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Deu 33.27 +

Deu 33.27

“The eternal God is thy refuge &

underneath are the everlasting arms:”

 

“All that God asks is that the heart should be cleansed from sin, full of love, whether it be the tender heart of a little child, with feeble powers of loving or of the full-grown man.”

– Duncan Campbell

 

You should not be saying “4-letter” i.e. bad words. May I go a step further? There are some “5-letter” words ALSO you shouldn’t be using “Pride” & “Proud.” Time after time I read (fb & other, perhaps) “I’m proud of you” etc. Really? “…God resisteth the proud but giveth grace unto the humble”(Jam 4.6) AND “…God resisteth the proud & giveth grace to the humble” (1Pe 5.5) Please, START p.l.e.a.s.i.n.g. Christ & drop these 5-letter words out of mind & mouth. – 2/17/20

 

“We all believe in the sovereignty of God in the affairs of men, but when this view is strained to the point of eliminating man’s responsibility, we have no hesitation in saying it borders on heresy.”

– Duncan Campbell

 

stacked mountains

I’ve enjoyed seeing mountains stacked

Blue-gray ridge upon gray blue,

And I’ve enjoyed oak river canyons

As I’ve meandered them through.

I’ve enjoyed seeing sequoias

Standing in their regal height,

And enjoyed Atlantic’s splashings

Morning and noon and at night.

I’ve enjoyed the hues of Autumn

Brushed on big tree or short shrub,

And enjoyed the sight of blossoms:

Fringed petals and spiked heart-hub

I’ve enjoyed the wild of deserts

With clumped grasses scattered through.

And I’ve enjoyed lakes a blue-green

And smaller ponds, greenish-blue.

 

If an earth I know is tainted,

Tarnished in spots by the fall,

A place that’s one big graveyard past,

Present, future for us all.

Can still hold islands attractive

Some common and others rare

Can most pleasantly surprise us

Round the next bend, over “there”

Can presently please the sight sense

On the ground, in air, afloat

Can thrill with size, shape, and texture,

Terrain both close and remote.

Can gladden the eye by colors

(Colors have wonderful “call.”)

And gladden the mind rememb’ring

Winter, spring, summer, and fall.

 

Surely the next world for the saint

Is glorious beyond sense.

Beauty behind heaven’s tall wall,

Now hidden by our time-fence.

The Beauty which I try to write

Is the least attraction there.

For Christ, the Spirit, and Father

– Trinity beyond compare –

Will permeate the atmosphere,

Glowing, radiate the place,

So brightened no sun is needed

But Their Holy Handsome Face.

Lord, help my unworthiness, bound

By flesh – bound in a bone “fence”

To enjoy earth but O, up there

“Enjoy God” in e-v-e-r-y sense.

– eab, 2/17/15        

 

“…Where is our hope? Not in our heels, he is swifter than we: not in our weapons, we are naturally unarmed; not in our hands, which are weak & languishing; but in the Spirit of God…There is a stronger lion in us than that against us.”

– Bishop Hall, quoted by Spurgeon

 

The best trophy does not sit on a shelf, rest in garage or yacht slip, or hang on a wall. The greatest trophy will be received after death & is only “words.” Words from God, Words of most glorious worth; “…Well done, thou good & faithful servant…”(Mat 25.21). Please God, oh, how I want to hear these words.-2/17/20

 

1Ti 6.11

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things &

follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”

 

Who is your hero, DAD? Dad, does your hero wear a uniform: football, navy, basketball, army, baseball, air force, soccer, marines? Don’t be the least surprised if your son ends up in such a uniform – few of which are genuine Christians. Your heroes tend to be discussed around the supper table, or a special trip is made to see them (some even name a child after a “hero”). If “junior” likes you (I surely hope he does) he may look up to the man to whom his dad looks-up. If you profess Christ but your heroes aren’t the men of the cross, please repent & change before you lose your son. – 2/17/20

 

“…A holy life is the best of sermons. Soul-winning is wrought by a winning life

more surely than by winning words.”

– C H Spurgeon

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Deu 32.4 +

Deu 32.4

“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment:

a God of truth & without iniquity, just & right is he.”

 

“There is a growing conviction…especially among thoughtful people that unless revival comes, other forces will take the field, that will sink us still deeper into the mire of humanism & materialism.”

– Duncan Campbell

 

Heaven (IMO) must have a million enjoyments. The privilege of worshipping God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit being at the extreme top. Somewhere far, far down the line, I can imagine catching sight of people we’ve know on earth. Oh, what great pleasure to see a son, a daughter who we tried to raise right & they are in Heaven. And to see a grandson, a granddaughter raised correctly by their parent, now enthralled with worshipping the Heavenly Father, Son, & Holy Ghost. – 2/13/20

 

“The Kingdom of God is not going to be advanced by our churches becoming filled with men,

but by men in our churches becoming filled with God.”

– Duncan Campbell

 

WHAT IS THIS?

It can be measured (often is),

Though it’s never been seen.

It has no color of its own,

Not blue, nor white, nor green.

 

It can’t be successfully weighed,

On balance or on a scale,

Yet it’s always up for “grabs,”

Daily this object’s for sale.

 

It has no height from which to fall,

Cannot be rolled into a ball,

Is “long” or “short” by attitude,

Is loathed or loved with gratitude.

 

What’s this thing o’er land and sea,

Ruling the dry and maritime?

Give up? Don’t know it by now?

It’s that commodity man calls TIME.

– eab, Feb. ’05

 

“…a perfect faith bringeth by-an-by,

a perfect contempt & loathing of this present life.”

– Martin Luther

 

Television has been used by satan to damn unknown numbers of souls. They got hooked: they Had to see the next game. They Had to see the next episode. They Had to see the comedian, cooking demo, murder mystery, space-fiction, auto race. They could’ve turned it off. They knew much of it was fiction but they loved “living in fantasy.” The view of Heaven from hell (Luk 16) will be startlingly real. They may not be able to turn it off though they (IMO) may so wish they could. 2/13/20

 

Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against thee.”

 

Why do you not believe the Bible? (There IS a reason.) Has someone taught you to not trust It? Has some school (or “school of thought”) destroyed your faith in the most reliable Book on earth? Backtrack, find the culprit, & avoid them “like the plague” – that’s what they are. Now, sit down with the Bible (& your coffee or coke, if you like), bow your heart before the Almighty, admit you’ve been wrong to not believe His Book, & ask Him to show you Where & How to read It afresh. Do this today, Friend, today. – 2/15/20

 

“Truly I am less afraid of the pope & his tyrants than I am of our own ingratitude towards the Word of God…”

– Martin Luther

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Deu 25.4 +

Deu 25.4

“Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out [the corn].

 

A sinner would not/could not be happy in God’s Pure Heaven. No corner bar. No brothel. No professional ball (this could be a long list). God, of course, has known this so He provided to give man a new heart (long time before Dr Christiaan Barnard did heart transplant 12/3/67 in S. Africa). With a new heart – therefore no longer a sinner – souls are fine with, in fact Love, the Purity of God’s Eternal Heaven. – 2/13/20

 

“History is full of instances of essential truth dropping first out of experience,

then out of the creed.”

– Daniel Steele, STD

 

  1. E. E.

For centuries paper and ink,

Have been a blessing or have caused a “stink.”

We’ve not failed to use those two,

Because the devil used them too.

Now the blog, email – the “eword”

Are new ways to share God’s Sword.

“Media” has brought a change,

Evangelism has a greater range.

– eab, 2/14/13

 

“I blessed God that Wesley was ever born. I learn from him that my chief business in this world is to [ be] well out of it.”

– John Nelson  

 

If you love God, you can’t hate people. In fact, Jesus said, repeat JESUS said “…Love your enemies…” You can’t hate one democrat. You can totally disagree with socialistic ideas (& I do) but you can’t hate “HIM” or “HER” (with whom did you replace these pronouns?) You can’t hate one republican. You may not like all Mr Trump did (I don’t) but you can’t hate him. You may not like it that I’ve posted a hopefully calming post but you can’t hate me. There’s a REAL danger of “christians” being more political than Christian. 2/14/20

 

Mat 6.6

“…When thou prayest, enter into thy closet…when thou hast shut thy door,

pray to thy Father which is in secret; & thy Father…shall reward thee openly.”

 

“…The devil’s cunning…if he cannot hurt by persecuting & destroying,

he doth it under color of correcting & building up.”

– Martin Luther

 

A writer must write & eventually seeks out a nook. Warmer weather may allow a tree house, barn, unheated back porch – colder weather it may be attic, corner of basement, etc. An artist craves a studio, a place to be alone, to be creative & his studio is found in similar locations to the above. A Pray-er must pray. He needs a retreat where he hears from God & God hears from him. Of the three the prayer’s place is the most important: to him for his survival, & to the world for his intercession. Nook, studio, closet: the world can get along without that art, & we probably can do without the book but O, how we need prayer. Hie thee to thy closet friend. – 2/14/20

 

“…This is the proper office of an apostle,

to set forth the glory & benefit of Christ.

– Martin Luther

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Deu 22.5 +

Deu 22.5

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man,

neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment…”

 

“It is the signature of the Holy Ghost upon our work and witness

that makes all the difference.”

– Duncan Campbell

 

If the “holiness preacher” does not preach holiness – who will? I fear too many “holiness” pastor’s messages & yes, many “holiness” evangelist’s sermons, could be preached in non-holiness pulpits & not “ruffle a feather.” It’s not enough to say, “God is Holy,” not enough to say, ‘Heaven is Holy” our pulpits need to proclaim “YOU can & Must be holy – unless you are, you’ll miss heaven.” – 2/13/20

 

“There is a kind of gospel being proclaimed today

which conveniently accommodates itself to the spirit of the age & makes no demand for godliness.”

– Duncan Campbell

 

GOD’S SCHOOL

I need to be a learner

In the great school of the Lord.

To be absent or miss class

Are “cuts” I can’t afford.

 

What does He want to teach me?

What lesson I’ve not learned?

Oh, help me Teacher, to see

Points o’er which YOU yearned.

– eab, 2/13/07

 

“There are no songs to be compared to the songs of Zion,

no orations equal to those of the Prophets, & no politics equal to those the Scripture can teach.”

– John Milton

 

Hell has the torments of no-water, flame, memory. These have to be horrible, beyond our earth-side ability to comprehend. Is that all? No. The rich man (Luk 16) could SEE Abraham & Lazarus. He could see what he’d missed. Friend, please come to Christ & believe His Word. Hell will be worse – if that’s possible – because of viewing (maybe without being able to look-away) the wonders of Heaven. – 2/13/20

“…Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, it might have been.” – Whittier

 

Heb 11.25

“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God,

than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”

 

“But – sinners have so much fun.” Well, yes, Scriptures do speak of “pleasures of sin,” so a quick glance at sin might look like “fun.” The Book goes on to limit pleasures “for a season.” The most wealthy, more famous sinner dies. That could be called his “season.” However, they may have lung cancer, syphilis, cirrhosis of the liver etc. which shortens their “season.” Eternity in hell is a long time to pay for such a short, short season. The Christian life has no glitz, no hollywood “lights” – some see it as dull. Wait. You’re just seeing this “season.” We’ll someday walk on gold & that’s just the beginning. – 2/13/20

 

“I am a creature of a day…I drop into an unchanging eternity! I want to know one thing-the way to heaven…God Himself has condescended to teach the way…written in down in a book. Oh give me that Book!

– J Wesley

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Deu 18.13 +

Deu 18.13

“Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

 

Pardon me – are you proud? Of what are you proud? Your looks? They will fade. Your hair? It will turn gray or turn loose. Your position? Someone else will hold it soon. Your house? It can be destroyed by fire/flood. Your education? Your mind can begin to shrink. Your marriage? Your mate can die (or worse divorce). Please ask God to remove your pride. He can & He wants to. – 2/12/20

 

“The gold-miner washes the dirt off his ore, but he cannot wash the dross out of it.

The fire must do that & then the gold will be pure.”          

Samuel L Brengle  

 

  1. LINCOLN

A Lincoln was born to the Lincoln clan.

  1. Lincoln became a very great man.
  2. Lincoln was son of Tom and Nancy.
  3. Lincoln was right but seldom fancy.

“A. Lincoln,” is how his signature ran.

– eab, 2/7/09

 

…The first thing the Holy Ghost does when He come into the heart in all His fullness – He glorifies Jesus; we see Jesus as we never saw Him before; we love Him; we adore Him; we ascribe all honor, & all glory, & all power unto Him…”

Samuel L Brengle  

 

Once Saved always saved? Does that work in an every-day-world?

Once Beautiful, always beautiful?   Once a Dad, always a dad?

Once Famous, always famous?        Once Handsome, always handsome?

Once in Love, always in love?          Once Married, always married?

Once President, always president?  Once Rich, always rich?

Once Well, always well?                  Once Young, always young? HUM?

Doesn’t seem to work in real life;   Stop excepting this false doctrine. – 2/12/20

 

2Ti 4.5

“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work

of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

 

“The greatest idea that we can frame of God is when we conceive of him

to be a Being of infinite love and goodness…”

– Wm Law

 

A LONGer Post. You have a Biblical church. Thank God. Bear in mind no church is static – it’s moving toward being a better House of Worship or its sliding away from where it was. As a dad, you need to listen. As a S.S. teacher or S.S. superintendent, you need to pay attention. As a member of the official board, you need to be aware. Without being carnal, without having a sharply critical attitude, ask yourself which direction is your church headed? Is the pastor preaching a more clear message or has he gotten fuzzy? Is the youth leader deepening or has he lightened up? The last evangelist – a man perhaps you didn’t know – did he preach about the holiness of God or not. Pray for your Meeting House but also be man enough to raise the right questions, at the right time. God bless your efforts. – 2/12/20

 

…There is nothing that makes us love a man

as much as praying for him…”

– Wm Law

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Deu 6.4 +

Deu 6.4

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

 

Sports – the use of the body to play physical games one on one or team against team is historically heathen. Neither OT Jews nor NT Christians were involved in physical exertion just for exertion (i.e. nothing was done for a man or men of lasting value). Heathen are having their Best world Now & are trying to squeeze in all the “fun” they can. The addiction to play is opposite the “…Work…the night cometh when no man can work”(Joh 9.4). – 1/29/20

 

“It is vain for us to pray while conscious that we have injured another. Let us first make amends to the injured one before we dare approach God at either the private or the public altar.”            

– Jonathan Goforth

 

How SHould you spend today?    

If tomorrow were the last of days,

The entrance of the eternal phase,

The beginning of condemnation or praise.

How would you spend today?

 

If tomorrow saw the flight of health,

Or by dusk’s light the loss of all wealth.

Coming quite aware, or all by stealth.

How would you spend today?

 

If tomorrow your goals were lost to sight,

Your plans so great, plunged into night,

Never again to have hope or light.

How would you spend today?

 

Or – if tomorrow you were blind or lame,

And you were not ever to be the same,

Or – if tomorrow morning never came.

How would you spend today?

– eab, 2/10/05

 

So much as one person with a contrary spirit to God is enough to affect all the meetings – that the revival fire did not flow until that person broke & confessed or the Lord removed him.”

– Jonathan Goforth

 

Hell was NOT made for you. It was made for satan “…everlasting fire, prepared for the devil & his angels”(Mat 25.41). The devil showed by his misconduct that he didn’t want God to be in charge of him. When you show by your conduct that you don’t want God in charge of your life, you’re taking sides with satan. Change, pal, change. – 1/29/20

 

Gen 5.2

“Male & female created he them & blessed them,

& called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”

 

“Salvation is a revolution & not an evolution, that regeneration is a revolution that turns a man upside down & that sanctification is a revolution that turns a man inside out.”

– Seth C Rees

 

Are you concerned about this transgender push? HOW concerned? Concerned enough to never dress your girl in pants again? Concerned enough to never agree to your at-home-daughter cutting her hair? Concerned enough to never buy anything which smacks of effeminacy for your son? Parents who’ve gone-with-the-flow (worldly appearances) have helped lay the ground-work for this sad misformity. – 2/1/20

 

Holy on the inside & righteous on the outside is God’s standard,

so a man is clean on both sides, inside & out.”

– Uncle Buddy Robinson

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Deu 4.2 +

Deu 4.2

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you

neither shall ye diminish ought from it…”

 

“The Spirit unites those who are widely sundered by nationality & different manners.”

– Chrysostom, quoted by D Steele

 

God doesn’t need a perfect sound system. He doesn’t need praise choruses blazed on the front wall. God is not in need of a tinkling piano or drums appealing to body more than soul. Yes, un-awakened sinners may be impressed with such music, but hear it, they need to be impressed with a Presence they can’t understand but, though it makes them uneasy, they like. His presence is more likely to be at church if we prayed before arriving there. We need a Hungering & Thirsting for God. – 2/5/20

 

“If he gives way to any known sin he loses this witness &

must come to God through Christ as he came at first…”

– Adam Clarke

 

GETTING BY  

We’ve steeled ourselves to think

That we can be AT, even, “over the brink,”

And still be “OK” in God’s sight.

Things that used to be considered sin,

Are blatantly done by women and men.

Darkness is being called “light.”

– eab, 2/7/09

 

“Ministers shall not give themselves to excess in drinking or ryott spending their time idelie by day

or by night playinge about dice cards, or any other unlawful game.”

– From the Virginia Legislature [uncertain date]

 

Just because a certain school of thought believes “x,” is no sign you need to: historically, socially, economically, or “scientifically.” (Each of these “lly” words could be in quotes.) They may only partially represent their so-called name &/or only represent it for the last yrs/decades. A goal of state schooling is to make you a believer – in their paradigm. As an awakened sinner or as a thinking Christ-follower, we’re privileged to be doubters. Doubt everything which is not backed by the Word of God. 2/7/20

 

1Jo 4.20

“If a man say, ‘I love God’ & hateth his brother,

he is a liar…”

 

Man is not an animal. After the Creator finished making the last animal (Gen 1.25) He said some beautiful words, “…Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… (“Us” & “Our” prove God is Triune.)

Though some animals live as individuals the majority live (air, earth, sea) more or less in societies. Men who want to control men try to organize them as animals. Evil social planners want mankind to be educated in mass, work in mass, & (at their “beck & call”) march of & kill in mass. Socialism has been used by satan – it is not God’s plan! 2/7/20

 

“…the devil’s cunning…if he cannot hurt by persecuting and destroying,

he doth it under color of correcting & building up.”

– Martin Luther

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Num 32.23 +

Num 32.23

“…Behold, ye have sinned against the LORD:

& be sure your sin will find you out.

 

Do evangelicals still believe in Hell? Do holiness churches still believe in Damnation? Pastor, when’s the last time your entire sermon was about Hell? When did you last address horrors of the lost in one of your major points? “Well, I don’t want to scare people away.” Brother, its better that you scare one or two away than they not be scared of dying & dropping into Hell. (As a preacher, retired, I’m aware that such a message needs to be bathed in prayer AND that it takes work to prepare yourself & to deliver it. Maybe that’s one reason we hear little about it anymore.) – 2/4/20

 

“Any one who reads his Bible in sincerity ‘not handling the Word of God deceitfully’ will see that it plainly teaches that God expects His people to be holy & that we must be holy to be happy…”          

– Samuel L Brengle

 

GATHER SHEAVES

Just a few more hours to labor,

Just a little while to toil,

And tomorrow we’ll be gathered around the throne.

The whole harvest now is ready,

Even now it starts to spoil;

Gather sheaves for Him,

O, gather what was sown.

– eab, Feb. 1980

 

In God’s school we learn through the heart rather than through the head

& by faith rather than logic.”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

Does your pastor need a day off? Yes, it’s a great idea for every pastor to have a day off. Do your best to honor his day, only calling him in case of real emergency. He needs time with this family & if his nest is empty, with this wife. And, yes, do not begrudge him a vacation (the longer he’s been with you, the longer his vacation). Again, honor that time away with no contact unless something awful happens. He’ll be a better man for his day off & his time off – if he uses them wisely. – 2/5/20

 

Rom 13.7

“Render therefore to all their dues…custom to whom custom…

honor to whom honor.”

 

There are ten thousand ways to hell and only one to heaven,

but with a good guide we need have no fear of losing our way.

– Sam Jones

 

LET YOUTH KNOW. If you’re a pastor of young people or associated (whatever level) with a Christian school, please tell youth if an important “christian” man visits your city or tell them of his death, or burial, if near you. “Christian” is in quotes: he may not be your stripe but if he preaches Bible & lives clean (without approving of his doctrine) you might consider letting them know. I post this because just today (2/6/20) I found out Henry Halley [wrote Halley Bible Commentary] died while I was in college & was buried in KY, not that far where I lived. Wish I’d have known. 2/6/20

 

“David was a great sinner,

but he was a first-class repenter.

– Sam Jones

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NUM 20.10 +

Num 20.10

“…Hear now, ye rebels;

must we fetch you water out of this rock?”

 

“God is looking for somebody

that’s looking for God.”

– Glenn Griffith [1 of God’s best 19th cent. men.]

 

If you’re professing to be sanctified but are having carnal anger outbursts, are full of pride, are jealous, stop. Stop professing until you allow God to remove the “old” man(woman) out of your life. You’re hurting the cause of Holiness. There is a real life of purity. Seek God. Die out to yourself. Believe His promise. When He truly sanctifies you start professing it & walk carefully with Him all your days. – 2/4/20

 

“God gave them the victory

but they had to fight the battle.”

– Charlie               Haire

 

UPON TURNING FIFTY

Mile stones used to stand near my home,

Numbered on a flat-faced side. [1]

They told travelers how far they had come,

Or, if close to the end of their ride,

And the mile stones never lied.

 

February marks my own miles,

Marks the years of life since birth,

Fantastic memories fill bulging files,

Mind pictures spectrum, from tears to mirth,

Thank God for my years on earth.

– eab,  Feb 1993

 

“…As great as the power of the world is it is built on a blind obedience

& we need only to open our eyes to get rid of its power.”

– Wm Law

 

Evangelical/holiness pulpits have probably never had more “educated” men. Educated where? “In our Bible colleges & center-to-right seminaries – We’re good.” I’m not sure about that. To have taken a class it not necessarily the same as grasping the subject. To hold an honorary degree sounds better than it is. To graduate should be to commence: commence to study (now not to get a grade but to imprint truth on the soul). Commence to pray. Praying yourself out of some ideals which are not Biblical, into others that are. Men, Please do not rely on your schooling but use it as a tool for God. 2/5/20

 

Psa 100.4

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving & into his courts with praise:

be thankful unto him & bless his name.”

 

Do you recall entering church with silence? Going quietly to pew & kneeling, imploring God to come today – telling Him how much you need Him? If you didn’t kneel (old age, injury, not enough space) you bowed your head & just as sincerely asked Him to come. When you stopped praying, you did NOT talk to Mrs “X” nor turn around to gossip with Mr “Y.” You remembered you were in GOD’S House. Gardening can wait till after we hear from heaven. So-n-So’s baby can be discussed after dismissal. We’ve lost our reverence for God, partly because we’ve lost our reverence for His House. Amen? Ouch? 2/5/20

 

“…No Christian is to enter any further into business nor for any other ends than such as he can in singleness of heart offer to God…Take this away from tradesmen & shops are but so many houses of greediness & filthy lucre…Take this away from our diversions & you will find no sports too silly nor any entertainments to vain & corrupt to be the pleasure of Christians.”

– Wm Law

[1] Along US 22 between Somerset & Rushville, OH

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Num 6.24-25 +

Num 6.24 – 26

“The LORD bless thee & keep thee:

“The LORD make his face shine upon thee & be gracious unto thee:

“The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee & give thee peace.

 

There is sin in our midst. It’s in the Ten Commandments. It’s in the NT. Name? Adultery. Few evangelical /holiness pastors preach to Mafia dons. But many congregations have men with two living wives & some of those men sit on official boards. We should preach against the sins of gangsters; they need to be redeemed. AND – we should preach against adultery. Please re-read Mar 10.9&11 & note the relation between “married” & “adultery.” Some preachers are failing to address the sins they need to. Amen? Ouch? – 2/2/20

 

“…The greater the humility, the greater the boldness, if mixed with faith.”

– Samuel L Brengle

 

RELY    

Rely on yourself-

You’ll fail now, & later.

Rely on God everyday –

Eternity couldn’t be better!

-eab, 2/4/09

 

My days were spent, as far as I could get time, in searching the Scriptures.

I read nothing else all that winter but my Bible…”

– C G Finney

 

Your cell phone is a distraction. You shouldn’t be so engrossed in messages, worse yet games, that you’re unaware of who’s moved up next to you, who may be taking a pic of you, who may be stealing your bag or getting ready to abduct you. Be aware of your surroundings. If you must use phones in public look up often & pause in conversation to assess what’s going on about you. “You’re too mistrustful Bryan.” After you’ve searched for your child an hour & have no leads where they are, you might not say that. – 2/2/20

 

1Pe 2.17

“Honor all men. Love the brotherhood.

Fear God. Honor the king.”

 

“A showy eloquence may take the place of the Spirit of power. We may go more after full pews

than redeemed souls; more for a big church roll than for having their names written in heaven…”

– John H Jowett

 

Visiting? You know your parents don’t approve of women in miniskirts, pants, or shorts yet you (or your-at-home-daughter) arrived in such “get-up.” Why? Maybe you don’t agree with their view of lady modesty. Maybe you’re “modern religion” has (in your opinion) outgrown Biblical teachings. But can you not, for a visit, respect how you were raised & respect your parents? (Someday they’ll be gone & you may wish you’d done better.) Your dad & mom may never say this but – maybe I can say it for them. – 2/4/20

 

“…It is your part to be peace-makers & tender to all,

but to addict yourselves to no party.”

– J Wesley

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