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Eph 6.4 +

Eph 6.4

“…Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath:

but bring them up in the nurture & admonition of the Lord.”


The home is a child’s first school. He hears, “They aren’t…” or, “They ain’t…” She picks up, “I have seen…” or “I seen…” They see that (what they’ll later know is) “etiquette” matters or it doesn’t. He’ll witness truth is important or a lie is used, if it fits. She’ll see love even when dad & mom disagree or see anger flair (expressed or suppressed); she’ll know it was there. They may well become readers (yes, even in this electronic gadget era) or not read, unless they have to, because of what they see parents do. Whether you Home School or not, Home is a child’s first school. – 7/25/19


“The nearer a faithful soul comes to the verge of eternity the more the light

& influence of heaven are poured out upon it.”

– Adam Clarke


Do clean “vessels” matter? When still an English-bike-riding teen I rode to the village. I stopped at Tillies & got an ice cream cone. As I ate the last of the cream I looked down in the bottom & saw dust. You know I lived; what you don’t know, is that’s the last time I was in Tillies. Clean “vessels” matter. I’m not so anxious to hear a certain Gospel song that I’ll listen to just anyone sing it. He may have a great “voice,” she may not have the light I have, but if the world is too much with them, it ruins the words for me. – 7/27/19


“Reader, is thy backsliding a grief & burden to thee? Then thou art not far from the Kingdom of God; believe on the Lord Jesus & thou shalt be saved.”

– Adam Clarke



Every leaf on yonder tree

Has an underside, we do not see,

Except when pre-storm wind

Tilts and turns it on its end.

It’s as important as the top side

But prefers itself to hide.

People also have a side unseen

Till storm reveals it, gentle or mean. – eab, July 2011


“The mystery of all mysteries is the con-joining of Deity with humanity.”

– J B McBride


Some tomorrow IT will not matter: *If you voted democrat, republican or did not vote  *If you were a member of a branch of the Methodist, the Baptist or a non-member  *If you owned a brick house, an old frame or rented all your life  *If you graduated from high sch., college or a trade sch.  *One thing will be of utmost importance – Did you once believe Christ? Enough to obey His words about purity? And, hear it, Friend, did you keep on believing, even to being martyred for Him? – 7/27/19


1Jo 5.13

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;

that ye may know that ye have eternal life…”


“A minister has no right…to make the way easier than God’s Word makes it. Those who would dare attempt…will be charged with handling the Word of God deceitfully…”

– J B McBride


How much prayer & thought, Dear Song Leader, goes into your preparation? Hopefully you’re seeking God’s direction for every service. If the job has grown to be a “job,” ask God to renew your zeal, renew your vision or, ask the pastor for a break (a month or two). If all else fails resign but that should only be after a lot of prayer & soul searching. Leading the right songs, meeting by meeting is important. And the pastor feeling like you are with him in concern for a service is also important. (This is not aimed at any of the song leaders I had while pastoring.) 7/27/19

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