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“As peace is of all goodness,

so war is an emblem, a hieroglyphic, of all misery.”

 

“Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings

that we may sleep in Thy peace and wake in Thy glory.”

 

“No man is an island entire of itself…” (the beginning of his most quote)

 

“No man ever saw God and lived.

And yet, I shall not live till I see God;

and when I have seen him, I shall never die.”

 

“Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it.”

            – all the above are attributed to Donne-

John Donne, on this date, 2/15/ 1631 brought his last sermon.  He was born in 1573 at London and died 3/31/1631.  John Donne changed from a “love poet” (some might say “the greatest of the English” tongue) to a minister, preaching the Gospel of Christ.

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O, for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by every foe,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe!

 That will not murmur nor complain
Beneath the chastening rod,
But, in the hour of grief or pain,
Will lean upon its God.

A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without;
That when in danger knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt.

 That bears, unmoved, the world’s dread frown
Nor heeds its scornful smile;
That seas of trouble cannot drown,
Nor Satan’s arts beguile.

 A faith that keeps the narrow way
Till life’s last hour is fled,
And with a pure and heavenly ray
Lights up a dying bed.

 Lord, give me such a faith as this,
And then, whate’er may come,
I’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss
Of an eternal home.

William Hiley Bathurst was born this date, 8/28/1796 at Clevedale – near Bristol – England.  He grad­uat­ed Christ Church, Ox­ford in 1818.  He a minister and was also a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Bris­tol.  Bathurst passed away 11/25/1877 at Gloucetershire, England.

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“TALL  PAUL”

 

Paul Harvey entered my life around noon in the summer of 1968.  After that I listened when I could and my wife taped his programs for me sometimes when I could not listen.  Though I did not always get to hear him, my day was a little brighter when I did.

 

I am a minister and at least once or twice I inadvertently called him “Brother Harvey” from my pulpit.  His tributes to Christ at both Christmas and Resurrection were highly appreciated. 

 

It was never my privilege to meet Mr. Harvey but I guess, I’ll miss him more than any other “Friend” whom I never met.

 

My sympathy to the family of the late, great Paul Harvey.

 

Edgar A. Bryan, Pastor

Union Friends

 

 

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Have you traveled beyond the Old Testament (OT)?

Christians are not “left-overs” from OT – there are serious differences after the Cross!

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Saturday worship

– it was no glitch that Christ AROSE on a new day, the first day of the week!

It is now His day, the “Lord’s Day.”

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Priests

– priests with OT flashy clothing, priests with their OT power.

The disciples (and since) are not priests but ministers/pastors.

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Wealth

– the “Health and Wealth” people are trying to still equate money with blessings.

Come on over into the New Testament where this is not the same.

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on Divorce and Remarriage

– adultery is not the same as fornication. “…If, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress” Rom 7.3.  Leave OT reasoning.

 

Some have not ventured beyond the OT – they’re hung up on War.  Christ does not agree 

– David killed many – the Son of David killed none; Christ said “turn the other check.”

The men making money off of war deceive with “God and country” camouflage.    

 

 

 

   

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For those who may not know Knox, he was a powerful Presbyterian Minister who opposed Queen Mary and the system she represented.  With that opposition in mind the following prayer is an insight into his soul.

“Illuminate the heart of our Sovereign Lady Queen Mary with pregnant gifts of the Holy Ghost, and influence the hearts of her council with Thy true fear and love.”  – Wm M Taylor, John Knox, (NY: A C Armstrong & Sons, 1885), 67.

In direct conversation with this same Queen, in response to her question he said, “Yea, madame, to me it appertains no less to forewarn of such things as may hurt it [the commonwealth], if I foresee them, then it doth to any of the nobility; for both my vocation and conscience requires plainness of me.” – Wm M Taylor, John Knox, (NY: A C Armstrong & Sons, 1885), 171.

Some knew the possible danger he was in to which he replied, “As for the fear of danger that may come to me let no man be solicitious, for my life is in the custody of Him whose glory I seek, and therefore I cannot so fear their boast or tyranny that I cease from doing my duty, when of His mercy He offereth me the occasion.” – Wm M Taylor, John Knox, (NY: A C Armstrong & Sons, 1885), 124.

On another occastion when some questioned his speaking as he did; he replied, “I am in the place where I am demanded of my consiecne to speak the truth; and therefore the truth I will speak; impugn it who so list.”  – Wm M Taylor, John Knox, (NY: A C Armstrong & Sons, 1885), 176.

After hearing of the St. Bartholomew Day massacre he had an opportunity to address Le Croc, the French ambassador, “Go tell your master that sentence is pronounced against him; that the Divine vengeance shall never depart from him or from his house, except they repent…”    – Wm M Taylor, John Knox, (NY: A C Armstrong & Sons, 1885), 196.

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“Faith Is the Victory”   (stanza 1) 

 

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

 

John Henry Yates was born this date in Batavia, NY.  Yates was a shoe salesman and later a hardware store manager.  Eventually he became a Baptist minister who was influenced by Ira D. Sankey.  Yates also penned “The Harbor Bell” “The Model Church” and “The Old Book Stands.”

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John Nelson Darby was a British-Irish blooded, Dublin-trained, lawyer who turned Church of Ireland minister and then moved on (1828) to help establish the Plymouth Brethren.  He would perhaps be unknown today but for his meeting with eighteen-year-old Margaret MacDonald who is said to have had a vision regarding a “secret rapture” of the church.  Though this doctrine has other, older, questionable roots, Darby popularized it in the Isles and in America having a strong influence on C. I. Scofield.  Scofield in turn, placed the secret rapture idea in his Scofield Bible and today it has widely held acceptance among many evangelicals though the word rapture is non-biblical.  Many also have failed to atempt to reconcile their concept of “thief in the night” with the rest of Peter’s inspired words, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” 2Pe 3.10.  Three items are here which surely seem to not be secret.

Jesus is going to come! That is in the Bible.  The return of Christ is not in question! 

Too many are accepting the doctrine of a “secret rapture” without examining it.  Look up it origins (the “s” is purposeful) – it will surprise you.  The secret rapture appears to have catholic roots. It has also this visionary root in MacDonald. 

Conversely does a “secret rapture” have any roots in the actual Bible?  Do your homework.  Be willing to re-examine this doctrine.  Or for many – be willing to examine it for the first time.  Can (will) this doctrine play into the hands of the antichrist?

One source to see is Grace, Faith, and Holiness, (Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1988), 586.

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