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Archive for April 24th, 2016

The Word

Revelation 2. 22 -24

“Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

“And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

“But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.”

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“Saul had the greatest O T pastor – Samuel.”

 

– Richard Humble, message, 7/5/96

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Rhyme?

One of the greatest helps to memory is real rhyme.  Some of the best hymns (old and not so old) were penned, even published, as poems before they were “set” to music. They were written between the rock of trial and the hard place on life’s trail.

By solemn contrast, too many modern “songs” where written on a piano bench, lack good rhyming, and therefore, minus their catchy tunes, are hard to remember.

– eab, 4/24/16

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When the undertaker backs his hearse up to your wide front door

And your body is carried out, to enter it never more,

When in a short while friends gather to weep and to lament

At how young you were, or looked, or how quickly that you went.

Where will you be, my friend?

When cards are sent to family or to life-long married mate

Cementing in memories: the year, month, the circled date

When your son reads the obit and the preacher speaks his part

Trying to give each griever hope, to help their saddened heart.

Where will you be, my friend?

When the long black “car” winds midst the tombs on far, yonder hill

And parks beside your grave (near Aunt Jane and Uncle Will)

When the man of God says, “dust-to-dust, ashes-to-ashes”

And salty teardrops cling to men and ladies eye lashes.

Where will you be, my friend?

When the director hands out roses from atop your new casket

Or gives your wife, your husband, an especially pretty basket

When people file back to their cars & leave the grave yard “park”

Going on with life – leaving your life-less body in the dark.

Where will you be, my friend?  

– eab, Apr. ‘16

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Pharaoh of old

and 20th century communism were “OK” with men worshipping. Christ deserves the worship of all ages and He said “Suffer little children to come unto Me…” We’re not doing children a favor to keep them out of adult services if (God help us) IF the Spirit is moving in adult meetings. (The Holy Spirit can as easily speak to a child as He can to older hearts.) Where in the NT do we find “junior church”? Holy Ghost-filled-pastors are probably more abundant than truly sanctified junior church “pastors.”

If your present set-up includes a “junior church” (and it’s not likely to change) pray for the children’s leaders to be faithful examples of holy living.

– eab, 4/24/16

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