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       Peter Marshall
       1902-1949
      
       The Reverend Dr. Peter Marshall was a Scottish-American preacher, and twice served as Chaplain of the United States Senate.
      
       Born in Coatbridge (North Lanarkshire), Scotland, Marshall heard a strong calling to the ministry at a young age. Despite having no money, he nevertheless migrated to New York in 1927 when he was 24. He graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1931, when he became the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, a small, rural church in Covington, Georgia. After a brief pastorate, Marshall accepted a call to Atlanta's Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1933. It was in Atlanta that he met his future wife, Catherine Wood, a student at Agnes Scott College whom he married in 1936. Marshall became pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. in 1937 and was appointed twice as U.S. Senate Chaplain, serving from January 4, 1947 until his sudden death just over two years later. He was 46 years old.


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A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.

    Topics: Apathy

The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation.

    Topics: Finances

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.

    Topics: Holiness, Freedom

Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it.

    Topics: Laziness

It is a fact of Christian experience that life is a series of troughs and peaks. In His efforts to get permanent possession of the soul, God relies on the troughs more than the peaks. And some of His special favorites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else.

    Topics: Life

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.

    Topics: Patience, Discipline

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.

    Topics: Service

If you hug to yourself any resentment against anybody else, you destroy the bridge by which God would come to you.

    Topics: Stubbornness

It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.

    Topics: Success

God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.

    Topics: Suffering, Blessings

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

    Topics: Suffering

Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for - because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.

    Topics: Truth, Vision

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