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ON THIS DATE – Warning – not a positive post – we need sometimes to know about evil around us.

4/2/1891 is the death date of Albert Pike. He was born 12/15/1809, Boston, son of Benjamin & Sarah Pike. He attended Harvard, married Mary Hamilton 1834(?), & became a lawyer. In 1840 he had joined the international Order of Odd Fellows & soon became a Mason; by 1859 he was Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rites Southern Jurisdiction. The same year Harvard gave him an honorary MA.

When the war came Pike chose the rebel side & became a Brigadier-General. Some evil was done & he hid in the hills of Arkansas. After the uncivil war he was found guilty of treason & incarcerated but was pardoned by another Mason, President Andrew Johnson. Johnson became a Mason 5/5/1851 but after pardoning Pike he was soon a 33rd degree Mason. (Sadly some 15+ presidents have been Masons.)

Pike was a member of the KKK & is said to have had direct communication with satan. Pike belonged to another devious group – the Illuminati. It was started in 5/1/1776 (think “May Day”).  By 1834 it selected the rebel Giusseppe Mazzini, a 33rd degree Mason, to head worldwide operations & Mazzini asked Pike to head the Illuminati’s American division.

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William Reed Newell died 4/1/1956, at Deland, FL. He was born 5/22/1868, at Savannah, OH, a town northwest of Ashland. He attended Moody Bible Institute where his young, undisciplined life began to take shape.  He returned to OH, attended & graduated from Wooster College (southeast of Ashland) in 1891.  Neither parent’s name came to light & as no wife or children are mentioned he may (?) have not married.

Following studies at both Princeton & Oberlin he took a pastorate in Chicago (Bethesda Congregational Church).  In 1895 MBI invited Newell to be their assistant superintendent under R.A. Torrey.  While here he held Bible classes & from these came his works Romans Verse-by-Verse, Hebrews Verse-by-Verse, & The Book of Revelation.  It was also at Moody that he wrote his well-known song “At Calvary.” 

“Years I spent in vanity and pride, Caring not my Lord was crucified,

Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

Refrain

Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me;

There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

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USA bought Alaska from Russia 3/30/1867, being one of the greatest real estate deals – both in space & best price per square mile – of all time.  It was purchased for 7.2 million or about $0.02 (2 cents) per acre.

A move was afoot for this USA – Russian sale before the uncivil war.  Following it, Eduard Stekl, Russian’s envoy to Washington, negotiated the talks. Of the $7.2 million one source says $165,000 (a lot of money in that day) was used to bribe some U.S. senators & newspapermen.  It is said to have passed senate by one vote & was called “Seward’s Follie” “Seward’s Icebox” – a term you may have to explain to some.

The Russians had discovered the Alaska mainland in an expedition led by Vitus Bering (a Dane) in 1741.  The first Russian settlement was established 8/14/1784 & the first Russian Orthodox Church in the west was started 1795 (in Kodiak). It wasn’t until 2/22/1825, that Russia & Britain established the Alaska/Canada boundary. A quote heard in 1985 & one that has few exceptions is, “Every man that visits Alaska either returns or always wants to.”  The following was written while in AK some years ago:

Pointed  Trees

To humanly count the pointed trees,

Guarding just one cool, Alaskan stream,

Could take a life-time, if you please,

(And t’would be a nightmare – not a dream).

 

Trees are there whom no man has yet seen,

All awkwardly pointing to the sky,

An odd blend of black, gray, and green,

Silent, except for the wind’s sad cry.

 

From seedling to youth, to great old age,

They stand rooted in the northern sod,

Of wonders they’re just on more page,

Mute life, glorifying their high God.

– eab,  9/16/06

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God is the greatest Mathematician and ALL His “calculations” are CORRECT.

God is the greatest Grammarian – He “invented” words and IS the Word.

God is the greatest Scientist – He KNOWS every facet of every discipline of what man calls science.

God is the greatest Poet and also the greatest Writer of prose – He “owns” the field of language.

God is the greatest Historian; He was there when it ALL transpired. He IS the eye Witness.   

– eab, 10/15/12

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Pastors, presidents (colleges/conferences) & parents who oppose “next to nothing” are lying to youth.

Jews in the OT, Christ’s followers in NT & fairly recent Holiness people were separate from this

decaying world. Hell is the place for liars – that includes lying 21st century church people.

– eab, 3/24/15

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John Milton published his classic Paradise Lost 3/27/1667.  Milton, born in 1608 (12/9), was at a good mental age to produce this excellent contribution except for the fact that by now he was blind (a daughter wrote what he dictated to her from his memory).  Paradise Lost is not only a most worthy piece of English writing, it has become an enduring poem in the field of literature at large.

It is impossible to imagine a greater backdrop than he chose: Heaven, Earth, & Hell. His imagination is vast, his vocabulary stretches the modern mind.  Bible believers can “see” his word pictures yet must guard against making them too authoritarian – after all, Milton’s inspiration is only the earthly kind allowed to poets & great prose writers – he was not inspirited in the same sense as writers of Holy Writ.

Milton himself was an interesting person.  After preparing to enter the clergy (at Cambridge) he changed careers to become a poet.  He gave himself to extensive classical & modern readings (religion, science, philosophy, history, politics, & literature). He became proficient in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, Spanish,  Italian, & was familiar Old English & Dutch.  His education was “rounded out” by a 13-month tour of France & Italy in which he met several intellectuals among whom was Galileo,

Opening lines of Paradise Lost

Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit

Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste

Brought death into the world, and all our woe,

With loss of Eden, till one greater man

Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,

Sing heavenly muse, that on the secret top

Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire

That shepherd, who first taught the chosen seed,

In the beginning how the heavens and earth

Rose out of chaos: Or if Sion hill

Delight thee more, and Siloa’s brook that flowed

Fast by the oracle of God; I thence

Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song…

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“To be proud of learning

is the greatest ignorance.”

– Jeremy Taylor

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