Posts Tagged ‘PA’


 A. W. (Aiden Wilson) Tozer was born, 4/21/1897, at Newburg, PA (newer name).   Tozer was converted to Christ after hearing a street preacher in Akron, OH where Tozer worked making tires.  It is said that Tozer never owned a car nor learned to drive.  And that he made few pastoral calls.  He did pray, preach, and publish.  He and his wife Ada Cecelia (Pfautz) had six sons and a daughter.  Tozer wrote some forty books among which are God Tells the Man Who Cares, Keyes to the Deeper Life, The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God,  The Root of Righteousness and Who Put Jesus on the Cross.  Tozer died 5/12/63 – his grave has this simple epitaph: “A W Tozer – A Man of God.”

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The lump of clay, from the moment it comes under the transforming hand of the potter, is, during each day and each hour of the process, just what the potter wants it to be at that hour or on that day, and therefore pleases him. But it is very far from being matured into the vessel he intends in the future to make it.

            – Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life (Westwood, NJ:                                Fleming Revell Co., 1952), 33.

Hannah Whitall Smith was born this date, 2/7/1832, at Philadelphia, PA.  She was a daughter of well-to-do Quaker parents.  After she married Robert Piersall Smith they converted to the group called Plymouth Brethren.  They were said to have a “new experience” (1867) and began a speaking tour of the United States and Europe. Their “Higher Christian Life” meetings in England were popular.  In 1875 she published, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life a book which has been printed in several languages.

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We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.


O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, voices raising,
Worshipping God on high.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

Glorious now behold Him arise;
King and God and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and skies.

John Henry Hopkins Jr. was born this date, 10/28/1820 at Pittsburgh, PA.  He grad­u­at­ed twice (1839 BA, 1845 MA) from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ver­mont.  He was a re­port­er in New York Ci­ty but eventually enrolled at Gen­er­al The­o­log­ic­al Sem­in­ary grad­u­ating in 1850. He was that sem­in­ary’s first mu­sic teach­er but went on to minister in Trin­i­ty Church, Platts­burg, New York, and Christ Church, Will­iams­port, PA.  He wrote several other songs in addition to “We Three Kings” (done for a Christ­mas pa­geant). Hopkins, died 8/14/1891 at Hudson, NY.

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An Englishman named George Boone on this date, 10/10/1717, arrived with his family at Philadelphia, PA.  They were Quakers (Society of Friends) arriving at the “capital” of American “Quakerism.”  They had departed from England (Devon) on August 17th

His son, Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan’s marriage was “decently accomplished” by Quaker ceremony the seventh month, twenty-third day in 1720 (7/23/1720).  Their sixth son, Daniel, was the famous “Daniel Boone,” born 11/2/1734. 

Daniel was so successive in understanding Indians because of his grandparents and parents’ Quaker faith.  Friends (Quakers) treated Indians fairly and traded with them and thus Daniel got to learn Indian ways from peaceful Pennsylvania Red men.

It is sadly true that Daniel killed his share of Indians but sources will show that he did not enjoy this carnage and that he also saved Indian life.  This all started 10/10/1717 – ought to be easy to remember 10, 10, 17, 17.

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Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

George Duffield, Jr. was born this date, 9/12/1818, at Carlisle, PA.  He was a Presbyterian minister (as were his father and grandfather)  He ministered 44 years in NY, NJ, PA, IL and MI.  In 1858 he composed the words of the hymn “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus.”

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When I shall reach the more excellent glory
And all my trials are past
I shall behold Him, O wonderful story!
I shall be like Him at last

We shall not wait till the glorious dawning
Breaks on the vision so fair
Now we may welcome the heavenly morning
Now we His image may bear

More and more like Him: repeat the blest story
Over and over again
Changed by His Spirit from glory to glory
I shall be satisfied then

I shall be like Him, I shall be like Him
And in His beauty shall shine
I shall be like Him, wond'rously like Him
Jesus, my Savior divine
William Anson Spencer was born this date, 9/6/1840 at Rock Island, IL.  He served several Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church­es in the Rock Ri­ver Con­fer­ence.  His daugh­ter Cla­ris­sa Spen­cer also wrote hymns.  Spencer also wrote “The Songs of the Reaper.”  He died 9/25/1901 at Phil­a­del­phia, PA.

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A mistake is a thing you did when you knew no better; a sin is a thing you did when you did know better…the motive determines the morality of the act.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 33.

 When a man does not want holiness I know he wants sin. 

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 66.

It is not the manifestation we want at all it is Him we want.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 100.

 …Let me say most emphatically every soul that enters this experience will have its wilderness…

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 101.

 …The larger the treasure in the house the greater the effort of the thief to break through and steal.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 102.

 They [the world] say “We go to the theatre, play cards, dance, go to football games, horse races, etc. etc. and so do your church members.”

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 131.

Faith will annihilate fret or fret will annihilate faith.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 141.

Sanctified people need to remember that the spirit of heaviness is entirely compatible with the spirit of holiness.      

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 183.

 A present tense faith will bring a present tense victory.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 184.

 Faith is to the soul what your breath is to the body.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 188.

 C. W. (Christian Wismer) Ruth was born this date 9/1/1865 in Bucks Co., PA.  He wrote Entire Sanctification Explained, and The Second Crisis in Christian Experience, Ruth died 5/27/1941 at Wilmore, KY.

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“My own family knew nothing of our circumstances, only that we were in the heart of China.  The last of our supplies was finished, and there was no apparent hope of supplies coming from any human source.  The mail came once a fortnight.  The mail man had just set out that afternoon, and in a fortnight he would bring the return mail.  The children were put to bed.  Then my wife came to my room.  We looked facts in the face.  If the return of the postman brought no relief, starvation stared us in the face.  We decided to have a night of prayer.  We got down on our knees for that purpose.  I think we must have stayed there twenty minutes before we arose again.  We had told God everything that we had to say in twenty minutes.  Our hearts were relieved; it not seem to us either reverence or common sense to keep on talking to God as though He were deaf or could not understand our simple language, or the extremity of our circumstances, or the weight of the words of His Son, Who said that God knew everything before we told Him, or as He said himself, ‘Before they call I will answer.’ And verily He did.”

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Norman Grubb, C T Studd (Ft.Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1972), 98      


C T (Charles Thomas) Studd died this date, 7/16/1931 in the Congo.  He was a child of privilege and famous cricket player who became part of the  “Cambridge Seven.”  He served God in China, India and Central Africa.

“Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell.” — C T Studd

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 My Father is rich in houses and lands,
He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands!
Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full, He has riches untold.


I’m a child of the King,
A child of the King:
With Jesus my Savior,
I’m a child of the King.


My Father’s own Son, the Savior of men,
Once wandered on earth as the poorest of them;
But now He is pleading our pardon on high,
That we may be His when He comes by and by.


I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice, an alien by birth,
But I’ve been adopted, my name’s written down,
An heir to a mansion, a robe and a crown.


A tent or a cottage, why should I care?
They’re building a palace for me over there;
Though exiled from home, yet still may I sing:
All glory to God, I’m a child of the King.

 John Bunnell Sumner died this date (5/10/1918) Binghamton, NY.  He was a Methodist who wrote the music to “I’m a Child of the King.”  Sumner was born 3/25/1838, Wyalusing, PA.

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Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!


Elisha Albright Hoffman was born this date (5/7/1839) at Orwigsburg, PA.  After attending Union Seminary in New Berlin, Pennsylvania he was ordained in 1868. He worked with the Evangelical Association’s publishing plan (Cleveland, OH) and later pastored in Cleveland and Grafton, OH, in Benton Harbor, MI, and in Cabery, IL.  He also wrote “Is Your All on the Altar”   and “I Must Tell Jesus.”  He died 11/25/1929 at Chicago.

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