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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.            39
As a slave I loved to do the will of the Master
in heaven; as a responsible human being I could
do no less.
  I improved my knowledge, whenever oppor-
tunity occurred, and it was but a short time,
comparatively, until I found out for myself, by
searching the Scriptures clandestinely, the great
truths that Jesus taught. I read, pondered, and
began the work of self-regeneration. I read
that God required of me to do certain things;
that unless I obeyed the commands of Jesus I
could expect no help from God. I found that I
was commanded  to "do," and not stand still
and wait for others to "do" for me.  The way
seemed to open before me plainly and unmis-
takably, and engraved the command to "do"
firmly in my heart, in the simple words, "Do
the will of God."  I obeyed the commands of
our Savior in all the essentials of repentance,
baptism, and in everything, and began the real
work of my life--of living and being a servant
of God and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.
My field of labor was my own heart, which I
endeavored to render pure in the sight of God.
But a short time elapsed when my work within
myself began to bear fruit in my efforts to re-
deem my fellow-slaves from sin and make them
children of God.  I labored with them in a spirit




			
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