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Rom 13.8

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:

for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”

 

“…We think we should insult both his holiness & his omniscience if we did not believe that he could both foresee & foretell that Judas would be unfaithful without necessitating him to be so.”

– John Fletcher /Works I/

 

The more you have the more you want 1.) As a collector 2.) As “keeping up with the Jones” 3.) As trying to satisfy the soul with mere materialism (impossible, BTW). TV, radio, billboards, computer ads feed this desire for more & more. If you aren’t careful you’ll go in debt to procure things. STOP. In a way debt is the “new slavery.” There are banks/others who like it that you’re in debt – you don’t have to be.

– eab, 5/17/17

 

“Mr. Wesley I reverence as the greatest minister I know but

would not follow Him one step farther than he follows Christ.”

– John Fletcher /Works I/

 

IT WAS LOVE

Why should the Father even bother

With the sinful race of men

Who have spurned and then turned

From any thought of Him?

 

There was only One begotten Son

And He was so willing to be

The sacrifice that would suffice

Willing to die on that tree.

– eab, April 1996

 

What is the attraction of pageantry? What pulls people toward regalia? What is the lure of formality? The late Steve D Herron, a great from an earlier, more plain holiness era asked, “How formal do we have to be to be formal?” There’s a connection between my questions & his. Would you, for one, be willing to honestly answer these? Holy people were once less inclined to ceremony – it was almost absent except at weddings. What’s caused this change; why are many in love with formality? Has the fascination with such made us a more praying people, a more praising people, a more heaven-conscience people? Think about it. – eab, 5/22/17

 

Gen 2.8

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden;

& there he put the man whom he had formed.”

 

“Confession is thus a genuine part of the life of the saints

& one of the gifts of grace.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer / Cost…Discipleship/

 

God was first, the very First Gardener. And millennia later He is still providing dirt in which plants can grow for food, He’s still “giving sunshine away” for nothing, and He’s still sending occasional sprinkles of rich rain. What didn’t He do? In the case of planned gardens, He does not plant them, does not weed them, nor harvest them. He does what we cannot do AND allows us to do what we can do. Sound familiar? (It is similar to salvation.)

-eab, 5/23/17

 

“Discipleship without Jesus Christ is a way of our own choosing. It may be the ideal way. It may even lead to martyrdom but it is devoid of all promise. Jesus will certainly reject it.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer / Cost…Discipleship/

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