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Exo 20.4 +

Exo 20.4

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”

 

“If remorse is confounded with repentance

hell is filled with penitents…”
– John Fletcher, /Works I/

 

How much Make-believe will you “believe”? Believe enough to buy a book about IT? Believe enough to buy a ticket to see IT?  Believe enough to have a pic (“It was just for fun! Bryan”) made with IT? Believe – this is more scary – enough to expose your innocent, gullible child to IT. “Well, I know it is not real but IT is innocent?”  It may not be as innocent as your UN-discerning mind thinks. – eab, 11/26/18

 

“Nothing affords greater satisfaction to false apostles

than commendation and praise.”

– John Fletcher, /Works III/

 

SELECTED

Ever see a poem “- Selected”?

Did its author feel neglected?

Good publishers all, of course,

Always show the correct source

Responsibility reflecting.

 

But if some printer has refused

Really, why make him feel abused,

Yield to his unkind “Edit.”

Allow failure for “credit.”

(Notice above the first letters used.) J

– eab, 11/29/05

 

“It is the father’s power to disinherit a disobedient child…

yet with this proviso, that upon bettering & amendment he reinstate him.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

Mar 12.30

“…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart & with all thy soul

& with all thy mind &with all thy strength…”

 

Dad: most important human male in a man’s life. God: most important Male in a man’s life.

Walk like dad                      Walk like The Father

Work like dad                     Work like The Father

Talk like dad                        Talk like The Father

Listen to dad                       Listen to The Father

Spend time with dad           Spend time with The Father

Talk TO dad                         Talk TO The Father

Learn all you can from dad Learn from The Father. 11/23/18

 

“Whoso harkens not to God’s voice is an idolater

though he perform the highest an most heavy service of God…”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

Some in “wisdom,” decided there’s no link between santa & satan. If you hold December 25 is the birth of Christ, santa dominates that day. This guy supposedly “knows when you’ve been good or bad” – a direct attack on God’s omniscience. St. Nick (or other names for santa) passes out gifts – “…Every good gift…cometh down from the Father of lights”(Jam 1.17). santa uses Magic (flying deer, coming thru chimneys, visiting every home), Christ performed Miracles. santa may very well be a slick re-arrangement of satan’s name. Christians need neither.

– eab, 11/26/18

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1Ch 16.26 +

1Ch 16.26

“For all the gods of the people are idols:

but the LORD made the heavens.”

 

“The Old Testament plan did not claim efficiency for itself,

but constantly looked ahead to something of which it was but the type.”

– V O Agan, /‘55 Conf. Serm./

 

Psa 96.5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD MADE the Heavens.

God made Heaven, Earth, World # 11

 

“This generation is smitten with traveling preachers.

The thing we need is travailing preachers.”

– V O Agan, /‘55 Conf. Serm./

 

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

God has a list of Special Fruit

Love, Joy, Peace will always suit

Longsuffering and Gentleness

Goodness, Faith, and Meekness

Temperance; completes His “route.”

– eab, 11/28/05

 

HE KNEW

God in His throne above the blue skies,

Has never, never had one(1) surprise.

We are tempted to question,

Maybe offer Him “a suggestion.”

He knew! Even sees when a sparrow dies.

– eab, 11/28/17

 

 

“You find our more about God from the Moral Law than from the universe in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he built.

– C S Lewis

 

Mat 6.6

“…When thou prayest, enter into thy closet…when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

 

A million garages across the land are filled with junk, many worth less than the car that’s outside. Far worse are millions of minds filled with ideas that not only “take up space” but are poisoning their owners. “But, I’ve thought this for years.” Long-time-junk is still be junk. Pitch it! – eab, 11/27/18

 

“It [Christian marriage] is a deep unity maintained by the will & deliberately strengthened by habit…they can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.”

– C S Lewis

 

It is a shame when Christians in cold or rainy climates can hardly find a corner of their tiny houses to have a “closet with Christ.” But what’s more shameful are those with splendid homes who’ve never taken a room or take the time to create a “closet with Christ.” If we, in our health & wealth don’t find time for God, don’t be surprised if in sickness & poverty He seems far, Far away.

– eab, 11/27/18

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Jam 2.8 +

Jam 2.8

“If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture,

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:”

 

“…Truth…‘Buy her’ therefore at any rate; buy her,

though you should give your last mite of wealth & your last scrap of reputation for her”
– John Fletcher, /Works I/

 

If you were trained to pull away from the KJV – Come Back. If your pastor always uses a modern “version” pray about a better church that has not left this Classic. Don’t “breeze-by” the word Classic. It’s the Bible in English which has seen the salvation & holy living of more Believers than any other. When your child can read & comprehend the words of the KJV he can discuss with peers & elders, the greatest Book in the English Language.

– eab, 11/27/18

 

“Time alone could determine whether Barnabas was deceived by an abundance of charity

or St. Paul through an excess of prudence.’

– John Fletcher, /Works III/

 

PRAY FOR EUROPE

In every European * country

Be it large or postage-stamp small

A plain-like or with mountains tall

The richest or the poorest of all

Would-that-God would move.

– eab, 11/27/18 * prayed for Europe this AM

 

“If Christ be not God, then neither the Father nor the Holy Ghost is God…”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

Psa 86.13

“For great is thy mercy toward me: and

thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”

 

There’s no such thing as a heavenly-hell or a hellish-heaven. Everybody who believes in these sees them as separate, ah, distinctly separate places. It logically follows that the road to Heaven is not the road to hell nor vice versa. God & His holy people understand this. The devil & his fellow deceivers want to hide this. Two different roads = two different destinations. Friend the way you’re traveling today IS important.

– eab, 11/27/18

 

“There is no work on earth easier than the true service of God…”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

What do you allow in your mind? (Similar to the cattle/horses/sheep a rancher allows in his spread.) Paul, one of the brighter brains in the NT, supplied a list (Php 4.8); let me to edit.Think on what is: True, Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely, of good report – if there’s virtue, if there’s praise. Wow! If it helps remember “THJ” [True Honest Just] & “PLO” [Pure Lovely of good report]. This eliminates many writings. Ready to Obey? – eab, 11/26/18

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Gen 7.4 +

Gen 7.4

“…I will cause it to rain…and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.”

 

“The world wars would never have broken out

but for evolution & modernism.”

– V O Agan, /‘55 Conf. Serm./

 

Psa 74.17 Thou hast set all the borders of the Earth: thou hast MADE summer and winter.

God made Heaven, Earth, World # 10

 

“Man is a worshipping being. Every man, woman or child

has something to which he pays homage in a religious way.”

– V O Agan,

 

A grand Book

A grand Book lies on my desk,

Waiting to be read.

A God-made soul lies in my breast,

Waiting to be fed.

God, be my light in devotion’s hour;

Your Son for me bled.

Let me anew see Your mighty power,

Reading what You said.

– eab, 11/26/07

 

“No man understands the Scripture,

unless he be acquainted with the cross..”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

Mic 4.12

“But they know not the thoughts of the LORD,

neither understand they his counsel:”

 

Let’s pretend. Let’s pretend that next Lord’s Day AM on a blank wall of the church something strange shows up, clearly printed, easily read – – – & it looks familiar, too familiar. It’s *your* thoughts, every one, from every waking minute, from every day. Those pure – those less than pure: Those kind – those very unkind. Frightening? God can change your thinking from the world & its lusts to Him & His love. Oh, BTW Jesus HAS seen your thoughts.

– eab, 11/26/18

 

“The Bible is the book that makes fools of the wise of this world;

it is understood only of plain & simple hearted.”

– Martin Luther

 

Watch what you read! If you read 2 books a week, allow yourself 2 weeks vacation, & read thus for 50 yrs you’ll have read 5000 books. Sounds like a lot (it is) but go online. See the count at the local library. Place 5000 over that amount & reduce the fraction. Your 50 yrs of reading is “peanuts” compared to the millions of books. If you’re not following of Jesus be selective. If you follow Christ let HIM guide your reading.

– eab, 11/26/18

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1Ti 4.13 +

1Ti 4.13

“Till I come give attendance

to reading,

to exhortation,

to doctrine.”

 

What are Gospel ministers? Men that ‘bear witness to the truth’…‘rightly divide the word of truth’…

– John Fletcher, /Works I/

 

“Reading, Writing, & ‘rithmatic” 3R’s – that order is not just picturesque, it’s 100% accurate. The 3R’s instructed & yes blessed, millions of kiddos (grandparents & great grandparents, yours & mine) in days gone past. Modernity with its near worship of “science” (“science says” has too often replaced “Scripture says”) & “the higher maths” (with their humanly created symbol-languages) has subverted this order.

– eab, 11/23/18

 

What are Gospel ministers? ‘fellow helpers to the truth’…‘spread forth the words of truth’…‘are valiant for the truth…’

– John Fletcher, /Works I/

 

TO INSPIRE

Help me Lord to preach,

Help me Lord to inspire,

Help me Lord to encourage,

Help me Lord to enquire

About their souls, about their life,

“How goes the battle? Are you winning the strife?”

– eab, 11/25/06

 

Do Likewise

A wedding can be a lovely thing;

I know; I’ve seen a few.

A wife-to-be meets her groom

“ Boom ” a home “brand-new.”

But the truly pretty stuff

Is the older man & his oldish wife

Still in love through thick & thin

Married: one, happy, holy, long life!

– – – Go Thou And Do Likewise!

– eab, 10/14/18

 

 

“One is sometimes (not often) glad not to be a great theologian;

one might so easily mistake it for being a good Christian.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflection on t Psalms/

 

Act 8.28

“Was returning, and

sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.”

 

3R’s # 2 – Reading is the King of all subjects. It is paramount. (If Reading is King – it surely is – Writing is Queen.) Once you can read, you can learn all that is important in this world.  More importantly you can read the Bible, the Road Map, the Instruction Book to the world above. Modernity as long ago as the 40’s (speaking from experience) de-emphasized phonics & stopped teaching diacritical markings. Christians, you & I were the losers. Teach children to read, teach them to enjoy reading, & let them see you read.

– eab, 11/23/18

 

“I take this [Psa 19] to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and

one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflection on t Psalms/

 

3R’s # 3 – Writing allows you to express yourself constructively, intelligently, & with a degree of permanency – as far as this life is concerned. It is the foundation of literature & “literature is the written record of man’s best words & deeds” (definition I’ve known since the 60s but whose author is not recalled). Your thoughts, placed in writing can bless your family & others for years to come. And you will find that Francis Bacon was so right when he wrote, “Writing makes an exact man.”

– eab, 11/23/18

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1Ch 16.26 +

1Ch 16.26

“For all the gods of the people are idols:

but the LORD made the heavens.”

 

“Be prudent, be cautious neither eat, drink, nor wear but as you pay for everything. Live not on trust [credit-eab]…Labor hard to live honestly.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Psa 33.6 By the word of the LORD were the Heavens MADE; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.                 God made Heaven, Earth, World # 9

 

“Jesus Christ never made an apostle of any man who was not first his scholar or disciple.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Come again, as once You came,

When you touched the sick,

And healed the lame,   My Savior.

Come again this time to rule,

Making rich the poor,

Making wise the fool,   My Savior.

 

Come again, dear Prince of Peace,

(O Son, our Sun, and split the East)

Take us up to Thy heavenly feast,

Draw up Thou subjects to the skies,

As glowing sparks upward rise,   My loving Lord.

 

The time You before were here,

Was a time of sorrow,

A defeat, and a tear, My Savior.

A time when a manger tried to hold,

A Life of greatness,

That was long foretold,   My Savior.

 

You came O Christ with a heart-felt reign,

(Immanuel, dispelled sin’s pain)

Lamb before at the foundation slain,

Thank You for Your saving grace,

And hope of meeting face to face,   My loving Lord.

– eab, Nov. ’72

 

“…Of course being a Christian does mean thinking that where Christianity differs from other religions Christianity is right & they are wrong.

As in arithmetic – there is only 1 right answer for the sum & all other answers are wrong.”

– C S Lewis, /Mere Christianity/

 

Act 16.16

“…A certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us,

which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:”

 

Disney makes magic a theme. Hollywood uses magic. The Bible has no place for it. Magicians are never, allow a repeat, Never on the right, i.e. the Bible side. Note with whom they’re listed: “magicians & astrologers”(Dan 1.20), “the magicians & the astrologers & the sorcerers”(Dan 2.2), “the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers”(Dan 2.27), “the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans & the soothsayers”(Dan 4.7), “the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans & soothsayers.” It’s no wonder Christians are anti-disney & anti-hollywood. You are, aren’t you?

– eab, 11/24/18

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Joh 14.3 +

Joh 14.3

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;

that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

“Live to God, pray much, read much, labor hard,

& have immeasurable faith.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

If you reject (ignoring is a type of rejection) Christ & thus refuse a wonderful home in heaven you’ll be homeless for eternity. (I’ve a feeling that many of today’s homeless are homeless by choice, not all, that’s for sure, but many.) If you will not accept God’s provision for a heavenly home, you’ll be homeless. Homeless for eternity. By Choice!

– eab, 11/23/18

 

“…None of your hearers will be more affected with your discourse than yourself.

A dull, dead, preacher makes a dull, dead congregation.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

BLIND

To see a sunset,

And be atheist yet

‘Tis hard.

That bard, * God knew,

Though stone blind.

May you seek like mind.

– eab, November  1966  *Milton

 

“…God has no history. He is too completely and utterly real to have one.”

– C S Lewis, /Beyond Personality/

 

Luk 12.5

“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:

Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”

 

Stop, Christians, honoring war! Christ did not honor war. “They’ll be war as the age comes to an end.” Yes, there appears to be such – leave that in God’s hands but don’t dare compare modern national, carnal wars with either that future time or the past OT wars.  Probably more souls have been damned by war than any other of satan’s inventions.

– eab, 11/20/18

 

“We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go in indefinitely being just an ordinary decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

– C S Lewis, /Beyond Personality/

 

You know how things were when you took the helm: as Pastor, College President, Social Dean, Conference Leader, or Convention Head. Are things better now that you’re in charge? Is the one on the piano bench more worldly? Has your wife lessened her separation from what’s stylish? Are your students more conformed to Christ’s enemy? Do you have a roster of men with greater soul burden? Are the convention preachers the popular ones or the holy ones? What has happened in your watch?

– eab, 11/23/18

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Deu 17.3 +

Deu 17.3

“…Worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven,

which I have not commanded;”

 

“…There is but one step between high Arminianism & selfrighteousness,

so there is but one step between Calvinism & Antinomianism.”

– John Fletcher, /Works, vol I

 

Scripture: “God said, Let there be light”(Gen 1.3) There was light before the sun was made.

False science teaches the sun is the source of light. This leads to “worshipping” the sun instead of God.

 

“Truth, next to God, is the most powerful thing in the world…”

– John Fletcher, /Works, vol I

 

Submit

Submit now (while you can) to the Great “I Am”

And you can forever be with the Redeeming Lamb.

If not, you’ll sooner or later, willfully conform

To the antichrist’s strong hoof and long horn.

– eab, 11/21/16

 

“…He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others – not because He has favorites but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind & character are in the wrong direction. Just as sunlight, though it has no favorites, can’t be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.”

– C S Lewis, /Beyond Personality

 

1Ti 2.9

“…Women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness & sobriety;

not with broided hair or gold or pearls or costly array;.”

 

Someone told me a few yrs ago, “You’re the most thankful person I know.” Thank you. God has truly blessed this “old country boy” with a multitude of benefits. I do truly appreciate them.

– eab, 1/10/18

 

“It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry;

we put our good temper down to ourselves.”

– C S Lewis, /Mere Christianity/

 

Three people are responsible for the modesty of the preteen/teenage girl in your home. If she’s a thinking girl whose deep desire is to be a lady, she’s the prime person; mom & dad are secondary. If mom is fully awake to modesty she & daughter (these two) can handle a lot of the “what to wear/what not to wear” questions. Ultimately, Dad, you are the final authority. Not only because Christ has made you the head of the home but also because only you as a male, fully comprehend the nature of modesty.

– eab, 1/12/18

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1Ti 2.12 +

1Ti 2.12

“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

 

Only a male can preach God’s Message to males. Only a married male can be a pastor. But anyone & I mean anyone, can pray. A man may or may not preach everyday but we all – if we will (man, maid, young, old, educated, illiterate) – can pray everyday. Have YOU prayed today?

– eab, 11/20/18

 

“Slackness in discipline generally precedes corruption of doctrine;

the former generating the latter.”

– Adam Clarke /Christian Theology/

 

Neh 9.6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast MADE Heaven, the Heaven of Heavens, with all their host, the Earth, and all things that are therein, the Seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of Heaven worshippeth thee.           God made Heaven, Earth, World # 8

 

The compromiser

The compromiser is a trial to me,

His blindness I find hard to see.

He wants to go a broader road.

Lord, help me carry a greater prayer load

And love him back, O Christ, to Thee.

– eab, 11/20/09

 

Luk 12.56

“Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth;

but how is it that ye do not discern this time?”

 

Not wanting to go to hell is a major motivation for us to seek Salvation.

Wanting to go to heaven is the major motivation for believers toward Sanctification.

Holiness, lived out day-by-day, hurries us on toward Glorification. – eab, 11/20/18

 

“A preacher of the gospel should have nothing about him

which savors of effeminacy & worldly pomp…”

– Adam Clarke /Christian Theology/

 

“If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, Let Jesus come into your heart [repeat line]“Your sins He’ll wash away, Your night He’ll turn to day, Your life He’ll make it over anew“If you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy, Let Jesus come into your heart.” – Joseph D Carlson

Are you (am I) experiencing Joy? Or is our religion a “license” to get into heaven & little more? Ouch?

– eab, 11/18/18

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Jer 32.17 +

Jer 32.17

“Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and

 stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

 

“It is easier for most men to walk with a perfect heart in church,

or even in the world, than in their own families.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology

 

Scripture: “…God created the heaven & the earth” (Gen 1.1).

False science teaches there was a big bag (Catholics claim credit for idea)

without any connection with God.

– eab, 11/18/18

 

“Jesus Christ…offers thee the pardon he has purchased,

on the simply condition that thou believe that his death is a sufficeint sacrifice…”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology

 

GOD WAS GOD

God was God when I got up this morning,

In all His Magnificent power.

God was God when His sun reached

Its Marvelous apex hour.

And God was God when darkness

Covered my little patch of earth

His Godness hadn’t lost

A nana ounce of everlasting worth.

God will be God if I live 10,000 morns

And likewise witness 10,000 noons

His Majesty not improved one bit,

Nor His Perfection diminished a whit!

How Wonderful He is, was, ever will be

When time ends (& there’s no more sea)

And everything IS what He said t’would be.

Ah – all – just as His sterling Word spoke.

God is God: in dash, in slash, in stroke.

– eab, 11/16/18

 

“What one does well one learns to enjoy, and

 what one enjoys one is sure to do well.”

– Andrew Blackwood, /Preaching from t Bible/

 

1Jo 4.1

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

 

Many statements have ended with “…separates the men from the boys:” Some with a degree of truth; perhaps some with little truth.  What follows is  The.  Absolute. Truth. – – –

A belief in the Bible separates the saints, from the sinners. Forever & forevermore.

– eab, 11/18/18

 

“…Jerome and Origen, God forgive them,

were the cause that allegories were held in such esteem.”

– Martin Luther, ThD.

 

I care not the ecclesiastical position Mr “x” has, nor his acclaim in academia, nor skills in writing/speaking – – – when a worldly man is brought in to speak to a non-worldly group, younger or more easily influenced men/wives may not spiritually survive. They may reason: “If Mr ‘x’(& wife) can drift left so can we.” Someone may respond, “But “Mr x” had excellent things to say.” Job’s comforters had some “good things” to say but God required them to change.

– eab, 11/5/18

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