This is my first Youtube video in a long time and my first blog in about that same amount of time. I’m making replicas of five 1640 Bay Psalm Books. In this video, I am using our piercing fixture to pierce holes in the signatures. Enjoy!
Today is our 42nd wedding anniversary and we no longer live together. I expect the final papers from the judge to arrive any day now. There were no celebrations today. Our home sold in less than 24 hours and now I live in a 600 sq. ft. cave. I have lived here for a few months now and have yet to get the bindery in shape enough to do any thing. I have not been in the mood any way. I did reopen my Etsy Store last night. It had been closed for months. You can visit it at the following link: Click Here
I also got back on Facebook this evening as Bibleman Bookbinder.
And now for the rest of my life. James
Have you read this pamphlet yet? It is an election sermon from 1759 that is still relevant today. I suggest that it is a must read before you vote.
Joseph Parsons preached (read) this sermon in the Audience of His Excellency The Governor, his Honor the Lieut. – Governor, and the Honorable His Majesty’s Council and House of Representatives, of the Massachusetts Bay in New England on May 31st 1759. He is speaking in the context of an impending election. It was the style of the day to write and then read your sermon to your audience. Toward the end he addresses the leaders personally. This sermon was preached toward the middle of the French and Indian or Seven Year War. In 1758 the Anglo-Cherokee War took place. The Cherokee and the Iroquois supported the British until that year. The British were doing well during 1758. By 1759 the British had captured Fort Ticonderoga. He refers to this victory in his sermon. This is the position that this British Colony was in at the time of this sermon. They and my and maybe your ancestors were at war with the French and we were winning the war at this time. Parsons sees this deliverance as a result of God’s mercy. This is twenty years before we were to have a civil war. Joseph Parsons uses the story of Esther from the Old Testament as a springboard for discussing true greatness and false greatness of leaders. Leaders must be reminded that any talent, success or opportunities come from God. To value themselves as being great in a personal pursuit of glory is to contradict everything that God intended to do through them. This leaves no room for ambition, nor pride, nor self-exaltation, but rather self-denial for the public good and the glory of God.
In our day and time it is hard to imagine anyone whether it be a writer or minister addressing the leader of their country with such boldness. As we tend to praise and flatter our leaders without holding them accountable. We exalt them as if they were Kings. Joseph Parson lays out his sermon with Roman numerals (I, IV, X, etc.) labeling his major points and Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) sub-dividing these major topics. At each number he goes in a different direction or sub-topic. Just like in an outline you did in school. He goes off in different directions and always brings it back to a logical understanding. This pamphlet is obviously addressed to rulers and politicians. We must remind ourselves that as each of us find ourselves in leadership positions we may also be tempted to be guilty of these same sins.
You may purchase this pamphlet from our online Etsy Store for $9.95 at the following link: Purchase Here
O Babylon your chem-trailed skies
Now amber warnings wane
For purple harlot travesties
You will now reap great pain!
I shed My grace on thee
You follow paths that lead to death
Because you’ve rejected Me!
O Babylon your naval fleet
Who shall be in duress
You squandered all your liberty
For a life of lawlessness!
I stand now at the door
To burn your cities to the ground
You’ve become what I abhor! (2X)
O Babylon abortions prove
That you don’t honor life
You whore you lust and call it love
With abominations you are rife !
I AM with fire refine
No more success I will not bless
Because vengeance is all Mine!(2x)
O Babylon your patriots dreamed
That you’d be great again
I am the great I AM you’ll see
That can’t be done by men!
I shed My grace on thee
You’ll burn for blood of innocence
From sea to shining sea!
O Babylon now hellfire flies
And it will burn your grain
I’ll raze your mountains and you’ll see
That that I hold you in disdain!
I shed My grace on thee
Your sin waxed worse and now you’re cursed
And you’ve forsaken Me!
O Babylon this end you’ll meet
No you don’t have to guess
I’ve warned you in My holy word
But your preachers only bless!
I shed My grace on thee
The things you’ve bought are all for naught
Because you do not know Me!
O Babylon you will fail
Now comes much war and strife
The fall began from within
You didn’t seek true life!
I shed My grace on thee
For selfish gain the world you stain
Now move into captivity!
O Babylon on evil team
You’ve plugged up ears to hear
My watchmen day and night they scream
I have shed great tears!
I shed My grace on thee
The judgment falls I’ll humble all
Won’t you return to Me?
Source: Listen Here
The hand of the Divine Providence of God has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel, that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations. ~ George Washington, Letter to Brigadier General Thomas Nelson dated August 20th, 1778
Repent, for the End of America is at hand.
Charles Thomson, the first secretary of the continental congress, along with John Hancock, was one of the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence, who actually signed the document on July 4th, 1776. He later became the first American citizen to translate the Bible into English from the Septuagint.
“A Word in Season or Advice to an Englishman” is a 12-page pamphlet by the Rev. John Wesley, dated 1752. Wesley believes that England is under God’s judgment and is about to be destroyed. The last few pages of this pamphlet include a hymn that goes along with this sermon and a poem/prayer concerning His Majesty King George. Wesley warns that England is facing invasion, war abroad, and war within. Full of sin; God’s judgement is falling. Countless Soldiers will die and fall into hell. REPENTANCE is their only solution.
Wesley asks, “Do you ever think? Do you ever consider? If not, tis high time you should. Think a little, before it is too late. Consider what a State you are in. And not you alone, but our whole Nation. We would have War. And we have it. And What is the Fruit? Our Armies broken in Pieces: And Thousands of our Men either killed on the Spot or made Prisoners in one Day. Nor is this all. We have now War at our own Doors: Our own Countrymen turning their Swords against their Brethren…Friend, either think now, or sleep on and take your Rest, till you drop into the Pit where you will sleep no more?”
Wesley goes on to name the current cause of their situation: They are filled to overflowing with SIN in their land and he names them. “Because of these Sins is this Evil come upon us”. He calls for repentance before they and their armies and navy are completely destroyed.
This is another period pamphlet that would be excellent to present at any 18th century event. Even though it was published in 1752, it relates to us in America today. The text of this pamphlet is contained on the first seven pages, so it is not too long for our modern ears. It even comes with its own thematic hymn to sing after your presentation. You should also consider getting at least enough of these to pass out to your audiance that attends. This pamphlet is printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread. You may purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here
A Collection of Forms of Prayer For Every Day in the Week. Recommended by the Rev. Mr. Whitefield. The Third Edition. Published in London, Printed for James Hutton at the Bible and Sun without Temple-Bar. 1738.
The first paragraph of the Preface to this book lets you know
who should not purchase this book.
The following Collection of Prayers is designed only for those who, by the Mercy of GOD, have, first, Leisure and Resolution to set apart at least half an Hour twice a Day, for their private Addresses to Him; and, secondly, a sincere Reverence for, if not some Acquaintance with, the Ancient Christian Church. He who has not the former Qualifications, will take Offence at the Length; he who has not the latter, at the Matter of them.
The intention of the Collector of this book (it has no author) is below:
- First to have Forms of Prayer for every Day in the Week, each of which contained something of Deprecation, Petition, Thanksgiving, and Intercession:
- To have such Forms for those Days which the Christian Church has ever judged peculiarly proper for Religious Rejoicing…explicit and large in Acts of Love and Thanksgiving.
- To have such for those Days, which from the Age of the Apostles have been set apart for Religious Mourning…but were full and express in Acts of Contrition and Humiliation.
- To have Intercessions every Day, for all those whom our own Church directs us to remember in our Prayers.
- To comprise in the course of Petitions for the Week, the whole Scheme of our Christian Duty.
This Prayer Book asks several General Questions during the day’s prayers. Some are part of the Morning Prayer times and others the Evening Prayer sessions. The following are just ten examples of these numerous General Questions that are presented to the reader throughout the week.
- Have I mention’d any Failing or Fault of any Man, when it was not necessary for the good of another?
- Have I laboured to make this Day (Sunday) a Day of Heavenly Rest, sacred to Divine Love?
- Did I think of GOD first and last?
- Am I resolved to do all the Good I can this Day, to be diligent in the Business of my Calling?
- Have I contradicted any one, either where I had no good End in View, or where there was no Probability of Convincing?
- Have I let him, I thought in the Wrong [in a trifle] have the last word?
- Have I desired the Praise of Men?
- Have I despised any one’s Advice?
- Have I endeavoured to will what GOD Wills, and that only?
- Have I endeavoured to be Cheerful, Mild and Courteous in whatever I said or did?
This 84-page Prayer Book is made up of seven twelve-page signatures and measures about ¼” thick by 4 ¼” wide by 6” tall. It is printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread.
It cost $10 more to have them covered in period hand-made marbled paper. Your marbled paper will vary from the one above because they are all hand printed and the patterns and colors vary. You may purchase this book for $45 from my online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here
The Almost Christian, by the Rev. George Whitefield, was published in 1738. As you can see above, this pamphlet has a cover page. The sermon speaks of and to the lukewarm pretenders and betrayers of the Christian faith.
This sermon is based on ACTS xxvi.28.
Almost thou persuades me to be a Christian.
Whitefield organizes his exposition into 4 major sections:
- Defining the “Almost Christian”
- The reasons for their prevalence
- The spiritual ineffectualness of lukewarm Christianity
- An exhortation for the striving towards altogether Christianity. We could only hope the inward working of God’s Spirit would convict such individuals as they read or listen to this historical piece.
This 28-page stab-bound pamphlet is another fine example of a George Whitefield sermon that helped spur on our 1st Great Awakening. It measures about 4 5/8 inches wide by about 6 inches tall. You may purchase this sermon/pamphlet for $9.95 from on online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here
John Wesley also wrote a pamphlet by this same title, The Almost Christian. I make replicas of Wesley’s 2nd edition of this pamphlet dated 1743. I would strongly recommend that you purchase and read these pamphlets together. Wesley’s can be purchased for $9.95 from our Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here
It was not uncommon for Wesley and Whitefield to argue back and forth in print about their differences in theological. However, they became great friends during their days as students at Oxford and remained so until death.
Tim Platek sent me this photo of four different Bibles that I have made for him over the years. The black one on the left is his 1611 King James Bible, the next is his 1560 Geneva Bible. The one to the right of that is his 1733 Bible and the pocket size one on the right is his 1782 Bible of the Revolution. Yes, you need large pockets. I really like this photo because I almost never get to see books that I have made for you all together. I have lost track of all of the books that I have made for Tim, because I have been making him books, pamphlets, and other things for years. He has the largest set of my Bibles of anyone thus far. I do appreciate Tim’s support and yours.