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If pastors are similar to parents, shall we say evangelists are like grandparents? Parents daily mold the will, mind, & desires of their children & pastors have a great week-by-week influence on the flock. This evangelist is more indulgent; that more “severe” – similar to grandparents. The grandparent only pays an occasional visit, is popular while there, does things differently but has little long-range effect on the family. 12/28/17


December’s woods are cool woods.

Woods are never cold –

Cold is impersonal.

Woods have nature’s mold.

December’s woods are gray woods;

Gray – or are they brown?

Perhaps somewhere in between

The true hue can be found.

December’s woods are straight woods,

Bare and tall and straight.

Like the masts of sail boats,

Resting at harbor’s gate.

December’s woods are wet woods.

Whither snow or sleet or rain,

They paint the trees darker shades,

Until sun blesses them again.

December’s woods are quiet woods,

Calm, tranquil, serene.

Palmates & pinnates rustle no more.

The twigs are all clean.

– eab, 12/30/77



I have almost zero “faith” that Jesus was born December 25th.  If you’ve done much (open-minded) reading about several “christmas” customs & checked historical backgrounds you probably share this view or at least, tolerate it. Very possibly the calendar’s been changed & we’ve been fooled.  But, if I understand correctly some scholars lean toward a September (as moderns tag months) birth.  If so (idea not original with me) the gestation period for Jesus may’ve begun on/near this man-made “christmas.” Interesting?

– eab, 12/24/17




Man has become his own god.

He thinks he’s the greatest.

He worships all that’s new,

And can’t wait for the latest.

He’s hung up on science

And its braggadocios strut,

From space-age electronics

To discoveries of King Tut. – eab, Dec. ‘85

>> last day to publish double December poems <<


Are you opposed to divorce & remarriage? How /seriously/ are you opposed? Were you opposed to D&R a few yrs ago but when a son/daughter remarried (already had a living spouse) you *looked the other way.* “Well, I wanted them to be happy.”  In this world or the next?  The NT has no kind words for adultery & gives a definition as well (Mar 10.11). If you are “sold” on D&R my little post will make no difference – but – if you are seeking Truth with an open heart, I beg of you to read the NT about it. It is serious!



“Never has God’s plan been in jeopardy.”

– Larry Grile, IHC sermon, 2006


How conscious are we of Hell? Do you think you probably know someone who *is* there? Hell (much worse than the worst job you ever, & I mean _ever_ endured) has no “weekends,” Hell has no “holidays,” Hell has no 2 week vacation, Hell has no retirement. It would be difficult to live if we were constantly reminded of the torments & regrets (“I didn’t have to come here…”) of Hell but, having said that, most of us need to be more aware of it.

– eab, 12/30/17


Luk 16.18

“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and

whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.”

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