The Iron Pen #61
"...graven with an iron pen and lead..." Job 19:24
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
God & Country
"Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was Americas basic text book in all fields. Gods Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct."
Noah Webster (1758-1843) -- "the Schoolmaster of the Nation."
More About Noah Webster
Noah Webster was a statesman, educator, lexicographer and author. In the 1780s while teaching in New York he published his famous "blue-backed" spellers which gave the English Language their first standardized spelling for words. These early spellers even contained a "Moral Catechism" with rules from the scriptures upon which to base moral conduct. In 1828 he published his American Dictionary of the English Language. It contained the greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any secular volume. In 1833 he translated the Common Version of the Holy Bible. In 1843, just before he died, Noah Webster publicly professed: I know whom I have believed, and that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day. (Americas God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations)
Preach The Word
Who put the SIN in SINCLAIR?
When I was a youngster there were two gasoline signs that always caught my eye -- the flying red horse, which I think was on the Mobile signs, and the green dinosaur on Sinclair signs. Years later, as a young Christian, I read a book by Dr. Walter Wilson that motivated me to be a soul winner. Here is one of the true stories as told by Dr. Wilson.
One time I was down in southern Kansas on the way to a meeting and I heard that peculiar, unhappy gurgle in the engine that told me I was out of gasoline. I was going about 60 miles an hour and I threw it out of gear and coasted. Then I said, "Holy Spirit, there may be somebody along this route who needs Christ. I will be glad if You will keep me going until I find that fellow." Do you know, I coasted about five miles into a Sinclair station. There was a door in the middle of the little building, and on one side were the letters "S-I-N." On the other side were of the door were the letters "C-L-A-I-R."
A man came to the car window and said, "Can I fill her up for you?" I said, "Yes; but I want to know something. Who put the SIN in Sinclair, and how is he going to get rid of it?" He looked up and said, "Well, I swear! I never saw that before. But it isnt the sin in Sinclair that is bothering me, its the sin inside of here."
He was just ready for the gospel, so I took out my Bible and led him to Christ through the window. The Lord let me run out of gas, because He knew I would never stop there otherwise, and He knew that fellow was in soul trouble.
Thoughts On Prayer
No care, but all prayer. No anxiety, but much joyful communion with God. Carry your desires to the Lord of your life, the guardian of your soul. Go to Him with two portions of prayer, and one of fragrant praise. Do not pray doubtfully, but thankfully. Consider that you have your petitions, and therefore thank God for His grace. He is giving you grace, give Him thanks. Hide nothing. Allow no want to lie rankling in your bosom; "make known your requests." Run not to man. Go only to your God, the Father of Jesus, who loves you in Him. This shall bring you Gods own peace. You shall not be able to understand the peace which you shall enjoy.
The Sacred Volume(from the preface of a 1583 Geneva Bible)
"The way to Heaven lies not over a toll-bridge, but over a free-bridge; even the
unmerited grace of God in Christ Jesus. Grace finds us beggars but leaves us
debtors." Augustus Toplady 1740-1778