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Luther Quote

“War is one of the greatest plagues that can afflict humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge, in fact, is preferable to it.”

Table Talk, p.332

 

“It’s not a perfect world…” or “In a perfect world…” are 2 expressions showing men actually DO believe in, and WANT to believe in perfection. Some churches and theologians don’t want you to believe man can be perfect, but Christ said, “Be ye therefore perfect…” (Mat 5.48).

– eab, 11/4/17

 

 

SEEKING

Men have gone into wild regions,

Gone where it is mainly cold,

Worked their claim day by dull day,

Seeking elusive, yellow gold.

Christian, daily search the Bible,

Seeking nuggets in your youth,

Work “your claim” in middle age,

In old age, seek still, holy truth.

– eab, 11/4/08

 

Not all can preach. Not all can teach. Not all can sing. Not all can give. Not all have other “talents” used in/around God’s houses of worship. But ALL CAN PRAY! Being a pray-er is open to young and old, the popular and those not, the well-known and the unknown. ALL CAN PRAY!

– eab, 11/4/17

 

“In the sense of uneasiness a holy man may chafe when a preacher is attempting to make a display of his own wisdom instead of the cross of Christ.”

– H A Baldwin, from his HOLINESS & the HUMAN ELEMENT

 

Sinners seem to love “news”: the sad, bad news about wars, sins done, crimes committed, adultery, and death. Saints love the Good News of Christ and of His now and forever Kingdom. Which news rivets your attention?

– eab, 10/29/17

 

 

Mar 10. 11

“And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.”

 

 

Someone asked, “Do you live to eat – or eat to live?” Most of us are probably somewhere in the middle. (In all honesty I enjoy a good potato salad, well-seasoned soupy soup on a winter day, a charcoaled hamburger.) Do you live to pray – or pray to live? O, God would help us to enjoy our prayer times as much as our meal times. Amen? Ouch?

-eab, 11/4/17

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Luther Quote

“We find in no history any human creature oppressed with such sorrow as to sweat blood;

therefore this history of Christ is wonderful.”

Table Talk, p.280

 

If you have a Holy heart you want others to also be filled with the Holy Ghost. PRAY REQUEST – recently a friend (must leave unnamed) shared of an upcoming ministerial opportunity. I’m asking you to join me in praying that he will be greatly anointed for this endeavor. Pray daily for Brother X. Thank you.

– eab, 10/17/17

 

SOW, REAP

“I want to plant ‘wild oats,’ but reap only what’s tame;

“Have a wild time, ‘Live it up’ but slide by all the shame.

“I’ll be an exception to heredity’s plan;

“Watch me ‘fool around’ yet beat all the clan.”

Thou fool. Sow Right or Wrong; you’ll harvest the same.

– eab, Oct. 2010

 

Pastor & People #1 A congregation should supply a parsonage & pay all its electric & gas bills. They should give their pastor a living salary. If they can’t do both may God lead wage earners to double tithe, lead retirees to give more, & lead all to double up in prayers of faith “…the laborer is worthy of his hire…”(Luk 10.7). With the above paid, a pastor can devout his days (except his day off) to prayer, preparation, & outreach (parishioners/church neighbors). He labors – they support him so he can labor.

– eab, 10/5/17

 

Pastor & People #2 The committee searching for a pastor has a right to ask about his debts. How much does he owe & to whom? What are the totals of monthly payments for which he & his wife are obligated? When will he be out of debt? Being debt free is a goal for which every pastor should strive. If it is not the prospect’s serious goal, they might suggest it to him (for his good) & then seek a different candidate.

– eab, 10/5/17

 

“…How far is love even with many wrong opinions to be preferred before truth without love!”

– John Wesley (date & spource unknow)

 

Pastor & People #3 A.) Student Loan – a curse to the starting pastor – what seemed an “easy out” 2-3 yrs ago is now a harsh reality. B.) Cars can be classified “necessary evils” & if that’s truly the opinion of the young pastor he may do better than the man who “loves” cars. (Better have a well-maintained, older car in front of the parsonage as a new one with payments.) C.) Furniture/appliance – the pastor’s wife who must have a New This & a New That is a weight as bad as him wanting a fancy car.

– eab, 10/5/17

 

Pastor & People #4 The parsonage if possible should be beside or across the street from the church. That way people know exactly where he lives when emergencies arise. With such a location he, his wife, & children can walk to church (if need be at different times) without the expense of car usage or gasoline. And if not too difficult, it might match the church building in age, style, etc. It ought to be as nice as the “average” home of the parishioners. A committee could assess it once a year for needed improvements.

-eab, 10/16/17

 

Rev 22. 11

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and

he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

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Luther Quote

“…Schools are now become heathenish and the Holy Scriptures are banished from them,

and sophisticated through philosophy.”

Table Talk, p.233

 

We can compromise and change everything. Or we can cool off and appear to change nothing. Either way we’ve lost the vision for high-living, for holy living, and for an imminent heaven.

– eab, 10/5/17

 

KEEP MOVING

If you feel at home in the world that surrounds you,

It is a clear sign that Christ has not found you.

But if the world is distant and growingly cold,

Keep moving, you’re headed toward streets of gold.

– eab, 10/6/16

 

 

#ScriptureOrScience – #YOUchoose

1Co 15.41a “There is one glory of the sun and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars…”

Pseudo scientists have repeatedly said our sun is a “star.” The Maker classified stars separately from the sun. You’ll have to choose who’s right – – – on that decision may hang your eternal destiny.

– eab, c.2015

 

“There is a pleasure in being in a ship beaten about by a storm

when we are sure that it will not founder.

The persecutions which harass the Church are of this nature.”

– Blaise Pascal, from his PENSEES

 

We need to eat, and (if we are healthy) we want to eat. Simple.

We need to “eat” spiritually, and (if we’re healthy) we want to “eat” spiritually. Simple.

– eab, 11/17/14

 

Gal 6. 7

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

 

To be ignored can be painful (Christians do not purposely cause hurt.). God may (sad but possible idea) MAY have arranged so that heaven’s happiness will be in view of hell’s inhabitants. They MAY look on, see the great joy and yet be “ignored” by heaven. So sad if it is this way but it’ll not be the saints’ fault.

– eab, 12/2/14

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