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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXV 



JANUARY 1, 1987 



NO. 1 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritualin 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. 

O MAGNIFY THE LORD WITH ME 

O magnify the Lord with me, 
All ye that bear His name; 
His faithfulness and sov'reignty 
Forever are the same. 

He is the soul's unfailing spring, 
Its full orbed summer noon; 
The autumn of its harvesting, 
Its winter's restful boon. 

All times and seasons of the soul, 
Revolve His will around; 
The universe itself pays toll 
To make its life abound. 

So is its life secure and free 
Because He leads the way; 
At length it shares eternally 
With God His perfect day. 

O sing with me, both young and old, 
Of His unchanging ways; 
And let His goodness manifold 
Forever be our praise. 

- Calvin W. Laufer 



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THE BEST OF TIMES: THE WORST OF TIMES 

As we prepare to exchange an old year for a new, we have the 
opportunity to both look back and ahead. As we look back we can 
see what has been done, whether it has been what we would like to 
have upon God's record of our lives or whether it would displease 
Him. Looking back may be very beneficial. History can reveal the 
good things of the past and how they came about. As much as we 
may enjoy the study of history, let us remember that we are now on 
the stage of action. The present is the time for us to be active in 
forming our future. Now is the time for us to be putting together 
the history that we will be looking back at next year or even further 
along the road of time. Now is the time for us to insure that that 
future look back will be pleasant and edifying. 

As this year closes and the new begins, we are aware of the times 
in which we live. In comparison with most other areas in this world 
we are living in material luxury. We can enjoy the ease of many 
conveniences in our homes and work. We are living in times of 
plenty and prosperity. We do not have just the necessities of life, 
^which are lacking in many parts of the world. Luxuries have come 
to seem like necessities. Even those who seek to live a simpler and 
less hectic life find themselves unable to give up many of these 
conveniences that were unknown even a generation ago. No 
longer is a car for the whole family enough but each driver needs 
one. Vacation time, whether in summer or winter, finds people 
traveling. Travel is fast, fairly safe and relatively inexpensive. 
Unlike in many nations, the stores are stocked often to the ceiling 
with the goods people want. And if they become overstocked an 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY 1, 1987 



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advertising campaign with coupons, contests or sale prices will 
soon bring customers to empty the shelves. All of these wonderful 
things from our investment, manufacturing and merchandising 
capacities make our current times the best of times. There are so 
many wonders and so many necessary luxuries in our lives that 
surely these are the best of times. As we survey the year past and 
prepare to move into the new year we can see that our present is 
such an interesting time in which to live. 

Verily, these are the best of times. But these good times may 
actually be the worst of times. Not a one of us would want to give 
up the ease of living that we have grown accustomed to. Yet for the 
benefit of our souls it might be well for us to find an escape from 
the wonderful times we are living in. The material prosperity and 
the physical and sensual activities about us have an effect upon our 
Spiritual lives. To attain or maintain the material prosperity that is 
desired we must invest a great deal of time and effort. This time 
and effort may be stolen from that which belongs to the Lord. To 
keep the high standard of living we may force ourselves into a 
lower standard of Christian living. We do or allow things that a few 
years ago were either looked down upon or were outright for- 
bidden by the Church. 

This decline is shown not only in the things we own, but in the 
ways we have acquired them. In order to make the money 
necessary to have what we deem necessary to have an enjoyable 
life, we have taken jobs that have kept us away from our homes and 
our families. We have jobs that seem more important than the 
services of the Church. Either we cannot be at the appointments of 
the Church or we are so weary that we do not fully enjoy them. Our 
employment becomes the highest priority for us. Since we no 
longer are a farming people, our hours and activities are controlled 
by those who usually have little regard for our Spiritual good. 
Being tied to these jobs we not only may miss the regular appoint- 
ments of the Church but also funerals, weddings and other special 
occasions. Perhaps one of the most serious results is we no longer 
have the time to visit one another. 

So the best of times may actually be the worst of times. While 
financially and materially we may be prospering, we may be failing 
in our Spiritual lives. With the ease of obtaining all the objects of 
this world it is difficult for us to refrain from having the latest and 
best conveniences and luxuries. With easy credit and constant 
paychecks we may soon possess all these items along with pay- 
ments that seem never to cease and call for more striving within 
the world's workshops to keep up. 

We are in this world. We need not be of this world. We need to 



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examine our priorities to be sure they are centered upon Christ and 
the Church. In looking back and ahead at this turning of the 
calendar, let us consider whether these best of times have become 
the worst of times for our souls. 

"N AS IN NOW" 

When we talk on the phone, some words are not always easily 
understood. This is especially true when we spell a word or a 
name. It helps if we say "B as in boy", "C as in cat", and so forth. 
Let's consider spelling the words "New Year" over the phone, using 
these letters to describe our relationship to God. Think of what you 
might say about your own life and your goals. Think also that 
whatever you may say, God already knows your heart. 

"N as in now" can mean that we are seeking God's Will now, that 
we are serving Him now and plan to continue to do so. We could 
also say "N as in no". "No, I don't want to get any further involved 
in Christian work. It's much too demanding and I won't have 
enough time left for myself." Are you a "now" person or a "no" 
person? One little letter makes alot of difference, and one little 
answer makes alot of difference in our relationship to our Lord. 

The next letter is "E as in eternity", or it could be "E as in earth". 
We either plan our lives around eternity and lasting values, or we 
plan around earthly, short-term values. We can focus our' minds 
and hearts on that which God will be pleased with, or we can focus 
on things which mainly please ourselves. Which is it for you? 

The last letter of "new" is a bit harder to define, but we could say 
"W as in whole", meaning wholehearted service. God desires that 
we serve Him with our whole heart, not just a part of it. Half- 
hearted service can lead to "W as in why", when we question God's 
wisdom. "Lord, why do you want me to do all this? Can't someone 
else do it? I need more time for my own interests." "Why did this 
happen to me? Why not to someone else? I already had enough to 
cope with." The "whys" must be set aside if we are to serve God 
acceptably. 

Year begins with "Y as in yes and yield". As a child of God, you 
should be saying, "Yes, Lord, I will yield my will to Yours. I'll let 
You have charge of my life." If we don't say "yes" to Jesus, we've 
said "yes" to Satan, and have yielded to him. Rom. 6:13 says we 
shouldn't yield to sin, but should instead yield ourselves unto God. 
Sin is not to reign in our lives, and it won't if we yield to Jesus. 

The letter "E as in enrich" is next. We should ask God to enrich 
our daily lives, and to lift us up in Jesus. We should ask God to 
enrich the lives of those around us, and especially to save their 



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souls. "E" could also be as in "empty". That's what we are without 
Jesus. If our hearts are empty, our lives will be meaningless. Is 
your life empty, or enriched? 

Next, we come to "A as in accept and abide". First, we must 
accept Jesus without reservation, and then we must abide in Him. 
This will be a warm, close fellowship, not a cold, distant formality. 
If we abide in Jesus, we won't be afraid. We won't need to fear the 
trials of life or the dangers, for our trust will be in Jesus. Which 
would you say: "A as in abide", or "A as in afraid?" 

The last one is "R as in ready or refuse". If you abide in Jesus, 
you'll be ready to serve Him whenever He calls. If your heart is 
centered on this life and whatever satisfaction it can give you, you'll 
refuse whatever God wants to give you. If you abide in Jesus, you'll 
also be ready to leave this world when your turn comes. But if you 
refuse Jesus here, and all He has for you, He will refuse to accept 
you as His own in eternity. 

We either have made a positive, wholehearted commitment to 
God, or we are making a negative, halfhearted (or less) approach. 
The wholehearted commitment will result in a vibrant, happy life in 
Jesus. The other will result in a joyless spirit, and spiritual failure. 
It will be one or the other, because we can't succeed as a Christian 
while focusing attention on our selves. 

We are thinking of a new year. It will be lived one day at a time, 
for now is all we have. The Bible says we are to walk in newness of 
life (Rom. 6:4) and now is the time to start. "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. For a new year 
which ends right, start it right with Jesus, and walk with Him all 
year long. "N is for now", the time to serve Jesus. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"87"... beginning or end? 

The New Years lesson is taken from Acts, Chapter 2. It is a story 
of a beginning. At the beginning of the book of Acts, we see a 
waiting Church. Christ had given His commission and blessing 
and had ascended into Heaven. Now, they were to receive the 
power of the Holy Spirit. It came at Pentecost or the Jewish harvest 
festival. This was the time when the Jews came before God, 
making their offerings and thanking Him for the harvest. The word 
means "fiftieth day." They started counting at Passover and 
counted off seven weeks or forty-nine days and the next day was 



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Pentecost. Jesus, the true Lamb of God, was slain at the time of the 
Passover and came back and remained forty days... the believers 
prayed ten days... and now on the fiftieth day, Pentecost had fully 
come and God sent His power on them. 

What were the people doing? They were gathered in one place 
and all of them were of one accord. In order for you as a Christian 
to get the blessing and the power, you must be in the right place... 
you can't get it out in the world. You can't be a "good Christian" 
and not go to church. You may live a good moral life without going 
to church, but you will never live a Spirit-filled life. Among God's 
people, you will receive blessings and power. Suppose Peter or 
James or John had been absent on the day of Pentecost. They 
would have missed the blessing and they could never have been 
the men of power that they were. 

These people were also of "one accord." God never works in 
strife and confusion, but in the place of harmony and unity. We 
have hundreds of different personalities in our church, but they 
must be in perfect accord spiritually if we expect to have God work 
mightily among us. If we have factions and divisions, we need not 
expect the blessings and the power to come. We are told in 
Proverbs 6:19 that God hates "he that soweth discord among 
brethren." What a horrible category to be in. 

As the people waited in the house, they heard a strange sound. It 
didn't come from the market place or from men, but from Heaven. 
God was sending down His Spirit. Everything that God sends 
down from Heaven is good. He sent His Only Begotten Son and 
that was the best gift man has ever received. Now, again, He is 
sending down another wonderful gift from Heaven. The sound 
they heard was like that of a rushing mighty wind. We in Kansas 
can relate to that sound. Sometimes you can actually hear the 
wind coming before it arrives. In addition to the wind, a flame of 
fire like a cloven tongue sat upon each of them. Fire cleanses, 
warms, and empowers, and here, EVERY Christian was cleansed, 
warmed and empowered. 

The Holy Spirit functioned among these people just as He does 
among us today. He brought important spiritual lessons to their 
remembrance. He convicted men of sin. He brought comfort and 
He empowered them for service. In addition, He brought guidance. 
Will you follow That Guide in 1987. If you will say YES to that 
question, you will reflect the Spirit filled signs of salvation and it 
will truly be the beginning of the rest of your life. 

You will CONTINUE STEADFASTLY. You won't just have an 
initial experience and go back to the old way of life. You will 
continue in the new way. You will be faithful and committed. 



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You will continue STEADFAST IN DOCTRINE. To BE some- 
thing, you have to BELIEVE something. Some people says, "It 
doesn't matter what you believe, just so you are sincere." You 
might reach into your medicine cabinet in the dark of night and 
take out what you think is cough syrup but drink a poisonous liquid 
instead and die. It DOES matter what you believe. Your 
conservative faith is very important. 

You will continue steadfast in BREAKING OF BREAD. This, of 
course, means the Communion. Jesus said, "This do in re- 
membrance of me." (Luke 22:19) They came to the table as we do 
and the Holy Spirit made them remember. As they partook of the 
bread and the cup, they meditated on the broken body and the 
spilled blood. The Communion is a fresh reminder of the crucified 
Christ and the coming King. Without it, you will be spiritually 
weak. 

You will continue STEADFAST IN PRAYER. 

You will SHARE what you have with others who are in need. The 
love in your heart for Christ and others will compel you to share 
your blessings. You will also share the gospel. Everyone, rich or 
poor, must give something. 

You will GO TO CHURCH. If you are a Christian, you can't keep 
away from the house of God. You must commit church attendance 
as a top priority in your life... ANYTIME there are services being 
held there. 

You will GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE. You will desire to eat 
with each other and take your faith into other homes. Fellowship is 
very important to our spiritual wellbeing and I fear that it is lacking 
in too many churches today. We are too busy for simple fellowship 
and sharing of the "good life in Christ." 

If you desire a new beginning in your life... if you desire to be 
healed of your 1986 complacency, you can find the joy of salvation 
through practicing these few principles. Empty your heart of the 
world, of wrong attitudes... and surrender completely to Jesus. 
You can then experience a fulfilling new year. 

Out in the Rockies some years ago an engineer was taking his 
fast freight train over a steep mountain grade. Suddenly something 
went wrong with the air brakes and soon the train was out of 
control. Just ahead was the river and a bridge which would not 
stand the impact of this wild train. The fireman jumped to safety on 
one side and the conductor jumped to safety on the other side. 
When the train hit the bridge, the bridge gave way and the train 
plunged down into the water. Later on all the crew was found 
except the engineer. They thought he might have run off into the 
woods. But his gray-haired mother said, "No, my son was faithful. 



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He never left the train. When you lift the wreck you will find him 
there." So it was. When they lifted the engine, they found him at 
his post and his hand was still on the throttle. That is the kind of 
faithfulness you owe Christ! Can that be said of you... "I KNOW 
WHERE HE IS... HE IS ON THE JOB FOR ME." Will '87 be the 
beginning or the end of your Christian experience? I pray it will be 
a year of BEGINNING. 

Brother Len Wertz 



WHAT WILL WE DO IN THE NEW YEAR? 

Again we are approaching the end of another year. What we 
have done so far is on record for eternity. Also we are approaching 
the beginning of a New Year, will we start the New Year out right? 

Our future plans depend on the Lord being willing. We have no 
promise of tomorrow in this sinful world. The second coming of 
Christ will be in an hour that we think not. I remember an Elder, 
many years ago, who always at the close of a church service said if 
the Lord willing we will meet and then give the time of the next 
service. 

Whatsoever we do, do all to the honor and glory of God. I 
suppose none of us, if Christ were to come, would want Him to find 
us engaged in the using of intoxicating liquor, tobacco or dope that 
are harmful to this earthly tabernacle. We are commanded to 
present it holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable 
service. Touch not, handle not the unclean things. The Christian is 
the temple of the living God. Whosoever defiles this temple, him 
will God destroy. 

True Christians will not resort to violence. Do good unto all men 
especially unto the household of faith. We should always use a 
spirit of love and kindness in giving advice and instructions to 
others. We need the fruits of the spirit. If we show envy we may 
become stumbling blocks. Deeds of kindness and words of love 
make the world an Eden like the Heaven above. 

It is sad to know sometimes professing Christians will resort to 
placing unjust hardships upon others. Bear ye one another's 
burdens and fulfill the law of Christ. In the first part of this century 
people were much more to help one another than they are now. 
Doing good for others is resorting to the laying up treasures in 
Heaven. Are we gathering sheaves for the Master's bouquet 
representing flowers that will never decay? 

The true Christian has no time for the evils of the world. Today 
Satan is out as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 



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It would be of great value for us to meditate upon great men of 
God who are recorded in His Holy Word. The record of Christ who 
faithfully fulfilled His mission which gives eternal salvation to all 
who will receive it. Also the record of other great men of God who 
faithfully served the Lord and were determined to go forward and 
never lay their armour down and looked forward to the crown of 
righteousness at the end of their pathway. 

Also meditate upon our faithful foreparents, their labors and their 
firm stand against the evils of the world. They did much in the 
upbuilding of God's kingdom here on earth, which contributed to 
the making of our nation great. Satan is the author of sin and 
wickedness which has turned our nation away from the high 
standard of morality that existed among our faithful foreparents 
many years ago. 

The harvest is great and the labourers are few. We should labour 
for the Master from the dawn to setting sun. We should not sow to 
the flesh but rather sow to the Spirit that will contribute to our 
treasures in Heaven if we remain faithful and true to the end. Our 
trials and temptations here will only make us richer there. Pro- 
fessing Christians who show envy toward others need repentance 
and conversion as it hinders the upbuilding of God's kingdom here 
on earth. 

We should labour for the salvation of souls. We should not be 
among the forgetful hearers of the saving Gospel of Christ, who 
impose their selfish ideas upon others. The spirit of selfishness 
does not exist among those who are filled with the Holy Spirit. 
Today there are many who have established their own righteous- 
ness and have not the righteousness of God. Let us take the saving 
Gospel of Christ as our guide and not man made theorems in 
religion. Christ said if ye love Me, keep my commandments. He 
taught and exemplified the Golden Rule. 

Because of the uncertainty of life in this world we should always 
be prepared for the glorious eternity. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

PRESSING FOR THE PRIZE 

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:4. 

What does it mean to press? We see an example. To press takes 
two things, force and a resistance. Now we can see what Paul was 
saying in Phillipians. Every Christian who is trying to do what is 



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right knows about pressing, first hand. But, there are a couple 
things we may not have considered about pressing. The only way 
to grow strong is to press. Building muscles requires us to work, 
press against a resistance. In the spiritual life that takes on many 
different angles. When we pray for patience, God allows us trying 
situations to press against. What we expect is for Him to make it 
easy. But without pressing we don't develop patience. So when 
someone does something to us and we must forgive, we need to 
accept this as an opportunity to build forgiveness muscles. How 
many times do we react in anger or vengeance? We decide we will 
teach them a lesson and justify it by saying it is for their good. 
James says, "Count it all joy when ye fall into divers (many 
different) temptations." James 1:12. 

So even temptations are another way we press. The more 
temptations satan sends our way, the stronger we become to deny 
our own lusts and submit to God. How many times have we wished 
we would never be tempted again. But can we imagine what weak 
Christians we would be? just like a man who never worked! The 
strongest man ever against temptation, Jesus, was tempted as no 
other man! 

In Mark 5:25-34 is a wonderful lesson on pressing. This woman 
with an issue of blood had to press through the crowd. Get a 
picture of her. She was possibly weak due to her physical 
condition. But she set her goal on Jesus. Verses 27-28. That must 
be our sole purpose for pressing. Anything else is pride. She put 
out a great deal of effort to get to Him! Faith that Jesus would meet 
her need! Verse 34 "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go 
in peace, and be whole of thy plague." We must have faith that 
Jesus is our only answer! We are not pressing just to please 
someone else, or to look good, or just to receive in this world. But 
we must believe Jesus wil! receive us because He loves us, not 
because we are good. So our failures while we are pressing won't 
discourage us. Now, the thought in Matthew 11:12 comes to light. 
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of 
heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." 

The devil will oppose our every step as we walk our Christian 
walk. He will cause people to insult us, find fault with us. 

He will point out our failures, (and nobody is perfect), he is the 
accuser of the brethren. Rev. 12:10. 

He will discourage us by telling us that we are not accomplishing 
anything. It is not by sight but by faith. When we obey God's 
calling in our lives, we receive the results by faith. 

Or he will tell us we could live a better life if we weren't 
Christians, or weren't following God's purpose for our lives. There 



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is no joy outside of obedience to God's call on our lives, only 
passing happiness or fun. True contentment is to be satisfied 
where God has called us. Paul says, "For I have learned in 
whatever state I am, therewith to be content. Phil. 4:11. 

And the list of oppositions could go on and on.... 

Let us deny self, have faith in the saving, sustaining love of Jesus, 
and press on against the resistance of satan to new strength and 
victories through Jesus Christ our Lord! 

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of 
the Son of God unto a perfect man unto the measure of the stature 
of the fullness of Christ. 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; But speaking the truth in LOVE, may grow up into Him 
in all things, which is the Head, even Christ." Eph. 4:13-15. 

Brother Paul H. Mellott 
R#5 Box163-B, Mellott Rd. 
Oakland, MD 21550 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 1, 1927 

HOW SHALL THE YOUNG BE WON? 

J. H. Crofford 

Christ died for the sins of the whole world, salvation is for all: 
"Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely", without 
money and without price. The young without financial means have 
the same privilege of access to the plan of salvation as the older 
ones who are blessed with plenty of this world's goods. They need 
no money to spend at church festivals and entertainments, and to 
make a show of their giving to Sunday schools on their birthday 
anniversaries. 

Jesus loves the young as well as the aged, and vice versa. When 
he was here upon the earth, he took little children in his arms and 
blessed them, and he said: "suffer them to come unto me and 
forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." My dear 
young people, He suffered and died for you, He brought for you the 
plan of salvation. Love brought Him down, and He "saves us 
through grace." He gave you a work to perform to test your love for 
Him. The pleasure you derive from this work of obedience to His 
will, is the consciousness of pleasing Him, a fear — not an appre- 
hension of punishment — of displeasing Him, of doing or leaving 



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undone things which, would cause the dear Savior to feel that His 
mission into the world was in vain, that there is no love in the hearts 
of the people for Him. 

His mission in the world was to prepare for Himself a bride, the 
church, which must measure up to a standard of perfection, to be 
accepted by Him when He comes to take unto Himself His bride. 
Remember the ten virgins who were bidding to become this bride 
— five dilitary and negligent of their duty, were rejected. 

My young sisters, you have some conception of the duties of a 
bride; you know the first concern of a true bride is a fear of doing 
that which will displease and the pleasure in doing the things that 
will please him. One among the first things she does, is to forsake 
her former single associates and cleave to her husband, and 
associate more with married people. She accompanies her 
husband; she does what he bids her do, and attires her person in a 
way she thinks most attractive to him. 

Now do you know if you (male and female, for it takes both to 
make up the bride of Christ) love Jesus more than a bride loves her 
husband, you will do more for Him. It will be a pleasure to forsake 
your worldly associates and the sinful pleasures of this world for 
Him. The bride's mind is renewed or changed from former 
associates and pleasures to the pleasing of her husband. Likewise 
the bride of Christ is instructed: "Be not conformed to the world, 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." 

The mind being renewed, the desires are naturally changed. You 
will not think of bobbing your hair and dishonor your head. You 
will not be conformed to the world in your attire: clothes that bare 
parts of the body which should be covered, thereby inviting the 
approaches of licentious men, seeking the destruction of your 
virtue, leading you into the forbidden act of fornication. You will 
shun the dancing floor, the object of which is to inflame lust and 
overcome your person. You will absent yourselves from picnics, 
socials, and all kinds of parties where the doings and conduct are 
such that you will not feel to have Jesus come upon you there. The 
masquerade parties must certainly be an abomination in His sight, 
yet while I am writing these lines, one of the women living next 
door to us is spending the evening in hideous attire at just such a 
party in one of the parsonages in this town. With the love for Jesus 
in their hearts, they could not grieve Him so by turning homes of 
the ministry into places of such heathenish performance. 

Learn what Jesus has done for you. Learn the character of His 
life. Learn to love Him for those things, and the desire to obey His 
commands and the church's demands according to the spirit of His 
gospel, will naturally follow. Then comes the Holy Spirit, the 



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Comforter, to guide you into all truth. He will remain with you as 
long as you are sincere and honest in your service; but when doubt 
enters your heart and you begin to do the things you know are not 
right, like violating the Scriptures and church rules when you think 
you are not seen by other members, you begin to weaken, and you 
fail to see the Truth; you cannot even be convinced that there is any 
virtue in being different from the world, you cannot renew them 
unto repentance. (Heb. 6:4-6) 

How many old elders and ministers do you know who used to 
preach with all the God given power they possessed against the 
evils of the world, who now participate in the very things they used 
to condemn, and no persuasion now can make them see the wrong 
in what they are doing? One of the mainstays in the church in 
years gone by, preached in our town three years ago and said in 
one of his sermons: "I am ashamed now of the sermons I preached 
thirty-five years ago." One good thing is he apparently is shorn of 
his power, for he no longer is looked up to as a counselor and 
minister as he used to be. 

The one great essential to obedience and a Christian life is love. 
The pleasures and fashions of the world are inviting and fasci- 
nating to the unconverted. The Christ life is just the opposite; it 
sees no pleasure in the foolish things of the world, but, the liberalist 
says: 'That is narrow mindedness", although the Word says: 'The 
friendship of the world is enmity with God." The result is almost all 
kinds of amusements that the young love, are introduced or 
allowed in the churches in order to entice them into the nominal 
church and the result is it is filled with the unconverted. You are 
not even taught to love Jesus or His cause sufficiently to give of 
your means for its support, without first loving self more, for which 
you make purchases or investments to satisfy your appetite or 
longings, and call it "giving to the Lord." A festival or big supper 
must be prepared and the eats advertised to appeal to the palates 
of the people to loosen their purse strings to fill their bellys on 
occasions when funds are needed. There is not enough of the love 
of Jesus in their hearts for them to walk up to the treasurer and lay 
down their offering without receiving something for self. 

As for their attire, they cannot deny themselves of the fashions of 
the world; the wearing of gold and costly array for the Master, but 
how eager they are to don the uniform of any worldly organization 
with which they may unite. 

Teach the young to consider the position of Jesus when He 
enjoyed all the pleasures and beauties of heaven, but for the love 
He had for us denied Himself of it all and came down into this world 
as the poorest of the poor where He suffered the taunts and jeers of 



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the people, and finally suffered that awful death on the cross that it 
might be possible for us to enjoy heaven with Him through all 
eternity. If He did so much for us we certainly can love Him enough 
to suffer some of the remarks which may be made about us for 
being different from the world in our dress and deportment while 
we live out our short lives, for remember, we only pass through life 
once, there will be no coming back to make amends; our mistakes 
will be for eternity and His judgment we cannot escape. 



OBITUARY 

FORREST R. DIEHL 

Forrest R. Diehl, age 85 years, 5 months and 6 days, passed away 
Monday morning, November 17, at Good Samaritan Hospital. He 
was formerly of 10910 Old Dayton Road, New Lebanon, Ohio, 
where he was a prominent farmer for many years. 

He was a long time member of the Englewood Dunkard Brethren 
Church, where he served as a Deacon since 1927. 

Forrest is survived by his sister, Ivene, who is residing in the 
Brookhaven Rest Home, Brookville, Ohio. Also, one nephew, six 
nieces and many other relatives and friends survive. Two brothers 
and two sisters preceded him in death. 

Funeral services were held on November 20, 1986 at Rogers & 
Holp Funeral Home by Brother Edward Johnson assisted by 
Brother Paul Stump and Brother William Heisey. Interment was in 
the Eversole Cemetery. 



NEWS ITEMS 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The newly reorganized Bethel Congregation held their first 
Lovefeast December 6, 1986. Visiting ministers with us during the 
day were: Presiding Elder Eugene Kauffman, Frank Shaffer, Merle 
Sweitzer, Ronald Marks, Paul Hartz and Virgil Leatherman. Bro. 
Leatherman officiated in the evening with approximately ninety 
communicants surrounding the tables. 

At a recent Council Meeting, the voice of the church was taken to 
elect a minister and a deacon. After scripture reading and prayer, 
Bro. David Aungst was called to the ministry and Bro. Marlin Marks 
was called to the deacon's office. May we remember these 
brethren with our prayers, love and support. 



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The Bethel Congregation is now worshipping at our school 
building located along Route 419, one mile south of Interstate 78 
Exit 6. The Lord willing, we plan to begin building a church house 
in the spring of 1987. 

During this past year, four precious souls were taken into our 
number. 

To all the brethren and sisters who have remembered this 
congregation in prayer, we ask that you might continue to pray for 
us as we labor for Christ's kingdom, that Satan be defeated and 
that God would "BIND US TOGETHER" in His love. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



THANK YOU 

Words cannot express our appreciation for the care and concern 
shown to us during Harold's illness. 

For the greetings, notes and gifts, above all for the many prayers 
in our behalf, we say thank you and may God richly bless each one. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Ruth Kleinhen 



THANK YOU 

To all of you who wrote to Sister Hilda F. Strayer on her 90th 
birthday, thanks so much. If I counted right she got fifty-five cards. 
God bless each one. 

She still lives with us, Homer and Rosalie Mellott at R. #5 Box 
163, Oakland, MD 21550. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Rosalie Mellott 



'TASTY RECIPES" COOKBOOK 

The Dunkard Brethren Cookbook, "Tasty Recipes" is still avail- 
able at $8.50 per cookbook - price includes postage and handling 
-from: 

Yvonne Mallow 
RD#1 Box22B 
Clearville, PA 15535 
I've received another shipment and have plenty on hand. 

Sister Yvonne Mallow 



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VOL. LXV 



JANUARY 15, 1987 



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. 

IN GOD WE TRUST 

On the money of this nation 
"In God we Trust" we read... 
Yet so many don't realize 
On His Word we should feed. 

There's a longing need to seek God — 
To know Him through His Word — 
And if we search we can find Him 
Through preaching that we've heard. 

We must also read and study 
Our knowledge to improve 
So we're not ashamed before God — 
To show ourselves approved. 

We must rightly divide His Word, 
Then obey and love Him... 
Never stop trusting that He'll lead, 
Or let our light grow dim. 

- Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 



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THE COMMON FAITH 

"Faith", like "love", "good" and many other common oft-repeated 
words, is easy to use but often hard to define. We know in our 
hearts and minds what we mean yet we can not find the right words 
to describe it to someone else. "Faith" is a trust or belief yet 
somehow it is deeper than our usual understanding of these words. 
Faith is also the practical implementation of what we believe. It is 
both a mental and emotional process and an obedient, doctrinal 
labor in Christian living. 

The Apostle Jude speaks of a common faith. Really, in one 
sense, it is an uncommon faith for there are relatively few who 
exercise it or exercise in it. There are few, just as Jesus said, who 
would find and tread the narrow road leading to eternal life. The 
narrow way is expounded throughout the Bible but few find it 
because it requires humility to submit to the terms set by God. 

Faith once found is common because it is the same for all who do 
find it. It is not one set of beliefs for one person or group and 
something else for another group. There is one God, one Lord, and 
one Saviour who is the object of our common belief. Belief may be 
expressed in various other philosophies and teachings but the 
belief that qualifies for the narrow way is limited to Biblical faith. 
Whatever is more or less than the Biblical revelation is in error and 
is not the faith that will successfully deliver an adherent to the 
blissful shores of Heaven. 

Cultural differences are not reasons to change the faith. Paul 
calls "for obedience to the faith among all nations." Rom. 1:5b. No 
matter what nation, tribe, language or group the Gospel is pro- 

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claimed to, the faith is the same, it does not vary because of past 
cultural practices or to appease those who might oppose some of 
the seemingly peculiar practices established by the Bible. The 
common faith has a common set of beliefs. They cannot vary and 
still be common. 

The common faith takes in both Jew and Gentile. Though their 
backgrounds are so very different, the dividing partition is broken 
down and they can be of one belief and practice in Christ. The 
Gospel of Christ is "the power of God unto salvation to eve>y one 
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Rom. 1:16b. 
Because Jesus came as a Jew and lived as a Jew, they had first 
opportunity to accept Him but they didn't and the Way is now open 
to all. Jesus died for the sins of all men. His great substitutionary 
gift was not just for one race or tribe. It was for all. 

The Jew had an advantage by having the Old Testament. The 
Old Testament looked forward to the New Testament. The Jews 
should have recognized Jesus as their Christ from what they had 
been taught before but they failed to comprehend. "For therein is 
the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith." Rom. 1 :1 7a. 
The Jews had the Old Testament faith to lead them to the New 
Testament faith. Some few during Jesus' ministry did respond to 
Him and moved from faith to faith. Over the centuries a relatively 
few have continued to move from their old faith to the new faith. 

Although the Gentiles lacked the background of the Old Testa- 
ment faith, they could still follow the New Testament faith for "The 
just shall live by faith." Rom. 1:17b. Those who are justified or 
made right with God through their exercise of saving faith in Christ 
must continue to live a Christian life by exercising a working faith. 
Thus the Jew and the Greek in common have the same Christian 
faith although they came to it by different avenues. 

The New Testament gives the doctrines and practices that must 
be carried out. These teachings bring about a common faith as 
those, who will receive and follow them, do the same things. 
Believing God's Word, they will do the same things and will have 
the same mind. The common faith is unifying. It matters not what 
the financial, popular or educational status of each believer for 
they must each one subscribe to the same beliefs and practices. 
Paul rebuked the Corinthians because of the party spirit that 
divided them, but commended them later for giving heed to his 
corrective words. 

Jude speaks of our faith as common because it was but once 
given. This establishes the faith as being unchanging throughout 
various eras. Just as Jesus is unchanging, so is the way given for 
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differences that have occurred throughout history. They want a 
"modern" faith that will allow them the privilege of changing to 
meet changing conditions. The once given faith is established for 
always and it is us who must change, not it. 

Jude tells Christians to contend for the faith so it will affect more 
people. Forwarding the faith by living and preaching it will lessen 
the need to prove and defend it. 

There is a common faith delivered to us — are we living it, are we 
contending for it? Praise God, for our common faith. 

NO HELP WANTED 

Ida, a blind woman, became confused on her way to work one 
day, because of a construction area. The noise of the machinery 
drowned out the familiar sounds which she depended on for 
direction. Another woman saw Ida's distress and took her past the 
construction, part way across the street. Then she said, "I'm sure 
you know the rest of the way, don't you?" and left Ida before she 
could answer. 

With cars passing her on both sides, Ida was confused and 
scared. She had no idea which way to go and cried out to God for 
help. A clammy hand took her arm and guided her across the 
street. The person said nothing, not even to Ida's question of 
where he was taking her. This frightened her even more, and even 
though uncertain of where she was, she jerked away and started to 
run. As she ran, she collided with a wall and lost her cane also. In 
the Psalms, 22:1, David said, "Why art thou so far from helping 
me?" Crying openly, Ida now asked that same question. 

But help soon came. A friendly voice said, "My name is John. I 
work where you do. Frank here wrote me a note and said you were 
in trouble." Ida then knew why the stranger didn't speak. It was 
Frank, who had no voice box! He wanted to help, but couldn't tell 
Ida who he was, and the resulting confusion caused them both alot 
of distress. 

Ida couldn't make it alone, yet she refused Frank's help. Why? 
Because she was blind and thought he meant to harm her. We, like 
her, are often blind too, to our needs, our helplessness, and to the 
source of help. We can't make it alone, yet will refuse the help 
which is right at our fingertips. Our blindness causes us to turn 
away from what we need most, and like Ida, we may not stop until 
we run into a wall. 

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." 
Psa. 46:1 . God has promised to help us if we come to Him, but His 
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need, is available to all, but it is effective only In the hearts and lives 
of those who accept it. It does nothing for the unbeliever who 
doesn't want it. "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 all need help in some way or other, first from God, and at 
times from other people. There is nothing shameful about needing 
help. The shame comes when we won't accept it, when we say "no 
help wanted." Whatever the problem we have, we must first admit 
our need, that we can't handle it alone, and next, accept the help 
available for our need. Some who are obviously in need will refuse 
help, and they must suffer the consequences. There is no help for 
those who don't want it. 

"Woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another 
to help him up." Ec. 4:10. Ida thought she was alone, but she really 
wasn't. She refused Frank's help because of being afraid, but he 
understood and got someone else to do what he couldn't He didn't 
leave Ida "in the middle of the street", so to speak, but made sure 
her need was met. The woman who helped Ida part way across the 
street only caused more trouble. It is important to follow through 
as Frank did when helping someone, as a halfway job just leaves 
them more troubled than before. 

Ida couldn't see and Frank couldn't talk, so they couldn't com- 
municate. Frank's motive was misunderstood, and Ida's rapidly- 
increasing fear took control. We can't always communicate well 
either and we don't always trust when we should. This does cause 
problems and we need to look for ways to communicate more 
easily. Ida gave Frank a Braille identification card, and cautioned 
all helpers to not leave her stranded in the middle of a street She 
encouraged others by making it easier for them to help her. 

"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee 
Fear not; I will help thee." Isa. 41:13. Whether anyone else knows 
how to help you or not, God does, and He has promised us His 
care. He wants us to trust Him and not be afraid. Just seek God 
and accept His merciful care; throw away your "No Help Wanted" 
sign. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that 
we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need "Heb 
4:16. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Jesus who? 

One of the most crucial issues in your life as a believer is under- 
standing the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This understanding will 
determine whether you will be useful to God and His Kingdom. All 
of your aspirations, blessings and joys are dependent on your 
submission to Jesus as Lord of all. You can not experience His 
fullness until you submit to His Lordship. 

You might be saying... "well, of course I do that." But I find this 
an area of great conflict to both young and old Christians alike. 
Understanding Christ's Lordship is not just being baptized. It is not 
just being a member of the church. You made an initial commit- 
ment to submit to Christ when you first discovered that He was 
worthy of your allegiance. But you MUST make a day-by-day 
recommitment to the Lord's authority. The Biblical admonition is 
that "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and 
take up his cross DAILY and follow Me." (Luke 9:23) 

You are constantly facing new decisions relating to Christ's 
lordship. The battle is constant between you and the world, the 
flesh and Satan himself. You are constantly making choices of who 
will be first in your life... self, family, friends or Christ. 

Is Jesus worthy of being Lord over your life? He reminds us in 
Matt. 6:33 that He fills all of our basic needs of shelter, clothing and 
food. If we put Him first, His care for us will be complete. 

I believe that Jesus must either be Lord of all of your life or He 
will not be for any of it. Because he is at the very top of alt things 
and is Lord God Almighty, He is worthy of your total submission. 
His power is absolute and without end. God's creative ability is 
phenominal. It is said that if you were able to fire a bullet in such a 
way that it traveled around the world at the speed of light... before 
you could completely release the trigger, the bullet would have 
gone through your body seven times. This illustrates the awe- 
someness of just one part of the Lord's creation... light. And, not 
only did He create it, but He also sustains it. All things follow the 
laws which God has designed to govern them... except man... who 
tries to follow his own will and way. We rebel against Him... we go 
our own way... even with His evidence of authority over the 
creation all around us. 

Now we are not specifically talking to the total rebel here. We are 
talking to those who resist His lordship over their life. All of the 
problems in a Christian's life can be traced to sin and a lack of 
submission to Jesus Christ. We don't ALWAYS want Him to rule 
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sometimes because we haven't stopped to analyze whether we are 
surrendering totally to Jesus Christ as Lord. He wants to give us 
the fullest life we could ever dream of and yet through the hardness 
of our hearts, we refuse to submit to Him. 

THE DEGREE OF ABUNDANCE WE EXPERIENCE IN OUR LIFE 
DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH WE ARE WILLING TO SURRENDER 
AND SUBMIT TO JESUS AS LORD OF OUR LIVES. 

You want to be first in your life... right? After all, you live in a "me 
first" world. But you must realize that you are no longer your own. 
By virtue of Christ's death on the cross, you now belong to Him. 
You have been bought with a price. (I Cor. 6:19-20) 

So, now that you understand that you must submit to Christ, how 
do you do it? First of all, you must surrender all of your 
possessions to Him. This is hard because it is contrary to "human" 
nature. But it does separate the true disciple from the "also-run" 
Christians. Your home, your car, your boat, your back account... 
these must be entrusted to the Lord of all your possessions. THEY 
ALL BELONG TO GOD. Let Him be in control of them through 
your right attitude toward them. 

You must also give Him your daily plans. Remember, His way is 
best. If you are led by the Holy Spirit in His fullness, you will work 
toward total surrender to God's will. Yes, it is a struggle but you 
will never become what God intends you to be without complete 
surrender. YOU CANT SERVE TWO MASTERS. CHOOSE YOU 
THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL SERVE. (Joshua 24:15) You cannot 
remain on the fence. You can't fluctuate between wholeheartedly 
serving Jesus and His Church and living in the world as well. Your 
ALLEGIANCE must be to the One or to the other. Your life will be 
meaningful only as you turn it all over to Him... your vocation, 
location, life partner, children, friends, leisure time, education, 
plans, time, career, money and possessions. 

In reality, God has controlled much of your life up to now without 
your input. You didn't decide to be born, who your parents would 
be, what country you'd be born in, what color your skin, hair or 
eyes would be, how tall you would be and so forth. Let Him have 
everything else. Will it cause you some challenge if you have to 
bear the cross a little more? Will you have to deny self more? 
Probably! But, a disciple is a DISCIPLINED one. He is not 
someone who pampers himself by satisfying all his wants and 
desires in a self-gratifying way. 

Face it... you don't know what is best for you. You don't know 
what is in your best interest. Only God knows... the One who must 
be allowed to be the TOTAL Lord of your life. Give Him your life... 
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so much desire. JESUS WHO... JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR 
LIFE. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 15, 1927 

WHICH WAY? 

B. E. Kesler 

We are all traveling for a short while in what is called time. In a 
short time — an hour, a day, a week, a year or longer — we shall be 
called from time to eternity. And our final home will depend on the 
direction we have been traveling here in this world. So far as our 
destiny is concerned, there are only two ways: one leads to life and 
the other to death. We are left free to choose our way, but once we 
have chosen it and passed over it, we must abide by the con- 
sequences. There is no getting away from them. 

Sometimes we are inclined to think that a little departure from 
the way which leads to life will not matter, that we can get back to it 
any time we wish to. But that is not always true; we think it is not 
true at all, if we deliberately depart from the way we know to be 
right. 

There is no end to the number of ways that men and women are 
following in this world; but we need to remember that, though there 
seem to be many ways, there are only two destinations. It does not 
matter how nearly some of the ways seem to correspond with the 
way of life, if they differ from it they will not lead us to our desired 
haven. No other way is just as good, no other way leads to life 
eternal. 

It has often been said that it does not matter so much whether we 
take a long step or a short one, the all important point being the 
direction in which the step is taken. Any step taken on the wrong 
way must be retraced if we are ever to reach heaven. And how 
many men and women have made shipwreck of their lives while 
thinking that they would turn in time and steer the right course. 

And the great hulk of persons who go wrong do not go that way 
in long steps; a little step aside is thought to be like a white lie. But 
we must not forget that there is no such thing as a white lie. 

The view given us of the final judgment shows us people 
rejected, not because of gross crimes committed, but because of 
little duties neglected-, And those who were told to depart were 
surprised at their sentience. But the great point was that they had 
been on the wrong road; and the only way in which we have any 



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right to expect to reach the desired destination is by traveling on 
the road which we know to be right. 

There is nothing difficult or complicated about it. We are given a 
number of commandments and told that by doing them we shall 
enter into life eternal when our life on earth is past; by not doing 
them we fail to enter into life eternal with our Father and Savior. 
Men have various ideas as to what the other place is like, thinking 
they know more about it then the Lord has revealed to us. But no 
matter what they think, they must agree that a life of bliss is not 
found at the end of the wrong road; and that ought to be sufficient 
to make us avoid it. 

If our destination is to the north of the place where we are, we 
should be foolish to start south and expect to get there. We should 
consider a man foolish who did that. And yet is it any more foolish 
to do that than for men to take the opposite road from the one 
marked out for reaching heaven? If we had the chance to go over 
the road the second time and correct our mistakes, we might run 
the risk; but we have just one chance, and if we fail, the mistake and 
the loss are ours, for we have no excuse for going over the 
wrong road and reaching the destination that all would avoid. 

And we must not deceive ourselves by believing we are on the 
right road just because we have united with a church. That is a step 
in the right direction, but it is just a beginning of the journey. There 
is not the slightest reason for believing that all church members will 
obtain a heavenly mansion at the end of life. We have the word of 
Jesus that not everyone that saith unto Him "Lord, Lord" will enter 
into the kingdom. The one who does the will of the Father in all 
things is safe, but no others. 

The choosing of the right road and continuing therein until time 
ends for us, is the most important thing in our lives, in the life of 
anyone; and yet how many we see who are indifferent, even say it 
makes no difference to them which road they travel. What will be 
their idea when the final day comes, when everyone of us shall 
stand before the judgment seat to receive for the deeds done in the 
body? 

We are told that there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but 
at the end of it is death. 

No place in God's Book can we find more than one safe way 
mentioned, whether we search the Old or the New Testament. 
Isaiah said there shall be a highway called the way of holiness; and 
nothing unclean shall pass over it. 

When we can be safe, why do we so often choose to be unsafe? 
Is it that we wish to have our own way in the things pertaining to the 
kingdom of heaven as well as in those of the earth? Sometimes it 



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would seem so, for man refuses to follow God in the most 
important thing in life. 

Which way are you traveling? And why? We should be able to 
give a reason for the faith that is in us. Who is our master, and 
under whose directions are we traveling? It is for each of us to say 
whether he will be on safe or unsafe ground. We are not compelled 
to take the right or wrong road, but we must choose one or the 
other. May God help us to choose aright. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Confession 
J. H. Moore 

Hearing leads to believing, believing to repentance, and repent- 
ance leads to confession. To confess Christ is to acknowledge his 
sovereignty and to accept his teachings. Jesus says, in Matthew 
10:32, "Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him 
will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." Paul 
makes confession a condition of salvation. Here is his statement: 
"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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteous- 
ness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." 
(Rom. 10:9-10) Before the eunuch was baptized, he made his 
confession in these words: "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of 
God." (Acts 8:37) 

The confession, however, embraces more than merely accepting 
Christ. It includes a confession for sins. In I John 1:9 we read: "If 
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Even John the 
Baptist, though working in the twilight of the Gospel, taught the 
doctrines of confession, for when the people, from all the regions 
round about, came to him, it is said that they "were baptized of him 
in Jordan, confessing their sins." (Matt. 3:6) It is remarkable, when 
we come to consider the matter carefully, how faith, repentance 
and confession are related, as so many steps, leading up to 
salvation from our sins. In these steps the hand of God is pointing 
out the way. 

TWO TRUE SONS 

A certain man had two sons, and he loved them both very much. 
To the first son he gave many wonderful gifts: a beautiful orchard, a 



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field planted with grain, a deep well with plenty of fresh water, a 
sturdy new plow, and a big, strong draft horse. 

To the other son he only gave an acre of fallow ground and a 
small donkey. Some people began to think that he was unfair, or 
that he loved one son more than the other. 

The first son was very grateful. Everywhere he went he told 
people about how good his father was to him. He even went to his 
brother and said, "Our father is wonderful; see the draft horse he 
gave me. I have more than enough grain to feed him. And how can 
I ever go hungry? Just look at that orchard. And I will never thirst, 
for look at this deep well. And I surely did not deserve any of this or 
even ask him for it." 

The other son said, "Very nice. Well, I'd like to talk to you, but I 
have to be going. My donkey is sick and I have to take care of him." 

Now the father paid the first son a visit and said, "How are you 
doing?" And the son said, "I am doing well; everywhere I go I never 
fail to tell how good you have been to me. I tell them how much 
you care for us and how you meet our needs, and I never fail to 
explain that we do not deserve what you give us in your great love 
for us. And I know that it is not because we even asked, but 
because you love us. And no one can deny what I say because you 
have obviously given me so much." 

And the father said, "All this is of no benefit, for you have 
slandered my name." And he said, "Everyone thinks that I am 
unfair because I have given you so much. Or else people think I 
don't care about them. Take your brother, for example, whose 
donkey is sick. He even doubts that he is my son." 

And the son said, "But why do you not do for him what you do for 
me?" 

And the father said, "Because I want you to be a true son. Have 
you ever noticed that your brother's donkey does not have enough 
to eat? And do you wonder why his land is fallow and dry? You are 
both my children, and I love you both equally, but you must both 
learn to be my true sons." 

So because he was a true son, what do you think the first son 
did? 

He gathered fruit from his orchard and grain from his field. He 
drew water from his well, and he hitched up the plow to his horse 
and went to pay his brother a visit. He gave his brother food for his 
table and grain for his donkey and helped him plow up and irrigate 
his land. And so they began a life of caring for each other. And 
throughout the land everyone knew about the great love of the 
father. They could tell by looking at his sons. 

"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have 



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need, and shutteth up his bowels ot compassion from him, how 

dwelleth the love of God in him?" I John 3:17. 
"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we 

love the brethren..." I John 3:14. 

Selected by Lynn H. Miller 
RD 2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

THE INEVITABILITY OF CHANGE 

Malachi 3:6a 'Tor I am the Lord, I change not;..." 
Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and 
for ever." 

Revelation 22:18-19 "For I testify unto every man that heareth 
the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto 
these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in 
this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the 
book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part of the book of 
life, and out of the holy city, and from the things, which are written 
in this book." 

As we look about us we see change rapidly taking place. With a 
few minor exceptions, the corner grocery store has been replaced 
by the supermarket. The general store has been replaced by the 
shopping mall. Super highways have replaced long crooked 
country roads and town traffic congestion when desiring to travel. 
The effects of change has not escaped the earthly church. We 
sometimes feel like an individual who decides to do some leisure 
shopping in a small town by way of a bus that is overcrowded only 
to find onesself in the bustle of New York City. Then upon realizing 
ones mistake to be told, "Don't worry about it, everyone shops in 
New York City. Join the crowd." 

We would like to look at three reasons we see for change. Some 
of the things we mention are merely given facts and it is not our 
intention to oppose or condone these actions. We concede that 
change (especially in the church) is a highly charged emotional 
issue on two sides. 

The first reason for change we would like to think about is 
technological advancement. Those that are acquainted with 
factory work know that this has become quite an issue in recent 
years. Modern machinery and even robots have replaced the 
common laborer. Whether or not this has added to the labor 
market, as some claim, or taken jobs away is not our concern at this 
point. It certainly has made a difference in the type of work that is 
available. Even if you are a farmer you are most likely aware of the 



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change in work methods that are used today. Because of the high 
price of modern machinery many small family farms have ex- 
perienced financial disaster in recent years. Many claim that 
refusal to use the modern technology leaves an individual unable 
to compete with large professional farmers. Most of our homes 
and meetinghouses reflect technological advancements. The old 
cook stove is a rare sight. You will look long and hard for anyone 
that does not have a central heating system in both home and 
meetinghouse. In the summer many homes have air conditioning 
and some meetinghouses have this luxury. Those who have not 
advanced this far have ceiling fans. We drive to church in cars with 
heaters for the winter and air conditioning for the summer. The 
horse and buggy is a sight so unusual that tourists travel for miles 
to see it. For most groups the color of the car is no longer too 
important. 

The second reason for change that comes to mind is a change in 
concepts. Here the issues become more emotionally charged (for 
the most part) than with technological advancement. The values of 
"the world" have changed drastically over the years. Very few 
things are taboo in our modern society. When we think of change 
within the earthly church we realize that different groups have 
changed at different paces. But some general observations can be 
made. Beards worn for reason of conviction are becoming a thing 
of the past. Some articles of clothing that was accepted as 
necessary for uniformity have been laid aside in many instances. 
Some actions that were formerly recognized as sinful are now 
considered to be personal preference. Belonging to certain organ- 
izations and having insurance has been recognized as a "necessary 
evil" by the vast majority of those within the local church. 

The last reason for change we would like to think about is by far 
the most serious. This is change because of departing from the 
Faith. As we stated it is impossible to divorce the first two reasons 
from this last one. It will take much Bible study and discussion to 
make final decisions on the issues we have raised. We do not 
foresee the time when all within the earthly church will be in full 
agreement. But what does this say about our opening verses? Are 
there areas where change must not be accepted? It is our con- 
viction that this must be answered with a "yes." God the Father 
said, "I change not." Unfortunately many would have you believe 
that the God of the Old Testament is a "different god" than He who 
is found in the New Testament. God was and is a God of love and a 
God of judgment. He does not change! We may wish to forget 
about God's judgment to avoid conviction, but the end result will 
be disastrous^ 



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The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, 
and forever. This may raise some questions as to His role in Old 
Testament wars and such but it is truth nonetheless. We may not 
fully understand it but since Jesus Christ taught nothing but love 
and nonresistance we have to believe that this was always true of 
Him. We can not separate the Trinity, but some things are beyond 
human comprehension. The earthly church is to follow the Lord 
Jesus Christ. What He has commanded we do not have the option 
to change. We have to recognize Him as a virgin born Son of God 
and God the Son. We must hold fast to the truth of salvation 
through His shed blood. 

Of course, if we doubt the validity of the Bible it matters little 
what the Lord Jesus Christ said. Our final verses carry a dire 
warning. Some argue that these only refer to the book of Reve- 
lation. But even if this be so, the truths of scripture are to be 
found in this book of the Bible. 

Many are concerned about adding to the Bible, and rightly so, 
but few seem concerned about taking away from it. We believe that 
our verses and scripture as a whole teach us to avoid both. Change 
will come if we like it or not. But let us beware of any change that 
takes away or adds to Holy Scripture. 

There is one change that God desires for you if you have never 
accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He wishes to take 
away your stony heart ana give you one of flesh. He wants to 
change your life of sin into one of righteousness. He wants to 
change your eternal destiny from Hell and eternal punishment to 
Heaven and eternal bliss. In this time of change may we all allow 
God to be the Master Ruler of our life and change us into the 
likeness of His Son. 

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

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A NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to thank every one who sent me cards and remembered 
me in your prayers while I was in the Hershey Medical Center and 
since I am home. May the Lord bless each one. 

In Christian Love 
Sister Elizabeth Wisler 

CONSIDER THE LILY 

Do we realize the treasure 
That we have in this world, 
What God has revealed, 
And so marvelously unfurled? 
Consider the Lily. 

We should gather them in 
As a hen doth her chicks. 
These most beautiful thoughts 
On our mind we must fix, 
While we consider the Lily. 

As He gives us this light 
To walk in each day. 
The shadows will leave 
And the Day Star will stay, 
As we consider the Lily. 

The Devil would get us 
To worry and doubt, 
But we can defeat him 
With a song and a shout, 
Because we consider the Lily. 

Does not God feed the birds 

With special direction and care? 

Do you think He'll forget you 

And that He doesn't know you are there? 

Consider the Lily. 

This will give us encouragement 
And our faith will be strong. 
We will find He is faithful, 
And to doubt Him is wrong, 
As we consider the Lily. 

Albert P. Butler 

Selected by Sister Ruth Speicher 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 1987 

February 1 - The Faith of Abraham - Romans 4:1-25. 

1. What is faith? Heb. 11:1. 

2. How may we obtain faith? Rom. 10:17. 

February 8 - Christ Died for Sinners - Romans 5:1-21. 

1. How did sin enter into the world? Cor. 15:21-22. 

2. What does Christ's death mean to us? Eph. 2:13-19. 

February 15 - The Gift of God - Romans 6:1-23. 

1. What is this great gift that God gave to man? John 3:16. 

2. What must we do to receive that gift? Rom. 8:32. 

February 22 - Holiness of the Law - Romans 7:1-25. 

1. What was the purpose of the Law? Gal. 3:24. 

2. How do we become free from the Law? Gal. 5:1. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR FEBRUARY 1987 

February 1 - The Touch of Christ - Matt. 8:1-4, 14-15, Mark 7:31-37. 

1 . If Christ touched the sick and they were healed, what happens 
when He touches our lives? 

2. In I Sam. 28 King Saul was out of touch with God. What 
happened to him? 

February 8 - Widows Mite - Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-8. 

1. What made the widow's gift so important? 

2. How should gifts be evaluated? Mark 12:44. 

February 15 - Five Loaves and Two Fishes - Matt. 14:14-22, Mark 
6:31-44, Luke 9:11-17. 

1. What was the first thing Jesus did with the loaves and fishes? 

2. How many baskets full were taken up? Matt. 14:20. \ 

February 22 - Contentment - Prov. 15:16, Phil. 4:10-13, I Tim. 
6:3-10, Hebrews 13:5-6. 

1. What is contentment and what are its virtues? 

2. What brings discontentment? What does Timothy say is the 
root of all evil? 



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VOL. LXV FEBRUARY 1, 1987 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. 



WAIT, AND MURMUR NOT 

O troubled heart, there is a home 
Beyond the reach of toil and care; 
A home where changes never come; 
Who would not fain be resting there? 

Yet when bowed down beneath the load 
By heav'n allowed, thine earthly lot; 
Look up! thou'lt reach that blest abode, 
Wait, meekly wait, and murmur not. 

If in thy path some thorns are found, 
O, think who bore them on his brow; 
If grief thy sorrowing heart has found, 
It reached a holier than thou, 

Toil on, nor deem, tho' sore it be, 
One sigh unheard, one pray'r forgot; 
The day of rest will dawn for thee; 
Wait, meekly wait, and murmur not. 

- W. H. Bellamy 



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SHARING 

Adults differ from children by having the ability to care for and to 
share with another. The child from babyhood is self-centered, 
crying to have its needs met or to get attention. As a child grows 
and matures, he begins to feel a responsibility for others. 
Supposedly, an adult has matured, leaving behind the self-centered 
feeling of the child so he is able to feel the needs of others and 
respond appropriately. 

Jesus said that it was more blessed to give than to receive. Our 
Heavenly Father has given without measure. Not only has He given 
physical, temporal and material gifts for men's enjoyment and 
good but He has given Spiritual gifts. Best of all He gave His Son 
who gave Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. Eternal life is the 
greatest gift of all. Even if we have complied with every require- 
ment, eternal life is still a gift from God. 

Sharing can take many forms and involve many things. Sharing 
may be the giving of our material possessions to others less 
fortunate. Paul told the Corinthians to make up a gift to help 
relieve the believers around Jerusalem. Sharing may not involve 
the material possessions we accumulate in life. It may entail 
sharing Spiritual things. 

Sharing the Gospel with the lost is one of the highest priorities of 
Christians. Through personal counseling and help with problems, 
Christians may be able to share the saving Gospel with others. It 
may not be through great philosophical statements or over 
powering arguments that others may be won but through the 
caring help of the Christian. Evangelistic meetings are a more 

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public sharing of the Gospel although it may be more through the 
example or help of a dedicated Christian than through the actual 
spoken word that a lost soul will be brought to Jesus. Still the 
power of the preached word should not be overlooked when the 
Word of God is shared through the Holy Spirit. It is God's wisdom 
to use the foolishness of preaching to win souls. 

Sharing spiritual things is not limited to evangelism. Christians 
need to share with each other. There are many admonitions given 
in God's Word that the Christian must be strengthened. The 
Church must be strong itself if it is to win others. So a sharing 
among the members is needed to give it that strength. 

Attendance at the scheduled meetings of the congregation is a 
type of sharing. It tells each present that all have an interest in the 
study and proclamation of the Word of God. When members 
attend Church services they are telling their neighbors that the 
things of God are more important to them than the common 
interests of life. 

The services themselves become times of sharing. During Bible 
Study many thoughts may be shared so each one is enriched 
beyond what he has studied the lesson himself. Everyone who 
studies and shares helps the other to gain a greater understanding 
of the Word. No one can know or even fathom all that the 
Scriptures contain. 

Sharing may be through prayer. As needs become known they 
can be shared before the Throne of Grace. Each can have a part in 
seeking the answer to that prayerful request. 

Singing involves the sharing of a part of our bodies effort to 
worship. The more who share in making a joyful noise unto the 
Lord, the more inspiring that portion of the worship service will be. 
When an effort is made by each one to use his body's powers to 
praise God the total effect is great. 

_ The ordinances given by God to the Church are a part of sharing. 
Each of the ordinances requires more than one person to partici- 
pate. The Holy Kiss requires two to share the love that is sealed by 
that kiss. Baptism requires not only the applicant but also the 
administrator. Feet washing demands le to wash and one to be 
washed. The Lord's Supper being a common meal needs a number 
to partake of it. The communion of the Bread and the Cup requires 
one to pass each emblem to. Being a communion, it needs those 
who are in union with a common purpose. One can not commune 
with himself, it must be a sharing with another. 

While sharing may involve material items — tor at times those are 
the very things needed — often the deeper sharing is in Spiritual 
things. Too often we are prone to use the sharing of money or 



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other items as a way to excuse us from giving in a deeper way. 

Every one of us has been blessed in so many different ways. 
Being so greatly blessed we should, without being compelled, 
share the appropriate gift at the appropriate time. Have you 
shared with another, of your temporal goods, of your Spiritual 
possessions? 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

BAPTISM A NECESSITY 
J. H. Moore 

There should be no question about the necessity of the rite of 
baptism. When Jesus sent forth his apostles to teach or disciple all 
nations, he directed that penitent believers should be baptized 
"into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost" (Matt. 28:19). He also declared, "He that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved.' 5 (Mark 16:16) Speaking as he was moved 
by the Holy Ghost, Peter told those inquiring after their duty to 
"repent and be baptized every one of you." (Acts 2:38) 

While listening to the preaching of Philip, the eunuch became so 
impressed that he even requested baptism. He was then told that if 
he believed he might receive the rite. Having made the confession, 
we learn that he was baptized (Acts 8:36-38). As fast as the 
Samaritans believed the preaching of Philip, they were baptized 
(Acts 8:12). Even Cornelius, a devout man, one who feared God 
and prayed to God, alway, submitted to the rite of New Testament 
baptism (Acts 10:48). Though a chosen vessel, Saul, who in time 
beame the prince of Gospel preachers, was instructed by Ananias 
to be baptized (Acts 22:16). 

In fact, in the time of the apostles no one ever dreamed of 
accepting Christ as his Savior without submitting to baptism. 
Jesus, the Head of the church, had set the example by receiving 
baptism at the hands of John, his forerunner (Matt. 3:13-16). The 
apostles also were baptized, and every man, engaged in preaching 
the Gospel, seems to have had something to say about baptism. 
The necessity of the rite was unchallenged, and wherever 
Christianity was introduced, Christian baptism became a recog- 
nized necessity. 



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Second Sat. Nov. - Pleasant Home, CA 



MINISTERIAL 
LIST 

AUNGST, DAVID (M) 
R. 3 Box 427 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 

BROADWATER, CARL (E) 
R 10Box459N 
York, Pennsylvania 17404 
717-792-1803 

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

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (E) 
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 

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 



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FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
27505 Flory Road R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 

GUNDERMAN, TERRY (M) 
22358 C.R. 118 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-875-7155 

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

HARTZ, PAULA., Jr. (M) 
157 North Lincoln St. 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 
717-838-1810 

HEISEY, JAN (M) 
141 Nottingham Rd. 
Nottingham, Pennsylvania 19362 
717-529-6413 

HEISEY, WILLIAM (M) 
9956 U.S. Rt. 36 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 
513-448-2560 

JAMISON, DALEE. (E) 
Guinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3416 

JAMISON, GORDON (M) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3639 

JAMISON, HERMAN (E) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3686 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
1307-S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-0251 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
R. 3, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
703-434-7824 



KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
R. 1 Box 92 

Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 
717-933-4665 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 
18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-6593 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (E) 
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 (E) 
R. 1 Box 21 
Clearville, PA 15535-9710 

MARKS, RONALD L (M) 
R. 3 Box 123 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 
717-244-1314 

MEYERS, JAMES (M) 
R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3947 

MYERS, HOWARD E. (E) 
850 Chambers Road 
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) 
Gove County Long Term Home 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 



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PEFFER, JOHN (M) 
R. 13 Box 10 

Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 

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

REED, D. PAUL (E) 
R. 1 Box 333 
Pilot, Virginia 24138 

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

REED, RAY R. (E) 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
23453 C.R. 42 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

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 
209-632-2701 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
13092 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-7282 



SHAFFER, RUDY (M) 
71 Bomberger Rd. 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-627-3551 

SHELLY, EMMERT, O,, Jr. (E) 
485 California Road 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 

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

SKILES, DAVID L. (E) 
R. 2 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
505-731-2292 

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

SMITH, BERTON (M) 
R. 2 Box 145D 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 
219-593-2760 

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

ST. JOHN, DENNIS (M) 
21397-B50 
Bryan, Ohio 43506 
419-428-2305 

STUMP, PAUL(M) 
10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Union, Ohio 45322 
513-836-6559 

SWEITZER, MERLE (M) 
R. 3 Box 94-1 A 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 
717-244-7445 



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

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

WALKER, HENRY (M) 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 
209-874-2832 

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

WERTZ, LEONARD D. (M) 
Box 178 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-2390 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 

WRAY, MICHAEL (M) 
31111 Combs Ave. 
Escalon, California 95320 
209-838-2760 

DUNKARD BRETHREN 
DEACONS 

Armstrong, Ellis 
Beam, Willard 
Beeman, Oscar 
Bittinger, Lester 
Blocher, Stephen 
Brooks, Marion 
Burgess, Wayne 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Clayton, Lawrence 
Eberly, James 
Eberly, Marvin 
Flory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Gehr, Clarence 
Gibbei, Jacob 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gunderman, Mike 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Paul 



Jamison, Marian 

Jamison, Newton 

Jamison, Tom 

Johnson, Frederick 

Kasza, Eugene 

Kegerreis, Harold 

Kline, Floyd 

Kreiner, Lowell 

Leatherman, Thomas 

Lehigh, Robert S. 

Litfin, Doyle 

Lorenz, Carl 

Lorenz, Marvin 

Lorenz, Pete 

Marks, Charles 

Marks, Marlin 

Marks, Paul 

Meyers, Martin 

Meyers, Roy 

Miller, Levi H. 

Musselman, Harold 

Myers, Nelson E. 

Myers, Paul B. 

Newman, Dale 

Pike, Lowell 

Pike, Wayne 
Fletcher, Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Oty 
Reed, Ross 
Rice, S. P. 
Roedel, Daniel 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt, John 
Sines, Virgil 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump, Delma 
St. John, Clifford 
St. John, Thomas 
Stuber, Ray 
Swihart, Roger 
Switzer, Charles 
Throne, George 
Welch, Chester 
Wells, Maurice 
Wertz, Ivon 
Wertz, Richard J. 
Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



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AUDITING 
COMMITTEE 

Paul E. Heisey 
R. 2, Box 55 

West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5192 

Rudy Shaffer 
71 Bomberger Rd. 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-627-3551 

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 spirit- 
ual life and work of those concerned. 
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 un-Christian and 
should not be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN 
SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

Jacob C. Ness, Exec. Sec. 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 
717-741-1607 

Charles Leatherman 
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 
12124 Washington Road 
Waterfield, CA 95386 
209-874-3519 

Newton Jamison, Secretary 
512 Garfield 
Quinter KS 67752 
913-754-3433 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
517-458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
717-359-5753 

Martin Meyers 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3028 



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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 
The Bethel Congregation is present- 
ly worshipping at the school building 
located five miles east of Bethel, one 
mile south of Interstate 78, exit 6 on 
route 419. 

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, 12 1 / 2 miles to 
church on right. 

CLEARVILLE, PA. 
Ward's 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, VA 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 north off Rt. 44 on to 
County Rd. R16 at west edge of city. 
The church is % mile north on the 
west side of the road. 

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. 



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GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway 1 1 /2 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 on Newport Road, 
which is about a mile north of Lititz. 
Coming from the north turn left on 
Newport Road. Go to second cross- 
roads, turn right. The brick church 
is on the right. 

MECHANICSBURG, PA. 
CUMBERLAND CO. 

Located between Routes 15 and 11. 
The town is bisected by Rt. 114 into 
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 Turn- 
pike at the Carlisle interchange, Rt. 1 1 
will lead east to Rt. 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at Gettsburg 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 from 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 lo- 
cated 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 Ave. 
to Claus Road (approximately six 
miles), turn left on Claus, one fourth 



mile to Sharon Avenue, left on Sharon 
Ave. 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 Rte. 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 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 N. 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, ill, 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. 



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

SWALLOW 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 on 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- 
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. 

HART, Ml - From Muskegon go north 
on Route 31 to Hart exit. Go left 
from freeway about Vh miles to tee in 
road, turn right, go approximately 1 / 2 
mile to church on left side of road. 

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 the junction. Proceed 3 miles 
to the mission. Present personnel 
includes David and Mildred Skiles; 
Paul and Sarah Skiles; Dean Shaffer; 
Carolyn Carpenter; Cynthia Chupp; 
Mary Alice Skiles and Renita Trujillo. 
Visitors would be wise to notify the 
Mission in advance. Address: R. 2 
Box 8, Cuba, New Mexico 87013; 
Phone - 505-731-2292. Please contact 
for further information. 



THREE THINGS TO REMEMBER 

REMEMBER the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more 

blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35. 
REMEMBER the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou 

labor and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of 

the Lord thy God. Exodus 20:8-10. 
REMEMBER them which have the rule over you, who have spoken 

unto you the word of God. Hebrews 13:7. 



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Weak, yet subduing; 
Spent, yet renewing; 
Christ ever viewing. 



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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 

McCiave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, IN 46919 
Robert Carpenter 

R, 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 

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 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Allen B. Eberly 

R. 3 

Ephrata, PA 17522 
Warren C. Smith 

26270 Highway 50 

McCiave, Colorado 81057 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Eugene Kauffman, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Piter, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Rudolph Cover 
2034 Roble Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95354 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Newton Jamison, Secretary 
512 Garfield 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
(913) 754-3433 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517)458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Martin Meyers 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
(515) 993-3028 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

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

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 

R. 1 Box 109 

Dalias Center, IA 50063 
Larry Andrews 

312 East Coleman 

Raymore, Missouri 64083 



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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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXV FEBRUARY 15, 1987 No. 4 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. 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 

Little feet, be very careful where you go, 
As in life you daily travel to and fro; 
Never for a moment stray 
From the straight and narrow way. 

Little hands, be very careful what you do, 
Wrong or tho'tless actions you will surely rue; 
Into mischief never go, 
For 'tis very wrong you know. 

Little ears, be very careful what you hear, 
When the tempter whispers to you, danger's near; 
Tho' he promises ev'rything, 
Ev'ry promise is a sting! 

Little hearts, be very careful to be true, 
Love the Lord and He will surely care for you; 
Jesus will not enter in 
Where there is the least of sin. 

- Charles H, Gabriel 



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LITTLE FOXES 

The Song of Solomon 2:15 speaks of the little foxes, which were 
destroying the vines. Although they may have been more playful 
than mean, still the vines were damaged and the harvest was 
hindered. The vines were tender and the playful clawing and biting 
of the young foxes were enough to disrupt the flow of nutrients to 
the developing grapes. 

This allusion to the foxes seems somewhat out of place in the 
midst of this love story. This simple story is actually the love story 
of Christ and His Bride, the Church. It has meaning beyond the 
vineyard or the lovers' pursuit. It is given as a warning to the Bride 
to be careful of the little things that could destroy or retard her fruit. 

Christians must bear the fruit of the Spirit. Little things can 
destroy or retard that fruit, just like the little playful foxes in the 
vineyard. 

The Wise Man realized that those seemingly innocent, cute little 
creatures must be caught so they could not run loose in the 
vineyard. It is likewise necessary for the Church and her individual 
members to be aware of little foxes that may get in and destroy the 
Spiritual fruit. There must be a willingness to get rid of these little 
things before the whole Spiritual life is destroyed. 

Just like the cute, playful foxes, the little things that attack 
Christian's lives are seemingly innocent and harmless. But, alas, 
later what seemed innocent will be found to have been deadly. If 
the little things are not caught now, by harvest time it will be too 
late. There will be no fruit and the vine will be dead. Once the vine 
dies there is no way it can be restored. 

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The vine can withstand major attacks and not be hurt, but 
actually be strengthened. The Christian can withstand many 
frontal assaults from Satan and become stronger, but he may be 
defeated by little pests that do not seem dangerous. 

The little things that prove determental to each Christian vary 
from one to another. What is tempting and dangerous to one will 
not affect another. But none are untouched by these little things. 
None dares to look down upon another, for each has little things to 
contend with. 

Most Christians do not have serious problems with the large sins 
so rampant in today's society. Satan may tempt to seriously stray 
from the strait and norrow way, but usually he tempts in more 
subtle ways. Full grown foxes in the vineyard would be destroyed, 
but the cute little ones would be allowed to live. Though they might 
be chased out of the vineyard, they would be free to return at 
another time to do more damage. This is the way little things work 
to destroy Christians' lives and witness. The Christian is prepared 
to meet the challenge of major sins. He is wary of gross deviations 
but he may not be so aware of the little things. 

Serious sin such as cases of adultery, fornication, drunkeness, 
gross immodesty, dishonesty, uncontrolled wrath, stealing, lying 
or murder will be quickly and severely dealt with by the Church. 
The little things may be overlooked. Not every thing can be 
legislated on by the Church. Perhaps even those who do these 
little things will not even realize that they are moving a step away 
from what pleases God. 

The little things can appear in any area of the Christian's life. It 
may be a slight compromising of the truth in business dealings. It 
may be some unnecessary item on the clothing. Because we now 
live in a world where clothes are ready made and bought out of a 
store, there may be some compromise in the style, length, color or 
cut of the clothes. It may be luxuriousness in the furnishing of the 
home. There may be tendency to use leisure time for sports, 
hobbies or other activities that become more interesting and 
important than Spiritual activities. What the Christian reads or 
listens to may subtlely move him from wholesomeness. There are 
so many pernicious ways that Satan uses to lead the Christian 
astray. These activities may seem harmless and even good but 
they become wedges to allow Satan an entrance. 

The little foxes can be more destructive than older foxes for they 
are not watched as closely because they seem so harmless. They 
need to be watched and destroyed. 

Are there any little foxes in your moral vineyard? Have you been 
deluded by these seemingly harmless creatures? Are you ready to 
get rid of them before they do any more damage? 



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MY HALF 

One Saturday morning, a little girl was asked by her mother if she 
had her room cleaned. The girl promptly replied, "My half!" 
Immediately I had a vision of a room with a line drawn down 
through the middle. On one side of the line, it was neat and clean, 
but on the other side, it was still cluttered. No way was this little girl 
about to help her sister clean the other half, because it wasn't her 
responsibility. 

We laugh about things like this because we know it's typical of 
children. They are very careful to do only what they see as their 
jobs. When it comes to sharing, a piece of cake must be divided 
exactly, and even then, they will complain and say, "He got more 
than I did. It's not fair!" Few children understand true responsi- 
bility or true sharing. Unfortunately, many adults don't either, and 
their actions prove it. 

As adults, we should be able to accept responsibility. We should 
be able to share what we have without any reservations. Yet, too 
often we hear 'It's not my job', 'I worked for this; it's mine' or 
something similar. The truth is it just may be our job, and no matter 
what we have, it is the Lord's to be used as He directs. We do have 
the right to enjoy the fruits of our labors, but never do we have the 
right to withhold help from one in need. 

Jesus taught the disciples to give and go, to share and do. They 
were to be active in helping others, making use of whatever they 
had. Jesus said, "Freely ye have received, freely give." (Matt. 10:8) 
We, too, have freely received and we ought to freely give. There is 
no time when we can say "I've done my half" or "I've given my 
share." There is always something else to do, a need to Till 
somewhere. 

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them 
likewise." Luke 6:31. No matter what situation someone is in, you 
can determine his or her needs by considering what yours would 
be if it were you. You can't excuse yourself by saying "I don't know 
what to do." If a person is lonely, you know he needs a friend. If a 
person is grieving, he needs your love and support. Once you see 
what the need is, then it is your responsibility to do something 
about it. 

In one parable, Jesus said, "I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, 
naked, sick, in prison, and you took care of me." (Matt. 25:31-46) 
This was spoken to the ones who cared about those around them. 
Their concern for others in turn increased their own blessings. 
Those who didn't care about those in need obviously cared mostly 
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minds. They were rejected by Jesus and no excuses were 
accepted. "I've done my half", "it's not my job" or "I don't see 
anything to do" are mostly just excuses, and won't be accepted 
either. The halfway point may not be the time to quit, and we must 
let Jesus decide when we've done enough. 

"Give, and it shall be given unto you... For with the same measure 
ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Luke 638 
Simply stated, this means whatever you give you'll get back If 
you're generous, you'll receive plenty. If you're stingy you'll 
receive little. If you barely give your half, or do your half you will 
limit your own blessings. 

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men 
especially unto them who are of the household of faith " Gal 610' 
In some situations, we can't really do anything, but when we can' 
we should. The things Jesus mentioned are simple tasks some- 
thing which nearly anyone can do. Food, water, shelter clothinq 
supporting one in distress are all basic needs, good to consider 
when we attempt to help someone. 

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God " 
Rom. 14:12. The little girl had to account to her mother about the 
condition of her room. If she hadn't fulfilled her responsibility she 
would have been required to do so. The time to fulfill our responsi- 
bilities is now, before we are asked to give an account. There will 
not be time to go back and do things over. We may be limited by 
circumstances, but we can still be helpful, and we can pray for 
others. Do what you can and God will bless you. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Personal Time Spent With God" 

We build the strongest relationships with those with whom we 
SP f n ,*M- m0St 9 ualit y time - ln order to get to know God and have 
a fulfilling relationship with Him, we have to spend time in 
devotion. 

Devotional time is that time set aside for fellowship, worship and 
communion with God through reading His Word and by prayer It 
is a time of meditation and speaking to God... with Him speaking 
Back to us. It is the opportunity to lay at His feet our worship 
praise, thanksgiving and our petitions. It is also a special time for 
intercession on behalf of others. It is that special time of day when 
you recognize the vital importance of getting your guidance from 
Him. 



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David had a great desire to have devotional time with God. He 
said that as the deer pants for the water brooks... so his soul panted 
for God. (Psalms 42:1-2) Throughout the Psalms, ONE THING is 
noticed above all others and that is David's desire... his all con- 
suming passion... to get to know God better. Do you have this 
desire or are you satisfied with your current less than great 
relationship? Are you hungry for fellowship with Him? 

THE DEVOTIONAL LIFE IS A LIFETIME OF DEVOTION TO 
JESUS. How wonderful to realize that when we spend time alone 
with God... reflecting on His Word and on His Person... that the 
Holy Spirit begins changing our lives to become more like Christ's. 
Our attitudes begin to change, our faces take on a new glow the 
way we do things and our motivations are transformed to His ways. 

I realize that many people have limited time today because of 
economic challenges. But even so, some special time must be 
spent with God. No matter how small it might be, it should be high 
quality time. I believe the Bible indicates that morning... before 
starting the activities of the day is a good time but I personally find 
evenings more effective for meditation. 

Through our personal time sacrifice we demonstrate to Christ 
that we love Him. If we love a person, it is evidenced by a desire to 
be with that person. We re-arrange schedules routinely to meet 
with friends or business associates. Love develops and grows 
when we have frequent communication. Man was created to have 
fellowship with God. And because of Christ's victory on Calvary, 
we have the barrier broken down and have a beautiful access to the 
Throne. 

Does God have to wait in disappointment to have your time. 
Does He ever hear you say, "I love you"? Devotional time will be of 
great value to your spiritual life because it provides spiritual food 
and strength. It is NOT enough to go to church on Sunday and 
worship only there. If that amounts to your total fellowship with 
God except for a few memorized meal time prayers, you have a 
very basic problem. You will have little strength to face the 
onslaught of the satanic society in which you live and function. 
Facing temptations of the flesh will destroy you. 

Devotional time with God will give us spiritual victory. Victory is 
a matter of choice... the choice of devotion to Jesus Christ. We 
either choose victory or defeat. We either spend time with God or 
we don't! 

Our devotional time provides joy. Jeremiah said that he "ate" the 
words of God and they were a joy and delight to him. It was 
delightful experience. 

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reading the Word. The Word, Jesus Christ, speaks to us through 
the Bible. Remember to read first that God might speak to you 
before you speak to Him, This will help you to know where you fall 
short of His will and to know what changes need to be made. The 
unfolding words will be a "... lamp to your feet and a light to your 
path..." 

Prayer is literally the voice of our life. In it, we bring our burdens 
and cares to God and our spiritual development is revealed. Prayer 
should be prayed in specific requests. Generalities in private 
prayer takes away the personal and close communication that can 
be experienced. 

How many times have I thought about the Muslim adherents who 
pray five times each day, bowing in the direction of Mecca. 
Shouldn't we as Christians have at least that much commitment in 
our worship of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? 

A plan that might work for your devotional time is known as 
ACTS. In prayer, ACTS means: A-Adoration; C-Confession; T- 
Thanksgiving and S-Supplication. Adoration comes first as you 
come into God's presence and acknowledge that He is God. Con- 
fession is the purification process that allows you to enter into His 
courts with a right heart. Thanksgiving expresses your appreci- 
ation for all He has done for you... for giving you health, a home, 
income, brothers and sisters in Christ, and so forth. And suppli- 
cation... lastly... asks God to care for the special needs of others as 
well as for your needs. 

Carry out your devotions with preparation and with priority and 
you will grow in your Christian life and others will know that you 
have been with God. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February 15, 1927 

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN 

E.J. SMITH 

The above is said to be the danger signal board of a certain R.R. 
Company, but in this message we wish to make it a practical life 
signal board for surely this is a rushing age and we need many 
signals on life's highway. "Stop". In many of our large cities the 
precaution is taken to drawing a danger line across each street just a 
few feet back from their intersection with the thoroughfare or main 
street and on this line in large letters the word "Stop" which means 
all vehicles must come to a stop before approaching the main street. 



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Observing this signal has no doubt saved thousands of lives and 
tens of thousands of dollars in property. Of how much greater 
importance is it that we stop frequently on life's highway, in this fast 
age, just before entering upon some of the more important duties of 
life and all the more important as the many new plans and schemes 
are coming up before us and the cry is coming up from all sides, "It 
doesn't matter so much about this and that," "God is not so 
particular", and so forth "Just so our heart is right all is right." 

Brother and Sister, let's stop and meditate. Did Jesus mean what 
he taught while here? To all this we have very tenaciously adhered 
ever since we have had an organization until the past few years, 
wherein we have most wonderfully drifted. "Stop". Has Jesus' word 
changed? No! What then? We are changing! O, how sad! "Look". 
And then again what would it amount to if the auto chauffeur 
stopped his machine and did not look nor pay any attention to the 
signal nor what it meant, but hastily opening the throttle, turning on 
the gas, pushing forward again only to confront a speedily moving 
train. We all know the result. Death! Destruction of property! 

II John says, "Look to yourselves that ye lose not those things 
which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward." Here 
John would have us "look that we may gain the full reward." 

We "stop", we "look" but in competing with this mad rush of this 
fast age with only a glance for a "Look" and a slow down for a "Stop", 
without taking time to "Listen", the chauffeur again turns on the gas 
in haste, rushing on down the line dashing on the railroad crossing 
just as a through express dashes around the curve and in a deep cut 
which could not be observed except by careful scrutiny. Alas! Alas! 
Destruction and death followd. Amidst the groaning one was heard 
to mutter "we stopped, we looked, but oh, why didn't we listen? We 
could have heard the approaching danger, but now it's too late." 

"Listen". I wonder if too many of us are not rushing through this 
world altogether too thoughtless, too inconsiderate? A pause for a 
"Stop", a glance for a "Look" and our ears stopped to our best 
interests for a "Listen". Listen — this signifies all must be quiet, a 
voice in our merry crowd must be hushed, even if it were possible, 
the birds cease to warble and the winds calm, all nature be still that 
we may "Listen" to know if there is danger approaching before ever 
our chauffeur shall move a wheel forward. Presently we heard a not 
far distant voice cry out, "There she comes!" Another halloos "yes, 
she's the flyer and she's sure coming!" We are glad to hear our 
chauffeur say "we will wait", and while we wait in safety we sadly 
witness the awful abyss and woe of hundreds who rushed madly by 
us, not heeding the signal, "Stop, Look, Listen." All seem to be 
striving to get there first and their destiny is only a mangled mess on 
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My dear Brother and Sister, will we not just stop and look and 
listen for ourselves? Each of us is responsible to God and must 
give account to him for our stewardship here. 

"O that thou hadst hearkened (listened) to my commandments, 
then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the 
waves of the sea." (Isa. 48:18) "For the time is come that judgment 
must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall 
the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the 
righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinners 
appear?" (I Peter 4:17-18) 

ONWARD AND FORWARD 

The Apostel Paul had a strong determination in hisfaithful service 
in the Lord's work. He said I press onward and forward toward the 
mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He never 
turned back though he experienced several hardships. 

He said that forgetting the things that are behind I press onward 
and forward. We believe the Apostle was thinking of his life before 
conversion in forgetting the things that were behind. Through a 
stroke from Heaven he was completely converted from a destructive 
life against Christianity into a loyal and faithful soldier of the Cross 
of Christ. In the Bible we have the record of his faithful service 
throughout his life unto the end. He labored hard for the spreading 
of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Despite all the opposition 
against him, he continued to go onward and forward. 

The prophet Jeremiah said, ". . . but they barkened not unto me 
nor inclined their ear but walked in the councils and in the 
imaginations of their evil hearts and went backward and not 
forward." The Lord said unto Moses to speak unto the children of 
Israel that they may go forward. 

It may be well for us to meditate on the many faithful servants of 
God who were determined to go onward and forward and never lay 
their armour down. Today how many have promised to renounce 
Satan with all his pernicious ways and sinful pleasures of this world 
and have not been true to that promise? 

Lot and his wife when leaving the wicked city were commanded 
not to look back. Lot's wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. 
The Lord always required obedience. He established a penalty for 
disobedience and a great reward for those who continued onward 
and forward in the path of truth and righteousness. We should never 
turn back to the sinful life in this world but rather continue onward 
and forward in the narrow way of truth and righteousness. 

Christ said judge not that you be not judged. The same measure 
you use for others you will meet. The Apostle Paul said judge not. 



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Often people are judged and condemned by false reports or by 
those trying to impress their selfish ideas upon others. By 
judging others, some become stumbling blocks and fall in the way 
and hinder others from doing good. 

In the saving Gospel we are told of better ways to keep union and 
peace with others. The true Christian life extends love and kindness 
to others. 

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, 
With the cross of Jesus Going on before! . . . 



Like a mighty army Moves the Church of God; . . . 
One in hope and doctrine, One in charity . . . 

We should never turn back to the beggerly elements of the world. 
The Apostle Paul and other faithful Apostles continued to press 
onward and forward toward the mark of the prize of the high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus. Are we going onward and forward in the right 
direction? It should be the greatest concern of our life. Blessed are 
they that do His commandments for they shall have a right to the tree 
of life and they shall enter in through the gates into the eternal city of 
God. 

There is no standing still in the way of salvation. We cannot be a 
servant of two masters. The Lord requires whole hearted service to 
Him. The Crown of Life, the Apostle Paul looked forward to, is at the 
end of the true Christian's pathway. 

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Christians have the 
promise of not being tempted above that which they are able to bear. 
If we continue to be faithful and true to the trust the Lord left us He 
will go with us always and through the valley of the shadow of death. 
We will be given power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over 
all the power of the enemy and noihing shall by any means hurt us. 

We should be steadfast unmoveable always abounding in the 
work of the Lord. Much evil is done through false imaginations. The 
Christian spirit is a spirit of unselfishness. When Christ was here on 
earth he was severely tried by Satan. 

The older we become in this fleshly body we should continue to 
grow stronger in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Abraham's faith 
was severaly tried by God. Surely if we put our trust and hope in God 
we need never become discouraged. We should never engage in 
placing hardships upon hardships, rather bear one another's bur- 
dens and so fulfill the law of Christ. 

The Crown of righteousness, the Apostle Paul looked forward to, 
is at the end of the true Christian's pathway. It can only be gained by 
pressing onward and forward in the path of truth and righteousness 
to the end of our life in this world. Have we put on the whole armour 



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of God that we may be able to stand against all the wiles of the devil 
and go onward and forward to the glorious eternity? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop, 
Plant City, FL 33566 

THE NEW TESTATMENT DOCTRINES 

BAPTISM FOR BELIEVERS ONLY 
J. H. Moore 

In the great commission Jesus places faith, or belief, alongside 
of baptism. To his apostles who were instructed to preach the 
Gospel to every creature, he said: "He that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved." (Mark 16:16) In their preaching the 
apostles were to do their utmost to reach every creature with their 
message, but their instruction limited them to believers in the 
administering of baptism. In their work they met two classes who 
could not be considered subjects for baptism — those who would 
not exercise faith, and those who could not. To the latter class 
belonged the children, not capable of understanding. Even in the 
cases of whole households, only those of the family, capable of 
hearing and believing the Word, were baptized. 

It is said that at the home of Cornelius "the Holy Ghost fell on all 
them which heard the Word." (Acts 10:44)- This did not include 
infants, for the reason that they are not capable of hearing the 
Word; that is, accepting it understanding^. Then, from the two 
closing verses of this chapter, we learn that baptism was admin- 
istered to those who had received the Holy Ghost. This shows that 
no infants were among the number who received the rite. In Acts 
16:33-34 we have an account of the conversion of the jailer and his 
household. But in this instance we are told that the jailer believed in 
God with all his house"; or, as the Revised Version has it: "With all 
his house, having believed in God." Since all in the household were 
capable of exercising faith, it follows that infants did not figure in 
the case. 

And so we might reason regarding all the households in which 
mention is made of baptism. There is not an instance where the rite 
was administered to any one not old enough to choose for himself. 
By virtue of the atonement, all infants are saved, and therefore 
need no baptism. The age of baptism comes when young people 
have sufficient understanding to exercise faith, make the good 
confession and demand the rite. As regards children, in their 
innocent state, the Master says: "Of such is the kingdom of 
heaven." (Matt. 19:14), and this, too, without either faith or baptism. 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February 1, 1927 

PRIDE 

B. F. Wampler 

While the modern dictionary gives several definitions to the word 
pride, some favorable and some unfavorable, the Bible condemns 
pride throughout, often and in very strong terms, while the modern 
world seems to apply the term where it doesn't belong. Hence 
justify being proud in many things, while the Bible tells us that 
-"Only by pride cometh contention", and "The Lord hateth a proud 
look", and "pride goeth before destruction", and a "haughty spirit 
before a fall" and "the pride of life is not of the Father, but of the 
world". Hence the word justifies it and so must the modern 
dictionary in some things even though the Bible says - "Everyone 
proud in heart is abomination to the Lord", and "God resisteth the 
proud and giveth grace grace to the humble." 

And how does God do this in our day? He does it through his 
people, that is one of their duties on earth, and will be until "the 
Lord will destroy the house of the proud", in order to resist the 
proud, the Lord's people must know who they are. Hence he tells 
them, they who have a "proud look", and even the dictionary 
associates pride with self conceit, self exaltation, self-esteem, vain 
glory and vanity, all of which is not only useless, but even sinful, 
according to the Bible. 

Hence we read, Ephesians 4:17, 'This I say therefore, and testify 
in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk in 
the vanity of their mind." And as we are warned against false 
teachers, puffed up with the wisdom of this world, which is 
foolishness with God. II Peter 2:18, "For when they speak great 
swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, 
through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from 
them who live in error." 

While false teachers, puffed up with their worldly wisdom, seek 
to lead the world and even the church people astray, through 
graduates from theological schools, who will only preach for hire, 
there are many other ways of the proud heart. One of the most 
common ways now is to seek to destroy the modesty and virtue of 
women. While pride once caused women to over dress, even to 
wear hoops and skirts so large as even to hide their feet and sleeves 
so long as to hide their hands which at least did have a show of 
modesty, pride of fashion causes them to now show their arms and 
legs which can only appeal to the carnal eye of men, who are bold 
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women have no more respect for modesty and virtue they have no 
grounds for expecting respect from men. 

We don't object to women being "ornamented" providing it is 
done according to the Bible. (I Peter 3:3-4): "whose adorning, let it 
not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of 
gold, or of putting on of apparel, but let it be the hidden man of the 
heart, in that which is not corruptable, even the ornament of a meek 
and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 

And if I am qualified to speak for men, I will add that women thus 
ornamented are most highly prized by real men and women should 
be reminded that "woman was made for man," and not for men, to 
be made sport of, and the most modest woman or man has enough 
pride for the whole human family, since all pride is condemned 
throughout the Bible, and I grant that God, in thus speaking of 
man, meant a real man and not a mere imitation of man, and since 
"only by pride cometh contention." 

Pride is the cause of all church contention, and division, pride of 
one thing or other. And since pride is the cause of people seeking 
and securing unnecessary things, we should dispense with such 
things and be content with things of real worth. 

We are informed by the public press that in the great storm in 
Florida the real substantial buildings were not damaged much by 
the storm, and it is so with people who are well built, without pride. 
They can best stand a contentious storm. No amount of flimsy 
ornaments will protect a building in a storm and neither will they 
protect a person in a storm of contention, but are a real hindrance, 
hence we are better off without either pride or a haughty spirit. 
Some think pride is necessary in order to be decent, but not so, for 
the same Bible that tells us to "let all things be done decently and in 
order", condemns all pride. While proud people neither respect 
decency or order, if we may judge by their acts and clothing, so the 
only safe way to treat the proud is like Christ told Peter, "Get thee 
behind me satan, for thou art an offence unto me," and Christ says, 
"Resist the devil and he will flee from you." 

The proud always make a special effort at Christmas time to 
place their vanity and useless products into people's homes, and 
thus instead of honoring Christ, they honor Santa Claus, yet 
pretend it is in honor of Christ. 



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Faith sees God, and God sees faith. 



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THE BAPTISM SERVICE 

Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38 

Baptism is one of the sacred ordinances Christ established for 
His Church. He was baptized for our example in the River Jordan 
by John the Baptist and gave the great commission to the Church 
to baptize all the new followers of His teaching. Matt. 38:19. 

The believer first becomes convicted of sin and repents of his 
past life. He desires baptism so he can wash away his sins, obtain 
pardon and receive the Holy Spirit as a guide through life. 

The new convert is buried with Christ in baptism. His old nature 
is covered up and he comes out of the water a new person with a 
new purpose in life. He now hates the things of the world that 
belong to Satan's kingdom and he desires to love and serve Christ. 

The new convert is taken into the water where he kneels. The 
minister, who is administering the baptism service, asks him three 
questions. 

1. "Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that 

he brought from Heaven a saving Gospel?" Answer is 

"Yes", or "I do." 

2. "Do you willingly renounce the Devil with all the sinful 

pleasures and practices of this world?" Answer is "Yes." 

3. "Do you covenant with God through Christ to be faithful unto 

death?" Answer is "Yes." 

As Christ bowed His head in death so the applicant is bowed 
forward in the baptizing ceremony. The three persons in the God- 
head are each one honored. He is then dipped three times face 
forward in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and in 
the name of the Holy Spirit. 

After the person has been dipped three times, the minister lays 
his hands on his head and prays a solemn prayer of consecration. 
The person is now born again into the Kingdom of God and his life 
is set apart for the Lord's service. He receives the Holy Spirit at this 
time. Acts 8:1 7 and Mark 1 :8. 

Usually the hymn "Oh, Happy Day" is sung at this time as he 
comes back to the shore. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



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Faith gets most, humility keeps most, love works most. 



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NEW ITEMS 

1987 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

Conference for 1987 will be held in the 4th District, June 13 
through 17 at Mission Springs Conference Center, Santa Cruz, 
California. 

From Santa Cruz go 3 1 /2 miles north on route 17 to Mt. Hermon 
Road (turn right at Big Basin sign and cross freeway, Route 17). Go 
Vh miles on Mt. Hermon Road. Turn right on Lockhart Gulch Road 
and go 1 mile to Mission Springs Conference Grounds. 

For those coming by bus, train or plane be sure to make your 
own arrangements with members or friends for pick-up when you 
arrive. If not call 408-335-9133. San Jose is the nearest airport and 
train depot. 

All blankets, linens, towels, washcloths and soap will be 
furnished. 

Send your reservations to Bro. Paul Blocher, 12301 Riverside 
Ave., Waterford, CA 95386 or to Bro. Rudy Cover, 2034 Roble Ave., 
Modesto, CA 95354. 

Due to inflation, the cost of Conference this year will be ex- 
tremely high. Please give accordingly (20% to 30% more, de- 
pending on the number who come.) 

Brother Rudy Cover 

A NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to thank each of you who remembered me with cards, 
letters and prayers. "As in water face answereth to face, so the 
heart of man to man." Prov. 27:19. May the spirit of the Lord rest 
upon you. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Ruth Wilson 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, our evangelistic meetings will be March 15 
through 29, with Lovefeast on the 28th, with Bro. Fred Pifer as 
speaker. All are invited to attend these services and worship with 
us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Winterhaven Congregation is planning on hosting the Fourth 
District Meeting March 20 through 22. The business meeting will be 
Saturday morning with Lovefeast in the evening. A welcome is sent 
out to those who wish to join us. 

Sister Susan Cook, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
MARCH 1987 

March 1 - The Flesh and The Spirit - Romans 8:1-13 

1 . How do we become free from condemnation? 

2. If we walk after the flesh have we been set free? 
March 8 - Heirs of God - Romans 8:14-39. 

1 . How do we become sons of God? 

2. How do we gain victory over the flesh? 
March 15 - Children of the Promise - Romans 9:1-33. 

1. What was thecause of Israel's fall? 

2. Who are the children of the promise? 

March 22 - Salvation to Believers - Romans 10:1-23. 

1. Is there danger of we ourselves depending on our works for 
salvation? 

2. Who were the people who found Christ who were not 
searching? 

March 29 - A Remnant According to Grace- Romans 11:1-15. 

1. How is the remnant counted? 

2. What is required of all to obtain salvation? Verses 9-10. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MARCH 1987 

March 1 - The Light of the World - Is. 9:2, John 8:12, Matt 5*14-16 
II Cor. 4:3-6, Eph. 5:11-17. 

1. What is this light and what is so important about that light? 

2. How may the light become darkened? 

March 8 - The Woman With the Box- Matt. 26:1-13, John 12:1-11. 

1. Who was the woman with the Box and what was inside it? 

2. What effect did it have on those that were there and also the 
woman? 

March 15 - Abundance - John 10:9-10, Phil. 4:18-19, I Peter 1:1-5. 

1 . In what are the citizens of this world seeking an abundance of? 

2. What are the things of abundance that Jesus promised to 
those who follow Him? 

March 22 - Our Study - Deut. 17:9-20, Isa. 34:16-17, John 5:34-47 
Acts 19:10-13, II Tim. 2:13-15. 

1. Why is study so important? 

2. Who should we strive to please, God or man? 

March 29 - Our Blessings - I Kings 3:11-14, Ps. 68:15-19, Matt. 
6:28-34, Mai. 3:10-14. 

1. Are blessings earned or are they given free? 

2. What are some of the reasons blessings stop coming? 



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MARCH 1, 1987 



VOL. LXV 



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. 



THE GIFTS OF GOD 

His gifts are greater than my dreams, 
The gifts of God to me; 
As countless as the sunset's golden beams, 
As boundless as the sea. 

I ask a part, He gives the whole — 
Himself, and all beside; 
His loving kindness overflows my soul, 
In-rushing as the tide. 

"His ways are ways of pleasantness, 
His paths are paths of peace;" 
His hand is ever reaching out to bless; 
He bids each sorrow cease. 

Within my heart He shall have place 
To rule and reign supreme; 
My voice will ever praise Him for the grace 
Of which I ne'er could dream. 

- Jessie Brown Pounds 



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IN THE BEGINNING, GOD 

The Biblical account begins with these words, "In the beginning, 
God". When men go back to find the beginning of this world's 
existence, God will be found there as Creator, 

The human mind, though more powerful and compact than any 
computer, is incapable of understanding many things that are 
beyond its normal understanding. One of these things is eternity. 
Human minds are used to the beginning and the ending of things. 
The cemetery contains gravestones that give birthdates and death- 
dates. God is eternal. This is difficult for human reason to accept. 
The Bible makes this statement that must be accepted by faith that 
before the world was created, God already existed. When this 
world ends God will continue to exist. The many thousands of 
years that the world and its population exists will be but a short 
time in God's measurement of eternity. God does not look upon 
time, days, weeks, years, decades, centuries or millenia as we do. 

Although our finite minds cannot grasp the reality of eternity, 
nevertheless we may enjoy eternity if we have properly exercised 
faith in our belief and living. We can look forward to those 
mansions that make up God's House. There, where time will not 
limit our enjoyment, we will have access to a city beyond anything 
known on this earth for beauty, size or endurance. 

Knowing that out of nothing, God could by speaking bring forth 
this world and all that is in it, we should be willing to worship Him. 
It is far easier to believe that God could create the world and man 
than to accept the various theories of evolution that are plausible 
only if guesses, chances, great time spans and other impossibilities 

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are accepted. There is not one, fully agreed upon theory of 
evolution, but many. The Biblical record remains the same since 
God moved the writer of Genesis to pen these words. 

It should be a comfort to each human to know that he is a created 
being not the product of chance. God in His orderly manner 
created each part of His creation. The last of this wonderful 
miracle was the creation of man. 

The creation of man was special. God had made the earth and 
the environment, the scenery and the animals. Though living it was 
dead Spiritually. Each was made according to God's plan but none 
could fellowship with God. So, He made man who, because he had 
a soul and God-breathed life, could have fellowship with God. The 
potential that this represented was tremendous and even though 
this fellowship was broken by Adam and Eve's sin, the difference 
between man and beast and flora and fauna and the rest of the 
creation is important. 

The evolutionist sees man as a product of chance changes until 
he took the current form. Therefore, as the evolutionary product of 
lower animal life, man is but an animal himself. When people view 
themselves as but animals they live like animals. Far better for 
humans to understand they are God's creation and realize that they 
are not animals but are Spiritual beings capable of having fellow- 
ship with God Himself. 

People live at the level that they perceive themselves to be at. If 
they are constantly told that they are but animals they will live like 
animals. They will appear in undress, will not work but what forced 
to like a horse or mule, will exhibit no self discipline over their 
sensual desires unless forced by someone stronger. On the other 
hand, if man realizes he is the creation of God he will control his 
natural passions and use his body and Spirit to serve his Creator. 
He will serve also his fellow being realizing the sacredness of life, 
as God given. 

Many implications for our living come from our view of our 
origin. Either we live and behave like an animal or we live as God's 
created beings. Living as an animal cannot being satisfaction to 
our own deeper longings nor to the God who desires that His 
creation should please Him. Only by realizing His purpose in our 
creation will bring as the fulfillment of our deepest needs. 

The rest of God's creation pleases Him but the highest and best 
has so often failed to please Him. Even Adam and Eve, who knew 
daily communion with God, failed to please Him when they sinned 
by eating the forbidden fruit. 

God has provided a way that men could again please Him. 
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could please Him and fellowship with Him. 

When we go back as far as we can — we find God is there. This 
same God still wants us to please Him and if we do, He has given us 
the promise of a Heavenly Home. In the beginning, God.... In the 
end, God. 



THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD FIRST! 

This is the central and first commandment of the Bible. On this 
commandment and love for your brother, hang the whole Word of 
God. 

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God 
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 
mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the 
second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as 
thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law 
and the prophets." Matt. 22:37-40. 
You do not know God as Saviour if you don't know Him as Lord, 
or ruler of your life! Love means to put the loved one first. 

Isaiah wrote to a group of people in the first chapter of his book 
who didn't put God first. Oh, they did all the right things. 

"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto 

me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of 

rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the 

blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye 

come to appear before me, who hath required this at 

your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain 

oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new 

moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I can not 

away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your 

new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: 

they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them." 

Isaiah 1:11-14. 

They offered their sacrifices of every kind, they came to the 

temple, they offered their incense, they kept their sabbaths and 

feasts, but God said, "away with them, I can't stand them." Were 

these things wrong? No, never. Then what was the problem? They 

were following a form of godliness but didn't love God nor their 

neighbor. 

"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your 
doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to 
do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge 
the fatherless, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:16-17. 



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Now, let's get this down to us today. They sacrificed, we 
sacrifice. We are willing to face a ridiculing world with sacrificial 
piety. We do our duty and go to church once a week, as they went 
to the temple. They burned incense to God, and we are told in Rev. 
8:3 that our prayers are incense before God. They kept their 
sabbaths and feasts, we keep the ordinances of the church of Jesus 
Christ. 

But where is your heart? Do you lust after every scantly dressed 
woman you see? do you lust after money and riches? do you seek 
an easy life at any cost? are you perfectly honest at all times? do 
you take pleasure in reading your Bible? or is it a chore? do you 
pray daily and seek God's will in your life? Do you have vengence 
in your heart against your fellow man who has wronged you? Do 
you demand your rights and your due? does your heart yearn to 
see the lost saved? Do hot tears swell up in your eyes for that 
neighbor or relative who doesn't know God as their Lord and 
Saviour? do you support the missionary who is in the front lines of 
life battling for souls' eternal destiny? In short, is your heart in tune 
with the heart and will of God? Or are you doing your own thing, in 
control of your own life? 
What is the answer? 

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: 

though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as 

snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as 

wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good 

of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be 

devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath 

spoken it." Isaiah 1:18-20. 

The choice is yours. It is only one of two ways. Either willing and 

obedient to God, for God to lead you at any cost or to refuse and 

rebel; that is to do it your own way. Remember Israel! They were 

religious. They were pious. They kept the letter of the law but their 

hearts were not seeking the heart of God. 

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with ail thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all 
thy strength: this is the first commmandment." Mark 
12:30. 
Christ tells us here that our whole person must be involved. First, 
our heart. This is our spirit, who we really are. That is changed 
when we believe in Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. Second, mind 
and soul, that's our thought life. We must allow our born again 
spirits to bring our thought life into submission to God. 

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that 
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into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 

II Corinthians 10:5. 
And third, our bodies or strength. When our spirit and mind are in 
submission, then our bodies will submit much easier. We, like the 
Israelites often get it backwards and try to reform the body when 
what we need is converted spirits! Notice again Isaiah 1:20. 

"But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the 

sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." 
If we refuse, there is only judgement waiting here and in eternity, 
but if we accept, we will receive benefits here and in eternity. 

"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the 

land." Isaiah 1:19. 
You can through Christ! 

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth 

me." Philippians 4:13. 

Brother Paul H. Mellott 
R. 5 Box 163 B 
Oakland, MD 21550 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Real answers to a real problem... Divorce 

There is no question that one of the most tragic problems 
plaguing the world... and the church... today is divorce and 
remarriage. We are alarmed that the divorce rate has reached half 
of all marriages... millions of homes shattered annually by Satan's 
chaos. 

God instituted marriage to join man and woman in a permanent 
bond. He never intended for this bond to be broken. A husband 
and wife become "one flesh" and are not to be put asunder by man. 
(Matt. 19:4-6) As we assimilate the teaching from Matthew, we 
learn that there are several ingredients to this holy institution. As 
we learn that there is a "leaving" of parents, we see the establish- 
ment of a new home and a total new relationship. The in- 
corporation of two lives into one means that the new husband is 
now the head of the household and the parents of both couples 
must realize this and allow the Biblical command for inde- 
pendence, as is taught by Christ, to be exercised. 

Not only is there separation from parents but there is also a 
"cleaving" to each other. This comes from the Greek word, "to 
glue." This verifies the permanence of marriage and gives reason 
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To become "one flesh" also gives rise to the idea of a total 
involvement of personalities, emotions and spirits of the man and 
woman. It is a beautiful entwining of lives in more than just a 
physical way. God looks at this instruction and sees only one... 
whom He joined together. To put the marriage "asunder" is like the 
trauma of severing a part of our physical body. There is pain and 
incompleteness. 

Divorce has always been condemned by God. In the Old 
Testament, it became necessary for Moses to institute laws 
governing divorce and he gave the opportunity for divorce as a 
protection for the wife. Even as people misinterpret the law today, 
so the Pharisees tried to entrap Jesus in an explanation of it in 
Matthew 19. 

Remember, marriage is a promise to God as well as it is to your 
partner. You have no right to break a promise to God or to each 
other. If men were to actually love their wives as Christ does the 
Church and wives respect their husbands as they would the Lord, 
marriage problems would cease and Christ-like love and concern 
would reign. As Jesus communicated to the Pharisees, he always 
ignored what they said about Moses and the Law relative to divorce 
and He would take them back to the beginning where God made no 
provision for this situation in His divine plan for marriage. 

Malachi, the Prophet, said that God "hateth putting away." He 
did not relate a hate for those who were divorced and neither can 
we. But neither can we let social standards dictate our stand on 
this matter. 

In Mark 10:11-12, we read of both the woman and man com- 
mitting adultery. Also Luke 16:18 and I Cor. 7:39. These scriptures 
teach strongly against divorce. The Matthew 19:9 scripture has 
consistently been used incorrectly to show the Lord's acceptance 
in cases where one partner has been unfaithful. But this passage 
must be accepted In context to the other scriptures and understood 
relative to the other clearer teachings on the subject. If we look at 
Christ's audience when he made the Matthew statement we under- 
stand that He was communicating to the "Jewish mind" and a 
special audience. The betrothal in the Jewish culture was made by 
the parents. Ultimately when the marriage took place, the contract 
was signed and the dowery was exchanged. Even under the 
betrothal, Jewish law considered them married, even though both 
would return to their respective homes to be with their parents. A 
couple spent about a year in actual preparation for the public 
wedding. 

During the time of the betrothal there could be no intimate 
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is the reason we find Jews being specific about adultery... the sin 
committed by a person whose marriage has been consummated... 
or fornication... on the part of the betrothed. Punishment for 
intimate contact during the betrothal period was the "putting away" 
or divorcing of the offender. The penalty for adultery, on the other 
hand, was death by stoning. It would be clear, then, that the 
Matthew 19:9 scripture was talking about the betrothal period. He 
definitely was not giving permission for divorce and remarriage on 
the grounds of unfaithfulness. Remarriage is clearly defined as 
adultery. 

The Bible teaching always shows adultery as sensual sin 
committed by married people and fornication as being committed 
by single or "engaged" people. The divorce or putting away could 
only take place during the betrothal period... before consummation 
of the marriage. The story of Joseph and Mary would illustrate our 
conclusion well. Joseph could "put Mary away" or divorce her 
because she would have been considered to have committed 
fornication. This could have happened outside of an under- 
standing of the actual miracle of the Holy Spirit which occurred 
here. The Jews understood this practice and the book of Matthew 
was written especially to them. THERE IS NO EXCEPTION 
CLAUSE FOUND IN THE BIBLE. Divorce is not condoned and 
remarriage of divorced people compounds the sin and further 
complicates it. 

We must understand these teachings and where divorce has 
occurred, we must also lovingly share our lives with those who 
have experienced its trauma and teach them that remarriage is 
impossible under God's law... unless one of the partners is no 
longer living. We must strongly uphold this standard and cannot 
waver or give in to current trends and false teachings in modern 
churches. Careful and loving partner selection must be clearly 
taught and understood by the single membership. And under- 
stand, this is not a preference or conviction of the church body, but 
it is an ABSOLUTE command of God. There can be NO 
REMARRIAGE outside of God's clear teaching on the subject. I lay 
no options before you. We must put God's teachings above our 
desires and sacrifice all for Him. Lay it on the Altar... and there you 
will find the REAL answer to this problem. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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SALVATION IS: 

Salvation is what we do for Christ? No! Salvation is what Jesus 
has already done and will now do for us. Salvation is deliverance 
—from evil, from the power and penalty of sin. It is deliverance 
from one condition, that of being dead in sin, and made alive in 
another. Salvation means a new life in Christ, not just a reformation 
of the old life. Salvation is to be saved or redeemed from sin, 
something which only Jesus can do. 
' In the Old Testament, trust in God and obedience to the law were 

jl requirements. Repentance, along with certain sacrifices, was also 

commanded. It was a rather complicated process, with periodic 
' repetitions of the rituals. They were looking forward to the coming 

of Christ while living by the Law. Now, as then, trust in God is of 
utmost importance. Obedience follows our step of faith. Rather 
than offering sacrifices, we are living sacrifices. "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. 

Salvation is deliverance from sin and its power, both in this life 
and in Eternity. Sin brought with it a host of heartaches and 
problems, and the only solution is salvation. There is a song with 
the words "Jesus is right for whatever's wrong in your life." We 
need to believe this before we can experience deliverance. Sal- 
vation and all its blessings are available to all, but it is received only 
by faith. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of 
yourselves: it is the gift of God." Eph. 2:8. 

"Not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:9. Salvation is 

totally undeserved and there's nothing we can do to earn it. It is 

available to us because of God's love and mercy. "For God so 

* loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoso- 

I ever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 

John 3:16. Faith in Christ comes first, then the good works are to 

| follow, but we cannot earn salvation. 

When we are converted, we turn from sin unto faith in Christ. Old 
ways, old habits, old attitudes won't fit in this new life, so we must 
be regenerated. This means our sinful nature must change. "There- 
fore 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. This 
verse tells us that we WILL change if we're in Christ. If we haven't 
changed, we haven't been born again. 

Our justification comes to us through faith in Christ. Through 
faith, we receive forgiveness and are restored to favor with God. 
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means we now belong in God's family, and are subject to His 
control. Naturally speaking, we live by the rules of the family which 
we are a part of and this same principle applies spiritually. When 
we are in God's family, we live by His rules. 

To sancitify anything is to declare that it belongs to God. For us, 
this means we are separated from the world and consecrated unto 
God. Sanctification begins when we become a Christian and is 
completed when we see Christ. In other words, we belong to God 
from start to finish in the Christian walk. Regardless of the past 
sins, when we come to Christ, all is made new and the sinful past is 
left behind. 

Conversion, adoption, justification, regeneration, sanctification 
— all come under the heading of salvation. All point to a changed 
heart, a changed mind, a changed life. "Likewise reckon ye also 
yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus 
Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:11. Salvation is all that Christ has done 
for us. Have you been delivered? Are you now alive in Him? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

THE ORDINANCE OF FEET WASHING 

John 13:3-17 

The ordinance of feet washing is a sacred rite established by 
Jesus, Himself for His Church. Jesus knew He would soon leave 
the disciples and He wanted to establish these Church ordinances 
which would be helpful in their spiritual life and develop a right 
feeling toward each other. 

A full evening meal was prepared. As Jesus and His disciples 
gathered around the table, Jesus arise, laid aside His outer coat, 
girded Himself with a towel and poured water into a basin. He then 
washed and wiped the disciples feet. 

When Jesus came to Peter, Peter said, "Thou shalt never wash 
my feet!" He felt that he was too unworthy for his master to stoop 
down and wash his feet. 

Jesus answered, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." 
Then Peter was sorry and was willing to have his feet washed. 

After Jesus had washed and wiped ail their feet, He sat down 
again and said, "If I, then, your Lord and Master, have washed your 
feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you 
an example that ye should do as I have done to you." I John 
13:14-15. 

He also said, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do 
them." I John 13:17. 



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As water baptism symbolizes an inward cleansing, so feet- 
washing symbolizes the continuance of that cleansing. During the 
feet washing service, our minds should be directed to the need of 
cleansing from sin. We should feel the desire to obtain the spirit of 
humble and loving service. 

Feet washing brings spiritual blessing, for in keeping this 
ordinance, we show our love to Christ. 

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." "And 
happy are ye if ye do them." 

All those who desire a part in Christ's Kingdom, will be partakers 
of this cleansing service that we may be clean before Him and show 
our obedience to His perfect example. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



AUTHORITY BY SUBMISSION 

I Corinthians 11:10 "For this cause ought the woman to have 
power on her head because of the angels." 

Titus 2:15 "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all 
authority. Let no man despise thee." 

James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, 
and he will flee from you." 

If a group of individuals were asked to define the words 
"authority" and "submission," the great majority would no doubt 
classify them as opposites. This type of thinking would, of course, 
be correct depending on how you use the words. With this in mind 
we would like to think about what authority and submission mean 
within the context of the Church. But first of all let us think for a 
few moments about what these words mean in a secular setting. 

When we think of authority probably the first thing to come to 
mind is civil government. Essentially we have two types of 
government, with variations of each form. One form of government 
is totalitarianism and the other is democractic or republic forms of 
government. In the former the government heads have complete 
control of the population. In the latter the constituents have 
control over the leadership. The greatest difference between the 
two is that in totalitarianism type of government the people are in 
complete submission to the leadership while in a democractic or 
republican type of government the leadership must be in sub- 
mission to those they serve in order to remain in office. While 
many refer to our type of government as a democracy (which is 
government directly by the people) there are in actuality very few, if 
any, true democracies in existence. Most free governments are in 



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reality republic (government by the people through elected leader- 
ship) in form. 

When we come to "Church government" we enter a whole new 
type of thinking. In a sense the Church is a democracy. Everyone 
within the true Church has the right to decide who they desire for 
leadership and what rules should apply to the group. In another 
sense the Church is a republic. God has ordained that we set men 
in positions of authority over congregations. While these men are 
to rule they are also to be open to the decisions of the laity. But the 
Church is also totalitarian in government. This is because the 
Church is a theocracy. This means that God is the head and what 
He says is the final rule. Now let us look into the "rulebook." 

At first glance our first verse may not seem to have anything at all 
to do with our subject. But in the Greek the word for "power" 
(exousia) can also be translated "authority." Paul has already 
informed us that a woman does not have authority over the man in 
this chapter. In another of his writings he informs us that a woman 
does not have the authority to preach. In verse four of this chapter 
he informs us that wearing the prayer veil gives her the authority to 
pray and prophesy. Whatever "prophesy" refers to, it can not refer 
to preaching in public or Paul would be guilty of contradicting 
himself. This authority she possesses is given because she is 
willing to submit to the ordained leadership of man and the one 
who ordained it, God. This principle is the foundation for true 
Church government, as we shall see. 

Our second study verse is the last verse of Titus 2. Verse one of 
this chapter informs us what is being spoken about. "But speak 
thou the things which become sound doctrine." We will not go into 
detail on the things that Paul sees as "sound doctrine" but urge you 
to read it for yourself. In Ephesians 5 we have very similar 
instruction given. In verse 21 we find these words. "Submitting 
yourselves one to another in the fear of God." We believe here we 
find God instructing us to be bold in our leadership yet to be 
submissive to one another. This can only be accomplished when 
we recognize the true head, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. In free 
countries, such as America, the ruling document is our Consti- 
tution. Both the leadership and the general population is to be 
ruled by this decree. In the Church the Holy Bible is to be our final 
word for faith and practice, especially the New Testament. There is 
an important- difference between the Constitution and the Holy 
Bible. If a law within a country becomes unacceptable with the 
majority it can be amended and therefore becomes null and void. 
Unfortunately, many within the earthly church would like to do the 
same with Holy Scripture. But this is not the "submitting your- 



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selves one to another" that Paul is referring to. Hather it is "in the 
fear of God." The earthly church, to a large degree, has lost its fear 
of God. It has replaced it with a syrupy type of "love" of God. This 
brings us to our last study verse. 

As we look at this last verse we should remind ourselves that in 
John 5:26-30 we find that even Jesus Christ, God the Son, willingly 
submitted Himself to God the Father. Earlier in this chapter we find 
the authority that God the Father gave God the Son. If we desire 
authority we must submit ourselves to God. This verse also tells us 
who we have authority over, the devil or Satan. We believe the 
reason Satan has so much power in and over the earthly church is 
because we refuse to submit ourselves to God and His Word. All 
too often we desire to rule over one another and use our selfish 
desires to try to control the thoughts of others. The "big ME" has 
all too often replaced the scriptural "WE." Today this has caused 
the majority to be submissive to the ways of the world in place of 
God. But this too is foretold in scripture. 

To enjoy authority we must first of all submit ourselves to the 
saving grace of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Then 
we must submit ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit through 
the reading of the Holy Word (The Bible). Last of all we must 
submit ourselves one to another in the fear of God. This will bring 
true authority over the devil and bring true authority into the 
Church. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 1, 1927 

THE POWER OF THE CHURCH 

B. E. Kesler 

Every institution that has a right to existence has certain inalien- 
able rights for the regulation of its own government and the 
management of its own internal affairs. 

The Church as one such institution has such right and no one 
but disloyal members denies her this right. 

Government in the church, as in other institutions, is the enforce- 
ment of certain rules and regulations for the peace and unity of its 
membership and for oneness in its practice of the ordinances and 
institutions of the body. Without this, "every one becomes a law 
unto himself," and confusion and discord is the result. 



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The best government is self government, and when this is 
properly exercised little external government is needed, but in the 
church as in other institutions, there are always some disloyal, 
disorderly ones, and even some incorrigibles who must be held 
under restraint by the enforcement of external discipline. 

"Let a man examine himself" is the law, and when this is done 
with a view of keeping in line with the principles and usages of the 
church all is well, and harmony prevails. "If we would judge 
ourselves we should not be judged." When this is done in the light 
of the truth and a desire to be loyal and true to the church, little 
need exists for rules and methods of discipline. But, in many 
instances, when the guilty alone sits in judgment in his own case, 
conviction does not follow for, "the ways of a man," in many 
instances, "are right in his own eyes." 

The modern plea for internal discipline, or self examination 
alone, to the exclusion of Bible discipline by the church as a body 
empowered to regulate the life and conduct of its membership, has 
broken down all submission to the rightful rule and authority of the 
church to enforce discipline upon the unruly and disobedience, 
confusion, discord, and division that now exists, in the evidence of 
it. 

The final resort in case of offenders is "tell it to the church." Why 
tell the church? So the offender may be brought into submission 
or to make his wrongs right, and if he will not do this, "let him be 
unto thee as the heathen man and the Publican," which the last 
resort by the church, not only by the offended one as an individual, 
but by the church as a body. So we are told to "withdraw from 
every brother that walketh disorderly", and this must be done by 
the church as a body and not only by the individual. Hence Bible 
discipline, enforced through church government. 

The "Teach them to observe all things" (Matt. 28:20) applies as 
much to the general life and conduct as to the prominent ordi- 
nances of the church. Teaching is all right and to the docile, is 
all-sufficient, but for the lawless and disobedient more drastic 
measures are sometimes necessary. 

The loyal citizen is not fined, imprisoned and punished. It is the 
disloyal incorrigibles that have to be subject to restraint. So in thee 
church laws are not for the loyal and faithful but for the lawless and 
the disobedient and the presumptuous who "despise government." 

The unfortunate thing in the case is the failure to enforce Bible 
discipline impartially. This condition is true to an alarming extent 
under civil government. The common citizen is quite often 
punished for crimes which certain others commit with impunity. 

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an action of the council while gross crime go unpunished. It is so 
hard to attain to that standard that we "know no man after the 
flesh." 

The best regulated families we have are those where family rules 
and regulations are observed even if they have to be enforced. 
Parents have learned to teach and "train up a child in the way it 
should go" is fine, but in spite of this there are some incorrigibles 
that must be subjected to restraint and that to "spare the rod" often 
means to "spoil the child", and even the Father has learned that he 
must "chastize" and "scourge" his children sometimes. 

Need we then expect less of the church? 

Has the State and the family a right to enforce discipline? Why 
should not the church have the same authority? It is not supposed 
the church should be a tyrant in this matter, any more than the 
state or the family should be such, but as in these, in matters of 
privilege and propriety, the authority of the church over the 
individual is supreme, and peace and order and harmony prevail 
without the exercise of this authority. 



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"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 HIDING PLACE 

Jesus is our hiding place 

In a land of turmoil, 
He will shelter us from storms... 

Provide our "Lamps with oil." 

If we snuggle close to Him 

When winds are raging wild - 
He will keep us safe from sin 

When we become His "child." 

Peace He gives unto our soul - 

A peace we can't explain... 
When the storm has spent itself 

The sun will shine again. 

While we're living here on earth 

On Him we will rely, 
He'll guide us through the strait gate 

To mansions in the sky. 

- Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 



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REAPING THE WHIRLWIND 

Hurricanes and tornadoes are very destructive. When these 
whirlwinds go through a community there will be left in their wake 
destroyed homes and other buildings, uprooted trees and other 
displaced landscape and lost lives. No wonder there is serious 
attention paid to warnings given out when these storms are 
approaching. People are quick to find shelter to protect them- 
selves as much as possible. 

As destructive and dangerous as these storms are there is 
another whirlwind that has even greater consequences. Jesus 
warned, "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. A tornado or hurricane may take 
away a person's life but it does not determine that soul's destiny. 
There is a greater consequence than the body's demise to con- 
sider. That is the eternal destiny of the soul. 

The Prophet Hosea spoke of the coming of such a whirlwind. 
"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." 
Hosea 8:7a. The Prophet was speaking in particular about the 
northern ten tribes, Israel. They had quit serving God and were 
now serving idols. They had fallen to the worship of a molten calf 
much like what their ancestors had seen in Egypt and had wor- 
shipped at Mt. Sinai. Because of this idolatry they would be sent 
back into bondage, like it was in Egypt. Israel would soon be 
conquered and crushed by Assyria. Their false gods would not be 
able to help them no matter how much they might sacrifice to them. 
They had left the only God who could have rescued them. They 

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would be reaping the whirlwind. 

A wind is a small thing but a whirlwind is great, powertul and 
destructive. Sowing the wind is no great thing. It does not take 
much effort, but it can bring forth a great destruction. Wind is light 
and supposedly of little consequences, but it can soon bring 
something larger. Sowing a little wind instead of following the 
Holy Spirit brings great consequences. The wind pictures the light 
and vain activities of the world. The human heart and mind is 
attracted by its cooling breezes and balmy promises. The sowing 
of the wind pictures the sowing of sin. It is so easy ana so natural 
that little thought is given to it, just like a breeze that precedes a 
destructive windstorm. The whirlwind that comes afterward is but 
the natural outcome of the wind that is sown, ever so carelessly and 
thoughtlessly. 

God has established a law concerning sowing and reaping That 
law applies naturally and Spiritually. Gal. 6:7, "Be not deceived; 
God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also 
reap." In the natural when wheat is planted; it is wheat that will be 
grown. Corn will produce corn; oats, oats and so on. God has 
ordained, since the Creation, that like produces like. One species 
does not become another species. What is sown will determine the 
harvest! 

This same law works in the Spiritual realm also. "For he that 
soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that 
soweth to the spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Gal 6-8 
If man sows the carnal, lustful and worldly, he will reap the 
corruption that is the result. Corruption is the natural end of the 
flesh. It decays and dies. Where corruption is, there is no eternal 
ife. The deeds that seem so pleasureable and even innocent may 
lead to eternal separation from God. Satan lures men into these 
deeds by promises of fun, fortune and fame. He never reveals what 
the real end of these deeds will be. 

The deeds done while sowing to the Spirit will bring everlasting 
life. These deeds may not seem so great at the time but they will be 
according to God's will. Finding favor with God will bring 
blessings in this life, as well as the enjoyable harvest later on 
Sowing to the Spirit may involve doing things contrary to worldly 
wisdom, but will prove to be the wisest things we could do. 

The destruction of our physical lives is of less importance than 
the preserving of the soul. To preserve the soul we must sow the 
right kind of life. We cannot fool God. He knows what we are 
doing. Although we may be able to hide what we're doing from our 
friends, relatives and neighbors we cannot hide it from God. He 
sees all. He knows all. The minister and the congregation may not 
know but God does. He is the One who will judge in the end so it is 



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important that we meet His standard. The whirlwind speaks of His 
judgment so if we are sowing the wind we will have to face that 
whirlwind. It is better that we sow to the Spirit so we can have life 
everlasting. 
What are you sowing? What will your harvest be? 

OUR CHOICES BECOME BLESSINGS OR CURSES 

"Behold I set before you this day a blessing and a curse." Deut. 
11:26. This was Yahweh speaking through His servant Moses to 
His people. If we are His people it is still an admonition to us, and 
also a warning. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday (Old Testament), 
and today (New Testament), and for ever." Heb. 13:8. I am 
Yahweh, I change not. 

Obedience means doing God's works, keeping His command- 
ments and receiving His blessings, or disobeying and serving the 
carnal man, or Satan, and receiving Satan's curse. John 14:23; 
15:10. 

Let us notice a few examples: Satan enticed Adam very much as 
he entices both young and old today. He causes us to think this is 
not very bad and it would be so enjoyable. Adam believed Satan's 
lie and chose to do that which God had said, 'Thou shaft not", 
traded his luxurious life in the beautiful garden for a life of hardship 
and DEATH which the human race still suffers from and always will 
as long as time lasts. So when we choose to do wrong, we will also 
cause our family and others to suffer because of our choices. 

Cain through jealousy chose to kill his own brother Abel, was 
cursed with a lifelong mark, went out from the presence of the Lord 
and became a vagabond in the earth. 

Esau chose to trade his birthright for a mess of red pottage to 
satisfy his carnal appetite and lost his soul, though he sought it 
carefully with tears. Heb. 12:16-17. 

There are many examples in the Bible of many people who made 
wrong choices, wrecked their earthly lives, often other people's 
also, by choosing to follow carnal lusts and believe Satan's lies. 

But some were wise, how they gave us inspiration, when we read 
the account of the victorious lives they lived and the blessings they 
received. For instance the young man Joseph, a victim of circum- 
stances stood severe tests, torn from his home by jealous brothers, 
lived the overcoming life in a strange land, was in the end mightily 
blessed and became the second ruler in Egypt. 

Daniel a captive young man in the barbarous nation of Babylon 
stood with his God through many trials including the lions den, was 
victorious through wise choices and became the second ruler of 
Babylon — not just a kingdom but the world power and kingdom of 
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Dare to be a Daniel, 
Dare to stand alone, 
Dare to have a purpose true, 
Dare to make it known. 
Job, a wealthy king stood for God, lost his family friends 
possessions and wealth, everything but his faith in God but in the 

before a hi^loss ily ^^ ° f G ° d W ' th tW ° timeS 3S mUCh as he ha <* 
Noah obeyed God, spent one hundred and twenty years buildinq 
an ark to take his family safely through a world flood though here 
had never been ram upon the earth before, and sang praises while 
he rain poured down and the great depths were broken up. The 
wicked world perished in the flood because they made the choice 
of the curse instead of obeying God's warnings through his servant 
Noah s preaching. Hebrews 1 1 gives us many examples 

The choices you and I have made or will make will also determine 
ri ;S' ny '",? i*? 6r blessin 9 s or cur sings just as much s as n 
days of these Bible characters. Many are selling their souls to a ife 

o rZ'l 3 n d 8to TS damnation for t^ngs of less value than a mess 
!™ d ?°} 9Q - [' fe IS uncertain - de ath is sure, and whether we 
cross Jordan early or late then time is no longer and eternity has 
begun. Our choices here will determine our state while the 
m.llemums rail either with Lazarus in glory or the rich man in 
torments Luke 16. Their destiny was not determined because one 
was poor the other rich, but because of their choices to serve G^d 
or not during their lives. Many are called but few are chosen 

C S P , e ° ple h re A eCt G ,° d - My prayer is that manv wi " strive to be 
as Noah, Joseph, Daniel and Job who have made wise choices 

I would like to let a word of encouragement to young here The 

wise man, Solomon, said "Remember now thy creator in the days 

of thy youth, while the evil days come not..." If you never take the 

first drink of alcoholic beverages you will never be a dmnJard il 

you never smoke the first cigarette you will never suffer from 

nicotine Many other things should never be indulged in such ae 

ly.ng, taking that which is not yours, taking drugs, never indulging 

in immoral acts, watching television that diverts the mind om God 

to sin and so forth. Many are the pitfalls. The choice of a 

SEnnn ^ * ' ^^ W " »"**"" ^ °" earth V 

pending on our own choice to live for God, and the person we 

har? to oJi? Wlth f " iS 6aSy t0 96t inV0lved in sin thatls'extremely 
hard to get loose from once we become its servant. The youna 

l?, e ?, C v ^ a Straignt path ' but once the way of life has 

i" dXultt o e k r e a d se t,S d ' ffiCUlt t0 Str3ighten 3nd & ma - d y reputation 

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invaluable to their families and other people about them. We as 
parents and grandparents should ask ourselves some serious 
questions, first about our children's lives. 

"If any man love the world the love of the father is not in him." 
I John 2:15. We cannot serve both God and mammon. 

The choice is ours, our eternal future hangs on our choices. 
Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow may be too late. The 
things we prize and seek after in this world today may become 
ashes to us tomorrow. May God bless you abundantly. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
R.D. 2 Box 129 
Oakland, MD 21550 

I WANTED IT THAT WAY 

"It made alot of extra work, but, I wanted it that way." "Some 
people didn't like it, but I wanted it that way." Sometimes we set 
our hearts on having things a certain way — a house, a job, an 
activity — and we're not satisfied until it is exactly that way. We 
tend to ignore the distress we cause others, the hardships we 
impose on family and friends while fulfilling our own wishes. "I 
wanted it that way" expresses self-satisfaction, often at the 
expense of someone else. 

"I wanted it that way" sounds like nothing else matters, that no 
one else's wishes are important. The fact is that what we person- 
ally want isn't what counts, but what God wants for us. That should 
come first. The needs of others must be considered also, as our 
own rights stop where someone else's begins. Jesus expects us to 
be givers, not takers, and "I want it that way" cannot be the theme 
of our lives. 

"I wanted it that way" signifies self-indulgence, but Jesus taught 
self-denial. "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will 
come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and 
follow me." Matt. 16:24. Following Jesus requires something of us. 
It can't be a passive, care-free relationship, with Nile or no thought 
about the welfare of those around us. We must set aside our own 
will and desires so we can do Christ's will. 

All of us have heard a little child say, "But I WANT that!" Children 
become very unhappy at times when required to share, or to stop 
playing with a fragile item, and so forth. Parents know that which 
their children want isn't always what is best for them. Neither is it 
good for adults to always have what they want. Yet some are just 
like a child, wanting their own way and becoming very unhappy 
when they don't get it. 

Jesus expects us to be mature, to share, to be considerate and 
kind. He expects us to follow Him in faith and to serve one another 



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in love. Failure to do so indicates we've not yet grown up spirit- 
ually. "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a 
child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away 
childish things." I Cor. 13:11. If you are still wanting your own way, 
it's time to leave your childish ways behind and go on to become an 
adult. This is what Jesus wants for you. 

Sometimes when we say "I want it that way", God allows us to 
have exactly what we want. But, as with the prodigal son (see Luke 
15), it's not to our advantage. He wanted his own way, but after he 
got it, he regretted it very much. He started out in luxury but ended 
up with nothing. In due time, this young man did wake up and 
acknowledge his wrong. He decided that his father knew best, and 
home was where he went. Our Heavenly Father knows best also, 
and the sooner we realize it, the better. 

When we say, "I want it that way", we should mean that we want it 
Christ's way. There should be a determination in our hearts to do 
what He wants done. Jesus prayed "Not my will, but Thine be 
done" at the most difficult time in His life. He was facing the Cross 
and all the intense suffering which went with it. Jesus did that for 
us. Can we not then yield to His will, as He did to the Father? 

Sometimes we must set aside our desires in order to care for 
someone else. The good Samaritan cared for the seriously 
wounded man, entirely at his own expense. Whatever plans he had 
were set aside until this robbery victim's needs were taken care of. 
Read Luke 10:25-37. The Samaritan had a heart of compassion, 
and he did all he could to help the injured man. No one had to 
remind him to act. No one had to say, 'This is your responsibility." 
His actions came from his heart. 

Jesus wants us to serve Him with a willing heart. What He wants 
should be what we want. This means we'll be considerate of those 
around us. When a need arises, we will respond in love, not with a 
grudging heart. We will be submissive to Jesus in our everyday 
lives and will find joy in so doing, because we know He knows best. 
Is it this way in your heart, or are you still saying, "I want it my 
way"? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Watching the Signs" 

We are living in a time when the churches of the world are going 
through tremendous transition. In the conservative church of the 
80's, we need to constantly be measuring what we are doing in the 
church with the yardstick of truth, God's Word. I believe we fre- 
quently address the perversion of the world and her church but are 



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we watching the signs for apostacy in the true church. Make no 
mistake. Satan is working prolifically to make inroads into all 
aspects of our faith. We speak easily about the darker pages of 
church history and possibly we tend to live in the fruit of the 
victories of our fathers. But what do we watch for as CAUTION 
signs for both theology and practical church administration? 

1. The first danger sign is when the church becomes bent on 
quantity at the expense of quality in her membership. We see the 
"numbers racket" being played frequently today. Of course we 
would appreciate having millions of people in the body but to 
sacrifice Biblical principle just to get one member would be an 
affront to God. 

2. Secondly, a danger sign to watch is a church that is no longer 
standing for separation. This has become a gray area for once 
fundamental groups of believers. Separation can not be a gray 
area to the true church as God requires it of His followers. II Cor. 
6:17 teaches us to, "Come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will 
receive you." It is a sad statement when parents believe this 
applies to themselves but when it comes to worldly achievements 
for their children, they support them in these activities. 

3. Another danger sign is a church that practices discrimination. 
This applies to race and in the broader context of the word it 
applies to being respectors of persons within the body. You might 
feel a person is spiritually inferior if they do not dress exactly as 
you do or even if they do not use your choice of pharsiology in 
public prayer. Apply caution here. 

4. A danger sign of our day is to see the church so carried away 
with a false definition of love that it fails to exercise Christ ordained 
discipline. Paul tells us in I Cor. 5:13 that members not in 
obedience to Christ and the church should be allowed to correct 
their lives or be put away. It would appear that churches today feel 
love is expressed in allowing sin in the body rather than "lovingly" 
correcting it. 

5. In addition, another danger sign is thrown up before us if we, 
as a church, are unwilling to receive a fallen believer back into our 
fellowship after Biblical repentance has been experienced. How is 
it that we feel unconditional forgiveness is to come from God to us 
but not from us to others? Eph. 4:32 says "...FORGIVING ONE 
ANOTHER, EVEN AS GOD FOR CHRIST'S SAKE HATH 
FORGIVEN YOU." 

6. Watch for a church without an "outreach" and this should be a 
sign of weakness in Biblical character. 

7. There is a danger sign posted when we see an emphasis on 



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programs in the place of God's Word being proclaimed or dis- 
cussed. There are those things done by the world to get the 
masses to come in to the church today. Frequently it involves the 
wrong use of music, or the wrong kind of music. This is the 
"trick-or-treat church" that uses all kinds of gimmicks and ulti- 
mately will be tricked by Satan himself. 

8. The danger flag is also up when we cease to do things in the 
church in order and decently. I will agree that we might become so 
formal in our service that we lose the spontaneity of honest 
worship but the other extreme is the "open service" that allows for 
little dignity in worship. 

9. We should see a danger sign when one or two ministers act as 
"popes" in their understanding of leadership. The church from its 
inception was a theocratic democracy under the leadership of 
Christ. This most always leads away from a Christ centered 
worship to minister dictated worship. Equally dangerous is when a 
church leadership refuses to accept correction. The concept of 
servanthood of leaders can never be negated. 

10. Watch for the danger sign of people in church leadership 
doing things in the body for spite. Paul talks of preaching Christ 
"even of envy and strife..." This leads to ultimate disaster for the 
body. Again we might look at these dangerous factors of church 
leadership: a. When we have a local church mostly governed by 
relatives, problems are eminent, b. When male leadership roles 
are ursurped by women, disorder will occur as it is out of harmony 
with the scriptures, c. Finally, a church with policy dictated from 
without that body can be a great danger sign. 

11. To have a Biblical polity and not obey it is a danger sign of 
spiritual sleepiness. A polity is important because it allows the 
church as a whole to make decisions and takes that responsibility 
away from individuals. It removes the word "I" and allows "we" to 
reign. 

12. Danger... when we begin to overemphasize any part of the 
spiritual gifts or God's law. This would especially apply to the Holy 
Spirit today in failing to glorify God and give the Godhead their 
rightful places. 

13. Finally, watch for the danger sign of the church preaching 
ABOUT the Bible and not preaching what is IN the Bible. Don't be 
lethargic but be alert to the signs of the true church verses one 
fallen into apostacy. We MUST function at the highest level of 
scriptural teaching. WATCH THE SIGNS. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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THE LORD' SUPPER 

John 13 

The Lord's supper was the last meal that Jesus had the privilege 
of eating with His disciples. This was an evening meal where they 
were gathered together for a time of fellowship. When the food had 
been blessed, they tarried one for the other in brotherly love. 

This meal points forward to the time when Jesus is coming again. 
It also is a memorial service to remind us of the love of Christ for us. 
"Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto 
the end." John 13:1. 

We usually have boiled meat and a soup made from the broth, 
which has pieces of bread broken into it. There is also bread to eat 
with the meat and water to drink. There is one place of meat and 
one bowl of soup for each four persons. Each brother or sister 
reaches his spoon into the bowl of soup, one at a time, thus taking 
turns. Usually the meat is spread on bread and eaten as a 
sandwich. 

During the time of eating this meal, we should be thoughtful and 
quiet, meditating upon the words of Christ when He said, "I appoint 
unto you a kingdom, even as my Father has appointed unto me, 
that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom." Luke 22:29. 

We also think of the marriage supper of the Lamb mentioned in 
Rev. 19:9 and look forward in glad anticipation and desire to be 
there in His presence. 

This service which we observe in obedience with Christ's 
teaching, will bring us peace and joy and is a great blessing to us. It 
helps us to renew our love for the brethren and sisters of our 
church. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 

BEATITUDES FOR HOMEMAKERS 

"Blessed is she whose daily tasks are a work of love; for her 
willing hands and happy heart transfers duty into joyous service. 

"Blessed is she who opens the door to welcome both stranger 
and well-loved friend; for gracious hospitality is a test of brotherly- 
sisterly love. 

"Blessed is she who mends stockings and toys and broken 
hearts; tor her understanding is a balm to her husband and 
children. 

"Blessed is she who scours and scrubs; for well she knows that 
cleanliness is one expression of Godliness. (Somewhat passe', 
today.) 

"Blessed is she whom children love; for the love of a child is of 



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greater value than fortune or fame. 

"Blessed is she who sings at her work; for music lightens the 
heaviest load and brightens the dullest chore. (Even if you can't 
carry a tune?) 

"Blessed is she who dusts away doubt and fear and sweeps out 
the cobwebs of confusion; for her faith will triumph over all activity. 

"Blessed is she who serves laughter and smiles with every meal; 
for her cheerfulness is an aid to mental and physical digestion. 

"Blessed is she who preserves the sacredness of the home; for 
hers is a divine trust that crowns her with dignity." 

- Anonymous 
Selected by Sister Mary Stump 

LIGHT AND DARKNESS 

In this life we should be more concerned about spiritual light, our 
lifeline to eternal glory. Today there are many professing 
Christians who are not a Christian light to those who are living in 
darkness in this wicked and sinful world. God is light. The light of 
the world is Jesus. Come to the light it is shining for thee. It has 
dawned upon true Christians and they have become a bright and 
shining light of truth and righteousness in this dark and sinful 
world. 

Light will not commune with darkness. Turn on a light in a dark 
room and the darkness disappears. Jesus said "Ye are the light of 
the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." We cannot be 
a Christian light to others and engage in the great evils of the 
world. What fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? 
What communion has light with darkness? And what concord has 
Christ with beliai? 

The true Christian is a bright and shining light for Jesus. We are 
to be a Christian light to those who are living in darkness. Whoso- 
ever hates his brother abides in darkness. We cannot be a bright 
and shining light for Jesus without all the fruits of the Spirit. Christ 
gave us an example of love and peace. 

In the creation of the earth God said let there be light and there 
was light. The Psalmist David said the Lord is my light. Christian 
light is shown through righteousness. The path of the just is a 
shining light. Let your light so shine before men that they may see 
your good works and that the Lord may be glorified. Are we letting 
our light shine clear and bright in this dark and sinful world. 

Many love darkness rather than light because their deeds are 
evil. In the scriptures we are told some waited for light then came 
darkness. The Apostle Paul said he saw through a glass darkly. 
When the light shines in dark places it divides light from dark. They 
of the darkness become vain in their imaginations and their foolish 



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hearts are darkened. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works 
of darkness but rather reprove them. 

For salvation we turn from darkness to the shining light of the 
saving Gospel. We have in our day rulers of darkness of this world. 
The call is, "Come out of darkness into the marvelous light of the 
Gospel." In our Saviour there is no darkness at all. 

Christian let your light shine all along the way, 
You may guide a wanderer to eternal day. 

Here in this world we have light and darkness; in the eternal city 
of God there will be no darkness, no storms, no dark clouds, no 
night there. The Christian light is the lifeline to eternal glory.' All 
those who are living a sinful and wicked life are in darkness. Here 
in this world many robberies, burglaries and other evil deeds are 
committed in the dark hours of the night. 

All true Christian lives are a light to the world. Christ is our light 
and lifeline in this world and will be the light in the eternal city of 
God. 

The call comes from our Saviour, "Come to the light, it is shining 
for thee." Are we a bright Christian light in this dark and sinful 
world? The Christian light is the lifeline to eternal glory and 
opposed to the works of darkness. 

Throw out the Lifeline across the dark wave,... 
Someone is sinking today. 
Only those who walk in the light of our Saviour will be permitted to 
live in the eternal city of God where all is light. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
804 W. Sundial Loop 
Plant City, FL 33566 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 15, 1927 

THE INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES 

Charles N. Stutsman 

No doubt there are few, if any, of my readers but would readily 
answer "yes" to the question, "Do you believe the Scriptures to be 
inspired?" But, suppose you were in the place of a local Sunday 
School Teacher, who was teaching the lesson of January 16, and 
upon coming to the quotation from Paul in II Tim. 3:16, a High 
School teacher among your pupils asked, "How do you know they 
are?" Are you ready to give real and intelligible reasons for your 
belief? J 

Nor is this question unimportant, to be cast aside as though 
unworthy of serious consideration. For upon the correct answer to 
this depends the answer to other vital and related questions, which 



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may seem more startling, but which surely follow: such as "Is Jesus 
actually risen from the dead?" "Is Jesus really a Virgin's Son?" "Is 
Hell a reality, or merely a condition or the dreams of some 
disordered mind?" 

It is an old and trite saying that "There are two sides to every 
question To this particular question there are the Inside and the 

™V t I i S the lnternal and the External evidences of Inspi- 
ration of the Scriptures we know as The Bible. Thus, within the 
Scriptures we find many evidences that they were not original with 
the men known as the authors. 

thJ*, 6 S K cri P t V re s referred to by the Master when here on earth in 
the flesh, and which we know as The Old Testament, were held in 
His estimat.on to be one unit and intact as one complete message 
With the variety of individual authors, and the widely separated 
imes and places of writing, there is no adequate explanation for 
he un.ty and consistency of them, except "Inspiration." Why is 
there not a variety of themes and conflicting theories of religions 
as is found in every group of uninspired writings by even con- 
temporaneous writers. The only satisfactory answer is VnspLt^n 
- one supreme and all-wise God inspiring them all " 
In Matt. 5:18 and in Luke 16:17, Christ emphasizes the sanctity 

m«nf H 6 ♦ 6a ! 1 l6tter ° r MterarV PartiCle 0f the " L ™"' Which 

I \ h e wntings of Moses. This language of Christ's sounds very 

SSli * "V Verbal INSP| RATION, of which so many modern 

fo ll 5 r° h re ' 9IOn h3Ve SUCh fear and horror - A 9 a 'n- ™ John 
10.34-35, Christ quotes Psalms 82:6, calling them "Scriptures 

2^22!?! be B broken " Thus H * ^amps the Psa.ms wif he seal 

22 28 ic th'i' SkS? the P ! a !^ iSt W9S th6re qUOtin 9 from Exod ^ 
fnuoi' h I LaW and Psalms " ar e here linked together as of 

Z inff end t ^ Ce ' ' n Luke 16:29 - 31 ' " Moses and the Prophets- 
are represented as sufficient revelation for the salvation of an 
Israelite so that the prophets are thus added by Christ to the list of 
approved authorities. Also hear Him, in Mark 7:10-13 contras 

l r a l h M ° SeS S3id " With " Ye sav '" and sum jt a " ^ in the thirteenth 
verse by naming what "Moses said" as the word of God This is 
why we know they are inspired! In Luke 24:44-45 we find Christ 

»C ng ^lir 1 " 98 Which were written " of Him - whether in 
in.hH ' u' hS Psa,ms -" or *e "Prophets." These three groups 
nclude all of our Old Testament, and were known by the Jews by 
these very names here used by Christ. Why could Christ so readily 
m.Fh«T k 8Se Scri P ture s? Because He had been with the real 
author, who inspired them, and knew their message 

T^m 01 ? n l y d06S Cnrist set His seal of a PProval upon the Old 
Testament for in John 14:26 we find Him guaranteeing the 

t a hfronf Cy «A.. th u- Ap08tolic recol, ection and endorsing the product 
thereof. All things shall be brought to your remembrance that I 



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have said to you." This means our "Gospels," which are recol- 
lected accounts of His words and deeds; our "Acts," which are 
historical accounts; and any parts of Apostolic writings were 
instructions are given as from the Lord or by His authority. And 
again in John 16:12-13, He guarantees the dependability and the 
inspiration of all Apostolic teaching and writing, which includes 
their letters, General or Special. In fact, that is all of what we know 
as New Testament. 

But there are also certain External evidences of Inspiration, for 
history corroborates this claim to Divinity of Authorship. But 
history is nothing more nor less than the certain accounts of events 
or experiences of mankind. Note, then that this history shows that 
man has not been able to destroy this Bible, though repeated and 
concerted attempts have been made. If man had made it, he could 
destroy it, for what one has made, he can destroy. This Bible is 
therefore not man's product. Again, this Bible contains much 
history written in advance of the fact, and accurately detailed. 
Never have mere man been able to produce sure and dependable 
prophecy such as this. They are therefore not man-made. And this 
Bible can and does regenerate men, making them morally, mentally 
and spiritually clean. Never has the product of any master been 
able to recreate its own Creator. Such a paradox is unthinkable, 
but would be the case if these Scriptures were the result of man's 
ingenuity. Neither has any literary gem or masterpiece of man 
been able to throw off the physical limitations of time and space, 
and be always and universally adaptable and dependably practical. 
But by Inspiration this Bible has proven the boom of all needs of 
the spirit within man at all times and in all places of earth. Nor 
should we overlook the repeated testimony and experiences of 
those Saints, whose lives reach their climax in that grand song of 
victory, "I'm acquainted with the Author, and I know the Book is 
true!" No theorizing can successfully contradict the living experi- 
ences of God's loyal and true, who have thus given us their 
cumulative testimonies. 



NEWS ITEMS 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

Lord willing, the McClave Congregation will be hosting the 
District Meeting of the Third District, the weekend of April 11 
through 13. There will be all-day services on Saturday and Sunday 
with Lovefeast Service on Saturday evening. The business meeting 
will be Monday morning. 



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We invite everyone to come and be with us as we enjoy fellow- 
ship together. 

Sister Rhonda Snyder, Cor. 

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA 

We greet you in the name of our Lord, Who is worthy of our 
honor. It is with praise for Him that we inform you of the addition of 
members to the Pleasant Home Congregation. As we were re- 
minded, ''Except the Lord build the house, thy labor in vain that 
build it..." Psalm 127:1. 

Denna Applegate and Brigett Daniels experienced baptism in 
January. Mike and Donna Wray and Dwight and Cynthia Winger 
were received into membership on previous baptisms. 

Please feel welcome to attend our Spring Lovefeast services 
April 25 and 26, 1987, or any of our regularly scheduled meetings. 
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Conference, 
Lord willing. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation plans Pre-Easter Services April 15 
through 19. Bro. Terry Gunderman of Goshen, Indiana will be the 
speaker. 

There will be services nightly with Lovefeast services Saturday 
afternoon and that evening at 7 P.M. Services as usual on Sunday. 

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

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation held a council meeting, February 28. 
Once again the voice of the church was taken to elect two 
ministers. After scripture reading and prayer, these lots fell to Bro. 
Scott Brossand Bro. Kenneth Wilkerson. 

May we give these young ministers our support with love and 
prayers. 

Romans 10:14-15, "How then shall they call on him in whom they 
have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they 
have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And 
how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How 
beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and 
bring glad tidings of good things!" 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR APRIL 1987 

April 5 -The Root and the Branches- Romans 11:16-36. 

1. What is the root, and who is Paul referring to? 

2. Why were the natural branches broken off? Who are the wild 
branches? 

April 12 - Transformation - Romans 12:1-21. 

1. What is transformation and how are we transformed into the 
new creature? 

2. What do we as Christians present to God? 

April 19 - Easter (Resurrection) - Mark 16:1-20. 

1. Why is Christ's Resurrection so important? 

2. What is meant by Christ being the first fruits of them that 
sleep? 

April 26 - Rulers Ordained of God - Romans 13:1-14. 

1. Why is it important that we obey the magistrates and rulers? 

2. What part does love have in the fulfilling of the law? 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR APRIL 1987 

April 5 - Spiritual Blindness - Isaiah 59:1-10, Matt. 6:22-24, II Cor 
4:3-6, Eph. 4:7-24. 

1. What is meant by spiritual blindness? How serious is it? 

2. How do we receive spiritual vision? What doctor do we need 
to come to? 

April 12- Raising of Lazarus - John 11:1-45. 

1. What words did Martha and Mary say when Jesus came 
to them? 

2. What effect had the miracle on those standing there? 
April 19 -The Resurrection - Luke 24:1-31. 

1. What did the women find when they came to the tomb? 

2. What effect did this truth have on all who were there and 
saw it? 

April 26 -Charity- I Cor. 13, I Peter 4:1-10. 

1. What prompted the Lord to send His Son to earth? 

2. What is the greatest thing in the world and why is it so 
great? 



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VOL. LXV 



APRIL 1, 1987 



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 ho| y. and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



TREASURE 

Precious Bible! what a treasure Does the Word of God afford; 
All I want for life or pleasure, Food and med'cine, shield and sword; 
Let the world account me poor; Having this, I need no more; 
Let the world account me poor; Having this, I need no more! 

Food to which the world's a stranger, Here my hungry soul enjoys; 
Of excess there is no danger Though it fills, it never cloys; 
On a dying Christ I feed, He is meat and drink indeed; 
On a dying Christ I feed, He is meat and drink indeed.' 

When my faith is faint and sickly, Or when Satan wounds my mind; 
Cordials to revive me quickly, Healing med'cines here I find; 
To the promises I flee, Each affords a remedy; 
To the promises I flee, Each affords a remedy. 

In the hour of dark temptation, Satan cannot make my yield; 
For the word of consolation Is to me a mighty shield; 
While the scripture-truths are sure, From his malice I'm secure; 
While the scripture-truths are sure, From his malice I'm secure! 

- John Newton 



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STARVING 

We hear much about the homeless and starving in this world. 
Although we live in comparatively luxurious surroundings, many in 
the world are starving. There are many reasons for this condition. 
Some are connected with political and economic systems that fail 
to provide for their subjects. Some hunger is due to personal lack 
of initiative or ability.. A few may hunger through no fault of their 
own. 

Whatever reason has brought about this condition, it remains 
that some, even in our own land, do go hungry. More in our land go 
hungry, through no lack of food, but through a lack of wholesome 
food. Many have enough food as far as quantity is concerned but 
they eat food that is not nutritious. Junk food has become the diet 
of many. Although they seemingly have enough to eat, they are 
starving because that food is mainly sugar, salt and fat. These 
foods give only empty calories not real nutrition for the body. 

People are not only physically hungry but also many are Spirit- 
ually starving. Some are hungry because they have totally ignored 
the food needed by their souls. Others are hungry because they 
have been fed upon Spiritual junk food. 

Some through personal choice and others because of re- 
strictions placed upon them do not feed upon the Word of God. In 
our own land a person, if he would choose to, could have a Bible to 
read and study. Often they are even free. So there is little excuse 
for a lack of Spiritual food except by personal choice. 

As there is opportunity to have Spiritual food, there is also the 
danger of getting Spiritual junk food, instead of that which is 

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wholesome. There is much taught, that is unBiblical and un- 
christian, although given in the name of true Bible food. Many 
have failed to receive the Word of God as God's standard for their 
lives. To them it is a book of history and past morals but not a book 
that applies to their present lives. Misinterpretations and private 
desires often rob the Word of power in their lives. They would 
rather please themselves than apply the Word to their lives. Many, 
even using the opportunity to attend Church, do not profit from it 
for they either consider it boring, or merely as a social meeting, 
rather than a source of food for the soul. 

Food to be of any value to the body must be digested. Spiritual 
food must also be digested to be profitable. Sitting under the 
sound of the Gospel does not guarantee proper results from it. 
There must be not only a willingness to hear it as the Word of God 
speaking to the needs of the heart but also a willingness to do it. 
Digesting the Word of God comes through study. 

The diet can become lopsided if there is not a balance of the 
various food groups. The Spiritual diet can become lopsided if 
there is not a variety of Spiritual food. One subject or one type of 
preaching will cause an unbalanced view and will be unhealthy. 
There are many types of food found within the Word of God and 
each one is necessary for a well-balanced Spiritual diet. 

Many today are ever trying to lose weight. They are prone to 
follow many ill-advised diets that can be dangerous. Many in their 
Spiritual diets also follow after fads, following first one teacher, 
then another. They may become discouraged, when their partic- 
ular fad passes, and resist all Spiritual food. There is a great need 
for a Spiritual diet that is sound and well rounded. It needs to be 
time tested and true. 

There is a great need for a proper Spiritual diet while on this 
earth. There is a Heavenly diet prepared for those who have a 
place in that Eternal City. The Lord will come forth Himself to serve 
the Saints over there. He will not only welcome us to the Marriage 
Supper of the Lamb but He will continue to feed us and to give us 
drink throughout Eternity. If there is a need for Spiritual food in 
that Perfect Place then surely we have a great need for Spiritual 
food while we are in this imperfect world. 

Famine, pestilence and other conditions come upon the earth to 
cause a shortage of food. When this happens people die or suffer 
from malnutrition. Today there is a Spiritual famine in the land, 
although there is no good reason for it. People do not choose to go 
hungry or starve to death but they will starve themselves Spirit- 
ually. The consequences of this starvation are far more serious 
than physical starvation. 



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While many are starving, not for lack of food, but for a lack of 
good food, are you getting a balanced diet? Are you living on the 
Word of God and growing thereby? Are you staying away from 
Spiritual junk food? If so, happy eating and happy growing. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Limiting God" 

One of the greatest tragedies of our time is that many Christians 
are limiting God in their lives. Of course past history gives us 
illustrations of others who have done the same. The Children of 
Israel limited God. In Psalms 78 we read, "... Yea, they turned back 
and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel." These 
people, of their own free will, shut God up in a wilderness. They 
pushed Him into a little corner. They deliberately chose to limit 
Him in their lives. 

They limited what God could do FOR them and finally they 
limited what God could do THROUGH them. What could have 
been accomplished in their journey in a matter of days took forty 
years. What should have been a forward movement... a time of 
pressing on and counting on God's promises... became a failure. 
They lost their vision of the Promised Land and were CONTENT 
with a low standard of spiritual life. They got to the point where 
they accepted dissatisfaction, disappointment and disaster as a 
way of life. Disobedience became an accepted norm. GOD WAS 
LIMITED. 

God absolutely wanted to take these people into Canaan land 
and free them from bondage and suffering but they limited Him. 

How typical this situation is in our lives today. Through our 
disobedience and disregard of God's instruction, we lose the 
wonderful blessings He has in store for us and we limit Him. Of 
course, when we limit Him, we limit ourselves. The Jews possessed 
nothing... yet everything was theirs. The moment they left Egypt, 
God would give them everything. All they had to do was to possess 
their possessions. They wouldn't claim their blessings and many 
times we won't either. We choose not to experience all Christ has 
for us. 

We have been redeemed from Egypt, from the world which held 
us in the bondage of sin. We have been redeemed by the blood of 
the Lamb... Christ our sacrifice. Therefore, if we are in Christ we 
should be a new creature; old things should be passed away and all 
things should be new. (II Cor. 5:17) If we have limited God in our 
lives, we are not fully the new creature He desires for us to be. We 
are stuck in the wilderness. Wandering is the word that character- 



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izes a wilderness and just as the children of Israel wandered 
around in circles, so many people are doing that spiritually today. 
We are showing well externally... our flowers and leaves are shiny... 
but we are bearing no fruit. Why? We have limited God. We have 
accepted of the Gift... Jesus; we have believed in His Word... but we 
seem to be going nowhere. We are talking the talk and not fully 
walking the walk. "God brought us out so He could bring us in." IN 
CHRIST WE ARE NEVER LIMITED. With Him, problems, fear, 
anxiety and frustrations melt away. You can expose your problems 
to Him and He WILL perform. That is the real practical expression 
of the new life. 

We will see God in His fullness when we have our priorities right. 
If God is limited in what He can do, then He will also be limited in 
what He can do THROUGH us. This was true of the Israelites. God 
could have done so much more if they would have been cooper- 
ative. They would not only have been greatly blessed but they 
themselves would have been a great blessing to others. Likewise, if 
we reflect the joyous blessing of Christ's presence, He will in turn 
bless others through us. His work will be unhindered because of 
our positive enjoyment of Him. 

The children of Ephraim turned back in the day of battle (Ps. 78). 
They had talked, planned, prepared and yet, when the critical 
moment came, they turned back. They had all gotten God's 
guarantees and they were carrying their bows but they limited what 
God could do through them. Their bows were slack (deceitful). A 
limp bow string shoots a totally ineffective arrow. There is no 
power there. It also gives no purpose to the bow nor does it give 
pleasure. The Scriptures indicate many of us are like a slack bow. 
We could be very effective in the hands of God if we were not so 
weak and slack. Our prayer life is slack... our Bible study is slack... 
our life is backsliding and that comes from "slack-abiding." 

If you dare to really believe in God's promises, your life will stand 
out like a jewel amid the dust of defeat. A boxer... one who has 
been defeated... is sometimes called a horizontal boxer... because 
he is flat on his back. Equate this to defeated, horizontal Christians. 
God's Word calls for us to STAND. Our faith and obedience must 
be vertical, not horizontal. Rather than a conqueror... we become 
the conquered. The attitude that I have been baptized now and I 
am home free is dangerous and limits God. It is putting on the 
armour for the battle and sitting down in a field of flowers. Our 
Christian battle must be fought with conscious deliberation. It is 
then that we will see victory. 

Is your school life horrible? Business a shambles? Health a 
wreck? Church life a burden? God cares and He will help you if 



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you do not limit Him and paralyze His efficacy. Turn from failure 
through TOTAL TRUST in Christ and His power. He desires that 
you prove Him. He desires to infuse you with inner strength. 
DON'T LIMIT THE LIMITLESS... YOUR GOD. 

Brother Len Wertz 



I SHOULD, OR I WILL? 

The minister walked slowly to the back of the church, feeling as 
though he'd just completed a full day's work. Funny how it seemed 
to drain him of all his strength, speaking God's words to the people. 
Only a few moments earlier, he'd been standing before the congre- 
gation, delivering a powerful, God-given message. With the Spirit 
of God resting mightily upon him, he had poured out his whole 
heart to the people who sat before him. "Oh, Lord," he cried in his 
spirit, "please let each person take Your words into his heart and 
live them!" But now, as the people came to greet him with words 
like, "Nice sermon," "Enjoyed your message," "Good thoughts. We 
should do that more," the minister's heart grew heavy with sadness. 
His eyes were moist as he listened to the people now laughing and 
chatting about the weather, the ballgame, fishing, and sewing. "Oh, 
Father, have they so soon forgotten? Or did they hear?" Just then, 
the minister felt a light touch on his shoulder. He turned to 
encounter a tall man looking at him with serious eyes. The man 
lowered his head and said humbly, "God convicted my heart this 
morning. I have been saying, 'I should' too much lately. With His 
help, I am going to start today, and do what He told me I must do." 
A light came over the minister's face and he breathed, "Praise 
God!" 

How many times do you or I say, "I should pray more," "I should 
study the Bible more," "I should visit people more," and so forth? I 
have to seriously wonder if God gets weary of all our "I shoulds." I 
believe He would be much happier with "I will," and then see us act 
upon that statement. 

Listen to this: "I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I 
will shew forth all Thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice 
in Thee: I will sing praise to Thy Name, O Thou most High." (Psalm 
9:1-2) Now read it again and put the word "should" in place of the 
word "will." If David would have said, "I should praise Thee, O 
Lord... I should sing praises to Thy Name," it wouldn't be much of a 
witness or encouragement to us, would it? There is an unspoken 
word that goes along with the word "should." I SHOULD... BUT. 
Let's be honest with ourselves now. In Bible Study we say, "Yes, 
we really should do that more." But do we do it? THAT'S what 



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matters to God! God wants a resounding, "WE WILL!" 

There are many "I will" verses in the Bible. Why not take some 
time now and look them up? Read them out loud, and then DO 
what you said! It's exciting! 

"I will bless the Lord..." (Psalm 16:7) 

"I will love Thee, O Lord..." (Psalm 18:1) 

"I will call upon the Lord..." (Psalm 18:3) 

"I will declare Thy Name..." (Psalm 22:22) (A good one for church 
growth!) 

"I will extol Thee, O Lord..." (Psalm 30:1) 
How many more "I will" verses can you find? 

Let's THINK about what we say. "I should" isn't good enough for 
God. He wants to hear a definite "I WILL!" and then see us do it. 
With His help, we can! 

WILL YOU? 

Sister Julie Litfin 
Quinter, KS 

JUST ONE 

"In years past, the chemical value of the human body was about 
98C worth of iron, calcium and other minerals. Now, in this nuclear 
age, the atoms in the body constitute a potential energy source of 
more than eleven million kilowatt hours per pound. This makes us 
worth approximately $85.5 billion apiece." (Anon.) 

As you can see, we're not worth much from a chemist's point of 
view, but as a potential source of atomic energy, the value of one 
person is multiplied by many thousands of dollars. Being told we 
are worth only 98<P is enough to give us an inferiority complex. Yet, 
we can comprehend that amount much better than the $85.5 
billion. But no matter what we are worth in dollars and cents, we 
are worth far more to God, our Creator. 

God doesn't measure our value in dollars and cents, but Jesus 
did ask us a question to put our value in perspective. "For what is a 
man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own 
soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matt. 
16:26. Mankind judges our worth by what we are in this world, but 
God is concerned about eternal values. Compared to this world 
which is worth many billions of dollars (by man's standards), one 
soul — just one — is worth more than all that. 

Just one! That's you and that's me. Each of us is worth more 
than whatever the world is worth. Jesus said, "For God so loved 
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever 



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believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 
3:16. God's love is manifested to us in a one-to-one relationship. 
"Whosoever" is just one — you, me, whoever will believe. 

Jesus considered us worth dying for. Surely we should consider 
Him worth living for. Jesus said, "There is joy in the presence of 
the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10. We 
know Jesus died so all could be saved, but the joy is just as great 
over one as over many. We have a very personal relationship to our 
Savior, and He cherishes that closeness. So should we. 

Jesus said, "Every one that asketh receiveth." (Matt. 7:8). There's 
more to this verse, but the thought is the seeking individual. Every 
one — each person, every person — who asks will receive. It 
doesn't have to be a group effort to obtain God's care. Each one 
will receive what? The good things of God — His mercy, His care, 
His love. If we are not receiving from God, the problem lies with us, 
not with Him. God will give if we will just ask. 

"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of 
the grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth 
away." I Peter 1:24. No matter what we are in this life, no matter 
what we have, someday it will all pass away, just like withered-up 
grass. We will pass out of this life, just one at a time. Our 
possessions won't matter, but how we have lived will matter. We 
will face God and give an account, one at a time. If we have 
pleased God in this life, we will be rewarded. If not, we must suffer 
the consequences, but whatever Eternity holds, we face it indi- 
vidually. 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." Rom. 1:16. 
There is just one Savior, not several, and there is just one gospel 
—His. Christ's saving power is granted to each one who believes. 
The whole community may believe and that's good, but until you 
personally believe, you can't be saved. The Apostle Paul was not 
ashamed of Jesus or His Gospel; are you? 

"But God commendeth his live toward us, in that, while we were 
yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8. It took just one to save 
us — that one is Christ. It takes one act of faith to establish that 
personal bond between us and Christ. It takes just one heart fully 
committed to Christ to serve Him acceptably. It's true that some 
things require a group effort, but we are still separate units. 
Individually, we live, and serve. Christ died for you. Will you 
receive Him into your heart and serve Him? 



Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT FASTING 

Emmanuel, who lives in Nigeria, had some questions about 
fasting. Following are his questions, along with the answers. 

1. What is fasting? Fasting is to go without food. It is when 
someone decides to give up eating food for a certain period of time. 

2. Why fast? In the spiritual sense, we fast when we have a 
burden or special concern on our heart (Matthew 17:21). That is, 
when we have a very deep concern about someone or something, 
and feel the need for a special time with the Lord (Acts 13:2). Some 
people fast on a regular basis (such as once a week), as a part of 
their regular spiritual exercise. (See Acts 10:30). 

3. How long should one fast? Fasting can range from missing 
one meal, to one day, three days, a week, or even longer. I would 
suggest not fasting for extended periods of time unless you see a 
doctor and he says it's okay. If a person has any health problems at 
all, he or she should consult a physician before fasting. I Corin- 
thians 7:5 suggests fasting for shorter periods of time. 

4. How to start a fast? You prepare your heart by reading the 
Bible and praying, communing with God. Then DO NOT EAT at 
the time you normally would eat. 

5. What to do during a fast? Prayer and fasting go together. At 
the time you normally would be eating, pray about the issue over 
which you are fasting. Every time you get hunger pains, let this be 
a signal or reminder to pray. You will go about your regular duties 
of life, except you will not eat. The people around you will not 
necessarily know you are on a fast (Matthew 6:16-18). 

6. What to expect during fasting? Expect the Devil to attack 
you. We read of one time when Jesus fasted and how the Devil 
attacked Him (Matthew 4:1-20). You will get hungry and your 
stomach will not feel good. Do not worry! You may even feel like 
being in a bad mood, and want to be mean to people around you. 
You may feel that because you are doing without food, you have a 
right to be short-tempered. But do not yield to these false thoughts 
and moods! Do not let Satan make you angry because you are 
giving up food! Sometimes you will see immediate answers to your 
prayer and sometimes you will not. Do not despair. God hears 
you! He promises, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee." 
(Jeremiah 33:3) 

7. How to break the fast? Eat light foods that are easy to digest. 
Go slowly, and soon you'll be eating as normal. 

8. Who should fast? Any Christian who has a sincere desire for 
a deeper, closer walk with God should consider fasting. Some- 
times when you have a bad problem, you will not feel like eating. If 



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someone you love is very sick, you might want to pray and fast for 
them. I especially recommend prayer and fasting for spiritual 
problems, and when making decisions. 

9. Who should not fast? Pregnant women and nursing mothers 
should NOT fast. They and their children need all the nutrition 
they can get! Also, older people, those who are weaker, or sickly 
people who are not in the best of health should not fast. If you 
suspect any health problem whatsoever, consult a physician before 
attempting to fast. 

10. Can I drink water when I fast? Yes, you can and should drink 
water during fasting. If you go too long without water, you could 
die. And the purpose of fasting is to draw closer to God, and to 
further serve Him, not to die! 

Fasting is a subject that is not too popular in our age of self- 
gratification. But Jesus says, "But thou, WHEN thou fastest, anoint 
thine head, and wash thy face." (Matthew 6:17) Fasting should be 
given some place in our Christian experience. Let us each give 
serious consideration to this seldom-discussed subject. 

Brother Robert Lehigh 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Baptism, the Purpose 
J. H. Moore 

Baptism is a New Testament institution for all penitent believers 
seeking salvation. It is an act of obedience, through which one 
enters Christ, for Paul says that "so many of us as were baptized 
into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death." (Rom. 6:3) This 
makes it clear that the penitent believer gets into Christ by being 
baptized into him. The same principle is affirmed in Gal. 3:27, 
where we read: "For as many of you as have been baptized into 
Christ have put on Christ." 

From this we may learn that baptism is the visible, initiatory rite 
of the church. It is not the sign of the initiation but the initiation 
ceremony itself. It is not the outward sign of an inward initiation, 
but the visible act of the initiation. In fact, it is the outward part of 
the initiation process. In this process there is an outward as well as 
an inward part, and baptism has been made the outward part. It is 
not an outward sign that the inward change of being born again 
has already taken place, but it is the external part of the act. 
Baptism may be an evidence of the inward change, made necessary 
for an entrance into the kingdom, but can not be a sign of an 
entrance that has already taken place. The work of grace in the 



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heart, — faith, repentance, confession, regeneration and baptism 
— may be regarded as parts of the process that makes one a new 
creature in Christ Jesus. They are parts of the process that consu- 
mates, true conversion. In this process baptism is the visible part, 
and belongs to the process, as much so as faith or repentance. We 
have no more right to eliminate baptism than we have to exclude 
any other part of the divine process. 

Baptism is not only the divinely-appointed initiatory rite of the 
church, but Peter, when instructing the penitent believers on the 
Day of Pentecost, gave them to understand that the rite, when 
preceded by faith and repentance, is "for the remission of sins" 
(Acts 2:38). Saul, having shown evidence of faith and repentance, 
was told by Ananias to "arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy 
sins." (Acts 22:16) These two citations show clearly that the 
initiatory rite figured in the remission of sins, not because there is 
merit in the service, but because God demands it, and promises a 
blessing on condition of its performance. 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 1, 1927 

REST 
L. W. Beery 

It is a very evident fact there is something wonderfully lacking in 
the human race in this day and age. There is a continual striving 
and seeking after something that will give them lasting satisfaction. 
Men are rushing to and fro over this whole earth seeking something 
they seem not able to find, a wonderful unrest. 

It seems only natural to me that it should be so. Human society is 
made up of families. Father, mother and the children. As the 
children grow up they usually go out into the world to make their 
own living. Often their work or calling takes them many miles from 
home. It seems that no matter how far the distance or what we are 
doing, there is always a desire to go back to the old home, a kind of 
home sickness. We desire to go home to father and mother and 
strengthen the ties of love and what a sense of security and rest it 
gives us when we go back and meet loved ones again. Yes, many 
are the tears of joy that are shed on such occasions. 

So it is in the spiritual realm. This never dying soul of ours 
comes from our Father in heaven, therefore the home of the soul is 
with God. When we consider the sinful condition in which we are 
living is it any wonder that man should be in such unrest. The soul 
desires to go home to the Father that it might be at rest. 



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As long as the soul is in this body of flesh it cannot go to the 
Father, but he has made it possible that we might have this rest 
while we yet live in this world. (Matt. 11:28-30) Jesus says, "Come 
unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you 
rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me for I am meek and 
lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke 
is easy, and my burden is light." Jesus came to this earth that we 
might have rest; yet how few really accept and enjoy it. 

Since it is a fact that we can have this rest, there must be some 
way, some door, by which we can enter it. (John 10:9) "I am the 
door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in 
and go out, and shall find pasture." 

(John 6:35) Jesus said unto them, "I am the bread of life: he that 
cometh to me shall not hunger, and he that believeth on me shall 
never thirst." (Matt. 16:24) "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if 
any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up 
his cross, and follow me." 

Tis through Jesus that we enter this rest. He is the door, the 
way, and he alone. We can come to him, yielding ourselves unto 
him, and partake of the spiritual bread and water, and enjoy rest 
indeed; rest of the soul. There must be a self denial, a yielded life to 
enjoy this rest. 

This does not mean that we will not have to work and strive 
against the evil one, as long as we are on this earth we will have 
trials, temptations and sorrows but we can enjoy this rest of the 
soul through it all. 

There are some things about this rest that to me are very 
interesting. It is free and to all people. "Freely ye received freely 
give without money and without price." We cannot buy our way in 
with all the money in the world, yet we can have it for the asking, 
"whatsoever will, let him take of the water of life freely." The great, 
the small, the white, the black, the rich, the poor and all have to 
accept it on the same plane. 

It is an abiding rest. When we have Jesus he abides with us. He 
is with us in the morning, at the noontide or at the midnight hour. 
He is with us in joy, and best of all, he is with us in sorrow. When 
troubles and trials come upon us and it seems we are about to be 
overcome; if we come to our closet in prayer and cast our cares 
upon Him who knows all, He comforts, cheers and delivers us. 
What a privilege this is to us. 

We find this rest is everlasting and eternal. In this world we have 
time. We measure it by hours, weeks, years. There is a limit to 
time. Sometime maybe soon, time will cease, then will be eternity 
which we cannot measure. It goes on and on forever. If we have 



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this rest within us we need not fear as long as time shall last and 
when eternity dawns upon us we will be prepared for it. Jesus is 
calling, "Come unto me and I will give you rest." Freely an abiding, 
everlasting and eternal rest that cannot be taken from us. A 
wonderful rest, a blessed rest. 

There are some things this rest gives us that the world knows 
nothing of nor experiences. It gives us joy, peace and happiness. 
Oh, yes, there are things in this life that give us these for a season; 
but it does not last. Soon they lose their charm and fade away. Not 
so with what Jesus gives us, it is everlasting. Lasting joy, sweet 
peace the gift of God's love and happiness that cannot be 
expressed. 

It also gives us satisfaction. We know how to satisfy our physical 
appetite. If we are hungry, we sit down to a well prepared meal and 
eat till we are filled. Our body seems satisfied. So it is with our 
spirits. If we come to Jesus and partake of the spiritual bread and 
water, he fills us and gives us satisfaction indeed. Jesus satisfies 
the soul. 

Not only that, it gives us contentment. In our daily lives we meet 
people from all walks of life and how many do we find contented? 
Most of them are striving for a little more money, a finer home or a 
high worldly position. You will find contentment only in the hearts 
of those who are really followers of the meek and lowly Jesus. The 
beggar in his rags or the poor widow can be contented. 

Jesus is calling, come unto me and I will give you rest. Rest unto 
your soul. Not so with the wicked. (Isa. 57:20-21) "But the wicked 
are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up 
mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." In 
the light of this scripture is it any wonder there is so much unrest 
and dissatisfaction in this world when wickedness is so rampant. 

What a privilege the Christian has, to let his light shine in this 
age. Weary traveler Jesus is calling, "come unto me, and I will give 
you rest." Rest unto your soul. If you are out on life's troubled sea 
tossed to and fro by doubts, fears and uncertainties, come, anchor 
your soul in the haven of rest and rest and abide in Jesus now and 
evermore. 



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OBITUARY 

MARGARET MARKS 

Sister Margaret E. (Orner) Marks, wife of Joseph F. Marks passed 
away March 17, 1987 at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 2 days. 
She is survived by her husband, two sons, Lester C. Marks, 
Mountville, Pennsylvania, Clarence E. Marks, York, Pennsylvania 
and one daughter, Evelyn E. Eberly, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; six 
grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, James 
Orner, Wilmington, Delaware and George Orner, Sunbury, Penn- 
sylvania. 

She was a member of the Shrewsbury Dunkard Brethren Church 
for fifty-six years. 

She had been in ill health for many years. Five years ago she had 
a hard stroke that left her paralized to the extent that she could 
never walk again. 

She was a loving mother in the home. Through her loving and 
friendly way of life she had many friends. She will be missed here. 
We believe the Lord knows best. 

Funeral services were held at the Shrewsbury Dunkard Brethren 
Church conducted by Elders Jacob Ness, David Ebling and James 
Kegerreis. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery. 

A HOME 
In the Christian home in glory 
There remains a land of rest 
There is rest for the weary 
And there is rest for you. 

Jesus blessed rock of ages 
I will hide my self in thee 
In the rifted rock I am resting 
And safely sheltered I hide. 

Now I am resting sweetly resting 
In the cleft once made for me, 
In the promised home in glory 
In the land of blissful rest. 
Rest for all who come to Jesus 
Yes, rest for you and me. 

We thank and appreciate the many prayers, words of comfort 
and cards we received during her long illness and the time she was 
being prepared for burial. 

The family 



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NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Lord willing, we, the Grandview Congregation, are planning 
our Lovefeast for April 25. There will be services all day on 
Saturday with Communion in the evening. We plan to have 
services on Sunday morning and afternoon also. We would love to 
have those who are able, to come worship with us. 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza, Cor. 
WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the West Fulton Congregation is looking 
forward to their Lovefeast, May 16 and 17. We invite everyone to 
come and worship with us. Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. 
Saturday. Pray that the Lord's work will be carried out. 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 

HE MAKETH NO MISTAKE 

My Father's way may twist and turn, 

My heart may throb and ache, 
But in my soul I'm glad I know, 

He maketh no mistake. 

My cherished plans may go astray, 

My hopes may fade away, 
But still I'll trust my Lord to lead 

For He doth know the way. 

Tho' night be dark and it may seem 

That day will never break; 
I'll pin my faith, my all in Him, 

He maketh no mistake. 

There's so much now I cannot see, 

My eyesight's far too dim; 
But come what may I'll simply trust 

And leave it all to Him. 

For BY and BY the mist WILL lift 

And plain it all He'll make. 
Through all the way tho' dark to me, 

He made not one mistake. 

- A. M. Overton 

Selected by Sister Almeda Strayer 



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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 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, IN 46919 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 

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 

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 

Eugene Kauffman, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Rudolph Cover 
2034 Roble Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95354 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Newton Jamison, Secretary 
512 Garfield 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
(913)754-3433 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717)359-5753 

Martin Meyers 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

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

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 

R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 
Larry Andrews 

312 East Coleman 

Raymore, Missouri 64083 



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should be made out to the Treasury, but 
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VOL. LXV 



APRIL 15, 1987 



NO. 8 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. 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 YOU LOVE ME 

If you love, as my disciples, 
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II let your love appear; 

II keep my words and precepts, 

II not deny me here. 

II shun all sin and evil, 
II learn to watch and pray; 
II take the cross I give you, 
II bear it all the way. 

II love and help each other, 
II walk in truth and light; 
II look to me in trouble, 
II know that all is right. 

II be my true disciples, 
II dwell in peace and love; 
II watch and be in waiting, 



Till I call you home above. 

- E. A. Barnes 



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ACTIVE LOVE 

Love is usually thought of as an undefinable emotion. There is 
no simple way to describe just what love is. Even though we have 
each experienced it, both by giving and receiving it, we still can not 
accurately describe it. We know love when we experience it. 

Love is more than mere words. Words can express love but 
words can also deceive and not express the heart's true feelings. 
The flowery words of love may be spoken to deceive for material 
gain or to fulfill the body's lust. 

Love that is active is more than an emotion. It is more than 
words, either true or untrue. Active love is a giving, doing love that 
shows love more than words. The Bible speaks many times about 
the love of God but within the Bible there are more concrete 
examples of His Love. God did not merely say that He loved us, He 
did something about it. 

What God did to express His love for us is the greatest love story 
this world has ever known. His love impelled Him to empty 
Heaven's treasure of the Pearl of Great Value. He gave His only 
begotten Son. 

He not only sent Him to earth to live among men for a short time, 
He actually gave Him as a sacrifice for men's sins. Not only did 
Jesus completely identify with men by taking upon Himself the 
form of man but He humbled Himself so completely that He 
suffered death — the most agonizing death possible. His death 
was not because of any crime or sin that He had committed. He 
suffered death as the perfect sacrifice for their sins. They did not 
deserve such a sacrifice but because of His love it was made. 

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After He died and was buried, the tomb could not hold Him. The 
love of God would not allow Him to leave Jesus in the grave. While 
in the grave, it would seem that Satan and death could conquer 
Him and thus thwart His sacrifice for our sins. But when that 
morning dawned above that empty grave, it was known that He was 
all powerful. He conquered sin, death and the devil. His love for us 
was active. He did what love demanded. 

How active is our love for Him? Is it expressed only in words? 
Just as His love was expressed in the very deeds of His giving so 
our love for Him should be expressed in our activity for Him. Jesus 
spoke how it might be shown. Just before the agonizing hour in 
the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told His followers that there was 
a test for their active love. "He that hath my commandments, and 
keepefh them, he it is that loveth me." John 14:21a. "If a man love 
me, he will keep my words." John 14:23b. "He that loveth me not 
keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, 
but the Father's which sent me." John 14:24. These are not idle 
words. 

We have no excuse for not doing His commandments. We know 
them for the Bible is readily available to us. We can carry out His 
commands without governmental persecution. We can actively 
demonstrate our supposed love for Him by our obedience. Jesus' 
words are established as being the words of the Father as well. 

There are any number of commandments recorded within the 
Bible so we may demonstrate our love for Him. By doing these 
commands, He has even more blessings for us when we do them. 
We receive more than the effort we have invested, for we cannot 
out give God. 

One of the commandments given by Jesus that demands our 
active involvement is baptism, which is a part of the plan of 
salvation. Without it we can not actively show our love, for it brings 
us next to the love of God. Baptism is an action that pictures the 
active love of God. Baptism is a death, burial and resurrection. We 
are baptized in the likeness of His death — face forward. We are 
buried in the water — completely covered by it. We are resurrected 
as we come forth from what could well have been a watery grave. 
The old man of sin is dead and the new man, indwelt by the Holy 
Spirit, is alive. This is a picture of God's active love toward us and 
our active love toward Him. 

At this resurrection season it is well for us to realize that great 
love God has actively bestowed upon us. It is a good time for us to 
consider how we might actively show our love for Him. First we 
must not neglect His love. We must accept it or else it will do us no 
good and what was designed for our good will be turned into 



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judgment. Having accepted His love, let us actively show that love 
in keeping His commandments and in doing good for our fellow 
man. Let our love be active, more than mere words. Are you an 
active lover? 



IT WAS FOR ME 

"O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: never- 
theless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." Matt. 26:39. The time had 
come! Jesus had completed His ministry and now He was facing 
the Cross. The anguish was intense, the sorrow overwhelming. 
Jesus told His disciples, "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even 
unto death." (v. 38) Because of His agony, "His sweat was as it 
were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Luke 22:44. 
This agony, this suffering was for me. 

Jesus' cup of suffering is beyond our comprehension. Three 
times He asked the Father to remove this cup; three times He said, 
"Not as I will, but as thou wilt." This too was for me. Jesus didn't 
suffer because of something He had done. It was entirely because 
of, and for, mankind — for you and me, for us in our sins. Jesus 
endured this suffering because He wanted to do His Father's will 
and because He loved every person. 

While Jesus prayed in agony in the Garden, His disciples slept. 
Immediately after Jesus finished praying, the group came to arrest 
Him. "Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled." Matt. 26:56. 
Not a one of these men who'd been Jesus' companions for about 
three years stayed close by. It is understandable that they were 
afraid, but it seems that when Jesus needed their support the most, 
they let Him down. I wonder — do I let Him down, too? 

"Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others 
smote him with the palms of their hands, saying, Prophesy unto us, 
thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?" Matt. 26:67-68. No one 
likes to be slapped or spit on, or made fun of. Yet, they did this to 
Jesus and He endured it without resisting. It was for me that He 
suffered like a common criminal. Jesus wanted me to have the 
opportunity to be saved, and no matter how terrible it was, He 
endured all the abuse preceding the crucifixion — for me. 

It is easy to keep still when we're guilty, but very difficult when 
we're not. Jesus was accused before Pilate, but answered nothing 
in His own defense, even though He was not guilty of any wrong 
doing. Jesus acknowledged that He was King of the Jews, but He 
did not ask to be set free. The Cross was waiting, and Jesus had 
committed Himself to dying on that Cross. For whom? It was for 
me, it was for you. 



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Jesus, the Son of God, was given a scarlet robe, a crown of 
thorns, and a reed in His right hand. The soldiers even bowed 
before Him, but it was all just to make fun of Jesus. They took great 
delight in abusing Jesus, as though He deserved it. The truth is, 
you and I deserve to suffer for our sins, but Jesus suffered so we 
wouldn't have to. All the agony, all the shame was heaped on 
Jesus, and He willingly bore it for us. 

The mockery and the suffering intensified while Jesus was on the 
Cross. The people made fun of Him, the physical pain was beyond 
description, but I believe the greatest agony came in bearing our 
sins. Jesus was without sin, but He endured the shame of ours. He 
knew it was the only way we could be set free from sin's power. 
Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" 
There apparently was some time when God turned away from 
Jesus, because of our sins. This too He endured — for me. 

Jesus' sole purpose in coming to this earth was to make salvation 
possible. His work was finished when He voluntarily yielded up His 
spirit. Life then left the physical body which He had here on earth. 
Three days later, that body received new life and Jesus came forth 
from the grave, the victor over all. This too was for me. If Jesus 
had not risen, then no human being ever would either, but He did, 
and we will! 

After the Resurrection, Jesus spent a short time here on earth. 
He reassured His followers and completed the instructions for the 
work they were to do. When all things were ready, Jesus left them 
and returned to Heaven, and "sat on the right hand of God." Why? 
Again, it was for me. Jesus is there interceding for me. He knows 
my limitations and He knows what it's like to be tempted. He has 
compassion on me in my weakness. 

This article has only touched the surface of the Crucifixion and 
all related events. It is stated in a personal way because our 
relationship with Jesus is very personal. What He did for me, He 
did also for you. His love, His mercy, His care is very personally 
yours — if you want it. Do you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 15, 1927 

THE RESURRECTION 

B. E. Kesler 

Of all the "exceeding great and precious promises" to God's 
children as revealed in the scriptures, there is none more com- 



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forting and encouraging than the promise of eternal life through 
the resurrection of the body. 

Of all the mischievous teachings of evolution none is more dis- 
heartening to the faithful children of God than the indirect denial of 
the resurrection of the body and eternal life through Christ Jesus 
our Lord. 

Viewing the subject from every angle in which the finite mind is 
capable of thinking we are unable to account for a resurrection of 
our bodies. True, from what we know annual and perennial plants 
we reason on the probability, the plausibility and the reasonable- 
ness of a resurrection. But who of us has seen new life developed 
or reestablished in the bodies of our dead, or seen new life bursting 
from the graves from those who sleep in them? Who of our loved 
ones has returned from the tomb wherein we placed them to prove 
the resurrection? Not one. Whence then our faith and hope of a 
resurrection? Whence this "lively hope whereunto we have been 
begotten again?" Answer: the resurrection of Jesus Christ from 
the dead. But whence our knowledge of his resurrection? Answer: 
God's Word. When evolution denies the virgin birth of Christ, it 
indirectly denies his resignation, and, denying his resurrection, it 
indirectly denies a resurrection to us. 

So that our faith and hope in a resurrection and immortal life 
through Christ Jesus our Lord is based on the specific statement of 
the scriptures. 

None of our friends has assured us on any authority other than 
the scriptures that without the resurrection all is vain, but Saint 
Paul by divine inspiration tells us "if Christ be not raised" our faith, 
our hope, our all is vain. So that when our faith in the truthfulness 
of God's word is gone through evolution on any other species of 
infidelity, for it is infidelity, our hope in a resurrection with all the 
consequent joy and happiness of the future life is gone. But 
"thanks be to God" who has given us an abiding and confiding 
faith, an overcoming faith through an overcoming and a victorious 
Christ "who was raised up from the dead by the glory of God the 
Father, whereof he has given assurance to all men" if they would 
receive it, that in God's own time he will raise them up likewise, to a 
life of eternal felicity if found worthy. 

God's people in all the ages past have hoped in a future life, 
which can be possible only through the resurrection. Job inquired, 
"if a man die shall he live again"? Then he answers, "I know that 
my Redeemer liveth", and Job died in full assurance of a future life 
and that in the last days he should "see him face to face." 

David likewise believed in the future state, a future life. His 
departed son could not "return" to him but he could "go to the 



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child", said he. 

And so on down through the ages holy men of God believed in a 
future life, a belief and a life made possible by the God who made 
us and the resurrection of his own Son from the dead. This great 
truth along with other of God's will being revealed to them through 
his holy prophets. 



"MY JESUS, CRUCIFIED" 

"I can't believe that Jesus lives", 

Said Thomas to the others. 
"I had hoped that He would be our King, 

And we could live as brothers." 

"You say He lives and breathes again 

And walks around like me. 
I saw them pierce His tender side 

Upon Mount Calvary." 

"No, I will not believe, unless - 
My fingers in the nail prints place 

And thrust my hand into His side, 
And see Him face to face." 

Jesus appears so suddenly 
And calls to Thomas as he gazed 

Upon the nail prints - the pierced side; 
He trembles and he is amazed. 

"Place your fingers in the prints - 
Thrust your hand into my side - 

Be not faithless, but believe; 
Evermore with Me abide." 

Thomas cried out, "My Lord, my God! 

And may it ever be - 
That you, my God, will be alive 

Throughout eternity." 

And so it is with us today 

As we live side by side, 
By faith we see whom Thomas saw, 

My Jesus, crucified." 

- Brother Rudy Cover 



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GIVING 

Matthew 6:1-4 

There is a natural disposition within men to pay tribute, vows or 
burn incense to a god to be worshipped. Even the heathen, who 
know not the true God, exercise the impulse to give fruits, cattle, 
grain. Even children are sacrificed to appease their god. I say it is 
a universal impulse within humanity to give to some one we love. It 
is a tradition or instinct that is deep rooted in the human family. It 
is greatly increased at the celebrating of the birth of our Lord. I 
have failed to find a command to justify the commercial storm of 
buying, selling and giving. I am not saying not to give as tokens of 
affection to our loved ones — there is, too, a need to reach the 
unfortunate, sick, homeless, and to brighten the lives of the 
discouraged. 

"Gratitude" like the word, "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, yet 
the Sacred Scriptures contain many sentiments on both of these 
subjects. Gratitude is justly said to be the mother of most virtue, 
because that from one fountain so many riverlets arise: as that of 
reverence unto parents and masters, friendships, love for our 
country, and obedience to God. 

What shall I render to my God? David said I will take the cup of 
salvation. I will pay my vows to God. Yes, we owe a life of service 
of love and gratitude and praise for His sacrifice for our re- 
demption. He delivered us from the bondage of sin and everlasting 
punishment. Yes, we should rejoice and praise Him every day. 
"What doth the Lord require of thee (Deut. 10:12) but to fear the 
Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve 
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul." 

Jesus spoke strongly to the Scribes and Pharisees. They paid 
tithes of mint, anise and cummin and omitted the weighter matters 
of the law of judgment, mercy and faith. These you ought to have 
done and not leave the other undone. 

Under the law one tenth was levied for the support of the priests. 
The Levites had no inheritance with the Israelites. 

Jesus gave Himself out of His poverty that we might be made 
rich. 

John 3:16. Jesus commended the poor widow who gave her all 
(about 2 1 /2 cents in our money). Further teachings tell us we should 
give as the Lord hath prospered us. The Macadonian Brethren first 
gave themselves then received the blessing. 

We have the question of ownership. God's first command to 
Adam was to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and 
subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the 



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fowls of the air, and every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 
Gen. 1:28. Jesus speaking to His disciples said, "The kingdom of 
heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own 
servants, and delivered unto them his goods." Matt. 25:14. To one 
he gave five talents, another two and another one. Psa. 50:10. God 
declared the earth is His, the fullness there of the earth, cattle and a 
thousand hills are mine. If I were hungry I would not ask thee. We 
are only stewards of what we possess. We are responsible for what 
He has entrusted to us. Why do we spend our money for that which 
is not bread? A certain rich man had a steward: the same accused 
him of wasting his goods. He called him, and said unto him, How is 
it that I hear of thee? Give account of thy stewardship for thou 
mayest no longer be steward. 

There is a penalty for holding back that which rightfully belongs 
to God. An example, Acts 5:1-2, Ananias and Sapphira. 

The doctrine of giving goes deeper in our lives than the giving of 
presents or a few dollars dropped in the collection basket. It means 
the giving of our all. "What? know ye not that your body is the 
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, 
and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore 
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 
I Cor. 6:19-20. Present your bodies a living sacrifice. Rom. 12:1-2. 
Jesus became our sacrifice. 

Some years ago a man went to California, when gold was 
discovered, to seek his fortune. He sent home some tokens of 
affection each month. After years his wife wrote him that she 
appreciated his offerings but the time has come that we want you. 

God has given us His only Son because of His great love and to 
redeem us from the sin inherited from the garden and to purify unto 
Himself a peculiar people of good works. Titus 2:14. By accepting 
Jesus we are assured of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Other gifts bestowed upon us are: The Holy Spirit - James 4:6, 
Wisdom - James 1:5, Faith - Ephesians 2:8, Rain and fruitful 
seasons - Genesis 8:22, Wisdom to the wise - Daniel 2:21. Thanks 
be unto God for His unspeakable gift. II Corinthians 9:15. 

We have some unfinished business from last year. We think and 
even reverence the last words of our loved ones. Among Jesus' last 
words to His disciples were, "Go into all the world and preach the 
Gospel." I am concerned about the greatest unfinished business in 
the world. The most neglected. Why is it not finished? The 
importance of the task depends on the authority of the one 
assigning the task. It should be plain to anyone that He who said 
"upon this rock I will build my church" has a right to tell the Church 
what to do. What is our requirement for the work that is before us 



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the coming year, should Jesus tarry? Pray that our lives be rededi- 
cated upon the altar of sacrifice, 

A man in Nebraska who owned a three thousand acre ranch, 
attended a revival, was convicted of sin and resolved to spend his 
life preaching the Gospel. He gave up his ranch entirely. The next 
day a neighbor who heard of his decision said, "Well, if George can 
give up his ranch for Christ, I can use my farm to support him." It is 
a solemn thought to be a Christian. It is laying our all upon the 
altar of sacrifice. Paul said, "... for I determine to know nothing but 
Christ and him crucified. That I may know him, and the power of 
his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made 
conformable unto his death; ...Brethren, I count not myself to have 
apprehended: but this one 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. 3:10-14. Paul was a great missionary and a 
natural example of true evangelism. 

Some time ago I stopped at a restaurant. I saw over in the back 
yard a barrel. A sign on it said "Ashes Only". Something struck 
me. A second look gave me the secret of true evangelism. As I 
thought upon these words, I realized they apply to every thing not 
vitally connected with soul giving. Christian, take these words with 
you this very hour. Write it across your dearest possession, across 
your home, automobile, your clothes, your check book, your wife, 
your children, your sweetheart, father, mother. Except ye forsake 
all, ye cannot be my disciple. This commandment we have from 
Him that He who loveth God loveth his brother also. I John 4:21. 

Paul, the greatest missionary, wrote inspired letters while in 
prison with chains on his hands and suffering. Read II Cor. 11:23- 
28. Paul could see through tears, the joys of the greatest reward 
prepared for those who love God. The Christian way of life is a 
beautiful way. Though trials and discouragements may come, 
persecutions (all that live godly shall suffer persecutions) we know 
we are on the right road for it is uphill. 

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; 
that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad a lc ~ with 
exceeding joy." I Pet. 4:13. When we reduce our desires, our 
sacrifice, our ALL to ashes we will receive the blessing here in this 
life and unspeakable joy in Heaven. Job suffered the agony in the 
flesh all reduced to ashes. God blest him, giving him twice as much 
as he had, and he lived 140 years in prosperity. 

Let us dedicate our lives to His service. It is more blessed to give 
than to receive. 

Brother L. A. Shumake 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Marriage 

Marriage is a God-ordained institution and relationship that is 
second only to our relationship with the Lord Himself. For this 
reason and due to the fact that the marriage relationship is being 
attacked from every side, I feel Spirit-led to share thoughts on this 
important topic in the next few issues. 

Marriage can be a relationship in which each person develops 
and enhances his or her own life and helps the partner to do the 
same; or it can be marked by disdained stagnation. Stagnation in 
marriage is a lot like a stagnant pool of water. It is bitter and makes 
for just a miserable coexistence or in extreme cases, dissolution of 
the marriage. Since neither of these should be Christian options, 
we look to God for help in this area. 

For a marriage to develop to its full potential, the partners need 
to plan, accept and be flexible. They need to realize that the 
principles of dealing with people in the church and with those 
outside of the Body apply with even more emphasis in the 
rriarriage. The crisis in American family life today is well docu- 
mented and I fear this crisis is finding its way into the conservative 
Christian family of believers. According to reliable research, 
seventy-six percent of all families are "in trouble." This trouble is 
emphatic in certain areas of marriage and the family. Items such as 
inattentive parents, substandard religious and spiritual foun- 
dations, materialism, financial pressure and divorce head up the 
problem list. Statistically and in order, the following reasons are 
identified as the greatest causes of marriage failure: Immaturity, 
selfishness, a lack of mutual interests and goals, third-party 
entanglements, personality conflicts, poor physical relationship 
adjustment, job pressures and the burden of children. The ultimate 
conclusion is that the church is losing its influence on family life... 
thus the trying conflicts. 

I fear greatly when I see the lack of preparation and instruction of 
conservative youth in this area. If we are going to strengthen 
marriage and family life we are going to have to be knowledgable of 
God's will for our lives in this institution. 

We have to begin building the marriage with strong bricks of love 
(Agape first), cemented by the mortar of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Marriage must have COMPLETION (Gen. 2:18, 24) Men and 
women who complete each other are real friends. A friend is one 
with whom you feel comfortable, one who believes in you and who 
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(Phil. 2:1-4) Couples have a special opportunity to become a 
channel of God's healing grace. To speak words of encourage- 
ment and to support your spouse will fill this most crucial need. 

Your marriage must have CONSOLATION. (Prov. 25:11) This 
most special of relationships gives you the opportunity to become 
a channel of God's healing grace. To really be happy is to under- 
stand this need for consolation in our spouses life. 

The need for CREATION in marriage is given by God and is 
absolutely necessary for the perpetuation of the Church. I don't 
see it as an option... not to have children... unless God has not 
allowed you to have children because of physical or medical 
restrictions. 

Marriage must have CORRELATION. (Eph. 4:15-16) The 
husband and wife relationship and the family life developed there 
should be a church in miniature so that they reflect to the people of 
the community what the larger Body of Christ is like. 

Ultimately, your marriage must have CHRISTIANIZATION. 
(Josh. 24:15) This illustrates a home which is headed by Christ and 
one that shows the world what He can do in lives to perfect them 
and make them happy. This is the ultimate in evangelization. 

These factors will determine whether a marriage is a "duel" or a 
"duet." At this point we must remember that marriage is a climb 
and as long as we are holding on to the hand of God, the sights will 
be wonderful. Many people see marriage as just the opposite... to 
their demise. They see it starting on a romantic "ski-lift" which 
carries them to the top of the mountain of romance and then just 
allows them to "slalom" down the mountain with ease, across the 
steep slope that lies ahead. MARRIAGE DOES NOT BEGIN AT 
THE APEX... SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY. It is a 
programmed growth process. 

You might be saying at this point... well, this is all MY business. 
Wrong! It is God's business. When a child builds a house with 
blocks, he builds just as large a house as he has blocks with which 
to build. With God's blocks of success in marriage, we build in a 
definite way and we build to completion. The building created in a 
beautiful God ordained marriage as one of the greatest methods 
He uses in revealing Himself to the world. He explains Himself in this 
way. Let God's hand fashion each of you so as to help you grow 
into His own glorious character and likeness. Work to attain the 
highest degree of perfection in God's most profound human 
relationship. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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THE COMMUNION OF THE 
BROKEN BODY OF CHRIST 

Luke 22:19, I Cor. 11:27-28 

After the feet washing service is ended and the Lord's Supper is 
eaten, the next step in the Communion Service is the breaking of 
bread. 

This bread has been made by the sisters of in the church, usually 
the deacons' wives. The bread is made without yeast, since leaven 
is often referred to as sin in the Bible. This bread is to represent the 
sinless body of Christ. 

The scripture reads, "And he took bread, and when he had given 
thanks, he brake it, and gave it them saying, this is my body which 
is given for you: this do in remembrance of me." Luke 22:19. 

The officiating elder takes this bread which has been broken into 
long strips, and asks the Lord's blessing upon it that it may be 
consecrated from a common bread to a sacred emblem, repre- 
senting the broken body of Christ. 

He then breaks a piece of it to a brother and hands one to a sister, 
these in turn breaking off a small portion to the one seated next to 
them saying, "Dear Sister, or Brother," as the case may be, "This 
bread, which we break is the communion of the body of Christ." 

The bread is passed around the table till each person has a small 
portion. They then eat this bread in solemn, holy reverence, 
meditating on the great suffering and sacrifice of our Lord, when 
he gave his life that we might have eternal life. 

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man 
eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give 
is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." John 6:51. 

"And Jesus said unto them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except 
ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no 
life in you." John 6:53. 

Self-examination, before partaking of these sacred emblems is a 
very serious matter for each person surrounding the Lord's table. 
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith." II Cor. 13:5. 
Also, "Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread 
and drink of that cup." I Cor. 11:28. "Wherefore whosoever shall 
eat this bread, and drink of this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be 
guilty of the body and blood of the Lord." I Cor. 11:27. 

It is necessary for our heart to be right before the Lord so that we 
do not eat in an unworthy manner and cause condemnation to our 
souls. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Immersion, the Mode 
J. H. Moore 

The mode of baptism, as set forth in the New Testament, ought 
not to be difficult to determine. The people to whom John the 
Baptist preached, understood what was meant when baptism was 
mentioned. When Jesus told his apostles to teach or disciple all 
nations, "baptizing them into the name of the Father, and the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt. 28:19), they understood just what 
was meant by the word baptize. There was no controversy about 
the meaning of the word in those days, and there ought to be none 
now. 

The books composing the New Testament were originally written 
in the Greek, and the Sacred Volume has come down to us in that 
language. Now, in order to ascertain what mode was taught by 
Jesus, and practiced by the apostles, it is only necessary to note 
what Greek word was used to designate the rite, and then to 
ascertain the meaning of that particular word. 

There are three words to be considered, and each one has a 
specific meaning. There is rantizo, to sprinkle; and ekcheo, to pour 
out. On examining the great commission (Matt. 28:19), we find that 
the Master made use of neither of these words. Not only so, but 
there is not an instance in the entire New Testament, relating to 
baptism, where either rantizo or ekcheo is employed in describing 
the act. Had those who wrote the New Testament understood that 
Jesus taught sprinkling in his commission, it would have been easy 
enough for them to write the word rantizo. Had this been done, 
then everybody would know, as a matter of certainty, that the 
Master meant to teach sprinkling. But since they did not use the 
word rantizo, meaning sprinkling, it follows that there is no ground 
whatever for sprinkling in the commission. The same course of 
reasoning disposes of ekcheo, to pour out. In the New Testament 
there is no authority, whatever, for pouring as baptism. 

There remains one more word to examine; viz., baptize, and this 
is the very word found in the commission. Furthermore, it is the 
word employed, in some of its forms, to describe the act in every 
instance where baptism is mentioned in the New Testament, save 
in the few instances where baptism is compared to a washing. Its 
meaning may easily be determined by its use in the Old Testament. 
We cite the instance regarding Naaman, where we read: "Then 
went he down and dipped himself seven times in Jordan" (II Kings 
5:14). Baptizo is the word employed in the Greek text, and is here 






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very properly rendered dipped. The meaning of the word is to dip 
or to immerse, and is so rendered in every Greek Lexicon of note in 
the world. There is not a Greek scholar of reputation who would 
venture to render baptizo by either sprinkling or pouring. 



OBITUARY 

BULA M. STAMBAUGH 

Sister Bula M. Stambaugh, 91, of Astoria, Illinois passed away 
March 18, 1987 in the Astoria Healthcare Center following a 
lengthy illness. 

She was born August 30, 1895 in Red Cloud, Nebraska, a 
daughter of Emanuel and Amanda (Schisler) Fitz. On November 
30, 1947 she married John W. Stambaugh, who died January 23, 
1965. One sister also preceded her in death and a stepson Willard 
Dean Stambaugh. 

Surviving are three stepsons, Willis of Robinson, Illinois; Verle 
and Dale both of Astoria, Illinois; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Lois L. 
Shawgo of Springfield, Illinois; twelve step-grandchildren, fourteen 
step-great-grandchildren; a nephew, Milton D. Rust of Colorado 
and a cousin, Sister Beulah M. Fitz of Dallas Center, Iowa. 

At an early age Bula and her mother came to Astoria. A member 
of the Church of the Brethren, she later joined the South Fulton 
Dunkard Brethren Church, of which she was a charter member. 

Funeral services were held March 20 in the Shawgo Memorial 
Home in Astoria with Elder Ray Reed of Dallas Center, Iowa 
officiating. Burial in the Astoria Cemetery. 

Sister Bula donated her eyes that someone would be privileged 
to read their Bible as she did. 



NEWS ITEMS 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Bethe! Congregation plans to have a 
Lovefeast, Saturday, May 9, beginning at 2:30 P.M. Services also 
Sunday morning. 

We invite all who can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
MAY 1987 

May 3 - Follow After Peace - Romans 14:1-23. 

1. What name is given to peace makers? Matt. 5:9. 

2. How do we become peacemakers? Verse 19. 
May 10 - Mother's Day - II Kings 4:8-37. 

1. What are the duties of mothers in the home? Proverbs 31:27. 

2. Are all mothers good instructors? I Kings 22:52. 

May 17 - A Minister of Christ to the Gentiles - Romans 15:1-33. 

1. To whom did Christ come to minister? Verse 12. 

2. In verse 6 whom are we to glorify? 

May 24 - Wise Unto That Which Is Good - Romans 16:1-27. 

1. What warning does Paul give in verse 7? 

2. How do we become wise to do good? 
May 31 - Christ Crucified - I Corinthians 1:1-31. 

1. What gospel did Paul preach? Verse 23. 

2. Whom did Paul say God had chosen to preach the gospel? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MAY 1987 

May 3 - First Miracle at Cana - John 2:1-11. 

1. What prompted the Mother of Christ to tell Him they had 
no wine? 

2. What advice did she give the servants? 

May 10 - Mothers - Gen. 21:14-20, Ex. 2:1-10, I Kings 3:23-28 
John 19:15-27. 

1. Why did God tell Abraham He would make Hagar's son a 
great nation? 

2. Where did Moses' mother hide Moses? 

May 17 - Cheerfulness - Pro. 15:9-16, John 16:1-8, 32-33, Acts 
27:21-36. 

1. What brings cheer to an individual? 

2. What great truth did Jesus give in John 16:33. 

May 24 - Fear - Deut. 10:11-14, Ecc. 12:13-14, Matt. 10:22-31 
I Pet. 1:13-19. 

1. What command did God give Moses to the children of Israel? 

2. Why did Peter tell us we are to sojourn here in fear? I Pet. 1:17. 
May 31 - Reality - Gen. 3:1-24, Matt. 3:1-9, James 4:13-14. 

1 . What did God promise Adam and Eve if they disobeyed? 

2. What does James tell us about life in James 4:13-14? 



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VOL. LXV 



MAY1, 1987 



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. 



HAPPY THE HOME 

Happy the home, when God is there, 
And love fills ev'ry breast; 
Where one their wish, and one their pray'r, 
And one their heav'nly rest. 

Happy the home where Jesus' name 
Is sweet to ev'ry ear; 
Where children early lisp his fame 
And parents hold him dear. 

Happy the home where pray'r is heard, 
And praise is wont to rise; 
Where parents love the sacred Word, 
And live but for the skies. 

Lord! let us in our homes agree, 
This blessed peace to gain; 
Unite our hearts in love to thee, 
And love to all will reign. 

- Selected 



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MOTHERHOOD 

God, in His wisdom, made mothers. Beginning with Eve, He has 
used mothers to not only populate the world but to nourish and 
inspire their offspring. There is something extra special about 
mother! 

She, who conceives that child, carries it within her body, often at 
great discomfort. By her pains and even endangerment the child is 
delivered. Her connection with the child does not end at delivery 
—she has a long time service before her in caring for that child, 
who is unable to care for his own needs. 

The physical exertions demanded of the mother, though tiring 
and time consuming, are not her most important duty. The 
Spiritual training she gives her children by precept and example is 
her greatest legacy. Her family may not appreciate this part of her 
service to them while young, but in after years it will be this training 
that will cause them to praise her the most. While being trained 
there were desires of their hearts that were denied as she looked 
out for their best interests even when they did not fully understand 
what was best for themselves. 

Her Spiritual teaching is reinforced and made easier if the father 
also favors and actively promotes the same lessons. Her lessons 
may lose some of their power when the father lives and even works 
against them. United parents can accomplish much. However, 
mothers often can overcome indifference and even opposition 
from their mates. Mothers have an influence because they are the 
ones who care for the children when they suffer their little bruises 
and cuts. Mothers are the ones who care for the children when 
they are seriously ill. While Father ma y have a deep love and 

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concern, he does not possess the tenderness of mother. 

Mother's influence is not usually instilled by force but by tender- 
ness. She may not give much instruction along doctrinal lines but 
she by example and suggestion can mold their lives along practical 
lines. By her willingness to participate in the activities of the 
Church she shows the children the most significant activities for 
their lives. She shows a willingness to help others and to do the 
less-than-glamorous jobs that must be done either at home or at 
the meetinghouse. She extends hospitality to those who enter her 
home. She shows thereby the practical side of love. 

Love for the children can best be shown through the love of the 
parents for each other. This shows what love is and teaches them 
how to love. Mother by her love for father, even if he is not all that 
he could be, shows true love. It would be easy to love that which is 
perfect but when she can show the same intense love for her 
imperfect mate, she shows true love. Many may be the faults of the 
father but if Mother has that great love, she will hold that father up 
as a worthy parent before the children. 

Mother will demonstrate a great Christian virtue in her life if she 
has a submissive spirit. If she is willing to be submissive even when 
she feels she knows best and would do differently, she shows that 
spirit for all to learn. It may not always be easy for her to yield but 
the rewards for her submissiveness will be greater than the price 
she pays. If she has no other reason than that of following Christ's 
submissive example it will bring her a great reward. Exaltation 
does not come without submission. 

Mother will be an attentive attendant at worship services. She 
will not become so busy with activities that she cannot be present 
for services on a regular basis. She should lift her voice in song 
and her heart in prayer. 

Mothers have a special relationship with their children from the 
time of conception until adulthood. Because of their intimate 
involvement with the life of a child they have the opportunity to 
mold that life. First while carrying the child they can be careful of 
their activities. They have a special desire not only for the health of 
the child but the continuation of its existence until birth. Just as a 
mother is concerned with her own nutrition as it affects her unborn 
child so she is going to be concerned with the child's nutrition after 
birth. Not only will she be concerned about the child's physical 
nutrition but even more importantly its Spiritual nutrition. 

Motherhood is not easy but it has many blessings. God created 
mothers and gave them not only their duties and responsibilities 
but also their talents and love for their families. Who else should be 
so highly honored here on earth as mothers? Their husbands 



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should adore and uphold them. Their children should exalt them. 
Mothers are very special people. 

WHAT DOES YOUR MOTHER DO FOR YOU? 

Honor thy Mother.... Eph. 6:2 

She greets you with a loving smile, 

Each morning when you wake. 
The kitchen is her workshop, while 

She fixes you good things to eat. 
She wants her children to be healthy and strong, 

And so she works the whole day long. 
There's washing and ironing and beds to make, 

Dishes to wash and cake to bake. 
Furniture to dust and rugs to sweep, 

Floors to mop, now, the room looks neat. 
She sends you to bed to get your rest, 

Knowing tomorrow will be a test. 
She wants you to do your best in school 

And learn to live by the golden rule. 
She sews and mends your clothes so neat, 

She dresses you warmly from head to feet. 
She settles your squabbles and drys your tears, 

She hushes your cries and calms your fears. 
When you are ill, there's just no doubt, 

That with her care you'll soon be about. 
She teaches you, your Bible to read, 

You'll learn God's will, church doctrine and creed. 
Honor the Sabbath and fear the Lord, 

Now love and obey God's Holy Word! 
What Can You Do For Mother? 

- By Sister Maxine E. Surbey 



ONCE A MOTHER 

Once a mother, always a mother. Even if you're a grandmother, 
you are still a mother, just in a different phase. Very simply stated, 
a mother is a female parent, but being a parent isn't simple. A 
mother is one who cares for, nourishes and protects her young. 
She stays up nights when necessary, and seldom, if ever, takes a 
day off or a real vacation. Being a mother is not a job in the sense 
that paid employment is, but it is a position with plenty of work and 
responsibility. The pay? That comes later. 



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Sometimes during the month of May, a day is always set aside 
especially for mothers. If you are a mother, you know your day is 
really every day. Each day is a time to tend to household duties, to 
cope with minor tragedies such as cuts and bruises. It is a time to 
wrap up each day in prayer, a day to think about serving Jesus in 
every little act. It is a day to teach little minds, to correct them, to 
love them. As children mature, you use a more mature approach, 
but the basic principles remain the same. 

If you want security in a position, you will have it as a mother. It 
is true that the initial responsibility is the greatest, and the mother- 
child relationship changes, but it does continue. As you progress 
through the various stages, your responsibilities will change, but 
they too continue on. From mother to mother-in-law to grand- 
mother, maybe even to great-grandma, indicates a title change, but 
you're still a mother. There is never a time when you can look at 
your child and say, "Now I'm all done." 

God expects parents to teach their children properly and He will 
bless those who are faithful in this. Every mother (and father) has a 
spiritual responsibility which surpasses the responsibility to 
provide food, clothes, and so forth. Christian mothers are noted for 
watching over their children in prayer, and this care and concern 
continues throughout life. She doesn't forget about spiritual needs 
just because a child leaves home. 

One of many examples in the Bible of a good mother is Samuel's 
mother. Hannah prayed for a son and promised that he would be 
the Lord's. She kept her promise, and even though her child was 
out of sight, he was not out of her mind. Each year, she made a 
little coat for him, and I believe she continued to pray for him. For 
the complete story, read I Samuel 1-3. Hannah was a woman of 
faith and commitment. Being a mother was serious business with 
her, and it should be with every mother. 

Naomi was an outstanding mother-in-law. She must have been 
for Ruth to be so determined to go where Naomi went. Naomi was 
grieved for her daughters-in-law because they were both widows. 
(See Ruth 1:13) She urged them to return to their own people. Ruth 
refused, saying, "Whither thou goest, I will go" and "thy people 
shall be my people, and thy God my God." (Ruth 1:16) Ruth was 
blessed for her care of Naomi in many ways. She later became the 
wife of Boaz, and the great-grandmother of King David. Naomi's 
faithful life helped bring out the best in Ruth. Mothers-in-law, take 
notice! 

In the New Testament, there is a grandmother mentioned, it is 
Lois, the grandmother of Timothy. There is a simple statement 
about her faith in II Timothy 1:5, also that of her daughter and 



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grandson. Faith isn't inherited, but the influence of a mother's faith 
does continue on. Lois' faith was still evident in the life of her 
grandson, Timothy. Her Godly life had a direct influence on him as 
well as her own daughter. A child must be trained in the things of 
the Lord from the very start to insure the best result, and I believe 
Lois did this. 

Once a mother, always a mother! If you don't want a lifetime 
responsibility, don't become one. It's not an easy task, but God will 
help you to do your best. No mother is perfect, but if you are 
faithful to God, He will bless you. You are helping to shape a life 
—do it faithfully for the Lord. As your children mature, they may 
not do everything you'd like them to do, but even so, you must do 
your part. Finish what you start, and you won't be sorry, even 
though it takes a lifetime to get the job done! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

EARLY MORNING CHOICES 

Good morning! When you wake up each morning, we become an 
active person; active in making choices — hopefully to the glory of 
God. 

The first thing we think and say may be more important than we 
think. (Matthew 12:34-37) We are a people created by God with 
the ability to choose. We are also a people of habit, able to do 
things without thinking. This is something God watches, because 
"out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." What we 
do off "the top of our head" shows what the inner man is really like. 
All things kept in secret are eventually revealed. (Luke 8:17) 

God really does notice everything we choose to do, good or bad. 
This is why, as Christians today, we need to choose Jesus as Lord 
of our life every day, every hour, every minute. 

When we first wake up, it's best to wait, listen, and think. Brain, 
body, and soul all need to wake up and listen to the Spirit of God. 
We must let God, by His Spirit, fill us with His perfect love. (II 
Timothy 1:7; I John 4:13-21) 

Now that we're awake, we think, "Why was I created?" We are 
created to please God. (Revelation 4:1 1 ) He desires our complete 
love. (Mark 12:30-31) It's up to us to make the choice. Will we 
please Him and love Him, or not? How are some ways we can 
please God? We need to look into God's Word for answers. Here 
we find that we must believe in our heart and confess with our 
mouth that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour. (Romans 10:9-10); 
confess our sins to Jesus (I John 1:9); ACCEPT God's love and 
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and thanksgiving; pray for others; and let the fruit of the Spirit flow 
as we share the testimony of the saving blood of Jesus. 

Again, we can choose whether we will make God happy, like 
David (Psalms 108:1-5; Acts 13:22), or angry, as Moses once did. 
(Exodus 4:1-14). 

It's up to us how we start the day. Early in the morning we can 
choose self-will, or we can choose to worship God our Creator with 
all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. And as we go throughout 
the day, we can choose whether we just keep the wonderful 
thoughts of Jesus in our heart, or whether to share them with 
others. (Romans 10:9-15; Psalms 96:3; Malachi 3:16) The choice is 
up to each one of us. 

"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Harken 
unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God: for unto Thee will I 
pray. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the 
morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up." 
(Psalms 5:1-3) 

God bless each one of you. 

Brother Roy Litfin 
Quinter, KS 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

MARRIAGE 
Part 2 

In this issue, we will attempt to share some thoughts relative to 
the Christian marriage problem of excuses and elements and 
expectations that are encountered. These problems are not unique 
to young marrieds but seem to plague many marriages throughout 
life. It is our goal to identify some typical excuses people use 
which hinders marital and spiritual growth and apply Biblical 
teachings as solutions to these problems. 

Marriage is a pilgrimage from individual self-centeredness to a 
fuller corporate life. In reality, it is the laying down of one's life for 
the other, not in self-martyrdom but in joy of service. I have heard 
it said that fifty-fifty is the formula for divorce. If this is true, one 
hundred percent giving to another is the equation for blessedness. 
A corporate life is the sign of maturity and self-centeredness shows 
immaturity. We can literally measure our distance from real life in 
Jesus by the degree of our regression into selfish thought and 
demands. Conversely, proximity to Jesus is shown by its fruit in 
the ease of our giving and sharing. 

One of the tendencies of human nature is to place blame on 



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others for difficulties we are experiencing. When people have 
problems in marriage they usually resort to two procedures: (1) 
they defend themselves and (2) they try to discover why the other 
person does what he or she does. They seem certain they will be 
happy if they just know WHY the other person acts "that way." In 
reality, knowing why an individual does something doesn't neces- 
sarily solve a problem. In fact, finding out "why" is not always 
important... nor is it always possible. What IS important is 
spending time determining what is going on in a relationship and 
making plans for solving the difficulties or making necessary 
changes in a Biblical way. Sometimes reasons become important 
and at other times they just become "excuses." 

What are some typical excuses used when a marriage isn't what it 
should be? Some people blame their HEALTH. (I am just tired all 
of the time. My metabolism is just different than yours.) Some 
blame their FEELINGS. (My nerves are so shaky and you don't 
help them at all. I've been depressed. The children make me so 
upset.) Other people blame their NATURE. (I'm just this way and 
always have been. I can't change.) 

Some people blame OTHERS. (Her mother is always...! It's the 
children!) Some blame the PAST. (She has always been that way. 
My parents always used to put me down.) Secular psychologists 
patronize this excuse a lot. Some people blame their PARTNERS 
for all of the problems. (He makes me so upset I could scream! If 
only he'd listen to me and be quiet.) Finally, some people blame 
the three letter word "why?" (Why don't we communicate? If only I 
could understand why he does that!) Are these recognizable 
excuses that are creating barriers in the marriage of someone you 
know? As you see them on the written page, do you see the 
unChristlikeness of them? 

Proverbs 25:1 1 teaches us that "A word fitly spoken is like apples 
of gold in pictures of silver." Proverbs 18:13 communicates, "He 
that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame 
unto him." These verses share with us the importance of 
COMMUNICATION. A person who makes excuses may feel 
threatened or insecure and may have a poor self image. This leads 
to a lack of communication and admission of the real problem. 

Admission of problems is Biblical in all phases of life and is 
especially applicable in marriage. Not only must there be forgive- 
ness but there must be a support of the forgiveness. People need 
to stop making excuses about what seemingly can't be done in the 
marriage and put forth solid efforts in building the marriage to 
God's ordained heights. Excuses create problems and postpone or 
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To be fulfilled in marriage, there are several suggestions that can 
be made. First, there must be COOPERATION with your spouse in 
every effort to improve and enhance the marital relationship. It 
would be typical that one person might have a greater concern 
about upgrading the marriage than the other. You need to be 
happy, full of sympathy toward each other, loving, tender hearted 
humble and FORGIVING. You can't repay evil for evil and have a 
transformed marriage just as you can't have proper Christian 
relationships under the same condition. You must be careful not to 
snap back at the other person when you are feeling badly. Instead, 
pray that God's power might work mightily in them and that He will 
do His perfect will in the person's life. 

Secondly, you need to give praise and appreciation instead of 
seeking it for yourself. People too often go about seeking to have 
their own needs met first and only after these are satisfied do they 
attend to the spouse's needs. (Read Phil. 2:4) Compliments should 
be paid frequently to your spouse and they must be fresh and true. 
Wives can thank their husbands for the effort they put in in 
providing for the family and for providing a home. Wives can be 
thankful for a clean house, meals properly prepared and for their 
care for the family. Thanksgiving is thanksgiving and this leads to 
answers to problems and excuses. 

Third, the evening time should be a time of love and affection 
instead of a time of complaints and demands. What occurs in the 
first few minutes after the husband comes home from work usually 
sets the tone in the home for the remainder of the evening. 

Finally, responsibilities and decision making should be defined 
in the context of Biblical teaching. We seem to understand 
submission in the church relationships when we don't always 
understand it fully at home. 

God REQUIRES that marriage partners be patient with each 
other. At times you just expect too much of the other person and 
because of their personality or background, these demands are 
unrealistic. ALWAYS... the marriage partner must be looked upon 
as another "child of God." You can love them, not in terms of what 
you think they should be, but what God has created them to be. 
You love their potential. You love their uniqueness. You must, "in 
honour, prefer one another." Ultimately, you must give your needs 
over to the lordship of Christ... not just in word, but in fact LOVE 
AND FORGIVENESS ARE THE POWER THAT WILL GUARANTEE 
STRENGTH IN MARRIAGE... not excuses. Excuses lead to 
bondage and decay. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 1, 1927 

NON-CONFORMITY 

Theodore Myers 

Some twenty years ago when I joined the Church of the 
Brethren, one of the outstanding and distinctive doctrines was that 
of non-conformity. Today all you can hear along that line is "the 
simple life." I guess a softer and more modern term. 

It would be well to study these two terms and see if they both fill 
the gospel requirements, especially in the light of what has taken 
place within the church since working on the latter basis. I believe 
after careful study, all will agree that it is possible to follow a simple 
life program and still be conformed to this world, even in our 
manner of dress. But what starts out to be simple does not remain 
so too often. 

I realize that many do not think the church had a right to set a 
certain standard of dress. Let us consider that for a moment. It has 
always been considered that where the gospel was definite that 
should be the guide by which to go. When it was not specific on a 
certain point then try and follow the spirit or intent as the best light 
and judgment would dictate. 

I have often wondered how anybody could say that a sister or 
brother dressed in accordance with the decision of Annual 
Conference (1911) in any way violated any letter or spirit of the 
gospel, (providing the life matched the dress). The brethren prayed 
so earnestly for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in forming a 
conclusion as to what would be the proper way for a Christian to 
appear in the matter of clothing when confronted by the ever 
changing styles and fashions dictated by ungodly men and women 
for the purpose of making money and to which styles thousands 
are mere slaves. 

I have the first person that will say that their prayer was not 
answered and that they were not guided by the Holy Spirit in 
coming to the conclusion they did. The best proofs that they were 
so led, are that the garb recommended for both brethren and 
sisters meets every Bible requirement, and what it has done for the 
church in holding the bond of unity, and the results that have 
followed since members have so generally violated the decision. 

I do not believe there ever was a church that made so radical a 
change in so short a time as has the Church of Brethren. Other 
churches once stood where she stood along this line but where are 
they today, numbered with the slaves of fasion, but theirs was a 
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Our church fathers were constrained to form a separate organ- 
ization not being able to satisfy their souls' need and longings in 
any other organization of their day. I am wondering if those 
organizations have so completely reformed that those fathers 
could fit in now, or if they would be willing to be just mere 
followers, or if they would not be as they were in their day — real 
leaders. 

Eternity alone will reveal the good our special garb has done to 
the souls of men and women. I am sure it has kept many away from 
questionable places, because they knew their garb did not cor- 
respond with the character and conditions of the place that they 
otherwise would have gone. Neither do I believe there is a sister in 
the brotherhood that wears a bonnet that has, or even is tempted to 
have her hair bobbed. Should there be one, what a combination! 

True, all too true, there are those who do not live up to what their 
clothing would indicate, and what publicity they do receive! But 
how mighty little is said of the thousands of good, honest, sincere 
and Spirit filled godly men and women, as your father and mother, 
perhaps were. Neither do you hear of lack of spirituality of the 
bobbed hair sisters, and the "flapper Christians" if there can be 
such a thing. 

Some how these two types of members are seldom mentioned, it 
is usually some pious looking deacon who has done something to 
betray his trust that is thrown upon the screen (all for a purpose). 

So much is said these days of compelling people to do so and so. 
I fail to see the ground for these statements. We are surrounded by 
all types and kinds of churches and before anybody joins any of 
them they should count the cost and understand what they are 
joining, what the certain church stands for, if it happens to stand 
for anything. 

Now if I of my own free will, after due consideration of polity and 
doctrines of a church, make application to join any church whether 
it be Methodist, Catholic or Dunkard Brethren, it is my bounden 
duty to obey the rules that govern that body. Then why should and 
do people join a church that does not believe in conforming to the 
world in the matter of dress and promise to be true and faithful till 
death then violate that sacred promise but still desire to be 
members? When there are so many churches that do not consider 
this a violation. 

A lodge or any organized body must have some rules and 
regulations whereby it is governed. Then why not do what we have 
promised? I am sure a sister or brother whose life will correspond 
can find no other garb that will become them any better, that is the 
injunction, to dress as becometh men and women professing 
Godliness. 



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I am sure I have seen lodge men and women parading the streets 
in paraphernalia that if the church would ask them to do so for 
Christ's sake they would rebel. Why not be as true to your church 
as the lodge members are to their lodge? 

So often we are ashamed to be seen on the streets and be 
recognized as Christians. Beware! Jesus says "whosoever is 
ashamed of me in this sinful generation, of him will I be ashamed 
when he comes with the holy angels." 

I am sure the wrong party is ashamed, for those who are but half 
dressed and look as if they were dipped in a flour barrel, and so 
forth, are the ones who would really have reasons to be ashamed. 

Brethren, let us hold fast our profession. Let us pray for more 
grace and strength to live in this present world as we ought. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

THE MEANING OF BAPTIZO 

J. H. Moore 

Did space permit, we might quote from scores of lexicons and 
encyclopedias, showing that the Greek word baptizo, the word 
employed by the New Testament writers to describe baptism, 
means "to dip," "to immerse," or "to immerge" in some manner, but 
in this connection we present a few only. 

Bretschneider - "Baptizo: properly, to dip repeatedly; ... to 
immerse into water, to submerge." 

Donnegan - "Baptizo: to immerse repeatedly into a liquid; to 
submerge, sink." 
Grimm - "Baptizo - to dip repeatedly, to immerge, submerge." 
Liddell and Scott - "Baptizo: to dip in or under water." 
Stockius - "Baptizo: generally and by force of the word it has the 
notion of dipping in and of immersing." 
Thayer - Baptizo: to dip repeatedly; to immerge, submerge." 
To the above we may add the testimony of Professor Charles 
Anthon, a man of fine scholarship, well acquainted with the ancient 
languages, and the author of a number of books, including Greek 
and Latin textbooks for colleges and universities. Being asked the 
meaning of the Greek word baptizo, he gave this answer: "The 
primary meaning of the word is to dip or immerse, and its sec- 
ondary meanings, if it ever had any, all refer, in some way or other, 
to the same leading idea. Sprinkling and so forth are entirely out of 
the question." Professor Anthon does not differ from other dis- 
tinguished scholars, for all of them, as stated before, are united in 
defining the word as here given. 

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meaning of baptizo, and this is to study the meaning of the word in 
connection with the instances where baptism is described in the 
New Testament. In Matt. 3:5-6 we read that the people of Jeru- 
salem, all Judea and the region round about, on accepting the 
teachings of John the Baptist, "were baptized of him in Jordan." In 
the same chapter (verses 13-17) we are told how Jesus came from 
Galilee to John, and was baptized of him, and then "went up 
straightway out of the water." This can mean nothing short of 
immersion, for those who have the water sprinkled or poured on 
them do not have to come up out of the water. The mere fact that 
Jesus came up out of the water is positive proof that he was 
immersed. 

In Acts 8:36-39 we have an account of baptism that is too plain to 
be misunderstood. We read that Philip and the eunuch "came into a 
certain water." Then, the record says, after the chariot had 
stopped, "They went down both into the water, both Philip and the 
eunuch." After they got into the water, it is said that Philip baptized 
the eunuch." Surely, the baptizing was done in the water, for that is 
why the two went down into the water. In the closing part of the 
narrative we read: "And when they were come up out of the water." 
If this plain account of the baptismal scene does not mean 
immersion then it means nothing. A narrative in favor of immersion 
could not be made plainer. 

All the accounts of baptism in the New Testament might be taken 
up and shown to be on the side of immersion, but we will let one 
more suffice. Turning to John 3:23, we have this reading: "And 
John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was 
much water there: and they came and were baptized." For baptism, 
John sought out places where there was much water. People 
flocked to him by the hundreds, and as he immersed those who 
accepted his teachings, much water became a necessity. If sprink- 
ling or pouring had been the rule, there would have been no 
occasion for "much water." 

For the information of those who care to make use of a very 
interesting way of ascertaining the meaning of the Greek word 
baptizo, - the word employed by the Savior to describe the rite of 
baptism, we suggest this: In this country may be found hundreds of 
Greeks, whose mother tongue is modern Greek. Most of them read 
the New Testament Greek with the same ease we read the English. 
In the presence of some of these Greeks, dip an object in water 
repeatedly, and ask them for the Greek word describing the act, 
and they will invariably give baptizo. Then sprinkle water and ask 
for the word expressing that idea, and they will give the Greek word 
for sprinkling. Ask them for the word representing pour, and the 
Greek word for pouring will give given. They understand their own 



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language, the language of the New Testament, and never become 
confused about the word baptizo. They all say it means to immerse, 
and with them it is not even a debatable question. The Greeks, who 
use the Greek New Testament in their service, always have prac- 
ticed immersion. 



NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

The Trustee Board needs funds to meet its obligations by the end 
of General Conference. 

Brother Dale Jamison, Chairman 

1987 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

Conference for 1987 will be held June 13 through 17 at Mission 
Springs Conference Center, Santa Cruz, California. 

From Santa Cruz go 3 1 / 2 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. 

For those coming by bus, train or plane be sure to make your 
own arrangements with members or friends for pick-up when you 
arrive. If not call 408-335-9133. San Jose is the nearest airport and 
train depot. 

All blankets, linens, towels, washclothes and soap will be fur- 
nished. 

Send your reservations to Bro. Paul Blocher, 12301 Riverside 
Avenue, Waterford, CA 95386 or to Bro. Rudy Cover, 2034 Roble 
Avenue, Modesto, CA 95354. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, we will be having our lovefeast the third Sunday 
of May. Anyone who can come is more than welcome. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Elder Howard Myers is: 2845 Stoney Point 
Road, East Berlin, PA 17316. 



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GENERAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

of the 

DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

to be held at 

MISSION SPRINGS CONFERENCE CENTER 

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA 

JUNE 13, 1987 through JUNE 17, 1987 



TIME 



PREACHING PROGRAM 
SPEAKER SUBJECT 



TEXT 



Sat. P.M. 


To Be Supplied 






Sat. P.M. 


Bro. Henry Walker 


I Have No Man 


John 5:7 


Sat. Eve. 


Eld. Virgil Leatherman 


To Be Supplied 




Sun. A.M. 


Sunday School 








for Children 


The Calling of Moses 


Ex. 3 


Sun. A.M. 


Eld. Ora Skiles 


Heaven Bound 




Sun. A.M. 


Eld. Allen Eberly 


To Be Supplied 




Sun. P.M. 


Eld. Dale Jamison 


To Be Supplied 




Sun. P.M. 


Eld. David Skiles 


To Be Supplied 




Sun. Eve. 


Eld. Edward Johnson 


To Be Supplied 




Sun. Eve. 


Bro. Len Wertz 








Young People 


Cold Fish from Refrigerato 


' Matt. 5:1-9 






Christianity 


Rev. 3:14-22 


Mon. A.M. 


Bible Study 


Adults: The Christian 








and Nonresistance 


Rom. 12:14-21 






Children; Leaving Egypt 


Ex. 14 


Mon. A.M. 


Bro. Paul Stump 


To Be Supplied 




Mon. P.M. 


Bro. William Heisey 


Redeeming the Time 


Eph. 5:16 


Mon. P.M. 




To Be Supplied 




Mon. Eve. 


Eld. Ray Reed 


The Principles Of The 








Doctrine of Christ 


Heb. 6:1-2 


Mon. Eve. 




To Be Supplied 




Tue. A.M. 


Bible Study 


Adults: The Christians 
Relationship To 








Higher Powers 


Rom. 13:1-7 






Children: Spying Out The 








Promised Land 


Num. 13 & 14 


Tue. A.M. 




To Be Supplied 




Tue. P.M. 


Decorum Committee and Missionary Program 




Tue. Eve. 


Eld. Galen Litfin 


Missionary Sermon 





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DIRECTORY OF HOARDS 



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 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd, 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Harley Rush 

R. 1, Converse, IN 46919 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 

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 

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 

Eugene Kauffman, Chairman 

R. 3 Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dennis St, John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Rudolph Cover 
2034 Roble Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95354 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Newton Jamison, Secretary 
512 Garfield 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
(913) 754-3433 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517)458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 N. Queen St. 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717)359-5753 

Martin Meyers 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
(515)993-3028 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

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

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 

R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 
Larry Andrews 

312 East Coleman 

Raymore, Missouri 64083 



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



Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill 

Union, OH 45322 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

May 15, 1987 



VOL. LXV 



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. 



STEPPING IN THE LIGHT 

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior, 
Trying to follow our Savior and King; 
Shaping our lives by His blessed example, 
Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring. 

Pressing more closely to Him who is leading, 
When we are tempted to turn from the way; 
Trusting the arm that is strong to defend us, 
Happy, how happy, our praises each day. 

Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance, 
Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy and love, 
Looking to Him for the grace freely promised, 
Happy, how happy, our journey above. 

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior, 
Upward, still upward, we'll follow our Guide; 
When we shall see Him, "The King in His beauty/ 
Happy, how happy, our place at His side. 

— E. E. Hewitt 



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MENS PLANS 

As the highest part of God's creation, men have been given 
minds and memories capable of devising many intricate plans for 
their lives. They become involved with various projects and pro- 
grams that they believe will better their lives, politically, financially, 
socially or religiously. These plans may be devised for a single 
individual's benefit or they may be for a group or even for a nation. 
God has wonderfully endowed men with this mental and emotional 
capacity. 

Men have these abilities but they do not always profit from what 
God has given them. Men become forgetful. Either they ignore the 
lessons of history or they ignore the instructions and command- 
ments they are given. 

There are many instances recorded in the Bible of men who 
made plans contrary to the plans that God had made for them. 
They chose to ignore God's direction and went ahead with their 
own plans. 

Abraham was given many promises by God, including one that 
he would have innumerable descendants. This promise seemed 
unobtainable since he did not have a child. Especially as Abraham 
and Sarah grew older this promise looked more and more unob- 
tainable. So the plan of God was tampered with and their own plan 
was put in its place. They helped God carry out His Promise! 

Sarah was willing for Abraham to use her Egyptian servant as a 
surrogate mother. Abraham at eighty-six was becoming weary, 
waiting for God to fulfill that promise, so he consented. The power 
of suggestion and the availability of alternate means was enough 
to allure Abraham into trying to help God out. Satan is always 

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available to suggest that which is contrary to God's will. Within the 
world there are always alternate means available. Hagar bore 
Abraham a son, Ishmael. 

It soon became evident to Sarah, that she had made a mistake. 
She began to persecute Hagar, because she had been able to give 
Abraham the child, Sarah had been unable to conceive. There were 
many hard feelings which were prophetic of troubles that continue 
to exist between Sarah's and Hagar's seed yet today. 

With the good intention of helping God out, Sarah and Abraham 
actually became involved with worldly ideas and doings, which 
became sin. Sin always demands a price and their deed, no matter 
how well-intentioned, brought grief and trouble to them and their 
descendants. 

They had grown impatient with God's timetable for fulfilling His 
promise. They needed to wait another fourteen years rather than 
use their own ideas to help God out. Their plan may have seemed 
sensible and the best alternative available, but it was wrong. 

After Isaac's birth there was continual tension between Isaac 
and Ishmael, Sarah and Hagar. This was only the beginning of the 
troubles between the Jews and the Arabs. Not only does this 
misdeed forshadow a major conflict in the world, but it speaks of 
the tension between the righteous and the wicked. 

Christians, as the Spiritual descendants of Abraham, are looking 
forward to many fulfilled promises given by God in the Bible. Often 
like Sarah and Abraham, they listen to Satan's suggestions on how 
they might help God fulfill His promises. However his suggestions 
always are flawed because they involve a subtle worship of Satan 
as a wise advisor and a willingness to adopt the ways of the world. 
There is a mixture of the true and false. When a plan to help God is 
formulated, it seems so good but before long problems begin to 
show up. The Godly and the Satanic cannot coexist in the lives of 
Christians without a decisive choice being made. No person is able 
to serve two masters. 

Today there is much turmoil and tension within individuals 
because they have tried to serve two masters. Sin brings an unrest 
and lack of peace. We find troubles all over the world, and 
problems, both social and moral, in our own country. We find 
people confined not only to prisons for their aggressions against 
others but also confined to mental institutions because of the lack 
of peace within. Unfortunately many of these disquited souls are 
Christians. They have tried to help God with their own ideas and 
plans. They have brought the world's ideas and viewpoints into the 
Church. Their ignorance of or unwillingness to comply with God's 
will and Word has brought trouble and stress into their lives. 

Sarah's plan seemed reasonable, but the results have brought a 



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terrible legacy into the world. The choices made by Christians 
today are just as important. Unrest and the other results of sin will 
be brought into our lives if we are not careful about fulfilling God's 
Will 

We each need to learn from the examples of old. The Bible is 
ours to profit by. 

PRECIOUS AND BLESSED MEMORIES 
AND MEMORIALS 

We are approaching the time of year, our government has 
declared a day specially for the memory and memorial for soldiers 
of our country who have rendered faithful service for its protection. 
Many have sacrificed their lives for our country. Christians have a 
more precious and blessed memory and memorial than this. We 
should "render unto Caeser the things that are Caeser's and unto 
God the things that are God's." 

Christians have the precious and blessed memories and mem- 
orials of our Saviour and faithful soldiers of the Cross of Christ. For 
some the threat of death in this life did not hinder them from the 
Lord's labor, as some were put to death for their faithful labor in 
the Lord's work. We also have the memory and memorial of our 
faithful foreparents who have cared for us before we could do it 
and contributed to the spiritual welfare of our never dying souls 
and also contributed much to the spiritual welfare of others. It was 
their desire to go forward in the work of the Lord and never lay 
their armour down. We also have the record of many faithful 
servants of God of the old dispensation. Some stood firm. The 
threat of death did not hinder them from being faithful and true to 
the Lord. 

We, who have been blessed with Christian parents who now are 
laid to rest, can never repay the debt of gratitude we owe them. In 
the old dispensation they were commanded to honor father and 
mother which was the first command with promise. Christ renewed 
that command. The Apostle Paul said we should obey this God 
given command. To obey it is to receive a promise of well being 
and long life. 

In our short lifetime we have seen many who have ignored this 
command. 

Through disobedience and turning to a sinful life, they had a 
short stay here on earth. The wages of sin is death and the gift of 
God is eternal life. The most important thing in this life is our 
spiritual welfare. True and brave soldiers of the Cross of Christ are 
holding the highest possession in the world. 

In memory, above all, we should render our faithful service to 



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our saviour, who sacrificed His life for our redemption from sin and 
promised to go with us through the valley and shadow of death. We 
have the record of many soldiers of the Cross of Christ in the 
saving Gospel who were faithful to the end of their lives on earth. 
Some experienced death in this life for their faithful service to the 
Lord, realizing it is more important and of much more value for 
them to gain the much better life to come after this life is over. 
Those who were faithful and true to the end deserve our honour, 
praise, memory and memorial. 

The most precious and blessed memories and memorials for the 
Christian in this life is of those who made great sacrifices for the 
spiritual welfare of others who contributed to the better life to 
come. Those who are laid to rest who have been a precious 
blessed Christian example deserve our memory and memorial. 
Blessed are those who are laid to rest in Christ Jesus. Their works 
do follow them. 

In our life time we have seen where the rising generation did not 
accept the Christian example of their faithful foreparents. God's 
Word changes not. It is forever settled in Heaven. We all must face 
the judgment seat of Christ, there to give an account of our deeds 
done in this robe of flesh. 

Many precious and faithful servants of God recorded in His 
Word deserve our memory and memorial. A blessed reward is 
theirs for their faithful service to the Lord. For their faithful service, 
they always had God's protection. Precious memories how they 
linger and how they flood our souls. The blessed memories and 
memorial of the many faithful servants of God that have left this 
wicked and sinful world should encourage us to press onward and 
forward in the narrow way to eternal glory. We know it was their 
desire to meet other faithful servants of God in the greater life to 
come. 

It is God's will that all come to the knowledge and be saved. He 
sacrificed His only begotten Son for our redemption. Christ's 
coming was for all to be saved. Professing Christians who demon- 
strate their desire to put others out of the Church are not led by the 
Good and Holy Spirit. True Christians are laboring for the sal- 
vation of others. Christ calls all to come unto Him and He will give 
them rest for their never dying souls. The memories and memorials 
of faithful servants of the Lord are precious and a blessing to us. 

We had the blessing of being raised on a farm on which is a 
cemetery where soldiers of the Cross of Christ are laid to rest. It 
was father's desire that it be protected and cared for, as many of 
our ancestors are laid to rest there. When father passed away the 
Lord entrusted it into my care. I am willing and believe it is my duty 
to see that it is protected and cared for. I have heard where some 



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family cemeteries have been destroyed and are used for farming 
ground. I am made to believe this is a very bad deed and example 
to others. It showed no respect for their foreparents and others, I 
always believed. We should respect our foreparents, the living and 
those laid to rest from the cares of this life. The Saints of the Lord 
are precious in His sight. 

In some of these aged cemeteries on tombstones are recorded 
Bible verses and the words, "Gone Home To Rest." What a grand 
thought. Christ said this do in remembrance of me. Let us honour 
and respect the dead in Christ. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

RD 3, Box 509, York, PA 17402 



THE DASH BETWEEN THE DATES 

Colossians 3:23-25 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to 
the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall 
receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 
But he that doeth wrong shall receive forthe wrong which he hath 
done: and there is no respect of persons. 

Once again Memorial Day is before us. I would like to share a 
poem titled, 'The Dash Between the Dates", by Lucille Britt. 
Although it mentions Memorial Day, that really isn't what the poem 
is about. It's about you, it's about me, and it's about the time that 
God has given to each one of us. 

THE DASH BETWEEN THE DATES 

Memorial Day was over now, 

All had left and I was alone. 

I began to read the names and dates 

Chiseled there on every stone. 

The dates which showed whether it was Mom or Dad 

Or daughter or baby son. 

The dates were different but the amount the same, 

There were two on every one. 

It was then I noticed something, 

It was but a simple line; 

It was the dash between the dates 

Placed there, it stood for time. 

All at once it dawned on me 

How important that little line. 

The dates placed there belonged to God, 

But that line is yours and mine. 



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It's God who gives this precious life 

And God who takes away; 

But that line between He gives to us 

To do with what we may. 

We know God's written the first date down, 

Of each and every one, 

And we know those hands will write again, 

For the last date has to come. 

We know He'll write the last date down, 
And soon, we know, for some. 
But upon the line between my dates 
I hope He'll write "Well Done." 

—Lucille Britt 
If we follow the advice of verse 23 and live heartily as unto the 
Lord, I'm sure that when God analyzes our life He will write "Well 
Done" on the dash between the dates. 

Brother Roger Swihart 
Quinter, Kansas 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

MARRIAGE 
Part 3 

FORGIVENESS — We pray a lot about forgiveness. Each time 
we pray the Lord's Prayer we ask God to forgive us as we forgive 
others. What a demanding prayer that is. We must understand the 
forgiving is not just a nice option. If we do not forgive ... we will 
not be forgiven. Countless times we have seen Christians not 
applying forgiveness and in their refusal to forgive, their carnality 
rules. This principle is absolutely mandatory in marriage. 

Each day of our lives we have many irritations and marriages are 
not void of some of these. For this reason, forgiveness is central to 
the marriage unit. If it is not there, the marriage will "self-destruct." 
A marriage can't afford the luxury of even one grudge. Whatever is 
not forgiven will work like a cancer to eat out the vitality of the 
family life. It will color like dye all of the other seemingly unrelated 
areas. The simplest resentment for failing to come home on time 
for supper or the like can affect the ability to express affection, the 
freedom of sharing in conversation, physical health and so on. A 
grudge held is like sand thrown into a well-oiled machine. 

Could there be a problem at times in thinking we have forgiven 



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when we really haven't? It may seem easy to say the word but is it 
as easy to make the heart follow? Sometimes, because of our sin 
nature, we fool ourselves. Whatever hurts us registers in the heart 
and demands a response. The mind and lips can say "it's o.k." 
while the heart still hurts and demands a response which is 
different. We must constantly be in prayer that God will change our 
hearts and through His transformation, we will be able to meet the 
demands that are before us. 

Here are some simple guidelines for forgiveness. First of all, if 
you have not made the hurt a matter of specific confession of 
resentment and hate in prayer, it is not a completed matter. Only 
Jesus can anoint you with true peace. Only at the cross is any 
matter ultimately finished. If it has not been relinquished in prayer, 
it is still lodged in the "never-forget-anything" bank of your 
computer . . , waiting to be recalled to action somewhere, sometime. 

When you discover that a seed of resentment is sending taproots 
down into your heart, then you must enter into a discipline of 
forgiveness. First, you need to identify the resentment. You need to 
face facts squarely. Accepting these facts, you can say to Jesus, 
"Take every anger out of me to the cross. Don't let me hold any 
resentment, whether I am aware of it or not." In a way, we take that 
resentment to Gethsemane. Gethsemane was the place of prayer 
where Jesus laid aside His righteousness and became all that we 
are. As we recognize our sin nature and go down deep into our 
soul, we begin to see that our personal sin of lacking in forgiveness 
is causing us to create barriers in our relationship. The visit to 
Gethsemane is not complete as long as we are still inwardly 
marshaling our defenses of our own Tightness and cataloging the 
other person's sins. 

Why must we go through the Gethsemane of brokenness? If you 
do not come through the loss of your own self-righteousness and 
identification with your personal sin, you will never be free be- 
cause you will always feel noble and self-martyring that you 
forgave the other person. And then each time you have to repeat 
forgiveness, you will grow that much more self-martyring and 
noble and of course better than your marriage partner. You must 
come down from the pedestal. 

Then, we need to claim Jesus' forgiveness. We can't change our 
heart . . . only Jesus can enter into it and change it. (Jer. 13:23) Is 
the process now complete? Not yet. I Peter 3:9 tells us to now bless 
the person who has despitefully used us. This means we will invest 
our love in a special way in his or her behalf. Romans 12:14-21 
confirms this part of the process. We are to overcome evil with 
good. What does it mean to "heap coals of fire on his head" and 
how does this apply to marriage? In Biblical times, there were no 



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electric ranges or matches. Fire was a precious commodity, scarce 
because fuel was scarce. Therefore, one man in a village was 
appointed to keep a fire going all night. In the wee hours of the 
morning, he built it up and let it burn down to hot coals. These he 
scooped into a metal brazier which he sat on a wood block on his 
head. Then he went with tongs from kitchen to kitchen so every 
housewife could have hot coals for her day's cooking. It became an 
idiom that "to heap coals of fire on his head" meant to turn a man 
into a spreader of warmth in the community. This principle in 
marriage illustrates that by love and warmth . . . instead of 
bitterness and unforgiveness . . . you can create an environment of 
peace in the home. Until you complete the process of forgiveness 
by blessing your partner, you have not overcome and followed 
through to resurrection living. Blessing the one who hurt us is thus 
not a nice option for those who can do it ... it is another absolute 
necessity if we are to be whole and continue in a Christ-like 
relationship. The flesh can never do this. Only the spiritual person 
can experience it. Pray together . . . letting the other person share 
in and hear your forgiveness, love and blessing on him. If you 
really love Jesus, you cannot abide with a grudge in your heart 
knowing that it grieves Him. Forgive God's way and understand the 
fullness of restoration in marriage. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 15, 1927 
POWER OF THOUGHT 

E. L. Withers 

Every sound man or woman is blessed with a greater or lesser 
amount of thinking power, which should be used to the honor and 
glory of God. Yet we are free moral agents to do and think as we 
please, so long as we keep in the bounds of the law. 

But God's children are taught to work out their "own salvation 
with fear and trembling," and this would require much thinking, 
meditating and prayer. Paul tells us to think on the things that are 
true and honest and just and pure and lovely and of good report 
and virtue and praise. (Phil. 4:8) 

Too many in the churches of today are permitting their preach- 
ers and pastors to do their thinking for them and in this way they 
are led from the truth and are made to believe they are building on 
the rock Christ Jesus, when they are only building on the sand, 
and it may be too late. They will discover their great mistake in not 
thinking and working out their own soul's salvation. 



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"Wherefore let him that thinketh he stand take heed less he fall." 
(I Cor. 10:12) It Is by deep thinking and hard studying and much 
prayer that we improve our talents. 

Thinking for ourselves is often a difficult gift. But it is the 
foundation of progress both in the church and in the governments 
of the world. Paul says, "Let this mind be in you which was also in 
Christ Jesus." If the mind of Christ is in us and we use our minds or 
thinking power we will accomplish the things that will be to the 
honor and glory of God. What we are and what we accomplish 
depends to a great extent on what and how we think. Emerson 
said, "Beware when the great God lets loose thinkers on this 
planet." Why? Because they are going to stand for what they 
believe and be right even though the majority is against them. 

But not all great thinkers are from God. Satan has his thinkers by 
the thousands and they are a very busy crowd thinking out plans 
how they can deceive if it were possible the very elect. Some of his 
best and most successful workers are trained up in our church 
colleges. They have learned to draw the line so close that unless a 
true Christian is careful and prayerful in discerning of spirits he 
may be deceived. Jesus says "the children of this world are in their 
generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:9) Why'? 
Because as a rule they work harder, think harder, sacrifice more to 
accomplish the object in view. It may be to win members for some 
secret oath bound lodge or advertising some show or selling life 
insurance, or explain away some of Christ's plain teachings or 
whatever it may be, they use all the wisdom and thinking power 
possible to accomplish their object. 

But how about God's children? Are they as a rule publishing 
abroad the glad tidings of salvation? Thinking and praying for 
wisdom that they might be able to win souls for the kingdom of 
God. Brother, sister, let us think prayerfully on these things. If we 
have God's love in our hearts, let us tell the world about it. Let us 
think about his word while engaged in our daily labors and when 
we sit down to rest and when we lie down at night and when we rise 
up in the morning. 

The life of the church is the rising up of great thinkers scattered 
through its history like mountains on the horizon, from Christ and 
his disciples even down to our time. We are made to think of such 
great thinkers as Alexander Mack, Christopher Sower, Eld. James 
Quinter, Eld. D. L. Miller and we might go on and name many 
others who towered high as great thinkers and workers for the 
great cause they loved so dearly. And last but not least our dear 
brethren who are at the head of the organization known as the 
Dunkard Brethren, which is only another work of reform which 
always becomes necessary when Satan's strongholds gain too 



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much power in the church. There is but one thing to do and that is 
for God's true followers to come out from among them and be 
separate, and when this becomes necessary, God always raises up 
some real thinkers, to lead his children out just as he raised up 
Moses to lead the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. God is 
always equal to the occasion and when he wants a man or woman 
to fill a certain place he can always find them. Too many of us get 
into a mental rut and the longer we travel in it the deeper it gets. We 
forget to do any thinking and praying for ourselves. The only way 
out of this rut is prayer and thought. We often have heard it said by 
professing Christian people, that if they knew of any organization 
that lived closer to the word of God than the one they belonged to, 
they would change at once for the better one. But, alas, when they 
find a people who have banded themselves together to walk in all 
the ways and observe all the teachings of their master how hard it 
is to get out of the old rut and rally to the support of those who are 
his true humble followers. We often sing that beautiful song, 
"Follow, follow, I will follow Jesus, anywhere he leads me I will 
follow on." But are we willing to do it? 

It is our praying and thinking and deep meditating on the word of 
God that will make you strong enough in Christ to be able to follow 
him even when it may become necessary to lose some of your best 
friends, or withdraw from a people who have been very dear to you, 
in order to be with those who have proved to be obeying the 
Master's teachings more fully in all things. The question may be 
asked how can we become thinkers for ourselves instead of 
imitators? The answer is by thinking and asking for Divine help. 
James says, "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that 
giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given 
him." (James 1:5) 

Men become good singers by singing, swift runners by running, 
good merchants by merchandising, good writers by writing, great 
preachers by preaching, good Christians by Christian living. 

No one just happens to true success, it requires hard efforts. 

Thinking is a business of itself. It cannot be done while engaged 
in some game or play or telling foolish stories, or reading novels or 
going to dances or picture shows. The world today is living for 
pleasure and are fast forgetting God, as they did in the days of 
Noah. The churches of today are playing and feasting instead of 
praying the fasting. No wonder Satan is gaining such headway. 

To improve our thinking we should rather engage in conversa- 
tion with those more intelligent than ourselves and by reading 
good books, silent meditation alone with God in secret prayer, 
association with God's children, reading often in the Bible, all goes 
to increase our thinking power and make us strong in the Lord. 



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Deep thinking is not always pleasant but sometimes difficult and 
painful. We accomplish our ambitions only by hard struggles and 
continual efforts and patience and prayer. It is said that not one in 
a million includes important processes of human life and yet it is 
the only important process. Out of your own praying, thinking and 
meditating will come anything of which you are capable. Out of no 
thinking, praying and meditating comes nothing but routine. Dear 
Brother and Sister, let us pray more, think more, on the word of 
God, read more good books and papers and tracts and above all 
the word of God. 

Let us fast more and feast less and our reward will be great and 
we shall be the children of the most high. Thank God for the great 
thinkers in the church who are led by the Spirit of Christ. 

THE NEW TESTATMENT DOCTRINES 

TRINE IMMERSION, THE FORM 

J. H. MOORE 

We have seen that immersion is the baptism taught in the New 
Testament, and now it is in order to consider the form embodied 
by the Founder of the church, in the baptismal formula, which he 
gave to his apostles just before he took his departure from the 
earth. There is a form for all the doctrines taught by Christ, and in 
Rom. 6:17 we read about obeying "from the heart the form of doc- 
trine" delivered unto the saints. It is not only the doctrine that must 
be respected, but the form as well. 

The form of baptism is set forth in the baptismal formula as 
recorded in Matt. 28:19, reading thus in the Revised Version: "Go 
ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into 
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost " 
Since there are three Persons in the Trinity, as indicated in the 
formula, and since each one is to be duly honored in the baptismal 
ceremony, it follows that there should be three actions in the per- 
formance of the rite, the three actions symbolizing the three 
Persons of the Godhead. If there were but one person named in 
the formula, then but one action would be required, but since 
there are three names and the baptism is to be into each name, there 
must, of necessity, be three actions, in order that the demands 
of the formula may be complied with. 

The meaning of the formula is very forcibly presented in the 
following paraphrasing by Alexander Campbell: "This is a purely 
Christian institution; not of Moses or the prophets; hence the 
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There had been washings, cleansings and purifyings among the 
Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles, by various authorities and enact- 
ments; but not one like this: 'into the name of the Father, and into 
the name of the Son, and into the name of the Holy Spirit.' " — 
American Christian Revision, Vol. X, No. 39. Also "Quinter and 
McConnell Debate," page 61. 

To baptize "into the name of the Father, and into the name of the 
Son, and into the name of the Holy Spirit," — and this is certainly 
the meaning of the formula, — can mean nothing short of a 
threefold immersion. A careful reading of the formula, as it stands 
in the Revised Version, placing the emphasis on the and, where it 
properly belongs, also brings out the idea very clearly, — "Bap- 
tizing them into the name Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost." There is probably no better way of emphasizing the trine 
action, which the formula was evidently meant to teach. 

In John 19:19, R.V., will be found a sentence very much like the 
baptismal formula in construction, reading thus: "And it (the title) 
was written in Hebrew, and in Latin, and in Greek." That Pilate had 
to write three times, in order to place the title in the three 
languages named, is self-evident. The very construction of the 
sentence shows this. Now, if Pilate had to write three times, in 
order to write the title in Hebrew, and in Latin, and in Greek, — and 
he surely did, — then it certainly follows that one must dip his 
candidate three times, in order to baptize him 'Into the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." From this 
conclusion there is no logical escape. 

As the closing paragraph of this chapter, we offer the following, 
which, in the estimation of not a few, is looked upon as a clincher: 
During a public discussion on the form of baptism, one of the 
disputants passed a copy of the New Testament to the judge of a 
court, who happened to be present, and asked him to write his 
name in the book of Matthew, and of Mark, and of Luke. The Book 
being returned to the speaker, the judge was asked how often he 
had written his name. He answered, "Three times." "Then," said 
the speaker, "if the judge could not write his name in the book of 
Matthew, and of Mark, and of Luke, without writing three times, 
pray tell me, how one can baptize 'into the name of Father and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,' without dipping his candidate 
three times?" 

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NEW ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

Bill and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members 
of the Dunkard Brethren Church for all their love, support prayers 
cards and money which were sent our way during Bill's illness 
We certainly appreciated all the thoughtfulness toward us 
We can only say "Thank you", but may God richly bless you. 

In Christian Love, 
Bill and Maria Eby 



OBITUARY 

MARY JANE REED 

Sister Mary Jane (Jameson) Reed, age 90, of Dallas Center 
Iowa, died February 12, 1987, at the hospital in Marshall Missouri' 
She was born January 28, 1897, in Greenbriar County West 
Virginia, the daughter of Sandy and Annie (Brown) Jameson Mary 
was a school teacher before her marriage to William Sherman 
Reed on January 17, 1917 at her parent's farm home near Renick 
West Virginia. 

After their marriage, they moved to Swift Current, Saskatch- 
ewan, Canada where her husband worked as a well driller for a 
year.They moved to central Illinois where she faithfully served her 
minister, farmer husband. To this union eleven children were born 

They moved to Iowa in 1943 and continued on the farm at 
Ankeny and Waukee. They retired in Dallas Center in 1957 For the 
past year she had made her home with her daughter at Malta Bend 
Missouri. 

Survivors include seven sons and three daughters: Elbert Des 
Moines, Iowa; Lloyd, Bethel, Pennsylvania; Millard, Manteca' Cal- 
ifornia; Ray, Dallas Center, Iowa; William, Quinter, Kansas- John 
Des Moines, Iowa; Fae Kasza, Malta Bend, Missouri- Edna Wertz' 
McClave, Colorado; Oty, Montrose, Colorado; and Ruth Halde- 
man, Adel, Iowa; forty-three grandchildren, seventy-six great 
grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews 

She was preceded in death by her husband; oldest son Kyle two 
brothers, three sisters, one grandchild, two great grandchildren 
and one daughter-in-law. She was a charter member of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church at Astoria, Illinois, and remained faithful 
to the church until her death. 



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She was quite active in the missionary work of the church, serv- 
ing with her husband on numerous missionary journeys in south- 
ern states and to the Dunkard Brethren Navajo Indian Mission in 
Cuba, New Mexico. 

Funeral services were held February 15, 1987, at the Dallas 
Center Dunkard Brethren Church conducted by Brethren Fred 
Pifer, Alvin Chupp and James Meyers. Interment was in the 
Brethren Cemetery. 

SOME TIME WE'LL UNDERSTAND 

Not now, but in the coming years, 
It may be in the better land, 
We'll read the meaning of our tears, 
And there, sometime, we'll understand. 

We'll catch the broken thread again, 
And finish what we here began; 
Heaven will the mysteries explain, 
And then, ah, then we'll understand. 

We'll know why clouds instead of sun 
Were over many a cherished plan. 
Why song has ceased when scarce begun; 
'Tis there, sometime, we'll understand. 

Why what we long for most of all, 
Eludes so oft our eager hand; 
Why hopes are crushed and castles fall, 
Up there, sometime, we'll understand. 

God knows the way, He holds the key, 
He guides with unerring hand; 
Some time with tearless eyes we'll see; 
Yes, there, up there, we'll understand. 

Then trust in God thro' all the days; 
Fear not, for He doth hold thy hand; 
Though dark thy way, still sing and praise, 
Some time, some time, we'll understand. 



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Gentle words fall lightly, but they have great weight. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 1987 

June 7 — The wisdom of God — I Cor. 2:1-16 

1. How do we obtain wisdom? Job 28:28, Matt. 7:24. 

2. How do we understand the difference between worldly wis- 
dom and Spiritual wisdom? James 3:17. 

June 14 — Building Upon the Foundation — I Cor. 3:1-12 

1. What is the building referred to in verse 10? 

2. Why is it important that we use the right material? Verse 13. 

June 21 — Fathers Day - Luke 1:57-80. 

1. What reason did the friends have for wanting him called 
Zacharias? Verse 59. 

2. What reason did the Father have for asking for paper to write 
on? Verse 63. 

June 28 — Temperance — Titus 2:1-15. 

1. What is temperance? 

2. Can we engage in sin as long as we are temperate in what 
we do? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 1987 

June 7 — The Good Seed — Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43. 

1 . Who is the sower of the good seed? What is the seed? 

2. Who are the tares? Who sows them? Who will do the reaping? 

June 14 — Our Understanding — I Cor. 2:1-16. 

1. How do we get understanding? Where does it come from? 

2. Can the world receive understanding? 

June 21 - Father's Day — Gen. 37:1-4, Job 1:1-5, Mark 5:21-23, 
35-43. 

1. Why did Jacob love Joseph more than his other brothers? 

2. Why did Job offer burnt offerings for his children? 

June 28 — Temperance — Luke 1:13-17, Rom. 14:14-20, John 3: 
y~i 3. 

1. What is temperance? How can the world tell if we are 
temperate? 

2. In James 3:9-13 the tongue is mentioned. Are we to be temp- 
erate with our tongues? 



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VOL. LXV 



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. 



LET ME GROW 

"Lord, I humbly come to thee, 
Bowing now before thy throne, 

I need your loving hand to guide — 
Nothing can I do alone. 

May I be submissive, Lord, 

Not usurp authority, 
Nor to be provocative - 

I beg with sincerity. 

Lord, you know how I desire 

To be purer in my mind, 
So help me now to show forth 

Your quiet spirit divine. 

Each day draw me closer Home, 
Each day let me grow in grace, 

All my thanks and praise I give 
Hoping soon to see Thy face." 



- Sister Irene Stout 

R. 1 Box 160, Wabash, IN 46992 



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METAMORPHOSIS 

We all enjoy butterflies. Perhaps they are more important to us 
now as population, pollution and pesticides have decreased their 
numbers. It is a beautiful sight to see them gliding through the air. 
Not only do butterflies add beauty to our surroundings but they are 
helpful in controlling other insects. The butterfly's life span lasts 
from a few days to nearly a year. 

The stages of the adult butterfly's development are interesting. 
From the egg comes the caterpillar which in turn becomes a 
cocoon which produces the full grown butterfly. It is hard to 
believe that the beautiful butterfly flying about was once a cater- 
pillar crawling about. The caterpillar which is ugly goes through a 
change in the cocoon stage that results in the adult butterfly. This 
change is called a metamorphosis. This metamorphosis is a total 
change in outward and inward form. The beginning creature is 
very little like the final creature. Not only is there a great change in 
appearance but in usefulness. The caterpillar when destructive of 
plants, invites its own destruction but after being changed it 
becomes useful as well as ornamental. 

"Metamorphosis" is a Greek word which means to change from 
one form to another. It is a word found in the New Testament to 
describe a change made in appearance and In Spiritual inner 
direction. 

"Metamorphosis" is used to describe the transfiguration of 
Jesus. There was a wonderful change in His bodily appearance 
before His apostles. His body was glorified becoming whiter and 
brighter than His usual earthly appearance. It struck awe in the 
hearts and minds of those viewing this special sight. They were 

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further awed by the words of the Father, "This is my beloved son, in 
whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him." This glimpse of His 
Heavenly glory should inspire us to want to hear and obey Him. 

Not only does metamorphosis speak of a change in outward 
appearance but also of a change within. II Cor. 3:18 speaks of a 
change that comes through the Holy Spirit's direction. When we 
clearly behold Christ we are changed into an imitation of Him. We 
become like Him. Although He is the only begotten Son of God, 
through Him we may become adoptive sons of God. As adoptive 
sons we are to show forth the characteristics of Christ in our lives. 
We should reflect His ways through our lives. There must be this 
inward change if we are to live a Christian life. 

In Rom. 12:2, we are told to not be conformed to the world 
around us. We can not live the same life style as those around us 
who follow the dictates of Satan. We must be conformed to Christ 
but unconformed to the surrounding world's lifestyle. We can only 
have this nonconformity if we have been transformed. This trans- 
formation is a metamorphosis. It is a transformation of our 
thinking and emotions. When the inward man is transformed there 
will be a corresponding change in the outward appearance and 
actions. 

By the renewing or changing of the mind, there will be a desire to 
do those things that may seem odd and peculiar to the world about 
us but will seem reasonable to us for we will have the mind of 
Christ. The mind of Christ is the mind obedient to the will of God. 
As the temple of God our body will reflect the will of God being 
wrought inwardly and outwardly. 

This Spiritual metamorphosis is comparable to the change made 
in the butterfly coming from the caterpillar. It is a change from 
being destructive to becoming useful. There is an accompaning 
change in appearance. The butterfly looks far different than the 
caterpillar. The Christian must look alot different from the 
surrounding world's ideals of beauty. The Christian's life can no 
longer be self-centered but centered upon Christ which will 
produce actions that will help others. 

The Christian's metamorphosis must be twofold. It is inward and 
outward. One without the other is foundationless and unpro- 
ductive. If there is a change in outward appearance without an 
inward change, it will be superficial and likely will not long endure. 
It will be false. An inward change without an outward change, that 
reflects it, will be shallow and soon snuffed out. Both changes 
must be made, it is the Christian's transformation. To emphasize 
either one at the expense of the other is to do a disservice to the 
Gospel of Christ. 



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The caterpillar makes a great change to become a butterfly, but 
change it must. Have you had your metamorphosis? 



A NOBODY FOR JESUS 

Sometimes in this life, the simple tasks go begging for someone 
to do them. No one wants a thankless job. Yet there are always 
many little things to do, things which are more time-consuming 
than exciting. The little jobs may not seem important, but when 
they are left undone, the neglect is obvious. Even some big jobs 
don't seem very important, but someone must do them. Not 
everyone can have a so-called important job. 

Christian living brings with it many simple tasks too. Whether 
they seem important or not, Jesus expects us to be faithful in the 
little things as well as the big things. We are called to be servants, 
not celebrities. We are to be faithful, but not necessarily famous. 
Jesus was faithful in what God expected of Him and we need to be 
faithful also. 

"Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 
and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 
even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to 
minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." Matt. 20:26-28. 

These verses make it very plain that the way up is down. 
Christian people become great by being a servant, not by doing 
great things. A servant is at the bottom in the chain of command, 
and he does what someone else wants him to do. As Christian 
people, we serve the Lord, doing what He wants us to. Being a 
servant may seem like a nobody's job, but being a "nobody" for 
Jesus makes us a somebody! 

Jesus Himself was a servant. He came to minister to our needs, 
and to give His life to redeem us. Considering the position Jesus 
had in Heaven, He really became a "nobody" on this earth. He lived 
very simply, getting along with far less than most of us. His main 
concern was to help others, not to make a name for Himself. Jesus 
was given the task of redeeming mankind, not a desirable position, 
but He did it for us. What will you now do for Him? 

In the parable of the talents, Matt. 25:14-30, each man employed 
as a servant was given something to do. The responsibilities were 
passed out according to their abilities. No one was given a job too 
big to handle. The Lord of those servants expected them to 
continue to serve him, even while he was gone, and two of them did 
so. The third man had a different attitude. His job wasn't very big, 
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He apparently didn't see any value in being a nobody for his 
master. 

This unprofitable servant made lots of excuses for his laziness, 
but it just got him in more trouble. We generally have the same 
problem when we don't do what we are supposed to. Our excuses 
won't relieve us of our responsibilities either, not even in the 
"nobody" jobs. The man in the parable had an opportunity to 
serve, but he apparently didn't want the responsibility. His neglect 
hindered his master's cause, just as we hinder the cause of Christ 
when we neglect to serve as He has directed. 

The Psalmist said, "I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of 
my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." Psa. 84:10. 
Being a doorkeeper is not a high position, but it is better than living 
in sin. If is better than doing nothing for our Lord, and only living to 
please one's self. The measure of a Christian is not how lofty his 
position is, but how faithful he is in it. Whether you are a somebody 
for Jesus, or a nobody, the important thing is to be faithful in 
carrying out His will in your life. 

"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. No matter 
how small the deed, God notices it. No matter how lowly the task, 
He is pleased when you do it well. Whenever an opportunity 
comes, do what you can and God will bless you. 

"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." Matt. 25:40. You won't get your 
name in the paper for doing little things to help others, but Jesus 
will see what you do. Your reward is to come from Him, not from 
mankind, and you need to seek His will for your life. He may give 
you small assignments to test your faithfulness, following with 
greater responsibility as your faithfulness increases. He wants you 
to glorify Him, not yourself. "He that is least among you all, the 
same shall be great." Luke 9:48. Are you a nobody for Jesus? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



THE VICTORIOUS RESURRECTION 

When Christ was here on earth He said that three days after His 
death He would rise again. His enemies remembered this, so after 
His death on the cross when He was laid in the tomb, a large stone 
was laid to close the entrance of the tomb and soldiers were set to 
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The power of God was manifested and the soldiers became as 
dead men and the stone was rolled away and: 
... 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... 

His resurrection was a blessing and a victory for all mankind who 
accept His plan of salvation. An angel of the Lord appeared at the 
tomb and said to those who came there, "Why seek ye the living 
among the dead? He is not here he is risen." 

When He was here on earth He taught by example and precept 
that we should do good. He did much for the comfort and con- 
solation of the ill and helpless. He taught love and sharing in the 
bearing of burdens. He performed miracles of healing and raised 
the dead to life. After He did much good for others He suffered the 
cruel death on the cross. Jesus said when He was here, "I am the 
resurrection and the life." "No man cometh unto the father, but by 
me." He proved to have that power. 

He taught blessed are the poor in spirit, they that mourn, the 
meek, those that hunger and thirst after righteousness, the 
merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers and those that are 
persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of 
heaven. The Apostle Paul said, "... that I might know Him and the 
power of His resurrection." As in Adam all die even so in Christ 
shall all be made alive. Christ said, "He that heareth my words and 
believeth on him that sent me hath everlasting life and shall not 
come unto condemnation but is passed unto life. Verily I say unto 
you the power is coming and now is when the dead shall hear his 
voice of the son of God and they that hear shall live." 

There shall be a resurrection of the just and the unjust. For the 
just a victorious resurrection into the glorious place that John the 
Revelator reveals to us. He also describes the place prepared for 
the unrighteous. Christ has gone to prepare a place. Where He is 
we may be also. 

Also He is coming again to receive His faithful servants. Enoch 
prophesied, "... behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his 
saints to execute judgment upon all." The Apostles spoke of our 
Lord Jesus Christ and said in the last time there shall be mockers 
walking after their ungodly lusts. John the Revelator tells us of the 
reaction of the unprepared, who will try to hide themselves from 
the appearance of our Saviour at His second coming. It will be a 
dreadful day for those who have failed to wash their robes and 
make them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

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blessings and victories that in time to come will benefit them 
nothing. The Apostle Paul in his labor for Christ met with great 
hardships in his fight for the victorious Jesus. Though he met with 
much evil opposition he never became discouraged but pressed 
onward and forward toward the blessed victory that some day 
would be his. 

We are to seek and set our affections on things that are above the 
perishing things of this world. Are we partaking of the bread of 
Spiritual life and living water that we will never hunger or thirst? 
Jesus said he that cometh to me shall never hunger and he that 
believefh on me shall never thirst. The Apostle Paul said in his time 
many who claimed to be Christ's followers were in reality His 
enemies. 

Many evil victories are won today. People are told and pressed to 
believe the untruth that there is no victory after this life is over. Let 
us accept the plan of salvation through Christ our Saviour that after 
the end of this life on earth we can look forward to the victorious 
resurrection. We need all the fruits of the spirit. Obey all the 
commandments of Christ our Saviour for the victorious resur- 
rection to spend the ceaseless ages of eternity with Him. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
R. 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

MARRIAGE 
Part 4 

THE WIFE. The Bible tells us that in marriage, the couples 
become "one flesh." This means that there is a commonality of 
feelings, one way of thinking, one way of setting goals. You do not 
become each other. You do not lose your identity but through your 
unitedness, you complete each other. 

Wives are to be "subject to your own husband as to the Lord. For 
the husband is the head of the wife, AS Christ is head of the 
church." How are we subject to the Lord? Freely, through love for 
Him. Submission, then, is voluntary. You desire to submit out of 
love you give to him. 

Proverbs 31:10-12 teaches us: "Who can find a virtuous woman? 
for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth 
safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil." From the 
beginning (Gen. 2:18) woman was conceived as the gift to man. 



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She was to be a companion, a friend, an helpmeet and "to do him 
good all the days of her life." 

It is God who brings the woman to the man. (Gen. 2:22) God's 
providence connects you to the right one for you. It is through 
your sin and confusion that this plan is thwarted. What sometimes 
seems to be chance or circumstance is definitely not that if you are 
a child of God. When God settles the decision for marriage in your 
heart, it is a RIGHT decision. 

The wife is admonished to be gentle and meek and in doing this, 
she will open fully her wisdom to the husband and will complement 
him in his thinking and actions. 

Gen. 3:16 indicates that the desire of the wife would be to the 
husband and he would rule over her. This is God's word and 
obviously does not fit the teaching of an irreverent, humanistic 
society. This indicates that there is a reverence involved. But it 
does show a beautiful cooperation of the couple and a liberation in 
God's way. It never indicates oppression but rather becomes a 
loving relationship to give and take under the headship system 
created by God. You become co-heirs, co-partners with the 
Creator. Self-advantage and personal advancement is gone and 
you lose yourself in your husband and in God's will for your life. 
Your husband is not THE LORD, but you relate to him as to the 
Lord, voluntarily and lovingly giving, self-sacrificing, trusting and 
risking all that you are in faith that your life might be within the will 
of God. 

Too many women today have a reticence to submit to their 
husbands due to the fear of being somehow diminished or 
swallowed up in his life. This submission, however, does not wipe 
out individuality but offers an opportunity to the couple to comple- 
ment each other in a unique God given way and enables the Lord to 
bring a new dimension of life to each one. 

Your role, in being submitted and committed to your husband, 
fills an important place in your happiness and in the fulfillment of 
the marriage relationship. The "wonder-woman" of Proverbs 31 
was engaged in planting, making clothing for herfamily, preparing 
food for the household, delivering handcrafted goods to merchants, 
ministering to the needy, was strong, courageous, wise, kind and 
blessed by her children... whom she obviously had not neglected 
through all of this activity. Now, is that a boring life? She was 
fulfilled in those things which God had ordained for her. Life was 
exciting with a potential for expression in unlimited directions. 
And to top it all, this good wife was simply an extension of her 
husband. But what was the prerequisite here? She feared the Lord 
and was in obedience to the perfect order of the almighty God. 



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Real freedom in not just doing what one pleases to do. In the world 
today, it seems to mean doing your own thing... doing what YOU 
want to do, going where YOU want to go, being what YOU want to 
be. God says, to go where I want you to go, be what I want you to 
be, to do what I want you to do. As you express His will for your 
life, you will be operating under the principles that will allow you 
real freedom and happiness in your life. This illustrates the nature 
of Jesus, the dying self, the loss of life for His sake. And... it is 
beautiful. 

Have you considered that the "needy" in your life might well be 
your husband... your family? This might come as a stark revelation 
but those who have been entrusted to your care give you a unique 
opportunity to fulfill the nuturing of those in need. Yes, you will 
have activities... fellowship, youth activities, Sunday school, 
personal study, community service... but your first response is to 
your husband. Your priorities must first be ordered to care for your 
husband (and family) and then care for the other parts of your life 
and ministry. The Lord has established an holy order for multi- 
plying and distributing blessings to the wife and as energies and 
priorities are made by His will, true and lasting fulfillment will be 
achieved. The Lord will multiply the offering of your life to 
overflow the basket. 

Always remember this. You are the ONLY wife God has called 
and provided for your husband and you are uniquely and irreplace- 
ably important to him. Invest your life in him and in the home 
rather than outside the home. Launch out in faith against the 
heretical mis-teachings of our society. Be complete and fulfilled... 
God's way. 

Brother Len Wertz 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 1, 1927 

YE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD 

(Matthew 5:14) 

R. R. Shroyer 

When the good man is spoken of in the scriptures the highest, 
the most valuable objects are used to symbolize him. He is spoken 
of as a palm tree, as a cedar of Lebanon, but when Jesus set forth 
his opinion of his disciples to all ages, he uses no mean figures, but 
the very highest. In the scriptures or rather our subject text speaks 
of them as the light of the world. 



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What does the statement suggest? First it is full of suggestions 
as to the character of their life. 

It is Christ like. We are not to think the light of a Christian is 
underived, that it is in him independent of any source outside, as 
the light of our sun is independent of the light of other suns. The 
Christian's light is not his own. It is derived from Jesus who is the 
great source of all Spiritual light among men. The disciple of Jesus 
should be looked upon as a reflector of the light that Jesus shines 
in him. Then the light of the disciple is the same as the light of the 
Master. The real Christian is then a reflection of the character of 
Christ. His life harmonizes with the life of the Lord. This is living 
on a high plane. It is living a high life. So many so-called 
Christians today are accepting a low standard of Christian 
conduct, losing sight of the real nature of the Christian life and its 
high character. It should ever be borne in mind that the true 
disciple of Jesus is in character like his Lord. Paul said for me to 
live is Christ. 

Light is self evidencing. Where light exists it shows itself. God 
said let there be light and its existance was at once evidence by 
shining. 

It is just so with Christian light. It shines wherever it goes. It is 
not a secret something whose existence is whispered but not seen, 
where it does not shine it does not exist. The Christian life is public 
as well as private. It shines in the home. In the sanctuary. It shines 
in the social walks, and in the pursuits of business. It shines 
everywhere the Christian goes. It requires no effort for light to 
shine. It shines on mountains and seas. It enters the home of the 
pauper as well as in the palace of the king. So it is with the 
Christian. His light requires no effort to shine. It is not hard to live 
out the life of Christ, if it is within. 

Light is pure — because this is the character of light that it is 
used to symbolize the highest beings and truths. 

God himself is light. God's word is light. 

Light is the thing in our world which retains its glorious nature, 
notwithstanding that it comes into contact with the vile and impure. 
Fire and water and wind do not escape contamination. Water may 
come rippling with celestial purity down the mountain side, but it 
cannot touch the unclean without partaking of its nature. It may 
wash the foul garment clean, but it retains for a time the foulness. 
The wind may carry with it the poison of the plague. Fire may 
evaporate impurities that may cause death wherever such vapors 
come, but light cannot be contaminated. As pure as when in the 
morning it gilds the mountain peaks, those towers of the world, is it 
at the time of the sun's setting though it has in the meantime visited 



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dens of vice, scenes of pollution, the gutter and the cess pool — yet 
it carries no disease on its wings. It keeps itself clean of ail 
contagion. So the light of the Christian is pure. 

It is Christ like and cannot be contaminated. Jesus was spotless, 
and the true Christian is undefiled by his environment. His 
character is not a mixture of worldliness and Godliness. 

Light is democratic. Light is no respector of persons. It has as 
much regard for one man as for another. He will give as much of 
his light to the poor man, as to the rich. He will hasten with his 
cheering beams to the sick in the dug out as to the royal patient 
who sighs for his appearance. This is also true of the Christian. He 
is no respector of persons. The Christian manifests the Spirit of his 
Lord, and he was the friend of all men. The Christian like his Lord 
cares for his fellow man because he is a man. 

Light is independent. 

Nothing can conspire among the worlds of space to put out the 
light of the sun. It matters not what may be the state of our 
atmosphere, or what conditions of nations whether in peace or war 
>or what the phenomena of the sky, or earth, the sun cannot be 
affected. It shines serenely on. This is true of the Christian light. It 
is independent. It matters not what men may say or do against it, 
they cannot put it out. They cannot extinguish it in the soul. They 
burned the Christians at the stake, and tortured the followers of 
Jesus but their light shone on. The followers of Jesus therefore are 
of great importance to the world. It is not said that Christians are 
lights in the world, but, the light of the world. 

Christians form the Spiritual sun on earth, each having his own 
part in the shining. Jesus puts his disciples in a most conspicuous 
place in relation to earth's peoples. There have been many lights 
among men. Intellectual lights, social lights, religious lights, but 
Jesus because of their importance to the race puts his true 
followers above them all. He says of them, they are the light of the 
world. 

They dispel darkness. 

There is the darkness of ignorance regarding God and man's 
relation to him. There is much darkness as to how men should live. 
There is wide spread ignorance as to life's true aim. 

The Christian's light dispels this darkness. Christians tell men 
about God and their relation to him through sin. They declare to 
them the way of Salvation. They tell men that life is for noble 
purpose, not to get fame, but to become Christians. 

Light is attractive. Light attracts. How eagerly do men and 
women watch for its coming in the regions where winter is long, 
and what delight when the sun begins to appear. So also is 



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attractive the Christian life, men love to behold it. Its influence on 
men in early days was one of the facts that caused religion to 
spread so rapidly. Men do admire goodness. There is nothing so 
lovely as a truly Christian life. Surely the real Christians are of 
great importance in the world. Their testimony, their teaching and 
their Godly conduct is of great value. 

The world is in need of their light. Christ expects his disciples to 
shine in your homes, in their business walks, in the slums and the 
dwelling of the civilized. Christ is depending on the light of 
Christian teaching, testimony and living to lead men to see their 
need of salvation of their souls. So may all who claim to be the 
people of God let their light shine, 

BINDING UP WOUNDS 

Luke 10:33-34 "But a certain Samaritan, as he jouneyed, came 
where he 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." 

All Bible readers will immediately recognize the opening verses 
as being part of the parable of the Good Samaritan. This portion of 
scripture has been the text for many sermons and articles. Many 
interpretations and applications have come forth in exhortations 
and articles. We are aware of the danger of stretching the appli- 
cation of a portion of scripture beyond acceptable limits. We pray 
that we will not do so as we share what we feel the Holy Spirit has 
given us. 

We believe there are three areas where God has called the 
Church to be active in binding up wounds. The first of these is a 
literal interpretation and application of the parable of the Good 
Samaritan. We believe we should support those of the medical 
profession who give of their time to go to foreign lands and do 
medical missionary work. We also believe God is pleased with the 
Church having part in the care of the elderly. On a more personal 
basis, we believe that we should be willing to give whatever aid we 
can to anyone needing medical attention. In our day of sueing for 
almost anything the temptation may be great to "pass over on the 
other side." 

The second area where we believe God is calling the Church to 
bind up wounds is the area of relationships. While we reject the 
teaching that Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross to heal 
relationships, we do recognize the need of a healing in this area. 
There is a need of healing between local congregations. All too 
often even those of the same denomination are at odds with one 



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another. This does not mean we do not voice our concern about 
trends in the earthly church that we see to be contrary to Holy 
Scripture. But it means that we do so in a loving manner that seeks 
reconciliation rather than division. There is often divisions within a 
local assembly. The Apostle Paul addressed this problem in his 
writings. He said such things should not be. Can we love a brother 
or sister in the Lord enough to be willing to lay our life down for 
them if we cannot even agree on scriptural interpretation? Our 
goal should be to be "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit 
in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:3) In Ephesians 4:13 Paul tells 
us that the leadership and laity of the Church should work together 
"till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of 
the Son of God,..." This sounds far different to us from the popular 
teaching that God made us each an individual and thus we each 
have our own likes and dislikes which we bring into our community 
of faith. Salvation is a very personal matter between an individual 
and his or her Lord. Each of us must repent of our sins and allow 
the Holy Spirit to clean up our lives. The Bible also teaches the 
necessity of water baptism. We repeat, salvation is a very personal 
matter. But it becomes a communal affair as we follow our Lord in 
obedience. We will avoid the very controversial area of just who 
will enter into the glories of Heaven. But we will state that 
scriptural healing of a relationship is not recognizing the right of an 
individual to do as he or she feels is right for himself. Rather it is 
praying for the Holy Spirit to lead us all into truth in "grey" areas 
and to be willing to be faithful in clear scriptural instructions. We 
realize in saying this that there is a wide range of interpretation 
within the earthly church making very little of scripture absolute in 
their eyes. An example of this was the answer to an individual's 
question regarding feet washing in a "prophecy" magazine. The 
editor's reply was that in our society the washing of feet, literally, 
was as much out of place as the holy kiss! It proved to us once 
again how unwilling most that call themselves Christians are to 
follow Holy Scripture. Many have let worldly society interpret the 
scriptures for them! As someone has wisely said, "The church is 
becoming very worldly and the world is becoming very churchy." 
This brings us to our last point. 

A third area where we believe God is calling the Church to bind 
up wounds is in the spiritual area. We must be careful that we do 
not fall into the trap of cultic "spiritual healing." This teaching is 
heavily based on the false teaching of "self-love." II Peter 2:24 tells 
us "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that 
we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose 
stripes ye were healed." The Church is called to proclaim the truth 
of salvation through the shed blood of Christ. We will not take the 



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space to go into detail, but we see that we are not only "dead to 
sins," but that we should "live unto righteousness." We must also 
remember that a part of the body that is cancerous or otherwise 
"dead/ 1 must be cut on as painful as this is. God can raise the dead 
but there is no help in binding up wounds in this case. However, 
within the local congregation we should seek to bind up the 
wounds of error that have blinded some individuals. If they 
continue in their error they will "bleed to death." 

God desires for the Church to be a loving fellowship. We should 
be willing to help to bear one another's burdens. Let us never 
become so self righteous that we fail to bind up the wounds that we 
come into contact with. If God treated us the same as we often 
treat others we would be in a terrible fix. God never excuses sin but 
he gives us a choice to repent. We should also remember if we had 
to be "perfect" (of our own righteousness) Heaven would be empty 
except for the Trinity and the faithful angels. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



THE COMMUNION OF THE CUP OF THE 
NEW TESTAMENT 

Mark 14:32, Luke 22:20, I Cor. 11:25 

The communion of the cup of the New Testament, is a symbol of 
the shed blood of Christ and is equally important with the bread, 
which represents his broken body. This is the last of the three 
sacraments of the Communion Service. 

The blood is the life-giving fluid of the body. The unfermented 
grape juice is used to represent Christ's shed blood. If fermented 
or intoxicating wine would be used it would be the same as 
leavened bread and could not properly represent the blood of the 
sinless Son of God. 

Jesus said, "This cup is the New Testament in my blood; this do 
ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." I Cor. 11:25. He 
has also commanded us to drink His blood that we may have life in 
us and thus have the promise of eternal life. 

After the 19th chapter of John is read, the officiating minister 
asks God's blessing upon this cup that it may be consecrated from 
a common use to a sacred emblem, representing the shed blood of 
Christ. 

He then pours the grape juice into two glasses from the large 
pitcher. He passes one glass to the brethren's table and one to the 



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sister's table, saying, "This cup of the New Testament is the 
communion of the blood of Christ." 

Each person takes a sip Trom the glass and repeats the same 
words as they pass the glass on to the next person. Usually a hymn 
is sung at this time. The songs that are frequently sung are the old 
time favorites, "Alas and Did My Savior Bleed," 'Tis Midnight on 
Olives Brow," or "My Jesus I Love Thee." 

When we take a portion of this fruit of the vine, we renew our 
pledge that we believe that Jesus' blood has cleansed us from sin. 
Those who continue to live faithful, obeying Christ's commands 
and teaching as given in the Bible, will continue to have the 
assurance of eternal life. This service strengthens our faith. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



OBITUARY 

MARY REED 

Mary Naomi (Light) Reed, 67, of Minburn, Iowa, died of cancer 
on May 4, 1987 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Her 
body has been donated to science. 

She was born October 1, 1919 in Clarence, Iowa, the daughter of 
Jacob Roy and Bertha Jane Light. She graduated from Colo High 
School in 1936. In 1937, Mary was baptized into the Dunkard 
Brethren Church to which she dedicated a lifetime of untiring 
service. She was married to Kyle T. Reed on May 26, 1946. In 1947 
she graduated from Iowa Lutheran Hospital as a registered nurse 
and joined Kyle in China, where they completed three years of 
relief work with the Mennonite Central Committee. In 1949 they 
moved to Minburn, Iowa to raise their family. Mary served as 
school nurse at Central Dallas in Minburn from 1964 to 1966. She 
assisted Kyle in his business, Farm-El Services, from 1965 to 1983. 
She also found time to care for her mother and mother-in-law in 
her home as the need arose. The past seven years were high- 
lighted by the young children in the community that she babysat 
for. 

Mary is preceded in death by her mother, father, husband, a son, 
her mother-in-law, father-in-law, and a sister-in-law. Survivors 
include a son, Howard, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; five daughters, Mary 
Jane Swihart, of Quinter, Kansas; Doris Hemphill of McClave, 
Colorado; Margaret Ratcliff, of New Sharon, Iowa; Myrna Palmer, 
of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dorothy Hartley, of Springfield, Missouri; 
a brother, John Light of Minburn; and six grandchildren. 



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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

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York, PA 17403 
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VOL. LXV 



JUNE 15, 1987 



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 be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHO WILL FOLLOW JESUS? 

Who will follow Jesus, Standing for the right, 
Holding up His banner In the thickest fight? 
List'ning for His orders, Ready to obey, 
Who will follow Jesus, Serving Him today? 

Who will follow Jesus In life's busy ways, 
Working for the Master, Giving Him the praise; 
Earnest in His vineyard, Honoring His laws, 
Faithful to His counsel, Watchful for His cause? 

Who will follow Jesus; When the tempter charms, 
Fleeing, then, for safety To the Savior's arms; 
Trusting in His mercy, Trusting in His pow'r, 
Seeking fresh renewals Of His grace each hour? 

Who will follow Jesus In His work of love, 
Leading others to Him, Lifting prayers above? 
Courage, faithful servant! In His work we see, 
On our side forever Will this Savior be. 

E. E. Hewitt 



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PUT YE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST 

There is quite a question in many people's minds about what 
they will wear. It is important to them that their clothes reflect the 
latest fashion. They want to be known as followers of the very 
latest style. The cut of the clothes is more important than whether 
they are functional or not. 

Adam and Eve could dwell in the Garden of Eden naked, without 
shame or guilt. After they became sinners clothes became neces- 
sary. Their first efforts at covering their nakedness with fig leaves 
are comparable with modern men and women's attempts at partial 
covering of their nakedness. They were satisfied with their attempt 
but God wasn't. The more complete covering afforded by the 
animal skin was God's idea of clothing. 

It cost the life of the animal giving up its skin, giving Adam and 
Eve and all their descendants a picture of the needful sacrifice of 
Christ to cover sin. None can escape the teaching of the necessity 
of a blood sacrifice. Cain was guilty of bringing a dead sacrifice 
but he had no excuse, for Adam and Eve had been clothed by the 
blood sacrifice which met God's requirement. 

Many today are more interested in wearing fig leaves than the 
attire designed and approved by God. God wanted Adam and Eve 
to wear substantial clothing that would be modest and provide 
warmth and protection for the body. Clothing might vary some 
according to climatic conditions but it still must be modest to 
warrant God's approval. 

Adam and Eve were satisfied with their fig leaves. Today people 
are not only satisfied with fig leaves for their physical clothing but 

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also for their spiritual clothing. They are satisfied with man made 
and approved means of Christianity. They do not want to be 
associated with anything so cruel and bloody as the sacrifice of 
Jesus Christ on the cross for their sins. They want instead to use 
"fig leaf" methods to cover their sins. Fig leaves did not properly 
cover Adam and Eve and "fig leaf" methods of salvation will not 
succeed either. 

Anything less than the total acceptance of the substitionary 
sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Son of God on Calvary and His 
resurrection is but "fig leaf" religion. The Bible describes the 
necessary belief and action needed to be covered by the sacrifice 
of Christ. To follow any other plan will be to lose the desired result. 
While there is a will to be rescued from sin and to gain an eternal 
abode with God, just any method to obtain it will not suffice. The 
method must be God's Way. Not all clothes, though stylish and 
high in public opinion, are suitable or meet God's approval. 

Putting on clothes we cover ourselves. The blemishes and 
unsightly areas are covered when clothed. The putting on of 
Christ, Spiritually, covers the blemishes and unsightly places in our 
lives. Our sins, which are common to all men, must be covered by a 
perfect sacrifice. Jesus is the only perfect sacrifice available to us. 
Putting Him on involves the heart and mind's acceptance of the 
need of His sacrifice and the willingness to let Him be that sacrifice 
rather than trying to contrive some other "fig leaf" way. There is a 
need for a turning away from sin. Not only must there be a sorrow 
for getting caught in it but in the grief it causes God. Baptism 
symbolically brings the cleansing away of the old sins and readies 
the applicant for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. With the coming 
of the Spirit, Christ is put on. We become little imitators of Him. 
Our thoughts and actions must then reflect the mind and actions of 
Jesus. Putting on the Lord Jesus intimates that He is now the 
Master of our lives. A lord has total supervision of his servants. 
They are bound to serve as he directs. The Lord Jesus should have 
the same total rule over our lives. His rule should be as thorough as 
the covering afforded by our clothes. If we have only Spiritual "fig 
leaves" then His control over us will only be minimal and we will be 
putting ourselves in danger. 

Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ means to not make provision for 
fleshly desires. We are tempted and yield to carnal desires all too 
readily without contriving ways of fulfilling these fleshly desires. 
As putting on Christ relates to our physical dress, it would be wise 
to consider if the clothing we wish to wear would be the type and 
style of clothing that Jesus would wear. If we have put on Jesus, 
then whatever we wear is what we would consider that Jesus would 
wear. 



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Have you put on the Lord Jesus Christ? Then dress, act and 
think like you have. Don't be caught in a fig leaf like Adam and Eve. 



A FATHERS LOVE 

"My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come 
and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall 
live." Mark 5:23. This plea for help came from Jairus, one of the 
rulers of the synagogue. He was an important man, but he was 
helpless in this crisis. He realized that his daughter needed help 
which man could not give, and he pleaded with Jesus for help. 
Jesus honored his request and restored this girl to life and health. 

Jairus was really concerned about his daughter and he didn't let 
public opinion keep him from Jesus. As you know, Jesus was not 
popular with the Pharisees and such like. They found fault with 
Jesus and His followers, and Jairus was surely at risk of being 
rebuked, if not something worse. Even so, his love for his child 
moved him to do what was best for her regardless of what others 
may have thought. 

We hear alot about a mother's love and its far-reaching effect, but 
a father's love is important also. He may express it differently, but 
when a father loves his children, it will be revealed in one way or 
another. It may be in something as simple as fixing a broken toy, or 
as difficult as watching over a very sick child. Love is revealed 
when a father properly disciplines his children, when he plays with 
them or shares his faith in God with them. His entire relationship 
with his child reveals the depth of his love. 

Sometimes a father's love is revealed when he lets a child go. A 
son or daughter may foolishly insist on freedom before the 
maturity is there to handle it. Father is on the spot, and may not 
want to release his child. However, he may do so to teach the child 
a lesson. The prodigal son is an example of this. His father no 
doubt knew what would happen, but allowed his son to go. This 
father still loved his foolish son, and was waiting for his return. 

A father's love is revealed when he forgives. Luke 15:20 says, 
"But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had 
compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." This 
son had really messed things up, but his father forgave him. He 
didn't seek to shame and humiliate his son, but instead welcomed 
him with open arms. He did not cover-up the sin; he simply forgave 
his son. 

We too have messed things up in this life. We've gone our own 
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rejected the wise counsel given to us. But because of a father's 
love, our Heavenly Father's, we can be forgiven. He is waiting and 
will welcome us with open arms if we'll return to Him. God has 
already made a way for us to put our life of sin and shame behind 
us, and will help us to be a true child of His. 

A father's love for his family gives them a basis for understanding 
God's love. A father's love is self-sacrificing, seeking to do what's 
best for his family even at his own expense. The parent-child 
relationship here on earth helps us understand what our relation- 
ship is to be with our Heavenly Father. When we have had a loving, 
caring father, we can more readily understand God's love for us! 
We are more willing to give our lives over to His control, knowing 
He has our best interest at heart. Trust in God comes to us more 
easily when we first have had a father to trust. 

The absence of a good father-child relationship does not mean 
that we can never learn to trust God. But a father who forsakes or 
in some way mistreats his children does hinder them spiritually. If 
God treated us as some fathers treat their children, none of us 
would trust Him. Trust is basic to Christian living, and is possible 
because God is trustworthy. God cares for His own in love and we 
can be sure He will lead us in the right way. 

Fathers, do you love your children? Are you worthy of the trust 
they place in you? God doesn't expect you to be perfect, but He 
does expect you to meet some basic needs. The Bible contains the 
guidelines; follow them, and you will be glad you did. So will your 
children. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

MARRIAGE 
Part 5 

THE HUSBAND. Our lives are formed and sometimes deformed 
by the experiences we have in early childhood. We often see 
wrong examples of what a husband is to be and this carries right on 
into our own marriage. As we would share about the dynamics of 
being a Godly husband, we do so prayerfully, that right values 
might be given to the second most important responsibility you will 
be given in this life... that of being a husband and father. This is 
topped only by your acceptance of Christ as your Saviour. 

First of all, the husband needs to be dead to self. That is what 
God asks of all His followers. Yes, you must be devoted, a good 
example, gentle, kind and wise... but you must also be dead... dead 



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to self. A real transformation of the inner-man of the husband is 
desperately needed for the restoration of the Christian family 
today. You have a powerful opportunity to minister for God as you 
assume your role for Him and surprisingly that role includes the 
obligation of servanthood. Now being a servant doesn't sound 
much like being a leader but it is a necessary component of a 
Godly man's life. Modern psychology has persuaded men that they 
must be macho... have an aggressive self-image. Self "anything" 
takes Christ off of the throne and places you there. Your real image 
is that of a sinner... saved by grace. You are confident only as you 
walk after God and not after the flesh. (I Cor. 1:26-31) 

GOD has to be first and last in the man's life in marriage. Self 
ambition leads to only unruly passions of the flesh... and passion is 
no reason for marriage or sustinance of marriage. Just look at your 
responsibility. If you have a wife and possibly children SUBJECT 
to you, you must bless their lives and surrender self in doing so. 
Pride and fleshly jealously have to be put away. 

Genesis 4:1 says that Adam KNEW his wife. We often see this as 
only in a physical way. In reality, the word "know" in the Greek 
means "to meet, experience and embrace." It is a word that shows 
a man's complete commitment to the one whom he calls his wife. It 
is a word of fidelity. The flesh is conquered and there is a noble 
and wonderful relationship experienced. 

Many Christian families fall apart because the husband has not 
accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Headship is actually a 
responsibility to serve. Service is a showing of greatness. (Matt. 
20:26-27) The "serving" leadership role of the husband in the home 
is not demanding but is rather protective and enabling. A Christian 
husband must earn the right to be in command of his home 
through his submission to God. 

A husband is given to bless and fulfill his wife's life. Husbands 
who want to quit a marriage because they "can't find happiness 
with THAT woman" reveal that they never understood the first 
concept of husbandship. Their intent was never to give but to get. 
Failure came not as the result of "something," then, but was there 
from the inception. The attempt to fulfill the wife's life does not 
make you a martyr who never receives anything from her. Part of 
fulfilling her is learning how to let her love you, which can be more 
humbling than giving all of the time. 

You must take leadership in prayer... not to do all of it, but to 
promote and maintain it. The same is true with reading of the Word 
and meditating upon the law of God. A father, sharing family 
concerns and problems in prayer, becomes a great influence to 
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The husband is the comforter... even of children. He is a mantle 
of protection for the family. As he walks obediently in God's 
wisdom, his house is built upon a rock and his wife (and children) 
can dwell restfully within that house. 

A man's love is kind, not jealous or boastful, is not arrogant or 
rude, doesn't insist on its own way, is not irritable, bears all things, 
believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (I Cor. 13) 
Do you see self anywhere there? No. Unfortunately, in our 
shallow, materialistic culture, this kind of love is considered as 
unmasculine. Only in sharing the characteristic of love will a wife 
find security in you. 

You are called in a marriage relationship to complement your 
wife... not to completely change her. Change will come in some 
ways. As you share your strengths and weaknesses, your goals, 
likes and dislikes, she will also share in these things. Your 
marriage must be worked at. You might train for years to play 
athletic games and study many years to become competent in a 
profession. But somehow we think that the most important factor 
in all our lives... the ability to be an effective husband... will just 
happen. It won't. It is not inate. Daily death of selfishness and 
resurrection into Christ's gentle nature will lead to a blessed 
marriage experience. The only viable formula for success in 
marriage is to approach it from God's perspective. 

Finally, I would admonish you to COMMUNICATE. A man's 
logic without a woman's sensitivity is like a flying carpet which has 
no place to touch down upon reality. The church, the world, and 
the home needs strong, Christ centered husbands in this day. 
Mount up like an eagle, see the need, accept the challenge. Bless 
your marriage and God. 

Brother Len Wertz 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 15, 1927 

THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD 

C. B. Sines 

It seems to me, if there is any one that doesn't know that the Bible 
is the inspired word of God, he had better find out, for we are living 
in an age and a time we should know. We are living in the evening 
of the last days, and we only pass this way once, and we had better 
find out what we were put here for and what our duty really is. We 
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inspired word of God. 

If the Bible would not be the inspired word of God it would have 
been destroyed long ago, for it doesn't just read to suit a great 
many people. The Bible was written by men of God as they were 
moved by the Holy Ghost. 

The Bible could not possibly be the product of evil, wicked, 
godless, corrupt, vile men, for it pronounces condemnation and 
punishment against wrong doing. If bad men were writing the 
Bible they never would have pronounced condemnation and 
punishment against wrong doing. 

This Book, the Bible, has stood the test for many hundred years 
yet it was tried by many, to be destroyed. Men and women were 
thrown to the beasts and burned at the stake and many beheaded 
because they believed the Bible. Millions of dollars were spent to 
try to overthrow the Book. 

The Bible is the book that came to stay — heaven and earth shall 
pass away but my word shall never pass away. 

This Book stands above every other book like mountains above 
mole hills. And God has always had a people that believe God and 
his word, and he still has a few that believe and teach every word of 
God's Book, a book whose life giving power exceeds the accumu- 
lated knowledge and combined efforts of wicked men as the sun 
exceeds the light of the lamp. 

If any man will read the Bible and study the Bible and live the 
Bible he will know that it is the inspired word of God, and he will be 
willing to accept its teachings without question. I have long since 
learned that there is enjoyment and happiness brought about by 
living and accepting every word of God's book. It tells us how to 
live and how to die. It tells what to do, and what we are not to do. It 
tells us that we are not to lie, steal, murder, commit adultery and 
many other commandments. 

I have searched the Bible through, and I have never found where 
it says for us to play baseball on Sunday, and to go to dances and 
shows and card parties and cock fights and have box suppers and 
organs and stringed instruments in the church. He does say that 
we are not to love the world neither the things in the world. This is 
no other but the inspired word of God. 

The devil doesn't write a book like this. If it is not please tell me 
what it is. This book has lifted men and women out of the corrupt 
and dark world and placed them in the light of Jesus Christ. It has 
brought peace and happiness to fathers and mothers and homes 
and families of this sin cursed earth. Why? Because it is the 
inspired word of God. 

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Book he tells us of a heaven for the righteous and a hell for the 
wicked. There is only one way to get to heaven and that is the way 
of Jesus Christ which you will find in the inspired word of God. 

The people of the world change and all other books change but 
the word of God never changes. If this world stands a million years 
longer, the Bible will still read and mean the same. It is the gospel 
of Jesus Christ, the same teaching, the same doctrine that Christ 
gave to the first church and that is the church that Christ 
established when he was here upon the earth, not four or five 
hundred as some people think, but only one, and if any one will 
follow the teaching of the inspired word of God it will lead him into 
that church. 

The same things that he tells me to do he tells you the same 
thing. In this inspired word he tells me that we are to wash one 
another's feet. He also tells me that we are to salute our brother 
with a kiss. It tells us we are not to love the world. It tells us to 
come out from the world and be a separate people. It tells us that 
the church has power to make rules and has power to enforce 
them. Read Matt. 18. Does he not say the same to you? 

Paul says preach the word. What word? The word of God, and it 
seems to me if any one belongs to a church where they don't 
preach the whole gospel and don't live the whole gospel they are 
encouraging the works of the devil and are partakers with them — 
that's certain they will be condemned with them. The inspired 
word is our guide and we must follow it if we expect to reach 
heaven. The Bible is the inspired word of God and he means just 
what he says. 

Read it and live it and find out for yourself. May it lead many 
back to the true church of Jesus Christ. Amen. 



THE SALUTATION OF THE HOLY KISS 

I Cor. 16:20, II Cor. 13:12, I Thess. 5:26, I Peter 5:14 

This salutation is a kiss consecrated or set apart for a holy 
purpose. It is a kiss of love, a proper greeting for people who have 
been dedicated and consecrated to the Lord. When brethren of the 
same faith meet, they salute each other with the holy kiss, or kiss of 
love. When sisters meet, they also greet each other with this kiss of 
love. 

The Apostle Paul gave the Roman Church the instruction "Salute 
one another with a holy kiss." 

"Greet ye one another with an holy kiss." I Cor. 16:20 and II Cor 
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"Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss." I Thess. 5:26. 

"Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity." I Peter 5:14. 

Both Paul and Peter wrote as they were inspired by the Holy 
Ghost and the Salutation of the Holy Kiss is a teaching of the New 
Testament for us to follow. 

Love is a strong passion of each individual. From youth to old 
age, it controls our action. Love and the return of love is one of the 
satisfying experiences of life. 

"God is love." John 4:8. "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. 

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life 
for his friends." John 15:13. Jesus not only laid down His life for 
His friends but for His enemies also. The plan of salvation is the 
greatest love story ever told. We, that are His followers, should 
certainly have love in our hearts for our brethren and sisters. This 
is a true test of our discipleship. "We know we have passed out of 
death into life, because we love the brethren." I John 3:14. 

This practice tends to unite the church and helps to maintain 
Christian love among the members. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Ancient Practice 
J. H. Moore 

The Christians, living in the earlier centuries of the Christian era, 
not only believed that the baptismal formula taught trine im- 
mersion, but that was their practice. Speaking of this formula, 
John Chrysostom, born A.D. 347, a very distinguished scholar, 
whose mother tongue was the Greek, says: "Christ delivered to his 
disciples one baptism, in three immersions of the body when he 
said to them: 'Go teach ail nations, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' " - Bingham. 

Jerome, a man of exceptional scholarship, who belonged to the 
same period, presents, when commenting on Eph. 4:5, the same 
view, regarding the three actions of the formula constituting one 
baptism. Here are his words: "We are thrice dipped in the water, 
that the mystery of the Trinity may appear to be one:... though we 
be thrice put under water to represent the mystery of the Trinity, 
yet it is reputed to be but one baptism" - Bingham. 

In the council at Carthage, North Africa, A.D. 256, Monulus, a 
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he said: "The truth of our Mother, the Catholic Church, brethren, 
hath always remained and still remains with us, and even especially 
in the Trinity of baptism, as our Lord says. Go ye and baptize the 
nations in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy 
Spirit." — "Writings of Cyprian," Vol. If, page 205. There were 
eighty-seven bishops present when Monulus delivered his address, 
and not one of them challenged the statement. 

We introduce one more witness, viz., Tertullian, born A.D. 160. 
He also held that the baptismal formula enjoins the threefold 
immersion, for he says: "He (Christ) commands them to baptize 
into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost, — not into a unipersonal God. And, indeed, it is not once 
only, but three times, that we are immersed into three persons, at 
each several mention of their names." — "Writings of Tertullian," 
Vol. Ill, page 633. 

These quotations not only show what reliable ancient authors 
believed, regarding the meaning of the baptismal formula, but they 
also show what was their practice. They believed that Jesus taught 
trine immersion, and in this form they administered the rite. And 
we may add that, among the ancient writers who have expressed 
themselves on the subject, there is not one who maintains that 
Matt. 28:19 teaches single immersion. Not only so, but they hold 
that this triple immersion is the one baptism mentioned by Paul in 
Eph. 4:5. With them it was "one baptism in three immersions of the 
body." 

GONE IN THE WAY OF CAIN 

Jude 1 1 , "Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, 
and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished 
in the gainsaying of Core." 

This verse of scripture gives us three individuals who are 
examples of what a Christian should NOT be. While our major 
emphasis will be on the person of Cain, we would like to briefly 
look at the other two individuals named in this verse. The second 
individual mentioned is Balaam. This individual appears to be a 
backslidden prophet. He is best known for his donkey that talked. 
In Numbers 31 it tells of how he led God's people into idolatry and 
all the vile abominations connected with it. Scripture seems to 
teach that he followed this path of disobedience in order to 
possibly gain a reward he had previously lost because he refused 
to speak anything other than what God had commanded him to. 
There are many preachers today who are willing to compromise on 
the word of God to gain an earthly reward. They have led literally 
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within the New Testament. 

The third individual mentioned is probably Korah the son of Izhar 
and grandson of Kohath. In the book of Numbers he is recorded as 
one who resisted the civil authority of Moses. We are living in a 
time when the word "authority" is considered to be obsolete in all 
too many instances. While true authority involves loving leader- 
ship and submission to others, there are all too few individuals in 
places of church authority who are willing to stand firm on the 
greatest authority, the Word of God. 

Now let us take a look at the person of Cain. He was, of course, 
the first son of Adam and Eve. This is taught in Genesis 4:1. We 
mention this because there is a false teaching that says that Cain 
was a result of a relationship between Eve and Satan. In the 
following verses we find that he gave a sacrifice that was not 
acceptable to God. There is some difference of opinion as to why it 
was not accepted by God, but we believe it was because God 
demanded a blood sacrifice and Cain brought "of the fruit of the 
ground." Hebrews 11:4 states, "By faith Abel offered unto God a 
more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness 
that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being 
dead yet speaketh." 

While the Old Testament demanded an animal sacrifice, the New 
Testament teaches us that Jesus Christ is the full and final sacrifice 
for sin. But we believe that there are at least two "sacrifices" that 
God will still accept from us. Romans 12:1 says, "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." In place of this many want to sacrifice to God 
such things as time, talent and money. These things are very 
important in carrying out the work of the Church but our personal 
sacrifice must go beyond these gifts and earthly values. God wants 
US, not only our abilities. While God will be the final judge as to 
who enters Heaven and who suffers eternal punishment in Hell, we 
can not believe he is pleased with those who refuse to follow the 
instructions He has given concerning keeping our bodies modestly 
covered and without the added luxury of gold or jewelry. Why does 
it seem so much easier to give of time, talent, and money than to 
obey the will of the Lord in this matter? We believe all too many 
have the heart of Cain and wish to tell God what He must accept in 
place of full submission to His will. 

God also desires that we follow where He leads us. If He should 
send us to a foreign country with very few creature comforts would 
we be willing to go? Are we willing to enter into doors that He 
opens for service in our local congregations? If the situation 
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make this sacrifice for our Lord? We fear that all too many are 
willing to go or to serve as long as God sends them where they 
desire to go. Many also feel that God must make exceptions to 
meet the "needs" they feel are in their lives that are contrary to the 
teachings of Holy Scripture. 

Secondly, we find that Cain murdered his brother. I John 3:11-12 
speaks of this. 'Tor this is the message that ye have heard from the 
beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was 
of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he 
him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's 
righteous." Then in verse 15 we read, "Whosoever hateth his 
brother is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath eternal 
life abiding in him." We find that hating our brother is a very serious 
offense in the eyes of God. First of all we must decide who our 
"Brother" (and we could include "sister") is. Then we must define 
the word "love." We will allow each individual to search his or her 
own heart to decide who their brothers or sisters are in the Lord. 
But we would caution against trying to cover our own works of evil 
by refusing to recognize some other member of the family of God. 
'While the Holy Scriptures know nothing of the popular love that 
is taught in many circles today, we find it is a very important 
subject. We should be very careful that we admonish and proclaim 
truth in the spirit of love. This portion of scripture would say to us 
that it is possible to lose your very salvation by hating someone 
who is a brother in the Lord. Why is it that all too often the more 
"conservative" a movement or congregation is the more inner 
fighting is to be found? Have we gone the way of Cain and lost the 
love of Christ that we should have for one another? 

In conclusion, let each of us desire to worship God according to 
the way He desires. Let us be willing to put our all on the altar of 
sacrifice and give ourselves completely to God. Let us truly love 
one another as Christ loves the Church. If you are not a part of the 
family of God you can not make a sacrifice that is pleasing to God. 
First of all you must accept His sacrifice of the blood of Christ. 
Won't you do this today? 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



NEVER ALONE 

We could miss the mark of the prize of the high calling by putting 
too much trust in the perishing things of this world. When John the 
Revelator was on the lonely Isle of Patmos his mind was centered 



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above the perishing things of this world. Through his visions we 
have the descriptions of the eternal city of God. If we are true and 
faithful to God we can always find comfort and consolation in His 
eternal word. Jesus said "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are 
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and 
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest 
unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." 
What a friend we can have in Jesus who will bear all our sins and 
griefs. He promises to go with us through the lonely valley of death 
if we remain true and faithful. 

I believe we should always respect the dead in Christ especially 
those that have lived a peaceable life. We have the blessed words 
of comfort. 

Never alone, no never alone, 
Jesus is with me, Jesus my own. 
Have we made Him a reality in our lives. 

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 waiting, Yielded and still. 
If the Lord is our shepherd we shall not want. He maketh us to lie 
down in green pastures. He restores our souls. He leadeth us in 
the paths of righteousness for His name sake. Yea we walk through 
the valley and shadow of death for we will fear no evil. Our cup 
runneth over. Thou anointest our heads with oil. He leadeth us 
beside the still waters. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow us 
all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord 
forever. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
R. 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 

WIN THE LOST! 

CHALLENGE FROM A MISSIONARY 

O, how our lovely Lord is looking for faithful saints whom He can 
trust and depend on to get the Gospel to needy souls! O, how He 
longs for and desires steadfast saints who are not swayed by every 
wind of doctrine and who do not give up and back up every time 
they are disappointed, or get their feelings hurt — but will stay in 
the saddle and keep in the battle regardless of the onslaughts of 
the flesh, the world and the Devil. (I Cor. 15:58; Gal. 6:9) 

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household and every church to put soul-winning FIRST on your 
schedule this year. O, that pastors, deacons, and people would 
determine in their heart and soul to win the lost at any cost! Look 
to the blessed Holy Spirit and ask Him to break your heart for lost 
loved ones and friends. Ask Him for tears of compassion and love 
for lost souls. (Jer. 9:1; Ps. 126:5-6) 

Ask Him for wisdom and spiritual discernment in dealing with 
immortal souls. (James 1:5; Prov. 11:30; Dan. 12:3). Ask Him for an 
understanding heart and real concern for lost people. (I Cor. 9:19; 
James 5:20) 

Then ask Him for the grace and desire to follow Jesus regardless 
what others do. (Matt. 4:19) Look to the blessed dove of God and 
divine indweller for His fullness and boldness to witness and do 
personal work. (Acts 1:8; Acts 4:31) 

Determine to walk in the Spirit so as to have victory over the 
desires, appetites and craving of the flesh. (Gal. 5:16-17) Present 
your body to the Lord of the harvest — the spirit of truth, to be 
possessed, filled and used by Him. (Romans 12:1-2) 

Remember, He is a Spirit and must have a body to minister and 
manifest Himself through. (I Cor. 6:19-20) Therefore, be filled 
(under the influence, control and power) of the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18) 

My dear Brothers and Sisters, we are without excuse if we are not 
serving Christ and glorifying God. (I Cor. 10:31) The dear Lord has 
made provision for us and given us all we need to honor Him in our 
service. (Rom. 8:32; II Peter 1:2-3) 

Selected from Herald of His Coming 
by Brother L. H. Miller 



NEWS ITEMS 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation is looking forward to a two week revival, 
July 12 through the 26. Bro. Edward Johnson from Wauseon, Ohio 
is planning to be with us. We invite you to come and worship with 
us. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 

CARD OF THANKS 

To all the Brethren, Sisters and kind friends who sent me 
birthday wishes, letters and prayers. I want to say 'Thank you" and 
the Lord richly bless each one. 



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I received many cards and appreciated each one. It made the 
day a very enjoyable one and one to be remembered. Again I say, 
"God bless you." 

In Christian love, 
Sister Delia Ebling 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 1987 

July 5 - Stewards of God - I Cor. 4:1-21. 

1. How important is the office of a steward.? 

2. To whom must he give an account? 

July 12 - Purge Out the Old Leaven - I Cor. 5:1-13. 

1. Are we as stewards allowed to condone evil in the Church? 

2. What happens when sin is let go in the body of Christ? 

July 19 - A Temple of the Holy Ghost - I Cor. 6:1-20. 

1 . Why is our body called a temple? 

2. Who is to dwell in this temple? 

July 26 - Husbands and Wives - I Cor. 7:1-40. 

1. Why did the Apostle Paul feel it was better for minsters to 
remain single? 

2. Is a companion an hinderance to the ministry? 



YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JULY 1987 

July 5- Daily Devotions -Gen. 28:16-22, I Sam. 1:19, Job 1:5, Luke 
2:37, Acts 10:1-4. 

1. To whom should we be devoted? 

2. Why are daily devotions so important in our Christian life? 

July 12- Are we indifferent?- Isaiah 47:8-11, Matt. 22:1-14. 

1. Do we as Christians live our lives according to His Word? 

2. What will be the result if we live indifferently to God's Word? 

July 19 - Examples - Lev. 20:22-26, John 13:15, I Tim. 4:10-16, 
I Pet. 2:18-25. 

1. Is it important that Christians live a separate life from the 
world? 

2. What should the Christians be to the world? 

July 26- Our Expectations- Ps. 62:1-12, Phil. 1:20-30. 

1 . In Psalms 62 number the things David says God is to him. 

2. In Philippians 1:21 what does Paul say his expectation is? 



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VOL. LXV 



JULY1, 1987 



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. 

NOW 

H. Salkeld 

This simple word of letters three, 

Well known to each and all, 
Though little in itself maybe, 

It has a powerful call. 
It seems to say, both clear and loud, 

Especially to the young, 
Remember thy creator -- God, 

And watch thy heart and tongue. 
Remember now to honor God, 

And seek to do His will, 
To mark the pathway that He trod, 

And ask His guidance still. 
To use our precious now aright 

True wisdom we require 
From God alone, the source of light, 

And every good desire. 
Let now in scripture light be seen, 

As mentioned in the word, 
'Redeeming Time' will be our aim 

And glory to the Lord. 

-Selected by L. H. Miller 



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MIDWAY 

July first marks the halfway point in a year. When a new year 
begins it seems it will last a long time, but it does not seem long 
until July arrives. Then the realization of how quickly time passes 
comes upon us. The year is already half gone. 

The calendar is a rigid measure of time. Days, weeks, months 
and years are measured off and pass. At the beginning of a year it 
is known exactly how many days until that year is over. Thus we 
know July makes the half way point. While the year rolls on, day by 
day, and its course is set, our lives are not so well scheduled. 

Our lives are made up of the same days, weeks, months and 
years as the calendar but we being mortal do not have any promise 
of another day being added to what we have already lived. No 
matter how strong or hearty our health may be, we can not be sure 
we will be alive on the morrow let alone a week, month or year from 
now. 

We can look at the calendar and say that the midpoint of the year 
has arrived. One half has passed and the other half is yet to be. As 
we look at our lives we can not be so sure about where we stand in 
relation to our total life span. We know when the beginning was 
but we do not know when the end will be. Various Bible passages 
speak of the brevity and uncertainity of life. Life is compared, 
variously, to grass, the flower of the grass, lilies and a vapor. All of 
these allusions speak of something very temporary. They show a 
very short span of time when life is present, healthy and vital. Then 
it is forever gone. Human life is precious because it is so fragile. 

Life, though vital today, has no promise of even being present 
tomorrow. Thus it is im possible to predict the midway point of a 

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human life. Life is not as predictable as the calendar. Preparations 
need to be made in the time given to us, that we may fulfill our 
God-ordained duties in this life while we have the opportunity. We 
can never know that if we postpone doing what we should that we 
will actually have the opportunity later. Disease, affliction and 
accident can alter and end life. Plans made today or this year may 
not be carried out. Our plans are at the mercy of the Lord's will. 
This is why James writes that we should make our plans subject to 
what God's will would be rather than by what our desires would be. 

Time not being promised to us, we should be careful with each 
day and with each activity. Our Spiritual lives have a definite 
starting place just like our physical lives. There is a time of 
Spiritual birth when the choice is made to please God in our lives. 
We cannot please Him without yielding ourselves wholly to Him 
and His plan for our lives and souls. He has paid a very dear price 
that we might be a part of His family. 

After we have, as a babe, entered God's family, we do not have a 
promise of a certain amount of time in which to fulfill our task. 
Therefore we must be very vigilant and industrious in living each 
day to please Him. 

At the end of this life's journey there awaits a wonderful place of 
rest and bliss. We should all be striving for a life that will qualify us 
to enter that Eternal Rest in the Beauties of Heaven. Our lives 
should not only be lived so we may obtain that Heavenly goal but 
rather because of the privilege of serving God as obedient and 
loving children. 

While we do not know the exact measure of our lives we do 
realize that the present is the middle. We have made a definite 
beginning when we become a child of God. We know there awaits 
and end to our earthly pilgrimage. The time we have between 
those two events is the midway. 

We need to make the start and we will make an end, so this time 
is the time for us to live to please God. It is what we do during this 
middle course of our lives that will influence how our end will be If 
there is no start on the Christian life the end will be tragic. If a start 
is made but the present life is not consistent with that beginning 
the end may also be tragic because effort did not accompany 
belief. If the start is made and the lifetime effort is invested, the end 
will be glorious. It will be not only a reward for us but a glory to 
God. 

We are today in the midway of life. It is what we do today and 
each day given us that will determine our eternal future. Make the 
good choice, live the good life and enjoy the eternal rewards and 
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Where do you stand on the pathway of life? Since you do not 
know its length, are you living each day as if it were the last and you 
would soon meet God? July is the midpoint of this year, are you 
living the middle part of your life's journey to please God? 

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES 

In the game of "Truth or Consequences", if you are unable to 
correctly answer the questions, you must suffer the consequences. 
You may take a guess, and you may get it right, but if you're only 
partly correct, you still must suffer the consequences. The 
penalties may vary from the humorous to something very embar- 
rassing. Since this is a game, and intended to entertain, the 
penalties may be ridiculous. The point is, the truth keeps us safe, 
with no penalty to pay. 

Truth is required in our lives also. Life is not a game, but there 
are consequences for not abiding in the truth. First of all, we must 
be truthful about our soul's need. We need to take our sins to 
Christ, confess and forsake them, in order to receive the salvation 
He alone can give. If we are not truthful, if we deny that we have 
need of forgiveness, we will have to suffer the penalty ourselves. 

The consequences of disobedience even when confessed always 
bring some suffering, but the suffering from unconfessed sin is far 
greater. There is the mental anguish as well as the condemnation 
hanging over us. Besides this, when we don't recognize and 
acknowledge our sin, we tend to continue in it, which compounds 
the problem. We don't need to increase our suffering as we do 
sometimes because of our foolishness (Jesus has provided a better 
way), but we will suffer unless and until we confess our sins to 
Christ and forsake them. 

"If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, 
we lie, and do not the truth." I John 1:6. What we say about our 
relationship with Jesus may sound good, but the facts are revealed 
by our walk. God expects us to walk in His light, not just talk about 
it. Lying about this relationship will not eliminate the penalty. It is 
far better to be truthful — with God, with ourselves and others 
—then to attempt a "cover-up". 

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is 
not in us." I John 1:8. The truth is we are all sinners, but human 
nature tries to deny it. The only way we can be set free from sin's 
power is through Christ. Again, human nature says we can do it on 
our own. But, the Bible says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful 
and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous- 
ness." I John 1:9. This cleansing is conditional, following con- 



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fession. The truth is we cannot cleanse ourselves. 

"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for 
he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love 
God whom he hath not seen?" I John 4:20. Our love for God (or 
lack of it) is revealed in our relationships with other people. We 
may try to separate our responsibilities, but we can't. We like to 
justify it when we mistreat someone, but we can't. Our day-to-day 
living reveals what's in our hearts better than anything we ever say. 

What are the consequences if we say and don't do, if we lie about 
our relationship to God? Pretending we are serving the Lord won't 
make it so. We may be able to fool people with our talk, but we 
can't fool God. "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not 
the Son of God hath not life." I John 5:12. Our spiritual life is in 
Christ. Without Him, we are dead in sin, and stand condemned. 

Lying about sin is an effort to cover it up. When we avoid the 
reality of sin, and its consequences either by an outright lie, or by 
sidestepping the issue, we are trying to deny the problem. The 
problem is sin, the consequence is death, and the truth is we all 
stand condemned until we come to Christ for salvation. Sins we 
commit after we've received Christ brings condemnation also, 
unless we confess and ask forgiveness. 

Some situations have more serious consequences in this life 
than others, but all sin has eternal consequences. We reap what we 
sow both now and in the future unless we come to Christ for 
cleansing. Sin multiplies and the results get worse, never better. 
This is the truth about sin, and its consequences. Another truth is 
Christ in remedy for sin. He can forgive it, but also can strengthen 
us so we won't live in sin. 

The Devil lies to us about sin and its consequences, but Jesus 
has told us the truth. Jesus has removed the penalty for sin from 
those who believe in Him. WHOM DO YOU BELIEVE? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater. 



WHEN MY LIFE'S WORK IS ENDED 

"I have been young and I am old, yet I have not seen the 
righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." Psalms 37:25. 

In our early years of life, we take many things for granted. As we 
grow older, we gain more experience, have more opportunities, 
and have greater responsibilities, we more fully realize how 
dependent we are on a higher power. We can then better visualize 
our frailities and weaknesses. 

Paul's writings in Romans 7:15 indicates his weaknesses and 



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inabilities when he acknowledges, "That at times I did that which I 
would not, and at times did not do that which I would." (My 
interpretation). 

Quoting the Apostle Paul further, "I can do all things through 
Christ who strengthens me." Phi!. 4:13, John 15:5 -And without me 
(Christ) ye can do nothing. 

Each individual should fully believe that any worthwhile accom- 
plishment that he may be able to do, he can do, only because God 
gave him the talent. God has given each individual at least one 
talent. We must give an account of our stewardship as to how we 
have used our talents. That accounting will be required when "our 
life's work is ended." 

It is my aim and purpose in writing this article to encourage each 
reader to look at life as a "journey from the cradle to the grave." I 
encourage each one to so live, love and serve the Lord so that when 
"Our life's work is ended" we may be found well-pleasing in His 
sight. 

Life is not always a bed of roses. There will be times we may 
become very discouraged. We dare not despair. There also will be 
many rich and encouraging experiences which will bring joy to our 
lives. Truly, our cup will run over. 

We thank God for both. Faith in God is an absolute, pre-requisite 
to make life's journey successful in reaching the Eternal Shore. 

Life has its ups and its downs, its lows and its highs, its 
mountains and its valleys, and its joys and its sorrows. 

God so ordained our life that way. Along with the trials, 
temptations, heart-aches, and disappointments, He has provided a 
means of escape or strength to endure. This avenue of help is 
through the medium of prayer. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. 

A professed Christian can not successfully make life's journey 
without the help of answered prayers. Each of us should have a 
secret, quiet secluded place to pray and go there regularly. It is 
very rewarding. 

James 5:16, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much." 

Matt. 6:6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and 
when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is secret; 
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." 

Luke 18:1, "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint." 

John 16:24, "Ask and ye shall receive." There are many more 
similar scriptures, which if we obey and practice, will bless and 
enrich our Christian lives. It will enable us to be better qualified to 
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The most satisfying and sure way to go through life is hand in 
hand with the Lord Jesus. 

The Apostle Paul admonishes the importance of living a life 
acceptable to our Lord and Saviour, not only for the present, but 
for the future. 

I Cor. 15:19, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of 
all men most miserable." 

We have many precious promises to spur us on the Heavenly 
way. 

John 10:4, "He will lead us as the good Shepherd." 

Isaiah 58:15, 'The Lord shall guide us continually." 

Psalms 17:8, "He will hide us under the shadow of His Wings." 

I Kings 8:57, "He will not leave us or forsake us." 

What blessed promises! There are many more in God's Word. 

In much humility, in my own life, I truthfully state, I have felt His 
guiding hand and His comforting presence many times. 

I have also experienced times I felt He was far from me. Not that 
Christ moved from me, but that I moved too far away from Him. 

I am thankful to God that in my younger years, He chose me as a 
servant of His. From many rich experiences that I have enjoyed in 
His service, I am very glad that I answered the call. 

I promised Him to be faithful. I promised to preach the Word. It 
was my desire then, and is now, to serve Him, the church and all 
mankind to the best of my ability. 

Throughout my ministry I was put through many firey trials. 
Perhaps to remove the dross. 

With much regret, humility and shame, I acknowledge that at 
times, through the weakness of the flesh, I failed Him, for which I 
have been very sorry, and many times asked for His forgiveness, oft 
times through tears. 

I can truthfully state, that though I failed Him, He never failed me. 

In my lifetime, I have worked at various occupations. By far, the 
best taskmaster I ever worked for was the Lord Jesus Christ. There 
is much joy and rich rewards in working in the Lord's vineyard. 

In my weakness, I have attempted to preach the Gospel for over 
thirty-five years. I have enjoyed my ministry to the fullest measure. 

I have experienced the Holy Spirit prompting the message He 
would have me speak to the congregations. Many times His spirit 
brought tears to my eyes as well as to others in the audience. 

A number of blessings in my Christian life afforded me much joy. 

One, my father and mother who maintained a Chrisitan home, 
which gave me a goodly heritage. 

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comfort and consolation and encouragement many many times 
when I was down in spirits. 

Another special blessing was God permitting me and my dear 
Brother David Ebling in touring the Holy Land together. 

To walk where Jesus walked was a great spiritual blessing. To 
see and place my hand on the tomb where Jesus was buried and 
arose from, was a soul-thrilling experience. I can say as the Angel 
told the women who came early on resurrection morning. "He is 
not here, He is risen." 

The last, but not the least, which always thrilled my soul, was to 
witness, in evangelistic meetings, those who gave up this sinful 
world, by denouncing satan and accepting Jesus Christ as their 
personal saviour. 

Then to experience the New Birth, by being buried in baptism 
and arising, coming out of the water, a new creature in Christ Jesus 
with their past sins washed away, to me this is joy unspeakable. 

Luke 15:7, Jesus' words. "I say unto you that likewise joy shall be 
in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety 
and nine just persons who need no repentance." 

I felt to write this article which may be my last, only God knows. 

As I am approaching the end of my life's work, I have many 
reasons to be thankful to almighty God. 

He has permitted me to enjoy many District and General 
Conferences. I was given the opportunity of worshipping in many 
of our congregations and visiting in many, many homes over our 
dear Brotherhood. 

I thank Him for the many prayers He has answered in my every 
behalf. I thank Him for revealing in His way the light of His glorious 
gospel. 

I am very thankful to those of our fore-parentss who were faithful 
and brought the church down to our day. Thus, we can worship 
the old time religion way as they did. 

As I approach nearer the time when my life's work comes to an 
end, I thank Him that He has allowed me to live past four score 
years. 

It greatly touches my heart and I have shed many tears, that we 
can no longer function in the church as we would like. 

Because of the infirmities of the flesh, my wife and I are now 
residents of a nursing home. We had to give up our car, our home 
and household possessions. 

The only home we have now to look forward to is our Heavenly 
Home, that which Jesus has gone on to prepare. 

God may have some work for us to do yet, but only He knows. 

While we are waiting on the Lord, the day may not be too distant 



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in the future when He will say, "Your life's work is ended." 

We hope at that time, we can truthfully say, as the Apostle said in 
II Tim. 4:7-8, "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 also that love His 
appearing." 

May God's blessings rest upon each reader, is our prayer. 

Your Brother, 

Elder Paul R. Myers 

c/o Manor Care Nursing Home, 

Belden Village, 5005 Higbee Ave. NW 

Canton, Ohio 44718 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

MARRIAGE 
Part 6 

MONEY AND MARRIAGE: We close this series of articles with a 
very important lesson on a topic that affects most couples. "In the 
beginning man took unto himself a wife. And lo, they did live 
happily, even unto the thirty-first day, when many charge accounts 
rained upon them, yea, as in a flood. For lo, though the husband 
did make sufficient bread to keep body and soul together, yet had 
the wiles of the spoiler ensnared the wife, calling forth grievous 
wants from her breast. Credit card purchases had multiplied fruit- 
full, which came nigh unto sinking the ship of marriage. The winds 
of inflation blew upon that land, and each one lusted after his 
neighbors goods. And the man was sorely angered and spoke 
forth bitter words, from which his wife took great sorrow, but not 
unto repentance. For upon the first day of the week she went forth 
again and spent abundantly." 

"Then it was that the man was sorely pressed, and he took unto 
himself a second job by the light of the moon, and his wife likewise, 
and their lives did pass like ships in the night. Behold, the time of 
the paying of the bills returneth, and the man saith unto his wife, 
'Yea, though I moonlight and work my fingers to the bone, I canst 
not get ahead of thee!' And his wife beateth her breast. Truly', she 
saith, 'I am now filled with remorse. Let my bed be empty if I mend 
not my way.' " 

'Then gave she ear unto her husband and they took counsel 
together that they might be of one mind in their values, and beat 
the system, yea, and buildeth for their future according to a budget. 



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And so did they walk prudently before the Lord, who knoweth our 
ways and pitieth those who cannot make ends meet." 

This modern day parable was composed to illustrate the sit- 
uation that many Christian married couples find themselves in 
today. Money has a great impact on most of our lives. To one 
partner, it might mean security and stability. To the other it might 
represent the freedom to spend and fulfill dreams, it has as many 
meanings as there are mates. The handling of finances is one of 
the major emotional battlegrounds in marriage. Today it is 
frequently not because of a great lack of it but because of the 
unrealistic and immature money values that exist. Money is often 
used as an emotional weapon to control and manipulate each 
other. It is also used as a way of compensating for inadequacies in 
the relationship. 

Men sometimes use money unjustifiably to fulfill their hobby or 
hunting interests. Even though it means the sacrifice of the wife's 
hopes and future. Then he accuses her of being cold and critical. 

Some women drive their husbands to succeed so that they can 
amass wealth and have prestige and super-security. Then she 
becomes very upset when he buries himself in his work and avoids 
her. 

To handle family finances, there should be mutual decision 
making, common life-values, long-term goals and open account 
books. 

So, what should our attitude toward money be? It should simply 
be a medium of exchange. In reality, it is our time turned in to 
exchangeable, usable services and goods. It is time! If you turn 
that around and say that "time is money," you are in danger of 
becoming a slave to the money. 

Every Christian couple should have some mutually agreed upon 
strategy for handling their finances. A system of priorities is 
necessary. It should be more than a budget. It should discuss 
what your values in life are and your attitudes and priorities. 

Paying bills and handling financial needs should be a joint 
venture as you consult together about spending. There has to be a 
great deal of openness and honesty here as you CONTROL YOUR 
SPENDING... and not let it control you. 

In handling your finances, the first rule of money management is 
to GIVE. This is one of the most joyous acts of Christian living and 
is necessary in pleasing God. This is an investment for the love of 
God and of others. Above all, live simply. Living simply demands 
that we carry less baggage. Christ was the ultimate example here. 
He owned only what was on His back and trusted implicitly on the 
Father. If we travel light, in times of crisis, it becomes easier to 



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handle. In reality, we are living in crisis times right now. As we 
travel through the end times and look ahead to a one world 
monitary system, we understand better that it is time to sort out our 
values and keep them basic and Christ centered. Jesus teaches us 
that we cannot serve two masters. (Read Matt. 6:24-27) 

We are admonished to be content and this teaching will bring 
peace into our marriage. We all have ways of rationalizing our life 
style and standard of living but I believe these retionales are 
coming up for great question at this point in the late 1980's. As we 
examine our values in the light of Christ's teachings, we will have 
mutual growth in our relationship and each person will achieve 
their God given potential to the fullest. 

Marriage is a shared life... sharing love, sharing work, opportun- 
ities, leadership, initative and finances. Marriage is sharing God, 
its Head. 

Brother Len Wertz 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 1, 1927 

PREACH THE WORD 

Reuben Shroyer 

Why preach it? 

Because it is the plan God in his wisdom had devised to save men 
and women. 

"For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its 
wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the 
foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (I Cor. 1:21) 

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed 
and how shall they believe on him of whom they have not heard? 
And how shall they hear without a preacher and how shall they 
preach except they be sent, even as it is written how beautiful are 
the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things." (Rom. 
10:14-15.) 

It is THE PLAN the Lord Jesus gave to his disciples to save the 
world. 

Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them 
into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 
(Matt, 28:19) And he said unto them, "Go ye into all the world and 
preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved. But he that disbelieveth shall be 
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What shall we preach? The Gospel of Christ. (See Mark 16:15-16) 

"For I am not ashamed (says Paul) of the gospel, (he gives 
reason). For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that 
believeth, To the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Rom. 1:16) 

Notice the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. There 
stands the definite article THE, which means the Gospel is the only 
power. Not a power the THE power. If the Gospel was A power the 
language would imply there were other powers, by which men 
could be saved. 

The instruction is preach the WORD. 

"I charge thee in the sight of God who shall judge the living and 
the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom preach the word. 
Be urgent in season, out of season, reprove, exhort, rebuke, with all 
long suffering and teaching. (The apostle gives reason for so 
doing.) For the time will come when they will not endure sound 
doctrine but having itching ears, will keep to themselves teachers 
after their own lusts, and will turn away their ears from the truth, 
and turn aside unto fables." (II Tim. 4:1-4) 

Preach Jesus Christ. 

"And the eunuch answered Philip and said, I pray thee of whom 
speaketh the prophet this, of himself or of some other? And Philip 
opened his mouth and beginning from this scripture preached unto 
him Jesus." (Acts 8:34-35) 

Result: he believed and was baptized. 

Faith is obtained by hearing the word. 

"So faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." 
(Rom. 10:17) "And when there had been much questioning Peter 
rose up and said unto them, Brethren, ye know that a good while 
ago God made choice among you that by my mouth the Gentiles 
should hear the word of the Gospel and believe." (Acts 15:7) 

The seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11) In believing it we are 
begotten by it. 

"Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we 
should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures." (James 1:18) 
"Having been begotten again not of corruptible seed but of incor- 
ruptible through the word of God which liveth and abideth forever." 
(I Peter 1:23) 

"For though ye have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet have ye 
not many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the 
Gospel." (I Cor. 4:15) 

By believing and obeying the Gospel our souls are purified and 
we are saved. 

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ness receive with meekness the inplanted word which is able to 
save your souls." (James 1:21) "Be ye doers of the word and not 
hearers only deluding your own souls." (verse 22) 

The apostle Peter preached the word showing how or what must 
be preached, in preaching the word (See Acts 10:36-48; also 
1 1:14-18). 

Peter after telling how he was convinced that God wanted him to 
preach to the Gentiles (Acts 1:1-35), also refers to the word having 
been published throughout Judea concerning the life of Jesus (see 
verses 36-38). He then calls attention to his death on the cross, 
burial, resurrection (verses 40-41). Appointed judge of quick and 
dead (verse 42). Prophets testifying that believers in Christ shall 
receive the remission of sins through his name (verse 42). Believing 
in Christ through the preaching of the word of the gospel (see Acts 
15:7). Having repented (Acts 11:18). Peter commanded them to be 
baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). We therefore 
conclude that in preaching the word, we preach the gospel. The 
Gospel consisting of facts to be believed, and commands to be 
obeyed, and wonderful promises to be enjoyed. We pray that the 
Lord's blessing some on all preachers who are true to the record. 
So that many souls be saved and God's name glorified. 

Brother Preacher, preach the word. It will be the saver of life 
unto life or of death unto death. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

SOME HISTORY 
J. H. Moore 

We might fill scores of pages with extracts from the writings of 
historians, ancient and modern, showing that in the early centuries 
of the Christian era trine immersion was the well nigh universal 
practice in all the churches East and West. But since we are 
treating these subjects briefly we shall let a few extracts suffice. 

Our first author is Isaac Taylor Hinton, A.M., a Baptist historian 
of acknowledged ability. In his "History of Baptism," page 158, he 
says: "The practice of trine immersion prevailed, in the West as well 
as in the East, till the fourth council of Toledo (A.D. 633), which, 
acting under the advice of Gregory the Great, in order to settle 
some disputes which had arisen, decreed that henceforth only one 
immersion should be used in baptism; and from that time the 
practice of only one immersion gradually became general through- 
out the Western or Latin Church." 

Dr. Robert Robinson, another Baptist historian, and the author of 
several works, has this to say in his "History of Baptism," page 148: 



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"It is not true that dipping was exchanged for sprinkling by choice 
before the Reformation (A.D. 1517), for, till after that period, the 
ordinary baptism was trine immersion." This is true of all the 
churches, both in Asia and in Africa, as well as in Europe. In fact, 
single immersion seems to have been employed only to a limited 
extend before the Reformation. 

However, leaving the Baptist writers, we call attention to a 
statement of Dr. William Wall, M.A., in his scholarly work, entitled 
"The History of Infant Baptism": "The way of trine immersion, or 
plunging the head of the person three times into the water, was the 
general practice of all antiquity." Vol. II, page 419. 

The testimony of Pelagius, Bishop of Rome (in the sixth century), 
deserves consideration: "There are many who say that they were 
baptized in the name of Christ alone, and by a single immersion. 
But the Gospel command, which was given by God himself, and 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, reminds us that we should 
administer holy baptism to every one in the name of the Trinity, and 
by trine immersion; for our Lord said to his disciples, 'Go, baptize 
all nations, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost.' " — Chrystal's "History of the Modes of Baptism," 
page 80. 

Having seen what one of the early bishops of Rome had to say, 
we now call on Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, born A.D. 315: "After 
these things ye were led to the holy pool of divine baptism, as 
Christ was carried from the cross to the sepulchre. And each of 
you was asked whether he believed, and so forth; and made that 
saving confession, and descended three times into the water and 
ascended again; — and that water of salvation was a grave to 
you."— "Pengilly on Baptism," page 151. 

It may interest the reader to learn what view John Wesley took of 
the triple action in baptism. Mr. Wesley was a very prolific writer, 
and at his death left his manuscript to trustees, who were to destroy 
the same, or make use of it as they deemed proper. Rev. Henry 
Moore was one of the trustees, and wrote a very complete account 
of Mr. Wesley's life and labors, entitled "Moore's Life of Wesley," 
consisting of two volumes, and in Vol. 1, page 424, makes this 
statement: "When Mr. Wesley baptized adults, professing faith in 
Jesus, he chose to do it by trine immersion, if the person would 
submit to it, judging this to be the apostolic method of baptizing." 

OBITUARY 

SYLVIA BANCROFT 

Sis. Sylvia Eva (Ruff) Bancroft was born June 5, 1900 in Fort 
Wayne, Indiana to Edward and Barbara Ellen (Swoverland) Ruff. 



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She united with the Church of the Brethren at an early age. Soon 
after moving to the Denair area, she transferred her membership to 
the Dunkard Brethren Church, and was a faithful saint until the 
end. 

Sylvia entered into rest March 2, 1987, at the age of 86 years, 8 
months and 25 days. Funeral services were held March 6, 1987 at 
Lakewood Memorial Park by Elders Hayes Reed and Rudy Cover. 

She is survived by one son, three daughters, eight grandchildren 
and twelve great-grandchildren. 

NEWS ITEMS 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation has chosen Brother Robert 
Carpenter to conduct a two week Revival, July 12 through 26, if the 
Lord permits. 

Our Harvest Meeting is planned for the afternoon of July 19. 
Speaker will be Brother Dennis St. John. 

May the Lord enable many to help make this a time to honor His 
name. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

HART, MICHIGAN 

The Hart Mission will be holding Revival Meetings starting July 
25 through August 2, with Lovefeast on Saturday, August 1. 

Brother Len Wertz will be the evangelist. We invite any to come 
and enjoy Christian fellowship. 

Sister Beverly St. John, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, we expect to have our Harvest service August 
30, 1987, with Bro. Carpenter as speaker. We welcome all to come 
and worship with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

I want to tell you of my love and appreciation for the many cards 
and letters and telephone calls on my birthday. I prayed for wealth 
and fame, the Lord gave me good health and long life. I praise Him 
every day for Romans 5:8 and I John 3:14. May the Lord bless each 
one of you. 

Brother L. A. Shumake 



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VOL. LXV 



JULY 15, 1987 



NO. 14 



Tor 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. 



HOW SHALL I FOLLOW HIM I SERVE? 

How shall I follow him I serve? 

How shall I copy him I love? 

Nor from those blessed footsteps swerve, 

Which lead me to his seat above? 

Privations, sorrows, bitter scorn, 
The life of toil, the mean abode, 
The faithless kiss, the crown of thorn — 
Are these the consecrated road? 

Twas thus he suffered, tho' a Son, 
Foreknowing, choosing, feeling all, 
Until the perfect work was done — 
And drank the bitter cup of gall. 

Lord, should my path thro' suff'ring lie, 

Forbid it I should e'er repine; 

Still let me turn to Calvary, 

Nor heed my griefs, rememb'ring thine. 

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TRUSTEES 

In the financial and civic affairs of men, there are often occasions 
when trustees are chosen. These trustees represent others rather 
than merely themselves. The financial trustee has a responsibility 
for proper management of another's property or resources. In civic 
affairs, trustees are elected to govern a small area. They represent 
the citizens of that jurisdiction. Trustees are elected to handle 
certain temporal affairs of the congregation following the di- 
rections of the council meetings. These trustees carry out the 
direction of others, since it is easier for a small board to handle 
these affairs rather than many handling these affairs themselves. 
Whether by election or appointment these trustees are chosen to 
administer these responsibilities for the benefit of all concerned. 

The Biblical record tells of men who served as trustees of other 
men's temporal affairs. They were usually known as stewards. 
These stewards were servants who had risen in the estimation of 
their masters to the place where they were entrusted with the 
master's finances. There are accounts given of some who were 
good stewards and some who were unfaithful. Because they were 
servants they were subject to instant dismissal if their work was not 
pleasing to their masters. Their fates were altogether in the hands 
of the masters. 

A faithful steward could so handle his master's goods so as to 
increase their value. An unfaithful steward could financially ruin 
his master. There was a great responsibility laid upon the steward. 

The very name "trustee" shows that the largest element in that 
position was trust. The one who chooses the trustee must have a 
great deal of trust and confidence in him. There must be a return of 

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that trust by the trustee so he will believe that he will be fairly 
rewarded and cared for, for being faithful and trustworthy. 

'Trust" is akin to faith. The faith that a Christian has toward God 
and in His Word is a trust that God is God and that He means what 
He reveals through His Word. 

Christians are trustees. They have been entrusted with many 
valuable possessions by God. They have been given the Gospel to 
not only keep but to share and spread among others. The good 
trustee will not be a do-nothing person, hiding his entrusted goods. 
The man given one talent, who hid it in the ground, was severely 
condemned by his returning master. It was those who had used 
their talents to gain more who were commended and rewarded by 
their master. Christians likewise are not to hoard or hide the 
Gospel but use it for the benefit of others. They must make sure 
that it does not lose its integrity but is kept as when delvered to 
their trusted care. 

Only a few men are chosen to be trustees for a congregation, but 
all Christians are trustees for the preservation and well-being of the 
Church. Each has the responsibility of furthering the Spiritual 
well-being of the Church, not just the temporal affairs of the 
Church-house. 

We are all responsible that the Church will be handed down from 
one generation to another, pure and undefiled. If we do not act as 
responsible trustees, those coming after may find the Church to 
have been allowed to drift from the standards set by the Word of 
God. If each member doesn't act as a trustee in his own life in 
being faithful to God's standards, soon the whole Church will be 
moved from her former position. 

There is a need for some love-based discipline within the 
Church. Without discipline, the leaven of sin can quickly spread 
throughout the Church and cause her to lose her standing before 
God. Some tough decisions to require those guilty of open, known 
sins to either quit their activity or to be set outside the Church need 
to be made. Those guilty of such sin are already lost although 
members. If set outside they may come to themselves and in 
repentance be reunited with the Church. If they are allowed to 
continue as members, they may infect others with their folly and 
the whole congregation be brought down. 

Trustees are needed to be sure the Church continues in her 
God-appointed course. Trustees are needed to serve God as 
servants, who must give an account of their stewardship. 

Are you a responsible trustee? Can God trust you in your 
individual life? Can He trust you in a position of responsibility? 
Are you a good trustee of the goods He has entrusted you with? 
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THIS IS A RECORDING 

'This is a recording" is a common message to us these days 
when using a telephone. It may say the number you've dialed isn't 
correct, a phone-mate will take your message, or some other state- 
ment. But whatever it says, the message comes from a lifeless, 
mechanical voice. It is a mere statement of fact, briefly giving you 
the information needed. It can't be argued with, nor can it answer 
any questions. When you need to talk to someone, getting a 
recording instead can be very frustrating. 

Sometimes in our personal relationships, we respond mechani- 
cally, much as the recording does. This can be very frustrating to 
the person with whom we are trying to communicate. We say the 
right words but we really don't mean them. It is easy to apologize, 
to say "thank you" or "I love you" without really meaning what we 
say. Good manners are important, but if our manners are purely 
mechanical responses to others, they are of little value. Our 
responses must come from our hearts to be meaningful. 

A minister said the following statement would solve difficulties. 
"I am wrong, I am sorry. Please forgive me." For married couples, 
add "I love you." Then someone else put it like this: "I am wrong, I 
am sorry, please forgive me. Move you. This is a recording." Such 
a response may not be on a tape, or may not come over a phone, 
but it is recorded just as surely in our minds. When we just say the 
words, they are a recording. An insincere response such as this 
will never make any problem better. 

In the Christian life, we try to be sure we say all the right words, 
but it is another matter to carry them out. Christian living requires 
more from us than just talk. Jesus said, "And why call ye me, Lord, 
Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46. Jesus expects 
some action, not just talk. He expects sincerity and a response 
from our hearts. When we live to suit ourselves and yet say we 
belong to Jesus, we might as well add, "This is a recording." 

People who are not sincere have a form of godliness, but deny 
the power thereof (see II Tim. 3:2-5). These verses tell of people 
who loved themselves more than anything else. They really didn't 
have time for God. They had a form or a certain way of going 
things, but their lives were like a mechanical recording. "They 
profess that they know God; but in works they deny him." Titus 
1:16. The words were there, but there was no life in them. 

"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and 
one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and 
filled, notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are 
needful to the body; what doth it profit?" James 2:15-16. The 
answer is nothing. When a need is so obvious, and we respond 



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with only some sweet-sounding words, it is no better than a heart- 
less, lifeless recording. This situation requires more of us than just 
being a well-wisher. 

Most of us would not send someone away who really needed 
physical help. Ordinary common sense tells us it is a time for 
compassion. But what about in other matters? We send people 
away empty in heart with "I see your need for love, encouragement 
and support, but I'm too busy. When I have time, I'll return your 
call. This is a recording." We talk of doing great things for Jesus, 
but never even do the little things. The Bible says, "My little 
children (that's us!), let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in 
deed and in truth." I John 3:18. It is obvious that God expects us to 
act according to what we say. Mere expressions of good intentions 
are not enough. 

Are you sincere in your Christian commitment, or is it just a 
recording? Are you giving mechanical, lifeless responses to God's 
commands, or are you responding with heartfelt, sincere action? A 
robot can be programed to talk, walk and do certain things, but 
there is no life there. A robot is like a recording, a talking doll. God 
wants us to be alive, to respond in love, and to carry out His will. 
He is not interested in any mechanical reproductions. Which are 
you — alive in Christ, or just a recording? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
14560-RD 15 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"The Pressure Is On" 

There is no question but what we are living in a pressure cooker 
world today. Stress and external and internal pressures are 
bearing down on Christians just as they are on the rest of the world. 
As we consider biblical answers to the problem of pressure, we 
turn to Obadiah. 

Obadiah was in charge of Ahab's palace and yet he was a devout 
believer in the Lord. (I Kings 18:3) This would seem to be, from 
human perspective, an unbelievable combination. But from God's 
point of view, He had this man in a strategic position to accomplish 
His will. Joseph, Moses and Daniel would be similar examples of 
God placing His man in just the right place within the society to 
accomplish His perfect plan. Nehemiah, too, served as a cupbearer 
to the King Artaxerxes. He literally tasted the king's food and drank 
his drink first to make sure that it was not poisonous or harmful in 
any way. In all of these situations, God enabled His people to 



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occupy key positions in the secular, pagan world in order to carry 
out His divine plan for His people. 

As the king's trusted administrator and confidant, Obadiah did 
not compromise his faith in the living God. Ahab served Baal... 
Obadiah didn't bow! How could this have been possible? How did 
he maintain Ahab's trust? The answer to this is that Obadiah was 
very devout in his belief. His spiritual convictions were unmoved. 
He was the kingpin in a battle against the evil forces. Probably no 
one has been in any more danger.,, by choice... as he was always in 
the "pressure-cooker." 

We learn that Obadiah was not only committed but he was also a 
very wise man. This wisdom was beyond human ingenuity and was 
profound, totally trusting in the Almighty. 

During the horrible drought, Ahab ordered Obadiah to assist him 
in finding food for his horses and mules so they wouldn't have to be 
killed. As he was checking out the country side, Elijah met him, 
coming from the opposite direction. Elijah asked Obadiah to tell 
Ahab that he was there but Obadiah became defensive. He felt it 
would certainly mean his death. He reminded Elijah of his faithful- 
ness to God... serving and worshiping the Lord since his youth. 
With deep emotion he told how he had jeopardized his own life 
each day by hiding the Lord's prophets in caves and providing 
them with provisions. Finally, he responded to Elijah's order to 
communicate the message. So... what can we learn here that is 
relevant to the twentieth century conservative Christian? First of 
all, we see that God will use us in our positions in the secular and 
pagan society to accomplish His perfect will. That purpose is 
ultimately to communicate the message of redemption through 
Jesus Christ to a lost world. Our purpose is not to really preserve 
society nor is it to provide a place of security for our families. It is 
to spread the Good News. 

Paul communicated this message to Timothy. He was taught to 
pray for those in authority and live a peaceful and quiet life in all 
holiness. (I Tim. 2:2) Ultimately, God is interested in our security 
because he wants to provide opportunities for us to reach out as 
His arms and mouthpiece. He, too, desires that all men be saved. 

As we rub shoulders with non-Christians our greatest influence 
is felt by our great hope for the future and our love for God and 
other people. As the world deteriorates more and more, it is 
leaving people reaping the results of their sinful moral choices and 
they are searching frantically for something that can give meaning 
to life. We HAVE THE ANSWER to their dilemma. It is that 
personal relationship with Jesus that gives us hope for the present 
and for the future. It is a loving and ethical relationship with other 
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Secondly, we learn that it is only through devotion that we will be 
dynamically used by God. Obadiah had served the Lord from his 
youth and had emerged victorious. We will too! We will never 
impress the world by being like them. Our value system has to 
reflect God's standard or righteousness. We are strangers here... 
aliens! And, if we take a right moral and ethical stand, I believe we 
will be respected for it. 

God uses us in a special way today if we reflect wisdom in our 
relationships with non-Christians. We are sent as sheep among 
wolves. We are to be thoughtful... yet harmless. 

Will we be successful in our witness if we counter-react to the 
current evil trends of the day? Should we be offensive and 
bombastic? Should we threaten and respond in anger? This would 
be very easy but I believe in doing this we lose the message of 
Christ and salvation in the battle. God will spew them out of His 
mouth. God will judge and give the reward. We are to teach in 
concern and loving kindness. Obviously we can't cooperate with 
them and there may be times when we will choose to die rather 
than be caught up in the world... but we are not to be defiant in 
attitude. We can be at peace... and the pressure can lessen. 

Finally remember... we will have problems but God delights in 
using these problems to achieve His purposes. Where there are no 
problems there are no solutions. Where there are no battles, there 
are no victories. "Only God can turn lemons into lemonade." Stress 
leads us to understand that fact. 

Brother Len Wertz 

CAPTAIN OF OUR SALVATION 

When we come up before the judgment seat, we can't use any 
ticket but our own. Each must answer to the Lord. God will be the 
judge on that great day. No one can take your place, so dear ones, 
let Christ be your Captain. Here a soul is all alone. John 12:48 
says, "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." So let us follow Christ for His Word is the same 
yesterday, today and forever. It will not pass away. We must be 
judged by the Word, and it will stand. Jonah was a sign to Nineveh, 
so Christ is to us. We must fight the battle of faith if we hope to win 
salvation. 

In the Old Testament we read that Moses said, when the enemy 
was coming, stand still and hold your peace. Today in our Church 
we must stand still and hear the voice of Jesus. We know we will 
receive victory if we only put our trust in the hands of the Captain 



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of our Salvation. He is the only One. The Holy Spirit will lead us all 
the way. 

When at times you seem discouraged, dear ones, don't give up. 
He will carry you through. Moses gave unto you that living bread, 
the hidden manna, which was Spiritual Life. It is not a small supply 
but day by day. So God will give you the things you need. 

Dear ones, if you are in bondage, go to God who is able to supply 
every need, whether great or small. Won't you put it into His 
hands? If your soul is longing for a better life get in touch with the 
Captain, He has so much to offer. Salvation is free for all who will 
accept it. So, dear ones, open the door of your heart and let Jesus 
the Captain of your soul in and start living for Him. The time is 
getting late. Probably later than you think. Today is the day of 
salvation. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



THE PRECIOUS BIBLE 

The Bible is the most valuable book ever printed. It is the holy 
and divine Word of God. It gives us spiritual food for our never 
dying souls. If we accept it, it will supply us with spiritual nourish- 
ment and strength. Since our spiritual warfare is most important, 
the Bible should have first place in our homes and lives. It is a light 
and lifeline to eternal glory. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, 
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto 
you." It is a light to us where the current is never cut off. 

The Psalmist David said, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a 
light unto my path." If we be a hearer of the Word of God and not a 
doer it will benefit us nothing. Whosoever looketh in the perfect 
law of liberty and continues therein and being not a forgetful 
hearer will be blessed in his deeds. We learn in the Bible how to 
become Christians and live lives pleasing to God. It is a mirror 
which reveals to us how our spiritual lives appear before God and 
others. 

John the Revelator records, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they 
that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which 
are written therein: for the time is at hand." Reading and 
meditating upon God's holy Word is of great value for spiritual 
growth. We learn from the Bible how to please God and how to 
keep our relationship with Him at its best. It is filled with valuable 
truths of righteousness and is a great blessing to us when we 
receive it. 

If is recorded in the Bible, what is awaiting those who live in a 
sinful wicked life and will not receive and accept the command- 



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merits of God's Word. 

It is the lifeline for our soul's salvation. In the beginning we have 
the record of the creation of the world and mankind and all living 
creatures. The Lord saw it was good until Satan through the 
serpent beguiled Eve to be disobedient to God's command. Adam 
also disobeyed. The results were death and banishment from the 
Garden of Eden and because of it, all of mankind must suffer death 
in this life. 

It is said by one of old, sin has taken occasion and it slew me. Sin 
has taken people further than they want to go and cost them more 
than they want to pay. Are we building on the solid rock Christ 
Jesus or are we among those who are building on sinking sand? In 
the days of Noah sin and wickedness became so great, the world 
was filled with violence and their hearts and imaginations of their 
thoughts were evil continually. God felt sorry He had made man. 
He provided salvation for Noah and his family while the sinful and 
wicked people were all destroyed. Other faithful men of God who 
had His protection are recorded in the Old Testament. 

Today, we have the instructions of the saving Gospel of Christ to 
avoid spending eternity in the place, where, John the Revelator 
described, is awaiting the sinful and wicked. John also described 
the place for those who live Godly in Christ Jesus, accepting His 
saving Gospel, the precious Bible, our life guard, to eternal glory 
that fortifies us to stand the storms of life's pathway. 

The Saviour's call through His Word "Come unto me, all ye that 
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke 
upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye 
shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden 
is light." He leadeth me so by day and by night, have we found it 
so? 

Today there are many professing Christians who have accepted 
man-made theories in religion which are not true to the require- 
ments of the saving Gospel of Christ. It is not the Holy Spirit who 
directs people to not believe Christ's Commandments. The Holy 
Spirit does not teach that we need not obey them all for our soul 
salvation. Satan sometimes appears as an angel of light. 

In the saving Gospel of Christ we are told to teach and observe 
all things He has commanded. He will be with those to the end. Are 
we prepared for the first and best resurrection? 

The only way to receive salvation is through obedience to the 
precious Gospel of Christ. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
RD 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Trinity 
J. H, Moore 

In some of the chapters, already given, frequent reference has 
been made to the Trinity, the union of the three Persons,— Father, 
Son and Holy Ghost,— in the one Godhead. As presented to us in 
the Scriptures, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are equally divine, 
and also personally distinct from each other. In a certain, and a 
very important sense, the three are one, and yet, in another sense, 
equally important, they are three. In substance and purpose there 
can be no question about their oneness. In all the affairs of the 
universe they work together with a unity of plan, and a harmony of 
purpose, that is beyond the comprehension of man. Even in the 
creation we find them working together. In Gen. 1 :26 we read; "Let 
us make man in our image, after our likeness." The "us" and "our" 
are plural, and mean a plurality in the Godhead. It is also said in 
verse two; "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the 
waters." Here we have both the Father and the Spirit distinctly 
mentioned, as being together in the beginning of the creation. 
Turning to John 1 :3, we have this statement, regarding Christ at the 
same period: "All things were made by him, and without him was 
not anything made that was made." (Also Col. 1:16.) This makes it 
clear that the "us," of Gen. 1:26, means the Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost. 

Passing to the New Testament, we have the three clearly 
manifested at the baptism of Jesus (Matt. 3:16-17). Commenting 
on this passage, John Wesley says: "We have here a glorious 
manifestation of the Trinity; the Father, speaking from heaven; the 
Son spoken to, and the Holy Spirit descending upon him." In 
I Peter 1:2 we have mention of the Father, the Spirit and Jesus 
Christ. In the closing verse of the thirteenth chapter of II 
Corinthians we read: "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the 
love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you 
all." We yet mention Matt. 28:19: "Baptizing them into the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," where the 
doctrine of the Trinity is too clearly indicated to be misunderstood. 

Jesus at one time said: "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30). 
In John 17:11 the same truth is reiterated, for there we are told that 
he prayed that his disciples might be one as he and the Father are 
one. And while they are spoken of as one, yet they are mentioned 
as doing their separate work. "My Father worketh hitherto, and I 
work," says the Master in John 5:17. This and other scriptures set 
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Father sent the Son into the world, and not the Son the Father. The 
Father provided a body for a sin offering. And even while on the 
cross he cried out, in deep soul-distress, to the Father. Then we 
further learn that the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit, while 
the Spirit sent neither of them. 

Here we again cite the baptismal formula: "Baptizing them into 
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." To 
be baptized into the name of the Father, is to be baptized into him. 
This is also true of the Son. Hence we read in I John 2:24: "Ye also 
shall continue in the Father and in the Son." Being baptized into 
each, we are in them, and can so continue in them. Gal. 3:27 
applies in this connection: "For as many of you as have been 
baptized into Christ have put on Christ." This is proof that we enter 
Christ by being baptized into him. We get into the Spirit the same 
way, and that is why we read: "If we live in the Spirit, let us also 
walk in the Spirit." (Gal. 5:25) 

The three Persons in the Godhead, as presented in the baptismal 
formula, constitute the basis for the threefold immersion, as 
already shown. The three actions in baptism are in perfect accord 
with the three Persons in the Trinity. In a sense, the Father, Son 
and Holy Ghost are one, and yet they are three. Just so with 
baptism. It is to the unity of the three actions that Paul refers, when 
he says: "One Lord, one faith, and one baptism". (Eph. 4:5) As 
Chrysostom says: "It is one baptism in three immersions of the 
body." One in one sense, and three in another. 

KNOW THEM THAT LABOR AMONG YOU 

I Thessalonians 5:12, "And we beseech you, brethren, to know 
them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and 
admonish you." 

With the deeds of many of the current television preachers 
coming to light, we were recently reminded of the Bible verse 
above. Those of us who teach and preach God's Word have a 
responsibility to live worthy of God's Word, and likewise all 
Christians are responsible to "know them that labor" among them. 

The plain Brethren have always chosen ministers from among 
their ranks, just as the early deacons in Acts 6 were picked. "Where- 
fore, Brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, 
full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this 
business." There is a definite advantage to knowing the life and 
walk of a fellow Christian, one full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. 
These are far better credentials than are given at any seminary. 

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shocked to find him in an adulterous condition, but most of us who 
know the scope of this type of ministry and what the scriptures say 
were not at all surprised. But the worst thing to come to light is the 
fact that many of Jim and Tammy's supporters do not care what 
they have done, they just want them back in their television 
positions. The scripture says that fools make a mock of sin, and 
that is the situation you have when people do not put' any 
importance upon it. 

Our preaching, our teaching, and our daily lives should cry out 
against sin, and not condone it in any form. This is what Jesus and 
the Disciples did, and it is our responsibility also. In Ephesians 
5:11 it says, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of 
darkness, but rather reprove them." The Church should all work 
together with a singular purpose, and that is to preach the Gospel 
to every creature. We must be certain that all members are united 
in this regard, and in order to be certain we must know them that 
labour among us. 

L. H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

OBITUARY 

FLOYD SWIHART 

Bro. Floyd T. Swihart was born near Goshen, Indiana to E. 
Judson and Sarah (Long) Swihart, January 17, 1908. He died at the 
Goshen General Hospital, March 9, 1987. 

On June 25, 1932 he was married to Maxine Rutledge in Ohio. 
She survives along with one son, George, Delta, Colorado and two 
daughters, Mrs. Dale (Ruthie) Culp, Bristol, Indiana and Mrs. Doyle 
(Sarah) Sattler, Colby, Kansas. He was preceded in death by one 
son, Joseph. He is also survived by two brothers, Noble, Montrose, 
Colorado and Donald, Glendora, California and two sisters, Mrs! 
Owen (Esther) Heeter and Clara Gunderman, both of Goshen, 
Indiana. 

He was a minister and Elder in the Dunkard Brethren Church for 
many years. 

Funeral services were conducted, March 11, 1987 by Elder 
Harley Flory assisted by Bro. Terry Gunderman. Burial was in the 
West Goshen Cemetery. 

We wish to thank all who remembered us with cards and letters 
during and since our time of loss. 

Sister Maxine Swihart and family 



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IF I HAD CONTROL 



If I had control 

Of things in my life, 
I'd banish all pain, 

All sorrow and strife. 

There'd be no shadows 
To darken my day - - 

There would be sunshine 
All along my way. 

But God knows what's best, 
Much more so than I - 

How to prepare me 
For that Home on High. 

I will follow Him 

And I will not fret 
When my petitions 

Are not answered yet. 

His Spirit can lead 

Wherever it will, 
Down in the valley 

Or up a steep hill. 



With His hand in mine 

I can't go astray, 
I'll just hold on tight 

When dark seems my way. 

I'll always praise Him, 

I can't be misled 
Since He is with me 

And knows what's ahead. 

He knows it takes storms 

Along with the sun 
To strengthen my faith 

For trials to come. 

How thankful I am 
I don't have control - 

Now I can prepare 
For rest for my soul. 

And so I'll submit 
To His precious plan, 

Accept what He gives, 
Do the best I can. 

- Sister Irene Stout 
Rt. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 



NEWS ITEMS 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing, our evangelistic meeting will be held, July 24 
through August 2, with the Lovefeast on August 1. Bro. Virgil 
Leatherman is our speaker. All are invited to attend these services 
and worship with us. 

Sister Lavona Sines, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Shrewsbury Congregation, Lord willing, is looking forward 
to a revival meeting. Bro. Jan Heisey, from the Lititz, Pennsylvania 
Congregation will be our evangelist. The meetings will be held 
August 2 to August 16, with services each night at 7:30. We invite 
you to come, pray and worship with us during these meetings. 

We enjoyed another Lovefeast on May 24, 1987. It was a day of 



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worship, fellowship and sharing together to carry out God's 
ordinances. We are thankful for the visiting ministers who 
preached the Word of God. The ministers were: Elder David 
Ebling, Elder Joshua Rice, Elder Emmert Shelly, Elder Frank 
Shaffer, Bro. Jan Heisey, Bro. Paul Hartz, and Elder Virgil 
Leatherman who officiated in the evening. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center Congregation is planning a 
two week revival service, August 9 through 23. Brother Len Wertz 
from Quinter, Kansas is to be our evangelist. 

We plan to have all day meetings August 22 and 23, with a 
Lovefeast the evening of the 22. 

We invite you to come and worship with us. 

Sister Becky Funk, Cor. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation plans if the Lord willing, to hold 
their annual Revival Meeting and Lovefeast Services, August 14 
through 23, 1987. Bro. Paul Hartz from Palmyra, Pennsylvania is to 
be the evangelist. The Lovefeast is scheduled for Saturday 
evening, August 22, 1987. The meeting will close with Sunday 
morning preaching service and basket lunch on the grounds. 

Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us. 

Sister Hallie Snyder, Cor. 

CARD OF THANKS 

We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to all the dear 
Brethren and Sisters and kind Christian friends who helped to 
make our 60th Wedding Anniversary a joyous occasion. 

We express our heartiest thanks for the many cards, letters, best 
wishes and prayers offered in our every behalf. 

May our Heavenly Father richly bless each of you, is our earnest 
prayer. 

In His Love, 

Brother and Sister Paul R. Myers 

THANK YOU 

We wish to thank each one for the cards, letters, phone calls and 
prayers during Timothy's hospitalization and since his return 
home. May God bless each one. 

Brother and Sister Milton Cook 
and Timothy 



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PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation plans a revival meeting begin- 
ning Friday, August 7, 1987 to run through Sunday, August 16. Bro. 
Gordon Jamison of Quinter, Kansas will be the evangelist. There 
will be no Lovefeast at the end of this meeting. 

Please join us for these meetings. Whether here or not please 
pray. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Elder Paul R. Myers is: Manor Care Nursing 
Home, Belden Village, 5005 Higbee Ave. N.W., Canton, Ohio 44718. 



MARRIAGE 

STUMP- HOSTETLER 

Sister Laura Jane Stump, daughter of Brother and Sister Paul 
Stump and Brother Steve Lynn Hostetler, son of Brother and Sister 
Don Hostetler were united together in holy matrimony on April 25, 
1987 at 10 a.m., a precious moment of their lives shared together. 

Brother Len Wertz spoke of God's perfect plan of binding 
husband and wife together; after which Brother Paul Stump 
performed the marriage ceremony. 

May God's guidance and blessings go with them as they start 
their new lives together in His service. Their new home address is: 
5603 Sweet Potato Ridge Road, Englewood, Ohio 45322. 



• •• • • • 



Some children had a beautiful white pet lamb, which was stolen 
from them, and sold to the butcher. The children discovered the 
lamb first as it was being led to the slaughter. They tried to get 
possession of it, but the butcher would not give it to them. A 
gentleman, seeing the grief of the children, said, "Give them the 
lamb; I'll pay for him." The price was paid, the lamb was saved. 
This is what Christ has done for us. The lamb was helpless; the 
children could not redeem it, but a generous man did. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR AUGUST 1987 

August 2 - A Stumbling Block To Them That Are Weak - I Cor 
8:1-13. 

1. How may we become stumbling blocks? Matt. 23:13. 

2. Do we need to watch outselves lest we do become stumblinq 
blocks? Romans 14:13. 

August 9 - Preach the Gospel, Live the Gospel - I Cor. 9:1-27. 

1. To whom was the Gospel to be preached? Matt. 28:19. 

2. In what way can we live the Gospel? Matt. 5:16. 
August 16 - Partakers of the Lord's Table - I Cor. 10:1-33. 

1 . Why were the Corinthians to be careful of their eating? 

2. In Eph. 5:18 we have some admonition on what kind of people 
we can eat with. 

August 23 -The Order of God - I Cor. 11:1-34. 

1 . Do we have to be careful whom we follow? Verse 1 . 

2. Importance of proper headship. Verse 3. 
August 30 - The Body of Christ - I Cor. 12:1-31. 

1. To what does Paul compare the Church? Verse 12. 

2. What is the Church? and am I a part of it? If not how may 
I become a part of it? Ephesians 2. 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR AUGUST 1987 

August 2 - The Transfiguration - Luke 9:28, 36; II Peter 1:16-21. 

1. Whom did Jesus meet on the mountain? Luke 9:30. 

2. What did Peter say they saw while they were with Him on the 
mount? II Peter 1:16. 

August 9 - Brotherly Love - Deut. 10:17-22, Matt. 22:36-40 
John 15:11-21. 

1. How great is God's love toward man? John 3:16. 

2. What should be our standard of love? John 15:12. 
August 16 - A Person of Faith - Luke 7:1-10. 

1. What is faith? and how important is faith in our life? Heb. 11. 

2. What should be our request when praying for more faith'? 
Mark 9:24. 

August 23- What Road Are We On? Matt. 7:11-21, Heb. 12:12-29. 

1. What does Jesus in John 14:6 tell us about the right way? 

2. Is it safe to follow man? or our own thinking on this matter'? 
Prov. 14:12. 

August 30 - Our Invitation - Isaiah 1:18-20, Matt. 11:27-30 Rev 
22:12-19. 

1. Whom does Christ say are to come to Him in Matt. 11:28? 

2. Read in Rev. 22:17 of the last invitation or the three fold call. 



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VOL. LXV AUGUST 1, 1987 NO. 15 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. 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. 

MUST I BE TO JUDGMENT BROUGHT? 

And must I be to judgment bro't, 
And answer in that day 
For ev'ry vain and idle tho't, 
And ev'ry word I say? 

Yes, ev'ry secret of my heart 
Shall shortly be made known, 
And I receive my just desert 
For all that I have done. 

How careful, then, ought I to live! 
With what religious fear! 
Who such a strict account must give 
For my behavior here! 

Thou awful Judge of quick and dead, 
The watchful pow'r bestow; 
So shall I to my ways take heed, 
To all I speak or do. 

If now Thou standest at the door, 

let me feel Thee near! 

And make my peace with God, before 

1 at Thy bar appear. 

- Charles Wesley 



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ONE LITTLE MATCH 

When preparing for a barbecue, it is necessary to light a fire. The 
briquets after being soaked with lighter fluid are ready to ignite. All 
it takes to get a roaring fire is to drop one little, lit match in the 
midst of the flammable briquets. Within a few seconds there will be 
flames threatening to go beyond the bounds of the barbecue. 
These flames will produce a great deal of heat. Even after the 
flames have burned down, the white hot coals will produce enough 
heat to cook the food on the rack. A meal can be prepared because 
of one little match, lit and placed in a flammable situation. 

One little match cannot only be used to accomplish a good thing 
like cooking a meal, it can also do a lot of harm. Only one little 
match or, a cigarette or even a spark can set a whole forest on fire. 
One tree can be made into a thousand matches but one match can 
destroy a thousand trees. Fires cannot only destroy trees and 
wildlife but also homes and businesses. Lives are lost from being 
in the patch of the fire or by fighting it. Just one little match can 
certainly cause a lot of trouble. 

When around firest or hot things, if not careful we can get 
burned. It does not take very long or a very large area to get a real 
sore burn. Even the sun can produce a burn especially on fairskin. 
The pain associated with a burn is great. It doesn't take a bad burn 
to make us wish we had been more careful. 

When contemplating the pain of a small burn, our minds turn to 
those who receive severe burns. It requires months and years for 
their bodies to heal. Surgery and physical therapy are needed to 
return the body to former usefulness. 

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and burning that is even worse. The unquenchable, eternal fire of 
hell is many times worse than the terrible sufferings caused by 
natural fires. While a physical burn might permanently scar or 
disable, it will have lessened effect over a period of time. The fire of 
Hell will be for ever. It will stand in direct contrast with the eternal 
bliss of Heaven. Everything that is good in Heaven will be matched 
by everything bad and harmful in Hell. A fire that cannot be 
quenched or lessened in any way will be burning there to torture 
those assigned a place there. Unlike fire here that eventually 
destroys vital organs and brings death, there will be no release 
from the suffering. The pain will be constant, not just for awhile but 
forever. 

Just as it takes only one small match to start a great fire in this 
world, so it does not take a great wrong to bring about Hell's 
punishment. The sins that bring Spiritual death do not have to be 
notorious, infamous or of great number or seriousness. The wages 
of sin is death. Wages may be great or small but the result is the 
same. Sin may be so great as a lifetime spent in debauchery, denial 
or demonic activity or it may be unbelief and compromise. A match 
is not large neither does sin need to be large to damage or even to 
bring one down to Hell. 

James writes of one part of the human body that is set afire by 
the fires of Hell. That member is the tongue. The human vocal 
apparatus is the cause of much trouble. A small word or story may 
very well lead the teller or listener or both to Spiritual death. The 
tongue, though a small part of the body, like a match can cause a 
great destruction. Unwise words can destroy friendships, wreck 
families, split Churches and cause hard feelings that though not 
only expressed can wound. Ill chosen words can be misinterpreted 
and bring ill will where good feelings should be. 

This ill feeling among people especially Brethren can lead to not 
only disruption in this life but to the fires of Hell beyond. Sin is not 
only in expressed actions and words but in attitudes and the lack of 
Spiritual thoughts. Sin like the little match can bring grave 
consequences. The sin of hatred is as bad as and is related to the 
sin of murder. Hatred can just as quickly bring one down to Hell as 
hatred's final deed of murder. 

One little match can start a fire that will cook a meal or start a fire 
that warms a household. That same little match can cause a fire 
that will destroy forests, homes, wildlife, and human lives. That little 
match has the same effect as sin which can lead souls not only to 
physical death but also to Spiritual death. As care must be taken 
with matches, so great care must be taken with our Spiritual lives. 
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Be careful with your matches and be careful with your life. 
Eternity depends upon it. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Rejoice in the day" 

"This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be 
glad in it." Psalms 118:24. I love this verse. It communicates to us 
that we are to have joy in our lives every day. Do you? Do you 
know someone who really is not joyful each day of this precious life 
God gives us? 

We were created for joy and if we miss it... we miss what God has 
in store for us. Jesus lived and died on this earth to restore the joy 
which was lost. Our chief purpose is to glorify God and praise Him 
forever and there is great joy in doing that. Now remember, joy is 
not just cheap emotional thrills or psychic indulgences. It is the 
discovery of the real essence of life... that perfection found in the 
person of Jesus Christ. 

Joy is our destiny as Christians. The Lord has gone to prepare a 
place for us... for joy! Sometimes we almost seem hypocritical if 
someone seems too joyful as a Christian. After all, isn't a con- 
servative Christian supposed to be downcast and rejected in his 
countenance? Rejected... are you kidding? We are the Lord's. We 
are His heritage. We are experiencing the fullness of life today... 
and life eternal. 

So, what is the problem. It would almost seem that we feel that 
we are in a cage and that we are complaining because God put us 
there. We are in our own private "doghouse"... basking in fear and 
guilt or anger and resentment by having to live a separated life in 
this world. 

Joy is receiving God's blessings with thanksgiving. It is, in turn, 
passing on his blessing to others. Desire to bless. Give out of a 
warm and thankful heart... and you will be joyful. 

Joy is allowed by God in some of our creaturely things also. God 
is so great that He doesn't need to be our only joy. There is the joy 
of activity as well as kneeling... the joy of playing as well as praying. 
Every moment opens us up to the reality that life is good because 
God made it to be that way. 

Joy is our inheritance as Christians. We need only to let the 
Spirit open our lives to it. I really feel that some people doubt the 
right of joy. That is tragic. God has made your day... this day... and 
He has given you the right to receive it with gratitude. 

This is the day! Take it! Put a square around this date on your 
calendar and live it to the fullest. Today... not yesterday... when 



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you were small and sitting on your father's knee. Today... not 
tomorrow... when you are financially healthier and you finally find 
yourself fulfilled in your career. But now, this day, rejoice. 

Not only has God made the day... but He created you for the day. 
You are God's gift to Himself if you are giving your life over to Him. 

We have established, then, that joy is right for a Christian. But is 
it appropriate for the sensitive and serious conservative Christian 
of our time? It is all right to be joyful when we see pain, starvation, 
nuclear war potential, and so forth. It is my feeling that if our joy is 
honest joy, it is not ultimately affected by the externals of life. Only 
the heart can give joy. And is some ways, only a heart that has hurt 
experiences the ultimate that joy can give. The world sees joy of 
the Christian experience as clanking their tambourines or speaking 
in tongues but I see the emotions created by these activities as only 
superficial and fleeting. 

I suggest you sit quietly sometime and think back to the most 
joyous moments in your life. Remember the perspective that 
created that joy and embrace it. Thank God for the joy and for the 
memory... and be refreshed. 

As we consider this topic... we would like to reflect for a moment 
on a person who could be considered a "kill-joy." What makes a 
kill-joy? It would seem to be a person who is suspicious that he 
may not be virtuous enough to deserve it. By his own quest for 
virtue it becomes beyond his reach. This creates despair. 

Another reason for being a kill-joy is that we try to carry the load 
of the world on our backs that only Jesus can bear. We will never 
be big enough to carry the world's problems and sins even though 
that doesn't negate our sincere and loving concern. 

Finally, we become a kill-joy when we inflate problems to an 
unmanagable size. Some people actually seem to thrive on 
problematic catastrophes. But that person frequently sees God as 
small and not able to control all things. 

The gift of joy is there for the taking. Take it! Allow it to be 
abundant as is illustrated in John 15:11. "Be glad in it." 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 1, 1927 

STABILITY IN PROGRESS 

J. F. Britton 

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovabte, 
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know 



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that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (I Cor. 15:58) This text 
has the appearance and sounds like a paradox. Nevertheless, it's 
true. We are told that there is a law in nature, that where life 
ceases, decomposition commences. Hence we are moving on 
through space, even while we sleep toward the end of our stay here 
in this world. Man was the crowning event of all of God's creation. 
Hence man was created for a higher and more noble purpose than 
to float, like atoms, through space, and then go into oblivion. Yes, 
man was created with great and marvelous endowments and 
possibilities. And these endowments and possibilities can only be 
developed into service and fruition, through progress which 
implies growth. Peter recognized the essentiality of growth when 
he wrote, "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ." (II Peter 3:18) And too, Jesus laid down a 
fundamental truth when he said, "So is the kingdom of God, as if a 
man should cast seed into the ground: and should sleep, and rise 
night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he 
knoweth not how, for the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself: first 
the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." (Mark 
4:26-28) These texts virtually have under consideration and 
present the same fundamental truths as Jesus expounded and 
propounded to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. (See John 3:3-10) 
Nicodemus with all his philosophical knowledge and lore, marveled 
at the mysterious discourse of Jesus upon the Spiritual birth. Paul 
gives the reasons and the "why", Nicodemus as well as many of our 
Ph.D's of our day. "For they, being ignorant of God's righteous- 
ness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have 
not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." (Rom. 
10:3) "For the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of 
God, for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, 
because they are spiritually discerned." (I Cor. 2:14) These texts 
contract the natural man in his carnality and limitations, and the 
spiritual man in his Divine illuminations. It stands to reason and is 
logically true that "the carnal man is not subject to the law of God, 
neither indeed can be. So then, they that are in the flesh can not 
please God." (Rom. 8:7) And as God is unchangeable, his laws are 
stable. The early life of Christ is a verification of the stability in 
progress. His biography reads as follows, "And the child grew, and 
waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was 
upon him." (Luke 2:40) It is very apparent, that Jesus was a model 
baby, and developed into a model boy, and was at his Father's 
business at the age of twelve. "And he went down with them, and 
came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. And Jesus 
increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." 
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his human father in his secular vocation. And attained unto a full 
rounded out stature in manhood. And then launched upon his 
Divine mission, which he accomplished, and triumphed over death, 
hell and the grave. "He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto 
men." (Eph. 4:8) And "ascended up far above all heavens", into his 
eternal glory. A wonderful and profound exposition of unwavering 
progress. 

The Apostle Peter was inspired to write as follows on stability in 
progress, "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith 
virtue: and to virtue knowledge: and to knowledge temperance: and 
to temperance patience: and to patience, godliness: and to godli- 
ness brotherly kindness: and to brotherly kindness charity" or love. 
(II Peter 1:5-7) This text or scripture sets forth seven concrete and 
constructive Christian graces that are to be attained through 
spiritual growth and development into Divine service. This idea or 
fact is confirmed by Peter when he said: "But grow in grace and in 
the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be 
glory both now and forever more. Amen." (II Peter 2:18) Well 
could Paul exclaim, "Without controversy, great is the mystery of 
godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen 
of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, 
received up into glory." (I Tim. 3:16) A wonderful verification of the 
wisdom and divinity of Christ, through the stability of progress. 
And Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man 
cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) Therefore, there is 
no way, but Jesus' way. And this being true, the personal question 
is, are we going the way that Jesus went? Like Enoch of old, Jesus 
walked and talked with his Father, because he had the testimony 
that he pleased God. 

Do we have that testimony? That we are pleasing God by 
growing in Spirituality, in holiness and purity of heart and life? And 
can we truthfully sing: 

"Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone, 

He whom I fix my hopes upon: 

His track I see, and I'll pursue 

The narrow way till him I view. 

The way the holy prophets went, 
The way that leads from banishment 
The king's highway of holiness, 
I'll go for all his paths are peace"? 



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Grace makes no man proud. 



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REPROVING THE WORKS OF DARKNESS 

Ephesians 5:1 1 "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works 
of darkness, but rather reprove them." 

When we think of the works of darkness we usually think of such 
things as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and immorality. These are 
certainly all issues that must be addressed but we have come to the 
conclusion that they are merely surface symptoms of a deeper 
problem. We would like to fake a look at Psalm 123 in light of the 
subject of the works of darkness. 

Verse one of this psalm, "Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou 
that dwellest in the heavens." The unscriptural theory of evolution 
has entered into many modern gatherings and denominations. But 
this too is only a surface problem of a deeper issue. The real 
problem is that we have lost, for the most part, the majesty and 
glory of God. The writer of this psalm addresses God in the first 
person, "I," in this first verse. In the New Testament dispensation 
we have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus 
Christ. We also have the Holy Spirit within us to lead, guide and 
direct our path as well as to help us better communicate with the 
Father. Today there are those who are willing to accept the 
blasphemous title of "she" for God the Father. They have lowered 
God the Son to a man full of sin. The blessed Holy Spirit has been 
lowered to a "fetch it to me" like the family dog! 

Verse two, "Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of 
their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her 
mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have 
mercy upon us." In this verse the writer changes from "I" to "our" 
and "us." Not only are we to have a personal relationship with God 
but we must work this relationship out within the framework of a 
body of believers if we are to be faithful to scripture. The works of 
darkness are made manifest when we take our eyes off of God and 
His Word. This is a day of "do your own thing." We are instructed 
that each of us are individuals and there is no need to have unity in 
belief and practices. But this is one of the ways that Satan has 
deceived the earthly church. We, too, must pray that God will have 
mercy upon the modern earthly church. While God is sovereign 
and His hand of judgment is pure, we have examples in scripture 
where mercy was asked for those outside of His will. While, as in 
our opening verse, we must reprove the works of darkness, we 
must do it in a spirit of love and with a broken heart. The final two 
verses of this psalm deals with specific examples of works of 
darkness within the modern earthly church. 

Verse three, "Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: 
for we are exceedingly filled with contempt." Perhaps never in 



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history has there been so much contempt for the Holy Word of 
God. The most radical blasphemers describe the Bible as a book of 
filth and obscenity. But they are not the greatest cause for 
concern. A far greater work of darkness is those who accept the 
Bible as "a good book that teaches the same truths as the holy 
books of all religions." But there is even a more subtle work of 
darkness within the earthly church. This is those who claim to 
believe the Bible is the Word of God but teach that it must be 
understood in its historical setting. 

Verse four, "Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of 
those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud." Much 
ridicule and scorn is shown towards those who know what they 
believe and why they believe it. This is a day when anything that 
has historical backing is taught to be out of date. Some radical 
teachers deny that we can be sure that God has provided us with a 
heavenly home after we die. They leave the possibility of the 
unscriptural teaching of reincarnation wide open. Others are busy 
trying to destroy the scriptural position God has ordained to 
women and to pacify those who practice immodest dress. We can 
only truly be at ease when we are striving to follow the teachings of 
Holy Scripture. God does not overlook sin, as some teach, but 
deals with it. Sin is so terrible that Jesus Christ had to suffer and 
die on the cross for it. The teaching that the New Testament "is not 
a list of dos and don'ts" is a half truth, at best. There are many 
specific sins mentioned in the New Testament. Beyond these is 
clear instruction that we are not to be a part of this world. In place 
of this many within the earthly church try to see how close they can 
live to the pleasures of this world and still remain in the Grace of 
God. 

Satan will try to make the works of darkness appear to be light. 
He has convinced many that God's way is not good enough but 
that we must use worldly attractions to "win souls." Because of this 
the earthly church is filled with "the contempt of the proud." We no 
longer desire to see ourselves as those who need daily cleansing 
from sin but are taught to love ourselves. Satan has taken one 
verse out of scripture and twisted it to confuse thousands of 
individuals. This combined with the work of darkness that says 
that we are not to judge any sin is one of the greatest weaknesses 
of the modern church. 

The writer of this psalm reminds us that we all have to search our 
own hearts. We are not perfect except in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
But we must also remember that God has given us the power and 
the authority to reprove the works of darkness. 

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into the glorious light of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by 
accepting salvation through His shed blood on Calvary. 

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

NO CONTINUING CITY HERE 

The uncertainty of life in this world should make us realize we 
cannot stay here. Death is in the land and many are called from 
this world daily. This was allotted to mankind because of the 
disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The time 
will come when this earth and all its contents will be utterly 
destroyed and according to Bible prophecy we may be near to that 
day. As it was in the day of Noah so shall it be when Christ returns 
to earth again. 

Many are preparing for this life only. Earthly treasures only last 
for a season and are perishable. We are to put our affections on 
and seek those things that are above. Let us not be as the foolish 
virgins who were unprepared for the wedding. Jesus said, "Come 
unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you 
rest." 

Death is in the land as we are reminded daily. We cannot always 
stay here, yet we have the sad condition of many who are preparing 
for this life only. We need to put our trust in our Saviour who will 
go with us through the valley and shadow of death. 

Referring to the faithful servants of Christ, He said, "I will go to 
prepare a place for you that where I am there ye may be also." 
What Jesus has gone to prepare for His own will be eternal. Here in 
this world people are building what they call mansions and we have 
large and beautiful cities. This is nothing compared with the great 
Eternal City of God. 

When Jesus comes there will be no dark valley. Jesus is 
earnestly and tenderly calling, "Oh sinner, come home." We are 
living in a time of a wicked and sinful generation and much 
violence is in the world. It is not God's will that any be lost but that 
all will come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. 

At Christ's second coming, it will be a sad experience for those 
who are unprepared. They will be left to spend eternity with the 
Devil and his angels. 

When this life is past only what we have done for eternity will last. 
Have we washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the 
lamb, to be prepared for the first and best resurrection? Have we 



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made our calling and election sure? Washed our robes and made 
them white in the blood of the lamb? Jesus said take my yoke upon 
you for I am meek and lowly at heart. My yoke is easy and my 
burden is light. 

The Psalmist David gives many instructions to praise and thank 
God. He looked forward to the better life to come. He said, "Oh 
that I had wings like a dove then would I fly away and be at rest." It 
would be a permanent and undisturbed rest. We could refer to 
many other men of God of the old dispensation who looked 
forward to the better life to come. 

The Apostle Paul, a great man of God, went through many 
hardships and much suffering, yet he continued to look forward to 
the better life to come. He referred to it as a crown of righteous- 
ness. He said when you fall into divers temptations count it all joy. 
When Paul and Silas were imprisoned for their services to the Lord 
they sang praises to God. 

Other men of God in the New Dispensation looked forward to the 
better life to come. John the Revelator's mind was centered above 
the perishing things of this world. 

Our Lord and Saviour in time of trouble and suffering looked 
forward for the time to come when He would be with the Heavenly 
Father preparing a place for His faithful servants. He also looked to 
the time He was coming back to earth to receive His faithful 
servants unto Himself. At the sound of the trumpet and the voice of 
the archangel, the dead in Christ shall rise first and those of His 
servants who remain alive will be caught up with Him in the air. 

The earth and all its contents will be dissolved. Are we prepared 
for the much better life to come? 

When Jesus comes to reward His servants, 
Whether it be noon or night, 
Faithful to Him will He find us watching, 
With our lamps all trimmed and bright? 
His second coming will be a sad experience for those who have 
prepared for life in this world only. This life will soon be past and 
only what we have done for eternity will last. Are we prepared for 
the eternal, glorious city of God? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
R 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 

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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Not A Debatable Question 
J. H. Moore 

Trine immersion can hardly be considered a debatable question. 
The simple fact that all leading denominations accept it as valid 
baptism, while there is more or less dispute about other modes, is 
the most convincing argument in defense of its being the true and 
original form, for it is hardly conceivable that the best thinkers in 
the religious world would happen to agree upon the very practice 
that is wrong. 

Trine immersion is quite satisfactory to the churches that have 
adopted this form of baptism, and if it is sufficiently satisfactory for 
other religious bodies to accept it without question, what more 
should any one ask? If it is accepted, practically everywhere, then 
it becomes evident that it is not a debatable question. Those using 
the mode know that their baptism passes in all the leading 
churches, and when a baptism has proved itself good enough for 
that purpose, it is most assuredly above controversy, and ceases to 
be a matter of dispute. This must appear evident to any one who 
gives the matter any consideration whatever. 

When an administrator takes his applicant into the water and 
says, "I baptize thee into the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost," dipping his one time only, there are always 
doubts in the minds of some as to whether the administrator really 
did what he said he would do. But when another takes his candi- 
date into the water, repeating the same form of words, and then 
dips his candidate at the mention of each name, there is never any 
controversy about his actions not lining up with his form of words. 
The controversy will be about the former and not about the latter. 
In the threefold form of immersion we offer a baptism whose 
validity is unchallenged by ninety-nine per cent of Christendom. In 
the matter of baptism it is the best there is, and certainly no one will 
care to look for anything better. 

IT IS LATER THAN YOU THINK 

I do feel, dear ones, we are living in the last days. We can't think 
of a time when the world was in a worse state than it is today. So 
much evil is going on. Little children are being raped, being killed 
and being kidnapped. People and stores are being robbed. It 
seems there is no end to the violence going on. People are afraid to 
go out on the street even in daylight, for fear they will be molested. 
School children are afraid to go to school. So many young boys 



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and girls are on dope and have drinking problems of which their 
parents are not aware. Many are living together as man and wife 
with small children and have never been married. Oh, the sin they 
are committing every day. Some claim to be people who once 
loved the Lord and started out giving their life to Christ but now 
never go to church. 

When we read of Noah and the ark, we read of people who would 
not harken to the Word of God. I am sure when Noah and his 
family entered the ark, the people were confused, but it was too 
late. The door of the ark was closed and they were lost. 

Dear ones, if you are still wandering out there in sin there is a 
way of escape, for the door is still open. But if it is later than we are 
aware of, then the way to Christ may soon be closed and you won't 
have another chance. 

Christ gave His precious life on the cross to save you. Are you 
doing anything about it? Are you counting the cost? It does not 
cost as much to follow Christ, for in the end you will receive a 
reward, a home in Heaven. If you are on the road Satan has, you 
will receive as your reward a home in Hell, where you will burn 
forever and ever. 

Won't you stop and think about those two places? Then make 
your way to the house of the Lord and start on the road that will 
give you a home of joy and peace. 

Jeremiah 6:16, "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and 
see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk 
therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will 
not walk therein." Here they were in sin but were not willing to 
harken. They were destroyed. 

If we turn our backs on Christ we are lost. Are we spreading the 
Gospel to those who are lost? There are so many places we could 
go and reach the unsaved. Are we willing to give of our time to get 
the message of salvation to the lost? 

In the early Church they had services in a home if there was no 
other place to hold services. Sometimes services were even held in 
a barn. Chairs were brought in and they would have a large crowd 
and many were won to Christ. They so desired to spread the 
Gospel to all those they could reach. Before long they had enough 
members to start a church in that place. I often wonder why that 
could not be done today. There are many today who are hungry to 
hear the message of salvation. Is this a Christian America? 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

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"DADDY" 

The warm fire sent flames up into the darkness. The sparks 
seemed to lead our eyes up into the heavens where God was 
displaying his magnificant handiwork of stars and fluffy floating 
clouds. There had been an air of sweetness in the worship in song 
and Retreat '87 was about to draw to a close. Several young people 
and staff began to sing a song called "Daddy" and a contemplative 
stillness swept across the group. Tears flowed freely as emotions 
swept back home to parents who loved these young people so 
much and these emotions were reciprocated. 

After the service, one young man sat down and penned the 
following words which were read at morning worship the following 
day. 

His mother has not read these words but as she does she will 
understand the deep emotions of a young man searching his life 
and seeking out God and understanding. I pray that you will be 
blessed as you read and that you, too, will share this moment of 
beauty that we shared at Camp Colorado. 

"Last night we all shared a love so great most people wouldn't 
understand it. I believe there is only one kind of love that even 
compares to the love we shared last night... and that is the love that 
our parents give us. Our parents are the closest true love that we 
can have besides the love that God gives us. 

I know that many times we wish our parents weren't around and 
for myself, I find that I disrespect my mother and her headship over 
me many times. Sometimes I wonder why she hasn't kicked me out 
to go live with the world... and just say, 'who cares about him!' I 
know others have said that... but my mom hasn't... because she 
loves me. 

Then you wonder why... if I know that she loves me... why do I 
continue to upset and disrespect my mother? I do it partially out of 
pure rebellion but I never had a father to teach me things that 
fathers do... to keep me in line... and to explain to me that certain 
things are dangerous and should be kept away from. For many of 
you, your father is the one whom you look up to... even though you 
may fight occasionally. For most young people, their father is 
someone who they can go to to 'just talk'... to get answers to 
questions... and even for protection. Without a father my life 
seems to have just been a gigantic experiment by trial and error. I 
have no physical father to turn to. For those of you that have 
fathers... BE THANKFUL. 

What inspired me to write this was a song sung last night called 
"Daddy, I Miss You"... because for me... all that is left of my dad is a 
tombstone... and I want the rest of you to enjoy your parents... for 



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one day they will be gone and you, too, will be singing, "Daddy, I 
Miss You!" 

Before we leave retreat, I would enjoy it if those who sang 
"Daddy, I Miss You" would sing it again... but this time with every- 
body thinking about the relationship and value of their parents to 
them... especially your DADDY!" 

"HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER: THAT THY 
DAYS MAY BE LONG UPON THE LAND WHICH THE LORD 
THY GOD GIVETH THEE." Exodus 20:12. 

a son... and Brother Len Wertz 
NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Lord willing, we the Grandview Congregation are looking 
forward to our Revival Meetings beginning August 30 and ending 
September 6. Bro. Jan Heisey has consented to be our evangelist. 
We will have our Lovefeast service on Saturday with communion in 
the evening. There will be services Sunday morning and afternoon 
also. Anyone is welcome! 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza, Cor. 
WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing the Waynesboro Congregation plans a Revival 
Meeting starting September 6 through 13. Bro. Henry Walkerfrom 
the Pleasant Home Congregation, Modesto, California will be the 
speaker. 

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

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 
GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Goshen Congregation is planning Harvest 
Meeting for September 6 with Brother Robert Carpenter as the 
speaker. All are invited to attend. 

Sister Sharon Swihart, Cor. 
NOTICE 

Tapes have been made of the sermons and singing from 1987 
General Conference. These may be ordered by mail or phone for 
$1.50 per tape of two sermons or a full set including seventeen 
sermons and two singing tapes ($16.50) from Sis. Vera Pike, 12967 
SH 108, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. Telephone: 419-337-6251. 

NOTICE 

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VOL. LXV 



AUGUST 15, 1987 



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. 



FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH 

Up and onward, Christian soldier, 
Hear thy Lord's divine command; 
Be thou ready when He calls thee 
In the foremost ranks to stand. 

Up and onward, Christian soldier, 
To the conflict and the strife; 
God will test thy zeal and courage, 
Ere thou enter into life. 

Up and onward, be not weary, 
Do not lay thy armor down, 
Thou must fight the battle bravely, 
Ere thy soul can wear a crown. 

Up and onward, firm and fearless, 

Like the vet'rans of the past; 

Then, thro' Him whose grace redeems thee, 

Thou shalt overcome at last. 

- Sallie Martin 



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PUTTING ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER 

When putting a jig saw puzzle together, it is not finished until 
every piece has been located and correctly placed. A puzzle 
missing even just one piece is incomplete. The picture is not whole 
so it loses value. Every effort is made to find all the pieces and to 
find the correct place for each one. A piece that is put in 
incorrectly, although it may look right at the time, will slow down 
the completion of the total picture. A wrongly placed piece will 
create a false confidence that the picture is nearer complete than 
what it really is. The wrongly placed piece will keep other pieces 
from fitting like they should. So all the pieces must be put together 
and they must be right or the whole picture will never be right. 

When Henry Ford had Greenfield Village constructed, he had 
many structures moved from their original sites to their current 
resting place in Michigan. These buildings whether constructed of 
stone, wood or brick were torn down on their original sites and 
numbered so they could be reassembled exactly the same way as 
they had existed at their original site. These buildings are exactly 
as they were at another location. It was painstaking work to 
carefully take down, number and reassemble these buildings a 
piece at a time. These buildings were not complete until each 
piece had been placed exactly where it belonged. 

There are many other projects that require precision in putting 
together so everything is just right when completed. Our Spiritual 
lives also require a great deal of effort to put all the pieces together 
correctly. Often we do not use as much care in our Spiritual lives 
as we do in many of our temporal pursuits. If we were to put a jig 
saw puzzle together the way we put our Spiritual lives together, 

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how would it look? Would it be a beautiful, complete picture or 
would it be a misshapen, incomplete picture that would please no 
one? 

There are many elements that go into the complete, balanced 
Spiritual life. The Christian life must have a Biblical foundation. 
There must be an undergirding of doctrine or that life will be futile 
for it will have no purpose or basis. Doctrine is a far-ranging area 
including the reason for and resolution of the need of each man for 
salvation down to the precise rule for man's daily living. There 
must not only be a knowledge of what doctrines are observed, but 
why. There is an interrelationship between the various doctrines of 
the Church. The doctrines do not stand alone but each fills a 
needed place in the foundation of the Christian life. 

Doctrine alone is not sufficient to produce a total Christian life. 
Doctrinal knowledge will produce nothing if it is not put into effect 
in each life. Hearing and learning must be followed by doing what 
is known. If knowledge produces no action then it is useless. 
Christian lives are active lives. Although Christians must use great 
care in their companionships, amusements and activities, the 
Christian life is not designed to be a hermit's existence. There 
must be interaction with those living near by. A self-centered 
Christian life will not fulfill the evangelistic duty given to each 
Christian. This duty may not mean a wide or far-away activity but it 
does mean a life lived among those who are around us. 

Christian sharing goes beyond the sharing of the Gospel. There 
is also a time and place for the sharing of temporal riches. Sharing 
on an individual or congregational basis can have great results in 
the lives of others, often opening the way for sharing Spiritual 
riches also. Social concerns do not need to include political 
activity. A personal care is far more effective than a governmental 
or bureaucratic effort. That concern must be born out of a true 
doctrinal foundation and a love and care for the individual's need. 

All the pieces must be brought together in the Christian life. 
There must be a balance among the various parts. Doctrinal purity 
without Spiritual activity leads nowhere, for the Christian life is 
based on the working together of the whole body. Most doctrines 
cannot be carried out by the individual. Social action without a 
doctrinal foundation is just activity without purpose. There has to 
be a balanced blending of every piece in the Christian's life. 

Are there pieces missing or misplaced in your Christian life? It 
takes all the pieces in the right places to make the picture 
complete. How does your picture look? 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Simply Matthew Eighteen 

Jesus, in His infinite knowledge, knew the human personality 
and spirit. He was sensitive in understanding that because the 
Church was made up of humans there would be problems with 
interpersonal relationships. For this reason, He gave us a divine 
method of solving problems that has proved effective ever since it 
was written. It worked in the early church and it works equally 
effectively in our day. It can increase our spiritual awareness of 
taking chances... even in difficult relationships... because we have 
confidence that harmony and peace is attainable. 

Jesus taught us that it was obvious that offenses would come. 
How these problems are disposed of is the issue covered here. 

Many times Matthew 18 is misused. We use its principles 
mechanically and it creates further chaos. I feel it is also used at 
times to support a person's habit of constant faultfinding and back- 
biting. Satan can give man a wrong attitude in even this beautiful 
formula for unity and make it a disaster. 

Matthew 18 solutions apply only to the committed Christian. It 
will be ineffective if we exercise it without practicing it in the Spirit. 
If we are not totally sincere in our motives the offenses will not be 
eliminated. What motives am I relating to? First of all there has to 
be the "spirit of meekness." (Gal. 6:1) Meekness will place us in the 
lowest position of the reconciliation process. It will let us see the 
importance of the other person and will give us a real desire to 
restore him to usefulness in the service of the King. 

Secondly, we must be motivated by love. Love will be the force 
that will cement the full process together. It will show that Jesus is 
in it from the beginning to the end. 

What process is to be followed? We are taught that there first 
must be a "one-on-one" confrontation. If this is not effective, then 
one or two brethren will be taken along. Ultimately the matter 
would need to be brought before the church as a final step. Should 
it really ever get to the final step? I don't believe so. If we are 
following in the steps of the Saviour we will reconcile our dif- 
ference long before then. If we are functioning out of humanistic 
self motivation then step three will be necessary. 

Is there a problem that cannot be solved in this way? No! Even if 
several individuals are involved and it becomes very complicated... 
this plan, if used in the spirit in which it is written, is foolproof. It, of 
course, must be accompanied by prayer and in some cases by 
fasting. But if you are really committed to results being obtained 
by it... they will happen. This is Heaven's ordained plan. If we are 



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following the dictates of God's Word, we will follow these in- 
structions. We will be blessed in fulfilling the command to be our 
"brother's keeper." We will be allowed a glimpse into the very mind 
and will of God. And... we will find peace and happiness. 

Jesus prayed for our unity. Paul rebuked divisions among 
Christians. Nowhere do we see where the church can function if 
our relationships with others are below the standards God has set 
for us. Satan has routinely used divisions among members to 
handicap the progress of our spirituality and the dissemination of 
the gospel. Competition is one of the greatest causes of dis- 
cension among members and leads to breakdown in communi- 
cation. We have the common basis for unity. It is Jesus. It is 
fellowship and sharing one with another. Problems seldom degen- 
erate to intolerance if a person is sharing, fellowshipping and 
praying for other individuals. MATTHEW 18 IS GOD'S WAY. 
IT LEADS TO NEITHER EXCOMMUNICATION NOR SELF- 
RIGHTEOUS OSTRACISM... BUT TO GROWTH IN GRACE 
IT WORKS! 

Brother Len Wertz 



GOD'S WAY 

When God created man 
He pronounced him good, 

But man disobeyed God 
He ate forbidden food. 

The sin which was committed 
Destroyed God's entire plan, 

Eden's garden He created 
For the benefit of man. 

Since God forbid a sin 

To be a part of Eden, 
God banished Eve and Adam, 

From the beauty of the Garden. 

Because of Adam's sin 

Falling on man-kind, 
A remedy was provided, 

Originating in God's mind. 

There was no other way 
To get freedom from our sins, 

Christ died upon the Cross, 
That vict'ry we might win. 



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The plan has been provided 

It's up to us to choose, 
Whether we want to accept it 

If not, Salvation we'll lose. 

Eternity is an endless time 
Choose wisely where we spend it, 

For we have no second choice, 
Once made, we can not change it. 

If we reach the pearly gates 

T'will be joy beyond measure, 
If we're cast in outer darkness, 

We will lose our heavenly treasure. 

Each of us must make decisions, 

While in this life we live 
Let's make them for our Saviour, 

Who has Eternal Life to give. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 

1987 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

SATURDAY P.M. 

Bro. Ronald Marks (Pennsylvania) opened. Psalms 42. We are to 
learn of the Lord. Our faith might get a little thin at times. We must 
come to ourselves and find God is still there. 

Bro. Milton Cook (California). Genesis 1. We are here because 
God has created us. God said all His creation is good. The last 
book of Genesis tells us of death. Jospeh lived to be 1 10 years old. 
Something happened between the first and the last chapter of 
Genesis. The book of Genesis ended in death. As we make the 
journey of this life it is much like the book of Genesis. Too many 
times we depend on false hopes. Job many times realized God had 
control and he trusted in God and never forgot Him through all his 
trials. Life was not just a living vapor for Job. He had a hope a 
better hope after he would leave this world. The jailer asked the 
Apostle Paul what he must do to be saved. The Apostle Paul told 
him to repent and be baptized. Philip preached the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ to the Eunuch. The Eunuch was converted and told 
Philip here is water what hinders me to be baptized? We have a life 
to live and a work to do. We have a hope like Job of old. We have 
the hope of the great resurrection. We must be sure we can have a 
hope and not be living in a hopeless rut. We must be ready to teach 
all people who have no hope that there a great Redeemer, our 
Christ. 



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Bro. Henry Walker (California). John 5:1-9. God has a special 
message. The compassion of Jesus was to help all who were lost. 
Jesus had compassion for the man who was an invalid. Jesus told 
him to rise and take up his bed and walk. He was made whole after 
thirty-eight years of infirmity. Jesus asks us, "Wilt thou be made 
whole?" We must have compassion for those about us. What are 
we doing for Christ today? Let Jesus speak to each one of you and 
follow Him. Have compassion for each of those who know not 
Jesus. No one had compassion for the Prodigal son. His earthly 
father prayed he would come home. His father had compassion for 
his son. No one had compassion for Lazarus who laid at the rich 
man's gate. The dogs came and licked his sores while laying at the 
gate. Lazarus prayed that the rich man would give him the crumbs 
that fell from his table. If we become a little luke warm let us look 
unto God for His help and be able to have compassion for others. 

Bro. Michael Wray (California) closed. If we are going to have 
compassion we must have hope in our Heavenly Father. He had 
great compassion for us when He gave His only Son that we might 
live. Salvation is free. We must be willing to walk the ways of Jesus 
Christ. 

SATURDAY EVENING 

Elder Dale Jamison (Kansas) opened. I Corinthians 13. We must 
keep ourselves in right thinking. We need to testify for God. There 
are many lessons to be gleaned from the early church. 

Elder Paul Stump (Ohio). Romans 6. A surrendered life. We 
should love one another. How much have we surrendered when we 
become a Christian? Do we surrender all sins of the world? Have 
we surrendered our attitude of life, as to how we might let our light 
shine out in the world? How is our life hid in God? It is easy for us 
to keep His commandments if we have surrendered our life to Him. 
Our life should shine bright when we go out into the world. The 
Son of God loved us and gave His life for us. If we are dead to sin 
we can live for Christ. When Noah was told to build the ark by God, 
he did not question God. We must be willing to accept the Word of 
God. David said "My cup runneth over." Too many people have 
their cup upside down. We must obey the commandments to all 
our ability. The Apostle Paul was stricken down before he had his 
great conversion to follow Christ and His teachings. If we sur- 
render all, we can follow Christ. Job surrendered all to the Lord. 
Later he was blessed by God. Jesus surrendered all when He came 
to the cross. Jesus died for the sins of all of us. We should say if it 
be the Lord's will we will do it. We must not take things into our 
own hands. We must put the Heavenly Father first. Has any thing 
come between us and God? We must watch out for false prophets. 



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We should be an observing people. The Christian life is a happy 
life. With a surrendered life, working for the Lord and being a 
service for Him we can live a happy Christian life. We must submit 
ourselves one to the other and we will do the will of God. Why 
aren't we as concerned about God's law as we are the law of the 
land? We must be concerned about keeping the laws of God. God 
sees us all the time. We cannot fool God. We should live true and 
faithful. 

Elder Warren Smith (Colorado) closed. Would we be willing to 
give all our earthly possessions as a sacrifice for our Heavenly 
Father? 

SUNDAY A.M. 

Elder Jacob Ness (Pennsylvania) opened. II Peter 1:1-15. We are 
living in a time of search for success. If we fail to use Peter's 
admonition in the Holy Word we will fail. 

Elder Ora Skiles (California). I Peter 1:1-3, I Corinthians 1:1-3. 
Heaven Bound. If Christ had not rose again we would not be here 
today. Satan had a great victory right from the beginning. Adam 
and Eve had to be put out of the Garden of Eden because they 
sinned. God's master plan was the Eternal Heaven for us. How do 
we know God wants us in Heaven? God has a perfect right to claim 
us. Christ said, "Where I am there you may be also." God said, 
"Wide is the gate that leads to destruction, narrow is the way and 
few there will be that will find it." Are we on the road to Heaven 
with a clear conscience? Christ came to this world to lead us on 
the right road to Heaven. What will we do with the days we have left 
here on earth? Let's serve our Heavenly Father and live faithful to 
the end. If we want to be on the road to Heaven we must be born 
again. We must accept Jesus and follow Him. 

Elder Allen Eberly (Pennsylvania). Jeremiah 6:4, Acts 1:1. None 
of us have the promise of tomorrow. We are to occupy the time till 
Jesus comes. The Holy Word says, "Set thy house in order till I 
come." Its work of the Church to evangelize the Church today. The 
Apostle Paul told the Church there should be no divisions among 
them. We are supposed to be a living testimony for Christ. How 
can we show people we are a born again Christian? We must be 
separate from the world. We should be careful not to gossip. We 
must control our human nature. More people are run down by 
gossip than any other way. Jesus established the Church for us. 
The Apostle Paul said, "Let brotherly love be in you." Do we show 
others how we need them? We must be careful of false prophets. 
We must pull together as the train on the track and be all of one 
mind. We must be willing to accept the doctrines of the Church. 
The Church is the only soul saving station on this earth. 



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Elder Frank Shaffer (Pennsylvania) closed. Jesus opened the 
gap that we may enter into Heaven. When Jesus came the true 
light came. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 15, 1927 

WHAT THEN? 

Anna Studer 

During the sixteenth century, in the city of Rome, lived an 
eminent Christian philosopher, named De Neri, and many people 
came to this wise man to tell him of their plans and to ask his 
advice. 

On one occasion a student came to him and laid before him his 
plans for the future, when he had finished the old philosopher said: 
"Well suppose you succeed in your studies and finish your course 
with honor, what then?" The young man replied that he would then 
be prepared to take up some profession of position of usefulness. 
"And what then?" again questioned De Neri. The youth still looked 
forward to the high renown and honor that would by this time be 
his. And "What then?" still questioned the philosopher. Oh, then 
he would be an old man and would spend the rest of his life in 
retirement with kind friends. "What then?" solemnly asked the wise 
old man. After a long pause the young man slowly replied, "Then I 
suppose I must die." And "what then?" came again in still more 
solemn tone. But there was no reply. The young man thought his 
plans were complete and covered every condition of life, but 
endless life which lies beyond the grave, he had failed to plan'for. 

Dear reader, may not many of us apply this story to ourselves? In 
our eagerness to get an education or to gain wealth or pleasure or 
fame, how apt we are to crowd our minds and lives full to 
overflowing with the things that pertain to this life only and neglect 
that which we are commanded to seek first? When we are inclined 
to be over-anxious for the things of life let us read Matt. 6:25-34. 

And even though by being anxious or by industry we accomplish 
all our desires, and succeed in acquiring wealth, wisdom and honor 
even to the extent that Solomon did, can it bring real joy or 
contentment in this life or in the life which is to come and if not 
what then? 

Then why should we not be satisfied with the humble and lowly 
things of life, and seek after more love which is the test of 



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discipleship and of far greater value? The Bible says that 
"Godliness with contentment is great gain." And why is there so 
little of this priceless gain, even among those professing Godli- 
ness? May it not be because many of us have lost our first love, our 
love for God and his church, and have substituted too much love 
for the world? (John 2:15) If any man love the world, the love of the 
Father is not in him..." And again (John 5:3) "For this is the love of 
God that we keep his commandments." 

And because of this love nothing that he asks of us will be 
refused or done grudgingly but willingly. And if the church in 
Conference, by the guidance of God's spirit, asks us to do, or not 
do, something that will separate us from the world, this same love 
will cause us to willingly obey. But if we refuse and continue to 
dress and do just as near like the world as we can, does it not show 
where our love is, whether for God or for the world? And if anyone 
thinks that the Holy Spirit did not direct these Conference 
decisions, tell me, dear rearder, whose spirit did? 

Could it have been the evil spirit? Does Satan want us to be 
different from the world? We think not. Then it could have been 
none other than God's Spirit, and if we disobey His Holy Spirit, 
what then? And if we deny Jesus before men by refusing to come 
out from among the world, and be separate, will he not deny us 
before his Father in the day of judgment? And, what then, yes, dear 
brother and sister, what then? 

LOVE -THE MISSING FACTOR? 

John 13:35 "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if 
ye have love one to another." 

I John 4:8 "He that loveth not knoweth not God: for God is love." 

I John 2:4-5 "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his 
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso 
keepeth his word in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby 
know ye that we are in him." 

The worldly radio stations, television programs and movie 
houses, according to reports and advertisements, are filled with the 
theme of love. Book stores are filled with books containing love 
stories. In the vast majority of churches very few Sundays go by 
that the theme of the sermon is not the love of God. With all this 
talk about love how can we ask the question as to whether or not 
love is the missing factor in the world today? 

Part of the problem is defining the word "love." Unlike some 
other languages, including the Greek, our English language uses 
the same word to mean several different things. The word "love" 
can refer to carnal or sexual love, a very close friendship, or the 






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type of love that only God can produce in our hearts. In our day 
and age it can even refer to preferring a certain kind of food or 
other material desire. Because of this and the popular use of the 
word it has, like many other good Bible terms, become almost 
meaningless today. However, despite this we believe that there is a 
real need of a renewal of love in our churches today. 

Our first verse tells that this is how men will know if we are 
disciples of Christ. This is a time of great turmoil within the earthly 
church. Perhaps at no other time in history has there been so many 
different denominations and splinter groups. This is true despite 
the recent mergers of some large denominations. Some groups 
have split almost literally "at the drop of a hat." Many small group 
prayer meetings are resulting in the forming of new groups. While 
this is a subject within itself, and we will have a little more to say 
about it later on, is it any wonder that many non-christians ask 
where our love is? Sadly, even within the organized groups and 
denominations there seems to be more debate than love. With this 
in mind let us now look at our second verse. 

If our first verse causes us to search our hearts, our second verse 
should cause us some alarm. It clearly says if we do not love then 
we do not know God. Perhaps we might be accused of com- 
promise, but we have long come to the decision that God is the 
only final judge of an individual's eternal destiny. This does not 
mean that we must include all religions and even those who deny 
that there is a God. The Bible has already judged them, we only 
have to quote it. Likewise, the Bible holds out no hope for those 
who refuse to acknowledge such things as the virgin birth, the 
bodily resurrection of our Lord, and salvation through His shed 
blood on Calvary. Some will ask for chapter and verse to prove 
this. We could fill many pages with scripture to prove that this is 
so. But as a man once wisely said, "A man convinced against his 
will, remains of the same opinion still." If we truly love these 
individuals we will not allow them to feel secure in their error, but 
will share the truth of God's Word with them. The Bible teaches 
that a Christian must even love his enemies. While those who 
would destroy our property and hurt those that we love are 
certainly our enemies, perhaps our greatest enemies are those who 
seek to destroy spiritual truth. This causes a real problem in our 
thinking. We believe that our love for Christ's disciples is a 
different type of love than that that we have for our enemies. But is 
a true disciple of Christ only those who act and believe exactly as 
we do? We have come to love and appreciate some individuals 
who hold some views that are very different from our own. We have 
even found that among those that we most closely agree with there 
is some difference of interpretation among us. Can we disagree 



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and still have agape love for one another? We have come to the 
conclusion that not only can we, but we MUST. This brings us to 
our final two verses. 

These verses contain some very strong language, and we would 
certainly not desire to "water down" the Word of God. These 
verses clearly say that if we claim to love God and do not keep His 
commandments we are liars and do not really know Him. Is there 
such a thing as disobeying because of ignorance? Perhaps we are 
"stepping on thin ice" but we believe this may be possible. In John 
14:15 Jesus Christ says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." 
We believe the greatest lack of love in the earthly church is a true 
love for Jesus Christ. We do not believe we can truly love Him 
without also loving the written word, the Holy Bible. Some are 
more concerned about "keeping the rules of the church" than 
loving Jesus Christ. Others are bound with forms and rituals in 
place of truly loving Jesus Christ. Some claim to love Christ while 
following the way of the world. The Bible says this can not be. 
(What this says about the salvation of some is difficult to say. We 
are glad God does the final judging.) Some claim to love Jesus 
MORE than the written word. This is merely confusion. 

The greatest love ever shown was when God gave His Son Jesus 
Christ to die for our sins. Have you accepted this love? If you have 
do you now seek to express the love you are to have for Him by 
obeying the Holy Word? Is our concern for one another shown 
with love or hate? Let us seek to follow Christ and His way of love. 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SOWING 

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall 
of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of 
the Spirit reap life everlasting." Gal. 6:7-8. If we are inspired when 
we hear a good sermon, good seed has been sown. 

A farmer prepares the ground, then sows the good seed and 
expects a good harvest. We should also expect some results when 
we spread the good news of salvation to the world. Are we reaping 
the harvest the Lord expects? If not, why not? In the parable about 
the sower there are three essentials, sower, seed and soil. It is the 
same in our spiritual lives. The sower has to be inspired so he will 
be sure to prepare the grounds well, and see that the seed is good 
so it will produce and bring in a good crop. 

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growth so we can have a good crop. Today, one has to be careful 
that the enemy doesn't come and destroy the work that has been 
done. The devil is sowing tares. Let us be awake and busy, not 
drowsy or sleepy, because Satan is watching for a chance to come 
in and sow wild oats. 

We all remember what happened to Adam and Eve. He must 
have gotten to Eve, when she was not thinking as she should have 
been. The devil came in the form of a serpent, and she believed 
him and ate of the forbidden fruit. 

Satan is always watching to see a way he can get into our lives. 
This is how he operates and he is doing a good job of it today. I 
suppose Eve wondered if the Lord really meant she should not eat 
of that fruit. Dear ones, this fall separated them from God. The 
same thing happened to the Prodigal son. Let each of us be very 
careful that we don't wander too far away. 

If we are out trying to rescue the ones who are out in sin, we must 
daily be on our guard. He is working in the Church today and we 
see so many, who once obeyed the words given by Christ for His 
Church to follow that have dropped many of these commandments 
and gone off into amusements and having other things in the 
Church. Little by little, Satan is winning them. 

But dear ones, what is inside in the heart is what counts. We are 
to give Him our whole heart. If the devil is there it will show. I 
believe the devil found great joy in the Prodigal Son's life. He was 
trying to find something that would satisfy. He realized he was not 
on the road that would lead him home. Oh, how he longed to go 
back home. But he made the change and came back home. Dear 
ones away from Christ, you too can come back like this son did 
before it is too late. When you do, you will be inspired and the Lord 
will be dearer than He ever has been. Now you will have the things 
that are satisfying and you will have peace. 

Dear ones, if you are out there somewhere without Christ, won't 
you stop for awhile and see yourself as you are, without hope, lost 
in sin and with no chance to enter that Home Christ has prepared 
for His children. Oh, the joy the Prodigal Son must have had when 
he told the father he wanted to return. That is when the joy inside 
begins to shine out and starts to bear good fruit. 

Good seed had been sown, but the enemy had entered and sown 
wild oats and crowded out the good seed. Oh, dear ones, come 
and find the Dear Lord today. Today is the day of salvation. 
Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Then Satan won't 
get a hold on your life. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Bowing in Baptism 
J. H. Moore 

If there Is any one thing, mentioned in the Scriptures, that is 
more clearly settled than any other, it is the fact that the Lord never 
authorized the performance of a duty backwards. When the 
children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, under the leadership of 
Moses, they were told to "go forward." (Ex. 14:15), and forward 
they went, with the waters of the sea standing up in heaps. (Psa. 
78:13) Paul, in I Cor. 10:2, cites this instance as typical of Christian 
baptism, saying that they, the Israelites, "were all baptized unto 
Moses in the cloud and in the sea." In Jer. 7:24 we read of those 
who "hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the 
counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went 
backward, and not forward." 

Paul, in Rom. 6:3 says "that so many of us as were baptized into 
Jesus Christ were baptized into his death." In verse 5 he says, "In 
the likeness of his death." 

Baptism is a burial, but it is in the likeness of the death of the 
Savior who, when he died on the cross, "bowed his head, and gave 
up the ghost." (John 19:30) In the water of baptism, the applicant, 
who is baptized in the likeness of the Savior's death, bows as Jesus 
did, and in this act gives up the world, and its evils, as surely as the 
Lord of glory gave up his life. 

Not only do the Scriptures, and even reason itself, favor the 
forward action in baptism, but all known history, applying to the 
subject, is on that side of the question. A number of quotations 
might be given, but we will let one from Dr. Adoniram Judson, a 
Baptist writer, and a widely-known missionary, suffice. In his work 
on baptism, pages 112 and 113, he says: 

"All the Baptists in the world, who have sprung from the English 
Baptists, have practiced the backward posture. But from the 
beginning it was not so. In the apostolic times the administrator 
placed his right hand on the head of the candidate, who then, 
under the pressure of the administrator's hand, bowed forward, 
aided by the genuflection which instinctively comes to one's aid' 
when attempting to bow in that position, until his head was 
submerged, and then rose by his own efforts." In fact, the 
backward action in baptism cannot be traced to any earlier'date 
than about the time of the Reformation. It is, therefore, of quite 
recent origin. 



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ANOINTING SERVICE 

James 5:14-15 

All members of the body of Christ, have this blessed privilege of 
the anointing service if they become ill or afflicted. 

The Elders of the Church have been given special power and 
responsibility by the laying on of hands and of prayer, when they 
were ordained. 

When the Elders are called for the anointing service they pray for 
the sick person. They then ask him if he is in good standing with 
the Church. If he answers, "Yes," they then anoint him with the oil, 
which becomes a symbol of the Holy Spirit. 

After anointing with oil, the Elders lay hands on the sick even as 
the disciples in the Bible times did, and pray over him. If it is the 
Lord's will, the person who is ill, will be healed and if he has 
committed any sins, they will be forgiven him. God knows all 
things and will do for the sick whatever is best for him. 

The anointing service when entered into faith is an uplifting 
experience, which has brought great blessings to many. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed a Lovefeast, May 9, 1987 with 
these visiting ministers: Presiding Elder Eugene Kauffman, Frank 
Shaffer, Virgil Leatherman, Rudy Shaffer, Jan Heisey, Merle 
Sweitzer and Ronald Marks. Bro. Leatherman officiated in the 
evening. 

We are looking forward to a series of Revival Meetings beginning, 
Monday, September 14 to September 27 with Elder Fred Piferi 
Dallas Center, Iowa as the evangelist. 

We invite anyone who can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

MARRIAGE 

BLOCHER-STALTER 

Bro. Ralph Stalter, son of Larry and Dana Stalter, Wakarusa, 
Indiana and Sis. Rebecca Blocher, daughter of Earl and Dorothy 
Blocher, New Paris, Ohio were united in marriage, July 4, 1987 by 
Bro. Jan Heisey at the Stelvideo Grange, Stelvideo, Ohio. They are 
residing at 10965 Kern Road, Osceola, Indiana 46561. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 1987 

September 6 - Charity - I Corinthians 13:1-13. 

1. What is charity? 

2. Read I Peter 4:8 for what charity will do for God's people. 

September 13 - Prophesying - I Corinthians 14:1-40. 

1. Why is the gift of preaching so important? Matt. 28:19-20. 

2. Who is to preach? Rom. 10:13-15. 

September 20 - Christ is Risen from the Dead - I Cor. 15:1-58, 
I Cor. 16:1-24. 

1. How important is it that we believe in the resurrection? 
Rom. 4:25. 

2. Did the Church at Corinth all believe in the resurrection? 
I Cor. 15:12. 

September 27 - Forgiveness and Comfort - II Cor. 1:1-24, II Cor. 
2:1-17. 

1. How important is it that we practice forgiveness? 
Matt. 6:14-15. 

2. How often shall we forgive? Matt. 18:21-22. 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR SEPTEMBER 1987 

September 6 - A Goodly Pearl - Matt. 13:44-46, Col. 2:6-10, 
Mai. 3:17. 

1. What is the goodly pearl? Mai. 3:17, Isaiah 62:3, Deut. 32:10. 

2. Why is the Pearl of Great Price so precious? Matt. 16:26. 

September 13 - Our Confession - Matt. 16:15-28. 

1. What does Rom. 10:9 have to say about our confession? 

2. I John 4:15 fells us what takes place when we confess Christ. 

September 20 - Our Mercy Showing - Matt. 18:21-35. 

1. What is mercy and in what way do we show mercy? 

2. In the lesson what happened to the Servant who did not 
show mercy? 

September 27 - The Two Sons - Matt. 21:23-32. 

1. What lesson was Jesus teaching in this Parable? 

2. Deut. 10 tells us our duty to God. 



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NO. 17 



Tor 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. 

DOES JESUS CARE? 

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained 
Too deeply for mirth and song; 
As the burdens press, and the cares distress, 
And the way grows weary and long? 

Does Jesus care when my way is dark 
With a nameless dread and fear? 
As the daylight fades into deep night shades, 
Does He care enough to be near? 

Does Jesus care when I've tried and failed 
To resist some temptation strong; 
When for my deep grief I find no relief, 
Tho' my tears flow all the night long? 

Does Jesus care when I've said "good-by" 
To the dearest on earth to me, 
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks 
Is it aught to Him? Does He see? 

yes, He cares; I know He cares, 
His heart is touched with my grief; 

When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, 

1 know my Savior cares. 

- Frank E. Graeff 



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DISASTERS 

It seems that daily we hear of disasters somewhere in the world. 
Whether natural or mechanical, a number of lives are lost and there 
is a disruption of lifestyles for many more. Earthquakes, tor- 
nadoes, hurricanes, floods and blizzards are among the disasters 
that strike people and kill, maim or disrupt. Fires, crashes, sinkings 
or collapses occur to disrupt others. There are also other disasters 
that affect people. There may be financial, employment or labor 
disruptions that may bother people. Sickness, death and injury 
come to disturb people's ordinary lives. 

It is common to think that these disasters either happen a long 
way off or they affect only someone else. We have the feeling that 
somehow we will not be affected as others. We may even live 
dangerously, thinking that though others may be touched, we will 
escape. We may pity or agonize over another's accident, sorrow or 
loss but still feel ourselves to be invincible. 

Disasters hit all people. Just as God gives material blessings to 
all, good or evil, so disasters come upon all. Christians have 
serious situations to face just as the wicked do. Death, poverty, 
disease and accident are the lot of all. But the Christian's response 
to these situations can be different. 

When the unbeliever is affected with these situations, he often 
accuses God. He curses God or questions His motives. The 
Christian, although not understanding why these afflictions must 
come upon him, may repose in the thought that God is able to 
deliver. The Christian has a view that goes beyond the immediate 
situation. By the eye of faith he can see that God will work 
everything out for the best. His view is an eternal view. He realizes 

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that this life is but a speck in the total length of eternity. The 
Christian can take a long range view realizing that though life is not 
all that he desires now, yet beyond this life there lies a far better 
situation. To secure that blissful place he realizes he must have a 
constant faith that will not wilt in the face of these temporary, 
painful situations. 

Although the Christian can see these situations are temporary, 
he does not ignore the needs of others. He does not just speak 
comforting words about the situation, he knows there is a need for 
positive material action. There comes a time when more than pious 
prayers are needed to correct a situation. Christians are to be 
hearers and believers, but they must also activate what they have 
heard and believed. This is the practical side to Christianity. 

Christian living is what is seen or not seen by the world. 
Although those about us may not understand the doctrines and 
ordinances we live by, they can tell whether we are living as 
Christians or not. If they see us close our hearts and hands to 
those in need, they can figure we are not what we profess to be. If 
they see us in the midst of our own painful situations, curse and 
question God, they will believe that Christianity holds no answers 
for the person with troubles. 

The Christian can consider Job as a model of one who met 
multiplied disasters yet was able to hold to his faith even in the 
midst of his friends' accusations. The Christian's faith does not 
always seem rational to those around him but a true faith will 
produce an assurance that will in the end overcome the difficulties. 
Quiet confidence in the midst of disaster will do more to impress 
the unbelieving than pious prayers and sanctimonious sermons. 

The peace a Christian has within, even in the midst of troubles, is 
not understood by the world. Spiritual things are only understood 
by those possessing the Spirit of God. That peace can be 
confident and assured when all around are agonizing in their 
serious situations. The peace the Christian has within is from God. 
The Christian has trusted his soul's salvation to God's Plan. He can 
certainly trust his temporal and material affairs to the same God. 
Therefore he can have peace in all his affairs. This witness of 
God's active peace can be important in persuading the lost to seek 
the same peace. They must see that it is secured from God through 
faith and obedience. 

Disasters happen daily. They may be large or small. They may 
involve an individual or multitudes of people. They may be 
financial, physical, civic or moral. Whatever they are, they may 
strike both believer and unbeliever. It is the peace within that can 
carry the Christian through such a disaster and even cause him to 
be better for it. 



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Are you prepared for disaster? No amount of physical, material 
planning can make you ready. Spiritual preparation is the most 
important. Are you really prepared? 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 1, 1927 

"WHERE HE LEADS I WILL FOLLOW" 

J. H. Crofford 

When we arrive to the age of accountability; when we become 
conscious of our wrong doings or sinful life, there comes a call, not 
audibly but consciously, for a change in life. 

"I can hear my Saviour calling, 
I can hear my Saviour calling, 
I can hear my Saviour calling, 
Take thy cross and follow, follow me." 
Then when we come to a full realization of our condition, and feel 
the weakness and our dependence on a higher power, we decide to 
change our former way of living to obedience to the bidding of the 
master. 

"Jesus, 'tis a full surrender; All I leave to follow thee; 
Thou my leader and defender from this time shalt ever be. 
I surrender all, I surrender all; AN I have I bring to Jesus. 
I surrender all." 
Having made the full surrender, realizing our former leadership 
to be wrong, with humble contrition we resolve: 
"Where He leads me, I will follow, 
Where He leads me, I will follow, 
Where He leads me, I will follow, 
I'll go with Him with Him all the way." 
Humbly, penitently having made the resolution, how many fully 
realize what it means to follow Him all the way? 

To follow Him means going step by step. We are not full grown 
persons as soon as we are born, neither are we fully developed in 
His kingdom as soon as we start out in His service. What are some 
of the steps He took? His first step was to empty Himself. He put 
away from Himself His glory, His honor, His majesty, His beauty, 
His Holiness (He became sin for us) and became a man, a babe in 
Bethlehem's manger. 

Then our first step in following His is a complete putting from us 
of bigotry, or everything that makes us think we are somebody. 
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the foot of the cross and we too, must become as little babes. 

Next we find Him "growing and waxing strong in spirit, filled with 
wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." 

As babes in Christ, we must "desire the sincere milk of the Word 
and grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ," asking 
God for wisdom, "who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth 
not." Then "study to show thyself unto God a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed." 

After Jesus grew strong, we find Him going about doing good 
and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. As we wax strong, 
it is our privilege to carry the message of life and hope and 
deliverance from this oppression of the devil, and pray through 
faith in His name that the Father loose them. 

Looking into the three short years of His ministry, how frequently 
He went apart to pray: "He went apart in a desert place to pray." 
"He went to the mountain to pray." He went to the garden to pray." 
"He spent all night in prayer." "He arose a long while before day 
and went out to pray." Of all the privileges we enjoy, there is none 
more precious than the privilege and duty of following Him in 
prayer. "Men ought always to pray and not to faint." 

Then as we follow Him towards the close of His earthly ministry 
to Gethsemane, though we worked with and for Him, will we go no 
farther? If we would follow Him, we must go all the way, we must 
needs go through Gethsemane. Can you form a conception of the 
meaning of Gethsemane? Do you visualize anything different from 
a garden of beautiful roses and flowers with the sun shining and 
birds singing, when you sing: "I'll go with Him through the garden, 
I'll go with Him through the garden"? It was not a garden of this 
type, but one of great agony and suffering. In the darkness of the 
night the Son of God came to the hour of His betrayal. His 
followers, His nearest and dearest, follow Him to this spot where 
He experienced one of the darkest hours of His life. He came here 
apart from the world that He might have communion with the 
Father. He still went a little farther apart from His followers to 
agonize in prayer until "His sweat was as it were great drops of 
blood falling to the ground." There will come a time in our lives 
when we too would go where not even those we love best and those 
who love-us can come. We in a measure can taste the agonies of 
intercession. The burdens of the sins of all those about us, and the 
whole wide world wide sweep over us while we lay broken and 
gasping at His feet, while the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us 
with groanings that cannot be uttered. When He returned from His 
vigil He found those whom He left to watch, asleep. We also will 
taste the bitterness of being all alone, and in a measure are made to 



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realize it in the present movement. Those whom we thought were 
truly interested in the Kingdom of God and its extension fail us. We 
find those we expected to watch with us asleep at the post of duty. 
The promise to be faithful until death, failed when the crucial time 
came. We thank thee, Lord, for the privilege which is ours, but we 
cannot do it unless thou dost give us the strength. 

The victory won in the garden means victory in the life of every 
believer who will strive for it. 
The choirs in the churches all over our land sing: 
"I'll go with Him through the judgment, 
I'll go with Him through the judgment, 
I'll go with Him through the judgment, 
I'll go with Him, with Him all the way." 
A judgment is sure to come to those who follow in His footsteps. 
The world will point the finger of scorn at you. They will cast out 
your name as evil, as they did His. The only crown you will know in 
this life will be a crown of thorns composed of the jeers of the 
world. The persecuting and judging may come from those you 
least expect it; from the members of your own household (church). 
No matter if you are called fanatic, hypocrite or crank, if you are 
following Him. 

Then comes the crucifixion. You dare not stop at the cross if you 
would follow Him all the way. You must die to the world and self so 
completely and painfully that you will feel that you have been 
crucified with Him. Your hands must be nailed to the cross of 
renunciation of worldly "busyness", and your feet from straying 
where the Lord will not go. Your head must be pierced with thorns 
so your worldly thoughts, aspirations, ambitions and desires may 
give way to seeking His ways and plans. 

After death follows the burial. After the crucifixion Jesus was 
laid in the tomb. If you will follow Him all the way, you must be 
buried in the baptismal waters of the world and sinful pursuits and 
pleasures. 

But all glory to His name; the tomb could not hold Him. There is 
also a resurrection for His faithful followers. Jesus not only arose 
from the grave but He is sitting in glory at the right hand of His 
Majesty, pleading and interceding for us. It is now your privilege to 
plead with the lost and dying about you, and to intercede for the 
sick and suffering that they may be healed. But there remains for 
those who have followed Him all the way a glorious resurrection, 
when they will realize the eternal reward for having been faithful to 
the resolution "Where He leads me, I will follow," and they realize 
that they are "Home at last, Home at last." 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

A Vision for the Mission 

God's Word sets before us a missionary vision. We must catch 
hold of that vision if we are to fulfill the "Great Commission" that is 
given to us in Matthew 28:19-20. The "Go ye..." missionary vision 
involves more than merely looking out upon the fields which are 
white unto harvest. It encompasses preaching the gospel to those 
in regions beyond our home and church... approaching the map of 
the world with an open Bible. I fear that many people look upon the 
need today and go forth engaging in social work, economic 
betterment and even medical service. And of course, these are all 
"good works"... they are a part of the missionary enterprise... but 
they do not show forth a vision for lost souls. Human efforts and 
aims, however exalted and worthy they might be in themselves... 
are not basic elements of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ 
and salvation through Him. 

Now you don't have to have a visit from an angel or a special 
revelation to enter the missionary challenge and vision. This vision 
is the ability to see with the eyes of the mind and heart our God in 
all of His glory... to get a glimpse of His plan and to gain a 
conception of His provision for the accomplishment of His plan. 

Jesus didn't tell His disciples to lift their eyes and look upon the 
harvest fields which were white, ready for harvesting or reaping. 
This vision was greater than that which could be viewed with the 
human eyes. A Spirit-opened heart has to see the value of the 
harvest and the purpose and plan of God for gathering the harvest. 
Missionary vision and passion does not come from viewing the 
fields in the understanding and fashion of man. It comes from 
knowing God as our Lord knew Him... knowing the sovereign God 
who has a great goal for the world. It is knowing the loving and 
compassionate God who is "not willing that any should perish, but 
that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9. 

You will never possess the vision... you will never see the fields 
ready for harvest until you see God with the eyes of your heart and 
the sight of faith. Isaiah's account of his vision begins with the 
words, "I saw the Lord." After he had seen Him "high and lifted 
up," he could then see his part in His perfect plan. ONLY after he 
had seen the Lord could he see the people's need, the work to be 
done, his own lack of power and God's way for him. Today, as in 
Isaiah's time, the REAL VISION is the Spirit-given sight that 
beholds God with His work and His goal. 

In God's wonderful grace, He has not only redeemed your soul 
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carries out His purpose for bringing men into His eternal kingdom. 
God's plan of the ages is moving onward toward its ultimate con- 
summation. Jesus said, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent 
me, and to finish his work." For Him, doing the Father's will 
included His finishing work at Calvary, but He never flinched from 
the task. Now, via His Holy Spirit, He is imparting His vision and 
calling His children to serve and to suffer with Him in doing the 
Father's work. 

To be missionary-minded is to be Christ-minded; to be Christ- 
minded is to be missionary-minded and possess the missionary 
vision. This means Christ living in you, through you and by you. 
His passion for the world and His compassion for lost men and 
women must be yours. 

Let our vision of Christ's mission go onward. Let us turn our eyes 
to the future and press forward to carry out the commission God 
has given us. Don't be content with where we have been... that is 
not vision but an old man's dream. God has asked nothing of us for 
which He will not provide the strength and provision to carry to 
completion. Our acceptance and possession of the call will stand 
after heaven and earth have passed away. 

Do you have a vision for the mission? 

Brother Len Wertz 

OBEY AND HONOUR FATHER AND MOTHER 

To receive the blessing of being raised by Christian parents is a 
great blessing and we can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we 
owe toward them. Children are commanded to obey their parents 
in the Lord and honor them. It gives us a promise of well being and 
long life on earth. We have seen many times when children did not 
obey, respect and honour their Christian parents as they should 
and often times they have been a burden and placed sadness and 
heart aches upon them. 

Disobedience and dishonour to Christian parents is also dis- 
obedience and dishonour to our Lord's command. Under the old 
dispensation they were commanded to do so and Christ renewed 
the command. The Apostle Paul reminded us we should obey this 
God given command. Disobedience to Christian parents has 
contributed much to the falling away from the faith of the saving 
Gospel of Christ, the good example set by our faithful foreparents. 
The Apostle Paul goes as far as to say children obey your parents 
in all things for this is well pleasing to God. 

The saving Gospel tells us long hair is given to the women for a 
glory. Also we are not to wear costly array and unnecessary 



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appendages. Many years ago my father said people that were old 
in this life said the wearing of the necktie is a crape that shows 
there is a spiritual death inside. Today many women are robbing 
themselves of the glory of God. We can show our appreciation for 
our Christian parents by obedience and honour for them. 

We know it was and with some it still is now their hearts desire for 
their children to be faithful and true to the Lord. Parents who were 
much concerned about both their children's welfare, spiritual and 
temporal, deserve honour and praise. Children who do not obey 
and honour their parents have not received the blessings of God 
and are missing the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus. We know some who have suffered hardships and a 
short stay on earth because of disobedience to Christian parents 
Often times it appears that many do not think of and appreciate the 
many things their parents have done for them. God has pro- 
nounced a penalty upon those who have cursed father or mother. 

We are not to be moved by every wind of doctrine. It is a sad 
condition that many who have experienced the blessings of the 
plain, simple life as taught in the saving Gospel have turned to the 
evil fashions of the world. The call is continued, "Come out from 
the evils of the world and be ye separate." The things that were evil 
m the days of our foreparents are evil today. Sin and the ways of 
evil are much worse now than they have been in the days of our 
foreparents. We have many who have no sympathy for the ill 
Christ showed sympathy for the ill. God's Word teaches reverence 
for old age. 

Many prophecies are being fulfilled and the signs are that we are 
nearmg the second coming of Christ. Are we ready and prepared 
for this great event? The time has come when many will not endure 
sound doctrine but have heaped to themselves teachers having 
itching ears. What could be done to turn more to accept the faith 
once and for all delivered to the saints? This know ye also in the 
last days perilous times should come and some shall depart from 
the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils 
speaking lies in hypocrisy having their conscience seared with a 
hot iron. Evil men shall wax worse and worse deceivinq and beina 
deceived. 

Satan sometimes appears as an angel of light. He also goes 
about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Many are 
overtaken by the spirit of antichrist. What is in store for the rising 
generation if wickedness continues in the next half century to get 
worse and worse like it has been in our day. Many are being 
robbed and murdered daily. No one's earthly life is safe anymore 
because of the forces of evil. Envy, hatred and strife are abounding 
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Will we stand the storms of life's pathway in this evil day. We 
need the help of the blessed Saviour who can make all things 
possible. Through His help we can press onward and forward 
toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ 
Jesus. Many great men of God, recorded in His Word, were 
determined to go onward and forward and never lay their armour 
down, 

I said to my beloved late wife sometime ago, "The most of our 
friends have gone to their reward." It is necessary to keep God's 
commands to spend eternity with the faithful servants of God who 
have gone on before. 

Let us never forget the first command with promise that Christ 
also commanded in His Saving Gospel. We who have had Christian 
parents laid to rest can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we 
owe toward them. Let us continue onward in the way of the truth 
and righteousness that we like the Apostle Paul can say "Hence- 
forth 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 also that love his appearing." Let us not be 
among the foolish who are unprepared for the glorious eternal life 
to come. 

This life is as a flower that appears for a season then vanishes 
away. Are we prepared for eternity? As we grow older in this life 
we should be aware of the fact we are nearing the time we must lay 
this armour of flesh down and reap our eternal reward and join with 
those who have gone on before. If the second coming of Christ 
were today would we be ready to appear at the judgment seat of 
Christ? That will be a happy day for those who are prepared to 
meet their loved ones in the glorious eternal city of God, when the 
heart aches will be over in this life. Will we be among those who 
have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the 
Lamb? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
RD 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 

NONCONFORMITY 

Romans 12:2 

After baptism, we have become a new creature in Christ Jesus. 
The sins of our past life are washed away. The desire of our heart 
should now be directed toward Christian living. A Christian will not 
want to please self, but will desire to please God. "Whether there- 
fore ye eat, or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of 



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God." I Cor. 10:31. 

We are now willing to devote our bodies in holy service to God. 
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and 
acceptable, and perfect will of God." Rom. 12:2. 

"Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, 
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." I Cor. 6:17. 
Sin separates from God. We have now turned from Satan with all 
his pernicious ways and now seek higher and better ideals than 
those offered by the world. 

Christians are "Known and read of all men." II Cor. 3:2. Theywill 
practice the golden rule in their lives. They will avoid the things 
that have even the appearance of evil. They will try to influence 
others for good. 

Christians will be different from other people even in appear- 
ance. Modesty of dress is a scriptural teaching of the New 
Testament. In I Tim. 2:9-10 we read that women are to dress in 
modest apparel and not to wear jewelry or costly array. A Christian 
will not dress in a way to draw attention to her body, but will wear 
the gem of great price, which is the ornament of a meek and quiet 
spirit. She will be concerned in spending her time doing good 
works. I Peter 3:3-4. 

Our Church has always advocated Gospel simplicity in dress and 
tries to maintain modest adornment by certain requirements. 
Sisters are not to wear shorts or slacks, or tight form-fitting and 
short dresses, which is so prevalent in the fashions of the world. 
Sisters are to wear modest dresses, long enough and wide enough 
so that their knees are well covered when sitting. Ten inches Trom 
the floor is a good length that will meet this requirement as 
specified in our polity booklet. As a weather covering the sisters 
are to wear the plain bonnet and hood. 

The brethren are to wear the standing collar coat and the plain 
black hat. This distinguishes their attire from the worldly custom of 
wearing neckties, and so forth. 

As worldly organizations have their own uniform to specify the 
company they are associated with or the type of work, they do, so 
the Christian Church has the right to have a uniform standard of 
dress to distinguish them from the fashions and styles of the world. 

Simplicity of dress and modest attire is the most beautiful 
adornment, because it shows a beautiful spirit within and is in 
harmony with the teaching of the Scripture. Loyalty is beautiful! 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



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AN EXAMPLE OF FAITH 

In the country of Germany 
In the town of Swartz'nau, 

Were a band of God's believers 
Who seriously searched God's law. 

They thought the State's religion 
Did not meet the will of God, 

So they searched the Holy Bible 
That the right path they may trod. 

After many days and years of study 
With their bended knees in prayer, 

They received spiritual enlightment 
As to what they should do there. 

There eight souls did make a vow 
That they should band together, 

To study and obey God's Word, 
For to understand it better. 

They learned from the Good Book 
That to get freedom from sin, 

It took baptism in the water, 
Three times to be immersed in. 

And so as the eight chose one 
He had to baptize another first, 

Then the one that was baptized 
The others he did immerse. 

The year was seventeen o eight 
When this movement first begun,, 

Many people joined this group, 
Accepting Jesus as God's Son. 

From Germany to America 
Leaders of this group did come, 

They preached the old time Gospel 
Besides living it in their homes. 

Down through the generations 
These believers remained so true, 

How thankful we should be to them, 
For their example to me and you. 

The salvation plan we have right now 

May we never let it slip, 
As Paul told his many captors 

Play safe, stay on board the Ship. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Laying On Hands 
J. H. Moore 

Enough is said in the New Testament about the laying on of 
hands, to indicate that hands were laid on all converts sooner or 
later, following their baptism. We read that after Paul had properly 
instructed and then baptized the twelve certain disciples at 
Ephesus, he said "laid his hands on them." (Acts 19:6) For some 
reason, not mentioned in the account of the circumstance, Philip, 
the evangelist, did not lay hands on those he baptized during his 
revival meeting at Samaria, but a little later, — possibly a week or 
such a matter, — Peter and John came up from Jerusalem and 
performed this service. Referring to those baptized, we read: 
"Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy 
Ghost." (Acts 8:17) In keeping with these examples, the minister, 
after baptizing penitent believers, should lay his hands on them, 
and pray over them. This we regard as a consecration service, — a 
ceremony in which new-born creatures are fully set apart for the 
Lord's service. The prayer should be a most impressive one, and 
ought to make a lasting impression on the soul of those receiving 
the blessing. 

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR A SEEKER 

From one of John Newton's letters. 

How often have I longed to be an instrument of establishing you 
in the peace and hope of the Gospel! And I have but one way of 
attempting it: By telling you over and over of the power and grace 
of Jesus. You want nothing to make you happy but to have they 
eyes of your understanding more fixed upon the Redeemer, and 
more enlightened by the Holy Spirit to behold His glory. 

O! He is a suitable Saviour! He has power, authority and 
compassion to save to the uttermost. He has given His word of 
promise to engage our confidence, and He is able and faithful to 
make good the expectations and desires He has raised in us. 

Put your trust in Him; believe, as we say, through thick and thin, 
in defiance of all objections from within and without. 

For this Abraham is recommended as a pattern to us. He 
overlooked all difficulties. He ventured and hoped even against 
hope in a case which, to appearance, was desperate because he 
knew that he who had promised was able to perform. 

Selected by L. H. Miller 
RD 2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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REDEEMED 

There is a song we often sing, "When Ail Redeemed Singers Get 
Home." I am wondering just what it will be like, when all the 
redeemed get Home. I am sure there is nothing greater than what 
that time will be. The songs we often sing have a lasting 
impression on our lives. 

God knew us before we were born. He also knew we needed to 
be redeemed. He looked down upon mankind lost in sin. If we lose 
something we try to get it back or redeem it. So God is trying to 
redeem that which was lost. He went to the cross of Calvary to 
redeem us. 

Can we redeem ourselves with money or good works? There is 
only one way we can be redeemed and that is by the cross, through 
His Word. We read where Jesus told Nicodemus "Ye must be born 
again." I don't think there is any other way. The redeemed are 
those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and made 
ready. If you are in bondage why not let the blood of Jesus Christ 
set you free? 

How many of us really love the Lord? We know He loves us 
because He died on Calvary to redeem each and every soul who is 
willing to accept Him. Are we willing to let Christ take hold of our 
lives and make a new person out of us? Do we really express our 
love for Him knowing that it is only through Him we have been 
redeemed? 

If we are redeemed, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and the 
fruits of our lives will show to those around us. We will be more 
kind, more loving and lend a hand to those in need. I wonder as we 
gather together at Church or at Conference and meet with those 
who are outside the ark of safety, do they really feel we have been 
redeemed? Are we a redeemed people? If they needed help, some 
food or a ride would we help them, or are we just concerned about 
ourselves? Do we love the poor ones in our Church, as Christ 
would have us do? Do you believe the golden rule? Many times I 
am made to wonder about these things. We are to help those who 
need help. I am sure if we do these things the Lord will richly bless 
us. 

Do we feel we are better than other Sisters or Brethren? If we are 
redeemed we will not find any of these things in His Church. 
Where would we be today if Jesus had not offered us the way of 
salvation? Oh, how wonderful it is to be redeemed from the hands 
of the enemy. 

So many today think there is a way out. Not long ago an aged 
man came to my home and said, "Why do you waste your time 
going to Church?" 

I said "Because I love the Lord and want a home hereafter." 



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"You know when you die that is the end, just like pets when they 
die." 

I said, "You are wrong, don't you have a Bible so you are able to 
see that there is a place for the righteous and a place for the 
ungodly." 

"I don't need a minister, not now nor when I die. I will be 
cremated at once and no funeral and that is the end." 

I said, "I am so sorry for you because there is going to be a 
judgment day when you will pay dearly for not following Christ." 

He said, "There is no such person." 

Just three months to the day he passed away and nobody would 
have known it if they had not seen the undertaker take him. This 
was a sad thing, but He is not the only one that believes that way. It 
is sad that these people can't be helped. I know they do not enjoy 
this life like a Christian does. I pray that those who are out in the 
world of sin can be rescued before it is too late. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

NEWS ITEMS 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

The Ridge Congregation will hold a Revival Meeting, September 
14 through 20. The Lord willing Elder Harley Flory of Defiance, 
Ohio will be the evangelist. A Lovefeast service will be held on 
Saturday, September 19. A hearty invitation is given to all who can 
attend. 

Elder Eugene Kauffman 

McCLAVE , COLORADO 

Lord willing, the McClave Congregation is planning a Revival 
meeting, with Bro. Len Wertz of Quinter, Kansas as our evangelist. 
The meetings will begin September 20, with the Lovefeast service 
September 26. 

Please come and be with us if you can. 

Sister Rhonda Snyder, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Church plans a two week Revival beginning October 
4 through October 18. Bro. Hayes Reed is our evangelist. Services 
nightly with our Lovefeast October 17. Communion will begin at 7 
p.m. 

We invite all to these services. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 



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Harley Flory, Secretary 
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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXV SEPTEMBER 15, 1987 



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. 

"YOU MAY THINK!" 

You may think "THINGS" are important 

In this world we're living in... 
But they really are worth NOTHING! 

Often they cause strife and sin. 

(That's what Satan wants.) 

If you want something IMPORTANT 

Then why not choose the Bible? 
Read it from cover to cover, 

Then you won't be found idle. 

(That's what God wants.) 

Every thing you have on this earth 

Has been loaned to you from God, 
And some day you will leave it here 

When you're laid beneath the sod. 

(Thank God for loans.) 

Don't put your trust on "THINGS ON EARTH," 

Let your mind soar to the skies... 
Beyond the clouds of snowy white 

Where mansions in glory rise. 

(Thank God for Christ.) 

Oh, let your Lord mean more to you 

Than all the riches around... 
Always, He will take care of you 

When in His ways you abound. 

(Think on these things.) 

- Sister Irene Stout 



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BIRTHDAYS 

Everybody has a birthday. Some do not wish to acknowledge 
these yearly events but their druthers do not change the fact. 
Others, especially the children, look forward to the coming of 
birthdays and the accompanying presents and parties. 

Birthdays mark the yearly accumulation of age. From the date of 
our entrance into this world, we calculate our time of stay until 
now. How many birthdays we will celebrate is beyond our 
knowledge. Some are plucked from this world before they have 
celebrated very many birthdays; others will see many birthdays 
before they are called from this life. 

Our birth is a miracle, itself, as is the continuation of life. If 
reproduction were left to the inventive mind of men, undoubtedly 
some far inferior method would have been devised, but God 
devised our present means so as to involve both parents and to seal 
their love with conception and the eventual birth of another person 
requiring their love and care. That life is precious because of God's 
hand in its conception and deliverance. 

Each birthday, as it marks a yearly increase in age, should also 
denote a growth in physical and mental abilities. We expect as a 
child grows older that he will be able to do more things with greater 
dexterity. We also expect a growth in mental abilities as well. 
When a person has passed enough birthdays to be considered an 
adult, we also expect an ability to control his behavior and to have 
increased patience. Unfortunately the number of birthdays a 
person has had, has little relationship to his real maturity. Some 
who are younger in years are more mature than others who are 
much older. Years are not an accurate measure of maturity. 

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^ Not only do Christians have a physical birthday but also a 
Spiritual birthday. There was a day sometime in the past, whether 
long ago or very recent, when choice was made to become a child 
of God. Whether the Christian had the advantage of sitting under 
the sound of true gospel preaching all of his life or he had by his 
own volition recently begun to hear the Gospel story, still by the 
working of the Spirit of God that person was brought to the place 
where he was willing to accept the fact that he could not save 
himself, no matter what wonderful deeds he might do. In realizing 
his helplessness, he could then find the way God had provided for 
the forgiveness of his sins and establishment as a child of God. 
There had to be an exercise of faith, believing that God would do as 
He promised. There had to be an acceptance of the work Jesus did 
on Calvary in dying for the sins of all mankind. For that death to 
have meaning it must be accepted on an individual basis. There 
was a need of repentance, not only a sorrow for sins committed in 
the past but also a willingness to not sin in the future. Faith and 
repentance were an individual responsibility, but to bring about the 
new birth, there was the need for the involvement of the whole 
body of Christ. Just as the human birth involves both parents so 
the Spiritual birth involves the believing, repentant individual and 
the Church. Trine immersion for the remission of sins must be 
administered through the Church's ministerial representatives. 
With administration of baptism the promise of the Spirit's coming 
can be enjoyed and Spiritual life is present. The breath of life must 
be present when a baby is born, the Spirit must be present to have a 
Spiritual birth. 

This is a wonderful birthday. But that is what it is — a birthday. 
There must be continual Spiritual growth and advancing maturity. 
Just as years of natural life do not guarantee maturity, so years of 
Spiritual activity do not necessarily mean Spiritual maturity either. 
There must be a consistent growth and a daily dependance upon 
the Spiritual food of the Bible, with study, prayer and service. There 
must be a disciplined other-centered life that is an imitation of the 
life of Christ. There must be the realization that there is never an 
end to that growing. There is no place of stopping. There must be 
a continual growth or all may yet be lost. 

Physical birthdays may or may not be enjoyable — it all depends 
upon how we look at them. If we have had a Spiritual birthday we 
can more easily accept the piling up of years that mean inevitably 
we are closer to the end of life than we were before. 

More important than our physical birthday is our Spiritual birth- 
day. Not only is the birth important but the continuing of our 
Spiritual maturing. In this case we should not ask, "How old are 
you?" but rather, "How mature are you?" 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Twentieth-Century Idolatry" 

Idolatry has been a problem since the fall of man in the Garden of 
Eden. The Greek and Roman cultures were full of it. Paul was 
"greatly distressed" in Athens when he saw the city full of idols. 
(Acts 17:16) In Ephesus he again saw many of these man-made 
gods. 

The message of Jesus Christ penetrated this idolatrous environ- 
ment and we find Christians, as those at Thessalonica, testifying 
that they "turned to God from idols to serve the living and true 
God." This would indicate that in the early church a converted 
person made clear-cut and dramatic choices for Christ and away 
from the idols of their age. SERVING THE LIVING GOD AND 
BOWING DOWN TO DEAD IDOLS ARE INCOMPATIBLE IN 
EVERY WAY... and this would bring us to the twentieth-century 
Christian. 

Today, it seems so difficult for many people to identify with the 
idolatry of the Biblical cultures. We don't often think about bowing 
down to idols made of wood or stone as the pagan peoples did. 
Yet, much of the world's population still engage in flagrant idolatry. 

When I was in Africa, I routinely saw shrines filled with images 
and homes where idols were a part of their everyday life. These 
items were to provide them with peace, protection and sometimes 
even prosperity. I also viewed this in Hawaii and among the 
Pueblo's of the Southwest. Even in Mexico the idolatry was 
dramatic. In the great churches there you see dramatic statuary 
and images which have been a prominent part of their Catholic 
worship for hundreds of years. And though these people would 
deny that they were worshiping and bowing down to these idols, 
they seemed to esteem them very much like the golden calf was 
esteemed as the center of worship at the foot of Mt. Sinai. It 
becomes a strange sort of combination of old idolatrous practice 
and modern Christian worship practice. Again, we say that we 
would never worship in that way. But what about those of us who 
are guilty of a more subtle form of idol worship... idolatry 1980's 
style? 

Today, rather than worshiping images of people... we seem more 
likely to worship people. The most prevalent examples here are 
those who are highly esteemed in the entertainment field... and that 
includes sports! Some of us remember when Elvis Presley died. 
There was an incredible outburst of "people worship" which broke 
out as people demonstrated their affection, love, and actual 
worship of this evil man. This individual, who probably did more 
than any other person to corrupt the morals of young people, died 



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of a drug overdose... and became a modern "god." 

To "glorify people" is a great American habit. It would seem that 
the more sordid their life-style, the more attention they get from the 
press. Musicians today are emulated on every hand. People copy 
their hair styles, clothing styles... and ultimately their life styles. 
They adopt their "religion" as they preach it via the airwaves. They 
are idols! 

Even some religious leaders are worshiped today. This is 
particularly true in some Evangelical movements and it is true in all 
of the cults. Human (istic) gods are signs of the times. 

Jesus clearly teaches us that we can not serve two masters Our 
devotion can only be to one. (Matt. 6:24) Yet, materialistic gods 
continue to take their places in our lives. I am amazed... and 
apalled... that some of the Christian young people I know... know 
about as much about athletic stars as they do about Bible 
characters. Athletes have become some of the highest paid men in 
the world. They have become idols... and are even termed that 
unashamedly in some publications today. 

Idolatry and immorality have always been closely aligned. There 
is no question that many Americans worship at the shrine of sex. 
This is the reason they bow down to the "sex-symbols"... both men 
and women... enjoying them in utter flagrant immorality. People 
are preoccupied with sensuality... and this is idolatry. God hates 
immorality and I believe we are seeing a form of His judgment 
against it in the AIDS disease today. Paul teaches that no idolater 
has an inheritance in the kingdom of God. (Eph. 5:5) See the 
ultimate end of all idolatry here? 

Are you guilty? You must be on the guard against this evil today. 
You must first make the choice of Joshua to "serve the Lord." 
(Josh. 24:14-15) Secondly, you must pray fervently that God will 
reveal to you when you are straying out into the idolatrous system 
of our age. Renew your commitment day by day and serve Christ 
with enthusiasm. 

Finally, examine and evaluate your life-style in the light of God's 
eternal Word. Ask yourself... is there anything in your life that is 
more important than Christ and His will for your life? Have you 
turned your personal needs over to Him? Have you turned your 
status in life over to Him? Have you turned your material 
possessions over to Him? Have you turned your recreational 
activities over to Him? Your leisure time, your hobbies, your 
house, your car... are they God's? If you can't say with ease that 
they are all His... they may well be on the way to becoming your 
god(s). Commit everything to God now. Ask Him for forgiveness 
in areas where twentieth-century idols have taken His rightful place 
as number one in your life. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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IS THE CHURCH LOSING ITS IDENTITY? 

The Church has always stood for Gospel plainness. Direct 
teachings such as I Timothy 2:9-10, I Peter 3:3-5, and teachings on 
pride, I John 2:16, Mark 7:2 have led Church fathers to instigate 
guidelines for us to follow. 

The brethren's coat, the recommendations for parting the hair, 
the guidelines for sisters dresses, and the restrictions on jewelry 
are all ways the Church is trying to help us to lead Godly lives in 
this world that is filled with pride. 

Why is it that we seem to want to follow the world in the matter of 
dress? Do we feel that the world is a better teacher than the 
Church? Why do hemlines go up and down with the fashions the 
world wears? Why do brethren want to wear the brightly colored 
pants the world wears? Do we want to be identified with the world? 
We all know that God has prepared a place for the world and He 
has told us how terrible it will be. Why then do we want to do as the 
world does? 

God says there are seven things that He hates and one of them is 
pride. Is pride what causes us to dress as the world does? Is it 
pride that makes us ashamed to be seen in our church clothes? 
Some have one set of clothes for Sunday and other clothes for the 
rest of the week. Is this consistent with Bible teaching? James 1:8 
says, "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." 

Can the people who see us when we are out and about identify us 
as belonging to a plain church? Or do they identify us with the 
world? Do the people who see us on the beach know we are a 
separate people? 

When our children accept the Lord do we encourage them to be 
as plain as the Church asks or do we dress them in a manner 
becoming to the world? Do we encourage them to have large 
coverings or do we want them smaller? We are going to be 
responsible for the Church of the future and these children are 
going to be that Church. 

I have a book that lists all the plain churches and also lists all the 
churches that USED to be plain. The Dunkard Brethren Church 
was on the plain list. If an outside observer were to view us would 
we still be on the plain list? I wonder how long we will be there? 

Dress is not the important thing in our lives, but it IS important 
because the Bible teaches it. If our heart is right with God it will be 
evident on the outside as a light to the world that we follow the 
risen Savior. 

Sister Jolene Andrews 



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TRAINING OUR CHILDREN 

We are to train up a child the way he should go then when he is 
old he will not depart from it. Prov. 22:6. It is hard today to raise a 
family. It is not like it was when we were children. There is much 
going on in school and in the community. Parents spend money to 
give their children good educations so they can get good jobs and 
prepare themselves for the future. 

They take them to Church and try to show them what it is to have 
a good Christian home and help them when they are old enough to 
see what a difference it makes when Christ rules their lives. I was 
always in a Christian home. I cannot imagine what a home would 
be like without Christ. But now people don't seem to care about 
their soul's salvation. If children would be able to see this there 
would not be so many in trouble. They must be taught early in life 
the difference between right and wrong. So often today as our 
children enter high school so many of their associates don't know 
the Lord and there is so much trouble. Often a good boy is led 
astray. 

One day a boy was walking with his father. He wanted to go back 
to the car to get something. The father told his son to be careful for 
by the car was a deserted cabin and by it there was a well. When 
the boy returned he told his father how he kept away from the well 
by following in his tracks. Parents what kind of tracks are you 
leaving for your children to follow? 

If Christ is the unseen guest in our homes, there will be love and 
happiness. We all know love is very important in any home. Even 
when there is a storm we know we have the love of God with us. Is 
our home better because we are a part of it? It is very important in 
every home that we teach our dear ones about Christ. We as 
parents must be deeply rooted in the faith, then as storms come we 
will be able to stand. Let us, as parents, work and strive, day by 
day, regardless of the cost, to win them for Christ. Can our 
children feel that Christ is in the home and it seems brighter for His 
love? 

A story is told of a boy whose parents were not christians. They 
made him steal and do all kinds of wrong things to help support 
them. Finally, one day he could not stand it any longer so he left 
home. He did not know what to do so he traveled on and on for 
several hundred miles. He was tired and hungry. He noticed a 
house, so he went in and they seemed glad to have him. At once he 
noticed it was not like his home. The man and woman seemed so 
different. Soon he found the answer. It was a Christian home. 
They read the Bible every day and they knelt to pray. He seemed 
to fit well here and they seemed to want him. He always went to 



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church and loved every minute of it. Soon he felt he needed the 
Christ they followed. He accepted Christ and started to live a good 
life. They adopted him and were so happy together. Before long 
he was put into the ministry and started carrying the message of 
Salvation to a dying world. 

Here is an example of what a Christian home can do. When 
Christ brightens our home there is no room for darkness. May we 
as parents hold the great light that shines in our lives before our 
children, so they can see what it means to have Christ in our lives. 
Then when they have a home, it will also shine there and it will be a 
blessing to all who enter. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 15, 1927 

THE CHURCH EFFECTIVE 

D. W. Hostetler 

We think of the church as an institution essential for the develop- 
ment of Christian training and culture. 

Christian culture is the application of labor or means in rendering 
productive or useful, resulting in spiritual improvement, develop- 
ment, and enlightenment. This is the thing that is needed in these 
days. We need more enlightenment of God's truth, His great love, 
His plan of salvation, and the great mission of His church in the 
world. We need a bigger vision of life and the purpose of our being 
in the world. 

Let us think of the church as a living body. The life of the church 
is no higher than the lives of the members constituting the church; 
hence, it behooves each one of us to do our very best to live such 
lives as will raise the standard of church life. 

In John 5:21 it is said that as the Father raiseth the dead and 
quickeneth them, so the Son quickeneth whom He will; that is, He 
incites life. However, this is conditional on our accepting the 
conditions of pardon. 

I John 4:10 says, Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that 
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 
Verse 9 says, God loved us so that he sent his Son that we might 
live through Him. The Psalmist says, the law of the Lord (in other 
words, the doctrine of the Lord) is perfect converting the soul. The 
command to the Church is to preach the gospel to every creature. 
Peter said, Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins and ye 
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Again he says, Repent and 
be converted that your sins may be blotted out. From these texts 



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and others we draw the conclusion that teaching is a condition to 
faith, that faith is a condition to repentance, that repentance is a 
condition to baptism, that baptism is a condition to the remission of 
sins, and that the remission of sins is a condition to the gift of the 
Holy Ghost This is the law that regulates the new birth. 

Paul says the church is the pillar and ground of the truth. She is 
instructed with the oracles of God. It is clear that she has the 
message of life and it is her work to bring this message of life to 
sinners. 

Another necessity for the regulation of the life of the church is 
that she must renew her life; Paul tells us that the outward man 
perishes but the inward man is renewed day by day, that is, the 
outward man wears away in serving Him, but in so doing' the 
inward man is renewed. Make a personal application of this test 
and you will renew the spiritual life of the church. Paul in 
Ephesians 4:22-23 says we should put off the old man which is 
corrupt according to deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of 
our mind. Paul further tells us to be transformed by the renewing 
of the mind. This renewal means to renovate, to transform, to 
change from natural enmity to the love and law of God, to implant 
holy affections in the heart. Paul in Colossians tells us that the new 
man is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created 
him. We are to become like Him in desire, in purpose, in affection, 
and in character. 

To be effective, the church must grow from within. She must be 
founded on gospel principle and plan her own work by the 
direction of the Holy Spirit in harmony with the law of God, and not 
go out into the world to get worldly things and worldly methods 
and expect to grow spiritual. For worldliness always drives out 
spirituality. I read recently a news article in which the editor 
praised a college professor for having the courage of his con- 
victions. The newspaper quotes the professor as saying that 
anyone who does not enjoy a good movie is sick and that it is 
foolishness to try to keep our young people from attending movies 
and other things our young people are doing, lam made to think of 
a motto I once saw on the wall of a blacksmith shop; "Do nothing 
that you would not like to be doing when Jesus comes; say nothing 
you would not like to be saying when Jesus comes; go no place 
where you would not like to be found when Jesus comes." Now I 
wonder if the professor would like to be at a movie when Jesus 
comes. 

Christianity and worldliness will not mix and ye can not serve 
God and mammon. In the Christian Herald for May 7, 1927 on page 
394, there is an article called, "Where is the Gain?" It tells of a 
young pastor's making a trial of opening the parish house to 



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dancing. After one year the pastor voted the experiment a failure. 
It added, he said, no additional attendance to prayer meeting or 
church service. The pastor declared that ^the dance that most 
people wanted is the kind that provokes the passions that in the 
long run destroy spiritual life. He declares that he is ready to put 
on a program that would make the church a thing distinct from the 
world instead of one which conforms to the world. 

Brethren, may God help us that the church of our choice may 
avoid worldliness and these social evils, for her activities must be 
such that enriches her qualities; then she is enlarging her life, 
expands, reaches out. 

WHO FLEW THE KITE? 

I Corinthians 12 

"I did," said the wind! "I did," said the paper! "I did," said the 
string! "I did," said the boy! But in reality they all flew the kite! If 
the wind had lulled, if the paper had torn, if the sticks had broken, if 
the tail had caught in the tree, or the boy had fallen, then the kite 
would have come down! Each had a part to play. 

In the Christian walk, each of us has a part to play also. God has 
given each of His children a job to do. Some jobs are simple, some 
more demanding, but all are necessary. There is no reason to 
concern ourselves with whose job is most important. God asks us 
to do certain things according to our ability, not according to social 
status or because we'd like to do something important, He is 
concerned with the whole task, but each of us has just a part to 
complete. 

Our goal in the work we do for the Lord should be to do our part 
in a way that blends in with the efforts of others. We should desire 
to fulfill our roles so our lives are an honor to God. When we have 
the right goals and desires, we will be too busy working to worry 
about how important our job is. Our greatest satisfaction will come 
in knowing we've done as God has directed us. 

We are encouraged when we know we've done our job well and 
that God is pleased. We also appreciate the encouragement of 
those about us, and we in turn should encourage and rejoice with 
others in their work. Sometimes when others succeed and we fail, 
jealousy will rear up its ugly head, but we must turn away from 
such. We need instead to continue on in faith, trusting God to help 
us do His will. 

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the 
members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is 
Christ." I Cor. 12:12. As we observe the human body and how its 
various parts complement each other, we readily see that all of it is 



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necessary. A leg doesn't take off by itself and leave the foot and 
upper body behind. Neither does a hand function separately from 
the arm. The whole body works together, and so should we in 
Christ. We can't function effectively alone. 

"And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: 
nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you." I Cor. 12:21. 
We can get along without certain parts of our bodies, but missing 
or not, all parts are still important. Each person in the body of 
Christ is also important and we can't look at each other and say, "I 
don't need you" or ''God doesn't need you." We need each other 
and we need to work together as a unit. 

Whether it is a family, a Church, a farm or other business, it takes 
the efforts of all concerned to make it a fully-working unit. If 
anyone refuses to do his or her part, it hinders the end result in one 
way or another. A team of horses has learned to work together, to 
pull the load as one. We need to function as a team also, and not be 
pulling in opposite directions. 

In the Christian walk, we first must team up with Christ. We must 
learn to work with Him, not pull away from Him. As we learn to 
work with Jesus, we will be better able to work with the people 
around us. Especially we'll be able to work in Christian service, to 
fit in, to help "fly the kite", rather than drag it down. This teamwork 
is needed to make the body of Christ a working unit. 

Besides the teamwork, our oneness in Christ serves another 
purpose. When we suffer, we need someone to care (verse 26). We 
need someone close enough to us in the Lord to care when we 
hurt, to help us in times of distress. We need someone to hold on to 
us in prayer when our strength is gone and we can't hold on alone. 
Christians do need each other, and it is important for us to have 
compassion for each other. 

There are different gifts and ways of doing things, but we serve 
just one God. These gifts are given out as He sees best. Whatever 
your role, wherever you live, consider yourself a part of the whole 
body. God has a job designed just for you. He has given the rest of 
the work to other believers, so all things are completed. God 
knows who really flies the kite, and our concern needs only to be to 
do His will without delay.. The results are in His hands. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

1987 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from August 15, 1987 Issue 

SUNDAY P.M. 

Elder Hayes Reed (California) opened. Matthew 9:32-38. 
Christian progress depends on vision and prayer. Jesus came and 



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died for you and me. What will we do when we get a vision? We 
must put that vision in prayer and help others learn about Christ, 
our Savior. 

Elder Dale Jamison (Kansas). Ephesians 4:11-16. God has 
promised us He will never leave us nor forsake us. We must make a 
basic decision about religion when we grow up. We must learn our 
Bibles well and take our stand for God. We must bridle our 
tongues. The Bible says we must not let the sun go down upon our 
wrath. We must associate with that perfect person, Christ. Outside 
of the Church of Jesus Christ we cannot be saved. Satan is 
deceiving people more all the time. The Holy Word says repent and 
be baptized and ye shall be saved. 

Elder David Skiles (New Mexico). Luke 22:54-62. Cold Hands 
And A Cold Heart. What are the problems creeping into Christi- 
anity? If there is coldness in our heart, there cannot be any love in 
our heart. Apathy can creep into our lives in many ways. We might 
think we are the salt of the earth, but we may still be in the shaker. 
If we are going to be the salt of the earth we may be an offense to 
some people. Apathy can be described as Spiritual coldness. Is 
your life living up to the Word of God? We must be doers of the 
Word and live according to the Scriptures. We need to be more like 
Peter when his heart grew cold toward Christ, he repented for his 
sin. If our heart becomes cold towards Christ, are we willing to 
repent and turn and follow Christ. This is a humanistic nation. 
People think they can forget God and take care of their own life. 
The love of Christ must constrain us. We are ambassadors of 
Christ. 

Elder Charles Leatherman (Ohio) closed. We have duties and 
responsibilities in life. Jesus Christ is that solid rock we must build 
on. 

SUNDAY EVENING 

Elder Fred Pifer (Iowa) opened. Acts 4:13-31. Let us be a 
consecrated Christian. 

Elder Edward Johnson (Ohio). Ephesians 2:10. Workmanship. 
We are all interested in workmanship. We want the best work- 
manship of something if we purchase something. What does God 
have to show for what He has done for us? God repented that He 
ever made man. Man thinks he doesn't need God and he is without 
God. God burned Sodom because of wickedness. What does God 
think about the sins of today? God sent Jesus to bring salvation to 
save the world. We have an example of Christ how we ought to live. 
Fornication in the homes spoils the workmanship with God. We 
must keep in mind that we want to be Christians. We are supposed 
to be the workmanship of God. Jesus Christ came to save sinners. 
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will do something for the Spirit. 
SERMON TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE 

Bro. Len Wertz (Kansas). Matthew 5:1-9, Revelation 3:14-22. 
Cold Fish From the Refrigerator Christianity. We are living in a 
compromising society. We are losing the value of God's Holy 
Word. Jesus wants us to be a body of believers. Satan is busy 
trying to tear down the Church. What are we doing to save the 
Church? There is going to be an Antichrist at the end of time. 
Spiritual coldness can take our lives quicker than any other 
disease. We need stability in our lives. Do we have the compassion 
to be obedient to God. We are living in a world of selfism. Young 
people you must put away all sinful things of the world and follow 
the teaching of Jesus. Young people stay with the Bible believing 
Church. Don't let yourself get blown away by Satan. The Church 
is the body of Christ. Our God is alive. He is not dead. He is all 
powerful. God is going to judge sin. You must be separate people 
for Jesus. Be a Warrior of Jesus Christ and follow His teachings. 
Go all the way with Christ and don't be lukewarm. You need a 
confession concerning the things of life and a daily walk with 
Christ. We need to stand up for Jesus. You've got to love Christ 
because He first loved you. We've got to follow Jesus unto the end 
if we want to gain victory. 

Elder Rudy Cover (California) closed. Accepting Jesus is the 
only way of life. There is nothing greater than eternal life. You 
young people have the choice of serving a living God. 
MONDAY A.M. 

Bro. Milton Cook (California) opened. I John 5:1-12. We want to 
accomplish something that might be our goal. Our spiritual goal 
should be living a righteous life. We want to be able to gain eternal 
life as our reward. He that hath the Son of God hath life. It's 
through Christ we can gain victory. 

Bible Study - Adults - Nonresistance - Romans 12:14-21. 
Children - Leaving Egypt - Exodus 4. 

Bro. Ronald Marks (Pennsylvania). Giving. Matthew 10:8. Small 
gifts are much more meaningful some times. Gifts should be given 
in simplicity. God gave us many gifts to be stewards of them. 
When do we give? We should be willing to give to those who ask 
us. How shall we give? We should not give grudgingly. God loves 
a cheerful giver. We must be willing to give as God would give. 
God's great gift to us was His Son. God so loved the world that He 
gave His only begotten Son that we might live. 

Bro. Michael Wray (California) closed. We really are not inclined 
to give away what is given to us. Giving is very important. The 
Bible teaches why we give and when we give. Giving is an 



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expression of God. We must be inspired from God to get the 
blessing. 

MONDAY P.M. 

Bro. Henry Walker (California) opened. Isaiah 40:29-31. God 
can look into our hearts and see every thing we do. He has that all 
seeing eye. We can't hide anything from God. 

Bro. James Meyers (Iowa). Hebrews 12:1-3. Endurance. One 
thing to cause us to grow weary is lack of surrender. If we fail to 
count that cost we will grow weary. Lay aside sin or we will grow 
weary. Fear can cause us to lose our endurance and grow weary. 
Christ is our example in all walks of life. We need to look to Jesus 
as we face life's battles. Without Him we can do nothing. We must 
consider what Christ endured for you and me. When Christ went to 
that garden His sweat came as big drops of blood. Christ endured 
that severe scourging and beating for you and me. Later Christ 
was taken and nailed on that cross for our sins. He wanted to fulfill 
the will of His Father. Jesus said on the cross. "It is finished." Are 
we a good soldier for Christ? Will we fail to endure? We must labor 
for the Lord. 

Bro. Michael Wray (California). II Corinthians 1:1-11. God will 
chasten us. God has a purpose in each of our lives. We can endure 
many things in life if we can see God's purpose in us. God knows 
when we have troubles. He can comfort us in all our tribulation. 
Can we fully submit ourselves unto God? We must not trust in 
ourselves. We must put our trust in God. 

Bro. Len Wertz (Kansas) closed. We should serve God faithfully. 
We must endure and be a soldier of the cross. To endure God's 
way is to keep all the commandments. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

SINS FORGIVEN 
J. H. Moore 

Speaking as he was directed by the Holy Ghost, Peter, on the 
Day of Pentecost, told the earnest believers to "repent, and be 
baptized... in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." 
Acts 2:38. From this we learn that the remission of sins should 
follow the sacred rite of baptism. Ananias, the faithful minister of 
the Word, who by God was sent to assist Paul in entering the 
church, told him to "arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy 
sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Acts 22:16. This was as 



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much as to say: "Arise, and be baptized for the remission of your 
sins." In the time of the apostles it seems to have been well 
understood that the remission of sins followed baptism. Those 
who believed on Christ as their Savior, made the good confession, 
repented of their wrongdoings, and were baptized, felt assured that 
their sins had been pardoned, — that they had been saved from 
their sins; were in Christ, having been baptized into him, and were 
therefore in a saved state. 

The one who has sufficient faith in the Master to do what he has 
commanded, fully realizes that, having been justified by faith, he 
has peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1) With 
him it is not a matter of conjecture, for he knows that he has passed 
from death unto life. (John 5:24) He knows the truth, — knows it, 
to believe and obey, — and the truth has made him free. He is no 
longer under bondage to sin, but is a free man in Christ Jesus, for 
when Jesus, through his atoning blood, has made one free, he is 
free indeed. (John 8:36). 



NEWS ITEMS 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Goshen Congregation will have Revival 
meetings from October 23 through November 1 with Brother Allen 
Eberly speaking. Lovefeast services on Saturday, October 31. 
Please remember these meetings in prayer and join us in worship. 

Sister Sharon Swihart, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

Our hearts are full of praise to God for His Word, and His 
messengers. Bro. Gordon Jamison brought us several nights of 
messages and we feel truly revived in spirit. Matt Wray accepted 
the Lord and was baptized. 

Since then, we received Phil and Pam Franklin into membership 
on previous baptism. May we lift up the Lord together. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 



WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to a ten day 
revival October 2 through 1 1 with Elder Dale Jamison from Quinter, 
Kansas. Harvest Meeting will be October 11. 

We invite you to come and worship with us. 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
OCTOBER 1987 

October 4 - Changed to the Image of Christ - II Cor. 3:1-18. 

1 . What is the difference between the Old Law and the Salvation 
in Christ? 

2. What did the Law do for man? and what does Christ do for 
them that believe? 

October. 11 - Christ the Image of God - II Cor. 4:1-18. 

1. If the image of Christ be glorious how may we behold that 
glory? 

2. If we have been conformed to His image will the world see it in 
us? 

October 18 - Ambassadors For Christ - II Cor. 5:1-21. 

1 . What is an ambassador and can we become ambassadors for 
Christ? 

2. Who calls us to be ambassadors and to whom are we sent? 
October 25 - Be Ye Separate - II Cor. 6:1-18. 

1. What are we to be separated from? 

2. What causes man to want to be conformed to this world? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR OCTOBER 1987 

October 4 - What Shall I Do With Christ - Matt. 27:20-31. 

1. Would we have liked to have been in Pilate's shoes at Jesus' 
trial? 

2. Can any one avoid making this decision in life? 
October 11 - Persistence - Mark 2:1-12. 

1 . What effort was required to get the man with palsy to Jesus? 

2. Is there something in our life that keeps us away from Christ? 
October 18 - Exchanging - Mark 8:34-38, Phil. 3:8-14. 

1. What did Moses leave in exchange to follow the call of God? 

2. What blessings are in store for those who exchange this life 
for Christ? 

October 25 - A Mill Stone - Mark 9:41-50. 

1. Jesus uses a mill stone to teach us what serious offences are. 

2. Read I Cor. 8 and see how serious offences are. 



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VOL. LXV OCTOBER 1, 1987 



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. 



TODAY BELONGS TO JESUS 

Today belongs to Jesus, With all that I can do... 

To turn an evil world from sin, 

And rebel human hearts to win: 

Today belongs to Jesus With all that I can do. 

Today belongs to Jesus, A blessed, busy day, 

Of telling to a fallen race 

The story of redeeming grace, 

The saving grace of Jesus That purges sin away. 

Today belongs to Jesus, To use in saving men, 

To lead them out of shadows dim 

And point them tenderly to Him, 

And to the cross of Jesus, Where hope is born again. 

Today belongs to Jesus, A happy day for me; 

A day of sitting at His feet, 

Of love and prayer, and labor sweet, 

A day of serving Jesus Is full of joy for me. 

- W. C. Martin 



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SIXTY-FIVE 

"As an apology, we have none, but our convictions are that 
prevailing conditions not only warrant but actually demand that a 
medium be instituted through which the present worldward 
tendency of the church may be counteracted, and evils now 
prevailing may be exposed and corrected, and if possible removed. 

Our policy is and our aim shall be, to uphold truth and righteous- 
ness, and to oppose error, wrong and evil and to use our best 
efforts at reform by 'earnestly contending for the faith once for all 
delivered to the saints' as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and 
maintained and held for over 250 years in our beloved Brother- 
hood." 

The preceding paragraphs were written by Elder B. E. Kessler in 
the first issue of the Bible Monitor in October, 1922. This present 
issue marks sixty-five years of "contending for the faith." 

Various writing styles have appeared. Various educational levels 
have been revealed. Different emphasis has been given at different 
times. Through these varied original and selected articles the Bible 
Monitor has illuminated the Word of God and magnified the Lord. 
It has played a part in calling people to a Spiritual, Bible-oriented 
lifestyle. 

Sixty-five years is a long time for a cause to continue. Most 
causes last only a few years, often passing away with those who 
were their masterminds. The cause of Christ does not have a time 
limit and is not limited to the efforts of one man or a small group of 
men. The Bible Monitor's part in that great cause likewise 
continues today. 

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sixty-five years of age. Whether wise or not, it has become a goal 
of many to live on their pensions. This dropping out of the 
workforce brings them to a time of leisure that frequently fails to 
bring the anticipated happiness. While age and decreasing 
strength may limit some activities, there is no reason for a total 
cessation of labor. 

As with many of men's humanitarian programs there have been 
problems. It has encouraged many to retire from activity when 
their experience would be useful. It has created a feeling of 
uselessness within the senior citizen, which may lead not only to 
psychological but to physical problems as well. 

Whatever their age there are many in the Church, though active 
at one time, who have retired. They have little interest in the 
Church or its work. Some who have grown older have suffered 
lessened mental and physical abilities and must retire from their 
previous activity. But there are many, whether old or young, who 
have no physical or mental disabilities, yet they do not actively 
participate. They let others do what they could do. This retirement 
can be very dangerous. It is dangerous for the church because 
there never seems to be enough laborers to go forth into the 
harvest, even at the best. When some retire from their responsi- 
bilities, there is left even fewer to do the needed work. This is 
dangerous for the retiree himself. He is not being stedfast. The 
race of life will not be won by a flurry of activity at the beginning. It 
is a persistent perseverence that is needed if the Christian's goal is 
to be obtained. 

There can be no retirement from the duties and responsibilities 
of day to day Christian living. As long as the body and mind are 
capable of effort and thought there is a work to be done. Some of 
the activities of the Christian life are not as strenuous as others. 
Those, who can not go out to serve in the more public and arduous 
fields of service, still can serve through a prayer ministry or 
through encouragement and counsel they may further the work by 
other's hands. Their efforts may be small but they can be blessed if 
there is a willingness to serve even when great efforts are not 
possible. 

The Bible Monitor is sixty-five years but it is not retiring. It still 
has work to do. As long as it is supported by contributions, 
subscriptions, articles and prayers it will continue its work. 

The task before it remains much the same as it was sixty-five 
years ago. There is still evil and wrong in the world surrounding us. 
There is still error within Christendom. Many professing Christians 
have been allured to follow in pathways of compromise. There is a 
decided disinterest in Biblical doctrines, in plain modest attire and 
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demand that the Bible Monitor continue to illuminate the Word of 
God and magnify the Lord. 

Are you prepared to continue to labor for your Lord in whatever 
way you can? 

"SAITH THE LORD" 

I feel prompted by our Lord to write these thoughts on paper 
after hearing three sermons on the following subjects: 

II Cor. 6:17, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, SAITH THE LORD, and touch not the unclean thing; and 
I will receive you." Jer. 6:16-17, "Thus SAITH THE LORD, Stand 
ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good 
way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls... Also I 
set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the wound of the 
trumpet..." 

Both of these say, "SAITH THE LORD." Doesn't this mean the 
same as another commandment? There are so many more com- 
mandments in the Bible than the original "ten" in the Old 
Testament. We also have in I John 2:15-17, "Love not the world, 
neither the THINGS that are in the world. ... the lust of the flesh, 
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, 
but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust 
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 

Let us ask, and depend on the Lord to give us a humble spirit, 
and to help us overcome satan and all his cunning ways. We can't 
do it alone. We must say "No, get behind me Satan," when we are 
tempted to have the latest styles and models of "things" that are on 
the market today. Unnecessary "things." 

How can we be like the world and show we are a "called out, 
peculiar people"? How can we be a different person than we were 
before we believed Christ's Word, repented of our sins and were 
baptized? 

The "old" man was washed away in the stream and the "new" 
man was put on. Eph. 4:22-24, "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 righteousness 
and true holiness." 

Our conscience, through the leading of the Holy Spirit can tell us 
what we should NOT DO anymore when we listen closely to it and 
yield our "wants and ways" to the Lord. Then we will grow. 

There are so many worldly allurements to lead our minds away 
from meditating on — What is the Lord trying to tell me to do, 
during or after a church service or at other times? Can I walk 



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closer? Can I dress plainer? How can a "sheep" or "lamb" of God 
wear the clothing of a "goat" of Satan? Can others tell by looking 
at you or me, that we are professing Christians when they see us in 
public? Is our light shining bright for Christ? 

If your answer, or my answer, to one of those last two questions 
is "No", then perhaps it is time to put on "sheep's or lamb's" 
clothing and come out from among the world, search for those 
"old paths" and walk in them. It is best NOT to take any "chances" 
with the Lord. His Word is ALWAYS the same. 

If there is doubt, then let us study His Word more. We can't walk 
too close to Him. Where our treasure is, there will our heart be 
also. Matt. 6:21, Luke 12:34. 

We need to keep God's power-line to heaven open by praying 
often. Be of a prayerful mind. Meditate on His Word, talk to Him 
ANYTIME! He's there to hear you and me. He knows our thoughts 
and desires, but wants us to ask. He DOES answer prayer. Perhaps 
not right now or perhaps in a way we never expected, never doubt 
Him but trust Him for what is best for each of us. 

Not one thing in this world is as important as the salvation of 
each soul. We were made to serve God, let us show Him we 
appreciate the atoning blood of Christ for our sins by walking 
closer to Him, obeying His commandments and precepts that were 
left here in His Holy Word for us to do. 

This is written with a deep moving love and concern for each soul 
who has a desire to live in a heavenly home. Life is short, life is 
serious. Satan wants us. He knows our weak points, he will 
"push", "pull" and try to "persuade" us that wrong is right. 
ANYTHING to get ANYONE to follow him. 

God wants each of us too, but He doesn't "push", "pull" or try to 
"persuade" us. He speaks softly to us through our conscience as 
He patiently stands at our "heart's door" and knocks with His nail- 
scarred hand. "Come unto Me," He whispers. 

Humbly written, not to criticize, find fault or offend anyone at all, 
but with love to make us more alert and ready for the Lord's coming 
for His saints. 

Sister Irene Stout 
R 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 

1987 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from September 15, 1987 Issue 
MONDAY EVENING 

Elder Joseph Flora (Iowa) opened. II Peter 3. God wants us to 
remember the words that have life. We are a forgetful people. 



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Pleasant memories are something we can take home with us. We 
need to press onward and upward. Remember your Creator. 

Elder Ray Reed (Iowa) Hebrews 5:12-14. Christian living is a 
serious matter. If we do not believe God's Word it won't do us any 
good. We must build on that solid rock which is Christ. We must 
have faith to believe God's Word. The growth of the church must 
be lead by the fundamentals. We must not be conformed to this 
world. We must be a separate people, and live a Christ-like life. 
Are we preaching the full Gospel? Satan is deceiving many people. 
Let us spread God's Holy Word over the world. Jesus said, "You 
are my disciples, and must love one another." Are you building 
every day on the chief corner stone, Christ? 

Elder Charles Leatherman (Ohio) I Thess. 5:1-8. There are 
people in the world that are haters of Christ. They may say let us 
alone. What matter of persons should we be? Let us press on. 
Peter told the people at Penecost repent and be baptized every one 
of you. Do we have the fear of God in our hearts at all times? Fear 
God and keep His commandments. Maybe we don't have enough 
fear. There will come a time people will fear if they aren't prepared 
to meet Christ when He comes. Let us hold fast to our profession. 
Keep the ordinance of the church as the Apostle Paul tells us. Let 
us draw near to God with a clean heart. Let us consider one 
another. The Apostle Paul said, "Let us walk honestly every day." 
Let us be ready and rejoice when Christ comes again. 

Elder Edward Johnson (Ohio) closed. There is a time for us to 
reshape our souls if in need, then we can be a vessel of honor. 
TUESDAY A.M. 

Bro. Len Wertz (Kansas) opened. Romans 13:11-14. Time is 
getting short. We want to be achieving for Him. Are we living a 
righteous life? Christ is coming again for His church. There are a 
lot of Christians sleeping. It is our duty to warn the people the time 
is short. Jesus said, "Behold I come quickly." We must serve a 
living Savior. 

Bible Study - Adults - The Christian Relation to Higher Powers. 
Rom. 13:1-7. 

Children - Spying Out the Promised Land. Num. 13 and 14. 

Bro. Henry Walker (California). Our greatest victory has not 
come yet. Our greatest victory is when Christ comes and we can 
be with Him. II Tim. 4:7-8. We need to keep our eyes on Christ. The 
Apostle Paul said, "I have fought a good fight." Jesus made guide 
lines for us to follow. Let us stay straight within the lines and live 
faithful to Him. Let each of us run that race to the end. Let us look 
straight ahead and follow that perfect line, our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Don't let us lose our zeal and love for Christ. Keep Him within our 



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hearts. Our prize at the end of the race is life eternal. Let us press 
on and keep our eyes on Christ and live for Him. How can we press 
on? We need to become prayer warriors. We should study the 
Word of God and apply it to ourselves. We should set goals within 
our lives that we will follow Jesus faithfully until the end. God has 
directed us to follow that straight and narrow way. There is going 
to be victory for every one that follows the straight line of Jesus our 
Lord. 

Bro. Ronald Marks (Pennsylvania) closed. God doesn't like lazy 
Christians. He wants us to work for Him, Jesus did the will of the 
Father. He went out and taught the people the way of salvation. 
Today is the day to serve the Lord. We must be willing workers for 
Him to gain our victory. 
TUESDAY P.M. - MISSIONARY PROGRAM 

Bro. Ronald Marks (Pennsylvania) opened. Matt. 18:10-15. His 
Word properly sung and properly used sometimes will bear fruit. 
Are we doing what we can to get God's Holy Word out to lost 
souls? 

Bro. J. J. Otero (Indian Student from Torreon Navajo Mission) 
Choices are being made all the time. Some choices you make can 
affect you all your life. There is a responsibility when one 
graduates from High School. Some think its easy to live an easy 
life and get by in life. Two years ago I quit our Christian School in 
Cuba for a public school. It was not worth it. I was seeing bad 
things around me all the time. I wasn't living as a Christian at that 
time. Lots of people in public schools involved in drinking, 
smoking, drugs, sexual activities and other things that are wrong. 
Young people of the world today don't care what happens to their 
life. They don't want any responsibility. I saw a yellow sign in my 
school locker asking if I cared about my life. This sign put me to 
thinking. Every one should make the decision of Christ or Satan. I 
failed to follow Christ. I knew I wasn't living true to Christ. I knew 
this was the wrong way to go. I confessed to get back to Christ 
after being at Church one Sunday night six months ago. I knew I 
was on the wrong track. My life was so confused and I decided all 
the worldly answers are wrong. Finally I found that peace of mind 
what it is to live a Christian life. The Torreon Mission is a Christian 
Light to the community. There still are a lot of Indian people who 
are just living a life of ease and are neglecting their souls. Parents 
of the Indian young people need help to lead them to salvation. We 
need to have concern also for the young people. Do you care 
enough about our young people at Torreon to help them with their 
soul's salvation? 

The Torreon School has been a blessed help to the Mission. The 
Staff need financial help to operate the Mission. What can I do for 



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the Mission? Write to the Mission and they will give you somthing 
to do. 

Bro. Henry Walker (California) closed. We appreciated Bro. 
J. J.'s efforts this afternoon, pouring out his confession to us. 
TUESDAY EVENING 

Elder Ray Reed (Iowa) opened. Acts 16:9-10. Let us exalt the 
name of the Lord together. There is an enormous number of 
people all over the world who need to be taught the Holy Word. 

Elder Galen Litfin (Oregon). Acts 1:6-8. God has a way of 
working with people to make plans so His will can be carried out. 
When a miracle happens most people are surprised. Do we have 
faith in God and His plans? In 1954 our church had its first service 
at Torreon Mission. Ray Martindale needed funds to build a church 
at Torreon. There were lots of alcoholics in the community at that 
time. Martindale reared a large family. They always had time to go 
to church. It took seventy-five loads of stone to build the first 
church at Torreon. It was a real effort for the Martindales to live an 
upright life. In 1956 three men of our church went to investigate 
Torreon. Martindale was looking for missionaries to come and 
help in the work as missionaries. Bro. Kyle Reed, Bro. Newton 
Jamison and Bro. Paul Byfield were the three men who investi- 
gated Torreon. The Dunkard Brethren Church took over the 
Mission in 1956. Interpreter, Lillian Litfin, also helped at that time 
to interpret for the Indians. There were very poor roads in the early 
days when the church was helping at the Mission. Let us all strive 
to build on that solid rock, Christ. 

Elder Hayes Reed (California) closed. Bro. Reed told us of the 
great need for finances to help in the Mission field. 

Sister Alice Heisey 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Peace" 

History is written in abbreviated form in the headlines of our 
newspapers. One headline in a paper was entitled "Peace." This 
word daily takes top priority in conversations around the world. 
The possibility of atomic annihilation gives people a good reason 
to ponder this all important subject seriously. For nineteen 
hundred years this hopeful word has been seeking entrance into 
the hearts of men... too often in vain. Men who say they desire 
peace bring discord as the fruit of their efforts. 

The desire for peace is not new. Adam and Eve sought peace 
with God. In the Buddhist religion, the highest goal of perfection is 
Nirvana which means the cessation of desire, hate, and mental 
confusion... in other words, peace. Some of the Greek philos- 



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ophers advocated a state of tranquility similar to apathy Cicero 
the great orator, told the people of his day, "I prefer the most unfair 
peace to the most righteous war." Statesmen have wrestled for 
centuries with "man's inhumanity to man." 

As Christians, we can only look to the Son of Man to guide our 
attitudes about peace and its cultivation. Peace is a theme 
frequently mentioned in the Bible and the making of peace is an 
important part of the eternal ministry of Christ. When God's 
messengers announced His birth, it was with the promise of "peace 
on earth." The world may give outward peace, but it can never qive 
the peace and rest to the soul that belongs to us as Christians 
Peace on earth, as worldly-minded men define it, will never be 
realized. 

Many of Christ's parables, such as the good Samaritan and the 
prodigal son, had to do with maintaining peaceful relationships 
with neighbors and associates. Peace in interpersonal relation- 
ships helps to bring peace to other parts of our lives. 

To the world's advisers of security, peace means only the 
absence of conflict. They indicate a balance of power is needed for 
peace but power will never lead to or achieve peace. There can't be 
true peace as long as instant annihilation continues to threaten 
mankind. There is no peace when fear of destruction rather than 
hope for reconciliation is the only power restraining the use of 
arsenals of nuclear destruction. 

As Christians, we also reject the simplistic notion that peace is 
the absence of conflict. Peace is not merely a static condition of 
stability or order. As long as deprivation, suffering, alienation 
self-seeking and exploitation exist, there will be no real peace 
Rather, peace is within man himself. Peace ONLY comes via Spirit 
dwelling and the feeling of harmony with God that He brings 

Peacejs a wholistic concept. The Old Testament Hebrew word 
tor it is shalom," meaning wholeness, soundness and complete- 
ness. Peace fulfills the total needs within a person. It is both 
spiritual and physical, inner and outer. It is only hypocritical for us 
to claim to have the peace of God when in our hearts we remain at 
war with others and are full of violence and destruction. God asks 
us to follow Him in peace in the midst of man's turbulent world 
armed with His reassurance and redeeming love. 

The love of Christ brings inner personal peace. His Spirit is the 
source of the wholeness of personality. As we reflect this peace 
through evangelism, we project to others what peace really is and 
where it may be found. 

Regardless of the circumstances the world is in, we are still 
under God's sovereignty. The entrance of Christ into this world 
was to revolutionize our attitudes and thoughts and bring about the 



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environment for peace. As we better relate to other Christians our 
strength is increased and along with that our peace becomes more 
real. 

Our hope is based on the risen Christ. All history is consum- 
mated in Him. He is our peace, 

Brother Len Wertz 

THE MIND OF CHRIST IN YOU 

The Apostle Paul's instructions to the Church at Philippi are also 
for us today. Have this mind among yourselves which you have in 
Christ Jesus. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ, not to 
work only for the needs of ourselves but also for the needs of 
others. Let us not be among those whose unreasonable and selfish 
ideas are controlling their lives. 

The Christ-like spirit should always dwell among us. When we 
have the mind of Christ among us we have chosen His way of life. 
Patience, love, longsuffering and kindness is implied in having the 
mind of Christ. We should always be ready to give a helping hand 
to others in time of need. All Christians should be humble to the 
Heavenly Father and obedient. Having the mind of Christ is a mind 
that is sensitive to the needs and concerns of others. True 
Christians are concerned about the ill and shut-ins among them. 
We have the record in God's Word what happened to one that was 
only concerned about himself and his possessions. 

Christ sacrificed His life for the good of others. When He was 
here on earth He brought comfort and consolation to others. Christ 
humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant. When the 
disciples questioned Him about who should be the greatest in the 
Kingdom of Heaven He said, 'The first shall be last and the last 
shall be first." 

We cannot afford to sacrifice the blessings that God is extending 
toward us. We can exchange eternal life for the perishing things of 
this world. When Christ met Zacchaeus He asked him to go to his 
home and talk with Him instead of confronting him about his life in 
a public place. The Christian is called upon to be Christ's 
ambassador here on earth. We have a model of Christ's under- 
standing of mission. Christ helps us to understand Christian 
mission and we live this mission only as it stems from a reflection of 
that Christ-like spirit dwelling within us. 

In having the mind of Christ we prove it by obedience to His 
saving Gospel. Also the Apostle Paul in the likeness of Christ was 
determined to go forward in the Lord's work and never lay his 
armour down. His instructions to Timothy and teachings show to 
us He had a great concern for the Church at that time and also for 
the future Church. He warned against false prophets who would be 



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injurious to the Church and lead away disciples after them and the 
many who would follow their pernicious ways. 

True Christians who have the mind of Christ are steadfast, 
always abounding in the work of the Lord. Are we faithful and true 
to our Saviour who taught by example and precept? Are we 
walking in the light as He is in the light, to become a guiding light to 
those living in darkness? Much is implied in having the mind of 
Christ that the Apostle Paul has given to the Church to live by. 
When Jesus was here in person He said some honored Him with 
their lips but their hearts were far from Him. 

To have the mind of Christ we accept His way of life and become 
a Christian light. The light of the world is Jesus. Come to that light 
it is shining for you. Today there are many professing Christians 
who do not believe in the teachings and observe all things He has 
commanded. By only accepting part of His saving Gospel we 
cannot be His faithful servants and have the mind of Christ living 
within us. Actions speak louder than words. Faith without works is 
dead. We can show forth the Lord's death till He comes with the 
fulfillment of works of righteousness. Having the mind of Christ 
includes accepting all of His saving Gospel He brought to earth. 

If all professing Christians would accept the teachings given by 
Christ this world would become a much better place in which to 
live. When we have the mind of Christ our thoughts and actions 
become like His. We are to be steadfast, unmovable always 
abounding in the work of the Lord so much so for we know our 
labor is not in vain. 

Before Christ left this world He commanded His disciples to "Go 
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them 
to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I 
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." He promised 
to be with those who did so and to be with them to the end of the 
world at His second coming. Then He would receive those of His 
own unto Himself. He said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and 
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." That is eternal rest for our 
souls. 

By accepting all His saving Gospel we will receive a mind like 
Christ. Have we put all ourfaith and trust in Him? "Let this mind be 
in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." 

Brother J. F. Marks 
RD 3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 

LIFE 

It takes a lot of patience and God to build a life, and a lot of 



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courage to meet the stress and strife. It takes a lot of loving to 
make the wrong come right, but God must be in our heart if we 
want to build a life that will be able to stand. If we are going to get 
ahead in this life we will want Christ to be the One who guides us. 
Many people have left this old world. It was not the ones who made 
a lot of money who were the best, but those whose hearts were 
gentle and sympathies were broad and who gave of their best to 
help people start on that journey, Heavenward. 

True religion is the life you are living, not the creed you profess. 
The preservation of our way of life depends on men who have 
strong faith in Jesus Christ, who are advancing spiritually with the 
strength that comes through patience. These are the people we 
need today to make this old world brighter and give one faith to go 
on as the road ahead some times doesn't look easy. Christ only 
had three short years to help people physically or spiritually. He 
healed many of their bodies and saved their souls. He wanted them 
free from sickness and the elements of the Devil. We are bought 
with a price. He is the bread of life. He is the only one we can come 
to with all our needs and He will supply. If we serve Him we will 
never hunger and thirst again. 

Oh, the wonderful price our Blessed Redeemer paid for each of 
us. After He met with His beloved disciples in that upper room and 
had the feet-washing service, ate the supper with the twelve and 
then instituted the communion service and broke the bread and 
took the cup and after this was finished they sang a song and it was 
night. He left and took with Him three of His beloved disciples and 
went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. He fell on the ground 
and prayed that if it was possible the hour might pass from Him. 
"And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take 
away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou 
wilt." 

My, the great price Christ paid for your soul and mine. The Bible 
tells us if the righteous scarcely be saved where will the ungodly 
and sinners appear. Christ also was tempted but He never gave in 
to the Devil. Many today let the government rule their lives. Let us 
put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us not be like the five 
virgins. Let us be ready when Christ calls. Let us look to God's 
Word, the way of life and it will set us free. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Receiving the Holy Ghost 
J. H. Moore 

Referring to Jesus, John the Baptist at one time said: "I indeed 



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have baptized you with water, but he shall baptize you with the 
Holy Ghost." (Mark 1:8) In the American Revision we have this 
rendering: "In water" and "In the Holy Spirit." This promise was 
fulfilled when the apostles and other saints "were filled with the 
Holy Ghost" on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4). While thus filled, 
and under the influence of the Spirit, Peter told those inquiring 
after the way of salvation to repent and to be baptized for the 
remission of sins, and they should "receive the gift of the Holy 
Ghost." (V. 38) In the next verse he says: "For the promise is unto 
you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off." By promise is 
meant the remission of sins and the Holy Spirit. We read that those 
whom Philip baptized at Samaria (Acts 8:17), as well as the twelve 
whom Paul baptized at Ephesus (Acts 19:6), received the Holy 
Ghost. y 

All of this was in keeping with the promise that John made, as 
well as with what Peter had declared. To all penitent believers, who 
were buried with Christ in baptism, the promise was emphasized, 
and when they complied with the conditions, and had hands laid on 
them, they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and were thus greatly 
blessed. Peter, as we have seen, says that the promise is "to all that 
are afar off." That means us. It means "as many as the Lord our 
God shall call." (Acts 2:39), and the invitation is to all, to accept 
Jesus in faith and obedience, the gift of the Holy Ghost being 
assured. 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 1, 1927 
A QUESTION 
Ada Whitman 

A short time ago I sat under the sound of a minister's voice and 
heard him give an answer to a question which had been asked 
during a series of meetings which he was then holding. 

The question was: What kind of entertainment should we as 
young people have? Others dance and attend the movies. In 
giving his answer he said, "This is a big question and due to lack of 
time I will not now answer it in full. But I believe that every church 
should have a parish house for the purpose of providing 'whole- 
some' entertainment for the young people and show nothing but 
'wholesome pictures' on the screen. Of course these entertain- 
ments are to be supervised by older ones." 

I was made to think on these things and wondered if the plain 
gospel which satisfies and saves the soul of the old is not sufficient 
to do the same for the young without any of these so called helpful 
accessories. Did Jesus make any difference or extra provisions in 
his plan of salvation for the young than for the old? It is true he 



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said, "feed my lambs," but what are they to be fed on? There seems 
to be a feeling in most churches today that there must be enter- 
tainment and amusement provided to hold the young folks in the 
fold. My dear young people, if we are not willing to make a full 
surrender and allow Jesus through the Holy Spirit to hold and keep 
us there is no other remedy. We may at times have to stand alone. 
We may at times have to stand the jeers of some of our associates 
but Jesus endured all these that we might be saved. We realize the 
young people have a great many temptations but if we sincerely 
and earnestly come to Jesus he has promised to help us in all of 
our temptations. He is able to take the desire of worldly things 
from us. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the 
world. If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him. 
For all that is in the world, the lust of the eyes and the lust of the 
flesh and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. 
(I John 2:15-16) 

We cannot give part of our heart to Jesus and part to the world. 
He demands our whole heart and affections. We are commanded 
to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. 

Some have said as long as these entertainments are wholesome 
they are alright. Do we desire these things to please Jesus or 
ourselves? Are we thus sowing to the spirit or to the flesh? I am 
wondering how long these "wholesome" entertainments would 
suffice. We are to shun the very appearance of evil. 

Israel desired a king that they might be like other nations but by 
getting a king they got farther away from God. 

The world is watching the Christian. How great an influence the 
young Christian may have over his or her associates. They may be 
able to reach hearts that older ones cannot and if they follow those 
things that lead worldward away from Christ what a great oppor- 
tunity they have missed. What king of a church would have been 
handed down to us if our church fathers, instead of meeting their 
problems, (and I am sure they had them), squarely and in the light 
of the Gospel, had allowed worldliness to lower its standard. 

O, that we may all live loyal consistent lives and that those whose 
duty it is to preach and teach the Gospel may do so in its purity and 
give God's word in answer to these problems instead of man's 
opinion. 

NEWS ITEM 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation plans to meet October 24 for 
Communion service, if the Lord grants. Service will begin at 10:00 
A.M. with Communion at 7:00 P.M. 



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Our invitation is to all who can come and worship with us 
Saturday and Sunday. 
Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 



WHEN I CAN READ MY TITLE CLEAR 

By Isaac Watts 

When I can read my title clear, 

To Mansions in the skies, 
I bid farewell to every fear, 

And wipe my weeping eyes. 
Should earth against my soul engage, 

And hellish darts be hurled, 
Then I can smile at Satan's rage, 

And face a frowning world. 
Let cares like a wild deluge come, 

And storms of sorrow fall; 
May I but safely reach my home, 

My God, My Heaven, My All. 
There shall I bathe my weary soul 

In seas of Heavenly rest, 
And not a wave of trouble roll 

Across my peaceful breast. 

-Selected by L. H. Miller 



STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP 

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Act of 
August 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, 1987. 

1. The names and addresses of the editor, publishers, and 
owners are: EDITOR, Milton Cook, 1138 East 12th Street, 
Beaumont, CA 92223; PUBLISHER, Glanz Printing, Inc., 4017 
Co. Rd. 11, Wauseon, OH 43567; OWNER, Dunkard Brethren 
Church, 1138 East 12th Street, 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 
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VOL. LXV 



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. 



THE BEAUTIFUL GATES OF GOLD 

Are you walking the path that is leading 
To the homeland of beauties untold? 
Are the pastures in which you are feeding, 
Near the beautiful gates of gold? 

Are you walking the path of delusion, 
Far away on the mountains so cold; 
Or the broad way of sin and confusion 
Far away from the gates of gold? 

Soon the journey of earth shall be ending, 
And the story of life will be told; 
Shall your pathway, unerring, be wending 
Tow'rd the beautiful gates of gold? 

Will you come to the Savior for guidance 
To this land rich with blessings untold? 
He will show you the pathway of radiance 
That will lead to the gates of gold. 

- Haldor Lillenas 



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LIFE 

Men have many valuables in this life. These valuables vary from 
person to person. Some value their health while others seemingly 
do not care for their body's well-being. But the most valuable of all 
is life itself. 

Life is a gift from God. Men may by medical knowledge and care 
make life healthier and seemingly longer, but still men cannot give 
life. The spirit of life comes only from God. 

God's creative power brought the whole world into existence. 
He replaced darkness with light and chaos with order. After He had 
made the whole world and all its creatures there was still a lack 
until He made man. Only man was made in God's image. Only 
man received the breath of life from God. It was that breath of life 
from God that made man's life so precious. 

Life takes three forms. Physical life, Spiritual life and eternal life 
all come from God, The Spirit of life gave Adam physical life. This 
form of life is common to all mankind. All are the descendants of 
Adam. It is by this spirit of man that all understand and do the 
natural deeds of mankind. This spirit of man causes him to 
preserve and value his own life, yet it also causes him to do deeds 
that are contrary to God's direction. 

Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden they 
possessed all three forms of life. But after their sin, they lost their 
Spiritual life and consequently eternal life. They were driven from 
the Garden lest they should eat of the tree of everlasting life. If they 
had, they would have ended the possibility of a Spiritual rebirth. 
They would have lived eternally in sin. God devised a system of 
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need for a blood sacrifice to gain forgiveness. These sacrifices 
also gave them an advance view of the Perfect Sacrifice who would 
once for all be sacrificed for the sins of mankind. 

This gift of Spiritual life came through God's gift of His only 
begotten Son, Jesus. Men have no choice in their physical births 
but they must make a decided choice to receive the Spiritual birth. 
Unless men choose to be born again they will not be. They will 
only have their physical lives which will lead to eternal destruction 
rather than eternal life. 

The Spiritual life is directed by the Holy Spirit of God. The Spirit 
of God moved on holy men of old times to write what God wished 
to have revealed to man. These writings are collected in the Holy 
Bible. Through the reading, study and hearing of the Word of God 
and by the promptings of the Spirit within the life of a man, he will 
know of the Spiritual life and the choice he must make to have it. 

The result of the Spiritual life is eternal life. Eternity is not fully 
comprehended by the human mind. We are used to beginnings 
and endings. But we do understand that it is desirable. Eternal life 
is a life spent with our Eternal God in the glories of an eternal 
Heaven. 

To have that eternal life and its joys and beauties, there must be a 
Spiritual rebirth during our sojourn on this earth. The natural man 
cannot inherit the eternal life. Only when there has been a fresh 
start and a change of priorities can there be a hope of eternal life 
entertained truthfully in the human heart. 

The physical life has its pleasures and joys. It also has its pains 
and hardships. The Spiritual life has many joys and blessings that 
make our time pleasant. But there are also Spiritual struggles. 
There is no promise of a Spiritual life without challenges and trials. 
It is in continuing to be led by the Spirit, even when all seems bleak, 
that increases the faith and makes the race winable. Increased 
faith makes possible a successful journey that will lead to eternal 
life, where there will be no end of the bliss and joys of Heaven. 

A Spiritual life is the necessary link between the physical life here 
and eternal life. It is necessary in this short lifetime to make the 
right choice — to choose to be Spiritually reborn and to live 
Spiritually so Eternity may become a happy reality. 

Are you prepared for Eternity? 



ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"The Christian Approach to Morals" 
Sensuality and sexuality sells today. In fact they sell about 



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anything. They sell automobiles. Auto shows are so crowded with 
swim-suited models you would almost fail to see the cars. They 
sell airline tickets. The "friendly skies" are filled with sensual 
stewardesses. They sell toothpaste. Notice the way a girl catches 
her man after one brushing. They sell oriental rugs, fishing tackle, 
kitchen utensils, detergents and almost any product you'd like to 
name... except Bibles. Madison Avenue uses sensuality to promote 
everything from industrial machinery to slim line reducing pills. If a 
manufacturer adds a little sensuality to an ad, especially in the form 
of a beautiful female, he is assured that he'll sell more of the 
product. And we as Christians are caught up in this cesspool of 
immorality and it is difficult to go about our daily tasks without 
being bombarded with it. 

Commercialization of sensuality is exploiting one of God's 
most special gifts which is reserved for the husband and wife 
relationship and it is nowhere else appropriate or right in His sight. 
I have noticed that even Christian people don't seem to be shocked 
by the many vulgar references to things that we see around us 
today. Sensual talk prevades living rooms that was once reserved 
for the bedroom. 

To have a wholesome view of the sensual, you must study what 
the Bible has to say on the subject. You will discover that God's 
attitude toward these things is positive and good. It is man who has 
corrupted it through lust. This actually led to the laws of the Old 
Testament that clearly governed relationships between the sexes. 
There were laws that prescribed punishments for sensual abuse 
but there are also passages that present both the sanctity and 
beauty of physical relationships. 

As you read Biblical passages relating to this important subject, 
you discover that the Bible clearly teaches definite moral 
approaches to our sensual life. This perspective is far better than 
the view of momentary pleasure that is prevalent in our culture. 

It might be good to ask yourself: How would you react if your 
church began to use sensual photos to advertise a church 
function? Would you go along with it or would you oppose it? It 
can happen. It happened recently in England. A pastor put a 
photograph of a scantily clad model on the front page of his church 
paper. He argued that the church can't reject glamor, therefore it 
should take advantage of the present emphasis on it. This is how 
far the world's churches have degraded themselves as they search 
out how to become more a part of what society around them is 
dictating. 

We are seeing a sensual-explosion today. This binge has two 
main aspects. One is that moral standards are disregarded, free 
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and everything is welcomed as acceptable. Another aspect con- 
cerns those who uphold morality philosophically, but who have 
surrendered to the first group without a fight. Between these 
groups are conservative Christians who have the task of upholding 
biblical chastity. 

Even many books are directed toward Christian readers today to 
push ideas about private matters which should be settled in prayer 
and private instruction. And I am not advocating that we should 
not understand this part of our behavior... but I am saying that the 
greatest Christian discretion should be used. In addition, I am 
concerned about the eroticism and vulgarisms involved in much of 
the literature. 

As a Christian, contrary to contemporary opinion, we should 
have many truths about the aspects of the true union of two people. 
The Bible calls that union fellowship. This fellowship influences 
our relationship to the opposite sex. As a Christian, we respect the 
personality and character of another, therefore we maintain a high 
respect for the other person's body. 

God created the male and female in completeness and per- 
fection. They differ not only physically but psychologically. As we 
become more fully the masculine or feminine person that God 
expects us to be, we will become better adjusted and more 
complete in this part of our lives. 

Romans 13:14 teaches us: "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." 

I John 2:16: 'Tor all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and 
the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is 
of the world." 

From these vantage points of the Word, give the fullest consider- 
ation to your relationship with the opposite sex. Settle it in your 
heart to be free from the gross sins of our age. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 15, 1927 

THE CHALLENGE — TO WHOM? 

Ord L. Strayer 

Youth is a priceless possession. Each day we live brings us 
nearer to the time when old age shall stamp its inevitable traces 
upon us and render us finally incapable of bearing the heat and 
burden of the day. Much money is being spent in this age by men 
and women not overly endowed with good judgment to stave off if 



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even for a little while the ravages of age. Many a grandmother 
appears on the street attired and primped according to much more 
advanced (?) style than her flapper granddaughter. 

It is superfluous to say that this attitude cannot be maintained 
from the standpoint of the Bible. From cover to cover that Book 
rings with respect for the aged because of their age and greater 
experience. The elderly Christians have faced the problems of 
youth, the same problems faced by the young people of today and 
have profited by that experience. They have passed through 
critical periods in life. The records of these experiences have been 
burned in their memories and have left an indelible record. From 
the vast store of their experiences, their actions and reactions, their 
toils and struggles, successes and failures they are ever willing to 
give to the utmost to help those who ask. 

The youth of the land, in contrast, look upon life either as a 
challenge to righteous living or merely as a great adventure, 
according as their early training has been. They are endowed with 
alert facilities. Their strength is unimpaired. They are swift of foot, 
alert of mind, supple of body, and all of their possibilities are before 
them. They stand on the threshold of a useful life, ready to meet 
the challenge which comes to everyone in no uncertain terms. 

Whence this challenge? The legitimate business world does not 
want men and women who are not moral, loyal, honest, truthful and 
straightforward. These are Christian graces, taught by Christ 
throughout his ministry and promulgated by his church here on 
earth. The educational world wants men and women who can 
stimulate the best that is in the child and lead him into most 
efficient paths of usefulness. No teacher has ever been called great 
since the advent of Christ without studying the methods of the 
perfect Teacher. Industrial executives penalize or dismiss any of 
their employees who by their conduct destroy their efficiency. The 
church is the champion of stability. Our forefathers were stolid, 
plodding workers wresting their living from almost insurmountable 
circumstances, fighting against conditions and undergoing hard- 
ships which are not found anywhere in America today. Their 
simple honesty, meek spirits, simplicity of life and rugged industry 
were bywords in the homes of those who knew them as pass-words 
for our fathers wherever they went. It is greatly to be regretted that 
modern ideas and sharp practices have lost for us, as a church, in a 
measure the esteem we once held. 

The challenge comes then, indirectly from the church, the agent 
of religious education here on earth, the teaching agency for the 
Bible the foundation of all Christianity. What is the Challenge? It is 
not wealth for wealth is abstract and is a burden to those 
possessing it. Nor is it a career, for success in business or the arts 



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is not in itself satisfying. Even social service to mankind is void of 
perfect satisfaction if the motives behind that service are question- 
able, if those rendering that service look toward the glory of men 
and not toward love of fellowmen. If the challenge comes from the 
church of God and Christianity is the foundation of stability, 
industrious lives and sterling honesty the challenge must be the 
promulgation of Christianity and the criterion for Christian living 
which Christ set up here on earth. 

The challenge is to everybody, rich and poor, old and young, 
talented and untalented, wherever the individual might be. But the 
greatest responsibility rests upon the shoulders of the young 
people of the church who are founding homes and raising families 
who will be the church of the future. But someone says, it is the 
young people of today who are carrying things to their present 
state: too much authority has now been placed in the keeping of 
untried minds and it is this particular lack of experience and 
ripened intellect which is causing disregard of conventions, state 
church, and moral. 

The main problem with the young people of today is that they are 
badly spoiled. Our leaders both educational and religious have 
been telling them that young folks have been neglected, badly 
treated, and suppressed. After their minds have been filled with 
this sort of fallacy, they are turned loose on the most intricate 
problems to prove some publicity-seekers theory. Many have gone 
so far as to say that this is an age of youth and the elderly have no 
function except as observers. This is so idiotic, to men and women 
who are familiar with the word of God, as to need no contradiction. 
It is true that youth is more alert, quicker to sense a new situation 
stronger to carry out its plans but of what avail is indirected 
strength. Here is a simile, unlovely but distinctively practical. On 
my way to my place of business one morning I saw several 
elephants being herded along the street to a show grounds, and I 
was made to consider. The strength of this great beast is scarcely 
to be measured and left to his own devices in his wild state may 
uproot large trees, kill promiscuously and do untold damage. When 
trained and properly directed and his enormous strength turned to 
proper channels he can take the place of a powerful steam derrick. 
So it is with our young people. Their strength, alertness and 
exuberance of spirit hold great possibilities only if properly 
directed, and it is their duty to carry out the hard work of the 
church and the world. But while we are looking at that phase of the 
church's work, let us consider the function of the older church 
members. It is undoubtedly their duty and should be their privilege 
and pleasure as well to direct and plan the work to be done. Their 
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They can see difficulties ahead which the impetuous youth would 
never dream of. 

So let the young work in the church. Give them all the work they 
can do. It will develop and train them and give them an outlet for 
superfluous energies. Train them in executive positions by placing 
them on the constructive and executive boards of the Church along 
with a majority of older heads who may develop and bring to the 
fore the sterling qualities these younger members possess and 
mold and ripen them for the good of the future church. In this way 
they will have a rich heritage of experience when the inevitable call 
comes and removes the elder group of workers in the vineyard. 

In only a few short years those who are now the young people of 
the Church will, by compulsion, take over the reins of the church 
by reason of the calls of the grim reaper, and I appeal that we grasp 
the opportunity while we may and make the best advantage of our 
opportunities now. The Dunkard Brethren Church is so far, small 
in numbers. There is no reason to hope or anticipate at this time 
that it will become unwieldly from the point of size and glory in this 
prospect. Size never meant anything to Jesus. Time and again we 
are told that the presence of the Holy Spirit is the only necessary 
requisite. The great Teacher said "Fear not little flock for it is your 
Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." 

The future success or failure of the church depends on the 
loyalty the young people of the church exercise now and the 
teaching they give their children. If the plan is followed of each 
family instilling Dunkard principles into the children and due care 
taken to nurture and admonish them in the ways of the Lord it will 
not be many generations until we as a church need want for neither 
numbers, money or leaders, who in co-operation with the peerless 
Leader who will lead us into all truth, will make our Church a great 
and lasting power for good in the world. I plead with the fine group 
of young people, representatives of whom I met at Goshen in June 
to stand fast in the faith once delivered to the saints. Be loyal, be 
staunch, be true. Let us hold on to the distinctive principles of the 
church. Let us by our example show the world we have something 
for it. Let us covet for the church the position she once held in the 
eyes of the world. Let us be honest and true and loyal, industrious 
and helpful and neighborly and the world will realize that in this 
organization the old full Gospel Religion has come again to dwell 
in the hearts of men with renewed force and with a spirit of 
kindness and helpfulness and the Church we love will continue to 
grow and become a stronger and stronger influence in the hearts 
and lives of all mankind. 



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REFLECTIONS ON THE DEATH OF A FRIEND 

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is 
your life? It Is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and 
then vanisheth away." (James 4:14) 

About sixty hours ago (as I'm writing this) I was summoned to 
the phone for one of those calls a person wishes would never 
come. It was a close friend and Brother-in-the-Lord calling to tell 
me that another mutual friend and Brother had died the night 
before. This was quite a shock as he was only 36 years old and 
apparently in good health. 

The reality of the startling fact of my friend's death came 
crashing over me like waves of the sea, knocking me mercilessly to 
the hard ground each time the waves came in. It just seemed like it 
couldn't be. But the day of the funeral came, and his lifeless body 
was committed to the earth. And now, I'm here meditating in the 
stillness of the night, reflecting on the passing of my friend. 

Noah Lucabaugh died of an apparent heart attack. He was 
jogging toward his home and was found a short while later in an 
orchard through which he had been passing. 

My own contact with Noah had been centered around being 
accountable to one another for prayers answered, verses memor- 
ized, and insights gleaned from meditation on scripture week by 
week. This had gone on for several months about two years ago. 
Ironically, my prayers now, seeking God's face on the "why" of 
Noah's untimely death, seem to go unanswered. The only Word 
from Heaven to me is that God knows about the situation and He 
cares about all those whose lives were touched by this tragedy. 

One of the verses Noah and I memorized was the one at the 
beginning of this article, as well as several others on the same 
topic. I never dreamed at that time that I would be attending 
Noah's funeral in just two short years. Life is uncertain. "Boast not 
thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring 
forth." (Proverbs 27:1) Death is sure. Except for the return of the 
Lord Jesus, all of us will one day face death. "And as it is appointed 
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27) 
None of us has the assurance of seeing tomorrow. You don't have 
to be eighty seven and a half years old and have a heart condition 
to be the next candidate for the death angel to strike. 

One important thing to do is to be ready. 'Therefore be ye also 
ready: For in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh." 
(Matthew 24:44) First, you need to be absolutely sure that you are 
ready to meet God. If you have any doubts whatever, please get in 
touch with your minister or some one with whom you feel you 
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the death of His Son Jesus Christ. He also offers assurance — that 
deep abiding peace of God — that you may know you are saved 
and in a right relationship with God. (See I John 5:13) 

The second thing we need to do to be ready to die is to "set thy 
house in order." (See II Kings 20:1 and Isaiah 38:1) In particular, 
this means that as husbands, our wives should be familiar with our 
business dealings, such as bank accounts, any debts outstanding, 
and the location of our will and other important papers and 
documents. It is imperative that each of us have a will, or the states 
in which we live will happily oblige us by taking their share first. 
We husbands need to seek ways to be sure that our debts would be 
paid in the event of our death, and that our wives and children 
could at least maintain a subsistant lifestyle until the children are 
grown. "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those 
of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an 
infidel." (I Timothy 5:8) There is no particular indication that this 
responsibility stops at death. Due to the fact that it is nearly 
impossible for the average person to amass a great fortune to sit 
and be ready in the event of his death (and it's not really Scriptural 
anyway), the church needs to be ready to step in and help out in 
such cases. It is a sad thing for a man to die and have his wife 
unprepared to handle the affairs of the household, and to have no 
provisions for her daily bread or to keep a roof over her head. 

The third consideration in being prepared for death is, "Have I 
done enough for the Lord Jesus?" I believe many Christians exit 
this life wishing they would have done more for Christ. Think upon 
this now, so that any regrets might be minimized when it's your 
time to meet Jesus. Maintain your personal relationship with God. 
Lead your family in their walk with Him. Actively participate in your 
local church so that you, your family, and others may experience 
spiritual growth. Be on the alert at all times for those special 
opportunities to share with someone about your faith in Jesus 
Christ. How many souls will be in Heaven because you shared the 
Good News of Salvation with them? 

To think about death is not something we like to do. But only 
when we face death squarely, and act on what the Bible teaches we 
should do about death, can we truly live. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert Lehigh 

ONE THOUGHTLESS ACT 

One thoughtless act, and a life is ruined because of it. One 
thoughtless act, and someone's whole day is turned upside down. 
One thoughtless act, and someone's heart is grieved unneces- 



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sarily. Forgiveness can be granted, but the act and the resulting 
grief cannot be undone. For every action, there is a reaction, and 
all the apologies in the world can't change that fact. 

Like the proverbial sack of feathers scattered to the four winds, 
we can't recall something we've done. We have to live with the 
results. We also must live with the results of what others do. This 
makes it doubly important for us to think before we act, to consider 
others as well as ourselves. Inconsiderate, irresponsible behavior 
can cause untold grief for all concerned. Like the ripple effect 
when a stone hits water, the results are far-reaching. 

Some matters in life can be remedied, but others cannot. Where 
possible, we should make amends, and make the best of a bad 
situation. This helps to minimize the grief we've caused. When 
amends are made, we need to forgive the one who has grieved us, 
and to forgive ourselves when we have erred and caused grief. 
Forgiveness is like salve on a wound — it comforts, and relieves the 
pain. It also releases our hearts so we can go on from there. 

Esau made a serious mistake and he could do nothing except live 
with the results. He was sure he was about to die from hunger, so 
he agreed to sell his birthright. He lived to regret his decision, but it 
couldn't be changed. See Gen. 25:29-34, 27:33-34. No amount of 
wishing or pleading could get back for Esau what he had lost. The 
blessing was given to his brother, and that couldn't be reversed 
either. 

Often we are like Esau. In a moment of panic, or just on an 
impulse, we do something thoughtlessly. Later on, we regret it. 
Serious thought, or at least some thought, should be given to all 
our day-to-day activities, for they make up the whole of our lives. 
Little mistakes can multiply many times into grievous situations. If 
we live carelessly, we will reap accordingly, so we need to consider 
what the results of our actions will be. 

Some people's lives seem to be made up of a series of 
thoughtless acts, not just one or two. They focus their attention on 
living just for the moment, then wonder why their world falls apart. 
"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth 
unto counsel is wise." Prov. 12:15. When we see people living 
foolishly with no regard for God, we need to do what we can to give 
them instruction in the Word. Whether they heed it or not is up to 
them, but we need to be prayerfully concerned. 

In the book of Daniel, chapter 5, we can read about Belshazzar's 
thoughtlessness. He was really having a great time feasting and 
drinking, and decided to use something special for the occasion. 
The Temple vessels were brought to him to drink from, vessels 
which had been dedicated to the Lord. His carelessness brought 
judgment, for God said it was enough. We cannot make a mockery 



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of sacred things and get away with it. 

Belshazzar knew what had happened in his father's life, but he 
still refused to give God His rightful place. He was lifted up in pride 
just as his father Nebuchadnezzar was, and he didn't get a second 
chance. When people determine in their hearts to ignore God and 
do as they please, they can't expect mercy. Belshazzar's thoughts 
were centered on just the present, very thoughtless considering 
how close he was to Eternity. His life was taken yet that night. 

The rich man in the parable in Luke 12:16-21 didn't give much 
thought to his future either. His thoughts were only concerning the 
present time and how good he had it. He made plans to continue 
on in his life of ease, but such was not to be. He said to himself, 
"Take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry" (v. 19), but God said, 
'Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose 
shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" (v. 20) 

God may not end our lives in a moment of foolishness, but we 
should take a lesson from these examples. We need to think 
beyond the present, and consider where our actions are taking us. 
The Bible will give us direction and purpose in life, and the Spirit 
will direct us too, so we can do what is right. Think about your life, 
pray for God's help and strive to serve Him acceptably. Be thought- 
ful about your life, not thoughtless, for Jesus' sake. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



BELIEF 

"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren 
beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen 
you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the 
truth:" II Thess. 2:13. 

Do you believe there is a God? There are so many in this world 
who do not believe there is a God, and that He has the power to 
save us. God is a wonderful help in time of trouble, sickness, and 
when death comes and takes a dear one Home. He is always near 
to help us. What would a child of God do without His help? He 
says He will help us in time of trouble. He will never leave us, if we 
are willing to follow in His footsteps. 

We must believe He is the Christ and be willing to be born again 
so we have the right to be called His children. So many today say, 
"I am just as good as those in the church." I have asked them to tell 
me how they know but they cannot give me an answer. 

The Bible says, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being 
alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew 
me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my 



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works." James 2:17-18. Many people ask us what denomination 
we belong to. There is no denomination that can save any one. 
One must live the life Christ has laid down or they have no chance 
for a Home in Heaven. 

How sad it will be if we miss that Home He has prepared for the 
faithful. Take the automobile, it is easy to handle, but if we disobey 
the law when we are driving it, we are in serious trouble. If we 
disobey the commandments Christ has set for us to follow we then 
are not prepared to dwell in the mansion He has prepared for us. 

Dear ones, we must prove ourselves. To get into Christ comes by 
water baptism. First, we must repent so we can have our sins 
washed away. We don't have any record that the thief on the cross 
was at any time baptized. He was in God's hands, that was before 
Christ shed His precious blood so we could be saved. 

Look at the time, when Jesus was washing the disciples' feet. 
Peter refused and Jesus told him he would have no fellowship with 
Christ. He was ready at that moment to hvae the Master wash his 
feet. 

When Jesus was baptized, He did not need to be, but He wanted 
to set an example for us to follow. He had no sin, but we all have 
sinned and come short so we must be born again. 

What kind of a belief do we have? Today we see so many 
churches that practice the Communion and call it the Lord's 
Supper and have it around noon. Do they believe the Word of God 
where it said that He had the Lord's Supper in the evening? After 
they ate the supper they had the communion, which is the bread 
and then the cup, and it also says they sang a hymn and went out 
and it was right. Do these dear ones believe the Word of God? 

It seems so very easy to find an excuse for some of the things 
done. In Bible times false prophets found excuses. But I read that 
the Word of God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The 
devil is trying but there is no way he can change it. 

The devil knew Jesus as the Holy One of God. A Christian must 
have a firm foundation, one that cannot be shaken, following in the 
Master's footsteps. 

We hear today of the wonderful healing going on. Are their 
bodies really healed? How many are paid to go through the act? 
To me this is a serious thing. Why don't they follow the Bible and 
let the ones who are sick call for the Elders and let them pray and 
anoint them. We read then their sins will be forgiven and through 
faith they will be made well. If they follow Christ's way and if it is 
His will, they will get well, if not they are now ready to go to dwell 
with Him. 

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Christ comes to call us home. 



Sister E. M. Alltus 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The New Birth 
J. H. Moore 

Nicodemus, a ruler among the Jews, and a man of some 
distinction, heard much about the preaching and work of Jesus, 
and one night called on him, evidently seeking information 
regarding his claims. Jesus at once presented, for his consider- 
ation, one of the fundamentals of his teachings, saying: "Except a 
man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Seeing 
that he was not understood, he added this: "Except a man be born 
of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." 
(John 3:3-5) By "born of water," in this instance, baptism is meant. 
It can mean nothing else. 

To be born of the Spirit means not only the receiving of the Spirit, 
but it includes "being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of 
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth 
forever." (I Peter 1 :23) The Word of God, the seed of the kingdom, 
is planted in the heart. The heart takes hold of the Word, and the 
Word takes hold of the heart, resulting in a new creature, hence a 
new birth, — born from above, born of God, born of the Spirit. All 
of this must be understood in connection with what James 1:18 
says: "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth," — the 
Word and the Spirit playing their active parts. 

In a sense, it is a twofold birth, — born of water, born of the Spirit. 
It is a water baptism and also a Spirit baptism. In the water baptism 
the body is completely enveloped. In the Spirit baptism the soul or 
spirit of man is baptized in the Spirit, — is brought completely 
under the influence of the Spirit. The birth of water and the birth of 
the Spirit must be considered jointly. By divine appointment they 
go together. There is no separating them with the blessed 
promises following. 

Jesus makes the twofold birth of water and of the Spirit essential 
to an entrance into the kingdom. We enter the world through a 
material birth, but the kingdom of God must be entered through the 
spiritual birth; that is, born of water and of the Spirit. Man 
administers the rite of water baptism. But God, through Jesus 
Christ, his Son, administers the Spirit baptism. This is in accord 
with what John the Baptist taught when he said: "I indeed baptize 
you with water, but he (Jesus) shall baptize you with the Holy 
Ghost." 



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NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE 5 OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to have 
fall Lovefeast services on November 14-15, 1987. Services will 
begin Saturday morning, at 11:00. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Congregation will be holding revival meetings, 
November 8 through 15, with Brother Fred Piter as evangelist. We 
extend a warm invitation to everyone. If you cannot attend, we 
would very much appreciate your prayers for God's blessing upon 
these meetings. 

Sister Julie Litfin, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

I want to thank the brethren and sisters for all their prayers, cards 
and thoughts of me while I was in the hospital and since I am home. 
God bless you all. 

Sister Edna Flick 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Plevna Congregation will hold a Harvest 
Meeting, November 8. Bro. Dennis St. John will be the speaker. 
We invite all to this day of worship and fellowship. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 



»••••• 



Stephen Girard, when surrounded by immense wealth, wrote 
thus to a friend: "As to myself, I live like a galley-slave, constantly 
occupied, and often passing the night without sleeping. I am 
wrapped in affairs, and worn out with care. I do not value fortune. 
When I rise in the morning, my only effort is to labor so hard during 
the day that, when night comes, I may be enabled to sleep 
soundly." It is said that when Mr. Astor was once congratulated for 
his wealth, he replied by pointing to his pile of bonds and maps of 
property, at the same time inquiring, "Would you like to manage 
these matters for your board and clothes?" Jay Gould said he was 
kept on the drive from morning till night, the money he had made 
having enslaved him. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 1987 

November 1 - Godly Sorrow - II Cor. 7:1-16. 

1. What is Godly sorrow and what does it produce? 

2. Does the individual feel better from Godly sorrow? 

November 8 - Poverty and Riches - II Cor. 8:1-24. 

1. How do we determine how much we shall give? Mark 12:41-44. 

2. To those who give freely what promise is made? Malachi3:10. 

November 15 - God Loves a Cheerful Giver - II Cor. 9:1-15. 

1. How does Paul liken our giving? verse 6. 

2. What was God's Great Gift to man? John 3:16. 

November 22 - Thanksgiving - Psalms 50:1-23. 

1. What do we have to offer unto God? verse 14. 

2. In verse 23 what promise is given? 

November 29 - Apostolic Authority - II Cor. 10:1-18. 

1. Of whom did Paul receive his authority? verse 8. 

2. How and by whom do we measure ourselves? verse 12. 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR NOVEMBER 1987 

November 1 - Popularity - John 12:35-50, Col. 3:22-25. 

1. Of whom do we seek popularity? John 12:43. 

2. Of whom will we receive a reward? Col. 3:24. 

November 8 - Commandments - Exodus 20:1-26, Matt. 19:17-22, 
I John 5:1-3. 

1. Which is the First Commandment? Exodus 20:3. 

2. What is the test of love? I John 5:2-3. 

November 15 - Come and Dine - Luke 14:16-24, John 21:10-13. 

1. Would we consider it an honor to be \nv\ted to a feast 
like this? 

2. In the parable of the great supper, who made the supper? 

November 22 - Thanksgiving - Psalms 107:1-20, I Tim. 4:1-8. 

1 . What does Paul say in Phil. 4:6 about thanksgiving? 

2. Why should we praise the Lord - Psalms 107:8-9. 

November 29 - The Lame Man - Acts 3:1-12. 

1. How long had the man been in this condition? verse 2. 

2. Was the man happy with what he received? verse 8. 



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VOL. LXV 



NO. 21 



Tor 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. 



THAT WILL BE GLORY 

When the golden gates are opened, 
And I enter into rest, 
And behold the blessed Saviour, 
And am folded to his breast — 

When this weary way has ended, 
With its conflict sharp and long, 
And the peace and joy of heaven 
Fills the heart and tunes the song — 

Then the promised rest and glory 
In fruition shall be known, 
And the long imagined splendor 
Into knowledge shall have grown. 

O, but 'tis the One in glory 
It will be so good to meet, 
And to cast my crown before him 
Down at his beloved feet. 

And for ever bear the likeness 
Of the Lord who died for me, 
And for ever join the chorus 
Of the ransomed and the free. 

- C. Biliett 



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FORFEITING OUR GLORY 

"But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is 
given her for a covering." I Cor. 11:15. In this short verse a 
personal glory is given and immediately taken away for a greater 
good. A woman is to have uncut hair. She should be taught from 
youth that cutting her hair displeases God. God has given her her 
hair for a glory. Although a man may affect a feminine style by 
wearing long hair, his hair is not a glory but a shame unto him. 

Having her hair uncut is a glory to her for it is pleasing to God. 
But lest she become proud in her personal glory, she is told to 
place that glory upon her head in such a way that it can be covered. 
She is to yield her glory to what honors God in obedience and 
submission. 

This is but one example of the Christian's submission of self to 
the overall good of the Church and her Lord. We have all been 
given certain talents and abilities. We are expected to use these 
God-given gifts. It often becomes very easy for us to use them in 
self-serving ways. As a certain glory surrounds the public display 
of these talents it is a natural breeding ground for pride. Since 
these talents are given by God they are to be used in the way that 
will bring the greatest glory to Him rather than to ourselves. 

The Christian, even by the very name, is said to be like Christ. 
The Christian finds his perfect example in Jesus. No one ever gave 
up more than He did when He came to this earth and took upon 
Himself the humble fashion of mankind. He went even further by 
living a meek, quiet life that showed little of His glory except for the 
miracles performed for the benefit of others not Himself. His life 
was ended on earth by a shameful deat h reserved for the worst of 

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criminals. He had to be buried in a borrowed tomb for He who had 
made the world had no worldly possessions. His renouncement of 
personal glory serves as an example for those who bear His Name. 

The world about us has an opposite view of worldly glory. It is 
their desire to be seen and known by all possible. There are many 
ways used to secure the attention of those about them. It may be 
through the ridiculous or the gaudy. Unfortunately this seeking for 
personal glory has been allowed to slip into churches. Public 
services are filled with individuals performing for glory. Their 
talents are God-given but because of their popularity, He does not 
receive the credit nor glory due Him. Soloists, choirs, directors of 
various functions as well as paid ministers all receive glory for their 
services. These talents should be used in conjunction with the 
total congregation rather than in conspicuous show. There is a 
place for the minister, deacon and choirister but it is as a servant of 
the Church not as one seeking self glory. 

It is so easy to consider our particular talents as so necessary 
that they must be displayed in public often. Some have even 
developed such a high opinion of their talents that they have 
placed a price upon their performance. 

Talents are God-given. For many this becomes a reason to 
display them profusely. Their contention is that if given by God 
then they must conspicuously show that talent off. God may well 
have given them a talent but He gave it to be used for His Glory not 
theirs. If one has been given the talent of a beautiful singing voice, 
it would be better used to lead the whole congregation in praise or 
to teach others how they might better use their voices, rather than 
to be shown off as a soloist or member of a small performing group. 

The body of Christ, the Church, is made up of many members. 
All members are necessary. None are to be unduly honored 
especially if it harms the other members and causes them to shrink 
from exercising their God-given talents. 

There is a place for encouragement and even praise for those 
who do exercise as God has enabled them. But there is no place 
for a blind sub-serviance to those who would garner the glory. 
Those being glorified are as prone to error as others and need the 
correction that is necessary for the whole body. 

God gives very special talents to some, but He does not give to 
place them on pedestals but that they may use those talents to 
bring even more glory to Him, by humbly using those talents along 
with other members. He will be more pleased and more gloriifed by 
a humble use of those talents He has given, than by a vain public 
show that excites pride. 

We have seen many recently who have been involved in religious 
services who have had a great fall. This confirms the Biblical axiom 



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that pride will produce a great fall. When the glory that belongs to 
God is appropriated by men there will be a great fall. 

Use your God-given talents to God's glory along with all the 
Family of God. It will lead you to a greater glory in Heaven. 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 1, 1927 
THE DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH (A CHALLENGE) 

F. B. Surbey 

It has been said that young people are a challenge to the church, 
but we wish to say that the Dunkard Brethren Church is also a 
challenge to our young people. It is a challenge to us older ones. 
Yes, it is a challenge, a real challenge, to us all. 

The Dunkard Brethren Church is a challenge to us in many ways: 

1. Because of her existence. It is a fact that she is organized and 
in existence. Why should not that alone call forth all our efforts to 
maintain the church. Who wants to put our hand to the plow and 
then look back? Who does not want to see something that cost so 
much and is so valuable, permanently established? What looks 
worse to a business man than to pass some of the large structures 
that were begun during the war, and see them half finished; or to 
pass business blocks, with their advertisements on the windows, 
but now empty because the business failed? The once thriving 
business soon came to naught. Shall it be said of the Dunkard 
Brethren church: These people did not count the cost, they lacked 
faith, they had no vision, no administrative ability, no government? 
To every member enrolled, the church's very existence is a 
challenge. 

2. Because of her founders. To the youth of today it is your 
fathers that founded the Dunkard Brethren Church. What son or 
daughter having any red blood of American loyalty, does not want 
to help maintain or preserve the good home or the honorable 
business that the parents founded? Many a son has continued and 
promoted, with a degree of pride, the business of his father until for 
generations the name itself honored the business. Many a child 
has purchased the old homestead at a greater cost than other 
properties were worth, because it was father's and mother's home. 
These children have taken special pains to preserve the old 
landmarks sacred to memory, and vital in the making of their 
characters. To the present fathers, the founders of the church were 
Mack, Becker, Sauer and a host of others of a few centuries ago. To 
them the Apostolic fathers were the founders, and to them, Christ. 



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So the church becomes a challenge to us because of these 
founders who had faith in God, and in whom we have faith. 

3. Because she is OUR Church. Who has not learned to love the 
organization or cause they represent? Even the small child loves 
its own home playrooms. The pupils love and boost their own 
school. The American citizens, children and all, love their own 
country. 

"Breathes there a man with soul so dead, 

Who never to himself hath said: 

This is my own, my native land'?" 
What member of a family is not charmed at the thought of home? 
For my home I will sacrifice because it is mine, my only one. My 
church is a challenge to me because I know no other so good. We 
pledge our loyalty to our church because here WE worship God. In 
our church we think we can best fulfill all the commands of God. 
Here we contend for the faith once for all delivered to the Saints. 

"Faith of our fathers! Holy Faith! 

We will be true to thee 'till death!" 

4. Because she has enemies. Because we are different from 
other churches, and different from the world, that only gives us the 
right to exist as a separate body, and that makes us enemies. Our 
church always had enemies and always will have. They are within 
and without. From within they say our decisions are wrong and 
need not be obeyed. From without they say our doctrines are 
non-essential; and yet the churches that obeyed not these 
decisions and doctrines have gone into worldliness, lost their 
identity and their spiritual power. Because we have been called out 
of the world to be separate, the world scoffs at us; but they scoffed 
at Jesus, they persecuted the Apostles, and they will persecute us. 
We must obey God rather than man. We must be a light to the 
world, and a friend of God. "Know ye not that the friendship of the 
world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of 
the world is the enemy of God." Jas. 4:4. Christ and the Apostles 
gave their lives for the church, what have we given for her. "These 
are they which come out of great tribulations, and have washed 
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Rev. 
7:14. Because of the tribulations we must pass through, and the 
danger the church is facing before her enemies, the challenge to 
defend the church is a great one. 

"O, watch and fight and pray; 
The battle ne'er give o'er: 
Renew it boldly every day, 
And help divine. implore." 
5. Because of her value. The four challenges given thus far are, 



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in themselves, not sufficient to warrant the existence of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church. She must have value. Our church is 
valuable: (1) Because of her cost, Our church cost suffering and 
death to some of the fathers. It cost groanings and spirit, and 
physical and financial sacrifices to many others. Shall these 
sacrifices have been in vain? (2) Our church is valuable because of 
her opportunities offered. She gives the opportunity for Christian 
education, growth and training. How much Christianity would 
there be in some of our future children were it not for our church? 
Here we are taught the Bible, the prayer life, and the songs of Zion. 
(3) Our church is valuable because she supplies the needs of our 
souls. We come to her to have the means applied that are provided 
to unload our burden of sin, to be spiritually fed, and to be 
comforted in sorrow. (4) Our church is valuable because she is our 
life-boat in which we sail to our eternal reward. Our captain is on 
the boat and without him and his boat, the storms of life would 
overcome us, and we would drown in the deeps of sin. Our church 
is a challenge because of her great value, and must therefore be 
preserved and maintained. In order to perpetuate our church we 
must have young people in it. Yes, and more than that. Our young 
people must be DUNKARD young people. A Dunkard Brethren 
Church with ever so many young people in it, is doomed as a 
Dunkard Brethren Church just the same as though she had none, 
unless these young people are of the Dunkard faith and practice. 
Herein lies the challenge to the older ones, especially the parents 
and the church elders. The young people then have the challenge 
to hand down a Dunkard Brethren Church to their children. 

Let us accept our challenge courageously, so that the faith of our 
fathers, founded by Mack in 1708, brought to America by Becker in 
1719, and re-established by us in 1926, shall not perish from the 
earth nor from our several communities. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Freedom..." 

Many people today are saying that everyone is entitled to 
absolute freedom. You should be able to do what you want to do 
when you want to do it! No one else has the right to interfere. This 
philosophy has produced many confrontations with the law, has 
caused destruction of property, and has resulted in chaos in 
churches. Believers in absolute freedom decry the "restrictive 
laws" and campaign for revolution that will give everyone their own 
way. 

The problem of how much freedom you can have didn't originate 
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Eve expressed her freedom by eating the forbidden fruit. She 
looked at the Lord's command as an encroachment on her 
freedom, so she disobeyed the restriction and was made to pay the 
consequences. Ever since that time man has been struggling for a 
balance between what he thinks is stifling determinism and 
obsessive freedom. 

Restrictions are necessary in all of our lives to keep a healthy 
balance and right perspective. They take away experimentation in 
permissiveness. They set limits on the types of literature to read, 
how far can be gone in experimenting with sensual freedoms, what 
kinds of music can be listened to and sung, clothing styles, hair 
styles and the like. Perhaps at no other time in history were 
restrictions so necessary. Whether they are personally enforced 
through the church body, they are needed. 

Many things that are popular today have the "free" label attached 
to them: free speech, free love, free art, free expression. Much of 
what is passing for freedom is nothing more than outright anarchy. 
The kind of freedom people desire involves freedom from respon- 
sibility to any other person, to the church or even to society. It 
means "doing our own thing" and limitless self-expression, regard- 
less of how it affects others. This kind of freedom centers upon 
man himself. The idea that God is sovereign no longer holds sway 
over the minds of such thinkers. Man is supreme, autonomous, 
free to do as he pleases. Absolute laws have no meaning. 

Man's personal freedoms have led to lung cancer, alcoholism, 
drug abuse, suicide, veneral disease, mental diseases and even 
environmental pollution. Autonomous man cannot escape the 
results of the undisciplined life. Let's face it. Man is dependent, 
not autonomous. He was created free to answer "yes" or "no" to 
God, but he was not given the capacity of being nonanswerable to 
God. He must say "yes" or "no" to the Creator... then his freedom 
is governed by the answer he gives. 

To say "no" to God is to forfeit the basis of all true freedom 
offered by Him through Jesus Christ who make us truly free 
through the forgiveness of sins and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. 
By himself, man cannot be free from his own ego and sin. When we 
claim to be free from God, we become a slave to ourselves and fall 
into our own great bondage. 

To some, obedience to God is a denial of freedom. This is a 
Biblical paradox. There is NO TRUE FREEDOM apart from 
service and submission to God... the Creator of freedom. Joshua 
said: "Choose this day whom- you will serve..." To become 
obsessed with self-willed freedom only brings a denial of that 
freedom and we become slaves. Freedom within the context of a 
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FREEDOM. "If the Son makes you free, then you will be free 
indeed." 

If we choose to be a slave of Christ's, we choose freedom. If we 
choose freedom in the wrong way, we become slaves. We make 
the choice... we must accept the consequences! 

Christian freedom is not the freedom to do anything we please 
without consideration of the consequences. Two Biblical princi- 
ples apply here. One is that our freedom is restricted by our 
RELATIONSHIP TO GOD. God is the object of our love and this 
love compels us to be His servants. Secondly, our freedom is 
restricted by our RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS. As Christians, 
we are concerned about how our actions affect other people. Even 
if we have deep insights into the Christian experience, we approach 
others in the greatest consideration for their maturity. 

In deciding how you will use your freedom, you have to consider 
carefully God's place in your life. Is He at the center of your 
thinking and planning? Have you accepted the full implications of 
the freedom that He has offered to you? Are you free from your 
sins? Once you settle these questions, you will get a sense of how 
free you really can become. The basis of true freedom cannot be 
found until you have been fully related to the God of all freedom 
through His Son, Jesus Christ. 

How free are we? We are as free as we apply the "Golden Rule" 
to our life. We are as free as we allow the Holy Spirit to exercise the 
fullness of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. WHERE THE SPIRIT 
OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY... FREEDOM! (II Cor. 
3:17) In Him... we are FREE indeed! 

Brother Len Wertz 

JESUS CHRIST IS LORD 

Isaiah 43:11, "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no 
saviour." 

John 20:28, "And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord 
and My God." 

I Corinthians 1 2:3-6, "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no 
man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that 
no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now 
there are diversitite of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are 
differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are 
diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in 
all." 

Romans 5:1, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace 
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" 

Philippians 2:9-11, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, 



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and given him a name which is above every name: 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." 

The words "the Lord Jesus Christ" falls from many lips but we 
are concerned that the Church, as a whole, has lost the real 
meaning of these words. We would like to take a look at three areas 
where we believe Jesus Christ is proclaimed to be Lord within Holy 
Scripture. 

Our first two opening scriptures show that Jesus Christ is Lord in 
the fact that He is God. While the truth of the Trinity contains 
mysteries that our human mind cannot fathom it is one of the most 
important teachings in Holy Scripture. Space will not permit the 
quoting of the many verses that could, and perhaps should, be 
used in this area of our study. One that we will use the space to 
quote is Matthew 1:23, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and 
shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, 
which being interpreted is, God with us." The two verses previous 
to this one tells us that "Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall 
save his people from their sins." It is then stated, that our quoted 
verse is an answer to prophecy. Very simply stated, if Jesus Christ 
was not virgin born then He is not God. If He is not God then He 
cannot be called Lord. This is why we are emphatic about the fact 
of the virgin birth and concerned about translations that cause 
questions about this very important fact. If Jesus Christ is not 
Lord, God in the flesh, then the rest that we have to share is without 
meaning. 

Our second verses of scripture, taken from I Corinthians, speaks 
to us of the fact that Jesus Christ is Lord of the Church. Again, 
space will not permit the many verses that could be quoted on this 
phase of our thinking. 

We would like to take some time to think about the words, "and 
no man can say that Jesus Christ is the Lord but by the Holy 
Ghost." We believe that Paul is speaking about something deeper 
than merely mouthing words. To some that feel that the Holy Spirit 
moves upon even those who are unsaved, and, worse yet, 
apostates, when these words are spoken, we would have to say, in 
love, that we cannot agree. We base this thinking on the words of 
our Lord in Matthew 7:21-23, "Not every one 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. Many will say to me 
in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in 
thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many 
wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew 
you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." When we compare this 



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with Romans 8:14 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they 
are the sons of God," we come to the conclusion that the Holy 
Ghost (or Spirit) does not cause unsaved individuals or apostates 
to say that Jesus Christ is Lord, though they may mouth these 
words. In addition to this, merely mouthing these words does not 
prove that an individual is a genuine Christian. 

As our Lord stated, Jesus Christ as Lord of the Church should 
mean that we desire to do the will of the Father. We believe the will 
of the Father is given within the Holy Book, the Holy Bible. Down 
through the ages there have been those who opposed the 
teachings of the Apostles. But it is through the Apostles that the 
will of God was made known in the first century Church. Their 
teachings are recorded within Holy Scripture. If Jesus Christ is 
truly Lord of the Church she should be following the words of Holy 
Scripture. 

Our verse taken from Romans speaks of Jesus Christ being the 
Lord of our personal life. To have true peace with God we must 
accept His gift of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is only then that 
we can truly call Jesus Christ Lord. But merely calling him Lord is 
not enough. He wants to truly BE Lord of our life. This means 
forsaking self and putting Him on the throne of our heart and mind. 

Our last verse taken from Philippians, we believe, talks of a time 
when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus 
Christ is Lord. But, sad to say, for many it will be in vain. Those 
who deny His deity will be forever lost. Those who speak His name 
but refuse to follow His commandments will look upon Him in 
shame. Those who have never accepted Him as Savior and Lord 
will spend eternity in hell. Only those who join God the Father in 
highly exalting Him will bow in peace. 

It is impossible to say everything on this subject that should be 
said. Jesus Christ should be ourall in all. He alone, (along with the 
Trinity), is worthy of our praise and worship. Let us strive to truly 
make Him Lord of our life and of the Church and recognzie Him as 
God. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 1707& 

Two ministers met one Saturday in a station as they were going 
to preach in their respective places on Sunday. "I hope," said one 
to the other, "the Great Master will give you His face tomorrow." 
"Well, if He does not," was the reply, "I will speak well of Him 
behind His back." 



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THE HOLY BIBLE 



1. 



11. 



The Holy Bible is a book 
Written for the good of men, 

It contains all that we need 
To live according to God's plan, 

2. 
The Author ever was and is 

He knows no beginning or end, 
His Spirit empowered the writers 

To take up their scroll and pen. 

3. 
They did not write their own thoughts 

They wrote what God dictated, 
They were exacting in their work, 

We accept it as it's stated. 

4. 
His work is forever settled 

So says Jesus Christ our Lord, 
Heaven and earth shall pass away 

But never shall my Word. 

5. 
It starts with the Book of Genesis 

Which tells about creation 
It ends with many prophecies 

In the Book of Revelation. 

6. 
Every prophecy will be fulfilled 

Just as God said it would, 
It behooves every one to live 

The life we know we should. 

7. 
On the pages of the Bible 

We are told of peace and strife, 
Strife we have to overcome 

That we may gain Eternal Life. 

8. 
We are to love our enemies 

And our neighbors as our-self, 
With the many poor and needy 

It's our God given duty to help. 

9. 
When we have compassion on others 

Those needy folks that we see, 
Jesus says, "What you do for them 

You, also are doing for me," 

10. 
Jesus was the greatest teacher 

That ever graced the earth, 
He was an unusual Person 

From the first day of His birth. 



He was born in Bethlehem 

A small city in Judea, 
He was laid within a manger 

Which was our God's idea. 

12. 
Because of the sin of Adam 

And because of the sin of man, 
God provides a substitution 

In bringing salvation's plan. 

13. 
It required the death of Jesus 

On the Cross of Calvary, 
To bring to us salvation 

And from sin to set us free. 

14. 
There He hung upon the Cross 

Between Heaven and the earth, 
God had so determined 

Long before Christ's birth. 

15. 
They gave Him vinegar on a reed 

They pierced Him with a sword, 
Forthwith there came out water 

From the side of our dear Lord. 

16. 
In anguish He cried out 

When life was about to flee, 
My God, My God, just why 

Hast thou forsaken me? 

17. 
All around that awful scene 

Were people watching on, 
Jesus bowed His head and cried 

IT IS FINISHED, and was gone. 

18. 
They prepared the Lord for burial 

His disciples felt forlorn, 
But Jesus kept His promise 

Coming forth on Easter Morn. 

19. 
He appeared before the many, 

After He arose from the dead, 
Because I live, so shall you, 

Are some of the Words He said. 

20. 
He ascended back to Heaven 

He completed His Father's Will, 
He's coming again to receive us, 
His promises to fulfill. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 



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THIS I KNOW 

I do not know what next may come 

Across my pilgrim way. 
I do not know tomorrow's road 

Nor see beyond today. 

But this I know — my Savior knows 

The path I cannot see, 
And I can trust His wounded hand 

To guide and care for me. 

I do not know what may befall 

Of sunshine or of rain. 
I do not know what may be mine 

Of pleasure or of pain. 

But this I know — my Savior knows, 

And whatsoe'er it be, 
Still I can trust His love to give 

What will be best for me. 

I do not know what still awaits 

Or what the morrow brings, 
But with the glad salute of faith 

I hail its opening wings! 

For this I know — that in my Lord 

Shall all my needs be met, 
And I can trust the heart of Him 

Who has not failed me yet. 

- E. Margaret Clarkson 

Submitted by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 

STRENGTHEN THE THINGS THAT REMAIN 

"Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are 
ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold 
fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on 
thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon 
thee." Rev. 3:2-3. 

In Sardis there were a few faithful ones. If we go to church and 
hear a sermon and receive no spiritual food to take home, it is very 
sad. 

Dear ones, let us try to hold Christ up before the people who 
come to hear our preaching so they will be able to have things to 
think of during the week that will strengthen them and make them 



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feel it was well they were there. We will also be strengthened to 
fight the things thrown our way. Many churches have a form but 
are spiritually dead. 

We are known by our works. We must be watchful and strong. 
We must be always on our guard so the things that we once held 
sacred are not let die. Let each of us strive a little harder so what 
we do will please the Blessed Lord. We all know that no one is 
perfect in this old world, but we are to keep on toward a more 
perfect life. 

Let us be ready when Jesus calls us to leave and come to a better 
home, not made of hands, but eternal in the Heavens. Eyes have 
not seen or ears heard the wonderful things that are in store for 
those who follow the Lord. 

if we claim to be a child of God but we are not, it will be very sad 
for us when Christ comes to take His children home. We are told in 
the last days many will say, "Lord, Lord, open unto us," but He will 
say, "Depart, I never knew you." He will answer them and say, "You 
honor me with your lips, but your heart is far from me." 

Oh, let us be ready and have our lamp burning bright, for Christ's 
coming may be nigh at the door. Many profess to know Christ but 
deny Him by their works. We must be obedient and help the 
Church. 

Let us blot out the sin that does so easily upset us. We are to 
answer to God for our thoughts. Let our thoughts build up not 
destroy. 

It seems today that sin is not dealt with as it was when we were 
small. So often we try to justify ourselves by comparing our lives 
with others. 

I think we need more Daniels. Dare to be a Daniel. God's words 
are given us to make us stronger, so we can fight the enemy. God's 
word will strengthen us so we can fight the good fight of faith. 
Jesus knows our weakness and is always ready to help. We all 
know our weak spots. We cannot hide anything from our Saviour. 

Esau sold his birthright, but the tears he shed were too late. No 
one knows what is ahead of us, for the future is hidden in His 
hands. But we are promised as His children He will pour out His 
blessings upon us. 

When each of us was born again by baptism and united with the 
Church, that Christ set up, our names were recorded or written in 
the Lamb's Book of Life. Do we each stand firm on the principles of 
the Church as founded in the Word of God? Does our daily job 
mean more to us than Christ? Study, dear ones, to show thyself 
approved unto God. 

We all have temptations. If we don't yield, the next time we are 



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tempted we are stronger and it is easier to overcome that 
temptation. 

Oh, how our forefathers seemed to have something we don't 
have. How faithful the ministers were. They worked hard each day 
but always had time to serve the Lord. Let us strengthen the things 
that remain. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 
IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP! 

"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out 
of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." 
Romans 3:1 1. 

A recent poll taken shows that the average "Christian" prays only 
five minutes per day. Some pray more and some less, but this is 
average. Can this "average" Christian weather the storms of life, 
face persecution, witness and preach to others, lift up the poor and 
downtrodden, and do the work of the Church on only five minutes 
of prayer a day? It is unlikely. Most "Christians" today leave the 
work of the Church, including the praying, up to their pastor or 
minister. No wonder the cults, the charismatics, Hindus, Muslims, 
and the like are making such great strides today. It is time to wake 
up. 

In times past the Saint of God was easily recognized. His dress 
and appearance were different from that of the world. Not only 
that, but this humble, modest demeanor was carried over into his 
home. Today the mansions that many Christians live in betray the 
inward workings of their heart. Does not the scripture say where 
your treasure is, there your heart is also? Can we claim a hope 
toward heaven when we live on earth as if we are staying forever? 
It is time to wake up. 

With billions spent on amusements of all kinds today, and with 
household pets being treated better than many children, the 
Christian faces challenges of all kinds. But yet, with the world in 
the shape it is in, with nuclear arms pointed at each other, why is 
the cry of the gospel not loud enough for the world to hear? Could 
it be that the church has been smitten by riches, and easily 
acquired pleasures, and the cares of this world so that we are not 
crying out? With twenty million abortions in the United States 
since 1973, with Christians being thrown in jail for trying to 
properly educate their children, and with suicide the leading cause 
of death in teenagers, do we not see the need LIKE NEVER 
BEFORE to share the love of Jesus with a lost and dying world? 
Where is our compassion, like Jesus had, for this sin-cursed, 
rotting, stinking world and the souls round about us that are only 



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inches from eternity? Are we more inclined to work and earn extra 
money than to spend time in prayer or witnessing to our neighbor? 
What about the spiritual welfare of our children? Are we more 
interested in teaching our children a trade than in the welfare of 
their immortal soul? It is time to wake up! 

Are the ministers of the Church run ragged while we play and 
entertain ourselves? Is the world aware of all the internal strife that 
goes on in our local assemblies, ruining our testimony and putting 
us in the same class as those radio and television "prophets" in 
their mind? All of us that name the name of Christ should spend 
HOURS in prayer for our assemblies, for our ministers, for our 
neighbors, for our children. The need is great. Our God is able. It 
is indeed time to wake up! 

"Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the 
Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and 



the right way:" I Samuel 12:23. 



Brother L. H. Miller 
RD#2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



NEWS ITEMS 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

During the summer we were made to rejoice when a couple 
desired to fellowship with us. They were received on their former 
baptisms and Deacon's office. 

On August 15 a young man was received into the church by 
Christian baptism. May he ever grow in grace and knowledge of 
the Lord. We now have more responsibility as older ones in the 
faith to be persuasive examples to the younger members. May we 
each be convincing witnesses as we follow our Saviour and serve 
Him without reservation. 

Our faith was stimulated when we shared in our annua! Love- 
feast. We thank the visiting ministers (Elders Eldon Mallow, 
Joshua Rice, Jacob Ness, Frank Shaffer, and Bro. Ronald Marks) 
for their part in the services. Eider Joshua Rice officiated in the 
evening. 

Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 

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Don't bolt the door until all the children are in. 



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Warren C, Smith, Treasurer 

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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Hayes Reed, Secretary 

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Modesto, CA 95355 
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Frank Shaffer 

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BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

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Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

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1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
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Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

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R. 3 Box 51 

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21397-B50 

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Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, IA 50003 

Rudolph Cover 
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Modesto, CA 95354 

Virgil Leatherman 
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RELIEF BOARD 

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Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, CA 95355 

Harley Flory, Secretary 
27505 Flory Rd. R. 4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 

R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 
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VOL. LXV 



NOVEMBER 15, 1987 



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:Beitour constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE WAY THE SAVIOR WENT 

Lord, lead the way the Savior went, 
By lane and cell obscure, 
And let our treasures still be spent, 
Like his, upon the poor. 

Like him, thro' scenes of deep distress, 
Who bore the world's sad weight, 
We, in their gloomy loneliness, 
Would seek the desolate. 

For thou hast placed us side by side 
In this wide world of ill; 
And, that thy foll'wers may be tried, 
The poor are with us still. 

Small are the off rings we can make; 
Yet thou hast taught us, Lord, 
If given for the Savior's sake, 
They lose not their reward. 

- William Crosswell 



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THANKSGIVING AND GIVING 

Thanksgiving Season is here again. For most people it will be a 
time of vacation, overeating, sports frenzy and in passing a few 
words will be offered about how thankful we should be. While the 
pious words about being thankful are being spoken there is often a 
lifestyle that bespeaks little heart felt thankfulness. 

It is perhaps easier in our situation in our well favored land to be 
thankful. We certainly have been materially blessed far above most 
places and peoples in this world. Yet, perhaps, because we are so 
used to so much with so little effort we are not as thankful for what 
we have as those who have little but who can appreciate it. Their 
little bit seems like much to them, thus they are willing to offer 
thanks for it. 

Thankfulness must be expressed by more than words. Words 
can become hollow if the life does not correspond with the words. 
Thankfulness is expressed by the life. When a person is thankful 
he will not hoard what he has acquired but will be willing to share it 
with others. The thankful person realizes what he has been given, 
he should in turn give unto another. 

The example of Jesus should be a motivation for the Christian. 
Many scriptures tell of His thankfulness. Before He fed the five 
thousand He offered thanks. After the offering of thanks the two 
fishes and five loaves became more than enough to feed that 
multitude. 

Jesus' whole ministry was one of giving. He who was equal with 
God put aside His Heavenly riches to take on the flesh and fashion 
of mankind. He never had any possessions in His earthly life but 
even had to be laid in a bo rrowed grave. This was done to bring 

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Spiritual riches to men. 

Thankfulness is not limited to material possessions. There 
should be an even deeper appreciation for the Spiritual blessings 
that have been showered upon us. Just as thankfulness for 
material blessings should lead to a sharing of those blessings, so it 
should be with the Spiritual blessings, also. 

This sharing can take many forms. It may be through the 
worship services of the assembled believers. It can be through the 
preached Word or through the lessons gleaned from Bible study. It 
may be the sharing of concerns through prayer. It may be by the 
witnessing concerning what the Lord has recently done for an 
individual. It may be through sharing the Plan of Salvation with the 
lost. It may be through the sharing of material things that awakens 
a gratitude that will listen more readily to the Word of God. 

The giving that follows thanksgiving is the Christian's steward- 
ship of the blessings he has received. Stewardship gives one the 
responsibility for the right use of another man's possessions. 
Stewards were given authority to buy and sell their master's goods, 
hopefully being careful so the master would benefit. There was a 
time when the steward must prove that he had been faithful in 
handling his master's possessions. 

Christians as God's servants are stewards. They must give an 
account of how they have used what has been entrusted to them. 
The good steward does not bury his master's possessions but will 
at least invest it and perhaps even make terrific gains with what he 
has been given. 

Stewardship often becomes an excuse for stinginess. But 
stewardship born out of thanksgiving is sharing and giving whether 
of material or Spiritual possessions. While Spiritual pearls should 
not be cast before swine and material possessions should not be 
wasted, there should be a willingness to share. Sharing the Word 
of God can lead to a soul's salvation or the strengthening of a weak 
Christian. The sharing of material possessions can mean not only 
financing the Lord's work on earth, but the shared finances go out 
into the community to provide a part of its material prosperity. 

Thankfulness is the beginning of Christian sharing. There must 
be a realization of what great Spiritual and material wealth is given 
to the Christian. Realizing that this legacy is given to be used as a 
good steward would, the Christian does not hoard it, but uses it 
judiciously. When there is no thankfulness before the giving, the 
giving becomes a way of buying good will. Thankfulness without 
giving becomes empty words, which does not follow the example 
given by Jesus. He was thankful with giving and His giving was 
inspired by thankfulness. 

Are you thankful? Are you giving from your thankful heart? 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 15, 1927 

THANKSGIVING 
B. E. Kesler 

In Psalms 105:1-5 David gives us a summary of Christian 
devotion and worship. In the reverse order they are, "Remember 
His marvelous works and His judgments; seek His face, rejoice, and 
glory in His holy name; talk and sing of His wondrous works; and to 
call on His name and give thanks unto the Lord." 

His marvelous works which we should remember may include 
the work of creation. For it is expressly stated that He is Creator of 
all things that were created. Some things exist that were not 
created. 

The great flood was marvelous work; nothing like it had ever 
been known, and it could not have happend by chance, and while 
those who knew Him not are led by blind superstition or bow down 
to idols, should we not be thankful that we have such an allpower- 
ful God who "pittieth those that fear him like as a father pittieth his 
children?" Should we not be thankful for His compassion, and that 
"He has not dealt with us after the manner of our sins nor rewarded 
according to our iniquities?" 

Since "All we like sheep have gone astray," should we not thank 
and praise Him that "he laid help upon one that is mighty and able 
to save to the uttermost those who come to God by Him?" 

And should we not be thankful that we are to be judged by Him 
who looketh on the heart and whojudgeth righteously and "whose 
judgments are true and righteous altogether?" 

"Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord 
while he may be found. Blessed are they that seek Him with the 
whole heart. They that seek me early shall find me. Rejoice in the 
Lord all way, and again I say rejoice." How wonderful! 

How thankful we should be for such assurances! How we should 
rejoice for such consolation! 

Talk and sing of His wondrous works. Talk about the gift of His 
Son to redeem fallen men, and His great plan of salvation delivered 
by Jesus Christ and revealed in His word. 

Talk about His wonderful love. Talk about His grace, His willing- 
ness and readiness to save all who obey Him. Talk about His 
commandments to direct men in the way of salvation and Christian 
living. Sing songs of praise to Him, "speaking to yourselves in 
psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with the spirit and with 
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"Call ye upon him while he may be found." The day may come 
when it will be too late to call. "Whosoever shall call on the name of 
the Lord shall be saved," provided he will obey. "Why call ye me 
Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Not everyone that 
sayeth unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom, but he that 
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." How thankful 
salvation and a home in heaven are offered to us on such reason- 
able terms. "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that 
they may have right to the tree of life and may enter through the 
gates into the city." 

Giving thanks unto the Lord and praising His name "for His 
goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men." 
Giving thanks for the preservation of life and for health and 
strength to go about the affairs and duties of life, and for adversity 
if His will so directs, and even for sickness if He can be glorified 
thereby. 

Thankful for salvation and for the hope of eternal life, and for the 
humble privilege to serve him and to labor in His vineyard, to bring 
the lost and erring to him. Thankful for the church which He 
established and bought with His own blood as a home for His 
children and the habitation of His spirit here on earth. 

Thankful for kind friends and neighbors to cheer us on life's 
journey, and to share our trials and sorrows and our joys and 
gladness as well, and to be living to enjoy the blessings He sends 
us. 

JUST PLAIN THANKFUL 

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with 
praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Psalms 100:4. 

"I'm just plain thankful!" "For what?" you ask. I'm thankful that 
God is, that He is on His throne. I'm thankful that He is merciful, 
and grants salvation to those who truly desire it. I'm thankful for 
prayer, and the assurance that God hears me when I pray. It is not 
that my prayers are so special, but God has promised to hear His 
own. I'm thankful too for Christian friends, family and the love we 
have for each other. 

I'm just plain thankful that God cares about me and for me, that 
even when I mess things up, He still loves me. I'm thankful that He 
can take my mistakes and bring something good out of them. I'm 
thankful that God can make stepping stones out of stumbling 
blocks. If He didn't do this for me, my failures in life would 
overwhelm me. 

I'm thankful for God's care in everyday situations. One day, my 
neighbor, Pat, saw me working outside. She came over and gave 



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me some much-needed help. I was very weary at the time and felt 
overwhelmed by life's demands. Her help lightened my burden and 
lifted my spirits. Before the day was over, another friend, Jim, 
stopped by, and he too helped me. I could only thank God for 
sending them to me. I hadn't asked for help, but God saw my need 
and provided. He didn't wait until I had a really spectacular 
problem to show His personal concern for me. 

I'm just plain thankful for knowing God is able to take an 
impossible-looking situation and turn it around for good. Even 
though we are helpless, God is not. Sometimes the scene of life 
before us reveals only a dead end, but our God can make a way 
through. He can open doors where none now exist, He can heal 
when all hope is gone, and best of all, He can turn around a life 
which is out of control and heading for Eternity without Jesus. 

I'm thankful that God has allowed me to witness firsthand the 
changing of a life out of control. I've seen Him take a heart 
hardened by sin and crime, and make it a heart tender toward 
Jesus. I've seen this same heart let go of old habits and reach out 
for new and better ways of living. My own heart has been blessed 
because God allowed me to encourage, support, love and pray for 
one who needed it so much. 

In December 1982, I wrote to a man named Jim, then in an 
Arizona State Prison, in reply to a note he'd sent to our local 
newspaper. Later letters revealed we had common roots, and we 
learned we were cousins. I knew very little about Jim's life then, 
but as time passed, a heartbreaking story was revealed. I want to 
share some of his story with you so you can be thankful with us for 
what God has done in his life. 

From a childhood filled with abuse, neglect and not being 
wanted, Jim went into the teen years as a very troubled young man. 
One thing led to another until at about age seventeen, he 
committed a crime and was put in prison. There he learned all the 
wrong things, and later on, tried them all. This of course led to 
further arrests and imprisonments, which became the pattern for 
his life. Few people cared about Jim, and he cared very little about 
himself. It mattered not to him where he was or what he did. He 
simply survived. 

No matter how you look at Jim's life, the stage was set for failure. 
But God had determined a different course for Jim. In December 
1982, He touched Jim with His love and Jim accepted Jesus into his 
heart. This was the beginning of a new life for Jim. It hasn't been 
easy to leave the past behind, but Jim desires more and more to 
follow the Lord. Even while in prison, he felt free because he had 
been forgiven. Now he's looking forward to another type of 
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Jim was paroled May 26, 1987, and returned to his home state of 
Michigan soon after. On this Thankgiving Day, November 26, 1987, 
Jim will be a completely free man for the first time since he became 
imprisoned over thirty years ago. It will be a very special day of 
thanksgiving for him, for us his "adopted" family, as well as for all 
others who love him. 

"It is meet that we should make merry and be glad: for this MY 
brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost and is found." 
(rephrased from Luke 15:32) When the prodigal son returned 
home, there was a celebration, with much rejoicing. Jim calls me 
Sis, we share in a family relationship, and we'll be rejoicing 
together in the Lord because Jim is now home. We hope you will 
join us in thanksgiving for what God has done for Jim, and also for 
what He will yet do. For all this, I'm just plain thankful! 
•••••••••••••••-A-** 

(If you'd like to encourage Jim, send mail to James Carpenter, 42 
Willow St., Hillsdale, Michigan 49242 or send it to me.) 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
14560-Rd. 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Thanksgiving and Communion" 

"He took the cup nd gave thanks." Matt. 26:27. 

Communion is not only a memorial, a partnership and a legacy, it 
is a time of THANKSGIVING. In communion, we express our joy 
and gladness for the gifts in Christ. At the Hebrew Passover, 
certain Psalms were sung called the Hallel. The title is taken from 
the repeated use at the beginning of some of the psalms of the 
word "hallelujah"... or Praise the Lord. 

Thanksgiving is the expression of joy. This comes from a spirit 
or release from sin. A heart of gratitude brings thanksgiving and 
praise. Instead of grumbling and complaining... we are grateful. 

Thanksgiving personifies the fruit of the Spirit of joy. We, as 
Christians are to abound in it. (Col. 2:7) And we often overlook 
that part at the Lord's Supper. In the solemn rite and ceremony 
which we rightly attach to the occasion, we overlook the joy and 
gladness which springs up from obedience to the Lord. 

It would even almost seem as if thanksgiving was out of place at 
the Table. Surely we can be reverent and yet exuberant. When 
emotion wells up in tears... nevertheless there is still room for the 
thankful heart. Gratitude is a must when we recall our Lord's 
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the cross for the JOY before Him. (Heb. 12:2) When Jesus fed the 
crowd in John 6:11, He "gave thanks." When He raised Lazarus 
from the dead in John 1 1 , He "gave thanks." And even at the Lord's 
Supper, He "gave thanks." There was always an exuberant 
upsurge of gratitude in the Master. 

The mood of the soul when it is inspired by some high moment of 
worship is lifted up and there is an exultation of spirit. This is 
frequently expressed in deep emotion... as by singing. The 
"hallelujah" of the Hebrew becomes the praises of the Christian. At 
the Table we gather for a meal and a fellowship. The spirit is not 
entirely solemn and not totally sad. There is room for gladness and 
praise. Gratitude for God's goodness and provision has its place. 
We have fellowhip with the One whom angels and all nature 
acclaim as the Lord of Glory. He has entered our life to redeem and 
save us. Surely the note of exultation is well suited. 

We all have felt the uplift that comes from the Communion 
service. This is a high and holy experience for us. We are involved 
in saying "Grace" and having prayers of thanksgiving each day of 
our life but here we exult in spirit more than usual when we recall to 
mind the cost of our redemption and the sacrifice of our Lord. 

A testimony of praise is given by those who love the Saviour. 
Nothing can stop the soul from bursting out in glad expressions of 
thanks. Many times a hymn best expresses our mood when we 
think of the suffering and death of our Saviour. As we meditate 
upon the thoughts we sing... we are uplifted to a mood of solemn 
joy... solemn because of the suffering of Christ, but joyful because 
of the victory over sin and death. Thus we enter into the meaning 
of the cross and into a new understanding of our Lord's Supper 
attitude. 

The Communion anticipates the Marriage Supper of the Lamb to 
come when Christ completes His victorious work. In this light, we 
see a reason for thanksgiving. We give thanks when we just realize 
that we will be invited to sit down with Christ. 

Thanksgiving is the heart of our experience at the Lord's Table 
and is at the heart of our everyday walk with Christ. We are the 
nobodies who have been accepted by the Beloved One. What 
manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be 
called the sons of God. All of this inclines our hearts to thanks- 
giving. Our hymns take on new meaning as we sing the words. The 
Bible message brings new meaning and light as we enter into this 
heartwarming experience. "Thanks be to God for his unspeakable 
gift." (II Cor. 9:15) 

At this season our hearts are especially attuned to thanksgiving. 
Let us make this thanksgiving representative of the "thanksgiving" 
that we should do each day of our Christian experience. Let us 



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understand how thanksgiving is even a special part of Communion 
as it is in all aspects of the Christian life. 

Brother Len Wertz 



OUR THANKFUL FOREPARENTS 

Our faithful foreparents proved their thankfulness to the Lord by 
their words and deeds. We cannot prove ourselves to be thankful 
to the Lord and not be obedient to the Lord's commandments. 

Our foreparents who first came to America experienced many 
hardships. They did not have the food and clothing to maintain 
good health. Through the shortage of the necessities of life the 
first winter they were here many of their number died. Those who 
remained in the Spring of the year labored and planted seeds. 
Through their labor and the blessings of sunshine and rain, in the 
Fall of the year they received a bountiful harvest. Through their 
thankful hearts a day was proclaimed special for thanksgiving to 
the Lord. 

Are we also aware of the fact thanksgiving to the Lord is a daily 
duty for us. We hear that in many countries in the world there is a 
shortage of the necessities of life to maintain good well being, 
while in our country much good food is wasted and destroyed that 
should be shared with the needy. Here in this country we are 
usually blessed with a bountiful harvest. Do we appreciate it? Are 
we thankful as we should be for it? Are we proving to the Lord we 
are thankful to Him by being obedient to Him? 

The Psalmist David gives many exhortations to be thankful to the 
Lord. "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts 
with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord 
is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all 
generations." 

First, before we can truly give thanks and before God will accept 
it as such it must come from the heart and not just be an expression 
from our lips. True thanksgiving to the Lord is an humble 
submissive spirit realizing our continual dependence upon our 
Lord who has bountifully blessed us. Christ gave us an example of 
thankfulness to the Lord. Paul says to continue in prayer and 
watch in the same with thanksgiving and with thanksgiving let your 
requests be known unto the Lord. 

We are showered with many blessings, the gift of our good 
minds, shelter and food. When I was in Florida the past winter, the 
news report was that more than a thousand homeless people were 
living in the city of Tampa. When cold spells came churches and 
public buildings were opened for them to get in out of the cold. Yet 



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we are more comfortably blessed in this country than they are in 
many other countries in the world. 

James says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from 
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no 
variableness, neither shadow of turning." Paul tells us that God is 
the father of mercy, the originator of mercy and us rich in mercy. 
We have good reason to be thankful for it. We should be thankful 
that we have religious liberty and freedom so we can continue to 
worship the Lord according to His Holy Word. 

To be truly the people of God we must be obedient to Him, giving 
thanks, praise and honor to Him. Thanksgiving Day is a day 
especially for thanksgiving for the spiritual and temporal blessings 
we have to enjoy. The Psalmist David exhorts, "Oh that men would 
praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to 
the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of 
thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing." I will praise 
the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanks- 
giving. 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 

Praise Him, all creatures here below; 

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host; 

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 
David reminds us of many things we owe to the Lord. 

We have great reason to be thankful for our faithful foreparents 
who fled from religious persecutions and came to America where 
they could worship according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 
They felt thankful for this opportunity. Through their thankful 
hearts a special day was proclaimed for Thanksgiving to the Lord 
for the many blessings and protection. It has been handed from 
one generation to another for about three hundred and seventy five 
years. Praise the Lord that it is yet nationally respected. 

We who have lived many years on this earth have seen many 
changes among professing Christians who prove they are unthank- 
ful to the Lord and unholy. Many have departed from the way of 
our faithful foreparents and the saving gospel of Christ. Wicked- 
ness is much worse now than it was many years ago. Our country 
years ago was called a Christian nation. I do not think we can truly 
call it that today. These changes that have taken place are 
contributing to the downfall of our nation. If we are unfaithful and 
untrue to the Lord we cannot be thankful to Him. 

The Apostle Paul said to continue in prayer and watch in the 
same with thanksgiving, being enriched in everything to all bounti- 
fulness which cometh through our thanksgiving to God. For every 
creature of God is good and nothing to be refused if it is received 
with thanksgiving. We have many blessings to be thankful for. The 



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most important is to accept the blessings of God in this life that go 
on to eternity. Have we accepted them so we can prove ourselves 
and we can prove to be thankful for them? 

John the Revelator says "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive 
glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and 
for thy pleasure they are and were created." "And when those 
beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the 
throne, who liveth for ever and ever." "For the Lamb which is in the 
midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living 
fountains of waters..." "Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and 
wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be 
unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." 

Brother J. F. Marks 

RD 3 Box 509 

York, PA 17402 

THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

1. 

"I love thy CHURCH, O God 
Is a song we often sing, 

Matt. 16:18 This is the CHURCH on earth 

To which I want to cling. 

2. 
Her aim is to obey GOD'S WORD 

M John 6 As the BIBLE tells us to do, 

Prov. 22:28 We follow the same true teachings 

Jude 3 As our foreparents taught us to do. 

3 
Romans 12:1-2 . . . .We believe in a separation 

I John 2:16 From worldly lust and pride, 

n Amone i0 . Q We want to bluff old Satan 

Romans 12:9 A . . 1( _ ol ,~, .. 

And cling to JESUS' side. 

4. 

Titus 1:9 The BIBLE is a book that's true 

Without a word of doubt, 

II Tim. 2:15 If we study it in faith-believing 

We'll learn what it's all about. 

5. 

I John 4:1 There are many interpretations 

As to the meaning of GOD'S WORD, 
We, of the DUNKARD BRETHREN are 

John 12:26 Simply trying to follow the LORD. 



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6. 
BAPTISM 

I Cor - 5:22 To become free from the ADAMIC sin 

Acts 22:16 Jesus showed us how to do it, 

Matt 3-16-17 We're to be immersed THREE TIMES in water 

In the name of the FATHER, SON and 

HOLY SPIRIT. 

7. 
We go under the water a sinner 

II Cor. 5:17-18 Coming out, we're a new creature in CHRIST, 

Romans 6:3-4 Old sins and old things are passed away 

We now are reconciled to our Maker. 

8. 
Thus begins our SPIRITUAL journey 
From our BAPTISM to our DEATH, 

Matt. 6:33 We must put first things first 

That is what the GOOD BOOK saith. 
9. 

' Tim - 4:16 We now will consider our DOCTRINE 

We accept it in the BIBLE as given, 

^ ohn 15:14 GOD wants us to obey HIS commands 

Matt 16:27 Then HE'LL reward us a home in HEAVEN. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Door Into the Church 
J. H. Moore 

The entrance into the church, or the kingdom, is by the way of 
the new birth. One gets into the church, - the family of God on 
earth, — by being born into it. In this connection the law of 
adoption must be considered, for God so decreed that "as many as 
received him, to them gave he the right to become children of 
God " (John 1:12, R.V.) That is, to "receive the adoption of sons." 
And because ye are sons," says Paul in Gal. 4:6, "God hath sent 
forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts." 

The process of the new birth, and the process of spiritual 
adoption are measurably the same. The Word of truth, the Spirit 
the Father and the Son, along with baptism, and the steps leading 
up to baptism, figure in both. Baptism, however, is the outward or 
visible act, while the Spirit baptism is the inward, or invisible act 
The penitent believers, who undergo this process, — born of water 
and of the Spirit, - enter through the door into the church and 



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thereby become the adopted sons and daughters of God. It is then 
that the Spirit can and will bear witness with their spirit that they 
are the children of God (Rom. 8:16). The whole initiatory process, 
that admits men and women into the church of Jesus Christ, is 
included, from first to last, in and along with the new birth. To be 
born again, is to enter the church. And if, what Jesus said to 
Nicodemus is true, and it is, then there is no other divinely- 
appointed way of entering the kingdom of God on earth. 

PRAYER 

"Not my will but thine be done." I believe the greatest benefit I 
receive from prayer is how it calms and heals those terrible 
heartaches. When I feel I am all alone and forsaken, if I go to Him 
in prayer I feel He is near and will help me over these trying times. 

Teach me, Dear Lord, to be kind and forgiving to those, who have 
not been kind to me. Whatever my lot shall be, in all events, 
especially, in trying times, when I am almost at wits end, help me, 
Dear Lord, to put self aside and look to you as you are always near 
in time of trouble. Thou hast been my guide and hast never 
forsaken me. 

May I be able to hide all my heartaches and the terrible pain I 
feel. Help me to be the only one who suffers. Help me to use these 
pains of suffering that come my way to be more like Thee. Help me 
Lord, at all times, to strive to live close to the pattern you have set 
for your dear ones to follow. Guard my tongue that I speak no evil 
of any one but only the things that will build up in the Holy Faith. I 
realize I have no better friend than You. 

If we are united together as dear brothers and sisters, we as a 
Church will not fall. We will be led to the Rock that is higher than 
we are, which is Christ Jesus. We must be filled with things from 
on high. If we are we won't see or find fault with anyone else. Help 
us, dear Lord, to search our own lives before we speak something 
that we know will hurt another dear soul. 

Create in me a loving disposition and always be willing in my 
heart to forgive those who say things that are wrong. Let me show 
to the world that I am a child of the Most High. 

If I become angry I cannot say the things I should. I don't even 
think wisely. Help me to turn to Thee, Dear Lord, the one who can 
calm my soul. When I come to the Dear Lord for help my emotions 
are brought under control. 

Dear ones, when we are tempted to say or do something not 
right, we should fall upon our knees. Trouble will cease and tears 
may fall but angry words won't be spoken. Let us guard our 
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Father. He will guide us safely through till He sees fit to call us 
Home. There we will not be judged by those who claim to love us, 
but by Christ our Lord and Saviour. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

MARRIAGES 

HAWBAKER-TRONE 

Sister Judith Ann Hawbaker, daughter of J. Kenneth and Dorothy 
Hawbaker, and Brother Edward Trone, son of Kathleen Smith and 
the late Alvin Trone were united in holy matrimony on August 15, 
1987 at the Dallas Center Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Brother Robert Yohe had the meditation after which Brother 
Ronald Marks performed the marriage ceremony. 

Their new home address is: RFD #21 Box 106, Apt. #2, Dover, 
Pennsylvania 17315. 

ZIMMERMAN - NOECKER 

Sis. Joy Zimmerman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Zimmerman, 
Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania and Bro. Nathan Noecker, son of Bro. 
and Sis. Paul Noecker, Sr., Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania were united 
in marriage September 5, by Bro. David Aungst. Their address is: 
941 Port Carbon Street, Apt. 4, Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901. 

OBITUARY 

CHESTER L. WELCH 

Bro. Chester L. Welch, Keyser, West Virginia died suddenly 
August 31, 1987 at the age of 65 years. He was the son of the late 
David A. and Sarah Lee Welch. 

Bro. Welch retired from the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in 
1984 after thirty-eight years of employment. He was a veteran of 
World War II. 

He was a member of Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church, where he 
served as deacon. Surviving are his widow, Sis. Lessie (Likens) 
Welch; one daughter, Bonnie Sauille, Round Hill, Virginia; one son, 
Gary L. Welch, Keyser, West Virginia; six grandchildren; one 
brother, Howard Welch, Keyser, West Virginia and three sisters, 
Virginia Dawson and Grace Kesner, Keyser, West Virginia and 
Georgianna Kelly, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Services were conducted on September 3 at Rotrucks Funeral 
Home by Elder Virgil Leatherman and Elder Eugene Kauffman. 
Interment was in Davis Cemetery at Antioch, West Virginia. 

He will be greatly missed. We will just say good-bye here and 
good morning over there. 



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NEWS ITEM 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed revival meetings, September 
14through 27 with Elder Fred Pifer, Dallas Center, Iowa bringing to 
us uplifting, spirit-filled messages. We pray that we may be "doers 
of the word and not hearers only." There were two precious souls 
who gave their lives to Christ during these meetings. 

We were happy to have the fellowship of Sister Diane and 
children, Andrea, Jonathan and Emily during these meetings. 

May God richly bless Bro. Fred as he ministers for the Lord. 

Lovefeast services were held October 24. Messages were 
brought to us by Brethren: Eugene Kauffman, Kenneth Wilkerson, 
David Aungst and Scott Bross. Bro. Kauffman officiated in the 
evening. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

Dear Brethren and Sisters, 

I don't have the words to express my appreciation and thanks for 
all the beautiful cards, notes and flowers that I received for my 
birthday. 

It has been a wonderful blessing to me, and may God bless each 
and everyone of you. There is a verse of song that is special to me. 
When shall love freely flow 
Pure as lifes river? 
When shall sweet friendship glow 
Change-less forever? 
Where joys celestial thrill, 
Where bliss each heart shall fill, 
And fears of parting chill - 
Never - no never! 

In Christian love, 
Sister Clara Gunderman 

••••••• 

If a man covets, he steals. If a man has murderous hate, he 
murders. If a man broods dishonest thoughts, he is a thief. If a 
man harbors sharp and bitter jealousies, envies, hatreds, though he 
never express them by his tongue, or shape them by his hand, they 
are there. There are many good-seeming men, who, if all their 
day's thoughts and feelings were to be developed into acts visible 
to the eye, would run from themselves. 



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VOL. LXV 



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. 



THE CHURCH'S ONE FOUNDATION 

The Church's one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord; 
She is His new creation, By water and the word: 
From heav'n He came and sought her To be His holy bride; 
With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died. 

Elect from ev'ry nation, Yet one o'er all the earth; 
Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one Faith, one Birth; 
One holy Name she blesses, Partakes one holy food; 
And to one hope she presses, With ev'ry grace endued. 

Tho' with a scornful wonder Men see her sore oppre'st, 

By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distrest; 

Yet saints their watch are keeping, Their cry goes up "How long? ,: 

And soon the night of weeping Shall be the morn of song. 

Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war, 

She waits the consummation Of peace for evermore; 

Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest, 

And the great Church victorious, Shall be the Church at rest. 

- Samuel J. Stone 



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THE GOLDEN CANDLESTICK 

The Bible has many symbols, illustrations and parables. These 
figurative descriptions help us grasp the Spiritual lessons God 
wishes for us to learn. Having created us He realizes the limitations 
of our minds. We can not easily perceive the various Spiritual 
lessons He has for us, therefore He uses these symbols to relate 
Spiritual truths to the everyday objects and activities we are 
familiar with. 

The ordinances of the Church are easily performed acts that 
teach Spiritual truths. Feet washing is not designed to literally 
clean our brother's feet, but is an act that pictures humble service 
and the cleansing needed to overcome our daily sins. The Lord's 
Supper is more than a body refreshing meal. It is fellowship shared 
in a common meal. It also speaks of a Heavenly Meal where Jesus 
will come forth to serve the redeemed. The Communion is more 
than a bite of unleavened bread and a sip of juice. These symbols 
speak of the broken body and spilled blood of Jesus. Communion 
is a union of believers who collectively and individually have been 
saved through Jesus Christ's death on the cross. 

There are other ordinances and many other symbols throughout 
the Bible. They are lessons for us. One such picture that is simple 
yet contains lessons for us is in Revelation 1. 

A preliminary part of John's vision concerned a golden, seven 
branched candlestick. While each branch is referred to as a 
candlestick, the inference is that there were not seven separate 
candlesticks but one candlestick with seven branches. This is the 
traditional "menorah" that was used in the tabernacle and temple 
of the Jews. The seven branches were arra nged so six surrounded 

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the middle branch. These six were located so there were three 
pairs of two. Each pair was at a different height and angle. From 
above this would appear as a six pointed star. 

Each branch was needed to light its area. It gave its light at its 
particular height and angle. Lacking any one of the branches 
would have made it incomplete. This candlestick, representing the 
Seven Churches of Asia, is a lesson concerning congregations. 
Each congregation is important, for it is needed to light up its area. 
Even a feeble light is better than no light at all. We would hope that 
each light would be strong and bright, piercing the darkness and 
gloom of each locality. Since each branch represents a congre- 
gation, we see the several parts making up one complete body. 
While each congregation has its own organization, officers and 
officials, it is in conjunction with other congregations that it 
becomes a total lamp. The Church is composed of its several 
congregations. Each supplies its part in its place but it is not 
complete without the others. All the congregations together make 
up the Church, making a union of light to overcome the darkness. 
Our concept of a candlestick would differ from the candlestick 
pictured here. We think of candles placed in a holder at the top of 
each branch. But this candlestick was more like a lamp, for at the 
top of each branch was a small basin that contained oil. This oil 
provided the fuel for the fire that made the light. This oil is likened 
throughout the Bible to the Holy Spirit. Without the oil there would 
be not light. Without the Holy Spirit there would be no reliable 
witness within each congregation. The Holy Spirit must direct in 
each congregation or there will be no true Gospel light. If the oil is 
tainted or gone, there will be no light. 

John saw in his vision not only the candlestick but in its midst 
was Jesus, appearing gloriously. Although in the midst of the well 
lit candlestick, He outshone the surrounding lights. Jesus must be 
the center of all the activities of the Church. It is so easy for the 
Church and its individual congregations to go off on tangents 
instead of keeping Jesus and Him crucified as the central theme 
and concern. There can be many activities that are good but do not 
promote Jesus. There can be much busyness but little of lasting 
value done if Jesus is not given the preeminent place He deserves 
in the Church. Causes, campaigns and misplaced concerns can 
rob the Church of the light she should be shining forth. When the 
Church's light is dimmed, there is no other light to replace it. 
Society and government programs and plans do not have the oil of 
the Holy Spirit nor do they put Christ foremost, so they cannot give 
the light that only the Church has. 

This light is the Gospel given to save men's souls and to prepare 
them for Heaven. It must shine bright for there is so much 



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darkness. Each congregation and each individual within the 
congregation have a part to play so the light will be bright. Is your 
light fired by the Holy Spirit and centered in Jesus Christ? Let your 
little light shine. 

BURIED IN THE BARNYARD 

"A young boy unintentionally shot and killed the family's pet 
duck. He then tried to cover up the matter by burying the duck in 
the barnyard. The hired man had seen him and proceeded to make 
the boy's life miserable by demanding that he do the hired man's 
work, or he would tell on the boy. This boy was afraid to confess, 
and began avoiding his father, until the hired man's demands 
became intolerable. Finally he confessed the mistake and received 
his father's forgiveness." 

The preceding illustration was given at West Fulton Church by 
the Sunday School superintendent. Many thoughts came to mind 
as I listened, about the accident, then the cover-up. There was also 
the boy's distress caused by the hired man, and the alienation from 
his father. It was like a chain-reaction, all stemming from a 
moment of thoughtlessness. The boy's big problem was fear. He 
was afraid to face the matter and his attempts to avoid exposure 
just caused him more suffering. 

Burying the duck didn't eliminate the problem. Covering up our 
mistakes in one way or another doesn't solve our problems either. 
We may not have a 'hired man' to accuse us and make us miserable, 
but we will be alienated from our Father in Heaven. Fellowship with 
Him is a must, and we'll not be where we should be when we try to 
bury our mistakes. 

Sometimes we bury our 'ducks' by lack of confession. Some- 
times it is by justifying our carelessness, or blaming our actions on 
someone else. Other times it happens because of our ignorance of 
God's ways. Whatever the reason, it interferes with our spiritual 
lives — in fellowship, in personal growth, in our testimony. When 
we have 'ducks' buried here and there, God always knows, people 
may know, and sometime we'll have to face those issues. 

A contractor did some work on a new house. Certain things 
weren't done correctly and repairs needed to be made. Instead of 
offering to make the repairs, the contractor complained about a 
few dollars extra expense. He wanted to take a shortcut to avoid 
the extra cost, rather than do the rest of the work correctly. In 
attempting to bury a duck, he just made matters worse. This man is 
a professing Christian, his life touches many people, but Christian 
service won't cover up his carelessness on the job. 

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other everyday activities. Christian living is just what it says — 
living everyday in every way for Christ. It means making right our 
wrongs, rather than attempting to hide them. A loud profession of 
faith in God is worthless unless we live it day by day. We can bury 
stuff in the barnyard, but eventually we'll have to face it. People 
may not know whether we've buried a duck or a pig, but they will 
know something is wrong. 

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, 
that ye may be healed." James 5:16. The boy was healed and made 
whole again when he confessed to his father. The hired man 
should have encouraged the boy to make things right in the 
beginning. He should have supported him, but instead he added to 
the problem. If we encourage each other to do right and hold one 
another up in prayer, it will be so much easier for us to come to 
God (and man if necessary) for forgiveness when we need to. 

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our 
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1 :9. Jesus 
said to confess our sins, not bury them. When this boy openly 
admitted his mistake, then he could receive forgiveness from his 
father. We need to come to God likewise so He can grant us 
forgiveness and renewal. 

In Psalm 51 , David prayed for mercy and for cleansing. He was 
truthful with God about his sins, and asked to be renewed spirit- 
ually. He asked also to have joy restored to him. David wanted 
open communication between himself and God, with nothing 
'buried in the barnyard'. If you have something buried, bring it to 
Jesus so He can forgive you, and restore you to fellowship with 
Him. Facing what you've done is the only way to peace. Don't bury 
your ducks! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Prayers of Intercession 

We might frequently hear a prayer like this... "Lord, bless, Harry, 
Amen." This individual may have a special need. He might have a 
temper and need special grace in that area. If he has a temper... 
pray for his need of patience, for a soft tongue, for a waiting heart. 

How much of our praying do we encase in the phase, "Lord, 
bless So-and-So. Amen!" We sometimes seem to beat around the 
bush and the bush might not be burning with the Lord's presence 
because of vaguely voiced prayer. If we are going to pray 
effectively as an intercesser, then we are going to know specific 
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well be the reason why we are instructed to confess to each other... 
that we might be aware of special needs and that our prayers might 
key in to those needs. 

We have to know each other well and we who are members of 
relatively small churches should be able to do that. We need to 
study characteristics, natures, spirits... not as critics... but out of 
genuine care. We can know the "what" of praying only as we 
acquaint ourselves with conditions, plans, and conflicts in the lives 
of others. And there are times we may need to approach our prayer 
with a pencil and paper if we can't remember the special needs of 
others. All the length and breadth and depth and height of the love 
of God is available to us if we only care enough to get specific. 

The foundation of interceding is based on several convictions. 
These are that Jesus knew that "the Father had given ail things into 
His hands," that "He was come from God," and that He "went to 
God." We would not ask for someone or something unless we 
believe that all God has is for our appropriation. We have to 
"believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently 
seek him." We can't ask unless we have assurance that we are a 
part of His family and that we are asking through Christ's merits 
alone. Our promise of everlasting life gives us the final motive for 
caring about others with whom we will spend eternity. 

Intercession produces fruit! It is actually a sacrificial experience 
as we spend time on behalf of others and it brings joy to our lives as 
we are reassured at the power of God as we see Him working. It 
takes grace and consecration to spend disciplined hours in prayer 
for the care of others. 

The way to pray is set forth in Eph. 6:18. It is "praying always"... 
whenever names or needs appear before our thoughts. It is a 
diligent and disciplined watch behind the closed door of our prayer 
closet. It is praying whenever we have freedom of heart and mind... 
even if our hands are in dish water or our feet are pacing the factory 
floor. 

We need a genuine claiming of the promises of the Lord. This 
will come from living in the Spirit with Spirit-placed burdens. 

Prayer is to be accompanied by "watching" and recognizing the 
fact that Satan will attempt to lead you into careless and indifferent 
prayer attitudes. He speaks to you of futile results, and makes you 
question the time spent. He keeps you busy and makes you put 
prayer needs second in priority. 

Prayer must be "with perseverance." Don't neglect to continue 
to plead, knock, and boldly beseech about the needs you pray for. 

The Lord's Prayer in John 17 gives us some words which we can 
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Jesus will be glorified through the answer, that the Word will be 
kept by it, that it will keep them in Him, that they will experience 
joy, that they will be kept from evil and that they will be yielded 
vessels and receptive to God's working in their lives. 

Pray in intercession for the church... that it might function in 
heavenly places above circumstances, defeats, selves, sins, 
cultures, customs and traditions. Pray that the confusing hap- 
penings of our age might not affect the church but that it will grow 
in the grace and knowledge of God's truth. 

An additional intercessory prayer guide is found in the Book of 
Acts. If you were to go through and underline each mention of 
prayer there and then notice that immediate results followed each 
prayer, your faith would be greatly increased. This, too, gives us a 
guide to pray for similar things concerning other believers and the 
church. It will place the difficult problems of life on the shoulders 
of the One who can adequately and perfectly handle them. 

If we increase our prayers of intercession, our church and other 
people will be blessed richly and will receive the victory. In times of 
trial, conflict, captivity, weakness and vulnerability... Jesus will give 
grace. In times of a need for understanding and forgiveness, Jesus 
will be faithfully present. In times of great tragedy, heartache and 
upheaval, Jesus will bring peace. Let us make intercession for the 
saints according to the will of God from our hearts. Let there be 
miracles! 

Brother Len Wertz 

THE MYSTERY AND REALITY OF PRAYER 

Matthew 6:7-8, "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the 
heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much 
speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father 
knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." 

Matthew 7:7-8, "Ask, and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall 
find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone that 
asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh findeth: and to him that 
knocketh it shall be opened." 

Many times in this life we find that we can give a good theological 
answer to certain questions without "really giving an answer." This 
was brought to my mind some time ago when my daughter asked 
me why God made man. She then followed this question with a 
harder one. If God wanted to make mankind, why didn't He just 
make us in Heaven instead of making us go through all the 
problems we have on earth? For a thirteen year old girl I felt she 
was asking questions that those more mature and wise in the faith 
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my opening statement. 

We have come to the conclusion that God does not desire for us 
to fully understand all of the wonderous truths of scripture, but to 
accept these truths and apply them to our lives. One of the areas 
that contains much mystery is the area of prayer. As our opening 
verse teaches, the Father already knows all of our needs before we 
ask him. The question could then very well be asked, "Then what is 
the use of praying?" Not only does God know all of our needs but 
according to Philippians 4:19, "But my God shall supply all your 
need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Again we 
have to ask if God knows all of our needs and will then supply 
them, why pray? It is our opinion that this question cannot be fully 
answered, although as we stated there are theological answers that 
can be given. 

There is at least one other mystery that comes to mind in the area 
of prayer. Why does it seem like brothers and sisters agreeing in 
prayer have "more power" than a single individual lifting his voice 
to Heaven? We do not wish to get into the area of "special gifts" 
that are claimed by certain individuals except to say this is another 
area of mystery and great controversy in the modern earthly 
church. 

Before we discuss the reality of prayer, we wish to express our 
concern that some individuals seem to think that God is some kind 
of a puppet that has to "act when we pull the strings" by prayer. 
Jesus Christ did promise us in Matthew 21'22, "And all things, 
whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." We, 
personally, do not believe Jesus Christ was giving us a "blank 
check" as some teach. Rather, we are convinced that we must 
understand what Jesus meant by "believing." It is our under- 
standing that the answer is given in I John 5:14, "And this is the 
confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according 
to his will, he heareth us." If we truly believe we will be willing to 
accept His answer and not what we desire or think best. James 4:3 
reminds us that we can pray wrongly, "Ye ask, and receive not, 
because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." 

But in spite of the fact that God knows our needs and we have to 
accept what He sees as best for us, we are still commanded in 
many portions of scripture, including our second verse, to ask Him 
in prayer. We can not fully comprehend all that is involved, and we 
will not take the time to go into the various theological under- 
standings, but we can personally testify that God does answer 
prayer! We were once again thrilled to hear the testimony of Bro. 
Paul Hartz, who, the doctors told, would spend the better part of his 
life in a wheel chair and probably die at an early age. But he has 
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We too have experienced the healing touch of God on our life. Why 
God chooses to heal some and not others is not for us to debate. 
We just praise Him for His goodness and love. There are those who 
say that if God still heals today we should go into the hospitals and 
heal all the sick therein. First of all, we believe God's healing is 
reserved for His own born again children. In the second place, 
Jesus Christ did not heal every sick person He came info contact 
with, as some suggest. In John 5:3 we find that Christ came into 
contact with "a great multitude of impotent folk." Yet He chose to 
heal only ONE of these. The record says that Jesus went to him, 
not vice versa. We will leave the "why?" in the wisdom of almighty 
God. But this proves to us that God does not always choose to heal 
everyone. On the other hand, we believe James 5 is for us today. 

If you are unsaved the greatest answer to prayer is the salvation 
of the soul. In fact, this is the only prayer God has promised to 
answer for you. Confess that you are a poor lost sinner and the 
blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse you from sin. We are also 
commanded to be baptized. If you are a child of God seek Him in 
prayer on a daily basis. Do not wait for an emergency. But when 
tragedy does strike be assured that our prayers are always 
answered. Ask, seek, and knock. If the answer is not given not it 
will be in eternity. As we join our hearts in prayer we are truly a 
communion of Saints and our Saviour, Jesus Christ, joins us along 
with the Holy Spirit. Our Heavenly Father smiles His approval and 
thus we are truly "one with the Holy trinity." 

God answers prayer in the morning, 

God answers prayer at noon, 

God answers prayer in the evening, 

So keep your heart in tune. 
So says the hymn writer. We would add our, "Hallelujah, Praise the 
Lord." 

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

THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

NON-CONFORMITY 

10. 
When we unite with GOD'S people 
There are certain things we must do, 
We're not to be conformed to this world 
We now have a mind that's renewed. 



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11. 

We have denounced SATAN and SIN 

Romans 61-6 And a " the world| y ,u sts and strife, 

We now have our CHRIST to obey 
As we walk in newness of life. 

12. 
We now should be SPIRITUALLY minded 

Romans 8:8-9 And obe Y the WORDS of our LORD, 

We are to be led by HIS SPIRIT 

And obey, all our life, GOD'S WORD. 
13. 

When CHRISTIANS don't go where the world goes 
I Peter 4:2-5 The world is made to wonder "Why not", 

They think it strange we don't go 

To the same excess of riot. 
14. 

Picture shoes, card parties and dances 
John 15:18-19 . . . Beer joints, gambling dens and more, 
1 John 3:13 • Are places a CHRISTIAN stays away from 

If he hopes to gain HEAVEN'S shore. 
15. 

If we love these things of the world 

' John 2:15 The love of the FATHER is not in us, 

Matt - 24:41 On that awful great judgment day 

HE'LL say, "Depart from me, you must." 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 

MARVEL NOT, MY BRETHREN, 
IF THE WORLD HATE YOU 

Jesus told His disciples that the world hated Him before it hated 
them. (John 15:18) The Apostle John tells us in I John 3:13 not to 
be surprised if the world hates us. We have had this scripture 
become very real to us in many instances, especially in recent 
years. God always knows what is best for us, even when we do not 
The persecution of the world is not pleasant, but it is needful for 
many reasons. 

First, it establishes whether or not we are truly on the Lord's side 
It determines our first loye. The person who has not fully sold out 
to God will return to the world when persecution arrives upon the 
scene God knows this. Read in the Book of Job about the 
struggle between good and evil. Job was tested and found faithful 
There are many who as youth are pressured into "joining church " 
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so in a meeting. Little else happens. There is no genuine con- 
version, henceforth when trouble comes, the soul of the individual 
soon reverts to its previous condition. There are millions of people 
in our country today who consider themselves to be Christians but 
have never been converted. A siege of persecution, such as 
happened in Russia when the communists took over in 1917, would 
soon divide the sheep from the goats. It costs something to be a 
Christian in Russia today. 

Secondly, persecution is needful because it strengthens our faith 
in God. Job was drawn closer to God in his misery because he 
realized he could not hang onto the earthly things that he had 
before. Many Christians acquire riches and finery over the years 
and gradually substitute the trust, that they had in God, to those 
things. When the rich young ruler asked Jesus, "What lack I yet?", 
Jesus told him to give his riches to the poor. He went away 
sorrowful because he loved his riches more than he loved Jesus. 
Christians must realize that they have no continuing city. They are 
only passing through this veil of tears. They are going to a better 
place. Many live as if they plan on staying forever. They know 
nothing of sharing their possessions with those in greater need. 
The widow who gave the two mites gave her all, not just of her 
abundance. Those who sail the sea in giant luxury liners can hide 
in their cabin and partake of the finest and the best there is. When 
one's floating in a tiny rubber raft with only a few others, one must 
act differently towards them: one must be a brother towards them 
and they to you. We can choose to live like the world and be selfish 
and greedy as they are, or we can be like Jesus, our example, who 
had nothing when He came into the world and had nothing when 
He left. He went about doing good. 

We read in Matthew 13 the parable of the sower. We find that 
when seed is sown among thorns, the cares of this world and the 
deceitfulness of riches choke out the Word and it becomes unfruit- 
ful. Persecution will either draw us closer to the Lord or cause us 
to revert to the world. 

Thirdly, persecution is necessary because it keeps the sincere 
soul from slipping back into the world. With persecution we are 
constantly reminded of the decision we made for God and how we 
must continue daily in Him. When the world hates us it shows us 
that we do not belong in that sphere any more, even though we still 
live here. Believe it or not, the world can tell if you are a Christian 
or not by how much you gravitate toward them. I Peter 4:4 says 
they think it strange that you run not with them to the same excess 
of riot, SPEAKING EVIL OF YOU. This is because we judge their 
evil deeds when we do not participate in them. They would love it if 
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nothing to our salvation. It is important that you as a Christian 
never give the world an opportunity to reach that conclusion. 

Lynn Hayes Miller 
RD #2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 1, 1927 

ONE HUNDRED PER CENT CHRISTIAN 

J. F. Britton 

How wonderful! yet true; we find in the history and biography of 
all the great men and women of the Bible that they all passed 
through some excruciating ordeal or crucible, in which they were 
thoroughly tested and found to be one hundred per cent true and 
genuine in faith and loyalty to their God. Daniel, Shadrach 
Mechach and Abednego, for their faith and fidelity to their God 
were thoroughly tested out through a severe trial and found to be 
one hudred per cent true to their God. Abraham and Job passed 
through the fiery crucible and were found to be one hundred per 
cent genuine in both principle and character. Somehow it seems to 
be Gods way of testing and purifying men for his use "Geth- 
semane" was a trial through which Jesus passed and was found to 
be one hundred per cent genuine in his Messiahship. 

In that wonderful vision that John had on the Isle of Patmos 
when it seemed that God pulled the curtain back that John could 
see all the Redeemed of God coming up to receive their retri- 
butions. "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 cried with a loud 
voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne 
and unto the Lamb. And all the Angels stood round about the 
throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the 
throne on their faces, and worshiped God, saying amen: Blessinq 
and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving and honor, and power' 
and might, be unto our God for ever and ever, Amen. And one of 
the elders answered, saying unto me, what are these which are 
arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? And I said unto 
him, Sir, thou knowest, and he said to me, These are they which 
came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and 
made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Rev. 7-9-14) Thus we 
see this great host of the faithful followers of Christ coming out of 
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the Lamb, with palms of victory in their hands. 

No wonder David said with an exclamation, "Lord, who shall 
abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that 
walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the 
truth in his heart." (Ps. 15:1-2) And in Ps. 24 we read, "Who shall 
ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy 
place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart: who hath not 
lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully." (Ps. 24:3-4) 
These texts of Scripture denote and demand one hundred per cent 
of not only a pure heart, but also a sterling and unimpeachable life 
and character. 

No wonder Paul wrote saying, "What? Know ye not that your 
body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have 
of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: 
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are 
God's." (I Cor. 6:19-20) 

So God has ordained, that his people must be purified and 
cleansed of all moral and Spiritual polutions that disqualify our 
bodies, of the Holy Spirit, from having its free course, both to do 
and to will of his good pleasure in us." It is wonderful how God 
works in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform. 

We read and hear so much talk of late of the church passing 
through a great transition, and that we must adjust ourselves to the 
general trend of modern ideas. But God changes not. Jesus said, 
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass 
away." (Matt. 24:35) "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your 
thoughts." (Isa. 55:9) And as God is from everlasting to everlasting 
the same unchangeable Being in whom there is no variableness, 
nor shadow of turning, the same yesterday, today and forever. 
Therefore his word changes not. 

Hence it occurs to the writer that it is today as it was in the days 
of Zechariah, "And it shall come to pass that in all the land, saith 
the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third 
shall be left therein, And I will bring the third part through the fire, 
and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is 
tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hearthem: I will say, It is 
my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God." (Zech. 13:8-9) 
This Scripture has under consideration a reformed people purified 
and tried through the Refiner's fire, that they may be one hundred 
per cent Christian. "Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver: 
I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." (Isa. 48:10) 

Hence it is perfection and holiness that our Lord wants in his 
people, "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not 
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it shall be whole 



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and without blemish." (Eph. 5:27) For we have not been redeemed 
with silver and gold, but with the fiery trials and the atoning blood 
of Jesus Christ. 

And too, we should appreciate the cruel mockery and suffering 
of the crown of thorns that pierced his brow, till his blood ran down 
his face, that we might wear a crown of glory. And think of the 
misery of those nails driven through his hands and feet and the 
awful spear that was thrust into his side, that opened that atoning 
fountain for sin and all uncleaness. 

This was God's way and there is no other way but his way. For 
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh 
unto the Father, but by me." (John 15:6) "Neither is there salvation 
in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given 
among men, whereby we might be saved." (Acts 4:12) 

These Scriptures along with many others should awaken and 
strengthen our faith in our God, and inspire loving obedience and 
loyalty to "Him, who gave himself for us that he might redeem us 
from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous 
of good works." (Titus 2:14) And whereby render us one hundred 
per cent Christians. 

FOOD 

In Luke 11:11 we read; "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that 
is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a 
fish give him a serpent?" I am sure each of us would give our 
children the best we have. We, as parents, are very concerned 
about the ones we bring into this world. Let us feed them food that 
will nourish them. Let us guide them in the way of right and bring 
them up in the way of the Lord. 

Let us correct them when they do things that are not right. 
Sometimes we must punish them, but it is for their good. The Bible 
says that to spare the rod is to ruin the child. Let us get them back 
on the strait and narrow way. 

We know bread and food are needed but they also need manna 
from Heaven, spiritual food. Let us not lay up money for our 
children, but let us set an example before them so they will become 
workers in Christ's vineyard. When we put money away for the 
future we are only giving them things for this life, but what we give 
to them spiritually is what counts in this life and the life hereafter. 

Christ commanded us to love the Lord with all our hearts. Teach 
your dear ones to love Christ and also love everybody. There are 
so many children on our streets today who do not know what love 
is. Many have never been inside of a Church. Many are taught to 
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Oh, how far has this world wandered away from God and His 
precious Word? Oh, how they need food from Heaven to nourish 
them and give them strength for the trials of every passing day. Will 
there be those tomorrow who will be able to find food and not a 
stone? 

In our homes the Spiritual leader should be the father. Oh, 
fathers don't neglect your responsibility. You cannot cast it off. 
The Lord requires it of you to instruct them. 

Do our children ever ask about our Church and why do we 
practice a certain thing? Are we ready to tell them or do we turn 
them away? I think parents should tell their children why they go 
to Church and why they do the things they do in the Church. 
Prepare the dear ones so they will be ready when called to serve 
Jesus. Let us give them pure food so they will grow in the faith. 

A spiritual father in the Church is one whose duty is to teach and 
instruct those dear ones of whom some are babies in Christ. Let us 
not neglect the duty the Lord has laid upon us. Feed them with the 
Word of God, which is pure food for their souls. 

Some times children want to run their parents. The Good Book 
does not teach that. We are told to honor our parents. We are to 
obey our parents. Children are you doing that today? 

Let us each so live it will be well for us when life here has come to 

an end. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



••••••• 



In general, we may observe that as no good is done, or spoken, 
or thought by any man without the assistance of God working 
together in and with those that believe in Him, so there is no evil 
done, or spoken, or thought without the assistance of the Devil, 
who works with energy in evil men. Thus he entered into Judas, 
confirming him in the design of betraying his Master. Thus he put 
it into the heart of Ananias and Sapphira to lie unto the Holy Ghost. 
And, in like manner, he has a share in all the actions, and words, 
and 'designs of evil men. As the children of God are workers 
together with God in every good thought, or word, or action, so the 
children of the Devil are workers together with him in every evil 
thought, or word, or work. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 1987 

December 6 - Trials of Paul - II Cor. 11:1-33. 

1. Do our trials come from God or only allowed by Him? Job 1 
and 2. 

2. What are the benefits of suffering? 

December 13 - My Grace is Sufficient - II Cor. 12:1-21. 

1. What is grace? 

2. Are we spiritually mature enough to pleasure in infirmities, 
reproaches, persecutions, and so forth? Verse 10. 

December 20 - The Birth of Christ - Matthew 2:1-23. 

1. Was there significance in the type of gifts the wise men qave 
to Christ? 

2. Is the TRUE message of Christmas for us one of giving or 
receiving? 

December 27 - Living by the Power of God - II Cor. 13:1-14. 

1. How important is church discipline? 

2. How do we appropriate the power of God in our lives? 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR DECEMBER 1987 

December 6 - Stephen's Witness - Acts 6. 

1. What was the secret of Stephen's dynamic witness? 

2. If we are spiritually dynamic today, will we be appreciated 
and understood by society? 

December 13 - Conversion of Saul - Acts 9:1-20. 

1. What is it to be converted? 

2. Is a conversion different from a full surrender? 

December 20 - Birth of Christ - Is. 9:6-7, Micah 5:1-4, Matt 1-18-25 
Is. 7:13-14. 

1. Why is the divinity of Christ so important to us? 

2. God's gift to us was Jesus. What will our gift be in return? 
December 27- Diligence - II Peter 1:3-15. 

1. Can we be diligent in the wrong things? 

2. In what areas are we to be diligent? I Cor. 15:58 



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DECEMBER 15, 1987 



NO. 24 



'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 obe'dience. 



SILENT NIGHT 

Silent night! Holy night! 

All is calm, all is bright 

Round yon virgin mother and Child! 

Holy Infant, so tender and mild, 

Sleep in heavenly peace, 

Sleep in heavenly peace. 

Silent night! Holy night! 
Shepherds quake, at the sight! 
Glories stream from heaven afar, 
Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia. 
Christ, the Savior is born, 
Christ, the Savior is born! 

Silent night! Holy night! 
Son of God, love's pure light 
Radiant beams from Thy holy face, 
With the dawn of redeeming grace, 
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, 
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. 

- Josef Mohr 



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THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTMAS 

Christmas is celebrated around the world. It is celebrated on 
different dates and with various customs. The celebration often 
becomes more important than the reason for the celebration. 

Christmas is usually celebrated in our country by gift-giving, 
partying, drunkenness and severe financial distress. Many of the 
activities associated with this celebration are designed to make a 
commerical success of the holiday and detract from the simplicity 
of Christ. There is more attention lavished on Santa Claus, 
Christmas trees, feasting and partying than on Christ. 

Today's observance of Christmas creates little interest in the true 
reasons for Christmas. Often the stable scene has become a 
sentimental scene devoid of the smells and discomforts of the 
stable. This playacting often gives an inaccurate account of the 
events. When plays are used to depict a holy scene, then the 
theater's representation of less holy scenes might not seem so bad 
so the theater and television become acceptable means of amuse- 
ment. 

To grasp the importance of Christmas there is a need to see 
beyond the sentimental stable scene. The stable may represent the 
denial of mankind at His coming. He was rejected by those who 
should have gladly received Him. There should have been a place 
in the inn but there wasn't, neither was there a place in the hearts of 
men for Him. 

The announcement of His birth to the shepherds showed that it 
was more likely to be the common, lowly shepherds who would 
receive the news and rejoice than would the religious leaders of the 
day. The star that appeared to the Wise Men was a supernatural 

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sign to the great. But it was the great who were at a distance, who 
responded. The great in Jerusalem did not know until the Wise 
Men came. This message to those afar off proclaimed that His 
coming was not only for the nearby Jews but also for those of every 
race. 

The means of His Coming is important. Only by being virgin 
born could He meet the qualifications for being the sinless Saviour. 
If He had been born by ordinary means He would have inherited 
the common sins of mankind. Being virgin born He was born 
without sin. He lived a perfect life so when He came to Calvary He 
was qualified as the spotless, unblemished sacrificial Lamb. 

His birth was necessary so He could give Himself as the perfect 
ransom on the cross. There is no particular message of peace in 
the Christmas scene unless it is perceived in the sacrifice that He 
made many years later to bring peace between God and man. 
Without His birth He could not give Himself as the sacrifice which 
would allow all men, who would choose to, to make their Spiritual 
peace with God. There is no other peace possible between perfect 
God and sinful man. It is only through men's acceptance of 
Christ's sacrificial work that they can be at peace with God. Until 
men are at peace with God they do not have the ability to be at 
peace with one another. A sentimental stable scene cannot give 
that peace. A hard, cold, suffering scene on Calvary, a burial in a 
borrowed tomb and a miraculous resurrection were all necessary 
to make the way of peace. 

Christmas is important for it conveys the love of God. The love of 
God was demonstrated to men by the willingness of Jesus to leave 
the beauties and bliss of Heaven to be born as a babe. He not only 
humbled Himself to become man but took on Himself the form of 
weakest man — a babe. Human reasoning would have let all in the 
world perish but Godly Grace would not allow men to perish 
although they deserved to. He was willing to humble Himself, be 
weak and poor although He was God. 

The stable scene may be but a sentimental scene but its true 
importance is understood only when the stable is set near the 
cross. Without Calvary, Christmas would have no meaning. 

Christmas is important because nothing could be more important 
than that which affects our soul's salvation. Christmas is a part of 
the plan of salvation because it was necessary that our Saviour be 
virgin born. 

Christmas is important not because of gift-giving, parties, 
feasting or Santa Claus but because of the best and richest Gift 
ever given to men, Jesus Christ. 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 15, 1927 

THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS MORNING 

B. E. Kesler 

That one morning of all mornings, the one morning that left its 
impress on the affairs of men, that one morning that caused the 
nations to take notice, that called a halt to the eyeles of time to 
make adjustments, the one morning that revised, and revises the 
calendars by which time is measured, the one morning that 
brought awe and astonishment and consternation to the rulers, 
both civic and religious, the one morning that brought joy and 
gladness to men and glory to God, that morning, we celebrate 
today as the one great event of the passing years. 

Of all the messages borne to earth by angelic hosts, by prophet, 
seraph or seraphim, the message that came to the humble Judean 
shepherds on that eventful morning, none was ever so important, 
or meant so much to mankind, or was fraught with such 
momentous consequences as the "Behold I bring you good tidings 
of great joy" which greeted the ears of those awestricken, and 
fearful men on that first Christmas morning. 

"Be not afraid" said the angel, "for behold I bring you good 
tidings of great joy which shall be to all people." To all people. 
How wonderful! Not only to "me and my wife, my son John and his 
wife, us four and no more," but to all people, in every age, in every 
country, and in every clime. 

Good tidings to the shepherds, to the Jews, to the Gentiles, to 
the bond and to the free, to the Whites and the Blacks, the rich and 
the poor alike. "For there is no respect of persons with God." The 
soul of the beggar by the way, the Hottentots of Africa, the Indian 
on the plains, the Patagonians of the South, the Esquimaux of the 
North are equally precious in His sight with those of the more 
civilized and enlightened of the most pregressive nations on the 
globe. For "of one blood" have all peoples been created. And 
which of all is most important in His sight, is not for us to say. True, 
after our manner of judging there would perhaps, be discrimination 
and bias, for we "look on the outward appearance," but with Him 
who "looketh on the heart" and "judgeth righteously," the dis- 
tinctions because of social, moral, civic or intellectual standing, 
prestige, or lineal descent, or ancestral claims are not recognized, 
and "cut no figure." 

And what are those "good tidings?" Why, "unto you is born this 
day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." And 
why should this be "good tidings?" Well, we say, "because the 



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world needed a Savior." But did they know it? feel it? want it? 
Does the world today need Him? want Him? Has the world 
decided yet "what it will do with Jesus?" Has it yet realized what 
that first Christmas morning meant to us that this was God's way of 
"laying help upon one that is mighty and able to save to the 
uttermost?" 

We are told "when the fullness of the time had come God sent his 
Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem them that 
were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." 
Then to receive the adoption of sons, or become the children of 
God, a Redeemer was necessary. This Redeemer was the out- 
growth of that first Christmas morning. The babe born that 
morning and laid in a manger was a child of prophecy, king of the 
Jews, and the Redeemer of mankind from the curse of the law, and 
until this was done, mankind was doomed to eternal death. 

Not only so, but that first Christmas morning brought us a Savior. 
It was said to Him before He was born, "Thou shalt call his name 
Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins." And John the 
Baptist pointed Him out as the "Lamb of God that taketh away the 
sins of the world." And Paul says, "There is none other name under 
heaven given among men whereby we must be saved." And all this 
because of that first Christmas morning. 

In the birth of the babe of Bethlehem, God verified the truth of 
His prophets. "The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor a 
lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come," said Moses. 
And "a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you from 
among your brethren like unto me," was God's promise through 
Moses. Isaiah is more pointed. He looks down the vista of time and 
in prophetic vision sees that first Christmas morning and assures 
us, "a child is born, unto us a Son is given," and it happened on that 
first Christmas morning, the morning we now celebrate as the 
anniversary of that child, our blessed Lord. 

THE DENIAL 

"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 was not to be an ordinary child. Luke 2:11 says this child is 
a Savior, Christ the Lord. Verse 40 says the grace of God was upon 
Him. Matthew 1:23 says this child would be called Emmanuel, 
meaning "God with us." Even though the Bible says otherwise, 
people deny the divinity of Jesus. They drag Him down to the level 
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Jesus if we try hard enough. Jesus is not held up as one to be 
worshipped, but often only the subject of a sentimental story of a 
babe in a manger. 

We don't know for sure when Jesus was born, but we do know He 
was born! He may have been born in the spring instead of 
December, but whenever it may have been, what He is (our Savior!) 
and where He came from (Heaven) is far more important than the 
day. It is important to know why He was born (to redeem us), and 
who He is (God's Son). If we concern ourselves too much with the 
time and place, we may miss out on the real reason Jesus came to 
this earth. 

Jesus' birth was not His beginning anymore than His death on 
the Cross was His end. Jesus always was, He is now and always 
will be. His earthly life was only an interruption in His heavenly 
existence. It was not His beginning. Life for us begins at 
conception, but for Jesus, His birth to earthly parents was merely a 
new form of existence. Jesus took on the form of man for our 
benefit, so He could complete the plan of salvation and reconcile 
us to our Heavenly Father. 

To deny that Jesus is God's only Son is also to deny Him as 
Savior. If Jesus were not divine, He could not save anyone, for a 
man cannot redeem another man. When people deny Christ as 
God's Son and our Savior, they are trying to get rid of a responsi- 
bility. Recognizing that we have a Savior means we have a need 
for, and a responsibility to, this Savior. If He can be denied and 
explained away, the need and responsibility can be explained away 
also. However, someday we will face this same Savior, and all the 
explanations in the world will not relieve us of our guilt. 

At this time of year, people do alot of celebrating. They may say 
they are celebrating the birth of Christ, but the things they do 
dishonor Him. Honoring Jesus with our lips means nothing if we 
deny Him by the way we live. If Jesus is in our hearts, we'll do our 
best to honor Him and celebrate His birth, death and resurrection 
all year long. Our values will demonstrate that Jesus is more 
important to us than just a sentimental celebration. 

"Whosoever shall deny me before man, him will I also deny 
before my Father which is in Heaven." Matt. 10:33. If we want 
Jesus to recognize us, we must acknowledge Him right here. From 
His virgin birth to the Cross to the Resurrection and Ascension, we 
must believe it all, and confess it all. To deny any part is to deny 
Jesus. To deny Jesus is to bring condemnation upon ourselves, 
but confessing Jesus brings us into favor with God. 

In your personal life, are you confessing Christ or denying Him? 
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to you? Jesus was born for us, He lived and died for us — and He is 
now in Heaven interceding for us. To deny Him is to deny the 
greatest need we have, that of a Savior. Before you say you don't 
need Jesus, you'd better think it over. If you deny Him now, He will 
deny you for all Eternity! 

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after 
me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." 
Matt. 16:24. When we acknowledge Jesus, and accept Him for Who 
He really is, this is the first step in self-denial. Self interferes with 
our relationship with Jesus. As long as self is on the throne in our 
lives, Jesus can't be in His rightful place. Self tells us we don't need 
Him, but we all do! As you think about Jesus this month, determine 
in your heart to put Him first. Deny yourself, not Jesus. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Come, Worship the King" 

The coming of Jesus Christ into this world has influenced men 
more than anything else that has happened in the history of 
mankind. The world has never been the same... datelines are 
divided by His advent... and we number our years from ONE MAN. 
He was worshiped by humble shepherds and later by wise men 
from the East. And even today, the poor and humble find true 
riches in Him and the high and mighty find greater blessings in Him 
than in all of the possessions and prominence of the world. 

Wise men came from the East seeking the new born King, we are 
taught in Matthew 2. WISE MEN STILL COME TO CHRIST! These 
men might well have been astronomers from Persia. They might 
have known something about Bible prophecy concerning Christ's 
birth. Or is it possible that God in His own mysterious way revealed 
this secret to them. 

Many fantastic stories have been passed down concerning them. 
The song "We Three Kings of Orient Are" has probably led to many 
misconceptions about these men. Artists have used their imagi- 
nations to draw them. They have even been named... Gaspar, 
Melchior and Belthazar. Truth and fiction, as usual, have gotten 
mixed together. We don't really know their names or how many 
there were but we do know they were wise... because they came 
to Jesus. 

These men were led by a star... the light of heaven. We too are 
led by a Light from Heaven. He is that Saviour that was worshipped 
by the wise men. If we follow the Light as diligently as they did, we 
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Why didn't the religious people of that day find Jesus and 
worship Him? Could it be that they only had the scripture in their 
head but had no grace in their heart? They had head knowledge 
without heart wisdom. They never responded to the truths they 
had learned. How well this fits many people around us today. 
Faithfulness is always rewarded and it was so here. A journey that 
took many days with dangers all along the way was rewarded by 
finding Jesus. The cost was not too great. 

The wise men bowed down and worshipped Jesus and gave Him 
gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These gifts teach us 
important concepts in this lesson. 

Gold symbolizes our worldly possessions and these make a 
proper tribute for the King. Because Jesus is Lord, we are required 
to worship Him with our material blessings as well as with our gifts 
of love and service. Throughout the Bible, people who accepted 
Jesus immediately desired to give Him something. We give 
because we love Him. It is a true saying that you can give without 
loving but you can't love without giving! The "wise men" of today 
delight in honoring Christ with their monetary gifts. 

Frankincense, the second gift brought by the wise men, is an 
expensive and fragrant perfume. It represents our inner thoughts 
and emotions. It says... every part of me bows before you, Lord. 
Incense illustrates prayer and praise due only to God. It acknowl- 
edges Christ's deity. 

Finally, the gift of myrrh was given. This was a bitter spice which 
was used for embalming. It gives us a picture of suffering. It might 
illustrate that these wise men had been taught by God that Christ 
would be born to die for lost sinners... thus they worshipped Him. 
As we worship Jesus and acknowledge Him as our Saviour, we can 
never forget the fact that He died for us... and we worship Him. 

Again, after the wise men worshipped Jesus, God warned them 
not to return in the same way they had come, via the sinful Herod, 
but to go a new and safer way. Even so today, after we meet Jesus 
we will take another way. We walk on the King's Highway of a 
higher and better life. 

Even as the wise men went the way of safety, Herod was planning 
evil things to protect his dominion. This worshipped infant Jesus 
was now in danger of being slaughtered along with all of the other 
baby boys under two years of age in the area. This first baby of 
Joseph and Mary must surely have been adored by them and yet 
trouble would not leave Him until He at last would be crucified on a 
cross at Calvary. He is worthy to be worshipped at this beautiful 
season and each day of our lives. His life of agony was lived that 
we might have an eternal life of peace. And, just as the wise men 
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had... so we must give Him our best after we have found Him. 

An old LEGEND shares a story of the wise men who were 
following the star to Bethlehem. They were said to have come to a 
house of a certain woman and said to her, "Come with us, we have 
seen His star in the east and we are going to worship Him." "Oh," 
she said, "I would just love to come with you. I have heard that He 
would come one day and I have been looking forward to it. But I 
can't come now. I have to get many things done at the house 
before I can go... then I will follow you and find Him." But when her 
work was done the wise men were out of sight and the star shone 
no more in the heavens and she was never to see Jesus. Sad! Too 
busy with earthly things to worship the King. Take time to bow 
before the Master. The time for worship is now. 

Brother Len Wertz 

CHRIST'S BIRTH 

We commemorate Christ's birth 
At this special time of year... 

Singing praises to His name... 

Hoping all on earth will hear... 

That He was God's only Son... 
Yet was born of a virgin... 

And was laid in a manger 

Since no room was in the inn. 

He came to teach men wisdom... 
And wise men still seek His way 

So their souls may be redeemed 

By their Saviour some glad day. 

- Sister Irene Stout 
R. 1 Box 165 
Wabash, IN 46992 

TRUE APPRECIATION AND COMMEMORATION 
OF CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR 

We are again approaching the time of the year we commemorate 
the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Will we com- 
memorate it to the honour and glory of Him, or engage in the 
foolishness of this world that usually takes place at this time of the 
year? 

It may be well for us to meditate on His coming as the Prince of 
Peace. It is a great blessing for us. He made it possible for us to 
live in a world of strife and carnal warfare and to live at peace with 



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all men. He said, "My peace I give unto you; not as the world 
giveth, give I unto you." Earthly peace is not durable and meets 
with sudden destruction. The peace that Christ brought from 
Heaven leads to eternal peace. Christians do not take part in the 
carnal strife of this sinful and wicked world. 

Jesus and true Christians are still the light of the world. What a 
grand thought that the angel on that memoriable night said unto 
the shepherds, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of 
great joy, which shall be to all people." Jesus through the power of 
God can remove all our fears if we accept His saving Gospel. 

The comforting words of the Heavenly Father to Abram were, "I 
am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." His words, through 
Moses, to the Israelites were, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the 
salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the 
Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no 
more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your 
peace." We also have the words, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: 
be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will 
help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my 
righteousness." These promises have been a help for many before 
the coming of our Saviour. 

Never before this generation was there a time when so many 
things were happening that strike fear in the hearts of mankind as it 
is today. As we think of these things we should rejoice that God 
has intervened for us in this dispensation. 

It was the Christ who was born in Bethlehem who made the 
atonement for our sins. It is through Him that we have His saving 
Gospel which is the power of God unto salvation to every one that 
believeth. He was called, "wonderful, Councilor." His teaching 
powers and abilities were so far above others that there has been 
no other person on earth who could live in a manner to be 
compared with the high standard of life He lived. He was capable 
of giving advice and instructions that could be depended upon for 
time and eternity. He sympathized with the poor and helpless. 

We have great reason to commemorate the birth of our Saviour 
and to honour this babe of Bethlehem who has become Lord of 
Lords and King of Kings to all generations of men and the Prince of 
Peace. He said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy 
laden, and I will give you rest." He said, "Peace I leave with you, my 
peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you..." 
The peace that passeth understanding dwells continually within to 
calm the soul in the severest hardships. The peace that Jesus gave 
was a freedom from anxiety and disturbance. He is the eternal 
sovereign of peace who shall usher in perpetual peace. 

He brought good tidings to all the earth. He saved us and called 



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us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to 
His own purpose and grace. This was made manifest by the 
appearing of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He has abolished death 
and brought life and light through the Gospel to all who accept 
Him. He said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good 
pleasure to give you the kingdom." "I will never leave thee, nor 
forsake thee." "And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of 
the world." That will be His second coming. 

We have many precious promises. Let us lay hold on them in 
faith believing and surrender our lives wholly unto Him. 

God has never forsaken His people in times of trouble and 
danger and never will. Through Him we can find restfor our souls. 

With these precious promises may we celebrate with rejoicing 
the birth of our precious Saviour who gave Himself for us that we 
might be heirs of God and joint heirs with Him in the glorious 
Eternal World. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
RD3 Box 509 
York, PA 17402 



GIVING AND RECEIVING 

If we truly believe in giving, we must have the love of God in our 
hearts. We have that desire to give because of the Gift that He has 
given us. His love is flowing in our hearts, and we have a desire to 
help lighten someone else's load. 

We find in this day so many who are all for self and never care to 
share with those in need. My blessed Saviour loves a cheerful 
giver. He gave us the most precious gift one could give. He gave 
His life on that rugged cross to set us free. Are we willing to accept 
that gift? 

There are people today who think that when in need we should 
run and help them. Many a time we don't even get a thank you 
because they feel we should give because we are followers of the 
Lord Jesus. Dear ones, let us try to help those in need to be able to 
see a better life ahead. 

There are so many poor people around us today who are mis- 
managing their budgets. There are those who don't know how to 
buy for their family. They have plenty of money but spend it on 
things that don't help. If we find a poor family let us give food 
instead of money, so the children can be fed. The poor we will have 
with us always. Let us seek to brighten their lives by telling them of 
ourloving Saviour who died for them. Offer to get them to Church 
if they are willing to come and have no way, showing to them a 



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better life ahead. Let us pray daily for those who are discouraged, 
those who have lost loved ones and those dear ones who have lost 
all because of a tragedy. 

In Luke 9:23 we are told to take up our cross and follow Him. We 
should now be willing to give to others. We will receive a blessing 
from the Lord for God loves a cheerful giver. 

When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He looked to 
the Father, the source of life. He realized He only could win by 
giving Himself. Only by giving up His own will or desire to God's 
highest will could He bring forth the thing He wanted most. He was 
raised from the dead, that others might have a hope of Salvation 
and a new life. I often think of the widow's mite. Jesus said she 
gave the most. Our Blessed Saviour gave His life. He gave all He 
had. "Not my will, but thine be done." We realize if it wasn't for the 
cross, the giving of Christ's life and the Resurrection, we could 
have no resurrection. 

I think giving is an expression of one's love. Love in action is 
moving out of self into the way of God. How many of us are willing 
to go the second mile? Could one give without loving? If Jesus is 
in our lives we will have a spirit of giving and want to share with 
others in need. Christ wants us to share His love with others. By 
doing this we will receive a blessing. 

Let us give more of our lives to the Master in searching for lost 
souls. May God help us to see the need around us and give 
ourselves to further His Kingdom while we are still dwelling here 
below and in the end we will receive a home in the Land He has 
prepared for the faithful. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

IF GOD SO LOVED US 

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." 
I John 4:11. 

In I Corinthians 13:13 we are told that now abideth faith, hope 
and charity. Charity is the greatest of the three. It is because God 
loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to live and die for us. 
And we should love one another because Jesus first loved us. It is 
the love of Jesus that first attracts the sinner to Him. It is the love of 
the saints that first attracts the sinner into the house of God. 

If a loved one is ill, we will do all we can do to see that that person 
is cured, or helped or made comfortable. If a loved one is dying, we 
will go to the ends of the earth and use up all our living to get that 
person cured. Such is the love that even the heathen has. How 
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another. What is it that causes us to continue our Christian walk 
day after day? In II Corinthians 5:14 we are told that the love of 
Christ constraineth us. The word "constrain" here means to secure 
as if by bonds. We can therefore rest assured that His love secures 
us day by day and that we have no reason to fear because He once 
loved us, He loves us presently, and He will continue to do so And 
our natural reaction to this love is to love Him back, thouqh we 
cannot do so perfectly. 

How is our love then one to another? John 13:35 states that by 
this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one 
to another. We see very little true coming to the Lord and very little 
true repentance today because there is very little love between the 
brethren. And why is this? In Matthew 24:12 we read "And 
because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax' cold " 
Sin is the reason why so many no longer love God or the saints 
Today in the modern church there is such coldness such a 
competitive spirit, and such a lack of spirituality that the average 
person is no longer attracted. When we read in old books like 
SOME WHO LED it seems that there were many that came 
Meetings, even communion services, were crowded with outsiders 
Was it not because then the brethren had a genuine love for each 
other and the people of that day recognized this love and wanted it 
for themselves? Have we been too long in acquiring the riches of 
this world and now we cease to recognize our needs and the needs 
of others? Does the world look at us and see just another worldly 
grasping, greedy group of people with nothing to offer them let 
alone the very Son of God? Maybe each and everyone of us needs 
to reevaluate ourselves in the light of God's Holy Word to see 
where we have failed. Is it or is it not so that the church today is 
closer to the world than it was in times past? Does not the scripture 
prove this? I believe it is high time that we the church recognize 
this problem and put the blame squarely where it belongs: upon us. 
Is it not true that there is five percent of the church that does 
ninety-five percent of the work, while ninety-five percent do the 
other five percent? Can one with perfect love for his brother sit by 
and let his brother do it all? I think not. We must ask God to help 
us in this endeavor because it will not get any easier. Some of our 
brethren are not easy to love, but we must love them just the same 
Maybe our love to them might be just the thing to soften them up. ' 

Lynn Hayes Miller 
RD #2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

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Fools live, but do not learn. 



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THE DOCTRINE OF THE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

FEETWASHING 

16. 

There is a command in GOD'S WORD 
That many CHURCHES fail to obey, 

JESUS taught it to HIS DISCIPLES 

CHRISTIANS are to practice it today. 

17. 
JESUS arose from a prepared supper 
. . .«., That was made ready in advance, 

... Before HE and the DISCIPLES did eat 

HE authored the feet-washing ORDINANCE. 

18. 

HE took a towel and girded HIMSELF 

. . .« A c HE then poureth water into a basin, 

John 13:4-5 ... A *. . .,_ , , iU ,. . . , ' 
After HE washed the disciples feet 

With the towel about HIM, HE wiped them. 

19. 

When JESUS came to SIMON PETER 

, n n n Peter said, "You'll never wash my feet." 

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If I wash thee not, said JESUS 

"You shall have no part with ME." 

20. 

Reader, stop and think and pray 

. , HO When JESUS your judge you meet, 

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Do you want no part with JESUS 

Because you refused to wash feet? 

21. 

PETER became very submissive 

, , io.q m "Wash my feet, my hands and my head." 

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Baptized ones need only wash feet, 

Is what JESUS to PETER said. 

22. 
In closing the FEET-WASHING subject 
"Do as I have done unto you," 
JESUS said, "Wash ye one another's feet 
You will be happy if you do." 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 



BIBLE MONITOR 15 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

A NEW CREATURE 
J. H. Moore 

Every person born into the kingdom becomes a new creature in 
Christ Jesus. In the baptism of water and of the Spirit there is a 
putting off of the old man, and a putting on of the new man. (Col. 
3:10) It is a burial of the old man of sin, and the coming forth of the 
new man. It is the act of putting on Christ in the rite of holy baptism 
(Gal. 3:27), and we are told that "if a man be in Christ, he is a new 
creature: old things are passed away." (II Cor. 5:17) There is a new 
heart, a renewed spirit, and a new purpose of life. On entering the 
kingdom, he starts as a new-born babe; he grows as a new man, 
being a new creature, — spiritually speaking, — a new creation, 
begotten by the Word of Truth. Fed on the sincere milk of the 
Word, he lives a new and a different life. The things he once hated 
he will now love, and the things he once loved he will now hate. He 
thus lives and grows until the full stature in Christ Jesus is reached. 

NEWS ITEMS 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Winterhaven Congregation has changed its set Lovefeast 
date to the first Saturday in February. 

Revival Meetings will be held by Bro. Ray Reed, Dallas Center, 
Iowa February 3 through 7, 1988 with Lovefeast on the 6th. Every- 
one is welcome to come to these meetings or to any of our services. 

Sister Susan Cook, Cor. 

NOTICE 

The Dunkard Brethren Church directories are ready. The cost is 
$3.00 post paid. It would be easier for me if you would order in 
quantity, but I will send any amount. 

Sister Jolene Andrews 
312 E. Coleman Road 
Raymore, MO 64083 

PRIMARY LESSONS FOR 1988 

Sunday School Lessons for the Primary classes are available 
from the Bible Study Board. The lessons for 1988 are "Bible 
Treasures for Children." These lessons are available from Bro. 
Fred Pifer, R. 3 Box 184, Adel, Iowa 50003. 

Brother Dennis St. John, Sec. 



16 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JANUARY 1988 

January 3 - Six Days of Creation - Gen. 1:1-31. 

1. How old is the earth? 

2. What Biblical evidence refutes evolution? 

January 10 - The Garden of Eden - Creation of Woman - Gen. 
2:1-25. 

1. In what country would the Garden be today? 

2. What was the blessed outcome of the first surgery? 
January 17 - Deception of Eve; The Fall of Man - Gen. 3:1-34. 

1. How does Adam's fall affect us today? I Cor. 15:22. 

2. In what form does Satan come to us today? II Cor. 11:14. 
January 24 - Cain, Abel & Seth - Gen. 4:1-26. 

1. What led Cain to kill Abel? 

2. What offering does God ask of us? Rom. 12:1, 2. 

January 31 - The Patriarchs; The Wickedness of Man - Gen. 5:1-32; 
Gen. 6:1-8. 

1. Why did God spare eight souls? Gen. 6:8. 

2. What will be the conditions that precede Christ's return? 
Matt. 24:37. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR JANUARY 1988 

January 3 - Our Birthright - Gen. 25:27-34; Jn. 7:38-39; Jn. 8:27-28; 
Heb. 11:24-26; Heb. 12:16-17. 

1 . What was a birthright in Abraham's time? 

2. What is our birthright today? 

January 10 - The New Birth - Ezek. 36:26-28; Jn. 1:13; Jn. 3:3-8; 
Ro. 6:4-6; II Cor. 5:17; I Peter 1:23-25. 

1. What is the New Birth? 

2. What changes will follow the New Birth? 

January 17 - Baptism of Christ - Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-23; 
Jn. 1:29-38. 

1. Why was the "Sinless One" baptized? 

2. How important is water baptism? 

January 24 - Christian Perfection - Gen. 17:1-2; Matt. 5:48; Matt. 
19:21-30; II Cor. 13:11; Ja. 1:4; Ja. 2:21-24; Ja. 3:2; Heb. 6:11. 

1. What is our standard of perfection? Eph. 4:13. 

2. What is the bond of perfectness? Col. 3:14. 

January 31 - Investments - Matt. 6:19-24; Luke 12:29-37; Rh ill. 
3:12-14; Rev. 3:16-18. 

1. What do WE treasure? 

2. Where is our treasure laid up?