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Exo 20.4 +

Exo 20.4

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”

 

What shirts, jackets, & caps; what emblem-emblazed toys, recreational items & other, would disappear if our houses got rid of all “make-believe” characters? Why should Christians have images of “batman,” “superman” or “spiderman” all SO unbiblical?  Why should images of “donald duck,” “mickey mouse” or “lion king” be welcome in holy homes?  You /can/ free yourself from hollywood’s symbols & should be happy to be do so. These do not honor Christ but are from His enemies.

– eab, 7/8/18

 

“To be conquered by truth & love is to prove conqueror

over our two greatest enemies, error & sin.”

– John Fletcher, /Works II/

 

* TRINITY * (14.)

1Pe 1.2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience & sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you & peace, be multiplied.

 

Sense God

See God in the delicate art of a flower,

Hear Him in thunder’s terrific power,

Taste God in both super sweet & slightly sour,

Smell Him in the spring/summer garden bower,

Strive to /feel/ Him near, every waking hour.

– eab, 7/8/10

 

 

more IMAGES NOW

We look at the ancient heathens & see

Several images of wood, metal or stone.

Looking at modern heathens we see millions

Of images on their computer, TV & phone.

– eab, 7/8/18

 

 

2Co 11.14

“And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

 

TAI – *Think. About. It.* Our modern concept of a rainbow is possibly more from “science” than from Scripture. Three of the seven colors (orange, indigo & violet) scientists say it contains, aren’t in the Bible. As we have no proof of what Noah saw (or any Biblical character since him) it may not be wise to insist on “reclaiming” it – it may be more “theirs” than “ours” anyway. I resent the abnormal crowd laying claim to the rainbow but am raising this possibility – what we think is a “rainbow” may not true to the Good Book.

– eab, 7/8/18

 

“…Say no more than you know the God above

 will say Amen to…”

– John Bunyan

 

Few sinners & too few saints are aware that “science” has been vying to be God. This is many centuries old. Heathen “science” (the Greeks were “civilized” heathen, but very much heathen) was preserved & built upon by later heathens. Even “christian” men accepted various non-Biblical ideas. “Science” is no more to be believed (without critical thought) than re-written history. Home-schoolers, Beware.

– eab, 7/8/18

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Gen 1.12 +

Gen 1.12

“And the earth brought forth grass & herb yielding seed after his kind & the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

 

Evolutionary “biologists” throw around “age” numbers. They’re numbers they “created” (excuse the pun) out of thin air & wishful guessing. They can’t prove anything was a million yrs ago. They’re trying to impress little minds & sadly have done so. Evolutionary “astronomers” throw around huge “distant” numbers. Their numbers also came from thin air. They can no more prove the distance to “x” star than the dreamy biologists/geologists can prove his “million” yrs. Sadly many “christians who refused the evolutionary tripe are still impressed by the lying so-called “astronomers” who’re more like philosophers.

– eab, 7/8/18

 

“A sharp pen may be guided by a kind heart.”

– John Fletcher, /Works I/

 

Young people – Never considering getting the 1st tattoo. The devil may find it easier to tempt you for #2. “But I know christian youth who are being inked – with good words, even Scripture.” A pastor should’ve warned them, a parent (if they’re still home) should’ve forbid them. A fellow youthful christian should’ve discouraged this waste of $ & mis-use of their body. They’re wrong – don’t follow their example, Rather show them your God-given skin color. No christian should want to look like the world with tattoos.

 

FINCH

P Personally, met this prophet in the old Mid-west

A And liked him right away. (We both Volkswagens had.)

U Under three years later, we’re teaching together,

L Led to Hobe, me a “rook,” him old enough for dad.

 

W With the years he’d come by Tennessee and invest

O On young lives his ageless truth; “The Mid-east” he taught.

O On my soul he left etchings, hungers for blessings.

D Doubt he understood how much then his mind I sought.

 

F Few if any men I’ve “schooled with,” have been more blest

I In breadth of sharing pulpits, preaching ‘cross the earth.

N Nor had more on their “shelf;” because he’d died to self.

C Commencements? Shared some. His, long-awaited has come.

H Happy Graduation, Sir! What a spotless robe!

– eab, 7/8/03

 

1Co 6.19

“…Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

 

*Note* if you’re a recent christian & were tattooed while a sinner God understands (saints will as they see sincerity in your walk with God). What to do about the shame you feel? 1.) I understand (don’t profess knowledge here) they can be removed with time & money. 2.) Many tattoos can be covered. Seems logical to wear sleeves, pants, skirts long enough to cover the inked area. 3.) If you are stuck with a tattoo that can’t be hid under apparel consider it as covered in God’s sight & a “cross” you’ve have to bear till death.

– eab, 7/8/18

 

“I sensed the powerful decentralizing effect of it [TV] on my mind & affections. It quickens me in ways not of God…”

– Jim Elliott, quoted by Vance Havner

 

They have a white blossom. Then they start off green, turn a littler green, become a whitish-pink, then they’re red. Later they change to maroon, then purple. And – – – we call them “Black Raspberries.” God could have made earth without black raspberries but I’m surely glad He didn’t. Just enjoyed a piece of Martha’s black raspberry pie – my favorite berry pie; hands down! Delicious!

– eab, 7/8/18

Php 4.11 +

Php 4.11

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned,

in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

 

Find a reason to enjoy every season, yes, every one. Paul said “…I have learned…to be content” (Php 4.11). You also can learn to be content in the present season & not constantly be wishing for the next. Enjoy Summer – don’t call it a “bummer.” Let Fall wait its turn. If you or I pass away before Summer does, we’ll be glad we were glad with God’s current season.

– eab, 7/6/18

 

“Legalist – a carnal man trying to do right.”

– Paul W Finch, sermon

 

Everyman will someday (soon?) come into the presence of God. For those who took His Name in vain, who tried to avoid Him, who persecuted His servants, it’ll be a frightful meeting. For those who accepted His proffered redemption, who loved Him, who met with Him often on earth, it’ll be a delightful meeting. Friend, please stop avoiding God. His expectations are reasonable, His grace is all sufficient.

– eab, 7/6/18

 

NINETY – EIGHT

The years have come to ninety and eight *

That’s a lot of chronological “weight”

For your slimness to shoulder

Today Mom, you’re one year older.

 

Memories of youth I could not have known

But the wild world’s “oats” were not sown

God instead made you a lot bolder

Today Mom, you’re one year older.

 

Married you were to Clyde D., my dad

Children made your “mother heart” glad

(Though death now has some in its “folder.”)

Today Mom, you’re one year older.

– eab, 7/6/2005 * Written for Mom 13 yrs ago.

 

Mat 11.30

“For my yoke is easy,

and my burden is light.”

 

Everyone feels light-hearted when they’re saved. As they walk in the light they continue to feel a lightness, a clarity with God. Without being 100% serious yet wanting us to think – does this lightness carry unto death & they rise to heaven because they are so “light”? The opposite is true for the sinner. He/she is weighted down with sin. Guilt is a heavy load. Sins accumulate; the weight gets harder & harder to bear – does this huge weight carry unto death & sink the sinner into the depths of hell? Not preaching this as FACT – suggesting it as pictorial contrast. – eab, 7/6/18

 

“…a life of holiness, family holiness…& by conversation holiness in the world

…promote holiness in this world…”

– John Bunyan, /Pilgrim’s Progress/

 

Are we loosing corporate praying in our holiness congregations? Any pastor can stand & say (heaven forbid, read) a prayer while the people listen in pale silence – people who need to talk to God personally, people who need to be honest with Him (what better place than church?) & people who need to be prayed for strongly. Once holiness churches had a symphony of praying/praising – one spoke to God from his knelling position there, one feebly sitting in her pew, a pastor kneeling up front & scores of others voicing heart-felt needs. They were as players in an orchestra, each “praying his part,” in a sound beautiful in the ears of God. Oh, for a revival of corporate prayer. – eab, 7/5/18

Luk 11.2 +

Luk 11.2

“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, ‘Our Father which art in heaven…’”

 

Are you praying what is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer”? No, I’m not asking if your congregation repeats it by rote every Lord’s Day AM – not all bad, but may not be all good either. I’m asking are YOU, personally, privately, (hopefully) tearfully praying “Our Father which art in heaven…”? Allow me to encourage you to pray “The Lord’s Prayer” within the next few hours. Give yourself time to pray it through phrase by phase, even word by word. It is the Model Prayer Christ left us.

– eab, 7/5/18

 

“Forgive. Why?

So you can live.”

– Carl Eisenhart, sermon, 2/11/18

 

* TRINITY * (13.)

Heb 10.29…hath trodden under foot the Son of God, & hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, & hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

 

 

THE SUN DIES

The sun is “born” and “dies” every night,

Reminding in its over-head flight,

That life starts low – level of the eye,

Life ends low – at edge of earth and sky.

Regardless of how the sun may soar

Or how bright its light from “eight to four”

It always sets, finds its final time;

Matters not how heady-high its climb.

Grand ladies and men, alike the low slave,

Have earthly life closings, at the grave.

– eab, 7/5/11

 

Act 7.55

“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and

saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God”

 

When a congregation is being robbed of the Classic Hymns of historic Christianity, is being robbed of strong corporate praying, is being robbed of singing by a soul who touched heaven that AM before coming to minister, is being robbed of Holy Ghost anointed preaching, it, my friend, is a church in poverty. Don’t count a church’s wealth by sleek cars in the lot or fine coats on a rack. Real richness is in the Power & Presence of Christ in the sanctuary!

– eab, 7/5/18

 

“…The poor man that loveth Christ is richer than

 the greatest man in the world that hates him.”

– John Bunyan

 

Eating breakfast in a motel this AM I heard (my back was to the TV) “talking heads.” Whether the “news” they were discussing was real or fake I can’t say. But one way or the other, if gullible people “buy into” what they’re saying, the public is being influenced the way a news source wants. Stop believing all you hear on radio, see on TV or internet. Go to 3-5 news sources for an attempt at balance & then sort.

– eab, 7/2/18

Mat 10.37 +

Mat 10.37

“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and

he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

 

Never, NEVER, say, “If my wife/husband, or girlfriend/boyfriend, or dad/mom, or son/daughter aren’t in heaven, I don’t want to go.” I beg of you do *not* say this. (If you already have, plead with God to forgive your irrational statement.) This shows that you love them more than Jesus Christ. Did they die for your sins? Our love for everyone must be less than our love, admiration, & loyalty to Christ.- eab, 6/28/18

 

“He’s the final destination of my soul.”

– Darwin  Edwards, from a testimony

 

GET AWAY #1 We returned Monday from a 3 day get-a-way commemorating our 57th anniversary. Andrew gave us a sizable gift (Christmas) wanting us to visit West Baden Springs Hotel. As we’re not used to the “Lap of Luxury” (+ we wanted 2 nights) we modified this. Saturday PM we had nice buffet supper at Spring Mill Restaurant (with Andrew in mind) – it’s where we had the rehearsal dinner for him & Vonnie. That night & the next we were in Bedford’s Holiday Inn Express & both AMs enjoyed their breakfasts. Lord’s Day AM we visited Faith Mission Ch. Thank you Son. – eab, 7/4/18

 

JESUS WEPT

“Jesus wept,” a verse we all know,

Is in the Book to clearly show,

It’s OK to weep after a death;

To sob, to cry, to loose one’s breath.

Christ let His “feelings” overflow.

– eab, 7/4/06

 

PATMOS

Beloved John to Patmos went,

(Not a vacation, he was “sent”)

But he listened well on that ole rock

And wrote some things that still bring shock

Showing each big coming event.

– eab, 7/4/06

 

Job 42.16

“After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons,

and his sons’ sons, even four generations.”

 

GET AWAY #2 That late afternoon we had a short but good visit with Orlow & Rhoda & planned to go to the Wesleyan Holiness Camp with them but Martha’s energy level dropped. Monday we were able (with Andrew’s gift) to take Leonard & Janet for lunch to eat in West Baden Springs. As the waitress was getting our orders I told her “We’re grandlaws – we share grandchildren.” She liked that. After finishing lunch thunder was heard & I suggested we go. Leonard & I walked to our cars in huge raindrops & before we got off the grounds rain was there in torrents. Martha & I returned purposely on 2 lane roads – happy to be home, & very pleased with the nice, safe time away. – eab, 7/4/18

 

“…He hath given me rest by his sorrow

and life by his death.”

– John Bunyan, /Pilgrim’s Progress/

 

If you’re a believer God is your Father. As Father, He (among many things) has the privilege & responsibility to point out our weaknesses & show use how to overcome them “un pronto.” Are you open to God’s Correction – of your Direction? (If you resent His words of advice – check to see if you love Him as you ought. L)

– eab, 7/4/18

Pro 5.18 +

Pro 5.18

“…rejoice with the wife of thy youth.” [[ Bryans were married at 18 ]]

 

‘Tis Anniversary Week * #6 (last in series). When a happily married man & wife finish 15 yrs they’re glad & want more time together. When they mark 20, they may say, “Let’s do another 20.” J At the big silver anniversary they look ahead to making it 50 yrs. Even at 30 yrs they may dream of another 30 (as God wills). We are at 57. Reality says there will not be another 57. Life has slowed down. Retirement is being enjoyed. Now it’s time to relish each year – make that month? Week? No. Find pleasure in each day & count your blessings, yes, the little ones. I wish my wife a Happy, Happy, Happy 57th. – eab, June 18

 

“Carnal nature is the perversion of the human nature.”

– Phillip Dickinson, sermon, 10/12/03

 

* TRINITY * (12.)

Heb 9.14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge…

 

 

we’ve been “we”

It seems incredible – can it be?

We’re married 50 years, you and me?

Let’s check the calendar and see.

Math seems right, down to the “T.”

Once single she, once only he,

Now a long time, we’ve been “we.”

– eab, 6/30/11 >> note date <<

 

Luk 16.23a & 24b

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…

“…send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”

 

“I hope So-n-So burns in hell!” No sinner should say that; no saint does. It is a very wicked wish & a very ignorant statement. Anyone wanting someone else to go to hell has a super evil heart themselves. And it shows an extremely shallow understanding of the torments. “Flames” “No water” “Memory” “No escape.” I would not wish the last dog that bit me (in Phoenix), to go to hell, let-alone-a-human. – eab, 6/28/18

 

“…Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing

that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

– C S Lewis, /Mere Christianity/

 

Why adult fascination with “Make Believe”? Don’t be offended – my question is serious. This post isn’t intended to hurt (I hope it awakens). Adults waste millions of dollars & misuse millions of hours watching movies they *know* aren’t real. Why? They travel miles & pay big bucks to see: false walls, plastic trees, styrofoam castles, fabrications, & things hollow (structure & meaning). Why? There’s a place (I “hear”) called “Magic Kingdom.” Why are adults intrigued by unreal – God has untold realities for us?

– eab, 6/24/18

Psa 91.2 +

Psa 91.2

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress:

my God; in him will I trust.”

 

‘Tis Anniversary Week * #5. God directed us differently than He did those who stayed 3-5 decades. We’re happy with His guidance. We were 11 yrs near the Great Smoky National Park (can’t tell the # of times been around Cades Cove). We were over 3 ½ yrs, 50 miles from N’Leans (got to cross flat Lake Pontchartrain, be on it shrimping, & visit the French Qrt). Spent 4 yrs pastoring real cowboys in SD (visited the Faces many times & help in branding). Were about 2 yrs in AZ (multiple visits to Grand Canyon). Had privilege of pastoring in Canada & seeing “the States” through this neighbor’s eyes. God Lead Every Step.

– eab, June 18

 

“All that Calvary provived for us, judgment will require from us.”

– Millard Downing, 6/18/99

 

What is a tattoo? A mark. What kind of mark? A mark of attachment. Attachment to whom? Ah, that may be the rub. Look at the lives of those who are the most “inked.” Do you want to spend eternity with those whose lives/words/deaths are (somewhat) reflected in the words & symbols inked on them?

** THINK BEFORE YOU INK! **

– eab, 6/28/18

 

 

MRS. LOT    

Can there be any doubt, Mrs. Lot could pout,

To always have her way?

The angels pulled her bodily out,

But the affections inside would not be denied;

The real Mrs. Lot wanted to stay.

– eab, June  1981

 

Mat 7.21

“Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;

but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

 

You lost a close friend or perhaps a mate. They had sang in church, taught Sunday Sch., preached, were possibly a denominational leader. A minister consoling you “assumed” them in heaven, the preacher at the funeral “assumed” them in heaven & you’ve “assumed . . . Don’t. Did their life match God’s Guideline for Living? (I’ve prayed for 2 who lost mates NOT to assume the other made it.) Please do not stop short of doing what you /know/ God wants from YOU, regardless of how “So-n-So” lived. Death is serious.

– eab, 6/28/18

 

“…We seldom find Christian miracles denied except

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

– C S Lewis, /Miracles/

 

Heaven is no man’s “right.” Heaven is 100% under God’s control & is His throne. (“Heaven is my throne…” Act 7.49). Our only hope of going to heaven is to receive & respond to His Royal Invitation. Have you seen yourself as a sinner yet, & confessed to God in Jesus name? Have you let God know that accepting His Invitation is the absolute number 1 (#1) item on your life-list? Get serious with God.

– eab, 6/28/18