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You made a million dollars. 

You left a million behind at death. 

You (& your wife 🙂 ) “made” 2-6 children

You take (if raised right) 2-6 children beyond death.

– eab, 8/6/14

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Have you ever been made to wonder

When you hear majestic thunder,

The size and the color

Of God’s celestial drum?

Or when you see the whirl

Of a humming bird (boy, girl?)

What exactly does a hummingbird hum?

What is the true color

Of a woodpecker’s collar,

As he rat-a-tat tats his way through wood?

Or why we universally,

Dislike the bumble bee,

Forgetting his pollination is all good.

Is the bark that you see

On yonder stately tree,

Gray, grayish or an odd brown?

And after the new rain

Does Mr. tree seem vain

That his bark, now wet, is toned down?

When a native or foreign goose

Is running on the ground loose

Has such a waddle to his walk,

But when he bye-n-bye

Takes to his “native” sky

We stare, or really do we gawk ?

 

               – eab, August 2010

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ON THIS DATE

 

8/31 John Bunyan died 1688 at London.  He was married in 1648, she (name unknown) died 1655(?), he married Elizabeth, 1655(?) and was the father of six children.  He spent over 12 years in the Bedford jail.  Among his writings are  Some Gospel Truths Opened (1656),  Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666),  Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), and Holy War (1682).  Pilgrim’s Progress has had unkown number of printings and was early translated into 70 languages!   No book, except the Bible, was more widely read in its day.   He was born at Elstow-near Bedford-England, in November of 1628.

 

Bunyan Quote – “I preach what I felt and what I smartingly did feel; even under that which my poor soul did groan and tremble to astonishment.”

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Because the soul is eternal and

the Bible is an eternal Book

they belong together.

– eab, pre’85

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Recent converts and

Receding compromisers,

Can look nearly the same.

Fresh “ink” has recorded one’s new name;

The other, though denying, lives in shame.

– eab, 4/20/09

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ON THIS DATE

8/30 Nathaniel (Nate) Saint was born 1923, “jungle pilot,” he was one of those martyred by the Aucas in Ecuador.  Just two years earlier, Nate had perfected the bucket drop for delivering emergency supplies to missionaries.  He was martyred 1/8/1956.

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8/29 Charles Grandison Finney born 1792, Warren, CT.  He was a lawyer who (after being born again one day, and sanctified next) became a great revival leader with a high percentage of his converts remaining faithful to God.  He died in 1875.

Quote from Finney:

“Unless the will is free, man has no freedom; and if he has no freedom he is not a moral agent, that is, he is incapable of moral action and also of moral character.”  (exact source unknown)

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Society has gotten serious about the frivolous,

(Grown men make millions at play) 

And has gotten frivolous about the serious,

Adultery is a serious word – sin has its pay.

– eab, 5/13/09

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Do we humans ENJOY a certain degree of “self deception”?  Trying to believe we’re smarter than we are?  Hoping we’re more handsome/prettier than we are?  Telling ourselves we’re not too heavy?  Kidding ourselves about our age?  This may seem “innocent,” “cute,” even “American” but it can carry with it a danger.  The danger that we’ll think of ourselves as more spiritual than God knows we are.  The NT has serious words about being deceived – read them.  – 8/29/14

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The was a young lady named Ruth,

Who, though Moabite, desired the truth.

Her mother-n-law, started to leave,

To her, Ruth did lovingly cleave.

Not ALL  young  “is wasted” on youth.

– eab, 8/28/09

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