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1Pe 2.11 +

1Pe 2.11

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers & pilgrims,

abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”

 

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

Oba 3 The PRIDE of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

 

“His [Christ’s] presence did not drain you.”

– Carl M Eisenhart, sermon 2/11/18

 

To, when needed, apologize,

Is more important than to theologize.

– eab, 8/20/10

 

“When the church stays away from the altar

the world will stay away in a greater measure.”

– Carl M Eisenhart, 8/5/19

 

Your eyes are windows: You see out through them & friends see into your soul through them.

Your mouth is a door. Food & drink go into your body through it. Words, groans, whistles come out of your soul through it. – 8/15/19

 

Heb 10.39

“But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition;

but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

 

Why Read The Bible? The KJV came near the time “English” was being formed. King James was (as I understand) the most literary man who has occupied a throne. He’s said to have written more while King than any other reigning monarch. Happenstance? Probably not. James translated not a whiff of It, but his writing abilities enabled him to choose the best men to prepare this translation. When you read the Authorized Version Bible you’re reading a gem of “English” in its primary years. Enjoy! – 8/16/19

 

“If you’re a good listener,

He’s a good Leader.”

– Ken Thompson sermon, IHC, 4/17/18

 

You feel God is calling you to preach. You don’t feel He’s directing you to a Bible college. A problem? Not at all. Methodism’s greatest days were when few of their British or Am. men had a college education. What they did have was a deep desire to know & obey God. They spent hours a week studying His Word. And hours in prayer – a great training combination. Read your Bible systematically (Let God lead you to His system for you – no one knows your personality like He does.) Read only a few other books making sure they agree with Scripture. Preach the Word. – 8/20/19

 

“Pray without ceasing – like a mother with a sick child;

she may do other things but her mind is on the child”

– Ken Thompson, sermon 10/3/05

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Psa 40.10 +

Psa 40.10

“I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;

I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation…”

 

Begin to commit a verse here & there (or a cluster of vv) to memory, including reference. Repeat them as you work, use them in prayer, & God may well begin to bring them back to you when you preach. – 8/19/19

 

“…We may in general prolong our days by choosing wisdom

& shorten them by choosing folly.”

– John Fletcher, /Works II/

 

What makes home schooling better? The parent/teacher? The curriculum? The texts? The atmosphere? The “field trips”? In some homes the schooling is better for one or more of the above reasons. But in 1000’s of homes the uppermost reason for superior learning is love.

No one loves a child like a parent does. – 8/19/19

 

“…Janus of the fatalists who wears two faces

an angel’s face & a devil’s face…full of duplicity.”

– John Fletcher, /Works II/

 

Have you ever

Have you ever been made to wonder

When you hear majestic thunder,

The size and the color

Of God’s celestial drum?

Or when you see the whirl

Of a humming bird (boy, girl?)

What exactly does a hummingbird hum?

What is the true color

Of a woodpecker’s collar,

As he rat-a-tat tats his way through wood?

Or why we systematically,

Dislike the bumble bee,

Forgetting his pollination is all good.

Is the bark that you see

On yonder stately tree,

Gray, grayish or an odd brown?

And after the new rain

Does Mr. tree seem vain

That his bark, now wet, is toned down?

When a native or foreign goose

Is running on the ground loose

Has such a waddle to his walk,

But when he bye-n-bye

Takes to his “native” sky

We stare, or really do we gawk ?

– eab, Aug. 2010

 

“Every great spiritual movement begins with the ‘downs-and-outs’

& ends with the ‘ups-and-ins.’ ”

– A L Vess

 

2Ti 4.2

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;

reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering & doctrine.”

 

It seems there is “no end” of preachers whose “preaching” strikes someone’s fancy (Evangelical, Tongues, Baptist, Holiness, etc). But men who live as high or higher than they preach, are in limited supply. Oh, my holiness Brother (young enough to be my grandson/son, or my peer, or the few who are older) let us be on that list. – 8/19/19

 

“In their corrupt heathen religion they spake in tongues & were now trying

to bring the same heathen practice over into their Christian Church.”

– A L Vess

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Jam 1.15b & 16 +

Jam 1.15b & 16

“…Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

“Do not err, my beloved brethren.”

 

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

Hos 7.10 And the PRIDE of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.

 

“Gratitude is the blessing down in the soul that has to grow. And in order for it to grow it has to be expressed.”

– Carl M Eisenhart

 

CARNAL CARS?

Cars can be carnal expressions of the owner,

With flash, vroom, and speed.

Or, they can be necessary “evils.”

Bought and maintained by need.

It’s not the car alone (that can be seen)

The vehicle is the minor part,

Carnality can be “bright” or “black.”

The problem is always in the heart.

– eab, 8/17/09

 

“If damnation were not a reality then redemption would not have been necessary.

But death, judgment & hell are fearful realities.”

– Carl M Eisenhart

 

Holiness & worldliness are not found in the same life, at-the-same-time. (All who’re presently holy were once worldly & sadly, many worldly people, were once holy.) There’s an exception to the first statement – – – the new convert (without light on things “worldly”) may do old habits until God, in holiness, leads him upward & onward. – 8/18/19

 

Jam 3.11

“Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water & bitter?”

 

Many words are used to try to describe God – Isa 9.6 has a nice small list: “Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” – but no words or stack of words can properly picture Him. Man cannot describe the indescribable. If God fully described Himself man (at least while still in the flesh) could comprehend so little. However it is admirable to think, to meditate on His greatness, until we understand Him better above. – 8/18/19  

 

“The sin question is settled in the holiness heart!”

– Ken Thompson sermon, IHC, 4/17/18

 

Some will compromise for a degree of money.

Others will compromise for a degree of fame.

And, sadly, some will compromise for a Degree. – 8/18/19

 

“Are we adjusting to the Bible or to the darkness?”

– Ken Thompson

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1Ti 4.13 +

1Ti 4.13

“Till I come, give attendance to reading,

to exhortation, to doctrine.”

 

Have you had a “date” with your Bible today? Hopefully a Bible rests near your favorite chair. Read consistently in It, in other words have a system. Read with an open mind: Who it the main character now? What do I need to see here? Where is this story/passage in comparison to others? When did this take place? Why (in your opinion) was this included? You don’t have to know the answers to ask these & other important questions; but questions are spring-boards onto truths – don’t be afraid to use them. – 8/13/19

 

“To reject the Son of God manifested in the Spirit as worldly Christians…do is a crime of equal magnitude with that of the Jews who rejected Christ manifested in the flesh.”

– John Fletcher, /Works III/

 

Never confuse reformation with regeneration. Any disciplined man can reform & man thinking people do. No man (regardless of a strong will & good intention) can regenerate (rebirth, i.e. be “born again”) himself. We can come (as the Holy Spirit draws us) to Christ, we can submit or subject our will to Him, but He (He alone) does the New Birth in response to our faith. – 8/14/19

 

“…Gospel Axioms: 1) Our salvation is originally of God’s free grace.

2) Our damnation is originally of our own free will.”

– John Fletcher, /Works II/

 

ADAM DID

You, Lord, told Adam, Don’t – Adam did.

No wonder that he & his new Mrs hid

But finding a place sufficient to hide

Is impossible – they were the first ones who tried.

They now knew that satan had lied.

Something within them withered & died.

Oh, that they had done as You bid.

– eab, 8/15/17

 

“A sanctified man can sin

he may sin but no Christian must sin.”

– Howard Sweeten, /More Excellent Way/

 

Joh 19.35

“And he that saw it bare record & his record is true:

& he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.”

 

You “plan to,” you “hope to” get right with God someday – “As long as there’s life there’s hope, Right?” Not necessarily. You may be alive but unconscious. You might be alive but in too much pain to seriously confess your pride & carnal anger. You may not have time to call your b-n-l & beg his forgiveness. Stop putting off your hour of redemption “…Behold, now is the day of salvation”(2Co 6.2). – 8/15/19

 

“You can no more grow sin out of the heart

than you can grow rotten out of an apple.”

– Howard Sweeten, /More Excellent Way/

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Luk 18.1 +

Luk 18.1

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

that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

 

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

Hos 5.5 And the PRIDE of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

 

“Are you preaching holiness?…You are a holiness preacher…in a holiness church. But are you preaching holiness?

– D Shelby Corlett

 

NOT ALONE

Everyone knows we’re flesh & bone;

But some won’t admit we’re not that alone.

The spirit, i.e. life returns to God when we die.

Our soul plunges to hell or soars on high.

We’re sooo different from ant, oak, or stone.

– eab, 8/12/19

 

“Let us come back to preaching rugged, biblical, convincing messages

on holiness as a second blessing.”

– D Shelby Corlett, Nazarene, 1944

 

Live to pray. Do not pray to live (only). Let prayer be the goal of everyday, the high spot of each night. Have a fat, flourishing, satisfied soul. Deny your soul nothing – let it feed daily, let it feed fully on God & the good things He adequately supplies His children. The Father does not want you to have a skinny soul. “…No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”(Psa 84.11). – 8/14/19

 

Jas 5.16

“Confess your faults one to another…”

[ “faults” not “sins” as some (most?) modern translations have.]

 

Why do you read your Bible? “I have to, to get to heaven, don’t I?” Is that the way you felt about the letter from the pretty little lady you were dating? “Got another letter from Sally, I’ll have to read it.” No. Reading the note from the one you love made you feel closer to her. OK. Reading (with openness, a hunger for truth) will make you feel closer/draw you closer, to the One above whom you love. The devil will try to make Bible reading dry – don’t let him – satan is both your enemy & the enemy of God’s Holy Book. – 8/16/19

 

“He now became an assiduous student of the Bible keeping it before him on the counter of the shop in which he was employed…His mind was quickened…His aspirations for knowledge became intense”

– Able Stevens (about John Smith)

 

Be willing to call sin a sin; confess it & forsake it. But also be willing to call a fault a fault. They are not the same thing in spite of some contorted theology. BTW call sin a sin in your life AND a brother’s. Call a fault a fault in your life & his also. – 8/16/19

 

“…Men wholly unawakened will not take the pains to read the Bible…But a small track may engage their attention…”

– Able Stevens

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Isa 55.6 +

Isa 55.6

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found,

call ye upon him while he is near:”

 

Only one person can keep you from believing in God Almighty. Only one person can keep you from believing His Holy Word. Only one person can keep you from receiving Eternal Life through obedience to the promises of Christ. Who is this powerful person? He is not a president, professor, a pastor, even a parent – YOU are that powerful person. Stop blaming others & Get/Stay right with God. He died for you! -8/9/19

 

“…Be not moved from your steadfastness either by names or numbers.

To judge of truth by popularity is absurd.”

– John Fletcher, /Works I/

 

You have two eyes? Praise God – some have one or none. Glasses? Be glad for them too.

You can hear (without hearing aid or even with one)? – Be grateful, today.

You have a sense of smell? Great! That so enhances the joy of eating.

You can speak – have a dear friend whose vocal cords are bowed – normal speech is gone.

You can feel. It’s simple but it’s a part of life’s pleasure. Praise the Lord. – 8/13/19

 

“…Can there be a greater sin…than to make the lying devil a god

and the true God a liar?”

– John Fletcher, /Works I/

 

SAY WHAT?

“I can get along without Jesus,” you say?

Said when skies are blue, not gray.

Said when you breathe without thinking;

Said when your health is not a-sinking.

Said in the confidence of a youthful day;

Said when the things are going your way,

Said in blindness – you’re not really thinking –

A day comes, you’ll find your words a-stinking!

– eab, 8/12/19

 

“Sin can do no harm until it finds a lodging in the heart.

If you will let sin get once lodged in the heart it will eat its way to the outward life.”

– Uncle Buddy Robinson

 

Col 3.16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching & admonishing

one another in psalms and hymns & spiritual songs…”

 

If you’re devotions are dry (all of us have better & poorer days) allow me to suggest you set aside (temporarily & only temporarily) your Bible & pick up what’s probably the second most inspiriting book in your house – an old hymnal. Allow yourself to read hymn #1 (singing is fine in church, maybe even here but many of the quality hymns were not written to be sung – music was added later). They were poems – aye poems from the heart of a poet/poetess. So, read them. Read them slowly & prayerfully. The Holy Spirit may speak to your heart, to your dryness, before you finish # 2. – 8/13/19

 

“This destruction of sin must take place in this world, for we read that nothing unholy or unclean or that defileth or maketh a lie or worketh abomination can enter into heaven (Rev. 21:27).”

– Uncle Buddy Robinson

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Mat 7.17 +

Mat 7.17

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;

but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”

 

Guard what you read. And, if anything, guard more what children read. Modern fiction books written by sinners should be judiciously avoided. Modern fiction penned by professing “christians” should be read with a willingness to cull, as needed. Read that “innocent looking” book before giving it to a child or grandchild. “But…But…I know the writer or know the writer’s a good person.” Easy. The soul of that child is worth far more than your confidence in any author. The devil slyly inserts his garbage in “good” books unless the writer has been sanctified holy & is current with God. 8/10/19

 

“We are not diplomats but prophets &

our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.”

– A W Tozer

 

NO FAIR

Don’t feel sorry for me when I don’t attend your fair

I have no desire to be caught there.

It’s noisy, costs money, some sights are “a sight”

Bad enough by day, probably worse by night.

False fronts, sleaze, gambling, etc. I can’t bear.

– eab, 8/12/19

 

“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

 

People are attracted to men who claim to be “men of God” – can turn out very badly.

People are attracted to men who truly are men of God – this is better.

People are attracted to God – the Best, the very Best. – 8/12/19

 

Isa 55.2a

“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?

& your labor for that which satisfieth not?”

 

“Much ado about nothing” – Shakespeare, not a favorite author by far, once wrote “Much ado about nothing” – in this he was right. So much of the our world is spending huge amounts of time, gross stacks of dollars preparing for & advertising, acting out, screaming/clapping for, crying (as it closes), tearing down, reviewing the success of (or lamenting the failure of) said event, scheduling next season’s successor, & starting all over again. 100’s of times these actions are repeated of events which should not have happened at all & in the annuls of true history will receive (rightly so) little-to-no notice. Please Believer, think about what YOU commit time & energy to attend or promote. Is It Really Nothing? 8/12/19

 

“The Methodists (at Barbados) were called ‘Hallelujahs’

& were hooted by that nickname in the streets.”

– Able Stevens

 

Jesus Christ was the most wonderful Man/God to ever trod earth. Christ Jesus is the most wonderful God/Man who inhabits eternity. He will come again to earth, in God’s perfect timing. Have you asked Him to live in your heart? (He already lives/has lived in millions of hearts across earth.)

Today is *just* the right time to Pray! – 8/12/19

 

“…his long life [Wesleys’] – a life which the philospher must pronounce singularly

successful & fortunate, the Christian singularly providential.”

– Able Stevens

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