I Love to Tell the Story

February 11, 2013

Daughter of banker Thom­as Hank­ey, Kath­er­ine Hankey be­longed to the Clap­ham Sect. While still a teen­ag­er, Hank­ey taught Sun­day school for girls. Lat­er, she tra­veled to South Af­ri­ca to be a nurse, and to help her in­val­id bro­ther.
In her early 30’s, Hankey con­tract­ed a se­vere ill­ness. Dur­ing her pro­tract­ed re­cov­ery, she wrote a long po­em about Je­sus. It is in two parts, with the first, 50 stan­zas in length, ask­ing about Him, and the se­cond an­swer­ing the quest­ion. “I Love to Tell the Sto­ry” and “Tell Me the Old, Old Sto­ry” both come from this po­em.

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.


I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.


I love to tell the story; ’tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.


I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.


Reference: http://nethymnal.org/bio/h/a/n/hankey_ak.htm

The Clapham Sect

February 11, 2013

The Clapham Sect was an Anglican Evangelical group centred around John Venn (1793-1813), rector of the Holy Trinity Church, Clapham. Venn had become curate of Clapham. He met the banker, John Thornton, a man who was very interested in the subject of social reform. According to Leonard W. Cowie: “Clapham was already becoming an evangelical centre, and there Venn came under the influence of John Thornton, the banker, who bought the advowson of Clapham.” In 1763 Venn published The Complete Duty of Man. Venn was a founder of the Church Missionary Society.

The group surrounding John Venn, who were nicknamed the Saints, included William Wilberforce, Hannah More, Granville Sharp, Henry Thornton, Zachary Macaulay, James Stephen, Edward James Eliot, Thomas Gisbourne, John Shore and Charles Grant. Most members of the group were active in the campaign against the slave trade. John Wolffe, Wilberforce’s biographer, has argued: “The 1790s and 1800s marked the heyday of what was later labelled the Clapham Sect, the group of wealthy evangelicals around Wilberforce and Henry Thornton …. This circle of friends was of great importance to Wilberforce in providing emotional and practical support for the ongoing anti-slave-trade campaign.”

Dear Father,
We thank You for the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon the Clapham sect and for the fruit of their labors. We thank You for aligning so many philanthropists to live in one time, in one place, in unity of spirit. We bless You and praise Your holy name.
Sadly, Lord, slavery continues around the world today. Bless the abolitionists in the Church of England. May their lives reflect the complete duty of man, their needs be provided for, and the fruit of their labor be bountiful. Amen.

Reference: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/REclapham.htm

Lent 2013

February 11, 2013

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As always, we’d love to hear what our readers find helpful, or any recommendations you have about Lenten resources, devotionals, or to share how the Lord has worked in your lives through your Lenten disciplines.

Wishing all of our readers a Blessed & Holy Lent.
-Karen and all of us at Lent & Beyond

A quote from Pope Benedict XVI – appropriate as we prepare for Lent

February 11, 2013

I was shocked as I opened my computer this morning and logged in to the internet. My homepage is the BBC world news headlines, and there in very bold font across the top of the page was the news of Pope Benedict’s surprise resignation. In reading the story, I was absolutely deeply moved and convicted by this quote. In announcing the reason for his resignation, Benedict is reported as saying:

“I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.”

I hope and pray we will all ponder those words as we prepare for Lent.  The Lord has been reminding me in recent days that He is opposed to the proud and that he blesses the humble and the broken. Brokenness can push us to draw near to Him, admit our need of Him, cast ourselves wholly on Him.

May the Lord help us all to enter in more fully into a deep life of prayer and fellowship with Christ in His sufferings this Lent.

– Karen


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February 11, 2013

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John 1:1-5

February 11, 2013

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5)

      Jesus, let you light shine forth in all the dark places in our lives. Let your light shine forth from us so that others may see by your light. Help us daily to be living gospels. Thank you.

Monday: 25; *; 9, 15; Deut. 6:10-15; Heb. 1:1-14; John 1:1-18
Tuesday: 26, 28; *; 36, 39; Deut. 6:16-25; Heb. 2:1-10; John 1:19-28

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