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Archive for April 6th, 2018

Psa 100.4

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:

be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

 

“God so help us to live where we can slip quickly into Your presence.” If we’ve talked to Him this AM, it should be easy. If we haven’t talk to God since yesterday morning, we may feel a little strange. If we haven’t prayed (except briefly as tumbling into bed & very briefly over food) since we were in church on the Lord’s Day (You were there weren’t you?) we can’t slip into His presence – we have the necessity of explaining our absence & asking His pardon for not fellowshipping with Him all week. Go now to Him. – eab, 4/5/18

 

“Some women are either woefully ignorant

or willfully wicked.”

– S D Herron (uncertain date or locale)

 

“…If two of you shall agree on earth…” (Mat 18.19) is a wonderful promise. Mistake me not, I hold it as such. But in prayer in the night I laughed as I thought I saw (for the 1st time) God’s humor here. He made us. He knows how hard it is for two of us to agree (You & your mate for example? J) so His stipulation is couched in us being willing to agree on (not everything) but one or a few specific items for prayer.

– eab, 4/5/18

 

WHAT A CHANGE

Yesterday he was faced with a big bill,

Wondered; should he trade cars or not?

What to do with that last rotten sill,

Or, should he have sold the extra lot?

 

Yesterday he spent re-directing the rill

Or plowing, raking the south garden plot.

Should this year he plant more dill?

Where to put the seeds he’d bought?

 

Yesterday’s big tasks he tried to fill

Or little ones, he’d ‘bout “forgot”

Yesterday’s deeds no longer “thrill;”

They’re all considered now but nought.

 

‘Cause he died before the day’s dawn.

Went to heaven in a flash of light;

Changed worlds, bills forever gone!

All he’d known shifted last night.

 

He’s not worried about shrub or lawn,

Such small concerns have taken flight.

He’s no longer thought of as a “pawn”

No longer does sin lure, or satan fight.

 

Ah – such change is hard to grasp upon,

Heaven’s splendor, heaven’s high delight,

It’s suddenly your forever-reality, John.

Enjoy Christ, the King of all that’s Right.

– eab, 4/6/18

 

Jam 1.15

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:

and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

 

Your friend goes on a business trip. You take him/her to the airport or text them “travel blessing” as they leave. They’re going far away & will be gone weeks, even months. You miss them, wonder if they’re ok, & look forward to their return. Your friend dies. It’s the greatest of all business trips. You were in the room as they passed or you talked to them or family just before. They’ve gone far away & will be gone – forever. You miss them & (unless they left a clear testimony – life more than lip) you wonder where they are. Are you, am I, becoming more aware of death’s seriousness?

– eab, 4/6/18

 

“…There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God…

you could not be right, and He wrong….”

– C S Lewis, /Mere Christianity/

 

Once upon a time I was a young man in high school. A certain classy “upper class” gal (a junior, eab a sophomore on 1st official date) caught my eye. The rules allowed “a supper date” (Tues. @ 1.5 hrs) & regular date (Friday @ 3 hrs.) “I made myself go ‘cause I wanted do marry her” [this is pure sarcasm!] I didn’t yet know that I wanted to marry her but I liked looking into her eyes, making remarks to make her smile, the smell of perfume, & getting to walk by her. Have we as Christians “gotten the cart before the horse” in wanting to go to heaven & “having to pray” so we can? Christ wants us to love Him & His presence now. So it’s heaven, for now, just to be with Him. Amen?

– eab, 4/5/18

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