A Merry Heart Does Good Like Medicine

The well-known Baptist pastor, James Whitcomb Brougher, Sr, who pastored in Los Angeles from 1910 to 1926, and then later in Boston. Brougher once had the famous Will Rogers and boxing great Jack Dempsey in a Los Angeles Bible class.

One day he announced that he would begin teaching the Epistles beginning the next week. Brougher said, “Turning to Will Rogers, I asked, ‘Will, do you know what the Epistles are?’ ”
Rogers replied, “You bet your life; they’re the wives of the apostles.” Brougher said, as the class laughed.
Turning to Jack Dempsey, Rogers said, ‘You don’t need to laugh, Jack. I’ll bet you five dollars you can’t say the Lord’s Prayer.”
Dempsey said, “I’ll bet I can.”
Rogers said, “Let’s hear you.”
Dempsey said, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep.”
When Jack finished, Will handed him five dollars and said, ‘Jack, I didn’t think you could do it.”

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