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Rom 15.4 +

Rom 15.4

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,

that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

 

“Pride works frequently under a dense mask

& will often assume the garb of humility.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Have you forgiven him? Have you forgiven her? “No. What’s more I won’t.” O, Friend, I hope you SOON change your mind. “But you don’t know what he did to me.” “You don’t know what she said about me.” True, I know neither (nor do I wish to know). However, Sir / Ma’am you can’t go to heaven with un-forgiveness in your heart. Ask God to help you forgive. “But he accused me of stealing & I don’t steal.” or “She falsely accused me of immorality.” I’m sorry. You may not find it within your heart to forgive them but it you’ll let Him, God will give you grace to forgive – – – then He can forgive you. – 4/30/20                        

 

“God is holy & this is the eternal reason

why all his people should be holy.”

– Adam Clarke

 

DROPS

This afternoon it rained,

And the drops that settled dust,

As far as I could tell, fell alike;

On the righteous and the unjust.

The clouds let it down,

On the wise man and the clown.

A just God. – eab, April 1968

 

Choose to believe conspiracies or choose not to believe conspiracies; you choice doesn’t stop them from existing. To believe them, doesn’t make them true. To say there’s no such thing as conspiracy is to be naïve (perhaps, to your own hurt). “Conspire 1a : to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act…” – Merriam-Webster. If I had plans to “steal” your wife, ruin your name or bankrupt your company, it’d be conveint for me, if you didn’t believe in conspiracies. If you said, “I know him – he’d never do that!” Same is true about of any party, movement. Don’t be naïve. – 4/30/20

 

“…Love is the weapon for which there is no shield.”

– Wm Jennings Bryan

 

Pro 22.6

“Train up a child in the way he should go:

& when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

 

If you have a school-age child you need to be preparing, NOW to educate him/her this fall. It’s your right to fill his/her mind with the Bible, with how to read & write & with a love for truth. “But…but, I’ve never taught before!” No one loves your Johnny/Suzie like you do – no one can teach them like you can with God’s help. “There’s part of the problem, Bro. Bryan, I’m not where I need to be with God.” I appreciate your honesty. Start reading your Bible or reading it with more earnestness. Pray for forgiveness (if you need that). Pray & obey to be filled with the Spirit. He can help you teach until it’ll surprise you how well it’ll go. Teaching is work but one of the greatest jobs & that with your child! – 4/30/20

 

“He…that hath his portion first must needs have a time to spend it;

he that hath his portion last must have it lastingly.”

– John Bunyan

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Rom 14.7 +

Rom 14.7

“For none of us liveth to himself

& no man dieth to himself.”

 

“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

 

There was one English Bible which spoke with authority to millions, for multiplied decades. More souls were converted to Christ under men preaching It, than any other, where English was the native tongue. It is no exaggeration to call it The Classic. I have no question satan hates the King James Version – It has been the means of many breaking from bondage to him AND – – – as it was obeyed, It’s helped untold thousands mature into stable, Godly men & women. I strongly encourage you to enjoy your KJV (same as Authorized Version) or if you shelved yours, open It anew this spring. – 4/29/20

 

“Neither apostle nor private Christian can subsist in the divine light

without frequent influences from on high.”

– Adam Clarke

 

TEXT

Read the Bible every morning, noon, or night

Walk, O please, walk in the It’s holy light

God sent It – the original, most important Text

(Telling us of ages past, & the one coming next.)

Believe It. Memorize It. Follow It. It’s right!

– eab, 4/29/20

 

If you have a friend (a.) pastor, b.) associate professor or professor of Bible, c.) author, etc) who insists on using lesser version (or versions) yet calling it a Holy Bible, do not follow them in adopting such & leave the Classic KJV. Some of “a, b, c” (above) have been mislead by a university/seminary prof or other friend(s) in academia. Welcome them back into the KJV “fold” if/when they see their mistake, but never let them convince you to go their way. – 4/29/20

 

“In Christ a person loses none of his individuality;

rather he becomes the true self that God created him to be.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Psa 37.28

“For the LORD loveth judgment & forsaketh not his saints;

they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”

 

When quoting the King James Version do not type KJV (or AV – Authorized version) behind the Book, chapter, verse reference. The Classic is understood as the source. If you’re wanting to list some lesser * version (sadly there are scores) it is proper that you (after giving Book, chapter & verse) tell readers this is “xxx” or “yyy.” If you don’t list your modern translation, it can be misleading. *Modern “translations” are lesser is quality & quantity: KJV has 5000 more words than it nearest modern “competitor.” – 4/29/20

 

“…A husband should give of himself

that his wife might be a saint.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

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Rom 12.2 +

Rom 12. 2

“…Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind

that ye may prove what is that good & acceptable & perfect, will of God.”

 

“He is a pilgrim on earth but an enrolled citizen on high…He is the reflection of the Father & the temple of the Holy Ghost…His nature is from Heaven & his name from Antioch.”

– Andrew Johnson

 

“I don’t see anything wrong with ‘x’ now; I once thought it sinful perhaps, but times have changed.” Light – literal & spiritual – is necessary to distinguish between colors, shapes, value, & maybe even motion. If you have light you can see that ‘x’ is wrong. When light is missing you cannot make proper judgments of right from wrong. Come back. Beg God to bring you back to the light. Heaven will be full of light – learn to love it. Hell will be dark, Dark, DARK. Flee darkness. – 4/24/20

 

“One can’t be sinning & born of God at the same time.

That is the law of truth.”

– Andrew Johnson

 

Thief

The thief looking sideways could see

*That Face* did not “go with” that tree.

It took all he could muster.

These last words to utter.

“When Thy kingdom comes remember me.” Luk 23

– eab, 4/24/05

 

A parent does not want His/her child to be hurt so warns or restricts them from certain activities. Is God less of a Parent than some human? Never! If He’s warning you today to stay away from a certain business, a certain school, a certain “friend” & yes, even a certain church or cult, PLEASE listen, O, please listen. God loves you & doesn’t want you to get hurt or even die spiritually. Obey Him. Obey what my Dad would have called, “The checks of the Spirit.”- 4/26/20

 

“Abraham’s education…was a sacrifice of every earthly good, means of support, prospective sheikship & going into exile, a complete surrender to God.”

– Henry W Warren

 

Luk 6.27

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies,

do good to them which hate you”

 

“Mohammed represented angels so large that it would take a bird seventy-nine thousand years to fly from one ear to the other.”

[Perhaps-tongue in cheek- this is where modern pseudo scientists “learned” to wow with big numbers.-eab]

– Henry W Warren

 

You hate somebody? You admit to having hatred in your heart? Allow me to say, “I’m sorry for whatever ‘ticked you off,’ whatever pulled your anger trigger.” But there is something that’s worse than what made you mad. “Pray tell, What’s that?” – the fact you have inside you such feelings. Jesus died that you can be saved from sin; He also died that you can have the carnal nature removed. You DO NOT have to hate anyone – – – no matter what they do to you or “yours.” 4/26/20

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Rom 10.17 +

Rom 10.17

“So then faith cometh by hearing

& hearing by the word of God.”

 

“…The Bible makes the largest demands for reverence & obedience. It teems with doctrines extremely distasteful to the natural heart, denounces things men love, & humiliates man’s pride to a degree attempted by no other book.”

– Henry W Warren

 

I agree with your right to own guns. Nor do I care how many you have. I can’t urge you strongly enough to not kill anybody – I mean Any Body. I agree with your right to protest unjust laws but urge you to not destroy a neighbor’s property nor government’s. When you’re right with God, & they kill you, you go to heaven. If you kill one of them (they very possible are sinners) he goes hell. You never want it on your conscience that you sent a soul to suffer forever in damnation. – 4/17/20

 

“By his itinerant gosplers reading & teaching the word in English he [Wycliffe] called language out of chaos into order & permanence.”

– Henry W Warren

 

good neighbor

Being a good neighbor

May take love and labor;

But deeds done and gifts given

Do not open the gate to heaven;

Confession/Belief only, bring God’s favor.

eab, 4/22/11

 

You may have seen an ad, “Not your dad’s Buick.” Is it saying same name, but better? There are people about whom it could be said, “Not your dad’s Salvation.” But sadly, it’s not as good. Dad had Joy with his – many moderns have hand-clapping, foot-tapping, “glamorous” singing but the Joy of a deep, committed walk with God is missing. Dad appreciated sermons against sin & carnality – many moderns hear “warm-fuzzies” mixed with a lot of humor & illustrated from the pastor’s interest: sports. Not your dad’s Salvation. – 4/20/20

 

“We are living in an age when people are strangling,

smothering, twisting, warping, & murdering their conscience.”

– U E Harding

 

Psa 51.12

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;

& uphold me with thy free spirit.”

 

There are homes in “ye old country” so well-built (3-4 centuries ago), they’ve housed generation after generation. Building stays, occupants die. I can appreciate such solid structures. Here’s a better story. There are mansions in Heaven which are 1000s of yrs old. They are more solid, and – – – are still inhabited by the same saint. Saints don’t die in that fair land! O, Friend, is your name on a mansion up there? – Apr 2020

 

“School & church are outgrowth

of the teaching & temple of the home.”

– S D Herron

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Rom 10.10 +

Rom 10.10

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;

& with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 

“The sanctification of the Church means its separation

from all that is unholy, from sin.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

Today is a perfect day to remember that Jesus arose from the dead. We have this remembrance privilege once a week. Both revolutionist France & communist Russia experimented with weeks that weren’t 7 days – both experiments failed. God made the week (Gen 1). He had the Jews revere the 7th day. Christ could’ve easily arranged to come back from the dead on the sabbath. He didn’t. He chose a new day. It’s the Lord’s Day (not sunday). It is a day that specifically belongs to Him. Pity souls who only celebrate His resurrection once a year – we get to remember & rejoice over it every week. – 4/19/20

 

“A Christian us to be prepared, constantly,

to express the gospel of peace.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

POEM or BOOK

Many a man has had small sway,

Geographically bound, his-life-long-day;

So – the world – what did he give ’m?

He wrote a poem or book, that out-lived ’m.

– eab, 4/5/09

 

As shown in yesterday’s post I fully believe in God’s people dressing/acting/looking different from the world. But, please, Sir/Ma’am do not rely on separation being your “ticket” to heaven. Do you have a heart that is pure? You can dress like you belong in the 40s but have “2020 carnality” in your chest. You can abstain from outward evil & have pornography “playing” in your mind. Please do be modest & act like a Christian on the outside, but Be Real also on the inside. – 4/19/20

 

“He loves God with all his heart who loves nothing in comparison to him

& nothing but in reference to him…”

– Adam Clarke

 

Mat 12.30

“He that is not with me is against me &

he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

 

What if you’re still alive when the antichrist is revealed (2Th 2.3)? “I won’t be, preacher, I’ll be out of here!” I recognize many believe this but – – – What If you’re here? Will you stand for the True Christ or (horrid thought) give in to the false christ? Will peer pressure, economic pressure (if you can’t “buy or sell”) or church pressure, cause you to cave? Yes, you read that right, “church pressure.” The devil tried to get Christ to worship him – He didn’t. The devil may try to get you to worship him – he’s the power behind the antichrist. In the end we will all stand with Christ or with the antichrist. – 4/19/20

 

“He loves God with all his mind…who studies neither art nor science

but as far as necessary for the service of God…”

– Adam Clarke

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Rom 8.28 +

Rom 8.28

“…We know that all things work together for good to them that love God,

to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

 

“None make so much use of Christ’s blood as perfect Christians. ”

– John Fletcher

 

HOLINESS PEOPLE III. I do not necessarily want to type this next. There are some who used to believe (perhaps preached) the points of separation above (# I) but have “learned better” they say – in reality they’re backsliding or have backslidden. We need patience with these but please do not use them in your service. Maybe he can really “preach,” she may be able to sing well but do not invite them to preach or sing. Their spirit of compromise will not bend to the Holy Spirit – He cannot bless your meeting as He would. And – – – your youth can see/discern the change in these folk, can sense you are using them because of “old times sake” or some “ability” & you can lose your youth right here. – 4/18/20

 

“Adam, ye know, lost his human perfection in paradise;

satan lost his angelic perfection in heaven.”

– John Fletcher

 

FALSE

A false floor

Means below what you see, there’s more.

A false wall

Means there’s another there, after all.

A set of false teeth

Means others used to be beneath.

A false light

Means a truer one is needed, tonight.

False hair?

A wig, a toupee is now up there.

A false eye

Cannot see what’s far or nigh.

Some false items to not mean death or life,

But false religion surely counts.

Christ’s Salvation is always true,

Avoid false cults in small, or large amounts.

– eab, 4/18/09

 

HOLINESS PEOPLE II. Now & then a person may show up in an assembly which (by word or deed) does not hold to the above separations (or some of them, but not all). We need to be patient with them. They may be a sinner that’s hungry for God’s presence & has heard that He was in the midst of holiness people. (Grant it Lord.) Or, we need patience; they may be a new convert – walking in all the light they have. God can/will lead all honest hearts, Praise His name. If we are living close to God & they are living close to Him also, we will sense a kindred spirit. – 4/18/20

 

“The divine decree is that that nation or people that will not serve the King of kings shall perish. And the world is a graveyard of nations from that cause.”

– Henry W Warren

 

Mat 7.22

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?

& in thy name have cast out devils? & in thy name done many wonderful works?”

 

“If there ever was a life of perfect courage it was that of Christ…He hesitates not to attack any doctrine however popular, any authorities however powerful; he never bends to the lofty, nor looks askance at the most humble.”

– Henry W Warren

 

HOLINESS PEOPLE. I. There are several areas in which we holiness people are separate from the world. We believe women should not wear men’s clothing nor vice-a-versa, & both should be modest. We believe women should not cut their hair & men should. We believe sex is strictly between a man & his wife & that no one should have 2 living companions. We believe women & men should not wear gold or pearls. We believe hollywood/disney movies (in any format) dull & can quickly kill your spiritual life. We believe no one should color their skin, lips or puncture the same. – 4/18/20

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Rom 8.6 +

Rom 8.6

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life & peace.”

 

“It is costly because it condemns sin & grace because it justifies the sinner…

Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

Someone doesn’t seem to understand you? Love Them.  Someone has taken a view on politics, even on religion, opposite you?  Love Them. Your governor has proved to be a radical leftist? Love him (Love him enough to pray for his salvation, even as you pray for his removal.) Christ said, “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, & pray for them which despitefully use you, & persecute you”(Mat 5.44). – 4/16/20

 

“God’s forgiveness is full;

it is free, it is forever.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Authorized Version

The Authorized Version has stood strong;

Forty some men worked four years long.

Its use established grammatical word,

It’s the Classiest Book ever heard,

Its teaching can save all from wrong.

– eab, 4/15/11

 

Heaven and earth (those words only & in this order) occur in at least 31 verses in God’s Word. Heaven…earth (or earth…heaven) occur in at least 125 *additional* verses in the Bible. Obviously God links the two together. The devil (once in heaven) now has only earth & purposely draws sinner’s minds to this level only – he doesn’t want one sinner going to heaven. Sinful men (following the lead of their “father,” satan) spend untold hours doing earthy (some legitimate, some wicked) things & ignoring the vast dome overhead. Look up sinner, look up. – 4/17/20

 

“Reader, magnify God for his law, for by it is the knowledge of sin;

& magnify him for his gospel for by this is the cure for sin.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Mar 13.31

“Heaven & earth shall pass away:

but my words shall not pass away.”

 

The greatest literature in the world is the Bible. It containing the Words of God & is eternal. Words go with literature. Literature is made up of Words. Literature has been erroneously classified among “the fine arts.” Whoever did such may have been trying to bring music, painting, & sculpture up to the high level of literature. Or they may have been attempting to lower the influence of literature to the level of the more “manual” arts. Literature always involves words, powerful words. Neither music, painting, nor sculpture can be “read” nor “said” – Literature can be both. – 4/17/20

 

“Where the law ends,

Christ begins.”

– Adam Clarke

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Rom 8.6 +

Rom 8.6

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life & peace.”

 

“It is costly because it condemns sin & grace because it justifies the sinner…

Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

Someone doesn’t seem to understand you? Love Them.  Someone has taken a view on politics, even on religion, opposite you?  Love Them. Your governor has proved to be a radical leftist? Love him (Love him enough to pray for his salvation, even as you pray for his removal.) Christ said, “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, & pray for them which despitefully use you, & persecute you”(Mat 5.44). – 4/16/20

 

“God’s forgiveness is full;

it is free, it is forever.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Authorized Version

The Authorized Version has stood strong;

Forty some men worked four years long.

Its use established grammatical word,

It’s the Classiest Book ever heard,

Its teaching can save all from wrong.

– eab, 4/15/11

 

Heaven and earth (those words only & in this order) occur in at least 31 verses in God’s Word. Heaven…earth (or earth…heaven) occur in at least 125 *additional* verses in the Bible. Obviously God links the two together. The devil (once in heaven) now has only earth & purposely draws sinner’s minds to this level only – he doesn’t want one sinner going to heaven. Sinful men (following the lead of their “father,” satan) spend untold hours doing earthy (some legitimate, some wicked) things & ignoring the vast dome overhead. Look up sinner, look up. – 4/17/20

 

“Reader, magnify God for his law, for by it is the knowledge of sin;

& magnify him for his gospel for by this is the cure for sin.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Mar 13.31

“Heaven & earth shall pass away:

but my words shall not pass away.”

 

The greatest literature in the world is the Bible. It containing the Words of God & is eternal. Words go with literature. Literature is made up of Words. Literature has been erroneously classified among “the fine arts.” Whoever did such may have been trying to bring music, painting, & sculpture up to the high level of literature. Or they may have been attempting to lower the influence of literature to the level of the more “manual” arts. Literature always involves words, powerful words. Neither music, painting, nor sculpture can be “read” nor “said” – Literature can be both. – 4/17/20

 

“Where the law ends,

Christ begins.”

– Adam Clarke

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Rom 8.1 +

Rom 8.1

“[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,

who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”

 

“…unfaithful minister…for the sake of their gold, for love of their applause, he witheld the message, he failed God. He became a popular preacher but he awakes in Eternity…lost.”

– George B Kulp

 

We probably all have a friend who will dot i’s like we do, but refuses to cross t’s like us. (You may even have a friend who wants to dot your t’s & cross your i’s. J) Don’t let such friends upset you. God LOVES INDIVIDUALITY. (The sooner we get this-much-like-Him, the easier life will be.) He made you different from every one of your many friends. The Lord of Heaven & Earth has made billions of people: alike in the sense of head, torso, limbs, yet different in many, ways. Enjoy His creativity! – 4/16/20

 

“…the church…goes into shows & frolics & festivals & fairs,

which destroy the spiritual life of the young as well as the old.”

– Martin Wells Knapp

 

JOSIAH

Josiah the king did what was right

In the Lord God of Israel’s sight.

He oversaw Temple repair,

Made Baal’s worshippers feel despair,

Serving the Lord with heart, soul, & might.

– eab, 4/16/07

 

Be honest with me. What good does that chain do hanging around your neck? “It’s 24 karat gold.” Would you answer my question. “It was grandma’s.” Please answer the above question. “Well, I get so many compliments on it.” Now, we’re getting closer to an answer – you wear it to get compliments, wear it to get attention. Why does a man want to get attention? What does a woman (if happily married) want attention? Jewelry tends to draw attention to us, to our body. – 4/16/20

 

“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”

– James Madison, been called “A primary author of the constitution of the USA.”

 

Luk 6.35

“…Love ye your enemies & do good & lend, hoping for nothing again; & your reward shall be great, & ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful & to the evil.”

 

“Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Our Lord’s words, “Love your enemies…” are tough words. You’d better believe they are! They may seem even tougher in *tough times.* But – – – ready for this? If Christianity does not work in *tough times* it doesn’t work at all. May the Lord help you – May the Lord help me, to pray for & YES, even love enemies in times when the human in us, “the American” in us, is tempted to impatience. Amen? Ouch? – 4/16/20

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Rom 6.23 +

Rom 6.23

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God

 is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

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

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

– F F Bruse

 

Christians pray. How do you pray? About what do you pray? For whom do you pray? When do you pray?

And – it is not all in how long we pray – but is your prayer time on the increase or the decrease? That, friend, is terribly important. One more question – Do you go Readily to your prayer closet & do you leave it Reluctantly? – 4/15/20

 

“…The average preacher seems to know more about sin than about holiness.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

HERE & THERE

Thank God for friends of stature & worth

Who still meander hills & vales of earth.

But thank Him also for those on heaven’s shore

– – – They’re getting to be more & more. *

– 4/14/20   * Penned after hearing of the passing of James Fulton.

 

If you told me “some things” you’d be gossiping. Even if you told your wife (or husband) “some things” it would be gossip. But – hear it – you can tell God anything & I mean, ANY thing. (I’ve mentioned names to God in prayer that if “x” or “y” knew I’d prayed for them, they might be angry at me.) – 4/15/20

 

“…The English Bible…the noblest literature known to mankind…the supreme classic, in poem & parable, in prophecy & in proverb, in history & in law, in morals & in philosophy…”

– Henry W Warren

 

Luk 4.8

“…It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God

& him only shalt thou serve.”

 

Start noticing all the places, all the signs, company logos, & ads which feature the sun. Once you begin you will see more. It is being placed before us often. (I looked at this months ago, it’s huge.) Are we living among sun worshippers? It is more possible than some of you think. Christ, the SON, is the center for Christians – we worship Him. You can’t be worship the sun & the SON at the same time. – 4/15/20

 

“The Bible is full of the strongest expressions ever written.”

– Henry W Warren

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