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Luk 4.8 +

Luk 4.8

“…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,

& him ONLY shalt thou serve.” [emphasis added]

 

“Men sent from God…tell us there were demoniacs in their time; you say, ‘No; they were only diseases.’ Whom shall we credit? The men sent from God or you?”

– Adam Clarke

 

Now & then I see someone refer to roman catholism as a christian denomination. It is not. Their worship of Mary (& belief in her “prayers”) disqualifies it, if nothing else, but there are other serious problems. – 10/11/19

 

“The church is weak, dark, poor &

imperfect, because it prays little.”

– Adam Clarke

 

CHURCH

A certain kind of people

Meeting under a tall steeple

Imagine that that’s the church.

Tall walls do not a church make.

New birth is more than a handshake;

Which these find out when in a lurch.

 

The church is made of redeemed hearts,

And though they meet in various parts,

Under clear sky, under a huge tree;

Worship, that’s why we gather

Even in cold, wet weather.

Church is you and me.

– eab, Oct.  2008

 

“Emerging Church Movement(ECM)…“positive Sermons…top-forty style contemporary music, dramatic productions, food courts…rock-style worship for the youth.”

– T A McMahon

 

The study of theology can interest people, even consume their mind for life, but their souls can fail to believe Christ, His glorious promises, & hell become their end. Allow religion/salvation to go deeper than your head. – 10/16/19

 

Pro 14.34

“Righteousness exalteth a nation:

but sin is a reproach to any people.”

 

We’ve tried to believe our land is “christian.” We’ve wanted to look at the Pilgrims (far from perfect), at Edwards, Asbury, Finney & the circuit-riders & I thank God for these men. What we don’t want to look at are millions killed by our wars, killed by our legalized liquors (states make untold $ on taxes), killed by our abortionists. Nor the sins of adulterous leaders, sodomy in high places, & immodesty, even in church. Decades ago I realized I was a Christian 1st an American 2nd That Is Serious! I hope it fits readers also.

– 10/16/19

 

 “The Bible is the Book of Freedom;

the Author of the Bible is the Author of liberty.”

– Carl McIntire

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Eph 5.25 +

Eph 5.25

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church,

& gave himself for it;”

 

The male to female marriage is for life but only for earth – it stops here. The Christ-to-His-church marriage is for eternity AND. HAS. NO. END. Hallelujah! Have you made Christ your Lover? – 10/16/19

 

“Be prudent, be cautious, neither eat, drink, nor wear but as you pay for everything.

Live not on trust [credit-eab]…Labrt hard to live honestly.”

– Adam Clarke

 

It should make us Happy to see someone else Happy (if it is not sin). “Even if I’m not Happy?” Yes, salvation & especially holiness, allows us, without great effort, to be Happy for others (even when we have sorrow). This is how holiness works. -10/16/19

 

WET WORLD

A wet world is a different world

Drippy, droopy, and drear

But, oh how great when the sun comes out

With skies tinted sky-blue clear.

– eab, 10/16/07

 

“He who gives his heart to the world robs God of it & in snatching at the shadow of earthly good loses substantial & eternal blessings [in in place of it].”

– Adam Clarke

 

Home schooling is the earliest form of school. (Who taught Adam/Eve’s kids?) It can be argued it’s the best form. (If anyone loves your child more than you do, drop on your knees. Now.) And, for some parents it may seem the hardest. Please Dad (yes, you, Dad should be involved), Please Mom, ask the Master Teacher to give strength. Ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him to give fresh ideas, little jingles, new approaches (Christ is totally unlimited.) This is a major part of Christian parenting – hold steady. – 10/16/19

 

Jer 10.2

Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen &

be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”

 

“We’re just a few steps behind as we try to coddle perversion

& act like that people cannot be delivered.”

– James Plank

 

Parents – don’t yield to pressure from evangelical friends, even holiness ones, to include “ideals” of ancient heathens. Greeks/Romans were Heathen without question. Some catholic (& other) sources may try to lead you to think they “saw” God but their paganism far exceeds glimpses of divinity. Your child may need to know name, approx. era, maybe 1 concept of Socrates (& ilk) but never require a Christian home schooler to know much. Study Moses (& like) “Moses alone…gives a consistent & rational account of…creation.” (quote from Adam Clarke) – 10/16/19

 

“If you’ve been talked into an abortion…

God can forgive you!” [essence of statement)]

– James Plank

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Jude 21 +

Jude 21

“Keep yourselves in the love of God,

looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

 

“Love her without jealousy; oblige her without flattery; honor her without making her proud;

& be hers entirely without becoming either her footman or her slave.”

– Adam Clarke [good advice for a husband]

 

You & I can do nothing to change God. Nothing.  But we can develop an attitude toward Him which foolishly shuts Him out of our lives.  If you find yourself here, I counsel you to come back, to seek His forgiveness for such an attitude.  By His grace you can change until you have great delight in Who God is. He did not change – He graciously allowed you to change. – 9/25/19

 

“Prayer is the most secret intercourse of the soul with God…

Prayer is the language of a conscious dependence on God…”

– Adam Clarke

 

Naaman

A general from Syria came,

As a “leper” – he had that shame.

Wise action followed unwise speech;

Assenting, he walked Jordan’s “beach.”

He went home clean, without blame. [2Ki 5.1]

– eab, Oct. ‘05

 

“Above all books the Bible passes as iron into a man’s blood & gives vigor to his will &

he that lives with Jesus catches the infection of his aims & spirit.”

Ian Maclaren

 

* H E L P * If you disliked & struggled with grammar, yet found a series of “formulas” “ideas” “constructions” (I care not what you “call” them) which allowed you get a handle or smoothed the way for understanding the complexities of our language PLEASE consider posting an idea today, another tomorrow (or every-other-day, OR once a week) so home schooling parents, people trying to educate themselves, & others may benefit from your valuable discovers. We need your help. -10/13/19

 

Psa 27.14

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage & he shall strengthen thine heart:

wait, I say, on the LORD.”

 

Are we (yes You, yes me) praying for a Spiritual Awakening? An Awakening which would revolutionize our Holiness meetings? That would find us more in our prayer closets? That would bring heavy burdens for our neighbors? That might mean less fancy restaurant visits & more prayer meeting visits? Or, hear it, Or, will we see our churches cool further, without our tears & our moans? Amen?  Ouch?

[~Please, this is not “holier-than-thou. I need help right here.~] – 10/15/19

 

 “What think ye of Christ?

…is the question that confronts every man who has ever heard His name.”

– Carl McIntire

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1Co 9.27 +

1Co 9.27

“But I keep under my body & bring it into subjection: lest that by any means

when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

 

“A preliminary work of the Holy Spirit must be done upon a person’s heart

before he is ready to be filled with the Spirit of God.”

– John R Church

 

Pray for others; witness to others – Christians want others to go to heaven (& do not want them to go to hell.) Yet, I urge you (& me) to an increasing earnestness about our OWN salvation. You & I cannot be praying as we ought, nor be timely & Spirit-lead in witnessing, if our experience is cooling-to-cold.

“Lord, keep us near Thy heat & Thy heart.” – 10/11/19

 

“Some people talk about revivals splitting churches…they do…split dead churches

…revivals don’t split live churches; they stretch them.”

– John R Church

 

He’s with us

Man’s walk is short, at the longest length.

His way is weak, at its strongest strength.

Birth and schooling, and marriage and death

Breeze by. We run, are soon out of breath,

What looked so distant when we were young,

(Our road was untried, our song unsung)

Clambers up, levels, clatters down hill.

Take the walks, pop vitamins at will

Age still comes. No matter how you “feel,”

Gray hair, wrinkles, glasses are all real.

But don’t worry. Yield to God your ways,

He’s with us. He’s the Ancient of Days.

– eab, 10/13/10

 

“What India most needs

is not Christianity but Christians.”

J H Barrows

 

To my youngest fb Friend (whoever you are), start memorizing Bible verses. If you, reader, are in your teens I encourage you – begin committing Scripture to memory. Are you in your 20’s 30’s 40’s? I hope long ago you began placing verses (& references) of God’s Book in your mind. If you’re a Friend in your 50’s or 60’s please increase efforts to know Scriptures by heart. I’m in my 70’s & have a stack of index cards (cut in 2) beside my rocker with Bible words on one side & where they’re found on the other. I work on some nearly every day. We can’t start too early. Neither can we start too late. -10/13/19

 

2Ti 3.15

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

 

Is your prayer life (& mine?) increasing? Perhaps increasing in minutes? Perhaps increasing in frequenting the prayer closet? Perhaps increasing in fervency? (“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” Jam.5.16b.) Perhaps increasing in tears? – 10/13/19

 

 “The tragic thing today is that so many men with a Christian ancestry

are creating a pagan posterity.”

– Donald Sage Mackay

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Pro 22.6 +

Pro 22.6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: &

when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

 

“To retain the grace of God is much more important than to obtain it.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Home schoolers make decisions about what their child learns. Don’t allow the secular world to overly overshadow that. There’s too much emphasis laid on ‘a’ or ‘b’ in state (& some christian) schools. Make your curriculum (‘the nuts & bolts’) a deep matter of prayer. Also seek the Lord as to how big the ‘nuts & bolts’ should be, AND of what materials. These are YOUR children (Mar 12.17) not the state’s (& frankly, not your parent’s or sibling’s either). If you are not in position to hear from God, I beg of you Get There. Few people need God’s clear direction more than home schooling dads/moms. -10/4/19

 

The world by wisdom knew not God…is demonstrated by the writings of the most learned & intelligent heathens…Moses alone…gives a consistent & rational account of the creation.”

– Adam Clarke

 

Like seed

Every farmer and his wife know

What you plant now is what you grow.

What goes in, is what comes out.

Like seed – like plant, without a doubt.

What got planted? Harvest will show!

– eab, Oct, 2010

 

“…She read her Bible at her study table by 7 o’clock in the summer

& 8 o’clock in the winter…”

said of Frances R. Havergal

 

Perchance, a friend or so may’ve thought that eab posts, to be controversial. Rather, I post to awaken, to prod toward Eternal life, to make hungry for God’s “love, joy, peace…” But sleepy people, sleepy pastors, sleepy churches often want to be left alone & when a poor bloke tries to awaken them – he’s consider “controversial.” – 10/7/19

 

Joh 20.31

“…That ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;

& that believing ye might have life through his name.”

 

When you’re persuaded that only those in your group will be in heaven you’ve adopted a Cult mentality. When you’re convinced all will go to heaven you’ve accepted Universalism. Both are extremes; both are deadly; both are false. “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ & thou shalt be saved…”(Act 16.31). -10/11/19

 

 “There is hope for any man who thinks there is nothing in him.”

– D L Moody

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Pro 15.33 +

Pro 15.33

“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom;

& before honor is humility.”

 

Proud

8 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Psa 40.4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the PROUD, nor such as turn aside to lies.

 

“The sign of Christianity is not a cross

but a tongue of fire.”

– Samuel Chadwick /Humanity & God/

 

“LORD, I LOVE YOU”

There are “Now I lay me’s,”

And “Thank You for the spuds.”

There are “help me’s for this test,”

And, “Father, I need new duds!”

There is “If You’ll get me out of here,”

And, “Lord, I’d sure like to shoot a deer.”

But none of these, no matter how sincere

Compare to, “Lord, I love You, I’m glad you’re near.”

– eab, Oct. ‘89

 

“Ritual always appeals to the nursery. The…drapery, processions & awesome ritual

impress those who have no deeper vision.”

– Samuel Chadwick /Humanity & God/

 

Are you interested in Truth? Are you more interested in “unvarnished Truth” than you were a year ago? Five yrs ago? We’re living in an age of deception: what looks like metal is plastic, what appears to be wood is paper; worse what is “sold” as fact, is fiction. I beg of you – for your sake & the sake of your family – become a man/woman who seeks Truth & is not lead astray by the shallowness/fakeness surrounding us. -10/7/19

 

Pro 23.23

“Buy the truth & sell it not; also wisdom,

& instruction, & understanding.”

 

“The world has suffered & not been wrought on enough by the Holy Spirit because the church

has been unfaithful unwilling & unyielded to the Holy Spirit & His employment.”

– Joshua Stauffer

 

God never told one prophet He was Proud of him. Jesus said to no disciple, “I’m so Proud of how you handled that.” Why, WHY are holiness people (out of whom Pride should be removed) repeatedly using Pride or Proud about their children/grandkids etc.? My memory goes back to the 40’s & I’ve never seen a time with more people used “Proud/Pride” than now. Christian, these words, & the carnality behind, them must be pulled out of your life. – 10/7/19

 

“We cannot take Him in our arms [as Simeon did] but we can take Him in our hearts.

Do you have Him there?”

– Joshua Stauffer

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Mat 18.4 +

Mat 18.4

“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child,

the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Proud

7 of 47 “…Give ear; be not PROUD: for the LORD hath spoken”(Jer 13.15)

Psa 31.23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the PROUD doer.

 

“Shortcuts to dominion are of satan not of God.”

– Samuel Chadwick /Humanity & God/

 

LATIN CLASS

I saw a bird there,

On a twig so bare

On the top-most branch of a tree.

 

Between his head and the sky,

Was nothing but what might fly by.

He was lord of all he could see.

 

And he cocked his head,

As if he said,

“I’m way up here; look at me.”

 

But now he has flown,

The twig empty is shown,

And the silhouette is as blank as can be. – eab, Oct. 1965

 

“By sin God’s image in man is defaced

but not erased..”

– Samuel Chadwick /Humanity & God/

 

If there is maturity after sanctification (& there surely is) it means that at the moment of obtaining a pure heart all of us are/were immature. This does no mean we were not made holy & that our filling was not complete. It simply means what the word suggests, immaturity. May God help us to be willing to admit this about ourselves. AND may He help us to give the newly purified souls time to grow-up in Him. – 9/23/19

 

1Jo 1.5

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, &

declare unto you, that God is light, & in him is no darkness at all.”

 

“God is blessing because He found [people] willing to live in His presence.”

– Chad Snider, sermon, 8/4/19

 

Like Light? Great. Do everything in your power (it’s in your power to repent, to believe, to obey, to make apologies or restitutions) to go to Heaven – it’s the realm of Light. Hate darkness? That’s good too. Get out of sin, NOW. Sin leads to hell & hell (if we read Scripture correctly) will be eventually emptied into Out Darkness. Oh, Friend, leave sin & its night – come to Jesus the Light of the world. -10/5/19

 

“God’s goal is not to spook & awe us with His presence.

He wants to fill us with His presence.”

– Chad Snider, sermon, 8/4/19

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