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Archive for September 1st, 2009

Christ is all-but-absent in sinners’ minds –

Christ is preeminent in saints’ minds.       

– 8/31/09

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Upon a tree with serrated leaf, I found,

A fresh nut growing, smooth and round.

It had grown all summer, at its best,

But September still found it far from rest.

Its shape was right, its form – “No sweat.”

But maturity it was striving for, and

Hadn’t reached there yet.

Its size told that, a little small,

Give it time, “Rome wasn’t built in a fall.”

Its color also revealed its youth,

Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t uncouth.

It just lacked the brown of Autumn’s tone,

The pastel acorns claim for their own.

I’m sure given time it will be just right,

Big, full-fruited, sealed “Tupperware”-tight,

Grown-up color, maturity’s stroke,

The future, miniature, enduring oak.

But this morning, it’s not ready for all that,

Growing feet above the forest floor mat.

This morning it’s ready to be youthful and green,

To stick by its place and flourish unseen.

 

I’ve expressed in part what I felt to tell,

Youth to maturity – in a nutshell. 

                                       Farewell.     

 – eab, 9/76

 Written while I working with Christ Church – Bible Methodist, Christ College and Christ Academy in Friendsville, TN, but on a visit to Cincinnati.

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A mistake is a thing you did when you knew no better; a sin is a thing you did when you did know better…the motive determines the morality of the act.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 33.

 When a man does not want holiness I know he wants sin. 

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 66.

It is not the manifestation we want at all it is Him we want.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 100.

 …Let me say most emphatically every soul that enters this experience will have its wilderness…

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 101.

 …The larger the treasure in the house the greater the effort of the thief to break through and steal.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 102.

 They [the world] say “We go to the theatre, play cards, dance, go to football games, horse races, etc. etc. and so do your church members.”

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 131.

Faith will annihilate fret or fret will annihilate faith.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 141.

Sanctified people need to remember that the spirit of heaviness is entirely compatible with the spirit of holiness.      

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 183.

 A present tense faith will bring a present tense victory.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 184.

 Faith is to the soul what your breath is to the body.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 188.

 C. W. (Christian Wismer) Ruth was born this date 9/1/1865 in Bucks Co., PA.  He wrote Entire Sanctification Explained, and The Second Crisis in Christian Experience, Ruth died 5/27/1941 at Wilmore, KY.

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