Archive for August, 2021

Heb 4.15 +

Heb 4.15

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;

but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

“We give the name of virtues to our vices

& go on self-deceived.”

– Beverly Carradine

Who would kill if you could? (Stop, STOP, don’t tell me nor facebook.) Did a name jump into your mind? Did some group of people come quickly to mind? If one (or a group) did, you have EVER reason to doubt your christianity. Christ said, “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you & pray for them which despitefully use you & persecute you”(Mat 5.44). – 8/30/21

“Entertainment opens the floodgates &

literally submerges the church in worldliness.”

– Beverly Carradine

As a dad (& “gramp” sch. teacher, pastor) I’m aware children can be fidgety, want activity, love action. Having said that parents, grandparents can tune kids desires to a higher pitch or calm it to a lower level. How? by the actions & desires of adults. Would you believe some hyper stuff is done by the “adults” more for the adult’s sake than for the child? Please parent, grandparents stop pushing activity, stop building excitement. Content adults will tend to have content children. Try it. – 8/30/21      


Make tomorrow Bright –

Today, walk in all your Light.

– eab,  8/81


Salvation – men out of sin!

Sanctification – sin out of men! 

– eab,  8/83           

Sooner or later we meet someone who has a more keen discernment than we do. What should be our attitude? We should neither envy, nor dislike them. God’s allowed them a gift (which may perhaps also be a burden). Before or after meeting the above, we may meet a soul who seems to lack discernment – attitude? Don’t allow yourself to feel superior to them. Do (as you recall their name) ask God to protect them (being so naïve). Do be patient with them as God has been/is with you. – 8/30/21

To forgive oneself? No, that doesn’t work: we have to be forgiven.

But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.

Dag Hammarskjöld

1Ti 6.6

“But godliness with contentment is GREAT gain.”

(emphasis added)

Home school. School your precious son/daughter at home. Now! “But I don’t have a special room I can set up as a ‘school.’” 1000s of youngsters have learned at kitchen tables. “But I don’t have a degree.” Many parents (across centuries) were not as educated as they wished they were. “But I’m afraid I won’t do this right.” OK, that’s not a “bad fear” – don’t let it stop you; let it motivate you. – 8/31/21 

Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.”

Dag Hammarskjöld

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Heb 3.15 +

Heb 3.15

“To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts,

as in the provocation.”

“It is not the manifestation we want at all

it is Him we want.”

– C W Ruth

If you want your daughter to marry (I assume a normal, parental wish) & yet early realize, she has a quirk, a limitation, anything that makes her different (including an exceptional mind) begin to pray for her to be found by THE right young man. God may have (in the next church, next community, next county) a chap who’ll be able to neutralize her quirk, shore-up a limitation, even admire her braininess (tho he may not match it) & love her with pure, Godly affection. Pray for him & her. – 8/29/21

“They [the world] say “We go to the theatre, play cards, dance,

 go to football games, horse races etc. etc. & so do your church members.”

– C W Ruth

Church – may I have your attention? Are you really watching a movie a week? How long does a movie last: hour – hour & a half? If your pastor came by your house, got you & your family on your knees for an hour once a week would that be OK? Be welcome? WHAT? You’re watching 2 movies a week? Are you praying 2 – 3 hours a week (in addition to family altar)? As a non-movie-going, non-movie-renting adult I fear evangelical/holiness families are backsliding. Movies are helping that happen. – 8/29/21


A word can be written & after written, Read.

A word can be heard, heard after it is said.

Words are such wonderful things, have such charming ways

Both when spoken & written and then for 1000s of days.

Man appears to be the inventor of sculpture, music, “art.”

But words, my Friend, came directly from God’s heart.

– eab,  8/3/21

There seems to be an increase in “religious” entertainment. It varies from hearing college choirs & quartets to church music concerts, to going to hear professional/semi-professional “christian” singers, to watching drama groups perform some “biblical” rendition, to being fascinated by a “christian puppet” to hearing a “clean comedian.” What’s caused this hunger? Why this desire to sing or sing along, or laugh or clap, or even raise hands in “praise”? These Friend, are not a moves toward REVIVAL. – 8/29/21

“The prospects are bright as the promises of God.”

– Adoniram Judson

Luk 18.20

“Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother.”

God is gaining the ascendancy in your congregation or the devil is. No church can move closer to God & farther from Him at the same time. Which way is YOUR group going? And perhaps the most important thing with which I can probe – Are you *Helping God be move freely in your service or are you *Hindering? Did you testify the last time the Spirit asked you to or did you stifling the Holy Ghost? Please friend, drop out of your schedule something so you can pray more. – 8/29/21    

“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”

C T Studd

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Heb 1.2 +

Heb 1.2

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

whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds”

“Education is a great blessing, yet this is a danger that America today

[written in 1929] is making a god of education.”

– E G Marsh

Mom/Dad what you allow your at-home-child do/dress/go, directly ties to your closeness or distance from God. The clothing, the hair style, the facial expressions allowed (yes, even to your face) can show your relationship with the Lord AND your interaction with these offspring. Man-up Dad, Woman-up Mom, become a loving, Responsible parent. Oh, how the church, Oh how the nation needs this. – August 2021

“God’s clock keeps perfect time.”

– E G Marsh

If you made the doghouse you might have a right to burn it. If you baked the cake you might have a right to pitch it. (Note “might” – a dog, a family member may WANT the house or edible to stay.) But, hear this, please HEAR this – you didn’t make your life – YOU have no right to destroy it. “But I’m going to die anyway; why not now?” Now is not God’s time. (Suicidal people are trying in this way, if no other, to take God’s place.) Get right with God. Live for Him & wait HIS time for death. – 8/27/21

TIME, Again  

Warning LONG Poem Time is a toneless temporary thing

Yet to its gauge we raise note and sing.

Time has no odor and has no taste

Yet contours life, post haste.

Time has never yet been fully seen

We know not if it’s fat or lean

We assume its half-way clean

Yet yield ourselves to its touring stream

Time has no bulk, has no weight

Yet is in charge of “go” and “wait”

It has no muscle of its own

Yet still decides when seed is sown

When timothy and clover are mown

When wheat’s heads bend down with a groan

Time ages all youth, ages all sages

Time yellows the book’s first and last pages

Time controls the curtain on all stages.

If you were to meet the “Mr. Time“

You’d find him gentle, a bit sublime

More given to prose than to rhyme

Time has no face yet marks all faces

It speeds through youth with its paces

Flows through middle life’s laces

And ends all old-age races.

Time has a name, as a demeanor

Makes many things thicker, thinner

Decides the losers, crowns the winner

Runs the “show” but never shows its smile

Starts and ends every motoring mile

Decides fall’s fashion or “out of style”

Defies definition in diction books

Is impartial to the honest or to crooks

Time is the control we’ll someday lose

Whether upward or downward way we choose.

Treat time with solemn respect

Do not its lesson once neglect

Heed time’s ceaseless call and beck

Time, so powerful on this earth

Timing, so important in joke and mirth

Time, nice to all, regardless of birth

Will someday find its run its course.

Be as out-of-date as buggy and horse

It’s on a collision course with another force.

An angel will, with foot on sea, on land

Bring time (as we know it) under a band

It will have its “Custer’s last stand.”

Time, so impersonal, so “just”

Alike to crushed, and to “upper crust”

Prodding pioneers (“California or bust”)

Will have its final flight and fling

Will lay on its side, a warn out thing

Eternity has a totally different “ring.”

These lines fail to describe

The millions of every un-lost tribe

Who’ve suffered time’s relentless bribe.

No king has ever had the power

To buy at death, an additional hour

Be life’s closing sweet or be it sour.

All princes have obeyed time’s rule

As have their court’s odd-dressed fool.

Time wears out the best tool man makes

Time exposes all hypocrites and fakes

You cannot both eat and have your cakes

Yet soon (a time-relevant word)

Time’s closing, dying cry will be heard

And time as seen and felt by all

Will receive its last, its ending call

At last its perpetual motion will stall.

Friend, love now the King of kings on high

‘Cause when time ends – endlessness draws nigh

You can greet it without a sigh.                         

– eab       8/27/11  

BTW – You may not “like” eab, may wish I wouldn’t post so much etc. But in spite of you feeling distant toward me you might see words in a post you do admit is TRUTH. Please feel free to re-word it (your good wording may make the idea “flow” better & be more readable). Take the truth, spread if far & wide & you don’t have to give eab an ounce of credit. May God use the truth you share. Blessings. – 8/27/21 

“…True fear comes from faith; false fear comes from doubt…”

– Blaise Pascal (written in 1660)

Jam 1.5 

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally

 & upbraideth not & it shall be given him.”

NEWS. Some have enjoyed – a bit too much – seeing their name in the news. Well, perhaps sooner than you anticipate, you, yes YOU will be in the news; but you won’t be here to relish it.  It’ll be your obituary. It may list the “good” things family can remember. It may list organizations you started or joined, your church or secret order, maybe a sport dear to your heart, your next of kin. Whether you are AT THAT VERY MOMENT above in Bliss (or below in damnation) *your *obit *won’t *tell. – 8/27/21

“The difference between Jesus Christ and Mahomet.- Mahomet was not foretold; Jesus Christ was foretold. Mahomet slew; Jesus Christ caused His own to be slain. Mahomet forbade reading; the Apostles ordered reading.”

– Blaise Pascal  (written in 1660)

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Heb 1.1 +

Heb 1.1

“God, who at sundry times & in divers manners

spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,”

“He who is too busy to pray

will be too busy to live a holy life.”

– E M Bounds

As a teacher, turned pastor, turned S.M. “preacher,” I urge you to read/study the Bible every day. Please have also a daily time of prayer (or 2, 3) “Evening & morning & at noon, will I pray”…(Psa 55.17). Warning – Bible reading/study & prayer can become routine. The Holy Spirit needs to help us get beyond form & truly Worship. (I need help here, as well.) Slow down – & tell Jesus, “I Love You.” Recall His great faithfulness. Enjoy the Joy of God’s presence. Rejoice in Him. WORSHIP. – 8/13/21  

“We cannot run our spiritual operations

on the prayers of the past generation.”

– E M Bounds

I want “nothing but love” in my heart toward every individual I know. When I see changed life-styles it makes it a little harder. When I see words/attitudes expressed in person or on social media I at times pray “Lord, give me nothing but love.” Oh, how I wish you’d re-consider the sliding which appears. No sinful habit, no amount of salary boost, no position of religious acclaim is worth you leaving the narrow road. The broad way Dear Friend, leads to Destruction. More horrible than you imagine. – 8/22/21


Lord Jesus, draw me closer and closer to You

Till it’s an easy step from earth’s green to heaven’s blue,

From earth’s brown paths to yon street of gold,

To the Greatest of great Shepherds, to Your eternal fold.

Daily, I pray Thee, my resolve and strength, renew.

– eab,  8/25/17  

Do YOU believe there is a literal, burning, sulfuric, dark, waterless HELL? Can YOU believe you worked with, lived beside, were related to someone who is now in the regions of the damned? Do YOU understand they once roller-skated with you, rode the same bus, or sat on the same pews and now remember their opportunities to pray but it’s forever too late? Preachers are too silent about hell. – 8/23/21 

“To believe the promise of Jesus that His followers shall possess the earth & at the same time to face our enemies unarmed & defenseless, preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves,

is indeed the narrow way.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

Heb 2.1

“…We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard,

lest at any time we should let them slip.”

So many youth raised in homes where holiness was professed, failed to take the holy way. It is simplistic to suggest this was because of “A, B, or C” & yet for the sake of those who children are still home allow this: A.) Some professed “holiness homes” were a front: there were explosions behind locked doors. B.) Some homes may’ve been OK but the child saw hypocrisy at church & over-reacted. C.) Some youth wanted to world (or worldly church) more than they wanted God & His holiness. – 8/25/21

The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God

& only He can produce it.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

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2 Ti 4.7 +

2 Ti 4.7

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course,

I have kept the faith:”

“Old time religion wll keep you out of the grave longer

& get you out sooner.”

– C B Fugett

Can *you* tell truth from fiction? Can you tell truth from a lie when it’s written down?  in a picture? in movies? satan has done much to fill the world with mirage, illusion, holograms. satan wants you enslaved to laughter, lightness, trivia till your finger & toenails turn blue & its too late to have a clear-minded talk with God. STOP. Stop the almost constant “drug” of fiction. Become a seeker for truth. You don’t have to find a cave to do this, but you should kick out TV, hollywood/disney. TODAY. – 8/19/21

“Attacks on the Bible are really attacks on Christ.”
– Eldon Fuhrman, PhD

I could wish the church were not so influenced by the world. Why is it? It has to be because “the world” is still inside too many church members & yes, sadly, inside the man who should be a “man of God.” Does this have to be? The best of churches will have a tinge of this earth; after all, we live here & are still humans. But God has an experience of Grace called Sanctification, in which we die out to craving the world’s approval. Have you been Sanctified? – 8/21/21

second birth

A man of the most common birth

Born anywhere on this whole earth,

Can, by the “second birth” BE,

The son of the King of Eternity.

– eab,  8/22/14


They sang the hymns of Wesley & Watts,

Listened to the preacher’s prayers & thoughts

And slipped outside in reverence & in fear;

Knowing the Almighty had just been very near.

– eab,  8/22/19

Is it your goal to go to Heaven? I know of no better Book to tell us of Heaven’s splendors. Are you reading It? If you were planning to visit Asia or Europe I imagine you’d read up on this or that about where you wished to visit. Going to Heaven is even more crucial – the saint is moving there permanently. Read, yes study, even memorize things about this future Home – If. You. Plan. To. Go. Blessings on your reading. – 8/22/21 

Mat 7.14

“…Strait is the gate & narrow is the way,

which leadeth unto life & few there be that find it.”

How important it is to ascertain the will of God, before we undertake anything,

because we are then not only blessed in our own souls, but also the work of our hands will prosper.”

George Mueller

Some readers had a saint for a Dad. Some of you are doing things against which your Daddy preached. DO YOU THINK GOD HAS *2* STANDARDS:  One, for your holy progenitor & a different one for you?  “Daddy was too strict on X & on Y too.”  Dear son, dear daughter Are? You? Sure? Are you sure Daddy was too strict or, hear it, OR have you grown worldly? I’m happy your Dad (Bro So-n-So to me) is in heaven – I want you to go too. Please love God enough to obey Scripture. Search It! – 8/22/21 

Never come out of your chamber in the morning

until everything is right between you & God.”

– George Mueller

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2Ti 3.17 +

2 Ti 3.17

“That the man of God may be perfect,

thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

“…Be always ready to own any fault you have been in.”

– John Wesley.”

Are you praying? Have you carved out some extra time in the AM? Or the PM? Or invited the Lord to awaken you in the night so you can get up & pray? I’d love to hear of a true moving of God over there or the opposite direction. Whether I ever hear about them or not, May the Lord of Heaven come down & move among us. – 8/12/21

“The blade differs from the full corn in the ear.  It is the precursor of the corn

has identical life in it which the corn has & the corn cannot be without it; but it is not the corn.”
– R S Foster

Please don’t defend the Revolutionary War because some pastors were in favor of it. Truth be known, there may have been as many (or more) who opposed the war but since the colonies won the preachers who opposed the war were ignored. In case you’re not aware of it, there were many people who moved to Canada rather than fight against the king. Both Paul (Rom 13) & Peter (1Pe 2.17) teach to honor the king – to revolt sounded wrong to a number of those past Americans. – 8/16/21


“Alone” can have a dismal sound of sadness.

“Alone with God,” a delightful sound of gladness.

When the heart is pure, or seeking such a heart.

Lovers like to be alone; wish to never more part.

– eab,      8/20/19

A wonderful Biblical truth is that God Made Man. A sad damning truth is that many men have made gods. Ancient heathen men: stone & wood & metal – modern heathenish men: paper (folding money & pictures) & millions of feet of movie film. Image gods & gods of images control more of society than is commonly admitted. Please saint, subtract yourself & your precious family from the gods of images. – 8/20/21

Jer 39.15

“Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah,

while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying”

“There is no fully life than the life given fully to God.”

G R French 

Much Belated Thank You. Andrew recently ate Long John Silvers & called afterward remembering our “picnic,” TN c. 1974. We 6 went down 321 to Foothills Parkway. We parked at the unopened end, walked up to the first curve, found a spot to spread out a picnic & enjoyed (possibly a first for us) a Long John Silver supper. I’ve no memory of who may’ve given to make that possible (Giver may already be in Glory) But “Thank You.” Many gifts in ‘74-‘85 made such memories happen. God Bless Thanks so much. – 8/20/21 

Seed produces a certain kind of harvest.” 

H Robb French 

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2Ti 3.16 +

2 Ti 3.16

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God & is profitable for doctrine,

for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

“God is on the lookout today for a man who will be quiet enough to get a message from Him,

brave enough to preach it &

honest enough to live it.”

– Vance Havner

Many know the question, “What would Jesus do?” Better ask, “What DID Jesus do?” (That’s written in the Bible.) Jesus made no attempt to over-throw Rome. Jesus didn’t promote “His” nation nor its chocked-full-of-tradition religion. He established the Kingdom of God/Heaven. His Kingdom is a Realm of righteousness. As you face the uncertainty of society’s hyped “news” & limitations in freedom, Please Friend do not, Do Not DO what Jesus DID not do. – 8/16/21

“satan is not fighting churches; he is joining them. He does more harm by sowing tares than by pulling up wheat. He accomplishes more by imitation than by outright opposition.”

– Vance Havner

God made humans male & female. satan opposes what God does; he strives to blur the line between the sexes. Parents – do nothing (& I mean nothing) which will lean your son to be less than a man. Do nothing that’ll push your daughter to be less than a lady. In the battle to raise a man or raise a daughter TV is not your friend – get rid of it. Movies from hollywood/disney aren’t friends – do not go to see or rent such trash. Work with the Lord so your son is all male, daughter all female. Blessings. – 8/17/21    

a great fall

The broadway was calling, was beckoning,

And with short-sighted, selfish reckoning

You answered its alluring call.

Now you have “freedom,” “liberty,”

“I’m headed also to heaven, see?”

No, Friend, you’ve had a great fall.

– eab, 8/14/12

Thank God for every 50s Baptist, Congregational, Free Methodist, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, Salvation Army, & Wesleyan Methodist preacher who stood against TV, hollywood & disney. They were right – perhaps more right than they realized. AND the Lord *condemn* every son, grandson or “spiritual son” of such men who caved to this trash. Why did they grow silent on this filth & then buy one? More than one reason, no doubt, but a large one (IMO) was the pastor’s love or his kids love for sports. – 8/17/21

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

& shorten them by choosing folly.”

– John Fletcher

Jer 3:22

“Return, ye backsliding children & I will heal your backslidings.

Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.”

It’s a sad thing to backslide in your 50s. To leave the Christ who saved you in pre-teen/teen years. What’s MORE sad? To backslide in your 20s & instill in your child a love for sports, to give them dancing lessons, teach them to love the circus, to love immodesty, feed them on the froth of movies, take them to fairs & carnivals, teach them to love racing &/or gambling. What chance do they have of repenting unless they see you repent? Your child may be lost & you too. Return, Prodigal, Return. – 8/19/21 

Error is never more dangerous than

when it looks a little like truth..”

John Fletcher

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2 Ti 3.5 +

2 Ti 3.5

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:

from such turn away.”

“Don’t ever come to church without coming as though it were the first time, as though it could be the best time, & as though it could be the last time.”

– Vance Havner

Are you a Citizen of Heaven or citizen of an earthy land? “I’m both.” Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one & love the other or else he will hold to the one & despise the other…”(Mat 6.24). This pungent v. is found between Mat 6.19-20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…) AND v33 “…Seek ye first the kingdom of God & his righteousness… Don’t try to belong to 2 kingdoms. Impossible. Jesus is the Final Authority! – 8/16/21

“It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available.

We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it.”

– Vance Havner

He kills you – you go to heaven. You’re safe. He can later be saved & also go to heaven. Praise the Lord.

You kill him – he goes to hell. He’s lost FOREVER. If you killed in hate, you’ll join him, if not forgiven. 

This seems true whether domestic violence, home invader, or national crisis between sinners & Saints.

If this is too simple may God help me to see. If this is how it is MAY God help you see. Think – 8/16/21


There’s always a reason why a man tells a lie.

Why he allows a falsehood to cross his lip,

Why he wanted to deceive his fellow man

Why truth was hidden in a crack a deep dip.

That reason, friend, is not good. Never.

Lying (un-forgiven) damns a soul for-ever.

– eab,  8/17/21

I’ve never seen a time in which so many women wear pants (what for centuries was western man’s clothing). Nor have I seen a time when so many males wear stuff leaning toward the feminine. Guys appear in public in “outfits” their granddads would NEVER have worn. What’s happened to us? “Is it all a sin, Bryan?” Some stuff I see guys wear MAY not be sinful but it seems soft, “smacks” of womanhood, sets a poor example for their sons. Women please come back to be a lady. Men – Man up. – 8/17/21    

“The books of Moses are chiefly historical;

the epistles of St. Paul chiefly doctrinal.”

– John Fletcher

2Ti 4.2

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;

reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering & doctrine.”

“Bryan, who do you think you are? You say stuff we hear no place else.” I write partly because I’m a saved & sanctified Christian. Praise God. When you agree (or flat out disagree) you’re hearing a man with a Teacher’s Heart (God’s direction since 8th grade). You’re hearing a Pastor urging you to be ready to die. You’re also hearing a Grandpa talking to you “in his living room” – wanting the BEST for you. Yes, I’m probably say things your pastor is not but – – – they need to be said. The world & church are getting worse. Therefore allow an old man to speak some truth before one of us passes into Eternity. Blessings. – 8/17/21

The great prophet chiefly insists upon OBEDIENCE, the FRUIT of faith;

& the great apostle chiefly insists upon FAITH, the root of obedience.”

John Fletcher

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2 Ti 2.15 +

2 Ti 2.15

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

rightly dividing the word of truth.”

“To refuse to believe in the gospel

is the worst sin imaginable.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

Can you read “your” theology into Scripture? Probably more easily than many see. Can you read personality into a Book’s passage. More likely than we care to admit. What did the Text say? Now what does the Text say WITHIN its context? I can handle an occasional sermon where a Text is read, the minister says it’s a jumping-off-point & never returns to it. But if a Text is supposedly being preached with ITS context it needs to stay with its setting & not be pulled in theology or personality. – 8/6/21

“…Sanctification keeps us in that fellowship in Christ…the Christian’s separation from the world until the second coming of Christ…sanctification enables him to abide in Christ to persevere in faith & to grow in love.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

Have you noticed that when a woman cuts her hair she’ll tend to cut off more & later still more? Please, Sister leave it God’s length, i.e. uncut. Jewelry seems to go the same direction; a simple “wedding band” is the start; then comes a diamond, then a necklace, matching “ear bobs” & a ring for the toe. And repeatedly one tattoo gets added to another until chest or neck or arms are full of ink. Sin grows. – 8/9/21


The pictures and the posts

Show what we like the most

Be they cruel or kind;

They reflect your mind. 

– eab,  8/13/12

Now – Today is the time to pray. You’re breathing is regular. Your pulse is normal. Your mind is clear. You are not being rushed to a hospital (on wheels or in a chopper). Ask God to forgive your backsliding. Ask Him to forgive your lukewarm-ness. Come back to where your were – No, on second thought, come back to better than you were. Today. – 8/12/21

“We cannot please God & Egypt…You cannot be a christian

without offending the world. The world hates God.”

George B Kulp

Heb 9.27

“…It is appointed unto men once to die,

but after this the judgment:”

Some people are not believers. They live peaceable with some who profess to be saved & they may even have a “head belief” in Christ but they have never confessed all sins AND stopped sinning. They’ve conformed to a degree to the Christian’s separation from the world – this is appreciated to an extent, but will mean zero at the Great White Throne Judgment. Please sir, please ma’am, if this describes you, I invite you to BE saved. You can ENJOY being a Christian, not just enduring it. – 8/13/21

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

George B Kulp

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2 Ti 1.12 +

2 Ti.12

“…I know whom I have believed & am persuaded that he is able

to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”

“What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven & earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster? To see rare effects & no cause; a motion, without a mover; a circle, without a centre; a time, without an eternity; a second, without a first: these are things so against philosophy & natural reason, that he must be a beast in understanding who can believe in them…”

– Jeremy Taylor

“I don’t worship sports” – Let’s see 1.) You Pay to attend. 2.) You Pay close attention to every part. 3.) You Pay by being on your feet & shouting (you go home tired). Do you do this at church? Do you > Be Honest < and 4.) You live in the glow of the game, you “re-live” this play or that inning. These are similar to what saints do in the House of Worship but they have joy *now & *heaven for eternity. Wake up, admit you DO worship sports & then stop. You Can! – 8/12/21      

When thou receivest praise, take it indifferently & return it to God, the giver of the gift, or blesser of the action.

– Jeremy Taylor

Have you wondered why you *want the world? Note: Christians are tempted to sin, but in your honest heart you’re aware you really DO *want to dress like the world, *want to go to professional sports, *want to listen to music from hollywood/disney films, *want to keep up with who this movie star is “dating” (may mean in-bed-with) etc. God can remove this lust for the world from your life, if/when you truly pray & believe. Christians don’t want the world – it looks (like it truly is) cheap to them. – 8/13/21


“I can get along without Jesus,” you say?

Said when skies are blue, not gray.

Said when you breathe without thinking;

Said when your health is not a-sinking.

Said in the confidence of a youthful day;

Said when the things are going your way,

Said in blindness – you’re not really thinking –

Day comes, you’ll find your words “a-stinking!”

– eab,  8/12/19 

If your church is left (& moving further left) don’t be surprised if Mr Money Bags starts attending – he’s possibly figured you out; that you’ll not preach against the race horses he raises or against the occasional bad word which “spices” his conversation. Don’t be surprised if somebody donates a set of drums for your platform. Don’t be surprised when a local politician wants to address your congregation. Those on the left, support those on the left. Christ will place the goats on the left (Mat 25.33). – 8/13/21

“If you don’t have a hungering for holiness

you have reason to question your relationship with God.”

V O Agan

Rom 12.2

“…Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,

 that ye may prove what is that good & acceptable & perfect, will of God.”

After arriving in Cincy, from rural Ohio (1957) I heard about beatniks & may’ve seen a few. Some people strive to be different; they want to stand out in the crowd. They push the limits. They revel in being non-conformists, they think. Sorry for them (in a way I am), they arrived too late. God Almighty has had His prophets, His apostles, His circuit-riding preachers who are the True Non-Conformists. God’s men (& women) are *different* inside where it really counts. “Be not conformed…” – 8/13/21

The Pentecostal Blessing is for our comfort while we are away from Home

& from the unveiled presence of the Father.”

Samuel L Brengle 

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