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Eph 4.32 +

Eph 4.32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

 

“How astonishing is God’s kindness! It is not the rich merely he calls on to be charitable…

the poor are called to relieve those who are poorer…”

– Adam Clarke

 

When you look like the world, go where the world goes, when you talk like the world, & buy what they buy, you are OF this dying, putrefying world. Do not say you’re a follower of God. “…If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”(1Jo 2.15). 6/26/20

 

“Be prudent, be cautious neither eat, drink, nor wear but as you pay for everything.

Live not on trust [credit-eab]…Labor hard to live honestly.”

– Adam Clarke

 

No garden can de-weed itself. The gardener must do that. No man can pull carnality out of his life but (conditions being met) God, the Master Gardener, can pull out the weeds of selfishness, pride, carnal anger, etc. Friend, you can’t remove the “old man,” the “old woman” but God can. Let Him. – 6/26/20

 

I LIKE

I like up

Better than down.

Prefer a smile

Above a sad frown.

Will choose a wise man

Over a “christian” clown.

Have renounced sin’s garment;

Hope to wear heaven’s glad crown.

Have left destruction’s city

Bound for that gold-streeted town.

– eab, June 2011

 

Death, please be fully aware, Death is on *your* trail. If you picture him as a “hunter” he always connects, always gets his kill. Sounds fatalistic? Yes, in a way, but you & I (by the wonderful grace of Jesus) can be prepared for that hour whenever death catches us. – 6/26/20

 

“Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way…[it] is wicked

…Deliberately tell God…you will not fret about that thing.”

– Oswald Chambers

 

Joh 15.19

“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world,

but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

 

Pray for America? Yes. Pray for the president? Yes. Pray for christians eyes to be opened to the storm of deceit perpetrated by slanted “news” (“…satan…deceiveth the whole world…”(Rev 12.9)? Yes.

But, O, would you please Pray for a deep moving of God in your congregation, in your family, in your own heart. We may (may not – I don’t pretend to know) be seeing the end of our country & we need God’s sweet presence in a daily, indwelling for our sakes & to show the world how Christ loves! – 6/26/20

 

“They loved being around Him [Christ];

He was no complainer.”

– Carl Eisenhart

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Eph 4.12 +

Eph 4.12

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,

for the edifying of the body of Christ” (see 4.11)

 

If you have any desire to hurt people: physically, mentally, spiritually, you are related to satan. You are not related to God (even if you do your dastardly deed in His name). Repent. Repent. Repent. – 6/25/20

 

“…we may in general prolong our days by choosing wisdom

& shorten them by choosing folly.”

– John Fletcher

 

What are you “saying” when your lips are not their true color? When your cheeks are not really “you”? When your eyes have a false shadow? When your hair is dyed? When your finger/toenails have been painted? What are you REALLY saying? That the Almighty, the God of Heaven & Earth, did a “botched job” on you & you’re trying to correct it? Eh? Don’t tell me, but YOU need to answer this. *Now* Before your deathbed. – 6/25/20

 

“…no man can gladly receive the truths of God

who gladly receives the lies of satan.”

– John Fletcher

 

GOD IS FAIR    

God is a God Who’s always fair

He cannot let you go to a place

For which you did not prepare.

– eab, June ’03

 

A – THEISM

Atheism is a mental disorder:

When a Being, is being denied,

But it uses the very name of

That Being it’s trying to hide.

– eab, 6/25/18

 

No one, but no one, enjoys sunsets & moon rises like a saint. No one has a better time seeing fall’s colors like the soul in love with Jesus. No one loves babies more than a Christ-follower. No one enjoys a picnic more than God’s child. No one gets out of God’s Word more than those who love It’s Author. No one likes sea-side scenes or mountain top views like a saint. “What are you saying?” The one who is ready to die – he is the only one who is truly happy in life. Come to Christ, please come. – 6/25/20

 

“He’s the final destination of my soul.”

– Darwin Edwards

 

1Pe 3.3

“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair

& of wearing of gold or of putting on of apparel;”

 

An underage daughter with pierced ears – wait a minute – did she give her consent for you, her socially-pressured parent, to mark-her-for-life? And, if possible, worse you have a young son with an earring in his ear? What are you thinking? (In reality why weren’t you thinking?) A lady should have a smiling face which attracts your attention not “dangles” off to the sides. No man, hear it, No Man looks better with a ring in his ear. I’m sorry our culture – or lack thereof – has dropped to accepting such as OK. – 6/25/20

 

“Increased religious activity without ethical living

only increases sinning.”

– Ray Dunning, PhD

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Eph 4.11 +

Eph 4.11

“And he gave some, apostles; & some, prophets;

& some, evangelists; & some, pastors & teachers;”

 

“…I plead for the most precious liberty in the world, heart liberty,

for liberty from the most galling of all yokes, the yoke of heart corruption.”

– John Fletcher

 

Returned Monday from 3 days with the Dickinsons. Had nice meal at White Star Restaurant & before we left town I found an address & told family about it. I first heard of Peebles about 1954-55. Bro & Sis Howard Williams lived at 84 Walnut St. & I enjoyed seeing the house Friday. On Saturday the Dickinson children & I picked poke, brought home a good amount, & it was cooked – like spinach only better (IMO) & served with the Vandalia onion pies Heather made. Phillip had asked me (on Friday) to have devotional thoughts for Saturday & I enjoyed sharing in their family altar – among other things, how to remember the ch. where Abraham “sacrificed” Isaac. On the Lord’s Day we drove two cars to Christian Nation Church & back. God helped Phillip to preach & point out well, the importance of living right for the generational benefits to the Kingdom. Good Lord’s Day dinner of potato salad, ham, baked beans, cottage cheese. Said “good byes” about noon on Monday. Thank you for the invite (Father’s Day) & nice time. – 6/23/20

 

“…Perfect butterfly…three wks ago it was a perfect aurelia, quietly sleeping in it’s silken tomb.

Some months before it was a perfect silk worm busily preparing…”

– John Fletcher

 

Three short, May thoughts:

  1. What would make you WANT to kill someone? Know the answer? Carnality. 5/24/20
  2. Immaturity is a sign of sinners, childish sinners. A young saint has adultness satan can’t imitate. 5/26/20
  3. What you can never do – that is what you AND God together, can do (in His will). 5/28/20

 

FAILURE and FAITHFUL

Failure and Faithful began the same,

The ending is where the difference came.

– eab, 6/24/79

 

Three short, early June thoughts:

  1. We carry tangible things with our hands – we carry the intangible on our hearts. 6/2/20
  2. On our death beds not one of us will say, “I wish I hadn’t prayed so much.” 6/4/20
  3. Give God 1/10th of your income. Give Him 1/7th of your week. Give Him 100/100th of your life. 6/7/20

 

“Take time to be holy

– you have to make time today.”

– Dempsy Fossit

 

Rev 21.8

“…The fearful & unbelieving & the abominable & murderers & whoremongers & sorcerers & idolaters & all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire & brimstone…”

 

Please daily read the Good Book – I can’t urge you too much to do so. “What should I read next?” Read histories – older printings & from a variety of writers & cultures. (Don’t trust reading a book on line; it may’ve been changed.) Read with a highlighter (own books so you can mark in them & refer back to them later). Read with BOTH eyes open. Create your own indexes with a pen/pencil on the blank pages. Corrupt men, trying to gain a name/fame, often repeat similar atrocious lies, murderers, & revolutions. Don’t be deceived as *their* followers were. – 6/24/20

 

“No man’s desire for heaven is any greater

than his desire for holiness.”

– R G Flexon

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Eph 3.21 +

Eph 3.21

“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,

world without end. Amen.”

 

“If one lives this beautiful life it will mean closed lips on many occasions, for one cannot indulge in light & frivolous conversations & keep the presence of the unseen Christ.”

– J B McBride

 

A good child-dad relationship can make it easier for souls to develop a great child – God relationship. Don’t believe for a moment that radio, then movies, that made “dad look bad” were by accident. – 6/7/20

 

“The Christ-spirit is an unselfish spirit;

the world-spirit is a selfish spirit.”

– J B McBride

 

A reminder from “school days” When a teacher used True & False questions on a test a hope he/she said, “If any part of the question is false – it is all false.” The same, BTW, is true for a church or a cult. Do not just “look for” stuff with which you agree (“That doesn’t sound that bad” or “I think I agree with this”). Look at all their doctrinal statements! If one major tenet is false run from the whole cult. – 6/22/20

 

ETERNITY

E – Ever & ever & ever.

T – Terminating never.

E – Both “E” ends are unknown.

R – Reaping what was here sown.

N – Night of all nights or lit Day.

I – Immensity in everyway.

T – Take time to now prepare.

Y – You & I will soon be there.

– eab, 6/22/20

 

Everything you need to know to be saved is in the Bible. Many modern ideas, ideals, & theories are not found in the Holy Bible, therefore you need not worry about them (either totally ignore them or easily place them among the non-essentials of life). Read & Heed the Bible – TODAY. – 6/22/20

 

“When you refuse to let the Holy Ghost sanctify you, you are telling Him that you do not want Him,

that you do not need His help. You can get along very well without Him.”

– Warren     McIntire

 

Pro 22.6

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

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

 

Learning to read is good – provided the right words are read. Often among a child’s earliest words to read is “d-o-g.” The word “G-o-d” is just as easy to spell, just as easy to read, & is infinitely, Hear It, infinitely more important. A teacher (parent or one hired to teach) who has little-to-no interest in spiritual things is likely to use “d-o-g.” A godly teacher wants the child to learn about “G-o-d.” Reading can be great but reading the right words & learning the correct concepts is extremely greater. – 6/22/20

 

“Comparatively few people are out-and-out Christians.”

– Roy S  Nicholson

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Eph 3.20 +

Eph 3.20

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above

all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”

 

“All converted people want holiness whether they understand it or not

& they will get it somewhere if they do not backslide.”

– J B McBride

 

What are you reading? What are you reading that is a total waste of eyes & energy? What are you reading that you suppose neutral (or innocent) but really has subliminal messages which are harming you? What are you reading in memes, cartoons or jokes which you’ll recall to your detriment? (When a joke starts with, “A blond walks into a bar…” Stop – this is headed the wrong direction.) Conversely, are you reading the Good Book: 1chapter, 2 chapters, 3 chapters a day or more? What ARE you reading? – 6/17/20

 

“Mr. Milton tells us of Paradise lost in Eden, but thank God,

the Bible tells us of Paradise regained in Christ!”

– J B McBride

 

“Love is blind” A.) is understood by most as an exaggeration meaning a person who’s in love (or imagines he/she is) may not see a fault – glaring fault(?) – others see. If you’re single, please make sure Dad/Mom meet “Miss Wonderful”/”Mr Great Guy” at the earliest convenience. NOTE: if there’s the slightest reason you don’t want your parents to meet them – that’s a major Red Flag. Mom may be able to see weakness you don’t perceive in your girlfriend. Dad may see a flaw in your boyfriend. Listen to Momsy & Popsy. They want you ultimately happy, not just temporarily so. Listen. – 6/18/20

 

HOPE AT DEATH

What good was it to be a “popular Joe”

When ghastly death, life’s final, unfriendly foe

Gives you that nasty, odd nod, and you most go?

 

Did popularity keep death far away?

Was it so fair it kept death at distant bay?

Did fame make death late, for even one more day?

 

The well-known die as do many unknown

The grim reaper comes for every seed that’s sown

He, the product of sin, claims each as his own.

 

Death knows the address of the rich and the poor

Knows each cell phone number, each palatial door

Finds its victims on the first or the fifth floor

 

Preparation for death is not fleeting fame

Nor to have acquired a saucy house-hold name

Nor to have piled up gold, silver (all the same)

 

One has suffered death for all, poor and well-to-do

Christ is your only hope when death comes soon, for you

Christ is all you’ll need when death’s door you pass through. – eab 6/18/08

 

“Love is blind” B.) Let’s look at the flip side. Your husband has passed away long enough ago that you might consider dating. Or, it’s been long enough since your wife died that you’ve allowed yourself to consider taking a date to supper. Should your kids (married or unmarried), should your friend’s children meet this person & later (in private) let you know what they think? I believe so. Just as parents can see, a child may see a fault to which you’re “blind.” (It’s possible one child will be negative because they miss the original parent but pray for wisdom to see this for what it is.) – 6/18/20

 

“…Wealth lessens rather than increases human happiness.

Millionaires who laugh are rare.”

– Andrew Carnegie

 

Pro 22.7

“The rich ruleth over the poor,

& the borrower is servant to the lender.”

 

Are you saving some money or do you spend every dollar you get? You should give God at least 10% of your wages, you should lay aside another 10% (even 5%) for a savings. “But, Bryan, I need every dime I get.” You may – but if 100% honest, you may see you’re spending too much on A.C., too much on eating out, too much on clothing, etc. Learn to be stingy with money. Learn to put nothing on a credit card you can’t pay-off next month. Learn the satisfaction of paying cash – no interest, no late fees. – 6/18/20

 

“Nothing puts a man so far

from the devil’s reach as humility.”

– Jonathan Edwards

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Eph 2.8 +

Eph 2.8

“For by grace are ye saved through faith;

& that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

 

“…Pride is the very essence of sin…”

– Adam Clarke

 

Don’t have (or watch) TV? Good. Don’t’ listen/watch “news” on your smart phone or computer? Great. Don’t listen to left-wing “garbage” on a radio? Nice. But even so, we are “picking-up” too much of this world’s “thinking.” I urge you to back away from politics – it hasn’t saved the world thus far, nor will it! I’m not saying not to vote – I AM saying don’t trust that your vote will change the course. God can do more via holy prayer than all politicians ever have done. Amen. – 6/14/20

 

“Such is the nature of God that he cannot be more willing to save thee

in any future time than his is now.”

– Adam Clarke

 

1.) If a truth is known but what’s spoken is not true – the man’s a liar & if believed, his hearers are deceived.

2.) If truth is not known but what’s spoken is *thought true* – the man is deceived & if believed, his hearers are deceived. In #1 the man is accountable to God. In # 2 the man (who was deceived may (or may not, as God sees) be held accountable. In both #1 & #2 the hearers suffer. Preacher/teacher never, NEVER lie “…All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire & brimstone”(Rev 21.8). Preacher search for truth. Be very careful of your source. The Bible is the only source of Perfect Truth. 6/16/20

 

KIDS SCREAM [1]

Kids scream for a multitude of reasons,

In summer, winter, fall, and other seasons.

They scream because they’re joyous,

And they scream because they’re not.

They scream when they are cold and wet,

And when they’re wet and hot.

They vibrate their vocal cords

When by themselves, or in huge hordes,

And scream because they’re slightly “mad”

Or when chased by their playful dad.

But whatever the reason, or season,

Kids will go on screaming.

Giving the world of ours

A little more depth of meaning.

– eab, June 1973

 

“Science” has opposed Scripture for centuries. One example only now: science “in its wisdom” said the moon merely reflects light from the sun. This made the sun “important” helping strengthen “sun worship” (which is far from dead). Scripture says the moon is a Light “…two great lights…”(Gen 1.16). Go to the end of time “…moon shall not give her light…”(Mat 24.29). “Well, Bryan, you need to understand a reflector gives ‘light.’” A “light” is not a reflector (nor is a reflector “light”). Why not take the Bible literally? If your state requires a tail light on a car, an officer may not be happy that you only have a reflector. – 6/16/20

 

“All that Calvary provided for us,

judgment will require from us.”

– Millard  Downing

 

Eze 32.7

“…I will cover the heaven & make the stars thereof dark;

I will cover the sun with a cloud & the moon shall not give her light.”

 

If you pastor a church, teach a Sun. Sch. class of older students/adults, or do evangelism please search what the NT teaches about hell & begin A-NEW to emphasis this place of punishment. It. Is. Real. If our preachers / teachers are silent about it, some who listen may go there because the pulpit is silent. “But it’s an unpleasant subject.” I understand & concur. Better to make a congregation uncomfortable for a while so they repent, as to be quite & some of the them end up there. – 6/16/20

 

“Keep the romance alive; I’ve never had to take the credentials

from a man who stayed in love with his wife.”

– Elbert Dodd

[1] We had an enjoyable summer in our little cottage on Goodbread St., Nevada, OH. Little lot had pear tree, apple tree, 3 kinds of berries.

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Gal 6.7 +

Gal 6.7

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

 

The devil wants you thinking about alleged space – he wants you contemplating what is horizontal. satan doesn’t want you thinking about going UP – that’s where he was & knows he’ll never return. He knows you can go Up & he can’t. The devil doesn’t want you yearning for Heaven. And satan doesn’t want you thinking about hell. He knows you can STILL avoid it. He knows he’s headed down & maybe soon. -6/2/20

 

“The ideal minister…is one who has set his heart upon being a daily student of the Bible, a living example of what it means, & a popular teacher of what it says.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

If you oppose to the King James Bible I hope you know why. Do you oppose the KJV because a Bible college chap is using the NIV? Did you stop using the AV because “Dr. So-n-So” spoke at a conference using the NKJV? Did you stop using…etc. Do research. Almost all – if not 100%  – of modern translations have roots in Alexandria (The KJV has roots in Antioch.) & have been influenced by the undesirable Westcott & Hort. All (as far as I know) modern “bibles” have fewer words than the KJV. Do not settle for a lesser “bible.” You can enjoy the Classic of all English Bibles. Stop cheating yourself. – 6/14/20

 

“Preach damnation with the cross in the center.”

– Wm Booth, quoted by Andrew Blackwood

 

SIMPLE  

To be a simple soul, with simple taste,

To love frugality, while hating waste,

To love a lot, but require a lot less.

Is to make a life that will always bless,

A timely space on life’s path of haste.

 

The simple soul does not bespeak,

A simple-minded, blinded freak.

The simple mind is dead to decisions,

The simple soul is one of precisions,

Pursuing the best, in a picture that’s bleak.

 

The simple soul, whose demands are few,

Isn’t charmed by the magic words “modern” & “new.”

It’s the timeless values, centuries old and holding,

Bright and fresh, clear and never molding

That interests him and truly satisfy too.

 

The simple is convenient, complete, and free.

The simple is open for all looking to see.

The simple is permanent, that is, nearly so,

And the simple is now and always, for me.

– eab, 6/15/75

 

“I hope I love God as much as I hate the devil.” Heard those words as part of a testimony from a lady I pastored yrs ago. Rather sad words. It takes no grace – just a degree of honesty – to hate the devil. But only after God redeems you & me can we properly Love God. And, after we’re sanctified we can love the Lord with ALL our hearts. Do not trust all is well in your soul just because you hate satan. – 6/15/20

 

“…He hath given me rest by his sorrow & life by his death.”

– John Bunyan

 

1Pe 4.7

“But the end of all things is at hand:

be ye therefore sober & watch unto prayer.”

 

I’m NOT a boxing fan. Period. But I’ve seen enough youth playing at it & saw a little on an uncle’s (1950’s) TV to know this. A man may fake with the one glove, fake again with the same glove & fake again & then THUD – knock you out with the other. Wake up people. We’re being played. Anti-American politicians (media & who knows who else in cahoots with them) are maneuvering us. The thing they say to fear may not give the Knock-out blow. Some are sure of this guy or this position. Our hope is the ask God for His discernment. Hear Ye. You’re seeing a left glove, left glove? A right may deliver the death blow. – 6/15/20

 

“…For one to kill himself is to kill body and soul at once.”

– John Bunyan

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Gal 5.22-23a +

Gal 5.22-23a

“…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

“Meekness, temperance…”

 

“…Staying in the secret place long enough

to get acquainted with God…”

– Bob Lands

 

Men have tried various feats: walking, riding, climbing, boating, swimming, from point “A” to “B” on earth. They’ve been acclaimed by others & perhaps bragged about it themselves. The greatest of all great feats are the humble souls who’ve set out to walk from earth to heaven with God. Men may not notice this (do not WANT to notice this – it condemns their own lives). They praise the Lord as they go on, & go up & will praise Him forever for the greatest walk – the walk from earth to glory. – 5/25/20

 

“Pride-spending money that’s not yours, to buy things you don’t need,

to impress people, you don’t like.”

– D R Matherly

 

There is One Person you can fully trust – God. Have you met Him? Do you spend time with Him? Are you getting acquainted with the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit via His Word? Do not trust any church (or church leader) 100%. Do not trust any government (or government leader) 100%. Same applies to a school, business, family leader. Become a whole-hearted follower of Christ, learn to recognize His voice, love Him with all your heart. Stop following people – Start following the Lord. You will NEVER be sorry. – 6/12/20

 

OUR God/Man

After a conception that was “One of a kind,”

Christ developed in an ordinary womb.

And, after a “trial” that was mockery – – – defined,

Christ was placed in a temporary tomb.

What an exceptional God/Man!

– eab, 6/14/16

 

Pardon you Sir, Pardon you ma’am – you profess to love Jesus yet posted a meme with a 4-letter word? No political message, No pro-this guy/anti-that guy words are worth YOU lowering yourself to use language Jesus wouldn’t have used. Repent. And – – – if need be, stop posting. Amen? Ouch? – 6/14/20

 

“He can make the Bible the chief of books in the home…novels & other trashy literature will go into the fire; instead of ‘jigs & jazz’ & worldly singing…‘Jesus Lover of My Soul…’”

– J B McBride

 

Gen 2.8

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden…”

 

Planted a garden this year? Good. Hope you thoroughly enjoy the fresh leaf, “fruit” & root veggies as they mature. Plan to can, freeze, or dry some? Seeing a garden’s plants is a treat. Eating the product of the plants is even better. If anything is better yet, it could be, knowing your cellar, freezer, or attic space has a supply of food as a leaf falls & the garden slumps to a close. God made all plants & made them for us to enjoy. Don’t let this be (God willing) your last year to live better because of a patch of vegetables. – 6/14/20

 

“Every one of us has sufficient influence to lead souls

Godward & heavenward or sinward & hellward.”

– J B McBride

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Gal 4.4 +

Gal 4.4

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,

made of a woman, made under the law”

 

Please stop saying So-n-So lived “a h_ll on earth.” We only know about earth. We are ignorant of the torments, screams, awful thirst, sulfuric odors, & endless hopelessness hell. Hell is real & severe – beyond what human words can possibly explain. Nor may hell’s unhappy inhabitants ever explain its horridness Your statement (above) doesn’t fit 1 / 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 of hell. – 5/28/20

 

“It is more important that you trust the Rock of Ages

than that you know the age of the rocks.”

– William Jennings Bryan

 

You may say “I don’t have a talent.” Reader, that is a mistake. You do. It may be something you’ve done so many yrs & in so many ways that you take it for granted. But you can do something no one you but you can do as well. (I do not speak of music only when I type talent.) Do not be envious of a 5-talented “Joe” or “Jane.” Let God use a talent through you & make sure He is glorified. You CAN do what God wants you to do. Do it with all your might! – 6/9/20

 

“War is not a private affair; it disturbs the commerce of the world,

obstructs the ocean’s highways & kills innocent bystanders.”

– William Jennings Bryan

 

REVELATION 15.3 & 4    

Great and marvelous are Thy works,

Lord God Almighty.

Just and true are Thy ways,

Thou King of saints.

Who shall not fear Thee,

O, Lord and glorify Thy name.

For Thou only art Holy,

For all nations shall come and worship before Thee

For Thy judgments are made manifest.

Rev 15.3-4 words, Lord gave eab music to these 6/13/75

 

Most of us understand that when your obituary appears it’s too late to get right with God (“purgatory” is a sad, sickening myth). What we may fail to perceive is that it’s often too late when we slopping toward death – you can’t pray as you ought when your body is in great pain. Nor, please harken, can you pray as you ought when your mind is blurred by drugs (we live in the era of big pharm L). Please, Dear Friend, turn to God while you’re young. While you have a body & mind to clearly seek forgiveness & after that seek a holy heart. Come to Jesus now! – 6/13/20

 

“Unmeaning words, useless repetitions, & complimentary phrases in prayer

are, in general, the result of heathenism, hypocrisy or ignorance.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Jas 1.15b

“… And sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

 

Positive ( + ). Have you considered the Holiness of God? He is Purity – with no admixture of dirt. He is Light – without one(1) percent of darkness. He is Good – with no evil. None.

Negative ( – ). Have you considered your carnal heart? Some of you would cheat your brother out of $100 if you could. Others hate a person because he/she has embarrassed you, lied to you, cursed you, etc.

The unsaved heart can never be comfortable in the presence of the Holiness of God. But, Praise the Lord, God TODAY offers you time to be forgive & change your super negative into a positive. You must act soon. This “Offer” is withdrawn at death – – – & death could be tomorrow. – 6/13/20

 

“Apostasy begins in the closet.”

– Adam Clarke

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2Co 12.9 +

2Co 12.9

“…He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:

for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

 

“…The central part of Pentecost is the Person

…the holy Spirit…”

– S D Herron

 

When a wood-worker needs to make several short pieces he’ll often use the first one (provided it was cut right) to mark the 2nd 3rd etc. rather than measure each stick. He’ll write “PAT” (short for pattern) on it & work away. A problem occurs if he lays PAT aside & uses the 2nd to mark the 3rd, 3rd to mark the 4th. Friend, Christ is our only & great PATTERN. Measure your actions, measure your attitude, measure value of life by His life & by no one else. – 6/5/20

 

“If God can find a hungry heart,

He can do anything with that heart.”

– Steve Hight

 

Because a church names something “x” is no sign it is truly “x.” The same is true for schools & colleges. The same is true for governments. Unredeemed men, trying to make money or gain control (these can be related) may be willing to lie to meet their goals. Become a critical thinker. A pig is not a pig if it’s sound is “Moo, Moo,” no matter who insists it’s a pig. – 6/11/20

 

ALTITUDE and ATTITUDE

Altitude and attitude are similar in sound.

Altitude may be that mere distance from the ground;

But your attitude about life, its up and its down,

Will decide your spiritual altitude in ways quite profound,

These are more similar perhaps, than they sound.

– eab, June 2000

 

Dear women – Will *that outfit* draw attention to your body or to God? Will people think how saintly you look or (excuse the bluntness) how sexy you’ll look. Please do not buy provocative clothing. Burn (don’t give to someone else over which to stumble) them. “But, I paid $XX.xx for it last spring.” Sorry you didn’t think clearly before you wasted such cash. Here me – this is straight-forward – better to burn an expensive outfit, than for you to burn in hell 1.) Because you were proud of your body & 2.) Because you increased the lust-level in some sinner man’s heart. – 6/12/20

 

“All the restlessness around us is but a manifestation of the fact

that man is seeking for rest in the places where it cannot be found.”

– George B Kulp

 

Heb 1.1-2a

“God, who at sundry times & in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets

“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

 

The wider & wider use of tattoos may be setting the stage for poor souls to accept the right-hand or forehead Mark of the Beast. “Bah, Bryan – it’s just ink.” Allow me to ask you to rethink that. This is my 77th summer & I’ve never, hear it, never seen so many tattoos. Time was when it was almost always an sailor or soldier with an occasional word/symbol. Now men & women are showing tattoos some even trying to profess Christ yet being inked. I’m not saying the Mark of the Beast will be a tattoo – I am saying the acceptance of such body marking may lead up to it. – 6/12/20

 

“Salvation is the foundation of holiness of heart.”

– Steve Malone

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