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And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,

and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,

and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 1.28

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“Men never do evil

so completely and cheerfully

as when they do it

from religious conviction.”

– Blaise Pascal, from his Pensees

 

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You can be a “good” wife/husband,

a “good” parent and not be a Christian,

but when you become a Christian,

you will IMPROVE as a mate or a parent.

– eab,  7/29/13

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The first man chose to disobey

(God said to stay away).

His son chose to kill;

Soon sin was so in style

Mankind did it all the while.

Its stench was very ill.

  • eab, Feb. ‘05

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ON  2/ 29/ 1948

Richard Wurmbrand was arrested 2/29/1948. He was a Lutheran pastor on his way to church this Lord’s Day. A black sedan pulled up beside him, all 4 doors opened & 4 men put him in the car. In prison he was labeled ‘Prisoner Number 1.’ All told, he spend 14 yrs in Romanian, Communist prisons (cataloged under a false name to hide him) – 3 yrs in solitary confinement cell 12’ underground without light or window. 

He was born 3/24/1909, youngest of 4 Jewish brothers in Bucharest, Romania. He became fluent in 9 languages, was active in leftist politics & was a stockbroker.  On 10/26/1936 he wed Sabina (who herself was imprisoned 3 yrs) – they had a son, Mihai.  They were converted to Christ (1938) mainly because of a German carpenter, Christian Wolfkes. 1945-47, Richard distributed 1 million Gospels to Russian troops.

His imprisonment included being chilled (like a walk-in cooler) then brought out & beaten.  After being released & “ransomed” ($10K) he made his way to England & eventually to US, where he testified before a committee of the Senate & showed them his 18 deep torture wounds.  It was after this he spoke at IHC, then held at God’s Bible School where I heard him in person.  This author of 18+ books died 2/17/2001.

 

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“So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God created he him;

male and female created he them.”

Gen 1.27

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“The Waldenses and Albigenses who were distinguished by the name of Cathari or Puritans

considered these expeditions [commonly called crusades] into Palestine

as absolutely unlawful.”

– Johann von Mosheim, from his Ecclesiastical History (pre 1755)

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The Triune God is Creator.  The devil is an imitator – but he’s learned about human “spiritual pride.” 

Once pastor & people have decided to take the easy, Broadway,

satan can supply an imitation “spirit” making them think it’s the Holy Spirit – super dangerous! 

Self-deception is damning.

– eab, 2/27/15

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What appears to man to be

A defeat on rugged tree,

Was the triumph of all time and space.

He died – that’s to be sure

But arose to ever endure,

Thus saving the whole human race.     

– eab, 2/27/05

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ON THIS DATE 

Benjamin Titus “B T” Roberts died 2/27/1893. Born at Gowanda, NY, 7/23/1823 was a school teacher at 16 headed toward being a lawyer. At 20 a testimony brought conviction. He wanted God but also wanted to pursue law & struggled for 3 weeks. He later said “Christ demanded an unconditional surrender.” He graduated from Wesleyan University (CT) where he was influenced by Stephen Olin & John Wesley Redfield M.D. & had Daniel Steele as a classmate.  Roberts became a Methodist pastor in NY, married Ellen Stowe (they had 7 children) – but he did not “settle down.”

 In 1857 he penned “As a denomination, we are just as liable to fall by corrupting influences, as any were that have flourished before us” & pointed out that some Methodists pastors were Masons (secret society), others charged pew rent, frivolity was tolerated & salvation by faith in Christ had been replaced by “love.”  The hierarchy showed him the door (some 15 yrs. after his death they admitted they had wronged him).

The Free Methodist Church was founded, 1860 & the paper “Earnest Christian” started the same yr.  Later the F. M. would start Chesbrough Seminary (now called Roberts Wesleyan) North Chili, NY, and Roberts would publish his Fishers of Men (1878) and other books.  The word Free in the new group’s title showed they were “free from slavery, secret orders, worldliness in dress and rigid formality in public worship.”

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