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Mat 26.52 +

Mat 26.52

“Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

 

“When men are opposed to holiness

it is because holiness is opposed to them.”

– J A Wood /Perfect Love/

 

LONG POST America’s very fabric was stretched, frayed, & torn by the tragedy called the Civil War. There were men & boys who wore uniforms in gray & there were men & boys arrayed in uniforms of blue. The gentlemen who had the hardest “job” in those saddest of national yrs wore black. They were the ministers on both sides who tried to help their hurting & sorrowful congregations. They had to pray with the sick, comfort the sorrowing, & bury the dead or hold a memorial service when the deceased had been buried near a distant battle spot. These ministers had to try to speak of the love of God in this era filled with hate, they had to present the Bible, which in one way or the other condemned the actions of north & south, & they had to point souls to the Christ Who loved men in both colors equally. I’m sorry for the battle fields which dot this state & that, sorry for the horrors of war, sorry for the struggles between local loyalties & national feelings, sorry for this greatest blot on the American soul but I have to admire, even at this distance, the men on horseback with little more than Bible, hymnbook, & a change of cloths, whose hearts bled for the bleeding, who fervently prayed with the hurting, & yet loved all men & God in those far, fierce days of war. God bless their memory. – 8/31/19

 

“Seeking the applause of men cherishes & gratifies human depravity

at the expense of divine displeasure. It is gross idolatry.”

– J A Wood /Perfect Love/

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Want wealth? Your “ship” may not land.

Want looks? They may not be your part.

Want fame? It will flow out like sand.

Want Christ? He can *now* be in your heart.

– eab, 8/31/12

 

God’s Kingdom WILL come – it’s wonderful to know that the Father Will win. The Lord is now giving us the choice to be inside His Kingdom – or – to be outside It. Choose well, my friend, choose well. – 8/30/19

 

“The Bible is God’s recipe book for making holy people. You must follow the recipe exactly

if you want to be a holy, Christ like person.”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

Wm Sherman (Civil War general) is said to have said “War is h_ _ _.” Sadly, war has been man’s “invention” to send more to the place of damnation than perhaps any other. With due respect to Sherman (my home town’s near his) he was mistaken. He’d seen war – he’d not seen hell. War is terrible (don’t believe the romantic garbage put out by hollywood) but no man can grasp the horrible combinations of torments & pain which are at the end of a sinful life. Christ died to redeem us from its terrors. Seek Him today.   8/31/19

 

1Pe 3.11

“Let him eschew evil & do good;

let him seek peace & ensue it.”

 

Christians hate no one. Hear ye, No One. If your loyalties to a political “party” encourages you to hate an opposing group, get out. If your “patriotism” has a built-in hatred toward people across an ideological boundary, it’s time to leave. If your church/cult fosters hatred toward non-members you’re definitely in the wrong belief. Seek Jesus Christ who can (at your New Birth) bring into your heart His wonderful love. – 8/31/19

 

“We must feed the young converts on those promises & instructions in God’s Word

that will lead them into entire Sanctification.”

– Samuel L Brengle

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Mat 5.6 +

Mat 5.6

“Blessed are they which do hunger

and thirst after righteousness…”

 

“It [Christian perfection] is improvable…one perfected in love

may grow far swifter in grace than he did before.”

– J Wesley quoted by R S Foster

 

Have you realized God allows physical hunger & that hunger to be satisfied on a regular basis? He could have placed a “fuel cell” in at birth which never needed “refueled.” He didn’t. He allows us to hunger today & hopefully you’re able to eat enough today to meet that hunger. But (as you know) you’ll be hungry tomorrow – as if you hadn’t eaten today. This has a true spiritual parallel. Enjoy God’s presence, pull up to His Gospel Table today & eat to your fill. But don’t skip tomorrow. He’ll have spiritual food then too. – 8/19/19

 

“The most perfect & holy men are always subject…to imperfections

…false conclusions…unfaithful memory…incorrect & even absurd opinions.”

– R S Foster /Christian Purity/

 

  1. E. A. T. H.

D – “death” was once a known, but distant foe.

E – (each one dies we eventually come to know)

A – and yet, we hate to admit facts, ancient, grim

T – (thinking how we’ll out-run, out-smart him)

H – how wrong: “appointed…once to die.” We all go.

– eab, 8/29/17

 

When you refuse God, you are rejecting the Greatest Gift (eternal life with Him) He has to offer. And, you’re slapping Him. This gift cost God His Son, cost His Son His earthly suffering & life & you are glibly saying, “No thanks.” O, Friend stop being unkind to the Father, the Son, & the Holy Spirit. – 8/25/19

 

“Do not waste your time trying to fix up a popular Holiness.

Just be holy because the Lord God is holy.”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

Sports have snared millions into a type of enslavement/worship relationship. Some “play” (not a positive word in the Bible) & I might add “live to play” their addictive game, some listen via radio, some attend sporting events to see heroes of their sports-gods in person – perhaps get a pic with them or an autograph, & others watch the matches/games/play-offs on electronic devices. Their shouts almost as real as if they were there. Truly, in the light of death, sod & God, they are excited about mere trivia. Mere trivia. – 8/29/19

 

1Jo 3.14

“We know that we have passed from death unto life,

because we love the brethren…”

 

If you are blessed to know a man or woman who is a student of the Bible, cultivate a friendship with them. And – better yet – if they study the Word & daily speak with the Living Word double your efforts to be close to such a soul. They are rare, perhaps more rare than you (any of us) imagine. Learn from them & pray with them before they move up to the Better World above. – 8/29/19

 

“I then saw that I must preach the truth just as straight as I possibly could but,

that I must be careful always to keep my heart full of love for the people to whom I was talking.”

– Samuel L Brengle

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Jude 7 +

Jude 7

“Even as Sodom & Gomorrha & the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication & going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

 

Family Altar Dad, it’s your privilege to lead your home in Family Altar. If you’ve not gotten started, allow some suggestions. Select a time (not hour necessarily) & do your best to stick with it. Perhaps A.) Right after breakfast or dinner or supper B.) Right before younger children go to bed (The latter worked best at our house.) 8/28/19

 

“Friends, you must have the fuss taken out of your heart if you ever see God.”

– H Robb French

 

LASTING WORTH

People come and people go,

And people are forgotten.

Pride is such a fleeting thing,

And fame – it is half rotten.

The Lord rules and the Lord reigns,

The Lord – He is forever.

The only place of lasting worth,

Is in His holy favor. – eab, Aug. 1984

 

Family Altar Choose NT Book, perhaps a Gospel to read A.) A complete chapter is nice but don’t feel it a must B.) Take turns reading a verse including the youngest who can read C.) Allow an older sibling to help the younger one with pronunciation – permit no making fun (laughter, but not mocking) of mispronunciation 8/28/19

 

“How can one be holy on the inside

& sexy on the outside?”

– H Robb French

 

Family Altar Pray A.) Allow all each child to make a prayer request B.) Pray up the family line by age [If older pray first a younger child may feel intimidated or not see anything about which to pray.] C.) Instruct (or show by example) that one can talk to God about anything & that we talk to God in the same basic tone & language that we talk to people 8/28/19

 

Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against thee.”

 

“There is no scripture to support their theory of separation of rapture & revelation…

proponents are mostly Calvinists.”

– L D Wilcox

 

Family Altar Include some form of Bible memorization A.) All the same verse this week – new one next week or B.) Shorter verse for younger ones – longer verse for older C.) Make sure to include the Book with chap. verse reference D.) Include review often enough to cement verse in all of your minds. -8/28/19

 

“…There is no holiness for man

unless it is based on the holiness of God.”

– L D Wilcox

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Act 17.30 +

Act 17.30

“…The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth

all men every where to repent:”

 

If you’re going to shoot squirrels you need to go where, when you enter the woods, you hear them “cuttin.”

If you’re going white-tail hunting you need to go where you see trails & hopefully a scrape. But when you get hungry for God, when you’re sick of sin & want to quit, you can “hunt” God anywhere: on land or sea, in field or city. God is where you pray if/when you’d rather die as to go on sinning. Seek.Him.Today. -8/27/19

 

“You can live without holiness here –

you cannot hereafter.”   

– R S Foster /Christian Purity/

 

When “So-n-So” is known for his/her “tall tales” you take what he/she says with a “grain o’ salt” & a dash of pepper. You do not take them literally. When you know the God of heaven & earth is Not known to exaggerate you take Him literally. Fall in love with His Word or – if you’ve left It – Re-fall in love with this wonderful Masterpiece, the Classic Book of all the earth, God’s eternal Word. – 8/27/19

 

“The value of holiness,

Its presence is life –

Its absence is eternal death.”

– R S Foster /Christian Purity/

 

THE CURSE

The ripping thorn, the malicious horn,

Foot-grown corn, they that mourn,

Pain in being born, marriage partners torn

Perspiration being worn – The Curse

– eab, August 1980

 

“The only authority we have in life is this Book.”

– John Whiteman, testimony, 2/9/92

 

Nearly every sinner worships at one of these shrines: “science,” sex, sports, or succe$$. “Science” wants you to think they “KNOW” they’ve tried to debunk God. God-made sex has been drug through the horrible pits of brothels, pornography, abnormality. People are enthused (filled with a god) for sports. They’ve desecrated the Lord’s Day, made people hate over a trophy, & even killed. Succe$$ has been bought at the price of souls. If you name the name of Christ, stop paying money & time to support any of these gods. – 8/27/19

 

2Co 4.4

“…The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

 

Sin is at its core Selfish. You want to wear what you want to wear rather than what God has prodded you toward. Your peers wear “x” & you want their approval more than you want the peace that comes from perfect obedience. You want to say what you hear at work or when with peers. God doesn’t want His followers to speak like worldlings but (in spiritual blindness) you think “x” word/term sounds cool & you aren’t careful in your speech. – 8/27/19

 

“Faith is choosing to believe

that God tells the truth!”

– John Whiteman, testimony, 4/15/92

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1Co 7.10 +

1Co 7.10

“…Unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord

Let not the wife depart from her husband:”

 

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

Zep 3.11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy PRIDE, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

 

Thankful. As a dad, I’m grateful for 4 children married 24+ yrs (the least amount) & not one divorce. Praise the Lord. As a gramp, I’m glad for 5 grandchildren married (so far) & not one divorce. Thank You, Jesus. (If you’ve suffered a divorce in your family, I’m sorry – I hate divorce – but allow me to rejoice these intact marriages.) If I knew my child (or grandchild) was ready to meet Jesus, I’d rather get news of their death than news that they divorced. I do Not type this lightly. – 8/26/19

 

“Sin committed and depravity felt are very different.”

– R S Foster /Christian Purity/

 

TWO GROUPS

Two groups preach holiness:

The seekers and the possessors.

Two groups ignore holiness:

The unenlightened & the holiness rejecters.

– eab, 8/26/09

 

“In order that this soul may be holy…willing & perfect servant…more is necessary than pardon; it must be cured of its abnormal condition…made sane: this is what is meant by regeneration.”

– R S Foster /Christian Purity/

 

DANGER. There’s danger that you Friend, are/will be deceived – here’s how. You’ve lost a friend/relative to death. They once lived separate from the world – they changed, fitting in with modern churches – but they still said they were “saved,” even with more “freedom” than before. I beg of you, do Not follow them to the left – they may not be above. It’s normal to hope deceased loved ones are in heaven but we go up (or down) one-by-one. Love Jesus Christ (He died for you – your deceased friend did not) enough to seek His face, repent (if/as you need to) & believe His gracious promises. – 8/26/19

 

Rev 21.23

“…The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:

for the glory of God did lighten it & the Lamb is the light thereof.”

 

“God’s plan is to strike at the very root of the matter & through the precious blood of Christ,

our Heavenly Father has made provisions whereby we can be cleansed from all sin.”

– Uncle Buddy Robinson

 

You’ve heard “science falsely so called”(1Ti 6.20) teaches that the moon is a reflector, merely a reflector? This is a human theory, without proof. The Bible, inspired by the One who created the moon, calls it a Light (Gen 1.16, Isa 13.11, Eze 32.7, Mat 24.29, Mar 13.24). Every theory has a reason (open or hidden) behind it. Remember satan is a liar & the father of lies. As a Thinker, more importantly by far, as a Christian, we should ask ourselves why is “science” saying one thing & the Bible another? Stop believing “science” (with false images, drawings, CGIs) & renew your faith in God’s Word. – 8/26/19

 

“For as long as carnality is there, the man is going with the world…the only hope…to get the world out of a man is to get him sanctified wholly & filled with the Holy Ghost.”

– Uncle Buddy Robinson

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Psa 66.7 +

Psa 66.7

“He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations:

 let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.”

 

There’s a gang in town that likes to think that they’re in charge.

There’s a mafia in a city that likes to think that they’re in charge.

There’s the illuminati that likes to think they’re in charge of the world. All are temporary!

Almighty God, Maker of heaven & earth allows man some short-term power. He’ll be the Final Ruler:

& unlike the above, His rule is benevolent. – 8/13/19

 

“When the Holy Guest abides within,

the soul does not shun the way of the Cross,

nor seek great things for itself.”

– Samuel L Brengle /Guest of the Soul/

 

The devil may not mind you attending a modernistic church (after all they’re playing “music” a lot like his). They seldom are specific about cursing, adultery, pride, or addiction to his many amusements. Sadly, satan has the Saturdays of sooo many professed “christians” & they’ll be back listening to off-color jokes tomorrow so, why should he mind that you go to a “pretend church” for an hour once a week? – 8/18/19

 

“…What finer, more searching & sanctifying incentive to holy living can one have than this indwelling presence of Father, Son & Holy Ghost, as Guest of the Soul?”

– Samuel L Brengle /Guest of the Soul/

 

Jesus is the  Word

If you’re looking for signs and wonders they can be found.

If you’re looking for Holy Words, thank God, Bibles abound.

Words are less flashy, less fleshly, lower key;

Signs appeal to the eye – we live in an “age of imagery.”

Scripture warns against the image, the statue, the idol;

(Unless activated by satan, such are always idle.)

These are easily used, easily changed to the eye deceive.

Words require the mind – thinking – are harder to receive.

Flee the visual, loud, presentations, i.e. ritual gone wild.

God spoke to Elijah in His timing; His words were mild.

– eab, 8/25/16

 

“Never be unemployed;

never be triflingly employed.”

– John Wesley

 

The term “Protestant Christian” suggests there might be some other kind of “christian.” (“Protestant” is a label – labels are stuck on by one who feels outside that group.) The souls labeled protestant have been (by-n-large) men & women who believed in the Bible: helping perhaps to translate It into the vernacular, loved It’s Truth, & in some cases died for It. They therefore are the true Christians – “Protestant” is superfluous. -8/22/19

 

Isa 53.6

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;

& the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

Would you like _____ (fill blank)? “No. I’m good.” Wait – You weren’t asked if you were “good” or not – you just used “fad” speech. A more proper response would have been “No, Thank you.” AND – please – friend, when asked if you want to be Saved? Don’t say, “No, I’m good.” You (& I) are not by nature, “good.” Christ came to make us like He is – He is “GOOD” Personified. – 8/25/19

 

“I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt that I did trust Christ, Christ alone for salvation & an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine!”

– John Wesley

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Psa 25.5 +

Psa 25.5
“Lead me in thy truth & teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation;

on thee do I wait all the day.”

 

“But I thought preachers were to be college educated.” Sadly, that’s a common, modern mind-set but neither the New Testament nor history fully agrees. God’s used men who received educational benefits (a number of times before their conversion) but He’s used many men who either never attended college or didn’t graduate. They learned from God & from His Holy Word – greatest Teacher & the greatest Text. – 8/19/19

 

“There are two ways of ruining children—the way of the harsh father

& the way of the indulgent mother.”

– Samuel L Brengle /Guest of the Soul/

 

The Delight of a Closed Door. Some are waiting for a right door to open & a “closed door” doesn’t interest them. One of the best ways to see/hear God’s next door open is to go behind the closed door of your prayer closet. But whether seeking God’s next step, or seeking the salvation of souls, or seeking for the Holy Ghost to visit your place of worship, learn the delight of a closed closet door – God & you inside. – 8/20/19

 

“The Holy Ghost is the Holy Guest. He has come into the world &

visits every heart, seeking admittance as a guest.”

– Samuel L Brengle /Guest of the Soul/

 

second birth

A man of the most common birth

Born anywhere on this wide earth,

Can, by the “second birth” be,

The son of the King of Eternity. – eab, 8/22/14

 

“Those who believe in the ‘unknown tongue’ certainly have no right to be called ‘Pentecostal’ for the marvel & miracle of Pentecost was that every man heard them speak in his own language.”

– A L Vess

 

The saddest deaths on earth are suicides. There’s a sense in which backsliding is spiritual suicide. It may not be as final as physical suicide but it can be. Those of us who believe in the Free Will have a likelihood of thinking we can leave & come back to God pretty-well when we want to. That is Dangerous. Do not play with backsliding. The Holy Spirit might knock on your door again – but – He – might – not. – 8/20/19

 

2Jo 1.7

“…Many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver & an antichrist.”

 

Please understand – satan has an imitation of the Holy Spirit. People who grew up in meetings where the True Spirit of God moved have a memory of that freedom, that exuberance. They were observers; their parents, grandparents were the ones who prayed & obeyed until God moved. These observers grew up wanting the feeling, but weren’t willing to pray & obey to enjoy the Genuine. Sadly, devil has won pastors, youth pastors, song leaders to his imitation spirit. There maybe a slight similarity but it’s hollow. The new generation has a “feeling” (without paying the price) but the origin of the feeling is satan, not God. -8/22/19

 

“He sanctified you to make you a more fruitful Christian.”

– B J Walker, sermon 8/4/09

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