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“Sweet By and By” 

There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

Refrain

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.

Sanford Fillmore Bennett, MD, died this date 6/12/1898 at Richmond, IL. 

 He was born 6/21/1836, at Eden, New York.  He attended an academy in Waukegan (his poetry first appeared in the Waukegan, Illinois, Gazette) and University of Michigan.  He was first a superintendent of schools (Richmond, Illinois), then an editor, then a soldier (the Uncivil War – 40th Wisconsin Volunteers), ran a drugstore, and finding his niche graduated from Rush Medical College (1874) and was a medical doctor for over twenty years.  He penned “Sweet By and By.”  See more about it at  The Cyber Hymnal.

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Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

George Duffield, Jr. was born this date, 9/12/1818, at Carlisle, PA.  He was a Presbyterian minister (as were his father and grandfather)  He ministered 44 years in NY, NJ, PA, IL and MI.  In 1858 he composed the words of the hymn “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus.”

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When I shall reach the more excellent glory
And all my trials are past
I shall behold Him, O wonderful story!
I shall be like Him at last

We shall not wait till the glorious dawning
Breaks on the vision so fair
Now we may welcome the heavenly morning
Now we His image may bear

More and more like Him: repeat the blest story
Over and over again
Changed by His Spirit from glory to glory
I shall be satisfied then

I shall be like Him, I shall be like Him
And in His beauty shall shine
I shall be like Him, wond'rously like Him
Jesus, my Savior divine
 
William Anson Spencer was born this date, 9/6/1840 at Rock Island, IL.  He served several Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church­es in the Rock Ri­ver Con­fer­ence.  His daugh­ter Cla­ris­sa Spen­cer also wrote hymns.  Spencer also wrote “The Songs of the Reaper.”  He died 9/25/1901 at Phil­a­del­phia, PA.

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He warned against investments…which would divert the affections from the great purpose of life.     

            – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 76.

 

…Love is the weapon for which there is no shield.

                  – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 158.

 

…We have no assurance that any physical perfection can be made use of in the world above

…neither have we any assurance that the perfections of the mind survive the day of death.            

           – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 160-161.

 

Eloquence…the speech of one who knows what he is talking about and means what he is saying—it is thought on fire.

                  – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 250.

 

 

William Jennings Bryan died this date, 7/26/1925.  He was a Democratic Presidential candidate in 1896, 1900, and 1908, who later served as Secretary of State.  He wrote the above and Famous Figures of the OT (1923) Seven Questions in Dispute (1924) and Memoirs (1925).  Bryan was born at Salem, IL, 3/19/1860.

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Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Refrain

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2.

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

3.

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

4.

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

 

Elisha Albright Hoffman was born this date (5/7/1839) at Orwigsburg, PA.  After attending Union Seminary in New Berlin, Pennsylvania he was ordained in 1868. He worked with the Evangelical Association’s publishing plan (Cleveland, OH) and later pastored in Cleveland and Grafton, OH, in Benton Harbor, MI, and in Cabery, IL.  He also wrote “Is Your All on the Altar”   and “I Must Tell Jesus.”  He died 11/25/1929 at Chicago.

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…Selfthe most popular of all the false gods…

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 75.

 

There is more science in the twenty-fourth verse of the first chapter of Genesis…than in all Darwin wrote.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 94.

 

What shall it profit a man if he shall gain all the learning of the schools and lose his faith in God?

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 118.

 

…The worship of the intellectan idolatry as deadly to spiritual progress as the worship of images…

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 127.

           

One can afford to be in a minority but he cannot afford to be wrong.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 189.

 

…Confucius…Buddha…Mahomet…Hindu [followers of these] except where they have borrowed from Christian nations…have made no progress in fifteen hundred years.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 202.

 

War is not a private affair; it disturbs the commerce of the world obstructs the ocean’s highways and kills innocent bystanders.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 231.

 

The preacher should be the boldest of men because of the unselfish character of his work.

                                – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 261.

William Jennings Bryan was born this date (3/19/1860) in Salem, IL.  He was Democratic contender for the US presidency three-times and Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson until he felt Wilson compromised and Bryan resigned.  He has been called America’s best-known fundamentalist between the uncivil war to the great depression.

 

As a Presbyterian layman, lawyer, and Christian, he defended and won (1925) for the state a victory against the teaching of evolution, in the Tennessee “Scopes Monkey Trial.  Bryan College is named for this great man.  He is also know for his “Cross of Gold” speech 7/8/1896, Chicago.

 

 

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