Methodist Heroes of Other Days


The ministers of the olden time were of the stuff of which heroes are made. They were in
labors abundant, in journeys oft and far. They suffered from hunger and thirst, from perils from men
and beasts, from poverty and toil. Yet they failed not nor faltered, but were faithful unto the end.
They secured great results, for above all else they were men of great faith. They took God
into partnership, and he was often drawn upon, and always acknowledged the draft. Thus out of the
trials was evolved sainthood, and out of their sanctification came glorification.
They were men who were great in prayer. They often trod the way into the Holy of holies.
They were importunate in their faith. They expected to receive an answer, and so it came.
Their training was such that they read human nature like an open book. It seemed at times
as if they were inspired. Their messages brought hidden things to light, and made the greatest
braggarts quake.
They were all things to all men, yet they never ceased to be manly, noble, and true. Their
lives were a rebuke to other men because of their purity. Their fearlessness was a challenge to the
powers of evil to do their worst. They were great defenders of the faith. They defended the truth
against Calvinists, Arians, deists, and Universalists. Rarely were they beaten. They had to defend
their flock from the proselytizer, the infidel, and rum, and they did it bravely and valiantly.
All hail to our Methodist preachers of olden days! From them we may derive lessons of
wisdom and cheer. We are in the midst of a great conflict. They can teach us how to fight. We may
have better equipment, a fairer field, and a more courteous opponent, but we can never surpass
them in the splendor of their manly spirit and sacrifice.

By Samuel Gardiner Ayres
The Methodist Book Concern
New York — Cincinnati
Printed Book Copyright, 1916
by Samuel Gardiner Ayres
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Digital Edition 11/28/97
By Holiness Data Ministry


Banana Split Cake

This week’s recipe comes from the cookbook produced by the Ladies Outreach for Christ (WMU) of Rodgers Park Baptist Church in Kannapolis, NC. It was submitted by Kimberly Campbell and found on page 65.

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 sticks margarine
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 medium can pineapple, crushed
  • 3 – 4 large bananas
  • 1 large carton Cool Whip
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries, chopped

Mix 1 stick melted margarine with graham cracker crumbs. Press into 13″ x 9″ pan.

Beat powdered sugar, 1 stick softened margarine and vanilla for exactly 1 minute. Add eggs and continue to beat for 5 minutes. Pour over graham cracker crust.

Slice bananas in halves and place on sugar mixture. (Dip bananas in lemon juice to keep them from turning dark.) Drain pineapple and spread over bananas.

Mix together cherries, nuts and Cool Whip and spread over cake. Chill for 4 hours. If desired, cherries and nuts may be spread on top of Cool Whip instead of mixing together.

Banana Split Cake – .pdf