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Isa 22.18

“He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country…”

> “Ball” in 1 v. (of 25), in 1 ch. of 66), in 1 Book (of 39 OT) & not in NT. Is ball that rare in your speech?<

 

As far as some are concerned, the “all important” matter is getting the ball (whatever your ball-game is) from one location to another. Sadly, as far as satan is concerned it’s the matter of keeping you busy in sports another year. Season adds to season. The players change but your addiction carries on – until – the season comes that you die – Lost, because you never got serious about God. Friend, is sport your god?

– eab, 4/15/18

 

 

“…The outcasts from the moving-picture world are the intelligent people. They have no time for the movies because the movies generally have no time for intelligent people.”

– William Allen White, quoted by Paul Rees

 

For our future good – “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart…” Psa 119.11. Some people memorize: phone numbers, batting averages, birthdays, dietary scenes etc. As a former Pastor & former Associate Professor of Bible, I strongly encourage Scripture memorization. In a worst-case scenario we may not have access to Bibles. Answer? – It’s in our hearts. Or, we could have extremely limited eye sight. Answer? – It’s in our hearts. Even if you’re awake at night, you can use memory to “read” Scripture” without turning on a light.

– eab, 4/19/18

 

 

in the middle

The One who died in the middle, there,

Was crucified our last sin to bear.

Died caked with spittle on His cheek,

Bloody clouts proved He’s strong, not weak.

Died on earth, that we may heaven share.

– eab, 4/15/11

 

 

Rev 12.11

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;

and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

 

“God so loved…” “God” is a word by which we “know” the most wonderful Being. It’s impossible for any man or all men (their compost mental abilities) to comprehend Who He is – not in time, not in eternity. “Love” is a word we come nearer understanding yet can’t lasso. Love is so big, terrific, strong, so linked to heaven, we can’t grasp it. This is impossible because “God is love” (1Jo 4.16). So, that leaves us with “so,” the 1 of the 3 words we come near to understanding – it’s more “our size.”

– eab 4/19/18

 

“Yoga is the very heart of Hinduism.

It is sold in the West as science but in fact is religion.”

– T A McMahon

 

Once America had many villages (“bergs/burgs,” “-villes,” “-fields”). Village after village had a business called “Smith & Son,” or “Brown & Son,” or “Jones & Son” They were small, family started/family owned shops, stores, manufactures offering products or a service to the other families within “x” miles radius. America would be a better place today, if we had more such providers & markets.

– eab, 4/19/18

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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

 

 

SOUND

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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Mar 10.11-12

“…Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her.”

“And if a woman shall put away her husband and be married to another, she committeth adultery.”

 

You have this delicious feeling; “Mr. Perfect” is going to ask you to marry him. Or you’re waiting for a perfect day & location, to drop on one knee & propose marriage to “Miss Wonderful.” You’ve discussed subjects like “where you want to live,” “how many kids make an ideal family” etc. *Question* Do you both agree Marriage Is For Life? Have you studied this HUGE subject yourself or are you (perhaps semi-consciously) accepting the indoctrination of a denomination, a parent, a school? Don’t – this is too serious.

– eab, 3/26/18

 

“All the power & wisdom & cunning of satan will be exercised to secure your defeat.

He hates a holy man.”

– J M Pike, /The Double Cure/

 

Thank God for the occasional “Jesus fan” we see in church – that one who’s so happy that their face shows it, so victorious, their body language show it: hand in air, or standing to their feet (without swaying), so full of praise for Christ that glory for Him flows from their mouth. The stadium, gymnasium (heathen backgrounds) have “ball fans” who stand up, put their hands up, speak up, through their hats up, over “winning.” Wish we could see more victoriousness for Our Lord. He will win!

– eab, 4/15/18

 

 

SPRING  

Here and there on branches bare

A cocoon earthward swings,

Waiting, a month or two, to be a zoo,

Of six-legged flying things.

Earth is so pleased to end the freeze,

It’s bursting up with joy.

And down the street, with peddling feet,

Rides a six-year boy. [older son]

– eab, April 1971

 

Mar 8.37

“Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

 

The devil’s been successful in getting schools & individuals hyper about games. They spend untold dollars, hours & connive “off season” how to beat next year. All-the-while satan hopes fans never discover the greatest contest isn’t over a ball but over man’s never dying soul. The contest is fierce. Man nor devil can beat you in this contest – you’re your biggest competition. Compared to your soul, olympics pale to insignificance. It may play again – if you lose your soul struggle there’ll never be a second chance.

– eab, 4/15/18

 

“Wihout God’s will and our own consent,

the evil cannot hurt us…”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

The compromiser is (as it were) using his pick & shovel to widen the narrow way so he can take his favorite disobedience on it. And the over-enthusiastic legalist is (as it were), pushing rocks & brush onto the way to make it more narrow thus suiting his cultish limitations. If satan can’t get us to one extreme, he’ll attempt the other.

– eab, 4/14/18

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Mat 6.8 + + + +

Mat 6.8

“…your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”

 

Our blond, curly-haired granddaughter once said to her dad, “I n – e – e – d” so-n-so (& “need” was stretched). We thought it cute when we heard, but her dad knew better than she did, what she needed. This AM as I prayed I started to say, “I need…” & felt checked. Who am I to tell my All Knowing Father what I need? The unsanctified man may “need” what’s unfit. The sanctified can “need” things out of God’s time or locale. I corrected my prayer to, “I want” & may my wants be aligned to His perfect will.

– eab, 4/12/18

 

“You’ll be someone, somewhere, for eternity.”

– Winfield Poe, sermon, 6/19/86

 

In the confusion of night, perhaps on a new interstate, or when sleepy some have turned the wrong way. Miles, even hours later, the driver or a passenger realized they’d gone the wrong way. There was nothing to do but turn around & return to that point again. Friends, we’re in the confusion of a sinful night about us. All of life is a “new road” (not one of us has traveled our “stretch of life” before). Our only hope of staying on the right road spiritually, is to avoid sleepiness. Awake. Let us do all in our power to stay Awake.

– eab, 4/14/18

 

              

SHOWERS  

April showers bring May flowers,

For June brides, with July dream towers.

 

April showers can be seen,

Mother nature’s time to clean.

 

The April shower, like cauliflower, may

Come fresh – or frozen – as it did yesterday.

– eab, April  1966

 

 

Gen 18.25

“…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

 

P.P. (Pilgrim’s Progress) was published in 1678. A different & somewhat popular book, Paradise Lost, was published 11 years earlier. Its author seems to have also been a good man & was also named John. John Milton’s book was an upper-class publication & across years worked its way down to common folk. P.L. (Paradise Lost) has a grand theme but is harder reading. In all truthfulness it’s not as likely to bless you. If Great Literature appeals to you, read P.L. also, but not till you’ve digested the wonderful Classic P.P.

– eab, 4/13/18

 

 

“Ambition is the rankest poison to the church, when it possesses preachers.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

If you gave me all of Texas, I wouldn’t want to be the judge of ANY person’s destination beyond the grave. As some realize (& perhaps question) I hold to narrow views on x, y, z. I do this without apology. I could wish a holy carefulness on all of us but only God knows what He wants to add(+) to your life or subtract(-), I surely don’t. I urge us to obey the Biblical standards & do ALL to be at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. I want you to be there. And, if it has tables, I’ll be happy to be, if I’m at the last one, back in the corner.

– eab, 4/14/18.

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Col 3.19

“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”

 

You what? You thought she was perfect the day of marriage?  (If she’d been 100% perfect she might not have married you J.) Sure, she has a fault, maybe three. And you, sir, what shortcomings does she see in you? Love her. Ignore her faults (yes, even that Big one). Compliment her strengths. Thank her every time you arise from the kitchen table. Pray for her. Heaven only knows the good that can come from your wife & you, both committed to God, AND to each other.

– eab, 4/13/18

 

“…No wrong temper – none contrary to love – remains in the soul…”

– J M Pike, /The Double Cure/

 

You once pastored; now you don’t. (Not posting to hurt; hopefully to help.) You’re still healthy & in your right mind. Were you mistaken then (about a “call”) or are you mistaken now? One pretty well has to be a mistake! There are churches needing pastors. I know it’s work – when done right. I know many churches give too little a stipend – been there. Yes, you may have to move – done that. But Friend, if you’re supposed to be pastoring & you aren’t, you’d better have a serious talk with the Father about obedience.

– eab, 4/13/18

 

 

I’s and T’s I

You may not dot all my “i’s” or cross all my “t’s,”

But who am I that you should worry to please?

One sooooo much greater has written a Holy Book

Please, at Its “i’s” & “t’s” Stop, Listen, and Look.

– eab, 4/13/15

 

 

Psa 101.3

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside;

it shall not cleave to me.”

 

Have you read Pilgrim’s Progress? (If you read a comic book version you should not count that, now that you’re an adult. J) P.P. (Pilgrim’s Progress) is the greatest Classic (not counting the Bible) in the world. It’s my understanding that if there was a 2nd book in English & American homes of earlier centuries it was P.P. It was penned by a Baptist pastor in Bedford (Eng.) jail, was read by commoners first & then rose up the ranks to a very honorable place in Literature.

– eab, 4/13/18

 

“…Truth is a hateful thing; he that, in these times,

speaks the truth, procures hatred.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

If my eyes & ears are not deceiving me, a lot more “holiness people” are turning to film entertainment than a generation ago. About 3 yrs ago I began to get a clearly picture of the “picture industry.” Please, if you’re going to watch a hollywood flick (or “christian” one for that matter) you, Dad, owe it to your innocent children to preview it. Set there with a pen/pad & really see the action, the background (subliminal messages), hear words, think what they are really saying about: God, creation, right/wrong, marriage, etc. Then if it is bad, be man enough to take it back.

– eab, 4/13/18

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Pro 21.17

“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man:”

 

We love family &, in our humanity, we extend our view into heaven. I don’t necessarily want to write this but allow a warning. If we’re “going to heaven” to see humans more than Christ we must examine our hearts. “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me…” (Mat 10.37a) looks to parents & “…he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Mat 10.37b) looks to children. I urge us to deepen our love to Christ, or as Elizabeth Prentiss penned, “More Love to Thee, O Christ…”

– eab, 4/12/18

 

“…It [heart purity] is instantaneous

in the sense that a marriage is instantaneous.”

– Wm McDonald, /Double Cure/

 

For years I’ve held that the American Revolution probably shouldn’t have happened, “…Honor the king…”(1Pe 2.17). Beyond some questionable characters (Tom Paine, for example), beyond the war debt (war always wastes money), & beyond the war dead, America lost respect for “kingship.” The greatest poet in the world was a king, King David. The wisest man in the world was a king, King Solomon. The wonderful Redeemer was & is The King Christ Jesus.

– eab, 4/12/18

 

              

In this world of uncertainty, *

It’s a wonderful thought, that He guides me.

That in His will I can perfectly rest,

And it’s the only place, to be truly blest.

My God changes, not so I needn’t fear,

What man may do on this ole sphere,

As long as I His hand firmly hold,

Praise God, I can be strong & I can be bold.

* “verse” to “It really doesn’t matter doesn’t matter at all…”

– eab, Apr. ’72

 

Joh 18.37

“…Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world…”

 

The Kingship of Christ is hard for Americans to understand. While I do not fully endorse a “divine right of kings” our Lord surely has a Divine Right to be King of all! We’ve somewhat gloried in our ability to change presidents: Christ is King for life. We wrote a constitution to limit the powers of a president: Christ is all powerful. We like to think we “own” the White House: Christ owns all mansions in His Father’s House. We’re the losers for not having a better grasp of Kingship. “Of the increase of his government & peace there shall be no end…”(Isa 9.7).

– eab, 4/12/18

 

“We cannot vex the devil more than by teaching, preaching, singing, and talking of Jesus.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

God is great – an easily said, double hard “G” sounding alliteration. It’s much more than that. No human on earth knows, but I’ve an opinion that we’ll “spend” eternity enjoying learning about this aspect & then that of our Hero. Probably one vein of His greatness will open up to another. One aspect may lead into larger fields of wonder. “Ages” (as we now count time) may slip away (again, a limited earthy way of saying things) while we continually explore & are enthralled by the absolute Magnitude of our Father & our God!

– eab, 4/12/18

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Php 3.13

“…one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and

reaching forth unto those things which are before”

 

There’s surely nothing wrong with knowing some family history. However remember, tomorrow is where we’re all headed. The past is one day further away now than it was yesterday & the future is a day closer. I beg you, do not live in the past. The study of genealogy pales in comparison to the study of the future life of holiness. Make sure you’re ready for eternity’s imminence.

– eab, 4/11/18

 

“Discernment makes knowledge practical.”

– Paul Pierpoint, sermon, 6/9/2

 

Allow a septuagenarian to post a caution. We humans often act like pendulums. I’ve never seen a president so bad-mouthed, unless of course, this is a charade (not impossible). The danger is that as conservatives see the vitriol flowing, we’ll show more support for him, reacting as humans, not as christians. This seems to be happening. Reactions are too often not thought-out. Reactions can lead to words said which may come back later to haunt. Pray for the president but do not allow liberals to lead you to over react.

– eab, 4/11/18

 

 

DROPS  

This afternoon it rained,

And the drops that settled dust,

As far as I could tell, fell alike;

On the righteous and the unjust.

The clouds let it down,

On the wise man and the clown.

A just God.

– eab, Apr. 1968

 

1Jo 1.9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful & just to forgive us our sins,

& to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

*One man’s view.* Let me draw (on the green board of your mind) a vertical line. This represents salvation – we can’t “hoist” ourselves from sinner to believer; God does this. Now “see” an inclined plane going right to a 2nd vertical line. The 2nd straight-up-line represents sanctification – another “hoist” we can’t do ourselves. (The above inclined plane is our progressive walk with Christ from initial salvation to full salvation.) Now “see” a 2nd inclined plane going right – this is our walk with the Lord after sanctification. The saint’s life has a 3rd vertical line (glorification, at physical death). There are 3 straight-up lines – the wonderful actions of God. There are 2 inclined planes – man’s daily walk enabled by God. All God on the verticals, & God helping man on the inclines! Praise the Lord

– eab, 4/11/18

 

“…Where the fear of God is not,

there can be no thirsting for grace or life.”

– Martin Luther, /Commentary on Galatians/

 

Years ago I told our sons, “Outside of being a Christian, the best thing that can be said about you is that you’re a good worker.” I believed that in the 80s & I believe it today. Many moderns work to get money to exchange for needs. But there’s a satisfaction to doing work even if money is not involved. Poor men can be happy as they labor. Some rich men, who need nothing money-wise, find happiness volunteering time & talents. God made us to enjoy work; Adam had a job in Eden. Learn to love labor. Learn to enjoy working.

– eab, 4/11/18

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1Th 5.22 + + + +

1Th 5.22

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

 

My personal stance – If I don’t click “like” on a pic you think I should, it may A.) have a word(s) I don’t use, B.) show too much “skin,” C.) be at an amusement park/place of entertainment I never attend, D.) have political overtones wrong for me, E.) etc. The lack of “support” is not against you – it is some pic content with which I wish to not be associated.

– eab, 4/2/18

 

“Going on unto perfection is the only safeguard against backsliding.”

– Wm McDonald, /Double Cure/

 

The Classic King James Version (KJV), also known as the Authorized Version (AV) was in use in the English speaking world centuries before 2018. If God allows the world to stand another century It will be a Standard Bearer of truth during that time. If you are not acquainted with Its power, Its cadence, Its Classic lines, memorized by millions of people, I encourage you to introduce yourself to It. It’s waiting for you.

eab, 4/9/18

 

TWO SHORES

When quite young I was delighted to be

Three years by the salt, the salty old sea.

I’ve seen it calm, as “calm as a tea cup”

And I’ve seen it white capped, frothing way up.

It had its own creatures living on shore;

Some walked on eight legs, some had only four

Their colors and shapes, their flight, song, or cry

Where clear signs that a salt sea was nearby.

 

Now, I’m nearing a vastly different sea

Beyond whose shore, by His grace, I will be

Forever with Maker of both huge mains,

United with “earth’s” body – the “remains.”

This shore also has Creatures which delight

Winged Ones, some with six (only two for flight)

Yet unseen, what’s beyond pure Heaven’s shore,

Thrills all saints – – – with the Lord, forevermore.

– eab, 4/9/13

 

Mat 25.35a – 36

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat…I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

 

Do you have an uncle/aunt or great uncle/great aunt in a nursing home? Maybe another relative? How often do you visit them? You don’t remember the last time? If their mind’s good they might be able to tell you. Mother’s/Father’s Day or some distant date. Allow me to encourage you to go by more regularly. You don’t have to stay long. If they’re allowed sweets take a little, take a Sunday School paper. Listen to them chatter, ask leading questions, “When was that?” “Where did you live then?” Always pray for them as you leave. “…I was sick & ye visited me…” (Mat 25.36).

– eab, 4/10/18

 

“Their delight in the Law is a delight in having touched firmness; like a pedestrian’s delight in feeling the hard road beneath his feet after a false short cut has long entangled him in muddy fields.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflections on the Psalms/

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Rom 12.1 + + + +

Rom 12.1

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

 

Men who are head “converts” to holiness: as a concept, as a theory, even as a theology, do not increase the living experience of heart holiness. They cannot, even if that were their desire. The only men helping holiness to expand in God’s Holy Kingdom are men with a happy, holy, wholesome, sweet walk with God.

– eab, 4/3/18

 

…Boniface came into power in 610 A.D…At the very same time Mohammed was rising over in Arabia.

– L L Pickett, /The Antichrist/

 

Deception stalks the land. Deception is in schools, in churches, in governments. It is rampant in hollywood “entertainment” ah, make that crude “funny” stuff mixed with indoctrination, they want you to see as entertainment. The monster deception should terrify more than any comic book or flick ever seen. You, sinner are partly deceived (or you’d get right with God) & you, saint are in danger of getting used to the horrid sights of this monster till you sleep while deception wrecks homes & homeland. “God help us.”

– eab, 4/9/18

 

 

Crust to Dust

Fearfully, wonderfully made is true,

For the lad a-fork a burro’s back,

Who slept last night on a coffee sack,

In some far poor, Andes-ranch shack.

It’s true for the bluest blood of you,

Aboard a yacht who passively dine

On caviar, lobster, and old wine,

Always thinking of “me” “my” and “mine.”

Social animals of highest crust,

And dregs of men smeared with labor’s dust,

Are all alike, all made in fearful ways,

Which ought (everyday) us to amaze.

– eab, 4/9/08

 

 

Rev 13.10

“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword…

 

*Police escort* Dear friends, Ken & Vicky Thompson, were in meetings at the Wesleyan Holiness Church, Greenville, OH. We left home “ninish” hoping to make the 10:30 worship. We drove down Riffle St alas no church. Went back up, called Vicky’s phone – it was off but left message. Stopped at 2 businesses, they didn’t know church location. Returned to Riffle, went to next street west & at a stop sign I saw a police car & waved him down. We were getting nowhere when Vicky saw her message & called. Church was on Hall. The kind policeman knew about the church & said he’d lead us. With his lights flashing, we arrived with a police escort. J Got there in time for prayer, offering, Thompson’s song & his good message.

– eab, 4/9/18

 

“The Greek tragedies are not to be compared with the history of David.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

In the age of sailing vessels, the story is told of a British mother who had three sons & all went to sea. It bothered & she shared her disappointment with a visitor. The visitor (probably after being told) was shown through the house. In one room was a big picture of a vessel sails bellowed out by the wind. In another room the visitor saw a second ship in full sail. Later a third large ship’s picture was seen. She’d pictured the lure & adventure of the sea, then wondered why they all went that way. Parents, what pics are you allowing (motion pics allure more) in your home? Don’t be surprised if a son, a daughter go the way of what you allowed & portrayed as “cool.”

– eab, 4/9/18

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1Co 14.40

“Let all things be done decently and in order.”

 

Young person – your room (home or in a dorm, etc.) is a reflection of you. Adult – your home is a refection of you. Your yard, farmette, ranch reflects you. And, even your world (i.e. your perception, the way you view the world) is a reflection of the order or disorder of your inner being. God help us all, to see things correctly.

– eab, 3/21/18

 

“Merchants pronounce their good perfect. Music has…its perfect cord… grammar its perfect tense. Why then should not salvation have its perfect love?

– Wm McDonald, /Double Cure/

 

The New Testament is here! New tongues (Mar 16.17). There is a New commandment (Joh 19.41). The man in Christ is a New creature (2Co 5.17). There is the New man (Eph 4.24). There’s a New way to live (Heb 10.20). There are multiple “New testaments”/“New covenants,” the coming New heavens, New earth (2Pe 3.13), a New name (Rev 2&3), a New song (Rev 9&14), a wonderful New Jerusalem (Rev 21.2) and “…Behold, I make all things new…” (Rev 21.5) Rejoice. We live in the New Testament!

– eab, 3/22/18

 

WHERE WILL YOU BE

When the undertaker backs his hearse up to your front door

And your body is carried out, to enter it never more,

When in a short while friends gather to weep and lament

At how young you were, or looked, or how quickly you went.

Where will you be, my friend?

 

When cards are sent to family or life-long married mate

Cementing in memories: year, month, the circled date

When your son reads the obit, the preacher speaks his part

Trying to give each griever hope, to help a saddened heart.

Where will you be, my friend?

 

When the long black car winds midst the tombs on yonder hill

And parks beside your grave (near Aunt Jane and Uncle Will)

When the man of God says, “dust-to-dust, ashes-to-ashes”

And salty teardrops cling to men and ladies lashes.

Where will you be, my friend?

 

When the director hands out roses from atop your casket

Or gives your wife, your husband, an especially neat basket

When people file back to cars & leave the grave yard “park”

Going on with life – leaving your life-less body in the dark.

Where will you be, my friend?

– eab, 4/8/16

 

Luk 18.1

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

 

If you had to have a $1000 in a bank (1st National or pink piggy) to pray, there are millions of us who couldn’t talk to God. If you had to a debt free home millions couldn’t pray & I couldn’t have for yrs. If you had to hold a doctorate (or other terminal degree) millions of us would be silent before Him. If you had to popular etc many would be unable to pray. We don’t have to have these. You can pray. Repeat You Can Pray – have you prayed today?

– eab, 4/5/18

 

“Christians increasingly live on a spiritual island; new and rival ways of life surround it in all directions and their tides come further up the beach every time.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflections on the Psalms/

 

Was Paul married? Neither of us know but here are 3 reasons I think he may have been. 1) He has so many knowledgeable things to say about marriage & husband/wife roles 2.) Tradition says (I do not know) that Paul was a member of the Sanhedrin; if so he had to be married. 3.) His reference to being “…even as I myself…” (1Co 7.7) must be read in context – “…unmarried & widows…” (v.8) which allows for him to have been married. His wife could’ve died or left him, perhaps when he converted to Christ (?).

– eab, 4/6/18

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