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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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“I would not give a tuppence for the American who has not at least tried to do one of three things,” Wallace supposedly told a New York Times reporter. “That person lacks the true American spirit who has not tried to paint a picture, write a book, or get out a patent on something.” Or, he added, “tried to play some musical instrument. There you have the genius of the true American in those four – art, literature, invention, music.”

Lew Wallace died this date, 2/15/1905 at Crawfordsville, Indiana.  He had been born in Indiana (Brookville) 4/10/1827.  He served on the Union side of the Uncivil War, was a lawyer, was elected to Indiana State Senate, governored the Territory of New Mexico (1878-1881) and was U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey (1881-1885). 

In May 1852 Lewis Wallace married Susan Elston, sister-in-law of U.S. Senator Henry Lane (who helped found the Republican Party).  Susan was a Christian and a published author (six books – two illustrated by Wallace).  She is said to have given our literature the expression “the patter of little feet.”

While riding a train in 1875 Wallace met the well-known agnostic, Robert Ingersoll. Ingersoll presented to Wallace question after question of evidences for God, heaven, Christ, etc. Wallace later said, “I was ashamed of myself and make haste now to declare that the mortification of pride I then endured…ended in a resolution to study the whole matter.  Connected with Ingersol (or not ) rumor had Wallace an atheist or “that he had gone to the Holy Land to disprove the existence of Christ.”  But his autobiography states, “…I wish to say that I believe absolutely in the Christian conception of God.”  Some think his faith is at least partly due to Susan’s Christian life and prayers.

It appears his novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a result of his desire to know more about Christ.  Reportedly Wallace’s favorite scene was when Ben-Hur tells friends about the miracles he’s seen Christ perform – turning water into wine, raising a dead man and asks them what they think. Balthasar, one of the original wise men, replies, “God only is so great.”  “When I had finished that,” Wallace is said to have confessed, “I said to myself with Balthasar, ‘God only is so great.’ I had become a believer.”

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was published by Harper and Brothers 11/12/1880. It is said to have never gone out of print being presented in 36 English-language editions and translated into twenty other languages including Braille. It has been filmed four times. One source affirms it was at one point required reading in grade schools across the U.S.

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Every sanctified experience has a reverse gear in it. – Heard by author, February 7, 1994, Oelrichs, South Dakota.


You can’t be good without helping others to be good and you can’t be evil without helping others to be evil.  – Heard by author, February 10, 1994, Oelrichs, South Dakota.


If you’re in love with your money don’t ever marry…  – Heard by author, July 24, 2009, Muncie, Indiana.


I’m convinced there are a lot of people who want the benefits of Christianity without the purity. – Heard by author, July 30, 2009, Muncie, Indiana.


God has no program short of full surrender. – Heard by author, August 1, 2009, Muncie, Indiana.


Earl Newton was born this date, 11/16/1933, in Clemson, South Carolina.  He has pastored, worked with American Indians, worked with Christian schools, been a conference vice president, been a conference president, and is a holiness evangelist.

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“We have a responsibility to discern;


            we do not have a responsibility to judge.”


– From message at Shelbyville, Indiana, September 17, 1996.

Also found in Edgar A Bryan, Matthew – Titles, Notes, and Questions (Salem,OH: Allegheny Publications, 2006), 61. 


Leonard L Sankey was born this date (4/7/1936) at Greenville, PA.

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Christ is the center of Creation,

Evolution is anti – Christ.

He was before Darwin’s day;

He is now that “Chuck’s” passed away.

He will be when Darwin is raised,

To face the book for which he was praised.

And Christ, Creator, will be “Chuck’s” judge.

Evolution had a grudge. 

It is anti – Christ. – eab, 12/85


Written in Loogootee, Indiana

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Some men train their bodies well,

Have so such muscular tone,

Have such inward strength of bone,

Fame then comes to briefly dwell,

Because of physic alone.


Some men develop their mind,

Have a grasp of tongues of old,

Have mathematics in their hold,

Fame visits; leaves them behind

In its search for brains more bold.


Few men make soul growth a goal,

Have a hungering for God,

Have a craving for His nod,

To Him daily bring their soul,

Seek no fame – and are thought odd.  -eab, 12/14/07


written in Westfield, Indiana

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Unbelief  is  in  the  eye  of  the  beholder. – eab, 10/16/2008

Notes for Cosmology section of Systematic Theology class, Union Bible College, Westfield, Indiana,

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If we had no Bible of our own,

Tradition, previous men have sown,

Could matter more to us, today.

Praise God, we have His fine, precious Book,

Each of us must study, as we look

Daily, learning the holy way.  -eab, 10/28/08


Written in Westfield, Indiana

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Sinners in trouble call on God,

Whether on rough sea or hot sod.

It seems a natural reaction;

Their soul’s only satisfaction,

Though last week prayer would’ve seemed odd. -eab, 11/7/07


Written in Westfield, Indiana

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Men have lied and killed, been so cruel,

To have a few more miles to rule,

Thinking lands, were cruelties worth;

Poor souls.  The  meek  shall inherit the earth!  -eab, 2/13/08


Written at Westfield, Indiana

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