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What? No Body in the tomb?

Who ever heard the like?

Who can thus presume,

That One has risen

That One is no longer dead long?

Who ever heard that any successfully fled.

He is not here?

Why, this is where they stopped the bier,

This is where a sheet-bound Frame

From which such wondrous words once came

This is where they laid it down,

And sorrowfully, slowly, slumped back to town.

This has to be the lonely spot 

Surely, I’ve not “forgot”

The roll of the land, the look of the vale,

This is the place, lifeless and stale

That One’s precious Body came to rest

(What other point on earth is so blest?)

But the tomb is empty, there’s no Body in the grave

What ever do you suppose? – – –

Why, here are His grave clothes,

Here is the napkin they wound ‘round His head

These are the items so know with the dead

But He, the One who briefly wore them,

Is gone – you’ll have to store them.

He’ll never need graves clothes again.

He left them low, He did ascend

He showed Himself – Many did Him see

Life gave way to eternity!

The One who came the lost to save,

Has conquered Sin, Hell, and the Grave!

– eab, Mar. ‘08

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“Which of you by taking thought

can add one cubit unto his stature?”

Mat 6.27

 

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“Success is the progressive fulfillment

of the will of God for your life.”

– G R “Bob” French, sermon, 10/17/00

 

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God does for His servants as He see best;

Some have activity, others have rest.

Several don work clothes, some suit and vest,

Some are far from home, some near their nest,

Some face life’s low load with a heavy chest,

Several sing and whistle high on the crest.

But all His known servants have passed His test;

They’ll gather soon from northeast to southwest.

Never forget, Child, God knows what is best.

– eab,  4/27/11

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ON THIS DATE    

Tertullian is thought to have been born 4/27/c.155 (160?) AD at Carthage (now in Tunisia) to pagan parents; his father a Roman centurion, perhaps part of an African-based legion assigned to the provincial governor.  His works indicate he received a good Carthaginian education including (but not necessarily limited to) grammar, rhetoric, literature, philosophy. He later traveled to Rome possibly to further his training (although Carthage was second only to Rome in culture & education) & may have studied law while there.   

One thing he did “learn” in Rome was the way Christians were being executed. He saw the courage which sustained them as they faced hideous deaths.  This startled him into investigating their Belief & eventually led to his conversion to Jesus Christ 197-198(?).  He was definitely married (addressed two books to his wife) but her name is lost in the dusty past. Tertullian was the first Christian penman to use Latin as a writing language but of his 31 extant works at least 3 were written in Greek.

Tertullian definitely did NOT (nor the Roman Catholics) create the concept of a Trinity. At least 13 verses list All Three of the God-Head in one verse but he appears to first to pen “trinity” described as “One God in Three Persons” (classic trinitarian formula). He was unhappy with compromise he witnessed coming into the church & wrote against encroachments rather than producing a systematic theology. His honesty did not win him friends among the “Churchmen” & one source said he died (c. 225-240) “separated from full communion with the bishops of the Catholic Church” a positive (rather than a negative) assessment.

Tertullian Quotes:

“One Person in Two Natures” – describing Christ

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” – another of his famous phrases 

“What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” – as pagan philosophies came – a question we still need to hear!

 

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“Behold the fowls of the air:

for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns;

yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.

Are ye not much better than they?”

Mat 6.26

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>> WATCH OUT – – – This is heavy! <<

“Do you become impatient under trial, fretful when crossed, angry revengeful when injured, vain when flattered, proud when prospered, complaining when chastened, unbeliev­ing when seemingly forsaken, unkind when neglected?”

– R S Foster, from his book Christian Purity

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