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H Robb French was born 12/26/1891 at Denver, CO.  He attended Trevecca College and married Geraldine Trusler, June 23, 1919.  He (with others) founded Sea Breeze Camp (1946) and co-founded Inter-Church Holiness Convention (1952).  He wrote the songs “I Don’t Care What Church You Belong To” “There’s More With Us Than Be With Them” and two books The Revival Secret (1934), Sea Breezes (1971). This, the greatest man I have ever known, died 1/24/1985.

   One of his poems:

A fool went out to look about

And then began to figure,

“My barns are full, I’ll have to pull

Them down and build some bigger.”

   God said, “This night thy soul takes flight;

   Then whose shall these things be?

   You’ve for self and earthly pelf –

   You forgot eternity!”

Now, as a rule, we play the fool

And strive for earthly pleasure;

With selfish greed, for more than we need,

We live for earthly treasure.

   You may be rich as the fabled witch

   Who turned the stones to gold

   But when death calls you’ll leave it all –

   Not a cent can your dead hands hold. 

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H How is greatness adequately described or,


R Rather analyzed in objectively tested laws?

O O, words of arts and science both fall short

B Both find limits in culture and kin because,

B Both seek and miss serious spiritual by-laws.


F Four score and fourteen years ago a boy was born

R Redemption was his a few years after that

E Eventually through trial and test, forlorn

N (Necessary to harden – trim fat)

C Christ perfected a mere mortal to be the

H H. Robb French – greatest to thousands and to me.                                                                                                         -eab, Jan ‘85


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Glimpses of  Greatness

Was he married?

 Who was he, really?

 Who were his contemporaries?

 What was he like out of the pulpit?

 What about his prayer life?

 Where was he born?

 Where did his travels take him?

 When did she teach?

 When did he write that?

 Why did she have that impact?

 Why was he so successful?

 What about his sense of humor?

 Glimpses of Greatness can answer some of the above and can tell you a bit more.  It is Edgar Bryan’s attempt to share personal insights in the lives of fifty-four (54) people he has personally heard and/or knew.

1.   Earl Adams

2.   Leroy (Mrs) Adams

3.   J. Wesley Adock

4.   V. O.  Agan

5.   E. B. Annabel

6.   Duncan Campbell

7.   Ray Chamberlain

8.   John W. Colwell

9.   T. W. Comadoll

10. Millard Downing

11. Wilfred Edwards

12. H. L. Ferguson

13. Paul W. Finch

14. R. G. Flexon

15. Dempsy W. Fossit

16. C. Ponder Frederick

17. Geraldine French

18. H. Robb French      

19. Glenn Griffith

20. Vance Havner

21. George Hawthorne

22. Steve D. Herron

23. Jack Holcom

24. Andrew Johnson

25. John F. Kennedy

26. Bert King

27. O. L. King

28. Jerry H. Lawson

29. August Luelf

30. E. G.  Marsh

31. I. Parker Maxey

32. Thurman McCoy

33. Warren C. McIntire

34. Henry Morris

35. Nettie Peabody

36. Leonard Ravenhill

37. Remus Rehfeldt

38. Rufus Reisdorph

39. Marguerite Reiss

40. Harry Shreve

41. Oswald J. Smith

42. William Steen         

43. Harry Straight

44. J. D. Sumner

45. J. Percy Trueblood

46. George B. Vernon, Jr

47. J. D. Webb, Sr.

48. Mom White

49. C. B. Widmeyer

50. Leslie D. Wilcox

51. Howard Williams

52. Jimmy Willis

53. Richard Wurmbrandt

54. Alvin (Mrs) York

 Find out how to get YOUR copy of Glimpses of Greatness.  PLACE “Glimpses of Greatness” on the subject line when you email. eabryan1@aol.com

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I don’t care what church you belong to,
Just as long as for Calvary you stand.
Just as long as your heart beats with my heart,
You’re my brother, so give me your hand.

H Robb French died this date, 1/24/1985 (12:10).  French attended Trevecca College.  Later he married a grade school girl friend Geraldine Trusler (June 23, 1919) – they had no children.           

H (Hamilton) Robb French and wife were used on God in a great revival in Alabama.  He, his wife, and another couple, the Zucks, founded Sea Breeze Camp Meeting (Hobe Sound, Florida) in 1946.  He was also a co-founder of the Inter-Church Holiness Convention which started in 1952.  French authored “I Don’t Care What Church You Belong To” (a portion of which is above), “There’s More With Us Than Be With Them,” and at least two books The Revival Secret (1934), Sea Breezes a book of his poems (1971).  He was born 12/26/1891 at Denver, Colorado.

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“There’s More With Us”

 There’s more with us than be with them;

We’re on the winning side;

With banners unfurled,

We’ll tell the whole world,

That Jesus is Captain and Guide;

There’s naught to fear

When He is near,

Though fierce the conflict may be;

We’ll never give in

In the fight against sin;

With Christ there is victory.


There’s more with us than be with them;

Lord open our eyes to see;

The mountains around,

With chariots abound,

We’re trusting alone in Thee;

The devil may boast

And martial his host,

And march in the battle array;

With Christ in the lead

We are sure to succeed;

We’re certain to win the day.


There’s more with us than be with them;

God lives and He answers prayer;

Though numbers are few,

His promise is true,

No need for a fear or a care;

The critics may jeer,

And infidels sneer,

And sow dissension and doubt;

God’s truth shall endure,

Our foundation is sure;

There’s naught to worry about.


There’s more with us than be with them;

He’s promised to come again;

With signs appearing,

The time is nearing,

He’s coming to earth to reign;

When satan is bound,

The whole earth around,

We’ll crown Him King of kings;

The conflict will cease,

With His Kingdom of peace;

We’ll join the chorus and sing.  (Repeat verse one after verse four only)  


H Robb French (author of this song) was married this date, 6/23/1919, to Geraldine Trusler. She was 26, he was 27. She wrote the music this and to another of his songs, “I Don’t Care What Church You Belong To.”

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Seed produces a certain kind of harvest.

                – From a sermon of H. Robb French


Holy Ghost represents the power of the God Head.

                – From a sermon of H. Robb French


Was Pentecost a special day?  No, it was a specimen day.

                – From a sermon of H. Robb French


We never give to God, we invest.

                – From a sermon of H. Robb French

H (Hamilton) Robb French was born this day in Denver, CO.  He graduated from Trevecca College (Nashville, TN) in 1915 and went on to become one of the most clear voices for heart purity in the 20th century.  I knew him personally and found him to be the most godly man I ever knew. 

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