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Psa 91.2 +

Psa 91.2

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge & my fortress

my God; in him will I trust..”

“The gospel alone is sufficient to rule the lives of Christians everywhere – any additional rules made to govern men’s conduct added nothing to the perfection already found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

– John Wyclif

Discernment ultimately has its roots in God – He is able to show you (as He sees best) men’s hearts & men’s motives. In addition to His direct revelations, He’s given you eyes, ears, & the ability to think. Look at everything of value – – – twice. Listen with both ears.  Give your mind time to mull, to turn over your observations a time or two & thus “see” what you really *saw.* 1/1/2021

“The highest service to which a man may obtain

on earth is to preach the law of God.”

– John Wyclif

Ever went to somebody’s home & felt a warm welcome as you entered? It was a nice feeling, wasn’t it? Perhaps later the host stood or so shifted in his seat that you sensed it was time make an exit. In church this AM, for the first time, it occurred to me that heaven is a place where we will always be welcome. It is God’s home, yet because of the glorious sacrifice of His Son, we’re God’s children, therefore it is also our home (said with a sense of our unworthiness). We’ll *always* be welcome in heaven. Wonderful! 1/3/21

verse comes tumbling

When a line of verse comes tumbling

Over the falls of your mind,

(The first line’s always the hardest)

Then another line’s not far behind,

You’ll find yourself “a fumbling,”

To find paper and pen and ink,

To grab that, that line unique,

Before it keeps on tumbling

Down the river of your mind,

To be forever beyond reach –

Your mind may ne’er be able

Again to grasp this feeble “fable,”

Only once will it be so near the beach.

When you awake tomorrow,

You’ll find to your sad sorrow,

That the thought of last night

Has quickly flowed,

Past the bends of your fluid mind,

And the idea you saw quite “kind,” 

Is now completely out of sight.

How works then the poet’s mind?

How does he verse seem to find,

Where prose writers mine them not?

Poets sometimes find them unsought

Ideas and how to say them,

Come in different ways;

To some men they seem to come,

As often in the night, as in the days,

As these lines have flowed,

Down the river of my mind,

And sought outward expression,

Of a weak, poetic kind.

– eab,  1/3/07

“Rome” is only in the NT & there only 9 times (writings of Luke & Paul). “Roman” is only found in 2 chapters of Acts. This may be surprising considering Rome ruled the world during all the years of the NT. The NT writers made no attempt (that I see) to Romanize Christianity. Some have (IMO) tried to “Americanize” Christianity. No. Christian doesn’t need the influence of the USA, but the US is in desperate need of a revival of Deep & True (therefore Biblical) Christian influence. – 1/3/2021

“…Keep your main end & design ever in view

& let all the parts of your discourse have a tendency towards it…”

– Isaac Watts

Mat 10.28

“…fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:

but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul & body in hell.”

When Dad (born 1904) was a lad he stole a spoke shaver (helped shape buggy-wheel spokes or perhaps 1920s car spokes). Dad got saved & knew he needed to make this right. He sought out the man from whom he stole it but he was dead. He tried to find the man’s widow & either she was dead or Dad couldn’t find her. After trying this hard (to no success) he estimated the value of the spoke shaver & put that amount in a church offering. If a reader is facing a similar difficulty in restitutions you pray about following Dad’s example. And – make the restitution as soon as you can. God Bless You. 1/3/2021

“The Waldenses & Albigenses who were distinguished by the name of Cathari or Puritans considered these expeditions [commonly called crusades] into Palestine as absolutely unlawful.”

– Johann Lorenz von Mosheim

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