Earl Davis wrote two sermons for February 21, 1904, “The Roots of Victory,” and “Preparation and Temptation.” Both sermons are written to the same text, Luke 2:52. Only the sermon, “The Roots of Victory,” has evidence of being preached on February 21, 1904 in Boston. It would appear that Davis first wrote “Preparation and Temptation,” and then approached his subject differently with “The Roots of Victory,” which was delivered in East Boston. The text for “Preparation and Temptation,” may never have been preached. Both texts are provided in this Sermons, 1902-1904 series.
Both focus on Jesus’ growth as a youth into manhood. He gives a reading of Jesus' forty days in the desert and his temptations. Jesus was ready to preach, but he knew what he preached would be controversial; he was tempted to refrain an take an easier life path. Davis preaches that the roots of his victory were in his preparations as a man of integrity and character. And so it is that victory generally comes from the long and tedious preparations.
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, Jesus, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 2:32
Davis, Earl Clement, "The Roots of Victory" (1904). Sermons, 1902-1904. 7.