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1Co 1.21 +

1Co 1.21

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,

it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

 

Martin Wells Knapp tells of “A ticket agent [pre 1890] at a railroad station gave a tract with each ticket. 22 persons wrote him that they had been converted by means of his tracts.”

 

Some men are known as Enthusiasts, some are viewed as Educators, & frankly some men are almost or in reality, Entertainers. A few men are Holy, Happy, Humble servants of the Most High. They have fewer followers than the first group but thank God for all every man in the latter group.

– eab, 4/18/19

 

“He who is popular with the world cannot at the same time please God…

a ‘man-pleasing preacher.’” – M W Knapp

 

THE VEE

A geese vee flew overhead

Headed for regions beyond,

Eventually to down glide

To lakeside, creek, or mid-pond.

 

But now they angling fly

Flying in good formation

Individuals, together,

Designed by great Creation.

 

Theirs is a great graceful gray

Veeing off to far “new” homes,

One side slightly to the right

Of the goose who with him roams.

 

The other side slopes to left

Lefting to lesson the winds,

They call to each his buddy.

Is it “courage” he thus sends?

 

The regal-dressed goose in lead

Leads both sides of his big vee

A loosely flying unit

Yet each bird is truly free.

 

What wise cooperation,

Co-oping to reach a shared goal.

If God can thus make mere birds,

Can He not help man’s long soul?

– eab, 4/18/05, in Canada

 

Two problems with a PhD (or other terminal degrees) are a strong temptation to 1.) Feel like one has arrived & with that, (if agreed to) the horrible weight of Pride. And 2.) Feel compliancy or a slowness or laziness to climb to new heights or dig into deeper mines of Truth.

– eab, 4/10/19

 

Rom 1.20

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power & Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

 

“Were there no pride, there would be no sin; & the heart from which it is cast out has the humility, meekness & gentleness of Christ implanted in its stead.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Artists die. Their work is a motionless before they are – frozen in color, fixed in texture & at a halt. God is the only “Artist” (said with utmost respect) who ever-lives. His work is forever changing: either alive (grass, herb, tree), or mobile (seas, clouds, fogs), or shifting (glaciers, dunes, rivers). Some think that they like to sit in a man-made “cathedral” – I much prefer (there’s no comparison, to me) to sit in what I penned in 1979 a, “cathedral of oaks.” It is majestic as only the Greatest Artist can make & it’s alive with slight sounds, leafy movements, forest smells & yet allows the wanting, waiting heart to fellowship with Him.

– eab, 4/18/19

 

“This fitness…to appear before God & thorough preparation for eternal glory, is what I plead for, pray for, & heartily recommend to all true believers under the name of Christian Perfection.”

– Adam Clarke

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