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1Jo 4.10 +

1Jo 4.10

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and

sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

 

What’s a group of lions? “A Pride of Lions.” A bunch of cows? “A Herd of Cows.”

What’s a crowd of grandchildren? “A Wealth of Grandchildren.” 7/17/18

“A Wealth of Grandchildren.” (The Lord gave me that thought last night/early morn as I thought of the wealth of grandchildren my wife & I have.) 7/17/18

 

 

God loved you when you didn’t know He existed. He loved you (some may have had “this time”) when you didn’t care that He existed. And, if there was a period when you did not want God TO exist, He loved you then as well.

– eab, 7/15/18

 

“Prayer is not prayer until the soul enters into it.”

– Glenn Griffith, /I Sought for a Man/

 

* TRINITY * (17.)

1Jo 4.13…he hath given us of his Spirit 14 & we have seen & do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world

 

  1. M. A.

Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego

To the furnace were sent.

And Daniel to the den,

They hoped that he’d be rent.

They put ole John on the Patmos Isle,

To suffer in that place.

But God saved them all;

He still can YOU,

By His wondrous grace.

– eab Jul. 1973

 

Exo 33.11

“And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend…”

 

I don’t know what Moses Looked-Like (nor does it matter). I DO know what Moses Lived-Like.  That, Friend, is what really matters. How do I know this life of Moses?  Because of the many, lasting “word pictures” of God’s Wonderful Book.

– eab, 7/16/18

 

“Honors alter a man’s manners, and seldom for the better.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

Do not think of heaven’s splendors (they must be /beyond/ description) more than you think about the Owner, the King of Heaven. The highest joy of heaven is the fellowship of a mortal (redeemed but still man) with the God. And – – – nice thing about this fellowship, it can begin now. Did I write “can”? Make that “must.” If we’re not having fellowship with the Triune God here, we’re not on our way to heaven.

– eab, 7/17/18

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Luk 16.28 +

Luk 16.28

“For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them,

lest they also come into this place of torment.”

 

No one (who understands its heat & horrors) wants to go to hell. No one. But not everyone wants to go to heaven. (Heaven is for the holy in heart & multitudes seem to have no desire to be holy.) Given a third choice: heaven, hell or total annihilation (ceasing to exist again) many would choose the last – They do not want to submit to The Almighty.

– eab, 7/15/18

 

“Attacks on the Bible

are really attacks on Christ.”

– Eldon Fuhrman, PhD, WBS chapel, 5/3/88

 

The devil wants you to believe his lies (see the word “believe”). His lies all end at the door of death. God wants you to Believe His Truth. Truth will pass unscathed through death’s door into a fabulous, every lasting Eternity.

– eab, 7/15/18

 

NEWS?

News is something that used to be told free

From over the back-yard fence to me.

Now thousands make thou$ands with the “news”

(Station owners airing what they choose)

News “ain’t” what it used to be.

– eab, 7/10/15

 

 

NIGHT POEMS

I rise to write a line of rhyme

Stealing sleep from my night-time

Knowing if I don’t get up and write it down

Tomorrow it will be gone (frown, frown L)

Mission done, I happily back into bed climb.

– eab, 7/16/15

 

Rev 1.9

“I…in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God,

and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

 

“A picture is worth a 1000 words” someone said. – – – it took words to say that. How would you paint a pic that would say “A picture is worth a 1000 words”?

BTW there is no shortage of words but we are inundated with pics, images, cartoons, flicks, movies, shots, films, photos, over & over & over. There IS a shortage of the Word of God.

– eab, 7/16/18

 

“…Schools are now become heathenish, &

the Holy Scriptures are banished from them…”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

God is Original. He is the only solely Original Being. God is so original that He never has to repeat Himself, ever. “Transmigration of souls” – Not on your life – that’s limited man’s imagination. God makes only originals, no copies, no “clones.” (And no two actions in either OT or NT are exactly alike.)

BTW, God’s Holy Spirit-filled men are also originals. They are not actors!

– eab, 7/16/18

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Rev 20.4 +

Rev 20.4

“And I saw…the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus,

and for the word of God…”

 

Have you read your Bible today? You might see a Truth therein now which would revolutionize your next 24 or even all of life. Read It – not as a duty, but as a delight. “Delight” occurs at least 28 times in Psalms & Proverbs.

– eab, 7/12/18

 

“The only place where God works is in the realm of faith.”

– Glenn Griffith, /I Sought for a Man/

 

* TRINITY * (16.)

1Jo 4.2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

 

 

A – THEISM

Atheism is a mental disorder:

When a Being, is being denied,

But it uses the very name of

That Being it’s trying to hide.

– eab, June 2018

 

Heb 4.12

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit…”

 

Some medical doctors have more interest in money than in health.

Some teachers & school administrators are more interested in indoctrination than Truth.

Some men in public office are professional politicians with little interest in being statesmen.

Some parents are so busy paying bills that they pay too little attention to the next generation.

Some pastors are more interested in advancement (denominational or community) than in souls.

– eab, 7/12/18

 

“…The number of upright and true Christians in every place is very small…”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

“…They that will be rich fall into temptation & a snare & into many foolish & hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction & perdition” (1Ti 6.9). Should this be adapted to the entertainment craze? “…They that will be [‘entertained’] fall into temptation…perdition.” Those rushing around, spending sum$, craving “entertainment” subject themselves to dark atmospheres, to foolishness (“comedy”) & injurious activities which can bring spiritual death & real death. Contented souls find joys in simple things. Praise the Lord.

– eab, 7/13/18

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Jam 4.9 +

Jas 4.9

“Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning,

and your joy to heaviness.”

 

“He who laughs last, laughs best.” Though this is not Scripture, it’s scriptural. Christ said, “Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh” (Luk 6.21). Don’t seek, Believer, to laugh (or be know as trying to make others laugh) now. Now is our time to see sin & feel the woes thereof enough to be somber. As we’re faithful we’ll get to /Laugh Later/.

– eab, 7/13/18

 

“The polarity between good & evil

will eventually force us to a total position.” [regarding holiness]

– Eldon Fuhrman, PhD, chapel, 9/29/87

 

Please never confuse the relaxation of being out in nature (forest, desert, grasslands, etc.) with the tensions of a ball game. The breezes, quietness, the smells, openness, the big sky overhead are so different from the confines of a stadium, a certain row, an assigned seat, the odor of beer, sweaty bodies, the blaring broadcaster, & the hostility between teams. “But I’m not into camping.” Fine, spend nights in air-conditioned motels & make simple day trips (afoot, boat, bike, car) into the serenity of God’s nature. It’s a great place, mid-week, to commune with God.

– eab, 7/13/18

 

What Will You Say

What will you tell God at the end of life,

When He asks why you rejected His Son,

Why sin and self and sports and strife,

Were more pleasing to you than His only One?

– eab, 7/13/10

 

Psa 119.11

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

 

Antiques are valuable – whether you like them or can’t stand them. Antiques are so appreciated & found desirable that men are making livings shaping, shipping & selling imitation “antiques.” Buyer Beware. “Antique” coins are made, as well as “antique” archeological “findings.” Men build new furniture & “stress” it so it appears older. Even books/papers may be produced & made to appear older than they are. You can lose money on the above imitations; repeat, Buyer Beware. But particular care, friend, should be exercised on the last item – you could lose your soul.

– eab, 7/13/18

 

“Truly that prayer [our Lord’s Prayer] was penned by wisdom itself;

none but God could have done it.”

– Martin Luther, /Table Talk/

 

Ask, Seek, Knock came to a better understanding while pastoring in SD. Someone might mention a rancher (needy spiritually, with recent tragedy, etc.). First I had to Ask where he lived – that was the 1st step. Then I’d take a gravel road north (or other direction) so far, turn east a couple of miles, his lane would be on my right (south) – that was Seeking. Last I’d park my trusty Camry, speak to the dog (& keep an eye on him) step to the door & Knock. Can’t count the times I did this in 4 yrs. I enjoyed the west & left part of my heart in the high plains of western SD.

-eab, 7/12/18

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Rev 18.20 +

Rev 18.20

“Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets;

for God hath avenged you on her.”

 

Children went to church in by-gone days & found it exciting. They sang songs before they could read. They knelt beside dad & listened to his heart cry expressed in prayer. They were happy to receive a quarter only to drop in the offering plate in a few seconds later, as it passed. They listened to Sis So-n-So’s solo. They stood in reverence to God’s Word (as it was read) & were awed by the sermon (until they feel asleep). But a day or two later they played church with vigor. They liked it – – – because the adults enjoyed it.

– eab, 7/13/18

 

“A Christian is not the kind of optimist

 who over looks reality.”

– G R “Bob” French, sermon, 5/6/2001

 

* TRINITY * (15.)

1Pe 3.18…Christ also hath once suffered for sins…He might bring us to God being put to death in the flesh but quickened by the Spirit:

 

 

AGE

Age (when it found time to begin),

Was like a point, point of a pen.

Later, age becomes a mere word,

Then words “bunched up,” as a full herd.

Soon age is its own paragraph;

(Do “aging” jokes now make you laugh?)

Age, in its swift moving, old rage,

At present covers a full page.

Once a period? Now a chapter!

Age keeps growing. What’s it after?

Age will soon more chapters complete;

On-rolling age knows no defeat.

Shortly, age will own the whole book;

It steals youth like no other crook.

Like a book, long ago loaned, Friend

Lastly come those sad words – “The End.”

– eab, 7/13/09

 

Gen 2.8

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and

there he put the man whom he had formed.”

 

God was the First Gardener – the very first. The variety of that Edenic place must have been nearly impossible to describe. Was it a formal garden, a country garden, a hilly one or a flat one? Was it color-coded: blues here, yellows there, reds on beyond or were there splashes of colors in surprising arrays? To be a gardener is to a little like God.

– eab, 7/13/18

 

“I have grounded my preaching upon the literal word…”

– Martin Luther

 

The Bible is timeless. 1.) It does not matter what Time you pick It up: AM, “tardes,” PM. 2.) It’s Timeless in the sense you can start reading at 10, or 30, or 50 (but the earlier the better). 3.) The Bible is Timeless in that our ancestors could’ve read & found It appropriate in their horse & buggy & we can in our horseless carriage. 4.) And, It is Timeless in that, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psa 119.89).

– eab, 7/13/18

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Dan 4.7 +

Dan 4.7

“Then came in the magicians, the astrologers…I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation…”

 

TV is a cancer which was purposely introduced into the healthy home. TV destroys meals together (so important for building family unity). TV sets up tension between “team” opponents. TV pollutes normal married sex. TV corrupts modesty. TV tries to make immoral action look normal while all this time addicting to its “music,” its worship of money, & its proliferation of magic.

– eab, 7/11/18

 

“Sin committed and depravity felt are very different.”

– R S Foster, /Christian Purity/

 

My dad was a relatively poor man – my Father is phenomenally wealthy.

My dad was short in height – my Father is beyond measurement or size.

My dad stuttered – my Father speaks & that so plainly that He is hated for it.

My dad was a high school graduate – my Father knows everything, literally!

My dad was a wore glasses – my Father sees perfectly. All things. At once.

My dad had to be redeemed by Jesus – my Father has always been Holy.

My dad had a DOB & (sadly) a DOD – my Father is the Ancient of Days.

– eab, 7/12/18

 

They all make Sense

Color and texture and depth and size

We own by medium of our eyes

Pitch and volume and discord we hear

By the grand medium of the ear

Salt and sour, bitter and sweet

The tongue well performs this useful feat

New-mown grass, freshly turned dirt, man knows

And the scent of the sea, all via the nose.

We feel the insect land on the hand.

Isn’t the sense of touch something grand?

– eab, 7/11/11

 

 

1Ti 4.12

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example…in purity.”

 

If you’re a newly married couple or young couple with a child or two & name the Name of Jesus, I beg be consistent in your walk. If you have leadership, be that much more careful. I ask this as Gramp; my grandchildren are looking. If you start going to worldly entertainments, start wearing less clothing, using un-Christ-like words, they’ll notice. Notice &, they’re if not settled in Christ, may follow your changes. Please for your sake & for the sake of younger people observing/following you be consistent.

– eab, 7/12/18

 

“…The use and manner of clothes is a mark of the state of a man’s mind

and consequently that is a thing highly essential to religion.”

– Wm Law, /Serious Call to Devout…/

 

Being a Believer (Servant of Jesus Christ) is 24/7/365, til death. There’s no man (or man’s little organizations) for which I’d want to be 24/7, to say nothing about 365, or death. But One died for me; I’m happy to be His all-the-time! BTW I’m also a husband 24/7/365/til death, as well as a dad & gramp.

– eab, 7/12/18

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Rom 4.20 +

Rom 4.20

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief;

but was strong in faith, giving glory to God”

 

Praying, it could be argued is easy – almost everyone does it: students on test day, speeding drivers as they pass radar traps, late workers, deer hunters J. Many of these are selfish & have little-to-no faith in them. It could be argued Praying is hard – there are few people (it seems) who are willing to be intercessors. (I’ve met one man who testified he was called to intercessory prayer in – maybe they’re just not talking about it.)

– eab, 7/6/18

 

“Simplicity of intention keeps darkness out of your mind &

purity of affection keeps wrong fires out of your breast…”

– John Fletcher, /Works II/

 

I love the realness of God. I detest the fakeness of satan. All of the Holy Trinity are genuine & have been since “before there was a beginning.” All about satan & his unholy “trinity” (the serpent, the anti-christ, the false prophet) are false. The devil has lies built on lies which produced & are still producing lies.

– eab, 7/8/18

 

SO UNKNOWN

Death is a mysterious door

From which we’ll exit nevermore.

Known about – yet so unknown,

Where the seeds that life has sown

Are harvested with glory or groan.

Prepare! We quickly approach its shore.

– eab, 7/10/18

 

Eph 5.14

“Wherefore he saith, ‘Awake thou that sleepest,

and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.’”

 

If I desire to be seen as a great thinker, pride lies near the door. If I want to be known as a deep pray-er it could (if anything) be worse. Instead, am I willing to be the Lord’s servant? Am I willing to post what hopefully will sound an alarm about a trend, blow a whistle about an idea? People who are asleep or very sleepy don’t want to be pricked or prodded & the guy doing it is not popular – but he may be necessary.

– eab, 6/28/18

 

“…We must unlearn what the spirit of the world has taught us…

yet [the] greater part of Christians live & die slaves to the customs & temper of the world.”

– Wm Law, /Serious Call to Devout…/

 

History has been re-written. And re-written who knows how many times. Not all “facts” in this or that re-model job were lies (though never put it above an historian to “fib”). No historian but God, could produce a history that included all the facts – so historians select these & omit those details. If you believe all a history book said about a certain decade you’re gullible – too gullible. Think critically.

– eab, 7/8/18

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