Archive for June 23rd, 2017


If you like greens let me encourage you to find out (if you don’t already know) what POKE is. Gather it and fix it (using two or three waters). To my mind it’s as good as spinach or Swiss chard (not the same but similar) and grows wild, saving you the bother and space in your garden for other things.

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I fear the number of christians watching movies for entertainment is increasing. Why? “Well, it was a clean one.” It may not have had a “bedroom scene” but if hellywood had anything to do with it, it probably had more worldliness than you noticed. Even “christian” producers of movies may use words or dressing or float ideas which are very earthy – not heavenly. May I encourage you, parents, pray for guidance. The devil is after your child and too many movies help him.

– eab, 6/20/17

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Love NOT …

1Jo 2. 15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

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“No church can be under the guidance of the Spirit

which fears to offend the world.”

– George Shaw, from his Spirit in Redemption

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Beach Buggy

At the end of my 2nd yr of teaching at Hobe we needed repair or maintenance on our ‘68 Bug. I had to be at the college for commencement practice so the shop loaned me a VW beach buggy. I returned, picked up cap/gown and was driving down James St. when I stopped and invited C Ponder Frederick (also headed to practice) to ride. He, in his gown with cap in hand, climbed over the side (they had no doors) and we arrived on campus “in style” – Black gowns and Red beach buggy. Love the memory.

– eab, 6/20/17

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Kids scream for a multitude of reasons,

In summer, winter, fall, and other seasons.

They scream because they’re joyous,

And they scream because they’re not.

They scream when they are cold and wet,

And when they’re wet and hot.

They vibrate their vocal cords

When by themselves, or in huge hordes,

And scream because they’re slightly “mad”

Or when chased by their playful dad.

But whatever the reason, or season,

Kids will go on screaming.

Giving the world of ours

A little more depth of meaning.

– eab, June  ‘73

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“Wait, wait – – –

you’ve declared yourself an enemy of God?” Have you forgotten? It is He Who made heaven and earth. God made the “clock” called “time,” gave it a wind, and knows exactly when it will tick its last. God will have a Great White Throne judgment and men will be allowed to go to hell (toward which they’ve purposely slanted their life). You’ve chosen to hate Him? Friend you’ve NOT thought this through!

R-e-c-o-n-s-i-d-e-r !!!

– eab, 6/23/17

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Ante-Nicene Quote
“After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter
did also hand down to us in writing what has been preached by Peter.”

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Few places and times equal

standing in the wide open door of a big old barn with it’s smell of the 1st mowing stacked above you and the sight and smell (and majesty) of a summer storm sweeping across the valley in front of you. No, I’m not standing there now – – – except in the wonderful “hall” of memory. Loved my country-boy upbringing.

  • eab, 6/23/17

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  1. Cucs & Kids – Finished working with cucumbers last PM & remembered, “Train up a child in the way he should go…” (Pro 22.6) Kids are wonderfully better than cucs but “train” has a comparison. I use a “cucmber ladder” – they go up instead of out in my 8’x4’ raised beds. Carefully I stretched the vine up to step 1, even step 2. The cuc vines have an elasticity which can be surprising but, BUT you have to learn the “breaking point.” (One less vine is “not-the-end-of-the-world but a broken child is TRAGIC.) The vines have a natural curve right or left and to train them up the ladder I most honor that bent. Pray for wisdom with every kid. – eab, 6/23/17


  1. Cucs & Kids – Your son has a natural bent toward “x” or “y.” Be an observant parent (better than I was) and train, i.e. help the bend to be best used in his life. Colleges want you to send ALL your kids to them – not all need their help. Train that tender vine to go up, as best suites his vine shape. Encourage working with his hands or a desire to farm, or that interest in “x” alongside a solid Bible education, augmented with grammar, true history, and real science. Stretch him to know academics without discouraging him from “handling the real world.” P.S. Training is NOT letting him do as he pleases – TRAINING takes time – time and prayer. – eab, 6/23/17


  1. Cucs & Kids – You’ve noticed from early-on your daughter is good with kids (those her age and those younger). Do not insist she become a 4 year college grad. Cucumbers can be trained and so can daughters, a little here and a little there. Or you see her “nursing” the puppy or chicken – may she should be an RN (not for money but because it’s her natural bent). Pull too hard and the vine snaps, pull too little and it never reaches where it could go. Training should include Bible, basic grammar, history etc. and will take time, knowledge, and prayer. Don’t try to twist her the wrong way and kill her spirit but neither let her run wild. – eab, 6/23/17

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