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Isa 55.7 +

Past students were drawn to God’s Bible School in part because the venerable L D Wilcox taught there.

By-gone men were drawn to Hobe Sound Bible College in part because a learned S D Herron was there.

Pupils were drawn to /then/ Frankfort Pilgrim College in part because a holy J Wesley Adcock was there.

They didn’t go because the schools were accredited. Accreditation is overrated by institution thus labeled, by parents, & students. We again need thinkers & prayers like Wilcox, Herron, Adcock & other past men.

– eab, 3/20/19

 

Isa 55.7

“Let the wicked forsake his way & the unrighteous man his thoughts & let him return unto the Lord & he will have mercy upon him & to our God for he will abundantly pardon.”

 

…If you will not let God save you, if you will not let God take you to Heaven,

as surely as you are here He will let you burn in the fires of a devil’s hell.”

– J Wesley Adcock

 

A man who fails to see how wicked, utterly wicked, his heart is, thinks he does not need “saved.” A man partially awakened to his soul need, may want to save himself: rituals, rigid rights, or wrong rites. Only the man awake, only the man shown by the Lord, the full wickedness of his heart, knows he can’t save himself & therefore cries out to God for mercy – mercy lest he drop into hell tonight.

– eab, 3/21/19

 

“…Individuals…remember in Hell…remembering that they did not have to go there –

it was their own decision.”

– J Wesley Adcock

 

THE GIFT OF SPRING

Thank you God for the gift,

And lift, of color in the spring;

For tree’s strait stance, awaiting the glance

Of the sun, in its northern swing. – eab, Mar. ’71

 

“Lies, exaggerations, misunderstandings, & hearsay

make up perhaps more than half of all that is said & written in the world.”

– C S Lewis, /Miracles/

 

You’re a Christian & travel to another country. Please for the sake of God & His Kingdom don’t be “an America” (or Canadian, Brit etc) there – be a Christian. No one can help where they’re born (you nor those you visit abroad) but All, repeat ALL, may become Citizens of Heaven. The world doesn’t need you to spread nationalism – it needs you to testify, in word & deed, of Christ. Some abroad would love to climb into your suitcase & come to a better country. Can’t happen. But they CAN become a child of the King & someday enjoy a Land so superior to US (Canada, Britain, etc) that it’s impossible to make comparisons.

– eab, 3/22/19

 

1Co 6.9

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

 

“…We seldom find Christian miracles denied

except by those who have abandoned some part of the Christian doctrine.”

– C S Lewis, /Miracles/

 

No one can stop you from being a saint. Well – almost no one. The one who can stop you from being saintly wears your shoes. And – no one can make you a saint. No parent, no organization, no pope. To be saintly or not be saintly – that, friend, is between you & the Lord.

– eab, 3/23/19

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Pro 4.7 +

Pro 4.7

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:

& with all thy getting get understanding.”

 

“I recognize that no true interpretation

violates the grammar of the text.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

What happened to our schools? #10

Third McGuffey Reader (4th – 5th grade, Rev.,1920) had these Christian words:

Lord, 2 times (pp. 67, 91) Maker (p. 45)     Our Father, 2 times (pp. 90, 127)    Example:

“This birdie is content to sit, Unnoticed on the way,

And sweetly sing his Maker’s praise From dawn to close of day.”

(Lesson XIV, “The Little Bird’s Song” – no author sited)

 

“Christ was staking everything,

literally everything, on the coming of the Holy Spirit.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

NO WISER

Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

“So what,” the drunk said eyes all black, nose all red,

“Drink and be merry, you’ll soon be dead.”

 

“Let me worry about that,”

Smirked the youth as he sat

“World owes me a living” He laid on a mat.

 

“Another day to make money,”

Scrooge replied, not being funny.

“Dollar’s the thing, make piles while it’s sunny.”

 

So the drunk, the youth, the miser

Go on no sharper, no wiser;

Claiming the day which belongs to the Master.

– eab, Mar. 1974

 

Act 5.3a

“But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart

to lie to the Holy Ghost…’”

 

When you see a man being an hindrance to an institution, pray for him. Pray for him to be sanctified (assuming he’s born again) or be removed from it. He’ll have to yield & believe to be filled with the Spirit. He won’t have to do these to be removed; God can disable him, expose his lying life, or allow him to die, rather than further hurt His work. It’s a serious thing to hinder God’s work.

– eab, 3/22/19

 

“…If he should voluntarily kill himself by refusing to eat & drink

everyone would own that such a one was a rebel against God…”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…/

 

Young lady – how does the chap, who’s paying attention to you, treat his little sister, brother, or cousin? What does he say about his boss? (Oh, he doesn’t have a job? Drop him today.) His actions toward family & attitude toward authority are indicators of a clean or a carnal heart. – eab, 3/21/19

 

Young man – how does the gal you think is so sweet, treat her sis, dad or mom? What does she say to you about other girls (those who may be competing for your attention?) Don’t let love (or infatuation) blind you to her heart of selfishness or holy self-less-ness.

– eab, 3/21/19

 

“Let a clergyman but be thus pious &…he will no more think & talk of noble preferment than of noble eating or a glorious chariot.”

– Wm Law /Serious Call…/

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There is danger in believing all you see in a book on prophecy or on a prophecy chart. Do not unthinkingly “buy” all your pastor, professor, favorite “prophecy guy” teaches. Their ideas should stand up to scrutiny & MORE stand up to Scripture. It would be so unlike satan to leave a portion of God’s Word without attack – so be mindful that he will try to deceive you via false prophecy. (Not calling the above men sinners but “good” men have been wrong on this point or that, about end-time-teachings.)

– eab, 3/19/19

 

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 works of Moses…have been a kind of textbook to almost every writer on geology, geography, chronology, astronomy, natural histort, ethics, jurisprudence, poltical economy, theology, poetry & criticism.”

– Adam Clarke >> If you say “they aren’t now,” it shows the sliding of men, not Moses. <<

 

Never discredit prayer – a man’s, a woman’s, a child’s. God hears the state-house-speeches. He hears the “learned” lecture series. God hears every talk/sermon which is attempting to influence men. But to what (IMO) does He really listen? The simple prayer, lisped or grammatically perfect, presented to His Eternal Throne Room. PRAY Friend. God is listening!

– eab, 3/19/19

 

“Reader, magnify God for his law, for by it is the knowledge of sin;

& magnify him for his gospel for by this is the cure for sin.”

– Adam Clarke

 

FINAL VICTORY

Lord You’ll have to defeat the devil.

We don’t have the strength

We can’t do it alone, we can’t do it at length,

Lord, You’ll have to defeat the enemy

Time and time again

But there’s coming a day,

O glorious day

When the battle will end.

There’s a final victory coming,

For the blood-washed of all ages,

The simple and the sages,

The kings and their pages.

There’s a final victory coming,

When the battle will be won.

Trials will end, Christ will descend

The Father’s Redeeming Son.

– eab, March  1978

 

“The idea [in Bible Study] is to show the layman how to read the Bible,

not to show how much the pastor knows about it.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Dating lady – hint for happy meals – if he asks to you to marry him J. When he takes you to a restaurant pay attention to what HE orders. (Don’t make a note then but when alone write what it was & find out how to fix it.) If he takes you to a buffet note the foods of which he gets seconds. If you have a meal with his parents, listen to what is mentioned as his favorite food. After marriage you can ask his mother how to fix it & she’ll like you better for asking for her recipe. I wish you many happy suppers with him.

– eab, 3/21/19

 

Luk 6.25b

“…Woe unto you that laugh now!

for ye shall mourn & weep.”

 

“After a man has been in the ministry 8 or 10 yrs his files

should contain the results of his studies in almost every book of the Bible.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Two words which I find wrongly paired – you should too – are “christian … comedian.” (There is nothing wrong with laughing at “accidental” events or an occasional pure joke.) Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of all kings (it’s normal for earth’s kings to be serious) was anything but “funny.” Comedians use idle words. Yes, he may have no dirty stories. Yes, he may not tell jokes which reflect on the holiness of heaven, or horribleness of hell, but a string of jokes/stories is (IMO) bound to include idle words (see Mat 12.36).

– eab, 3/21/19

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Gen 1.3 +

Gen 1.3

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’

and there was light.”

 

“ ‘There is no harm in it.’

You are just about half gone when you admit that.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

  1. What happened to our schools? #9

Third McGuffey Reader (4th – 5th grade, Rev.,1920) had these Christian words:

Holy (p. 75)   Hymns (p. 51)   Let there be light (p. 12)   Example:

God said, “Let there be light.” (Under Punctuation, Quotation Marks)

 

“Hell is a strange place for man; it was never made for mankind.

It will be a strange place for all eternity & there will be unutterable loneliness in hell.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

EXCUSE ME

Excuse me, if you must.

You will pray, I trust;

It’s God’s will or “bust”

Before I “bit the dust.”

Good-bye to material lust,

Never to see the “upper crust,”

I’ll lay my treasure where there’s no rust,

And yield my all to the God that’s just.

– eab, March 1970

 

Mat 6.9b – 10a

“…Pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.”

 

You’ve read it, you’ve said it, you’ve even prayed it but, is it paramount to you? To me? “Thy Kingdom Come…” Are we working, are we witnessing, are we writing so that “Thy Kingdom” comes to our road, our church, our family altar? “Amen”? “O me”? – eab, 3/19/19

 

“When he [Pascal] died [1622] his friends found sewed up in his doublet…a paper ‘God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob – not of philosphers…’”

– Andrew W Blackwood

 

Don’t get bitten by the education “bug.” Schooling has helped some, been a trap to many, & the self-educated man is not exempt from danger. Pride lurks at the door of both the PhD & the man who made his own (better?) way. Use facts but more importantly, apply wisdom. Wisdom does not come from books – only the Good Book.

– eab, 3/20/19

 

“…A husband should give of himself

that his wife might be a saint.”

– Andrew W Blackwood

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Having Holy Ghost anointing is not shown by preaching long (he may like to hear himself speak). Having the anointing is not shown by being loud (he may like to “wow” people). Having the anointing is not shown by using points, sub-points & sub-sub (he may like details). And having the Spirit’s anointing is definitely not shown be being funny (he may love to entertain). Oh, how we need men who pray & obey, until they have His peculiar holy touch.

– eab, 3/19/19

 

2Ti 4.2

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

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

 

…Righteousness emphasizes the right relationship with one’s fellow man,

while holiness emphasizes the rightrelationship with God.”

– Andrew W Blackwood, /Proclaiming…NT/

 

If you, O King, have within the fair borders of your kingdom a man of God i.e. a representative of the King of heaven, yea, an ambassador from beyond the skies, count yourself & your subjects wonderfully blessed. Don’t subsidize him (God supplies his needs Php 4.19) but don’t tax him. Listen to his advice & request an interest in his prayers. Only a foolish king would reject an ambassador from the realms of heaven.

– eab, 3/19/19

 

“Gipsy Smith saw the difference between repentance & conversion

like the different between awaking in the morning & getting up.”

– Andrew W Blackwood, /Proclaiming…NT/

 

ENDLESS DAY

There is coming a day when

All we have known,

All we have grown,

All we have sown,

Will be instantly sealed in place.

By His mercy

We shall rise,

Through His receding skies,

Having said our last “good byes,”

To meet, the first time, our Savior face to face.

Earth

This land of trials and tears,

This realm of sorrows and fears,

This time of gossip and sneers,

Will forever slip down – down, out, and away.

And forever

We will be privileged to be,

With Him “who died for me,”

And His glory we shall see,

In His land of light, love, and endless day! – eab, 3/19/08

 

“Christian perfection does not indicate finality

but fitness.”

– Samuel Chadwick, /Humanity & God/

 

God has ordained that women not be the head of the home, nor the church, nor the nation. Yet, Hear It, yet He’s left open to her, as well as males, the most powerful position (hidden, but powerful) known to man. I refer to the prayer closet. There a woman of God may go & pull heaven & earth together. A husband, a church, a nation is highly blessed to have such a powerful woman enter her closet. Your mother, sister, wife, daughter etc. may help “lead the world” toward God through the avenue of prayer. Wonderful.

– eab, 3/19/19

 

Rom 11.18

“Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast,

thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.”

 

“He did not come to regulate sin

but to destroy it.”

– Samuel Chadwick, /Humanity & God/

 

Stop sinner, trying to make a name for yourself. Stop also, carnal heart, trying to make a name for yourself. Become holy. Make it your goal not to be known but to make your Father’s name known & revered among your family & friends AND enemies. You & will soon crumble in some grave – God will live on forever. Make. Him. Known.

– eab, 3/19/19

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Psa 119.11 +

Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against thee.”

 

Those who disagree in love

may well be closer together than those who agree without love.”

– Andrew W Blackwood, /Proclaiming…NT/

 

Please, Friend, do not become a critic the King James Bible. You are very temporary; It is over 400 yrs old. Your life may have positively influenced 10, 100, even 500 people. The KJV has very positively influenced millions (if not billions) of people. And – – – your criticism of the King James 1.) Will not help you. 2.) It could hinder your child, grandchild (or other) from going with God.

– eab, 3/15/19

 

“Faith is what makes a Christian.

Love & peace are blessings from God that follow after faith.”

– Andrew W Blackwood, /Proclaiming…NT/

 

STAR LIGHT

I looked around at the sky tonight,

At the time just before the dark.

I looked to see the stars bright;

They always thrill my heart.

 

I looked but the sky was bare.

It seemed I looked in vain;

As if there were no stars up there,

At least none that were plain.

 

But then – What I “seeked,”

A pin-hole in the sky.

As if you had a bucket that leaked,

And were searching the reason why.

 

And then, close, another light appeared,

Couldn’t be far.

Two, to light the night;

The duty of a star.

 

There must be many more out;

Now, the sky must be ablaze.

As these silently “shout,”

His glory and His praise. – eab, Mar. ’66

 

“Joy can & should be cultivated,

just as faith or any other fruit of the Spirit is cultivated.”

– Samuel Logan Brengle

 

When you run out of things for which to Praise God, look at your HAND. It could be argued to be the most complicated “machine” on the face of earth. It is almost (if not altogether) impossible to number its 1000’s of positions & thus 1000’s of movements. I thank God for my right HAND. I thank God for my left HAND. So happy to have them & have them functioning. And You?

– eab, 3/17/19

 

1Pe 1.15

“But as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.”

 

“We are now becoming what we shall ever be–lovers of God & the things of God

or haters of God & the things of God.”

– Samuel Logan Brengle

 

Few people have trouble with God being holy. In fact, deep inside, they may like it that He is 100% pure. Where people, even preachers, get antsy is, that He /invites/ us to be holy. Yea, He has made provision for us to be holy & requires it. His holy Word declares that without “holiness…no man shall see the Lord”(Heb 12.14). Why do people run from being holy?

– eab, 3/17/19

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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.”

 

“He is expressing what I believe to be the deepest, highest desire of the human heart

– the desire to see God the Father.”

– S D Herron

 

What happened to our schools? #8

Third McGuffey Reader (4th – 5th grade, Rev.,1920) had these Christian words:

Glorious One (p. 126)   God, 23 times (pp. 12, 51, 65, 66, 67, 74, 75, 76, 89, 126, 133, 145, 171, 199, 203)

Heaven, 2 times (pp. 75, 90)    Example:

“They went with him to church & while he said his prayers & sang his hymn in it, they sat in the trees, & sang their praises to the same God…them as he does for us.” (Lesson VXI, “Bird Friends” – adapted fr. Elihu Burritt)

 

“What Moses could not show, what the thunderings of Sinai could not reveal…

Jesus revealed. He came to show us the Father.”

– S D Herron, sermon (uncertain date)

 

He COMES

He came before, as promised of old.

Christ came before as prophets had told.

He came, knowing He would be “sold”

But He came to break sin’s hold!

 

He’ll come again as a King, bold.

Christ will come from streets of gold.

He’ll come again His faithful to enfold.

Oh, be hot, my Friend, not warm or cold.

 

His coming may not your chart uphold.

Christ’s coming may not fit our small mold.

His return may not be (as thought) “two-fold”

But He comes Friend. Be ready to behold.

 

Read the Book; make it your stronghold.

Do not this poor prophecy rhyme scold.

Reading helps to remove the blindfold.

Some charts border on the over-bold.

– eab, 3/17/08

 

Heb 2.12

“I will declare thy name unto my brethren,

in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”

 

Many, thank the Lord, have read their Bibles through. Have you read your hymnal through? It’s not on the same level, of course, never has been nor will be but many Hymns (exalting Him) were inspired by God & written “between a rock & a hard place.” Not as many (IMO) Gospels Songs (more testimonial) were equally inspired but without doubt some were. Reading your hymnal would be much better than most, if not all, fiction even that dubbed “christian fiction.” Think about it.

– eab, 3/15/19

 

“Earthly goods are given to be used

not to be collected.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost…Discipleship/

 

1.) Memorize Scripture. 2.) Memorize the reference for that wonderful Truth. Both 1. & 2. are good disciplines for your mind. Of course, I’m not just concerned about your mind, tho I do wish you mental health. If the day comes, Heaven forbid, you have no Bible or if a day arrives when you’re eyes make it difficult to read, Verses of the Bible you have “on file” (in your brain) could be a great comforts to you.

– eab, 3/15/19

 

“God’s name, God’s kingdom, God’s will

must be the primary object of Christian prayer.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost…Discipleship/

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