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“Love”?

Love is blind,

Loneliness is near sighted,

Lust is cross-eyed.

– eab, 2/18/09

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Love

You can’t agree with everybody (they have many opinions).

You CAN love everybody – when they don’t agree with you –

or even agree with each other. 😦 

– eab, 3/16/15

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H             lack of   H                  Home

E              lack of   E                 Enjoyment

L              lack of   L                 Light

L              lack of   L                 Love     

 – eab, 1991

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LOVE:      

L etting

 

               O thers 

 

                             V ictoriously 

 

                                                      E merge.

– eab, 5/81

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True faith is the most wonderful thing in the world.

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                 (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 103.

 

Faith may see difficulties but it does not magnify them…

Faith may be sore tempted, but it does not yield to discouragement…

Faith obeys…real faith obeys when there is no sign.

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                 (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 104-5.

 

What is this fire? 

It is love…faith…hope…passion, purpose, determination…devotion. 

It is a divine discontent with formality, ceremonialism, lukewarmness…noise…

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 109.

 

We can only receive as we believe.

                Samuel Logan Brengle, Resurrection Life and Power
                 (London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, LTD, 1925), 123.

 

The Salvation Army was founded this date, 7/5/1865.  It was originally named Christian Mission.  Brengle was little more than five years old when it started but he rose to become one of the greatest voices in the Salvation Army and, WAS the greatest American voice therein.

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I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed,
That thou might ransomed be, and raised up from the dead
I gave, I gave My life for thee, what hast thou given for Me?
I gave, I gave My life for thee, what hast thou given for Me?

My Father’s house of light, My glory circled throne
I left for earthly night, for wanderings sad and lone;
I left, I left it all for thee, hast thou left aught for Me?
I left, I left it all for thee, hast thou left aught for Me?

I suffered much for thee, more than thy tongue can tell,
Of bitterest agony, to rescue thee from hell.
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee, what hast thou borne for Me?
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee, what hast thou borne for Me?

And I have brought to thee, down from My home above,
Salvation full and free, My pardon and My love;
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, what hast thou brought to Me?
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, what hast thou brought to Me?

Frances Ridley Havergal died 6/3/1879 at Caswall Bay, near Swansea, Wales (had been born in England). The daughter of hymnist William Havergal, she is said to have been reading by age four and writing verse at seven. She learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and memorized the Psalms, the book of Isaiah, and most of the New Testament.

 “I Gave My Life Thee” was Havergal’s first hymn (cyberhymnal lists eighty hymns).

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Is your patience ever thinning?

Almost, if not actually, sinning?

Has grouchiness replaced your happy song?

Do your neighbors really try you,

‘Specially the ones too nigh you?

Frankly, you wish they’d just “move along.”

 

Do you see you are “justly” proud,

(Though hesitant to say it too loud)

Of your clever, cool, and cunningly big brain?

Proud of how smart you really are,

(Smarter than your family – by far,

Being ‘round them has become a big drain.)

 

Do you find your soul quite jealous,

Of your brother-n-law who’s zealous

In his sales, and has made “a nice big pile”?

Does bile fill your carnal liver,

When he shows you his new “flivver,”

And you both know yours is a forced smile?

 

Has old carnal anger got you,

To the verge of murder now brought you? 

Oh! If you could just this once commit it.

You won’t shed a tear when they die,

To say you’re sad would be a lie,

Anger’s got you will you admit it?

 

Your are “nice” – if you have your way.

(“They should listen to all that I say.”)

But to be stubborn you would not lay claim.

You solemnly, sensibly fight,

(Everyone should know this is right.)

“Right” and your opinion are the same.

 

God can remove the carnal traits,

Love can replace the long list of hates.

Love is the most universal power. 

You may have a trait or just two,

Which flare and show readily through,

But behind them, all traits now cower.

 

Although “the order” seems so tall, 

The Holy Ghost can remove them all,

Pull them, like you remove unwanted weeds.

(Weeds that ruin your garden’s art)

God like-wise can “de-weed” your heart,

Cleaning out evil motives and deeds.

 

Confess the whole, cruel, carnal host,

Now allow the blessed Holy Ghost,

To remove Adam’s fully bad, sad “crew.”

God can then fill that empty place,

With such abundant loving grace,

His ancient love will make your heart new.

 

Come, Friend, accept His promised love.

It is why He came from heaven above;

Love’s what brought the Lord Jesus way down here.

Freely become His holy child;

You’ll fine His ways both meek and mild.

And Love’s the sole way to go up there!  – eab, 2/8/06 (revised 2/23/06)

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