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August 31st, 2008 | Author:

Birth of Anna B. [Bartlett] Warner, New England hymnwriter, on Long Island, New York. Daughter of a prominent New York Lawyer, she never married, but made her home with her older sister Susan and their father near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

During her lifetime (she died at the age of 95) she published two collections of verse. She wrote a verse in 1860 within the pages of a novel she coauthored with her sister: Say and Seal, which has long since gone out of print. But her poem has become one of the most beloved of all children’s hymns in the church: Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.

[Note: This is part of a series on tidbits of church history, taken from An Almanac of the Christian Church by William D. Blake. Click here to see the whole series.]

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August 30th, 2008 | Author:
Enter through the narrow gate.
For wide is the gate

and broad is the road
that leads to destruction,

and many enter through it.
But small is the gate
and narrow the road
that leads to life,

and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:13-14

I just finished watching this video of a sermon based on Matthew 7 by Paul Washer. (Thanks, Herky.) He’s a missionary who has been in Africa and South America, among other places. He’s also one of the founders of HeartCry Missionary Society.

This message was addressed to an American youth conference, but I think it applies to the American church as a whole. (I gave a related message at my church last fall, if you want to read.)

Have you got an hour to give to God? It might just change the way you see yourself.

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August 29th, 2008 | Author:

[This post is part of the Favorite Founders' Quote Friday sponsored by Meet the Founding Fathers.]

Among the Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams was one of the more controversial. Leader of the Boston Tea Party and labeled a firebrand, he was not one to mince words, so it seemed appropriate that I should choose some of his words this week. We would all be wise to give heed to this warning today.

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

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August 28th, 2008 | Author:

You’ve probably figured out that my blog is being remodeled. I recently got a new computer (the old one is EIGHT years old.) What I discovered is that the colors I had picked on my old monitor are not the colors that all of you have been seeing. It was pretty yucky!

So … I’m remodeling, with the great advice from my buddy Herky.

Please bear with me. This is like doing over the whole house … oh, the pressure!

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August 28th, 2008 | Author:

When I was a teenager (a long time ago!) I collected a notebook of poems and pictures that appealed to me. I recently came across it, and the sky this morning reminded me of a simple poem that came out of a newspaper. Sorry, I don’t know who to give credit.

If half the world is shadow
half at least is light
and joy comes after sorrow
as day comes after night

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