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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXI 



JANUARY 1, 1983 



NO. 1 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THROUGH THE COMING YEAR 

Our Father, thro' the coming year 
We know not what shall be; 
But we would leave without a fear 
Its ord'ring all to Thee. 

It may be we shall toil in vain 
For what the world holds fair; 
And all the good we tho't to gain, 
Deceive and prove but care. 

It may be it shall darkly blend 
Our love with anxious fears, 
And snatch away the valued friend, 
The tried of many years. 

But calmly, Lord, on Thee we rest; 
No fears our trust shall move; 
Thou knowest what for each is best, 
And Thou art perfect Love. 



- Anonymous 



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OUR DESTINY 

At the close of the old year, we think of the departing year to 
see what we have done with the opportunities given us. If we 
rightly assess our past year, we may learn lessons that will help 
us to better live the new year. As we ponder the events of the old 
year and look into the future, we may wonder what our 
destiny is. 

During the early history of our country, people spoke of the 
nation's "manifest destiny." They perceived that this nation would 
in time stretch from ocean to ocean and from Canada to Mexico. 
Some had even grander ideas but for most our present boundries 
seemed to be the limits we were destined to have. Are we as 
individuals destined only to gain what "fate" has to offer us or do 
we have choices that will affect our destiny? 

If God had intended for "fate" to direct our lives, He would not 
have needed to pay the high cost for men's sins that He did. He 
could have predestined whom He would to live noble lives 
unneedful of a sacrifice. Yet even Adam who had been provided for 
beyond any other, failed to keep his blessed position. He made 
a choice. That choice forever put men in the place of deciding what 
destiny they would strive for. It also meant that God must pay the 
necessary price if men were to have any means of securing a 
destiny pleasing to God. 

We must make a choice concerning our soul's salvation. After 
that choice there are many other choices we must make if we wish 
to progress toward Heaven. As Christians we still must work 
towards that destiny like the American pioneers who labored to 
conquer the frontiers that lay before them, in securing the 
"manifold destiny" of this nation. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY 1, 1983 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 

Brethren Church in the plant of Glanz Lithographing Co., Rt. 4, 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567. 

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JACOB C. NESS, Associate Editor; 136 Homeland Road, York, PA 
17403 



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The Christian has a greater destiny than territory and 
commerce. He has the noble work of pleasing God and preparing 
himself for Heaven. As individuals have this task singly, the 
Church has a similar task as a body. The Church as a collection 
of individuals makes its choices and does its work. The Body of 
Christ needs the effort of each one, who is a part of her. Like the 
various organs of the body each member has his contribution to 
make. 

As we consider what the new year may hold for us, so the 
Church may well consider what the future holds for her. As the 
nonreligious world about her becomes more and more secular the 
influence of the Church has lessened. Her influence has 
diminished by the same degree as she has tried to compromise 
with the world. When she has stood against the ways of the world, 
she has suffered ridicule and even persecution but she has had the 
world's respect. When the Church has lowered her standards she 
has been accepted socially by the world but without respect. The 
Church must exercise her power of discipline and nonconformity. 
She dare not become so like the world's social organizations that 
she cannot be recognized. She must take her stand whatever the 
unknowing, uncaring world may think. She will have greater power 
in the world, not when she is like the world, but when she is 
recognizable from the world. Respect demands the effort of each 
member, who has promised to do what she asks of him. 

Our destiny as a Church depends on the daily choices each of us 
makes. If we choose to ignore the opportunities before us we will 
find the Church failing. But if we use those opportunities we will 
see her prosper, even in the midst of an irreligious world. There 
are missionary opportunities before her not only amongst other 
peoples and exotic places but in the isolated places of this nation 
where isolated members, and other seekers of truth, live. The 
Church can not constantly withdraw within her own select areas, 
she must be ready to share the Gospel where her history and 
doctrine are not well known. 

The General Conference is one of her important opportunities. It 
is not solely the time of conducting her business but also of 
preaching and worship. It is also important that it serves as a time 
to draw her members together into a more perfect union. The 
ministry and leadership have a prominent place in the Church so 
that leadership must be balanced It can neither be progressive nor 
reactionary. Leaders can not be unmindful of the individual's 
need to be subject to the Church but neither can the individual's 
need for love and fellowship be overlooked. The wisdom of God 
needs to be displayed by the Church's earthly leaders. 

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but also earthly. The gates of hell will not prevail against her no 
matter how small, feeble and weary she may be. It is for us to be 
sure we are a part of that Body. We have been given many helps by 
those of a former day, it is now for us to use them that the Church 
will be what God wants her to be. Are you doing your part? 



WHAT'S NEW ABOUT IT? 

Here we have a new year, at least it's a new page on the 
calendar. But there's the same old problems, same old people to 
get along with, same old places to go and things to do. We change 
pages on the calendar twelve times every year, so really — what's 
new about it? What difference does it make when we come to the 
end of one year and begin another one? 

For one thing, a new year means we've added another year to 
the total of years we've lived. It means we've had 365 more days 
to improve on the quality of our lives in the past and are now 
facing another year to use wisely or to waste. It means we have 
hope of another year during which to pray for those who burden 
our hearts and to thank Him for those who are already serving 
Him. It also means we have wasted 365 days if we were unwise and 
turned away from the things which would have pleased God. 

A new year can be a great experience or it can be just like any 
other hum-drum year. It depends on what we make of it, how we 
plan and whether or not we seek what God has for us. He has 
blessings in store and guidance is available, but He won't force 
them on us. Very often, God waits for us to ask, and if we don't, 
we've cheated outselves. Life doesn't automatically produce good 
or bad experiences. It's up to us to seek the good that God can 
give, including grace and strength to cope with our bad 
experiences. 

Some people think of life as being like a computer program, 
fixed in content and unchangeable. Whatever fate brings is the 
way they expect life to be, thinking in terms of good and bad luck, 
coincidence and chance. We can resign ourselves to "fate" and 
just suffer it out if it's bad, or be happy if it's good, but it's better 
to depend on the Lord. What happens in life is not just luck for He 
has control. He can make the bad things good, the good things 
even better, and renew our lives in Christ. 

There are some goals and decisions to consider which will 
determine what our lives will be like. Our choices will make the 
difference between a good year and a miserable one. The 
problems, people and duties may be the same, but we can have 
new attitudes and goals. Joshua said, "Choose you this day whom 



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ye will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." 
Joshua 24:15. This choice will determine the course of your year, 
and needs to be made now, not tomorrow, next week or a year 
from now. Will you choose to serve the Lord, or keep on serving 
yourself? 

When you decide to serve the Lord, many things will change. 
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old 
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 
II Cor. 5:17. You will have a new heart, new desires and hopes. 
When you are all new, your year will be truly new, no longer just a 
matter of flipping a page on the calendar. Heb. 10:20 calls this new 
life a "new and living way", not something old, dead and filled 
with misery. In Christ, you'll have alot to look forward to each new 
year. 

A new year calls for new goals in all areas of life. After you 
decide to serve the Lord, your next goal must be to find out what 
God wants you to do. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a 
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the 
word of truth." II Tim. 2:15. God's Word is the place to search to 
find out His will for your life, not only for 1983, but for always. You 
won't learn all He wants you to do in one year of study, nor in two 
years, but as you learn, you will change. 

One lesson is very important, and that is to plan our lives 
according to the things we've learned. There's so much we don't 
know and can't forsee, and because of this we need to learn to 
say, "If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." (See 
James 4:13-15.) Our plans must be laid with the knowledge in 
mind that God is sovereign and may Himself change our plans. 
That means even the most carefully-made plans may have to be 
set aside so God's will can be done. 

Another goal which will make your new year a better one is to 
share the gospel with others. Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, 
and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15. Whether you 
share with your next-door neighbor or a person in another land, 
you'll both be helped by talking about Jesus and what He can do 
for anyone who seeks Him. As you set new goals, make this one 
of them. Don't keep Jesus to yourself, but share as you have 
opportunity so others can have a good year too. 

What's new about 1983? Nothing much if you stay in the same 
old rut, but everything — if you choose to follow Jesus! 



Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"RELIGIONS" 

Is being religious being a Christian? Young people, there are 
millions of "religious" people in the world. There are some 587 
million Moslems, 475 million Hindues, 254 million Buddhists and 
186 million Confucianists in the world, along with many others 
whom you will cross paths with in the world system. 

Why is this true? If Jesus had just claimed to be a man with 
some new ideas about God, Christianity wouldn't threaten the 
world's religious systems. But that is not true is it? He said, "I 
am the way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the 
Father, but by me." John 14:6. Acts 4:12 reads, "Neither is there 
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven 
given among men, whereby we must be saved." If you believe 
these scriptures, live like you believe them! Be prepared to take 
insults from the two basic brands of world-system religions... the 
mystical brand and the "works" brand. 

The world-system religions all teach to be "good" and meet 
their standards of conduct. From bizarre cults to more 
"respectable" groups we see churches fitting into Paul's writing, 
Romans 10:2-3, which says, "For they being ignorant of God's 
righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteous- 
ness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of 
God." Why? "They have a zeal of God, but not according to 
knowledge." If you chant the right phrase fifteen times or give the 
proper amount of money do you suddenly understand that you are 
accepted by God? Worldly religious people are working hard to 
pile up enough good things on one side of the scale to outweigh 
the bad things on the other side. If the good outweighs the bad, 
they are in! Remember this! You cannot pull yourself to perfection 
by your religious bootstraps. Only living a totally Christ centered 
life will make it. 

The mystic religions usually teach abstractly that man is 
basically good. You might have "life force" or "cosmic conscious- 
ness." They try to peel away the layer of their own identity to 
discover the "god" within themselves. You can never lose self! 
You will always be human, but you can be Spirit filled. 

BEWARE as all versions of the world-system religions have 
tidbits of truth in them. They are also incredibly sincere. But, they 
are going through the "wide gate" to destruction. (Matt. 7:13) 
Jesus teaches us that "do-gooders" are many times "evil doers." 
They are from their father, the devil. (John 8:38, 44) 

Self denial without Christ has no meaning. God doesn't allow the 
"I'm just as good as you are" person into His kingdom without 



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total submission to His teachings. These teachings start with 
repentence... go through baptism... and end up in obedience. 

You DO have to love these people though! Even a Morman that 
uses the Book of Morman... translated into English in the 1820's 
written in Elizabethan English just like the 1611 King James 
Version of the Bible... being totally illogical... you have to love him' 
But you are obligated to expose the lies of their religion and 
defend the truth of which you are aware. Jude 3 tells us to 
"contend earnestly for the faith..." And certainly you will need to 
try to win them to Christ. They are individuals whom Christ died 
for. They are "religious" because they have a built-in need for a 
relationship with God. Teach them the truth. Teach them II Cor 
5:17. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature- old 
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



CO-WORKERS WITH CHRIST FOR THE LORD 

"... I will make you fishers of men..." Matt. 4:19 

We read so many passages in the Bible about people who 
worked with Christ for the Lord. The servants who carried water 
and filled the vessels, then drew out the wine from them at the 
Cana wedding feast were examples of this. The Lord calls His 
people always to be His helpers in blessing the Lord. We our- 
selves can do so little of ourselves but when we bring those deeds 
to Him, He blesses them to His service. We might "dig the well " but 
when we bring that humble task to Him, He can change the water 
from that well into the rich waters of Heaven. The action will only 
accomplish good if we use it as He commands and to His glory. 

Moses used an ordinary staff and he parted the sea as God 
commanded if. The disciples just had five loaves... but when Christ 
touched His hands to it, it made a feast for thousands. 

Christ passes His love and grace through human hands to 
others. Even today, there are ministers spreading the Word of 
God throughout the Brotherhood. The blessings of God are 
being distributed by human hands. When these people labor to do 
what the Lord bids them to do... to His qlory... this work leads to 
heavenly results. No labor is in vain when it is done with your 
oest ability for the Lord y 



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"I am working for His glory 

He gives me the strength 
To go from day to day 

To Him I will give all the praise." 

Brother Eugene Trujillo 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



HERE, MISTER! 

It was a bitterly cold day, and the wind seemed to cut right 
through him as he walked slowly along the street. His jacket was a 
light one, made more for spring than winter weather, and looked as 
though it had ridden for many years upon the man's back. The 
material was worn thin at the shoulders and elbows, the pockets 
were torn. The man's shivering, gloveless hands tried in vain to 
find some warmth in these pockets. 

"Hello, hello!" a cheerful voice boomed out. 'The Lord's given 
us a mighty cold day, hasn't He?" 

Before the man had time to manage a shaky nod in answer, the 
person had passed on by, whistling merrily as he climbed into his 
heated vehicle. The man's gaze lingered sadly on the person's 
heavy warm coat, fur-lined gloves, and ear muffs, then he sighed 
and bent his body against the biting wind. As he continued on his 
way, he met many people, hurrying to their destinations. Most 
people passed by him with just a friendly nod, but some spoke a 
word of greeting. 

"Cold day, isn't it, sir?" 

"Awful day to be out!" 

"This is a day to be spent inside by the fire!" 

To all this, the man only nodded, too cold and numb to speak. 

Presently, he felt someone tugging lightly on his sleeve. Startled, 
he turned around and looked down into a pair of sweet, innocent 
brown eyes. In fact, that's about all he could see of the little child 
standing beside him. A little girl, he guessed, bundled up in her 
pink furry coat and matching mittens. 

"Mister, ya look soooo cold! My mommy's in the store over 
there, an'' I was lookin' out the window an' I saw ya walk by an' I 
thought, "That man looks soooo cold! Are ya cold, mister?" 

The man gazed into the child's eyes, so wide and full of genuine 
concern. He blinked to keep tears out of his own. 

"Yes," he spoke quietly, smiling at the child, I'm a little cold. Are 
you?" 



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"Oh, no!" the child answered. "I got lotsa warm clothes on! But 
your coat looks so skinny, an' ya don't have any hat! I'd give ya 
my hat, but it's hooked on to my coat. Oh, ya don't have any 
gloves, either!" 

The man watched in fascination as the child proceeded to 
remove her mittens. 
"Here, mister, you can have these." 

The man looked at the tiny, pink, furry mittens held up to him so 
eagerly, and this time, though he had to smile, he couldn't keep the 

tears back 

".... Inasmuch as ye have done it unto 
one of the least of these my brethren, 
ye have done it unto me." 

Matthew 25:40 
Sister Julie Litfin 



FOUR NEWS FOR NEW YEAR 

As a new year is upon us our thoughts began to dwell on the new 
things mentioned in the Bible. There are probably many more but 
four "new" things in the Bible that are, we feel, significant come to 
mind. 

First of all we would like to think about the NEW covenant. In 
Hebrews 8:7 we read, "For if that first covenant had been faultless, 
then should no place have been sought for the second." Then in 
verse 13 of this chapter we read, "In that he saith, a new covenant, 
he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth 
old is ready to vanish away." Chapter nine of Hebrews tells us the 
primary reason for a new covenant. God no longer recognizes the 
sacrifice of animals because the PERFECT sacrifice has been 
given. Jesus Christ, the spotless lamb of God, has shed His blood 
for our sins. This perfect sacrifice was necessary for those of the 
old covenant as well as for those who would follow. In Hebrews 
9:15 we read, "And for this cause he is the mediator of the new 
testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the 
transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are 
called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." 

Because of the fact of the new covenant we can experience the 
NEW birth. In John 3:3 we read the very familiar words, "Jesus 
answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except 
a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Today 
the term "born again" has become very popular. Many have 
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We do not wish to go into detail on this subject but we feel it is 
important to mention that this experience, in itself, DOES NOT 
guarantee eternal life! The Bible clearly teaches a need for a life 
of discipleship. Also we must remember Jesus' words in Mark 
16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that 
believeth not shall be damned." 

When we experience the new birth we believe we enter into a 
NEW kingdom. This kingdom is mentioned in the previous verse 
quoted, John 3:3. In Mark 1:14-15 we read, "Now after that John 
was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel 
of the KINGDOM OF GOD, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and 
the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." 
Notice that Jesus Christ DOES NOT say that the kingdom IS 
POSTPONED! We believe the Bible clearly teaches that THE 
CHURCH is the kingdom of God and that the kingdom of Heaven 
is a phrase which means the same thing. The kingdom is now in 
the embryo stage, which brings us to our last NEW. 

The last new we would like to mention is the NEW heaven and 
NEW earth. In Revelation 21:1 we read, "And I saw a new heaven 
and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed 
away;..." We believe at the time this happens the Church will, like 
the butterfly change from the embryo state to a beautiful 
completed organism. We Christians, who make up the Church, will 
be as our Lord. No more will sin cause us to fail. No more will pain 
cause us misery. No more will problems and troubles be our lot. 
We will rejoice and live in joy and peace forevermore. 

Let it be our desire to live as the new covenant teaches, to thank 
God for our new birth experience, (and should you be reading this 
without experiencing this we invite you to join us in our Christian 
walk), to make the new kingdom teachings our way of disciple- 
ship, that we may then enjoy the glories of the new heaven and 
new earth! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



»•••••• 



Some churches seem to be sound in doctrine, but they are sound 
asleep. 



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A BIBLE CHARACTER 

ADAM 

Adam, the first man was created in the image of God and was to 
have dominion over the things of the earth. Genesis 1:27-28, "So 
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he 
him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and 
God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the 
earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, 
and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth 
upon the earth." Hebrews 2:6-8, "But one in a certain place 
testified, saying, what is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the 
son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower 
than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and 
did set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things 
in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection 
under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we 
see not yet all things put under him." 

In Genesis 2 we see that Adam was formed of the dust and God 
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a 
living soul. Genesis 2:7, "And the Lord God formed man of the 
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; 
and man became a living soul." We find that God took a rib from 
Adam's side, and made a woman. Genesis 2:21-22, "And the Lord 
God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he 
took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And 
the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a 
woman, and brought her unto the man." This was in no way a 
contradiction of chapter 1, but rather a supplement to it. 

We find that Adam gave names to the fowl of the air and to the 
beasts of the field. Genesis 2:19-20. Also that woman was called 
thus because she was taken out of man. Genesis 2:23, "And Adam 
said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she 
shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." Note 
also I Cor. 11:7-12, "For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, 
forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is 
the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the 
woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; 
but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to 
have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless 
neither is the man without the woman, neither woman without the 
man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the 
man also by the woman; but ail things of GOD." 

Adam was placed in a garden which God had planted, and which 
contained the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and 
evil. See Genesis 2:8-15. Adam was to dress and keep the garden. 



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Adam was commanded that he could freely eat of the trees of the 
garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The 
penalty was death. Gen. 2:16-17, "And the Lord God commanded 
the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely 
eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt 
not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely 
die." 

Adam with his wife partook of the forbidden fruit, and their eyes 
were opened to know good and evil. They now saw their 
nakedness and were ashamed. They made themselves aprons of 
fig leaves, but still tried to hide from the presence of the Lord God. 
How futile it is to try to hide from God, or to clothe ourselves with 
the fig leaves of our own righteousness. Heb. 4:13, "Neither is 
there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things 
are opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." 

Because Adam's own effort to cover his shame of sin and dis- 
obedience by the fig leaves of his own righteousness was not 
sufficient, (Gen. 3:12, "And the man said, The woman whom thou 
gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat."), God 
made them coats of skins and covered them. Gen. 3:21, "Unto 
Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, 
and clothed them." 

How wonderfully God has provided that we shall be clothed and 
not found naked. II Cor. 5:3, "If so be that being clothed we shall 
not be found naked." Rev. 3:18, "I council thee to buy of me gold 
tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that 
thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do 
not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest 
see." Isaiah 61:10, "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall 
be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of 
salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as 
a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride 
adorneth herself with her jewels." Zee. 3:4-5, "And he answered 
and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the 
filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have 
caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee 
with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon 
his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him 
with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by." Rev. 3:5, "He 
that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I 
will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess 
his name before my Father, and before his angels." Rev. 19:8, 
"And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, 
clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." 

We take note also that some refuse to put on the garments 
provided by God, and therefore are found naked and speechless. 



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Matt. 22:11-12, "And when the king came in to see the guests, he 
saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he said 
unto him, Friend, how earnest thou in hither not having a wedding 
garment? And he was speechless." Please read the entire parable. 

Because of Adam's sin, the ground was cursed, and death 
became the lot of men. Gen. 3:17-19, "And unto Adam he said, 
Because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast 
eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shall 
not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shall thou 
eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring 
forth to thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the field; In the sweat 
of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for 
out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt 
thou return." 

Bleak indeed would be the outlook for man, if it were not for 
the intervention of Christ (The second Adam), Rom. 5:12, 17-19, 
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death 
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 
For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they 
which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteous- 
ness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the 
offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; 
even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all 
men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience 
many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many 
be made righteous." I Cor. 15:21, 22, 45, "For since by man came 
death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in 
Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. And so it 
is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last 
Adam was made a quickening spirit." 

Praise God for His wonderful works to the children of men. 

Brother William Carpenter 



THE ENTHUSIASM OF JESUS 

LUKE 12:49 

"I came to cast fire upon the earth" 

There may have been a time in years gone by that the word 
enthusiasm was avoided, but in speech of today "enthusiasm" is a 
noble word. It is a fervor of mind, ardency of spirit, exaltation of 
the soul. Though this word is absent in the New Testament the 
attitude itself is present. 



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When Jesus was a boy He visited Jerusalem with His parents and 
went into the temple one day to question and learn from the 
doctors. He was completely happy and unconcerned for the 
problems and needs of the day. He asked His parents, "Wist ye not 
that I must be about my Father's business?" Luke 2:49. The strong 
desire within Him to do the work for which He was sent was a fire 
that was unquenchable. Jesus felt that His life would be short and 
so He said, "I must work the works of him that sent me while it is 
day; the night cometh when no man can work." John 9:4. 

John on the Isle of Patmos thinking of Jesus sees Him with eyes 
like flames of fire and feet of burnished brass. He hears Him 
talking to the Laodiceans, and this is what He says: "I would thou 
wert cold or hot because thou are lukewarm and neither hot nor 
cold, I will spew you out of my mouth." Rev. 3:15-16. One can 
drink cold water with a relish. He can also drink water heated to 
a certain temperature. But against tepid water the stomach rebels. 
The beloved disciple does not hesitate to represent Jesus saying, 
"Lukewarm Christians are nauseating to me!" 

And alas! How many lukewarm Christians there are. Men who 
are indifferent, neutral. They do not oppose, they approve, but 
approval cannot set the world on fire. Approval is a nod of one 
corner of the intellect, enthusiasm is the smile of the soul. What is 
the matter with Christians that they are so lacking in enthusiasm? 
The answer is that the nature is saturated, soaked by the chilling 
drizzle of worldliness, and along with this deterioration of nature 
comes a diminishing of the vision of the Fatherhood of God and 
the Brotherhood of man, and because there is a shadowed vision 
the glowing purpose is also lacking, and the soul does not catch 
fire. What, then, shall we do? Let us go to Him, who is a zealous 
God, so eager and ardent is His love that He gave His only 
begotten Son. If we are not ablaze in the presence of such a 
gospel, it is because we have a heart of stone; but He who knows 
our frame and who remembers that we are dust has promised to 
remove the heart of stone and to give us a heart of flesh. 

Selected by Brother Don Hostetler 



Some people take a stand for Christ, and never move again. 

• ••*••• 

Alcohol makes a man colorful: it gives him: a red nose, a white 
liver, a yellow streak, and a blue outlook. 



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CHRIST-GODS BEGOTTEN SON 

Christ is The Center has been well said, 
By The Holy Spirit - men can be led; 
To believe in Him and read His Word — 
His coming for the Saints has been heard. 

It takes a trusting heart as of old, 
Daniel in the lions den - and Joseph sold; 
Three Hebrew children in the furnace of fire 
Men through God's Grace can be lifted higher. 

Time will come we're told when too late? 
For sinners to enter through the pearly gate. 
So teach The Word from the very start — 
That The Holy Spirit can touch each heart. 

Peter and Paul preached with great power, 
Given words by the Spirit in that hour; 
Today The Holy Spirit convicts by woeing — 
The poor lost soul from his wrong doing. 

You may ask - In this our atomic age? 
Yes indeed, prophecy is written on the Page, 
We face both. The word we can give — 
If atomic or not, the soul still lives. 

The devil is powerful - very cunning to deceive, 
He is clamoring for souls, his tricks don't believe 
Jesus Christ Only, can conquer Satan's plea 
Jesus presents Christ's Blood - the devil will flee. 

Christ will save you from death and hell, 
In an Eternal Mansion with Him to dwell; 
There where the ceaseless ages of Eternity roll — 
Death is not spoken of, for the Soul. 

- Grace S. Bashore 



MARRIAGE 

KASZA - MEYERS 

Sis. Marlene Kasza, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Eugene Kasza of 
Malta Bend, Missouri and Bro. Dennis Meyers, son of Bro. and Sis. 
Martin Meyers of Adel, Iowa were united in Holy Matrimony, 
November 20, 1982 at the Mt. Leonard Baptist Church, Mt. 
Leonard, Missouri by Bro. Fred Pifer. Their new address will be: 
R. 3, Adel. Iowa 50003. 



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VOL. LXI 



JANUARY 15, 1983 



NO. 2 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE GREATEST TEST 

Help me to walk so close to Thee 
That those who know me best can see 
I live as godly as I pray 
And Christ is real from day to day. 

I see some once a day, or year, 
To them I blameless might appear; 
Tis easy to be kind and sweet 
To people whom we seldom meet. 

But in my home are those who see 
Too many times the worst of me. 
My hymns of praise were best unsung 
If He does not control my tongue. 

When I am vexed and sorely tried 
And my impatience cannot hide, 
May no one stumble over me 
Because Thy love they failed to see. 

But give me, Lord, through calm and strife 
A gracious and unselfish life. 
Help me with those who know me best 
For Jesus sake, to stand the test. 

- Author Unknown 

Selected by Sister Becky St. John 



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MANASSEH 

Although King Manasseh had a good start in life, he spent most 
of his life in sin and idolatry. Despite this almost totally wasted 
life, his end was a good one. 

The birth of Manasseh was part of a miracle. He was born three 
years after his father, Hezekiah, was granted an extra fifteen 
years of life. If Hezekiah's time had not been extended there 
would not have been an heir to sit upon the Throne of David. But 
Hezekiah's prayer was heard, his life was extended and three 
years later there was an heir. When Manasseh was twelve he came 
to the throne following the death of Hezekiah. 

It would have been difficult for Manasseh to rule wisely since 
he was but a lad when he began to reign. He undoubtedly fell into 
the hands of unscrupulous men who influenced him to follow in 
ungodly ways. While Hezekiah had been one of the best of the 
kings of Judah, he also had a failing of pride that showed at various 
times. Perhaps this fault influenced the son more than his 
righteous deeds. Whatever the reason, Manasseh soon began to 
fall into evil ways. As he grew older, he was already the prisoner 
of bad habits, so he continued in these habits. These habits ever 
led him downward into deeds that were continuously more evil 
and ungodly. 

His evil activities affected not only his personal life but the lives 
of his subjects. As the leader of his people, his life influenced 
them to live ungodly lives also. His sins were not only his own 
downfall but his people's downfall as well. Idolatry became very 
common. Baal practically became the God of the land. Manasseh 
and his people even offered their children as sacrifices. 

Manasseh was so deeply involved in sin and idolatry that he 
could not be bothered with God. It took a sudden change in his 

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life to awaken Him to God's claim on his life. The Assyrians 
overran the land and took Manasseh prisoner and carried him 
away to Babylon. There in captivity where his idols could not help 
him, he realized that he needed God. There in affliction and agony 
he called upon the Lord. Manasseh was no different than many 
today. It takes sickness, affliction, sorrow or trial in order to 
awaken them to their soul's need. While all is going smoothly, 
they are content to live their lives according to their own desires. 
They will serve the gods of this world wholeheartedly. When 
trouble comes, they realize the emptiness of their lives and the 
ineffectiveness of their gods. The gods of gold and silver can not 
deliver them from life's sore afflictions. Often their afflictions are 
themselves the direct result of their ungodly lives. When the trial 
is sore, they call on God for deliverance. Manasseh did. He was 
delivered from the hand of the Assyrians and returned to 
Jerusalem. 

After most of a lifetime lived in disregard of God and in ungodly 
practices, Manasseh began to undo the evil he had done. He 
reordered his own life. He laid aside his idol worship. He changed 
his living to please God. He sought the Lord's help in directing 
his life. As the leader of his nation he directed his people to call 
upon the Lord. 

While he could change his own life through God's power, he 
could not fully rid his land of the effects of his many years of 
ungodly rule. While the people called upon the Lord they also 
clung to their old habits of idol worship. He could not blot out 
the effects of his past life upon his son Amon. After Manasseh's 
death, Amon became king. He followed the pattern of the first part 
of Manasseh's life by being an ungodly king. The influence 
Manasseh had upon his son's formuative years was too great to be 
overcome in his adult years, when Manasseh had repented of his 
past. 

Manasseh found as Samuel had told Saul that obedience and 
listening were better than repentance and sacrifice after the sin 
had been committed. While God looks with favor and desire upon 
repentance, He would far rather have obedience and godliness 
in a person's life from the beginning. Many who have sinned with 
the idea of later repenting have been taken before they could do 
so. Others with that intention have instead made sin their habit. 
Before they fully realized their position they were the servants 
of sin and had no desire to repent. 

Many have found the mercy of God like Manasseh. Despite a life 
lived to please self and Satan, they have realized the result of 
their sinful lives and have repented. While God extends this mercy, 
it is far better to early form the habit of godliness. Are you living 
for Him now or are you hoping to be another Manasseh? 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"MORALS" 

Too many young people today have a do-what-is-right-in-your- 
own-eyes attitude when it comes to morals. That, of course, comes 
from humanistic influences in our peers, our schools, and our 
families. This world-system immorality is easy to recognize 
because of its "if it feels good, do it" attitude. This is spiritual 
deadness. Paul told the Ephesian church that before they received 
Christ, they were "dead in trespasses and sins." (Eph. 2:1) Right 
or wrong are whatever Mr. or Miss Worldly chooses. Proverbs 16:2 
says, "All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight." 

Have you ever thought about the fact that doing whatever you 
choose might be doing what someone else has really chosen for 
you? Most avant-garde ideas of the non-conformist are in reality 
conforming to someone's idea or standard away from the norm. 

We feel at times that the grass is greener on the other side of 
the fence, that the living is a little more fun on the world-system 
side. So we give up on God's morality to gratify ourselves. God 
wants you to have high morals in all areas of life because He loves 
you. His lifestyle is best. God's disciplines are predicated on love. 

And you can't approach morality on your own human strength. It 
is futile for the natural man... stuck in his old sin nature to try to 
work out his own system. The flesh is thoroughly imperfect. It 
can't consistently say "no" to sin. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that "all our 
righteousnesses are as filthy rags." 

Get the picture? People are not equipped to live God's style of 
behavior in their own strength. If you are living in the flesh... giving 
in to the old self instead of the new person in Christ Jesus... you 
have joined the "Carnal Christian Club" and you are heading for 
destruction. Your non-Christian friends can never live up to God's 
supernatural system of right and wrong. Living a double life is 
frustrating. It is "double-mindness" and is unstable. 

In reality, God does not expect our old selves to be good. He 
knows that the only way we can live up to His standards of 
morality is to allow Him to have complete control of our lives. 
Romans 6:13 teaches us, "Neither yield ye your members as 
instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, but yield yourselves 
unto God, as those that are alive from the dead..." 

You must make a choice. If you put yourself in the service of sin 
to be used as a tool of wickedness you are lost. If you let God 
use your body as His weapon for right living, you will have 
victory. 



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The first time I tried to "pop-a-wheelie" on my bike I went 
crashing down to the pavement... literally creating sparks as I went. 
I pretended as if there were no rules. And I "got burnt!" You, too, 
are destined to get hurt if you pretend there are no moral rules 
and you allow the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes to direct 
you into immoral activities. You are no different than the "good" 
unbeliever in the world system if you are living to satisfy your 
fleshly lusts. Let the Master control your life. He will help you to 
live on with Him throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 

AT ANY COST 

A young man felt called of God to preach, but he turned his 
back on that call and joined the armed forces. Later when he 
returned home, he still rejected God's call to preach. He sought 
God in some other matters, but couldn't seem to surrender his 
entire will to Him. In particular, he wanted to marry a certain young 
woman named Rosie and refused to consider that it might not be 
God's will for him. 

Many times this young man was found in the Church's prayer 
room praying audibly, "God, I want Rosie for my wife AT ANY 
COST! I want her more than anything else!" He was counseled 
with repeatedly and asked, "Why don't you put this on the altar?" 
His answer was always the same, "I want Rosie more than 
anything else." 

Eventually he got just what he demanded. God gave him Rosie, 
but their marriage was not happy. It was a terrible nightmare and 
it ended with this young man drinking poison to end his life 
because he couldn't cope with life any longer. He called his 
father-in-law and told him what he was going to do. He was 
already on the floor dying when Rosie's father reached him. This 
young man had sought contentment and happiness in his own 
way, but found neither, and he paid for his foolishness with his life. 
(This is a true story related by Rosie's brother, a minister). 

You probably read this story with very mixed emotions, 
wondering how someone could be so foolish. Why did he demand 
his own way, instead of asking for God's will in his life? He wasn't 
ignorant of God's ways, so why wouldn't he listen to sound 
reason? Didn't he realize that he should have wanted God more 
than anything else, and not Rosie? The questions could go on, 
and yet there are no sensible answers. He knew what he should 
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was exactly the price he paid in order to get his own way, a terrific 
price to pay when it includes one's soul. 

"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take 
counsel, but not of me." Isaiah 30:1. This young man refused 
Christian counseling, and followed the "do your own thing" 
counsel of men. He expected to be happy when he got what he 
wanted, but it didn't turn out that way. His initial happiness soon 
turned to sorrow and finally to despair. When he prayed for his 
wish to be granted "at any cost," he probably did not forsee the 
consequences. This is one more reason why we need to follow 
God's counsel, as He knows what is ahead and will guide us 
accordingly. 

"But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, 
and stopped their ears, that they should not hear." Zee. 7:11. This 
verse accurately describes this young man. He would not hearken, 
he wouldn't listen to those who tried to show him God's way. They 
knew he was headed for disaster, and tried to stop him. When he 
prayed, he revealed what was in his heart, but his rebellious spirit 
was revealed even earlier when he turned away from the work 
God called him to. He was a little like Jonah, who tried to run, but 
there is always a day of reckoning when God will say, "You've 
gone far enough." 

The opposite of rebellion is submission. In the Lord's Prayer are 
the words, "Thy will be done", not "my will be done." Preceding 
the crucifixion, Jesus prayed, "O my Father, if it be possible, let 
this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." 
Matt. 26:39. Jesus not only taught submission, but He lived and 
died by it. His entire life was one of submission to the Father's 
Will. It cost Jesus His earthly life — a high price — but through 
His sacrifice we can have life instead of death. James 4:7 says, 
"Submit yourselves therefore to God," and this should be every 
Christian's desire. 

"Ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or 
that." James 4:15. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, 
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. 
We do not have the right to do as we please nor to ask what we 
please and expect it to be granted. We need to recognize that God 
has the final say, that there is a condition to be met before we are 
ready to pray and receive. When His Word abides in our hearts, our 
attitudes and desires change from rebellious to submissive ones. 
Have yours changed? 

This young man rebelled against the Word. He prayed for and 
received his own way, with disastrous results. "At any cost" was 
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but the bargain had been made and he did not repent. How about 
you? Are you rebelling against God, or have you submitted to 
Him? The cost of saying, "yes" to Him and, "no" to self is a small 
price to pay for God's mercy. Jesus paid for it — will you 
accept it? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



SOJOURN . . . 

Sitting here alone I wonder, 
Real pictures seem to vanish 
And the wonderful moments 

become my memories. 
I once again know this is another world... 

I drift away to a time 
of happiness 
of no wars and 
of literally no hate... 

I can see the friendship 
Embracing me close 

Chasing away the tears and 

Tenderly my fears, too... 

When all these things plus more make 
My mind feel like clouds, floating 

And heaven for a moment 

I almost believe... 

Then slowly reality burns my eyes 
I awaken for HE reassures me. 

Brother Eugene Trujillo 
Torreon Navajo Mission 

DEATH OF A CHRISTIAN 

REWARD OR PUNISHMENT? 

There are several things about the "eternal security" teaching 
that causes us concern. To let an individual feel he or she can 
willfully commit sin and still receive the blessing of Heaven is 
dangerous, in our opinion, to say the least. 

Out of this teaching has come a theory that we find quite 
impossible to accept. This is the thinking that if an individual goes 
"too far out in sin," God will "strike him dead" and take him to 



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Heaven as PUNISHMENT! They base their theory on several 
passages of scripture. The only one we have not been able to fully 
explain to our satisfaction is found in I Corinthians 11:30. This is 
the familiar love feast passage. Paul is speaking of those who "eat 
this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily." He then 
states in verse 30, "For this cause many are weak and sickly 
among you, AND MANY SLEEP." The argument is that when the 
Bible speaks of death as "sleep" it always refers to a Christian. 

We have asked the Lord for wisdom in this and we share what we 
hope is the leading of the Holy Spirit. First of all we feel it is 
dangerous to state that there is NEVER an exception to an unusual 
usage of a phrase or word. We think of some fable type theories 
that have come out of this type of understanding. Secondly, in the 
verse preceding, verse 29, Paul states that the individual "eateth 
and drinketh DAMNATION." This would seem to infer MORE 
than physical death. We are also made to think of II Peter 3:16 
"As also in all his (Paul's) epistles, speaking in them of these 
things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which 
they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, AS THEY DO ALSO 
THE OTHER SCRIPTURES, unto their own destruction." 

Is it also not true that the state of the BODY of both believer 
and nonbeliever is one of rest? To say that the body is in some 
kind of Torment before the resurrection is pagan thought, in our 
opinion. And, furthermore, is it not true that both the body of the 
believer and nonbeliever, unless it is highly preserved, will decay? 
If the physical death is, therefore, PUNISHMENT, then both the 
saved and unsaved receive this punishment! And, of course, this is 
true because of the fall of man. It also follows that unless you 
believe in the false "soul sleep" theory, you will agree that BOTH 
the saved and unsaved will receive a restored soul, body, and 
spirit at resurrection. The difference between the bodies of the 
saved and unsaved is not pertinent to our subject at hand. 

We would now like to think about those who were martyrs for the 
faith. It is true that God did not "strike them dead" but He certainly 
allowed it. Are we to understand that Stephen, the other martyrs of 
the New Testament, the Saints throughout the ages who died for 
the faith, and missionaries who were killed for their efforts 
RECEIVED PUNISHMENT? The Book of Revelation would 
suggest that there is a special reward for those who were martyred 
for the faith. It would seem then that although it runs counter to 
human reasoning, in God's eyes death for a Christian "before their 
time" (This is another area where many thoughts and questions 
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We have also, in private conversation, heard that those who go 
out in sin and are "taken home before their time" will suffer some 
type of PUNISHMENT in Heaven. Some feel this will be for a 
limited amount of time. This sounds like the teaching of Purgatory 
to us! To make Heaven less than PERFECT bliss and happiness 
is less than our understanding calls for. We do happen to believe 
in rewards for faithfulness. But we do not believe this will cause 
sorrow in individuals. (There may be a short period when God will 
have to correct some false theology held and there would be 
sorrow over this for leading others astray. But we see no 
PUNISHMENT involved.) Since we will be PERFECT in Heaven 
we feel toward those who have received greater rewards than we 
as we should now feel toward Brothers and Sisters in the Lord 
who have more material wealth than we. 

Without getting into the mind boggling area of the fore- 
knowledge of God, which we believe finite minds can not fully 
comprehend, we wish to affirm that we believe that sin can lead to 
an early death. There is medical evidence that those who abuse 
their bodies in sinful ways "reap what they sow." But we must also 
admit that we know of those who live a "Godly life" who die at an 
early age because of sickness. We do not profess to understand 
this, but we do not see these dear Brothers and Sisters as being 
PUNISHED by God! 

We will close with a word from Paul in chapter 10 of Hebrews. 
Following the admonition of Christians not to forsake the 
assembling themselves together, Paul says in verses 26-27 "For if 
we (Christians) sin wilfully after that we have received the 
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. 
BUT A CERTAIN FEARFUL LOOKING FOR A JUDGEMENT 
AND FIERY INDIGNATION, which shall devour the adversaries." 
(I John 1:8-9 assures us that forgiveness is possible.) 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, Pa. 17078 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January, 1923 

HOW WE GOT OVER THE MOUNTAIN 

B. E. Kesler 

When I was a lad barely entering the teens, I was permitted the 
rare, though much appreciated privilege of accompanying my 
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Our wagon was well loaded with vegetables of various kinds, 
and drawn by "Old Dove" and "Old Jack". Our way led across a 
spur of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia. Everything being in 
readiness, very early one October morning we set out on our trip. 
Everything went well until we reached the foot of the mountain, 
which was just as the sun was going down behind the western 
horizon. 

We had our plans laid, and a fancied "camping ground" in mind, 
where we were expecting to spend the night. This camping ground 
was some half mile ahead, and we thought it not at all unreason- 
able that we should reach the "goal" in fine time to take up camp, 
but "Old Jack" thought differently. He decided "right here is good 
enough place for me to camp." So there we were, one mind, and 
that a mule mind, set up against two superior (?) minds, minds 
that were supposed to subdue and govern mule minds. We thought 
it quite presumptous on Jack's part to balk that way when we 
wanted him to help us reach our "goal," so badly. This made no 
difference with Jack, he stood firm and fast in his disinclination. 
Just who was right at this point we are not saying; at any rate, Jack 
had done a good day's work, and what did he care whether any one 
ever camped at so uninviting a place before or ever should 
thereafter? 

What To Do Next? 

In a hasty consultation for night was coming on, it was decided 
to try various methods to persuade Jack to do his part. Dis- 
covering that Jack was more inclined to pull backward than to go 
forward, with Jack's help the wagon was rolled out of the track so 
it would have a down grade start, thinking in this way, with our 
help, old Dove could start the wagon with such speed as would 
encourage Jack, so he would "jump in" and help and we could still 
reach our "goal", but to no avail; when the wagon landed in the 
road Jack would stand "fast" and so did the wagon. 

Finding this unavailing, coaxing, petting, persuading, and even 
toling by holding a bundle of fodder in front of him, were tried to 
induce Jack to fall in line, but without results; Jack stood firm 
and "fast." 

The whooping, hurrahing and shouting at this stage of the 
procedure would have reminded you of the 400 prophets of Baal 
on Mt. Carmel, and just how many, and the kind of epithets, such 
as "slacker", "pessimist", "formalist", "legalist" and "kicker", and 
he did plenty of that, were used upon Jack, memory fails to recall, 
but one thing seemed evident — Jack was going no farther. 

All of these harmless (?) little epithets having been piled upon 
Jack without effect, resort was next had to the nearby hazel 



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bushes. Jack met this new ally with still more determined 
resistance. 

So after persuasion of this kind was used to the satisfaction of 
the superior (?) minds, it was decided very reluctantly that Jack 
must have his way, so we went into camp. 

The Inevitable 

For once the drivers were baffled and had to camp where no one 
else ever camped before, or since, but they learned a very 
important lesson — they couldn't make the thing go without Jack's 
help — and you may be sure Jack was pampered and well fed that 
night. But, naturally enough Jack grew more indifferent about 
getting that load over the mountain next morning, after suffering 
such earnest persuasion the evening before. And imagine our 
great anxiety when, before retiring for the night, we learned jack 
had "slipped the halter", and the way back home was open and 
unobstructed! Well, if you had seen my father creep cautiously up 
and with a spring clutch both arms about Jack's neck, and then 
cling to him as Jack wheeled around and round trying to break 
loose, (Jack knew it wasn't because father loved him so that made 
him cling so tightly to him), you would know how keenly we felt 
that we couldn't pull that load over the mountain without Jack. 

The Next Morning 

The two superior (?) minds were not very composed during the 
night perhaps, wondering what notes the recording angel had 
made of the events of the evening before, but old Jack seemed to 
take things easy, and apparently nothing the worse off for the 
mild (?) chastizing of the evening. But imagine the suspense, 
wondering if Jack was going to push up against the collar when 
harnessed up again! 

Anxiety grew more and more intense until Jack was finally 
"hitched up" again, and to his credit, and to the joy of the drivers, 
the leaders, old Jack just walked off as though nothing had 
happened. All went well until we came to the intended camping 
ground, one of our "goals". Here the mountain grew steeper, the 
load harder to draw and — Jack decided to balk again, so there we 
were up against a real thing, the mountain, utterly unable to go 
without Jack's hefp. Another season of persuading, coaking, 
calling unpleasant names, and a tirade of shouting, hallooing and 
boosting, to all of which Jack seemed perfectly oblivious, and 
unconcerned followed. 

We Got Over The Mountain 

So there we were, stalled, helpless, unable to move a wheel. All 
efforts to get Jack to fall in line with the program of the leaders 



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failed. You see Jack being only a mule, couldn't see the necessity 
of this noise and fuss about carrying that load up the mountain, 
besides he hadn't forgotten the humiliating taunts and unpleasant 
epithets and hazel sprouts of the evening before, after he had 
willingly performed the task of the day in faithful service. Even 
mules have some sense of justice and know when they have done 
what may reasonably be expected of them. 

Finally after a prolonged suspense as to how we were to get over 
the mountain, another team came down the mountain, meeting us, 
and seeing our predicament, and being unable to pass us, that 
mule Jack having shut off all travel over that road, all progression, 
there was only one way over that mountain. So after a little 
consultation it was decided we old drivers should take a back seat, 
while the new man "hooked on" his team and assumed leadership. 

Old Jack had lost confidence in his drivers, you see, and was 
unwilling to go farther until a new leadership was installed, in 
which he could have confidence. 

Accordingly, the new team was hitched up, the new driver took 
the reins and when at the word, "get up", was given, a little 
shuffling of the feet, a little "chewing of the bit," a tightening of 
the tugs, the wagon began to move and to his credit, old Jack was 
abreast with old Dove, and did himself grandly until the crest of 
the mountain was scaled, and no one seemed more delighted than 
old Jack. 

Moral: Even in spiritual things as well as in temporal, leaders 
may, by indiscretion, lose the confidence of those whom they are 
supposed to serve, and all progression may be checked until a 
new leadership is installed who can inspire confidence by faithful 
adherence to the time honored principles for which the society has 
stood. 

OUR REASONS FOR PLAIN CLOTHES 

O. C. Cripe 

We have often been asked why the Brethren have adopted a 
different style of clothes from that the world today wears? In this 
essay we will try and give some reasons why we feel it necessary 
to hold to and contend for the plain clothes that the Dunkard 
church has ever contended for. Just to say that our special cut is 
authorized by the New Testament scriptures, I don't think the 
brethren ever claimed that it was; but plain clothes is a positive 
command given by the apostles who were inspired by the Lord, to 
write as they did. 

If the world had not gone to extremes in their foolish fashions, 
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Brethren church would have felt it needful to adopt a special cut 
of clothes; but as it has been in the past, especially during the 
past few centuries, that fashions have changed so often and 
become so foolish and indecent that the Brethren felt it needed to 
adopt a plain, modest and decent cut of clothes. In their efforts to 
get their members to accept the plain garb every applicant for 
baptism before they were baptized were requested to accept the 
order that the church had adopted in relation to clothes. 

We have plenty of scripture in both Old and New Testament 
teaching us that God's people were non-conformed to the world in 
dress. We make the bold assertion without any successful 
contradiction, that God's true and faithful people always were 
and are at this present time, a non-conformed people to the world 
in dress. We have not space in this short article to go into detail on 
this important subject in every point. If the reader doubts my 
assertion let him examine his Bible closely and if he finds that 
I am mistaken, I am open for correction. I am aware that popular 
idea is against this view. 

Paul and Peter, tells the women how they should adorn them- 
selves; hear Paul to his spiritual son Timothy, (I Tim. 2:9). He 
says: "In like manner also that women adorn themselves in 
modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with 
braided hair, gold or pearls or costly array, but (which becometh 
women professing godliness), with good works." Peter says: 
"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting 
the hair and of wearing of gold, or putting on of apparel." 
(I Peter 3:3) Peter also says: "For after this manner in the old time 
the holy women who trusted in God, adorned themselves." 

In the time of the apostles, there was no cause to adopt a certain 
cut of clothes, for the clothing then worn was never more modest 
and decent. In speaking of women's dress, Adam Clark, in his 
Commentary, commenting on I Tim. 3:9, describing the clothing 
worn in the time of Christ and His apostles, says: "The apostle 
seems to refer here to different parts of the Grecian and Roman 
dress. The stola seems to have been originally very simple, it was 
a long piece of cloth doubled in the middle, and sewed up on both 
sides leaving room only for the arms; at the top a piece was cut 
out or a slit made through which the head passed. It hung down to 
the feet both before and behind, and was girded with a girdle 
called the Zona, round the body just under the breasts. It was 
sometimes made with and without sleeves; and that it might fit the 
better, it was gathered on each shoulder with a band or buckle... 
The mantle or cloak, called the palium which being made nearly 
in the same form of the stola, hung down to the waist, both in 



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back and in front, was gathered on the shoulders with a band or 
buckle, had a hole or slit at the top for the head to pass through, 
and hung loose over the stola or under garment, without being 
confined by the zona or girdle... A more modest and becoming 
dress than the Grecian was never invented." 

So we see how simple and modest the early Christians were in 
their dress, and most they had to guard against was the super- 
fluities that was put on by the worldly people and the unnecessary 
decorating of the body such as braiding the hair, and putting on 
of ornaments of gold and pearls and costly array. Some worldly 
women during the early part of the Christian era had their skirts cut 
so that the lower part of the legs were exposed. Those women were 
considered immodest. 

Paul says: "Be not conformed to this world," and when we 
conform to the fashions of the Lord; the fashions of the world are 
not modest. The apostles say that our array should be modest. It is 
a proud heart that wants the foolish fashions that is in vogue today; 
and a proud look the Lord hates. (Prov. 6:17) I am aware that 
people say that they are not proud when arrayed in the fashions 
of the world. We have often heard that the outward is an index what 
is in the heart; so it is an evident fact when people, especially 
Christian professed people, are dressed in the foolish fashions of 
the world, that there must be something in the heart to prompt 
them to want such things; and it is surely not the good Spirit, so it 
must be pride; and pride is of the Devil. The Devil was cast out of 
Heaven because he was proud. We believe all who are proud will 
have the same fate, even though they are professed Christians. 

Let the dear reader, especially those who want to be true 
Christians, think over this seriously. Would it not be too bad, just 
because of not willing to forsake the foolish fashions of this wicked 
world, we would be debarred from the Heavenly Jerusalem? I am 
sure the Lord will not condemn anyone for wearing plain, modest 
clothes, then why not be on the safe side? If the world scoffs and 
ridicules, it did the same to our Savior. That is only an evidence 
that we are right, and on the narrow way that leads to Heaven and 
eternal happiness. 

During the early part of the Christian era there was some 
distinction between the Christian and the people of the world in 
their dress. We find Tertullian, one of the greatest Christian writers 
of the second century, A.D., denouncing at great length the garb 
that was worn by many of the Gentiles. We presume that the garb 
was very fine and costly, as of the same material idols were 
arrayed, he calls such dress, "The Devil's garb," and should not 
be worn by Christians. Clement of Alexandra, Egypt, was another 



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of those Christian writers of the second century. He wrote a 
number of books which are still extant, one of these books is 
called "Instructor", in that he says: "Let the women wear a plain 
and becoming dress... Let the garment be suited to age, person 
figure, nature and pursuit, for the divine apostle most beautifully 
counsels to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision 
for the lust of the flesh/' He speaks of the wearing of finger-rings 
braiding of the hair and of putting on of raiment of many colors : 
he calls these things superfluities and are all of the world. He 
denounces the use of face powder by saying, "But let us show to 
them the decoration of sobriety. For in the first place the best 
beauty is that which is spiritual." 

"Bishop J. Weaver, an old fashion United Brethren preacher 
said that "there was many years ago an old Scotch preacher 
reported to have said, in a sermon at Aberdeen, Scotland, We 
people of Aberdeen get our fashions from Glasgow, and Glasgow 
from Edenburg, and Edenburg from London, and London from 
Pans, and Paris from the Devil. Now I cannot say we get our 
fashions by that route, but I am tolerable certain they originated at 
the same headquarters." The same writer says, "Most people say it 
does not matter how people dress, pride is in the heart. Very true 
but straws tell which way the wind blows. Plain exterior may cover 
up a proud heart; but depend upon it, a fashionable exterior 
seldom if ever, covers up a plain heart. A lady once asked a 
minister whether a person might not be fond of dress and of 
ornaments without being proud. He replied: When you see the 
fox's tail peeping out of the hole you may be sure the fox is within 
Jewelry, costly and fashionable clothing may all be innocent 
things in their place, but when hung upon a human form they give 
most conclusive evidence of a proud heart." 

Many of the denominations when they started were very plain in 
their dress; but just as soon as they left off their plain clothes they 
went into the fashions of the world, with no restriction, and the 
consequence is that no modest dress is seen among them. That is 
not all, many other worldly and foolish innovations came until 
many of their churches are almost a billiard hall, where all kind of 
games are played, just to gratify the carnal mind, "And to be 
carnally minded is death." 

My advice is to stay on the safe side and contend earnestly for 
the non-conformity to the world in dress as well as in all other 
sinful pleasures of the world. 

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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR FEBRUARY, 1983 
DESIRES AND DEVICES 

Memory Verse: Job 5:12 



Memory Verse: Col. 1:9 
For this cause we also, since the 
day we heard it, do not cease to 
pray for you, and to desire that 
ye might be filled with the know- 
ledge of his will in all wisdom 
and spiritual understanding; 

Tues. 1 - Phil. 4:1-23 

Wed. 2 - Col. 1:1-29 

Thur. 3 - I Thess. 2:1-20 

Fri. 4 - I Thess. 3:1-13 

Sat. 5 - I Tim. 1:1-20 



Memory Verse: I Thess. 2:8 
So being affectionately desirous 
of you, we were willing to have 
imparted unto you, not the 
gospel of God only, but also our 
own souls, because ye were dear 
unto us. 

Sun. 6 - I Tim. 3:1-16 

Mon. 7 - II Tim. 1:1-18 

Tues. 8 - Heb. 6:1-20 

Wed. 9 - Heb. 11:1-20 

Thur. 10 - Heb. 11:21-40 

Fri. 11 - James 4:1-17 

Sat. 12 - I Pet. 1:1-25 



Memory Verse: Heb. 6:11 
And we desire that every one of 
you do show the same diligence 
to the full assurance of hope 
unto the end: 
Sun. 13 - I Pet. 2:1-25 
Mon. 14 - Rev. 9:1-21 
15 - Est. 8:1-17 
Est. 9:1-19 



Tues. 
Wed. 



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Thur. 17 - Est. 9:20-32 



He disappointeth the devices of 
the crafty, so that their hands 
cannot perform their enterprise. 



Sun. 20 
Mon. 21 
Tues. 22 
Wed. 23 
Thur. 24 
Fri. 25 - 



Job 21:18-34 

- Psa. 10:1-18 

- Psa. 21:1-13 

- Psa. 33:1-22 

- Psa. 37:1-20 
Psa. 37:21-40 



Sat. 26 - Psa. 140:1-13 



Memory Verse: Psa. 37:7 
Rest in the Lord, and wait 
patiently for him; fret not thyself 
because of him who prospereth 
in his way, because of the man 
who bringeth wicked devices to 
pass. 

Sun. 27 - Pro. 1:1-19 

Mon. 28 - Pro. 1:20-33 



Fri. 18 ■ 
Sat. 19 



Job 5:1-27 
Job 21:1-17 



Memory Verses: Heb. 11:16 
But now they desire a better 
country, that is, an heavenly: 
wherefore God is not ashamed 
to be called their God: for he 
hath prepared for them a city. 

I Pet. 2:2 
As newborn babes, desire the 
sincere milk of the word, that 
ye may grow thereby: 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

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VOL. LXI 



FEBRUARY 1, 1983 



NO. 3 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LOVE: GOD'S GIFT DIVINE 

Love is enduring 
And patient and kind, 
It judges all things 
With the heart not the mind, 
And love can transform 
The most commonplace 
Into beauty and splendor 
And sweetness and grace... 
For love is unselfish, 
Giving more than it takes, 
And no matter what happens 
Love never forsakes, 
It's faithful and trusting 
And always believing, 
Guileless and honest 
And never deceiving... 
Yes, love is beyond 
What man can define, 
For love is immortal 
And God's Gift is Divine! 



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THE COUNTERFEIT 

Counterfeiting is a very serious crime, representing the false 
as true. It involves not only the counterfeiting of money but of art 
works, jewels and identification papers. Old items are often 
reproduced and sold as if original. Even the buyer may know he 
has a fake but to impress others he will pretend that it is original. 

Counterfeiting is not limited to material things. Satan is the 
master counterfeiter of Spiritual things. He has transformed 
himself into an angel of light, making himself and his ways appear 
harmless. The unwary are tempted to follow him. They think he will 
show them a good time but in the end his good time will extract 
a very high price. If we accept a counterfeit bill we will be out a 
few dollars but if we accept that which is Spiritually counterfeit we 
will pay an eternal price. Even if we should gain all the material 
goods the world has to offer but lose our souls we will have paid 
the highest price possible. Buying a counterfeit is no bargain, 
materially or Spiritually. 

The emotions, attitudes and actions of the Christian are 
vulnerable to attack by Satan. He will try to make his fleshly wares 
seem more desirable than the true fruit of the Spirit. He tries to 
counterfeit every true thing. He does not acknowledge that his 
works are unprofitable and will lead to ruin, instead he disguises 
them as pleasure. 

For love, he substitutes eroticism, sensuality and self-pleasing 
desire. Adultery and fornication are pictured as normal love. The 
gauge of the world is whether an activity feels good or seems 
right. The unknowing world gladly accepts Satan's counterfeit. 
Many Christians also have received his counterfeit and have 
paid a high price. The senses are satisfied and each has sought 

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fulfillment of his own desire but the Spiritual life has been ruined. 
True love is not self-seeking and is not merely sensual pleasure. 
True love is from God. Satan has brought his counterfeit love to 
great prominance so it is almost accepted as the standard. Love 
based merely on feeling and lust will soon turn to hatred. Only 
love born out of God's love and indwelling of the Holy Spirit will 
last. The counterfeit will vanish. 

Today, joy is represented as pleasure. While man was created 
to bring pleasure to God, he has instead sought pleasure for 
himself. The hallmark of the present age is fun. Men are constantly 
seeking a good time. Sports, gambling, lust, and intemperance are 
some of the activities promoted as fun. Many billions are spent 
yearly on activities billed as fun. The fleshly desires of men are 
never quite fulfilled with all his chasing after pleasure. He always 
needs a greater thrill. Satan's counterfeit joy keeps people so 
busy they do not have time for more serious things. Even with their 
frantic pursuit of pleasure there is always a lack there, for there is 
no true joy in this world's pleasure. Joy comes from the Spirit of 
God within. It is not found in self-indulgence but in the worship 
of God and helping others. The Spirit within can not be satisfied 
with only the pleasures of the world. 

Peace is a prominent subject in the world today but actually 
there is very little peace. There is no peace between nations. Even 
though there is not open warfare, there are many unpeaceful 
activities between enemy nations. There are disruptions within 
nations with various factions contending for dominance. There is a 
lack of peace within families, communities and social 
organizations. Basic to the lack of peace throughout the world is 
the lack of peace within individuals. Men lack peace within their 
hearts, so they are driven to acts and attitudes which disrupt peace 
amont the people they're with. When men are not at peace with 
God there can not be peace where they are. Peace with God can 
only be secured through the blood of Jesus. Sinners can not be at 
peace with God for they are foreign to His righteousness. If they 
will submit their will to Him and His plan of salvation they can be 
at peace with God. Then they will have peace within and peace 
with their fellows. Peace can not be imposed by laws or moral 
directives it can only come as the result of the Holy Spirit within. 
Satan's counterfeit will never work but will continually bring 
about unpeaceful conditions. 

Just as Satan has counterfeits for love, joy and peace, so he 
does for the other fruits of the Spirit. His counterfeits are attractive 
and popular. Many have accepted them in place of the real thing. 
Knowing the Word of God, we can discern the counterfeit from 
the true. Do not accept Satan's counterfeit. 



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WHAT IS LOVE? 

It's just a four letter word but its meaning is more than words 
can express. Where love abounds, it makes even the darkest day 
seem like a golden sunrise. 

A kiss from a mother for a small child with a minor hurt lights 
the face and turns over the troubled heart. 

A "thank you" for a meal, mother slaved over with sweat running 
down her pretty face and which she felt had turned out wrong, 
would brighten her day. 

An "I love you" once in a while brings a smile to the face and 
a reddish rose to the cheeks, and makes a lighter heart with hope 
to carry on. 

Love can be a talk with a friend who is low in spirit but later can 
see a ray of light through your talk with him. 

Love can be a small gift for dear grandmother who is shut in. 

Love can be a helping hand to a brother who is carrying a heavy 
burden. For by bearing one another's burdens we make life's road 
a little smoother. 

All this love that I have mentioned is nothing compared to the 
love our Father in Heaven has given us. Who do we know that 
would give their life so that others can live forever? 

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your name. 

10. To be certain that an item is in 
a certain issue, your Editor should 
have this item at least 30 days prior to 
the date of the issue. 

11. The Publication Board has 
decided that News Items should 
contain material of general interest to 
the Brotherhood. Therefore items of 
only local interest should not be 
included in News Items, such as Local 
Sunday School officers, District 
meeting delegates, minor local church 
property improvements and items "In 
Memonam." 

12. Read these and then write. 



FIXED 
COMMUNION DATES 

Third Sat. Feb. - Winterhaven, Ca 
Third Sat. March - Quinter, Kansas 
First Sat. April - Dallas Center, Iowa 
Fourth Sat. April - Pleasant Home, Ca. 
Last Sat. April - Grandview, Missouri 
Last Sun. April - Bethel, Pa. 
First Sun. May - Waynesboro, Pa. 
Third Sat. May - Dayton, Virginia 
Third Sat. May - West Fulton, Ohio 
Third Sun. May - Lititz, Pa 
Fourth Sun. May - Shrewsbury, Pa. 
Sat. before First Sun. Aug. - Broad- 
water Chapel, Maryland 
Sat. before Fourth Sun. Aug. - Shallow 

Falls, Maryland 
Labor Day Weekend - South Fulton, III. 



First Sun. Oct. - 
Second Sun. Oct 
Third Sat. Oct. - 
Third Sun. Oct. - 
Fourth Sat. Oct. 
Last Sun. Oct. - 
First Sat. Nov. - 
First Sun. Nov. - 
Second Sat. Nov. 



Walnut Grove, Md. 
. - Waynesboro, Pa. 
Dayton, Virginia 
■ Lititz, Pa. 

- Englewood, Ohio 
Bethel, Pa. 
Newberg, Oregon 
Shrewsbury, Pa. 

- Pleasant Home, Ca. 



MINISTERIAL 
LIST 



BASHOR, W. E. (E) 
1524 Gary Lane 
Modesto, California 95355 

BIRD, WALTER W. (E) 
5851N-1350E-34 
Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3655 

BROADWATER, CARL (M) 
R. 6 

York, Pennsylvania 17404 
717-792-1803 

BYFIELD, PAUL (E) 
R. 7 Box 29-B 
Modesto, California 95351 
209 523-8412 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (M) 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
317-395-7879 

CARPENTER, WILLIAM (E) 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

CHUPP, ALVIN (M) 
R. 2 Box 166 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3965 

COOK, MILTON (M) 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, California 92223 
714 845-6231 

COVER, RUDOLPH (E) 
2034 Roble Ave. 
Modesto, California 95354 
209 521-5074 

EBERLY, ALLEN B. (E) 
R. 3 
Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 

717-354-9285 



BIBLE MONITOR 



EBLING, DAVID (E) 
R. 1 Box 300A 

Bernville, Pennsylvania 19506 
215-488-7185 

FLORA, JOSEPH E. (E) 
R, 3 Box 12 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-4382 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
R. 4 

Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 

HARLACHER, GALEN (E) 
404 Columbia Dr., N.W. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2033 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 
Box 131, Antioch Route 
New Creek, W. Virginia 26743 

HARTZ, PAUL A., Jr. (M) 
157 North Lincoln St. 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 

HEISEY, JAN (M) 
R. 1 Box 45 
Nottingham, Pennsylvania 19362 

HEISEY, WILLIAM (M) 
9956 U.S. Rt. 36 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 

JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JAMISON, GORDON (M) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JAMISON, HERMAN (M) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
5-1307-S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-335-9133 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
R. 6 Box 51 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 

703-434-7824 

KEGERREIS, DAVID (M) 
R. 1 
Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 



KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
R. 1 Box 92 

Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 
717-933-4665 

KEENEY, LAVERNE (E) 
R. 1 Box 233A 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-738-1566 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-6593 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (M) 
419 N. Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-5753 

LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1314 E. 7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2668 

MALLOW, ELDON (M) 
13102 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-9615 

MARKS, RONALD L. (M) 
R. 2 Box 2338 

Stewartstown, Pennsylvania 17363 
717 246-1272 

MYERS, HOWARD E. (E) 
R. 3 
York, Pennsylvania 17402 

717-755-9812 

MYERS, PAUL R. (E) 
Box 117 

Greentown, Ohio 44630 
216-499-6080 

NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 

717-741-1607 

PEASE, WALTER C. (M) 
R. 1 Box 173 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

PEFFER, JOHN (M) 
R. 10 Box 120 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 



) 



BIBLE MONITOR 



PIFER, FRED (M) 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

REED, D. PAUL (E) 
R. 1 Box 220-B 
Pilot, Virginia 24138 

REED, HAYES (E) 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 

REED, RAY R. (E) 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

REED, W. S, (E) 
R.2 Box 135 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3583 

REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
9966 Pitsburg-Laura Road 
Arcanum, Ohio 45304 
513-947-1074 

RICE, JOSHUA (E) 
10213 Bethel Road 
Frederick, Maryland 21701 
301-898-9741 

RUSH, HARLEY (E) 
R. 1 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3751 

SCHULTZ, CLYDE E. (E) 
1428 Cooper 
Turlock, California 95380 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
13062 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-7282 

SHAFFER, RUDY (M) 
R. 1 Box 193 
Manheirn, Pennsylvania 17545 



SHELLY, EMMERT O., Jr. (M) 
California Road 
R. 2 Box 512 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 

SHUMAKE, L.A. (E) 
R. 5 Box 223 
Louisa, Virginia 23093 
703-967-1993 

SKILES, DANIEL C. (M) 
6560 Sonoma Mt. Road 
Santa Rosa, California 95431 
707-544-1472 

SKILES, DAVID L. (E) 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

SKILES, ORA (E) 
3623 Toomes Rd. 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-545-0551 

SMITH, BERTON E. (M) 
R. 2 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
303 829-4521 

SNYDER, JACK L. (M) 
R.D. 1 

Stevens, Pennsylvania 17578 
215 267-3174 

ST. JOHN, DEAN (E) 
R. 1 Box 146 
Montpelier, Ohio 43543 

ST. JOHN, DENNIS (M) 
R. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 
419-428-2305 



STUMP, PAUL (M) 
10340 N. Diamond Mill 
Union, Ohio 45322 

513-836-6559 



Road 



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SWEITZER, MERLE (M) 
R. 3 Box 94-1 A 
Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 

SWIHART, ROY J. (E) 
17421 C.R. 14 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-825-2277 

UPLINGER, WILBUR L. (M) 
R. 1 Box 11 
Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 

WALKER, HENRY (M) 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 

WERTZ, EMERY (E) 
33720 Road 26 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-4511 

WERTZ, LEONARD D. (M) 
R, 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2 Box 112 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 

DUNKARD BRETHREN 
DEACONS 

Armstrong, Ellis 
Beam, Willard 
Beeman, Oscar 
Bittinger, Lester 
Blocher, Stephen 
Brooks, Marion 
Burkholder, Norman 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Diehl, Forest 
Eberly, James 
Eberly, Marvin 
Flory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Gehr, Clarence 
Gibbel, Jacob 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gilpin, Joseph 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Paul 
Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 



Johnson, Frederick 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kline, Floyd 
Kreiner, Lowell 
Leatherman, Thomas 
Litfin, Doyle 
Longnecker, George H. 
Longnecker, George T. 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Marvin 
Lorenz, Pete 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Meyers, James 
Miller, Levi H. 
Moss, Jerry 
Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher, Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Kyle 
Reed, Leonard 
Reed, Nelson R. 
Reed, Oty 
Rice, S. P. 
Roedel, Daniel 
Royer, Nathan 
Ruff, Harvey 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt, John 
Sampson, George 
Sines, Virgil 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump, Delma 
St. John, Clifford 
St. John, Thomas 
Stuber, Ray 
Swihart, Roger 
Switzer, Charles 
Throne, George 
Throne, Harvey 
Welch, Chester 
Wertz, Ivon 
Wertz, Richard J. 
Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



BIBLE MONITOR 



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AUDITING 
COMMITTEE 

Paul E. Heisey 
R. 2, Box 55 
West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5192 

Rudy A. Shaffer 
R. 1, Box 193 

Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 
717-665-7061 



GOSSIP, BOTH 

VERBAL AND 

BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and all 
others are admonished that being 
busybodies in other men's matters, is 
contrary to the Scripture and it should 
not be indulged in, as it causes com- 
plaint and interference with the 
spiritual life and work of those con- 
cerned. This applies especially where 
there may be trouble in the church, 
both to local members and those else- 
where, talking and writing about such 
matters. 

B. When advice is sought of an 
official in any church matter he (the 
official) should be exceedingly careful 
in giving advice, so as not to interfer in 
any way with proper care of diffi- 
culties, by officials whose business 
they are. Elders and all others should, 
in seeking advice, begin at home when 
at all possible and be careful to pro- 
ceed regularly and in brotherly love. 

C. In correspondence, care should 
be exercised not to make statements 
that may be construed as derogatory 
to any member. If such things are 
done, full responsibility must be 
understood as being assumed by the 
writer. 

D. Caucusing, that is, the taking 
over and planning by groups, what to 
do or how to move in any particular 
matter is unprofitable, causative of 
distress and trouble and should not be 
indulged in by officials or anyone else. 



E. Talking or circulating of what 
was done in council, eitherto members 
who were not present or to outsiders, is 
irregular and unchristian and should 
not be indulged in. 



CIVILIAN 
SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-6593 

Hayes Reed 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 

Allen B. Eberly 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 
717-354-9285 



RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, California 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 North Queen St. 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5, Box 97 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

317-395-7879 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



SCHOOL 
ADVISORY BOARD 

James Kegerreis 
R. 1 Box 92 
Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 

William Carpenter 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 

Joseph E. Flora 
R. 3 
Adel, Iowa 50003 

Galen Litfin 
1314 E. 7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 

David L. Skiles 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

LOCATION OF 
CHURCH HOUSES 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Frystown House, located in 
Frystown, in northwestern Berks Co., 
one mile south of Route 78 and one 
mile west of Route 501. 

Milbach House, located halfway be- 
tween Kleinfeltersville and Newmans- 
town, in Lebanon Co. or halfway 
between Schafferstown and Womeis- 
dorf, Pennsylvania. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MD. 

From Cumberland, Maryland, travel 
west on National Freeway #48, 20 
miles to Lower New Germany Road 
Exit. Turn left or south under freeway 
three-tenths mile, turn right on Lower 
New Germany Road 3.8 miles, left on 
Westernport Road 3.8 miles, right on 
Savage Road 3.9 miles to church on 
left. 

From Morgantown, W. Va. area, 
travel east on National Freeway #48 to 
Lower New Germany Road Exit. Turn 
right three-tenths mile, turn right on 
Lower New Germany Road and follow 
above directions. 

Traveling east or west on U.S. Route 
#50 take U.-S. Rt. #220 north, take 
Maryland Rt. #135 at McCoole (just 
north of Keyser, W. Va.) seven miles to 
Bloomington, Maryland. Turn right on 
Savage River Road, 12V2 miles to 
church on right. 



CLEARVILLE, PA. 

Wards Church, located 14 miles 
southwest of Everett, Pa., all improved 
roads. From Everett take Rt. 26 to 
Clearville, Pa. At Clearville straight 
ahead South, leaving Rt. 26, which 
turns right, one and one-half miles, 
then turn right at fork. Ward's Church 
is five miles on the left. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, 
twenty-four miles northwest of Des 
Moines. Turn south off of Rt. 44 on to 
Percival Ave. (first street west of R.R. 
tracks); the church is located 3 blocks 
south on the southeast corner of 
Percival and Ash Streets. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at 
Harrisonburg Exit #63. Go to second 
stop light, Rt. 42, turn left to Dayton, (3 
miles) right on Rt. 257, two blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Rt. 
440 and Rt. 48 cross at the center of 
Englewood. Church house is located 
on the right of Rt. 48, one block north 
of this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Located on Green Road, one block 
north of County No. 130. Take U.S. 33 
or Indiana #15 to Goshen, turn west at 
Police booth. Four blocks beyond 
bridge, turn right on North Indiana 
Ave., one block turn left on W. Clinton 
St. One mile to Green Rd., right one 
block and church is located on east 
side of road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway VA miles 
south to 139th St., turn west, go to the 
second street and turn south one 
block. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Coming from the South on Route 
501, turn right at the fourth stoplight in 
Liti'tz, when coming from the North 
turn left at the first stoplight, which is 
East Lincoln St. Go to first crossroad, 
turn right, go to second crossroad, 
turn right to brick church on the right. 

MECHANICSBURG, PA. 
CUMBERLAND CO. 
Located between Routes 15 and 11. 
The town is bisected by Rt. 114 into 



BIBLE MONITOR 



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East and West, and by Rt. 641 into 
North and South. The church is 
located on West Keller St., or corner of 
Keller and Washington St., four blocks 
west of Market St. or Route 114. 
Leaving the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 
the Carlisle interchange, Rt. 11 will 
lead east to Rt. 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at Gettysburg interchange, 
Rt. 16 will lead west to Rt. 114. 
McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The Cloverleaf church is located 
one mile north of U.S. Highway #50, 
four miles west of McClave junction, 
or two miles east of Hasty, Colo., on 
U.S. #50 and then north one mile. 
MOUNTAINDALE, MD. 

Seven miles north of Frederick, in 
the little town of Mountaindale, Md., 
from east go through town to west on 
road from Lewistown to Yellow 
Springs, two miles from Lewistown 
and three miles trom Yellow Springs. 
If traveling U.S. 15, this road crosses 
#15, half mile west of Lewistown and 
six miles south of Thurmont. 
PLEASANT HOME, CA. 

The Pleasant Home Church is 
located at 3960 Sharon Ave., Modesto, 
California. The Church's telephone 
number is 209-524-8634. 

Directions: From the South on High- 
way 99 take the Briggsmore Exit to the 
right and stay on Briggsmore Avenue 
to Claus Road (approximately six 
miles), turn left on Claus, one fourth 
mile to Sharon Avenue, left on Sharon 
Avenue. Church is on the left. Coming 
from the North on Highway 99 take the 
Briggsmore Exit, turn left and stay on 
Briggsmore and follow above 
directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

Located in Williams County, four 
miles west of West Unity, forty rods 
north of Rt. 20 alternate. Two miles 
east of junction of Ohio Route 15 and 
U.S. Route 20 alternate. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

Route 18 passes east and west 
through Converse. In Converse, turn 
south at stoplight and go three miles. 
Turn right on blacktop road and go 
five miles west to Plevna. Or go west 
of Converse on Rt. 18 for five miles, 
turn left and go three miles south. The 
Church is on west side of street near 
the square of Plevna. 



NEWBERG, OREGON 

Highway 99W enters Newberg in 
east-west direction. Those entering 
from the east on First St., go to third 
stoplight, turn right on North Main. Go 
four blocks to the church at corner of 
N. Main and Franklin Sts. Entering 
from the west, turn left at first stop 
light onto N. Main and go four blocks 
to the corner of Main and Franklin Sts. 
ORION, OHIO 

Located in northeastern Ohio, on 
Orion Road, one fourth mile west of 
State Rt. 8 at a point six miles north of 
Canton or one and one-half miles 
north of North Canton and 17 miles 
south of Akron. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

Located at the corner of Eighth 
Street and Main Street. 

S. FULTON, ILLINOIS 

Astoria, III., is located on Rt. 24, 
coming from east or west, turn south 
at the bank corner marked by the big 
clock. Two miles south and on the 
right at top of hill. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. 

Church is located in west side of 
town, on corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Ave., go two blocks and turn 
left on Third Street, church house is 
one block. 

SHREWSBURY, PA. 

Fourteen miles south of York on Rt. 
111, at the north end of the town of 
Shrewsbury. 

SHALLOW FALLS, MD. 

Traveling U.S. Rt. 50, turn north at 
Red house, half way between Clarks- 
burg and Winchester, follow Rt. 219 to 
Oakland, there turn left on county 
road 20. The church is on Rt. 20, about 
nine miles north of Oakland. Traveling 
U.S. Rt. 40, turn south onto Rt. 219, at 
Keyser Ridge, follow Rt. 219 about 
four miles past Deep Great Lake, turn 
right on county road 20 at a store. 
The church is one and one-half miles 
Swallow Falls Park. 

WALNUT GROVE, MD. 

About midway between Frederick, 
Md. and Hanover, Pa. One-fourth mile 
east of Rt. 194, at an intersection three 
miles north of Taneytown, Md. 
W. FULTON, OHIO 

Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on 
U.S. Rt. 20 alternate, three and one- 



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half miles west of junction of Ohio 
Rt. 108 and U.S. Rt. 20 alternate. 
WINTERHAVEN, CA. 
Located in Cherry Valley. Go north 



of Beaumont on Beaumont Ave., go 
right on Brookside (marked with a 
Highland Springs sign) to Jonathan, 
left to Lincoln and right to the church. 



MISSIONS 



CLEARVILLE, PA. - In South Central 
Pennsylvania, about half-way between 
Everett on Rt. 30 and Piney Grove on 
Rt. 40. About six miles south of 
Clearville, Pa. T along hard road a little 
east of Rt. 26. Services second, fourth 
and fifth Sundays, 10:00 a.m. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 
Located southwest of Cuba, New 
Mexico, 23 miles. Turn on State High- 
way 197 in Cuba. Follow Rt. 197 for 
19 miles when you will take a 
paved road to the left. A mission sign 



marks this junction. Proceed 3 miles 
to the mission. Present personnel 
includes David and Mildred Skilesand 
family; Leonard and Rhonda Wertz 
and family; Wayne and Vicki Burgess 
and family; Paul and Sarah Skiles and 
Mary Alice Skiles. Visitors would be 
wise to notify the Mission in advance. 
Address: R. 2 Box 8, Cuba, New 
Mexico 87013; Telephone - 505- 
842-5555, unit 3134. Please contact 
for further information. 



NEWS ITEMS 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Winterhaven Congregation plans, the Lord willing, to hold 
their Lovefeast on February 19, 1983. There will be services 
beginning Saturday morning with the Lovefeast in the evening. 
There will be services on Sunday. If you can, come and worship 
with us; if you can not then pray for us. 

Sister Emma Freed, Cor. 



MOUNTAIN VIEW, COLORADO 
The Mountain View Congregation was organized December 4, 
1982 in the home of Bro. and Sis. Oty Reed at Montrose, Colorado. 
Elders Emery Wertz and Warren Smith of McClave, Colorado 
conducted the organizational work. There were eighteen charter 
members. At present the congregation meets in the homes of the 
members every Sunday. 

A Lovefeast was held the evening of December 4 with twenty- 
three present. Elder Warren Smith officiated. 

Sister Juanita Reed 



BIBLE MONITOR 15 



SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

We enjoyed another Revival Meeting in August, with Bro. 
Kenneth Wolfe as the Evangelist. We thank Bro. Wolfe for the soul 
searching and inspiring messages. We were made to rejoice when 
three young men accepted Christ and were baptized the following 
Sunday. We were happy to have Sis. Wolfe and family with us. May 
the Lord bless Bro. and Sis. Wolfe in their labors for the Master. 

Our fall Lovefeast was November 7, and we enjoyed another 
beautiful day in the Lord's service. We thank the following visiting 
ministers who came and brought the messages. James Kegerreis, 
Paul Stump, Laverne Keeney, John Peffer, Jan Heisey, Jack 
Snyder, Virgil Leatherman, Paul Hartz, Rudy Shaffer, Allen Eberly 
and Kenneth Wolfe, who officiated in the evening. 

We were thankful to have Bro. Jan Heisey bring our 
Thanksgiving Message, and for Bro. Virgil Leatherman our 
Christmas Eve message. Also for Bro. Fred Pifer and his message 
Sunday evening after Christmas. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

APPRECIATION 

I want to express my sincere appreciation to all who 
remembered me in your prayers, sent flowers, cards, notes and 
letters of encouragement, while I was in the hospital and since 
coming home. May the Lord bless each one of you is my prayer. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz 

1983 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

1983 General Conference will be held at the Mission Springs 
Confer-Center, Santa Cruz, California, June 4-8. 

Send your reservations to either, 

Rudy Cover Henry Walker 

2034 Roble Ave. 12413 Delaware Rd. 

Modesto, CA 95354 Hickman, CA 95323 

Further information will follow. 

• •• #••• 

God holds us responsible, not for what we have, but for what we 
could have; not for what we are, but for what we could be. 

• •• #••• 

God has given us two ears, two eyes, and one tongue, to the end 
that we should hear and see more than we speak. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 
■ 1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 

Warren C. Smith 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 
R. 6, Box 51 
Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 

Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, CA 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXI 



FEBRUARY 15, 1983 



NO. 4 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into ail 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



"IF JESUS WERE IN CHURCH TODAY' 

If Jesus would come to Church today 

What do you think I'd wear? 

Would I go with a thin, short dress 

And jewelry in my hair? 

Would I dress our little children 

With all the styles I dare? 

I don't think I would do this 

If HE were sitting there. 

I think that I would certainly try 

To be humble as could be 

So if HE happened to look my way 

A pure Christian He'd see. 

But He sees everything I do 

And hears all that I say; 

So why should I not please Him now 

Within the Church today? 

Mrs. Michael W. Capps 
330 Garden Dr. 
Bakersfield, CA 93307 



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SIGNS OF THE TIMES 

Christians have often been diverted from their primary task 
by an undue interest in the fulfillment of prophecy. There is such 
a great interest in trying to match current events with this sign or 
another that these seekers after signs often fail to give attention 
to the plain doctrines of the Bible or to their Christian living. 

This unwise pursuit of signs often creates more problems than 
it solves. If a person's plan of how events will transpire fails to 
come to pass, it may destroy his faith. Because of imperfect 
understanding of things that are in God's hands, they become 
entangled with half-truths and are often led away by the 
unscrupulous. 

Instead of looking at the signs of the times as being forecasts 
of the future it would be better to see each sign as a symbol of the 
times in which it occurs. The newspapers give us the news of 
what is happening in our time. The headlines are signs of what our 
times are. What do the headlines tell us? 

They tell of wars and rumors of wars. From one hotspot to 
another around the world the news tells of men's hatred and 
aggressiveness. Guns and bombs are the subject of much of our 
news. If men are not using them to maim and kill, then they want 
to buy or develop more or bigger ones. Whether in the name of 
national defense, national honor or national righteousness, men 
are ever prepared to go to war. This is a sign of the times for it 
speaks of the natural heart of men which is at enmity with God and 
even himself, as well as with his fellow man. We live in an age of 
hatred. Various races, countries and peoples continue to nurture 
a hatred among themselves. Their troubles often fill the 
newspapers. So wars and rumors of war are very much a symbol of 
our age. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR FEBRUARY 15, 1983 

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The headlines are full of reports of murder, rape and robbery. 
It is a day when men's passions and desires are unbridled. Men 
have become a law unto themselves. Whatever feels good is what 
they do. They have no regard for the life, safety or property of 
another. Others are merely obstacles which must be removed in 
order to enjoy one's own wishes. The Golden Rule is nearly 
unheard of and unknown for it has been replaced by self-centered 
desire. Again the headlines tell us of our age. It is a "me-only" age. 

The headlines tell us of many natural disasters. From a wide 
world linked together by instant communications there come 
reports daily of disasters of various kinds. Earthquakes, floods 
and famines are everywhere. We live in a world that is physically 
growing older and the stresses of mankind's lifestyle is beginning 
to play havoc with it. As the earth becomes abused, polluted and 
rearranged, it is predictable that disasters will happen. These 
various disasters are a sign of these times. 

The newspapers are full of reports on divorce, fornication 
and adultery. The sacredness of marriage has been eroded until 
"alternate lifestyles" have become almost accepted by society. 
Again this sign speaks of men and women who want their own 
way. There is no place for submission to another. It is an age 
of unbridled sensualism. Each seeks physical gratification 
whether, it is mentally, morally or spiritually good. This is but 
another sign of the times in which we live. 

The headlines often speak of the great achievements of men. 
Not only do men do ugly and horrible deeds, but they also invent, 
build and discover those things that are helpful to mankind. These 
good deeds are fully reported and raved about in the papers. The 
problem with this is that men do these things for their own glory. 
Men have forgotten their Creator. They have forgotten that with- 
out His help they could have done nothing. This is a sign of man's 
forgetfulness in this age. We live in a time of humanism, which 
bespeaks man's selfish self-glorification. 

These and many other items appear in the newspapers. They all 
tell of the events of our times. They also tell more than just daily 
news events, they also tell of the age in which we live. They tell us 
the priorities, desires and hopes of mankind. From the headlines 
we can see that the world is seeking its way without the direction 
of God. The vast majority are upon that broad way that leads to 
destruction. 

Seeing the signs of the age so clearly around us, let us stay 
safely on the strait and narrow way that will lead to life ever- 
lasting. The signs of the times are around us but we do not need 
to be a part of them. Are we ready for the end of the age in which 
we live? If we look at these signs it behooves us to be ready. Are 
you prepared? 



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WEEDS 

All of us have encountered weeds some time. They come up 
in our flower beds, gardens, fields — everywhere it seems. Each of 
us have spent many hours and great amounts of energy trying to 
rid our property of weeds. 

Where did weeds come from? Why are they here? In the first 
chapter of the Bible as God beheld the completed work of 
creation He said, "Behold it is very good." This phrase expresses 
the thought of perfection. Nothing was out of place. Everything 
was just right for God and man. 

How sad it is that before the close of the third chapter sin had 
penetrated this beautiful setting and with it came a curse. "And 
unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice 
of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, 
saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; 
in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also 
and thistles shall it bring forth to thee;" Gen. 3:17-18. 

As weeds defiled the ground around Adam, just so sin defiled 
the hearts of the human race. In the Bible weeds are referred to 
as a type of sin. Thinking of them in this way, just what are weeds 
in the life of a Christian? In general they could be described as 
anything that hinders God's purpose in our life. Therefore any sin 
becomes a weed in the "field of our heart." 

We know that weeds are a real hindrance in a field where crops 
are growing. Weeds compete with the crop for water and soil 
nutrients. This will weaken or kill the desired crop, shortening or 
eliminating the harvest. 

Weeds also hurt the physical appearance of a field. A clean, 
healthy field is a beautiful sight but what a mess we see in one 
polluted with weeds. Just so, in our spiritual field, the weeds of sin 
hinder the will and purpose of God in our lives. 

James 1:14-15 describes what happens when the seeds of sin are 
sown in our heart and mind. "But every man is tempted, when he is 
drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath 
conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, 
bringeth forth death." 

Weeds are very prolific. If allowed to grow they become thicker 
and thicker, choking the good seed and eventually bringing death. 

Weeds in a field also reflect on the reputation of the farmer. A 
clean, well kept farm speaks well of the farmer. But a field grown 
up with weeds brings shame. 

Spiritually speaking, weeds not only hurt the yield at harvest 
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around and rub shoulders with from day to day know what we 
profess to believe and stand for. As they look on our lives, do they 
find consistency between our profession and our practice? Is our 
field clean and full of pure vegetation or is it all grown up with 
weeds? Is our field yielding the fruits of the Spirit or the thorns 
of the flesh? 

Many times as farmers we try to justify the weeds growing in 
our fields. We say the weed killer didn't work, it was too wet to 
cultivate and on and on the list goes. I'm afraid we are guilty of the 
same practice when examining our spiritual fields. However, let us 
be honest with ourselves. Excuses may make us feel better but 
they DON'T CHANGE THE CONDITION OF OUR FIELD! 

The sin we allow to grow in our life has some reflection on us. 
Yet far more critical is the fact it reflects on our Lord. 

When we accepted Christ and became children of God we took 
on the title of Christian. A Christian is one who reflects the 
character of Christ. It is a seriour matter to claim the Christian title 
and just not be Christ-like. In II Cor. 3:23 Paul tells us we are to be 
a living demonstration of the Word because we are "read and 
known of all men." 

We need to ask ourselves, "Is my life giving others a true picture 
of Christ? Or is it causing some soul to be confused, and thus 
hindering the cause of Christ? 

Dear ones, does the field of your heart and life honor our Lord 
or does it shame and reproach His Holy Name? 

How do we get rid of the weeds growing in our fields? Though 
most weed killers only control a few of the many kinds of weeds, 
praise be to God the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from ALL 
sin. I John 1:7. Jesus died and shed His blood to make us clean 
and free from sin. 

Once our field is cleaned up, we need to keep working to keep 
weeds out of our lives. Little weeds pull much easier than big 
ones. The sooner we deal with the sin in our lives the easier it is 
to handle. If allowed to grow, their roots grow deeper and deeper 
and we become tangled in things that can hurt the harvest if not 
destroy it completely. 

It is a serious matter when weeds take over a field of our crops. 
It can lead to financial ruin. What about the field of our heart? Do 
we realize the awful effects of sin in our spiritual field? If we allow 
weeds to grow, they are sure to cause grief and loss. They will 
shorten our spiritual harvest by choking out the good seed. They 
may even take over and bankrupt us for all eternity. Oh, may we 
be careful to guard the field of our heart! 



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A clean, healthy field is a beautiful sight to behold; so is the 
heart and life that is free from the weeds of sin. 

How is your field? 

Brother Jim Meyers 

R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN 
Part 1 

The conservative church contains many single young people 
in their upper teens and twenties. Even those in their 30's and up 
feel some frustration about their "singleness." Thus, the next 
series of articles will center around the single's life. 

I have talked to several young people who feel they are "single 
and stuck!" They experience feelings of rejection, fear, loneliness 
or possibly even failure. Some have lost their confidence in the 
ability to succeed vocationally or spiritually. I assure you, God has 
not planned a defeated life for you, but rather a maturing process 
through which you become more conformed to the image of 
Christ. You will not experience the abundant life if you just sit 
back and "let things happen." Victorious, growing people get 
involved in making their lives full and rewarding. 

If life is not fulfilling as a single; and you have hoped for more, 
then possibly you need to take a personal inventory of your goals. 
Determine just where you are and compare that to where you want 
to be. Check out your expectations for life. Are they realistic? 

Doing a self assessment frequently is an important part of 
growing. 

Moving toward specific objectives allows us to be freed from 
feelings of being "in limbo" or "passed by" because we have taken 
control of our lives and are better able to achieve our goals. 

We have to learn to accept things which are stable and can't 
be changed and work around them. I don't believe that a situation 
ever "just happens" in the Christian's life without our being able 
to profit from it. "We know that all things work together for good to 
them that love God, to them who are the called according to his 
purpose." (Romans 8:28) 

In our choices, God uses the consequences of those decisions 
to give us insights for future choices. 

How many of you can deal well with the negatives given in your 
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to grow on rather than to tear us down. 

One of the biggest problems in dealing with givens in life is that 
sometimes we assume that something cannot be changed when it 
very well can be. 

I can recall the story of a construction worker I'll call Harvey. 
Harvey carried his lunch to work like most of the other men and at 
noon he would join the others around a picnic table in the park 
to eat. Each day the scene was the same. He would open his lunch 
box, take out a sandwich, and shudder. Then he would complain 
loudly: "peanut butter and jelly! I always have peanut butter and 
jelly and I hate it!" Then he would slowly eat his sandwich with 
obvious distaste. 

Most of the men ignored him but after several weeks, one of 
them spoke up: "Harvey, if you hate them so much, why don't you 
ask your wife to put something else in your lunch?" Harvey 
snapped back, "You leave my wife out of this. I pack my own 
lunch!" 

How often do we play a similar game. Each of us chooses what 
goes into our lives. We select our friends, jobs, hobbies, activities, 
behaviour and our responses to events. We can be what we want to 
be. We CAN achieve, through Christ, what we desire to work 
toward. Yet, too often we simply complain about the situation we 
are in when we are the one who set the situation up The great 
gift of God... CHOICE... can give us freedom. 

The greatest reason for discontent is that we are trying to live up 
to the expectations of a worldly society. Paul talks in Galations 
1:10 about trying to please men rather than God. The things of God 
will help us achieve our highest potential as single individuals or 
young people in general. God's expectations for us are for our own 
good rather than for His selfish benefit... as man's expectations 
are. Allow the Holy Spirit to have free reign in your life and live in 
the security of Christ's love... for "He careth for you." 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 

PREPARING FOR CHRIST'S RETURN 

Matthew 24:43-44, "But know this, that if the goodman of the 
house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would 
have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be 
broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye 
think not the Son of man cometh." 

First of all we would like to discuss what these verses ARE 
NOT referring to. There are those who separate these verses 
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referred to a "thief" which is a cowardly type of an individual in 
contrast to a robber. All the "goodman of the house" had to do 
was light a light of some type. The fact that this is used in direct 
relation to the second coming of Christ and our instruction to get 
ready for his return seems to rule out the suggestion of violence. 
On the other hand, understanding this to refer to lighting a light 
makes a lot of common sense. 

Now then, we would like to look at our preparing for Christ's 
return in reference to the Bible's use of "light." In John 8:12 we 
read, "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of 
the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall 
have the light of life." This "light of life" is what Jesus referred to 
in John 3:3-7 as being "born again." This is the first step in 
preparing for the return of Christ. The scriptures instruct us to 
repent, receive Christ, and be baptized. As we have stated so 
often, those who are not scripturally baptized we leave in the 
hands of God. 

In I John 1:7 we read, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in 
the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of 
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Here we have two 
truths. First of all the last part of the verse tells us it is the shed 
blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from all sin. Our works can 
not save us and prepare us for the second coming of Christ. But 
we must always remember the difference between OUR works 
and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are instructed 
in this verse to "walk in the light." We feel this includes having 
the right beliefs. We must accept, without question, the virgin 
birth, vicarious atonement, sinless life, actual death, bodily 
resurrection, and literal coming again of Jesus Christ. According 
to Isaiah 53:9 the sinless life of Christ includes the fact that he 
"had done no violence." This leaves us with some questions 
concerning the "cleansing of the temple" and the fact of his eternal 
presence. We do not profess to have all the answers, but we feel 
they lie in the fact of the perfect righteousness of God versus the 
fallen nature of man. 

In Matthew 5:16 we read, "Let your light so shine before men, 
that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which 
is in heaven." While it is important that we believe right, this is not 
all that is required. In James 2:19 we read, "Thou believest that 
there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and 
tremble." We are made to think of the song we sang as little 
children, "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine." We 
believe "your good works" referred to in this passage of scripture 
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the leading of the Holy Spirit. Of course this may include doing 
good deeds. James 1:27 tells us "Pure religion and undefiled 
before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and 
widows in their affliction, (which we interpret as doing good unto 
others), and to keep himself unspotted from the world." While 
much is said in today's religious circles concerning the first part of 
this verse, all too few are concerned with the second! We will put 
our thoughts in a question form. Does "keep himself unspotted from 
the world" have anything to do with how we dress, what entertain- 
ment we indulge in, what our personal habits are, and how we 
relate to the world government? We believe the scriptures answer 
in the affirmative. 

In Ephesians 5:8 we read, "For ye were sometimes darkness, but 
now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" This verse 
states that we "were sometimes darkness" not "sometimes walked 
in darkness." We feel it is possible to cause others to stumble 
because of our poor understanding of scripture. We should 
earnestly seek God to give us the light of truth. And then we must 
act out the truths God reveals. James 1:22 instructs us, "Be ye 
doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own 
selves." While the scriptures tell us Satan can appear as an angel 
of light and deceive us, and we must be wary of this, we believe all 
too often individuals cause themselves to be deceived! It is more 
popular today to INTERPRET scripture than to OBEY it. 

As we think of preparing for the return of Christ we realize that 
there are areas of our own life that cause us concern. We 
acknowledge the fact that we will never be perfect in this life, but 
we do not feel this gives us the right to take lightly those things in 
our life that displease God. We thank God that it is the blood of 
Christ that answers for our sins. But we also realize that we are free 
moral agents. We believe this is true up until the time Christ 
returns or we meet our destiny in death. May He find us ready and 
waiting, shining lights for Him. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17978 



A BIBLE FOR ME 

An elderly Chinese woman, living outside of her country 
because of her faith in God, had a doctor-son who was loyal to 
communism and professed atheism. She wanted him to have a 
Bible and sought a way to get one to him. She had a missionary 
friend, David, to whom she gave a Bible and asked him to give it to 



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her son. She warned him that her son might be angry, so David 
wondered how he could deliver the Bible. 

The mother suggested that David put the Bible in a brown paper 
sack and just leave it on her son's porch some morning. She said, 
"He will find it." As David approached this man's house one day, 
he saw a man standing on the porch. The doctor said, "Do you 
have something for me?" David replied, "Yes, it is a present for 
you from your mother. She sent you a Bible." 

The doctor said, "A few weeks ago, a woman crushed in an 
accident was brought to the hospital. So many bones were broken 
and so serious were her injuries that we expected her to be dead 
by morning. I instructed the nurse accordingly. This woman, 
though barely conscious, kept saying over and over in a whisper, 
"Jesus, rescue me; Jesus, rescue me." Rescue her? Jesus was 
dead, how could He rescue her? 

When I saw her the next morning, this woman was sitting up in 
bed eating breakfast! The nurse said she had also been walking 
around, consoling other patients. I sent her to x-ray again and 
every broken bone was healed. I rechecked all the records, and 
yes, it was the same woman. I went home and prayed, and received 
Christ into my heart. Since, I've been praying that God would 
send me a Bible and when I saw you coming with a package under 
your arm, I thought it surely must be a Bible for me." 

This true story is certainly an inspiring one. It is amazing to see 
how God works behind the scenes. David, the missionary, was no 
doubt quite concerned about this errand, as it could have gotten 
him into serious trouble. He didn't know when he set out to 
deliver the Bible that he was literally providing the answer to an 
ex-atheist's prayer. How thrilled David must have been to see how 
God had prepared the doctor's heart to receive the Bible! 

This doctor had witnessed a miraculous healing which turned 
him to Christ. When the Bible was delivered, he witnessed another 
miracle. The missionary was understandably nervous, but God had 
prepared the way so His Will could be done. The doctor wanted a 
Bible very much. Not only did he pray about it, but he expected to 
receive one. He knew that the God who healed this woman could 
just as easily give him a Bible. Bibles are not readily available in 
Communist lands, but that doesn't hinder God. 

Why did God provide a Bible for this doctor? Was it just 
because he asked for one? The Bible came in answer to prayer, 
but God also provided it because His Word is necessary for our 
spiritual life. We need the Word so we can learn what pleases Him. 
In a land where Christian fellowship is greatly restricted, the 
doctor needed a copy of the Bible more than ever. Job said, "I have 
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(23:12) Job knew our souls need God's Word just as surely as our 
bodies need food. God's Word is a source of strength and 
guidance for all believers. It is food for our souls, and without it, we 
would just shrivel up and die spiritually. 

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the 
ungodly... but his delight is in the law of the Lord." (Psa. 1:1-2) 
Others can tell us of God's Word, but we need to read it for 
ourselves if at all possible. Unless we know what God has said, we 
might follow the counsel or advice of the ungodly. Following 
ungodly advice would only bring us to a sad end. We need counsel 
which points us to Christ and what He can do for us. God wanted 
the doctor to have this kind of counsel instead of what he had 
previously followed, so He sent him a Bible. 

This doctor had been sure Jesus was merely a man who had 
died like everyone else, so how could He help anyone? After 
seeing how Jesus healed the injured woman, I'm sure the doctor 
wanted to know more about Jesus. We should have this same 
hunger in our hearts — to know more about Jesus, to know more 
of His Will for us. The Bible is a storehouse of spiritual food, the 
Bible tells us all we need to know about Jesus and eternal life. The 
Bible gives us directions for living today. If you didn't have a 
Bible, would you pray for one? If you have one, do you read it, or 
does it just collect dust? 

A Bible is not just a book. It is the living Word of God. He 
expects us to read it, to study it, to let it become a part of our 
being. We are to live by it, to die in faith in it. It will justify us or 
condemn us for Eternity, depending on the choice we've made 
while on earth. When the doctor saw the missionary, he thought, 
"He surely must have a Bible for me." The Bible is for you, too. 
What have you done with it? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



A BIBLE CHARACTER 

EVE 

When God brought an helpmeet to Adam he called her woman, 
because she was taken out of man. Gen. 2:21-23, "And the Lord 
God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he 
took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And 
the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a 
woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is 
now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called 
woman, because she was taken out of man." 

The name Eve, which means life, was given to her by Adam 



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because she was the mother of all living. Gen. 3:20, "And Adam 
called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all 
living." 

She was beguiled by Satan and deceived. II Cor. 11:3, "But I 
fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his 
subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity 
that is in Christ." 

Satan is still deceiving everyone who will listen. He is a liar and 
the father of it. John 8:44, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the 
lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the 
beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth 
in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is 
a liar, and the father of it." 

Eve was the mother of Cain, Abel and Seth. Gen. 4:1-2, "And 
Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and 
said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his 
brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller 
of the ground." Gen. 4:25, "And Adam knew his wife again; and 
she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath 
appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." 

This Seed is an important theme in the scriptures, as may be 
noted from the following scriptures. Gen. 3:15; 4:25; 22:18' 
II Sam. 22:51; Isa. 44:3; 65:9; Acts 13:23; Gal. 3:16; I Pet. 1:23; 
I John 3:9. Please read these scriptures. 

Brother William Carpenter 



TIME MOVES ON 

The God who brings dark clouds your way 

Can bring to you a sunny day. 

Hours may seem long and lonesome, too, 

But time will change these things for you. 

For time moves on and changes come - 

To every one, - to every home. 

Happiness comes; - sorrow and woe 

At some time descends on those we know. 

But right beside us is a FRIEND 

In whom we always can depend... 

To send us comfort when we grieve, 

And prayer is the key to help believe... 

That what God sends is well and good; 

Let us worship Him as we should. 



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Thanking Him for all blessings given, 
That can lead our way to a home in Heaven. 
He'll help us to live, as time moves on - 
That we might gain that beautiful Home... 
That lies beyond this earthly shore, 
Where pain and sorrow are no more. 

- Irene Stout 



JESUS SPOKE THE TRUTH IN LOVE 

"But speaking the truth in Love, may grow up into him in all 
things, which is the head, even Christ." Eph. 4:15 

Almost 2000 years ago, there was a man who lived on the earth 
for thirty years. During that time, He was teaching His people. 
He projected truth, even though some of it might hurt... this was 
called an expression of God's love toward us. Jesus didn't hide 
any word of truth, but He spoke it with love, thoughtfulness, kind- 
ness and infinite tact. He was always showing respect and 
courtesy. He didn't speak any harsh words. He never hurt anyone 
nor did He condemn human weakness. He just spoke the truth and 
with that He did so ONLY IN LOVE. He talked about sin, lack of 
faith, wickedness but as He spoke these words, tears were in His 
voice. He challenged us to live God's love in this world of turmoil. 

Those of us that preach the Lord's words should "speak with 
the Spirit of your Father in you." Matt. 10:20. Let Him direct your 
thoughts to say what you will say gently but forcefully. And when 
we do, by the grace of God, we can speak the truth in love. So do 
miracles happen. 

Brother Eugene Trujillo 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February, 1923 

THE WELL MARKED WAY 

A. W. Zeigler 

In these modern times, with all the conveniences at hand that 
heart could wish, with autos, and with signboards at every 
junction or crossing, giving directions and pointing the way to 
this place or that, there is little danger of getting lost, even though 
we may never have traveled the road before, if we take heed to the 
directions given. And should it be our first trip over the road the 
more careful we should be to observe the instructions, lest haply 



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we take the wrong road and fail to reach the destination desired. 

Did you ever know of any one who having set out to go to a 
certain place after going a short distance in the direction the sign 
board indicated would turn around and go in the opposite 
direction? Would a sane person expect to reach the place intended 
by going in the opposite direction? Should one act in this way the 
officers would likely be notified to take him into custody and not 
allow him to run at large, and no one would think strange of it. 

But how about the "way of life?" Will any one say it is not well 
marked? No, indeed. For Jesus Himself traveled the way, and is 
Himself the way, and has given full directions, so that no one need 
go wrong if he follows His instructions. 

In marking the way the first sign given is, "Search the Scriptures 
for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they that 
testify of me." He says again, "Many shall seek to enter in and 
shall not be able." Luke 13:24. 

Strange indeed, and sad to know, how many start on this well- 
marked way and after having gone a short distance turn and go in 
the opposite direction! And no one seems to be particularly 
alarmed about it, even though the destiny of souls may be at 
stake! Even the supposed shepherds of the flock seldom warn 
them of going the wrong way, and many leaders direct the flock in 
the wrong way, telling them they can do certain things that are 
strictly forbidden in God's word, and then wonder why the church 
is losing its spirituality and power. 

The key that unlocks the gate to the "narrow way" is lacking 
with too many professing people. This key "come out from among 
them and be a separate people, saith the Lord," is not wanted by 
many. He that will not "enter by the door but climbeth up some 
other way is a thief and a robber." What is lacking when we will 
not accept the key? Humility. Yes, humility is crying aloud for a 
resting place in the soul of humanity, but the desire for popularity 
crowds it out. When a church seeks to make its doctrines popular, 
it loses in spirituality and power. 

Humility is one of the signs along the way, and when we fail to 
accept the key to the "narrow way" we shall find ourselves groping 
in darkness in the "broad way," where we can not see the sign 
boards. Even though the light shineth in the dark places, we 
comprehend it not. 

O, may our prayers ascend for every Christian professor to 
accept the plain teaching of our Lord and Savior! We need not 
fear the nonprofessor when all professing Christians are con- 
verted and accept the teaching of Christ; for the professing 
Christian is the only Bible many non-professors read. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation, the Lord willing, plans a 
two week revival, March 13 through March 27. Our evangelist will 
be Bro. Virgil Leatherman from Littiestown, Pennsylvania. 

Come enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation plans to hold revival 
meetings March 13 through March 27, 1983 with Elder Dean 
St. John, Pleasant Ridge, Ohio as our evangelist. 

We invite all who can to come and enjoy these meetings with 
us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

PRAYER REQUEST 

Sister Margaret Marks was taken to the South Florida Baptist 
Hospital, Plant City, where she received emergency treatment. 
She was discharged in five days and has improved some. She is 
better than at anytime since she had the hard stroke two years 
ago. We ask and appreciate your prayers in our behalf. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

"If my life were full of sunshine, with never a rainy day, I 
wonder how I'd treat my Lord, and just how much I'd pray?" 

- Myrtle Snider 

• •••••• 

Some people decide they will be saved at the eleventh hour — 
then die at ten-thirty. 



Work as though you were to live forever; and live as though you 
were going to die tomorrow. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MARCH, 1983 
DEVICES AND DEVISE 

Memory Verse: Prov. 12:2 

A good man obtaineth favour of 

the Lord: but a man of wicked 

devices will he condemn. 
Tues. 1 - Prov. 12:1-28 



Wed. 2 - Prov. 14:1-18 
Thur. 3 - Prov. 14:19-35 
Fri. 4 - Prov. 19:1-29 
Sat. 5 - Ecc. 9:1-18 



Memory Verse: Prov. 14:17 
He that is soon angry dealeth 
foolishly: and a man of wicked 
devices is hated. 

Sun. 6 - Isa. 32:1-20 

Mon. 7 - Jer, 11:1-23 

Tues. 8 - Jer. 18:1-23 

Wed. 9 - Jer. 51:1-23 

Thur. 10 - Jer. 51:24-44 

Fri. 11 - Jer. 51:45-64 

Sat. 12 - Lam. 3:1-21 



Memory Verse: Prov. 19:21 
There are many devices in a 
man's heart; nevertheless the 
counsel of the Lord, that shall 
stand. 

Sun. 13 - Lam. 3:22-45 

Mon. 14 - Lam. 3:46-66 

Tues. 15 - Dan. 11:1-24 

Wed. 16 - Dan. 11:25-45 

Thur. 17 - Acts 17:1-17 

Fri. 18 - Acts 17:18-34 

Sat. 19 - II Cor. 2:1-17 



Memory Verse: Jer. 11:19 
But I was like a lamb or an ox 
that is brought to the slaughter; 
and I knew not that they had 
devised devices against me, 
saying, Let us destroy the tree 
with the fruit thereof, and let us 
cut him off from the land of the 
living, that his name may be no 
more remembered. 
Sun. 20 - II Sam. 14:1-17 
Mon. 21 - II Sam. 14:18-33 
Tues. 22 - II Sam. 21:1-22 
Wed. 23 - I Kings 12:1-19 
Thur. 24 - I Kings 12:20-33 
Fri. 25 - Psa. 31:1-24 
Sat. 26 - Psa. 35:1-28 



Memory Verse: II Sam. 14:14 
For we must needs die, and are 
as water spilt on the ground, 
which can not be gathered up 
again; neither doth God respect 
any person: yet doth he devise 
means, that his banished be not 
expelled from him. 

Sun. 27 - Psa. 36:1-12 

Mon. 28 - Psa. 41:1-13 

Tues. 29 - Psa. 52:1-9 

Wed. 30 - Prov. 3:1-18 

Thur. 31 - Prov. 3:19-35 



Memory Verses: II Cor. 2:11 
Lest Satan should get an advan- 
tage of us: for we are not 
ignorant of his devices. 

Prov. 14:22 
Do they not err that devise evil? 
but mercy and truth shall be 
to them that devise good. 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, OH 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXI MARCH 1, 1983 NO. 5 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



NO REGRETS 

Barbara Zepp 

Isn't it good at the end of the day, 

To look up to God and be able to say, 

"Dear Lord, I helped some one today." 

But isn't it sad if instead you must say, 

"Dear Lord, I hurt someone today. 

I drove the nails a little bit deeper, 

And forgot that I am my brother's keeper." 

Isn't it better when the day is done 

To know that you have injured no one. 

From the time of your waking, 

Till you lie down to sleep, 

Remember the promises that we should keep, 

To love one another as He loves us too, 

And you'll never regret any good that you do. 

Selected by Sister Myrtle Broadwater 



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LINKS AND CHAINS 

It has often been said that a chain is no stronger than its 
weakest link. No matter how large or small a chain may be, it is 
made up of individual links. Each link by itself is unimportant and 
insignificant but when connected, each link becomes a part of a 
chain that can be used to accomplish great things. A log chain 
can be used to pull objects many times its size. A smaller chain 
may be fastened to a vehicle and what it is pulling for safety's 
sake. An even smaller chain may be used as a part of the drive 
train of a piece of machinery. A bicycle will not go if its chain is 
not in place. Even tinier chains are used in more delicate 
mechanical objects. 

Each of these chains, no matter how great or small, is made up 
of several links. Each link has an important part to play. If a link 
breaks or becomes disconnected from its fellow, the whole chain 
will fail to perform its task. It is frustrating to attempt to pull a 
heavy object only to have a link break and defeat the whole 
project. Either a larger chain must be found or time consuming 
repairs must be made. 

The idea of links and chains can be transfered from the 
physical to the idea of links in the chain of history. Time is a 
continuous chain that stretches from the Creation to our day and 
will continue to stretch into the future until eternity is ushered in. 
Those who teach the evolution of mankind from lower animals 
often speak of a "missing link." This "missing link" is some 
mythical creature that will prove their theory. This half-animal, 
half-man creature will always remain a "missing link" for God's 
creative power didn't need evolutionary steps of development. 
Their "missing link" will always be missing because they have a 
chain built only on theory, supposition and hope-so. 

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We each are, however, a link in the history of mankind. Since the 
Creation there has been a continuous chain of human existence. 
Despite disaster, disease, destruction and sin, men have continued 
to reproduce. The searching for our ancestral roots leads us 
back to some of our ancestors. Even though we can only establish 
our lineage for two or three hundred years, that much is a proof 
of the continuing chain of our human family. At present we are 
the links between our ancestors and our descendants. Will our 
descendants be able to look back at us with the same respect that 
we look back at our ancestors? 

The ordinances of the Church also are links. They not only link 
us together as the members of the Body of Christ in the present but 
also link us to the Church of the past and of the future. The 
ordinances do draw us together as we participate in them. Outside 
of our individual responsibility for our daily Christian living, most 
of the activities of the Church are designed to be done as a Body 
not as unrelated members. The ordinances can not be carried out 
by one person. There must be at least two for a baptism to be 
performed, for a holy kiss to be shared, for feet to be washed, for 
the Lord's Supper to be eaten as a common meal or for the bread 
and cup to be passed around the table. These activities also are 
bridges across generations. There are usually two or more 
generations gathered around the Lord's Table. The older gener- 
ation of today communed in their younger years with what was 
then the older generation. Thus this link can be run back to the 
time of Alexander Mack, at least, and possibly even to the time 
of Christ. In this way each Lovefeast is a link in the chain from 
Christ's Last Supper through the first Brethren Lovefeast held in 
America in 1723 through our own present Lovefeasts unto the 
Great Marriage Supper of the Lamb in the future in Heaven. 

The Church like the chain has only the strength that its links 
or members have. We are the links in the Church. It is our work 
to keep the chain strong. We must continue to participate in the 
ordinances of the Church and uphold them. If we compromise 
the teachings of the New Testament we will weaken the Church 
just that much. We are to contend for the faith (practices) that 
have been given to us through God's Word. God has not given 
these things to us just to give us busy work, He has designed each 
one with our Spiritual well being in mind. 

Our daily living is a link between the power of Christ and our 
fellowmen. The lost about us may have no other opportunity to 
see or hear the Gospel other than what they can see in you and 
me. We have the opportunity to be strong links to show them the 
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The chain's strength is measured by the strength of its links. 
The Church's strength reflects the strength of her members. What 
kind of a link are you? 

FORGETTING THINGS 

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this 
ope thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and 
reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward 
the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
Phil. 3:13-14. 

Paul did not feel that he had arrived so that he didn't need to 
put forth any more effort. Whatever failures or sins of omission 
there had been in his life, he intended to keep trying. Paul had a 
goal in mind to please God and be with Him in Eternity, and he 
earnestly looked forward to that goal. While he looked forward he 
couldn't also be looking back to his failures and bad experiences. 
That is why he said he was forgetting the things behind. 
Remembering them would only hinder him from reaching forward 
to his goal. 

The past can be like a shackle even after God has forgiven us, if 
we don't forget it. We dare not keep rehashing our mistakes or 
bad experiences, but we must forgive ourselves and others if we 
want the future to be better than the past. After forgiving, we need 
to forget, to shove those things in the background so they are not 
continually on our minds. We can't reach out for the better things 
God holds before us if we are still holding on to what's behind us. 

When we climb a ladder, generally we must use both hands to 
hold on as we climb. It is very difficult to hold on to something 
else with one hand while using the other one to make our way up 
the ladder. We must use both hands to hold on if we are to keep our 
balance, and spiritual balance cannot be maintained if we are 
holding on to the past wjth one hand while reaching for the future 
with the other. We certainly will not make progress, but will just 
flounder in a state of uncertainty. It is like rowing a boat which is 
still tied to the dock — no matter how hard we row, we'll never 
get anywhere. 

Your past may hold many pleasant memories, or it may hold 
many unhappy ones, but none can be changed. Your life before 
you — the future — can be changed through the power of Christ 
and you need to focus your attention on that. Attention focused on 
the past is wasted energy, except where you've been able to learn 
from it or be inspired by your experiences. Whatever lessons are 
there to be learned, learn them well, and then go forward from 
there. 

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go forward to tackle new responsibilities. It makes us afraid to 
really trust God, to move ahead in faith that He will take care of 
us. It is not right for us to think on past mistakes, berating 
ourselves continually for our stupidity. We need a more objective 
outlook. One important facet is to be sure we are forgiven and then 
ask the Lord to show us where to go from here so the mistakes 
aren't repeated. Once we've done this, then we need to consider 
what the Lord has in store for us in the future. 

Peter looked at the storm and immediately he was in trouble. 
He had never walked on the water before — what ever had made 
him think he could now? Was it enough for Jesus to say, "Come"? 
When he saw the waves, he became afraid. Surely it must be more 
difficult to walk on a rough sea than on a calm one. The face is, 
human beings can't walk on the water, period, that is without 
help. Peter knew that storms always meant trouble, so he became 
afraid when he took his eyes off Jesus. The past memory of storms 
and the fact that this was a new experience paralyzed his faith. 

A storm, past or present, can't be entirely ignored, but we need 
to realize that Jesus is in control of the storms as well as the 
peaceful times. "When thou passeth through the waters, I will be 
with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: 
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; 
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isa. 43:2. It isn't any 
harder for Jesus to keep us safe in one of life's storms than it is to 
care for us when things are going smoothly. 

"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one 
receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." I Cor. 9:24. A 
runner in a race has one goal in mind — to win, and he's not nearly 
as concerned about the runners behind him as he is the ones in 
front of him. He can't run forward while looking back and doesn't 
try to, for his attention is focused on the goal ahead. You, too, 
have a goal — to serve the Lord, to follow where He leads — and 
you need to focus your attention there. «Make Him the center of 
your life, and He will help you with all your problems. 

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 
II Tim. 2:15. Study what? God's Word! Why? There's a job to do! 
When? Right now! God has assigned us things to do, He has. also 
given us instructions to follow. We can study our past experiences 
and learn a few things, but the most important instruction is in 
God's Word. His Word reveals our mistakes, shows us a better 
way and helps us prepare for Eternal Life. We've all made mistakes 
but there's still alot ahead for us and we need to forget the 
hindrances. It's time to focus our energy and attention on doing 
God's Will now and to reach forward to the prize ahead. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN" 
Part 2 

Living as a single may have some unique problems and adjust- 
ments. But you must understand that it is God's perfect plan for 
your life that you be happy. Let's take a look at God's hopes 
for you. 

YOU SHOULD LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME. While you are to 
plan ahead and be prepared to be a good steward of your time on 
earth, you only have NOW as a certainty. Christ may return at any 
time for His church. Therefore what we plan to do, we should 
begin to implement now. You are not to waste time worrying about 
your future.... BE ACTIVE FOR THE LORD EACH DAY. 

YOUR LIFE SHOULD BE FULL OF JOY. How often do you 
find yourself praising God out of pure enjoyment of being alive? 
What makes the difference in our ability to see the lighter side of 
life? I believe the secret is a deep inner confidence that you are 
going to get through whatever comes as long as you don't take the 
worldly part of yourself too seriously and you keep your eyes on 
Jesus. Take time to smell the roses along the way! Look around 
you. Others share similar problems and limitations. You CAN get 
support if you reach out. This is true of each of us but especially 
true of the single person who so desires concern and love of 
others. Look up! Jesus is there. He loves you. He cares. He knows 
how all this is going to come out. Trust Him. 'This is the day which 
the Lord hath made..." Psalms 118:24. Today was made for joy! 

YOU SHOULD COME TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH GOD. You 
have a special opportunity to do this because you do not have a 
marriage partner to consider. Consider your relationship with 
Him. Do you consciously try to please Him? You must be in a 
condition of God awareness at all times. 

OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS. Because God's rules are given 
to us out of love, you will experience the more abundant life by 
strictly following His guidelines. 

Strive to be more Christ-like. Remember, Christ experienced all 
of the pressures that you are experiencing. He, too, was single all 
of His life. He was tempted, yet was always obedient. 

Do you sometimes feel that you are in a personal prison? The 
world is full of prisoners but very few of them are in jail. Prisons 
come in a variety of forms. These include: FEAR OF REJECTION, 
fear of failure or even of succeeding. Fear of loving and of new 
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and stop our spiritual and mental growth. 

Some people are prisoners of ROLES. The role playing that 
exists in our society is astounding. Let's stop playing games and 
rid ourselves from societial and self imposed roles so we can 
relate honestly to others. Study the Scriptures for character 
qualities that you might personally develop... not roles to fit into 

Are you a prisoner of habits? So many times people are tied to 
a past and refuse to let go; or to a relationship they know is qoinq 
nowhere. Yet they simply will not walk away from it When a habit 
is keeping you from moving ahead, you have a problem that must 
be controlled. 

We can be a prisoner to feelings, even though they are hard to 
give a positive or a negative value rating. Our feelings tell us how 
we are responding to situations... whether we are coping or not 
coping. We might repress them resulting in backaches, stomach- 
aches, and so forth. We might suppress them which is to fiqht 
against them... and they will fight back! We could express them 
and this is not always healthy or proper either. But the thinq we 
need to do most is to CONFESS THEM. This is the healthiest way 
to cope with the many emotions we have. Then we will be able to 
decide if our behavior is within God's acceptable standards. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 

WE BELIEVE — 

That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he brought from 
Heaven to earth a saving Gospel. 

We believe in the atoning work of God, through Christ "For God 
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 'ever- 
lasting life." John 3:16. 

That man was created pure. And that by transgression of God's 
Word fell into sin; (for sin is a transgression of God's law) 
Gen. 1:27. 

That repentance and baptism is commanded by Christ and the 
Apostles. Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be 
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the 
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost " 
Read Matt. 28:18-20. 

We believe that all accountable persons, both men and women 
must obey from the heart, all the teachings of Christ and they 
constitute the true Church of which Christ is the Head. Col. 1:18. 

That self-denial and humility are essential to Christian disciple- 



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ship. Luke 9:23; I Pet. 5:5-6, "And he said to them all, If any man will 
come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily 
and follow me." 

Jesus taught cleansing, and how to keep ourselves pure by 
washing one another's feet. "For I have given you an example 
that ye should do as I have done unto you." John 13:15. 

That the Lord's supper was taken at night before communion. 
Mark 14:17-23. 

That the bread and cup are emblems of Christ's body, when he 
died on the cross. 

The cup of blessing is an emblem of His shed blood to atone for 
our sins: "... That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was 
betrayed took bread. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, 
and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you; this 
do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the 
cup, when he had supped, saying, This is my blood: this do ye, as 
oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. I Cor. 11:23-25. 

The kiss of charity is an expression of love for one another; as 
commanded by the Apostles and the Church. I Pet. 5:14. 

The sisters veil their head in time of prayer or teaching. Her 
long hair is an honour and glory to God and is recognized by the 
angels. I Cor. 11:4-15. 

The sisters dress in modest attire, not fashioning ourselves like 
unto the world or unsaved. She need no jewelry, for she is to be 
adorned with the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in 
the sight of God of great price. Read I Pet. 3:3-4. 

We are to be a peace loving people: among ourselves, neighbors 
and friends. 

We believe in the anointing with oil in the name of the Lord and 
the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him 
up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 
James 5:13-15. 

It is my prayer that we be true to our profession, that others may 
see Christ living in us and they too may desire a relationship with 
Christ and the Church. Amen. 

Sister Sylvia E. Parker 
5290 W. St. Rte. 718 
Troy, Ohio 45373 



••••••• 

The world is composed of takers and givers. The takers may eat 
better but the givers sleep better. 



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THE NEW BIRTH 

When Jesus was here on earth He said, "Ye must be born 
again." And "... Except ye are born of water and of the Spirit he 
cannot enter the kingdom of heaven." Jesus emphasized the fact 
that it takes both to have the new birth. With water baptism there 
must be repentance and conversion to receive the gift of the Holy 
Spirit. 

Much is implied in the new birth. Jesus said, "... except your 
righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees ye shall in 
no wise enter the kingdom of heaven." When one is born of water 
and of the Spirit the sinful lusts of the flesh are desired no more 
and the new life in Christ Jesus is exemplified. 

Have we made certain we are not among professing Christians 
born of water and not of the Spirit or profess to be Christians with 
out any part of the new birth? Much is implied in the new life in 
Christ Jesus. It is required to wholeheartedly accept the plan of 
salvation to the full extent. 

We are living in a time of much wickedness and violence. True 
Christians do not take part in these things. In our day we learn to 
know many who are untruthful. The Christian life is far above the 
truce-breaker and false accuser. The saving Gospel plainly tells us 
of the reward awaiting the untrue. God's Word is true and only the 
truth will stand the test in the day of judgment. 

I am told that many years ago, with our fore-parents, their word 
was their bond. This was the practice of our faithful fore-parents 
who made this country great. This was a blessing for them also a 
good contribution to the good of our nation. If we accept the new 
life in Christ Jesus we become a bright and shining light to those 
who are living in darkness. 

The new life in Christ Jesus is obedience to His command- 
ments. The way of truth and righteousness requires traveling the 
narrow way that leads to eternal glory. If we are true and faithful 
the time will come for us when we will not be disappointed, by the 
untruthfulness and broken promises of others. Many will be 
disappointed in the day of judgment because they have not 
cleansed themselves from the marks of iniquity. 

Have we made Christ our pattern, including the new birth and 
life in Christ Jesus. We some times sing, 

"Have thine own way, Lord! 
Have thine own way! 
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay, 
Mould me and make me after Thy will, 
While I am yielded and still." 



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At the end of the new birth and life in Christ Jesus is the great 
crown of righteousness, which the Apostle Paul spoke of and 
looked forward to when here on earth. The faithful servant of God, 
John, the Revelator, had a glimpse of the Eternal Place prepared 
for the faithful servants of God after this life is over. The eternal 
city of God is a place prepared for those who accept the new birth 
and life in Christ Jesus. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

Rt. 9, Box 860 

Plant City, Florida 33566 

HERE WE STAND (ALONE) 

In John 6:60 we read, "Many therefore of his disciples, when 
they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can 
hear it?" 

A recent, surprising to us, development, which we will mention 
later, caused us to have some thoughts we would like to share. Our 
thoughts derive from the accusation that those of the Anabaptist- 
Pietistic following of today are "different" just for the sake of 
"show." We want to state right from the start that ALL our beliefs 
are based on scripture. We are aware of the fact that most 
movements make this claim. The final decision as to who IS 
following scripture will have to be left up to each individual. 

There are several popular movements today that leave the 
Anabaptist-Pietistic followers all alone in doctrine. Two of these 
we will mention very briefly, since we have written previously on 
this subject. The area of politics is battled by both "liberal" and 
"fundamental" Christians, while the Anabaptist-Pietistic followers 
have historically refused to become involved. More recently a 
popular "emotional movement" has gathered many followers. We 
personally, are not against emotion. But we feel it would be unwise 
to "join" this movement. 

Now to return to our original thought. We have read of a group 
of "liberal" theologians who have come out AGAINST the World 
and National Council of Churches. Your first reaction may be, 
"What has this to do with us since we do not belong to either one of 
these organizations?" Many within the Anabaptist-Pietistic 
tradition who have not joined these organizations HAVE BEEN 
INFLUENCED by their theology! To refuse to be "caught up" in 
many of their theological teachings often leaves individuals and 
groups "all alone." Furthermore we see these events as possible 
fulfillment of prophecy. 

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World and National Councils, this seems to us to be like the 
arguments between the Sadducees and the Pharisees. Like Christ, 
we should recognize that both sides are in error. This also reminds 
us of the time of the Reformation. The Reformers argued theology 
with the Catholics. But when the Anabaptists realized they BOTH 
were in error they were forced to refuse to stay with or join either 
group. As a result they suffered persecution from both sides! To 
their credit, they refused to seek revenge but followed the 
teachings of Jesus Christ. This brings us to our' next, and final 
thought. 

We quote from "Response To Reader's Digest Article, "Karl Marx 
or Jesus Christ' " August 1982, issued by the World Council of 
Churches. "The WCC does not and cannot identify itself 
completely with any political movement, NOR DOES IT PASS 
JUDGMENT ON THOSE VICTIMS OF RACISM WHO ARE 
DRIVEN TO VIOLENCE AS THE ONLY WAY LEFT TO THEM TO 
REDRESS GRIEVANCES AND SO OPEN THE WAY FOR A NEW 
AND MORE JUST SOCIAL ORDER." (Capitalization ours) First of 
all, we agree that the Church should not identify itself completely 
with any political movement. But we would go a step further and 
state that the Church should not be involved in politics! But it is the 
second part of this statement that really causes us concern. 
Previous to this statement they claim, "The WCC has never 
endorsed violence." This sounds like a contradictory statement 
to us. But is it any more so than we who claim to believe in non- 
resistance and then state that "we would never take a life but we 
would use some form of violence if necessary?" When Jesus said, 
"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: ...", is this not exactly 
what He meant? 

We would like to quote another statement from the WCC. This is 
from "FAITH AND ORDER PAPER NO. 111 WCC Geneva, 1982." 
"Baptism is an unrepeatable act. Any practice which might be 
interpreted as "re-baptism" must be avoided." Are you aware that 
our "anabaptist" heritage name means "Re-baptize?" This is a 
throwback to the time of the Reformation! What they failed to 
succeed in doing with force they hope to accomplish with mere 
words! Already, there are churches of the Anabaptist-Pietistic 
heritage who allow individuals who have not experienced 
immersion baptism to be members. We realize it makes us seem to 
be unloving to oppose this trend, but it is the knowledge of what it 
cost our forefathers to practice immersion baptism and our 
understanding of scripture that does not allow us to accept any- 
thing less. Although, as it has been stated, the WCC is being 
challenged, they still have great political power. The time may 



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come that we will have to "count the cost" as our forefathers 
have done! 

We would close with the thought that we feel a relationship with 
those who love our Lord. We do not believe "our faith" will be the 
only one to make it to Heaven. (Speaking of the Anabaptist- 
Pietistic tradition.) We love and withhold argument with those who 
disagree with this statement. We DO believe the Anabaptist- 
Pietistic tradition is following the truth of scripture and that we 
should not compromise it in any way. Let us seek to follow Jesus 
Christ and His teachings given to us in the Bible, the Word of God. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March, 1923 

The Spiritual Life of the Church 

J. H. Beer 

"He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in 
me and I in him." 

As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father: so he 
that eateth me even he shall live by me." 

Over against Calvary God permitted the cross to be raised, upon 
which His SON was crucified. The price of the world's redemption 
was paid and "if we have been redeemed by His blood, much more 
we shall be saved by His life." Paul says in Gal. 2:20, "I am crucified 
with Christ yet I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life 
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God." 

From the above scriptures it is clear that the Christ of God must 
dwell in us, if we are to have spiritual life. I have been impressed 
with the fact that there are many people who think all they need to 
do to have spiritual life is to partake of the emblems of Christ's 
broken body and shed blood. 

You may be able to eat a basket of bread awd drink a like 
proportion of the cup and have no spiritual life whatever. John 
6:58. "... not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead:..." so may 
men partake of the communion emblems and have no spiritual life. 
Thus must be a surrendered life, "not my will but thine be done." 
Thus must a life lived in union with His word. John 17:4, Jesus 
says, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work 
which thou gavest me to do." John 4:34, "... My meat is to do the 
will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." 



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Hear Him again, John 17:18, "As thou hast sent me into the 
world, even so have I also sent them into the world." Christ 
endowed His disciples with power and sent them out into the world 
to teach others the way of life, that others might teach you, and 
you teach others. 

Man has gone away from God and His word. The gulf of 
separation seems to be broadening through the so-called 
advancement of human kind. Just recently I read an article from 
the pen of a certain minister who stated that he did not believe in 
being a parrot minister. He did not believe in quoting over the 
words of Christ and the apostles, but preaching things that would 
make them feel happy. 

Christ commanded us to preach "my gospel to every creature." 
The man who is not willing to teach the Christ message would 
better change his occupation. The guide of the Church of Jesus' 
Christ is the Bible, which alone is a lamp to our feet. The Lord has 
set His seal upon the whole of it. It not only contains the word of 
God but it is the word of God. 

"This is life eternal that they might know thee, the only true God 
and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." 

A minister in Ohio wrote saying, "two thirds of my membership 
show no signs of regeneration, and yet I have by far the most 
spiritual church in town." Too bad! 

I clipped the following from Moody's Monthly of November, 
1920: "Our pastor is just out of Yale Divinity School and says he 
does not believe the Bible account of Adam and Eve and that the 
Bible contains mistakes and that it is not necessary to believe that 
Christ died for sinners in order to be saved." 

With such influences, it would be hard to conceive how a 
congregation led by a man of this kind of infidelity could produce 
a spiritual congregation. 

One of the contributing causes of worldliness and unbelief 

creeping into the church has been the dropping of the high 

standards of the apostolic church as regards church membership. 

How many there are in the denomination churches of today who 

have never had a vision of the god-man Christ Jesus! 

Many have come into the church upon request of the pastor or 
some friend, who have never had a change of heart or conviction 
for sin. It's no wonder with such laxity prevailing that so many have 
come in as wolves into the sheepfold and are trying to undermine 
the very foundation of the "faith once delivered to the saints." 
To lower the standard of the church, to introduce cheap and 
sensational methods, hoping thereby to catch the attention of the 



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shallow minded, would be to still further weaken the strongest 
agency we have for proclaiming the simple message of Christ. In 
the simplicity of this message lies the power. If the story of the 
Christ, without eloquence or varnish, does not appeal by virtue 
of its meeting the needs of humanity, there is nothing under 
Heaven that will meet the problem facing, not only the church but 
humanity itself. There is improvement needed in the church. The 
measure of this need is found by direct comparison between the 
individual and Christ. This improvement will be found along the 
line of simplicity. Faithfulness and strength in proclaiming the 
gospel by the Christ method. 

Did Christ find a brass band necessary? Was the moving picture 
a part of His teaching? Did He hesitate at truth so plain — and 
direct that many were offended? To suppose that the success of 
the church depends upon these things rather than upon the simple 
declaration of the truth as it is in Christ, is to be woefully mistaken. 
The mission of the church is not to go into active competition 
along parallel lines with the theater, the moving picture show, the 
lecture platform, or the concert hall; if you do you are defeated 
before you begin. The message and power of the church are 
greater than any or all of these social forces combined. The 
primary air of the church is not social or economic or educational, 
but spiritual as long as a church retains its spirituality the influence 
of her members in the social and economic spheres will be 
wholesome. 

Eliminate this element of spirituality and all our preaching about 
social duties, economic welfare, educational programs, moral 
uplift, and reform work, will be wasted effort. 

The real meaning of spirituality is that man has been placed in 
a right relationship with God, and that relationship can in no 
sense or manner be made right except through the redeeming 
power of Jesus Christ. Christ and him crucified is the message 
that must again be brought to the multitudes who are starving for 
the bread of life. 

Let our preachers forget about social and educational topics for 
a while, and let them preach the gospel as our fathers heard it, and 
the churches will be filled, and a revival will spread over this land 
and people will live the gospel of Jesus Christ in every sphere of 
human activity. 

Quite recently in conversation with a man while dining together, 
he said he had quit attending church, as he considered the church 
had lost its message. My desire is that all men may follow Him who 
"spake as never man spake." 



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NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation, the Lord willing, plans to 
have Lovefeast services at the close of our Revival. This will be 
March 26 beginning at 11 o'clock in the forenoon and 2 o'clock in 
the afternoon. The Lovefeast will be held Saturday evening. 
Services on Sunday. 

Come enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

A WORD OF THANKS AND PRAISE 

I want to thank you all, that remembered me in your prayers 
cards, flowers, telephone calls, and the visits while I was in the 
hospital and at home. 

John 15:12, Christ spoke, "This is my commandment that ye love 
one another as I have loved you." Matt. 25:40, Christ says, "In as 
much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren 
ye have done it unto me." 

Surely it was the Holy Spirit that leadeth when Brothers and 
Sisters pray and have remembered me in this manner. Thanking 
you again and I pray God will bless you all. 

Brother Kenneth Keeney 



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Your life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you like, but you 
can spend it only once. 



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Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if every- 
thing depended on you. 



• #•• + »• 

If, like the shepherds, you have heard and seen, then, like the 
shepherds, go and tell. 



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VOL. LXI 



MARCH 15, 1983 



NO. 6 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LET ME LIVE 

I do not know how long I'll live 

But while I live, Lord, let me give 
Some comfort to someone in need 

By smile or nod — kind word or deed 
And let me do what e'er I can 

To ease things for my fellow man. 
I want naught but to do my part 

To "lift" a tired or weary heart, 
To change folks frowns to smiles again — 

Then I will not have lived in vain 
And I'll not care how long I'll live 

If I can give — and give — and give. 

Selected by Sister Helen Sweitzer 



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LOVE'S ORDER 

Love is a subject that is beyond our power to fully describe or 
define. Although love is much spoken of, it is little understood. 
The word "love" is used in many different senses, many are far 
from its true meaning. Since God is love; ungodliness can never 
be true love. Much that is wrong, sinful and insincere is done in 
the name of love. 

The children of God are the recipients of His love just as natural 
children are loved by their parents. The children of God are called 
Christians because they are like Christ, His only begotten Son. 
As Christians they have not only a new name but also a new Spirit 
within so they have that love within that is in God and His Son. 
By being the children of God, they manifest this love in the ways 
that are consistent with His Word. God's Spirit never contradicts 
the way His Word directs us. The Holy Spirit moved the human 
writers of the Bible to write as God wanted. So that same Holy 
Spirit indwelling the Christian can not lead a Christian to do what 
is contrary to the revealed will of God. A double minded man is 
unstable in all his ways but God is not divided within Himself so 
His ways are established and stable. In all things God has an 
established order for doing them. Whether in worship, praise, 
prayer or any part of the Church's work there is an orderly and 
decent way to proceed. This applies to the demonstration of love. 

Many times Christians are admonished by Jesus and the New 
Testament writers to show love. Love first comes from God by His 
Spirit but it must not remain an unused talent. The first duty 
demanding our love is to love the God who redeemed us from sin 
and gave us a new heart. We must love the Brethren who have had 
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God. Also we must love our neighbor, no matter how unlovely he 
may be. 

There is also a love within the natural family that parallels the 
love within the family of God. The natural family is in its small 
way a picture of God's family. The husband represents God, as the 
head of the household. The wife is representative of the Church. 
There is a very special relationship between God and His Church, 
just as there is between the husband and wife. This is God's order 
in the Church and in the home. Whenever this order is violated or 
even spoken against there is trouble. God's order can not be 
violated and have love function as it should. Since marriage is a 
picture of God's orderly relationship with man, any other 
relationship that attempts to imitate or bypass marriage is out of 
order and lacking in true love. Although the name "love" is applied 
to various relationships, which are in truth fornication or adultery, 
love is lacking because it is exercised outside the marriage 
relationship established by God. The word "love", although 
frequently misapplied to such arrangements, does not make it 
true love. 

The most solemn duty given to man is to love God. It is not the 
mere love that men celebrate in song and entertainment. It is a 
love that demands man's whole being. Our love of God is to be 
total. It includes the physical, mental, emotional and Spiritual parts 
of man. A love that is complete would be a love like His love. A 
love that great would be an obedient love. 

Christians are often asked to do many things in the name of 
love. Often there are requests or orders to do evil for love's sake. 
The unconverted spouse may demand the Christian spouse to do 
evil as a proof of love. The Christian dare not do so, for the 
Christian's concept of love is centered in God not in the enjoy- 
ments of this world. In holding to God's ideal of love the Christian 
will be showing a truer love by doing right rather than doing 
wrong in the name of misplaced love. Doing God's will is a greater 
demonstration of love than all the deeds that seem to be love but 
are unrighteous. 

Love is a wonderful subject. It is a necessary characteristic in 
our lives if we are the children of God, for God is love. Just as 
children inherit the characteristics of their natural parents, so 
Christians should have the characteristics of their Father. Love 
should be evident in each Christian's life. It should be 
demonstrated as love for God, for the Church and for men in 
general. As the recipient of God's love we dare not be sponges 
only soaking love in, we must also share it with others. That love to 
be true must be shown according to the order God has 
established. True love must be a righteous love. 



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SOMEBODY WITH SKIN ON 

A mother was trying to get her little son to go to sleep, but he 
didn't want to be alone in his dark room. She said, in an effort 
to comfort him, "You know you're not alone in here", meaning God 
was with him. The little boy said, "I know, but I want somebody 
with skin on." 

The little boy knew God was there, but he needed his mother to 
reassure him and help him to not be afraid. No doubt God seemed 
very far away as he laid there in the darkness. It took the presence 
of someone he could touch to enable him to relax and go to sleep. 
To have denied the boy that comfort would have only added to 
his fears. It wouldn't have helped if his mother had brushed him off 
with "You're alright; just go to sleep. It's silly to be afraid of the 
dark." Silly it was, but not to him, as it was more than he could 
cope with just then. 

Sometimes even adults need "someone with skin on", someone 
to encourage, to uplift, to reassure. We know God has promised 
to always be with us, but at times we need someone to help us hold 
on to this promise. We need another person to share with us in our 
times of distress, to reach out in faith for us when we've lost our 
sense of direction. When our burdens are heavy and we are weary, 
it helps much to know another person cares and will pray for us. 

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for 
their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe 
to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to 
help him up." Ecc. 4:9-10. We can be alone without being lonely, 
but when we are alone and in distress, we feel very lonely. When 
we are in trouble or are burdened because of heartaches and 
concerns for others, it is a real blessing when someone shares the 
burden. Having someone help us makes our burdens lighter and 
our troubles less disturbing. We do need "someone with skin on" 
for companionship, spiritual fellowship and to just be there when 
life seems overwhelming. 

Jesus often touched people, like the leper in Matt. 8:15. He let 
this man, an untouchable, unclean person, know that He (Jesus) 
was real, that He cared and didn't think Himself too good to touch 
a leper. Jesus put His tender, loving care into action in a way 
which could be felt. Multitudes of people sought to touch Jesus or 
just the hem of His garment as He passed by. Why? Because 
virtue went out of Him and healed them. Contact with Jesus was 
necessary in order for them to be blessed. 

So it is with us. We must first have direct contact with Jesus, 
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good. "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he 
(the robbery victim) was: and when he saw him, he had 
compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, 
pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought 
him to an inn, and took care of him/' Luke 10:33-34. We may 
never find a person who needs such care, but it's up to us to take 
care of the needs we do see. 

"And he took him aside from the multitude." (Mark 7:33) A man 
who was deaf and unable to speak clearly was brought to Jesus for 
healing. Jesus took him away from the tumult and confusion of the 
crowd to a quieter place. He then touched the affected parts 
literally. Jesus could have healed the man without touching him, 
but in so doing, there was no doubt that Jesus cared. There are 
times when we must choose a quiet time or place in order to help 
someone. Too much noise and confusion hinders the heart-to- 
heart communication so necessary for ones spiritual well-being. 

The prodigal son had set out to see the world and really have a 
good time (see Luke 15:11-33) but a sad day came. His good-time 
friends deserted him, he was broke, hungry and ended up in a 
pigpen. He truly needed "someone with skin on", namely his 
father, and soon set out for home. He had had enough of so-called 
freedom and was ready to become a servant if only his father 
would receive him. His father did receive him and took care of him. 
He no doubt knew that his son was much wiser now and he helped 
his son start over. 

The Apostle Paul often longed for his friends to come to him. 
He wrote of those who had deserted him and of those he wanted to 
see. Sometimes he, too, needed "somebody with skin on", 
someone to fellowship with, to relieve the distress felt in his 
imprisonment and so on. Paul recognized the value of a true 
friend. Your friends are important in your life also. They cannot 
replace God and should not be allowed to interfere with your 
relationship with Him, but they are necessary. 

"The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the 
water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, 
another steppeth down before me." John 5:7. The man was nearly 
helpless and no one seemed to care. It was every man for himself 
and he was left out every time. 'I looked on my right hand, and 
behold, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed 
me; no man cared for my soul." Psa. 142:4. Do you care? Will 
you be the "somebody with skin on" for someone in need? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE TAX MONEY 

Matt. 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26 

Nobody likes to pay taxes — but taxes are necessary. Every 
nation has some form of tax to pay their government — for the 
roads they build, the army they support, policemen to enforce the 
law, salaries for government officials and many other obligations 
that make a country fit to live in. If we had no government and no 
law our lives would be in jeopardy. No one would be safe. Evil men 
would take over and do just as they wanted. Everything would be 
in one big mess. 

When Jesus was here the Jewish nation was under the control of 
the Roman Empire. God's chosen nation, the Jews, had disobeyed 
Him until He allowed them to be ruled by another nation. Of 
course, they were taxed heavily and none of the Jews liked it. 
Many of the tax collectors were dishonest and charged more than 
was required, making the situation worse. 

The Pharisees did not like Jesus. They were jealous of Him 
because He was popular with the people. They were trying to find 
some way to get Jesus in trouble with the Roman government. 
They knew that if they could get Jesus to say something against 
the Romans that He would be put in prison or killed. It is hard to 
understand how they could hate a man who never did anyone 
any harm — who was always kind and loving and healed people of 
all their diseases. They were afraid they might even lose their 
positions as rulers of the people. So the Pharisees took counsel 
how they might entangle Him in His talk. 

The Pharisees sent men unto Jesus who said, "Master, we know 
you are true, and teach the way of God in truth, neither carest for 
any man: Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give 
tribute (tax) unto Caesar, or not?" 

Now Caesar was the emperor of the Roman Empire and what he 
said was done. Jesus understood their wickedness, and said, "Why 
tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they 
brought unto him a penny. Then Jesus said, Whose is this image 
and superscription? They say unto him, "Caesar's" Then Jesus 
said, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's 
and unto God the things that are God's." When they heard these 
words they marvelled and left him and went their way. 

Jesus knew what was in their hearts and He knows what is in my 
heart and in your heart. He is the Son of God and Jesus knows all 
the answers. It will never do to trick Jesus. He wants to help you 
live a good life for Him. We should be concerned about the things 
that belong to God — not how much money we have! 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN" 
Part 3 
Single adults too often spend too much of their time trying to 
fulfill their supposed needs, so they get to feeling restricted. 

In a sense, when you say YOU NEED, you are saying that you 
have no choice in the matter. When you say YOU WANT you are 
saying that you DO have a choice. The key is recognizing that we 
do have choices in our lives. Choices are freedom and we need not 
feel boxed in. God promises that He will PROVIDE ALL OUR 
NEEDS. So much of the time, when people just achieve their 
desires, they experience emptiness. They ask, "Is that all there is?" 
Thus, we need to take time to frequently re-assess our goals, 
dreams, and desires to ensure that they are worth the complete 
investment of our lives. 

It is appropriate to mention here the importance of GOAL 
SETTING. Goal setting makes a positive impact on our lives in that 
it: (1) provides direction for our life. We can select our activities to 
help achieve our goals. (2) It provides a sense of accomplishment 
as goals are realized and (3) it can minimize unrealistic 
expectations. 

Appropriate goals are those which are reachable, measureable, 
dated and written. Open ended goals are not useful. The best plans 
in the world are of little value unless they are implemented. 

Loneliness is one of the major problems for many singles who 
find it difficult to fend off depression when sitting home alone at 
night. Because we all have experienced loneliness, it is an 
important aspect to discuss here. 

What we might identify as SELF INDUCED LONELINESS is 
important because we fail to build the kind of relationships we 
need to keep from being lonely. There are a lot of people in this 
world. To build other people into your life you need only to go out 
and find some and then establish a relationship! Simple! You have 
to go where other people are. For that reason fellowship is 
important. Go to meetings, to Conference, to retreat and other 
places where your repertory of acquaintances might be increased. 
You need to reach out. In the sales field you must talk to ten 
prospects before you make a sale, statistically. So, don't be 
discouraged; you are getting close to meeting a super friend! 
The Bible instructs you that to have a friend, you have to show 
yourself to be friendly. Give of yourself! Give more than you feel 
is fair if necessary but be careful not to resent what you 
have done. 



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Even learning to accept people who touch your life and then go 
on can be a wonderful growing experience. You have touched 
me... I have grown! 

Finally, remember that being alone is not necessarily being 
lonely. If you feel uncared for and unworthy of love, you might well 
be totally alone. But in reality, we all need some time alone... to 
plan, to think, to regroup, to enjoy the quiet and to commune with 
God. Use it to your advantage and to the glory of God. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



ONE PROMISING THOUGHT 

Even though you read your Bible all the way through, you're 
not done. 

Because the Holy Bible is a book containing all the facts. From 
Genesis to Revelation, from the Beginning to the End. Read it 
thoroughly every day and it will work conveniently in your 
everyday life. 

It reveals to you what you want to know — The Truth; but it also 
leaves you a promising thought — a beautiful new life hereafter. 
(John 14:1-3) 

THE SECOND PROMISING THOUGHT 

Heaven: 

The Beautiful Place 

God tells us this is 

the most beautiful place 

which is available to you, 

anytime. The decision is yours. 

Heaven, gleaming like glass, is pure gold. 

(Rev. 21:18) Great design and great beauty 

is not out of your reach. Just "Come Home." 

Brother Eugene Trujillo 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



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Found on a sign — "Try Jesus, if you don't like Him, the Devil 
will always take you back." 



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EVOLUTION 

Editor: 

We would like to respond to the article "Darwin's Theory Is 
Thriving" by George F, Will which appeared in the Thursday, 
November 11th edition of The Daily News. 

Mr. Will starts out by referring to examples of change within 
salmon and finches. The fact that there is a variety in animals is a 
well-established fact. There are many varieties of dogs, cats, 
horses, and so forth. But it is also a fact that dogs remain dogs, 
cats remain cats, horses remain horses, and so forth. Even within 
its kind, for instance when a horse and a donkey are mated, it 
produces a hybrid which cannot reproduce! The "chain of 
evolution" comes to a dead end! 

Next, he cites a find in Wyoming which "may have been the first 
successful plant-eater in the age of dinosaurs." It also may have 
been just an animal which happened to be a plant eater which lived 
along with meat eaters! 

His next "great discovery" is a fossil of a primate's foot with a 
grasping big toe. He declares, 'This (with a few intervening steps) 
made modern man possible." Without the "intervening steps" he 
has nothing but a theory! 

He then relates a find in Kenya of a "humanlike" creature. This 
creature is supposed to have "both humanoid and ape character- 
istics." Could this be another "Piltdown man?" On the 18th of 
December, 1912 Charles Dawson and Arthur Smith reported 
finding a "missing link." Forty-one years later, on the 21st of 
November, 1953, it was announced to the world that these findings 
at Piltdown constituted a hoax. Or perhaps another "nebraska 
man." On March 14, 1922, on the basis of a single tooth, this "great 
discovery" of a "missing link" was found. After investigation it was 
found that the tooth which produced such a sensation was the 
tooth of an animal which had previously been named 
"Prosthennops", which was a peccary, which is a type of pig! 
(Thoughts from Dr. Bolton Davidheiser, Ph.D. from the Johns 
Hopkins University in Zoology.) 

He states that, "Actually, of course, there are uncountable links, 
and interesting ones are being found all the time." We have yet to 
hear of one which was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be a 
"missing link"! Even if an ape with human features or vice versa 
were found, living or dead, it would only prove that a species 
formerly unknown was discovered. It would not prove that the one 
evolved from or into the other! 

His next subject is a gnat. He states "This gnat's DNA (genetic 
material) may illuminate the evolution of that substance." We may 
become millionaires overnight, but not likely! 



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He continues with the account of a child born with a deformed 
coccyx. There are hundreds of deformed children born every year. 
Because a child was born with an appendage to the coccyx 
(tailbone) is no more proof of evolution than if a monkey were born 
without a tail (which may have happened.) 

His final argument for "the truth of evolution" is the natural 
embryoic development of a human. The fact that we appear to 
have tails in the fourth week or "gill slits" during development does 
not prove a thing unless you want it to! 

Now for a few facts on the other side of the argument. If man 
and animal come from the same common ancestor, why is it 
impossible for them to mate and produce offspring? The tadpole 
turning into a frog and the caterpillar turning into a butterfly are 
observable changes from one creature into another. Yet they are 
an argument against the theory of evolution since this cycle 
continues and does not progress. The theory of evolution contra- 
dicts the accepted scientific second law of thermodynamics. Fossil 
men such as Australopithecine, Neanderthal, and so forth; which 
were once believed to be "missing links" are now considered by 
most scientists to be humans very much like modern man! 

Evolution is a theory and only a theory, and an unprovable one 
at that! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 
Originally printed in 
Lebanon (PA) Daily News 

IS SATAN SEDUCING US? 

I would like to review some activities which an alarming number 
of good Christian people are engaging in. As we go about our daily 
walk in life, I often think to myself, "What would Jesus think, do or 
even say of the different things we do in our life without con- 
sidering the future effects." 

Our Brother in Christ pointed out the wrongness of rock music, 
that it can only come from Satan. Country music songs have 
nothing Christ-like about them either. They are one of Satan's 
ways to seduce the Christians in a much more subtle way. Do you 
really think Jesus would approve of singing a song about 
committing adultery, drinking, stealing, and enjoying it? Eph. 5:19 
says "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual 
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." 
Country music songs may sound pleasing to your ears because 
Satan means it to be that way. Whatever we do, we are to do all to 



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the glory of God. Romans 15 tells us that even Christ pleased not 
Himself. We are to be likeminded one toward another according to 
Christ Jesus, that we may with one mind and one mouth glorify 
God. Can we glorify God with country music? Never! 

Another is the kind of material we read and allow in our homes. 
We want to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord. Give them a good home, school life and good books 
which can be of value to them as they grow up. But what kind of 
books do we feed upon? The "Harlequin romance", western, 
mystery books and so forth. In I Thess. 5:22 we are told to abstain 
from all appearance of evil. There are all sorts of evil in these 
books; fornication, lying, adultery, witchcraft, killing, immodest 
dress and more. It doesn't make sense to teach our children the 
way of the Lord then we ourselves read this type of material. What 
magazines and newspapers do we buy? I looked through one 
magazine one time and counted five cigarette ads! Smoking is 
always made to look beautiful, when in reality it's not. All of this 
will, and does, have a bad effect on our children and us. 

We are to study and shew ourselves approved unto God, rightly 
dividing the word of truth. When we program our minds with bad 
material, after a while we don't feel as strongly against sin as we 
should. "Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment 
in the gate:..." Amos 5:15. 

Our life here on earth is but a vapor, so why not instead of 
reading garbage, lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven. Matt. 
6:21. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." 

In Christian Love 

Sister Florence Keeney 

Box 1130 RD, Felton, PA 17322 

A GREAT DIFFERENCE! 

An English writer has said: "The early Christians did not go 
around saying, 'Look what the world is coming to.' Rather they 
went out with great joy and said to all men, 'Look what has come 
to the world.' " 

There is a great difference between these two attitudes. Yes, the 
world is in bad shape — but read the second chapter of Romans 
and you will find that the world was in an awful condition in Paul's 
time. Nearly all thoughtful men agree that man is in a terrible 
predicament, but the unique gospel of Jesus Christ offers the 
solution to man's problems. 

Look! See what has come into the world — God's revelation of 
Himself in all His power, wisdom and love through Jesus Christ, 
His only begotten Son. This is indeed glorious news! This is a 



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message which we cannot keep to ourselves, but we must tell 
everybody about it. 

No wonder Christians are radiant with joy. They have found the 
treasure all men are seeking. They have seen what has come into 
the world in the advent of Jesus Christ, and they are working for 
the advancement of His kingdom unti He comes again. 

Brother L. H. Miller 
R. 2 Box 572 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

HYPOCRITICAL HYMN-SINGING 

1. We sing "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and are content with five 
to ten minutes a day. 

2. We sing "Onward Christian Soldiers" and wait to be drafted 
into His service. 

3. We sing "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" and don't use 
the one we have. 

4. We sing "There Shall Be Showers of Blessing" but do not 
come when it rains. 

5. We sing "Blest Be the Tie That Binds" and let the least little 
offense sever it. 

6. We sing "Serve the Lord With Gladness" and gripe about all 
we have to do. 

7. We sing "I Love to Tell the Story" and never mention it at all. 

8. We sing "We're Marching to Zion", but fail to march to 
worship and Sunday School. 

9. We sing "Cast Thy Burden on the Lord" and worry 
ourselves into a nervous breakdown. 

10. We sing "The Whole Wide World for Jesus" and never 
invite our next-door neighbor. 

11. We sing "O Day of Rest and Gladness" and wear ourselves 
out on Sunday. 

12. We sing "Throw Out the Lifeline" and content ourselves 
with throwing out a fishing line. 

Selected by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 

OBITUARIES 

ORPHA BECK 

Sister Orpha Mary Beck, daughter of Aaron and Rena 
(Stutzman) Beck, was born February 22, 1914. She departed this 
life February 1, 1983, at her home in Wauseon, Ohio, having 
attained the age of 68 years, 11 months and 10 days. 



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Sister Orpha was baptized into the Dunkard Brethren Church at 
an early age, and was a faithful member of the West Fulton 
Congregation until her death. She attended services, whenever 
possible, which was a joy to her. 

She suffered intensely, for two days, before she went to be with 
her Lord. 

Sister Orpha enjoyed all of her loved ones, and loved to be with 
them. Her father, mother, a brother-in-law, and a niece preceded 
her in death. 

She leaves to mourn her departure; a brother Harold and his wife 
Rebecca of Archbold, Ohio; sisters, Ethel Whitmer, Elma Jamison 
and husband, Newton, of Quinter, Kansas; Gladys and Leola of 
Wauseon, Ohio; also four nephews, Tom Jamison of Hoxie, 
Kansas; Marian Jamison of Quinter, Kansas; Richard Jamison, 
Santa Barbara, California and Ronald Jamison of Albuquerque, 
New Mexico; three nieces, Ruthann Stuckey and Dyann 
Armstrong of Wauseon, Ohio and Thelma Bedford of Morenci, 
Michigan; nine great nieces; six great nephews; and seven great- 
great nieces and nephews; two uncles; four aunts and many more 
relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were conducted from the West Clinton 
Mennonite Church, Saturday, February 5, at 2:00 with Elders 
Edward Johnson, Charles Leatherman and William Carpenter 
officiating. Interment was made in the Pettisville Cemetery. 

You cannot say, you must not say 
That she is dead, 
She is just away! 
With a cheery smile 
And a wave of the hand 

She has wandered 
Into an unknown land, 
And left us dreaming how very fair 
It needs must be, 
Since she lingers there; 
So think of her faring on, as dear 
In the love of There 
As the love of Here; 
Think of her still as the same, and say 
She is not dead, she is just away. 

James Whitcomb Riley 

CARD OF THANKS 

Our thanks go out to all the Brethren, Sisters and friends for 
their prayers, comforting words, the many sympathy cards and all 
the kindnesses shown to us in the loss of our loved one. 

The Family of Sister Orpha Beck 



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WILLIAM BASHOR 

Brother William Elijah Bashor, son of Amos Michael and Mary 
Olivene (Wine) Bashor was born September 16, 1906, in 
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He accepted Jesus Christ as his 
personal Savior at a young age and was baptized into the Lone 
Star Church of the Brethren in Lawrenceburg. At the age of 18, 
Daddy was ordained into the ministry. His younger years were 
spent in Tennessee before moving to California in 1936. In 1945, 
Daddy united with the Dunkard Brethren Church, Pleasant Home 
Congregation in Ceres, California. He continued in the ministry 
and faithfully served the Church in that capacity until his death. 
On October 10, 1931, he was united in marriage to Verta Dell Davis 
of Gaitherville, Tennessee. To this union was born five children, 
Martha Jean Skiles of Santa Rosa, William Michae! of Modesto, 
Betty Laverne Walker of Hickman, James Edward of Modesto and 
Thomas Dwight of San Jose. 

He was ordained as an Elder in 1952, and served on the General 
Mission Board of the Dunkard Brethren Church for many years. 
His love for the Lord and the work of the Church were very 
important to him. 

Daddy passed away February 4, 1983 at the age of 76 years, 4 
months, and 19 days. Preceding him in death were one brother, 
Cletus and one granddaughter, Marcia Bashor. 

Besides his loving wife and children, he leaves to mourn his 
passing, nineteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two 
sisters, Virgie Rio, of Beaumont, California; Ruby Sutton of 
Kunkle, Ohio and many friends and loved ones. 

Funeral services were held aft he Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, 
Modesto, California on Monday, February 7 at 1:00 P.M. with Elder 
Hayes Reed officiating, with Elder Rudy Cover assisting. Interment 
was at Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, California. Elder Paul 
Byfield conducting the service there. 

God hath not promised skies always blue, 
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; 
God hath not promised sun without rain, 
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. 
But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the Labor, light for the way, 
Grace for the trials, help from above, 
Unfailing sympathy, undying love... 

The family wishes to thank each and everyone for the kindness 
shown. For food, flowers, cards and other gifts and especially for 
the prayers offered in our behalf. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Bro. Ronald Marks is R. 1 Box 123, Red Lion, 
Pennsylvania 17356. 

THE BRETHREN ENCYCLOPEDIA 

A detailed encyclopedia of Brethren life, belief, practice and 
history. Including the five main branches of the Brethren, who 
trace their origin back to Schwarzenau, Germany will be published 
in late 1983. ~ 

Three volumes, totaling 2,000 pages, including 500 pictures. 
Pre-publication price $95.00 postpaid until August 1983. After that 
date $130.00 plus postage. Mail orders to: Brethren Encyclopedia, 
6611 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 
The District Meeting of the Third District, will be held at the 
McClave Congregation, April 9-10-11, 1983, the Lord willing. 

Our Spring Lovefeast will be Saturday evening, April 9 at 7:00. 
Services will start at 11:00 Saturday morning, with all day services, 
both Saturday and Sunday. The business meeting will be Monday 
forenoon, April 11, 1983. 

Please come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz, Cor. 



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Always leave your home with loving words for they may be 
your last. 



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True friendship is like sound health — the value of it is seldom 
known until it is lost. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR APRIL, 1983 
DILIGENCE 



Memory Verse: Ex. 15:26 
If thou wilt diligently hearken to 
the voice of the Lord thy God, 
and wilt do that which is right in 
his sight, and wilt give ear to his 
commandments, and keep all his 
statutes, I will put none of these 
diseases upon thee, which I have 
brought upon the Egyptians: for 
I am the Lord that healeth thee. 

Fri. 1 - Ex. 15:1-27 

Sat. 2 - Lev. 10:1-20 



Memory Verse: I Cor. 15:20 
But now is Christ risen from the 
dead, and become the first fruits 
of them that slept. 

Sun. 3 - I Cor. 15:1-28 

Mon. 4 - Deut. 4:1-25 

Tues. 5 - Deut. 4:26-49 

Wed. 6 - Deut. 6:1-25 

Thur. 7 - Deut. 11:1-15 

Fri. 8 - Deut. 11:16-32 

Sat. 9 - Deut. 13:1-18 



Memory Verse: Deut. 6:6 & 7 
And these words, which I 
command thee this day, shall be 
in thine heart: And thou shalt 
teach them diligently unto thy 
children, and shaft talk of them 
when thou sittest in thine house, 
and when thou walkest by the 
way, and when thou liest down, 
and when thou risest up. 

Sun. 10 - Deut. 17:1-20 

Mon. 11 - Deut. 19:1-21 

Tues. 12 - Deut. 24:1-22 

Wed. 13 - Deut. 28:1-22 

Thur. 14 - Deut. 28:23-47 

Fri. 15 - Deut. 28:48-68 

Sat. 16 - Jos. 22:1-16 



Memory Verse: Jos. 22:5 
But take diligent heed to do the 
commandment and the law, 
which Moses the servant of the 
Lord charged you, to love the 
Lord your God, and to walk in all 
his ways, and to keep his 
commandments, and to cleave 
unto him, and to serve him with 
all your heart and with all your 
soul. 

Sun. 17 - Jos. 22:17-34 

Mon. 18 - Ezra 7:1-28 

Tues. 19 - Job 13:1-28 

Wed. 20 - Job 21:1-34 

Thur. 21 - Psa. 37:1-20 

Fri. 22 - Psa. 37:21-40 

Sat. 23 - Psa. 67:1-10 



Memory Verse: Ezra 7:23 
Whatsoever is commanded by 
the God of heaven, let it be dili- 
gently done for the house of 
the God of heaven: for why 
should there be wrath against 
the realm of the king and his 
sons? 

Sun. 24 - Psa. 77:1-20 

Mon. 25 - Psa. 119:1-24 

Tues. 26 - Prov. 4:1-27 

Wed. 27 - Prov. 10:1-32 

Thur. 28 - Prov. 11:1-31 

Fri. 29 - Prov. 12:1-28 

Sat. 30 - Prov. 13:1-25 



Memory Verses: Prov. 4:23 
Keep thy heart with all diligence; 
for out of it are the issues of 
life. 

Prov. 11:27 
He that diligently seeketh good 
procureth favour: but he that 
seeketh mischief, it shall come 
unto him. 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, OH 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LXI 



APRIL 1, 1983 



NO. 7 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TO-DAY 

Christ the Lord is ris'n today, 
Sons of men and angels say: 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, 
Sing, ye heav'ns, and earth reply. 

Lives again our glorious King: 
Where, O death, is now thy sting? 
Dying once, He all doth save: 
Where thy victory, O grave? 

Love's redeeming work is done, 
Fought the fight, the battle won; 
Death in vain forbids Him rise; 
Christ has opened Paradise. 

Soar we now, where Christ has led, 
Foll'wing our exalted Head; 
Made like Him, like Him we rise; 
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. 

- Charles Wesley 



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MORE THAN LEGENDS 

People find legends easier to believe than the truth. Perhaps 
because the truth hurts sometimes. The truth forces each to look 
at himself and see his faults and sins. So a legend is more 
acceptable because no introspection is needed to follow a legend. 

The truth of the resurrection of Christ is often assailed as 
unbelievable but people will instead celebrate an Easter holiday 
that is dominated by bunnies, colored eggs and fancy bonnets. 
These material objects have become the main focus of most 
people's celebration. Rabbits, chicks too, are fuzzy and cuddily 
and lovable. They make children and adults feel good but they 
also distract people's attention from the death, burial and 
resurrection of our Saviour. 

Satan is cunning enough to know his work will more willingly 
be done if he attracts people not by directly denying the 
resurrection but by keeping them busy with other less important 
matters. With taking care of bunnies and chicks and coloring eggs 
and buying and fitting fancy clothes there is little time or 
inclination to think upon the true purpose of this season. 

This conduct we would expect of the world at large for they are 
open to the bidding of the devil but we find similar conduct by 
Christians. Christians should understand and appreciate the 
significance of the Easter season and be careful in how it is 
celebrated. The resurrection has an importance far greater than 
the general renewal of the earth during Spring. Since these rites of 
Spring have been borrowed from heathenism and nature worship, 
Christians especially should take care in their activities at this 
time. While we can not escape from this world, we must tread a 
different path as we journey through this world. Christians can not 

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use these legendary activities, but must keep their minds and 
hearts on the truth. 

Because people do not like to be reminded of their sins they 
would rather have legends to practice at Eastertime than to hear 
the truth. Without the crucifixion of Christ there could not have 
been a resurrection. The crucifixion speaks of the sin of all 
mankind. All are guilty of the unjustified death of Jesus as well as 
being guilty of their own individual sins. Whether Jew or Gentile 
all had a part in His death. The Jews condemned Him and 
delivered Him to Pilate. The Romans carried out the sentence. 
Men being descendants of either the Jews or the Gentiles, 
although not personally involved, are guilty of that foul deed. But 
this is not the only guilt we possess. Because His death was not 
only for that age but was for all ages, including our own it was, in 
truth, our individual sins that held Him there. He did not die for any 
sins that He had committed, for He had none. He died only for 
the sins of mankind, collectively and individually. 

We do not need a cross with or without a likeness of Jesus 
upon it in order to worship or remember His work. The cross is 
important as the means of His death for our sins, but once He 
died there, the emphasis changed first to the tomb and finally to 
the empty tomb. The tomb became the place of victory. Without 
His resurrection, His death and burial would have been in vain. It 
would not have accomplished its purpose without the seal of 
approval God placed upon it as the perfect sacrifice that satisfied 
Him. By His Spirit, Jesus did come forth from the grave as a victor 
over death, Hell and the grave. 

We may not understand all the mechanics involved in the 
resurrection but we would far rather believe the God who was 
willing to bring it to pass for our benefit, than to believe some 
fanciful legend about bunnies, chicks, or bright clothes. What 
these fanciful things can not do for us, the resurrection can. These 
earthly things can only give us a moment of passing pleasure but 
the resurrection can be the means of eternal bliss for those who 
will believe. 

The truth or legends — we have a choice — which we will 
believe? Either we will believe the many legends that only hinder 
our worship of our Saviour or we will believe the Truth. Jesus, the 
night before His Crucifixion, said that He was the Way, the Truth 
and the Life. If we follow the truth it must be to the cross, through 
the tomb and glory in the resurrection. He is the only way to the 
Heavenly Father. 

Which do you believe? Which way are you going? 



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WHAT EASTER MEANS 

Amid all the question marks, Easter is a glorious exclamation 
mark! It declares that there is a living Saviour, and there is life 
after death. 

The Lord Jesus partook of our flesh and blood, "... that through 
death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, 
the devil: and deliver them who through fear of death were all 
their lifetime subject to bondage." Heb. 2:14-15. 

We have a High Priest who was tested in all points as we are. 
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the 
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we 
are, yet without sin." Heb. 4:15. 

When He was born, the glory of the Lord turned night into day. 
When He died on the cross, the sin of man turned day into night, 
but a glorious morning followed. He appeared to Mary Magdalene 
and she said "Master!" He appeared to the disciples on the 
Emmaus road and they had burning hearts. He appeared to 
doubting Thomas and he said, "My Lord and my God." He 
appeared to Peter and he said, "Thou knowest that I love thee." He 
appeared to Saul of Tarsus and he said, "What wilt thou have me 
to do." He appeared to John and John fell at His feet as dead. 
This living Saviour is the only way to God. John 14:6 tells us that 
"No man cometh unto the Father, but by me." 

Because of Him there is salvation for all who will trust Him. He 
saves to the uttermost all who come to God by Him for He ever 
liveth. 

He stands on the other side of the grave, for as the poet penned 
these words: 

"Death cannot keep his prey 
He tore the bars away." 
Up from the grave He arose, 
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes 
He arose a victor from the dark domain, 
And He lives forever with His saints to reign. 
He arose! He arose! 
Hallelujah, Christ arose! 

In the Bible the Lord declares, "I am he that liveth, and was 
dead: and behold I am alive for ever more Amen: and have the 
keys of hell and of death." Rev. 1:18. 

Our Saviour Jesus Christ, "... has abolished death, and hath 
brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." II Tim. 
1:10. All men are immortal, which means that the soul is death- 
less: we go on living after the body returns to the ground. But it 



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is a terrible thought to go on living apart from Him who is life and 
light and love. 

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth 
in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth 
and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?" 
John 11:25-26. This means that those who are Christ's, though 
they experience the first death (separation of the soul from the 
body) shall never experience the second death (separation of the 
soul from God). 

It is our risen Saviour and living Lord who hath made it possible 
that we can have eternal life. He bled and died on the cross that 
we might live. In other words, He paved the way. 

Easter morning should find us Christians thinking of reunion 
with loved ones who have gone before, and the everlasting joys of 
the Home Jesus has gone to prepare. 

Christ's resurrection changed Mary from a mourner into a 
messenger. It changed Thomas from a doubter into a believer. It 
changed Peter from a coward into a preacher. It changed Paul 
from a persecutor info a missionary. 

The early Christians went forth preaching "Jesus and the 
resurrection." Acts 17:18. Some mocked, but some believed. For 
those who believed, Easter became an experience; a cleansing, 
life-changing transforming experience. Thank God for that day: 
the first day of the week, and the declaration: "He is not here; for he 
is risen." Matt. 28:6. 

Easter does not mean jelly beans, colored eggs and Easter 
bunnies. Easter means life, because He lives. We too can live. 

Sister Myrtle Broadwater 
RD 10, York, Pennsylvania 17404 

YOUR GETHSEMANE 

"Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane 
and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray 
yonder.... And he went a little farther, and fell on his face and 
prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup'pass 
from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt" Matt 
26:36, 39. 

When Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane this time, it was 
not to rest and relax. It was time to get ready for the Crucifixion 
as the hour was at hand. Jesus knew this was His last time in the 
Garden, and He wanted to be alone with His Father. Jesus prayed 
three times, and those prayers surely took longer than it takes to 
read the account, for His soul was "exceeding sorrowful unto 



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death." (Mark 14:34) His agony was so great that His sweat was 
as it were great drops of blood and I'm sure He prayed for strength 
to do the Father's Will. 

Jesus had come to this earth to give His all, including His life, so 
we could be saved. The time had now come for Jesus to fulfill this 
commitment. It was a time of agony, a time of soul-searching 
which is beyond our comprehension. But, His words, 'Thy will be 
done" are words we can understand. These words indicate 
submission and acceptance of the Father's Will, no matter what the 
cost. They are words which we also must say from the heart 
sometime, somewhere. 

Making a commitment to Christ is one thing; keeping it is 
another. A promise to give your all to Him — heart and soul — is 
easy to make and live by until a supreme test comes. When a 
situation arises where you must set aside your own will so you can 
give your all to Christ at a high cost to yourself, you're facing your 
Gethsemane. Jesus prayed for His cup to pass from Him, if 
possible, but yielded His will to God. He had to drink a very bitter 
cup. Can you surrender your will as He did, and drink your cup? 

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that 
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God, which is your reasonable service." Rom. 12:1. Jesus 
presented His body as a literal sacrifice. It was acceptable to God, 
and of benefit to us so we could be saved. But was it reason- 
able to expect Jesus to give so much? From our point of view, 
we'd say, "no" and we wish salvation could have been provided 
some other way. Jesus wasn't suffering for His sin because He 
didn't have any. When then the suffering for us? We can only say 
there was no other way. 

In gratitude to Jesus for all He has done for us, it is then only 
reasonable for us, the sinners, to give ourselves totally to the 
sinless, the Lamb of God, just as Romans 12:1 says. We have no 
right to hold anything back, to say some task is unreasonable, or 
that God is asking too much of us. Jesus submitted Himself 
entirely to God's Will which included sacrificing His life for us. 
When we think we can't do what God asks, when we've reached 
our personal Gethsemane, we need to submit also. 

We all have trouble sometimes in submitting to God, even 
though we know we should. If we learn to submit to Him in the 
little matters in life, it will be easier to be submissive when a 
supreme test comes. When it's time to say "Thy will be done", we 
can't do so in our own strength, but if we desire to please God, He 
will strengthen us so we can do whatever He asks. 

"My son, give me thine heart." Prov. 23:26. God is saying in 
effect, ''Give Me your whole self. Trust Me with all that you are now 



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and all that you will be. Leave your life and your future in My 
hands and I will take care of you." Gethsemane for Jesus was a 
place of communion with God, of submission to Him, and a 
decision to be obedient whatever the cost. He left Gethsemane to 
face Calvary without wavering. God was with Him, He 
strengthened Him, and God will strengthen you also, if you will say 
"Thy will be done." 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN 
Part 4 

If God designs your life for singleness, don't forget that His 
ways and will for your life is perfect. It isn't because of your 
personal inadequacy. God meets us where we are. When you are 
single there is the possibility of having a greater avenue of 
devotion and service to God than in marriage. The Apostle Paul 
emphasizes this. You can show that GOD REALLY IS ENOUGH 
for the human heart. 

If you are faced with singleness, whether temporary or 
permanent, you will be restricted in the physical relationship. You 
need to realize that sexuality is not something apart from yourself. 
It is what we are... our very essence. It is expressed in everything 
we do. God does not deny any of us the enjoyment or develop- 
ment of that part of life. Christian singles are only denied the 
physical expression of it. Being a man or a woman to the fullest 
expression and understanding or role is most important. 

A common complaint of the single is that life is passing him by. 
If you would spend more time seeking out identity and God's 
direction and less time in regret and self depreciation and 
searching for a mate, you could have a happier life. 

If you remain single against your own desire, and if people keep 
asking you why you are single, you still don't need to struggle 
with low self esteem. You have tremendous worth to God and you 
can accept the value He has placed on your life. Your energies 
should not be focused on envy and regret, rather on worship and 
praise. Accept your singleness from God's hand and rejoice. If 
you become depressed... PRAISE! Praise does not depend on 
how you feel... but on WHAT AND WHO GOD IS. When you learn 
to rest on this truth and throw yourself utterly upon Him, you are 
well on the way to overcoming problems of unhappiness. 

STORE IN YOUR HEART AND MIND THE GOOD THINGS OF 
THE BEAUTIFUL DAYS THAT WILL NOURISH YOUR SOUL IN 
THE TIMES OF DARKNESS. 



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Now comes the profound question! How can you be fulfilled if 
you don't marry? 

Too many times we think of fulfillment in selfish terms. True 
fulfillment consists in something outside ourselves. For the 
Christian, it lies in fulfilling God's plan for this life and sharing in 
His eternal purposes. While physical fulfillment is important, it is 
not the deepest source of satisfaction. Was Jesus an unfulfilled 
person? No! Yet, He was single. Work, friends, sharing of life... all 
are important. 

As a single, Christian service, carried out in the love of Christ 
and in obedience to His commands cannot fail to bring fulfillment. 
Mission work is very accessable to you. To serve for Jesus' sake... 
to touch lives for Him, to build up others in the faith, to minister 
through work or song or deed... these are among life's richest 
fulfillments. 

Whether single or not, remember, God is true. He cannot deny 
Himself. He does not ask you to endure more than flesh and blood 
can bear nor more than He has borne. 

Chastity even though it is absolutely necessary, does not mean 
the denial of your power of love. In fact, it is impossible to live 
without love. Inordinate affection and evil concupiscience must be 
put out of your life. 

You can have a great impact on other families. You need not 
feel unfulfilled without one or that marriage would solve all your 
problems. The grass is always greener on the other side of the 
fence. Look over at the other pasture, but follow God and His 
leading for comfort in your life. Within marriage or singleness 
there are different freedoms, different sets of restrictions, different 
rewards... some better and some worse. But, what does it matter? 
The Christian life is not a matter of personal advantage, but of 
God's gift. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



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Alot of good could be accomplished in the world, if nobody 
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BE WATCHFUL WHERE YOU STEP 

When a child is seen running aimlessly and carelessly, we call 
out to him, "Be careful — watch your step." When we bring an 
elderly friend or anybody into our home, we tell them to watch 
their step as they descend the stairs. We should be just like that 
in our daily Christian lives. 

Upon accepting Christ as our Saviour we are as little babes — we 
must learn to walk again, but on a different path. We must 
constantly be watching where we walk lest we fall. It takes a while 
for a "new" person on this "strange" path to get used to it. We must 
watch for all the "pot-holes", "bumps", "stones", "sticks" and so 
forth that Satan has placed in front of us; hoping that they will 
either discourage us or make us fall back into his hands, back to 
his "smooth" path of wickedness. By faith God will help us 
through all the barriers, trials and temptations of a new Christian. 
Romans 10:17 tells us that "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing 
by the word of God." We are often told to "Have faith in God", 
Mark 11:22 and to "Increase our faith", Luke 17:5. By doing this, 
also believing and doing God's commandments that He has taught 
us, we will grow in faith and belief. 

As we grow with Christ, He will help us with our walking and 
daily tasks of the day. God is always with His children. "Then shalt 
thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble." Prov. 
3:23. I read in a devotional book about a girl who had been 
promised the privilege of climbing to a nearby hilltop where her 
brother enjoyed playing. But when she came within sight of the 
steep, rough path, she drew back in dismay. "Why there isn't a 
smooth spot anywhere. It's all bumpy and stony!" she exclaimed. 
"Yes," said her more experienced older brother, "but how else 
would we ever climb to the top if it wasn't? The stones and bumps 
are what we step on to get there." So too God in faithfulness 
allows affliction, and He even puts in our path what some might 
consider to be stumbling blocks. For the believer, however, 
obstacles can become steppingstones to the higher ground of 
Christian victory and blessings. Now that we have continued with 
Christ's path, and we have watched where we stepped, we must 
realize that each obstacle we come upon is only an increase in our 
stand for Jesus if we overcome it. Each hindrance we come upon 
and pass with a victory makes the next ones a lot easier to 
accomplish and overcome. 

But we still must be careful. "And the most proud shall stumble 
and fall, and none shall raise him up." Jer. 52:32. If we walk this 
path with too much ease and pride we will not see that Satan is still 
working on the path. Just the time we took away from the path, 
Satan will place a slippery stone on the path that will make us fall 



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back into his hands, on his own wicked path, back where we 
started as little babes. 

We still must be careful in another way. The way we walk down 
that path and the impression we leave for the next person must be 
a Christ-like impression. "It is good neither to eat flesh nor to 
drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth or is 
offended or is made weak." Rom. 14:21. We must set an example 
to all the people watching us go through the obstacles, trials and 
temptations. If we succeed and are victorious in Jesus, it will 
encourage our fellow Brother or Sister to stand up against those 
obstacles. Even sinners are watching us just to see how much we 
can take. They are very critical about everything. Even a minor 
flaw in our walk may offend a person and cause them to walk away 
from Christ. 

A Christian life is not easy. We must constantly be watching 
where we walk and also how we walk so as not to offend anybody. 
We must pray for everyone especially the young people and 
children of God. They need all His guidance to walk on this new 
pathway. Help them, reach out a hand and help them stand when 
on rocky soil and help them over obstacles. When they start to fall 
reach out a hand and say, "Be careful, watch where you step! Here 
let me help you over this obstacle." 

Sister Mabel L. Sweitzer 

Box 931 Elizabethtown College 

Elizabethtown, PA 17022 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April, 1923 

ABOVE THE LAW 

Grant Mahan 

We are living in a time when lawbreaking is very common, and 
the prospects for an improvement do not seem to be good. The 
prohibition amendment to the Constitution of the United States, 
and the law for its enforcement, has been violated times without 
number. Men who consider themselves respectable citizens have 
no scruples when it comes to breaking this law. Even young men 
and boys are engaged in making intoxicating drinks contrary to 
the law. And the discouraging feature about the situation is that 
in many instances the men appointed to enforce the law wink at its 
violation. 

But the spirit of lawbreaking is not confined to human laws. We 
have laws made by the Creator of the Universe, laws that are in 
every respect for the good of those who come under them. And yet 



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a larger per cent of the people are breaking His laws than are 
breaking human laws, fallible laws. We believe that the Volstead 
law is for the good of all the people, and we shall be truly glad 
when the day comes that it is obeyed by every person who owes 
allegiance to the government of the United States. We are greater 
believers in the laws of God, and shall have much more reason to 
rejoice when all those who profess allegiance to Him obey His 
commandments. It is bad enough when unbelievers fail to obey 
Him; but how much worse it is when His professed followers 
refuse to hear and do what He has said. 

And as it is in the affairs of men, so it is with those of God. Men 
chosen to enforce the law sometimes aid lawbreakers in their 
evildoing. And in the church we have men who were selected to 
teach and exemplify the law of God, and yet fail to do either as they 
should. What can be expected of the church, how can her 
members continue faithful if the leaders depart from the way? 
How can the sheep escape the wolves if the shepherd leads them 
where the wolves are and encourages them to mingle with the 
wolves? There can be but one result to any such course of action, 
and that is the destruction of the flock. The need is for more 
faithful men in positions of influence, and especially in the 
ministry. These are the watchmen who are set to see and give 
warning when any enemy comes; and just here is where so many 
have failed. They not only did not warn against the enemy as they 
were in duty bound to do, but they even joined the enemy and 
strove against the truth as we have always held it. 

However, not all the blame is to be put upon these men who 
failed to be true to their promises; each one who takes upon 
himself the name of the Master should be familiar enough with the 
Book to know when teaching is in harmony with it, and should 
refuse to follow anything but what he is confident is in harmony 
with the teaching of our Lord. And when the watchman fails to do 
his duty and give warning, that duty devolves upon the one who 
does see the danger. Paul used very strong words for those who 
teach anything not in accordance with the Gospel which he had 
received and preached; and what was true in his day is as true and 
as necessary in these days. No matter who the watchman is, if he 
fails in his task he must be reported and condemned, for he has 
endangered the safety of the whole number for whom he was 
placed as a watchman. There must be no shirking; each one must 
take up his burden and bear it to the end of the course. We shall 
have to give an account, not only for what we know, but also for 
what we might have known if we had been diligent in learning what 
the will of the Lord is concerning us. Ignorance, when we have 
had an opportunity to learn, will not be a valid excuse when the 
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There are people who think themselves above the law, not 
obliged to obey it unless they see fit to do so. And this is true of all 
law. We know men who persistently violate the laws of our 
country, and if they are talked with about it, their answer is that 
such a law has no business on the statute book. Not a day passes 
but we see men who take the same stand with reference to the 
divine law; or they will say that the law is out of date, not up to the 
times, good enough for the time when it was given but not 
intended for these later days when men know more about what is 
necessary and for man's good than the Lord knew when He gave 
the law. It is most presumptuous for any man to get such an idea 
into his head, and it is dangerous for him and for all who are in any 
way influenced by him. Such a man thinks of himself more highly 
than he ought to think; and, when it is too late, he will awaken to 
his folly as did the one who asked that warning might be sent to his 
brethren not to follow in his steps. Let him be a warning to all who 
seek to enter in through the gates into the city. 

There is no respect of persons with God, and he who claims to 
be above the law has a wrong idea of his place and importance in 
this world. There is no getting away from the fact that the souls 
who sin are doomed, unless repentance and obedience follow 
while there is time to make the necessary change in one's manner 
of life. And the loyal man is not the one to find fault with the laws 
which were given by him who has the right to make laws without 
consulting those for whom the laws are made. Only the maker of 
the law has the right and the power to change the law; and even the 
maker of a law, so long as it has not been changed in a legal way, 
will obey the law. He does not lay claim to being above the law, 
and refuse to obey it for any of the reasons that men give for dis- 
obeying. And this is the only right attitude to hold toward all law, 
both human and divine; for any other attitude means anarchy! 

There could be no society, no government in a country where 
there were no laws; and if there could be such a country as one 
not governed by law, none of us would want to go to it to make a 
home. That is illustrated by Russia today. Some of those who 
argue for such a condition do not care to live in that country, for 
they know that there is no security where there is no law. And the 
condition in a country where the laws are not obeyed approaches 
that of the lawless country. The greater the disregard of the laws, 
the less security there can be for life and the things that go to make 
life desirable. 

What holds true, in this respect in civil society, holds true also 
in religious society. If churches are to hold together and do the 
work left them to do, they must have law, and that law can be no 
other than the one which God ordained and proclaimed through 
His Son. To the extent that they fail to render obedience to that 



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law to that extent they fail in their mission in and for the world. 
When we hear a man saying that this is not necessary, or some- 
thing else is not for the present age, we need to mark that man, for 
he is one who will cause trouble here and hereafter; and there will 
be great loss of peace and happiness because of him. No man is 
above God's law; no man can be above it now or ever. By it we 
shall be judged, and our eternal happiness will depend on our 
obedience to the one great law given for our good by our Lord. 

GOD'S MASTERPIECE 

Our God has many, many names -- 

Creator, King of Kings, 
The Great Physician, Saviour, 

Ruler of all Things. 
But here is one not mentioned 

As often as the rest: 
Of all the world's great artists, 

My Jesus is the best. 
He planned the world's first garden. 

Designed each perfect rose. 
He put the artist's touch 

On everything that grows. 
We think a man is wonderful 

If he can paint a scene 
With snow upon the mountains 

Or use shades of blue and green 
For the ocean's mighty waves 

Or some bright and sunlit glade, 
But all he does is copy 

What God already made. 
In every tiny snowflake 

That falls down from above. 
In every leaf and petal 

The Artist shows His love. 
His every work is perfect; 

Each one would win a prize. 
But His greatest masterpiece 

He spread across the skies; 
Yellow, red and orange, 

Purple, green, and blue -- 
The rainbow does the best job 

Of saying, "I Love You." 

— Ruth Anne Wasson — 
Selected by: Sis. Ruthanna Sauerwein 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE SADDUCEES AND THE RESURRECTION 

Matt. 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40 

Do you ever think what it would be like to be in Heaven? Most 
of us think about Heaven sometimes and many think about Heaven 
many times, Among the Jews were different classes of people and 
different beliefs — just like people today. The educated classes of 
the Jews were called Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes. The 
Pharisees believed in the resurrection but the Sadducees didn't. 

One day some of the Sadducees came to Jesus and said, 
"Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother 
shall marry his wife and raise up children for his brother. Now 
there were with us seven brethren: and the first when he had 
married a wife, died and having no children left his wife unto his 
brother: Likewise the second also, and the third unto the seventh. 
Last of all the woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection 
whose wife shall she be of the seven?" 

I suppose those Sudducees thought that they had proof that 
there couldn't be a resurrection because if all these people were 
alive in Heaven, this one woman would have seven husbands. 
Many men in the past had more than one wife but it was unthink- 
able for a woman to have more than one husband! 

This did not worry Jesus a bit because He knew what Heaven 
was like. He knew exactly how to answer their question. 

Jesus told them, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the 
power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are 
given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as 
touching the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that 
which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of 
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not 
the God of the dead but of the living!" 

And certain of the scribes answering said, "Master, thou hast 
well said." 

Sometimes people get ideas in their heads that seem reason- 
able to them but the only way to know the truth is to study God's 
Word. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man 
cometh unto the Father but by me." 

Jesus said that the Sadducees erred because they didn't know 
the scriptures — nor the power of God. They needed to get rid 
of their own ideas and study God's Word. 

That is what we need too. The Word of God will reveal unto us 
the truth about Heaven and heavenly things — not everything — 



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but enough so that we can live by faith and trust in Jesus, our 
Master. There are going to be some surprises in Heaven. "Eye 
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of 
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. 
But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit." 

Brother Rudy Cover 



NEWS ITEMS 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Plevna Congregation will have a spring 
Lovefeast, Saturday, April 23, beginning at 2:00 p.m. There will 
be services each evening at 7:30 p.m., April 20 through the 24. 

Brother Berton Smith of Topeka, Indiana will be the speaker. 

We invite any who can to come and join us in these services. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Congregation plans, the Lord willing, to hold 
their Spring Lovefeast April 30, 1983. There will be services 
beginning Saturday P.M. with the Lovefeast in the evening. There 
will be services on Sunday. 

Come if you can. Come worship with us and enjoy the services. 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 



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Gossip is much like an insect, yet without body or legs. Only 
a bunch of tales and each one stings. 



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Better approach the sinner with tears in your eyes than with 
arguments on your lips. 



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DIRECTORY OF ROARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H, 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Coloradr 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, CA 95326 

(209) 883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

(913) 754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

(515) 677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, PA 17340 

(717) 359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5, Box 97 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

(317) 395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1 Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 43 

Covington, OH 45318 



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VOL. LXI 



APRIL 15, 1983 



NO. 8 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HUMILITY 

Lord, forever at thy side 
Let my place and portion be; 
Strip me of the robe of pride; 
Clothe me with humility. 

Meekly may my soul receive 
All thy Spirit hath revealed; 
Thou hast spoken; I believe, 
Though the oracle be sealed. 

Humble as a little child, 
Weaned from the mother's breast, 
By no subtle ties beguiled, 
On thy faithful Word I rest. 

Israel, now and ever more 
In the Lord Jehovah trust; 
Him in all his ways adore, 
Wise, and powerful, and just. 



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THE MIND OF MAN 

In the creation, God gave man a wonderful mind, giving him the 
power to think, remember and plan. This separates him from the 
animals. Animals live by instinct but men reason out their actions. 
Men's minds are capable of many wonderful feats, so men have 
been able to do many things beyond the ordinary pursuits of life. 
With reasoning, inventive minds men have developed artistic, 
musical and dramatic skills. 

While God has made these skills possible, men have often used 
them in ways displeasing to God. Many who have been blessed with 
these abilities have used them to satisfy their material and physical 
desires. Today, we have so-called art and musicfhat is dishonoring 
to God and unedifying to mankind. This music is often used to 
arouse passions and emotions that should remain dormant. It issad 
to see and hear so much God-given talent wasted upon the works of 
the devil. Men are prone to claiming the credit for these talents 
thereby denying the honor and glory due to God. 

We would expect this type of misuse of God-given resources by 
the world. But we all too often see this among professing 
Christians. Too often that which is physically pleasing will be used 
by well-intentioned men to further God's work when they should be 
more careful in following God's Word. 

There are programs of all kinds consisting of music, art work, 
dramatics and other talents that though God-given are misused as 
means to present the Gospel. These programs are appealing to 
men's physical senses. By appealing through these means, it is 
thought the Gospel can be shared with those who would otherwise 
not be interested. But there are dangers that accompany such a 
means of presenting the Gospel. 



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There has always been an effort to unite the sensual and the 
religious. We can marvel at some of the beautiful cathedrals with 
their impressive architecture and their beautiful stained glass wind- 
ows. Yet the richness of these buildings have often hindered the 
Gospel's acceptance by individuals. Either individuals react to such 
a rich surrounding with pride or with abhorrance. There is a pride in 
what men have produced or else it causes jealousy between the 
poor and the well-to-do. There is disunity, like in the Corinthian 
Church. Even with all the symbolism present in their building, 
Christianity is lost through pride and jealousy. 

Men have developed talents using instruments to produce music. 
The sounds they make are beautiful and appeal to the heart and ear 
of man. However enjoyable and uplifting this music may be, it 
opposes the New Testament admonition to produce our music from 
within the human body, which was created by God, not by 
mechanical devices invented by men. 

The music of the Church was designed to be a united effort of the 
congregation. The praise and worship of the Church should be a 
united effort, employing the individual voices of all assembled. The 
congregation should participate, not be an audience for the 
individual, group, choir or instrumental group that would entertain. 
Performed music may be more nearly perfect than when all have a 
part, but often the Spirit of God is absent. 

With these various programs, there is an element of human pride. 
When men have entertained well they expect to be praised and often 
paid. This can cause jealousies and disturbances within the 
Church. How often is there hard feelings in churches caused by 
those who want to play the piano or be the soloist? Instead of 
promoting the Gospel as originally intended, these things tend to 
promote pride and division, not the love and unity prayed for by 
Christ. y 

After all these man-made and man-pleasing ways have been tried, 
it is necessary to get back to God's ordained way of presenting the 
Gospel - preaching. Preaching, in general, is not so entertaining, or 
so appealing to the senses as these various programs that men 
design to take its place. Preaching may not draw the crowd or elicit 
much praise for the preacher, but it is the means God has chosen. 
We need to be careful, lest we be found fighting against God, even 
though we are very zealous in serving Him. 

The mind of man is a wonderful, inventive, artistic tool given man 
by God, but is is needful to use it in ways pleasing to God, if we are to 
serve Him faithfully. Our minds should not be distracted from the 
Spiritual to the carnal. Let us take care that the ways of the world do 
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THE ASCENSION OF CHRIST 

Acts 1:10-11, "And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as 
he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel: Which 
also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? 
this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so 
come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." 

A recently forwarded pamphlet that, among other things, taught 
the false doctrine of "soul sleep" caused us to re-study the 
ascension of Christ. This study was a great blessing to us and we 
wish to share some of our findings. 

The verse that brought about our study is found in Acts 2:34 "For 
David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The 
Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand." The claim was 
made that since David is not ascended into heaven, he is still in the 
grave. This, of course, is true and is exactly the point Peter was 
making. However, Peter was referringto the BODYof David, nothis 
soul! Peter was preaching to a group of individuals who knew only 
one true religion, that of the Jews. Peter was instructing them that 
David, who the Jews held in high esteem, had prophesied not of 
himself, but of the Lord Jesus Christ. While David's BODY was still 
in the grave the Lord Jesus Christ has risen! 

Before moving on to our main thought we would like to state that 
the Bible tells us of the present state of David. In Hebrews chapter 
1 1 a long list of Old Testament Saints who died in the faith is given. 
David is mentioned in verse 32. In Chapter 12, verse 1 (which is 
actually a continuation of thought, the chapters and verses are 
helpful but not inspired) we read, "Wherefore seeing we also ARE 
COMPASSED ABOUT (not were or shall be) with so great a cloud of 
witnesses . . . ." 

While we would not be dogmatic about our stand, our recent 
study on this subject has led us, personally, to believe that the words 
"ascension" or "ascended" can only refer to Jesus Christ. While 
these words primarily refer to the "taking up" of Jesus Christ, we 
believe they also include two other aspects. First of all we believe 
this was an ascension of exaltation. We glean this thought from 
Acts 2:33, "Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, . . ." 
We believe this refers to the fact that He is now King of kings and 
Lord of lords. While we realize the subject is very controversial, we 
speak with love for those who disagree, we totally reject the 
"postponed kingdom" theory. This includes the teaching that 
Christ will return to rule over a Jewish kingdom in a kingdom age. 
We feel that the scriptures teach that Christ HAS set up His 
kingdom, the Church. While WE are awaitingthetimeof perfection, 
Jesus Christ, the King, is already perfect and in absolute control! 
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Father, the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which 
ye now see and hear." What was the primary reason for the sending 
of the Holy Ghost? According to Acts 1:11 it was so that we "shall 
receive power" and that we "shall be witnesses." In Acts 4:31 we 
read, "... and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they 
spake the word of God with boldness." We can boldly proclaim that 
Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven. We can boldly proclaim 
that it is through His shed blood that we have our salvation. We can 
boldly proclaim that His resurrection gives us the assurance of 
victory over the grave. And we believe we can boldly proclaim that 
there is no salvation outside of the Church which Jesus Christ has 
given the keys of the kingdom. We can find no scripture that allows 
us to give anyone hope after the Church has gone to be the bride. As 
the "men", who we believe were angels, proclaimed in our opening 
verse, He ascended to exaltation, the reigning King, and He will 
return to exaltation, as King of the elect, the Church, who will reign 
with Him forever. 

The second aspect of the ascension we see is that Jesus Christ 
has ascended to become our High Priest. The scriptures that 
confirm this (which we will not take the time or space to quote) are 
found in Romans 8:34, Hebrews 4:14and Hebrews 7:25and 26. This 
is the fulfillment of the Old Testament priesthood. Jesus Christ, not 
a man, now stands in our place before God. We are instructed in 
scripture to pray in His name. The High Priest offered the sacrifice 
in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ, our High Priest, has offered the 
ultimate sacrifice, His own blood. The sacrifice had to be perfect 
and it was so with our sacrifice for sin. Since He was perfect, unlike 
the Old Testament sacrifices, His sacrifice had only to be offered 
one time. Also, unlike the Old Testament priests, He needed no 
sacrifice for Himself. He offered Himself, without guilt or stain, for 
we who are guilty of sin. PRAISE HIS NAME! 

We would close with this thought. "Today" Jesus Christ is our 
High Priest. "Tomorrow"Hewill beour judge. "Today" he wishes to 
be King of our lives. "Tomorrow" will be too late. We thank God for 
the promises which are ours because of His ascension. We look 
forward with mixed joy and sorrow to the time He will return. 
Everyone will spend eternity somewhere. The choice is yours, 
where will it be spent? 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA. 17078 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE MOST IMPORTANT 

Matt. 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34 

There are many things in life that are important. Did you ever 
think of what was most important? We go to school and learn to 
read and write and understand many things. At home we learn to do 
what our parents teach us. If we are Christians, we go to church to 
learn about God and what He wants us to do. There are so many 
things that we think are important that really don't amount to much 
in God'ssight. Sometimes it's how we look — the kindof clothes we 
wear _ how we comb our hair or the house we live in or maybe the 
kind of car our folks drive. We often are concerned about what 
others think of us and do everything we can to please those about us 
or at least make a good impression. 

One time a man came to Jesus and asked Him, "Which is the first 
commandment of all?" Jesus answered him, "Thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 
mind, and with all thy strength. This is the first and great 
commandment and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thy self.' There is none other commandment greater 
than these." 

When we think about the things that may seem important in our 
lives and compare them to what Jesus said was most important, it 
makes us feel like we didn't know anything at all. We know that we 
should love God because He has done so much for us. First of all 
God made the earth and all that is on it and around it — the air we 
breath — the water we drink and the food we eat. Jesus said, 
"Without me, you can do nothing." God made us a place to live and 
a beautiful place it was. Even after Adam and Eve sinned in the 
garden and were driven out, God didn'ttakeaway all the beauty. We 
see the blue sky, the stars, flowers, birds, animals and fish — all so 
numerous and so many kinds and colors and we can't begin to 
count them all. Why shouldn't we love God with all our heart, soul, 
mind and strength? 

And then there is more: Man had sinned and disobeyed God. We 
were in a helpless position until God provided a remedy for sin and 
what do you thing that remedy is? "God so loved the world that He 
gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should 
not perish but have everlasting life." That Son is Jesus! Jesus died 
on an old rugged cross so that you and I and anyone in the whole 
wide world that would choose to believe on Jesus and follow Him 
could have everlasting life. Would you like to live forever and never, 
never die? We know that death has come upon all mankind, but that 
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live forever with Jesus. 

The most important thing in life is to love God with all your heart, 
soul, mind and strength and then to love your neighbor as yourself. 
God loved us and He wants us to love Him and those around us. If 
everybody would do that — it would be like Heaven on earth. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN 
Part 5 

Let us consider in this issue the single Christian woman for a 
moment. If more Christian women spent less time worrying about 
their rights and more time contemplating the nature of God and 
drawing on His sufficiency for their needs, they would be much 
happier. There would be fewer negative, unfulfilled, self pitying 
persons . . . whether single or married . . . and more self giving, 
productive, positive Christians living in our churches. 

With over fifteen percent of men and women staying single today, 
we all need to understand our responsibilities to them, as well as 
they to the married. God-ordained singles are going to have to take 
a good look in the mirror and stop complaining. They must stop 
feeling sorry for themselves. They are often their own worst 
enemies. If God is calling you to a single life, don't be bitter. 
Surrender to His will. 

Christ, as our perfect example, fulfilled His mission on earth with 
a balanced life. You can emulate the following activities that He 
practiced: (1) He spent time with the multitudes (2) He spent time 
with His friends (3) He spent time with His disciples (4) He spent 
time with His intimates among thedisciples (5) Hespenttime alone 
(6) He spent time with the Father (7) He fasted and feasted (8) He 
taught and worked miracles (9) He traveled, rested, served and was 
served (10) He shared, listened, and was a leader, a friend, and a 
PERSON. 

God manufactured each of us . . .a very complicated model! It 
soon became apparent that without instructions, no one could 
successfully operate or live. So God gave some instructions, laws 
and rules. He didn't sit up in Heaven and decide to make it difficult 
by giving a lot of no-no's. Each rule has a reason. Rules without 
reasons never work! When rules are broken, human beings are not 
functioning at theiroptimum potential. They are damaged to some 
degree. 

I would appeal to you to live in the Spirit and have the advantage 
of God's full perspective for your life. The consecrated life is the 
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When a deep sea diver goes down into the water, his greatest 
danger is not from sharks but it is the danger of his air hose 
becoming entangled so that his air supply is cut off and he will die at 
the bottom of the sea. Young Christian, your greatest dangers are 
not found in the great sins of the world, but in the matter of 
becoming entangled with worldly things and worldly ideas and 
worldly values that will drag you down and kill your spiritual life. 
You will probably not go out and commit a theft orthe like but you 
might well unknowingly allow the humanistic society around you to 
dictate your ideals, values and morals. Stay separated. Be content 
in the Lord. 

Accept God's teaching as to the service to be performed by males 
and those to be performed by females. There is no such term as 
"unisex" in Christ's kingdom. Our roles are clearly outlined. 

Conmtinue to look up . . . your redemption draweth nigh. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 

INCIDENTS OF CHRISTIAN SUFFERING 

The Apostle Paul was persecuted at many times and places for 
preaching Christ. He enumerated many instances in II Cor. 2. In 
Gal. 6:17 he writes that he bore in his body the marks of the Lord 
Jesus. 

I heard this touching story which if not specifically true is 
probably true to life in a number of cases. I think it was while 
watching a picture of Jesus carrying His cross, a boy moved by 
sympathy remarked, "If I'd have been there I'd have carried it for 
Him." When told the Roman soldiers might have objected or 
punished him for that the determined boy replied, "I'd have done it 
anyway." 

Some time later, probably at the close of a church service, the 
pastor gave the boy a friendly pat the back, at which the boy said, 
"Ouch." 

The pastor asked, "What's the matter?" 

The boy replied, 'That hurts." 

The pastor, now curious, took the boy aside and removed his 
shirt, revealing wounds on the boy's back. Angered to think of 
someone abusing the boy thus the pastor asked, "Who did that?" 

The boy replied, "My mother, for coming to church." This boy 
bore in his body marks for coming to the Lord's House. 

Jesus said, "A man's foes shall be they of his own household " 
Matt. 10:36. 

We have long known of Christian suffering in Communist 
countries, but I recently heard a man relate some details of physical 
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well known to me. We think we need Christian schools and I agree. 
But they need them so much more, but of course, cannot have them. 
So they must attend the atheistic government schools. 

Realizing how two or more Christians together can strengthen 
and encourage each other, the authorities isolate such students so 
there is only one in a room alone with all atheist students and 
teacher. If by the end of the school year the teacher does not have 
her class completely atheist, she is considered a failure. Field trips 
are available but if even one in the class is not atheist, the class is 
denied the privilege. So the Christian student is made to feel it is all 
because of him the whole class was denied the trip. 

It was learned a certain boy with wounds over his body was 
stoned by other students for refusing to commit himself to atheism. 

A teacher with her students prayed, "Dear God, bring us some 
candy." They waited. Nothing happened. Then they prayed, "Dear 
Lenin, bring us some candy." Immediately a trap door in the ceiling 
opened, dropping a supply of candy into the room. Think of the 
pressure this puts on a child who is taught by his parents that God 
has power and answers prayer. Yet in this instance God did nothing 
but Lenin did. Will the child be able to see through the trick? 

A certain grown youth related his experience when a student 
about seven years of age. His teacher told him to come to the front 
of the room and denounce God by shaking his fist in His face. The 
whole class was watching to see what this lone Christian would do 
under pressure of the teacher's command. Not wanting to do that 
and not knowing what to do, he did nothing but remain seated. Then 
the teacher repeated her order threatening punishment if he still 
refused. The boy went to the front, still not knowing what to do or 
say. In relating this the youth said, "I heard myself say" (note how 
he introduced the statement he made to the teacher years earlier): 
"If there is a God like I believe, I fear to shake my fist in His face. If 
there is not God like you believe, there is no need to shake my fist in 
His face." 

At this point, three things impress me: his loyalty to Bible 
teaching even against opposition, how his words suddenly came to 
him at the critical moment, and the logic of his statement. Could we 
have done that well? How trying this must be for a child after having 
been taught at home to be subject to authority, then find school 
authority conflicting with the Bible. Consider also the strain on the 
parents as they realize these situations their children must 
experience if they remain committed to Bible teaching. 

In conclusion, what should all this mean to us? First, we should 
appreciate and be thankful for the religious and other freedoms we 
now have. Second, we should pray that our persecuted fellow 
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perhaps that their suffering be alleviated. Third, this is an occasion 
to pray not only for their persecutors, that they might refrain from 
cruelty and be converted. And maybe a fourth, if this could prepare 
us to endure possible future persecution ourselves. 

Brother Paul B. Myers 

Rt. 4, Box 328, Peru, I N 46970 

SPIRITUAL LIFE OR DEATH 

God has sent His only begotten son into the world that we might 
have Spiritual life and have it more abundantly. The new Spiritual 
life in Christ Jesus includes the renouncing of Satan with all his 
pernicious ways and the sinful pleasures of this world. The new 
Spiritual life in Christ Jesus is the narrow way to eternal life. "For 
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting 
life." 

We can chooseeternal lifeoreternal death. Have we accepted His 
eternal, life-giving Word? Jesus said, "The words I speak unto you 
they are spirit and they are life." When God gives Spiritual life the 
desire comes with it to give obedience to His Word. 

God is holy and cannot tolerate sin. The soul that sinneth it shall 
die. The scriptures teach that all accountable individuals who do 
not believe and live the Christian life are dead. What is our choice — 
dead in sin or obedience unto righteousness? 

John testifies, "To as many as receive him (Christ) to them gave 
him power to become the sons of God." Through responding to His 
Spiritual life-giving Word we become victorious over death and the 
grave. As Christ has brought the physically dead to life, He will 
bring His servants to spiritual life in this world and eternal life to 
come. In His Word we have instructions on how to pass from 
Spiritual death unto Spiritual life. We will never have eternal life 
without receiving Spiritual life in this world. Referring to those 
living the Spiritual life, "And you has he quickened who were dead in 
trespasses and sins." Eph. 2:1. Death exists till the new life in Christ 
is accepted. 

We know of many who accepted the new life in Christ Jesus. 
Great works and sacrifices have been made for the cause of Christ 
and the salvation of souls. For some the threat of death did not 
hinder from being true to this cause. Jesus said, "Whosoever 
drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst but the 
water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up 
unto everlasting life." Peter tells the saints that He has givern unto 
us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Instead of being 
dead in trespasses and sins we should be dead unto sin and alive 



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unto Christ Jesus. 

God's Word gives us power to have a new life yet Satan is ever 
present to distract us from it. We need to be careful that our spiritual 
life will not be lost. Let us ever be mindful of what is required to have 
the new Spiritual life in Christ Jesus. Those who are dead in 
trespasses and sins cannot help themselves. Through God's Word 
and help, we can rise from the dead of this world on to the great 
eternal life to come. John the Revelator reveals to us the place 
prepared for those who live Godly in Christ Jesus above the sinful 
pleasures of this world. When we gain spiritual life in Christ Jesus 
we have no desire for the sinful things of this world. 

The new Spiritual life in Christ Jesus is the greatest gift we can 
accept and receive. We must accept it to receive it. It is a blessing 
that goes on to the Eternal City, that John the Revelator describes. 
"Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has entered into the 
heart of man the things God has prepared for those that love him." 

In the day of judgement many will be disappointed who have not 
cleansed themselves from the works of iniquity. The new Spiritual 
life in Christ Jesus receives the cleansing power that gives victory 
over sin and the grave and leads to glorious eternity. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

Rt. 9, Box 860 

Plant City, Fla. 33566 

THE WORK OF THE GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

In the minutes of the General Conference of 1956, held near 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania, is the following paragraph, "An 
investigation by the joint Mission and Relief Boards in establishing a 
mission among the Navajo Indians in New Mexico was started last 
fall. A mission which is being established by Mr. and Mrs. 
Martindale and Lillian Deshnod, (Navajo Indian interpreter), known 
as the Torreon Navajo Indian Mission has been approved by the 
unanimous vote of Mission and Relief Boards, and also by the 
Standing Committee of 1956." 

The report was aproved. A Board of Directors was chosen to put 
into operation the work of the Mission. The members of this board 
were: Brethren Paul R. Myers, Newton Jamison and Kyle Reed. Two 
of these are still on the board. 

Through the prayers, labors and contributions of various kinds, 
by many people, and by the help and blessings of God, the Torreon 
Navajo Mission of the Dunkard Brethren Church has grown and the 
work is still going on. 

Sis. Lillian Deshnod (now Litfin) became a member of the Dunk- 
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the Mission by the board and some other members, Sis. Ida Toledo 
was baptized. Thus they became the first Navajo members of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church. 

On Friday, August 3, 1956, Bro. and Sis. Harold Drake and Bro. 
and Sis. Floyd Haldeman and sons arrived there to become the first 
workers appointed for service at the Mission. When they arrived 
there were only two hogans, Sis. Lillian's trailer, an outside shelter 
where services were held, and a partially completed church 
building. Bro. and Sis. Drake broughtahousetrailerwith them. The 
workers all lived in this trailer for a while, and then Bro. and Sis. 
Haldeman moved into the large hogan. 

Time and space does not permit me to go into detail of the slow 
growth of the Mission to what it is today. A brief history of the early 
days of the mission may be found in the Minutes of General 
Conference for years 1957-1961. 

Services are held at Torreon each Sunday. Sunday evening, 
December 12, 1982 there were fifty present. There are sometimes 
more and sometimes less. Each Sunday afternoon services are held 
at Ant Hill with an attendance of fifteen to twenty. Visits are made in 
the Navajo homes two afternoons and three evenings a week. Bible 
reading, teaching and prayers are held in these homes. 

In November, 1982, Bro. John Peffer held revival meetings, at 
which some came seeking spiritual help, and one made a decision 
to accept Christ. 

This is the sixth year of the school, which is operated by the 
Mission. From a beginning of seventeen students in August, 1977, 
the school has grown to forty-five students. Of these forty are 
Navajo children and five are children of the staff. There is a waiting 
list of eighteen and some adults are inquiring about finishing their 
education. 

What better way could we find to get the Word of God into the 
hearts of these children, before their hearts are hardened by the 
deceitfulness of sin? 

The Mission Board also sends ministers to various Congregations 
and mission points, around the Brotherhood. Some would never be 
able to hear the Word preached, it it were not for those who go, 
sometimes many miles, to preach to them who have not the privilege 
of hearing the Word every Sunday. 

DO YOU THINK IT IS WORTH IT? 

If you know of any place where we may be able to work effectively 
for the cause of Christ, and for the salvation of souls, will you please 
bring it to the attention of the Board. 

Pray much for the missionary effort. May God bless you. 

Bro. William Carpenter 



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"TRIED BY FIRE" 

Look at the old iron skillet, 
Outside it is rough and crusty, 
But if that weren't on it 
It may have become rusty. 

A skillet needs to be used, 
Scoured, to keep in good shape, 
Once it gets a crust on 
You scrape at it — and scrape. 

You can use a lot of energy 
And still not get it clean, 
Unless you know of this hint 
Which I think is very keen. 

You'll need a hot open fire, 
Then place the skillet on top, 
Leave it there for several hours 
And crust pieces from it pop. 

You'll find you have a skillet 
That looks just like it's new 
Since it has been "tried by fire" 
Your scraping now is through. 

Christians, too, are "tried by fire" 
To make faith sure and strong, 
Suffering has a purifying effect, 
Peace to them will belong. 

It isn't only those afflicted 
Who are blessed by the Lord, 
Those who endure tribulations 
Will also receive a reward. 

Their faith grows beyond measure 
And love flows full and free 
Patiently they serve the Lord 
Who bore their sins on the tree. 

A crown of life waits for those 
Who are faithful till they die. 
Gold, "tried by fire", grows less, 
A staunch faith will multiply. 

— Irene Stout 



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OBITUARIES 

GEORGE SAMPSON 

George Sampson, son of William and Mary (Moryer) Sampson, 
was born September 12, 1901 and passed away February 4, 1983, at 
the age of 81 years, 4 months and 22 days. The past few months he 
made his home with his daughter, Alice. 

On September 26, 1925, he was united in marriage with Laura 
Wyse. To this union were born six children. Laura and two small 
children, John and Florence, preceded him in death. He is survived 
by sons, Willard of Hutchinson, Kansas and Gerald of Blissfield, 
Michigan; daughters, Mrs. Christine Guilford of Sabina, Ohio and 
Mrs. Alice Keller of Greenville, Ohio; brothers, Clair of Battle Creek, 
Michigan and Robert of South Bend, Indiana; and a sister, Mrs. 
Naomi Pennington of Griffith, Indiana; also fourteen grandchildren 
and eight great-grandchildren. 

In 1964 George and Laura became members of the West Fulton 
Dunkard Brethren Church, where he served as a deacon until his 
death. 

Services were held in the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, 
February 6, 1983. Officiating were Elders H. Edward Johnson, 
Charles Leatherman and William Carpenter. Burial in Greenlawn 
Cemetery, Delta, Ohio. 

EVA WILLITS 

Eva Ellen Kendall Willits was born in Howard County, Indiana on 
February 19, 1909 to Nathaniel and Martha C. (Gerhart) Kendall. 

On October 8, 1930 she was united in marriage to Clarence Willits. 
To this union were born three sons, Dean Willits of Venice, Florida, 
Ronald Willits of Kokomo, Indiana and Roger Willits of Venice, 
Florida. 

She leaves to mou rn, her husband; three sons, five grandchildren, 
four great-grandchildren; one sister, Sylvia Parker of Troy, Ohio; 
many nieces and nephews, a host of friends, cousins and neighbors 
who will all miss her passing. 

She was a charter member of the Plevna Dunkard Brethren 
Church and will be sadly missed by all from our presence. She loved 
her Lord and her Church, of which she was a faithful member, by 
being in attendance whenever possible and as a teacher of the 
children. May our loss be her gain. 

Funeral Services were conducted from the Plevna Church on 
March 8, 1983 by Elder Harley Rush, assisted by Bro. Robert 
Carpenter. Burial services at the Kendall Cemetery near the old 
homestead. 



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NELSON REED 

Nelson Roscoe Reed, 61, of Santa Barbara, California, passed 
away suddenly in Hawaii, March 12, 1983. 

Surviving are his wife, Sue R. Reed, two daughters and one son of 
the home. Also three brothers: Harold, of Roanoke, Virginia, Carl, of 
Grandview, Missouri and Ord of Riner, Virginia; two sisters, Alice 
Leah, Salem, Virginia and Inez Reed of Roanoke, Virginia. 

Services and burial were held in Christiansburg, Virginia March 
19, 1983. 



NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

All material relative to General Conference should be in my hands 

by April 15, 1983. Thank you. 

Writing Clerk 
Brother Hayes Reed 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
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WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation plans an all day 
service with Lovefeast in the evening on May 1. We invite all who 
can to come and enjoy this service with us. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 



A NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to express my thanks to all who remembered me through 
prayer, get well cards, letters and notes, while I was ill. While I can 
but thank you I know the Lord will bless you. 

Sister Delia Beeman 



• ••••• 



If there ever comes a time you can't see in any direction 
is then time to look up. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MAY 1983 
DILIGENCE 



Memory Verse: Isa. 55:2 
Wherefore do ye spend money for 
that which is not bread? and your 
labour for that which satisfieth 
not? hearken diligently unto 
me, and eat ye that which isgood, 
and let your soul delight itself 
in fatness. 

Sun. 1 - Prov. 21:1-31 

Mon. 2 - Prov. 22:1-29 

Tues. 3 - Prov. 23:1-35 

Wed. 4 - Prov. 27:1-27 

Thur. 5 - Isa. 55:1-13 

Fri. 6 - Jer. 2:1-18 

Sat. 7 - Jer. 2:19-37 

Memory Verse: Zech. 6:15 
And they that are far off shall 
come and build in the temple of 
the Lord, and ye shall know that 
the Lord of hosts hath sent me 
unto you. And this shall come 
to pass, if ye will diligently obey 
the voice of the Lord your God. 

Sun. 8- Jer. 12:1-17 

Mon. 9- Jer. 17:1-13 

Tues. 10- Jer. 17:14-27 

Wed. 11 - Zee. 6:1-15 

Thur. 12- Matt. 2:1-23 

Fri. 13- Luke 12:1-21 

Sat. 14- Luke 12:22-40 

Memory Verse: Luke 15:8 
Either what woman having ten 
pieces of silver, if she lose one 
piece, doth not light acandle, and 
sweep the house, and seek 
diligently till she find it? 

Sun. 15- Luke 12:41-59 

Mon. 16- Luke 15:1-32 

Tues. 17 - Acts 18:1-28 

Wed. 18- Rom. 12:1-21 

Thur. 19- 2 Cor. 8:1-24 

Fri. 20- I Tim. 5:1-25 

Sat. 21 - 2 Tim. 1:1-18 

Memory Verse: Heb. 11:6 
But without faith it is impossible 
to please him: for he that cometh 
to God must believe that he 



is, and that he is a rewarder of 
them that diligently seek him. 

Sun. 22 - 2 Tim. 4:1-22 

Mon. 23- Titus 3:1-15 

Tues. 24- Heb. 6:1-20 

Wed. 25 - Heb. 11:1-19 

Thurs. 26- Heb. 11:20-40 

Fri. 27 - Heb. 12:1-29 

Sat. 28- I Peter 1:1-25 

Memory Verse: Heb. 12:14,15 
Follow peace with all men, and 
holiness, without which no man 
shall see the Lord: Looking 
diligently lest any man fail of the 
grace of God; lest any root of 
bitterness springing up trouble 
you, and thereby many be defiled; 

Sun. 29 - 2 Peter 1:1-21 

Mon. 30- 2 Peter 3:1-18 

Tues. 31 - Jude 1-25 

Memory Verses: 2 Peter 1:5-8 
And beside this, giving all dili- 
gence, add to your faith virtue; 
and to virtue knowledge; And to 
knowledge temperance; and to 
temperance patience; and to 
patience godliness; And to god- 
liness brotherly kindness; and 
to brotherly kindness charity. For 
if these things be in you, and 
abound, they make you that ye 
shall neither be barren nor un- 
fruitful in the knowledge of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

2 Peter 1:10- 
Wherefore the rather, brethren, 
give diligence to make your 
calling and election sure: for if 
ye do these things, ye shall never 
fail: 

2 Peter 3:14- 
Wherefore, beloved, seeing 
that ye look for such things, 
be diligent that ye may be found 
of him in peace, without spot, 
and blameless. 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, OH 453 18 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LXI 



MAY 1, 1983 



NO. 9 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO; Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



MOTHERHOOD 

Gracious Saviour, who didst honor 
Womankind as woman's Son; 
Very Man, tho' God begotten, 
And with God the Father one; 
Grant our womanhood may be 
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee. 

Jesus, Son of human mother, 
Bless our motherhood, we pray; 
Give us grace to lead our children, 
Draw them to Thee day by day; 
May our sons and daughters be 
Dedicated, Lord to Thee. 

Thou who didst with Joseph labor, 
Nor didst humble work disdain, 
Grant we may Thy footsteps follow 
Patiently thro' toil and pain; 
May our quiet home-life be 
Lived, O Lord, in Thee, to Thee. 

Thou who didst go forth in sorrow, 

Toiling for the souls of men, 

Thou who shalt draw all men to Thee, 

Tho' despised, rejected then; 

Humble tho' our influence be, 

Use it in the world for Thee. 

- E. L. Shirreff 



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MOTHERHOOD 

Perhaps no calling has harder sufferings nor greater pleasures 
than motherhood. The dedicated mother has many trials, 
physically and emotionally. She also has many enjoyments from 
her family. 

Since the time of Eve this has been the course that has touched 
every mother's life. After the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the 
physical sufferings of the mother have been hard. Conception and 
birth are a time of suffering, discomfort and danger. Not only 
does the mother have the hardships and discomforts of the 
pregnancy and labor but she must actually pass through the 
'Valley of the shadow of death." She risks her life to provide 
passage into the world for her child. The time of travail is certainly 
a time of sorrow. Its reputation is enough to frighten some from 
the glories of motherhood. 

Its impact is soon forgotten as the miracle of birth is 
accomplished. While its hardships and pains are not totally 
forgotten, they recede in importance as the child is born. Birth is 
like many other goals in this life. There is a time of suffering and 
self-depreciation, but when the goal is obtained it is worth the 
struggle. 

A mother's struggle does not end with birth. That birth is but 
the beginning of many hours, days, weeks, months and years of 
service devoted to that child. The child is helpless in the care of 
itself for months and years so mother must provide the nutrition, 
sanitation, education and recreation for that child. Yet all these 
labors are worthwhile and enjoyable to mother, although time 
consuming and wearisome. 

Besides the physical burdens, mother also has many emotional 
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child. This does not end with the years the child spends under the 
parental roof but continues throughout life. The Christian mother 
is very concerned about the Spiritual condition of her family. She 
not only directly and indirectly teaches her family but she prays for 
them. Her prayers may not be long, audible, formal prayers but her 
constant remembrance of her family holds them before the Throne 
of Grace. 

Motherhood is not all negative. It also holds many joys and 
rewards. The accomplishments of her family thrill and encourage 
her. Their accomplishments may not be great in the world's view 
but to her they are earth shaking. The first tooth, the first step, 
the first day of school and all the other little things and big things 
that she shares with her family are great events for her. 

As great as these things are to her, none can be as great as the 
Spiritual development and maturity of her children. To see them 
born first into the world, then secondly into the Kingdom of God is 
a thrill beyond the highest pleasures of this world. Money, fun and 
ease can not equal the joy of seeing the second birth. 

While the mother of this world may have the same concerns for 
the health and safety of her children, she can not totally fulfill the 
duties of motherhood if she but trains her children in the ways of 
this world. To ignore the Spiritual needs of her children, is to mark 
that mother as not fully providing for her children's total growth. 
To train her children only in the ways of this world is to deprive 
her children of the joy of being not only the child of its earthly 
parents but also of being a child of God. The child is deprived of 
that opportunity and the mother is deprived of the joy of assisting 
in that rebirth. 

Mothers are worthy of much praise and honor. Without them 
there would be no families. Without their guidance there would be 
little in this world that would be safe or worthwhile. So it is 
fitting to have a special day set aside as an honor to mother. But all 
should beware of limiting their thankfulness and praise to that 
lone day. She still has the same duties and cares the rest of the 
year. So it would be a true honor for her if her family would 
remember her every day. 

Motherhood is both a joy and a burden, but if it is lived in 
service to God as well as to her family it will be culminated with 
a joy beyond the joys of this world. The joy of not only attaining 
Heaven's glory for herself but also preparing her family for life 
beyond this life is a mother's greatest pleasure. 

May each mother receive the honor due her and may it be not 
only the family's honor but God's as well. 



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"WHY MEN CAN NOT BE EQUAL" 

by Elmo Stoll 

Let me tell you the story of Worldly Woman At Our Door. 

She knocked at our door one fall morning. She pretended she 
had come on business, but after she was seated in our living 
room, it seemed that she was more interested in talking about our 
way of life. She asked many questions about how we live and 
why. I tried to explain the main points of our faith the best I could. 

My wife was busy washing dishes at the sink, and several of the 
small children were playing on the kitchen floor. Noticing the 
children, Worldly Woman said, "My husband and I are both 
employed. When I was growing up, my parents taught me that a 
woman's place is at home. And I know that is right. But I could 
never be content to leave my career, and stay at home to be just a 
mother." 

JUST a mother? No wonder she could not be content. The way 
she said "just a mother" showed that she considered it a step 
backward. She had absorbed the emphasis of the modern world 
and had come to believe that being a mother is something lowly 
and unimportant. She had come to regard a "career" as some- 
thing challenging, rewarding, creative, exciting, fulfilling. Careers 
were more of an accomplishment, more important; while mother- 
hood was being "JUST a mother". No wonder she could not have 
been content to be a mother, as long as she permitted the world's 
sense of values to influence her thinking. 

The world has made the mistake of slighting the importance of 
mothers. For the last several decades, girls have been challenged 
to assert their rights, to demand careers, to insist on being equal 
to men. Equal? How ridiculous that anyone should pretend that 
mothers would be more important if they could be men. Modern 
women talk of being "creative," but they don't know the real 
meaning of the word. They create little of real worth; most of their 
lives are taken up with emptiness, froth, vanity, and bubbles. For 
centuries godly mothers have been truly creative; not only 
bringing lives into the world, but with loving nurture, rearing and 
shaping those lives into Christian paths. 

Traditionally men are supposed to be big and brave and fearless. 
But in their own way, mothers exceed us in facing dangers, pain 
and fear. I have long suspected that most of us men would 
whimper in dread and cower in fear at the pangs of childbirth. 
The attitude of mothers, suffering quietly and submissively again 
and again gives a hollow sound to men's talk of bravery, heroics, 
and endurance. (Many brave men even shrink from being present 
at birth, lest they should faint!) 



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And the physical hurdles to motherhood are just a start. The 
true test of character, endurance, and sheer bravery comes later 
during the rearing of the family. Mothers are on call twenty-four 
hours a day. 

Our bank in town has a woman for an assistant-manager. It is 
true; she is a capable woman. Yet if I were to phone her some- 
time at midnight, and tell her it is an emergency, and I need to get 
some money out of the bank, do you suppose she would come to 
the bank, unlock it, and give me the money? Of course not. Her 
job compared to a mother's is a soft and easy one. A child needs 
only whimper at two o'clock in the morning to get his mother out 
of bed, bare feet on the cold floor and at his cribside immediately. 
And that mother needs to be able to decide what to do, and 
whether the child needs to be taken to the bathroom, or is cold 
or hungry, has earache, tummy ache, appendicitis, had a bad 
dream, or was just lonesome for Mom. And she needs to be able to 
follow up and take the correct action in case it is any (or all) of 
these possibilities. 

I cannot get over how mixed-up people can become. If a woman 
can handle a semi-truck, or manage a store, she thinks she has 
been very successful in life; she has really accomplished some- 
thing. All those things may be fine, but the real test is: could she 
cope with the role of a mother? Could she keep the children's 
faces clean, and do it without nagging? The windows scrubbed, 
the floors swept, the dishes washed, the laundry done, the beds 
made, the sewing caught up, the patching looked after, the 
buttons fastened, the garden planted, the canning done, the eggs 
cleaned? Plus serve as a full time cook for the family, always be 
pleasant and dependable, able to settle spats and quarrels, help 
with the chores at the barn, teach the children good manners, and 
a host of other things good mothers have a knack for. Don't forget, 
Career-Woman-of-the-World, she does all this with a minimum of 
appreciation, no salary, seldom a holiday, and scarcely any 
thanks. 

Men are supposed to be big and brave. I feel like a traitor to 
admit it publicly, but honestly demands it. Compared with my 
wife, I'm a coward. Take the small matter of changing a diaper, for 
example. That's a breeze for any mother but it's enough to make 
many men wince. Babies, however cute and loveable, have a 
messy side to them, too. It's not the wet diapers that bother me. I 
wasn't a father for very long until I had conquered that. In those 
days I still figured I could do anything my wife could. But when 
Baby had a real mess, it tried me out. I concentrated on not 
showing my distaste. I could tell my wife was taking a keen 
interest in how I handled the situation. It took me a long while, 



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scanning closely for safe spots, touching gingerly only unsoiled 
fringes. The hardest part was not breathing the whole while. 

But I made it. I felt good about myself. "I knew I could do it if 
you could," I said. 

"Oh?" she said, raising her eyebrows. "That's nice. Maybe you 
could help me wash out some of those diapers later." 

She made it sound like a commonplace comment, just a friendly 
suggestion of work to do. But I knew she was throwing out a 
challenge. 

As it turned out, I couldn't go near the bucket of unwashed 
diapers. But my wife was more than a match for it. She rolled up 
her sleeves, and humming to herself, went in there with both hands 
and bare arms, rubbing, scrubbing, washing. I backed even farthr 
away, repelled by the smell. She went calmly on, as if she had 
done lots of worse things. When I turned for the door, she play- 
fully flipped a diaper at me, and laughed as I ingloriously stumbled 
over my feet to escape. 

So now you know in part why I nearly choked that morning in the 
living room when Worldly Woman, dressed in her finery, reeking 
with perfume, could look down over her powdered nose, and say, 
"I could never be content to be JUST A MOTHER." Indeed! 

We need to keep a sense of perspective, and give credit where 
credit is due. Mothers are so important that if there weren't any 
mothers, there wouldn't be any of the rest of us, either. In addition 
to that obvious fact, in a world without mothers, who would want to 
be here, anyhow? 

Mother can work miracles. When a child's nose is running, 
mother can wipe it clean on her own handkerchief. She can calm 
big fears, settle difficult quarrels, and with a single puff of her 
magic breath, can blow away most of the hurt from bumps and 
bruises. 

She not only sends the children off to school with their faces 
scrubbed, their hair combed, their clothes washed, their lunches 
packed, but she is also largely responsible for their emotional 
frame of mind. She makes each child feel like the most precious 
being on earth. Without that feeling of self-worth, of self-esteem 
and dignity, without that necessary security of being loved and 
wanted at home, the child would be unable to learn in school and 
would be hard to get along with. 

Let's thank God daily for dedicated mothers who are in voluntary 
service with the most important career of all — Motherhood. 

Selected from Blackboard Bulletin 

I hope each of you mothers can be as encouraged as I was as I 
read this article. Sometimes it's easy for us to lose the vision of 



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rearing our children to be men and women for God. I doubt if any 
mother doesn't at some times grow weary of the dirty diapers, 
runny noses, cluttered house, and so forth but then we must 
refocus our attention — taking our eyes off ourselves. Self pity 
always brings discontentment. Sometimes the freedom from these 
home responsibilities may look appealing but how quickly we'd be 
ready to return to them if we see things from God's point of view. 

I had to think how I'd look at my occupation if the Lord came to 
me in the morning with our two children and said, "Here are Janell 
and Chad. Would you please take care of them for me today? I 
am entrusting them to your care." How careful I would be to do 
my very best at caring for them and training them when I realize 
that the GREAT ALMIGHTY GOD had placed His possessions in 
my care. Well, really, that's exactly what happens. Our children 
are only loaned to us and we're responsible for them until God 
calls us home. And He gives them to us not only for a day but for 
twenty-four hours a day, day after day and perhaps year after year. 

Help us Lord to truly do all our many tasks "as unto You." 

Happy Mothering! 

Sister Sally Meyers 

RR #1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"MONEY AND POSSESSIONS" 

Money and possessions as viewed by the world should be totally 
different from the view of the Christian. How does the world view 
them? They see possessions as being owned by them personally 
or possibly even by the state. But as Christians, we see God owning 
them. All of them! God supplies them for us, He provides all good 
things (James 1:17) and even our bodies do not belong to us. 
They are God's. (I Cor. 6:19-20) Yes, even the world! (Ps. 24:1) 

What difference does it make to recognize God's ownership? If 
you understand that He owns everything you will be better 
stewards of your possessions. Your clothes, your car, your home 
or your farm... they all belong to God. Committing them to God 
enables Him to use your money and possessions to teach you 
many important lessons. 

Are you refusing to recognize God's ownership? You say, 
"They're mine!" If you claim ownership, you can't live a lifestyle 
of discipleship. It will also fool you into thinking you don't need 
God. You become "Laodicean" in attitude. (Rev. 3:17) 

People often stuff the spiritually empty spot inside them with 
their possessions... everything from mag wheels to fancy jeans. 



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If you understood God's ownership of all things your life could 
really change. You would not misuse His possessions. Just like 
a steward who is hired to manage an estate and take care of things 
for other people, so we as stewards use God's possessions 
properly, being trustworthy and faithful. (I Cor. 4:2) The use of 
things God gives you is a vital part of your relationship with Him. 

God gives you the ability to make money. (Deut. 8:18) God does 
not expect every disciple to be poor. But he does expect you not 
to "love" your money. Just as Adam was placed in the garden to 
"cultivate it and keep it," so you are to work hard and take the 
opportunities God gives you to get the fruit of your labors in this 
life. But watch your motives! If you want to make money to fulfill 
the lust of the flesh and the pride of life... to make you "look 
good"... to make you free from dependence on God... look out! 

Learn to manage your resources. Be like the ant which 
"prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provisions in 
the harvest." (Prov. 6:8) Proverbs 21:5 says, ".... the plans of the 
diligent lead surely to advantage." 

Plan to save part of your income, but beware of getting stuck 
on the idea that the money you are saving is "your treasure." 
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt. 6:21) 
Your REAL TREASURE is in Heaven! 

Spend money as if you were handling it for someone else. You 
are! Major purchases should always be talked over with God. 
After all, it's His money you're spending. The Christian uses 
temperance in all spending. That is the major difference that 
comes from breaking away from the world economic system. 
Check out the lack of Christian principles in Government 
spending. 

Make giving an important part of your money and possession 
management. Give regularly and make it a personal thing between 
you and God. (Matt. 6:4) Have you heard someone say, "Well, I 
gave so much to the Church or to so-and-so!" Shame on us! The 
blessing has been lost. You must realize that by giving earthly 
money, you are adding to your REAL treasure in Heaven. That is 
an account that you can't over-fill! 

Young people, start now in giving to people in need... and give 
voluntarily, not grudgingly or because you feel duty bound. Don't 
give to get. God wants you to practice giving for the qualities it will 
bring into your life... thankfulness, discipline, trust, sensitivity to 
the needs of others and joy. 

Depend upon it... USE GOD'S MONEY AND POSSESSIONS 
THE WAY HE INSTRUCTS YOU TO AND YOU WILL PROSPER. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



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WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD? 

We are going to try to paint an imaginary picture in your minds. 
We hope the illustration will, with the Lord's help, bring out an 
edifying lesson. 

Think about a captain of a ship getting ready to head out across 
the vast ocean, the date possibly the early 1700's. We are going 
to be carrying a very precious cargo. We have been chosen 
especially by the King because of our ability. 

We would probably begin by examining our vessel to make it 
seaworthy. Let's check the hull to see if it leaks. Better check 
every nook and cranny. We can't be too thorough. One little hole 
may turn into a big one and cause us to sink. 

Next let's check the sails and mend any torn ones. Make sure the 
ropes to raise them are all in good shape. We don't want any of 
them frayed, and if so, let's replace them. The pulleys need to be 
in good condition also. 

Now check the rudder and the helm. This is most crucial, so we 
don't wander at sea and never reach our destination. 

Now as the captain of the ship, we must find a crew. We want 
the finest we can find; ones that are noted for strength, endurance, 
bravery, teamwork, knowledge, and obedience. All those traits 
are necessary especially for the voyage that we are about to 
embark upon. We must be able to trust the entire crew with our 
lives. 

It's very important at this time that we tell the crew about the 
voyage so that they can make the choice to 30 or stay. After- 
wards, we must all get acquainted with the map that has been 
provided, even so far as memorizing it. Every crew member must 
have a copy handy to look at daily. 

After all this has been accomplished we are ready to set sail. 
Anyone wanting to turn back must do so now or never, and truly it 
won't be easy. In fact, a good portion of the voyage is going to 
be rough. Some of the crew may be lost and some hurt, and some 
may even grow weak. But we must continue on and help one 
another. We can't be individuals. We must work together. 

Brothers and Sisters, the picture has been drawn, and I pray that 
you have been able to see it. The precious cargo is intended to 
be the Spirit of Christ, and the vessel is our souls. I believe that we 
as soldiers of the cross need to carefully evaluate our 
surroundings and the company we keep, especially if our anchor is 
to hold mid the storms of life. It is so important that the anchor 
does hold so that we may see Jesus. 

There's a song we sing that I would like to share with you. 
"Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, 



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When the clouds unfold their wings of strife? 
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, 
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?" 

If we have sincerely and carefully evaluated our soul's condition, 
and those that we confide in, I believe that our anchor will firm 
remain. But we must safely rest in the arms of Jesus and trust in 
Him always. The rest of the song goes on to say, and a blessing it 
would be to be able to say it: 

"It is safely moored, twill the storm withstand, 
For t'is well secured by the Saviour's hand; 
Though the tempest rage, and the wild winds blow, 
Not an angry wave shall our bark o'er flow. 

When our eyes behold through the gathering night, 

The city of gold, our harbor bright, 
We shall anchor fast by the heavenly shore, 

With the storms all past forevermore. 

We have an anchor that keeps the soul 
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, 

Fastened to the Rock that cannot move, 
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's Love." 

We choose the place that our anchor is put down. It should be 
in the depths of God's Word. We know that if we put our anchor 
down in the world's sea, there is nothing solid for it to grab. The 
majority of the world is looking for something stable, something to 
stand on. It is up to us as the children of God to set an example. 
Even the new babes in Christ need solidarity. Brothers and Sisters, 
Christ is solid. As captains of your vessels, choose which way your 
pilgrimage will go. If you choose the way of the world, you might 
prosper and even grow wealthy. You might even be temporarily 
content, after all the possessions and wealth has come your way, 
so much so that you would want to M take thine ease." The time 
might come your way that Christ would say to you "Thou fool, this 
night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall these 
things be which thou hast provided." Luke 12:20. 

The scripture goes on in the next verse to say, "So is he that 
layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 
12:21. As long as there is life and our Mediator is in Glory, it's 
never too late to take up our anchor and set it down in God's 
wafers. Brothers and Sisters, will your anchor hold, or will you be 
tossed to and fro in the storms of life? Peter walked on the water 
as long as his eyes were on Christ. The water was solid until he 
shifted his anchor. Let us evaluate our vessels and make them 
seaworthy. May God add His blessings. 

Brother David Snyder 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May, 1923 

"WHAT IS TRUTH" 

Leander Smith 

This question of Pilate is in the air today. It is repeated on every 
side and in every department of intellectual pursuit. What is the 
spirit in which it must be asked to obtain a reply? 

It must not be asked in Pilate's spirit, in scepticism and sceptical 
indifference. Nor in the spirit of Modernism, Rationalism or 
Evolutionists, who are avowed enemies of God and His blessed 
Word. Such spirits are wanting in their very first element to 
secure success. 

He who would receive an answer to this great question must ask 
it in the spirit of an earnest seeker and votary of truth. He must 
not only wish to have truth on his side, but to be on the side 
of truth. 

He who would receive an answer to this question must ask it in 
a spirit of willingness to follow it, to obey its voice, to submit to its 
guidance. Men, it is feared, are too often afraid to know the 
truth, lest it prove a hard master. The surest way to keep men in 
unbelief is to keep them evil in their lives. Then unbelief becomes 
their interest, for the truth would rob them of their cherished sins. 
The Apostle Paul tells us, "That the natural man receiveth not the 
things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto them: 
Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 
I Cor. 2:14. 

The decay of faith in Christianity has another cause in our day. 
It is the utter neglect of the words of Christ. It is an age of marked 
indifference to the study of Scripture among the masses. Every- 
thing, alas! takes the place of this. The romance, the magazine, the 
newspaper are the only intellectual food for millions, and much of 
that a poisoned diet. The words of Jesus are in the air amid the 
confusion of tongues. Yet he who searches them will find their 
divinity. Unto him truth will appear, not in a philosophy, nor world 
system of religion, but in God's Word, from Genesis 1:1, to 
Revelation 22:21. Here you will find God's Eternal Truth. If any 
man offer you anything but the Word of God for the truth "let him 
be accursed." (Gal. 1:8) 

Every warning in God's Word is necessary for our protection. 
Every precept is binding. And every promise is sure. To whom 
shall we go for truth, knowledge, and life, only to the Word who 
became flesh. And "In him was life; and the life was the light 
of men/' 



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If we are ever to know the truth we must believe the Scriptures. 
Let us all pray like the father who brought his epileptic boy to 
Jesus to be healed. "I believe; help thou mine unbelief." 

A STUDY FROM JUDGES 

We would like to glean some thoughts from Judges 17 and 18. 
We find that the main character in this scriptural account is Micah. 
For reasons not given, he had taken eleven hundred shekels of 
silver from his mother. From the start there is some question about 
the "religion" of the mother. For in verse 2 we read, "And he said 
unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were 
taken from thee, about which thou cursedst..." There are those 
parents who take their children to church every Sunday, but 
through the week they take the name of the Lord in vain, showing 
their children that they REALLY have little if any respect for 
the Lord. 

In verse 3 we read, "... I had wholly dedicated the silver unto 
the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a 
molten image: ..." She had dedicated her possessions to the Lord 
but to a project that was contrary to His will. In Exodus 20 God 
had plainly said, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven 
image,..." There are those today who claim to be "sold out" for 
Christ. They have given everything to the Lord EXCEPT them- 
selves. They are willing to uphold and argue for everything in 
scripture except those portions that require something of their 
personal lives. How often do you hear today, "I have given 
everything to the Lord. Don't you tell me how to dress or wear my 
hair or paint my face?" The scriptures have already spoken on 
these things. But all too many Christians vote to ignore them. 

Dropping down to verse 6 we read, "In those days there was no 
king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own 
eyes." Our King is the Lord Jesus Christ. But to see what is 
going on in many churches today you would think that we have no 
king. In Ephesians 4:14 we read, "That we be no more children, 
tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by 
the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait 
to deceive;" There is a story we heard which is humorous but 
contains truth. An individual went to an old fashioned camp 
meeting back in the time before cars. Preachers from all different 
denominations all stood up and preached their own "church 
doctrine." After the meeting the individual was seen walking about 
carrying a bridle. When asked why he was walking about with a 
bridle in his hand, he answered, "To tell you the truth those 
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lost my horse!" You can hear just about anything preached 
today. While we feel it is not wrong to listen to what others have to 
say, let us be careful to check it out by the Holy Scriptures. We 
have found most of the time when an individual is speaking against 
something the "Brethren" believe or for something we do not 
believe, either NO scripture is used or the scripture used has very 
little, if anything, to do with the subject. Remember you can prove 
just about anything by using verses out of context. The Bible 
DOES NOT contradict itself. But man has USED the Bible to 
contradict clear scriptural teachings. 

In verses 7-13 we find a young man who was a Levite. A Levite 
was a chosen person to be a priest to Israel. We find that Micah 
persuaded this individual to stay with him and be his priest. This 
reminds us of some preachers today. They refuse to condemn 
anything that will cause problems in the congregation. They are 
"priests" to man rather than to God. While this priest should have 
condemned Micah for his idol worship, he joined him in it! 
Preachers who refuse to speak out against personal sins are 
considered "nice guys" to many. If they join in the pleasures of the 
world they are, often times, liked even better. But God will judge 
them for their refusal to condemn sin and even more so for joining 
in. Remember also that we are all "priests" in the New Testament 
understanding and we all will be counted guilty if we refuse to 
speak out against sin and live a holy life. 

In verse 13 we read "Then said Micah, Now know I that the Lord 
will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest." Micah was 
looking to an individual, not to God! Never get the idea that 
because you follow some preacher that God will excuse your sins! 

In chapter 1 8:1-7 we find that some from the tribe of Dan came to 
the house of Micah. Seeing that a Levite was there they asked 
counsel of him. His counsel SEEMED to be good. Verse 6 "And 
the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the Lord is your 
way wherein ye go." But we find that his heart was not with God. 
We find that the children of Dan were deceived and took the priest 
from Micah's house and made him their priest. In verse 20 we find 
his heart was still not right. "And the priest's heart was glad, and 
he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and 
went in the midst of the people." As the chapter ends we find that 
the people are worshipping the graven image. We are made to 
think how "Brethren" once held fast to the truth of scripture, but 
now "bow to the golden image." We once spoke out against the 
false teachings of Catholicism, now, in all too many cases, we join 
in their practices! In some churches where prayers of repentance 
were said on bended knee from the heart of all the congregation, 
now they glibly read a written prayer of confession and feel no 
need of turning from sin! 



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Our final thought from this chapter is that all of us probably 
have some "graven image" we cling to. We may feel since we are 
trying to do our best God will excuse us. While we will never be 
perfect in this life, God does not simply excuse our sins. We may 
"interpret" scripture to excuse our sins but only OBEDIENCE will 
hold out in the end. May each of us search our hearts to see if we 
are truly following the Lord Jesus Christ or some man. Have we 
set up our own "priest" to salve our conscience? Are we willing 
to follow because a teaching is SCRIPTURAL or because it is 
popular with the majority? 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

NEWS ITEMS 

The 1983 Dunkard Brethren General Conference will be held 

The 1983 Dunkard Brethren General Conference will be held 
at Mission Springs Conference Grounds near Santa Cruz, 
California, June 4-8. 

From Santa Cruz go 3M> miles north on Route 17 to Mt. Hermon 
Road (turn right at Big Basin sign and cross freeway, Route 17). 
Go 1 1 /2 miles on Mt. Hermon Road. Turn right on Lockhart Gulch 
Road and go 1 mile to Mission Springs Conference Grounds. 
From Los Gatos go south 15 1 /2 miles on Route 17 to Mt. Hermon 
Road. Turn right and proceed as above. 

For those coming by bus (Greyhound or Peerless) get off at 
Camp Evers and phone for transportation to Conference Grounds. 
The telephone number is 408-335-9133. 

If you come by plane or train be sure to make your own arrange- 
ments with members and friends for pick-up when you arrive. San 
Jose is the nearest airport and depot. 

All blankets, linens, towels, washcloths, and soap will be 
furnished. 

Send your reservations to: Brother Rudy Cover, 2034 Roble Ave., 
Modesto, California 95351 or Brother Henry Walker, 12413 
Delaware, Hickman, California 95323. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the West Fulton Congregation is planning a 
Spring Lovefeast on May 21, 1983. Services will begin at 11 o'clock 
on Saturday morning with Lovefeast in the evening. There will also 
be services on Sunday. 

Please come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Elaine Beck, Cor. 



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BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed a series of Revival Meetings, 
March 13-27 with Elder Dean St. John, Montpelier, Ohio, as our 
evangelist. Bro. Dean brought to us Spirit-filled messages to revive 
and renew us and help us have a closer walk with God. He 
reminded us time and again to be more humble, have more love 
(for the Church and for others) and to be more submissive unto the 
Church. We should be more concerned in this day and age with 
being at peace and in union. The important thing to remember is 
HOW we live our lives and that our hearts are right before God. 

We were happy for the two precious souls who came forward to 
have a closer walk with God. 

Sis. Nancy was with us during the meetings and we enjoyed her 
presence. 

May the Lord bless Bro. Dean as he labors in the Master's 
service. 



Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



HELP ME, OH GOD 

Help me, oh God, to be a good wife and mother. 

Give me wisdom to know my duties and understand how to best 
perform them. 

Keep me happy, tolerant, quick to forgive, blind to the faults of 
others and yet conscious of my own. 

Permit no thought, word or deed of mine to bring discord into 
this home. 

Help me to be content with what I have, but let me never cease 
striving for the best things in life. 

Selected by Sister Betty Stauffer 

• •••#•• 

You can't change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good 
present by worrying about the future. 

• •••••• 

It isn't your position, but your disposition that makes you happy 
or unhappy. 



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Hayes Reed, Chairman 

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VOL. LXI 



MAY 15, 1983 



NO. 10 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



JUST AS I AM 

Just as I am, without one plea, 
But that Thy blood was shed for me, 
And that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee, 
O Lamb of God, I come! I come! 

Just as I am, and waiting not 

To rid my soul of one dark blot, 

To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, 

O Lamb of God, I come! I come! 

Just as I am, tho' tossed about 
With many a conflict, many a doubt, 
Fightings and fears within, without, 
O Lamb of God, I come! I come! 

Just as I am — poor, wretched, blind; 
Sight, riches, healing of the mind, 
Yea, all I need in Thee to find, 
O Lamb of God, I come! I come! 

Just as I am — Thou wilt receive, 
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse relieve; 
Because Thy promise I believe, 
O Lamb of God, I come! I come! 



Charlotte Elliott 



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JUSTIFICATION 

The word "Justification" is a big word. While it is much used 
by religious people, it often has a different meaning to each one. 
Because it is big and has been given a place amongst much-used 
but little-understood theological phrases it is often avoided. 

Justification is a process that changes a wrong into right. The 
element of forgiveness plays an important part in this process. 
Whether justification accomplishes its aim depends upon who is 
doing the justifying. Many depend upon self-justification. Only 
those justified by God will be able to stand before God the judge. 

Sin is always wrong in the sight of God. He is holy. He can not 
stand to look upon sin. He even covered the face of the earth 
with darkness when Jesus bore the sins of mankind upon the 
cross. Because of that sacrifice He is willing to treat those sinners 
who accept the work of Christ on the cross as a complete covering 
for their sins as those who are not guilty. What they have done 
was wrong but He is willing to view them as cleansed and 
righteous. There must also be a willingness by the guilty party to 
accept what is offered in God's pardon. There must also be a 
change of lifestyle so the sins of the past are not the activities of 
the present or the future. There must be a willingness to comply 
with the terms of this arrangement. Since this arrangement is the 
difference between eternal separation from God and eternal bliss 
it would seem anyone would be willing to do whatever God would 
ask of them. Yet He only asks for faith, repentance, baptism and 
a determination to live to please Him. But there are many who 
would desire the result of justification without being involved in 
the process. Their idea of faith includes no responsibility beyond 
a mental assent to what God has said. 

For many self-justification has replaced God's justification. Men 

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have always been able to find an excuse for their sin thus justifying 
themselves In their own eyes. In the days of the judges it is said 
that every man did that which was right in his own sight. There 
was no standard, so each had only to hold to his own idea of good 
and evil. In such a situation it is evil that triumphs. When a man 
has only to answer to himself he can see little wrong with what he 
has done. 

Self-justification is very dangerous. It deludes its possessor 
into thinking that he is okay. He does not realize his true spiritual 
condition. Since he does not realize his true position, he does not 
think it necessary to use God's means of justification. If a person 
is only justified in his own eyes but not in God's, he has no hope 
of Heaven. He is still in his sins because they have only been 
excused by himself not God. God's justification clears his record. 
He is now a new creature so he lives a different life than before. He 
now has a great hope beyond what this world can offer. 

Although a person can justify himself to himself and maybe even 
to others, he can not justify himself to God. We are easily 
convinced by our own arguments and excuses. If we are clever 
enough and speak convincingly enough we may be able to excuse 
our actions before our employer, our spouse or a judge and they 
will accept our word. God already knows not only our actions but 
our motives and intentions behind them, so it is difficult to excuse 
ourselves before Him. Although we can only stand before God as 
guilty, it is possible for us to be viewed by Him as guiltless. This is 
His justification of us. Which is better, justification before 
ourselves or justification before God? 

To be a^ble to stand before Him in that light it is necessary to 
accept His terms. God is a jealous God. He expects His way to be 
followed for His blessings to be secured. 

It is sad to see not only individuals but whole religious organi- 
zations fail to follow His directions for obtaining the blessing they 
desire. Faith is an important part of the process but a faith that is 
disobedient or questioning or inactive will not avail. 

Justification is not only a big word but a big and important 
subject. Our eternal relationship with God is affected by who is 
justifying us. If we justify ourselves we will have an eternal 
separation from God. If we accept His justification then we can 
look forward to an eternal Home with Him. 

Are you justifying your actions to yourself or are you justified 
by God? The difference is important. You must be sure. 



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HE LOVES ME BECAUSE 

God loves me because I am, because I exist, because I am a 
person created by Him. God loves me even though I'm not 
physically perfect, or a superbrain. His love is not conditional 
upon my good behavior; He just gives His love to me. Because I 
am not worthy of His love, and unable to do anything which will 
make me worthy, His love is an extra special gift. God gives His 
love without reservation, simply because He is love. 

Because we are human, we often limit our love to that which we 
think others deserve. Then at the least infraction, we become 
critical and withdraw our love. We tend to think we could do better 
under the same circumstances, and that there is no excuse for 
unwise choices. Yet if God withdrew His love as we often do, we 
would be without His love more than not. 

God loves us in a way which brings out the best in us. It doesn't 
happen overnight, but He continues to love us and help us to 
become what He wants us to be. If God gave up on us at the first 
mistake, we wouldn't have a chance to survive, let alone grow 
and mature spiritually. He knows we are prone to error, that our 
judgment isn't always right, and has mercy on us because He loves 
us. "The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." James 5:11. 

Peter made a bold profession of loyalty to Christ one moment, 
and not long after denied just as boldly that he ever knew Christ. 
Christ still loved Peter and He knew Peter needed Him even more 
after the denial. Peter was bitterly ashamed, probably felt he had 
committed an unforgiveable sin, and greatly needed the assurance 
that Jesus still loved him. If Jesus had turned His back on Peter, 
Peter's grief would have been overwhelming. 

God is a just God and does not condone sin, but He gives us 
every possible opportunity to do His Will before condemning us. 
Because we have limited understanding, we are likely to condemn 
others without ever considering their limitations, but God doesn't. 
He knew Peter's limitations and He knew the best way to teach 
Peter. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some 
men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing 
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 
II Peter 3:9. God was longsuffering with Peter and He will be 
with us. 

Because God loves me, He is patient with me and kind to me. He 
loves me because He wants to, not because I'm so special. In 
return, God wants me to love Him, and urges me to do so. In 
speaking to Israel, God said, "I have loved thee with an ever- 
lasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee." 
Jer. 31:3. God loves you, He loves me and wants us to be in close 
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We can know the love of Christ, but we can't understand it or 
explain it (Eph. 3:19). In Mark 10:17-22, we can read about the rich 
young man who came to Jesus. Jesus, beholding him, loved him 
and when this young man went away sad, I'm sure Jesus was sad 
too because this man wouldn't surrender himself to Jesus. Yet that 
didn't keep Jesus from loving him. 

Jesus shares a mutual love with His Father. We can share in 
that love also if we allow God to have His way in our hearts. His 
love is there, ready for us to receive it, but He will not force it on 
us. We must open our hearts to receive it. The rich young man 
closed his heart and went away sad and empty. His life was full of 
things which he thought he couldn't bear to part with. Because he 
loved his riches, he had no room to receive Christ's love, and he 
missed the greatest riches. How about you? Will you open your 
heart to receive God's love? 

Some of you who are reading this know I had surgery in mid- 
February and I do want to thank you for your prayers and concern. 
Support was given to me in many ways and your kindness really 
inspired my heart. At this time, April 11th, I am doing well and 
feel that the Lord has been with me in a special way. His love, 
which I have been writing about, has been apparent throughout my 
recovery. Knowing God was caring for me in a personal way is a 
special blessing for which I'm thankful. Thank you too for caring. 
May God bless you. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"WORLDLINESS IN THE CHURCH" 

The "Church" is the "ekklesia," meaning the "called-out ones." 
Every TRUE Christian is called to separate himself from the world. 
There is "false wheat" always growing beside the genuine wheat 
and so churches today are infiltrated by false disciples. These 
weeds are going to try to choke out your faith. 

Look at the church at Pergamum. This was a wealthy city in 
what is now northwestern Turkey. The city was involved in 
worshipping Athena, Zeus, Dionysus, and others. When the 
Christians brought the message of Christ to them they decided to 
add Christianity to their assortment of religions. So the local 
pegans started using Christianity like the pagan religions. Sound 
strange. Not really. Lots of Christians are doing this today. Even 
one time conservative churches have fallen into partial or total 
compromise. They seem to desire to be socially accepted as 
Christians but want the world right along with it. Satan's system 
has convinced them that "if you can't beat them, join them." That 
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worlds... to be God's prophet and a heathen king's hit man at the 
same time. Thus we see the mix of the lust of the flesh and the 
eyes and the pride of life with Christian worship and fellowship. 

Ego has hit the once conservative church. The solo of the 
"impressive soloist" has replaced simple congregational singing. 
The purity of the Bible teachings just aren't practical for their 
church today. They are like whited sepulchres... looking clean and 
pure on the outside and full of dead men's bones on the inside. 
(Matt. 23:7) We must take care that these attitudes do not invade 
our church. 

The teaching of the Nicolaitans is also evidenced in today's 
compromised churches. (Rev. 2:15) We are historically shy on 
information about them but we do know that the word means to 
"conquer the people." They believed that they needed to be ruled 
by the aristocrats of the church. Nicolaitanism appeals today 
because people don't have to pray or read the Bible. They just let 
the ministers do it. 

Typical of the lack of responsible statements and actions is this 
statement taken from an actual insurance company file: "The 
telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of 
its way when it struck my front end." See the creative way people 
try to get out of responsibility? In reality, the Bible teaches that 
positions of leadership in the church are not executive roles, but 
servant roles. 

It is time for us to clean our head and protect our ears from false 
teaching which mixes world-system philosophies with Biblical 
Christianity. Concentrate on yourself instead of others in the 
church relative to needed commitment and if each one does this, 
purity will be the result. Abide in God's Word. It is the only way you 
will discern whether your church-related attitudes are Biblical or 
from Pergamum. 

Practice agape love. Loving each other in the church is fulfilling 
God's command and is the best method of bringing about unity. 
(John 13:35) Without REAL Christian love in the church you get 
factions and cliques developing. We start thinking of these groups 
as the "holier-than-thous," the "middle-of-the-roaders," and the 
"worldly gang." 

Prove yourself in bearing fruit. (John 15:8) There can be no 
personal or church body growth without it. And, don't just 
complain about the Pergamum problem and the imperfections in 
the church. Do your part to correct them... God's way. Let's get 
the world out of the church and remember that we are IN this 
world, but not OF it! 

Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"THEY SAY AND DO NOT" 

Matt. 23:1-36; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47 

The Scribes and Pharisees were the leaders of the Jews. Jesus 
said many things against them because they told the common 
people what to do but did not do it themselves. What they told the 
people must have been good because Jesus said, "Whatsoever 
they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their 
works; for they say, and do not." 

We can all get a lesson from this. It is so easy to tell others what 
to do but it is not so easy to do it ourselves. Jesus does not like 
a hypocrite and He called the Pharisees, Hypocrites. A hypocrite 
is one who says one thing and does another — an insincere 
person - false - two faced - a deceiver. 

Jesus always told the truth. He says, "I am the way, the truth 
and the life." He is the one to trust and obey. Jesus came into this 
world to show us how to live. He didn't have a bank account — He 
didn't own any real estate — He didn't have any home of his own. 
He said, 'The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; 
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." And yet Jesus 
made it all. He became poor that we might be made rich. 

Jesus lived what He taught and did what He said. He wants you 
and me to be that way too. When we make a promise we should 
carry it out. It seems to be the habit of the day to promise to do a 
certain thing, or be at a certain place at a certain time and then if 
something else comes along that seems more important — to just 
not keep the promise. We should learn to be dependable — to do 
what we say — not be late for school or church. It is so easy to be 
indifferent — to not care one way or the other. Jesus doesn't like a 
person to be lukewarm, neither hot or cold. He wants us to be 
definite in our lives — to live for Him and learn to be like Him. 
Jesus is our example and we can follow in His steps. 

We have good homes — good things to eat — so many things to 
make life easy — that we forget about doing like Jesus and loving 
others — helping those who are sick or discouraged. Let's not be 
like the Pharisees, who say and do not. We can do what we know 
is right and live like Jesus. If we live for Jesus here, someday He 
will come again and give us a home in Heaven and we can be with 
Jesus always. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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A CHALLENGE TO BIBLE TRUTH 

In I Timothy 4:16 we read, "Take heed unto thyself, and unto 
the doctrine: continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both 
save thyself, and them that hear thee." 

In studying Anabaptist history, which is part of our heritage, 
we were impressed by the fact that while they were being severely 
persecuted by the Protestants and Catholics of that day, their 
major concern was not the persecution but false teaching that was 
being propogated within their own group. We feel a similar 
concern today about the teaching within the modern peace 
movement. 

True Bible peace has always been a part of our "Brethren" belief. 
We have believed when God commands the sword to be used (as 
he did in the Old Testament) obedience to that command is 
necessary. But when he commands us to "Put up again thy sword 
into his place:" we had better be obedient. While this statement 
was made to Peter, the New Testament is filled with teaching that 
does not allow a Christian to use violence and there is not one 
verse where Jesus Christ taught His followers to use violence or 
one instance when His followers used violence of any kind. 

The modern peace movement takes great pride in the fact that 
the Protestants and Catholics of our day have "joined them" in 
the peace movement. But the fact of the matter is they have NOT 
joined us in the Bible peace but have given us a counterfeit in 
place of it! Our historic peace position is based on scripture. The 
modern peace movement is filled with human understanding. 
While we believe that salvation is an individual being forgiven of 
sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the modern peace 
movement makes salvation "freedom from political and physical 
enslavement." Their "liberation theology" is a MIS-USE of 
scripture (which they do quote when it serves their purpose) mixed 
with humanistic secularism. 

We were quite perturbed to read that the National Council of 
Churches, along with one of the historic peace churches and 
several other organizations, is suing the United States govern- 
ment over a political issue involving a foreign country. It would 
be bad enough if they would have DEFENDED themselves in a 
lawsuit since Jesus Christ said, "And if any man will sue thee at the 
law and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also." Matt. 5:40. 
But for them to be the aggressors is contrary to everything we and 
our Brethren ancestors stand for. It is contrary to Romans 13, 
I Timothy 2:1-3, I Peter 2:17 and true Bible nonresistance. 

Philip Potter, general secretary of the World Council of 
Churches, gives us an insight into the thinking of the modern 



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peace movement in his book "Life In All Its Fullness." Throughout 
the book, he, in our opinion, mis-uses scripture to validate 
'liberation theology." He makes Jesus Christ into a political savior 
which is the same mistake the Jewish people of His day made. 
Here is one place the "liberals" and the "fundamentalists" are both 
wrong. He argues that the Hebrew understanding of salvation as 
"being FOR the world rather than FROM the world." The Bible 
teaches BOTH are true. Jesus Christ died FOR the world (John 
3:16) among many other scriptures) to deliver us FROM the world 
(Galatians 1:4 among many other scriptures). This is how the 
modern peace movement confuses scripture. They would have 
you believe scripture (or perhaps our understanding of it) is 
contrary to God's will for this world and our part in fighting against 
"injustice." A true Christian should never mistreat any other 
individual or take part in any act which makes an individual lower 
than themselves (such as slavery). But common sense, and we 
believe scripture, teaches us that some will have leadership 
positions over others (such as employee and employer). The 
modern peace movement has even allowed for violence to "right 
the wrongs of society and bad government." Our marching orders 
are given in Romans 12:19 "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves 
but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is 
mine; - I will repay, saith the Lord." In verse 17 of this chapter we 
read "Recompense to NO MAN evil for evil..." And in verse 21 "Be 
not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." The modern 
peace movement has turned this around and uses the world's 
methods to bring about justice! 

Returning to the book mentioned, Philip Potter even questions 
the political pacifism (with which we do not agree) theory. In 
referring to this theory he asks (quote) "In adhering to this as an 
absolute principle are you not in danger of giving the means 
(nonviolence, i.e. reduced revolutionary violence) priority over the 
end sought (justice, i.e. reduced structural violence)?" He then 
asks (quote) "Are you more concerned with your own "good" 
conscience than with the good of the oppressed?" I Timothy 1:5 
states "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure 
heart, AND OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE, and of faith unfeigned." 
His thoughts are based on the old un-scriptural "the end justifies 
the means" theology. 

In conclusion, we find the modern peace movement to be 
contrary to scripture and a hinderance to the teaching of true 
Biblical peace which starts with peace with Jesus Christ through 
being born again. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



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GENERAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

of the 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

to be held at 

MISSION SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE CENTER 
Santa Cruz, California 

June 4 through June 8, 1983 

************************************************************** 

PREACHING PROGRAM 



Time 


Speaker 


Subject 


Text 


Sat. P.M. 


Paul Stump 


Excuses 


Luke 14:18-20 


Sat. P.M. 


Henry Walker 


Behold the Man 


John 1:29 


Sat. Eve. 


Edward Johnson 


Faith or Fear 


Psalms 11:3 


Sun. A.M. 


Sunday School 
for Children 


God's Deliverance 


Ex. 12:21-51 


Sun. A.M. 


Paul Myers 


Calvary 


Luke 23:20-46 


Sun. A.M. 


Rudy Cover 


Free to Live 


Rom. 8:1-2 


Sun. P.M. 


Harley Flory 


Exchange For His Soul 


Mark 8:37 


Sun. P.M. 


Galen Litfin 


Doctrine of Devils 


I Tim. 4:1 


Sun. Eve. 


David Skiles 


To Be Supplied 




Sun. Eve. 


Dale Jamison 


To The Young People 




Mon. A.M. 


Bible Study 


Adults: The Ministry 





II Cor. 5:1-21 



Mon. A.M. 
Mon. P.M. 
Mon. P.M. 
Mon. Eve. 

Mon. Eve. 

Tues. A.M. 



Tues. A.M. 
Tues. P.M. 
Tues. Eve. 



Milton Cook 
Rudy Shaffer 
Merle Sweitzer 
Ray Reed 

William Carpenter 

Bible Study 

To Be Supplied 
David Skiles 
Joseph Flora 



Ex. 14:1-31 
Matt. 5:1-12 



Matt. 5:39 
Rom. 12:21 



of Reconciliation 

Children: God's Guidance 

and Protection 

Blessings 

To Be Supplied 

To Be Supplied 

The Doctrine of 

Non-resistance 

'And They Went Everywhere 

Preaching the Gospel" Acts 8:4 

Adults: A Gospel Mixed 

With Faith Heb. 4:1-16 

Children: God's Law Ex. 20:1-21 

On Behalf of the Decorum Committee 
Missionary Sermon 
My Mission 



John 4:31-38 



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QUOTES AND COMMENTS 

In meditating recently concerning carnality, I came across an 
article by E. M. Leathes printed in 1968 that brings out the thought 
that carnality is becoming acceptable in many Christian circles: 

"All unannounced and mostly undetected there has come in 
modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like 
the old cross, but different; the likenesses are superficial; the 
difference fundamental. 

From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the 
Christian life; and from that new philosophy has come a new 
evangelistic technique; a new type of meeting and a new kind of 
preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as 
the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as 
before. 

The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam's 
proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect 
the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not 
opposed to the human race; rather it is a friendly pal, and if 
understood right, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and 
innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life 
motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only 
now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious 
movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. 
The accent is still on enjoyment though the fun is now on a higher 
plane morally, if not intellectually. 

The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evan- 
gelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation 
(denial) of the old life before the new life can be received. He 
preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public 
interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant 
demands; rather it offers the same things the world does, only on 
a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be 
clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very 
thing the Gospel offers; only the religious product is better. 

The new cross does not slay the sinner; it redirects him. It gears 
him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self- 
respect. To the self-assertive it says, "Come and assert yourself 
for Christ." To the egotist it says, "Come and do your boasting in 
the Lord." To the thrill seeker it says, "Come and enjoy the thrill 
of Christian fellowship." The modern message is slanted in the 
direction of the current vogue, thereby catering to human taste 
and reasoning. 

The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere, but its 
sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is 
blind. It misses completely all the meaning of the cross. 



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The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt 
violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took 
up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by 
to his friends. He was not coming back. He was not going out to 
have his life redirected; he was going out to have it ended. The 
cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it 
slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep 
on good terms with its victim. It struck swift and hard, and when it 
had finished its work the man was no more. 

The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is no 
commutation, and no escape. God cannot approve any of the fruits 
of sin, however innocent they may appear or beautiful to the eyes 
of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him, and then 
raising him again to newness of life. 

That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the 
ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to 
the souls of the hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the 
world; it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old 
life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of 
wheat must fall to the ground and die. 

We who preach the Gospel must not think of ourselves as public 
relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the 
world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make 
Christ acceptable to Big Businessmen, or the Press, or the World 
of Sports, or Modern Education. We are not diplomats but 
prophets and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. 

God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is 
life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. 
Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must 
repudiate himself and concur in God's just sentence against him. 

What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who 
would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be 
translated into life? Simply he must repent and believe. He must 
forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover 
nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make 
terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of 
God's stern displeasure. 

Having done this let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen 
Saviour and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and 
power. The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an 
end to the sinner, and the power that raised Christ from the dead 
now raises him to a new life along with Christ." 

We believe that many will be turned away at the last day because 
of carnal desires which must be crucified. Gal. 5:24; Gal. 2:17-30. 

Selected from The Timely Truth 



BIBLE MONITOR 13 



THE SUNDAY DINNER 

by J. H. Moore 

Once upon a time, after preaching to a most attentive congre- 
gation, the preacher's wife said I should go to their home for 
dinner. The drive was a pleasant one, just as most country drives 
are in mid-summer. The Sister was not long about preparing the 
meal, nor did she seem tired and worn out when the guests were 
shown their seats in the dining-room. After thanks, I glanced over 
the table, and noticed that, while there was plenty on the table, 
there were but two warm dishes to be seen. All the other dishes 
were cold. The food was well prepared, and everything, table 
linen and all, seem neat and tidy. 

The wife took her seat at the table and enjoyed the meal with 
her guests. There was no passing from the table to the kitchen 
to bring more to eat. There was no serving of special dishes at 
the close. There was no urging of the visitors to eat several kinds 
of cake, a few pieces of pie and a dish or two of rich dessert after 
we had eaten a fair meal. It was all on the table, one plain cake 
and the other dishes referred to. We ate and talked. So did the 
husband, wife and guests. It was simply a good, plain, substantial 
Sunday dinner, ~ a dinner that had not cost much, did not take 
long to prepare and one that answered its purpose in every 
particular. 

I enjoyed the meal, the conversation and the simplicity of the 
occasion. After it was over I felt that I had not been the cause of 
a preacher's wife desecrating the Lord's Day by overtaxing her 
strength to get a big dinner for the visiting preacher and the other 
company. Then I fell to wondering why other women cannot get 
into the habit of preparing sensible, wholesome and economical 
Sunday dinners. I wondered why it cannot be arranged for the 
women to have some rest on the Lord's Day, even if they do 
happen to have company. Here were only two freshly-cooked 
dishes, and one of them I did not need to touch, for there was 
plenty on the fable besides, to satisfy a hungry man. There were 
also a few cold dishes and they were palatable. Lemonade took the 
place of tea and coffee, and, as a rule, makes a more wholesome 
drink. 

I thought, why should the woman make a Sunday slave of herself 
in order to get her visitors a much larger meal than they really 
need? Why must she work an hour or two over the hot stove, then 
remain on her feet, waiting on the table, while her friends are 
eating; when they retire, sit down alone, warm and tired, eat a 
hasty dinner, and then use up the rest of her strength cleaning up 
the dishes and table, and make herself so tired that she will not be 
in a condition to enjoy her company? 



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I asked again, is this the right way to spend the Lord's Day? Is 
this the way to treat the hard-working wives or servants either? Do 
the people of God, who have much to say about Gospel simplicity, 
want to encourage this way of living? Do they want their influence 
to be cast on that side of the Sunday question? If we believe in the 
simple and sensible life, why not practice it on Sunday as well as 
other days? Why should sensible Christian women attempt to 
excel each other with big Sunday dinners? Then, to think of it, 
some of them stay at home from church just to cook an elaborate 
dinner for company! 

The better way is the simple meal that requires but little work. 
Two or three warm dishes ought to be enough. A few cold dishes, 
prepared the day before will help. Let no one say the table was 
made to groan beneath its burden of rich food. Offer the guests 
plain nourishment, serve it a simple way, give the good wife a 
chance to rest and enjoy the meal as well as her company, and in 
the end God will be glorified and people will not so often be 
called on to make a god of their appetite. We insist on simplicity in 
our lives, in our attire and our everyday life. Now let us be 
consistent enough to practice at our Sunday dinners what we 



preach. 



Selected from OUR SATURDAY NIGHT 
by Sister Susie St. John 

PRAISE HIM... 

Psalm 95:1 

There would never be a sin 

Without the falling of mankind. 

But there is always lots of hope, 
Songs of praise we sing. 

But just as Jesus, shining through the 

clouds, 

for He's the bright and morning star; 
So will we repent, to our Creator, 

clear and loud. 

For it's the true thing to do, 
though we were tired, heavy-laden or 
discouraged. 
We will create a rainbow of happiness, 
faith showing through for those around 
us. 

Brother Eugene Trujillo 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Elder George Replogle is 23453 C.R. 42, 
Goshen, Indiana 46526. 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 
Welcome to Our Revival 
The Mechanicsburg Congregation, Mechanicsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, extends an invitation to come and worship with us from 
June 24 to July 3, 1983. We plan to have Brother Paul Stump with 
us to preach the Gospel. Please join us in prayer that we may 
have a revival of old fashioned spirituality and separation from the 
world. We covet the lost for Christ and His Church. 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 

THANK YOU 
I wish to thank everyone for their cards, letters, gifts and 
especially for their prayers during my hospitalization and since I 
am home. May the Lord care for each one of you. 

Brother George Replogle 

CLEARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing the Clearville Congregation plan a two day 
meeting May 28th and 29th. Brother Jan Heisey will be the 
speaker. Services Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday morning at 
10:00. 

A carry-in dinner will be held following church Sunday. 

We invite all to come and enjoy these meetings with us. 

Danial Vance 

• •••#•• 



God expects the stock in your warehouse to be as good as that 
in your show window. 

• •••••• 



By yielding to a temptation one may lose in a moment what it 
took a lifetime to gain. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR 1983 
EARS TO HEAR 



Memory Verse: Ex. 10:2 
And that thou mayest tell in the 
ears of thy son, and of thy son's 
son, what things I have wrought 
in Egypt, and my signs which I 
have done among them; that ye 
may know how that I am the 
Lord. 

Wed. 1 - Ex. 10:1-29 

Thur. 2 - Ex. 11:1-10 

Fri. 3 - Ex. 15:1-27 

Sat. 4 - Ex. 17:1-16 



Memory Verse: Ex. 15:26 
And said, If thou wilt diligently 
harken to the voice of the Lord 
thy God, and wilt do that which 
is right in his sight, and wilt give 
ear to his commandments, and 
keep all his statutes, I will put 
none of these diseases upon 
thee, which I have brought upon 
the Egyptians: for I am the Lord 
that healeth thee. 

Sun. 5 - Num. 11:1-17 

Mon. 6 - Num. 11:18-35 

Tues. 7 - Num. 14:1-24 

Wed. 8 - Num. 14:25-45 

Thur. 9 - Deut. 1:1-21 

Fri. 10 - Deut. 1:22-46 

Sat. 11 - Deut. 5:1-33 

Memory Verse: Deut. 5:1 
And Moses called all Israel, and 
said unto them, Hear, O Israel, 
the statutes and judgments 
which I speak in your ears this 
day, that ye may learn them, 
and keep, and do them. 

Sun. 12 - Deut. 29:1-29 

Mon. 13 - Deut. 31:1-30 

Tues. 14 - Deut. 32:1-26 

Wed. 15 - Deut. 32:27-52 

Thur. 16 - Jos. 20:1-9 

Fri, 17 - Jud. 5:1-31 

Sat. 18 - Jud. 7:1-25 



Memory Verse: Deut. 31:28 
Gather unto me all the elders of 
your tribes, and your officers, 
that I may speak these words in 
their ears, and call heaven and 
earth to record against them. 

Sun. 19 - I Sam. 3:1-21 

Mon. 20 - I Sam. 8:1-22 

Tues. 21 - I Sam. 9:1-27 

Wed. 22 - I Sam. 11:1-15 

Thur. 23 - I Sam. 15:1-15 

Fri. 24 - I Sam. 15:16-35 

Sat. 25 - II Sam. 7:1-29 



Memory Verse: Judges 5:3 
Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye 
princes; I, even I, will sing unto 
the Lord; I will sing praise to the 
Lord God of Israel. 
Sun. 26 - II Sam. 22:1-25 
Mon. 27 - II Sam. 22:26-51 
Tues. 28 - II Kings 18:1-18 
Wed. 29 - II Kings 18:19-37 
Thur. 30 - II Kings 19:1-19 



Memory Verses: II Sam. 7:22 
Wherefore thou art great, O Lord 
God: for there is none like thee, 
neither is there any God beside 
thee, according to all that we 
have heard with our ears. 

II Sam. 22:7 
In my distress I called upon the 
Lord, and cried to my God: and 
he did hear my voice out of his 
temple, and my cry did enter into 
his ears. 



Lester Fisher 

4654 N. State Rte. 43 

Covington, OH 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LXI JUNE 1, 1983 NO. 11 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

THE CHILD OF A KING 

My Father is rich in houses and lands, 

He holdeth the wealth of the world in his hands! 

Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold, 

His coffers are full, — he has riches untold. 

My Father's own Son, the Savior of men, 

Once wandered o'er earth as the poorest of them, 

But now he is reigning forever on high, 

And will give me a home in heav'n by and by. 

I once was an outcast stranger on earth, 
A sinner by choice, and an alien by birth! 
But I've been adopted, my name's written down, 
An heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown. 
A tent or a cottage, why should I care? 
They're building a palace for me over there! 
Tho' exiled from home, yet still I may sing: 
All glory to God, I'm the child of a King. 

I'm the child of a King, 
The child of a King! 
With Jesus, my Savior, 
I'm the child of a King. 

- Hattie E. Buell 



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THE FAMILY OF GOD 

Our families are very important and dear to us. Those who do 
not have a family lack much. If we are part of a family we should 
be very appreciative of the privilege. 

There is also a Spiritual family that is very dear to the Christian. 
We each have a natural family but not all are part of the family 
of God. There are many similarities and also many differences 
between natural and spiritual families. 

God has but one begotten child, Jesus Christ. Yet He has a 
spiritual family because of the Son's work, which was given Him 
by the Father. Even the birth of this Son was miraculous. The 
Holy Spirit was the means of His conception within Mary the 
virgin. The Son of God could not be conceived and born as other 
natural children, for then He would have partaken of the sinful 
nature of man. He was perfect since He did not inherit the 
imperfect nature of man. Because He was perfect, He was able to 
be the Saviour of natural man. 

It is through this Spiritual rebirth that God's family has 
multiplied. Most families are composed of the parents and their 
natural born children but in some families there are children who 
are adopted. Through a legal process, often time consuming and 
expensive, a child may be taken into a family other than his natural 
one. God has used this means to bring children into His family. 
The adoptive process is thorough. He desires to have more come 
into His family. When a child is adopted, the child, especially if 
small, has little choice in the matter. The adoptive parents make 
the arrangements. But the adoptive process used by God involves 
not only His desire for the child to be adopted but also the desire 
and choice of the adopted one. In fact the child of God must 



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make a positive decision to be redeemed from sin and to be 
blended into God's family. 

Members of a natural family are heirs of the possessions of that 
family. When the parents pass from this life, their property is 
divided amongst the children. Each child receives a portion of 
the estate. The inheritance is divided into several portions so it 
does not remain complete but each has only a part. The Christian 
also is an heir. As an adoptive child of God he is due to receive 
an inheritance. Jesus as the natural son is an heir and Christians 
are joint heirs with Him. The inheritance is not diminished no 
matter how many heirs there are. It will be an abundant reward 
for each heir. It will be no greater no matter how few heirs there 
are, nor will it be smaller no matter how many heirs there are. A 
natural inheritance may be lost or increased by the heir. But 
whatever the heir does with his inheritance in a span of years it 
will be willed to another. The Spiritual heir will receive an eternal 
inheritance that will not grow less with time or be passed on to 
another. 

One of the most enjoyable times of the natural family is the 
family reunion. At these times the family from far and near gather 
together. The members of the family remember and share 
together. It unites the family as its members become better 
acquainted. They can look back together to their common 
ancestors and look forward together as they leave a legacy for 
their descendants. The General Conference is the family reunion 
of God's family. As the members of His family meet together, they 
can speak of their Heavenly Father and His Son who have given 
them a royal inheritance. They can become closer knit together 
in Christian fellowship. They can accomplish the work that is 
needed within the Church to fulfill her duty. They can lay plans 
for the near future as they strive to spread the Gospel and build up 
the Church. They can look forward to the time when they will 
inherit the mansions prepared for them. The General Conference 
is a very important part of the Church's organization. The Early 
Christians gathered for such a meeting in Jerusalem to consider 
the important matters of the faith. It is no less important today 
for us, not only to formulate the rules of the Church but to promote 
the love and unity of its members. We try to maintain unity within 
our natural family. It is even more essential to have that unity 
within the family of God. The natural family is a relationship that 
lasts only a few years but the Spiritual relationship is eternal. We 
need to do all we can to promote that unity and the yearly reunion 
of God's family is one of the best means available to us. 

Are you a member of God's family? If not, why not? If you are, 
are you doing everything possible to promote and preserve that 
family? 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"ALL THAT SHE HAD" 

Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4 

What can you buy for a penny? I'm sure you know that there 
is hardly anything that you can buy for a penny. When I was a 
boy a penny would buy a stick of gum, a loli-pop, a jaw-breaker or 
a piece of licorice. Many things could be bought for a penny — but 
not anymore. A penny just isn't worth much now. 

Jesus was standing in the temple at Jerusalem. There was a 
place there called "the treasury" where people would put money to 
pay for the temple service. In this place there were thirteen chests 
shaped like a trumpet turned upside down. Into these chests the 
people would cast their money. All kinds of Jews came to the 
temple to worship. Some were very rich and gave large amounts of 
money and I suppose much of it was silver and gold. Jesus took 
notice of how people were giving and behold how people cast 
money into the treasury. Jesus never forgets anything that is given 
to help someone else. One time He said, "Inasmuch as ye have 
done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto 
me." 

While the people were passing by Jesus, there came a poor 
widow and she threw in two mites which would be worth about 
what two cents are worth today — not very much. Jesus saw her 
and said to His disciples who were with Him, "Verily I say unto you, 
that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all." 

I can imagine what those disciples were thinking, "How can this 
be? Can Jesus mean that those two little mites are worth as much 
as all that gold and silver that so many rich people have given?" 

Listen to what Jesus said, "For all they did cast in of their 
abundance: but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even 
all her living." 

None of the others had given all they had, but this poor widow 
did and that was what made those two little mites so valuable. 
God does not look on the outward appearance but on the heart. 
That poor widow was totally committed to God. She did what she 
could — she gave it all. She trusted God to provide for her and I'm 
sure He did, 

Jesus wants us to give all to Him — not our money — but our 
hearts. Then He can make us into something worth while and we 
can do good with all that we have — even our money. Remember 
the poor widow who gave more than they all because she gave all 
that she had. If you had a million dollars and gave half of it to the 
Lord, you wouldn't have given, in God's sight, as much as those 
two mites. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"HUMANISM" 

We need only to look at "cultic religion" today to know that 
their system of faith is totally misguided and wrong. You can talk 
to them about the God of the universe and they will tell you that 
God is not important... that only man is important. This is their 
religion and like all religions, it is egocentric and not theocentric. 
In reality there are only two religions in the world; one is centered 
around human achievement and the other on divine 
accomplishment. 

Let's understand that humanism's origin goes back to the 
Garden of Eden. Man lost his life at the tree of knowledge of good 
and evil. What do you think was wrong with knowing good from 
evil? The answer comes from the words of the serpent to Eve, "For 
God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and 
you WILL BE LIKE GOD, knowing good and evil." (Gen. 3:5) Satan 
had baited his trap. 

God's purpose in creating us was that we, through a dependent 
relationship upon Him, might receive and display a life like His... 
to His glory. Through His unique creation of us, all that God 
desired to show of Himself... His purity, love, and so forth could 
be seen. The accomplishment of this is life... life eternal. 

Thinking of Satan baiting his trap... he sometimes does it with 
truth. Now God knows evil not by experiencing it, but by relating 
it to Himself. Everything relating to His character and nature is 
perfect and that is inconsistent with evil. All that is out of line and 
out of character with God is evil and is destructive and dangerous. 
Conversely, all that is in tune with Him is good. That is how God 
relates good and evil. He relates it to Himself. 

God is the only one in the universe that can do this. All the 
creation is made to discover the difference between good and evil 
by relating to God's perfect being. When Adam and Eve ate the 
forbidden fruit, they began to do what God does... to relate every- 
thing to themselves. Yet, as carnal man, there was not the ability 
to maintain this kind of relationship and thus he is constantly 
incorporating an unbalanced element into life. 

Because they cut themselves off from the life of God, along with 
His mind, perfections and purity, they had to look inward for 
answers to life. As man began to think of himself as the center of 
the universe, he became "like God." But that was the lie. Man is 
not and can not be the center of the universe. 

The lie that man lives today through humanistic philosophy 
comes from this origin. Man says that what he likes is right; what 



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he doesn't like is wrong; what he wants to do is right; what he 
doesn't want to do is wrong or unimportant. He has become the 
center of the world. 

Man is not the measure of all things. This is the cry of the 
world's humanistic system today, but remember that idea did not 
even come from man himself. It came from Satan. 

Now is the time to cease thinking like the compromising world 
and separate yourself unto God... understanding your position 
before Him and acting in humility and obedience in living 
for Him. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



EVOLUTION SAYS 

"Evolution says the earth existed several billion years ago and 
life as we know it evolved sometime after that. 

(1) The truth is, the earth is slowing down in its rotation on its 
axis very, very slowly. If the earth has been spinning at the rate 
figured, for several billion years past, the force of the original 
centrifugal speed would have flattened the earth out like a 
pancake. 

(2) The truth is, the earth's core is very hot which affects the 
earth's magnetic field. The magnetism and the earth's temper- 
ature are dropping slowly. At the same rate of cooling off, 
projected backwards in time, it would mean the original 
temperature of the earth would have been so hot that it would have 
become nothing but a cinder." (source unknown) 

The Jewish calendar shows over 5,700 years. There are those 
who've done research which indicates the earth has existed less 
than 10,000 years. The Bible doesn't tell us exactly how long the 
earth and man have existed, but we don't need to know that. 
Neither do we need to speculate and try to satisfy our curiosity. 
The theory of evolution is just that — a theory, not a proven fact — 
and it is man's way of trying to explain away God and His creation 
of all things, as the Bible records it. 

If you can explain God out of existence, then you don't have 
any responsibility to serve Him. Right? Wrong! No matter what 
your notions are, you can't get rid of God. Regardless of what you 
believe or don't believe, He will go right on being God, and 
someday He'll require you to answer to Him for your foolish life. 
Psalm 47 tells us that God reigns over all things and that includes 
you. You would do well to consider His claim on your life while 
you still have time to make things right with Him. 



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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth... And 
the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed 
into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul." 
Gen. 1:1, 2:7. Evolution says in reality, that man just happened, 
but God says He created man, not as an animal, but as a living 
soul. Textbooks list three classifications — animal, plant and 
mineral — whereas God MADE four — man, animal, plant, 
mineral. 

Which do you believe? Man's teaching conflicts with God and 
you can't believe both. Jesus said, "No servant can serve two 
masters." Luke 16:13. In Joshua 24:19, we learn that God is a 
jealous God and demands complete loyalty. You can't serve Him if 
you have a divided heart. You must make a decision to either 
believe God totally, or believe man's philosophy and suffer the 
consequences. 

Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words 
shall not pass away." Luke 21:33. What He has said is true and 
dependable; it won't change. Man changes as the occasion 
demands and life-styles change. People accept or reject standards 
according to whatever is socially acceptable at that time. Their 
judgment isn't based on what is right or wrong. Jesus is stable and 
unchanging, but people are not. 

The crowd said, "Away with this man, and release unto us 
Barabbas." Luke 23:18. The crowds are still saying this. "Away 
with Jesus, away with God! We'll take someone who is just as bad 
as we are." This desire to be unrestrained and free of responsi- 
bility to God makes the theory of evolution very inviting. It leaves 
God out, and then there are no reminders about sin. But God is 
not wiped out just because you ignore Him, and someday you will 
face Him either in faith or unbelief. Which will it be for you — God 
or evolution? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



• ••• • •• 

When God puts a tear in your eye it's because He wants to put 
a rainbow in your heart. 



We can easily forgive a child when he is afraid of the dark; but 
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. 



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ACCEPTING CHRIST AND HIS TEACHINGS 

In Luke 6:46 we read, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do 
not the things which I say?" 

A writer in the "letters" section of a recently published edition 
of a religious magazine had this to say about Gandhi, a major 
figure among those who teach political pacifism. "After Gandhi 
experienced harsh treatment at the hands of "christians" in South 
Africa, he commented, "Give me your Christ. You can keep your 
Christianity." 

It is not our purpose to judge where Gandhi is spending eternity. 
God has already taken care of that. However, we believe his 
words reflect the thinking of many individuals living today. They 
desire to have "Christ" (the portions of His teachings that appeal to 
them) but reject the body of believers who hold to His teachings 
that are NOT POPULAR with very many individuals. 

We do not know who the "christians" were who treated Gandhi 
harshly or even what this treatment was. But we are aware of the 
fact that some of our "conservative" Brethren would gladly send 
missionaries to individuals "over the sea" but would refuse the kiss 
of charity to a fellow Christian because of the color of his skin! 
In Galatians 3:26 and 27 we read, "For ye are all the children of 
God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been 
baptized into Christ have put on Christ." While there may be 
legitimate reasons for refusing the kiss of charity, let us be careful 
that the reasons are SCRIPTURAL and not of our own biases! 

If Gandhi accepted Christ's teachings on peace but did not 
recognize Him as the divine Son of God, he did not really accept 
Christ. There is at least one major religion that accepts Christ 
as a prophet but does not accept the fact that he is God and the 
Son. According to scripture their religion is in vain. This same 
thing holds true for many of those within "liberal" Christianity. 

There are also those who wish to "accept Christ" but will not 
accept His plan of salvation. Liberation theology teaches that 
salvation is freedom from Political oppression, hunger, and other 
material needs. The Bible teaches that salvation is freedom FROM 
SIN. This was made possible by the blood of Jesus Christ shed 
on Calvary's cross. Any other way of salvation is a FALSE 
TEACHING! 

While political pacifism is not true to scripture, Biblical non- 
resistance is taught. We have written much on this subject, so at 
this time will only say that those who refuse to accept His 
teachings on this subject do not accept Christ in His entirety. If 
they accept his deity and shed blood, we leave their salvation in the 
hands of God. 



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There are those within the earthly church who try to separate 
the teachings of Christ from the rest of scripture. The entire Bible 
is written to lead us to Jesus Christ. All of the New Testament 
contains His desire and will for the Church. If we truly accept 
Christ, we must accept the Bible as the written Word of God and 
strive to obey all that it teaches. Much of New Testament teaching 
is not popular with those within Christianity. But this does not 
change the Word of God! In Matthew 24:35 we read, "Heaven and 
earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." 

There are also those who put the emphasis on Christ's miracles 
and on the miracles that followed. While we disagree with those 
who teach that the day of miracles is over, we believe that a wrong 
emphasis on miracles is present in much teaching today. In St. 
John 4:48 we read, 'Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see 
signs and wonders ye will not believe." While Jesus did perform 
the miracle requested in this instance, we believe that He was 
teaching that we should be willing to believe without such signs. 
For we read in Matthew 16:4 "A wicked and adulterous generation 
seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but 
the sign of the prophet Jonas..." This, of course refers to the 
resurrection. What confuses us about this "miracle movement" is 
that very little teaching on obedience is included. While others 
are ridiculed for not having more miracles in their gatherings, 
unscriptural wearing of jewelry and immodest clothing is often 
supported! We will not take the time to repeat it, but Matthew 
7:13-23 has alot to say about this subject. 

We would conclude our thoughts with the admonishment for all 
of us to seek to follow ALL of the New Testament teachings. We 
may follow all the "rules" concerning dress and outward ap- 
pearance but have hate in our hearts. The spirit of pride is always a 
problem. How many of us "lay up our treasures on earth rather 
than heaven?" Do we have respect for those who have authority 
over us? Do we strive to keep our thought life clean? Do we 
desire to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the sick and 
elderly? 

Perhaps there may be someone reading this who has never 
accepted Christ. There is only one way to reach Heaven. Jesus 
Christ has made this possible. We invite you to join us in our 
service to the One True God who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. 
The Bible says we must repent of our sins, accept Jesus Christ for 
Who He was, be baptized and desire to live a holy life. You cannot 
merely "accept Christ" intellectually, but must have a "born 
again" experience. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June, 1923 

WAS THE CHURCH RIGHT THEN? 

Charles Yearout 

Without laws and the execution of law, no government can 
exist. A law that is not enforced, is a dead letter. In order to have 
unity and harmony, there must be rules and regulations, and all 
must regard and line up to these rules and regulations. "Let us 
walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." Phil. 3:16. 

For many years, the church executed and carried out discipline 
and church government, maintaining that her government was 
founded upon the eternal truth of God. Was the church right in 
enforcing government and discipline? 

For many decades the church upheld and enforced non- 
conformity to the world; even dismissing from the fellowship of the 
church, those that were arbitrary and disobedient. Was the church 
right in enforcing the non-conformity to the world principles? 
Rom. 12:2; II Thess. 3:6. 

From her organization the church through her ministry, 
preached and contended for the observance of all the doctrines of 
the New Testament. It was these doctrines that brought the 
Church of the Brethren into existence. As a result of her preaching 
and contending for the observance of these commands, 
thousands of members of other churches united with the Church 
of the Brethren, in order that they might obey these commands 
and doctrines, that were not taught nor practiced in the churches 
from which they came. Was the church right in preaching and 
contending for the observance of these commands? Matt. 28:20. 

The church taught that it was wrong to wear jewelry and gold 
ornamentation, and disfellowshipped those who were dis- 
obedient. Was the church right in forbidding the wearing of 
jewelry and gold ornaments? I Tim. 2:9; I Peter 3:3. 

For many years the church forbade the use of musical 
instruments in the church houses and the worship of God; 
claiming the New Testament taught that the members composing 
the body of Christ, should sing and make melody in their hearts 
unto the Lord, and not dumb wooden instruments. Was the church 
right in not allowing musical instruments to be used in the houses 
of God and His worship? I Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16. 

For many decades, the church forbade the affiliation and co- 
operation of her members with those of different faiths and 
practices, alleging, that God's people should be a separate people. 
Was the church right, in forbidding such affiliation and 
cooperation? II Cor. 6:17; Rom. 16:17; Rev. 18:4. 



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In the history of the church in the past, she always contended 
for, and practiced the kneeling posture in prayer. There is not an 
instance recorded in the Bible where audible acceptable prayer 
was made standing on the feet. Was the church right, in 
contending for and practicing the kneeling posture in prayer? I 
Kings 8:54; Psa. 95:6; Dan. 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60; 21:5. 

For long years the church taught and gave a free Gospel, and 
discountenanced and forbade a salaried or hireling ministry. Was 
the church right, in thus opposing and forbidding a salaried or 
hireling ministry? I Cor. 9:18; John 10:12-13. There is a vast 
difference in supporting a man, that he may give his time to the 
ministry of the word, and a hiring out, and preaching for money. 

The church formerly required that her church houses be plain, 
in keeping with her plain, simple dressing and living. Was the 
church right, in requiring plain houses in which to worship God, 
and practice a plain religion? I Cor. 10:31. 

Formerly the church, forbade her members to follow the vain, 
gaudy fashions of this world. Following the styles and fashions of 
this world, brought the member or members doing so under 
censure and the discipline of the church. Was the church right in 
enforcing this order, and thus keeping her members out of the 
vortex of worldlyism? I John 2:15-17; James 4:4; I Peter 1:14. 

The church forbade the desecration of God's houses, with 
games, parties, money grabbing socials, and unsound preaching. 
Was the church right, in thus zealously guarding the sanctity and 
purity of God's house? John 2:16; II John 10:11. 

The church always forbade and advised against the taking an 
active part in political campaigns, and the heated passions, strife 
and hatred engendered by them. Was the church right, in giving 
and enforcing this counsel? 

In the past, when a member or members transgressed, did 
wrong, committed a crime, or departed from the simplicity of the 
Gospel; they were visited, and cited to the church meetings, where 
they were required by the church to make their wrongs right. This 
was the universal practice of the church, so far as my knowledge 
goes. Was the church right, in thus discipling her members? Gal. 
6:1; James 5:19-20. 

In years gone by, the Gospel Messenger, the official organ and 
mouthpiece of the church, taught editorially, and by contributors 
all the tenants and doctrines peculiar to the church. People did not 
have to ask what we believed, or what our doctrines were, where 
the Messenger circulated. Was the Gospel Messenger as the 
mouthpiece of the church right, in thus keeping our distinctive 
doctrines and practices constantly before the people, and con- 
tending for the observance of the same? Matt. 28:20; Jude 3. 



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The church claimed to be guided and directed by the Holy Spirit, 
in arriving at the conclusion, that it was necessary to observe all 
things commanded in the New Testament, and refrain from doing 
anything that is condemned or forbidden in the New Testament. 
Was the church right, in alleging that she was led to do as she did, 
by the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit? John 1416-17 
26; 16:13. 

If the Holy Spirit dwelt in the church in the past, and directed 
her in the things she did, causing her to practice all the command- 
ments, and holding herself aloft from the styles and fashions of 
this old world, and the worldly alliances and amalgamations. Is the 
church right, in departing from her ancient moorings, and falling in 
line with the world in its ever changing styles and fashions? The 
blessed old book has not changed, it reads and teaches just as it 
did in ages past. 

A number of years ago, when the Annual Meeting was held at 
Lawrence, Kansas, I arrived on the grounds early one morning, 
and met a brother that introduced me to another brother as one of 
his converts. He said to the brother: "Brother Yearout was just a 
boy a short time ago, and here he is one of our able ministers." I 
said to Brother S. "You claim me as one of your converts, but since 
my conversion you have left the church (he had united with the 
Progressive Brethren), and do not preach and teach as you did 
when I united with the church. You used to preach and contend 
for nonconformity to the world. Has the good old Book changed? 
Either you did not teach the Scriptures right then, or you are wrong 
now. I believe and teach what you formerly taught." He said, "It 
was I that has changed. The good Book reads just as it always 
did." He had departed from much of the teachings of the Book, 
which he formerly held as binding upon the followers of Christ. 
If the things taught and practiced by the church in the past were 
indicated by the Holy Spirit, then it is wrong to depart from them. 
The church always taught and practiced the Salutation of the 
holy kiss, until recent years, when it is set aside by many. Was the 
church right in teaching and practicing the Salutation of the holy 
kiss? Rom. 16:16; I Cor. 16:20; I Thess. 5:26; I Peter 5:14. 

The church as far back as I can remember, taught and required 
the sisters to wear the prayer covering in time of prayer and 
prophesying; but if we were to judge by the practice of many today 
would we have to conclude, that they only pray upon love feast 
occasions. Was the church right in teaching and requiring the 
sisters to wear the prayer covering in time of prayer and worship? 
Did the Holy Spirit guide the church in the teaching and practicing 
this part of the inspired word? I Cor. 11:4-16. 



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GIVING UP THE SEMICOLON 

J. H. Moore 

Henry Clay Trumbull, for years editor of the Sunday School 
Times, while always kind, fairly pliable and reasonable in the end, 
had notions of his own, and sometimes he clung to them with 
considerable tenacity, even when confronted by others in whose 
judgment he had much confidence. He was much given to the use 
of the semicolon, in his writings, and sometimes used it where the 
comma more properly belonged. One day his proofreader called 
his attention to the wrong use of the semicolon, telling him that the 
comma should be employed instead. He chose to differ with her, 
though she was an expert at the business and had been reading 
proof for him for years. The matter happened to come up again 
and the managing editor took sides with the proofreader. Mr. 
Trumbull stood by his semicolon, arguing the case with both of 
them. Becoming a little agitated he put on his hat and started out, 
but before closing the door behind him, said, in his emphatic way, 
that he would give up editorial work on the paper before he would 
give up that semicolon. After walking around awhile, he returned, 
looking perfectly reconciled, and said to his proofreader and 
managing editor that he had decided to give up the semicolon. 

But the semicolon people are not all dead yet, nor are they 
disposed to give up their semicolon. They get pet notions and 
hang to them as though their very life and prosperity depended 
upon some particular way of doing or looking at things. It is well 
for Christian men and women to cling to principles with all 
reasonable firmness, but when it comes to methods, in which the 
judgment of others may be of value, it will be found exceedinly 
unwise to persist in having our own way, regardless of results. 
Many a man has sacrificed much for a pet notion that was of no 
special value. This has been the case in matters pertaining to 
domestic and business matters as well as religious matters. Men 
have been known to give up the church rather than surrender some 
pet notion of little consequence. Families have been divided and 
broken up because of a few pet notions. Some of these pet notions 
have severed strong ties of friendship, and it is to be feared that 
some of them have kept people out of heaven. It will often be 
found wise to do like Mr. Trumbull, — decide to give up the 
semicolon. 

Selected from Our Saturday Night 
by Sister Susie St. John 



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A SEPARATED PEOPLE 

To be among God's chosen people, we must be separated from 
the works of darkness. Christ was and He is the light of the world. 
True Christians are a light to those living in darkness. 

The separated Christian life is far above the works of darkness. 
We cannot walk in the evils of the world and condemn them. "Be 
ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what 
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what 
concord hath Christ with belial?" God's chosen people have 
separated themselves from the evils of the world. "Wherefore 
come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, 
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." "For such 
an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, 
separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." Heb. 
7:26. 

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but 
rather reprove them. Our faithful foreparents believed in being 
separated from the works of darkness. They believed in living a 
decent and respectful life. We are called from the works of 
darkness to the true and marvelous light of the Gospel. The light 
of the world is Jesus. Come to the light it is shining for thee. If we 
cast our lot with the faithful few, we are to be separated from evil 
and united with truth and righteousness. 

Today, as ever before, God's call is to come out from those who 
are living in darkness, separate and become a bright and shining 
light. With a true Christian life, we will always have God's 
protection. 

We are instructed in the saving Gospel of Christ if any man teach 
otherwise and consent not to wholesome words from such 
withdraw thyself. We cannot be faithful and true and give support 
to apostates. We are to believe not every spirit but try the spirits 
whether they are of God because many false prophets are in the 
world. John says the spirit of antichrist shall come and even then 
was already in the world. It is important that we give no support to 
the antichrist. 

"Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof from 
such turn away." The saving gospel of Christ will lead us in the 
way of truth and righteousness. Jesus said, "No man cometh unto 
the father but by me." The way of the cross leads home. 

At the second coming of our Saviour there shall be a great 
separation. At that time it will be too late to accept the plan of 
salvation that was brought here from Heaven. It is the greatest and 
most glorious gift we can receive. We must meet the required 



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conditions of God's Word. Do we seek to do our best? It takes a 
life separated from the forces of evil in this life to be qualified for 
the glorious eternal life to come. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
Rt. 9 Box 860 
Plant City, Florida 



THERE ARE TWO SEAS IN PALESTINE 

There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. 
Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches 
over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters. 

Along its shores the children play, as children played when He 
was there. He loved it. He could look across its silver surface 
when He spoke His parables. And on a rolling plain not far away 
He fed five thousand people. 

The river Jordan makes this sea with sparkling water from the 
hills. So it laughs in the sunshine. And men build their houses 
near to it, and birds their nests; and every kind of life is happier 
because it is there. 

The river Jordan flows on south into another sea. 

There is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no 
children's laughter. Travelers choose another route, unless on 
urgent business. The air hangs heavy above its waters, and neither 
man nor beast nor fowl will drink. 

What makes this mighty difference in these neighbor seas? Not 
the river Jordan. If empties the same good water into both. Not the 
soil in which they lie; not the country round about. 

This is the difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not 
keep the Jordan. For every drop that flows into it another drop 
flows out. The giving and receiving go on in equal measure. 

The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. It will 
not be tempted into any generous impulse. Every drop it gets, it 
keeps. 

Jhe Sea of Galilee gives and lives. 
This other sea gives nothing. 
It is named DEAD. 

There are two kinds of people in the world. 

There are two seas in Palestine. 

Selected by Sister Grace Reed 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Date E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, CA 95326 

(209) 883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

(913) 754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

(515) 677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, PA 17340 

(717) 359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5, Box 97 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

(317) 395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1 Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

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VOL. LXI 



JUNE 15, 1983 



NO. 12 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to he more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



FAITH OF OUR FATHERS 

Faith of our fathers! living still 
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword: 
O how our hearts beat high with joy 
Whene'er we hear that glorious word! 
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death! 

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark, 
Were still in heart and conscience free: 
How sweet would be their children's fate, 
If they, like them, could die for thee! 
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death! 

Faith of our fathers! we will love 

Both friend and foe in all our strife: 

And preach thee, too, as love knows how, 

By kindly words and virtuous life: 

Faith of our fathers! holy faith! 

We will be true to thee till death! 



Frederick W. Faber 



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FATHER ABRAHAM 

Abraham was one of the greatest men to ever serve God. He 
is not only accounted to be great by the Jew but also by the 
Muslim and the Christian. The Jew looks to Abraham as his father 
through the Son of promise, Isaac. The Muslim looks to him as his 
father through his son Ishmael. The Christian looks to him as the 
father of the faithful. 

Abraham's great faith ever marks him as a servant of God. When 
God spoke Abraham listened then obeyed. God called him from 
his homeland, from his father's house, where idolatry had become 
common. Abraham left and followed God's direction even though 
God did not reveal just where he was headed. We find his faith- 
fulness rewarded materially as well as Spiritually. His faith was 
strong enough he was willing to give Lot first and apparently best 
choice of the land. He knew God would continue to provide for 
him. 

Finally the promised Son, Isaac, was born. But there came in a 
few years an even greater test of Abraham's faith. He must take 
this long-awaited son upon the mountain to offer as a sacrifice. 
Abraham complied completely with God's command. He was not 
only faithful enough to obey God but also to believe that God 
would provide some alternate sacrifice. It was a great test of that 
faith when everything was carried out to the last detail and down to 
the last moment. God did provide and all since could look back to 
faithful Father Abraham. 

Abraham was not only the father of Isaac and his natural 
descendants but all who have been faithful like him. The events 
of Abraham's life point to another father and another Son of 
Promise. 

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descendant of Abraham. The Jews took great pride in their natural 
descent from Abraham. But John the Baptist declared that God 
could raise up children unto Abraham from the rocks. This spoke 
not only of God's power but also of the Jew's hard hearts. They 
were hard hearted for they lacked the faith that distinguished their 
supposed father, Abraham. Abraham had a fleshly, lively heart of 
faith. God expects us to have fleshly hearts like Abraham's. 

Abraham's Spiritual descendants are not just Jews. All nations 
and kindreds and tribes have the possibility of being one of his 
children of faith. There are many national and artificial boundaries 
that separate men. But faith breaks these boundaries down, "...for 
ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Paul then declares that if we are 
Christ's then we are of Abraham's seed. By being spiritually 
descended from Abraham we are heirs of the promise given by 
God to Abraham and others of the faithful. 

We do not have the complete fulfillment of all these promises 
in this life but must pass from life unto life eternal in order to enjoy 
them in their perfection. We are like children, who although they 
are heirs yet because of their immaturity can not exercise power 
over their inheritance. Children are as servants until they reach 
their maturity and can handle the responsibility of their position. 
We as earthbound Christians are children of God but yet we are 
not in His physical presence. It is by faith that we have that 
relationship and know that we are indeed His children. As 
immature heirs we become as servants here so we might learn the 
proper activities to please our Father not only here but especially 
when the inheritance is ours in the eternal Heavens. We must learn 
here how to do His will and to praise Him. If we do not learn that 
here, how will we be able in Heaven to please Him. If we do not 
learn humility here, will we be willing to cast our crowns before 
Him in Heaven? If we do not learn these lessons during our 
sojourn here then there will be no inheritance for us there. 
Abraham learned these lessons well. He had faith and he lived that 
faith. 

Abraham was a faithful father not only to Isaac and his 
descendants but also to all his Spiritual children. Christian fathers 
have the opportunity to not only be a good father in providing the 
natural and material needs of their families but also to provide for 
their Spiritual needs. Are you a Father Abraham to your family? 

• •••••• 

Faith makes a Christian; Life proves a Christian; Death crowns a 
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FATHERS DAY THOUGHTS 

It takes alot of effort to be a successful father, much more than 
many are willing to put into it. Being a father is a full-time job 
just as surely as being a mother is a full-time job. Providing for the 
family is a part of this, but until provision is made to feed the 
children's souls, the job is incomplete. It isn't easy to instill good 
spiritual values in children in this time of so much irreverence 
and outright rejection of God, but if you don't do this, who will? 

Sometimes children do not follow ail they have been taught, 
especially when they get older and live independently, but if you 
hope for a good outcome, you must do your best to teach them 
what's right. If you don't, the time will come when you will grieve 
and regret your carelessness. You get one chance to do this 
teaching — when the children are young. The fife you live before 
them as well as the teaching you give will determine what your 
children learn about God. 

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the 
Church, and gave himself for it." Eph. 5:25. A father asked a 
psychiatrist what was the best thing he could do for his children. 
He was thinking of material wealth, traveling, and so forth. The 
psychiatrist said, "The best thing you can do for your children is 
to love their mother." Your relationship with your wife is very 
important to the well-being of your children. Proverbs 31 tells us 
about a very ambitious woman who made sure her family's needs 
were met. Her husband no doubt had a big part to play in her 
success as a wife and mother. 

"Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them 
up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Eph. 6:4. "Train 
up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not 
depart from it." Prov. 22:6. Training is reinforcing what you've 
already taught through day to day correction. It should be done in 
such a way that your children want to serve the Lord, rather than 
rebel against Him. Such training must be done in love, not out of 
a spirit of criticism. 

You may not be a natural father, but you can still be a spiritual 
father to someone who needs to come to Christ. You, too, must 
be motivated by Christ's love or you cannot succeed. It takes this 
special love to enable you to give of yourself, even when you get 
nothing back. A Godly father loves his children even when they 
can't or don't respond, and a spiritual father will do the same. 
Sometimes you must love and encourage for a long time before 
tyou will see any results. 

Fathers can't change grown children, but God can. If you have 
failed as a father or are on the verge of failure, ask God to help 
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your children, keep on. For fathers, there's never a quitting time. 
"Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy 
mother when she is old." Prov. 23:22. Children, do you respect 
your father (and your mother)? You should, and doubly so if he's 
a good Christian man. If you want your father to have a happy 
Father's Day, let him know you care and have respect for him. If 
you've been like the prodigal son, now is the time to return home 
and become what you should be. Your conduct as a son or a 
daughter is important to the well-being of the entire family whether 
you live with your parents or not. "He that begetteth a wise child 
shall have joy of him." Prov. 23:24. Will your father be happy this 
Father's Day because of you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



BROKEN THINGS 

God uses most for His glory those people and things which are 
most perfectly broken. The sacrifices He accepts are broken and 
contrite hearts. It was the thorough breaking down of Jacob's 
natural strength at Peniel that got him where God could clothe 
him with spiritual power. It was by breaking the surface of the 
rock at Horeb by the stroke of Moses' rod, that it let out the cool 
waters to thirsty people. 

It was when the three hundred soldiers under Gideon broke 
their pitchers, a type of breaking themselves, that the hidden lights 
shone forth to the consternation of their adversaries. 

It was when Esther risked her life and broke through the rigid 
etiquette of a heathen court that she obtained favor to rescue her 
people from death. It was when Jesus took the five loaves and 
broke them, that the bread was multiplied in the very act of 
breaking, sufficient to feed five thousand. It was when Jesus 
allowed His precious body to be broken to pieces by thorns and 
nails and spear, that His inner life was poured out, like a crystal 
ocean for thirsty sinners to drink and live. 

Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and 
broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and 
broken in worldly reputation, and broken in their affections, and 
broken oft-times in health, and those who are despised, and seem 
utterly helpless and forlorn, the Holy Ghost is seizing upon, and 
using for God's glory. It is "the lame that take the prey," Isaiah 
tells us. It is the weak that overcome the devil. God is waiting to 
take hold of our failures and nothingness and shine through them. 

Selected by Brother Lester Flora 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE PRAISE OF MEN 

John 12:37-50 

Do you like to be commended for doing what is right? I'm sure 
you do and I suppose most people do. I had a good father and 
when I did something good and obeyed him, he was always 
pleased and said so. When I disobeyed him or did something 
wrong, I was punished. I didn't like that so well even though I 
knew I deserved it. That is the way it should be and it is called 
discipline. That's the way we learn right from wrong. 

Jesus did many miracles and yet many of the Jews didn't believe 
that Jesus was their Messiah — the one whom God sent to deliver 
them from their sins. The Bible does say that many believed on 
Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest 
they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the 
praise of men more than the praise of God! 

The synagogues of the Jews were like what we would call the 
churches today. It was considered a shame for a man to be put 
out of the synagogue. The leaders of the synagogues had become 
so self important that they could not lower themselves to believe 
on a humble, meek, poor man like Jesus. Even though He was the 
Son of God, He made Himself of no reputation. He had no home of 
His own and He didn't care for wealth. He came to teach people 
about the love of God. Not to confess that they believed on Jesus 
was far worse than to be put out of the synagogue! Don't you think 
so? 

The praise of men is not always right. Sometimes we get praised 
for doing something wrong and that doesn't make it good. Jesus 
said, "I am the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh 
unto the Father but by me." And, "He that rejecteth me, and 
receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him; the word that I 
have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." 

We know that Jesus told us the truth. That's what He came for, 
and He died on a cruel cross that He might pay the price of sin that 
everyone had committed that ever lived or ever would live. Now 
we must choose to accept Jesus as our Saviour or we cannot be 
forgiven. 

Someday Jesus will say to them that have believed on Him and 
confessed Him before men and have been faithful to Him, "Come, 
ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from 
the foundation of the world." Matt. 25:34. But to them that did 
not the will of the Father in heaven, Jesus will say, "I never knew 
you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matt. 8:23. 

Do you like the praise of men more than the praise of God? 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

PRAYER 

Prayer is probably the most talked about experience and the 
least practiced aspect of anyone's Christian life. Every Christian 
pays lip service to the importance of it but most young people, if 
they are honest, must confess that their practice falls somewhat 
short of their preaching. 

Satan does all he can to keep you from prayer. He takes away 
your discipline, tells you it is hard work and boring, convinces you 
it goes unanswered and confuses you as to what prayer really is. 

I was told once by a high school student that "she just came to 
realize that ever since she had become a Christian, she looked 
upon prayer as a means of persuading God to do what she wanted 
Him to do... a kind of religious arm twisting!" She actually put her 
finger on a fatal flaw, not only in prayer life, but also in that of our 
total Christian experience. Many churches and Christians try to 
collect prayers with much the same zeal as politicians collect 
signatures on a petition. The idea is the more prayers for me... 
the more blessings I receive. This would suggest that God is 
influenced mainly by the arithmetic of prayer. We are raised in a 
mathematical world but God is concerned about how seriously we 
take the matter of prayer (and that includes our attitude toward the 
prayer meeting) but He is not a God of arithmetic relative to 
prayer. 

Prayer is a very interesting thing. It is sort of like air. Air is 
around us all the time and exerts 14.7 pounds per square inch of 
pressure on our bodies. But even though that air is there, it does 
not become breath until we take it into our lungs. So, God is with 
us and surrounds us all the time and when we admit His presence 
into our minds, when we begin to communicate with Him, this is 
prayer. It is letting God into our life and allowing Him to fill us up. 
It is NOT just a shopping list... but it is a two way communication. 
He is just standing at the door of our hearts knocking and we must 
let Him in. Prayer is both listening and talking! It is continual, as 
we learn in I Thess. 5:17. Now, that is not non-stop audible 
conversation, but admitting Him into our thoughts at all times just 
as we take air into our lungs constantly. 

We need to cultivate making prayer an "automatic" part of our 
existance. He should be admitted into every facet of daily life 
and listen for His communication to us. Actually, listening for God 
is best experienced through reading His Word. That, in reality, is 
the part of prayer where God communicates back to us visually. 

Prayer is fellowship with Someone we love and we should 
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There are several conditions that allow us to be truly effective 
in our prayer life. First of all we must have faith. (James 1:7) In 
reality, prayer is a sense of harmony with God and harmony is 
found in faith, not doubt and suspicion. Faith is like a muscle. The 
more we use it, the stronger it becomes. 

We must have a right motive. God's will must be considered and 
sought. If we ask against His Word, can we expect a positive 
answer? 

Living in Jesus is required. We must be abiding in Him (John 
15:7) Along with this is a pure heart. If there is abiding sin in our 
life, we can not fellowship with God. No Christian can live with 
sin, but we can remain in fellowship with God only by confessing 
sin and being forgiven. "I am sorry" and "I was wrong" are 
effective phrases for prayer. 

Finally, we must have a forgiving spirit. Many prayers, I think, 
bounce right off the ceiling because we do not forgive others. We 
might be in the right... so was Jesus... but the unforgiving spirit 
not only ruins our fellowship with another person, but also with 
God. 

(Next issue: Kinds of prayers) 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 

HAVE YOU SEEN JESUS? 

At the close of a day ask yourself, "Did I see Jesus today?" If 
you must shamefully say, "No", stop the next day from your daily 
duties and take time to see Jesus. You may say that you visit with 
Him everyday in prayer, but do you really see Him. You may ask, 
"Where is He? I thought He rose from the dead and is no longer 
on this earth." Jesus can be found everywhere. 

Matthew 5 tells that we can find Jesus in the poor, hungry 
person, that soul and body which thirsts for water and spiritual 
understanding, the stranger who stops by your house, the person 
who needed clothing, and the prisoner who is very lonely sitting in 
his cell. What did you do today? Did you feed the hungry, or did 
you push them out saying that they were not hungry they were 
just putting up a front? Did you share God's Word with those who 
were thirsty for it? Or did you give it to them watered down or not 
at all? Then there is that stranger who arrived on your doorstep 
this morning. What did you do with him? Did you welcome him 
into your home sharing God's precious word with him? Or did you 
shut the door on his face thinking it was a robber or rapist instead 
of trusting in the Lord. As you were cleaning out drawers, what 
did you do with all the old clothes? Were they pitched out or were 
they given to Jesus, via a needy family? Did you forget about the 
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day? It is not necessary to visit them every day, but a phone call, 
or a letter just might brighten their day. 

Yes, you can see Jesus through all these helpful actions. Jesus 
is in every good thing. He needs you to share His love, and to 
spread His Word that he does CARE. 

Jesus is not just in people, He is everywhere. Leave early for 
work and along the way stop to see Jesus. Notice how colorful 
the fields look. Look a little harder and you will see Jesus as He 
travels through the wheat field when the wind blows. His move- 
ments are ever so graceful. Now move your eyes over to the trees. 
Can you see Jesus in them with His hands outstretched to the 
heavens. Also notice that each tree shows Jesus in a different 
way just like there are different kinds of trees. Listen to the 
bubbling brook it calls out Jesus' name. As you look at the 
reflection in the water, did you see Jesus in the clear blue water? 
Or were you just fascinated by the reflection the trees made on 
the water. 

While you were mumbling about the weather did you realize you 
were saying this to Jesus? On a bright sunny day it is easy to see 
Jesus in the sun, sun rays, and the clear blue sky. As soon as it 
starts to rain you mumble and grumble about the weather. Would 
there be any reason for Jesus to leave? No, each raindrop is 
Jesus. Each raindrop is bringing the beauty that surrounds us. 
The bright flowers, green trees, vegetables and so forth. The 
thunderstorm is a great place to see Jesus. As the lightning lights 
up the heavens it is sending the light so you can see Jesus better. 
The thunder rolls through the earth proclaiming Jesus' name. The 
next time you are in a thunderstorm look for Jesus in the lightning 
and listen for the thunder to proclaim His name. So many people 
are scared of the storms: thunder, tornadoes and hurricanes. But 
if you would just sit back and look for Jesus in that storm He will 
calm every fear. He is using each storm to give you more strength 
to be with Him. 

As you go through your days take time to look for Jesus. He is 
always in plain view, but you must be willing to look for Him. 
Rejoice in what the Lord hath made. 

For a concluding thought I would like to share a song that is 
special to me. I am unaware of the author but the title is Jesus My 
Lord. 

JESUS MY LORD 

Have you seen Jesus my Lord? 

He's here in plain view. 

Take a look open your eyes 

Hell show it to you. 

Have you ever looked at the sunset 



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With the sky mellowing red? 

And the clouds suspended like feathers? 

Then I say, you've seen Jesus, My Lord... 

Have you ever stood at the ocean 
With the white foam at your feet, 
Felt the endless thundering motion? 
Then I say, you've seen Jesus, My Lord... 

Have you ever looked at the cross 

With a man hanging in pain 

And the look of love in His eyes? 

Then I say, you've seen Jesus, My Lord... 

Have you ever stood in the family 
With the Lord there in your midst, 
Seen the face of Christ on your brother? 
Then I say, you've seen Jesus, My Lord. 

In Christ's Glory, 
Sister Mabel L. Sweitzer 
R.D. #3 Box 92 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

"GOSSIP TOWN" 

Have you ever heard of "Gossip Town," 
On the shore of "Falsehood Bay," 
Where old "Dame Rumor" with rustling gown 
Is going the livelong day? 

It isn't far to "Gossip Town" 

For people who want to go. 

The "Idleness Train, will take you down, 

In just an hour or so. 

The "Thoughtless Road" is a popular route, 

And most folks start that way. 

But it's steep downgrade; if you don't look out, 

You'll land in "Falsehood Bay." 

You glide through the valley of "Vicious Folk," 
And into the "Tunnel of Hate"; 
Then crossing the "Add-to-Bridge," 
You walk into the city gate. 

The principal street is called "They Say," 
And "I've Heard" is the public well; 
The breezes that blow from "Falsehood Bay" 
Are laden with "Don't-you-Tell." 

In the midst of the town is "Tell-Tale-Park"; 
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Its owner is "Madame Suspicious Remark," 
Who lives on the street "Don't Care." 

Just back of the park is "Slander Row." 
Twas there that "Good Name" died, 
Pierced by a dart from "Jealousy's bow, 
In the hands of "Envious Pride." 

From "Gossip Town," peace long since fled, 
But "Trouble, Grief, and Woe," 
And "Sorrow and Care" you'll meet instead, 
If you ever chance to go. 

Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 



GET SOMEBODY ELSE 

Author Unknown 

The Lord had a job for me 

But I had so much to do 

I said, "You get somebody else, or 

Wait till I get through." 

I don't know how the Lord came out; 

No doubt He got along; 

But I felt kind of sneaking like, 

I knew I'd done God wrong. 

One day I needed the Lord, 
Needed Him right away; 
But He never answered me at all, 
And I could hear Him say, 
Down in my accusing heart, 
"Child, I've got too much to do, 
You get somebody else, 
Or wait until I get through." 

Now when the Lord has a job for me to do, 

I never try to shirk. 

I drop what I have on hand, 

And do the Lord's good work. 

And my affairs can run along 
Or wait until I get through; 
Nobody else can do the work 
That God has marked out for you. 

Selected by Brother Harold Musselman 



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IF GOD SHOULD GO ON STRIKE 

It's just a good thing that God above 

Has never gone on strike 
Because He wasn't treated fair 

For things He didn't like. 
If He had ever once sat down 

And said, "that's it, I'm through! 
I've had enough of those on earth 

So this is what I'll do. 

I'll give my order to the sun, 

Cut off your heat supply, 
And to the moon, give no more light 

And run the ocean dry. 
Then, just to really make it tough 

And put the pressure on 
Turn off the air and oxygen 

Till every breath is gone. 

Do you know He'd be justified 

If fairness was the game. 
For no one has been more abused 

Or treated with distain 
Than God and yet He carries on 

Supplying you and me, 
With all the favors of His grace 

And everything for free. 

Men say they want a better deal 

And so on strike they go. 
But what a deal we've given God 

To Whom everything we owe. 
We don't care whom we hurt or harm 

To gain the things we like 
But what a mess we'd all be in 

If God should go on strike. 

- Anonymous 

Selected by Brother Paul Eberly 



>••• • •• 



The man who expects to go to heaven should take the trouble to 
study the route to get there. 



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"REVEREND IS HIS NAME" 

Whose name is Reverend? It is striking that the word, 
"reverend", is found only once in the Bible, and that in reference 
to God. It appears in Psalm 111:9, "He sent redemption unto his 
people: He hath commanded his covenant forever: holy and 
reverend is his name." This verse clearly tells us that God's name 
is reverend and we never find any other name in the Scriptures 
called thus. How then can any mortal man, be he ever so godly 
and worthy of esteem, be given or take a title which is only given to 
God in His Word? Reverend is an attribute which only belongs to 
God. The word is never used in connection with any servant of 
God in the Old or New Testaments, and therefore this title should 
never be used by any servant of God today, or given by anyone 
to any minister. 

The Word of God surely teaches that Christ's servants and 
ministers should be esteemed and honored. I Thess. 5:12-13 says: 
"And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among 
you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you: and to 
esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake." And I Tim. 
5:17 exhorts that even "the elders that rule will be counted worthy 
of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and 
doctrine." But nowhere in the Bible is there even a hint given that 
they who labor thus should be called "Reverend", and so forth. 
Our esteem and honor is not to be shown by giving them a title that 
only belongs to God. This is irreverence of Him and certainly 
displeasing to the One to whom all honor and glory belong. 

The words of C. H. Spurgeon are worthy of note in this 
connection: "There are a great many reverend, very reverend, and 
right reverend sinners in the world. For myself I desire to be 
known henceforth simply as a servant of God, and I want my walk 
and conversation to prove that I am His servant indeed. If I, the 
servant of God, am to be esteemed in any measure by my fellow- 
Christians, it shall not be because in front of my name an attribute 
stolen from God has been placed by an ordaining council." 

God spoke of Moses in these words — "My servant Moses... is 
faithful in all mine house." (Num. 12:7). What a great honor this is; 
to be called by God "my servant." So the apostles in prayer to God 
spoke of themselves as "Thy servants" (Acts 4:29). And in Phil. 
1:1, Paul and Timotheus called themselves "the servants of Jesus 
Christ." Surely this is honor enough. 

The Lord said to His disciples: "Be not ye called Rabbi (Master or 
Teacher): for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are 
brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is 
your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for 
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shall be your servant." Matt. 23:8-11. Certainly these words are 
plain enough against all present-day ministerial titles. 

Even way back in the days of Job, Elihu said: "Let me not, I 
pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering 
titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles: in so 
doing my Maker would soon take me away" (Job 32:21-22). It is 
surely out of place for followers of the rejected and crucified 
Saviour to bear flattering titles. We are rather to expect to receive 
abusive titles from the world as did our Lord. "Doctor of Divinity" 
was never given as a title by the Holy Spirit to any man. The word 
"pastor" (with a small p), describes the nature of one of the gifts 
from the Lord and is not used as a title in Scripture. 

Has the reader learned to give reverence and honor unto the 
Lord God? Do you know Him as the One that has "sent 
redemption unto his people" and that "hath commanded his 
covenant for ever"? If you do not know God as the One who has 
sent His Son to be your Saviour and Redeemer, we would here 
lovingly direct your attention to His wonderful salvation for you in 
Christ Jesus, "Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver 
us from this present evil world." (Gal. 1:4) 

You need to be redeemed from your sins if you would go to 
heaven and be eternally blessed. God's Word says in I Peter 
1:18, 19: "Knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible 
things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed 
down from your fathers; but with precious blood, as of a lamb 
without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ" 
(Revised Version). This is the only way to be redeemed and saved. 
The blood of Christ is the only payment that will satisfy God about 
your sins. Will you accept it and Himself as yours? 

If you come as a sinner to God and trust in Christ's shed blood 
for your redemption, you will then know the blessings of His 
covenant which He hath commanded for ever. We are told of 
these covenant blessings in Hebrews 10:16: "This is the covenant 
that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put 
my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them: and 
their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." 

Then when you are redeemed by the blood of Christ and know 
your sins are forgiven, you will praise the Lord for His great 
salvation and proclaim, "Holy and reverend is HIS name." Yes, He 
alone is worthy of all honor, reverence, praise, and glory. He is 
a "jealous God" and His glory He will not give to another (Deut. 
5:9; Is. 42:8). 

Selected 



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SPECIAL! GET YOUR SUMMER TUNEUP NOW! 

1. Adjust your light so others may see your good works. 

2. Set your timing so as to conform with the schedule. 

3. Adjust the proper brakes on your tongue, as this is a 
slippery one. 

4. Tune your heart and have the peace that passeth all under- 
standing. 

5. Align your direction that you may be able to steer yourself up 
the straight and narrow road of life without a wreck. 

6. Set your mind on pure, holy and noble things. 

7. Overhaul your life for a quick start and a sure victory. 

8. De-winterize your heart with love. 

9. Lubricate your body with the oil of the Holy Spirit. 
10. Retire with full assurance of eternal life. 

Selected by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 

NEWS ITEMS 

PRAYER REQUEST 

Sister Margaret Marks has been in the Plant City Hospital for 
emergency treatment. She has improved rapidly and was dis- 
charged in three days. We feel the need of and appreciate your 
prayers in our behalf. Brother j F Marks 

SELECTED MATERIAL 

It will be noted by our readers that this issue contains an over- 
abundance of selected material. While this material does have 
Spiritual lessons for us, it would be our preference to have more 
original material. The amount of original material in our files is 
very low at this time. This situation gives you a choice. You may 
either vote to have selected material by your inaction or you may 
vote for original material by writing. 

Thank You 
The Editor 
A WORD OF THANKS AND PRAISE 

I want to thank you all, who remembered me in your prayers, 
cards, flowers, food, telephone calls, and the visits while I was so 
sick. I still could stand more improvement. 

John 15:12, Christ spoke. "This is my commandment that ye 
love one another as I have loved you. Matt. 25:40, Christ says, "In 
as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these' my 
brethren ye have done it unto me." Surely it was the Holy Spirit 
who leads when Brothers, Sisters and friends pray and have 
remembered me in this manner. Thanking you again and I pray 
God will bless you all. 

Sister Wilma Bittinger 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS 
EARS TO 

Memory Verse: 2 Chron. 24:19 
Yet he sent prophets to them, to 
bring them again unto the Lord; 
and they testified against them: 
but they would not give ear. 

Fri. 1 - 2 Kings 19:20-37 

Sat. 2 - 2 Kings 21:1-26 



Memory Verse: 2 Chron. 34:30 
And the king went up into the 
house of the Lord, and all the 
men of Judah, and the inhabi- 
tants of Jerusalem, and the 
priests, and the Levites, and all 
the people, great and small: and 
he read in their ears all of the 
words of the book of the 
covenant that was found in the 
house of the Lord. 
Sun. 3 - 2 Kings 23:1-20 
Mon. 4 - 2 Kings 23:21-37 
Tues. 5 - 1 Chron. 17:1-27 
Wed. 6 - 2 Chron. 6:1-21 
Thur. 7 - 2 Chron. 6:22-42 
Fri. 8 - 2 Chron. 7:1-22 
Sat. 9 - 2 Chron. 24:1-27 



Memory Verse: Neh. 8:3 
And he read therein before the 
street that was before the water 
gate from the morning until mid- 
day, before the men and the 
women, and those that could 
understand; and the ears of ail 
the people were attentive unto 
the book of the law. 

Sun. 10 - 2 Chron. 34:1-17 

Mon. 11-2 Chron. 34:18-33 

Tues. 12 - Neh. 1:1-11 

Wed. 13 - Neh. 8:1-18 

Thur. 14 - Neh. 9:1-20 

Fri. 15 - Neh. 9:21-38 

Sat. 16 - Job 4:1-21 



FOR JULY, 1983 
HEAR 

Memory Verse: Neh. 9:30 
Yet many years didst thou for- 
bear them, and testifiedst against 
them by thy spirit in thy prophets: 
yet would they not give ear: 
therefore gavest thou them into 
the hand of the people of the 
lands. 

Sun. 17 - Job 12:1-25 

Mon. 18 - Job 13:1-28 

Tues. 19 - Job 15:1-16 

Wed. 20 - Job 15:17-35 

Thur. 21 - Job 28:1-28 

Fri. 22 - Job 29:1-25 

Sat. 23 - Job 32:1-22 



Memory Verse: Job 4:12 
Now a thing was secretly brought 
to me, and mine ear received a 
little thereof. 

Sun. 24 - Job 33:1-33 

Mon. 25 - Job 34:1-17 

Tues. 26 - Job 34:18-37 

Wed. 27 - Job 36:1-17 

Thur. 28 - Job 36:18-33 

Fri. 29 - Job 42:1-17 

Sat. 30 - Psa. 5:1-12 



Memory Verse: Job 36:10 
He openeth also their ear to 
discipline, and commandeth that 
they return from iniquity. 

Sun. 31 - Psa. 10:1-18 



Memory Verse: Job 42:5 

I have heard of thee by the 
hearing of the ear: but now mine 
eye seeth thee. 



Lester Fisher 

4654 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, Oil 45318 



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VOL. LXI 



JULY 1, 1983 



NO. 13 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

DARE TO BE A DANIEL 

Standing by a purpose true, 
Heeding God's command, 
Honor them, the faithful few! 
All hail to Daniel's Band! 

Many mighty men are lost, 
Daring not to stand, 
Who for God had been a host, 
By joining Daniel's Band! 

Many giants, great and tall, 
Stalking thro' the land, 
Headlong to the earth would fall, 
If met by Daniefs Band! 

Hold the gospel banner high! 
On the vict'ry grand! 
Satan and his host defy, 
And shout for Daniel's Band! 

Dare to be a Daniel, 
Dare to stand alone, 
Dare to have a purpose firm! 
Dare to make it known! 

- P. P. Bliss 



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THE HARDEST WORD TO SAY 

There are many situations in life where it is hard to express 
ourselves. Times of sorrow and parting, times of deep love and 
other times when our emotions are stronger than our vocabulary, 
we can hardly find the right words. But as hard as these situ- 
ations are for our tongues to say what we should or could, there is 
still one word that is harder to say. That word is but two letters 
yet they are so hard to be formed on our lips and backed by a 
resolute heart. That word, of course, is "no". 

Only two letters yet how hard to utter. It is not that we do not 
know how to form the sound of the word but it is not the desire of 
our hearts. We may use "no" to reject good and right but how 
hard to turn away from evil and wrong. When confronted by 
choices it is easier to say "yes" to the offers and plans of the devil 
than to say "no" to his schemes. 

We are not the first to face this problem. Even the Apostle Paul 
had trouble doing what he should and in not doing what he 
should not. Yet we believe that Paul did say "no". Certainly the 
great man of God who urged Christians to live godly lives must 
have said "no" enough to realize not only the struggle to say it 
but also the accompanying blessings. 

The Bible contains not only positive commands but also 
negative commands. There are many commands to tell us of 
needed attitudes and activities. It is good to be positive about 
these things and to keep these commandments. But we find that 
there are many other commandments which speak of things we 
should not do. The Ten Commandments are about equally 
divided between the positive "Thou shalt" and the negative, "Thou 
shalt not." So it is important to be able to say, "no". We live in 

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an age when people use their feelings as a guide for their activities, 
thus they are unwilling to say "no" to activities that are wrong 
whether for moral, spiritual or physical reasons. 

Often as Christians we are requested by family or friends to do 
things for or with them that we should not. But dare we say "no"? 
We have been commanded to do good unto all as opportunity 
avails. We are to love not only our families and neighbors but 
also our enemies. So what are we to do? 

Many times the requests made of us are not for things evil in 
themselves. If they are openly wicked things we would probably 
very strongly reject them. But when the requests are not openly 
wrong, what do we say? The deed itself may not be wrong but 
becomes wrong because it draws us away from the worship of God 
or causes us to waste time and means that could better be used in 
the Lord's service. 

To show love to others, especially the unconverted, we may have 
to say "no" to their request. To say "yes" would in reality be for 
their harm rather than good. Causing harm is not showing love. If 
we are found with the world in its activities and pleasures, only to 
please our friend or relative, it shows a false love because we 
would not say "no". The world may ridicule and misunderstand 
the Christian's stand but nevertheless the world does expect the 
Christian to take a stand and to raise a standard. To lower that 
standard will lessen the Christian's witness and show something 
less than true love. The purpose of the Christian's love is to show 
the lost a better way, that they may see that there is something 
greater than the pleasures of this carnal world. Who is going to 
show this love if the Christian doesn't? 

Each of us has a circle of friends, relatives and acquaintances, 
whom we may influence for better or for worse. That influence will 
from time to time be based upon our willingness to say, "no". Our 
help given to others is to be for their edification not confirm them 
in their downward trek to damnation. 

Is the soul of another worth our determination to do right? Is 
our own soul worth being able to bear the slurs of those who may 
not understand or agree with us. If we do not maintain our 
standard, it is certain that we will not earn their respect. Without 
their respect we can not influence their destiny. 

If we remember the example of our Saviour, we realize that He 
had to say "no". He had to face Satan head-on and say "no" to 
his temptations. He had to say, "no" to the multitudes' desire to 
make Him an earthly king. He had to say "no" to the use of force 
to rescue Him from the soldiers. He had to say "no" to those who 
had labored in their own ideas and strength but were unknown 
to Him. He had to say "no" to the drugged potion offered Him on 



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the cross. He had to say "no" to His own will, but gave it up to His 
Heavenly Father's Will. 

He did say "no" and we must say, "no". Is "no" in your vocabu- 
lary or is it just too hard to say? 

"REMEMBER NOW THY CREATOR" 

I'm thankful to be able to take this opportunity to talk to you, 
my fellow classmates, tonight. Thursday night we will be receiving 
a diploma saying we have graduated from high school, but tonight 
we receive God's blessing on our lives. 

Ecclesiasties 12:1 says, "Remember now thy creator in the days 
of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw 
nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." 

In our busy lives it seems like we have so little time for our 
Creator. Some of us are involved in sports, some in clubs, others 
have part-time jobs, and school takes time, too. But when we read 
this verse it makes something very clear, we can't just give our 
lives to ourselves, we should give them to the One who created us. 
One verse calls this our "reasonable service." 

As we start taking on more and more responsibilities we often 
become very independent, relying on ourselves for everything, 
solving all our problems, and giving ourselves all the credit. The 
verse though, says, "Remember thy creator..." We need to 
remember Who is above us all and remember Who deserves the 
credit and glory. 

The second word in this verse is a key word for us as young 
adults. It is NOW. Too many young people, I believe, have the 
false impression that going to church and being a Christian is for 
children and old people. You go when you're a child because 
Sunday School is fun and then go when you're older because you 
have nothing to do. But giving a life to God is for right now. God 
wants your life right now, not twenty or thirty years down the 
road. The Bible says, "Today is the day of salvation." 

Often we hear our parents or grandparents telling us about their 
younger days. They tell us that those were the best days of their 
lives and the ones we are in right now are our best. Right now 
we're in our prime, we're strong and full of energy. God has given 
us all of this and in return He wants our lives. Who are we to keep 
them to ourselves. Many say it's dull, but that's not true. A life in 
service for Christ is full of excitement. The wisest man on earth in 
his day was Solomon and he said, "Remember now thy creator in 
the days of thy youth." We should give Him the best years of our 



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lives, those we are experiencing right now, and it is my prayer 
that we will. 

This is the speech written and given by Bro. Tim Walker at his 
High School Baccalaureate, June 5, 1983. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

PRAYER 

Have you ever heard someone hit one note on a piano over and 
over for an extended period of time? Maddening isn't it? To 
produce real music, we need variety. Sometimes our prayers get 
stagnant and boring because they become rote or repetitive/ 

Let's consider several kinds of prayer in this issue. Prayers of 
THANKSGIVING: We know that appreciation is basic to every 
relationship. Our strength in prayer is increased in thanksgiving. 
Thank God for blessings. Thank God for strengths in other 
people, rather than always praying for their faults. 

PRAISE AND ADORATION: We praise God for Who He is 
and we thank Him for what He gives. Praise is a weak area for most 
Christians, whether if be in prayer or otherwise. It is difficult 
because we devote so little time and effort to understanding 
how WONDERFUL God is. He wants us to praise Him and He 
deserves more than we can offer. Praise is also a great means of 
blessing for us because it is a great cure for pride and for 
depression as it turns our attention away from ourselves and to 
the Lord. 

INTERCESSION: We are priests! (I Peter 2:5) A priest prays 
on behalf of others. What a wonderful privilege this is. Possibly 
the greatest example of this kind of prayer is Christ's in the 
seventeenth chapter of John. 

PETITION: This kind of prayer makes our needs known to 
God. In praying for ourselves it is important to put emphasis upon 
our spiritual needs rather than material needs. This also shows 
our priorities in life. 

REPENTANCE: Our pride often inhibits us in showing proper 
repentance before God and other brethren and sisters in Christ. 
The higher we grow in grace, the lower we will fall in our own 
estimation. A small view of God leads to an inflated view of 
ourselves. In Psalm 55 we see a great outpouring of repentance. 
Study it. You will find that repentance is not just a matter of 
emotion but it is more a matter of the will. Examine yourself for 
sin, recognize it and confess it. Then enjoy the forgiveness God 
gives. Don't continue to wallow in it after God has stricken it from 
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BIBLE READING: If the Bible is rightly read, it is a form of 
prayer in itself. We delight in the law of the Lord and David speaks 
of meditating day and night on it. An Arab saying is that a palm 
tree likes its head in hell and its feet in the water. In other words, 
however hot and dry may be the desert, the tree will be a picture 
of freshness and fruitfulness as fong as it is rooted in the water. 
So it is with us as we meditate on God's Word. We, too, can L 'keep 
our head" in the world if our life is planted deep in the Word 
of God. 

Incorporate these facets of the total prayer into your prayer life 
and you will feel fresh and alive as you approach the Throne of 
Grace and the God of love. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 

THOUGHTS ON 1983 "YEAR OF THE BIBLE'' 

First of ait we would wish to express our thanks to God for 
allowing us to be born in a country where we experience religious 
freedom. We are also grateful for a President who recognizes 
the value of the Holy Bible in the life of individuals. We would also 
wish to make it clear that we do not feei it is our duty to tell the 
government what they may or may not make proclamations about. 

With this in mind, we feel that a President proclaiming a "Year of 
the Bible" is actually a waste of time and perhaps more harm than 
good. The argument concerning the involvement of the church in 
government affairs and vice versa will continue. We find it strange 
that the majority of professing Christendom deems it right for 
individuals within the church to be involved in politics, therefore 
telling secular government what it can and cannot do. While on 
the other hand, they get very disturbed when GOVERNMENT 
trys to tell THE CHURCH what it can or can not do! They argue 
for separation of church and state, but it would seem they do not 
REALLY believe in the principle. We feel our Brethren fore- 
fathers showed great wisdom in refusing to be involved in the 
politics of any country. 

We would ask the question, "Is there a need for a year of the 
Bible?" Should not every year be a "year of the Bible" for those 
who accept it as the infallible word of God? There are also those 
who would go along with a "year of the Bible" proclamation and 
yet not be willing to follow many of the teachings of the Bible. 

Along with this is the problem of calling our country a "Christian 
Nation." It would seem most today feel the Constitution of the 
United States was based on the Bible. We feel this is in error. The 



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Constitution was based (and we believe rightly so) on FREEDOM 
OF RELIGION. Since this is a fact, we question if secular 
government has the right to put the Bible in a place over other 
religious "scriptures." Even many "Brethren" groups are con- 
fused in this area. To hear them talk you would think that our 
Brethren forefathers were LEADERS in the American Revolution 
rather than REFUSING TO TAKE PART IN IT! And they had 
good reasons for doing so. Apart from the obvious issue of 
fighting in a war, they had other sound scripture reasons. I Peter 
2:13-14, "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the 
Lord's sake; whether it be to the king, as supreme- or unto 
governors..." Also Romans 13 and I Timothy 2:1-3 speak on the 
subject. Even if religious persecution were a valid reason to go 
to war against those in authority, which of course it is not the 
problem that brought about the Revolutionary War was' not 
religious persecution, but unfair taxes. Even today Canada who 
remained with England, and England herself enjoys reliqious 
freedom. 

Perhaps a greater problem with calling our country a "Christian 
Nation" is that this allows many individuals to feel "secure" in 
their relationship with God merely in the fact of their earthly 
citizenship. It also causes many to feel that God needs America 
to fulfill His soverign will, rather than the fact that America (as 
individual people) needs God! 

This also causes many to forget that God DOES have a nation on 
Earth. This is the Church made up of individuals of all the nations 
In Revelation 7:9 (which we believe is a picture of the Church in the 
final presence of God) we read, "After this I beheld and lo, a great 
multitude which no man could number, OF ALL NATIONS and 
kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne and 
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in 'their 
hands;" And in I Peter 2:9 the Church is described as "an holy 
nation." J 

Does it not seern strange for secular government to be pro- 
claiming a "Year of the Bible" while many who stand behind the 
pulpits of our churches deny that it is the Word of God'? We 
believe that Satan may very well use such a proclamation to put the 
Bible in the same category as other religious "scriptures " Many 
'Liberal" churchmen are doing this already! 

Such an act also brings to mind the issue of "forcing" individuals 
to live by Christian standards by the means of "good laws " We 
appreciate the fact that some within government are concerned 
with "loose living." But more than once we were shocked to read 
that those who stood for "conservative" legislation lead lives that 



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were less than moral. It proves to us once again that only a 
changed heart by the blood of Jesus Christ can make a real 
change! Good laws may certainly have their place, but we do not 
feel they should be the concern of the Church. Our "laws" are 
given in God's Holy Word and these are THE ONLY ones we need. 
In conclusion, we would urge all those who make up the true 
Church to read the Bible on a regular basis and strive to live by all 
it teaches. While secular government has the responsibility to 
defend ALL RELIGIONS, we, The Church, should be contending 
for the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. We should remember that we 
are instructed to pray for those in authority. We should also be 
careful to obey all laws that are not contrary to scripture. Let us 
make EVERY DAY a "Day of the Bible" and may we be "Walking 
Bibles" for our Lord. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July, 1923 

LEADERS 

Grant Mahan 

The world has had them almost from the beginning, and no 
doubt will continue to have them until the end. In large part history 
is made up of the lives of these leaders. Leave out Alexander and 
Caesar and Charlemagne and William the Conqueror and 
Washington and Napoleon and some others, and how much 
history would we have left? It is true that these men have not 
always brought blessings to their people, but they have made 
history. History is made up largely of accounts of wars, which 
fact led someone to say, "Blessed is that country whose annals are 
brief." 

We do not mean to say by the preceding paragraph that all 
leaders, or that the most important leaders, have been soldiers. It 
used to be that way much more than it is at present, which is a 
blessing to the world. There have been prophets and teachers and 
travelers and scientists who have brought blessings to the world, 
and yet who do not occupy much space in history. But we incline 
to believe they will occupy a higher place in the future than some 
of those who have made so much noise during their lifetime upon 
the earth. 

There have been good leaders and bad leaders, and both kinds 
date back to near the beginning of history. Sometimes it seems 
that the bad leaders outnumber the good ones. That thought has 



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come to us in a forcible way lately in reading the Old Testament. 
How many of us have ever stopped to count and see how many of 
the kings of Judah were called good, whose hearts were declared 
by the inspired writer to be right in the sight of the Lord, and how 
many are said to have done evil in his sight? It is surprising to 
note the number of evil kings among them. And the condition is 
still worse for the kings of Israel. It would be difficult to say who 
was the worse one of the lot. Several are said to have done more 
evil than those that were before them, but their successors are not 
mentioned with them. 

There were prophets, there were revelations in various ways, 
there were warnings, there were punishments of many kinds, and 
all for the purpose of keeping these people in the right way; but 
they would not. So we read about them and hold them up for 
censure and think that if we had had their opportunities, if we 
could have seen so often the direct intervention of God's power, 
we should have done better than they did. But there is no certainty 
that we should not have made a greater failure than some of them 
did. We have the history of what they did, we know what evils 
came upon them because they failed to obey the Lord; but we do 
not always obey him, in spite of the fact that we think ourselves 
better than those people were. In addition to all that they had, we 
have the Word of the Son of God. Are we any more faithful in 
obeying it than they were in obeying what they had in the long 
ago? And if we are not, can we expect anything better than they 
received when they were unfaithful? 

Some find an excuse in the fact that the world has changed as 
the centuries have gone by. There is no doubt as to the changes. 
But do these changes in manners and customs, conveniences and 
luxuries, give us license to change a positive command of God? 
Hardly. And, besides, who is to decide what may be changed 
because of new conditions, and what may not be changed? We 
have seen nothing in the Book that would justify anyone in saying 
that one command is as essential as it was when given, but this 
other one is out of date; it isn't good form to do that these days; 
it is one of the things that are not done any more? Some will say 
that they have heard all this before; and they have; but what good 
has it done them? In the olden time the chosen people heard time 
after time what was required of them if God was to be with them 
and be their God. And still they would not. So at last there came 
upon them the destruction which had so often been foretold. If 
the word spoken by men and angels long ago was steadfast, is it 
reasonable to suppose that the word spoken by the Son of God will 
be any less so, or that he would come here to say things which we 
were at liberty to obey or ignore, according as there were changes 



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in the customs of mankind in different ages? 

We have had many good leaders, men who were faithful to the 
teaching and practice of what we accepted as primitive 
Christianity, and faithful also to the solemn promises which they 
made when they were set apart for the work of the ministry. But 
times have changed and with changes of the times have come 
other changes, at least some of which cannot be considered as 
improvements. Many of our ministers think it no longer necessary 
to live up to their promises; and this, more than anything else, has 
caused the church to drift as it has done during the last few 
decades. Our going over to the world has been rapid; going back 
would be more difficult and much slower, or rather impossible, for 
churches have never been known to go that way. During the past 
ages any number of them have run faithful for a time, but have 
finally succumbed to the allurements of the world and have been 
swallowed up by it. It is a deplorable condition, but one from 
which there seems to be no way of escape so long as men are as 
they are. 

It used to be that one man had a great influence over the people 
of a nation. When God's people had a king who was faithful, the 
people were very largely faithful; and some of them left an 
influence that was felt for a long time after their departure. No 
man, probably, could have such an influence these days. The 
people are more independent, have learned to think for them- 
selves — and are as little inclined to faithfulness as some leaders 
are and have been. 

Changes are inevitable in the manners and customs of mankind, 
and there is no reason why we should not choose that which is 
better than what we have had before. But in this choosing is where 
mistakes are often made. Not everything that is new and different 
is better than what we have had. And this is especially true when it 
comes to changing from what God has commanded to what man 
has recommended, for it means a change from the infallible to the 
fallible; and a wise man will not make such a change. We need to 
change, but only in order to become more like him whorrTvve 
profess to obey. 

Leaders are needed now as much as they ever were. The church 
needs them to point out the way; but first to walk in it. God sent 
us such men as can be depended upon, who love not the world, 
who have brought their wills into subjection to their Lord. And 
where we have the wrong kind of leaders, unfaithful men, God give 
us strength and the wisdom to refuse to follow them away from 
Christ Jesus our Lord. If we go astray, a part of the blame must 
rest upon the false leader; but not all of it, for we are responsible 
for our own actions so far as our knowledge goes. 



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A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH 

A diamond must be cut and polished to bring out its brilliance. 
The potential is there, but until a master jeweler gives it just the 
right facets, the quality is hidden. A diamond which is large can 
be cut into several smaller ones if handled properly. But if not 
set correctly, the cutting tool will split the diamond into many 
useless pieces. 

As the jeweler uses his tools to increase the value and beauty of 
a diamond, so God uses adversity and trials to increase our worth. 
The beauty of a true Christian spirit is revealed as the detracting 
factors — the sharp edges — are removed. God allows various 
experiences to strengthen us, to temper us, to stabilize us in 
Christ. Then when the serious storms in life come, our faith won't 
be easily shaken. 

We don't always know why we must endure some of the trials we 
have, but God knows why. There's a saying that "adversity is the 
diamond dust with which Heaven polishes its jewels" and at least 
some adversity is needed to polish us and take off our rough 
edges. Under adversity, a child of God can learn to be more like 
what God wants him to be. 

Adversity gets rid of the things in our lives which cover up the 
qualities which God wants exposed. Like the master jeweler with 
a diamond, God knows exactly how to bring out the best in us He 
takes off a little bit here and a little bit there until we are more 
pleasing to Him. An impatient person becomes more patient. A 
quick temper calms down. A sharp tongue becomes more kind 
and considerate. 

As the "cutting and polishing" is done on us, it will be done in 
the right way so as to make us better Christians, not to damage or 
destroy us. This process may very well cause us pain as parts are 
removed and other areas sanded to a smooth surface, but God's 
"cutting tools" will not destroy us. Human beings do not have the 
wisdom to perfect themselves or anyone else, but God knows 
exactly how to shape us, and He does so with love. 

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth joyous but 
grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of 
righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Heb. 
12:11. No one enjoys chastening anymore than a child enjoys a 
spanking or other correction, but it is needed by us in our spiritual 
lives. If God just let us do as we pleased, we would never become 
the persons we ought to be. 

Sometimes we think we can't stand the trials which God allows 
but He is there to help us. He is there also to be sure we are not 
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ends. "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than 
of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be 
found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of 
Christ." I Peter 5:7. God wants us all to have a faith which can 
face life now and be pleasing to Jesus when He returns. 

"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and 
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring 
forth more fruit." John 15:2. Job said, "When He hath tried me, I 
shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10. Gold is purified by heat 
and so are we by the heat, of the pressures on us. Whether it's by 
pruning, or purification by heat, or the cutting and polishing as 
of a diamond, the purpose is to remove anything which mars the 
quality, and it's the end result which counts, 

God tests us, He will try us and polish us to remove our rough 
edges — the things which make us less sensitive to the Spirit's 
leading. When the rough edges are gone, the true beauty of a 
Christian spirit is revealed. We may often be tried to the limit of 
what we can bear, but when God's work is finished, we'll no longer 
be a diamond in the rough. We will be able then to reflect the 
beauty of Christ's spirit as the diamond reflects light. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

IS THE CHURCH A PECULIAR PEOPLE? 

Titus 2:13-14: "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious 
appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: who 
gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and 
purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." 
I Peter 2:9-10: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priest- 
hood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth 
the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his 
marvellous light: which in time past were not a people, but are 
now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now 
have obtained mercy." 

The Church should be visible to the world instead of being a 
part of it. Many of the conservative Christian Churches who 
seventy-five years ago were visible to the world have since rejected 
the Word of God by absorbing itself into worldly customs, thinking 
to win them by being like them. The Bible, however, teaches that 
the Church is a separate people and that there should be a line of 
demarcation between God's family and the forces of Satan. 

Romans 12:2 says that the Church is not to conform itself to 
the world but to be transformed. It is because Jesus purchased us 
with His blood and sanctified us (set us apart) as a peculiar people. 
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I believe God expects His people of the dispensation of grace to be 
the same. We have an identity. We are a purchased people: set 
apart, sanctified for His use. How can we disguise ourselves like 
the world and infiltrate their ranks and still retain the identity of 
God? It is impossible. Our lives MUST openly declare the glory 
of God. Our lives must mirror the Holy Scriptures, not as man 
interprets it, but as the Holy Ghost reveals it. The seminaries and 
Bible Schools of today have been influenced by non-Biblical 
principles to the extent that most of their graduates teach nothing 
of non-conformity, separation, and the other scriptural principles 
which make the true Church unique. Many people who have once 
walked this way have yielded to the ways of the world and sin 
and decided to blend in with the world. One thing we have learned 
is that once a person decides to look like the world, it isn't long 
until the other sins of the world follow. Soon jewelry, television, 
and other amusements follow. Almost without fail, bitterness' 
strife, adultery, violence, and others soon follow. Once you break 
the spirit of Christ in your life by leaving off in one thing, then the 
other sins come in unhindered. We have never seen this to fail. 
We must encourage one another as blood-bought people to 
maintain a visible identity before the world and walk before them 
in love, so that in doing so our God may be glorified. 

We invite your correspondence: 
Brother Lynn Hayes Miller 
RD #2, Box 572 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

It isn't necessary to blow out the other person's light to let your 
own shine. 



• ••• ••• 

Bearing one another's burdens is different than bearing down 
on them. 

Everybody lives in one of two tents, either con-Tent or 
discon-Tent. 



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THE LIGHTHOUSE 

by Stephen Kantner 

Where blue of sky and water met, 

The crimson sun was sinking. 
While on the darkening shore I saw 

A sight that set me thinking. 

Arising from the sandy beach 

A lighthouse stood alone, 
A lofty monument of brick 

Upon a base of stone. 

Its friendly beams of light winked out 

Across the cool night air, 
And from my now-inspired soul 

Came forth this fervent prayer: 

"Father, let me be a lighthouse 

On that Rock which will endure; 
My life a shining beacon 

With light so strong and sure. 

"Let not that light be hidden 

Or suffered to grow dim; 
Come stormy day or darkest night, 

Still let it blaze for Him. 

"May I stand tall upon the shore 

Of humanity's vast sea. 
As mirrors bright reflect the light, 

So let me gleam for Thee. 

"O Thou, my heav'nly Keeper, 

Who tends this light within, 
Cause other soul-ships sailing by 

To shun the shoals of sin. 

"That many in this sin-dark world 

While passing in the night, 
Though seeing not the lighthouse, Lord, 

May always see the light." 

Selected by Sister Ethel Leatherman 



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NEWS ITEMS 

BRETHREN ENCYCLOPEDIA 
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Brethren Encyclopedia will expire July 15, 1983. This set is an 
encyclopedia of Brethren life, belief, practice and history. Send 
your check or money order to Brethren Encyclopedia, 6611 
Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. 

HART, MICHIGAN 
If it be God's will, we plan to hold our revival services July 16 
through July 24, with Lovefeast on the 23rd. Bro. Edward Johnson 
will be our Evangelist. Please come and worship with us. 

Sister Peggy Flory, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 
We are looking forward to another two week revival meeting 
from August 7 to 21. Bro. Robert Carpenter will be the evangelist, 
from the Plevna, Indiana Congregation. Please pray and come to 
these meetings. 

We had another enjoyable day of fellowship in the Lord at our 
Lovefeast May 22. Our visiting ministers were: Laverne Keeney 
David Kegerreis, Allen Eberly, and Frank Shaffer, who officiated 
in the evening. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans, the Lord willing, for 
our Harvest Meeting to be held August 14th. 

We welcome all who can come enjoy these services with us. 

The week-end of the Lovefeast at Hart, Michigan, July 23 and 
24, Pleasant Ridge services will be dismissed. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Bethel Congregation enjoyed Lovefeast services April 24 
with the following ministers bringing us the Word throughout the 
day. Ministers: Paul Myers, Frank Shaffer, Carl Broadwater, 
Laverne Keeney, John Peffer, Jack Snyder, Merle Sweitzer with 
Bro. Keeney officiating in the evening. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



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VOL. LXi 



JULY 15, 1983 



NO. 14 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

STAND FOR THE RIGHT 

Be firm, be bold, be strong, be true, 
"And dare to stand alone;" 
Strive for the right, what-e'er ye do, 
Tho' helpers there be none. 

Nay — bend not to the swelling surge 
Of fashion's sneer and wrong; 
Twill bear thee on to ruin's verge, 
With current wild and strong. 

Stand for the right: tho' falsehood rail, 
And proud lips coldly sneer; 
A poisoned arrow cannot wound 
A conscience pure and clear. 

Stand for the right, and with clean hands 
Exalt the truth on high; 
Thou'lt find warm, sympathizing hearts 
Among the passers-by. 

Stand for the right; proclaim it loud, 
Thou'lt find an answ'ring tone 
In honest hearts, and then no more 
Be doomed to stand alone. 

- Anonymous 



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BRAVERY 

There is much honor shown to those who are acknowledged by 
the world to be brave. This nation has set aside two national 
holidays, Memorial Day and Veterans Day, to honor those who 
have bravely fought the nation's wars. The Fourth of July is also 
partially dedicated to this same theme. Many American towns 
and cities have a central area dedicated to their war heroes. It 
is the general assumption that those who were brave and willing to 
fight are the ones who have established and sustained our nation. 

This national honor is another exhibition of the humanistic 
spirit. As national citizens we honor men who we feel have shown 
great physical courage. This coverage may have been necessary 
as far as the political stability of our nation was concerned. But 
what of God? Did He have nothing to do with the discovery, 
development and continuation of our nation? We can readily 
name the brave men of our past wars but are we as ready to honor 
God for what He has done for us, nationally and individually? 

Is the bravery of the battlefield the only kind of bravery there is? 
Is it even the highest order of bravery? Does bravery only exist on 
the battlefield in killing and maiming the enemy or in avoiding 
the same treatment by the enemy? 

While the world and our nation in particular honor these men of 
war, who were too weak to avoid bloodshed, we must learn to 
honor the truly brave. Those who are willing to stand by God and 
His way even in the face of ridicule and persecution are braver than 
those who for a real or supposed wrong are willing to fight, maim 
and kill. It is a higher bravery that is required to resist the evil, 
human tendancies to get even and to do wrong. 

Even when the issue has nothing to do with military warfare, 
there is still a call for this kind of bravery. It takes a brave person 

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to do right. It is always easier to do wrong. Ever since the 
experience of Adam and Eve in the Garden it has been easier for 
men and women to do the deeds of Satan. His pleas and schemes 
seem to appeal to the nature of men more than the will and desire 
of God. So it requires a great bravery for one to choose right, for 
most around him will yield to the easier choice of doing wrong. 
The strait and narrow way is set not in another direction from the 
broad way but is set in the midst of it, going the opposite way. 
That narrow way invites the opposition of that broad way for it is so 
dramatically different even though in the midst of it. It takes a 
brave person to travel that strait and narrow way when his friends 
and perhaps even his family are going in the opposite way on the 
broad road leading to destruction. 

It is easy to be brave when it means only to hit and destroy 
another. It takes no special bravery to taunt and ridicule the weak, 
different and unfortunate. It takes a much greater bravery to love 
and help those who are not easily loved or helped. It is not the 
physically brave and aggressive who are said to be the children of 
God but rather the peacemakers. It requires bravery to promote 
peace when all are at variance and all want confrontation. But 
the rewards of this kind of bravery are beyond the honor of a 
nation heaped upon a man who destroys the enemy. To be a child 
of God is a much higher commendation and lasts not only for time 
but also for eternity. 

There is a need for bravery within the Church. All who, as 
children of God, compose the Church are brave. They have made 
a noble choice. But even so some must be brave enough to see 
that the Church is not cast from her ancient and proper moorings. 
She must remain in that place of unshaken loyalty to Her Master 
and His Word. There must be those brave enough to stand for 
what is right even when popular forces would carry others away. 

The bravery demanded in the Christian is a high bravery that 
the world does not understand nor appreciate. That bravery is 
necessary to promote love rather than hate and destruction. It is 
necessary to keep and to continue the doctrines and ordinances 
within the Church. Bravery is needed to do what is right when 
wrong would be so much easier to do. Bravery has a very definite 
place in the Christian's life. 

Although we live in a land of freedom and privilege, we still 
must be brave to maintain our Christian life and our witness before 
others. This bravery is the salt that preserves not only the Church 
but also our nation and even the world. 

Are you brave enough to be a Christian? Are you brave enough 
to choose right? Are you brave enough to love rather than hate? 
Are you brave enough to be the salt of the earth? 



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AS MUCH FOR ME 

Oftentimes, when someone faces a prolonged illness or other 
handicap which seems unending, people offer their help and do 
what they can to ease the burden. The recipient may ask, "Why 
are you so good to me?" It is a soul-searching question, which 
might best be answered with another, "If our situations were 
reversed, would you do as much for me?" 

If you have been in need and received help, then later able to 
give, can you willingly give as much as others have given to 
you? Will your heart be filled with compassion and a desire to help 
in whatever way you can? The ones who will need your help 
probably will not be the same ones who helped you, so you can't 
think in term of returning a favor. However, you can pass the 
blessing on. 

A bolt of lightning caused the death of twenty-eight dairy cows 
on a farm in the south. This was half of the herd. This farmer's 
neighbors each gave him a cow, some valued as high as $200.00, 
and replenished his herd. When asked why they did so, they all 
said, "He would have done as much for us." 

If this had happened in your neighborhood, would you have 
given a cow? Or would you have just said, 'Too bad, but that's 
life" and then went on your way, leaving your neighbor to tough it 
out? This farmer apparently had a reputation of being generous 
and compassionate. His neighbors all knew they could depend 
on him to help them if needed. How about you? Can you be 
depended on to help when someone needs it? 

Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 
20:35. He also said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good 
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, 
shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure 
ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Luke 6:38. 
Whatever you give is what you'll get. If you are stingy and give 
a skimpy gift, if you have plenty and can afford to be generous but 
refuse to do so, you are cheating yourself also. Contrariwise, if 
you give willingly and generously, you'll receive from God and 
man. 

There is a blessing for giving, and I believe this means when 
you give because you want to. "Every man according as he 
purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of 
necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." II Cor. 9:7. Only you 
can decide what you can give, what you will give, and how — with 
cheerfulnes or resentment. But whether you give to man or to 
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This farmer and his neighbors were on good terms, and they 
were very willing to share. But what if they had been enemies? 
Is there any obligation then to do as much for one's enemies? 
Jesus said, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do 
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully 
use you, and persecute you." Matt. 12:31. Would you do as much 
for your neighbor (1) if he's a different color than you? (2) if you 
think his life doesn't please God? (3) if he's ungrateful and hard 
to get along with? Jesus didn't say, "Love your neighbor as long as 
he meets your standards." He just said to love, to give, to be 
kind — without reservation. He expects us to give as we would 
have others give to us. 

It is life-sustaining when man gives to man, but when God gives, 
it is life-producing. Jesus gave His all for us. Will you do as much 
for Him? He gave according to our need, because we couldn't 
help ourselves. Will you now give to Jesus the only gift you can 
give in return — your whole heart? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

PRAYER 

Have you ever heard anyone ask, "Why doesn't God answer my 
prayers?" The faith of some Christians appears to have been 
splintered under the impact of seemingly unanswered prayers. 
Abraham's prayer for a child introduces us to a problem and that is 
the length of time involved in answering some prayers. He waited 
a long time for the answer and then tried to help God. Again, we 
find in Gen. 17:18, Abraham praying that instead of another son, 
God would accept Ishmael as his heir. This time God's response 
was an immediate, "No." Sarah was to have Isaac. God refused to 
answer the prayer of Abraham for the reason that He was going to 
prove that He was a miracle working God... and He would not 
break His promises. 

Paul prayed for healing for himself, but his prayers were 
seemingly ineffective. Was Paul bitter? No! He says that it made 
him dependent upon God, kept him from being proud and allowed 
him to have a great testimony for Jesus. 

Even Jesus experienced an unanswered prayer at face value. 
His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was that the cup before 
Him might pass. But if that had happened, there would have been 
no salvation for us. Even as He prayed the prayer, He added, "Not 
as I will, but as thou wilt." It is not always possible for us to know 
at the time why God does not answer our prayers in the way we 
expect. There is always a good reason and that reason is based on 
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Not only are circumstances changed by prayer, but the person 
who prays is also changed and this is the miracle of prayer. Look 
at Moses. He did not know that his face shone because he had 
been talking with God. But others saw it. So it is that the more 
time we spend with Him in prayer, the more we are going to radiate 
His likeness. 

For Christ, prayer was more important than sleep. How about 
for us? In Matt. 6, we see Jesus warning the disciples of the 
dangers of praying to impress men rather than God. Is that more 
important to us than our communication with Him? Prayer must 
be TOP PRIORITY! 

We are not robots. We are children of God. Each of us has a 
unique personality along with certain weaknesses and strengths. 
God knows each of us and He will meet us in our own manner. 
Don't try to copy the prayer life or prayers of other Christians. Be 
your own person. 

The Bible does not indicate how long we should pray each day. 
The Christian life is not taught and lived by strict regulations as 
was the Old Law. But cultivate the habit of relating every 
experience to God. Joy, sadness, success or failure... nothing in 
your experience is irrelevent to Him. Remember, Christ has been 
through all of these experiences. 

You might be more alert in the morning or in the evening. The 
time you select for your communion with God is up to you. 
Decide when you can worship most alertly and easily... but don't 
become mechanical about it. If you become too systematic, your 
prayer life can be fossilized and you will experience guilt, if, for any 
reason, the system is disrupted. On the other hand, too much 
freedom tends to encourage a vague and haphazard prayer life. 

Remember, always pray at meal times. If you are at McDonald's 
having a "Big Mac attack", still pause to thank God and show 
reverence to Him. You need not be embarrased. Remember, you 
are just talking to your BEST friend. 

Don't become mechanical in praying. Sometimes church 
prayers follow this pattern. Keep the prayer sincere, direct and 
God centered. 

And remember, if you aim at nothing in your prayer, you will hit it 
every time! If you believe that God is all that the Bible says He is, 
then nothing is beyond His power. Pray as if God can do the 
impossible. He can cure brain cancer! He can open prison doors! 
He can raise the dead! Expect a miracle... within His will. 

Improve your prayer life and you will find your life enriched in 
ways that you never dreamed possible. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



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CONTENDING WITHOUT BEING CONTENTIOUS 

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all 
things, which is the head, even Christ." Ephesians 4:15. 

The subject we wish to think about is not our original thought 
but was given to us some time back by a dear Brother in the Lord. 
We feel very strongly that most of our Christian life is not of 
balance. There are many dangers of being "one-sided". To be 
"exclusive" (recognizing only one small group as the true Church) 
is just as wrong, in our opinion, as to be "all inclusive" (recog- 
nizing any group that calls itself Christian). Another danger is 
being chained to "church rules." While the balancing danger is 
professing "freedom" from New Testament teachings. 

Perhaps the greatest "one sided" danger in the earthly church 
today is that of our subject. It would appear to be complete apathy 
in much of the modern day church concerning the verse previous 
to our opening scripture. "That we henceforth be no more 
children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of 
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby 
they lie in wait to deceive;" One of the favorite sayings of modern 
day theologians is, "We must accept everyone where they are in 
their faith pilgrimage and recognize strength in our differences." 
Like most modern day statements on faith, this is only a half-truth. 
However, the balancing danger is that the "conservative" element 
within the church, all too often, forgets that we are admonished to 
speak the truth in love. It is our personal opinion that too many 
individuals wish to "play God" and decide who is saved and who 
is not. We also seem to take great delight in "putting down" 
another person who claims to be in the faith who does not measure 
up to our standards. But we must also remember that to truly love 
an individual is to desire for that individual to be completely 
obedient to the desires of Christ. It is not true Christian love to 
leave an individual under the impression that it does not matter 
what he or she does as long as they "believe" correctly. The 
largest part of the New Testament is made up of "rules" for the 
Christian to strive to live by. Some parts of the earthly church 
would have you completely ignore ALL (or at least most) of these 
"rules." Others would have you accept a large portion of these 
"rules" and ignore the rest as "for those in Christ's and the 
Apostles' day." The unconditional Eternal security teachers would 
have you believe that failure to obey the "rules" (such as they 
accept) would cause you to lose rewards. But the Bible says, 
"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine: continue in them: 
for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear 
thee." While we are on the subject of Eternal Security 



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(unconditional), we believe this is one area where we must 
contend without being contentious. The first verse of the chapter 
from which the previous verse was quoted, (I Timothy 4:16), states 
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some 
SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH..." The teachers of 
unconditional Eternal security are not arguing with us but with the 
Holy Spirit! As a side note, the "latter times" or 'last days" referred 
to in I Timothy 4:1 began at Pentecost and is referring to all the 
time until our Lord's return according to Acts 2. 

Much of the modern day church would have you believe that 
those who are obedient to Jude 3, "Beloved, when I gave all 
diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful 
for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly 
contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints", 
are being contentious and without true Christian love. But the 
truth of the matter is that those who refuse to contend for the faith 
are the ones who lack true Christian love and concern. It is 
interesting how many "liberals" love everyone except those who 
contend for the truths within Holy Scripture! It may be that 
"conservatives" are accused as having a lack of love for "liberals." 
But if this be true (in their definition of love) then the writers of the 
New Testament and Christ, Himself, lacked true Christian love! 
Are we to accuse them of being contentious? 

As we stated we do not feel it is our place to judge another's 
relationship with the Lord. But verses such as I Timothy 4:16, 
which we previously quoted, would cause us to consider 
obedience a very serious matter. We would rather be accused of 
being contentious than be unfaithful to our Lord in contending for 
the faith. But if we lack love in our convictions, we are also being 
unfaithful. 

In closing, let each of us be willing to listen to others when they 
admonish us through the Word of God. Let us never get so "holy 
minded" that we feel we can do all the admonishing! Let us truly 
desire to build up rather than tear down in the faith. And most of 
all let us be sure that it is the Holy Spirit leading when we 
admonish and that it is scripture that is being defended and not 
personal likes or dislikes. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

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Crossing the sea does not make you a missionary, but seeing the 
cross does. 



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TO LIVE AGAIN 

O, when I think what God has done — 
That He sent down His Only Son 

To live and die on Calvary 

To save my soul, to set me free 
From satan's dart, - temptation's snare, - 
Erase my guilt, - my burdens bear... 

My heart o'erflows with praise and love... 

I'm given hope of heav'n above... 
For there's a Home prepared for all 
Who answer when He gives His call... 

"Come unto me, ye that would live, 

Eternal rest to you Til give." 

And when I think that I can rise 

To meet my Saviour in the skies... 
I want to sing sweet words of praise 
To my dear Lord throughout my days. 

May I keep watch, - I don't know when 

My blessed Lord shall come again... 
Angels don't know — not even He 
When God shall say "Bring saints to me," 

Then when I walk that Golden Street 

My Lord's the One I'll want to meet... 

Then I will take Him by the hand 

And we shall stroll in Glory-land. 

Praise His Holy Name 

- Sister Irene Stout 

Selected by Sister Ola Fern Stout 

THE FOURFOLD COMMUNION 

Marcus Miller 

The Love Feast as the Brethren observe it begins long before 
Saturday night. It begins way back when a wayward child comes 
to himself and says, "I will arise and go to my Father, and will say 
unto Him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before 
Thee.' " Then, having fully committed his life to the service of the 
Master, and continuing in the same mind as when received by 
baptism, and while abiding in peace and union with all the 
members, still being willing to receive and give counsel in a 
manner consistent with Gospel order, this child of God is qualified 
to commune in a manner understood by the Brethren. 

As we see it, the fourfold Communion is a progression from the 



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first step to the fourth, and each step leads further from self and 
nearer to God. Let us follow, then, step by step. 

Step 1. The self-examination service is no better described 
than in I Cor. 11:27-32, "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, 
and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the 
body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and 
so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that 
eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to 
himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are 
weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would 
judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are 
judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be 
condemned with the world." 

It is true that self-examination should have started long before 
one comes to the Communion table. It is true that it should occur 
from day to day, and each evening before we lay our heads upon 
our pillow. But it is also true that if there be anything amiss after 
one comes to the table, it is not too late to make it right. With 
such condemnation as is mentioned in the above Scripture, it 
seems best for one to take a final backward glance before handling 
the emblems of the Lord's suffering. 

Thus, in this the first aspect of the fourfold Communion, each 
brother communes with himself, and each sister communes with 
herself. It says in Ps. 4:4, "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune 
with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah." Again in 
Ps. 77:6 we read, "I call to remembrance my song in the night: I 
commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent 
search." 

It is possible and perfectly right for one to commune with him- 
self, and at the Communion table is a suitable place to do so. 

Step II. The second aspect of the fourfold Communion is out- 
lined in the Gospel of John, chapter 13, where in the hour of His 
death Jesus stooped to wash the disciples' feet. He further 
enjoined the disciples to "wash one another's feet." ... No one can 
hold this Communion with himself alone. This is a physical act of 
obedience, requiring the assistance of someone else. I must be of 
aid to my brethren, and they must be of assistance to me. For me 
to wash the feet of one brother, and for him, in turn, to wash mine, 
would not seem to properly comprise a Communion. As we see it, 
that would not be washing one another's feet, but rather each 
other's feet. Further, if we were to observe the rite just as Jesus 
did, then each and every brother would be required to wash the 
feet of each and every brother, for Jesus washed the feet of each 
and every disciple. Instead, as brethren assembled, we wash feet 



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among ourselves. That an individual perform this act is not so 
important as the fact that "Ye..." - the disciples - perform this work. 

While in the self-examination one communes with himself, in the 
feet-washing one communes with the brethren as they meet from 
time to time to observe this sacred rite. 

Step III. The third aspect of the fourfold Communion is the 
Supper. We have heard that some brethren have difficulty in 
testifying to the scriptural basis of this rite. One brother once said 
in our presence, "If any of the ordinances might be omitted from 
the Communion it would be the Supper." We believe the Supper 
has a very important place in the Communion, and it could not be 
omitted without doing violence to our commemoration of that last 
night. There is no doubt that a supper was present that holy night. 
We find John saying, "Supper being ended..." and, "He riseth from 
supper.." Further we read, "Then Peter, turning about, seeth the 
disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on His 
breast at supper..." Luke wrote, "Likewise also the cup after 
supper..." And Paul, "After the same manner also He took the cup, 
when He had supped..." This means after He had taken supper, not 
when He had taken a sip. 

That a supper should have been so specifically mentioned 
attaches special meaning to the event. This was not an Epicurean 
satisfaction of the flesh. At this particular time it would seem more 
appropriate to have fasted. But Jesus seems to have set us an 
example suitable for the occasion. This was a fellowship meal 
which Jesus ate with His disciples, and which the Brethren still 
share today. 

When we sit at the Love Feast table, through the mind's eye we 
may look one way down the table and see Jesus and the twelve 
sitting long, long ago. Between them and us are many, many 
brethren and sisters known and unknown to us, and we fellow- 
ship with them. Then, looking the other way, we see by faith 
brethren and sisters yet unborn, perhaps, and we fellowship with 
them. Thus, if we have an eye of faith, we can see the whole of the 
Bride of Jesus Christ, and far down at the other end the Bride- 
groom serving at this long, long table. Jesus Himself said, "Verily 
I say unto you, that He (the Bridegroom) shall gird Himself, and 
make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve 
them." We sit at a long, long table of fellowship when we sit at 
this, the third aspect of the fourfold Communion. It is a 
Communion with the Church past, present, and yet to be. 

Step IV. The fourth aspect of the Communion is the Eucharist, 
or the bread and the cup. We will not speak much of these 
emblems, for we all understand that the bread represents His 



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broken body and the cup His shed blood. We, therefore, should 
readily understand that to partake of the bread and the cup is to 
commune with God through His Son Jesus Christ. We have 
communed with our own self. We have communed with our 
brethren and sisters. We have communed with the Bride of Christ. 
And now in the fourth aspect of the fourfold Communion we 
commune with God. Is not this truly a Communion? 

Now we cannot resist the feeling that we would like to make a 
few comments on the so-called "closed Communion." This has 
long been considered an unsatisfactory term, for the Communion 
is open to all who will comply with the terms of the Gospel as we 
understand it. Some have substituted the term "close Com- 
munion," but as we see it, neither is satisfactory, for the 
implications are only slightly less undesirable. The "open 
Communion" represents that which places no limitation upon who 
shall partake and who shall not. But we would propose that it is the 
"closed Communion" which is the more open, and it is the "open 
Communion" which is more closed. 

Several years ago we questioned one about the "open 
Communion." "How can you," we asked, "sit at Communion with 
the adulterer, the murderer, the drunkard, and anyone who comes 
to the Communion? For you hold an open Communion and 
exclude no one." The answer was, "Each person who communes, 
communes with himself and with God. If he is unfit to commune, 
that is between him and his God. If my heart is right, I receive a 
blessing. If my heart is not right, then I am condemned. Each 
person stands before God on his own merits." This he called an 
"open Communion." 

The Brethren make every effort to assure that each person 
intending to commune has set his life in order. If he has not, he 
should not commune. This is called the "closed Communion." 
We feel the terms are reversed. The so-called "open Communion" 
is closed to all but self and God. Those who are said to observe the 
"closed Communion" open their hearts and their lives to their own 
meditations, to their brethren, to the eternal Church, and to their 
God. It is a very humbling experience to commune in this way. 
But through it we gain infinite spiritual strength. 

Selected from The Vindicator 



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The man who holds the ladder firm at the bottom is just as 
important as the man at the top. 



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A TRANSFORMING BY THE RENEWING 
OF THE MIND 

D. W. Hostetler 

In the 12th chapter of Romans, verse 2, we have a text which 
reads, "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." 

To renew is "to make new." It is to change the realm and scope 
of thinking from things worldly and carnal to things spiritual. 

We learn through our senses — hearing, seeing, smelling, 
tasting and feeling; and most of our learning comes through the 
first two, hearing and seeing. These senses are all closely con- 
nected with the intellect. So when we look into the law of God and 
discover facts, they are received into the mind and become the 
subject of our meditation. 

This is verified by what Paul says in Eph. 1:18: "The eyes of 
your understanding being enlightened." Moffat in his translation 
of the New Testament renders this text as: "Illuminating the eyes 
of your heart so that you can understand the hope to which He 
calls us." So the illumination of the heart comes through and by 
our vision (eyes) looking into God's Word and discovering His 
great truths concerning life and our salvation. 

In Eph. 4:22 Paul says: "That ye put off concerning the former 
conversation the old man which is corrupt according to the 
deceitful lusts and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that 
ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteous- 
ness and true holiness." 

David one time said: "Open thou mine eyes that I may behold 
the wondrous things out of thy law." 

As long a the carnal man is dominating the life of an individual 
the mind cannot think within the scope of the spiritual realm. The 
natural man cannot receive the things of the spirit because these 
things are spiritually discerned. When life is to be transformed 
there must be regeneration so that when our eyes look into God's 
law and the mind discovers truth concerning life and salvation the 
mind is then thinking within the scope of the spiritual realm. 
These truths are discovered and accepted and applied to life 
(Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth). It is 
then that we have the regeneration and then that transformation 
comes. 

The inward man is regenerated, is born again. He is made a new 
creature in Christ. His delight is in the law of God. Paul once said 
to the Romans: "For I delight in the law of God after the inward 
man." That is, in regeneration the inner man's desire and 
hungering are changed to his real need which is the grace of God. 



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In Titus 3:5 we read: "Not by works of righteousness which we 
have done but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing 
of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost." The Holy Spirit 
guides into truth and never any other way. There cannot be a real 
regeneration independent of God's truth. He saved us according 
to His mercy by washing (baptism) of regeneration, and this is all 
directed by the Holy Spirit. Eph. 5:26 says: "That he might sanctify 
and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word." Washing 
always symbolizes cleansing. So when we are washed (baptized) 
as directed by the Word of God we are brought into the fellow- 
ship of the household of faith and then the blood of Jesus Christ 
His Son cleanses us from all sin. (I John 1:7). "So the righteous 
man's delight is in the law of the Lord." (Psalms 1:2) "And in his 
law doth he meditate." 

Delight is an extreme degree of pleasure; and there isn't any- 
thing that can satisfy the longings and desires of the regenerated 
soul but the things provided in the Book of God. 

In the light of these considerations I should like to present a 
few conclusions: 

A regenerated person has a real vision of life and is made 
conscious of life's responsibilities. He knows that we must render 
an account to God for the deeds done in the body whether they be 
good or bad. 

Life becomes serious, earnest, grave, solemn, sober, not trifling 
or frivolous, but thoughtful, sane, well-balanced, temperate. Life 
is not a joke nor is it to be trifled away. 

The church is made up of regenerated persons. She has a vision 
of the very fine and high standard of life outlined for her in the 
Book of God. (Eph. 5:27) "That He might present it to himself a 
glorious church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing but 
that it should be holy and without blemish." 

In Solomon's Song, chapters 4 and 5 he gives us a most 
beautiful prophetic picture of Christ and the church. He speaks of 
her as his spouse. He says that she is to be his love, that she is to 
be virtuous, and that there is no spot in her. There is no standard 
to be found that is as high as the standard of church life as it is 
outlined in the great Book of God. 

Since the church is made up of persons that have been 
transformed by the renewing of the mind she is awake and alive to 
her opportunities. She has a vision of her mission in the world. 
And that mission is to preach the gospel. 

"Go teach, go preach my gospel," was the message of Christ to 
the disciples. 

Selected from April 15, 1943 
Bible Monitor 



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JOHN 3:16 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life." 

Anyone who is not affected by the above scripture is in a fearful 
condition before God. When we think of what God gave to save 
fallen man; when we think of how small and insignificant we are in 
comparison to the most High God, and yet He loved us so much 
that He sent His Son to die in our place, to pay that price: The 
words mean so much to us. If we just ponder over these blessed 
words and realize that God turned His back on the cries for help 
as His own Son hung there, so that He could hear our cries of 
repentance one day, it should just make our hearts to melt before 
Him. Imagine, the cries of pain and anguish of Jesus were not 
soothed by His Father, but ignored. He bore that pain and shame 
so that God could hear the cry of the penitant sinner. No one ever 
suffered more, Father or Son. Yet, with such a supreme sacrifice 
there are still people that base their religion on their own works 
and not the finished work of Jesus Christ. How vain to think that 
anything we would ever hope to accomplish could ever come close 
to the blood of Jesus. It is true that we have works, but they are not 
our salvation, but rather a result of a changed heart. Only the 
blood of Jesus can change that heart. 

Your correspondence appreciated 
Brother Lynn H. Miller 
Rd #2 Box 572 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Bro. Leonard Wertz is: Box 178, Quinter, 
Kansas 67752. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 
The Lord willing, the Goshen Congregation plans to have 
Revival Meetings, July 22-31, ending with Harvest Meeting on the 
31st. Brother Paul Hartz from Palmyra, Pennsylvania will be the 
Evangelist. 

Please pray for these meetings, that it will be a time of strength- 
ening, and that souls will be saved. We invite all who can to come 
and be with us. 

Sister Cheryl Pletcher, Cor. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR AUGUST, 1983 
EARS TO HEAR 



Memory Verse: Psa. 17:1 
Hear the right, O Lord, attend 
unto my cry, give ear unto my 
prayer, that goeth not out of 
feigned lips. 

Mon. 1 - Psa. 17:1-15 

Tues. 2 - Psa. 18:1-24 

Wed. 3 - Psa. 18:25-50 

Thur. 4 - Psa. 31:1-24 

Fri. 5 - Psa. 34:1-22 

Sat. 6 - Psa. 39:1-13 



Memory Verse: Psa. 18:6 
In my distress I called upon the 
Lord, and cried unto my God: 
he heard my voice out of his 
temple, and my cry came before 
him, even into his ears. 

Sun. 7 - Psa. 40:1-17 

Mon. 8 - Psa. 44:1-26 

Tues. 9 - Psa. 45:1-17 

Wed. 10 - Psa. 49:1-20 

Thur. 11 - Psa. 54:1-7 

Fri. 12 - Psa. 55:1-23 

Sat. 13 - Psa. 58:1-11 



Memory Verse: Psa. 39:12 
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give 
ear unto my cry; hold not thy 
peace at my tears: for I am a 
stranger with thee, and a 
sojourner, as all my fathers were. 

Sun. 14 - Psa. 71:1-24 

Mon. 15 - Psa. 77:1-20 

Tues. 16 - Psa. 78:1-24 

Wed. 17 - Psa. 78:25-49 

Thur. 18 - Psa. 78:50-72 

Fri. 19 - Psa. 80:1-19 

Sat. 20 - Psa. 84:1-12 



Memory Verse: Psa. 94:9 & 10 
He that planted the ear, shall he 
not hear? He that formed the 
eye, shall he not see? He that 
chastiseth the heathen, shall not 
he correct? He that teacheth man 
knowledge, shall not he know? 

Sun. 21 - Psa. 88:1-18 

Mon. 22 - Psa. 92:1-15 

Tues. 23 - Psa. 94:1-23 

Wed. 24 - Psa. 102:1-28 

Thur. 25 - Psa. 115:1-18 

Fri. 26 - Psa. 116:1-19 

Sat. 27 - Psa. 130:1-8 



Memory Verse: Psa. 102:2 
Hide not thy face from me in the 
day when I am in trouble; incline 
thine ear unto me: in the day 
when I call answer me speedily. 

Sun. 28 - Psa. 135:1-21 

Mon. 29 - Psa. 141:1-10 

Tues. 30 - Psa. 143:1-12 

Wed. 31 - Pro. 2:1-22 



Memory Verses: Psa. 115:5-7 
They have mouths, but they 
speak not: eyes have they, but 
they see not: They have ears, but 
they hear not: noses have they, 
but they smell not: They have 
hands, but they handle not: feet 
have they, but they walk not: 
neither speak they through their 
throat. 

Psa. 116:1 & 2 
I love the Lord, because he hath 
heard my voice and my suppli- 
cations. Because he hath inclined 
his ear unto me, therefore will 
I call upon him as long as I live. 



Lester Fi3her 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, OH 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXI 



AUGUST 1, 1983 



NO. 15 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



PRECIOUS MOMENTS 

At ev'ry motion of our breath, 
Life trembles on the brink of death; 
A taper's flame that upward turns, 
While downward to the dust it burns. 

Moment by moment years are past, 
And one ere long will be our last, 
There is a point no eyes can see, 
Yet on it hangs eternity. 

This is the moment — who shall tell, 
Whether it leads to heav'n or hell? 
This is the moment — as we choose, 
Th' immortal soul we save, or lose. 

Time past and time to come are not - 
Time present is our only lot; 
O God! henceforth our hearts incline 
To seek no other love than thine. 



- James Montgomery 



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FALLING AWAY 

Each one of us at some time have had the misfortune of falling 
down. The little child has many falls as walking is mastered. 
Even the strongest and most alert person will be unaware and 
stumble. The elderly because of tottery step and less keen eye- 
sight, like the child, falls, often being injured. A fall, even if it 
does not cause serious injury, will have an effect upon us. It will 
shake us up at the very least. Falling is never pleasant. We do 
not wish to fall. 

As painful and uncomfortable, falling is for our physical body, it 
is even more serious to fall Spiritually. The writer to the Hebrews 
describes this condition in Hebrews 6:4-9. This is a very serious 
subject because a person's relationship with God and eternal life 
are at stake. The writer is speaking to and about Christians, so 
this falling away must be applied to them. 

For some this thought is controversial. They can not accept the 
fact that a Christian must be responsible for his soul's salvation. 
Good works and morality will not secure salvation but a falling 
away will cause its departure. This falling away is doubly 
important because once it has happened there is no more 
sacrifice left for sin. Christ can not be crucified a second time. 
The one who chooses to fall from the place of safety is headed for 
eternal separation from God. 

The writer speaks of the wonderful conditions that had been in 
the Christian's life. These are conditions found in every Christian's 
life. It speaks of enlightenment, which touches on the forgive- 
ness of sins. Sin is often pictured as darkness. The doers of evil 
wish for darkness. Light is the opposite and Jesus, the sacrifice for 
our sins, is the Light of the world. The Christian has tasted of the 
Heavenly gift. God has given many gifts but the greatest is His 

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Son. We are invited to partake of the symbols of His broken body 
and spilled blood. The Christian should be as closely identified 
with Christ as the body is with the food that is eaten. Without the 
Holy Ghost, there is no life. A person may pretend to be very 
Spiritual but lacking the Spirit of God, it is impossible. The 
Christian is a partaker of the Holy Ghost whose indwelling is 
symbolized by the laying on of hands in connection with baptism. 
The Word of God is the true and filling food of the Christian's life. 
We all have at least tasted of it and hopefully have been able to 
progress from the milk of the Word to the meat. The hope of the 
Christian is not limited to this world and this life. There is a 
hope that reaches beyond the grave and time. Jesus has all power 
in Heaven and earth and our identification with Him gives us 
power in the coming eternity. 

But some, despite having all of this, have fallen away. They have 
given up, listening to the scheming voice of Satan. Paul even 
warned that some of the leaders of the Church at Ephesus would 
be amongst those who would desert their Lord and their own 
soul's need. 

The Christian has the promise of forgiveness of his sins. Every 
Christian stumbles and even falls along the way but he can seek 
forgiveness. God is willing to forgive and to cleanse. But there 
is that point of no return that may be reached beyond which the 
hope of reconciliation is passed. Sins against the Father and the 
Son may be forgiven but sin against the Spirit can not. For the 
Christian to knowingly reject the wooing and convicting power of 
the Spirit to correct his course is to seal an unhappy fate. To 
knowingly choose evil over good and to manifest an obstinate, 
disobedient Spirit will cause the one who has had all these 
blessings to lose them irrevocably. 

The writer illustrates his point by speaking of two plots of 
ground. Although they each receive the rain, sun and wind, the 
one proves to be productive while the other is worthless. The 
productive land compares to the fruitful Christian. The other 
shows the one who had the same blessings and opportunities but 
who did not yield the fruit of the Spirit, but the works of the flesh 
instead. In the end that ground and that unproductive person were 
sentenced to be burned. This illustration might also be likened 
to Cain and Abel. Although they both had the same opportunity, 
only one responded obediently and received a great blessing 
though it cost him his life. 

This warning is given to the Hebrews not because the writer 
thought they were in that fallen condition but to warn them. They 
had been rebuked for their lack of Bible study. If they continued 
only receiving the milk of the Word it would be much easier for 
them to fall than if they were able to take the meat. 



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All Christians need the Word of God. Without it, they become 
weak and prone to falling. We need to be sure we are eating 
properly in order to maintain not only our physical but also our 
Spiritual bodies. We need to take care that we do not fall. 



FAITH OF A BLIND MAN 

Ethan slumped his shoulders dejectedly and started making his 
way down the dusty path. Ah, what a dark world it was for him; 
always had been. He'd been born blind, so he was accustomed to 
the blackness, but he could not help but dream what it would be 
like to view this world he was in. Oh, just to gaze upon the 
faces of those he loved. 

He paused as he heard voices far behind him. His hearing was 
very sharp, compensating for his lack of sight. There were several 
voices, but one of these caught Ethan's interest. It was a gentle 
voice, yet commanding, compelling one to listen and obey. 

Ethan stopped, feeling a strong urge to discover who this voice 
belonged to. The voices drew nearer with the sound of sandalled 
feet. Soon, Ethan felt a hand on his shoulder, and the impact of 
the touch sent an incredible longing through his soul. He didn't 
speak, unable to think of anything to say. 

As Ethan heard one of the other voices say, "Master, did this 
man sin, or did his parents sin to cause him to be born blind?" he 
knew who was touching him. The Master. The Christ! "I am not 
worthy enough for the Master to touch me," Ethan thought. 

Jesus gave Ethan's shoulder an encouraging pat. Turning to 
His disciples, He answered, "Neither this man's sins nor his 
parents' sins have caused his blindness. He was born blind so that 
one day God could work a miracle in his life, causing men every- 
where to believe. I must do the tasks of Him that sent me while it 
is day. Soon, the night will come when all work must cease. While 
I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 

Ethan listened intently to the powerful words. He wondered as 
he heard Jesus spit on the ground. Presently he felt something 
cool and moist being placed gently on his eyes. 

Jesus said, "Go. Wash in the pool of Siloam." 

Without a word, Ethan turned in obedience. He strode excitedly 
toward the pool, without once having to pause, for he knew the 
way well. 

"Siloam," Ethan whispered, "that means 'Sent'. I've been sent 
to it by God." 

Years ago, Hezekiah had made this poof and the approximately 
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Spring flowed softly into the pool. It was called "Siloam" because 
it was just across the Kidron Valley from the village of Siloam. The 
pool was much used by the people of Jerusalem and was 
considered sacred. 

Ethan arrived slightly breathless at the pool, still conscious of 
the clay on his eyes, and began to carefully descend the steps. 
When he reached the calm water, he stepped in, and with 
trembling fingers, washed the clay from his sightless eyes. Then, 
looking up, he let out a cry of joy, the brightness flooding over 
him. Tears of thanksgiving streamed down his weathered cheeks 
as he stared down at himself and at the cleansing, healing water in 
which he was standing. His eyes took in the high rock wall of the 
pool and the much-tread steps made of well-jointed stones, lime 
mortar and natural rock. He lifted his eyes and beheld the brilliant 
sun which shone upon him as a sort of benediction. 

"But what am I doing standing here?" Ethan asked himself. He 
rose out of the water and ran up the steps as fast as he could. "I 
must tell people about this wonderful miracle!" 

As his neighbors saw Ethan, they realized at once that he was 
no longer blind. He looked at them from eyes which shone with 
an inner radiance. 

"Is this not the man who sat and begged?" someone asked 
incredulously. 

"Oh, but surely not!" answered another. "It is just a man who 
resembles him." 

Ethan studied the faces of those around him. On some, he could 
see happiness and belief as they realized they were witnessing 
a miracle. Others showed doubt and indecision, and a few grinned 
in ridicule and scorn. 

"How can they be so unbelieving?" Ethan thought, and to them 
he said, "I am that man." 

At once, several people asked him, "How were your eyes 
opened?" 

Ethan smiled as he remembered. "A man named Jesus made 
clay and placed it upon my eyes. Then he told me to go to the 
pool of Siloam and wash, so I did as He said, and I received my 
sight!" 

"Where is this man?" the people asked Ethan. 

He shook his head and answered, "I don't know." 

This was the sabbath day, so the people decided to take Ethan to 
the Pharisees, who also asked him how he had received sight. 
Ethan repeated his experience, reliving it all again, as he knew he 
would the rest of his life. 

After Ethan had spoken, several of the Pharisees said, "This 



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man Jesus is not of God, because he does not keep the sabbath 
day." 

But there was a division among the Pharisees, for some argued, 
"How can a man who is a sinner do a miracle like this?" 

Ethan listened as they argued. He watched as several men 
glared at him in suspicion. 

Suddenly they asked him, "What do you have to say about this 
man Jesus, who opened your eyes?" 

Ethan spoke softly. "He is a prophet." 

But the Jews did not believe that he had been born blind and had 
received his sight. They called his parents in to testify. 

"Is this your son who you say was born blind?" they asked 
rudely. "How is it that he can now see?" 

Ethan's father and mother glanced at each other lovingly. Joy 
was written all over their faces. 

Bravely, they looked at their questioners and said, "Yes, this is 
certainly our son, and yes, he was born blind. But—" again they 
glanced at each other, "we don't know how he has received his 
sight or who healed him. He is of age — ask him! Let him speak 
for himself!" 

Ethan knew why his parents had answered in this way. They 
feared the Jewish leaders who had declared that anyone saying 
that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. 

So once again, the Jews turned to Ethan. 

"Give God the praise for healing you," they told him. "We know 
that this Jesus is a sinner." 

Ethan said, "I cannot say whether or not He is a sinner." His 
voice grew strong with conviction as he continued, "But this one 
thing I know: once I was blind, but now I see." 

And still again, the Jews asked Ethan to tell them how he had 
received his sight. 

Sighing heavily, Ethan said, "I have already told you, and you 
did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Will you also be 
Jesus' disciples?" 

This angered the Jews, and they accused Ethan. "You are His 
disciple," they spat out, "but we are Moses 1 disciples. We know 
that God spoke to Moses, but this fellow, this Jesus man, we don't 
even know where He came from!" 

Ethan shook his head slowly in amazement. "This is a 
marvellous thing," he said, "You don't know where He has come 
from, yet He has opened my eyes! Now, we know that God does 
not listen to evil men, but His ears are open to those who love and 
worship Him and do His will. Since the world began, there has 
never been anyone who could open the eyes of someone who was 



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born blind." Ethan smiled and lowered his voice reverently. "If 
this man were not of God, He could do nothing." 

The enraged Jews cursed Ethan and said, "You, who were born 
in sin, are you presuming to teach us?" 

Ethan, watching as the Jews consulted among themselves, knew 
what was coming. He was cast out of the church; excommuni- 
cated. No longer could he fellowship there. But strangely, he felt 
exaited. Peace floated through his soul, and Ethan knew that he 
had spoken the truth. Jesus was of God. He was a good man, and 
Ethan longed to see Him again to express his thankfulness and 
ask some questions. 

His longing was fulfilled the next morning as Ethan began 
walking to the pool of Siloam to gaze upon the water and recount 
his experience of the day before. So lost was he in thought, he did 
not hear footsteps until they were beside him. 

Seeing Jesus, Ethan opened his mouth to greet Him, but Jesus 
spoke first. Gently, He placed His hand on Ethan's shoulder and 
said, "Do you believe on the Son of God?" 

Ethan looked solemnly into the loving eyes of Jesus. "Who is 
He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?" he asked breathlessly. 

Jesus said, "You have seen Him. It is He that is talking with 
you." 

Overwhelming gladness washed over Ethan. Tears ran in 
streams down his face as he beheld the Son of God. "Lord, I 
believe," he whispered, then fell on his knees before his Master. 

Sister Julie Litfin 



NO PLACE TO GO 

I shifted the weight of my body and sought a cooler spot on the 
hot sand. But I found nothing cooler. Since my arrival in hell all I 
had known was intense heat and torment. 

I wondered if there were days in hell. All I had known was 
darkness since arriving. There was no light — neither of the sun 
nor of the Son of God. 

On earth I had believed there was a hell but I was confident that 
I would never go there. I was sure by doing some things and not 
doing some things that I would make it to Heaven. 

How wrong I had been! Hours upon hours I mulled over my time 
on earth and now I was seeing what I hadn't done. I should have 
had Jesus in my heart and lived for Him. I should have known that 
the wonderful gift of salvation comes by what He has already done 
for us and not by some things that I could do. 



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The scene at judgment was horrible to recall. Horror and 
astonishment mingled with fear when I was told to depart. Me? I 
was sure I was "good" enough to enter Heaven's gates, but I didn't. 

A raucous laugh interrupted my thinking and the devil walked 
past and gave my foot a shove onto a bed of coals. I winced. Oh, 
the pain and torment. But I'm still here and it continues. My 
mental anguish is terrible. 

I always went to church. We went to Conference when we could 
afford it. But I was a fool. I didn't go for a blessing or for re-newed 
strength. I went to criticize! There was so much good to 
commend, but I always looked for the bad and picked at it. It 
wasn't any "fun" to pat someone on the back and say how 
encouraged you were by his sermon that afternoon. I could tell 
you how many scripture references the preacher used but I 
couldn't tell you what they meant to my soul. 

My cousin was in jail. Yow, so we all make mistakes. He didn't 
get any sympathy from me. But when I heard the Lord say, "I was 
in prison and ye visited me not." I thought immediately of Ben 
and even remembered the date he went to jail and how I had 
dismissed all of it from my mind. 

Just now I recalled the old couple who lived nearby who didn't 
get enough food or clothing. They had children — let them care 
for them. If they didn't, Welfare would! I washed my hands of them 
but wondered why they looked at me strangely when I asked them 
to go to church with me. 

One dreary night it was storming and a stranger came to my 
door. He had run out of gas. I told him I was too tired and to try the 
next door neighbor. He looked over my shoulder for a minute, 
shrugged his shoulders and left in the rain. I turned around and 
read the motto on the kitchen wall. "As for me and my house, we 
will serve the Lord." 

My school chum had cancer but I felt I was too busy to visit him 
or even write or call. Those things take time and money. Now I 
have time -- time — time. Time to realize I did not do the important 
things. I was so busy doing unimportant things. 

I did have time to go around as a "measuring" Christian. Hum, 
are those sleeves long enough on that Sister? Aren't those shoes 
on that Brother slightly grey and not black? Are those heels a half 
inch too high to suit me? Ah, yes, I was the self-righteous, critical 
one. Just look at me. You will find no fault in me. Oh, but I was 
wrong. I harped on the wrong things I saw but never prayed about 
them. 

I arose to go to the water fountain. Ah, no, there is none. I arose 
for a glass of milk. Ah, there is none. I heard the tinkle, tinkle of 
ice against glass but there is no iced tea. In fact there is hardly 



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enough moisture in my mouth for the next half hour. 

My friend and I are going to go visiting. Ah, but there are no 
friends. My father and I are going to get in the Chevie and go for 
groceries. But there are no such things here. No other place to go. 
Confined. No love. No compassion. No smiles. No relationships. 
If love is removed, what have you left? 

Another spark hits my hair, sizzles and dies out. More sparks will 
come, but I do not vanish. I'm here in this hot house forever and 
ever and ever. 

Sister Mildred Skiles 

THERE GO I 

Whether it be a criminal of the lowest rank, or a sinner of a 
little higher "class", you should say, "There, but for the grace of 
God, go I." It is only by God's grace that you are what you are, 
assuming that you are a child of God. "Who can say, I have made 
my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" Prov. 20:9. All sinners, 
including you and me, can be saved only by God's grace, not by 
personal merit, so there's no room to brag. 

God's grace — unmerited favor — makes the difference between 
the saint and the sinner. You are not a saint because you are so 
holy that you can claim to be a child of God. Personal opionions 
about one's own worthiness, or another's unworthiness, are 
meaningless. It is only through Christ that you are worthy of 
anything God has to give. 

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being 
justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in 
Christ Jesus." Rom. 3:23-24. As sinners, we are all in the same 
category before being redeemed — guilty and condemned. There 
are no degrees or classes of sinners. Likewise in Christ, there are 
no degrees, no superior positions. We are all His servants, saved 
by grace, and eternal life is promised to all the redeemed. 

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the 
truth is not in us." I John 1:8. At some point in life, we all need to 
recognize that in the eyes of God, we are anything but perfect. To 
be perfect, we'd have to be sin-free, and we all know we're not. 
Yet we try to elevate ourselves by saying we are so glad that we live 
a better life than most people do. The truth is we are no more 
perfect or better than other people. It is Christ who is perfect. 

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteous- 
nesses are as filthy rags." Isa. 64:6. Most of us at some time or 
other have seen a very dirty, unkempt person commonly known as 
a bum. Before God we are all as bums — unclean, ragged 
appearance, and so forth. We have nothing to offer God and we 
need to be made clean and whole in Christ. One is not above 



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another; we all must come as we are to the same altar ot 
repentance. We have no right to feel superior and to point a finger 
at others and their failures. 

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at 
her." John 8:7. It is easier to criticize or cast a stone (condemn) 
at someone as those men did than it is to try to relate to another's 
need. This woman needed forgiveness, not condemnation, and 
that's what Jesus gave her. The men who brought her to Jesus 
only wanted to prove a point. They were not interested in her 
welfare. In reality, they were no better than she was and Jesus 
soon pointed this out. 

"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, 
he deceiveth himself." Gal. 6:3. If you have yourself up on a 
pedestal, come down from your lofty perch and face reality! No 
matter how bad the people are around you, they can be saved as 
well as you. It is only in Jesus that you amount to anything, and if 
it were not for Him, you would stand condemned right along with 
the world's worst sinner. 

"But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing 
themselves among themselves, are not wise." II Cor. 10:12. When 
we compare ourselves to other people, we may come out looking 
good. But God has a higher standard and we must go by that. 
"For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the 
Lord commendeth." II Cor. 10:18. What we think of ourselves isn't 
important; it's what God thinks of us that counts. 

"There, but for the grace of God, go I" is not just a charitable 
thought. It's a fact, not just for others, but for you! And for me! 
Verse after verse tells us where we stand before God. Only Jesus 
in our hearts can change our status before God, and remove our 
names from the list of the condemned to the list of those 
redeemed. Self-righteousness is worthless. Where do you stand 
before God? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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God does not comfort us to make us comfortable but to make us 
comforters. 



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There is no burden of the spirit that is not lightened by kneeling 
under it. 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"VOCATIONS" 

The selection of your life work is one of the most important 
decisions you will ever make, right behind making Jesus your 
personal Saviour and the selection of a mate. God has given you 
certain abilities and talents and if you develop them and put them 
to work, you will be happy throughout your life. If not, you might 
well feel like a round peg in a square hole. 

Proper vocational adjustment and selection also enables you to 
shape your environment rather than allowing it to shape you. 

First, you must ask, "Can I function as a Christian in this job and 
work environment?" Will it allow me to be the young man or 
woman Christ wants me to be? Some people are placed in a 
vocational situation where they are extremely limited in their 
opportunity to witness for Jesus. You can not work for that 
business as you are required by scripture to share the Good News! 

If your job inhibits your fellowship with other Christians because 
you can not go to Bible studies and regular church services then 
you need to consider something different. In His eternal plan, God 
sees fit to call men into vocations which range from farming to 
being a doctor. But you must seek His will in whatever profession 
you select and don't go in to it because YOU want to or because it 
pays a big salary. The important thing will not necessarily be how 
much money you make, but will it honor Him with your time. 
Neither does Christ necessarily call you only in to the menial job. 
God can be equally glorified in sweeping floors or serving as 
president of a corporation. 

The best advice that can be given is from the only source of true 
knowledge. Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of 
God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added 
unto you." Seeking first the kingdom will purify your motives in 
vocation selection. 

Several things that I recommend that you DO NOT do in 
selecting your vocation are; 1) Don't attempt to solve your 
problems by entering a certain vocation. You may think this 
sounds strange, but many people are attracted to specific 
vocations because of their own personal problems. They seem to 
gravitate toward certain college courses from which they seem 
likely to get help for their problems. 2) Don't plan on a specific 
type of work until you have gained adequate information about 
that vocation. Some positions have built in opposition to the 
Gospel and others will compromise your witness. 3) Don't choose 
your life's work without a realistic evaluation of your talents and 
abilities. 4) And finally, don't select a vocation which is actually 



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someone else's choice rather than your own. You can consider the 
advice but in the final analysis you are the one who has to perform 
the work and be at peace with God in it. 

To a large degree, God's leading is a gradual process in which 
He utilizes your innate abilities, past experiences and present 
circumstances to direct you into His perfect will. This guidance 
might be compared to the light beamed by a car at night. You are 
not frustrated or overly concerned simply because you can't see 
the entire road ahead. You do see enough to make good progress. 
And so it is with God's guidance. He graciously gives sufficient 
light to illuminate the path He has chosen for you. 

In Jesus, life and work is terrific! You can be happy, involved, 
productive, healthy and secure in the midst of a high pressure! 
commercialized, automated, pill-prone society. It is not easy nor is 
it automatic, but it is possible through the development of certain 
spiritual and personal qualities which make up the traits of 
personal and vocational life. Finally, I know no better counsel to 
give you than to plan your future in the light of eternity. You 
cannot go wrong in doing that and you cannot be right in doing 
anything else. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August, 1923 

THE PASTORAL SYSTEM 

B. E. Kesler 

Pastors we have always had; pastors we need; and pastors we 
must have. The prominence given the subject in recent years 
would seem to indicate it is a new term or modern term. On the 
contrary it is as old as the church itself. The trouble with our 
modern idea is, we have associated it with a hireling ministry. 

We seem to think we cannot have a pastor without a hireling. 
And then, too, we seem to think the pastor is a "cure all" for all of 
our spiritual ills and delinquencies. 

In this paper we shall treat the Pastoral System in its: 
Relation to the Ministry 

It is unfair to the ministry of the past to assume that in order to 
have the work of the ministry creditably and successfully done 
we must have a hireling pastor to do it. 

The writer happened to be brought up in a congregation 
that had a plurality of ministers, as many as seven, at one time. 

It would be interesting indeed to see how a hireling pastor could 



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do the preaching, visiting the sick, caring for the poor, burying the 
dead and the many other services a minister is supposed to 
render, that these ministers did. 

When a plurality of ministers was the rule, the appointments at 
the church house or houses where they had more than one, were 
kept up regularly, and besides this numerous other appointments 
at school houses every Lord's Day and in addition to this, horse- 
back mission work of no small import, which in a number of 
instances results in the organization of new churches. Where is 
the hireling pastor who ever has accomplished such results, or 
where is the one who can do it now? 

When such congregations hire a pastor, he settles down in the 
home church, keeps up the appointments there as had been done 
before, but that is as far as his ministry goes and as for outside 
appointments and mission work, they are dropped, as a matter 
of course. 

Now if any one can tell us how a hireling pastor can accomplish 
for money, what those men did free, we should like to see him. 
Wouldn't you? 

What then, in the way of ministerial service, are we to be 
benefited by a hireling ministry? 

And what shall we do with all those other ministers under whose 
ministry and leadership the churches have been built up and 
become a power for good in the community? "Why just let them be 
under the direction of the pastor and just go ahead with their free 
ministry and mission work any place except in the home church." 

Humiliation! Where art thou? 

Dost thou not blush at such indignity imposed on God's faithful, 
self-sacrificing, humble servants? 

Why not let the new pastor try a little of this kind of free work? 
A little training in the school of sacrifice might do him much good. 

Yes, pastors we have always had and must have them still, but 
that does not mean we must have hirelings to preach for us. 

To adopt the hireling ministry in full would mean the loss of 
perhaps one-third or more of the amount of preaching our ministry 
has done and, without it, would continue to do. 

Will it be said, "the quality of the preaching would overcome 
the loss in quantity?" Nay, verily. For if you go out in the rural 
districts you will find the common every day sort of Christian 
minister, the man who is "one of them," of their class and kind, will 
accomplish more with them than any college bred and trained man 
you can send them. 

And even in the city the same holds good. We have in mind now 
a certain city with a "first" and a "second" church. The first with a 



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pastor among the front ranks in scholarship, training and all 
around up-to-date, barely holding its own. The second with a 
pastor much inferior in the qualifications named, just grows and 
grows until addition has been made to the building to hold crowds 
that gather at each service. 

We must not allow ourselves to believe God must run his 
preachers through college before He can make them a power for 
truth and righteousness in the world. "God hath chosen the 
foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that 
are wise." 

We are not saying anything against an educated ministry, or 
disparagingly of pastors; it is the hireling ministry to which 
objection is raised. There is not on record an instance of a hireling 
pastor in the apostolic churches. While many of them, especially 
the seven churches in Asia, for many years, stood greatly in need 
of ministerial help, yet no mention is made of hiring a pastor. And 
much as people then, as now, enjoyed eloquence in the pulpit, yet 
even the eloquence of Apollos could not induce the church at 
Ephesus to hire him. Likewise, the church at Cornith, badly as 
they were divided among themselves over their preachers who 
visited them, and badly as they needed a resident minister, none of 
them ever thought of hiring one. 

And so on through the Apostolic age no mention, not even a 
hint, is made of hiring a pastor. 

We read of the twelve apostles, the seventy sent out by Christ, 
and some ten or a dozen more preachers in the apostolic church 
almost a hundred preachers in the apostolic church, but nowhere 
do we read of any of them being hired as a pastor. 

Badly as they needed resident pastors, none were hired. Didn't 
they know the mind of Jesus and the Spirit on this matter? Are 
we wiser than they? Will it be said, "we have conditions that 
demand a hireling pastor? On the other hand, may it not be said 
we ourselves have created those conditions. Our schools have 
created a product for which they are seeking a market. In the 
meantime we have put on an intensive campaign calling for 
Christian education and training for leadership; and in this way we 
have educated ourselves, or created a sentiment, that no one is 
capable of leadership unless he is run through our schools, at the 
expense of ignoring, in many instances, men of experience, to 
make room for a novice, which cannot result in peace, harmony 
and good in the church. 

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If hope becomes impatient, faith will become impossible. 



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NEWS ITEMS 



MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 



The new telephone number for Elder David Skiles is (505) 731- 
2293. This is also the telephone number for the Torreon Navajo 
Mission. 



DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Dallas Center Congregation, the Lord willing, plans to have 
a revival meeting August 7 through 21, 1983. The Lovefeast will be 
held August 20. 

The new church building will be dedicated at 2:00 P M Auqust 
21. 

Please come and enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss, Cor. 



LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Since our last revival meetings some of our loved ones have 
been called home. If you would have been one of those called 
would you have been ready to meet your Saviour? 

Bro. Dennis St. John from the Pleasant Ridge Congregation 
plans to be with us, the Lord willing, September 11 through 25. 
May we all pray for these meetings that there might be lost souls 
saved and the saints revived in the faith. 

Come and worship with us. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

We enjoyed another Revival Meeting, with Elder D. Paul Reed of 
Pilot, Virginia, June 26 to July 3. The Lovefeast was held July 2 
with Bro. Paul Reed officiating. Bro. Paul brought us Spirit-filled 
messages to revive and renew us and help us have a closer walk 
with God. 

_ Visiting ministers were Virgil Leatherman, Charles Leatherman, 
Eugene Kauffman and Frank Shaffer. We were glad for those who 
came and worshipped with us. 
May the Lord bless Bro. Paul as he labors for the Master. 

Sister Irene Harris, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, CA 95326 

(209) 883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

(913) 754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

(515) 677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, PA 17340 

(717) 359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R, 5, Box 97 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

(317) 395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1 Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington* OH 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXI 



AUGUST 15, 1983 



NO. 16 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHY DO YOU WAIT? 

Why do you wait, dear brother? 
Oh, why do you tarry so long? 
Your Savior is waiting to give you 
A place in His sanctified throng. 

Why do you hope, dear brother, 
To gain by a further delay? 
There's no one to save you but Jesus, 
There's no other way but His way. 

Do you not feel, dear brother, 
His Spirit now striving within? 
Oh, why not accept His salvation, 
And throw off your burden of sin? 

Why do you wait, dear brother? 
The harvest is passing away; 
Your Savior is longing to bless you; 
There's danger and death in delay. 

- George F. Root 



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RELUCTANT CHRISTIANS 

Lot's escape from Sodom offers many parallels with the lives of 
some Christians today. Lot had been blessed with prosperity 
which became more of a snare than blessing to him. 

Lot's herds had been multiplied until the land could not support 
both his and Abraham's. So it was decided to divide. Abraham 
gave his nephew first choice of the land. Either he could have the 
promising plain or the less inviting mountainous area. Lot was a 
good judge of earthly values so he readily chose the Plain. With 
his fine herd and servants to do the work, Lot was all set to 
prosper in this promising land. As his wealth increased, he began 
to look toward the easier life that could be found in Sodom. He 
did not move there at once but slowly began to be identified with 
that city. Before long he could see no reason to stay out there 
with his herds, besides there were more advantages for himself 
and his family in Sodom. Soon he was well settled in Sodom. He 
had a home, he was a leader in the city's politics and his family 
became socially active. His daughters even found husbands there. 

Sodom was a city given over to sexual and sensual sins. The 
wrath of God was kindled against her and Gomorrah. If it had not 
been for Abraham's pleas they would have been destroyed at first. 
Abraham plead with God, but even five righteous could not be 
found there. So God's wrath would be unleased against them. Yet 
before the fire and brimstone came, He would send angels to 
rescue Lot and his family. 

Lot was enjoying his life and prosperity in Sodom. He knew it 
was not where he really belonged. When angels came with their 
dire message of doom, Lot was in no hurry to escape. He lingered 
until the angels had to forcibly remove him, his wife and two 
daughters from the city. 

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There are many today who through past training and by their 
own study realize that they are not where they should be Spirit- 
ually. But like Lot they linger in the place of danger. Somehow 
they think that God would not destroy them or that somehow He 
will yet accept them. Some perhaps will allow themselves to be 
pulled from destruction but they lack enthusiasm for this change in 
their lives. They may speak of the things of Christ and perhaps 
attend services but they have no great love for Christ or the 
Church, nor do they become laborers for Him. 

Lot was pulled from the doomed city. When the angels got him 
beyond the city's borders, he was instructed to flee with his family 
to the mountains. Though he expressed thanks for being rescued, 
he already showed his reluctance in this new life. Instead of going 
to the mountain, he wanted to go to a small city, Zoar. Since he 
had not exercised any great faith in escaping from destruction, he 
did not have enough faith to believe that the God who had 
mercifully delivered him from Sodom could also keep him safe in 
the mountain. He had grown accustomed to city life so he still 
wanted the ease that Zoar offered to him. 

When little faith or desire is expressed in a decided choice to 
follow Jesus; when little need is seen for salvation; when the 
choice is lightly made, the same reluctance will be found in the 
Christian life. If there was little desire to be a Christian in the first 
place then it would be difficult to have any enthusiasm for the 
Christian life, whether in doctrine or practical living. 

As this family was making the final segment of their journey, the 
desire and love for the things of the home, loved ones and 
neighbors became too great for Lot's wife. Despite the angel's 
warning she looked back. Her doom was instant as she was turned 
into a pillar of salt. The sins of the city had had an effect upon 
the daughters that did escape with Lot. In their activities later they 
showed a continued influence of the loose living of Sodom. Many 
who do not experience a great desire to escape the doom of the 
world are like Lot's family. The pleasures and activities of the old 
life and associations are still important and perhaps even 
indulged in. 

Lot should never have been in Sodom. When he realized he did 
not belong, he should have moved away. Many today should make 
the decided choice that Lot would not make. 

Would you identify yourself with Lot or Abraham, the father of 
the faithful? 

It is a blessed thing to govern the thoughts well when alone, 
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SECURITY IS NOT -- 

Social security, financial security, job security — everyone 
wants security, yet few really have it. People talk about "Eternal 
Security" which pertains to the soul, and we know there is much 
false security, both naturally and spiritually. As human beings, we 
have a tendency to base our security on feelings, on what we can 
see, what we can do for ourselves, or on what we think some 
other person is going to do for us. Perhaps we need to consider 
what true security is and is not. 

Security is not when you hold on to some thing or person, but 
when the strong holds on to the weak. When something holds 
on to you and you submit yourself to that restraint or holding 
power, you are secure. When a parent holds on to a child, the child 
is secure. When a seat belt is in place and holds on to us, we are 
secured. It was not intended to be held on to, but to hold. When 
God holds on to us, that is real security. 

In a vehicle out of control, holding on to the steering wheel 
or emergency brake won't make you safe. People have held on 
to an emergency brake so tightly that their fingers had to be pried 
loose, but that didn't stop the vehicle. Holding on with a death- 
grip doesn't insure safety. Instead, the person in trouble needs 
to be in the grip of whatever can provide safety. 

Some people are very possessive and hold tightly to another 
person, but this does not secure the relationship. You may hold 
on to a person with all your might, but figuratively speaking, the 
tighter you squeeze, the more likely you are to lose your grip. 
The security in a relationship is when the other person holds on 
to you — in love, in devotion to a mutual companionship, whether 
you are friends or family members. 

People, like our president, have body guards, which makes them 
feel more secure, but they only provide limited safety. Security is 
not in the things we possess. The rich man in Luke 12:19-21 had 
many possessions and planned to take life easy for many years. 
Yet God called him a fool. Why? Because he had left God out of 
his life and he was not ready for Eternity. He had missed the 
true security. 

Our only real security is in Christ. Our relationship with Him 
provides safety and security in every area of life. Spiritual 
security — the assurance that we are loved by Him and our sins are 
forgiven — must come first. Next, we can look to Christ for 
security in a physical and emotional sense. This doesn't mean 
there'll never be any danger or trouble, but it does mean Christ is in 
control. Nothing will happen to us that He does not allow, and 
whatever distress we experience, He will be with us. 

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is Jesus Christ." I Cor. 3:11. Jesus Christ is our basis for security. 
He is sure and steadfast, He can always be depended on. Other 
factors in life may change, but Jesus does not. With Him, we have 
everything; without Him, we have nothing. Because of Jesus, we 
can boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man 
shall do unto me." Heb. 13:6. 

"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the 
arrow that flieth by day." "For he shall give his angels charge over 
thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psa. 91:5,11. Whether it be the 
violence of man which would disturb us, or some less serious 
matter, we need not be afraid. God has promised to take care of us 
in every situation. It is a comfort to know that we can rest securely 
in His loving care. 

"When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid; yea, thou shalt 
lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet." Prov. 3:24. No matter what 
troubles you, you are promised sleep, not the restless kind, but 
sleep free of fear and distress. If you've lost your job, you are 
still secure in Christ. If a relationship with a loved one has been 
severed by death or other causes, you still have Jesus. Regardless 
of the problem, Jesus still loves you and will keep you. Man may 
fail you, but Jesus will not, so place your trust in Him. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

SATAN'S COUNTERFEIT 

Why is it today that whenever we speak of Satan it seems 
increasingly necessary to preface the remarks with a word about 
the reality of his existan.ce? Some Christians seem to think that 
Satan merely exists in the minds of men. In other words, they 
don't understand the actual, objective existence of this evil being. 
The scriptures are explicit, however, in teaching that he is not just 
a Jewish belief or idea but that he exists just as sure as Jesus 
Himself does. 

Additionally, Christians sometimes forget that he can transform 
himself in a variety of ways. On one hand, he presents himself as 
an angel of light. This is exemplified by preachers and teachers 
in the modern church system today. On the other hand, he is the 
dragon (Rev. 12:3-4) and shows his fierce nature and the death 
struggle in which he is engaged with God's people. 

But whatever particular representation Satan makes of himself, 
he has a single purpose in his program. That purpose is simply 
to counterfeit The Will of God. This has been, presently is, and 
always will be his purpose as long as he has his freedom. 

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definition of creating something similar to the original but doing 
it by means of a shortcut. A counterfeit is SIMILAR BUT 
CHEAP. This is the most important fact to understand about 
Satan's purpose in this world. If he is the master deceiver, then he 
is trying to do something that is similar to the will of God, not 
totally dissimilar. He is intelligent enough to know that if he puts 
something in your path as a young Christian, perhaps some 
temptation, which is OBVIOUSLY not the will of God, you will be 
alert enough to resist it. But if he can offer something good which, 
though good in itself, it is not best, then he will be more likely to 
gain the advantage. 

Satan's first attempt to pass a counterfeit plan to man was made 
in the Garden of Eden. Even in that perfect environment, Adam 
and Eve fell for the ONE WAY they could sin. In contrast, consider 
our situation today with the hundreds of temptations which are 
before us. How we must pray for revelation of Satan's attempts to 
control our lives. 

Satan comes to the young Christian with the same counterfeit 
that he used in Eden. He asks, "Has God given you everything as 
a Christian?" Your immediate response is, "absolutely!" And then 
some of the things that have been gladly given up for Christ's 
sake come to mind, and the mind begins to dwell on them. Soon 
the restrictions of the Christian life seem to be more of a burden 
than a blessing and things that were gladly given up become 
temptations and weaknesses for Satan to use against you. 

We must stay in the will of God and not accept Satan's counter- 
feit. Three things which will help you in doing this are: 
1) Completely present your life to Him... unconditionally. 2) Be 
totally separate from the world. 3) Allow yourself to be trans- 
formed by the Holy Spirit. 

Satan's counterfeit will, or God's genuine will.... this is the 
choice. May God give you, in these last days, the keen discern- 
ment to see the difference between the two and the zealous desire 
to stay true to the Master. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Quinter, Kansas 

THE MIXED-UP TOPSY-TURVY WORLD 

Time comes and time goes — where it will stop, no one knows! 
How valuable is your time? To the sincere devoted Christian, 
time should be priceless. 

This world is so mixed up in valueless things that waste lots 
of time doing nothing for the cause of Christ. Upon arising at the 
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a bite of breakfast and hurry down the highway to work, only to 
talk to their peers about politics and how the government should 
be handled. But to the sincere Christian, the break of dawn 
should make us want to sing and thank God for giving us breath of 
life for another day. It brings back to memory many times of a 
few years ago when I slept with a friend at her home. Upon arising 
the next morning (Sunday) my friend's father, a minister of the 
gospel, was just singing so heartily. It made me happy too, but 
then his wife was rebuking him for singing so early in the morning. 
The minister said, "Aren't you happy, mother?" In Ephesians 5:19, 
we read we are to sing and make melody in our heart for the Lord. 
Be thankful always and never hurry about your daily duties before 
having your family devotions together. It is time to discuss God's 
Word and read His Word together. It is time to spend some of our 
priceless time with our little ones whom God gave to us. 

During the day it seems habitual for humans to "turn off" their 
children by saying, "go play", "be quiet", "stay out of that", "go 
to your room" or send them to a day-care center; never having time 
to teach them to be kind, obedient, polite and honest. But the 
sincere Christian will always be patient and show the child love, 
politeness and honesty. So what if father or mother was busy; the 
child only needs a minute or two at the most to show you 
something, or tell you something. Don't turn him off or the child 
will soon learn to turn his parents off, too. 

It grieves me at heart when the parents have children; daddy 
runs off to work leaving mother with the task of raising the little 
ones and yet mother becomes so overburdened with her task that 
she soon forgets all the possessions of a Christian character. I 
believe God meant for the father to carry just as much burden as 
the mother carries. 

It seems habitual for the human race to run to the ball games, to 
the fairs, to talent shows, to dances, to all places of amusement 
rather than to be concerned about their spiritual growth as well as 
their children's. 

The sincere Christian is concerned where they take their 
children. The sincere Christian will take their children and be 
present at all services of Christian worship whether it be on 
Sunday or mid-week prayer meeting, weekly meeting, or even a 
short service for the shut-in. 

It seems habitual for humans to not be concerned about their 
surroundings and appear half dressed at public places. It is 
getting to the place where you can hardly tell the man from the 
woman. The sincere Christian will dress modestly being covered 
and not dress in loud colors to attract the world. They will teach 
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are not necessary and are not scriptural for a Christian I Timothy 
2:9. 

The human race delights in loud talk of outlandish slander and 
taking God's name in vain. With the business that my husband 
has, at times I have to close my ears to such talk that people can 
say and not think anything of it. How pitiful a state a person can 
get himself into! The sincere Christian will weigh out his thoughts 
before speaking. He will talk pleasantly and have kindness in his 
speech. Did you ever stop to think, if you have a radiant face and 
talk kindly to others, that that light of sunshine will beam right 
back to you? If you stay happy through the day, how better 
contented and happy the children will be, too. Try it sometime 
parents — start singing and shortly you will hear a little sunbeam 
start singing too!. Wouldn't this be a happier place to live if 
everyone would be better Christians! 

The human race is constantly on the go — meeting schedules, 
grabbing a bite to eat, returning home, reading a paper or good 
book and going to bed tired.... but what! .... no time for the 
children? .... no time for God? .... God pity us if we act like the 
human race. It brings to mind a little poem that I heard last Lord's 
Day with a Brother's sermon: 

Said the Robin to the Sparrow 

I would surely like to know 

Why these anxious human beings 

Rush about and worry so. 

Says the Sparrow to the Robin 
Oh I think that it must be 
That they have no heavenly Father 
Such as cares for you and me. 

God help us to turn our habitual routine around and take time 
for the cause of Christ. 

Take time to be holy, The world rushes on; 
Much time spend in secret with Jesus alone; 
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;' 
Thy friends in thy conduct, His likeness shall see. 
This world surely is in a topsy-turvy state. Some will never see 
their awful mistakes, others will see their mistakes but do nothing 
to better themselves and still others will turn their pattern of living 
around to try and live a better, happier, consistent life. 
May God help us to do those things that pleases Him. 

In Christian Love, 
Sister Shirley Frick 
Bradford, Ohio 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

WATCH! 

When I was a young boy it was a great time for me when my 
father would come home from work. I knew about what time he 
would come and I would go out to the road to wait and watch. 
He worked for the neighbors a lot and it wasn't far for him to walk 
home. Finally as I looked down the road I would see him coming 
and I would run out to meet him. My father would pick me up and 
carry me home or just walk along and hold my hand and talk to 
me. That was a happy time. 

Jesus tells us to watch for His coming. He wants us to be ready 
to meet Him and go home with Him to Heaven. We all need to 
watch for Jesus. If we are watching for Him, we will be doing the 
things He wants us to do. He wants us to be occupied in doing 
good things like visiting the sick, those in prison, giving to the 
poor, talking to those who are blind or crippled or giving food to 
those who are hungry. We must have a care and concern for 
others. Jesus says, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of 
these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Jesus has gone back 
to Heaven and the only way to do anything for Him is to help 
someone who needs it. 

Jesus said, "As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming 
of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood 
they were eating and drinking marrying and giving in marriage, 
until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And knew not until the 
flood came and took them all away." 

Do you wonder why they didn't know? Noah was a preacher of 
righteousness and I'm sure he told them about a flood coming; 
but they didn't believe. They wanted to do as they pleased and 
didn't care what God wanted them to do. The people had become 
so wicked that God destroyed them all with a flood except Noah, 
his wife and his sons and their wives — just eight persons were 
saved and Jesus says that's the way it will be when Jesus comes. 
There will be just a few that will be watching for their Lord's 
coming. 

Jesus says, "When I come again, will I find faith on the earth?" 
There will be some who are faithful because the Apostle Paul tells 
k us that when Jesus comes the dead in Christ will rise first and then 

we which are alive and remain will be changed — in the moment 
and a twinkling of an eye and will be caught up together with them 
in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be 
with the Lord. 

We all want to be watching and ready to meet Jesus when He 
comes. We can be if we are faithful to Him and obey His 
commands. l 'And what I say unto you I say unto all. Watch!" 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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REVELATION 

The ability of man to study about and understand God arises 
from the fact that God has revealed Himself, and that man has 
endowments enabling him to apprehend that revelation. 

The purpose here is to show that God has revealed Himself in a 
general revelation to all of His intelligent creation, and in a special 
revelation to those who believe Him and have a right relationship 
with Him. 

Revelation is God moving toward His creation. This is 
imperative because the holiness of God and the sinful condition of 
man causes a gap between God and man. God bridges this gap 
with a process we call revelation. Chafer says that, "In general, a 
divine revelation is accomplished whenever any manifestation of 
God is discerned or any evidence of His presence, purpose or 
power is communicated. Such manifestations are discoverable all 
the way from the grand spectacle of creation down to the least 
experience of the lowliest human creature." 

GENERAL REVELATION 

General revelation is God revealing Himself to man through 
various parts of His creation, displaying that behind the creation 
there is a Creator possessing: order, faithfulness, power, control, 
goodness, wisdom, intelligence, and so forth. It is God's desire to 
reveal Himself to man. "Nevertheless he left not himself without 
witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and 
fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." 
Acts 14:17. 

God has revealed Himself in nature. "When I consider thy 
heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which 
thou hast ordained." Psa. 8:3. "The heavens declare the glory of 
God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day 
uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There 
is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their 
line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of 
the world. Psa. 19:1-4. Here we see Him revealed as a God of 
order, faithfulness and power. When men see all the things which 
God has created, his curiosity causes him to wonder who has 
created them. The laws of nature demonstrate His order, the 
orderliness of the universe and the law of gravity, for example. In 
Job 38:8 God asks "Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it 
brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?" This shows us 
something of the control God exercises over His world. In Matt. 
5:45 "... for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, 
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goodness to all mankind that they may observe and benefit. 

God has also revealed Himself in man. In the study of man, or 
anthropology, Strong observes that "Man's intellectual and moral 
nature must have had for it's author an intelligent and moral 
Being." So God is revealed as intelligent and moral through the 
observation of man. Also as we observe the intelligence, will and 
emotion of a person, as these evidence themselves working 
through his body, we reason that a God of the same image is 
working through His physical creation, not only as the creator and 
originator, but also as an immanent, interested director of all 
events. 

God's providence can be observed in the facts of history, 
particularly the nation of Israel. God raised up nation after nation 
just at the right time to chasten and preserve His chosen nation 
and eventually give them a homeland again. God's providence and 
control can be observed in the current events of the nation of 
Israel. Daniel 2:21 says, "And he changeth the times and the 
seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth 
wisdom unto the wise, ..." God is the source of control and 
wisdom in the events of the lives of men individually and 
collectively. 

The creation in its entirety displays clearly the eternal power 
and divine nature of God. Romans 1:18-20, "For the wrath of God 
is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteous- 
ness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that 
which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath 
shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the 
creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the 
things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that 
they are without excuse." God displays His truth to unrighteous 
and ungodly rnerr making it known in them. Further God says, the 
understanding which this revelation brings makes man without 
excuse, placing on them the responsibility to seek further under- 
standing from God. This is reasoning from the effect back to the 
cause, and that is what God is expecting man to do here. By 
observing the works of God's hands, man can reason that there 
has to be a greater and intelligent creator. Thus, he is responsible 
to God. 

Even with these seemingly obvious indications that God has 
revealed Himself, general revelation does not provide us with some 
of the essential facts for knowing Gpd. God has further disclosed 
Himself through special revelation. It is only in considering these 
that man can understand God's holiness, His characteristics and 
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SPECIAL REVELATION 

According to Strong, "Man's intellectual and moral nature 
requires, in order to preserve it from constant deterioration, and to 
ensure its moral growth and progress; an authoritative and helpful 
revelation of religious truth, of a higher and completer sort than 
any to which, in its present state of sin, it can attain by the use of its 
unaided powers." God has answered that need, in that He has 
communicated directly with man. Messages from God are always 
important, but they are not always recorded. We know little of the 
revelation of God to Enoch or Melchisidek although they certainly 
had communion with God. Later we have record of God's dealings 
in direct conversation with Noah and Abraham and Moses. God 
also communicated through the use of visions, theophanies, 
miracle, the incarnation, and the written, inspired Word. 

The first form of special revelation was in the form of direct 
speech. God spoke directly to Adam revealing Himself and 
revealing His plan for Adam. (Gen. 1:29) In Gen. 2:18 God spoke 
revealing His provision for them. Later He spoke directly again 
and questioned Adam making Him directly accountable for his life 
and actions. (Gen. 3:9-17). Thus revealing God's righteousness 
and judgment on sin. 

God spoke to Noah revealing His plan for the wicked world, and 
also revealing His plan for the preservation of righteousness in 
Noah and his family. God also spoke to Abraham (Abram) 
revealing a plan and a promise and a blessing by faith. God 
continued this direct communication to Isaac and Jacob. 

Moses is the man to whom God spoke most often in verbal 
intruction God revealed to Moses His plan for His people, how to 
deal with Pharoah, and how to live with nations of other people 
around them. He revealed to Moses His law by which the people 
were to live, and give detailed instruction on building the 
tabernacle. 

God also spoke through visions and dreams. He spoke to 
Joseph revealing his future position (Gen. 37:5-10). 

Theophanies are another method of God revealing Himself when 
He not only speaks, but also took on physical form. In Gen. 18 
"The Lord" came and talked with Abraham revealing impending 
judgment on Sodom. In Judges 13:1-23 God used "The angel of 
the Lord" to reveal to Manoah and his wife the birth of Samson. 

God revealed Himself dramatically through prophecy. What 
man could have had the precognition or foresight to foretell events 
in the distant future. Direct revelation from God gives such con- 
clusive examples as the prophesied dispersion of Israel in Deut. 
28:15-68 before the people were even in the land. And Isaiah 



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naming the one who was to restore them (Cyrus) (Isaiah 45) still 
many years before they were taken captive. Fulfilled prophecy 
reveals God's omniscience and ability to perform His Word. 

Miracles reveal to man through their supernatural character, the 
divine power and purpose of God. They also serve to evidence 
God's sanction of, or His working through the one by whom they 
are accomplished. In Matt. 11:2-6, Jesus Christ told John to 
consider His miracles as proof of His Messiahship. Miracles give 
evidence that God is present and rules and over-rules in His 
creation. 

"God... hath... spoken unto us by his Son." Heb. 1:2. Jesus as 
God the Son has come and revealed God the Father. "And the 
Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his 
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace 
and truth." John 1:14. In John 7:46, He reveals His wisdom. In 
I John 1:1-2 He reveals His eternal life. In Romans He reveals His 
love. In Col. 1:15 He is declared to be the image of God. In 
choosing to reveal Himself to us God took on a human body, fully 
God and fully man so we could know Him. 

The written scripture is the embodiment of divine revelation. It is 
the complete, accurate, and only agency through which we are 
able to apprehend the other forms of special revelation. Even 
general revelation could not extend to a satisfactory knowledge of 
God without the Biblical interpretation of it. Study of the Bible 
reveals the works, plan and attributes of God. It reveals that the 
purpose of the Bible is redemption (I Tim. 3:15). The Bible claims 
to be the Word of God. More than 3800 times in the Old Testament 
it uses the terms, "God said" and so forth. New Testament writers 
also claimed their message to be the revealed Word of God (I John 
5:10). 

God's name, Jehovah, reveals Him as the one who gave life, the 
self existence. His name, El Shaddai reveals Him as the Almighty. 

In Gen. 3:1 Satan asks "Yea, hath God said,..." We can answer, 
"It is written." 

Brother Frank L. Reed 

R. 6 Box 7, Manheim, PA 17545 

• •••••• 

In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the 
stress of the storm. 

• •••••• 

Whatever you dislike in another person, be sure to correct in 
yourself. 



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OBITUARY 

LILLIE LIKENS 

Sister Lillie E. Likens, age 82 years, 4 months and 13 days, 
passed away July 14, 1983 at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, 
West Virginia. 

She was born March 11, 1901 near Williamsport, West Virginia, 
the daughter of the late Richard A. Leatherman and Ida c! 
(Rotruck) Leatherman. 

She was married to Alfred T. Likens, April 10, 1921. To this 
union was born one son and three daughters. She was preceded 
in death by her husband, November 6, 1971, her son, Delbert, on 
March 7, 1954 and her youngest daughter, Edith, March 16, 1956. 
Surviving are two daughters, Bernice Shrene with whom she 
resided and Mamie Hott both of Burlington, West Virginia. Also 
surviving are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and 
one brother, Thomas Leatherman of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 
She was a member of Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church, Antioch, 
West Virginia where funeral services were conducted, July 17 at 
2 P.M. by Bro. Virgil Leatherman and Elder Eugene Kauffman. 
Burial was in Knobley Cemetery near Antioch, West Virginia. 
We have beauty by God's touch 
His flowers, His trees, His mountains 
We are comforted by knowing 
Our loved one has found Eternal Rest 
In the midst of all His wonders. 



MARRIAGE 

EBERLY - REED 

Sister Marcia Eberly, daughter of Luke B. and Sister Rita Eberly 
of Bernville, Pennsylvania and Gregory Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Barry Reed, Bernville, Pennsylvania were united in marriage July 
2, 1983 at the Frystown Dunkard Brethren Church. Bro. David 
Kegerreis performed the marriage ceremony. 

The couple are at home at 9685 1-B, 23rd Bay Street, Norfolk 
Virginia 23518. 



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Some people on Sunday say, "Our Father", and then live like 
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NEWS ITEMS 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The Fall Lovefeast meetings of the McClave Dunkard Brethren 

Church, will be held August 27 and 28, 1983. Services begin 

Saturday morning at 11:00. Lovefeast 7:30 Saturday evening. 

All day services Sunday. 

We invite all who can, to come enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, 
extends an invitation for all to come and worship with us during 
our revival meetings from September 4 to September 1 1 . The Lord 
willing Brother Berton Smith from Goshen, Indiana will be with us 
to preach the Gospel. Join with us in prayer that we may have a 
spiritual revival. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation plans to have a two week Revival 
Meeting, Lord willing, September 11 through September 25, 1983 
with Bro. Jack Snyder of Stevens, Pennsylvania as speaker. 
Each night services will convene at 7:45 p.m. Sunday services start 
at 9:30 a.m. and evening services at 7:30 p.m. 

We will close our Revival with Harvest Meeting on September 
25 at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Harley Rush as speaker. 

Being few in number, we send out a hearty invitation to one and 
all. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 
The Plevna Congregation plans a Revival beginning August 22, 
and ending September 4. Bro. Leonard Wertz of Quinter, Kansas 
will be our Evangelist. 

Our Lovefeast will be September 3 with services starting at 10 
a.m. The Lovefeast proper will be at 7:30 p.m. 
We extend an invitation to all to come worship with us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER, 1983 
EARS TO HEAR 



Memory Verse: Prov. 15:31 
The ear that heareth the reproof 
of life abideth among the wise. 

Thur. 1 - Prov. 4:1-27 

Fri. 2 - Prov. 5:1-23 

Sat. 3 - Prov. 15:1-33 



Memory Verse: Prov. 21:13 
Who so stoppeth his ears at the 
cry of the poor, he also shall cry 
himself, but shall not be heard. 

Sun. 4 - Prov. 17:1-28 

Mon. 5 - Prov. 18:1-24 

Tues. 6 - Prov. 20:1-30 

Wed. 7 - Prov. 21:1-31 

Thur. 8 - Prov. 22:1-29 

Fri. 9 - Prov. 23:1-18 

Sat. 10 - Prov. 23:19-35 



Memory Verse: Prov. 28:9 
He that turneth away his ear from 
hearing the law, even his prayer 
shall be abomination. 

Sun. 11 - Prov. 25:1-28 

Mon. 12 - Prov. 26:1-28 

Tues. 13 - Prov. 28:1-28 

Wed. 14 - Ecc. 1:1-18 

Thur. 15 - Isa. 1:1-17 

Fri. 16 - Isa. 1:18-31 

Sat. 17 - Isa. 5:1-17 



Memory Verse: Isa. 30:20 & 21 
And though the Lord give you 
the bread of adversity, and the 
water of affliction, yet shall not 
thy teachers be removed into a 
corner any more, but thine eyes 
shall see thy teachers: And thine 
ears shall hear a word behind 
thee, saying, This is the way, 
walk ye in it, when ye turn to the 
right hand, and when ye turn to 
the left. 

Sun. 18 - Isa. 5:18-30 



Mon. 19 
Tues. 20 
Wed. 21 
Thur. 22 
Fri. 23 - 
Sat. 24 - 



■ Isa. 6:1-13 

- Isa. 8:1-22 

• Isa. 11:1-16 

- Isa. 22:1-25 
sa. 28:1-13 
Isa. 28:14-29 



Memory Verse: Isa. 32:3 
And the eyes of them that see 
shall not be dim, and the ears of 
them that hear shall hearken. 

Sun. 25 - Isa. 30:1-18 
Mon. 26 - Isa. 30:19-33 
Tues. 27 - Isa. 32:1-20 
Wed. 28 - Isa. 33:1-24 
Thur. 29 - Isa. 35:1-10 
Fri. 30 - Isa. 36.1-22 



Memory Verses: Isa. 11:1-5 
And there shall come forth a rod 
out of the stem of Jesse, and a 
Branch shall grow out of his 
roots: And the spirit of the Lord 
shall rest upon him, the spirit of 
wisdom and understanding, the 
spirit of councel and might, the 
spirit of knowledge and of the 
fear of the Lord; And shall make 
him of quick understanding in 
the fear of the Lord: and he shall 
not judge after the sight of his 
eyes, neither reprove after the 
hearing of his ears: But with 
righteousness shall he judge the 
poor, and reprove with equity for 
the meek of the earth: and he 
shall smite the earth with the rod 
of his mouth, and with the breath 
of his lips shall he slay the 
wicked. And righteousness shall 
be the girdle of his loins, and 
faithfulness the girdle of his 
reins. 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, OH 45318 



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VOL. LXI 



SEPTEMBER 1, 1983 



NO. 17 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHAT IS HE WORTH TO YOUR SOUL? 

Jesus the Lord laid His glory aside, 
Sinners to save and make whole, 
Freely He died our transgressions to hide, 
What is He worth to your soul? 

All that was His for the sinner He gave, 
Pointed the path to the goal; 
Sin would deprave, but the Savior would save. 
What is He worth to your soul? 

All that He saves He will keep till the end, 
Under His blessed control; 
Men may depend on this wonderful Friend. 
What is He worth to your soul? 

All who will trust Him in sunshine and gloam, 
Shall, when they reach the bright goal, 
Ceasing to roam, be forever at home. 
What is He worth to your soul? 

- James Rowe 



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SURETY 

When a bank or other lender lends money they take every 
precaution that they will have the money returned. Although they 
make a profit on the money loaned through the interest collected, 
still they want the principal returned either through monthly pay- 
ments or at one set time. If they want further assurance that the 
money will be returned they insist on another person signing the 
note along with the borrower. This person acts to guarantee that 
the money will be paid back. If the borrower is unable to meet his 
obligation, then this second person must repay the lender. He 
is surety for the borrower. 

"By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament." 
Heb. 7:22. Jesus is here spoken of as surety. He has made a 
pledge that carries out the promise of the New Testament. His 
pledge constrained Him not only to sign the paper making 
Himself liable for our debts but He actually had to pay what we 
could not. The saving Gospel put in force by His payment of the 
debt was for our benefit not His own. 

Each of us is a debtor. God created man to bring Him pleasure 
but since the time of Adam and Eve's sin men have been unable to 
fulfill that duty. Sin makes total, perfect pleasing of God 
impossible. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of 
God." Anything less than holiness, which is God's glory, is 
unacceptable to Him. This creates a debt. Man owes this pleasure 
to God but is unable to pay it because of sin's effect. This has 
become a bad debt. 

Without a surety to pick up this debt and pay it off, there would 
be no way for men to ever please God. There are not enough good 
works, pieties or earnest confessions to ever pay that debt. The 

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Old Law was unable to wipe out the debt. Law keeping did not 
make people righteous enough to give God the pleasure His pure 
mind desired. The debt was great. The implications of that debt 
were eternal. Without the payment of that debt, men could only 
look forward to an eternity of separation from God in the miseries 
of hellf ire- 
Jesus as surety had to pay the debt we could never pay. His 
death on the cross as the forsaken, sin-bearing Son of God was the 
only way the debt could be cancelled. Because He was God the 
Son, He was perfect. Therefore, He was able to bear the sins of 
mankind while on the cross. There He was suspended between 
Heaven and earth. If He had had any sin in His life, He would have 
needed someone to pay the debt for Him. Since He was perfect, 
He was the one who could pay the debt. 

When the debt is paid, the borrower is free. He has discharged 
his duty to the lender even though it was his friend who paid. This 
substitution is binding in legal and financial circles and also in 
Spiritual. When another takes the place of one who owes a great 
debt it is to be expected that a great love and friendship will be 
built up among them. 

When applied to the Spiritual affairs of life we would expect this 
to happen. Yet there are many who are either unaware or 
unappreciative of the price that has been paid in their behalf. 
Many will have nothing to do with the one who is willing to be 
surety for them. Instead they trust either in their self-righteous- 
ness or in their position or works to in some way cancel that debt. 
The lender can only cancel the debt when the money has been 
repaid. God can only cancel His debt against us when it has been 
paid. It could only be paid by the perfect sacrifice, Jesus. To 
reject the payment that is available for any other way is to leave 
one outside of the possibility of pleasing God. Without pleasing 
God we have failed in God's plan for our lives. To fail God is to 
place one's self in the pathway of eternal destruction. 

To accept the payment made by another is an humbling 
experience. It is an admission that we can not by human means 
provide for our needs. Accepting this payment will put us in the 
condition that we can serve God. We can bring pleasure to Him 
as He has intended only after the sin question in our lives is taken 
care of nor can we do anything that will be pleasing and 
acceptable in God's sight. 

We are all debtors to do the whole law of God. But none of us 
in human strength and understanding can accomplish that. Thus, 
we are debtors in God's sight. Since we are unable to discharge 
the debt we must depend upon the One who is surety for us. Jesus 
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then in the sight of God be debt free. As the recipients of such 
grace and mercy we are free to serve Him. Thus we can truly 
please Him because the debt is paid and we can serve Him in love 
and friendship not in bondage. 

Have you taken care of the debt you owe God? There is only one 
way to discharge it. That way is Jesus. Be sure you have Him 
as your surety. 

THE VITAL CONNECTION 

When you try to get through to Heaven without Jesus, you've 
missed the connection. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life — 
the vital link between us and God — and you cannot bypass Jesus 
if you desire a close relationship with God. Jesus alone makes the 
connection between us and God, and when you reach up to God 
and He reaches down to you, there is no contact until Jesus fills 
the gap. 

When you want to use an electric motor, you must plug it in or 
make the connection in order for that motor to run. The current 
can't flow without that vital connection. It's the same in your life. 
If you don't have Jesus in your heart, you don't have any current 
flowing in your life. The power is available, but until you have the 
proper connection, it won't do you any good. 

There won't be any spiritual power in your life except through 
Christ. Anything you have without him is a cheap imitation. You 
may try to be good, to be successful and socially decent. But 
unless, and until, the vital connection with Christ is made, your 
efforts do nothing more than make you good morally. Again, 
without Christ, there is a missing connection, the life-giving one. 

Please read John 15:1-5. A branch must be a part of the vine 
1) to remain alive, and 2) to bear fruit. If the branch is broken or 
severed from the vine — the source of life — it will die. Jesus 
said, "Without me, ye can do nothing." In Him is your life, your 
power, your strength. If you become separated from Him you will 
die spiritually. 

With the proper switch and connections, and electrical motor 
can be turned on and off at will, but there is no power unless the 
switch is on. In a Christian's life, this is not so. The vital 
connection with Christ needs to be maintained at all times so the 
power can flow. "John answered and said, A man can receive 
nothing, except it be given him from Heaven." John 3:27. Neither 
can you receive anything from Heaven without the vital connection 
with Christ. 

If you are not a part of Christ, you are already dead, but you can 
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the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he 
were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25. Faith in Christ brings us 
life, not just for now but for Eternity. Faith also brings us peace: 
'Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ." Rom. 5:1. 

Salvation, peace, life — - what more could one want? And it all 
comes through Christ. "Neither is there salvation in any other: 
for there is none other name under Heaven given among men 
whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. You cannot bypass Him — 
the vital connection — and still expect these blessings to be yours. 

"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that 
come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make inter- 
cession for them." Heb. 7:25. After Jesus has made the life-giving 
connection between God and us, He maintains that connection 
and keeps the power flowing. Jesus intercedes or pleads on our 
behalf when we do things we shouldn't. He thus maintains for us 
the peace He established with God. 

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that 
believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God 
abideth on him." John 3:36. Not only are you unsaved without 
Jesus, but you also have God's wrath abiding on you. When you 
stop to think about all Jesus has done for you, is it any wonder that 
God is angry with those who reject His Son? 

The Lord told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my 
strength is made perfect in weakness." II Cor. 12:9. Do you think 
you can't stay faithful? Jesus will help you. Do you think you 
have too many handicaps to serve the Lord? Jesus will help you. 
Do you think you've been too bad to be a Christian? Jesus will 
help you. Whatever you are now, whatever you hope to be, you do 
need Jesus. Remember — without Him, you are powerless, but 
with Him, with that vital connection — you can "do all things 
through Christ who strengthens you." 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



IT IS FINISHED 

In John 19:30 we read the last words of Jesus Christ before He 
died on the cross. "When Jesus therefore had received the 
vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave 
up the ghost." 

First, and foremost, God's plan of salvation was finished. 
Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ we can receive the 
foregiveness of sin. As the song writer put it, 
"Jesus paid it all, 
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Sin had left a crimson stain, 
He washed it white as snow." 

Secondly, the need of going through a priest was finished. 
Hebrews 2:17 "Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made 
like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high 
priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the 
sins of the people." No earthly man stands between us and God 
whether he holds the title of "Priest" or "Pope!" I Timothy 2:5 "For 
there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the 
man Christ Jesus." 

Then in Hebrews 7:12 we read, "For the priesthood being 
changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law." 
And in Hebrews 8:7 "For if that first covenant had been faultless, 
then should no place have been sought for the second." There are 
those within the cults as well as some "Bible-believing Christians" 
who would have you believe that a Christian is to be subject to Old 
Testament laws. They place the Old Testament on the same level 
as the New for faith and practice. (In some instances it would 
seem as if they put the Old Testament above the New.) They take 
Christ's words, "Ye have heard, but I say," and put them into a 
supposed future kingdom or give them some preposterous 
interpretation. (See Matt. 5) 

This brings us to our next point. Jesus Christ for ever finished 
the sacrifice of animals to please God. Hebrews the tenth chapter 
speaks on this subject. In the twelfth verse of this chapter we 
read, "But this man, (Jesus Christ), after he had offered one 
sacrifice for sins FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God." 
Those who hold to the postponed kingdom theory and teach a 
Jewish millenniam when animal sacrifices will again be made unto 
God have to explain away this and other verses of scripture! 

Now we would like to think of some things which are NOT 
finished. While God's plan of salvation was finished at Calvary's 
cross, the working out of that plan was not finished. I Peter 1:10 
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your 
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never 
fall:" We will leave the last part of this verse for a later comment. 
This verse completely annuls the hyper-Calvinistic type of pre- 
destination. If you are reading this and have never received Jesus 
Christ as your Lord and Savior, you DO have a choice. Romans 
10:13 states, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall 
be saved." That "whosoever", my friend, means you. In Mark 16:16 
we have the dire warning, "He that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved: BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE 
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growing popular theory of Universalis™ which teaches that 
EVERYONE will be saved. In Revelation 20:15 we read, "And 
whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into 
the lake of fire." Verse 10 of this chapter tells us the torment is 
forever and ever. 

Now we would like to think about the last part of I Peter 1:10. If 
we can not "fall away", what is Peter referring to? The scriptures 
teach that our salvation is NOT finished until we reach Heaven. 
In II Timothy 4:6-7 we read the words of Paul, "... the time of my 
departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my 
course, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH;" 

Along with this is the fact that trials, sickness, and sorrow are 
not finished with in this life. The modern day wealth, health, and 
happiness teaching is false doctrine, in our opinion. Certainly 
Christ will supply our every need. He can and will, according to 
His divine will, heal us from time to time. And we certainly have the 
joy of the Lord at all times. The story of the true Church has been 
one of persecution. Perhaps this has something to say about how 
POPULAR Christianity is today. In II Timothy 4:20 we read, 
"... Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick." We do not believe that 
all sickness is caused by sin or that a Christian should never 
expect to experience illness. Even those who teach this (at least 
most of them) admit that they can not explain why some Christians 
do get sick or why not all are healed. Also, some of the big name 
"divine healers" have been proven to have sought medical help for 
themselves in secret! 

We also believe that we are not finished with our struggle with 
our carnal nature until this life is over. Perhaps we are not very 
intelligent, but we fail to see how it would be possible to "fall 
away" if the very root of sin was done away with. Yet those who 
teach complete sanctification in this life, that we have come into 
contact with, do not teach eternal security. Also, we admit that 
every time we feel we may have arrived at the point of "perfection" 
we are reminded of many things that still have to be made right. 
We do believe in "perfection" in Jesus Christ as long as we 
remain faithful. 

In closing, we look forward to that day when we will, indeed be 
able to say, "It is finished." 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

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When God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart — 
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THE OMNISCIENCE, OMNIPRESENCE, AND 
OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD 

Psalms 139:1-12, Genesis 17:1, Jeremiah 32:17-27, 36-44, 
Job 42:2, Joshua 10:13 

In beginning this study we are assuming certain facts to be 
true, among which are: 

1. The Triune God exists. 

2. He (through special revelation) has revealed truth about 
Himself in His Word, the Bible. 

3. By the Holy Spirit's guidance and illumination, we are able 
to grasp this revelation. 

The purpose of this study is to show: 

1. The omniscience of God as declared in Ps. 139:1-6. 

2. The omnipresence of God as declared in Ps. 139:7-12. 

3. The omnipotence of God as declared in Gen. 17:1, Jer. 
32:17-27, 36-44, Job 42:2 and John 10:13. 

In the definition of God: "God is Spirit, infinite and perfect, the 
source, support, and end of all things." Strong classifies 
omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence as being related to 
creation, and fitting into the above definition under the word 
"support." Thus these are relative attributes of God since they are 
involved in God's relationship with, and His revelation to His 
creation. They are observable because of the existence of His 
creation and its dependence on Him. By contrast, His absolute 
attributes involve His nature independent of His relation to our 
connection with His creation. God's attributes are especially 
marked when contrasted with our mortal weakness. 

I. OMNISCIENCE "And thou sayest, How doth God know?" 

Strong says, "By omniscience we mean God's perfect and 
eternal knowledge of all things which are objects of knowledge, 
whether they be actual or possible, past or present or future." 
In Ps. 139:1-6 God reveals His omniscience regarding His creation 
in the details of our personal lives. He affirms this no less than ten 
times as He uses words such as: searched, known, know, under- 
stand, scrutinize, intimately aquainted, enclosed, laid thy hand, 
knowledge. All of these He relates directly to the personal 
pronouns, me, I, and my. 

O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. 
Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up: 
Thou dost understand my thought from afar. 

God has the complete ability to know His creation right to the 
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a successive, learning kind of a knowledge, but a simultaneous, 

immediate, distinct and true ability to comprehend completely. 

An attribute possessed by God alone. 

Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, 
And art intimately acquainted with all my ways. 
Ps. 37:23, "The steps of a good man are established by the 

Lord..." 

God's knowledge is active in producing guided steps in a life, 
and that because of His eternal plan for us. Not only in securing 
our end, but also knowing and directing the means. 
Even before there is a word on my tongue, 
Behold, O Lord, Thou dost know it all. 
God knows the words we are going to speak even before we plan 
(or do not plan) to say them. Not only does He know all our words, 
but also the outcome of their having been spoken. 
Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, 
And laid thy hand upon me. 
God's knowledge is also protective and preserving. There is not 
a time when He does not know all about me. His knowledge is 
enveloping, is behind me, is before me and is over me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: 
It is high, I cannot attain to it. 
This knowledge is more than mortal minds can grasp. His 
knowledge is His making us an object of His favor, care and grace. 
God's knowledge is our confidence. 
"Lord, Thou hast searched and seen me through: 
Thine eye commands with piercing view, 
My rising and my resting hours, 
My heart and flesh with all their powers. 

My thoughts, before they are my own 
Are to my God distinctly known: 
He knows the words I mean to speak, 
Ere from my opening lips they break." 

II. OMNIPRESENCE "Do not I fill the heavens and the earth?" 
Strong says, "By omnipresence we mean that God in the totality 
of His essence, without diffusion or expansion, multiplication or 
division, penetrates and fills the universe in all its parts." These 
non-moral attributes of God include all three persons of the 
Trinity. They are so closely related that where one is the others 
can be said to be. In Ps. 139:7-12 the omnipresence of God is 
spoken of and again it is in terms of personal pronouns. 
Where can I go from Thy Spirit? 



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Or where can I flee from Thy Presence. 
The presence of God so permeates the whole of the universe 
that there is no possible escape from Him. This, however must not 
be confused with Pantheism. Pantheism binds God to the 
universe, but God is transcendent and not subject to it. 

If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; 

If I make my bed in Sheol, behold Thou art there. 
God's presence knows no limits of time or space, life or death. 
We are indeed "fearfully and wonderfully made", and whether our 
body, spirit, mind, will or emotion ascend or descend, there is no 
escape from the presence of the Almighty. 

If I take the wings of the dawn, 

If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 

Even there Thy right hand will lead me 

And Thy right hand will lay hold of me. 
Whatever events of life take me to places unknown to me, He is 
there, not only is He there but He is leading me. Consider the 
passage of Joseph to Egypt, a notorious deed of his brothers, 
violating all decency and propriety. Yet time revealed all of this to 
be part of the perfect plan of the omnipresent God. While the 
favorite son was out of sight of his family he was never out of God's 
sight (or mind). 

If I say "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, 

And the light around me will be night," 

Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, 

And the night is as bright as the day. 

Darkness and light are alike to Thee. 
God's presence is in the eternal now His presence knows no 
bounds of time, light or dark. Day and night have no limiting effect 
on God's presence. His omnipresence is an act of His will, and not 
a necessary part of His nature. If God should choose to eliminate 
or destroy a part of His creation, then His omnipresence relative to 
that part would also cease to be. 
God's omnipresence is our security. 

"Within Thy circuling power I stand; 

On every side I find Thy hand: 

Awake, asleep, at home, abroad, 

I am surrounded still with God." 

III. OMNIPOTENCE "Is anything too difficult for the Lord?" 
Strong says, "By omnipotence we mean the power of God to do 

all things which are objects of power, whether with or without the 

use of means." 
In Gen. 17:1, God told Abram, "I am God Almighty" (El Shaddai). 



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The revealed word describes God many times as the Almighty. He 
can do anything He wills to do, and His power is limited only by His 
nature. That is, He can do any thing that is in keeping with His 
holy, divine, perfect Godness. Calvin says "that the creation, 
conservation, and government of all things are included in His 
omnipotence." 

In Jer. 32:17 as Jerusalem is about to be overrun by 
Nebuchadnezzar, Jeremiah says "Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou 
hast made the heavens and the earth by thy great power and by 
Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee." 
Jeremiah is in the process of purchasing some land which he is 
certain to lose very shortly (according to his own prophecy). Yet 
he is acknowledging the omnipotence of God in the creation of the 
universe and the earth, and he is placing his problem and circum- 
stance in the perspective of that awesome providential power, the 
fact that the omnipotent God of character and power and 
faithfulness evidenced in creation and nature is the same God as 
declared in His Word, (compare Ps. 19:1-6 with Ps. 19:7-9). 

Verse 19 says, "Great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes 
are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to every one 
according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds;" 
God's power is also evidenced in personal terms. His counsel to us 
and His mighty deeds working together with His omniscience and 
omnipresence to display His powerful workings in the most private 
parts of our lives. 

Verses 20-23 describe briefly the deliverence from Egypt to the 
entrance into Canaan, bringing to mind all the myriad wonders 
and miracles accompanying that journey. 

Verse 27 "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything 
too difficult for me?" God's reassuring word came to Jeremiah 
telling him that no matter what the immediate circumstances, His 
ability to accomplish His purpose and fulfill His promise to His 
people was not at all diminished. 

In the close of the chapter, (verses 36-44), God uses the term "I" 
in referring to Himself fourteen times; "I will gather", "I will make", 
"I will restore", and so forth while the present may suggest 
something different to mortal eyes, ultimately, GOD is in control. 

Thus we see that God's omnipotence is His active providence, 
evident also in Josh. 10:13 where God again intervened in the 
natural course of nature and "the sun stood still". Why? "For the 
Lord fought for Israel!" His omnipotence defending His glory. 

Surely the events of our lives should cause us to respond with 
Job (42:1), "I know that Thou canst do all things, and that no 
purpose of Thine can be thwarted." 



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God's omnipotence is our happiness. 
"O may these thoughts possess my breast, 
Where'ere I rove, where'ere I rest; 
Nor let my weaker passions dare 
Consent to sin, for God is there." 
- Isaac Watts 

Brother Frank L. Reed 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September, 1923 
New Items 
A meeting was called for September 12, 1923 to be held at 
Denton, Maryland. This was the first "Monitor Meeting." 

CHURCH DISCIPLINE 
Leander Smith 

Church discipline, the application of those rules, derived from 
divine authority, with regard to the purity, order, peace, and useful 
efficiency of its members. Discipline is to a church what order and 
regularity is to the home, it is designed to affect the observance 
of those means by which the holiness, comfort and usefulness of 
Christians may be preserved and improved; to exhibit the influence 
of the Christian religion in producing all that is excellent, amiable, 
and beneficial to secure the fulfillment of all the relative 
obligations of church fellowship; to attract into its fellowship 
persons whose minds and characters are governed by evangelical 
truth and undissembled piety; and to remove from the visible ranks 
of the faithful such as prove themselves to be unworthy of a place 
among the true followers of Christ, (Matt. 18:15-18). The New 
Testament, clearly recognizes, or positively authoritatively 
enforces the exercise of discipline in the church of Christ, (Matt. 
16:19; John 20:23; I Cor. 5:4-5; II Thess. 3:6; Tit. 3:10-11.) 

This subject is being sadly neglected by both ministers and 
churches. It is the duty of ministers and especially elders or 
bishops to instruct the church on all subjects, and one so 
important as this should not be neglected. I shall mention two 
kinds of discipline; viz., formative and corrective. 

Formative discipline is the discipline of one's self so as to form a 
positive character, establish correct habits for life and thus have 
an unblemished reputation. To expect this of church members we 
must instruct them in righteousness and true holiness. They must 
be taught what is right and what is wrong living, and the 
importance of keeping themselves unspotted from the world. 
(Jas. 1:27) 



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This requires self-control. Paul charged Timothy to: "Keep 
thyself pure." There is also a sense in which I am my brother's 
keeper. And since "no man liveth unto himself," we are 
responsible to God for the hindrances we may cause or help we 
give to others in their right living. If we will use proper prevent- 
atives in formative discipline we will have little use for corrective 
methods in discipline. Then in addition to the proper training, we 
should remove every temptation as far as it lieth in our power from 
every member. 

The church members owe it to themselves to create a religious 
sentiment in society that will prevent things evil or of evil 
tendencies and bring in things conducive to piety, purity, and 
spirituality. 

Corrective discipline is the execution of the law of the Church 
on offenders with the view to bring them to repentance and 
reformation of life. Corrective discipline must be exercised in the 
fear of God and love of truth, (Gal. 6:1). This is in keeping with 
Christ's teaching on corrective discipline, (Matt. 18:15-18). Note 
Paul's instruction on corrective discipline for disorderly walk, 
{II Thess. 3:3, 15). 

Disorderly walk is a military word describing a soldier, who is out 
of line, who has left his proper place in the ranks. So those out of 
line of church duty and Christian living are walking disorderly. 

There are some who are opposed to church discipline, who set 
up their opinion on this matter against the plain teachings of Christ 
and His apostles, and they say, "Where begin. Where stop?" Then 
they will quote John 8:7, "He that is without sin among you, let him 
first cast a stone at her." This is an irreverent misuse of this 
Scripture, this has no reference to the subject of church discipline 
at all. Paul answers this question in Gal. 6:1. 

There is some difficulty in knowing just when, where and how to 
discipline a home especially where there are children. But 
discipline in the home is very necessary for both the children and 
the home. So it is in the church. Paul said, "Let all things be done 
decently and in order." I Cor. 14:40. 

At this present time formative and corrective discipline properly 
observed would add much to the spirituality of the Church and be 
the greatest contribution to our mission work we could possibly 
make. For sinners are watching our church members to see if they 
live up to the profession they have made. Then let us walk 
circumspectly, "endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the 
bond of peace." 

The church which neglects discipline cannot look for the divine 
blessing to continue with it. It only took one disorderly Achan in 



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Israel to stop their grand march from Egypt to Canaan. And sin is 
just as destructive today as it was then. Lack of discipline was the 
chief fault in the back-sliding churches of Asia. They suffered 
the presence among them of persons who were perverting the 
truth of God and indulging in evil practices. 

Paul taught the "saints" to whom he wrote they should beware of 
their associates. They were not to keep company with unbelievers 
nor with fornicators, nor the covetous, nor extortioners, nor railors, 
nor drunkards, not even so as to eat with them. Paul told the 
Corinthians that it was impracticable for them to absolutely avoid 
all ungodly men, who were guilty of things, forbidden to 
Christians. We may have to tolerate many things in ungodly men, 
what we cannot nor should not tolerate in one who is called a 
brother. All of these things go to show that it is the business of 
every Christian to take heed to his asociates especially those who 
are called brothers; "Knowing ye not that a little leaven leaveneth 
the whole lump!" I Cor. 5:6. The church is held responsible for the 
character of its members. 

We are commanded to teach "all things". It is the consensus of 
opinion that the worldly condition in the churches is due largely to 
the lack of teachings. Those who are saying that the rules of our 
Annual Meetings are obsolete, they are causing disorder, and the 
discarding of the Prayer Covering, Salutation of the Holy Kiss, and 
the kneeling in prayer and so forth. There must be discipline; and 
when discipline has failed, there must be a separation between the 
godly and the ungodly. Christ said, "It is profitable for thee that 
one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body 
should be cast into hell." The good of the church requires that the 
evil one be removed from its fellowship: the Lord Jesus Himself 
demands it. Here are the words of Christ Himself: "Whosoever sins 
ye remit, there are remitted unto them: (John 22:23). Let us always 
keep the purity of the Church in mind. It is a blood-bought 
institution. "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall 
be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it." 
(Isa. 35:8). 

• •••••• 

The way some say; "Get thee behind me, Satan," means, "Get 
behind and push." 

• •••••• 

Isn't it strange what men will do for religion? They will fight for 
it, write for it, die for it — anything but live for it. 



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OBITUARY 

ANNA MYERS 

Sis. Anna Myers, wife of Howard E. Myers, passed away June 6, 
1983 at the York Hospital. She was born August 1, 1914, daughter 
of the late Daniel F. and Sadie (Fahs) Marks. She was a member of 
the Shrewsbury Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Surviving are four children, Nelson, Manheim, Pennsylvania; 
Jacob, Reda and Donald, York, Pennsylvania. There are eleven 
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held June 10, 1983 at the Shrewsbury 
Dunkard Brethren Church by Elder Allen Eberly assisted by Bro. 
Jack Snyder. 



NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Lord willing, the Grandview Congregation plans to have a 
Revival Meeting, September 18 through the 25th. Our Lovefeast 
service will be Saturday evening, the 24th, and services through- 
out Sunday. Bro. David Kegerreis of Bethel, Pennsylvania will be 
our evangelist. 
Come worship with us. 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 



WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 
The Walnut Grove Congregation plans to hold a Revival effort 
starting September 25. The Lord willing, Elder Allen Eberly from 
Ephrata, Pennsylvania will be the Evangelist. The meetings will 
close with our Lovefeast on October 2. Pray for God's blessings 
and that His will be done. We invite you to attend and enjoy these 
services with us. 

Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 

THANKS 
Through the help of the Lord and friends we have the privilege 
of spending the summer at our home at York, Pennsylvania. 
Words of comfort and prayers are appreciated. 

Brother and Sister Joseph Marks 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, CA 95326 

(209) 883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

(913) 754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

(515) 677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, PA 17340 

(717) 359-5753 
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R. 5, Box 97 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

(317) 395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1 Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 



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should be made out to the Treasury, 
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VOL. LXI 



SEPTEMBER 15, 1983 



NO. 18 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



VAIN MAN, THY FOND PURSUITS FORBEAR 

Vain Man, thy fond pursuits forbear; 
Repent, thine end is nigh; 
Death at the farthest can't be far; 
O, think before thou die! 

Reflect, thou hast a soul to save, 
Thy sins how high they mount! 
What are thy hopes beyond the grave? 
How stands that dark account? 

Today, the Gospel calls today, 
Sinners, it speaks to you; 
Let ev'ry one forsake his way, 
And mercy will ensue. 

Rich mercy, dearly bought with blood, 
How vile so e'er he be. 
Abundant pardon, peace with God, 
All giv'n entirely free. 

- Joseph Hart 



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A MAN AND HIS DEEDS 

When a man labors diligently in his temporal affairs, he expects 
a reward. Whether it is the wages of the laborer or the harvest of 
the farmer, there is a reward of some type expected. None would 
deny the motivating effect of this reward. With this reward in his 
mind's eye a man will labor long and hard so he might attain. 

While the rewards of a man's labors are pleasant, it is also 
necessary to realize that if a man's labors are dishonest, sub- 
standard or lackadaisical, he will not receive a reward but will 
instead receive a punishment. A man's deeds carry with them the 
possibility of reward or punishment depending on the nature of his 
deeds. Men look forward to rewards but often try to avoid 
unpleasant consequences. 

Men have used many means to avoid or to lessen the 
consequences of their actions. They have become untruthful and 
have shifted the blame unto others. They have denied that their 
actions were wrong. They have changed the law so it satifies them 
that there was no wrongdoing so there would be no con- 
sequences. Despite men's best efforts at avoiding the unwanted, 
still they must face their deeds either in this life or beyond. 

Men have resorted to psychological tricks to reassure them- 
selves of their own goodness. This deludes them into thinking 
they will not have to face any unpleasant consequences for their 
deeds. So sin does not appear to be sin, men now speak of 
"mistakes" or "misunderstandings." Since "mistakes" and "errors" 
are the common lot of mankind, they lessen the impact of sin by 
making it general and unspecific. If it is but a mistake then surely 
they are not in danger of the consequences of their sin. This is a 
grand delusion that keeps many from seeking redemption from 
their sins. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR SEPTEMBER 15, 1983 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 

Brethren Church in the plant of Glanz Lithographing Co., Rt. 4, 

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Men are often separated from their deeds as another means of 
lessening the consequences. Often when a person's work is 
criticized, another statement is added, "Now, don't take it 
personally." By separating a man's work from his personality or 
his being it is a way of lessening the sting of the consequences of 
deeds imperfectly done. A person who is at all dedicated or con- 
scientious about his work is involved with his deeds. When his 
deeds are criticized, rightly or wrongly, he is suffering for his 
deeds. To tell him to not take it personally is to try to separate him 
from his deeds. 

Another statement that is often repeated that contains a real 
truth but yet could give an incorrect view is "God hates sin, but 
loves the sinner." There is no doubt that God hates sin. He can not 
tolerate it in the least. He could not even look upon Jesus as He 
bore the sins of humanity on Calvary. 

Equally sure is the love of God. God's love is so great that He 
was willing to send His Son to bear the sins of mankind. His love 
is not given on the basis of any person's goodness. His love is 
love without strings attached. His love is also a model for the 
Christian's love, whether for family, friends, strangers or enemies. 

God does love even the sinner but sinners are people who have 
committed sinful deeds. The sinner must not be separated from 
his deeds. The sinner is a sinner because of his deeds. For that 
sinner to enter the family of God, that sin must be cast into the 
flowing, cleansing blood of Jesus. All are in need of that cleansing 
and must not rely upon a general statement of God's love for 
sinners as an escape from the awfulness of sin and the 
consequences that accompany it. 

Although often we would like to escape the consequences of our 
deeds, we must still bear their burden. A man's deeds are a part 
of his identity. The only way a man can escape the deeds He has 
done is to accept the plan of salvation that God has wrought. 
Without the sacrifice of Christ, there is no escape from the 
consequences of sin. Because Christ became the perfect sacrifice, 
once for all, a person can accept and believe in what He has done, 
repent of those deeds of his life that he must freely acknowledge 
to be sin, not just "mistakes" and "shortcomings" and be brought 
in contact with Christ's flowing blood in the symbolic washing of 
baptism. A man is identified with his deeds. Unless he makes 
provision during this life, he will carry his deeds with him into 
eternity. No man's deeds are so good that they will carry him into 
Heaven. Although a man's deeds may be evil, through Christ he 
can be cleansed and prepared for Heaven. 

What have your deeds been? Have you had them cleansed in 
Christ's blood? If not, why not? 



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WHAT DID YOU SAY? 

A pastor greeted the congregation at the door as they left after 
the service one Sunday morning. There were some visitors there 
and to one, he said, "We are glad you came. We love you and 
hope you'll come back." The man asked, "What did you say?" The 
pastor repeated his statement, again saying, "We love you." The 
astonished man said, "No one ever said that to me before!" 

It isn't necessary or wise to go around saying "I love you" to 
everyone, but you can be a caring person. Your conduct and 
attitudes toward others will reflect what's in your heart, and let 
people know you care. The pastor had a spiritual love and concern 
for the visitor, much to his astonishment, and he expressed it. 
You may astonish someone also, but be a caring person anyhow. 

It seems that we should be accustomed to love and kindness, 
and be astonished at criticism! Jesus stressed love in all relation- 
ships, that it should be the motivating force in our lives. Yet, so 
often we are motivated by something else — hate, resentment, 
false piety, jealousy, and so forth. Eph. 5:2 says "And walk in 
love, as Christ also hath loved us." If you walk in love, these other 
things won't find a place in your life. 

We are quite free about expressing our dislike for someone or for 
what that person is doing. We should be just as free in expressing 
love and gratitude, both for what is done for us and for others. 
There is a song "Give Me The Roses While I Live", which many of 
you have heard. The song expresses a desire for appreciation 
now, not after death, and now is the time we should give it. 

If you appreciate someone, say so. If you appreciate what 
someone is doing for the Lord, say so. That person may look at 
you rather strangely and ask, "What did you say?" or "Do you 
really mean that?" You will no doubt surprise people who are 
unaccustomed to receiving any praise, but say it anyhow. It will do 
them good, and you also to know you've made someone's heart a 
bit lighter. 

Pass out your bouquets now — compliments for a job well done, 
a pat on the back, and so forth — while the opportunity is there. 
Show genuine love and appreciation, not flattery and flowery, 
insincere compliments. Just a simple "I appreciate what you're 
doing, may God bless you" or something similar is enough. If 
someone says "What did you say?", then you can smile because 
you have touched someone's heart with kindness. 

Expressions of love and appreciation may not seem so 
important, but they are. To one who is criticized alot, encourage- 
ment is like a cool drink on a hot day. To one who does his tasks 



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day after day without recognition, a bit of appreciation provides 
renewed energy and enthusiasm. To one who hasn't felt loved and 
wanted, love can lift spirits and make life more worthwhile. 

Jesus commanded us to love even our enemies, making it 
evident that love plays a vital part in all human relationships. He 
didn't tell us this just so we'd be nice to each other. When you 
know you are loved and appreciated, you want to please the one 
who loves you. This helps to bring out the best in you in your 
relationship with God and man. 

Jesus said, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, 
as I have loved you." John 15:12. Love starts with Jesus, and 
you must accept His love before you can "love your neighbor as 
yourself". (Matt. 22:39) Many Scriptures tell us to give love, to 
receive love, to walk in love. Love stands out above all else (see 
I Cor. 13) and should be a natural part of life. 

Try using the Golden Rule (Matt. 7:12) as a guide in applying 
love in your everyday relationships. If you love and appreciate 
others as you would like to be loved and appreciated, you will 
please God and encourage hearts. You can change a surprised 
"What did you say?" to a pleased "Thank you, I really needed that" 
with a few kind words. Give it a try — astonish someone today! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"HANDS" 

Hands are interesting appendages! Ourthumbs are usually kind 
of short and the little finger is weak and of little value it seems. 
The surface is crisscrossed by creases and veins. Some people's 
hands are subject to many miseries. They get calluses, arthritis, 
even warts! They are victimized by angry dogs, hot stoves, baby 
teeth and detergents. They become sweaty, usually at the wrong 
time. And yet, despite these problems, we tend to be very 
protective of them. In the winter we wear gloves to protect them 
from the cold and in the summer to protect them from thorns. 

Girls pamper their hands with moisturizing lotions, soaps and 
why? Because they are important. Almost everything we do for 
our livelihood or for pleasure involves the use of them. 

Besides being important from a practical point of view, hands 
are also important for moral and religious reasons. They are 
capable both of phenominal good and of devastating evil. Of all 
the parts of the body, they alone rank with the tongue in their 
potential for causing grace or grief, joy or sorrow, destruction or 



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creation. 

Hands may comfort children, indicate directions, restrain from 
violence, write encouraging letters, paint pictures, walk through 
the yellow pages and PRAY! 

They can also do bad things such as pinch, punch, push, 
vandalize, steal, accept bribes, lift a cocktail glass, light a cigarette, 
insert a drug needle and gorge the mouth. 

To a considerable degree, the way we use our hands determines 
how much good we will accomplish in this life, how much useful 
work we will do, how much love we will display, and how much 
happiness we will experience. No wonder Jesus said, "If your 
hand or foot causes you to sin, cut them off and throw them 
away." It is better to enter into life crippled than to have an entire 
life cast into hell. (See Matt. 18:8) 

It is obvious that the beauty of the hands does not lie in the 
symmetry of their lines or the strengh of their fingers. Rather, their 
beauty lies in the character and personality which they reveal and 
embody. 

Hands reveal a lot about us. They turn cold in fear, clench in 
anger, wring in anxiety, shake in nervousness and sweat in 
apprehension. With them we communicate love, dislike, grief, 
confusion, joy and fear. They are servants of the brain. All they do 
comes on orders from the intellectual and emotional head- 
quarters of the body. 

Hands can suffer from aliments far worse than physical ones. 
They can suffer from moral, spiritual impairments. They can be 
twisted in greed, made clawlike by hate, emaciated by miser- 
liness, paralyzed by fear, infected by filth, shriveled by conceit, and 
enflamed by lust. It was over these kinds of hands that Jesus' 
greatest healing power was unleashed. 

Today, there is a desperate need for hands that bless, hands that 
knock on the door of neighbors, hands to tap a friend on the 
shoulder and say, "Can I help?" Hands can express a blessing and 
approval of love. They can convey a special spiritual blessing. 
The laying on of hands was even done in Bible times. They can 
transform the common things of life to the Spiritual. (I Cor. 10:16) 

Our hands need to work hard! Piety is no excuse for laziness. 
They need to touch.... to help.... to reach out to God. 

Young people, use your hands for the Lord. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Quinter, Kansas 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH 

Matt. 25:1-13 

Weddings two thousand years ago were much like they are 
today but there were some things they did differently. It was a 
custom for the bridegroom to come to the home of the bride at 
night for the wedding and marriage feast. When the bridegroom 
came, the bridesmaids went out to meet him with lamps to light his 
way into the home of the bride. Then they would all go into the 
house and have the wedding and feast. 

Jesus tells of such a wedding and uses it as an illustration to 
show us that we should be ready when He comes again. There 
were ten bridesmaids at this particular wedding and they all had 
lamps and oil in their lamps. The lamps were burning and ready to 
light the way when the bridegroom came. Five of the virgins were 
wise and five were foolish. The wise had provided oil in another 
vessel to refill their lamps if the bridegroom was late. The foolish 
did not take any extra oil along. Now at this wedding the bride- 
groom came late. It was midnight and very dark and the brides- 
maids had gone to sleep. There were those who were watching for 
the bridegroom to come and when they saw him they cried out to 
the bridesmaids, 'The bridegroom is coming; go ye out to meet 
him!" They all arose and trimmed their lamps. The five foolish 
bridesmaids' lamps had gone out and they had no extra oil to 
replenish them. They said unto the wise who had extra oil along, 
"Give us of your oil for our lamps have gone out." The wise 
answered, "Not so lest there be not enough for us and you; but go 
to them that sell and buy for yourselves." 

While they went to buy oil the bridegroom came and those that 
had oil and were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the 
door was shut. Afterward the foolish ones came and said, "Lord, 
Lord, open unto us." But the bridegroom answered, "Verily I say 
unto you, I know you not." 

What a disappointment it was for them to be shut out and not 
allowed to go to the wedding. Jesus says, "Watch therefore, for ye 
know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man 
cometh." 

Today we have opportunity to serve Jesus. What we do for 
Jesus is like oil that can burn and make a light so that others may 
see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. The foolish 
virgins were careless and didn't get extra oil when they could have. 
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but we don't know when. We should always be ready for Him. 
Each one of us should provide oil and that is doing what Jesus has 
told us. Let us be wise and do all we can for Jesus. We will never 
have too much oil. We will have none to spare. We want to go in 
with the Lord to the marriage supper — not be left on the outside 
when the door is shut. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



WAKE UP 

The cry of the liberal church today is, "America needs a spiritual 
awakening." I believe America needs it, but the Church is the 
place to start; the Dunkard Church. It seems easy to talk about 
the other man or the other church, but let's talk about you and me. 
How do our spiritual lives line up according to God's Word? I'm 
afraid if we would look deeply into our lives, and be very sincere 
and honest, we just might be shocked by our new set of standards 
that we have. Of course, we didn't start out with those standards. 
No, Satan crept into our lives and our church, and much to his 
pleasure, helped us set some new standards. 

We have become much more relaxed with the world around us. 
In fact we have almost said, "What's the use?" Some of these 
people are going to hell anyway, so why keep fighting for the Holy 
way?" Brothers and Sisters, the body needs to be purified from all 
ailments. It needs to be without spot or blemish, so when the 
Bridegroom comes He will find a church waiting that is pure. 
There will be many churches waiting for Him, but as scripture is 
written, few will be taken. God's Word calls it a remnant. Don't you 
want to be a part of that remnant? 

We need to wake up to the fact that our small compromises 
aren't what God wants. He wants victory over sin. When Satan 
brings sinful thoughts to our mind, why do we even entertain those 
thoughts? When we are close to the fire we know it is hot, and so 
therefore we don't stick our hand in it. We even tell our children to 
stay away, that it will hurt them. But yet we toy with fire ourselves 
and wonder why our children don't listen. We preach every day of 
our lives with our mouth. We preach abstinence, moderation, 
simplicity, plainness, modesty and unworldliness. Do our lives 
show it? Are our lives consistent everyday and all day long? Is our 
mouth and life in rhythm or off-key? 

It seems that being in the world is having an effect on us. I know 
we have to work in the world and we can't totally isolate ourselves, 
but why when the work day or week is over, do we continue to 
mingle with them in their self-centered activities? Maybe we 



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should be home in prayer getting ready for the next day or week. 
The world is on the go so much anymore that I think they hardly 
know their own families very well. 

You might say, "We go everywhere together, we work and play 
together." That's good. But do you pray together, do you worship 
together, do you share one another's burdens? I believe that if we 
as families get our spiritual priorities set right, then we'll walk 
closer with God and each other. 

When we as a family are walking closer with God, then are we 
ready to start on the Church? How can we have a revival in the 
church? We might ask another question to make us think on this. 
How do you purify water? You would first biiild a fire, and then set 
the pot of water on to boil. Brothers and Sisters, let's build the fire 
by praying for the church and ministers. Don't, I say, don't sit at 
home and tear down the church and the people in it, but pray for 
them. Each one of us are fallible. If someone makes a mistake, 
let's don't gossip about them, but pray. Then if all the families are 
praying and building the fire, then the Church will be revived by 
the powerful Word of God that is brought in each worship service. 

The Bride is to be pure and without spot or blemish. Permissive- 
ness, compromise and casualness can not be part of the bride. 
God's standards must become our standards. We have something 
solid to stand on, so why let the worldly evils enter in? The Bible 
says, "If God be for us who can be against us?" What better words 
of encouragement could we find? 

Brother David Snyder 
Quinter, Kansas 

REJOICING (BUT WITH CONCERN) 

II Kings 10:28-31, "Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. 
Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made 
Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit the golden 
calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan. And the Lord said 
unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is 
right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the houseof Ahab according 
to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation 
shall sit on the throne of Israel. But Jehu took no heed to walk in the 
law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not 
from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin." 

We rejoice in the fact that modernism, liberal theology, and a 
"dead Christianity" are being challenged in many denominations 
and movements today. Truly, "Baal" is being overcome (though 
certainly not completely destroyed) in much of the earthly church. 
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the challenge to "Baal." We have a great deal of respect for the way 
they uphold the Bible as the Word of God. We believe the 
"fundamentalist movement" is made up of individuals who sincerely 
desire to uphold Christ and His teachings. But we also feel a real 
concern in relation to the many New Testament teachings that the 
"fundamentalist movement" does not recognize as valid. At least 
one Brethren denomination, who has the same "roots" as we have, 
has been greatly influenced by this movement. We also see signs of 
influence in other Brethren groups as well as in a "sister" Plain 
denomination. 

The account of Jehu brings to mind one of these concerns. The 
"fundamentalist movement" encourages a hyper-nationalist 
loyality, especially when it concerns America, along with military 
involvement. In Luke 9:54 the disciples of Christ made a similar 
mistake. They wished to use "Old Testament" methodology in a 
New Testament setting. But Christ answered them "Ye know not 
what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to 
destroy men's lives, but to save them." They learned their lesson 
well, by the time Christ had ascended into Heaven and sent the Holy 
Spirit, not one of them ever took a life. We heard a "fundamentalist" 
minister make the statement that no one who would not salute the 
flag (or at least stand in honour of it) during a church service was 
welcome in his church. Christ taught "Render therefore unto 
Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that 
are God's." Matt. 22:21. Then in I Cor. 6:20 we read, "For ye are 
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your 
spirit, which are God's." We will not argue whether or not it is ever 
proper to "salute" the flag. (We have come to the conclusion that we 
cannot.) But according to scripture, it would certainly not be proper 
to give honour to "Caesar" and to God in the same service! We 
believe those Brethren who hold to the tradition of not having aflag 
in the church are being true to scripture. 

We also heard this same minister speak on I Timothy 3. He took 
several minutes to explain why a "bishop", whom we believe he 
rightly defined as an elder, could have a living wife and be marred a 
second time and still hold this office. His major thought was "No 
one can be blameless, therefore we cannot hold an individual to 
everything in this verse." (This may not be a direct quote, but the 
idea was certainly expressed.) If God's Holy Word states that "a 
bishop then must be blameless," which it does, then THAT IS 
EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS! It may not be OUR definition of 
blameless, but it means what God meant it to mean. This brings to 
mind two concerns. One is the fact that all too often we have heard 
"fundamentalists" take as much time explaining why the Bible does 
NOT mean what it says as they do upholding it! The second area of 
concern has to do with the growing acceptance of divorce and 



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remarriage within this movement. We, personally, feel this is a very 
"touchy" area. We do not wish to "throw stones" at anyone. This 
may come as a surprise to some, but those who know me know that I 
was involved in a divorce. The temptations of someone living 
"alone" after experiencing marriage are many. We confess that we 
are not always as "pure in mind" in this area as we should be. For 
this reason we have stayed away from this area of controversy. But 
God has stirred our heart on this matter. We are concerned about 
those who are young who have not made the step into marriage as 
well as those within the church who may be having marital 
problems. We are convinced that divorce is not God's desire. And 
that divorce and remarriage should not be an alternative given by 
leaders in the church! Furthermore, it is our personal conviction 
that divorce disqualifies an individual from the ministry. It, of 
course, does not disqualify us from working for the Lord. 

We are also concerned that the conservative part of the earthly 
church may become so "self-righteous" that they may fail to heed 
the warning given by Paul, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he 
standeth take heed lest he fall." I Cor. 10:12. On the other hand, 
some of the Brethren seem to tack assurance of their salvation 
which we can have. While the scriptures warn against departing 
from the faith, we feel our major emphasis should be on the power of 
Christ to keep us from falling if we allow Him to. 

We would like to write about rejoicing and "happy themes." But 
God has seemed to call us to a "ministry of concern." Perhaps it is 
because of areas in our own life that we feel a weakness that we feel 
led to warn others. It is certainly not that we are "perfect" except in 
Christ. We wish to uphold the Word of God, ALL OF IT, and be true 
to Christ. We ask your prayers that we may prove faithful. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

UNDERSTANDING THE NEW BIRTH 

Many have forsaken the old crowd of the world only to find 
themselves in a religious crowd of the world who are ignorant 
concerning the new birth or the plan of salvation. 

What they teach depends on what group they are in rather than 
upon the word of God. 

To withdraw from a group of this kind sometimes may draw more 
fire, than when we withdrew from the heathen world. Again 
depending on what group you were in. 

Let's remember, neither group understands the new birth. Many 
use the term "new birth" but do not understand. Some are honest 
enough to admit they do not understand. Praise God for that, and 



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thank you Lord for sending the Holy Spirit to teach us. 

The new birth needs not to be a mystery, and isn't automatically 
given to everyone because they believe there is a God. 

Jesus was nottalkingtoGod when he said, ye must be born again. 
He makes you and I responsible to be born again if we want to be 
saved. 

You and I are descendants of Adam and Eve. We are born into 
their family and because of Adam's transgression, we all became 
sinners. "For as by one man's disobedience many were made 
sinners." Rom. 5:19. "Death reigned from Adam to Moses, even 
over them that had not sinned." Rom. 5:14. 

As long as I am in Adam's family, I inherit Adam's sin. Whether I 
am a preacher, a teacher or liveabovesin orgiveall my money tothe 
poor, as long as I am in Adam's family I inherit Adam's sin. 

Therefore it shouldn't be too hard to understand why Jesus 
commanded us to be born again. 

In the family of God, we become partakers of the body of Christ, 
where His blood can wash away our sins and His righteousness 
becomes our righteousness. Therefore we can inherit the 
righteousness of Christ, instead of the sin of Adam by being born 
into the family of God. 

When Jesus was baptized into John's baptism, He was identified 
with sinner man, took upon Himself the sins of man, after which He 
died on the Cross to pay for those sins. But because Jesus was the 
Son of God and knew no sin, God raised Him from the dead. 

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin that we 
might be made the righteousness of God in him." II Cor. 5:21. 

In the same way that Christ put on sin, by being baptized into 
John's baptism, we put on righteousness by being baptized into 
Christ. From this point we are no longer heirs of Adam's sin. In 
Christ we are crucified with Him and dead unto sin. Romans 6:8, 1 1 . 

"We are made the righteousness of God in him." II Cor. 5:21. 

By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Romans 
5:19. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in 
Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit." 
Romans 8:1. The new birth isn't that hard to understand, is it? 

Someone has said, you make salvation too easy. It isn't me that 
makes it easy. It was Jesus who died in our place that we may go 
free. "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free 
indeed." John 8:36. 

The same person who accuses me of making the plan of salvation 
too easy, also contends that a person can be saved without being 
baptized. I'm sorry but I don't have the authority to make it that easy. 

It was Jesus who said, "Verily, verily I say unto thee except a man 
be born of the water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of 



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God." John 3:5. 

Evidently some people simply refuse to believe that. "He that 
believeth and is baptized shall be saved. But he that believeth not 
shall be damned." Mark 16.16. 

Believing and confessing Christ brings us UNTO (upto) 
righteousness. Romans 10:9, 10. 

Baptism INTO Christ brings us INTO righteousness, INTO the 
Church, the body of Christ, INTO the Kingdom of God, INTO the 
family of God. Gal. 3:27. 

It is from baptism that we are raised to walk in newness of life as a 
new creature in Christ. Romans 6:4. II Cor. 5:17. 

If you believe this message and you have not yet been born again, 
I suggest you make it known that you want to be baptized into the 
name of Christ for the remission of your sins. Acts 2:38. 

It wouldn't be wise to go to a prolonged instruction class where a 
delaying religious custom is being practiced rather than the word of 
God. This is evidence that they do not understand the new birth. 

You and I want to be born of the water and of the Spirit into the 
family of God and have our names written in the book of life. No 
where in the scriptures can we find where six month proving or six 
month instruction was required from anyone who believed, before 
they could be baptized. 

I'm not opposed to giving instructions to anyone before baptism, 
but please be reasonable. Three thousand were baptized into the 
Church, the body of Christ the same day they believed. Acts 2:41. 

Jesus said, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they 
that are sick. I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to 
repentance." Matt. 9:12, 13. 

"Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that 
believeth." Romans 10:4. 

Jesus said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." 
John 6:36. 

Any instruction class that delays or keeps a sinner who believes, 
from Christ or from being born again into the family of God, isn't of 
God. 

Praise God there are those faithful servants of God who 
understand the new birth, who will rejoiceand welcomesinners into 
the family of God with open arms as they are commanded to do. 

Baptizing believers into the name of the Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost for the remission of sins. Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:38. 

"And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash 
away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Acts 22:16. 

Brother Isaac Stoll 
5631 Bean Road 
Allen, Ml 49227 



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REST 

The Psalmist David looked forward to a better rest than we can get 
in this life. He said, "Oh, that I had wings I ike a dove! for then would I 
fly away, and be at rest." 

Many years ago these words were placed on tombstones, "Gone 
Home To Rest". These words reminded usof abetter lifetocome. If 
we are true and faithful to the high calling of God through Christ 
Jesus after the hardships of this life are over, we can look forward to 
a permanent place of peace and rest. 

After the hardships of this life are over will we rest on that calm 
and peaceful shore? We must live for Christ in this life to spend 
eternity with Him. In speaking of His own, He said, "I goto prepare a 
place for you ... I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that 
where I am, there ye may be also." 

We will never have a pernament rest in this life. Our Lord and 
Saviour met with great hardships in this life and much suffering. He 
gave His life for salvation. The Apostle Paul met with great 
hardships in this world. He said, "I have fought a good fight, I have 
finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up 
for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous 
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them 
that love his appearing." Also many other faithful servants of God 
looked forward to that glorious eternity. We can think of some we 
have labored with in this life who have passed away from the 
hardships of this life who were prepared forthe glorious permanent 
rest beyond this vale of tears. 

A glorious time is coming for those who have washed their robes 
and made them white in the blood of the lamb. It is an important 
matter that our lives are of truth and righteousness, that we be 
qualified for that eternal home of peace and rest. The time will come 
when we must lay this armor down and only what we have done for 
eternity will last. There is no abiding city here. Are we prepared for 
the one to come? "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from 
henceforth: . . . they may rest from their labors and their works do 
follow them." 

Brother J. F. Marks 
RD 3, Box 509 
York, Pa. 17402 



Those who know the value of time use it in preparation for 
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NEWS ITEMS 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

We are looking forward to another two week Revival Meeting, 
October 2 through October 16. Bro. Hayes Reed from Modesto, 
California will be our Evangelist. 

We welcome all who can come to enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Elaine Beck, Cor. 



BROADWATER CHAPEL, MARYLAND 

We enjoyed the revival messages brought to us by Bro. Virgil 
Leatherman July 29 through August 7. One precious soul joined 
our number. 

Visiting ministers at the Lovefeast on August 6 were Otto Harris, 
Eugene Kauffman and Paul Myers. We pray these meetings have 
brought each one to a closer walk daily with the Lord. 

Sister Diane Beeman, Cor. 



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By nothing do men show their character more than by the things 
they laugh at. — Goethe. 



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To cure a sick soul put it back in its native elements of prayer 
and communion with Christ. 



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Everyone becomes discontented if he ignores his blessings and 
looks at his burdens. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR OCTOBER, 1983 
EARS TO HEAR 



Memory Verse: Isa. 50:4 & 5 
The Lord God hath given me the 
tongue of the learned, that I 
should know how to speak a 
word in season to him that is 
weary: he wakeneth morning by 
morning, he wakeneth mine ear 
to hear as the learned. The Lord 
God hath opened mine ear, and I 
was not rebellious, neither turned 
away back. 

Sat. 1 - Isa. 37:1-20 



Memory Verse: Isa. 51:4 
Hearken unto me, my people; and 
give ear unto me, O my nation: 
for a law shall proceed from me, 
and I will make my judgment to 
rest for a light of the people. 

Sun. 2- Isa. 37:21-38 

Mon. 3- Isa. 42:1-25 

Tues. 4 - Isa. 43:1-28 

Wed. 5- Isa. 48:1-22 

Thur. 6- Isa. 49:1-26 

Fri. 7 - Isa. 50:1-11 

Sat. 8- Isa. 51:1-23 



Memory Verse: Isa. 55:3 
Incline your ear, and come unto 
me: hear, and your soul shall 
live; and I will make an everlasting 
covenant with you, even the sure 
mercies of David. 

Sun. 9 - Isa. 55:1-13 

Mon. 10- Isa. 59:1-21 

Tues. 11 - Isa. 64:1-12 

Wed. 12- Jer. 2:1-18 

Thur. 13- Jer. 2:19-37 

Fri. 14- Jer. 5:1-14 

Sat. 15 - Jer. 5:15-31 



Memory Verse: Isa. 59:1 
Behold, the Lord's hand is not 
shortened, that it cannot save, 
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot 



hear: 

Sun. 16 - Jer. 6:1-15 
Mon. 17 - Jer. 6:16-30 
Tues. 18 - Jer. 7:1-16 
Wed. 19- Jer. 7:17-34 
Thur. 20- Jer. 9:1-26 
Fri. 21 -Jer. 11:1-23 
Sat. 22 - Jer: 13:1-27 



Memory Verse: Isa. 64:4 
For since the beginning of the 
world men have not heard, nor per- 
ceived by the ear, neither hath the 
eye seen, O God, beside thee, what 
he hath prepared for him that 
waiteth for him. 

Sun. 23- Jer. 17:1-27 

Mon. 24 - Jer. 19:1-15 

Tues. 25 - Jer. 25:1-19 

Wed. 26- Jer. 25:20-38 

Thur. 27- Jer. 26:1-24 

Fri. 28 - Jer. 28:1-17 

Sat. 29- Jer. 29:1-19 



Memory Verse: Jer. 6:10 
To whom shall I speak, and give 
warning, that they may hear? 
behold, their ear is uncircumcised, 
and they cannot hearken: behold, 
the word of the Lord is unto them 
a reproach; they have no delight 
in it. 

Sun. 30 - Jer. 29:20-32 

Mon. 31 - Jer. 34:1-22 



Memory Verses: Jer. 7:24 
But they hearkened not, nor in- 
clined their ear, but walked in 
the counsels and in the imagin- 
ation of their evil heart, and went 
backward, and not forward. 

Jer. 13:15 
Hearye, and give ear; be not 
proud: for the Lord hath spoken. 



Lester BMsher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, OH 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LXI 



OCTOBER 1, 1983 



NO. 19 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

GRACE 

How sad our state by nature is! 
Our sin how deep it stains! 
And Satan binds our captive minds 
Fast in his slavish chains. 

But there's a voice of sov'reign grace 
Sounds from the sacred Word; 
"Ho! ye despairing sinners, come, 
And trust upon the Lord." 

My soul obeys th' almighty call, 
And runs to this relief: 
I would believe thy promise Lord, 
O, help my unbelief. 

To the dear fountain of thy blood, 
Incarnate Lord, I fly; 
Here let me wash my spotted soul, 
From crimes of deepest dye. 

A guilty, weak, and helpless worm, 
On thy kind arms I fall; 
Be thou my strength and righteousness, 
My Jesus, and my all. 

- Isaac Watts 



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APPOINTED ONCE TO DIE 

When Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden, 
everything was perfect. The soil was fertile. The trees had no 
disease. The climate was just right. No more productive and 
beautiful place could ever be found. Included in the perfection of 
that place were the bodies of Adam and Eve. There were no 
diseases or afflictions to hamper their bodies. They did not need 
sick time or vacation to recuperate from their ills and mental 
fatigue. Their work was enjoyable and light. There was nothing 
that would weary or weaken their bodies. They could look forward 
to unending health and life. It was God's intention that in 
obedience they would have everlasting life. 

But!!! But sin entered. They disobeyed God. The one tree, that 
had been restricted from their usage, was the one that had a part 
in their fall. Only one tree had been kept from them out of all that 
were in the Garden. By the subtlely of Satan and by their own self 
desire, they were enticed to eat of that forbidden fruit. From that 
moment on, perfection was lost. Sin had entered in. Now, sick- 
ness and decay would ravish their bodies. Now it was appointed 
that they must die. 

After they had sinned, they quickly realized their nakedness. 
They were not only physically naked but spiritually as well. They 
attempted to cover their nakedness with fig leaves. These small, 
flimsy leaves could not properly cover them. Fig leaf clothing is 
still man's idea of attire, but it does not meet God's standard of 
modesty. Nor does man's ideas of covering sin by good works, 
morals or other human ideas. God had to provide proper, modest 
clothing to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness. It required the 
spilling of an animal's blood that its skin could be used to cover 
them. Men's sins can only be cover ed by the spilt blood of Jesus 

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Christ, the perfect sacrifice. Because blood was spilt and a life was 
taken, Adam and Eve had their naked sin covered. They still had to 
pay the penalty of their sin which was physical death... The Grace 
of God had provided for their spiritual life so they were appointed 
to die but once. 

Since that time God has provided for mankind so he would only 
have one appointment to keep with death. Under Moses' Law, the 
various animal sacrifices were made as a shadow of the coming 
perfect sacrifice of Jesus. The priests of the Old Law offered their 
sacrifices year after year but His sacrifice was once for all. The 
blood of animals could not do what His blood could do — save 
fallen man. It not only fulfilled the prophetic shadow of the old 
sacrifices but also is still available today, more than nineteen 
hundred years after the fact of Calvary. He was once offered in 
answer to the one appointment that man has with death. 

Without an individual's acceptance of the sacrifice of Christ, he 
must face death twice not just the one time that is God's intention. 
God's original intention was that Adam and Eve would not have an 
appointment with death at all. After their fall it was His intention 
that there be but one appointment. Yet there are those who are 
going to keep two appointments with death. As surely as there will 
be a people who will populate the mansions of Heaven so there will 
be another group who will suffer the torment of Hell. 

Revelation 20 records the terrrible day when men shall be 
judged by God out of the book of life. The basis of their judgment 
will be their works. There is no man, no matter how good, who can 
stand before the Righteous Judge and His Word of Truth in his 
own goodness. Only those, who have been born again by the 
covering of their sins by His blood, will be able to pass the bar of 
justice. All those who have spurned the Gospel will have to stand 
in their own paltry strength and their own unholy deeds. They will 
not be able to pass that judgment. 

Only those who have been born twice will face death but once 
as God has appointed. Those who have been born physically and 
Spiritually will only have to face physical death. Those who have 
only been physically born will have to face physical death and 
Spiritual death. Man, at best, has to struggle when facing death 
just once. Consider, the agony and regret of keeping death's 
appointment twice. 

The choice of eternal life or eternal death is in the power of 
each individual. How often do you choose to keep death's 
appointment — once or twice? 



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A DEAD SEA 

A man had attended several days of services at a Bible 
Conference. A minister, also a visitor, asked where the man was 
from and why he came to this conference. This man lived near a 
well-known university. His reason for coming was to be spiritually 
refreshed, and he came every year. 

The minister asked then what he did with what he had learned 
and if he shared the Gospel with any of the students. The man's 
answer boiled down to this — he kept it to himself. The minister 
said, "Why, you're just like the Dead Sea, taking everything in and 
giving nothing out!" 

The Dead Sea contains a wealth of minerals because of all the 
incoming deposits and the fact that there is no outlet. This makes 
it exactly what its name implies, as nothing can live in this sea. It 
takes everything in but gives nothing out — a very stagnant 
condition. Compare this to a stream or pond with a stream running 
through it. It is fresh and clean, alive with fish and other water life. 
The difference is immediately visible. 

You, as one of God's own, are designed to give out, not just take 
in. God wants you to share His love with others, not just keep it to 
yourself. A stream or spring bubbles over with life and so should 
you. In a stagnant pool, nothing much happens. It just produces a 
scum. Which are you — a dead sea or a flowing stream? A 
stagnant pool or a refreshing spring? 

God has given much to us and He expects us to give to others. 
"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, 
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:32. 
God gave us Jesus, He made us free from sin (Rom. 6:18), and 
from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2). He has given us liberty 
in Christ (Gal. 5:1), not to do as we please, but to please Him. 

Jesus said, "Freely, ye have received, freely give." Matt. 10:8b. 
The disciples were being sent out to minister and Jesus instructed 
them to give all they had to give. He expects us to do the same. 
Jesus also said, "Give alms of such things as ye have." Luke 11:41. 
Peter said, "Such as I have give I thee." Acts 3:6. What you should 
give is limited only by what you have. 

How much should you give? "Give, and it shall be given unto 
you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and 
running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same 
measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again." 
Luke 6:38. The Dead Sea keeps; we are to give, and give 
generously. There is no room for stinginess in your life. 

What can you keep and still not be a dead sea? "For unto 
whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required." Luke 



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1 2:48. ^ When God gives to you, He expects you to pass it on. This 
doesn't mean you should give away every cent you have. Money is 
often needed the least by someone in distress, but the Gospel, 
your time, love and concern are needed. If you are generous in 
giving those things, you won't be a dead sea. 

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." 
Gal. 6:2. As a Christian, you cannot live to yourself. Your commit- 
ment to God means you must get involved with the needs of 
people around you. From sharing the Gospel to lending a helping 
hand in a trivial need, you will find yourself doing what you can for 
others, if you are full of life and love. 

Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (see Acts 
20:35). You may think if you give of yourself that you'll soon be 
empty, but God will keep you filled. Jesus also said, "Give to him 
that asketh of thee." (Matt. 5:42) If you look around, you will see 
people who need your help, so give what you can and God will 
bless. The greatest blessing comes in giving and you can't 
outgive God. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"action or reaction" 

Most people in the world today could either be classified as 
an actor or a reactor. 

Looking at reactors, we know that these people are somewhat 
like thermometers... they are under the control of their environ- 
ment. When the atmosphere around them is warm, they are warm; 
if it is cold, they are cold. They simply respond by going through 
life bouncing from idea to idea, person to person and they are 
never directed by methodic study and calculation. They seem to 
not count the cost and go from situation to situation... sometimes 
progressing and sometimes losing pace. 

God's people are not meant to act in this way. Man is unique in 
that he was created by God to exercise dominance over things and 
circumstances on the earth. So, when we merely reflect someone 
else or are erratic in our convictions, we violate God's intent for 
us. Instead of acting, we are reacting to the circumstances. 

What is characteristic of reactors? The following might be some 
valuable examples. 

1. A home controlled and directed by the mother ratherthan the 
father. 2. A work situation controlled by the expectations of non- 
Christian people, rather than by a Spirit led life. 3. A church 
controlled or dominated by humanistic ideals (as control by 
women) or by lack of acceptance of other Christians. 



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In general, the reactor easily becomes angry, resentful, envious, 
full of vengeance and bitterness. 

God does not ordain that we react in this way. He wants us to 
think... to make right decisions on the basis of His Word. He wants 
us to act so that our actions and attitudes glorify Him and edify 
other brothers and sisters. 

Our motivation should be directed outside ourselves and toward 
others to the glory of God. 

If you ACT as an action person by bringing the fruit of the Spirit 
into every situation and relationship, you will neutralize the 
negative actions and transform them into positives. 

Being the ACTIVE person will release God's power and His 
mercy and grace will operate and allow us to properly evaluate 
difficult opinions and desires. If we prepare ourselves to act rather 
than react, we will anticipate the options that will arise in problem 
situations rather than exploding inappropriately. 

Are you a reacter or an acter? Are you allowing yourself to be 
controlled by the Spirit of God or are you allowing yourself to be 
controlled by Adamic emotions? Pray for the power to be the 
initiator of right, the instructor of truth and the reflector of Light. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Quinter, Kansas 



OUR REVIVAL 

Revival does not just 

SPRING UP 
But if all drowsy Christians would 

WAKE UP 
And all lukewarm ones would 

HEAT UP 
And all dishonest ones would 

OWN UP 
And all disgruntled ones would 

SWEETEN UP 
And all discouraged ones would 

CHEER UP 
And all depressed ones would 

LOOK UP 
And all estranged ones would 

MAKE IT UP 
And all gossiping ones would 

SHUT UP 



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And all true Christians would 

STAND UP 
And all who believe in prayer would 

PRAY UP 
Then we could expect REVIVAL! 

Selected by Brother Harley Rush 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 1, 1923 

News Item 

The Bible Monitor became a semi-monthly publication by 
action of September 12, 1923 meeting at Denton, Maryland. Grant 
Mahan named Associate Editor. 

WHICH WAY WILL WE GO? 

Grant Mahan 

The following was written nearly twenty years ago, at a time 
when the writer was in the Messenger office and knew more of 
general conditions in the church than he knows at the present 
time. The article, written as an editorial, was laid aside. The 
other day I came across it, and reading it over made me wonder 
that what was foreseen then should come to pass as it has. If 
conditions at that time could impress one as they did, what must 
present conditions do for one who wishes to see the church 
preserve her identity and usefulness? We wish to appeal to our 
faithful members and urge them to take a firmer stand than ever 
before for the principles of the church and of the New Testament, 
for in the main they are one and the same thing. We do not need 
the world, we do not want the world, we must not have the world in 
the church. It is late to urge a return to the pure and undefiled 
Word, but such a return is as necessary as it ever was, and only 
such a return gives us any assurance of salvation. But to the 
article: 

From various fields, new ones in particular, our correspondents 
write saying that the people are dissatisfied with the popular 
churches, and that therefore there is a good opening for us. No 
doubt this is true, and we should not be slow to enter the fields and 
give the people the simple Gospel. That is all they need, all any 
sincere soul wants. But a question comes to the mind of the one 
who knows the conditions in our own church, especially in some 
localities. The question is this: How long would we be able to 
satisfy them? There is a constant effort to imitate the world and 
the so-called popular churches. It would seem that some of our 



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number are tired of the very thing it is said people want and cannot 
get in other churches. Do they want it because it is new to them, 
or are we trying to get rid of it because it is old to us? Or is there 
in man something which cannot be satisfied by the world or 
anything that partakes too much of the world? 

If the last supposition be true — and we believe it is — then the 
world needs a peculiar people, one different from itself, zealous 
only of good works. It seems that God has had such a people ever 
since the call of Abraham. Sometimes there were very few of them, 
but when the test came some were always found. We profess to 
believe that we are God's people in a special sense, in that we try 
to take all of His Word as the basis of our counsel. There is no 
reason why we should think otherwise. He has been with our 
fathers and us, and has blessed us wonderfully. We are the sheep 
of his pasture and have been richly fed. And why has he dealt with 
us thus? Is it not because at baptism we promised to forsake the 
world and its sinful ways, and then tried to do so? Could we have 
been the same to him or to the world if we had followed the 
commands less diligently? 

For some years there has been a strong tendency in a few con- 
gregations to get away from the simplicity and unworldliness 
which has so long characterized us as a people. They do not want 
to seem different from the world in appearance. Of course the 
outward appearance amounts to nothing if the inner life is not 
right. Both must be right before one can be accepted of the Lord. 
But the desire to be like the world is not limited to the clothing one 
wears. We want to be and act like the world in its business and 
pleasures — even like those who do not obey the whole truth in 
some of their worship. And this not because it is right or is better 
than the way to which we have been accustomed, but because we 
want to seem as much like other people as possible when they 
come to worship with us. We would do better to hold fast to that 
which we know is good. This is not saying that we should seek to 
emphasize our differences whenever there is opportunity — far 
from it — but that we should be just ourselves at all times. We 
profess nothing of which we should be ashamed, no matter who is 
in the congregation, and our form of worship is certainly entirely in 
harmony with the precept and example of Christ and the apostles. 

Still there is the desire to change, and the change in many cases 
is a step in the wrong direction. We have a place to fill, a work to 
do in the world. We were put here to fulfill a purpose, and it is for 
us to decide whether we shall fulfull our mission or whether we 
shall leave the old path to be trod by someone else. My belief is 
that we make a mistake when we forsake the old for the new simply 
because it is new. The true child of God does not care to be like 



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the world. The world has been crucified to him, and he knows that 
the friendship of the world is enmity against God. Let us not make 
the mistake of becoming more like the world. We lose power when 
we do so, we lose favor with God. The world needs what we have 
to give, and we shall be held responsible if we fail to give it. Now is 
the time for us to decide where we are going to stand, which way 
we are going in the future. Some of us believe that a start has been 
made in the wrong direction, but we hope to see these steps 
retraced before it is too late. Will that hope be in vain? Only the 
Lord knows. 



THE PEACE OF GOD 

John 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." Isaiah 26:3, 'Thou wilt keep him 
in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he 
trusteth in thee." 

Who can describe the peace of God? It is only understood when 
it is experienced. What other religion or ideology gives peace 
comfort, or security like this? We know of none. That is because 
this peace does not come from religion, but from the salvation of 
Jesus Christ. Job says, "Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at 
peace." From this, we conclude that it is not from adherence to a 
particular religious observance or doctrine, but from acquaintance 
with a person, Jesus Christ. This peace, in fact, comes from a 
relationship with God, a two-way, give-and-take relationship 
Jesus' life on this earth and His relationship with His disciples was 
an old covenant type of our kinship with God. This connection is 
what gives the peace of God its strength. It does so because it is 
God's peace, that which He Himself possesses, and He willingly 
and lovingly gives it to all who acquaint themselves with Him. We 
do not need to be uncertain about our salvation or be victims of 
anxiety and strife when we can rest in Christ. Jesus said, "I will 
give you rest." His only request was that we take His yoke upon 
us and learn of Him. In order to rest in Christ we must bear His 
reproach: carry His load. But He tells us that His load is light 
especially when it is compared to the load of sin we had been 
carrying. To be free of this load is to have the peace of God. 

Your correspondence appreciated. 
Brother L. H. Miller 
RD 2 Box 572 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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A PREACHER NOBODY WANTED 

A church was in need of a preacher. One of the Elders was 
interested in finding out just what kind of a minister the church 
wanted. In order to do this, he composed a letter as an applicant 
and read it to the other Elders. 

It read as follows: "Gentlemen; Understanding that you are in 
need of a preacher, I should like to apply for the position. I have 
been blessed to preach with power and have had some success as 
a writer. Some say I am a good organizer. I have been a leader in 
most places I have been. 

"Some folks, however, have some things against me. I am over 
fifty years of age. I have never preached in one place more than 
three years at a time. In some places, I have left town, after my 
work caused riots and disturbances. I have to admit that I have 
been in jail three or four times, but not because of any wrong- 
doing. My health is not too good, though I still get a good deal 
done. I have to work at my trade to help pay my way. The 
churches I have preached in have been located in large cities." I 
have not gotten along too well with the religious leaders in 
different towns where I have preached. In fact some have 
threatened me, taken me to court, and even attacked me 
physically. I am not too good at keeping records. I have been 
known to forget whom I baptized. However, if you can use me, I 
shall do my best for you, even if I have to help with my support." 

The Elder read this letter to the other Elders, and asked if they 
were interested in the applicant. They replied that he would never 
do for their church. They were not interested in any unhealthy, 
contentious, trouble making, exjailbird and were insulted that his 
application had even been presented! But one of them did ask the 
preacher's name, and the Elder replied, "the Apostle Paul." 

(Just goes to show the Apostles couldn't please everybody; and 
they were inspired of God. Can't help but wonder what kind of a 
preacher the above congregation was looking for???) 

Selected by Brother L. A. Shumake 

• •••••• 

God put the church in the world; He didn't put the world in the 
church. 

• •••••• 

God's House is a hive for workers, not a nest for drones. 



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MY STROLL 

It is early in the morning, 
Peace and quiet are everywhere; 
There! I hear some birds a calling, 
They are flying in the air. 

I'm strolling along the seashore; 
My thoughts flow far and wide; 
I marvel at the rhythm 
Of the waves and of the tide. 

Oh, look at the beautiful seashells 
All patterns and designs, 
Here's a big shell with rings on 
I'm going to call it mine. 

I look out across the waters 
Only a few birds here and there; 
A large fish then breaks through 
And arches into the air. 

The waves come lapping at my feet 
Then back to the ocean they go — 
Only to soon come back up the beach 
Leaving sealife in an uneven row. • 

Oh, God is in everything, everywhere; 
I feel His closeness now, 
I want to talk to Him of my joys 
So my head I reverently bow. 

I must thank Him for the blessings 
Of my life, the wind and the rain, 
The heat, the cold, sun and the stars, 
The peace that within me reigns. 

I thank Him for my sight to see, 
And a mind to meditate 
On scenes like this seashore 
And the stroll that I can take. 

You see, I'm in my rocking chair, 
Many miles away from the beach; 
But I still have lovely memories 
Of the times I've walked by the sea. 

Irene Stout 



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"UNDERSTANDING BAPTISM" 

In Jesus name I want to share with all my friends who may be 
interested, some of the things God has revealed to me as I travel 
through this old world of confusion. 

I see some Churches going overboard in speaking in tongues, 
wearing plain clothes. This turns others off and they don't want to 
hear any more of it at all. Could this be what has happened in the 
past to baptism? 

The Catholic Church baptizes little babies before they can 
believe or think, or be responsible for themselves. This turns 
others off and they become Protestants. 

In reaction many Protestants seem to be going overboard 
opposing baptism. They tell us baptism or church membership 
doesn't save. They say baptism is a work and we are not saved by 
works. They look through the natural eye and see only water that 
cannot wash away sins. They say baptism is a test of obedience 
and we should be baptized after we are saved. They teach us that 
baptism has nothing to do with our salvation and they point out that 
the thief on the cross wasn't baptized. After putting baptism down 
all the way, these same churches make it a test of membership if 
one isn't baptized exactly according to their own mode. If these 
people don't believe that baptism has anything to do with my 
salvation, why, may I ask does it become a test of membership if I 
refuse to be baptized exactly according to their mode? 

Isn't it time somebody wakes up? 

The scriptures give no support for any of these foreign state- 
ments concerning baptism. Some statements are in complete 
contrast to the Word. Baptism is in the Word of God and it is not 
to be dishonored in any way regardless of what the Catholics or 
anyone else have done. This doesn't change the Word of God. 

We who claim to be born again, and deny that baptism into 
Christ had anything to do with salvation, are we not in the same 
boat with the little babes who are not able to believe? Are we who 
refuse to believe actually pointing our finger at these infants who 
cannot believe? 

Old Satan knows where it all comes from and he knows that if he 
can keep the ball rolling he will have us all confused instead of 
finding the truth. Let us go to the Word of God leaving behind all 
of Satan's preconceived ideas. 

"One Lord, one faith, one baptism (or one new birth)." Eph. 4:5. 

Let's call it a Father, Son, and Holy Ghost baptism, and let the 
scoffers call it a water baptism that cannot wash away sins. 

Furthermore, the water that is used in baptism becomes a living 
water because its use is commanded by our Lord in bringing us out 
of the old life into the new in Christ. In the days of Noah, eight 



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souls were brought by the way of water from the old world into the 
new and this was figurative of baptism which "doth also now save 
us." Peter 3:21. 

If that was figurative of baptism, I wouldn't buy the idea that 
baptism could be figurative or be a symbol of anything farther 
down the line. If the Bible doesn't call baptism a symbol why 
should I? 

"And they said believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt 
be saved and thy house. And he took them the same hour of the 
night and washed their stripes and was baptized." Acts 16:31, 33. 
Why couldn't they wait until the next day? Because all believers 
must be born again and we have no promise of tomorrow. Jesus 
said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee except a man be born of water 
and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." We 
must both believe and be born again by being baptized into Christ. 
Jesus was not talking to God when He said, "ye must be born 
again." He was talking to you and me and He meant for us to be 
born into the Church, the family of God, if we want to be saved. 
Believing and trembling is for the Devil. James 2:19. If we 
believe and tremble only, we compare with the Devil. This is the 
route many are taking. But if we believe and decide to be born into 
the family of God (by being baptized into Christ) we become new 
creatures in Christ Jesus. That puts us out of fellowship with the 
old devil. This is why he kicks the new birth, baptism, church 
membership. The Devil knows that baptism doth now save and 
gives us a good conscience toward God. I Peter 3:21. 

He also knows that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the 
Church. Matt. 16:18. 

He has many people confused into thinking that we get baptized 
into Christ because we are already saved. May I ask did Christ die 
on the cross because we were already saved or did He die so that 
we sinners could be saved? You guessed it: Christ died for we 
sinners. We then must be baptized into Christ, into His death for 
the remission of our sins. Romans 6:3, Acts 2:38. This is not 
because we are already saved but because we are sinners 
condemned to die and need to be saved. This may sound strange 
to those who did not understand but it was there all the time. 

We need the whole armor of God to withstand the evil one. In 
Christ we are crucified with Him and dead unto sin. Romans 68 
11. ' 

"The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; 
but to us who are saved it is the power of God." I Cor. 1:18. 

"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord 
Jesus Christ by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the 
world." Gal. 6:14. 



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Those in Christ are also righteous. "For Christ is the end of 

the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth." Romans 

10:4. We are made the righteousness of God in Him. II Cor. 5:21. 

Believing and confessing Christ brings us UNTO (up to) 

righteousness. Romans 10:9, 10. 

Baptism INTO Christ brings us INTO righteousness INTO the 
Church, INTO the Kingdom of God. Gal. 3:27. 

When Jesus sent the apostles out to preach He said, "go ye 
therefore and teach all nations baptizing them.... Preach the 
Gospel to every creature.... He that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved." Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16. 

That is what they preached. Repent and be baptized every one 
of you... When they believed Philip's preaching they were 
baptized... Can anyone forbit water that these should not be 
baptized? ... and he commanded them to be baptized in the name 
of the Lord... and now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized 
and wash away thy sins calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 2:38, 
8:12, 10:47, 48, 22:16. 

God no longer expects an alien sinner to pray for mercy or pray 
through as some call it. He expects us now to follow instructions 
and be united together with the living Christ our Savior who died 
for us. 

Once we are in Christ we have the privilege of praying in Jesus' 
Name. "If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask 
what ye will and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. 

Isn't this a wonderful plan of salvation? How do I get into Christ? 
Don't forget. "As many of you as have been baptized into Christ 
have put on Christ." Gal. 3:27. That is how we can be born into the 
family of God. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them 
which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after 
the Spirit." Romans 8:1. 

It's not enough to say "I believe," 
It's not enough to ask and receive 
It's not enough to repeat the Lord's Prayer, 
It's not enough to just say, "I care," 
It's not enough to be pleasant and kind, 
It's not enough to keep God in your mind, 
It's not enough just to feed the poor, 
It's not enough to forbear and endure, 
For while these things are all good to do 
They cannot insure salvation for you, 
For not until you are born anew 
Can the Spirit of God be alive in you. 
Brother Isaac Stoll 
5631 Bean Road 
Allen, Michigan 49227 



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THE OTHER LITTLE SHIPS 

by Bill Harvey 

I had a Hardship, but I didn't mind. For sailing that Hardship 
was a Captain so Kind. He's the Lordship of Hardship and He shall 
prevail; He is guiding this Hardship He wants me to sail. 

Discipleship sails when the billows roll high. So steady the Pilot 
with His watchful eye. Such fellowship constant I have with my 
guide. Through peril and terror and treacherous tide. 

Sailing with others is Friendship so strong. Tis never unfailing 
when Christ is along. The clouds may well threaten my craft to 
drown. But, beyond the dark clouds there is waiting a crown! 

Selected by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 

NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans, the Lord willing, to hold 
our Communion Service, October 29 and 30. 

Beginning Saturday, the 29th, services will be at 1 1 o'clock a.m. 
and 2 o'clock p.m. The Lovefeast proper will be Saturday evening. 
Services also on Sunday. We send a hearty welcome to all who 
can come. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

THANKS 
I want to thank everyone for the get-well cards, gifts and flowers 
I received while I was a patient in the Gettysburg Hospital and 
after I am at home. Also for the prayers in my behalf. God bless 
you all is my prayer. 

Brother Thomas Leatherman 

STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP 

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Act of 
Aug. 12, 1970; Section 3685, Title 39, United States Code). 
Showing the ownership, management and circulation of The Bible 
Monitor, published semi-monthly at Wauseon, Ohio 43567, 
October 1, 1983. 

1. The names and addresses of the editor, publishers, and 
owners are: EDITOR, Milton Cook, 1138 East 12th St., Beaumont, 
CA 92223; PUBLISHER, Glanz Lithographing Co., 4-4017-11, 
Wauseon, OH 43567; OWNER, Dunkard Brethren Church, 1138 
East 12th St., Beaumont, CA 92223. 

2. There are no stockholders, bond holders or other security 
holders. 

3. The average number of copies per issue distributed by mail 
and otherwise the previous twelve months was 1,402. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 

Galen Litfin 
1314 East 7th St. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 

Dale Jamison 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, CA 95326 

(209) 883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

(913) 754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

(515) 677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, PA 17340 

(717) 359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5, Box 97 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

(317) 395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1 Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



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VOL. LXI 



OCTOBER 15, 1983 



NO. 20 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



'TIS BY THE FAITH OF JOYS TO COME 

Tis by the faith of joys to come 
We walk thro' deserts dark as night: 
Till we arrive at heav'n our home, 
Faith is our guide, and faith our light. 

The want of sight she well supplies; 
She makes the pearly gates appear; 
Far into distant worlds she pries, 
And brings eternal glories near. 

Cheerful we tread the desert thro', 
While faith inspires a heav'nly ray, 
Tho' lions roar, and tempests blow, 
And rocks and dangers fill the way. 

So Abram, by divine command, 
Left his own house to walk with God; 
His faith beheld the promised land, 
And cheered him on his toilsome road. 

I. Watts 



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GIVING YOUR BEST 

During His earthly ministry, Jesus did not have the comforts of 
life. Even the animals and birds were better cared for than He 
was. But there was one oasis in the midst of this lack of physical 
comfort. This was at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in 
Bethany. There He could have the normal comforts of life. Not 
only were they interested in His physical welfare but also in His 
Spiritual message. He was in their home on various occasions. 

As Jesus' earthly ministry drew to its close, He was again 
enjoying their hospitality. The nights He spent with them after 
discouraging days in Jerusalem being questioned and derided by 
the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees. Surely this was a place of 
refuge in the days just before His crucifixion. Here He could have 
fellowship with these three, even His own earthly brothers were 
still turned against Him. During this stay with them a very touching 
event occured. 

Mary, who seemed the most Spiritual minded of the three, 
performed a very sacred service for Him. She, perhaps, did not 
realize the full significance of what she did, but Jesus none the less 
appreciated her deed. In fact, His appreciation was great enough 
that we know of this little incident even in our time. 

As Jesus sat at the evening meal, Mary poured anointing oil on 
Him. This was not any ordinary oil. This was the best. The oil of 
spikenard was itself a very costly oil. The container it was in also 
represented that which was valuable. The alabaster box was 
fragile, ornate and beautiful. Once it was broken it could never be 
put back together again. Likely this alabaster box of ointment was 
an heirloom. Every family has its objects hallowed by being 
passed down from one generation to another. Because they once 
belonged to a beloved ancestor they are not broken or spoiled. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR OCTOBER 15, 1983 

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Usually they are kept in a cupboard and not used at all or very 
sparingly. Mary had such a heirloom. Surely it was very precious 
to her. Despite its value, both material and sentimental to her, she 
was willing to give it for Jesus. 

How often are we as willing to give of our precious things? Do 
our heirlooms and other possessions mean more to us than what 
we can do for or give to Jesus? 

As always, there were those who objected to this apparently 
senseless waste of precious ointment. When good is done there 
are always those who would find fault. Judas especially was 
distraught at this loss for the spikenard was worth three hundred 
pence. This he said could have been used to care for the poor. 
But Jesus, knowing Judas' heart and secret sin of embezzlement, 
reminded him that good could be done to the poor anytime for 
they would always be present. Yet today the poor can receive the 
good we should bestow upon them, but still we should not slack 
our giving and doing for the main work of Jesus. Philanthropy is 
good but the Spiritual work of the Church must come first. 

God never ignores the good that His people do. Mary was 
commended by Jesus even though others would criticize. It has 
been a memorial to her ever since because it is recorded in the 
Bible. It is recorded there not only as a remembrance of her, but 
also to instruct us. 

Would Mary have been so long time remembered if she would 
have refused to have taken her heirloom down from the mantle? 
Would her act be known to us if she had scrimped in her giving? 
She could have used common olive oil instead of the precious 
spikenard ointment. But she chose to give the best. God always 
remembers when we give our best. 

We not only have Mary's example to encourage us in our giving. 
She was a fallible person like us. We have the example of God 
Himself. He gave His Best. His love for the people of the world was 
so great that He gave His only begotten Son. The Plan of Salvation 
was constructed at a great cost to God. We have been bought with 
a great price. God was willing to give. When He gave, He gave the 
best. If He had given any thing less than the best, we would have 
been the losers. It was the only sacrifice that could atone for our 
sins. Jesus was the only One who could pay that price. Our 
eternal well-being hung on the cross with Him. God gave His best, 
we can never repay Him, but we can in turn give our best, whether 
in material gifts or in Spiritual service. 

No matter how good our works we can never earn our salvation. 
It has been purchased by God's best gift. But we can give the best 
we have as those who bear Christ's name. Mary was willing to give 
the best she had. The widow was willing to give her mite, which 
was the best she had. Can you give any less than your best? 



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HAM AND EGGS 

A hen invited a pig out to a meal. On the restaurant front was 
a big sign which said, "Ham and eggs." When the pig saw it, he 
said, "No way will I go in there!" The reason? For the pig, it meant 
total commitment and involvement, requiring that he give his life. 
The hen contributed, but she didn't have to get totally involved. 

The pig feared total commitment because it meant giving his life. 
Christians often fear total commitment, even when it only means 
giving up something they want to do. How then could they ever 
give their lives? Yet total commitment is exactly what God expects 
of us. Just making a worthwhile contribution to life as the hen did 
is not enough. 

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that 
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God 
which is your reasonable service." Rom. 12:1. God has given His 
best for us, and it is only reasonable that we should give our best — 
our lives — to Him. It is unreasonable for us to expect God to settle 
for anything less from us. Sacrifices under the Law had to be the 
best, and the same is required of us. 

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." Ecc. 
9:10a. The Apostle Paul was totally involved in preaching, 
teaching and follow-up care of the new believers in Christ. He 
suffered much physical abuse but he continued on, doing as much 
as he could for the cause of Christ. God wants us likewise to do 
our best in whatever responsibility we have. 

Paul wasn't afraid to totally commit himself to the cause of 
Christ and we shouldn't be either. A half-hearted attempt to serve 
the Lord isn't worth much, except to make one miserable. In spite 
of his suffering, Paul had joy in the Lord. When he was in prison, 
he sang praises at midnight which expressed his joy. What would 
you do in a similar situation? 

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and 
wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own 
life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear 
his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple." Luke 
14:26-27. Following Jesus cannot be a passive relationship. It 
must be active, present tense, and total in scope. Nothing can be 
allowed to stand in the way of complete commitment and service. 

The widow gave her two mites — this was total giving. She had 
very little, almost nothing compared to the large gifts given by 
the rich, but she gave what she had. Jesus highly commended her 
because she had given all, and had nothing left to live on. She had 
made a commitment to God and she held nothing back. How 
much are you willing to give? All, part, or none? 

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good, but that isn't all that's required of you. The hen gave without 
really getting involved and went merrily on her way. That may look 
like an easy way out, but as a Christian, you can't take the easy 
way out. You must get involved. Christian living is a life of service 
to God and to others and it requires a whole-hearted effort. 

What God wants is your total self. If He has control of you, He'll 
have control of whatever you have and whatever you do. This is 
total involvement and commitment — letting God have His way 
with you. The widow gave her living, Stephen gave his life, Paul 
gave a life of service as well as dying for Christ. What will you 
give? Will you be a "ham giver" or just an "egg"? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

WHEN I . . . . 

When I pray, people say my church is spiritual; 

When I neglect to pray, people say my church is dead. 

When I work, people say my church is growing; 
When I don't work, people say my church is decaying. 

When I lift up the standard, people say my church makes 

a difference; 
When I let down the standard, people say my church has nothing 

to offer. 

When I testify, people say my church has a message; 
When I don't testify, people say we must be ashamed of what 
we believe. 

When I lead a soul to Christ, people say my church is doing 

its duty; 
When I don't lead a soul to Christ, people say something is wrong. 

When I am on time, people say my church holds an important 

place in my life; 
When I am late, people say my church doesn't matter much. 

When I teach a class, people say that religion in our church is vital; 
When I refuse to teach a class, people think that Sunday School 
is a sideline. 

When I attend every service, people say our church means 

business; 
When my place is empty, people say there's not much to our 

religion. 

When I boost my church, people say it must be a wonderful place; 
When I criticize it, people just go away and don't ever come back. 

My church is just what I AM — nothing more — nothing less!!! 

Selected by Brother Timothy Kasza 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

MORALS 

Hear the hissing of the fuse? Run, man! Ten, nine.... kawboom! 
But they didn't get away quickly enough and when the smoke 
cleared, two men lay dead and two were seriously injured. The 
workers had been deceived. They knew they were working with 
dynamite... but they counted on a ten second fuse to give them 
plenty of time to get clear... and they were deceived. 

A lot of young people are deceived when it comes to petting. 
Call it what you want... making out, getting it on, and so forth, it is 
still a deceiver and many people have misjudged the length of the 
physical fuse, only to watch their lives blow up in their faces. 

Biologically, sex is a powerful drive... there are great physical, 
psychological and spiritual forces involved in that drive. The 
trigger mechanism for the guy is his mind. But the girl is triggered 
by the emotions expressed. Putting these forces together is 
volatile. Couples get wrapped up in the physical aspect easily, but 
don't consider the mental, emotional, and spiritual sides. This 
leads to a relationship based solely upon physical reaction rather 
than a well-balanced love that can stand the test of time. 

Petting cheats you of your self-respect and of respect for the 
other person. It deceives because it ties the two involved so 
closely together that they are unable to learn to adjust and 
socialize on a date. It also deceives because it leads to 
tremendous physical frustration. Teens are simply adult bodies 
with adolescent heads screwed on them! Therefore, you have 
adult capacities, but not adult privileges. This may take some 
shine off of the character, but it is true. 

Petting is not wrong in marriage. It is a God-given and beautiful 
experience in the right place. Water in a glass to quench your 
thirst is in its proper place. But take water out of its place, as 
in a flood, and it can be terrible devastating... a curse instead of a 
blessing. It can bring about destruction. So it is with petting 
outside of the marriage relationship. 

Sex knows only how to function... you must think for it. Real 
love is concerned about the other person and is expressed relative 
to a relationship with Christ. You MUST develop a Christ-centered 
philosophy of love. 

Don't be deceived into believing that lust is love and that love 
is lust. How can you know the difference? Well, love is 
characterized by a lack of selfishness, it is not self centered, is 
willing to sacrifice and its interest lies in the object of its affection. 
It would rather give than get. Lust is always self centered, selfish, 



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and interested in what it gets rather than what it gives. True love 
never asks the object of its affection to risk reputation, character, 
purity and a relationship with Christ. 

Remember... love involves your entire being, not just the 
physical side of it. 

If Christ is in control of your body, mind and will, you will have 
the control needed to stand true to right principles. Your body 
belongs to Christ and you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. What 
you do physically automatically involves Christ. IF YOU PLAY 
LOOSE, YOU PLAY TO LOSE. Keep petting in its proper place 
and understand God's plan for your happiness and you will live 
successfully and eternally. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 
Quinter, Kansas 



A WORD TO YOUTH 

The Fairly Intelligent Fly 

Once a spider built a beautiful web in an old house. He kept it 
nice and clean and shiny so that flies would patronize it. The 
minute he got a "customer" he would clean up on him so the other 
flies would not get suspicious. 

Then one day this fairly intelligent fly came buzzing by the clean 
spider web. Old man spider called out, "Come in and sit." But the 
fairly intelligent fly said, "No sir, I don't see other flies in your 
house, and I am not going in alone!" 

But presently he saw on the floor below a large crowd of flies 
dancing around on a piece of brown paper. He was delighted! He 
was not afraid if lots of flies were doing it. So he came in for a 
landing. 

But just before he landed, a bee zoomed by saying, "Don't land 
there, stupid! That's flypaper!" But the fairly intelligent fly shouted 
back, "Don't be silly. Those flies are dancing. There's a big crowd 
there. Everybody's doing it. That many flies can't be wrong!" 

So he came in for a landing, flapped down and his feet set. He 
was sure that he was safe doing what so many other flies were 
doing. So he landed — and he got stuck! He wanted to be with the 
crowd more than anything else. But he was only fairly intelligent... 
or hardly that! 

It describes people, too, doesn't it? Some of us want to be with 
the crowd so desperately that we end up in a mess. What does it 
profit a fly (or a person) if he escapes the spider web only to end up 
on the flypaper? 

Selected from Log of Good Ship* Grace 



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LAW AND GRACE 

Romans 10:4 "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness 
to every one that believeth." 

The subject we wish to look at has been debated down through 
the ages. There has been various writings on the subject taking 
many diverse points of view. We do not claim to have the 
knowledge or ability of many of these writers, but we hope we are 
led by the Holy Spirit. We feel very strongly that this subject is the 
cause of much of the confusion in the earthly Church today. 

We believe there are those who would have us follow law rather 
than grace today, which is contrary to scripture. Just about the 
entire book of Galatians deals with this subject. Some, we believe 
in ignorance, are worshipping the false god Saturn because of 
their confusion in this area. There are others who would have you 
observe various eating practices that were given under the law. 
Some even go beyond the law and would have us be vegetarians! 
Paul addresses this problem in Romans 14. As we understand this 
passage of scripture, an individual can follow certain restrictions 
according to his own convictions but he is not to burden others 
with these restrictions. On the other hand, we are to respect the 
individual's convictions when we are in their presence. Just how 
far we are to carry this must be left up to each individual to decide. 

Although those who would have us live under the law causes us 
concern, we are perhaps more concerned about those individuals 
who would have you believe that the New Testament church was 
under the law! Most of these individuals are also very confused 
about following what the law requires concerning war and violence 
in general in place of following the teachings of Jesus Christ and 
the New Testament Church. They yell, "Grace, Grace, Grace," and 
then tell you to live by the Old Testament law! To defend them- 
selves they take scripture entirely out of context and make it say 
something it does not. The fact of the matter is they would make 
scripture contradict itself! The Old and New Testament does not 
contradict, but God has, in His wisdom, given the Church new 
direction! Hebrews 8:7 "For if that first covenant had been 
faultless, then should not place have been sought for the second." 
And verse 13 of this chapter, "In that he (God) saith, A new 
covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and 
waxeth old is ready to vanish away." Why was the first covenant 
not "faultless?" It was given by God Himself so it had to be 
"perfect." And so it was FOR THE TIME IT WAS GIVEN. But, 
Praise God, as we read in Galatians 4:4-5 "BUT WHEN THE 
FULNESS OF THE TIME WAS COME, God sent forth his Son, 
made of woman, under the law, To redeem them that were under 
the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." 



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These same individuals, and today even some who at one time 
called themselves part of the "Plain" people, would have you 
believe that following New Testament teaching is "legalism." One 
of the most obvious areas this is claimed in is the area of dress. 
"What is modest?" is the question raised. The answer, all too 
often, is one that pleases the flesh rather than God! 

In the same area as dress, in general, is the subject of the prayer 
veil as recorded in I Corinthians 11. We would first of all like to 
make two general observations about this subject. First of all, if 
THE HAIR is the covering Paul is referring to, as some interpret 
I Cor. 11:15, then all men should SHAVE their heads! According 
to Bro. Harold Martin, "The Greek word translated 'covering' in 
verse 15 is not the same as the word translated 'covered' in verse 6. 
There is was 'katakalupto' (meaning 'to veil') here it is 'periboliaiou' 
(meaning 'to cast around')." Secondly, up until two hundred years 
ago or so, which is a short time comparatively, ALL 
DENOMINATIONS required that their women wear a head 
covering for worship. It was only when supposedly "new light" 
was given that this was abandoned. II Cor. 11:14 "And no marval; 
for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." We must be 
very careful of "new light" that is supposed to be given to the 
modern church. GOD NEVER GIVES LIGHT CONTRARY TO HIS 
WORD! For those who contend that this was "for Paul's day", if 
this be true then the communion service was also "only for Paul's 
day" since he goes directly into this subject! 

It is also interesting to us that at about the same time the prayer 
veil was dropped as a requirement, such things as women 
preachers and "higher criticism" of the Bible came into vogue. 
When I Cor. 11:3 "But I would have you know, that the head of 
every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man; and the 
head of Christ is God." (Remember Paul was well aware of the fact 
that Jesus Christ was God in the Flesh), is ignored what follows 
will be ignored along with it. What is most perplexing is those who 
claim to believe and follow verse 3 but choose to ignore or 
re-interpret the rest. We might, in love, just mention that men are 
to have their heads uncovered. Therefore, to make a man's hat 
more than a weather covering would be unscriptural. This is not to 
say that the type of hat a man chooses to wear as a weather 
covering can not be a witness to society. 

We would get into many "touchy" areas on this subject, such as 
the "plain coat," (which we choose to wear) but do not feel led in 
this area at this time. Let each of us desire to follow Jesus Christ 
and all His truths. The truths given to the New Testament writers 
CAME FROM JESUS CHRIST! It seems to us it is easier to be 
"emotional" than to be obedient. It is easier to declare ourselves 



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a "fundamentalist" than to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ 

which run counter to society. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch Street 
Palmyra, PA 17078 

CHRISTIAN LIVING 

Whatever you think, both in joy and in woe, 

Think nothing you would not want Jesus to know. 
Whatever you say in a whisper or clear, 

Say nothing you would not want Jesus to hear. 
Whatever you sing in the midst of your glee, 

Sing nothing God's listening ear would displease. 
Whatever you write with haste or with heed, 

Write nothing you would not want Jesus to read. 
Whatever you read, though the page may allure, 

Read nothing, unless you are perfectly sure 
Consternation would not be seen in your look, 

If Christ should say, solemnly, "Show me that book." 
Wherever you go, never go where you would fear 

God's question being asked you, "What doest thou here?" 

Selected 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 15, 1923 

ELDER D. E. PRICE 

Grant Mahan 

Since reading of the death of Bro. D. E. Price I have thought 
much of the times when I knew him well: it hardly seems possible 
that more than two score years have passed since then, but so it is. 
One by one God is calling His servants home. Few live to be older 
than he was when called. 

Right on the start I wish to say that my first opinion of Bro. Price 
was not what it became afterwards; no doubt this was largely due 
to what then seemed to be his severity, and to my youth. He was 
blunt and outspoken, which sometimes led persons to misjudge 
him. This early opinion did not remain with me long, for I soon 
learned to know him better and to esteem him for the man he was, 
for the doctrine he taught, and for the life he lived. 

I never knew a man who stood more firmly for what he believed 
to be the right. I remember once especially, before the time when 
Mt. Morris went "dry" for good. The wet forces were striving with 
might and main to carry the election so that they could have a 



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saloon in town again. Two of us who were in the College were very 
anxious, for we feared that if the wets won it would have a bad 
effect on the school and the young men who attended. We wanted 
every man who favored temperance to get out and vote. The 
evening before the election we went to talk the matter over with 
Bro. Price. He talked pleasantly, listening to our arguments, but 
would not give his promise to go to the polls and vote against the 
wet candidate. He did, however, promise to think over it and pray 
over it, and said he would do as he believed was right. And with 
that we had to be content. We watched to see what he would do, 
and we saw nothing of him; he did not go to the polls. As it turned 
out, the "drys" won the election, and he remained true to his 
convictions. Anyone who knew him well would not expect him to 
do anything else. We know he prayed for the cause, and who shall 
say how much influence his prayers had for the right? 

In those days another thing that troubled us who were in the 
school was his feeling that the schools would prove harmful to the 
church. More than once we talked the matter over, but he was 
always the same. Once he said to me that it would be better for 
those who wanted more education to go to other schools and get it 
than for the schools to come into the church, bringing the things 
which had no place there. And yet he did not oppose those who 
wanted to attend the school. Several of his own children went to 
the school, and he always took a warm interest in the young, 
realizing that it would not be long until they would be called to take 
the places of the fathers and mothers who worked with him in the 
church. 

In May, 1898, the cyclone which passed south of Mt. Morris 
damaged his house on the farm to some extent, and the members 
wished to do something to help him bear the loss. It fell to my lot 
to call upon the members after it had been decided that something 
should be done and all should be given an opportunity. I do not 
now recall that anyone was unwilling to do what he felt he could to 
help. I wished then, and I have wished since, that the ones who 
gave could have seen his expression when I took the amount and 
gave it to him. His heart was tender, and he was much more 
affected by the gift than he had been by the loss. 

He lived just across the street from the Campus when we lived in 
the Ladies' Dormitory, and many a time I went across to talk things 
over with him. He was a good friend in time of need, when one felt 
like going to an older man in whom full confidence could be 
placed. And when he told one something it was sure to be just 
what he believed. That was one of his most striking character- 
istics, to speak always the thing which he believed was right. He 
might be mistaken sometimes, for no man is perfect, but he was 



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never insincere. He did not speak rashly, without thinking; and 
when he had thought a matter out and arrived at a conclusion he 
stood by it, no matter what men or what influences might stand in 
opposition — none of these things moved him. He wanted to know 
the right, and after he knew it he had the courage of his con- 
victions to go ahead and do it. 

Yes, Bro. Price has gone over to the other side, where so many of 
the faithful ministers of the church have gone in recent years. 
Who will take the place that he held? Who will stand faithful for 
the church, opposing the worldly influences that are coming upon 
us now even more than they were in his best days? These are 
critical times. Faithful men, true men, strong men, are needed. He 
did not seek to know the popular side so that he could take his 
stand there; but he sought earnestly, prayerfully, to know the right 
side. That was all he wanted to know, and it is all any sincere man 
will seek to know. Numbers do not count with God. The question 
is not as to who is on my side, but whether I am on God's side. That 
is all that we need be concerned about. Popularity sometimes 
seems to be profitable, and unpopularity is something that is 
shunned more than evil. And yet even a little child knows that to be 
right is really better than to be popular. 

We are always glad to remember the influence of a sincere man 
upon our lives, and sorry to remember that of the insincere man, 
for we know that the one has made us better, while the other has at 
least tempted us to become worse than we naturally are. We 
need, the world needs, men of convictions; we have too many men 
of opinions. In these days it takes courage to have convictions and 
stand up for them, and this is true even in the church. Brethren 
and Sisters, in these days are censured by the church sometimes 
for standing firm for the very principles for which the church has 
stood, lo, these many years. Where and what will the end be for 
us? May God send us leaders eager to learn the right and strong 
and courageous to do the right. We need more of the spirit of 
Joshua — let others choose whom they will serve, "but as for me 
and my house, we will serve the Lord." Thanks be to God that a 
number of such men have come into my life, and of these the 
influence of Bro. D. E. Price was far from being the least. 



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If your prayers are always distress signals, then God is only a 
lifeguard. 



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TOO BUSY 

We live in a busy age. In times past people were able to take 
time for the salvation of their souls. Today, with both adalts 
working in many homes, and with radio, television, and other 
amusements rampant in our society, the souls of man are sadly 
ignored by society. How can the call of God be heard over the 
constant blare of Disco music, commercials, and video games of 
every description? People today feel the need to keep every 
waking hour filled to the brim with a steady drone of noise. Yet the 
scripture says, we should study to be quiet and do our own 
business and work with our own hands. (I Thess. 4:11) This busy 
world is shutting out the Spirit of the Lord because the Devil has 
taken control of the air waves and thought patterns of men and 
women. How can a man heed the call of the Saviour when he does 
not permit himself to be alone with his own thoughts? 

Likewise, the Church, if we are not careful, can get too busy 
with our programs and purposes and ignore the souls of men. We 
should never be too busy to visit a sick brother or sister. We should 
never be too busy to drop what we are doing and go do the work of 
the Lord. We should always be ready to pray, to be instant in 
season and out of season. When the Church becomes completely 
unselfish with its time, talent, and money, then God is glorified. But 
if Christians spend the bulk of their time chasing the almighty 
dollar, just like the world does, then how can the Lord's work get 
done? For us, this lesson was difficult to learn, but once all the 
trappings of the world were laid down, how sweet this liberty 
became to us. 

Many of us first consider the security of a good job before we 
think of God's love and concern for us. We get too busy with 
earning bread that will perish to be instant in season and out of 
season. We get too caught up with our earthly mansions to be able 
to go where the needs are. How can we go and teach all nations 
when we are tied down with twenty-five year mortgages, car 
payments, and the like? I believe we all should soberly think of the 
time and energy other Brethren give up for us so that we could 
enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Shouldn't we be ready to spend 
time for others in like manner, or are we just too busy? 

Your Correspondence appreciated: 
Brother L. H. Miller 
RD2 Box 572 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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THE IMPORTANCE OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 

The Church is of high origin. It is of God. It is of priceless 
value. Its establishment cost the blood of Christ. It is held in high 
esteem, for Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. 
Eph. 5:25. The Church is the Kingdom of God, and His Kingdom is 
an everlasting Kingdom. 

"Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no 
end." Isa. 9:7. 

It is important to become a member of the Church, for in the 
Church is salvation. We have no promise of salvation out of it. We 
get into the Church through Christ. We cannot enter in any other 
way. 

"By me if any man enter in he shall be saved." John 10:9. We 
enter the Church in Christian baptism and if we are in Christ we 
are in the Church. "For as many of you as have been baptized into 
Christ have put on Christ." Gal. 3:27. "And this is the record, that 
God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that 
hath the Son hath life and he that hath not the Son of God hath not 
life." I John 5:11-12. 

We are sinners, Christ is Righteous 

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is 
not in us." I John 1:8. "There is none righteous, no not one. There- 
fore we need to be planted together with Christ we are made 
righteous in and through Him." Romans 3:10. 

"And if the root be holy, so are the branches." Romans 1:16. 

"By one Spirit we are all baptized into one body." I Cor. 12:13. 

Jesus answered, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee except a man be 
born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of 
God." John 3:5. 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever beiieveth in him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life." John 3:16. 

"And ye know that he was manifest to take away our sins, and in 
him is no sin. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for 
his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of 
God." I John 3:5-9. 

"God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." I John 1:5. 

"For ye are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God." 
Col. 3:3. 

We must therefore denounce our ways which cannot meet Gods 
standard of righteousness and let us trust and be hid in Christ. 

The battle is then no longer ours. "He is able to keep that which 
I've committed unto Him against that day." II Tim. 1:12. 



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Jesus tells us in Matt. 16:18, "Up on this rock I will build my 
Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." 

Sinner if you believe the word of God and you have not yet been 
saved this is good news for you. You too can be born of the water 
and of the Spirit into the family of God and be partaker, both of His 
death for your sins, and of His righteousness for life everlasting. 
"Why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy 
sins calling on the name of the Lord." Acts 22:16. 
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." Mark 16:16. 

Brother Isaac Stoll 
5605 Alta Vista St. 
Sarasota, Florida 33582 



MARRIAGE 

STUMP - EBERLY 

Sis. Marie Stump, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Paul Stump, of 
Union, Ohio and Bro. Steve Eberly, son of Bro. and Sis. Mark 
Eberly, of Bethel, Pennsylvania, were united in Holy Matrimony, 
August 6, 1983 at the Englewood Dunkard Brethren Church. After 
a sermon brought by Bro. David Kegerreis, Bro. Paul Stump 
performed the ceremony. 

The couple's new address will be: 5603 Sweet-Potato Ridge 
Road, Union, Ohio 45322. 



• •••••• 

To let go, is surrender. To let God, is belief. 

• •• • ••• 

Garments of righteousness never go out of style. 

God's promises shine brightest in the darkness. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR NOVEMBER, 1983 
EARS TO HEAR 



Memory Verse: Jer. 35:15 
I have sent also unto you all my 
servants the prophets, rising up 
early and sending them, saying, 
Return ye now every man from 
his evil way, and amend your 
doings, and go not after other 
gods to serve them, and ye shall 
dwell in the land which I have 
given to you and to your fathers: 
but ye have not inclined yourear, 
nor hearkened unto me. 

Tues. 1 - Jer. 35:1-19 

Wed. 2 - Jer. 36:1-19 

Thur. 3 - Jer. 36:20-32 

Fri. 4 - Jer. 44:1-14 

Sat. 5 - Jer. 44:15-30 



Memory Verse: Eze. 3:10 
Moreover he said unto me, Son of 
man, all my words that I shall 
speak unto thee receive in thine 
heart, and hear with thine ears. 

Sun. 6 - Lam. 3:1-36 

Mon. 7 - Lam. 3:37-66 

Tues. 8 - Eze. 3:1-27 

Wed. 9 - Eze. 8:1-18 

Thur. 10 - Eze. 9:1-11 

Fri. 11 - Eze. 12:1-28 

Sat. 12 - Eze. 24:1-27 



Memory Verse: Eze. 12:2 
Son of man, thou dwellest in the 
midst of a rebellious house, 
which have eyes to see, and see 
not; they have ears to hear, and 
hear not: for they are a rebel- 
lious house. 

Sun. 13 - Eze. 44:1-14 

Mon. 14 - Eze. 44:15-31 

Tues. 15 - Dan. 9:1-27 

Wed. 16 - Hos. 5:1-15 

Thur. 17 - Joel 1:1-20 

Fri. 18 - Zee. 7:1-14 

Sat. 19 - Matt. 11:1-15 



Memory Verse: Dan. 9:18 
O my God, incline thine ear, and 
hear; open thine eyes, and 
behold our desolations, and the 
city which is called by thy name: 
for we do not present our suppli- 
cations before thee for our 
righteousnesses, but for thy 
great mercies. 

Sun. 20 - Matt. 11:16-30 

Mon. 21 - Matt. 13:1-23 

Tues. 22 - Matt. 13:24-43 

Wed. 23 - Matt. 13:44-58 

Thur. 24 - Hab. 3:1-19 

Fri. 25 - Mark 4:1-20 

Sat. 26 - Mark 4:21-41 

Memory Verse: Matt. 13:16 
But blessed are your eyes, for 
they see: and your ears, for they 
hear. 

Sun. 27 - Mark 7:1-23 

Mon. 28 - Mark 7:24-37 

Tues. 29 - Mark 8:1-21 

Wed. 30 - Mark 8:22-38 

Memory Verses: Mark 8:17 & 18 
And when Jesus knew it, he said 
unto them, Why reason ye, 
because ye have no bread? 
perceive ye not yet, neither 
understand? have ye your heart 
yet hardened? Having eyes, see 
ye not? and having ears, hear ye 
not? and do ye not remember? 

Thanksgiving Hab. 3:17 & 18 
Although the fig tree shall not 
blossom, neither shall fruit be in 
the vines; the labour of the olive 
shall fail, and the fields shall 
yield no meat; the flock shall be 
cut off from the fold, and there 
shall be no herd in the stalls: 
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I 
will joy in the God of my 
salvation. 



Lester Fisher 

4654 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, OH 45313 



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VOL. LXI 



NOVEMBER 1, 1983 



NO. 21 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LOVE IS THE FOUNTAIN 

Love is the fountain whence 

All true obedience flows; 

The Christian serves the God he loves, 

And loves the God he knows. 

He treads the heav'nly road, 

And neither faints nor tires; 

That gen'rous love which warms his breast 

With fortitude inspires. 

No burden seems so great, 
No task so hard appears, 
But this he cheerfully performs, 
And that he meekly bears. 

May love — that shining grace — 
O'er all my pow'rs preside; 
Direct my thoughts, suggest my words, 
And ev'ry action guide! 

- Isaac Watts 



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ON THE BRINK 

The New Testament not only issues forth God's call to the lost 
but also gives the rules for living for Christians. The Gospel 
sounded forth very strongly through the words and deeds of Jesus 
and His followers. Jesus also spoke of the different kind of life His 
followers were to live. Their lives were to be in sharp contrast to 
the lives of those who followed other religious beliefs of that day or 
our own. This theme is continued throughout the New Testament. 

This theme is emphasized in Hebrews 10:22-39. There the 
thought of Christian stedfastness is presented. It is especially 
written to those who may be on the brink of giving up their 
Christian life and belief. Many conditions and circumstances may 
enter people's lives which cause them to pause in their Christian 
lives and ponder giving up. Sickness, poverty, ridicule, criticism, 
misunderstanding, sorrow and many other things depress and 
destroy people's desire to continue the Christian life. While we 
might wish that this were not so, it is. 

In this passage, the futility of giving up is presented, instead the 
writer urges all to a greater constancy. Drawing nearer to God 
causes Satan to flee giving the Christian an opportunity to enjoy 
victory. Satan desires to keep the Christian as far from God as 
possible, which he does through busyness, sin and self desire. 
Even in victory the Christian must beware of Satan's efforts to gain 
the advantage. Even some who have been very strong in the faith 
have been drawn away to the brink. There they teeter on the edge. 
These the writer urges that they reconsider the consequences of 
their decision. 

One of Satan's most deceiving schemes to draw Christians away 
from their constant service is the teaching of eternal security. The 
Christian is in a very secure place in the loving hands of God but 

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he is warned over and over that he must remain in that place to 
retain that security. The plan of salvation is not based on our 
works but establishes our relationship with God through Jesus 
Christ. Our Christian lives maintain that relationship. While God is 
loving and caring and very merciful toward us, He is also just He 
has given us His Word and He will keep not only the promises of 
reward but also of punishment. To presume upon God's mercy 
and grace to cover our sins, done not in ignorance or weakness 
but in open rebellion against His Word is to put ourselves in danqer 
of His Just Judgment. 

Jesus died once as sacrifice for our sins. If we go into willful sin 
feeling that we can again call upon Him to die for our sins we will 
find that there is no more sacrifice. This does not preclude God's 
forgiveness of our daily sins of weakness and ignorance. We have 
the privilege and promise of confessing them and being forgiven 
Here the writer warns of continued, gross sin carried on despite 
better knowledge. 

The theory of eternal security gives people the boldness to live 
their lives according to their desires and the ways of the world yet 
be in full favor with God. This puts them on the brink. Without 
considering the danger they are in, they continue in sin and may 
unexpectedly find themselves where no sacrifice is to be found for 
them. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." 

The writer not only warns those on the brink of the dangers of 
falling but also recalls some of the good times of their past 
Christian service. He speaks of their willingness to bear afflictions 
and persecutions for the cause of Christ. They were willing to 
suffer bodily harm, ridicule and to help those who suffered for the 
cause of Christ. They are reminded of the great illumination that 
came into their lives by the Gospel and the confidence that they 
had in God and their fellow servants. 

Somehow that confidence had been shaken and they were 
poised on the brink. Perhaps they had not made it a habit to be in 
the assembly of the Saints. The meetings of the Church are 
necessary for the Christian's growth and constancy. If he does not 
attend, he loses knowledge of the Word, closeness to God and 
fellowship with fellow believers. 

Patience is needed in the Christian life. Reverses, both temporal 
and Spiritual, do come. If not put in the perspective of a small 
event in a lifetime, they may seem so large so as to destroy faith 
But if they can be endured patiently, then the waiting for the 
fulfillment of God's promise will be easier. 

The writers last word of encouragement is that he alone with 
them "are not of those who draw back into perdition but are of 
them that believe to the saving of the soul." Likewise this is being 



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read, we believe, by those who desire and can with patience 
overcome the temptations and schemes of Satan. If you are on the 
brink, do not forsake Heaven for a few moments of worldly 
pleasure. Be constant, be faithful, be patient. The reward will be 
worth it. 



EVEN THE LITTLE THINGS 

God cares, even about the little things. You know God cares 
when you are at your wit's end and don't know which way to turn. 
You know He cares when someone is seriously ill and death is 
near. You know God cares when your house burns down and you 
lose everything. You also know He cares about your little needs, or 
do you? 

There are big needs and little needs. There are urgent needs and 
some not so urgent. We don't hesitate to bring the big matters to 
God, so why hesitate to pray about the little things? He cares 
about those also and is willing to help us, whatever the problem. 
"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." I Peter 5:7. 
This is all your care, big or little, not just part of it. 

Casting means throwing or flinging, shedding or discarding, 
indicating release. When you throw something, you let go of it, 
and God wants you to let go of your cares. He won't pry them 
away from you, but is waiting for you to give them to Him. 
Whatever your problem, whatever your need, give it to God and let 
Him take care of it. 

Martha asked Jesus to send Mary to help her with the meal. 
Although not a prayer, it was a plea to Jesus for help. We would 
consider it a trivial matter, but Martha was upset and didn't hesitate 
to ask Jesus for help. He didn't grant her request, but neither did 
He ignore her. Instead Jesus directed her to something better, 
giving assurance that He cared. 

God doesn't consider it beneath His dignity to supply our 
everyday needs. He knows that many small cares can pile up and 
become like an overwhelming flood. That is one reason God wants 
to help us, simply because we need Him. The other reason is 
because He loves us. God's love is so great that He is pleased to 
help us, even with the little things. 

"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of 
them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your 
head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value 
than many sparrows." Luke 12:6-7. Compared to human beings, 
sparrows aren't worth much, but God remembers them. Surely 
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"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall 
receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24. Ask what? A big 
thing, or something less important? Jesus didn't say to ask only 
for your big needs, or only for your small ones. He just said you 
are to ask in His name. You may think your need isn't worthy of 
God's consideration, but ask anyhow and let Him decide that. 

We readily seek God's help in urgent matters, possibly because 
it is easy to see and admit our helplessness in such situations. We 
may be just as helpless in less urgent matters, but it is harder to see 
and admit our need. Yet it is often in the small matters where we 
become aware of the deep concern God has for us. 

It is a blessed feeling when you realize that God is interested in 
you personally. Your total welfare is important to Him. The most 
obvious is the provision for salvation, a very personal matter. From 
there, God's care reaches into every area of your life. "God is our 
refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psa. 46:1), 
even in the little things. 

Jesus told us to "ask, seek and knock", to earnestly look to God 
for help and we will receive (see Matt. 7:7-11). At the same time, 
He doesn't want us to worry and fret, as He already knows our 
needs (see Matt. 6:32). Instead there's something better to do. 
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and 
all these things shall be added unto you." Matt. 6:33. Whether 
your need is little, or great, seek God first and all these things shall 
be provided, yes, even the little things. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

TALENTS 

Matt. 25:14-30 

Jesus used many illustrations so the people could understand 
what He meant. He said the Kingdom of Heaven was like a man 
going into a far country who called his servants and delivered unto 
them his goods. To one he gave five talents, to another two and to 
another one. A talent was a measure of a certain amount of 
money. It varied in value as to time and place but a talent was a 
large sum, as large as $30,000 in gold or $6,000 in silver. 

Rich people in those days had servants whom they trusted to 
manage their property and money. Going into a far country took a 
long time. They didn't have automobiles or planes, ships or trains. 
They walked, or rode on camels or donkeys. 



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After a long time the lord of those servants returned and called 
his servants to see what they had gained with the money he had 
left with them. The servant who had received five talents had 
invested his lord's money wisely and had gained another five 
talents. This was pleasing to the master and he said, "Well done, 
thou good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few 
things, I will make you a ruler over many things; enter into the joy 
of your lord." 

The servant who had received two talents gained another two 
and the lord commended him the same as he who had the five. 

The servant who had received only one talent hid his lord's 
money in the earth and returned the talent with no gain. The lord 
of that servant said, "Thou wicked and slothful servant, you could 
at least have put my money with the exchangers and then when I 
came I could have received mine own with interest. Take there- 
fore the talent from him and give to him which hath ten talents. 
For unto everyone that hath shall be given and he shall have 
abundance but unto him that hath not, shall be taken away even 
that which he hath. And cast the unprofitable servant into outer 
darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 

What does Jesus mean to teach us from this illustration? There 
is something here for us to learn. I'm sure we can understand that 
the lord of the servants is Jesus and the servants are those who 
profess to be followers of Jesus. The kingdom of heaven has a 
king and those who believe in Him. Jesus has intrusted His 
believers with many responsibilities. We do not all have the same 
abilities or talents. Everything good that we have is from the Lord: 
our health, our minds, our property and our lives are all loaned to 
us from the Lord. He expects us to use what we have in a way to 
benefit Him. How can we do this? We can tell our children about 
Jesus; we can tell others. We should be enthused with our Lord's 
business to make it most important in our lives. Jesus doesn't 
expect us to do what we can't but He does expect us to do what we 
can. 

If we neglect to do God's will we will be cast away as 
unprofitable servants but if we are faithful over the few things that 
God has given us, He will make us rulers instead of servants and 
we can enter into the joys of our Lord. That will be when we get to 
Heaven. We can see Him face to face — we will be heirs and joint- 
heirs with Jesus and we can live with Him eternally. 

From whom little is given little is required but from whom much 
is given — much is required. Whatever you have it is worth it all to 
live for Jesus. Put your talents to work for Him! 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Three R's 

By the title, you might guess that this is an ex-teacher writing 
this article. But the three R's I will discuss are those that will 
make up the setting for Christian living. 

The first 'R' stands for RACE. The ancient Greeks and people 
of the New Testament times were heavily influenced by athletic 
contests. They were held throughout the Hellenistic world. 

In I Cor. 9:24-27 we see the Christian life related to a race. And 
you will notice two things about this race. First of all, it covers a 
definite distance. In Paul's day it was two hundred yards, but in 
relation to the Christian life it is an illustration of the definite, 
detailed and distinctive plan which the Lord Jesus Christ has 
worked out for each one of you. It is a wonderful thing to know 
that He has such a plan for your life and it should make you want to 
be definite in your planning as well. If God runs your life, you will 
win the race; if you run it, you will lose! 

Second, the race is a demanding one. The competition is stiff 
because, for you as a Christian running the race of the Christian 
life, your opponents are the world with all its attractions, the flesh 
within you, and Satan who tries his hardest to counterfeit God's 
plan for your life. When the competition is stiff you have to play 
harder. Understand that the Christian life is not for sissies; it 
takes a real man or woman to win this race. Be alert to everything 
going on around you. 

The second ( R' stands for the RULES of this race. The thought of 
rules is kind of depressing to many people but they are absolutely 
necessary if you want to be a winner. Every sport has its rules 
and no player can be a winner without keeping them. If you want 
to be a winner in the Christian race you must live the life according 
to God's rules. Paul teaches us in II Tim. 2:5 that we must 
"strive lawfully" to win. 

You will need vigorous, active, self-control of your body to befit 
for this race. You will need to be "goal oriented", that is keeping 
your eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ. And finally, you will need to 
be in subjection to the purposes of the Lord. 

The third 'R' is for REWARD. When the race is over, every 
Christian will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and be judged for 
the kind of life that was lived. "So run, that ye may obtain." Run as 
if there were going to be only one winner and you are going to be 
it. Anything that will hinder you should be shunned; everything 
that helps must be mastered and persued. You will not just receive 
a "laurel wreath crown" as a winner in this race, but you will 
receive many crowns and most of all, you will receive eternal life 
with Jesus in the wonderful mansions of Heaven. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



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THE IMPORTANCE OF A DAILY DEVOTIONAL LIFE 

We cannot sufficiently emphasize the need for a regular, daily 
time of prayer and Bible reading. This is the strength and 
backbone of the Christian life. Nothing pours lifeblood into the 
soul of the Christian like a time alone with God and His Word. 

We see several phases in the devotional life of the child of God. 
The most visible phase is the church service. This is necessary to 
receive the spoken word and to fellowship with like faithful 
Brethren. It is also important to have family devotions. This 
strengthens the relationship between family members and instills 
the word into the hearts of each one. It is particularly important for 
young children. But the foundation of these two phases as well as 
the framework for the entire structure is the personal prayer and 
Bible reading of each individual. Do not neglect it. We want to 
stress the importance of a regular time. Early morning is best, 
when a person is the freshest. We also want to stress purposeful 
study, not just jumping around through the Book, but studying 
either verse by verse or topic by topic. I personally keep a 
notebook so I can write down the important things learned to 
remember later. Another important aspect is purposeful prayer. 
"Around-the-world" prayers may be alright, but I believe God 
wants us to talk to Him about our concerns. Loved ones, personal 
matters, anything that affects us is important to Him. The purpose 
of the Christian life here on earth is to honor and glorify God and 
lead others to Him. Nothing better equips the Christian for service 
in this warfare than a personal, quiet, regular, successful time of 
fellowship each day with our Lord. When you establish such a 
time, you will soon find that every phase of your Christian walk will 
be changed. Your prayers will gain motivation, and you will 
experience a real interest in the Word of God. You will find a solid 
foundation in a time of trouble. You will find yourself hungering 
for the salvation of souls. 

Brother L. H. Miller 
RD 2, Box 572 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

• •#•##• 

A Christian should not follow the crowd, but rather show them 
the way. 

• •••#•• 

Rivers and men get crooked by following the line of least 
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WORSHIPPING PAGAN IDOLS 

Romans 1:22-23, "Professing themselves to be wise they 
became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God 
into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four- 
footed beasts, and creeping things/' 

According to a report we read by an individual who attended at 
the latest gathering of the World Council of Churches they erected 
a totem pole at one of the worship sessions. The report went on to 
say that the totem pole was representative of the "evolution of 
religion." The fact that the totem pole is an object used in pagan 
religion and we consider theisitic evolution to be a pagan teaching 
causing us to think of a recent study we had done. 

We found it very interesting that every day of the week is named 
after a pagan god. We found that every "god" mentioned could be 
applied to pagan worship within the earthly church. We expect the 
"world" to follow pagan gods but when the earthly church does so 
it should cause all Christians concern. 

Sunday is named after the Sun god. This is, perhaps the favorite 
"god" of the earthly church. Part of pagan worship, in many cases 
is the removal of clothing for worship. How many church members 
undress to lie down under the sun? It has been proven that a partly 
nude body is more stimulative to the human eye than a completely 
nude one, as far as continual looks and thoughts are concerned 
Monday is named after the Moon god. The moon is often 
associated with romance and sexual exploits. In Hebrews 134 we 
read, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled- but 
whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." This is a time when 
the earthly church is condoning such things as homosexuality and 
lesbianism. Some groups are also saying extra-marital affairs are 
alright in certain situations. Some even go so far as to condone 
incest. A recent church statement said that elderly couples who 
would lose income could live together without benefit of marriage 
Divorce and remarriage is becoming altogether acceptable in 
many church gatherings. 'Till death do us part" is considered 
outdated, and is replaced with "as long as we both shall LOVE." 
Tuesday is named after the god of war. While there is not one 
New Testament verse that teaches that a Christian is allowed to 
(much less must) kill a fellow human being, many so called "Bible 
believing Christians" encourage their fellow Christians to take up 
arms when necessary. The other extreme is the teaching of 
political pacifism, which makes peace into a "god" in place of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

Wednesday is named after the chief Germanic god This 
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answered, 'We have no king but Caesar.' ". There are those today 
who worship their country, it seems especially in America, on the 
same level as they give worship to our Lord Jesus Christ! They 
wave the national flag in their churches and condemn those who 
refuse to do so. They make all the "founding fathers" to be "saints" 
when they, in fact, were disobedient to the Holy Bible. We are not 
the ones to judge if they were Christians or not, but they certainly 
were not obedient to the teachings of Jesus Christ. When 
individuals insist on mixing politics and Christianity they create 
an impossible-to-reconcile situation. 

Thursday is named after the Norse god of thunder, war and 
strength. We covered most of these thoughts under Tuesday's 
"god." We might mention that when we decided we can do all 
things through OUR strength, as humanism (the basic goodness of 
man) teaches, we are letting ourselves open to a false god. 

Friday is named after the goddess Frig. This reminds us of the 
modern "women's lib" movement within the earthly church. 
I Cor. 1 1 :3 "But I would have you know, that the head of every man 
is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of 
Christ is God." Jesus Christ was equal with the Father. So this 
verse is not talking about equality. It is talking about the natural 
order God has ordained. A man is given more RESPONSIBILITY 
not greater worth. This is one area where the ideas of man have 
replaced the teaching of the Word of God. 

Saturday is named after Saturn the god of agriculture. Agri- 
culture reminds us of making a living. How many in the earthly 
church have put money before God? Do we really look to him to 
supply our every need? Does His work suffer while we'live in nice 
homes and drive expensive cars? Another thought on this subject 
is the idea that some have thought that being a farmer is somehow 
a way to please God. While we have deep respect for farmers and 
feel this is one of the best ways to raise a family, we do not believe 
they have a special position with God. 

In summary, we feel that the Lord Jesus Christ has been put on 

an equal level with false gods within the earthly church. Let us 

repent and desire to put Him on the high level He deserves. If you 

have never accepted salvation through His shed blood this is your 

only hope for Heaven. To those who say "works" have nothing to 

do with salvation we would say it depends if you are talking about 

HUMAN works or obedience to Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:21 "Not 

every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the 

Kingdom of heaven: but he that DOETH the will my Father which is 

in heaven." n _ _ , .. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch Street 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 1, 1923 

HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE 

B. E. Kesler 

In these times of independent thinking and of insubordination 
to the rightful rule and authority of those whom the Holy Spirit has 
set apart to preserve the purity and identity of the church, there is 
danger of failing to have a proper conception of our relation to 
those in authority in the church, by virtue of their official position. 

This is especially true in our relation to the eldership, or over- 
seers who are supposed to have an eye single to the purity of the 
church and the loyalty of the membership to Christ and the 
church. This danger has always existed and will continue to exist, 
to a greater, or a lesser degree, which will be indicated by our 
loyalty, or disloyalty to the principles and practices which were 
characteristic of the church until very recent years. 

This is but to be expected. It is in fulfillment of prophecy. Now, 
"the Spirit saith expressly that in the later times some shall fall 
away from the faith", and gives the reason why they shall do so, 
"giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons." I Tim. 
4:1. It is this falling away from the faith that has led to this spirit of 
insubordination to rule and authority. It is quite common now to 
hear elders say, "we deplore conditions as they are, but we can't do 
anything." Elders do not want to "lord it over God's heritage", and 
because of "unruly spirits" they can no longer preserve the church, 
and conditions grow worse continually. As has been expressed 
"we are not even congregational any more but individual in matters 
of discipline." Every one a law unto himself seems to be the 
condition now, and all because of failing to heed the exhortation of 
the Spirit; "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of 
double honor, especially those who labor in the word and 
doctrine." I Tim. 5:17. And "we beseech you, brethren, to know 
them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and 
admonish you." I Thess. 5:12. 

Some will say, u O yes, we know things are not what they should 
be, nor what we would like them to be, but what is the remedy? 
How can we change conditions for the better?" 

The remedy is easy: "Withdraw yourselves from every brother 
that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition ye received of 
us." You are not supposed to hold in membership nor to fellow- 
ship the disorderly. All that is needed is to take God's way for it 
and purge the church of the disorderly and the worldliness they 
have brought into the church. 



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Another danger here is, that we may not accord due reverence to 
faithful elders on whom rests the burden of keeping the church in 
line with gospel principles. This danger was seen long ago by the 
greatest of the apostles. Hear him: "Remember them that had the 
rule over you, men that spake unto you the word of God; and 
considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith." Heb. 13:7. 
Honor to whom honor is due. But with our modern self esteem, 
"puffed up" with our supposed superior knowledge it is hard for us 
to "remember" the fathers of the past and give them honor due 
them, and still harder is it for us to "consider their lives and imitate 
their faith." And harder still is it for us to "esteem them very highly 
for their work's sake." By virtue of our modern self-esteem and 
self-conceit we are emboldened to pass by, lightly, the faith of the 
fathers and without hesitancy relegate them to the scrap-heap as 
too antiquated to be worthy to be "remembered" or "considered" 
in this age of learning progress. Just think of the modern D.D.'s, 
Ph.D's, L.L.D.'s and so on, subscribing to the system of ethics of 
the code of laws and doctrine and the childlike faith of those men. 
How humiliating to our long-handled-named men to allow such 
men as James Quinter, John Umsted, R. H. Miller, Sr., D. Hayes or 
even A. Mack himself, to formulate a system of faith and practice 
for them! 

Just imagine, if possible, yourself back in the days of those men, 
in a modern $30,000 or $40,000 Brethren church with a fashion- 
able young lady with no marks of a Sister pounding away at a 
lifeless instrument in a hopeless effort to pump out praise to God 
in the assembly of the saints! This will show the contrast between 
then and now; between the idea of worship in their day and ours. 

Then, too, think of any of those men accepting a salary for 
preaching the gospel! Or, if possible, think of any of them 
presiding over a council in which a woman was licensed to preach! 
This will help us see how little we "remember" them and how little 
we "consider their lives and imitate their faith." What other 
application we can make of this passage (Heb. 13:7) without 
wresting the scriptures? But there is another teaching in the 
verses following this one that we want to notice, in another article. 
In the meantime let us study this prayerfully and look up that other 
teaching and be prepared for it when it appears in print. 

At the same time let us give due honor and reverence to our 
faithful elders of today whose hearts are burdened and whose 
souls are cast down and whose grief is unbounded at the worldli- 
ness that is destroying the church, and driving spirituality out of its 
membership. 



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MARRIAGES 

CASS - JOHNS 

Sister Melanie Cass, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Walter Cass, 
Leesport, Pennsylvania and Bro. Arthur Johns, son of Bro. and Sis' 
David Johns, Lancaster, Pennsylvania were united in marriage 
June 25, 1983 at the Lititz Reception Center by Bro. Jack Snyder 
after a sermon by Elder Lavern Keeney. 

The couple's address is 150 Ashlea Gardens, Apt. 126, New 
Holland, Pennsylvania 17557. 

HEARN - NOECKER 

Sister Wanda Hearn, Rabesonia, Pennsylvania, daughter of 
Elwood Hearn and the late Sis. Fannie Hearn and Bro. Gerald 
Noecker, son of Mrs. Florence Noecker, Bernville, Pennsylvania 
were united in marriage July 30, 1983 by Elder James Kegerreis at 
the home of Bro. and Sis. Harold Keeney. 

The couple's address is Box 186 R#1, Bernville, Pennsylvania 
19506. 

BOLTZ - NOECKER 

Miss Carla Boltz, Landingville, Pennsylvania and Bro. Andrew 
Noecker, son of Bro. and Sis. Paul Noecker, Sr., Orwigsburg, 
Pennsylvania, were united in marriage August 13, 1983 by Elder 
David Ebling at Bro. Ebling's home. 

The couple's address is R#1, Auburn, Pennsylvania 17922. 

WAMPLER - BECK 

Sis. Dawn Wampler, daughter of Sis. Renee Wampler, Bethel, 
Pennsylvania and the late Bro. Leonard Wampler and Bro. Justin 
Beck, son of Bro. and Sis. Frank Beck, Bernville, Pennsylvania 
were united in marriage September 3, 1983 at the Bethel Dunkard 
Brethren Church by Bro. Jack Snyder after a sermon by Bro. David 
Kegerreis. 

The couple's address is Box 1348 R#1, Bethel, Pennsylvania 
19507. 



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OBITUARIES 

MARTHA WALLACE 

Sister Martha Wallace, widow of the late Bro. John E. Wallace, 
died at the Hubbard Hill Retirement Home, June 3, 1983. She was 
born November 28, 1893, daughter of Ezra and Sarah Loucks. She 
lived in the Goshen area all her life. She was a faithful member of 
the Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Surviving are three children, a son Paul, Goshen; Mrs. Albert 
(Meriam) Pletcher, Goshen and Vera Abel, Elkhart; ten grand- 
children; fifteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Dell Weaver, 
Goshen. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. 

Funeral services were held June 7, 1983 at the Yellow Creek 
Mennonite Church by Bro. Melvin Roesch, assisted by Bro. Berton 
Smith. Burial was in Yellow Creek Cemetery. 

EARL BRUBAKER 

Bro. Earl S. Brubaker, was born to William and Amanda (Baker) 
Brubaker in Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana on June 29, 
1906. 

On September 15, 1928 he was married to Leota May Cline of 
Howard County at the home of Sherman Kendall. To this union 
was born four children: Letha Mahler, Millersburg, Indiana; 
Charles Brubaker, Logansport, Indiana; Darrell Brubaker, 
Kokomo, Indiana; Darlene Rockenbough, Marion, Montana. 

Other survivors are a sister, Mrs. Ethel Way, Lake Havasu, 
Arizona; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a 
number of nieces and nephews. 

He was a charter member of the Dunkard Brethren Church in 
Plevna. 

He died in his home in Logansport on Tuesday, August 23, 1983 
at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 25 days. 

Most of his earlier married life was spent in the Plevna 
community, but for several years he with his family lived in and 
about Goshen, Indiana. 

Funeral services were conducted on August 26, 1983 at 10:00 
A.M. by Elder Harley Rush, assisted by Bro. Leonard Wertz. 

Burial was in the Kendall Cemetery, north of Plevna. 

Death — What Is It? 

We think of death as ENDING 
For the Christian it is a glorious BEGINNING. 

We think of it as GOING AWAY; 
But it is really a wondrous ARRIVING. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Elder Dean St. John is Elm Street Strvker 
Ohio 43557. ' 

SUNDAY SCHOOL MATERIAL 
The Bible Study Board hopes to have leaflets ready soon for use 
by the Primary classes. They will have a picture on one side and a 
story on the other. 

Those who wish to use these write to: William Carpenter 8012 
Cavender St., Morenci, Michigan 49256. Please state number 
needed. 

There is no charge for these, but a contribution to the Bible 
Study Board will be greatly appreciated. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 
The Pleasant Home Congregation plans to hold their Fall 
Lovefeast on Saturday, November 12, 1983, the Lord willing There 
will also be services on Sunday. 
All are welcome. Please come and join us. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 
GOSHEN, INDIANA 
The Goshen Congregation plans to hold Communion Services 
on Saturday, November 12, the Lord willing. There will be an after- 
noon service at 2 p.m. with the Communion Service Saturday 
evening at 7 p.m. We invite all who can to come and be with us. 

Sister Cheryl Pletcher, Cor. 
LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Lord has once again blessed us with inspiring and soul 
searching messages in our series of meetings, September 11 
through September 25. 

Bro. Dennis St. John's sincerity in bringing the gospel has 
brought some mountain top experiences. 

We were happy to have Sis. Donna and their three daughters 
with us. May God be with Bro. Dennis and his family as he labors 
for the Lord. 

Although we were only blessed with two visiting ministers for 
our Lovefeast Service October 16, we were well fed with spiritual 
food. Elder Eldon Mallow and Bro. Paul Hartz were with us. Bro 
Hartz officiated in the evening. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



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Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R, Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
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McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
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8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

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Newberg, Oregon 97132 
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York, PA 17403 
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BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

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McClave, Colorado 81057 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

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8012 Cavender Street 
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Harrisburg, Virginia 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

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McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

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Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John 

Rt. 1 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

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Hughson, CA 95326 

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512 Garfield 

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Minburn, Iowa 50167 

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Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
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Minburn, Iowa 50167 
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Quinter, Kansas 67752 
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R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

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VOL. LXI 



NOVEMBER 15, 1983 



NO. 22 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



OUR HELPER, GOD 

Our helper, God, we bless thy name, 
Whose love forever is the same; 
The tokens of thy gracious care 
Begin, and crown, and close the year. 

Amid ten thousand snares we stand, 
Supported by thy guardian hand; 
And see, when we review our ways, 
Ten thousand monuments of praise. 

Thus far thine arm has led us on; 
Thus far we make thy mercy known; 
And while we tread this desert land, 
New mercies shall new songs demand. 

Our grateful souls, on Jordan's shore, 
Shall raise one sacred pillar more; 
Then bear, in thy bright courts above, 
Inscriptions of immortal love. 



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OUR NATIONAL BLESSINGS 

While we should be thankful every day for our manifold 
blessings, it is easier for us to think of them at this time of year. 
We are encouraged by the atmosphere of Thanksgiving to give 
more thought to our benefits. We can easily name and number the 
regular every day gifts He has given us. Some of our blessings are 
not so evident so they demand some thought and study before we 
realize what they mean to us. 

We have been highly favored by God by being allowed to live in 
the United States. There are very few other countries in the world 
where we could enjoy the privileges we have here. Although we 
are as "strangers and pilgrims" here, we still enjoy many benefits 
of American citizenship. Paul was not adverse to using his Roman 
citizenship, so we should not be ashamed of our country either. 
As citizens we not only have many freedoms and privileges but 
also responsibilities. We are given the duty of praying for our 
governmental leaders. The President, Congressmen and 
governors have great responsibilities, which they too often try to 
fulfill through earthly, political understanding. So they need our 
prayers that they might yield themselves to Heavenly wisdom. 
We also must live godly lives that are above the reproach of the 
government. The greatest good we can do for our country is not in 
bearing arms and giving our physical lives. That good is ac- 
complished through prayer and righteous living. 

We have many privileges concerning our worship. We are able 
to meet at our desired times to hold services. We can conduct our 
services according to our own concept as we understand true 
Biblical worship. We can print and distribute this paper with 
prior censorship. We can send petitions and resolutions to our 



THE BIBLE MONITOR NOVEMBER 15, 1983 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 

Brethren Church in the plant of Glanz Lithographing Co., Rt. 4, 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567. 

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43567. 

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17403 
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government, when our conscience is offended. These privileges 
are no small thing in a world where true worship is mostly 
regulated or denied. We should exercise these privileges If we do 
not we may lose them. Also our use of them is for country's as well 
as for own benefit. 

We do not live in a theocracy like Israel in the Old Testament 
We have separation of the church and state. Our ancestor's 
enemies were the established churches. Because our forefathers 
were at odds with the teachings and practices of the established 
churches, whether Catholic or Protestant, they were punished by 
the government. We do not want the state to dictate to the Church 
neither should we desire to run the government. The two responsi- 
bilities are not compatible therefore neither should we try to 
lecture or lobby our government into establishing our teachings as 
state doctrine nor should we be under the state's power or use the 
state's power to promote us above others. By staying clear of 
political involvement, we are not guilty of crossing that line of 
separation between the church and the government. 

Governments may not be or do as we would desire But it is not 
for us to reform or reshape them. Our duty is to pray for the 
leaders and live righteously. While we greatly appreciate the 
privileges we have in our country, we must remember that 
Christianity has existed under persecution during its entire history 
Christianity and America are not synonymous. 

We should be thankful for the heritage our forefathers have left 
us With the recent events that have involved the United States in 
military hostilities, we need to remember the stand of our fore- 
fathers in similar situations. The Revolutionary War provided a 
difficult dilemna to our ancestors. They felt a loyalty to the King of 
England, yet they were sympathetic to the aims of the rebellinq 
colonies. Many of the members were mistreated because their 
motives were misunderstood. Elder Christopher Sauer was the 
leader of the Brethren who was most particularly harassed He 
was physically assaulted, harassed and his property confiscated 
Even the pages of unbound Bibles from his print shop were used 
as bedding for the horses of his accusers. The Brethren have been 
vexed during every wartime our nation has gone through The 
persecution has varied and many times was not official govern- 
mental policy but local individuals afflicting those who were 
different because of their lifestyles and beliefs. Our forefathers 
have left us a heritage of religious courage and Christian 
demeanor We would do well to not only be thankful but to 
emulate them also. 

We have so much to be thankful for. We could never number all 
our blessings. These include the blessings of living in this highly 



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favored land of ours. These blessings also give us responsibilities 
toward God and our country. These responsibilities are prayer and 
righteousness. They are needful in our lives as citizens of this land 
and as citizens of the Spiritual Kingdom. Let us be a thankful, 
praying, righteous people. 

EVERYDAY THANKSGIVING 

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings 
each morning, 
Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. 
There are those who are deaf. 
Even though I keep my eyes tightly closed against the morning 
lights as long as possible, 
Thank you, Lord, that I can see. 
There are many who are blind. 
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off the physical effort 
of rising, 
Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. 
There are many who are bedfast. 
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, 
toast is burned, tempers are short, 
Thank you, Lord, for my family. 
There are many who are lonely. 
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in 
the ladies' magazines, and the menu is at times unbalanced, 
Thank you, Lord, for the food we have, 
There are many who are hungry. 
Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, 
Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. 
There are many who have no work. 
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day, and 
wish my modest circumstances were not quite so modest, 
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life. 

- author unknown - 



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BE THANKFUL? FOR WHAT? 

Here you are, down at the bottom of the heap. Your job is gone 
and you're broke, and God says, "Be thankful". For what? Or 
you've had a serious disagreement with your boss and now he 
makes every day miserable. Some of you are sick with no hope of 
recovery, or you are suffering because of severed family relation- 
ships, so what then is there to be thankful for? 

When everything is going well, there are many things to be 
thankful for, but what about when everything goes wrong? Must 
you thank God then too? Yes! A truly thankful heart is always a 
thankful heart, and such thankfulness is not dependent on external 
circumstances. It is rather an attitude within, a spontaneous 
response to God's love for you. 

Many things happen in this life which aren't pleasant. If we 
waited for the good times only to be thankful, we might never be 
thankful. If we consider God's love and His concern for us, we will 
begin to realize that we have reasons to be thankful, whether we 
are rich or poor, sick or well. 

God is love, and He truly loves you. Here is where thankfulness 
begins, when you realize the depth of His love for you. God loved, 
and now loves you enough to provide for your spiritual needs. He 
also loves you enough to provide for your everyday needs. God 
loves you when you are lonely, when you are frustrated. He loves 
you when you are discouraged and feel there's no use trying 
anymore. And He loves you even when you make mistakes. 

Being loved, knowing Someone cares is reason number one to 
be thankful. And God really does care about you. This is evident 
in all He has done for you, all He is now doing, and all He will do in 
the future. Stop and consider these things when you begin to feel 
that you have nothing to be thankful for. 

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in 
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:20. Jesus, our only 
means of salvation, is God's best gift to us. You have every reason 
to be thankful to Him and for Him, even if you can't think of 
anything else you've been blessed with. You should always have a 
thankful heart for what Jesus has done for you. 

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer, and 
supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known 
unto God." Phil. 4:6. All the good things God gives are available 
because He loves us. Because of His love, we don't need to worry 
and be afraid that He will ignore our needs. God wants us to bring 
our needs to Him, with thanksgiving, with confidence that He will 
help us, not with a faithless and unthankful heart. 

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with 



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praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Psa. 100:4. 
Whenever you approach God, be it in private or in public, it should 
be in an attitude of thanksgiving. The children of Israel 
complained alot and God was displeased. So will He be with us if 
we complain. 

Be thankful? Certainly! For what? For God's love! This year at 
Thanksgiving time, make it a point to count your blessings and put 
God's love and mercy at the top of your list. Your problems will 
pale in comparison, and you will have a much better perspective 
on life. A complainer sees only the problem but a grateful person 
sees the power of God which can solve it. Be thankful and God will 
bless you. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

JUDGEMENT DAY 

Matt. 25:31-46 

Jesus is coming again! "When the Son of man shall come in his 
glory and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the 
throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations: 
and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd 
divideth his sheep from his goats." 

We all know the difference between sheep and goats. Sheep are 
innocent, mild, patient and useful; goats are a baser kind of animal 
often unruly and stubborn. A shepherd will let his sheep and goats 
feed in the same pasture but at night will divide them into separate 
folds. Jesus is our shepherd and all nations are all the people from 
Adam on who live or have lived in this same world. 

There is a difference in people just like there is a difference 
between sheep and goats. Some want to help others and live good 
lives for Jesus — others are selfish thinking only of themselves and 
not caring for those around them — especially the poor, the sick, 
the crippled, the neglected. 

And then shall the King say to them on his right hand, "Come ye 
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from 
the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered and ye gave me 
meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink: I was sick and ye visited 
me; I was in prison and ye came unto me." 

How many of us can say we have done all this? But there is 
something else: "Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, 
'Lord, when saw we thee hungry and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave 
thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took tnee in or 
naked and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, 
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Listen to what Jesus says: "And the King shall answer and say 
unto them, 'Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it 
unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto 
me.'" We can serve Jesus by helping others! 

To those on the left Jesus says, "Depart from me, ye cursed into 
everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." The ones 
who were condemned thought they had done so much for Jesus 
but found out that they had not helped anyone unfortunate or sick 
or hungry or thirsty and so forth. "Inasmuch as ye did it not unto 
the least of these, ye did it not unto me." And these shall go away 
into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal. 

Judgement day is coming. We have a lifetime here to serve our 
Jesus. He tells plainly here how we can do it and how effective it 
will be. There will be only two classes of people at that time — the 
saved and the lost. Now is the day of salvation — now is the 
accepted time. 

Regardless of what we do in life and there are many 
commandments that Jesus has given us, we must have a concern 
for others. Jesus says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments 
and a new commandment I give unto you that ye love one 
another." "Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and 
though I give my body to be burned and have not charity, it 
profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long and is kind." 

God is love and He so loved us that He gave His only begotten 
Son that we might be saved. We have received so much love that 
we should spread it around. That is what will make us or break us 
on judgement day! 

Brother Rudy Cover 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"QT" 

QT = Quiet time. QT also equals the formula for successful 
living as a Christian. When you have been with the Lord, people 
can tell it easily. And when you flirt with the world, the same is 
true. The time you spend with the Lord will always show in your 
life. Christ set Himself up as an example when we read in Mark 
1:35, "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he 
went out and departed into a solitary place and there prayed." If 
Christ needed this special time of communion with God, certainly 
we need it too. 

Time alone with God is necessary not only because we need 
help personally but because others need the help we can give them 
in prayer. During the quiet time you can enjoy the privilege of 
exercising your ministry as a priest of God in helping other people. 



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You also need time alone with the Lord in order to get to know 
Him better. The quiet time experience can allow you to do this in 
a way that cannot be experienced by any other means. 

An important rule about any quiet time is to do what is best for 
you personally. It may be done in the morning or at evening or 
even mid day. This depends when you are most alert and have the 
opportunity for the closest communion with God. 

It is also important that you have it regularly. I believe it is more 
effective to spend even only ten minutes a day alone with the Lord 
than an hour once a week. This makes it a regular occurrence and 
creates a good habit in your life. You should not set a goal of more 
time than you can actually achieve as you are likely to become 
frustrated with failure to enforce it and quit entirely. 

Ultimately, we need morning prayer to prepare us for the day 

and we need evening prayer to cleanse us of the sins that have 
accumulated during the course of that day. Maybe you could 
share one of these times with your family and the other one could 
be a private worship. 

The Word of God is very important in QT as this is one of the 
ways God speaks to you. And don't read without thinking and 
meditating on the Word. Allow your meditation to be active and 
not passive as it could turn into daydreaming and you will lose the 
fellowship that you are seeking. MEMORIZE THE WORD. Keep 
it in the garden of your heart that it might be harvested and fed 
upon. 

QT's are for prayer. Never go to bed without communicating 
with God. Clear up the difficulties of the day. Confess, praise, 
request, obtain strength and wisdom. 

Finally, there must be discipline in your quiet time. We all face 
two problems in the matter of discipline. The first problem is 
pressure. Pressure of work, of visiting, of activities, of family, and 
so forth. But pressures are solved by PRIORITIES. Decide what is 
important and what can be secondary. It is more important to have 
time with the Lord than just "wasting time." The pressures of 
schedules and busyness are all created by Satan's system to mess 
up your communion with God. 

Don't allow procrastination to get you. We are all procrasti- 
nators by nature and this natural inclination is aided by Satan. This 
will be solved by persistence. Ask the Lord to give you strength in 
this area. 

If you are not experiencing a QT at this time with Jesus, institute 
it as a part of your life and experience a joy and peace in your 
Christian life which will make every day worth living. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



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DIMINISH NOT A WORD 

Jeremiah 26:2, 'Thus saith the Lord; stand in the court of the 
Lord's house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to 
worship in the Lord's house, all the words that I command thee to 
speak unto them; diminish not a word;" 

The following are synonyms of the word diminish: lessen, 
reduce, shrink, abridge, wane, dwindle, peter out. When 
admonished to preach God's Word, Jeremiah was told here to 
preach the whole Word and not to let anything slip. Hebrews 2:1 
says, 'Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the 
things which we have heard, lest at anytime we should let them 
slip." One way to lose an important doctrine in your Christian 
experience is to gradually stop hearing it preached and taught. (To 
lessen, reduce, diminish the teaching of it.) 

I believe there is always something new to learn from scripture, 
but we must constantly be reminded of the old paths. "Remove not 
the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set." Proverbs 2:28. 
A landmark is a boundary and also a signpost: something which 
draws attention to the limits of a property. The things which make 
Biblical Christianity unique before the world are signposts to point 
people to Calvary. Looking down through the history of our 
Churches, one sees the departure, the diminishing, of many. 
These have left off the teaching of the scriptures, not by preaching 
against them, but by slowly and subtly neglecting to preach them 
at all. Hebrews 10:23 says, "Let us hold fast the profession of our 
faith without waivering; (for he is faithful that promised)" We 
must uphold the things we have learned. Deuteronomy 4:9, "Only 
take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget 
the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from 
thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them, thy sons, and thy 
sons' sons." 

To diminish the Word of God is to take away from it, and the 
reward for doing that is that God "shall take away his part out of 
the Book of Life." 

Brother L. H. Miller 

RD 2, Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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The way to Heaven is to turn right at Calvary and then keep 
going straight. 



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WHO ARE THE SAINTS? 

I Cor. 1:2, "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them 
that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, CALLED TO BE SAINTS, with 
all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, 
both their's and our's:" 

The subject we are about to look at is very controversial. We do 
not claim to have perfect understanding and express love towards 
those who disagree with our thoughts. This will include some 
Conservative Brethren whom we hold in high esteem. 

When we speak of "Saints," probably the most accepted, and the 
furtherest from the truth, idea that comes to mind is a type of 
"super-Christian." A saint is not an individual who is without 
human weakness and error. It is also not an individual who had 
done great works or been "canonized" by the Roman Catholic 
Church. 

The Bible definition of a saint is an individual who has been 
washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Although the individual is not 
"sinless," they do not PRACTICE sin. The word "sanctified" in 
our opening verse means "set apart." A study of scripture will 
reveal that this is an ongoing process. We must be true to Christ 
until we see him face to face. It is also a process of growth. We 
never receive "sinless perfection" until we experience glorification 
after this life is over. 

Let us think first of all about the Old Testament saints. We 
believe these individuals believed in a triune God, ELOHIM. (The 
most frequently used Hebrew word for God.) While they were 
definitely "saints," they were not, of course, Christians. They were 
saved looking forward to Christ's work on the cross. We are saved 
looking back to this event. Why God chose to allow them, and 
even command them, to use violence, which he forbids the 
Christian, we leave in His wisdom. We should remember that Jesus 
Christ was present with the Father at this time, although God did 
not choose to reveal Him. It is our personal opinion that I Peter 4:6 
"For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are 
dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but 
live according to God in the spirit." speaks of the time when Old 
Testament saints, through the shed blood of Christ and God's 
mercy, became Christians and part of the Church. 

In our opening we looked at the New Testament saint. As we 
study the Word of God we find that the word "saints" and the 
Church are synonymous terms. (Rom. 1:6; II Cor. 1:1; Eph. 1:1; 
Col. 1:2). 

There are those who would make a third category saint. "Saints 
of the tribulation period." This type of thinking is held by those 



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who are influenced, either directly or indirectly, by teachings of 
C. I. Scofield. An individual who divorced his wife and married his 
lady friend. Does Matt. 7:15-20 and Ephesians 4:14-19 allow us to 
place this individual in the category of false prophet? 

Our Brethren forefathers were amilenialists. This, of course, 
does not make this the correct interpretation. But we feel this does 
at least put it in the category of our consideration. We, personally, 
are still struggling with this issue. While we feel there may be a 
literal millenial period of a thousand years on earth, we do not 
accept the JEWISH millenial theory. To say that a return to 
sacrificing animals as a memorial would not contradict scripture is 
pressing a point, in our opinion. Christ has given us HIS memorial 
service in the love feast, especially the bread and the cup. Brother 
James Martin, a member of the Church of the Brethren, has written 
a thought on this we would like to share. 

"Interestingly, the word, "bread" has five letters — perhaps each 
letter could symbolize a wound that our Lord experienced as he 
hung on the cross. The word "cup" has three letters — each of 
which could symbolize the Trinity, present at the beginning of time 
knowing that at the appropriate time in human history, Christ 
would fulfill all that was promised to man by God. Let us consider 
further the words "bread" and "cup." The B in bread stands for 
Body, broken so you and I may have wholeness. The R in bread 
stands for Ransom, the ultimate price paid in full for our 
redemption. The E in bread stands for Everlasting, a quality and 
longevity of life which feasting on Christ brings for everyone who 
believes. The A in bread stands for Altar, a cruel wooden cross 
whereon the agony of the last sacrifice, i.e. the atonement, took 
place for your sins and mine. The D in bread stands for Death, a 
death that made and continues to make possible death and dying 
to our old nature. The C in cup stands for Communion with Christ 
in the new Convenant. The U in cup stands for Union with Christ 
in His Body because of His shed blood. The P in cup stands for 
Power received from the propitiation of God in Christ." 

In II Cor. 6:2 we read, ".... behold now is the accepted time; 
behold, now is the day of salvation." We are not doing our Jewish 
friends any favor by allowing them to believe they will have a 
"second chance" in a supposed Jewish millenial period! 

In closing, let us desire to be saints of God. As saints we should 
desire to be true to all of the teachings of Jesus Christ. If you are 
not a saint you can be one. The "how" is given in Mark 16:16 "He 
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch Street 
Palmyra, PA 17078 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 15, 1923 

THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST 

J. H. Beer 

John 7:15-18, "And the Jews marveled, saying, how knoweth 
this man letters, having never learned?" They evidently meant to 
say he had no scholastic learning not even sufficient to know his 
letters. 

Where in all the universe was there to be found an institution 
teaching a doctrine like Christ taught, echo answers where? There 
was none. I Cor. 1:21, "For after that in the wisdom of God, the 
world by wisdom know not God. It pleased God by the foolishness 
of preaching to save them that believe." 

In verse 16 of text at the head of this article Jesus answered 
them and said, "My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me," 
ascribing to God, authorship and authority. "If any many will do 
His will he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God of 
whether I speak of myself." This doctrine that the worldly minded 
have outgrown, God has intended to be perpetuated to the end of 
the world. Matt. 28:20, "Teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded you: and lo I am with you always, even 
unto the end of the world." I Tim. 4:16. Paul entreats Timothy to 
"take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine, continue in them, 
for in so doing thou shalt both save thyself and all them that hear 
thee." In accepting this doctrine it will often cause the world to 
hate you, because its teaching and principles are different from the 
world's ways. John 17:14-16, "I have given them thy word, there- 
fore the world hath hated them." II John 9, "Whosoever trans- 
gresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not God, he 
that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and 
the Son." "If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, 
receive him not unto your house for in so doing you are partaker of 
his evil deeds." In this day of worldly entertainments and pleasure 
seeking professors there are many who oppose the teaching of the 
doctrine of Christ. 

It was the preaching of Christ's Gospel that caused men to 
oppose Paul and Silas who were persecuted for righteousness 
sake; this same gospel will stir people today who love darkness 
rather than light, so do not think you can be a true witness of 
Christ, and compromise His doctrine to please the world. "If you 
were of the world, the world would love its own, but I have chosen 
you out of the world therefore the world hateth you." Some of the 
distinctive doctrines of the New Testament are the Virgin Birth, 



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Matt. 1:23-25; 2:1-11. The Deity and diomity of Christ, Matt. 3:17; 
17:5. The new birth, John 3:3-4. The new man in Christ. Washing 
of feet, John 13:4-6. The Lord's Supper, John 13:14; I Cor. 
11:20-34. The partaking of the communion, I Cor. 11:25; Luke 
22:20. Sisters prayer veil, I Cor. 11:5-13. Anointing the sick with 
oil, James 5:14-20. The doctrine of non-conformity to the world, 
Rom. 12:1-2; James 4:4; I John 2:15-16; II Peter 2:20-22. To be a 
Christian means more than a profession. It means to reduce to 
practice the teaching of the New Testament, that is sealed by the 
precious blood of Christ. Matt. 7:21, "Not everyone that saith unto 
me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he that 
doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven." See also Matt. 
7:24-27. 

When God gave His last word of revelation to John on the Isle of 
Patmas, the closing part of this record says, "blessed are they that 
do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life 
and may enter in through the gates into the city." Rev. 22:14-15. 
"He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the 
churches." 

OBITUARY 

CLAY EBY 

Bro. Clay Eby, son of George and Ailie (Farrenberg) Eby, was 
born in New Madrid County, Missouri, June 26, 1909, and passed 
from this life August 26, 1983, at his farm home in Chesterfield 
Township, Fulton County, Ohio. He had attained the age of 74 
years and 2 months. 

On October 22, 1931, he was united in marriage to Miss Grace 
Quillet, and to this happy union five children were born, two sons 
and three daughters. One son, Clay Jr. and one daughter, Joyce, 
preceded their father in death. 

Early in his life, he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united 
with the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, where he 
remained ever faithful to his God and the Church. 

His chosen occupation, was that of farming. In later years he 
worked in several factories of the area, along with his farming. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two grand- 
children; one brother and three sisters. 

With cherished memories, he leaves to mourn their loss, his 
devoted life's companion Grace; son George of Wauseon; two 
daughters, Mrs. Anna Belle Smith of Wauseon and Mrs. Marie 
Smith of Turner Station, Kentucky; four sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Viers of 
Alvordton, Ohio; Mrs. Pauletta Johnson and Mrs. Alberta 



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Armstrong, both of Wauseon, and Mrs. Vera Armstrong of Lyons; 
seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many other 
relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were conducted from the West Clinton 
Mennonite Church, Tuesday afternoon, August 30 at 2 p.m. with 
William Carpenter, Charles Leatherman and Melvin Roesch 
officiating. Interment was made in the Smith Cemetery. 

THE MASTER SPEAKS 
What happened to the years? I asked, 
He said, "for everything a time". 
Where are my friends of long ago? 
He said, "beyond the hill you climb". 
Why are my footsteps slower now? 
He said "'tis all within the plan". 
But what of all my hopes and dreams? 
He said "they mellowed with the man". 

But there is still so much to do, 
He said "be grateful for today". 
The road to heaven seems so long, 
He said, "there is no other way". 
But what of all the things I need? 
He said "and do I not provide?" 
Sometimes I even grow afraid, 
He said "I'm always at thy side". 

My purse is thin, my coins are few, 
He said "sufficient for the day". 
And oftentimes I'm wrongly judged, 
He said "care not what others say". 
Oh to be peaceful and secure, 
He said "all things are thine in Me". 
My cross grows heavy with the miles, 
He said "I'll lift it presently". 

The future looks so bleak and grey, 
He said "'tis darkest 'fore the dawn". 
But who will share my lonely way? 
He said, "you've ME to lean upon. 
No love so lasting as My own, 
No power greater than My hand, 
For you belong to Me, and this 
is all you need to understand." 

- Grace E. Easley 



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Card of Thanks 

We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the 
relatives, neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness and 
words of comfort, shown our loved one during his long illness, and 
to us in our bereavement at his passing. Especially do we wish to 
thank William Carpenter, Charles Leatherman and Melvin Roesch, 
for their comforting ministry; the members of the West Fulton 
Dunkard Brethren Church and the West Clinton Mennonite 
Church for their gracious assistance; the doctors, nurses and 
Wauseon Rescue Squad for their dedicated care; to Edgars; and to 
the Donors of the beautiful floral tributes and memorials. For all of 
these we are more than grateful. May God's blessing be yours, is 
our prayer. 

The Family of Clay Eby 



NEWS ITEMS 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Congregation will hold a week of meetings, 
November 20 through 27. Bro. David Skiles will be preaching the 
Word nightly. The Lovefeast will be on the 26th. 

We welcome all who can to come. 

Sister Judy Foster, Cor. 



ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

We were privileged to enjoy another Revival Meeting, September 
11 through 25 with Bro. Jack Snyder. It was uplifting to all to sit 
under the preached Word and drink from an overflowing cup of 
God's truths. Bro. Jack did not shun to preach the Word of God 
from night to night. No converts were added to the church, but we 
pray that the church was strengthened. 

On October 22 we had our Lovefeast with approximately forty- 
four surrounding the tables of the Lord. Visiting brethren were: 
Bro. William Carpenter, Bro. George Replogle, Bro. Harley Rush 
and Bro. Dean St. John. We appreciate those who came from a 
distance to be with us at all these meetings. 

We welcome anyone from time to time to worship with us. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR DECEMBER 1983 
EARS TO HEAR 



Memory Verse: Luke 9:44 
Let these sayings sink down into 
your ears: for the Son of man 
shall be delivered into the hands 
of men. 

Thur. 1 - Luke 4:1-22 

Fri. 2 - Luke 4:23-44 

Sat. 3 - Luke 8:1-25 



Memory Verse: Acts 7:51 
Ye stiffnecked and uncircum- 
cised in heart and ears, ye do 
always resist the Holy Ghost: as 
your fathers did, so do ye. 

Sun. 4 - Luke 8:26-56 

Mon, 5 - Luke 9:1-22 

Tues. 6 - Luke 9:23-42 

Wed. 7 - Luke 9:43-62 

Thur. 8 - Luke 12:1-21 

Fri. 9 - Luke 12:22-40 

Sat. 10 - Luke 12:41-59 



Memory Verse: I Cor. 2:9 
But as it is written, Eye hath not 
seen, nor ear heard, neither have 
entered into the heart of man, the 
things which God hath prepared 
for them that love him. 

Sun. 11 - Luke 14:1-15 

Mon. 12 - Luke 14:16-35 

Tues. 13 - Acts 7:1-19 

Wed. 14 - Acts 7:20-40 

Thur. 15 - Acts 7:41-60 

Fri. 16 - Acts 17:1-17 

Sat. 17 - Acts 17:18-34 



Memory Verse: II Tim. 4:4 
And they shall turn away their 
ears from the truth, and shall be 
turned unto fables. 



Sun. 18 - Acts 28:1-16 
Mon. 19 - Acts 28:17-31 
Tues. 20 - Rom. 11:1-18 
Wed. 21 - Rom. 11:19-36 
Thur. 22 - I Cor. 2:1-16 
Fri. 23 - II Tim. 4:1-22 
Sat. 24 - James 5:1-20 



Memory Verse: Luke 2:10 & 11 
And the angel said unto them, 
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you 
good tidings of great joy, which 
shall be to all people. For unto 
you is born this day in the city of 
David a Saviour, which is Christ 
the Lord. 

Sun. 25 - Luke 2:1-24 

Mon. 26 - Luke 2:25-52 

Tues. 27 - I Pet. 3:1-22 

Wed. 28 - Rev. 2:1-17 

Thur. 29 - Rev. 2:18-29 

Fri. 30 - Rev. 3:1-22 

Sat. 31 - Rev. 13:1-18 



Memory Verses: I Pet. 3:12 
For the eyes of the Lord are over 
the righteous, and his ears are 
open unto their prayers: but the 
face of the Lord is against them 
that do evil. 



Isa. 9:6 
For unto us a child is born, unto 
us a son is given: and the govern- 
ment shall be upon his shoulder: 
and his name shall be called 
Wonderful, Counsellor, The 
mighty God, The everlasting 
Father, The Prince of Peace. 



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VOL. LXI 



DECEMBER 1, 1983 



NO. 23 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



BE CAREFUL 

Do you know you preach a sermon 
By your dress and actions too? 

So be careful how you dress, 
And be careful what you do. 

But most of all, be careful 
Of all the words you say, 

Or they may cause some soul 
To go very far astray. 

To reason with a person 
Who is hard to understand 

May seem like a "lost cause" - 
But - take them by the hand. 

With love and consideration 
You may find they love you, too, 

So, be very, very careful 
What you say and what you do. 

- Sister Irene Stout 



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ENTERTAINING ANGELS 

It would hardly seem possible that we mortals could ever 
entertain angels. We think of angels as Heavenly beings, arrayed 
in majestic garments and having an unearthly form. But we forget 
that angels are not bound by a certain form like we are but they can 
assume various appearances. They can take on a human form. 
Too often our conception of an angel's form is shaped by the 
popular artists rendition of their imagined appearance. 

The Bible contains several accounts of angels appearing to 
various ones. There was usually some pronouncement of great 
importance given when they appeared. Manoah and wife were told 
of the birth of Samson and the Nazarite vow that was to be upon 
him. Jacob wrestled with the angel at Penuel and became Israel. 
Much later an angel appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth 
of John the Baptist. Soon thereafter the Archangel Gabriel visited 
Mary to tell her of the privilege she would have in being the earthly 
mother of the Messiah. The angel also appeared to Joseph to calm 
his suspicions. Although these were grand occasions, angels also 
appeared in more normal situations. There is still the possibility of 
entertaining angels and not even being aware of it. Because they 
have the ability to assume an apparently human body they can 
come to us without us realizing who they are. The writer to the 
Hebrews urges us to show hospitality to all strangers for there 
might be an opportunity to entertain angels. Our hospital dare 
not be given simply because we would not want to miss such an 
opportunity. It should be given as an expression of our love. 

Hospitality is an extension of our love. It is love and faith in 
action. We find examples in the New Testament of the Lord's work 
being forwarded by those who offered hospitality. Paul and Silas 
were constrained to be the guests of Lydia in Philippi both before 

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and after their imprisonment. Even the jailor who had been their 
tormentor showed hospitality to them after the Gospel found 
lodging in his heart. 

Peter was the guest of Simon the Tanner when he was called to 
take the universal Gospel to Cornelius and his household. Simon's 
situation was not very pleasant. Since he was a tanner, he was 
somewhat exiled from society of his city, because of the smell and 
nature of his work. But he offered what he could to Peter and 
Peter accepted it. This shows that Christians dare not become too 
choosy in granting or receiving hospitality. 

Jesus, who did not have even the comforts of the birds or the 
animals, was often the guest of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in 
Bethany. He enjoyed these times when he could be in this home. 
Here He could speak of priorities — the Words of Life were more 
important than pots, pans and supper. He also was here anointed 
for His burial. He also brought joy into this grief bound home 
when He resurrected Lazarus. 

The hospitality of each of these people did not cost them very 
much yet they received many blessings for it. This would illustrate 
the words of Jesus when He said that it was more blessed to give 
than to receive. Hospitality is giving. It cannot be given on the 
basis of being even with someone else. We cannot extend 
hospitality to just those who would invite us. We dare not worry 
about keeping a running balance of who has entertained whom 
how often and how well. The admonition is to show hospitality to 
the stranger and to the handicapped who cannot pay us back. 
God is aware of what we have done and He will see to it that He is 
not outgiven by us. 

All of our hospitality need not be reserved for the stranger and 
handicapped. There is a need of hospitality among Christians. 
Not only should the members of a congregation meet at the church 
house but they should visit within each other's homes. When we 
enjoy a fellow believer's hospitality we find ourselves feeling closer 
knit with each other. There can never be too much love and union 
amongst the members of a congregation. As members have the 
opportunity to travel to District or General Conference or to 
Lovefeasts or on pleasure trips, there is a good chance for 
members to be bound together as hospitality and visiting are 
engaged in. Often where we do not know each other well we have 
impressions that cause us to be separated rather than united. But 
when we can be in each other's homes, we are able to get to know 
each other better and to increase our love. 

Hospitality should be a part of each of our Christian lives. We 
should be willing to extend it and receive it that the Church might 
be knit closer together. Have you entertained any angels 
unawares, lately? 



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PEACE I GIVE UNTO YOU 

This season of the year the world is bustling with activity as 
the shopping centers and stores are thronged with people seeking 
merchandise for gift exchanges in observance of the Christmas 
Holiday. One must be careful not to be caught up in worldly 
practices that may be displeasing to our Heavenly Father. 

God has shown His love to us in giving His Son to die on Calvary 
to redeem us from our sins, and giving us peace with Him. In 
return we should give our all to Him. See Romans 12:1. Jesus 
taught that as He loved us, so we should love one another. "Love 
worketh no ill to his neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the 
law." Rom. 13:10. Jesus said: "And whosoever shall give to drink 
unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of 
a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his 
reward." Matt. 10:42. 

There is hatred, war and bloodshed in many places. Beirut, 
Lebanon is the center of war in the Middle East. Granada was 
recently invaded by United States troops. Central America has 
experienced much unrest and fightings. This involves more and 
more demands on the youth of America to serve in the military 
forces. The draft could be re-instated on very short notice. 

As Christians, let us be kind to our enemies, see Matthew 5:44; 
have our "feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;" 
Eph. 6:15; and bear the fruit of the Spirit. Our young people 
especially should review the stand of the Church on non- 
resistance, "and be ready always to give an answer to every man 
that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness 
and fear." I Peter 3:15b. 

Surely the return of the Lord is close at hand. Let us work for the 
Lord while it is still day, let us "seek peace and ensue it," I Peter 
3:1 1 b, let us be peacemakers, "for they shall be called the children 
of God." Matt. 5:9b. Jesus has given us peace; let us share it with 
others, reverberating the words of the heavenly host, "Glory to 
God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." 
Luke 2:14. 

Brother Ray R. Reed 

ITS ON RECORD 

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and 
the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is 
the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things 
which were written in the books, according to their works." 
Rev. 20:12. 

"For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither 
hid, that shall not be known." Luke 12:2. 



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We all know that God pays attention to our activities, that He is 
fully aware of our thoughts and intentions. We also know that 
God keeps a record of our lives, maybe not as we'd do, but it's 
there. Yet we tend to forget this in the everyday matters of life, 
especially in our relationship with others. 

If God put your record on public display, would you be pleased 
and happy with yourself, or ashamed and embarrassed? If you live 
as you should, treating others with love and consideration, you 
won't need to be ashamed. But if you are unkind and incon- 
siderate, you'll have plenty to be ashamed of. 

Did you ever wonder what you sound like when talking to, or 
about, others? At times, it would be most embarrassing if 
someone overheard, wouldn't it? God hears these things and has 
it on record, a fact so often forgotten. Perhaps it would be good for 
us if we had to listen to ourselves on a tape recorder. It's certain 
there'd be many surprises, some we'd be ashamed of. 

Behind all the words you say are your thoughts about others. If 
you think kind thoughts, that's what will come out in word and 
action. If you think unkind thoughts, they will come out likewise. 
Critical thoughts come out in critical remarks just as kind thoughts 
come out in encouraging remarks. You must control your 
thoughts before your conduct can improve. 

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, 
but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Matt. 7:3. 
When you see things you don't like, you need to "consider 
yourself, lest you also be tempted" (See Gal. 6:1). You aren't 
perfect either, and when looking for problems, the place to begin 
with is yourself. 

Personal faults and sins prevent us from seeing matters clearly 
and we must be helped before we can help anyone else. These 
personal faults and sins are on record before God and we can't get 
away from that fact. Rather than ignoring our own faults while 
pointing out the faults of others, we'd ought to be asking God for 
forgiveness and strength to do better. 

Nathanael asked, "Can there any good thing come out of 
Nazareth?" John 1:46. We might say, "Can any good thing come 
out of that person or family? Can he or she do anything right? 
With such a biased attitude, no one could please us. It's a good 
thing God looks at us with a more positive attitude, and concen- 
trates on our potential rather than our failures. 

"We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the 
weak, and not to please ourselves." Rom. 15:1. Burdens ought to 
be shared, not ignored. We should reach out to others even when 
it interferes with our own desires. God has it on record how we 



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respond to others and He knows whether we care or not. 

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving 
your own selves." James 1 :22. The man who looks in a mirror soon 
forgets what he looks like. We look into God's Word, but like the 
man with the mirror, we soon forget what our lives look like. But 
God doesn't forget; He has it on record. What is on yours? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



YOU ARE INVITED 

To what: An Eternal Home. "But lay up for yourselves treasures 
in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where 
thieves do not break through nor steal." Matt. 6:20. 

Date: Unknown. "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man 
cometh at an hour when ye think not." Luke 12:40. "For your- 
selves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief 
in the night." I Thess. 5:2. 

Time: At the sounding of the trumpet. "For the Lord himself 
shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the 
archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall 
rise first." I Thess. 4:16. 

Place: Heaven. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, 
that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in 
through the gates into the city." Rev. 22:14. 

Given by: God. "And, behold I come quickly; and my reward is 
with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am 
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the 
last." Rev. 22:12-13. 

R.S.V.P. by sending up treasures to build your home, immedi- 
ately. Bring others with you. 

What would your reaction be if you went to your mailbox today 
and this was all that you received. Would you pitch it out declaring 
that it was junk mail? Would you delay in RSVP'ing, because 
Christ isn't coming for a long time? Or would you have gladly 
accepted the invitation, posted, and started to send up treasures 
and informed your friends and relatives of this beautiful day? 
"Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall 
find watching:" Luke 12:37. This watch should be neverending. 
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and 
keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." 
Rev. 16:15. Christ warns us again and again: "Behold, I come 
quickly:" Rev. 3:1 1. "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely 
I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus." Rev. 22:20. 



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Are you ready to go to this Heavenly mansion? Jesus Christ tells 
us "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I 
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:2. 
His Father's house must be a fantastic place to live in. American 
Heritage Dictionary defines mansion as a "large, stately house; A 
manor house; a dwelling; an abode." A mansion that we see on 
this earth is beautiful and always draws our attention. But when 
we enter the gates of this beautiful city the buildings will be so 
wonderful our earthly minds just can not comprehend its majestic 
beauty. This mansion will not be one house but an entire city of 
which God is the builder. No earthly materials will ever stand in 
this wonderful city. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any 
thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or 
maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of 
life." Rev. 21:27. "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, 
and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you." I Peter 1:14. 
Isn't it fabulous we can be rewarded a place in this incorruptible 
city, where there is no crime at all? There will be peace every- 
where. Even the mansion we are living in will need no repairs. 
There will be no problems with the electricity going off, telephones 
being tied up, no fuel shortage. Our mansion will not be built with 
bricks, wood or steel. The wall of each mansion will be finer than 
gold. 

There will be joy over the entire city. "And I heard a voice from 
heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great 
thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before 
the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song 
but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were 
redeemed from the earth." Rev. 14:2-3. "And they sung a new 
song..." Rev. 5:9. 

You ask how can I be guaranteed a place in this heavenly city. 
"Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, 
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." 
John 3:3. "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but 
have eternal life." John 3:15. "He that believeth on the Son hath 
everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; 
but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36. We not only 
must believe but also, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth 
the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath 
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Rom. 10:9. 

Jesus warns us, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are 
not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy 
both soul and body in hell." Matt. 10:28. Because "Ye shall be 
hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the 



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end shall be saved." Matt. 10:22. God does not want his lambs to 
perish by the hands of men that worketh evil. He wants all his 
lambs to repent. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. 

Do you believe in Christ as your Savior? Have you died to this 
world and risen out of the waters like unto Christ's resurrection. 
"The first man is of the earth, earthly: the second man is the Lord 
from heaven." I Cor. 15:47. "I am crucified with Christ: neverthe- 
less I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I 
now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loveth 
me, and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20. We should always have 
our goals on heavenly items. "I press toward the mark for the prize 
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:20. "Be careful 
for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with 
thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God." Phil. 4:6. 
If you believe in the Christ you will be ready for the Lord to call you 
to His Heavenly Home. When you as a sinner decide to come 
home "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one 
sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, 
which need no repentance." Luke 15:7. 

"We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, 
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall 
sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be 
changed." I Cor. 15:51-52. "That at the name of Jesus every knee 
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things 
under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus 
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil. 2:10-11. 

When Christ calls us home, by the sounding of the trumpet, we 
will be able to walk through the gates and be inhabitants of a city 
that no earthly hands have built. 

Are you ready to hear the trumpet? If not repent, believe in 
Christ's promises. Do a little house cleaning in your life. Be ye 
always prepared. Christ may come any day. Do you want to be left 
out of this fantastic city? Do you want to be standing at the gate 
watching all the rejoicing going on within that city. Start now 
sending treasures up to heaven so our Lord can start to build your 
mansion. He needs your RSVP. Have you sent it in or did you 
forget about it? Send it in immediately. 



In Christian Love 
Sister Mabel L. Sweitzer 
Box 931 Elizabethtown College 
Elizabethtown, PA 17022 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Teen-Age Relationship with Parents 

During the teen years it sometimes seems difficult to realize that 
parents are "human". But by the chronological accident of 
arriving in this vale of tears earlier than you did, and by the process 
of begetting you and thus transferring some of their own 
personalities to you, your parents have a very great advantage in 
maturity and wisdom. 

Young person, your relationship with your parents is an index of 
what your character will be later in life. The ability to have 
successful relationships with peers, as well as your future wife or 
husband, is being formed as you learn to share life with your 
parents. 

Difficulties with parents are often reflections of difficulties within 
our own selves. Because we feel insecure, or guilty, or sorry for 
ourselves, we give vent to our inappropriate feelings. 

What should you do when your parents refuse to give their 
consent to something you want to do very badly? There is just one 
answer, if you are a Christian. Eph. 6:1-3 says, "Children, obey 
your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour thy father and 
mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may 
be well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth." 

Nine times out of ten they are dead right about the matter! Even 
though parents occasionally can be mistaken in their judgments, 
like other human beings, you should remember that God will give 
His blessings to the one who will honor and obey parents. Honor 
means to love and obey means to respect. If you do this, "It will be 
well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth." 

God blesses obedience. Obey parents cheerfully, knowing that 
whatever comes of the situation, you have literally been a blessing 
by your actions. 

Do you realize that in Moses' day, a stubborn and rebellious son 
could be punished by stoning to death? Think of it... the death 
penalty for continual disobedience and prodigal living! What if 
that rule was still enforced today? 

I sometimes hear, "Well, my mom and dad are so old fashioned." 
Praise God for "old fashioned" parents. Most of us think of our- 
selves as infinitely more modern and advanced than our parents. 
This is even true in the realm of principles. But I assure you, 
teenager, that you should not discard established morality, ideals, 
mores, and so forth because they are old. The Bible says, "Thy 
truth remaineth," and "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and 
forever." The Christ who guided your grandparents and piloted 



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your parents still leads you in life today. Take advantage of the 
truth taught by your parents and you will be able to learn without 
benefit of the bumps on the head and the broken hearts that they 
might have experienced. 

Most delinquents reach their sad plight in life by simply keeping 
their folks out of their lives. They say, "I'm going to live my own 
life, think my own thoughts, make my own decisions," and soon 
their life is smashed and someone has to pick up the pieces and 
begin a salvage job on their personality. 

Take your parents into your confidence and put as much effort 
into being friends with them as you do with your school friends. 
They will respond to this kindness and your life will be abundantly 
happy and pleasing to God. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



REFLECTIONS ON SNOW 

Psalms 51:7, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash 
me, and I shall be whiter than snow." Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and 
let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as 
scarlet, they shall be white as snow;..." 

This is the time of the year when many of our thoughts will turn 
to "that white stuff." We feel the Lord has given us some new 
thoughts concerning snow as related to His Word, which we would 
like to share. 

First of all, we feel that we should make it quite clear that the 
word "white" in scripture has NOTHING to do with a particular 
race of people. The fact of the matter is that the only TRUE white 
people on earth are the rare albinos. And this quirk of nature can 
be found within any of the races! 

When we think of snow it is always in association with cold. 
This causes us to think of the fact that there are two ways to 
prevent food from becoming contaminated. Either by keeping it 
hot or by keeping it cold. We are told that lukewarm food is the 
most likely to cause food poisoning. This causes us to think of 
Revelation 3:15-16 "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold 
nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art 
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my 
mouth." 

It occured to us that this describes three kinds of church 
members. Those who are "cold" are those who have the truth and 
hold to it but never share it with others. Those who are "hot" are 
those who have the truth and take the time to share it. Those who 
are "lukewarm" are those who are not sure what the truth is, and 



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therefore have nothing to share. 

This thought, in turn, caused us to think of the difference 
between the REALM of Satan and the WORK of Satan. Many think 
of the work of Satan as such things as booze, joints, dance halls, 
and other sinful places of pleasure along with the sinful deeds 
which go along with them. This is not the work of Satan. He does 
not have to "win" those individuals who frequent these places and 
take part in the sin they offer. They are already children of their 
father the devil. (John 8:44) Therefore, these things are the 
REALM of Satan, but not his work. The WORK of Satan is 
DECEPTION. I Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your 
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom 
he may devour:" The first two verses of this chapter makes it very 
clear that it is to THE CHURCH that Peter is speaking. Here is 
where the work of Satan is carried out. II Cor. 11:14. "And no 
marvel for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." 
Today we have more cults, false teachings, and half truths within 
the earthly church than ever before in history. I am amazed at the 
lack of knowledge as to what these groups teach, among church 
members. We cannot possibly keep up with all the various false 
groups and their teachings, nor should we attempt to, but we 
SHOULD be aware of the basic errors they teach. But more 
important than knowing the false teachings is knowing WHAT IS 
TRUTH. I am appalled at the fact that many church members do 
not know if some of the basic truths are found in the Old or the 
New Testament. It is time the men in our pulpits start feeding the 
people some "meat!" But do not lay all of the blame on them. 
Every Christian in a free nation has the Bible at his fingertips if he 
wants it to be there. Most are just too lazy or taken up with worldly 
cares to take the time to study it. Remember, if we are "luke- 
warm," God will spew us out of His mouth! 

We also think of snow as being pure. This is like the command- 
ments of God. While snow is pure, if you roll it into a snowball it 
tends to collect leaves, dirt and twigs along with other debris. 
Matt. 15:6. "... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of 
none effect by your tradition." And verse 9 of this chapter, "But in 
vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the command- 
ments of men." When children are finished playing with a large 
snowball, it will sometimes be rolled down a hill to be destroyed. 
Individuals within the earthly church have done the same thing 
with the commandment of God, the Holy Bible. They have taken 
the debris of traditions of men and rolled it up into a ball, so to 
speak, along with God's pure word and cast BOTH "down the hill." 
We must be careful that our "convictions" are based on scripture 
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making the commandments of God to be merely the command- 
ments of men! 

The opening verses speak of being made pure. This does not 
mean sinless. But if you are not, you can be pure and white as 
snow in the eyes of God. Repent of your sin be washed in the 
blood of Jesus Christ, enter into the waters of baptism and God 
will see you as white as snow. As the heat of the sun will melt the 
snow, so Satan will change you into merely "water" which mixes 
with dirt to become mud if you allow htm to. God will only accept 
us if we remain in Christ, who has the power to keep us white as 
snow. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 1, 1923 

MAN'S WORD OR GOD'S LAW 

B. E. Kesler 

The words that the Lord addressed to Job in the long ago might 
very well be addressed in these days to some of our wise men who 
speak and write as if they knew more about final causes than the 
Lord himself; for where the Lord has said one thing they say 
another. But let us go to the testimony: 

"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge. 
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and 
answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of 
the earth? declare if thou hast understanding. Whereupon are the 
foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone 
thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of 
God shouted for joy? Have the gates of death been opened unto 
thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?" 

There is more to the same effect, all going to show how infinitely 
little man's wisdom when compared with the wisdom of God. And 
the strangest thing about it all is that other men will follow fallible 
men rather than the Infallible God. Many men have learned much 
when compared with their fellows, and yet one of them, who had 
learned as few others, said that he had but picked up a few pebbles 
along the shore while the great ocean of truth lay before him. 
Only God knows or can know all things; and when he speaks man 
should be silent. And the other men, who have not much 
confidence in themselves, should be careful not to follow some 



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false leader; and all leaders who lead from God are false. 

Men who say they know what man ought to do to be saved are 
getting to be more numerous; and mankind is being led farther and 
farther from the truth, until the time has come that it is easy to 
believe a lie and to base their hopes of eternal salvation on the 
words of some man who may not be even a good man. Men have 
not learned to distinguish the false from the true, and are ever 
prone to seek the easy road to Heaven. They find the easy road, or 
imagine they do; but in time they will wake up to the fact that it is 
an exceedingly hard road, and that it leads away from instead of 
toward Heaven. How foolish it is to risk the most precious of our 
possessions on the word of a man who knows and can know 
nothing about what man must do to be saved, except what the Lord 
has seen fit to reveal. That is enough to save mankind; but 
salvation comes through obedience. The one great thing for man 
to remember is that God wants obedience. Samuel told Saul this, 
and Saul lost his kingdom because he would not obey. Jesus said, 
"Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say unto 
you?" He says also that the words which he speaks shall judge us 
in the last day. Some men even scoff when a judgment day is 
spoken of. They do not believe in it. But the time is coming when 
they will believe in it, though the belief will not bring them the 
happiness that it would if they believed and obeyed now. Every 
knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is 
Lord, to the glory of God the Father. What will be the thoughts of 
these who are wise in their own conceits, when the time comes for 
them to bow and confess? They are surely among the number who 
think of themselves more highly than they ought to think. And 
such are not in condition to inherit anything good that is eternal. 

It would not be so bad if it were only men of science who claimed 
to be so wise that they know more about things than the Lord. 
The pity of it is that many who profess to be Christians-and often 
they are in the pulpit - are as ready to stand in opposition to God's 
Word as are the others. The trouble is that men claiming to be 
spiritual are not spiritual, but carnal; and the carnal mind cannot 
understand the things that are spiritual. God help them to see the 
wrong influence they are having, and give them a new heart. 

Quite frequently someone comes out with some startling de- 
clarations, as if he were possessed of more wisdom than any of his 
predecessors or contemporaries. And the people are so anxious 
"for some new thing" that they acclaim him some great one; and if 
he wins popular approval he has followers by thousands. He 
becomes a fad and is taken up by silly persons. Anyone who has 
passed middle age can go back in his mind and call up many such 
men who have come and gone. Their influence died with them, 



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and sometimes before they did. But what lasting good can any of 
these men be credited with doing? Their work has come to 
nought; and this is evidence that they were not sent of God and did 
not work His works. 

Over against these men stand Christ and His faithful followers in 
all the ages that have passed since he came and suffered and died 
that we might have more abundant life here, and eternal life here- 
after. They were despised at first, they were persecuted in every 
way that man's cruelty inspired by the devil could conceive. Yet 
their message lives on, and will live, finally to become the judge of 
those who scorn it and call it fit for children and old women. The 
world owes infinitely more of its real good to the One Book than to 
all the other books that were ever written by men. 

We do not want the wisdom of men or the gospel of any man, for 
even the deep things which they think they know are foolish with 
God. Paul made it clear how those coming with another gospel are 
to be treated. All the ideas of ail the wise men of all the ages will 
not make a man wise unto salvation, unless the wisdom is based on 
and is a part of the divine wisdom. Instead of seeking for all kinds 
of ways to avoid obeying God, man should seek to get close to 
Him, to learn His Word, and then to obey it from the heart. There is 
no other way to be saved. Those who come up some other way are 
thieves and robbers. How much better it would be, how much less 
sin there would be in the world, if all those professing to be 
followers of Christ really did follow Him in the spirit and in the 
letter. We should have fewer trials here, and more happiness; and 
added to this would be the assurance that we need fear nothing 
beyond the river of death. If men would quit being guided by men 
and would take Christ as their sole guide through this world, they 
would enjoy a foretaste of Heaven here below. 



• • • •• 



God promises a safe landing, but not necessarily a calm 
passage. 



• ••••• 



It took four days to reach the moon — Heaven is reached in a 
moment. 



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SEEK YE THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND 

Isa. 55:6, "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye 
upon him while he is near." 

There is nothing more dear to God than the seeking heart. God 
is near to the heart of those that seek Him. There is no room for 
strife in the heart of a seeking soul. In Luke 11:10 it says, "For 
every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth; and to 
him that knocketh it shall be opened." But it is necessary to be 
whole-hearted in this search. Deuteronomy 4:29 says, "Thou shalt 
find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." 
There can be nothing between the seeker and God. All other 
desires must be removed. God draws only those that have made 
up their minds to follow Him. God only extends His hand of mercy 
for so long. He only gets so close to you. The scripture says seek 
him WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND. A time is coming in your life 
when He will no longer tarry: He will no longer be near enough to 
reach. God is a God of mercy and grace and love. BUT THIS 
MERCY IS ONLY EXTENDED SO LONG. So press in, dear seeker 
of truth, and discover Jesus as the Saviour of your soul. Believe 
on His name today, while the Spirit beckons. It may be a fruitless 
search tomorrow. 

Brother L. H. Miller 
RD 2 Box 572 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



NEWS ITEM 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

We here at Grandview enjoyed another Revival Meeting in 
September with Bro. David Kegerreis of Bethel, Pennsylvania as 
our evangelist. His Spirit-filled messages were enjoyed by all. 
Although at this time there were no additions to the Church, one 
dear "soul "was added to the Church during the past summer. 

We were happy to have Sis. Kegerreis and daughters with us. 

We were happy for the many who came from a distance to come 
and enjoy the Lovefeast services with us. 

May Bro. Kegerreis go forth in the work of the Lord, pro- 
claiming God's wonderful Word. 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 12, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overhoitzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

13062 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overhoitzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
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VOL. LXI 



DECEMBER 15, 1983 



NO. 24 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD; Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HARK, THE GLAD SOUND 

Hark, the glad sound! the Savior comes! 

The Savior promised long! 
Let every heart prepare a throne, 

And every voice a song. 

He comes, the prisoner to release, 

In Satan's bondage held; 
The gates of brass before Him burst, 

The iron fetters yield. 

He comes, from thickest films of vice 

To clear the mental ray, 
And on the eyeballs of the blind 

To pour celestial day. 

He comes, the broken heart to bind, 

The bleeding soul to cure, 
And with the treasure of His grace, 

To enrich the humble poor. 

— Philip Doddridge 



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CHRISTMAS CONTRADICTIONS 

The Christmas season offers many contradictions. It is hailed 
as a time of peace but there will be much pushing and shoving to 
buy merchandise in the stores. While supposedly a season of 
giving, it is a time when young and old can name off the very items 
they hope to receive. While purportedly a holiday dedicated to 
Jesus Christ, it is a time of merriment, exploitation and com- 
mercialism, at odds with the life and teaching of the Saviour. 
Supposedly a religious holiday it has become the world's greatest 
day. While it notes a Godly miracle, it is celebrated with drunk- 
enness, immorality and profanity. These are but a few of the ironic 
contradictions surrounding Christmas. 

Considering these various contradictions it is little wonder that 
Christians are often at loss how best to take note of this day, if 
indeed any note is to be taken at all. How can Christians bearing 
the name of Christ promote the near worship of Santa Claus, who 
reaps thanks and honor belonging to God? This myth causes 
parents to lie and to teach a lie to their children. Other elements of 
the usual Christmas celebration have been borrowed from heathen 
customs. Jeremiah warns against the heathen custom of 
decorating a tree. Although Christmas giving is usually just an 
exchange, sometimes the spirit of the season impels the giving of 
true gifts. Yet there are opportunities every day of the year to give. 
Christmas is the time when families gather for fun, food and 
festivities, but how often are the poor, lonely and rejected invited to 
such a feast? We can ever show goodness to those about us. We 
can give without receiving. We can feed the poor. The poor, aged 
and downcast are ever with us so there are daily opportunities for 
doing what good we choose to. There may be good in celebrating 

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Christmas, but how often does it truly promote the worship of 
Jesus Christ? 

Should Christians refuse to have anything to do with Christmas? 
That is the choice each must make. The true purpose of the 
holiday is to commemorate the virgin birth of our Saviour in fulfill- 
ment of ancient prophecies. The celebration of the virgin birth 
should center on the Son of God who was perfect man as well as 
perfect God, not on the virgin or other characters. It is the Christ we 
should be interested in, not the illusions that have become a part 
of this celebration. 

The greatest contradiction of Christmas is the fact that we have 
such an occasion to celebrate. The Holy and Righteous God of 
Heaven could have totally ignored the plight of mankind, which was 
brought about by the sinfulness of man. Despite the separating 
effects of sin between God and men, God was willing to bridge the 
gulf by sending His only begotten Son to earth in the body of a 
human baby. The Psalmist inquires, "what is man, that thou art 
mindful of him?" Yet, God did remember him. Here is a contra- 
diction that a Holy God would remember and even provide for the 
redemption of sinful man. 

God could have employed many different means to accomplish 
His purpose, but He chose to use this method. By sending His Son 
in human flesh and as a baby, at that, He made the greatest 
possible identification with men. Jesus could have come as a King 
or in some dramatic earthshaking way instead of a Babe in 
Bethlehem. As a child He was under the control of Joseph and 
Mary, showing the greatest contradiction, His humanity. 

His life was lived in subjection to human necessities. Though He 
often performed miracles to heal and to help others, He never used 
His power for His own physical comfort. 

He suffered much opposition. The religious leaders, who 
supposedly served God, opposed Him at every opportunity through 
deed or word. Their opposition climaxed in their accusations 
against Him before Pilate. Their insistance on His death was a 
contradiction for Pilate himself could find no charge against Him 
but these leaders insisted on His death. Another contradiction was 
His plea not for their destruction or harm but rather that they might 
be forgiven. 

Although the worldly celebration of Christmas is in contra- 
diction to His life and teaching that is not the greatest contradiction 
of this season. That is the fact that God was willing to send Jesus to 
be our Redeemer. Without our Just and Holy God's Grace and 
Mercy we would all be lost and doomed for all eternity. 

Whether you choose to celebrate Christmas or not, you must 
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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Why Was Jesus Born? 

We are celebrating the birth of our Saviour. We know that there 
is nothing sacred about the twenty-fifth day of December, but the 
sacredness is in how we celebrate. If we take advantage of the 
season to give the world the truth about Jesus we are celebrating 
as we should. 

The second Person of the Trinity came to earth for many reasons. 
He came to teach those who didn't understand about God. He 
came to teach us truth. He came to fulfill the law. He came to 
reveal love and to bring peace. But all of these are secondary to the 
prime reason for His coming. JESUS CAME TO EARTH TO SUFFER 
AND DIE! He was born to die! 

Why was this death necessary? Jesus was to become our 
substitute. Sin must be punished by death (Ezek. 18:4). Either God 
must punish us eternally in hell for our sin or else He must sub- 
stitute someone else in our place to pay the penalty. 

Christ became lower than the angels... even though He had 
created them... and for thirty three years walked on the face of the 
sin-cursed earth... to die for our sins. He became lower in that He 
experienced death. Angels cannot die and Jesus suffered 
excruciating agony and torture on the cross... all for you and me. 
He tasted death as a result of our sins... yet He was without sin. 

Jesus came to earth because of God's gracious plan and 
undeserved salvation comes solely through the unmerited grace of 
God. It is based on God's sovereign will and love. And, when Christ 
finished His task, God exalted Him and gave Him glory and honor. 
Anyone who degrades Christ and doesn't give the honor to Him that 
is due Him, is in danger of the wrath of God. 

Jesus was born to be our salvation Captain. The word captain in 
the Greek means pioneer, leader and trailblazer. He blazed the trail 
for us into the Father's presence... thus we will be able to follow Him 
into glory. A sinful man can not walk into God's presence. Our 
righteousness is as filthy rags and we can NEVER merit salvation. 
Only by dying was the path blazed for us. 

He became our sanctifier. To sanctify is simply to make holy. 
Through His death and our faith in Him, we are declared holy 
before God in Jesus Christ. Holiness came only through sacrifice. 

Jesus was born to be our Satan conqueror. Satan knows the 
wages of sin are death. (Rom. 6:23) If he can keep us in sin until we 
die, he has got us forever. Satan literally uses the power of death to 
trap men and keep them until they can not be helped. 

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of Abraham's seed in order that He might totally identify with other 
men and become like us in every way. Thus, when we go to Christ 
m prayer, He can say... "I know, I've been there!" As a high priest 
He ministers between us and God. He is the perfect Mediator 
because He knows the mind of God and also the mind of Man We 
can touch Him with our feelings and know that He will understand 

Jesus was born to redeem us. This was the transformation 
power... transforming us into priests. 

Knowing these wonderful truths, why do we allow lust and worldly 
desires to control us today? Society is totally driven by these things 
People trade love for lust and security for sensuality and as a result 
their lives are without warmth and fulfillment. Worst of all is the 
purposelessness and meaninglessness of our day. People are like 
chaff flying in the air. Without Christ, men do not have an eternal 
hook to hang their life on and say, "this is where I belong" 

Why was Jesus born? To give us life eternal... to be loving 
sovereign, holy and righteous. He wasn't born just to be a good 
teacher, a good example, a myth or a religious fanatic. But He was 
born as the Bread of Life, the Living Water, the Light of the world 
the Good Shepherd, and the Resurrection and the Life 

Knowing this, have a Merry Christmas. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



A CHILD IS BORN 

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given- and the 
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be 
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, the everlasting 
Father, the Prince 'of Peace." Isa. 9:6. This child is Jesus, and He 
was born on this earth at exactly the right time, in the right place 
and in the right way. 

"Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a 
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name 
Immanuel." Isa. 7:14. See Luke 1:26-28. Mary was this virgin and 
she did bear a son, as the Scriptures predicted. She and Joseph 
didn t live in the right town, but a government decree took care of 
that problem. 

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the 
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me 
that is to be ruler in Israel; whose going forth have been from of old 
from everlasting." Mic. 5:2. Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem 
for the taxing and this is the place where Jesus was born The ful- 
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It is important to remember that this was not the beginning of 
Jesus' existence. It was only the beginning of His earthly life. Those 
who limit His existence to this life are trying to protray Jesus as just 
a man, not God's Son. If Jesus were not divine, then we have no 
Savior, but He was and we do. 

Jesus came to this earth specifically to be our Savior. "For the 
Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 
19:10. Matt. 20:28 says He came to minister and give His life a 
ransom for many. All that Jesus came to earth for, He did fulfill, not 
for Himself but for us. We have the need of a Savior and He 
bountifully provided. 

Jesus' birth was the first step in revealing to us the plan of 
salvation. The life He lived, His ministry, death and resurrection all 
point out one thing. We are lost and need a Savior, namely Jesus. 
He alone could meet the requirements because He was sin-free, 
and it pleased God to give His only Son to die that we might be 
saved. God now requires of us that we accept Jesus as both Savior 
and Lord of our lives, not just as a babe of Bethlehem. 

The Child born in Bethlehem was not an ordinary child. He was 
God's Son, born to be our Savior — yours and mine. As you think of 
Jesus' birth, remember Him as He truly is, not just in one phase of 
His earthly life. Jesus loves you, He died to save you and bring 
peace to your soul. Do you believe in Him? "Unto us a child is 
born, unto us a son is given:... The Prince of Peace." 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



GOALS 

A group of boys were once trying to see which could make the 
straightest track across a snowy field. One succeeded in making 
a perfectly straight track. When asked how he did if he said, "I 
kept my eyes fixed on a goal, while you fellows kept yours on your 
feet." If "mine eyes are ever toward the Lord," I will walk a 
straight way. 

In art we learn to draw with three dimensions. Dimension is 
making something look like it has shape on a flat piece of paper. 
The same way with life. It may seem a little flat but with goals it has 
shape and meaning. The three dimensions for goals are desire, 
determination and diligence. 

To set goals in life we first need a desire. We need the willing- 
ness to carry us through till the end and a positive attitude which 
will help keep our determination up. 

Determination is the most important step in having an interesting 
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the way you want them to, don't give up. You say, "Oh, but the 
pressure is too great I cannot go any longer." But then who are you 
thinking of? Self or goal? The most common form of faulty reaction 
to stress is self-pity. Keep your eye on that goal and the pressures 
will not bother you as much. WORK UNDER PRESSURE BUT NOT 
WITH TENSION. Give every moment your all. Give your entire 
attention to the work at hand, the goal with which you are working 
Paul says in Phil. 3:14, "I PRESS towards the mark for the prize of 
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." A poem for determi- 
nation is "Brace Up." 

Brace up and keep going... 

When you feel like giving in - 

Brace up and keep going... 

Soon you will win - 

Brace up and keep going... 

When you feel like giving up - 

Brace up and keep going... 

When you feel like being the world's worst grump - 

Brace up and keep smiling... 

Soon you will feel like flying - 

Brace up and keep going... 

When your heart is full and still loading - 

Brace up and keep going... 

When you feel like just moping - 

Brace up and keep going... 
When you feel like exploding - 
Brace up and keep going... 
For this is your molding - 

Brace up and keep going 
When you feel you can't win - 
Brace up and keep going... 
The Lord is still your best friend - 

To reinforce desire and determination you need diligence. Take 
the goal as a challenge and plan carefully. But then when we plan 
we need to remember not to spend all our time planning, we have 
to have some action. Eph. 5:16 says, "Redeeming the time because 
the days are evil." The spark that keeps everything exciting is 
enthusiasm. Even when the troubles are thick around us 
enthusiasm keeps us on top of it all. 

You may ask the question, "What are the reasons for setting 
goals?" One of the main reasons for setting goals is because God 
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is up to you how to use it. He has given you every moment of your 
life. How are you going to spend it? Are you going to spend it for 
the Lord or for yourself? Another reason for setting goals is to be 
organized. When you have your mind set on a goal you are better 
prepared to face life. I Cor. 13:33, 40 says, "For God is not the 
author of confusion, but of peace... Let all things be done decently 
and in order." 

In school one of the main things we are taught is how to set 
goals. We have yearly goals which are to complete twelve paces in 
each subject. How do we get them done? First we divide the year 
up into quarters. Which means doing three paces in each subject 
every quarter. We next decide how many paces do we do each 
week, which amounts to one and a half paces. After all these we 
need to decide our daily goals and how many pages we do a day. 

In our Spiritual life we have similar goals. First there is the long 
term goal which is Heaven. How do we get to Heaven? Our next 
step would be to do the work of our Father, by following His 
commands and doing His will. The way we do the work of the 
Father is by applying the Word of God to our lives. Applying it 
means to be a deadly sacrifice for the Lord. The crucified self 
does not get frustrated when goals are not getting done the way you 
would like. Everybody meets frustrations everyday, but the 
Christian never needs to become frustrated. One who cheerfully 
and daily presents himself as a living sacrifice can excellently 
adapt to the severest situations. After we have presented ourselves 
as a living sacrifice then it will come more natural to be completely 
submissive. Whenever we surrender our life and will to the Divine 
Will it gives us positive dividends. We must ever keep our eyes on 
that eternal goal — Heaven. 

Now that we know the reasons for setting goals and the kinds of 
goals, how do we accomplish them? There are two very important 
tools to accomplishing goals. The first one is prayer. Prayer is the 
foundation of our goal. Praying is to Christians like air is to our 
lungs. Once we have prayed and continue to pray earnestly about 
our goal, then we are ready to build upon it. Prayer keeps us in tune 
with God. When we are in tune with Him, He gives us His strength 
and mind to carry it out. Praying is very efficient because it leads to 
inner security. The inner security that we have will help us not to 
worry and fret about things. By praying definitely and with faith we 
can turn our care into prayer. Prayer is how you allow and invite 
God to energize you to live victoriously in His glory overcoming 
the world, the flesh and the devil. 

Our second tool is action. Action is summing up all the things 
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having the desire to do a goal, the determination to press towards it, 
and the diligence to continue on. Action means putting planning 
into practice. But do not work yourself so hard that you wear out 
your body and wreck your mind. Take time to rest, however; do not 
rest too long or you will lose desires and ambition to continue your 
goals. Resting restores and refreshes the energies of the body, 
mind and soul. 

The final touch for completion is summed up in one verse, Phil. 
3:14, "I PRESS toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus." | n His love, 

Sister Cynthia Chupp 

RR 2, Box 166 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

IF A FRIEND HAS LET YOU DOWN 

Friends are necessary in everyone's life. We all build friend- 
ships. We talk. We share. We commit ourselves to others. 

There are times when we thought we could build friendships and 
we were mistaken, when the friends turned out to be untrue. 

These are times of disappointment. We are tempted then to get 
even, to strike out, or perhaps to withdraw and to avoid forming 
more friendships. 

So many things can be involved in the hurts and frustrations of 
broken friendships, but from them we learn several important 
things. 

We learn that friendship means something to us — that is what 
causes the hurt; the more it means to us, the deeper we are hurt. 

We also learn that satisfying friendships come by way of solid 
character. Those whom we love over a long period of time are those 
who are true to themselves and true to others. 

Putting those two things together can help us to face the hurt of 
a friendship being betrayed or broken. 

Knowing the worth of friendships can keep us from the error of 
trying to live without them. Withdrawing from others does not 
secure us from pain; it makes us more susceptible to pain. 

I need friends. Ypu need friends. We dare not let hurts keep us 
from building friendships. God made us with both the need to have 
friends and the capacity to be friends. 

That is perhaps the greatest challenge of forming friendships. 
You and I must learn to be a friend to others. 

Strong friendships come from strong friends. Weak up-and-down 
friendships come from weak, up-and-down friends. 

The Bible offers us solid advice in the matter of friendships. "A 



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man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a 
friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24. 

There is a key. True friendships are built by true friends. And 
when true friends are tested by adversity, the strength of their 
character binds them closer than if they were blood brothers. 

Have you been hurt by a friend? Take it as a challenge to be a 
true friend. 

Author unknown. 

Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born 
for adversity." Are we a true friend? Satan is more smooth, 
cunning, sweet and convincing that we could ever think. We watch 
one direction but he is working in another way very successfully. 
I Tim. 5:13, "And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from 
house to house, and not only idle, but tattlers also and busy bodies, 
speaking things which they ought not." We refuse the truth by 
choice and harden our hearts. We all are to be tried. 

Gal. 6:2, "To bear one anothers burdens, and so fulfill the law 
of God." How do we do that when we refuse to hear the burdened 
hearts request? We are not compelled to believe one thing. Free to 
choose. Acts 7:58, "And cast him out of the city and stoned him: 
and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young mans feet, 
whose name was Saul." Are we Saul? We know the wrong, but do 
nothing against it. So consenting and agreeing to it all. Stephen 
was a good man but he suffered. 

Matt. 10:36, "And a mans foes shall be they of his own 
household." Trials and tribulations should make the bonds tighter. 
True love makes the difference but we refuse the truth. Long time 
friendships have been broken, never to be renewed, trusted or the 
same again. Christ does cause divisions. Luke 12:51, "Suppose ye 
that I am come to give peace on earth, I tell you, Nay, but rather 
division." 

There will be a plumbline in the last days. Will we be a friend of 
Jesus Christ, who died to save us from our own sins? Or a friend of 
the devil whose ways are easy, but ends in death. Which will we 
choose? We cannot serve two masters. Matt. 6:24, "No man can 
serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: 
or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve 
God and mammon." 

Rev. 3:19, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous 
therefore, and repent." True love and truth we know is of Jesus 
Christ, can we stand the heartache and suffering? Jesus suffered 
alone and rose for His friends. Us. 

Sister Martha I. Harman 
R.R. #1 Box 131 
Industry, IL 61440 



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"LIBERATION THEOLOGY" OR FREEDOM IN CHRIST 

St. John 8:32-33 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed 
on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 

St. John 8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be 
free indeed." 

"Liberation theology" is a movement espoused by such liberal 
groups as the World Council of Churches. But a recent religious 
involvement has led us to believe that some "conservative" 
Christians have fallen for a type of "liberation theology." A group 
of "conservative" Christians have joined the false prophet, Moon 
(leader of the "moonies") in a mass demonstration against 
Communism. We will have more to say about this later. 

First of all, we want to define what liberation theology means to 
the liberal element. To them it is synonymous with salvation. In 
other words, salvation to them is not freedom from personal sin but 
freedom from political and social bondage. If the Lord Jesus Christ 
would have accepted and taught "liberation theology" He would not 
have been rejected by the majority of the Jews and their leaders! 
St. John 1:11-12 "He came unto his own, and his own received him 
not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to 
become the sons of God, even to them that believed on his name:" 

While the liberal movements, such as was mentioned, deny the 
need of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, the 
unconditional eternal security teachers have their own type of 
"liberation theology." They take such verses as I Cor. 6:9-10 "Know 
ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? 
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, 
nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (homo- 
sexuals), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, norrevilers, nor 
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." and give them 
another meaning. They fry to make the "kingdom of God" a future 
kingdom, entirely separate from the Kingdom of Heaven. We will 
not take the time to go into detail, but a careful study of scriptures 
will reveal that both are the same! We wonder how they under- 
stand St. John 3:3 where Jesus said, "... Except a man be born 
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."? Are we to understand 
that being "born again" is for a future kingdom? We believe that 
scripture is clear that those who PRACTICE such things as 
mentioned will not be able to enter the kingdom of God (without 
repenting and forsaking them) which is a present reality, though 
not yet perfected. Those not fit for the kingdom of God will not enter 
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Another aspect of "liberation theology" is concerning the 
freedom of nations. Though the fundamentalists and conservatives 
claim to be on "opposite sides of the fence" on this issue, we see 
some likenesses. In the "Response to Readers Digest Article - "Karl 
Marx or Jesus Christ" August 1982, the World Council of Churches 
makes the following statement. "If the WCC had existed at the time 
of the American Revolution, it might well have supported the 
patriot's struggle for independence from British rule." The funda- 
mentalists and some conservatives would agree one hundred per 
cent with this line of thinking! Whether we like to think of it in this 
way or not, America was founded on Liberation theology! In all 
fairness, we have to acknowledge that the fundamentalists are not 
hypocrites as are the World Council leaders. They speak peace out 
of one side of their mouth and revolution out of the other! 

The greatest concern of ours is that Liberation Theology is 
contrary to scripture. We do not feel it is our place to say if those 
who advocate violence are "saved" (that is God's final decision) but 
we cannot take lightly such verses as Matt. 5:9 "Blessed are the 
peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." and 
Matt. 5:45 (After Christ tells us to love our enemies and so forth) 
Jesus says, "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in 
heaven." 

A type of Liberation Theology has also brought a false "freedom" 
into the earthly church. Scripture is re-interpreted to satisfy flesh 
and human desire rather than following in obedience that which 
would cost something. Women preachers now claim the right to 
pastor a church in direct disobedience to scripture. Women wear 
their hair short and men long hair in direct disobedience of 
scripture. Immodest dress is the norm in all too much of the earthly 
church. (This includes both men and women.) Sins of the flesh are 
ignored or given sanction. (We discussed this earlier.) 

We thank God that we do, indeed, have freedom in Christ. He 
gives us the freedom to live above sin and worldly pleasure. Though 
we are not perfect, except in Christ, we do not have to PRACTICE 
sin. God, in His grace, MIGHT allow rebellious individuals to enter 
Heaven. But we prefer to show our love to Jesus Christ by trying to 
live a life of holiness. When we speak of "rebellious individuals" we 
are not referring to those who practice things the scripture plainly 
teaches will keep them out of Heaven. Rather we are thinking of 
those things many consider "controversial" which we see as plain 
scripture teaching. We cannot guarantee that God will accept 
ignorance as an excuse. But He is perfect and just in His judgment. 

Just a few words concerning our opening statement. While we 
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be fought with the "sword of the Spirit" (Gal. 6:17), we definitely do 
not believe true Christians should join a cult in its fight against this 
false religion. It would be like joinging in with a cult in order to 
expose another cult! 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 15, 1923 

FIFTY YEARS BACK 

A. W. Zeigler 

I can well remember our good old members who were then called 
Dunkards. They were not ashamed of the name, nor were they 
ashamed of their plain attire and the plain teaching of God's 
Word. No, not even ashamed of the salutation of the kiss when they 
met each other on the streets, when the worldly gaze was stared at 
them. Of course it would bean awful thing to say of God's professed 
people in these modern times, for them to be ashamed of the 
salutation of the kiss and their plain attire, even when they meet in 
the house where they worship Him who gave them these 
commands to obey. But, I honestly do not know what other excuse 
they could give that would satisfy the Lord who gave the 
commands. Of course, it might be the word HOLY kiss might have 
something to do with discarding the use of the kiss. It may be that 
good brethren might have felt condemned for fear it might not be a 
HOLY kiss. Oh, I do not say that this is the case, as I was just 
supposing the case and of course if that should be the case I 
suppose the Lord will be so good and merciful as some think and 
He will pass it all by and say, thou good and faithful servant and so 
on! Especially if we do not forget to tell Him that we are living in 
these modern times, in this fast age, when folks did not have time to 
serve the Lord like they did fifty or a hundred years ago when things 
were done on smaller scales than they are now. 

Yes, things have changed so much that His Word does not answer 
the purpose of saving souls in these advanced times! Oh, what a 
pity the Lord did not know what kind of a Gospel to give us for these 
modern times! Oh, shame on us poor souls who have God's 
creation, come shortest of filling His purpose of all T as it was 
intended and then still keep going on with the tide of the world, 
lower and lower and even saying some of the things that the 
apostles wrote in their day was only true at that time, but would not 



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be true now in these modern times. 

God pity such poor souls that profess to be followers of our Lord 
and Savior that will take a stand like that! Need we wonder what 
is wrong that there is such an uneasiness in the church today? Do 
we wonder why there is so much trouble in getting funds to run all 
the machinery in the church? And why this continual hammering in 
the pulpit for money? There is a cause for all this, and a just cause. 
There is no doubt many members today have their names on the 
church record that would not be on if the church were under the 
same supervision as when they came to the church. 

I well know the writer would not have joined, for I had studied 
God's word, and looking for a church that tried to follow His 
teaching and as such I found the Dunkard church. They taught the 
gospel doctrines, and used discipline without which no organi- 
zation will make good. Matthew 18 might as well not be in God's 
Word as far as the use of it in some places is concerned, as well as 
some other commands. I would like to know how many churches of 
the Brethren we could find that you could get to carry out the 
teaching of Matthew 18. Yes, we may have many good brethren 
that would be willing to carry out this teaching, but how to get a case 
before the church, is the difficulty, especially under the hireling, for 
when the wolf comes the hireling fleeth. 

The church today is getting its pattern of ruling from a worldly 
standpoint, instead of from God's word and I am astonished at 
many of our brethren who used to follow God's teaching, but have 
now exchanged God's teaching for the worldly or popular idea, even 
though God's word plainly says the carnal mind is not subject to 
God, neither indeed can be. 



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A bumper sticker — Wise men seek Him still. 

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It is over the small stones that Christians stumble — not 
over mountains. 

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Following the line of least resistance is what makes rivers and 
men crooked. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed their Lovefeast, October 30 
with the following visiting ministers: Allen Eberly Virgil 
Leatherman, Paul Myers, John Peffer, Jack Snyder, Merle Sweitzer 
Ronald Marks, Rudy Shaffer with Bro. Peffer officiating in the 
evening. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Shrewsbury Congregation has enjoyed the blessings of 
another Revival Meeting. Elder Robert Carpenter gave us many 
inspiring and challenging messages. We are happy to have Sister 
Clarice and children with us. We wish God's blessings on Bro 
Carpenter and family as he labors for the Lord. 

On November 6, we had our Fall Lovefeast. We were blessed both 
spiritually and temporally. We appreciate the visiting ministers 
who brought the Word: Joshua Rice, Emmert Shelly, Laverne 
Keeney, James Kegerreis, John Peffer, Paul Hartz and Frank 
Shaffer, who officiated in the evening. 



THANKS 
I wish to send my "Thanks" to all the Brethren, Sisters and 
friends who remembered me with cards, gifts and flowers Most of 
all for the prayers that were offered in behalf of me. 
May the Lord bless all of you is my prayer. 

Sister Mary Keller 



A SPECIAL WORD OF THANKS 
I want to thank each and every one for their help, gifts, cards 
concern and especially your prayers while I was in the hospital and 
recuperating at home. There are no words that can express my 
appreciation for all that was done. May God richly bless every one 
of you in a very special way. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Karen Wolfe 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JANUARY, 1984 



OF THE 

/lemory Verse: Gen. 1:1 & 2 
In the beginning God created the 
heaven and the earth. And the 
earth was without form, and void; 
and darkness was upon the face 
of the deep. And the Spirit of 
Qod moved upon the face of the 
waters. 



Sun. 
Mon. 
Tues 
Wed. 
Thur 
Fri. 6 



- Gen. 1:1-19 

- Gen. 1:20-31 

- Gen. 2:1-25 

- Gen. 4:1-26 

- Gen. 6:1-22 
Gen. 7:1-24 



Sat. 7 - Gen. 8:1 22 



Memory Verse: Gen. 8:22 
While the earth remaineth, seed- 
time and harvest, and cold and 
heat, and summer and winter, 
and day and night shall not 
cease. 

Sun. 8 - Gen. 9:1-29 

Mon. 9 - Gen. 10:1-32 

Tues. 10 - Gen. 11:1-32 

Wed. 11 - Gen. 12:1-20 

Thur. 12 - Gen. 13:1-18 

Fri. 13 - Gen. 14:1-24 

Sat 14 - Gen. 18:1-15 



Memory Verse: Gen. 9:18 & 19 
And the sons of Noah that went 
forth of the ark, were Shem, and 
Ham and Japheth: and Ham is 
the father of Canaan. These are 
the three sons of Noah: and of 
them was the whole earth 
overspread. 



EARTH 

Sun. 15 - Gen. 18:16-33 
Mon. 16 - Gen. 22:1-19 
Tues. 17 - Gen. 24:1-21 
Wed. 18 - Gen. 24:22-41 
Thur. 19 - Gen. 24:42-67 
Fri. 20 - Gen. 27:1-29 
Sat. 21 - Gen. 27:30-46 



Memory Verse: Gen. 12:3 
And I will bless them that bless 
thee, and curse him that curseth 
thee: and in thee shall all 
families of the earth be blessed. 

Sun. 22 - Gen. 28:1-22 

Mon. 23 - Gen. 41:1-16 

Tues. 24 - Gen. 41:17-36 

Wed. 25 - Gen. 41:37-57 

Thur. 26 - Gen. 45:1-28 

Fri. 27 - Gen. 48:1-22 



Sat. 28 - Ex. 8:1-19 



Memory Verse: Gen. 22:18 
And in thy seed shall all the 
nations of the earth be blessed; 
because thou hast obeyed my 
voice. 

Sun. 29 - Ex. 8:20-32 

Mon. 30- Ex. 9:1-21 

Tues. 31 - Ex. 9:22-35 



Memory Verses: Ex. 8:22 
And I will sever in that day the 
land of Goshen, in which my 
people dwell, that no swarms of 
flies shall be there; to the end 
thou mayest know that I am the 
Lord in the midst of the earth. 



Ex. 9:16 
And in very deed for this cause 
have I raised them up, for to shew 
in thee my power; and that my 
name may be declared through- 
out all the earth.