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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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Joh 17.5 +

Joh 17.5

“And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self

with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

 

“Heaven is a holy place, God is holy, the angels are holy & if you & I ever pass thru the beautiful gates of pearl we must have hearts as pure as the Blood of Jesus Christ can make them.”
– H Robb French, “8-Rm.House” (sermon)

 

Christ is the most Genuine Being in the world

“christmas” is one of the most un-real holidays on the calendar: 1.) fake trees who never knew a hillside, 2.) plastic garlands, 3.) “snow” out of a pressure can, 4.) man-made mistletoe, 5.) “christmas wreaths” without a natural vine, seed pod, or pine cone.

– eab, 12/13/18

 

“Self-indulgence is a thing that is putting out revival fires

in the churches in many places.”

– H Robb French, “8-Rm.House” (sermon)

 

Evolutionists “believe”  

Christians believe the BIG “C”-Creator.

God is greater than that Name!

Evolutionists believe in some little “e”-evolution,

A fate, a myth of shame! – eab, 12/13/09

 

Evolutionists “believe II

Evolutionists believe IN

What they think is gradual change;

Because, if they believed IN

God, they would have to change. – eab, 12/13/09

 

“No mental processes can stop the mad race for money.

Man must be born again.”

– William Jennings Bryan / Bible Enemies/

 

Joh 14.6

“Jesus saith unto him,

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

 

Christ was born once. He will come again. His “life” (He ever-lives) is Linear.

“christmas” is cyclical. Many heathen rites/rituals are tied to a date on the calendar & cycle around every year. And, like it or lump it, much of what the world sees as ‘christmas” is more heathen than christian. I can’t encourage you enough to GET REAL with Jesus Christ.

– eab, 12/13/18

 

“What shall it profit a man if he shall gain all the learning

 of the schools and lose his faith in God?”

– William Jennings Bryan /In His Image/

 

Christ is Permanent  pre-creation, ever present in the present, & forever Lord of all.

“christmas” is so temporary. It’s a fleeting moment. It is seen as coming (“12 days ‘til christmas”) seen as here but briefly, & on the 26th is history, a sad history for some. Christ never makes you sad except with a conviction for sin & that so He can make you very glad.

– eab, 12/13/18

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Heb 5.14 +

Heb 5.14

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

 

“So long as the soul remains submissive & trustful

the King who has cleansed, will keep it pure.”

– M W Knapp /Christ Crowned Within/

 

Psa 136.5 To him that by wisdom MADE the Heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

God made Heaven, Earth, World # 17

 

“Good thoughts word & acts are the luscious grapes which always grow upon every believers branch of the true vine.”

– M W Knapp /Christ Crowned Within/

 

REAL

If you could create your own Jesus,

To suit your political taste,

You might have Him born “like a king,”

And not in a manger, near waste.

 

You might have His step-dad a merchant,

Perhaps owning part of the bank,

So Jesus could have lots of funds,

And thus dress a little more swank.

 

You might change the scene at the temple,

(At twelve He confounded the docs.)

Pretend that He birds made-on-wing,

By merrily tossing up rocks.

 

You might have Him coddling the preachers,

Intent on their legalist brew,

(But He called them hypocrites – Wow,

No wonder they “bit nails in two.”)

 

Your special “new Jesus,” your dream one,

Might skip all Golgotha’s cold loss,

He’d be a warm “pattern,” and teach,

Avoiding the grave and the cross.

 

A Christ so political saves none.

All sinners would die in their sin.

Thank God for His Son, who is real,

Not something created by men.

 

The real Christ died once for all sinners,

Arose He then, Victor, not dead.

He’s coming again, now to rule.

It’s just like they said that He said.

– eab, 12/12/03

 

“Christian pastor…wishes…every home in the parish would have its daily altar,

that every member of the congregation would have daily private devotions &

that every one would learn how to enjoy reading the Bible.

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Rev 12.10

“…I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation &

strength & the kingdom of our God & the power of his Christ…

 

It is sadly true; some religious men have been involved in sexual sins: fornication, adultery, molestation of minors, sodomy. Such terrible sinners should be reported, removed from office, & punished. I write this post to warn us that some women are low enough to lie, older children can lie, & a known “gay” can lie in order to ruin a man’s reputation. As parents, grandparents, parishioners, etc. we ought to detect wrong, but also to pray the Spirit helps us discern if the report given is true or an ugly smear on a man of God.

– eab, 12/11/18

 

“God’s forgiveness is full;

it is free, it is forever.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Daniel (via King Neb’s dream) saw four earthly kingdoms & only four. The last kingdom is still here, partially visible & partially hidden – but it will pass. God’s Kingdom is here & is yet to be (“Thy Kingdom Come”). His Kingdom is forever. Christians have no choice but to live under some influence of a worldly kingdom but we owe it no allegiance – We are in the Kingdom of Heaven.

– eab, 12/5/18

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Mat 22.37 +

Mat 22.37

“Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…

with all thy soul…with all thy mind’”

 

“Friends, you must have the fuss taken out of your heart if you ever see God.”
– H Robb French, “8-Rm.House” (sermon)

 

“Read your Bible, Pray every day, Pray every day…” remember it from Sunday Sch? Good advice – but it can border on necessity; I *have* to do to “stay saved.” Transfer this to “Read Her Love Letter, Talk To Her Every Day, Talk To Her Every Day…”sounds strange? If you’re dating a girl & you *have* to make yourself read her letter, *have* to make yourself call – STOP. Realize you’re about to lose Miss Wonderful & wake up. Or be honest & Break Up. Either “Fall in Love” with Jesus again or stop professing.

– eab, 12/11/18

 

“How could a person be comfortable in the presence of a Holy God with…

jealousy, anger, lust, pride, & covetousness – in his heart?”

– H Robb French, “8-Rm.House” (sermon)

 

DARK TIMES    

Christ came in the midst of dark times.

The wise saw His star in the night.

(When stars are best known to shed light.)

Though night hides a lot of bad crimes,

It also lets stars shine worth, bright.

 

The shepherds were under dark’s dome.

(All doing what shepherds do best)

When startled by angels, from rest

And told what town Christ would call home.

Announcement came under night’s test.

 

Christ will come again – thought it’s dark

He is the great Light of all earth

(Has always been since virgin birth.)

Reject, at all costs, the false mark

The antichrist, grave or in mirth.

 

Admitting it’s dark is no sin,

Ah, honesty marshals the truth.

(To call darkness light is uncouth.)

Look up, the real Christ comes again

He honors the saint who’s a “sleuth.”

 

The devil, per normal, deceives.

But Christ accepts him who believes.

-eab, 12/11/10

 

“A Christian is to be prepared, constantly, to express the gospel of peace.”

– Andrew W Blackwood, / Proclaiming the NT/

 

1Jo 2.15b

“…If any man love the world,

the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

Do yourself a favor. Count how many hollywood or disney films you watched in 2018 either in theater or at home. How many “christian”(?) movies did you watch in 2018 at church or in your home. Now, in all honesty, compare these numbers to what you watched from “christian” hollywood or disney in 2013. I’m not doing a survey. I’m hoping you’ll survey what’s happening in your soul. How much more of the world’s words, world view, & anti-god propaganda have you seen & exposed your family to in 2018?

 

“The ideal minister…is one who has set his heart upon being a daily student of the Bible, a living example of what it means & a popular teacher of what it says.”

– Andrew W Blackwood, / Proclaiming the NT/

 

For decades holiness women haven’t needed lipstick/face coloring. (Saves money, save laundry in removing such, allows God’s colors to shine through.)  Why are we allowing (encouraging?) our children to paint their faces for parties, picnics, etc.? If it’s OK for girls (& even boys) to have “hearts,” “animal noses” or geometric shapes painted on for a “shindig” we’re saying paint is OK at times. When your holiness girl wants to paint up for a special occasion it may be hard to say “no.”

– eab, 12/11/18

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1Ti 3.2a & 3 +

1Ti 3.2a & 3

“A bishop then must…Not [be] given to wine, no striker,

not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;”

 

“It seems that the thing that people are most afraid of over the country is that supernatural, unearthly, indefinable, indescribable presence of the Living God..\”

– Glenn Griffith

 

Psa 134.3 The LORD that MADE Heaven and Earth bless thee out of Zion.

God made Heaven, Earth, World # 16

 

“The glory of God brings a burden for souls.”

– Glenn Griffith

 

ACHAN

A wedge of gold – security.

Silver coinage – some currency.

A coat from Babylon, warped it up.

Paltry things thus did him corrupt,

Foolish loss of eternity!

– eab, 12/10/06

 

“The cripple had been healed because Jesus had been glorified.”

– F. F. Bruce

 

Psa 100.2

“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”

 

I hope your worship services are superb & that you’re able to enjoy each phase of worship as you proceed. However, I’m aware such is not always the case. If a section (or two) of the service is not to your liking ask God to help you worship Him to your highest ability in the better sections. Worship Him via the hymns. Praise & adore (as well as implore) Him during prayer. Revel in the reading of His Word. Listen for a nugget of truth (in perhaps a not so-good-sermon). See the best & (if need be) ignore the rest. Blessings!

– eab, 12/5/18

 

“…Is there a suggestion here that a greater than Joseph who was not recognized by His brethren when they saw Him the 1st time will be acknowledged by them as their anointed deliverer when they see Him the 2nd time?”

– F. F. Bruce

 

D& R (divorce/remarriage) has been defended & warned against. (Sadly, some I fear, take comfort in saying, “Well, there’re good men on both sides.”) You could spend weeks doing reading about this position or that argument. They are opinions. Man, if you marry a divorce woman (lady, if you marry a divorced man) you aren’t dealing with opinions, you’re dealing with your never-dying soul. Better to die single (or a widow/widower) as to face God’s wrath by marrying an illegitimate mate. Life is short – Eternity is long.

– eab, 12/10/18

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Heb 12.14 +

Heb 12.14

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness,

without which no man shall see the Lord:”

 

“I’m not preaching holiness because it happens to be in the doctrine of the church to which I belong.”

– H Robb French, 8-Rm.House (sermon)

“I’m not preaching holiness because my father preached…I am preaching holiness from a deep & profound conviction.”
– H Robb French, “8-Rm.House” (sermon)

 

Clyde D. Bryan said, “A bargain’s not a bargain if you don’t need it.” Dad was right.

The greatest bargain a man can get is Salvation. It is totally Free (when you meet conditions). And, aye, brothers/sisters, we *need* this bargain! Come to Jesus Christ, agree to His reasonable terms & be saved.

-eab, 12/9/18

 

“…If we walk in the light of justification it will not be long until

 the Blessed Holy Spirit will lead us to the light of full salvation.”

– H Robb French, “8-Rm.House” (sermon)

 

CHRIST ALONE

Don’t let us rely on past deeds done,

Or on “righteous” miles already run,

No. Not on anything, under the sun

But solely, only on You, Lord.

 

May our theology be legit,

And our words upright & “fit,”

And our light brightly lit,

But may we depend on You, Lord

 

Till someday – You know how soon,

We’ll fly this plane of surf & dune,

To rise above the highest noon,

Because we fully relied on You, Lord.

– eab, 12/9/17

 

 

“It is impossible to separate doctrine and

morality in the Christian Church.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost of Discipleship/

 

Mat 2.1

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea

there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.”

 

No one knows “when” Christ was born. “When” includes the month, day of the month, & possibly the year. What we DO know is – He. Was.  Born.  As a young man, not yet 20, I realized the uncertainty of His Birthday & though I didn’t fully like it, I decided to “go with” the-most-likely-not-date of December 25, not because I believed it accurate but because 1.) I KNEW He as born, & 2.) I could not prove any other date or firmly disprove this one.

– eab, 12/8/18

 

“Those who are still afraid of men have no fear of God and

those who have fear of God have ceased to be afraid of men.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost of Discipleship/

 

If you were born with a proverbial “silver spoon…” you may not have (or may not have developed) a spirit of innovation. (Some poor people don’t seem to have it either. L) I was moments ago reminded of how God gave an idea when putting the two posts (on the ground) which match our little porch railing. I’m very grateful for how the Lord has given idea after idea. Many times I didn’t have a project “all-figured-out” but by the time I come to a certain point I see what to do. Praise Him!

– eab, 12/6/18

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1Ti 3.2 +

1Ti 3.2

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober,

of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;”

 

“The highest level of Christian holiness

that the Bible teaches is forgiveness.”

– Richard Humble, 10/2/96

 

Psa 124.8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who MADE Heaven and Earth

God made Heaven, Earth, World # 15

 

“[Saints] have scorned the sinful, renounced the carnal,

triumphed over the natural, &

found a new realm of spiritual relationship in Christ.”

– Harry Jessop

 

ALWAYS? ALWAYS!

A Christian man

AND a Christian wife,

Can ALWAYS

Work out marital strife.

– eab, 12/8/09

 

HOME

Everywhere you may roam

From Appalachia’s Clingman’s dome

To Atlantic’s frothy foam

Whether red clay or rich black loam

It’s truly said, “There’s no place like home.” – eab, 12/8/17

 

“Whereas once the church believed in, spoke of, & practiced the cure of souls,

it has shifted its faith to a secular cure of minds.”

– Bobgans & Mahan

 

Isa 9.6a For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and…

Isa 9.6b the government shall be upon his shoulder & his name shall be called Wonderful…

Isa 9.6c Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

 

Singing is a way we worship The Holy Trinity. I hope that tomorrow, next Lord’s Day, & the next, you’re able to sing your favorite Carols of Love, to our Redeemer. If I have the right idea, some musicians (I’m not a musician) have shied away from Carols thinking they’re harder to play. Please, Ma’am, Sir, take an hour (several) & practice. Learn to like, yea, to love playing them. Don’t deny your congregation (large or small) the wonderful privilege glorying in the adoration of Christ provided by these unique Christian songs.

– eab, 12/8/18

 

“Who is pure in heart? Only those who have surrendered

their hearts completely to Jesus that he may reign in them alone.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

We’re not told to celebrate the His Birthday. In fact, the only birthdays in Scripture are heathenish: Pharaoh’s (Gen 40.20) & Herod’s (Mat 14.6, Mar 6.21). (We possibly make “too-much” of BDs.) Hopefully it’s not wrong to celebrate the Lord Coming – it was a great day for sinful mankind – He became One of us! It was a solemn day for Him, a huge comedown, He left a splendor we can’t imagine to sojourn here, “exiled” as it were from His magnificent Home. I’m glad He came – & – that He comes again!

– eab, 12/8/18

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Mat 5.48 +

Mat 5.48

“Be ye therefore perfect,

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

 

“God honors faith

because faith honors God.”
– Larry Grile, IHC sermon, April 2006

 

Do not shy away from the word or concept of “perfect.” “Perfecting” occurs in two verses. “Perfectly” in seven. “Perfected” is in eight verses. And “Perfect” occurs in 94 verses. God is Perfect & has made provision that we be. The adversary of our souls doesn’t want you to believe in, let alone, seek & find a perfect heart. Be Biblical – Be Perfect.

– eab, 12/7/18

 

“If it doesn’t preach to you,

you can’t preach to them.”

– J Belvin Green, sermon 6/11/98

 

Christ’s Kingdom

“If my Kingdom were of this world”

Christ is recorded as saying,

My children would have flag unfurled,

Be actually killing, slaying.

His Kingdom is interior;

His victory far superior

To carnal guns of carnal men.

Come. Join Christ – leave the ways of sin.

– eab, 12/7/09

 

“It is costly because it condemns sin and grace because it justifies the sinner…

Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost of Discipleship/

 

Mal 3.6

“For I am the LORD, I change not…”

 

What is there about God you’d like to change – if you could? Do you wish He didn’t see all you do? Do you wish He didn’t know all you think? Do you wish He hadn’t written “Whosoever will…”? Do you wish… Friend, if there’s anything that you’d like to change about God, I beg you, examine your heart. Examine it closely. It has a problem. But – submit to God & He can give you a new heart. If I know my soul, I’d change nothing about our Heavenly Father. He’s Perfect.

– eab, 12/7/18

 

“The actor who had to play the part of pagan gods & heroes, the teacher who was forced to teach pagan mythologies in pagan schools, the gladiator who had to take human life for sport, the soldier who wielded the sword, the policeman, and the judge, all had to renounce their heathen professions if they wanted to be baptized…”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost of Discipleship/

 

Wrong will always have its enemies for God will always have His people, though few by percentages. Right will always have its enemies, until the last sinners die. And – – – since there are more sinners than saints, the enemies of Right out-number the enemies of wrong. Never allow yourself to be persuaded by “majority vote.”

– eab, 12/5/18

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Rom 1.16 +

Rom 1.16

“…I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

 

“The devil has no roads. He always travels God’s roads & corrupts them”

– S D Herron, 3/24/91

 

Psa 121.2 My help cometh from the LORD, which MADE Heaven and Earth.

God made Heaven, Earth, World #14

 

“It takes God time to make a man.”

– S D (Steve D) Herron

 

WHALE TALK  

I was out for a peaceful swim,

When God told me to “pick up” him;

Some bad prophet who was “all wet,”

(That odd taste I remember yet L).

Men, don’t run from God on a whim!

– eab, 12/6/06

 

“There is no body of literature in the world

which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.”

– F F Bruce.

 

Luk 16.23

“…in hell he [rich man] lift up his eyes, being in torments and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.”

 

You failed a grade in school – you lived through it. You were fired from a job – you lived through it. You had to let a car “go back” or had a house repossessed – you lived through it. & You’ve had the tragedy of divorce (& though the hardest thing you’ve faced) – you lived through. But, please hear me, Friend, do not think you can “live through” going to hell. Only Jesus can save you from damnation. Don’t try to “brave” it. Hell is terrible beyond anyone’s ability to describe.

– eab, 12/6/18

 

“We cannot expect hollywood to do in the soul

what only the Spirit can accomplish.”

– John A Bjorlik

 

You are, as it were, walking down a hall (life) without doors. At the end of your hall is an elevator (death) which you must take. As you enter the “elevator” it will swish you up (heaven) or it will drop you down (hell). The elevator has no buttons – you’re showing God *now* (by actions & words, faith or doubt) which way you want it to go.

– eab, 12/6/18

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Joh 8.31 +

Joh 8.31

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,

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

 

“We’ll never reach the world except with the message of holiness…”
– Glenn Griffith, /I Sought for a Man/

 

Would you have liked to have been one of Christ’s disciples? You could’ve been around a fire or on a boat with Him & had 1/12th of His attention. But Christ was not always with the disciples or not always with the 12. Alas, you didn’t live back then – So…..feel sorry for yourself? Not at all. You can be His modern day disciple & have – ready for this – have a One-on-one relationship with Him. Wonderful!

– eab, 12/5/18

 

“In the spiritual realm…you can find many who have left Sodom

but God could never get Sodom out of them.”

– Glenn Griffith, /I Sought for a Man/

 

Guide, Oh Lord

To be guided, Oh, Lord

By Your gallant hand

Guided in thoughts and speech

To know You and know Your strength

To be with You at length

When each holds fellowship with each

You alone are worthy all praise

You deserve every hymn that’s ever sung

And deserve every shout we raise

Thank You Lord, for being Yourself

Distant, beyond the scope of man’s glass

And yet as close as one’s inner soul

As the breath which near it may pass

Increase my vision Lord to see

A little more, daily, of God

May I see You in the ordinary

May I clasp You more in the “odd.”

You are there, You are here,

In the common chores of domain

Oh, may I see and cry to see,

And not live life in a sad refrain. Amen.

– eab, Dec. 2007

 

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully

 as when they do it from religious conviction.”

– Blaise Pascal, /Pensees/

 

Eph 5.19

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord:”

 

If your church still sings Watts, Wesley, & “what’s-his-name” (traditional, holy hymns) count your many blessings. Pull a hymnal out of the rack & sing every word, every verse – with gusto. Think about those purposely chosen terms. Many hymns were penned by poets (not music guys who “want-to-be” a song writer) in the crucible of life. Tears were flowing (or had been shed) about that deep trial. Many were penned by men busy with preaching, teaching, or other full-time occupations. Enjoy this legacy.

– eab, 12/5/18

 

“…True fear comes from faith;

false fear comes from doubt…”

– Blaise Pascal, /Pensees/

 

We had a nice “visit” from a granddaughter (youngest child’s oldest girl). You’ve heard of a “working vacation”? Well, Kimberly had a short, working stay with us Fri PM & Sat. AM. She & Gram took down, cleaned, & replaced the paraphernalia which decorates the top of Gram’s kitchen cabinets (37 items on N. end + west & east). They also cleaned off antique hutch & before she left got part of it put back. You were a great blessing Kimberly. Gram & I thank you immensely. Come back 😉

– eab, 12/5/18

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