Abraham And Faith by Dr. Ed Young

(Transcribed from actual tape) January 22, 1984 AM


Romans 4:1-12

Thank you, choir. I needed that this morning. Didn't you? I'll tell you.

That was super. It's hard to sing resoundingly on a rainy, cold, potential

sleet-and-snow morning. But it's wam in His house. Let's pray together.

"Father, as we continue to look at the book of Romans, how it speaks to our

hearts and our lives. It humbles us anew ... pierces those calloused areas

that we have kept from Your sight. Lord,at this time, I pray that You will

speak and let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and Thy holy and divine

message might not only be heard, but may it be received and understood and

incorporated into our daily lives. For we pray in Jesus' name. Amen."

If you are a teacher, you have already discovered that pupils are able to

learn easily if you can link your teaching concept to an illustration. Illus-

trations take that which we know and serve as a transition to take us to that

which is new or fresh or unknown. Abraham Lincoln was a master of illustra-

tion. Once he was traveling, speaking at a group of ivy league schools, and

he noticed that one man was present in every audience he addressed. He sent

one of his aides down to find out who the man was. And the aide came back

and said, "He's a teacher or rhetoric at Yale University." Well, this upset

the President of the United States ... his home-spun method of addressing folks,

and ... and so after he finished that particular lecture, he went out and sought

out the scholarly- professor of rhetoric from Yale, And hp- raid. "Sir. I'd


like to ask you what makes you so interested in my speeches?" And he said,

"Mr. President, first of all I'm interested becaus ...

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