Today’s Illustration: Grab This One! — True & Powerful

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I was listening to Robert Jeffers several weeks ago and heard this illustration.  After listening to the account, I wanted to make sure it was historically accurate, and indeed it is.  In fact, John Todd wrote of this event in his autobiography as pictured below from that book.

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Who:  John Todd, born October 9, 1800

“Dr. Todd was remarkably successful as a pastor, and also wielded a powerful influence as an author. He published over thirty volumes, besides many sermons and pamphlets. His most widely known book, “The Student’s Manual,” was first published in 1835.

The Reverend Doctor Was also notable for having taken part of the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah on May 10th 1869. During the event, Dr. Todd gave a prayer that was broadcast throughout the nation.”

Where: Ruthland, Vermont

What:  His father died when he was six years old, and his mother was unable to take care of him.

“The father died when John was six years old; the mother, who became insane at his birth, lived for many years without recovering her reason.”

Key Biblical Concepts:

  • heaven
  • eternity
  • salvation
  • love
  • care
  • adoption
  • death
  • fears
  • decisions in life
  • childhood
  • one life
  • “who knew”
  • sickness
  • fear of death
  • “widow’s mite”
  • selflessness
  • a lost virtue / compassion
  • abortion
  • hope / hopelessness

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Key Useful Phrases:

  • “not to be better in this world”
  • “I am not going to try to cheer you up by telling you what you have done for the Master during your past life”
  • “without a mother, without a home”
  • “too young to realize anything of that nature”
  • “I wondered . . . . . what kind of house you lived in”
  • 10 miles, What a long journey it seemed to me!”
  • “disappointed that instead of coming for me yourself, you sent old Caesar”
  • “he had no idea that I was afraid”
  • “they will be all ready to receive us”
  • et al.!!!!!!

Video Cut Link:  Robert Jeffers Sermon

NOTE: Check out some of the other information, and make the illustration your own by having read the links and some pages from his autobiography!

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Screen Shot 2021-03-08 at 12.03.42 PMPDF LINK to this story as told by John Todd — and a little more about John Todd



Other Links & Information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Todd_(author)

https://prabook.com/web/john.todd/1097693

1. John Todd : the story of his life told mainly by himself by Todd, John, 1800-1873; Todd, John E. (John Edwards), 1833-1907, ed

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