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Rom 6.6 +

Rom 6.6

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

 

“Die to live,

Lose to save,

Give to have.”

– G I Norman

 

Some people seem overly concerned about God’s sovereignty. Let me tell you how concerned He is. He, who could crush any of us more easily than we do a mosquito, allows us – you read that right – *us* to decide if we want to walk with Him or not. That’s how secure He is in His sovereignty! – 3/17/20

 

“When a man receives the blessing of holiness he is ready for it. He is willing to take the consequences. He believes the promises of God…He trusts God for it.”

– John Paul

 

WRITER’S ART

The marshalling of letter men,

In columns across a page,

Arranged and rearranged again,

To tell a later age,

The ideals, the hopes,

The palpations of the heart,

Words “smithed,” stretched in place –

The writer’s serious art.

– eab, Apr. 2001

 

You’ve been lied to. I wish you could know how often. I wish you could know by whom. I’ve also been lied to – we live in a world that is “…Deceiving & being deceived…”(2Ti 3.13). In this mess only God, His word, & His truly holy people, can be trusted. Be extremely careful who you believe. – 4/9/20

 

“It is a most extraordinary thing that the common version of the Holy Scriptures has such a delicate poise of related clauses & such perfect rhythm of rippling flow that our revisers of 1881 have often marred rather than mended the older version.

– Henry W Warren

 

1Jo 2.22

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?

He is antichrist, that denieth the Father & the Son.”

 

The Lord be praised – I’ve had such wonderful health. (Last time I was in a hospital overnight, was right after birth in 1943.) The last days I’ve had some low-back pain; a light affliction compared to many but all pain can/should remind us that we will someday, by His infinite Grace, have a new body. God, help us to be faithful to You. – 4/13/20

 

“When one has prayed till desire has changed to faith & faith matured into full assurance & God’s promise firmly held gives way to God’s presence, then he can rightly stop & say, Amen; so it shall be.”

– Henry W Warren

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Rom 5.8 +

Rom 5.8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,

while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

“Holiness in man is the same in kind as holiness in God.”

– William Jones, MD

 

“Resurrection” occurs first in Mat 22.23 (It is a NT word). It occurs last in Rev 20.6 & in between there are 38 vv (total of 40) with this wonderful – for the saint – word, Resurrection. “Up from the grave He arose…” (Robt. Lowry) & up from their graves on mountainsides, atop small knolls, & yes, even from the seas, saints will someday Arise. Oh, glorious hope of the redeemed. Friend, be ready to die! This world should be looking less attractive as the days pass; and – – – Heaven looking more attractive. Amen? – 4/12/20

 

“A church without God in it is simply a corpse.”

– Martin Wells Knapp

 

ONE SMALL THING

The wart on the nose may change the pose

From bride to forgotten friend.

 

A night of “fun” ending with the sun

Could land you in the pen.

 

One careless match on dry thatch

Will turn the whole place to chars.

 

It is a fact, the small thought or act,

May spell destinies beyond the stars.

– eab  Apr. 1975

 

I like eggs. God made chickens to lay white & brown ones, blue & greenish ones – give me God’s “colored” eggs not man’s. I like stuffed eggs (don’t call them “deviled eggs” they’re too good to allow him credit). I like rabbits, when they are away from my garden. I like fried rabbit. But The GLORIOUS RESURRECTION of my Lord has nothing, hear it, Nothing-to-do with either eggs or rabbits. Hopefully you have not mixed them. If you have, you need to pray, research history, & think before you corrupt Christ’s Resurrection another year. Do Not Write This Off As “Innocent.” – 4/12/20

 

“When you get into a soul-conflict, do not publish your distress to all your friends but fight manfully in God’s name; but when you possess the joy of Christ & the love of the Spirit & grace is abundant in your soul, then tell the news to all around.”

– C. Spurgeon

 

Joh 11.25

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection & the life:

he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”

 

“…What is sweeter than honey? What is more joyful than the joy of a saint?

What is more happy than the happiness of a believer?”

– C. Spurgeon

 

Jesus Christ was alive. Jesus Christ was dead. Jesus Christ IS alive again and – – – lives forevermore. He not only had a Resurrection; He IS the Resurrection (Joh 11.25). Away with all talk of easter. “Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven…That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar.” [Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons (NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1959),103.] Celebrate “Resurrection Morning,” not easter. – 4/12/20

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Rom 4.20 +

Rom 4.20

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief;

but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”

 

“…Carnal worry involves my integrity as a holy man;

it disconnects me from God by my doubtfulness & complaints.”

– H A Baldwin

 

I hope you are ever-so-often, reading a non-fiction book that’s totally new to you. In such a text you may run across a new word. What do you do with it? Blunder on, hoping to understand it from the context? Or do you have a dictionary within arms reach? Picking it up may allow you the luxury of learning its exact definition, how to pronounce it, maybe even when it first appeared in use. Don’t own a good dictionary? Put it on your list. – 3/27/20

 

“Joy can & should be cultivated, just as faith

or any other fruit of the Spirit is cultivated.”

– Samuel Brengle

 

WE WILL REJOICE

Come. Let us make a conscience choice

We can, therefore we WILL rejoice.

The Father gave us tongue and lip

For more than food or watery sip

Praise God today with a clear voice.

– eab, 4/8/17

 

When you’re looking through a window & “see” something move out yonder, change your focus & look *at* the window pane. It may have a spec on it or even a defect in the glass. (We once lived in a house built when Abraham Lincoln was 15; some glass was “wavy.”) Point? What we think we “see” in life may (or may not) be reality; perhaps we’re “seeing” it through our theology. Ask God to help you clean up (or replace) any/all faulty theology. – 4/6/20

 

“The wars of Israel were the only ‘holy wars’ in history

for they were the wars of God against the world of idols.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

Heb 11.6

“…without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God

must believe that he is & that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

 

“Gipsy Smith saw the difference between repentance & conversion

like the difference between awaking in the morning & getting up.

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

God’s variety in maples alone should convince us of His limitless abilities. He has millions of maples on thousands of hillsides yet, no two of them are exactly alike. If He can do this with mere trees try to imagine what he can do with His more gracious, precious saints. Let Him. – 4/8/20

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Rom 3.23 +

Rom 3.23

“For all have sinned &

come short of the glory of God”

 

“It is not possible to pray with confidence toward the Lord

 without being aware of His presence.”

– T M Anderson

 

“Let not your heart be troubled…”(Joh 14.1a). The devil would like you (as a Christian) to worry. You & I cannot control troubles but we can (with God’s grace) keep the troubles out of our hearts. We serve the Triune God, Maker of all you see above you (Heavens), Maker of all you see about you (Earth) & the One who’s in charge of what happens in 2020 & days or decades(?) beyond. He, Praise His Name, has everything under control. “Let not your heart be troubled…” – 4/5/20

 

“We cannot hope to escape the flood of evil which threatens to overwhelm the believers

today unless we are constantly refilled & re-invigorated by the Holy Spirit.”

– T M Anerson

 

CLOSET

Do you walk gladly to its door?

Is its handle worn from use?

Have you been there oft before?

Or has it fallen into dis-use?

Is it indoors or outside?

Do you visit it day or night?

Does it yield pain or pleasure

To be there “hidden,” out-a-sight”?

Are you reluctant to leave

Hate to go back to “life”?

Have you enjoyed your time there?

Or was going there a battle/strife

How often to you get there?

To that closet, that Closet of Prayer?

– eab, 4/5/17

 

Years ago I came to the firm conclusion: I’m a Christian first & an American second. Let me encourage you to stand on this same foundation – stand strongly. As an American I don’t like all I see & hear that’s happening & I’m far from convinced the correct “advice” is being followed. But as a Christian, it’s terribly important that I have a Christ-like attitude. Remember, He came to be a “Jew” (the Man part of Him) when Jews were under the thumb of heathen Rome yet He had (as far as I see) only one negative word “…Go ye & tell that fox…”(Luk 13.32) to say about any Roman official. – 4/5/20

 

“Definite preaching should cause definite seeking,

& definite seeking should produce definite results.”

– H A Baldwin

 

Exo 20.3

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

 

Has “Family altar” taken on new depth recently? I hope you, your wife, & your at-home-children are meeting at least once a day to read God’s Holy Word – It IS the Good News! – & to earnestly pray. God’s first institution was not a church, nor a school, nor a government; it was the Home. If you find yourself with extra time, please, for the sake of your children, for the sake of your wife’s soul & yours, & for His Kingdom, use this to be better grounded in Biblical truth & to be growing in grace, via prayer. – 4/5/20

 

“The more holy a saint of God becomes, the more he hates sin.

– H A Baldwin

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