Archive for June, 2015


“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,

God gave them over to a reprobate mind,

to do those things which are not convenient;”

Rom 1.28


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A L Vess Quote

“Those who believe in the “unknown tongue” certainly have no right

to be called “Pentecostal,” for the marvel and miracle of Pentecost

was that every man heard them speak in his own language.”

– A L Vess, from his booklet Bible on Tongues


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God, the Master of all master artists, combines the right color of hair

with the right color complexion, & the right eyes.

You nor I (puny creatures that we are) cannot repeat, CANNOT improve on these.

Please – respect the Artist enough to leave them alone.

– eab, 6/28/15

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Summer Shower


‘Twas a summer shower

Doing all within its power

To make you think it would last an hour;    

– – – But it won’t.

– eab, 6/28/13

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Eliza E Hewitt was born 6/28/1851, at Philadelphia, PA.  She was born the second child to James Stratton Hewitt, a sea captain, & Zeruiah Edmunds Hewitt.  She was a cousin to the poet Edgar Page Stites & a personal friend with Fanny Crosby.

She was a public school teacher who developed serious spinal trouble possibly due to a undisciplined boy hitting her in the back with a slate.  This illness/disease forced her to quit teaching & in fact confined her to her bed.  But from there she wrote Sunday school material.  And she became the Sunday School superintendent for the Northern Home for Friendless Children and later at served in the same position in a Presbyterian Church.  She died on 4/24/1920.

Hewitt is remembered today as the author of “There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today” “Stepping in the Light” “Will There Be Any Stars?” “’More About Jesus I Would Know” “Give Me Thy Heart” and “When We All Get to Heaven” though she penned some seventeen hundred (that is right 1700) other songs.

My faith has found a resting place, Not in device or creed;

I trust the ever living One, His wounds for me shall plead.


I need no other argument, I need no other plea,

It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me.

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“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:”

Rom 1.25-26

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“Bees don’t fight honey –

Christians don’t fight holiness.”

– George B Vernon II (father of today’s “Vernon clan”)

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Solomon wrote “of making many books there is no end &

much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Ecc 12.12).

Happy Contrast – God made a Book which has no end (Mark 13.31) &

the study of the Bible is refreshment to the Soul.

– eab, 9/17/12

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Something there is that loves a piano,

Tinkling in the tenor, booming in the bass,

Sliding with the thumbnail,

In its pink-on-white race.  

– eab, Jun. ’80

* No instrument pleases my ear better & God was so good as to give us two daughters who play the piano beautifully.

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Philip Doddridge was born 6/26/1702, London, 20th child of Daniel/Elizabeth Doddridge & was laid aside as still-born. Before he could read his mother was teaching him about the OT & NT from the blue, Dutch, chimney sitting-room tiles. Elizabeth died when he was 8, Daniel when he was 13. Thankfully Dr. Samuel Clark became a friend (“second father”), helped to educate, & influenced toward the Nonconformists.

On 12/22 he married Mercy Maris 1730 at Upton upon Severn.  She was the daughter of Robert Maris, a baker & his second wife Elizabeth Brindley. This union was blessed with 9 children. He continued teaching (lectured as high as 200 students) & preaching. Aberdeen U. gave him a Doctor of Divinity 1736.

In addition to his 400 hymns he penned a New Testament commentary & his famous Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul.  This book was translated into 7 languages, was instrumental in the conversion of William Wilberforce (great abolitionist), & Spurgeon simply called it “that holy book.”  He had poor health & went to Portugal for improvement – alas he died of tuberculosis at Lisbon 10/26/1751.

A personal note – I suppose I had sung “O Happy Day” several times with the congregation before seeing/hearing Bro Howard Williams (Mrs Garry Spriggs’ father) sing it.  But many times since when I have sung it, I “see” Bro. Williams putting all he had into it, as a special song. 

O happy day, that fixed my choice On Thee, my Savior and my God!

Well may this glowing heart rejoice, And tell its raptures all abroad.


Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away! He taught me how to watch and pray,

and live rejoicing every day Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.

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