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ON THIS DATE

On 10/28/1949 Jim Elliot placed in his journal words which would become his most famous quote;

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Philip James “Jim” Elliot was born October 8, 1927 in Portland,OR.  He with four other missionaries were martyred on January 8, 1956 in Operation Auca trying to reach for Chirst a native people in Ecuador.

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In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me,
Lest by base denial I depart from Thee.
When Thou seest me waver, with a look recall,
Nor for fear or favor suffer me to fall.

With forbidden pleasures would this vain world charm,
Or its sordid treasures spread to work me harm,
Bring to my remembrance sad Gethsemane,
Or, in darker semblance, cross-crowned Calvary.

Should Thy mercy send me sorrow, toil and woe,
Or should pain attend me on my path below,
Grant that I may never fail Thy hand to see;
Grant that I may ever cast my care on Thee.

When my last hour cometh, fraught with strife and pain,
When my dust returneth to the dust again,
On Thy truth relying, through that mortal strife,
Jesus, take me, dying, to eternal life.

The above poem (hymn) was penned this date 10/13/1834 by James Montgomery. 

James Montgomery was born 11/4/1771 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland where his father John was a minister in the Moravian Church.  In 1783, his parents were sent to the West Indies as missionaries and left James in the Moravian settlement near Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland. He passed from this life, 4/30/1854, Mount, Shef­field, Eng­land.

 Montgomery become the editor/owned of the Sheffield Iris.  In addition he wrote 400 hymns including “Hail To the Lord’s Anointed” “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “Prayer is the Souls’ Sincere Desire.”

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Herbert Hoover, President of the United States, on this date, 5/23/1932 is reported to have written a letter to the New York Theological Seminary. 

He is said to have hoped the school “shall continue its interdenominational work of training Bible inspired preachers, teachers, missionaries and other Christian workers.  No institution doing the work this Seminary is doing should be allowed to fail, particularly in times like these.”

 How refreshing that a sitting President would be speaking of Bible training, preachers, missionaries, and Christian workers.  This was, of course, during what has been called the great depression.

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