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Envy is the strongest of all emotions

January 21st, 2020

Some say that envy is the strongest of all emotions.

Jealousy is when you admire something and wish you could be like that.

Envy is when you realize you can never be like that, so you want to destroy it.

Mark 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before envy?

Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.

Envy from The Seven Deadly Sins, engraving by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1558

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, painting attributed to Hieronymus Bosch around 1500

Envy from the series The Seven Deadly Sins, etching by Jacques Callot (1592-1635)


Reader, how does it fare with your family?

January 12th, 2020

by Charles Spurgeon
Excerpt from The Treasury of David

I will be careful to lead a blameless life . . . I will walk in my house with a blameless heart. Psalm 101:2

Piety must begin at home. Our first duties are those within our own abode.

We must have a blameless heart at home, or we cannot keep a blameless way abroad.

Notice that these words are a part of a song. There is no music like the harmony of a gracious life, no psalm so sweet as the daily practice of holiness.

Reader, how does it fare with your family?

Do you sing in the choir, and sin in the chamber?

Are you a saint abroad, and a devil at home?

For shame!

What we are at home, that we are indeed!

He cannot be a true saint whose habitation is a scene of strife, and whose household dreads his appearance at the fireside.

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Free 1849 Child’s Scripture Catechism

January 11th, 2020

The Child's Scripture Catechism

The Child’s Scripture Catechism
Originally written by H. M. Eaton in 1849
Edited by Harvey Bluedorn in 2001

158 questions for children are answered with Bible quotes. Questions cover such topics as: God, The Bible, Promises, Sin, Christ, Salvation, Duty Toward God, Duty Toward Men, Christian Conduct, Death and Resurrection.

Question #1. Who made us? . . . the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground . . . Genesis 2:7

Question #29. How did sin enter into the world? . . . by one man sin entered into the world . . . Romans 5:12

Question #69. How many gods are there? . . . there is none other God but one. First Corinthians 8:4

Question #119. Will our prayers be answered if we continue in sin? If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. Psalm 66:18

Download The Child’s Scripture Catechism here


Free Soldier’s Pocket Bible

January 11th, 2020

The Soldier’s Pocket Bible (also called Cromwell’s Soldier’s Bible) is a booklet that was first issued by Oliver Cromwell in 1643 during the English Civil War for the use of the Commonwealth Army. The little book consists of Bible passages (taken from The Geneva Bible), arranged topically, which might be of most help to a soldier. It was later re-issued in 1861 at the very beginning of the American Civil War — an exact reproduction of the 1643 edition. The quote on the title page, “Trust in the Lord and keep your powder dry,” was Oliver Cromwell’s famous battle cry to his troops.

This Soldier’s Pocket Bible was usually buttoned on the inside waistcoat, placed near the heart, and under the soldier’s outer coat. English Puritan Richard Baxter relates a story that the life of one of Cromwell’s soldiers was saved by his carrying a copy of the Soldier’s Pocket Bible near his heart. A bullet fired at him became lodged in the pamphlet instead of his heart.

This PDF consists of 4 – 8.5 X 11 pages which you can print out double-sided (making 2 pieces of paper printed on both sides). You can then cut the sheets width-wise and assemble to make a 16-page 4.25 X 5.5 folded booklet.

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Pronunciation audio file for Greek Alphabetarion now free

December 25th, 2019

The pronunciation audio file for the book A Greek Alphabetarion: A Primer for Teaching How to Read, Write & Pronounce Ancient & Biblical Greek by Harvey Bluedorn is now free to all. You can download it here.

Alphabetarion for kindle


To Impeach or not to Impeach — Could Our Constitutional Republic Recover?

December 13th, 2019

To Impeach or not to Impeach — Could Our Constitutional Republic Recover?

December 13, 2019 — Harvey Bluedorn

There may be many things for which one may impeach a president, but the two articles of “obstruction of congress” and “abuse of power” are not among them.


First of all, because “obstruction of congress” is part of the president’s job description – it’s one of his duties. Each of the three branches of our federal government are assigned the duty of holding the others in check. In this case, “check” is another word for “obstruct.”

Furthermore, congress is assigned the duty of obstructing the president, and the courts are assigned the duty of obstructing congress and the president. We call this check and balance – the balance of power. It is the genius of our form of government.

When is it their duty to obstruct? It is when, to their judgment, they perceive an “abuse of power!”

And what is the constitutional remedy for abuse of power?

Congress is to legislate – it may censure, pass regulations, or otherwise check – obstruct – the power of the president. If the congress should go too far with that, abusing its own power, the president may appeal to the courts to check the power of congress.

Then when may congress impeach?

The constitution is an expressed powers document. The constitution explicitly states when congress has power to impeach. “Abuse of power” – or mismanagement – is not among them. The founders debated the matter, and excluded it for good reasons, not the least of which was in order to maintain the balance of powers. Power to impeach and remove over issues of executive mismanagement, in effect, transfers executive powers to the legislative branch.

One may find many things constitutionally impeachable, but to impeach for the causes of “obstruction of congress” and “abuse of power” amounts to a fundamental attack on the constitutional balance of power, because it attacks the constitutional powers of each branch to check – to obstruct – the abuses of power of the other two branches. This would amount to a fundamental overthrow of our republican form of government.

Therefore, if the House of Representatives proceeds to present these two articles of impeachment to the Senate, then either the appropriate committee of the Senate, or if that fails, the Supreme Court, must exercise its constitutional duty to check – to obstruct – this abuse of power by the House. Were these two articles to reach the point of being considered before the full Senate, this would cast upon these two articles a color or appearance of legitimacy, and regardless of the Senate’s verdict, the structure of the Constitution will have been fundamentally subverted. It is difficult to see just how our Constitutional Republic would recover.

In other words, though the Democrat controlled House may be the ones to deliver up the Constitution for crucifixion, it is the Republican controlled Senate which is in danger – no matter how unwittingly – of performing the deed.



Famous Hymns with Stories and Pictures

December 11th, 2019


Famous Hymns with Stories and Pictures by Elizabeth Hubbard Bonsai (published in 1923)

Famous Hymns with Stories and Pictures includes numerous hymns along with the back story of the hymn and writer. Each hymn has the hymn itself printed with music as well as beautiful black and white illustrations.

Download and print a copy of Famous Hymns with Stories and Pictures here.


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December 11th, 2019

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God and my soul possess each other

December 11th, 2019

Archibald Brown
This God Is Our God

The LORD’s portion is His people. Deuteronomy 32:9

The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him. Lamentations 3:24

The above two passages of Scripture ought never to be separated.

God and my soul possess each other.
God finds his portion in His people and His people find their portion in God.

This God is mine, in all His glorious perfection.
His heart is mine, for He loves me.
His ear is mine, for I may pour into it all my tales of sorrow, and all my songs of joy.
His eyes are mine, for they watch me from morning until night.
His hand is mine, for it is stretched out to uphold me.

Oh, He is a God of infinite glory. Abased in the very dust and half bewildered by the thought, I yet dare to look up and say, This God is my God forever and ever. He will be my guide even unto death.


Don’t watch this video — it’s just two old people talking

December 11th, 2019

Don’t watch this video. It’s just two old people talking.