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2Co 3.6 +

2Co 3.6

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter,

but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

 

“I’m both weary and wary

of a lot of flippant speeches concerning God.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

What happened to our schools? #5

Third McGuffey Reader (4th – 5th grade, Rev.,1920) had these Christian words:

Absalom (p. 12),   Amen (p. 90),   Bible (p. 155, 206)    Example:

“Yes, sir; each boy has a Spelling Book, a Reader, and a Testament.” [Definitions. Testament, the last twenty-seven books of the Bible.] (Lesson LX, “The Contented Boy” – Dr. John Aiken)

 

“…The Book tells us that God talked with Moses face to face…that is the greatest, most wonderful privilege that God would share with us the things He wants to talk about.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

SIN’S COURSE    

The first man chose to disobey

(God said to stay away).

His son chose to kill.

Soon sin was so in style

Mankind did it all the while;

Its stench was very ill.

– eab, Feb. ‘05

 

Jas 1.26

“If any man among you seem to be religious & bridleth not his tongue

but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”

 

I drove a Mack truck before I went to the 1st grade – allow me to explain. My “Mack” had 1 tire, instead of a steering wheel it had handles, & I made the noise including “changing gears.” You see, it was a pretend truck – little doubt “Mack” because I’d seen that bulldog on a hood. There are many souls today driving a pretend religion. It only has 1 tire (Salvation has 4). Their religion has weird “steering” (Salvation is Biblical). They are making the noise: emotional or ritual (Salvation has true Joy). My “Mack” was, to Dad, a wheelbarrow. Religions of man are in The Father’s sight less than wheelbarrows. Stop pretending – when you stop pushing, your religion stops. God’s Holy Salvation has the power to take you UP in the end.

– eab, 2/27/19

 

“The excercise of faith in the promises which offer the victory

must be persisted in, regardless of feeling, until it becomes a fixed habit.”

– M W Knapp, / Revival Kindlings/

 

Sleep is voluntary. We purposely close our eyes to sleep. And, when we’re asleep we do not see things – either right or wrong – around us. If some readers would be honest they’d say, “I don’t see something like I used to; I don’t see anything wrong with “x.” Friend, bestir yourself. You are asleep & dangerously so.

– eab, 2/28/19

 

“Yield & Trust are the two keys that open…the soul temple for the Holy Spirit to enter & the same keys, & they are the only ones, will lock Him in. Don’t lose them nor lay them aside for one moment.”

– M W Knapp, / Revival Kindlings/

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Act 14.17 +

Act 14.17

“…He left not himself without witness, in that he did good & gave us rain from heaven

& fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food & gladness.”

 

“When you reject the reconciling work of Jesus Christ,

you alienate yourself forever & forever & forever from God Almighty.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

What happened to our schools? # 4

Second McGuffey Reader (3rd grade, Rev.,1920) had these Christian words:

Prayed   (p.122)

Saint (p. 108)

Sinner (p.108)    Example:

‘Tis not the house & and not the dress, That makes the saint or sinner, To see the spider sit and spin,

Shut with her walls of silver in, You would never, never, never guess, The way she gets her dinner.

(Lesson XLIX, “Pretty Is That Pretty Does” – Alice Cary)

 

“…There is no love in hell. If you miss heaven, you have had the last expression of love

you’ll ever enjoy – never a kind word, never a loving expression.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

Alive or dead

Many a man appears to live,

Who in his heart is dead.

He, in HIS “garden” ate the fruit

Contrary to what God said.

His skin has the color of life;

His soul looks and feels as lead

And if unrepentant for his sin,

In hell he will “make his bed.”

– eab, 2/16/10

 

Heb 12.14

“Follow peace with all [men] & holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

 

The man who shows carnality as its true, ugly self, & That it can be totally removed, That preaches death to self, That preaches the Holy Spirit only fills a perfectly clean vessel, & That heart purity is for all, is not welcome in some pulpits. Either he’ll never be invited or he won’t be invited back till the pastor is sanctified holy or leaves that church.

– eab, 2/24/19

 

“If we neglect the Word we will soon discover that Christ is neglecting us.”

– M W Knapp, /Christ Crowned Within/

 

God created heaven & earth. He didn’t “need” six days. God didn’t “need” a fabricated “gap theory.” He didn’t “need” any of man’s ideas including a so-called “day-age theory.” God is the only Being who truly “limits” Himself, & He is His fantastic wisdom, chose to stretch His creative acts across six, 24 hour days. He allowed Himself a day of rest & thus made man’s 1st full day on earth was a “day of rest.” He could’ve spoken it all into existence, Bang! But He thus established a wonderful week “For in six days the Lord…”

– eab, 2/25/19

 

“Multitudes in whom the Savior reigns have been enabled to give a

…favorable report of this ‘heaven on earth.’ ”

– M W Knapp, /Christ Crowned Within/

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Tit 2.12 +

Tit 2.12

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness & worldly lusts,

we should live soberly, righteously & godly, in this present world;”

 

“We are living in an age when people are strangling, smothering,

twisting, warping, & murdering their conscience.”

– U E Harding, “Watch! Watch!”

 

What happened to our schools? # 3

Second McGuffey Reader (3rd grade, Rev.,1920) had these Christian words:

Heaven, 2 times (pp. 34, 130)

Hymn, 2 times (pp. 122, 138)          Example:

“Ever gentle, meek, and mild, Thou didst nurse thy fretful child.

Teach these little feet the road, Leading on to heaven and God.”

(Lesson LXI, “My Mother” – no author sited)

 

“The modernists across the country…tear up Bethlehem’s Manger…tear down Calvary’s Cross…take Christ out of God…& the inspiration out of the Bible.”

– U E Harding, “Watch! Watch!”

 

A BROTHER TAKEN *

Some hours ago the message came

A tiding rimmed in black.

Death has from our presence taken

Taken to never more give back

A brother (family – in Christ – is the same)

And we feel, (Shall I say it?) forsaken

 

Some hours ago the message came

A drear tiding “trimmed in black”

The scythe of death has laid another

Found our brother in its track

Slain him, laid him. He’ll not be back

 

Some hours ago the message came

The solemn message of the dead

These are always given and received with dread

Sad the duty to deliver, sadder yet to stand and take.

Someone else has gone in sleep, we are still awake.

 

Some hours ago the dreary tiding

Of death and distance, life and resistance

Came to sadden home and heart

Our brother has been taken, He did not awaken

Death has forced us apart.

 

Death that hideous, unwanted scourge

Smirk invader, undaunted persuader

Has plunged us into the dark

Stolen another husband, father, brother

Death is brazen, final, cold, stark.

 

But, Death listen! Listen

You have an empty shell. He is now well!

No more will sorrow or pain

Cause our brother sleepless nights

O’er trials, problems or slights

He’s triumphant–these are slain. * Steve D (Douglas) Herron d.2/25/94, dear brother, “educational father.” I have missed him!

– eab, Feb. ‘94

 

Jude 1.18

“How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time,

who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.”

 

You can have murder in your wicked heart but never pull a trigger. Some preacher may call you a non-practicing “murderer” & welcome you into his membership. You can have sodomy in your wicked heart but never do the sinful act. Some preacher may call you a non-practicing “gay” & welcome you into his membership. Jesus Christ can remove the hatred from your heart & unnatural lust as well. You can then Join Jesus’ Church. Praise the Lord.

– eab, 2/24/19

 

“Till you press the believers to expect full salvation now you must not look for any revival.” – J. Wesley” quoted by M W Knapp, /Revival Kindlings/

 

Share God. Unlike human friendships, sharing God does not impinge on your time with Him. (Or, for that matter, their time with the Lord.) God can “spend” time with you, “spend” time with your friend, “spend” time with Joe or Jane across town (or across the continent) & none of you will be the least slighted or stay so long in His presence & try His patience. God is the most Unique Being possible. – eab, 2/24/19

 

“…So-called churches, that have become training schools for the theatre…”

– M W Knapp, /Revival Kindlings/

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Psa 119.11 +

Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against thee.”

 

“You will pray in this life

or you will pray in Hell.”

– J Wesley Adcock, sermon “If I Make My Bed in Hell”

 

You’re going to be marooned on an island & can only have one book. How long will it take you to make up your mind what it’ll be? The thinking sinner might need a minute or two. A Christian knows immediately.

– eab, 2/20/19

 

“No, my sinner friend, there is no such things as company in Hell.

The other fellow is too busy with his own suffering to comfort you.”

– J Wesley Adcock, sermon “If I Make My Bed in Hell”

 

BROTHER WEBB  

Sometime last month you had a birthday;

The exact date, I’m sorry, I forgot.

You turned eighty-five, 85, I say.

Eighty-five years Brother, is a lot.

 

Four score and five is almost enough

To be antique. (Don’t be offended,

Antiques, you know, I love in the rough,

So stick with me till I’m ended.)

 

You’ve lived to see the horse-less carriage,

Turn from touring car to streamline.

And conversely the steam, steel-horse rage,

Once strong, you’ve seen fully decline.

 

The airplane you saw at its outset,[1]

Not dreaming that soon, oh so soon,

The bi-plane would give way to the jet,

And you’d live to see “men on the moon.”

 

As I’d mention a “great,” you’d known him:

Rees,[2] Fleming,[3] Culp,[4] Uncle Bud,[5] and Ruth,[6]

Anderson,[7] Stalker,[8] and Wireman.[9]

You’ve been privileged to hear preach the truth.

 

You have lived and known such a spectrum,

Of the past, and ones who have gone on.

You’re the one for me, who connects them,

A living, Godly historian.[10]

 

So I’m glad to have had you Brother,

As pastor, advisor, and friend.

With wishes for many another,

These (late) birthday greetings I send.

– eab, Feb. ‘75

 

“…I plead for the most precious liberty in the world, heart liberty,

for liberty from the most galling of all yokes, the yoke of heart corruption.”

– John Fletcher, /Works 2/

 

Mom – can your daughter cook? (No, not thaw out & micro-wave. Cook?) If you were on the flat of your back could she put a meat, 2-3 veggies, a salad, & a desert on the table for company? Can she bake a pie from “scratch”? A cake? If she can’t do some or all of these as a pre-teen/early teen, when will she start? We need more homemakers who can do more, to stretch the dollar.

– eab, 2/21/19

 

Eph 6.4

“…Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath:

but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

 

Dad, if you do not enjoy working (admittedly some chores are worse than others) ask God to help you /to learn/ to enjoy working better. (No, don’t say that’s impossible – not if you’re willing to learn.) If you do not like to work, like to see a “job done,” don’t sit down after completing a task with a real sense of accomplishment – you can’t teach these to you son. He needs to enjoy working – Please show him how.

– eab, 2/21/19

 

“…All who attack the doctrine of an evangelically sinless perfection deserve

…the name advocates of sin better than of Gospel ministers…”

– John Fletcher, /Works 2/

[1] He saw one of the Wright Brothers fly.

[2] J D Webb Sr. was ordained by Seth C Rees, ate with Uncle Buddy, told about Stalker’s previous affliction, and had Wireman as evangelist when Webb pastored the Pilgrim Holiness church in Bremen, Ohio.

[3] John and Bona Fleming were brothers.

[4] George B Culp

[5] At Webb’s sister’s house he ate breakfast with Uncle Buddy (Rueben Robinson)

[6] C W (Christian Wismer) Ruth

[7] T M (Tony) Anderson

[8] Charlie Stalker

[9] I had privilege of hearing “Bulldog” Charlie Wireman.

[10] His first car was a 1914 Cadillac which he owned in 1916.

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Pro 22.6 +

Pro 22.6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and

when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

 

“Now they can do things that one day were sin to them. They have watched other people…until now they do not hear the voice of conscience.”

– U E Harding, “Watch! Watch!”

 

What happened to our schools? #2   >> 2nd in a new series <<

Second McGuffey Reader (3rd grade, Rev.,1920) had these Christian words:

Angels (p. 44)

God, 6 times (pp. 34, 87, 119, 122, 130)   Example:

“Every night he prayed God to bless them, and to bring back their father in safely.”

(Lesson LVI, “A Good Old Man” – no author sited)

 

“I still believe men are lost! I am afraid of this age of indifference!

— Oh, I am afraid of being lost!”

– U E Harding, “Watch! Watch!”

 

SWEET or BITTER

Where are you going after you die?

Will you have a sweet or bitter “Bye-n-Bye”?

There be no liars in heaven fair

No pride nor carnal anger up there.

So – – – where you go’ng when you die?

– eab, 2/4/19

 

1Jo 1.9

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

& to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

The moment is rare when a man for the sake of his never dying soul, will make a brutally-honest public confession that he was wrong. Not just on one count but on two. When such a man has been a leader the possibility of him clearing his conscience gets slimmer. It would be wonderful if such a confession took place this spring.

– eab, 2/21/19

 

“A revival spirit & an unforgiving spirit can not more dwell together in the same heart than fire & water can unite.”

– M W Knapp, /Revival Kindlings/

 

Sadly, satan has commandeered some “…science falsely so called”(1Ti 6.20). Certain guys, with straight faces, tell you “Earth is an insignificant planet in a vast universe” – shortened version of what they spout. First, the Bible nowhere calls earth a “planet” (word doesn’t occur in Bible in singular & its one plural usage is connected to false religion). Second, earth is the most, /repeat/, most significant place any living man knows & as for the dead, earth is where they settled for Heaven or hell. Insignificant? I don’t think so!

– eab, 2/21/19

 

“Some…feared to teach the young converts entire sanctification for ‘fear of discouraging them.’ Would the experience of perfect health discourage an invalid?”

– M W Knapp, /Revival Kindlings/

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Psa 12.1 +

Psa 12.1

“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth;

for the faithful fail from among the children of men.”

 

“You can be an adulterer or an adulteress by marrying some man or woman

when you already have a living husband or wife…”

– J Wesley Adcock, sermon “If I Make My Bed in Hell”

 

Never say/believe that any man (or group) is the only answer for “x” problem. Never allow anyone to tell you that HE’S the only one to save “the situation.” Many men will die today; this self-proclaimed “savior” could die tomorrow. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ Blood & righteousness”(Edward Mote).   – eab, 2/21/19

 

“You of the feminine sex may have a part in it by dressing so suggestively

as to create lust in wicked men’s hearts.”

– J Wesley Adcock, sermon “If I Make My Bed in Hell”

 

THEIR GOAL

The task you see your neighbor do

May look small, insignificant to you

But in their eyes, in their soul,

It may seem an impossible goal.

Don’t make fun of “their doing” or deed

Whether done slowly or with much speed.

It may be all that God requires

(Their last before joining heavenly choirs)

Be gracious as you see them walk

Pray for them, without gossipy talk.

– eab, 2/5/19

 

“If a man were to try to build a ladder to reach t moon he would be considered mentally insane;

but morally insane people are trying to build ladders of good works, church membership & morality to get them to Heaven.”

– R G Flexon

 

You are as capable of Praising God as

*Anybody, *Anywhere, *Anytime

on earth. Oh. Let Him hear your praises.

– eab, 2/21/19

 

Psa 150.6

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.

Praise ye the LORD.”

 

The Holy Ghost inspired the writing of the Bible. It’s the

H – Holy

O – Original

L – Literature (for)

Y – You.

It’s a

G – Geographical

H – Historical

O – Oratorical

S – Statistical

T – Treasurer. – eab, 2/20/19

 

 

“Mentally insane people are always confused about time & eternity…

but you can…procrastinate…& think it is perfectly all right.”

– R G Flexon, sermon “After This”

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Rev 21.4 +

Rev 21.4

“…God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes & there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,

nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

“Any man who can take another’s wife & get by with it,

must drown the voice of conscience.”

– J M Hames, “Consicnece,Record,Judgment”

 

  1. What happened to our schools?

First McGuffey Reader (Revised, 1920) had these Christian words:

God, 2 times (p. 80)

The Lord, 3 times (p. 83).   Example:

“All your joys and griefs He knows, Counts each falling tear

When to Him you tell your woes, Know the Lord will hear.” (Lesson LVIII, no author sited)

 

“How about your record as a mother?…If that worldly, unsaved daughter of yours

were to die right now…could God hold you blameless at the Judgment?”

– J M Hames, “Consicnece,Record,Judgment”

 

WINDOW & WALL I  

Rahab’s “business” (carnal delight)

Changed with the spies’ visit that night.

She let them down the city wall,

(Stone-upon-stone, about to fall).

Rahab was walking in /her/ light.

– eab, 2/20/11

 

WINDOW & WALL II    

Wife Michal loved her famous man;

Informed him and away he ran.

She out a window let him down,

So he could escape her dad, the crown.

Soon David wore the crown of the clan. – eab, 2/20/11

 

WINDOW & WALL III    

Disciples let the “Apostle Paul”

Down the outside of a city wall.

(Was he the first “basket case”?)

Saving his life, winning the chase,

He hastened on, fulfilling God’s call. – eab, 2/20/11

 

Joh 12.32

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth,

will draw all men unto me.”

 

Today starts a new series. Our schools are a major reason for America’s spiritual problems. These notations about & from the McGuffey Readers show how far, how very far, we’ve strayed in just a few decades. These are from the revised McGuffeys (1920). (To put that in prospective my dad graduated from high school in 1923.) Our students have been robbed of the influence of Christ & His teachings. And, this was purposely done. God have mercy on US.

– eab, 2/20/19

 

“But where formalism, worldliness & unbelief have crowded the Comforter out of their hearts they pay thousands of dollars to a quartette to perform the service which their backslidden souls refuse to render.”

– M W Knapp, /Christ Crowned Within/

 

McGuffey Intro. If you have ’t heard of McGuffey’s Readers – little background. William Holmes McGuffey (b. 9/23/1800) was a “roving” teacher by age 14 (48 students in one sch. alone). Between teaching jobs he received a classical education, graduated from Washington College, & at 26 yrs of age was appointed Professor of Languages at Miami Univ.,Oxford, OH. His McGuffey’s Readers sold in excess of 120,000,000 copies (1836-1960) ranking it close to Webster’s Dictionary & even toward the sales of Bibles.

– eab, 2/20/19

 

“Thus Christ crowned within changes dread of future judgment

to glad anticipation of that greatest of all great days.”

– M W Knapp, /Christ Crowned Within/

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