Archive for March 27th, 2016

The Word

Genesis 3. 23 – 24

“Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

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“God is grieved;

Jesus was grieved;

the Holy Spirit was grieved;

we certainly cannot anticipate any work of grace…above [this].

– Howard Sweeten, from his book, More Excellent Way

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A pastor is to be an example in appearance, in actions, in attitude without question.

All these have to be from the heart – done with 100% genuineness, or he is not an example but an actor.

(I have little respect for actors, secular or religious.)

– eab, 2/6/16


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Down here we learn to obey on a day-to-day basis.

Down here we learn to pray through a glass-dark faces.

Down here we walk by faith and not by sight.

But we’re going higher at the close of the night.

We’re going higher, above a leaden sky,

We’re going higher, to never more sigh,

We’re going higher – don’t tell me “nay,”

After we’ve learned down here to obey.            

– eab, Mar. ’84

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The Bible teaches that BACKSLIDING is possible.

1Sa 15.1 Saul…is turned back from following Me   1Ki 11.9…The LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel… Eze 18.24…When the righteous turneth away from his righteousness & committeth iniquity…All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed & in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die Eze 18.26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, & committeth iniquity, & dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Eze 33.12 Therefore, thou son of man, say…The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression…neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. Eze 33.13 When I shall say to the righteous he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness & commit iniquity all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered but for his iniquity that he hath committed he shall die for it Psa 80.3 Turn us again, O God, & cause thy face to shine; & we shall be saved. Rom 11.22…If thou continue in [His] goodness: otherwise thou shalt be cut off. Gal 2.18…If I build again the things which I destroyed [this IS possible] I make myself a transgressor. Gal 5.4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 1Ti 4.1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits & doctrines of devils – not man; Holy Spirit is saying they will backslide! & gives two causes  Heb 11.15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 2Pe 2.21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  2Pe 3.17…beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. Rev 3.5 He that overcometh the same shall be clothed in white raiment; & I will not blot out his name out of the book of life but I will confess his name before my Father… – Christ’s clearly saying “blotting out” is possible.

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