Faithful Heroes: Charles Wesley

If you enjoy reading my hymn stories, you will recognize the name Charles Wesley. He wrote hymns such as Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, Jesus Lover of My Soul, And Can It Be that I Should Gain?, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus and Christ the Lord is Risen […]

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Faithful Heroes: Susannah Wesley

Susanna Wesley is considered the Mother of Methodism. John Wesley and Charles Wesley are two of her 19 children {9 of whom died in infancy}. Susanna Annesley was born on January 20, 1669 in England. She was the 25th child of 25 children born to Dr. Samuel and Mary White Annesley. Dr. Samuel Annesley was a dissenter of the established […]

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Faithful Heroes: John Newton

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July tomorrow, I thought it would be fitting to study a faithful hero who was both a slave and a slave trader, before he gained freedom in Christ.   He then worked to abolish the institution of slavery in Great Britain.   Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound that saved a wretch like […]

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Faithful Heroes: Marie Monsen, a life of devotion

Marie Monsen was born in 1878 in Sandviken, Norway. She committed as a young woman to going to China and arrived for a 30-year mission there on September 1, 1901. Her first years there are said to be disastrous. She received a concussion after falling and being unconscious shortly after her arrival, this would lead to years of debilitating headaches […]

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Faithful Heroes: Lady Jane Grey, trusted God

To understand the history and faith of Lady Jane Grey, we need a mini history lesson. King Henry VII died in 1509. He was the father of several children including Margaret, Mary and King Henry VIII. We all know the song of King Henry VIII having six wives. He had three children, each from a different wife. His daughters, Mary […]

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Faithful Heroes: Luther Rice, Southern Baptist founder

Luther Rice was a missionary who was vital in establishing the Southern Baptist Convention. Luther Rice was born on March 25, 1783 in Northborough, Massachusetts. He was the son of Amos and Sarah Graves Rice. While at Williams College, he became part of a group known as “the Brethern”. He sailed alongside missionary Adoniram Judson to Calcutta, India on February […]

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My Tribute to Billy Graham

  Rain beat down on us that spring evening in 1987, but we did not care.  We opened our umbrellas and held them high.  Nothing would deter us from having the opportunity to sit in the choir bleachers at Williams Brice Stadium for those eight evenings Billy Graham was holding his crusades. We arrived early each evening, as Cliff Barrow […]

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