Posts Tagged ‘Paul W. Finch’

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.


O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me.
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne.
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.


Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.


Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.


Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Thomas Obadiah (T. O.) Chisholm was born this date, 7/29/1866, at Franklin, Kentucky.  He was a Methodist pastor, a teacher, an editor, and a poet.  Technically I could have met him (didn’t) but I did know Paul W Finch who knew Bro. Chisholm (so feel a little connected).  Of his 1,200 (+) poems three are: “Oh, To Be Like Thee” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “Living for Jesus.”  He died 2/29/1960 at Ocean Grove, New Jer­sey.

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The martins have returned,

To the chimney in the gym.

The whippoorwills outside Coate,

Lift their nightly hymn.

While robins clean the bugs,

From Steere Hall’s central “rugs.”

Birds, birds, there’s such a pinch;

Scarbrough cottage even has a trailer for a Finch.

          – eab, 5/80


[1] Brother Finch (born in 1910) came by Christ College for at least three revivals between 1975-1985).  (He had a house trailer with him.)  While there he taught a two- week course for us on more than one occasion.  He is gone to heaven – God bless his memory.

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 According to one history source today, April 22 is the day in 1864, that the motto “In God We Trust” first appeared on a United States coin, a bronze two-cent piece. 

 Many people feel good about this motto which now appears on all our money.  I do not feel badly about it, but I am reminded of a late, older friend, Paul W Finch, who told me “the good is the enemy of the best.”  It is good that coins and paper money say this.  it would be best if they said, “In Christ We Trust.” (“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [Jesus Christ of Nazareth–v10] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Act 4.12.)

 “God,” especially in backslidden America, could mean an assortment of supposed deities.  There is only one historical, yet ever-living, Jesus Christ – oh, that America would trust in Him!  Only Christ can save US from the path to oblivion all other corrupt nations have trod.


One more idea about the word “God” on US money.  For some the God they really trust is right there in their hand.  Money (filthy lucre) is their god – the true God (purity Personified) interests them little-to-none.   


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The home today is most fearfully attacked by satanic devices, for since the home is the source of life, to contaminate it is to pollute the stream of life that flows from the home into society.

– Paul W. Finch, The World’s Greatest Need, (Belfast, Ireland: Nelson & Knox, 1954), 8.  


The home is the chief school of human virtues.    A Christian home is known by the fact that the Word of God is there, the fear of God is there, and parental authority is there.

– Paul W. Finch, The World’s Greatest Need, (Belfast, Ireland: Nelson & Knox, 1954), 18.  


It is mainly in the home that the heart is opened, habits are formed, the intellect is awakened, and the character is molded for good or evil.

 — Character is property.  It is the noblest of possessions.

– Paul W. Finch, The World’s Greatest Need, (Belfast, Ireland: Nelson & Knox, 1954), 23.  


You can outride the storms, outwit the devil, and outrun your enemies if you pay attention to building the right kind of character.

– Paul W. Finch, The World’s Greatest Need, (Belfast, Ireland: Nelson & Knox, 1954), 26.  

Paul Wood (mother’s maiden name) Finch was born this date (1/27/1910) in Aberdeen, OH.  He was a college professor and president, a missionary evangelist, a holiness preacher, and a man who knew Israel (visited it at least 12 times).  He was one of the greatest men I knew, knowing him from 1965 till his death in 03.  

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Search me, O God,
And know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior,
Know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be
Some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin
And set me free.

I praise Thee, Lord,
For cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy Word,
And make me pure within.
Fill me with fire
Where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire
To magnify Thy Name.

Lord, take my life,
And make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart
With Thy great love divine.
Take all my will,
My passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord
In me abide.

O Holy Ghost,
Revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival,
Start the work in me.
Thy Word declares
Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now,
O Lord, I humbly plead.

James Edwin Orr was born this date (1/12/1912) in Belfast, Ireland.  The clear preacher of holiness, Paul W. Finch, preached at least one service when Orr was in the audience. He is said to have written this (one of his six hymns) in Ngarua­wa­hia, New Zea­land.

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