Archive for January, 2010


Alligator has a bite        


and a valuable hide –    


Allegory may have a bite


and have something hid


– eab, 7/17/09

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Some men live what is considered to be long,

Their name’s known to their contemporary throng,

(Some for great good – some for sad wrong).

Other men live shorter versions of the above,

Sometimes gaining, sometimes loosing in love.

                – eab, 1/31/06

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“I pray the Lord to keep you in His holy protection, and so to direct you that you may not go astray in that slippery path whereon you are, until He shall have manifested to you His complete deliverance.”

This is an interesting note for a Calvinist.

John Calvin is believed to have written the above in a letter dated 1/31/1538.  He was born 7/10/1509 at Noyon, Picardy, France.  He died 5/27/1564 at Geneva, Switzerland.

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Think, Christian, Think

Jesus Christ is


                the PRINCE of PEACE!


Guess who is associated


                with war?              


– eab, 1/30/10

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Will we look from the other shore,

Of death’s cold rushing stream,

And see all our “reality,”

Was but a tangled dream?

                – eab, 1/05

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January 30

“When thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, then thou shalt bestir thyself.”—2 Samuel 5:24.

THE members of Christ’s Church should be very prayerful, always seeking the unction of the Holy One to rest upon their hearts, that the kingdom of Christ may come, and that His “will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven;” but there are times when God seems especially to favour Zion, such seasons ought to be to them like “the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” We ought then to be doubly prayerful, doubly earnest, wrestling more at the throne than we have been wont to do. Action should then be prompt and vigorous. The tide is flowing—now let us pull manfully for the shore. O for Pentecostal outpourings and Pentecostal labours. Christian, in yourself there are times “when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” You have a peculiar power in prayer; the Spirit of God gives you joy and gladness; the Scripture is open to you; the promises are applied; you walk in the light of God’s countenance; you have peculiar freedom and liberty in devotion, and more closeness of communion with Christ than was your wont. Now, at such joyous periods when you hear the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees,” is the time to bestir yourself; now is the time to get rid of any evil habit, while God the Spirit helpeth your infirmities. Spread your sail; but remember what you sometimes sing—

“I can only spread the sail;
Thou! Thou! must breathe the auspicious gale.”
Only be sure you have the sail up. Do not miss the gale for want of preparation for it. Seek help of God, that you may be more earnest in duty when made more strong in faith; that you may be more constant in prayer when you have more liberty at the throne; that you may be more holy in your conversation whilst you live more closely with Christ.

                                                                – From an internet version of Spurgeon’s Daily Meditations

Charles Haddon Spurgeon died 1/31/1892, at Mendon, France.  He pastored the famous Metropolitan Tabernacle, and edited “Sword and Trowel,” in addition to publishing 40 some miscellaneous volumes.  He was born 6/19/1834, Kelvedon, Essex, England.

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You are either HELPING


                or HINDERING your mate


to/from making HEAVEN.  




Do not marry ANYONE


                who will HINDER


your walk with God.

– eab,1/29/10

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You’ll never know the victory’s glory,

Nor the triumph of ground won,

Till you’ve know the battle “gory,”

Till you’ve fought your way through one.


You’ll never know true lightness of heart,

Nor the face lit up, serene,

Till you’ve know the aching part,

Till you’ve faced the tremor keen.


You’ll never know the beauty of relieve,

Nor prayers answering calm,

Till you’ve born the load of grief,

Till you’ve tarried beyond – tarried long.

                – eab, 11/29/78

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Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for everyone,
And there’s a cross for me.

How happy are the saints above,
Who once went sorrowing here!
But now they taste unmingled love,
And joy without a tear.

The consecrated cross I’ll bear
Till death shall set me free;
And then go home my crown to wear,
For there’s a crown for me.

Upon the crystal pavement down
At Jesus’ piercèd feet,
Joyful I’ll cast my golden crown
And His dear Name repeat.

O precious cross! O glorious crown!
O resurrection day!
When Christ the Lord from Heav’n comes down
And bears my soul away.

                [Stanza 2: Apparently from missionary collection published in Norwich, England, early 19th Century.

                Stanza 3: The Oberlin Social and Sabbath School Hymn Book, by George N. Allen, 1844.

                S. 4-5: From Plymouth Collection of Hymns & Tunes, by Henry Beecher (NY: AMS. Barnes & Burr ]

Thomas Shepherd died this date, 1/29/1739, at Bocking, Essex, England.  He was a son of William Shepherd who was ordained an Anglican priest and served at least two locations.  Shepherd left the Church of England. In 1694 he became pastor of the Independent Castle Hill Baptist Meeting, Northampton (where Philip Doddridge later served).  Later yet he preached in a barn for years until a chapel could be built (Bocking, Essex). He is remembered for the first verse of, “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone.”

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You can accept (by faith)


                 Christ’s sacrifice.


You can reject


                Christ’s sacrifice.


You cannot improve (penance, etc.)


                 on His sacrifice.


-eab, 12/8/09

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