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Rev 12.9a +

Rev 12.9a

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil & Satan,

which deceiveth the whole world:

 

“Great possessions are generally accompanied with pride, idleness

& luxury & these are the greatest enemies to salvation.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

Saints see this world is deceptive. The closer saints are to Christ the more they realize how widely spread is deception. Sinners, by sad contrast, are fooled. They hope by sinning more, to be happier, & so they go deeper into satan’s trap. Saints became saints because they got tired of the devil’s lies. Sinner will see his fakery, but only (I fear) after it is too late to change.

– 5/4/19

 

“How astonishing is God’s kindness! It is not the rich merely he calls on to be charitable…

the poor are called to relieve those who are poorer…”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

You look at a friend – or semi-friend – & say, “He’s different” (emphasizing either word). Have you looked in the mirror recently? You’re different also. “X” is just different, IN A DIFFERENT WAY. J

– 5/9/19

 

YOUR’S TOO

I had a mother I never knew

Her name was Eve. – – –

You had her too.

Was she a beauty?

I think she “was a ten.”

& Adam? The most handsome

Of all earth’s mighty men.

– eab, 5/11/19

 

“Wesley…did not insist on the Arminian doctrines as a condition of membership in his societies.”

– Able Stevens /Hist…Meth.vol I/

 

A Soliloquy.  “Effie? – Effie Morgan? – No! Not Effie! Effie Morgan did not die! She wouldn’t have gone without telling me ‘Good Bye.’ O, Effie. — O, Effie.” [Someday the nearest & dearest “bundled up” or completely unbundled, will slip over the hill & be gone.] “O, Effie, Effie.”

[A fictional reminder of death.] 5/9/19

 

Tit 2.5

“…Discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

 

“It does not take a true Christian long to scent & detect the ‘wild gourd in the pot.’”

– George Straub

 

There is an old institution I’ve heard a lot about, have been near it, have even helped it advance, but have never belonged. It is one of the greatest institutions on earth & had Eve as its first member. It is the Institution of Motherhood. Mom (1907-2012) was an honored member of this institution. Thank you, Mom – God bless your memory. My m-n-l is still a member (1922-pres.) Thank you, Moma Stel. After being married a few weeks over 3 yrs my wife was inducted into this honorable institution & later was a member 3 more times. Our 2 daughter-n-laws became members of the Institution of Motherhood. Our 2 daughters also, in their own times became members. I’m so happy Martha could be a Mother & also glad that all four children could reproduce themselves. Long. Live. The. Institution. Of. Motherhood! – 5/11/19

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God, the Father, as Teacher.

“…I taught them rising up early & teaching them yet they have not hearkened…”(Jer 32.33)

God, the Son, as Teacher.

“Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught” (Joh 7.14)

God, the Holy Ghost, as Teacher.

“…Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…”(Joh 14.26)

 

“…A truly learned man is ever humble…& one under the influence of the Divine Spirit is ever meek, gentle…the proud & the insolent are neither Christians nor scholars.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

Churches were once seats of learning. “…I teach every where in every church.”(1Co 4.17). Wesley made his mistakes (marriage, long hair) but using non-Oxford men was not one. Many a young man has been an under-study with an established pastor. (Nor does that pastor need to be famous.) God is not necessarily looking for “learned” men, but for men who love Him & who want to learn all He will teach them.

– 5/9/19

 

“If Christ be a forever priest there can be no succession of priests, & if he has all power in heaven

& in earth & if he be present wherever two or three are…he can have no vicars…”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

I’ve been praying for a John-the-Baptist or like Prophet, to enter a certain church & “shell the woods.” The preacher is not going to but, Oh, for exhortations against sin & toward holiness, to ring again in those walls. (A few of you have been to this church.)

– 5/9/19

 

MA

Ma! Oh the happy ear received,

Mom, on the heart ever recorded,

Moma often thinks her efforts rigid,

Madre operates the home easily rewarded,

Mother occurs to help ease regularly,

Mother’s own touch: heaven’s earthly royalty.

– eab, May 1972

 

“‘There goes John Newton, had it not been for the grace of God.’ Newton exclaimed to a friend

…as they passed a criminal on his way to execution.”

– Quoted by Able Stevens

 

When an institution (college, to conference, to camp meeting) has purposely moved left, they can’t “afford” to bring in a fire & brimstone preacher. He, under the Majestic prodding of Blessed Holy Spirit, might convict a board-member or others & “ruin” their slide toward totally apostasy.

– 5/9/19

 

Psa 43.3

“O send out thy light & thy truth: let them lead me;

let them bring me unto thy holy hill & to thy tabernacles.”

 

“He [Whitfield] was an enthusiast doubtless, but in the best sense,

and in no sense a fanatic.”

– Able Stevens

 

“Rite ” is not in the NT. “Ritual” is not in the NT. “Tradition/Traditions” are negative in the NT (except for one each, use by Paul). “Church calendar” is a term foreign to the NT, as is the word “sacrament.” Don’t be mislead by the move toward formalism in what were once Holiness Churches.

– 5/9/19

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Joh 14.6 +

Joh 14.6

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

 

“How many auspicious beginnings have been ruined by men’s proceeding too hastily,

endeavoring to make their own designs take place, & have the honor of success…”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

Love Truth, and – if you live to see the sun again – love Truth again. Hate lies today, hate lies tomorrow, & never allow yourself to become comfortable with them – they have the wrong “father.”

– 4/21/19

 

“In many cases the success of a preacher’s labors

depends more on his prayers than on his public preaching.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

Some dogs are looking for an excuse to bark. When you walk down the road, you’re their excuse.

Some people are looking for an excuse to praise God & feel good that they praise Him, now & then. But the Book says, “…Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually…(Heb 13.15)

– 4/28/19

 

FOURTH FLOOR VISITOR

Little squirrel with bushy tail

From tree to tree I see you sail

Never once to see you fail,

The air to slice.

Wish I could learn to fly,

Against the vaulted, azure sky.

What a thrill, O me, O my –

It must be nice. – eab, May 1966

 

“You have taken each other for better & for worse;

the worse came first, & it will now be all the better.”

– Hodgson Casson to newly saved couple, quoted by Able Stevens

 

The western (civilized?) world movie goers take the actor & actress entirely too serious. It would be hard to find a more fake pack of people anywhere on earth. They know that all you “see” (if wasting your time on such garbage) is fake – you never see the “4th wall.” But these soul are getting paid well (far too much), are seeing their names in bright lights (worldlings love fame), & are actually being quoted by media (as if their opinion matters). Wake up & STOP supporting hollywood/disney & ilk.

– April 2019

 

Mat 12.36

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

 

“To divest it of any apparent clerical pretensions it was voted that none of the preachers should

wear gowns, cassocks, bands or surplices & thet the title ‘Reverend’should not be used by them.”

– Able Stevens

 

God is REAL at a depth, height, & width our minds cannot grasp. As His followers we want to be like him i.e. to be real. When something is discovered to be artificial, it may alarm us, disgust us, but it also makes us distance ourselves from it. We love the realness of God & have no interest in anything less than real.

5/3/19

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Mat 19.9 +

Mat 19.9

“…Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication & shall marry another, committeth adultery: & whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”

[Note: “fornication” is not “adultery.” “Adultery” is not “fornication.”]

 

“The soul that relishes God’s word

is ever growing in grace by it.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

I’m sorry you’re caught in an unscriptural marriage. I mean every word of that. When you realize the Bible condemns your “union” Take Action. A 2nd divorce may be necessary or a legal separation may be enough (IMO). “But I can’t.” I imagine satan will throw obstacles in your path. But, you can’t afford to die an adulterer or adulteress – hell is too hot. “I can’t live unmarried 40 yrs.” 3 thoughts: 1.) You may die in 40 days & be glad you minded God.  2.) 40 yrs (if God allows) is a long time when looking ahead – it’s “like nothing” when looking back.  3.) It is not 40 yrs – it is, One. Day. At. A. Time!

– May 2019

 

“Let the Scriptures…lead you to that Holy Spirit by which they were inspired;

let that Spirit lead you to Jesus Christ…let this Christ lead you to the Father…”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

Our finite minds cannot grasp God’s infinity. They can’t now. They (IMO) will not be able to, as gloried minds, one millennia “into eternity” nor a million millennia “into eternity.” Troublesome? Not at all. It’s great, as limited beings, to have a Father – son relationship with One who’s unlimited, now & forever.

– 5/3/19

 

COMMENCEMENT

Commencement – a beginning of service, I trust.

Or will you be, the one to see

Material gain as a must?

Gain in realm of fame of name,

Or pounds of finest gold dust.

Will you be the one, to hinder the Son,

And sit or lie as time goes by

And millions are born and millions die,

And souls are seen, as birds, to fly,

While the church thinks of Me, Mine, and My.

Commencement – a beginning of what?

A beginning of service – I trust!

– eab, May 1968

 

“Men’s hearts were never more in danger than now. Such is human nature

that it is difficult for us to differ in our opinions & love the brethren.”

– Able Stevens

 

One of the slickest tricks satan has played in the last decades is about “pride.” Holiness people – who, in theory at least, believe the Spirit removes pride in sanctification – are using the word “pride” in frightening frequency. Jesus never said, “Peter, I’m proud of you.” Paul never wrote, “You make me proud.” Please, Friend, search Scripture; as I read It all pride is carnal.

– 5/5/19

 

Mar 1.15

“…The time is fulfilled & the kingdom of God is at hand:

repent ye & believe the gospel.”

 

“A. Clarke…known to the Methodist world mostly by his writings but his real greatness was in the pulpit. One of his hearers, ‘In respect to the unawakened…he obeys the precept, ‘Cry aloud…’ ”

– Able Stevens

 

Fake news? Fake news from the guys who’re saying you can trust them? Very possibly. Fake news is new in the last yrs? Please! There have been fake statements (IMO) in papers, magazines, books & YES, text books for decades. Our concepts of WWI, WWII & all lesser wars (men-killing, building-destroying, money-making wars) since, are based on what a writer (left or “right”) saw worth writing, & what his publisher saw worth printing. The Good News (Gospel) is the only news you can trust 100%. Period. – 5/5/19

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Pro 6.16a – 17a

“…Six things doth the LORD hate…

“A proud look…”

 

“The more the god of this world exalts himself in opposition to truth

the more he disposes every sincere heart for the reception of it.”

– John Fletcher /Works III/

 

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

Pro 11.2 When PRIDE cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

 

“That must needs be a worldly & criminal consideration which makes us

more anxious for our own glory than for the glory of God.”

– John Fletcher /Works III/

 

God is Good – a simple but phenomenal truth.

God was Good before we in the least understood

God is Good in each high, low & mid neighborhood

God will be Good to all who believe (as we all should)

God is Good – known to the dullest sleuth.

– eab, 5/4/19

 

Actors/actresses should be pitied not worshipped or allowed to set fashion. They’re “slaves” to money. They may not like the pressure, may hate the director or owner, may hate being “used” but they stay for the money. “But they that will be rich fall into temptation & a snare & into many foolish & hurtful lusts…”(1Ti 6.9). These souls drool over “So-n-So’s” mansion, “ooh & aah” at their Ferrari, but keep being bound by money lust. They know they’re fake but love money too much to leave. Do NOT support them.

– 5/4/19

 

1Ti 6.10

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after,

they have erred from the faith & pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

 

“Out of the thorns which a careful farmer would not have suffered to survive, cruel men once platted a crown…Is it pushing the facts too far to say that man’s worldliness crucified the King of Kings?”

– Andrew Blackwood /Preach…Bible/

 

(Making this first person but hope it’s not “you.”) A friend confided in you a personal, spiritual struggle. You shared it (whether as humor, or a prayer request or other I do not know). Word got back to this friend indicating you had told their secret. Please, PLEASE if you’re guilty of such gossip be man enough to ask that person to forgive you. Tell them that it is OK if they never confide in you again but you’re sorry (if you truly are – some people need a listening ear, need a friend in which you confide. You muffed it.

– 5/4/19

 

“Freudianism is a comfortable philosophy. Everything wrong with me is someone else’s fault.

It is also a completely hopeless philosophy for it is the denial of personal responsibility.”

– Andrew Blackwood /Preach…Bible/

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1Co 6.9 +

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,”

 

The mightest man in the hour of trial can do nothing without the strength of God

& the weakest woman can do all things, if God strengthen her.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

The feminization of men in any area is alarming. It appears to be being pushed by business (companies trying to sell femininely designed & femininely colored clothing, “perfumey” colognes, & jewelry). It appears to also be pushed by schools & colleges. And it’s being supported by the wicked forces of TV, hollywood & disney. – 4/19/19

 

“The passage from distrust to apostasy

is very short & easy.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

ASK questions about Truth (vs. falseness). Don’t let any cult leader (or “pastor”) turn you aside from asking deep questions – Truth can stand up to questioning. SEEK Truth with your God-given eyes & ears. Best of all seek Truth in the greatest written source for Truth – the Holy Bible. KNOCK on your prayer closet door; enter & then Lock the door. Allow the Creator to lead you into ALL Truth. “…When he, the Spirit of truth is come he will guide you into all truth…”(Joh 16.13) – 4/30/19

 

SOON

Some day & it could be very soon

You’ll slip away (morning, night, noon?)

Away. “Away to where” is the question so engaging

(I know, we don’t like to admit that we’re aging)

But death is not passed-on by certain decades

(An accident, a disease, or health just fades.)

Have you prepared for this “going away”?

Will your trip be beyond stars too numerous to tell?

Or will you drop (hate to say it…) drop into hell?

Remember, Christ died so we could join Him far away

Ask His forgiveness, beg for His mercy, today.

– eab, 5/3/18

 

“O God, we’re sicker than we’d like to admit…”

– Leonard Sankey, IHC message, 4/24/19

 

A man & his wife is the most natural human relationship on earth. He may see her as a “queen” or seen her, still with love, as “his woman” – try not to judge either too strongly. Marriage is God made – respect it!

– 5/2/19

 

Isa 55.1

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters & he that hath no money;

come ye, buy & eat; yea, come, buy wine & milk without money & without price.”

 

“If you’ll let Him mold it,

He’ll have no problem filling it.”

– Leonard Sankey, IHC message, 4/24/19

 

We settle for artificial when we’ve convinced ourselves that the authentic is too costly. We want the artificial to 1.) look authentic. We want it to 2.) act like, 3.) work like, & 4.) be perceived as authentic. If we can “pull-off” (#1-4) we brag we got “x” at ¼ price. This is true in the work-a-day world, where self reigns; it won’t work in eternity. God made the Authentic possible (…Without money & without price” Isa 55.1) but self did not want it. “Seemed to work” while alive – is totally worthless at death!

– 5/3/19

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Rom 6.22 +

Rom 6.22

“But now being made free from sin & become servants to God,

ye have your fruit unto holiness & the end everlasting life.”

 

[hell]…absence of all good…an eternal impossibililty of ever being reconciled to him[God].

Never to see the face of God throughout eternity is a heart-rending, soul-appalling thot…”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

The holiness movement is at a crucial point. Groups & colleges within the circles we’ve thought ours, are moving (some more visibly than others) away from the pure teachings of holiness. How many presidents, conference leaders, instructors (classroom/Sun. Sch. room) & pastors are teaching that we can be redeemed from ALL sin? And are urging followers to go on to the second work of grace? Holiness is possible.

Stop listening to “holiness men” who are opposing the deep doctrine of Biblical Holiness.

– 4/30/19

 

“Heaven…Where He is seen AS HE IS; & where He can be enjoyed

without interruption in an eternal progression of knowledge & beatitude.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

In the vaccine vs. anti-vaccine struggle (this may be bigger than you realize) remember this. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to believe their opposition & those opposing vaccines are pleading you to not believe “studies” put out by the “x” huge company. Big pharm is set to lose $10,000s(who knows how much) if you oppose vaccines – those speaking out against vaccines earn no dollars but hope to save other parents from the grief with which they live e-v-e-r-y day. So – – – “follow the money.” Big pharm, it seems, is after money.

– 4/30/19

 

LINCOLN‘S STICK

The stick was thrown, forsaken,

Into the pasture, by the boy,

Which an hour ago had been,

His companion and his toy.

 

It lay alone and lonely,

After being warm and close,

To the lad and his fancy,

It had been friend – foremost.

 

It could have spent its latter days

Drooling over its state,

Self-pity it could have claimed,

For the loss of its former mate.

 

Instead it relished contentment,

For having shared and been,

As few sticks ever are;

A real live human’s friend.

– eab, May 1976

 

“If you have a worldly spirit that is going to come out.

If you have a revival spirit that is going to come out.”

-Leonard Sankey

 

Some think of themselves as “holiness” based primarily on a mind concept; they’ve little-to-no separation from the world. Others base too much of their “holiness” on outer separation. Sadly the 1st group (except new Believers) are mistaken. As sad (maybe more so) are those in the 2nd group who profess holiness, live (at least partly) separate from the world but whose daily deportment, words when irritated, & shallow prayer life do not reflect Holy Spirit fullness. “…Have ye received the Holy Ghost…”(Act 19.2)?

– 5/1/19

 

2Jo 1.7

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not

that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver & an antichrist.”

 

“Humility & meekness

are always the gateway to God’s blessings”

– Leonard Sankey, IHC message, 4/24/19

 

Worshippers of hollywood/disney pay big bucks to spend hours mesmerized by films. They virtually become the actor/actress. “They” are doing crimes, living the sex, committing violence (WWII, etc, or sci-fi wars). Precious time (BTW Time is totally irreplaceable.) & money are wasted & lusts (sexual/otherwise) are implanted – scenes from which they may never purge their minds. And – – – sadly, some professing to have holy hearts are watching (addicted?) to hollywood/disney trash.

– 5/1/19

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