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1Jo 2.15 +

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

“True reason, alas! is as rare as true piety.”

– John Fletcher /Works III/

 

You love “Ball” – footBall, soccor, basketBall, golf, baseBall, tennis, softBall, bowling, volleyBall, rugby, etc. Truth-be-known, you’re addicted: you’ll miss sleep, miss meals with family, miss church, maybe miss work to watch (TV/in person) 1 or more of these.  You may not smoke/drink/do drugs (& condemn those who do) but you’re addicted.  True, “Ball” is not as harmful as tobacco & ilk but – – – is it good that you’re addicted to it? Must have it or you’re Not happy?  Think about it Friend. – 10/24/19

 

“…Before the Supreme Being, nothing can appear more detestable than

 the pride of a degenerate & ungrateful creature.”

– John Fletcher /Works III/

 

DUSKING DARK

A cedar against a pink-lavender sky,

In the space between the neighboring oaks,

The silhouetted bird flies by,

The crickets sing an evening song,

A lowly cow lows, the day is closed

While along the horizon

The pink fades and goes

Sights and sounds the heart and mind

Senses but lets them slip.

A day is closing as others closed,

Slowly slips beyond our grip,

The pink has departed

Now the trees stand dark and still

Black trees on a gray-blue sky,

As tree frogs “che che” at will.

– eab, Oct. ‘75

 

“Already the high priests, prayers & temples of the universal cult are with us. Curriculums are being drafted to indoctrinate our children in… ‘The Church of all People’ the 1st step…”

– Dave Hunt

 

You found your first gray hair & are Aghast. What to do? As father of 4 middle-aged children, as Gramp to 18 (+ those who’ve married in) allow 2 suggestions:

1.) Pull it out (JK), but if you do, “frame” it; it’s the proto-type of many more to come.

2.) Seriously, don’t start dyeing. Why? A.) You’ll be locked-into that Expense & Bother for as long as you live, or B.) The day’ll come when you decide to go natural, you’ll suffer the embarrassment of “gray roots” for months & people will then know you were trying to fool them (& fool yourself) all the time. – 10/24/19

 

Act 16.16

“…As we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us,

 which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:”

 

halloween is a devilish day. Has it purposefully been “pushed” to cover over the REALLY important event of Oct. 31? (It very possible has.)  On 10/31/1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses. That was a huge step forward for the much needed Reformation. Luther did not start the Reformation but was The Key Man of his day. There are those who want us to forget the Best October 31 of all time. – 10/25/19

 

“…paganism survived…in the form of ancient rites & customs condoned…by an often indulgent Church…Statues of Isis & Horus were renamed Mary & Jesus.”

– Will Durant, quoted by Dave Hunt

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1Jo 2.15 +

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

“We get in trouble when we do not take the Bible [for] what it says.”

– G R French, sermon, 6/3/01

 

29 of 46 “…Pride & arrogancy…do I hate”(Pro 8.13).

Jer 49.16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the PRIDE of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.

 

“There is no fully life than the life given fully to God.”

– G R French, sermon, 2/19/97

 

SOMEDAY, LIFE

Someday, life as for years we’ve known it,

Will all be gone in the twinkling of an eye.

The seed will grow just where we’ve sown it,

(For as a tree falleth so shall it lie)

And as a man liveth, be it good or evil,

As a man liveth, so shall he die. – eab, July ’74

 

Can a man, a mere man, a lowly mortal, please God? Oh, hallelujah, yes. By His grace He will help us to please Him. God made us human & fully understands man’s limitations. He did not make carnality – it has roots in satan, therefore God wants to eradicate it. Humanity He can excuse, carnality He can remove.

– 1/8/19

 

2Ti 3.13

“But evil men & seducers shall wax worse & worse,

deceiving & being deceived.”

 

Not married yet? That’s good – – – if you’re still addicted to sin. Living above sin is the best state to be in before dating or becoming engaged. It will allow the Spirit to lead you who to ask to be your wife; or to whom to say yes or no to being a wife. And – – – settling it to be all God’s will make you a better Mate for all of married life.

– 7/15/19

 

“Carnality…appears as envy…jealousy…pride…selfishness…stubbornness…all traits of carnality are in every heart in germinal form.”

– Warren McIntire

 

Those who rule hollywood (disney & ilk) have made a highly artificial “world.” Men/women used as “stars” are pretenders – maybe better at fakery than another but still NOT real. They’re willing to act out falseness (4th wall is not seen) for fame & fed notes. (If no fame, if the pretenders got “fast food” wages, they wouldn’t do the degrading things they do.) To make their make-believe site seem legit, the produces give themselves honors: “best actor” “best movie.” If you’re hooked on this lying industry, you’re helping support a travesty. Stop. Stop watching this low life. Stop. – 7/16/19 WP 7/16/19

 

“Friend old-fashioned salvation gives you power to live a victorious life

as long as you walk in love & obedience & fellowship with the Savior…”

– Warren McIntire

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1Jo 2.15 +

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

“We cannot hope to escape the flood of evil which threatens to overwhelm the believers today

unless we are constantly refilled & re-invigorated by the Holy Spirit.”

– T M Anderson, /Prayer Availeth Much/

 

Sports are having growing impacts on “churches.” Youth whose grandparents participated in PE with limitations (or misgivings) are vigorously playing in church-owned gymnasiums or on teams approved by, even encouraged by “holiness” pastors. *We’ve been invaded.* Bodily exercise (may profit a little [1Ti4.8] but only a little) & it’s not a church’s responsibility. Bodies go to graves, Souls don’t. A soul dominated by sports is not dominated by God!

– eab, 9/8/18

 

“If he gives way to any known sin, he loses this witness, &

must come to God through Christ as he came at first…”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

FAME

Fame is but a flickering flame

A flickering flame in full flight.

One unknown in the morning, is

Known at noon – forgotten that night.

– eab, 9/9/08

 

UP

The trail to heaven has an upward trend

(Everyone knows heaven’s up, in the end.)

Expect challenge on some slopes,

– Such climbs tend to raise higher hopes.-

Courage, Fellow climber. Look up my friend.

– eab, 9/9/08

 

2Ti 3.2

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,

blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy”

 

“The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians

than any commandment of works.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost of Discipleship/

 

May I caution you? It would be wise to not post a new pic of yourself if/when you’re looking for compliments. (Pride is an ugly thing.) The other side to that is, a friend posts a new pic: what do you say? You can say: 1.) “I like/love you as a friend.” 2.) “Glad you got to go on that trip.” 3.) “I have great memories of our times together.” Please do NOT brag on them: A.) “You are beautiful.” B.) “You’ve always been so pretty.” C.) “Wow, how lovely you are.” (Pride is an ugly thing.) God hates pride!

– eab, 9/9/18

 

“If I were obliged to leave off preaching & other duties;

there is no office I would rather have than that of school teacher.”

– Martin Luther >> Good Sept. News J <<

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1Jo 2.15 +

1Jo 2.15

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

Some sinners revel in physical, mental, financial or political powers. These are passing, therefore are illusionary. The most powerful sinner (pic your area) is weaker than the saint who lives daily without sinning. He lives above sin “in word, thought, or deed.” You, friend, may have none of the powers mentioned (above) but in Christ you can live victoriously sinning not! That. Is. Powerful.

– eab, 6/20/18

 

“Unless I can take it with me, I don’t want a thing.”

– Ruth E Bryan – said about food at Fire Mt. Restaurant (OKC, OK) but true for everything earthly, 6/25/04

 

The Bible is an open Book to those who read It with an open heart. There are truths for Babes in Christ. There are truths for the more mature. There are truths for those of us who’ve read it nearly every day, every year, every decade, since the 50’s. It is an in-exhaustible mine. Are you reading? Are you digging?

– eab, 6/20/18

 

APPROVED

You want to be known? Oh. By whom?

Mere men also headed to a tomb?

Men whose lives will be so brief

Who soon in death will find relief

Or, at death drop to the place below

Where all reap (but none now sow).

You seek the applause of fleeting men

Guys addicted to, yea, smeared with sin

Men whose moments of hollow fame

Were their disgrace, their low, ugly shame

Stop. Stop seeking admiration from peers

(With similar weakness, similar fears)

Seek the smile, yea, the high, grand “nod”

Of the Creator, Almighty Lord, God.

Seek Him to know, & by Him, to be known.

His Spirit & His Son have always shown

He loves today. When tomorrow is past

His “nod,” His approval will always last.

– eab, 6/20/18

 

Heb 9.27

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

 

One of the dangers of our sports minded, entertainment crazed society is children see the same players who lost last yr, win this season. Children see the actor who “died” in the last movie, now playing a role this fall. They “see” there’s a 2nd 3rd 4th (& more) chance to win or to play again. This is not true of LIFE. Life is not cyclical. Life is linear. We have one life only to mind God. *ONE.* ONE. One.  on…  o…

– eab, 6/20/18

 

“…No Christian is to enter any further into business nor for any other ends than such as he can in singleness of heart offer to God…Take this away from tradesmen and shops are but so many houses of greediness & filthy lucre…– Wm Law, /Serious Call…/

 

“Take this away from our diversions and you will find no sports too silly nor any entertainments too vain & corrupt to be the pleasure of Christians.”

– Wm Law, /Serious Call…/

 

Education is good. Education is bad. If education is learning to read the Bible, it’s wonderful – you can discern the right way. If education is learning to read manuscripts & under wrong influence, learning to doubt God, it’s damning! God can use education. The devil can use education. As a man who’s spent decades in education & decades in observation of some sad results, I urge you to know God’s will for you. Learn. Learn to read the Bible literally. Learn to obey It. Learning & education are NOT the same.

– eab, 6/19/18

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