Friday - "Be Strong"

BIBLE READING:  Jeremiah 6:16
Most everybody in this area knows the name T.B. Larimore. He and his wife, Esther Gresham, settled in the Mars Hill community in 1870. T.B. Larimore would found the Mars Hill Academy in 1871, which would later become Mars Hill Bible School, where many of our students attend today. Larimore is most well known for his preaching and work during the restoration movement. We are very blessed to be benefactors of this movement by just living in the Florence area. 

I am in love with the “old days” and love to read and study about the history or this area. I try myself to be as old school as possible. I’m afraid that in religious circles, old school isn’t very popular. Old hymns aren’t favorites, old fashioned preaching isn’t popular, and attending church services isn’t emphasized like it used to be. T. B. Larimore, like many who have come before us, could be described as old school. He believed in hard work. He believed in studying the scriptures. He believed in “all” preaching the gospel  to “all.” These ideas are always fashionable today, but if we could adapt some of these old paths into our lives, it could really benefit us. I came across this excerpt from Life, Letters, and Sermons of T. B. Larimore. I hope this “old school” message encourages you and the end of great week. 

Wanted, today: Men and women, young and old, who will obey their convictions of truth and duty at the cost of fame, fortune, friends and life itself. BE STRONG.

Be strong! We are not here to play, to drum, to drift. We have hard work to do, and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle, face it,'tis God's gift.

Be strong! Say not the days are evil; who's to blame? And fold thy hands and acquiesce. O, shame! Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God's name. 

Be strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, how hard the battle goes, the dry how long. Faint not! Fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.

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