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Mat 5.8 +

Mat 5.8

“Blessed are the pure in heart:

for they shall see God.”

 

“By learning a man may acquire knowldge; by knowledge, reduced to practice, experience;

& from knowledge & experience wisdom is derived.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

Individuals with holy hearts (clean from pride, hatred, jealousy etc.) are happy. As opportunities arise they’re happy to tell others about inward purity. “Well, I wouldn’t want to say I was pure inside, it could sound like I was bragging.” Please understand, no person is pure of themselves. So, to speak of this miracle is to “Brag” on Jesus. Without His sacrificial gift no one is clean. With His death & resurrection we can be pure. All the glory belongs to Jesus. All. Of. It. Now & forever!

– 5/26/19

 

 “[Some] are fond of displaying their human credentials. These are easily shown;

those that come from God are out of their reach.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

EDEN? NO, BETTER

Poison ivy didn’t grow in the bowers of Eden

Or, if it did, it wasn’t poisonous there.

And the wolf didn’t live in the glens of the Garden

Or, if so, he was gracious to share.

 

We can look back in anger at Adam’s great sin

And we can wish to have lived in his place.

But there cometh a day much like Eden and better,

For all the redeemed,

ALL the redeemed of our whole race.

– eab, June 1986

 

“…The central part of Pentecost is the Person

…the Holy Spirit…”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

You can go to heaven. Yes, you & You & YOU. The voice that says you can’t go there is satan – he’s a liar. But listen closely – you’ll have to want to go be with Jesus MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE! Drop everything that hinders you from being in the presence of Christ. Please hear me, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. There will be no “dyed-in-the-wool” republican (or democrats) in heaven. There’ll be no lovers of pleasure (more than they loved God). Die out to money, recognition, fame (yes even fame within church circles). You can go UP but it will take all the manhood you have. Ready?

– 6/11/19

 

Mat 5.48

“Be ye therefore perfect,

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

 

“…Philip was living close enough to God, he could discern that it was God.

So he hurried down to Gaza.”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

“THAT will not happy at ‘x’ Christian school” (the one of your choice). “They’ll never have immorality between staff & student.” “They’ll not teach a compromised theology of holiness.” “They’ll not wink at the defining lines between purity & the world.” Oh? Please, I’m not advocating being carnally suspicious – But you & I need a holy watchfulness. Write no man (or organization) a “blank check.” All are accountable. – 6/14/19

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Rev 22.11 +

Rev 22.11

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: & he which is filthy, let him be filthy still:

& he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: & he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

 

“Canst thou be happy while thou art unholy…

Canst thou love him a little without desiring to love him more?”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

23 of 46 “…Pride & arrogancy…do I hate”(Pro 8.13).

Isa 25.11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their PRIDE together with the spoils of their hands.

 

“Such is the nature of God that he cannot be more willing

to save thee in any future time than his is now.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

HERE – THERE

Don’t be angry with signs of age:

Wrinkles, slower gait, the “hair” you fear.

These, from God’s not-so-subtle page,

Show that soon you’ll no longer be here.

Here on earth, as beautiful as it can be,

Here on earth with sea, the bee, the tree

Here with the multitudes like you and me.

He is wanting/waiting for us to prepare

To be with the Trinity up there.

There, sin may be remembered not,

There, love is perfect, not lukewarm, but hot,

And There holiness dwells on every “city lot.”

Not all people age, but those who do – – –

Have clear warnings. Tell Him, “Thank You!”

– eab, 6/14/16

 

So – you plan to spend eternity with God? I kindly ask, Are you sure? Does the fraction of time (a few minutes out of a day, or even 1 hour of 24) indicate we really enjoy His presence? Please do not think I saying all prayer time is on our knees – we can/should pray while driving a car/tractor, while doing daily tasks, while even in conversation. I urge us (you & me) to increase our fellowship time with God, Now.

– 6/14/19

 

Eph 4.22

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,

which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts”

 

Sadly the day’s arrived when a church dare not automatically expect a graduate of “x” Bible college to be a holiness preacher. A church could have an application form for a pastor. Among several questions (How much is he in debt? Why did he leave his last position? What’s his stand on divorce & remarriage? etc.) have him explain his beliefs about the 1.) filling of the Spirit, 2.) death to the “old man” 3.) When is the last time he preached an entire message on the necessity of being sanctified? Some church may need this today. – 6/14/19

 

“…This poem [Psa 119] is not & does not pretend to be a sudden outpouring of the heart like say Psalm 18. It is a pattern a thing done like embroidery stitch by stitch through long quiet hours for love of the subject & for the delight in leisurely disciplined craftsmanship.”

– C S Lewis /Reflections on the Psalms/

 

I do NOT agree with the sodomites commandeering the colors of the “rainbow.” Never. Reality check? They have. And (IMO) are not likely to give them up. I don’t use these colors behind my posts if possible. Nor am I likely to click “like” for your post if it has rainbow colors (though I may agree with the words). They had no right to swipe these. Sadly, in similar fashion, tongues speaking” churches, had no right to commandeer the word Pentecostal. (Holiness people, non-tongues speaking, are the true Pentecostals. (Credit: Ward French) But since public perception is otherwise, I don’t refer to myself as a Pentecostal.

– 6/13/19

 

“Of all bad men religious men are the worst. Of all created beings the wickedest is one who originally stood in the immediate presence of God.”

– C S Lewis /Reflections on the Psalms/

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1Sa 2.3 +

1Sa 2.3

“Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth:

for the LORD is a God of knowledge & by him actions are weighed.”

 

“But pride, that busy sin, spoils all that I perform…”

– Isaac Watts – quoted by A Clarke

 

22 of 46 “…Pride & arrogancy…do I hate”(Pro 8.13).

Isa 23.9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the PRIDE of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.

 

“Pride works frequently under a dense mask

& will often assume the garb of humility.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

PAINTED TOE

Why the painted finger nail, the painted toe?

Does paint make more healthy? Is it for show?

Paint on the body draws cheap attention.

Let your mind, & soul, be your best attraction.

– eab, 6/12/13

 

WORLD, 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

 

You are a student, a farmer, an entrepreneur or a homemaker. There are 3 or 4 things you must do today, 1 of which you dread – which do You do last? Let me to encourage you – do the worst first. Get that hardest subject studied first, do the worst chore first, make yourself accomplish the toughest task first. From there “it’s all down hill.” The Triune God has made the worst first for the child of God – earth is the roughest (yes it can be hard at time) you’ll know. But if you fail to believe God & go to hell (Heaven forbid) earth’s problems will look like a picnic. – 6/12/19

 

Rom 3.4

“…Let God be true, but every man a liar…”

> Everyman: be he politician, PhD, or parent. <

 

My parents (Bless the memory of Clyde & Ruth Bryan) taught me to never call a man a liar. That was good advice – may have saved me from getting my face re-arranged. Please stop calling God a liar – – – oh, hopefully no reader does it verbally but there’s danger, a real danger, in doubting His promises, especially those which “jump off the page” for you. Believe God. Believe His Word. If/when we doubt God (that’s the opposite of belief) we are in effect saying that God is not telling the truth. That is Super Serious. – 6/12/19

 

“You have free will & if you choose you can push Me away.

But if you do not push Me away understand that I am going to see this job through…”

– C S Lewis /Beyond Personal/

 

You’ll someday no longer be worldly – not in appearance, nor attitude or nor amusement. Hopefully you will surrender these & so love Christ that they disappear from your life. Voluntarily. Or, hear it, or you die & leave all worldliness behind. (Yes, I also have seen a corpse which looked worldly, but we both know the real person was not there.) Friend, since you must – one way or the other – forsake all this world, why not do it now? Do it voluntarily, for Jesus sake, rather than have it torn from your dying fingertips?

– 6/12/19

 

“How monotonously alike all the great tyrants & conquerors have been:

how gloriously different are the saints…”

– C S Lewis /Beyond Personal/

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Isa 3.16 +

Isa 3.16

“…The daughters of Zion are haughty & walk with stretched forth necks & wanton eyes,

walking & mincing as they go, & making a tinkling with their feet.”

 

“The Old Testament plan did not claim efficacy for itself,

but constantly looked ahead to something of which it was but the type.”

– V O Agan, ’55 Conf. Sermon

 

21 of 46 “…Pride & arrogancy…do I hate”(Pro 8.13).

Isa 16.6 We have heard of the PRIDE of Moab; he is very PROUD: even of his haughtiness, and his PRIDE, and his wrath. but his lies shall not be so.

 

“Man is a worshipping being. Every man, woman or child has something

to which he pays homage in a religious way.”

– V O Agan, ’55 Conf. Sermon

 

WHAT MANNER OF MAN IS THIS?              

What manner of Babe is this, born in the hay there?

What manner of Child, visited by eastern kings?

What manner of Youth, in the temple seeing truth?

What manner of Man, on which a love-Dove wings?

What manner of King, freeing all who where slaves?

– eab, Jun. ’80

 

The only birth that really matters is the New Birth!

I seriously question that saints in heaven pay much (if any) attention to their earthly BD.

And – – – sinners in hell, sadly wish they’d Never been born.

6/10/19

 

2Th 2.10

“…They received not the love of the truth,

that they might be saved.”

 

If you don’t love truth as you once did; you’re in trouble. Pray until you love truth – even when it hurts.

If heaven doesn’t excite you as it once did; you’re in trouble. Ask God to restore the joy of salvation.

– 6/10/19

 

“…There is nothing that makes us love a man

as much as praying for him…”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

 

Please, Friend, Oh, Please stop using the Bible & its stories as cheap humor. The Holy Bible is just that, HOLY, & should be taken as seriously by us, as it is by GOD, The Author.

– 6/10/19

 

“The greatest idea that we can frame of God

is when we conceive of him to be a Being of infinite love & goodness…”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

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1Jo 2.17 +

1Jo 2.17

“…The world passeth away & the lust thereof:

but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

 

“‘Love ye your enemies’…the most sublime precept ever delivered to man…a false religion durst not give…without supernatural influence, it must be forever impracticable.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

You once lived a life less like the world. Due to parental restraints, or christian school rules, or Best, God’s leadership for you, there were places you didn’t go, words you didn’t say, items you didn’t wear. You can return, prodigal, to Father’s house, If you really want to, If you want to go to heaven (& want to miss hell) more than anything, repeat, Anything. You can be holy. Will it be easy? Frankly, it will take all the manhood / womanhood any of us possess to make heaven. Come back, I beg you, come back. – June 2019

 

 “Ten lepers could associate together because partaking of the same infection;

civil society is generally maintained because composed of a leprous community.”

– Adam Clarke, /ChristianTheology/

 

OLD BOY

Time was when we were all boys;

Our dads and grandpas were the men,

Standing strong and tall behind us,

A type of “God,” way-back when.

But “Time was” does not conveniently stay,

Time illusively passes, to pass away.

The dad and grandpa lie in yonder hill

We “boys” must their shoes try to fill.

Be strong “old boy.” Do God’s fine will.

– eab 6/6/10

 

“…Let’s cultivate that sensitivity, that keenness of the approval

or disapproval of the Holy Spirit.”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

There was a day scores (hundreds?) of holiness churches had “Holiness Unto the Lord” at the front of the sanctuary. A number of the white frame or soft-brick structures have been re-placed & sadly, in some cases this significant sign was “mis-placed.” If your congregation believes in, & practices holy living, it’s a great plan to “say so” inside or outside the church. If that is currently impossible, use the Lord’s Day “hand-out” to alert visitors that holiness is available to them & available within these very walls.

– 5/26/19

 

Psa 30.4

“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his &

give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”

 

“You & I must be willing to live so close to God

that He can check us on something that He may not check somebody else on.”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

“Thy Kingdom come…for Thine is the Kingdom…forever…” Hopefully readers recognize these as words – Key Words – in the prayer Jesus told His disciples. Matthew’s Gospel has “kingdom of heaven” 31 times (at least). Luke’s Gospel has “kingdom of God” 32 times. His Kingdom is important to Christ. Is It important to you – be honest? (The devil wants us to love with this world & its fleeting “kingdoms” & to ignore or at least, not prioritize “Thy Kingdom.”)

– 5/26/19

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1Jo 4.1 +

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.”

 

“The world wars would never have broken out but for evolution & modernism.”

– V O Agan, ’55 Conf. Sermon

 

20 of 46 “…Pride & arrogancy…do I hate”(Pro 8.13).

Isa 9.9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the PRIDE and stoutness of heart

 

“This generation is smitten with traveling preachers.

The thing we need is travailing preachers.”

– V O Agan, ’55 Conf. Sermon

 

UP THE AISLE IN WHITE [part of Phillip/Heather’s wedding song]

Here she comes today up the aisle in white.

She’s lived for this moment a long, long time.

She’s going to marry this man for life.

Here he stands, waiting for her heart.

Waiting to do his manly part;

To Love her as Christ loved the church.

Chorus

Marriage is a wonderful thing!

Marriage is a wonderful thing.

Its foundation stones were Divinely laid;

Its not an institution man has made.

Marriage is a wonderful thing.

It’s to be fruitful and to be multiplied;

That the Triune God may be glorified.

Marriage is a wonderful thing. – eab, March 1995

 

As a Christian you need to seriously question every “official” worldly story. “…The prince of the power of the air” [satan] is “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”(Eph 2.2). The world’s in charge of much (all?) of the news we get & is therefore aligned with satan, the liar. Much news & too much history were “made” or magnified by satan. The devil tells people what he wants to & we, as Christians, have been too gullible.

– 6/6/19

 

1Th 4.7

“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness,

but unto holiness.”

 

Don’t spend too much time improving water, electric power, bridges, etc. in the land where you’re a “missionary” – others (who don’t know Christ or are not ministers for Holiness) can do these. If you’re sanctified you see the need for the nationals of “x” country to be purified from carnality & filled with the Holy Spirit. Yes, even education can fit here. Educated heathen go to hell – but the heathen who’re redeemed & Spirit-filled don’t. You’re not there to improve “earth life” but to preach Eternal Life.

– 6/6/19

 

“…Till the last trumpet calls him to judgment; where the inquiry will be how humbly, how devoutly, how purely, how meekly, how piously, how charitably, how heavenly, we have spoken, thought & acted.”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

 

Is Christ the center of your daily conversations?

Is He the center of your devotions?

Does the Bible make up a high percentage of your reading?

– 6/6/19

 

“The soul & the body are so united that they have each of them

power over one another in their actions.”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…Life/

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2Co 12.9 +

2Co 12.9

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:

for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

 

“…There is a blessed variety in the personal leadings of the Holy Ghost & if we follow…our testimonies no two will be alike, & no trite expression will mar the beauty of their originality or of their inspiration.”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness…Human Element/

 

Returned last night from days in Ohio: first a granddaughter’s senior recital (May 30) & then helping Phillip & Heather move. Friday, May 31, I drove their older vehicle to Cincy, worked for hours & drove it back to Adams Co. Saturday, Jun 1, drove their old van pulling a trailer to Cincy, worked for hours & drove van to their home. As my car didn’t have enough gas, I drove older van to church & back on June 2. On Monday I was able to work only at their “new” house (sadly Phillip had to make a run), helping unload chicken coop, helping unload 2 other trailers, & do some straightening in shop. Yesterday I drove our car to Cincy, & my wife was able to rest at Hausman’s while Phillip & sons & I loaded boards, pipe, blocks, & misc. for a final trip for Adams Co. but the Bryans headed to our home this time. MOVING IS A JOB!!!

– 6/5/19

 

 “Nothing good can be said of carnality.

It is evil, only evil & always evil…”

– H A Baldwin, /Holiness…Human Element/

 

HORIZONS (an eab favorite)

Horizons we see but cannot meet,

Arrive where they were, they aren’t at your feet.

Horizons so far, so distant, so grand,

We never quite meet one, try as hard as we can,

Run ever so fast, climb ever so high,

Horizons tease onward, where mountain meets sky.

The horizon I speak of, of course is the one

Where geographic forms collide with the sun,

When the day star slips behind mineral and bark,

Its swift run, won, and leaves us in dark.

But another horizon exists and calls,

Where the laborious wave decidedly falls,

On the water-worn land of a battered old beach,

Where quartz and univalves mutually bleach.

The man who wanders there is pleased to have found,

An horizon he conquers; where sea meets the ground.

Where the Main laps or lunges at his feet in the sand,

And challenges ever the presence of land.

The horizon here found is attainable, close;

Not an illusion – a tangible coast.

A goal that is reached, a boundary that’s set;

This dry solid earth, this mysterious wet.

And man’s spirit here feels so light and so free,

At the very boundary, The boundary of earth and sea.

– eab, June 1976

 

“If you are trifling with one sin,

you have all the potentialities of the whole catalog.”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

Six years ago tonight my loving wife had her stroke – Life’s Road changed: a few more “rocks,” a slower pace; but we know it could’ve been much worse. The Lord had given sweet leadership across every move since college (not one change out of His will) but never did He more clearly show direction than on March 5th (Jer 4.6b “…Retire, stay not…”) 3 mo. to the day, before her stroke. We’ve spent a lot of time together & still love each other J. “God is Good,” greatest understatement in this world, is true & it’s true for us. Praise. His. Name.

– 6/5/19

 

1Th 4.3

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,

that ye should abstain from fornication”

 

“You cannot sin with immunity…For all eternity

you will live on with it in its destroying & killing effects.”

– S D Herron, sermon

 

The devil wants you to desire what you can’t have: wealth of the richest man in town, power of a local politician, or your neighbor’s pretty wife. He wants you to be unhappy, discontent, frustrated.

The Lord wants you to have seek & find all you CAN have: your sins forgiven, the carnal nature removed, & you growing in Christ. He wants you happy, content, & on your way to heaven. Which for you?

– 6/5/19

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