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Job 12.2 +

Job 12.2

“No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.”

 

How much Bible do you know by heart? All you *care* to know? (Be honest.) If you want to have more of God’s Word committee to memory – what are you doing about it?  [You will NOT wake up some morning with more chucked-away-in-your-mind.] Make a plan that works for you & then apply yourself to putting away the Bible, as Great Hidden Treasure – which is exactly what It is. – 7/20/20

 

“…God…wants to perpetuate it[Pentecost]. He never wanted it to stop.

He wants us to live under the constant anointing of the Holy Spirit of God…”

– S D Herron

 

“Rapture” is a non-Biblical word. It’s used with a non-Biblical theory – supposedly Jesus is going to “catch away” His church before the “tribulation.” [Its appeal? Who in their right mind wants to be persecuted?] But if God allows the antichrist/beast to appear first, posing as Christ, he’ll *deceive* many “christians” who were indoctrinated with this theory. When they receive the Mark of the Beast, they’re damned. – 7/21/20

 

“…Be sensitive to the approval of the Holy Spirit…

Oh to be able to discern the checks & leadings of the Holy Spirit in our lives!”

– S D Herron

 

THE SUN DIES

The sun is “born” and dies every night,

Reminding in its over-head flight,

That life starts low – level of the eye

Life ends low – at edge of earth and sky.

Regardless of how the sun may soar

Or how bright its light from “eight to four”

It always sets, finds its final time;

Matters not how heady-high it’s climb.

Grand ladies & men, alike the low slave,

Have earth-life closings at the grave.

– eab, July  2011

 

S Selfish.

U Unwise.

I Individual.

C “Creepy.”

I Insane.

D Dying

E Eternally, ETernally ETErnally ETERnally ETERNAlly ETERNLly ETERNALLy, ETERNALLY! -7/21/20

 

“…Christian, so far as the meaning of the word is concerned,

is derived from anointing.”

– Tertullian

 

1Jo 1.6

“If we say that we have fellowship with him & walk in darkness,

 we lie & do not the truth:”

 

Many pastors/church leaders have blurred the line between love of Lord & love of land. I’m afraid too many youth (& “middlers” & aged) are confused about their loyalty & would kill someone “for America” thinking they’re doing God a favor. Thankfully our country has had holy preachers & has sent holy evangelists to other continents. But “we” also have sinned against Jesus by killing many innocents abroad, murdered many babies, paying to watch actors who live lives of horrible morals. Stop mixing up patriotism with Godliness. Stand with the sinless Son of God & die only for Him. – 7/21/20

 

“They that are carnal cannot do those things which are spiritual,

nor they that are spiritual the things which are carnal.”

– Ignatius

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Job 6.25 +

Job 6.25

“How forcible are right words!

but what doth your arguing reprove?”

 

“…Unless the human race have the power of avoiding evil & choosing good by free choice,

they are not accountable for their actions.”

– Justin, from his First Apology

 

The words “social” & “society” are not in the Bible. Is God not concerned about society? His answer for society is the redeemed individual permeating it & praying for it. *The person is paramount.* By sad contrast many (all?) socialistic systems are concerned about perpetuating itself. It may (or may not) profess an affinity for the individual but not till after its “big plan” its “perfecting” (actual wrecking) of men as a whole is reached. *The person is Not paramount.* – 7/20/20

 

“For the Lord renders His disciples perfect

by their seeking after & finding the Father;”

– Irenaeus, from his AGAINST HERESIES

 

Counterfeiting money is illegal – made so by a government. Counterfeiting God Word is illegal – made so by the Governor of Heaven & Earth. Many times have I handed a newer looking 20 or 50 to a cashier & had them hold it up to light to see it’s it real. You can likewise hold up the counterfeit “bibles” to the Light of the Holy Spirit to see. God inspired Bro John (on Patmos) to warn against adding to His words or taking away from them (Rev 22.18b-19). If you’re relying on any Bible other than the Authorized Version, you have a lesser “bible” (words have been removed). Do not trust it. – 7/20/20

 

TIME WELL SPENT

Don’t spend your life removing dust,

It simply falls again.

Spend it – turning daughters into ladies

And sons into stalwart men.

– eab, 7/20/13

 

Some have theorized that the changes suffered the last months are/were to influence an upcoming election. Perhaps. I’d be willing to guess the idea valid for “x” percentage points (I know not how many). “Well, why else Could it be, Bryan?” A one-world government is planned – our nation once stood in its way. A one-world religion is planned – our land once obstructed it. We may be seeing the beginning of the end. Stop saying, “It’s just this;” “It’s just that.” The devil & those in his diabolical school have the ability (IMO) to made the deadly appear “innocent.” – 7/20/20

 

“Strive to do everything that is praiseworthy

but do nothing in order to be praised.”

– Wm Law

 

Heb 9.27

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die

but after this the judgment:”

 

You are going to die! Picture death as the door of a great elevator. Those who live for Jesus Christ ascend to Heaven. Those who refuse Jesus Christ (or never take time for Him) descend to hell. Once the “elevator” door closes it will Never open. (There is no purgatory; that’s a cruel lie which has damned 1000’s.) You & I are progressing toward this great elevator. “But I don’t want to die.” Friend – in that you’ve no choice. But – HEAR IT – you & I make the choice if we ascend or descend. Are you ready to die? Eh? – 7/20/20

 

“There never was found in any age of the world either religion or law

that did so highly exalt the public good as the Bible.”

– Francis Bacon

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Job 1.21 +

Job 1.21

“…The LORD gave & the LORD hath taken away;

blessed be the name of the LORD.”

 

There are those who WANT to be famous – are so hungry for fame that they don’t care what they have to do to get it. They just want to be “well known.” The same is true with many regarding money. They wish to be RICH & sadly, will do most anything (legal or illegal) to have a pile of cash. Friend – listen – fame & fortune both end at the grave. Flee from the carnal desires of popularity & plenty. – 7/18/20

 

“Perfect love does not imply perfect knowledge;

but perfect humility & perfect readiness to receive instruction.”

– John Fletcher

 

Wives – are you dressing & acting as modestly as your husband wants you to? As modestly as his title (secular or christian service) suggests his wife should? You can help him have a greater influence for God in the family, church, or village as you wear proper clothing & are careful in conduct OR you can lessen his impact by less than saintly attire & actions. God’s watching – – – & so are sinful men. – 7/18/20

 

“To say ‘Tomorrow I will make myself a child of God’

is as absurd…as it would be in a woman to say ‘Tomorrow I will conceive alone.’”

– John Fletcher

 

WISDOM NEEDED

Need wisdom today, need wisdom tomorrow

Need wisdom in joy, need wisdom in sorrow

Need wisdom when single, need wisdom when wed

Need for the body, need wisdom for the head

Wisdom when young, hormones flowing

Wisdom when gray or head balding

Whatever the stage or age we are in

Lord, grant us your wisdom now, within.

– eab, 7/19/11

 

Take the Bible literally (unless there’s great reason to see It figuratively). John from Patmos (Rev 13.17) told us a day’s coming when man won’t be able to “buy or sell” unless he’s in league with the beast. Take that literally!!! Does it make sense that there’ll be “baby” steps leading to this drastic day? You may be seeing steps. Pray about what you do (or do not). Your congregation may come down on the wrong side. Your best friend may go the opposite direction. But you can find & DO His will. O please do! – 7/19/20

 

“The Shunammite woman didn’t say ‘I perceive that this is a famous man of God

or popular or brilliant or successful man of God.’ She said a ‘holy’ man of God.”

– Vance Havner

 

Rev 13.17

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark

 or the name of the beast or the number of his name.”

 

The late, great, Steve D Herron, founder of Hobe Sound Bible College (I highly respected him), said, “The antichrist is not going to say he’s the antichrist.” There may well be an orchestration of leading religions, international powers, “news,” & holograms to make you think Christ has come, when in reality, it’ll be the antichrist. True followers of Christ will NOT be fooled but counterfeit “christians” may accept satan’s antichrist as “christ” & gladly take his mark. Pray Friend & do all you know NOW to do to be right. Make that restitution, write that apology. – 7/19/20

 

“…We must unlearn what the spirit of the world has taught us…

yet [the] greater part of Christians live & die slaves to the customs & temper of the world.”

– Wm Law

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Job 1.1 +

Job 1.1

“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job;

that man was perfect & upright & one that feared God & eschewed evil.”

 

“…There is no holiness & no happiness in heaven…which does not admit of a growth

except the holiness & happiness of God himself…”

– John Fletcher

 

How would you describe your relationship with God the Father, God the Son, & God the Holy Spirit? You may have met a governor, a president. You knew they existed before you met; you knew afterward they were real. But you said little to them, they said little to you & may not have remembered your name. By heavenly contrast you can meet God & forever after know Him, sense His presence, can ask His advice. Are you close to God? Or do you know Him like you “know” the governor? You can DO better than that. – 7/18/20

 

“…Your just grief vents itself in tears:

your zeal for God is attended with a proper anger at sin…”

– John Fletcher

 

Christianity does not require that you forfeit your individuality. In fact, the man with full salvation is more of an “individual” than he was before he was sanctified. God loves the individuality He Himself created. – 7/18/20

 

MORE THAN THESE

Love God more than you do parent, husband/wife or child.

Love Him when life is calm, & quiet, & mild

When your horizon is not crowded by a storm

When things are near to if not at a “norm”

Then when life turns you up on your head

When you know you’ll soon be dead

That main issue your relationship with God

Is ready. You’re ready to slip beneath the sod

Because it’s settled – God is Who you love the most

The Father, the Son, the Blessed Holy Ghost. – eab, 7/18/18

 

If you want to be known as a “scholar” (while live or after you’re dead) please check to see if sin “lieth at the door.” If you’re goal is to be known as a “spiritual giant” take a look at that desire – pride lurks near. I believe the churches which adhere to the doctrine of heart purity have more scholars & spiritual giants than we appear to have. (If my guess is right that’s good.) And I would that more people would become scholarly & saintly but the desire *to be know* as such is often (if not always) carnal. – 7/18/20

 

“…My judgment is, that as you will not be likely to attaint to correct speech all in a hurry, & your friends may die will you are learning your grammar & rhetoric, you had better tell of Jesus according to your present ability.”

– Charles Spurgeon

 

2Ti 2.15

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

TV & its siblings (by whatever “techy title”) have done more to conform people to this world than any instrument. True for sinners. True for “worldly christians.” Paul was as serious (IMO) as he was in any place when he told the Romans “…Be not conformed to this world…”(12.2). TV et al. has influenced: 1.) How people dress, 2.) How they talk, 3.) What actions people consider “normal” 4.) Attitudes people have about God, heaven, hell. I’m very grateful we did subject our children (or their children) to such. – 7/18/20

 

“If anyone does not refrain from the love of money, he will be defiled by idolatry

& so be judged as if he were one of the heathen.”

– Polycarp

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Col 3.17 +

Col 3.17 And

“…Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God & the Father by him.”

 

Men, allow me to warn you about that pretty divorcee. You work with her or meet her at a friend’s grill-out or even at church. You’re not blind – she’s attractive & from what you’ve been told, the divorce was not her fault. Remember, every piece of paper has 2 sides, every broken marriage has 2 sides (I’m not saying 50-50 but VERY seldom is it 99-01.) The law of the land may say you’ve a right to marry her – God’s Word doesn’t. There are too many ladies who’ve not been married & there are too many nice widows for you to be drawn into a relationship which God opposes. Do not forfeit heaven for an illegal wife. – 7/14/20

 

“…Jenny Lind was requested to sing on Sunday @ the palace of the King of Sweden…she refused. [he] called on her & as her sovereign commanded her to sing…she said ‘There is a higher King, sir, to whom I owe my allegiance.’”

– George B Kulp

 

Let no native English-speaking person should consider him/herself educated until after they’ve read the Bible through at least on time. The one holding a PhD should refuse to place this title behind his/her name until they’ve read the Classic of classics – The Holy Bible through at least once. This is not hard nor narrow – some of the greatest men/women in western civilizations are/were Bible readers. – 7/16/20

 

“If a man is not a Christian in his business

he is not a Christian anywhere.”

– George B Kulp

 

  1. M. A.

Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego

To the furnace were sent.

And Daniel to the den,

They hoped that he’d be rent.

They put ole John on the Patmos Isle,

To suffer in that place.

But God saved them all;

He still can YOU,

By His wondrous grace.

– eab, July 1973

 

WARNING

Do you want a husband who is “good”

i.e. moral, nice?

Do you want a husband who is born again

(yet carnally weak)?

Do you want one who loves you

But loves God more?

You may get the kind of husband

For which you seek.

– eab, 7/17/12

 

Have you thanked God you can SEE? Have you thanked Him recently? Sight is wonderful thing. Enjoy it. Praise the Lord for it. Look only at right things – so if you lose your seeing you’ll have memories of the good you’ve seen (not the evil). NOW – – – Are you enjoying Spiritual eyesight? Do not pretend you don’t “see anything wrong with…” Be honest about the things Jesus has shown you that are SIN. Thank God if you have Spiritual Sight.  7/16/20

 

“Holiness is not optional…God is holy, heaven is holy, t angels are holy.

We have a Holy Bible & t Holy Spirit & holiness is demanded & necessary…”

– J B McBride

 

Mar 8.18

“Having eyes, see ye not? & having ears, hear ye not?

& do ye not remember?”

 

Why do so many people wear face masks?

1.) Some were scared into it – believed left-wing radio/TV “news” & politicians – Think it helps.

2.) Some (more than would want to admit) are scared to die – they aren’t right with God.

3.) Some want to “fit” – wearing a mask is “a new club,” the “in” crowd, the “Woke” thing.

4.) Some wear to Not Stand Out – the last things they want is to Be Different from the world. – 7/17/20

 

“Christian perfection is derived &

wholly dependent on the merits of Jesus.”

– Wm McDonald

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Php 4.19 +

Php 4.19

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

 

“The feet that once carried me to…racecourse, dance, saloon, cardtable, theatre…everyplace of worldly amusement were now…church…prayermeeting & the land of immortal day.”

– J B McBride

 

God in His providence has allowed your husband to die. It’s been a respectable amount of time since & you’ve allowed yourself to think about dating, & marriage. Please do not even consider a man who is divorced. Many pulpits are silent about D&R (divorce & remarriage). Too few leaders (conference, college, convention) are warning against this sin. *Marriage is for life.* “But I know so-n-so…” May I be your friend & tell you bluntly, you’re not responsible for so-n-so; you’re responsible for your soul. To marry again is OK but please stay away from the divorced guy. You can (in God’s will) do much better. – 7/14/20

 

“Following Christ is a hard task. It is a warfare.”

– Wilfred Grenfell, MD

 

Please sir/ma’am, if you love Jesus, your first allegiance is/has to be, Him. (Not some “cause” “party” “nation” which claims to be “christian.”) What Would Jesus Do? While He walked earth He slapped no one (though He was slapped). He killed no one (though He was killed). As His loyal followers we may be misused (please don’t think I want such). We may even be killed for Him (again, don’t think I desire to be a martyr.) I fear too many Christians will struggle & then give their allegiance to men. In doing so they’ll hurt the cause of Jesus & die on the wrong side. Pray. Obey. Pray. – 7/15/20

 

WHAT A BOOK!

The Bible is rich in lives of sinner and saint.

It gives details of cultures, both ancient and quaint.

Makes requirements (not for the finicky or faint).

Speaks of the Holy Spirit – not some evil “haint.”

Encourages the “rosy,” natural look – not paint.

– eab, 7/16/15

 

The greatest tangible entity in the wide world is One phenomenal piece of Literature – the Holy Bible. No book has ever compared to this Timeless Text – nor ever will. This God-breathed Book contains many things among which are criteria for assessing ALL lesser literatures: “Whatsoever things are true… honest… just…pure…lovely…of good report…if…any virtue…any praise think on these things”(Php 4.8). – 7/16/20

 

“If I don’t practice it,

I don’t believe it.”

– Paul Harvey Life Motto!

 

Psa 119.74

“They that fear thee will be glad when they see me;

because I have hoped in thy word.”

 

Have you read the Bible through? If you can read, you do not want to face of Judge of all the earth & have to admit that you were so “busy” running to & fro, to read the Book He inspired penned for you to read. Is the Bible easy reading? Some parts are easier & some parts are harder, but let not that stop you from reading the Most Classic Book in the English language, past, present & future. – 7/16/20

 

“When small men cast long shadows, the sun is about to set.”

– Paul Harvey

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Php 4.13 +

Php 4.13

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

 

Live so that your highest Delight is only in that, in which God Delights. And – – – that the sins & hypocrisies which The Father abhors, you also abhor & detest With.  All.  Your.  Heart. – 7/14/20

 

“…So-called churches, that have become training schools for the theatre…

…the stage performances of modern churchly worldlings.”

– M W Knapp

 

If satan tells you “you can’t make it” remember 2 things: 1) he is a liar, 2.) he doesn’t know about what he speaks – he (thank God) has never been human. Therefore, he doesn’t realize all the help God gives us to “make it” & Glory be to God, Jesus Christ was/is Human, Christ fully understands us & our needs. -7/15/20

 

“Revival Efforts…Formalists, hyprcrites,

saloonists, & the devil all hate them.”

– M W Knapp

 

 

Sand.

Salt sand.

Surf-sounded, soft, solid sand.

Sun splashed, sodium-seasoned sand.

Shifting, sifting, smooth, stable shore-sand

Swirling, stinging, swift-stabbing, shining, shaping, swinging, swimming sand.

Most nearly everlasting universal fragment of earth.

Sea-scouring, several sided,

Sweat-scented,

Sand. – eab, July 1971

 

 

When’s the last time you spent 10 minutes thinking about Hell? You do NOT have to go there.

Hell has flame (Luk 16.24).

Hell has no water (Luk 16.24).

Hell is dark (Mat 8.12).

Hell has memory (Luk 16.25).

Hell is for ever (Rev 14.11).

We do not want to think about such a place but it is as real as heaven. 7/15/20

 

“…To enter heaven a man must take it with him.”

– Henry  Drummond

 

Luk 16.23

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…”

 

Never encourage your son to join the military! 1000’s of battles have raged on hilltop & valley-side on continent after continent. The blood of millions of men has seeped into soils & sands & their souls have (often, way too often) have slid into hell – Why? To gain another country’s gold. To grab another land’s fertile valley. To steal a neighbor nation’s lucrative sea port. Etc. The biggest winner in any war is satan, as men on both side (who were trained to Hate the enemy) drop into perdition. Never glorify war. Never exalt a uniform which represents killing. The NT is very different about war than the OT. – 7/15/20

 

“The will of God will never lead you

where the grace of God cannot keep you”

– Attorney David Gibbs’ mother

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Php 4.11 +

Php 4.11

“…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

[ Much more important than learning a language or a math – eab]

 

“For sooner shall the vilest insect find out the nature of man,

than the brightest man shall, of himself, discover the nature of God.”

– John Fletcher

 

Your church is changing – have you noticed? No church (school or conference, etc.) is static – it is either growing in Christ, more spiritual, more full of His glory, or it is shrinking in Christ, lessening spiritually, has little-to-no-glory of God. To move upward requires Christian effort, time in the prayer closet, a deep desire to love God. To move downward? There’s nothing you have to do. (“Any dead fish can float downstream” – source unknown.) Serious question. Are you helping your congregation move upward? Serious Statement. You ARE helping your church change: UP or down. – 7/8/20

 

“..When Christ formed is church, he elected to its privileges

the gentiles as well as the jews.”

– John Fletcher

 

“Loveth & Maketh a Lie.” As we approach the end of the age, hollywood, disney, & like ilk are, sadly, having a major influence. As you finish reading Revelation you find “…without [outside Heaven] are…murderers…& whosoever loveth & maketh a lie”(22.15). The words “movie” “moving picture” are not in the Bible but “loveth & maketh a lie” accurately describe sinful movies. The “house” & other “props” are false, the theme is many times fiction, actors are some of the most Unreal people on earth. Never watch a hollywood/disney film, never – its lies may damage you forever. – 7/14/20

 

GOD OF ALL

Our Lord is God of all beside the sod.

Every rivulet you see, running away to sea.

Every tiny country creek, its own level gone to seek,

Every middle-sized branch, by a town, through a ranch,

Every muddy or clear river, free or irrigation “giver,”

Every mighty “Mississip,” running low or to the lip,

Every Nile heading north, flowing for all its worth,

Every Amazon miles broad, full of uncaught “cod,”

Every ocean near and far, under southern or north star,

Every creature in the brine, often found on hook and line,

Every mammoth of the deep dark down where wrecks “sleep”

Every thing in water’s wet, He’s God of it all, yet.

– eab, 7/14/09

 

Remember true & false tests? Have you realized yet that “true or false” did not stop when you left school? The “school of life” has a lot of situations which are “true or false” – at work, in the home, at the mall, in the church. And – – – at the end of life, Truth will equal Heaven. False. Will. Equal. Hell. – 7/14/20

 

“I’ve already bowed – I’m glad I have;

I’ll bow then too & enjoy every minute of it.”

– Larry Grile

 

1Ti 3.11

“Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers,

sober, faithful in all things.”

 

You & your husband have “had words.” You see him as “unreasonable” or “overbearing” & you’re thinking about divorce. The only person who’ll win is a divorce lawyer. Your child will lose. Your parents & his parents will lose. Though satan will blind you (if you let him) – you’ll lose. Stop thinking divorce. Get alone with God. Ask Jesus to forgive Your unreasonableness, Your overbearing-ness. Ask Him to help you see (Again) the fine traits you saw before you married him. Start being kind. Start being in love. There’s hope for your marriage. I am the product of my dad & mom’s 2nd marriage! – 7/14/20

 

“Fruit bearing is an everyday job

for everyday Christians.”

– Richard Humble

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Php 4.5 +

Php 4.5

“Let your moderation be known unto all men.

The Lord is at hand.”

 

Pay attention to who a pastor, college prof, other leader quotes. He is being influenced by them (He tends to quote from what he reads.) But Thank the Lord, there’s never been an easier time to check out who “So-n-So really is. I saw a man quoted (by a supposed leader among holiness people) & found out the man quoted was roman catholic – had convert to such. The poor convert did not go up in my estimation but the supposed “holiness” man dropped a notch. – 7/8/20

 

“Any man who can take another’s wife & get by with it,

must drown the voice of conscience.”

– J M Hames

 

ENJOY. Allow your body to enjoy all that is “not immoral, illegal, or fattening” (quote from my son, E. Andrew Bryan II). Allow your mind to Enjoy, read, & dwell on the beautiful, the beneficial, & the broadening. But mainly allow – yea, urge your soul to Enjoy God, His Word, & His present Presence. – 7/10/20

 

“…If the enemy can’t defeat you any other way…he will get you into the business

of just looking around & watching people critically.”

– U E Harding

 

LINES OF AGE

Be not angry with aging’s signs;

They’re but mile posts of life.

The fine, quaint lettering, interpret not with sting,
Nor quail from those neat lines

Etched by time’s trusty “knife.”

 

God in benevolent love,

Loving the yet unborn race,

(Imagine loving unknown, babies & adults full grown;

Only that God-like feeling from above

Enables man to care for an exposed face!)

 

God could love, lovingly He did,

What only God would do;

He made man so outward signs would show,

When life began to reach its “mid”

The Creator thus hinted what He knew.

 

He could’ve made man and his mate,

To stay life-long young,

To be in the prime all the time,

With no warnings of the date,

When death’s tolling had begun.

 

Instead, He planned that gradually

With force, man’s body would signal

An ultimate truth – the passing of youth,

Signs an individual would see,

Inward, outward, very hard to make null.

 

God knew we would rush madly apace,

Be engrossed in buying and selling,

Be coming and going, “to-ing and fro-ing”

So in wisdom, He planned the face,

As our clock for time-telling.

 

 

Be glad then for lines that planted

The crow’s feet and smile’s relief.

Your knowing brow signals the NOW,

Of life’s evening rays so well slated,

And knowing – there need not be grief.

– eab, July 1980

 

 

Don’t allow your at-home-child do sinful things. May I also, as a septuagenarian, urge a level-headedness about things which are not sinful in-&-of-themselves but are fads, passing trends, slowly revolving, but surely revolving “styles.” Urge your child to moderation. He will appreciate it later (may think you an old-fogy now), when that silly fad has faded & they see it for what it really was – again, not a sin, but a craze, a crazy craze. *Pictures can last a long time.* – 7/10/20

 

“Prayer is like work – it moves something.”

– Tillman Harris

 

Psa 119. 110

“The wicked have laid a snare for me:

yet I erred not from thy precepts.”

 

Some speakers strive to entertain – they have their reward when people laugh. Some speakers give informative talks – leave happy to know that you now know more than you did. Other speakers “feed off of” applause. God’s man, giving God’s message (not his own), may come to the pulpit feeling heavy & leave still somewhat heavy, sensing the audience did not comprehend the Word or did not fully act on it. – 7/11/20

 

“We are destined eternally

to spend eternity where our treasures are.”

– Daryl D Hausman

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Php 4.4 +

Php 4.4

“Rejoice in the Lord alway:

and again I say, Rejoice.”

 

God the Father is totally, Totally other. He created humans (evolution is devilish!), understands us perfectly, yet remains completely separate from us. Christ (via the miracle of one & only virgin Birth) became Human. The Son was not Human before but now & forever will be the God/Man, Creature & “Creature.” – 7/8/20

 

“..Of course sin must end with our bodily life.”

– John Fletcher

 

A church is under no obligation to make a nation within which it operates “look good.” Conversely, a nation is under no obligation to give laud to a church within its political bounds. God’s true churches have a higher, much, much higher allegiance & nations are earth-bound entities as they have always been.  Do not be fooled, do not follow the trend to obliterate the line between church & state. Let Caesar be “caesar” & let God be GOD. Be kind to the nation & national leaders but “worship” neither. – 7/8/20

 

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

– John Fletcher

 

all make Sense

Color and texture and depth and size

We own by medium of our eyes

Pitch and volume and discord we hear

By the grand medium of the ear

Salt and sour, bitter and sweet

The tongue well performs this useful feat

New-mown grass, freshly turned dirt, man knows

And the scent of the sea, all via the nose.

We feel the insect land on the hand.

Isn’t the sense of touch something grand?

– eab, 7/11/11

 

We are, I fear, at an all-time-low in Bible memorization. Allow me to offer three reasons 1.) It is work to memorize Scripture – too many of us have a “lazy” streak. 2.) It takes time to commit verses to memory – too many of us have more important things to do with our time. [Oh, I know, we’re too religious to say this openly, but – Do our actions speak louder than words?] 3.) We have become so used to images, & yes, moving images, that mere words border on the boring. – 7/11/20

 

“It [holiness] is not a completed experience but admits of unending growth.

It…places us in a condition where the obstructions to growth are removed.”

– J M Pike

 

Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against thee.”

 

Have you become addicted to movies? (Some readers remember when you never watched a movie: downtown picture show or home TV). Then along came “christian movies” & you caved -you thought it was sort-a-fun. Others of you started figuring out “A” was a clean movie (no murder/rape) or “B” was better than “C” & you’ve been trying to sorting the bad apples from the really-bad apples ever since. Friend, it’s past time to give all such & spend more time talking to God & to your family. – 7/11/20

 

“You’ll be someone,

somewhere

for eternity.”

– Winfield Poe

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