Archive for April 17th, 2018

Joh 13.34

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;

as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”


Competition has been adopted (even pushed) in christian circles but really it has heathen roots. “Compete…to strive to outdo another for acknowledgement, a prize, supremacy, profit…” Random House College Dictionary. This definition sounds very human & may well be carnal. Christians are not in competition with other christians. Rather we are to help each other toward heaven.

– eab, 4/15/18


“…History of the motion picture business testifies…to a lust for money that overrides

…the social good and the Christian conscience.”

– Paul Rees


I assume that every soul from the impoverished, to the fastidious, has preferences. Some are probably borrowed from parents. Some were implanted in schools. Some are original with them though perhaps slightly traceable to this or that. Preferences are not necessarily sinful. They add “color” to our friendship with them. It’s a good day, though, when we’re willing to call preferences “preferences” & not insist that our church (if pastoring) or our family must “do them” in order to go to heaven.

– eab, 4/14/18




God created sound

Or it would not be around

Every place it is found

Every time it’s known to abound

From thunder to a hound

Whether inward or outward bound

In valley or upon a mound

Loose or tightly wound

Roundly square or squarely round

Above, below, or on the ground

The Lord is the source of all sound.

– eab, 4/17/10


Rev 3.17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”


*Pretending Rules*

Modernity has Pretend History – makes nations look better than they really were.

We have Pretend Science – makes imaginative “scientists” look smarter than they are.

We have Pretend Geography – makes undersized but powerful nations feel better about their smallness.

We have Pretend Educators – makes them appear to know more than they actually do.

We even have Pretend churches – makes they “better” than God knows them to be.

– eab, 4/15/18


“…To believe in the stars or trust thereon, or to be afrighted thereat,

 is idolatry and against the first commandment.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/


Do you want God to truly use you? Or maybe you want your “spiritual peers” to /think/ God is using you? Jesus spoke of some who “…Have their reward…” (Mat 6.2,5,16) i.e. their rewards were happening now; there would be no other, no future rewards. They wanted the “glory of men,” to be “seen of men,” & to “appear unto men to fast.” Perhaps the greatest saints of the last & present are the ones few-if-any of us see or hear. To be used of God may include a hiddenness from which we tend to shrink. Think about it.

– eab, 4/16/18

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