Posts Tagged ‘Connecticut’


Brainerd wrote in his Journey, “Selfish religion loves Christ for His benefits, but not for Himself.”  

He was born 4/20/1718, Haddam, Herford Co., Connecticut, son of Hezekiah Brainerd (died when David was 9) & Dorothy (died when he was 14). He was raised with Bible reading, prayer, Lord’s Day observance, & the classics, Pilgrim’s Progress & A Call to the Unconverted (Baxter).

After attending Yale and being dismissed for a criticism of a teacher there, David began working with Indians.  A group living at Crossweeksung, NJ, were responsive to his fervent preaching/praying & on 8/8/1745, Brainerd witnessed the fire of revival falling on their seeking souls.  This high point was good, for on 10/9/1747, Brainerd died at Northhampton, in the home of Jonathan Edwards.

Other Brainerd Quotes:

“I love to live on the brink of eternity.  May I never loiter in my heavenly journey.”

“I want to wear out my life in His service and for His glory.”

“Let me forget the world and be swallowed up in the desire to glorify God.”

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Jonathan Edwards, on this date 7/8/1741,


preached his famous sermon,


Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”


This was delivered at Enfield,Connecticut. 

He was a Congregationalist minister and author. 

Enfield is a few miles south of the Massachusetts line,

on the east side of the Connecticut River.

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Jonathan Edwards died this date, 3/22/1758, at Princeton, New Jersey.  He became a powerful preacher, an evangelical theologian, and missionary to the American Indians. His daughter, Jerusha Edwards (one of his eleven children), would perhaps have married David Brainerd had David not died prematurely.  Edwards was born 10/5/1703, at East Windsor, Connecticut.

Edwards became a beleiver inoculations, was inoculated for small pox and died from the inoculations.

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“Selfish religion loves Christ for His benefits, but not for Himself.”

David Brainerd, on this date, 2/20/1743, is said to have written the above in his journal.  He was, of course, a Colonial area missionary to our American Indians.  Brainerd was born 4/20/1718, at Haddam, Connecticut, and passed from this life, 10/9/1747 at Northampton, Massachusetts.

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“From every Stormy Wind that Blows”

From every stormy wind that blows,
From every swelling tide of woes,
There is a calm, a sure retreat;
’Tis found beneath the mercy seat.

There is a place where Jesus sheds
The oil of gladness on our heads;
A place than all besides more sweet;
It is the blood bought mercy seat.

There is a scene where spirits blend,
Where friend holds fellowship with friend;
Though sundered far, by faith they meet
Around one common mercy seat.

There, there, on eagles’ wings we soar,
And time and sense seem all no more;
And heaven comes down, our souls to greet,
And glory crowns the mercy seat.

Oh, let my hand forget her skill,
My tongue be silent, cold, and still,
This bounding heart forget to beat,
If I forget the mercy seat!

Thomas Hastings was born this date 10/15/1784, at Washington, Connecticut.  His dad was a medical doctor living in the country where Thomas walked six miles to school.  He chose music as his career and though extremely near sighted, composed music for 1000 hymns and wrote the words for 600.  Hast­ings also trained choirs and published some fifty collections of sacred music.  He wrote the music to the above.  His son, who became the president of Union Theological Seminar, paid high compliments to his father’s walk with God.  Thomas Hastings died 5/15/1872, at New York Ci­ty.

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