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Archive for November, 2016

Luk 9.26

“For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

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John Wesley quote

“Only use the world

but enjoy God.”

– John Wesley (uncertain source)

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A grandson stayed with my wife and me overnight last week. He made history in our house. He was the first, solo grandchild to over-night with us – ever. It was nice to have you come Drew, nice to have your help on Saturday, and nice we could visit the local cattle auction that PM. (“Cattle” is a broad term as we saw a horse or two, goats, and pigs before the cattle came in the ring.) Due to our children’s scattered homes, kids ages/personalities, and/or other situations we’ve not enjoyed until now what many of you have. Not complaining but now grateful for this visit. Thanks also for making the delivery to Cincy.

– eab, 11/28/16

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If you think you have answers sublime,

Tell me, What is this thing called time?

The coming expected “big deal”

Seemed, before, a “century away”

Is now past, its distance surreally unreal

What happened to that day?

– eab, Nov. ‘05

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Over two decades ago I noticed “christmas”

had a hold on an adult. Now its tentacles clutch more adults. If (that’s a huge IF) Christ was born in December, His birth was a MIRACLE. The devil’s played up a winter holiday, associating it with Magic (his fake switch for Miracle). Thinking-Christian do NOT push santa on their child; even without this substitute for Jesus (“he knows if you’ve good or bad”) we must guard against the Day, Decorations, Duplicity being more about us/our house/our church than about The Savior of the World. Christ came; Christ arose from the dead, but satan tries to hide both world-changing events. Harken.

– eab, 11/28/16

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2Pe 1. 4

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:

that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

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L D Wilcox quote

“He [man] is free to choose how he will act

but he is not free to choose the results of this action.”

– L D Wilcox, from his PROFILES IN WESLEYAN THEOLOGY

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Want to be clean?

Can’t tell if your eye glasses are clean?  Hold them up to the light.  Can’t tell if your life is clean?

Hold it up to the light of the Gospels and His wonderful Books which follow.

– eab, 12/27/15

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MAN IS A SPIRIT

MAN IS A SPIRIT [1] Nov.

I’ve noticed one thing as I traverse the earth,

With its tears, and smiles, sorrows, and mirth,

That the steps we leave in snow and sand,

When reviewed at a stop, help us understand

The wanderings and achievements of man.

That man’s acts, though small and erased by time,

For a moment and mile appear sublime;

But wind and wave leave the print no more,

For man is a spirit, on eternity’s shore.      

– eab, 11/27/70

[1] Written after being somewhat surprised at seeing my own footsteps in the snow in the West Rushville cemetery. Had gone to my brother’s grave. Consider it one of my better short poems.

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Life MATH problems

The toughest math problems

in all of life are ADDITION problems.

Faith + Virtue. Virtue + Knowledge. Knowledge + Temperance. Temperance + Patience.

Patience + Godliness. Godliness + Brotherly kindness. Brotherly kindness + Charity. (2Pe 1.5-7)

These are possible only by His grace, and by our perseverance. Help us, Lord, with our “homework.”

– eab, 12/19/15

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