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THE STORY OF ``ACRES OF DIAMONDS''. FIFTY YEARS ON THE LECTURE PLATFORM. AN APPRECIATION. THOUGH Russell H. Conwell's Acres of. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. By the end of his life, in , Russell H. Conwell had presented. “Acres of Diamonds” more than 6, times! He was a visionary genius: a soldier, preacher.
Cohan Robert Allen Robert B. The house was later sold to allow Temple College to move and the Baptist Temple now the Temple Performing Arts Center  to grow, and still more of that money went towards founding the Samaritan Hospital. When the farmer said, no, that he thought it was a piece of crystal, the visitor told him he had found one of the largest diamonds ever discovered. Each morning ask yourself, How can I increase my service today? Laurence D. Roger Dawson Dr.
How sad that Lamar had not taken the time to investigate what he had right at his own fingertips. Instead, he gave up everything he had in search of wealth that was right under his nose.
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Pin 1. With interviews lining up around the release of Wisdom Meets Passion I am seeing some…. Share this Post. Subscribe to Dan's newsletter. This church building was later dedicated by Conwell on December 3, The December 4, issue of The Public Ledger reported the following about the new minister and church:.
Dedication of a New Baptist Church services conducted by the Rev. Russell H.
Conwell, late of Massachusetts. The church proper on the upper story is in the form of an amphitheater, and has seating capacity for between six and seven hundred persons. It is finished with great taste and completeness. The ceiling is frescoed , the windows are of stained glass and the pews of hard wood and handsomely upholstered. Conwell ended evening services by holding an hour of prayer, leading song services, and giving commentary relevant to his sermons.
The musical pastor often performed a solo piece during evening services. The story of Hattie May Wiatt is one of importance to the Baptist Temple, as it describes the role of a child in encouraging the congregation to grow and build a new church building. She lived near a church where the Sunday School was very crowded and he told her that one day they would have buildings big enough to allow every one who wanted to attend.
She had saved only fifty-seven cents when she contracted diphtheria and died. Conwell was asked to officiate at the funeral, and the girl's mother told him that Hattie May had been saving money to help build a bigger church and gave him the little purse. In addition, 54 of the 57 pennies were returned to Rev.
Conwell, and he later put them up on display. On June 28, , a nearby house at the corner of Broad and Berks streets, referred to as The Temple because the property owner did not want the house to be called a church until the mortgage was fully paid, was investigated for purchase by the Wiatt Mite Society, which was organized for the purpose of taking the 57 cents and enlarging on them sufficiently to buy the property for the Primary Department of the Sunday school.
A few days later, the congregation agreed to purchase the lot. The first payment for the lot was the 57 cents. The property was conveyed to the church on January 31, In that same house, the first classes of Temple College, later Temple University, were held. The house was later sold to allow Temple College to move and the Baptist Temple now the Temple Performing Arts Center  to grow, and still more of that money went towards founding the Samaritan Hospital.
In September , at the Centennial celebration of the United States Constitution , money received from the Wiatt Mite Society was given "for the success of the new Temple". This was the first time the name "Temple" was used in place of the church name.
In , the youth group considered becoming a worldwide organization. The pastor was a speaker at a Christian Endeavor convention.
Conwell was very impressed by the purpose and enthusiasm of the group. He later recommended the Christian Endeavor to the youth group of the church. On September 10, , the Society of Christian Endeavor was finally organized.
The Christian Endeavor youth groups continued to meet at the Church until the s. Charles M. Davis, a young deacon, approached the pastor with his desire to preach; however, Davis had little education and was without sufficient funds to continue his studies.
Conwell agreed to tutor him. Over the next few days, seven prospective students met with Conwell, and Temple College was conceived. Ultimately, Conwell became Dr.
Conwell, president of the college, now known as Temple University. As the membership continued to grow to over one thousand and the Sunday School to even greater numbers, a larger facility was needed. Consequently, on March 29, , a contract was negotiated to build the new church. On February 15, , Conwell preached his last sermon in the old church at Mervine and Berks Streets. He preached the first sermon at the new building on March 1.
Sixty people were baptized in the afternoon, and several addresses were given. The Rev. Hartman, the first minister, was present.
The celebration continued throughout the week, and the church was filled to capacity for all of its services. The new church later became known as The Baptist Temple.
The original inspiration for "Acres of Diamonds", his most famous essay, occurred in when Conwell was traveling in the Middle East. Huber Company of Philadelphia. The central idea of the work is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement, or fortune; the resources to achieve all good things are present in one's own community.
This theme is developed by an introductory anecdote, credited by Conwell to an Arab guide, about a man who wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off in futile search for them. The new owner of his home discovered that a rich diamond mine was located right there on the property.
Conwell elaborates on the theme through examples of success, genius, service, or other virtues involving ordinary Americans contemporary to his audience: In A People's History of the United States , historian Howard Zinn comments that the message was that anyone could get rich if he tried hard enough, while implying that Conwell held elitist attitudes by selectively quoting the following from his speech:.
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