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1Jo 3.6 +

1Jo 3.6

“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:

whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”

 

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

– Glenn Griffith “The Presence of the Glory”

 

A section of what’s commonly called “Christianity” insists that you can’t live without sinning. They have 100’s of churches, many colleges, a presence on the media. They’re wrong. Our Lord’s disciple wrote, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil”(1Jo 3.7-8a). Friend, please believe Bro. John. Do NOT believe preachers / teachers (ancient or 21st century) who spout that Christians sin.

– eab, 2/13/19

 

“If you are troubled about the commandments, if you are troubled about standards,

& troubled about convictions you can have the remedy. The Glory of God is the remedy.”

– Glenn Griffith “The Presence of the Glory”

 

TARRIES    

A man wishes to be organized

When he sees how time flies,

And wished that he, could three men be,

And stretch the day to a week;

Till he begins to realize,

(What he already knows)

He’s only strong, when he is weak;

As he tarries, he goes.

– eab, Feb. ’72

 

No man can be too masculine. He can be cruel in actions, harsh in words, hateful in attitude – these are not characteristics of masculinity. They come from the carnal heart – which heart can be male or female. Society needs men who are all “man.” No, not all alike, but who talk like, walk like, & pray like men.

– eab, 2/10/19

 

Mar 10.6

“…From the beginning of the creation God made them male & female.”

 

“What parents use in moderation the children will take to excess.” – Donald Winter, sermon 7/01/00

 

Nor can a woman be too feminine. She can become silly in sensitivity, super hard to please, overly demanding in preferences (as she imagines a feminine lady would be) but these suggest selfishness not femininity. Our churches & homes need women who are all “woman” in behavior, conversation, prayer.

– eab, 2/10/19

 

“A false concept of grace

will be used by the antichrist.”

– Donald Winter, sermon 11/21/99

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Joh 9.4 +

Joh 9.4

“I must Work the Works of him that sent me, while it is day:

the night cometh, when no man can Work.” (capitals added)

 

“Prayer is not prayer until the soul enters into it.”

– Glenn Griffith /I Sought for a Man/

 

Too many men carried their boyish love of ball over into manhood. Then they installed (yes, similar to a computer) their passion for sports into their son. Brother, you did not do your son a favor – in fact you may have handicapped him. He may have a harder time giving up sports than you did & may fail to be “All for Jesus, All for Jesus”(Asa Hull) because of the trap, the lure of organized sports.

– eab, 2/6/19

 

“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 “The Presence of the Glory”

 

NEVER SAY IMPOSSIBLE

If men can make bridge halves start

From opposite river banks

And with blueprint, I-beamed steel

Labor, rivets and welding tanks

Meet them over raging streams

 

God can bring marriage halves

From divorcement’s cold shore

And with Heavenly blueprint, Love

And will power join them once more

Renewing the home’s lost dreams.

– eab, Feb. 2012

 

The forces trying to make men less manful are the same menacing manipulators who want women to be masculine. Thank God these creeps haven’t made as much headway in mid-America as they seem (going by pics) to have on the coastal fringes. Sadly such forces appear to have convinced more persons born to be women to more toward mannishness. Train your sons to be all Male. Teach your daughters to be all Female! Their future is at stake.

– eab, 2/10/19

 

Gen 5.2

“Male and female created he them; and blessed them,

and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”

 

“The fact that a man is tempted is not proof that he is sinful…

unfelt trial is no trial, & pain on mind…is no more sin than pain of body.”

– J A Wood /Perfect Love/

 

“…Men ought always to pray & not to faint”(Luk 18.1) If you admire the mayor of your “burg,” the founder of your company or another leader & were able to meet him for 15 you may have considered yourself blessed. If he invited you to meet him next week for a luncheon you may have “walked on air.” These sentences begin with “if.” God, the Governor of Heaven, earth & sea, invites us to meet with Him everyday – huge contrast: 1- many meetings, huge contrast: mere mortal – Most Holy King of Eternity. – eab, 2/11/19

 

“Christians are to reform the world

not be deformed by it.”

– J A Wood /Sunset Echoes/

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Gen 1.7-8a +

Gen 1.7-8a

“…God made the firmament & divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven…”

 

“We only enjoy what we share.”

[eab added ‘We share what we really enjoy.’]

– S D Herron, Founder of HSBC

 

Rev 10.6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created Heaven, and the things that therein are, and the Earth, and the things that therein are, and the Sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: – God made Heaven, Earth, World # 42

 

“The antichrist is not going to say he’s the antichrist.”

-S D Herron, 1st Pres HSBC

 

THREE SCORE AND TWO    

Tis no ordinary night

Tomorrow a birthday looms,

Another year of life and light

And I’m this side the tombs.

 

What has one year wrought?

Who is better because I lived it?

Where have I the lost, sought?

To what good has live “sieved” it?

 

Tomorrow, three score plus two *

Of the Biblical three score and ten

Years as cattle, not a few,

Over yonder hill now wend.

– eab, 2/10/05  *note date

 

Php 2.12c

“…Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

[ Please, Friend, do not love the 1st part & ignore the last part.]

 

God has a holy standard. We will meet His standard for /us/ individually, or we’ll answer to Him at judgment. The devil will try to convince you that God is asking too much (“you’re only human”) – satan doesn’t know if it’s too much or not – he’s never been human. Christ has been one of us, Praise the Lord, & He asks no more of us than He knows we can bear (1Co 10.13). – eab, 2/8/19

 

“Many people have lost the witness of the Spirit

by not pressing after a greater fullness.”

– J A Wood, /Perfect Love/

 

Marriage Math:

A wife either adds to OR subtracts from her husband.

She either multiples his efforts OR she divides them.

“…I will make him an help meet for him”(Gen 2.18) are serious words –

perhaps much more serious than modernity will admit. – eab, 2/10/19

 

“Men cannot be public sinners

and then become private saints.”

– J A Wood, /Perfect Love/

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Act 8.1 +

Act 8.1

“And Saul was consenting unto his death…”

[But soon the murderer was Brother Saul, Act 9.17 ]

 

“It [sin] pays wages in 3 installments: 1) It kills the conscience, 2) Drys up the fountain of emotion, 3) Breaks the power of resistance.”

– Glenn Griffith /I Sought for a Man/

 

Have You Killed Someone? God, if you seek His mercy, is able to forgive murder – whether that someone was in the womb, in the war, in domestic violence. Murder is sin but it’s not the unforgivable sin. It’ll keep you from fellowshipping with God & keep you from heaven. See it as it is, & beg Him to forgive. Your forgiveness won’t restore that baby, enemy, or family member but will allow you be a Child of God.

– eab, 2/4/19

 

“If men are not stirred to love God,

they will trifle until they love something else.”

– Glenn Griffith /I Sought for a Man/

 

DON’T TURN THE POST

Now and then I see where prankster

Has turned a corner post;

And “Main” becomes “Franklin,”

And “Franklin” “Main” – almost.

 

Locals know that “Main” is “Main,”

Not turning where miss-signed,

And the turned-street labels

Make them to humor inclined.

 

But to the traveler on his journey

From his home to city far,

Doesn’t know the sign is wrong

And his day can fully mar

 

By the miss-labeled street.

He may turn and travel long,

Only to sadly learn

His miles and hours were wrong.

 

If the devil can spin the signs,

Call that “Narrow” which is “Broad,”

And call the “Broadway,” “Narrow”

Leading folks away from God.

 

Then satan may see them die,

Die despairing of Calvary’s cost,

Because they turned the wrong corner

And were forever lost.

 

Preacher, don’t be a prankster,

Turning the sign on the corner post,

“Winning” people by your humor,

Not preaching with the Holy Ghost.

 

And Traveler, oft check the map,

It the narrow and broad has told.

Remember, the adage is still true,

“All that glitters is not gold.”

– eab, 2/9/06

 

1Co 5.11

“…If any man that is called a brother be a fornicator or covetous or an idolater or a railer or a drunkard or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

 

“Birds of a feather flock together” (1st appeared in a 1599 dictionary) is a phrase I’ve known most of life. It’s true for bad boys or good boys. It’s true for men & women. And it’s true for ministers & teachers in the embattled holiness movement. See who a man supports, chums with, calls for a meeting or is called by for a meeting or who he quotes & you’ve another example “birds of a feather flock together.”

– eab, 2/9/19

 

“Let God have your life;

He can do more with it than you can.”

– D. L. Moody

 

Truth has always existed. It never had a beginning – Christ is truth (Joh 14.6) – He has always existed).

Myths, lies or falsehoods were invented & invented for a reason. Look for that reason & avoid them at all costs.

– eab, 2/9/19

 

“When the teachings of men conflict with the Word of God,

 it would be wise to go with God.”

– Henry Morris, PhD

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Rev 5.12 +

Rev 5.12

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power &

riches & wisdom & strength & honor & glory & blessing.”

 

“The soul of man has been perverted-turned from God to sin & death.

It is to be converted-turned from sin & death to God & life eternal.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

Rev 4.11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. – God made Heaven, Earth, World # 41

 

“Antinomianism…supposing that because Christ has been obedient unto death,

there is no necessity of our obedience to his righteous commandments.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

HOLLOW or FILLED

Ever received at Christmas

A box surprisingly light?

It seemed it might be empty

When you looked inside ─ you were right.

 

Except for a piece of paper,

Its cavernous space was hollow,

Directions or “a promise” the

Giver expected you to “swallow.”

 

Some folks lives are hollow,

Shallow, empty, weighing light

They need Jesus to fix them,

Wrong needs replaced by right.

 

Friend is your life “on empty”

Running, but-barely, on short supply?

Are you grasping at earthly straws

Waiting, yet dreading to die?

 

Let Jesus fill your hollow life,

Fill it with purpose and song.

You too can shine and you can shout,

Now – – – and Eternally long.

– eab, 2/8/06

 

Joh 8.11

“She said, ‘No man, Lord.’

And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go & sin no more’.”

 

Why immodest wedding dresses? Why does a holiness dad pay for what preachers used to call a “peek-a-boo” dress? Why does a holiness mom allow her (hopefully virgin) daughter reveal more of her body on wedding day than she did growing up? (Many times the groom doesn’t see the dress ahead of time & has no “say” in how modest/immodest it is.) If bride is living at home & dad/mom approve the dress they (along with her) are responsible before God for the skin she shows. Stop following satan’s fads. Put your daughter in a dress that is sweet, feminine, AND modest. You are making a statement at the wedding! – eab, 2/7/19

 

“…John the Baptist was undoubtedly perfect

according to his own dispensation.”

– John Fletcher, /Works 2/

 

God is as serious about adultery as He is about stealing or murder. We can be forgiven of all 3 but we are to “…Go & sin no more”(Joh 8.11). Hopefully no pastor will knowingly have a song leader who’s currently “making a living” as a hit man (killing people). Yet some pastor may have a song leader/S.S. teacher/board member who’s married to his second mate (therefore living in adultery) while a first mate still lives. – eab, 2/8/19

 

“None make so much use of Christ’s blood

as perfect Christians.”

– John Fletcher, /Works 2/

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Psa 1.6 +

Psa 1.6

“…The LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:

but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

 

“The Holy Ghost so satisfies the souls that receive it [sic]

that they thirst no more for earthly good…”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

Heb 11.3 Through faith we understand that the Worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear – God made Heaven, Earth, World # 40

 

“Neither apostle nor private Christian can subsist in the divine light

without frequent influences from on high.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

EMOTIONS    

The winged bird is not thought absurd,

When he throbs forth his soul.

Nor is the boy denied his joy

With hook, line, sinker, and pole.

 

It’s seen as no disgrace to “shine” one’s face,

For victories in the park.

But Christian men must hide within,

This glowing, heavenly spark?

– eab,  Feb  1986

 

Tit 2.4

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

to love their husbands, to LOVE THEIR CHILDREN.” [emphasis added]

 

There have been abortions (by someone else or self-induced) for millennia. Murdering an unwanted baby is not new. What we’ve seem in the last half century or so, is a drive to make this Sin socially acceptable. They want to kill & not be called “killers.” These life-takers worked against nature & God, to get killing their child called “legal.” Try as they may, pass what “laws” they may, killing is still sin – – – heaven has a perfect record of all murderers.

– eab, 2/6/19

 

“For sooner shall the vilest insect find out the nature of man,

than the brightest man shall, of himself, discover the nature of God.”

– John Fletcher, /Works 3/

 

If you want your girl to be a Daughter to be King, be a Lady of Prayer, be a Witness for Christ now & to go enjoy Him forever, do not introduce her to organized sports. There’s nothing wrong with a girl playing “sand-lot” softball or a pick-up game of volleyball (as long as she’s a lady) but once the fire of competition & being better than so-n-so, begins to burn in her life the likelihood of her become a saint diminishes.- eab, 2/6/19

 

“It is only in God’s light

that we can clearly discover our blindness.”

– John Fletcher, /Works 3/

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Eze 22.30 +

Eze 22.30

“…I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge & stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

 

“ ‘The unpardonable sin’…is neither less nor more than ascribing the miracles of Christ, wrought by the power of God, to the spirit of the devil.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

Heb 1.2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he MADE the Worlds;    – God made Heaven, Earth, World # 39

 

“…Humiliation is no atonement for sin: therefore repentance is insufficient,

unless faith in our Lord Jesus Christ accompany it.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

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, Feb, 2010

 

THE KILLER

The most righteous man Cain knew

He slew

It was no other

Than his brother.

– eab, Feb, 2011

 

Psa 1.1

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,

nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornfulcome.”

 

S – is Sin. It is a sin to murder others; it’s a sin to murder yourself.

U – is Unnecessary. It is a lie that “It’s the only way out.” Not once.

I – is Intentional; done on purpose. If a death’s accidental it’s not suicide.

C – is Cruel. No one suffers more than your family, asking themselves why?

I – Increasing. Sadly, the more who commit the more it’s likely to be accepted.

D – devil inspired. The devil wants sinners to die – suicides can’t repent now.

E – eternal punishment. “I’ll end it all.” No, Eternity has just begun for you. – eab, 2/4/19

 

“Mr. Wesley says SECOND REST because an imperfect believer enjoys a first, inferior rest, if he did not he would be no believer.”

– John Fletcher, /Works 2/

 

God did not make us so we could kill a human & feel good. Any system or frame of thought which allows you to accept “being a murderer” (other than true repentance before Christ) is false. God started Life & He alone has the prerogative to close it. It is totally unnatural to deprive a fellow human of life. If the one killed was not right with God you prematurely ended his opportunity to ask God for forgiveness. Never allow any government “decision” to convince you killing is OK. Never.

– eab, 2/4/19

 

“Others place the mark…low…profess…perfection when they have not so much as attained the mental serenity of a philosopher or the candour of a good-natured conscientious heathen.”

– John Fletcher, /Works 2/

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Rev 22.1 +

Rev 22.1

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,

proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

 

“…Doubtfulness of God’s providences…murmuring…proud & evil imaginations… anger…

all desires for…sinful pleasures…draw the heart from God.”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness…Human Element/

 

“I just love So-n-So’s novels.” Is he/she a Christian?  “Well, they talk a lot about God, have no curse words (nor sex scenes) & speak of moral values.”  Those are good, as far as they go. A writer who is truly Christian will have a scene(s) where he turns his reader’s attention to the Prime Person of Christianity – Christ. We’re can be too gullible about “christian authors.”

– eab, 1/28/19

 

“You can never judge a man’s experience either by the position he holds

or the esteem in which he is held by others.”

– H A Baldwin /Holiness…Human Element

 

I REMEMBER  

Wandering Ohio’s woodlands

All alone and unafraid.

Getting my first check for working,

Such a “grown-up” way to get paid. [1]

 

Staring at the dorm-room ceiling

City-lit — where I was used to dark.

Seeing Cincy from the Tower,

Playing tennis in the park. [2]

 

Eating cookies, drinking hot drink,

After door bells, looking for a “winner.”

Smelling turkey strong in Tuesday’s air;

Preparing for Hilltop’s big day dinner.

– eab, Feb. 1993

 

Col 3.17

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

 

LONG POST. Perhaps you’ve heard that schools have “dumbed down” our children but lacked proof. There’s a little. I have McGuffey’s Readers, Revised Edition (last date, 1920), First – Sixth. I opened the Third at random this PM. At the end of Lesson XLI “Ray and his kite” are Definitions.– Dāy’drēams, /vain fancies/. Com păn’ions, /playmates, friends/. At těmpts’, /trials, efforts/. Groups, /several together, small assemblages/. Sweeps, /rapid movements in the line of a curve/. Cŏm’et, /a brilliant heavenly body with a long, fiery tail. De tẽr’mined, /concluded, resolved/. Hŏb’ḡŏb lin, /an ugly, fairy or imp/. [this is missing a line _ under the “s” on daydreams & companions (“z” sound) & a double dot  ̤  under the “o” in groups. Could not find these in symbol list.] The Third reader was used by 4th-5th graders. The title for Lesson XLII? “BEWARE OF THE FIRST DRINK.” If you home school, consider these Readers.

– eab, 2/3/19

 

“Success is the progesssive fulfilment of the will of God for your life.’”

– G. R. French, sermon, 10/17/00

 

Cos·​met·​ic [käz-ˈme-tik]. It may interest that my thesaurus shows “makeup” as its synonym. It lists “superficial” as an alternative meaning for cosmetic. Superficial has the following synonyms: surface, shallow, phony, external. And it lists “insincere” as an alternative meaning for “superficial.” How wonderful that holy women (younger, older or in the middle) do not need “cosmetics” with these definitions (nor with their high price tag.) – eab, 1/31/19

 

“satan is not expecting to win against God.”

– G. R. French, sermon, 5/17/00

[1] Somerset’s band director hired Keith; I worked also.

[2] Reading Rd. & Wm.H.Taft, used, wooden rackets but nice.

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Jer 33.3 +

Jer 33.3

“Call unto me & I will answer thee & show thee great & mighty things,

which thou knowest not.”

 

“He [God] cannot be seen by the eye but he may be perceived by the mind.

He is not palpable to the hand; but he may be felt by the soul.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

Col 1.16 For by him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: – God made Heaven, Earth, World # 38

 

“Holiness, piety toward God;

heart worship, pure from hypocrisy & superstition.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

GOATS and SHEEP

Goats and sheep are in the save “flock,”

But midnight strikes God’s great clock,

The sheep go right, the goats go left,

How solemn is that righteous cleft.

Obey the Word, Oh, never mock.

– eab, 2/2/07

 

Joh 16.13

“…When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”

 

No one can stop you from learning. Under authoritarian governments (religious or not) youth have been refused the opportunity to enroll (or been dismissed from) state/“church” run institutions. You can learn so much in a library. But a youth denied formal schooling may not have a library within walking distance. If said youth has nothing but a Bible he as a library of 66 Books he can read & reread It again & again. (If, heaven forbid, he has no access to the Bible, he can, by minding God have “…the Spirit of truth…he will guide you into all truth…”(Joh 16.13).

-eab, 2/1/19

 

“Was Pentecost a special day?

No, it was a specimen day.”

– H Robb French, sermon (late 60’s)

 

Does your pastor testify to be sanctified Holy? If you’re not hearing him testify to holiness, if he is not preaching entire messages on holiness, or making holiness a “major point” in a sermon quite often. *Pray* for him – he possibly needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Your prayers may help him start seeking or get more sincere in his pursuit of a holy heart.

– eab, 1/28/19

 

“Every child has a right to a Christian heritage.”

– H Robb French, sermon 4/10/85

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Pro 16.18 +

Pro 16.18

“Pride goeth before destruction, and

an haughty spirit before a fall.”

 

“In the sense of uneasiness a holy man may chafe when a preacher is

 attempting to make a display of his own wisdom instead of the cross of Christ.”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness…Human Element/

 

Why, pray tell, do you “make fun” of people? Is it not a feeling of superiority? (False superiority, I might add.) Are you not proud that YOU don’t do “x” or “y” or “z”? Stop it. Look for a quality in that man, woman, child, family which you can admire. They probably know some things you do not, have a way with animals which you lack, are more friendly than you with a down-n-outer (or up-n-outer). Ask God to forgive you for making fun of So-n-So (Does a name pop in mind?) & Do. So. No. More. Amen? Ouch?

– eab, 2/1/19

 

“How will I behave when opposed? First & always

you will be free from a spirit of retaliation or revenge.”

– H A Baldwin /Holiness…Human Element/

 

HOLY THREE  

Never question the great Unity

Of the Holy, Happy, Triunity

Father, Spirit and Son

Are really, wondrously, One.

And One are also Three,

Somewhat like you and like me.

We are body, spirit, soul;

But we appear only as whole.

God is all Father, Son, Holy Ghost

They are not More. They are Most.

– eab, Feb. 2011

 

1Pe 2.17

“Honor all men. Love the brotherhood.

Fear God. Honor the king.”

 

Men who want to control may lure with “toys” (if you’ve a weakness there) & get you to yield to the proverbial “wine, women, or song.” If the lusts of the flesh (including money) won’t turn you they may try fear. Many western peoples have toys – I believe I may see fear being used to move (drive?) people. An example: there’re no “outer space aliens” yet as long ago as Ronald Reagan (remember he was an actor) he used this idea to promote world unity at the United Nations. Fear no one but God.

– eab, 2/1/19

 

“You say, ‘But you don’t know how they treated me.’ I know how they treated Jesus Christ

 but He said, ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do.’”

– H Robb French, “Eight Rm House”

 

Discernment is seldom, if ever, needed between Right & Wrong. (Many sinners know the difference.) A degree of discernment may be needed between Good & Better. But for the man/woman determined to see God in peace, a high level of discernment is needed to differentiate between Better & Best. Seek discernment saint, see discernment!

– eab, 1/30/19

 

“It is easy for preachers today to just tone down a little & cut corners a…bit

for a wider field of influence & more money, & bigger crowds.”

– H Robb French, “Eight Rm House”

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