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Exo 20.7, 8 +

Exo 20.7, 8

“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain…”

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

 

“If a man were to try to build a ladder to reach the moon he would be considered mentally insane;

but morally insane people are trying to build…ladders of good works, church membership & morality to get them to Heaven.”

– R G Flexon

 

Some people enjoy being a Match-Maker; getting so-n-so to date what’s-her-name. (I can’t encourage you in this: if it “works out” you may get a one-time “Thanks,” if it doesn’t work You may be remembered – with pain – for yrs.) There is one exception. When a couple separate, even divorce, (& neither have a previous, living companion) do all in your power to match-make them again. Pray for them, listen without siding, when time is right have them to your house (no “little ears” around), take them out to eat (well worth what you pay for a meal). Do all you can to help heal such a break. God bless. -1/22/20

 

“…They do not receive reproach with gentleness; no nor even reproof. Nay they are not able to bear contradiction without the appearance at least of resentment.

If they are reproved or contradicted though mildly they do not take it well; they behave with more distance & reserve than they did before.”

– R S Foster

 

OFF WITH THE GLORY

Mom, you cut off your glory

Sadly, we “got the text.”

More worldliness will soon follow

What change will we see next?

 

“This is as far as I’m going.”

I wish you could be that strong

The very act of hair cutting

Shows your tendency toward wrong.

 

“Hush! Don’t make it a ‘big deal’

“Make it sound like one of the ‘seven’”

Please listen, take time to read

Paul’s words – Corinthians ‘leven.

– eab, 1/23/17

 

“God is to be glorified, holiness is to be practiced, and the spirit of Religion is to be the common spirit of every Christian…”

– Wm. Law

 

You used to pastor – now you work for hourly wage or a salary (perhaps a handsome one). Are you out of God’s will? Bro., that’s a super serious question – – – please treat it as such. “Oh, I’m OK. I still go to church, pay tithes, testify, sing specials, even fill the pulpit now & then. I’m fine.” You may convince yourself. You may be living more comfortably than when you pastored but I repeat my question, Are You Out Of God’s Will? Some men are; we have many empty pulpits. Please pray. Return to your Calling. 1/22/20

 

Rom 11.29

“For the gifts and calling of God

are without repentance.”

 

Nearly all Holiness & several Evangelical preachers of yesteryear warned the dangers of TV. They were right. To turn a TV on is to open a visual garbage can, right in your living room. You might be able to shut it off when the big rat started to crawl out, might even have swatted a foul bird or two but there were filthy flies which escaped the trash & lodged in minds (young & old). We could see some of that, I think one of the things we failed to see was that all of it, repeat ALL of it, was “make believe.” TV & movies/videos were leading us to accept the false as real. Stop watching hollywood/disney. – 1/23/20

 

“Tell your prince that this Book

[Bible she was sending back with an African Embassy]

 is the secret of England’s greatness.”

– Queen Victoria, quoted by Gilchrist Lawson

Exo 20.3,4 +

Exo 20.3, 4

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…”

 

“Sadducees, liberals of the NT,

Pharisees legalistic ones of the NT.”

– Paul W Finch

 

Please do NOT quote hollywood actors/actresses. People who do not watch hollywood/disney’s Make-Believe aren’t impressed that “so-n-so” gives his, right OR left, opinion. The same applies to ball players. When you quote such, you’re showing YOU place value on their ideas. Wake up. These people live in an unreal world: “the set” is false; false walls/ceilings, false sounds & all the actors are phony. – 1/20/20

 

“…As confirmed saints & angels have a free will though they have no evil will,

so abandoned reprobates & devils have a free will though they have no good will.”

– John Fletcher

 

. . . You precious Jesus, You loving Lord

Supplied Your men meekness, meekness You afford.

Not weakness under pressure but power to be still,

Awaiting the outcome of a Savior’s loving will.

Oh, the luscious fruit of the Upper room.

Oh, the life that came from an empty tomb.

God give us today a newness of vision,

An awareness that Your miraculous provision,

Stopped not with the shores of distant Galilee,

But flows on today, flows on to me,

And finally temperance You gave without measure;

Having a little can also be great treasure,

Saying “no” to a meal or “no” to a drink

Might make the glutton and drunkard think,

That there’s more to life than plate or cup,

Don’t look down at “de feet” Look up, Look up.

The God who drove the groove, through the ancient sea,

And supplied manna without charge, bill, or fee,

And sent His Comforter in Pentecost past,

Still lives, Still loves, Still yearns to cast,

One’s carnal old troubles away from His men,

And place all the fruit of the Spirit within.

Great God of the Testaments, glorious and bold,

Revisit Your people, as You did of old.

I love you, Lord Jesus, I love you, fine Lord.

Living, eternal, loving, gentle Word. – eab, Jan 2003 [last part of poem]

 

“…Is it not reasonable to suppose that a Christian education should have no other end but to teach youth how to think & judge & act & live according to the strictest laws of Christianity?”

– Wm. Law

 

A grown man takes a stick & stands in a particular spot. Another grown man tries to throw a ball past him. If the man can make his stick hit this ball & hit it far enough, other grown men (even women) stand & make a ruckus. Did I mention these people clapping/shouting, paid several dollars to get in to where they could so see & yell? Did you know many of these yellers also bought gas, meals (& some a motel room) to see & yell? An evangelist in Asia, Africa, Europe, N.Am., S.Am.,Oceania could use those twentie$. L 1/21/20

 

Rev 21.8

“…The fearful & unbelieving & the abominable & murderers & whoremongers & sorcerers

& idolaters & all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire & brimstone…”

 

There’s always a reason a person lies. Millions of lies have been told for money. Lies have been told to not be killed or to get someone (or group) to be killed. Lies have paved the way for marriages & other “deals.” Preachers “tell lies” when they don’t preach the whole Gospel. Teachers/parents repeat lies they were taught in school. Schools/colleges/publishers create lies when they take a theory (perhaps a very weak theory) & either change it to a “fact” or repeat it so often (without saying it’s a theory) until the public assumes it’s a fact. There’s ALWAYS a reason lies are told – Look for it. – 1/21/20

 

“…I am persuaded that the translators of the Bible were masters of an English style much fitter for that work than any we see in our present writings.

– Jonathan Swift, quoted by Gilchrist Lawson

Exo 14.14 +

Exo 14.14

“The LORD shall fight for you,

& ye shall hold your peace.”

 

Simple. Learn to dress simply. Classic 2 button (at most 3 button) suits, guys, in basic colors will save money over the yrs. Classic dresses or skirt/blouse combos are “in” longer than trendy, eye-catching outfits & will save dollars (therefore making sense). Opt for the simple car which keeps a similar design model year by model year. (They can improve the mechanics if they are not re-designing curvy fenders & flashy grills.) A simple auto can save money on tires & gasoline, to say nothing of insurance. – 1/20/20

 

“Spiritual leaders are not made by man, nor by any combination of men.

Neither conferences, nor synods, nor councils can make them, but only God.”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

Lead to Worship

Men who feel quite adequate

To tell you which “i” to dot,

To tell you what you are to do – not;

Ought also to be able

To tell you how humbly to praise,

How in quietude and true gratitude

You should voice and hands raise.

We lack not for “liners up,”

And men who love that line,

We need men who will lead to worship

Men who live and love in the divine.

Oh, may the incense of my heart

Toward heaven daily depart!

– eab, Jan 2007

 

“There have been ministers who…refused the baptism of the Holy Ghost or…having received the baptism, neglected & lost it who filled big pulpits…but whose old age was full of complainings… bitterness & jealousies…”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

Please, Sir/Ma’am, if you profess to be saved (let alone a minister/minister’s wife) please PAY ATTENTION to the meme you post on fb. 4-letter words are still 4-letter words even IF the rest of the meme states your “political position.” Don’t be so interested in being PC (or anti-PC) that you “say” what you would not say in a church testimony, or say to me in person. STOP publishing curse words! – 1/20/20

 

Mat 5.37

“…Let your communication be, ‘Yea, yea; Nay, nay:’

for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

 

“…One thing tht [sic] will mark Christian perfection…

will be a willingness & readiness to apologize…”

– L D Wilcox

 

So – – – you’re thinking about asking her to be your Mrs. Please, young man, have you talked to God about her? If you intend to go to heaven – hear me, I don’t mean “you’d like to go” nor “you’re hoping to get in.” I mean, you’ve made up your mind to go to heaven Regardless. Of. The. Cost. Then, you must have God’s will in a wife. Some men, sadly, will miss heaven or only make it in through after many trials & tests because of who they married. Don’t ask her, until you’ve ask HIM. – 1/20/20

 

“…God is ready to share His holiness with men…”

– L D Wilcox

Exo 3.14 +

Exo 3.14

“…God said…‘I AM THAT I AM’ and he said,

Thus shalt thou say…‘I AM hath sent me unto you’”

 

“As long as carnality remains in the human heart,

there are going to be outcroppings of sin.”

– Millard  Downing

 

Are you memorizing Scripture? It’s great to know a verse here & a verse there. If you’re also learning their references; that’s better. Chapter & verse divisions were added later, therefore are not inspired but they help us locate the nugget of truth faster. And help us find it in a strange Bible (in our familiar one it was “upper-right on the left page,” J). How you connect this truth with its ch. & verse will widely vary but find a system that works for you And. Work. Your. System. 1/13/20

 

“If revival is all that we ever seek

then we will always be in need of one. Revival then Harvest

– John F Dorsey

 

LOVE YOUR DAYS

Thank you Lord for the Night:

To slow down and sleep,

To the home-fires keep

With Ewe and “little sheep.”

 

Thank you Lord for the Morn:

To throw-back, make the sheet

For breakfast to eat,

For shoes for the feet.

 

Thank you Lord for the Noon:

For strength to work till then

For work of hammer or pen,

For corn gathered in the bin.

 

Thank you Lord for the “Tardes”

For warmth in winter’s sun,

For “game” from rod and gun,

For labor almost run.

 

Thank you Lord for the Even

For the ceasing to roam,

For the walk toward home,

For the evening’s gloam.

 

And if there is a time I’ve forgotten,

Please don’t think me “rotten,”

‘Cause I love life, and love all Your days

Broken up in hourly ways – all Praise!

– eab, 1/19/06

 

“Methodists & Baptists may not agree, but they agree

 that the Bible is true, whatever it says.”

– Bob Jones, Sr. – quoted by Al Janey

 

Do some “adults” think “Toy” is another way to spell “Joy”? The amount of $ & hours spent by “grown-ups” on Their toys (boats, four-wheelers, snow-machines, off-road 4x4s, gliders etc.) would be absolutely staggering. I don’t begrudge kids play, nor do I begrudge youth a limited degree of clean recreation but too many evangelicals & too many holiness adults are spending too much on “toys” both in time & in “twentie$.” Don’t wait till on your death bed to say “I wasted too much on this world.” – 1/18/20

 

Joh 18.36 *Christ said*

“My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world,

THEN would my servants fight… [ emphasis added ]

 

Which is first with you? the cause of Christ? the cause of America? Both can NOT be first! Christ doesn’t want you to kill for Him; satan wants you kill; it’s a way to get souls to hell. Yes, I know, some would hype you into fighting for your rights, saying, “It’s the American thing to do.” Christ: “…Love your enemies…” (Mat 5.44). Paul: “For though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh”(2Co 10.3). Please Friend, obey Jesus; not some well-meaning (he thinks) but carnal sinner. America will pass; Christ is forever! -1/19/20

 

“…The world by professing Christianity is so far from being a less dangerous enemy than it was before. It has by its favors, destroyed more Christians than ever it did by the most violent persecution.”

– Wm. Law (1686 – 1761)

Gen 4.9 +

Gen 41.9

“…I do remember my faults this day.”

 

SCHOOLING. It’s 6-7 months before the fall term. Your child will be school-age. You are (at least partly) aware of false ideas being regurgitate at state schools (stop calling them “public,” that’s a misnomer). You need to pray; not once, not just at church – every day. What does God what you to do about your God-given responsibility to “Train up a child in the way he should go…”(Pro 22.6). You need to pray, as if your child’s soul depends on it. It does. Pray – – – & then obey. 1/18/20

 

“Be a man of much secret prayer, my brother. Acquaint yourself with God;

take time to listen to His voice; read your Bible; love it, pray over it, read good books…”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

What-a-Boat

The master boat builder of yore,

Made the ark without sail, mast, or oar.

He made it, his Creator to please,

Who brought in two of “those,” two of “these,”

They marched up to and into Noah’s door.

– eab, 1/18/16

 

“Read It [Bible] to find fuel for affection, food for reflection,

direction for judgment, guidance for conscience.”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

I hope & pray several young men are feeling an holy urge to preach Christ. If you are, allow me to encourage you to pray & begin preparing for the highest “job” possible. How? As a man who’s taught many yrs in Bible colleges (at home & abroad) my answer is not automatically “Go to Bible college.” Let me give you 3 letters: R.S. T. R – READ the Bible. Read It every day; read It an hour or more a day. S – Study the Bible. Make notes. No greater Book can ever have your attention. T – TEACH as opportunity arises. Teach a Sunday school class, Teach a Bible study in a nursing home. – 1/18/20

 

2Ti 2.15

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

“Only use the world but enjoy God”

– John Wesley

 

Dear Lady – Did God leave it up to you, how long is “long” for your hair? Seriously? Even if you’ve persuaded yourself its “OK” to trim your hair – Why, Sister, Why would you want to have less “glory”? “…If a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her”(1Co 11.15). Cut off an inch, does that equal one inch less glory? The less hair the less glory & you did it to yourself. (Truth be known some men do not like their woman to have short hair.) 1/18/20

 

“Woe be unto you

when rich men become necessary to you!”

– John Wesley

Gen 32.10 +

Gen 32.10

“I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies

& of all the truth, which thou hast showed unto thy servant…”

 

“The Spirit unites those who are widely sundered by nationality & different manners.”

– Chrysostom, quoted by Daniel Steele, STD

 

Parent – you are responsible for what your still-at-home child wears. “But, but she’s (he’s) 16.” Do they eat your taters? Sleep on your beds? Use your gas & electric? “I can’t control them.” Sorry, so sorry to hear that. It is a shame. But there could be a positive; you’re willing to admit you failed. “I didn’t say I’d failed.” Yes, Sir/Ma’am you did – – – when you say you can’t control them. Now with God’s help change that. 1/16/20

 

“I never say No to God.”

[When asked the secret of his success]

– William Booth

 

PAID

Grant Lord that the lines I write

Alone, up, in the middle of the night,

May find their way in your fine hour

To a needy soul snared in sin’s power.

Let them see what satan tries to block;

That Christ is the way, their defense, their rock,

And hope is not gone, help is not lost.

Redemption is free; Christ paid the huge cost.

– eab, 1/17/16

 

“It’s an insult to the intelligence of young people to give them the impression you have to cheapen the Gospel to make it understandable. The medical schools do not simplify their phraseology to please this set. The legal profession hasn’t changed its terminology.”

– Vance Havner

 

There’s something to be said for silence. Once there was more silence across the earth’s face: before steam engines on boats & on rails, before gasoline engines made their way to road & farm. No, all were not saints in such an era of silence but surely noise distracts. Notice I didn’t even mention radio, CDs, phone. Have you considered “fasting” noise? “But I like it too much.” (Or, more truthfully, “But, I’m addicted.”) Please for your soul’s strength & health increase the silence in your life – you MIGHT like it. -1/16/20

 

Tit 1.6

“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife,

having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.”

 

Dad/Mom, are you sure you want “Jr” or Susie following your footsteps? Spending $ like you spend? Using a credit card like you? Do you want them copying your sloppy grammar? Do you want them addicted to a sport as you are? Do you want them to not honor the Lord’s Day as you? Are you sure?

THEY are watching. – 1/17/20

 

“Among early church…a man could not be

an astrologer, magician, innkeeper, or an idol-maker.”

– J Vernon Jacobs

Gen 22.8 +

Gen 22.8

“…Abraham said,

‘My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering’ so they went both of them together.”

 

Do not be enthralled with numbers. A number means nothing by itself. 2. Two what? 2 bottles? 2 benches? 2 beans? Men have “played” with numbers, found a pattern(s) in them. Have made a science (imaginary science?) of them but devoid of words they are void of meaning. There even seems to be a connection (how strong I cannot say) between math & magic. Happy contrast; words do not need numbers. Bottles, benches, beans all tell you something. And best of all Jesus is the Word! – 1/11/20

 

“Light & foolish talking & jesting, pride, oversensitiveness…jealousy, envy, selfish ambition…indulgence of appetite…(will surely quench the spirit of prayer)…”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

MY FRIEND  

If you feel at home in Egypt’s “clime,”

Happy to give it your energy and time,

Not minding its sin, yes, and slime;

Then you’re a poor, lost sinner, My Friend.

 

If you’re out of sin but wand’ring wild,

Out of sin, but very much a child

Wanting religion – Please “keep it mild.”

Then you’re a carnal Christian, My Friend.

 

If you’ve approached Jordan at high tide,

Have, by faith, crossed its waters, floody and wide

And know now the Spirit doth abide,

You’re a holy believer, My Friend.

 

Is there more to this Egypt-toward-Canaan walk?

Yes, circle Jericho, circle without talk

And by all means, avoid Achan’s balk

There is growth in Canaan land, My Friend.

– eab, 1/14/07

 

(con’t) “…Love of the applause of men & desire for the honour that man can give, an uncharitable spirit, criticism…will surely quench the spirit of prayer.”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

Please do not send your child to any self-defense class (several, if not all, seem to have oriental roots) until you’ve prayed about it a full month – until you’ve fasted several meals, seeking God’s will on this – until you’ve researched the history behind that particular type of “fighting without weapons.” The mind should not be opened (in any way) to occult powers. It is your child, your most precious possession (not counting your soul). He should never (IMO) be introduced to heathen defense. 1/13/20

 

Psa 7.10

“My defence is of God,

which saveth the upright in heart.”

 

[under caption You are God’s Property]

“He has a right of occupancy…

He has the right of identification…”

– L D Wilcox

 

Bibles have been collected & burned. But you can hide a part of yours in your heart. Bibles are being shortened, becoming replaced by paraphrases. You can know the true wording & not be confused by lesser, & unworthy mistranslations. You could also lose your eyesight. If you’ve memorized God’s Word you can “see” it perfectly in your mind. One more? You might say “I can always listen to it on an electronic device.” That’s an assumption. EMP (from enemy nation or God) is possible. 1/13/20

 

“Man’s departure from God was voluntary;

his return must likewise be voluntary.”

– L D Wilcox