The Magic of Curt Anderson

Curt Anderson


 By the Editor 

When I was the pastor of a church in Alabama a family from Michigan moved to our little community and united with our church.  The mother and dad were fine people and they had two wonderful boys, Curt and Wray.  The mother, Ellen Anderson (Her husband (Danny), too) was an active church member.   Ellen was a stay at home mom and wife who had a good bit of time to help out at our church and Christian school. 

Any pastor would be delighted to have a person so caring and concerned about the local church.  During one of her visits she told me about a relative who was famous.  “Famous?,” I asked.  She was delighted to share the story.  Her famous relative was Rev. George Bennard, the hymn writer (1873-1958).  He wrote a number of songs, but his most famous was The Old Rugged Cross.  I was impressed, but over the many years that story faded in my memory.  This past week her son, Curt Anderson, was a guest in our home along with his wife, Bonita and their three children, Ty, Jon and Drew.  The Andersons home school their kids.  So, mostly, the whole family travels with Curt.    Curt is an evangelist who uses magic  as a tool to win souls and encourage Christians to live for God.  His wife is his stage assistant.   While seated around our table we were talking about his mom and dad and our church.  I remembered to him that his mother had shared a story about a famous relative who had written a song.   

Curt immediately said, “George Bennard and The Old Rugged Cross.”  We talked about Mr. Bennard for a bit and Curt told me he now owned the international rights to that wonderful song of our Christian faith.  Later, I looked up the song and Mr. Bennard.  I found that Billy Sunday learned of the song after if was first published.  He used it on his radio program and I suppose in some of his evangelistic meetings.  The song became an instant hit with the faithful.  It sold some 15,000,000 copies.  Wow!   

George Bennard knew he wanted to be a preacher from a young age.  Economics hindered him at the beginning after his father died.  But he would later work with The Salvation Army where he served, I believe, as an evangelist.  Later after leaving that good ministry, he did the work of an evangelist on his own.  I was proud of the Anderson family and the dedication of Ellen to Christian work.  Her relative, George Bennard, would have been proud of her dedication.  He would also be very proud of her son, Curt, who is earning a good reputation with his Curt Anderson Magic.   I am happy to report this story here on our blog and hope you will pray for Curt Anderson.  If your church or ministry would like to consider his ministry of magic I hope you will contact him.  His website is:  Click on that link and read his story and see samples of his work.  He has a lovely Christian family and is worthy of your consideration.   Can you see a likeness in Curt to the Rev. George Bennard?   


George Bennard


The Rev. George Bennard, who grew up poor in Iowa, wrote what many consider to be the most beloved hymn of all time, “The Old Rugged Cross.” “I seemed to have a vision . . . I saw the Christ and the cross inseparable,” he wrote in his memoirs. He wrote the song over a month as he traveled to revival meetings. The melody came easily, but he labored over the words in the four verses and refrain. The hymn, published in 1913, was immediately successful. Bennard (pronounced Benn-ARD), who was born in Youngstown, Ohio, was the son of George and Margaret Russell Bennard, of Scottish descent. The couple, who had five other children, moved their family to Albia, where the senior Bennard ran a tavern, and later to Lucas. When the Albia tavern burned, the father of the house turned to mining coal, and an accident led to his death at 49, forcing young George, at 16, to support his mother and sisters as a miner. BECOMES MINISTER: In 1895, across the state in Canton, Bennard attended Salvation Army meetings, and at 24 became a minister when he enlisted in the Salvation Army at Rock Island, Ill. By 1898, he was conducting revival meetings throughout the Midwest, later transferring to New York, where he resigned in 1910 to go out on his own as an evangelist. It was at that time that he began composing hymns. Bennard settled at Albion, Mich., and opened his own hymn publishing company. It was at Albion that he likely began — and later finished — “The Old Rugged Cross.” The hymn was first sung formally at a revival meeting at Pokagon, Mich. Noted evangelist Billy Sunday, an Iowa native, popularized the hymn with his nationally broadcast radio show. By 1939, more than 15 million copies of the hymn had been sold and numerous recordings made. OTHER HYMNS: Bennard eventually composed about 350 hymns, such as “Speak, My Lord,” “Oh, Make Me Clean” and “Have Thy Way, Lord” but none was as successful as “Rugged Cross.” Bennard, who played a guitar but not piano, was known as a persuasive speaker and sharp dresser, yet humble and sincere. Bennard’s first wife, Willaminta, died, and in July 1944 he married Hannah Dahlstrom, who was his accompanist. The couple eventually retired to Ashton, Mich. Bennard died of asthma in Reed City, Mich., on Oct. 10, 1958, and services there were attended by 400 people, including 25 area ministers. As could be expected, the rites included an organ rendition of “The Old Rugged Cross.” Today, Reed City is home to the Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum, which is visited by thousands of people every year.   

There is a nice website featuring details of Mr. George Bennard’s minitry:

Why Choose Hell?


Read Luke 16:19-31

There are close to 60,800 places to live in our nation. Some have interesting names like Acres of Diamond, Florida; Fearnot, Pennsylvania; Happyland, Connecticut.
Some prefer Boring, Maryland; Pitts, Georgia; and Hell, Michigan.
But none are happy in that eternal place of suffering the Bible calls Hell.
One who went there cried, “I am in anguish in these flames.”

And he didn’t want others to go there. He said, “I have five brothers…warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.”

Want to escape it? The Bible says, “Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Father, we come to Thee with our worries seeking confidence and courage; with our problems asking for wisdom and light; with our sorrows looking for comfort and strength; and with our sins praying for forgiveness: in Christ. Amen.

Dr. Guido prepared the following devotion and I reprint it here for your benefit.  Look at the title and read his simple presentation.  Very good.

Read Ephesians 5:22-33

If you change the position of one letter in the word “united,” you get another word, “untied.” That letter is “I.”

One couple was about to be untied. The wife prayed, “Lord, please take one of us home to heaven, so I can go and live with my mother.”

The root of most problems between the husband and wife is sin, and the root of all sin is selfishness.

When the love of the husband for his wife is sacrificial, and she loves her husband in a satisfying way, they’ll overcome selfishness.

As they submit to the Lord and each other, they’ll live for each other and for the Lord. Then they’ll stay united.

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Daily Devotional - December 2009
December 29, 2009

Dr. Michael A. Guido

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The Parables of the Kingdom

John MacArthur
John MacArthur

Posted a new page with John MacArthur’s Bible study by this title.  I hope you will take the time to review it.  It is detailed, full of Scripture, thought-provoking.  Biblical and most interesting.  It is posted under “Featured Articles”  over on the right side of this page in the listings found there.  Look for The Parables of the Kingdom You may also see the link featured at the very top of this page.  Or just click this link:


Billy Sunday Said This


 I’m the sworn eternal, uncompromising enemy of the liquor traffic. I’ve drawn the sword in the defense of God, home, wife, children and native land and I will never sheath it until the undertaker pumps me full of embalming fluid, and if my wife is still alive I think I shall call her to my bedside, and say, ‘Nell, when I’m dead, you send for the butcher and skin me and have my hide tanned and made into drum heads and hire men go up and down the line and beat those drums and say, ‘My husband Billy Sunday still lives and gives the whiskey gang a run for it’s money.'” -Billy Sunday 

Billy Sunday Preaching
Billy Sunday Preaching

 Billy Sunday (1862-1935) was an American evangelist born in Iowa. A professional baseball player in the National League, he was saved in 1886. Associated with J. Wilbur Chapman from 1893 to 1895. An evangelist from 1896 to 1935, he made an attack on liquor the mainstay of his campaigns. 

“It would be a godsend if the Church would suffer persecution today; she hasn’t suffered it for hundreds of years. She is growing rich and lagging behind. Going back.” –Billy Sunday 

I am an old-fashioned preacher of the old-time religion, that has warmed this cold world’s heart for two thousand years.” —Billy Sunday 

Click the link below for a full sermon preached by Billy Sunday, He that Winneth Souls is Wise.

What Astronaut Had Holy Communion on the Moon?

Communion on the Moon

Col. Buzz Aldrin, Phd.
Col. Buzz Aldrin, Phd.

As the Lunar Module pilot on the Apollo 11 space mission, with the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was the second person to walk on the moon, after Mission Commander Neil Armstrong.  Aldrin had brought with him a tiny communion kit, given him by his church, during the morning he radioed, “Houston, this is the Eagle…I would like to request  a few moments of silence.  I would like to invite each person listening in ….to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”

During the radio blackout, Aldrin took the communion elements and read John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” Aldrin had been asked not to read the verse publicly because of a legal challenge NASA faced from famed atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair regarding the reading of the biblical creation story from Genesis during Apollo 8 mission.

How incredible is it that the first thing this American patriot did when he arrived on the moon was to worship God?

This story copied from the little booklet of 95 plus pages, “In God We Still Trust”  by Dr. Richard G. Lee

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Copyright (C) 2009  by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Dr. Buzz Aldrin is a Presbyterian and his church at the time was Webster Presbyterian Church, a local congregation in Webster, Texas.   He held the communion service in private because NASA was under a lawsuit filed by atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’hair.  Ms. O’Hair has since discovered much truth.  Tough way to learn it & even worse place to experience it.

What is Wrong with Sarah Palin?

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin

If I was a liberal here is what I find wrong with Sarah Palin:

1.She is a born-again Christian and knows she is going to Heaven when she dies.

2. She is a conservative

3. She is a Republican

4. She is not wishy-washy

5. She knows what she believes and can speak to that belief with conviction

6. She is a good mother (Pro-Life)

7. She loves her husband

8. She is not a democrat

9. She wrote a best-selling book, “Going Rogue

10. She is an attractive Republican, who is conservative in her politics, strong in her faith toward God, a lovely mother, a loving wife, she honors her parents and is pro-life.  Wow!  Did I say pro-life?  All that other and that, too!  She is one more big time winner.  Don’t you just hate her?

11. She is Sarah Palin (Did I mention she wrote a best-selling book, “Going Rogue“?)