Archive for September 26th, 2017

Luther Quote

“Ambition is the rankest poison to the church,

when it possesses preachers.”

Table Talk, p.187


You can talk about Bread, read about Bread, see Bread, admire the beauty of Bread, and even smell Bread but only when you’re hungry will you eat Bread. “O taste and see…” Psa 34.8a. (Bread HERE is related to the Holy Life; those who hunger for it are blessed.)

– eab, 9/24/17



Many a pioneer store was made to appear

To have another story, a second tier

Seemed to be twice its size, a façade

Inflated for pride, of no real aid

Too bad; but some lives are also a balloon,

Appearing big; they’ll be small soon.

– eab, 9/26/11


Happiness is probably somewhere between “anything goes” or do it “any-ole-way,” and rigid perfectionism, which never knows when to stop “tweaking it.” Do quality work, but know when to stop “improving” a chicken coop.

– eab, 9/26/17


“Frances Havergal (‘Take My Life & Let It Be’)

was able to recite by heart the entire NT (except Acts) when she was only 22.”

– Gilchrist Lawson


Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against thee.”


Conservative Holiness Movement” #1 “Conservative” is not in the Bible, nor “conserve” “conserved” “conserving,” or “conservation.” “Conservative” is a term borrowed (I believe) from politics & probably is safe there. “Liberal” by contrast, is in the Bible (6 times), “Liberality”(twice) & “Liberty”(27 times). (Is this an example of Isa 5.20? – if so, it’s sad.)

– eab, 9/21/17


Conservative Holiness Movement” #2 “Holiness” – Oh, give us more holy living. Oh, give us more definite teaching of holy principles by pastors. Oh, give us more Bible college profs who have more than head knowledge of this wonderful experience. Oh, give us more camp meeting/revival evangelists who preach entire messages on the doctrine of holiness & who conversations reflect it. Some “holiness preachers” do not preach holiness – Why? There is a reason.

– eab, 9/21/17


Conservative Holiness Movement” #3 “Movement” was once a valid word – chapels were growing near RR tracks, across America’s west, & in rough sections of town. Holy men & wives were calling on miners, ranchers, blue-collar workers & seeing souls receive full salvation (term for heart purity). I’ve lived to see us move out of houses (modified to a church), out of simple into elaborate structures, move where few walking persons can reach us. The genuine “fire” that attracted common folks is too often missing. Thank God for the exceptions, but we’re not the movement we were, or could still be. God – Help – Us.

– eab, 9/21/17


Conservative Holiness Movement” #4 Some use the initials CHM, as short for “Conservative Holiness Movement.” This can be labeled a “label.” “Labels” tend to be applied by “enemies” (at least outsiders). When we “use” someone’s label for us, we’re accepting (in part) their tag AND its connotations.

– eab, 9/21/17

Read Full Post »