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5/14/1752, Timothy Dwight was born at Northampton,

Massachusetts.  He was a Congregationalist and a grandson

of the famous Jonathan Edwards.  Dwight was a state legislator,

a chaplain in the Continental Army, and a minister of the

Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In 1795 (when he was 43) he became

the president of Yale University.  He remained in this position

until his death at age 64.  In 1800 he wrote the hymn “I Love

Thy Kingdom, Lord.”  Dwight published a revision of Watts

Psalms and added 33 of his own hymns. He helped lead a revival

at Yale, in which he saw 75 of their 230 students converted to Christ. 

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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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“Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.”

 “Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life”

 “The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted”

  “To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here”

 “True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will”

 The above are said to be the words of J. Edwards, exact source unknown.

 Jonathan Edwards was born this date, 10/5/1703, at East Windsor, Connecticut. He was a  notable philosopher, a naturalist, a theologian and a powerful minister in his day. His name is associated with his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” delivered 7/8/1741. Edwards died 3/22/1758, at Princeton, New Jersey.

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Never do anything I would not want to be doing the last hour of my life.

 

Nothing puts a man so far from the devil’s reach as humility.

 

Colonial clergyman Jonathan Edwards (age 23) married Sarah Pierpont (age 16) this date, 7/20/1726.  They were married over 30 years – married until his death in 1758.  (his wife only out-lived him six months, dying at only 48).

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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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…The sovereignty of God.  I could not bear that it should be wholly at God’s pleasure, to save or damn me, just as He would. 

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 27.

 

…Sundry passages of God’s Word opened to my soul with divine clearness, power, and sweetness, so as to appear exceeding precious…

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 33.

 

It is good to wrestle for divine blessings.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 43.

 

It is better to wait upon God with patience than to confidence in anything in this lower world.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 87.

 

After I rode more than two miles [horseback], it came to my mind to dedicate myself to God again; which I did with great solemnity and unspeakable satisfaction.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 105.

 

God was gracious to me, helping me to plead with Him for holiness, and to use the stronger arguments with Him, drawn from the incarnation and sufferings of Christ for this very end, that men might be made holy.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 113.

 

David Brainerd was born this date (4/20/1718) at Haddan Connecticut.  He was a missionary to the Stockbridge, Delaware, and Susquehanna Indians.  He prayed, worked, and was exposed to bad weather so much that he was dead at 29 – almost appearing to fail.  But tradition has it a William Carey went to India, Robert McCheyne to the Jews, Henry Martyn to India, as a result (at least in part) of reading his Journal

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