Samuel Logan Brengle was born in Fredericksburg, Indiana, of William and Rebecca Brengle, June 1, 1860. When the lad was two years of age, his schoolteacher father joined the Confederacy as a soldier in the Civil War. Wounded in the siege of Vicksburg, he returned home to die. His widowed mother faithfully instructed him in the things of God. She married again and the family was constantly on the move, but church attendance never lagged. Throughout his youth, Samuel was sensitive to God's dealings and settled his salvation as a teen. When his mother died unexpectedly, he threw himself into his studies and became an excellent student. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and later Boston Theological Seminary. He received offers to pastor a number of large Methodist churches but joined the Salvation Army and began by shining the shoes of other cadets. He proved himself as a godly and humble young preacher and received a commission to preach in Boston. Thus began a prolific ministry of over 40 years that included authoring many books and pamplets. He believed in a "second blessing" for believers and the doctrine nearest his heart was the holiness of God. He was once asked for his secret of holiness to which he replied: Keep in the will of God, obey Him, seek Him daily, waiting at His gates. Read the Bible regularly. Never neglect secret prayer. Keep testifying to the grace bestowed upon you. Help others.
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