Archive for July, 2016

The Word

1Sa 15. 22b – 23a

“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

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Pascal quote

“There is a pleasure in being in a ship beaten about by a storm when we are sure that it will not founder.

The persecutions which harass the Church are of this nature.”

– Blaise Pascal, from his Pensees

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Your mother was here and welcomed you into THIS world.

So live (forgiven and forgiving) that God becomes your Father and therefore welcomes you into the best, the UPPER World.  

– eab, 7/1/16

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To the Moon

Hi, odd-shaped moon on high,

Luminary ship in a night-like sky,

Why doest thou in your reign

Looking down on us with such disdain?

By grace, saints will pass you by.

– eab, 7/31/10

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You do not want to think about death.

And I don’t relish thinking about death either. But 125 years from now every person you know will be dead. EVERY ONE. And all of us then will be in Heaven or Hell. ALL. (Purgatory is a myth, a cruel, money-making myth.) You have one(1) great responsibility, I have one(1) great responsibility: get right with God. (Only after we’re right can we truly help others to get right – which is a second 2nd responsibility – frankly, it’s a distant 2nd.)

Is your every sin forgiven?  

– eab, 7/31/16

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The Word

Joh 14. 15

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

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“Every one who can preach the truth

and does not preach it

incurs the judgment of God.”

– Justin Martyr, exact source unknown (to me)


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If your grandchild gets everything he/she wants from you, you have one of two problems.

  • You have too many dollars,

  • OR You do not have enough sense. 🙂 or 😦

– eab, 7/29/16

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Second hand, left-overs. and clothes handed down

Have all been a part of your life.

Since you agreed to be,

A mate to me,

A poor teacher’s wife.

Second-hand is a thought, at which people frown,

(Antique is a fancy word.)

The left-overs some dread

– Our daily bread –

Others waste; how absurd!


“Hand-me-down” clothes (despised adjectives to nouns)

You have re-made by the sack.

These three things are not all,

I could recall,

The list would not slack.

Darling, you’re the best mate and mother ’round.

I’m glad you’ve married me,

And became the mother

(Like no other).

Does one, plus one, make three?

– eab, Jul ‘73

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In 1992 I started pastoring a church in South Dakota

previously pastored by Bro Harold Greer. When I heard how God, upon his retirement, allowed them to buy a little place in Nebraska very reasonably I was encouraged that He could do the same for us when we needed it. He did.

Three years ago today I carried my wife across the threshold of a humble 1340 sq. ft. cottage; when I did, it was debt free! Many work-hours later (wish I knew how many – but when working for yourself labor’s cheap 🙂 ) and many dollars later, it’s a nice little home with a wonderful location. Many pastors work (full/part-time) and buy their personal house; that is between them and God. In most of my pastorates/school teaching years I had not felt free to do anything but work full-time for the church and in my study. God supplied our need in 2013 and He can supply yours when His time is right. Praise the Lord!

– eab, 7/30/16

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