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Today in the Word, May, 1996, p. 30

"During the Civil War," writes author Tim Riter, "President Lincoln attended Wednesday evening services at a church close to the White House. Accompanied by Secret Service agents, Lincoln would sit in the pastor's study during the message; then they would walk back together. One evening, after the service, an agent asked Lincoln, &ls;What did you think of tonight's sermon?'

Lincoln replied, &ls;It was brilliantly conceived, biblical, relevant, and well presented.'

"&ls;So, it was a great sermon?'

"&ls;No, it failed. It failed because Dr. Gurley did not ask us to do something great.'"