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In 1888 Campbell Morgan was one of 150 young men who sought entrance to the Wesleyan ministry. He passed the doctrinal examinations but then faced the trial sermon. In a cavernous auditorium that could seat more than 1,000 people sat three ministers and 75 others who came to listen. When Morgan stepped into the pulpit, the vast room and the searching, critical eyes caused him to preach poorly.

Two weeks later a list was published. Among the 105 REJECTED for the ministry that year was Campbell Morgan. Jill Morgan, his daughter-in-law, wrote in her book, A MAN OF THE WORD, "He wired to his father the one word, 'Rejected,' and sat down to write in his diary: 'Very dark everything seems. Still, He knoweth best.'

"Quickly came the reply: 'Rejected on earth. Accepted in heaven. Dad.'"

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