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Rev 21.8 +

Rev 21.8

“…the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone”

 

The greatest reason to go to Heaven is its King. Period. Love Him supremely today. Now – allow a different look at heaven/hell. If hell had no heat (it does) & heaven had no perfect climate (it does) heaven is much preferable because of its Pure air & Pure water. It’s “squeaky” clean. Hell holds the corruption of the ages, it’s the sewer of all the earth.

– eab, 8/21/18

 

 “These good men always accused the devil rather than the mob itself”

– Abel Stevens – speaking of the Methodist preachers who were mobbed

 

A church can be place to start the path to heaven, when truth is preached, sung, testified to, & lived.

A church can also (sadly) be an entry to hell, when sins are spoken of lightly, carnality is seen as normal for “saints,” & mere emotion is portrayed as the Holy Spirit.

– eab, 8/21/18

 

Preparation

The greatest preparation a man can make

To preach the Gospel for Jesus’ sake

Is to allow the Spirit from above

To replace Adam’s nature with perfect love.

– eab, 8/21/15

 

1Jo 3.9

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God”

 

Are you mistaken about mistakes? All earth-bound saints have made mistakes – mistakes of the hand or head. Sin by contrast, is an issue of the heart. Please stopping calling mistakes sin (saying “I lied” when you didn’t) & stop calling sin a mistake. Sin in intentional. Always.

– eab, 8/21/18

 

“Love of money is probably more responsible for modern wars than any other one cause…the blood of many being shed to enrich a few.”

– Wm J Bryan, /In His Images/

 

Many an old church had a graveyard, behind it, beside it. As we ascended the steps of the church we could see graves of saints who had ascended to heaven. As we came back out of the sanctuary, the descended steps could remind us of some – bodies were right out there – who’d probably descended into the bad place. A church combined with a cemetery was a good idea.

– eab, 8/21/18

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Psa 24.1 +

Psa 24.1

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof;

the world, and they that dwell therein.”

 

God likes land. After all, making earth was His “idea,” not ours. Man travels God great “ranch” with permission. We aren’t intruders or trespassers (He, of course, knows we’re here) but “…The earth IS the Lord’s…(Exo 9.29, Psa 24.1, 1Co 10.26ff). We cross & re-cross His land & then – – – we’re buried in it. He, the owner lives on & on. But if we’re meek, we will “…Inherit the earth” (Mat 5.5).

– eab, Aug 2018

 

“Every man must think for himself

since every man must give an account for himself to God.”

– John Wesley, quoted by Abel Stevens

 

There’s a time to retire – even if you re-enter employment at a different level. Some men are afraid to leave the security of their last “job” (purposely using a generic word). Some are afraid of the uncertainty of being retired. Some like the idea of “still being needed.” Some do not “have the guts” (excuse the vernacular) to do what they know its time to do. Some are blinded by pride of position. In spite of any/all excuses there’s time to retire. Seek God’s will. Once you find it – do it.

– eab, 8/14/18

 

 

RE-BORN

Your life may be crooked, twisted, and torn,

Don’t let satan make you the least forlorn

Confess your sins; believe in Christ

Stop being the devil’s illegal heist.

How? By being once & forever Re-Born.

– eab, 8/16/17

 

 

2Ti 2.15

“Study to show thyself approved unto God,

a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

I’ve been misunderstood when I’ve warned about humor. I’m not opposed to what I’ll call “accidental humor” – a convergence of “events” happens; the incongruity is seen & clean laughter is enjoyed by one (you laughing at yourself) or by several. What concerns me is: 1.) A preacher (who should be a man of God) purposely trying to be funny – acting like a master of ceremonies, even (sorry-to-say) a comic & 2.) evangelicals, holiness people who’re spending $, time s-e-e-k-i-n-g laughs. Laugh when it’s natural to do so BUT don’t make laughter & fun the Goal of your life!

– eab, 8/16/18

 

“…The average preacher seems to know more about sin than about holiness.”

– Andrew Blackwood, /Preaching from the Bible/

 

The pastor who feels he must do secular work (to pay honest-non-indulgent debt) needs God’s leadership as to the type of work, how many hours he should work a week, & if it should be for a yr or two till he can – with a tight budget – pay off his debt. Door-to-door sales are some of the worst jobs a working pastor can do – they do not know if you’re coming to sell “x,” or make a pastoral call.

– eab, 8/16/18

Rev 1.10-11a +

Rev 1.10-11a

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Saying, ‘I am Alpha and Omega’…”

 

You don’t get your work done in 6 days? (God did – Gen 1.) Is it poor management to not get chores finished by Saturday PM? When you do *your work* on *His Day* you’re stealing time from God.

– eab, 8/12/18

 

“So long as sin in the world

love must make war against it.”

– Daniel Steele, /Love Enthroned/

 

What are some differences between Earth & World?

Psa 77.18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the WORLD: the EARTH trembled and shook. Earth&World – think. #8

 

 

PRAYING PLACE

No one to hear, no one to see,

No one here but God and me;

The greatest Being of all time and space

Ordains to meet me in this place.

– eab, 8/14/08

 

 

a great fall

The broadway was calling, was beckoning,

And with short-sighted, selfish reckoning

You answered its alluring call.

Now you have “freedom,” “liberty.”

“I’m headed also to heaven. See!”

No, Friend, you’ve had a great fall.

– eab, 8/14/12

 

 

DO NOT FAINT

There lives no sinner who can not be a saint

If he’ll turn to Christ, pursue, and not faint.

“Whosoever” is meaningful, ah, for even you.

Stop being a mere “animal” in satan’s zoo.

Christ cleans from every tarnishing taint.

– eab, 8/14/17

 

 

Rev 1.18

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore,

Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

 

Periodical? You want mature readers? Give them Content. You want thinking readers? Give them Content. You want serious readers? Give them Content. But if you just want /more/ readers give them color. Shallow readers may be attracted to color – thinkers are attracted to Content.

– eab, 8/12/18

 

“God’s name, God’s kingdom, God’s will must be the primary object of Christian prayer.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

Most of us appreciate a “thank you.” It can be a formal note, verbal words, or a simple wave of the hand when you let somebody into traffic. Question: Do You Say Thank You? Just as you like to be thanked, others do also. Learn how to say “thank you.” If need be force yourself to write, say, wave that gratitude. Once I gave a man $100 (it was, perhaps, harder to come-by then than now) & he never said a word of thanks. Why? I don’t know. If you’re thankful, say so. If you’re not thankful, you may get a hard lesson.

– eab, 8/13/18

1Co 6.9 +

1Co 6.9

“…unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” (emphasis added)

 

“…Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”(Mat 5.28). I hesitate to make a comparison but allow it – how much more is this true for sodomites. For a male to look at a male & lust for him (I shutter) is as bad, or worse than the normal lust of which Christ warns. Some mainline “churches” are soft on sodomites: allowing them to “marry,” even to “pastor.” Holiness churches – Wake Up! The devil would love for us to slack our Biblical opposition to sodomites.

– eab, 8/13/18

 

“Poorest man I know tonight is

that man who all he has is money.”

– Marshall Smart, sermon, 3/15/99

 

Many analogies stand “on 3 legs” but analogies help show truths otherwise hid. Read on. Many north American families came from Europe. Our names reflect ancestry, foods reveal roots, habits remember cultures. Yet we’re American & happily so. Christians believe in some ideas & ideals of the OT. We appreciate many aspects, read It, preach from It. Yet we’re Christians & pleased to be. Enjoy your liberty, Believers. Embrace all the NT. Love It, memorize from It, & Live It with all your Christ – given power.

– eab, 8/12/18

 

GOD HAS HIS MEN

God has always had His few men,

Categorically free from sin.

He had Noah (almost alone),

He had Enoch (to death unknown).

Does He have you – Spirit within?

– eab, 8/13/09

 

1Jo 2.15b

“…If any man love the world,

the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

To the Bible reader it comes as no surprise that some words are foreign to The Sacred Book. “Fun” is not there – nor is “funny.” (It is anything-but-a-funny-paper.) “Entertainment” is not there – “entertain” & “entertained” are there (in the same verse Heb 13.2) but relate to be a host/hostess. Theater, amphitheater, arena aren’t in the Bible – those weren’t places Christians went to be entertained. When they went there they were killed – for the entertainment of the Greco-Roman heathen. Christian, Think about where you go!

– eab, 8/11/18

 

“The legs feel nothing in the stocks when the heart is in heaven.”

– Tertullian – quoted by F F Bruce

 

Ball. Their car/truck has a ball “license” or “flag.” Their shirts are certain “ball.” Their caps have team logos. They go to their “sacred grounds” as often as they can afford. They have a pic made there – where their heart is happiest – they visit ball “temples.” They willingly pay $ to their ball-god to see demigod players & think it grand to have a pic with them or an autograph. If ball (& its connections) disappeared out of their world they’d be devastated. What if I replaced “Ball” with “Bible” – any difference?

– eab, 8/11/18

1Pe 1.25 +

1Pe 1.25

“But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.

And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

 

A Believer is a man of One Book. He may own many others; he may read many others but when they disagree with his One Book he either trashes them or places them at a distance, as he should. Christians are marked by their high respect for, & firm belief in, the Bible. The rest of their learning is secondary to It.

– eab, 8/12/18

 

“A miracle does not change any law but merely suspends it

at a point where the divine will is at work.

– George               Shaw, /Spirit in Redemption/

 

Psa 33.8 Let all the EARTH fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the WORLD stand in awe of him.

Earth&World – think. #7

 

 

CARNAL OR CHRISTIAN

Carnal man likes to be seen,

Likes you to know his fair worth,

Wants to stand out in his crowd,

Longs for acclaim on this earth.

 

Holy hearts want the Lord seen,

Lift up His name for acclaim,

Readily give up “lime light,”

Backing away from cheap fame.

 

Carnal man takes pride in self,

Always demands his own way,

“Thought of it first,” knows “what’s best.”

Argues black night is broad day.

 

Holiness yields to the Lord,

Gives up its claim to be right,

Wants still God’s perfect, pure will,

Walks happily in God’s light.

 

The carnal centers “on me,”

I am the important one,

Sees no way other than his,

Answers to no one – that’s NONE!

 

Holy hearts center on Christ,

Focus on the Son of God,

Easily know His way goes

Perfectly on Sea or on Sod.

– eab, 8/12/2005

 

 

Rev 15.4

“Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”

 

A worship service should hold an atmosphere akin-to-heaven, whither under tropical trees, or in a woodstove-heated cabin. That kinship to heaven may include voiced or sung praises. That kinship may include hushed or loud prayers. That kinship to heaven is precious & whatever is needed to maintain it should be done with care. Strife, Friend, to be in heaven’s aura & aroma as oft as you can. Avoid groups were such was once the case but have now sin polluts the atmosphere & the Spirit is gone.

– eab, 8/12/18

 

“The sanctification of the Church means

its separation from all that is unholy, from sin.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

It’s been a trick of satan to confuse modern churches – evangelical & holiness – about prophecy & thereby deceive them. Depend on no ONE preacher (radio, TV, antique or modern book) for your eschatology. Become “friends” with Daniel (& other prophets), Christ’s predictions, John the “revelator,” & your prayer closet, for holy insights.

– eab, 8/12/18

Jam 2.19 +

Jam 2.19

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

the devils also believe, and tremble.”

 

You believe in Creation – good; glad you have the good sense to see the world HAD to have a Creator.

You believe in the historic Christ – good. His earthly existence is one of the most verifiable we know.

But have you believed in Christ with your heart? Believed enough to flee all sin & carnality? Believed Christ enough to confess Him?

– eab, 8/6/18

 

“No church can be under the guidance of the Spirit

which fears to offend the world.”

– George               Shaw, Spirit in Redemption/

 

Psa 24.1 The EARTH is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the WORLD, and they that dwell therein.

Earth&World – think. #6

 

 

ADORN

Tall fields of green, tasseled, Ohio corn,

Aroma of fresh mown clover and hay,

Baby’s skin; the softest ever worn,

Crisp night dividing day from day,

Sunrise on beach, O, the beautiful morn,

Valleys where fogs come to play;

Make you glad that you were born.

These, God used this earth to adorn.

– eab, Aug. ’70

 

Act 8.30

“And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, ‘Understandest thou what thou readest?’”

 

Teach your child to read. There’s no skill as important as reading. Period. Why?

Because God wrote a Book. Being able to read, & actually reading His Book, will soon be seen as important as it is! – eab, 8/10/18

 

“To believe the promise of Jesus that His followers shall possess the earth and at the same time to face our enemies unarmed and defenseless preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves is indeed the narrow way.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

His Book contains the most accurate history on earth. Never reject the historicity of the Bible.

His Book contains (as now in English) 1000’s of words arranged in grammatically important structures

His Book contains the greatest prose any human has ever read & the most memorable poetry on earth

His Book contains addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and some measures & fractions

His Book contains more science than “science falsely so called” wants to admit; scores of references

– eab, 8/10/18

Pro 23.23 +

Pro 23.23

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom,

 and instruction, and understanding.”

 

True science is based on MORE: Measurable, Observable, Records & Experiments. A scientist loves truth & happily works on one or more of these aspects. Some people become accurate at measuring – it’s their life. Others develop great powers of observation. They see what many never see. Other souls are record keepers – “jots & titles” are their forte. experimentalists have to try this way, then upside-down, soon it’s sideways or spinning or submersed in water or fried or frozen – – – I think you get the idea.

– eab, 8/9/18

 

“A present tense faith

will bring a present tense victory.”

– C W Ruth, /Bible Readings/

 

Pseudo science is in trouble. It doesn’t like MORE. MORE interferes with their notions (they’d like us to call them “theories”). “Man came from an ape.” Who did the measurements? “Haven’t you ‘seen’‘millions of years’?” No one measured that. Who saw the change? “There are fossils.” Ah? There are many “missing links.” What man recorded this nonsense? – unadulterated guess work – not that; “wish work.” Experiment is missing. This isn’t science – it’s a philosophy trying to masquerade as science. It didn’t make it.

8/9/18

 

Deeper

Going deeper with the Lord

Is always nice.

The deeper the life-giving well,

The higher the price.

– eab, 8/9/10

 

ONE GOAL

Your body/mind will urge an hundred goals

And keep you busy till you die.

At death’s door your soul knows one goal

As all that counted before, goes “bye-bye.”

– eab, 8/9/16

 

 

Mat 7.23

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:

depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

 

If you see yourself as a “christian worker” read Mat 7.22-23 seriously. 3 groups will try to get by: false preachers, supposed exorcists, & others claiming to work for Jesus. He’ll utterly reject them. All 3 made use His name. Allow a question – are you doing your OWN work while making it look like it’s for Jesus? You may fool shallow “christian” & they attend “campaigns,” believe in your “power,” pay bills for your “works” but you won’t fool Christ. Stop making money off the name of Jesus & /beg/ His forgiveness.

– eab, 8/9/18

 

“The Middle Ages featured ‘mystery plays’…in theaters or public squares.

The Reformation replaced theatrics with Biblical exposition.”

– John A Bjorlik

 

An acquaintance collected buttons. Had 50,000 & never bought one. Another man collected ’65 & ’66 Ford pickups; had 30. It’d take many bottles to store the buttons & several garages for those Fords. Neither man will take his “interest” with him. “Well, I don’t know any collection that goes beyond the grave.” Allow me to name one. Truth. Truth will be valuable in Eternity. Truth doesn’t require bottles or barns. It does require “space,” in the sense, you’ll have to “kick out” lies to have room for Truth. Collect Truth.

– eab, 8/9/18