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AGE

Age (when it found time to begin),

Was like a point, point of a pen.

Later, age becomes a mere word,

Then words “bunched up,” as a full herd.

Soon age is its own paragraph;

(Do “aging” jokes now make you laugh?)

Age, in its swift moving old rage,

At present covers a full page.

Once a period?  Now a chapter!

Age keeps growing.  What’s it after?

Age will soon more chapters complete;

On-rolling age knows no defeat.

Shortly, age will own the whole book;

It steals youth like no other crook.

Like a book, long ago loaned, Friend

Lastly come those sad words – “The End.”

                – eab, 7/13/09

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John Adams, second President of the United States of America is said to have said in letter on this date 7/13/1815:

“The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation.  If I were an atheist…I should still believe fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.”

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Watch the word “Cut.”

When your engine “Cuts out” that’s trouble.

When preachers “Cut up” (too much) that’s trouble.

When a car “Cuts in” that can be trouble.

When the fig tree is “Cut down” that’s trouble.

When moma’s hair is “Cut off” that’s trouble.              

 -eab, 7/12/10

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THE  SPIRIT

It means so little,

When so little meet,

If the Spirit meets them not.

But when two or three

And the Spirit meet,

The meeting means a lot. [1]

                – eab, Jul. ’74


[1] Written at my first pastorate in Maryville, TN.

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We love to give to those we love.

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 5.

…We give the name of virtues to our vices and go on self-deceived.                  

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 19.

The church was never sent to entertain men.                                         

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 23.

All men have not the same means to be generous.  But all have the same power to be liberal.     

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 36.

Entertainment opens the floodgates and literally submerges the church in worldliness.

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 59.

Time does not and cannot regenerate.  

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 71.

God wants the church to be a perfect contrast to the world.      

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 78.

The giver gives character to the gift.

– Beverly Carradine, Church Entertainments, original printer/date unknown; reprint, Salem, OH: Allegheny Pub., 1989, 87.

Beverly Carradine was converted to Christ this date, 7/12/187 and became a great Methodist evangelist.

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All have an INVITE to read the Bible,

 

Some dread the INSIGHT of the Bible.

– eab, 7/9/10

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I saw a man’s praying place;

A holy spot it seemed.

The wooded hills were to its face,

Where the orb’s first glory beamed.

Atop a ridge, beneath oak,

Beside pines with boughs entwined,

His tears the forest floor did soak.

Kneeling there, likewise,

God’s Spirit joined mine. [1]

                – eab, Jul. ’77


[1] George B. Vernon Jr. (father of George III married to Ruthie) former Vice President of Alabama Conference of the Bible Methodist and pastor at Brent, AL for many years.  See Glimpses of Greatness page 79.

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John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States wrote a metrical version of the Psalms, as well as several hymns.

His diary entry for June 29, 1845, reads: Mr. Lunt preached this morning from Ecclesiastes 3.1, “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”  He had given out as the first hymn to be sung the 138th of the Christian Psalter—his compilation, and the hymn-book now used in our church. It was my version of the 65th Psalm; and no words can express the sensations with which I heard it sung. Were it possible to compress into one pulsation of the heart the pleasure which, in the whole period of my life, I have enjoyed in praise from the lips of mortal man, it would not weigh a straw to balance the ecstasy of delight which streamed from my eyes as the organ pealed and the choir of voices sung the praise of Almighty God from the soul of David, adapted to my native tongue by me.      

 

John Quincy Adams was born 7/11/1767, Braintree, Massachusetts.

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Earth has enough Beauty, Holiness,

and Love to encourage us to go to heaven.

 

Earth has enough Ugliness, Sin,

and Hate to warn us away from hell.

– eab, 5/14/10

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PAUL  WOOD  FINCH

P  Personally, met this prophet in the old Mid-west,

A  And liked him right away.     (We both Volkswagens had.)

U  Under three years later, we’re teaching together,

L  Led to Hobe, me a “rook,” him old enough for dad.

 

W  With the years, he’d come by Tennessee and invest

O  On young lives his ageless truth; “The Mid-east” he taught.

O  On my soul he left etchings, hungers for blessings.

D  Doubt he understood how much then, His mind I sought.

 

F  Few if any men I’ve “schooled with,” Have been more blest

I  In breadth of sharing pulpits, preaching ‘cross the globe.

N  Nor had more on their “shelf;” because he’d died to self. 

C  Commencements?  Shared some. His, long-awaited has come.

H  Happy Graduation, Sir!  What a spotless robe!

            – eab, 7/8/03   

Paul Wood Finch died this date 7/8/2003, Holland, Michigan (1:40 AM) He wrote at least two books Revival Messages, The World’s Greatest Need both published in Ireland. 

Bro. Finch is gone but a long way from being forgotten.  He was one of the most Godly men I ever knew.  And, had a holy balance much needed in his day – and as much (if not more needed today.

The above was sent to his funeral and (as I understand) was read by Leroy Adams, Jr.

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