Posts Tagged ‘born this date’

1. Fairest of ten thousand is Jesus Christ, my Savior,
The Lily of the Valley, The Bright and Morning Star.
He is all my glory, and in this heart of mine
Forevermore I’m singing a song of love divine.

Refrain – ‘Tis the song of the soul set free,
            And its melody is ringing.
            ‘Tis the song of the soul set free;
            Joy and peace to me it’s bringing.
            ‘Tis the song of the soul set free;
            And my heart is ever singing,
            Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The song of the soul set free!

2. Once my heart was burdened, but now I am forgiven,
And with a song of gladness, I’m on my way to heav’n.
Christ is my Redeemer; my Song of Songs is He.
My Savior, Lord, and Master–to Him my praise shall be.

3. When He came to save me, He set the joybells ringing,
And now I’m ever singing, For Christ has ransomed me.
Once I lived in darkenss; the light I could not see.
But now I sing His praises, for He was set me free.

4. Angels cannot sing it–this song of joy and freedom,
For mortals only know it, the ransomed and the free.
Slaves were they in bondage and deepest misery;
But now they sing triumphant their songs of liberty.

Oswald J. Smith was born this date,11/8/1889, in Odessa, Ontario, Canada.  His dad was a telegraph operator for the Canadian Pacific Railway and Oswald was born in his parent’s home in Odessa.  He was converted to Christ (age 16) at a Torrey-Alexander campaign in Toronto(1/28/1906).  Smith (1934) formed the missionary-minded People’s Church of Toronto which funneled millions of dollars into missionary work.  Smith’s books (35 in number) have been translated into 70(+) languages, his preaching took him to 60(+) countries and he penned 1,200(+) songs including the above.  Oswald J. Smith died1/25/1986.

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When my eyes behold the stars
This heart of mine is filled with wonder,
My poor mind cannot grasp their array
But the hand that spilled them there,
All across the wide heaven
Had a plan when He placed them that way.

Known only to Him
Are the great hidden secrets.
I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim.
I know not what the future holds,
But I know who holds the future.
It’s a secret known only to Him.

In this world of fear and doubt
On my knees I ask the question,
Why a lonely heavy cross I must bear?
Then He tells me in my prayer,
It’s because I am trust worthy,
He gives me strength far more than my share.

Stuart Hamblen was born this date 10/20/1908 in Kellyville, Texas to a father who was a Methodist minister.  Western song enthusiasts may remember Hamblen for his several cowboy songs: “Texas Plains,” “My Mary,” “Golden River,” “Walkin’ My Fortune,” and “Ridin’ Old Paint.” But more of us remember him for his greatest song classic “It Is No Secret” (It is said that the original manuscript of this is buried in the cornerstone of one of the Copyright Buildings of the Library of Congress in Washington,D.C., and which has been translated into over 50 languages.)


In 1949, he gave up radio and film and publicly announced he was devoting his life to Christ.  Some other Christian songs are “Teach Me, Lord, To Wait,” “Until Then,” “Open Up Your Heart (and Let the Sunshine In),” “How Big Is God,” “His Hands,” “Beyond the Sunset,” and the above song.


He was married to his wife, Suzy, for 55(+) years living with her on their horse ranch in Canyon Country,California.  Stuart Hamblen died onMarch 8, 1989.

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In sorrow I wandered, my spirit oppressed,
But now I am happy—securely I rest;
From morning till evening glad carols I sing,
And this is the reason—I walk with the King.



I walk with the King, hallelujah!
I walk with the King, praise His Name!
No longer I roam, my soul faces home,
I walk and I talk with the King.


2. For years in the fetters of sin I was bound,
The world could not help me—no comfort I found;
But now like the birds and the sunbeams of spring,
I’m free and rejoicing—I walk with the King.


3. O soul near despair in the lowlands of strife,
Look up and let Jesus come into your life;
The joy of salvation to you He would bring—
Come into the sunlight and walk with the King.

                                                – words by James Rowe, cir­ca 1913.

                                                – music B. D. Ackley


Bentley DeForest Ackley was born this date, 9/27/1872at Spring Hill, Pennsylvania.  As a youth he was able to play the me­lo­de­on, pi­ano, cor­o­net, clar­i­net and pic­co­lo.  He became a noted Christian musician, after escaping the pull of alcohol, joined the Billy Sun­day-Homer Rodeheaver team, and wrote some hymns.  He is primarily remembered as com­pos­er – having written over 3,000 Gos­pel tunes.  Bentley Ackley died9/3/1958, at Winona Lake, Indiana.

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Creation’s Lord, we give Thee thanks
That this Thy world is incomplete;
That battle calls our marshaled ranks;
That work awaits our hands and feet.

That Thou hast not yet finished man;
That we are in the making still,
As friends who share the Maker’s plan
As sons who know the Father’s will.

Beyond the present sin and shame,
Wrong’s bitter, cruel, scorching blight,
We see the beckoning vision flame,
The blessèd kingdom of the right.

What though the kingdom long delay,
And still with haughty foes must cope?
It gives us that for which to pray,
A field for toil and faith and hope.

Since what we choose is what we are,
And what we love we yet shall be,
The goal may ever shine afar—
The will to win it makes us free.


William De Witt Hyde was born this date, 9/23/1858, at Win­chen­don, Mass­a­chu­setts. He grew up with rel­a­tives (after his parent’s demise) in Keene, New Hamp­shire. He was ed­u­cat­ed at Phil­lips Acad­e­my in Ex­e­ter, Har­vard (ba­che­lor’s de­gree), Union The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary, and An­do­ver The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary.


He was a Congrega­tional pas­tor in Pat­er­son, New Jer­sey (1883-85).  From 1885 to 1917 he was pre­si­dent of Bow­doin Coll­ege (founded 1794).  His works in­clude: Practical Eth­ics, 1892, Practical Ideal­ism, 1897, God’s Ed­u­ca­tion of Man, 1899. Wrote “Crea­tion’s Lord, We Give Thee Thanks.”  Hyde died 6/29/1917, at Bruns­wick, Maine.

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No man can become a saint in his sleep.
Henry Drummond  (Exact reference is unknown)


Strength of character may be learned at work, but

beauty of character is learned at home.
Henry Drummond  (Exact reference is unknown)


The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.
Henry Drummond  (Exact reference is unknown)


Henry Drummond was born this date 8/17/1851 at Stirling, Scotland.  He was a biologist and more than that a religious writer penning Natural Law in the Spiritual World.  Drummond died 3/11/1897.

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How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the works Thy hands have made.

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.


Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee;

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee:

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

3. And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin:

4. When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow in humble adoration,

And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Carl Gustaf Boberg was born this date 8/16/1859 at Mönsterås, Sweden.  A carpenter’s son, Boberg, started out as a sailor, came to Christ at age 19 and attended a Bible school in Kristinehamm.  He served as a lay preacher for two years, edited the weekly Sanningsvittnet (Witness of the Truth) (1890-1916) and served in the Swedish parliament. He penned several volumes of poetry, many hymns and helped compile the first two hymnals of the Swedish Covenant church.  Boberg wrote “How Great Thou Art” (1886), which we sing in a translation by Stuart K. Hine.  Carl Boberg died1/7/1940 at  Kalmar, Sweden.

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A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.
Jeremy Taylor (exact source unknown)


God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.
Jeremy Taylor (exact source unknown)


If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury; if from a small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous.
Jeremy Taylor (exact source unknown)


Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.
Jeremy Taylor (exact source unknown)


Marriage is the mother of the world. It preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself.
Jeremy Taylor (exact source unknown)


No man is poor who does not think himself so.

Jeremy Taylor (exact source unknown)


Jeremy Taylor was born this date 8/15/1613.  This Church of England minister wrote the classics The Rule and Exercise of Holy Living (1650) and The Rule and Exercise of Holy Dying (1651).  He died 8/13/1667.

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Henry Grattan Guinness – birth, Aug. 11, 1835

“I do now most heartily desire to live but

to exalt Jesus; to live preaching and to

die preaching; to preach to perishing

sinners till I drop down dead.” 

                                                              – Henry Grattan Guinness


Henry Grattan Guinness was born this date, 8/11/1835, in Kingstown In Taney, Dublin, Ireland.  He was converted to Christ 1855 and began preaching that same year.  In 1860 he married Fanny E. Fitzgerald.


In a separate work of grace he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  So great was the blessing that came to him then that, he wrote, “I sought solitary places in the woods where I could pour out my soul in prayer, with strong crying and tears.  Old things passed away, and all things became new.  How could I keep silence, knowing as I did, that those around me (inIreland) were utterly ignorant of the salvation in which I was rejoicing, and most of them abject slaves of Roman superstition.”


Judges, members of Parliament, orators, Fellows of College, lights of the various professions, the rank and fashion of the metropolis came to hear him preach Christ.


“One priest threatened that I should be treated like Mr. Sprong, who had been shot at two months previously.”  But he went on preaching and wrote “Many of the poor Roman Catholics in the neighborhood seem deeply impressed by the message of the Gospel and tears sometimes stole down their faces.”


Henry and his wife Fanny started the famous East London Missionary Training Institute (also called Harley College).  He was thus responsible for training and sending hundreds of “faith missionaries” all over the world.  He passed away 6/21/1910.  Seven of his children entered Christian ministry.

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There was One Who was willing to die in my stead,
That a soul so unworthy might live;
And the path to the cross He was willing to tread,
All the sins of my life to forgive.

Refrain  They are nailed to the cross,
            They are nailed to the cross,
            O how much He was willing to bear!
            With what anguish and loss Jesus went to the cross!
            But He carried my sins with Him there.

2. He is tender and loving and patient with me,
While He cleanses my heart of the dross;
But “there’s no condemnation”—I know I am free,
For my sins are all nailed to the cross.

3. I will cling to my Savior and never depart—
I will joyfully journey each day,
With a song on my lips and a song in my heart,
That my sins have been taken away.

Grant Colfax Tullar was born this date 8/5/1869 at Bolton, Connecticut.  Ulysses Grant was president of the United States and Schuyler Colfax vice-president hence the high-sounding name. His mother died when he was two and he, raised by less than best relatives, was found working (age ten) at a woolen mill.  After a move toHartford, he worked in a shoe store.  When Tullar  was nineteen he was converted at a Methodist camp meeting near Waterbury, CT.

After a year as a pastor he turned music evangelist.  In 1893 he and Isaac H Meredith founded the Tullar-Meredith Publishing Co. (New York) publishing Sunday school literature and church music.  It is to Tuller’s music we sing “Face to Face with Christ My Savior,” “Every Work for Jesus Will Be Blest,” the above song, and others.  Tullar died 5/20/1950 at Ocean Grove, New Jer­sey.

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Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee, [1]
For the bliss Thy love bestows,
For the pardoning grace that saves me,
And the peace that from it flows:
Help, O God, my weak endeavor;
This dull soul to rapture raise:
Thou must light the flame, or never
Can my love be warmed to praise.

Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
Wretched wanderer, far astray;
Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee
From the paths of death away;
Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling,
Him Who saw thy guilt-born fear,
And the light of hope revealing,
Bade the blood-stained cross appear.

Praise thy Savior God that drew thee
To that cross, new life to give,
Held a blood sealed pardon to thee,
Bade thee look to Him and live.
Praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,
Roused thee from thy fatal ease;
Praise the grace whose promise warmed thee,
Praise the grace that whispered peace.

Lord, this bosom’s ardent feeling
Vainly would my lips express.
Low before Thy footstool kneeling,
Deign Thy suppliant’s prayer to bless:
Let Thy grace, my soul’s chief treasure,
Love’s pure flame within me raise;
And, since words can never measure,
Let my life show forth Thy praise.

Francis S. (Scott) Key was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Ross Key,8/1/1779 at Pipes Creek, Maryland.  He became a devout Christian and after at­tend­ing St. John’s Coll­ege (An­nap­o­lis) became also a dedicated lawyer.  His dedication to law brought him eventually to the position of Dis­trict At­torn­ey of Wash­ing­ton, DC and placed him where he penned the na­tion­al an­them.

His dedication to Christ lead him to be a ves­try­man of St. John’s Church and Christ Church in George­town, and to teach a Sun­day School class.  Francis helped or­gan­ize the Do­mes­tic and For­eign Mis­sion­ary So­ci­e­ty (1820).  He also served on the com­mit­tee pre­par­ing the new Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal hym­nal (1823).

Many more know Key as the au­thor “The Star Span­gled Ban­ner,” than know him as a disciple of Jesus and the author of the above hymn.  Key died1/11/1843 at Bal­ti­more, Mar­y­land.

[1] Penned in 1819; first printed inEpis­co­pa­li­anChurch Po­e­try (1823)

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