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Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee Semple McPherson

Like everyone else, I’m busy with holiday events, but I thought I’d post a quick YouTube from my favorite Pentecostal radio evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson. She was the first woman to receive a broadcast license from the government.

“It is very foolish to hesitate to trust God,” McPherson told her radio audience from her Angelus Temple in Los Angeles one Sunday (I can’t figure out exactly when from any of the posts that contain this audio, but presumably some time in the later 1920s or early 1930s). In the sermon she recounted the tale of man wandering around a steep portion of the Pacific Palisades. He loses his footing and falls, hanging on for dear life from the roots of an exposed bush.

Finally he could hold on no longer. “His fingers became cramped,” McPherson explained. “He said ‘God help me!’ and let go. And he fell exactly an inch and three quarters.” You can hear her live audience at the temple laughing in the background.

“An inch and three quarters!” McPherson continued to her cheering followers. “We have no need to doubt God! God’s word is true! God’s word has been proven!”

What marvelous radio. Enjoy. And happy holidays to all our Radio Survivor readers.


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