Archive for November, 2010

The loves of your life –


Are they fading and will die at the grave?


Or, are they just budding now,


And will blossom for eternity?


– eab, 11/26/10

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You’ve known me Lord, since before my birth,

You know every step taken on smooth or rough earth,

You know God my true assessed worth,

You know my dryness, my souls dearth.

I plead, do with me as You will.


Search, O Savior this heart of mine,

From all evil it un-entwine,

Make my heart now wholly, always Thine.

Allow me to fully with Divinity combine,

With holiness and pure fire my soul fill.


Keep me forever from the counterfeit,

Let my path be eternally lit,

Till at last I, in heaven humbly sit,

All by your mercy – every whit!

Help me take from You every strong pill.

                – eab, 11/19/08

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Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

William D (Dunn) Longstaff was born this date, 11/26/1822 at Sunderland, Durham, England.  He was a philanthropist and friends with the founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, with Dwight L Moody, and Ira D Sankey. Longstaff is remembered now for his hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy” but wrote a number of other hymns which appeared in the Salvation Army’s paper, The War Cry, in the 1880’s.  He died 4/2/1894 at Cambridge Terrace, Sunderland, Durham, England.

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Are You Separated?

Man and wife do not separate


Unless one or both are


separated from God.

– eab, 11/12/10

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Where have you been? 

Where have you learned?

Where have you grown?

Where have you reaped? 

Where have you started?

Where have you sown?   

                – eab, Nov. ‘73

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Saint’s attention is focused upward.

Sinner’s attention is focused downward.

We’re both looking the way we’re headed.

-eab, 11/10/10 

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“I can neither teach nor live by the faith of others.  I must live by my own faith as the Spirit of the Lord has taught me through His Word.”  Amen.

11/12 Menno Simons, 1556, a well-kown Dutch reformer is said to have written the above in a letter dated 11/12/1556.  He was born 1496(?) in Friesland and passed from this life 1/31/1561 at Holstein.

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Let there be light,

Let there be light,

Let there be light.

To light the night of sin,

‘Round men,

Vile men in fright.


Let there be love,

Let there be love,

Let there be love.

A dove-like love to man,

God’s plan,

His plan above.


Let there be life,

Let there be life,

Let there be life.

A life not strife

Below to grow

Christ’s holy wife. 

                – eab, Nov. ’74  (a song) [1]

[1] Written at my first pastorate Maryville, TN (Jefferson Av)

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Mayflower  Compact

In the name of God, Amen.  We whose names are

under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread

sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of

Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of

the Faith, etc.


Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and

advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of

our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first

colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these

presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of

God, and one of another, covenant and combine our

selves together into a civil body politic, for our better

ordering and preservation and furtherance of the

ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact,

constitute, and frame such just and equal laws,

ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from

time to time, as shall be thought most meet and

convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto

which we promise all due submission and

obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder

subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of

November in the year of the reign of our sovereign

lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland,

the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth.

Anno Dom. 1620.

On this date, 11/11 in 1620 the Mayflower Compact was signed by 41 men.  It was held as law until 1691.

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