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Gal 5.22-23a +

Gal 5.22-23a

“…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance…”

 

“Before we can get sinners scared of hell,

we will have to get scared as Christians.”

– V O Agan, ’55 Conf. Sermon

 

An individual told my wife (first-hand info) that they attended “x” church for about 1.5 yrs before realizing it was a “holiness” church. How utterly sad! Apparently in a year & a half, no songs (congregational or special) carried the message of heart purity. It seems no saints testified that once they were proud or struggled with anger, or were jealous but the Holy Spirit removed these & they are so happy that He did. And, most sadly perhaps, the minister(s) did not preach one clear sermon exposing the horrid traits of carnality or extolling Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, etc. – 5/26/19

 

“What greater enemy could exist than carnality?

How can we serve Him in holiness unless the interior enemy is destroyed?”

– V O Agan, ’55 Conf. Sermon

 

HE IS YOUR ANSWER

If you are hungering, you can be fed.

If you’re wandering, you can be led.

If weary, Christ has rest, therefore “a bed.”

Leery of the world? Good! Do as Jesus said. – eab, 5/30/19

 

God is all powerful – the gov. is pushing to become more powerful.

God sees all – gov. camera’s are seeing more & more of our lives.

God wants us to depend on Him – the gov. wants us to depend on it.

Make sure to obey God. “…We ought to obey God rather than men”(Act 5.29). – 5/26/19

 

Act 5.29

“Then Peter & the [other] apostles answered & said,

‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”

 

Some are convinced that “So-n-So” is a Christian based on their kindness & ignore their life-style, or appearance. Have you not met a guy/gal who is not easily riled? (There are people who were raised or have trained themselves to under-react.) It’s nice to work with “cool” people but such levelness, such consideration doesn’t make them Christian. Every man/woman must be born again, i.e. made a New Creature by the Power of the blood of Jesus Christ. – 5/24/19

 

“…Is it not reasonable to suppose that a Christian education should have no other end but to teach youth how to think & judge & act & live according to the strictest laws of Christianity?”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

 

There is a marked silence in pulpits (church/college/camps) about the Roman catholic system. Once, we heard of their errors. Now, I fear, many youth almost see them as another denomination: Baptist, Methodist, or Presbyterian; they’re far from it. A book that led to this is /Kingdom of the Cults/, Walter Martin & Ravi Zacharias, which doesn’t list the R.C. as a cult. The Roman system calls a man “holy father” – – – what Jesus called God, (Joh 17.11), it believes one must be R.C. to go to heaven, & has many rituals. These point toward cultishness. This is not aimed at any person, but at a false system. – 5/19/19

 

“…The world by professing Christianity is so far from being a less dangerous enemy than it was before that it has by its favors destroyed more Christians than ever it did by the most violent persecution…”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

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Heb 4.15 +

Heb 4.15

“…We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

 

“…When he [sanctified man] consents to submerge his own personality in the generalities of social religious or denominational conduct, he has consented to his own elimination as a factor in God’s hand for bringing things to pass.”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness…Human Element/

 

The strongest Old Testament man, Sampson, was weak with women.

The wisest Old Testament man, Solomon, was dumb about women.

Jesus, strongest & wisest Man/God in the Bible, was tempted “in all points” (Heb 4.15) yet never sinned.

– 5/24/19

 

“Do not be discouraged [that] average men are…finding fault…keep your special peculiarity sanctified & go ahead…”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness…Human Element/

 

THE GLORY OF LIGHT (2 verses of a song)

You know my heart, O Lord, You always know

The source from which all thoughts and wishes flow.

You know my life, naught from Thee would I withhold,

O, let me come, O, let me Lord be bold.

 

O, let me come and to Thy Father heart

Speak as a child for assurance in the dark.

And when the tests and trials would affright,

Remind me, You, were a pillar of fire by night.

– eab, May 1971

 

“They have shut themselves out from God & they are doomed eternally to a loneliness that is unspeakable, to a loneliness that is absolutely inexpressible, to a never-ending hopelessness.”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

You pastor, or teach in a christian school or sing church specials & would be unhappy to be called a rebel against Christ. Yet, the Spirit of God spoke to you about leaving “x” out of your life, He reminded you (more than once?) not to use that word and/or He’s condemned what you watch (in person or on a device) & you’ve not obeying. What is that but rebellion? The devil was kicked out of heaven, Eve & Adam were banished from Eden for disobedience. Please, Friend, stop rebelling. – 5/25/19

 

Rev 21.8

“…The fearful & unbelieving & the abominable &murderers & whoremongers & sorcerers & idolaters & all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire & brimstone…”

 

“Some things God doesn’t want you to share with other people.

They are between you & Him alone.”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

God *could* make Himself visible to every person on earth. At. The. Same. Time. He has chosen not to. One reason for this is (IMO) so that we will BELIEVE. We can “connect” with Him by faith. Not only can we, we must “…Without faith it is impossible to please” (Heb 11.6a) God.

– 5/25/19

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Ecc 7.8b +

Ecc 7.8b

“…The patient in spirit is

better than the proud in spirit.”

 

“The sanctified Christian can do what he desires,

& at the same time what God requires.”

– V O Agan, sermon 2/8/98

 

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

Pro 29.23 A man’s PRIDE shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

 

“You lose your world citizenship in the process of being sanctified.”

– V O Agan, sermon 2/8/98

 

FAMILY HISTORY    Mon. of May

It matters not the long valley

From which your family hailed,

Nor the salty ship, on ocean lip

In which that family sailed.

 

It matters not about their grub

Rhubarb or roastin’ ears,

Nor if their shack, was by an old track

In Greek-Roman suburb.

 

It matters not if long they stood

By slowly sifting sands,

Nor if their soul, was close to a “pole”

In frozen, far, white lands.

 

Were they “bad” warriors (I hope not)

Who have shed angry blood?

Were they worshipper (not much better)

Whose sword raised a small flood?

 

Were they farmers who knew the smell

Of soil newly turned?

Or bakers whose bread, the hungry fed,

Light brown, but never burned.

 

Did they know an ancient wisdom:

Parables and proverb?

Or did they just spurn, such light to learn,

Adjective, noun or verb.

 

Did your family – ah, there’s no lack.

Diversification,

None mattering, not a single thing,

If they missed salvation.

 

Brag not of where your family’s been:

Valley, plain or high slope,

If they fled or felt, the angry welt

Of gen’ral or of pope.

~ Ÿ ~Ÿ ~ Ÿ ~ Ÿ ~

Did family know here below

The Lord in His glory?

OH, if they knew, the One the Jews slew,

Tell, tell ALL their story.

– eab, 5/24/09

 

You may have influenced someone this AM: your attitude in traffic, a “Good Morning” to a co-worker, a “thought” shared at break. Did this point heaven-ward? Were they what Jesus would have done/said? If you had them to do over would you repeat the same, eliminate it, or double it? “For none of us liveth to himself…” (Rom 14.7a). One day we’ll have our last traffic, our last greeting, share our last thought – how will we be remembered? “…And no man dieth to himself” (Rom 14.7b). – 5/24/19

 

1Jo 2.28

“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear,

we may have confidence & not be ashamed before him at his coming.”

 

Looking for the perfect leader? You’ve found Him in Jesus Christ. Born in poverty, trained to be a carpenter, became the most greatest teacher of His day, healed multitudes of people & fed them too. Yet His Jewish people turned on Him, a disciple committed treason, all His disciples denied or fled & He was nailed to a cross. But even there He redeemed a thief beside Him, assigned John to care for His mother, & forgave those who were killing Him. It gets better. He arose from that tomb, eat fish & honeycomb in His glorified body & ascended to heaven in plain view of His re-grouped disciples. He is coming back to earth & will be King Forever. The Perfect Leader. – 5/24/19

 

“…It is as reasonable to suppose it is the desire of all Christians to arrive at Christian Perfection

as to suppose that all sick men desire to be restored to perfect health.”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

 

So, you are getting married. Sir, will your bride increase her possibility of going to heaven because she marries you? Ma’am, will your man be more likely to die a saint because you will be his wife? Or, will the wear & tear (yes, marriages have such) make you hard to live with? Will “Sue” or “Bill,” if they go to heaven, do it in spite of you, or because of your prayers & encouragement? Amen? Ouch? – 5/24/19

 

“God is to be glorified, holiness is to be practiced, & the spirit of Religion is to be the common spirit of every Christian…”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

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Psa 27.4 +

Psa 27.4

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord & to enquire in his temple.”

 

“You of the feminine sex may have a part in it by dressing so suggestively

as to create lust in wicked men’s hearts.”

– J Wesley Adcock “If I Make My…Hell”

 

E T E R N I T Y

E Everlasting.

T Terrifyingly

E Everlasting.

R Reason

N Numbing

I   Infinity.

T To include

Y You (& me). – 5/23/19

 

“No, my sinner friend, there is no such things as company in Hell.

The other fellow is too busy with his own suffering to comfort you.”

– J Wesley Adcock “If I Make My…Hell”

 

June – may

June is the month to begin

Wedding dreams and acts.

May they never end

This side death’s cold facts.

 

Marriage is for all of life

What a godly “invention.”

One strong man, one good wife

Can withstand intervention.

 

“Do you take this man to be?”

Can be promised in high elation.

To be always her man, his lady,

Takes love, work, and determination.

– eab. May 2009

 

“The trouble with many of us is that we want to reap from every bit of grain that we plant. We don’t want the Methodists to get a thing of it. We don’t want the Pilgrims to get a thing of it.”

– U E Harding, “Watch! Watch!”

 

1000’s of men spend millions of hours moving a ball from point “A” to point “B” & then feeling elated (or deflated) by its new position, yet, YET, neglecting their soul which will soon be in eternity. Foolish choices. – 5/23/19

 

Jud. 24.15

“…Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

“…U. E. Harding of the hills, do you still love people…Are you only

in the professional business of preaching or do you still love the souls of men?”

– U E Harding, “Watch! Watch!”

 

Every one of us: young/old,  schooled/unschooled,  rich/poor have our priorities. Some have their priorities partly right, a few (comparatively) have them in perfect order &, sadly, many have their list upside down.

– 5/23/19

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Php 3.14 +

Php 3.14

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling

of God in Christ Jesus.”

 

“You can be an adulterer or an adulteress by marrying some man or woman

when you already have a living husband or wife…”

– J Wesley Adcock “If I Make My…Hell”

 

Allow me to encourage you to Think! An area of prime interest to the Thinking Christian could be/should be – the differences between the OT & NT (#OTestamentNTestamentDifferences.) There are several-to-many differences. WE are all living in the NT.

– 5/21/19

 

“You will pray in this life or

you will pray in Hell.”

– J Wesley Adcock “If I Make My…Hell”

 

TOPOGRAPHY (2nd song, written,Townsend,TN, driving black 68VW)

I passed a field the other day,

That in summers past

Had always been in hay.

And there I saw it laid open wide

With some gashes that

A plow put in its side.

 

Brown, yes, reddish brown,

Was the ground,

That the implement of man

Had turned down.

Row after row of little hills,

With valleys and daises,

Thrown in for frills.

 

Now – the farmer hadn’t planned

To leave those flowers.

As witnesses of nature, brittle towers,

But nature’s not as weak

As may suppose.

And the strongest things

She has she always grows.

– eab, May 1969

 

“When once the Judge utters those awful words, ‘Depart from me,’

they will echo through your soul throughout the cycles of eternity.”

– J M Hames

 

The devil knows God better that an any sinner & better than some professing “christians” do. He knows that God is faithful & fears what he has coming, but satan tries to make us doubt or worry “Will God come through?” The devil is a liar! – 4/21/19

 

1Jo 2.22

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?

He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”

 

“…If the enemy can’t defeat you any other way…he will get you into the business

of just looking around & watching people critically.”

– U E Harding, “Watch! Watch!”

 

The best teachers are life-time students.

The best Christians are life-time students of God’s Word.

– 4/20/19

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1Ti 1.7 +

1Ti 1.7

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;

but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

 

“…Predestination…

represents God as the author of sin.”

– John Fletcher /Works II/

 

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

Pro 16.18 PRIDE goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

 

“…all who attack the doctrine of an evangelically sinless perfection, deserve…

the name advocates of sin better than of Gospel ministers…”

– John Fletcher /Works II/

 

LOOK UP    

When you’re tempted to look down,

Look up.

When you’re tempted to wear a frown,

Look up.

When your friends seem to be few,

When sunshine fails to come through,

When you don’t know what else to do,

Look up.  – eab,  5/20/07

 

If there’s good in an eab post, Give God the Glory [three G’s – easy to remember].

If I’m wrong, please, if it’s Bad Blame Bryan [three B’s – also easy to remember].

– 5/10/19

 

Psa 119.165

“Great peace have they which love thy law:

and nothing shall offend them.”

 

The only place I ever saw her was at the bank – she was a teller. I’d guess her sixty-ish, with “black” hair but near her part it was gray. A few days/weeks later I saw the gray strip was wider. After consideration I decided I’d compliment her on going natural. She was doing the right thing but it had to be hard – letting people know that she’d been faking it all this time. It would’ve been easier to have slowly allowed the gray to come in, it would’ve saved present humiliation, would’ve saved who-knows-how much time in dying, & how much money.

I could wish all who dye, would stop before they die. – 5/19/19

 

“…No Christian is to enter any further into business nor for any other ends than such as he can in singleness of heart offer to God…Take this away from tradesmen & shops are but so many houses of greediness & filthy lucre…Take this away from our diversions & you will find no sports too silly nor any entertainments to vain & corrupt to be the pleasure of Christians..”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

 

In case you don’t know – you’re under no obligation to call a catholic priest “father.” Even if there were no verse against it (there is “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” Mat 23.9) he is not *Your* father. (Their system teaches he’s to be celibate, so he shouldn’t be a dad.) Be respectful, but no more than to any other man. Nor are you required to say “pope” (word also means “father”) about their head man.

– 5/19/19

 

“The merchant is no longer to hoard up treasures on earth. The soldier is not longer to fight for glory, the great scholar is no longer to pride himself in the depths of science; but they must all with one spirit ‘count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus.’”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

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Luk 10.18 +

Luk 10.18

“And he [ Jesus] said unto them,

‘I beheld Satan, as lightning, fall from heaven.’”

 

“…as satan & Adam fell into sin…without any previous bias inclining him to corruption; so may…believers depart from the faith & fall so low as to account the blood of the covenant where ithc they were sanctified an unholy thing.”

– John Fletcher /Works II/

 

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

Pro 14.3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of PRIDE: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

 

“…I plead for the most precious liberty in the world, heart liberty, for liberty from the most galling of all yokes, the yoke of heart corruption.”

– John Fletcher /Works II/

 

 

TEMPLE TALK

He went into the temple

Where you’d think one could look up

But his attitude was humble;

He saw dregs in his cup.

 

He asked God for mercy;

He beat upon his chest,

Called himself a sinner

(Not better than the rest).

 

He cast his eyes downward,

They sought the lowly ground,

But God who measures all things,

The simple, the profound,

 

Liked his honest spirit,

Heard his call and cry

Knew he meant his temple-talk,

Knew it more than “humble pie,”

 

And justified his soul;

He went back to his own place

With a calm in his heart

And heaven’s smile upon his face.

 

Friend, the next time you go to meeting,

The next time you’re in church

Avoid petty piousness,

Avoid the highest perch,

 

Look at God, worship Him

And see yourself contrasted,

As this man of old, did.

His grace has ever- lasted.

– eab, May 2000

 

June comes. Weddings come. May God bless every young man who is marrying & every young woman who is his bride. I heard of a Bible college instructor, prof. (whatever) who warned his class about married couples having too much sex. Sounded strange to my ears & I think it did to God’s also. Sure. Marriage is more than the marriage bed (bills, adjustments, a continued maturity) but it includes the wonderful God-made act of love. Enjoy each other. Enjoy this new stage in life. Enjoy God more as you two pray & grow closer to Him. God made married sex. (The Bible college guy is not who you think, & he was wrong.)

– 5/18/19

 

Eph 2.9

“Not of works,

lest any man should boast.”

 

H.e.a.v.e.n. — 6 letters

F.a.i.t.h. or w.o.r.k.s. – 5 letters

h.e.l.l. — 4 letters

Faith will result in heaven. Works will result in hell.

We, each, to-a-man, chose salvation of faith or a religion of works. – 5/18/19

 

“You [Formalist & Hypocrisy] come in by yourselves without his direction, & shall go out by yourselves without his mercy.”

– John Bunyan /Pilgrim’s Progress/

 

You & I never see faith; we (hopefully) see the effects of faith. Faith is important; in fact, it’s so important that without it we can’t please God (Heb 11.6).

You & I see works; we never see what prompted those works. Works can the result of a generous heart. Works can also be the result of carnality wanting to be noticed.

– 5/18/19

 

“…Say no more than you know the God above will say ‘Amen’ to…”

– John Bunyan /Pilgrim’s Progress/

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