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A Quote From Luther

“…Whoso brings in a divine worship of his own, without God’s command is an adulterer…it avails him nothing that he thinks he does God service herein…”

Table Talk, p.74

In a world that enjoys fiction, creates it own fiction, and even demands fiction, truth can be an unwanted “commodity.” When fiction becomes their “comfort,” truth becomes a hard (they’d think “harsh”) reality. Fiction is something they escape to: in home video, smart phone, hollywood/Branson shows, and science-fiction movies. They don’t want truth to disturb them, to awaken them, to force them to think. No. Horrors! – eab, 8/21/17



People come and people go,

And people are forgotten.

Pride is such a fleeting thing,

And fame – it is half rotten.

The Lord rules and the Lord reigns,

The Lord, He is forever.

The only place of lasting worth,

Is in His holy favor.

– eab, August 1984


It is natural for men to mellow with age. (The great H. Robb French is said to have said about a strict, strong-preaching young man, “Leave him alone; when he mellows he’ll be about right.”) But please, PLEASE do not Mellow so much you turn Yellow – Yellow i.e. afraid to take your stand on the important issues of family, God’s house, and eternity.

– eab, 8/20/17


“The Middle Ages featured ‘mystery plays’ …in theaters or public squares.

The Reformation replaced theatrics with biblical exposition.”

John A Bjorlik, from “The Berean Call”


Php 4. 8a

“…whatsoever things are true

whatsoever things are honest

whatsoever things are just

whatsoever things are pure

whatsoever things are lovely

whatsoever things are of good report

Php 4. 8b

   if there be any virtue, and

   if there be any praise, think on these things.”

>> This is close “preaching” close! <


Sometimes the preacher known for his story-telling might try to console himself with, “Jesus told stories.” How many of Jesus’ stories started with, “I remember when I told those men right there in the temple…”? or “When I was a teen I was helping my step-dad…”? Perhaps we should tell the same % of “personal” stories or “funny” stories that Jesus did. Amen? Ouch?

– eab, 8/23/17

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