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Elmer Ellsworth Shelhamer (1869-1940) was an American and an evangelist with the Free Methodists in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries. He wrote many practical and forceful tracts and pamphlets and also a few books.

      I have known Rev. E. E. Shelhamer for a number of years, and I have no doubt as to his ability and fitness for such a work. As Rev. H. C. Morrison has said, "He is strikingly original, truly scriptural, powerfully in earnest and reaches the heart of the people as few men we have heard, but always in the spirit of love and tenderness." Brother Shelhamer has a special gift of selection; he knows when and how to garner the best fruit He knows where the apples grow. With the splendid array of talent he has called to his assistance, we would have been surprised with anything but the best results.
       - Rev. A. L. Whitcomb Professor in Oskaloosa Holiness University

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Biography A Brief Sketch of Elmer Shelhame's Life by His Wife
       It was in a cold December, near Vandergrift, Pa., more than fifty-five years ago that a tiny, insignificant little fellow startled every one in the house by his cries for help. For there he was -- a pitiful looking creature who had just entered this world without a thread of clothing upon his back and without a friend so far as he knew. Everybody ...read
SermonA Few Tests
      Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor the west, nor from the south. But God is judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Ps. 75:6, 7. Doubtless the Psalmist wrote these words from experience, as well as from inspiration. How true! Today a man may tower above the greatest; tomorrow he may cower before the meanest. As I grow old ...read
SermonA Last Message to the Church
       Text: "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware ...read
SermonA Perpetual Honeymoon
      When but a bride the writer penned a small book entitled, "The Secret of a Happy Married Life." Husband was of course greatly surprised when I brought out the manuscript. He smiled and said he did not know I could write, but added that he wondered how the production would be received by the public since I had not had much experience. He published t ...read
SermonA Warriors Yet Peaceful
      And now may we give a little glimpse of the author in his more mature days as viewed from the standpoint of a wife. While some men are of a passive makeup, my husband is the opposite and he naturally would be given to being vindictive. A remarkable saint often prays for him thus: "Lord bless him and keep him tender for he seems to be raised up t ...read
SermonDiscretion Toward Women
      Long Hand-shakes -- Avoiding "Sticky" People -- Dealing With Inordinate Affection. It is not always wise to pray with those of the opposite sex when they desire it. Why such a statement? Would it not be wicked to refuse? That depends! There is a difference between praying with and praying for an individual. He who gives himself up to soul-saving ...read
SermonGeneral and Specific Light
       Text: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7. You will notice that this text is in close relationship to a very much abused and misquoted verse -- "If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is ...read
SermonHelps and Hindrances to a Revival
       Text: "Wilt thou not revive us again; that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Ps. 85:6.) "O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of years make known; in wrath remember mercy." (Hab. 3:2.) From these passages we conclude that God is anxious to revive His work. There are many other references which go to show the wil ...read
SermonOn Being Filled with the Spirit
       Text: "Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit." Eph. 5:18. Here we have the highest grade of Christian character. The apostle uses a figure that not everyone can comprehend. While we protest against drunkenness, yet only those who have felt, or observed the power of intoxicants can fully appreciate the comparis ...read
SermonOn Being Led by the Spirit
       Text: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God." Rom. 8:14. There is another passage a little like this, recorded in Gal. 5:25, which reads thus: "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Mark the Divine order: Here we find that life precedes activity. It does not say, If we walk, then let us live ...read
SermonOn Grieving the Spirit
       Text: "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." (Eph. 4:30.) Paul is here speaking of a grade of Christians who evidently have the Holy Spirit and are "sealed," yet he admonishes them not to grieve Him. We often wonder why we see so little of the mighty co-operation and power of the Spirit in ...read
SermonOn Quenching the Spirit
       Text: "Quench not the Spirit." -- 1 Thess. 5:19. Here we have another grade of Christians. These are in a better shape than those Who grieve the Spirit. There are two classes of individuals: Those who are of the passive and those who are of the active make up. Those who are of the passive make up have a tendency to suppress and quench the Spi ...read
SermonOn Resisting the Spirit
       Text: '"Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost, as your fathers did, so do ye." Acts 7:51. "They that resist shall receive to themselves damnation." Rom. 13:2. The Holy Ghost is a person and hence can be pleased or grieved just like any other person. It is improper and irreverent to speak of this third Person of the Trinity as "it", and whe ...read
SermonPeculiar Covenants
      "Never Pray for Money" -- Sunday Mail -- Taking Subscriptions on Sunday -- Reading the Word. Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. Deut. 29:3. God may lead us into special covenants for various reasons. First, in order to commit some special charge to us. Second, to fortify us against ...read
SermonSpirit Pressure
       Text: "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life" (2 Cor. 1:8). We live not only in a material, but in a spirit world. "The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." Like as before ...read
SermonSteps in Seeking Holiness
       Text: "But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." Deut. 4:29. No one seeks God in vain, when he seeks intelligently. The leadings of the Spirit are very simple, yet very methodical. He does not work hap-hazardly. He takes the initial step and draws us wi ...read
SermonStruggle for an Education
      Enters College -- "Bachelor's Hall" -- Loses the Fire -- The "Close-Class Meeting" -- The Outcome. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Rom. 12:11. The education of our youth is becoming a great problem to conscientious parents. The fact is, in most of our public schools the morals are so corrupt that they poison t ...read
SermonSurmounting Difficulties -- (Dedicated To Young People)
       Text: "And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! An ...read
SermonThe Death of the Soul
       Text: "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." -- Ezek. 18:4. It becomes the duty of the faithful ambassador of Christ, to speak, not only of the glories of heaven, but of the horrors of hell; not only of the felicities of the redeemed, but of the torments of the damned. I am to speak to you tonight on the different symptoms of soul death, or ho ...read
SermonThe Easiest But Hardest Thing To Do
       Text: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9. I am to speak tonight on what may at first seem to be a contradiction: The Easiest and Hardest, but the Safest thing anyone can do -- Confess. I do not know why God made this a condition to salvation, but I do kn ...read

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