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Oliver Cromwell was born 4/25/1599 at Huntingdon, England.  He received his education at the grammar school in Huntingdon (now Cromwell Museum) & at Cambridge.  He converted to being a Puritan at 28.

In August of 1620, Oliver Cromwell married Elizabeth Bourchier, born in 1598 the oldest of 12. Their marriage was a happy one.  While on a campaign in Scotland, Oliver wrote Elizabeth, ‘Thou art dearer to me than any creature; let that suffice’ & ‘My Dearest, I could not satisfy myself to omit this post, although I have not much to write; yet indeed I love to write to my dear, who is very much in my heart. It joys me to hear thy soul prospereth; the Lord increase His favours to thee more and more…The Lord bless all thy good counsel and example to all those about thee, and hear all thy prayers, and accept thee always’.  Only one letter to Oliver survived (December 1650) in which Elizabeth writes, ‘Truly my lif is but half a lif in your abseinse, deid not the Lord make it up in heimself, which I must ackoleg to the prase of heis grace’.

Cromwell was a notable military leader in England’s “civil war” & became “Lord Protector” (1653 to death). He, who’s been called “Chief of Men” & a “Brave Bad Man,” is said to have made the following contributions: 1) established a period of peace in England, Scotland & Ireland,  2) made England an “world power,”  3) established non-conformity i.e. living separate from the established church.  He died 9/3/1658.

Cromwell Quotes:

“No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.”

“What is all our histories but God showing himself, shaking & trampling on everything that he has not planted.”

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”

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There’s Inconsistency among Christians about forced death. If a friend is pro Abortion you’re tempted to be less friendly. If a friend is PRO WAR you think nothing about it. Why? Both are killings! Both the baby & soldier were forced from earth pre-maturely. The baby goes safely to heaven.  Soldiers are not generally saints (on whichever side) & death plunges many soldiers to hell. Heaven is being populated by ABORTIONS. Hell is being populated by WAR.

Christians, we should oppose both abortion-on-demand A-N-D war

– eab, 9/5/14

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Seems Gideon had a big band;

They could’ve thought victory at hand.

God reduced it down twice,

Gave him “good sound” advice,

Broken pitchers lit up the land.

– eab,  3/3/05         (Jud 7.16)

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David Tsutada was born 3/6/1906, 2nd son of Kenri Tsutada, a Japanese, Methodist dentist in Singapore. After finishing high school in Japan David studied law at Cambridge U. but believing he was to preach ended his studies in England, to attend a Bible College in Japan.  Before graduation the Bible college president selected a wife for him.  He & his Christian wife, Nobuko, were blessed with 5 children.

When Japan entered WWII there was a rise of nationalism.  David believed it would be wrong for him to erect a Japanese flag in front of his church & bow (relative to the Emperor & his palace), stating “only God in heaven is divine. We worship Him alone.”  David (with some 130 others) on 6/26/1942, was arrested for not observing this government regulation & imprisoned for a 2 yrs. 

After the war & his release (on probation) he build a church in Tokyo, named “Immanuel” because “You, O God, are with us, just as you were in the cell with me.”  His ministry reached out to the poor, on 21/10/1945 his church became an indigenous Holiness Denomination (Immanuel General Mission), reaching university students & farmers.  He became known as “John Wesley of Japan.”  He died 7/25/1971.

[ Personal note: I was in Wesley Biblical Seminary with a grandson, also named David Tsutada.] 


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Daniel W Whittle died 3/4/1901, Northfield, MA.  He was born 11/22/1840, Chicopee Falls, MA. He headed west & before the Uncivil War was a casher at Wells Fargo.  While in Chicago he met & married Abby Hanson, 8/22/1862.  They had a daughter, May, who eventually married William Moody, son of D L.   

Whittle was wounded at Vicksburg. While in the hospital, though not a Believer, he started read the NT. An orderly told him another soldier was dying & asked him to pray with him saying, “…I thought you were a Christian; I have seen you reading your Bible.”  Whittle recorded “I dropped on my knees & held the boy’s hand in mine. In a few broken words I confessed my sins & asked Christ to forgive me. I believed right there that He did forgive me. I then prayed earnestly for the boy. He became quiet & pressed my hand as I prayed and pleaded God’s promises. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over his troubled face & I cannot but believe that God who used him to bring me to the Savior, used me to lead him to trust Christ’s precious blood & find pardon. I hope to meet him in heaven.”

After the war, Whittle as treasurer for Elgin Watch Company (Chicago) wrote “…went into the vault & in the dead silence of the quietest of places I gave my life to my Heavenly Father to use as He would.”  Christ Is All” (1875) is the 1st of Whittle’s more than 100 hymns. He also wrote Memoirs of Philip P. Bliss

“Moment by Moment:”            

Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine;   Living with Jesus, a new life divine;

Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,   Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.


Moment by moment I’m kept in His love;   Moment by moment I’ve life from above;

Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;   Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

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“Men never do evil

so completely and cheerfully

as when they do it

from religious conviction.”

– Blaise Pascal, from his Pensees


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“The Waldenses and Albigenses who were distinguished by the name of Cathari or Puritans

considered these expeditions [commonly called crusades] into Palestine

as absolutely unlawful.”

– Johann von Mosheim, from his Ecclesiastical History (pre 1755)

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What would Jesus do? – Rather – What DID He do?

He healed, touched, fed, calmed, raised, condemned, cleared, & answered

He NEVER struck, killed, cursed, or committed adultery.

– eab, 4/21/09

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Oswald Chambers died 11/15/1917 at Cairo, Egypt.   Born (July 24, 1874) the son of Scottish Baptist pastor Clarence Chambers, he was converted to Christ after hearing C. H. Spurgeon preach.  While studying for the Baptist ministry, Chambers met William Quarrier and from him learned a simplicity of faith and prayer.  For three years he worked as a traveling missioner for the Pentecostal League of Prayer (founded by Reader Harris).  He then became principal of the League’s Bible Training College at Clapham Common in London. He taught briefly at God’s Bible School, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Chambers died in Egypt after two years of working as a YMCA chaplain among the desert troops.  He was a man of mystic faith and intense prayer who taught that the Christian life was to be a victorious one.  His most important book is his classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest still in print and available in several languages.  All of the published writings of Oswald Chambers come from the sermons and lessons he gave, which his wife, Biddy, took down in shorthand and then transcribed.

Chambers Quotes:

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”

“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”

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All sinners are selfish.

Some less – some more. 

Those who hurt property or people are the most selfish.

 – eab, 11/8/14

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