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Hail, Father, whose creating call
Unnumbered worlds attend;
Jehovah, comprehending all,
Whom none can comprehend!

In light unsearchable enthroned,
Whom angels dimly see,
The fountain of the Godhead owned,
And foremost of the Three.

From Thee, through an eternal now,
The Son, Thine offspring, flowed;
An everlasting Father Thou,
An everlasting God.

Nor quite displayed to worlds above,
Nor quite on earth concealed;
By wondrous, unexhausted love,
To mortal man revealed.

Supreme and all-sufficient God,
When nature shall expire,
And worlds created by Thy nod
Shall perish by Thy fire.

Thy Name, Jehovah, be adored
By creatures without end,
Whom none but Thy essential Word
And Spirit comprehend

Samuel S Wesley Jr. died this date, 11/6/1739.  He was named for his father, Samuel S Wesley Sr., and was a brother of the famous revivalists John and Charles Wes­ley.  

Sam­u­el received his education at West­min­ster School and later at Christ Church, Ox­ford.  Samuel Jr. was one of the pro­mot­ers of an in­firm­a­ry at West­min­ster (1719).  He took the head mastership of Ti­ver­ton Free School (1732).  He had been born 2/10/1690 at London, England.

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Thine forever! God of love,
Hear us from Thy throne above;
Thine forever may we be
Here and in eternity.

Thine forever! Lord of life,
Shield us through our earthly strife;
Thou, the Life, the Truth, the Way,
Guide us to the realms of day.

Thine forever! O how blest
They who find in Thee their rest!
Savior, Guardian, heavenly Friend,
O defend us to the end.

Thine forever! Savior, keep
These Thy frail and trembling sheep,
Safe alone beneath Thy care,
Let us all Thy goodness share.

Thine forever in that day
When the world shall pass away;
When the trumpet note shall sound,
And the nations underground

Shall the awful summons hear,
Which proclaims the judgment near.
Thine forever, ’neath Thy wings
Hide and save us, King of kings.

Thine forever! Thou our Guide,
All our wants by Thee supplied,
All our sins by Thee forgiven,
Lead us, Lord, from earth to Heaven.

Mary Fawler Hooper Maude was born this date, 10/25/1819 at Bloomsbury, London, England.  She wrote the above “Thine forever! God of love.”
Mary died sometime in 1913 at Over­ton, Flints­hire, Eng­land.

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…Wherever there are true ministers of Jesus Christ, it is from the operation of his Spirit upon their hearts, first purifying them, and thus giving them a just sense of the conditions of others.

                – John Woolman, Journal (London: Edward Marsh, 1857), 11.

…We have found it to be our duty to cease from these national contests [referring to “a disagreement between” England and France] which are productive of misery and bloodshed…  

                – John Woolman, Journal (London: Edward Marsh, 1857), 31.

 Things that served chiefly to please the vain mind in people, I was not easy to trade in; seldom did it; and whenever I did, I found it weaken[ed] me as a Christian.

                – John Woolman, Journal (London: Edward Marsh, 1857), 38.

John Woolman was born this date 10/19/1720, Northampton, Burlington Co. NJ.  He was a Quaker preacher and also ran a shop using part of his profits to support abolitionist work.  He produced his Journal (written 1756-72) which influenced 19th century abolitionists.  He died in England where he was presenting his beliefs, 10/7/1772.

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If we all had faith to wait upon God in intense believing prayer there would be genuine Holy Ghost revival, and the living God would get all the glory. In Manchuria and China, when we did nothing else than give the address and let the people pray, and kept out of sight as far as possible, we saw the mightiest manifestations of Divine power.

            – Smith, Oswald J. The Revival We Need, London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1953,  –  from preface by Jonathan Goforth,

 

…We speak of the manifestations at Pentecost as being abnormal, yet we maintain that Pentecost was normal Christianity.

                Jonathan Goforth, By My Spirit (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1964), 10.                                       

 

Our Lord did not permit His chosen followers to witness a word in His name until endued with power from on high. It is true that before that day they were the “born-again” children of the Father and had the witness of the Spirit. But they were not the Lord’s efficient co-workers and never could be until Spirit-filled.

                Jonathan Goforth, By My Spirit, (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1964), 11.      

 

There can be no alternative; it is either Holy Ghost revival or apostasy.

                Jonathan Goforth, By My Spirit, (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1964), 13.      

 

We cannot emphasize too strongly our conviction that all hindrance in the Church is due to sin.

                Jonathan Goforth, By My Spirit, (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1964), 13.      

 

Surely, since the sinless Son of God had to be made sin for us an over‑emphasis upon sin is in the nature of things impossible.

                Jonathan Goforth, By My Spirit, (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1964), 16.      

 

Jonathan Goforth died this date, 10/8/1936, at Wallaceburg, Ontario.  He was a product of Knox College, who married Rosalind Bell-Smith and went to China.  Goforth was born 2/10/1859 at Thorndale, (near London) Ontario, Canada.

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The Baptist Missionary Society was founded this date, 10/2/1782, in London, England. This first modern mission society was started by William Carey when he was just 21 years of age.  He later became England’s first great missionary to India.

Cary is known for more than one quote but one of the most famous is – “Expect great things from God – Attempt great things for God.”

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Thomas Tenison was born this date 9/29/1636, near Cambridge, England.  He was a voice for Jesus Christ during the reign of James II.  He served as bishop of Lincoln and archbishop of Canterbury and founded a free library. One source said he was “a strenuous opponent of the Church of Rome.”  Probably the most important thing Tenison did was to found the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (1701).

He passed from this life 12/14/1715 at London.

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“Learning I love, – learned men I prize, – with the company of the great and good I am often delighted; but, infinitely above all these and all other possible enjoyments, I glory in Christ, – in me living and reigning, and fitting me to his heaven.” 

                – Quoted from a letter to Mr. Drew, Clarke’s Christian Theology, with life of the author, by Samuel Dunn,                                     from a 1967 Schmul reprint.

 Adam Clarke died this date, 8/26/1832 * in London, England.  He was a Methodist clergyman, scholar and the author of an eight volume commentary on the Bible.  Clarke’s years from 1810 to 1826 were spent producing this famous and trustworthy work.

He was born in Moybeg (near Colerain) Ireland in 1760 (his Scottish mother said), 1763 (his “English” father said).  His diplomas include A. M. and LL. D. from the University and Kings College, Aberdeen.

* at least two other days in August are also given (16th & 28th)

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He…that hath his portion first must needs have a time to spend it; he that hath his portion last must have it lastingly.  Ch.2

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 22.

 

To back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death and life everlasting beyond it; I will yet go forward. Ch.3  

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 26.

 

The end of the world is compared to our harvest; and you  know men at harvest regard nothing but fruit. Ch.5

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 42.

 

…According to the strength or weakness of his faith in his Saviour so is his joy and peace so is his love to holiness so are his desires to know Him more and also to serve Him in this world. Ch.5

                – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Marshalltown, DE: National Foundation for Christian Education, 1968), 43.

 

John Bunyan on this date 8/18/1688, preached his last sermon in London.  Bunyan gave the world one of its greatest books (perhaps 2nd only to the Bible).  John was born in November 1628 at Elstow, near Bedford, England.

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True faith is the most wonderful thing in the world.

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                 (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 103.

 

Faith may see difficulties but it does not magnify them…

Faith may be sore tempted, but it does not yield to discouragement…

Faith obeys…real faith obeys when there is no sign.

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                 (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 104-5.

 

What is this fire? 

It is love…faith…hope…passion, purpose, determination…devotion. 

It is a divine discontent with formality, ceremonialism, lukewarmness…noise…

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 109.

 

We can only receive as we believe.

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                 (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 123.

 

The Salvation Army was founded this date, 7/5/1865.  It was originally named Christian Mission.  Brengle was little more than five years old when it started but he rose to become one of the greatest voices in the Salvation Army and, WAS the greatest American voice therein.

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“How Gentle God’s Commands”

 

How gentle God’s commands,
How kind His precepts are!
Come, cast your burdens on the Lord,
And trust His constant care.

 

Beneath His watchful eye
His saints securely dwell;
That hand which bears all nature up
Shall guide His children well.

 

Why should this anxious load
Press down your weary mind?
Haste to your Heavenly Father’s throne,
And sweet refreshment find.

 

His goodness stands approved,
Down to the present day;
I’ll drop my burden at His feet,
And bear a song away.

 

Philip Doddridge was born this date, 6/26/1702, in London.  The youngest of twenty (20) children, a Nonconformist, wrote some four hundred (400) Hymns/Gospel Songs.  His book Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul is said to have helped in the conversion of many including the great abolitionist, William Wilberforce.  Doddridge died 10/26/1751 in Portugal.

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