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1Co 10.31 +

1Co 10.31

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,

do all to the glory of God.”

 

“Whenever there has been a Saul suddenly blazing up…there has also been some Stephen who has helped to kindle the flame.”

– M W Knapp /Revival Kindlings/

 

Architecture #1. Every now-n-then something shows up on my feed, “x” things no one knows about me. (BTW, I do not encourage you to tell much to these, for security reasons.) But here is a fact that many acquaintances & perhaps even old friends do not know – in the early 60’s I considered becoming an architect. U.C. (Cincinnati) had, as far as I knew, a good Architectural College. As a boy I’d drawn, as a youth had mechanical drawing, & believe I could have done a decent job with training. There was one thing (in addition to my pull toward teaching) that hindered me entering that interesting field. (see # 2)

– eab, 4/16/19

 

“…The Holy Spirit…Cowardice, fear, unbelief, pride, envy, revenge & their kindred hate him…& He has been known to drive them all from a soul in an instant.”

– M W Knapp /Revival Kindlings/

 

Architecture #2. One of the main reasons I did not take up the architect’s pencil was churches. As a church-going boy & as one saved in the spring of the 7th grade, I knew I would enjoy drawing churches. I also knew (as a nineteen-yr-old) that spending large sums on churches was not God’s plan. True, I would have enjoyed the angles, the floor plans, the assortment of materials, which my paper & pencil could produce. But I had to separate that desire from a deeper conviction against extravagant worship buildings. God’s sweet presence in a simple structure far surpasses the “ooh’s” & “aah’s” a roof-line or a “wow” interior.

– eab, 4/16/19

 

good enough?

Are you good enough to go above?

So lacking in hate? So full of love?

Christ only is adequate to save

To keep us from the eternal grave

Accept Father, Son, and Holy Dove.

– eab, 4/15/11

 

Architecture #3. Why is eab stating this today? Yesterday a great piece of architecture was damaged. As seen above, I do not favor overly-elaborate church buildings. Though not my style, it took yrs to plan, build, & finish, so it is a loss to Paris. But, believer in Christ, was it a loss to us? To true Christianity? No. Too many pulpits are silent about the errors of catholicism. Too few believers have read Foxx’s Book of Martyrs. Too few have seen the material which was edited out of later Hanley’s Handbooks. The catholic system is not just another denomination as Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian etc.

– eab, 4/16/19

 

Mic 5.13

“Thy graven images also will I cut off & thy standing images out of the midst of thee;

& thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.”

 

“A state that enacts bad laws is as criminal before God

as the individual who breaks good ones.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Architecture #4. A place of worship should be simple. It should easily turn our minds to God. If a sanctuary has too many stained glass windows, too many ceiling line angles, too highly decorated interior, we tend to not allow ourselves to feel His presence, which we desperately need. You can’t redo your worship place. If part of the above described it, I’m sorry. I encourage you to enter the sanctuary early without extended conversations, to renew the custom of kneeling in silent prayer. If kneeling is out (at 76 I understand) bow your head & pray. (You may close your eyes – literally – to the architectural distractions; don’t sleep.)

– eab, 4/16/19

 

“Unmeaning words useless repetitions & complimentary phrases in prayer are in general the result of heathenism, hypocrisy or ignorance.”

– Adam Clarke

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