Archive for October, 2014


When a girl decides she might not want to marry “Jake” (choose any name) she may flirt a little, be a little careless with her dress or hair – “It’s just Jake who’s coming.”

When an individual or church begins having questions about Christ there will be flirtatious actions with the world.

– eab, 10/17/14

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Life is like the milkweed pod:

Head in the air, roots in the sod,

Tender in youth, stiffer with age,

Little in green, older in beige.

Seeds are like years, sprinkled to the wind,

The start, known, unknown, the fluffy end.

Life is like the milkweed pod. 

– eab, Oct. ‘82

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10/31/1517 Luther nailed 95 Theses to Wittenberg castle church door.  He was not the beginning nor end of the Reformation but the Key Man!  It is no accident that Halloween has been pushed to keep us from remembering Luther’s heroic act. 

Luther gave the Germans the Bible in their native tongue (similar to the KJV) and wrote “A Might Fortress Is Our God.”

This hymn was sung at the funeral of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, National Cathedral, Washington, DC, March 1969.

Part of it reads:

“And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us;

We will not fear for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us.”

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While I pastored in Canada a dear friend, the late Bert Lasher took me across the street from his house and gave me a leaf off of a Nasturtium.  It was a whole new experience for me – I enjoy radishes in season (a relatively short season 😦  ) and found the leaf tasted like a mild radish.  This spring I went on the hunt for this flower with a round, thick edible, green leaf – I had forgotten its name.

Found it (more than one place, once I had the name), planted (& re-planted a few spots) and they came up. Last week we were able to travel to TN with Phillip, Heather and kiddos and I took along some Nasturtium leaves – they went perfectly with her chicken salad (home-made bun 🙂 ) sandwiches.

If you like radishes or a little peppering taste in your salad raise Nasturtium next year. They like poor soil (as I read) and need little attention including watering.  The blossoms  are also edible (sweet at first then peppery) but I’ve not eaten many.  Because, I read that the seed can be dried and ground up as pepper.  I want to try that also.

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Fletcher Quote:

…does not Calvinism or if you please falalism or necessitarianism

absolutely make God the author of sin… 

– Works, Vol II, p369

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No Book names more Geographical locations,

covers a longer period of History,

addresses Science more accurately,

has a broader range of Literary genre,

includes more Genealogical lists,

has a greater store of Advice for life – and – yet

delightfully Points the way to heaven.

Read It.

– eab, 10/13/14

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Comprehend God?

Never dream you can

Anymore than holding

Orion in a hand-span.

Appreciate God?

Ah, now we’re thinking.

Every mind, great and small

Can appreciate Him, unshrinking.

– eab, 10/30/09

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Robert Reynolds “Bob” Jones was born 10/30/1883 at Shipperville, AL.  He was converted at 11, appointed Sunday school superintendent at 12 and ordained at 15 by the Methodists.  Bob, a fundamentalist Methodist, was a good speaker, fast thinker, and became a good debater. 

His ministry took him to every state in the Union and to thirty other countries.  In 1926 he founded Bob Jones College (now BJU) originally in Florida, but after two moves it settled in Greenville, South Carolina.  He died in 1968.

Jones Quotes:

The acid test of our love for God is obedience to His Word.

Trust God as if it all depends upon Him, and work as if it all depends upon you.

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Fletcher Quote

…what is holiness but the reverse of sin?

– Works, vol II, p503

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What is to be gained if a speaker’s life (or wife) do not reflect the values of the institution? Worldly Prestige.    

What is to be lost if a speaker’s life (or wife) do not reflect the values of the institution?

Insiders/outsiders SEE that the Worldly Prestige was of more “value” than the supposed values of said institution. 

– eab, 10/27/14

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