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“Dwight L. Moody was a poorly educated, unordained, shoe salesman who felt God’s call to preach the gospel. Early one morning he and some friends gathered in a hay field for [prayer].

His friend Henry Varley said these words: ‘The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.’

Moody [later recalled] the words spoken by his friend, [and realized] Varley meant any man! [Not someone] educated, or brilliant, or anything else. Just a man! Moody determined to be that man.

He sought to be fully and wholly committed to Christ, [and] God did extraordinary things through [him]. Moody became one of the great evangelists of modern times. He founded a Bible college. [He planted the Moody church which still meets in Chicago.]”

Adapted from: Author Unknown. “A Shoe Salesman.” 2006.

“God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.”

Andrew Murray.

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