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Manuscript Releases, vol. 15 [Nos. 1136-1185], Page 97

MR No. 1154—Value of the Soul; Importance of the Will; Christ's Intercession in the Heavenly Sanctuary

(Written originally as a letter to James Edson White.)

[This, and the letter written August 10 (Letter 123, 1893), were instruments in turning J. Edson White clear around in a marked reconversion. He gave up his printing business in Chicago and dedicated his life to the work of pioneering educational work among the blacks in Mississippi and was soon drawn into the ministry of the church. See the E. G. White Biography, vol. 4, pp. 94-96.]

“And He spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry” [Luke 12:16-19].

We have quoted the sayings of the man, and now we shall quote the sayings of God. “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” [verses 20, 21].

You say you have no religious inclinations. I am not surprised at this, because it is a long time since you have taken yourself away from God and refused to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and changed leaders. The god

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