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Pro 14.14 +

Pro 14.14

“The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways:

& a good man shall [be satisfied] from himself.”

 

28 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Pro 28.25 He that is of a PROUD heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.”

 

“An old fashioned revival of the witness of the Spirit [as Wesley emphasized]

is needed in the Holiness Movement.”

– R G Flexon

 

GO HOME

Go you may and go you must,

Make that sign “New York or bust.”

Go by car or go by train,

Go by boat or go by plane.

Go enjoy your school vacation,

And your home, blessed destination. – eab, 12/14/68

 

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

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

– R S Foster

 

How literally do you take the Holy Bible? Is it reliable to you for salvation? Have you believed & prayed about its command “Be ye holy”? Do you realize that it has “tips” to: 1.) Help your marriage? 2.) Help you raise your child? 3.) Help you to live separate from this world? The Bible, especially the New Testament, has parables, admonishings, short sermons, prayers & searching questions for all who’re willing to read It – – – & heed It. – 12/10/19

 

Mat 22.29

“Jesus answered and said unto them,

‘Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.’”

 

“…Character originates from free choice…”

– Daniel Steele, S.T.D.

 

In a world of sin, sinning is popular. Too many youth (even adults) haven’t really wanted to do That Sin but have lacked the strength to say, “No!” Sin will soon (if not for the whole world, at least for you) lose its popularity. Wisdom, lack of physical power, lose of money will cause sin to look less appealing.

But Holiness (the absence of all sin), now not in vogue, will become the theme For. All. Eternity. 12/12/19

 

“…We find…among the gods of Grecian & Roman mythology only deified lust,

deified hatred, deified theft, deified jealousy & deified bloodthirstiness.”

– Daniel Steele, S.T.D.

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Pro 12.12 +

Pro 12.12

“The wicked desireth the net of evil men:

but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.”

 

27 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Pro 21.24 PROUD and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in PROUD wrath.

 

“Mentally insane people are always confused about time & eternity…

but you can…procrastinate…& think it is perfectly all right.”

– R G Flexon

 

OBEY – EVERY TIME

Heaven was not made for a select few;

It was made for you, and you, and you!

We do not get there with the toss of a dime

Nor because born in a certain doctrine or clime.

We get to heaven by obeying God, every time. – eab, 12/12/06

 

“If your children have never heard you pray,

seek God, set up a family altar & go to praying.”

– R G Flexon

 

I fear some want to see hell as a “temperament” i.e. an unhappy place (not admitting its horrible pain.) Others “dream” that hell is temporary (hoping their soul will eventually burn up).

Hell is far more than “being unhappy” – it’s a place of torment “…I am tormented in this flame”(Luk 16.24).

And Brother John says, “…the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever & ever…”(Rev 14.11). -12/12/19

 

Gen 19.20

“…It is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither (is it not a little one?)…”

Lot spoke of a little city. A lot of people speak of a “little” sin.

 

“…The great German reformer…said ‘If any one knocks at the door of my breast & says,

‘Who lives here?’ I will answer, ‘Not Martin Luther but Jesus Christ.’”

– Daniel Steele, S.T.D.

 

There is “What?” “When?” “Where?” & “Who?” Sometimes the most important question is “Why?” Why talk that way? (Would you, would I, have said “that” if Jesus were visibly there?) Why dress, or only partially dress, like that? Why live the life you now live? Why continue in sin? “Why” is a question some readers need to hear AND to seriously answer. – 12/11/19

 

“Human courts are competent to convict of crime…

But human law & conscience combined cannot eradicate evil from the heart.”

– Daniel Steele, S.T.D.

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Pro 11.11 +

Pro 11.11

“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted:

but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”

 

“…Our Lord never required absolute perfection from archangels

much less from fallen man.”

– John Fletcher

 

Someway (not sure I understand why) humans are fascinated by artsy objects which took hours/days/even yrs to make or build & which have no, Absolutely No, practical use. I suppose we’re snagged on the idea that one human spent that much time on froth. Pardon me – but we shouldn’t be.  Use your time wisely – even as a responsible adult. Use your time even more wisely as men & women of God & who will give an account to Him of the deeds done in the flesh. – 12/6/19

 

“…Every clergyman is not a candidate for a bishopric,

but every man is a candidate for heaven.”

– John Fletcher

 

JUST CHRISTMAS AGAIN

Is it just Christmas, again,

In a world of war and sin?

Another year of tinsel and paper;

Of glamorous gifts, paid for later,

Of loveless homes and empty lives,

And husbands separate from their wives?

Another day, the same as last,

The only difference, a year has past?

 

No, this year can be,

A joyous Christian reality.

A year when Christ is personal,

Yes, more than an year, eternal;

The Lord of your life, and heart

If not now, then now start.

– eab,1967 [Bryan’s 3rd Christmas Card]

 

“What are you so greedily reading grandpa?” said a child to a Bible-studying saint

of four score yrs intently reading the word of God, “News…”

– Daniel Steele, S.T.D. /Gospel of t Comforter/

 

There’s never been a better time for YOU to become a follower of Jesus Christ. No, not just an occasional attendee at a nominal “christian” church. No, not a church member, although being in a Bible-believing church can help. Please Sir, Ma’am, become a follower of the Lord. You & I could be called upon to stand, unequivocally stand in this life. We all will need to be in right standing with Him at the point of death.

– 12/9/19

 

Mat 19.4

“And he answered & said unto them, ‘Have ye not read,

that he which made them at the beginning made them male & female.’ ”

 

Once a man were happy for his girlfriend, fiancé, & then wife to be as feminine as she could be. And she was pleased to be his full-fledged lady. What happened? Magazines, sales catalogues, movies, TV, etc. started portraying women with shorter hair. (This is not new, my dad’s mother had a mannish haircut 70 yrs ago but cutting has gotten worse.) Many men still prefer a lady to have longer (if not uncut) hair but some women, sadly, want to please themselves instead of their man. – 12/11/19

 

“Faith…is the only door through which God

comes into the human soul.”

– – Daniel Steele, S.T.D. /Gospel of t Comforter/

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Pro 10.10 +

Pro 10.10

“He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.”

 

26 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Pro 21.4 An high look, and a PROUD heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

 

“Truth, next to God, is the most powerful thing in the world…”

– John Fletcher

 

DEATH

Some hours ago the message came,

The solemn message of the dead.

(These are always given,

Given and received, with dread.)

Sad the duty to deliver,

Sadder yet to stand and take;

Someone else has gone in sleep;

We are still awake. – eab, Dec ’84

 

“A true Christian was never known to be a persecutor.”

– John Fletcher

 

There is no proof (of which I’m aware) that Jesus was born in “December,” let alone the 25th. There may not be even proof He was born in winter. (Please, Christian, do not get “hung-up” on dates, either when He came or when He comes again.) Jesus, the Christ, was born! That is the vastly important Past News. AND, Jesus Christ will come again. His coming is the vastly important Future News. Hark. -12/7/19

 

Mat 2.1

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king,

behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem

 

“The legs feel nothing in the stocks when the heart is in heaven”

– Tertullian quoted by – F F Bruce

 

Read your Bible with a straight edge & pen or with a high-lighter (mark the last page first to make sure it doesn’t “bleed” through). Make A.B.C. or 1.2.3 on the margin to help you see more quickly next reading what God showed you in this reading. Color code your thoughts by subject material. Keep a bookmarker in the spot(s) were you are reading. Use a computer file to type in your ideas or questions about a certain passage. Study God’s great Book! Study It like your life depends on It – – – it does. 12/9/19

 

“One of the chief merits in expository lecturing is that it requires one to preach about delicate subjects that one might otherwise dodge.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

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Pro 8.8 +

Pro 8.8

“All the words of my mouth are in righteousness;

there is nothing froward or perverse in them.”

 

25 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Pro 16.19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the PROUD.

 

“…we believe that no child of Adam is a ‘natural man’ in the Calvinian sense of the word [i.e. absolutely destitute of all saving grace] except he who has actually sinned away his day of grace.”

– John Fletcher

 

Love defined

Having never been to heaven

We can only try to imagine

The splendor upon splendor our Lord left behind,

To descend to be a Man

(For such was God’s blest plan)

The act was infinitely beyond the word “kind.”

Descend, ah, what a word

For the coming of our Lord

Come, descend to earth (raw-to-the-rind)

But come down, He grandly did

Defeating satan’s Edenic bid

A descent beyond which man can wrap his mind.

It’s doubtful He came in December

(It’s only a time to remember)

Christ came (unlike us) knowing what He’d find.

He found man lame and ill

Filled with pride and black self-will

He found him physically and spiritually blind.

But, O Friend, He had a cure

For all sinners ever endure.

Birth, Boyhood, then His plan began to unwind

Grow, Friend, beyond His birth

Beyond His ministry on earth

Seek for your life, His holy mind.

Believe His words in Revelation

Make Christ your fullest expectation.

He is Love eternal, yes, Love defined. – eab, 12/8/14

 

“It is enough to give offence when it cannot be avoided.

We should not provoke the displeasure of our hearers without necessity.”

– John Fletcher

 

A hunter learns to not talk, to sit still, & to be “all” eyes & ears. A hunter (seeker) after God can/should do the same – “Be still & know that I am God…” (Psa 46.10). Further, a hunter needs to be very conscience of wind movement. The seeker after God must learn to be aware of the moving of the Holy Spirit. – 12/8/19

 

Mat 7.7

“Ask & it shall be given you; seek & ye shall find;

knock & it shall be opened unto you:”

 

“The mere fact of GLOSSOLALIA or any other ecstatic utterance

is no evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit.”

– F F Bruce

 

Too many people have plateau-ed in their Bible reading. 1.) You can plateau in the amount you attempted to read per-day, per-week. 2.) You can plateau in the levels linking the Eternal Word with disciplines of learning, i.e. grammar structure, historical &/or geography connections. 3.) Of equal, if not greater danger, is to plateau regarding the many points were science is in the Bible. Please, ask God to make you aware of the Bible/science associations. They are many. – 12/8/19

 

“Moloch & Rephen are planetary divinities, members of the ‘host of heaven’

…kaiwan is an Assyrian name for the planet Saturn…”

– F F Bruce

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Pro 7.7 +

“Pro 7.7

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths,

a young man void of understanding,”

 

“…He works daily as a Prophet to enlighten you, as a Priest to make intercession for you, as a King to subdue your enemies, as a Redeemer to deliver you…& as a Saviour to help you work out your own salvation…”

– John Fletcher

 

There are, sadly, men who’ve pastored “holiness churches,” been part of a “holiness mission,” or were involved with “holiness schools” who did not preach a clear holiness message. Were they once Spirit filled & backslid? Were they never filled with the Holy Ghost? Why this disparity? Holiness needs to be preached & lived-out in every holiness parsonage, at home & abroad. – 12/6/19

 

“If man is not a free agent…God is as much the author of our actions, good or bad, as a show-man is the author of the actions of his puppets…”

– John Fletcher

 

HE WAS BORN !  

Born the twenty-fifth of December?

No, one can’t prove that date.

But born He was, whatever the day,

On an hour that’s now many decades away.

And twenty-five is what we remember.

Was it twenty-two or twenty-eight?

 

The fact remains – He was born!

The very year is a present proof.

Nineteen Seventy-Five, seventy-five what?

Stop! Give that a second, serious thought

The very year is reckoned from that morn,

When He came forth, beyond the inn roof.

 

He was born! Though date and year be wrong,

And skeptics are still around.

He became Man, to live as men would,

That man may improve and live as he should.

The Christ-like ones make a huge throng.

He was born, or they wouldn’t abound. – eab, Dec.  1975

 

“Repentance implies a willingness to be known

& estimated according to one’s real character.”

– George   Shaw

 

Coincidence? “Happy-go-lucky” humans are prone to accept events (or event “chains”) as mere coincidence. Serious minded people (with an idea of satan’s power) can make too much of conspiracies. Somewhere between these extremes (if that’s what they are) is a place for Christ’s followers to weigh words, actions, myths, histories (true & false) which surround us. Not all conspiracies are right. But more may have validity than many suppose. Keep close to Jesus – He can/will guide us. – 12/6/19

 

1Jo 4.1

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:

because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

 

Do not worship your Christmas Tree. I doubt you do, but it may have too prominent a place in your home or heart. (I like the smell & sight of evergreen in the house & as far as I can see, it is no different than having fall leaves or spring flowers inside.) The important “tree” of Christ was the one on which He hung. We do not worship the cross either, but the One who died there, rose again & ever lives on high. – 12/7/19

 

“No church can be under the guidance of the Spirit

which fears to offend the world.”

– George   Shaw

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Pro 6.6 +

Pro 6.6

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard;

consider her ways, & be wise:”

 

24 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Pro 16.5 Every one that is PROUD in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

 

“Legalism – the stunted and

spoiled fruit of a beautiful tree.”

– Paul W Finch, Sr.

 

TENSES    

Now is our pleasure, in parts divided;

Three ways delighted,

Triplet in nature.

Present, past, future, in thoughts united,

Separately sighted,

In realm of measure.

But in the Land of Bliss, where time is no more,

Pleasure is endless, no “after” “before.”

An eternal kiss on that wondrous shore.

– eab, Dec  1966

 

“When God saved me He pulled the nails out of my board

but the holes are still there.”

– unknown man in AK, summer ‘85

 

Is the Bible a dead Book to you? (It is to the vast majority of sinners.) Is the Bible a dying Book to you? (It is to the ALL who are backsliding.) Please be aware of YOUR level of interest in God’s Holy Book. And become aware that we live in a shallow age of pictures, moving pics, animations, funny cartoons. If none of these were sinful (& some are), if none of these were ever off-color (some are), they pull you away from the “work” of reading. They are often entertaining – Holy Scriptures are not entertaining, nor where they written to be. They’re here that we might be made ready to go up there. 12/6/19

 

Luk 21.28

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up,

& lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

 

“The genuine work of love is always a hidden work.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

The devil doesn’t want to think about the vertical. He was once up (heaven), was kicked out to never return. He fell to earth (Luk 10.18). He is destined to go further down (“lake of fire” Rev 20.10). Nor does satan want people thinking vertically. So he & those aligned with him, have imagined, have drawn, an unrealistic horizontal “universe,” anything to keep them from thinking about their soon vertical drop to damnation. -12/6/19

 

“The sanctification of the Church means its separation

from all that is unholy, from sin.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

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Pro 5.5 +

Pro 5.5

“Her [strange women] feet go down to death;

her steps take hold on hell.”

 

“Holiness as an ethical reality does not make one less than human

 but more fully so.”

– Ray Dunning, PhD

 

Allow me to suggest that cartoon characters NOT be used in the same meme with Holy Scriptures. God’s Texts are 100% true. Cartoon characters are 100% fiction. Bible truths are too high, too precious, too sacred to be illustrated by mere, silly drawings by modern mortals. Please think about this trend & consider avoiding it for the sake of Our Father. – 12/5/19

 

“The most profound dimension of His identification

with the human race is in His death.”

– Ray Dunning, PhD

 

Nineveh [1]

The prophet Jonah tried to stall

(Always heed the Lord’s first call.)

Heathen sailors ‘gainst their wish

Pitched him over to the fish.

Nineveh was saved after all! (Jon 3.10) – eab, Dec. 1997

 

“The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God

and only He can produce it.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

OBSERVATION: It takes more effort to create a post than it does to criticize one. Amen? Please Sir Ma’am, I’m not saying my posts are great or that they’re stated in the best way, but I’ve written enough (prose & poetry) to know it’s definitely easier to pick apart another man’s idea than it is to pen your own. So – – – I’m requesting that readers with strongly opposing views – Take. The. Time. To. Write. Your. Own. Stuff. Hope this does not offend. I am angry at no one. But this probably needs to be stated.  Please hear.

 

Jos 8.35

“There was not a word of all that Moses commanded,

which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel…”

 

Have you – a-hum – You, read your Bible through? Have you read It through in a year? If not, I hope you can see that 2020 would be a perfect yr to do that. If you will read only three chapters a day & then five on the Lord’s Days you can accomplish this goal. The devil doesn’t want you to read It & may say it is impossible for you. God helping you it is not impossible but could be very profitable for you & those with whom you live or minister. Plan now to make this Historical Adventure. – 12/5/19

 

“Whereas once the church believed in, spoke of, & practiced the cure of souls,

it has shifted its faith to a secular cure of minds.”

– Bobgans & Mahan

[1] Phillip said he wanted some Christian nursery rhymes and thus started me thinking somewhat along this line.

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Pro 3.3 +

Pro 3.3

“Let not mercy & truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck;

write them upon the table of thine heart:”

 

“Nothing is more astonishing

than the care & concern of God for his followers.”

– Adam Clarke

 

There’s saintly pleasure in singing hymns to/about the Lord. Thank God for every work-worn soul of yesteryear who took that stub of an indelible pencil or that sharpened dipped-in-ink goose quill & laid out the poetic lines. Bear in mind they may’ve been scribbled with tears welling & running. The lines you sing in the safety of a sanctuary, may come from dark, the very darkest hours of the pen-man/pen-woman’s life but they are the high, heart renderings of their holy souls. Sing with great appreciation! – 12/3/19

 

“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

 

WITHIN – WITHOUT  

He came nations to bless,

Sin had to go.

Within gives a peaceful rest,

Without a defeated foe.

Around the angels stand,

Pointing above – the eternal land. – eab, Dec  1968

 

“The Middle Ages featured ‘mystery plays’…in theaters or public squares.

The Reformation replaced theatrics with biblical exposition.”

– John A Bjorlik

 

May I invite you, before 2020, to see the supreme value of the King James? You may’ve had a college prof you admired who “sold you” on some new translation. Or you may consider yourself trained in Aramaic, Hebrew & Greek & walked away from the 400 yr. power & history of the KJV. Come back, my friend to THE classic English Bible. If you made a bold (& “unwise”) announcement opposing the King James, you may have to retract it. If you didn’t, you probably can simply start reading & enjoying Its richness again. What better time than when commemorating –  “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem…”? 12/3/19

 

Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

 that I might not sin against thee.”

 

I’m a little of Clyde D. (dad), a little of Ruth E. (mom), yet totally me. They each were a little of their parents yet totally Clyde, totally Ruth. Only the Almighty could arrange this “2 becoming 1” all the way back to the Garden of Eden yet producing new individuals. We truly have an amazing God – if only in the field we humans call genetics. And – – – He is amazing in any & all other areas. I’m bragging on my Father! – 12/3/19

 

“…Even Christians turn to psychotherapy rather than to sanctification

as means of dealing with soul problems.”

– Bobgans & Mahan

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Pro 2.2 +

Pro 2.2

“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, &

apply thine heart to understanding;”

 

22 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Pro 6.17 [God hates ]A PROUD look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

 

“When in the pulpit, be always solemn, say nothing to make your congregation laugh…

You are speaking for eternity…trifling is inconsistent with such…

– Adam Clarke

 

CELEBRATE HIM (1991 Bryan card)

God’s Holy Word has revealed

The Redeemer; joyous revelation!

But, has equally concealed,

WHEN, He reached this earthly destination.

 

Bethlehem – the town is known,

With hill country of Judah all around;

WHERE the Divine Seed was sown,

But the When of His birth cannot be found.

 

The Lion of Judah’s tribe,

Prince of Peace, Lily of the valley too,

Messiah, King; these describe

Not the day, or the month, but the Pure WHO.

 

He came to be one with man.

The God-Man died as only sinners die.

Salvation was His whole plan.

Once again, that’s not the date but the WHY.

 

Every Gospel tells just HOW

His sinless, exemplary, life was all done,

Before the thorns crushed His brow.

But the month and day is made plain by none!

 

There is no doubt that He came,

Was born of a virgin, lead the twelve men,

Forgave sins and healed the lame;

But has the church over-emphasized WHEN?

 

Celebrate! Celebrate Him!

The Gift Divine! Greatest in every way.

Throw off worldly custom’s whim.

Celebrate Him! Not the day. – eab, Nov. 1991

 

“…the grand tempter is not permitted to touch the heart, the seat of the affections;

nor to do even the slightest violence to the will.”

– Adam Clarke

 

LONG UPDATE. On Nov 25 I trimmed the tops (several big-as-my-wrist branches) off of one tree & almost all of the 2nd one east of our raised-beds gardens before I fell. Was cutting one I thought might come down & hit me. To “avoid this” I stepped hurriedly off the ladder. In retrospection I think I may I’ve thought I was on the 2nd step up, when I really was on the third. Fell flat (thank God it was not angled) onto my back knocking most (if not all) the wind out of me, knocking my cap & glasses off. I crawled over to a garden bed & use it to stand up. After going inside Martha & I returned to finish the 3 branches. (She moved & steadied ladder while I went up to cut.) Later back in the house I was in so much pain I was concerned I might have broken my back or pelvis & had her call 911. (She also called Phillip & Heather who were retuning through IN from a service & they came to help us.) The Greenfield Hospital gave me a CAT scan. Thank the Lord the above were not broken (nor any ribs). They gave me pain killer & I returned home. We’d planned to go to P/H’s on Wed.; so went early, Heather driving my car with Moma & me riding with Phillip in their car. Spent next nights with pain killers & sleeping on a wedge under my upper body. Returned yesterday (just the 2 of us) & glad to be home. Still sore but so happy that back or pelvis were not broken. God was so good to me. Praise the Lord.

Thank you P/H & family for your kindness in hosting a hurting Gramp. Thank you Mary/Abigail for your room in which to sleep. So nice to share the family devotional times at Dickinsons. The Hausman family came for Thanksgiving Dinner (as planned). They had a surprise with them: the Lucas Wilsons. So nice to see all, to see Daryl feeling some better, & to get better acquainted with Lucas. 12/2/19

 

Luk 2.11

“…UNTO YOU is born this day in the city of David

a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (emphasis added)

 

“…Genius is the ability to become a boy again at will.”

– Bruce Barton

 

Was Jesus born in December? There might be one “chance” in twelve. Was He born the 25th of December? Highly – – – uh, make that very-highly unlikely. Was Jesus Born? ABSOLUTELY. Hopefully it’s not wrong to “celebrate christmas” (millions of Christians do). Allow a septuagenarian to urge you – Celebrate CHRIST, not christmas, per se. Be happy He Came. And. Comes. Again. – 12/2/19

 

“All achieving characters have a sublime disregard of criticism.”

– Bruce Barton

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