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Luther Quote

“I would not have preachers in their sermons use Hebrew, Greek…

in church we ought to speak as we use to do at home, the plain mother tongue.”

Table Talk, p.185

 

You can not be firmly convinced of The King James Version and, at the same time, firmly convinced of a Bible in competition with It. If you had to declare in a Court of Law which Bible you believe to be inspired – the KJV or another – which would you say? Would it be a real struggle?

– eab, 9/22/17

 

LONE SCRIBE

One cannot adequately describe,

The work of one lone scribe,

In days or months or years.

Only eternity will reveal,

The influence of his pen’s ink-zeal;

Words encasing hopes, facts, fears.

– eab, 9/22/09

 

Your own

It’s wonderful Lord how You watch out for Your own

In every clime, country, zone.

And equally nice how You give strength to die

To Your martyrs far away or quite nigh:

Goodness, grace, both supplied without loan.

– eab, 9/22/09

 

You probably share ideas “A” & “B” with a friend but may not share more. You may share ideas “C” & “D” with other friends (though they don’t agree with “A”&“B”). This not bad – it can make life interesting. Enjoy conversations on shared concepts (with those who share them) without “forcing” them to agree with your “jots”/“tittles.” We tend to be better friends when “understandings” are most similar.

*The above only intended for areas where the Bible is silent – not for Its fundamental, clear teachings.*

– eab, 9/21/17

 

“Take away the Bible & our warfare with oppression & infidelity & intemperance & impurity

& crime is at an end: our weapons are wrested away–our foundation is removed—

we have no authority to speak & no courage to act.”

– Wm. Lloyd Garrison, quoted by Gilchrist Lawson

 

Pro 29. 2

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:

but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

 

What do you BELIEVE?

You’re an adult – You can believe what you want to. As a logical adult (hopefully) you should have foundations for your beliefs. Higher yet, as an adult who claims to believe in Jesus Christ & His authoritative Bible, your beliefs should be anchored within It. Are they?

– eab, 9/18/17

 

What do you BELIEVE?

Does your view of the past connect to some/all of the OT? Does your view of the present have roots in the teachings of the NT? Does your view of eschatology have firm fountains in Daniel, Christ, Revelations – – – not what you were “taught” that they say, but the Literal, Grammatical reading of the Text?

– eab, 9/18/17

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Luther Quote

“Here on earth we must seek for no honor, for it is written:

‘Woe unto you when men bless you.’ We belong not to this life but to another far better.”

Table Talk, p.177

 

A theory, as long as it is accepted as just that, a theory, may be harmless: an idea among a brotherhood of ideas, a possibility and only that. If/when you (or society) start to accept it as “fact,” if/when it becomes THE only accepted idea, moving toward “orthodoxy,” it becomes Dangerous, with a capital “D.”

– eab, 9/21/17

 

The greatest City

The greatest City of all,

Perfectly squared and equally tall

Whose Builder and Maker is God;

Is New Jerusalem, yet to come,

The believer’s eternal home

And it’ll be literally above sod.

– eab, 9/21/15

 

* FRUGAL *

You can be frugal because you HAVE TO BE, be totally griped about it, and have no joy in it.

You can make a “game” of saving, re-using, “making-do” & enjoy it. Attitudes are important.

– eab, 9/21/17

 

“…The more we conform to his will, the more we act according to his wisdom, and

imitate his goodness, by so much the more do we enjoy God…”

– Wm. Law, from his SERIOUS CALL

 

Heb 11. 25

“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God,

than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”

 

Want to love Christ? 1) Read MORE about Him in His eternal Word (“Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away” (Mat24.35,Mar13.31, Luk21.33). 2) Talk MORE to Him – no appointment necessary, “walk-ins” welcome. 3) Let Him talk to you – – – make sure your heart is as open to hear Him as you want Him to hear you.

– eab, 9/19/17

 

Want to be attracted to the antichrist? 1) expose your eyes, mind, your “animal spirit” to ungodly “music.”

2) feed your eyes, warp your brain, slather memory with images of ancient, “futuristic” gods/goddesses.

3) be more involved in death-worshipping-halloween & false imagery of materialistic christmas, etc.

– eab, 9/19/17

Luther + +

Luther Quote

…The number of upright and true Christians

in every place is very small…”

Table Talk, p.177

 

If you & your cohorts start secretly doing wrong (against church, school, government, medicine, science, a corporate competitor) it’s “normal” to hide your evil. Since what you’re doing is wicked, it’s likely you’ll lie if/when you’re discovered. It’s also likely you’ll try to label the person who calls for truth a “conspiracy theorist” & hope the label sticks. If it sticks & societal conditioning has reached a corrupt enough stage, the truth teller is written off as “crazy or fringe” (at least strange) & your disgusting deed is “safe.” Liars do not like Truth Tellers. A real Truth Seek wants truth in every area of life. Do YOU? Well – – – do you?

– eab, 9/19/17

  

O ADAM

“Where art thou, O Adam;

Man I made & his personal Madam?”

They answered Him not a word,

As if they had not heard.

In it’s grip, sin had’em.

– eab, Sept.  2014

 

Two groups of people will be alive at “…the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ…”(identical words-1Co .7, 1Th3.13, 1Th5.23 & 2Th 2.1): A.) Those to whom His revelation is wonderful, “…comfort one another with these words” (1Th4.18), B.) those to whom His coming is horrible; they’ll “mourn” (Mat24.30) & “wail” (Rev1.7). Upon which side would you be?

– eab, 9/19/17

 

“…There is nothing that makes us love a man

as much as praying for him…’”

– Wm. Law, from his SERIOUS CALL

 

Mat 5. 44

“…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

 

Dear parent/Christian school personnel – are you willing to admit the evilness of halloween? My stops yesterday included a supplier for home improvement. I see little connection between their business & statutes of witches – complete with caldron & rat. There was a skeleton of a horse (man-made materials) with a human skeleton astride. There was a dinosaur (about $300) for a scarier look. Our wicked world is getting deeper into satanism. He “glorifies” & encourages death. Please awaken and avoid this horrid day.

– eab, 9/19/17

Luther and more

Luther Quote

“…Truth is a hateful thing;

he that, in these times, speaks the truth, procures hatred.”

Table Talk, p.177

 

Churchill’s “History is written by the victors,” has detractors but few “losers” have the privacy to write or resources to publish “their side.” It would seem that much “history” (American/world) is the “official” story, i.e. story officials want you to accept. If history is your interest you’ve a challenge to peel back this country’s account, that ethnic groups tales, & the religious clique’s lines & find the genuine. It may actually be better to be a “little historically illiterate” as to parrot to your children (blood or classroom) stories which have more “sanction” than reality.

– eab, 9/18/17

 

RICH

I’m rich in wealth that banks can’t hold;

I’m rich in treasures that do not jingle or fold.

Grandsons and granddaughters * beat gold;

They’re your child’s child and also heaven’s mold.

– eab, 9/18/14  (* blessed with 18)

 

Parents who’re themselves divorce/remarried, D/R (and defend their deed) shouldn’t be surprised when a child also fails to keep his “till-death-do-us-part” promise. Parents whose marriage is legit but who show acceptance for D/R likewise should not be shocked when “Jr.” leaves his wife for another. When a parent has the strongest of stands against divorce/remarriage there’s no guarantee their children will not fall into this horrible trap, but it may be a small deterrent.

– eab, 1/22/17

 

“…That man that takes up religion for the world

will throw away religion for the world.”

– John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

 

Isa 38. 8

“Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz,

ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”

 

“…Science falsely so called” (Paul distinctly warns his spiritual son about it, 1Ti 6.20.) has painted itself as either knowing the answers or supposedly seeking them. As long as you and I believe their little theories they are empowered. When we awaken to purposeful deception and spoof them, they lose their “authority” and are seen as the foolish guys they really are. T*H*I*N*K.

– eab, 2/8/17

Several things

Luther Quote

“…St. Peter was at Rome…

has never yet been, nor ever will be proved…”

Table Talk, p.174

Dad, are you allowing your son to do what your holy dad wouldn’t allow you to do? WHY?

Mom, are you permitting a daughter to dress in ways your saintly mother forbid you? WHY?

For the sake of eternity (parent’s & child’s) you need to HONESTLY answer Why?

– eab, 9/16/17

 

 

PULLED UP, PUSHED UP         

The mighty oak from an acorn came,

Bursting, throbbing, growing in strain;

Pulled up by the light, pushed up by the rain.

It didn’t happen over night.

No stalwart man is instant made.

It takes pressure, decisions, days of shade;

Pulled up by prayer, pushed by reading, rare.

Small souls and fires quickly fade.    

– eab, Sept.  1975  

The Worship of the Triune Godhead should draw our attention now & ever. Such worship should Awe us, Humble us, Inspire us. Worshipping of the Father, the Son, & the Holy Ghost should be the high point of every Lord’s Day, the sought-for point in every Family Altar (devotions as family units), & the rejoicing point in our daily private times with God. Amen?

– eab, 9/17/17

“Jim Elliott…“I went a friend’s house last night and looked at TV.

God convicted me with Psalm 119:37: ‘Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity.’”

– Quoted by Vance Havner, from his ON THIS ROCK

1Co 10. 7

“Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written,

‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.’”

 

 

He “earns” WHAT?!? That’s his pay – – – to merely play? He doesn’t make a door/window. He doesn’t grow veggies/fruits. His “activity” yields no better river or pond. I’m happy that the exorbitant “salaries” paid to grown men chasing each other down a “cow-pasture” wanting a pig-skin the other guy has, have not received one dollar from me. And you? If every one who was in church this week, stopped paying-to-watch such frivolity maybe, MAYBE some of these playboys would get real jobs.

– eab, 9/17/17

Several ideas

Luther Quote

“Truly that prayer [our Lord’s Prayer] was penned by wisdom itself;

none but God could have done it.”

Table Talk, p.157

 

Thank you, fb friends, for being my “friend.” Some pics/paragraphs I like, click, or make a brief comment. (Some pics have a degree of immodesty, are places I don’t frequent or other; you don’t see “like.”) Many of you get a BD or anniversary wish (Happy big “A” – eab style) from me. Some posts are “too left” for me to approve (allow me to be “me” J) but I try to reach out where/when I can. I WISH TO REMAIN FRIENDS. Seldom if ever have I “taken you to task” for your entries; b-u-t you may be in my prayers the next 24. How boring the world would be if we thought alike, but we can be friends on the street & on fb. J

 

 

ACCOUNT GIVEN

Soon there will be an account to be given, *

Soon we will stand at God’s great judgment bar,

Soon He will look at His long list in heaven.

Life is hence serious, sooo serious, by far.

– eab, 9/14/06 * Written on west bank, Middle Fork (Chandalar River) AK,

 

 

GOD – WHAT AN ARTIST!

God is a majestic Artist in miles of mountain lands, *

God is a marvelous Artist in pebbles or fine “beachy” sands,

God is a magnificent Artist in old virgin towering stands.

Artistry – He defines it, whatever He has in His hands.

– eab, 9/15/06 * Written on west bank, Middle Fork (Chandalar River) AK,

 

 

The Lord’s Day AM message can be a time when you display your astute homiletical skills, or a half hour when you exhibit your best theatrical abilities, or a period when you share story after personal story including those funny ones. The fourth & by-far-best possibility is that Christ is then lifted up, His Holy Word exalted, and His name praised. The congregation should leave, not enamored with you or your talents, but awed by their Redeemer, His love for them, and His call to holy living.

– eab, 9/14/17

 

“There is no dignity quite so impressive and

no independency quite so important as living within your means.”

– Calvin Coolidge

 

 

Jam 2. 19

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:

the devils also believe, and tremble.”

 

 

One human holding another in bondage must be awful. Without Christ in his heart, one can see how the enslaved might wish death for a nasty master. But – – – there’s a worst slavery than someone having you in bonds. The worst bondage is when you are fettered by YOUR carnal nature. Every reader is either chained by his old man/old woman now, or was before The Holy Spirit sanctified him. We don’t have to keep the Adamic nature as master; if you want the death of the old nature of sin, begin seeking a pure heart. You don’t have to “live with” carnal anger, pride, jealousy, or other disgusting carnal traits. You can be free!

-eab, 9/15/17

 

Some have been noticing (I hope 🙂 ) weeks of quotes by Martin Luther. 2017 marks 500 years since this great man took an unprecedented stand for Christ & for Faith. He was not the first Reformer but he was a VERY important one. Some believe his greatest action may have not been the thesis nailing but his putting the Bible into German vernacular, using the same basis as Englishmen used for our beloved KJV.

– eab, 9/14/17

 

Luther Quote

“…None can believe how powerful prayer is and what it is able to effect

but those who have learned it by experience.”

Table Talk, p.138

 

Bucket List? NO! There’s no problem making a record of 1.) God’s beautiful locations to see 2.) Rightful activities to do 3.) Persons you’d like to meet before death. (This post is not anti-goal.) Allow a warning about the term “bucket list.” It has a questionable source(s). I grew up in farming country with the expression “kick the bucket.” It was years before it clicked; it’s another term for suicide. The devil (& his ilk) want suicide to become more acceptable. It is NOT – ever! I stopped saying “kick the bucket” & strongly encourage you drop it – – – Since there’s a connection with “bucket list” why not drop it too?

-eab, 9/13/17

 

DEMAS TOO

He was a companion to Paul;

Once “up,” he had a bad fall.

Satan o’er him his flag unfurled

Because he “loved this present world.”

Watch, friend, the world still has its wild call.

– eab, 9/14/11

 

People of God You know how much sleep you need. Go to bed early & (if possible) avoid early meetings especially if they’re only social. (If you need 7 hrs sleep, plan “to bed” & “get up” time 8 hrs apart; if you need 8 to rest, plan beginning & ending 9 apart.) Then when God awakens you, roll out & pray. Do NOT look at the time either as you arise or lay back down – this allows you to subtract yourself from that “ever-demanding-clock.” If God meets you shortly, fine. If His presence settles in & you’re longer, that’s fine. This no-clock-praying allows a Freedom, a Luxury, Tryst for just you & the Lover of Your Soul.

9/14/17

 

“…for one to kill himself

is to kill body and soul at once.”

– John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

 

Rom 16. 18

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly;

and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

 

Pastor – Where is your designated praying place? Church building? Parsonage? Other?

How often do you schedule yourself there? How often do you actually meet that schedule?

Is this where you can enter & exit unseen? Is it sound proof or are your periods there when no one hears?

How often do you “pray around the church” (literally pew-by-pew or visually)? Do you name to the Lord?

– eab, 9/14/17