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Luk 18.1

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end,

that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

 

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

Hos 5.5 And the PRIDE of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

 

“Are you preaching holiness?…You are a holiness preacher…in a holiness church. But are you preaching holiness?

– D Shelby Corlett

 

NOT ALONE

Everyone knows we’re flesh & bone;

But some won’t admit we’re not that alone.

The spirit, i.e. life returns to God when we die.

Our soul plunges to hell or soars on high.

We’re sooo different from ant, oak, or stone.

– eab, 8/12/19

 

“Let us come back to preaching rugged, biblical, convincing messages

on holiness as a second blessing.”

– D Shelby Corlett, Nazarene, 1944

 

Live to pray. Do not pray to live (only). Let prayer be the goal of everyday, the high spot of each night. Have a fat, flourishing, satisfied soul. Deny your soul nothing – let it feed daily, let it feed fully on God & the good things He adequately supplies His children. The Father does not want you to have a skinny soul. “…No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”(Psa 84.11). – 8/14/19

 

Jas 5.16

“Confess your faults one to another…”

[ “faults” not “sins” as some (most?) modern translations have.]

 

Why do you read your Bible? “I have to, to get to heaven, don’t I?” Is that the way you felt about the letter from the pretty little lady you were dating? “Got another letter from Sally, I’ll have to read it.” No. Reading the note from the one you love made you feel closer to her. OK. Reading (with openness, a hunger for truth) will make you feel closer/draw you closer, to the One above whom you love. The devil will try to make Bible reading dry – don’t let him – satan is both your enemy & the enemy of God’s Holy Book. – 8/16/19

 

“He now became an assiduous student of the Bible keeping it before him on the counter of the shop in which he was employed…His mind was quickened…His aspirations for knowledge became intense”

– Able Stevens (about John Smith)

 

Be willing to call sin a sin; confess it & forsake it. But also be willing to call a fault a fault. They are not the same thing in spite of some contorted theology. BTW call sin a sin in your life AND a brother’s. Call a fault a fault in your life & his also. – 8/16/19

 

“…Men wholly unawakened will not take the pains to read the Bible…But a small track may engage their attention…”

– Able Stevens

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Luk 18.1 +

Luk 18.1

“…Men ought always to pray, and not to faint”

 

Do you pray? Oh, I expect many readers pray for their “beans & tatters.” And many say a few sleepy words before pillowing their heads. Do you pray in the day? in the night? Have you established a Praying Place? Is there a spot sacred to you & God: an attic corner, a barn nook, a group of trees, a stretch of lake/ocean shore where you hold forth in prayer? Go there. Wait before the Almighty. “…Pray ye therefore the Lord…”

– eab, 10/2/18

 

“When wise men see the Savior

they always go home a different way.”

– S D Herron

 

Heb 11.38 (Of whom the WORLD was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the EARTH. Earth&World – think. #28

 

MINE

I claimed it, I owed it; it was mine!

That mountain of ponderosa pine,

That spread of sage and crested-wheat grass

That cluster of boards and nails known as a house

That orchid of fruit I’d call “world class.”

 

I paid the taxes, held the title

To rolling pastures green to the line

To cattle and horses and sheep so fine

To full-headed, golden, bearded wheat

It belongs to me and you can’t take it away

Uh – What did you say?

 

You say that another soon will own

These bottom lands my hand has sown?

You say I won’t sell it or give it away

Instead I’ll simply leave it here when I sigh

That final sigh and quickly die

Another! Imagine that!

 

Another will sit where I’ve sat and look o’er these fields

And claim them his and gripe or brag about their yields

And then like me he also will slip

Beyond the sound of human lip

And, leave as I will, his all behind

His ALL, unless he will the Savior find.

– eab, Sep. 1995

 

Isa 55.9

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

Heaven will have no staunch republicans. And, no unfaltering democrats will be there either. (The same could be said for all historical “parties” in USA, Europe, Asia, etc.) Political connections mean nothing up there. In fact, as we became more interested in Paradise we begin to expect less from some “worker’s paradise.” We become less interested in making earth a-kind-of- heaven, & want to live for the Real.

– eab, 10/1/18

 

Wesley “…Requested in his will that 6 poor men should bear his corpse to the grave

& should be rewarded with 20 shillings each…no hearse, no coach…”

– Able Stevens

 

If your “ex” gave a signal that he (or she) would come back, would you have enough God in your heart to forgive them & take them back? Would you re-marry your rightful (in God’s sight) life companion? If not, maybe they sense that & know not to come back because of your attitude? Hello!?!

– eab, 9/30/18

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Luk 18.1 +

Luk 18.1

“…He spake a parable unto them to this end,

that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

 

 “Carnality may be bound

[in the born-again]

but he is always seeking his liberty.”

– V O Agan, sermon, 2/12/98

 

Are you praying at night? (Some sinners like to brag about their “night life” – saints don’t brag but hopefully have a “night life” – one alone with God.) Start going to bed a ½ hour or hour earlier; then when the Holy Spirit awakens you, roll out & pray. Phones should then be silent, fellow house-dwellers asleep, & your mind clear from yesterday’s concerns. Rise & Talk to the King. – eab, Aug 2018

P.S. Allow yourself the “luxury” of not checking the time when you get up or when you lay back down. This removes another distraction – the clock. Don’t let it control you conversation with God.

 

“The success…of the unarmed & defenseless apostles & primitive preachers of Christianity

 is an incontrovertible proof that the gospel is a revelation of God.”

– Adam Clarke, /Christian Theology/

 

YOU”LL LEAVE THE BROAD WAY

On the broad road you can pull a wide load,

The pleasure, and the frolic, the game.

You feel you must pursue them, really want to do them;

Without your sport and show, life would be sooo tame.

Believe it or not, you’ll someday see them as rot;

Acknowledge their binding strings with shame.

For narrow is the way, to eternity’s bright day.

All excuses to the Almighty will be sadly “lame.”

– eab, 8/31/11

 

Joh 14.27

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 

“Earthly goods are given to be used, not to be collected.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, /Cost of Discipleship/

 

If your preacher sees himself as an entertainer, acts like one, tells jokes like, you need to change preachers. Holy men are not called to entertain. They’re called to preach “Christ” (the seriously most astounding Being to live on earth) “and Him crucified”(crucifixion is anything but a funny subject). Heaven will need no entertainment & hell’s inhabitants wish they’d never heard of “entertainment.”

– eab, 8/31/18

 

“If God had not hell, or did not punish the wicked,

he should be loved and praised of men.”

– Martin Luther, /Commentary on Galatians/

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Luk 18.1

“…Men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

 

Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “The Lord must love poor people; He made a lot of them.” Lincoln’s analogy may be incorrect but poor people are more likely to pray than rich people. God wants to hear from His “kids” When is the last time (other than emergency) you called on Him? When did you say? – eab, 4/5/18

 

“Affluence has never created great faith.”

– Ken Rice, sermon, 12/30/91

 

When a quote (face book, twitter, google+ etc.) resonates with you, it would be good for you to see: 1) Who he is (really is, even if you think you know), 2.) What he is doing, 3.) Where is his “allegiance” (religious persuasion), 4.) When did he change, & 5.) Why he’s being vocal on this issue.

– eab, 3/12/18

 

              

beyond vainness

Some want an impressive structure

with steeple and carved door,

Some people like colored windows

and an attractive floor,

Others worship in a house

which strikes one with its plainness.

Worshiping God is a must –

get beyond the building’s vainness.

Compared to the Lords’ riches

all churches are clearly poor.

– eab, 4/20/13

 

 

Dan 7.10

“…Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him:

the judgment was set, and the books were opened.”

 

It’s sad when a friend/relative is on the left road but insists they’re on the right road. At the end, the Son of man, “…Shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left” (Mat 25.33). It is simple but true – once one leaves the right way, the only “way” left is the wrong (left) way. Oh, be watchful, Brother/ Sister. – eab, 4/14/18

 

 

“In the beginning I devoured Augustine, but when…I knew what justification by faith really was, then it was out with him.”

– Martin Luther

 

Many children today need a strong masculine image in their lives ‘cause dad is dead or gone. Who makes the best “substitute male parent”? Probably the safest man is a near relative: grandpa, uncle & it may be best if they’re not fully aware of their influence. If they can include the child without the child being conscience of the inclusion – the more natural this is, the better. A non-related man may be able to “plug-in” here, but he needs to be a genuine Christian & all man.

– eab, 4/19/18

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