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Archive for April 5th, 2009

Religion hinders many souls

                                               from being Redeemed. –eab, 4/1/09

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Thirty-seven years ago the Lord gave me a song –

            “The closing of this present age

            Must be very near indeed.

            Look around you, read your Bible;

            Understand it and take heed.”          (leading four lines of stanza four)

Obviously, we are 37 years closer to that closing than its penning. 

More has passed, however, than mere years. 

 

Men who should love the Father (God), love themselves (wish I could say all such rascals are in WDC – I can’t).  

Men who should love Family (God’s “invention”), love fickle infatuations. 

Men who should love freedom of speech, worship, etc. have chosen money over moral action, low security over spiritual heights.

There has never been a better time to read/understand the Bible.

 

As pastor I feel I walk a narrow trail. There is danger of “preaching” too much warning (it is biblical to sound the trumpet – Eze 33.4 example) and not giving enough food. Conversely there is danger of too much “encouraging” and “warm fuzzes” and our congregation being blind-sided by a the one-world church and its unholy affiliation with the impending new world (one world) order.

 

Today is the traditional “Palm Sunday.” Supposedly this marks the time Jesus rode a road into Jerusalem to the “cheers” of a crowd.  Before the week was out part of that same crowd gave “jeers.” 

 

The world was no friend to our greatest Friend and it is no friend to us. Heaven awaits the faithful saint.  May we press toward heaven as never before.  Someday we’ll flee a fleeting, failing world and heaven will be our happy home.

 

 

 

 

 

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The sun had heated the wrinkled skin,

And precious warmth instilled within,

          With seemingly no outward result.

But inside the movement of sap,

Permeated the cells (as roads a map)

          It was the renewed sunshine’s “fault.”

 

The sap came up from the deepest root,

To the farthest, round, diminishing shoot,

          In action and time, like each spring.

Running by day, and stopping by night,

Then, again continuing its insistent flight,

          To the tune that the robins sing.

 

Then at last appeared the bud, deep red.

On the tree that last winter looked so dead;

          But now it stands, awake from its nap.

On upper branches the buds opened wide,

Revealing the tender green hid inside –

          Oh, the wonderful power of the sap.  –eab, ‘66 APR    

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“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

 

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

 

“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”

 

“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.”

 

“There was no period of my life that was devoted to play, from the time that I can remember anything, almost everyday of my life has been occupied in some kind of labor.”

 

“Ever since I have been old enough to think for myself, I have entertained the idea that, not withstanding the cruel wrongs inflicted upon us, the black man got nearly as much out of slavery as the white man did.”

 

Booker T Washington was born this date (4/5/1856) Hale’s Ford, VA. He authored Up From Slavery.  Washington died 11/14/1915 at Tuskegee, AL.

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