The Great ‘I AM’ or ‘I WAS’?

The reality of God’s power today. /

Aimee Semple McPherson—known popularly as Sister Aimee—was a Los Angeles-based evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s. She founded the Foursquare Church and was a pioneer in her use of modern media, especially radio. She was a master of rhetoric, as this condensed sermon excerpt shows. The sermon is grounded in her Pentecostal theology; it’s stylized and certainly a period piece. But it still wonderfully conveys the promise of God’s ever-present care.—The Editors

As I ponder and pray in the stillness, I dream as a dreamer of dreams. A steepled church stands before me, a church with open doors. Within it I see the preacher stand; hear his voice in earnest call. But ‘tis the throng that flows through the street outside that holds my anxious gaze.

“Pit-a-pat! Pit-a-Pat!” say the hundreds and thousands of feet surging by the church doors of our land. “Pat! Pat! Pit-a-pat!” Hurrying multitudes on business and pleasure bent.

From out the church door floats the voice of pastor and evangelist in an effort to halt the rushing throng in their headlong race toward destruction and attract their attention to the Christ.

“Stop! Stop giddy throng, surging by like a river, take your eyes from the bright lights of the gilded way. Leave the paths of death, enter our open door and listen while we tell you the sweet though ancient story of the great I WAS.”

“Eloquently, instructively, we will tell you of the wonderful power Christ used to have, the miracles he used to perform, the sick he used to heal. ‘Tis a graphic and blessed history of those things which Jesus did almost 1,900 years before you were born. They happened far, far away ...

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