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It is not the purpose of this volume to discourage the attendance upon the services of any of our Churches, but on the contrary, through the gospel as delivered to us in this book, to stimulate and encourage regular attendance, wherever it is possible, upon all sanctuary worship, but there are those in every community who, in the providence of God, are barred from Church attendance by reason of illness, physical disability, infirmity of age, etc., and it is for these primarily who are shut in and never hear a sermon from the pulpit that this volume is published. The universal need for such a publication was suggested to me during the long illness of my wife, Mrs. Annie Violet Hutton, who for seven years was unable, through physical infirmity, to attend a Church service. To her memory this volume is affectionately dedicated with the hope that it may reach many homes of those shut in through affliction and age. If this book shall reach the thousands of homes of affliction, and through its ministrations bring joy and gladness to hearts bowed down with sorrow, her long suffering will not have been in vain, and in her gentle Christian spirit I believe she would have gladly made her sacrifice.
I am under deep obligation to the contributors to this volume who have made the work possible through their generous responses to my requests. They are among the most eminent and most spiritual ministers