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I dare you, that’s what I said!  [1]

To meet the greatest challenge made.

You claim to have an open mind,

To be unbiased to the rind,

Would you believe it takes a lot,

A victory always has to be fought!

You will be there.

If you care, to dare.

                – eab, Apr. ‘69


[1] The four “I Dare You” poems were used as “radio jingles” for a rally put on by some ofHobeSoundBibleCollege’s young “preacher boys.”

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 “You can be so sanctified that everyone around you is getting blessed, you aren’t, but it OK.  Or you can be the only one getting blessed and you do not deride them for not being as blessed as you are.”  – (This is an essence of Frederick’s idea – in Bryan’s words.) 

 C. Ponder Frederick died this date, 2/17/1977.  He was born 6/3/1931 in West Blockton, AL.  He was married to Joyce Abernathy and the father of Sheila, Stephen, Larry, and Kendall.  Frederick was an early professor and one time board member of Hobe Sound Bible College. 

Very few men I have known, equaled him in living the holy life.

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Christmas vacation? So soon? [1]

 

Now how can that be?

We are enjoying the boon,

Of school, work, and study.

 

Do we really have to go,

Leave themes and all that,

And go see snow,

Wear gloves and muffled hat?

 

Well, since you say so, O.K.

Matter of fact, that’s fine,

But this I would like to say,

We’ll hurry back for sixty – nine.

 

Good, God bless you, we pray

On Christmas as every day.

                – eab, 12/16/68


[1] Written for our second Christmas party at Hobe Sound Bible College.

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Seven, the perfect number,

A year; from June to June.

Yes, seven years together,

They have passed so soon;

Our time of wedded life,

My time with a good wife.

 

The seven years were perfect?

No, not in every part;

I’ve attempted to correct, 

I appreciate a forgiving heart.

God bless you, my wife,

For the best years of my life.

 

Happy Anniversary Dear

On this our perfect year! 

-eab, 6/68

Written after teaching my first year at Hobe Sound Bible College.

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Four years have past, fast as light,

Since you – and you began.

Play and work, day and night;

How swiftly they all ran.

Graduations – Congratulations!

          – eab, 5/68

Written as I finished my first year of teaching at Hobe Sound Bible College, Florida.

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The coconut came to land,

On the damp and even sand,

Of an island in the ocean, in the east.

On its third side it set,

Its face all dark and wet,

Glad the ceaseless surging had ceased.

 

It had been long at sea,

Or at least it seemed to me,

That it might have come from a land afar.

Where the wind had forced it in,

To the home of scale and fin,

And it blinked on the blue like a star,

 

Till in due time and space,

It was left as useful waste,

Settled by the sea, on the sand.

It was life in its beginning,

A palm in the making,

When the coconut came to join the land.  – eab, – 10/67

 

Written my first fall teaching Literature at Hobe Sound Bible College.  Inspired by a coconut seen on the beach of Jupiter Island.  This is my first song.

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Is it just Christmas, again,

In a world of war and sin?

Another year of tinsel and paper,

Of glamorous gifts (paid for later)

Of loveless homes and empty lives,

And husbands separate from their wives?

Another day, the same as last,

The only difference, a year has past?

 

No, this year can be,

A joyous, Christian reality.

A year when Christ is personal,

Yes, more than an a year, eternal,

The Lord of your life, and heart.

If not now, then now start.        -eab, 11/67

Written while instructor of literature at Hobe Sound Bible College, Martin County, Florida.

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