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1Pe 5.8 +

1Pe 5.8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,

as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”

“You can’t be good without helping others to be good &

you can’t be evil without helping others to be evil.”  

– Earl Newton

Generally speaking the men who’ve achieved success as entrepreneurs have NOT had to have “X” at a certain time, in a certain way, on a certain day. They’ve been able – no, no – they’ve made themselves (called “discipline”) wait until the time/circumstance were right before allowing a pleasure to interfere with their goal. Our land, our churches, our supposed holy churches are lacking in self discipline. I failed to say our HOMES (where is all begins). Amen? Ouch? – 9/30/21

“I’m convinced there are a lot of people

who want the benefits of Christianity without the purity.”

– Earl Newton

Some try to make salvation too hard. They seem to want you to labor & labor & never be SURE you’re saved. Others want to make salvation too easy. They rely on mere head belief or turning over a new leaf.  “But 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”(Heb 11.6). We are saved by faith (or not saved at all) & we walk with Him daily by faith. “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ…(Act 16.31). – 10/8/21

LIVING TOOK ON NEW LIFE

I do not recall just what year;

It had to be after the grades,

Somewhere between the freshman fear

And being a senior with “shades.” [1]

Nor is the season clearly in mind,

Though a long-time favorite is fall.

The day was more “springish” in kind

As I now, distantly, recall.   

And, spring-like weather can be spread

Across April and May and June,

So the month must be left unsaid,

No exact one can “carry this tune.”

Nor do I know the day of week,

Though I doubt it a Lord’s Day,

And it won’t help to “take a peek”

At a calendar that far away.

Year, nor season, nor month is known,

I can’t even tell you the hour.

But the moment, though “ancient” grown,

Has not fully lost its power.

I can take you to the outcropped hill,

Which basically faced the west,

 – If developers have left it still;

I doubt they have bulldozed that crest.

Bear right and climb above the trail,

Sit still in the late afternoon sun,

Be willing to let the mind “sail”

Meaningfully, slowly – don’t make it run.

Look beyond the nearest old home,

And beyond the farthest old hill,

Allowing thoughts (as I did) to roam,

And a wandering, wonder may fill

Your mind as it did mine, “back when”

In a moment of maturing.

Life had new thrill and meaning just then,

Briefly, yet decades enduring.

Vision I did not feel nor see,

Nor did my mind have dreams,

Yet living took on new life for me,

The day I saw “more than it seems.”

I’ve never forgotten the thrill,

Caught on that Cincinnati hill.

– eab,  10/13/05 

Stop. Please friend, stop trying to separate a man’s “good words” from his less-than-holy works. “But Bryan, he has such Great Things to say.” Oh? Do his works match? If he’s a pastor or school man or  mission head – is his work clean? Does he use people who wear jewelry? Does his inner-circle include a divorced/remarried person? Does he employ women with cut hair/men who desperately need a haircut? Please stop judging a man by mere words – if his work doesn’t back them up He. Is. Weak. – 10/13/21

“Some do not want to hear the whole story because it disturbs them

& they do not want to be disturbed.”

– Carl McIntire

Luk 6.44

“For every tree is known by his own fruit…”

Are you growing in Christ? You should be (& because of His abundant grace) CAN be. As you grow you’ll change your view of “x” “y” or “z” (perhaps all 3). To grow is to leave some things behind. They may be deeds, types of reading, places, even lefty “friends.” To grow is to accept as true what you once doubted, to accept as Possibly True what you once derided, maybe even to fully embrace what a close friend sees as idiotic. No matter. You’re growing In The Lord & loving Him more everyday. – 10/13/21

“The church…is not a forum, debating society or an opinion arena.

It has only one message, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’”
– Carl McIntire


[1] Term from the 60’s for sunglasses.

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