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Php 1.21 +

Php 1.21

“For to me to live is Christ,

and to die is gain.”

 

“…Abroad, those who go a little deeper into inward Christianity than the generality of their neighbors are called pietists or mystics, as commonly as they are called Methodists in Eng.”

– John Fletcher

 

PP – Planned Parenthood? No – that is a misnomer.

It really is Planned Un-parenthood. That would be PU – pronounced “PU” at has a horrible odor.

God pity America & its tolerating, even funding, such a stink. – 7/8/20

[NOTE for posts – unless name is given (as above “John Fletcher”) the post is from pen of eab.]

 

“The more the god of this world exalts himself in opposition to truth

the more he disposes every sincere heart for the reception of it.”

– John Fletcher

 

As mere mortals we tend (perhaps unintentionally – partly, if not entirely) to see God as a Man: Special, Superior, Super Smart but some grandiose version of us. No. No. No. God is not this. (Jesus is infinitely more on this but only His Man “side.”) No man, no matter how intelligent, has the ability to properly manage a village (Let alone a country): the financial part of it, the educational part, the spiritual part of it, the social part; to say nothing about keeping bricks & mortar intact, the infrastructure functioning, rain & snow at their proper levels & temperatures tolerable. God is NOT a man – 7/8/20

 

H Honey-blond you were when we first met.

A An upper classman (I was freshman yet).

P Popular you were in high school days

P Pretty face and more, pretty ways

Y You caught my eye & I’ve no regret.

 

B Bethrothed in the home of a Taft,

I   In marriage you soon showed your craft;

R Re-making old into something “new”

T Turning out meals with dollars but few.

H Homemaking was/is your strength & skill

D Did “motherhood” appeal Still? To the fill!

A Andrew, Lincoln, Laura, and Heather:

Y You & I were blessed to raise them, together.

 

Q Quartet of personalities – serious responsiblies.

U Upon them you showered much effort & love

O Over them (& theirs) you sought Might from above

T Totally, you’re a great Gram, Mother, Wife.

E Every Day. Thanks for being the love of my life.

– eab, 7/10/20, Written for my wife this AM

 

God made man (Adam). God made the woman (Eve). Maleness & femaleness are His two(2) categories. They’re not classifications of man or society. The world – in its rapid rebellion against God is rushing to blur the line between boys & girls. Sadly, the worldly-church has added to this rebellion with pastors, deacons, & sons appearing in public in less than mannish hair & attire & pastor’s wives, deacon’s wives & daughters being seen in public in less than feminine hair & attire. Please, if you claim to belong to Christ, honor His Father’s most basic demarcation. Be All Male. Or Be All Female! – 7/10/20

 

“Old time religion will keep you out of the grave longer

& get you out sooner.”

– C B Fugett 

 

Exo 20.4

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”

 

Wake Up. We (you as careful as you may be, & me, as limited in social media as I am) are familiar with dozens of cartoon characters, comic strip (comic books & newspaper) “beings”, 100% mythical disney “talking animals” & drawings of “people” who never existed except on paper. These “beings” appear in meme, GIF, etc. They are better known that some real people but they are IMAGES. God does not want us controlled by IMAGES. Jesus is the Word. Start now weeding images out of your life. 7/10/20

 

“The value of holiness. Its presence is life – its absence is eternal death.”

– R S Foster

Eph 5.25 +

Eph 5.25

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church,

& gave himself for it.”

 

If I were to ask some to name their favorite soloist/vocal group I wonder how many would be singers a holiness pastor invites to his church? And, if I were to ask some who their favorite preacher is, I wonder how many would name a man who preaches the doctrine of a 2nd definite work of grace? Are we being drawn away by CD & play-list singers who are Calvinists or tongues? Are we adoring radio/TV preachers who can “really preach’ but whose message seldom-if-ever addresses living above sin?  Hello?!? – 7/7/20

 

“Very few people are doing the best they can. More people are doing what they want to do

& as little as they can, rather than the best they can.”

– Roy S Nicholson

 

You can not love God too much. Hear it, CANNOT. Everything else on earth you can. You can love your wife too much. You can love your kids too much. You can love your job too much, your home, your country. (It’s OK to love/like the above but they have a “pecking order” – The Lord is Lord over all of them.) – 7/8/20

 

“…The church will succeed in proportion

that she corrects the spirit of the age.”

– G Campbell Morgan

 

NO IMAGE

The picture-less plain folk may have seemed odd

When we first heard of them, perhaps.

No younger “dad & mom” on the wall

Nor grandparents with you on their laps.

 

Those of us who once accepted photos had a few

Seemed to us it was kinda-sorta “OK”

Now we’re inundated with pictures (images).

We have to see what was for “supper” yesterday.

 

We see the dog/cat that just passed away.

And half-dressed grandkids in the summer park.

Some shots are good photography

Other are too light, too blurry, too dark.

 

“Well” ( humph ) “I don’t worship these pics.”

Good, I’m really glad you do not

But I notice that you keep hundreds

And know where they are – the very spot.

 

We’re so effected by photos, drawings, CGI’s

Images, cartoons & comic book women & men

Funny paper strips, doctored photos, films

We have addiction to them. A modern sin?

– eab, 7/8/18

 

Prepare to believe all miracles of the OT & NT but be prepared to reject most post NT miracles.

“…Deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of…MIRACLES which he had power to do…”(Rev 13.14).

“For they are the spirits of devils, working MIRACLES…”(Rev 16.14).

“…The beast was taken & with him the false prophet that wrought MIRACLES before him…”(Rev 19.20).

These are the only references to miracles in Revelations – Be Ware! 7/8/20

 

“When a man receives the blessing of holiness he is ready for it. He is willing to take the consequences. He believes the promises of God…He trusts God for it.”

– John Paul

 

Rev 6.9

“…when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them

that were slain for the word of God & for the testimony which they held:”

 

One of the missing parts of the Lord’s Day AM worship, is the Reading of God’s Word. The pastor can read a chapter which will fit with his message. He can designate a deacon to read (or more than one, on rotation) & let him/them choose the chapter to read. He (or another) can lead the morning congregation in Responsive Readings from the hymnal. Assembling in His House is a perfect time hear &/or participate in the Bible Reading. Don’t make all the words man’s words – you can include God’s Eternal Words. – 7/9/20

 

“Die to live, Lose to save, Give to have.”

– G I Norman

Eph 5.18 +

Eph 5.18

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;

but be filled with the Spirit;”

 

“When you refuse to get sanctified that is not the end. You have insulted the third Person of the Trinity…you cannot stay saved long if you take an attitude of refusal…”

– Warren   McIntire

 

Many congregations have:

1.) Those who see themselves as right with God. 2.) Those who hope they are right with God.

3.) Those who know they are not right with God. 4.) Those who do not want to be right with God.

5.) Those who ARE saints. – 7/6/20

 

“…While you are setting some folks in their place,

the devil is pushing you down the road to hell.”

– Warren McIntire

 

TV allows you to be in the “presence” of your gods as you worship sports characters, hollywood chaff, or “televangelists.” They don’t know you or care a whiff about you but sadly you discuss them with peers at work (even at the back of what should be God’s House), you adore them. By wonderful contrast you CAN be in the presence of God – as you obey – God not only knows you, He knows the number of hairs on your head & loves you. Stop following this worlds very poor substitutes for the God of Heaven. – 7/6/20

 

PAUL WOOD FINCH III

P  Parented by famous parents, the great R. G.

and wife,

A And partly raised “on the field,”

missions were part of his life.

U Upon an early age Paul Finch

was sanctified holy,

L Living then at the Kingswood School

back in old Kentucky.

 

W  Wedding bells, college presidency,

teaching on the side,

O On to Ireland, preaching holiness

for which Jesus died.

O On to Africa, working his way

up the continent,

D Devoting prime years of life,

leading folks to commitment.

 

F Florida called, he answered,

teaching young “Hobites” the truth.

I Indiana, Missouri saw a man old,

yet “in youth.”

N Nestled in were the revival calls,

three to Tennessee.

C Consistent holiness his message, balanced,

Spirit free

H Heaven’s called; the prophet’s gone from us.

Let’s follow; forsooth.               – eab,  7/8/03

*Finch died 7/8/2003 – One of the 10 most influential men in my life.*

 

Do you have a desire to be worldly? God may allow you that wish for now. He may allow you to follow after, drool over, mimic this world for 2-3 even 5 decades. Then at death (if you’re not “doped up”) you’ll wish you’d never had such a perverted desire. The craving for the world stays here. Everyone in heaven saw it as foolish & asked God to take it out of their hearts. Everyone in hell now sees how deceived they were. Friend, I beg you, get alone with God & “die out to this world” & all that looks like it. – 7/7/20

 

“You [Formalist & Hypocrisy] come in by yourselves without his direction

& shall go out by yourselves without his mercy.”

– John Bunyan

 

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

Stop. Stop being hard on homeschoolers. How do you think 90% (not a fact; a guess) of the US? No, North America? No – – – the world was educated before government schooling was enforced? Moms & Dads, a single aunt, a grandpa/grandma taught “Johnny” how to read. Was that bad? No – it was good. No one, but, no one, loves a child like his/her family. BTW, government has no money but “yours” so “their” schools are really your schools but you have little-to-no-say in any of their several excesses. -7/7/20

 

“…Intemperance, gambling, & evil reading . . . are doing more

to undermine the institutions of free government than all other influences combined.”

– Anthony Comstock, former US postal inspector

Eph 5.3-4 +

Eph 5.3-4

“…Fornication & all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

 “There is not a word of any God-called minister that is more worthy of your attention than this…

you can go too far & put off salvation until it is too late.”

– Warren  McIntire

All in heaven and – are you ready for this? – and in hell believe in the God of the Bible – To. A. Man. Earth is the only place where men/women are foolish enough to believe in (a.k.a. “worship”) a river, an animal, the sun etc. & by doing so, refuse to Worship the All Loving, Life-giving God above. – 7/1/20

 “He does not sanctify folks who are doing wrong & know that they are doing wrong.

One must have a clear experience of salvation that gives victory in the life.”

– Warren McIntire

Some people are not happy. (Some have not even made up their mind that they *want* to be happy.) And some definitely do not want YOU happy (making you unhappy makes them “happy”). Though being happy should never be your prime goal, you can be happy in spite of your circumstances. This, Friend, is possible by the power (& only by the power of the Lord). Praise His name. – 7/1/20

SECOND – HAND

Second-hand, left-overs & clothes handed down

Have all been a part of your life.

Since you agreed to be,

A mate to me:

A poor teacher’s wife.

Second-hand is a thought, at which people frown,

(“Antique” is a fancy word.)

The left-overs some dread

– Our daily bread –

Others waste; how absurd!

 

“Hand-me-down” clothes (despised adjectives to nouns)

You have re-made by the sack.

These three things are not all,

I could recall,

The list would not slack.

Darling, you’re the best mate and mother ’round.

I’m glad you’ve married me,

And became the mother

(Like no other).

Does one, plus one, make three?

– eab, July 1973

 

Live so you have God’s smile & not His frown. O, I know you may blunder (not sin but blunder – learn the difference – it’s huge) but if you’re truly trying to please Him, that effort (IMO) pleases Him. Your friends, even your sibs, may mis-read your motives but God knows the deepest streams in your thinking. If there’s any Being who understands your motive it is God. – 7/1/20

“…A life of holiness, family holiness… & by conversation holiness in the world

…promote holiness in this world…”

– John Bunyan

 Mar 13.31

“Heaven and earth shall pass away:

but my words shall not pass away.”

 Do not let anything, anyone, destroy the Authority of the Holy Bible in your thinking. Not a church (or cluster thereof). Not some man-tampered “bible. Not any “societal change.” Not some puny “scientist.” The Holy Bible is the final Authority in life – will be the final Authority in death, & beyond death there comes the Judgment of all judgments, with the Authority again of God’s Book. – 7/1/20

 “Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which prime ministers

have never yet been invested.” [replace “headmaster” with homeschool parent – eab]

– Winston Churchill

Eph 4.32 +

Eph 4.32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

 

“How astonishing is God’s kindness! It is not the rich merely he calls on to be charitable…

the poor are called to relieve those who are poorer…”

– Adam Clarke

 

When you look like the world, go where the world goes, when you talk like the world, & buy what they buy, you are OF this dying, putrefying world. Do not say you’re a follower of God. “…If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”(1Jo 2.15). 6/26/20

 

“Be prudent, be cautious neither eat, drink, nor wear but as you pay for everything.

Live not on trust [credit-eab]…Labor hard to live honestly.”

– Adam Clarke

 

No garden can de-weed itself. The gardener must do that. No man can pull carnality out of his life but (conditions being met) God, the Master Gardener, can pull out the weeds of selfishness, pride, carnal anger, etc. Friend, you can’t remove the “old man,” the “old woman” but God can. Let Him. – 6/26/20

 

I LIKE

I like up

Better than down.

Prefer a smile

Above a sad frown.

Will choose a wise man

Over a “christian” clown.

Have renounced sin’s garment;

Hope to wear heaven’s glad crown.

Have left destruction’s city

Bound for that gold-streeted town.

– eab, June 2011

 

Death, please be fully aware, Death is on *your* trail. If you picture him as a “hunter” he always connects, always gets his kill. Sounds fatalistic? Yes, in a way, but you & I (by the wonderful grace of Jesus) can be prepared for that hour whenever death catches us. – 6/26/20

 

“Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way…[it] is wicked

…Deliberately tell God…you will not fret about that thing.”

– Oswald Chambers

 

Joh 15.19

“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world,

but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

 

Pray for America? Yes. Pray for the president? Yes. Pray for christians eyes to be opened to the storm of deceit perpetrated by slanted “news” (“…satan…deceiveth the whole world…”(Rev 12.9)? Yes.

But, O, would you please Pray for a deep moving of God in your congregation, in your family, in your own heart. We may (may not – I don’t pretend to know) be seeing the end of our country & we need God’s sweet presence in a daily, indwelling for our sakes & to show the world how Christ loves! – 6/26/20

 

“They loved being around Him [Christ];

He was no complainer.”

– Carl Eisenhart

Eph 4.12 +

Eph 4.12

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,

for the edifying of the body of Christ” (see 4.11)

 

If you have any desire to hurt people: physically, mentally, spiritually, you are related to satan. You are not related to God (even if you do your dastardly deed in His name). Repent. Repent. Repent. – 6/25/20

 

“…we may in general prolong our days by choosing wisdom

& shorten them by choosing folly.”

– John Fletcher

 

What are you “saying” when your lips are not their true color? When your cheeks are not really “you”? When your eyes have a false shadow? When your hair is dyed? When your finger/toenails have been painted? What are you REALLY saying? That the Almighty, the God of Heaven & Earth, did a “botched job” on you & you’re trying to correct it? Eh? Don’t tell me, but YOU need to answer this. *Now* Before your deathbed. – 6/25/20

 

“…no man can gladly receive the truths of God

who gladly receives the lies of satan.”

– John Fletcher

 

GOD IS FAIR    

God is a God Who’s always fair

He cannot let you go to a place

For which you did not prepare.

– eab, June ’03

 

A – THEISM

Atheism is a mental disorder:

When a Being, is being denied,

But it uses the very name of

That Being it’s trying to hide.

– eab, 6/25/18

 

No one, but no one, enjoys sunsets & moon rises like a saint. No one has a better time seeing fall’s colors like the soul in love with Jesus. No one loves babies more than a Christ-follower. No one enjoys a picnic more than God’s child. No one gets out of God’s Word more than those who love It’s Author. No one likes sea-side scenes or mountain top views like a saint. “What are you saying?” The one who is ready to die – he is the only one who is truly happy in life. Come to Christ, please come. – 6/25/20

 

“He’s the final destination of my soul.”

– Darwin Edwards

 

1Pe 3.3

“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair

& of wearing of gold or of putting on of apparel;”

 

An underage daughter with pierced ears – wait a minute – did she give her consent for you, her socially-pressured parent, to mark-her-for-life? And, if possible, worse you have a young son with an earring in his ear? What are you thinking? (In reality why weren’t you thinking?) A lady should have a smiling face which attracts your attention not “dangles” off to the sides. No man, hear it, No Man looks better with a ring in his ear. I’m sorry our culture – or lack thereof – has dropped to accepting such as OK. – 6/25/20

 

“Increased religious activity without ethical living

only increases sinning.”

– Ray Dunning, PhD

Eph 4.11 +

Eph 4.11

“And he gave some, apostles; & some, prophets;

& some, evangelists; & some, pastors & teachers;”

 

“…I plead for the most precious liberty in the world, heart liberty,

for liberty from the most galling of all yokes, the yoke of heart corruption.”

– John Fletcher

 

Returned Monday from 3 days with the Dickinsons. Had nice meal at White Star Restaurant & before we left town I found an address & told family about it. I first heard of Peebles about 1954-55. Bro & Sis Howard Williams lived at 84 Walnut St. & I enjoyed seeing the house Friday. On Saturday the Dickinson children & I picked poke, brought home a good amount, & it was cooked – like spinach only better (IMO) & served with the Vandalia onion pies Heather made. Phillip had asked me (on Friday) to have devotional thoughts for Saturday & I enjoyed sharing in their family altar – among other things, how to remember the ch. where Abraham “sacrificed” Isaac. On the Lord’s Day we drove two cars to Christian Nation Church & back. God helped Phillip to preach & point out well, the importance of living right for the generational benefits to the Kingdom. Good Lord’s Day dinner of potato salad, ham, baked beans, cottage cheese. Said “good byes” about noon on Monday. Thank you for the invite (Father’s Day) & nice time. – 6/23/20

 

“…Perfect butterfly…three wks ago it was a perfect aurelia, quietly sleeping in it’s silken tomb.

Some months before it was a perfect silk worm busily preparing…”

– John Fletcher

 

Three short, May thoughts:

  1. What would make you WANT to kill someone? Know the answer? Carnality. 5/24/20
  2. Immaturity is a sign of sinners, childish sinners. A young saint has adultness satan can’t imitate. 5/26/20
  3. What you can never do – that is what you AND God together, can do (in His will). 5/28/20

 

FAILURE and FAITHFUL

Failure and Faithful began the same,

The ending is where the difference came.

– eab, 6/24/79

 

Three short, early June thoughts:

  1. We carry tangible things with our hands – we carry the intangible on our hearts. 6/2/20
  2. On our death beds not one of us will say, “I wish I hadn’t prayed so much.” 6/4/20
  3. Give God 1/10th of your income. Give Him 1/7th of your week. Give Him 100/100th of your life. 6/7/20

 

“Take time to be holy

– you have to make time today.”

– Dempsy Fossit

 

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…”

 

Please daily read the Good Book – I can’t urge you too much to do so. “What should I read next?” Read histories – older printings & from a variety of writers & cultures. (Don’t trust reading a book on line; it may’ve been changed.) Read with a highlighter (own books so you can mark in them & refer back to them later). Read with BOTH eyes open. Create your own indexes with a pen/pencil on the blank pages. Corrupt men, trying to gain a name/fame, often repeat similar atrocious lies, murderers, & revolutions. Don’t be deceived as *their* followers were. – 6/24/20

 

“No man’s desire for heaven is any greater

than his desire for holiness.”

– R G Flexon

Eph 3.21 +

Eph 3.21

“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,

world without end. Amen.”

 

“If one lives this beautiful life it will mean closed lips on many occasions, for one cannot indulge in light & frivolous conversations & keep the presence of the unseen Christ.”

– J B McBride

 

A good child-dad relationship can make it easier for souls to develop a great child – God relationship. Don’t believe for a moment that radio, then movies, that made “dad look bad” were by accident. – 6/7/20

 

“The Christ-spirit is an unselfish spirit;

the world-spirit is a selfish spirit.”

– J B McBride

 

A reminder from “school days” When a teacher used True & False questions on a test a hope he/she said, “If any part of the question is false – it is all false.” The same, BTW, is true for a church or a cult. Do not just “look for” stuff with which you agree (“That doesn’t sound that bad” or “I think I agree with this”). Look at all their doctrinal statements! If one major tenet is false run from the whole cult. – 6/22/20

 

ETERNITY

E – Ever & ever & ever.

T – Terminating never.

E – Both “E” ends are unknown.

R – Reaping what was here sown.

N – Night of all nights or lit Day.

I – Immensity in everyway.

T – Take time to now prepare.

Y – You & I will soon be there.

– eab, 6/22/20

 

Everything you need to know to be saved is in the Bible. Many modern ideas, ideals, & theories are not found in the Holy Bible, therefore you need not worry about them (either totally ignore them or easily place them among the non-essentials of life). Read & Heed the Bible – TODAY. – 6/22/20

 

“When you refuse to let the Holy Ghost sanctify you, you are telling Him that you do not want Him,

that you do not need His help. You can get along very well without Him.”

– Warren     McIntire

 

Pro 22.6

“Train up a child in the way he should go:

& when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

 

Learning to read is good – provided the right words are read. Often among a child’s earliest words to read is “d-o-g.” The word “G-o-d” is just as easy to spell, just as easy to read, & is infinitely, Hear It, infinitely more important. A teacher (parent or one hired to teach) who has little-to-no interest in spiritual things is likely to use “d-o-g.” A godly teacher wants the child to learn about “G-o-d.” Reading can be great but reading the right words & learning the correct concepts is extremely greater. – 6/22/20

 

“Comparatively few people are out-and-out Christians.”

– Roy S  Nicholson

Eph 3.20 +

Eph 3.20

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above

all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”

 

“All converted people want holiness whether they understand it or not

& they will get it somewhere if they do not backslide.”

– J B McBride

 

What are you reading? What are you reading that is a total waste of eyes & energy? What are you reading that you suppose neutral (or innocent) but really has subliminal messages which are harming you? What are you reading in memes, cartoons or jokes which you’ll recall to your detriment? (When a joke starts with, “A blond walks into a bar…” Stop – this is headed the wrong direction.) Conversely, are you reading the Good Book: 1chapter, 2 chapters, 3 chapters a day or more? What ARE you reading? – 6/17/20

 

“Mr. Milton tells us of Paradise lost in Eden, but thank God,

the Bible tells us of Paradise regained in Christ!”

– J B McBride

 

“Love is blind” A.) is understood by most as an exaggeration meaning a person who’s in love (or imagines he/she is) may not see a fault – glaring fault(?) – others see. If you’re single, please make sure Dad/Mom meet “Miss Wonderful”/”Mr Great Guy” at the earliest convenience. NOTE: if there’s the slightest reason you don’t want your parents to meet them – that’s a major Red Flag. Mom may be able to see weakness you don’t perceive in your girlfriend. Dad may see a flaw in your boyfriend. Listen to Momsy & Popsy. They want you ultimately happy, not just temporarily so. Listen. – 6/18/20

 

HOPE AT DEATH

What good was it to be a “popular Joe”

When ghastly death, life’s final, unfriendly foe

Gives you that nasty, odd nod, and you most go?

 

Did popularity keep death far away?

Was it so fair it kept death at distant bay?

Did fame make death late, for even one more day?

 

The well-known die as do many unknown

The grim reaper comes for every seed that’s sown

He, the product of sin, claims each as his own.

 

Death knows the address of the rich and the poor

Knows each cell phone number, each palatial door

Finds its victims on the first or the fifth floor

 

Preparation for death is not fleeting fame

Nor to have acquired a saucy house-hold name

Nor to have piled up gold, silver (all the same)

 

One has suffered death for all, poor and well-to-do

Christ is your only hope when death comes soon, for you

Christ is all you’ll need when death’s door you pass through. – eab 6/18/08

 

“Love is blind” B.) Let’s look at the flip side. Your husband has passed away long enough ago that you might consider dating. Or, it’s been long enough since your wife died that you’ve allowed yourself to consider taking a date to supper. Should your kids (married or unmarried), should your friend’s children meet this person & later (in private) let you know what they think? I believe so. Just as parents can see, a child may see a fault to which you’re “blind.” (It’s possible one child will be negative because they miss the original parent but pray for wisdom to see this for what it is.) – 6/18/20

 

“…Wealth lessens rather than increases human happiness.

Millionaires who laugh are rare.”

– Andrew Carnegie

 

Pro 22.7

“The rich ruleth over the poor,

& the borrower is servant to the lender.”

 

Are you saving some money or do you spend every dollar you get? You should give God at least 10% of your wages, you should lay aside another 10% (even 5%) for a savings. “But, Bryan, I need every dime I get.” You may – but if 100% honest, you may see you’re spending too much on A.C., too much on eating out, too much on clothing, etc. Learn to be stingy with money. Learn to put nothing on a credit card you can’t pay-off next month. Learn the satisfaction of paying cash – no interest, no late fees. – 6/18/20

 

“Nothing puts a man so far

from the devil’s reach as humility.”

– Jonathan Edwards

Eph 2.8 +

Eph 2.8

“For by grace are ye saved through faith;

& that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

 

“…Pride is the very essence of sin…”

– Adam Clarke

 

Don’t have (or watch) TV? Good. Don’t’ listen/watch “news” on your smart phone or computer? Great. Don’t listen to left-wing “garbage” on a radio? Nice. But even so, we are “picking-up” too much of this world’s “thinking.” I urge you to back away from politics – it hasn’t saved the world thus far, nor will it! I’m not saying not to vote – I AM saying don’t trust that your vote will change the course. God can do more via holy prayer than all politicians ever have done. Amen. – 6/14/20

 

“Such is the nature of God that he cannot be more willing to save thee

in any future time than his is now.”

– Adam Clarke

 

1.) If a truth is known but what’s spoken is not true – the man’s a liar & if believed, his hearers are deceived.

2.) If truth is not known but what’s spoken is *thought true* – the man is deceived & if believed, his hearers are deceived. In #1 the man is accountable to God. In # 2 the man (who was deceived may (or may not, as God sees) be held accountable. In both #1 & #2 the hearers suffer. Preacher/teacher never, NEVER lie “…All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire & brimstone”(Rev 21.8). Preacher search for truth. Be very careful of your source. The Bible is the only source of Perfect Truth. 6/16/20

 

KIDS SCREAM [1]

Kids scream for a multitude of reasons,

In summer, winter, fall, and other seasons.

They scream because they’re joyous,

And they scream because they’re not.

They scream when they are cold and wet,

And when they’re wet and hot.

They vibrate their vocal cords

When by themselves, or in huge hordes,

And scream because they’re slightly “mad”

Or when chased by their playful dad.

But whatever the reason, or season,

Kids will go on screaming.

Giving the world of ours

A little more depth of meaning.

– eab, June 1973

 

“Science” has opposed Scripture for centuries. One example only now: science “in its wisdom” said the moon merely reflects light from the sun. This made the sun “important” helping strengthen “sun worship” (which is far from dead). Scripture says the moon is a Light “…two great lights…”(Gen 1.16). Go to the end of time “…moon shall not give her light…”(Mat 24.29). “Well, Bryan, you need to understand a reflector gives ‘light.’” A “light” is not a reflector (nor is a reflector “light”). Why not take the Bible literally? If your state requires a tail light on a car, an officer may not be happy that you only have a reflector. – 6/16/20

 

“All that Calvary provided for us,

judgment will require from us.”

– Millard  Downing

 

Eze 32.7

“…I will cover the heaven & make the stars thereof dark;

I will cover the sun with a cloud & the moon shall not give her light.”

 

If you pastor a church, teach a Sun. Sch. class of older students/adults, or do evangelism please search what the NT teaches about hell & begin A-NEW to emphasis this place of punishment. It. Is. Real. If our preachers / teachers are silent about it, some who listen may go there because the pulpit is silent. “But it’s an unpleasant subject.” I understand & concur. Better to make a congregation uncomfortable for a while so they repent, as to be quite & some of the them end up there. – 6/16/20

 

“Keep the romance alive; I’ve never had to take the credentials

from a man who stayed in love with his wife.”

– Elbert Dodd

[1] We had an enjoyable summer in our little cottage on Goodbread St., Nevada, OH. Little lot had pear tree, apple tree, 3 kinds of berries.