Archive for December, 2014

A Month from Matthew – 30 & 31

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”  24.30


Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”  10.31

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“The final word of judgment will be our final word to Jesus and

that final word will be either ‘Come’ or ‘Depart.’”

– Samuel Chadwick, fr his book 25 Sunday Evenings

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Reformation [“Resolution”] while good, is man’s substitute for Regeneration

– A “new Leaf” is does not compare to a new Life.

– eab, 2/6/12

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December’s woods are cool woods. [1]

Woods are never cold –

Cold is impersonal. 

Woods have nature’s mold.

               December’s woods are gray woods;

               Gray – or are they brown?

               Perhaps somewhere in between

               The true hue can be found.

December’s woods are straight woods,

Bare and tall and straight.

Like the masts of sail boats,

Resting at harbor’s gate.

               December’s woods are wet woods. 

               Whither snow or sleet or rain,

               They paint the trees darker shades,

               Until sun blesses them again.

December’s woods are quiet woods,

Calm, tranquil, serene.

Palmates & pinnates rustle no more.

The twigs are all clean.

eab, 12/30/77

[1] For some years December was my hunting month.

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John Wyclif (Wycliffe or other variant spellings) died 12/31/1384. He was a great English reformer and theologian who had nearly a life time of connections with Oxford University and was also a parish priest (Lutterworth). He opposed the bishop of Rome “meddling” in the affairs of church and state.  He, with help from one of his pupils, translated the Bible from the Latin Vulgate and thus issued the FIRST COMPLETE ENGLISH BIBLE.

After his death the Roman Catholic Council of Constance (1415) excommunicated him and then thirteen years after that had his bones burned and the ashes thrown into the Swift River.  Wycliffe received support for his ideas among the aristocracy of England, especially after 1380.  His writings influenced the Lollards and the scholar John Huss. Wyclif was born ca. 1324, near Richmond, in Yorkshire, England.

Wyclif Quotes:

Englishmen learn Christ’s law best in English. Moses heard God’s law in his own tongue; so did Christ’s apostles.

Every righteous man is lord over the whole sensible world.

I believe that in the end truth will conquer.

Private confession was not ordered by Christ and was not used by the apostles.

Sacred Scripture, which is the law of Christ, contains in itself all truth. Since all law is truth it therefore contains in itself all law.

This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.

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A Month from Matthew – 29

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but

from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.  25.29

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“We are now becoming what we shall ever be–

Brenglelovers of God and the things of God

or haters of God and the things of God.”

– Samuel L Brengle, From his book p34, Resurrection Power.

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Some are trying to s-t-r-e-t-c-h Scripture

               to fit their “blue book.”

Others are trying to shrink Scripture

               to fit their shrunken lives.       

– eab, 1/27/06

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A King born in a barn – surely you jest.

There’s more to your story? I might have guessed

A miracle conception? Yes indeed!

After, He developed with normal speed.

– eab, Dec. ’09

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Philip Paul Bliss died 12/29/1876 in railroad accident near Ashtabula, OH. – train in which he and his wife were riding plunged off a bridge into a ravine 60 feet below.  Bliss is said to have survived the fall but returned to the wreckage to rescue his wife and perished with her in the fire.  Neither body was recognizable after the fire.  He was 38.   He gave us such favorites as:

“Wonderful Words of Life” “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning” “I Gave My Life for Thee” “Almost Persuaded” “My Redeemer” “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning” “Jesus Loves Even Me” “Almost Persuaded” “Hallelujah, What a Savior” “The Light of the World Is Jesus” “I Gave My Life for Thee.” Bliss was born 7/9/1838 near Rome, PA.

His trunk survived the crash and fire.  In it was the manuscript to another great whose music was written by James McGranahan.  And it became one of the first songs recorded by Thomas Alva Edison, the song? “I Will Sing of My Redeemer.”

Standing by a purpose true, Heeding God’s command,

Honor them, the faithful few! All hail to Daniel’s band!


Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to stand alone!

Dare to have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known.

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