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Mat 1.25 +

Mat 1.25

“And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son:

and he called his name JESUS.”

 

“…the church…goes into shows & frolics & festivals & fairs,

which destroy the spiritual life of the young as well as the old.”

– M W Knapp

 

Psa 146.6 Which MADE Heaven, and Earth, the Sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:   – God made Heaven, Earth, World # 18

 

“A backslider is one who has lost his spiritual eye-sight.”

– M W Knapp /Christ Crowned Within/

 

HE CAME AT NIGHT (15th Bryan card) * 1 of 2

Heaven had such luster, such delight,

While far below on the footstool of God,

The absence of beauty, the absence of light,

Ruled over river and rock and sod,

And over plants and over creeping things,

And animals with hoofs, and animals with wings.

 

For thousands of years it had been thus;

Day constantly pursued by the night.

Twilight toning to shades of dusk –

The way to walk again lost from sight –

Man floundering in murk and mire,

With only here and there a tiny fire.

 

The Creature saw His creatures’ needs;

Saw the contrast of heaven and earth,

Saw, through darkness, the wound that bleeds,

Saw the man in shadow’s firm girth;

And seeing He felt, seeing He cared,

And destined Heaven’s Light to be shared.

 

Christ left the sight of eternal morn,   2 of 2

Departed in mutual, Sovereign will.

And arrived at night, Ah, time forlorn;

Time that drags for the sad and the ill.

Oh, what Providence, that the Prince of Light,

Should arrive on earth in the middle of the night.

 

And the night to which He came was more,

Than a mere dome of black o’re head.

Sin had blackened the human shore

(Far worse than oil slicks of modern dread)

And proceeded to ink the rest of the race,

From the pagan’s hut to the civilized place.

 

All this night, all this visionless foul,

Christ, the Illustrious, met full of force.

He brightened them both (Don’t ask me how.)

And challenging, changed the nature, the course,

Of the darkness, the ruin, the blackness of sin,

Both outward and inward, the problems of men!

 

So as beautiful stars light the winter’s sky,

Remember that Christ came from brilliance – to none.

Sacrificing for man, that man might glorify

The Light, the only self-brilliant One.

And remember, heaven shared its gift of light,

In the middle of Bethlehem’s, Ah, the world’s dark night.

– eab, 12/14/79 * God’s helped me pen a card 1964-2018 (except 2)

 

“A worthy leader knows how to listen…”

– Andrew W Blackwood   [ He is so correct -eab]

 

Mat 3:3

“For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”

 

A board (1×3, 2×4, base, or crown molding) can look fairly straight until held to a perfectly straight wall or level floor. The same is true with our lives: “I’m not too bad” “I’m as good as that deacon,” etc. – until we hold our lives up to the Bible & its Holy teachings. The Word of God is our standard – don’t run from It.

– eab, 12/14/18

 

“The leader also should enjoy every minute. In a high sense,

being happy is the minister’s chief business here below.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

“Thus saith the Lord” first occurs in Exodus & is written last in Malachi. In between the OT has over 400 uses of these Heavy words. No prophet is recorded as saying, “I don’t know about you but….” Why are modern ministers saying, “I don’t know about you but…”? They are light words. They lack authority. They seem to say “You don’t have to agree with me…” It would be better if the man of God gave a certain sound.

– eab, 12/14/18

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