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Lev 19.18 +

Lev 19.18

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people,

but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.”

 

“The only way of knowing the Holy Spirit is by possessing Him

& being possessed by Him…”

– Daniel Steele, S T D

 

You were born with a capacity to worship & a will as to who/what you worship. The ideal is to adorn God. If you refuse to worship the Almighty you’ll end up worshipping another god (small “g”). Many a modern woman worships a tiny, temporary “god” – – – herself. And, “Hear This,” as a statue has to be re-painted & repainted, she daily repaints her face, often repaints her nails etc. Stop worshipping yourself. Worship GOD! – 1/29/20

 

“Every mind in which the Holy Spirit dwells

instinctively turns away in disgust from the chaff of ritualism.”

– Daniel Steele, S T D

 

TUNING

When God allows a little tension here

Or tightens things over there.

He’s not being cruel. Never is He unfair.

He’s doing what a Musician does

He’s bringing your life, your string

To His perfect pitch, He’s helping you to “sing,”

Preparing you to fit in His orchestra all grand,

Who’re gathering now on eternity’s strand.

Trust Him child, He knows the sound He hears;

When we hear it, we’ll agree – though. through. tears.

– eab, 1/15/16  

 

 

“O, that the Holy Ghost, the blessed Comforter, would now come down &

convince those that are Christ-less amongst you, of sin, of righteousness & of judgment!”

– George Whitefield

 

People go south to bask in the sun, savoring its warm & light. They are willing to invest the miles & money to do so. Lord help us see a far greater need is to Bask in the Warm & Light of His Risen Son. Are we willing (God help us) to invest time & energy in a prayer closet to enjoy The Presence of His Son? – 1/30/20

 

Joh 8.36

“If the Son therefore shall make you free,

ye shall be free indeed.”

 

It must be sad when a person is imprisoned; restricted in freedom, forced to eat this (& this only), not free to change from bondage clothing. It’s possibly worse, when a person imprisons him/herself; that’s what sinners do. Their sinful habits & distorted desires keep from being free to move-in-the-Spirit, they “eat” the same old sinful addictions, they dress like other sinners (afraid to be different). Christ came, sinner, that you can be free. The devil has you believing you are “free.” No. He is the biggest of all liars. – 1/31/20

 

“When general Grant was in Paris, the president of the Republic invited him to attend the Sunday races…he politely declined…saying, “It is not in accord with the custom of my country or the spirit of my religion to spend Sunday in that way. I will go to the house of God.”

– Preachers Magazine, Nazarene Pub. House, July-August, 1944

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Lev 11.45 +

Lev 11.45

“For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God:

ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

 

Pastor, have you, yes You, died out to sports? Brother, have you admitted to yourself that sports are a major god of this world? (satan has used them to get people’s minds off Eternity.) Don’t let sports attract youth to your church. Let the moving of the Blessed Holy Ghost attract them. “But there’s a price to having Him move.” True but being willing to pray & obey. Lead away from (not toward) sports. They are so temporary. – 1/29/20

 

“A sinner in the pulpit is the most dangerous man in the land.”

– Uncle Buddy Robinson

 

PLEASE, “PLEASE”                        

Going to heaven may seem hard for

The one struggling to “cross all the tees;”

But it’s easier for the one

Simply willing Christ to please.

– eab, 1/27/15

 

We should never grow weary of writing and reading about Jesus.”

– John Newton

 

We tend to like a man who is consistent: If he was opposed to going bowling, for example, last year he’ll be opposed this year. You may not agree with his positions (in all honesty his stand may “bug you” a little) but you DO like him being consistent. And, if you like Someone who is consistent, then you’re going to Love God, the most consistent Being ever. – 1/29/20

 

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

What is culture worth if it is but the whitewash on a rascal? I would rather be in heaven learning my A, B, C’s than sitting in hell reading Greek.”

– Sam Jones

 

What is your attitude toward God? No, don’t say what you know your minister would want you to say. No, don’t try to sound pious. Truly, what is your attitude to the Almighty? Do you secretly hate God? Or are you trying to ignore Him? Or are you “OK” with Him being Creator but have no interest in Him being your Savior? Your attitude toward Him may be His “attitude” toward you when the death rattle is in your throat & your finger nails are turning blue. – 1/30/20

 

“The best way in the world to kill a fellow is to love him to death;

then you don’t have to bury him.”

– Sam Jones

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Exo 32.33 +

Exo 32.33

“And the LORD said unto Moses,

‘Whosoever hath sinned against me,

him will I blot out of my book.’”

 

“We need to see & feel the torments of hell & the glory of heaven;

then we could help our people.”

– V O Agan

 

Question – with a good attitude – but still question, anything/everything you see on TV, movies (hollywood/disney/ “christian”), & ALL “news” outlets. “Are you sowing dissension, Bryan?” I’m trying to help you & yours, to help our children, our grandkids & great-grands to avoid a life of bondage to sin. We’ve never lived in an age with more Images. The eye has a direct path of to your brain. Stop believing all you see. 1/27/20

 

“Worldliness robs the Church of its purity & Power & places her

in a position whereby she cannot proclaim the whole counsel of God.”

– V O Agan

 

 

uncommon hill  

History’s most famous land is an Uncommon Hill,

It’s the hill upon which the Savoir died,

Pierced by thorn, cruelly crucified.

History is a series of events,

Random, some seem, full of dings and dents,

Brilliant or scarred, free or barred

Filling all the past [if history fills all the past].

History also has to have its land,

On which acts start and then expand,

Events all pass, the land lasts.

History plays out on real valley and hill,

By river’s bend, by bays, as tides fill.

History did not act out into thin air

History takes place on dirt and sod,

Some of it for, some against God.

All of history took place on land

On rocky rise, on stretches of sand

History fills time’s line completely full,

Ethereal-like, exciting or more dull.

Real history covers slopes and scarps,

Little knolls, rolling plains, hills and sharps.

The greatest history took place on an Uncommon Hill.

– eab, 1/23/11

 

“…A mind may be permanently soiled by unsavory conversations, books ‘off color’…some books are without any…bad pages…yet the subtle character of the writer thru his words damages the pure white of the young reader’s mind.”

– J M Ludlow

 

Do not trust people who wear masks. People who love a masquerade find it easier to flirt (IMO) with some else’s wife or husband than they would without the mask. People who show up at rallies in masks will be (IMO) more reckless than they would without one. People who rob banks wear masks. But the worst “masked” people are teachers/preachers who were “on the right”, switched “to the left,” but don’t want their followers to know. 1/28/20

 

2Pe 2.15

“Which have forsaken the right way & are gone astray,

following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness”

 

Do you obey what my dad, Clyde D Bryan, called The Checks of the Spirit? “But – but all the other families in the church do _ _ _ (you fill blank).” “But – but the other couples go.” If the spirit has checked you, love God enough to obey Him. An expression from the 50s (I know not who to credit) “Others may, you cannot.” 1/29/20

 

“Men judge the worker by the work;

God judges the work by the worker.”

– Martin Luther

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Exo 32.6 +

Exo 32.6

“…And the people sat down to eat and to drink,

and rose up to play.” [ so like America ]

 

Please friend, so live NOW that you can later “re-live” your memory-scenes with pleasure. I’ve tried to pastor in 5 states & Canada, and teach in 3 states (more than once in 2 of those). I fondly remember my praying places both while pastoring & teaching. I am not saying I’ve been a great prayer, but am so thankful for the place(s) in each locality where God condescended to meet His unworthy servant. -1/27/20

 

“The only hope of the drunkard or the thief is 1st in the birth of the Spirit, & 2nd in the baptism with the Holy Ghost & fire. This is the only remedy. This will make an honest man out of a rascal & a sober man out of a drunkard. The nature of man must be cleansed and purified.”

– Uncle Buddy Robinson

 

DEAD?

When you & I are stretched out stiff & cold,

And the soul has left its God-shaped mold,

And questions spread among friend & foe

How long was he sick? How did he go?

When was he born? Was he *that* old?

We’ll not hear this twitter, not one word

If we’ve lived for Him (That was His choice.

He invited us to, if we but heard His voice.)

We’ll have heard the greatest words e’er said,

“Well done.”

Oh, I want to hear them, when you think I’m dead.

– eab, 1/28/17

 

“No one will ever go into despair

while he feels God cares for him.”

– B T Roberts

 

It sounds too horrible to be true but satan is pushing his dupes toward reducing world population. Armies have killed other armies for millennia: blade, bullet, bomb. Evil men have massacred unarmed groups for centuries. Sadly, in recent decades even “members of health care” have killed the unwanted, the unhealthy, the un-young. All the while God’s words to Noah & sons to “…Multiply & replenish the earth”(Gen 9.1) haven’t been revoked. God says multiply, satan says kill off – true pictures of contrast. 1/28/20

 

Rev 9.11

“…They had a king over them…angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”

 

A conversion isn’t worth anything unless it’s a double conversion.

A man must be converted from something to something.”

– Sam Jones

 

The devil & his children will deceive you if possible. On one side, they’d like you to believe there are millions upon millions of “christians” (not mentioning the broad definition of “christian”). On the other side, he’d like you to think you’re crazy – hardly anyone believes as you do. He is a liar. Going to heaven is about as individual “as it gets.” Fellowship with whom you can. Be kind to those with whom you can’t fellowship but keep you sights on the Celestial City. God love you & WANTS you with Him. – 1/28/20

 

A man once asked me how long it had been since I had been at a theater. I told him I had not been at the theater since I had quit being a vagabond.”

– Sam Jones

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Exo 25.40 +

Exo 25. 40

“And look that thou make them after their pattern,

which was showed thee in the mount.”

 

“The church that is adopted by the world is never the true Church –

for the world never ceases to persecute the True Church.”

– V O Agan

 

Audiences should not be saying, “Look what he can do” (reaching a certain note, making something “disappear” or throwing his voice. (Of course magic or ventriloquism do not belong in church, ever.) Oh, that audiences who say, “Look what God can do/is doing.” If the church building is truly God’s house, He deserves the praise & adoration for all good that is done there. Now & Always! – 1/27/20

 

“…Hundreds of people are studying psychology, which is the study of ‘what makes you act as you do.’ You know what makes you act the way you do, it is either the Lord or the devil in you.

We don’t have to study a lot of books to figure out why people act as they do.”

– V O Agan

 

 

CHRIST

Every sinner who hears of a Sinless One,

Every father who hears God had a Son,

Every planner who hears Redemption is done,

Is drawn to Christ.

The only way to reach heaven’s door,

The only way to tread the golden “floor,”

The only way to enjoy Redemption & more,

Is through the blood of Christ.

Christ is the Key to heaven’s lock,

Christ is the pure Shepherd of a pure flock,

Christ is the center of creation’s calendar & clock.

The only hope for all is Christ.

– eab, 1/21/05

 

“If, in your judgment, you cannot be an honest lawyer,

resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.”

– Abraham Lincoln

 

Children like to pretend, but oh, if only pretending stopped there. A place called hollywood has many “adult-sized” children who pretend. They dress-up in cowboy stuff & pretend. They put on uniforms & pretend. They don science fiction outfits & pretend. Later they’re remembered as the guy who “played the pope” or the lead role in “x” & make millions. Did the pretenders get your $? Not a dime of mine. – 1/27/20

 

Php 2.10

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,

 and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

 

Did you sing in church yesterday? Did you pick up hymnal, find the page, engage lips, tongue, vocal cords & sing? It you did, you engaged in a type of worship that’s centuries old & (where there were hymnals) world-wide. I care not if you sang lead/soprano, alto/baritone, tenor, or (my favorite since a boy) bass; you sang. That’s great. Hopefully the song leader’s selections included classic hymns. If so you connected with a man/woman of another era, maybe another country, but both of you praising the God of heaven. – 1/27/20

 

“I am nothing, truth is everything.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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Exo 20.16, 17 +

Exo 20.16, 17

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife…”

 

Children – probably of several ages – who see their mom reading just might try reading themselves. Those who see dad reading (unless they know it’s a part-of-his-job) may be even more likely to experience the pleasure of reading. Please, Dad, Mom, influence your child to read. Reading can be done in the park, the woods, the porch without electricity. Reading can increase your vocabulary. Reading (if you select the right stuff) can give you insights 1.) into parts of the world you’ll never visit, 2.) into history you cannot visit, & 3.) into Christian Truths you should visit. Read On! 1/24/20

 

“…Truth when it collides with men’s pleasures, passions & wills never has a fair chance…

shows that unbelief originates in a moral rather than an intellectual cause.”

– Daniel Steele, S T D

 

SIDE-STAGE

Life is the dingy, green, side-stage room *

Tall but small and cold

Basically bare. For the stage (out there) [1]

Is where it is ALL truly told. – eab, Jan. 2005

* This reflects my childhood impression of the school side-stage rooms ‘50-‘57, Somerset, OH.

 

 

“Real living Christianity is always a disturber of worldliness & sin,

bringing a sword on the earth.”

– Daniel Steele, S T D

 

You & I differ on point “B,” “E – sub-point 10” & most of point “Q.” Since we hold varying views You Are Wrong – not necessarily. And, I Am Right – again, not necessarily. We have (yes, both of us) limited, earthy view. You might say, “No, I have a perfect view; you see, I have a doctor’s degree from ‘x’” or “I’ve made a life-long study of this” etc. Sometimes a parent has to smile behind his hand at the words of his three-yr old. Must not God also see how mistaken we can be? Let us be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. And, when we must disagree, do it with love: both vertically & horizontally. – 1/26/20

 

1Pe 1.15

“But as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;”

 

“Conscious confidence (faith) &

conscious rebellion cannot co-exist.”

– J A Wood

 

Have you, dear soul, figured out why you want your worldly friends to admire you (your mind, your body, even your “spirituality”) but are not interested in admiration from more careful friends? Why, to be perfectly honest, do you have a hankering for the world? Is it that your heart is unsanctified? Please seek God for holiness. – 1/26/20

 

“God did not give us a little bit of His love…He gave us all that He had

& since God is love He had plenty to give.”

– Reuben Zeigler, student paper 3/2/02

[1] Eternity is the real stage, not earthly life.

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Exo 20.14, 15 +

Exo 20.14, 15

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

“Thou shalt not steal.”

 

“Forgive. Why?

So you can live.”

– Carl Eisenhart, 2/11/18

 

When is the last time you read a book that made you think? (Hopefully you read in the Bible this AM but this is other than God’s Book.) Do you have a marker in a book right now? *Digging a little deeper* When is the last time you were reading a book & stopped, picked up a dictionary – you DO have one close, eh? – learned what that word meant, & resumed reading? * By sad contrast * When is the last time you watched a full length movie (hollywood/disney/alleged “christian”)? – 1/24/20

 

“…an old-fashioned case of repentance will stop your fighting holiness

& stop your quarreling & make you upright.”

– Bona Fleming

 

RED SEA  

Out of the Towns of Egypt,

Out of the ghettos of Ham,

With oxen and calf, kid and goat

Ewe and stately old ram,

 

With bundles on back and head

Breadboards and extra garb,

Marched a nation of men

Who’d recently felt a master’s barb.

 

Mountain to right of them

Rose in its height,

Mountain to left of them

Cut off all side flight,

 

While the rumble of chariots

Told their sad ear

That old Pharaoh now

Approached from the rear,

 

And the wide sea before them

(Their only way to pass)

Lay calm and deadly still

Like a giant looking glass.

– eab, March 1999

 

“The soul & the body are so united that they have each of them power

over one another in their actions.”

– Wm. Law

 

What’s with the tattoo? Seriously. You sat still while it was inked on. You wasted money paying for it. You took a chance that needles were less than sterile Why? “Well, it’s pretty.” That, friend, may be your opinion – it is not mine. “My tattoo shows with whom I identify, my ball team, my country, my astrological ‘sign,’ my…” you-name-it. Tattoos may be setting the stage for the mark of the beast. – 1/24/20

 

1Ti 2.9

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness

& sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

 

If your husband is pastor, you’re probably the most influential woman in the church. Some men, many women who are 10 yrs younger than you, & nearly every woman your age & older are watching you. From “She’s wearing her skirts shorter this winter” to “I love (or totally dislike) her new hair do,” to “Did you hear what she said about her?” As a pastor’s wife, how I hope you’re faithful to your man & faithful to your prayer closet. (You don’t have one? Oh, create one today.) – 1/24/20

 

“…in the reign of Henry VIII an honest farmer once gave a cart load of hay

for one leaf of St. James Epistle in English.”

– Gilchrist Lawson

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