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Many years ago, Thomas K. Beecher once substituted for his famous brother, Henry Ward Beecher, at the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Many curiosity seekers had come to hear the renowned Henry Ward Beecher speak. But when Thomas Beecher appeared in the pulpit instead, some people got up and started for the doors.


Sensing that they were disappointed because he was substituting for his brother, Thomas raised his hand for silence and announced, “All those who came here this morning to worship Henry Ward Beecher may leave the church; all who came to worship God may remain.” We are to worship the Lord only!


From Steve Shepherd’s Sermon “Tis the Season to Worship Christ”

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