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Jam 4.14 +

Jam 4.14

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor,

that appeareth for a little time & then vanisheth away.”

 

Ritual always appeals to the nursery. The…drapery, processions &

awesome ritual impress those who have no deeper vision.”

– Samuel Chadwick, /Humanity & God/

 

The most important story in the world, for every man in the world, is not “playing” at the movie house closest to him nor hyped by local media. It is his life “playing” once, never to be re-run. Others may or may not be glancing but he has One (God) as his audience. Everyman (by virtue of his God-given will) is the director of his story AND the main Actor. No, it won’t rake-in millions of dollars. If he’ll allow God to help him find salvation, & full salvation, it’ll rake-in untold “millions of yrs” in heaven – therefore (for him) the most successful life possible. But if man uses his will ill, refusing God’s help his life will rake-in millions of yrs (beyond number) in damnation – the (for him) most dismal failure of eternity. Act Right.

– eab, 3/28/19

 

“Shortcuts to dominion are of satan not of God.”

– Samuel Chadwick, /Humanity & God/

 

4 of 46 “…Pride & arrogancy…do I hate”(Pro 8.13).

Job 33.17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose & hide PRIDE from man.

 

A WILLING SOUL  

Oh what does the Lord want in this life of mine,

But to be fully yielded to His will Divine.

A willing soul is what He needs,

A converted life; not a beast that bleeds.

– eab, Mar. ’74

 

“…He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others – not because He has favourites 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 favourites can’t be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.”

– C S Lewis, /Beyond Personality/

 

God knows all history of all eras/areas. Please read man’s little histories with a grain of salt & dash of other seasonings. Ask God for Divine discernment when reading anything from man’s brain (including this writer). Only the Lord of all time, knows the un-abridged history of all time. Period. God is the only unprejudiced Historian.

– eab, 3/28/19

 

Heb 6.12

“That ye be not slothful but followers of them who through faith

& patience inherit the promises.”

 

“When He said ‘Be perfect’ He meant it…It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.”

C S Lewis, /Beyond Personality/

 

Is music neutral? Surely you don’t believe that because neither God nor satan (IMO) do. Godly music can bless your soul as you sing to yourself, hum, or whistle around the house, working, or driving.  Ungodly music will take the place of hymns/gospel songs in your personal repertoire if you don’t watch out. Are you, ahem, You paying attention to the music you allow on your radio, on your music list, etc.? God is.

– eab, 3/30/19

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Joh 3.7 +

Joh 3.7

“Marvel not that I said unto thee,

‘Ye must be born again.’”

 

It is not possible to pray with confidence toward the Lord

without being aware of His presence.” – T M Anderson

 

Are you Born Again, a follower of the Lamb, a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. Great. Happy for you!

If you’ve not been consciously redeemed by Jesus Christ (& are mentally accountable) you’re a sinner. You may attend church every Lord’s Day, give God 10% (or more), not use His name as a curse word, & hold church positions, but you’re a wannabe unless you’re forgiven & are living above sin.

* God Wants you to be more than a Wannabe. *

– eab, 3/22/19

 

“God…cannot & will not save any man against his will

 but He will convict a man of sin against his will.”

– T M Anderson, /Prayer Availeth Much/

 

1 of 46 “…Pride & arrogancy…do I hate”(Pro 8.13).

Lev 26.19 And I will break the PRIDE of your power; and

I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

 

LIFE IS  

To the traveler,                     life is a journey.

To the biographer,                life is a journal.

To the attorney,                    life is a jury.

To the entertainer,                life is a jest.

But to the Christian,             life is Jesus, joyous Jesus.

– eab March  1977

 

“I had not noticed that the humblest & at the same time most balanced & capacious minds praised, most while the cranks misfits & malcontents praised least…The healthy & unaffected man even if luxuriously brought up & widely experienced in cookery could praise a very modest meal: the dyspeptic & the snob found fault with all.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflection…Psalms/

 

Some men, not a few I fear, are trying to accept “x” as a holiness minister/professor because of what he speaks or writes. These “holiness” men seem willing to let “x” (& his wife, an extension of him) be exempt from living a life /separate/ from the world. Why? “Well, he pens/says such nice ideas.” WorDs, remember, are easy to say (especially if you think your audience wants to hear such). WorKs – how man & mate live out daily lives – are harder. Christ looks at works (See 2Co 11.15, Rev 20.12-13).

– eab, 3/26/19

 

Rev 20.12b

“…The dead were judged out of those things

which were written in the books,

according to their works.”

 

“Fully to enjoy is to glorify.

In commanding us to glorify Him God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflection…Psalms/

 

Oliver Wendell Holms said, “Some people are so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good,” a statement he’s (IMO) wanted to revise since 10/7/1894 (D.O.D.).

No, Sir, the people who’ve done this earth it’s very most good are those who were mindful of heaven, its holy requirements, & proclaimed the same to earth’s men.

– eab, 3/27/19

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Jesus wants you to dislike, totally dislike the man-made religion called islam. It’s false, corrupt, deadly. Jesus wants you to like, even love the people deceived in this falseness. They’re to be pitied. We should never wish their death. I was raised in a catholic community. Their religion is wrong (don’t confuse catholicism & Christianity – they’re not the same) & I totally disapprove of it. But I do not hate catholics or moslems – nor should you.

– eab, 3/25/19

 

Luk 6.27

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies,

do good to them which hate you.”

 

…He [Jesus] turned our attention to the realization that we can know the Son & know the Father. Now that is the greatest knowledge that mortal man could gain.”

– T M Anderson

 

He died yesterday. He’d been raised to believe right & in a way wanted to do right. He’d not intended to pass unprepared. He died yesterday. Though not young, he saw himself as having yrs to live. His body was in good shape – he’d seek God after the next season. He died yesterday. He has no “today” today. Oh, how he wishes he had no “tomorrow” tomorrow. He’s forever among the damned. He died yesterday.

– eab, 3/25/19

 

“If God Almighty could invite them [disciples@seashore] breakfast & cook it for them,

don’t you think He knows what to do next in any circumstances in all the world?”

– T M Anderson

 

Have faith

Have faith in what? Yourself?

That’s what some would advocate

Or have faith in another? Yes?

No. Miss-placed faith can aggravate.

Having faith in any man-system

Will bring you sorrow and real pain.

Only faith in God brings lasting gain.

– eab, March 2011

 

“It is great men potential saints not little men

who become merciless fanatics.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflection…Psalms/

 

Brothers – Sisters are we too political? Seems we are more, a lot more, than our Savoir. The Christ from whom “Christian” is derived was very aware (more than you & I can ever be) of corrupt world powers. Yet He never even mentions “Rome, Roman, Romans.” He had a lot to say about His Kingdom – perhaps we need to lessen our “this world words” & increase our words about “Thy Kingdom Come.” Amen? Ouch? – eab 3/25/19

 

1Co 11.8-9

“For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.

Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man,”

 

“…An ancient Jew…had never heard of music or festivity or agriculture

as things separate from religion nor of religion as something separate from them. Life was one.”

– C S Lewis, /Reflection…Psalms/

 

Don’t sound the identical note all the time – not even most of the time. (People will think it’s the only note you know J). But I’ve sung bass in 1000’s of songs (choirs, two quartets, congregationals on four continents) & have sung the same note in the same song – go up one, go up another, come back to where you were, over & over. Children & some not-so-young need to hear a truth again. Not every Lord’s Day, maybe not every “revival” but repeating tends to reinforce a truth. Sound the note God wants sounded.

– eab, 3/25/19

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Isa 55.7 +

Past students were drawn to God’s Bible School in part because the venerable L D Wilcox taught there.

By-gone men were drawn to Hobe Sound Bible College in part because a learned S D Herron was there.

Pupils were drawn to /then/ Frankfort Pilgrim College in part because a holy J Wesley Adcock was there.

They didn’t go because the schools were accredited. Accreditation is overrated by institution thus labeled, by parents, & students. We again need thinkers & prayers like Wilcox, Herron, Adcock & other past men.

– eab, 3/20/19

 

Isa 55.7

“Let the wicked forsake his way & the unrighteous man his thoughts & let him return unto the Lord & he will have mercy upon him & to our God for he will abundantly pardon.”

 

…If you will not let God save you, if you will not let God take you to Heaven,

as surely as you are here He will let you burn in the fires of a devil’s hell.”

– J Wesley Adcock

 

A man who fails to see how wicked, utterly wicked, his heart is, thinks he does not need “saved.” A man partially awakened to his soul need, may want to save himself: rituals, rigid rights, or wrong rites. Only the man awake, only the man shown by the Lord, the full wickedness of his heart, knows he can’t save himself & therefore cries out to God for mercy – mercy lest he drop into hell tonight.

– eab, 3/21/19

 

“…Individuals…remember in Hell…remembering that they did not have to go there –

it was their own decision.”

– J Wesley Adcock

 

THE GIFT OF SPRING

Thank you God for the gift,

And lift, of color in the spring;

For tree’s strait stance, awaiting the glance

Of the sun, in its northern swing. – eab, Mar. ’71

 

“Lies, exaggerations, misunderstandings, & hearsay

make up perhaps more than half of all that is said & written in the world.”

– C S Lewis, /Miracles/

 

You’re a Christian & travel to another country. Please for the sake of God & His Kingdom don’t be “an America” (or Canadian, Brit etc) there – be a Christian. No one can help where they’re born (you nor those you visit abroad) but All, repeat ALL, may become Citizens of Heaven. The world doesn’t need you to spread nationalism – it needs you to testify, in word & deed, of Christ. Some abroad would love to climb into your suitcase & come to a better country. Can’t happen. But they CAN become a child of the King & someday enjoy a Land so superior to US (Canada, Britain, etc) that it’s impossible to make comparisons.

– eab, 3/22/19

 

1Co 6.9

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

 

“…We seldom find Christian miracles denied

except by those who have abandoned some part of the Christian doctrine.”

– C S Lewis, /Miracles/

 

No one can stop you from being a saint. Well – almost no one. The one who can stop you from being saintly wears your shoes. And – no one can make you a saint. No parent, no organization, no pope. To be saintly or not be saintly – that, friend, is between you & the Lord.

– eab, 3/23/19

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Pro 4.7 +

Pro 4.7

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:

& with all thy getting get understanding.”

 

“I recognize that no true interpretation

violates the grammar of the text.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

What happened to our schools? #10

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

Lord, 2 times (pp. 67, 91) Maker (p. 45)     Our Father, 2 times (pp. 90, 127)    Example:

“This birdie is content to sit, Unnoticed on the way,

And sweetly sing his Maker’s praise From dawn to close of day.”

(Lesson XIV, “The Little Bird’s Song” – no author sited)

 

“Christ was staking everything,

literally everything, on the coming of the Holy Spirit.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

NO WISER

Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

“So what,” the drunk said eyes all black, nose all red,

“Drink and be merry, you’ll soon be dead.”

 

“Let me worry about that,”

Smirked the youth as he sat

“World owes me a living” He laid on a mat.

 

“Another day to make money,”

Scrooge replied, not being funny.

“Dollar’s the thing, make piles while it’s sunny.”

 

So the drunk, the youth, the miser

Go on no sharper, no wiser;

Claiming the day which belongs to the Master.

– eab, Mar. 1974

 

Act 5.3a

“But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart

to lie to the Holy Ghost…’”

 

When you see a man being an hindrance to an institution, pray for him. Pray for him to be sanctified (assuming he’s born again) or be removed from it. He’ll have to yield & believe to be filled with the Spirit. He won’t have to do these to be removed; God can disable him, expose his lying life, or allow him to die, rather than further hurt His work. It’s a serious thing to hinder God’s work.

– eab, 3/22/19

 

“…If he should voluntarily kill himself by refusing to eat & drink

everyone would own that such a one was a rebel against God…”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…/

 

Young lady – how does the chap, who’s paying attention to you, treat his little sister, brother, or cousin? What does he say about his boss? (Oh, he doesn’t have a job? Drop him today.) His actions toward family & attitude toward authority are indicators of a clean or a carnal heart. – eab, 3/21/19

 

Young man – how does the gal you think is so sweet, treat her sis, dad or mom? What does she say to you about other girls (those who may be competing for your attention?) Don’t let love (or infatuation) blind you to her heart of selfishness or holy self-less-ness.

– eab, 3/21/19

 

“Let a clergyman but be thus pious &…he will no more think & talk of noble preferment than of noble eating or a glorious chariot.”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…/

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There is danger in believing all you see in a book on prophecy or on a prophecy chart. Do not unthinkingly “buy” all your pastor, professor, favorite “prophecy guy” teaches. Their ideas should stand up to scrutiny & MORE stand up to Scripture. It would be so unlike satan to leave a portion of God’s Word without attack – so be mindful that he will try to deceive you via false prophecy. (Not calling the above men sinners but “good” men have been wrong on this point or that, about end-time-teachings.)

– eab, 3/19/19

 

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.”

 

The works of Moses…have been a kind of textbook to almost every writer on geology, geography, chronology, astronomy, natural histort, ethics, jurisprudence, poltical economy, theology, poetry & criticism.”

– Adam Clarke >> If you say “they aren’t now,” it shows the sliding of men, not Moses. <<

 

Never discredit prayer – a man’s, a woman’s, a child’s. God hears the state-house-speeches. He hears the “learned” lecture series. God hears every talk/sermon which is attempting to influence men. But to what (IMO) does He really listen? The simple prayer, lisped or grammatically perfect, presented to His Eternal Throne Room. PRAY Friend. God is listening!

– eab, 3/19/19

 

“Reader, magnify God for his law, for by it is the knowledge of sin;

& magnify him for his gospel for by this is the cure for sin.”

– Adam Clarke

 

FINAL VICTORY

Lord You’ll have to defeat the devil.

We don’t have the strength

We can’t do it alone, we can’t do it at length,

Lord, You’ll have to defeat the enemy

Time and time again

But there’s coming a day,

O glorious day

When the battle will end.

There’s a final victory coming,

For the blood-washed of all ages,

The simple and the sages,

The kings and their pages.

There’s a final victory coming,

When the battle will be won.

Trials will end, Christ will descend

The Father’s Redeeming Son.

– eab, March  1978

 

“The idea [in Bible Study] is to show the layman how to read the Bible,

not to show how much the pastor knows about it.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Dating lady – hint for happy meals – if he asks to you to marry him J. When he takes you to a restaurant pay attention to what HE orders. (Don’t make a note then but when alone write what it was & find out how to fix it.) If he takes you to a buffet note the foods of which he gets seconds. If you have a meal with his parents, listen to what is mentioned as his favorite food. After marriage you can ask his mother how to fix it & she’ll like you better for asking for her recipe. I wish you many happy suppers with him.

– eab, 3/21/19

 

Luk 6.25b

“…Woe unto you that laugh now!

for ye shall mourn & weep.”

 

“After a man has been in the ministry 8 or 10 yrs his files

should contain the results of his studies in almost every book of the Bible.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Two words which I find wrongly paired – you should too – are “christian … comedian.” (There is nothing wrong with laughing at “accidental” events or an occasional pure joke.) Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of all kings (it’s normal for earth’s kings to be serious) was anything but “funny.” Comedians use idle words. Yes, he may have no dirty stories. Yes, he may not tell jokes which reflect on the holiness of heaven, or horribleness of hell, but a string of jokes/stories is (IMO) bound to include idle words (see Mat 12.36).

– eab, 3/21/19

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Gen 1.3 +

Gen 1.3

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’

and there was light.”

 

“ ‘There is no harm in it.’

You are just about half gone when you admit that.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

  1. What happened to our schools? #9

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

Holy (p. 75)   Hymns (p. 51)   Let there be light (p. 12)   Example:

God said, “Let there be light.” (Under Punctuation, Quotation Marks)

 

“Hell is a strange place for man; it was never made for mankind.

It will be a strange place for all eternity & there will be unutterable loneliness in hell.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

EXCUSE ME

Excuse me, if you must.

You will pray, I trust;

It’s God’s will or “bust”

Before I “bit the dust.”

Good-bye to material lust,

Never to see the “upper crust,”

I’ll lay my treasure where there’s no rust,

And yield my all to the God that’s just.

– eab, March 1970

 

Mat 6.9b – 10a

“…Pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.”

 

You’ve read it, you’ve said it, you’ve even prayed it but, is it paramount to you? To me? “Thy Kingdom Come…” Are we working, are we witnessing, are we writing so that “Thy Kingdom” comes to our road, our church, our family altar? “Amen”? “O me”? – eab, 3/19/19

 

“When he [Pascal] died [1622] his friends found sewed up in his doublet…a paper ‘God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob – not of philosphers…’”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Don’t get bitten by the education “bug.” Schooling has helped some, been a trap to many, & the self-educated man is not exempt from danger. Pride lurks at the door of both the PhD & the man who made his own (better?) way. Use facts but more importantly, apply wisdom. Wisdom does not come from books – only the Good Book.

– eab, 3/20/19

 

“…A husband should give of himself

that his wife might be a saint.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

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