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Psa 24.3 +

Psa 24.3

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or

Who shall stand in his holy place?”

 

“The Holy Ghost so satisfies the souls that receive it [sic]

that they thirst no more for earthly good…”

– Adam Clarke

 

May I express my concern (I hope it doesn’t anger you). Seems I’m seeing people who attend careful Evangelical/Holiness churches going to hear (or posting videos on fb) of singers who’re: guys with hair like a woman’s or gals with much jewelry & immodest clothing. Are you that “hungry” for music that you listen to a “voice” & ignore the singer’s apppearance? Please stop supporting “singers” unless, if you were on your death bed, you’d want THEM to pray for your salvation. As for me, I’d rather have a holy singer whose voice is less, than a “great voice” who is worldly in looks & dress. – 2/23/20

 

“He loves God with all his soul, with all his life,

who is ready to give up his life for His sake…”

– Adam Clarke

 

God was “yesterday” (to us) but back then, God IS.

God is “today” (to us) but, God IS, He is timeless.

God will be “tomorrow” (to us, whether we’re here or dead) but He will be then, God IS.

The day comes when time (as we’ve known it) will be no more (Rev 10.6) – 2/23/20

 

“WHICH ART”

There are prayers from the heart

There are prayers from the head.

There are prayers half alive

And prayers that are all dead.

There are even prayers “read”

(To please the humans that hear).

But the best prayers include “Which art”

Intended only for God’s ear.

– eab, Aug. 1989

 

A, B, C you recognize have meaning as part of an alphabet. Greek letters or Hebrew etc are different but have meanings to those reared with them or who’ve acquired their skill. Are you attuned to meaning(s) for ¶? (Please don’t think this is what a “star” overhead looks like.) Beside “star” it’s called a pentagram. It has ancient &/or foreign meanings. As your friend, allow me to urge you, become acquainted with its meanings. Symbols often have evil meanings & should be avoided by followers of Jesus Christ. – 2/24/20

 

Do we live as if

we are in competition with the Holy Spirit?”

Phillip D Dickinson

 

1Th 5.22

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

 

X, Y, Z, – as above post – you know as building blocks for English (& other languages) Are you aware this Y shape has meaning? Yes, it can be called a 6-pointed “star” (again, with no reference to stars overhead). It’s also called a hexagram. Sadly, a hexagram or a hex has meaning(s) beyond its 6 points. Symbols can be a language & should not be carelessly used. Evil people use symbols. Just because this triangle-upon-triangle symbols appears on a flag does not mean it is free from bad meanings. – 2/25/20

 

Issues are simple when the heart is intense.

Samuel  Chadwick

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Psa 23.1-2+

Psa 23.1-2

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

 

LONGer Post. Holiness preachers, back when we were more likely to hear holiness messages (either negative; ridding your life of carnality or positive; encouraging the Fruit of the Spirit) would occasionally mention the word “eradicate.” A younger minister let a friend know that to emphasis “eradication” is now passé. Seems a Bible college instructor or a newish penman has said “once carnality has been ‘eradicated’ it can’t come back.” These would-be-theologs need to raise a garden. I’ve pulled many a weed from a raised-bed as God can pull the “root of bitterness.” The “prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2.2) comes along dropping other seeds. God’s eradication does not mean one can not backslide but it surely beats trying to suppress the old man. Preach eradication! – 2/12/20

 

“The Holy Ghost in me won’t fuss with the Holy Ghost in you.”

– R E Carroll

 

Dad, have you “created” your prayer closet? Mom, have you selected a corner where you can be alone with God? Some houses & an out building or two are easier to whittle out a private praying place. Dad, may I suggest: offer to share your prayer closet with a son. You could arrange a signal (some fabric/paper “flag” which allows a son to know you’re there or you to know, he’s there. (Same with you Mom.) Some houses are not the easiest to places to find private places to pray. Prayer is a Privilege & as Must. – 2/14/20

 

“The final word of judgment will be our final word to Jesus

& that final word will be either ‘Come’ or ‘Depart.’”

– Samuel  Chadwick

 

THEY’RE GATHERING

There’s a crowd gathering on another shore,

The group’s grower larger every day.

They are gathering in from all directions,

Yet all came there, BY God’s Narrow Way.

 

This crowd has skins of different shades,

Speak languages to each other quite unknown,

But they are connected by one Royal Blood,

Ah, Christ firmly owns them for His very own.

 

This throng landed where they planned to land.

They found their long-sought heavenly goal.

They weathered all life’s threatening storms,

Insisting (at all costs) on “saving” their soul.

 

Soon, Friend, you may be gathered with them,

Soon, I may join the celestial number,

Where the Son is the Light for all the day,

(And where we’ll never night for slumber.)

 

Let us then be Faithful with a capitol “F,”

To the Lord who rules that Group, that Shore,

And gather with enumerable saints young & old.

Gather to Christ. Gather to part never-more!

– eab, 8/25/08

 

The “Wedding” date is yet to unknown – it’s solely in the Hands of the Father. Here a huge difference is seen between modern marriages & that of both NT times & this wonderful coming Wedding. Modern weddings are much in women’s hands: mother of bride, grandmother & bride. In the NT a king made a marriage for his son (Mat 22.2) in the Wedding of the Ages, God the Father decides even the date (Mat 24.36). 2/18/20

 

“To say ‘Oh I’m no saint’ is acceptable to human pride

but it is unconscious blasphemy against God.”

– Oswald Chambers

 

Rev 22.17a

“And the Spirit & the bride say, Come.

And let him that heareth say, Come…”

 

The Wedding of the Ages is a-preparing! The bride is getting ready. She’s willing, yea wants to lose a “pound” here or there; “pound” being synonymous with weight “…Lay aside every weight…” (Don’t want to make this too modern but allow an idea or 2.) Her “dress” is white signifying the purity of heart & life – made pure by the sacrifice of her heavenly Husband & she is adorned with pricey “jewels”- Meek & Quiet Spirit. – 2/18/20

 

The world by wisdom knew not God…is demonstrated by the writings of the most learned & intelligent heathens…Moses alone…gives a consistent & rational account of the creation.”

– Adam Clarke

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Psa 19.14 +

Psa 19.14

“Let the words of my mouth & the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,

O LORD, my strength & my redeemer.”

 

“As touching nature I am a worm of this earth & yet a subject of this commonwealth; but as touching the office wherein it has pleased God to place me, I am a watchman…For that reason I am bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly.”

– John Knox

 

The limited (man) can never comprehend the Unlimited (God). We can hear about God, we can begin to learn about Him, we can learn more & more as months/years go by. And, thank God, we can worship Him, Whom we don’t understand. But never have the illusion that you’ll ever comprehend the Almighty. You & I (IMO) after ages in Heaven, will still be learning about our Wonderful, Limitless Lord. – 8/23/20

 

“The Scriptures of God are my only foundation & substance in all matters of weight & importance.”

– John Knox

 

If men (& boys you hope will be men) in your house have pink or purple shirts you may want to pass. I’ve heard about, “He’s sure enough of his masculinity to wear pink.” Allow a 77 yr old man to *sound a warning.* 1.) Every sodomite was once normal (“…let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” 1Co 10.12). 2.) You maybe sure you’re masculine but A sodomite seeing A feminine shirt color may see it as a signal. Don’t mean to angry you, but society is pushing males to be soft & to dress less than a man. Shorts, textures & colors, are being worn their grandpas would’ve NEVER considered. -8/24/20

 

CHOICES of THREE

Choices of three, four or more,

Exist this side the eternal door.

Beyond death, two choices await,

Heaven’s Pearly – – – or hell’s grisly gate.

Choose wisely, Friend, for-ever-more.

– eab, 8/24/09

 

Thy will be done in earth . . . I sincerely hope that has a familiar sound. I hope you recognize those six words as an important part of the “Lord’s Prayer.” And, further, I hope you (& I) can/do earnestly pray them, From. Our. Hearts. If you’re adamantly praying(insisting?) on “x” & God allows “y” it can though you, even cause you to backslide. If we can WHOLE-HEARTEDLY pray that God’s will be done, then we can trust. God knows best for home, church, nation. Amen? Ouch? – 8/24/20

 

When you keep carnality in your heart,

you keep the Holy Ghost out.”

Warren McIntire

 

Rom 15.3a

“For even Christ pleased not himself . . .”

 

You may have had a pastor, school teacher, even peer you greatly admired & you imitated him. Please don’t. God doesn’t need 2 of him in His Coming Kingdom. The Lord made you unique. Be natural. Do not attempt to be “cute,” or worse yet “funny.” (This is not knocking a natural humor some have.) Rest assured that God has a heaven full of people who were made holy but in the process are also unique. – 8/24/20

 

Someone is going to Heaven because you are going

or somebody is going to Hell because you are going.

Roy S Nicholson

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Psa 15.5 +

Psa 15.5

“He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent.

He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”

 

Do not (repeat) Do Not listen to a voice saying, “God will understand.” It is almost definitely satan. A friend was tempted to commit suicide & heard a voice telling him, “God will understand.” Suicide is sin. My friend had been correctly raised that suicide is sin. That kept him from believing the horrid voice. Run from all thoughts of suicide & ask/believe God for His mercy. – 8/22/20

 

“Entertainment opens the floodgates & literally submerges the church in worldliness.”

– Beverly Carradine

 

1.) When you peer in the mirror do you see a man who prays, or merely a guy who SAYS he wants to pray? – 8/15/20

2.) There maybe more humble men with PhDs than humble men with honorary “doctor’s degree” or diploma mill “doctors.” – 8/19/20

3.) There are two kinds of women in world; those with uncut hair & those who KEEP cutting their hair. -8/22/20

 

“God wants the church to be a perfect contrast to the world.”

– Beverly Carradine

 

chunks of time

To say all men have equal money

Is so false, it’s not even funny.

Some men are fabulously rich,

Some men are fantastically poor,

Some own room after room,

Some don’t even own one door.

But all men alive on this earth,

Whether of royal, common or poor birth,

Have an equal amount of one thing.

It’s an item simple, yet sublime

(You can’t weigh it, or smell it, or see it)

All men have equal chunks of time.

– eab 8/23/06

 

Do not consider, not for a moment, going back toward Judaism. Never! If you believe in Jesus you don’t need Jewish tradition. (If you don’t believe in Jesus you can’t be saved; Jesus saith…“I am the way, the truth & the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” Joh 14.6) No amount of the rites, rituals, or Hebrew reasoning will avail. The future ALL belongs to the true followers of Christ. – 8/23/20

 

“The reason why wicked men and devils hate God is, because they see Him in relation to themselves. Their hearts rise up in rebellion, because they see Him opposed to their selfishness.”

– Charles G Finney

 

1Jo 3.8

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

 

sunday? A day to honor the sun?  Why would anyone do that? If our calendar is correct the first day of the week shouldn’t be called sunday nor “Christian sabbath.” It is the day or Lord came back to life, It is His day, therefore the “Lord’s Day” (Rev 1.10). One or more cults worship the sun. Begin to notice the logos, the official signs, the emblems on clothing etc. The worship of the sun is even in “science” class. Consider always calling today the Lord’s Day – in gratefulness for His death & Victorious Resurrection. – 8/23/20

 

Unless the leader is especially prepared, the prayer meetings will dwindle.”

– Charles G Finney

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Psa 15.4 +

Psa 15.4

“In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD.

He that sweareth to his own hurt & changeth not.”

 

“Ministers often preach about the Gospel instead of preaching the Gospel.

They often preach about sinners instead of preaching to them.”

– Charles G Finney

 

Many a wife has been a saint despite the fact her husband was not. A number of husbands have walked with God even when their wife did not. But oh, the sweetness of a home where both love the Lord with all their hearts: two saints = more than twice as nice! – 8/22/20

 

“There can be no revival when Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet-Eyes are not found in the audience.”

– Charles G Finney

 

Man takes great pains to make a wall plumb, a floor level, a sidewalk perfectly straight. Another may take pleasure (carnal or otherwise) in showing the wall was off ⅛ inch, a marble rolled on the floor or a string strung at the edge of the walk showed a bow. God who could’ve made every mountain “wall” perfectly plumb, every valley absolutely level & every shoreline straighter-than-an-arrow has made (AIU) [as I understand] made nothing straight but one(1) the horizon where sea meets sky, sky meets sea. Interesting. -8/22/20

 

RIGHT WIFE

Don’t let the wrong woman’s charms

Or alluring “love” arms

Make you deaf to heaven’s alarms.

Marry God’s right wife – – – for life.

– eab, August 2012

 

The devil (& his human helpers) will do their best to draw your attention to the present, the “all important now,” to current politics, to popular movies (& their pitiful stars). God, by glorious contrast, wants you to ask pardon for all your past sins, & wants to give you the brightest future any person has ever had – a home in heaven. Listen to God. Plug both ears to the distractions of satan & his ilk. – 8/22/20

 

Movements cannot be separated from the men who lead them.”

Carl McIntire

 

Mat 25.46

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:

but the righteous into life eternal.”

 

Can you be an evolutionist & a believer? Oh, yes. Absolutely. In fact you cannot be an evolutionist & NOT be a believer – – – a believer in “science” That Is. It takes a lot of faith to believe that slim can climb out of the water, climb a tree, & later climb into a chariot. Note. You cannot be a mature Christian Believer & accept the theory of evolution – stop trying. It is Scripture or “science so called” – – – not both. – 8/22/20

 

The claim of the Bible is that it is absolutely sufficient &

will not tolerate any additions or subtractions from mankind.

T A McMahon

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Psa 15.3 +

Psa 15.3

“He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor,

nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor”

 

Take the preacher’s message & pour it through the “Gospel sieve.” How much has substance; Truth, maybe hard-to-swallow-truth, which is retainable & useful? How much of it was froth, stories, his personal gallivants which run through the sieve & are of little good to salvation? Stop heaping to yourselves teachers/preachers who tickle you with their stories but give only minor amounts of Gospel. – 8/20/20

 

“We love to give to those we love.”

– Beverly Carradine

 

Read Revelations again (I’ve read Rev. through 5 times in 2020). “But I don’t understand It.” (Show me a man who says he understands all of Revelation & I’ll show you a man who’s mistaken.) Let me guarantee one thing – you’ll come nearer understanding “this section or that” if you read It (& re-read It) than if you do not read It. Read It with a highlighter (make sure it doesn’t bleed through page), or pen & straight edge, or cut & past It (ch. at a time) onto a PC. Make God’s words one size/color font; your questions/comments a different size/color. Have a great time reading/studying Revelation. – 8/21/20

 

“The church was never sent to entertain men.”

– Beverly Carradine

 

Preparation

The greatest preparation a man can make

To preach the Gospel for Jesus’ sake

Is to allow the Spirit from above

To replace Adam’s nature with perfect love.

– eab, 8/21/15

 

What would you do if you knew you only had 3 days to live? What letter/text would you send? What phone call would you make? Is there a house (on the other side of town, other side of state) you’d pull up to & unburden your heart? Is there a tool, a book, an animal you need to return? “But – but, he/she is the one who Started it.” That may (or may not) be the case – why don’t you be the one to End it? – 8/21/20

 

“We find in no history any human creature oppressed with such sorrow

as to sweat blood; therefore this history of Christ is wonderful.”

– Martin Luther

 

Rev 22.5

“…There shall be no night there & they need no candle, neither light of the sun;

for the Lord God giveth them light & they shall reign for ever & ever.”

 

One of the first things women do (in careful churches) who want to compromise is trim their hair. (BTW, cutting hair is the easiest thing a women can do to change her appearance – much easier than losing weight.) “My hair is longer than my husband’s – I still have ‘long’ hair.” That, sister, is an opinion. I fear it is a rather popular opinion but does the Bible agree? Allow, for your soul sake, a serious question – – – If the Holy Spirit wants you to stop, make that STOP, any/all cutting are you willing to mind Him? – 8/21/20

 

“The tragic thing today is that so many men with a Christian ancestry

are creating a pagan posterity.”

– Donald S Mackay

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Psa 15.2 +

Psa 15.2

“He that walketh uprightly & worketh righteousness

& speaketh the truth in his heart”

 

“We are now becoming what we shall ever be–lovers of God & the things of God

or haters of God & the things of God.”

– Samuel               Brengle

 

It may interest you to see the words “vote” “votes” “voted” “voter” “voting” are not in the Bible. When the disciples were deciding who should take the place of Judas (Act 1.23 & 26) thy used lots (may or may not be “the same” – maybe similar to drawing straws or choosing a # between 1-10). When the disciples were deciding about the “deacons” (Act 6.3) the church was to “…look out…” 7 men whom the apostles could “appoint.” The modern church may rely too much on voting. – 1/6/20

 

“You’re kinda uncomfortable sharing what you have

‘casue you’re not sure you have it.”

– Albert Barr  

 

If you have become a believer in the exaggerations of this so-called “space age,” if you watch every science-fiction flick hollywood/disney reels out, if you can’t wait to the next product of S__ W__ or what may follow, I’d encourage you to draw back from such & join the real (not the reel) world. (Too much of the above are CGIs computer-generated images.) Work, enjoy the family, save money, pay bills, stay out of debt, live simply & if you name the name of Christ, Pray. These are the real world. – 1/12/20

 

Rejoice

This is a day to clap your hands and rejoice

To break forth in singing, to lift up your voice

For the Lord of lords and the King of all kings

Soon appears (on white horse) to rule all things

Ah, saint clap hands. Saint, again I say, “Rejoice.”

– eab, 8/20/15

 

Would you die for a country? Why? Would you die for Christ? Why? Your land (though you like it) didn’t birth you, nor can it eternally save you? Christ died to give you New Birth & He can redeem you from hell. Your land will be history – perhaps before a grandson dies an old man. Your Lord has an Eternal Kingdom: It’s here now, is growing, & will be forever. Don’t volunteer to die for a country. Don’t hesitate to die for the testimony of Christ. – 2/1/20

 

God’s Word contains the best evidence of its own inspiration.”

J Hudson Taylor

 

Joh 14.23

“Jesus answered…If a man love me, he will keep my words:

& my Father will love him & we will come unto him &make our abode with him.”

 

Don’t make jokes about God, spiritual things nor Scripture. Just this AM as I worked a little on memorizing Scripture I was reminded of a bad memory. While I was young I heard an older person repeat a “joke” which used a certain verse. I can seldom read or hear that verse without remembering that “joke.” It was not funny then & it surely is not funny now. It’s baggage I shouldn’t have had to carry these decades. Do not try to be funny at the expense of holy things. – 8/20/20

 

What the sunshine is to that flower,

the Lord Jesus is to my soul.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Psa 15.1 +

Psa 15.1

“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?

Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?”

 

Who is the greatest critic of the Bible? I believe I know. Who’s the greatest critic of the Authorized Version Bible? Same horrible, fallen being? I think so. The Authorized Version (aka KJV) has been the most effective Book to win against satan’s forces among English readers. It makes sense satan hates It. “Bryan, are you saying that all who oppose the KJV are sinners?” No. I know men who’re mistaken. They attended a wrong college/seminary. They have the idea it’s “educated” to reject the KJV. They are sincere – sincerely wrong, & if in a position of leadership, they’re leading others astray. – 8/18/20

 

“You can no more grow sin out of the heart

than you can grow rotten out of an apple.”

– Howard Sweeten

 

Don’t ask a girl to marry you who you don’t trust to Make a pretty flower arrangement, Make a good, tasty supper, Make you a happy home. Don’t agree to marry a guy whom you don’t trust to make a living for the two of you, Make time to be with you (not always “with the boys”), Make your home a solid, holy haven. – 8/19/20

 

“Carnal Christians are always more fascinated

by the showy than by the holy.”

– Richard S Taylor, ThD

 

SINNING WILL STOP

Sainthood is for eternity.

Saints will forever raise

God’s all deserving praise.

Sinning is only temporary.

In a way, all sin stops at a grave.

– eab, 8/19/08

 

There’s never been a time in history, when so many males failed to mature. Never a time when more big-bodied, yet boy-minded males have played. 100s (1000s? 10,000s?) of “adults” make a living playing & coaching, making uniforms & shoes for, driving & otherwise assisting “teams” of should-be-men as they do nothing worth while, make no better building, create no better truck. Sadly this playing has even entered the “church.” No church NEEDS a gym. – 8/19/20

 

“If I were master of the country

I would not allow them to practice usury.”

– Martin Luther

 

1Ti 6.20

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane & vain babblings

& oppositions of science falsely so called”

 

“Science” makes claims in both biological evolution & astronomical evolution which it can NOT prove. It expects you to believe – after all (tongue-n-cheek) it is the world-wide “god of the age.” Scripture doesn’t need the crutch of evolution (earth or sky). The God of the Bible created, inspired His prophets & apostles to pen details in His Book. You can’t logically accept both “scientific” & Scriptural explanations. Both are belief systems. “…Choose you this day whom ye will…”(Jos 24.15) Believe. – 8/19/20

 

“Above all books the Bible passes as iron into a man’s blood & gives vigor to his will

…he that lives with Jesus catches the infection of his aims & spirit.”

– Ian Maclaren

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Psa 14.1a +

Psa 14.1a

“The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God’…

 

“If God be for us

everyone else might as well be.”

– Charles Bennington

 

The church should be the place on earth that’s least like earth. It should not be an extension of the world’s conversations nor politics. Church shouldn’t be more of the world’s moving lights nor “music.” O, how we all need God’s HOUSE to that, ALL that, & by His grace ONLY that. Worship Him! – 8/11/20

 

When asked the secret of his success said,

“I never say ‘No’ to God”

– Wm Booth  

 

A minister, sadly, can “preach” about x, y & z, so you don’t notice he never “preaches” q or j. It can be 100% on purpose or, maybe less, but it works too easily on a non-thinking, non-discerning congregation.

A government (local, state, national) can talk about x, y & z (& get the media to cover them) until you don’t notice you’re losing q or j. Purposefully? Too often. Maybe a new politician you trust is doing it but it’s sadly working. Pray for country? Yes but – But pray more for souls to flee sin & Hell. – 8/14/20

 

God – THE ONE

The ONE that precedes all the beginnings that we know

The ONE that exceeds all the endings that show

The ONE Who is wider than the widest width of space

The ONE Who is higher than the Apex of the place

The ONE Who is deeper than the Nader itself

The ONE Who includes “lock, stock, barrel” plus shelf

The ONE Who pictures all man’s time at a glance

The ONE Who never has anything happen “by chance”

And the ONE more holy than His own Holy of Holies.

– eab, 8/10/10

 

No one enjoys hearing their “life-style” condemned. Especially when those around (as a pastor/evangelist names sins) *know* they cheat (in money or mate), get mad, lie, profane the Lord’s Day, waste money on sports, etc. Please, Friend, forsake sin your while you may. If you don’t have yours sins forgive they’ll all be listed (if I understand Scripture) at the Great White Throne Judgment. Peers will then know what you may now have hidden – & – fearsomely, it will be too late to be forgiven. – 8/18/20

 

Conscience in most men,

is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.”

Jeremy Taylor (1613 – 1667)

 

Rev 20.13

“…The sea gave up the dead which were in it & death & hell delivered up the dead

which were in them & they were judged every man according to their works.

 

No two people in the Bible are alike. As far as I’ve read, no two miracles of the Bible are alike. God, as evidenced by the above, by every leaf on every tree, & the list could go on, loves individuals. God created personalities. The Father made billions of *different* men. Learn to appreciate men unlike you. Ask God to help you love the obviously unique. Then, I say this carefully but I say it, don’t be afraid to be dissimilar from your peers. God loves individuality; He created it, He uses it. Love God & love people but don’t allow satan (or well-meaning folks) press you into their mold. – 8/18/20

 

God hath given to man a short time here upon earth,

& yet upon this short time eternity depends.

Jeremy Taylor (1613 – 1667)

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Psa 11.3 +

Psa 11.3

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

 

YANKEE or “christian.” “To a foreigner, a Yankee is an American. To a southern, a Y. is a northern. To a northern a Y. is a Vermonter. To a Vermonter, a Yankee is a guy who eats pie for breakfast.” AND “Christian” means different things to different folks. When you read “Christian” it can mean (in the mind of a writer) all who aren’t Hindu, Moslem etc. Or it may mean (in their mind) all who call themselves “Christian” whither eastern orthodox, roman catholic, Lutherans, etc. And, of course to many of us, “Christian” means one who Loves & follows Jesus. Much of what’s called Christian is not! – 8/17/20

 

“Nominal Christians are the greatest obstacle to the advance of the kingdom of heaven.”

– Daniel Steele

 

How much of this world’s entertainment do you have to have??? Need to see a baseball/football/Bball game now & then? Need a dirty hollywood movie once a week? Need a disney cartoon every other night?

I don’t approve of watching ball games (in person or TV) nor a movie habit but allow a question. Why, do you NEED that “fix”? Often a ball game/movie is selfish – yes you may go as a family but watching anything “with” someone isn’t nearly as great as talking to them: listing to their heart cry or you encouraging their walk with Jesus. Kick the entertainment habit. – 8/17/20

 

“Our job is to teach them [our children]

 how to live without us.”

– Kenneth Stetler

 

FAMILY KNEW

They stood up at his funeral,

And spoke words full of flowers,

Songs and accolades went on –

On for minutes, perhaps hours,

And they “placed” his feet beyond

Pearly gates, “placed” a halo on his head,

But some of his family knew him better.

He was pacing, already, streets of dread.

– eab, 8/17/09

 

Have you had a job you hated? One to which you dreaded to go on Monday? One from which you almost ran on Friday? Hell is worse than the worst job you had. Hell won’t be over in 8 or 12 hrs. Hell has no lunch/coffee breaks, no weekends off, no vacation. Even if hell had no flames (it does), even if hell had water to drink (it has none), if hell had no moans of the damned (it has them), to do your worst job For a decade, a century, For a 1000 yrs, a millions yrs would be horrible. Stop telling God “no.” – 8/17/20

 

“No group of people in the wide world profess as much religion as do we.

 We certainly ought to be very spiritual.”

– L W Sturk

 

Luk 16.23

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

& seeth Abraham afar off…”

 

“The original says…” How often has a young college/seminary grad used these 3 words in reading Scripture in his pulpit? He had confidence in a professor (or at least in his ability to read Greek or Hebrew) & is now sharing his “knowledge.” If not very careful, such a statement draws attention to the preacher &/or his education AND tends to raise a question in minds of thinking people about the reliability of the Bible they hold in their hand. Please, young preacher (or older, for that matter) do nothing that will undermine the Authority of God’s Holy Book. – 8/17/20

 

“The only way to gain Christ

is to lose all self-interest.”

– Jim Susan, 1/23/98

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