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Minute Message - May 31

Posted by Tom Ellsworth on

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An old African Proverb states, “The one who listens is the one who understands.”  That’s wise advice.  Listen carefully; you never know when you might hear something that will impact the future. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

Do the following words sound vaguely familiar – “government over all the people, by all the people, for all the people?”  Actually, those words came from a sermon in 1854 by one of America’s most eloquent preachers of the day, Theodore Parker.  He was speaking to a packed house in Boston and used those words to describe democracy.  Among those in attendance that day was an attorney named William Herndon who was so impressed with that description he wrote it down and sent it to his law partner back in Illinois.  Nine years later those words were immortalized by Herndon’s partner at the dedication of a Civil War cemetery. President Abraham Lincoln concluded his inspirational speech at Gettysburg with these impassioned words, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”  

Learn to listen carefully and you will profit from what you hear. Who knows, it might even change history!

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