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Isa 55.2

“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?

& your labor for that which satisfieth not?”

 

“Perfection is simply completeness.”

– J A Wood /Sunset Echoes/

 

The gods of sports “demands” temples, “groves,” arenas for worship. Money is lavishly spent. Courts are built to precision, fields are laid out to exact inches, perfectly good pastures are transformed into fairways, “greens” & sand traps (where moos were heard, now moans are), tracks have accurate inclinations & curves, stadium plans pass engineer’s tests for strength, & the list could go on. Men, who live so briefly, spend money earned so sweatingly, just to see their “god’s devotees” run, jump, swim in style.- 8/29/19

 

“Conscious confidence (faith) and

conscious rebellion cannot co-exist.”

– J A Wood /Sunset Echoes/

 

IN A NUTSHELL

Upon a tree with serrated leaf, I found,

A fresh nut growing, smooth and round.

It had grown all summer, at its best,

But September still found it far from rest.

Its shape was right, its form – “No sweat.”

But maturity it was striving for, and

Hadn’t reached there yet.

Its size told that – a little small,

Give it time, “Rome wasn’t built in a fall.”

Its color also revealed its youth,

Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t uncouth.

It just lacked the brown of Autumn’s tone,

The pastel acorns claim for their own.

I’m sure given time it will be just right,

Big, full-fruited, sealed Tupperware-tight,

Grown-up color, maturity’s stroke,

The future, miniature, enduring oak.

But this morning, it’s not ready for all that,

Growing feet above the forest floor-mat.

This morning it’s ready to be youthful and green,

To stick by its place and flourish unseen.

I’ve expressed in part what I felt to tell,

Youth to maturity – in a nutshell.

Farewell.

– eab, Sept. 1976

 

If you ate as sparingly as you read your Bible (1 measly chap. a day) you might lose pounds. If you stayed no longer at the breakfast table, dinner table, supper table & in the “midnight snack” chair daily than you do in prayer you might be a lighter person. And – God help us all, ALL – we might make more sinners hungry for Jesus. Amen?  Ouch? 9/1/19

 

“The church that is man managed instead of God governed, is doomed to failure.

A ministry that is college trained but not Spirit-filled works no miracles…”

– Samuel Chadwick

 

If you know me, you know I’m fully in favor of modesty (& I’m not changing). But – ready for this? – do I detect some are substituting modest clothing & lack of metal/wood/pearls/plastic adornment for the Spirit filled life? Do we have churches where most “look right” but there’s seldom (if ever) a victorious shout? Where are the hot testimonies? Keep your modesty (Oh, please do) but make yourself a “committee of one” to obey & pray – to pray & obey until your have meetings which are lead by the Holy Ghost. 9/1/19

 

2Co 3.17

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: &

where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

 

If you’ll read your Bible more (particularly the NT – we’re NT Christians, not OT Jews) the Bible may change your view on eschatology. It may change your view on the Trinity. It may change how you see marriage & the list could go on. I can’t encourage you enough to spend more time with God’s Book. Study it. If it will help, read it on your knees – Geo. Muller read It some that way. Ask God to help you see what you should before each reading. If at all possible read the Bible the first thing in your day – everyday. 9/1/19

 

“Let persecution come. Let friends forsake & misrepresent us. It will all be forgotten & lost in the glory of His presence, when we patiently finish the race that is set before us.”

– Glenn Griffith (source unknown to eab)

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