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Heb 13. 12

Heb 13. 12

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood,

suffered without the gate.”

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“The sanctification of the Church means

its separation from all that is unholy, from sin.”

Dietrich  Bonoeffer, COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

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No one (IMO) understands God. Not the archangel Michael (only named archangel), not the angel Gabriel (only named angel), not the host of Cheribim, not the host of Seraphim, not the Creatures (“Beasts” Rev 4.6ff), not the 24 Elders, nor the host of earthlings who, by God’s great grace, are presently with the Lord. But saints are gaining in their understanding of Him now and may well gain forever.  

– eab, 8/9/17

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TIME

TIME

Time is toneless temporary thing

Yet to its gauge we raise note and sing.

Time has no odor, and has no taste

Yet contours life, post haste.

Time has never yet been fully seen

We know not if its fat or lean

We assume its half-way clean

Yet yield ourselves to its touring stream

Time has no bulk, has no weight

Yet is in charge of “go” and “wait”

It has no muscle of its own

Yet still decides when seed is sown

When timothy and clover are mown

When wheat’s heads bend down with a groan

Time ages all youth, ages all sages

Time yellows the book’s first and last pages

Time controls the curtain on all stages.

If you were to meet the “Mr. Time“

You’d find him gentle, a bit sublime

More given to prose than to rhyme

Time has no face yet marks all faces

It speeds through youth with its paces

Flows through middle life’s laces

And ends all old-age races.

Time has a name, as a demeanor

Makes many things thicker, thinner

Decides the losers, crowns the winner

Runs the “show” but never shows its smile

Starts and ends every motoring mile

Decides fall’s fashion or “out of style”

Defies definition in diction books

Is impartial to the honest or to crooks.

Time is the control we’ll someday lose

Whether upward or downward way we choose

Treat time with solemn respect

Do not its lesson once neglect

Heed time’s ceaseless call and beck

Time, so powerful on this earth

Timing, so important in joke and mirth

Time, nice to all, regardless of birth

Will someday find its run its course.

Be as out-of-date as buggy and horse

It’s on a collision course with another force.

An angel will, with foot on sea, on land

Bring time (as we know it) under a band

It will have its “Custer’s last stand.”

Time, so impersonal, so “just”

Alike to crushed, and to “upper crust”

Prodding pioneers (“California or bust”)

Will have its final flight and fling

Will lay on its side, a warn out thing

Eternity has a totally different “ring.”

These lines fail to describe

The millions of every un-lost tribe

Who’ve suffered time’s relentless bribe.

No king has ever had the power

To buy at death, an additional hour

Be life’s closing sweet or be it sour.

All princes have obeyed time’s rule

As have their court’s odd-dressed fool.

Time wears out the best tool man makes

Time exposes all hypocrites and fakes

You cannot both eat and have your cakes

Yet soon (a time-relevant word)

Time’s closing, dying cry will be heard

And time as seen and felt by all

Will receive its last, its ending call

At last its perpetual motion will stall.

Friend, love now the King of kings on high

‘Cause when time ends – endlessness draws nigh

You can greet it without a sigh.            

– eab, 8/27/11

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It’s not wrong to be a child;

even Christ was One once. Nor is being a child to be distained. But when growth should take place, when the time to be a baby/child is past and childishness is still evident, we know that there’s a problem. The same is true in spiritually life –

sadly true.

– eab, 8/12/17

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A Quote From Luther

“There is no work on earth easier

than the true service of God…”

Table Talk, p.97

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NO TV

1.) If your parents did not have a TV when you were growing up, 2.) if you’ve not had a TV yourself as an adult, AND  3.) if you’re willing to let this be known, please comment  “NO TV.”  (You may, of course, comment further if you desire.)  Several may find this interesting.  Martha & I are in that group. Thank you in advance. – eab, 8/27/17

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I need to Praise the Lord for my wonderful health. (Please – dear Friend with physical problems – I’m sorry for you but permit me to Praise God – this could change tonight, so I Bless His Name NOW.) We take a daily baby aspirin (blood-thinner), vitamins (have since the 70’s), see a chiropractor about every 2 weeks (have visited chiropractors for decades), take fiber, and I do several minutes of stretches every morning. The last time I was over-night in a hospital was when I was born. Oh, I Praise God for my good health! – eab, 8/26/17

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Luther plus

A Quote From Luther

“We cannot vex the devil more than by teaching,

preaching, singing, and talking of Jesus…”

Table Talk, p.81

 

 

A number of past pastors without even a college Degree had enough God on them to faithfully Decree, “Thus saith the Lord.” (“Thus saith the Lord” occurs over 400 times in the OT.) Too many modern men are confused over which Bible to use, to say nothing of getting God’s pungent message from It.

– eab, 1/5/17

 

 

GREEN BLUE

Lord Jesus draw me closer and closer to You

Till it’s an easy step from earth’s green to heaven’s blue,

From earth’s brown paths to yon street of God,

To the Greatest of great Shepherds, to Your eternal fold.

Daily, I pray Thee, my resolve and strength, renew.

8/25/17

 

 

You don’t understand your wife? I can understand that.

You don’t understand your husband? I can understand that.

But you don’t understand yourself either, do you???  So – – –

“cut them (husband/wife) some slack.” Be patient. LOVE when you don’t understand.

– eab, 5/9/17

 

 

“…They show by every word and gesture that they do not belong to this earth…

Those who now possess it by violence and injustice shall lose it and

those who here have renounced it,

who were meek to the point of the cross shall rule the new earth.”

Dietrich  Bonoeffer, COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

 

 

1Jo 2. 18

“…as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists;

whereby we know that it is the last time.”

 

 

Controllers don’t want the people they control to think – – – they might think enough to see that they’re controlled. This has military, political, occupational, and even religious applications. By joyous contrast, Truth makes you free (Joh 8.32).

– eab, 8/24/17

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A Quote From Luther

“If Christ be not God,

then neither the Father nor the Holy Ghost is God…”

Table Talk, p.77

 

Re-enforcing reminder #1 (is it a revolting reminder?): the Lord gave us knees. They’re a God-given “body-line” for a lady’s skirt – once a skirt is raised above them there’s no natural place to stop. A lady’s skirt should cover her knees both while standing & sitting. This is without except. A minister’s wife with her knees showing? Why? At-home-daughters of christian leaders with knees showing? Why? Have our pulpits become silent? Have our dads become blind to this immodest trend?

– eab, 8/22/17

 

Re-enforcing Reminder #2 (is it a revolting reminder?) God gave us elbows. Once a person shortens his/her sleeves above them there’s no natural stopping spot. I plead with leaders/leaders wives, christian teachers/wives PLEASE lower your sleeves – be a better example to youth/new converts. Have you noticed: sleeves moved from just above elbows, to T-shirt length, to “cap” sleeves? Sin? That’s between you & God. Poor taste? Yes. High society sees short sleeves as informal (except gal with gloves above elbow J).

– eab, 8/22/17

 

 

ancient Book

I’ve found an ancient, timely Book;

On Its pages I daily look.

It gives advice for married folk,

Agrees that salt goes with the yolk,

Encourages a carefulness,

Lifts one up when in distress.

Gives wisdom to all who ask.

Wearing Its “yoke” is not a task.

Will you also read this great Book?

You’ll never regret Its way you took.

– eab, August   2007

 

 

People who give the impression that they know all about God are lying to you. And sadly, too many who think that they know God are lying to themselves. But, Praise the Lord, we can Know Him and so Love Him that we Learn more and more about Him. That, Friend, is what is important.

– eab, 8/18/17

 

 

“Only he who believes is obedient

and only he who is obedient believes.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

 

 

Joh 14. 23

“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.’ ”

 

God is the only Being who is wholly complete in-and-of Himself. He always has been complete and will always be so. Man, without God, is horribly incomplete but Christ has provided that we have the New Birth. It begins an eternal process of becoming entire. Being filled with the fullness (as full as our little vessel then can be) of the Holy Spirit is “step two” in this eternal journey to wholeness.

– eab, 8/24/17

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