by Steve Wagers

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Series: Throw Out A Lifeboat, Somebody's Sinking
Steve Wagers
Matthew 9:36-38


Fanny Crosby that great blind songwriter, who is known as "the queen of gospel music," had another noble quality about her which was appealing, and that was her burden for souls. One night, in the summer of 1869, she was speaking to a large audience in the New York Bowery Mission. While she was speaking to them she was impressed, over and over again, that some mother's boy must be rescued that night, or he might be eternally lost. Therefore, she made a pressing plea that if there was a boy present who had wandered from his mother's home he must come to her at the end of the service. The service ended, and a young 18 year old man came forward, and asked, "Were you talking to me, Miss Crosby? I promised my mother that I would meet her in heaven, but as I am now living, that will be impossible." She knelt down, spoke and prayed with the boy, and in a few minutes he stood up with a gleam in his eye, saying, "Now I am ready to meet my mother in heaven, for I have found God!" 1

Several months later, Miss Crosby remembering the events of that hot summer night, and the boy's conversion from a life of hopelessness, wrote the immortal words:

"Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave
Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide
Back to the narrow way patiently win them
Tell the poor wand'rer a Savior has died.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save!"

Someone has well said that "The chief duty of every Christian is to win souls!" John Wesley said to his students one day, "You have only one business, and that is the salvation of souls." 2 David Brainerd, at the close of his life wrote in his dia ...

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