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1Co 5.17 +

1Co 5.17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:

old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

 

Are you rich in TIME? Retired or semi-retired?  Let me say – as a friend – I hope you enjoy an hour now & then doing an innocent hobby, etc.  Let me say – as a minister – please don’t waste too much time on light reading or playing. Use your wealth of time to pray. Increase your prayer life – – – make it more of your day than it ever was before retiring. Spend time with Jesus.  6/4/20

 

“The false feeling that ‘He doesn’t lead in little things’

has kept multitudes from His counsels.”

– M W Knapp

 

“I don’t even want to think about hell.” I understand, it’s a horrible subject. But we need to think of the region of the damned. (We probably have one or more relatives already there.) We need to consider hell so we live carefully before God & avoid anything which will lead toward it. AND, we need to think about hell so we pray for a neighbor, relative, a work/hunting buddy who’s headed there even as you read this.- 6/4/20

 

“Walking with God & a holy heart

are inseparable.”

– Richard Humble

 

EMPTY CHURCHES

Empty, cold, decaying alone,

The “has-been,” at the cross roads;

Boards for windows, pigeons for choir,

Once place where men laid down their loads.

 

Once the pastor burned the pulpit;

Fire from heaven that he preached

Filled the pews and spilled beyond them

Beyond the door, others were reached.

 

Why such empty, hollow churches

Why the grown-up parking lot

‘Cause a people that once knew Him

Act now, as though they “knew Him not.”

– eab, June 1993

 

When’s the last time you heard a preacher say “Dirt, debt, & the devil”? Have you even heard this expression? Why is it not being said behind preacher’s pulpits, teacher’s desks, & around home’s table? Almost everyone (& I mean everyone) when they’re redeemed, clean up. And we’re supposedly against the devil – – – (except when we’re not). Did I skip one? You know I did. Can you guess why? 1000s of “christian” families are in debt. 100s of churches are in debt. Credit is too easy. I urge you – stop putting stuff on “plastic.” All these D’s are bad & probably more connected than any of us want to admit. – 6/5/20

 

“Genuine prayer is never ‘good works’ an exercise

or a pious attitude but it is always the prayer of a child to a Father.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

1Jo 4.17

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:

because as he is, so are we in this world.”

 

Tattoos? “None.” I’m happy you had better sense than to pay someone to color your natural skin. “One.” Sorry you have it – now stop that nonsense. And dress so to hide this sign of bondage to a society going/gone wild. “You’re too late Bryan, I’m inked all over.” Seek forgiveness from the Creator of your “year, make, & model” for messing up His image. He, if proper sought, can give you a clean soul. – 6/5/20

 

“…through the Holy Spirit the Leaders of the Early Christian Church

‘Out-lived the pagan, out-thought him, & out-died him.’”

– Terrot R Glover

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2Co 5.10 +

2Co 5.10

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

 

“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

 

It takes a MAN to leave a baptist, catholic, lutheran, methodist, presbyterian or tongues church & become a holiness man. On the reverse, it takes a man, who no longer believes (maybe, sadly, never has believed) in the way of true holiness, to stop pastoring a holiness church. Please, sir, if your life does not reflect a separation from the world, if your messages do not lift up the true experience of Pentecost, if you doubt the whole concept of being holy (while still on earth) please either get along with God & get reclaimed or, hear it, OR, be MAN enough to resign your holiness church. You’re being a hindrance. – 6/3/20

 

“Spirituality is not how far we are from the world

but how close we are to God.”

– James Plank, 2/3/00

 

Rev 13.18 “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; & his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.”

In Arabic it could be 666. It could also be 600606. If each score were shown it could be 6002020206.

[Reminder: Roman num.: 1=I, 5=V, 10=X, 50=L, 100=C, 500=D, 1000=M]

In Roman numerals it could be CCCCCCXXXXXXIIIIII (or six 100s, six 10s, six 1s.)

It would more likely appear DCLXVI or 500+100, 50+10, 5+1 Or it could be in another language. 6/3/20

 

BLEAK

God gladly made man with an ability to speak.

He made him so he could create sound

And mobile-faced so he could smile or frown.

I’m happy God didn’t make man mute;

A grunting or even a silent “brute.”

How different to have been thus bleak.

– eab, 6/3/20

 

Followers of Christ USED to believe there was Power in Prayer. And, congregations & pastors prayed. Have we forgotten this? Or are we about to forget it? Are we being influenced (more than we want to admit) by radio & internet news until we’re acting more like our sinner neighbors than the saints of old. Amen? Ouch? Pray. Pray & believe. – 6/4/20

 

“To believe the promise of Jesus that His followers shall possess the earth & at the same time to face our enemies unarmed & defenseless preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves, is indeed the narrow way.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

 

Rom 8.6

“For to be carnally minded is death; but

to be spiritually minded is life & peace.”

 

About what do you pray? The term “pray for…” first occurs (in NT) as, “…Pray for them which despitefully use you & persecute you”(Mat 5.44). Luke (6.28) repeats the idea. (He does not here say Pray for country – He does not here say Pray for church.) We’re not to be “mad at them” not to “chide them” definitely not to “kill them” – we are to “pray for them.” How ya’ doing? – 6/4/20

 

“The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God

& only He can produce it.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer

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2Co 4.7 +

2Co 4.7

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power

may be of God & not of us.”

 

“The Bible nowhere tells us that a Jew will be the antichrist.”

– L L Pickett

 

Your child has married or moved out & is on his own. They’ve made some changes in their body, in their choice of clothing, in the places they go seeking to be entertained. How do you handle it? Prayerfully. Carefully. Let them know you still love them. But hear me, Please hear me, Dad, do not change to be like your son/son-n-law. Mom, do not compromise to be like your daughter/daughter-n-law. There’s nothing to be gained by such & you’ll more than likely lose your shout, lose your shine & lose your soul. 5/26/20

 

“What Scripture tells us that the Spirit

will be withdrawn in the tribulation? None.”

– L L Pickett

 

You attended God’s Bible School or similar institution where a “conservative” life-style & careful theology were taught. But look at you now! If someone would’ve told you *back when* that you’d look like & believe like you do now, I doubt you’d have believed them. I fear see yourself as better than you were yrs ago. If the slightest whisper of the Holy Spirit awakens you tonight, I beg you roll out of bed & beg Him to take you back into Christ’s fold. You profess but I hope you’ll be fully reclaimed before death. – 5/26/20

 

The WORLD & the GIRL

The world said, “Come.” The girl said, “How far?”

“Only a short way.”

“Live a little, enjoy the day.”

The girl, “I’m already quite a ways

From how I was carefully raised.”

“Tsk. Come I can make you a star.”

– eab, June 2018

 

It is possible to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (see Mat 12.31). (It may be easier [IMO] than some think.) I *WARN* you, never speak lightly of God, The Father nor of God, The Son. Sadly soooo many have used both of their names as curse words but many have been forgiven of such sins. A special warning is given not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. But satan is a liar. Though you may not have blasphemed the Holy Ghost, satan may lie, telling you that you have. Resist the devil & draw near to God. – 6/2/20

 

“What India most needs is not Christianity but Christians.”

– J H Barrows, Dr (kind of “doctor” unknown to eab).

 

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world…If any man love the world,

the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

Christ said, “…If I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”(Joh 12.32). This should never be interpreted that all will be saved. All will not be & God respects the free-will of which He is the sole Author. It means that when we, as his children, tell others of His wonderful greatness, speak of His lowly birth, His precious beatitudes, recount His suffering (yet without retaliation) that, Friend, is attractive. People want to know about such a pure Man said & what He taught. Lift Him up. O, lift Him up. – 6/2/20

 

“We cannot expect hollywood to do in the soul

what only the Spirit can accomplish.”

– John A Bjorlik

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1Co 15.55 +

1Co 15.55

“O death, where is thy sting?

O grave, where is thy victory?”

 

“But where formalism, worldliness & unbelief have crowded the Comforter out…they pay thousands of dollars to a quartette to perform the service which their backslidden souls refuse to render.”

– M W Knapp

 

A major event took place some time ago. It was important, so important that you know the date of it. In fact, you were there – though you have no memory of it. It was YOUR birth. You had zero control over it, but it started everything else you know. A second major event cometh. It is YOUR death. The actual means of dying you know not but if you’ll obey the Father, Son & Holy Spirit you can be prepared for what lies just beyond death’s door. Are you Obeying? Are you Trusting the blood of Christ? – 5/24/20

 

“Every man whose heart is full of the love of God is full of humility

for there is no man so humble as he whose heart is cleansed from all sin.”

– Adam Clarke

 

FAMILY HISTORY

It matters not the long valley

From which your family hailed,

Nor the salty ship, on ocean lip

In which that family sailed.

 

It matters not about their grub

Rhubarb or roastin’ ears,

Nor if their shack, was by an old track

In Greek-Roman suburb.

 

It matters not if long they stood

By slowly sifting sands,

Nor if their soul, was close to a “pole”

In frozen, far, white lands.

 

Were they “bad” warriors (I hope not)

Who have shed angry blood?

Were they worshipper (not much better)

Whose sword raised a small flood?

 

Were they farmers who knew the smell

Of soil newly turned?

Or bakers whose bread, the hungry fed,

Light brown, but never burned.

 

Did they know an ancient wisdom:

Parables and proverb?

Or did they just spurn, such light to learn,

Adjective, noun or verb.

 

Did your family? – ah, there’s no lack.

Diversification.

None mattering, not a single thing,

If they missed salvation.

 

Brag not of where your family’s been:

Valley, plain, or high slope,

If they fled or felt, the angry welt

Of gen’ral or of pope.

~ Ÿ ~Ÿ ~ Ÿ ~ Ÿ ~

Did family know here below

The Lord in His glory?

OH, if they knew, the One the Jews slew –

Tell, tell ALL their story.

– eab,   5/24/09

 

Some get their “highs” out of biking: part of them powered by their legs & part of them powered by “vroom-vroom.” Some getting their highs from boating: from kayaks, to sails using winds, to yachts. Others seek their happiness in a 100, no, make that 10,000 other ways but many of, most of, these ways are earth bound: air, sea, land. Friend, your soul is not earth bound. Begin, now begin, to talk to the Lord & literally find highs of happiness with which you can grow old & happily die. – 5/24/20

 

*Negative quote*

“The Bible is the cause of all the troubles in the church.”

– Dr. Usinger – 1 of Luther’s teachers while still with Rome

 

Mat 7.15

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing

but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

 

Are there false prophets today? My computer thesaurus lists synonyms for “charlatan” which is what false prophets really are: impostor, fake, fraud, swindler, con, quack, counterfeit, pretender, con artist, & sham. Do you listen/watch one on radio/TV? “Come on, Bryan, I’m smarter than to pay attention to crafty guys.” I hope so, but having worked with & watched humans “foibles” & stronger, “carnality” for 70 yrs: when I was still a student & as teacher & pastor; I warn YOU are not above being deceived. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hear what he really is saying *and what he is NOT saying* (that he should). – 5/24/20

 

“There is no body of literature in the world

which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.”

– F F Bruce

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1Co 15.19 +

1Co 15.19

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ,

we are of all men most miserable.”

 

“Consistent living on the part of God’s people

is the condition to obtaining the answer to prayer.”

– T M Anderson

 

You are NOW deciding who YOUR heroes are: 1.) A guy who carries a ball so many yards, 2.) A man who builds the Indy 500 winner, 3.) A fellow who took a bullet in Vietnam, 4.) Or, hear it, OR God’s servant who’s being faithful to many (or few) at his preaching/educating/medical center on foreign soil. AND, who your hero is, may well decide who your child’s is. – 5/18/20

 

“Sin cannot remain alone,

it must win others.”

– E B Annable

 

CHOOSE THE MILD

A day of choice comes to every man and child,

To follow the Meek & Lowly, or satan, mean & wild,

To take the way, narrow and right

Or the way of confusion, sin & blight.

O choose, friend, the Christ, He is so mild.

– eab, May  2013

 

Have you heard of Fox’s Book of Martyrs? Have you read it? (No, not read a brief abridgement; No, not have your seen it made into “a movie” – nearly, of not exactly, impossible.) This Classic was once 2nd only to the Holy Scriptures in the readership of English Christians.  I’ve told students &/or church people read it in the morning – it could scare you to read it after dark. His historical accounts (some brief, some more detailed) covering over 350 pages are factual. Facts too few moderns know. I urge you to read it. – 5/23/20

 

“Ignorance of the Holy Scriptures is the cause of all evils.

If we go unarmed to battle how can we escape?”

– Chrysostom

 

Mat 7.22-23

“Many will say to me…Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? & in thy name have cast out devils? & in thy name done many wonderful works?

“…Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

 

As an adult you shouldn’t have to be told, all who name the name of Christ are not true followers. Nor, should you have to be told all churches (or clusters thereof) who call themselves “christians” are not Christians. The “ecumenical folks” want you to overlook this second sentence. “Oh, they use a bible (many times not the preserved Text – reason for small “b”). “They respect an historical Jesus” etc. Friend, for the sake of your wife & children, for the sake of the group with whom you worship, for the sake of Your Never Dying Soul. Don’t accept the ecumenical push we’ll may feel (IMO) coming down the pike. 5/23/20

 

“…How far is love even with many wrong opinions

to be preferred before truth without love!”

– John Wesley

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1Co 14.40 +

1Co 14.40

“ Let all things be done decently and in order.”

 

“If you don’t have a hungering for holiness

you have reason to question your relationship with God!”

– V O Agan

 

“Women get preached at so much – it seems unfair.” Be honest now; haven’t women been a snare to men with their low neckline, high hemline, & flirtatious eye liner? It’s a pleasure to speak to a woman without having to fight the temptation to look at a part of her body she’s purposely revealing. Be lady-like gals, teach your daughters to dress careful, & encourage your granddaughter when/where you can be to ladies. One more thing, please stand, sit, & walk like a lady. It’s all parts of the whole. – 5/17/20

 

“The carnal nature is the thing that makes you sore

when you get hurt.”

– T M Anderson

 

IT’S REAL NAME    

Some call  it Humanity,

Which in all  Reality,

Is the gall of Carnality.

– eab, 5/18/09

 

Why are Christians drawn to “christian speakers” who believe less than they believe theologically? who aren’t as careful about separation from the world as they are? and whose life lacks depths they view as Biblical? Why do they travel miles to hear, seek autographs, read his books, watch his videos? [I hasten to say there’s a difference between a one-time-curious visit & becoming a fan.] I fear too many have become a follower of “X” because they heard/saw a church/college leader show too much admiration for “said speaker.” Pastor, school official, I can’t urge you too much, be very careful who you “set up.” Pray for discernment – he may, someday, prove a huge disappointment. – 5/21/20

 

“Whatever the sin-made world happens to be clamoring after at the moment

is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers only the religious product is better.”

– A W Tozer

 

Mat 4.10

“…Get thee hence, satan: for it is written,

Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

 

I’ve loved America, have enjoyed driving in 49 states (many of them multiple times) & was always glad to return to her after the several times I crossed the Atlantic, Pacific, or parts thereof. But, hear me – Please hear me – now is not the time for you to become more “patriotic.” Now is the time for you to increase your Loyalty to Heaven & to The Trinity. Christ does not approve of His child dying for some earthly patch of rock, water & soil. But He wants us ready to stand for Him & His eternal Word. Are you? Am I? -5/22/20

 

“The only protection against compromise is a continual growth in grace.”

– author unknown (Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist?)

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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.”

 

“Love is without hate, faith is without doubt,

humility is without pride, meekness is without anger.”

– Wm McDonald

 

START – This very day depending on God’s Word. If you think you’re already doing that, amend your reading/studying habits to rely on It more. It is true. When we understand It – It is true. When we don’t understand It – It is true. Nothing is as reliable as the Bible. In this age of dependence on media we’re surrounded by a swirl of lies & lies will drown us, if we don’t stand on the Rock of Truth, God’s Word. -5/19/20

 

“Our greatest responsibility besides prayer

is in study.”

– Richard Miles

 

GOD OR GOLD

You will serve God or you will serve gold.

Make your contrary assertions ever so bold,

And claim the truth has not been told.

But the love of money is the root of all evil,

The love of gold leads directly to the devil.

Gold can be shaped in various known forms,

It can appear average or far from the norms,

One is pulled to the sciences, another to the arts,

One is lulled to amalgamations, one leaves things in parts,

One seeks gold directly, another seems it to “hate,”

But gold’s the one attraction of sinners, early or late,

And – – – you will serve God or you will serve gold.

– eab, 5/21/08

 

I’m glad I don’t’ see, after the death of Mr X or Mrs Q, people saying “I’m sure he’s burning in hell now” nor “Hell’s gained another prisoner” etc. We shouldn’t wish anyone eternal torment nor assign a soul to go below. “Bryan, why are you saying this?” Because, Friend, we too freely assume Mr Y or Mrs R are in heaven. Going to heaven is Very Special! Only those who’ve repented & obtained a holy heart are admitted. Going to church won’t “Get your in.” Doing good deeds won’t “Get you in.” Be more concerned about being ready yourself, than assuming a deceased friend is in heaven. – 5/21/20

 

“…Modernists…are…happy to talk about Jesus but they do not want the Jesus who denounced

the Pharisees & told them they were of their father the devil.”

– Carl McIntire

 

Luk 16.23

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, &

 seeth Abraham afar off & Lazarus in his bosom.”

 

At times I’ve posted a quote by a man with an earned PhD. He spent hour upon hour, for yrs in serious study at a recognized collegiate institution or seminary & produced a required paper or book. I respect his dedication & effort. I’ve known several men who’ve been given an honorary degree, some of whom did creditable but non-academic work & some who were given it as a favor. Though I may agree they should receive honor, often their accomplishments didn’t equal the strain of an earned doctorate & seldom, if ever, should they be called “Dr.” The desire to be called “Dr.” is a dangerous – 5/19/20

 

“Fellowship is precious in the Lord.

He alone gives it. It is an unspeakable gift.”

– Carl McIntire

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