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1Co 1.21 +

1Co 1.21

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,

it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”


“Departed spirits are not men; & dead men cannot be tried till the resurrection of the dead takes place when departed spirits & raised bodies will form men again by their re-union.”

– John Fletcher /Works I/


Testify to holiness (if you are sanctified). Sing holiness songs to wholesome music. Preach/teach holiness as Christ & the apostles pronounced it. A compromising variety of “holiness” stalks the land. It wants Jesus-type words to big band or rinky-dink sounds – that friend, is not holiness. It wants to allow carnal manifestations at ball games (“But the ref. WAS wrong”), prideful appearances instead of the plain clothing, & such modern “holiness” has no shout & no shine.

– eab, April 2019


“Truth, next to God, is the most powerful thing in the world.”

– John Fletcher /Works I/


God knows difference

Recent converts and

Receding compromisers

Can look nearly the same

Fresh “ink” has recorded one’s new name

The other, though denying, lives in shame.

– eab, 4/20/09


Drinking hard liquors has brought many to joblessness, to wifelessness, to health-less-ness. Please oppose it, though it’s within the family – it’s a curse. Now, allow the Lord to show you what else is within the family circles which you should oppose because it also is wrong & needs your strict disapproval. True, one can be too preachy about “x” or “y” but we can also can become accustomed to outright sin & therefore silent until it’s too late. Amen? Ouch?

– eab, 4/18/19


Psa 139.8

“If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there:

if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”


“The ‘last days’ began with Christ’s first advent

& will end with His second advent.”

– F F Bruce /Book of Acts/


Heaven, above all the earth, is full of Light. People who dislike, even hate light, do not go here.

Earth, the middle-land, is an ever changing mixture of light & darkness – introducing us to both.

Hell, below earth, is associated with “outer darkness”(Mat 8.12ff) therefore may totally lack light.

– eab, 4/20/19


“…What was piety to the Greeks

was superstition in the eyes of the apostle.”

– F F Bruce /Book of Acts/

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1Co 1.21 +

1Co 1.21

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,

it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”


Martin Wells Knapp tells of “A ticket agent [pre 1890] at a railroad station gave a tract with each ticket. 22 persons wrote him that they had been converted by means of his tracts.”


Some men are known as Enthusiasts, some are viewed as Educators, & frankly some men are almost or in reality, Entertainers. A few men are Holy, Happy, Humble servants of the Most High. They have fewer followers than the first group but thank God for all every man in the latter group.

– eab, 4/18/19


“He who is popular with the world cannot at the same time please God…

a ‘man-pleasing preacher.’” – M W Knapp



A geese vee flew overhead

Headed for regions beyond,

Eventually to down glide

To lakeside, creek, or mid-pond.


But now they angling fly

Flying in good formation

Individuals, together,

Designed by great Creation.


Theirs is a great graceful gray

Veeing off to far “new” homes,

One side slightly to the right

Of the goose who with him roams.


The other side slopes to left

Lefting to lesson the winds,

They call to each his buddy.

Is it “courage” he thus sends?


The regal-dressed goose in lead

Leads both sides of his big vee

A loosely flying unit

Yet each bird is truly free.


What wise cooperation,

Co-oping to reach a shared goal.

If God can thus make mere birds,

Can He not help man’s long soul?

– eab, 4/18/05, in Canada


Two problems with a PhD (or other terminal degrees) are a strong temptation to 1.) Feel like one has arrived & with that, (if agreed to) the horrible weight of Pride. And 2.) Feel compliancy or a slowness or laziness to climb to new heights or dig into deeper mines of Truth.

– eab, 4/10/19


Rom 1.20

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power & Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”


“Were there no pride, there would be no sin; & the heart from which it is cast out has the humility, meekness & gentleness of Christ implanted in its stead.”

– Adam Clarke


Artists die. Their work is a motionless before they are – frozen in color, fixed in texture & at a halt. God is the only “Artist” (said with utmost respect) who ever-lives. His work is forever changing: either alive (grass, herb, tree), or mobile (seas, clouds, fogs), or shifting (glaciers, dunes, rivers). Some think that they like to sit in a man-made “cathedral” – I much prefer (there’s no comparison, to me) to sit in what I penned in 1979 a, “cathedral of oaks.” It is majestic as only the Greatest Artist can make & it’s alive with slight sounds, leafy movements, forest smells & yet allows the wanting, waiting heart to fellowship with Him.

– eab, 4/18/19


“This fitness…to appear before God & thorough preparation for eternal glory, is what I plead for, pray for, & heartily recommend to all true believers under the name of Christian Perfection.”

– Adam Clarke

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Translation Trouble – 1Co 1.21


AV “…after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”


NKJV – For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.


[[ Men should never say God’s message is foolish ]]

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