Archive for June 10th, 2015


“Making request, if by any means now at length

I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God

to come unto you.”

Rom 1.10

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“No man can have God’s highest thought and

be popular with his immediate generation.”

– A B Simpson, from his book Holy Spirit

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Know? No “NO”

If you truly KNOW God –

you do not say “NO” to God.

– eab, 12/21/12

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The great “I am.”

Not “I used to be” in days of yore

And never will be again, ever, anymore.

Nor “I hope to have an important say,”

In some far away, future day.

“I am” – the ever present, All Mighty One,

In Spirit, in Father, in redemptive Son.

– eab,  6/10/08

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Edwin Othello Excell died 6/10/1921 at Wesley Hospital, Chi­ca­go, IL. E O was born 12/13/1851 to J J & Emily (Hess) Excell (Ger­man Re­formed pastor/wife) in Uniontown, Stark Co., OH. He was educated in state schools (OH, PA). He was a brick­layer & plas­terer (12 yrs) & also a singing instructor. His voice was described as “full, round baritone, of great volume…mellow & sweet” ranging up to tenor.

Excell met & married Miss Eliza Jane “Jennie” Bell, daughter of Hon A W Bell, East Brady, PA, a sometime political candidate.  This marriage, which took place in 1871, was blessed with a son, William Alonzo.  In the same year the local M E Church began a revival & Excell was invited to sing; better yet he became one of the converts.  This was the turning point – he went to Chi­ca­go, studied under well known George Root (& his son, Frederick).  Building trades were exchanged for music to build the Kingdom.

He sang with evan­gel­ist Sam P Jones (H Robb French would at times quote or refer to Jones) for two de­cades. He also sang with Gypsy Smith as well as conducting music in the State Sunday-school Conventions (nearly every state).  Ex­cell wrote over 2,000 Gos­pel songs including “Since I Have Been Redeemed.”


I have a song I love to sing,  Since I have been redeemed, Of my Redeemer, Savior king,  Since I have been redeemed.


Since I have been redeemed,  Since I have been redeemed, I will glory in His name,  Since I have been redeemed, I will glory in the Savior’s name.

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