Archive for April 28th, 2015


“And why take ye thought for raiment?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;

they toil not, neither do they spin:”

Mat 6.28

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French Quote

“How can one be holy on the inside

and sexy on the outside?”

– H Robb French, quoted in a V O Agan sermon, 4/21/1992

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Some, in spiritual ignorance, have thought themselves superior

because they’ve “learned” they can “do this or that” (& still be “christian”)

– Oh, unwise souls.

– eab, 7/25/13


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In this world of uncertainty,

It’s a wonderful thought, that He guides me.

That in His will I can perfectly rest,

And it’s the only place, to be truly blest.

My God changes not, so I needn’t fear,

What man may do on this ole sphere,

As long as I His hand firmly hold,

Praise God, I can be strong, & I can be bold.    

– eab, Apr. ’72 (Verse to chorus, “Great Big Heavenly Chair,”

a.k.a. “It Really Doesn’t Matter,” which the Lord gave me in ’69.)

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Vernon John Charlesworth was born 4/28/1839, son of Thomas Charlesworth at Barking, Essex, England.  Vernon received his training at Homerton College. In the year of 1860 he married Eliza Moore.  They were soon living at Church Court in Richmond, Surrey, England & he was the school master of a Baptist church but 1864 found him co-pastor (with a minister named Newman Hall) at Surrey Chapel. Vernon & Eliza were blessed with 9 children.

Charleworth was appointed (1869) headmaster of the Charles Spurgeon’s Stowell Orphanage; a place where fatherless children could live without charge yet receive food & clothing, care & education. Stowell Orphanage was open to orphans of various religious roots, providing a great alternative to “the poor houses.” By 1871 he was the governor of the same orphanage.  He also served as a Min­is­ter­ing El­der at Spurg­eon’s Me­tro­pol­i­tan Ta­ber­na­cle.  

He published The Life of Rowland Hill in 1876 & co-authored (with J. Manton Smith) Flowers and Fruits of Sacred Song and Evangelistic Hymns. His pen produced several leaflets & some songs but he is primarily remembered for his “A Shelter in the Time of Storm.”  He died 1/5/1915, in Lon­don, Eng­land.

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, A Shelter in the time of storm;

Secure whatever ill betide, A Shelter in the time of storm.


Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, a weary land;

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A Shelter in the time of storm.

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