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The Bible teaches that BACKSLIDING is possible.

1Sa 15.1 Saul…is turned back from following Me   1Ki 11.9…The LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel… Eze 18.24…When the righteous turneth away from his righteousness & committeth iniquity…All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed & in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die Eze 18.26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, & committeth iniquity, & dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Eze 33.12 Therefore, thou son of man, say…The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression…neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. Eze 33.13 When I shall say to the righteous he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness & commit iniquity all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered but for his iniquity that he hath committed he shall die for it Psa 80.3 Turn us again, O God, & cause thy face to shine; & we shall be saved. Rom 11.22…If thou continue in [His] goodness: otherwise thou shalt be cut off. Gal 2.18…If I build again the things which I destroyed [this IS possible] I make myself a transgressor. Gal 5.4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 1Ti 4.1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits & doctrines of devils – not man; Holy Spirit is saying they will backslide! & gives two causes  Heb 11.15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 2Pe 2.21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  2Pe 3.17…beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. Rev 3.5 He that overcometh the same shall be clothed in white raiment; & I will not blot out his name out of the book of life but I will confess his name before my Father… – Christ’s clearly saying “blotting out” is possible.

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It’s discouraging how many Friends (even attending “careful” churches) have “taken their liberty” (“I’m not going to do as So-N-So preached”) and bought a TV. By contrast, it’s ENCOURAGING that several Google+ followers recognize TV as the mind controller it is. Listen. If TV had no four-letter words, no porn pics, no ads ruining the contentment of your home, its programming IS programming your minds. TV is doing your THINKING for you. Destroy TV before it destroys your wife and kids with its constant flow of misinformation, illusions, and propaganda. The reel world is THE real world.

– eab, 3/24/16

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Too “good” to go to hell?

The very concept flies in the face of God.

– eab, 8/16/14

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>> WATCH OUT – – – This is heavy! <<

“Do you become impatient under trial, fretful when crossed, angry revengeful when injured, vain when flattered, proud when prospered, complaining when chastened, unbeliev­ing when seemingly forsaken, unkind when neglected?”

– R S Foster, from his book Christian Purity

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ON THIS DATE

Edgar A Bryan was converted to Jesus Christ, 4/26/1956, in the village of Bremen, OH.  It was at the old  Pilgrim Holiness Church, (in town) then pastored by the impressive J D (John Denver) Webb, Sr. (father of evangelist Orlow C Webb).  It was a Thursday night revival service.  The evangelist is not remembered but could have been Bro Howard Williams as the Williams were at Bremen more than once in those years.

Yours truly was raised (youngest of four) in the Christian home of Clyde D & Ruth E Bryan & knew better than to use “four letter” language around them, but had picked up a foul-mouth habit, which was practiced at school in Somerset.  The next day on lunch break four or five of us were returning to campus from eating “down town” when I, from habit used the word “h_ _ l.”  It was said without thinking but immediately I felt badly.  I told the rest of the guys to go on & as I walked slowly up the alley I asked God to forgive me – He did, restored the joy to my heart, & to God be the glory, I have never said that word “as a bad word” since.  I cannot testify that I never sinned after that Spring Thursday night but I can say it was THE major turning point.  Though at times I yielded to temptation the set of my soul was toward God & heaven.

That conversion kept me through the last weeks of the 7th grade, all the 8th grade, & propelled me toward God’s Bible School.  The decision to go there (some 140 miles of two-lane road away) was a mutual one between my God-loving parents & 14½ yours truly. All four years of high school were spent at God’s Bible School.  There I made many life-long friends.  There I participated in the famous Thanksgiving Dinners. There I held my first job (off campus) at Jewish Hospital.  There I attended my first IHC – never forgot the night I heard H Robb French. And, there I met my life-love, the former Martha M Scarbrough.

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“No man’s desire for heaven is any greater

than his desire for holiness.”

– R G Flexon, Quoted by Earl Newton in sermon, 2/8/94

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ON THIS DATE

Oliver Cromwell was born 4/25/1599 at Huntingdon, England.  He received his education at the grammar school in Huntingdon (now Cromwell Museum) & at Cambridge.  He converted to being a Puritan at 28.

In August of 1620, Oliver Cromwell married Elizabeth Bourchier, born in 1598 the oldest of 12. Their marriage was a happy one.  While on a campaign in Scotland, Oliver wrote Elizabeth, ‘Thou art dearer to me than any creature; let that suffice’ & ‘My Dearest, I could not satisfy myself to omit this post, although I have not much to write; yet indeed I love to write to my dear, who is very much in my heart. It joys me to hear thy soul prospereth; the Lord increase His favours to thee more and more…The Lord bless all thy good counsel and example to all those about thee, and hear all thy prayers, and accept thee always’.  Only one letter to Oliver survived (December 1650) in which Elizabeth writes, ‘Truly my lif is but half a lif in your abseinse, deid not the Lord make it up in heimself, which I must ackoleg to the prase of heis grace’.

Cromwell was a notable military leader in England’s “civil war” & became “Lord Protector” (1653 to death). He, who’s been called “Chief of Men” & a “Brave Bad Man,” is said to have made the following contributions: 1) established a period of peace in England, Scotland & Ireland,  2) made England an “world power,”  3) established non-conformity i.e. living separate from the established church.  He died 9/3/1658.

Cromwell Quotes:

“No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.”

“What is all our histories but God showing himself, shaking & trampling on everything that he has not planted.”

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”

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