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Luther Quote

“Believest thou? Then thou wilt speak boldly.

Speakest thou boldly? Then thou must suffer.

Suffers thou? Then thou shalt be comforted.”

Table Talk, p.151

 

That radio/TV preacher you support (verbally or financially), do you REALLY believe he’ll be in heaven? That singer you travel miles to hear & bring home his recordings, will he ACTUALLY be in heaven? That modern theologian whose easy-reading books you quote, do you know if he believes in holiness? If he never mentions being holy will he be in a Holy heaven? Think about who you support, “love to hear sing,” or become so quickly hooked on, because he’s a popular author.

– eab, 9/10/17

 

WATER FLOW *

The water flowed smoothly from left to right,

The water flowed gently day and night.

The flow of the water was a calming sight,

Slow and quiet and low.

 

The water had come from some distance away,

The water had been rain or snow in a previous day,

It had been these but it could not stay,

So it’s no longer snow.

 

The river moves incessantly;

The river moves again to the far sea.

Moving is the water, yet it stays apparently

The flow is a spectacular show.

– eab, 9/13/06 * Written on west bank, Middle Fork (Chandalar River) AK,

 

Minister Friend #1 Be faithful to preach the Gospel. Do it for the sake of children who see you as perfect. And for the sake of youth who hold you in high esteem. Do it for the sake of parents who need you to explain some of the same truths they’re trying to teach at home. And do it for the sake of older saints who hunger for & need the strong meat of the Word. (You can’t share or preach strong meat with conviction unless you are chewing on some yourself.

– eab, 9/9/17

 

Minister Friend #2 R G Flexon said that he didn’t preach that which he hadn’t been living 6 mon himself. A saint should now & then be taken-aback by truth, should say, “Whoa, is THAT in the Book?” And when they find out it is, they may chew on it for days, if not weeks. But Most of All Preacher, you need to preach the whole Gospel for your sake. You’ll some day (looking back it will seem soon) face the Great Shepherd & give an account of how you shepherded your flock.

– eab, 9/9/17

 

“There is more science in the twenty-fourth verse of the first chapter of Genesis

…than in all Darwin wrote.”

– Wm J Bryan, In His Image

 

1Co 9. 27

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:

lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

 

 

If the glorified soul of a saint is capable of “growing” (learning) for all eternity – an idea Steve D Herron floated & which I see as very possible – will the soul of a damned sinner grow thinner, forever dimensioning, yet never coming to naught? This (possible?) soul shriveling and shrinking sounds horrible.   – eab, 9/12/17

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Misc.

Luther Quote

“The law with its righteousness

is like a cloud without rain…”

Table Talk, p.136

 

Divorce #1 Mar 10.11-12 “And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife & marry another committeth adultery against her.” “And if a woman shall put away her husband & be married to another she committeth adultery.” Some think adultery is “A” having sex with “C” while still married to “B.” Christ links a 2nd “marriage” WITH adultery.* Please Friend, never believe some state/country’s divorce court can overrule what the Son of God said. * 1Co 6.9a –10 “…neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate…shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (emphasis-eab)

-eab, 9/9/17

 

Divorce #2 Are you considering marring a divorced man/woman? Have you bought their “story” of how awful their 1st mate was? Few if any divorces are TOTALLY one-sided. Even if the New Testament did not condemn re-marriage (when a mate is still living) why take a “used” man/woman? Wait on God’s choice – His choice is never, NEVER a divorced mate – He, in His will, can give you an untarnished lover/friend/life companion. And – – – if it’s not His will, “It is better to be an ‘old maid’ than to wish you were one.” – from my favorite high school teacher, Miss Reiss

– eab, 9/9/17

 

PREACHERS

Some of the most varied creatures

Are those fellows we call preachers

They’re medium, up/down in size

Some are smart, others not so wise

Some younger, other men are old

Many are quiet, others are bold

Some have experiences they “must” share

Others are not inclined to “go there.”

All of them, if they’re worth their salt

Should preach against sin “to a fault”

Pray? Yes, pray as much as they preach

And live daily just what they teach!

– eab, 9/9/17

 

Divorce #3 Some allow a weakening of “marriage-is-for-life” from 1Co 7.15a, “But if the unbelieving depart let him depart a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases…” acting as though such could re-marry. Please, eternity-bound friend, read earlier in the same chapter, v11 “But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” And later in that chapter, v39 “The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.”

– eab, 9/9/17

 

Divorce #4 “Well, I’m still not convinced – is there another Scripture?” Please read Rom 7.2-3 “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.” “So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.” These are posted because some pulpits ignore this topic and others appear to sanction divorce/remarriage.

– eab, 9/9/17

 

“. . .Whom shall I wed? A daughter of the King

or a child of the world? . . . choose well!

Your choice is brief yet endless.”

– Andrew W Blackwood, Preaching From the Bible

 

Heb 13. 4

“Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled:

but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

 

Christian education &/or home schooling can be wonderful. But they can be dangerous if we depend on them & forget the all-important-family-altar & the necessity for parents being consistent.

– eab, 7/17/17

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A Quote From Luther

“If Christ be not God,

then neither the Father nor the Holy Ghost is God…”

Table Talk, p.77

 

Re-enforcing reminder #1 (is it a revolting reminder?): the Lord gave us knees. They’re a God-given “body-line” for a lady’s skirt – once a skirt is raised above them there’s no natural place to stop. A lady’s skirt should cover her knees both while standing & sitting. This is without except. A minister’s wife with her knees showing? Why? At-home-daughters of christian leaders with knees showing? Why? Have our pulpits become silent? Have our dads become blind to this immodest trend?

– eab, 8/22/17

 

Re-enforcing Reminder #2 (is it a revolting reminder?) God gave us elbows. Once a person shortens his/her sleeves above them there’s no natural stopping spot. I plead with leaders/leaders wives, christian teachers/wives PLEASE lower your sleeves – be a better example to youth/new converts. Have you noticed: sleeves moved from just above elbows, to T-shirt length, to “cap” sleeves? Sin? That’s between you & God. Poor taste? Yes. High society sees short sleeves as informal (except gal with gloves above elbow J).

– eab, 8/22/17

 

 

ancient Book

I’ve found an ancient, timely Book;

On Its pages I daily look.

It gives advice for married folk,

Agrees that salt goes with the yolk,

Encourages a carefulness,

Lifts one up when in distress.

Gives wisdom to all who ask.

Wearing Its “yoke” is not a task.

Will you also read this great Book?

You’ll never regret Its way you took.

– eab, August   2007

 

 

People who give the impression that they know all about God are lying to you. And sadly, too many who think that they know God are lying to themselves. But, Praise the Lord, we can Know Him and so Love Him that we Learn more and more about Him. That, Friend, is what is important.

– eab, 8/18/17

 

 

“Only he who believes is obedient

and only he who is obedient believes.”

– Dietrich Bonoeffer, COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

 

 

Joh 14. 23

“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.’ ”

 

God is the only Being who is wholly complete in-and-of Himself. He always has been complete and will always be so. Man, without God, is horribly incomplete but Christ has provided that we have the New Birth. It begins an eternal process of becoming entire. Being filled with the fullness (as full as our little vessel then can be) of the Holy Spirit is “step two” in this eternal journey to wholeness.

– eab, 8/24/17

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