Archive for December, 2016

Follow Me

Mat 4. 19 – 20

“And he [ Jesus ] saith unto them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’

“And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”

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“…Christ[’s]…challenge was not to save ourselves but to lose ourselves;

not understand Him but to have courage to follow Him.”

– Wilfred Grenfell, MD, from his WHAT CHRIST MEANS TO ME

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Red Sea

Not all obstacles to your walk with God are devilish. Some are relational (be very careful of who is “in” your life). Some are occupational (change jobs if you need to, to go to heaven). Some are geographical. (List could go one.) The Red Sea was in Moses’ way but it was definitely not devilish. The devil did not make the Red Sea, he did not make it beautiful, and he has not preserved it.

– eab, 12/29/16

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satan sought to be “lord of all.”

God kicked him out; Christ saw him fall.

He has tried to rule the earth

By war, by sports, by vile mirth

But soon he’ll be beyond hell’s wall.

– eab, Dec. 2015

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50 years ago

50 years ago –

Yours truly was a senior in college (having “successfully” crammed 4 yrs into 6 🙂 ), was working full-time at Inter-Chemical Corporation down town Cincy, we were between cars (my 57 VW had been wrecked – I rented a Corvair from Jim Booher for some weeks, we were attending Bro John Dorsey’s church “Mt Carmel” AND  T O D A Y  the Lord blessed us with a second son, Lincoln. For about 6.5 yrs I had worked for A&P, part-time and without insurance. Inter-Chem hired me just four days before Lincoln was born but as they had full coverage for all employees our delivery costs was covered. God was surely in that! HAPPY BD, SON. Blessings today and all of the days you are 50! Moma and Dad

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Preach the word

2Ti 4. 2

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;

reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

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“If God calls you to be a preacher,

don’t stoop to be a king.” (said to his son)

– William Gladstone, quoted by Tom Reed.

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The Bible’s most famous text doesn’t require $1,000,000 to “not perish.” It doesn’t require 1000 man-hours community service per annum to “not perish.” Nor does it require a once-a-lifetime trip to a supposed “sacred spot;” all of which can be impossible for Mr x or Miss y. Believing (& continuing to believe) in Christ is all that’s required to “not perish.” All may do this – ALL. If you were raised that God wills some to heaven/some to hell, you’ll have to exercise your own WILL (God gave each a free will) and Believe. Full-fledged Calvinism argues against Joh 3.16 but “John the divine” is right and John Calvin is wrong.

– eab, 12/28/16

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Your body is the basket in which your soul is carried;

Your soul lives forever, your body is soon buried.

In life these two cooperate

In death these two separate.

Do not cut nor cut off your body’s brittle life

Do not embitter nor break your soul with strife

The body is important but keep it in its place.

The soul’s far greater, apply for, accept, God’s grace.

– eab, 12/25/14

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“No man is irreplaceable”

is said when a man’s “married to his job.” This is sort-a-true for a factory worker. It is so untrue in other ways. Within the family NO ONE replaces Dad (or Mom) or that certain someone. Within the family of God, no one replaces Bro/Sis “x” as long as his/her contemporaries live. G R French was a part of last night’s dream. I miss Bob; in a way we weren’t close but I highly respected him, his mind, his personality, and influence in our midst. I enjoyed working with and for him.

– eab, 12/28/16

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