the dangers of the middle-aged! And yet they, too, are very many and very deadly.
I was vividly reminded of this only recen ... read more
The Frankness Of Jesus
Jesus was not a whisperer. No one ever saw Him close to His neighbor's ear, looking stealthily around lest some one should overhear what He was going to say. He stood upright, looked men squarely and kindly in the eye, and spoke what He had to say right ... read more
The Heart Of Jesus
Give me a heart like Thine; By Thy wonderful power,
By Thy grace every hour, Give me a heart like Thine.
We sang that verse with all our might, one morning, in one of those hours of heart-humbling and heart-searching, when I was a cadet in the tra ... read more
The Leakage Of Spiritual Power
That man of God and lover of souls, James Caughey, tells in one of his books how he was invited out to tea one evening; and though there was nothing harmful in the talk of the hour, yet when he went into the meeting at night his soul was like a loosely st ... read more
The Legacy Of Holiness
"after the death of Abraham, . . . God blessed his son Isaac' (Gen. xxv. 11).
We must die! We feel that we must live, must live for the sake of our sons, for the people of God whom we love as our own souls, and for the perishing sinners about us. We ... read more
The Lord's Own Prayer
One day at a certain place, we are told, the disciples were with Jesus when He was praying, and after He had ceased -- I wonder how long He prayed and what was the burden of His prayer? -- one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as Joh ... read more
The Man God Uses
A while ago I was talking with a Christian merchant who expressed a great and important truth. He said:
"People are crying to God to use them, but He cannot. They are not given up to Him; they are not humble and teachable and holy. There are plenty o ... read more
The Mystic Universe In My Back Yard
I but open my eyes -- and perfection, no more and no less, In the kind I imagined full fronts me, and God is seen God In the star, in the stone, in the flesh, in the soul, and in the clod. -- Browning
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a ... read more
The Outcome Of A Clean Heart
David prayed, 'Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. . . . Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee' ... read more
The Personal Experience Of The Soul Winner
Every soul-winner is in the secret of the Lord, and has had a definite personal experience of salvation and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which brings him into close fellowship and tender friendship and sympathy with the Saviour. The Psalmist prayed, "H ... read more