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“For if ye forgive men their trespasses,

your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Mat 6.14

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God instituted marriage. Period.

It is a matter of a Man, a Wife, & The Triune Eternal.

Nothing man says or does changes its Holy Origin.

– eab, 4/8/15

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Charles Wesley was married 4/8/1749, in a small parish church at Llanlleonfel, near Garth, Wales.  His bride was Sarah Gwynne, daughter of Marmaduke & Sarah (Evans) Gwynne. The minister for the ceremony was his brother, John, who had encouraged the wedding.  Sarah (also called Sally – perhaps to distinguish her from her mother) was born in Garth, Powyes, Wales in 1726 (month, day unknown).  She was musically inclined, in fact, performed before King George III.

While a young lady her father, a local magistrate, went on occasion to arrest Howell Harris, a Wesleyan minister.  As Marmaduke listened he liked what he heard, was converted to that view, & brought Harris home.  That was the beginning; years later he entertained two brothers & one of then returned in 1748 to propose.  Her mother had not welcomed Harris to her home but warmed to Charles, her new s-n-law.

Although Charles may not have witnessed a happy marriage as a boy he & Sarah had a good union.  They settled (same year as wed) at 4 Charles St., Bristol & remained there till 1771 (house is preserved as the “Charles Wesley House”).  God blessed them with eight children (only three lived to be adults – too common a happening back then).  She died 12/28/1818 (Charles died in 1788) & was buried beside Charles. 

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The world is turning green,

Spring has come of age.

It can readily be seen,

The world is turning green.

With every Jack and Jean

In “cupid’s” strong cage.

The world is turning green,

Spring has come of age.

– eab,      Apr. ’66

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You can’t agree with everybody (they have many opinions).

You CAN love everybody – when they don’t agree with you –

or even agree with each other. 😦 

– eab, 3/16/15

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“Holiness or hell” made some bristle;

Not preaching it let some men whistle.

But oh, if we’re not holy at death

If carnal, as we draw our last breath

Hell will be real: fire, sulfur, sizzle.

– eab, 3/27/15


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Henry Drummond died this date 3/11/1897.  He was born at Stirling, Scotland, 8/17/1851. At Edinburgh U. he showed interest in physical & mathematical science but his interest in Christ surpassed this; he joined the Free Church of Scotland & prepared for the ministry.  By 1877 he was a lecturer at the Free Church College.  While here he penned Natural Law in the Spiritual World, argueing for a connection between the physical & the spiritual world. He worked for a while with Dwight L Moody in some revival campaigns.

After spending some time in Africa (African Lakes Company) & following the success of the above book Drummond published Tropical Africa, what has been called “a valuable digest of information.” He delivered the “Lowell Lectures” at Boston – a book followed this appearance entitled The Ascent of Man.

Drummond’s most lasting work was The Greatest Thing in the World (described as “a meditation”) showing the importance of 1 Corinthians 13.  It influenced his generation, selling some 12 million copies, & still has a place in religious literature today.  (Could not find names of either parents or wife.)

Drummond Quotes:

… it takes a smart fella to say ‘I don’t know the answer’!

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.

The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.

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Are you willing to die for Truth? (Not be an idle question.)

Be searching a good old Bible, Be obeying Jesus’ teachings. “Buy the truth & sell it not…” (Pro 23.23).

Friend, don’t let a day of testing find you out of victory,

lacking that VITAL love connection with Truth, i.e. Christ.

– eab, 2/18/15

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Civilla Durfee Martin died 3/9/1948 at Atlanta, GA.  She was born 8/21/1869 at Jordan, Nova Scotia, Canada.  She was the daughter of James & Irene (Harding) Holden & became a school teacher.  Later she married Walter Stillman Martin, a Harvard graduate, who was a preacher & a musician.

 She left a history of one of her song favorites:

“I was confined to a sick bed in a Bible school in Lestershire [now Johnson City], NY husband was spending several weeks at the school, making a songbook for the president of the school. God Will Take Care of You was written one Sunday afternoon while my husband went to a preaching appointment. When he returned I gave the words to him. He immediately sat down to his little Bilhorn organ and wrote the music. That evening he and two of the teachers sang the completed song. It was then printed in the songbook he was compiling for the school.


Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you;

Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you.


God will take care of you, Through every day, over all the way;

He will take care of you, God will take care of you.

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A lad left his home with a lunch.

He hadn’t the slightest hunch,

That Jesus would break it,

That thousands would take it.

They’d never had such a “brunch.”

– eab, 3/3/05    (Joh 6.9)

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