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Psa 139.23-24

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

“And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

 

You have a favorite uncle (for now let’s call him “Uncle S”). As a kid you loved his stories of adventure, exploring when young, admired him telling of fights he’d won. As you matured you loved him but also saw he wasn’t a 100% truthful, had bad habits, misused money. The day came you met Christ. Now “Uncle S” was seen in a new light. Loved him? More than ever – but now you saw what a bad guy he was & needed to change. Christians – don’t love “Uncle Sam” so much you approve of all the fights(wars) he’s been in or his money problems or… You can love America (I truly do) but not love war upon war. Pray for USA.

– eab, 4/14/17

 

“Are you dressing to conceal or reveal.”

– Lincoln S. Bryan, conversation, 1/23/00

 

I feel sorry for youth whose church (local or denomination) is moving left. Ideals/activities your parents would’ve never do are being ignored (as supposedly neutral) or are actually encouraged. Youth – read your Bible, daily. Read it literally. Talk to Jesus as your best Friend. Open your heart to Him about all that is being allowed by youth/regular pastor. Not all new things are automatically sinful but time after time satan uses the new to detract from a close walk with the Lord. You don’t have to join the leftward drift.

– eab, 6/18/18

 

PIANO

Something there is that loves a piano,

Tinkling in the tenor, booming in the bass,

Sliding with the thumbnail,

In its pink-on-white race.

– eab, Jun. ’80

 

Jam 4.14b

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor,

that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

 

*How to sucker tomatoes.* Imagine the main stem as an index finger (sticking straight up). See a leaf as a thumb going at an angle. Suckers start in the spot where finger & thumb meet. You don’t want them. When the sucker is small pinch it off with fingernails. If bigger suckers use a pair of sharp-nosed scissors being careful to not injure main stem or leaf. The small secondary stem (which has the blossom & later the tomato) doesn’t come off in the index finger/thumb crotch but a higher up on the main stem. Learned from f-n-l, the late Carson W Scarbrough. BTW sucker pepper plants & eggplants the same way for bigger fruit.

– eab, 6/18/18

 

“…Christ[’s]…challenge was not to save ourselves but to lose ourselves;

not understand Him but to have courage to follow Him. ”

– Wilfred Grenfell, MD

 

P – Permanently

A – Archived,

S – Statistically

T – Tallied. – – – with the grand exception that Jesus Christ can forgive all your Past Sins.

– eab, 6/18/18

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Joh 8.44 +

Joh 8.44

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.

He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth…”

 

You had no choice about who your dad was. Some would have chosen such a nice man. Some, sadly had a “dad” who deposited a seed & left. In between there’s a spectrum of “good” & bad dads. Father God can be your Father & you DO have a choice here. In fact, a choice is required – a responding choice. He has chosen you & me. We can, in return, choose Him – or, heaven forbid choose His arch enemy, satan.

– eab, 6/16/18

 

“We are now becoming what we shall ever be–lovers of God and the things of God

or haters of God and the things of God.”

– Samuel               L. Brengle

 

We’ve been lead to believe computers (“number crunchers”) are great &, in a sense, they are (I’ve had a PC since ’85). Never, however allow any man-made tool to fool you into thinking it in-the-slightest compares to God. Computers, though they dazzle (speed, storage, screen gizmos) only have what is put into them. How primitive! Mankind is better than that, let alone God, who Created man. God knows every fact about every person in your county, in your country, in your continent. That’s just the start of His knowledge.

– eab, 6/16/18

 

YOUR YARD (not mine) J

You want a yard with grass

Where each blade is just like its neighbor?

To make it look so, you dig and spray

And bestow much spring labor.

 

Mine? Oh, mine is a hodge-podge

Of what volunteers to grow

If it wants in my yard, I let it lodge.

It’s a country-cottage “lawn” I know.

 

At times a dandelion shines its sunny head

While another grows near-by

Soon they seem to own the patch

But they’ll pass on “bye-n-bye.”

 

I have what some call a weed

(Watch what you say, Mr Carver may hear)

A plantain pops up his tall head

And another and another one near.

 

These also pass and every here and there

I see the lovely white blossom in the shade

Of clover in my variegated yard

But your lawn (where blade matches blade)

Is like some much uniform samesh flooring

A monotonous, repetitive turf. How boring. J

– eab, 6/16/16

 

Mar 13.24

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and

the moon shall not give her light.”

 

Who said it? – The Creator, God

What was said? – The moon is its own light

Where was it said? – Gen 1.16b, Isa 13.10 & 30.26 & 60.19, Eze 32.7, Mat 24.29, Mar 13.24

When did He say it? – Before “oppositions of science falsely so called” (1Ti 6.20) cooked up theories

Why was it said? – Because it is True  – eab, 6/15/18

 

“…His ‘Follow’ meant ‘Do as I would do in every relation of life.’”

– Wilfred Grenfell, MD

 

If you could’ve chosen your dad would he’ve been smart? Strong? Able to do anything – I mean anything? Would he have been good? A great provider? Would he . . .You CAN chose your heavenly Father. “Smart” is too colloquial a word – God is All Wise. God, the Father is Powerful. The Father above can do AND has done anything / everything (except where He chooses to limit Himself i.e. not remembering our sins). He provides all we need & is GOOD. And He can be your Father God if you’ll believe & obey.

– eab, 6/16/18

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1Th 5.23a +

1Th 5.23

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…”

 

* TRINITY * (5.)

Rom 15.16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

“…Carnal worry involves my integrity as a holy man;

it disconnects me from God by my doubtfulness and complaints.”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness & the Human Element/

said with utmost respect

Happy Father’s Day – to God the Father! (said with utmost respect.) My earthly Dad, Clyde D Bryan died when I was but 33, but my Heavenly Father lives forever. Dad was limited – my Heavenly Father is unlimited (except as He limits Himself). Dad was finite – my Heavenly Father is infinite. Dad was smart – my Heavenly Father is ALL wise! Dad loved me (never doubted it) – my Heavenly Father loved me when I was yet in sin, loved me into salvation & holiness, & will love to/through Eternity. What a Father!

– eab, 6/13/18

 

WHY DAD, WHY?

A father may assent to a certain belief,

(Be it ten volumes long or half-page brief)

Daily touting its precepts to the sky.

He may claim to live by its law every day,

Say that he agrees with it in every way,

But if children follow not–I’m tempted to ask “Why?”

 

Be his doctrine in theories austerely fiscal,

Or universally educational,

Or so pragmatic as to just “get by.”

If a son does not follow his distant sails,

If his daughter never walks his distinct trails,

It’s natural to ask, to ask a solemn “Why, dad why?”

 

He may have convinced a friend, some fellow student

And many more he claims are very prudent,

Have a million “sheep” when he comes to die.

But if the family who knew him; knew him best,

Doesn’t belong to the great flock, like the rest,

Should it be painted so wrong to voice a little why?

A creed, theory, grandiose idea unique

If truly lived-out in dad’s life every week,

Even by ultra quiet “Mr. Shy,”

May find a few followers among close friends

But if not one child “sees” him right when life ends,

Not one agrees with his lifelong creed-Why tell me why?

 

Did they see it “impractical,” to say the least?

Some weird life that was all fast (maybe all feast),

Or all hilarity or some wild cry.

Did they see him champion a cause long dead,

Or see him as “la cabosa” in the head?

Why did his offspring not follow dad? Do you know why?

 

The above could be written ‘bout business or money,

‘Bout facets of life; bad or “sweet as honey,”

About slow plans or deals that “really fry.”

Religion?! If it was important to him

If he lived it in plenty and when years were slim,

Yet not a child walked his road – it’s no sin to ask “Why?”

 

Yes, sons are free moral agents; they’re free to choose.

Yes, daughters have wills; wills to win, wills to loose.

All souls must buy the truth or buy the lie.

But if dad really lived up to what he taught,

Practiced that for which he supposedly fought,

Why didn’t son believe? “Can anyone say why?”

 

Not all sons follow farmer daddies, or do law

Nor weld, teach, paint, nor build like him (without flaw)

Not choose the trade of that “Grand-OLE-Guy.”

True religion is no trade nor profession,

It’s about a constant, growing relation,

Did kids see dad’s religion as unreal, is that “Why”?

 

God says, “Train up a child in the way he should go.”

Training’s not easy, its not “Go with the flow.”

It was attached strings, and knots, bows, and ties.

(Even lowly ball has “Three strikes and you’re out!”)

Training sees big goals beyond tuck-head or pout.

No training?! Does that explain unexplainable “Whys?”

 

It matters not how a man may teach (even preach),

If his life did not touch his children; Reach Each!

Words/deeds must agree to solidify.

Right’s always right; though evil may appear strong,

Dads must positively, lovingly, oppose wrong.

To silence his children’s every seriously poised “Why.”

– eab, Summer 1998

 

Luk 10.29

“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’”

 

When you sense you have given a fair amount of Praise in prayer (we can never praise too much) you can move to petitions. “Pray tell for whom would I pray?” The neighbor North of you, the one South of you (if your house faces west, the northern one, is to your right, the southern one, too your left). “I don’t know their name.” Learn it. “How?” Ask them point-blank or ask a neighbor. Pray for the guy across the road from you. Pray for your family, by name. Pray for a boss or former boss, your fellow-workers, etc.

– eab, 6/13/18

 

“…Seize the one truth which the parable is intended to set forth…&

let the parts of the parable that are explained, be explained in harmony with this one truth.”

– Samuel Green, /Handbook/

 

Time after time miracles use words. Magic uses numbers. (Several mathematicians are also magicians – words even sound somewhat alike. L) Both “words” of good miracle workers & superstitious numbers of magic workers prove the source of their power. (Jesus is the Word, satan’s man already has an assigned #.)

– eab, 6/14/18

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Mar 13.31 +

Mar 13.31

“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

 

  1. Best
  2. Instruction.
  3. Best
  4. Literature
  5. Ever (& Everlasting). – eab, 6/14/18

 

“Job’s spiritual maturity was shown by his ability to handle his good days.”

– Albert Barr, sermon, 4/28/1991

 

Magic is the deceiver’s attempt to match Miracles. Have nothing & I mean NOTHING, to do with magic. Miracles are done by & for God’s glory. Magic is done by & for satan’s “glory.” Miracles involve God & His servants. Magic involves satan & his servants. – eab, 6/14/18

 

PAUSE – LOOK AT “THE CAUSE”

Be concerned, even radiant,

About cause “A” or “B” or “Q”

If the cause is of real worth,

If the cause is true.

But never let a minor cause

Partially or fully heist,

The greatest Cause of all

The “Cause” of Jesus Christ.

– eab, 6/14/13

 

Mat 4.10

“…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

 

Worship of God is about connecting to Him, the Ultimate, Eternal Reality.

Entertainment is about dis-connecting from reality. It’s like “going on strike” against the real world (work, pain, bills, problems), escaping into “make-believe” for the length of a ball game, hours of a movie, the laps of a race.

– eab, 6/14/18

 

Sci-fi movies go a step beyond “ordinary” movies. It’s not only an escape – its “fib” is try to escape: 1.) into a space, as imagined by men, 2.) into a “time warp,” as imagined by men, AND 3.) away from the laws of God & the consequences generated by God’s laws.

– eab, 6/14/18

 

“There is only one thing greater than happiness in the world

and that is holiness…” – Henry Drummond

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Rev 7.10 +

Rev 7.10

“And cried with a loud voice, saying,

‘Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb.’”

 

* TRINITY * (4.)

Rom 8.27 And He [Christ] that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

 

“The weak points in a strong man are more liable to be copied than the strong ones…”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness & the Human Element/

 

Some reasons to get magnesium in your diet: It can

  1. help prevent migraines       2. lower heart death
  2. manage diabetes                 4. give relief for fibromyalgia
  3. lower risk of colon cancer 6. build stronger bones

Some sources of magnesium:

  1. dark leafy greens (especially collards) 2. broccoli
  2. almonds, cashews, filberts                   4.beans
  3. lentils                                                     6. avocados

– adapted from GreenMedInfo.com 6/13/18

 

Ahithophel

Ahithophel “liked” his own advice;

Thought it solid, perhaps quite nice.

When his guidance went unheeded,

He hung himself, as unneeded.

Hanging is a murderous vice. [2Sa 17.23]

– eab, 2005

 

Mar 10.19

“Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill,

Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother.”

 

The one tempted to suicide may think, “I don’t see anything for which to live.” Allow a suggestion – You can Live To Pray [LTP]. You could become the “prayingest” soul with your last name (modern or ancient). You could become the one who prays the most (you may never know this-that’s OK) in your church. You could pray until no one prays more in your city or countryside. Praying is more important than most christians & many preachers seem to realize. Prayer can become your “strong suit.”

– eab, 6/13/18

 

“What on earth would I pray about?” You can start by Praising/Thanking Him. Praise God the Father for Who He is (the best you can understand Him). Praise/Thank Him for sending His Son (Joh 3.16). Thank/Praise Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter. Your praise can expand to include His created plant-life, animal-life, & the sun/moon/stars o’er head, etc. Praise/Thank God for “beans & taters” a roof overhead, clothing, (& again etc.) Let God know you appreciate His wonderful salvation, His provision of sanctification, & the hope of being glorified.

– eab, 6/13/18

 

“The Gospel only speaks of the virginity of the Virgin up to the time of the birth of Jesus Christ.”

– Blaise Pascal, /Pensees/

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Gal 1.13 +

Gal 1.13

“For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion,

how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it”

 

I see some on S.M. (social media) who like & believe “modern Israel” has God’s blessings. I see others critical of “Israel” & some policies. Please, Christian, read the Bible yourself. Read (online, at the library) news from other sources. Don’t allow any man (pastor, TV program, radio guy) to do your thinking. Don’t blindly support, nor blindly oppose “modern Israel.” This is serious & deserves Bible reading & prayer.

– eab, 6/10/18

 

“You are in danger…if you depart ever so little from Scripture…

from the plain literal mean­ing of any text, taken in connection with the context.”

– John Wesley

 

Everyone of man’s portraits are dated as soon as it’s shot. (They could be called “attempts to freeze time” but cannot.) God can give us a living, up-to-date pic of our spiritual condition. It’s not a selfie but will reveal a “self” God can & needs to crucify if you hope to go to heaven. His soul picture is 100% accurate, blemishes & ALL.

– eab, 6/11/18

 

MANSIONS

Better to depart for heaven’s mansion

From a humble bungalow

Than to depart from an earthly mansion

And go below, way down below.

– eab, 6/12/13

 

1Ti 6.20

“…Avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called”

 

Have any idea how long “sci-fi” has been around? Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), wrote the first sci-fi, /Somnium/ (an Icelandic boy learning about the moon from a demon). Two modern “scientists,” Isaac Asimov & Carl Sagan, agreed that Kepler’s story was the first of this genre. (A sci-fi by an alleged scientist (Kepler) should raise an eyebrow, a 2nd eyebrow might go up when you realize this sci-fi is confirmed by two guys who also wanted to be seen as scientists. Is there a connection between “science” & sci-fi?)

– eab, 6/12/18

 

“…I am condemned to die & after that to come to judgment &

I find that I am not willing to do the first, nor able to do the second.”

– John Bunyan, /Pilgrim’s Progress/

 

Not a person in Heaven or hell cares a whiff about your team – not their colors, not their mascot, not their score, not their ranking. Those in heaven are delighted to be able to see God face-to-face & enjoy Him & His splendors. Those in hell wish they’d never went to, wasted money on, spend hours worshipping the god of sports.

– eab, 6/12/18

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1Ch 22.19a +

1Ch 22.19

“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God…”

 

* TRINITY * (3.)

Act 20.28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves & to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God which He [Christ] hath purchased with His own blood.

 

“You can never judge a man’s experience either by the position [hierarchy] he holds or the esteem in which he is held by others.”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness & the Human Element/

 

God made us to physically need sleep. *(This is not anti-physical-sleep.) Some sleep from sheer weariness. Some sleep to avoid “facing” reality. Some have gotten used to a “sleep aids” & must have one to sleep. The devil would weary us with family/church/work problems until we fall asleep spiritually. He doesn’t want us to face the reality of truth, therefore wants us to sleep. And satan will supply “sleep aids” so we become sleepy while the battle rages about us. “Oh, God help me to be & stay spiritually awake.”

– eab, 6/11/18

 

WORLDLY

When you enjoy what the world enjoys.

When you drink what the world drinks.

When you go where the world goes.

When you think like the world thinks.

Do all – – – Or only one.

It HAS you, girl / son.

– eab, June  2012

 

Col 3.2

“Set your affection on things above not on things on the earth”

 

As awakening sinners move toward God & therefore have an increased awareness of death & hell, they have less interest in what the world calls “entertainment.” As “christians” get sleepier & their fear of death & hell seems to wane, they get more interested in drama, games, plays, ventriloquism, movies, etc. The desire to be amused by this fleeting world is not a good sign.

– eab, 6/11/18

 

“What you consider as your best excuse, He considers as your greatest sin.”

– Edward Payson, /Gospel Invitation/

 

Every driver needs to be aware (even with 2 or 3 mirrors) he has a “blind spot.” Every soul trying to make heaven needs to be aware (even reading God’s Word every day) he has one or more “blind spots.” If I’m following you on the road, I easily see the car that’s in your blind spot (or if you’re following me). Let us have patience with a bro./sis. when we see they have a blind spot. And – bro./sis. – if someone honks a horn, don’t be aggravated. Thank God for the warning.

– eab, 6/11/18

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Tit 2.4 +

Tit 2.4

“That they [aged women] may teach the young women to be sober,

to love their husbands, to love their children”

 

Preaching – to men – is limited to men (I’ve heard a preacher boy or so, but this, as it should be, is rare).

Pastoral preaching is limited to mature (not a “novice” 1Ti 3.6), men (1Co 14.34-5 & 1Ti 2.12).

Praying is not limited – all may pray: Men/women, young men/young women, boys/girls. Wonderful!

– eab, 5/27/18

 

“The greater the humility, the greater the boldness, if mixed with faith.”

– Samuel               Brengle

 

Salesmen make a living convincing you that you “need” a certain product (whether you do or not) & even if they personally do not use it. There are also “religious salesmen” (preachers) who make a living off of “their ministry.” (It was not God’s.) Some of these guys have lived “high-on-the-hog” off of the offerings of gullible souls. These preacher/salesmen do not have genuine salvation & give God’s work a bad name.

– eab, 6/6/18

 

sing and rejoice

This is a day to sing and rejoice,

To lift up your hands, to lift up your voice,

A Day to again, acknowledge God, King.

Will you then joyfully, royally sing?

– eab, 6/10/07

 

Pro 1.8

“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”

 

Make sure to have a church wedding. Doesn’t have to be the biggest church in town & doesn’t need the costliest gown. Make the reception simple if need be, & the honeymoon paid for, before you take off. A good church is the right place to start. A good church is the right place to continue. You walked into church separately on wedding day. Walk there together hereafter & walk toward heaven together.

– eab, 6/8/18

 

When asked “so…you really expect that you will make an impression on the idolatry of the great Chinese empire?” Robert Morris replied, “No sir, I expect God will.”

– Robert Morris

 

I like Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy turkey, spuds & gravy, dressing, pumpkin pie (& enjoy left-over turkey as turkey-salad). I like giving thanks everyday. Glad I don’t have to wait till a certain month to be thankful. For what have you thanked God today? Have you learned to be thankful? Develop the habit of saying “Thank You” – to God, to your family, to total strangers.

– eab, 6/10/18

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Exo 32.6 +

Exo 32.6

“…The people [Israelites in rebellion]

sat down to eat & to drink, & rose up to play.”

 

* TRINITY * (2.)

Act 10.38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost & with power: who went about doing good & healing all…

 

“Natural fear is a necessary accompaniment of our mundane existence & is not cast out by perfect love.”

– Adam Clarke, quoted by H A Baldwin, /Holiness & the Human Element/

 

Turning over a “new page” in life can sound good. It smacks of discipline & goals (both readily admired). It doesn’t sound so good when it’s realized one is still in the “same book” i.e. the same life – higher plane/new page, but same life. Christ does not offer a “new page” – He offers (yea demands, to enter heaven) a New Birth (2Co 5.17).

– eab, 6/9/18

 

 

A PRAYER    

Give us ways of worshiping the Master,

Grant us ways.

In these days of rushing ever faster,

Restless days.

Urge us upward through the clamoring din,

Ever onward.

Till upward pulling You bring us in,

To brightest heaven, banished of sin,

To mansions prepared for mere men.

Pull us upward.

 

 

Draw us nearer to Your Father heart,

Bring us nearer.

Become dearer; not farther apart,

Always dearer.

Make my soul a simple scrap of steel,

Work my soul.

Make it sensitive to feel,

The attraction so real

Wood, hay, & stubble from me magnetically peel

Tug on my soul.

I pray Thee let us hear Thy calling voice,

O pray Thee.

 

Let us serve Thee by eternal choice,

Selflessly serve.

Soon tomorrow will beckon in haste,

Timeless tomorrow

Help us so live that when we are faced

With the record we have fixed in place

Our sojourn will not be a useless disgrace,

Has’en tomorrow.

 

– eab Jun. 1980

 

 

Jer 50.39

“Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there [Babylon] and the owls shall dwell therein: and it [Babylon] shall be no more inhabited for ever…”

 

Is it OK for a pastor/teacher/parent to say, “I don’t know”? Absolutely! “But, Jesus never did.” Gentle reminder: He was fully Man, but He was also fully God. (Had Jesus Christ said, “I don’t know” some could accuse Him of lying.) Arguably the greatest (definitely one-of-the-greatest) men in the OT, Moses, said (eab words) “I don’t know – I’ll ask God.” Sound advice for any “stumped” pastor/teacher/parent.

– eab, 6/9/18

 

“The feeble-minded are people who know the truth but only affirm it so far as consistent with their own interest. But apart from that they renounce it.”

– Blaise Pascal, /Pensees/

 

If you tell me, “I understand God” I have reason to question your honesty or mental balance. If you say similar words about the Holy Spirit, I can have a similar reaction. Jesus Christ, is the Person of the Holy Trinity we come closest to “understanding” (He was/is One of us) but the greatest mind walking the face of earth doesn’t comprehend Him (nor will we in Eternity). Wonderfully, we can adore the Trinity, bless & commune with Them, devote yourself fully to & yes, enjoy Them without understanding Them.

– eab, 6/9/18

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Joh 8.31 +

Joh 8.31

“…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”

 

Once on-board-ship, always on-board-ship? Hardly. Hopefully the ship boarded in NYC may land you in England. But, not necessarily. Many persons have died at sea (in olden days were buried at sea.) Some people’ve been lost at sea in storms. Others have jumped off. A fearful cry (more in the past, I assume than now) was “Man overboard!” Wake up, dear friend, “Once saved, always saved” doesn’t work except in a warped theology. Jesus will get us to heaven – we have to willingly alive in Christ & stay on board.

– eab, 6/8/18

 

“God’s Word declares that a righteous person is like a tree. A tree lives in two realms of nature; it lives in the earth & it lives above the earth.”

– T M Anderson, /Prayer Availeth Much/

 

An earthly judge may want you to tell the truth, the whole truth, & nothing but the truth. The Great Judge wants His ministers to # 1.) Preach the Gospel, # 2.) Preach the whole Gospel, & # 3.) Preach nothing but the Gospel. Number 1. takes a man. Number 2. takes a disciplined man. Number 3. takes a disciplined man who’s subtracted himself from the world. We need more # 3’s. Amen? Ouch?

– eab, 6/8/18

 

I LIKE

I like up

Better than down.

Prefer a smile

Above a sad frown.

Will choose a wise man

Over a “christian” clown.

Have renounced sin’s garment;

Hope to wear heaven’s glad crown.

Have left destruction’s city

Bound for that gold-streeted town.

– eab, 6/8/11

 

Heb 13.4

“Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but

whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

 

Weddings have dazzling displaces of carnations, candles, & crepe. Music is there, friends are there, & hopefully God’s blessing is there. What a day! Enjoy! Another day will dawn. One or both will have to go back to work. Laundry gets dirty, grass needs mowed. The pay-the-bills-world follows but don’t let these mar your love. Weddings do not a marriage make. You, yours, & Christ can make a successful marriage. (My dear wife & I, God willing, celebrate 57 yrs. this month.)

– eab, 6/8/18

 

“Why should I speak of physics, ethics, or logic? All that human tongue can say is in Holy Scripture. Its authority is greater than the power of the whole human spirit.”

– Adrian (Hadrian?) of Corneto

 

Being “Born Again” has been emphasized & should be. Allow me to remind – a baby that remains a baby is not normal. Are you growing in Christ? No, I didn’t ask if you’re more active in church. No, I didn’t ask if you’re dressing more carefully. No, I didn’t ask if you’re dropping more in the offering. Are you growing? (The above may result from growing but are NOT growth.) Be Born Anew but grow – grow-UP in Christ.

– eab, 6/8/18

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