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Brainerd wrote in his Journey, “Selfish religion loves Christ for His benefits, but not for Himself.”  

He was born 4/20/1718, Haddam, Herford Co., Connecticut, son of Hezekiah Brainerd (died when David was 9) & Dorothy (died when he was 14). He was raised with Bible reading, prayer, Lord’s Day observance, & the classics, Pilgrim’s Progress & A Call to the Unconverted (Baxter).

After attending Yale and being dismissed for a criticism of a teacher there, David began working with Indians.  A group living at Crossweeksung, NJ, were responsive to his fervent preaching/praying & on 8/8/1745, Brainerd witnessed the fire of revival falling on their seeking souls.  This high point was good, for on 10/9/1747, Brainerd died at Northhampton, in the home of Jonathan Edwards.

Other Brainerd Quotes:

“I love to live on the brink of eternity.  May I never loiter in my heavenly journey.”

“I want to wear out my life in His service and for His glory.”

“Let me forget the world and be swallowed up in the desire to glorify God.”

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