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Samuel Wolcott, on this date, penned the words to “Christ for the World We Sing.”   He was born 7/2/1813 at South Windham, CT. After attending both Yale (AB 1833) & An­do­ver The­o­log­ic­al Sem­in­ary, he was briefly a mis­sion­ary in Syr­ia. He held pastorates in the east but also pastured in Chicago and Cleveland. While in Ohio he served as sec­re­tary of the Ohio Home Mis­sion­ary So­ci­e­ty and pastured the Ply­mouth Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church of Cleve­land.

He wrote, “It was on my way home from this serv­ice [a YMCA evangelistic service] in 1869, walk­ing alone through the streets, that I put to­ge­ther the four stan­zas of the hymn.” Some 200 hymns are at­trib­ut­ed to the Congregational clergyman Wolcott, who died 2/24/1886, back east in MA.       

Stanza 1 (of 4)

Christ for the world we sing, The world to Christ we bring, with loving zeal,

The poor and them that mourn, the faint and overborne, Sin sick and sorrow worn, whom Christ doth heal.

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On 1/26/1779 the Pioneer American Methodist bishop, Francis Asbury, is said to have penned these words in his journal:

“We should so work as if we were to be saved by our works;


so rely on Jesus Christ, as if we did no works.”

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Benjamin Franklin was born 1/17/1706 in Boston, the 10th son of Josiah and Abiah (Folger) Franklin. Josiah had wanted Ben to be a minister but as he could not afford the schooling, Ben was apprenticed to a printer.  Ben went on to “play” with lightning, be an inventor, represent the US in Europe and influence his age.  He died 4/17/1790.

Franklin quotes:

“How many observe Christ’s birthday!  How few, His precepts!”

“Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults;  greater to tell him his.”

“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”

>> Disclaimer – Franklin seems to lack in a commitment to Christ (which most souls included in #OnThisDate have had).  Of course, I am no man’s judge.  I hope Ben is heaven.  If you have positive “proof” he was a Christian please give a reference.  Some may not like this disclaimer but I take Mat 7.18 seriously.  Franklin’s inclusion therefore is not approval of his life nor his “letters.” <<

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1/16/1543 the British Parliament prohibited any “women or artificer’s prentices,

journeymen, servingmen of the degree of yeoman or under,

husbandmen or labourers to read the New Testament in English.”   


Soooo – this is a good day to rejoice: 1) that we can read, 

2) that we own a NT,  3) and we can read the NT.

Question.  Have you – YOU – read your Bible/NT today? 

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This is the date, 1/13/1936, Baylus Benjamin “B B” McKinney wrote words and tune to “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go.”  B B was born 7/22/1886 at Heflin, Louisiana.  He at­tend­ed Lou­i­si­a­na Coll­ege and South­west­ern Bap­tist Sem­in­a­ry in Ft. Worth.  He taught school, was mu­sic ed­it­or at Rob­ert H Cole­man com­pa­ny, pas­tored in Fort Worth, and in 1935, be­came mu­sic ed­it­or for the Bap­tist Sun­day School Board in Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.  He died 9/7/1952, Bry­son Ci­ty, NC, in an au­to ac­ci­dent. 

Mc­Kin­ney wrote “He Lives on High” sung to the Music of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii (see http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/l/i/hliveson.htm for tune – arranged by B B.)

“Christ the Savior came from Heaven’s glory, To redeem the lost from sin and shame;

On His brow He wore the thorn-crown glory, And upon Calvary He took my blame.


“He lives on high, He lives on high, Triumphant over sin and all its stain;

He lives on high, He lives on high, Some day He’s coming again.”

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Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian (names arranged alphabetically, not for other reasons) were killed 1/8/1956 in the South American country of Ecuador while trying to reach the Auca Indians for Jesus Christ. 

I remember this event – a modern martyrdom along the Curaray River.   Jim’s widow, Elizabeth, wrote Through Gates of Splendor (1957).   


“The happiest day of my life was the day I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour

for the remission of my sins, duly repented for…”  – Roger Youderian

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Carl Gustaf Boberg died 1/7/1940, Kalmar, Sweden.  He was carpenter’s son and served as a sailor.  He was converted to Jesus Christ at 19 and attended a Bible school in Kristinehamm.  Later he was a lay preacher for two years and edited a weekly, Sanningsvittnet, (Witness of the Truth) for many years (1890-1916).  Bro. Boberg even served in Swedish Parliament (1912-1931).  His works include several volumes of poetry & many hymns.  We know him as the author of “How Great Thou Art.”  Boberg had been born 8/16/1859 at Mönsterås, Sweden.


“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the *worlds thy hands have made,

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed:


“Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art!”

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