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Heb 12.14 +

Heb 12.14

“Follow peace with all men & holiness,

without which no man shall see the Lord”

The Spirit, forever distinguishsed

yet never divided from the Lord.”  

– George MacDonald

If you answer more quickly to the word “Patriot” than to the word “Christian” you either are not saved or, Or you have not thought this through. Too many seem to love a chunk of earth more than they love the Creator of the earth. They seem to love their “freedoms” more than they love sinners. They seem ready to kill a sinner who stands in the way of their “way of life” more than they love his/her never dying soul. PLEASE, before a revolt starts settle it – you’ll intentionally kill no sinner. – 9/13/21

“A man may take the dark for light, but

he canna take the light for darkness.”

– George MacDonald


The holy man doesn’t want to be noticed. An unholy man rather enjoys you seeing his flashy suit, loud tie & expensive shoes. The unholy dude has purposely gotten a modern hair cut & purposely trims his beard for the looks it may bring. “Brother” do you enjoy seeing heads turn as you walk by? Many a man in hell was a slave to pride. I beg you to die out to the world & ALL its fashions. Today! – 9/15/21

Thus saith the Lord

Never be afraid to say, “Thus saith the Lord”

IF the Lord said thus.

Fear not the face of man, ah

Fear not one of us.

Speak as a prophet with

No strings or things attached,

Pray and preach, preach and pray

Let Truth be said, let Truth be hatched.

The world and the worldly church

Need once again to solemnly hear

The Word of the Lord spoken

Without favor, with faith, without fear.

– eab,  9/15/17 

The distain some seem to feel for the Classic of all English Bibles is acquired. Either acquired by you or perhaps by a pastor or professor who influenced you. No one is Born with enmity toward the King James Bible. “Well, Bryan, I don’t think I actually dislike it – I like XXX better.” Christ said “He that is not with me is against me & he that gathereth not with me scattereth”(Luk 11.23). The support (or lack of support) for the Authorized Bible is similar – you can’t love it equally with your XXX. – 9/15/21

“God nowhere tells to give up things for the sake of giving them up…

give them up for…the only thing worth having–viz. life with Him.”

– Oswald Chambers,

Mat 12.30

“He that is not with me is against me &

he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

Entertainment can be repeated. There is no song, drama, performance, speech (IMO) which can’t be done again with almost the same smile, raise of the hand, put-on-laughter, “fake” teary-sounding voice. It’s a “show.” Yes, I understand, the one doing it may not yet see it as a program but unless they have God’s presence that’s what it amounts to. By contrast – please hear this – when a man speaks under the Anointing, his actions are God-ordained for that audience, for that night. It is not a show. Glory to God. – 9/15/21

“If you are depending upon anything but Him [God],

you will never know when He is gone.” – Oswald Chambers

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Heb 12.2 +

Heb 12.2

“Looking unto Jesus the author & finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame & is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

We should so work as if we were to be saved by our works;

& so rely on Jesus Christ, as if we did no works.

– Francis Asbury

Pretend a man-on-the-street asks you how you feel about the Bible. Do you respect It __ ?  Do you like It __ ?  Do you love  It __ ?  And, you can’t “X” all three – just one. If you placed an “X” for *respect you’d join millions. If you placed an “X” for *like, the number would diminish (IMO). If you were so bold as to “X” the space __ after *love you’d be in the right crowd. Now – – – one more question; how much time (on average) do you spend a day with the Bible? Enough to PROVE you *love It? – 9/6/21

Jesus is the Word, the Bible is words about the Word, theology is words about the words about the Word & all the time you’re getting further from Christ.”

– Richard Wurmbrand

You’re going to a place where all is TRUE. There is no fiction in Heaven; no fake, no lie, no “JK,” no hypocrisy. Please prepare to go Up; prepare now. But – if you don’t get ready for Heaven, you’ll have to go to hell & there you’ll find ALL is real. This very fleeting period called “life” is the only time we’ll know the false: Heaven is very real – hell is very, very real. THINK about this. – 9/14/21

DEMAS TOO

He was a companion to Paul

Once “up,” he had a bad fall

Satan o’er him his flag unfurled

Because he “loved this present world.”

Watch, friend, the world still has its wild call.

– eab,  9/14/11

HIGHEST PLAIN

I have this wonderful Friend,

Whose dwelling place is far above stars.

“Friend” sounds like we’re on the same plain

Ah, no. God’s ways are much higher than ours.

– eab,   9/14/16

We humans tend to trust something when it’s a “member” of a group. We’ve liked it (too much?) when our bank is a member of FDIC, when our school is “accredited” (for what that’s worth), when our work is “unionized” (I paid dues for 6+ yrs & never ask a favor), when our church is a part of a denomination. Please rethink this group-think. Some of these organizations may be the ruination of our local, wholesome entity. A day-by-day trust in the Almighty far exceeds any man-made collectiveness. – 9/14/21   

Rom 1.18

“Being then made free from sin,

ye became the servants of righteousness.”

“The die is cast, the book is written, to be read either now or by posterity – I care not which;

it may wait a century for a reader, as God has waited six thousand years for an observer.

– Sir Francis Bacon

Do you think? Do you think below the surface? Would you like to think? An area I’m currently thinking on (not finished) is the Conflict between the modern use of images & the ancient use of words. Images have multiplied (make that Exploded) in the last century or two. Words, to many youth (& some not young) have taken a distinct “back seat.” They’re grasping for more pics, motion pics, cartoons & these in church, camp, VBS, school where God’s Eternal Word should be KING. Pics are fleeting. – 9/14/21

The more discordant, therefore & incredible, the divine mystery is,

the more honor is shown to God in believing it & the nobler is the victory of faith.” 

– Sir Francis Bacon

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Heb 12.1 +

Heb 12.1

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight & the sin which doth so easily beset us & let us run with patience the race that is set before us”

“God wants the church

to be a perfect contrast to the world.”

– Beverly Carradine

Do you have a desire to be Holy? (or, heaven forbid, a desire to “be known” as holy?) Good News! If you truly want to be Holy you can be. God made the provision & He planted that desire to be pure, to be clean, inside your soul. Now, Bro., Now Sis. walk in all your light. Read/study the Bible. Ask the Lord to remove everything, yes, Everything which is unlike Him & to fill you, by faith, with the Holy Ghost. You can, while walking in a sinful world, live pleasing in His sight. Praise the Lord. – 9/9/21

“God has everything you need to do

everything He asks [of] you.

– Steve Stetler


Thy Kingdom come? The fastest way to increase His Kingdom is through preaching/praying converts to Christ. We need to help men from the kingdom of satan to the Kingdom of Christ. But (heaven forbid) if you kill a sinner he can’t be converted; you’ve permanently barred him from the Kingdom & your bullet assigned him to a dark, burning hell f.o.r.e.v.E.R. “But…But he was going to kill me.” So – where would you’ve gone? Please Bro./Sis. kill no sinner – don’t put his blood on your hands. – 9/13/21

LIFE IN REVIEW *

And when you see your life in review,

At the close of our little day;

The trials, the tests, He gave what was best,

For you and all the rest.

Each trouble, each pain, each delay, each strain,

He gave because He knew,

That we’d agree with Him, when we see,

Our life in review.  * Chorus “written” (sung & re-sung till memorized) while weeping & driving a yellow moving truck by myself up I-75 through southern Kentucky; I was leaving a dream behind. 

– eab,  9/13/1985

I appreciate modesty (men/women). Please keep the necklines up, helm lines down & men, you look more manly in pants to ankles than any abbreviated stuff. Now Hear This. Don’t “rest” on modesty. Too many people who dress “about right” are going to professional sports (Are pulpits silent on this?) Going to Amusement parks (silent pulpits?) Watching “clean” movies. Listening (nearly non-stop) to worldly “gospel” singers. Why this craving? Is the FIRST love gone? The above won’t be in heaven. – 9/13/21

“Through all of time…sin was, is,

will be the parent of misery.”

– Thomas Carlyle

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”

Some who don’t know eab may assume – “He’s an old man, so entertainment doesn’t appeal to him.” Old I am but allow me to testify. I spent 10 yrs in Cincy & never attended one(1) Red’s game. Lived 11 yrs in TN & never went to Dollywood. Spent 6 yrs in FL & never went once to disney’s trap. All the above when I was younger. Does this make me more holy? Not necessarily but it saved my mind from mental images I don’t need. AND YOU DON’T EITHER – Drop running to “shows.” – 9/13/21   

“For all is wrong & gone out of joint; the inward spiritual,

& the outward economical; head or heart…indeed evils of all sorts are more or less of kin…”

– Thomas Carlyle

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Heb 11.24 +

Heb 11.24

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years,

refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter”

“And as the circumcised in the flesh & not in the heart, have no part in God’s good promises;

even so they that be baptized in the flesh & not in heart, have no part in Christ’s blood.”

William Tyndale

The news wants you to believe what they told you (that’s their assigned “job”). When you start to doubt what they say (don’t forget they’re reading what they’re *given to read*) they & those for whom they work get worried. If you doubt today’s pronouncement, you might doubt what they spout tomorrow. If this continues you’ll reach the point you doubt their “reason” for towers coming down. (And back beyond that other “stories.” It is PAST time to doubt. – 9/1/21 

“The preaching of God’s word is hateful & contrary unto them. Why? For it is impossible to preach Christ, except thou preach against antichrist; that is to say, them which with their false doctrine and violence of sword enforce to quench the true doctrine of Christ.”

William Tyndale

I believe every word of the OT, preach/teach from It, memorize from It, love many of Its stories, poems, maxims but I am a NT Christian, as are *all* followers of Jesus. The OT can’t decide our ethics of war, nor importance of wealth, nor the boundaries of Christian weddings. NT saints don’t wear the jewelry the OT seems to condone, seek the revenge It shows, nor worship on the day It demands. The OT pointed toward a specific place of worship – the NT does not. The OT restricted the Jews to certain foods – the NT does not. The OT allowed the killing of enemies – the NT does not. – 9/8/21

that Spring Thursday night

O-o-oh someday I’ll see the King in His beauty.

Someday all heaven will dazzle my sight

Someday I’ll finish my last “daily-duty”

And it all began that Spring, Thursday night.

None of us are good enough for heaven

The very idea smacks of old carnal pride

God must remove the sin, the leaven

That is the reason our Lord came and died.

We speak of a good man, good neighbor

Christ said none was good but God

All need His grace, His great favor

And can have it, this side of sod.

We can be holy now, we can be pure;

God invites to be just like Him.

Carnality gone – “the double cure.”

Life so bright, that once was so dim.

– eab,  9/11/14   

Someday dad, you’ll lead the last Family Altar – last for a member or last for you. Children marry, leave home or die & of course death awaits you too. Ask God for a revival around your Family Altar. God’s sweet presence is still possible (as in days of yore) if you seek Him. Not all Devotional times are alike (nor should we try to make them so) but live, Dad, so that the Holy Ghost is free to come in HIS delightful way & in HIS holy variety. Your wife, your child needs this. – 9/12/21

1Jo 4.3

“…every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God & this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come & even now already is it in the world”

“I am in the place where I am demanded of my conscience to speak the truth;

& therefore the truth I speak; impugn it who so list.

– John Knox

There are only two(2) spirits in the world: GOD & the one who tried to unseat Him, failed, & is doomed for the lake of fire(Rev 20.10). If you go to a religious meeting (indoor/outdoors) (formal/informal) & people start swaying to “music” or raising their hands/voices or otherwise obeying a “spirit” & you sense it’s an unholy spirit; Leave. Flee! Get out. Some of those thus responding once perhaps attended a true Holy Ghost service & are playing “make believe” that this spirit is of God. You see it is not. Flee. – 9/12/21 

Without [sc. outside] the preaching place Madam I think few have occasion to be offended at me; but there Madam I am not master of myself but maun [sc. must] obey Him who command me to speak plain & to flatter no flesh upon the face of the earth.” 

– John Knox (to Mary Queen of Scots)

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Heb 11.6 +

Heb 11.6

“…Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,

& that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”

“I had rather wear out, than rust out.”

– Whitfield’s last spoken words; he was only 56 years old.

There’s no better place for you to anchor your thought-life than the Bible. Sure, philosophers have ideas – they change. Medical “authorities” have ideas – they change. The world of finance has ideas – they’re inflating the dollar (BTW expect that bubble to bust – it could do it before this post is a yr old). Churches & modern preachers have ideas – they change. God’s Word is a Powerful, Permanent base for your life – now & for all Eternity. Anchor in It. – 9/6/21

“Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work,

but not of it.”

– George Whitefield, English revivalist


A prospector may work western creeks & rivulets for yrs & find little gold. But an honest man (with Bible in hand) who’ll take time with God, *will* find Truth. The prospector hopefully knows gold when he sees gold. A seeker after Truth may find Truth – & at the same time wish he hadn’t – it makes him uncomfortable. Friend, Truth is good for you: Now & for all Eternity. Jesus will help you change so that Truth will comfort you, instead of making you uncomfortable. Seek Truth. – 9/7/21   

Ditch the substitute             

Need more money? Print more money.

It has value.  Why would you ask?

If you believe in it – it’s a coupon

For a temporary task.

Need value, dig, refine gold;

Its value can’t be oversold.

Paper will burn.  How much worth is ash?

Gold will not burn – value beyond a “crash.”

Man’s religion – ever so bright and crisp,

Will not survive the fire of earth’s night.

God’s salvation is forever,

Ditch the substitute – get the right.

– eab,  9/9/09

Do not take into you body smoke, powder, liquid from any unknown substance, regardless of who is  giving, selling it or what they say their qualifications are. God made provision for you to live healthy from Fruits, Grains, Meats, Nuts, Veggies & healthful drinks & water. Do not start to depend on pharmacy product or pray about stopping such dependency. Be in charge of your life and, hear it AND ready to meet the Lord anytime. – 9/9/21

“Cursed be all that learning

that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”

– President James Madison

1Co 6.19

“…Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,

which ye have of God & ye are not your own?”

A friend recently noted “The bride of Christ is not comprised wholly of ‘holiness’ denominations.” He is right. I hasten to add all the bride have Holy Hearts. Many groups of churches fail to emphasis living holy but their Paper Work has “Holy” or “Holiness” in its paragraphs & Thank God, among its congregations is a saint, Holy & longing for the Holy Land Above. Sadly, very sadly, there are too many in “holiness” groups who are not Holy & seem to have little desire to live Pure. – 9/9/21

“Fear is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.”

– from a marquee  

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Heb 11.3 +

Heb 11.3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave.

Discipline is an index to doctrine.

– Tertullian (155-240 AD)

“Sister” do your fb/social media pics show your hair changing hues & getting shorter? How much did you pray about cutting & coloring the hair God gave? “I prayed about it & felt God would understand my desires.” Allow me to be your friend. Allow me to say some pray WITH THEIR MIND MADE UP. Does a desire for a younger look show pride? God intends that a lady have hair HIS length – not her length. I fear you “playing” with your hair, reveals a shallowness of soul. Please get serious with God. – 9/6/21

The first reaction to truth is hatred.”

– Tertullian (155-240 AD)

How much are you thinking about Heaven? “Occasionally.” I’m glad you’re honest. Too many of us think too little about where WE SAY we’re going. Ouch? If someone gave you an all-expense-paid trip to (country of your choice) would you be thinking about it? And – the closer you got to departure date – the more you’d be thinking about the land you’re going to visit. Friend, Heaven is not a land you’re going to visit. It is Permanent. Increase your thoughts, yea your *longings* for Heaven! – 9/6/21

BROAD ROAD

On the broad road you can pull a wide load:

The pleasure, the frolic, the game.

You feel you must pursue them – really want to do them

Without “sport” and “show” life would be sooo “tame.”

But believe it or not, you’ll someday see them as rot

Acknowledge their binding strings with shame.

(For narrow is the way to eternity’s Bright Day.)

Your excuses to the Almighty are worse than lame.

– eab,  Sept  2011

satan is a liar. He’s spreading lies via TV (as he’s done for decades). The devil uses a lot of moving “ads” (with who knows how many lies – hidden or otherwise) on computers/smart phones. Almost all the Movie Industry is deceptive. If you “liberated” yourself from home (or home church) “restrictions” & got a TV you provided satan a direct pipeline into your mind & PLEASE hear it, into the minds of your innocent children. Drop TV & *limit* computer time also. satan is a liar. – 9/7/21

Heb 8.6

“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises;”

“He…that hath his portion first must needs have a time to spend it;

 he that hath his portion last must have it lastingly.

– John Bunyan

Almost all recognize the Bible is divided into the OT & the NT. Christ made the difference. Christians (as His imitators) do not live in OT nor are we obligated to “try to live” like we’re there. An in-depth-look at the several differences makes an interesting Bible Study. I hope you, or your home Bible study group, or your church will take up this subject. Some have reverted to Hebrew Roots. No. Believe every word of the OT but also be fully aware we live in the freedom of a better (Heb 8.6) NT. – 9/7/21 

The end of the world is compared to our harvest;

& you know men at harvest regard nothing but fruit.”

– John Bunyan

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Heb 11.2 +

Heb 11.2

“For by it [faith] the elders

obtained a good report.”

“There can be no alternative;

it is either Holy Ghost revival or apostasy.”

– Jonathan Goforth.

Do you read your child (who doesn’t yet read) fairy tales? Should you? Please make this subject (“touchy” to some) a matter of prayer. What you read Johnny is not (with due respect) the affair of either your parents or your wife’s parents. God gave Johnny to you! Reading him true accounts (or a kid’s story that COULD be true) is far better than having him believe in *Make Believe.* Amen? Ouch? – 9/1/21

“We cannot emphasize too strongly our conviction

that all hindrance in the Church is due to sin.”

– Jonathan Goforth.

Please sir/ma’am, don’t concentrate your Prayers on a foreign (or local) political figure. Pray for a Spiritual Awakening. All men (“good” guys & bad guys) are going to die. Therefore they need saved. You may agree 95-100% with “x” but if he’s not been Born Again, he’s on his way to perdition. You may disagree equal percentages with “y” but if not saved, he’s headed to hell. Raise your prayers above “party” lines. America needs, Canada needs, the World needs an awakening. Pray! Pray!! – 9/6/21

Sonnet to Watch

Once they wanted heaven,

Now they’re happy with earth.

Once liked holy laughter,

Now seek out cheap mirth.

Once saints were their company,

Now saints they seem to shun.

Once they were in the race,

Now have forgotten how to run.

Be watchful little pilgrim,

Be humble in your own sight,

Be loving to your neighbor,

One near, one in swift flight.

Work, walk, be awake, watch.

Day soon turns to dark night.

– eab, 9/6/09

BIBLE – The Bible contains facts of science. Its details on botany, zoology (& all between) are accurate. Pseudoscience contradicts the Bible & does so purposely. The god of science is not the God of Scripture; God was first; the god of science is satan. He started off with “…Yea hath God said…” & followed that with a lie, “…Ye shall not surely die”(Gen 3.1&4). Start reading your Bible SEEING how often science books say the opposite of God’s Word. Then do what all Christians do: BELIEVE the Bible. – 9/6/21 

1Ti 6.17

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded,

nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;”

The Gospel in miniature” –

– What Luther called Joh 3.16

BIBLE – Pseudoscience says the moon is a reflector. “Reflector” is not in the Bible. The Bible says the moon is a light “…God made…the lesser *light to rule the night…”(Gen 1.16). 3 great OT prophets say the moon is a *light “…Moon shall not cause her *light to shine”(Isa 13.10). “…LORD…giveth…the ordinances of the moon…for a *light by night…”(Jer 31.35). “…The moon shall not give her *light”(Eze 32.7). Christ Himself said “…The moon shall not give her *light”(Mat 24.29&Mar 13.24). Oh, Believe HIM! – 9/6/21 

It is a miracle how God has so long preserved his book!

How great & glorious it is to have the Word of God!”

– Martin Luther

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Heb 11.1 +

Heb 11.1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,

the evidence of things not seen.”

It is Christ-like to see something in the other fellow

that is better than the things you see in your own self.”

– Buddy Robinson

satan tried to make a substitute for Miracle – he calls his imitation magic. Please Mom/Dad, don’t buy your child a book which uses anything magic. If you know your household owns a book which speaks positively about magic – burn it. Today. Don’t borrow a library book which glorifies magic. Don’t think satan can’t empower a devil of his to make magic “work.” He will fool saints unless God helps us. – 9/1/21

“Lord, I thank you for letting me see the sights of New York

& Lord I thank you that I didn’t see anything I wanted.”

– Buddy Robinson

Be very “Curious.” Be never curious. What? Please be “inquisitive” “inquiring” “interested” (entries 1, 2, & 4 from my computer Thesaurus) as to what our Lord Jesus taught, & what His disciples penned.  You can’t inquire too much into the 27 NT Books. Please don’t be inquisitive about the “power of darkness” (Col 1.13). Some (as I understand) have gotten curious about satan’s forces & been drawn in, to perhaps never escape. Don’t show any interest in devilish power. Period. – 9/1/21

JOYFUL

If the joy would flow

You have to three things know:

That you were lost, headed below

That Jesus washed you white as snow

And you’re NOW ready to heavenward go.

– eab,  9/4/12

CAUTION – Please holiness pastor, holiness leader, be very careful about attending meetings (local or larger) which bring together ministers from various backgrounds. Shun most (if not all) confabs labeled “interfaith.” “Ecumenical” is a word from which you should run. “But, Bryan, they say some ‘good things’.” They may. Had we listened to a NT Pharisee talking we might’ve been impressed. Jesus was NOT. He did not cooperate with them – nor Paul, nor Peter. We shouldn’t. – 9/1/21

2Co 6.14

“…What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?

& what communion hath light with darkness?”

Freedom it the open window through which

pours the sunlight of the human spirit & human dignity.”

President Herbert Hoover

Too many modern choruses were written by musicals – the words may match a tune but they at times fail to rhyme. If just read, some would be boring, perhaps nonsensical. Most of the great Hymns were penned by poets. Many of these men/women created meaningful rhyme schemes. Many of these Hymns make perfect sense when read. And, only God knows the number of them written in the heat of the greatest battle(s) of their life. Hymns are testimonial. Hymns were NOT penned to entertain. – 9/3/21

War is death’s feast.”

– George Herbert

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Heb 9.27 +

Heb 9.27

“…is appointed unto men once to die,

but after this the judgment:”

“Every soul that is ever damned,

some time resists the Holy Ghost for the last time.”

– A M Hills

Home school. “Reading & writing & ‘rithmatic” are definitely arranged in order of importance.

Reading is by FAR the most important. Expand the list to include geography, history, science, you-name-it, reading is still Number One.

The man who can read, can read the Bible, the greatest Book ever printed. Period. This Wonderful Text is the reason a Christian wants his child to learn to read. Teach reading! – 8/31/21 

“Man is too godlike in his origin, too glorious in his destiny,

to waste himself in a career of sin.”

– A M Hills


The presence of the Blessed Holy Ghost gives a man Authority; an Authority far beyond himself. When a man refuses Holy Ghost filling he may seek authority & find “it” in education, in degrees, in becoming a popular (ear tickling) speaker, in authorship. They can all be SAD substitutes. – Summer ‘21    

HALF PRICE

Some live as though it would be nice

To find a sign, “Heaven – ½ price.”

Sadly the idea (if not the sign) does abound

In domestic and foreign religions it is found

Their “arrows” all point horizontally

Promising “this or that,” abundantly.

The true heaven is Up, my friend.

And, you’ll know it’s priced right – in-the-end.

– eab, 9/3/16 

Sad & Blue

Maybe you feel like a “country song,”

Are you truly all sad and blue?

Does it seem everything’s gone wrong?

Friend, I know a Savior for you!

– eab, 9/3/16

Ask God to give you a better understanding of Hell. “Hush, Bryan, I don’t want to even think about damnation.” No. Thoughts of its sadness, its separation from all that’s pure, its lack of drinking water should bother us. And No. I can understand that we do not wish to contemplate the flames, the memories, the endlessness of Hell. But should we not as followers of Christ think about it enough until we’re praying souls into God’s Kingdom? Praying them off the slippery road to perdition? God help us! – 9/2/21

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

– Dante   > words he imagines over the gate of hell. <

Luk 16.23

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,

& seeth Abraham afar off, & Lazarus in his bosom.”

Devotions a little dry?  Have you tried reading a Hymn? No, I didn’t say singing; I said reading. With due respect to sopranos, altos, tenors & bass guys – sang bass in choirs 1957 (& since), sang bass in 2 quartets – you may get more from the words if not trying to do notes & timing. Read Hymn on your knees or in your prayer-chair. Read Hymn aloud, if no one is around. Read Hymn prayerfully, ask God to underscore truths YOU need now. Read them & think about their weighty words. – 9/3/21

“There is no greater sorrow,
than thinking back upon a happy time,
In misery.”

– Dante

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