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Charles Grandison Finney was converted to Christ on this date, 10/10/1821.  Finney (then 29 years of age was at Adams, New Jersey when this new birth took place.  The next day he received “a mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost” was thus sanctified holy.  Quickly thereafter Charles gave up this law practice, became a minister and stayed one for the next 50 years.  He also taught and wrote.  See his Revival Lectures.

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“The people crowded to this meeting from far and near. They came in their large wagons, with victuals mostly prepared. The women slept in the wagons, and the men under them. Many stayed on the ground night and day for a number of nights and days together. Others were provided for among the neighbors around. The power of God was wonderfully displayed; scores of sinners fell under the preaching, like men slain in mighty battle; Christians shouted aloud for joy.

 

“To this meeting I repaired, a guilty, wretched sinner. On the Saturday evening of said meeting, I went, with weeping multitudes, and bowed before the stand, and earnestly prayed for mercy. In the midst of a solemn struggle of soul, an impression was made on my mind, as though a voice said to me, “Thy sins are all forgiven thee.” Divine light flashed all round me, unspeakable joy sprung up in my soul. I rose to my feet, opened my eyes, and it really seemed as if I was in heaven; the trees, the leaves on them, and everything seemed, and I really thought were, praising God. My mother raised the shout, my Christian friends crowded around me and joined me in praising God; and though I have been since then, in many instances, unfaithful, yet I have never, for one moment, doubted that the Lord did, then and there, forgive my sins and give me religion.”

                                                                        – Cartwright’s account of his conversion

 

Peter Cartwright died this date,9/25/1872, in Illinois.   He was born 9/1/1785, in Amherst County,Virginia.  He came under Holy Ghost conviction at 16, and after several weeks (months?) of seeking was converted to Christ.  He was an ordained a Methodist minister, in Kentucky(1806) and married Frances Gaines (1808).

 

Cartwright was twice a member of the Illinois legislature.  He ran against A. Lincoln for seat in US Congress and was defeated (1846).  There was only one Peter Cartwright, frontier rough, limited in “book learning,” but willing to do what he felt God directed.  He spent over 50 years spreading the Gospel and reflects the same in his Fifty Years a Presiding Elder (1871).  He also produced Controversy with the Devil (1853) and his colorful Autobiography of Peter Cartwright (1856).

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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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Inbred sin is a unit of moral evil. If you have any sin whatever in your heart, of any kind or degree you have the seed of all sins in you. (Italics are Watson’s)

      – G.D. Watson, White Robes (Cincinnati: God’s Revivalist Press, 1883), 13.

When we see the provision for the complete cleansing from inbred sin, and then refuse to accept it, we reject that part of the gospel, and virtually adopt inbred sin as our own.

      G.D. Watson, White Robes (Cincinnati: God’s Revivalist Press, 1883), 16.

If growth cleanses from the least of depravity, it can cleanse from all depravity.  Again, it is the blood of Jesus that washes from all sin, but if growth can…wash the soul, then we do not need the blood of Jesus to do it.

      G.D. Watson, White Robes (Cincinnati: God’s Revivalist Press, 1883), 29.

The converted soul grows only by pressing after holiness.

      G.D. Watson, White Robes (Cincinnati: God’s Revivalist Press, 1883), 31.

G D (George Douglas) Watson was converted to Christ, 8/11/1863, while a Confederate soldier.  He was born in 1845 and died in 1923.

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We love to give to those we love.

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 5.

…We give the name of virtues to our vices and go on self-deceived.                  

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 19.

The church was never sent to entertain men.                                         

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 23.

All men have not the same means to be generous.  But all have the same power to be liberal.     

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 36.

Entertainment opens the floodgates and literally submerges the church in worldliness.

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 59.

Time does not and cannot regenerate.  

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 71.

God wants the church to be a perfect contrast to the world.      

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 78.

The giver gives character to the gift.

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 87.

Beverly Carradine was converted to Christ this date, 7/12/187 and became a great Methodist evangelist.

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“When the soul is wed to obedience,

the child is faith.”           – H. E. Darnell

H. E. Darnell was born the first time, 4/18/1919, in Louisiana.  He was converted to Christ (born again) on 1/6/1940 at Vivian, Louisiana.

 In that same year (and in the same location) Bro. Darnell was sanctified holy (2/4/1940).  He joined the Church of the Nazarene and later was one of their most intense evangelists.  His ministry crossed much of the U.S.

 He’s serious preaching will long be remembered and resulted in many souls seeking initial and full salvation and some of those are already in heaven.

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Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief,
Kneeling there in deep contrition;
Help my unbelief.

Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

Thou the Spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee?
Whom in Heav’n but Thee?

Frances “Fanny” Jane Crosby was born this date, 3/24/1820 (1823?) at Put­nam Coun­ty (Southeast) New York.  She was converted to Christ and became a Methodist.  Her “list” of songs/hymns is some 8,000 titles long. “To God Be the Glory,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Rescue the Perishing,” and “Draw Me Nearer” being a few of her many well-known poems set to music.  You can read the words and hear the music to scores of these at Cyberhymnal.org

She died 2/12/1915, at Bridge­port, Con­nec­ti­cut.

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