Archive for December 1st, 2016



Some packages are wrapped

In tinsel and green

And plaid or stripes in red and gold

Are often seen,

But the greatest gift at Christmas

Came so warmly wrapped

In flesh, human flesh, like a Baby,

When He napped.


Wrappings serve for weeks

Or for a few hours,

To hid the gift from brown and blue eyes

And their prying powers.

The Father’s Gift was with Him

Before He was born,

Yet He stayed wrapped thirty-three years

From that fine morn.


Paper, be it as pretty

As paper might,

Is not as valuable as what it hides

From other’s sight.

So it was with God’s Present:

Covered with mortal flesh.

The inside was of more value

Than skin, so fresh.


Paper is torn, left,

Forgotten in haste,

Considered, by the receiver,

As nothing but dull waste.

Unfortunately, God’s Christmas Gift

Also was torn;

That fleshly wrapping

Felt the point of nail and thorn.


Gifts wear out in months,

Or decades, at least;

Rust, decay, or some other harm –

From germ to mighty beast.

But God’s gift, old by centuries, Is still very new,

And though the Wrap was torn,

The Giver always knew,


His Present would lift,

Allow the Great Shift,

For all lives adrift.

What a wondrous Gift!

God and Man inside –

Man and God without

Is it any wonder

Angels did shout?

– eab, DEC. ’90

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Rom 12. 2

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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J A Wood quote

“Christians are to reform the world

not be deformed by it.”

– J A Wood, from his book SUNSET ECHOES

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I’m not a prophet, just a little-known former assoc. prof/pastor trying to Prod, Push, Pull, Persuade your soul (& mine) toward the Plateau of endless light and away from the Pit of dismal darkness. Sometimes Truth (when we agree J) is sweet but many times Truth (when reminding of past light or a ray of grudgingly-admitted new light L) is sour. If Truth makes you angry, please friend, be upset with my crudely expressed idea and not upset with God. He, who loves you, is the eternal embodiment of Truth.

– eab, 12/1/16

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Brother Adams, you’ve joined the column,

At the graduation stand;

Stood in solemn moments waiting,

For the Sheepskin in His hand,

Seen His smile of heavenly welcome,

Passed your tassel to the right,

Said Good-bye to final testings

Brother Adams, you’re Home, tonight.


Some time ago your schooling started,

Pop quizzes and daily grades,

Small battles with disappointments,

Major frays under gray shades.

Times were when you were sorely tempted,

To give in and drop the fight,

But praise God, you stood the testings,

Brother Adams, you’re Home, tonight.


Hard assignments another shirked at,

You foresaw as needed grace,

And rising to the occasion,

Test by test, you were at place.

We’ll never know what depth of trial,

Far of vision, long on sight,

That beset your daily plans, but,

Brother Adams, you’re Home, tonight.


If we could make a two-way contact,

Ask and hear about the Place;

Are the requirements of the course,

Worth the daily grind and pace?

I am sure you’d readily answer,

“Stand the test, Buck the blight.”

You’d encourage us to hold, ’cause,

Brother Adams, you’re Home, tonight.


And as we do our rough assignments

As we struggle for the top,

May we remember the example –

Sacrifice – you did not stop.

You wrote the lessons out in detail,

Pushing in your tiring might,

Not failing in the Finals, and –

Brother Adams, you’re Home, tonight.             

– eab, 12/1/84

[1] Earl Adams, for years head of EBM (Evangelical Bible Missions) Summerfield, FL probably saved it from extinction after G. T. left. Adams served on the Advisory Board for Christ College.

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What? A worship service.

Where? Our modest living room.

When? Sometime in the pre-dawn darkness.

Attendance? Two: one very human man, One very Divine God.

Why? Because He is so worthy – – – and I am so needy.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psa 103.1).

– eab, 12/1/16

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