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Archive for April 9th, 2009

Terribly Tough Times can take

the “T” out of precious meTals

                        making it precious meals.  –eab, 4/7/09

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Born surely suggests a beginning,

A beginning like all of man.

He came so we could stop sinning.

Birth was a part of God’s big plan.

 

He asked doctors in the temple,

Sitting/standing about in their “school,”

(Asking may not be that simple)

He gave answers which made them “drool.”

 

Disciples He chose, and taught then

Via the Sermon on the Mount.

Doing miracles He helped them

See beyond the lunch fish-count.

 

His teachings ran counter to the norm.

He taught one could live above sin;

Reality surpassed mere form.

But Jews wanted normal again.

 

A chosen Judas chose to place,

A betraying kiss upon His cheek.

Peter could not a mere maid face;

They all forsook Him – low and meek.

 

Jesus who was born then soon died;

Died on a cross of shameful wood.

But by death He our life supplied.

Birth, crucifying understood.

 

The Lord was born that man could know,

The full joy of sin all in the past.

His birth, dying, rising, all show,

The love of God will last and last!

 

This year thank God for His sole Son.

This year forsake the carnal mind.

This year believe the battle won.

Leave disobedience behind.  –eab, 11/24/07

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We indeed sometimes talk as it a man might be humble in some things and proud in others: humble in his dress but proud of his learning; humble in his person but proud in his views and designs.

 

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 21.

 

…The use and manner of clothes is a mark of the state of a man’s mind…

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 43.

 

If a man…should voluntarily kill himself by refusing to eat and drink everyone would own that such a one was a rebel against God…

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 50.

 

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

 – William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 54.

 

The soul and body are so united that they have each of them power over one another in their actions.

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 91.

 

For as great as the power of the world is, it is all built on a blind obedience and we need only open our eyes to get rid of its power.

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 104.

 

Remember that there is but one man in the world with whom you are to have perpetual contention and be always striving to exceed him, and this is yourself.

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 114.

 

…Nothing…makes it [the mind] less master of its own actions, or less capable of following reason, than a love of praise and honor.

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 115.

 

Instead of the vain, immodest entertainment of Plays and Operas I have taught you to delight in visiting the sick and poor…

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 121.

 

Never…allow yourselves to despise those who do not follow your rules of life…

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 123.

 

If I hate or despise any one man in the world, I hate something that God cannot hate…

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 132.

 

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him…

– William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Grand Rapids: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1971) 137.

 

William Law died this date (4/9/1761) at King’s Cliff, Northamptonshire, England.

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