Normally our word of the week is a positive, uplifting and encouraging word. However, since today is April 1st, known in the United States as “April Fool’s Day, let’s consider the word “fool.”
It reminds me of a great story told about the famous 19th century American Evangelist D. L. Moody. He was known for his preaching campaigns which attracted large and enthusiastic crowds. They were also attended by hecklers who vehemently disagreed with his preaching.
In the final service of one meeting, an atheist who had been heckling Moody the entire campaign sent him a note by one of the ushers just as he was approaching the lectern. Continue reading
Today has been dubbed as “the most light-hearted day of the year.” It’s April 1st. Better known as “April Fool’s Day.”
While the origins of this day are uncertain, history records that people have been using this day to play pranks on people as far back as the Middle Ages. By 1700 it seems to have been popularized in England.
Newspapers, Television stations, web sites and radio stations will often go to great lengths to report outrageous fictional stories to fool their audiences. In fact, early this morning Google already perpetrated one hoax that backfired.
According to this day in history, there have been some hilarious “April Fool’s” pranks that duped gullible people. Continue reading
D. L. Moody was a 19th century evangelist, educator and publisher. The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago is one achievement of his ministry.
Moody preached all over the United States as well as England and Ireland where he held evangelistic campaigns that attracted large audiences. In fact, his last sermon was in Kansas City, Missouri, November 16, 1899.
As a result of his bold style and passionate preaching his meetings were often attended by hecklers who violently disagreed with his teaching.
In the final service of one meeting, an usher handed Moody a note as he approached the lectern. It was from an atheist who had constantly criticized Moody. The evangelist, however, supposed it was an announcement, so he quieted the large audience and prepared to read it. As he opened the folded paper he found scrawled in large print only one word: “FOOL!” Continue reading
D. L. Moody was a famous19th century preacher known for his evangelistic campaigns, which attracted large crowds. These meetings were often attended by hecklers who were in violent disagreement with his teaching.
In the final service of one meeting, an usher handed Moody a note as he approached the lectern. It was from an atheist who had been giving Mr. Moody a great deal of trouble. The evangelist, however, supposed that is was an announcement, so he quieted the large audience and prepared to read it. Opening the folded piece of paper he found scrawled in large print only one word: “Fool!” The colorful preacher was equal to the occasion. He looked around the audience and said…. Continue reading