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       Billy Sunday
       1862-1935
      
       William Ashley "Billy" Sunday was an American athlete and religious figure. Born into poverty in Iowa, Sunday spent some years in an orphanage before working at odd jobs, then after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century.
      
       Converted to evangelical Christianity in the 1880s, Sunday left baseball for the Christian ministry. He gradually developed his skills as a pulpit evangelist in the Midwest and then, during the early 20th century, he became the nation's most famous evangelist with his colloquial sermons and frenetic delivery.
      
       Sunday held widely reported campaigns in America's largest cities, and he attracted the largest crowds of any evangelist before the advent of electronic sound systems. Sunday was a strong supporter of Prohibition.
      
       Sunday continued to preach and remained a stalwart defender of conservative Christianity until his death.


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If you don't do your part, don't blame God.

    Topics: Achievement

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.

    Topics: Achievement, Men

The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn't hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees.

    Topics: Backsliding

There are some so-called Christian homes today with books on the shelves of the library that have no more business there than a rattler crawling about on the floor, or a poison within the child's reach.

    Topics: Books

Personal liberty is not personal license.

    Topics: Character, Liberty

Your reputation is what people say about you. Your character is what God and your wife know about you.

    Topics: Character

Christianity means a lot more than church membership.

    Topics: Christianity, Church

Enthusiasm is as good a thing in the Church as fire is in a cook stove.

    Topics: Church

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

    Topics: Church

Churches don't need new members half so much as they need the old bunch made over.

    Topics: Church, Renewal

There wouldn't be so many non-church goers if there were not so many non-going churches.

    Topics: Church

Too many churches are little more than four walls and a roof.

    Topics: Church

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