Archive for September 7th, 2016

Isa 55. 6 – 7

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

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McCheyne quote

“A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.

It is not so much great talents that God blesses as likeness to Jesus.”

– McCheyne, quoted by Thomas Cook, in his book New Testament Holiness

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As a kid, school always started the Tuesday after Labor Day – it was predictable. And it ended by Memorial Day – which was predictably May 30th regardless of the day of the week. This left the country boy three months to “sucker corn” (pulling off shoots of lesser height), help with hay making, do other rural chores (I was, at times, Mom’s “running water,”) and roam the woods or follow the creek’s winding banks, etc. And sleep in some; during the school year I boarded the bus at 7:10 AM (first one on, last one off). Summers were wonderful.

– eab, 9/4/16

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The most grand, the most powerful word

To be effective has to be heard.

Left silently parked on hidden page

It, like dry seed, can survive an age,

Then come “alive” with a new reading

And be found to be well-worth heeding.

– eab, 9/7/09

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If you’re a young pastor or one not-so-young

but were raised or have pastored where a Special Day is not observed, listen up.  This Lord’s Day (1st Lord’s Day after Labor Day) is Grandparent’s Day.  It is a perfect time to invite unchurched Gramdpa or Grandma of a Sunday School child to service.  It’s a time to invite the children (and their children) of faithful men and women who make up the backbone of your congregation. You could announce it tonight and make a few calls.  You can put it on the front page of your bulletin. Buy a small gift if you like for the one with the most grandchildren in church, but if not, honor them with a special song, a bit of ceremony, or a standing ovation. Grandparent’s Day could be a great blessing to you and your older saints and even see a soul saved and/or a healing brought in a dear family.

– eab, 9/6/16

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