For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
Ps 61:5

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Elder Sylvester Hassell's
Memory of Family Devotions

Elder Hassell, with his father C.B. Hassell, wrote History of the Church of God which details the history of the Primitive Baptist Church all the way back to the creation. Elder Hassell was a well known Primitive Baptist preacher and his writings provide a valuable insight into the 19th Century Primitive Baptist Church.   Elder Sylvester Hassell 1842-1928.  Elder C. B. Hassell 1808-1880.

As far back as I can remember he [Elder CB Hassell] was in the habit of assembling his family around the family altar every morning and evening, to read a portion of Scripture, sing a hymn of praise, and to pour forth in the most humble and reverent manner his thanksgivings and supplications at the throne of grace. I can truly say that these were the most affecting, happy and blessed seasons of my life. They are evergreen spots in memory’s waste, forming the nearest approach to Heaven that I have ever realized on earth. He sang well, and taught his children to sing. On Sunday morning, after prayers, he took great delight in instructing his children in Scripture history and the plan of salvation, and continually, both by precept and example, he strove to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I have often felt and said that I would rather have such a father than all the riches, honors and pleasures of the world.

Elder C.B. Hassell and Elder Sylvester Hassell, History of the Church of God, 1885 (Georgia: Reprinted by Old School Hymnal Co., 1983), p929.

 

 
 

10/1/2006

 

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