Archive for July, 2009

Sinners can pray – requesting,


          Saints DO pray – rejoicing.   


– eab, 7/18/09

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He is little and small,

Maybe two feet tall.

The hair is blond on his head;

That’s not brown, but its better than red.


He doesn’t talk yet, not very much,

‘Course, that doesn’t make him easy to hush.

His legs are bowed a little bad,

But that just makes him like his dad.


He has some ways that are pretty cute;

One each occasion to suite.

He’s always playing, on the run;

He’s a fine boy.  He’s my son!

                – eab ’65 DEC

 E. Andrew Bryan II was born this date, 7/29/1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He and his family live in Alaska.

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Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.


O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me.
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne.
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.


Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.


Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.


Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Thomas Obadiah (T. O.) Chisholm was born this date, 7/29/1866, at Franklin, Kentucky.  He was a Methodist pastor, a teacher, an editor, and a poet.  Technically I could have met him (didn’t) but I did know Paul W Finch who knew Bro. Chisholm (so feel a little connected).  Of his 1,200 (+) poems three are: “Oh, To Be Like Thee” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “Living for Jesus.”  He died 2/29/1960 at Ocean Grove, New Jer­sey.

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You can subscribe to a doctrine


          without submitting to Divinity


                                                – eab, 3/21/07

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Who is your god?

What has he done

Before your life begun?


Who is your god?

What does he do,

Now that you are you?


Who is your god?

Where will he be,

When the true God opens eternity?

                – eab, 7/28/06

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Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

Caroline (Lina) V Sandell Berg,[1] died this date, 7/27/1903.  She was once known as the “Fanny Crosby of Sweden.”  Her most beloved hymns (in their English translation) include “Day by Day” and “Children of the Heavenly Father.”

[1] May also see her name as Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg

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To change MILD


          to WILD


                    start out “up-side-down.”

– eab, 7/26/09

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Once they were convinced,

Believed what God said,

Believed the Bible,

Believed what they read.


How has it happened?

(This change that I see)

Has God Himself changed?

Oh!  How can that be?


Or did some wild wish,

Or did a little desire,

Burning quietly

Kindle this big fire?


His Word is eternal

He said, “I change not.” [1]

Yet folks are not doing

As they should, as they ought.  

                – eab, 7/25/06


[1] Mal 3.6 For I am the LORD, I change not…

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He warned against investments…which would divert the affections from the great purpose of life.     

            – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 76.


…Love is the weapon for which there is no shield.

                  – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 158.


…We have no assurance that any physical perfection can be made use of in the world above

…neither have we any assurance that the perfections of the mind survive the day of death.            

           – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 160-161.


Eloquence…the speech of one who knows what he is talking about and means what he is saying—it is thought on fire.

                  – William Jennings Bryan, In His Image (NY: Fleming Revell Co., 1922), 250.



William Jennings Bryan died this date, 7/26/1925.  He was a Democratic Presidential candidate in 1896, 1900, and 1908, who later served as Secretary of State.  He wrote the above and Famous Figures of the OT (1923) Seven Questions in Dispute (1924) and Memoirs (1925).  Bryan was born at Salem, IL, 3/19/1860.

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Understatement of the Universe?


          – “God is good!” 


                                            – eab, 7/15/09

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