Archive for May, 2015


“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west;

so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Mat 24.27

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“Is it less than blasphemy to sing songs on Sunday such as

“All that thrills my soul is Jesus”

but spend hours a week at ball parks or

before a T.V. trying to ‘get a kick’ out of life?”

– Leonard Ravenhill, from his book Meat for Men

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Only the most WICKED would have wanted Mary (mother of Jesus)

to have had an abortion.

– eab, 5/25/15

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God Rules

Wicked men have ruled before

On this and yon distant shore

But God o’er rules all affairs

From atop His golden stairs.

He’s always had the last word

Not man’s will, often absurd.

Friend, look above the strife

To the “Finisher” of life.  

– eab May ‘07

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C W Ruth died 5/27/1941 at Wilmore, KY, where he had for years been a trustee of Asbury College.  He was born Christian Wismer Ruth, 9/1/1865, the only son of David & Susanna (Wismer) Ruth in Bucks, PA.   His sisters were Mary Hunsberger, Sallie Bishop, & Elizabeth Winsch. When Ruth was 17 he was born of the Spirit & a year later was Filled with the Holy Spirit.  He would go on to be a well-known exponent of the second definite work of grace called Sanctification.

At 19 he moved to Indiana.  There he met & married Emma Springer (9/15/1885) in Indianapolis. Their union was blessed by Emma Naomi Shellabear – who lived in Hartford, CT, Raymond (may have been called “George”) Ruth – who lived in Pasadena, CA, Roy Ruth (a minister) – who resided in Ontario, CA, Dr Elbert Ruth – of Cincinnati, & Margaret Grace Young – who lived in Richmond Hill, NY. The wife of his youth died February 1937. He married Laura Whitaker of Nevada, IA (date & location of the ceremony appear lost) but it’s known that Laura outlived Bro. Ruth.

Ruth was instrumental in the formation of the Nazarene Church – one of her most beloved evangelists. John Brasher (Methodist contemporary) said “few men have traveled more, worked more constantly & had more definite or larger results in their ministry…He was too large to be sectarian. He loved holiness more than he loved any denomination.”  Ruth also worked closely with the once powerful National Holiness Assoication. (Personal – I was a bass in God’s Bible School choir when we sang for the NHA in downtown Cincy c.’58).  

His books: Entire Sanctification Explained, and The Second Crisis in Christian Experience – Worth reading!

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“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

“Behold, I have told you before.”

Mat 24.24-25

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“When love is abounding

it produces a spirit of discernment.”

– Paul Pierpoint, 5/4/2000

>> If he’s right (I think he is) it explains the dearth of discernment today <<

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God is holy – good men want to be like their holy God.

Man is unholy – evil men want their god to be evil like them.

– eab, 1/4/12

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He went into the temple

Where you’d think one could look up

But his attitude was humble,

He saw dregs in his cup.


He asked God for mercy;

He beat upon his chest,

Called himself a sinner

(Not better than the rest).


He cast his eyes downward,

They sought the lowly ground

But God who measures all things,

The simple, the profound,


Liked his honest spirit

Heard his call and cry

Knew he meant his temple-talk,

Knew it more than “humble pie,”


And justified his soul;

He went back to his own place

With a calm in his heart

And heaven’s smile upon his face.


Friend, the next time you go to meeting,

The next time you’re in church

Avoid petty piousness,

Avoid the highest perch


Look at God, worship Him

And see yourself contrasted

As this man of old did. 

His grace has ever-lasted.  

– eab, May  2000

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Bede (also “Baeda” & “Beda”) died 5/25/735 at Jarrow, Northumbria.  He was born (near there) at Tyne, County Durham, (“Kingdom of Northumbria”) England in the year 672 or 673.  As were many sons of the weathy (or at least “comfortable”) families of his day, he was sent to a monastery to be educated. His age at the time is given as 3 or 7.  His education included Latin, Greek & Hebrew. He was ordained deacon (19), priest (30) & he is thought to have spent his life in a monastery.

He was a writer leaving behind some Biblical translation, exposition, & commentary (allegorical type) of the Scriptures. His earliest Biblical commentary was probably on the Book of the Revelation.  His interests included grammar & science (he saw the earth as a sphere & questioned the 365 ¼ day year). His works related to the Bible were apprecaited in his day.  Recent decades (centuries?) have acclaimed him “Father of English History” for his 5 vol. Ecclesiastical History of the English People -from approx. 55-729(?).

His pen & the knowledge it gleaned & recorded earned him the title “The Venerable Bede.” His writings have been called “the best summary of this period of history ever prepared.” Modernity has Bede to thank for the use &/or popularization of “Anno Domini” (year of our Lord).

Bede Quotes:   “…if history records good things of good men, the thoughtful hearer is encouraged to imitate what is good; or if it records evil of wicked men, the good, religious reader or listener is encouraged to avoid all that is sinful & perverse, & to follow what he knows to be good & pleasing to God.” 

“They alone know how to believe in God who love God, who are Christians not only in name but also in action and life, because without love faith is empty. With love, it is the faith of a Christian —without love, the faith of a demon.” (Commentary, James 2:19)

“We abide in God insofar as we do not sin.”  (Commentary, I John 3:6)

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