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Two hundred and seventy-one years ago this evening in London, England, a very religious man was converted to Jesus Christ.  His name?

John Wesley.  On May 24th, 1738 (about 8:45 PM we are told) Wesley felt his heart “strangely warmed.”  It would be difficult to find one, let alone two men, who were more “religious” yet unconverted, than John and Charles (Charles was converted before John, 5/21) Wesley.  They had Disciple with a capital “D,” they were reading some of the right things, they were active in helping others but were not truly converted.

 

Quakers know (others should know more than they do) that George Fox was advocating holiness a century (round figures) before Wesley.  But Wesley and Wesley (and others) saw a greater surge toward heart purity in their day.  While we are not Wesleyan in name, we can appreciate the dramatic and lasting influence the Wesleys had on England and (via Asbury, et al) on our native, needy land.

 

Personally, I could wish John had had a happier marriage (Charles did), and would have had more haircuts.  He is not on a pedestal with me as with some men, but I’m very glad for his salvation, his emphasis on heart purity, and his view of and practice of evangelism.  Thank God for the 24th of the 5th month in the year of our Lord one thousand, seven-hundred and thirty eight.  Thank God for John (and Charles) Wesley!

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People who think they have authority

          are concerned about others gaining authority

 

People who think they have money

          are concerned about others gaining money

 

People who think about higher things

          aren’t greatly concerned about either.

– eab, 5/20/09               

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Life is the dingy, green side-stage room [1]

Tall but small and cold;

Basically bare, for the stage (out there) [2]

Is where it is all truly told.

          – eab, 1/05

 


[1] This reflects my childhood impression of the side-stage rooms at the school I attended ‘50-‘57, Somerset, Ohio.

[2] Eternity is the real stage, not earthly life.

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Herbert Hoover, President of the United States, on this date, 5/23/1932 is reported to have written a letter to the New York Theological Seminary. 

He is said to have hoped the school “shall continue its interdenominational work of training Bible inspired preachers, teachers, missionaries and other Christian workers.  No institution doing the work this Seminary is doing should be allowed to fail, particularly in times like these.”

 How refreshing that a sitting President would be speaking of Bible training, preachers, missionaries, and Christian workers.  This was, of course, during what has been called the great depression.

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Sin is selfish.

 

          Selfishness is sin.  

–eab, 5/20/09

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Like a face covered with zits,

The modern church has had splits;

(Sad result of carnal fits!)

Dividing it into bits.

The TRUE church is always one,

Redeemed by God’s only Son,

Whose past work was/is still done.

Number of splits?  Zero.  None.

          – eab, 5/22/09

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“At Calvary”

 Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

Refrain:

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

2.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

3.

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!

4.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary

 

William Reed Newell was born this date 5/22/1868 at Savannah, Ohio.

Dwight Moody invited him to join the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute (with Dr. R. A. Torrey).  Newell had an extraordinary gift for Bible exposition. Audiences in Chicago, St. Louis and Toronto loved his weekly Bible classes.  He wrote Romans, Verse-By-Verse; Hebrews, Verse-By-Verse; and The Book of The Revelation. Newell died 4/1/1956 at De­Land, Flor­i­da.

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