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*Doer, not a spectator* #1 Stop! Stop being a watcher of: TV, hollywood movies, “christian movies,” videos, church drama, funny home movies, etc. Become a Christian doer: a reader, a writer of prose, a poet, a gardener, a woodworker, a baker, a hunter, a builder, an artist, a musician, do animal husbandry – be a doer. Each could be blessings to relative, neighbor, stranger as you share product & “how-to” advice free.

– eab, 1/20/18

 

Lead to Worship

Men who feel quite adequate

To tell you which “i” to dot,

To tell you what you are to do – not;

Ought also to be able

To tell you how humbly to praise,

How in quietude and true gratitude

You should voice and hands raise.

We lack not for “liners up,”

And men who love that line,

We need men who will lead to worship

Men who live and love in the divine.

Oh, may the incense of my heart

Toward heaven daily depart!

– eab, Jan. 2007

 

*Doer not a spectator* #2 Stop seeking being satisfied with merely watching, even “clean” stuff. If the above (Doer… #1) is “so not you” become a different doer for Jesus. Go down-town & cook one day a week for a rescue mission. If cooking is not your thing, help serve meals to people as they come by. Maybe run their laundry 1 day a week. Or tell your pastor he can forget about the lawn – it’s now your “baby.”

– eab, 1/20/18

 

 

“[The] Holy Ghost will only honor testimony where He is extolled higher than the testifier.”

– Ken Rice, sermon 8/26/91

 

*Doer, not a spectator* #3 Stop having to be entertained by sights & sounds. Start being useful. Visit the nursing home. (Talk to head person, explain you’re a Christian & desire to help, so they know “who” you are.) Ask for a list of those no one visits. (Warning – do this slowly so you will come back next week, do not “bite off more than you can chew.”) Nursing homes are prohibitively expensive. Your simple act of volunteering could help their budget – – – And – – – give someone else the idea to do as you are doing.

– eab. 1/20/18

 

Gen 6.9

“…Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations and Noah walked with God.”

 

 

*Doer, not a spectator* #4 Stop spending so much time on yourself (not “bawling-out,” stating facts. J) Pray about becoming a “friend of sinners” at a jail. Do they have someone who offers a Bible study? See about teaching a Sunday School class, & no, it doesn’t have to be on a Lord’s Day. J Be prepared to pray with this one & that. Watch, though & don’t let the inmates “snow you.” This is one of the toughest places to volunteer but John Wesley would be happy you were there if he knew – – – & he might for all I know. J

– eab, 1/20/18

 

 

Did you know
Number of promises given in the Bible: 1,260
Commands: 6,468
Predictions: over 8,000
Fulfilled prophecy: 3,268 verses
Unfulfilled prophecy: 3,140   – Source, United Fellowship Outreach

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Dad/Mom, do you collect children’s cell phones & leave them locked in car when you enter God’s house? “But their Bibles are on their phones.” Allow an older man to give advice – give them a hard copy of God’s Word & require them to carry the same to worship. Few youth will hear from The Almighty if they’re scrolling their phones. God deserves their undivided attention & you, Dad/mom, can help that happen. – eab, 1/18/18

 

LOVE YOUR DAYS  

Thank you Lord for the Night:

To slow down and sleep,

To the home-fires keep

With Ewe and “little sheep.”

 

Thank you Lord for the Morn:

To throw-back, make the sheet

For breakfast to eat,

For shoes for the feet.

 

Thank you Lord for the Noon:

For strength to work till then

For work of hammer or pen,

For corn gathered in the bin.

 

Thank you Lord for the “Tardes:”

For warmth in winter’s sun,

For “game” from rod and gun,

For labor almost run.

 

Thank you Lord for the Even:

For the ceasing to roam,

For the walk toward home,

For the evening’s gloam.

 

And, if there is a time I’ve forgotten,

Please don’t think me “rotten,”

‘Cause I love life, and love all Your days

Broken up in hourly ways – all Praise!

– eab, 1/19/06

 

 

How to memorize Scripture: You can read & re-read a verse/verse until engrained in your brain. You can read verses aloud on a tape & play back as you drive, work, mow, etc. You can write the verse out long-hand on line 1, again on line 2, etc until It is cemented in mind. You can cut index cards in ½ , place the verse on the lined side & its reference on the blank side & keep together with a rubber band. A stack of these is by my Bible now; worked on some this AM. “Thy Word have I hid…”

– eab, 1/19/18

 

“The man whose little sermon is ‘repent’…will…be battered by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man—‘off with his head!’”

– Joseph Parker, quoted by Leonard Ravenhill

 

I hope you believe in being Redeemed from sins. I do. I hope you believe in have having the Holy Spirit purify your heart. I do. I hope that you understand that these 2 works of grace are the beginning of a life dedicated to God (& therefore one He controls, not you). Now allow the Spirit to lead you to higher heights, deeper depths of Biblical insight. Press on to a Rich prayer life which moves into a Richer one, until you maturity ushers you into God’s presence some day. Move on, Move up etc.

– eab, 1/19/18

 

 

Mar 6.18

“For John had said unto Herod, ‘It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.’”

 

 

Blogging for Eternity: When started separateholy.wordpress.com (2008) I asked God that at least 6 souls be in heaven that wouldn’t have been there but for the blog: 1 from each inhabited continent. When I added facebook & google+ I asked Him for additional souls. At times I’d rather read or something else than use time/energy to type ideas, proof read, cut & past, etc. but I do this for my Master. Praise His Name.

– eab, 1/19/18

 

Did you know
Number of books in the Bible: 66
Chapters: 1,189
Verses: 31,101
Words: 783,137
Letters: 3,566,480   – Source, United Fellowship Outreach

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A Prayer + + + +

Music is powerful in many lives – in fact, there’ll be souls in hell who wouldn’t give up “Wally-wally-Bing-bang” (“musi-noise”). With some it was jazz. With others ‘twas show tunes. With some country/bluegrass, with still others it was dance/mood music. Believe it or not, some were so wrapped-up in “christian music” that God was not first place. Do you control your music or does your music control you?

– eab, 1/17/18

 

A PRAYER

Grant Lord that the lines I write

Alone, up, in the middle of the night

May find their way in your fine hour

To a needy soul snared in sin’s power

Let them see what satan tries to block

That Christ is the way, their defense, their rock

And hope is not gone, help is not lost

Redemption is free; Christ paid the huge cost.

– eab, Jan. 2016

 

 

If ever the holiness church needed discernment it’s now. If you have a degree of discernment, thank God. If you think you have none, ask God to give enough to protect you & those of church (if you’re a pastor), of family (if you’re a parent). Having suspicions about everybody isn’t discernment; taking everybody at face value isn’t either. When you have a “gut feeling” X isn’t “true blue” listen to that feeling. “But everybody thinks X is the greatest.” Do not broadcast the reservation you feel, be kind to them, but keep a distance.

– eab, 1/16/18

 

 

“…get rid of the idea that faith is a matter of spiritual heroism…There are heroes of faith but faith is not for heroes. It is a matter of spiritual manhood. It is a matter of maturity.”

– P T Forsyth, quoted by Leonard Ravenhill

 

 

Parents, when you attend a convention, revival, camp, tell your children Who is scheduled to speak, give a brief bio & if possible have them shake hands with him before service. I probably heard T M Anderson, one of the greats of 20th century holiness speak – but, sadly, I can’t prove it. My parents drove to Circleville Camp, year after year. I found later that Bro. Anderson was a “fixture” there, summer after summer; I may have heard him – wish I knew. Parents, let your child know this is someone they’ll want to remember.

– eab, 1/18/18

 

 

Luk 18. 8

“…When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

 

Ordinary collectors (antiques, books, cars, etc.) leave their collections this side the grave. You can do better – Collect Truth. Admittedly some earthly “truths” may remain here, but the Prime Truths will go with you to heaven, where He who is Truth (Joh 14.6), welcomes Truth, & where all lies are forever excluded.

– eab, 1/12/18

 

 

“The simplest way to live more than an average life

is to add an hour to the fresh end of the day.”

– Bruce Fairchild Barton, fr his /The Man Nobody Knows/

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Going + + + +

The wicked sinner has a bit of God-likeness in him i.e. A.) he’s an individual, B.) he’s creative, C.) he has a will. The redeemed soul is instantly more like God – so much so that he’s now a “child of God.” When God calls him on into holiness, God is inviting him to be even more like Him “Be ye holy” (1Pe 1.16). Thomas Chisholm penned, “Oh, to be like Thee, Oh, to be like Thee…”

– eab, 1/15/18

 

GOING

Given a few months, or a year or two,

(Hope you can handle a strong jar)

Strangers may wear your suits, not you;

Someone else may drive your car.

A new guy take your place on the job,

Someone else inhabit your fine house,

A neighbor eat your corn-on-the-cob,

And an old friend be married to your spouse.

“Stop! I can’t handle the stuff you say.

“Am I going, uh – – – uh, going far away?”

Didn’t you know, younger/older Friend?

Life for every woman & man comes to an end.

Repent and prepare now to leave earth’s abode.

“How?” Let Jesus have your heavy sin-load.

– eab, 1/17/18

 

 

“The antichrist is not going to say he’s the antichrist” – Steve Herron, c.‘67. Allow a related eab thought. A false prophet is not going to tell you he’s a false prophet. In fact, he’ll talk in part like a holy man, dress enough like one we’ll not be alarmed, & preach some shallow stuff (a cultist could’ve said it) that “sounds” good. Listen for details, Look carefully, Stop assuming. Christ prophesied they’d come. They have.

– eab, 1/16/18

 

“A sinning man will stop praying and a praying man will stop sinning.”

– Leonard Ravenhill, fr. his /Why Revival Tarries/

 

We receive impressions from our world via Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, & Touch. These important “gates” (I’m grateful for each) allow senses in. They’re one-way – entry only. There’s one more important “gate.” It also is one-way – it’s an exit “gate.” You guessed it – the mouth. What comes out of the Mouth-Gate is more important (eternally) than anything that goes in. “O, be careful little mouth what you say…”

– eab, 1/17/18

 

 

Mat 7.21

“Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;

but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

 

Does God have the key to your kitchen: what your body consumes? Does He have the key to your library/den/family room: what your mind consumes?   Does God have the key to your music room (or car radio): another area of mind consumption?  Does God have the key to your attic – what no one sees -where you’ve stored memories of what you do not /now/ do, but wish you could?

– eab, 1/17/18

 

 

General Rules of the United Societies (Methodist History) – Wesley, 1739

avoiding evil…that which is most generally practiced…(as)

* Borrowing without a probability of paying; or taking up goods without a probability of paying for them.*

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PRIDEFUL + + +

The trick to staying warm is to keep the outside, OUTSIDE. (And the inside, INSIDE.)

Same applies spiritually – keep the world outside your soul.

– eab, 9/7/13

 

PRIDEFUL

Prideful man wants you to think he knows a lot.

(Whether he knows half that much – or not.)

It gets worse with more letters behind his name;

His self-importance becomes his shame.

God wants to remove arrogance; it’s a blot.

– eab, 1/16/18

 

 

Leftwing preachers/pastors have discovered an easy life: preach a little truth (not the whole), rake in offerings which allow them to build greater, more impressive buildings, which in turn attract more wealthy givers and all the time make these followers feel good about themselves (instead of being under conviction for sin). They may think it a “great scheme,” but it will end as earth ends. Preacher and many of his followers (unsaved though “reformed”) will, sadly, be lost.

– eab, 7/9/14

 

 

“Spirituality is not how far we are from the world but how close we are to God.”

– James Plank, sermon, 2/3/2000

 

 

It takes no equipment, can be done equally well in daylight or dark, and does not require electricity. What is it? Prayer.

– eab, 8/17/14

 

 

Mat 6.19

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”

 

 

Both the immodest and the modest can falsely “glory” in their appearance.

– eab, 8/21/14

 

 

General Rules of the United Societies (Methodist History) – Wesley, 1739

avoiding evil…that which is most generally practiced…(as)

* Laying up treasure upon earth. *

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Alive + + + +

Some have a love for the world as evidenced by pics, posts, & positions, but they want to claim a love for God too. Turn this around; a true lover of God never try’s to convince you that he loves the world. No, he is fleeing the wrath to come (Mat 3.7& Luk 3.7). Godliness & worldliness mix no more than oil & water.

– eab, 1/13/18

 

ALIVE

“Your peer, So-n-So, is dead”

Is now, much too often said,

‘Bout the pals & gals of yesteryear.

But were we to see his present mode

In his new happy, high-up abode

He’s more alive than he ever was down here.

 

Happy are they who die in the Lord,

Whether rich, or slim of “room & board.”

They’ve gone to be with God for aye!

Oh, may you & may I, dear Friend

Land safe in heaven’s port, at our end,

When “he’s dead,” they mistakenly say.

– eab, 1/15/18

 

God has allowed into heaven a huge variety of personalities, of peculiarities, of persons of preference, all cleansed from sins & purified from Adam’s sin. The Lord is more tolerant of eccentricities than most of us are, but He’s not the least tolerant of carnality. It’s seems too easy for us to be lenient on inbred sin.

– eab, 1/13/18

 

“Partial obedience is really no obedience.”

– Paul Pierpoint, sermon, 6/24/01

 

If you were satan, wouldn’t you consider putting out a “false Bible”? Wouldn’t you think it “wicked fun” to gain the assistance of some “christian” scholars to give your “bad book” credence? Wouldn’t you find “delight” in bringing out a 2nd, 10th, 100th new version so people are so confused they give up on the true Bible. Eh? Can you see this?

1/15/18

 

 

1Sa 15.22b & 23

“…to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

 

 

Do not stumble over the concept or word Trinity. It is impossible to understand “Trinity” but God has placed hints & micro-examples around us. Matter of fact, He made man a little trinity himself. The Body is you but, wait, the Soul is you, and, hold-on, life (the spirit from God) is also you. You are all three & if/when one is missing you will no longer be you.

– eab, 1/15/18

 

 

General Rules of the United Societies (Methodist History) – Wesley, 1739

avoiding evil…that which is most generally practiced…(as)

* Softness and needless self-indulgence.*

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Sky Way + + + +

Convinced that you can speak/write the language Christ spoke on earth? Good, if you truly do — Shame on you if it’s a bragging point. It is *far* better to know Christ & hold communion with Him daily, than to merely know a language He supposedly spoke. BTW, Christ speaks/understands /your/ native tongue & that, Friend is beyond an ancient tongue. It is Wonderful!

– eab, 1/6/18

 

Sky Way

We’d be totally lost, entirely undone

Had not God had a Son (an only One)

Who was willing, yet not wanting, to die.

His costly death, now centuries gone by

Provides man’s sole route beyond the sky.

This Christ, my soul hath fully won.

– eab, 1/14/16  

 

 

You are going to die. Where will you be when your funeral is in progress? “I’ll go into oblivion; I’m just an animal as evolution teaches.” What if evolution’s wrong? [It definitely is!] What if 15 seconds after death you’re in hell? “I don’t believe in hell.” Friend, your failure to believe in hell won’t make it 1 degree cooler. Since you know death is coming the only smart thing to do is to prepare. Today. Jesus saves!

– eab, 1/6/18

 

 

“Holiness means pure thoughts, pure intentions, pure motives, pure words, pure actions.

It is the purity of heaven brought down to earth…exhibited in a pure life…”

– J M Pike, from his /The Double Cure/

 

My parents raised me to not call anybody a liar. Such training may’ve saved me from someone re-arranging my face. I’d encourage you to avoid calling any man a liar. But I’d equally encourage you to recognize & call satan a liar for that is exactly what he is. Every lie on the face of the earth has its roots in his wicked nature.

– eab, 1/12/18

 

 

Mat 5. 8

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

 

 

“My country right or wrong” is blindly, sadly wrong. When applied to your school it is incorrect. When said about your denomination it’s still incorrect. Truth seekers – not in name only but true Truth seekers – are not “married to” country, college, or church. We can lose our souls & our kid’s souls by blind “loyalty” to anything o-t-h-e-r t-h-a-n C-h-r-i-s-t.

– eab, 1/14/18

 

General Rules of the United Societies (Methodist History) – Wesley, 1739

avoiding evil…that which is most generally practiced…(as)

* singing those songs, or reading those books, which do not tend to the knowledge or love of God.*

 

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