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Psa 139.23 +

Psa 139.23

“Search me, O God & know my heart:

try me & know my thoughts:”

A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.”

– Jeremy Taylor

God spoke the first recorded word – it was “Let”(Gen 1.3) In the 5th verse before the Bible ends, God uses that same word 3 times “…Let him that heareth say, Come…Let him that is athirst come. And…Let him take the water of life freely”(Rev 22.17). Hallelujah! In between, God’s inspired penmen wrote “Let” over 1200 times. I like (love) the words of God. I like the word “Let.” Are you looking for a new Study Theme as you re-read a Book, or re-read the entire NT? Study the words/phrases with follow the word “Let.” – 10/15/20

Love is friendship set on fire.”

– Jeremy Taylor

Give chapter & verse where Jesus said, “Peter, I’m proud of you.” Or where the Lord said, “You disciples make me proud.” Where did Paul write of being proud of a church? Name the place James, John, or Jude used Pride or Proud in any positive way. So – – – WHY, DO YOU INSIST ON TELLING SOMEONE YOU’RE PROUD OF THEM? “Lighten up, Bryan.” No, if God hates pride, so should we. – 10/20/20

sidetracks

The sidetracks are many

The main track is ONE.

Sidetracks lead to perdition

The main track leads to the Son.

– eab, 10/21/11     

satan is trying to make the Important: Salvation, Sanctification, Holy Living, look un-important. While, at the same time making team scores, a hollywood/disney movie, other trivia look “important.” Sir/Ma’am do you YET see that satan is fooling you? Have you seen YET that he is a liar. Your only hope to understand what’s Important is The Touch of Jesus to your blinded eyes. Run to Jesus today. YOU HAVE NO ASSURANCE YOU’LL BE ON EARTH TOMORROW. – 10/21/20  

“What Scripture tells us that the Spirit will be withdrawn in the tribulation?

 None.” 

– L L Pickett

Rev 22.19

“…if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life…”

A PRAYER – “O God, raise up across our land, men & women who hunger for, seek, & find holy hearts. Then raise from them, I pray, a new crop of men to live & preach holiness. Send forth sanctified men in their teens & twenties, middle-aged men, & older men who unabashedly preach the power of Christian Perfection. Along beside them please raise up mothers, sisters, wives & daughters to pull on God in secret closets. O, how we need a fresh Pentecost of holy living, holy fire. Amen & Amen.” – 10/21/20

“A faith that cannot be tested

 cannot be trusted.”

– Paul Pierpoint, 3/4/01

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Psa 133.1 +

Psa 133.1

“Behold, how good & how pleasant it is

for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

“…The Holy Ghost resists the proud & will not dwell with them…

every proud spirit is a hertic, not in act & deed yet before God.”

– Martin Luther

It may surprise you but two tools can NOT be different, yet exactly alike. Two vehicles can’t be different yet the same. Nor two books – – – including the Good Book. The better tool may outlast the cheaper by a work-season or two. The better vehicle may get another 100K or a better trade-in. REMINDER these are earthy values. The Real Bible will outlast your life. It will outlast the lives of all your children & grands. In fact, It will outlast Earth below & the heavens above. Don’t settle for any lesser “Bible” The imitators are NOT the same. Impossible. – 10/16/20

“Yoga is the very heart of Hinduism.

It it sold in the West as science but in fact is religion.” 

– T A McMahon

Some of the saddest people on earth believe – but they believe the news of un-reliable, sinful men.

The gladdest people on earth also believe – they Believe, Read, Memorize Good News: God’s eternal Word. Friend – you ARE a believer (whether you believe it or not). And – – – God allows you to choose if you believe some fallen “news guy” or you Believe God, His Son & His Blessed Spirit. – 10/19/20

I believe

I believe in the Father

In the Spirit and the Son

I believe they are separately three

Yet unitedly, lovingly One.

I believe God so loved the world

That His Son He freely gave

To redeem the human race

Bought back from being a slave.

I believe Christ was born

To an unwed, pure mother.

That He lived a sinless life

Sinless.  As no earthly Other.            

I believe that He was killed

On a sad Judean hill

At the right time, right place

Prophesy to fully fulfill.

I believe He was then buried

In a rich but borrowed tomb

And that in three days He fled

From that earthly “womb.”

I believe He appeared then

To His disciples, ”as He said”

Ate fish and honey comb

Fully alive, though once fully dead.

I believe He lead them to the mount

From which He bodily ascended

Left them gazing upward

Left. His teaching, not comprehended.

I believe He sent then His Spirit

To comfort and fill all who believe.

Pentecost is corporate and personal

God indwells all who Him receive.

And I believe Christ will come again

Triumphant, as on Sacred page.

Come King of kings, Prince of Peace,    

His kingdom the end of the age.

I believe all the above

Have believed it for many years

I believe He saved and fills my soul

Perfect love allays all fears.

– eab, 10/20/11

Question – What’s worse than a big tree near your house? Answer – a big DEAD tree near your house. It can fall on you. I agree, there are peculiar “christians.” There may even be a Christian whom you fear. But allow me to say who you really need to fear – people who appear to be christians but are spiritually DEAD. Fear them. If/when they fall they may crush your home in ways neither one of us want to discuss. – 10/20/20   

“It is easier for most men to walk with a perfect heart in church,

or even in the world, than in their own families.”
Adam Clarke

Rev 12.10

“…Now is come salvation & strength & the kingdom of our God & the power of his Christ:

for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day & night.”

The devil does not love you. He uses you. You are a mere pawn in his war against the Lord.

Sinners do not truly love you. They’re busy loving their every-expanding worldly appetites.

Saints love you through the love given them by God, but are themselves human, therefore limited.

God, the source of love, absolutely greatest Being, loves you. Love Him in return. Now & always! -10/20/20

“Christ loves little children because he loves simplicity & innocence;

He has sanctified their very age by passing through it himself.”

Adam Clarke

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Psa 127.1

Psa 127.1

“Except the LORD build the house,

they labor in vain that build it…”

“We should not ask God for anything new

until we receipt Him for what He’s already done.”

– J Wesley Adcock

Was privileged to attend a service the other night where Bro Keith Ledford brought an anointed message. He dealt with the ZION (his word for the current holiness movement) & our danger of become “has-beens.” The Spirit was with him as he called for a renewed preaching of Holiness. It was nice to see/sense God presence during the preaching. God moved at least 4 adults & 8-10 (do not have an exact count) youth to the altar or front seat. May the Lord lead them all into Perfect Love. – October 2020 

“If you’ve lost [the] joy,

you’ve lost God.”

V O Agan

New Pastor – may I have your ear? You need to pray, study, preach – you know this & hopefully are working on them.  *Are you knocking on doors of the neighbors of the church?* Upon how doors did you knock last week?  “I don’t know.” You ought to know. If you don’t give an account to the deacons at quarterly meeting, make yourself accountable to yourself. Don’t allow yourself to go 2 weeks (unless on vacation) in a row without knocking on a neighbor’s door. – 10/19/20

THE FLICK

The devil has moved, Oh, so slick,

Using motion – the picture “flick,”

Till saying words, even to preach,

Seems calm to adequately reach

Those enamored by satan’s trick.     

– eab,  10/19/06

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice…”(Rom 12.15); how literally do you take this? It means, to me, we shouldn’t attend a wedding etc. of which we do not approve: 1.) It’s a second marriage for either one (their 1st mate being alive), 2.) or it’s a professing christian & an obvious sinner, 3.) or one of the two is marrying (it seems to you) too close to the death of his/her 1st mate. If you can’t be truly happy that “x” is marrying “y,” stay away. – 10/19/20 

“He who would learn to pray well, must first study God’s Word,

& store it in his memory & thought.” 

– E M Bounds

Mat 11.28 & 30

“Come unto me, all ye that labor & are heavy laden & I will give you rest.

… “For my yoke is easy & my burden is light.”

God doesn’t mind you thinking; in fact He encourages thinking – “Come now & let us reason together saith the Lord…”(Isa 1.18) – Honest thinking will lead you to Christ. 

satan doesn’t want you to think. That is one of the main reasons satan pushes so many of his people toward entertainment. Thousands work for hollywood, disney, & others (directly or indirectly) & millions more (some professing to love Jesus) are hooked on watching such trash & sporting events. -10/19/20

“The responsibility is on the church to produce the atmosphere

conductive to young people getting the call.”

– L W Barbee

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Psa 100.4 +

Psa 100.4

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving & into his courts with praise:

be thankful unto him & bless his name.”

 

“Humility seeks not the last word

 not the first place.”

– Wm Penn

 

You left your “rightish” roots & attend a contemporary “evangelical” church (at least that’s what you try to think it is). You’re an insider with a “position” to fill each time they meet, you’re active in one of their golf foursomes, & they love to come to your cookouts. How can you possibly leave? That is a question with which you should wrestle. You remember Mom’s prayers, you had confidence in Dad’s consistency & you’re not seeing holy lives being lived at the church/social club you attend. Will you leave? I’ll be honest with you – it will take all the manhood (womanhood) you can muster to do so. Man-up/woman-up. Heaven will be worth it & your time could be over before the year is. – 9/24/20

 

“We are never more like Christ

than in prayers of intercession.”

– Austin  Phelps

 

Do you love Jesus? Is He *THE Reason* you want to go to heaven? (To see Him, To worship Him)

Please drop all ideas/words of going to heaven to see anybody else (Not mom, not dad, not wife, not husband, not baby etc.) Drop these ideas & ask God to forgive you for ever thinking on this level. Ask Jesus Christ to increase your love for HIM – He’s the One who died for you. – 9/28/20

 

FALL

Fall, that most brilliant of seasons,

With an aroma all its own,

Has for various reasons

On my affections grown.

 

It’s partly all the color;

Red? No, reddish brown?

Orange? It’s one or the other,

That leaf that just fell down.

 

And it’s partly the falling leaf;

A twirl, a spin, a sliding drop;

A sky dive, Oh, so brief

With the slightest clatter of a stop.

 

And it’s also that “fally” odor;

Corn in shock, ear on stem,

Leaves when they’re walked over,

As you crunch your way through them.

 

A major part, I must admit

Is school; a bell, a book;

A different room in which to sit,

To listen, learn, and look.

 

And – I might as well be honest,

I like pumpkin pie, a little squash;

All the nuts the trees rain on us.

And Delicious, Jonathan, and McIntosh.

 

Fall’s nice warm days and cool nights,

That hazy, smoky distant view,

The full, autumn moon that on us lights,

Those are truly reasons, too.

 

Oh, I know that fall must terminate

To winter; it is only just.

But I’ll enjoy autumn before it’s too late;

For enjoying fall is a must.

– eab Oct. 1975

 

Are you one of those “enlightened” pastors who’s found a “bible” you like better than the King James? (Was it only a yr or so ago, you were using a yet different “bible”?) I feel sorry for you. Someone (peer, you think is smart, pastor, you accounted as “progressive,” prof, you respect as intelligent) influenced you toward a dumbed-down version. You are missing who-knows-how-much, but I also feel sorry for your congregation – you’re cheating them with your modern substitute. 47 men of high learning, respected by much of Christian England, gave 4 yrs of their life to produce the CLASSIC Authorized Version. Stop trying to convince yourself that your peer (etc., above) is more linguistically astute than this cadre of scholars. – 9/29/20

 

“Preach the Word! Sing the Word! Live the Word! Anything outside of this has no sanction in heaven.” [Campbell’s biographer added here – Religious movies & plays which involved dramatizing spiritual truth & particularly the work of the Holy Spirit, were blasphemy to him.]  

Duncan Campbell

 

Eph 3.16

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,

to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”

 

Make your home simple to maintain & easy to shed both rain & snow. (Forget about trying to impress your neighbor.) Give it fewer corners, not more, make the roof the right pitch & use a material which will last with little care year-after-year. (Simple exterior may also save tax money.) “But I want our home to be elegant.” Fine, do the fancy things on the inside – where you actually live.

P.S. The above can apply a little to your body-home, as well to your house-home. – 9/30/20

 

The affluently rich full of snesuality & pampered…are…

occupied with what they eat…drink, how they amuse & sport themselves…”

– Adam Clarke

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Psa 100.3 +

Psa 100.3

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us,

& not we ourselves; we are his people & the sheep of his pasture.”

 

“It is dangerous to make man see too clearly his equality with the brutes without showing him his greatness. It is also dangerous to make his see his greatness too clearly apart from his vileness.”

– Blaise Pascal

 

“Music” plays an important roll in this fallen world. What’s called “christian music” plays a far too important roll in worldly churches. Now, ready of this? – – – Probably there’s never been a time in which more so-called evangelical & so-called holiness people are visiting “Gospel-Sings” (pastor “date-night”), calling in groups “to perform” &/or listening to such 24-7 on their phones. We’re being moved by notes (many from less-than-holy mouths), when we should be being moved by the “Word of the Lord.” – 9/6/20

 

 

“What you consider as your best excuse,

He considers as your greatest sin.”

– Edward Payson

 

Holy preaching is not entertaining to saints – they feel the Spirit moving & are praying for Him to move in a greater way. When a man is preaching in the Spirit, some sinners have attended “to be entertained” but once the Holy Ghost settled on them, the *fun* was over. If you think preaching is entertaining there’s a good possibility that you’re listening to a superficial speaker, a motivational speaker, some guy who does not know God, or knows Him only in a shallow way. – 9/30/20

 

LOST THEIR WAY

That they might find their way back

Back from across the track

Back from the slum and slim

They lost their glorious way

The way to Heaven’s bright day

Oh, may they return anytime.

– eab, 9/30/09

 

Snow comes down from Heaven. Rain comes from the same. Sleet & hail also come from Heaven. Soothing breezes & cooling winds have their source in Heaven. Dews are sent from above. All come down. What comes up from the earth? When a volcanoes explodes earth sends up gases (perhaps even foul or poisonous). Fire come from the earth. Brimstone &/or pumice flies up from the earth’s bowels. Smoke erupts from below & dust – a dust so small it may ruin man’s jet engines & change sunsets for month. I’ll take Heaven’s gifts that come down, anytime over earth’s (maybe even hell’s) convulsions. – 9/30/20

 

“We are the ambassadors to eternity in the courts of time,

& it is our business to permeate the courts of time with the atmosphere of eternity.”

Duncan Campbell

 

Mar 10.6

“But from the beginning of the creation

God made them male & female.”

 

Our world has changed. One of the unbelievable ways it’s changed is the blurring of the line between the sexes. Clothing’s been used for decades to help obliterate male from female. Hair length has been used by satan to distort the God-given man/women lines. Manly occupations have been invaded by some women (didn’t say ladies) & sadly a few jobs which were almost exclusively female are now done by males. Please, as a dad, a mom, do nothing to blur the lines with your children. And as a CHRISTAIN dad & mom ever strife to teach & exemplify the separation of the sexes. – 9/30/20

 

“Desire for revival is one thing;

confident anticipation that our desires will be fulfilled is another.”

Duncan Campbell

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Psa 100.2 +

Psa 100.2

“Serve the LORD with gladness:

come before his presence with singing.”

 

“Nothing would do more to rebut the infidelity & reliance on mere outward rites…

so much as a revival of Bible love, Bible reading, & Bible memorizing.”

– F B Meyer

 

God made man. Then God had His Son born of a virgin to become a Man. Christ became one of us & then died to save all of us. His death was real (Roman soldiers knew how to do their grisly “job.”) The resurrection of Christ as just as real as His death. He came back to life & is alive for evermore. We honor the Lord’s Day because that’s the Day of His glorious resurrection. Do you honor His Special Day?

– 9/20/20

 

“…The connection between ‘eagle spirits’ shamans, & today’s neo-prophetic seers

is unmistakable. This is the New Spirituality.”

– Mark Dinsmore

 

One of my ways of seeing fb is as a community bulletin board (put up many a B.B. in yrs as teacher/sch. administrator). You post your news & I post mine. I may see yours as light, even frivolous. You may see mine as dark, even heavy. It is a community board – I have no right to take a pen & scribble out a paragraph of yours that I do not like – nor, as I see it do you. If I totally disagree with your post I may sooner or later post one of my own but do it without reference to your post or using your name. – 9/21/20

 

New Saul

He had been a radical Jew,

Jailing “bad” Christians, not a few;

Then met their Leader, Christ, the Lord,

Exchanged metal for Living Sword,

Old Saul became Paul, “brand new.”

– eab, 9/29/08

 

Mom/Dad – please pay attention to the skirt length of your growing girl. Because it was long enough in the spring, is no sign it is this fall. “She’s just 8, where her hem is, is not that important.” Allow me to disagree. If you look-the-other-way at 8, she can become used to a shorter hems. P.S. The “leggings” which have become popular don’t substitute for a longer skirt. I’m seeing too many knees AND ABOVE where the girl (& maybe the parents) seem to think she’s OK. – 9/28/20

 

“Dying & death…are distinct things; there is something gloomy & melancholy about dying;

whereas death is nothing, but as it opens the way to glory.”

– Richard Watson

 

2Ti 3.2

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,

proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”

 

My wife & I became parents on a wonderful day in July 1964. We have had an “empty nest” since a glad/sad day in June 1995. We enjoyed almost all the days between (endured 1 or 2) & have had great relationships with all the four God loaned us. I’m posting this today because we’re still parenting, yes, these many yrs after births & marriages. And, I expect to keep on getting phone calls, visits, prayer requests. Was glad to find I was a father many moons ago & am still glad to be Dad who can listen to & pray with my kids. (BTW, they’re still my kids tho the youngest is already “middle aged” J.) – 9/29/20

 

What is spiritual freedom?

It is being ourselves in the Holy Ghost.”

– L W Sturk

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Psa 100.1 +

Psa 100.1

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD,

all ye lands.”

 

“…Students keep the school afloat financially. If the school does not offer psychology, ‘the number-two most popular major’ the students will go elsewhere…the school sinks economically.”

– T A McMahon

 

“Better to be an old maid than to wish you were one.” Famous words (at least to me) of my favorite high school teacher, Miss Reiss.

Better to be single with empty arms than to have allowed a cheap guy to talk you into sex & then you be left with a daughter (or worse, a son) to raise-by-yourself, while he runs off. – 9/26/20

 

“There is hope for any man

who thinks there is nothing in him.”

– D L Moody

 

It can sound spiritual to talk about Prayer. It seems good to preach about Prayer. It may help the writer (& may help the readers) to pen a book on Prayer. We can write songs & then sing about Prayer. Planning a stand-alone or series of classes may help men understand Prayer. But – ready for this – nothing, ah nothing, takes the place of you getting away to Pray. No fan fare, no announcements, no pics – just you & God. Him talking – you listening. You confessing – Him listening. – 9/28/20

 

FREE? — DEAD!

Time was when Mr. Leaf was attached,

Tied comfortably to his own home Tree.

He was close to his fellow brethren,

Greenish, growing in Tree liberty.

 

He had his function in the Body,

Helped the Tree (though he was slightly curled)

Gave the Tree his loving, living best,

Growing, glowing there above the world.

 

Then air took a little colder nudge,

“Autumn” as the human’s call it, fell.

Mr. Leaf got a tinge of color,

He did not seem to feel quite as well.

 

More cold came into his leafy world,

And a fall rain or two came his way.

The Leaf noticed he seemed less attached,

He began to enjoy his new sway.

 

A critical moment came to him;

He found himself loose from his home Tree.

 

From the Body he severed his ties.

Mr. Leaf was, at last, “really free.”

 

Oh, what a sinsation [1] this all was,

He found himself flying through the air

He could turn right, or he could turn left,

So different from when he was “up there.”

 

He actually got to see the world.

He saw things he had not seen before.

The Tree had limited his past life,

The world had variety in store.

 

As he moved away from his old Tree,

Mr. Leaf liked his new-fangled ride.

He even was lifted up so high,

Gladly he was proud, of his new pride.

 

How nice it was to slip through the air,

Giddy, to be caught up in the swirl,

He enjoyed mixing with other Leaves;

Raved in the charm of a sleek Leaf girl.

 

He did notice in honest moments,

He was closer to dirt than before.

But he swirled, swirled, forgetting that thought,

What fun it was to once freely soar.

 

Excitedly the world came closer;

He knew not how dangerous it was.

Dirt, from distance, had earthy appeal,

Up close he saw bling, it lacked the buz.

 

Swooping, slopping ever downward now,

Mr. Leaf landed in his descent.

The world was hard. He’d expected more,

Its hardness hurt, his old surface rent.

 

Was this stuff rock? Was this thing real mud?

After fun was he stuck to the ground?

Where was the freedom he thought he had?

Where was the “free life” he had just found?

 

His Body, his faithful old Tree stood,

It hadn’t moved; he’s the one who fled.

The Body (his lost Tree) was alive.

Mr. Leaf, with his “freedom” was dead. – eab, 9/28/09

 

Hopefully you know suicide is Wrong. (If you don’t – it’s this simple; murder is sin, self-murder is sin.)

Suicide ends your chance to ask God to forgive you & your chance to ask parents/siblings to forgive you.

Suicide begins a time of torture – a time without end. A timelessness you can’t imagine while still alive.

Suicide – satan lies telling you “It’s the way out.” Don’t listen (for a moment) to the enemy of your soul.

God – if you get 100% honest – can forgive sins & make you so you don’t want to commit suicide. 9/28/20

 

Beware of contentions in religion…whatsoever does not lead you

to love God & man more is most assuredly from beneath.

Adam Clarke

 

Luk 18.1

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end,

that men ought always to pray & not to faint”

 

How aware are you of symbols? You ought to research the 5-pointed & 6-pointed “star.” There are 3 reasons you should become alert to symbols 1.) Some are ancient & their old “meanings” still exist. 2.) Symbols cross linguistic lines – therefore are “read” by others – an international language. 3.) The last may be the most serious – symbols are used by occult & cultish people with deeper & more scary meanings. Please stop using 5 & 6-pointed stars on clothing, houses, stationary, both at church & home. – 9/28/20

 

Holiness as an ethical reality does not make one less than human

but more fully so.

Ray Dunning

[1] Purposefully “spelled” this way.

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Psa 91.2 +

Psa 91.2

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge & my fortress:

my God; in him will I trust.”

 

“What church or congregation has any respect for a minister who trims his preaching to the iching ears of the monied man in his church.”

– Carl McIntire

 

When’s the last time your church sang “Almost Persuaded” or “Jesus I Come” or “Lord, I’m Coming Home” or “Pass Me Not” or “There’s a Great Day Coming” or “Where He Leads Me”? Why are we no longer (or very seldom) singing songs which make people think about heaven, hell, or their souls? – Sept 2020

 

“Any mantra (like the Catholic rosary) violates Christ’s command to

‘Use not vain repetitions as the heathen’(Mt 6:7).”

– T A McMahon

 

“God & country” is not in the Bible. Whoever first said “God & country” (or said it so that it *stuck*) introduced a catchy term. People link these two together but you should question this non-Biblical bond. God is Eternal – no country lasts more than a few hundred yrs. God is All-powerful – no country has a fraction of His power. To attach these two is to lower God & to raise a hunk of the earth He created – putting “them” on equal footing. Please stop using this term – it’s degrading to the Almighty. – 9/27/20

 

LET ME KNOW

I must live in the place, where Thy glorious face,

Is seen from day to day.

Where the eternal essence, of Thine only presence,

Doth not fade away.

 

Let me sense, let me know, while still here below,

Heaven in my unworthy soul.

Place Gilead’s healing balm, replace storm with Thy calm

And make me every-wit whole!

– eab, Sep. ’81

 

Followers of Christ hold the Bible as The All-Important Book, with emphasis on the New Testament. Followers of cults (well-known & widely accepted or little-know & weird) don’t respect the Bible as paramount. They may mention It or have their own version of It printed, but watch closely. It is the Bible PLUS the sayings of their cult leaders & their emphasis may be more Old Testament than New. – 9/27/20

 

“The play-house became the temple of England.

Drama could noy be exhibited, nor privately read without blushes.”

– Able Stevens

 

Luk 16.22b – 23a

“…The rich man also died & was buried;

“…In hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,”

 

Some people became known at an early age because of a last name. Other people excelled (in a sport-crazed-age) at a game & gained recognition. Still others achieved academic awards, climbed “corporate ladders,” or became rich. And, sadly, some gained a name by just playing a part in a hollywood flick. All of the above die. If they didn’t renounce the world & believe Christ for forgiveness, they went to hell. Now an opinion – Hell may be a place where no-one knows another’s name, a place where fame is gone, a place even hotter if one was “known” on earth. Please leave your fame – do not go to that flame. – 9/27/20

 

It does not take a true Christian long to scent & detect

the ‘wild gourd in the pot.’”

– George  Straub

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Psa 91.1 +

Psa 91.1

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

 

“…Pride…is the mother of all heresies…”

– Martin Luther

 

Before you start to read your Bible each day bow your head. Ask the Almighty Author to meet with you. Ask Him to help you see what He wants you to see TODAY. (BTW, you are the one who must make your mind, *mind* & not wander off “to fix the hen house” while your eyes are sliding over Mat 5 or other passage.) Look for new truth. Connect what you reading with what you read yesterday. – 9/15/20

 

“Adam had more children than the three that are mentioned…

doubtless had many sons & daughters, full 200, I am persuaded.”

– Martin Luther

 

You are going to die. You are only going to die once. Your death may be the result of “natural causes” disease, accident, a plague. The devil would like to agitate you, to get you so broiling over that your soul has no peace at death & therefore plunges into hell. God, by holy contrast, died so you can die right. So whether in War or Peace your soul is at rest in Christ & will rise to the bliss of heaven forever. Do nothing to make your soul aggravated. Join no group which is pushing for war (civil or otherwise). Do not become so concerned about your *stuff* that you’ll die defending them – it are not worth you being up-set. Be ready to drop all earthly possessions that you may rise to true possessions in the skies. – 9/17/20

 

Threescore & Ten

When you near three score and ten,

And think life is about to end –

No, this is just the earthly part,

Cheer up. Obey. Take heart.

Eternal Life, saint, is around the bend.

– eab, 9/23/14

 

Human life has become less valuable in the last 100 yrs or so. Millions have been killed by American, British, French, German, Italian, Russian or other guns. Millions more have been killed in “legal” abortions. (Please stop drawing a line between war & the war on babies – it is an artificial line.) You & I are human or less-than-human as we accept or abhor this loss of human life. Parallel? Our spiritual life is up or down as we view the backsliding around us. Are you, am I praying, weeping in private, in public services, over the spiritual deadness we see & feel around us? – 9/19/20

 

“Holiness will peal paint, melt jewelry,

lengthen skirts & grow hair.”

– J D Stafford

 

Rev 1.8

“I am Alpha & Omega, the beginning & the ending, saith the Lord,

which is, & which was, & which is to come, the Almighty.”

 

The devil will use anything he can (& I mean ANYTHING) to distract you from being saved from ALL sin & sanctified holy. “Wine, women, & song” (line that is decades old), money, but also religion with a wagon-load of rites & rituals. Hobbies, collections, sports (team or individual), reading even historical research can all distract (& therefore side-track) you from the business of your personal salvation. – 9/22/20

 

Interest in Christian missions in pagan lands & city slum

 is a fair guage of the spirituality of an individual & of a church.”

– Daniel Steele

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Psa 90.12 +

Psa 90.12

“So teach us to number our days,

that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

 

“He has a right to criticize

who has a heart to help.”

– A Lincoln

 

Sadly we live in an age of images, many, many images. We have no control over that. Brother/Sister we DO have control over how many images we watch. We do have control over how many of these images we have on our clothing or on the clothing of our children. As Christians we need to be awake to the wiles of satan. Heed these words, “…Keep yourselves from idols…”(1Jo 5.21) & yes, some of today’s images may represent idols: openly or in disguise. – 9/22/20

 

“…Where the fear of God is not,

there can be no thirsting for grace or life.”

– Martin Luther

 

Looking for a preacher of righteousness or, OR, are you looking for a “speaker”? Do you want your church to have a sin-killing, Holy Ghost awakening or, OR, do you want to just have the obligatory fall “revival”? Do you want a man who gets his messages from God or OR, a man who’ll be acceptable to “Mr Money-Bags” or “Miss Paints-her-face”? If the “he” you’re trying to get has spoken at a church/mission retreat/college where holiness standards are weak, yea almost non-existent, stop. Get alone with God & ask Him who *HE* wants to preach In. This. Late. Hour. – 9/22/20

 

victory cry

“O death where is thy sting”

Has an un-familiar ring

To those unprepared to die.

But to the soul now sanctified

Walking by faith with “the Crucified,“

It’s a glorious, holy, victory cry.

– eab, 9/22/09

 

Wanting a wife? That’s a good & natural desire (“…It is not good that the man should be alone…”(Gen 2.18). Before you seek her too strongly, seek God with all your heart; first to get out of the sin business & then to have the Holy Spirit get carnality out of you. You see, my brother, a holy man wants a wife who’s different from what an unholy man wants. Still good looking? Yes. Nice personality? Yes. But a holy man with a holy wife gives God a wonderful pair to win a part of their world & to raise children for His Kingdom. God first, wife second. – 9/22/20

 

Ritual always appeals to the nursery. The…drapery, processions

& awesome ritual impress those who have no deeper vision.

Samuel Chadwick

 

Pro 18.22

“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing

& obtaineth favor of the LORD.”

 

The wonderful (& somewhat mysterious) Book of the Revelation suggests we’ll receive a new name above. That’s good. The name my parents gave me “Edgar” is different. I never went to grade sch or high with another Edgar. I didn’t attend college or seminary with another Edgar. Of the hundreds of students & parishioners the Lord’s allowed me to minister to, I’ve not had but one Edgar & he was in a short-term class I taught in Bogotá. But there are WHO knows how many Edgars, perhaps even born on my birth yr. I’m glad the Lord plans to give us a New Name in Glory. Praise the Lord. – 9/22/20

 

How does Jesus Christ teach a man to forget sin, By forgiving him.

How does a pagan teach a man to forget sin ‘Ignore it, think no more about it, realize yourself!’

Oswald Chambers

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