Archive for March, 2010

Ancient of Days

The oldest thing we earthly know,

Was once as young as falling snow.

Ancient hills were once fresh dirt;

Your coat was once a lone, sheep’s “shirt.”

All we know had a launching day.

A point beyond which it had no sway.

All except for our glorious, great God, 

He alone precedes sky, sea, and sod.

                – eab, 3/10/09

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George Smith was born this date 3/26/1840, at London. After spending part of his life as a banknote engraver he became increasingly interested in Oriental languages.  His several expeditions to the site of ancient Ninevah and his studies qualify him to be called an Assyriologist.  During his first two trips (1873, 1874) he unearthed over 3,000 cuneiform tablets.  The most interesting of which included portions of the ancient Deluge – what Bible readers know as Noah’s Flood.  His skill at deciphering writings led to his co-authoring with Sir Henry Rawlinson’s the third volume of Cuneiform Inscriptions.

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Lies can contain 50% truth,

95% truth are still lies.


Truth contains 0% falsehood. 

Only truth is pure.


Cults contain lies

Salvation contains no lies!                


– eab, 2/23/10

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It is at the point of little things,

That futures often meet.

The trail that’s chosen may soon decide,

The condition of the feet.


The very act that looked so small,

At the moment of decision.

Can turn the course, just enough,

To miss – O, perfect precision.


Don’t think that thoughtless acts or words,

Will always come to naught.

They change so much in so little time,

And stay forever, to haunt.


It’s the tiny thing done to a friend,

That will cause a friendship to end.

While a few kind words may win a foe,

Thus causing enmities to mend.


The twig that’s bent grows a bent tree;

A cause always brings a result.

Watch the little variations, they can be,

The awful, final, eternal fault.

                – eab, Mar. ‘75

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The purpose of God is not to make you happy; The purpose of God is to make you holy.

- Message heard by author, 21 April 1992, Dayton, OH.


What is heaven but an eternal monument to holiness?    

- Message heard by author, 9/11/1996, uncertain location.


You can tell a false prophet not so much by what he preaches as by what he doesn’t preach

– Quoted in message by Vernon Shockley, heard by author, 30 January ‘98, uncertain location.


The sanctified Christian can do what he desires

And, at the same time, what God requires.

- Message heard by author, 8 February 1998, Hobe Sound, Florida.


V O Agan died this date, 3/25/2006 in Alabama (1:30 PM).  He was born 7/12/1923, in Georgia.  He was converted to Christ 7/28/1939 while still in Georgia.  He met and married Ruby Davis, a young lady, from Alabama.  Agan was a graduate of God’s Bible School, Cincinnati, OH.  He was a minister and later conference president, with a heart for missions and for Christian education.

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You can be dishonest,




If you’re going to be HOLY,


you must to be honest


– eab, 3/19/10

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Mans’ body was made to carry the soul;

Not the mind – as Edison said.

Which I’m sure he found out, since he stepped out,

Leaving the living, for the dead.

Yes, the body was made to carry the soul;

The weak to carry the strong,

The shortest lived, its life to give,

To shelter the one that lives long.  

                – eab, Mar. ’72

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Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief,
Kneeling there in deep contrition;
Help my unbelief.

Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

Thou the Spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee?
Whom in Heav’n but Thee?

Frances “Fanny” Jane Crosby was born this date, 3/24/1820 (1823?) at Put­nam Coun­ty (Southeast) New York.  She was converted to Christ and became a Methodist.  Her “list” of songs/hymns is some 8,000 titles long. “To God Be the Glory,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Rescue the Perishing,” and “Draw Me Nearer” being a few of her many well-known poems set to music.  You can read the words and hear the music to scores of these at Cyberhymnal.org

She died 2/12/1915, at Bridge­port, Con­nec­ti­cut.

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Not pleasant to your friends!


(Who has not been embarrassed by a friend’s anger?)


Not pleasing to your God!


W h a t ?




– eab, 3/23/10

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Thank you God for the gift,

And lift, of color in the spring;

For tree’s strait stance, awaiting the glance

Of the sun, in its northern swing.        

                – eab, Mar. ’71

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