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A Month from Matthew – 9

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  6.9

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THEY CAME (9th card)

They came.

They came on camels – (probably),

Lumbering hoofed ships,

On a shifting, sandy sea (wind, lea).

 

They gave.

Three tokens at least (myrrh, “gum,” gold)

Presents for the King,

In royal David’s household (foretold).

 

They left.

A different way (Don’t all men?)

Time’s most Focal Point

Confronts, converts, men from sin (Within).

 

But wait!

Were their gifts alive? (flesh, blood, soul?)

To hearken is best;

Obedience gains the goal (Not dole).

 

Dear Lord,

Accept these our gifts (howe’er fine)

Earth’s joys signed below.

Make them God forever Thine (Not mine).

   Andrew 9, Lincoln S. 6, Laura C. 3,

   Heather Colwell born Nov. 6th, wt 9# 1/2 oz

               In loving gratitude, Unselfish Lord

               Use our sons and daughters to spread Thy Word.

– eab, Dec. ‘73

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Have you noticed churches are having to increase the size of their Prayer Rooms? 

I haven’t either. 😦

Churches ARE building “Fellowship Halls” (food) and Gyms (games)

but – – – Prayer Rooms?

– eab, 12/9/14

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SNOW SHAPES

That night the snow came down.

It covered the branches,

But left the bottom brown.

And piled up on limb and twig

Until they looked,

Twice as big

As real life.

It’s “kind-a” funny you know,

What shapes we see,

After a snow.  

-eab, Dec. ’64

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ON THIS DATE

John Milton was born 12/9/1608 in London.  He was an excellent poet, a theologian (some of our “Biblical ideas” are “Miltonic”) and had a strong interest in the actions of Rome regarding the state.  He grew up an Anglican, later turned to Presbyterianism, and finally became an Independent.  He went blind about 1652 but still wrote (through his secretary).  Sadly, secular intellectuals speak highly of his poetry but say little about his greatest works: Paradise Lost (1667), Paradise Regained (1671), and Samson Agonistes (1671) thus robbing some youth of their valuable insights.  His works include an exposition of Christian doctrine, a plea for qualitative Christian education, and various political writings.  Milton died 8/11/1674.

Milton Quotes:

“Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven.”  (These words, which Milton has coming from satan’s mouth, express the attitude of the Carnal Heart. – eab) ―  Paradise Lost

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” ―  Areopagitica

 “Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.” ―  Comus

“Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. ” ―  Paradise Lost

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