Archive for April, 2015


“And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon

in all his glory

was not arrayed like one of these.”

Mat 6.29

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Catholics and atheists both have a problem

more argument will not fix.”

– Jeremy Fuller, April 2006

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“Show off”

When a woman wants to show off her body

she has a problem with her mind

OR her soul – maybe both.

– eab, 4/27/15

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Christ’s love is: Higher than all my frustrations,

Deeper than my lowest sin

Far to the right of my extremities,

Far to the left of my necessities.

His love is SO much bigger than my needs.   

– eab, Apr. ’76

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Stella Mae Morgan Scarbrough was born 4/29/1922 in TN to Walter (a Baptist preacher/evangelist) & Beulah Long Morgan.  “Moma Stel” is my mother-n-law.  (Scrap all the m-n-l jokes to me, I have a great one.) She married Carson Woodrow Scarbrough, November 1940 & they brought into this world Martha Mae Scarbrough, Woodie Carole Scarbrough Roush, RN, & Carson Lynn Scarbrough.

Martha & I are high school sweethearts, hence I met this lady many years ago.  The summer I was 16 my parents & I visited the Scarbroughs in Maryville. This was my first time in their home (though the Bryan’s stayed at the Joy Motel) so you can imagine I was a little nervous.  When Martha’s mother said, “Make yourself at home, if you ain’t at home you ought to be,” I didn’t know what to think for a few seconds. 🙂

When we married I struggled to know what to call my in-laws. My dad was born in ’04, my father-n-law not till ’18. My mom was born in ’07, my m-n-l not till ’22 – they seemed so young – do I call them “Woody & Stella?”  “Mr & Mrs?” “Bro & Sis?” “Dad & Mom?” (As I was marrying the oldest no ground was yet broken by an older on what to call them.) When I was their pastor (1974-1985) they were “Bro & Sis” in church – otherwise they’ve been “Daddy Woody” (he is deceased) & “Moma Stel” across several decades.  Happy BD “Moma Stel” – I love you!

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“And why take ye thought for raiment?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;

they toil not, neither do they spin:”

Mat 6.28

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French Quote

“How can one be holy on the inside

and sexy on the outside?”

– H Robb French, quoted in a V O Agan sermon, 4/21/1992

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Some, in spiritual ignorance, have thought themselves superior

because they’ve “learned” they can “do this or that” (& still be “christian”)

– Oh, unwise souls.

– eab, 7/25/13


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In this world of uncertainty,

It’s a wonderful thought, that He guides me.

That in His will I can perfectly rest,

And it’s the only place, to be truly blest.

My God changes not, so I needn’t fear,

What man may do on this ole sphere,

As long as I His hand firmly hold,

Praise God, I can be strong, & I can be bold.    

– eab, Apr. ’72 (Verse to chorus, “Great Big Heavenly Chair,”

a.k.a. “It Really Doesn’t Matter,” which the Lord gave me in ’69.)

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Vernon John Charlesworth was born 4/28/1839, son of Thomas Charlesworth at Barking, Essex, England.  Vernon received his training at Homerton College. In the year of 1860 he married Eliza Moore.  They were soon living at Church Court in Richmond, Surrey, England & he was the school master of a Baptist church but 1864 found him co-pastor (with a minister named Newman Hall) at Surrey Chapel. Vernon & Eliza were blessed with 9 children.

Charleworth was appointed (1869) headmaster of the Charles Spurgeon’s Stowell Orphanage; a place where fatherless children could live without charge yet receive food & clothing, care & education. Stowell Orphanage was open to orphans of various religious roots, providing a great alternative to “the poor houses.” By 1871 he was the governor of the same orphanage.  He also served as a Min­is­ter­ing El­der at Spurg­eon’s Me­tro­pol­i­tan Ta­ber­na­cle.  

He published The Life of Rowland Hill in 1876 & co-authored (with J. Manton Smith) Flowers and Fruits of Sacred Song and Evangelistic Hymns. His pen produced several leaflets & some songs but he is primarily remembered for his “A Shelter in the Time of Storm.”  He died 1/5/1915, in Lon­don, Eng­land.

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, A Shelter in the time of storm;

Secure whatever ill betide, A Shelter in the time of storm.


Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, a weary land;

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A Shelter in the time of storm.

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