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Some have been noticing (I hope 🙂 ) weeks of quotes by Martin Luther. 2017 marks 500 years since this great man took an unprecedented stand for Christ & for Faith. He was not the first Reformer but he was a VERY important one. Some believe his greatest action may have not been the thesis nailing but his putting the Bible into German vernacular, using the same basis as Englishmen used for our beloved KJV.

– eab, 9/14/17

 

Luther Quote

“…None can believe how powerful prayer is and what it is able to effect

but those who have learned it by experience.”

Table Talk, p.138

 

Bucket List? NO! There’s no problem making a record of 1.) God’s beautiful locations to see 2.) Rightful activities to do 3.) Persons you’d like to meet before death. (This post is not anti-goal.) Allow a warning about the term “bucket list.” It has a questionable source(s). I grew up in farming country with the expression “kick the bucket.” It was years before it clicked; it’s another term for suicide. The devil (& his ilk) want suicide to become more acceptable. It is NOT – ever! I stopped saying “kick the bucket” & strongly encourage you drop it – – – Since there’s a connection with “bucket list” why not drop it too?

-eab, 9/13/17

 

DEMAS TOO

He was a companion to Paul;

Once “up,” he had a bad fall.

Satan o’er him his flag unfurled

Because he “loved this present world.”

Watch, friend, the world still has its wild call.

– eab, 9/14/11

 

People of God You know how much sleep you need. Go to bed early & (if possible) avoid early meetings especially if they’re only social. (If you need 7 hrs sleep, plan “to bed” & “get up” time 8 hrs apart; if you need 8 to rest, plan beginning & ending 9 apart.) Then when God awakens you, roll out & pray. Do NOT look at the time either as you arise or lay back down – this allows you to subtract yourself from that “ever-demanding-clock.” If God meets you shortly, fine. If His presence settles in & you’re longer, that’s fine. This no-clock-praying allows a Freedom, a Luxury, Tryst for just you & the Lover of Your Soul.

9/14/17

 

“…for one to kill himself

is to kill body and soul at once.”

– John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

 

Rom 16. 18

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly;

and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

 

Pastor – Where is your designated praying place? Church building? Parsonage? Other?

How often do you schedule yourself there? How often do you actually meet that schedule?

Is this where you can enter & exit unseen? Is it sound proof or are your periods there when no one hears?

How often do you “pray around the church” (literally pew-by-pew or visually)? Do you name to the Lord?

– eab, 9/14/17

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Misc.

Luther Quote

“Believest thou? Then thou wilt speak boldly.

Speakest thou boldly? Then thou must suffer.

Suffers thou? Then thou shalt be comforted.”

Table Talk, p.151

 

That radio/TV preacher you support (verbally or financially), do you REALLY believe he’ll be in heaven? That singer you travel miles to hear & bring home his recordings, will he ACTUALLY be in heaven? That modern theologian whose easy-reading books you quote, do you know if he believes in holiness? If he never mentions being holy will he be in a Holy heaven? Think about who you support, “love to hear sing,” or become so quickly hooked on, because he’s a popular author.

– eab, 9/10/17

 

WATER FLOW *

The water flowed smoothly from left to right,

The water flowed gently day and night.

The flow of the water was a calming sight,

Slow and quiet and low.

 

The water had come from some distance away,

The water had been rain or snow in a previous day,

It had been these but it could not stay,

So it’s no longer snow.

 

The river moves incessantly;

The river moves again to the far sea.

Moving is the water, yet it stays apparently

The flow is a spectacular show.

– eab, 9/13/06 * Written on west bank, Middle Fork (Chandalar River) AK,

 

Minister Friend #1 Be faithful to preach the Gospel. Do it for the sake of children who see you as perfect. And for the sake of youth who hold you in high esteem. Do it for the sake of parents who need you to explain some of the same truths they’re trying to teach at home. And do it for the sake of older saints who hunger for & need the strong meat of the Word. (You can’t share or preach strong meat with conviction unless you are chewing on some yourself.

– eab, 9/9/17

 

Minister Friend #2 R G Flexon said that he didn’t preach that which he hadn’t been living 6 mon himself. A saint should now & then be taken-aback by truth, should say, “Whoa, is THAT in the Book?” And when they find out it is, they may chew on it for days, if not weeks. But Most of All Preacher, you need to preach the whole Gospel for your sake. You’ll some day (looking back it will seem soon) face the Great Shepherd & give an account of how you shepherded your flock.

– eab, 9/9/17

 

“There is more science in the twenty-fourth verse of the first chapter of Genesis

…than in all Darwin wrote.”

– Wm J Bryan, In His Image

 

1Co 9. 27

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:

lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

 

 

If the glorified soul of a saint is capable of “growing” (learning) for all eternity – an idea Steve D Herron floated & which I see as very possible – will the soul of a damned sinner grow thinner, forever dimensioning, yet never coming to naught? This (possible?) soul shriveling and shrinking sounds horrible.   – eab, 9/12/17

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antichrist

antichrist # 1 A series of evil men have been antichrists since the days of John (1Jo & 2Jo). A concluding impostor will surface, will be the “man of sin” (2Th 2.3), but will advertise himself as christ. This character will do all in his power to orchestrate deception. He’ll use political power & religious (not as separate as thought). He’ll use “science,” education & entertainment (again not as detached as desired). He’ll obliterate all he can about the True Christ. And, sadly, he’ll be accepted as the one to “save the world.”

– eab, 9/11/17

antichrist # 2 The true Christian will not be deceived. (Christ’s “…take heed that no man deceive…”[Mat 24.4] “…take heed lest any man deceive…”[Mar 13.5] & “…take heed that ye be not deceived…”[Luk 21.8] indicate that we CAN avoid deception – with effort.) But gullible, sin-loving, sports-crazed, entertainment addled “christians,” following the lead of a left-wing media, a left-wing school, and/or a left-wing church will “hail” the false as the true. One reason is that they’ve already rejected the TRUE.

-eab, 9/12/17

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“man of sin…”

2Th 2. 3

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,

except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”

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“War is not a private affair;

it disturbs the commerce of the world

obstructs the ocean’s highways and

kills innocent bystanders.”

– William Jennings Bryan, from his IN HIS IMAGE

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I AM

God is NOT the great “I Was,” although He is on every page of History. (You can’t “live in” history.)

God is NOT the great “I Will Be,” though He is in every phase of Prophecy. (You can’t “live in” the future.)

God IS the great “I AM.” You are alive Now, need God Now, & by His grace, can enjoy Him Now. DO!

– eab, 9/12/17

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O-o-oh someday I’ll see the King in His beauty.

Someday all heaven will dazzle my sight

Someday I’ll finish my last “daily-duty”

And it all began that Spring Thursday night.

None of us are good enough for heaven

The very idea smacks of old carnal pride

God must remove the sin, the leaven

That is the reason our Lord came and died.

We speak of a good man, good neighbor

Christ said none was good but God

All need His grace, His great favor

And can have it, this side the sod.

We can be holy now, we can be pure;

God invites to be just like Him.

Carnality gone – “the double cure.”

Life so bright, that once was so dim.

– eab, 9/11/14

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The movie industry

(it IS industry: exploited workers & foul contaminations) has explored two themes & with evil imaginations made them appear huge: the Future & “Space.” The nasty minds who draw cartoons, construct CGIs, & write scripts can NOT control either; future & “space” are both securely in God’s hands. But that fact accounts for the interest of debauched hollywood. They want to take God’s place, cannot, so they imagine (& want the movie go-er to imagine) that they (hollywood) “know” more than they know, “see” more than they see, & “pretend” they have a control, which is all fabricated.

– eab, 9/12/17

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Luther Quote

Luther Quote

“…I love an honest and well-affected mind that seeks after truth simply and plainly

and that goes not about with fantasies and cheating tricks.”

Table Talk, p.138

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Luther and MORE

Luther Quote

“Nothing is more pernicious than sophistry;

we are by nature prone to believe lies rather than truth.”

Table Talk, p.138

 

I grew up with the expression, “Don’t believe anything you hear & only half what you see.” That was before TV/hollywood became so rampant. A more correct version might be, “Don’t believe anything you hear or see.” High-class cartoons, sophisticated photo-shopping & CGI (computer generated images) make nearly any picture suspect. BUT there is still one Book (I highly recommend the AV/KJV) you can read & fully trust.

– eab, 9/8/17

 

One Lord, One Faith, ONE baptism

Some people are immersed in water,

And consider their salvation done,

Ignoring there’s a baptism,

Beyond John’s – by the only Son.

 

Fire from heaven purges the inside,

Where water’s wetness can never reach,

Fiery Holy Ghost baptism –

ONE baptism that is for each.

– eab, 9/10/10

 

MOONLIGHT >> for thinkers only <<

1.Gen 1.16…God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day…the lesser LIGHT to rule the night

  1. Isa 13.10c …the moon shall not cause her LIGHT to shine.
  2. Isa 30.26 Moreover the LIGHT of the moon shall be as the light of the sun…
  3. Isa 60.19b …neither for brightness shall the moon give LIGHT unto thee…

Q – Why have “Bible-believing” souls struggled (outright refused) to believe the moon IS its own Light?

A – We’re taught by “science” it’s a “reflector,” taught this “makes sense,” shown “models” of a theory.

– eab, 9/8/17

 

MOONLIGHT (con’t)   >> for thinkers only <<

  1. Eze 32.7c …the moon shall not give her LIGHT.
  2. Mat 24.29b …the moon shall not give her LIGHT…
  3. Mar 13.24c …the moon shall not give her LIGHT (all caps, eab)

Q – Why have “Bible-believing” souls struggled (outright refused) to believe the moon IS its own Light?

A – We’re taught by “science” it’s a “reflector,” taught this “made sense,” and shown “models” of a theory.

Does it no longer matter what the Bible states? Stop accepting “science” as god.

– eab, 9/8/17

 

“What shall it profit a man if he shall gain all the learning

of the schools and lose his faith in God?”

– William Jennings Bryan, from his IN HIS IMAGE

 

1Co 1. 21

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,

it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

 

My wife grew up (TN) with the expression, “The day you don’t learn something new you die.” The other day I saw weird, gray insects in our backyard. Each fall trying to teach biology (FL, OH, TN) I had students do insect collections – no one handed in such a critter. I looked up beneficial insects (don’t want to kill the “good guys”) & there he was: The Wheel Bug. Seems he’s named for what looks like a half or a third wheel (think gear with teeth sticking up) on his thorax behind his small, elongated head. He eats soft-bodied, garden pests so I spared him & his “girl friend” – – – & I learned something new. J

– eab, 9/10/17

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