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LEV 20.7 +

Lev 20.7

“Sanctify yourselves therefore & be ye holy:

for I am the LORD your God.”

“And there & then, on horseback, I said ONE eternal ‘YES’

to all the will of God, never to take it back.”
– J B McBride

ATTENTION: you don’t wear gold/pearls (or substitutes for them). WHY do you listen to people sing or play religious music with them? “Bryan, you’re being picky.” I doubt I am. And, I doubt that all bedecked singers are right with God. Please Sir/Please Ma’am reconsider what “artists” you listen to free, & those you support by buying CDs. If they’re not right with God, their music may entertain but NOT bless you. – 3/27/21

“…Holiness is the best preparation

for life with its labors…”
– J B McBride

Want to home school but are a bit leery? That’s understandable. Afraid you’ll get weary? You may tire of home schooling. Is home schooling only for certain parents? Doubt that idea – doubt it strongly. That lad is your lad, to try to get to heaven. That lass is your lass, to try to get to heaven. To teach them at home can be the key to them making *heaven their Home.* You can’t do this by yourself – you need Christ’s power. A Christian parent makes the very BEST home school Dad/Mom. Please yield all to Him. – 3/28/21

WHY SPRING?

The grand Lord knew, after the white and the blue,

Of the cold, crisp fortnights of chill,

After stark star lights and short day sights,

And iced over bridges at the bottoms of the hill,

After sleet’s solid rain and the snow flakes again,

And the humdrum of life in confinement;

That man needed to sing – he needed spring –

The Lord’s annual perfection of refinement.     

– eab,  3/29/80

He Arose!  This Lord’s Day in history?  I’d hate to have the job of trying to prove it was THIS calendar date** – but I have full confidence Christ arose on *that* First Day, *that* First LORD’S DAY. He could have arisen on the jewish 7th day (sabbath ). He did not. He was establishing a new way to heaven, His way, the Christian Walk. His resurrection on the Lord’s Day (Rev 1.10) is what we can celebrate 52 times a yr. 

** More than one calendar’s been “floated” in history. Who’s to say if this “man-made schedule” fits with God’s great time Piece in Heaven? That being said, if we accept this calendar as being somewhat right, then we can accept that Christ arose on the first day of the week or properly, The Lord’s Day. – 3/28/21

“Purity is a proper preparation for growth; maturity is the gradual perfecting of growth.

Purity is instantaneous, maturity is gradual. Purity respects quality, maturity quantity.”

– Wm McDonald

1Pe 1.3

“Blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”

THINK (please).  Is your goal to be Biblical or traditional? The roman system established many traditions. Sadly with silence in pulpits, traditions have increased among evangelicals, even holiness people. I saw the following list – it is almost entirely tradition. “Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Resurrection Sunday.” I hope you see that only 3 of these 16 words are Biblical: palm, holy, & resurrection. – 3/29/21

“…John Calvin who justifies Christians getting angry

is historically known for his disposition & exhibition of anger.”

– Warren C McIntire

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LEV 19.18 +

Lev 19.18

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people,

but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.”

“A revival spirit & an unforgiving spirit can not more dwell together in the same heart

than fire & water can unite.”
– M W Knapp

Please, as the age slopes toward an end & as you age yourself, allow me to say “Simplify life.” Do not demand fancy foods but be happy with more simple ones. Do not make dressing more complicated but dress in a plainer style. Do not hunt after complicated movies: hollywood/disney/supposed “christian” – consider leaving the entire movie industry alone. The more simple your life, the happier it really can be. Try it – you might like it. J – 3/27/21

“Revival Hindrances…Engaging in acts, temper, or amusements

which are contrary to the teaching of the Word & inconsistent in true Christians.”
– M
W Knapp

There is not ONE reason why, if you can read, that you can’t read the King James Bible. Not one! The Authentic, Authorized Version (BTW same as the KJV) has been read by mere children, by youth, by adults. It’s been read by sinners, by sinners seeking to become saints, & read by untold millions of saints. It’s been read by native English speakers, by those learning English (as their second language) & by people with linguistic skills. You can read the KJV aka AV, and – – –  you should.  3/27/21  

COMING

I like the idea of a new heaven

And a new, sea-less earth.

The Bible also speaks of a

Huge, cubic new Jerusalem;

All by virtue of the new birth.

– eab,  3/27/17

Please Dad/Mom, do nothing to encourage your son to be feminine. Nothing. Do nothing to push your daughter the least toward being masculine. Nothing. satan is anti-God & that includes God making the Male & the Female. This was not an accident. This was not an afterthought. The sexes are not many (silly humans – too “light” a word but some-what appropriate here) nor are the sexes one. They are two. While the earth remaineth there will be two sexes. Help your son become a man; your daughter a lady. 3/27/21  

“Possession does not make you the owner of stolen goods.”

– George B Kulp

1Jo 2.16

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh & the lust of the eyes

& the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Guard against pride. Pride is anti-God (He – not you – is the source of all). satan would like for you to be proud of your looks (be ye nice looking or not), proud of your brain (be ye brilliant or less), & yes, even proud of your spirituality (though you may be average or below). Ask God, beg God to remove pride out of your life.  3/27/21  

“…God has…For the eye there is light; for the ear there is sound;

for hunger there is bread; for thirst there is water…”

– George B Kulp

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EXO 32.33 +

EXO 32.33

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me

him will I blot out of my book.”

“All that the world knows of practical godliness

it has to learn from the lives of Christians.”

– George B Kulp

Years ago the question was raised in my mind, “is USA in prophecy”? It is not named in Daniel (as are Babylon [ch.1-5&7, Grecia [ch.8,10,11], Media [ch.8], & Persia [ch.8,10,11]. At least twice in fairly recent days I’ve run across the idea that USA is the 2nd beast in Rev.13. This was not stated, but USA may head up the new world order (the United Nations headquarters is already in NYC). Be watchful. Be prayerful. Be reading God’s Words. Be reading It with notes. – 3/22/21

“Conscience is the book in which our daily sins are written

& time never effaces the record”

– George B Kulp

The One we Christians worship is the Lord. The Lord Jesus came back to life the 1st day of the week. Please honor Him by calling the day LORD’S DAY. After all, It is His Day. Please stop saying “sunday.” I fear that who ever called the 1st day of the week sunday worshipped the sun. I do not – I doubt that you do. So why should we repeatedly honor the sun by calling a certain day after it. [BTW in typing this pagan name my spell check more than once made “s” into “S” automatically.] – 3/22/21

HEATHER

Heather Colwell Bryan’s the name.

If that seems odd, Dad and Mom are to blame.

Heather is some kind of wild flower, I guess,

To be a botanist, you see, I don’t profess,

But that’s what they call me just the same.

Colwell I know a bit more about;

Pop’s Mom was one, that much I’ve found out.

Good people.  Those Colwells,

Though some I’ve not met,

The girls changed their name (Uncle John hasn’t yet.)

Believe I’ll keep mine for all of life’s route.

My last name’s just like William Jennings Bryan.

(All three would be, if I’d been a boy – no lyin’.)

So there you have it, my names complete,

Until at the altar (D.V.) my husband I meet.

And that’s too far away now for sighin’ and cryin’.

Tweet, tweet.   – eab,  3/20/75

“Easter is a convergence of three traditions. Pagan…Hebrew…Christian…the Hebrew Passover falls on any day of the week and this did not suit the Christians. They wanted a Holy Week…at Nicaea they had to decide who was to manage the full moon…this was referred to Alexander, the citadel of astronomy…based, not on observation of the moon in the sky, but on mathematics and many cycles were tried…8 years…19 years…84 years…” – Encyclopedia American, 1963. 

Rev 2.16

“Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly,

& will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”

“If we are believing & obedient,

feeling or no feeling, we have Jesus…”

– M W Knapp

One Being leads the God-centered church service. He can direct the pastor with opening welcome & prayer. He can lead the song leader to select this hymn, not that. He can prompt old Bro So-n-So to stand & praise the Lord or younger Sis What’s-her-Name to sing her testimony. He can have prepared Bro Pastor to present the very teachy/preachy thoughts which fit the configuration of that meeting (but those thoughts wouldn’t have “worked” last Lord’s day at all). The “order” of the service when the Spirit is leading is superb; never boring. It’s refreshing in a heavenly way. O God give us more of these.  3/22/21

“ ‘I can’t believe’ is simply a canting way

of saying ‘I wont obey.’ ”

– M W Knapp

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KJV

LONG – If you are anti-KJV let me suggest two directions (if you want to be intellectually honest) you can go to maybe cure this. One is to explore – the more unpleasant I list first – the lives those who share your mistake view. Read what their critics have written about their academic degrees, about their delving into cults or the occult, about their personal lives (divorced & remarried, sodomy/lesbianism, dishonesty, death bed confessions, attempts as retracting their “support” for this version or that, etc). To read gushy little, easy-flowing biographies by a friend is to not fully see true lives. Try to find out WHY they opposed this CLASSIC of all Classics, of all Literature of English speaking people. Get beyond their supposed superior “newly-found manuscripts – there was very possibly, a tell-tale moment when they turned against the Authorized Version. That is the point of their weakness. That is the point at which you need to look. Was there a motive to their rejection? Find it & Please, Friend, do not repeat such a moment in your life. – 3/20/21

LONG  The other direction is to take off a month (a yr if need be) from all hobbies/sports/entertaining pursuits (Keep working, keep married, keep being a good dad but devote the time you spend on the above) & climb as best you can back into the 1500-1600’s. Attempt to capture the fervor of the (then) recent Reformation. Try to see Christianity through the eyes of the great men who gave their lives, literally in some case, to give the world the Word of God in English. Now start to acquaint yourself with the stately men who gave four years of their lives, putting aside much of their own studies & putting their heads together to produce the Bible. Did they know they were producing a Classic? I don’t know that they did. Were they aware that English was – & more so, would become, the lingua franca of the next four plus centuries? I don’t know that they did. God knew. Believe me, these lives are worth more than a passing moment, more than a boring yawn. Search what made them individually & collectively “tick.” And, don’t for a second speak against this monarch until you’ve read a lot about him. For one thing, he didn’t translate anything. He was (as far as I know, still holds the record) the most literary monarch of England, if not the world. And James I was so right to insist on no notes being printed in the Bible. – 3/20/21    

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EXO 32.6 +

EXO 32.6

“…The people sat down to eat & to drink,

& rose up to play.”

“Till you press the believers to expect full salvation now

you must not look for any revival.”

– J Wesley

You & I have seen a point of separation from the world (or a point of theology) differently. If you have had Perfect Love, if I have had Perfect Love we can (tho in some area disagreeing) meet on Heaven’s holy & happy shore, Perfect Love taking precedence over all. Praise God. Or sadly, you & I may have dotted similar “i’s” crossed like “t’s” but if you, if I, lack Perfect Love we won’t share the splendors of God’s Marvelous Home but be confined to His eternal trash heap. Please Bro. Please Sis. whether we see eye-to-eye or not, seek, find, & retain Perfect Love.  – 3/19/21  

“In my opinion no one is fit for God’s service until he is willing to be considered

mad by the world. They said Paul was mad…”

– D L Moody

Some man in an insignificant corner of God’s footstool now & then feels a surge of devilish carnality & spouts his version of “wisdom” heavenward. He thinks he’s smart. He grows old & dies. Another mortal in a different but equally unimportant corner of God’s footstool clambers onto his upturned bucket, spouts similar trivia. He grows old & dies. A man here & there on one continent or another speaks disrespectfully of God & God in His patience allows him. Mere Mortal – listen. Stop such nonsense. God will win. Repent. 3/19/21

Help me Lord   

Help me Lord to preach holiness

As often as you want me to preach it.

To show by your Word and my little life

It’s *now* possible to reach it.

In the end there’s only one place it will not be

Holiness will have conquered earth, land & sea,

Hell’s the only one place it will not be.

There across a great gulf

Holiness they will always see.

Did I say across? A cross is what

Paid the price for holiness, so heavenly nice.

Friend, seek to be holy now, on the earth

Only eternity will long reveal its pure worth.

Help me to preach, to reach, each.

With this message, good for every age,

Preach it by internet, voice, by printed page.

Truly it is holiness (finally) or it is hell.

What a burden to have, a burden to tell.

And, thank God, seeking it can end very well.

– eab,  3/18/11

WARNING – could be heavy. Your brother/sister was a true follower of Christ – so much so you believe they’re in heaven. Your sib left behind a son/daughter who is anything-but-a-follower of Christ. The configuration of the family may leave you the only saint to pray for your wayward nephew or niece. Are you doing this? “Well, I mention their name in family altar every day.” Thank you. If roles were reversed, would you want your sibling to pray for *your child more than you pray for theirs? Think about it.- 3/20/21

Jas 5.16

“Confess your faults one to another & pray one for another, that ye may be healed.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

“Keep as sweet as John & at the same time

as bold as Peter after the Pentecostal Baptism.”

– M W Knapp

Still living, I of course, don’t understand the seriousness of death, but I suspicion my view’s closer than some of what I see reflected on social media. 15 seconds after death much – dare I guess almost all – of what was SUPER important to you, will be considered trash. Since it will soon be as garbage, I urge you to think of it as garbage now & turn from it. Stop allegiance to Sports. Stop viewing Sci-Fi. Stop gambling. Stop porno. Stop going to the left-leaning “church.” Heaven will be Worth. It. All. – 3/20/21  

“A ticket agent [pre 1890] at a railroad station gave a tract with each ticket.

22 persons wrote him that they had been converted by means of his tracts.”

– M W Knapp

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EXO 25.40 +

EXO 25.40

“And look that thou make them after their pattern,

which was showed thee in the mount.”

“Fruit bearing is an everyday job

for everyday Christians.”

– Richard G Humble, Easley, SC

If you sense some spiritual warm left in a small church here, a little chapel yonder, they may be enjoying benefits from the prayers of saints no longer able to attend. Please Pastor, please man-filling-in-for-pastor, thank God for any left-over warmth but start now, to build again a cadre of praying people. Oh, how our churches need the Light & the Warmth from newer, younger saints, believing, holding onto God’s promises. – 3/15/21

“Saul had the greatest O T pastor – Samuel.”

– Richard G Humble

What’s worse than not being ready when you die?  Nothing?  Wait.  Sadly, there IS something worse than dying unprepared – that is dying with a “head belief” that all is well – – – when it is Not. You left a life based on the Bible yrs ago, but have pretended it made no difference. You tried to make yourself believe being separate from the world was “ole-foggy” or “narrow” or too old-fashioned. Please come back to where you left the Right Road & start afresh. Today. Please. – 3/18/21

HE IS RISEN

Every week the Lord has given,

A Day to remember, “His is risen!”

Christians rejoice, not just once a year,

(Sinners don’t do that, I sadly fear.)

That Christ came and lived our life,

Knew sweat, thirst, saw our strife,

Was rejected by those He called His own,

Sold by a disciple He had known,

Tried – what a “trial” it must have seemed,

Who knew Justice before Adam’s sun beamed,

He was nailed to wood, placed between two thieves,

(One dies in sin – One believes.)

Christ died as dead as any mortal man,

The Perfect Sacrifice, the Perfect Plan.

Was that all – He lived like us and died?

Had earthly lambs dying, all grief satisfied?

Death was the end for wooly little sheep;

Not for Christ – He had a promise to keep.

And keep it He did – He left that new grave.

He arose victorious, He arose man to save.

He triumphed over our last enemy, death.

His victory gives the soul spiritual breath.

Birth was necessary to have life,

Life was necessary to face dying strife,

Death was necessary to Resurrect,

Resurrect He did – Romans & Jews could detect

An empty grave, a tomb now unneeded,

A stone rolled, Rome’s seal unheeded.

Oh, the victory, Oh the glory, Oh the might.

Gone, for God’s men, gone forever is the night!

– eab,  3/18/08

You don’t beat your wife? Good – don’t brag about that – that’s normal. You don’t get drunk once a month? I’m glad you don’t – but that’s near normal, in the sense that 1000s of people do not.  You don’t – – – make your own list. “Don’ts” don’t get you into heaven. “Oh, but I DO some things too: 1.) I go to church (or did before the gov’t virus), 2.) I support a missionary in Vanuatu, & 3.) I helped build the manger scene last yr.” Pardon me for the negative – but what we “Do” does not gain us heaven either. “Not of works, lest any man should boast”(Eph 2.9). – 3/18/21

Heb 12.14

“Follow peace with all men & holiness,

without which no man shall see the Lord:”

“With the deepest humility

Christ should be credited for all He does within the heart.”

– M W Knapp

You see yourself as a holiness preacher. If asked, you’d identify your congregation as a holiness. When is the last time you (lead by the Spirit) devoted an entire sermon to the need for being Sanctified? When did you last preach a whole message on the wonderful Fruit of the Spirit? Or spend the sermon hour wading through the terrible list of carnal traits but ending with the fact that they can all be removed & will be, when we pray, believe & obey the Spirit? Has the “Holy Heart” lecture gotten pushed to the back-burner? 3/18/21 

“Revival Efforts…

Formalists, hypocrites  

saloonists, & the devil all hate them.”

– M W Knapp

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EXO 20.16 +

EXO 20.16

“Thou shalt not bear false witness

against thy neighbor.”

“God honors faith

because faith honors God.”

– Larry Grile

That re-action you had – you expressed it on social media – or you felt it in your heart, whether expressed or unexpressed, was that reaction toward the idea they presented or, (be honest) was it because of WHO said it? Sometimes a rather ugly little pitcher may have the very milk you need for your cream-o-wheat. AND our re-action may, repeat may, tell you more about your heart (are we out-of-sorts with So-n-So?) than about them. – 3/14/21

“Modest is humility dressed up…”

– Glenn Griffith

Do you, Do I, really want to see an awakening? Are we (you & me) hungry to see Mr X saved? Do we long to see Mrs Y turn back to God? Or, hear me out, or, are we wanting to *SAY* God moved so we can feel “spiritual”? If church had a Sin-Killing, Carnality-Eradicating, Wakening we might “lose” our daughter to the mission field or our son to a small-church pastorate in South Dakota or Wyoming. Real revivals come with a price & leave the church changed. Warm-overs don’t. Do we want an awakening? – 3/15/21

PREACHER

Call forth the pastor with a “certain sound,”

Call the evangelist to find the unfound,

But also call the pray-er laboring in the night

Pulling reluctant sinners into Gospel Light.

All three are needed. They need to abound!

– eab,  3/16/16

The devil is fighting God’s Book with images. There is the painted/charcoal image. There’s the black & white photo image. There’s the black & white movie image. There’s the movie with sound image. There’s the colored movie image. satan uses (if you allowed him) these to distract you from the Words of God. God’s Book preceded them all. The devil’s used images to keep the gullible from God’s Words. – 3/16/21 

Exo 20.4 Thou shalt not make unto thee

any graven image.”

“This is strength; this is peace; to feel, in entering on every day, that all its duties & trials have been committed to the Lord Jesus – that, come what may He will use us for His own glory & our real good”

– John G Paton

You moved to the right of how you were raised OR, you moved left of the school you attended. You feel good about the newly-found “carefulness” OR, you’re happy with a newly-acquired “freedom.” A similar word for Both of you. Love God more than your lines of carefulness or “unfenced” freedom. You can’t love Him too much. If you find your love for God cooling, drop your changes & move swiftly back to the Lord. One More Word. Love those who didn’t change with you. Don’t write them off. Don’t hate them (Hate can’t enter heaven.) Love God. Love people. Not gush but true Love. – 3/16/21

“How good we are as preachers depends – not altogether,

but (make no mistake!) primarily – on how good we are as men.”

– John Knox

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EXO 20.15 +

EXO 20.15

“Thou shalt not steal.”

“You can live without holiness here –

you cannot hereafter.”

– R S Foster

Some readers are so doubtful about the Bible they don’t know WHICH “Bible” to read. They do not read it everyday. They no longer try to memorize from the Classic Authorized Version. The Good News is no longer “Good News” to them. Please, Friend, return to your upbringing. Today. – 3/12/21

“Anything to be a temptation must have a natural power to awaken impulse

toward it & sin does not reside in a mere impulse of nature.”

– R S Foster

If you are a Christian you’re neither Gentile nor Jew. You may have been born a G. or a J. but you have been *Born Anew* & now aren’t either. Do not “backslide” into your Heathen roots, nor “backslide” into your Hebrew roots. Your *New Birth* in Christ is the Best possible thing that can happen to you. Please Sir/Please Ma’am avoid any & all temptations to mix Gentile or Jewish rituals with the pureness of the Lord Jesus & His holiness. – 3/14/21

THE SINGLE TOUCH

Jesus, who touched the blind man’s eyes,

Was God, so, He had no surprise

That the man saw things “in the rough.”

A single touch was not enough.

When will we, this truth realize?

– eab, 3/14/08

Are you a part of the “two or three…gathered”(Mat 18.20) in the Lord’s Name in your church? Do you know of “two or three gathered” in the Name of Jesus near you? If not why don’t you instigate such a prayer meeting? I suggest that you pray about who to ask to join you (God can guide in this) & meet at least once a week to pray. Just. To. Pray. You and family and church family and village all need prayer. -3/14/21

Mat 18.20

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,

there am I in the midst of them.”

“…that old thing that is a non-conductor of My glory,

that carnal thing.”

– Glenn Griffith

X church, school, mission has moved left. Faculty/staff/students are trampling the lines of modesty. They are now competing in sports. Adults/workers are accumulating secular degrees, awards, accolades. Their youth groups are well received in left-leaning conferences, camps, retreats. Please don’t support their change. Don’t support it by attending or sending your child there. Don’t support by donations of “twentie$” or time. Do NOT support WITH encouraging words on social media. – 3/14/21 

“We’ll never reach the world

except with the message of holiness…”

– Glenn Griffith

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EXO 20.14 +

EXO 20.14

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

“…Among rich men some are richer than others…among tall men some are taller than others…among perfect Christians some are more perfect than others.”

– John Fletcher >> may want to “chew” on this –eab<<

For 100s of years Christian Dads taught sons how to do a, b, c. Christian Moms taught daughters how to do x, y, z. Someone suggested there be specialists (I’ve spent many of my adult years enjoying teaching, so I understand this) but the time to return to the priority of parent-teachers is here (& has been here). satan doesn’t want your child to go to heaven. As Christian parents that is your primary concern. >Note, I did not say should be, I said IS!< I urge you, if you’re not home schooling, to lay plans NOW. – 3/6/21

“Ye are the living temples of the Trinity: the Father is your life,

the Son your light, the Spirit your love.”

– John Fletcher

Someday (could be hours, could be decades) we will meet the Author of the Bible face to Face. What will you tell Him about not liking His Book? Not liking It enough to read It from cover-to-cover? Not liking It enough to read It DAILY? What will you tell Him about not studying this CLASSIC of all Classics? Change now, Friend, while you may. – 3/9/21

Daniel

Old Daniel to the cats was sent

His enemies hoped he’d be rent.

God gave them “lockjaw,”

And a “paralyzed” paw.

Medes-Persians “laws” were bent. (Dan 6.22)

– eab, March  2005

Are we paying attention? Our services are changing. The hymnal is being replaced – it was once a solid second source of the Classic KJV (responsive readings). A screen probably encourages “hymn lite” & cheap songs by musicians (not poets). The “concert of corporate prayer” (when all the saints lift voices & hands) is being replaced. Listening to one man pray is not the same as us giving God our personal praises & petitions. We’re being modernized & some without noticing it. – 3/11/21

Joh 1.4

“In him was life &

the life was the light of men.”

“Prayer is an earnest & familiar talking with God.”

– John Knox

Does your church have a modesty standard for those who play/sing on the platform? Who is the designated lady (kind but firm) who’s to talk to the female who breaks that? (Or man who speaks to the male offender?) If a woman’s neckline is too low or blouse / sweater too tight God is not glorified. If her knees are showing as she stands up front (or proceeds & returns from the platform) the Lord is not honored. Better to have NO soloist, as have immodesty hurting the moving of the Holy Spirit. – 3/12/21

“The Scriptures of God are my only foundation &

substance in all matters of weight & importance.”

– John Knox

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Exo 20.13 +

Exo 20. 13

“Thou shalt not kill.”

“Sin committed &

depravity felt are very different.”
– R S Foster

Beware. If you want to be worldly in “A” “B” “C” (or all 3) yet want to claim “you love Christ with all your heart” satan can have a “fix” for that – one that will last until death (after death, be totally worthless). It seems satan has an imitation spirit which – if you’re gullible, can appear to be the “Holy Spirit.” In reality you can’t “have your cake & eat it to” – you can’t have this world & God’s Upper World both. Friend, die out to this fleeting, failing, fallen world. Come WHOLLY to Christ. – 1/1/21

“…Do you become impatient under trial, fretful when crossed, angry revengeful when injured, vain when flattered, proud when prospered, complaining when chastened, unbeliev­ing when seemingly forsaken, unkind when neglected?”
– R S Foster

There is an OT. There is a NT. Seldom does one hear (or even hear about) lessons on the differences. Some want to drag certain OT practices into today. To try to do so is to ignore the greatest Life, Death & Resurrection in history. Don’t. We are not OT “law & the prophets” followers but press into “the Kingdom of God”(Luk 16.16). Some (it seems) find comfort in OT traditions. There is, Praise God, “a liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free”(Gal 5.1). Enjoy it. Seek no return to rites. God’s NT originality is refreshingly better than the rituals of the OT. – 3/6/21

LOOK  

Look around you

At the things that astound you

And the thoughts that confound you

At the objects that would drawn you

Looking around can hound you.

The Cry of alarm is “Look out.”

The Calm of heaven’s charm is “Look up.”

– eab,  3/6/12

The Bible was not written so “God wouldn’t forget” (as we write ourselves notes). God forgets nothing – except what He wishes to forget; our confessed sins. No, the Bible was written for us, the children of earth. It will – if we follow It – help us arrive in heaven. I cannot urge you too strongly – Read, Study, Memorize (from) the Bible. Start or deepen today. – 3/9/21 

“…Till the last trumpet calls him to judgment; where the inquiry will be how humbly, how devoutly, how purely, how meekly, how piously, how charitably, how heavenly, we have spoken thought & acted.”

– Wm Law

Rom 15.3

“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written,

The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”

Please “watch” what you watch. Even if you know its science fiction you can get “pulled into” a plot, half-believe in your “space travel,” & carry the pics in your mind for yrs. It’s even worse when you think you’re watching a documentary. It’s too easy to believe the motion pic. It’s too easy to “buy” the words of a mere script-writer. Remember – movie makers have motives. He wants you to believe his story line. DON’T. Think. Think for yourself. Much, MUCH of hollywood/disney is corrupt. – 3/11/21

“…No Christian is to enter any further into business nor for any other ends than such as he can in singleness of heart offer to God…Take this away from tradesmen & shops are but so many houses of greediness & filthy lucre…

– Wm Law

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