Archive for February, 2023

1Co 13.11 +

1Co 13.11

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:

but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

“Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way…[it] is wicked

…Deliberately tell God…you will not fret about that thing.”

– Oswald Chambers

CHILD OF God.  Unless you’ve blasphemed the Holy Ghost (Mar 3.29) you CAN get right with God. “But I’d have to leave my adulterous relationship.” Yes. Damnation is forever! “But I’d have to confess that I lied” (or stole, or murdered). Yes. Damnation is forever! “But I’ve have to…[fill the blank]” Yes. Missing hell will be worth it. Once you’re saved (or saved again) walk in all, ALL the light of the New Testament. The troubles of the world do not trouble the Child of God, like they do sinners. – 2/25/23

“Do not have as your motive the desire to be known as a praying man…

Have no other motive than to know your Father in Heaven.

– Oswald Chambers

OBIT. #1. If we understand correctly Egyptian pyramids (some? all?) were burial spots. These heathen were concerned about making a lasting impression. People who write out their own obituaries are ALSO concerned about impressions. “He attended X, he belonged to Y, he founded Z,” – the list goes on. The Obit you wrote out may be mislaid. The one read may have mispronounced words. The emphasis you “might have liked” may be missed. Die out to being remembered. Make SURE you make Heaven. – 2/27/23


Ignore it if you want to,

Ignore it if you can,

But Prophecy is coming to you,

As fast as God’s great plan.

You ignore it to your detriment,

You ignore it to your peril.

Prophecy is determinate

“Revelation” is anything-but-sterile.

God’s will, will be well done;

God’s will, will fully succeed.

Every nation under His bright sun,

At His will, will halt or proceed.

Prophecy is History – foretold; 

Prophecy foretells the world’s acts.

It can be wonderfully bold,

Because God foreknew all the facts.   

Read Revelation and read Daniel also,

Daniel and Revelation have parallels,

Revelation explains how things will go,

Daniel has likeness in what he tells.

Read, read the Old Book to be wise.

The Book has tomorrow’s details;

Though some things appear in disguise,

You’ll find Prophecy never fails.

– eab,  2/28/06

Look at a church, a government, a job, a school, etc. from a different angle. Walk to another side & view it from there. Listen to the service, “brainy” idea, job offer, educational theory with as keen hearing as you possibly can. Read up on the background. (I just looked up a popular speaker today – I’m not interested.) Beyond your senses ask God for spiritual discernment. (If you’re not Born Again, come to Christ.) Between your eyes, ears, reading, & God’s direction you can avoid many mistakes. – 2/28/23  

Eph 5.16

“Redeeming the time,

because the days are evil.

“There is a passion for souls that does not spring from God

but from the desire to make converts to our point of view.” 

– Oswald Chambers

Buy seeds. Or if you like (& they’re available) buy veggie starts. Choose the right location – many vegetables thrive in full sun. Place the garden where you can “water” it easily should rain be scarce. See what veggies – that you like; an important item – grow best in your weather zone. Plant each seed/start in its own depression, dip, hole. (Think shallow funnel, maybe 6” wide, between 2-3” deep.) Water only this spot – not all the garden. Use trellis, stick “ladders” so you plant more in less area. Pray for Garden. – 2/28/23  

“It is easier to be a fanatic than a faithful soul because

there is something amazingly humbling…in being loyal to God.”

– Oswald Chambers

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1Co 13.10 +

1Co 13.10

“But when that which is perfect is come,

then that which is in part shall be done away.”


the right to do what you should.

– Attor. David Gibbs

ANIMALS. #3.) As you should not elevate any animal to human level, please, PLEASE do not lower yourself to an animal rank. Never have your pic made as a cat (supposed cat “ears” on your head, cats “whiskers” painted or glued to your nose. You, Bro. You Sis. are Master, the animal is your servant. (God put man in charge of ALL the animals – do not compromise HIS order of things. Never!) – 2/21/23

If God calls you to be a preacher,

don’t stoop to be a king.” (to his son)

– Wm Gladstone  (qouted by Tom Reed)

Not love God

It is no wonder that I should love

The all-loving, loveable God.

To not adore the all-adorable

That is what would be odd.

No. The wonder is that He loves me

Born in sin and iniquity.

– eab,   2/27/17

– eab – at the end of eab poems you find these initials but these are arrangements of words which The Lord has given me (& their dates). eab shows that I’m not ashamed of them (some are better/some worse) but all have a solid (or dotted) line directly back to God. If you enjoy a poem “Give God the Glory” [3 G’s easy to remember.] If a few lines of verse are worse, here are 3 Bs. “Bad – Blame Bryan.” – 2/27/23

…His ‘Follow’ meant

‘Do as I would do in every relation of life.’

– Wilfred Grenfell, MD

When you become aware that some word(s) you say or some action(s) you take are not appreciated – or stronger, actually “bugs” So-n-So, drop them. Be nice. If you don’t stop such word or actions (unless to stop would be a sin) you’re proving yourself on one of two levels: Either you are acting like a Child or you’re Carnal. Child? – grow up. Carnal? – allow the Holy Ghost to remove the Adamic nature which takes pleasure in causing pain. (NOTE: This is NOT in any way, a defense of WOKE!) – 2/27/23  

Pro 24.19

“Fret not thyself because of evil men,

neither be thou envious at the wicked;”

satan, who BTW, has no control over God’s son/God’s daughter (are you in the Lord’s Family?) wants you to Worry. In act, satan’s control of so much education, so much finances, so many governments almost DEMANDS that we worry. Don’t. (“Worry” is not in the Book.) The Psalmist tells us “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity”(37.1). Hmm, exactly the jerks about which the devil teases you worry. Praise God for Psa 37.1 !!!  2/27/23 

When God saved me He pulled the nails out of my board

but the holes are still there.

– Unknown man, North Pole, AK, 1985

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1Co 13.9 +

1Co 13.9

“For we know in part,

& we prophesy in part.”

There is no dignity quite so impressive & no independency

quite so important as living within your means.

– Calvin Coolidge

ANIMALS. #1.) Let me encourage you to back away from “loving” animals so much. They are on earth to be OUR servants: camels, dogs, goats, horses, mules, ox have pulled ton upon ton from point A. to point B. Camels, caribou, cows, goats, even sheep have supplied milk, cream, cheese for multitudes – again: servants. Beef, chickens, deer, fish, geese, goats, pigs, rabbits, sheep have been eaten. Fat, furs, hides have helped cloth, feed, & shoe millions of humans. Never forget, animals are OUR servants. – 2/21/23  

“…To enter heaven

a man must take it with him.

– Henry Drummond


The stars which move above our head

Are His creations, as He said.

They belong to our place of birth

God made them after He made earth:

Lights alive – not “suns” ‘bout dead.

– eab,  2/25/16

ANIMALS. #2.)  Affluent people tend to become dog/cat lovers. These critters don’t work (shouldn’t an animal “earn” his keep?) but consume $1000s in food & vet fees. Some people have dropped so low as to call them “fur babies;” No, No.  If an old (or sick) person needs a dog or cat to have something “alive” around, please keep it to one, & keep it simple. Never take a no-meat stance to be Biblical – It Is Not. Diets omitting meat or eggs, cheese or milk may be “trendy” but aren’t necessarily healthy. – 2/21/23

Nothing puts a man so far

from the devil’s reach as humility.”

– Jonathan Edwards

M.N.N. [E.]  M.N.N. stands for mark…name…NUMBER (see Rev 13.17). Do not ignore the “or…or…or.” (I can’t tell you why the 3; Will you allow guesses?) 1.) It maybe [note word – I’m just suggesting] some level of society will be fooled easier with Mark, another with Name, a 3rd level with Number. 2.) Perhaps Mark will be use in 1 geographical area, Name in a different one, Number in a 3rd.  Don’t expect ALL three to be present but THE antichrist will demand OBEDIENCE. – 2/22/23

1Ti 2.9

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,

with shamefacedness & sobriety;”

A hem may be scalloped. A hem may be high in front & purposely swoop low in the back. A hem may be lacey (similar to a “slip showing”). A hem may be like rickrack (with highest points still below the knee). All of these (who knows how many aren’t listed?) have one goal. ATTENTION. A woman (younger/older) purposely drawing attention to her hem, has a problem. Steve Herron said, “Some women are either woefully ignorant or willfully wicked.” Mom & daughter – Stop wearing sexy hems. – 2/24/23

My soul is filled & overhelmed with light

& love & joy in the Holy Ghost.

– Mrs. Jonathan Edwards

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1Co 13.8 +

1Co 13.8

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;

whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

“‘Your Heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.’

The point of asking is that you may get to know God better.”

– Oswald Chambers

M.N.N. [D.]  M.N.N. stands for mark…name…NUMBER (Rev 13.17). [Note these are alphabetical.] [[Christians don’t believe in luck but these are in ch. 13 if that’ll help you remember.]]  This seems the most sure of the three. Warning – it may not be as simple as 666. If it is in Arabic numerals it could be 600606. Or appear as 6002020206. It may not be in “numbers” but in bar codes. It might even be in Hebrew ו ו ו  which is the same as www. And www makes us think of world wide web!  – 2/21/23

“Certainty is the mark of the common sense life

gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.

– Oswald Chambers

I urge you strongly, DO NOT, make jokes from Scripture. It’s not your Book to play with; not your Words of Eternal Consequence. An adult told a joke using Scripture [I’m not mentioning Book or verse] when I as a boy. It seems each time I read the passage I “hear” that irreverence. Last evening as I read a different Bible section I was reminded of another “smart remark.” Please, the Bible is not just some holy book, It is the Most Holy Book on earth. Don’t try to be “funny” with It. – 2/24/23


We live in three worlds:

The real, the imaginary, and the dream.

The real has nuts and bolts and such

And quite clutters our lives with lint.

The imaginary we can fill day or night

With things we like to invent.

But the world of dreams is different

It’s neither tangible nor created by us;

It opens without our behest

And closes again without fuss.

It is peopled by friends known long ago

Or by strangers, strangers who came at night.

Dreams mix-up our acquaintances

Until, though out of place, seem right.

Dreams can scare us into awakening

So glad the cliff or lion scene

Was not quite completed, or if so

The lion wasn’t even mean.

Or dreams can send us into a humorous world

Where logic can go or stay,

And we ‘waken ourselves laughing

And wonder why it’s colored this way.

Oh, we live in three worlds here and now:

The real, the invented, and dreams

But in the one we control least of all

Is the one famous for its night-time themes.

– eab,  February ’96

The Bible speaks often about being fooled. It uses Deceit –37 vv, Deceitful –21 vv, Deceitfully –11 vv, Deceitfulness –3 vv, Deceits –2 vv, Deceivableness –1 v, Deceive –27 vv, Deceived –31 vv, Deceiver –5 vv, Deceivers –3 vv, Deceiveth –6 vv, Deceiving –2 vv, Deceivings –1 v. Friend, as long as we’re in the flesh, satan will try to lie to us. Pray. “Pray Daily” may sound like a lot to sinners but saints welcome prayer more often. The best men are susceptible to deceit. Prayer/honesty – our only hopes. – 2/24/23

Gal 6.7

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

“To say ‘Oh I’m no saint’ is acceptable to human pride

but it is unconscious blasphemy against God.” 

– Oswald Chambers

LITERATURE. The King James Bible is the greatest Book in all Literature. Literature is divided into Poetry & Prose – God’s wonderful Text has both. Poetry can be rhyming or what Sacred poetry primarily is, free verse. Prose can be separated into fiction & non-fiction. The nearest thing to fiction in the Bible are the lies It records. Non-fiction includes: Biography, Drama, Essay, History, Maxim in which the Word excels. In addition to these, God’s Word has two genre unique to Itself: The Parable & Prophecy. – 2/24/23

“How does Jesus Christ teach a man to forget sin? By forgiving him.

How does a pagan teach a man to forget sin? ‘Ignore it think no more about it, realize yourself!’”

– Oswald Chambers

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1Co 13.6 +

1Co 13.6

[Charity] “Rejoiceth not in iniquity,

but rejoiceth in the truth;”

>> Does Truth make you happy? <<

“The sign of Christianity is not a cross

but a tongue of fire.”

– Samuel Chadwick

People go where magic is the attraction. They know when they go, “a rabbit did NOT come out of a hat” (or whatever trick). They know they are being deceived. They go anyway – perhaps even paying for fakery. Do you like to be hoodwinked? Are you so “hungry” to be entertained that you enjoy being lied to? Now – – – take this from theater stage to church platform; is there a great difference??? Are people purposely deceiving themselves at supposed “worship”? Too Often! Emotion can fool if you want it to. – 2/20/23

“Christian perfection does not indicate finality

but fitness.

– Samuel Chadwick

If you are going to recognize THE false, you need, desperately Need to know THE True. Know Christ so you can more easily detect false christS. Yes, there ARE multiple false Christs (see Mat 24.24 & Mar 13.22). Know THE true God so you’ll know immediately (or almost immediately) the false godS. Again, here are many false gods (both ancient & modern). And, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity – satan tries to imitate Him also – Study the True in Scriptures, so the false stands out right away. – 2/21/23


O how the church has fallen to her knees

Before state schools & the “god” of degrees.

– eab,  2/1/23


Make sure that in which you place trust

Will not turn into rot or rust.

– eab,  2/9/23

M.N.N. [A.]  If you are not still alive when a *mark or *number or *name (Rev 13.17) is “forced” on sinners by THE antichrist, your child may be. You need to discuss this around the dinning table or in Family Altar or in home-church. “But I don’t know exactly what it’ll look like.” I agree. But speak of this idea about it (or that idea) with your wife & children. Talk about the GRIM reality – “…no man might buy or sell…”(Rev 13.17). Warn your family; the beast, THE antichrist is coming & maybe soon. – 2/21/23

Mat 7.22

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?

& in thy name have cast out devils? & in thy name done many wonderful works

“Spirit-filled hearts are always tender &

they see men through the tears of holy compassion.” 

– Samuel Chadwick

M.N.N. [B.]  M.N.N. stands for MARK…name…number. (“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”Rev 13.17.) What is the MARK? I don’t know. I’d encourage you to be aware of any emblem, symbol, insignia, crest, sign, badge, or motif which “christianity,” more especially false “christianity,” has used, *repeatedly. It may very well be a MARK with which much of the world is acquainted but will be claimed by THE antichrist. – 2/21/23

“Issues are simple

when the heart is intense.”

– Samuel Chadwick

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1Co 13.5 +

1Co 13.5

[Charity] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,

is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;”

“I just don’t have enough faith

to believe in evolution.”

– R E Carroll

Modern “bibles” (I purposely did not make that “B”) are NOT getting more souls ready for heaven. Nor are modern *Pastor’s-Voice-Only Prayers* helping as much (IMO) as congregational-concerts of prayer. Shallow words strung-out (not poetry) shown on front screens, are horrible substitutes for Hymns & Gospel Songs. In Other Words, churches instead of have Holy Ghost fire (helping sinners prepare for heaven) are leaving them Sooo very near level of the ballgame or theater they last attended. – 2/16/23   

“He did not come to regulate sin

but to destroy it.

– Samuel  Chadwick

Your dad was a respected man of God. Your mom was (as far as I know) a godly woman. Yet you’ve chose to go a lesser way – Why? Have you convinced yourself hell is a mere myth? Or have you decided hell is “do-able” – that you’re actually so Tough you can stand burning heat, & no water to drink, & no babies to hold – f.o.r.e.v.e.r? Or do you think Heaven as two levels: one for the holy like Pop & Mom & another level for rebel sons/daughters? Come back to the narrow way – – – Today! Please Return. – 2/19/23


You’re free to believe as little as you like

Or more – or half-way up the pike

God allows you to believe Him or His foe

Love His Word or holler a loud, “No.”

The choice is yours for now, for today

But soon that choice slips silently away

We’re all believers: in a lie or in truth

Believe God: don’t be ungratefully uncouth

Believe in Him & in heaven long rejoice

You’ll forever endure or enjoy your choice.

 – eab,  February 2020 

MOVIES #1. Sinners, in theaters & at home, waste many hours a month (a week?) watching movies. People who profess to be christians may waste less time on hollywood/disney/“christian” wannabe filmmakers, but they still waste precious hours. Even “holiness people” & supposed careful evangelicals are watching laptop/tablet/smart phone movies – not educational stuff but entertainment. Movies are counterfeit. Yet, people tend to “believe” what they see. Stop going to such filth. – 2/20/23 

Psa 101.3

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:

I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

“Shortcuts to dominion

are of satan not of God.” 

– Samuel   Chadwick

MOVIES # 2. The “house” they make look like a house is a fake. The clothing (“knights,” “cowboys” or “sci-fi”) is make-believe. The road/railroad/canal may be real but festooned with “tinselry” to fit their pretend narrative. The speech is “put-on” or twisted to play into that era. The actor who “plays” so-n-so obviously is NOT so-n-so, SOOooo he’s fake. The actress who “plays” so-n-so’s” wife/girlfriend is likewise unreal. You’re watching falseness after falseness, after falseness. Hell is REAL! – 2/20/23 

“By sin God’s image in man

is defaced but not erased.”

– Samuel  Chadwick

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1Co 13.4 +

1Co 13.4

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

charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,”

“…We give the name of virtues to our vices

& go on self-deceived.”

– Beverly Carradine

Watching people worship is a form of “entertainment.” God wants YOU to worship Him – not be an observer. (BTW never build a church with a balcony – too much like theaters – too easy to just watch.) If their actions are less than genuine they like it that you’re “watching.”  If they’re dead to carnality & fully free in True Worship, they do NOT want you watching. But if the ones shouting (in the Holy Ghost) are real, for you to merely watch is *still entertainment. Stop; do your own worship. He is Worthy! – 2/16/23

“The church

was never sent to entertain men.

– Beverly Carradine

Few (if any) pastor’s wives or daughters (still home-living) wore pants in Free Methodist, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness or Wesleyan Methodist parsonages in the 50s. Now, sadly, many such parsonages have these & pulpits are silent on this sin. Did “holiness” churches contribute to the current sexual confusion? Probably. What a tragedy that God’s people did NOT hold the line. Our ladies should never have taken on men’s apparel & thus helped satan (& hollywood) bring in unisex looks AND actions. – 2/17/23      


A wedding is proposed, between “X” and who-knows

And is feared, yea, prophesied a disaster.

Folks “in the know” (who always “know” how things go)

Really wish he hadn’t ask her.

“He’s such a limited chap, never placed in fortune’s lap.”

A union like this has to come to no good end.

Such was common talk up and down the town’s board walk

With similar statements of the negative blend.

In month two, the wedding’s in bloom despite prophets of doom

She DID make a pretty bride and he a handsome groom.

A week became a month, a month became a year

And all the prediction of “I fear, I fear”

Slowed slower, and came to a reluctant stop

One year became two, then five then nine

They got along finer than fine

And “incompetent” though they may have been

When they started “way back when”

They’re now happy parents of four

The bacon he DOES bring home, from which he doesn’t roam.

And her? She keeps a tidy place.

Their home’s a credit to the human race.

In their later years they were seen as very stable

(those “kids” seen as not “marriagebly able.”)

Pray for that couple which about you have nagging doubt.

(Remember, your view COULD be wrong.)

Sweet melodies have eventually come

From where you didn’t expect a single song.

And give the two your prayers, not your downward thumb.

– eab,  2/18/16

GOD or satan. There are two spirits: GOD or satan. Humans have 1 simple (YET eternally important) “job” – telling One from the other. If you stay close to Jesus & His Word, the job is easier. If you move the slightest away from Him, it gets harder. If you insist (He wants you close to Him) on straying further, the job of identifying His sweet voice increases. STOP. Come back to a literal belief in Christ & in His Word. I have friends who’ve strayed until they seem confused if the voice is GOD or satan. PRAY. – 2/18/23

1Pe 5.8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion

walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

“Entertainment opens the floodgates &

literally sunmerges the church in worldliness.” 

– Beverly Carradine

“All that glitters is not gold.” Some of us knew this saying long ago. Allow a similar but MUCH more important statement. “All someone calls the Holy Ghost is not the Holy Ghost.” Being fooled by false gold is of no eternal consequence. Being fooled by satan’s imitation of the Spirit (unless you back- up & straighten things out) will DAMN YOUR SOUL. Try the Spirits! – 2/18/23   

“God wants the church

to be a perfect contrast to the world.”

– Beverly Carradine

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1Co 13.3 +

1Co 13.3

“…Though I bestow all my goods to feed…& though I give

my body to be burned & have not charity it profiteth me nothing.”

“…According to the strength or weakness of his faith in his Saviour so is his joy & peace

so is his love to holiness so are his desires to know Him more & also to serve Him in this world.”

– John Bunyan

I beg you – Pray. Pray that you’re not deceived. satan is happy (if he’s ever “happy”) to deceive anyone. But, I think, he may delight more in deceiving those who THOUGHT they knew truth. For the dirty, old devil to deceive a holiness person or one who considered themselves a solid evangelical, might be a greater pleasure to him. Some Dear People are falling for devilish deception in churches, schools, mission orgs. There’s a FALLING AWAY HAPPENING  *NOW.* Pray for Discernment. – 2/17/23

“…For one to kill himself

is to kill body & soul at once.”

– John Bunyan

stacked mountains

I’ve enjoyed seeing mountains stacked

Blue-gray ridge upon gray blue,

And I’ve enjoyed oak river canyons

As I’ve meandered them through.

I’ve enjoyed seeing sequoias

Standing in their regal height,

And enjoyed Atlantic’s splashings

Morning and noon and at night.

I’ve enjoyed the hues of Autumn

Brushed on big tree or short shrub,

And enjoyed the sight of blossoms:

Fringed petals and spiked heart-hub

I’ve enjoyed the wild of deserts

With clumped grasses scattered through.

And I’ve enjoyed lakes a blue-green

And smaller ponds, greenish-blue.

If an earth I know is tainted,

Tarnished in spots by the fall,

A place that’s one big graveyard past,

Present, future for us all.

Can still hold islands attractive

Some common and others rare

Can most pleasantly surprise us

Round the next bend, over “there”

Can presently please the sight sense

On the ground, in air, afloat

Can thrill with size, shape, and texture,

Terrain both close and remote.

Can gladden the eye by colors

(Colors have wonderful “call.”)

And gladden the mind rememb’ring

Winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Surely the next world for the saint

Is glorious beyond sense.

Beauty behind heaven’s tall wall,

Now hidden by our time-fence.

The Beauty which I try to write

Is the least attraction there.

For Christ, the Spirit, and Father

– Trinity beyond compare –

Will permeate the atmosphere,

Glowing, radiate the place,

So brightened no sun is needed

But Their Holy Handsome Face.

Lord, help my unworthiness, bound

By flesh – bound in a bone “fence”

To enjoy earth but O, up there

“Enjoy God” in e-v-e-r-y sense.

– eab,  2/17/15 

You can believe what you want to believe. God allows you (within His parameters for human Free Will) to believe in: easter bunnies, fairies, luck, myths, santa clause, ufos, ventriloquism & you-name-it. God will give you warning(s) as you proceed down this dark, dangerous road but He allows you to go. Don’t. Paul speaks of God allowing one to believe a LIE (2Th 2.11). That is connected (previous verse) to *not* loving Truth. Many, even in churches, accept lies, even like lies. O Friend, love Truth! – 2/17/23 

“…Say no more than you know

the God above will say Amen to…”

– John Bunyan

To the credit of God’s Bible School, I don’t recall hearing of C S Lewis there. Later I heard of him, picked up the idea he’d converted to Christ, read 3-4 of his non-fiction books, & even taught a class (or more) using some of his writings. I apologize to any (& all) students who may’ve been wrongly influenced by my teaching Lewis. I haven’t taught him in years. I do NOT quote him. Allow me to encourage you to stop quoting this “creator” of mythological stumbling blocks. Drop Lewis. – 2/17/23

Deu 18.10

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter or a witch”

When an evangelist arrives among heathen people he often finds them not wearing enough clothes, wearing metal/bone/wood on or stuck into their bodies & listing to horrid “music.” As God gives opportunity, he preaches Christ & Him crucified. Hopefully, sooner or later, one, then another, of these benighted souls convert. Often (if not always) clothing becomes more important, “jewelry” less important, & “music” changes. The Holy Ghost *always* brings improvements. ALWAYS !!! – 2/17/23

“Then I saw that there was a way to hell even from the gates of heaven

as well as from the city of Destruction.  So I awoke & behold it was a dream.”

– John Bunyan

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1Co 13.2 +

1Co 13.2

“…Though I have the gift of prophecy & understand all mysteries & all knowledge; &

though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains & have not charity, I am nothing.”

“You are in danger…if you depart ever so little from Scripture…

from the plain literal mean­ing of any text taken in connection with the context.”

– Wesley, quoted by Samuel Brengle

TRUE or FALSE  [A.] In classrooms in FL, OH, TN, Nicaragua, Ukraine, PA, Taiwan, Russia, Turks & Caicos I’ve given 100s of tests. Many had a True & False section. I tried to explain that if a question was partly wrong, it was ALL wrong. Friend, have you learned this yet in life? (A. Pray & see what the Bible says – search carefully. B. Pray again & look with both eyes. C. Pray more & listen with both ears. D. Pray yet more – the false may hide but God can/will help you see IF YOU ARE *ALL HIS.) – 2/14/23 

“True faith is the most wonderful thing in the world.

– Samuel L Brengle

A man “discovers” (finds – it’s been there since The Flood abated) a lake, & we honor him. Another “discovers” a mountain (or island, or river, etc), & we honor him. But the greatest discovery is to be found inside. It is when you find that you’re a sinner & ask (& believe) Christ to change you to a saint. It won’t be printed up in the next History or Geography book. It beats that. Your NAME is then written in “…the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev 21.27). – Feb 2023


Judge not a man by a few words

He said, this occasion or that.

What was his home live with his wife,

When he finally took off his hat?

Judge not a man by a slick car,

A house, or the big bridge he built.

How did he daily walk and talk? 

His life – how did it truly tilt?

Nor judge a man by his mere life;

*Where did he step beyond THAT door?

Did he rise, as an angel flies,

Or drop to smoking hell’s hot floor?

– eab,  2/16/23

The words “applaud,” “applause” aren’t in the Bible. Applause was not heard in holiness churches in the 50s & 60s. “Is everything 50ish/60ish just right?” Possibly a fair question; no – but there were a number of congregations & pastors of that day who greatly cherished services in which the Holy Ghost moved. What you DID hear in that era was “Amen;” more often than today. Many more fervently than today. Sinners seem more comfortable with “applause” (learned in arena/stage) than “Amen.” – 2/16/23 

1Jo 4.1

“…Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God

because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

“Faith may see difficulties but it does not magnify them…

Faith may be sore tempted but it does not yield to discouragement…

Faith obeys…real faith obeys when there is no sign.” 

– Samuel L Brengle

TRUE or FALSE. [B.] We live in a time of grave danger. Unless you’re close to God satan will deceive you. “Not me preacher.” Please do not say that. Christ warned of “…great signs and wonders…”(Mat 24.24) & of the possibility of being *deceived. The devil may call the True Presence of God, a work of satan. In the same breath or next he may say the “signs” he’s doing (satan) are a work of God. How can we know the difference between TRUE & false? Be saved. Be Sanctified. Seek Discernment. – 2/16/23

“We can only receive

 as we believe.”

– Samuel L Brengle

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1Co 13.1 +

1Co 13.1

“Though I speak with the tongues of men & of angels &

have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”

“To back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death

& life everlasting beyond it; I will yet go forward.”

– John Bunyan

The easiest false religions to detect are those with plaster of Paris (even plastic) “saints.” The closer a false religion gets to the real, the harder it is to detect. The most dangerous false church is the one that’s ALMOST right. They may preach almost right, they may sing religious songs, they may pray somewhat correctly, they may even have some emotion but it is a false spirit (Not The Holy Spirit). False religions allow sin, Sin, SIN. There will be no sin in heaven. No Sin. NO SIN. That is wonderful. – 2/13/23

“My wife was afraid of losing this world & my children

were given to the foolish delights of youth.”

– John Bunyan


You cannot tell me how broad God is

Or give me His weight or height

For He is not measured by

Man’s system of scales or sight

Since we do not know Him

Via our standards of dimensions

Don’t let it bother you that He’s

Outside time, beyond comprehensions

– eab, 2/15/17

Years ago I wouldn’t have guessed I’d live into a time when people who claimed they were the same nationality, would want to kill us. Never would’ve guessed – now it seems we’re there. But, Thanks be to God, I learned many years ago that satan wanted to destroy my spiritual life (He can’t). I hope Friend, no “fellow-citizen” kills you. However if they do & you’ve Made & Maintained your peace with God, you’ll go to Heaven. A body is a “poke” (bag if you like), your soul is the precious content. – 2/14/23

“…The poor man that loveth Christ is richer

than the greatest man in the world that hates him.”

– John Bunyan

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Kind-a-cute isn’t it? And, there’s an element of truth here – – – about books. But this is not necessarily true with people. When a woman (unless a very new christian) shows cleavage, knees, or has skin-tight or ultra-sheer clothing it does show some of the inside of her “book.” Christians stop dressing (undressing) like the Sliding-Toward-Hell world. We are to be Lights. We are to be different from sinful earthlings. THIS IS A PRIVILEGE. – 2/14/23

1Jo 4.1

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:

because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

If I said “False” I hope some would have a 2nd word quickly follow – – – “Religion.” To have a False Religion is THE worst thing you can possibly have. I’m sorry if you got $tuck with a fake (false) Twenty. (You can get over that.) I’m more sorry if your wife/husband was untrue (false). It may take a life-time to get over that but it does stop at the grave. But a False Religion at the time of your death will damn you. Please, dear Friend, run from all “religion” which doesn’t Perfectly match God’s Holy Bible. – 2/15/23

“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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