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      James Caughey was an Irish-born emigrant to the United States who was converted in the times of revival in 1830-31 and soon after ordained to the Methodist ministry. He experienced powerful revivals in Canada but it was his revival labours in Great Britain during the 1840's, for which he is most well known.

      His early ministry fitted him for the work that was yet to come. Ordained as an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1836 he was groomed in revival practices and camp meetings.

      From 1841-1847 he was led to minister in England, mainly among the midlands and north among the Methodists. During this time he earned the title 'King of Revivalist Preachers.' It was during this time, when preaching at Nottingham, that William Booth was converted under Caughey's preaching.

      He claimed over 20,000 converts during this time, nevertheless he found himself out of favour with the 'High Church' party within Methodism who frowned upon his conversion contrivances and 'mushroom converts.'

      On his return to America his fame had gone before him, mainly through his 'Letters' describing the success of his labours in England. This resulted in innumerable invitations to preach the north-eastern United States as well as in Canada.

      He returned to England for a further two years, in 1857, again reaping a great harvest of souls. There were two further visits in 1860 and in the mid-60's.

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SermonAn Invitation to Straitened Souls
       "Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into the broad place, where there is no straitness, and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness." Job 36:16. I think I have seen, perhaps, as much or more of Methodist people than the generality of this congregation. I have mingled with them in both hemispheres by hun
SermonPurification by Faith
       "And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith." -- Acts 15:9. Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." And Peter says, "Put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith." The distinction between thee two statements is this: Jesus tells you the blessedness of such a
SermonQuenching the Spirit
       Quench not the Spirit. I Thess. 5:19. "Don't kill yourself!" once wrote a gentleman to a minister who was laboring zealously for God; "don't kill yourself!" he wrote at the bottom of a long sheet in large letters. So you may say to me, "Don't make so much ado about religion; don't kill yourself." But we must do the work of God, let the conseque
Revival Miscellanies - Table of Contents
      It is frequently asked, "Is the blessing of entire sanctification gradual, or is it instantaneous?" I answer, in three respects it is gradual, and in one only is it instantaneous. 1st. It is gradual from the fact that it begins in the moment of justification; and so long as the new convert is faithful, the work steadily advances in his soul, till h
Selections from the Journal of James Caughey - Table of Contents
       Selections from the Journal of James Caughey By Daniel Wise Boston: 1857 Comments by A. M. Hills About James Caughey "A humble, obscure Irish preacher in Western Vermont (James Caughey) one day wrote in his diary, 'No man has ever been signally successful in winning souls to Christ without the help of the Spirit. With it the humblest
ArticleShould we not Weep?
      If Jesus wept over Jerusalem, when He beheld a cloud of wrath gathering over it - why, Oh, why, should not we weep? I repeat it, why should not we weep to behold the mouths of the grave and of hell preparing to open and to engulf so many. Instead of repressing our tears, should we not rather say with the prophet Jeremiah, "Oh, that my head were wat
SermonThe Fear of Death Destroyed by a Sight of Christ
       And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Luke 2:26. Bless the Lord! my soul is very happy this morning; all is serene and beautiful. All is calm and sunshine within. "Not a cloud doth arise, to darken the skies; Or hide for a moment, my God from my eyes." Hallelujah!
SermonThe Fear of Unconverted Men in the Hour of Death
      Forasmuch, then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14. Many persons in this congregation will remember that I preached from this text last Sunday; but the subject is of such tremendous im
SermonThe Fullness Dwelling in Jesus Christ
       "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell." Colossians 1:15 This is the last sermon I expect to preach in England for the present. Where I shall preach again, before I return to England, I cannot tell. My heart says, "Captain of Israel's host, and Guide Of all who seek the land above, Beneath thy shadow I abide, The cloud
SermonThe Omnipotence of Faith
       Therefore, I say unto you what things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.-- Mark 11:24. The congregation will recollect that these words were spoken by the Saviour as he was passing from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. By the wayside he saw a fig tree which looked beautiful, and doubtless gave s
SermonThe Standing Doubt
       Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you:--I Thess. 5:16, 17, 18. Now, that is a religion worth having. It is the sum and substance of all true religion. It is the religion of the Bible, the religion of Heaven. I again repeat, such a religion as my text describe
SermonThe Sting of Death
       Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from sin and dead works. Heb. 6:1. The sting of death is sin. I Cor. 15:56. A slight acquaintance with a man will convince us of. the truth of two propositions. First. That every man is laboring to attain some o
SermonThe Striving of the Spirit
       And the Lord said, My Spirit shall nut always strive with man. Gen. 6:3. This is a declaration of God concerning the antediluvian world. He was about to destroy them, but could not let fall one drop of water, one flash of lightning, one spark of fire. He could neither drown nor damn a man of them till the Spirit had done striving with them. For

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