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Jam 5.16 +

Jam 5.16

“Confess your faults [NIV says ‘sins’] one to another

& pray one for another, that ye may be healed…”

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith,

& the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” 

– George Mueller

Some churches have been not only invaded by, but conquered by, worldly music. The sweet songs of Watts, Wesley & “What’s His Name” have been replaced, sadly, by petty words from shallow minded “musicians.” If you have anything to do with what songs are sung at church, if you have anything to do with who sings, I beg you go to prayer. Ask God to help you find a new love for deep old hymns. God CAN use music & has. satan can also use “music” & sadly is in too many churches. – 9/29/21     

“The secret of all true effectual service is joy in God,

having experimental acquaintance with God Himself.”

– George Mueller

Circuit Riders – our land was blessed, far beyond understanding, yours & mine, by Circuit Rider travels in spring’s mist, summer’s heat, fall’s rain, & winter’s wind. Their trails lay through swamp or over hill. Their trials included where they had to lay their heads – this night on musty cot, that night on a cabin floor. They were treated well here & sadly treated poorly in the other side of the ridge. But they rode on so new communities would hear the message of heart purity. God bless their memories. Amen. – 9/29/21 

666 ?

Is six, six, six in the Book?

You’d better take a deeper look.

Six hundred, three score and six? Yes.

These are the same?  Too many guess.

Deception can hide in a small nook.

– eab,  9/29/08

ONE-WORLD CHURCH

A one-world church will soon find form,

To thus join-in will seem the “norm,”

To help the displaced, the poor, the weak

Sounds good – till measured by The Meek.

Such a church won’t stand earth’s final storm.

– eab,  9/29/08

Can you give a logical answer why? Why do you: 1.) Take some earth (all pigment, all paint has its source in the ground) & put it above, below, beside your eye? 2.) Take other earth & place it on your lips so they look an unnatural hue or even a weird color? 3.) Why do take a still different earth product (shaped by a smith) & place it on your finger, through a hole you made in your ear, or through a hole in your lip or nose? Its all just dirt (various forms) & when you die goes back to earth. Why do you do this?  

“Mr. Law’s ‘Christian Perfection’& ‘Serious Call’…convinced me, more than ever, of the absolute impossibility of being half a Christian; & I determined, through his grace, (the absolute necessity of which I was deeply sensible of;) to be all-devoted to God…”

– John Wesley

2Ki 9.30

“…Jezebel heard…& she painted her face

…& looked out at a window.”

“I want to be Happy All. The. Time.” First, allow me to say, Good. God has a place for you – it’s called heaven. As I understand Scripture all will be beyond happy – we’ll be Joyous there. Second, permit me to say, Not Going To Happen Here. No saint is happy all the time. There are burdens about which to pray, sinners for which to pray, sin to be fought. Saints are at times happy but not all the time. Sinners? They’re not as happy as they tend to “let on.” Go to heaven – it’s wonderful there. – 9/29/21

“Is there a thing beneath the sun, That strives with thee my heart to share?

Ah! tear it thence & reign alone, The Lord of every motion there!”
– John Wesley

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Jam 4.17 +

Jam 4.17

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good

& doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

“Teach me, Lord Jesus…not to be hungering for the ‘strange & peculiar’

when the common, ordinary & regular, rightly taken, will suffice to feed & satisfy the soul.” 

– Jim Elliot

The sinner is released, at conversion, from the burden of sin with-out. The sanctified soul is freed from the very nature of sin, with-in! (“Good bye, world, good bye”.) As we mature in Christ we also begin to free ourselves of material things; a little last week, a little today. Are you diminishing your hold on, & your “need to hold,” a tangible world? [Nothing is going with you either Up or down.] Therefore now’s a good time to weed out, to give away possessions. – 9/21/21  

“Faith makes life so even, gives one such confidence,

that the words of men are as wind.”

– Jim Elliot

Home school. Work? Surely. Boring at times? Yes. The devil will fight you? Of course. Why do I say, “Of course”? satan wants your child to go to hell. One of the best ways you can “Train Up” a child & get his feet on the narrow way to heaven is to home school him – satan knows that. Don’t try to home school without Jesus. Pray for yourself. Pray for your child. Pray *with* your child. A dedicated, disciplined parent may educate a child, but you want an educated Christian at the end of school. – 9/24/21

Mount

The rest of the deer from that stage in time,

On that far away rolling ranch,

Have now ceased to be, dying by

Cottonwood, outcrop, or a Dead Horse branch.

One buck from that era of western time,

A non-typical one that fall,

Still “lives” on, in a sense you’d say,

Majestically, he hangs on my den wall.

– eab,  9/24/08  

Are you a child of God? Or a slave of the devil? God would love for you to be His child. He could MAKE you become one (i.e. robot style) but He refuses to do so (He wants you to love Him because you *want* to). satan would like you to be his slave. He would make you a slave if he could – God has denied him that power. Praise the Lord. So, if you be God’s or satan’s is strictly your decision. – 9/24/21 

“When the Lord saved me He gave me something I never had, & always wanted.

 When He sanctified He took out of me something I never needed & never wanted.”

– Bud Robinson

1Co 13.4

“Charity suffereth long & is kind; charity envieth not;

charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up”

Too many people who are concerned about survival (or lack thereof) are Not concerned *enough* about their souls. They talk as if they’re ready to give their life for a country, when they’ve not given their life FULLY to Christ. They’re afraid the land won’t survive – please listen – it won’t. No country lives forever but your never-dying soul will be alive 1000 yrs from today. Please pray for America (I do) but please pray more for REVIVAL here & be ready yourself to meet Jesus – you could die today. – 9/27/21

“Holiness seed never rots. 

Plant it & it will grow.”

– Bud Robinson

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Jam 4.14 +

Jam 4.14

“…What is your life? It is even a vapor,

that appeareth for a little time & then vanisheth away.”

…The guidance of the Spirit of truth, which leads into all truth & into all virtue, will never lead any man, either in opinion or practice to any thing which is Contrary to Holy Scripture.” 

– Joseph John Gurney

You’re carrying a heavy load. In my younger days I might have come along side & helped you carry a physical load but what you’re struggling with isn’t tangible. Bro./Sis. you’re burdened with Carnality. You’re trying to please the demands of “the ole man” “the ole woman” & at the same time profess to be a follower of Christ. Let me tell you – you can get rid of the nature of Adam (Eve) & you can do it now. Stop trying to please Carnality; yours (or others looking on). Be filled with the Holy Ghost. – 9/23/21

“…Though it is a narrow way, it is a way of peace.” 

– Joseph John Gurney

Home school or buy a bigger house? No question – home school! Home school or trade for a better car?  No question – home school! “Cars & houses, lands & money, Are but features of the time…”** Beside your own soul, the ONLY “thing” you’re going to take with you into eternity is your child. Houses rot, cars rust, but your child’ll be alive 1000 yrs from now. And if that aliveness is Blessed above or imprisoned below, may depend on the education you provided by work & prayer. **Lines of poem God gave1972  – 9/24/21

HEIDI

H Her birth was in a southern state,

E Early fall, September’s the date.

I  In the good year of ninety-one,

D Decade ending the last century,

I  Includes our granddaughter, Heidi  

E Everywhere she brought the broad smiles,

L Little lady with blond hair styles. 

I  In the eyes of her parents, she

Z Zoomed past every other baby.

A And in Gram, Gramp’s prejudice sight,

B Baby Heidi was a delight.

E Easily first granddaughter won,

T The special place she still does hold.

H Heidi is now eighteen years old.

A Alaska claimed her while still three.

S She’s seen low cold beyond degree.

H Her life has variety’s role,

L Living as she does near North Pole.

E Education been “mainist” [1] thing;

Y Year the twelfth, Heidi, ends next spring. 

B Bryan’s a name you hope to leave.

R Reason things out – God’s will believe.

Y Yearn to know God and His blest Son;

A Assured that He loves and does see

N Nothing’s too good for you, Heidi.                  

– eab,  9/24/09

D & R. Is it a sin to divorce & remarry? Some “christians” defend D&R. A part of those defending it think they base their view on Mat 5.32 (“…saving for the cause of fornication…”) & 19.9 (“…except [it be] for fornication…” Friend, fornication is not adultery & adultery is not fornication). I fear a willingness to accept D&R is not based on Scripture but emotion; we feel sorry for a person “caught” in D&R & want to “help” them. Please read Rom 7.2-3, 1Co 7.11&39. Marriage. Is. For. Life. – 9/25/21

Heb 2.15

“And deliver them who through fear of death

were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

“A religion, even popular Christianity, could enjoy a boom altogether divorced from the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and so leave the church of the next generation worse off…”

– A W Tozer

Thank God for every man who rejects Biological Evolution – some because of Scripture, some because of Sensible thinking. Why have many failed to see Astronomical Evolution is also opposed by the Bible & clear thinking? The millions of yrs evolution “requires” for “ameba to man” is likewise “required” for light to get to earth (their idea not mine) from a star “light yrs away.” Christian, stop believing millions of yrs for Astronomy as well as Biology. “For in six days the LORD made heaven & earth…”(Exo 20.11). – 9/26/21 

…We so desperately need leaders with the gift of discernment…

we do not have them & are compelled to fall back upon the techniques of the world.”

– A W Tozer


[1] “Mainist” is a word her Dad, EAB II used to use.

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Jam 4.8 +

Jam 4.8

“Draw nigh to God & he will draw nigh to you.

Cleanse your hands, ye sinners & purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

“No mental processes can stop the mad race for money. 

Man must be born again.” 

– William Jennings Bryan

You walked away from the Classic King James. You were younger than, sure of yourself, & of academic reasons for abandoning the Historic Anchor. Hopefully you’ve had serious doubts about the “translation” you adopted, perhaps you’ve already moved from XXX to YYY (& are having questions about both). What do you do? Allow a friend to suggest – Find Reverse. Make as public a confession (as you made a public anti “declaration”) & return to the True Bible millions have trusted. – 9/21/21

“It is more important that you trust the Rock of Ages

than that you know the age of the rocks.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Why am I still living? (I suppose most of us don’t really know.) I love our children & their mates. I love our grandkids & if they have mates, those too. I love life, enjoy teaching/preaching, have a hobby or so but if I had to explain my extended life in 3 reasons I’d guess they are these (not necessarily “in order”). 1.) My wife of 60 yrs (I’ve ask God to let me out-live her, for her sake). 2.) My attempt to minister on social media (a voice crying in the “wildernet”). 3.) My prayer life. To God Be ALL Glory. – 9/22/21

GLORY HILLSIDE

There’s a mansion on the hillside of Glory

Waiting for God’s next-child-home.

Jesus did NOT tell some wild story

Many mansions are above His dome.

– eab, 9/25/18

WAYS

Death comes on sea & highways

And many other by-ways

Don’t let your own shy-ways

Be used by satan’s sly ways.

Be always ready to rise skyways.

– eab,  9/25/18

The world & the god of this world (satan) wants you to live in fear. Fear of a virus. Fear of an economic crash. Fear of losing a job. Fear of not having “this or that.” Fear of death. God wants you to become His in salvation & sanctification; then – as a little child trusts his dad – trust Him (your heavenly Father) & enjoy His presence. “…Perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”(1Jo 4.18). The choice: Fear or Not Fear – It. Is. Up. To. You. – 9/24/21   

“A tender conscience is necessary, but not one that feels offense if one laughs…

Holiness is the happy way between an evil conscience & fanaticism.”

– T M Anderson

Pro 22.3

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil & hideth himself:

but the simple pass on & are punished.”

Proud – On what Scripture (ch. & v.) do you excuse saying, “I’m proud of…”? Paul lists PROUD with other wicked things “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents”(Rom 1.30) AND “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy”(2Ti 3.2). “God resisteth the proud” (Jam 4.6 & 1Pe 5.5) are further words opposing the Proud. WHY do you insist on saying it? – 9/25/21

“By a ministry of prayer we mean utilizing the promises of God

in behalf of others through intercession.”

– T M Anderson

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Jam 3.17 +

Jam 3.17

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle &

easy to be intreated, full of mercy & good fruits, without partiality & without hypocrisy.”

The church was never sent

to entertain men.” 

– Beverly Carradine

God, who is totally changeless, has made His world so it changes. The shoreline is changing. *It has changed from the time you started reading this post until you finish reading this very word.* The stars are constantly moving o’erhead. Between the earthy shoreline & the heavenly stars, God’s clouds move – sometimes one way, sometimes another (I’ve seen 3 layers of clouds loving at the same time but not in the same directions). God enjoys the heaven & earth He made – & I. Do. Too. J – 9/18/21   

“Our Lord did not permit His chosen followers to witness a word in His name until endued with power from on high. It is true that before that day they were the “born-again” children of the Father and had the witness of the Spirit. But they were not the Lord’s efficient co-workers and never could be until Spirit-filled.” 

– Jonathan Goforth,

Yes! – – – & No. Yes, I wish you’d hid that desire to be like the world; hid it in your heart & don’t let it escape to change the color of your finger/toe nails. Hid that yearning for the world so it doesn’t appear in clothing or hair, – or (what the Spirit is talking to you about in the night).  No – don’t hide it – there’s a far better way. You can submit to the Holy Ghost & He, Praise God, can remove all desire to be like the world. Oh, how peaceful to be unattached in body or soul to this failing world. – 9/21/21  

ONE LONE SCRIBE

One cannot adequately describe,

The work of one lone scribe,

In days or months or years.

Only eternity will reveal,

The influence of his pen’s ink-zeal;

Words encasing hopes, facts, fears.

– eab, 9/22/09

BOTTLE – TINT

I don’t know why she was so pleased with her hair

I could tell it was a bottle tint, from way over there.

– eab,  9/22/16

Be willing to question everything except the Bible. Question supposed “education.” Question those known as “medical professionals.” Question alleged governments (bigger they are, the more you can question). Question so-called “banking.” Question men who’ve assumed leadership in religious movements adrift in worldliness. Question factory-made “foods.” Question pharmaceutical hierarchy. Question “bible” translations trying to take the place of the Classic King James. Don’t be afraid to question! – 9/21/21

Pro 22.6

“Train up a child in the way he should go:

& when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

“…We speak of the manifestations at Pentecost as being abnormal,

yet we maintain that Pentecost was normal Christianity.”

– Jonathan Goforth,

Young parents. Place no book (no matter how short or “simple”) in your child’s hand which you haven’t read. No, I didn’t say scan, I said READ. You need to see what the story’s actually saying. What was the motive of the writer? “Oh, Bryan, you can be so picky.” Listen. You have 1 time to guard your child’s mind & that’s NOW. And, if you’re going to allow Johnny to see a video you MUST watch it first. Never watch it with him until you’ve seen it alone. A bad scene may be in his mind for yrs. – 9/22/21

To me, it has been a source of great comfort and strength in the day of battle, just to remember that the secret of steadfastness, and indeed, of victory, is the recognition that “the Lord is at hand.”

– Duncan Campbell

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Jam 1.27 +

Jam 1.27

“Pure religion & undefiled before God & the Father is this,

To visit the fatherless & widows in their affliction & to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Ask of me’ is the one condition God puts in the very advance

& triumph of His cause.” 

– E M Bounds

Please, if you’re a firm believer in the NT, start reading It seeing all the negative the jewish religion did. See all they did to Jesus, Stephen, Paul, & other Christians. Open your eyes as Paul refers to his past in the “jew’s religion”(Gal 1.13-14). Now think through history. There’s NOT been a time Israel or Jews have accepted Christ. Yet I see evangelical/holiness people saying, “I stand with I- – – l” Why? Do they not still reject Christ? “But they believe in one God.” Maybe? They do *not* believe in His Son. – 9/14/21 

“Prayer is our most formidable weapon, but the one in which we are the least skilled,

the most averse to its use.” 

– E M Bounds

Parents – don’t think for a moment that your child doesn’t know who your favorite “gospel singer” is. Nor think your child hasn’t noticed that that singer has hair too long (on a guy) or too short (on a woman -unless she’s had chemo). If you don’t wear jewelry but the singer does – Johnny/Susie sees that. And if you list a song they sing (or especially 1 they wrote) as blessing you, your child can see this as inconsistent. – 9/17/21

ONE LETTER

Don’t think it odd,

That “good” and “God,”

Are but a letter apart.

Nor think it trivial,

That “evil” and “devil,”

Are alike but for the start.

– eab,  9/20/08

It’s very possible that someone reading this is living with a husband (or wife) who’s struggling to be saved or stay saved. You may be the key to your mate making heaven. Pray extra hard (& believe as you pray). Be careful to NOT put down your mate. Do not preach at them. Do not bawl them out for not being as spiritual as *you* wish. Love them into the kingdom. May they see so much sweetness in your life they want to be like you – as well as being like Jesus. May God bring your mate to Himself! – 9/17/21

Eph 5.22

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”

Eph 5.25

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church & gave himself for it;”

“You save an old man & you save a unit;

but save a boy & you save a multiplication table.”

– Gipsy Smith

Do you go to the best church YOU can? “It seems to be the best here but it’s so cold, so formal.” If Bro. if Sis. after prayer it’s the best you have, begin to pray. Pray for the pastor to be saved (if he’s not) then pray that he be filled with the Holy Ghost. Pray for the song leader. Pray for yourself to be a warming influence. Sing as best you can. Pray in the service as loud as you dare. Testify? Yes. Who knows but what your clear testimony to living above sin is the VERY thing someone needs. Christ raised Lazarus. – 9/18/21

If you are in with God you are out with the world.”

– Gipsy Smith

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Jam 1.15 +

Jam 1.15

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:

& sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

“The Refiner is never far

from the mouth of the furnace when His gold is in the fire.”

– Charles Spurgeon

Have you miss-used your memory? Too many young men (& some not so young) know the batting average or yds run by “X.” How frivolous. Too many women know too much about hair coloring techniques or what color to place on their lips to look good (but not look like lipstick). How trivial. When you meet God – Yes. We. All. Meet. Him. – What excuse will you & I give for not knowing MORE of His Eternal Book? That, friend, is more serious than too many of us think. – 9/16/21

“Learn to say No. 

It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.”

– Charles Spurgeon

Dad/Mom do not discuss the faults of the pastor or his wife, the leading church member or his wife, in front of your child. Their faults may be glaring. They may be so obvious your think your child has already seen them but – but they may not have. The very one who “bugs” you the most at church may be the one who can help Johnny/Suzie. But if you destroy their confidence in them, that may never happen. Besides – the pastor etc. may have seen *your fault.* “Do unto others…” – 9/17/21

SO SIMILIAR

Some men have lived in great wealth;

Others have known the empty shelf.

Their lives seemed miles and miles apart.

But death came to the mighty rich,

Likewise death to the poor in his ditch.

They are sooo alike; with an un-pumping heart.

– eab,  9/22/09

Do you go to the best church YOU can? Some have to walk to church – they’re very limited. Some can only drive so far (health, age, gas $) – they’re limited. If you have God’s Spirit & that little man across the church who weeps as he testifies has the Spirit, friend, you’re blessed. If a sister quietly (or with shouts) walks the aisles your church is blessed. Do people in whom you’ve confidence raise their hands. You’re again blessed. Go back, go often to the church where the Holy Ghost is welcome. – 9/18/21

“Unless I had the spirit of prayer,

I could do nothing.”

– Charles Finney

Heb 2.15

“And deliver them who through fear of death

were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

The Hebrew writer penned “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”(2.15). Be saved from all your sins. Be filled with the Holy Ghost. Now as you live faithfully for Christ, this verse fits YOU. There are many who can be blackmailed, be forced to do someone’s dirty-work, be forced to take “mediation” or do a job, or even kill others, because they are afraid to die. The saint can’t be forced to do wrong. He is above this. Praise the Lord. – 9/19/21

“A revival is nothing else than a new beginning

 of obedience to God.”

– Charles Finney

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Jam 1.5 +

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.”

You can be so sanctified that everyone around you is getting blessed,

you aren’t, but it OK…”

– C Ponder Frederick’s sermon idea (in eab words)

The doctor’s degree (genuine or “fake” by secular standards) did him no good. He went to hell with many “less brainy” than he was. Not necessarily because he was “Dr” but because he failed to call on the Lord & keep calling/depending on Him. While far, far above a man with little formal training is enjoying heaven, enjoying It to the max, right beside a man called doctor on earth, but they both believed on the Lord Jesus Christ & kept believing until they died. Degrees matter not in Eternity. – 9/17/21

“…Or you can be the only one getting blessed &

you do not deride them for not being as blessed as you are.” 

– C Ponder Frederick’s sermon idea (in eab words)

Years ago I took a stand against a ventriloquist scheduled at a supposed “holiness” gathering. Since then this vaudeville-type show seems on the increase. If you’re tempted to go to such or, Heaven forbid, schedule such, please read this definition:  “Late Latin ventriloquus “person who appears to produce speech sounds from within his or her body (as during spirit possession or under control of a deity)” (from Latin ventr-, venter “belly, abdomen”…” – online Merriam-Webster Brother/Sister Please, these do NOT belong in any evangelical or holiness church/school function. – 9/17/21

RICH

I’m rich in wealth that banks can’t hold

I’m rich in treasures that do not jingle or fold

Grandsons and granddaughters beat gold

They’re your child’s child and also heaven’s mold.

– eab, 9/18/14 

Leaves spring

Leaves spring up on tiny twigs

Darken and thicken, making tree-wigs.

Last a season – fall, as it is aptly called

Ends; and once again trees are bald.

– eab,  9/18/15

There’s nothing real about drama! The stage is made to look like what is NOT. What sounds like “thunder” is metal being warped (plus your imagination). The man “killed” on stage is (thankfully) not. The actor is as fake as he can make himself. The most real thing is money you paid (& sadly it’s just printed paper). Stop attending shows/acting. There will be NO drama in Heaven. There will be NO drama in hell. Stop believing “Make Believe.” This nonsense is pushed, so you won’t think about hell. – 9/17/21 

Act 5.3

“But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost

& to keep back part of the price of the land?’”

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 

Please don’t be impressed that a man can preach. (After all, they teach that in Bible college.) Don’t be impressed that he can lead a service with finesse – do something often enough you can usually repeat it. Definitely don’t be impressed that he says, “In the original…” (That may be said to discourage using the Wonderful, Classic King James.) Be impressed that when he prays you feel the presence of God settle into the service. Be impressed that he loves people but More, that he loves God. – 9/18/21

“The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it,

& the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.”

– George Mueller 

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Heb 13.12 +

Heb 13.12

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood,

suffered without the gate”

“There is a pleasure in being in a ship beaten about by a storm when we are sure that it will not founder. The persecutions which harass the Church are of this nature.”

– Blaise Pascal

When you die isn’t important, though I wish you long life (if that’s your wish). Where you die is of little consequence, though if you have a preference, I’d wish that for you too. With whom you die is not that important though I could wish a close friend Close. Why you die can be VERY important – don’t waste your death on a frivolous cause (that could give satan pleasure). “Where you headed, Bryan?” HOW you die is of great, very Great value. Die at Peace with Christ. Die Blessing His Name. – 9/16/21

“Nature has some perfections to show that she is the image of God

& some defects to show that she is only His image.”

– Blaise Pascal

Do you know of a Bible believing church near you who has a Prayer Mtg. where they *just* pray? No talky, talky. No 10 minute “sermon,” & 5 minutes of prayer. But two-to-several people slip in to pray, pray, & slip away having met God (or tried to) without socializing with humans. Go if you can. Those who know me know I’m opposed to ecumenicalism. Period. But if the church is Bible-believing (not a cult) though not your stripe – such a time of praying might encourage your walk (& theirs) with God. – 9/17/21

NO WIND BREAK

Out in the west, where the wind likes to blow,

Blowing dust, blowing moisture, blowing snow,

They plant trees and shrubs row upon neat row,

Diverting the wind, telling it where to go.

The Holy Spirit is “typed” to us as wind,

Moving softly or forcefully, He does send.

Do nothing, oh, please do nothing to offend,

The Spirit’s moving on your home/heart, my friend.

– eab,  Sept 2009 

Dad/Mom, encourage your child to begin their private devotions at an early age. Try to provide a quiet bedroom or corner of living room or someplace they can be alone with God. Provide them a PAPER Bible (not one on a phone or tablet). Try to awaken them in time to have this Special period with God before their day starts. Don’t be nosey but when you talk to you about their Bible reading or prayer, stop whatever you’re doing & listen. This is one of your most important times with them! – 9/17/21   

“…God is ready to share His holiness with men…”

– L D Wilcox

Act 4.10 Be it known…by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.”

Dear church piano player – as pastor for most of 1974-2013 I ask a favor. Don’t play after the minister calls the saints in at the close of the altar call. Stop & knell (if you’re able) praying with seekers. A sinner trying praying through, a backslider fighting his way back to God, a seeker after heart purity, needs your heart-felt prayers & needs your tears much more than more piano cords. Never heard this in holiness churches 50 even 40 yrs ago. If you disagree, please PRAY about it. God might lead you to change. – 9/17/21

“The term original sin was a term first used by the Calvinists…”

– L D Wilcox

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Heb 13.4 +

Heb 13.4

“Marriage is honorable in all & the bed undefiled:

but whoremongers & adulterers God will judge.”

The secret of success in Christ’s Kingdom

is the ability to pray.” 

– E M Bounds

The goal is living in full Fellowship with Christ (now/forever) – don’t take your eyes off of Him. satan will try to distract with sight, with sound, with smells, tastes & touch – don’t let him. BTW satan, powerful as he is, can NOT keep you from a close walk with Christ unless you consent. Don’t. Increase your devotional time. “Can’t.” Pardon me sir, ma’am you Can – If. You. Want. To. “You don’t know my schedule.” True – but imagine you die in the next 24. Drop something. Spend more time with Him. – 9/15/21

“The conditions of prayer are well ordered & clear —

abiding in Christ; in His name.” 

– E M Bounds

The holy lady does not want to be noticed. An unholy woman wants you to fawn over her dress & her matching scarf, purse & shoes. She’s spent a lot of time (or money on a hairdresser) & therefore wants to reap the oohs & aahs her hair “deserves.” And, yes, she may be a preacher or deacon’s wife & have pride in her heart. Please, “sister” ask God for a humility which will help His Kingdom now & will help you miss hell, later. – 9/15/21

MINE        

I claimed it, I owed it;  it was mine!

That mountain of ponderosa pine,

That spread of sage and crested-wheat grass

That cluster of boards and nails known as a house

That orchid of fruit I’d call “world class.”

I paid the taxes, held the title

To rolling pastures green to the line

To cattle and horses and sheep so fine

To full-headed, golden, bearded wheat

It belongs to me and you can’t take it away

Uh – What did you say?

You say that another soon will own

These bottom lands my hand has sown?

You say I won’t sell it or give it away

Instead I’ll simply leave it here when I sigh

That final sigh and quickly die

Another!  Imagine that!

Another will sit where I’ve sat and look o’er these fields

And claim them his and gripe or brag about their yields

And then like me he also will slip

Beyond the sound of human lip

And, leave as I will, his all behind

His ALL, unless he will the Savior find.             

– eab,  September 1995

How much did you pray before you brought in that drama team? That singer “with baggage”? That speaker whose 1st wife is forgotten in the glamour of his 2nd marriage? That youth speaker who spoke recently for a left-wing group (therefore he may not Name sin)? That well-known preacher who’s likely to give his 6-7 cut-&-dried sermons & may not agonize over what truth your dying congregation needs? Pastor – hear it – no man/group should be in your pulpit unless God’s leads. – 9/16/21  

Heb 13.12

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood,

suffered without the gate.”

“Discipleship without Jesus Christ is a way of our own choosing.  It may be the ideal way. 

It may even lead to martyrdom but it is devoid of all promise.  Jesus will certainly reject it.” 

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christian, Praise God, you’re on top. The nation has changed & may get worse. The world (we’re more connected than I wish) has changed & may get worse. Above I typed “Christian.” I don’t refer to a church-goer. I don’t mean a hypocrite. The true follower of Christ is on top. He/she is ready to die. When things worsen you have God upon which to rely. If jobs disappear or money gets more inflated or fuel is gone or food scarce God is a “very present help”(Psa 46.1). Draw closer, Saint, draw closer. – 9/16/21

Only he who believes is obedient &

only he who is obedient believes.” 

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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