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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXVII 



JANUARY 1, 1989 



NO. 1 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



SWEET THE MOMENTS 

Sweet the moments, rich in blessing, 
Which before the cross I spend; 
Life and health and peace possessing, 
From the sinner's dying friend. 

Love and grief, my heart dividing, 
With my tears His feet I'll bathe; 
Constant still, in faith abiding, 
Life deriving from His death. 

Truly blessed in this station, 
Low before His cross to lie; 
While I see divine compassion 
Beaming in His gracious eye. 

Here I'll sit, forever viewing 
Mercy streaming in His blood; 
Precious drops, my soul bedewing, 
Plead, and claim my peace with God. 

- James Allen 



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PURPOSE 

At the beginning of a new year we often take stock of our lives 
and make some resolutions concerning changes we need to make. 
If these resolutions are made only because it is a custom we will 
soon break them and forget them just as we intended when we 
made them. If our resolutions are made seriously and with 
determination they can become guides for us to follow to improve 
our lives. These resolutions are like promises made to ourselves. 
Are we honest in making these promises or are we willing to skirt 
corners to avoid the hardship of change? 

Even when young, Daniel was a man with a purpose. He stuck to 
his resolutions. When carried away to Babylon he refused the 
king's food. The others who were with him found nothing wrong 
with the king's provisions but Daniel and a few others were willing 
to put themselves in danger by refusing these dainties. They 
preferred the plain nutritious food of their homeland. This was 
food that met the guidelines of the Mosaic Law. Daniel continued 
to have a purpose within his heart even after he was promoted by 
the king. He was willing to read the handwriting on the wall even 
though it was not pleasant. He was willing to continue his usual 
worship of God even though watched by his enemies. He was 
willing to go into the lions' den rather than forsake his worship of 
God. He was resolved to keep the purpose of his heart. Daniel did 
not break his promise to himself. 

Jesus came to earth with a purpose. Yielding all to his Father, He 
was willing to come as a Babe. He would be identified with men 
even in His birth. His purpose included the healing of the sick, 
lame and maimed but His grand purpose went beyond these deeds 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY 1, 1989 



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of service. He came to save souls. This meant that He was born to 
die. There was no other way the souls of sinful men could be 
redeemed. He was the only perfect man so only He could be the 
sacrificial lamb that could once and for all pay the price demanded 
by a just God. There could be no other mediator between God and 
man. 

His purpose kept Him moving toward the appointment He had on 
the cross. Though He might have preferred to have refused that 
cup of suffering nevertheless He drank it, right down to the 
bitterest dregs. He fulfilled His purpose though He might have 
been sidetracked into merely teaching or serving. He stuck to that 
purpose, moving toward the cross, serving and teaching as He 
went. On the cross and in the tomb He fulfilled that great purpose 
that had motivated His entire life and earthly ministry. 

Because He was willing to do what was necessary to fulfill that 
purpose, God accepted His sacrifice. This is evident in His resur- 
rection and later in His ascension to be at the Father's right hand. 
To be born with a purpose that would direct Him through His 
earthly ministry, brought Him many trials but He never wavered 
from it. He fulfilled it and for that we should be eternally grateful. 
The need for a purpose in life did not end with Bible times. There 
is a continuing need in each of our lives for a purpose in our living. 
Many in the world have no other purpose than to have pleasure. 
Others may have a misdirected purpose. They expend a great deal 
of time, money and effort to gain wealth, position or fame. 

Our purpose should be the same purpose God had in placing us 
on this earth. We were created for His pleasure. Our lives should 
be pleasing to Him. If we would adopt that as our purpose we 
would have lives that would not only please Him but would also 
yield service to our fellowmen and give us the glow of doing good. 
The more nearly our purpose matches His purpose, the more good 
we can accomplish and we will be more serene and peaceful. 

We must have a purpose noble enough that we will be willing to 
invest ourselves in it. We need the determination of Daniel so we 
will not be swayed from our course. He overcame the temptation to 
adopt the world's ways in even a small matter, giving us an example 
for keeping to our purpose. Jesus had a lifelong purpose which in 
reality was an eternal purpose. This serves as an example for us to 
have a continuing purpose throughout life. Our purpose must be 
lifelong with evidence given day by day to sustain it. 

God will bless the one who has a purpose, that is in tune with His 
purpose for us. Do you have that purpose? Are your New Year's 
Resolutions made with that purpose in mind? 



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INVENTORY TIME 

"If your life is like a merry-go-round, whirling rapidly but not 
going anywhere, stop and let Jesus take over." 

"If your life is like a bucking bronc, with alot of ups and downs, 
and every ride hurts, ask Jesus to help you." 

At this time of year in the business world, they take inventory to 
see where they are, whether the business is prospering or not. 
They inventory to find out how much old, out-dated merchandise 
they have. If it's time to get rid of something, they do it, so there 
will be plenty of room for that which is profitable and useful. They 
know it does not pay to shove stuff back in a corner when it needs 
to be disposed of. 

This is a good time, too, for a personal inventory. We need 
periodically to review our lives to see where we are. We need to 
determine whether we are being good stewards of our time and 
activities, as well as of our finances. We need to take a spiritual 
inventory and see whether there's anything we should dispose of. 
We need to determine whether we are prospering in the Lord, 
whether we are growing or not. 

A good inventory will not only tell us where we've been, but it can 
also help us to know where to go from here. A good inventory can 
help establish priorities and show us where we are getting side- 
tracked and wasting our energy. If we take a good look at our lives, 
our strong points will be evident and so will the problems. It may 
not be pleasant to dig into the dusty corners of our lives, but no 
personal inventory is complete until we do so. 

All of us need a time to review our lives and see whether we are 
indeed going anywhere. We need to see whether some of the ups 
and downs in life come because of our own foolishness. A merry- 
go-round makes alot of commotion, but doesn't go anyplace. It 
just moves in its own little circle. The bucking horse also makes 
alot of commotion, but it is just a flurry of activity in which the rider 
gets bounced around. Nothing is really accomplished in either 
case; it is just a matter of holding on for the ride. 

Whether it be a merry-go-round, a bucking bronc, or a combi- 
nation of the two, all of us have difficulties to deal with in life. A 
good inventory will show us if we are just going in circles or 
bouncing around from one problem to another, never finding a 
solution to any of them. We shouldn't just be "along for the ride", 
and a good inventory can point out where we can do better. 

You may think you have everything under control, and your life 
isn't like the merry-go-round or the bucking horse. But, are you 
burning the candle at both ends? Are you so busy that you don't 
get enough rest, mentally or physically? Even though you have 



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good goals and priorities, if your life is everloaded with things to 
do, it's time for some self-examination, a much-needed personal 
inventory. 

Jesus said, "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and 
rest awhile. ... they had no leisure so much as to eat." (Mark 6:31 ) 
Jesus knew His disciples needed rest and relaxation, and so do we. 
Continually pushing ourselves causes us to burn out and to come 
apart mentally, maybe even causing physical illness. It is important 
to take time out for rest, and to eat properly, so our bodies can 
handle the stresses of life. Do you take time out to rest? 

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own 
selves." II Cor. 13:5. A personal inventory isn't complete without a 
spiritual inventory. This probably is the most difficult because we 
are dealing with our innermost desires and goals. We have to take 
a look at our true inner self, and we may not like what we see. But 
rather than covering up, we ought to confess where needed, and 
determine in our hearts to be more faithful in the year ahead. 

It is important to establish priorities in all areas of life, and 
especially important to put God first. Include rest and relaxation, 
both physical and mental, giving yourself time to recuperate daily. 
You need to be busy in the Lord's work and your daily responsi- 
bilities, but you must also take care of yourself. If you need help 
with your inventory, ask Jesus to help you. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"A new year, a NEW AGE?" 

I would doubt that anyone reading this article has not heard of 
the "New Age" and the "New Age Movement." Newspapers and 
news magazines have reported it. Music has promoted it. It seems 
to be all around us. And, it is definitely the latest in religious 
faddishness, enticing bored housewives from their dull routines 
with its mysticism and reassuring the "yuppies" with its emphasis 
on "positive thinking." It has made great claims to be the new 
world religion... the medium of bringing together the East and the 
West in incorporating them under one umbrella of pantheism and 
polytheism. 

It is also called the Aquarian Conspiracy, New Consciousness, 
Mystical Humanism, Human Potential Movement, and the Holistic 
Health Movement. It really matters very little what it is called. The 
features of reincarnation, occultism and ecumenism are carried to 
their fullness in the movement. 

There are over 2500 New Age bookstores in America and 



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magazines have appeared that focus on the movement and its 
related areas. New Age radio is growing and spreading its music 
which is "dreamy, light jazz." If you have heard me lecture on Rock 
Music, you can relate to where we are at here. 

There is a great overlapping into astrology, meditation and other 
emphasis from years past. We are not looking at an organized 
formal organization YET, but instead, the channelers gain a 
following and do their seances and seminars for anyone that will 
pay to receive their information. 

As conservative Christians we have to be especially concerned 
with this movement. It is greater than any other "ism" that has ever 
moved across our land. Those who are a part of the movement 
speak out strongly against Christianity and Christians and there 
has even been talk of "eradication of believers from the face of the 
earth!" Luciferians describe Christians as being "cancer cells of 
the global brain." They are angry at us because they see us 
restrictive to their goals. From the New Age perspective, everyone 
is already a god anyway. Anyone who teaches differently from this, 
in their estimation, should shut up or be shut up. 

Is the New Age movement new? Not really. Back as early as 
1875, the Theosophical Society was promoting the same kind of 
teachings. The influence of these teachings was from India and the 
emphasis was on "illumination" and spirit communication. It 
showed a real hostility toward fundamental Christianity even then. 

Spokesmen for the New Age Movement are usually "channelers." 
They claim that they go into a trance-like state and someone from 
the distant past or from another planet takes over their body in 
order to instruct, advise and speak with others present. This is 
really very little different from the mediums who contact the spirit 
would in the occult. The occult has always provided the foun- 
dation for this movement and gives it a sense of power with 
answers from another world. They confuse people by starting with 
the communication of love and then taking them through a process 
of complicated and fearful behavior. In reality, channeling is a 
multi-million dollar business for many people at the front of this 
organization. 

Eastern mysticism is recognized in their meditation, in their 
belief in reincarnation and their pantheistic idea of God. It leads 
those involved to eventful perfection and god-likeness or Nirvana. 

Pantheism holds to the belief that God is everything and every- 
thing is God. From that idea comes the belief that every person is a 
god. It is simply a matter of understanding the fact and acting on it. 

One of the most popular tenents of the New Age is their emphais 
on PMA... or Positive Mental Attitude. They offer such things as a 
twenty-eight day plan called the "ritual of positive thinking." In 



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reality, Norman Vincent Peale and Robert Schuller have promoted 
PMA for years. Their basic claim in the beginning didn't seem to be 
much different from the Biblical principle of assurance. But, as 
they developed their thesis, positive thinking became more 
important than faith or repentance. These men and others have 
emphasized that PMA works in becoming rich... which seems to be 
the end product of so many of their ideas. 

New Agers offer a lot of artifacts for sale. They sell millions of 
dollars worth of books each year. Shirley MacLaine leads a parade 
of authors, all with the same message but emphasizing different 
aspects such as vibrations, visualization, channeling, holistic 
health or the future. They also sell exotic teas, Tibetan bells, 
colored candles, solar energizers and crystals. 

Crystals have assumed an unusual importance with New Agers. 
They are believed to have healing qualities and can be pro- 
grammed if a person concentrates on them hard enough. Some 
heal gall bladder problems with them, and many other cures are 
hailed as possible. Place a crystal under your pillow and you will 
even sleep well, they say. 

New Agers have a ritual by which they "program" the crystals to 
do what they desire. The stone is "cleansed" by washing it in 
ocean water. Then, it is left outside for twenty-four hours so that 
the rays from both sun and moon may penetrate it. Then, while 
they hold the crystal in both hands, they blow on it and repeat what 
they desire for it to do. It is said that "the electromagnetic field 
combines with the persons electric field and gives the effect." Of 
course crystals are quite expensive and become more so as they 
become more popular. 

Don't be deceived. This movement is in DIRECT CONTRAST to 
the teachings of God's Word. 

Continued in next issue. 
Brother Len Wertz 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 1, 1929 

AS UNTO HIM 

El ma Beck 

"Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all 
to the glory of God." I Cor. 10:31. 

It is the latter part of the above verse that we want to notice in 
particular, "whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 

This was written by the Apostle Paul to the Church at Corinth, 



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but I wonder if it is not just as applicable now as then. It obviously 
means that anything we may do that is not a praise to God is 
questionable. 

To the young people especially we would like to emphasize this 
thought. Can we praise or glorify God by reading the funny papers 
and dime novels? Remember that we are only stewards of our time 
and are accountable for the use we make of if. 

And then is our conversation always a glory to God? How easy it 
is for the best of us to forget that by our words we shall be justified 
and by our words we shall be condemned. Are we glorifying God 
by accepting and using every slang expression that the devil can 
invent these latter days? Remember that we must account for 
every idle word we use in this life. 

Are the songs of the modern world a glory to God? Would any of 
us want Jesus to come while we were singing one of the latest 
"hits?" 

If we are to be different from the world this is an opportunity for 
each of us to assert ourselves. Also we cannot be too careful of the 
places we go, and never ought to be present anywhere we would be 
ashamed for Jesus to find us. Not knowing when He will come, we 
ought to live as though each day might be the last we spend here. 
Following is a poem we all might observe: 
Whatever you think, in joy or in woe, 
Think nothing you would not like Jesus to know. 
Whatever you say in a whisper or clear 
Say nothing you would not like Jesus to hear. 
Whatever you read, though the page may allure, 
Read nothing unless you are perfectly sure, 
Consternation would not be seen in your look 
If God should say solemnly "Show me that book." 
Whatever you write, with haste or with heed, 
Write nothing you would not like Jesus to read. 
Whatever you sing in the midst of your glees, 
Sing nothing that God's listening ear would displease. 
Wherever you go, never go where you'd fear 
God's question being asked you, "What doest thou here." 
We, as young people, in whom is vested the welfare of the church 
of tomorrow ought to be so firmly established that we can give a 
reason for the hope that is within us to anyone that asks us. " 

It will not take a heinous sin, or a desperate crime to bar our 
admittance from the pearly gates, but just the little things we do or 
do not do in our daily life will suffice. 

Then, again, I think the world is watching the young people of 
the Dunkard Brethren Church more closely than the older ones. 



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They know what our fathers have stood for, but are watching to see 
how closely we will line up with the Gospel requirements and we by 
living Godly lives can make a deeper impression, and wield a 
greater influence than we think. 



AND CAIN WENT OUT 

Genesis 4:16 

Sad words indeed! Cain, out of a jealous heart had slain his 
brother Abel, because Abel's animal sacrifice pleased the Lord 
more than did his grain sacrifice. Cain, the very name his mother 
had given him meant, "a man from the Lord." 

The Lord evidently conversed with Cain and Cain with the Lord, 
but only twice after the displeasing sacrifice. Once to give Cain 
another chance to serve Him more perfectly. Instead he murdered 
his brother. Then, one time more after the fateful murder to 
pronounce judgment. Then, <( Cain went out from the presence of 
the Lord." 

What a fateful sentence. There is no record that the Lord ever 
conversed with Cain again. What a vacuum Cain must have lived in 
as a vagabond in the earth without peace of mind, marked, without 
God's special blessings, and without hope eternally. 

No mention is made in the Bible of any of his decendants ever 
being God-fearing people, all apparently, were lost in the flood of 
Noah's day. Sad indeed! No hint in the Bible that any were saved. 
No doubt all were wreathing with pain in the fiery flame many 
thousands of years already and eternity has just begun. Their 
memories of what might have been, the pleading of the Lord, their 
parents will ever be before them in addition to the constant hell fire 
without love, sympathy or a tear, will have to be borne while they 
constantly have to do the things they loved on earth that separated 
them from God eternally. Rev. 2:22. 

Many lessons for us today may be gleaned from the life of Cain 
It is generally believed that God created the earth as the first plane 
of the Heavens. (I believe the Scriptures bears this out.) He made 
the earth the plane of choice. The Lord does not tempt us with evil 
so in His plan He put Satan here to tempt us and try us to make sure 
that we do serve the Lord. We are constantly under the influence of 
a guardian angel or angels of the Lord. Satan's slave or slaves, the 
demons, influence us to do good or evil. We make the choice 
which one we will serve. If we choose to serve God, He protects us 
If we choose to serve Satan and rebel against God and His Word in 
word and/or deed He has warned us that He may or will give us 
over to a reprobate mind, let us go our own way and end up in 



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eternal fire where Christ's mercy and shed blood will never reach 
us. The Lord may never call us again once we "crucify the Lord 
afresh and put Him to an open shame.' 1 

King Saul is another example who followed Satan's leading and 
went out from the presence of the Lord unaware of his spiritual 
condition. One day he desperately needed help to save his nation. 
He needed someone stronger than man or Satan, so he called upon 
God for help, but God did not answer. Unknowingly he had left 
God and God had given him over to a reprobate mind and the evil 
forces. King Saul with his mighty army was no match against the 
Philistines' forces. King Saul with his army had no help and 
judgment overtook him and his people. So are people today 
following evil and going away from God. God does not leave us, 
but we leave Him. Unless we repent and get right with Him, He will 
let us in the hands of judgment with Satan. What a harsh 
paymaster! 

Satan has devised every evil, every deception his evil mind could 
conceive to lead us away from the Lord. We are living in the day of 
the greatest deception, the great falling away of the faith that Christ 
and the apostles warned us of before the second coming of Christ. 
Our spiritual house must be built of strong timbers founded solidly 
on the Solid Rock, Christ Jesus in order to stand the storms of evil. 
We see people around us going out from the presence of the Lord 
(seemingly). The elect must be continually on guard to correct and 
strengthen their structure to keep it from being washed away. We 
are no match for Satan. Our only hope is in Christ and His Word. 
Know and keep His commandments to do them. Sin is the 
transgression of the law, and the wages of sin is death. 

As Cain transgressed God's commandment and went out from 
the presence of the Lord: Esau transgressed and also went out 
from the presence of the Lord and though he sought repentence 
with tears, he found no peace. Many of the kings of Israel and 
Judah forsook God's love and mercy and met with God's judgment. 
Judas one of the twelve apostles went out from the presence of the 
Lord and hanged himself, and there have been many others. But 
there were also wise men who studied to show themselves unto 
God as Seth, Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Paul and the apostles and 
were mightily blessed of God. Which will we serve God or 
mammon? The choice is ours. 

We are living in a world of music, pleasure, running to and fro, 
hustle, bustle, immorality, seeking something (but seldom the 
Lord) and yet are rapidly becoming more and more confused. 
Families fall apart, brothers and sisters fall apart, churches split, 
organizations and law making bodies hassle over their differences 
of opinion. Much blood is shed in abortions, war and crime. Many 



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crimes are committed, and finally about all (seemingly) join in the 
same destiny, Sad! Sad! 

You, whoever you are, who have asked Jesus into your life, I 
plead with you to rededicate your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, 
study your Bible from Genesis to Revelation, repent of all sin, hand 
your life completely over to Him without reserving any dirty 
corners behind closed doors (there are no closed doors in God's 
sight), and let Him use you in example, word and deed. Time is fast 
running out, we know not which day judgment will fall on us 
individually or collectively. The six thousand years of man's work 
week is almost finished. Oh, to wake up the people of the church 
and world is my great desire. Please help! This is an SOS! 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
RD2 Box 129 
Oakland, MD 21550 

THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD 

In this day and age in which we are living many professing 
Christians think we can have salvation by accepting a part of the 
plan of salvation that Christ brought in His coming to earth. For 
salvation we need to renounce Satan with all his sinful pleasures of 
this world. 

He first appeared with his deceitfulness to Adam and Eve in the 
Garden of Eden. There he won a great victory. Through that 
victory all must suffer death in this life. He has been busy 
throughout all ages and won many victories. 

When Christ was here on earth he appeared to Him with his 
deceitfulness. He failed to overcome our Saviour. Christ told 
Satan thou shall worship the Lord and him only shall thou serve. 

We are commanded to put on the whole armour of God so we are 
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. He comes to the human 
family in different ways, he is going about as a roaring lion seeking 
whom he may devour and sometimes he appears as an angel of 
light. For salvation we must renounce him with all his pernicious 
ways and the sinful pleasures of this world. When we have 
accepted the plan of salvation we become a new creation in Christ 
Jesus the old sinful and wicked things are desired no more and are 
put away from us. Satan through his deceitfulness is offering many 
things today. He has made many believe they can serve two 
masters. 

We need the whole armour of God to stand against the wiles of 
the devil so we will not be deceived. Satan is the busiest worker in 
the church because he never takes a rest. If we accept the whole 
armour of God we will receive His protection from the snares of the 



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evil one. He has many who are overcome and use their deceitful- 
ness to influence others to accept the evil and sinful pleasures of 
this world. 

He is satisfied with those who are selfish and work to impress it 
upon others. He is the author of every hatred and strife. He offers 
the sinful things of this world that are harmful to the health and well 
being of our bodies. We are to present our bodies as a living 
sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable 
service. Destruction is awaiting those who defile these bodies. We 
cannot be a good Christian example to others and indulge in the 
wicked and sinful things of this world. 

Satan need not work to gain those who make no profession. He 
is working to deceive Christians and if it were possible he would 
deceive the very elect. 

In the time of the apostles, Satan won a victory over Annias and 
Sapphira. They were not true to their profession of the high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus. We have the record in God's Word that 
Satan has won many victories in time of the apostles. It was 
prophesied that antichrists should come and were already in the 
world. Satan is well pleased with the wicked also with the 
unbelievers and antichrists. He is also victorious over many in this 
day and age. 

Destruction and misery are in the way of the unrighteous. It is 
much better to be obedient to God's Word and have His protection 
than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. We have the record 
in God's Word of many who were faithful and true to God's calling 
and had his protection. Today to have His protection we must 
accept all the saving Gospel of Christ. The most important in this 
life is the protection of our soul salvation that comes through 
obedience to God's Word. We have the record in God's Word 
where the threat of death in this life did not discourage them and 
were destroyed in this life rather than lose their favour with God. 
They were victorious over death and the grave. There is nothing in 
this world as valuable as the soul salvation. It cannot be destroyed 
if we have the whole armour of God. He is our protection from the 
rulers of darkness. In this world of sin and wickedness we can look 
forward to a better life to come. 

The psalmist David, with the armour of God, was victorious over 
the large giant. We have the record of many in God's Word who 
were victorious through wearing the armour of God. 

Today many professing Christians are not standing against the 
wiles of the devil because they have not put on the whole armour of 
God. Many are overcome by Satan. It takes the whole armour of 
God to be fortified and to stand against the wiles of the devil. 



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Are we living a life of truth and righteousness? The saving 
Gospel of Christ is our shield and protection. Are we prepared for 
the glorious eternal life? Have we put on the whole armour of God? 

Brother J. F. Marks 
901 Chambers Road 
York, PA 17402 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Church and Her Officers 
J. H. Moore 

When writing the church at Philippi, Paul addressed the saints in 
Christ Jesus, "with the bishops and deacons." (Philipp. 1:1) From 
this we are led to infer that the leading, working officers in the New 
Testament church were the bishops, or elders, and deacons. It is, 
of course, understood that the terms, "bishop" and "elder," in the 
New Testament, refer to one and the same officer, meaning the 
overseer of the congregation. There were also other officers, as 
named in Eph, 4:11, where we read: "And he gave some, apostles; 
and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and 
teachers." The apostolic office terminated with the apostles 
themselves, thus leaving prophets, evangelists, pastors and helpers. 
Pastors here means the shepherds, overseers or elders of the flock. 
Prophets and evangelists doubtless refer to the ministers, and the 
term "teachers" to the deacons, and possibly, to the younger 
ministers. Hence, a properly-officered congregation would have, 
for her leaders, elders, ministers and deacons. 

We learn from Eph. 4:12-13 that the purpose of these officers is 
"for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the 
edifying of the body of Christ: 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." The 
elders, or those in charge of the congregation, are told to "take 
heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the 
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, 
which he hath purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28) The 
ministers are instructed to "preach the word; be instant in season, 
out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and 
doctrine." (II Tim. 4:2) Our term "deacon" comes from a word 
meaning service, and it falls to the lot of the deacons to serve the 
church along lines not fully occupied by the elders and ministers. 
So they look after the poor, interest themselves in the sick and the 
unfortunate, and take a special oversight of the finances and 
business affairs of the church in general. 



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In Titus 1:6-9 and I Tim. 3:1-13 we have the qualifications and, to 
some extent, the duties of elders and deacons clearly set forth. 
They are presumed to be, as leaders and servants, the most faithful, 
efficient and exemplary members in the congregation. In fact, the 
average standard reached by any body of saints in Christ Jesus 
depends largely on the efficiency and loyalty of the leadership. As 
regards the ministry, Paul instructed Timothy to commit the Word 
to none but "faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." 
(II Tim. 2:2) This means faithfulness and efficiency of a high order. 

In order to carry out the apostolic idea of doing things, there 
should be a plurality of elders in every congregation, and while one 
of the number may take the lead, there ought to be a careful 
cooperation of these elders in looking after the spiritual interests of 
the church. In fact, there should be a perfect understanding 
between all of the church officials, and the greater the harmony 
among them in their work, the greater will be the confidence upon 
the part of the membership. Regarding the authority for a plurality 
of elders, we cite such scriptures as Titus 1:5, Acts 14:23, 20:1 7 and 
Philip. 1:1. At any rate, there should beat least one resident elder in 
every congregation. There is no scripture for the nonresident elder, 
though it may occasionally be an exceedingly unfortunate neces- 
sity. But such a state of affairs should not be continued any longer 
than obsolutely necessary. The New Testament plan is to ordain 
elders in every church. That is, let each church have its own elders. 

STAND-WALK-RUN-WAIT! 

Oh, stand for the right 

With God's children on earth. 
Take the word of truth 

To obtain second birth. 

Stand fast in the spirit, 

For our Leader and Guide 
Won't ever forsake us 

While we're by His side. 

Oh, walk with the Lord 

In newness of life, 
And cling to Him only, 

For He is our light. 

He'll light up our pathway 

From earth unto heaven; 
Our trust is in Him, 

And our sins are forgiven. 



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Oh, run this race well 
To receive the great prize 

Of a home with Jesus, 
Our supreme sacrifice. 

Run away from all evil; 

Race to that open door, 
For there is our refuge 

In whom our hopes soar. 

Oh, wait for the adoption, 
The redeeming of souls. 

Patiently watch for Him 
To take us safe home. 

Oh, come and beg mercy 
At His throne of grace; 

Pray that we may enter 
That holy resting place. 

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



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the Brethren, Sisters and friends who sent us cards, letters, gifts 
and flowers while we were in the hospital. Also we thank those who 
visited us during our difficult times and also for the many prayers. 
May God richly bless you as you continue to remember us in your 
prayers. 

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Frank Shaffer 

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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 

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Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

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21397-B50 

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Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
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Virgil Leatherman 
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RELIEF BOARD 

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Hayes Reed, Chairman 
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Harley Flory, Secretary 
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Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Meyers 

R. 1 Box 109 

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VOL. LXVII JANUARY 15, 1989 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. 



FATHER, HEAR THE PRAYER WE OFFER 

Father, hear the prayer we offer; 
Not for ease that prayer shall be, 
But for strength, that we may ever 
Live our lives courageously. 

Not for ever in green pastures 
Do we ask our way to be; 
But the steep and rugged pathway 
May we tread rejoicingly. 

Not for ever by still waters 
Would we idly quiet stay; 
But would smite the living fountains 
From the rocks along the way. 

Be our strength in hours of weakness; 
In our wand'rings be our guide; 
Thro 1 endeavor, failure, danger, 
Father, be thou at our side. 

- Love M. Willis 



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ENEMIES 

During the War of 1812, Oliver Perry won a great and important 
victory over the British Navy on Lake Erie. The message that 
announced his victory has become famous. "We have met the 
enemy and they are ours." In recent years that message has been 
paraphrased, "We have met the enemy and they are us." That 
paraphrase has much truth in it. This is related to the remark, made 
in the early 1800's by Elder Daniel Fretz, "We have three principal 
enemies to contend with, viz: The Devil, the world, and self; and 
when we have once conquered self, then the other two cannot 
affect us much." 

The devil and the world are enemies to every Christian. The 
temptations and troubles that come through the devil and the 
carnality surrounding us can be very dangerous to our Spiritual 
well being. If it were not for the weakness of ourselves the outside 
temptations would not have much power over us. Our self desires 
make an opening for Satan to work. The things of the world 
become Spiritual problems because we want to pamper our desires 
and druthers. We become our own worst enemies. We may 
recognize, rightly, that there are many enemies trying to overcome 
us but fail to realize that within ourselves lie our worst enemies. 

When a country deals with its enemies, every effort is made to 
conquer or even destroy that enemy. Money, men and arms are 
committed to the fight. Every possible action is taken to keep the 
enemy from getting an advantage. Every possible advantage over 
the enemy is exploited. Even when a country is not engaged in 
active warfare there is still surveilance and a maintaining of 
strength so that enemy would not desire to enter an active warfare. 

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Lives, homes and money are given to the effort of preserving and 
protecting a country. The people of a country are expected to 
contribute abundantly to the welfare of the country when con- 
fronted by its enemies. Every last ounce of devotion must be given 
in order to overcome the enemy. 

This great devotion is expected in the temporal affairs of a 
nation. If such an effort is forthcoming in national affairs, what 
dramatic devotion should be evident in our battle against Spiritual 
enemies. If a nation for temporal reasons can mount such an 
effort, surely Christians should use every effort to overcome their 
enemies. The prize for them is not temporal but eternal. The battle 
against the enemy within will demand the greatest effort. 

The enemy that is self is the hardest to overcome because it is 
harder to locate and destroy. We have a hard time identifying sin 
within our own lives, so they are hard to get rid of. We don't always 
recognize them for what they really are. The lures of the world 
become problems because of self-desires. The temptations of 
Satan become problems because he uses our self to promote his 
programs. 

When a nation enters a popular war there is a great outpouring of 
emotion and many are willing to go to the battlefield. There is a 
great surge of nationalism and devotion to the cause. Does the 
Christian's response to his Spiritual enemy measure up to the 
enthusiasm of the nation? Yet the Christian's battle is as much a 
warfare as the nation's battles against its enemies. 

There must be an earnestness in entering the battle. A nation 
unenthusiastic in its warfare soon becomes bogged down and 
divided over its war effort. A Christian who does not earnestly 
battle, even the enemy within, will become bogged down in his 
efforts and may give up altogether and give in to the very things he 
was fighting against. He becomes "double minded" and unstable 
in his Christian life. The battle demands a single-minded approach. 
A battle is never won by a half-heartedness. There must be 
preparation and bravery. The Christian must put on the whole 
armour of God. 

The difficulty of the battle demands a great deal of self- 
discipline. To be willing to give up what is desirable to ourselves is 
hard and requires the determination of a soldier in hand to hand 
battle. It is not easy to lay aside what has been a part of our lives 
over the years. As the soldier needs to yield himself to his country 
and her army so the Christian must yield himself and his pos- 
sessions and desires to Christ and the Church. Often we cannot 
realize the good that will come from yielding. When asked to give 
up certain possessions or activities we can hardly understand why 
nor how it would be helpful. But as good soldiers learn to give up 



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for the good of their army so the Christian must be prepared to give 
up what self holds so fiercely. 

The Christian has many enemies to face and battles to fight. To 
overcome the inner self and its desires will prove the greatest help 
in being able to win these battles. The struggle in the end will be 
worth the price we must pay in what we give up of self. The victory 
will not be temporal but eternal. 



CHURCH BABIES 

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but 
as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with 
milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, 
neither yet now are ye able." I Cor. 3:1-2. 

Over the years at Pleasant Ridge Church, there has been an 
assortment of animals on the premises. Among them was a young 
black cat which we eventually took home with us. Another time 
there was a morning dove who made her nest in a tree only a few 
feet from the main entrance. Her nest was low and easily seen, so 
many times she had an audience of children. She watched them, 
but never moved. Possibly she was annoyed at the invasion of her 
privacy. 

This past spring, a killdeer made a nest in the stones at the edge 
of the parking lot. She laid four eggs, three of which hatched. She 
too was observed eagerly by children and adults, and at times 
became very annoyed at our presence. She was very protective 
and so was her mate when he was nearby. Someone put a small 
flag near her nest so she wouldn't be run over. Although the bird 
didn't understand, she was being protected by the very people she 
was annoyed with. 

Nearly everyone has a soft spot within for young animals. There 
is a special air about them which an older one lacks. They are 
playful and fun-loving, but can also loudly voice their distress when 
something isn't right. When we have one to care for, we soon learn 
what the whining or yipping means, just as we do with babies. Their 
cries aren't the same for every need, but whatever the cry, we can 
be sure there is a need. 

Human compassion reached out to help that little bird, until she 
was better able to help herself. It was an act of mercy. Our 
compassion should reach out even more so to the little ones 
among us, the Church babies, the inmature ones, those who can't 
always take care of themselves. They may be annoyed with us at 
times, and may not understand our concern, but we have a 
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As we observe those who don't yet understand God's ways, our 
interest in them should be more than casual. Their need for Christ 
should touch our hearts and stir up compassion within us. Our 
compassion should reach out to enfold them even when they 
become annoyed with us and wish we'd mind our own business. 
Our compassion should reach out to them even when the 
resistance increases and they try harder to handle life their own 
way. 

This depth of compassion will lead to involvement in some 
way — prayer, personal contact and friendship, support and so 
forth, whatever God directs. Or, it may mean standing on the 
sidelines, being watchful, and "putting up a flag" to provide 
protection until God has worked in a person's heart. That flag of 
protection, be it through prayer or love or witnessing, is an act of 
mercy, and it should come from our hearts. 

Babes in Christ, and those who do not yet know Him as their 
Savior, lack understanding. That little bird didn't understand the 
concern which caused someone to put a flag by her nest. She 
didn't see the danger from the cars and people, but it was there. 
She became irritated because she saw the concern as only inter- 
ference and a threat. Those who lack spiritual understanding often 
react just as this bird did, but that doesn't mean we should stop 
caring or stop praying. 

'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. 4:14-15. 

Our goal in the Christian life should be to grow steadily in Christ 
until we become mature and stable, not easily deceived. We should 
also desire that the unsaved will find Christ and then grow in Him 
likewise. Where possible, we should witness and let people know 
we care because Jesus cares. There are lots of babies around who 
need us and our prayerful concern. They can't care for themselves, 
but Jesus can. May our hearts reach out in love to those who need 
it so much, and let us lift up Jesus before them. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"A new year, a NEW AGE?" 
Part 2 

It should be evident to all of us that we are living in the age of 
Satan. The Prince and Power of the air is mobilizing all the forces 



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of hell to bring on the Antichrist and destroy the Church. In view of 
these things, we feel the need to inform you of their activity so that 
you might fight back as a part of the army of the Lord. 

Not only is PMA and crystals and artifacts important to the New 
Ager, but visualization is something that its followers do. Visual- 
ization might be described as follows: First, their goal is + o control 
others or future events in any way possible. When children mis- 
behave you can correct them simply by 'visualizing' them as 
obedient and well-behaved. This procedure is used in their healing 
of someone who is ill... you simply Visualize' the person well... and 
he is healed. Some proponents of visualization are predicting that 
it will produce materialization... that is, just as an apple when eaten 
and digested becomes energy to the body and the mind, so the 
energy released through visualization will materialize into a real 
apple. 

Secondly, their method is generally ritualistic. They sit and take 
deep breaths, attaining a hypnotic state. They then create in their 
'mind's-eye' that which they desire to happen. The clearer they see 
what they want to happen, the more 'energy' they are able to 
release to make it happen. 

Finally, they believe that Visualization' can be applied to people 
and circumstances close at hand or far away. Distance is not a 
barrier to the realization of what they want. 

Actually, some Christian leaders are caught up in this aspect of 
the New Age movement. In a case involving Norman Vincent 
Peale, he was being supported by a praying group of people while 
he went to receive a gift of money from a doctor. The men 
'visualized' the man giving Dr. Peale a large gift of money. 
Supposedly, this visualization had entered the donor's mind and he 
gave liberally. This is simply mind control as the visualizer 
attempts to exert control over the other person's mind. 

Another aspect of the New Age is that self becomes your new 
idol. It represents the extremes of emphasis on self love and 
becomes a panacea to cure our ills and bring us into fulfillment 
before death. 

They say that every man is god and that as you discover your 
'higher-self you get in touch with the god within you. Incorporated 
with this is meditation, use of drugs and hallucinogens, and 
experiences outside of the realm of man's knowledge. 

Like much of what they profess to believe, the New Agers' 
concept of reincarnation appears very vague, nevertheless, re- 
incarnation is a part of their belief. Usually, they separate their 
current life from their past life by many generations... and in some 
cases, by hundreds of years. 

Hindus have explained rewards and punishment by this doctrine 



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for centuries. They believe if a person does well in each 
reincarnated state, he will go to a higher level until he attains 
"Nirvana".., the closest thing to Heaven they have. But, if you are 
bad, then your reincarnated state will be on a lower level, perhaps 
as a bug or a snake. 

In Africa, many animists believe in a limited reincarnation. That 
is, if a baby dies, there should be none of the usual mourning 
because they will be back anyway. 

TM... Transcendental Meditation... is a part of almost every New 
Ager's life. To practice it, you sit in lotus position for a period of 
fifteen to twenty minutes and empty your mind of everything 
except your 'mantra'... a word given to you by a 'teacher'. You 
repeat the word while thinking peaceful, gentle thoughts until all 
else begins to fade... and you find a new dimension of "total 
awareness." 

TM comes from the Brahmins of Indian Hinduism. It is actually 
recognized by many Universities as a valid art. The great danger of 
practicing TM is not to the psyche necessarily but mostly to the 
soul. It is considered a 'path to God.' 

Zen Buddhism is another part of the New Age puzzle. And, 
again, it is turning within yourself to "learn to know nothing in 
order to understand everything." 

What, then are the objectives of the New Age Movement? 
Politically, they are pointing toward a one world government. They 
announced in 1982 that the Maitreya Buddha was here. He was to 
unite all governments into one. Religiously their goal is to identify 
and persuade everyone to follow the Maitreya Buddha. They 
believe that the Messiah of the Jews, the Krishna of the Hindu, and 
the Iman Maddi of the Moslem are all different names for the same 
person... one they call the Maitreya Buddha (or 5th. Enlightened 
One.) They believe that he will come from a hierarchy of advanced 
beings much farther evolved than human beings. 

We must stay close to Biblical perspectives and teachings in 
these times to keep the New Age teachings from sneaking into our 
minds and hearts. We must understand that we are all accountable 
to God for what we do and that to control others is to take away 
what God has decreed for us. We must understand that re- 
incarnation violates principles clearly taught in the Scripture. We 
are all personally accountable for our lives and that when we as 
Christians die, we go directly into the presence of the Lord. (I Cor. 
5:8) The Bible links the soul to the body very clearly. Any other 
teaching on the matter is heresy. Meditation in New Age thinking is 
to invoke a Hindu diety, Zen Buddhism teaches against mans 
tendency toward sin, and channeling is occultism. 

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occultic and damning. Their message is pagan and ultimately it 
would appear that they are aiding and abetting the rise of the worse 
enemy that will be faced on the earth... the Antichrist. They are 
"dumb sheep" being led to the slaughter. In view of these facts, let 
us be alert to their false teachings and trim our lamps... NOW... so 
we will not be led astray by the "strong delusions" of this evil day. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 15, 1929 

THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN 

B. F. Masterson 

"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from 
whose face the earth and heaven fled away. And I saw the dead, 
small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; 
and another book was opened; which is the book of life; and the 
dead were judged out of those things which were accorded to their 
works. (Rev. 20:11-12) 

John was persecuted, cast on the Isle of Patmos, for the word of 
God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ, where God lifted him up 
that he might see through the window of heaven. A good man put 
down by wicked hands but lifted by God, where he could see the 
seat of Government that rules the spiritual and physical worlds, the 
great white throne and the King of Kings upon it, executing 
judgment; the dead, small and great standing before Him. 

I am interested with the books John saw. It must have been an 
innumerable collection. And since a collection of books constitute 
a library, it gives us the idea of a library in heaven. 

The inference is that it was located at the seat of government. I 
was much impressed when visiting the Congressional Library in 
Washington, D.C. Its extensiveness, its unique arrangement, the 
rapidity of the books being distributed to the Halls of Congress. If 
such an extensive institution is required in connection with the seat 
of government to rule the United States, what must be the extent of 
the library connected with the seat of government that rules the 
universe. 

All institutions have a history, when founded, and so forth, but 
when this was established is beyond the conception of the human 
mind. "In thy book all my members were written, which in 
continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." 
(Ps. 139:16) Unlike other libraries, it is not opened to the public 
until the collection is complete. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the 
words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end." The number 



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of volumes it contains, they are innumerable, the volumes of His 
councils, His purposes, His fixed laws that govern the world are 
numberless. Think of all the libraries in the world, if consolidated, 
what an immense institution it would be! For instance, the public 
society of school libraries in the United States showed between five 
and sixthousand, containing forty-four and a half million volumes, 
besides six million of pamphlets. Four libraries in Germany 
contain each over a million. The national library in France contains 
over two and a half million. The British Museum in London over 
one and a half million, besides all the other libraries, public and 
private in the world; and volumes written and destroyed in past 
ages are on the shelves. All these do not compose the greater part; 
all the sermons and lectures delivered, and church history are on 
record there; the unwritten outnumber the volumes printed from 
manuscripts. Every person passing through this world is a 
contributor. Counting each year of our life a volume, I have nearly 
eighty-one on the shelves there. If some were asked to write an 
article for the church paper, they would excuse themselves as not 
being literary qualified. But know you not that you for your 
contribution — are dictating each day, matter some you would 
have erased, if possible — but what is written is written. 

How are these volumes obtained? The recording angel is 
operating a radio so powerful that the vibrations caused by our 
conduct, words and thoughts come instantly in touch with the 
sensitive instrument at the central station. A truth that man 
recently discovered. The inventions of man helps unfold the 
mysteries of the beyond. 

'Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising; thou under- 
standest my thoughts afar off; thou art acquainted with all my 
ways; there is not a word in my tongue but lo, O Lord, thou knowest 
it all together. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high I 
cannot obtain unto it." (Ps. 139) 

Each one is contributing to this library, and as to what his future 
destiny will be depends on the nature of his production. "The dead 
were judged out of those things which were written in the books, 
according to their works." (Rev. 20:12) 

The standard by which our works are tested are not set up by 
man, which are many and largely made up of ideas and opinions, 
instead of facts, and no two agree. Jesus says: 'The word that I 
have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." He says, 
furthermore: "Thy word is truth." Man's ideas and opinions 
change, the truth never. It is unchangeable; as eternal as God 
himself, although no man can be saved by his works. If he has 
believed in Christ, the sincerity of his faith will be proved by his 
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Another book was opened, which is the book of life, by virtue of 
the blood of Christ. All who are born into the world are inscribed in 
the book of life; when they arrive at the age of the knowledge of 
good and evil and choose the evil, the names of such will be blotted 
out. "Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be 
written with the righteous." (Ps. 69:34) 

"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; 
and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life." (Rev. 3:5) By 
repentance toward God and faith in Christ, their names will again 
be inscribed in the book of God's Kingdom, on the page white and 
fair. 

The Library of heaven will be opened to the public when the 
collection is complete: "Ten thousand times ten thousand stood 
before him: the Judgment was set and the books were opened." 

"The Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father with his 
angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his 
works." (Matt. 16:27) 

This will be the day of all days, a time of anxiety. Many will be the 
claims to an entrance, and will be disappointed. "Many will say in 
that day: 'Lord, Lord, have we not done so and so in thy name?' — 
and then will I profess unto them: 'I never knew you, and so forth' " 
(Matt. 7:_.) 

Notwithstanding the great works, their claims were not well 
taken, not being founded on truth, error will not stand. If one's 
production is founded on the truth, it will stand eternally, because 
the truth is indestructible, and the author is saved standing on it. 
Error cannot stand, and the one resting on it will go down with it as 
a matter of course. 

I was converted when about twenty-one years old. About twelve 
years I lived in innocency. Those volumes were white by virtue of 
Christ's atoneing blood. They were also washed and made white 
by faith. "Sin has left a crimson stain, but He washed it white as 
snow." But they are a blank. No service for Him recorded on its 
pages. What a pity that one will put off conversion until he is up in 
years! Although his many sin-stained volumes are washed and 
made white by faith, in the blood of the Lamb, but they are a blank 
and he has only a few years left wherein he can serve the Lord and 
make a record. 

But it is so sad to think that so many put off repentance until too 
late, and then have to face their crimson-stained volumes before 
the great White throne, and hear the sentence: "Depart." "Repent 
ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, 
when the time of refreshing shall come from the presence of the 
Lord." (Acts 3:19) 

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"When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His 
mighty angels/' In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that 
know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the 
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. 

On the other hand: "When He shall come to be glorified in His 
saints and to be admired in all them that believe." (II Thess. 2) 

"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the 
firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars 
for ever and ever." (Dan. 12:3) 

Thus will the Library of Heaven be cleansed and remain in the 
City of God for the benefit of those who came through great 
tribulations and have washed their robes and made them white in 
the blood of the Lamb. And when we walk the golden streets, arm 
and arm, and talk together of the victories achieved through Christ 
against the flesh and Satan, referring to the books wherein our 
battles are recorded — O, that will be glory for us. "Thou tellest my 
wanderings: Put Thou my tears into thy bottle: Are they not in thy 
books?" (Ps. 56:8) 

"A book of remembrance was written before him for them that 
fear the Lord, and that thought upon his name." (Mai. 3:16) 

It won't be long till some of us will have our volumes completed, 
and we will be gathered to glory in the morning of Joy. 

SHEEP STEALING 

John 10:7-8, "Then Jesus said unto them again, Verily, verily, I 
say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before 
me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them." 

The modern usage of the term "sheep stealing" is not to be found 
in Holy Scripture. However, since this is of major concern to many 
within the earthly church we will include it in our thoughts. Let us 
say at the outset that we will not try to define who is included in the 
"sheep" in the sense of certain denominations or movements. God 
is the final and perfect judge of all individuals. 

We can say with certainty that anyone who tries to win converts 
by any other means than leading them to the Lord Jesus Christ is a 
sheep stealer. The modern ecumenical movement that would have 
you believe that all religions are different roads to Heaven is a thief 
and a robber. The liberals who deny such doctrines as the virgin 
birth, and thereby nullify our Lord's declaration in John 10:30, "I 
and my Father are one," also fit into the category of thieves and 
robbers. 

Christ's reference to "all that ever came before me" is not to be 
taken to mean the prophets in the Old Testament. They were not 



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thieves and robbers but looked forward to the coming of the 
Messiah and prophecied that He would be the Lord Jesus Christ by 
detailing many events that were to occur in His life on earth. We 
believe He was referring to the false gods Israel worshipped many 
times and the false prophets who led Israel astray. There are still 
those today who would have you believe that we can be saved by 
following Old Testament rules and regulations. In John 10:17-18 
we read, 'Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down 
my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I 
lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power 
to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." 
God's plan of salvation is to accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ 
and the reality of His bodily resurrection. Human works and efforts 
are merely thieves and robbers. 

In John 10:27-28 we read, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know 
them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life: and 
they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my 
hand." First of all Christ says that His sheep hear His voice. There 
are many today who claim to hear "a voice." This "voice" tells them 
to do all sorts of strange things. It even assures them that they can 
do things that are completely opposite to what the scriptures teach. 
We can be assured that this voice is not the Holy Spirit but a thief 
and a robber. 

Next our Lord assures us that He knows who are His. We can 
fool man and we may even fool ourselves but we can never fool the 
Lord Jesus Christ. He knows who His sheep are. There are those 
who would try to tell us that we are part of the thieves and robbers 
because we use the name "Dunkard Brethren" which is not found 
in Holy Scripture. We would remind such that the name "brethren" 
is perhaps the most frequently used name in scripture to identify 
those who are Christ's sheep. While the word "Dunkard" is not 
found in scripture, we believe that immersion baptism, which is 
what this word means, is a true Bible teaching. While it is true that 
we are all Christians, who are born again, and that the true Church 
is the church of Christ because He established it and that it is 
frequently referred to in scripture as the Church of God, the name 
of a body of believers (or the lack of a name) is neither scriptural 
nor unscriptural, in our opinion. The important thing is that Christ 
knows us as one of His sheep. 

Next Christ says, "and they follow me." What does it mean to 
follow Christ? We believe it means to follow His teachings in the 
gospels and the teachings given to the writers of the New 
Testament. If a group is not following this we should not feel guilty 
of being "sheep stealers" by encouraging them to follow such 
teachings as nonresistance, nonconformity, the prayer veil and 






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modesty in dress and inviting them to join us in following the Lord 
Jesus Christ by joining our denomination. One of the greatest 
thieves and robbers today is the teaching that doctrine is not 
important! 

Then Christ assures us, if we follow Him, "I give unto them 
eternal life." The Lord Jesus Christ never promised eternal life 
outside of obedience. We cannot "do our own thing" and still 
expect to gain eternal life. No matter what the majority believe or 
teach, the Word of God is true! It is true, as we previously said, that 
man's works will not gain eternal life. But obedience to Jesus 
Christ and His Holy Word is not the works of man. 

Eternal life means we will never perish. But, again, this is clearly 
conditional on our following Him. He also assures us that no one 
can pluck us out of His hand. A false teacher cannot tear you away 
from truth. You have to walk away from it. 

While much talk is made about converts, we believe the majority 
of church growth is merely changing from one group to another. 
We will allow you to decide if this is "sheep stealing" or not. For us 
it depends on what the group teaches. Our greatest aim should be 
to win the lost to Christ and guide them in all the truths of Holy 
Scripture. May God give us the grace to do this. 

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

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Church, — Her Name 
J. H. Moore 

In the New Testament the believers in Christ Jesus are desig- 
nated by different names. They are sometimes known as disciples 
or learners (Acts 9:1 and 26). At Antioch they were first called 
Christians (Acts 11:26). A number of times they are denominated 
saints, but in Matt. 23:8 they are very distinctly pointed out as 
brethren: "All ye are brethren." In John 21:23, R.V., we read: "This 
saying therefore went forth among the brethren." As an assembly, 
the believers are called simply "the church," meaning the called 
out, or those who have come out from the world and become 
members of the body of Christ. We have such names as "churches 
of Christ," "church of God," "church of the first born," "house of 
God," "kingdom of heaven," and even others. Locally speaking, we 
read of the church at Jerusalem, at Antioch, and at other points. 

Taking the country over, the followers of Christ were probably 
known as Christians, and sometimes as Nazarenes, but among 



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themselves they were regarded as brethren, and even called "holy 
brethren" (I Thess. 5:27). But, generally speaking, they do not 
seem to have adopted any specific name. The church of Christ, the 
church of God, the saints or brethren, were all the same to them. 
They were more concerned about living the Christ life, converting 
sinners and establishing churches in every city, than they were 
about reaching an agreement respecting the one name by which 
they should be known. It would appear that they simply left the 
name question to take care of itself. 

OBITUARY 

MATTIE WISLER 

Sis. Mattie F. Wisler, of 6501 Slabtown Road, Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania died October 11, 1988 in her home at the age of 80. 
She had been in ill health for the last five years. She was born 
February 6, 1908 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of 
the late Samuel K. and Amanda G. (Koons) Wisler. 

She was a member of the Waynesboro Dunkard Brethren 
Church. 

She is survived by two sisters, Sis. Elizabeth F. Wisler and Sis. 
Susie Gilpin, both of Waynesboro; two brothers, David E. Wisler 
and Bro. John M. Wisler, both of Waynesboro; and several nieces 
and nephews. 

Services were held at 10 A.M. Friday, October 14, 1988 in the 
Waynesboro Dunkard Brethren Church with Elders Frank D. 
Shaffer and Eldon Mallow officiating. Burial was in Price's Church 
Cemetery, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 

The family wishes to thank all who remembered us with prayers, 
cards and letters since the death of our loved one. 



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A man has lost his way in a mine. By the light of one candle he is 
groping for the road to sunshine and to home. That light is 
essential to his safety. The mine has many winding passages. Here 
and there marks have been made on the rocks to point out the true 
path, but he cannot see them without that light. There are many 
deep pits into which he may suddenly fall, but he cannot avoid the 
danger without that light. Should it go out, he must soon perish. 
Should it go out, that mine will be his tomb. How carefully he 
carries it! The case described is our own. We are like that lonely 
wanderer. Quench not the inner light — the Spirit. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

TO EACH DEAR BROTHER AND SISTER AND 
KIND CHRISTIAN FRIENDS 
Seasons Greetings in Jesus Name... 

I completely lack the words to fully express our appreciation for 
the many, many cards, letters and telephone calls received from 
over the Brotherhood and the many prayers that have been offered 
up in our every behalf. 

From my wife's birthday, October 5 through Thanksgiving and 
Christmas including in that time four weeks in Aultman Hospital, so 
many of you dear folks remembered us, encouraged us and offered 
prayers in our every behalf, that it is impossible to personally 
answer each one. We truly appreciate the warmth and closeness of 
each of you and use this means of expressing our appreciation. 

We are fully aware that there are many over the brotherhood that 
have, or are experiencing the same situation, having to give up 
living in their own home, depending on relatives, friends, nursing 
homes and so forth to finish out their life's span. To each of you we 
offer our sympathy and remember you in prayer. 

We are all under the watchfulness of God's eye and He has 
promised to never leave nor forsake us. May the bonds of the Holy 
Spirit never be broken between us. May we become as ONE IN 
CHRIST JESUS in this life, united and determined to know nothing 
but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Our prayers extend to each 
and every one, that, regardless of our physical age and ailments, 
that each may have a Spiritual and Blessed New Year. 



Your Brother and Sister, 
Paul R. and Margaret E. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44718 

THANK YOU 
I want to thank everyone for their remembrance of me in my time 
of affliction. Thank you for the prayers raised in my behalf. I have 
enjoyed the many cards and letters I have received lately. Since I 
am unable to write replies, I take this means to thank you for 
remembering me. 

In Christian Love, 
Sister Virgie Rio 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 1989 

February 5 - The Church in Sardis - Revelation 3:1-6. 

1 . Is our heart genuine or do we only have a superficial name? 

2. What is the formula for revival in v. 3? 

February 12 - The Church in Philadelphia - Revelation 3:7-13. 

1. For what did Christ commend the Philadelphia Church? 

2. What is the open door in verse 8? 

February 19 - The Church of the Laodiceans - Revelation 3:14-22. 

1. Is there a "self-satisfied" spiritual sickness in the Church 
today? 

2. What is the reward to those who "overcome"? 

February 26 - The Throne of God - Revelation 4:1-1 1. 

1. What does the "open door" and the call to come up signify? 

2. Who do the twenty-four elders represent? 



YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR FEBRUARY 1989 

February 5 - Our Dedication - Ex. 32:26-33; II Kings 23:2-3; Phil. 
3:7-14. 

1 . What goals have you set for 1 989? 

2. Are you resolved to "press toward the mark" of Christ's 
perfection? 

February 12 - Our Anchor - Hebrews 6:1-20. 

1. What is the Christian's anchor? verse 19. 

2. Should we "set our anchor" before or after we're in trouble? 

February 19 - Hypocrisy - Matt. 23:12-28; Luke 6:44-49. 

1. Define and relate hypocrisy to our Christian lives. 

2. What ways do we display a "Pharisee heart"? 

February 27 - Religion - Micah 6:8; James 1:21-27; II John 6-11. 

1. What is our religion? 

2. Are we "walking the walk" or just "talking the talk"? 



Paul Stump 

10340 N, Diamond it II 

Onion, OH 45332 






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VOL. LXVII FEBRUARY 1, 1989 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. 



NOT ASHAMED OF JESUS 

Jesus, and shall it ever be, 
A mortal man ashamed of Thee, 
Ashamed of Thee when angels praise, 
Whose glory shines thro' endless days? 

Ashamed of Jesus! sooner far, 
Let evening blush to own a star! 
He sheds the beam of life divine 
O'er this benighted soul of mine. 

Ashamed of Jesus! That dear Friend, 
On whom my hopes of heav'n depend, 
No! when I blush, be this my shame, 
That I no more revere His name. 

Ashamed of Jesus! Yes, I may, 
When I've no guilt to wash away, 
No tear to wipe, no good to crave, 
No fears to quell, no soul to save. 

- Joseph Grigg 



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PUBLIC OPINION 

A new President has been inaugurated to lead the United States, 
the next four years. To become President he had to win a national 
election. The voters of the nation chose the candidate most 
appealing to them. There were many factors that influenced each 
voter to vote for a certain candidate. There is great interest before 
an election in who will be the winner. Before a vote is cast or 
counted, predictions are made concerning the outcome. Those 
predictions are based on public opinion polls. The more scientific 
and well run polls often are quite accurate. 

Public opinion when translated into votes determines who will be 
elected and in general what policies will be put into force. Public 
opinion is often fickle. It can change in a short time or can even 
profess to believe in contradictary beliefs. 

The measurement of public opinion other than in voting is a large 
business. The opinion of the public is sought on various subjects. 
Companies want to know about consumer's desires so they can 
produce products that will sell. They also want to know the 
consumer's opinions on existing products so they will know how to 
change them or to delete them altogether. Of course, the ultimate 
poll of the consumer's opinions is the level of sales volume. 

We live in a democracy, where public opinion has some bearing 
on elections and policies instituted, and we do express our 
opinions concerning the various merchandise available so we often 
get the impression that right and wrong are also determined by 
public opinion. The idea is current that if a majority of the people 
favor a certain course then that course is right. 

Unfortunately, public opinion, although in ascendacy, still may 

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be wrong. Truth is not established by numbers whether a bare 
majority or an overwhelming majority. Truth is not determined by a 
vote, for public opinion may be overwhelmingly in favor of some- 
thing untrue or unrighteous. Especially as people become more 
and more estranged from God, their opinions move farther and 
farther from the truth. 

In I Kings 12, an account is given concerning the division of 
Israel. Solomon because of declining Spirituality and increasing 
worldliness, had become hard taskmaster over the people of Israel. 
Great amounts of taxes were needed to support his rich lifestyle 
and many people were pressed into serving him. When Rehoboam 
was about to become king, the people asked for a lightening of the 
load. Because Rehoboam listened to the advice of the rash young 
men instead of the wiser old men, he threatened them with even 
harsher conditions. The bulk of the people revolted and became 
followers of Jeroboam. 

Jeroboam, though right in seeking a lightening of the king's rule, 
erred in introducing idolatry into Israel. Because he feared the 
people would return to serve the kings of Judah if they went to 
Jerusalem for religious observances, he introduced an easier way 
to worship. He erected two golden calves in Israel. He bade the 
people worship nearer home and with less precision in keeping the 
Law. This introduction of idolatry led to the eventual downfall of 
Israel. 

Public opinion, if it could have been gauged at the time, would 
probably have held that Rehoboam's heavy handedness was a 
worse crime than Jeroboam's. Truth would condemn both kings. 
Neither had done what was pleasing to God. Rehoboam had not 
learned that a leader must be a servant in order to be a true leader. 
Jeroboam had brought idolatry and an easy religion into his 
kingdom and perverted his people's worship of God. Neither was 
righteous. Neither upheld the Truth. 

There are many commandments and requirements in the Word 
of God that are not popular. Some desire to do away with these 
things. The general population and even popular Christianity does 
not recognize these requirements so the general opinion is that 
they are unnecessary. Since there has been a lack of teaching on 
these commandments, there is an ignorance of their purpose. If 
they are thrown aside, there will be even less knowledge of what 
they stand for. 

Uninformed public opinion can be dangerous in its effect upon 
political affairs. It can be even more disastrous when it affects 
religious duties. When the commands of God are ignored and even 
ridiculed, there is great danger. There is a danger to the individual 
who refuses to do God's will. There is an even greater danger when 



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a Church not only refuses to carry out God's commands but also 
teaches that way. 

Public opinion may have its place in the merchandizing of 
products and in determining political questions. Public opinion 
does not have a place in determining what should be observed in 
the Church. Public opinion is not truth. "Thy Word, O Lord, is 
Truth." 

MARRIAGES 

BARE-EBERLY 

Sister Sally Mari Eberly, the daughter of Bro. Paul and Sis. Wilma 
Eberly and Kenny Eugene Bare, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobert 
Bare were united in marriage on Saturday, October 1, 1988. The 
ceremony took place at Grace Baptist Church, Hagerstown, 
Maryland, performed by Bro. Scott Bross. A reception followed in 
the Church Social Room. The couple are residing at Route 1 Box 
47, Smithsburg, Maryland. 

BARE- EBERLY 

Sister Charlene Eberly, the daughter of Bro. Paul and Sis. Wilma 
Eberly and Danny Bare, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobert Bare, were 
united in marriage on November 26, 1988. The ceremony took 
place in the home of the bride, performed by Bro. Scott Bross. A 
reception followed in the Church Social Room of the Grace Baptist 
Church. The couple are residing at Route 2 Box 118, Smithsburg, 
Maryland. 

OBITUARY 

JOSEPH MAY 

Bro. Joseph Benjamin May of Fulks Run, Virginia was born 
November 10, 1910 at Midland, Virginia. He was the son of the late 
Daniel L. and Sarah (Halterman) May. 

He was found dead at the wood pile of an apparent heart attack. 
Bro. May was a retired farmer, and a faithful member of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church at Dayton, Virginia and he seldom 
missed. He had a wonderful memory of the scriptures and could 
quote many chapters by memory. 

In 1947 he married the former Rosa Carr, who died October 23, 
1984. Surviving are two brothers, David May of Broadway, Virginia 
and Samuel May of Pennsylvania, and a half sister, Maphie Emery 
of Inwood, West Virginia. 

Funeral services were held December 5 at Mountain Grove 
Church of the Brethren, by Elder Eugene Kauffman and Rev. 
Dodds. Burial was in church cemetery near by. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

1989 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

June 10-14, 1989 

The Lord willing, General Conference will be held at the 
Maranatha Bible Camp, near North Platte, Nebraska,, June 10 
through June 14, 1989. More information will be given later. 
Reservations may be sent to: 

Bro. Jerry Moss Bro. Lee Reed 

Rt. 1 Box 235 or Rt. 1 Box 104-A 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 Quinter, KS 67752 

Brother Carl E. Reed, Arrangement's Comm. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

We have been blessed by receiving six new members. Sis. Arlene 
Birt, who was from the Plevna Congregation, Indiana, is teaching in 
a Christian school in the Ephrata area. While she was at home with 
her family this summer she was greatly missed at Lititz. 

The Charles Wolf family were received on their former baptism. 
Bro. Charles and wife Sis. Ruth Ann and three of their children, Sis. 
Sharon, Bro. David and Bro. Philip were united with us at Lititz. 

Our prayer and desire is that we may all grow together in the 
Word and love one another as God loved us. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation will be host to the Fourth 
District Meeting, March 24 through 26, 1989. Our Lovefeast will be 
held Saturday evening, March 25, therefore we will not have our 
Spring Lovefeast on our set date in May. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 



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side of the sheet. 

7. Use direct quotations for the 
Scripture references, please copy the 
wording and the punctuation just as 
it appears in the King James Version 
of the Bible. Given thus: book, chapter 
and verse, "Jesus wept." John 11:35. 

8. Frequent mistakes we find: 
beleive for believe; recieve for receive; 
judgement for judgment; ore for or; 
& for and. 



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9. In submitting selected material, 
give the name of the author and the 
publication in which it appeared, if 
known, and add "selected by" and 
your name. 

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

11. The Publication Board has de- 
cided that News Items should contain 
material of general interest to the 
Brotherhood. Therefore items of only 
local interest should not be included 
in News Items, such as Local Sunday 
School officers, District meeting dele- 
gates, minor local church property im- 
provements and items "In Memoriam." 

12. Read these and then write. 



FIXED 
COMMUNION DATES 

Third Sat. Feb. - Winterhaven, CA 
Third Sat. March - Quinter, KA 
First Sat. April - Dallas Center, IA 
Fourth Sat. April - Pleasant Home, CA 
Last Sat. April - Grandview, MO 
Last Sun. April - Bethel, PA 
First $un. May - Waynesboro, PA 
Second Sat. May - Dayton, VA 
Third Sat. May - West Fulton, OH 
Third Sun. May- Lititz, PA 
Fourth Sun. May - Shrewsbury, PA 
Sat. before First Sun. Aug. - Broad- 
water Chapel, MD 
Sat. before Fourth Sun. Aug. - Swallow 

Falls, MD 
First Sun. Oct. - Walnut Grove, MD 
Third Sat. Oct. - Dayton, VA 
Third Sun. Oct.- Lititz, PA 
Fourth Sat. Oct. - Englewood, OH 
Last Sun. Oct. - Bethel, PA 
First Sat. Nov. - Newberg, OR 
First Sun. Nov. - Shrewsbury, PA 
Second Sat. Nov. - Pleasant Home, CA 



MINISTERIAL 
LIST 

AUNGST, DAVID (M) 
R. 3 Box 427 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 
717-345-6588 

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

BROSS, SCOTT (M) 
R. 1 Box 206C 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 
717-933-4662 

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 CavenderSt. 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

CHUPP, ALVIN (M) 
R. 1 Box 190 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3965 

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

COVER, RUDOLPH (E) 
2435 Temperate Ave. 
Modesto, California 95351 
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 



BIBLE MONITOR 



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

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 
304-749-7518 

HART2, PAULA., Jr. (E) 
157 North Lincoln St. 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 
717-838-1810 

HEISEY, JAN L(M) 
R. 1 Box 31 

Taylorsville, Mississippi 39168 
601-785-4461 

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

JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 
R. 1 Box 137 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3416 

JAMISON, GORDON (M) 
R. 1 Box 136 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3639 

JAMISON, HERMAN (E) 
R. 3 Box 24-D 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3686 

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



KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
313 Park Avenue 
Broadway, Virginia 22815 
703-896-3104 

KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
220 Narrows Drive 
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042 
717-274-6619 

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 

LORENZ, LLOYD (M) 
3513 N. Glen Arm Road 
Indianapolis, Indiana 46224 
317-298-7216 

MALLOW, ELDON (E) 
R. 1 Box 21 

ClearviHe, PA 15535-9710 
814-784-3488 

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) 
2845 Stoney Point Road 
East Berlin, Pennsylvania 17316 
717-259-0660 

MYERS, PAULR. (E) 
Manor Care Nursing Home 
5005 Higbee Avenue N.W. 
Canton, Ohio 44718 



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NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 
717-741-1607 

PEFFER, JOHN (E) 
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 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 

REED, RAYR. (E) 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
23453 C.R. 42 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-831-2646 

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

RUSH, HARLEY (E) 
R. 1 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3751 

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) 
3623Toomes 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 
719-829-4521 

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

STUMP, PAUL (E) 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
513-836-6559 

SWEITZER, MERLE (M) 
R. 5Box199A 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 
717-244-7445 

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

UPLINGER, WILBUR L (M) 
R. 1 Box 11 

Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 
703-828-6858 



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

WERTZ, EMERY (E) 
33720 Road 26 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
719-829-4511 

WERTZ, LEONARD D. (M) 
Box 178 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-2390 

WILKERSON, KENNETH (M) 
R. 1 Box 294 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 
717-933-4765 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2 Box 112 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 
717-345-8107 

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

DUNKARD BRETHREN 
DEACONS 

Armstrong, Ellis 
Beachler, Steve 
Beam, Willard 
Beeman, Oscar 
Birt, Harliss 
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 
Franklin, Philip 
Gibbel, Jacob 
Gibbet, Levi 
Gunderman, Mike 
Gunderman, Reinhold 



Heisey, Paul 
Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Johnson, Frederick 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kreiner, Lowell 
Leatherman, Thomas 
Lehigh, Roberts. 
Litfin, Doyle 
Litfin, Ted 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Doyle 
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 
Nell, Paul L. 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher, Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Oty 
Reed, Ross 
Roedel, Daniel 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt, John 
Shaffer, Frank E. 
Sines, Virgil 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump, Delma 
St. John, Clifford 
St. John, Thomas 
Stuber, Ray 
Swihart, Roger 
Switzer, Charles 
Throne, George 
Wells, Maurice 
Wertz, I von 
Wertz, Richard J. 
Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



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AUDITING 
COMMITTEE 



Marvin Lorenz 
P.O. Box 62 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 
419-737-2753 

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, either to 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 

Robert Carpenter 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
317-395-7879 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th St. 
Beaumont, California 92223 
714-845-6231 

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 

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

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

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

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913) 675-3600 



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SCHOOL 
ADVISORY BOARD 

James Kegerreis 

220 Narrows Drive 

Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042 
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 
Located on Route 419, five miles 
east of Bethel, which is one mile south 
of Interstate 78, exit 6. The church 
and the school are located together. 

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, 12Vs 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, Vh 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 fourth 

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 V2 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. 11 
will lead east to Rt. 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at Gettysburg interchange, 
Rt. 16 will lead west to Rt. 114. 

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

MOUNTAINDALE, MD 
Seven miles north of Frederick, in 
the little town of Mountaindale, Md., 
from east go through town to west 
on road from Lewistown to Yellow 
Springs, two miles from Lewistown 
and three miles 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 comer 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. 

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. 21 9, at Keyser Ridge, fol low Rt. 21 9 
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., 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 x k 
mile to church on left side of road. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 
Located 23 miles southwest of Cuba, 



New Mexico. In Cuba, turn on State 
Highway 197. Follow Rt. 197 for 19 
miles to a paved road going to the left. 
A Mission sign marks the junction. 
Present personnel includes: David and 
Mildred Skiles; Paul and Sarah Skiles; 
Todd Castle; Louis Hunkapillar; Car- 
olyn Carpenter; Mary Alice Skiles; 
Crystal Clapper; Renita Trujillo and 
Johnelle 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. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

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

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

R, 3 Box 24-D 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adei, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

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 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Rudolph Cover, Chairman 

2435 Temperate Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



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

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

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 



RELIEF BOARD 

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

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
{515) 993-3026 

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

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

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913) 675-3600 



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 45332 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

FEBRUARY 15, 1989 



VOL. LXVII 



NO. 4 



'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. 

PLANTED IN CHRIST 

Planted in Christ, the living vine, 
This day, with one accord, 
Ourselves, with humble faith and joy, 
We yield to thee, O Lord. 

Joined in one body may we be; 
One inward life partake; 
One be our heart; one heav'nly hope 
In ev'ry bosom wake. 

In pray'r, in effort, tears and toils, 
One wisdom be our guide; 
Taught by one Spirit from above, 
In thee may we abide. 

Complete in us, whom grace hath called, 
Thy glorious work begun, 
O thou, in whom the church on earth 
And church in heav'n are one. 

Then, when among the saints in light, 
Our joyful spirits shine, 
Shall anthems of immortal praise, 
O Lamb of God, be thine. 

-S. F. Smith 



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CHURCH PRIVILEGES 

Generally Church membership is viewed as good but not neces- 
sary. It is often thought to be a hardship rather than a privilege. For 
most membership is separated from salvation. It is an optional 
additive. Today many want the privileges of being Christians 
without the responsibilities or guidance offered by membership. 

The Early Church never knew of any differences between being 
Christian and being a Church member. The two were one. Over 
the centuries men have reasoned away the value of the Church and 
have concentrated on the glory of salvation. Perhaps men have 
taken such positions because of failures within the Church. There 
have been many Church members who have not lived up to New 
Testament standards. There have been church leaders who have 
been more interested in their power within the Church than in 
being servants of the Church. These hypocrites have given the 
Church a bad name, so people reason they do not need the 
Church. 

The world may see no good in the Church. Many professing 
Christians contend they do not need the Church. Many Church 
members do not appreciate the privileges they have. Despite 
negative views of the Church, there are many privileges for the 
conscientious members of the Church. 

One of the obvious privileges is fellowship. We live in a world 
with a lot of people, who belong to many organizations. Yet people 
are lonely. Despite the teeming masses and all their social, 
political and recreational organizations they still are without true, 
meaningful, productive friendships. The Church offers fellowship 
based on a common relationship with the Heavenly Father. People 

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have so little in common with their neighbors and workmates. The 
Church offers a common bond that goes beyond work, politics or 
fun. Two people, who have each become a child of God, have a 
great deal in common. Not only do they have a common 
experience in becoming children of God, they also have a common 
goal that inspires them to live with common focus. Realizing their 
common goals and duties, they can help each other. Christians 
should find their best and most enduring friendships in the Church. 

The Church provides teaching and training. Alot of money and 
time is invested in education, yet many subjects that need to be 
taught are not. These subjects concern living to please God and to 
help others. The Church is best qualified to teach and train us to 
live as we should. She has God's Textbook for instructional 
material. When the Bible is applied to our lives through the training 
given through the preaching and teaching ministries of the Church, 
apt students not only learn but practice what they hear and see. 
They in turn are able to teach and train others. There is no need for 
a formal theological education to prepare leaders, for the Church 
through the Holy Spirit's direction is able to train her own leaders 
from generation to generation. All the members are taught and 
trained in their daily Christian duties. 

Related to this training is the privilege the Church confers 
through the practice of the ordinances. The ordinances are earthly 
activities, often very simple and humble, that teach Spiritual 
lessons. The activities by themselves are not hard to do but 
because of their importance in our Spiritual training and the 
humility needed to do them many ignore them and refuse to be 
taught. These ordinances look back to Christ and forward to 
Heaven. The ordinances require more than one person to carry 
them out. Baptism requires one to baptize the penitent, feet- 
washing requires one to wash and one to be washed, the Lord's 
Supper requires several to share a common dish of sop, the 
Communion requires two to break the bread and pass the cup, the 
salutation requires two to simultaniously give and receive the hand 
and the kiss. This teaches not only Spiritual lessons but also the 
unity of the body. This privilege helps us to better serve God and 
others. 

The Church's privileges are not confined to the strictly Spiritual 
but also extend to the physical and temporal realm. The Church is 
available to help when there is a need. Help may take the form of 
money, advice, empathy or shared work. The entire body feels 
pain when one part is ailing, so the whole body helps that part to 
heal and return to productiveness. Also the Church is available to 
provide the marriage ceremony and to help comfort the mourning. 

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the Church. The greatest privilege is the part the Church plays in 
the Spiritual rebirth and the living of the Christian life that will lead 
to Heaven. Though the Church may be bombarded from without 
and beset by hypocrites from within, she still remains God's agent 
to rescue men from their sins and to set them upon the road to 
Heaven. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Bind us together, Lord" 

The love of Christ as it is lived out through us is the most 
wonderful bond of believers in His Church. We sing, "Bind us 
together, Lord" and yet we see the "Ephesius effect" in process in 
the church today. Ephesius left their love for the Lord and when 
any church or individual does that... he also leaves the love for the 
brethren and sisters behind. In the book of Acts... we saw the 
church developing out of a heathen society. In the Epistles it was 
spiritual and love-centered and by the book of Revelation... it had 
deteriorated to the status of backslidden. 

Love is the "terms and conditions" of the contract we made with 
Jesus at our baptism. It is characterized by TRUST... and we 
should be quick to trust our fellow Christians and slow to suspect 
them. In addition, we should be: 
Quick to justify them and slow to condemn... 
Quick to defend them and slow to offend... 
Quick to shield them and slow to espouse... 
Quick to forebear and slow to reprimand... 
Quick to appreciate and slow to belittle... 
Quick to give and slow to demand... 
Quick to conciliate and slow to provoke... 
Quick to help and slow to hinder... 
Quick to forgive and slow to resent... 

As you look at the system of love that is identified here, I wonder 
where you would fit into it. If you are really interested in becoming 
more Christlike and less self-centered and prideful, you will 
become more and more proficient in the "quick" column. 

You say, "Well, others don't treat me that way. Why should I treat 
them so kindly?" Sometimes we seem to think that our example for 
life, the Lord Jesus Christ, had if very easy all of the time and that is 
the reason He was always able to act in such a positive manner. We 
must realize that He was rejected, crucified, blood stained, 
whipped, buffeted, pierced and hated... and HE LOVED those who 
persecuted Him. This kind of love is of God and as we desire to 



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grow to be more like Him, we will embrace the character that He 
possessed. May God give you grace to be "quick" in His service 
that we might be "bound together in His love." 

Brother Len Wertz 

MEDITATIONS ON PROPHECY 

When we think of time and the foreknowledge of God, it brings 
astounding events and prophetic words to our minds. 

I don't believe that Adam and Eve realized what the Lord meant 
when He said, I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and 
between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou 
shalt bruise his heel. Gen. 3:15. 

We can look back now and think we know what the Lord had in 
mind. And on down the line did anyone but the Lord know what He 
had in mind when that prophecy and promise began to go into 
reality in Luke 3:38 where we read of the genealogy of Jesus? So 
Adam was the Son of God and Eve was the Mother of all living. 

And so on through the Ages God did not forget His promise. 

There was Methusala. He lived to be 969 years old. He was not 
only the oldest man living, but was in the lineage of Jesus, the One 
who was promised to defeat the serpent. 

Then there was Noah who built the ark, according to God's plan. 
Gen. 6:13-22. Shem, the son of Noah, saved from the flood, was 
also in the line that God was taking care of His promise. 

Then there was faithful Abraham. How could he realize what was 
in store for him and his posterity when he had no children till he 
was an old, old man. God promised him in Gen. 15:5-6 "And He 
brought him forth abroad, and said, 'Look now toward Heaven and 
tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, 
so shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord, and God counted 
it to him for righteousness." 

From where we stand now and look back it's easy to see and 
understand but put us in Abraham's shoes and it would have to have 
been a work of faith, which he had. Hebrews 11:9-10. 

Looking back we can see Almighty God bringing things to pass 
as it pleased Him. 

Another place and time when the Lord foretold the future was 
when He spoke of Jacob abd Esau, when He said, "The older shall 
serve the younger." Gen. 25:23. 

Again, we can see from where we are that the Lord knew and told 
of the future. Did Isaac and Rebecca know what the Lord's words 
meant? 

Now, passing on down to Joseph. Neither did he or his brethren 
know what the Lord had planned in their future. Gen. 45:1-8. 



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Also, when little Moses was hid in the bulrushes, his mother and 
his brethren did not know that when he was grown, he would lead 
them out of bondage in Egypt. 

Neither did Naomi realize what was in store for her when she 
returned from the country of Moab with Ruth. Ruth 1:20-22. 

When Isaiah prophecied in Isaiah 9:6, "Unto us a child is born, 
unto us a Son is given," it was not understood. 

Looking back, we can see very clearly what Isaiah was saying. I 
doubt if Joseph and Mary thought for a moment that little Jesus 
would have to spend His first night in a Manger. 

When Joseph and Mary took the Baby Jesus to Egypt to save 
Him from King Herod, Matthew 2:1 3-1 5, I wonder if Joseph realized 
when they returned from Egypt after the King's death that he was 
fulfilling prophecy when he came and dwelt in a city called 
Nazareth? Matthew 2:23. 

Peter and the other Apostles did not understand what Jesus was 
telling them in Matthew 26:30-31 until after He arose from the 
grave. 

Again, where people do not understand prophecy. Take the 
Tower of Babel in Gen. 1 1 :5-9. Verse 7 says, "Go to, let us go down 
and confound their language, that they may not understand one 
another's speech." Verse 8: "So the Lord scattered them abroad, 
from thence on the face of the earth, and they left off to build the 
city." Little did the people of that day know there would be a day 
when all nations would hear the message Peter preached on the 
Day of Pentecost, every man in his own language. Acts 2:5-8. 

Little did Jonah realize how close God was when he disobeyed 
God and took a ship going to Tarshish. When the storm arose and 
the sailors tossed Jonah overboard and he headed for the cold, 
wet, stormy ocean he did not realize that God had prepared a great 
fish, just for him. He did not know that much later when the Jews 
asked for a sign from Jesus He told them, "An evil and adulterous 
generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to 
it but the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days 
and three nights in the whales belly, so shall the Son of Man be 
three days .and three nights in the heart of the earth." Matthew 
12:39-40. 

After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He appeared to His 
disciples many times and Acts 1:10-11 tells us, "And while they 
looked steadfastly toward Heaven as He went up, behold, two men 
stood by them in white apparel, which also said, 'Ye men of Galilee, 
why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, which is 
taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye 
have seen Him go into Heaven.' " Ever since that day we have the 
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We read of the battle of Armageddon and of the Rapture and of 
the time when the Angel shall come down from Heaven, having a 
Key to the bottomless pit and shall put a chain on that old draqon 
the devil for 1000 years. Rev. 1:1-3. ' 

"God hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on 
all the face of the earth, and determined the times before ap- 
pointed, and the bounds of their habitation. That they should seek 
the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him and find Him, though He 
be not far from everyone of us." 

Written before his final illness 
by the late Brother Floyd Kline 

APOLOGISTS OR APOLOGIZERS? 

I Peter 3:15 "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be 
ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a 
reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 

First of all we feel a need to give the dictionary definitions of the 
root words of our title. The dictionary definition for apologetics 
(the root word for apologists) is, "the branch of theology that deals 
with the defensive facts and proofs of Christianity." The dictionary 
definition for apologies (the root word for apologizers) is, "(state- 
ments) or explanation (s) expressing regret for some error or 
offense." 

The early Christian Church, after the death of the Apostles, had 
men who were known as great apologists. They preached without 
fear of men the great doctrines of Christianity. For their efforts 
they were tortured and killed in many instances. But the blood of 
the martyrs was the seed of the true Church and other great 
apologists quickly followed. The greatest concern of the true 
Church down through the centuries has been the purity of 
doctrine, not the fear of persecution. We believe the anabaptist 
faith, of which the Brethren are a part, can be traced back to these 
early apologists. 

However, sad to say, the anabaptist movement (as a whole) has 
lost the bold stand of the early apologists and has adopted the 
weak stand of being apologizers! For many "persecution" was no 
more than the ridicule of fellow believers. (We leave judging in the 
hands of God.) The preaching no longer is centered on the 
doctrines of the Faith such as nonresistance, nonconformity to the 
world and the need of living a life of holiness, in all too many 
instances. In some anabaptist circles it has become popular to 
question such cardinal doctrines as the virgin birth and the literal 
resurrectton of our Lord. Salvation through the blood of Jesus 
Christ is labeled a "slaughterhouse religion." Many not only 



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apologize for being "fundamental" in the faith but actually apolo- 
gize for being Christians! It is hard to believe that some ana- 
baptists are now teaching that all religions are different roads to 
God and Heaven. Hell is considered to be an archaic and useless 
doctrine. 

Many of our Brethren traditions are being set aside for no other 
reason than those outside of our faith have rendered them "legal- 
istic." There are some traditions that cannot be found in scripture 
and we are not as strong about their observance as some of our 
fellow brethren. However, we should be very careful what we label 
as "legalistic" just because it is not found specifically in scripture. 
The world recognizes much of our tradition as labeling us as 
followers of Christ. For this reason we should never apologize for 
such practices as the plain coat and refusal to wear the tie. 

There are also practices that are taken directly from scripture 
that the modern church has labeled "legalistic" or un-necessary. 
The non-wearing of jewelry, women not cutting their hair, men 
wearing their hair short, and refusing to take an oath are all 
practices ridiculed as being "legalistic" by various groups. Human 
reasoning has replaced the historical understanding concerning 
these practices. These are not only Brethren traditions but 
apologists down through the centuries, up until relatively recent 
times, have argued their observance, regardless of their official 
church title. Perhaps one of the most ridiculed practices in recent 
times is the wearing of the prayer veil. We challenge anyone to 
name one conservative, orthodox, apologist who did not teach the 
need of women having their heads covered (literally) for worship 
before the days of the "great awakening" which, in our opinion, put 
many "to sleep" in the area of pure doctrine. 

We say this with love and humility, but we are quite concerned 
with the recent surge of home Bible studies in some of our 
congregations. While Bible study should be a part of every 
believer's life, when the emphasis is on questioning, rather than 
confirming, our Brethren beliefs we see great danger. This is more 
often than not the result of "home Bible studies." This seems to be 
especially true when they are led by a woman, although we see 
nothing wrong with a woman teaching another woman or children. 
We also see replacing a preaching service with Bible study as a 
move in the wrong direction. We are glad that the Dunkard 
Brethren have adopted Sunday Schools or morning Bible studies 
but feel Bible study should be left at that. More than this often 
leads to a breakdown of respect for leadership. 

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior 
you cannot appreciate what was spoken of in this article. We invite 
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Calvary for your sins. Then enter the waters of baptism and receive 
the Holy Spirit Then join us in contending for the Faith. If you are 
a Christian we urge you to be an apologist and not an apologizer. 

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

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February 15, 1929 

SNARES 

J. F. Britton 

"Gee Whiz" is the name of a little mouse trap. It is a very simple 
little contrivance, but it is a deadly snare to mice. There are many, 
many deceptive Gee Whizes that are modern times, to decoy the 
young as well as the old folks into many deadly snares. 

Satan is an artful and malignant spirit, and has many devices and 
snares to entrap the unsuspecting. In 1 1 Cor. 2:11, Paul speaks of 
Satan as follows: "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we 
are not ignorant of his devices." Hence the purpose of this article is 
to warn and urge its readers against many of the popular and 
fashionable indulgences of modern times. 

It should be born in mind, that indulgence in unlawful things has 
slain its thousands, but wrong indulgences in lawful things has 
slain its ten of thousands. There are many things that are lawful for 
us to do, but they are not expedient or right for Christians to do. In 
I Cor. 8, Paul gives an urgent exhortation against eating meat 
sacrificed to idols. This chapter should be carefully noted and 
studied in its widest scope, as its rules are adjustable and applic- 
able in all Christian conduct and indulgences. 

The one leading and paramount AIM of our lives should be, 
whether we "eat or drink, or whatsoever we do, do all to the glory of 
God." I Cor. 10:31. Jesus prayed so earnestly, saying, "I have 
glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou 
gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine 
own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was " 
John 17:4-5. 

Now, as there seems to be a burning desire in our day and time to 
get rich quick, we should consider well what the Inspired Word 
says about those who have an avaricious desire for the riches of 
this world. 'They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, 
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in 
destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all 



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evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, 
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." I Tim. 6:9-10. 
Thus we see that the ways of riches are infested with many 
dangerous snares that spell disaster to their victims. The 17th and 
18th verses read as follows, "Charge them that are rich in this 
world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, 
but in the living God who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. That 
they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, 
willing to communicate. 

Now, who can give us some proximate idea of the awful con- 
sequences of the cigarette habit, bobbed hair, immodest dressing, 
and the billiard table are all very popular and fashionable, but are 
delusive snares. And as the Modern Church has gone into an 
alliance with the world, "The Prince of the power of the air, the 
spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience, has 
installed and inaugurated many of his deceptive devices into the 
Church that have incapacitated the Church in her Spiritual virtues, 
that she is virtually paralyzed in maintaining her Spirituality. 

So we see the awful consequences and the deplorable results of 
these modern Gee Whizes or snares. No wonder Paul says 
"Abstain from all appearance of evil." I Thess. 5:22. And now as 
another year of our short lives has passed with all of its various 
experiences and we have started into another year with all its 
possibilities and responsibilities, "Let us lay aside every weight, 
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with 
patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the 
author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before 
him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the 
right hand of the throne of God." Heb. 12:1-2. 

"Wherefore", let us "lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of 
naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which 
is able to save our souls." James 1:21. And so, may 1929 be a year 
of Spiritual prosperity for the Church of the living God, which is the 
ground and pi Her of the truth. 

• •••••• 

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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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

A Separate People 
J. H. Moore 

The true followers of our Lord and Master have always been 
recognized as a separate people. They belong to a kingdom that is 
not of this world (John 18:36). Those who put off the old man with 
his evil deeds, and then put on the new man, are expected to 
separate themselves from everything that is evil, and even the 
things that have the appearance of evil. 

The call to a separate life may be found in II Cor. 6:17, where we 
read: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, 
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive 
you." Every person who has been born of God, who has been 
dedicated, consecrated and sanctified, — set apart wholly for the 
Lord's service, has heeded the call to come out from the world. 
Having done so, such persons will not be found living, thinking and 
doing as the sinful and unconverted world does. With them, to be a 
separate people, means something. Their religion stands for 
something that is worth while, hence they will be found living on a 
much higher spiritual plane than that occupied by those who make 
no pretensions in the interest of going on to perfection. They soon 
learn, in behalf of the kingdom they represent, to shun the things 
that are unbecoming devout men and women. With them it is not 
how much they can trifie with the doubtful and questionable, and 
not sin, but how far they can keep away from the things that are 
misleading, detrimental and evil in their tendency. The separate 
life marks a distinction between them and the unconverted that 
ought not to be misunderstood. Being born from above, belonging 
to another kingdom, and living a new life in thought, purpose and 
action, marks the unmistakable distinction. 

• • • • • • • 

A man has lost his way in a mine. By the light of one candle he is 
groping for the road to sunshine and to home. That light is 
essential to his safety. The mine has many winding passages. Here 
and there marks have been made on the rocks to point out the true 
path, but he cannot see them without that light. There are many 
deep pits into which he may suddenly fall, but he cannot avoid the 
danger without that light. Should it go out, he must soon perish 
Should it go out, that mine will be his tomb. How carefully he 
carries it! The case described is our own. We are like that lonely 
wanderer. Quench not the inner light — the Spirit. 



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OBITUARIES 

WILLIAM FLORA 

Brother William Riley Flora was born April 10, 1904 near 
Roanoke, Virginia the son of Josiah and Sarah (Jamison) Flora. He 
died at Westover, Maryland, December 9, 1988 at the age of 84 
years, 7 months and 29 days. 

Because of a lung condition, he was taken west by his parents. 
They moved to Quinter, Kansas when he was five. There he grew 
to manhood. 

He was united in marriage with LaVelta Oxley on April 18, 1937. 
They united with the Dunkard Brethren Church at Dallas Center, 
Iowa about 1940. They lived at Dallas Center until the past few 
years when they lived with their daughter at Westover, Maryland. 

He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife LaVelta; three 
daughters, Eltora Heintz, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Althea Cox, 
Longmont, Colorado; and Ellen Moyer, Westover, Maryland; one 
son, Joseph, Dallas Center, Iowa; six sisters, Florence Reed, 
Manitou Springs, Colorado; Katie Smith, Pueblo, Colorado; Anna 
Umland, Ruby Mitchel, Esther Keller and Beulah Reed, Dallas 
Center, Iowa; two brothers, Ernest, Denver, Colorado and Joseph, 
Adel, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters 
and one brother. 

He was a loving and caring husband. During his life he spent 
much time studying the Bible. 

The family of William Flora wish to thank all who sent cards and 
remembered us in prayer. 

MARGARET MYERS 

Sister Margaret Ellen Myers, daughter of A. C. and Laura 
(Fleishman) Burky was born October 5, 1907 at Shanesville, Ohio. 
She passed away at the Manor Care Nursing Home, Canton, Ohio, 
January 8, 1989 being 81 years, 3 months and 3 days. 

In 1923 her family moved to North Canton where she was 
employed at the Hover Company and also worked in her father's 
drug store. 

On June 16, 1927 she was united in marriage to Paul R. Myers, 
with whom she celebrated a 61st wedding anniversary, June 16, 
1988. 

In June 1928 she was baptized into the Dunkard Brethren 
Church and was a faithful member of her church, also to her 
husband in his ministry and church responsibilities until death. 

Due to numerous heath conditions it became necessary to spend 
the last three years in a nursing home, where she passed away. 



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She is survived by her husband, Paul; two sisters, Marilyn Ocker 
and Ethel Long and a brother, Russel Burky and a host of relatives 
and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Paul 
and Garrison Burky. Also two sisters, Evelyn Young and Anna 
Rutcher. 

Services were conducted by Elders H. Edward Johnson and 
Harley Flory, with prayers by Elders William Heisey and Paul 
Stump. Interment was at Woods Cemetery in Union Town, Ohio 

Bro. Myers wishes to express his thanks for telephone calls, get 
well cards, sympathy cards and floral pieces. 

HATTIE BICKELHAUPT 

Sister Hattie E. Bickelhaupt, daughter of Albert and Ella (Smith) 
Webb was born November 15, 1900 in Bradner, Ohio and passed 
away November 26, 1988 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 
Fostoria, Ohio at the age of 88 years and 1 1 days. 

On January 1, 1920 she was married to Charles Bickelhaupt. To 
this union was born seven children, four dying in infancy. 

She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away 
April 24, 1947. Also four brothers and three sisters. Surviving is 
one brother George Webb of Sacramento, California; two sisters, 
Maude Heisey, Fostoria, Ohio and Olive Stewart, Wayne, Ohio; one 
son, Arthur, Fostoria, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Alice) 
Sradeja, Oregon, Ohio and Mrs. Bernard (Joyce) Seel, Fostoria, 
Ohio; one stepson, Robert, Waverly, Ohio; eleven grandchildren; 
five step-grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; five step- 
great-grandchildren ; eight great-great-grandchildren. 

Sister Bickelhaupt retired in 1968 after seventeen years as a ward 
clerk at Fremont Memorial Hospital. 

She was a beloved sister in Christ and a faithful member of the 
West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Services were held at the Harrold Flariana Funeral Home with 
Elders H. Edward Johnson and Harley Flory officiating. Burial was 
in Bradner Cemetery. 

EVA WOLFE 

Sister Eva P. Wolfe was born April 19, 1899 and went to be with 
the Lord on November 25, 1988 at the age of 89 years, 7 months 
and 6 days. She was the daughter of the late Franklin and Annie M. 
(Sattizahn) Berger. 

Sister Eva was married to Bro. William B. Wolfe on May 25, 1919 
and lived nearly their entire lifetime in the Pine Grove, Pennsyl- 
vania area. They united with the Bethel Dunkard Brethren Church 



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in 1935 and lived faithful until death. Bro. Wolfe preceded her in 
death in 1972. 

Sis. Eva is survived by three sons: John Wolfe, Strausstown, 
Pennsylvania; Edwin and Frank Wolfe, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; 
and three daughters: Grace, wife of Roy Roth, Lebanon, Pennsyl- 
vania; Eva Heberling, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, and Jennie, wife of 
Alfred Snyder, Fredericksberg, Pennsylvania. A sister, Anna 
McNeely, Mill Hall, Pennsylvania also survives; also seventeen 
grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted on November 29, 1 988 from the 
H. L. Snyder Funeral Home in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania with Elder 
Paul Hartz officiating. The text was taken from Psalms 116:15 and 
Psalms 90:10. Hymn 539, Safe in the Arms of Jesus, and hymn 540, 
We Are Going Down the Valley were used during the services and 
hymn 535, Shall We Meet was sung at the grave side. Burial was in 
the Jacob's Cemetery near Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. 

CLARENCE RAYMOND GEHR 

Brother Clarence Raymond Gehr, youngest son of Abraham and 
Sarah (Brubaker) Gehr, born November 10, 1904, near Mercers- 
burg, Pennsylvania, died January 23, 1989 in Leon, Iowa. 

He was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Wingert, November 19, 
1925. To this union one daughter, Hazel Marie of Garden Grove, 
Iowa, was born. 

He joined the Church of the Brethren at the age of fourteen 
years, and later changed his membership to the Dunkard Brethren 
at Dallas Center, Iowa, where he was a charter member. He was 
very active in the service of the church. In the year 1940, he was 
called to the deacon's office, in which he served faithfully until his 
death. He was also active in Sunday School, serving as Superin- 
tendent and teacher for many years. 

He, with his wife, came to Dallas Center on April 22, 1926, and 
remained in the community until May 1984, when they moved to 
Garden Grove, because of illness. 

He was engaged mostly in farming until 1951, when he became 
custodian at the Dallas Center Community School where he 
remained for eighteen years. He retired in 1969. 

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Hazel and Burrell 
Braby of Garden Grove; grandchildren, Marilyn Marie, Phoenix, 
Arizona; Linda Louise and Ed Feagin, Conroe, Texas; Donald 
Eugene, Boston, Massachusetts and Carol Ann and Randal Tait, 
Osceola, Iowa; great grandchildren, Nova Kimand Joseph Edward 
Feagin, Westley Reed and Kristopher Aaron Tait; two sisters, Mary 
Hull, St. Thomas, Pennsylvania and Ruth Wingert, Greencastle, 
Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Lucille Andrews, Dallas Center, Iowa 



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and Evelyn Faderon, California, and other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Walter and wife 
Mary Ellen, July 15, 1984. 

Funeral services were held January 25, 1989 at the Dallas Center 
Dunkard Brethren Church conducted by Brethren Fred Pifer, 
James Meyers, and Ray Reed. Interment was in the Brethren 
Cemetery. 



NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to hold revival services, 
March 17-26, with Bro. David Skiles as speaker. We have 
scheduled our Lovefeast services for March 25, with the evening 
services at 7:00 P.M. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

It has been a year since our house burnt. We want to thank 

everyone again for the prayers and material needs that we received. 

We are thankful we have been able to celebrate the joyful season of 

Jesus' birth with our family with no one missing. Thank you again. 

Brother and Sister Joe Flory and Family 

THANK YOU 

We wish to thank everyone for their cards, gifts and prayers 
during Timothy's surgery, stay in the hospital and since being 
home. May God bless each one richly. 

Brother and Sister Milton Cook 
and Timothy 



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A kind word is never lost, it keeps going on and on, from one 
person to another, and at last it comes back to you. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MARCH 1989 

March 5 - The Book With Seven Seals - Rev. 5:1-8. 

1. What is the "book with seven seals?" 

2. Why did John weep? 

March 12 - The Lamb of God - Rev. 5:9-14. 

1. Notice the multitude of angels around the throne. Verse 11. 

2. Do we count Christ "WORTHY" to be Lord of our life? 

March 19 - The First of Seals Opened - Rev. 6:1-8. 

1. What do the white and red horses represent? 

2. What do the black and pale horses represent? 

March 26 -THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST - Matt. 28:1-20. 

1. What does Christ's resurrection mean to us? I Cor. 15:17. 

2. What proof of the resurrection is in verses 11-15? 
(They had to bribe the witnesses!) 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MARCH 1989 

March 5 - New Cloth - Matt. 9:16, Mark 2:21 , Luke 5:36-39. 

1. Who are we dedicated to? 

2. What is this dedication moving us to do? 

March 12 - Laborers in Vineyard - Matt. 20:1-16. 

1. What has God ordained us to do? John 15:16. 

2. What vineyard are you caring for? 

March 19 - Unmerciful Servant - Psalms 41:1-13, Matt. 5:7, Matt. 
18:23-35. 

1. What promise did Jesus give to the merciful? Matt. 5:7. 

2. What role does love play in our relationships? I Pet. 4:8, 
I Cor. 13:4-5. 

March 26 - The Wise Steward - Matt. 24:42-51, Luke 12:35-48, 
I Cor. 4:2-5. 

1 . What is required of us as stewards? I Cor. 4:2. 

2. What is the reward for faithful stewardship? Matt. 25:21. 



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VOL. LXVI I MARCH 1, 1989 NO. 5 

"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. 



HO! REAPERS OF LIFE'S HARVEST 

Ho! reapers of life's harvest, Why stand with rusted blade, 
Until the night draws round thee, And day begins to fade? 
Why stand'st thou idle, waiting For reapers more to come? 
The golden morn is passing, Why sit'st thou idle, dumb? 

Thrust in thy sharpened sickle, And gather in the grain, 
The night is fast approaching, And soon will come again. 
The Master calls for reapers, And shall he call in vain? 
Shall sheaves lie there ungathered, And waste upon the plain? 

Come down from hill and mountain, In morning's ruddy glow, 
Nor wait until the dial Points to the noon below; 
And come with stronger sinew, Nor faint in heat or cold, 
And pause not till the evening Draws round its wealth of gold. 

Mount up the heights of wisdom, And crush each error low; 
Keep back no words of knowledge That human hearts should know. 
Be faithful to thy mission, In service of thy Lord, 
And then a golden chaplet Shall be thy just reward. 

- I. B. Woodbury 



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RIGHT OR WRONG 

"Is it right?", the student asks after answering a question on a 
test. Will his answer be accepted? Did he give enough infor- 
mation? Sooner or later he will learn whether it was right or wrong 
when the teacher gives back the test or at least the results of the 
test. 

While the student is concerned about his test score, there is often 
less concern about whether activities in life are right or wrong. 
Many have lost the standard of right or wrong. Their interpretation 
of right is based on what feels good to them and what their peers 
are doing. Their standard is set not by the Word of God but by the 
community or there is no standard. 

Men have decided they can develop their own standard indi- 
vidually. Because they want no hard and fast boundaries, they do 
not want to let God have His say in their activities. This is not 
confined to unbelievers. Many who profess to be Christians have 
the same attitude. They do not want to be told how to order their 
lives by God or the Church. They want to please themselves. 

This was not the attitude of Christ. He not only became man but 
He lived a life downtrodden, ridiculed and ignored. He was willing 
to do His Father's will and die on the cross for the sins of the world. 
He did what was necessary, not for His own good, but for the good 
of all. Paul was willing to be used for the good of believers 
throughout the area where he had ministered. He was willing to do 
what was necessary for their good rather than for his own 
convenience. 

When people are unwilling to acknowledge a higher law than 
their own desire or pleasure they have denied the ownership of the 

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One who paid the terrific price of His Only begotten Son for their 
Spiritual well-being. By His ownership and parenthood He can set 
the standard of conduct that will further their well being. 

The New Testament is the standard for the Christian's conduct. 
Those activities that are not specifically covered there are left for 
the Church to carefully develop so they will be for the benefit of the 
believer. When a person comes to the Church he is made aware of 
what standard of conduct is required of him. 

Once that standard has been accepted, it is to be carried out in 
each member's life. A standard is of no value if it is not lived out in 
the daily life of each member. This standard may cause the 
member to do things that appear strange to those not governed by 
that standard. Defense of those activities is often seemingly futile 
for the natural man cannot understand Spiritual things. Those 
things can only be discerned by those who have the Spirit of God. 
Sometimes the defense of these activities is hindered by the 
means used to defend them. Too often the negative prevails in the 
defense when the positive could be emphasized. Many negative 
commands could be restated in a more positive way. Some 
examples would be: 

Instead of saying, "It is wrong for a woman to cut her hair," it 
might be better to say, "It is right for a woman to not cut her 
hair." Instead of, "It is wrong to have television in the home," 
say, "It is right to not have television in the home." Instead of, 
"It is wrong to dress in the styles of today," say, "It is right to 
dress in a modest and plain manner." Instead of, "It is wrong 
to commit fornication," say, "It is right to keep the body pure 
and holy." Instead of, "It is wrong to participate in plays and 
similar entertainments," say, "It is right to participate in what 
is true and becoming of a Christian and an honor to God." 
Instead of, "It is wrong to be a part of the military," say, "It is 
right to seek the well being of all men even our enemies." 
To each of these positive statements could be appended the 
various reasons why they are right. 

By expressing what is right it is easier psychologically for the 
hearer to want to do what is right rather than to avoid what is 
wrong. Everyone has some desire toward doing right but many will 
be too weak to avoid wrong. 

The standard of Christian conduct must be practiced in each 
member's life. There must be a desire to do right, which is 
translated into action day by day. 

Are you just avoiding what is wrong or are you earnestly striving 
to do what is right? At life's final examination will God's judgment 
be that you lived right or wrong? 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Old Time Religion" 

As much as we sometimes don't want to admit it, we, as 
conservative Christians, are a part of the "Old Time Religion." We 
want to think of ourselves as very update today... even con- 
temporary too much of the time. 

The barriers to the "Old Time Religion" are those things that 
create sin in our lives. And, sins are not abstract but instead they 
are very real. It was sin that nailed Jesus to the cross and by 
changing the names given to it today, it doesn't change its soul 
killing nature. 

Have you noticed how the names given to sin have changed in 
the 1980's? Wickedness is now weakness; alcoholism is now a 
disease; sin is a sickness; adultery is an affair; lying is an exag- 
geration and worldliness is secularism. The world, by changing the 
name for sin, has given acceptance to satan's ploys for control in 
the lives of men. And, even though we know this, we tend to be 
complacent about it. If we don't face sin straight on, how will we 
ever maintain our friendship with God? How will we have a 
witness? If we are going to share our witness to the Old Time 
Religion, we are going to have to be "doers of the Word and not 
hearers only." (James 1:22) 

How do we witness to the advantages, features and benefits of 
the Christian life and of the Old Time Religion? If indeed it is the 
most important thing in our lives, how do we tell others about it? 

First of all, remember this... witnessing is not just telling of our 
religious experiences. It is telling about JESUS CHRIST. Jesus 
said, "Ye shall be witnesses of me..." To witness, we have to have 
the assurance of salvation in our life. "We speak that which we do 
know and testify that we have seen." God can use a lowly donkey 
to speak or a rooster to rebuke but this is not His plan. It is His 
desire that we be His mouthpieces. In order to do that, we have to 
rid our lives of sin and be the clean vessel that He can use 
effectively. 

To witness to the Old Time Religion, we need a genuine love for 
the people to whom we are witnesssing. Just to rattle off Bible 
verses mechanically to win someone to the Lord without showing 
real concern for them is unrealistic. We have to really become 
involved with them and communicate with them. 

We need to be able to overcome their objections to the life in 
Christ. This is going to take some correct responses on our part. It 
might be easy to just be insensitive and rattle on without listening 
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Tact is also never out of style. We can't be a "blow torch" and not 
create a fire. We need compassion and perception. There is an old 
saying: "If you want to gather honey, don't kick the bee hive." 
Insensitivity to someone is like kicking the bee hive. It will result in 
a sting instead of the production of sweetness... 

Personal appearance plays a part in our outreach. This is not the 
place for carelessness or extremes. 

Pray and persevere. Even as Philip "glued" himself to the 
eunich... so you must have that determination. If Christ is really 
important to you... if the Old Time Religion is at the heart of your 
existence... get back to basics. Get back to being a "people- 
person"... get back to God. 

Brother Len Wertz 

PRINCIPLES OR PERSONALITIES? 

Please read II Thessalonians chapter 1. 

The ideas we wish to share are a combination of thoughts that 
have been on our mind for some time and reflections from a speech 
we heard on the subject of church change. 

The terms used by the speaker were "substance interests" and 
"relationship interests." We believe this can be broken down to our 
thought, "principles or personalities?" One of the speaker's very 
interesting points was that we have moved from an industrial era to 
an information era. He pointed out that some of the industrial era 
thinking remains. One of these thoughts that has affected the 
church, according to him, is the idea that "big is better." He stated 
that in the industrial era we experienced three things, standard- 
ization (sameness), sychronization (working smoothly together) 
and centralization (organize under one control). He stated that 
under the information era these things have been changed to 
variety, individualism and decentralization (no authority). He also 
stated that two extremes have had a great effect upon our thinking. 
The teaching of evolution as a fact (rather than a theory) and the 
new computer mentality that says that a machine is smarter than a 
man, therefore a man cannot be worth very much. The speaker had 
many other interesting and valid points and we cannot do his 
speech real justice in the space we wish to use. One of his more 
interesting points, in our opinion, was that a Christian was more 
likely to cheat you in a business deal (whether the "seller" or the 
"buyer") than an individual outside of the Church. 

We wish now to take one issue out of his speech, "substance 
interests" and "relationship interests," and relate it to the word of 
God. After Paul's introduction in I Thessalonians 1 we read in 
verse 3 these words. "We are bound to thank God always for you, 
brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceed- 



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ingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other 
aboundeth;" 

When we deal with "substance interests" and "relationship 
interests" or as we like to think of it, principles or personalities, we 
are dealing with a faith issue. How does our faith grow? The New 
Age Movement and the "New Light" individuals would say that it 
grows by being open to new ideas. They teach that you must set 
aside everything that your group has taught traditionally and seek 
wisdom from outside sources. Whether we want to accept it or not, 
this type of thinking has had, and we believe will continue to in a 
greater degree, a great influence on our Anabaptist heritage. The 
ultimate question we must deal with is are we speaking about 
personality preferences or principles given in the Word of God? We 
have written several articles naming many of these principles that 
we believe the earthly church has set aside in order to conform to 
society. While there has always been some differences between 
our Anabaptist heritage, and these are important, and "Church 
state" or "State church" organizations, for many years there was 
general agreement on such issues as modesty in dress and 
separation from the world. Today these PRINCIPLES have been 
set aside and it is argued that they are merely PERSONAL 
OPINION. 

Have principles caused the "charity (or love) of every one of you 
all toward each other" to be set aside? If the principles involved are 
merely my personal preferences rather than scriptural truths this 
may be the case. But this can also be used to the advantage of 
those who wish to do away with all tradition, rather scriptural or 
not! They merely argue that it is only "your understanding of 
scripture." We believe if true love would have been manifested in 
the earthly church by leaders we would not have the problem we 
now find in the earthly church. In most cases the things that were 
taught for centuries as scriptural truth are now set aside as merely 
"the wisdom of men." Paul says in verse five of our lesson, "...that ye 
may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also 
suffer." Not many are interested in suffering for the kingdom of 
God in our day. We have heard from reliable sources that where 
suffering is a part of the Christian experience standards are held 
high. (It must be remembered though that suffering, in itself, is not 
an absolute sign of doctrinal purity.) 

In verses seven and eight of our lesson Paul gives us the 
following warning. "And to you who are troubled rest with us, 
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty 
angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not 
God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" God 
will never punish us for being too faithful! I would rather be labeled 



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a "legalist" by my fellow Christians than suffer the vengeance of 
God. We believe that "the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" is 
everything found within the New Testament. The warning is that 
we will be "punished with everlasting destruction from the 
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." What an 
awful fate for those who mistakenly label principles, personal 
preferences. 

Verse twelve tells us that all of this is "that the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ may be glorified in you and ye in him, according to the 
grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." May we seek to live a 
life pleasing to Him. If you have never known our Lord in a 
personal way you will suffer the vengeance, rather than the love, of 
God. Please give this some serious thought. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 
THE FILTH AND SIN IN THE MOVIE 
AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY 

Violence, explicit sexuality, murder and many horror scenes are 
so prevailing today in Movie Land and over Television, that it is a 
disgrace to the American Public and most certainly an abomination 
to our Heavenly Father. 

The sad facts are, that professing Christians financially support 
and attend such wickedness and corruption as much as non- 
professing people. 

A number of polls have been taken which definitely support the 
above statements. The same polls show that the more nudity, the 
more wicked the scenes, the surer the sell-out at the box-office. 
The same devil-inspired trash is being broadcast live in theaters, 
gambling dens, private sex clubs and nudist parties in addition to 
many millions of homes. 

Recently, on a huge, crowded over-seas airliner it was an- 
nounced over the load speaker, "Today we are pleased to 
announce to you, our traveling audience, for your viewing pleasure 
the movie "Blackman Rising." This film is rated PG-13. DIS- 
CRETION IN WATCHING IT IS ADVISED." That advice tells 
something about the movie, does it not? A man passenger on his 
first ever flight watched the screen light up, then the showing of the 
movie. Gory violence and graphic sex were the hallmark of this 
movie. Murder scenes and raw sex were the main subjects. This 
man wondered to himself what damage was done to the young 
minds of the children, on this flight, who watched the movie. Keep 
in mind that such showings are not confined to one airliner or one 
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In 1933 the Hollywood Studios and producers, under pressure 
from religious organizations agreed to a Motion Picture Code 
which stated: 

1. No film or episode may ridicule any Religious Faith. 

2. Ministers of the Gospel should not be portrayed as comic 
characters or as villains. 

3. Religious Ceremonies should be carefully and respectfully 
handled. 

This code exercised considerable control over the content of 
Motion Pictures until the mid 60's, when the code was no longer 
enforced. 

The Protestant Film Office, taken over by the liberal National 
Council of Churches abandoned its watchdog role. In reality, the 
Motion Picture code was abandoned, or rather abolished. For the 
past two decades, the studios have followed one practice, "Any- 
thing goes as long as it is in demand and is a box office hit." 

Many Christians say they never go to a movie or watch such 
productions, though they may own several televisions. A research 
team on the subject says, "That assertion is a myth. Christian 
homes have their televisions on as many hours and watch the same 
programs as the non-Christian." 

Movies collide with Bible teaching, therefore these same shows 
at home on television or Video Cassettes are not conductive to 
building a Spiritual life. They are definitely a part of the world, 
totally opposite to what the Bible teaches as necessary to salvation. 
We are not to be a part of, but to be separate from the world. 

In the last two decades, with very little, if any censoring, this 
trash has helped to destroy morals, advanced the divorce rate, 
lowered people's conception of what is right and what is wrong. It 
has made serious in-roads into Christiandom. It has greatly 
discouraged and in some instances destroyed belief in the Bible. 

Another research group has made a detailed study in the past 
year on movie and television programming. Here, following are 
some of their findings: 

61% take the Lord's name in vain. 

71% contain vulgar references to excretion and the genitals. 

31% feature explicit nudity. 

75% display violence. 

74% depict alcohol and drug abuse. 

50% show bedroom scenes uncensored. 

I did not make up these percentages. I read them in a national 
periodical. 

Parents view these scenes and so do their children. In light of 



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such evil, what can a Sunday School teacher accomplish with 
these children. 

With all this degeneracy in programming, one would think that 
most Christians would be offended by it and refuse to view it at 
home or in a public place. This has not been the case. 

The survey showed that many people simply lost their sensitivity 
to vulgarity, to sexual expiicitness, to brutal violence and to 
ungodly life styles, making acceptable those things once de- 
nounced as sin. Satan has seared many consciences. 

A noted writer, John Evans, has been much opposed to the 
present trend to distract our young people from the Church. He 
states, "It is the professed Christians who are bank-rolling the 
movies, and spend fortunes renting video tapes to show this trash 
in their homes. 

We all are aware that there is great opposition to those who want 
to live a clean, Christian life. Satan is working overtime to gain his 
end. 

^ The Apostle Paul, in writing to Timothy, II Timothy 3:13 states, 
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving,' 
and being deceived." In chapter four Paul forecasts that the time 
will come when people will not endure sound doctrine. Are we in 
that period of time? 

Elder Paul R. Myers 

BEWARE OF THE GARDEN LIE 

It is being repeated around the world from the lecture platform, 
television, magazines, media, radio, schools - kindergarten through 
college, seminars, churches down to the people we meet every day, 
even sometimes family, friend and foe. The do whatever you desire 
and what your lusts crave is still the message the old serpent by 
Satan delivered to Mother Eve in the Garden of Eden. "Ye shall not 
surely die; for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then 
your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good 
and evil." Gen. 3:3-4. 

Today we call this belief humanism. The devil has led people to 
believe that man is so smart that he has the power through faith 
in himself to do anything he desires. If his fulfillment fails he is 
made to believe his faith is not great enough, so he is ever striving 
to become more self-sufficient and gets farther and farther from his 
creator, sustainer and Redeemer, even though he may go into 
space orbit and to the moon and other planets. 

I listened to a health lecture recently that was so blatant I 
wondered what ailed the people who heard it when they gave the 
speaker an ovation at the end of the lecture. But because of the 



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influences that surround us they seemingly did not detect any 
abnormality in what he said. Satan is very subtle, cunning and 
enticing. 

One distorted point the speaker emphasized was that concerning 
law. He said he did not believe in law because he did not believe 
man should be forced by other men to do anything, that we are all 
beings of choice and we have the right to do what we wish to do. 
He went on to say that the law of gravity is sure, that whatsoever 
goes up must come back down, if we get in its way we get hit. If we 
choose to drink alcoholic beverages and become an alcoholic we 
have violated a law and are paying the penalty of being an addicted 
drunkard. But he still believed he had a right to his choice to drink. 
This belief presents an open ended plan that entices young people 
especially to the use of alcohol which forms a habit until they find 
themselves hooked, sick, friendless and in despair a slave to Satan 
corralled, branded and perhaps slaughtered by suicide or perhaps 
killed in an accident and occasionally killed in a drunken brawl. 
The influence to do evil does not include one person, but he takes 
his friends along until a multitude of homes, Christian parents 
perhaps, grandparents and others who care are saddened, heart- 
broken and discouraged. 

Another blatant lie from the speakers lips was that "we cannot 
get health as some people think by praying to a man up there, or 
having some oil poured on them and be prayed over; it doesn't 
work; it is no good; we must get faith in ourselves that we can do 
whatever we want to do. Then if we have enough faith in our own 
selves we can do it." At that point I felt like walking out and 
perhaps I should have, but I thought that perhaps later I would get 
a chance to witness for the Lord God Almighty. Another thing he 
went on to say that he meets many old people who worry about 
being taken care of in their last days. He said this ought not to be 
that if we live right healthwise we will be capable of caring for 
ourselves, and with the inward faith in ourselves that we can do it 
alone. How does this belief affect the young? They are preoccu- 
pied with their own pleasures, ambitions and greeds that makes 
these words music to their ears. So they decide that parents, 
grandparents and so forth can take care of themselves if they want 
to. This theory has already been acted out for a long time. I 
remember when the very poor were taken care of in state 
supported homes. But now nursing homes are almost bursting at 
the seams while charging exorbitant prices to stay in them, and 
almost all have long waiting lists of more people who want, or 
perhaps their relatives, want in. 

I well remember my dear old saintly grandmother whose home 
was open to those in need without charge, not only to family but 



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also other saints and neighbors. One poor old widowed brother in 
our congregation who had no relatives got sick. Aunt Alice, as 
everyone called her, took him in and gave him motherly care until 
he went to be with the Lord. One neighbor's family home burned 
and the mother lost her life by jumping from an upstairs window to 
escape the flames. Aunt Alice befriended the family and her home 
became a funeral parlor, and house of mourning. People have lost 
the Spirit of Christ and are paying the penalty by losing the power 
of Christ while they think they enjoy their pleasures and try to 
satisfy their lusts. The pretty fruit that Eve desired and partook of 
can be symbolic of anything that our carnal minds choose to 
acquire while we reject our Master and sell our eternal birthright. 

We should carefully study the Bible as to the anti-christ, be sure 
our spiritual house is built on the solid Rock Christ Jesus, and 
every timber in it seasoned with the Holy Spirit and securely 
fastened by obedience. 

There are few full Gospel ministers, but a lot of false teachers 
and professions. We cannot always spot them by appearance but 
often it does stand out. This lecturer had long flowing hair and 
long fingernails. Beware - long hair on men signifies rebellion 
against God and authority and one quick glance tells us some- 
thing. The Holy Ghost within us is ready to direct us if we stop, 
look and listen to Him and thereby keep in touch with Him who is 
able to keep us from falling and give us eternal life. 

Humanism is one faze of the New Age Movement which is 
Luciferic, Nimrodian, Babylonian, anti-christ that promotes the 
theories of evolution, witchcraft and sorcery of all sorts, occult 
eastern heathen religious and so forth. All anti-christ yet they 
claim to feed the hungry, love the poor and care for them, distribute 
the wealth, beautify the earth, preserve the natural resources and 
satisfy man with pleasure while the effect is the exact opposite. All 
in all an evil attempt to dethrone God in men's hearts and steal from 
God the worship and praise that God meant for man to give Him 
and which we owe Him, and transfer it to Lucifer. 

Therefore "Be not deceived for God is not mocked," neither 
believe nor follow them for the sure fate of the anti-christ and the 
New Age Movement is hell-bound unless we listen to the heavenly 
voice; "come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her 
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have 
reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double 
according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her 
double." Rev. 18:4-6. 

"And the world wondered after the beast. And they worshiped 
the dragon (Lucifer) which gave power unto the beast; and they 



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worshiped the beast (anti-christ), saying Who is like unto the 
beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Rev. 13:3-4. 

"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no 
man take thy crown." Rev. 3:11. 

The Garden of Eden serpent liar and the lie are the same in this 
age as it was during the Garden temptation, the Nimrodian age, or 
the Babylonian age only perhaps more dressed up, therefore more 
deceptive. 

"Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good." 



Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 1, 1929 
FAITH TESTING 
Reuben Shroyer 

In Matthew 16:18, we find the first quotation for the church. 
"Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it." Jesus has now been with his disciples for a long 
time. His earthly ministry is about closing and He wills to 
communicate to them to withstand the fierce assaults which Satan 
will attempt at two vulnerable points, faith and experience. Well 
does Christ know ail the devices of the enemy which will be 
directed toward the children of faith to break down their con- 
fidence in Him, their risen Lord, and make of their Spiritual 
experience a mere emotional fleshly sensation or at best a matter 
of moral or intellectual development. This surely is Satan's 
purpose these days. Already in many places what is called simple 
faith is decried, while a Spiritual experience is treated as an 
evidence of intellectual weakness. The time may be not far away 
when all such will become subjects of bitter persecution within the 
church itself, by the scholarship, modern culture and so-called 
refinement of our day. Even now the old-fashioned Bible-loving 
Spiritual people become lonesome in the churches. The so-called 
world betterment schemes are at the best mere moral movements, 
and sometimes hardly that. The oft repeated statements uttered by 
the short-sighted optimism of our times that we are advancing, that 
the world is growing better, is not supported by Spiritual facts 
occuring nor by the word of God. Hence postmillenians who insist 
that the church is to triumph in the earth and bring to pass peace, 
after which Christ will come again is receiving poor encourage- 
ment. 



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It is surely pitiful to witness their futile efforts in seemingly sheer 
desperation accepting civilization for righteousness, allowing 
moral living to stand for Spirituality and for a few good deeds in 
philanthropy assure the doers thereof final salvation. Faith in 
Christ the power of the Holy Ghost are scarcely mentioned. In 
connection with the passage cited, Matt. 16:18, Christ's question to 
His disciples calls forth a comprehensive and wonderful statement 
relative to His divinity, His mission and power. Upon the truthful- 
ness of this declaration hangs all the law and the prophets. Thou 
art Peter. I am Christ the Son of the living God and thou art Peter 
(Petra rock). Thou becomest rock in the relation of faith in me as 
Christ, the Son of the living God. On this shall be built the church 
called out from the world to become finally the body of Christ 
through out eternal ages. This is distinctly the language for the 
church. The Redeemer and Saviour, sole and only hope of our 
salvation is spoken of as a great teacher, Reformer, ideal example, 
and so forth. His divinely given titles are unified or not used at all. 
This is the falling away within the church of which Paul says it shall 
increase until at its climax the man of sin be revealed with this 
unmistakeable evidence or revelation as to the closing period of 
the church the popular optimism of these times concerning the 
ultimate triumph of the Gospel over all earthly wrong, injustice, 
oppression seems entirely out of character. Let us look at facts as 
they are and accept the Word of God. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Lord's Day 
J. H. Moore 

Living in a New Dispensation, being governed by the Gospel, 
instead of the law of Moses, intended for the Old Dispensation, the 
people of the Lord demand a Lord's Day, — one suited to the 
genius of the religion they have accepted. This they have in the 
first day of the week. In Acts 20:7 we read of the disciples coming 
together "upon the first day of the week." Paul wrote to the saints 
at Corinth, saying: "Upon the first day of the week let every one of 
you lay by him in store." (I Cor. 16:2). These citations indicate that 
the Christians of the apostolic times had adopted the first day of 
the week, the day we call Sunday, as a day of special services. 
Speaking of the day, John, in Rev. 1:10, says: "I was in the Spirit on 
the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet." 
It is called the Lord's day in the New Testament for the same reason 
that the love feast is designated as the Lord's supper. Each 
pertains to the new dispensation and the new kingdom. The 
ushering in of the new order of things, under the Gospel, with a 



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new law and a new Lawgiver, created a necessity for new and 
different institutions. 

This leads up to the fact that there is a difference between the 
Law and the Gospel, — the former belongs to the old dispensation, 
while the latter pertains to the new. Moses represents the Law, 
while Jesus represents the Gospel. These institutions are referred 
to under different heads. We speak of them as the Old Covenant 
and the New Covenant, and the Old Testament and the New 
Testament. Then we read of a "better testament" (Heb. 7:22), 
implying that there was an inferior testament. The terms "cove- 
nant" and "testament," translated from the same word in the 
original, refer to the same thing. 

We read that "the law and the prophets were until John: since 
that time the kingdom of God is preached" (Luke 16:16). By this we 
are to understand that the Law given by Moses was in full force 
until John entered upon his mission. Then the principles, 
pertaining to the kingdom represented by Jesus, began to be 
preached. John did not represent the Law of Moses, but he 
proclaimed the ushering in of the new, or Christian, dispensation. 
His theme was Jesus, the Gospel, the New and Better Testament, 
and what he said prepared the people to receive the still more 
advanced teachings of Jesus. 

Jesus, though made under the Law (Gal. 4:4), was the Head of a 
new and better system of religion than that taught by Moses. He 
did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill, or to perfect, or to 
consummate it. He not only embodied, in his system, all the good 
in the Mosaic Law, but even more. He instructed on a much higher 
plane, and demanded a line of conduct that wouid excel the 
righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 5:20). The real 
purpose of his system was finally to do away with the Law of Moses 
and to give the people the Gospel instead. In this connection we 
cite what Paul, in Col. 2:14, says about "blotting out the hand- 
writing of ordinances that was against us." This means all the 
Mosaic institutions. 

NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

We can report that our Fall Lovefeast far exceeded our expec- 
tations. Elder Paul Stump and Brother Kenneth Wilkerson 
ministered to us. Elder Milton Cook officiated at Saturday's 
Communion Service. We were happy for the presence of all who 
visited us at that time. 

Our Spring meeting is in conjunction with the Fourth District 
Conference Easter weekend and we anticipate another special time 
of fellowship. Please come if you can. 



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Sister Diana Dugo was baptized since our last report. Dale and 
Dorothy Skiles and David and Mary Lou Reece were received into 
fellowship on former baptism. We are glad for those who have 
moved from other parts of the brotherhood, as well. 

May we know "the power of His resurrection" as we "press 
toward the mark." 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 
DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Dallas Center, Iowa congregation is looking forward to our 
Spring Lovefeast services to be held April 1 and 2, Lord willing. We 
invite you to come and share in these services with us beginning at 
10:45 on Saturday morning with communion services that evening. 

Sister Becky Funk, Cor. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 

The Newberg Congregation wishes to extend a hearty welcome 
to all who can attend our Revival. Elder Fred Pifer of Adel, Iowa will 
be the evangelist. The meeting will begin Tuesday, March 28 and 
close Tuesday, April 4, 1 989. There will be a Lovefeast held during 
this meeting. 

Please pray if you cannot attend. 

Sister Esther Roedel, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Lord willing, the District Meeting of the Third District will be 
held April 8, 9, 10 at Quinter, Kansas. We would invite you to come 
for Friday night preaching service at 7:30. 

Lets pray for each other, and these meetings, that His will might 
be done in our lives. 

Sister Rhonda Snyder, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Bro. Henry Walker from the Pleasant Home Congregation 
California has consented to have our revivals April 16 through 23. 
Come and enjoy these meetings with us. Help us in prayer and 
fasting for lost souls. Jesus is coming soon. 

Heaven was just made more real to us at Lititz. One of our dear 
elderly sisters, Elsie Eberly, was laid to rest February 18. As our 
loved ones leave us one by one it makes us more homesick for 
Heaven. 

Hell is real just as heaven is. Can we see all the souls on that 
broad road to a life in never ending torment? Are we working as 
hard as Satan is? 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

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VOL. LXVII 



MARCH 15, 1989 



NO. 6 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



HE'S EVERYTHING TO ME 

I once was in the desert, all weary sad and lone, 
Until my Saviour told me that I was still his own, 
He bade me leave my folly and from the danger flee, 
And since I found the Saviour, he's ev'rything to me. 

I left the barren desert and sought his loving face, 
Depending on his mercy and on his saving grace; 
He smiled upon me gently; from sin he set me free, 
And since I found the Saviour, he's ev'rything to me. 

He gives me joyous singing and makes the sun to shine, 
And oft he smiles upon me, and then I know he's mine, 
He carries all my burdens and keeps me on life's sea, 
For since I found the Saviour, he's ev'rything to me. 

And in the silent watch of the lonely midnight hour, 
He comes my soul to rescue and shows his mighty pow'r, 
And when the light of glory comes shining o'er death's sea, 
O! then I'll sing in triumph: "He's ev'rything to me." 

- Frank H. Mashaw 



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THE RESURRECTION 

As we remember what makes Easter meaningful to us, we should 
also consider how it should affect our daily lives. Doctrines and 
events presented in the Bible should have significance in our style 
of living. 

The Resurrection first must be vital in our lives, as it relates to our 
souls' salvation. Without the resurrection of Jesus we would have 
no hope. Our sins would condemn us. We could not do enough 
good deeds or pious acts to ingratiate ourselves with God. We 
could not change the sentence that He has pronounced against 
sin. We are forever doomed to be short of His glory if we try to 
approach Him on our own terms. 

By His Grace, He has provided a plan, whereby we can approach 
Him through His Son who died as a perfect ransom for our sins. His 
sacrifice was acceptable to the Father in our stead as evidenced by 
His triumph over Death, Hell and the Grave. His resurrection 
makes possible our own resurrection. 

Just as Jesus tasted death for our sins, we must also taste death 
for our sins. If we do not accept His sacrifice we can only look 
forward to a fate worse than physical death, which will be eternal 
separation from God. To better understand that we must die to our 
sins, God has given us baptism. Baptism requires a forward, 
bowing motion and immersion to be like Jesus' death and burial. 

Water can be both beneficial and harmful. It can sustain life or it 
can end life through drowning. Baptism is both death and life. 
When plunged beneath the water it would not take long to drown. 
The benefit of the water is the cleansing and resurrection from 
death unto life. 

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The old man of sin is drowned, the new, changed man comes 
forth to live the Christian life. As a child of God he is now a part of 
God's family by adoption. Without immersion baptism, a dip in the 
name of each person of the Trinity to signify the part of each of the 
Godhead in provision of the plan of salvation, there would be no 
rebirth from sin-induced death. Spiritual death is far worse than 
physical death. There are many medications and procedures used 
to attempt to keep alive the dying. The only cure for Spiritual death 
is Jesus, His spilt blood and resurrection which can only be applied 
to our lives through the plan God has given to us in the Bible. 

He has given this plan not only to rescue us. He wants us to be 
productive after our renewal. We have not been reborn to serve 
only our creature comforts and desires. As the children of God we 
should desire to live and serve as He would direct. To live only for 
personal or worldly pleasure is to in effect deny that He was able to 
make a change in us. As recipients of His saving Grace and 
renewing Spirit we must live as He would have us to. We must 
bring honor and glory to His Name and please Him. 

A resurrected life is one dedicated to God. As a Christian we 
must live as the One who gave us that name. If our lives do not 
reflect Christ we have frustrated the plan of salvation. It has 
become worthless to us and we have not allowed its power to 
operate in our lives. We live as if we were Spiritually dead. We 
must notthink we can enjoy both the old life and the new. We need 
to make the serious choice and realize it requires a lifetime commit- 
ment. There may be ups and downs in the Christian life. There 
may be times of greater closeness than others, but we must never 
desire to withdraw ourselves from our relationship with Our 
Heavenly Father. We may become prodigal at times but we must 
have the desire to return to that Father who is even more willing to 
receive and restore us than the Prodigal Son's Father. 

We cannot be an honor to our Heavenly Father if we continue to 
live as if we still served Satan and this world. We will not cause 
others to desire what we have, if what we have is only a short-lived 
reformation that makes no real change in our inner man. Our 
Christian life must be real. 

The Christian life requires a price be paid. God has paid His 
portion of that price in the giving of His Son. We must be willing to 
count the cost and be willing to give up what is important to us so 
we might do what is important to Him. This may result in ridicule 
from others and humiliation within. We must be willing to give up 
much in this life so we might look forward to a better life beyond 
this world. Then the price will seem fair, although now it may seem 
hard and tough. 

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bonnets or will it be a real resurrection day? Will it mean eggs and 
Springtime or will it mean a new life within? 

HE IS RISEN 

In Mark 16:6, the Angel spoke to the women who gathered at the 
tomb, "... Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was 
crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they 
laid him." 

Nearly two thousand years ago a very unusual event took place 
in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating cities of the 
world. It has been a focal point in history for every forty centuries. 
It is a Holy City to people of many religious persuasions, 

Among its claims, it has one no other city can match. HERE, 
THE SON OF MAN AND SON OF GOD DIED AND BECAME ALIVE 
AGAIN. 

Here, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of a Galilean girl, the son of a 
carpenter and the Son of God broke through the veil of sin and 
death, freed Himself from the grave, arose alive and is now at the 
right hand of God, interceding for His true believers, pointing the 
way to Eternal Life. 

Here, in this ancient fortified city, God chose to reveal Himself to 
the human race. Here, holy men spake as the Spirit moved them. 
Here, God bequeathed to the world the concept of righteousness. 

Here, the sacrificial animals were slaughtered. The Psalms were 
written, the feast days established and the prophets stoned. 

Here, Solomon built the Temple to the living God. Here Herod 
lived out his cruel reign. This city of Peace, great as it was, walled 
on four sides, fell to the onslaught of Nebuchadnezzar, Titus and 
others. 

Here in this city, the capital city of the Bible, the city wrapped to 
Eternity, Christ was crucified, was buried and arose again. IN THE 
RESURRECTION LIES OUR HOPE. 

A touching scene is re-enacted in Russia each Easter Season, by 
the Priests of the Greek Orthodox Church. On Resurrection 
morning they march three times around their church building 
searching for the body of Christ. Then, as they enter the Church, 
they cry out, CHRIST IS RISEN. Then, the audience cry out in 
unison, HE IS RISEN, INDEED. 

That is the Easter message, "CHRIST IS RISEN", first announced 
by Angels. A message of triumph over death and victory over the 
grave. 

Because of the coming Resurrection, we look forward with hope, 
when all born again believers will come forth clothed with bodies 
made of the same indestructible substance that our Lord pos- 
sessed when He came forth. The scriptures state in I John 3:2, 



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"Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear 
what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, WE 
SHALL BE LIKE HIM: for we shall see him as he is." 

Christ's Resurrection defies doubt. All four gospel writers 
concur on the Resurrection, each adding their personal im- 
pressions without discord or contradiction. The Bible contains 
numerous reappearances that definitely authenticate His coming 
forth. 

When Talleyrand, the agnostic, wanted to start a new religion, he 
asked council of the King of France. He received this answer, "Go 
and be crucified, buried and on the third day rise again and men 
will believe in your religion." 

Reana, a French infidel, wrote, "THE LIFE OF CHRIST." He 
was very thorough, including His death on the cross. Then he 
wrote the word FINIS. He left Him in the Tomb. 

After Jesus' crucifixion (which is a subject by itself) Jesus' body 
was taken from the cross by Joseph of Arimathaea. He wrapped 
the body in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, 
which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to 
the door of the sepulchre and departed. 

Early in the morning, before daylight Mary Magdalene and other 
women came to anoint the body of Jesus. On the way, they 
wondered how they could remove the heavy stone that blocked the 
entrance to the tomb. 

When they arrived at the tomb they found the stone rolled away 
from the door, with an angel sitting on the stone. The guards that 
Pilate had ordered to guard the tomb, to prevent Jesus from 
coming forth from the dead, as He said He would, became as dead 
men. This caused the women to be fearful, but the angel spake 
unto them, "Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was 
crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the 
place where the Lord lay." Without going further into the 
Scriptures, we have recorded testimony from Heaven by an angel 
that Jesus Christ arose from the dead. 

He was seen alive on numerous occasions, after His resurrection. 
On one occasion He was seen by about five hundred. What more 
proof does anyone need? 

This risen Jesus said, "Because I live, ye shall live also." Therein 
lies our hope of Eternal life. The Scriptures state that, "if in this life 
only we have hope, in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." 

Let us forget the commercialism of Easter and consecrate our 
thoughts on the Resurrection. 

Elder Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, Ohio 44718 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 15, 1929 
BORN AGAIN 
J. H. Crofford 

Every person not familiar with the Bible teaching would receive 
the Master's words, "Ye must be born again" with as much 
astonishment as did Nicodemus. Knowing as people do the laws 
governing the natural birth, without a knowledge of any other, such 
language would be received as an absurdity something ridiculously 
impossible. 

With the birth of every child comes the thought of a bringing 
forth, a physical bringing forth by a mother of that which was 
conceived, whose nature will be similar to hers, but her spirituality 
cannot be inherited. 

From this viewpoint it was impossible for the old man conversant 
with the teachings of the scriptures and familiar with the laws of 
nature, to conceive the thought in the mind of Jesus from His 
words, to enter the kingdom of God, ye must be born again. 

Nicodemus' convictions were: his inherited nature did not fit him 
for eternal life, and he realized the impossibility of a second 
physical birth through which to attain to a righteous life, fitting him 
for eternal salvation. In all probability he was familiar with the 
language of Job 25:4, how can he be clean that is born of a woman. 
The physical birth does not fit us for the kingdom. That which is 
born of the flesh is flesh. John 4:6. 

Jesus says, Matt. 11:11, "Among them that are born of women, 
there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist, notwith- 
standing he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than 
he." 

Many men have risen to prominence in the world and through 
their knowledge and wisdom the peoples of the nations are 
benefited, and they are called great in this world, but they must be 
born again to be great in the kingdom of heaven. The natural birth 
does not qualify for an admission into His kingdom and salvation is 
only promised upon a new birth, that which was a mystery to 
Nicodemus, and which proves to be a mystery to many of this age. 

Our lexicographers tell us that a birth is "the act of coming into 
life." Life exists before birth, therefore, a better definition is, "the 
act of bringing forth life into a sphere of sight, hearing and 
conscious activity," which involves three stages. The first stage is, 
the bringing forth of the head, the seat of understanding, sight and 
hearing. The second stage brings forth the trunk, which contains 
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motion. The complete physical born being then starts out to grow 
in size, strength and knowledge, and is a creature of the world 
kingdom. This birth and kingdom existence does not qualify for 
His kingdom, for we were shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin. 
Psalms 51:5, and His kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36. For 
from it we are called to His kingdom. 

The sinfulness of this world kingdom into which we have been 
born, and become partakers of, cannot enter Christ's kingdom, and 
a mere resolution carried into effect to live reformed lives merely 
converts into moralists or a different living, and not into new 
creatures, born again. Without any other ray of hope of eternal 
salvation, Divine arrangement laid the plan for our purification 
through the sacrificial death of Jesus, who said, "Except a man be 
born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of 
God." 

To be born again involves an intervening death, brought about 
after the age of accountability through a knowledge of right and 
wrong, and the piercing of the heart by the arrow of conviction of 
sin, through the drawing of God. Jesus, who knew no sin, died for 
the sins of the world, and if we are planted together with him in the 
likeness of his death, Rom. 6:5 (knowing no more of sin), we shall 
be also in the likeness of His resurrection... that henceforth we 
should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Rom. 
6:6-7. Being dead to sin, we can live no longer therein. Rom. 6:2. 
After death, the burial, baptized (immersed), which only can bury, 
into his death. Rom. 6:3, which is for the cleansing from sin. 
Therefore we are buried by baptism into death. Rom. 6:4. 

Having died the death to sin, and having been buried, or con- 
ceived through the operation of the spirit, whose source and 
destination are as mysterious as the coming and going of the wind, 
we are brought forth from the water by the power of the spirit, 
"born of water and of the spirit," John 3:5, the water which 
conceived emblemizing the mother and the spirit the life giving 
source, whose nature we inherit, as in the physical birth, in three 
stages. The first to be brought forth is the head containing the 
organs of intelligence, sight, hearing, feeling and so forth, the first 
essentials to the Christian life. Next follows the trunk, containing 
the organs of life, which cause the intellectual organs to function. 
Lastly the organs of action are brought forth and we have the fully 
equipped thoroughly cleansed, newly born organism to start 
laboring for the Master. 

The proof we have that we are born again is, "Whosoever is born 
of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him, and he 
cannot sin, because he is born of God." I John 3:9. "Every one that 
loveth is born of God." I John 4:7. "Whosoever believeth that 



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Jesus is the Christ is born of God." John 5:1 . "Whatsoever is born 
of God overcometh the world." John 5:4. We must be in possession 
of that unfeigned love, "for this is the love of God that we keep his 
commandments." When we are filled with the spirit there is no 
room for sin; we cannot look upon sin with the least degree of 
allowance and the things which were temptations to us, are now 
disgusting in our sight. All desire for things worldly will have fled. 
As the poet expresses it, "Gone from my heart the world and all its 
charm." Love for sinful things can have no room in our hearts. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Are you a Spiritual Person?" 

I am somewhat amazed at how little we really know about true 
spirituality. We usually describe it by its characteristics and not by 
concept. The Bible defines it in I Cor. 2:15 when it teaches us, "But 
he that is spiritual judgeth all things." 

First of all, spirituality involves regeneration... being born again. 
No one can be spiritual in the Biblical sense without first gaining 
the new life in Christ Jesus. To be spiritual without regeneration is 
just reformation. 

Secondly, the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our life makes us 
spiritual. He is the One involved in guiding, teaching, assuring, 
praying, warning and allowing us to express our gifts. To be filled 
with the Spirit is to be controlled by the Spirit. This control allows 
us to function on a higher level and is unnatural to our humanness. 

A third factor might be time. Time is always involved in gaining 
real spirituality. It takes time to gain knowledge, to learn to discern 
things correctly. These do not just happen all at once when we are 
baptized. They take maturing. 

Maturity is the key concept in spirituality. It is the growth which 
the Holy Spirit produces over a period of time in our life. Of course 
the same amount of time is not required for each person but some 
time is necessary for everyone. I am not saying that time itself 
produces maturity... but the progress we make within that time 
frame is important. 

Spirituality is a "grownup" relationship with the Holy Spirit. We 
become mature as we become a I Cor. 2:15 person... one who is 
experiencing the ability to discern all things and at the same time 
not being understood by the less mature or spiritual infants and 
most of all by the world. 

Spiritual, then, denotes development in Christian knowledge and 
experience. It is growing and expanding through exposure to life 
and allowing decisions to be made through the Spirit working in 



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you. It is yielding to God's direction, consciously and un- 
consciously. 

Spirituality denotes fellowship with the Lord and with other 
Christians. It is something that is evident to the other believers. 
Actions become Christlike. Conduct works for removal of the flesh 
and embraces the Fruit of the Spirit. Compassion is exhibited at all 
times. Jesus was such a perfect example of this. The spiritual 
person is into the strong meat of the Word of God. The milk of the 
Word is for the babes in Christ. His attitudes are exhibited by 
thanksliving and endeavoring to "Keep the unity of the Spirit in the 
bond of peace." (Eph. 4:3) This means an attitude that lacks 
grumbling, criticism, discontentment, and so forth. It shows a 
person who enjoys right relationships with others and not only 
within the Body of Christ... but also outside in the world com- 
munity. It was a lack of these attitudes that called forth Paul's 
scathing denunciation of the Corinthians. They had become 
segregated into small "cliques" and were creating a general 
environment of disharmony. 

In conduct, spirituality is demonstrated by application of Biblical 
knowledge in handling each affair of life. One can tread his way 
carefully through the complexities of living so as not to disgrace 
God or others. 

Spirituality is shown in right relationships in the home. There is 
patience and kindness shown to the other family members and an 
air of submission. A spiritual husband is a leader and the head of 
the wife. He loves his wife and family and nurtures them. The 
spiritual wife is subject to the leadership of the husband and 
provides a sweet environment for growth of the children. A 
spiritual young person is one who respects parents and obeys 
them. 

Finally, a keen spirituality is shown in a believer's church fellow- 
ship. He is always working for the good of the Body and exercising 
his spiritual gifts. The immature Christian promotes division but 
the mature one promotes unity and the welfare of the church. 

This all sounds pretty idealistic but it certainly is within the reach 
of each one of us. We have to desire it... to care more about 
pleasing the Lord than anyone else in life. We have to set right 
priorities and keep our value system straight. As we mature and 
become more spiritual, our church will grow and we will be able to 
do mighty things for the Lord. Will you accept the challenge for 
growth? Will you catch the vision of what you CAN BE for the Lord 
in this life? I pray that each one of us will desire to become more 
spiritual and "on fire" for Jesus. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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CONFUSION AT THE LOVEFEAST 

Please read I Corinthians 11. 

We have heard many interesting and inspiring sermons on 
I Corinthians 11, often referred to as the Lovefeast chapter. 
However, the vast majority of these sermons divided the chapter 
into two segments almost separate from one another. In addition 
to this we do not recall any sermon or writing that dealt with the 
subject of confusion in direct relation to the Lovefeast. 

We should always keep in mind that chapter divisions, although 
very helpful, are the product of man's work and wisdom and not 
inspired in the same way as the words therein. The Apostle Paul 
was so disgusted with what he found at the Lovefeast at Corinth 
that in I Cor. 11:20 he stated that it could not even be considered 
the Lord's Supper. He then, in verse twenty-one, describes the 
confusion that was taking place. "For in eating everyone taketh 
before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is 
drunken." We do not believe this blasphemous condition at the 
Lovefeast took place all at once but was the product of the 
confusion to be found in the church at Corinth which Paul 
addresses from the very first chapter. 

We can only very briefly address the confusions found in the 
church at Corinth but encourage you to research our hypothesis 
for yourself. In the first chapter of this book Paul addresses the 
confusion of divisions within iittle splinter groups which make up 
the congregation. In chapter two Paul deals with the confusion 
concerning "man's wisdom" in contrast to the wisdom given by the 
Holy Spirit. In chapter three Paul deals with the confusion 
concerning man's works. In chapter four Paul deals with confusion 
concerning our righteousness. In verse seven of this chapter he 
states, "For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast 
thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why 
dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" In chapter five 
Paul deals with the confusion concerning open sin in the church. 
Chapter six goes into more detail concerning this confusion. 
Chapter seven deals with confusion concerning the marital re- 
lationship and the confusion of the matter of legalism within the 
church. Chapter eight deals with confusion concerning our 
Christian freedom. Chapter nine deals with more on the same 
subject. In chapter ten we have the direct confusion of the 
Lovefeast introduced. 

We wish we could go into much more detail concerning each of 
these confusions that Paul dealt with. However, each one is a 
complete subject within itself. Some of these we have dealt with in 
prior writings and some we may deal with in writings to come if the 
Lord should tarry. 



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When we come together to share the Lord's table it is very 
important that we examine our hearts and see if we are guilty of any 
of the errors of confusion that Paul has dealt with. Each of us must 
individually know if we are fit to partake of the Lovefeast. If we had 
to be perfect, as compared to Jesus Christ, none of us would be 
worthy. Yet Paul very clearly warns us in verse twenty-one of 
chapter ten, "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of 
devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of 
devils." 

Before we deal with chapter eleven, let us share a conviction we 
have. It is true, as we have stated, that each of us individually must 
examine our own hearts and be responsible for our actions. 
However, we believe that much of the confusion that Paul 
addressed was due to a lack of strong leadership. 

We believe that Paul addresses this problem at the very begin- 
ning of chapter eleven. "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of 
Christ." Paul's concerns were not merely his own, but the truths 
that Christ had given him to share with others. The first confusion 
that Paul addresses in chapter eleven is that a woman in leader- 
ship. (There is historical and scriptural proof that Timothy was 
connected with the church at Corinth during its days of growth. 
Therefore, it is very possible that Paul was addressing the problem 
at Corinth when he warned Timothy in I Timothy 2:12, "But I suffer 
not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to 
be in silence.") 

The second confusion Paul addresses in chapter eleven is con- 
cerning the wearing of the prayer veil and the cutting of women's 
hair and long hair on men. These confusions, along with the others 
we have briefly mentioned, lead to the ultimate confusion we 
addressed at the beginning of this writing. 

The confusions that Paul deals with are not merely a historical 
account of what took place in his day. They are a living reality in 
the modern day church. Charges made by radio and television 
preachers as well as local "Bible believing preachers" concerning 
the Brethren understanding on these issues cannot be ignored. 
The modern day Brethren movement, as a whole, is one of 
confusion because of pressures by these individuals and modern 
day thought within. 

May each of us seek to be true to Holy Scripture and pray that the 
Holy Spirit would lead us in the midst of much confusion. If you 
have never been born again by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and 
been immersed in water do not be confused. Read the Holy 
Scriptures and believe them all. "For God is not the author of 
confusion,..." I Cor. 14:33a 

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



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The First Day of the Week 
J. H. Moore 

The doing away with the Law of Moses ultimately led up to doing 
away with the Jewish Sabbath, and the introducing of the resur- 
rection day, or the first day of the week, instead. In fact, the 
recognizing of the resurrection day as a day of special significance 
began quite early in the history of the apostolic church. Referring 
to Mark 16:9, and other accounts in the Gospels, it will be observed 
that Jesus arose from the dead on the First Day of the week. It was 
on the evening of this day that the disciples were found assembled 
(Luke 24:33; John 20:19). Just one week later, or after eight days, 
counting the day of the first meeting, we find them together again 
(John 20:26). 

These two meetings on separate Sunday evenings, Jesus being 
present both times, prompted other similar meetings, resulting in 
the First Day, or Sunday services becoming a fixed part of the 
system of worship during the times of the apostles. Hence we read 
of the saints at Troas meeting on the First Day of the week to break 
bread, and of Paul admonishing the members at Corinth to lay by 
their contributions on the same day, 

Christ's resurrection from the dead brought in a new order of 
things. As we read in Heb. 7:12, 'The priesthood being changed, 
there is made of necessity a change also of the law." This simply 
means, as already stated, the doing away of the Mosaic Law, with 
all its rites, ordinances and ceremonies. The passing of the Law 
meant the passing of the Jewish Sabbath. The Law was put out of 
the way, disannulled, and in a figure nailed to the cross, and went 
out of existence, making way for the Gospel, with higher claims, 
better and more advanced institutions, and its finer adaptation to a 
much broader application. All the good there was in the Old Law 
has been brought over into the new dispensation, and incorporated 
in the Gospel. And while the Sabbath has been displaced by the 
First Day of the week as a day of special service, the spirit of the 
Sabbath has by no means been lost, but is incorporated in our 
Sunday, as a New Testament institution. 

Instead of keeping the Sabbath in memory of the completion of 
the creation and the departure of Israel from Egypt, as the Jews 
did, we keep the Lord's Day in memory of the resurrection of Jesus 
from the dead. The change, under the guidance of the Spirit, was 
made, seemingly, without any controversy, and the day soon 
became one of the fixed and eminently appropriate institutions of 
the New Testament church. 



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OBITUARIES 

FLOYD KLINE 

Brother Floyd Ganer Kline was born May 14, 1904 near Mayfield, 
Oklahoma. It was Indian Territory until 1907 when Oklahoma 
became a State. He was the oldest son of Harry and Elzina Kline 
who preceded him death. 

In the winter of 1926 Floyd moved to Salida, California where he 
was employed in farming. 

Floyd was baptized into the Old German Baptist Church in 
February, 1927. 

On October 5, 1932, he was united in marriage to Edyth Upton. 
This union was blessed with three children, one son, Donald Floyd 
and two daughters, Myrna Marie and Bonnie Lorraine. 

In September 1948, Floyd moved his family from Riverbank, 
California to Waterford, California where he had purchased a farm. 

In May 1963 Floyd and Edyth united with the Dunkard Brethren 
Church. He was called to the Deacon's office March 1, 1969 and 
faithfully served as long as his health permitted. 

Daddy was a farmer all his life and worked till the day before he 
suffered a massive stroke, December 11, 1987. Floyd passed from 
Time to Eternity January 22, 1989 at the age of 86 years, 8 months 
and 8 days. 

He is survived by his companion, Edyth, one son, Donald Kline, 
one daughter, Myrna Dutter both of Goshen, Indiana and one 
daughter, Bonnie Kline of Waterford, California; three sisters, 
Blanche Begert and Editha Hildebrand of Oklahoma and Mary 
Garber and one brother, Jack Kline of Ohio; five grandchildren and 
eighteen great-grandchildren as well as a host of relatives and 
friends. 

The family wishes to thank all who have been so kind and helpful 
during his long illness. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. 

ELSIE EBERLY 

Sister Elsie M. Eberly, daughter of the late Samuel and Leah 
(Dubble) Balsbaugh was born November 23, 1905 in Lebanon 
County, Pennsylvania. After an illness she went to be with the 
Lord, February 15, 1989 at her home in Schaefferstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 23 days. 

She was married to Bro. Marvin F. Eberly, July 14, 1928. She 
leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and five sons, Elder 
Allen of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Bro. Amos of Lititz, Pennsylvania; 
Bro. Mark of Richland, Pennsylvania; Bro. Luke of Mount Hope, 



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Pennsylvania and Bro. Paul of Smithsburg, Maryland; twenty-one 
grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving 
are two brothers, Marvin Balsbaugh and Leroy Balsbaugh; four 
sisters, Beulah Balsbaugh, Esther Sadler, Ruth Oxenreider and 
Caroline Firestone all of Pennsylvania. 

Sister Elsie was a faithful and much ioved member of the Lititz 
Dunkard Brethren Church. She manifested the spirit of Christ with 
her friendly, meek, loving, caring, and most of all, patient person- 
ality. 

Services were held at the Heidelburg Church of the Brethren, 
Heidelburg, Pennsylvania. Bro. Jack Snyder, Elder Paul Hartzand 
Bro. Rudy Shaffer officiated. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery. 

HOME 

HOME, the pilgrim's toil is o'er; how sweet the rest... 
A voice from heaven declares that such are blessed... 
HOME, amid radiant hosts of saints in light... 
HOME, with the SAVIOR, faith now lost in sight... 
HOME, in the Father's house of joy untold... 
HOME, where His glories to our eyes unfold... 
HOME, blessed Home to praise Him evermore... 
HOME, yes at home, forever to adore... 
HOME, where His love would have us near His side... 
HOME, with HIMSELF forever to abide. 



MARRIAGE 

RAUSCH-BITTINGER 

Bro. Lester Bittinger and Sister Lizetta Anna Rausch were united 
in marriage November 5, 1 988 at Broadwater Chapel by Elder Virgil 
Leatherman. The couple's address is R. #2, Box 69, Grantsville, 
Maryland 21536. 



NEWS ITEMS 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation announces its Spring Lovefeast and 
nightly servicesfor April 19through 23. The services begin at 7:30 
nightly with Lovefeast Services at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. April 22. 

Bro. Jim Meyers of Dallas Center, Iowa will be our speaker. 

Come and worship with us! 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 



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GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Lord willing, we the Grandview, Missouri congregation are 
looking forward to our Spring Lovefeast which will be held 
Saturday, April 22. Services will start at 11:00 a.m. After dinner we 
will have our examination service with our Lord's Supper, feet- 
washing and communion in the evening. Everyone is welcome. It 
is a privilege to partake in such a service as this. We will have 
services at 10:00 on Sunday morning and the final meeting will be 
at 2:00 in the afternoon. Anyone who is able to come is welcome. "I 
serve a risen Savior..." 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza, Cor. 



BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation is looking forward to a Revival Meeting, 
Lord willing, starting Monday evening, April 24 and continuing to 
April 30 with closing services Sunday evening. Bro. Henry Walker 
has consented to be our evangelist. Pray that we as Believers, 
genuinely converted, with hearts and minds open to God's truths 
will be encouraged and rededicated to our Lord's service. Pray that 
sinners will say "Yes" to Jesus. 

Services start each evening at 7:30 p.m. We invite you to come 
and worship the Lord with us. 

Sister Grace Reed, Cor. 



THANK YOU 

I want to thank each one who sent cards and gifts for my 
birthday. Thank you for making my day special. God bless you all 
with a special blessing. 

Sister Margaret Dayhoff 



THANK YOU 

We want to take this opportunity to thank all who have re- 
membered us in prayer and sent cards in the recent loss of a Dear 
Wife and Sweet Mother. May God bless each one for your 
kindness. 

In Christian Love, 

The Marvin Eberly Family 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR APRIL 1989 

April 2 - The Fifth and Sixth Seal - Revelation 6:9-17. 

1. Who are the souls under the altar? verse 9. 

2, Oh, that men would fear the Lord now and avoid this 
judgment! 

April 9 - Sealing the Servants of God - Revelation 7:1-8. 

1 . Who are the "servants of God" in verse 3? 

2. What is meant by this "sealing"? 

April 16 -The Great Multitude- Revelation 7:9-17. 

1. Who makes up this great multitude? 

2. Will the opportunity to praise Christ in heaven be ours if we 
fail to on earth? 

April 23 - The Seventh Seal - Revelation 8:1-6. 

1. Why is there a moment of silence in Heaven? 

2. What came forth from the seventh seal? 

April 30 - The Four Angels and Their Trumpets - Revelation 8:7-13. 

1. List and picture the judgments of God! 

2. Doesn't the wonder of God's love seem even greater as we see 
the great terror of His judgment? 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR APRIL 1989 

April 2 - Offences - Matt. 18:1-17, Luke 17:1-5, Romans 16:17-19. 

1. What are some causes of offences? 

2. When we go (v. 15), is it to "gain" our brother or to collect a 
debt? 

April 9 - Sin - Gen. 4:6-17, Isa. 53:5-6, Matt. 12:31-33, Luke 1 1:39-42, 
Luke 12:45-47, Romans 6:1-23. 

1. What is sin? I John 3:4 and 5:17. 

2. WHO is the answer to our sin problem? I John 1:7. 

April 16 - The Wicked Husbandman - Matt. 21:33-41, Mark 12:1-9, 
Luke 20:9-16. 

1 . What is our attitude toward spiritual leaders? 

2. Have we surrendered to the Lordship of Christ? 

April 23 - The Resurrection Story - Matt. 16:21 & 28:1-7, Mark 9:9 & 
16:6-10, Luke 24:11-18, John 2:19 & 20:18-19. 

1. Of what importance is the resurrection to us? I Cor. 15:17. 

2. How is our baptism compared to Christ's resurrection? Rom. 
6:3-6. 

April 30- A Redeemer- Isa. 59:1-21, Acts 4:10-12. 

1. What is a redeemer? 

2. What was the price of our redemption? I Pet. 1:18-19. 



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APRIL 1, 1989 



VOL. LXVI! 



NO. 7 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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

AWAKE, MY SLUGGISH SOUL! 

My drowsy pow'rs, why sleep ye so? 
Awake, my sluggish soul! 
Nothing has half thy work to do. 
Yet nothing's half so dull. 

The little ants, for one poor grain, 
Labor, and tug, and strive; 
Yet we who have a crown to gain, — 
How negligent we live! 

We, for whom God's own Son came down 

And labored for our good; 

How careless to secure that crown 

He purchased with his blood! 

Lord, shall we lie so sluggish still, 
And never act our parts? 
Come, holy Dove, our spirits fill, 
And warm our frozen hearts. 

Then shall our active spirits move, 
Upward our souls shall rise: 
With hands of faith and wings of love 
We'll fly and take the prize. 

- Isaac Watts 



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CUTTING CORNERS 

We often hear complaints because of the lack of craftsmanship in 
many of the products on the market today. Whether large or small, 
mechanical or stationary, mass produced or individually made, it 
does not seem to matter much. In order to produce the great 
quantity needed and to meet ever insistent time schedules, there is 
a willingness to cut corners. Mistakes are allowed if they can be 
covered up. Whether building houses, automobiles, computers or 
toys, shortcuts are taken that may affect the reliability of the final 
product. 

Many products produced today are made with the intention of 
performing a period of time, then being thrown away and replaced 
with a new model. People do not expect to keep something for a 
lifetime. Even houses are to be lived in awhile then a move is made 
to a newer one which is more expensive. This constant "trading 
up" makes possible products which are not crafted with care but 
only cosmetically appealing. 

As Christians we need to beware lest we too become engrossed 
in this "conspicuous consumption" pattern of living. We need to be 
content with products that are well crafted and worth the price. We 
should not be wasteful with the resources that God has entrusted 
to our care. 

There is an even greater danger than the lack of craftsmanship in 
the products that we buy. This is the danger of corner cutting in 
our service for God. With corner cutting so rampant in business 
around us we need to guard against corner cutting in our Christian 
lives. 



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Malachi 1 records the corner cutting of the priests who served 
under Moses' law. They were not careful how they performed the 
various sacrifices. They were using blemished animals, which 
were blind, lame and maimed, which according to Leviticus 22 
were not to be used. They were supposed to use only the 
unspotted and unblemished. 

Not only were they using animals not qualified for proper 
sacrifices, they had also become greedy in their services. They 
would not serve without gain. They would not do even simple tasks 
unless there was some payment forth coming. Their service was 
no longer voluntary. It had a price. Their service was not willing, 
heartfelt service but a business proposition. 

For too many today money has become the reason behind their 
supposed service for God. They have become hirelings neither 
interested in the well-being of the God they represent nor the 
people they serve. Financial payments get certain tasks done. This 
is corner cutting in serving God. God desires heart-felt service that 
comes from a desire to serve the One who has redeemed each 
Christian. 

The priests of old used dead sacrifices. These animals had to be 
slain to be offered. Even when the best animals were used they still 
were but dead animals. In the Christian era, our sacrifices are no 
longer dead animals but living sacrifices. After we have been born 
again through His plan of salvation which includes the death of the 
old man and the resurrection of the new man we are to be living 
sacrifices for His service. Living sacrifices must be just as un- 
blemished as the dead sacrifices of the Old Law. We dare not cut 
corners in our sacrificial living. We must not think that we can 
excuse ourselves because all does not suit us or we do not receive 
the recognition that we wish. 

Our living sacrifice, no matter how great, will pale when 
compared to the sacrifice God has made that we might be a part of 
His Family. God did not cut corners when His Son was sacrificed 
on Calvary. God did not go part way in His plan, He went all the 
way. He did not decide that Barabbas would have been an 
acceptable sacrifice on the cross. Barabbas was a sinful man who 
could not atone for himself, let alone others. Only the Son of God 
qualified as the unblemished perfect sacrificial Lamb who could 
fulfill the place demanded by God. 

God did not shortcut the plan of salvation. He does not expect us 
to shortcut Him in our service. He does not expect us to do only 
that which is convenient but that which is difficult and even 
unnoticed. Our service may even cost us rather than pay us. 

We may not profit from our service in earthly terms but the life 
beyond will certainly more than make worthwhile the few incon- 



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veniences and hardships we bear here. We can consider our lives 
here to be an investment that will pay magnificent returns in the 
eternal future. But even without regarding the future benefits of 
our service we should feel rewarded by being able to do as Jesus 
did when He was here. He came not to please Himself but to please 
His Father and to serve humans. Jesus did not use shortcuts in His 
ministry. He gave His all. 

Are we corner cutters or are we willing to do what should be 
done? Are we craftsmen in serving God and our fellowmen? 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

You are an animal? 

Holiness is very important to us as God's people. It deals with 
right and wrong. In a sense, that gives holiness inflexibility. 
Christian ethics goes beyond right and wrong. It involves love (or 
sensitivity to how we affect other people) and wisdom (our sound 
judgment). It is represented in our actions toward others. 

Holiness is concerned with Christian manners, refinement, good 
taste and diginity. The world's philosophy is not similar to ours in 
any of these areas. Their actions are unrestricted by "rights" and 
ours are restricted by "right." It is no accident that people who are 
truly Christian and take the Bible and Jesus Christ seriously have a 
different life-style than those who are in the world. As Christians 
we believe we are created in God's image (Gen. 1:26). We are 
members of His family. (John 1:12) This gives great value to our 
lives. By taking into account who we are and who God is, we have 
an interest in how we look. We want to show that as God's creation 
and members of His family that we care about how we look and 
conduct ourselves. We are not animals! We are made in His image. 

There are contrary philosophies that have won many people to 
their viewpoints. In America, for the most part, these philosophies 
have taken the form of naturalism or humanism. Naturalism views 
all that exists as the product of natural causes and effects... 
evolution. It either denies the existence of God or does not have a 
God who is active in the affairs of man. Man, to them, is just the 
highest form of the animal kingdom. 

Many Christian's values are influenced strongly by the thinking 
of the naturalists. If you view yourself as an animal, you will not 
have high value for yourself... or for others. 

Humanism is related to naturalism but it is mainly concerned 
with how man finds answers to life's basic questions. In humanism, 
man does not receive knowledge from God. Rather, he begins with 
himself and seeks to discover the answers within himself. The 
farther humanism goes, the more it becomes separated from the 



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influence of Christianity and the greater it does away with Biblical 
teaching. Man becomes a law unto himself with this philosophy. 

The conflict over life-style today arises out of far more than just 
differences in personal tastes. It emerges out of a totally different 
view of who we are, what life means and (what) or who was our 
source. 

If we are just animals, we can express our personal tastes in all 
respects of life without inhibition. For instance, we will have total 
flexability in the way we dress. Clothing and hair-styles will be our 
personal message rather than a message from God as to our 
commitment and understanding of His sovereignty. Clothing has a 
symbolic value. It is not just harmless and unrelated to the world 
around us. 

Our dress must convey a Christian message. God says in 
Zephaniah 1:18, "I will punish... all such as are clothed in strange 
apparel." That strange apparel referred to dressing like members of 
a foreign nation. The clothing might well have been all right, even 
modest, but it tended to convey a sympathy for the ways of a 
heathen nation and was forbidden as a result. WE MUST ALWAYS 
BE ALERT TO THE VALUES AND INFLUENCES BEHIND WHAT 
IS HAPPENING. We too readily think that someone is meddling in 
our business if they suggest it makes a difference what we wear or 
how we wear our hair. In fact, we might go so far as to say that no 
one has a right to say or insinuate that anything is immodest or 
immoral. That is humanistic philosophy and it has brought on the 
predicament we now have with pornography and the "free for all" 
life style. 

We do not subscribe to the world's values, principles or guide- 
lines. We subscribe to those values and guidelines given by God. 
These bring holiness. If we value Biblical excellence we will dress 
in harmony with the scriptures and in good taste. If we want to be 
taken seriously and have a valid influence, we must consider 
appropriate clothing important to our witness. 

Will our sisters have a proper influence if they wear slacks? Now 
I can feel the tension begin to build for some people. Deuteronomy 
22.5 disallows women from wearing clothing similar to a man's 
attire. Traditionally these "pertaineth to a man." This is not a 
cultural consideration and nothing to be pursued in light of social 
pressure. The full impact of Christian values again come into play 
here and the desire to fulfill our God created role limits or restricts 
our desire for personal taste or choice. 

We experience the greatest freedom in this world as committed 
Christians. We need not be "hung up" by the world system of 
values nor by their desire for personal expression. We are content 
to express ourselves in the light of Jesus Christ and His Word as it 



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affects and controls our lives. We can recognize our value in 
relation to our being like Him... and in Him. We are free to be 
animals... that is a choice we can make. But, we can also make the 
right choice... conforming ourselves to His likeness in purity, 
wholesomeness and righteousness. Make the right choice for Him. 

Brother Len Wertz 
SIXTY YEARS AGO 
April 1, 1929 

GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN THAT 

NOTHING BE LOST 

John 6:12 

Reuben Shroyer 

The multitudes gathered around Jesus, He thought of feeding 
them, but how? Oh, that was the question. Andrew found a lad 
with five barley loaves and two small fishes. But what are they 
among so many? That boy seems to have been the only one who 
thought about a lunch. He surely believed in food preparedness. It 
turned out to be a good thing for himself as well as the multitude 
that he thought about something to eat that day. The boy had 
evidently heard of Jesus. And he was interested in Him. He as well 
as the grown folks wanted to see and hear the great preacher. Get 
a boy interested in Christian religion and you don't know what will 
happen. Think of Martin Luther, and what his life has meant to the 
world. Then think of John Wesley and the years of usefulness he 
gave to the cause of Christ. Then think of such men as James 
Quinter, Peter Nead, I. J. Rosenburger, Lewis Teeter and a host of 
others that could be named what a wonderful influence their lives 
had for the cause of Christ. But remember that Christ was 
interested in the boy. When Andrew told about the boy, Christ did 
not dismiss the subject. Oftentimes we do not pay as much 
attention to the boy as we should. What is the good of a boy. Don't 
forget the answer. The good of the boy is that some day he will be 
a man. Christ is the boy's friend and Savior. He can save a boy. 
And when He does it may mean a life of service to God and 
humanity. Jesus can use a boy. He used this boy's lunch to feed a 
great multitude. The Sunday school, and the church can use boys, 
and it is a great pity that more boys do not attend Sunday School 
and church. This boy was in good company when he was where he 
could be brought under the greatest influence. See what the boy 
would have missed had he not gone out to hear Jesus that day. 
Boys and girls miss much when they do not attend church. A 
certain preacher says he does not know how much he is indebted 
to many of the great sermons he heard from preachers when he 



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was a boy. He believes some of the great thoughts that come to 
him when preaching were lodged in his subconscious mind while 
listening to these Godly men. A christian women has told how as a 
girl her young heart was stirred at a prayer meeting she attended, 
by the songs, prayers and is now thankful to God for the gracious 
influences it had upon her Christian life. Now after all had eaten 
Christ told them to gather up the fragments that remained that 
nothing be iost. They gathered up twelve baskets full of fragments. 
But I ask is there really anything wasted in nature. At times it looks 
as if there is, but is there. Clean white writing paper can be made 
out of old rags. And what may not be made out of scraps thrown 
away. But does there not seem waste in human life. When Cecil 
Rhodes went to South Africa for the benefit of his health, he began 
to think in continents. He was a man of marvelous personality. 
When he came to die his last words were, "The great fault of life is 
its shortness. Just as one is beginning to know the game one has 
to stop." But was the life of Rhodes wasted, no, no, his influence in 
Africa throughout the British dominion is still felt. But does the 
making of money until one becomes a millionaire pay. I once 
heard of a man that made money so rapidly he became a million- 
aire but in becoming one he broke down his health. Is it worth a 
man's while to break down his health and become a physical wreck 
to gain wealth. No man can take money with him into the other 
world. What shaii it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world 
and lose his soul. 

The only thing that you can take with you in the other world is 
character, what you really are within yourself. It does pay to 
develop along right lines. Mind, heart, character, even though we 
may not live long in this world after doing so. No good thought is 
ever wasted. Even if a good thought is not expressed it is beneficial 
on uplifting to the one thinking it. For as a man thinketh in his heart 
so is he. Good thoughts keep one from committing bad actions. 
No good thought expressed is never wasted. Good sayings 
whether we know their authors or not have a wonderful influence 
upon the thoughts and actions of men. What an elevating power 
poems, hymns and songs have had in the world. 

No good act ever performed is at any time lost or wasted. It often 
seems so but it is not. Missionaries have been killed by those they 
tried to lead to Christ. Were their lives wasted it looks so to us, they 
were not. Their work remains, they made it easier for those 
following them. No kind word is ever lost. For kind words never 
die. No good influence is ever wasted. Here is a piece of humanity 
that is still born. There is no sign of life in that wax like form. But 
those who looked upon its face with loving eyes will feel its sweet 
influence as long as they live. Yonder is a child born that lives but a 



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short while. It lived long enough to let dear ones feel its loving life. 
They can never get rid of the thought that that life was with them 
for a little time. That short life was not wasted. It was a blessing to 
them. Its memory is a benediction. Here is a young girl that is 
taken away just as she is blooming into womanhood. Now that she 
is gone everything associated with her young life is a comfort to 
those who mourn her loss. Our loved ones gone live in our 
memories. They are not really dead to us. Even the presence of a 
good man is not wasted. Livingstone's influence still lives not only 
in Africa but throughout the world. He left the stamp of his great 
influence for good upon it. Oh reader, learn to gather up daily a 
few fragments of the promises of God that you may become 
stronger in Christ. Just a fragment of a passage of scripture with 
one promise of God learned daily what a great blessing it will be to 
you through life. Gather up the fragments of time for the Lord. We 
shall have an easier conscience because we haven't wasted time by 
misusing it or using it for selfish purposes. Gather up the 
fragments of money to do good with and God will bless you and 
you shall be a blessing. Gather up the fragments of your prayers 
for our ministers for the Christian work done by them and all others 
throughout the world and so set in motion godly influence that 
shall continue through eternity. 

UNSELFISH LOVE 

The unselfish love of Jesus 

Guides me where'er I go. 
It is keeping me from straying; 

Of this I surely know. 

My blind eyes have now been opened 

To what is true and right. 
For with His hand He will guide me 

Out from the darkest night. 

His door to heaven is open 

To an eternal day. 
Through His love He's now showing me 

The bright and shining way. 

He's folding His arms about me 

To keep me far from sin. 
Praise His name! I'm cleansed and pardoned; 

His love fills me within. 

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



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ALL 

ALL, a word of only three letters. Yet so large it can include 
everything when not confined to a limited thing. In this case I am 
thinking of the Bible, dictated by God through His Holy Spirit, 
through the inspired writers over a period of almost three thousand 
six hundred years for the Old Testament and one hundred years for 
the New Testament. The writers came from all walks of life, kings, 
prophets, farmers, shepherds, fishermen, even a tax collector. Yet 
ALL writings fit together and agree with each other without flaw. 
Almost every writing is witnessed by at least one other writer that 
verifies the truth of the account or command. Number two in the 
Bible stands for testimony, intensification, requital in full. So when 
in doubt about a Biblical question it is well to look elsewhere for 
verification. 

What I am thinking of now is the importance of reading, studying, 
believing and obeying ALL the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. 
Some of the prophets especially the minor prophets have been 
difficult to understand so they have been neglected. A minister 
told me one time that he did not bother with Revelation because he 
did not understand it and he never saw two people who understood 
it alike. Nevertheless we are commanded to read it, "Blessed is he 
that readeth, and they that hear the word of this prophecy, and 
keep the things that are written therein: for the time is at hand." 
Rev. 1 :3. This verse does not say that we will understand it, but it 
does say we will be blessed for reading it. I believe that blessing 
will be understanding if we diligently seek to understand it. 

Thinking back over the years, forty to sixty years ago, I cannot 
remember people reading the minor prophets and Revelation very 
much. I have talked to other people my age and neither do they 
remember the older people studying the minor prophets and 
Revelation very much. We are now coming into the twilight of the 
tribulation period and the people are not aware of the end-time 
prophecies and therefore are unprepared to identify the signs and 
deceptions of the times and as a result old and young alike are 
being swept along with the rushing tide of world confusion, the 
many translations of the Bible, numerous so-called religions, 
organizations, cults, non-faiths of Christ and His saving Gospel. 
Ada to that greed, pride, pleasure, immorality, hatred and envy, 
adultery, jealously, the public school teaching that there is no God 
(that man is his own god), no Heaven, and no hell all add up to the 
result that they seem not to know neither do they care where they 
came from, neither where they are going, even though they know 
that the world is extremely wicked. Any makeshift religion or 
theory they will hold onto, not realizing it ends in eternal death, yet 
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Those of us who still know that there is a true God who cannot lie 
would be wiser to study these long neglected scriptures in order to 
understand the age in which we live and how to live in it and to be 
able to witness to those who are lost in their confusion. 

The last verses of the Bible read, "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 many shall take away from the 
words of this book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part 
out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things 
which are written in this book." Rev. 22:18-19. 

To neglect any part of God's Word and neglect to read it and not 
try to understand it or obey it I believe would be the same as tearing 
it out of the Bible. It would be of no good to us if we do not heed 
and obey it, henceforth our part or our name shall be removed from 
God's book of life. 

Dear Brethren, Sisters and reader it is time to get wisdom. If we 
read and know what is written in God's Word even though we may 
not fully understand when. As the Scriptures are fulfilled it will be 
much easier for us to put it together in the light of God's Word than 
if we had never studied it. All scripture is given for inspiration and 
wisdom if we apply our minds to learn. God may still show mercy 
and give us time to get ready to meet Him. 

Television, radio, trashy books, literature and pleasures have 
done much to divert peoples minds from the Word of God. Let us 
get back to the needful and necessary Word of God through the old 
dependable translations because that is what we will be judged by 
and our eternity will wholly depend upon our response. Remember 
Christ paid the price for us. He cast one vote for our soul, Satan 
cast one vote. Our vote is the deciding factor. 
Only one life 
T'will soon be past, 
Only what's done 
For Christ will last. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

AN OUTWARD SHOW WITH AM INWARD GLOW 

We have written many articles expressing our appreciation for 
our anabaptist heritage and we will continue to do so as the Spirit 
leads. We feel a real spiritual relationship to our sister denomi- 
nations that share our anabaptist heritage. We are glad to see a 
new spirit of love between many of these groups and the Brethren. 
However, we do not see this as a reason to deny our Brethren 
heritage. For us such things as trine immersion baptism remain a 



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part of our heritage and scriptural understanding that need to be 
shared with others. 

An important part of our Brethren heritage has been questioned 
in recent articles printed in Brethren publications. We would like to 
quote from the book MEET THE BRETHREN edited by (historian) 
Donald F. Durnbaugh. "As they (the first Brethren) there (in 
Wittgenstein) studied the Scriptures, read church history, and 
discussed doctrines, they came to agreement on a view of the 
church consonant with that developed by the 16th century Ana- 
baptists, with those descendants, the Mennonites, they had close 
contact. Thus the Brethren were formed at the confluence of basic 
Protestant faith, pietist reform and anabaptist ecclesiology." Thus 
we see that our Brethren heritage is not "pure anabaptist" but 
Pietistic-anabaptist. 

We believe the important part of our pietistic heritage, that of a 
genuine "inner experience", has been lost to a large degree over 
the years and now has been actually ridiculed by some Brethren. 
From our study of Brethren history we have come to the conclusion 
that our Brethren forefathers not only taught a real "inner 
experience" at the time of conversion but were also more 
emotional than most of our Brethren today. However to clarify this 
we would make it clear that our Brethren forefathers would have 
disdained the modern emotional movement of "pumped up 
emotion", (everyone clap your hands, everyone raise your hands, 
everyone say amen, everyone stomp your feet, and so forth). 

Our Brethren forefathers started with searching the Scriptures. 
We would like to do the same. Let us turn in our Bibles to Romans 
8:9, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the 
Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of 
Christ, he is none of his." While some exceptions can be found in 
scripture, most of the accounts teach that the Holy Spirit was given 
at the time of the individual's baptism. Therefore we agree with the 
anabaptists that baptism is an essential part of our conversion 
experience. There is not one instance where an individual was 
saved and not baptized to be found in Holy Scripture after the 
death and resurrection of Christ. 

Verse 10, "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of 
sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." We know from 
our scriptures that Paul is not teaching spiritual perfection, but he 
is teaching that we are to be "dead" to self. Any doctrines that is 
merely an outward form becomes a doctrine of man. We can put 
on the correct garb but if we do not have the reality of Christ within 
we will never enter Heaven. 

Verse 11, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the 
dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also 



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quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." Why 
are so many of the Brethren afraid of a real Holy Ghost experience? 
God wants to "quicken (our) mortal bodies by his Spirit." The word 
"quicken" means to make alive or give life. Because of our fear of 
our pietistic heritage many Brethren have succumbed to mere form 
and ritual. I assure you God will not strike you dead for saying 
"amen" or even "Praise the Lord." In fact such an action may bring 
life into a dead worship service! Lest anyone think we are trying to 
put down our form of worship, we would also add that all things are 
to be done decently and in order according to Scripture. 

Verses 12 and 13, "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the 
flesh, to live after the flesh. But if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: 
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye 
shall live." We must die to the flesh so we can live through the 
Spirit. We are not to glorify the flesh by putting on jewelry, wearing 
immodest clothing or painting our faces un-natural colors. The 
Bible says if we live after the flesh we will die (spiritually). God is 
the final judge but we believe all Christians should take this 
warning very seriously. You may claim to have had a real inner 
experience, you may even claim to have had two or even three 
experiences, but if you are glorifying the flesh you may be only 
fooling yourself. For as verse 14 says, "For as many as are led by 
the Spirit of God, they are the sons (or daughters) of God." God 
never leads contrary to His Word. 

Verse 15, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to 
fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, 
Abba, Father." This verse contains so much it would take another 
manuscript to do it justice. Let us just say the "spirit of bondage" is 
not following the New Testament teachings, to do so is to have the 
Spirit of life. The "spirit of bondage" is following the styles of man 
and the ways of the world. 

Verse 1 6, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we 
are the children of God;" Have you had a genuine experience with 
our Lord? Do you know that Christ dwells within you? If not we 
urge you to have this experience today. Then allow the Holy Spirit 
to direct you in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. We 
must have an outward show but it must be first indwelt by an inner 
glow. Let us not deny our pietistic heritage. 

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

A friend is a present you give yourself. 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Some Ordinances 
J. H. Moore 

Connected with the worship of the Old Dispensation, and reg- 
ulated by the law of Moses, there were ordinances instituted and 
perpetuated for spiritual purposes. Under the Gospel order there 
are also ordinances, but of a different and a higher type. 

Some teaching along this line is referred to by the Master in Matt. 
28:20. After instructing his apostles in regard to making disciples 
of all nations, and "baptizing them into the name of the Father, and 
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," he adds: "Teaching them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." The "all 
things" here includes his entire system of teaching, along with the 
ordinances he instituted and enjoined. 

Paul had the institutions of the Lord's house in mind when he 
wrote the members at Corinth, saying: "Remember me in all things, 
and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you." (I Cor. 11:2). 
These ordinances are included in what Jude (verse 3) says about 
contending "for the faith once delivered unto the saints." Of those 
converted under the preaching of Peter, and baptized on the day of 
Pentecost, it is said that "they continued steadfastly in the apostles' 
doctrine and fellowship." (Acts 2:42). 

This should be characteristic of all those who, led by the Spirit, 
are seeking to obey the Lord in the all things that he has seen 
proper to enjoin upon his followers. And to this class of believers 
reference is evidently made in Rev. 22:14, where we have these 
words: "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may 
have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into 
the city." 



NEWS ITEMS 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation will have Love- 
feast May 7, 1989. Services begin at 9:30 A.M. We invite each one 
to come and worship with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 



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Our Saviour does not make allowances for sin; He makes 
atonement for it. 



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THANK YOU! 

Outside the guineas, geese, chickens and one big red dog were 
going about their usual activities. Inside we were, ten of us, seated 
around the family table to celebrate a special occasion together. 

Grandpa and Grandma Skiles, Ora and Alice, were having their 
66th wedding anniversary and we were privileged to be there with 
them on February 28. 

In the living room were lines on two sides of the room hung with 
lovely anniversary cards that friends and relatives had sent to them. 
Grandma asked that we write to thank you for all of their cards and 
letters. It was fun to drive up to the mailbox and pull out a handful 
of cards for them. They got over 100 cards and they were 
appreciated and now are being enjoyed each day. 

The verse on the blackboard when we left was, ''Looking unto 
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was 
set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set 
down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2. 

Thank you so much! 

Brother David and Sister Mildred Skiles 



OBITUARY 

MILDRED STUBER 

Sister Mildred M. Stuber was born March 26, 1918 at Leacock, 
Pennsylvania, and went Home to be with the Lord on January 21, 
1989, while at the Ephrata Community Hospital, Ephrata, Pennsyl- 
vania, at the age of 70 years, 9 months, and 26 days. She was the 
daughter of the late Harry M. and Susan (Myers) Sensenig. 

On September 22, 1934, she was united in marriage to Paul 
Franklin Stuber. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary 
on September 22, 1988. She had been a member of the Lititz 
Dunkard Brethren Church for many years, and more recently was a 
member of Christ Ambassadors Church at Little Kutztown, Penn- 
sylvania. 

She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband Paul; four 
children: Harold, Reamstown, Pennsylvania; Mary, wife of Carl 
Wise, Denver, Pennsylvania; Betty, Ephrata, Pennsylvania; and 
Ray, Felton, Pennsylvania; eighteen grandchildren and twenty- 
three great-grandchildren; two sisters and four brothers. A son, 
Paul Jr., preceded her in death in 1983. 



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Funeral services were held January 24, 1989, at the Valley View 
Church, Schoeneck, Pennsylvania, conducted by Brethren Daniel 
A. Alspaugh, Sr., David Alspaugh, and Moses Stoltzfus. Interment 
was in Mellingers Cemetery, Schoeneck, Pennsylvania. 

The family wishes to thank all for their cards, prayers, love, 
concern, and expressions of sympathy. 

MOTHER AND MOM 

Mildred Stuber was a Mother, a Wife, 

and yet, she was a Mom. 
She was known to many as Mill, 

Millie, and Mildred, Gramma to some. 
"M"agnetic she was in so many ways 

because of her love and concern. 
"C'thers was one of her greatest themes 

and self she surely did spurn. 
"Trustworthy was she and truthful 

you could count on what she said. 
"H"ome is what she made our house 

and the Bible is what she read. 
"Energetic and busy was she 

and always was on the go. 
"R"ewarded is what she is now 

for to Heaven — she did go. 
She passed from this life 

on the day of January 21, 
But in our hearts and on our minds 

she'll stay, till setting of-our-sun. 
Sharing and caring is what she enjoyed; 

that seemed to bring her joy. 
Her pattern and example that she left 

might we also employ. 
Yes, death we know is certain 

but life is so unsure, 
"M"ight we each desire to heed 

God's call, and His Word explore. 
"0"ne day, yes, each of us 

will also face death's door. 
"M"ight we be able to meet Mother, 

Mom, Millie, Mildred, or Gramma — once more? 

•• • • ••• 

Though you have in this world but little, or a lot to give, all that 
life considers, is how you live. 



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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 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

R. 3 Box 24-D 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

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 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 



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

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

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
12124 Washington Rd. 

Waterford, C A 95386 
(209) 874-3519 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3026 

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

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

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 

(913)675-3600 



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 



AH 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 
Union, OH 45323 



Mill 



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VOL. LXVII 



APRIL 15, 1989 



NO. 8 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



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 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. 

Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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THE CHRISITAN-AN OPTIMIST OR PESSIMIST? 

The Christian and the non-Christian view the surrounding world 
with totally opposite perspectives. The non-Christian views events 
and situations with a closed mind that can only understand 
material and man directed events. The Christian's view is broader 
for he can see the present as an integral part of God's plan of man's 
history. The present is a result of the past and a stepping stone into 
the future. 

Non-Christians can take extreme views of present happenings. 
These views often become fads. The world may be extremely 
optimistic or just as extremely pessimistic. At certain times all 
seem to believe that the world is on the verge of a "Golden Age." 
Peace will soon prevail, prosperity will spread to all areas. Men will 
improve themselves through education and good behavior. Poverty 
and illness will soon be forever banished from the world. Then in a 
short time, the pendulum of public emotion will swing to the 
opposite extreme. The world will soon be involved in far spread 
warfare. Poverty and homelessness will engulf the nation. The 
government is unable to govern effectively. The environment is 
being ruined forever. The threat of nuclear destruction is an ever 
present danger. These and many other views form the basis of the 
world's view. 

How does the Christian view this same world? He knows God 
has control over the affairs of men, so nothing will happen that will 
change His grand design. The child of God knows that whether 
conditions are well or ill, he has a relationship with God. When all 
seems well he can be thankful for the blessings he can enjoy. When 
conditions are ill, he can be thankful there is One who can sustain 
him. 

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As the Christian looks around him, he could very well be a 
pessimist. The view is not pleasing. He sees people scantily 
dressed, engaging in lives devoted to pleasure and sin. He sees 
lives wrecked by drugs, tobacco, alcohol and other body de- 
stroying habits. He sees marriages destroyed by adultery and 
purity sacrificed to fornication. He sees people devoted to self 
promotion and ignorant of God's Word. Crime is rampant every- 
where. The social disorders of the day along with political and 
economic problems make for unpleasant thoughts. With human 
life cheap and warfare a ready answer to mankind's problems, 
there is little to be optomistic about. Clearly, the world today is far 
from being what God desires. 

The Christian must be pessimistic about the advances of the 
world even with the Church. So many bars have been let down that 
now the world and Church have become bosom companions. 
Often the Church associates with the world in the political, social 
and economic realm. This justifies a pessimistic view. 

The Christian also has the right to an optimistic view. Even with 
the pessimistic scenes about him, the Christian can be optimistic. 
He knows, that the darkness of the world's sin is but a sign of a 
better day coming. The very darkness shows him there is a 
resolution coming. When God resolves the problems of the world, 
He will do it not only for His own honor but forfhe benefit of those 
who will follow Him through the darkest of times. The Christian 
realizes that truly better times will come, not through men's efforts 
in education, political reform or economic programs but through 
living as God directs. 

The conditions of the surrounding world certainly may cause the 
Christian to be pessimistic. The note of optimism that can sustain 
the Christian is that individual lives may be changed. The social 
surroundings will continue to deteriorate but individuals within that 
society can be bettered. Their social standing, their political 
influence, their economic conditions may not change but they can 
be improved when they are willing to step out of that downward 
trending society and become a child of God. 

God has provided the only means for optimism for the Christian. 
It is the possibility that men now lost in sin and downtrodden by the 
system can be changed by the power of God. Through Spiritual 
rebirth they can become what God originally intended for all to be. 
Christians may not have much, if any, impact on society but the 
Christian's optimism lies in the power of God working through men 
to improve their lives and those whom their lives touch. 

The world and its activities can only cause the Christian to be 
pessimisitc. But optimism can be his when he views the future as 
he sees individuals changed into servants of God. 



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"ME TOO, LORD" 

Two little girls were visiting their Grandpa one day. He usually 
gave them some little thing to take home, and on this particular 
day, he gave the oldest girl a quarter. The littlest one observed this 
for a moment, then she held out her hand and said, "Me too, 
Grandpa, me too!" Her Grandpa thought she was too little to be 
interested in money, but she wasn't, and she reached out for her 
share. 

Often when I pray for someone else, the thoughts which come to 
me point out a need in my own life. The insight into the needs of 
another causes me to reflect on my shortcomings, and I must say, 
"Me too, Lord." The requests I make for someone else apply to me 
as well. Even though the needs aren't identical, the problems we 
have with our human nature are much the same. 

God has much to give us if we will accept it, and when we see 
how He cares for others, we ought to say, "Me too, Lord, me too." 
We need to reach out from our hearts for our share of grace and 
strength, for peace and love. When we realize how much we need 
the Lord, then we will say "me too" with a genuine desire for what 
God has for us. 

As we give ourselves to prayer to uplift someone else, we need to 
examine our own hearts. We need to be sure we've said, "Me too, 
Lord", and even more importantly, we need to be sure we mean it. If 
we profess to follow Jesus, but are not sincere, we can't expect 
anyone else to be interested in Him. It is very important to be 
sincere, to be secure in God's love and to have a new heart within 
before we try to convince others to say, "Me too, Lord." 

When we think over our own needs, it should lead us to a closer 
walk with God. We should say, "Me too, Lord. I need help too. I 
still do things I'm ashamed of . I know I haven't done all You want 
me to, and yet I expect others to do so. It's time to get my own life 
in order." A proper attitude about our own shortcomings is needful 
before we can witness effectively to anyone else. 

Jesus said, "Except your righteousness shall exceed the 
righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case 
enter into the kingdom of Heaven." Matt. 5:20. The Pharisees were 
good at recognizing the shortcomings of others, but failed to see 
their own. As they saw it, they were a superior group, and not in 
need of anything. Yet Jesus pointed out a long list of shortcomings 
in Matthew 23. He knew their hearts and how needy they really 
were. He knew they needed to pray, "Me too, Lord" with a 
repentant heart, but they were too proud to do so. 

The Pharisees were self-righteous and very quick to pick out the 
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this self-righteousness really stood out. The Pharisee boldy told 
God how glad he was to be better than others, especially the 
publican. The publican's attitude was just the oppostite and he 
humbly asked for mercy. When the Pharisee heard that, he should 
have said, "Me too, Lord, me too!", but the reality of his own 
sinfulness was the farthest thing from his mind. 

A self-righteous approach to prayer can never be effective any- 
more than a self-righteous approach to life can be. The publican 
recognized his need and asked for mercy, and we should do the 
same. To deny our own need is to hinder our prayers for both 
ourselves and others. The Pharisee made things look good on the 
outside, but his heart wasn't right. He was like a whitewashed 
sepulchre full of lifeless bones. He might as well have said, "Not 
me, Lord. I'm fine the way I am." His prayer was just a bunch of 
empty words, as empty as his spiritual life. 

As we commune with God, it should be with an understanding 
heart, a heart that longs for closeness with our Lord. In I Cor 
14:15, it says "I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the 
understanding also." Both our minds and hearts need to be in tune 
with God, to be open and receptive to His will for us. The Pharisee 
said, "Not me," but we should be as the little girl who wanted her 
share. When you pray, hold out your hands to Jesus and say with 
all your heart, "Me too, Lord, me too." 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
ESPECIALLY FOR YOUMG PEOPLE ('S PARENTS) 

For Parents of Youth 

There can be no doubt about it... the Bible teaches that we 
should have very high standards and deep convictions and yet at 
the same time we have to avoid legalism and license. (Not add to or 
take from.) 

How do we teach these high standards to our young people? 
How do we teach them Christian principles for maximum living and 
minimize legalism? First, let me say that young people are not 
repelled by high standards. I see them as desiring these and 
reaching out for them. I see them desiring to know about and 
understand the doctrines and teachings of the church but are not 
always receiving sound communiation as to reasons why we 
practice certain things that we do. As we teach them convictions 
we must understand that standards cannot differ for age groups yet 
each age group has its special set of needs and problems. If we 
communicate information on senior citizen problems to teenagers 
we lose them! These are critical years and they are transitional 
years and they are years of dependence upon us. We are directing 



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some of the most important decisions they will make... such as, 
"Will I become a Christian?" "Will I become a Dunkard Brethren 
Christian?" These questions are part of a change from the 
dependence upon us to independence. These and other questions 
are asked and decisions are made and important answers and 
direction must be given so that tension and anxiety is minimized. 

The desire for our youth to begin making decisions, coupled with 
our reluctance to let them, creates tension. And, tension is not 
necessarily abnormal or unexpected but if we don't handle these 
situations wisely, rebellion can be the serious result. We must earn 
their respect and show, with Christ like love, that we care and want 
to be a part of the important decisions they are making. We want to 
be involved. 

We can't just preach standards and values to our youth... we also 
have to TEACH them. We can prepare them for adulthood best 
when we teach them to think for themselves during these years. 
We must appeal to them Biblically as one who thinks and we must 
be able to explain objectively why some things are right and wrong, 
good and bad. But, we DO have to leave some room for their 
decisions and possibly some mistakes. We must just be there to 
pick them up and keep them on a Godly road. We must have our 
wrench or Biblical wisdom out when their car of immaturity breaks 
down. And, we must show our approval and not simply always be 
correcting ail of the time. Without encouragement and approval we 
will have a much harder time leading them to the conservative life 
in Christ. It seems that we feel we can exist without encourage- 
ment but we are little different than they are. As mature adults we 
can't function without encouragement either. That is the nature 
God has built within us — to need it and be motivated by it. 

Each one of us have to hold up right values for our youth... not 
just for our own family, but for the larger family of God. When we 
are able to teach them Christian values and convictions and when 
we support the doctrinal practices of the church, they learn to 
make right choices and have the seeds planted for Godly living. 
They develop their own convictions from this background. 

We must show forth the importance of our youth being "different" 
from the rest of their peer group and that is not easy. Teens hate to 
be different from other teens. We, for this reason, have to teach 
leadership qualities so that they can lead and not be wrongly 
influenced by the world. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE INFLUENCED 
IN LIFE BY THOSE WHO PAY ATTENTION TO THEM! Are we 
taking the time to instill right teachings and values? Are we paying 
attention? This involves paying attention to the things of interest to 
them. There is great value in listening to needs as well as throwing 
out challenges. 



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We all think in terms of right and wrong and we place plus value 
on right and minus value on wrong. We desire for our youth to be 
heavy in the plus column. They will only do this as we teach them 
purpose and give them directions for life. God also cares about 
this. He cares about values and appeals to us with such questions 
as, "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and 
lose his own soul?" Yet, with our lives, we communicate that 
making money is the most important thing they can do. Are they 
learning true values? Are these values making them happy? 

In the first Psalm we read about the blessed man... or happy 
person. This is a person who has found true value. He has been 
taught to refuse advice from the ungodly, to refuse to run with 
sinners, and to refuse to join in with those who ridicule and scorn 
the work of Christ and the Church. He is the person who has also 
learned to delight in meditating on the law of God... and that is 
positive. Only as we communicate value and doctrines in the 
positive will our youth become fruitful and prosperous in spirit. 
Only then will they learn about the emptiness and worthlessness of 
being unfruitful as Christians. Empty people are easily "blown 
away"... as the chaff blows away in the wind. The ultimate end is to 
perish... to drop out... to look for another option. 

Our young people deserve to have high standards demanded of 
them and I believe strongly that they will respond positively, 
however, this can never be accomplished negatively. Being a 
Christian can never be presented as a negative. Sin is negative 
along with its consequences, but being a Christian is not. 

For the sake of our youth... bear witness to high values of 
righteousness. Answer questions with an unwavering commitment 
to their needs... in Christ... with love. Practice righteousness for 
example. Be alert spiritually... "especially for young people." 

Brother Len Wertz 
THE TWO FACES OF SATAN 

II Corinthians 11:13-14, "For such are false apostles, deceitful 
workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And 
no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." 

I Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the 
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may 
devour:" 

There is a phenomenon taking place within our land that is 
almost impossible to believe. Yet reliable sources have docu- 
mented evidence that it is actually taking place. The worship of 
Satan is growing by leaps and bounds and involves those of high 
education and places of responsibility down to and including 
children barely out of grade school. Much of the violence, 



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pornography and drug use can be traced to Satan worship. Sexual 
orgies are a common occurence in satanic "worship" services. It 
has been reported that actual human sacrifices have taken place 
and the victims are often new born babies. 

Perhaps one of the reasons many Christians have become 
hardened to believing such terrible things are actually happening is 
because only a few short years ago Satan was being accused of 
being responsible for everything from stubbing your toe to 
catching a cold. While this type of teaching has lost a large portion 
of its original followers, is it possible that Satan has gained a 
victory and taken advantage of it? It is interesting to us that many 
who taught (and a few are still teaching) that Satan was responsible 
for everything and anything claimed to be a part of the "apostolic 
faith" and actually called themselves "apostles!" Compare this with 
II Corinthians 11:13. 

"Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" has two 
connotations in our modern world. Down through the centuries 
Satan has allowed individuals to believe they are worshipping in 
truth while following a lie. We could name many movements that 
carry the name "christian" that are merely the errors of man and 
very likely promoted by Satan himself. In more modern times such 
movements as the popular ecumenical movement, the self love 
movement, and the health and wealth movement are all a part of 
Satan transforming himself into an angel of light. However, today 
individuals are actually claiming to see visions of light that lead 
them into "new truth." These visions can cause the individual to 
"actually see", so we are told, anyone from important individuals 
who died years ago to "Jesus Christ" himself. "New light" has been 
a danger for many years but it would appear that there is now a new 
twist to this phenomenon. 

While Satan appears many times as an angel of light, we know 
that his real character is a "roaring lion — seeking whom he may 
devour." II Peter 5:8 taken within its context gives us some 
instructions badly needed in the modern church. In the first verse 
Peter addresses "The elders which are among you..." In this day of 
"everyone do your own thing" the earthly church needs this advice 
in a special way. God gave elders (and ministers) to lead the flock. 
The current disrespect of many for leadership is not pleasing to 
God. 

In verse two Peter instructs the elders to "Feed the flock of God 
which is among you,..." How is an elder to feed the flock? By 
preaching the word of God. "I think" has no place in the leadership 
of the Church of God. However, in areas where the word of God is 
not specific the elders have the authority to interpret, desiring the 
leading of the Holy Spirit. We should be very slow to "throw off" 



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those things our former elders held to be truth and practices they 
established. 

In this same verse Peter says elders should lead "not by con- 
straint, but willingly." Those in leadership should be willing to take 
the "risk" of making decisions. They will not always be popular 
with the majority and it may even cost a loss of membership. But 
we believe if they feel so led by the Holy Spirit, it is in line with the 
Holy Word and the elders are in agreement, the laity should accept 
decisions made without trying to coerce the elders. What if the 
elders are not following the Word of God? We have come to the 
conclusion that the only recourse in such a situation is to leave and 
find a fellowship that does follow Holy Scripture. 

Then Peter tells the elders they are not to serve "for filthy lucre." 
In this day of millionaire leadership and scandals surrounding it, 
we are very grateful to belong to a denomination that has elders 
and ministers that serve without pay. 

In verse three Peter instructs, "Neither, as being lords over God's 
heritage, but being ensamples to the flock." Satan will have trouble 
scattering the flock if we have good examples to follow. 

In verse five Peter gives important instructions to the younger, 
"Submit yourselves unto the elder." Satan will often tempt the 
young ones to believe that the advice of the elders is only a burden. 
The problem of youth is a subject within itself. Peter goes on to 
say, "Yea, all of you be subject to another, and be clothed with 
humility: for God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the 
humble." True humility is the strongest foundation of any church 
and pride will destroy a gathering every time. 

If we resist Satan and follow the true light of our Lord verse four 
(which we omitted) will be true for us. This is directed to the elders 
but it is true for all believers. "And when the chief Shepherd shall 
appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." We 
believe this "crown of glory" is eternal life. If you have not given 
your life to the "chief shepherd", the Lord Jesus Christ, you will not 
receive eternal life but eternal torment in Hell. There you will 
spend eternity with Satan and all his demons. Revelation 20:10 
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and 
brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be 
tormented day and night for ever and ever." Then will be complete 
darkness and Satan will no longer appear as an angel of light. 
Those he devoured as a roaring lion will be with him in torment. 
Sinner heed this warning; Christian be on your guard. 



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



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THEN SHALL THEY FAST 

The statement in Matthew 9:15, Mark 2:20 and Luke 5:35 is not so 
much a command as a statement. However the statement in 
Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29 shows us that we receive the things 
we desire, after sincere prayer and fasting. The fasting gives 
strength to our prayers, by showing before God the earnestness of 
our desires. 

Anna was one who served God continually by prayer and fasting 
and she was rewarded. She was permitted to see the Saviour and 
to testify of Him. 

Fasting may be a private choice, or a public proclamation by a 
church, or by the official decree of a ruler, it may be for good or for 
evil. See I Kings 21:1-16, Isaiah 58:1-5 and Acts 23:12-15. 

"This is fast that I have chosen, saith the Lord God." Read Isaiah 
58:6-14. 

How we should come to prayer and fasting: with repentance 
I Kings 21:27-29, Jonah 3:5-10 and Joel 2:12-17; with confession' 
Daniel 9:3-19; with total dedication, Esther 4:16; not to be seen of 
men, but before the Lord, Matthew 6:16-18, Luke 18:12. 

Some of the things we should fast and pray for: Ezra 8-21-23 
Esther 4:13-17; for the leading of the Holy Spirit, Acts 13:2-3. 

Please dear reader, let's all read the scriptures, then let us all put 
them to practice in our lives, so the Holy Spirit may be poured out 
upon us, and God may be honored, and glorified, and praised. 

Now we need Elders, Ministers and Deacons that are annointed 
by the Holy Spirit. We need both, Brothers and Sisters, who are 
willing to fast and pray that God may do wonderous things, even in 
this our day. Amen. May God bless you all. 

Brother William Carpenter 



A GENUINE CHRISTIAN 

When something is genuine it is very good — 
We look for it in articles of leather and wood. 
A genuine Christian has a heart of gold. 
More love for others than his heart can hold. 
A love for God and mankind that is true. 
Also for the sinner and backslidden too. 
He is known by his deeds and his ways — 
And reflects God's love all of his days! 

- Sister Verda Lorenz 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 15, 1929 

TWO CLASSIFICATIONS 

J. F. Britton 

In the eighth chapter of John, we have a record of a sharp and 
contentious controversy between Jesus and those self-conceited, 
bigoted, self-willed and unbelieving Jews. In the midst of that 
controversy Jesus said, "He that is of God heareth God's words: ye 
therefore hear them not because ye are not of God." John 8:47. 
"But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep as I said unto 
you, my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow 
me." John 10:26-27. In these texts, Jesus presents to us two 
classes for our consideration, and the personal question is, to 
which class do I belong? 

This controversy is a continuation of the one recorded in the 
sixth chapter of John. Because Jesus represented himself as the 
true bread of life, which even startled his disciples, that they went 
back and walked no more with him. 

No wonder Isaiah in his prophetic vision wrote, saying, "Who 
hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord 
revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant; he 
hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is 
no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected 
of men; a man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it 
were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him 
not. Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet 
we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he 
was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our 
iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with 
his stripes we are healed." Isa. 53:1-5. 

As we think on these Scriptures and think back of those Jews, 
even if their minds were blinded, with conceit, deceit and stupidity, 
we are very prone to censure them for their hardness and unbelief. 
But with all our boasted advancement in knowledge and with an 
open Bible before us, we are made sad, to see a repetition of similar 
conditions in our day and time. 

Our modern pedagogues and professors are caviling and Christ, 
the origin of man and many other vital questions that deal with 
man's eternal destination. But our text says: He that is of God 
heareth God's words; its classification is as applicable today as it 
was when Jesus spoke it. And as there were two classes then, 
there are two classes today. "Know ye not that to whom ye yield 
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; 



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whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness " 
Rom. 6:16. 

In this text two classes are definitely referred to. Reader, to which 
of these classes do you belong? This is personal question, I cannot 
answer it for you, neither can you answer it for me. But God will 
answer the question and classify both of us, as he does in our text 
"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." Matt. 7:21-22. 

This text carries our minds forward to the "Great Day" when "we 
must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one 
may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath 
done, whether it be good or bad." II Cor. 5:10. It stands to reason, 
and it is logical, that we will be classified by the life we live here! 
The last and final classification is recorded in Matt. 25:31-46, as 
follows: "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the 
holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 
and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate 
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the 
goats; and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on 
the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, 
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for 
you from the foundation of the world; for I was an hungered and ye 
gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, 
and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye 
visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the 
righteous answer him, saying Lord, when saw we thee and 
hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw 
we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 

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. Then shall he say also unto 
them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed into everlasting 
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was an hungered, 
and ye gave me no meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; I 
was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me 
not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also 
answer him saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or 
athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did 'not 
minister unto thee? 

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily, I say unto you, 
inasmuch as ye did not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to 



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me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment but the 
righteous into life eternal." 

This last verse is clothed in sadness, and joy, and fraught with 
eternal consequences. O, God, breathe upon each Monitor reader, 
through the Holy Spirit, thy grace, wisdom and strength so that we 
may all live lives, that will classify us with the righteous. Amen. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

THE LAST NIGHT 
J. H. Moore 

In former chapters we have commented on the ordinance of 
Christian baptism, the institution placed by the Lord and Master at 
the entrance of the church. We are now to consider certain 
institutions located in the very heart of the church and intended for 
the faithful, after they have been born into the family of God on 
earth. 

This brings us to the last night that Jesus spent with his apostles 
before his crucifixion. It was indeed a memorable night; one that 
never passed from the memories of the faithful few, and one about 
which they never cease to write and speak. About this night, and 
the events connected with it, more has probably been said and 
written than concerning any other one night mentioned in the 
Sacred Scriptures. John devotes six chapters to his interesting and 
touching narrative of what was said and done, while the other three 
evangelists also devote a number of chapters to the same iine of 
thought. 

It was doubtless one of those charming nights, so often ex- 
perienced in Palestine in the spring of the year. It was an April 
evening, possibly the sixth day of the month. The moon was full, 
and flooded the whole land with light. All the hills and valleys 
round about the sacred city were carpeted with a delightful green. 
Every tree was in full leaf, and the gardens abounded in vegetables 
and the fields in waving grain. The sky may have been clear, and a 
gentle breeze stirred the balmy air, while a thousand stars, like 
heaven-appointed sentinels, looked down upon the night-long, 
transpiring events. 

The city was thronged with people, many of them having come 
from far-distant lands, prepared to take part in the approaching 
passover. Various rumors floated over the city. Every now and 
then a new and somewhat exciting report was started, and soon 
spread to every section. For days, Jesus, the marvelous Prophet 
and Teacher, with a number of followers and many admirers, had 
been awing the people and astonishing the authorities. His 
teachings attracted and repelled until public sentiment arose and 



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fell like the receding and returning waves of the sea. No man could 
withstand his wisdom, while the miracles he performed seemed like 
the work of the Deity. He moved among the people like a humble, 
uncrowned king, whose only purpose was to so imbue his 
followers with love, as to be a law unto themselves. 

This, however, was to be the Master's last night while in the flesh, 
and no one could predict what might happen. Still he knew what 
was in store for him, and planned his work so as to meet the 
conditions. These conditions will be considered as we pass from 
chapter to chapter. 

OBITUARY 

ANNA BRITTON 

Sis. Anna Laura Britton of 15 Timber Road, Mechanicsburg 
Pennsylvania died February 19, 1989 at a sub-accute care center! 
Renova, at Mechanicsburg. She was born February 8, 1908, near 
Mechanicsburg. 

She was united in marriage to Ernest F. Britton, grandson of Bro. 
J. F. Britton, Nokesville, Virginia, on April 11, 1930. 

She was a member of the Dunkard Brethren Church in Mech- 
anicsburg during her latter years. She is survived by a daughter, 
Clara Anne Ressler of Mechanicsburg, two sisters, Fannie Grove of 
Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania and Helen Cave of Hershey, Penn- 
sylvania. She had three grandchildren, Chery, Suzie and Stephen, 
and four great-granddaughters. Services were held in the Mohler 
Church of the Brethren with Elder Jacob Ness and Elder John 
Peffer officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery. 

Her life could best be described with the words, "She hath done 
what she could." We wish to thank all who remembered us with 
cards and prayers during her illness and death. We shall sadly miss 
my beloved mother. 



Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. 



A kind word is never lost, it keeps going on and on, from one 
person to another, and at last it comes back to you. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

The Lord willing, General Conference will be held at the 
Maranatha Bible Camp, June 9-14, 1989, located on Interstate 80, 
13 miles east of North Platte, Nebraska. Get off at the Maxwell, 
Nebraska exit and then south about one eighth mile to the service 
road, then west two miles. 

Those coming by plane or bus can call the camp grounds from 
North Platte, and someone will meet you. Don't plan to get off the 
bus at Maxwell. There is no train service to North Platte. 

Bring your own linens, blankets and pillows. Some pillows will 
be available. Linens will be furnished to those that don't have room 
to bring them. 

Conference cost this year is going to be $16.00 per person, for 
adults. Send your donations to the Trustee Board to help cover 
this expense. 
Send your reservations to: 
Bro. Jerry Moss Bro. Lee Reed 

Rt. 1 Box 235 or Rt. 1 Box 104-a 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 Quinter, KS 67752 

Address of Camp: 

Maranatha Bible Camp 
P.O. Box 549 

North Platte, Nebraska 69101 
Telephone: 308-582-4512 

Brother Carl E. Reed 
Arrangements Committee 

THANK YOU 

It was so precious to see your smiles when you stopped by the 
hospital to visit. It meant so much. The cards came daily with 
messages of hope and cheer. 

I was reminded of the words of our Lord when He said, "Inas- 
much as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye 
have done it unto me." 

For your prayers, tokens of love, and for all — Thank you. 

Brother Paul Hartz 

THANK YOU 

We want to thank each one who sent us cards for our 60th 
Wedding Anniversary. We received over 130 and appreciate them 
very much. 

Brother and Sister Monroe Kintner 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
MAY 1989 

May 7 - The Fifth Angel Sounds - Revelation 9:1-12. 

1. What comes forth from the bottomless pit? 

2. Who is the "King of the Pit"? 

May 14 - MOTHER'S DAY - Genesis 17:15-22. 

1. Why did God wait so long to send Isaac? 

2. How important is faith in motherhood? 

May 21 - The Sixth Angel Sounds - Revelation 9:13-21. 

1 . Describe the judgment of the sixth seal. 

2. WHAT does it take to cause men to repent? verse 20. 
May 28 - The Seventh Angel - Revelation 10:1-6. 

1. What was the message of the seventh angel? verse 4. 

2. What is the meaning of verse 6? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MAY 1989 

May 7 - Redemption - Rom. 3:24-26, I Cor. 1:27-31, Gal. 3:1-14, 
Col. 1: 12-18, Titus 2:11-15, Rev. 5:9-10, Heb. 9:11-12, I Peter 
1:8-25. 

1. What is redemption? 

2. Who needs to be redeemed? 

May 14 - MOTHER'S DAY - Gen. 3:17-24, Gen. 27:1-16, 42-46, 
Prov. 31:1-31. 

1. Take time to list the blessings of a Godly mother on your life. 

2. Do we as children "arise to praise our mothers"? 

May 21 - Battle of Life - Rom. 7:14-25, II Cor. 10:3-6, Eph. 6:12, 
I Tim. 1:18-20, I Tim. 6:12-16. 

1. Describe the battle of life. Who is involved? 

2. Whom did David say the battle belonged to? I Sam. 17:47. 

May 28 -Soldiers -Eph. 6:13-18, I Thess. 5:4-1 1, II Tim. 2:1-4. 

1. Why does Christ need soldiers? 

2. Are we equipped and prepared for the battle? 



Paul Stump 

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Onion, OH 45322 



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VOL, LXVII 



MAY 1, 1989 



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. 

HOW CAN YOU? 

How can you comfort the suffering 

If you've not known sickness or pain? 
How can you spur on the fighter 

When you've never known battle's strain? 
How can you soothe the impatient 

If you've not been tested in stress? 
How can you lift the discouraged 

When you've never known weariness? 
How can you strengthen the traveler 

Unless heavy burdens you've born? 
How can you cheer the sorrowing heart 

If your heart has never been torn? 
God does not revel in trouble, 

But this thing I've been made to see — 
I can't be used to help others 

If trials are foreign to me. 
I must endure pain and sorrow, 

Encounter defeat and distress, 
To teach me compassion and mercy 

For souls he is waiting to bless. 

- Maxine Stevens 

Selected by Sister Ruth Speicher 



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AN OASIS 

A traveler through the desert desires to find an oasis. A drink of 
water is very important to the weary and thirsty traveler. The 
places where water is found in the desert determines the location 
of the road. The road will go from one oasis to the next. With 
nothing but miles of sand, before and behind, having only the 
supplies that can be carried, it is very important to find the few 
oases there are. To miss an oasis or to find it dried up could be life 
threatening for the traveler. 

The need for water was one of the major problems for the 
Israelites following Moses. In fact, the providing of water led 
indirectly to Moses' failure to enter the Promised Land. He had 
struck the rock once to bring forth the needed water but when he 
struck it the second time in anger, frustration and pride, he lost the 
privilege given to Joshua. Not the least of the miracles performed 
by God for the Israelites during that forty year journey was 
providing them with water as they traveled through the desert. 

The world, that surrounds the Christian traveling toward Heaven, 
is a Spiritual desert. The world has a different set of priorities, 
desires and pleasures than the Christian. The Christian is tempted 
to find his pleasures in the pleasures surrounding him, but these 
pleasures will prove to be like poisoned oases, instead of life- 
giving, they are deadly. 

Each Christian needs refreshment along the pilgrim pathway. 
The trials of the journey demand some refreshment for the Spiritual 
body. The desert traveler prepares for the journey by taking 
containers of food and drink with him. He needs these refresh- 
ments between the few and far-between oases. Daily Bible reading, 

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study and memorization, prayer and Spiritual singing are as 
necessary for the Christian as the canteen and thermos are to the 
traveler. These daily activities are needed to sustain life. A 
Christian life devoid of these necessities is as barren and hopeless 
as the desert traveler who fails to prepare properly for the journey 
between oases. 

The desert traveler is unable to carry enough water or food to last 
the entire journey. He can only carry so much food and drink. The 
Christian cannot make the entire journey on allotments designed 
for his individual daily needs. He needs an oasis along the way. As 
important as his daily Spiritual activities are, there is need for more. 

The Christian needs a time of worship, study and fellowship 
provided by the services of his congregation. In company with 
others he can take in the food and drink needed for his Spiritual 
life. There the Christian will find the food and water needed to not 
only sustain his life but to enhance it. Worship with others draws 
the mind to God, His Graciousness, Love and Justice. Fellowship 
brings together those of like precious faith to share their joys and 
hurts. They are strengthened to continue the journey, for they 
know there are others on the same road. Study brings a knowledge 
of God's will through pursuing His Word. Study reaffirms the 
sameness of God in His characteristics and teachings in all ages. 
These benefits make the oasis a very welcome part of the Christian 
life and journey. 

This oasis builds up the members so they can share with others 
so they too can be traveling on the upward way. There can never 
be too many traveling on that way through the desert. The more 
who are traveling together the more protection each traveler has. 

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the 
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the 
more, as ye see the day approaching." Heb. 10:25. This oasis is 
available to all, who avail themselves of the privilege. To be absent 
from the regular, stated services of the Church, when at all able to 
attend, is to place an obstacle in life's journey. 

Eventually the journey through the desert will end. Parts of the 
journey wiil be more pleasant than others. But whatever the 
problems along the way the various oases will have been helps 
toward completing the journey. 

Once upon the journey be sure to use each oasis along the way. 
Be sure to have daily food and drink but do not forsake the oases 
that will strengthen you throughout the journey. 

We never can reach the top of a hill by standing still, we must 
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GOOD ADVICE FOR THE NEW YEAR OR ANYTIME! 

"When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is 
before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to 
appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful 
meat. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt 
thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly 
make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. 
Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire 
thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat 
and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The 
morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy 
sweet words. Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the 
wisdom of thy words. Remove not the old landmark; and enter not 
into the fields of the fatherless: For their redeemer is mighty; he 
shall plead their cause with thee. Apply thine heart unto instruction, 
and thine ears to the words of knowledge. Withhold not correction 
from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from 
hell. My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even 
mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord 
all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation 
shall not be cut off. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide 
thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous 
eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to 
poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Hearken 
unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when 
she is old. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and 
instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous shall 
greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of 
him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare 
thee shall rejoice. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes 
observe my ways. For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange 
woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for prey, and 
increaseth the transgressors among men. Who hath woe? who 
hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who 
hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that 
tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not 
thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the 
cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, 
and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange 
women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt 
be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth 
upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I 
was not sick; they have beaten me and I felt it not: when shall I 
awake? I will seek it yet again." Proverbs 23. 

Selected by Brother L. A. Shumake 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

A New Mind.... 

At the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour 
we become a new creation. The life of God within us gives us a 
new nature as long as we remain faithful and alive spiritually The 
old nature IS transformed by the Spirit of God and the flesh, that old 
capacity of selfishness, is replaced by Christ and His nature 

Before salvation we are servants of sin, but afterwards we 
become servants of God and righteousness. 

The word for mind in the Bible does not relate to the physical 
organ of the brain but to the functions of our intellect and 
emotions. This includes our ability to think or apprehend, judge 
feel, determine and to think critically. The mind of an unsaved 

rfpSorat? 'n ? en6SiS t0 be EVIL ln Romans ft is said ^ be 
E , «,w,T ," S due t0 the re J' ection of the light of God's 

Word. Willful rejection of God is expressed in some very unflat- 
tering terms in the Bible. It is defiled and corrupt. (I Tim 6 5) This 
is due to the fact that Satan blinds the mind of a unregenerate 
person lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the 
image of God, should shine unto them." (II Cor. 44) Without the 
removal of satanic blindness, there can't be conversion 

The biblical characteristics of the unsaved person's mind do not 
mean that he is incapable of good thinking or right actions. God 
has bestowed some very marvelous minds on mankind which have 
oeen used for the common good of society. And yet with all of 
these qualities, they are still afflicted with the qualities we already 
explained. J 

Remember, too, that Christians may choose to allow the old 
characteristics of their mind to show themselves in their current 
life. If allowed to exercise themselves, they can be manifested in 
evil reprobate, carnal, uncritical, darkened, defiled, corrupt and 
Diinded activity. 

mi nH !!? ^ the 4 m l r ^u le of the ^generation process is taking on the 

EESLh * W , h3t iS HiS mind? n is the attitude of thinking 
correctly of ourselves as we ought and the cultivation of His 

minw ll r ^ lt is balance in spiritual living as it relates to the 
mind. Though we have His mind, we must still think humbly. God 

»,hl d u ne l f 0m . etnin , g and we are t0 do something to reveal to others 
what He has done! The new mind is one that is in submission to 
Him. The new mind puts into action right conduct. It makes Godly 
conclusions, remains disciplined and is not controlled by emotions 
It is also not governed by the stimuli of the world... but, rather it 
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Constant renewing of the mind will keep it in tune with Jesus. 
This requires constant stripping-off of the world's cheap veneer 
and replacing it with the genuine. It means that our thoughts, 
ideas, standards, ambitions and conceptions must all be those 
which conform to the will of God. 

Paul teaches a "Power of Positive Thinking" truth that will work 
every time. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, what- 
soever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatso- 
ever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever 
things are of GOOD REPORT; if there be any virtue, and if there by 
any praise, think on these things." We are to fill our minds with 
these things in a world that is filled with the opposite because the 
opposite is of Satan. Continual renewing of the mind and constant 
concentration on right thoughts are the secret for manifesting the 
minds of Christ in our daily life. STRIVE FOR THE MIND OF 
CHRIST. 

Brother Len Wertz 



WILL THE ROCKS TAKE OUR PLACE? 

"Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise Ye the 
LORD." Psalms 150:6. 

Praise is an important part of the Christian's day-by-day walk. 
The Lord loves to hear the praises of His people and so often we 
deeply disappoint Him. When things go wrong and we aren't 
getting our way in things, we tend to complain and murmur when 
what we really should be doing is praising God for the experiences 
that are meant to teach us lessons. 

Here is an example of what I am trying to get across. One young 
man from New Guinea who was attending college in America had a 
large amount of money stolen and his initial reaction was, "Praise 
the Lord!" If only we could take this view on life. 

The Christian walk is a positive thing and too often we look on 
the negative side of life. If we could stop and think of what the Lord 
has done: His love, forgiveness, grace and a multitude of other 
things, it should make us realize that we serve a BIG GOD and 
what we should be doing is praising Him! 

Let us all work together on praising the Lord and as a result we 
will find our life a more positive and complete one. Let's NOT let 
the rocks cry out in our place! 



Sister Tena Skiles 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 



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SEEK YE FIRST. 



Jesus is teaching His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount 
concerning our everyday needs, food, clothing, and so forth, 
followed it with the words, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, 
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto 
you." Matt. 6:33. 

Since the Old Testament is schoolmaster to the new, it is a 
perfect place to find illustrations to back up Christ and the holy 
writer's words found in the New Testament. Remember Solomon 
as a young man fell heir to his father David's throne, the kingdom of 
Israel. No doubt he felt weak and unable to perform the duties of a 
wise king who was to rule over so great a multitude of people. I 
believe he prayed to the Lord for help, and the Lord heard his 
petition which He answered by night in a dream by asking Solomon 
what he desired. Solomon's only request was that the Lord give 
him wisdom to rule his people wisely. Because God saw this young 
man's choice and that he sought righteousness and wisdom more 
than anything else, it pleased Him so that He gave Solomon great 
wisdom, more than any other man on earth has ever had outside of 
Jesus Christ. Then because he asked for the best gift only the Lord 
threw in all things: wealth so great that silver lay about Jerusalem 
as stones, peace in his kingdom so that Israel never had a war in 
the forty years of Solomon's reign, and apparently a fairly long life 
until Solomon became so polluted by strange women and idolatry 
that his kingdom began to deteriorate and his life was cut off. Had 
Solomon continued to put God and His righteousness first I believe 
the Lord would have continued to give Solomon all things. But 
when people begin to think themselves selfsufficient and to follow 
the lusts of the flesh they degenerate more and more and God's 
blessings are withheld. How happy the person who walks spirit- 
ually in the narrow way laid down in the Bible. His blessings will 
probably be different from Solomon's, but each person will be 
blessed according to his needs. 

Please read Psalms 37 slowly, prayerfully, and thoughtfully. In 
the twenty-fifth verse David says, "I have been young, and now am 
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed 
begging bread." The whole chapter is a blessing to the saint. If we 
read, obey and trust our Father in Heaven we can meet life calmly 
with assurance for the Lord truly upholds us with His hand, and we 
shall dwell for evermore knowing we will never be forsaken neither 
in this world or in the world to come. 

But there is a great problem these days because people are 
seeking everything greed, pleasure, occult, lust, pride and so forth, 
but not the wisdom of grace and righteousness in Christ Jesus our 
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blessings of the universe which He is willing and waiting to give us 
if we will only commit our hearts, minds and souls to Him. People 
are selling their eternal souls for less than a mess of pottage that 
has no endurance or any promise of good. They are casting Christ 
aside, and pushing away the guiding Holy Spirit, seldom read the 
Scriptures and when they do they warp, twist, bend, discard, and 
add to, to satisfy their desires with the excuse that we do not all 
understand the Bible alike and therefore will not be held account- 
able, and that God will not punish us if we serve Him in our own 
way. Some rest on their works, neglecting His commandments. 
Many versions of the Bible have been written in an effort to verify 
notions and beliefs, and some, they say, to make reading easier 
which further pushes away the Holy Spirit by man thinking he can 
do a better more understandable job of explaining when the Bible 
says the Scriptures are so plain that a fool cannot err therein. Then 
to justify their claims even further they will say there are more ways 
to the city than one. But Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and 
the life; No man cometh unto the Father but by me." "I am the door 
of the sheepfold, by me if any man enter in he shall go in and out 
and find pasture." Salvation is found by faith in Christ Jesus, 
repentance and baptism. Please read Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-41; 
8:36-39. If any man climbs up some other way he is a thief and a 
robber and he will be cast out where there is weeping and wailing 
and gnashing of teeth. 

Dear friend, whoever you are, do not make excuses, for all of the 
eternal beauty and riches of heaven are too great to miss, and the 
misery and torments of eternal hell are terrible rewards for the 
fleeting moments of sensual pleasure on earth. Read the Bible with 
a prayer for the Holy Spirit to lead you in the way of all truth and 
show you the right way, willing to discard erroneous beliefs and 
worldly sins and lusts. Accept Jesus Christ on His terms. He is 
kind, He is not a hard master, but a true friend. He loves you. He 
died for you and is waiting to bless you with all things good just as 
He promised, and "all these things shall be added unto you." Come 
unto Christ now, for none of us know which hour may be our last. 

To those of us who have already named Jesus Christ as our Lord 
and Saviour may we rededicate our lives, cast away every weight of 
sin and temptation that so easily besets us and live a closer life in 
Christ Jesus that we may live better and more convincing Christian 
lives in order to light the heavenward way for others. Remember 
we are the lights of the world and the salt of the earth and many 
there be out in the world of sin doomed to eternal destruction who 
have never been taught and perhaps never have seen the light. The 
true light is dim. What have we been contributing? And what will 
be contributed in the future? 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 



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NEEDED: A BAPTISM OF LOVE 

Matthew 20:22, "But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what 
ye ask, Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and be 
baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto 
him, We are able." 

This verse is taken from a portion of Scripture familiar to those 
who hear and read the Word of God on a regular basis. The mother 
of Zebedee's children came with her two sons, who Mark and Luke 
tell us were James and John, to Jesus to ask that they might sit in a 
position of honor in His kingdom. Perhaps the reason that Mark 
and Luke do not mention the mother is because Jesus completely 
ignores her in his answer and addresses the two who obviously 
have pride in their hearts. 

While we agree with most Bible scholars that the "cup" and the 
"baptism" both refer to suffering and death, we also believe that 
Christ's "baptism" was one of divine love. It is impossible to 
separate Christ's shedding His blood for the sins of mankind from 
the love God the Father and God the Son had for the world, which 
we believe God the Holy Spirit desires to put into the heart of every 
true believer. 

Like the two who boasted, "We are able," the vast majority of 
God's children are not aware what our Lord requires of us. While 
tradition tells us that James, indeed, suffered and died for his faith, 
tradition and Scripture would lead us to believe that John died a 
natural death. However, he did suffer greatly for his faith. Acts 
14:22 reads, "Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting 
them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much 
tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." We believe, all true 
Christians will, to one degree or another, share the suffering of our 
Lord for standing for the faith. This should bind us together in a 
love that the world knows nothing of. 

Sadly, it seems our reaction is often the same as the other ten. In 
verse 24 of this lesson we read the following, "And when the ten 
heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two 
brethren." Instead of taking the advantage of having the "greatest 
elder who ever walked the earth" in their midst and trying to correct 
a bad situation, they may have voted to start "the church of the ten 
disciples!" However, in verses 25 to 28 our Lord made them aware 
that they also had pride hidden deep within their hearts. Was he 
also instructing the ten that they should minister to the "fallen 
brethren" in place of having ill feelings against them? 

While the New Testament makes it very clear that a New 
Testament Church needs rules and regulations that are to be 
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must be done with love. Jesus makes it very clear that we are not to 
treat one another as the "Gentiles" (unsaved) do. Yet we often see 
more love shown by the unsaved than we do by those who are 
supposed to be the redeemed! Our Lord says, "whosoever will be 
great among you, let him be your minister; (This does not refer to 
leadership but service); And whosoever will be chief among you, let 
him be your servant." We believe our Lord desires each and every 
one of us to be of service in one way or another. Not everyone is 
qualified to be an Elder, Minister or Deacon. Not everyone can be a 
Sunday School teacher or hold an office in the church. But we can 
all pray for one another in times of need along with showing our 
love and concern. If we show the love the Holy Spirit wishes to 
place within our hearts we will be seen as "great" and "chief among 
(mankind)" in the eyes of God. 

Verse 28 of our lesson reads, "Even as the Son of man came not 
to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom 
for many." If we truly have the love of Christ in our hearts we will 
think of others first and ourselves last. Are we wiling to suffer hurt 
in order to preserve the fellowship of christian love? Do we tarry 
with a brother or sister on a matter of differences or do we only 
desire that we be "right?" The Lord Jesus Christ gave His life as He 
died the cruel death on Calvary's cross. Are we willing to give up a 
part of our life to help those in need or to visit the sick, the lonely 
and the aged? Jesus Christ had the divine right to expect complete 
worship from all of mankind, yet He never made Himself appear as 
an individual in authority except as He related to the Father. He 
willingly became a servant to set the example for us. We believe it 
has been well expressed "Jesus Christ was LOVE in human form." 

The reason Christ came and died was because He loved every 
one ever born so much He desired that they might have eternal life. 
We as Christians are to share this with ail that we come into contact 
with. However, the earthly church cannot share the love of Christ 
with an ungodly world until she has a real baptism of love within 
her ranks, in our opinion. This idea is not original with us, but God 
has laid it on our heart in a special way. We have written on this 
subject before, but we feel a real burden on our heart at this time. If 
God loved us ONLY as we love each other we would all be destined 
for Hell. We can not practice a life of sin and still expect the love of 
God to take us to Heaven, but not one of us is without our pride, 
self-righteousness and lack of compassion at times. 

If you have never allowed the love of God to melt your heart and 
give you the desire to allow Jesus Christ to reign in your life you 
cannot know true love. If the Holy Spirit has spoken to you through 
this writing repent and allow Jesus Christ to come into your heart. 
Follow the Lord in baptism and obedience to His Word. May each 



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of us desire a baptism of love in our lives that we may serve Him 
better. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

• • • • • * # 

Everybody today seems to know how to make a living, but do we 
really know how to live. 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 1, 1929 

A GOOD MIXER 

J. H. Beer 

To mix signifies, first, to bring two or more elements together; 
second, to unite or blend in a mass or compound; third, to join to 
associate or join in company. 

If you have a vessel containing water, and you add more water to 
it you have an increase of the same element. 

If you add milk to your water you have a compound mixture, 
neither water, or milk, but a mixture of both, and whichever 
element has the greater quantity predominates it is still a mixture. 

If the man you buy your milk from would add water to your milk 
you would likely tell him he would have to quit that or you would 
buy your milk from someone else. 

Does he not have just as much right and is it not just as 
honorable in God's sight as for you to mix your Christian life with 
the things that are sinful and are contrary to the teachings of Jesus. 

Oh, yes, we must be kind and courteous, and respect others, yet 
we cannot, we dare not, fellowship unrighteousness. (See II Cor. 
6:14.) 

The man who has no higher aim than to please men cannot be 
the true servant of God. (Gal. 1:10.) Fordo I now persuade men or 
God, or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should 
not be the servant of Christ. 

In conversing with a brother as to why they (the church) had 
requested their pastor to resign, gave this reason, "Because he was 
not a good mixer." 

In my way of looking at it, it is a sad comment on any church 
when they must lay aside or shelf their faithful ministers because 
they won't mix with every new thing that comes along. 



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God repeatedly warned his people not to mix or follow after the 
sinful nations around them and when they did so, they had to suffer 
for it. 

I read of a good mixer In the book of Hosea 7:8. "Ephraim, he 
hath mixed himself among the people." Ephraim was the second 
son of Joseph. This scripture may refer to the whole tribe of 
Ephraim. 

What ailed Ephraim? It was not because he could not mix with 
the people, he was a good mixer, he could suit himself to any 
crowd. 

What does God say was wrong with Ephraim. Listen. Ephraim is 
a cake not turned, a cake only baked on one side is not very 
palatable, if you think they are try one the next time your good wife 
bakes griddle cakes. 

I believe he was only a half converted man. Ephraim was not 
only half baked, God says he was like a silly dove. 

Men of Ephraim's type can holloa just as loud as anyone else at a 
dog fight, or root just as hard at a football game as anyone else, 
and perhaps with more zeal, than they could ever manifest in a 
prayer meeting. 

What effect had this mixed life upon the life of Ephraim. Let us 
see Hosea 7:9. "Strangers have devoured his strength and he 
knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he 
knoweth not." 

The testimony of God against Ephraim is a true picture of worldly 
leaders and worldly churches, who have become so mixed with the 
world, and the things of the world, that they have lost their power 
for righteousness in the world. 

The standard of the Christian life has become so low and the life 
of the professed Christian so fashioned after the world, that there is 
little distinction discernable between the professor and the person 
who makes no profession. 

Many churches are dying because worldliness has crowded out 
the spiritual life, the love of Christ has been exchanged for the love 
of the world, these things have robbed many a church of her power 
to lead men to Christ, as the only way to life and salvation. (Acts 
4:12) 

(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." 

(John 17:16) 'They are not of the world, even as I am not of the 
world." 

(John 15:18) "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me 
before it hated you." It is not possible to serve the world and 



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Christ, both at the same time and your service be acceptable with 
the Father. (James 4:4) "... whosoever therefore will be a friend of 
the world is the enemy of God." 

(John 15:19) "If ye were of the world, the world would love his 
own:... but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world 
hateth you." 

Dear reader, is not the riches of Christ's world more than all the 
fleeting pleasures of this world to you. May God give you strength 
and purpose of will to leave the kingdom of darkness, and come 
into the kingdom of light. 

May God bless this message in helping others into the kingdom. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Upper Room 
J. H. Moore 

It was probably on Thursday evening, not far from sundown, that 
Jesus sent two of his disciples, Peter and John, into the city, with 
instructions to find a certain upper room, by following a man 
bearing a pitcher of water. The large upper room, called the guest 
chamber, was found, and then the necessary preparations were 
made for the services of the evening. (Luke 22:8-13) In reading the 
different accounts of the events of the evening, without special 
care, it might appear to some that this was the evening of the 
Jewish passover, but such was not the case, as will be shown in 
another chapter. It was the evening before the passover. 

After everything had been made ready in the upper room, 
Jesus and his disciples entered. By their presence that evening, 
and the events to follow, the room was to be made famous. This 
was to be the last meeting of the Master and his chosen few before 
his death, and must have been a most solemn occasion. The 
evening had been, by divine appointment, set apart for the intro- 
duction of some of the most significant and impressive institutions 
ever seen by human eyes. 

Without all was excitement. Every street and every public place 
was thronged with people. They were there getting ready for the 
passover, and the news concerning the events of the week was 
passed around. The miracles the Master had performed, and the 
things he had been saying, from day to day, were, in a large 
measure, and among the leaders especially, the topics of the 
evening. 

Within the room all was quiet, and each disciple may have been 
wondering what was to happen. They had been with their Master in 
many meetings, but had never attended one like this. Here was the 



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table spread with a simple meal, and all seemed to be in readiness 
to partake of the repast of the evening. When the hour arrived, 
which Jesus had in mind, he and the twelve took their places at the 
table (Luke 22:14), and then followed something never before 
witnessed by the disciples. 

MANY JEWELS 

Christ's church has many "jewels"; 
Each is spark'ling and bright. 
And the work they are doing 
Reflects His shining light. 

They have pure love in their hearts, 
But they don't keep it there. 
It shines in all directions 
Just like a burning flare. 

No way can it be hidden 
(And they'd not want it so), 
For they want some poor sinner 
To want God's "golden glow." 

With garments of salvation 
The Lord's bride is adorned 
With a robe of righteousness, 
Waiting some glorious morn. 

And so, to you who read this, 
Are you spark'ling for Christ? 
If His love is not within, 
How can it shine outside? 

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

OBITUARY 

IVENE DIEHL 

Sister Ivene Diehl, age 91 years, 1 month, 17 days, passed away 
Monday morning, April 3, 1989 at Good Samaritan Hospital, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

She was formerly of 10910 Old Dayton Road, New Lebanon, 
Ohio. 

She was a long time member of the Englewood Dunkard 
Brethren Church where she attended faithfully as long as health 
permitted. 



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She spent the past couple years in the Brookhaven Nursing and 
Care Center in Brookville, Ohio and is the last member of a family 
of six children. 

Much loving kindness and care was given to Ivene by the Dallas 
Lakes family and was greatly appreciated. 

She will be sadly missed by relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held on April 6 ; 1989 at Rogers and Holp 
Funeral Home by Brother Edward Johnson, assisted by Brother 
Paul Stump and Brother William Heisey. Interment was in the 
Eversole Cemetery. 

NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

Opportunity for Christian service employment. Teacher openings 
available at Bethel Dunkard Brethren Christian School. Contact: 
Bro. Jason Reed, at 717-866-6489 evenings or 717-866-5018 days. 



THANK YOU 

Thank you is so inadequate to express my appreciation to all of 
you for your concern, cards, letters, prayers, flowers and visits 
during my illness. We praise the Lord daily that no cancer was 
found in the rest of my body. May our great God bestow an extra 
special blessing on each and every one of you! You're wonderful. 
Again, thank you! 

Sister Fae Kasza 



THANK YOU 

We want to thank each one for the cards and gifts you sent for 
our fiftieth anniversary. Thank you and may God bless each one. 

Brother and Sister Delma Stump 



WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to a Lovefeast 
on May 20 and 21. Services will be starting at 11:00 on Saturday. 
Anyone who can is cordially invited to come and worship with us. 

Sister Diane Heisey, Cor. 



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VOL. LXVII MAY 15, 1989 



NO. 10 



"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. 

LIVING FIRE 

O for that flame of living fire, 
Which shone so bright in saints of old; 
Which bade their souls to heav'n aspire — 
Calm in distress, in danger bold. 

Where is that Spirit, Lord, which dwelt 
In Abraham's breast, and sealed him thine? 
Which made Paul's heart with sorrow melt, 
And glow with energy divine? 

That Spirit, which from age to age 
Proclaimed thy love, and taught thy ways? 
Brightened Isaiah's vivid page 
And breathed in David's hallowed lays? 

Is not thy grace as mighty now 

As when Elijah felt its pow'r: 

When glory beamed from Moses' brow; 

Or Job endured the trying hour? 

Remember, Lord, the ancient days; 
Renew thy work; thy grace restore; 
And while to thee our hearts we raise, 
On us thy Holy Spirit pour. 

- unknown 



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A WILLING SPIRIT 

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Apostles, even those closest 
to Him, slept while Jesus agonized in prayer. Each time He 
returned to them they were asleep. He urged them to pray more 
intently and whole-heartedly but their physical weariness that 
night caused their eyes to close in sleep. Jesus' comment was, "the 
spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." There was a Spiritual 
desire but the physical body hindered full, free service. Physical 
lethargy slows what the Spirit tries to accomplish through men's 
lives. 

The Holy Spirit's will is to do the will of God. Therefore the Spirit 
leads each person in whom He dwells to desire and to do God's 
Will. Although the Spirit has a perfect understanding of what 
should be done there may be less than perfect willingness on the 
part of the person, in whom He dwells, to be led that way. The 
human mind, which controls the human body, is often persuaded 
by an evil spirit or by worldly associations to choose a contrary 
pathway. 

The indwelling of the Spirit does not, by itself, guarantee a faith- 
ful following of God's will. The Spirit must be listened to and 
obeyed. To consistently ignore the leading of the Spirit can mean 
the removal of the Spirit. This extreme measure will not come until 
every effort has been exhausted in attempting to bring about 
obedience. God gives His Son's name to those who believe and 
follow Him. He desires those who have that name to live the same 
way as His Son. Jesus ever desired to do His Father's will even to 
the giving of His life on the cross to provide redemption. Christians, 
bearing His name, should desire to follow His example. 

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His example included the various ordinances such as feet- 
washing. He specifically commanded that as He had washed His 
disciples' feet, they should in turn wash one another's feet. He 
promised a blessing for doing as He had done. By the Holy Spirit 
this scene is described so we know what He did. That same Spirit 
directs those in whom He dwells to do likewise. Many, especially 
those untaught, resist the Spirit's direction. The Spirit is willing for 
them to do so, but the human mind finds excuses for not doing so, 
such as, there is no need to actually wash feet but only do some 
deed of humility or kindness. While good deeds are always in 
order, feet washing must be carried out as Jesus did it. Jesus did 
many good deeds in healing and feeding people, but it was only by 
washing feet that He promised a blessing. 

^ The ordinance of feet washing illustrates another point about the 
Spirit's direction. Feet washing or any other command needs to be 
practiced with the Spirit in it. Empty forms, practiced just because 
it is the time and place for them to be practiced, are hypercritical 
and worthless in advancing the Christian life. If practiced as a 
fulfilling of the letter, it will eventually seem valueless and will be 
thrown aside. 

If feet washing is only practiced at certain times in a formal way 
without any teaching concerning its Spiritual purpose it will 
become either despised or just a quaint custom. The ordinance 
delivered by Jesus deserves a better fate. 

While formalism is a danger, there is an opposite danger, just as 
deadly. The danger of Spiritualizing the ordinances so there is no 
form left by which they can be carried out is real. The reasoning of 
some is that any form will be alright as long as there is a reference 
made to the Spirit. To practice feet-washing without washing feet 
would seem illogical. The act of washing feet in itself symbolizes 
the humility and service that the Spirit wishes to teach. To 
eliminate the form is to eventually weaken the teaching of the 
Spirit. When first abandoned there may be great enthusiam for 
service and humility shown in other ways but with its disap- 
pearance that desire will lessen and even disappear. The Spirit is 
necessary to make the form meaningful but the form is needed to 
emphasize what the Spirit teaches. 

This rule can be applied to many other doctrines and ordinances 
besides feet-washing. The effect of abandoning the practice of the 
ordinances can be seen in a lessened Spirituality. A church body 
lacking Spiritual life cannot attract nor help those who seek 
Spiritual life. To offer Spiritual help and strength, the Church must 
not err toward either the extreme of formalism nor the extreme of 
Spiritualization. 

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the easy, worldly way, there must be an effort made to hold to the 
forms given for perpetuating the Spirit's work and teaching. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"TONGUES" 

Speaking in tongues is such a timely topic today among religious 
people and yet we address it so seldom that I wonder how well 
informed we are about its practice and its validity. 

There is no doubt that the Bible teaches that tongues is a 
genuine spiritual gift. But, because the spread of the tongues 
speaking practiced by many religious groups, and because they 
associate tongues with spirituality, we begin to question whether 
we are really experiencing everything God wants us to experience 
if we don't speak in tongues ourselves. 

The only way we can determine if any experience is Biblical is to 
test it by the Bible. Let us look at several things that are cleared up 
by our research of the Word. First, we are baptized by the Spirit 
when we are baptized by water and not when we speak in tongues. 
We might well be filled with the Spirit repeatedly as we need special 
power in certain situations and as we yield to God's control. But the 
presence of tongues is not a necessary accompaniment or proof of 
the baptism of the Spirit. Paul said in I Cor. 14:5, that all of the 
people did not speak in tongues and yet they were baptized of the 
Spirit. Any teaching which insists that speaking in tongues is an 
indication of Spirit filling is not following the Scripture. 

Second, the distribution of spiritual gifts is limited in various 
ways. Each Christian exercises a different gift or combination of 
gifts and each gift is blessed of God and necessary for the 
edification of all the church members. Some gifts are even more 
necessary in any particular generation. Giving a gift to one 
generation and withholding it from the next does not mean God's 
power is in any way lessened. It just indicates that His program is 
changed for that time period. If God desired to give the gift of 
tongues to first century believers and not to later Christians, that in 
no way indicates that He is not the same. 

Third, I Cor. 13:8 says, "Whether there be tongues, they shall 
cease." If we study that phase thoroughly in the Greek, we find that 
it may be taken literally as it is written. They might well have died 
with the founding era. 

Fourth, there are more important gifts than tongues and we are 
to seek the greater gifts. Paul listed them in order of importance... 
apostleship, prophecy, teaching, miracles, healing, helps, admin- 
istration and lastly, tongues. 

Finally, Christlikeness does not depend on speaking in tongues. 
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does not include speaking in tongues or working miracles. (Gal. 
5:22-23) As far as we know, the Lord never spoke in tongues and 
we can imitate Him perfectly and not speak in tongues ourselves. 
We do not need to feel the pressure that our spiritual lives are 
lacking in some way because we are not speaking in tongues. We 
should seek, rather, a deeper understanding of His Word and His 
will for our lives. 

Why is there so much interest in speaking in tongues today? It is 
my opinion that some of that interest is satanic as Satan works to 
promote a kind of godliness through a counterfeit religious 
experience. Satan delights in sidetracking believers from more 
important activities by leading them into the things of lesser 
importance. Don't miss the best means of fostering your spiritual 
life. Diligently work to express the fruit of the Spirit in your life and 
stick to basic and scripturally clear processes for spiritual growth. 
"Covet earnestly the best gifts." 

Brother Len Wertz 

RIGOROUS AND RITUALISTIC OR VIGOROUS 
AND VICTORIOUS? 

One of the charges that keep coming up against those who 
follow the plain way of life is that we are legalists. They would say 
we are rigorous (very strict or harsh, as rules) in place of being 
vigorous. Perhaps it is time for us to do some personal exam- 
ination to see if the charges are true or not. Hopefully with the aid 
of the Holy Spirit we would like to look at a few verses in the book 
of Galatians chapter one with this thought in mind. 

Galatians 1:9, "As we said before, so say we now again, If any 
many preach any other gospel unto you than ye have received, let 
him be accursed." Paul shares a very serious warning in this verse. 
It is so serious that he repeats a statement he had made in the 
previous verse. The vast majority of popular preachers today teach 
that Paul is saying that our salvation depends on the death, burial 
and resurrection of Jesus Christ plus nothing. They say to add 
anything to this is legalism and preaching another gospel. We 
consider this to be a very serious charge. For Paul clearly states 
that anyone who preaches another gospel is to be accursed. It has 
been rightly said that anything taken out of context is nothing but a 
pretext. In order to see what Paul is speaking about we have to 
look at the previous verses. We believe Paul's definition of the 
gospel he is speaking about is to be found in the last part of verse 3 
and verse 4 of our study chapter. "... our Lord Jesus Christ, Who 
gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present 
evil world, according to the will of God and our Father." 

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God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should 
not be the servant of Christ." It is not hard to persuade individuals 
to "pray a sinner's prayer" if no real commitment is involved. While 
we would not be overly judgemental of those who knock on doors 
and walk the streets seeking to win souls for Christ, we have to 
question who is actually doing the persuading? Many individuals 
will consent to "accept Christ" merely to get rid of the one who is 
trying to persuade them to do so. We feel very strongly that it is 
very dangerous to ask an individual if he or she believes certain 
verses in the Bible and then assure them that they are saved for all 
eternity. Paul says that the gospel includes being delivered from 
this present evi! world. When God persuades an individual, 
through the work of the Holy Spirit, they will desire to leave their 
worldly ways and be new creatures in Christ. We can be men 
pleasers and tell them that what we do has absolutely nothing to do 
with our salvation. But we cannot do so and be true servants of 
Christ. 

Verse 1 1 reads, "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which 
was preached of me is not after man." Can we be so bold as Paul? 
While we are not all preachers, what we share with others is very 
important. If we write or speak error we will be accountable to 
God. If you want to be a man pleaser tell individuals that they can 
continue in worldly pleasures and follow the styles of the world. 
You will receive many "amens" and possibly a very large following. 
But you will not have the blessing of God. 

There is another danger, however, that we feel a need to address. 
We can be very rigorous in our demands but only have a manmade 
ritual. It is sad that many individuals studiously follow a tradition 
but have never experienced a born again change through the work 
of the Holy Spirit. They lack the assurance of salvation that is given 
in the Word of God. I John 5:13 tells us, "These things have I 
written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye 
may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the 
name of the Son of God." While the danger of being legalistic is 
very real and needs to be addressed, we must also avoid a "one 
verse gospel." The same John who gave us this wonderful 
assurance of eternal life by believing in the Son of God, tells us 
how we know that we have passed from death unto life. I John 2:3, 
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his 
commandments." 

Our final verse we wish to look at in Galatians chapter one is 
verse 12. "For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, 
but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." Paul was saying that what he 
had to share was not received by a man or taught by man's tradition 
but was revealed to him by Jesus Christ. This is why we must 



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accept the teachings of Paul as being as important as the books 
commonly referred to as The Gospels, which contain the teachings 
of Christ. But we also see a lesson for us in this verse. Whenever 
we hear or read an opinion of a man we have to check to see if it 
corresponds to the Word of God. This is not always an easy task. 
Some men appear to be very well versed in the Holy Word of God 
and can be very convincing with their arguments. But we must 
always remember to accept the WHOLE word of God as it is 
written, not as some men interpret it. Secondly, the Holy Spirit 
must be our teacher. If we only follow what our heritage or modern 
day teachers and preachers tell us we will not have the personal 
conviction we need. We would again remind us that all of the New 
Testament is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Also remember that 
the whole Bible is given for our instruction and use, but God's 
perfect will is found in Jesus Christ. 

Let us go beyond being rigorous and ritualistic to being vigorous 
and victorious in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no ritual 
including belonging to a "super spiritual" movement, that will bring 
us safely to the shores of Heaven. We must continue in the faith 
and put our full trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on 
Calvary. What are we putting our trust in? 

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

WILL HE NOTICE? 

Since my Lord has so much to do 

So many people He must see, 
Then when I break the speed limit, 

Suppose that He will notice me? 

And can I tell a little lie? 

(I know other folks that lie, too.) 
Can't I deceive just one more time? 

Or does He see all that I do? 

Will He know if I run or walk? 

Where I go and each step I take? 
Beware! Oh, soul, yes the Lord knows 

If I'm sleeping or if I awake. 

He knows all the thoughts of my mind, 

Even actions before I act. 
He numbers the hairs on my head 

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Be not deceived, God is not mocked; 

I must give an account for me. 
Just how I've lived while here on earth 

Points the way to my destiny. 

My Lord's ways are past finding out; 

My feeble mind can't understand 
The mysteries of all His love 

And how He holds me in His hands. 

How He can guide my every thought, 

Lead me in His unerring ways, 
When I submit my soul to Him, 

Then I give Him unending praise. 

Sister Irene Stout 
R 1 Box 160 
Wabash, IN 46992 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 15, 1929 

CONSCIENCE 

J. E. Demuth 

In the original language conscience means a knowing with 
oneself, and is not only self-conscience, but also God-conscience; 
through disobedience man came to a personal and experimental 
knowledge of good and evil, as disobedience to the known will of 
God. 

Schaff defines conscience as "inborn sense of right and wrong"; 
it is established in every human breast, even the heathen. It may be 
weakened, defiled, (Titus 1:15) become evil, (Heb. 10:22) through 
wrong influence. It may be hardened or seared as with a hot iron 
until it ceases to act. At first it severely condemns sin; by 
continuing in sin, it becomes weaker and weaker until it ceases to 
respond and the soul is forever lost, unless it is purged from dead 
works to serve the living God. 

A pure clean consicience judges the moral character of our 
actions and motives, and approves, justifies, or censures, and 
condemns according to knowledge (Rom. 2:14-15). The question 
arises, is it a safe guide? How else can a man detect good from 
evil? But does it always function as such? India mothers have cast 
their children into Ganges River as an offering to their idol gods, 
because of conscience. In other cases revenge seems to satisfy 
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void of offense toward God and man, persecuted unto death the 
followers of Jesus (Acts 22:4). He did as the Book says of others 
whosoever killeth you will think he doeth God service (John 16-2) 
Paul confessed after he was miraculously converted that he 
persecuted Jesus ignorantly in unbelief; because he was taught to 
believe that Jesus was not the promised Messiah. No wonder he 
said the world by wisdom does not know God; he had the 
experience of much learning. These instances show that 
conscience when not thoroughly enlightened by heavenly wisdom 
may easily lead astray. A man may feel right and still be wronq 
Error believed, or to believe that which is not true has the same 
KL D ° n , conscience a s truth, because it has been mistaught 
When Paul was enlightened, he found he was wrong and Jesus was 
right, he submitted himself at once to Jesus and his conscience 
agreed to the change in his life. It is readily seen that the decisions 
of conscience is according to its honest belief, and its belief is 
governed by educational environments and associations A child 
reared in a home of immorality and vice is trained to look upon life 
in a different way from what a child of Godly parents does What 
one favors the other abhors. 

If a person is taught to think there is no harm in certain sinful 
indulgences, or that by living a clean, moral life he will be saved 
without obedience or by part obedience, man thinketh in his heart 
so is he. Sometime ago I spoke to a lady about the importance of 
being born of both the water and the Spirit. She said she had been 
aonristian many years and never received water baptism, and has 
the experience within her breast that she is saved. I replied "be 
very careful. Do not trust any spirit that satisfies your conscience 
in living in disobedience to the command of the Judge of all the 
earth. The Holy Spirit does not lead that way, but it leads into 
unreserved obedience of all truth. The Father, the Word and the 
Spirit, these three are one' (I John 5:8). These three are the 
Christian's only safe guide. The conscience instructed by these 
will be a safe monitor, and a comforting help; and we as Christians 
will enjoy the answer of a good conscience toward God." 

To have a pure conscience we must have a pure heart. Therefore 
the injunction, keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the 
issue of life (Prov. 4:23). Conscience is like a watch. The watch to 
indicate right must be set with the standard time. Likewise the 
conscience must be directed by the standard of right, the inspired 
word of God. 

The support of a good conscience is indispensable in the 
christian life. It is necessary to keep it tender and responsive to the 
inspired word. We must not use our liberty in even lawful things in 
a way that will offend a weak brother for whom Christ died to 



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wound his weak conscience is to sin against Christ. See Romans 
14 and I Cor. 8. 
We are responsible for our treatment of conscience. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Rite of Feet-Washing 
J. H. Moore 

In the previous chapter we left Jesus and his disciples seated at 
the table, on which was the evening meal prepared for the- 
occasion. We have no way of knowing of what the meal consisted. 
We know, however, that there was on the table bread, some soup, 
and some oriental wine, unfermented, of course, called the "fruit of 
the vine." 

There was, probably, a moment's silence, then Jesus arose from 
the table, laid aside his loose outer garments, girded himself with a 
towel, poured water into a basin and proceeded to wash his 
disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was 
girded (John 13:2-5). Seemingly without a word of explanation, he 
passed from one to the other. The disciples looked upon the act 
with profound amazement. Never before had they seen or heard of 
the like. They had probably seen servants wash their masters' feet. 
They had heard of the priests washing their own feet at the laver of 
brass before entering the tabernacle (Ex. 30:19), or had even 
washed their own feet, as was an Eastern custom (Gen. 18:4), but 
for a teacher to wash the feet of his disciples, or the master to wash 
the feet of his servants, was as new to them as it was astonishing. 
All save Peter quietly submitted to the act, and he, too, submitted 
after being told, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me" 
(John 13:8). Not one of them at first comprehended its meaning. 
There was nothing like it in the law of Moses or in the usage of the 
Jews. They were, for the time, unable to gather any lesson from the 
service. It could not be for the cleansing of the feet, for in that case 
Jesus should have had his own feet washed. It was a rebuke to 
their selfishness. That much they could comprehend. The thing 
itself was before them, but what could it mean! Jesus now 
proceeds to tell them. 

He had set them an example. He had given them the practical 
part of the lesson. This they could see with the eye. Then he said: 
"Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 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" (John 13:13-15). What they had been 
beholding with the eye, they now began to comprehend. They 
understood that he was establishing a religious institution, or 



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ordinance, to be observed in the assembly of the saints. In this 
they were confirmed by what followed later in the evening. 

Before them was a lesson in the twofold form. Jesus had done to 
them the very thing he desired them to do to one another. Then he 
told them that they "ought to wash one another's feet." The 
example and the command, in connection with the Lord's supper 
and the communion that followed, fully confirmed them in what 
they saw and now understood. Jesus then explained to them that 
the rite of feet-washing had a spiritual import, for he said of their 
condition, "Ye are clean, but not all" (John 13:10). Judas, being a 
sinner, whose heart was not in the service, was not clean, but the 
others were. They had purified their souls in obeying the truth, and 
were now prepared, as one family, to engage in the further services 
of the hour. 

In a quiet way, they had learned a lesson of unselfishness and 
humility. The conduct of the Master, in washing their feet, was a 
sharp rebuke to the selfishness they had displayed in seeking the 
best and the most honorable seats in the kingdom of God. Then 
there was the lesson in humility, — serving one another, in a 
religious institution. The lesson was so deeply impressed that they 
never got away from it. 

Feet-washing, as a religious rite, continued in the church during 
the time of the apostles. It is clearly mentioned in Paul's letter to 
Timothy where instructions are given concerning the widows to be 
taken into a special number. One qualification is that "if she hath 
washed the saints' feet" indicated a condition of great value in the 
estimation of Paul. No one should be selected for the number 
referred to who had never engaged in this sacred rite, established 
by Jesus himself. It was important that those who became the 
teachers of the younger women should have engaged in every 
good work, and the washing of the saints' feet was one of them. 

The simple fact that is here referred to proves that the practice 
still prevailed in the Christian church at the time Paul wrote his 
letter to Timothy. Paul would never have written this kind of a letter 
to a church that did not believe in washing the saints' feet as a 
religious rite. The lesson having been given by precept and 
example, was so plain that there was no occasion for misunder- 
standing it, hence it was continued as a practice in the church, in 
harmony with the specific command of the Savior. 

THE REPROBATE MIND 

Please read Romans 1:21 to the end of the chapter. Verses 25 
and 28 reads: "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and 
worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is 



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blessed forever. Amen." "And even as they did not like to retain 
God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, 
to do those things which are not convenient." Then the chapter 
goes on to enumerate a catalog of sins that are brought into 
people's lives because they rebelled against God's commandments 
and God gave them over to reprobate minds. 

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary gives the following meaning of 
reprobate: 1 . To disapprove with, detestation or remarks of extreme 
dislike, to disallow or reject. 2. To abandon to punishment without 
hope or pardon. Syn. to condemn; reprehend; censure, disown; 
abandon; reject. Reprobate. Ad. 1. Not enduring proof or trial; not 
of standard purity or fineness; disallowed; rejected. 

"Reprobate silver shall men call them because the Lord hath 
rejected them." Jer. 6:30. 2. Hence abandoned to vice or punish- 
ment; morally abandoned and lost. Syn. Abandoned, vitiated; 
deproved; corrupt; wicked; profigate; base; vile; cataway. 

Reprobate, N. a person abandoned; one morally lost. "I 
acknowledge myself a reprobate, a villain, a traitor to the king 
"Raleigh." 

Rebellion against God and His commandments is not a light 
matter in God's sight, and brings condemnation to the soul that 
does such knowingly and intentionally. "Therefore to him that 
knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." I wonder if 
this may be the sin that I John 5:16 speaks of. 

The worship of the creature is very prevalent in our day and we 
see the catalog of sins that follow the rejection of God — "un- 
righteousness, fornication, wickedness, coveteousness, malicious- 
ness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, 
backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of 
evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, cov- 
enantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such 
things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure 
in them that do them." verse 28-32. 

Brethren, sisters and friends it behooves each one of us, or 
should, to do all in our power to serve God fully as our carnal man 
can in this world that we not lose our eternal heavenly home with 
our Redeemer and the saints of all ages. We are only pilgrims 
passing through, this is not ourfinal home. There will be no evil in 
heaven, no good thing in hell. Today we must choose our destiny 
by whom we serve, Christ or Satan. Life is serious, eternity is sure, 
we have no time to trifle with God's Word, to do our own thing and 
think we will have time later to serve God. Time is swiftly running 
out and when we cross Jordan's tide we will exist in another world 
doing the things our hearts and minds craved while in this life be 



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they good or evil in the place prepared for those who do those 
deeds. The devil has deceptions, even spiritual deceptions to try to 
confuse and sidetrack every person, and we must stay close to the 
Saviour and His Word in faith, word and deed or we will be 
deceived and perhaps lose our reward and even perhaps given over 
to a reprobate mind when God will let us do our own thing until 
salvation is beyond our reach. Sad, sad, indeed! 

I pray that each one give himself diligently to study the 
Scriptures, think on them, pray for the Lord's guidance, then listen 
to the still small voice that we know is God's Word, then walk 
spiritually, daily in the way with faith and trembling, then finally to 
sing the song of deliverance with the redeemed of all ages. What a 
CHORUS that will be! Halleluiah! Praise the Lord! 

Humbly submitted, 
Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

THE COOK OR THE BOOK, WHICH? 

(Cook-stove Apostasy) 
The Cooking Squad versus Praying Band 

The early church PRAYED in the UPPER ROOM, the Twentieth 
Century church cooks in the SUPPER ROOM! 

Today the SUPPER ROOM has taken the place of the UPPER 
ROOM! PLAY has taken the place of PRAYER, and FEASTING the 
place of FASTING. There are more FULL STOMACHS in the 
church than there are BENDED KNEES and BROKEN HEARTS. 
There is more fire in the KITCHEN RANGE than there is in the 
CHURCH PULPIT. When you build a fire in the church kitchen, it 
often, if not altogether, puts out the fire in the CHURCH PULPIT; 
ICE CREAM chills the fervor of SPIRITUAL LIFE. 

The early Christians were not COOKING in the SUPPER ROOM 
the day the HOLY GHOST came, but they were PRAYING in the 
UPPER ROOM! They were not WAITING on TABLES, they were 
WAITING on GOD. They were not WAITING for the fire from the 
stove, but for the FIRE from ABOVE. 

They were DETAINED by the COMMAND of GOD, and not 
ENTERTAINED by the CUNNING of MEN. They were all FILLED 
with the HOLY GHOST, not STUFFED with STEW or ROAST. 

Oh, I would like to see the COOKING SQUAD put out and the 
PRAYING BAND put in. Less HAM and SHAM and more HEAVEN. 
Less PIE and more PIETY. Less use for the COOK BOOK and more 
use for the OLD BOOK. Put out the fire in the church kitchen and 
build it on the CHURCH ALTAR. 

More LOVE and more LIFE. Fewer, DINNERS and get after the 



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SINNERS. Let us have a church full of WAITERS, WAITING on 
GOD, a church full of SERVERS, SERVING GOD and WAITING on 
His dear SON from HEAVEN. 

- Author Unknown 

OBITUARY 

VIRGIL SINES 

Bro. Virgil W. Sines, 88 of Route 2, Swanton, Maryland died 
Tuesday, January 17, 1989 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, 
Maryland. 

Born February 20, 1900 in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, he was the 
son of the late Aaron and Carrie (Harden) Sines. 

After working as a coal miner, he was employed by the Baltimore 
and Ohio Railroad for twenty years prior to his retirement. He was 
a member of the Broadwater Chapel Dunkard Brethren Church 
where he served as a Deacon for many years. 

He is survived by his widow, Hilda (Broadwater) Sines; two sons, 
Ronald Sines, Frostburg, Maryland and Donald Sines, Rawlings, 
Maryland; four daughters, Hazel Goff, Hollis Wilt and Freda Labbe, 
all of RD 2, Swanton, Maryland; and Alma Kroll, Barton, Maryland; 
one brother, Oscar Sines, Swallow Falls, Maryland; one sister, 
Evelyn Whitacre, Oakland, Maryland; eighteen grandchildren and 
twenty-one great-grandchildren. 

Friends were received at the Boal-Warnick Funeral Home, 
Westernport, Maryland. 

Services were conducted in the funeral home at 1 P.M., Friday, 
January 20, 1989 by Bro. Virgil Leatherman and Bro. Eugene 
Kauffman. Prayer by Bro. Frank Shaffer. 

Burial was in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale, Maryland. 

The family wishes to thank all who remembered us with prayers, 
cards and letters since the death of our loved one. 

NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

The Lord willing, General Conference will be held at the 
Maranatha Bible Camp, June 9-14, 1989, located on Interstate 80, 
13 miles east of North Platte, Nebraska. Get off at the Maxwell, 
Nebraska exit and then south about one eighth mile to the service 
road, then west two miles. 

Those coming by plane or bus can call the camp grounds from 
North Platte, and someone will meet you. Don't plan to get off the 
bus at Maxwell. There is no train service to North Platte. 

Bring your own linens, blankets and pillows. Some pillows will 



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be available. Linens will be furnished to those who don't have room 
to bring them. 

oH C ^ nfe o enC f C0St this year is 9° in 9 to be $ 1 6-00 per day, for 
adults. Send your donations to the Trustee Board to help cover 
this expense. 

Send your reservations to: 
Bro. Jerry Moss Bro. Lee Reed 

Rt. 1, Box 235 or Rt. 1 , Box 1 04-a 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 Quinter, KS 67752 

Address: 
Maranatha Bible Camp 
P.O. Box 549 
North Platte, Nebraska 69101 

Telephone: 308-582-4512 

Brother Carl E. Reed 
Arrangements Committee 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 
The new address of Elder John Peffer is 150 Wolfs Budge Road 

Carlisle, PA 17013. The telephone number remains the same 
The address of Bro. Mark Andrews is 11006 College Lane 

Kansas City, MO 64137. Telephone: 816-763-6263. 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

for T l e rH L ?I d wi ''i n 9' the Mechanicsburg Congregation is looking 
forward to another Revival Service from June 18 to 25 1989 Bro 
Dennis St. John plans to be with us as our Evangelist. 

Please include these meetings in your plans and join us in prayer 
for a harvest of souls. 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 
WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Winterhaven Congregation enjoyed another Lovefeast 
Service April 29-30. We were glad for the visitors from the 
Pleasant Home Congregation. 

Sister Susan Cook, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

r^ln W 'i S A? !?J hank a " the dear pe °P |e wh0 remembered us on our 
Golden Wedding Anniversary, with cards and gifts. Also for those 
who took time to be with us on our special day. May the Lord richly 
bless everyone is our prayer. 

Brother Virgil and Sister Ethel Leatherman 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JUNE 1989 

June 4 -The Little Book - Revelation 10:7-11. 

1. What is the little book? 

2. Why was John to eat the book? 

June 1 1 - The Two Witnesses - Revelation 1 1:1-14. 

1 . Who are the two witnesses? 

2. In what activity are these witnesses involved that results in 
their death? 

June 18- FATHER'S DAY - I Cor. 4:1-21. 

1. What is the message to us fathers in verse 15? 

2. Fathers, are we faithful to our challenge in Hebrews 13:17? 

June 25 - TEMPERANCE - Jeremiah 35:1-19. 

1. How does temperance influence us spiritually? 

2. Will our example of temperance influence our decendants 
like Jonadab's? verse 6. 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JUNE 1989 

June 4 - Our Principles - I Peter 2:1-25. 

1 . By whose principles are you living? 

2. Where do we find the principles that lead to LIFE? 

June 11 - Consistency - Phil. 1:25-30, I Thess. 4:9-12; I Tim. 3:7, 
James 3:12-18, II Peter 3:11-14. 

1 . How does consistency affect our witness? 

2. List some qualities Christians should be consistent in. 

June 18 - FATHER'S DAY - Mark 9:14-27, Luke 8:41-42 and 49-56. 

1 . How can you help your father to guide your life? 

2. Have you prayed for your father today! 

June 25 - Temperance - Isa. 5:11, 22-24, Prov. 23:19-21, 29-32, 
Luke 21:34, Eph. 5:18-20. 

1 . Define temperance as it applies to our lives. 

2. Can we expect Spiritual victory without temperance in our 
physical lives? 



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VOL. LXVII 



JUNE 1. 1989 



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. 



TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY 

Take time to be holy, Speak oft with thy Lord; 

Abide in Him always, And feed on His Word. 

Make friends of God's children; Help those who are weak; 

Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek. 

Take time to be Holy, The world rushes on; 
Spend much time in secret With Jesus alone — 
By looking to Jesus, Like Him thou shalt be; 
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. 

Take time to be holy, Let Him be thy Guide, 
And run not before Him, Whatever betide; 
In joy or in sorrow, Still follow thy Lord, 
And, looking to Jesus, Still trust in His Word. 

Take time to be holy, Be calm in thy soul; 
Each tho't and each motive Beneath His control; 
Thus led by His Spirit To fountains of love, 
Thou soon shalt be fitted For service above. 

- W. D. Longstaff 



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PROFIT 

When a new business is established, the owner hopes to make 
enough profit so the business can continue. Without a profit, there 
is no way a business can continue, unless it is subsidized by the 
government or run at a loss for tax purposes. The goal of a 
business owner is to make money enough to not only pay the 
expenses but also retire debt and to have some left over as a reward 
for the effort expended. Without profits there would be no new 
business started or older ones continued. 

Profits sometimes are spoken against. Usually this occurs 
because certain industries and services have been guilty of 
unreasonable profits. Greed often makes owners seek an even 
greater return on their investment. They try to take advantage of 
the public's need for what they offer. 

Profits are not limited to financial gains. Gains in other areas of 
our lives can be profitable. The effort we invest in our education 
can be profitable, if the right subjects are studied with an attitude of 
applying that knowledge to the glory of God. 

The New Testament writers speak of a Spiritual profit available to 
all believers. This gain may not appear to the world or be seen in 
the financial ledger. Although our lives may not appear profitable 
from the natural or financial view of men, still they may be 
profitable as God views the balance sheet of our lives. Our lives are 
more than food, drink and money. This is why the love of money 
can be so dangerous to men. As they love and seek monetary 
profit, they forget there are greater profits to be found in serving 
God. 

Another diversion that often occupies the time of people today is 

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sports and exercise. A great deal of time and money is spent on 
pursuing a physical condition and shape that is popular. There is 
often an element of immodest dress and behaviour that ac- 
companies these activities. While our easy, modern lifestyles do 
lead to soft and unhealthy bodies, usually moderate exercise and 
dieting in the home will correct the problem. There is some profit 
in bodily exercise, but there is more profit in Spiritual exercise. 

We should not forget the profitability of the Bible for our Spiritual 
lives. We need to be good workmen in our study and application of 
the Scriptures. The Scriptures are "God-breathed", therefore they 
are profitable for us, "for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and 
for instruction in righteousness." The Word of God is what we 
need not only for the salvation of our souls but also for the ordering 
of our daily lives. There are principles that can be applied to 
modern situations just as they were to ancient situations. Making a 
profit in business demands an effort, profit from the Scriptures also 
demands an effort. 

Preaching is often not thought of as profitable. Too often 
preaching is viewed as dull, boring and repetitious. While that may 
be the case many times, there is still profit to be gained by the one 
who will invest the time, effort and interest necessary to glean the 
Spiritual lessons given. Paul spoke of giving all his efforts, not for 
his own, but for his bearers' profit. He was willing to be used and 
spent in the services of God. He may have spoken words of reproof 
and correction but they were designed to improve the hearers' 
Christian lives. 

Christianity demands more than belief, it demands Christian 
living. Even the devils believe and tremble. They know who Jesus 
is and they know what their final end will be. Certainly the 
Christian must go beyond what the devils believe. The Christians 
m ust apply that faith by the works that are consistent with it. Faith 
without works is not profitable. 

The Christian may be able to speak, sing, pray or serve in many 
capacities yet not be profitable. With all these talents, there is no 
profit if there is no love. All can be done in a way that seeks the 
praise of men. These things may lead astray rather than 
righteously. The love of God was profitable toward us, so we in 
turn must reflect that love to others. We need to be careful that 
though we may be doctrinally correct that yet we may lack the love 
that is merciful and forgiving. The love of God has been shown to 
us notforjustourown good but that we in turn might share it with 
others. By being shared, it has increased profitability. 

Every business is established with the hope of making a profit. 
The books of the company are gone over diligently to find whether 
there will be a profit or not. In the end, that is determined by what 



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is written on the "bottom line." The bottom line of the Christian's 
life must be, "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?" 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"The Love of Money or the Love of God?" 

In the world we live in today, it seems one of the quickest ways to 
lose popularity is to talk about money. Even though the Bible talks 
to us clearly about it, we are prone to take up the world's views of it. 
A vital spiritual life is related to fellowship with the Lord, prayer and 
service. But our love for God may be proved by something that is a 
major part of everyone's life and that is our use of money. How we 
use our money demonstrates the reality of our love for God. It 
proves our love more than knowledge, length of prayers or prom- 
inence of service. These things can actually be feigned, but the use 
of our possessions show us up for what we really are. 

The Apostle John said, "But whoso hath this world's goods, and 
seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of 
compassion (heart) from him, how dwelleth the love of God in 
Him?" (I John 3:17) We might well not have the opportunity to lay 
down our life for our brother but we could have the opportunity to 
give him money and goods in a time of need. If we fail to do this it 
shows that we do not love our brother and in reality, we do not love 
God as we should. 

The Bible is full of practical applications and suggestions in 
dealing with finances. These are practical exhortations. Every- 
where in the Bible miserliness, greed and avarice are denounced. 
Conversely, generosity, hospitality and charity are extolled. The 
Word teaches that the gift of giving can be exercised by all 
Christians regardless of their individual financial status. 

There is a tendency when we read the Bible passages that speak 
of money or rich people to apply them to someone else. We look at 
the person in the next higher income bracket and transfer the 
teaching to him. We so easily forget that there is someone in the 
next lower income range who is looking at us and applying the 
teaching to us. We are all rich to someone else... thus, the teaching 
applies to all of us. 

I Corinthians 16:2 sets down four principles in giving: 

1. It is important that each person give. ("LET EVERY ONE OF 
YOU.") It is our responsibility and privilege and is a manifestation 
of our love for God. What you give is your personal business just 
as long as you are giving it in conference with God before whom all 
things are naked and open. 

2. Giving is to be proportionate. ("AS GOD PROSPERS YOU.") 



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The New Testament does not set a rule on the amount. This is in 
sharp contrast to the Old Testament which required a tenth of all 
be given to the Levites. There might be a variation in proportion 
from year to year, especially for self employed people. When 
prosperity comes it should be used to give more... not necessarily 
to buy more. Each time you give you reflect on God's blessing in 
your life and determine what you give in return. 

3. Giving is to be in private ("LAY BY HIM IN STORE.") This says 
that the believer is to place his proportionately determined gift to 
be distributed for special needs. It does not necessarily mean 
giving into a certain fund or pledging for a certain cause. It does 
mean, however, making a supply of funds available to give out as 
the Spirit directs, both regularly and occasionally. 

4. Giving should be methodic and regular ("ON THE FIRST DAY 
OF THE WEEK.") The Lord's Day is God's appointed day for 
keeping accounts, determining proportions and laying by in store. 
The opportunity should not be treated lightly. Giving on the Lord's 
Day adds another special blessing to that day and tends to be more 
free from distractions. 

'Tithe" is found in the New Testament only eight times. It is used 
in connection with that which the Pharisees were doing in fulfilling 
their obligation to the Mosaic law. (Matt. 23 and Luke 11) In 
Hebrews it is used to prove the inferiority of the Levitical priest- 
hood to the Melchizadek priesthood. In the Old Testament, being 
prospered materially was usually a sign of deep godliness. Today, 
neither poverty or riches are necessarily an indication of being out 
of or in the will of the Lord. New Testament teachings for both our 
worship and our giving are to be practiced. We must give as we are 
prospered. This may be a smaller or larger percentage. 

We ALL owe a one hundred percent of what we are and what we 
have to God. We are to give because He gave... we give because we 
want to, not because we have to... we give because we love the 
Lord and we can show that love in this way. In turn, God blesses 
us. 

If a church is constantly appealing for funds there is something 
drastically wrong with both its leadership and its laity. These 
appeals have destroyed many churches throughout our country. 

Let me say, also, that if everything comes from the Lord and 
belongs to Him, and if we have dedicated ourselves to Him, then 
not only is what we give to Him important but also what we spend 
on ourselves as indicative of our love. God's principles must apply 
in all of our spending. We sometimes create additional pressures 
in our Christian lives and in our marriages because we do not 
understand this teaching. We can spend our funds directed by 
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come from two cars in the garage, but it comes from godliness and 
seeking God's will in our spending. Buying too many gadgets 
might demonstrate our love for things and prove our lack of love for 
God. 

"The love of money is the root of all evil." (6:10) This does not say 
that we can't enjoy those purchases that God allows us to make. 
God gives us all things to enjoy, i have noticed that some people 
are falsely humble over what they do not have. This is not piety. 
Things can be wrong or right, depending on your need and your 
usage of the item. It is our attitude toward many things and not the 
things themselves that constitutes good and evil. An automobile is 
not evil. A new car is not evil. The best model of a new car is not 
necessarily evil. But the cheapest used car might be evil if we get 
loaded down with debt in buying it and become stingy in our giving 
to God. 

Paul teaches, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they 
be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living 
God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, 
that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to 
communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation 
against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (I 
Tim. 6:17-19). 

If we practice spending God's way... we will practice full giving in 
full employment, inflated giving in an inflated economy and careful 
buying at all times. May we seek God's will for our money and may 
it be predicated on our love for Him. 

Brother Len Wertz 

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER 

There is always something over, 

When we trust our gracious Lord; 
Every cup He fills o'er floweth, 

His great rivers all are broad. 
Nothing narrow, nothing stinted, 

Ever issues from His store; 
To His own He gives full measure 

Running over, evermore. 

There is always something over, 

When we from the Father's hand, 
Take our portion with thanksgiving, 

Praising for the path He planned. 
Satisfaction, full and deepening, 

Fills the soul, and lights the eye, 
When the heart has trusted Jesus 

All its need to satisfy. 



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There is always something over, 

When we tell of all His love; 
Unplumbed depths still lie beneath us, 

Unsealed heights rise far above: 
Human lips can never utter 

All His wonderous tenderness, 
We can only praise and wonder, 

And His name forever bless. 

- Margaret E. Barber 

Selected by Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

FAITHFUL OR FANATIC? 

II Timothy 2:2, "And the things that thou hast heard of me among 
many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall 
be able to teach others also." 

Down through the ages of time God has sought out faithful men 
to carry out His work on Earth. It would appear that some of these 
men, such as the Apostle Paul who wrote the words in our opening 
verse to Timothy, were chosen in a special way. While we do not 
accept the Calvinistic view of predestination, the scriptures make it 
clear that some individuals had a call directly from God and were 
fashioned for service even before they were conceived in the 
womb. At the same time God usually uses men to reach the lost. 
Even in the case of the Apostle Paul, who, Acts 9:15, says, was a 
chosen vessel, God used a man, Ananias, to lead him to salvation. 
(See Acts 9:1 7). 

Although, as we have said, Paul was a chosen vessel he did not 
put himself on a pedestal. Rather he confirmed what he had said 
"among many witnesses." We believe the Apostle Paul, because of 
his office, had perfect knowledge in spiritual matters and never 
taught error. We do not believe any man living today, including the 
Pope, has this special gift given to the Apostles who gave us 
our Holy Scriptures. We have read of individuals in various 
movements who teach their people that they are to follow what 
they say even if they are wrong! Such individuals are not faithful 
ministers of the Word but fanatic egotists. Mind control was one 
time associated with the cults but this phenomenon has reached 
into most, if not all, of the various branches of Christendom. The 
area of prophecy is one place where absolute knowledge is often 
inferred, but It does not stop there. 

Paul admonishes Timothy to commit the truths he has been 
given by the Holy Spirit to faithful men. These are men who are 
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Genesis to Revelation as the Word of God. But Paul goes on in the 
second chapter, in verse fifteen, to tell us an important truth. 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 
There are those today who wish to use Old Testament standards 
for a New Testament era. They would have Christians go to war 
(sometimes killing fellow Christians) because the Old Testament 
clearly teaches that God commanded the Israelites to go to war in 
some instances. They would have all homosexuals and abortion- 
ists put to death. While we believe the Scriptures are clear that 
homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God and that 
abortion (with the possible exception of a mother's life being at 
stake) is murder we do not believe it is the Church's place to call for 
the death of anyone. By the same token, we do not believe a 
Christian is called to picket abortion clinics, refuse to pay "war 
taxes," or take a part in the many popular anti-government 
demonstrations supported by both "fundamental" and "liberal" 
wings of Christendom. In our opinion, such actions are a part of the 
fanatic fringe and not being faithful. We have been told that an 
individual must be "for" or "against" a thing. That it is impossible 
to be neutral. However, in such areas as capital punishment we 
believe the Scriptures make it clear that we HAVE to be neutral. 
You cannot show me one instance in the New Testament where the 
inspired writers, ever called for the death of a human being. Yet 
Romans 13 makes it clear that the government "beareth not the 
sword in vain." 

Paul ends his thought with the words, "who shall be able to teach 
others also." Do we have convictions, based on the Word of God, 
that we can teach to others? While we have tried to make it clear 
that God does not want us to be "fanatics" we are to be faithful. We 
do not believe we should get overly upset when someone describes 
us as "legalists." I would rather be a "legalist" in Heaven than a 
"liberal" in hell! In reality "legalism" is defined in Holy Scripture as 
trying to gain Heaven by following Old Testament practices. The 
fanatical emotional movement and unconditional eternal security 
have robbed us of a truly faithful life in Christ. We are afraid to 
express our love for Christ or to affirm a truth spoken by a minister 
of God by verbal assent. Many do not have the assurance of 
eternal life because they confuse this scriptural teaching with 
unconditional eternal security. If the Holy Spirit does not have 
control of our lives we cannot teach others the truths of Scripture. 
While teaching in public is clearly limited to men, all born again 
Christians can share the truths of Scripture with others. Such 
things as the prayer veil will have a greater acceptance if our sisters 
are willing to share this truth with others. 



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In conclusion, we should seek to be faithful in all things but we 
should be very careful that what we share with others is based on 
Holy Scripture. While independent movements seem to be drawing 
the largest crowds today, we believe an established denomination 
usually has a less fanatical leadership. Even if an individual is a 
fanatic he is still under the rule of Church leadership and is limited 
in how far he can go. 

If you have never experienced the saving knowledge of Jesus 
Christ do not be led astray by fanatical teachings. The Scriptures 
clearly teach that you must be born again and be baptized to be a 
faithful follower. We invite you to join us in following our Lord 
Jesus Christ and His Holy Word. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



"ISN'T LIFE WONDERFUL?" 

Isn't life wonderful 

When at peace with the Lord? 
When you're looking forward 

To His glorious reward? 

When things are going smooth — 
The way you want them to, 

It seems all your trials 
"Out the window have flew." 

It's so easy to love 

The folks who love you too, 
And bring you happiness 

Fresh as the morning dew. 

But there will come the times 
When Satan hurls his "dart" 

And tries you, and tempts you 
From your Lord to depart. 

Then - - can you stand strong, 
Feeling God's peace within? 

And can you thank the Lord 
When afflictions begin? 

All things work together 

For good" the Bible tells; 
Then this must be the time 

To "quench thirst" from His "wells. 



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Be happy as you feast 

On salvation's plan, 
And don't be turned aside 

By any type of man. 

Christ's blood has now atoned 

For sins of you and me... 
We can have lasting life 

Because of Calvary! 

So — isn't life wonderful 
Since we're saved through grace? 

And some day can expect 
To see our Dear Lord's face? 

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

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 1, 1929 

ADORN THE DOCTRINE OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR 
IN ALL THINGS 

(Titus 2:10) 
Reuben Shroyer 

Christians are to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour. 

Adorn means to embellish, to beautify, to make attractive. 

The word doctrine means in the New Testament teaching any- 
thing taught is doctrine. Sound doctrine means healthy teaching. 
What wholesome food is to the body truth is to the soul. Doctrine 
of God means teaching of God. God teaches nothing but the truth. 
All truth is God's truth, whether found in nature or in the Bible. For 
he is the God of truth. God's truth is healthful to the soul. Jesus 
Christ is the truth. He is truth embodiment or incarnation. There 
was no falseness in his life. He is God's ideal life. He is the perfect 
standard of truth and life. Our example or copy. In fact he is 
more — he is our Savior. 

Christ's teaching is God's teaching. My doctrine is not mine, but 
his that sent me. He, Jesus, taught on the authority of truth itself. 
He did not say, this is true because I say it. He practically said, I 
say this because it is true. You must believe it because it is true. 
The truth Christ taught constitutes Christianity. Therefore that 
which we are to adorn is the Christian religion. We are to so live as 
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nothing to its beauty but we can show how it beautifies character. 
We can add nothing to its brightness but we can let it shine in our 
souls and through our lives. As a bridegroom decketh himself with 
ornaments and a bride adorneth herself with jewels, so we are to 
adorn Christianity by being clothed with the beautiful garments of 
righteousness and adorned with the crown jewels of this religion. 

We are to adorn Christ's religion in all things. This adornment 
must begin in the heart. The kingdom of God is within you. Heart 
religion is condition of religion in life. Clean hearts prerequisite to 
clean life. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 
Christ says ye are my witnesses. A witness is one who testifies of 
what he knows. He does not testify of what others think of his 
opinions but of what he actually knows. 

We are to adorn Christianity by our life. Christianity in the heart 
cannot be locked up. It will shine out in the life. Let your light so 
shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify 
God. And we shall do so if we have Christ within. Conduct is more 
than creed. Orthodoxy of life is more than orthodoxy of creed. 

Ideals control life. Life controls ideals. The daily life of each is a 
sermon. What manner of persons ought we to be? 

We are to adorn Christianity at home. Home is the true test of 
character. Your character is no better than it is at home. Some 
men are tyrannical in their home. Some women are ill tempered 
and cross grained at home. We should adorn the Christian religion 
at home. We should adorn the Christian religion in our business. 
Some say they cannot be Christians in business. Christians should 
deal absolutely honest in business. Give exact weight, never take 
advantage. If apples, or potatoes are sold the little ones should not 
be at the bottom of basket and the large ones on top. There are 
men in every legitimate business and profession who adorn or 
make the Christian religion attractive. We should adorn the 
Christian religion away from home. Joseph, away from home in 
Egypt, was as true to God as at home. So was Daniel and his three 
friends in Babylon. 

We are to adorn the Christian religion every day in the week. This 
does not mean we shall have mountain top experience all the time. 
We will be obliged to go down in the valley because we are needed 
there. We are not to put off our religion, when we take off our 
Sunday clothes. We are to be every day Christians. We are not to 
have lightning bug religion. The bug shows its light then covers it. 
We are to adorn the Christian religion because we cannot be 
useful unless we do so. Nothing exists for itself. And no Christian 
exists for himself. To be a Christian is not an end in itself. We are 
to make Christianity attractively beautiful so as to win others to 
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for ostentious display of piety but to make religion attractive and 
beautiful to those who know nothing about it. Let your faith in God 
and his eternal truth so shine in your life that no unbelief will 
diminish its beauty or dim its brilliancy. Let the precious gem of 
hope in God, immortality in the redemption of humanity be so set 
in your soul as to enable you to diffuse a spirit of hopefulness and 
cheerfulness around you. Let the love to God and man throw out 
from your heart and life and be of more value to the world than the 
most precious jewels that adorn nobles and kings. 

OUR "SUNDAY BEST" 

When we gather together on the Lord's Day, in our "Sunday 
Best", we oftimes fall into the trap of looking good to please our 
brethren. Our brethren expect a certain appearance from us, and 
many of us work hard to live up to those expectations. On the 
surface, though, there is no way to tell for sure if we are saved. Our 
"Sunday Best" should be the hidden man of the heart. When 
people look at us they should see Jesus. Our inner man, as well as 
our outer man (the tree is known by its fruit) should radiate God's 
goodness to make the people of this world hunger and thirst after 
righteousness. 

There are three very important principles taught in Scripture. 
They are modesty, simplicity, and nonconformity. These attributes 
will come forth as a result of our relationship with Jesus Christ. 
Plain clothes (modest apparel) is of no avail unless they are 
accompanied by a glow coming from the heart which indicates a 
life in harmony with God. 

I have heard that some folks go to church on Easter Sunday just 
to see the outfits people are wearing. Maybe that is all their church 
has to offer. We do not need to go the excesses of the world 
regarding clothing: it is important that we present a clean and neat 
appearance. We do not need to see how fancy we can be on a 
Sunday morning. No amount of outside preparation will prepare 
the heart for worship. When we bring our whole heart to God in 
worship with earnest expectation, THIS is our SUNDAY BEST. 

Lynn H. Miller 
P.O. Box 433 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

• • • • • • • 

Today so many parents seem to know where everything is, but 
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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Lord's Supper 
J. H. Moore 

From John 13:12 we learn that after Jesus had washed his 
disciples' feet, he resumed his place at the table. The eatables 
prepared for the occasion had remained untouched. The meal, in 
verse two, of the chapter cited, was called a "supper." It is said, 
"Supper being ended." The Revised Version has it: "During 
supper." In verse four we read: "He riseth from supper." In Luke 
22:20 the meal is called a supper, for there we read about "the cup 
after supper." Paul bears witness to this in I Cor. 1 1 :25, for there, as 
given in the Revised Version, he says: "In like manner also the cup 
after supper." 

From all this we learn that there was a supper prepared for the 
evening. By supper is meant a regular evening meal. In a sense it 
might very properly have been referred to as a passover meal (Luke 
22:15), though it was not the Jewish passover, for that was not 
celebrated until the next evening, as will be shown later. All 
leavened bread had been removed from the houses in Jerusalem, 
and everything employed in the preparation of meals was in 
keeping with the spirit and letter of the passover regulations. Then 
Jesus was about to introduce an institution, — the loaf and the 
cup, — that would be, to his disciples, a passover of a greater 
spiritual import, and of a much higher type than the Mosaic 
passover had ever been to the Jews. It was a passing over, indeed, 
that justified a reference, in a figure, to the regular passover. 

It is further evident, from the scriptures cited, that Jesus washed 
the feet of his disciples before the supper was eaten. This is 
provided by what is said of him after he had resumed his place at 
the table. Again referring to John 13, notice in verse 18 what Jesus 
says of Judas: "He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel 
against me." It was after this, and while still eating, that Jesus gave 
the sop to Judas (verse 26). 

And so we learn that, after Jesus had completed the feet-washing 
service, he ate an evening meal with his disciples, — the last meal 
that they, as a body, were ever to eat together while in the flesh. 
This meal has become historic. It is often called "the last supper." 
It is sometimes called "the feast of charity," in Greek, the "agape," 
or love feast. It is this meal, as a New Testament institution, that 
Paul referred to when he wrote to the members at Corinth, about 
their disorderly feast: "When therefore ye assemble yourselves 
together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's supper" (I Cor. 11:20, 
Revised Version). In the next verse he tells them why it was not 
possible, with the condition of things, for them to eat the Lord's 



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supper: "For in your eating each one taketh before other his own 
supper" (I Cor. 11:21, R.V.). In observing the Lord's supper, the 
members at Corinth had fallen into confusion, and for that reason 
Paul rebuked them. 

The sacred meal became a well-established institution in 
apostolic times. In II Peter 2:13, using the marginal reading of the 
Revised Version, we read about some unholy characters "reveling 
in their love feasts while they feast with you." In Jude 12, same 
version, we have this statement: 'These are they who are hidden 
rocks in your love feasts." These two citations settle the question 
of the continuance of the love feast. It was instituted on the night 
of the betrayal, in connection with the religious rite of feet-washing 
and the eucharist, and was retained in the church for centuries. So 
long as the church remained true to the teachings of the New 
Testament, just that long was the Lord's supper, or the love feast, 
continued. 

TWENTY-THIRD PSALM 

David's great 23rd Psalm begins, 'The Lord is my Shepherd; I 
shall not want." "I shall not want" means "I shall not lack." 
(Amplified Version) 

i shall not lack refreshment — "He leadeth me beside the still 
waters." 

I shall not lack reviving — "He restoreth my soul." 

I shall not lack guidance — "He leadeth me in the paths of 
righteousness for His name's sake." 

I shall not lack companionship or courage — "Yea, though I walk 
through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for 
Thou art with me." 

I shall not lack comfort — "Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort 
me." 

I shall not lack sustenence — "Thou preparest a table before me 
in the presence of mine enemies." 

I shall not lack joy or love — "Thou annointest my head with oil." 

I shall not lack anything — "My cup runneth over." 

I shall not lack anything in this life — "Surely goodness and 
mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." 

I shall not lack anything in eternity — "And I will dwell in the 
house of the Lord forever." 

Once a little boy was taught the first sentence of this much loved 
Psalm by his Uncle. The Uncle said, "The Lord is my Shepherd." 
The child repeated it. 

Thinking this was as much as the boy could remember the Uncle 
said, "That's enough." The little fellow repeated, "The Lord is my 



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Shepherd. That's enough." 

He was right! When the Lord is the Shepherd of your life, He is 
enough. 

Selected by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 



NEWS ITEMS 



PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

Spring is a time when we think of renewed life. The Communion 
service Easter weekend was an enriching time for the renewing of 
our Spiritual lives. Each service during the District Meeting - 
Lovefeast weekend seemed to be a highlight. 

Daryl and Dee Dutter, Rom and Arleen Peters, Darin and Fran 
Denlinger requested membership in our congregation and were 
received on former baptism. 

Let's recount the Lord's "compassions... They are new every 
morning:" Lamentations 3:22-23. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 



LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Rejoice with us! The Shepherd has called and four lambs have 
answered His call. Steve and Kimberly (children of Paul and Karen 
Johns), Roy (son of Roy and Sandra Eberly) and Rhonda (daughter 
of Rudy and Rhoda Shaffer) have been brought into the fold. 

Bro. Henry Walker has brought many inspiring messages and we 
have been well fed on the Word. It is now our responsibility to help 
feed these little ones and keep them close to the Shepherd. The 
wolf is out there doing his best to destroy our little ones. Let us do 
our best to keep and protect them. 

Sis. Sheila (Hostetler) Stauffer from the Englewood, Ohio Con- 
gregation has been united with us since her marriage to Bro. 
Robert Stauffer. We are happy to have her with us. May God bless 
their marriage to His Honor and Glory! 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



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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 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

R. 3 Box 24-D 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Joseph E. Flora 

R, 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

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 
Paul Stump 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 



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

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

James Meyers 
R, 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



RELIEF BOARD 

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

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3026 

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

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

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913)675-3600 



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 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LXVII 



JUNE 15, 1989 



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. 



THY GRACIOUS POWER 

Jehovah God! thy gracious pow'r 

On ev'ry hand we see; 

Oh, may the blessings of each hour 

Lead all our tho'ts to thee. 

Thy pow'r is in the ocean deeps, 

And reaches to the skies; 

Thine eye of mercy never sleeps, 

Thy goodness never dies. 

Form morn till noon, till latest eve, 

The hand of God we see; 

And all the blessings we receive, 

Ceaseless proceed from .thee. 

In all the varying scenes of time, 

On thee our hopes depend; 

In ev'ry age, in ev'ry clime, 

Our Father and our Friend. 

-J. Thompson 



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OUR FATHER 

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He warned them not to 
make prayer a show but a sincere expression of their heart's 
longing for God's Will. He urged them to be more adept at secret 
prayer than public prayer. They were cautioned to avoid the vain 
repetitions of the heathen. 

Jesus not only told them to avoid these faults but He also gave 
them positive instruction in prayer. He gave them what is common- 
ly called The Lord's Prayer. He gave it as a prayer to be used on 
public and private occasions. Being the perfect prayer its heartfelt 
repetition would cover any element of prayer missed in their own 
spontaneous prayer. Being the perfect prayer it was given as a 
model for them to follow in forming their own prayers. 

It contains the various elements that constitute a prayer. Adora- 
tion, petition, confession and supplication all have a place in 
this prayer. As a model prayer it should help us to form our private 
and public prayers. Its lofty and reverent tone should set an ex- 
ample for the use of reverent language in our prayers. 

Looking at this prayer in some detail we can better see how 
Jesus taught His disciples to pray. The instruction He gave is 
valuable for us, especially in this day when thankfulness and 
reverence are lacking. 

OUR FATHER. Prayer is addressed to God the Father through 
Jesus Christ the Son by the Holy Spirit. "Our" implies we have 
a common Father. This speaks of the fellowship of believers who 
can share the position of adoptive children of God. 

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prepared by Christ for a special people. 

HALLOWED BE THY NAME, This speaks of the adoration 
owed to our Heavenly Father. We should be totally in awe of 
Him. His very name is sacred, not to be profaned or used lightly. 

THY KINGDOM COME. Even at its best this world is no friend 
to Christians. There is always a desire for a better place. The 
Christian's true home is Heaven, so he wants to be there with 
his Father. 

THY WILL BE DONE, IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. In Heaven 
everything is done to perfectly please God. His Will is ever 
carried out, in contrast, to this earth where many do not even care 
about [His Will and even those who do are often indifferent in doing 
it. Although His Will is not generally carried out on earth, it still 
should be the hope and earnest effort of the Christian. 

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. He not only teaches 
us to adore God but also to approach Him with our needs. 
We have a God who is interested in what we need. He is interested 
in not only the large issues that confront us but also the small, 
nagging problems that come to us. "Our daily bread" speaks of 
our physical and material needs. 

AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS. We are imperfect, therefore 
we are ever in need of His forgiveness. Any sin we commit is against 
God, therefore, we need His forgiveness. In ignoring or denying 
our sin we cut ourselves off from His forgiveness and the renewal 
of our Spiritual lives. 

AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS. Here we are to look outward 
from ourselves, our needs and our relationship with God, to 
those around. Many times we are sinned against. Are we as will- 
ing to forgive, as God is to forgive us? This reestablishes our 
fellowship with them and brings us to a forgiveness with God. 

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION. Many are the times 
when we are tested by the temptations around us. We need the 
help of God that we would recall His Word so we might overcome. 
Temptations will come, will we be able to move away from them 
because of our closeness with God? 

BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. The enemy of our souls is ever 
trying to ensnare us. He also brings events into our lives that 
are unpleasant often as a result of past sin. We need God's power 
to deliver us from the clutches of Satan. 

FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE 
GLORY FOR EVER. At the close of the prayer there is a return 
to the adoration shown at the beginning. Certainly we cannot 
praise God too much. All is under His dominion in Heaven and 
earth and all glory should be His. 

AMEN. This word leaves it with God. His power is allowed 
to work out the need in our lives which He knows far better than 



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we do. We must learn to leave it with Him as we carry out His 
revealed will in our lives. 

This prayer should serve as a pattern for our own spontaneous 
prayers. It should also be used in private and public prayer, being 
careful it does not become a vain repetition but remains a vital, 
edifying part of our Spiritual lives. 

May we ever be in awe of Him as we bring before Him our 
adoration, petition, confession and supplication. He is our Heav- 
enly Father. 

TO MY DEAR HUSBAND 

Today we celebrate our anniversary. The years have rolled by 
since that day we pledged our love to each other. I remember 
the roses, the daisies, the sacredness of the setting, the many 
friends and family members who attended, the songs, the vows, 
the prayer on our behalf, and the joy as I tried to comprehend 
that finally "good-byes" were over and we were together for the 
rest of our lives. 

I love to relive the day, relive the emotions and again experience 
the thrill as I recall the happiness of that day. But how thankful 
I am that the memories I have of the years since that day are even 
warmer, brighter, and more full of love. 

But, as with all things that are valuable and need to be main- 
tained, marriages need to be made of partners who are committed 
to building, to growing, to maintaining. I want to stop today for 
a moment just to take time to tell you my thoughts that we may 
better plan, better prepare, better build in the future. I speak for 
most Christian wives, I'm sure, as I share my heart's cry. 

The day you held my hand in yours and said, "I take thee to be 
my wife..." you were so gentle, so tender, so loving. As the years 
roll by and pressures mount, it would be so easy to become 
calloused, harsh, hard and gruff. But God made women to con- 
tinue to need the tenderness and gentleness. I appreciate beyond 
words that you treat me as a fragile flower, that you are so careful 
you don't hurt me with sharp, cutting words. I still love gentleness 
now just as much or more so than I did when we were dating. It 
makes me feel like you truly cherish me. 

Before we were married we hardly knew anything about hurting 
each other or disappointing each other. Since we're both human 
this has inevitably happened over the past years. How thankful 
I am that I know these times have not ruined our marriage or 
marred our relationship. Instead, the quiet times, the "I'm sorrys," 
the cleansing tears, the warm embraces seem to have strength- 
ened us and drawn us closer. I know I have a tendency to ciam 
up and not share my hurts sometimes but I encourage you to 
always do as you've done in the past — firmly but gently pry it 



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out of me. Don't let me give you the silent treatment. We always 
are closer to each other after those times when we share, forgive 
and forget. 

As wives, we need rebuke sometimes. We all make mistakes and 
there are times we need each other to point out blind spots in 
our partner's lives. I want you to always watch out for my soul 
(Heb. 13:17) and to steer me back on the right course but again 
it needs to be with a heart full of love and a gentle tongue. I know 
there's been times I was so ashamed of myself and you could've 
lashed out at me but you gave me your shoulder instead of your 
mouth. How I thank you for that. 

One of the greatest desires of Christian wives is to see their 
husbands be strong spiritual leaders. We want to be able to look 
up to you as our protectors, examples, teachers, and instructors. 
How much it means to me when you take time to read and exhort 
from God's Word. I especially appreciate it when I ask you what 
a verse means and you say, "I don't know but I'll study it" and 
then later you proceed to explain. It makes me feel so secure and 
able to look up to you. 

As mothers, we want daddies that take the lead in family devo- 
tions, spiritual training, and wise counseling for our children. 
We want our children to have every reason to think they have the 
best daddy in the world. We want to see "the heart of the fathers 
turned to the children, so that their hearts can be turned to you." 
(Mai. 4:6) 

I'm thankful you love children and have the desire to have a 
family of our own. It's encouraging as a wife to know that you take 
take on and accept your duties as a father and don't push the whole 
responsibility of training children on me. Granted, I'm with them 
a lot of time that you aren't but when you are there you take charge 
and I appreciate that. You also encourage me to share my prob- 
lems and concerns that I have with the children and you give me 
your listening ear and good advice. How thankful I am for the 
children God has given to us and I'm glad that together we can 
petition the Lord to give us wisdom and direction in training them. 

I always want to feel very loved and special to you but I also 
want to see that your Lord and Savior is your first love. I want 
to see you taking time with Him alone, know that you are med- 
itating on Him, and delighting in His Word. Seeing you draw 
closer to God not only makes you a better husband but it encour- 
ages me to be a better wife and helps me in my own spiritual re- 
lationship with the Lord. 

I encourage you to continue to include me in your world. Share 
your dreams with me, bare your heart, give me your viewpoint. 
It makes me feel like you want me by your side as we walk life's 



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road, that you want our hearts to beat as one, that you want us 
to dream the same dream. I like to be included and be with you 
in the very central part of your life. 

Thanks for cheerfully fulfilling your role as breadwinner in 
the family. I'm glad that you expect nothing more of me than to 
be a good steward and be thrifty when it comes to finances. I 
don't want to be out in the working world and out of the security 
of home. So thanks for not making me feel obligated to go earn 
some money but rather for reminding me that this is where I be- 
long — at home with my children. Then too, thanks for being 
diligent in providing and looking well to our needs. 

Another way you bless my life is by doing the many little jobs 
around the house that I'm not capable of. Whether it's as small 
as unplugging a drain, or plugging a hole in a cupboard to keep 
mice out, or more major like redoing a ceiling that is getting large 
cracks, you do these things at a mere mention. That means so 
much to me! 

As I look to the future I just desire that we both keep striving 
to grow closer to the Lord. I pray you'll always keep your appe- 
tite for how to be more like the Master, how to be a better father, 
how to understand the Word. And I pray we'll always stay com- 
mitted to each other, so that while marriages all around us in the 
world are crumbling in ashes, ours could continue to grow, to 
glow, and to be all God intended for a man and his wife. 

With much appreciation and love, 
Your Wife 

AN ODE TO FATHERS DAY 

DADDY'S LITTLE CHILD 

A little child with shining eyes, 

It's sweet face all a glow, 

Said, "Daddy, it is almost time 

For Sunday School, let's go. 

They teach us there of Jesus' love 

Of how He died for all, 

Upon the cruel cross to save 

Those who on Him will call." 

"Oh, no!" said Daddy, "Not today, 

I've worked hard all week, 

And I must have one day of rest, 

I'm going to the creek 

For there I can relax and rest, 

And fishing's fine they say. 

So run along, don't bother me, 



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We'll go to church some day." 

Months and years have passed away 

But Daddy hears that plea no more; 

Let's go to Sunday School." 

Those childish days are o'er. 

And now that Daddy has time to think, 

When that young life has turned to smoke and drink 

And Daddy hears that plea no more; 

''Daughter, let's go to Sunday School" 

But what does daughter do? 

She says, "Oh, Daddy not today — 

i stayed up almost ail night 

And I've just got to get some sleep. 

Besides I look a fright." 

Then Daddy lifts his trembling hand 

To brush away the tears, 

As again he hears the pleading voice 

Distinctly through the years. 

And he sees a small child's shining face 

Upturned with eyes a glow, 

As she said it's time for Sunday School 

Please Daddy, "Won't you go?" 

And as he sits with tear-stained face, 

Thinking of his little child at the dance. 

A voice seems to say, "It's sad but true, 

You well remember long ago you had your chance." ice." 

Selected by Sister Ruth Cease 
190 Guernsey Road 
Biglerville, PA 17307 

STANDING FOR THE RIGHT 

It is hard many times to stand for the right in this day and age. 
it is wonderful to know that we can find out what is right and 
stand for it by reading about people in the Bible. Daniel and his 
three friends were biblical teenagers who were tested and stood 
for the right. Let's try to find out what Daniel and his friends did 
to stand for the Lord. 

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile him- 
self with the portion of the king's meat nor with the wine which 
he drank: Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs 
that he might not defile himself." Daniel 1:8. 

We must purpose in our hearts that we will not defile ourselves 
with things that are wrong. My parents and many other parents 
have purposed in their hearts to have their children educated 



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in a Christian atmosphere. Therefore, we need the courage to 
stand for the way the Lord directs us. 

Like in Daniel's three friends' lives, a law was made that when 
the music began to play the people were to bow down and worship 
a golden image. Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and 
Abednego heard the music loud and clear, but refused to bow. 
As we all know, they were cast into a fiery furnace, but they didn't 
burn because they stood for the right. 

Though the authorities of our land are not in agreement with 
our belief, we need to hold a proper attitude toward them. God 
has given government authority to rule over us, but not the author- 
ity to teach our children. God has given the responsibility to the 
parents to bring their children up in the admonition of the Lord. 

In Daniel's time a law was made that for thirty days no one 
was to ask a petition of any God or man except the king, or they 
would be cast into the den of lions. Daniel, knowing the law had 
been signed, "Went into his house; and his window being open 
in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees 
three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God 
as he did aforetime." Daniel 6:10. We know Daniel was thrown 
into the lion's den, but the next morning the king arose early 
and hurried to the lion's den and called down unto Daniel. "Oh, 
Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God whom thou servest 
continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?" 

"Then Daniel said unto the king 'Oh, king, live forever. My God 
hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions mouths, that they 
have not hurt me.' " Daniel 6:20b-22a. 

The heart of the king was changed and he made a decree that 
everyone was to serve Daniel's God. 

Here in Iowa the issue of Christian education is under attack. 
We know that if we stand for the right and trust in God he can 
change the hearts of our authorities. Let us always stand for the 
right. 

Sister Ruth Flory 

Dallas Center Christian School 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Living Successfully in a Sewer Society 

I am utterly appalled at what is going on in our world today 
relative to values and morality. It would seem almost impossible 
to stay pure while trying to survive in the world's sewer society. 
Purity and wholesomeness are put down as infantile. People are 
bored with Biblical morality and seek to satisfy their sensual 
nature with all the lurid methods possible. 



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What are some steps that we can take toward personal purity? 
How can we stay clean in the midst of a world that is unclean and 
vulgar? 

Obviously, the first thing that must happen is to be sure of our 
salvation. I am not talking about our church affiliation, although 
that is of utmost importance. I am referring to experiencing the 
second birth and experiencing the transformed life. I can be a 
Dunkard or Baptist or whatever and not truly be transformed. 
God forbid that that should happen to any of you. 

There, first of all, must be a real desire to VICTORY in your 
life. Because the Devil is going about as a roaring lion seeking 
whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8), you have to be on guard con- 
stantly and really desire to be a person of purity. It won't just 
happen! You have to pursue it. 

Then remember that you are not alone in your battle. Christ was 
tempted in every way like you are. Every way! (Heb. 4:15) Yet 
He was without sin. That assures us that we can come boldly to 
the Throne of Grace to obtain mercy and to help us fight for 
purity. We are promised not to be tempted above that which we 
are able to bear. 

We are to "watch and pray, that we enter not into temptation " 
I am surprised how many people admit that they do not really pray 
for strength and help in personal purity. We readily pray for daily 
material needs, food, and other people for whom we are concerned 
but we do not ASK for purity of mind, of spirit, of body. 

Temperance is a Fruit of the Spirit. The word really means self 
control. So, we see that self-control comes from the Holy Spirit. 
Remembering that we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit 
we should begin each day asking God to fill us anew and afresh 
and to give us victory and self-control throughout the new day. 
In addition, we should flash some instant prayers to the Lord 
during the course of our activities that we would be under His 
control and stay pure. We will have victory. 

I believe that one teacher of personal purity is what goes on in 
our dining rooms. If we become a glutton and a slave to eating 
we will easily fall prey to something else. If we do not exercise 
self-control in every area of our life, we become susceptible to 
other temptations. 

Prov. 13:20 teaches us "that a companion of fools shall be de- 
stroyed." If we wallow with a pig, we will smell like one. It is so 
very important to select our associates with whom we fellowship 
We witness to the world.. .we fellowship with those who can build 
us up and help to make us pure. There is a difference! 

Bodily cleanliness is also important. A person who keeps neat 
and clean physically will find it easier to be clean morally. This 



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sounds a bit old fashioned but I believe that each aspect of our 
person carries over to other parts of our life. I heard a story of a 
little boy who came to school each day dirty and with a noticeable 
odor. His performance was equally smelly. The teacher finally 
sent a note home to the child's mother which read, "Please give 
Johnny a bath so he will smell nice and clean." To the teacher's 
surprise, Johnny brought her a note from his parents the next 
day which said, "It ain't your business to smell him; it's your busi- 
ness to learn him." In reality, everything about us is God's busi- 
ness. We are His ambassadors to the world and if we are physi- 
cally or morally smelly, it reflects on our heavenly Father. 

Selecting the right kind of bodily exercise is important for purity. 
If you are participating in sports that do not allow you to continue 
your life of modesty and simplicity, then they need to be cut out. 
Exercise is important, don't get me wrong. You need to be physi- 
cally as fit as possible to fight the battle for the Lord. And, "Idle- 
ness is the Devil's workshop." I encourage you not to just sit 
around but do something productive for the Lord. Sin is also 
what we do not do. Don't even be a party to the lazy, profane and 
indulgent crowd that is doing nothing and going nowhere spiritu- 
ally. ^ 

Purity will dictate that you will totally stay away from tobacco. 
It is dirty, dangerous and expensive. It ruins your witness as well 
as your purity. 

For personal purity, you will have to avoid unchristian music. 
The person who depends on secular rock music for entertainment 
is a person who is leaning toward a sensual life style. That is a 
bold statement and I back it up with fourteen years of research in 
the music field. Lyrics today are consistantly dirty and suggestive. 
Rhythms are sensual and dominating. Multitudes of young people 
have been led away from Christ's will for their lives because 
Satan's greatest tool of evangelism has wooed them over to his 
side. It is impossible to keep bad music running through your 
mind and heart all the time and still stay pure. 

Reading of and meditation on God's Word is essential for 
purity. In fact, we cannot really know how to remain pure without 
gleaning it from God's Word. Master the Book and you will master 
your purity. Be very selective of other reading materials. I am 
amazed at the trashy articles in the current women's magazines. 
These bring confusion and discontent to people who are already 
confused about values and morals. They lead away from Biblical 
purity. 

Remember, if your life is the Christ-life. ..you have the battle 
nearly won. You can lose sight of Satan in the dust you stir up 
from running for the Lord! Work toward purity. Stay pure. It's 
the forever option. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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FATHERS DAY 

A father is the one who guides 

His household in the way of right, 
It's his responsibility to provide 

Food and protection day and night. 

He's the first one up in the morning 

Getting an early start for the day, 
Off to the place where he will be working 

Faithfully earning his way. 

His job requires hours of hard labor 

It seem long 'til the whistle blows, 
He stays by his work 'til the end of the day 

Whether he's warm or nearly froze. 

Then home to his wife and his children 

Who welcome with open arms, 
They have prepared for him a hearty meal 

Which they all enjoy, without alarm — 

For he is the family protector 
They have absolutely nothing to fear, 

He will stand between them and danger 
He's always conveniently near. 

Our fathers would not wrongly inform us 

The advice he gives is sound, 
Let's pay deep respect to our fathers 

For they will not always be around. 

To those of us whose fathers 

Have gone to their great reward, 
How we miss their jovial presence 

But thankful they can be with the Lord. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 15, 1989 

COME UNTO ME 

J. F. Britton 

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest." Matt. 11:28. It has been often said that the 
three sweetest words in the English language are: Mother, Home 
and Heaven. While these words are very tender with human af- 
fections, and full of emotions and spiritual aspirations, it should 
be noted that the word "come" appeals to one's mind with a mag- 



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netic influence, that under certain circumstances is hard to resist. 

Jesus, in our text proclaims an invitation that surpasses any 
proposition ever offered a weary, sick soul, in that it abounds 
and overflows with a "healing balm" and a spiritual panacea for 
all human sufferings, sorrows, and spiritual ills. And if we take 
into consideration who spoke those benign words, it is hard for 
us to appreciate their inestimable value. 

Listen to the sympathetic appeal of Jesus who was, "touched 
with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted 
like as we are, yet without sin.' 1 Heb. 4:15. "Come unto me, all ye 
that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Thank 
God, praise his holy name, that there is no monopoly or discrim- 
ination in that condescending proposition from Jesus, who is 
able and willing to "save them to the uttermost that come unto 
God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." 
Heb. 7:25. Therefore that "all ye", is full enough of grace, com- 
passion and strength to save you, "though your sins be as scarlet, 
they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, 
they shall be as wool." Isa. 1:18. "For the Son of man is come to 
seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19.10. 

Reader, will you spurn and reject the loving voice of Jesus 
calling you to come unto him, that you might have the peace of 
mind; "Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart 
be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. And rest unto 
your troubled soul that is heavy laden and wearied with religious 
conditions and troubles around you; and your soul yearning 
earnestly for that fellowship, where you can worship God in spirit 
and truth. Dear brother, why will you continue to try to stifle and 
appease your conscience and starve and jeopardize your soul, 
rather than harken to the voice of Jesus calling unto you, to "Come 
out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and 
touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you, and will be a 
father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith 
the Lord Almighty." II Cor. 6:17-18. 

Therefore it is reasonable, and it is logical that, "While it is 
said, today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in 
the provocation." Heb. 3:15. And in John 7:37, in the midst of 
scoffers and gain sayers, "In the last day, that great day of the 
feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him 
come unto me, and drink." In this scripture we see Jesus standing 
as: 

"The Great Physician's ever near, 

The sympathizing Jesus. 
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, 
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus. 



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Sweetest note in seraph song, 

Sweetest name on mortal tongue, 
Sweetest carol ever sung, 
Jesus, blessed Jesus." 
Friends, why do you still "confer with flesh and blood" while 
Jesus the great physician is saying unto you, come unto me, ye 
troubled sick soul, and I will heal your sorrows and calm your 
troubled heart. 

When Paul got that wonderful reformatory vision which revolu- 
tionized his whole life, he cried out and said, "O King Agrippa, 
I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision." Acts 26:19. Thus 
we see that Paul surrendered to the call of Jesus, "And he tremb- 
ling and astonished said, 'Lord, what will thou have me to do?' " 
That was a fine and a splendid decision of Paul, which brought 
him into closer communion and fellowship with Jesus, who op- 
ened his eyes that he saw the beauties of holiness in Christ Jesus, 
when the burden of his heart rolled away. 

Now, dear brother, Jesus is calling you, saying, "Come unto 
me, and I will give you rest, and the spirit and the bride say, come. 
Let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst, come. 
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Rev. 
22:17. Will you still spurn and reject this Divine message so full of 
tender compassion and sympathy for weary tempest tossed troub- 
led souls? 

A turn ye, O turn ye, for why will ye die? 

When God in great mercy is coming so nigh? 
Now Jesus invites you, the Spirit says, come. 
And Angels are waiting to welcome you home. 

Come, give us your hand, and the Savior your heart, 

And, trusting in heaven, we never shall part; 
O how can we leave you? Why will you not come! 
We'll journey together, and soon be at home. 
Thank God, and praise his holy name, that there is a home for 
all who come to Jesus, where the wicked cease from troubling, 
and the weary are at home, a home not made with human hands' 
but eternal in heaven. Amen. 



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Our years here on earth may be many, or they may be few all 
that really matters is what you do. 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Loaf and the Cup 

J. H. Moore 

At the close of the Lord's supper, or "as they did eat", says 
Mark (14:22-23), "Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and 
gave if to them (the disciples), and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 
And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to 
them: and they all drank of it." Luke (22:19-20) refers to the insti- 
tution of the loaf and cup in this manner: "And he took bread, 
and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This 
is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new 
testament in my blood, which is shed for you." 

We are led to infer from these quotations, and what Matthew 
says (26:26), that the communion service followed immediately 
after supper. Luke says the cup was passed "after supper." There 
were three institutions, and they were kept sufficiently separated 
to give each one a characteristic of its own. The last service, some- 
times called the communion, often the eucharist, and at the head 
of this chapter, "The Loaf and Cup", consisted of the blessing, 
passing and partaking of the sacred emblems representing the 
body and blood of the Master. Of the three services for the even- 
ing, the other two being preparatory steps, this must be regarded 
as the more sacred and the more impressive. 

It will be observed that, while Jesus instituted the loaf and the 
cup on the same evening on which he instituted the Lord's supper, 
the one, in no sense, can take the place of the other. The Lord's 
supper has its distinct place, and is followed by the communion 
service. This being true, it is a mistake to call the loaf and cup the 
Lord's supper. They are never so designated in any part of the 
Holy Scriptures. 

We have seen, as Luke says, that the cup was passed after sup- 
per, and was therefore no part of the evening meal. Paul, in I Cor. 
11:25, as given in the Revised Version, says the cup was passed 
after supper. The testimony of these two writers places the ques- 
tion beyond controversy. It must, therefore, be regarded as a set- 
tled fact, that the communion service, as an institution, while 
associated with the Lord's supper, must not be confounded with it. 
Of itself it is not a supper, in any sense, and we need not wonder 
that the sacred writers refused to call it a supper. It takes more than 
a small bit of bread and a sip of the fruit of the vine to constitute a 
meal of any type. 

The testimony of Luke, John and Paul makes it clear that there 
was a supper eaten on the occasion. The Greek word for this 



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repast is deipnon, which means the regular evening meal, often 
the principal meal of the day. The evidence given by Luke and 
Paul, as already cited, makes it equally clear that the sacred em- 
blems, representing the body and blood of the Master, were not 
partaken of until after this supper was completed, and must there- 
fore be regarded as a distinct institution. The custom of calling 
these emblems the Lord's supper has led to the confusion which 
now exists. 

There is no more ground for calling the loaf and cup the Lord's 
supper than there is for calling sprinkling and pouring baptism 
The Lord's supper is a complete meal, just as much as baptism 
is a complete immersion. 



NEWS ITEMS 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 
Bro. Rudy Shaffer was ordained as an elder, Bro. James Eberly 
as a minister and Bro. Glen Sensening, Bro. Tim Siegrist and 
Bro. Roy Eberly as deacons. It was a most solemn occasion as 
many members showed their care and concern for the responsi- 
bility that was given to our dear brethren. May we all pray for them 
and give our support in their new endeavors in the Lord's work.. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



THANK YOU 

I wish to thank all who remembered me during my recent sur- 
gery stay in the hospital and since my return home. I appreciate 
the flowers, cards, calls and the meals brought in and most of 
all for the prayers. May God bless each one. 

Sister Mary Swihart 



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Worry is the interest paid on trouble before it is due. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JULY 1989 

July 2 -The Seventh Angel Sounds - Revelation 11:15-19 

1. What is the message of the seventh angel? 

2. What nations are mentioned? Who are the "nations" in verse 
15 and 18? 

July 9 - The Woman and the Dragon - Revelation 12:1-6 

1. Who do the woman, dragon, and man child represent? 

2. What is the wilderness God prepared for the woman? 
July 16 - War in Heaven - Revelation 12:7-12 

1 . Who wins the "War in Heaven?" 

2. What is our source of victory? verse 1 1 . 
July 23 - The Man Child - Revelation 23:13-17 

1 . Why does the dragon seek to destroy the child? 

2. After failing to destroy the child, to whom does the dragon 
then turn his wrath? verse 17. 

July 30 - The Beast Out of the Sea - Revelation 13:1-10. 

1. Who is this beast and what do his heads, horns, and crown 
represent? 

2. As some men worship the beast, who does he seek to de- 
stroy? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JULY 1989 

July 2 - High Minded - Luke 18:9-17, John 8:31-42. 

1. Who need to come? 

2. To whom shall we go? John 6:68 

July 9 - Bad Company - Exodus 23:1-2, Psalms 1:1-6, II Cor. 6: 
14-18, Eph. 5:11-17, I Cor. 15:33-34. 

1. What prompted the Pharisees to find fault? 

2. Do we ever seek to find fault with the accomplishments of 
others? 

July 16 - Greediness - Prov. 1:10-19, Ecc. 5:8-12, I Tim. 6:6-12, 
James 5:1-7. 

1. What is greed? 

2. What are the symptoms of qreed? 

July 23 - God's claim - Matt. 6:33, I Cor. 3:16-23, I Cor. 10:21-33 

1. What portion of our priorities does God claim? 

2. Have we willingly surrendered to God's claim? 

July 30 - Guidance - Psalms 23:1-6, Matt. 11:27-30, Luke 1:23-37, 
John 16:13-14 

1. Where will God lead us? Matt. 1:79. 

2. How does God guide our lives? 



Paul Stump 
10340 W. Diamond 
Union, OH 45323 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

JULY 1, 1989 



VOL. LXVII 



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. 



OH, FOR A CLOSER WALK 

Oh, for a closer walk with God, 
A calm and heav'nly frame; 
A light to shine upon the road 
That leads me to the Lamb! 

Where is the blessedness I knew 
When first I saw the Lord? 
Where is the soul refreshing view 
Of Jesus and His word? 

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed! 
How sweet their mem'ry still! 
But they have left me aching void 
The world can never fill. 

Return, O Holy Dove, return, 
Sweet messenger of rest; 
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn, 
And drove Thee from my breast. 

- William Cowper 



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IN A HURRY 

We live in a world that is in a hurry. Everything is geared to full 
speed ahead. We want fast automobiles, trains and planes. The 
workplace demands a pace that is often stressful and seldom 
relaxing. 

It is no wonder that people suffer from stress ulcers, jangled 
nerves, high blood pressure, heart disease and indigestion. We are 
a people pursuing the elusive better life without peace or re- 
laxation. Even recreation becomes stressful as competition and 
furor prevents any restoring of health and strength. Vacations 
become hurried and stressful. 

Our physical health, our mental health and our peace are all 
sacrificed to hurry. Deadlines, schedules, time clocks and 
demands of others have driven us to hurry along with everyone 
else. We often look to former days when seemingly there was less 
hurry. There was more time to be with family, friends, relatives and 
neighbors. This may be a hearkening to the Good Old Days that 
never were, but whatever the past really was, we know that today 
with all our labor-saving modern conveniences still we must hurry 
more than was necessary when all tasks were done slower. 

Computers and other electronic devices are popular for they are 
fast. Yet how often does a wrong entry or a down time end up 
slowing all down? Always there is a push to invent even fasterand 
more accommodating devices. 

This hurrying affects all of us. As inhabitants of this world, we 
are affected. In the workplace, on the highway, at home, at the 
store, wherever we are, we are affected by the hurrying around us. 

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We begin ourselves to hurry so we won't be left behind. Slowly we 
are caught up in the mad rush of this world, so we can prosper and 
have more leisure time, that will be invested in activities that will 
usually be expensive, ungodly, hurried and stressful. 

This hurry, hurry, hurry attitude can affect not only our physical, 
social and economic life but also our Spiritual life. As we hurry 
through life we are apt to overlook the Spiritual needs of our life or 
at best to shortchange them. We either invest no time or very little 
time in Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation or fellowship 
because we don't have enough time. In our hurried world there is 
only so much time that we can set aside for Spiritual refreshment 
and growth, so we rush through life and forget that there are more 
important things than money, fame and position. The material and 
the temporal push the Spiritual into the background. There is still 
time to attend worship services — as long as it does not interfere 
too greatly with other activities of life. It is easy to allow other 
things to become our priorities. 

Because we no longer are exclusively rural or small town 
residents, we are more closely connected with the rushing world 
about us. Our employment and various social activities are in the 
midst of the world. It so easily rubs off on us. Others do not value 
the ideals of Spiritual living so we begin to discount them so we 
won't be thought too odd. Our Spiritual activities lose the priority 
they should have in our lives. 

Part of the fast pace of our lives is emphasized by the instant, 
convenience foods that are so popular. We get used to food that 
does not require much effort and is ready in just a few moments. 
Therefore we begin to want everything else in our lives to become 
instant. We expect the same speed in the development of Spiritual 
lives. We expect people to be easily and quickly won to 
Christianity. A few quick words, an instant formula, a few rules and 
that is all that is needed. The teaching and preaching that is 
commanded in the Great Commission is forgotten. A quick 
decision and a casual Christian life is all that is demanded. If our 
food is fast then surely our Spiritual lives can be made and lived 
just as fast. But what the fast foods gives us in convenience they 
take away from us in nutrition and food value. Our Spiritual life 
suffers in a similiar way. What we gain in speed and ease is lost in 
depth and commitment. 

This rushing can even creep into our services and business of the 
Church. There is a desire to have a quick service to make it 
convenient for everyone to be able to socialize and have recreation. 
Deliberation and prayerfulness are often tossed aside in favor of a 
quick fix. There is a desire to hurry and lead God where He ought 
to go rather than wait upon Him to order our ways. 



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It is a hurrying, busy world we live in. Our choice is whether to 
let the world turn us into rushing robots chasing the world's 
dreams or will we chose Christian living? 

What is your rush? Where are you going? Are you sure all your 
rushing will get you where you should be? 

NO EASY WAY OUT 

People are always looking for an easy way out. Ones with bad 
habits will say, "I've done this too long and I can't change", or "The 
Devil makes me do this." They will try every way possible to 
sidestep an issue, hoping it will go away. Some will blame others 
when things go wrong, rather than take responsibility for their own 
actions. Others will go over, under or around a problem, rather 
than face it and seek a solution. But none of this eliminates the 
problems or the responsibilities. 

As we seek ways to get out of our responsibilities — to man, to 
God, to ourselves — we just cause ourselves and others more grief. 
We can only escape for a little while, then the matter is still there to 
be faced and to be coped with. Trying to avoid the issue only 
serves to prolong the problems and distresses in life. Some people 
spend a lifetime running away from problems and responsibilities, 
only to come to death's door and discover the real problem was 
within. 

If we would put forth the same effort to learn God's ways as we 
do to avoid facing the realities of life, we would accomplish much 
more. When we continually try to escape from life in one way or 
another, we waste our energy. It would require less of us in the 
long run if we would face life now and accept our personal 
responsibilities as God would have us to. God's Word teaches us 
responsibile living in all areas of life and when the proper time 
comes, we will have to give an account of ourselves. (See Rom. 
14:12) If we take care of life's duties as we go along, we won't need 
to worry about the accounting time. 

There is no easy way out! Yet people still seek for one. Some try 
to escape by running away while others hide behind someone else. 
For others, alcohol and other drugs provide a means of escape 
from reality. Whatever method one uses to escape, it is at best only 
an artificial "solution." It changes one's outlook, but it does 
nothing to change one's circumstances. It really isn't an easy way 
out, because it adds to life's problems rather than solving them. 

No matter what route of escape is followed, the end only brings 
more distress. There are places of confinement for those who 
refuse to act responsibly, and bring harm to those around them. All 
sorts of illegal activities lure the foolish ones who are seeking a way 



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out, while at the same time blinding them to the fact that some time, 
they must face the consequences for their actions. Those who 
seek something for nothing will find themselves ensnared by their 
own greed. And especially, their hearts will still be empty and 
troubled, and without the freedom and peace man's soul desires. 
Peace cannot be found until we accept our responsibilities, and 
face ourselves for what we are. 

When sin reigns in our hearts, we carry the load alone. Satan 
may tell us it's too hard to serve Jesus, that his way is easier, but 
the Bible says "the way of the transgressor is hard/' (Prov. 13:15) 
The only way to lighten our load is to give it to Jesus. "Casting all 
your care upon Him, for He careth for you." I Peter 5:7. When we 
give Him our cares, He will bear them, and our load will be 
lightened many times over. But when we try to avoid life, it just 
increases the burden. 

Whenever the going gets rough, we'd all like an easy way out. No 
one likes to face problems and it may look easier to run away or to 
avoid things we don't like. It may seem easier to make excuses and 
to blame others rather than face the consequences of our own 
behavior. But in the end, we will have to face the facts and answer 
to God for our actions. The so-called easy way out isn't so easy 
when we realize we must account for our selfish living and refusal 
to carry our share of the load. 

An easy way out is nearly always a self-centered way out. 
Following the line of least resistance means we're too selfish or too 
lazy to put forth the effort to do what is best for all concerned. The 
Bible teaches maturity and responsibility. It teaches us to give our 
best, not our least; to work, not seek a free ride. It teaches us to 
want God's way, not our own way, and there is no escaping our 
responsibility. 

Life at its best is often difficult, but that is not God's fault. Sin has 
taken its toll on all mankind, and there's one remedy. It is Jesus. 
He said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matt. 1 1 :30. A 
yoke means two will bear the burden, which would make any load 
lighter. Also the burden Jesus gives us is as nothing compared to 
the weight of sin on our hearts. He is really the only easy way out! 
With Him, we won't be overwhelmed by life, because we won't face 
it alone. Have you given your load to Jesus? If not, now is the time! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
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It takes a lot of love to make a home, but a heap of building 
material to make a house. 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Age of Satan 

The Bible talks about the "wiles of the devil." "Wile" might be 
defined as a trick or a sly, deceitful action, And, the wiles of Satan 
should be one of our major concerns as Christians who are trying 
to live a spiritual life. It concerns me that some Christians seem to 
think, or live like they think, that Satan merely exists in the mind of 
man... therefore, the fact that we think he exists is the only genuine 
existence he has. The Scriptures, however, teach us that Satan 
was alive long before man was ever created. He existed before 
there was a human mind to conceive of or recognize his existence. 

Why is Satan so clever? First of all, he belongs to the angelic 
creation that is higher than man. Also, his experience is far greater 
than any man's could ever be. He has acquired, over the eons, 
experience which he matches against the small amount of knowl- 
edge held by man. He has seen man in every conceivable situation 
and this enables him to predict with accuracy how he will respond. 

Finally, Satan has advantage over us in his ability to transform 
himself in a variety of ways. He presents himself as an angel of 
light and can be manifested in many other mediums. 

From the time of his first sin until his final defeat, Satan's plan is 
to establish a rival rule to God's kingdom. He is the head of a 
system that stands totally in opposition to God. He counterfeits the 
will of God and plans our destruction. 

The fact that Satan is counterfeiting God's plan is the single most 
important fact that we need to know about him. If we grasp this 
concept, we will be on our way to a successful defense against him. 
!f not, we will become easy prey for hrs cunning counterfeit. In 
Isaiah 14:14, we read that he "Will be like the most High." LIKE! In 
tempting Eve, Satan offered her the tantalizing prize of being like 
God. In tempting Christ, he offered Him the world by shortcutting 
and bypassing the cross. 

And now, as we come to our age we see him promoting a form of 
godliness without power. It is another counterfeit... a semblance of 
godliness but ungodly. I believe that Satan is actually sowing tares 
in the Christian field today that are difficult to distinguish from the 
wheat. We can gain a sense of false security. There are 
undoubtedly tares sitting in church pews who do not realize that 
they are headed for eternal punishment. 

Satan is actively working to thwart the progress of Christ and His 
Church. Satan "hindered" Paul when he was to return to 
Thessalonica to strengthen the young church there. Christ said 
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prison. He told Pergamus that there worship would be hindered by 
pagan worship, (as cults today.) 

Satan employs a systematic theology to appeal to the intellectual 
pride of man. To Thyatira a warning was given about doctrines of 
devils, (also I Tim. 4:1) This is indicative of our day. Today he 
applies pressure by telling us we do not need a life of self-denial. "It 
is just too hard to live the separated life for Christ!' 1 So, we yield to 
liberal church pressure. 

I am not telling you that you should look for Satan behind every 
tree. This will create a very negative Christian life. I am saying that 
you need to be aware of his devices and his desire to attack, 
deceive, counterfeit and ultimately to defeat you. 

Has God left us to the mercy of this vidian? In two places in the 
New Testament, we are told that Jesus makes intercession for us. 
This would be both curative and preventive. He is asking the 
Father to keep us from Satan... to spare us from his attacks. In 
addition, we are allowed to learn certain lessons... as the suf- 
ficiency of God's grace and reliance upon him because Satan is 
allowed to attack. 

Could it be that we never realize victory over the devil simply 
because we have never taken a stand against him. James says to 
"Resist the devil." We have an armor to help us resist him and we 
must be dressed and shod to defeat him. We overcome him by "the 
blood of the Lamb, and by the word of ourtestimony." (Rev. 12:11) 
The blood of the Lamb was shed on a hill outside of Jerusalem and 
this is clear evidence of the death that defeated Satan. His victory 
made our victory possible. 

In addition, we are the "light of the world" and our candle can't 
be hidden under cowardice, compromise, worldliness or indif- 
ference. Our testimony is very important to our defense against the 
evil one. 

Defeating Satan requires a martyr spirit. It takes up the Cross 
and marches to Zion no matter how difficult the circumstances. 
With the Word of God in our hand and in our heart we have the 
protection we need in this Age of Satan. We are protected. But, 
God will not force us to this state. We have the responsibility to 
take up our armour and it is a lifetime battle. To be skillful in the 
battle requires a lifetime of prayer and practice. 

Christ lives in us... and greater is He that is in us, than he that is in 
the world. Christ is our victory. Trust Him and use all the means he 
has provided for you to defeat the great enemy of your soul in this 
Age of Satan. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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THE THREE FOLD COMMISSION TO THE CHURCH 

Matthew 28:18-20. "And Jesus came and spake unto them, 
saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 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. Amen." 

As Brother John Peffer recently said in a sermon (on a different 
subject), we often take verses out of context and make them say 
something entirely the opposite of their original meaning. We 
believe this is true of the verses we have just quoted. Although they 
are often used this way, these verses are not a command for 
individuals to go out witnessing. Contrary to popular teaching, we 
do not believe the Scriptures teach that the Saints who belong to 
the New Testament Church are commanded to go out and knock 
on doors to witness, although some individuals may be led in this 
direction. While the Holy Scriptures are for the believers of all 
ages, we believe that we must take some things within the context 
in which they were given. The command before us was given 
specifically to the eleven disciples, according to verses sixteen and 
seventeen of this chapter. In Ephesians 2:19-20 we read, "Now 
therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow 
citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built 
upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ 
himself being the chief cornerstone:" These eleven disciples (along 
with Paul) became the apostles who were the foundation of the 
Church. Therefore we contend that this commission was given to 
the Church as a body and not to individuals within the body. 

This commission is to be carried out in the name of the Lord 
Jesus Christ who says, "AN power is given unto me in heaven and 
in earth." The growing teaching of universal restoration (which is a 
subject within itself) has caused many to give up the great 
commission in favor of the teaching that all individuals are already 
saved but have to be told this fact. While some contend that 
Alexander Mack, the recognized founder of the Brethren, believed 
and taught universalism, others doubt that this is so. Even those 
who argue that Alexander Mack taught this agree that it was not 
popular among the Brethren and was soon "put to the side." If 
Alexander Mack did teach this, we are grateful that our Brethren 
forefathers did not follow the teachings of a man, like the cults and 
(to a lesser degree) Protestant denominations do. Rather they 
based their convictions on the Holy Word of God and followed the 
Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, we believe the great 
commission was not taken seriously enough by them and is not 
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We are commanded to "go ye therefore, and teach all nations." 
We believe that the Brethren have something to share. The first 
thing we are to teach is that salvation is through the shed blood of 
Jesus Christ. Since the plain Brethren have not gone into all the 
world some of us are supporting individuals and/or groups with 
which we are not in full agreement. While we do not wish to put a 
guilt trip on anyone, if the Holy Spirit would call individuals to 
foreign fields would the Dunkard Brethren Church be willing to 
help support them? 

But it is not enough to only go forth and teach. Along with this 
goes the commandment, "baptizing them in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." While we appreciate good 
tract ministries, this does not fulfill the great commission. Many 
big name evangelists go all over the world preaching. Yet many of 
them never baptize one convert! Here we are given the baptismal 
formula. We are to baptize in the name of the three within the 
Godhead, the Holy Trinity. This necessitates three actions, as 
practiced by the Brethren. 

The final commandment within the great commission is sadly 
lacking in most missionary efforts. "Teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded you:" is ridiculed by a vast 
majority of modern efforts. We are grateful that our Brethren 
forefathers and our present fellowship of the Dunkard Brethren 
Church takes this command seriously. Such teachings as "the 
postponed kingdom" have taken away the emphasis on the Sermon 
on the Mount. Feet washing is not popular among the majority of 
gatherings. In place of teaching what our Lord has commanded, 
many are teaching that the commandments of our Lord are not for 
the Church today. We also believe that the teachings of our Lord 
include those things He revealed to the New Testament writers. 

If we are obedient to the great commission, Christ leaves us with 
a wonderful promise, "and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the 
end of the world." He does not leave us to take up this task alone. 
All the forces of hell will fight against you if you "launch out into 
the deep" and the songwriter says. "But greater is He that is within 
you than he that is in the world." 

While this commission is given to the Church, and not to 
individuals we as individuals must respond. If you are not a part of 
the Church an invitation goes out for you -to accept the teaching of 
salvation through the shed blood of Christ, be baptized script- 
urally, and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, observe all things 
our Lord has commanded. Let us desire to obey all of the Word of 
God no matter what the personal cost. "Amen." 

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



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A TRIBUTE TO MY PARENTS 

Who are parents? God has blessed me with two special people, 
in my life, you as my parents. You are the ones who prayed for me 
and loved me before I was born. And then when the time came for 
my birth, you were there — waiting to shelter me, love me, and 
bring me happiness. At my birth I was a helpless bit of humanity, 
so you as my parents stepped in and provided me with all the 
necessary things for my physical life. Then, as I grew older and 
became able to care for more of my physical needs, your job took a 
different aspect, concern and guidance for my spiritual life. This is 
where your greatest responsibility came in. 

The fact that you are Christian parents is truly an asset to me. 
So many have not been blessed with Christian parents! How many 
times do I show my appreciation for this? God could have placed 
me as the child of an athiest, or as a Communist child, but He gave 
me to you instead! 

I need to realize that God has given you to me as an umbrella of 
protection over me. You protect and shield me from the outside 
world. One of the many things that I'm thankful for to you, as my 
parents, is your willingness and desire to place me in a Christian 
school. This is truly a blessing God has granted me, and I should 
thank you for the part you played in this blessing. You are also 
built in counselors against the wrong in the world. You have had so 
much more experience than I have, and I will be blessed for taking 
your Godly advice. 

Truly you as my parents are God's special blessing to me as a 
teenager. God cared for me so much that He gave you to me to 
love me. All this love should and does make me want to do 
something for God in return. How can I show my appreciation to 
God for you, my blessing? One of the greatest ways is by 
respecting you as my God-given gift, and by obeying and loving 
you in return. 

I'll never regret my love for my Special Blessing — you, my Mom 
and Dad. 

Sister Rebecca Pifer 

Dallas Center Christian School 



• • • m • •• 



Success is like a ladder we cannot climb as long as we have our 
hands in our pocket. 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 1, 1929 
CONVERSION 
D. W. Hostetler 

Well, the Psalmist says, "And sinners shall be converted unto 
thee." 

And so after all, what is conversion? The notion that David had 
was that men are sinners, and that this thing we call conversion is 
the philosophical process, through which a change from a life of 
sin to a life of righteousness is worked out. This embraces faith in 
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the truth of God. 

Now faith lays hold of the means of conversion, which is the 
truth, for David said, "The law of the Lord is perfect converting the 
soul." The idea is to undergo a change. Webster gives it thus, "A 
change from the service of the world to the service of God." A 
change of the ruling disposition of the soul, and the appropriate 
effect in transforming the outward life. This is in harmony with 
what the book says, "When the law makes a man free, then he is 
free indeed." 

It is the law of Christ that is the means of liberating from sin. 
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth." To claim 
remission independent of strict obedience to God's truth is 
erroneous. 

Then repentance is essential to conversion, "Repent and be 
converted that your sins may be blotted out." This also embraces 
confession. "Confess your sins, and He is faithful to forgive us our 
sins." 

The truth of the law regulating conversion is that faith lays hold 
of the means, and repentance and confession of sin brings the 
mercy of God to bear on the guilty which renders baptism essential 
in order that sin might be remitted. 

This process of conversion works out a new creature in Christ 
Jesus, or as we would say — a new man. Then the new man looks 
on things from a different view, and in a different light, — he lives 
by a different standard, because he has been converted, he now 
lives under His indwelling, purifying and transforming influence. 
And as Paul says, "Old things are passed away and behold all 
things become new." The old things that pass away are the things 
of the world that are wrong and sinful, and the new things are a 
different purpose in life. 

Then this Gospel conversion brings a new mind which is the 
mind of Christ. Paul says, "Let this mind be in you which was also 



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in Christ Jesus." 

Now with his new mind he meditates on new thoughts hence 
plants or creates new motives and desires in the heart, bringing a 
hungering for righteousness which he feeds by feasting on God's 
truth instead of the trashy things of the world. The converted man 
has changed his relationship, he is now a child of God, he is in the 
best society, which puts him under the best environment. 

We refer again to the text at the head of this article, "And sinners 
shall be converted unto thee." Now it is very easy to obey God's 
truth when you are converted to it, it is the easiest thing in the 
world to observe feet-washing, the supper, communion and 
salutation when you are converted to these truths. Then too it is a 
mighty fine thing to be converted to the eternal principle of non- 
conformity and to find ourselves in the order of the church as laid 
down by Annual Meeting, not as some of us might think, but let's 
observe the order of nonconformity as defined by Annual Meeting, 
and if we observe the rules of nonconformity as outlined by general 
conference, I am sure we will not be far out of the way of New 
Testament nonconformity. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

An Evening Service 
J. H. Moore 

We have no way of knowing at what hour Jesus met with his 
disciples in the upper room, but we do know that "when the 
evening was come he sat down with the twelve" (Matt. 26:20). Mark 
(14:17) says, "In the evening he cometh with the twelve." Paul 
declares that "the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was 
betrayed took bread" (I Cor. 1 1 :23). This statement is confirmed by 
John's account of the feet-washing service and the Lord's supper. 
Jesus having handed the sop to Judas, the narrative says: "He then 
having received the sop went immediately out, and it was niqht " 
(John 13:30) 

All of this gives us to understand that the Lord's supper, as well 
as the communion, was first celebrated in the evening. As regards 
the Lord's supper, it would be entirely out of place at any other time 
of the day, for supper is an evening and not a noonday meal. Being 
characterized by the time of its institution, the evening would seem 
the only appropriate time for its observance. 

Regarding the practice which prevailed in the time of the 
apostles, we get some light from Acts 20:7, where we find this 
statement about a feast at Troas: "And upon the first day of the 
week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul 
preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued 



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his speech until midnight." The members at Troas came together 
on the first day of the week, that is, on Sunday evening, for the 
purpose of holding a love feast. The breaking of bread here 
includes the whole love feast service. We say they met on Sunday 
evening, for it is said that Paul preached until midnight. This can 
be accounted for only on the ground that the preaching began in 
the evening. 

At midnight the services were interrupted by a young man, in his 
sleep, falling from the third floor. Paul went down, administered to 
the young man, returned to the audience, and the services relating 
to the feast were completed. While the members may have 
intended to hold their feast on Sunday evening, so as to have Paul, 
who was to leave the next morning, with them; still the services 
were actually deferred until the early hours of Monday, the feast 
being near midnight. 

It will be noticed that the first feast ever held was probably on 
Thursday evening. This was in the upper room in Jerusalem. The 
second one of which we have a special account was held in the 
upper room at Troas, early on Monday morning. Since one feast 
was held on Thursday, and the other one on Monday, it must be 
evident that no one day in the week was considered more 
appropriate than any other day. Any day is a suitable day for the 
love feast; it should, however, be held in the evening. The 
communion should also be celebrated in the evening. It was 
instituted in the evening, and was to have been observed at Troas 
in the evening, but was delayed until a later hour. 

In the Scriptures we have not the remotest hint that the supper 
was ever observed at a noon service. It is, by nature and origin, an 
evening institution, and by all the early Christians was so regarded. 
The Christians of the first centuries may have fallen into some 
errors, but they never went so far as to attempt to convert this 
special evening ordinance into a noon hour service. 

HOW IS YOUR "LOVE LIFE?" 

This question is often asked regarding our relationship with the 
opposite sex. We hear it alot out in the world. But the Christian 
has a love life also. The scripture says that the greatest virtue we 
can possess is love. In I Corinthians 13 (which we should read 
often) we are reminded that of all the talents we possess, if love is 
not mixed with them they will amount to nothing. There are indeed 
many people with many gifts who do much for God, but their lack 
of love is detrimental to God's work. 

As Christians we love others because God first loved us by 
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our sins. In no way could we save ourselves. Every day in prayer 
and in the study of God's Word the Christian is renewed by the love 
of God, and this reaffirmation is passed on to others. 

We have all seen a young person in love with another: that 
person is carefree and happy, and he cannot help sharing his 
attitude of heart with others. The Christian is in love also, but in a 
much grander scale. He cannot keep silent about his daily walk 
with Jesus. He must share his faith. As Paul said, "woe unto me if I 
preach not the Gospel." (I Cor. 9:16) So where are all the 
Christians who are in love with the Lord and must say so? We are 
not acquainted with very many, but thank God there are a few. 
Christ raised the question, "when I return, shall I find faith on the 
earth?" Religion, based on written precepts and guidelines will 
always be prevalent. But a religion based on "faith which worketh 
by love" (faith in the shed blood and finished work of Jesus Christ) 
is more than just a religion: it is salvation through Jesus Christ. To 
be a Christian is to be a part of the greatest Love Story the world 
has ever known. If Jesus has truly saved you, the next time 
someone asks you, "How's your love life?" tell them about Jesus. 

Lynn H. Miller 
P.O. Box 433 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

NEWS ITEMS 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation revival services for 1989 are 
planned for July 16 through 30, the Lord willing. Our Harvest 
Meeting will be the afternoon of July 16. 

Bro. Merle Sweitzer from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania congre- 
gation will be the evangelist. May our prayers and attendance 
make this effort a building up of our church and faith in our great 
God who daily loadeth us with benefits. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Lord willing, the Dallas Center, Iowa Congregation is planning a 
two week revival meeting August 6 through 20. Elder Robert 
Carpenter, Plevna, Indiana is to be our evangelist. 

Services begin Sunday morning at 9:30, Sunday evening at 7:00 
and each week night at 7:45. All day meetings are planned August 
19 and 20 with services beginning at 10:45 Saturday morning and 
Lovefeast services that evening. 

Come and worship with us. 

Sister Becky Funk, Cor. 



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SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Shrewsbury Congregation is looking 

orward to a Revival Meeting in August. Elder Hayes Reed from 

Modesto, California, plans to be here from Friday, August 11 to 

Sunday, August 20. Pray for these meetings, and come worship 

the Lord with us. 

Our Lovefeast, May 25, was a day of fellowship and worship We 
enjoyed the messages throughout the day including the special 
District emphasis on non-resistance. We thank the visiting 
ministers for coming and sharing with us: Brethren James 
Kegerreis, Frank Shaffer, Kenneth Wilkerson, Virgil Leatherman 
Allen Eberly, Emmert Shelly, and Paul Hartz who officiated in the 
evening. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

I want to thank all for their prayers, cards, and gifts while in the 
hospital and since my return home. May God bles each one. 

With love, 
Sister Emma W. Stauffer 

THANK YOU 

We sincerely want to thank all our dear brethren, sisters and 
friends for the cards, letters and well wishes we received on our 
fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. It was wonderful. May God bless 
you all. 

Brother Emery and Sister Aurelia Wertz 
WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 
We look forward to revival in our congregation as Bro Paul Hartz 
comes to hold our scheduled one week meeting, beginning July 23 
and ending July 30. Pray with us that the messages will turn hearts 
to the Lord, and encourage us with your presence at these 
meetings. 

Sister Dorothy Nell, Cor. 
BROADWATER CHAPEL, MARYLAND 
The Lord willing, the Broadwater Chapel Congregation is 
looking forward to a week's revival meeting, from July 30 to August 
6, 1989. Bro. Harley Flory plans to be with us as our Evangelist. * 
Please include these meetings in your prayers and plan to join 

Sister Lavona Sines, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E, Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
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McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

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Peru, IN 46970 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

R. 3Box24-D 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastie, PA 17225 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA 50003 
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Wauseon, OH 43567 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

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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 

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Paul Stump 

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Englewood, OH 45322 



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

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

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



RELIEF BOARD 

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

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3026 

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

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

Tom Jamison 
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Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913) 675-3600 



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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VOL LXVII JULY 15, 1989 



NO. 14 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS 

Prayer can change many things, 

We know this to be true. 
It can open the door to new life 

And make a better you. 

Prayer is a solemn talk with God 

Of troubles and desires, 
Of thankfulness and praises, 

Bringing forth those hidden fires. 

Everyone must bear some crosses, 

All are not plain to see, 
Perhaps the crosses that you bear 

Are all unknown to me. 

Prayer makes our crosses lighter, 

It can bring us peace of mind, 
It brings us closer to our God, 

And helps us to be kind. 

Fervent prayers of righteous men 
Have changed things in the past; 

Glory to our bless'd Redeemer 
On whom our cares are cast. 

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



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ANSWERED PRAYERS 

Daniel faced many challenges throughout his life. He had risen 
from a captive to high political position. Because he had been 
faithful he had gained the confidence of the Babylonians and the 
Persians. His position and his integrity caused others to envy him. 

They tried to bring him down by appealing to the vanity of the 
king. An unchangeable law was drawn up stating no one was to 
make a petition to any other than the king. The king signed it 
without considering what the ramifications might be. He liked 
being asked for whatever favors the people desired. 

Daniel had a choice to make. Either he could join the rest of the 
people in promoting the king as the only source of blessings or he 
could continue to seek his favors from the God of Heaven. His 
choice was not a secret. He prayed to God with his window open 
just as his habit had been. He could have closed the shutters and 
no one would have known. His religious beliefs and practices had 
always been open and they would remain that way. His enemies 
saw him and accused him to the king. Although the king's heart 
was not in it, Daniel was forced to spend a night in the lion's den. 
That night brought him higher favor with Darius and the downfall 
of his accusers. 

Why was Daniel so willing to defy the king's command? He had 
been faithful throughout his life and was not willing in his old age 
to change his course. He was convinced that God could answer his 
prayers. Through his prayers he had been given the fortitude to 
stand for the right. He had made many tough and courageous 
decisions after consulting God. The habit of his life was prayer. His 
habit was not only in praying but in having those prayers answered. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JULY 15, 1989 



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Daniel is not the only person who has had prayers answered. 
The great men of God of all ages have had their prayers answered. 
Although their prayers have been sent above in many varied ways, 
languages, places and positions, men have had their prayers 
answered. 

The same God, who answered the prayers of Daniel and all these 
other men of God, Is still on the Throne of Heaven. God has given 
us not only examples of those whose prayers have been answered, 
but He has given us some instruction as well. He wants prayers to 
be from the heart not the head. He is more interested in the content 
than the language of prayer as long as proper reverence is 
maintained. He wants prayer to be centered in His will rather than 
in self will. Prayer may not be humanly articulate but can be well 
understood by God when His Spirit is moving in that prayer. 
Prayer must be persistent. The length of time needed for the 
answer's appearance may vary. Some prayers offered in a moment 
of danger will be answered before the words are out of our mouths. 
Others will not be answered for years maybe even decades. 

Prayer cannot be self centered. There are certainly many times 
when prayer will be about self concerns. But even those prayers 
must be offered in the Spirit of bringing glory and honor to God. 
Our prayers must also be offered for the Spiritual and physical 
well-being of others. Our prayers should seek what is for the true 
well-being of others. 

The answered prayer that brings the most joy is the prayer for the 
Spiritual rebirth of a particular person. When that person yields to 
the Spirit's call the answered prayer is a real boost to the one who 
prayed. 

It is good to have concern for the Spiritual rebirth of many people 
but to have greater power in prayer it it better to concentrate on a 
few specific, individual souls' needs. This creates a greater 
emotional involvement in the prayer. If a specific prayer burden is 
undertaken and faithfully kept up, the joy of the answer, whether 
soon or delayed, will be great. 

While public prayer, of necessity, must be general, private prayer 
should be specific. Names should be named and situations should 
be rehearsed. We do not need to tell God these things for His 
information but for the discipline necessary in our lives holding up 
a need before Him. When prayer is answered, we have an 
increased faith which will lead us into greater Christian service. 

Daniel was a man who chose God over men. Daniel was a man 
honored by God through answered prayer. What greater honor 
could we have than for our prayers to be answered by the God of 
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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Heart Attack" 

HEART... the very thought of it exudes warmth and concern and 
love. Yet, today the heart has ended up just a cold part of the 
animal anatomy. In the context of the Bible meaning of the word, it 
has a very broad definition. Only in II Sam. and II Kings does the 
Bible refer to it as the seat of physical life. In all of the other seven 
hundred plus occurences, it relates to some aspect of the spiritual 
nature of man. 

The heart is the center of our intellectual life and as such holds 
the same connotation as the mind. The Bible says that the heart 
has thoughts (Heb. 4:12) and Matthew tells us that evil thoughts 
proceed from it. It is also the place where we hide our knowledge 
of the Word of God. (Psalms 119:11) 

The heart is the seat of our emotional life. This is the usage that 
we most often think of first when we consider its meaning. The 
heart loves (Deut. 6:5), rejoices (Psalms 104:15), sorrows (Rom. 
9:2), desires (Psalms 37.4) and expresses many additional 
emotions. 

The heart can also will. Will is related to the heart in II Cor. 9:7. It 
chooses (Exodus 7:23) can be turned aside (Exodus 14:5), seeks 
(Deut. 4:29) and can be hardened (Heb. 4:7). 

The word, "heart" is used metaphorically for the inner part or 
middle of some things in the Bible. The Word talks of the "heart of 
heaven" in Deut. 4:11 and the heart of the earth in Matt. 12:40. 

But our interest in the heart is in relation to the spiritual life. 

The heart of the unsaved person is characterized in very severe 
terms. The Bible calls it "hard" and impenitent. The word, "hard", 
means, "calloused and insensitive to spiritual things." It is said to 
be blinded, and evil. It can sink to a perverted state of being "with- 
out natural affection." 

When you accept Jesus as your personal Saviour, you have a 
new love of God and a purpose to do His will... you have a changed 
heart! It is now circumcised... the old flesh being put off. The heart 
of a Christian... his intellectual, emotional, vocational, and spiritual 
life can now be true and pure. "With the heart, a person believes 
unto righteousness." (Rom. 10:10) It is the abiding place of the 
indwelling Christ, the Holy Spirit. It is the center of obedience 
relative to your Christian life. With it you love God and in it "the 
Love of God is shed abroad." 

We are personally responsible for what happens in our heart. We 
are warned that our hearts may become hardened or calloused or 
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into the place where we will not respond to the promptings of the 
Lord. The deceitfulness of sin forms a callous over the heart which 
obscures the manifestation of the indwelling Godhead. 

There are three preventives for a calloused Christian heart. The 
first is a daily exhortation of one another. An isolated Christian 
may become calloused because he needs the encouragement and 
watchful concern of other believers. The second is active use of 
the Word of God. It is the Word which divides right through to the 
innermost parts of us and exposes every aspect of our being. 
Finally, there is prayer. We find our help and our hope at the throne 
of grace. 

Our conscience is also rooted in our heart. If our heart is right 
with God, we will have a cleansed conscience. Even our obedience 
to the laws of the country is based on the conscience. Doing a 
good job for our employer is seated here. It is not right for a 
Christian to waste or misuse his employer's time in the name of 
"doing something for the Lord." If our conscience tells us that is all 
right, then it is seared. Our consciences should be able to attest to 
the quality of the testimony we are bearing for the Lord. It is 
strange that so called Christians of our day say that they really 
don't need other Christians. They just have a direct line to Heaven 
and can do it all by themselves. These people do not have the heart 
of God. One of the most important and complex aspects of our life 
in Christ is that our social activities should be governed by a Christ 
filled conscience. 

May our hearts not be defiled and seared but regenerated and 
cleansed and meet for the use of the Master. May God use them to 
guide us aright relative to the vocational, social and spiritual 
aspects of our lives. 

Don't let Satan attack your heart. Let God reign fully there and 
glorify Him. Your right heart will lead you to spiritual success in 
discipline, dependence and development. 

Brother Len Wertz 

TEENAGERS, THEN AND NOW 

Daniel and his three Hebrew friends are good examples of 
Christian teenagers. They stood for what was right instead of 
giving in to peer pressure like many others around them. Instead of 
eating the king's food as they had been told, Daniel asked if they 
could eat food other than the king's rich food and wine. Daniel 
knew God would be displeased if they ate the food, He had told 
them not to eat. Daniel risked the king's wrath and his friends 
laughter, yet he devised a plan to eat only what he knew would 
please God. It is obvious Daniel had convictions in his heart about 
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Daniel was a captive in Babylon, away from his parents, teachers 
and church leaders. Who really cared what he ate? How often do 
teenagers think, "I can't wait until I'm old enough to move away 
from home and won't have Mom and Dad always breathing down 
my back!"? Daniel didn't have his parents watching him, yet he did 
what was right. 

When King Nebuchadnezzar made the golden image, Shadrach, 
Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel's friends, remained standing even 
though everyone around them was kneeling down. Would I have 
been tempted to kneel down? Would I think, "No one I know is 
looking. Mom and Dad will never know. All my friends are 
kneeling down. Why not?" 

Even standing before King Nebuchadnezzar their faith in God 
didn't falter. They didn't know they would come out of the furnace 
not even smelling like smoke! The worse "punishment" we'll 
probably ever get would be being laughed at, and they were thrown 
into a fiery furnace. We might give in for being laughed at, but they 
remained faithful to God, even though it meant death. I want to be 
true to God as Daniel and his three friends were. 

Sister Allison Moss 

Dallas Center Christian School 

VIOLENCE — A WAY OF LIFE 

James 4:1, "From whence come wars and fightings among you? 
come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your 
members?" 

As time goes by it seems that violence is becoming more and 
more a part of society. Young teens, and some even younger, have 
started a new trend called "wilding." They go out in "packs" and 
rape, rob and sometimes even murder their victims. The Bible 
makes it clear that from the time that Cain killed Abel murder has 
been a part of the human scene. However, up until the time of 
motorcycle gangs, revenge, rather than "sport", seems to be the 
major reason for most violence. The "Old West" was, perhaps, the 
closest thing we have to our modern catastrophe. Those that 
follow the thinking of "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will 
have guns" should take a lesson from this period in history. Was it 
really a better world when everyone walked around with a gun 
strapped to his hip? (This is not literally true we realize.) 

Some violence is not easily explained. In our state a very plain 
Mennonite lady shot her husband recently. While we do not 
personally feel that God would allow us to take a human life, we do 
not wish to be overly judgmental of someone with a mental 
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important part in our modern day violence. Children are exposed 
to violence as an acceptable way of life over and over again. 

We should never be ashamed of the fact that our Dunkard 
forefathers refused to have part in the wars of their time. Those 
who "wave the flag" in their churches and encourage their boys to 
fight for their country are teaching contrary to the Prince of Peace, 
the Lord Jesus Christ. We hope the time never comes when a flag 
is displayed in our meetinghouses. But fighting in wars is only one 
aspect of biblical nonresistance. We should avoid anv tvoe of 
violence in our personal lives. Supporting such groups as the 
National Rifle Association is contrary to our nonresistant stance. 
Although we would not vote for any issue, we believe that it would 
be to the benefit of society if some guns were outlawed. We are not 
opposed to our brethren owning guns for hunting purposes if that 
is their desire. It is true that if an individual wishes to kill bad 
enough they will find a weapon to use to accomplish their purpose 
if a gun was not available. On the other hand, it seems much less 
likely that a schoolyard of children would be killed and maimed by 
an individual with a knife or some other weapon other than a gun. 
While on this subject, why is it that many who once preached 
against the Hollywood movies now find them acceptable when they 
promote such violence? Seeing a "good" movie (we do not believe 
there is such a thing even if it is "religious") helps to support those 
that glorify violence. 

We heard Brother Rudy Shaffer preach on the sovereignty of 
God very recently. While he did not mention the wars in the Old 
Testament that God commanded, we believe this is one area we 
cannot question although we do not fully understand it in the light 
of clear New Testament teaching against all violence. 

There is another type of violence that must be avoided by the 
Church. We, personally, believe this is what James had reference 
to when he penned the words in James 4:2. "Ye lust, and have not: 
ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet 
ye have not, because ye ask not." 

"Ye lust and have not:" First of all we look at what our brother or 
sister has and lust after it. Are we jealous because a fellow member 
has a bigger car, or nicer house or a bigger bank account? We 
often speak of those within the earthly church who lust after the 
things of this world and condemn them, and rightly so, but what 
about our own lusts? We may even lust after our brother or sister's 
spouse. 

"Ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:" I John 3:15 warns 
us, "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that 
no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." How many times do 
we "kill" with our tongue because we do not agree with a brother or 



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a sister? Do we "murder" those who are in places of leadership that 
we secretly desire? 

"... ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." We 
may not be using guns or fists in our Dunkard Congregations but 
are we causing hate and prejudice by our actions and words? Do 
we look to God when there is a disagreement or "choose sides"? 
Are the things causing problems in our congregations really 
doctrinal issues or someone's interpretation of scripture? We are 
not denying the need of leadership and standards, but fighting and 
warring is not God's way to resolve an issue. At least we should 
take the time to pray together about an issue. 

While the earthly church is supporting such violent actions as 
demonstrations against government we should not take part. Even 
abortion centers, which are nothing less than murder centers, 
should not be openly demonstrated against except in our writings 
and sermons. But beyond this, love, not violence, should be our 
way of life in the Church towards each other. 

God desires to give you peace within your heart if you have never 
made a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Do this today and be 
baptized, then follow a life of peace, not violence. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

ASHAMED, OF WHAT, OF WHOM? 

Shame is a word that has almost lost its identity in some 
respects. Years ago the word "shame" was often used when 
something or someone was wanting in respectfulness such as dirty 
clothing, dirty house, immodest apparel, immoral lives, reckless 
speech or wicked actions. Now these things prevail daily almost 
anywhere, people parade the streets dirty, almost nude, men with 
long hair trailing down their backs (perhaps braided), women with 
cut and dyed hair in horrible fashions, both sexes in bleached, 
splotched, torn off dungarees, immorality is prevalent in everyday 
fads and styles even to the eye glasses, no shame seems to be 
shown, no humble spirit, but the selfish "do as I please" attitude. It 
seems as though many of the human race have provoked their 
Creator until apparently He has given them over to reprobate 
minds, and instead of being the Bride of Christ they have become 
the bride of Satan. Read about Satan's bride in Isaiah 47, of the 
things they do, their confidence and their coming judgment. 

What really saddens my heart is to see people who have 
accepted the Lord, have been baptized, started out well and then 
become lax toward Christ and His people. In pride they follow evil 



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customs and fashions, being ashamed of their modest dress, 
coverings, speech, and attend places of amusement where people 
who see them really need the Christian witness in appearance and 
conduct. They are ashamed to be different from the gang they 
associate with. It is necessary in business and so forth to mingle 
with the world, but then we should be filled with the Spirit, happy in 
the Lord, and be a learned witness in appearance, conduct and 
words. When we do this we demand respect and trust even from 
the unbelievers. But if we are ashamed of the Gospel light we are 
looked upon as professors but not possessors. 

Christ said we do not light a candle and put it under a bushel, 
neither do we use salt that has lost its saltiness. Neither the candle 
nor the salt is any good that way. So are our lives when we change 
our Christ-life for the appearance of sin in order to camouflage the 
good life in Christ to be accepted by the world, so we think. All 
through the Old Testament God's chosen people were wont to 
wander from God and adopt the ways of the heathen until it 
became so repulsive to God that He sent them into captivity under 
heathen rule time after time. Many were killed, and many had to 
work as slaves with rigor and abuse until they repented, then God 
would return them to their own land, where they soon reverted to 
the ways of the heathen again. II Kings 17:33-34 describes their 
actions thus, 'They feared the Lord and served their own Gods, 
after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from 
thence. Unto this day they do after their former manners: they fear 
not the Lord, neither do they after their statutes, or after their 
ordinances, or after the law and commandments which the Lord 
commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel." 

if we are true to our godly calling in all situations, not ashamed to 
be called the children of Christ we will receive credit by our 
fellowmen and also blessed by God. Remember Israel, as long as 
they served God He took special care of them in the Land He gave 
them, but when they became ashamed of Him He scattered them in 
judgment. 

When we have a desire to follow the things of the world we are 
actually ashamed of Christ who gave His life on earth and His 
blood shed at Calvary to save our souls. He suffered for all the sins 
of all the world, from Adam to the last person who will be born on 
earth, to redeem us from the wages of eternal death and hell. No 
person has ever suffered such agonies as our Saviour suffered 
when He redeemed us as He bare all the sins of the world. But what 
good will it do us if we are ashamed of Him, because He said 
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my words, in 
this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also will the Son of 
Man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of his father with the 



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holy angels." Mark 8:38. 

If Christ is ashamed of us, do you think He will say to us "Well 
done thou good and faithful servant enter thou into the joys of thy 
Lord/'? Heaven is worth our all, our best efforts, our godly, 
Christian garb, our language and conduct. When we neglect or 
rebel in these we are actually denying Christ, for "No man can 
serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the 
other," or else, "If any many love the world he will hold to the one 
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matt. 
7:24. 

"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." I John 
2:15. 

"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. 

"For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge 
of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a 
certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which 
shall devour the adversaries." Heb. 10:26-27. 

Lovingly submitted by 
Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 15, 1929 

LAWFUL, BUT NOT EXPEDIENT 

J. F. Britton 

The purpose of this article is not to find fault, and unjustly 
criticize, but to call attention to some Gospel virtues and principles 
that have been neglected in the last decade. 

The modern church, in her zeal and passion for more aggressive 
mission work, has at the expense and sacrifice of discretion, 
prudence and discipline virtually been prostrated on a level with 
the world. This statement is evidenced and verified by the deplor- 
able conditions as they exist in the church today. It seems that the 
church has been compromising with the world to the alarming 
extent that the church has about everything in her fellowship that 
the world has, in the way of immorality, immodesty and indecency. 
And, too, the modern church has gone into the mercantile business 
and is commercializing her religion. Some, like Judas Iscariot, who 
sold his "Lord for thirty pieces of silver." Others, like "Esau" of old, 
are exchanging their "birth rights", for the cravings of perverted 



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appetites, and the frivolities and vanities of this world. 

While it is true, there are many things that are lawful and legal 
within themselves, but are not expedient nor conducive for the 
followers of Him who spake as never man spake, to waste their 
valuable time and energies that should be conserved and dedicated 
to the service of Him "who came that we might have life." (John 
10:10) 

Jesus said, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost 
his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for 
nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." 
(Matt. 5:13) Salt is not only a condiment that gives taste and flavor, 
but it cleanses, purifies and preserves, and the Divine purpose of 
the church is to cleanse and purify individuals through faith, 
repentance and baptism, that they may be qualified to be enrolled 
as a co-worker with Christ in his kingdom of grace and truth. And 
having been "created in Christ Jesus unto good works", "they 
continue steadfastly in the apostles doctrine", and are preserved in 
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. It should be noted that Jesus 
also said, "If the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be 
salted, it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to 
be trodden under foot of men." What a sad arraignment against the 
modern nominal church. 

Again Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set 
on an hill cannot be hid. (Matt. 5:14) Therefore it is logical and true 
that Christians are illuminated with "the true light, which lighteth 
every man that cometh into the world." (John 1:9), will be con- 
strained by the love of God, and a yearning and a passion for the 
salvation of souls, to let their lights so shine through their lives that 
are consecrated and dedicated to their Lord, that many weary 
tempest tossed souls may see their light of righteousness "and pull 
for the shore." 

And as the kingdom of Christ is a Spiritual Kingdom of righteous- 
ness, it stands to reason that her executive rules and principles are 
"faith which worketh by love", sanctification, "and holiness 
without which no man shall see the Lord." (Heb. 12:14), and trust in 
the living God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. And the subjects of 
this kingdom are characterized by honesty, veracity, virtue, 
modesty, decency and vital piety. And their adornments are self- 
control, prudence, discretion and "a meek and quiet spirit, which is 
in the sight of God, of great price." (I Pet. 3:4) "Against such there 
is no law." Bless God, and praise His Holy Name, that He has 
redeemed His people through Christ Jesus and made them free 
from the servitude of the flesh and sin. 

Quite recently a mother of four or five grown girls, in high 
society, talking to the writer about present conditions asked, "What 



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is the trouble with the girls?" The writer said, "Madam, if you will 
tell me what is the trouble with the mothers, I'll tell you what is the 
trouble with the girls." Then the mother looked at the writer and 
said, "What do you mean?" The writer answered, saying, "Madam, 
just think, mothers with bobbed hair, sleeveless dresses, bobbed at 
the bottom so short that when they sit down they don't cover their 
knees, with faces all painted and powdered till they don't look like 
human mothers, spending their time and energies in clubs and 
entertainments at the expense and sacrifice of home duties, and 
then they ask, what's wrong with the girls. And the fathers 
indulging their perverted appetites and passions in their various 
carnal habits, right before their boys and girls, and spending their 
time and energies in the lodges and other places of amusement at 
the expense and sacrifice of the family altar, and other family 
duties. What can you expect? Notwithstanding these very fathers 
and mothers that are crying out and saying, what is wrong with our 
young people, are saying those are lawful, and folks have a right to 
their opinions. Yes, 

"Sin has a thousand treacherous arts, 

To practice on the mind: 
With flattering looks, she tempts our hearts, 

But leaves a sting behind. 

"With names of virtue she deceives 

The aged and the young: 
And while the heedless wretch believes, 

She makes his fetters strong." 

From a human point of view, the indulgences in carnal pleasures 
may be lawful, but from a Divine point of view, they are not 
expedient nor conducive to the building up of Christian homes. 
Hence, the inspired writer says, "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 Tim. 5:8) This scripture alone, shows 
the sacred duty that every father and mother owes to themselves 
and their families. Will they dare to stand before the judgment bar 
of the great God of this universe, and talk about what is lawful, and 
claim they have a right to their opinions? 

Oh readers, what will your answer be? 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Before the Passover 
J. H. Moore 

We now proceed to show, as promised that the religious rite of 
feet-washing, the Lord's supper and the eucharist, were instituted 



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the evening before the legal time for the Jews to celebrate their 
passover. This we shall do in a brief way, though it Is a question 
over which there has been more or less controversy among 
theologians. 

Among the Jews the day began at sundown, and ended at 
sundown. It was probably not far from sundown, or Thursday 
afternoon, which would be the beginning of the fourteenth of the 
month Nisan, or the first day of unleavened bread, when the 
disciples asked Jesus: "Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to 
eat the passover?" He told them what to do, and it is said that "they 
made ready the passover" (Matt. 26:17-19). Luke says it was "the 
day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed." (Luke 
22:7). Remember that the day did not end until the next evening, 
hence it could well be said that it was the day on which "the 
passover must be killed." It was killed on that very day, that is, 
about twenty-one hours after Jesus told his disciples to prepare the 
passover. 

After receiving their instructions concerning the preparation of 
the passover, the two disciples went to the proper parties and 
contracted for a lamb to be delivered, as the custom was, at the 
upper room which they had engaged. This done, they arranged for 
supper, and later Jesus came with his disciples. On this occasion, 
as shown in previous chapters, Jesus instituted feet-washing, the 
Lord's supper and the communion. All of this was on the 
fourteenth day of Nisan, the day of unleavened bread, or the day on 
which the passover must be killed. When the services were 
completed, late on Thursday evening, Jesus went to the Garden of 
Gethsemane, where he was arrested, was tried the next morning, 
and nailed to the cross at nine o'clock. At three in the afternoon he 
expired. This was still on the fourteenth day. At three o'clock the 
priests, as was their custom, commenced killing the passover 
lambs in the temple. These lambs were then roasted and eaten that 
evening, after sundown, which would place the eating on the 
fifteenth day of the month. All of this agrees with what is said about 
the Jews refusing to enter "the judgment hall, lest they should be 
defiled, but that they might eat the passover" (John 18:28). In the 
old Syriac Version we have this rendering: "Lest they should defile 
themselves before they had eaten the passover." 

From this we learn, as a matter of fact, that the Jews had not yet 
celebrated the passover when Jesus, early on Friday morning, was 
on trial before Pilate. This harmonizes perfectly with what John 
(13:1 ) says about the feet-washing service taking place "before the 
feast of the passover." The view here presented shows a complete 
harmony between the statements made by the different evan- 
gelists. 



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In celebrating the passover festival, it was customary to remove 
all leaven from the houses, and in other ways make preparation for 
the feast, on the fourteenth day of the month Abib. Therefore the 
day became known as "the day of preparation," or sometimes as 
"the preparation." In Matt. 27:62 the day on which Jesus was 
crucified is called "the day of preparation." Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54, 
and John 19:14, 31, 42 says that the crucifixion took place on the 
preparation day. And since that is the day on which the passover 
was killed, to be eaten after sundown, in the beginning of the day 
that followed, it is evident that Jesus must have met with his 
disciples in the upper room on the evening before the legal time for 
eating the passover. This argument ought to be considered 
conclusive. 

And since it is clear that feet-washing, the Lord's supper and the 
loaf and the cup were instituted in the upper room, the evening 
before the legal time for eating the passover, it becomes evident 
that these services sustain no relation whatever to the Mosaic 
system of religion. They are purely Christian, and belong to the 
Christian dispensation, as surely as the passover service belongs 
to the dispensation of the Law. Nor do these institutions take the 
place of the passover. They were, at the time, new institutions, 
established on purpose for the church of Jesus Christ, and it 
becomes his faithful followers to see that they are continued in all 
good faith. 

OBITUARY 

LULUVENE YATES 

Sister Luluvene Yates, daughter of Sage and Ada (Webb) 
Whitman was born February 25, 1913. After a short seige with 
cancer, passed away in her home on May 6, 1989. 

She was united in marriage to Herbert Yates in 1932. They 
resided at Milgrove, Ohio, two years later they moved to Detroit, 
Michigan. During this time, Luluvene worked in the Thurston High 
School cafeteria. In 1968 they moved to West Unity, Ohio. 

In August 1965 she became a member of the West Fulton 
Dunkard Brethren Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson. 
Surviving are her husband, Herbert; two sons, Chester of Alvordton 
and Larry of West Unity; one daughter, Patricia Johnson also of 
West Unity; one brother, Clair Whitman of Fostoria; two sisters, 
Mrs. Lelah Belle Souder of Fostoria, Ohio and Mrs. Fern Baeder of 
Cleveland, Ohio; four grandchildren and seven great-grand- 
children; besides many relatives and friends. 



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She was a faithful wife and mother. Also a very faithful and well 
loved member of the church. 

Services were conducted at the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren 
Church by Elders H. Edward Johnson, Charles Leatherman and 
William Carpenter. 

The family of our late departed loved one, Luluvene V. Yates, 
wish to thank all of you for your prayers, cards, and visits during 
the illness, and death of our loved one. 

May God richly bless each of you, we can only thank you. 

Brother Herbert Yates family 

NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

We look forward to the coming of Brother Jim Meyers from the 
Dallas Center, Iowa Congregation for Revival Meetings, August 4 
through 13. If you cannot be with us, we ask your prayers for our 
upbuilding. 

Rejoice with us! Darin and Dallas Flora were baptized after their 
return from Youth Retreat in Colorado. Greg and Joanne Wray 
were welcomed into our fellowship on former baptism. 

Visitors from other congregations have been a special blessing in 
our lives as a church family, and we invite you to come at any time. 
May the Lord draw our hearts together in unity as we learn of Him. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

CONFERENCE TAPES 

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There are nine preaching and two singing tapes. They are $1.50 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
AUGUST 1989 

August 6 - Another Beast - Revelation 13:11-18. 

1. Who is this second beast? 

2. What is the purpose of the ''mark of the beast"? 

August 13 - The Lamb on Mt. Sion - Revelation 14:1-7, 

1. Who did John see standing on Mt. Sion? 

2. What was the message of the angel? verse 7. 

August 20 - "Babylon is Fallen' 1 - Revelation 14:8-13. 

1. What does "Babylon" represent? 

2. Notice the unrest of evil men and the rest of Godly men! 

August 27 - Reaping of the Wicked - Revelation 14:14-20. 

1 . What harvest is spoken of here? 

2. What is the final end of the wicked? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR AUGUST 1989 

August 6 - Flattery - Job 32:20-22; Ps. 78:35-38; Pr. 28:21-25; Mark 
12:13-17. 

1. Why do we flatter others? 

2. What is better than flattery? Ephesians 4:15. 

August 13 - Half Heartedness - II Kings 10:30-31; Luke 14:16-27; 
Acts 28:23-27; Heb. 2:1-3. 

1 . Define and apply "half heartedness" to our lives. 

2. Is half heartedness any better to God than no heart? 

August 20 - Our Difficulties - I Sam. 12:17-27; Phil. 2:12-21; 
Rev. 3:14-22. 

1. When God tries us what product is He looking for? Job 23:10. 

2. What can tribulation produce in our lives? Rom. 5:3. 

August 27 - Our Heavenly Home - Matt. 6:19-21; Luke 10:17-20; 
John 14:1-6; Rev. 21:1-27. 

1. Name some things/people that won't be in Heaven. Rev. 
21:4,8. 

2. What home are you headed for? 



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VOL. LXVII 



AUGUST 1, 1989 



NO. 15 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



ONE MORE CHANCE 

Lord, give me one more chance 

To in Thy love abide... 
To right a wrong I have done, 

To shove aside my pride. 

Lord, give me one more chance 
To conquer worldly ways... 

To love my life just for Thee, 
And give Thee solemn praise. 

Lord, give me one more chance 

To let Thy spirit guide... 
And learn to deny myself, 

My cares in Thee confide. 

Lord, give me one more chance 
To lead someone to Thee... 

Telling them of Thy great love, 
This is my earnest plea. 

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



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CONFESSION 

Confession is usually connected with a criminal investigation. 
Law enforcement personnel attempt to confront a suspect with 
evidence they have obtained so they might cause him to confess 
his part in the crime. There may be a promise of leniency or a 
threat of harshness that is used to persuade the suspect to confess. 
That confession if legally obtained may bear a major part in 
bringing about the solution of the crime and the conviction of the 
criminals. 

Confession is not only a part of the criminal justice system. It is 
also an integral part of the Christian living system. Being imperfect 
humans we commit many sins. The seriousness of each of these 
sins may vary in our own estimation but each one is serious in 
God's view. Every sin is a sin against God. He wants us to confess 
that sin to Him to show we are serious about our Christian living. If 
we ignore or reason away our sin we are not being honest with God 
nor responsible in our dealings with Him. God wants confession 
from the heart so He can cleanse that heart. 

God sent Nathan to David so He could reclaim David. David's 
heart had been hardened to his sins. What had begun with a small 
sin of easy living while the army was in the field soon led to 
multiplied sins from adultery to murder. The deceptiveness that 
David used to bring about Uriah's death in the end deceived 
himself. His self-deception kept him from realizing the depth of his 
sin. He was unconcerned about his soul's danger and the example 
he was setting for others who looked at him as a model. Nathan 
had to get his attention through a heart breaking story. When 
David became emotionally involved with this parable, Nathan was 
able to point out David's sin. 

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David's confession is recorded in Psalm 51, It is a soul-stirring 
prayer made the bitterness of his soul's awareness of his sinful- 
ness. The Christian would profit from reading that prayer and 
applying its lessons to his life. By considering the pathos of the 
confession it might prevent the Christian from falling into the 
position of needing such a confession himself. 

Confession is more than recounting past mistakes and sins. It is 
an acknowledgement. A man's confession acknowledges the 
existence and greatness of God. He acknowledges the relationship 
of Jesus as the Son of God. He acknowledges that Jesus is the 
only hope of his soul's salvation. The sinner's confession is 
necessary before he can be born into the family of God. He needs 
the confession of his sins and application of the cleansing blood of 
Christ through baptism. This confession of Christ is the acknowl- 
edgement that there is only one way that will secure the salvation 
of the soul. 

Confession often takes the form of giving up. It is an acknowl- 
edgement that we are not as good or as able as we thought we 
were. The ego is very strong. It does not easily give up. We think 
we can take care of ourselves without anyone's help. Whether 
Spiritual or material affairs, it remains the same. It is difficult to 
give up and depend on another to help us. 

The confession of Christ as Saviour is difficult for some because 
they are used to being self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency fails for 
Jesus is the only way to God the Father. Beyond the needed 
confession in the process of rebirth, it is needed many times 
throughout the Christian life. Many times the Christian has to 
come to the place of realizing that he is unable to do what is 
necessary without help either from God or fellow Christians. The 
Christian simply has to give up and admit that he is unable to do all 
by himself. This admission is a necessary blow to his pride and is 
never easy. 

Pride is often the underlying cause of failure in the Christian life. 
Because a man is too proud to admit wrong or the need for help he 
continues to blunder along and get deeper into trouble. His 
condition rather than being strengthened by self-sufficiency is 
actually worsened. The Church is a brotherhood for the very 
reason that there is a need in each life that can be supplied by 
another brother. The bonds of love are designed to help one 
another in material and Spiritual needs. Before the needed aid can 
be given there must be a confession of that need. Pride must be 
pricked and exploded so submission can bring that work of love 
and brotherhood to bear on the need. 

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acknowledgement of need of help in the life. But it is necessary. 
Without It he cannot be Christians nor can we live a Christian life 
that will be productive and submissive. Confess your sin like 
David. Confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. Confess failure 
and inability to one another. Confession is good and needful for 
the soul. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Filled with the Spirit" 

The real formula for spiritual victory can be expressed in the term 
of BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT. But, what does it really 
mean? There is so much misconception about this topic... and 
condition today, that we need to analyze what the Bible teaches us 
on the subject. What are the characteristics of a life that is Spirit 
filled? How can we know if we are filled with the Spirit? By 
speaking in tongues? 

As with most concepts, we need to begin with a definition. This 
definition is taken from Ephesians 5:18, "And be not drunk with 
wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit." How is this a 
definition? Is it not simply a comparison of drunkenness and 
Spirit-filling? The basic clue here is the idea of control. The drunk 
and the spiritual person are controlled... one by liquor and the 
other by the Spirit of God. Under the control of liquor, a person 
acts and thinks in ways that are unnatural to him. Similarly, a 
Christian who is controlled by the Spirit thinks and acts in a way 
unnatural to him. I am not implying that his life is abnormal but he 
is no longer governed by the "natural" old nature. He is FILLED 
WITH THE SPIRIT and controlled by the Spirit. 

The tense of the verb in Ephesians 5:18 indicates that we are 
talking about a continuing experience. It is not a single action. It is 
important to understand that the filling is continual because it gives 
us boldness to face each new day and every new problem. When 
new areas of life come to light in daily experiences, we are filled 
and ready for them. We don't have to wait for some special, audible 
control to manifest our Spirit filling. 

In reality, we don't have a choice here. The infilling is "auto- 
nomic." It is imperative. We don't have to plead and tarry to 
receive Him. We are baptized of the Spirit for special needs, as was 
the case at Pentecost. Praise God that He is able to specially 
enforce and fortify us when we are in special need of His power. As 
long as we are IN Christ, we are "filled with His Spirit." This shows 
that filling is not without condition. That condition is obedience, 
yieldedness and being in fellowship with Christ. It includes both 
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dependence on the power of the Spirit. "Walk in the Spirit and ye 
shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Gal. 5:1 6) To walk is to lift one 
foot and place it in front of the other with faith that the foot 
remaining on the ground will support the full weight of the body. 
Each foot in turn acts as a support while the other foot is moved 
forward. Walking is accomplished by successive acts of faith in the 
power of your feet. So, Spirit control is dependent on our yielding 
and dedicating our life daily to the Lord. 

Now remember this, walking in the Spirit does not mean that we 
have "arrived at spiritual maturation." We will always have areas of 
life coming to light that need to be brought under Spirit control 
Walking is not arriving! Each step must be taken in dependence on 
the Lord and with each step there is the possibility of stumbling. 
We are not eternally saved when we are walking out of step 
sequence with the Master. 

How can you know if you are being Spirit led as a Spirit filled 
person? First, you will have Christlikeness. That is practicing the 
fruit of the Spirit. You have love... not spineless sentimentality but 
loving the unlovely. Love may be uncovering sin or exposing it but 
never condoning it in one's life. You have joy which does not 
depend on surface circumstances. You have peace because of 
right relations with God, not because of earthly possessions. You 
have long-suffering... or a conduct that never displays a desire for 
revenge: gentleness and goodness which lead to kindness in 
thought and action: faithfulness which is using the opportunities 
that God gives you: meekness, which is quiet greatness and self- 
control which is bringing all facets of your life into disciplined 
subjection so you can be fine-tuned to do the will of God. All must 
be present at the same time, completely integrated and acting on 
each other and producing a balanced, Spirit-controlled and fruitful 
life. 

Can we look at someone and see a Spirit filling? Probably so, but 
remember this. Each of us have differing gifts and personalities 
which are given to us by the Creator. We have different emotions 
and looks. And, even though the old nature is gone, we will still 
have differences that make us individual. Natural differences are 
riot necessarily erased when we become Christians. We will 
"perform the Fruit" in different ways and our "Spiritual I Q" will 
differ from one another. Our Spiritual character will be similar 
because we are indwelt by the same God but we will each be 
distinctive in our person. 

A second characteristic of the Spirit filled life is service. We will 
be exercising the power of the Spirit if we are filled with Him 
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Finally there will be praise and worship. We will "speak to one 
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." We will "sing 
and make melody in our heart to the Lord." We will "give thanks 
always for all things." And, there will be peace and harmony 
among us. 

You need not look for some startling manifestation of Spirit- 
filling as tongues or miracles. You need only to yield control to 
God and keep it there and use all the power available to you as a 
child of the King. 

Brother Len Wertz 

1989 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Saturday P.M. 

Bro. Fred Johnson, Ohio, opened. Matthew 16:18-20. Many in 
Bible times asked who is this man? They meant Christ. Are we 
willing to speak out for Christ? Are we willing to tell others about 
Christ? In our lives it will stand out if we are living faithful to Christ. 
Maybe we are not walking close enough to Christ. 

Bro. Leonard Wertz, Kansas. John 13. 'The People of the 
Towel." Satan knows his time is short and hinders us in every way. 
Are we being infiltrated by the world in our church? A Servant of 
God warns us of error. Be very careful we stay true to the Word of 
God. Avid students of the Bible try to be faithful to God and His 
Holy Word. We must avoid influence of unholy literature and 
teaching to mislead us. Do we look like Jesus? Can people see 
Jesus in us when we are out in the world? Do we let our light 
shine? Are we a good spiritual model of Jesus? We must be a 
detailed Christian in the Biblical ministry. If we are a detailed 
Christian we can fulfill our calling. We must be totally absorbed in 
the work of the Lord to have continual progress spiritually. Jesus 
gave His all for us. He gave His life on the cross. If we are servants 
of the Lord we will be true workers for Him. 

Bro. Ronald Marks, Pennsylvania. Revelation 3:15-16. We are 
living in the age of luke warmness. Are we living hot for the Lord? 
As Christians we don't want to be like water — 32° freezing. Water 
to steam is a great worker. The hotter for the Lord in the church, 
the better we can keep Satan out. Many people in the Nation have 
turned their back on God. Jesus said, "But seek ye first the 
kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall 
be added unto you." To be disciples of Jesus we must discipline 
our life. The life of discipline like Jesus can be a lesson for us. 
Jesus went many times off to Himself to pray to His Father. Do we 
neglect prayer in our life? Prayer is God's way to work for us. 
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Christ's life was spent for others. He was obedient to His Father in 
every way. We must copy Christ's life every day if we want to be on 
fire for the Lord. Christians who are lukewarm in the Lord are not 
disturbed in hearing false doctrine. Let us be on fire for the Lord. 

Bro. Alvin Chupp, Iowa, closed with prayer. 
Saturday Evening. 

Elder Frank Shaffer, Pennsylvania, opened. Psalms 84. Your 
soul is crying for something. We should always praise the Lord. 

Elder Hayes Reed, California. Acts 1:6-11. 'The Last Summit." 
The Last Summit is the most important one. Satan is working hard 
in this world. Moses was gone forty days. When he came down out 
of the mountain he found his people worshiping the golden calf. 
Moses was very angry with his people. Would it be a possibility we 
might have a Golden Calf in our hearts? God committed His love to 
us. We have to come to Christ and allow Him to come into our life. 
We must come in by the foot of the cross. The cross is the Summit 
of Love. The third Summit is when Christ comes back again. We 
have that blessed hope after we leave this world. Jesus said, "Look 
up for your redemption draweth nigh." We need to be ready when 
Christ comes. Christ will come in a twinkling of the eye. This will 
take place when we meet Christ. 

Elder Charles Leatherman, Ohio, closed. Jesus said, "I go to 
prepare a place for you.... I will come again, and receive you unto 
myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." 
Sunday A.M. 

Elder James Kegerreis, Pennsylvania, opened. John 8:1-12. 
Come to Jesus if we have sinned. 

Elder Joseph Flora, Iowa. I Corinthians 4:2. We get many good 
gifts and blessings from God. We have a living soul. God wants us 
to prepare our lives to meet Him. The Bible is the Word of God and 
is based on the truth. The Word of God teaches us to be willing to 
do His will. His Word speaks to us. We must not neglect 
assembling together. We will give an account of misusing our 
blessings from God. We owe great gratitude for our Christian 
heritage. Let us keep our standards in the Church our forefathers 
left us and not lessen them. We are a witness in this world. We 
must be careful in making a debt. Can we keep our debt we have 
under control and be able to pay. The Holy Word says owe no man 
anything but love. 

Elder Rudy Cover, California. Luke 19:10. "Seeking and Saving 
the Lost." Here am I, send me. Are we reaching out to the lost? 
Jesus came to save the lost. Christ healed many when He was on 
this earth. Jesus said, 'Teach the Holy Word to all nations." We 
should love the Lord more than anything else. We should go to lost 



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sinners and bring them to the Lord. We should be very appreciative 
for Christ. He came to help us gain salvation. We should be very 
thankful God gave His only Son that we might have salvation. We 
have an obligation to reach out to help others who need Christ in 
their lives. Are we doing what we can for the Lord? Jesus died for 
all mankind. There are many people who are lost. Let us try to 
seek the lost. 

Elder Ray Reed, Iowa, closed. We have been challenged to be a 
good steward. Are we good stewards of the manifold blessings of 
the Holy Gospel? Let us fulfill the calling of God. 

To be continued. 

Sister Alice Heisey 

THE TRAGEDY OF ONE SIN 

I Kings 15:4-5, "Nevertheless for David's sake did the Lord his 
God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and 
to establish Jerusalem: Because David did that which was right in 
the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he 
commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of 
Uriah the Hittite." 

II Samuel 12:14, "Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given 
great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child 
also that is born unto thee shall surely die.' 1 

We are living in a day when sin is given many names other than 
sin. We are also living in a day when sin is often excused rather 
than confronted. The air waves of television and radio are filled 
with preachers who are teaching that sin will not keep you out of 
Heaven. Many local churches that teach this are filled to capacity. 
Even in those who do not teach unconditional eternal security, 
many have changed their mind about what is sin. 

Our opening verse tells us that David followed the Lord in all His 
commandments, except in "one little area." The sin of adultery was 
his downfall. This is also the downfall of many in the churches 
down through the ages. It seems to have become an epidemic 
among those in leadership positions in our day. As Nathan the 
prophet rebuked David in our second opening verse, so those 
today have "given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to 
blaspheme." The historical teaching that this no longer allows 
these individuals to be eligible for church office is becoming less 
and less popular. That God can forgive any sin is true. But that sin 
carries with it consequences is also true. 

The consequence of David's sin may seem severe in our eyes and 
even a little unfair. But it is not our business to question the 
wisdom of God. For we read in II Samuel 12:15, "And Nathan 



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departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah's 
wife bare unto David, and it was very sick." For those who teach 
that all sickness comes from Satan, what do we do with this verse? 
For us, we will accept it as it reads although we may not entirely 
understand it. While we are not suggesting that God inflicts babies 
with disease today, sin has brought tragedy to many households. 
Babies are born with AIDS and other venereal diseases because of 
the sin of a mother or father. Some innocent babies are born with a 
desire for drugs because a mother shot the damnable stuff into her 
veins or used it in pill form or smoked it. It is also true that the sin 
of a parent may cause a child to follow in his footsteps. Alcoholics 
are very seldom, if ever, born that way. It is certainly a tragedy of 
our day that some parents encourage their children to use alcohol 
with the excuse that this will keep them away from harder drugs! 
Along with this, some are now suggesting that the "soft drugs" 
such as marijuana should be legalized. It will not matter if such 
drugs are legal or not as far as those using them who desire to do 
so, in our opinion. However, such thinking is certainly detrimental 
to the social responsibility of youth. 

Our personal sin can also have an effect on families and even 
congregations in another way. When sin causes a marriage to be 
broken, it often causes individuals to "choose sides." While, unlike 
many denominations, our Dunkard church does not recognize an 
"innocent party" many will still try to decide who was really to 
blame. This can cause friction between those who were formerly 
the best of friends. The tragedy of this is that not only friendships 
are broken but the church of the living God has become frag- 
mented. While there may be many reasons why a marriage does 
not work out, the final diagnosis is always sin in the heart of one or 
both of the marriage partners. Unforgiveness, for a Christian, is a 
sin. Likewise other personal sin can have a devastating effect on 
the spiritual life of a congregation. There can never be real revival 
or spiritual growth if there is sin in the camp. 

While we do not believe, as some are reported to, that every time 
we sin we lose our salvation, a single sin is a serious matter. One 
sin often leads into other sins. The sin of lust leads into fornication 
or adultery. The sin of pride can lead into the false teaching of self 
love. The sin of hate can lead into murder. And on we could go. A 
single sin can lead into departing from the faith which is, according 
to scripture, how we CAN lose our salvation. 

If you have never accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord 
and Savior one "little sin" or many "big sins" will not make any 
difference. You can never enter Heaven in an unsaved state. But if 
you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and entered into the 
baptismal steam you still have to avoid sin in your life if you expect 



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to make it safely to Heaven's shore. The teaching that Heaven will 
be full of rebels borders on blasphemy. 

Let us keep in mind the tragedy of one sin that may destroy 
families, fellowship and even our relationship to God. Let us desire 
to have a pure life by the power of the Holy Spirit. We may fail but 
let us never excuse sin. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 1, 1929 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN WORSHIP 

B. E. Kesler 

We have been asked to give a write-up of the use of instruments 
of music in worship, which we now attempt, not that it will have any 
beneficial influence on those that use them in this way, but that we 
may strengthen the faith of those who believe it wrong to so use 

them. 

Those who so use them, cite us to the fact that David so used 
them. Then it is assumed that what David did was right. Therefore 
it is right to so use them. This argument, if it may be called such, 
proves too much, and so proves nothing. On this theory we could 
prove it is right to have concubines. David had them. (II Sam. 5:13; 
15:16) Furthermore David danced. 

What David did was right. David danced with his music on 
instruments. Therefore, on this reasoning, we may dance to music 
on instruments. (II Sam. 6:14-16) Why not have concubines and 
dance if David is to be our example? We must remember God 
permits many things he doesn't approve. But we know he did 
disapprove of musical instruments in worship and so informs us 
through his prophet. (Amos 6:1-5) David was a good man in many 
respects, but did some very bad things, which God did not approve. 

Jubal who invented the harp and organ, was a descendant of 
Cain, and his father Lamech was a polygamist. (Gen. 4:16-21) 

David, like some of our day, was a fine musician, and they like 
him, think it fine to use instruments in the worship of God. 

It seems natural when one has some rare accomplishment or 
things he has, to seek some way to make a display of it. Then too, 
in David's case, he boasts of making his own instruments. (II 
Chron. 23:5) These instruments were ordained by David and their 
use in worship commanded by him. (II Chron. 35:15; Ezra 3:10) 
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could not therefore, be any argument for the use of instruments in 
worship now to those who look to Jesus as the author and finisher 
of their faith. 

Had Jesus or his apostles used instruments in worship, it would 
be all right to use them unless they had forbidden it. It may be said 
"Jesus did not forbid their use." Neither did he forbid taking 
concubines and dancing to the music of instruments; but who 
thinks either is right now? As we view the case, Jesus told us what 
he wanted us to do, and what he did not want us to do, he left 
unsaid, or told us not to do it. So to be justified in their use it 
devolves upon those who use them to show Jesus or the apostles 
used them and commanded us to use them, and we know this 
cannot be done. 

Jesus often worshiped in the synagogues and while he preached, 
read, taught and prayed yet nothing is said about him or even the 
Jews using musical instruments on such occasions. In fact no 
instrument ever saved a soul nor ever will; and persons who go to 
church to be entertained by the instrument do not go to hear the 
Gospel. And if we cannot worship God without the lifeless, 
spiritless instrument, it is questionable if our worship will not be 
too lifeless and spiritless to be acceptable with it. 

We are taught to "sing with the spirit and with the under- 
standing." This we can do. But to play the instrument with the 
spirit when it has none, is nowhere intimated in the Gospel, and of 
course, the instrument has no more understanding than it has 
spirit. 

And Paul exhorts as follows, ".... speaking to yourselves in 
psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making 
melody in your heart to the Lord." (Eph. 5:19) Here we are told 
what to do and how to do it. What we are not to do, play the 
instrument is left unsaid. Just how we could speak to ourselves in 
psalms, hymns and spiritual songs on an instrument, or sing and 
make melody in our hearts on an instrument remains to be shown. 
It never has been done. 

Again we are exhorted, "... teaching and admonishing one 
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with 
grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col. 3:16) This can be done by 
our God-given instrument the human voice, but not on any man- 
made machine. The psalms may be set to music, as in David's time, 
and sung without an instrument. Hymns and spiritual songs as we 
now know them were not in use in David's time. Hymns were in use 
in Jesus' time and so it is said "they sang a hymn and went out" at 
the close of service in the night of betrayal. 

It has been said, the original of the word "psalms" in the two 
quotations above, indicates they ARE to be played on an 



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instrument. This Is a mistake. It only intimates they may be or were 
when in use played on instruments. Nothing whatever to indicate 
we are to play them on instruments, but we are told to sing them, 
which we could do if set to music as hymns are. 

Furthermore, the instrument tends to destroy congregational 
singing, a part of the worship in which any may engage. And the 
worship and the worshipers are the most spiritual, where the 
music, the singing is conducted in such way that all feel free to 
"join in." Choir singing, or orchestras, cantatas and instruments 
may serve to entertain, but they have no place in the heart of a soul 
that is yearning to "worship God in spirit and in truth." When a soul 
is approaching death, expecting soon to leave this world, a song or 
a prayer is the only thing that will console and comfort. 

No one, perhaps, likes good music for entertainment better than 
the writer, but when it comes to the worship of God let the soul 
speak out its praise and adoration through the human voice, the 
God given means by which to praise and adore, honor and glorify 
him. 

Besides the instrument tends to encourage emulation and envy, 
pride and extravagance. Instead of a modest little organ to aid in 
setting the tune it must be a fine piano, equal in style and price to 
the best, or especially to the neighbor's across the way. So that the 
supposed need of the thing is lost sight of in the inordinate desire 
to excel the other fellow, and the result is, every conceivable means 
and scheme is resorted to to accomplish the end, and much money 
is extravagantly wasted to gratify emulation, envy, and pride. 

CHRIST FILLS THE VOID 

Ephesians 3:19, "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth 
knowledge, that ye might be filled with the fullness of God." 

In Matthew 13:43-45 we have an account of what happens when 
the unclean spirit has gone out of a man. "When the unclean spirit 
is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, 
and finding none. Then he saith, I will return unto my house from 
whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, 
swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself 
seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and 
dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. 
Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation." 

One of the saddest things on the face of this earth is the man 
trying to keep an empty house clean. He is sad and miserable, 
trying to live a holy life without Christ in his heart. This is a 
common occurence. This is the man the world most often sees, 
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the mistaken idea that all Christians are truly miserable, and that 
those folks that act happy are crazy. They therefore see nothing in 
the Christian testimony. What they are really seeing in the sad, 
miserable ones are those that have emptied their house of evil and 
who did not replace that evil with the Spirit of God. How lonely is 
life without God to fill it and keep us satisfied. The end result of 
such a condition often is a heart many times more evil than what 
was previously imagined. 

Make sure when you seek to become one with the church that 
God in fact has worked a work in your life. Make sure that your 
children have truly become converted to Christ when they make 
their wishes known. Your children will only deceive you if you 
yourself are deceived. 

May God help us as His children to be filled with His spirit and 
serve as an example and witness to the world, just like Jesus was. 

Lynn H. Miller 

Box 433 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 



THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

FEET-WASHING IN HISTORY 
J. H. Moore 

In previous chapters we have shown that feet-washing, as a 
religious rite, was commanded by Christ when he told his disciples 
that they "ought to wash one another's feet." The language 
enjoining the rite is certainly plain enough. 

But how did the apostles understand the command? John was 
probably eighty years old when he wrote his Gospel, which 
contains all that is recorded concerning feet-washing as practiced, 
explained and enjoined by Jesus. If the ordinance was of no 
consequence, in the estimation of John, it seems strange that he, 
so late in life, should have made such a careful record of its 
introduction by the Master, and the very careful and guarded 
language employed in connection with the service. 

The omission of any special reference to the service in the 
Gospels prepared by the other New Testament writers, need not be 
cited as proof that the rite was disregarded by the early churches 
established by the apostles. Since the service was generally 
observed, they may have deemed it unnecessary to say anything 
about it. But John thought otherwise, so he gives a careful account 
of the service, stating how the rite was introduced and the 
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Reference has already been made to the washing of the "saints' 
feet," as given in I Tim. 5:10, showing that the rite was still practiced 
at that time, about A.D. 65. There is no reasonable way of 
accounting for this, except on the grounds that the feet-washing, 
enjoined by the Master, and recorded in the thirteenth chapter of 
John, was a common practice among the churches, and was 
required of all the faithful members. 

History has some bearing on the question, and there may be 
much more history than has yet been brought together in any one 
volume. Dr. Cave says that the practice was frequently observed in 
the primitive church. Tertullian, who lived in the third century, 
refers to it a few times. It is also mentioned by Clement of 
Alexandria, as well as by Irenaeus. Cyprian also makes mention of 
the practice. Bingham, a church historian of note, says that the rite 
was abrogated by one of the Spanish councils about the seventh 
century. 

The Waldensians, a very ancient sect, observed the rite of feet- 
washing with great care and reverence. The congregations in the 
Piedmont Valley and elsewhere, that gave rise to this religious 
order, maintained that they could trace the organization of their 
church to the time of the apostles, it would seem that among them 
the rite of feet-washing, as a religious sacrament, had been handed 
down, from one generation to another, from remote Christian 
antiquity. 

Dr. Schaff refers to Augustine, an early church historian, who 
says that in his day feet-washing took place on Thursday before 
Easter. In the year 694 A.D., the synod of Toledo excluded from the 
communion table those who refused to have their feet washed on 
that day. See "Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia," page 823. From this 
we may well infer that feet-washing, in some form, was a common 
practice, and was so continued until it was, in course of time, set 
aside by the Catholics, as stated by Bingham. 

In Godfried Arnold's celebrated "History of the Primitive 
Christians," book III, chapter 2, the following may be found: 
"Among the services or duties which were observed by the first 
Christians, that of feet-washing was included." 

There probably has never been a time, since the enjoining of the 
rite by Jesus, when feet-washing, as a religious duty, has not been 
practiced by one or more Christian bodies. We trace the practice 
from the apostles to Tertullian, then to Augustine, then to the 
Waldensians, and to the time of the Reformation. The Moravians, a 
body coming out of the Reformation, practiced the rite until 1818, 
when it was abolished by a synod. A number of Christian bodies 
still practice the rite, and among them none figure more con- 
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encouragement to know that the ordinance is still regularly 
observed in Jerusalem, where it was first instituted. 



NEWS ITEMS 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation is looking forward to their 
Revival Meeting, August 17 to 27, 1989. Bro. Berton Smith of 
Topeka, Indiana will be the evangelist. There will be a Lovefeast on 
August 26. 

Come. If not we solicit your prayers for the Swallow Falls 
Congregation. 

Sister Ruth Snyder 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Congregation enjoyed another Lovefeast week- 
end, April 29 and 30. We were blessed with a nice crowd along with 
several visiting ministers. Brethren Herman Jamison, Dale 
Jamison, Joe Flora, Ray Reed and Alvin Chupp ministered to us. 

We are also very happy to have a minister of our own now, Bro. 
Mark Andrews. God is using him in a marvelous way in feeding us. 
The Dallas Center Brethren continue to minister to us, too. Bro. 
Larry and Sis. Jolene Andrews have also been called to the 
Deaconship. May God's blessings be upon our little number here. 
Little is much if God is in it. 

We are looking forward to our Revival meetings which are to be 
held September 3 through 10, if the Lord wills. Bro. Gordon 
Jamison has consented to minister the Word to us. We will have 
our Lovefeast service on September 9, with preaching at 11:00 
A.M., examination service at 2:00 P.M. and communion in the 
evening. There will be worship services at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday 
with the closing service after the noon meal. Everyone is welcome 
to attend. 

The Lord be stength to us all in these days. 

Sister Mary Lou Kasza, Cor. 



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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 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R. 5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Herman Jamison, Treasurer 

R. 3 Box 24-D 

Quinter, KS 67752 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Frank Shaffer 

13092 Grant Shook Rd. 

Greencastle, PA 17225 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 3 Box 12 

Adel, IA5Cfea£.j 
Galen Litfin "* 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, OR 97132 
H. Edward Johnson 

1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 

10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 

Englewood, OH 45322 
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 
Fred O. Pifer 

R. 3 Box 184 

Adel, IA 50003 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Rudolph Cover, Chairman 

2435 Temperate Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95351 
Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 



Fred Pifer, Treasurer 
R. 3 Box 184 
Adel, I A 50003 

Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

James Meyers 
R. 1 Box 109 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 



RELIEF BOARD 

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

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
R. 3 Box 250 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3026 

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

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

Tom Jamison 
R. 2 Box 30 

Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913) 675-3600 



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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VOL. LXVII 



AUGUST 15, 1989 



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. 



JOY IN HIS SERVICE 

What a joy to serve the Lord, 
Just to lean upon His Word, 

To strive for that home above, 

Where there's happiness and love. 
With our heart fixed on our God, 
Not to be moved by stone or rod. 

Stones or bars may break our back; 

The Lord strengthens where we lack. 
Now we live in one accord, 
Putting our trust in the Lord. 

Then we are from sin set free, 

For He cares for you and me! 
We cast aside sin and pride 
And in His service abide. 

Some day faith will turn to sight, 

Then there will be no more night. 
Christ is the light in heaven's home. 
Up there we will no more roam. 

Then His welcome face we'll see, 

When we reach eternity. 

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



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BEING IN CHARGE 

Whatever we do, wherever we go someone is in charge. Some- 
one must make and implement the plans needed to accomplish a 
task. Without supervision, a group will waste time and effort and 
fall into disar&ay. While supervision may be misused and abused, it 
is necessary for the work to be accomplished in a timely and 
accurate manner. 

Supervision is needed in the work place, in the home, in the 
government and in the Church. God has given certain people 
ability to do this work. But when a supervisor does not rule well, 
tension and rebellion come to the group. These characteristics 
bring other problems — errors, sullenness, spite, anger, vandalism 
and laziness. 

Despite the failure of some to supervise well, the Christians must 
maintain a willingness to labor as heartily as if Jesus Himself were 
the supervisor. Actually the Christian does labor as if the Lord 
Himself were the supervisor. 

Supervision is not only needed by the group but by the individual. 
Each person needs to properly supervise and control himself. Self- 
discipline is needed to keep that life in line with the Word of God 
and for the good of others. For many this is a missing element in 
their lives. They fail to see a need for denying themselves any 
object or pleasure, they desire. What they want, they will have no 
matter what any other may think or do about it This attitude can 
be found among Christians as well as in the world. Christians 
forget the price paid for them that made them children of God and 
supposedly brought them under His control in all areas of their 
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not over all things. They may participate in Church activities but 
they do not want any direction from the Church in their lives. 

It is perhaps, no wonder such an attitude is current in the world 
and is found even in the Church. People believe they are capable 
of being in charge of their lives. He does not need anyone telling 
him what to do, no matter whether it is the school, government, 
parents, employer, Church or God Himself. 

After all, men see themselves as being in charge of various areas 
of life so why can't they do as they please. With recent advances in 
technology men have been able to gain control over their environ- 
ment. The weather is tamed by furnaces, air conditioners and even 
cloud seeding. With birth control they are in charge of procreation. 
With modern means of travel, distance and even space have been 
conquered. Communications, darkness and repetative tasks have 
been given to machines. Man's environment and work have been 
brought under his partial control. These inventions and dis- 
coveries have provided us with many modern conveniences we 
would not want to be without. We may praise those who have 
invented and discovered these marvelous helps. 

Men who have accomplished these things may have a high 
opinion of their ability. They forget what they have been able to do 
was a gift from God in the form of health, right use of mind and 
various abilities. Without God's gift of these abilities men could not 
accomplish these great tasks. Although men have thought them- 
selves very able and self-sufficient often they are jolted by the 
powers that they have not been able to control. The weather still is 
able to overcome all the controls and hindrances that men have 
imposed upon it. Men's inventions often cause him frustration. 
Men in thinking they are in charge have robbed God of the glory 
and honor that He deserves. Men, who, in their own eyes, see all 
the wonders they have performed, believe they are well able to do 
what they please. They need not consider the needs or desires of 
others. 

When man has this opinion and live their lives by it, they many 
times are brought short by God. Death, sickness and accident 
happen to all manner of mankind and man's control becomes weak 
before them. Men must acknowledge they are not as much in 
control as they think they are. They are not able to make their own 
way. Because he is not as much in control as he thinks he is he 
needs to put his ability under the One who actually is in control. 

The Christian must be willing to place himself under God's 
control so he may reflect God and His ways. His life must reflect a 
willingness to help others. He must be in control of himself and his 
life so he will give himself. He will obey what is asked of him by the 
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The one outside Christ must give up his supposed self-control 
and allow God to have control over his life and bring him into 
conformity with God's will. He must realize he cannot save his soul 
but must rely upon God's plan centered in Jesus Christ. 

When men realize they are in control and give themselves up to 
God they can become the kind of people God intends. 

Are you in charge of your life? Let God be in charge and you will 
have a life greater that you can ever have forged for yourself. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Legalistic or Liberated 

It seems that the Christian life becomes more complex as time 
goes by. It used to be simple to determine what was right or wrong 
for a believer but today everything seems.to be debated and there 
is even disagreement among denomination leaders about Biblical 
matters. When there was no television, no movies, no Sunday pro 
football, no complicated industrial society, there was very little 
confusion about right and wrong. There was sharp, in-focus 
answers. Today, everything is defined as "relative." ... no right or 
wrong. 

Christ informed us, that just before His coming, people would 
live in a time of spiritual confusion. I believe that time is here. 

The New Testament teachings tell us to be subject to our govern- 
ment (Rom. 13:1); to do things in the church decently and in order; 
to bear one another's burdens; to have controlled thoughts; to pray 
without ceasing; to be sober thinkers and to have a Christlike 
conduct. Now, some would seem to think that these areas are 
legalistic because they put demands on us. They want "real 
freedom." Of course, they don't realize that with freedom comes 
great obligations and they are obligating themselves to something 
they can't handle many times. 

Some things are always wrong.,, just as some things are always 
legal. It is always wrong to: be conformed to this world; to be an 
idolator; to grieve the Holy Spirit; to provoke our children to wrath; 
to quench the Spirit; to be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord; to 
forsake the assembling of ourselves together; to speak evil of one 
another; to render evil for evil and to receive a false teacher into our 
house. 

We don't have a real problem understanding right and wrong if 
we continue in the Word and in asking God's guidance. But let me 
ask you... football and baseball are healthy activities for partici- 
pation and observation. But does the picture change when these 
sports occur on Sunday? This is a legitimate question about 
something which in itself is good but which may become debatable 
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How about films? Is it right to view them just for pleasure? This 
form of art for Christian education purposes is increasing greatly in 
our day. How and where do we take a stand on them? 

How do we decide these complex problems? I believe the Bible 
gives us guidelines that will give us peace of mind and appropriate 
solutions. 

First of all, we are to use but not abuse the world. We can't leave 
the world... we are here until the Lord takes us home. Things 
become illegal for us when we abuse them. We are also to enjoy 
but not love the world. A very legal Christian can be carnal if he 
becomes proud of his sacrifices. We can make an idol of 
conservativism. 

Another appropriate solution is not to do anything that would 
hinder the growth of another Christian. We might feel free to do 
something but if we will hinder someone else, our legal activity 
becomes illegal. We must always be sensitive to the feelings and 
consciences of others or we sin against them. 

Now, some people are probably not really trying to progress in 
their spiritual life. They are just sitting on the sideline sniping at 
the runners. This person just becomes a self appointed judge and 
probably will be considered differently than the person who is 
working toward spiritual maturity. 

We are to do all to the glory of God. (I Cor. 10:31) This should be 
the guiding principle of our life. We must always show God's 
character to the world... even in our freedom or restriction of 
freedom. 

The church has the obligation to set guidelines. For example, 
relative to conduct in the church for young people and children! 
The command to children is to obey their parents. It doesn't say 
how late they may stay out at night but control in this area is proper 
because it affects the Christian testimony of both the parents and 
the young person. 

Legalism, I have found, is more often talked about than defined. 
It is really a wrong attitude toward the code of laws under which we 
live. It involves the presence of law, the wrong motive toward 
obeying it and the wrong use of power to keep it. A legalist keeps 
the law for the law's sake. A Christ centered person keeps the law 
to exalt the Lord. 

To again illustrate with a secular example... Most athletes are 
glad to keep training rules, rigid as they are, for the sheer love of 
the sport. Some conform just to make the team and glorify them- 
selves. One shows a correct attitude, the other legalism. 

The other side of the coin from liberty is slavery. We are free 
from the bondage and slavery of sin and the flesh as Christians. 
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conduct. Therefore, liberty and legalism are opposites. 

So what is our conclusion? Basically, it is taken from Galatians 
5:13: "... ye have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an 
occasion to the flesh, but by LOVE serve one another." Love- 
limited liberty is Christian action. It will change our attitude. It will 
allow us to curb our actions with a right attitude toward one brother 
or sister. If we are liberated Christians... then we are love-limited 
Christians. God limited Himself to become a human in the person 
of Jesus Christ for us. His liberty was limited only by His great love 
and so is ours. 

Brother Len Wertz 

1989 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from August 1, 1989 Issue 

Sunday P.M. 

Elder Jacob Ness, Pennsylvania, opened. Hebrews 4:1-2. When 
the Holy Word is preached it will profit us. We must have faith. 

Elder Herman Jamison, Kansas. Job 23:12. "In our Christian Life 
When We Fail." Job had a high esteem for God. The Word of God 
can soften our heart. David had many words of praise for the Lord. 
The words that we choose, we say them. Words that are important 
have a great effect on our lives. Words can be full of deceit. We 
may think of words of flattery and praise but as children of God we 
should be wise with our words. Be not rash with our mouth. Let 
thy words be few. God wants us to be humble. We must be careful 
about hasty words, think twice before we speak. God created our 
tongue just below our mind. We can control what we speak. Words 
spoken in our homes can have great effect on our children. 
Children need words of praise, instruction and guidance to help 
them. Words are very important. Jesus' words were full of love and 
compassion. Job said, "Esteem the Word of God." Peter said, 
'Thou hast the Words of Eternal life." Many people need words of 
cheer and wisdom. A heart filled with the spirit of God bring 
cheering words. False doctrine words can affect our lives. The 
words of the Lord will stand forever. Words that we speak cannot 
be called back. Words that we speak could offend others. Words 
can be a witness for the Lord. Words can make people eager to 
serve the Lord in a better way. What kind of words are we 
speaking. We need to get our hearts right and we can speak wisely. 

Elder Eugene Kauffman, Virginia. I Chron. 29:1-13. "Upward 
Steps in the Christian Life." David had a great desire to build a 
great temple. David made many donations towards building this 
large temple. First step in living a christian life is salvation. We are 



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saved only through Christ and His teachings. There are many 
people who don't understand salvation. He who does not believe in 
Christ is the same as in a lost condition. Conviction is when the 
sinner must realize he is lost. Salvation is turning from sin to our 
Savior Jesus Christ. The second step is of separation. Some 
places we cannot go. Some things we cannot do. We as Christians 
fail to witness during our lives. What does the outside world think 
of us when we follow in their ways? We must separate our lives 
from those who are living a worldly life. We are a child of God and 
we must live up to our confession. We will have to build a fence 
between us and the world. The third step is consecration. We must 
live a consecrated life and witness for Christ eyery day. All of us 
should be consecrated Christians. God gives each of us talents. 
We need dedication of time for the Lord. We must give more time 
for the Lord. We must take time to pray and study God's Word. 
God gives us eyery thing. We must share with the Lord. The fourth 
step is glorification. God gives us Grace and His Heavenly Glory if 
we live true and faithful. Let us dedicate our lives to Christ and live 
faithful to Him. 

Elder Virgil Leatherman, Pennsylvania, closed. We must choose 
our words wisely before we speak. Consecrate our lives unto God. 
Sunday Evening. 

Bro. Mark Andrews, Missouri, opened. Matthew 28:16-20. It is 
our desire that we may all get to Heaven. We must each do our part 
in witnessing to others for Christ. 

Elder Edward Johnson, Ohio. Matthew 16:18. "Upon This 
Rock." After the Apostle Paul was moved to confess Jesus as the 
Son of God, Christ said, "Upon this rock I will build my church; and 
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Satan tries many ways 
to destroy the church. There was a wise man who built his house 
on a rock and it stood. Another man built his house on the sand 
and it fell. We must build on that solid rock, Christ. There are 
many religions that are not built for the cause of Christ. What kind 
of material goes into Christ's church? If you have your mind set on 
Christ you will live faithful to Him, in the church. Let's remember 
the rock, stay on the solid rock. 

Bro. Michael Wray, California. To the Young People. Rom. 
12:17-21. "Why I Will Not Fight." Every knee shall bow before our 
Heavenly Father at the end of time. What does Jesus exemplify to 
us? Jesus has commanded that we learn to forgive. Jesus said, "If 
you cannot forgive men, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive 
you." Nonresistance begins in our life early in our years. The 
Kingdom of God is not of this world. The mission of the church is 
to go ye to all nations and preach the Gospel. The Apostle Paul 
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of this world. We have been translated from darkness to God's 
Son, Jesus. We are commanded not to fight because we are to love 
all men including our enemies. If we suffer for the sake of Jesus it 
will be honorable. The love of Christ constrains us. I will not fight 
because things of vengeance belong to the Lord. We must go the 
second mile and be willing to be a helper for the Lord. We must not 
be rebellious. Obey the laws of the land as long as they are not 
against Christ. God sent His Son into the world that they be not 
condemned but can be saved. We are challenged to live in peace 
with all men. We must not seek revenge or retaliation. We must 
leave this in the hands of the Lord. 

- To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 15, 1929 
WHAT YOU ARE, WHERE YOU ARE, AND WHOSE YOU ARE 

R. W. Smith 

As we consider the scripture, Rom. 3:23, "For all have sinned and 
come short of the glory of God." We know that man is not pleasing 
to God. So it behooves us to turn ourselves about and purify our 
hearts and work the works of God, while it is called today. With all 
supplication and prayer, that we may abound more and more unto 
the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. For we are in the balances 
of God's mercy. We are neither on the straight and narrow way that 
leads to life eternal or we are on the broad way that leads to 
destruction. 

John 3:18 says, "He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but 
he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not 
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." 

Brethren and friends, we believe this scripture to be more 
exclusive than most people believe it. Because most people say 
just so you believe, that is all that is necessary. Just so you meet 
our customs and traditions you will do. But God's Word says that 
even the devils believe and tremble. (James 2:19) 

Jesus said if you love me keep my commandments, and also 
when giving the commission to the apostles, He said, "teaching 
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." 

So we know that when we put on our opinions before God's 
Word we are hanging on the precipice of danger. Then re- 
membering what we are (sinners before God) it behooves us to 
earnestly bow upon our knees and ask God to be merciful to us a 
sinner, saying, "not my will but thine be done." For we realize our 



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unworthiness before him. Knowing this that God created us in His 
own image and sin cast us down from that holy state, if we please 
God and gain a home with Him in heaven we surely must obey His 
commandments. 

When faith comes which we must have to know God, it leads us 
to repentance. When Jesus began to preach he said, "Repent for 
the kingdom of heaven is at hand." And lo, it is at our very doors 
now. Then will we repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with 
a belief that attains to a living faith, which leads us till we say with 
all sincerity, I will do just what thou wouldest have me do. Then 
obey him as in John 3:5-6 in Christian baptism. Then Gal. 3:24-29 
tells us of that faith which leads us to baptism and being baptized 
we have put on Christ. Having therefore put on Christ our sins are 
washed away in his blood. Rev. 1:5, I Cor. 6:11. Having fulfilled 
these scriptures we turn to Romans 8:1. Then we know that we are 
sinners saved by grace as long as we continue steadfast in the 
doctrine once delivered to the Saints, and we stand upon the solid 
Rock of our Salvation and walk upon the sure foundation through 
the sea of Life. For we know Him whom we have believed, and with 
the hope of salvation in our hearts we look in faith for His coming 
with gladness. For we shall know as we are known. 

THOUGHTS ON ANGER 

Genesis 49:5-7, "Simeon and Levi are brethren: instruments of 
cruelty are in their habitations... for in their anger they slew a man, 
and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. Cursed be their 
anger, for it was fierce, and their wrath, for it was cruel:..." 

Ecclesiastes 7:9, "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger 
resteth in the bosom of fools/' 

Psalms 7:11, "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with 
the wicked everyday." 

Matthew 5:22a, "But I say unto you, That whosover is angry with 
his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement." 

Mark 3:5a, "And when he (Jesus) had looked round about on 
them with anger being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he 
saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand." 

Ephesians 4:26, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go 
down upon your wrath." 

Ephesians 4:31, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and 
clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice." 

Perhaps no other subject touches so many lives as the subject of 
anger. Very few individuals can honestly say that they have not 
experienced this emotion some time in their lives. For most of us it 
occurs with great frequency. Anger is one of the first emotions 
displayed by an infant. If can be seen throughout childhood, down 



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to the rebellious teenage years and on into adult life. It has caused 
frustration in parents, broken homes and relationships and even 
church splits. The Bible has a great deal to say about this emotion. 

There are those who believe and teach that all anger is sin. We 
do not believe that this can be substantiated by Scripture. We have 
chosen a few of the many verses on this subject as a basis for our 
thoughts. Perhaps we should define the thin line of difference 
between "anger" and "wrath." We see anger as an emotion and 
wrath as the working out of this emotion. 

In our first verses from Genesis we find that anger can be fierce 
and cruel. This type of anger can often be seen in children who 
take out their frustrations on a pet or a smaller brother or sister. We 
see that anger can lead to murder. There is no doubt that this is a 
dangerous emotion if not handled properly. 

Our verse from Ecclesiastes teaches that we must be in control of 
our anger. Anger out of control can cause us to do foolish things 
which we will later regret. 

Our verse from Psalms tells us that God has anger. Therefore, all 
anger cannot be sin. It is true that because God does something it 
does not necessarily mean we can do the same. God is perfect in 
righteousness and in judgement. We are not. This verse would 
also lead us to believe that while God deals with the wicked 
(unsaved) in anger, He "judgeth the righteous" (saved individuals) 
in love rather than in anger. 

This leads us into our verse taken from the book of Matthew. We, 
also, should deal with one another in love rather than anger. In fact 
if we have anger "without a cause" we will be in danger of the 
judgement. Jesus Christ is teaching that anger can cause us to 
lose our very soul and end up in a devil's burning Hell! This should 
be a very sobering thought. 

Our verse taken from the book of Mark teils us that Jesus Christ, 
himself, was angry. While He is God the Son He is also the perfect 
human example. Therefore, we believe we can safely say that 
anger is not always wrong. 

Our verse taken from Ephesians (verse 26) would seem to verify 
this. We are to be angry and sin not. We should try to settle 
matters that cause anger between individuals as soon as possible. 
Our last verse from Ephesians (verse 31) must be understood in 
light of verse twenty six. Anger that fits in with the other evils 
mentioned should not be a part of our life. 

We should be angry at sin. Abortion, drugs, and many other evils 
should make us angry. False teaching should make us angry. 
Liberalism should cause us righteous anger. But with this anger 
should be a love for those who are guilty of these sins and 



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abominations. God will judge, we should desire their salvation. 

God's anger will fall on you if you have never accepted Jesus 
Christ as your Lord and Savior. Be born again and baptized before 
it is eternally too late. May we as Christians seek love rather than 
anger towards others and desire to live such a life that God's anger 
would not come upon us. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

History and the Lord's Supper 
J. H. Moore 

The Lord's supper, or the agape, holds an important place in 
church history. The rite was instituted by Jesus in the upper room, 
on the night of his betrayal, and was continued through the entire 
apostolic age. This is evidenced by what may be found in II Peter 
2:13, and in Jude 12. Dr. Adam Clarke, a commentator of 
recognized scholarship, commenting on Jude 12, says: "The feasts 
of charity, or love feasts, of which the apostle speaks, were in use in 
the primitive church till the middle of the fourth century, when, by 
the council of Laodicea, they were prohibited to be held in the 
churches, and having been abused, fell into disuse." Benson, 
commenting on what Peter says, makes this statement: 'These 
previous suppers, it appears from Jude, verse 12, were called 
agapa, love-feasts: because the rich, by feasting their poor 
brethren, express their love to them." 

We shall not give much space to quotations, but will let a few 
extracts and citations suffice. Dr. Schaff, a profound scholar, and a 
fine church historian, in his "Church History," Vol. II, page 239, 
says: "At first the communion was joined with a love feast, and was 
then celebrated in the evening, in memory of the last supper of 
Jesus with his disciples." Taking up the same subject, at a later 
period, the author, in Vol. Ill, page 402, adds this: "Next followed 
Maundy Thursday, in commemoration of the institution of the Holy 
Supper, which, on this day, was observed in the evening, and was 
usually connected with a love feast, and also with feet-washing." It 
may be interesting to note what Mosheim, the church historian, has 
to say in Vol. 1, page 197, concerning the early practice. He says: 
"The expression, 'to break bread,' when it occurs in the Acts of the 
Apostles, is, for the most part, to be understood as signifying the 
celebration of the Lord's Supper, in which bread was broken and 
distributed. We are not, however, to consider it as exclusively 



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referring to this ordinance of our Savior, but as also implying that 
feast of love, of which it was the customary practice of the 
Christians, even from the very first, always at the same time to 
partake." 

At this point it is very satisfactory to turn to the word agape, in 
"Brown's Dictionary of the Holy Bible," and quote the following: 
"This (agape) is a Greek word, and signifies properly 'friendship.' 
The feasts of charity, which were in use in the primitive church, 
were called by this name. They were celebrated in memory of the 
last supper which Jesus Christ made with his apostles, when he 
instituted the Eucharist, These festivals were kept in the church 
toward the evening, after the common prayers were over, and the 
word of salvation had been heard. When this was done, the faithful 
ate together, with great simplicity and union, what every man had 
brought them; so that the rich and the poor were in no wise 
distinguished. After an economical and moderate supper, they 
partook of the Lord's body and blood, and gave each other the kiss 
of peace." 

This feast of charity, or love feast, is mentioned by Justin Martyr, 
Clement of Alexandria, Ignatius, Tertullian, Chrysostom, Origen 
and others of the early centuries. It continued as the common 
practice of the church nearly all over Christendom until the council 
of Laodicea (A.D. 363) and Carthage (392), when it was decided to 
drop the love feast altogether and celebrate the communion alone. 
Most churches fell in with the recommendations of these councils, 
but when the Brethren began their reformatory work in Germany, 
in 1708, they restored the Lord's supper, of the apostolic times, to 
the church, and they have reduced this service, in connection with 
feet-washing and the communion, to a system which, for simplicity 
and impressiveness, is probably unexcelled in the religious world. 

Not as a matter of testimony, but as a suitable paragraph for the 
closing of this chapter, we take pleasure in quoting the following 
from Bro. James Quinter, commenting on the Lord's supper: 

"In celebrating the Lord's supper, in the light in which we view it, 
while the sacred emblems, the bread and wine, representing the 
body and blood of the Savior, remind us of his death for us, and 
point us to his second coming, this feast of love may be regarded 
as a representation of the great marriage supper of the Lamb, 
which is to take place when the Savior comes, and his people shall 
gather themselves together from the east, and from the west, and 
from the north, and from the south, and sit down in the kingdom of 
God. O my friends, do not believe that anything commanded by 
the Lord is a mere formality. If it be sustained that a thing is of the 
Lord, it cannot but be admitted that it must have good effects, if 
properly observed. And in this ordinance, this feast of charity, we 



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find there is a power, there is a benefit, there is a utility; and for 
these reasons, — because we believe it to be commanded by the 
Lord, and because we have practically seen and felt its beneficial 
effects, — we contend for its observance in accordance with the 
custom of the apostolic church. I believe that in all things, the 
more closely we adhere to the practices of the apostolic church, 
the better. And if this is to be our model, then we must have a feast 
of charity; we must have something else that we can eat together 
besides the sacred emblems of the communion." 

PITHY SAYINGS 

The SOFT BED of habit is easy to get into, but hard to get out of. 

Rumors without a leg to stand on, have a way of getting around. 

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. 

True stories never have endings. 

One disadvantage of having nothing to do is you can't stop and 
rest. 

While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils 
quicker. 

The word "listen" contains the same letters as the word "silent." 

Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it. 

Ice is one of the few things which is really what it's cracked up to 
be. 

Everyone knows how to express a complaint, but few can utter a 
graceful compliment. 

Families that pray together, stay together. 

Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life. 

Caution, though often wasted, is a good risk to take. 

There are not many success rules that work unless you do. 

The most difficult part in getting to the top, is getting through the 
crowd at the bottom. 

When you cannot sleep, don't count sheep, talk to your 
Shepherd. 

The six most important words are, "I admit I made a mistake." 

The five most important, "You did a good job." 

The four are, "What is your opinion?" The three, "If you please." 

The two are, "Thank you." The LEAST important word is, "I." 

The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is 
the way you use them. 



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One way to keep a man's feet on the ground is to place a heavy 
responsibility on his shoulders. 

It's alright to hold up your chin, but don't turn up your nose. 

A song that never gets an encore is when you sing your own 
praises. 

The surest way to advance is by getting on your knees. 

Collected by Brother Paul Myers 

5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44718 

OBITUARY 

ORA SKILES, SR. 

Bro. Ora Samuel Skiles, Sr. was born November 16, 1897, near 
Rossville, Indiana to Daniel V. and Leah (Metzger) Skiles. There he 
grew to young manhood with his five brothers and three sisters. 

In his early years he accepted the Lord as His Savior and served 
the Lord faithfully and joyfully throughout his life. 

In 1923 he went to California, where he met and later married his 
wife, Alice Cover, to whom he was married 66 years. Into this 
Christian home were born: Ora, Jr., of Modesto, California; Nita Alf 
of Wee Waa, Australia; Esther Boone of Dubbo, Australia; Daniel 
Clinton of Santa Rosa, California; and David of Cuba, New Mexico. 

They began their married life farming in Indiana. They resettled 
in California in 1932, where they raised their family on Standiford 
Avenue, Modesto. 

He was called to the ministry and eldership in the Dunkard 
Brethren Church and was happy to preach the message of Christ 
for nearly twenty-five years. 

He had community interests and served as a trustee of the 
Prescott School Board for many years. He was active in the 
Christian Businessmen's Association and was a supporter and 
active worker of the Modesto Gospel Mission. He served on the 
General Mission Board of the Dunkard Brethren Church and at the 
Torreon Navajo Mission in New Mexico. He had a burden for the 
lost and was an avid personal worker to win the lost to Christ. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Alice, his children, seventeen 
grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, three brothers: Aaron of 
Wakarusa, Indiana; Joe of Goshen, Indiana; and John Ezra of 
Elkhart, Indiana, two sisters: Lydia Eller and Alma Rule both of 
Rossville, Indiana, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ida Brovont and 
two brothers; Noah of Rossville, Indiana and Marvin of Farmland, 
Ohio. 



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His wishes to be with the Lord were fulfilled July 17, 1989. 
Services were conducted at the Pleasant Home Dunkard Brethren 
Church July 20 by Elder Rudy Cover and Brother Michael Wray. A 
message was brought from Psalms 1. Hymns used were "Jeru- 
salem, My Happy Home", "We Speak of the Realms of the Blest" 
and "The Unclouded Day". Burial was at the Wood Colony 
Cemetery, conducted by Elder Leslie Cover. 

His family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation for the 
many expressions of love and help during their Father's illness and 
death. 

NEWS ITEMS 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation is looking 
forward to a Revival Meeting, September 3 through 10, 1989 with 
Elder Fred Pifer of Dallas Center as the evangelist. Pray for these 
meetings that each of us would be drawn closer to the Lord and 
that lost souls would be saved. 

We extend a hearty invitation to all to come and worship with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation plans a Harvest Meeting for Sunday, 
September 10. Brother Dennis St. John will be our speaker. 

We cordially invite all who can to come and enjoy the day with 
us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation plan a one week 
revival meeting, September 17 through 24, 1989 with Bro. Dennis 
St. John, evangelist. Pray that sinners may be saved and saints 
strengthened. 
Come and worship the Lord with us. 

Sister Grace Reed, Cor. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Goshen Congregation is looking forward to their Harvest 
Meeting, September 10. Lord willing, Bro. Bob Carpenter from 
Plevna, Indiana will be the speaker. Services will start at 9:30 and 
again at 2. Please come and worship with us. 

Sister Becky Staiter, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 1989 

Sept. 3 - The Song of Moses and the Lamb - Revelation 15:1-8. 

1. What is "the Song of Moses and the Lamb?" 

2. Is our "temple" filled with the glory of God and His power? 
verse 8. 

Sept. 10 - The First Six Plagues - Revelation 16:1-14. 

1. Why is the Lord praised in verses 5 and 6? 

2. What great battle is spoken of in verses 12-14. 

Sept. 17 - The Seventh Angel Pours Out His Vial - Revelation 
16:15-21. 

1. Who will come as a thief? verse 15. 

2. Are we watching, ready, clothed in His righteousness? 
Sept. 24 - Mystery Babylon - Revelation 17:1-7. 

1. Who is the scarlet woman? 

2. What is the beast that carries the woman? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR SEPTEMBER 1989 

Sept. 3 - Our Rebellion - Deut. 9:24, I Sam. 15:22-23, Isa. 65:2-5, 
Phil. 3:16-21, Rom. 10:1-3. 

1. How is rebellion related to the sin of witchcraft? 

2. Why is respect and obedience for authority so important? 
Heb. 13:17. 

Sept. 10 - Our Spiritual Growth - II Cor. 9:6-11, Eph. 4:14-16, 
I Thess. 3:11-13, Heb. 6:1-6, II Pet. 1:5-9, II Pet. 3:18. 

1. What are some steps to, and signs of maturity? 

2. What result of spiritual growth is found in II Peter 3:18. 

Sept. 17 -Our Earnestness -Deut. 6:1-12, Ps. 119:1-16, Pro. 3:1-13, 
Phil. 3:13-15. 

1. Define and apply earnestness to the Christian life. 

2. How earnest are we in running the Christian race? 

Sept. 24 - Our Eagerness - Mark 10:13-22, I Cor. 15:1-10, Acts 
13:38-44, Acts 17:16-34. 

1. List some signs of Spiritual Eagerness. 

2. What does the world see us eager for? 



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VOL. LXVII SEPTEMBER 1, 1989 NO. 17 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



STAND FOR THE RIGHT 

Be firm, be bold, be strong, be true, 
"And dare to stand alone;" 
Strive for the right, whate'er ye do, 
Tho' helpers there be none. 

Nay — bend not to the swelling surge 
Of fashion's sneer and wrong; 
Twill bear thee on to ruin's verge, 
With current wild and strong. 

Stand for the right: tho' falsehood rail, 
And proud lips coldly sneer; 
A poisoned arrow cannot wound 
A conscience pure and clear. 

Stand for the right, and with clean hands 
Exalt the truth on high; 
Thou'ltfind warm, sympathizing hearts 
Among the passers-by. 

Stand for the right: proclaim it loud, 
Thou'ltfind an answ'ring tone 
In honest hearts, and then no more 
Be doomed to stand alone. 

- Anonymous 



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FORGETFULNESS 

All are prone to forgetf ulness. It is not just the elderly who forget 
dates, activities, appointments or duties. Children will forget their 
curfew. Adults forget appointments that should be kept. Older 
ones forget various day by day activities though they can re- 
member in detail the "Good Old Days." Forgetfulness is a common 
failure of people. 

Forgetfulness often accompanies duties that are left undone. 
Certain activities are to be done but people forget their promise to 
do them in their lives. This may be the duties the government 
places upon her citizens. Some forget to pay their taxes on time. 
Others forget to obey the traffic laws when there is no policeman 
near by. Duties between friends and neighbors may be undone 
and this may lead to a breach in the friendship. We often forget to 
fulfill our promises to ourselves. We make plans to do certain 
activities that demand a degree of self-motivation and effort, which 
are often repetative and maybe even boring. After a few days we 
forget to go through with the activity. This may be physical 
exercise, or it may be some activity to further our financial or our 
Spiritual well-being. When a continued effort is required we may 
develop excuses or altogether forget what we need to do to bring 
about the desired improvement. 

What causes forgetfulness? There are many causes. Although 
there may be physical causes, often it comes through mental, 
emotional or Spiritual reasons. A lesson not heard with full 
attentativeness will more likely be forgotten. A lesson not heard 
well will be ignored. Often a lesson repeated too often can become 
stale and easily ignored. On the other hand a lesson not given 

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enough can be forgotten because it is not securely planted in the 
mind. Of course, anything we have no intention of remembering 
can be forgotten easily. 

Forgetfulness affects not only the material and temporal affairs 
of life but also the Spiritual affairs. Forgetfulness can go beyond 
individuals and affect individuals collectively. This is why certain 
teachings or activities may be forgotten, whether through improper 
instruction or a general willfulness to forget. The ordinances of the 
Church established in the New Testament are laid aside if they are 
forgotten. In a couple of generations it will not even be re- 
membered that they were ever practiced by the Church. Today we 
see a great forgetfulness in the general Church concerning the 
ordinances, dress and recreation. 

The opposite of forgetfulness is remembrance. There are many 
events and situations from the past that we can remember without 
any difficulty. We can remember books we've read and pictures 
we've seen. As Christians we should develop a good memory. We 
are urged to be mindful of what we have been taught. 

Jesus often urged His hearers to hear well what He said. What is 
heard with full attention is more likely to be remembered. The 
words of Jesus are worth remembering. They are the Words of 
Life. The Bible must not only be read and heard but it must be 
remembered. Remembering the Bible means to put its teachings 
into practice in our individual lives and in the Church. 

We are admonished to not be forgetful hearers of the Word but to 
be doers of it. We cannot allow the Bible to become just another 
book that is read but not remembered. The books written by men 
often may be forgotten without any great loss, but to forget the 
Word of God can cause the loss of a soul, for its life-giving 
message is lost through the forgotten message. Forgetting to 
follow the Bible's instruction can lead to sorrows and problems in 
life. Forgetfulness can bring material as well as Spiritual hurt to the 
unhearing and unheeding. 

The ordinances of the Church are not to be forgotten for Jesus 
admonished that the highlight of the Lovefeast service, the com- 
munion was to be carried out in remembrance of Him. The sacred 
emblems of His broken body and shed blood are ever to remind us 
of the price paid for our soul's salvation. To be remembered the 
ordinances must be practiced. If they are left undone we can grow 
forgetful of that precious price. Thus we must participate on every 
occasion that it is at all possible. And it behooves the Church to 
continue to practice these ordinances so individuals and the 
Church together can remember. 

Forgetfulness leads to coldness and coldness speaks of death. 
So the Church must continue to provide the teaching and partici- 



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pation that will aid the memory of each member. There needs to be 
repetition in teaching but it dare not become so repetitious that 
unbalance results. Individual members have a duty to read and 
study the Bible so they may know what is taught there and what 
duties are laid upon them. Having heard and read the Word they 
dare not forget either the message nor their duty. 

How is your memory? It may fail in remembering various items 
concerning the carnal life but it dare not fail when it comes to the 
Spiritual life. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Crazy Daze.... 

We are living in "crazy days!" People will not accept the holy 
Trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit but 
they will accept the trinity of evil that is communicating the 
messages of the age to them via the medium of rock music. If I 
were to name a "trinity" it might well be represented by George 
Michael, Madonna and Prince. 

What do we see happening in the "crazy daze" of the late 1 980's? 
First of all, Prince says that he prays and reads his Bible every day 
and that he thanks God for his success. George Michael has put on 
a cross earring and has put out an album called "Faith." Madonna 
has started a fashion trend with rosary beads and crucifixes. Is 
there not a religious revival happening in the rock music world? Is 
this medium the new evangelistic tool of the age? 

Spiritual references in pop music have always been there. There 
seems to be something about being in love and the ecstasy of 
romance that brings out the supernatural and eternal emotions of 
the songwriters. We hear songs that proclaim that God create^ a 
special someone just for them... that they were just whisked to 
some heavenly nirvana because of the sight of their boyfriend or 
girlfriend. Blinda Carlisle sings about her "Heaven is a Place on 
Earth." Debbie Gibson says she can only find salvation when she is 
"Lost in Your Eyes." Breathe lifts their "Hands to Heaven" to pray 
to be reunited with a lost lover. 

What kind of love is actually proclaimed by these songsters and 
their songs? First of all, let us understand that the media has 
pushed the bounds of decency and sexual exploitation to the limit. 
They have equated love with the physical relationship and being in 
love has become synonymous with uninhibited hormones. As 
romance has lost its eternal quality, we are left with the erotic and 
sensual. Love has become defined in terms of physical expression 
rather than spiritual and emotional. The physical relationship and 
salvation have become strangely interchangeable and indistinguish- 



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able in the world's vocabulary and in music. 

What I am trying to say is that rock musicians have taught us that 
we should worship the physical relationship. Look at Black 
Sabbath's latest album cover and you will find live male and female 
nudes spraypainted with bronze paint featured there. They are to 
look like a sculpture. The album is titled 'The Eternal Idol." Sex 
has become man's idol and it has literally become a religion to the 
music world. 

On Michael's album, "Faith", his songs are physical with religious 
terminology. His "Faith" is that there is always another lover just 
around the corner. In "Father Figure", the physical relationship 
makes him a "preacher-teacher" as he holds tightly to his 
lover/disciple. The third song of that album says, "Don't need no 
Bible, just look in my eyes, I won't tell you lies." This man is a 
teacher of the physical-religion cult in music to the fullest. 

In the Prince album "1 999", we come to the conclusion that once 
you have broken all the rules, you find some real values. He shows 
the physical relationship to be the path to true enlightenment. In 
other words, if we break the taboos of Christianity, we will see the 
physical spiritual ecstasy. 

Madonna has long been confused with her integration of 
Catholicism and steamy sensuality. She has made statements to 
the media as, "Nuns are sexy"; "Crucifixes are sexy, because there 
is a naked man on them." (Time and Spin Magazines) She is said to 
own over 150 crucifixes. May God help her. Her hit song "Like a 
Prayer" which was made into a video shows her in a black slip 
amidst the imagery of crosses burning in the night. 

So, what does this al! mean to us? Have we taken this discussion 
too far? First of all, recent studies show that forty-three percent of 
"conservative" teens have physical relations before they graduate 
from high school. Where have they learned that this is all right? 
Simple! From music and the media. We are being asked to accept 
the idea that the physical act is the only way to express love. It is 
actually being presented as an alternative to religion. If you think 
religion is exciting, try this! This offers instant gratification, they 
say. For young people and even for some adults, it is not easy to 
distinguish the emotional from the spiritual. Thus, Prince, 
Madonna and George Michael... as well as many other "stars" are 
making something sacred and honorable in marriage a wholesale 
tantalizing religion. 

The false prophets of rock music are preaching a damning 
religion to us. And, they will continue to win converts... even from 
the conservative people... unless we reveal the wolves underneath 
the sheep's clothing. We can no longer afford to play around with 
Satan's greatest tool of evangelism. It is time that we fully admit 



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that if our youth listen to this music, they will be sucked into the 
world of the wicked. It is time to admit that too many people are 
absorbed in rock and hunger after it rather than righteousness. It is 
time to stand up and tell about the difference between the world's 
concept of romance and the Biblical concept of love. Will you have 
the intestinal fortitude to stand up for God's principles of right and 
wrong? If you can't control your radio or stereo then I suggest you 
get rid of it because it is controlling you. "Come ye out from 
among them..." It may soon be too late. These are Crazy Daze and 
Satan is using them to the fullest to win you over to his side. 

Brother Len Wertz 

WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE LONG COMPANION 

Approximately eight months ago, I lost by death, my dear 
companion. We had nearly sixty-two years of enjoyable life 
together. My life will never be the same. She shall be missed 
because her place in my home shall be empty based on the 
Scripture as recorded in I Samuel 20:18. I realize there are 
countless men and women, Brethren and Sisters who have had the 
same, sad experience. 

The Holy Bible states in Genesis 2:18 that it is not good for man 
to live alone, therefore God created Eve to be Adam's companion 
throughout life. Those of us who have had a Christian companion 
realize how thoughtful and wise God was. 

As young men and women grow into their teens there is an in- 
born instinct to seek companionship of the opposite sex. This is 
how God created us. At this point in life, extreme caution should 
prevail. It is not a good practice to date or court only one person of 
the opposite sex. Those who have made a study of the subject, 
recommend that before a couple ties the knot, they should date 
others, to learn and compare the different personalities, habits, 
interests, intents, likes and dislikes of each other. During the 
period of courtship is the time to enjoy each other's company and 
behavior. Today, I am sorry to say, couples, rather than trying to 
lay an endurable foundation upon which to build matrimony, are 
more interested in sexual activities than in true courtship. They are 
sacrificing the future to gratify their carnal appetite for the present. 
THIS IS NOT LOVE! Indulging in sexual sin only results in shame 
and remorse, often lasting throughout life, never to be erased from 
memory. Clean courtship ending in marriage and starting a new 
household is definitely what God intended to build a happy, 
Christian home. 

When a couple become man and wife, a whole new experience 
lies before them. They leave the comforts, care and love of their 



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parent's home. They cleave to their partners, to be joined by God, 
as one flesh, never but death to separate. (Jesus' words Matt' 
19:5-6). 

In the average new home, both the husband and the wife will 
have many and various adjustments to make. They should mold 
their differences and opinions into a mutual common agreement. 
When there is a difference of opinion, do not let it go unsolved. 
Face the issue, openly and freely. In a kind tone of voice 
discussing is the best way to solve them. 

A certain wife could never please her husband. She made many 
honest efforts, but to no avail. He was a fault finder and seemingly 
could never be satisfied. One morning for breakfast, she asked him 
how he wanted his eggs. He said, "One fried over easy and one soft 
boiled." She did her best. When she set his two eggs before him, 
he arose from the table without eating. His wife asked him what 
was wrong. He answered, "You boiled the wrong egg." 

The Apostle Paul gave the formula for proper relations between 
husband and wife. In I Corinthians 7:3 we read, "Let the husband 
render unto his wife due benevolence, and likewise, also, the wife 
unto the husband." To enjoy a happy life together, each must 
eliminate criticism, arguing, fault finding and so forth. Husband 
and wife will not always agree on all matters, but will not allow their 
difference to get out of hand. Each should respect the other's point 
of view. Adjustments and discussions do not appear all at once, 
but throughout marriage. Over a period of time, the matter of 
religion, clothes, recreation, food choices, rearing of children, 
saving for a rainy day, and so forth will face husband and wife. To 
mutually agree on life's many problems, and working together to 
solve them makes the heart grow fonder. Perhaps this is what 
Edgar Allen Guest had in mind when he wrote the words, "Takes a 
heap of living in a house to make it home." 

When husband and wife reach middle age or a little beyond, as a 
rule, the husband has established himself in a good paying job, or a 
business of his own. The children are perhaps on their own. 
Responsibilities are not so demanding on the wife. They, together 
can more fully enjoy the fruits of their labors. They passed the 
point where they need not watch their pennies so close. About the 
time they feel some ease in life, often times at this point, illness, 
strokes, heart attacks, and other catastrophes strikes one and 
sometimes both partners. Then the healthier spouse feels re- 
sponsible and will do all they possibly can to help the mate. Our 
eyesight is subject to getting dimmer, we often suffer hearing loss 
arthritis, and so forth. 

More serious illnesses such as cancer, heart problems, and so 
forth, which are lingering and most often terminal, become the real 



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problems, as we age in years. The personal care required is often 
greater than what their partner can provide, these conditions can 
continue over a long period of time, to where the one providing the 
care is physically unable to render further assistance. 

Dependable help is not obtainable. The only answer open for 
assistance may be in a nursing home. Get this picture riveted in 
your mind. A husband and wife going down life's highway comes 
to the place where they must separate. One remains at home, 
keeping the home fires burning. The other being cared for by 
strangers outside the home. This is a hard place in life for both 
mates. The one left at home feels very lonely. They may have had 
a disability of their own, yet feel compelled to visit and console the 
one who is living under an entirely different environment. Such 
changes in the late years of life are very difficult to adjust to. It is 
the way of life and we need to accept it as God's will and adjust to 
it. Years ago there was a radio program, "Life Begins at 80." A 
comparative few experience that age without health problems. 

It is very touching when you see your life's partner failing in 
health and strength. One feels so inadequate and so helpless. As 
the years mount up, life becomes more difficult. We are fortunate 
to be living in a nation where there are hospitals, advanced medical 
science, dedicated doctors, and other means of easing the burden 
of the ill. In light of all efforts to save, the time comes that we must 
yield to our Maker. Ecclesiastes 3:2 states, "A time to be born, and 
a time to die;..." Modern medication may lengthen the brittle thread 
of life, but we must eventually face the reality of death. 

When we see our mate's life fading away, we have that anxious 
feeling that we are about to suffer our greatest loss. Often, our 
mate, in their last days are unconscious. We cannot converse with 
them. AH we can do is pray. What a shock when death comes. 
Whether through an illness or sudden death such as a heart attack, 
or perhaps killed in an accident. We may think we are ready to 
meet our maker but we are not. When the undertaker removes the 
body of your mate from your presence, you get the feeling that 
from there on, life is not worth living. 

You lie down that night but sleep is far removed. Your mind 
surveys your past life. How you wish you and your companion 
could live your lives over again. A certain amount of remorse 
creeps in. You comtemplate the future. How will you get along 
alone? Countless questions arise in your mind but you have no 
definite answers. 

The first time you view your companion lying in the casket, will 
leave an indelible impression that will never be forgotten. The day 
of the funeral is a very solemn day. Friends and relatives attempt to 
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When you view your mate's cold body for the last time, and the 
undertaker closes the lid of the casket, words can never describe 
one's feelings. You have yet to see the casket over the grave and 
hear the last rites performed. 

Leaving the graveside and returning to your place of residence, 
is far more touching and heart rendering than when you placed 
your mate in a rest home. This separation is permanent, as far as 
time is considered. But thank God there is hope beyond the grave. 
I Corinthians 15:19. After the funeral, when all relatives and friends 
have departed, and you are alone, you are meeting one of the 
greatest challenges of life. The abode you formerly shared seems 
huge, empty, haunted, desolate and uninviting. Food does not 
taste as good or appeals like it did when you ate with your 
companion. You do not enjoy the rocker as much, and you prefer 
that the telephone does not ring, for you are very sure what the 
subject will be about. You miss that close heart to heart talks and 
no more can you make mutual decisions. You have to make them 
alone. 

The howling, cold wind on a wintery night makes you think of 
your spouse lying below the cold and snow covered sod. If you 
become discouraged or meet up with unpleasant situations, you 
can no more confide in your mate. Neither can you expect the 
sympathy of others that you would receive from your companion, 
though they make a consistent effort. 

After the funeral, there are so many encounters come up that 
constantly remind you of your great loss. For instance, when you 
meet someone who did not know of the passing of your mate and 
they inquire as to how they are. Going anywhere, church services, 
meetings, or in daily activities alone, seeing others there with their 
companions, is another reminder. Friends invite you for a meal. It 
just is not the same. In getting your mail and seeing there is a letter 
for your spouse is another heart breaker. Seemingly, there is no 
end to the reminders. 

Quite often, the one left alone is forced to sell the home and 
possessions. Seeing the accumulation of possessions acquired 
together over a married life-time being dispersed in all directions, 
gets to you. I have only touched the tip of the iceberg. 

The above is the human and natural feelings when death 
knocks at your door. There is a brighter side which I do not want to 
omit. You are possessed with many fond memories of the past. 
You would not want your mate back if it meant more suffering. You 
accept God's will in the matter. 

There is one very important duty that should take priority over 
everything else. That priority should be taking care of your soul's 
salvation. Years ago, many homes displayed the motto, "Christ is 



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the head of this home." Is He the head of yours? We read in 
Matthew 6:33, Jesus' own words, "But seek ye first the kingdom of 
God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added 
unto you." That action pays huge dividends from day one! 

To have faith in God, blesses our every day living. To have faith 
in God carries us over the hard places in life, including death. We 
have a hope beyond the grave. Living without that eternal hope is 
like trying to drive a car without fuel. The Word teaches us that 
without hope, we are of all men most miserable. 

We need to look at death as a release from terminal illness. 
Jesus, is referring to Lazarus' death, said, "Our friend Lazarus 
sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." That 
awakening will be on resurrection morning. To have lived a life 
pleasing to our Lord will afford us a Home that Jesus has gone on 
to prepare. In that Home over there, there will be no wasting away 
of the body, no sorrow, no tears, nor death. The problems and 
heartaches of life will be oyer. Not even to be remembered. 
PRAISE THE LORD... 

Elder Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbe Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44718 

1989 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from August 15, 1989 Issue 

Monday A.M. 

Bro. James Meyers, Iowa, opened. Psalms 27. David said, "The 
Lord is my light and my salvation." "Wait on the Lord" is good for 
us to remember. 
Adult Bible Study - Psalms 37:1-40. 'The Steps of a Good Man." 
Children's Bible Study - Matthew 26:57-75. "Peter Denies Jesus." 
Bro. Henry Walker, California. Phil. 4:19. "Our Need For Christ." 
God will supply our every need. We are to lay up treasures in 
Heaven. We have come here thirsting after righteousness. Are we 
satisfying the soul? The Lord will supply all righteousness to us. In 
Christ we can have the abundant life. God sent His only begotten 
Son to this earth that we might have salvation. Jesus died on the 
cross for us. The world about us today are searching for love. We 
must become one with Christ. It takes a separation to live for 
Christ. Let the Spirit of God dwell in us that we may live true and 
faithful until the end. If we have been born again we will be ready 
when Christ comes again to receive us unto Him. 

Bro. Ronald Marks, Pennsylvania closed. Do you have any 
needs? God will supply all needs. 



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Monday P.M. 

Bro. David Aungst, Pennsylvania opened. Matthew 6:24-34. 
What are our goals in our life? The Apostle Paul said, "I live by the 
faith of Christ." God's Kingdom will never die. The Kingdom of 
God will never fail. Are you a part of that Kingdom? 

Bro. James Meyers, Iowa. Matthew 6:9-14. "The Bible, God's 
Holy Word." Our desire is to follow closely to God's Holy Word. 
How well do we know the Bible? If we don't know the Bible how 
can we say we are following the right creed? The Bible is the only 
real book of God. There are many other books written on the Bible. 
The Bible is an amazing book of history. Evil men hate the Bible. 
God's Holy Word will never pass away. Without the Bible where 
would we be? We need to make it a part of our life. How do we 
approach the Word? We cannot grow in the Lord without the Bible. 
We must be willing to heed the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible. 
We should give ourselves time to study the Bible. The Bible is a 
light to our path of life. The Word is the Bread of Life. Seek ye first 
the kingdom of righteousness and all the rest will be added unto 
you. We need to search the Word and let the Holy Word guide our 
life. Our mission to the Holy Word is to lead souls to Christ. 

Bro. Gordon Jamison, Kansas. Luke 11:1, Matthew 6:14. 
"Prayer." Christ is a friend to every one. How well do we know 
Him? Jesus is with us at all times. He will never forsake us. We 
need to pray at all times. We speak to God and He speaks to us in 
prayer. Prayer is our communication with God. Prayer is a very 
important communication. God can look in our heart. It should be 
our desire to learn to pray. Our prayer life must mature if we want 
to learn to pray. Jesus prayed many times to the Father in Heaven. 
God has a name that must be glorified. The Apostle Paul said, 
"Pray without ceasing." Wait upon the Lord and it will renew our 
strength in prayer. 

Bro. Henry Walker, California closed. How many of us need 
more time for the Holy Word? How many of us need more prayer? 

Monday Evening 

Elder Virgil Leatherman, Pennsylvania opened. Isaiah 40:28, 
Deuteronomy 33:27. If we wait upon the Lord our strength will be 
renewed. 

Elder Paul Stump, Ohio. II Chronicles 7:14. "If My People Seek 
My Face I will Hear." God is round about us all the time. What does 
it mean to humble ourselves? It is being submissive to God's will. 
America was settled by very religious men. Christianity is 
vanishing away in America. There is many sins in America today. 
We today must search the scriptures and not depend on false 
doctrines. God gave us His own dear Son to give us peace. There 
is much power in prayer. We must come before Him in prayer. 



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People think God is a merciful God and He will not punish us. He is 
a God of wrath against sin. People will have to pay for their sins. 
We must keep our morals high to please God. The condition of the 
world is very sinful and corrupt. We must let our light shine and be 
the salt of the earth. We must hang on to God's Word and live true 
and faithful to Him. The church needs to stand on the solid rock. 
Satan is out to deceive every one even the very elect. We are still 
serving the same God as back in Bible times. 

Elder Allen Eberly, Pennsylvania. Matthew 16:26. We must take 
a stand for something or we will fall for every thing. We must 
realize we are standing for something and abide with the church 
rules. We must stand up for Jesus. We make the promise before 
we are baptized to abide with the church rules. Are we living true to 
our promise? Jesus died on the cross so we can have salvation. 
Jesus said "Ye must be born again." We must build on that solid 
rock, Christ and live true and faithful to Him. 

Elder William Heisey, Ohio closed. We must humble ourselves 
and clean up our lives. There is a better way to live. We must put 
on plain clothing and get rid of sin in our hearts. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 1, 1929 

A WELL BALANCED LIFE 

D. W. Hostetler 

"No servant can serve two masters", that is at the same time, for 
Jesus concludes, "ye cannot serve God and mammon." 

Well, what is it to serve God? The man that is serving God is well 
balanced on all of Christ's teachings. 

Now, I find truth so interwoven that we cannot separate them, 
and when properly interpreted makes perfect harmony. And to 
take a doctrine that may be talked and taught until it becomes a 
hobby is all folly, and is doing injustice to the other doctrines in the 
book. 

I like to meet the man that has convictions, and stands firm on his 
convictions — yet, open for teaching and further investigation. 

But the man that closes himself against investigation and 
teaching is of all men the most narrow minded and is selfish in the 
extreme, and they are the folks that are the big problem. 

Serve God, not mammon. Dummelow says "that mammon is an 
Aramaic word for riches." Luke 15:9-11 stands for worldliness, 
which finds its chief expression in the love of money. 



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But in order to bring the subject a little closer, let's go to I Cor. 
9:25: "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all 
things." Temperance, what is it. Well it does not apply to liquor, for 
here we need prohibition. Temperance is the moderate use of a 
good thing, so we make take a good thing and over-indulge in it 
until it loses its virtue. This would be intemperance in the extreme. 
Now, to take one truth independent of all others, and talk that until 
it becomes a hobby would be intemperate, and this may account 
for some people's lopsidedness. 

There is another thought in the text, and that is self-control, this 
embraces sobriety. The apostle would say, "That the aged men be 
sober, grave, temperate, sound in the faith, in charity, in patience." 
When Paul uses the word, "sober", and follows up with these other 
qualities, it applies to the whole realm of Christian living, this 
means an all round Christian character. 

Paul goes on in his teaching and tells the aged women to be in 
good behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given 
to much wine, teachers of good things. To be discreet, chaste, 
keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the 
word of God be not blasphemed." By doing these things we are 
instructing others to be sober minded lest we reel or stagger like a 
drunken man. 

The New Testament is given as a rule to regulate life, and it takes 
all the doctrine to do that. 

The thing to do is to take this system of doctrine as it is, and 
teachlt, and live it as it has been given us by the Master. Therefore 
radicalism and liberalism are extremely dangerous. But the thing 
we want to emphasize is conservatism, as it applies to Christianity, 
which is to conserve the faith and doctrine of Christianity. Some 
folks think if they are between two extremes they are conservative, 
well they may be between two extremes and yet far from con- 
servative, therefore I would like to emphasize the idea of a well 
balanced life — one that obeys the whole gospel, all the time and 
every place. 

The Savior would say "let your light so shine that men may see 
your good works, and thereby glorify your Father which is in 
heaven." That the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ may 
radiate through our lives and illuminate others to accept Christ as 
their Savior. 

So the big thing is to serve God. We don't need to make a big 
fuss by yelling, "Amen, Hallelujah, and jump over seats, and so on, 
for Paul says "bodily exercise profiteth little." 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Close Communion 
J, H. Moore 

The communion service, as provided for in the New Testament, 
is for those of like precious faith. Paul says in II Cor. 13:5, 
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith." And in I Cor. 
11:28 it is said: "Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of 
that bread and drink of that cup." 

Self-examination, before partaking of the sacred emblems, is as 
much of a duty as the service itself, and should one be so 
unmindful of his duty, in this particular, as to attempt to approach 
the Lord's table, without the scriptural qualifications, the church, in 
the interest of harmony and consistency, would have a right to 
object. 

Membership in the body of Christ is well defined. Only those 
who have entered the kingdom by way of the new birth, — "born of 
water and of the Spirit," — are entitled to a place at the Lord's table. 
The communion is strictly a Christian service, and while it may be 
celebrated openly, it cannot be regarded as a wide-open service. 

There can be no communion without sufficient union, harmony 
and oneness, to enable the participants to work together in the 
house of God. This is possible only for the Christian body that 
recognizes one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Spirit and one 
order of service. People who are not of a sufficient oneness to 
worship, work, and keep the ordinances together, cannot, with any 
degree of consistency, commune together. 

To illustrate, the Brethren observe the three sacraments, — feet 
washing, Lord's supper, and communion, — as they were instituted 
by the Master in the upper room. It would be the gravest piece of 
inconsistency for one, who does not believe in observing the 
religious rites of feet-washing and the Lord's supper, to ask the 
privilege of occupying a place at the Lord's table at the communion 
service. And since this is apparent to every one who has given the 
matter the least consideration, it follows that there are no legiti- 
mate grounds, from the Brethren's viewpoint, for the open com- 
munion. 

Not only so, but the open communion practice would compel 
members to commune with those whom we would not think of 
fellowshipping in the church. The practice would open the way for 
members of secret societies, those engaged in war, those divorced 
contrary to the Gospel, those bedecked in the sinful fashions of the 
world, those engaged in unholy pursuits, and even the unbaptized, 
to sit with us at the Lord's tables. Not only so, but it would pave the 
way for the saloonkeeper, if he should be a member of another 
church, to commune with the most devout of saints. 



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And last, as an objection, open communion would virtually rob 
the church of her discipline, or cripple her in its application. A 
member commits a grave offense and has to be disfellowshiped. He 
unites with another church, and when his former church holds a 
love feast, and extends an invitation to all persons in good standing 
in other churches, he, in his unreconciled condition, can come 
forward and commune with the very people who refused to retain 
him in fellowship. We would say by our own action, in expelling the 
man, that he is not a fit subject to be a member of the church, and 
yet, according to the rule of open communion, he would have a 
right to go with the saints to the Lord's table. 

Such a practice would render the church powerless in any matter 
of discipline. She might pass on the fitness of those who unite with 
her body, but cannot pass on the fitness of those who, with her own 
members, would break bread together. The inconsistency of the 
whole situation should settle the question. 

NEWS ITEMS 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

The Dayton Congregation will hold their Fall Revival Meeting 
and Lovefeast services, October 15 through 22, with Lovefeast on 
October 21, beginning at 4 p.m. 

Bro. Kenny Wilkerson of Bethel Congregation will be the 
evangelist. 

The meeting will close with Sunday morning preaching service 
and lunch following. Everyone is welcome to come and worship 
with us. 

Sister Mary Rounds, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

We were made to rejoice when Sis. Melody Wolf, her brother 
Jonathan Wolf and his wife Janice made their wants known to unite 
with us through their former baptism. Sis. Melody and Bro. 
Jonathan are children of Bro. and Sis. Charles Wolf who united 
with us recently. 

You are invited to come and enjoy a time of reviving with us. 
Come and receive the best restoration for life. Get a spirit filled 
awakening of what Christ has done for us. 

Bro. Jim Meyers from Dallas Center, Iowa has promised to be 
with us. The meetings will be from October 8 through 15, ending 
with Lovefeast October 15. 

Pray that we might see the falfow ground broken up, bringing 
forth new life. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXVII SEPTEMBER 15, 1989 NO. 18 

"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. 



GOD OF OUR FATHERS, WHOSE ALMIGHTY HAND 

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand 
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band 
Of shining worlds in splendor thro' the skies, 
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. 

Thy love divine hath led us in the past, 
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast; 
Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay, 
Thy word our law, Thy paths our chosen way. 

From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence, 
By Thy strong arm our ever strong defense; 
Thy true religion in our hearts increase, 
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace. 

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way, 
Lead us from night to never ending day; 
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine, 
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine. 

- Daniel C. Roberts 



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UNIQUE BUT REPLACEABLE 

Each person in this world is unique. Even twins are not exactly 
the same. They may look alike and have many common character- 
istics, but they have separate personalities. 

This uniqueness, plus being created in the image of God, makes 
each person valuable. Each person is important because he bears 
God's imprint. Even those who have purposely ignored and 
shunned God's claim on their lives have value because of that 
creation. The aged, ill and deformed have value even though 
society ignores them. 

The value of a soul cannot be computed by a calculator or in a 
ledger of a businessman. There are values higher than material 
values. In a materialistic society like our present day social system, 
we have a difficult time raising our view above financial values. A 
soul, because of its origin, transcends that which is mortal and 
crass. 

Men are not a higher order of animals. Men are the creation of 
God. All has been made by God, but men were given dominion 
over the rest of the creation. Men have been given the ability to 
remember, think and reason. Other created beings have instinct 
and strength. Although pets may develop a relationship with their 
human masters, it is often fear and reward that instills that loyality. 
Men have the power of love which reflects the love that God has 
shown to mankind. 

A sign of the tremendous value God places upon man is the price 
He was willing to pay for man's Spiritual redemption. He gave His 
greatest gift of love, His only begotten Son. Animal or grain 
sacrifices were not able to redeem men's souls. Only men, not 
animals, were worth the price. 

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Each individual has unique talents and characteristics to 
accomplish the work that he is to do. He is able to relate with other 
people in social activities. God has created each an individual, yet 
He desires each to join with others in worshipping Him. Each 
individual has to learn how to give up his individual desires so he 
can pursue God's way. While God desires submission, He does not 
wish to destroy the unique personality or talent of the individual. 
He wants individuals to blend together their varied abilities, 
individually and collectively, in praising, worshipping and serving 
God. 

Because each individual in unique, there is a danger that a 
person may begin to think too highly of himself. He will forget that 
he was made by god to fulfill God's purpose. Having made his way 
thus far he believes he can make his way the rest of life. He may 
even consider that he is not answerable to God. He may think he 
does not need to approach the Father through the Son, instead he 
may think he is able to work out his salvation on his own terms. He 
may think he can make himself good enough to merit salvation. He 
may think believing and following the Bible's teachings are only for 
the weak. 

God makes some to be leaders, who are able to direct others in 
the right way. They do their work in a way that makes them 
valuable to their employer. The danger is they will begin to 
consider themselves indispensible. They may think that the 
company cannot function without them. They forget they are a 
small part in the overall operation of the company. They may think 
more highly of themselves than they ought to think. They forget 
there will come a time when they will be absent from their 
accustomed place. Death, disease, accident and mechanization 
may remove them from their place. 

There are opportunities for this feeling of indispensibility among 
workers for the Lord. Some, because of devotion and steadiness, 
rise to a place of service that may become so identified with that 
person that there is a feeling he is indispensible. When a man 
becomes indispensible in his own mind he may begin taking 
liberties with the Lord's work, by being overbearing and unloving 
towards others, whom he feels are not laboring with the same ardor 
that he does. His indispensibleness may drive people away. 

God has created each a unique person. It would make a dull 
world and one-dimensional Church, if everyone were actually 
alike. The Church is composed of those who are to be like Christ, 
adopting His ways to their individual personalities. Each one is 
needed. There are always Spiritual labors which beg for more 
participants. As important as each one is, no one dare consider 
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We are amenable to God. We can be replaced. Let us labor, 
with the abilities He has given us as completely and as humbly as 
we can, remembering He has made us for His pleasure, not our 
own. 

THE BODY OF CHRIST 

The church is the body of Christ 

From young to very old. 
It is like this human body, 

Working parts of the "fold." 

God gives everyone some talents, 

And all are not the same. 
So if we cannot preach like Paul, 

Then we are not to blame. 

If the Lord shall give us wisdom, 

Then we shall not glory, 
But with a spirit of meekness 

Study His great story. 

He gives us our understanding — 

We can glory in this — 
That we know His lovingkindness, 

Judgment, and righteousness. 

We'll use what God has given us 
To make our life worthwhile, 
We'll be cheerful, thankful members, 
Going the second mile. 

In this body, we need the foot; 

We need also the hand; 
The head and smelling are useful — 

God gives each one of them. 

If the whole body were an eye, 

Where would the hearing be? 
How can one say to another, 

"I have no need of thee?" 

We are given a mind to think 

And God's Spirit to lead... 
While His written Word will guide us; 

On it we are to feed. 

We're submissive to each other 

In the fear of the Lord, 
Giving thanks to God and Jesus, 

Living in one accord. 



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Be ye kind one to another, 

Using the gifts God gave, 
Clinging fast to what Jesus taught, 

Our souls striving to save. 

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

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

The FAMILY..,. REDEFINED 

Romans 1 :24, "Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness 
through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies 
between themselves." 

We are living in the day when this forecast of the sin of sexual 
perversion is being fulfilled. Our society is sick with sin and the 
lusts of the flesh. As Christians, we are exposed to fornication, 
adultery, homosexuality and many other kinds of perversion which 
are considered normal in society today. 

We need only to look into the Old Testament to see that God 
dealt bitterly with nations that fell into moral decay. And in the 
New Testament we again see that God does not tolerate these 
actions and is ultimately going to judge man for his horrible, lustful 
sinfulness. 

One of the happenings of this current time is that society is 
working to redefine what are normal family ties. The traditional, 
God ordained family is not falling... it has fallen! In a story about 
"Larry" and "Wood" which appeared recently in U.S.A. Today, it 
was said that these men had lived together in a homosexual 
relationship for the past six years. They are going through the 
legal system to have them recognize their relationship as a "family" 
and insist that a family no longer necessarily consists of a husband, 
wife and children. 

The redefinition of the family is expanding it to include homo- 
sexual couples who live together. In New York, the state's highest 
court recently ruled that a partner in a long-term homosexual 
relationship could keep a rent-controlled apartment after the lease 
holder died. Mayor Ed Koch said he would sign an executive order 
granting unmarried city employees bereavement leave for the 
death of a partner. 

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved an 
ordinance granting bereavement leave, sick leave and hospital 
visitation rights to employees with "Domestic" (live in) partners. 
Fifty-eight percent of the people in that city supported the move. 
Berkeley, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood already offer these 
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The head of the American Civil Liberties Union, Lesbian and Gay 
Rights Project says, "Within a few years there will be organized 
efforts to open up other issues." What are these other issues? 
Allowing non-traditional families to share in health insurance, sick 
leave, tax benefits, Social Security and pension transfers. The 
family is gone! 

You say, "Len, aren't you being a bit emotional or pessimistic?" 
No! The number of unmarried couples living together has jumped 
to 4.1 million just since 1980. it is estimated that that figure is 
around 10 percent of all households. Only a very small percentage 
of American families fit the Biblical definition of a "family." We, as 
conservative Christians living IN the world, have got to be touched 
by this environment of sin. We can add those living in divorced- 
remarriage situations and single parent households and see the big 
picture. 

Through a careful searching of the Bible and a willingness to 
follow the principles, instructions and examples we find there, we 
can purpose in our hearts to practice God's plan for us. We will 
learn to pattern our attitudes on the Bible and not become compla- 
cent about what is happening around us. Our Lord has not 
changed the rules for this age. His Word is "never-changing" and 
the blaze of lewdness in lives is "ever-changing" to fulfill the lusts 
in man's heart. We have got to renew our minds daily and keep 
them in tune with the reality of God's will for us and although we 
respond in love to society, we have got to be intolerant of their sins. 

Isn't homosexuality almost as old as man? Probably. We know 
that Sodom and Gomorrah were full of these people over four 
thousand years ago. And, they were utterly destroyed for this 
practice. It certainly does not take a prophet to foresee what lies 
ahead for us in this country in these last days. We see little "natural 
affection" and the Lord is going to deal with it. With a pro- 
homosexual media, the public schools, politicians and gay mili- 
tants, we can expect to see this immorality exacerbate. Stable 
Christians are the only hope for a spark of morality to continue. 

This "social experiment" has left humanity hanging in the 
balance of despair. Because of their involvement in the sin, homo- 
sexuals have become militant in recruiting young people into their 
lifestyle. You need only to follow the newspapers to find this 
statement true. The thought that people are endangered by these 
"rights" is no longer considered. Washington insists that you must 
hire them and protect their rights to function in all capacities... 
including as teachers in the public school system. Many churches 
allow them to minister from the pulpits. 

Work and study to develop great spiritual strength NOW. You 
are going to need it to be able to handle this great threat and to 



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minister to the needs of the sinful majority of our generation. Most 
of all, TEACH THE WORD OF GOD IN YOUR FAMILIES. That is 
the only hope for victory. 

Brother Len Wertz 

1989 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 
Continued from September 1, 1989 Issue 
Tuesday A.M. 

Bro. David Aungst, Pennsylvania, opened. Romans 10:13-21. It 
is very good for the minister to preach the Gospel of peace. We all 
have responsibility to pray for our ministers to keep teachinq the 
Holy Word. 

Adult Bible Study - Psalms 73:1-28 - "Whom Have I in Heaven But 
Thee?" 

Children's Bible Study - Acts 12:1-19 - "Peter Escapes from 

Prison." 

Bro. Fred Johnson, Ohio. Jonah 1. Jonah didn't have a good 
reason to refuse going to Nineveh to preach to the wicked people. 
Jonah fled to Joppa. Jonah got on a big ship that was going to 
Tarshish. The sea was raging. The Marines threw things off board 
to lighten the ship. The ship master asked Jonah since he was a 
man of God to call upon God that the wind might cease. They cast 
lots and the lot fell upon Jonah. Are there any Jonahs here today 
trying to flee God's work? Are we making excuses to avoid God's 
work? Why don't we put our trust in God? Do we wonder why our 
ship is tossed about? Does our conscience get seared and we fail 
to heed? We might be going against God's command, also maybe 
we are too busy. When we are too busy to attend church services 
our ship begins to rock. We can soon become hardened and it 
doesn't bother us. Jonah knew he failed God and he chose to be 
cast overboard into the water. Jonah was spared. God prepared a 
big fish that swallowed Jonah. Jonah prayed to God while in the 
fish and God gave him another chance. Jonah later was asked the 
second time to go to Nineveh and preach to the wicked people. 
Jonah went this time. We should never be angry with the Lord if 
anything is taken away from us. The Lord giveth and the Lord 
taketh away. 

Bro. Ronald Marks, Pennsylvania closed with prayer. 
Tuesday P.M. 

Bro. Michael Wray, California, opened. II Cor. 5:11-21. Oursins 
are forgiven by the blood of the cross. We must live for Christ. We 
are all ambassadors for Christ. 

Bro. Robert Lehigh, Pennsylvania. 'The Mission Aspect of 
Publishing." Mark 13:1-10. When God wrote the ten command- 



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ments it was the first writing known. In the year 1400 the Bible was 

first published. 

1 500 Martin Luther was an early Christian leader. 

The Dark Ages lasted 1000 years. 

1525 Tindale published the first New Testament. 

1536 Another New Testament was published. 

1713 Alexander Mack's answers to Forty Questions was a printed 

publication. 
1715 Brethren Literature began to be published. 
1747 More Brethren Literature was published. 
1777 Brethren Publications were more prominent. 
1 840 Henry Kurtz was Editor for Brethren Publication. 
1851 Annual Meeting allowed the printing of the Gospel Visitor. 
1870 The German Baptist started The Vindicator. 

1 922 The Bible Monitor was first published. 

1923 A special meeting was held in Denton, Maryland forthe Bible 
Monitor. 

1950 The Bible Helps began to be published. There are 1,000 
pieces printed monthly. Harold Martin has been a good writer and 
helper for Bible Helps. Many more Bible Helps are being printed 
and sent out each year. 

1960 Bible Helps received a special letter from overseas appreci- 
ating Bible Helps. Bible Helps are sent to ninety-nine countries. 
There are many false prophets and Religious Cults in the world 
today. They publish literature contrary to God's Holy Word. 

Bro. James Meyers, Iowa, closed. We need to consider to reach 
out and try to get the Holy Word out to foreign lands through 
publication. 

Tuesday Evening 

Elder Harley Rush, Indiana, opened. Matthew 24:14. Are we 
putting forth the effort to show we are true disciples of Christ. 

Elder Robert Carpenter, Indiana. Matt. 28:19-20. You the 
Missionary. There is a mission for every one. How does the call 
come? There are calls for special occasions. There are various 
forms when God talks to us. God can speak to the church body of 
Christ. Is the Lord saying something to you about a mission for 
you to fulfill? Moses' mission was to lead the Children of Israel out 
of Egypt. It was God's will for Moses to lead the Children of Israel. 
Mission is to go for a purpose. Many mission opportunities fail 
because we neglect them. When the mission call comes to us, let 
us have faith and go. There is only one place to start to be a 
missionary and it starts right at home. When the Lord says, "Go 
ye", don't get lost but perform our mission. 



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Elder Edward Johnson, Ohio, closed. Mission work by others 
can leave an impression. The Apostle Peter preached to the three 
thousand people and every one was baptized. 

Sister Alice Heisey 

THE PARTING OF THE WATERS 

Exodus 14:21, "And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; 
and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong wind all that 
night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided," 

II Kings 2:8, "And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, 
and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so 
that they two went over on dry ground." 

II Kings 2:14, "And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, 
and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? 
and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and 
thither: and Elisha went over." 

Of the three times, at least, that God parted the waters the first 
account found in Exodus is probably the most familiar. This has 
been explained in various ways over the years by those who refuse 
to believe in miracles. But, praise the Lord, our God is a God of 
miracles and the finite mind of man cannot change this fact no 
matter how he tries. We believe there is some lessons to be found 
in these three accounts that we would like to share. 

In the account found in Exodus 14 we find that Moses and the 
children of Israel had to depend entirely on the Lord. The 
Egyptians were behind ready to destroy them and the Red Sea was 
before them. We often find ourselves in the same fix, spiritually 
speaking. It seems like life's problems are about to destroy us and 
there is nothing in the future that will bring us deliverance. We 
seem to be about to drown in the sea of despair or be completely 
destroyed by an unsurmountable problem. It is many times then 
that God "parts the waters" and the problem is solved. The key to 
this truth is that we must learn to depend on God and not our own 
weak efforts. Moses could have elected to try to swim. But the fate 
of the children of Israel would most likely have been that of their 
oppressors, death by drowning. He could have elected to stand 
and fight. But the army of Egypt would certainly have conquered. 
God could have given them the strength to swim or the victory in 
battle. But this was not His plan. If we desire victory we must first 
of all seek the will of God. Unfortunately, many try to make God fit 
into their plan rather than be willing to make themselves available 
for His deliverance. 

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Elijah, apparently, had enough faith to believe that the waters 
would be parted if he smote them. We do not only need God when 
there are problems to be solved and tragedies to be faced but in our 
every day walk of life. 

It would seem the reason he parted the waters, by the power of 
God, was for an object lesson for Elisha. Are our church leaders 
"parting the waters" as an example for those who will follow? The 
"waters" of compromise, "new light" and false teachings are 
barriers to our young people as well as many older ones in the 
Church. We must take the mantle of truth and part the waters so 
those who are weak in the faith can pass over safely. When our 
elders and ministers uphold the Word of God and part the waters 
with the mantle of truth we can "pass over on dry ground." Many 
today try to muddle the waters with half truths. If we follow such 
individuals we will find ourselves mired in the middle of the stream 
instead of going over safely on the dry ground of solid truth. 

In our final account we find Elisha alone after he had received the 
double portion of Elijah's spirit upon him as he had requested. 
Elijah had gone up in a whirlwind into heaven, according to 
Scripture. After he viewed the departure of Elijah, Elisha took the 
mantle of Elijah that fell from him. Our forefathers have gone on to 
their reward in heaven. Have we taken up the mantle they have left 
us? Or are we too sophisticated to follow the truths our forefathers 
have left us? It all depends on whether or not we believe the Spirit 
of the Lord was really upon them. 

Although Elisha had the mantle of Elijah he still asked the 
question, "Where is the LORD GOD of Elijah?" We may have all the 
external signs of following our forefathers yet not have the reality 
of God in our hearts. We need to go beyond mere form and ritual to 
a genuine experience with the Lord. Elisha answered this question 
by parting the waters for himself, by the power of God. Our 
heritage, though precious, is not enough. Until we "part the 
waters" for ourself we will not experience the reality of God's love 
and mercy. The word of God says, "and Elisha went over." 
Hallelujah! We can pass over the waters of trial and tribulation on 
dry ground. While we will always need others, there are times in 
life when we must be willing to part the waters, by the power of 
God, for ourselves. 

There is one last lesson we wish to share. We are called to "part 
the waters" in the baptismal stream as we accept the Lord Jesus 
Christ and His shed blood for the washing away of our sins. Acts 
1:8 tells us, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized 
every one of you in the name (authority) of Jesus Christ for the 
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 



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God has commanded this, our forefathers have taught it and we 
must take up the mantle of truth and carry on. Many today ridicule 
this truth and try to explain it away. But the God of miracles still 
has the last say. While we would not judge anyone who has not 
experienced trine immersion baptism, that is God's divine right, we 
cannot offer the miracle of the new birth by any other formula. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

IT IS SO SAD 

Last evening I finished reading a true story about beavers and the 
ending was sad as the lady beaver had died after a physical 
struggle. As others read this story and talk about it they will say, "It 
is so sad." Since reading this story it has got me to thinking how 
often we are sad over animal conditions. 

We see a dead animal on the road and say, "Oh..." We find a tick 
in a dog's ear and proceed to remove it. A cat's ears are sun- 
burned and we put salve on them. We splint broken legs on our 
animals. A pet is hit by a car and we rush to the veterinary. Our 
cows receive excellent care to keep up their milk production. We 
see skinny animals and wonder why they don't receive better care. 
We are quite tender when it comes to animals. 

On the other hand, when we heard of the plane crash in Sioux 
City, Iowa did we groan as we thought of people going into 
eternity. When our neighbors die do we lament that they did not 
know Christ. We have many sad occasions with people but how 
concerned are we about their soul salvation. How many die and we 
say, "It is so sad," but we have never witnessed to them about 
Christ. 

I'm not saying we should not be concerned about our pets and 
animals. We should give them good care. But seems we are a bit 
lop-sided when we compare our concern for animals to that of the 
concern for the souls of men. 



It is so sad. 



Sister Mildred Skiles 
R. 2 Box 8 
Cuba, NM 



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Success is like a ladder we cannot climb as long as we have our 
hands in our pocket. 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

September 15, 1929 
THAT I MAY KNOW HIM 

Sub. Phil. 3:10. Reuben Shroyer 

Paul was pressed with an ambition that knows no compromise. 
He has resolved to know the Lord better. A fire had sprung up that 
no one could put out. A desire had arisen in his heart that enabled 
him to lay aside all things of the world that he might give all his 
energy in seeking to know the Lord better. In that he should be no 
exception. Indeed we should all be captivated by the same desire 
to know the Lord better. Let us seek to know more of our Lord, for 
of all knowledge most precious, the most necessary, the most 
desirable is the knowledge of God in Christ Jesus. This knowledge 
gives us a grip on the eternal realities of life which are more vital to 
the needs of life than any other knowledge. I would urge upon 
everyone, get all the knowledge of Jesus Christ your Savior. To 
know the Lord better we must have the right conception of Him. 
What is your conception of Jesus, I ask, dear reader? Think you He 
is some abstract idea of some great principle? Jesus is a real 
person and more lovable than any other friend. Listen what Jesus 
says. 

He that loveth Father or Mother more than me is not worthy of 
me. Hear Him say, If ye love me ye will keep my commandments. 
This is the love of God that we keep His commandments. If you 
would know Him better you must know more of His Book. Jesus 
says search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life 
and they are them which testify of me. Secular papers give us 
some knowledge of wars, murders and the gaiety of a wild life but 
the Bible gives us knowledge about God and eternal things. If we 
would know more about Jesus we will have to pray more. 
Especially should we pray in secret. When thou prayest enter into 
thy closet and when thou hast shut the door pray to thy Father 
which is in secret and thy Father which seeth in secret will reward 
thee openly. Surely such a habit will make any life victorious. It 
was when Moses was alone that He saw the burning bush. Isaiah 
was alone when he saw the great vision. John was alone on the Isle 
of Patmos when he saw the Holy City. Again if you would know the 
Lord better seek the company of Christians. Nothing will lead one 
astray as quickly as associating with ungodly people. Bad 
company will corrupt the best of Christians in course of time. Yes, 
go where God is honored not where He is ridiculed. If we would 
know the Lord better we must be more actively engaged in His 
work. Idleness gets us into trouble. Get busy in the Lord's work. 
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solved. Inactivity in the church will kill the progress of the church. 
Go into His vineyard today, and get busy and keep busy. Pay the 
price and you will know Him better. 

WHERE IS THE GODLY REMNANT? 

Where is that Godly remnant that is to stand on the walls of Zion 
and warn of the approaching enemy of our souls? Where is that 
tiny band of believers that one day marched in triumph against the 
hoard, but whose voices have dwindled to near nothing? Who is to 
stanch the flow of evil? Who is to stem the tide? Look about you 
and see the souls of men for whom Christ gave His very life. Think 
of all the homes you pass in the execution of your daily duties: the 
cars and trucks carrying the life of this universe. Have we no love 
for them? Have we no compassion? Have we no shame? 

Where is the Godly remnant that in days gone by stood firm 
against sin and evil, because, like Christ, they loved the souls of 
mankind? Where are the redeemed who used to say so to those 
who believed not? This world spins round and round on a one way 
ticket to oblivion. Who is to warn of the wrath to come? As 
Jonathan Edwards once said, "It is only a breath, a heartbeat, that 
keeps us from a burning hell, and it is only the pleasure of God that 
keeps us moment by moment." It should not be difficult to tell 
others about the Love of God, because He saw fit to love us first. 
His love constrains us. With all that He has done for the likes of us, 
can't we tell others about Him? Are we not able, through His ample 
grace, to be a signpost, a landmark, a warning signal? Look back 
over the years, you older Christians. How many have you pointed 
towards calvary? We are not keeping score, but God is. Are we not 
Hischildren? Is He not worthy of our praise? You say you are not 
talented in that direction. That may be true. But God is worthy of 
even the most feeble gesture, the weakest acknowledgement. It 
must be said that we OWE IT TO HIM. Yet we cannot and will not 
ever be able to repay Him. Yet we can tell others of His goodness 
and tell of the place He is preparing for those who love Him. Where 
is the Godly Remnant? 

L. H. Miller 
P.O. Box 433 
Newmanstown, PA 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Obeying From the Heart 
J. H. Moore 

In Rom. 6:17 we read about obeying from the heart that form of 
doctrine, or teaching, where unto the saints at Rome were delivered 
(Revised Version). From this we learn that the members at Rome 
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also held to the form. With them there was no such a thing as 
doctrine without form. We further observe that they obeyed from 
the heart. By this we are to understand that with them obeying the 
form of doctrine was a heart service. The hearts of the saints were 
in what they did. They believed in Jesus Christ, accepted what had 
been taught them, and obeyed the Gospel with a perfect heart. 

The form of doctrine was external, — something that could be 
seen. To observe the form, was to obey the Written Word, — to do 
what the Word called for. But these saints worshiped God in spirit, 
as well as in truth. To them external acts became spiritual. Putting 
their hearts and souls into what the Lord would have them do, was 
to obey from the heart. By this heart service a deep work of grace 
was wrought in the soul. It was not mere external obedience, but 
heart obedience as well. Or, as Paul further says, it was "doing the 
will of God from the heart" (Eph. 6:6). True obedience would have 
back of it the "hidden man of the heart," and when this is the case, 
there can be no question about God accepting the service. 

Jesus says, in John 14:23, "If any man love me, he will keep my 
words." In the estimation of the Master, love settles the question of 
obedience. The man who loves Jesus will obey from the heart the 
New Testament form of doctrine. He will study the Scriptures for 
the purpose of learning what his Master would have him do, and on 
learning his duty will not hesitate a moment about doing it. Only 
when prompted by pure motives, can one render acceptable heart 
service. This requires a clean heart, and for this reason David 
would have the Lord to create in him a "clean heart," and renew 
within him a "right spirit." (Psa. 51:10) Obeying from the heart 
implies a clean heart, a pure heart, a loving heart, and a willing 
heart. 

Every duty, set forth in the Scriptures, and every obligation, laid 
upon man, should be regarded as a heart service. And when this 
becomes true of one it can well be said of him that his heart is right. 
The heart is right because of the pure motive in doing the things 
that are right. Of Amaziah, the king, it is recorded that "he did that 
which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect 
heart." (II Chron. 25:2) There is such a thing as keeping the 
ordinances, or obeying any of the commandments, relating to 
external duties, without a perfect heart. One may have the form 
without the Spirit, or he may go through the performance of a duty 
and not have his heart in what he is doing, or may not be prompted 
by pure motives. Merely to comply with the letter of the Gospel, the 
legalist may do what is right in the sight of the Lord, and yet lack 
the love that renders obedience effective. It might be said of such a 
one that he did just what the New Testament required of him, but 
not with a perfect heart. 



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While we mean, in this treatise, to place special emphasis on the 
importance of teaching, believing and obeying the whole Gospel, 
we wish to impress, with additional emphasis, the importance of 
serving God with a perfect heart, and without this perfect heart 
service we certainly can not claim the promised blessings. 

MARRIAGE 

WAGNER - BLOCHER 

"Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whore- 
mongers and adulters God will judge." Hebrews 13:4. 

Brother Craig Milton Blocher and Sister Linda Louise Wagner 
were united in holy matrimony, August 5, 1989 by Elder Dennis 
St. John. 

Every young couple that makes this vital step in their lives faces 
many valleys of decisions and yet mountain top experiences. May 
we pray with this couple that GOD will hold them up by His 
almighty hand as they walk life's pathway together. 

The couple resides at: 145 Woodens Road; New Paris, Ohio 
45347. 



NEWS ITEMS 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

All are cordially invited to attend our revivals, starting Friday 
evening, September 22, through Sunday, October 1. Elder Allen 
Eberly will be our evangelist. Harvest Meeting will be September 
24. Each evening services will begin at 7:45. Sunday evening at 
7:00. 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 
PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation invites you to their Revival October 8 
through 15. Brother Dale Jamison will be our evangelist. 

Services nightly at 7:30 P.M. with Lovefeast services at 2 P.M. and 
7 P.M. Saturday, October 14. 

We invite all who can to come and be with us. If you can't come, 
please pray for these efforts. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

I want to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, gifts and visits 
while I was in the hospital and at home. May God bless each one. 

With love, 
Sister Mary Leatherman 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
OCTOBER 1989 

October 1 - The Beast and Ten Horns - Revelation 17:8-18. 

1 . Who is this beast and what do the ten horns represent? 

2. Who will fail in their attempt to overcome the Lamb? 
October 8 - Babylon is Fallen - Revelation 18:1-10. 

1. What is "Babylon the Great?" 

2. Is her influence affecting our world today? 

October 15 - The Merchants of the Earth - Revelation 18:11-19. 

1 . Who are the "merchants of the earth?" 

2. Are the merchants weeping for the city or their own loss? 
October 22 - Babylon Destroyed - Revelation 18:20-24. 

1. Why did this great destruction take place? verse 20. 

2. What did the angel do to symbolize the destruction of 
Babylon? 

October 29 - The Voice of the Multitude in Heaven - Revelation 
19:1-10. 

1 . Contrast the "atmosphere" of this chapter with that of chapter 
18. 

2. Which group are we striving to be part of? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR OCTOBER 1989 

October 1 - Mysteries - Jer. 12:1-4; John 3:8-15; Rom. 11:33-36; 
I Cor. 15:51-58; Eph. 5:30-32. 

1 . Who has the answers to life's mysteries? 

2. Have you experienced the "reality" of the "mystery" of God's 
love and grace? 

October 8 - Little Evils - Pro. 6:6-23; Ecc. 10:1-20; I Cor. 5:6-8. 

1. What "little evils" must we watch out for today? 

2. How can little sins be as destructive as big sins? I Cor. 5:6-8. 
October 15- Perilous Times - Gen. 6:1-13, II Tim. 3:1-17. 

1 . What aspects of our day and age make these "perilous times?" 

2. How can we have victory over these perils? II Tim. 3:14-17. 

October 22 - A Great Deceiver - Gen. 3:1-24, Matt. 4:1-11, II Cor. 
2:10-17, II Cor. 11:13-15. 

1 . Name some tactics of deception we must be aware of today. 

2. How did Christ respond to Satan's tricks? Matt. 4:4, 7, 10. 

October 29 - Our Protection - II Chr. 16:7-9, Dan. 3:15-25, Dan. 
6:11-23, Luke 21:18-19. 

1. Who does the Lord promise to protect? 

2. Are you enjoying God's protection by being under His 
authority? Heb. 13:17. 



Paul Stump 

10340 H. Diamond Milt 

Union, OH 45322 



(USPS 054-780) 



BIBLE MONITOR 

OCTOBER 1, 1989 



VOL. LXVII 



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. 

YOU DONT TRAVEL ALONE 

You don't travel alone on earth 

For God will travel beside you. 
So reach out your hand to hold Him; 

He is with you whate'er you do. 

You can tell Him all your troubles; 

You can cast on Him every care. 
He will listen; He understands, 

And will help your burdens to bear. 

In happiness, He shares your joy. 

Service will bring Him delight. 
He will heap blessings upon you. 

He will show you what is right. 

When life on this earth is over, 

You still will not be alone. 
He will take your hand and lead you 

Through the pearly gates to home. 

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



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WHO CREATED WHOM? 

God created man; man did not create God! We would not expect 
this statement to be challenged, yet we live in a world that 
constantly challenges that which exalts God. The world is always 
ready to promote man at the expense of God. When man usurps 
God's place, he fulfills the desire of his own heart and Satan's. The 
belief that man is able to do as he pleases without considering 
either the rights of others or of God is humanism. 

Humanism, though known by other names, is not new. It has 
been around since the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. 
Satan appealed to Eve's human instincts when he told her to 
disregard God's command and warning. Eve was impressed that 
she could know good and evil and be as a god. This same 
philosophy appeals to the desires of men's hearts and minds today. 

People have been affected with this philosophy until they have 
totally disregarded God. He no longer influences their life styles. 
To soothe their minds and consciences, they have decided that 
instead of God creating man, men created a god to direct them in 
earlier times but now men have improved themselves so they are 
able to exist without this god. 

Of course, they must conveniently ignore much that would argue 
whether man has improved himself as much as they think. 
Physically man has deteriorated in many ways as we see more and 
more devices needed by men to aid their failing sight, hearing and 
other senses and functions. When the state of the world's economy 
and government is inspected it is wondered whether man has made 
much improvement. If man is continually progressing why are the 
morals and conditions of the world around us in such a sad state? 

Humanism depends much upon the bankrupt theory of evolution. 

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It is bankrupt because it has never been proven and because of its 
effects upon those who accept it. The theory of evolution causes a 
person to think of himself as just another animal. Animals are 
amoral so those who see themselves as animals become amoral. 
They seek only the pleasures of the moment forgetting the effect of 
their act upon themselves later or upon others now. 

Everything is done on the basis of feeling good and what is right 
according to the thinking of men. There is no appeal to a Higher 
Power but only to human reasoning and feeling. This will be faulty 
because it leaves God out. Men exalt their own ideas forgetting the 
God who has given them the ability to reason. When God and His 
Word are left out of men's thinking, decisions and actions, there 
will be a void. Forgetting God's influence upon natural forces 
surrounding men, as well as His direction within the hearts, minds 
and lives of the remnant who do follow Him, will cause well laid 
plans to be frustrated. 

We expect to find this humanistic thinking in the world sur- 
rounding us. After all, the world is controlled by Satan, so he is 
going to promote a scheme of disbelief, disobedience and dis- 
honor. This philosophy should not be in the Church, yet we see 
this false religion in the Church today. There is a tendency to 
downgrade God and to upgrade men. There is a reliance upon 
feeling — doing in the church what appeals to the senses. There is 
a disregard of the Word of God, His revealed Will. In place of it, 
men promote their own ideas and programs. The philosophy can 
be seen in the movement of the Church to become more and more 
like the surrounding world in dress, activities and recreation. There 
is a disinclination to be separate. Because it does not appeal to the 
pride of the flesh to be different, a former desire of separateness 
has been lost. Now the Church has become involved in social 
activities including worldly musical and recreational activities. 

Man's mind could never have conceived of a God so great as our 
God, who has control of all facets of our lives and beliefs. Men's 
minds continue to lead them in downward pathways that bring 
death, destruction and debauchery. Men must realize that the 
foolishness of God is more wise than men's greatest ideas. God 
created man! That basic truth should cause us to haste to serve 
Him in the ways acceptable to Him. 

You didn't create God, He made you. Now serve Him as a 
thankful, obedient creature seeking to bring Him pleasure and 
honor. 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Going from a Saul to a Paul 
We must be constantly growing in the faith or stagnation will set 
in and destroy our Christian experience. Imagine those who were 
with Saul on the Damascus Road. They were all charging down the 
highway with an avowed threat to destroy the Lord's anointed. Saul 
was almost blinded with rage... plotting to erase the Christian 
liberators. 

Saul had excellent credentials. He was a top scholar in the 
school of the Pharisees. His father was a Pharisee so his heritage 
was sound. He was "free born" and Roman by right. He was from 
the "God chosen people" and his head was full of theology... but 
his heart was full of hate. 

Jesus had shattered the complacent peace of Jerusalem. He had 
given the people a taste of His miraclous power and had formed the 
Disciple's group. These men had great power given to them by the 
Spirit of God. But the faith of Saul's fathers stood in a cloud of 
scorn. Saul was so devout that he would be willing to witness the 
death of a mere youth who had been charged with following Jesus 
and who accused them of crucifying the Lord of Glory. 

But what? Now Saul's eyes have ceased to function. He is 
thrown to the ground crying out, "Who are thou, Lord." His 
bodyguard had to lead him blind into the city of Damascus and 
could he have envisioned in his darkness the faces who had been 
bloodied as he gave his voice against them. (Acts 26:10) 

Saul collapsed in his blindness, guilt-laden and haunted by 
fearful memories. And, God heard him. God saw this finite, 
mistaken zealot who was now confessing his spiritual bankruptcy 
and calling for help. He saw a man who was transitioning from a 
Saul to a Paul. 

We learn here that Saul was hungry for God. He wanted more of 
Him but was pursuing Him incorrectly. Saul was a persecutor of 
the Faith but he soon would be persecuted FOR the faith. He had 
silently watched Stephen stoned but soon he would also be silent 
while he was stoned. He had put others in grave peril and he would 
be in "perils of the deep, perils among his own countrymen." Saul 
had been touched by, and for God, 

In a sense, we all need this same process to work in our lives. We 
need days of fasting and praying in "blindness." Blind out the 
world and all of the trivial around you for three days and con- 
centrate on God and His will for your life and you will leap into the 
realms of victory that you never thought you could achieve. Paul 
had a slaying before the Lord and a great time of repentance and 
renewal. In a sense, it was his own personal Retreat... just he and 
God alone. Finally, Paul learned to wait until God talked to him 
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to wait and listen to God. We have "church things" to do and other 
matters to care for. 

Paul's prayer commitment starting at the Damascus Road begari 
a prayer chain that continues on until our day. He gave birth to 
millions of prayers to follow... to a missionary movement un- 
equalled. He revolutioned the course of Christianity and the 
church. God had heard a repentant's prayer and He will listen to 
our tearful communication today. 

Jesus left His glorious throne to intercept Paul on the Damascus 
Road and He will come to us to empower us in a way that we have 
never known before if we shed our pride and confidence in self and 
hide our lives in Him. The more "eternity-conscious" our lifestyle 
becomes, the more "demon-defying power" we will possess. 

We have had too much complacency and low commitment in the 
twentieth century church. It is time for change. On a personal, a 
congregational and a national level, we need a spiritual Damascus 
Road experience. We need to pray that the Holy Spirit will descend 
on us and that we will be lifted up in revewal. 

To become a "Paul" Christian with God ordained commitment 
rather than a "Saul" Christian of personal import is the challenge 
we leave with you. The walls of the world's churches have been 
broken down, youth singed with the fires of worldliness. We have 
to be prepared for the battle against satanic powers. The world is 
sailing to hell watching the "Love Boat" and many Christians are 
sailing to the Judgment riding on the "Dove Boat"... the peace at 
any price experience. We need to prepare for a holy war against 
false teaching and compromise. We need a new and holy passion 
to pull down the strongholds of sin. Let's lay aside every weight. 

God is seeking for a man among us. (Ezek. 22:30) Are you on the 
Lord's side? Will you make up the hedge and stand in the gap 
before God to stem the tide of iniquity in this world? As Paul, allow 
yourself to be touched and empowered for the work. Experience 
Damascus. 

Brother Len Wertz 
A "HIDDEN" PRAYER 

I Chronicles 4:9-10, "And Jabez was more honourable than his 
brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I 
bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, 
saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my 
coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou 
wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God 
granted him that which he requested." 



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We would venture to say that the vast majority of Bible readers 
only take the time to scan the first chapters of I Chronicles or skip it 
entirely. We confess this is the way we usually read this portion of 
scripture. While a list of names, especially those hard to pro- 
nounce, is not the most exciting reading, these lists found in 
Scripture were put there for a reason. We believe many strange 
teachings and biblical criticism can be answered by a careful study 
of biblical genealogies. 

There are also often "spiritual gems" to be found mixed in with 
the long lists of names. Such is the case with the prayer of Jabez. 
We find an exciting analogy in this fact. Is it not wonderful that in 
the midst of the large numbers who make up the population of this 
earth our God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, will take the time 
to hear the prayer of one single individual? When you realize that 
individual is YOU this makes this all the more exciting. 

Now let us look at our study verses. We find that this individual's 
name was Jabez because his mother bare him with sorrow. Was it 
not with sorrow and pain that our Lord Jesus Christ made the way 
for our new birth? Was it not our sorrow for sin that brought us to 
the foot of the cross where we had our sins washed away by the 
precious blood of Christ? 

In verse ten we find that Jabez "called on the God of Israel." If we 
expect our prayers to be heard we have to call on the God of Israel. 
This is the only true God. Buddha, Mohammed or any other so 
called prophet cannot answer your prayers. Neither the Virgin 
Mary or any of the other Saints gone on before can hear our 
prayers. The Holy Scriptures teach us that we must pray to the 
Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit will help us pray. Thus 
prayer is made to and through the true God of Israel, the blessed 
Holy Trinity. 

Jabez prayed, "Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed." Oh how 
we need God's blessing upon our lives. We need God to supply our 
material needs but even more so our spiritual needs. The reason so 
many churches are without spiritual life is because the members 
fail to ask God's blessing upon them. But to ask God's blessing 
upon us requires a commitment. God will not bless our life that is 
not one of obedience. 

Next Jabez prays, "and enlarge my coast." While large numbers 
are not always a sign of God's blessing, we should desire that God 
would bless our work with new converts. Whether we are speaking 
about our local assembly or a personal work we do for the Lord the 
end result should be souls brought into the Kingdom of our Lord. 

Jabez continues, "and that thine hand might be with me." If 
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today's church work is merely human effort. The "Lord's Prayer 1 ' in 
reality has been changed from "For thine is the kingdom, and the 
power, and the glory, forever" to "For mine is the kingdom and the 
power, and the glory, forever." All too many fail to share the 
salvation message along with their good works. God cannot get 
glory and honour unless His Son is glorified. 

He ends the prayer with, "and that thou wouldest keep me from 
evil, that it may not grieve me!" Do we sincerely pray this petition? 
Or is our prayer, if we are honest about it, "Lord I really enjoy 
sinning, but forgive me anyway." To hear some talk it would seem 
they pray that God would bless their sins! Anything that grieves 
God should grieve us also. Yet such things as immodesty and not 
forsaking the things of this world are ignored, or even upheld by a 
large segment of the earthly church. Our mainline denomination 
recently accepted a homosexual congregation into its assembly 
While God's word is being ignored and even ridiculed the blessing 
of God is being asked upon the assemblies. 

Jabez's prayer was a very personal prayer. While we cannot 
overlook the abominations in modern religion that calls itself 
Christianity we must also be willing to search our own heart for 
hidden and known sin. We do not profess to be perfect of 
ourselves. But we hope that we never come to the place in our life 
that we ACCEPT sin. God can bless us materially and spiritually 
He promises that He will never leave or forsake us. He is willing to 
keep us from evil if we are willing to be kept. 

This lesson ends with, "And God granted him that which he 
requested." Praise the Lord we have a prayer answering God. If 
you are lost in sin He will answer your prayer for forgiveness. If 
you are in trouble He will make a way of escape or go with you 
through your trial. It is wonderful to be a Child of God and have a 
loving Heavenly Father who answers prayer. 

May our desire be to prove faithful to His Holy Word each day of 
our life so our prayers will not be hindered. May our prayers also 
be ones of praise and glory to His Wonderful Name. 

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



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 1, 1929 

IS CONSCIENCE A SAFE GUIDE? 

W. E. Shelton 

After a diligent search of the Word of God, I am forced to give a 
negative answer, because facts are not destroyed by conscience, 
because if they were, a man might take a dose of strychnine, under 
the impression it was quinine, and it would be non-poisonous to 
him, it would be a waste of time to discuss this subject, if it wasn't a 
fact that so many people are being taught to believe that 
conscience is a safe guide, perhaps not taught in just so many 
words, but the same impression, or the same idea is presented, 
when one is taught that it makes no difference what you believe, or 
what church you join, it's perfectly safe, just so you are honest 
about it. If it makes no difference what you believe just so you are 
honest, then conscience would be a safe guide, and that's not all. 
One could be saved for honestly believing a lie as well as the truth. 
If such a theory is true, we would be forced to admit that honest 
ignorance is just as safe as accepting and obeying God's word in 
full. God is no respecter of persons; to accept such view, is to say 
that the heathen is just as safe as the humblest Christian, providing 
they are sincere in what they do. With such teaching would it not 
admit that Catholicism was just as safe as the true religion of Jesus 
Christ? If such doctrine is true in fact, then why not universal in 
application. If any religious teaching is subjected to the critical test 
of God's word, and found wrong, then those who accept it as true 
are mistaken, makes no difference what their conscience is in the 
matter. To accept a thing as being true does not make it so. There 
is a vast difference in faith and opinion. One might believe that the 
North American Indian is of Abraham's extraction, but that opinion 
does not make it so. 

To ignore a mistake would not blot it out. We should know the 
facts in religion better than in any field of human activity, because 
in it eternal life is involved. Oh, but someone will say, what about a 
man that is honestly mistaken? To this I will say, this question 
belongs to God, and not to man, because clemency is a divine 
prerogative and God has the right to exercise it, but it makes no 
difference what God may do in such cases, the Law must be 
preached and practiced to justify approval. God's law does not 
allow us to offer salvation except on terms that he has specified, 
and what right does man have to be more liberal on the terms of 
salvation than God has, and say go to the church of your choice? If 



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such by the mercy of God might be so, he has not authorized us to 
say so. It's a dangerous thing to point people to their conscience, 
or opinion in religious matters. If such ideas were mentioned in the 
Bible, don't you know people would take advantage of it, by 
neglecting to read and inform themselves, and is it not pre- 
sumptuous for man to teach things that God himself has not 
mentioned? If honest ignorance is a safe guide, then would it not 
be wise to call in all the preachers and let them drift into 
heathenism? 

After considerable reasoning, let's examine some Scripture, and 
see if we are right. I am not surprised to find people careless in 
religious matters, who argue that it makes no difference what you 
believe or what church you join just so you are honest about it. But 
if we accept the Bible, we can hardly be excused in taking such a 
position. There is a way which seemed right unto a man; but the 
end thereof are the ways of death. (Prov. 14:12) Everyday life 
abounds with instances in proof of this fact. 

Christ before his death told his apostles what their future would 
be. Here are his words: "They shall put you out of the synagogue; 
yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you shall think that he 
offereth service unto God." (John 16:2) Paul, persecuting the 
church, and consenting to the death of Stephen, is a clear example. 
Paul's conduct was not service unto God. He was mistaken. In 
I Cor. 8:7-12, Paul speaks of those who have weak consciences. If 
they are weak consciences then there can be strong ones. 

In Heb. 10:22, he speaks of an evil conscience. Surely no one 
would think an evil conscience a safe guide. In I Cor. 8:17, Paul 
speaks of the conscience being defiled. This could not be if 
conscience was a safe guide. 

In I Tim. 4:1-2, he describes some as being seared with a hot iron, 
and in I Pet. 3:16-21, Peter makes mention of a good conscience, 
after taking into consideration these Scriptures, we can readily see 
that the conscience is susceptible to a change, and cannot be safe 
only when good or right. It must be properly educated by the truth. 
When properly educated it will demand obedience to God's word, 
and that will be the answer to the demands of conscience. In I Pet. 
3:21, he says that baptism is the answer of a good conscience. In 
other words it answers the demands of a conscience properly 
enlightened by the New Testament scriptures. Salvation is 
promised to them that believe and are baptized, and if we accept 
the record as true, our conscience cannot demand less than 
baptism as a condition of pardon. We are baptized into Christ (Gal. 
3:27) Baptism is for the remission of sin. (Acts 2:38) When these 
Scriptural requirements are met then we certainly have the answer 



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of a good conscience. If baptism is the answer of a good 
conscience, then we must have scriptural baptism in order to have 
the proper answer. It's possible that people can be satisfied in 
religious matters and be wrong, because if not properly en- 
lightened, it will demand the wrong thing, perhaps be satisfied by 
mistaken. I wonder where the idea originated from that whatever 
satisfies your conscience is baptism, and will perform the act 
anyway you want it? The plan of salvation is fully described in the 
New Testament, and it makes no difference what our conscience 
tells us, the scriptural requirements must be met to be saved. Keep 
this in mind, facts are not destroyed by conscience. 



SUNDAY MANNERS 

by Ruth Ann Stelfox 

When we gather on Sunday to worship our Lord 
How grieved and ashamed He must be 

When He sees the irreverence and disrespect there 
And all in His own "family." 

The whispering and giggling, the passing of notes 
Must show there's a lacking somewhere, 

And many times talking and laughing won't stop 
Though the people are kneeling in prayer. 

It seems there's a problem with tardiness, too 
(Though there's plenty of time to prepare) 

Promptness is certainly a mark of respect 
It shows just how much people care. 

And then there are those who come to relax 

At church of all places, how odd! 
And even before the preaching begins 

Their heads are beginning to nod. 

The dropping of books and clinking of heels 

Together with babies that cry, 
Is bound to distract the preacher somewhat 

No matter how hard he may try. 

At church is a place we should show our respect. 

Make sure we each do our share 
Like keeping our visits for some other time 

Let's act like the Lord is right there! He is! 

Selected by Sister Sarah Keeny 



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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Where the Merit Comes In 

J. H. Moore 

Ordinances are in no sense meritorious. That is, they possess no 
purchasing or earning power, There is nothing in an ordinance, or 
even in good works, for that matter, serving as an equivalent for 
blessings received. We merit a thing only when we earn it, or in 
some way render a service that is equivalent. The soldier who 
defends his country in battle, and endures the hardships of a 
military life, is said to merit his pay as well as the bounty offered by 
his government. His children may share with him in these 
blessings, but they do not merit them. Our merit is in Christ, who 
has paid the purchase price of our salvation, "which he purchased 
with his own blood" (Acts 20:28). By his death upon the cross he 
paid the price of our eternal redemption, taking away the sin of the 
world, and we are therefore free in Christ Jesus. 

While we may affirm that ordinances are in no sense meritorious, 
it is not to be understood that obeying them is not essential to the 
blessings promised. Naaman was told to dip himself in Jordan 
seven times and he should be healed of his leprosy. The act was 
performed, and the blessing immediately followed. 

There was nothing in the act which entitled Naaman to the 
blessing, nevertheless the blessing was received. The blessing was 
a free gift from the Lord, unmerited in any sense whatever. While 
Naaman did just as he commanded, still there was no purchasing 
or earning power in the act he performed. No equivalent was 
rendered for the benefits received. Naaman, by his obedience, 
simply placed himself in a condition to receive the blessing 
promised. 

In the salvation of the human family, Jesus settled the account. It 
was his death upon the cross that paid the debt. He therefore 
purchased us with his own precious blood. In him, and by him, is 
all the merit pertaining to our salvation. By his death, Jesus 
merited our salvation, — he purchased and paid for it in full, — 
leaving nothing whatever for us to pay. He now tenders this 
salvation to every child of Adam's race as a free and absolutely 
unencumbered gift. He simply asks us, as a favor, to place 
ourselves in a condition to receive it. 

This gift, or favor, or blessing, or grace, comes to us in two parts. 
First, the pardon of all past sins. Second, eternal life and happiness 
in the world to come. It is through him, and by him, that all this is 
secured. In order that our sins may be pardoned, he asks us to 
believe on his name, repent of our sins and submit to Christian 
baptism into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 



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Holy Ghost. By doing these things we will come within reach of the 
blessing he has paid for with his own blood, while we receive it as a 
free, unmerited gift. Of us it can then well be said, "By grace are ye 
saved." 

The second part, or salvation in heaven, is promised solely to 
those who remain faithful until death. And in order that faithful- 
ness may rest upon a proper basis, certain duties are set forth, with 
which every Christian is required to comply. Some of these duties 
we have been considering in the preceding chapters. Others are 
yet to be considered. And while there is no merit attached to the 
performance of any of these duties, still they test the loyalty of 
those to whom the blessing of eternal life has been promised. Let it 
be borne in mind that Jesus "became the author of eternal 
salvation unto all them that obey him" (Heb. 5:9). Christ has 
provided eternal life for all, yet he intends to bestow it upon those 
alone who obey him, and not upon those who refuse obedience. It 
thus becomes a free gift to the obedient, not that it is merited, but 
because it is of grace to all who, by faith and obedience, place 
themselves within reach of the blessing. 

NEVERTHELESS THE FOUNDATION OF GOD 
STANDETH SURE.... 

(II Timothy 2:19) 

This is truly one of the most precious promises in the scriptures. 
It does not matter what man thinks. Today many false professors 
have made a mockery of the gospel for many people and they no 
longer feel God's Word has any credence. But it does not matter 
what man thinks. The foundation of God standeth sure. 

The rest of the verse states that God knows them that are His. 
Man will say and do what he will but that does not change what 
God has said. God has a people, and He has recognized them and 
identified them. We are told in this very verse that the child of God 
will depart from iniquity. 

Those that do their public nonsense are NOT children of His. 
The Bible is positive on this point. God's foundation is a SURE 
foundation. He knows His children and they are blessed of Him. 
Do not get the mistaken notion that a child of God can get away 
with sin in their life. They must admit it, confess it, and forsake it. 
God will honor that kind of commitment. God will give grace to a 
child of His. Those sins will be justified, not just forgiven. 

God's foundation is one that you can surely trust in. Never doubt 
God. Never put your trust in anything else: especially man. Man 
will always fail you, BUT GOD WILL NEVER FAIL YOU. He knows 



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His children and puts his stamp of approval upon them. 

What else is there in this life better? Is there anything greater 
than the grace of God? Is there any foundation better than His 
foundation? You have heard the saying, at the end of the road 
there is God. Why wait until the end of the road to meet Him when 
it is too late to experience His grace, only His wrath? Why not 
experience The Lord of Glory now when you can receive all the 
goodness He has to offer. Truly the foundation of the Lord 
standeth sure. 

Lynn Hayes Miller 
P.O. Box 433 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

SOME PITHY SENTENCES 

1 . What you don't know doesn't hurt until you find out someone 
else is getting paid for what you know. 

2. Never confuse the will of God with the will of the majority. 

3. We can pray, believe and receive, or we can pray, doubt, and 
do without. 

4. The Christian is not ruined by living IN the world, but by the 
world living in HIM. 

5. The happiest miser on earth is the one who saves friends. 

6. The largest room in the world is the one for improvement. 

7. The person who lives for himself is engaged in a very small 
business. 

8. Satan is to be avoided as a lion, dreaded as a septent, but 
above all to be feared as an angel of light. 

9. Blowing out the other fellow's candle will not make yours 
shine any brighter. 

10. Nearly everyone is in favor of going to heaven, but too many 
are hoping to live long enough to see an easing of entrance 
requirements. 

11. Oh, Lord, give me a heart that is never vain, and soft enough 
to feel another's pain. 

12. When embracing opportunity, give it a big hug. (I like that 
one; it's funny but true). 

13. Many a man aims at nothing... and hit it with remarkable 
precision. 

14. Prayer is one weapon the enemy cannot duplicate or 
counterfeit. 

15. Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks 
his neck out. 

16. Confessing your sins is no substitute for forsaking them. 



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17. Friends are MADE by many acts, but can be lost by ONE. 

18. Atheism is not an institution... it is a destitution. 

19. Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it. 

20. Times have certainly changed. It was once the custom to 
take a bath weekly and religion daily. (It's a good one to end a 
column on, but isn't it the truth?) 

Selected by Sister Ruth Speicher 

MARRIAGE 

DUGO- WALKER 

Sis. Diana Dugo, daughter of David and Donna Dugo and Bro. 
Tim Walker, son of Bro. and Sis. Henry Walker were united in 
marriage August 26, 1989 at the Don Pedro Hacienda. 

Bro. Henry Walker performed the marriage ceremony. 

They are residing at 2101 Sharon Avenue, Modesto, California. 
Their mailing address is P.O. Box 4022, Modesto, CA 95352. 



OBITUARY 

ROBERT ADRIAN 

Brother Robert, son of Robert and Margaret Csepe, was born in 
Mako, Hungary on January 6, 1956 and died at St. Luke's Hospital 
in San Francisco on August 24, 1989 following a brief illness. Bob 
spent his childhood and teen-age years in the Akron, Ohio area. 
He graduated from Revere High School, Richfield, Ohio in 1974. 

In 1978 Bob moved to San Francisco. Prompted by his interest in 
the welfare of others, Bob pursued nurses training at City College 
in San Francisco and graduated in 1982 from the Associate Degree 
Nursing Program. Licensed as a registered nurse, Bob was 
promptly employed at San Francisco General Hospital until the 
time of his illness and death. 

Always interested in learning, Bob pursued additional study at 
San Francisco State University and graduated with a Bachelor of 
Arts Degree in French in 1988. 

While satisfaction was realized from the educational goals Bob 
had achieved, he still continued with a hunger for deeper spiritual 
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Christ and affiliation with the Apostolic Christian Church through 
Christian baptism. Following several years of spiritual decline, Bob 
recommitted his life to Christ and in February 1988 was united with 
the Dunkard Brethren Church at Modesto, California. During this 
period, Bob began attending a graduate program at the Baptist 
Theological Seminary in San Francisco. He had completed his first 
year at the time of his death. 

Bob will be deeply missed by his parents, Robert and Margaret; 
his brothers, Zoltan and Atilla, and his sister Brenda; as well as his 
many friends and church family at Modesto. 

Memorial Services were conducted at the Pleasant Home 
Dunkard Brethren Church on August 27 by Elder Rudy Cover and 
Brother Michael Wray. The text used was Luke 15:3-7. In addition 
to special singing, congregational hymns used, were "We Now 
Greet You, Brothers", "When We See Christ", "It Is Mine", and "All 
Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name." Burial was at the Denair 
Cemetery, officiated by Brother Rodney Renicker. 

We wait in confidence hope of the glorious resurrection when we 
shall again be joined in the presence of Christ. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

BETHEL 

The Bethel Congregation plan to hold their Lovefeast October 
28. 

Services to begin at 2:00 p.m. Lovefeast in evening. 

October 29 we will dedicate our new Church building. Bro. 
Edward Johnson will bring the dedication sermon. 

We extend an invitation to everyone to attend. 

Sister Grace Reed, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to have a Lovefeast 
service October 21, starting at 11:00 a.m. The Communion Service 
will start at 7:00 p.m. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Eileen Broadtaater, Cor. 



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QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Congregation invites you to share in our week of 
revival messages brought forth by Bro. Michael Wray, Modesto, 
California. Starting date, Lord willing, will be October 29, with 
Lovefeast Service November 4. 

Come praying, that our lives might be drawn closer to Him, the 
One who gives us life. 

Sister Rhonda Snyder, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

We "rejoice with those who rejoice" at the new birth of Kendra 
Wray after our Revival in August. It was a blessing to our hearts to 
have Brother Jim and Sister Sally Meyers and their children with 
us. Thanks to all who visited during that special time. 

We "weep with those who weep" during the illness and passing 
from the life of Brother Bob Adrian. Learning to know his family 
and friends enriched our lives. 

Now we ask you to join us for our Fall Lovefeast, November 11 
and 12, 1989. If you cannot come personally, will you join us in 
prayer? 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

We want to thank each of you for your part in making our 50th 
Wedding Anniversary a time of joy. Your cards and notes meant so 
much to us. 

May God bless each of you for your sharing. 

Brother Herman and Sister Reva Jamison 



Paul Stump 

10340 H. Diamond Mill 

Union, OH 453^2 



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VOL. LXVII 



OCTOBER 15, 1989 



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. 

BE STILL 

Psalms 46:10; Philippians 4:7 

"Be still and know that I am God" 

We hear the psalmist say, 
Reach for His hand and He is there, 

He's never far away. 

It only takes a few moments 

Out of a busy day 
To close the "door to your closet" 

And take the time to pray. 

When you're troubled or uncertain 

Search for that solitude; 
God will refresh and strengthen you 

To face a multitude. 

"Peace which passeth understanding" 

Can soon fill up your breast, 
And then His love will go with you 

Into eternal rest. 

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



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MOVING? 

Have you recently thought about moving to another home? 
Perhaps you desire a larger home to better accommodate your 
family and visitors. Perhaps the area where you live is getting too 
crowded for you. Perhaps the neighborhood has changed and you 
no longer fit in as you did. Perhaps there are other reasons why 
you might wish to make a change. 

Americans are ever on the move. In most recent years, on the 
average, about one fifth of the population moves. The move may 
be across the street, across town or across the nation. 

The United States has always been on the move because it is a 
nation of immigrants. Except for the Native Americans, all have 
come from another continent. Even Native Americans were immi- 
grants themselves. There were many reasons why these people set 
out on a long, dangerous and unhealthy journey across the oft- 
stormy ocean to come to a new unsettled land with its own 
dangers. Many came to better themselves economically. Many 
came to escape the feudal system of the old country. Others came 
unwillingly either as slaves or bound servants. Many came so they 
could worship God freely. They came from countries where there 
were State Churches which persecuted those who worshipped 
differently. Those who withstood the persecution were the 
strongest, so they were the ones who were willing to undertake the 
dangers of the difficult journey to America. Their willingness to 
open the way to meet the most severe challenges made it possible 
for many more to follow them. 

The first settlements along the Eastern seacoast did not end the 
moving. It was not long until the braver ones moved farther and 
farther inland. As land was cleared and the greatest dangers were 

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overcome, more followed. They came from the seacoasts and from 
the overseas homes to the central part of the country. The 
continual westward push of settlement and civilization continued 
until well into the present century. Christians have participated 
prominently in the continual push from sea to sea — carrying the 
Gospel to their new neighborhoods. 

Although the frontier is gone, there is still alot of movement in 
every direction of the compass. Christians are still a part of that 
movement. Hopefully their motives for moving are as visionary and 
missionary as those of their ancestors. Hopefully economic and 
other concerns have not crowded out the higher reasons that 
would motivate Christians to go where they can best be utilized in 
God's service. 

Thinking about the movements of Christians, we might inquire 
about not only the movements they make from place to place but 
also about the movement within their hearts and minds. The 
internal movement produces physical action. It is the heart and 
mind that dictates the lifestyle of the Christian. 

For too many, the last movement they made was their decision to 
become children of God. After their rebirth they either reverted to 
their old ways or soon forgot the price paid for their souls or they 
maintain very minimal Christian lives. Like babes, they have begun 
well, but have been diverted by other desires that they perceive to 
be more important. The teachings of the Bible and the helps of the 
Church are ignored. The Christian life demands forward 
movement. 

Movement in the Christian life is not merely physical change. 
The movement caused by either fear or bribery will not be accept- 
able. It must be motivated by a love, respect and worshipful 
attitude toward God, Christ, the Spirit, the Church, the Bible and 
fellow believers. With this attitude there must be an accompanying 
desire to live the Christian life. Forward movement in the Christian 
life will not always be easy for there will be obstacles but the effort 
demanded in the overcoming of these obstacles will strengthen for 
moving over future roadblocks. 

Moving forward in the Christian life prepares the Christian for the 
biggest move of all when he can exchange time for eternity. The 
progress made in this life will affect reaching the eternal home in 
Heaven. That will be the last and best move of all. 

Are you interested in moving? Even if you do not want to change 
your earthly location you still must be moving. You must be 
moving forward in the Christian life. 

THE FIRE OF THE LORD 

I Kings 18:38-39, "Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed 
the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and 



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licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people 
saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the 
God; the LORD, he is the God." 

II Chronicles 7:1 and 3, "Now when Solomon had made an end of 
praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt 
offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the 
house." ..."And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire 
came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they 
bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pave- 
ment, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is 
good; for his mercy endureth for ever." 

Luke 3:16, "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed 
baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet 
of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you 
with the Holy Ghost and with fire:" 

I Corinthians 3:13, "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for 
the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the 
fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." 

There are those who teach that water baptism is not necessary 
but only a "Holy Ghost baptism with fire" experience. We would 
only comment, "It is too bad that no one ever told the Lord Jesus 
Christ and the Apostles this!" While we do not apologize for our 
belief that water baptism is essential for salvation, (we leave those 
not immersed in the hands of God), we also see a real need for 
God's baptism of fire in our day. 

In our first lesson taken from I Kings we find that the fire of the 
LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice. Elijah was willing to 
stand alone for the true God against four hundred and fifty false 
prophets along with four hundred prophets who appear to be 
compromisers. (See I Kings 18:19) For this reason the sacrifice 
offered was accepted by God. Where are the Elijahs of our day? 
Today all too many would have praised the false prophets for their 
sincerity. They would have joined in with the four hundred 
prophets who ate at Jezebel's table. Jezebel is a symbol for the 
worldly desire for trying to make ourselves beautiful or handsome 
instead of being content with how God made us. Check and see 
how many false prophets who come to your door are dressed 
contrary to worldly standards. The danger is that we who are 
conservative may be tempted to "eat at their table." In other words 
we may refuse to show them the way of holiness by accepting them 
without question. It is not only the false prophets who are 
following the way of Jezebel but many who are claiming to have 
experienced a "second blessing of fire." The vast majority of the 
earthly church who claims to be "fundamental" are following the 
standards of Jezebel. They all need a real experience of the fire of 



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the Lord which burns up the wood, the stones, the dust and even 
the water, which we see as symbols of worldly desires of man. 

In the account in II Chronicles we see that the fire of the Lord fell 
"when Solomon had made an end of praying." Do we ever 
experience the fire of the Lord after we pray? Does the glory of the 
LORD fill the house at our meetings? Have we become so formal 
and steeped in tradition that we are afraid to allow the glory of the 
LORD to fill the meetinghouse? We are not in favor of tradition 
being thrown out to please man but we are opposed to any 
tradition that denies the power of God. We are not speaking of 
"wildfire" pumped up by excess emotion and the working of man 
usually accompanied by musical instruments. The true glory of the 
Lord may cause us to praise Him for His goodness and mercy that 
saved us from sin. But it may also cause us to fall on our face in 
silence before HIM. 

The lesson from Luke tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the 
one who will baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire. The next 
verse, verse 1 7, tells us the reason He sends the fire. "Whose fan is 
in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather 
the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire 
unquenchable." Many teach that this refers to the end of the world. 
While this may be included, we do not believe this is the entire 
teaching. We see a personal lesson in this. The Lord Jesus Christ, 
through the Holy Spirit, will baptize us with fire and burn the sin 
from our lives if we allow Him to. Just as many are afraid of the fire 
that brings the glory of the Lord into the meetinghouse, most of us 
refuse to allow the fire of God to cleanse our lives from things that 
are not pleasing to Him. 

Our last lesson taken from I Corinthians tells us that our works 
will be tried by fire. All our human efforts will be but loss when the 
fire of God comes down. We can put on a great show of being very 
religious but when the fire of God tests us only that which is pure 
will remain. If we could only get God's people, at least those who 
use the name of Christian, to recognize the difference between 
obedience and the works of man. 

If you have never experienced the saving power of the blood of 
Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through baptism we 
cannot offer you the baptism of fire that brings the glory of God 
down upon us. Your fire will be one of judgement and torment 
forever and forever. We invite you to join us in our worship of God 
and in His standards of holiness given in His Holy Word, the Bible' 

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



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Money and Marriage 

I have shared this writing with some of you before and I think it is 
good to place it at the beginning of this writing on money and 
marriage. "In the beginning the man took unto himself a wife. And 
lo, they did live happily, even unto the thirty-first day, when many 
charge accounts rained upon him, yea, as in a flood. 

For lo, though the husband did make sufficient bread to keep the 
body and soul together, yet had the wiles of the spoiler ensnared 
the wife, calling forth grievous wants from her breast. Color tele- 
vision, myrid appliances, and innumerable credit card purchases 
had multiplied fruitfully, which came nigh unto sinking the ship of 
matrimony. For the winds of inflation blew upon the land, and each 
one lusted after his neighbor's goods. And the man was sorely 
angered and spoke forth bitter words, from which his wife took 
great sorrow, but not unto repentance. For unto 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 himself 
a second labor 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 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 ways." 

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. 
And so did they walk prudently before the Lord, who knoweth our 
ways and pitieth those who cannot make ends meet. (James 
Fairfield, Mennonite Broadcasts, Inc.) 

The handling of our finances is one of the major emotional 
battlegrounds in our marriages today. It is often not as a result of a 
lack of finances but an unrealistic and immature view of money's 
value. 

A man may use money to fulfill himself in his hobby of hunting or 
the like even though it means the sacrifice of his wife's hopes and 
his family's future. A woman may drive her husband to succeed to 
provide her with prestige and security. Or a couple might find 
themselves bound by their mutually impossible goals to achieve, 
through accumulating wealth to win acceptance in a certain 
select group. 

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exchange. It is time turned into useable product. 

Every couple should have some mutually agreed upon strategy 
for handling their finances. A system of priorities is necessary. A 
budget is important but more than that, there must be a system of 
priorities set up. 

It is important for us, as Christians, to live simply. This means we 
carry less baggage than those around us! We travel light through 
life. We are living in crisis times and we need to treat our financial 
existence carefully. 

The Bible instructs us that we "cannot serve two masters." It is 
pretty easy to rationalize our life styles and standard of living but 
we need to look at them relative to God's Word. As we examine 
them in accordance with Christ's teachings we will understand that 
God owns everything and we are just given the opportunity for 
stewardship of these things for a short period of time. This should 
change our entire perspective of financial matters as we are 
handling someone else's money. May God help us to be good 
stewards of money in marriage as well as in the single life. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

October 15, 1929 

FOUR VITAL REQUISITES 

J. F. Britton 

In I Cor. 16:13, the Apostle Paul, by Divine authority presents or 
sets forth four vital and imperative requisites that are essential in 
every Christian life. These four requisites read as follows: "Watch 
ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." 

What a wonderful volume of meaning there is expressed in those 
four Divine requisites. They virtually embody all of the major 
duties of the Christian's ritual. 

In order that the reader may grasp or comprehend the vital 
significances of these four requisites, we will try to analyze them. 
Hence, we will consider requisite one: "Watch." Jesus said, "Watch 
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son 
of Man cometh." (Matt. 25:13) And again Jesus said, 'Take ye 
heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is, ...Watch ye 
therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at 
even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning: Lest 
coming suddenly he find you sleeping, and what I say unto you I 
say unto all, WATCH." (Mark 13:33-37) Luke 21:36, we read, 
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted 
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to 



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stand before the Son of Man." And as God has given us our eyes to 
see and to look with, these Scriptures prove beyond all refutation 
that requisite one; "Watch", is inseparable and indispensable in the 
Christian's Creed. 

Day after day, we are forceably reminded of the vital necessity of 
watching. At least ninety percent of the horrible wrecks and sad 
accidents are the result of someone neglecting to watch as he 
should have done. With the great flow of reckless traffic on our 
highways, one needs a firm grip on the steering wheel, and his eyes 
ever watching the traffic going to and fro, the crossings and the 
various signals, in order that he may reach his destination in safety. 
So it is on our Spiritual Highway: There are many dangers to be 
watched: our daily habits, words and conduct need watching, 
because the satanic emissaries are ever on the alert to assault us, 
or to allure us into some snare or trap, so that we will be defeated 
on our way to the City of Our God. 

Requisite two: "Stand fast in the faith." This denotes firmness, 
stability and a determination that knows no failure. 

Requisite three: "Quit you like men." This demands an impeach- 
able character that lives above reproach. 

Requisite four: "Be strong" calls for that high standard of 
spirituality and virtue, which implies and denotes faith, love and 
fidelity to God's Word. 

Hence these four requisites are active dynamics that enable us to 
walk with God. Therefore it is plain and logical that our salvation 
will be determined by the disposition that we make of these four 
requisites. Hence, it stands to reason, and is psychologically true, 
that all four of these requisites must be incorporated in our lives, 
that we may be qualified to "Enter in through the gates into the 
city" of our God. 

It will not be enough for us to appropriate one, two or three of 
these requisites, it will take all four of them to qualify us. For, 
"Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have 
right to the tree of life." Rev. 22:14. 

Then in the language and sentient of the poet, let us earnestly 
pray: 

"O for a heart to love my God! 

A heart from sin set free: 
A heart that always feels the blood, 

So freely shed for me. 
A heart resigned, submissive, meek, 

My dear Redeemer's throne, 
Where only Christ is heard to speak, 
Where Jesus reigns alone." 



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THE KING JAMES VERSION — 
AN ANSWER TO CONFUSION 

"In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to 
confusion." Psalms 71:1. 

I was not raised to have the conviction that the King James Bible 
was the best Bible available in English. I did arrive at that 
conclusion, however, through an extensive, twenty year journey 
through the scriptures, including at least ten complete trips 
through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. At age sixteen, 
when I began to seek the Lord in earnest, I bought my first King 
James Version. It was a cheap one: small print and no helps, not 
even a center column reference. That King James Version was one 
of the first Bibles I shipped to Africa years later when we began the 
Bibles for Africa work. Back when I found the Lord, my wife 
bought me a leatherbound King James Version which I still have, 
and I have added many others to it. In those early years it never 
occurred to me that there were other versions worth spending 
money on. The Bibles for Africa work began, and many people 
began donations of other versions besides the King James Version. 
Since it was our practice to send only King James Version to Africa 
I was stuck with a lot of different Bible texts. Once in a while I 
would pick one up, going at once to a few key verses to compare. 
For instance, I Corinthians 11, dealing with the prayer veil, is a good 
one. The more modern translations tend to get away from the 
particulars which make the scriptures an authoritative book. To 
illustrate, in the King James Version Mary was spoken of as a 
virgin. In the Revised Standard she was merely a young woman. 
The Holy Kiss spoken of five times in the New Testament becomes 
a handshake in most modern translations. Several King James 
verses referring to Jesus as the Son of God are omitted entirely in 
later translations. In essence, alot of truth is missing in the new 
"Bibles." 

Even the reverent sound of the ancient scriptures is missing in 
the new Bibles, as well as reverence for the Lord Himself. Gone is 
God for their daily bread. Their praises and testimonies in the 
newer translations are empty, and in an attempt to reach God, go 
no further than the ceiling. 

When talking to other Christians about their choice of Bible 
versions, they almost always say, 'This version is easier for me to 
understand." Ease seems to be what folks are looking for today. I 
look back over the years of sweat and effort we put into studying 
the King James Version (not being at all familiar with it in the 
beginning) and we see it as a LABOR of love that has reaped great 
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and energy we accomplish more than if no effort is put forth. 
Perhaps you have heard the saying, "Easy come, easy go," or 
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained." John 6:27 says, "Labour not 
for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth 
unto everlasting life." Labour denotes hard work. "Search the 
scriptures." Searching denotes labor. There is certainly nothing 
wrong with looking up a word in the dictionary that you do not 
understand. Studying with a dictionary in hand can be a wonderful 
learning experience. I know a brother, originally from the south, 
with no formal education. He learned to read using only a King 
James Bible and a dictionary. He needed nothing else. True, it 
may have been harder to learn that way, but it was an experience 
never forgotten. 

Not long ago I was in a meeting in a more liberal church than our 
own. The pastor was attempting to glean something from the 
scriptures and wanted the congregation to read aloud. It was 
difficult because there were at least a half-dozen different Bible 
versions represented. What justification can there be for such 
confusion? What Sunday School class can encourage in scripture 
memorization when all have a different Bible? How can the people 
receive a message from God when the trumpet gives forth an 
uncertain sound? Nothing is more beautiful than God's people, 
with Bibles opened, hearing the scriptures being read and 
following along. When worship is called, and the people come, 
with their Bibles in hand, in unity, in holiness and reverence for 
where they are and what they are about to do: When they come 
praying, there is no greater weapon against the forces of evil. When 
a congregation, in unity, studies, prays, and preaches from the 
same time-honored Bible with the purpose of lifting up the Blessed 
Name of Jesus, Satan and his minions have no recourse but to flee. 

Lynn H. Miller 

Box 433 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

The Christian Greeting 
J. H. Moore 

The kiss was early adopted as the method of greeting in the 
church of Christ. Paul gave the members at Rome this instruction: 
"Salute one another with a holy kiss." Then he added: "The 
churches of Christ salute you." (Rom. 16:16) This would come 
marvelously near including all the churches. Of the members at 
Rome, the apostle at one time said: "Your faith is spoken of 



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throughout the whole world." (Rom. 1 :8) We may rest assured that 
saints, who had this well-deserved reputation would not fail to 
follow the instructions given them. 

The same instructions were sent to the churches at Corinth and 
Thessalonica. In fact, the members at Corinth were twice re- 
minded of theirduty in this particular, the apostles using almost the 
same words in both instances: "Greet ye one another with an holy 
kiss." (I Cor. 16:20, II Cor. 13:12) To the Thessalonians he wrote: 
"Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss." (I Thess. 5:26) Paul, 
however, was not alone in insisting on the kiss as the Christian 
greeting. Peter did the same thing in this form: "Greet ye one 
another with a kiss of charity." (I Peter 5:14) 

It will be observed that, while Paul calls the greeting a holy kiss, 
Peter calls it a kiss of charity. By holy kiss is meant a kiss 
consecrated or set apart for a holy purpose. Just following the 
verse, containing his instructions to the members at Thessalonica, 
regarding the salutation, Paul has this: "I charge you by the Lord 
that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren." (I Thess. 5:27) 
This should indicate to us that the holy kiss is intended for the 
"holy brethren," — for the people who have been dedicated and 
consecrated to the Lord. It is also a kiss of love. This is what Peter 
means by the term "kiss of charity," 

There is not a plainer command in all the New Testament, and 
the language enjoining it is too clear to be misunderstood. Further- 
more, it was not misunderstood by the early Christians. In Acts 
20:27 we read about the elders at Ephesus falling on the neck of 
Paul and kissing him. Then the kiss was continued in the church 
for centuries. On this point all ancient ecclesiastical history is a 
unit. When brethren of the same faith met, they saluted each other 
with the holy kiss, or the kiss of love, as it is often called. When the 
sisters met they greeted each other in like manner, proper 
decorum, at all times, being duly observed between the sexes. 

As a token of the highest order of love, the greeting enjoined by 
Paul and Peter, who wrote as they were prompted by the Holy 
Spirit, should still be continued. The kiss of charity has the New 
Testament back of it, and there is no more reason for setting it 
aside than there is for neglecting any other divinely-recognized 
duty. So long as brethren love one another, and so long as they 
strive for holiness in the Lord, just that long should they greet each 
other with a holy kiss, or the kiss of charity. 

WE MUST GO ON 

We must go on: the goal is on beyond; 
God sees a glorious future for the soul: 



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He looks not on the days, the hours long dead. 
Rise up and press once more toward the goal. 

Gird up thy loins and grasp again the staff; 

Turn, turn thine eyes again toward His gates, 
And put thy foot once more upon the road, 

For thee, with love unchanged thy Father wait. 

With what high hopes we greeted the new morn 
Unwritten page, so fair, so white, so clean: 

We planned to keep it so, but now in tears 
We bow our heads, confronted by some sin. 

But yet, in spite of sin we must go on; 

God's plan is that we still shall see His face; 
The ideal of perfection we must keep, 

And though we fall, rise quickly by His grace. 

There are no saints on earth who have not sinned 

But holiness is not to him who faints; 
Tis constant coming back to God that counts 

And changes sinners into godly saints. 

Christ did not die for those who did not fall, 
He died for those who sink beneath sin's curse 

To sin is wrong; but not to rise again, 
In Heaven's sight, is infinitely worse. 

Then let's go on until our feet shall stand 
Triumphant on that fire-swept, glassy sea; 

Repent, confess, then leave the rest with Him, 
This is His simple plan for you and me. 

- Edna Smith Casebeer 
Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 

SOMEONE ELSE IS GONE 

I was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our 
members, Someone Else. Someone's passing creates a vacancy 
that will be hard if not impossible to fill. Else has been with our 
church for many years. Else did far more than the normal person's 
share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a church 
meeting to attend, one name was on everybody's lips and list. "LET 
SOMEONE ELSE DO IT" was the hue and cry. It was well known 
that Someone Else was the largest giver. Whenever there was a 
financial need, we all assumed that Someone Else would come to 
the rescue. Someone Else was a wonderful person, almost super- 
human, but a person can only do so much. Were the truth known, 
everyone expected too much of Someone Else. And now, sadly 



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enough, Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to 
do. Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow. So when 
you are asked to do something at church, please do help out, dear 
member, because we must face the sad fact that WE CANNOT 
DEPEND UPON SOMEONE ELSE ANYMORE. 

Selected by Sister Ruth Speicher 

DEAR MR. PREACHER, 

Just dropping a note to you today. Surely we have many reasons 
to say "Thank you, Lord" today. 

I realize that you have many responsibilities in your role as a 
minister for which I pray that God will strengthen you in many ways 
from day to day to still stand for the Lord. 

So many people now-a-days do not want to stand up and be a 
leader or stand up and be counted among the faithful. I praise God 
that you are among the faithful. I praise God that you are among 
those few who are willing to solve problems among us and keep 
peace one with another. 

Ministers are to preach the Word. How glad and thankful I am 
that I can wend my way to God's house Sunday morning and 
Sunday evening. Too many people take Sunday for granted and 
plan too many other things to do instead of honoring the Lord. It 
just thrills my heart when I hear that you attend one of our other 
congregations and are willing to teach them the sermon of the 
hour. I think of the song... Ready to go, ...Ready to do thy will. I 
thank you, Mr. Preacher, for those spirit filled messages that are 
CHALLENGING to our lives. Thank you for giving messages to us 
that we can stay awake, grasp the truth and apply it to our every 
day living. 

I appreciate your Christian apparel that makes you separate from 
the world. Plain and simple living is what God wants of us. Along 
with your plainness goes humbleness. Oh, that more people would 
je clothed with humility, and their tongue touched with humility. 

I praise God that our children have your children to look to for 
good examples. Their speech is seasoned with salt, they do good 
deeds for others and are interested in worship services which they 
regularly attend. May they continue to be bright and shining lights 
in our community. 

I trust you will continue to be sober, patient, humble and vigilant 
throughout the remainder of your journey here on earth. 

I thank God for your witness to myself and others. May God 
keep you in the hollow of His hand until we meet again. 

The following is a poem that I obtained when I was a young girl at 
home. It has meant much to me during my life and I feel it is very 
serious for our ministers today in the office that they hold. 



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MR. PREACHER 
Prepare us, Mr. Preacher, for the life which is to come, 
For the life which is eternal when our earthly life is done. 
Have we lived the way we should have, overcoming sin and 
strife? 

Have we lived the Golden Rule way, have we Christianized our 
life? 

Prepare us, Mr. Preacher, as we go along life's way, 
Good deeds should be our motto — and please teach us how to 
pray 

For our sins — we have so many and we need them washed 
away. 

We really must remember that there'll be a Judgment Day. 
Prepare us, Mr. Preacher, for our life is fleeing fast. 
We still live in the present, but we'll soon be in the past. 
Then we'll thank you, Mr. Preacher, for the path you put us on, 
Which led us on to glory and our blessed Heavenly Home. 

Your Sister in Christ, 
Sister Shirley Frick 

ALPHABETICAL EXCERPTS FROM 
GOD'S HOLY WORD 

Abide in me. John 15:4. 

Because I live, ye shall live, also. John 14:19. 

Christ died for our sins. I Corinthians 15:3. 

Do those things that are pleasing in His sight. I John 3:33. 

Enter thou into the joy of the Lord. Matthew 25:23. 

Faith without works is dead. James 2:26. 

God is love. I John 4:8. 

Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9. 

I am Alpha and Omega. Revelation 1:8. 

Jesus wept. John 11:35. 

Keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 21. 

Love the Brotherhood. I Peter 2:17. 

Make thy way straight before thee. Psalms 5:8. 

Never man spake like this one. John 7:46. 

Overcome evil with good. Romans 12:23. 

Peace I leave with you. John 14:27. 

Quench not the Spirit. I Thessalonians 5:19. 

Rebuke not an elder. I Timothy 5:1 . 

Seek peace and pursue it. Psalms 34:14. 

Thanks be to God which giveth us the Victory. I Corinthians 15:57. 

Until the law, sin was in the world. Romans 5:13. 



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Vow and pay unto the Lord, your God. Psalms 76:11. 

Walk as Children of Light. Ephesians 5:8. 

X-ecute true judgment and show mercy. Zechariah 7:19. 

Ye are a chosen generation. I Peter 2:9. 

Zion is the city of David. II Chronicles 5:2. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44718 

MARRIAGE 

HAAG - KEGERREIS 

Miss Tammy S. Haag, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Haag, 
Bethel, Pennsylvania and Bro. Leslie H. Kegerreis, son of Bro. and 
Sis. Harold Kegerreis, Bethel, Pennsylvania were united in 
marriage on August 12, 1989 at the Bethel Dunkard Brethren 
Church by Elder James Kegerreis. Bro. Kenneth Wilkerson con- 
ducted the opening devotions. 

The couple will make their home at 45 S. Front Street, Womels- 
dorf, Pennsylvania 19567. 

NEWS ITEMS 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation is sending out our welcome to 
another Lovefeast Service, October 28. Beginning at 10'00 A M 
with Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. 

We pray the Lord will be willing to guide many to worship with 



us. 



Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 



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 15, 1989. 

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 
and otherwise the previous twelve months was 1,368. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 1989 

Novembers - The Word of God - Revelation 19:11-21. 

1. Who is the rider of the white horse? 

2. What battle is described in this lesson? 

November 12 - Satan bound; the Great White Throne - Revelation 
20:1-15. 

1 . How many of God's angels bound Satan? 

2. Who will be judged at the Great White Throne? 
November 19 - THANKSGIVING - Colossians 3:1-16. 

1. When should we give thanks? Eph. 5:20. 

2. When DO we give thanks? 

November 26 - A New Heaven and a New Earth - Revelation 
21:1-8. 

1. Name some differences between the old and new heaven and 
earth. 

2. What is promised to all that overcome? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR NOVEMBER 1989 

November 5 - Non resistance - Isa. 9:6-7, John 18:36-40, II Cor. 
10:3-6, Romans 12:14-21, Gal. 5:19-26. 

1. Define Non resistance. 

2. To what areas of our lives does it apply? 

November 12 - Nonconformity - Romans 12:1-13, I Tim. 2:8-15, 
I Pet. 1:13-16, 3:3-5, I John 2:15-17. 

1. Define conformity. 

2. To whom should we be conformed? Romans 8:29. 

November 19 - THANKSGIVING - Ps. 105:1-5, Ps. 106:1-5, Ps. 
107:21-22, Ps. 111:1-10. 

1. When should we give thanks? 

2. Are we thankful God only gives us what is best for us? 

November 26 - Athletics - I Cor. 9:24-27, Gal. 5:7, Phil. 3:14, 
Heb. 12:1-2, II Tim. 4:6-8. 

1. Name some spiritual applications of athletics. 

2. Are you a better physical or spiritual athlete? 



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VOL. LXVII 



NOVEMBER 1, 1989 



NO. 21 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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

WHAT WONDROUS GRACE 

Behold, what wondrous grace 
The Father has bestowed 
On sinners of a mortal race, 
To call them sons of God! 

Nor doth it yet appear 
How great we must be made; 
But when we see our Savior here, 
We shall be like our Head. 

A hope so much divine 
May trials well endure; 
May purify our souls from sin, 
As Christ, the Lord, is pure. 

If in my Father's love 

I share a filiar part, 

Send down thy Spirit, like a dove, 

To rest upon my heart. 

We would no longer lie 
Like slaves beneath the throne; 
Our faith shall Abba, Father, cry, 
And thou the kindred own. 

- Isaac Watts 



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WHAT IS A MAN WORTH? 

In the economics of today's world a monetary value Is computed 
for everything. Every action or possession must be calculated in 
the terms of what they are worth within a certain financial plan. 
Actions or possessions that do not produce economic gain are 
worthless. 

There have been estimates made of the economic value of the 
physical body. Over the years these estimates have fluctuated with 
the going prices for the various electrolytes and minerals that 
compose the body. Surely, the human body has greater worth than 
the total value of a few chemicals. 

There are several reasons why man is worth more than the sum 
of the value of the components of his body. One reason for the 
extraordinary value of man is that he is not just a product of nature 
but the creation of God. If man were the product of nature, his 
value would be the same as for animals. He would be valuable only 
as he was economically productive. But man has been created by 
God and he has value as a person because he was formed in His 
image. Many have marred that image by their life-styles. Even 
though that image is not perfectly mirrored in their lives still those 
lives are valuable because of their source. God not only formed 
man in His image but He breathed on man and he became a living 
soul. Man has not only a physical life but also a Spiritual life. The 
physical life has a limited span. There is coming a time when the 
physical body will return to the dust from which it was originally 
formed. The soul of man will continue to exist. When death 
touches the body, the soul will meet its eternal destiny. The 
choices made during the life will determine eternal destiny. If the 
soul has been provided with Spiritual advantages, if it has been 

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nurtured on godly things, that soul can exist eternally in the 
presence of God. On the other hand, if that soul has been marred 
with ungodly desires and actions it will go on eternally but away 
from God. That soul will be consigned to that place prepared for 
the devil and his angels. As a living, eternal soul, man has a great 
value. 

Man fails to live up to God's purpose for his creation. God 
created man to please Him. But since the Fall of Adam and Eve, 
men have been less than perfect in pleasing God, instead man has 
tried to please himself. This is sin. The blood of Jesus Christ, the 
Son of God, is the only way that sin can be eradicated from men's 
lives. They must accept the gift that God has given to have their 
sins forgiven. They cannot have a soul in tune with God as long as 
the sin question is unresolved in their souls. God was willing to 
give His greatest gift, His own Son, to be ransom for mankind's 
sins. Without that gift man had no hope of eternal life. God did not 
give His Love Gift for animals, angels or planets, but only for men. 
This great price gives all men value even though they ignore, shun 
and despise it. 

Because of the price God willingly paid for the souls of men, a 
great promise has been given them. The hope of an eternal home 
in Heaven is a great energizer to prompt men to live for the God 
who has rescued them. The beauties and joys of Heaven are 
beyond earthly description. God is willing to share His Dwelling 
Place with men. This places a great value upon men. This promise 
of God makes men valuable in God's sight and should give him 
value before his fellows. Although men may deny and disregard 
the promise of Heaven, it remains one of the reasons men's lives 
have the great value they do. 

The Psalmist asks, "What is man that Thou art mindful of him?" 
The answer would be that man because of his creation, his soul, 
the price paid by God and the promise given by God is acknowl- 
edged by God to be of value. If man is valuable in God's eyes then 
certainly man should have value in the view of his fellow beings. 
The value of each person is so great because of God's accomplish- 
ments in that life that we must be careful in our treatment of others 
and our attitude even toward ourselves. Our dealings with others 
should be tempered with the knowledge that even if they have 
ignored or despised God's goodness to them, they have value. We 
need to realize the value of our own lives and live them to please 
God. 

God has given all men great value. Let us live as those who 
realize it. That is man's true greatness. 



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THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MARRIAGE VOW 

God made it clear in Exodus 34:7 that He will forgive on 
condition that the guilty repent and forsake their sins and trans- 
gressions. He has made the same requirement in the New 
Testament, possibly a little stronger. In I John 1:9 we read, "If we 
confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 
and to cleanse us from ail unrighteousness." True confession is 
followed by repentance. True repentance is feeling sorry enough 
to confess our sin, and turn or cease from sinning. In plain words, 
STOP IT. 

Sin will be judged both in the sinner and in the professing 
Christian. God is no respecter of persons. God, Himself, 
established and enforced judgments and laws in the Bible. All 
offenders are punished, both in the Old and New Testaments. 

Right from the beginning of the eariy Church, Eli and his sons 
were judged and slain. Even the place where they worshipped God 
was destroyed because of the sins of Eli. Achan was found out and 
stoned for his sin. In the New Testament, Ananias and Sapphira 
were judged and killed because they lied about money. Paul 
taught that warning the sinner should be done publicly that others 
may hear and take warning to themselves. John the Baptist 
preached true repentance very emphatically. God loves the sinner, 
but He hates sin. 

I read a statement made by a noted minister that seemed to me to 
indicate some of the reasons America is in the deplorable spiritual 
condition she is in. I quote, "Today, the majority of preachers will 
not preach against sin in their churches because they know it will 
not be accepted, especially among the best givers. They use all 
kinds of human reasoning to not preach against sin for fear of 
results, either from the church itself or from their denominational 
leaders." 

The Apostle Paul wrote many letters to the various churches in 
his time denouncing sin, and commanding and demanding that it 
be cast out of the church body. To the Church in Corinth, he wrote 
in I Cor. 5:13, "...Therefore put away from among yourselves that 
wicked person." In II Thess. 3:1 5, "Yet count him not as an enemy, 
but admonish him as a brother." 

When a so called minister does not take a stand against sin, and 
preaches to tickle the ear, to please men instead of God, we have 
instruction strongly given in II John 9-11, "Whosoever trans- 
gresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the 
Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this 
doctrine, (of Christ) receive him not into your house (Church) 
neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is 
PARTAKER OF HIS EVIL DEEDS." Jesus refers to such as a Blind 
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(be eternally lost). 

Now, we are coming to the center of my subject. The very heart 
and core of it, and that is, "Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage." 

There is a Heaven and there is a Hell. According to the Word of 
God, we are all going to be judged in the final Judgment. There will 
be two final pronouncements, one, "Enter into the joys of thy 
Lord." The other, "Depart from me, I never knew you." God made 
us creatures of choice. In that sense, we decide our own destiny. 

When a man and a woman enter into the solemn vow of marriage, 
God's law states that nothing but death shall separate them. This 
law forbids divorce and remarriage. Why? Because in remarriage 
one or both parties will have a living companion. In the course of 
married life, they will be committing adultery. 

If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, then consider seriously 
what He has to say about divorce and remarriage in Luke 16:18, 
"Whosoever putteth away his wife, and MARRIETH another, 
COMMITTETH ADULTERY: and whosoever marrieth her that is 
put away from her husband committeth adultery." This applies to 
the husband also. 

Pray, tell me what will happen on the day of judgment when 
lawyers who issued the divorce and to MINISTERS who married 
divorced people come up before the great Judge. Recent statistics 
show that approximately fifty per cent of the American people are 
ignoring the solemnity of the marriage vow. Living without the 
benefit of marriage, as man and wife or living in adultery. It is true 
that many ministers will remarry divorced individuals and retain 
them in full fellowship in their congregation. Some denominations 
even install men living in adultery into the ministry! 

The Apostle Paul made it very clear when he said, "We are bound 
by the law until death do us part." God instituted the Marriage Law. 
No lawyer, no court, no minister, no denomination can alter or 
amend that law. If anyone questions that statement, I refer them to 
Revelation 22:18-19. 

When a man and a woman are joined in wedlock, the Bible says 
"they", both of them, become as one. That union is not to be 
broken, except by death. If they try to join themselves to another, 
they become adulterers. 

Ministers who marry people into adultery are shutting the door of 
Heaven on them and are in a very dangerous situation, themselves. 
I make this statement upon the authority of I Corinthians 6:9-10. 
"...neither fornicators, nor adulterers,... shall inherit the kingdom of 
God." Also, in Matthew 7:15, Jesus' warning words, "BEWARE OF 
FALSE PROPHETS..." 

Is there any hope of salvation for any individual living in 
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adultery and live separate, one from the other, and continue that 
separation, God will forgive. The only sin God will not forgive is 
the sin against the Holy Ghost. 

If you stole another person's car, when you repent, you can no 
longer keep the car. You give back the car you stole. The same 
rule holds if you have taken some other person's companion. God 
will only forgive the deed, when you have given up your second 
mate. 

When Jesus met the woman at the well, she perceived that He 
was a prophet. He said to her, "Go bring your husband." She 
answered that she had none. Jesus told her, "You have had FIVE 
husbands and the one you have NOW is NOT YOUR HUSBAND." 
"It does not matter what happened to the others, the FIRST ONE IS 
STILL YOURS." 

How ridiculous it is for ministers to set up their judgments 
against the Lord's perfect understanding of God's Law. The Bible 
clearly teaches that there is no forgiveness without forsaking that 
sin. 

If the reader will carefully notice that in Luke 16:18 JESUS 
STATES, "Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, 
COMMITTETH ADULTERY: and whosoever marrieth her that is 
put away from her husband COMMITTEH ADULTERY." He used 
the term COMMITTEH and not COMMITTED. COMMITTED is a 
past action. COMMITTETH is a continual action and to continue to 
live in that relationship is to continue to live in sin. Romans 6:23, 
"For the wages of sin is DEATH (SPIRITUAL)..." The Bible 
definitely teaches that NO SIN will enter Heaven. 

The errors and misinterpretations that have entered into the 
Churches of America are due to the liberty modern preachers have 
taken to defy God's laws. They twist the Holy Writ, adding to, or 
taking away from — as they want it to read. 

It is God that joins a man and woman together in marriage and 
not the courts. Jesus gave a clear command, thus, "What God hath 
JOINED together, let no man put ASUNDER." 

Fornication is related to the subject of adultery. Fornication is 
indulging in sex before marriage. Adultery is unfaithfulness after 
marriage. Both are included in the category of those who WILL 
NOT inherit the kingdom of God. 

Marriage, divorce and remarriage are very common in this world 
today. But for a Christian the injunction still stands as recorded in 
II Corinthians 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." 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44718 



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THE MARRIAGE OF TRUTH AND ERROR 

Genesis 6:1, 2, 4, "And it came to pass, when men began to 
multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto 
them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they 
were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose... There 
were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the 
sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare 
children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, 
men of renown." 

Matt. 24:37-39, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the 
coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before 
the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in 
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not 
until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the 
coming of the Son of man be." 

The account found in Genesis 6 is one of much controversy. We 
have previously stated our reasons for rejecting the teaching that 
"the sons of God" were angels. Suffice it to say that we believe 
Scripture makes it clear that angels (fallen or not) do not marry. 
Also the marriage of spirit beings to human flesh comes under the 
category of myths and superstition. It seems obvious to us that a 
spirit has no ability to procreate. Furthermore the Lord Jesus 
Christ in the account taken from Matthew 24 made no mention of 
angels when referring to this account. 

We see the account found in Genesis as a symbol of marraige of 
truth and error that can be found within the earthly church today. 
There are three areas, very closely related, which we would like to 
look at in connection with our opening scriptures. 

The first area we would like to think about is a works salvation. 
We see the "sons of God" as a symbol of true salvation through the 
shed blood of Jesus Christ. We see the "daughters of men" as a 
symbol of false "salvation" through the wisdom and efforts of man. 
Today in the earthly church there has been a "marriage" of truth 
and error. The problem is that most who call themselves by the 
name of "christian" are confused about the difference between 
obedience and human works. The Apostle Paul makes the 
distinction quite clear in Philippians 2:12-13. "Wherefore, my 
beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but 
now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with 
fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will 
and to do of his good pleasure." The result of this "marriage" has 
been "giants" of error. It has resulted in the teaching that the 
giving of food, clothing and other necessities of life is equal to 
sharing the eternal life giving Gospel. It has also embraced the 
false teaching that enough good deeds will result in saving your 



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soul. The truth of the matter is we can be full of earthly good deeds 
and charity and still miss Heaven as our home. If it is not "God 
which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" it 
is all in vain. God cannot work in a vessel that has not been made 
pure by the blood of Jesus Christ. 

The second area we would like to think about is legalism. This is 
one of the most misunderstood terms in modern usage. The 
Scripture definition of legalism is trying to worship God by Old 
Testament means. The marriage of truth and error in this area has 
resulted in a confused earthly church. The truth is that the Old 
Testament is the inspired, infallible Word of God that was given to 
the Church as an example, primarily, to avoid the errors that the 
Israelites fell into. There are a few groups that teach a literal need 
of following Old Testament teachings and support the marriage of 
Church and State. While much of the Old Testament teachings 
would be right for the State, we must realize that Israel was the only 
Theocracy to ever exist as a human institution. The marriage of 
Church and State has resulted in the acceptance of Christians 
taking life and taking part in the politics of the land. This, along 
with such things as using musfcal instruments in worship, is a 
result of trying to marry the old with the new. The writer of 
Hebrews 8:13 tells us, "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath 
made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is 
ready to vanish away." 

The final area we would like to look at is Church tradition 
replacing a true salvation experience. We believe God ordained 
the traditions our Brethren forefathers followed. But tradition is 
not the same as a born again experience. We can be outwardly 
"pure" and "full of dead men's bones." It is not only the Brethren 
who have this problem but we must first of all clean our own house 
before we worry about the dirty floor of our neighbor. We must 
keep such things as baptism and feet washing are not merely 
church traditions but scriptural commands. We believe the first is 
essential for salvation and the second is an example of obedience 
because we are saved. As we have stated before, God is the final 
judge of those who have never experienced immersion baptism. 
But even this can be an exercise in futility if the individual has not 
repented and accepted the shed blood of Christ to cleanse from all 
sin. 

Have you truly repented and experienced the forgiveness of sin? 
The door of opportunity is open to all. Avoid the marriage of truth 
and error and search the Word of Truth, the Holy Bible, to guide 
your life. May each of us desire to do so. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 



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ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

To be a man.... 

We live in a strange society today. The male believes he is a man 
when he is able to participate in a relationship to become a father 
or sometimes when he can drive a car! But the role of being a 
man is very much more complex than that. It is not just 
biological It is having character, integrity, generosity, financial 
responsibility and a right attitude. It is knowing God and seeking 
out His will for his life. 

I fear that young men are frequently not taught the real qualities 
that make for their companionability today and this is one of the 
reasons why many marriages fail. There just isn't an under- 
standing of the role of the man in that relationship. The aggressive 
self-assertative" and "macho" man of this day might well be 
successful in business but he seldom meets the responsibilities 
needed to care for a wife and a family. I believe we might even 
choose to excuse this life-style as appropriate for getting along in 
the rough-and-tumble world we live in. But I see this as defective 
Rather than being dominating and aggressive, a man should learn 
the art of respect and relating to people in a gentle way. 

It is important that even though the man has the obligation of 
headship" and provision, he does not become superior to the 
woman. There is no superiority or inferiority factor involved They 
are equal... but not identical. In a sense, they are equal as are an 
apple and a pear, but they are different to the core. Now am I 
saying that the man shouldn't be uniquely male and the female 
uniquely female? Of course not. The man is the aggressor in the 
physical relationship with the woman. He is also the aggressor in 
business. At least he has to have the energy and fortitude to 
pursue making a living for himself and/or for his family. He is even 
the aggressor in love. This is that creative drive that leads to a 
compassionate action. 

A real man has the capacity to forgive. Because of the 
propensity toward aggressiveness this is sometimes difficult There 
must be a balance between the aggressive and recessive. Neither 
must be superior or inferior but both exercised with careful 
respect. 

Jesus demonstrated both roles in perfect balance. He was the 
perfect receptor in absorbing the hurts and cares of others into 
Himself. He was self-sacrificing, all-atoning and yet He also gave 
perfect expression to the way of the aggressor as well. He was the 
Lion who triumphed, defeating evil with courage and unflinching 
fidelity. a 

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abuse forgivingly. He was what a man should be by ultimate 
example. 

How, then, is the man measured? By his job? His skills? His 
salary capacity? Are these the yardsticks for comparing our 
manhood against others? 

Although it sounds like quite a task, the man is all of these... his 
work, hisfriendship, his citizenship, his religion, his family role. He 
is the worker, counselor, listener, citizen, member, provider, lover, 
confident. He has integrity, takes responsibility and works toward 
professional and spiritual proficiency. 

To be a man is to possess great strength to love another and yet 
not the need to dominate them. 

To be a man is to experience the courage to accept another 
person and yet not have the compulsion to be aggressive. 

To be a man is to keep faith with human values in relationships 
and not value oneself by his position or possessions. 

And finally, to be a man is to be free to give love and also to be 
free to accept love in return. 

Bro. Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 1, 1929 

LITTLE THINGS 

Ord L. Strayer 

For want of a nail a shoe was lost, 
For want of a shoe a horse was lost, 
For want of a horse a rider was lost, 
For want of a rider a battle was lost, 
For want of a battle a kingdom was lost, 
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. 

So it goes. Every event, every movement we make, every 
situation we are called upon to face in our everyday lives is of 
greater or less importance according to its effect on our lives. A 
match is a little thing but the fire it starts is limited in scope only by 
the amount of combustible material available. "The tongue is a 
little member and boasteth great things." A statement made by 
someone leaps from lip to lip developing and enlarging as it goes 
until it finally returns to its originator distorted, twisted, turned 
from truth into falsehood or what is infinitely more dangerous, a 
half truth, unrecognizable. The acorn is a little thing, yet placed in 
the ground it bursts forth and develops into the mighty oak which is 



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hewn down, moulded and fashioned to the needs of man. The seed 
of the giant trees of California is a very modest beginning for the 
mighty finished product of God's handiwork, towering hundreds of 
feet above the earth and containing enough lumber to build a 
whole village. 

Many large fortunes were started in a small way. A few pennies 
saved here, a dime somewhere else, here and there a little, added to 
the modest store already laid by and in a very short time a tidy sum 
has been accumulated. One of the highest executives of a large 
corporation started as office boy in the firm he now heads. He was 
placed in a room, when applying for hisfirst position, in which were 
a desk, a waste basket and a few matches strewn on the floor. While 
waiting for the appointing officer, he picked up the matches. The 
appointing officer came in, looked at the floor and hired him on the 
spot. 

The little things are very often the most important things in our 
lives, in nature, in business, in the shop, in school, wherever these 
things happen that we are prone to minimize for various reasons. 
The scratch on the hand is a "little" thing. A grain of sand or an 
unclean condition and the hand becomes infected. The hand, the 
arm, even life itself may be forfeited if care is not taken and all 
because of an inconsequential abrasion. 

The Dunkard Brethren Church has been severely criticized 
because of its holding to "little" things. The charge is made that we 
are too "fine haired" and engage in too much "hair splitting." We 
are also blamed for paying more attention to details than many 
churches today. We plead guilty to the charge that we have taken 
the New Testament and have studied it and formulated our 
doctrine not on the basis of making an attractive religion but with 
the idea uppermost in mind of attaining Christ's ideals. When the 
prayer veil was adopted, it was not because it was popular or that 
its adoption might lure many wealthy women into our organization. 
God forbid. It was adopted as one of the things about which there 
was definite teaching in the handbook of Christianity and because 
it was taught we adopted it as our own for observance. The Holy 
Kiss has been ridiculed and placed in the list of discarded ideas by 
all but a few organizations. It is "unsanitary", and "unnecessary" 
and "idiotic" and altogether useless. We are admonished to "greet 
one another with a Holy Kiss." We will hasten to admit that a man 
whose lips and beard are stained with tobacco juice or teeth tainted 
with nicotine or whose breath is rodolent of ardent spirits is not an 
inviting subject to salute but we also hasten to assert that such a 
salutation would not, indeed could not, be "holy." The children of 
God very seldom suffer as a result of the execution of a divine 



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command. We might go on down the line and set forth the 
arguments against baptism, feet washing. The Lord's supper in 
addition to the communion, anointing the sick, the plain dress, the 
simple life and our stand on divorce and remarriage all of which 
tenets have to do with our not being reckoned among the "popular" 
churches and are the direct reasons why we are not and probably 
will not be overburdened with numbers. 

But it is these little things that make and keep us distinctive, it is 
our adherence to these distinctive "little" things that keeps us close 
to the interpretation of Alexander Mack and above all, we believe, 
closer to the church of Jesus Christ. 

The little things are the important things in this case. Retaining 
these little things we could hardly enter the program of the 
federated, united, all embracing "church of churches" which is the 
mirage of Utopian and well paid pulpiteers of today. Its simple 
requirement that the communicant declare a belief in God, its 
"personal preference" forms of baptism, its pomposity, formality, 
higher criticism and impracticable doctrine, or lack of it, are not 
forms. We could not be a peculiar people if engulfed in the 
rapacious man of such a monster. We cannot become standardized 
on any doctrine except that which Jesus fostered. Nothing but 
continued attention to these details, the "little things" of religion, 
can avail to keep us separate from the world, the flesh and the devil. 

Let us consecrate our lives anew to the carrying out in full of the 
doctrines of the church. May we strike out boldly and with 
renewed vigor and courage in fighting the good fight of faith. Let 
us realize afresh that the things which may appear to be smallest 
are only the beginnings of mighty principles and tenets. And the 
church, our church, will grow in the knowledge of the truth and 
though small it shall become a mighty power for good in a world 
which is mindful of "little things". 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Nonconformity 
J. H. Moore 

Those who have become truly regenerated, and are new 
creatures in Christ Jesus having "put on the new man, which is 
renewed in knowledge" (Col. 3:9-10), will show by the life they live 
that they are not of this world, and will therefore not conform to the 
evil ways of the world. They prefer to conform their lives to the 
teachings of their Master, rather than to pattern after the ways of 
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Speaking on the subject of nonconformity, Paul in Rom. 12:2 
says: "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/' The Revised Version has this 
rendering: "Be not fashioned according to this world," or 
according to this "age," as it stands in the margin. While this 
transformation is brought about by the renewing of the mind, it 
nevertheless relates itself to every phase of the new and con- 
secrated life. It applies to character, methods of doing business, 
attending places of amusement and other places wholly un- 
becoming the Christian profession, as well as places of residence, 
houses of worship, occupations and even the clothing that is worn! 

Along all these lines the ideals of the world are modeled, not after 
the ideals that elevate, refine and purify, but after those that 
degrade. The follower of Christ is not to fashion his life after 
worldly models. When he renounced Satan with all his pernicious 
ways, and put on Christ in baptism, he turned his back to the world, 
and it is therefore but proper, as well as logical, that he should, by 
his manner of life, show that he is a new man, seeking higher and 
better ideals than those offered by the world. This should lead to a 
transformation sufficiently distinct to enable Christians to be living 
epistles, "known and read of all men" (II Cor. 3:2). They should be 
known by their manner of living, their dealings with their fellow- 
men and with one another, by the evils they shun, the good deeds 
they do, and by their well-studied efforts to avoid the things that 
have even the appearance of evil. Their character and deportment 
in life, in the interest of nonconformity, ought to be well enough 
defined to mark them as a separate people. 

Were this done, there would be little occasion for defining the 
Christian's metes and bounds in any department of life. Instead of 
falling in with the misleading ways of the unconverted, they would 
seek the ways that are higher and better. Instead of being 
influenced by the cravings, the greed, the lust, the extravagance, 
and amusements of the unrighteous, they would rise to a higher 
plane of living, and labor to influence others for good. 

Instead of being led astray by the vain, extravagant and unreason- 
able fashions of the age, they ought to study how they may avoid 
all these evils and yet secure for themselves and others all the 
comforts and benefits, generally, that well-selected clothing may 
afford. Instead of fashioning themselves like the unregenerated, let 
them choose for themselves clothing that is modest, comfortable 
and healthful. Instead of the world setting examples for the 
Christian along this or any other line, let the Christian take the lead, 
and set a good example for the world. This is true nonconformity! 



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It means a transformation that is sensible, reasonable, logical, 
scientific, and stands for something that is worthwhile. 

BREAD OF LIFE 

"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses 
gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the 
true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh 
down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." "And Jesus said 
unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never 
hunger; and he that believeth on me shali never thirst." "I am that 
bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are 
dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a 
man may eat thereof, and not die." Jesus is the living bread, which 
came down from Heaven. If any man eat of this bread he shall live 
forever. The bread that I gave is my flesh which I gave for the life of 
the world. This is that bread which came down from Heaven. Not 
as your fathers did eat manna and we died. But if you eat you will 
live forever. People seek Jesus not because of His miracles, but 
because he will feed you and you will be full. We are not to labour 
for meat which perisheth but for that meat which endureth unto 
everlasting life. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



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OBITUARY 

LAWRENCE BEERY 

Lawrence Wintrode Beery was born on March 20, 1900 near 
Fairfield, Ohio to Daniel Harvey and Ida (Heisey) Beery. He passed 
away from this life September 27, 1989 at the age of 89 years 6 
months and 7 days in the home of his son James and family near 
Nappanee, Indiana where he was tenderly cared for by his loving 
companion. 

He was married to Margaret Elizabeth Hissong, May 24, 1924. To 
this union was born three sons and three daughters. 

They lived near Union, Ohio farming until retirement in 
Homestead, Florida. 



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Early in life he accepted Christ as his Savior and was a faithful 
member of the Old German Baptist Brethren. 

His wife, Margaret, was killed in an accident in December, 1963. 

In June, 1965 he married Orpha (Austin) Tansey who survives. 
He is, also, survived by the following children: William and wife 
Miriam, Joann and husband Marlin Hege, Ruth and husband Philip 
Ritter, Naomi and husband Jay Bauman, Paul and wife Ruth, 
James and wife Betty; thirty-three grandchildren; sixty-four great 
grandchildren; one step-daughter, Ruth Ann and husband Wendell 
Jones; two step daughters-in-law, Dorothy Tansey and Mildred 
Tansey; ten step grandchildren, eight great step grandchildren and 
other relatives. Two brothers and two step sons preceded him in 
death. 

Services by the home Brethren were held at 9:00 A.M. at the 
Leinhart Funeral Home in Wakarusa, Indiana and at 9:30 A.M. at the 
Goshen Old German Baptist church house, concluding with burial 
at the Fairview Cemetery in Englewood, Ohio. 

The family 



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The Goshen Congregation invites you to join them in prayer and 
presence, November 10 through 19. Elder Dennis St. John will 
bring the Word of God to us. Lovefeast Services will be November 
18 at 7 P.M. 

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leave the issue to him. — John Jay. 



Don't be fooled by a pretty face; 
Look for character and grace. 



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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, PA 17403 
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Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
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Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

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RELIEF BOARD 

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Hayes Reed, Chairman 
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Harley Flory, Secretary 
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Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
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VOL. LXVII 



NOVEMBER 15, 1989 



NO. 22 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



FREE SALVATION 

I'm glad salvation's free, 
And without price or cost; 

For had it been for me to buy, 
My soul must have been lost. 

In this cold world below, 

With none to care for me, 
A pilgrim often sad and lone, 

I'm glad salvation's free. 

Once I was blind and lost, 

Of sin and sorrow full; 
But now I'm saved thro' Jesus' blood, 

I feel it in my soul. 

And now I'm on my way 

To brighter worlds above; 
I hope to triumph evermore 

Through my Redeemer's love. 



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STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS 

In the United States, Thanksgiving is identified with the settle- 
ment of Plymouth Colony by a group of Christians, who two 
hundred years later came to be called Pilgrims. They had been 
persecuted in England because they did not adhere to the state 
church. They became strangers among the Dutch. Later they 
determined to go to the New World where they could establish their 
own colony and worship as they thought right. 

They became pilgrims seeking a place where they would be able 
to worship without interference by the religious authorities of 
England. Their journey to America was a very difficult one. There 
were deaths and physical hardships during the voyage. There were 
even worse sufferings awaiting them on shore. Through sickness 
and poverty they were sustained and were able to establish 
agricultural pursuits to the extent they could live comfortably. 

After coming through so many hardships, as they saw improve- 
ment in their condition, they expressed their thanks to the God who 
had sustained them through the difficult times. They proclaimed a 
Thanksgiving feast which included the Native Americans who had 
helped them during their difficult season. 

If our knowledge of pilgrims and strangers is limited to this group 
involved in settling our country, we have limited ourselves to a 
small part of a subject that covers thousands of years. "Pilgrims 
and strangers," describes more people than a small band of 
seventeenth century persecuted Christians. 

Abraham is considered the Father of the Faithful. His service for 
the Lord was completed long before the Law was given to Moses so 
he could be the Spiritual father not only of the Jews who were his 
physical descendants but also of Christians who are his Spiritual 

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descendants. Abraham became a pilgrim when he was told by God 
to leave his father's house and to go to another land where he 
would be a stranger. Terah's home had become a place of idol 
worship so God wanted Abraham in another place to establish 
worship, motivated by faith. Abraham demonstrated his faith by 
leaving his father's house and his relatives and friends to go he 
knew not where. He became a wanderer. He went to the general 
area that would afterwards become the Promised Land but he 
could never quite settle down because he was not certain where he 
should be. He lived as a stranger even in the land that should be 
his. It would afterwards belong to his descendants after they 
returned from Egypt under the leadership of Moses and Joshua. 

Although Abraham had been given many promises of a land for 
the coming generations, he at that time was childless and 
apparently landless. He continued to have faith. 

Pilgrims have a difficult journey to make. As they travel from one 
place to another they must travel through foreign lands. As they go 
toward their goal they have to face many dangers and setbacks. As 
aliens they do not have the protection that belongs to the citizens 
of those countries they travel through. Because they are 
wanderers they are viewed with suspicion and are subject to the 
whims of the authorities. As strangers they may be waylaid by the 
lawless. There may be many restrictions imposed upon them. But 
they continue until they reach their destination. 

As the Spiritual descendants of Abraham, Christians need to 
realize that they are, strangers and pilgrims in the world. Christians 
live in a world that is not friendly toward them nor their beliefs. 
They must travel through the world with their eye upon the ultimate 
goal. 

There are many times when the Christian is tempted to settle 
down in this world and to become a citizen and enjoy the benefits 
that go with it. The Christian has to remember that he already has 
citizenship in Heaven although it does not appear so. The 
Christian must choose to pursue his citizenship in Heaven or to 
become tied to the affairs of this world. It is easy to be tied to 
worldly affairs when we have possessions within its system. We 
can become more concerned about these things than about those 
duties that come with our Heavenly citizenship. 

The world about us would love to have us settle down and 
proclaim our citizenships here. The world would promise many 
benefits. Later there would be a price to pay, for every country 
must collect the taxes needed to provide the promised benefits. 
The taxes of the world are high. The price may not be worth the 
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promises that will not be kept. The Christian must continue as the 
pilgrim and stranger, moving through this world on the way to the 
Land where he has a better citizenship. 

At this Thanksgiving Season, think not only of Plymouth's 
Pilgrims but think of Abraham the original pilgrim. Think not only 
of his own trek but think how as his Spiritual descendant you must 
also be a stranger and pilgrim as you travel through this world. Be 
thankful God has provided a way through His Son to become a 
citizen of that far better world. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Thanksgiving.... for growth. 

I AM THANKFUL.... Thankful for God's great gift of the ability to 
gain His very nature and learn how to express it. This may well be 
the greatest gift of God to the Christian. The author of the Book of 
Genesis calls the gift the "image and likeness of God." Paul says it 
is the "mystery hidden for generations." Christ spoke of it as the 
"kingdom of God" which is within us. God can give no greater gift 
than that of His own nature of absolute good, infinite love, eternal 
life, full joy and unfailing strength. Jesus told us to be perfect even 
as our Father in heaven is perfect and although it sounds like a 
God-sized assignment, He knew that we would have the God-sized 
ability to carry it out with His dwelling in us. 

This is nothing we can buy. It doesn't come through begging, 
beseeching or cleverness. We can't earn it by doing good works. It 
is the free gift, joyously given and fully available to ail through the 
grace of God. We must treat it as a gift and express our thanks- 
giving for it. 

Only through accepting the gift of Christlikeness with gratitude 
can we fully experience its riches. If we do not accept it and are full 
of ingratitude, we will constantly complain and deny His goodness. 
Gratitude and thanksgiving affirm our spiritual connection with 
God and is very important to our Christian wellbeing. 

We experience the fullness of the kingdom or nature of God as 
we experience great praise and thanksgiving in our life. When we 
praise anything, we recognize, acknowledge and affirm the 
presence of good, both in a visible and invisible way. Through 
praise, good is already entering our hearts and minds. When we 
give thanks, we are expanding our awareness and consciousness 
of God in our life. 

If we direct our heart and mind to praise and give thanks for any 
gift, we will be amazed at how quickly it will increase in value. 

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and our ability to express it. This gift includes all the lesser gifts. 
Even the Son of God and the Father are One... so we can be one 
with them. We can experience the nature of Christ as we grow in 
total commitment to His will for our life and allow His Spirit to 
express Himself fully in us. Within this grace, we are offered His 
healing, His forgiveness, His supply and His love. 

As we become more Christ-like we will grow in our ability to 
accept the Divine nature into our life. God will not deny His own 
nature and He will always respond to a heart and mind that is 
totally open to Him. 

As you continue to praise and give thanks, you will be more and 
more aware of the new current of spiritual energy flowing from 
within your being. This is that outflowing from the nature of God 
that is within us through the indwelling of His Spirit. And due to it, 
our own nature will become more and more like that of the Lord... 
our pattern of feelings, our thinking, our actions will be Christ 
centered. This energy will be a living flame that will allow us to be a 
spiritual being that transcends our own limited feelings, thoughts, 
words and actions. The "old man" will fade, the "new man" will be 
a full realization. 

Praise God for spiritual growth. Allow yourself to progress to 
maturation with the current of God's life, love, joy and strength 
surging within you. We will have some struggles, problems and 
uncertainties because we are human beings... but these will be only 
growing pains to a new self in Christ. 

This is the season of Thanksgiving. Thank you, God, for 
allowing me to have the gift of your "likeness." 

Brother Len Wertz 

ONLY FIVE THINGS? 

If I were to write down 

Five things I am thankful for, 

One would be for God's great love, 

Then, His Son as my Savior. 

And, too, I am so thankful 
Christ sent the Holy Spirit 
To teach me to understand 
Grace; that's in His Holy Writ. 

I'm thankful for all the blessings 
That are poured down on me, 
That I live in a country 
Where so many things are free. 



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And that Christ rose from the tomb, 
Is now in heaven above, 
That some day He'll come again 
For those who serve Him with love. 

I'm thankful that I can pray 
To my Redeemer and King 
Ask Him for things I need, 
And an answer He will bring. 

I thank Him for family 
For church, sisters, and brothers, 
For shelter, food, and clothing, 
Friends, and so many others. 

There are beauties of nature, 
I could never name them all, 
And if I ever tried to, 
It would take a miracle! 

- Sister Irene Stout 
Rt. 1 Box 160 
Wabash, Indiana 

EXPRESSING OUR THANKS 

I Thessalonians 3:9, "For what thanks can we render to God 
again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before 
our God;" 

All of us are indebted to others for many things we enjoy in life. 
We are indebted to our parents for giving us physical life. We are 
indebted to them for taking care of us before we were able to do so 
for ourselves and for providing food and clothing and other 
necessities of life. (We realize there are parents who do not live up 
to their parental responsibilities but we are speaking in general at 
this point.) Do we ever take the time and effort to express our 
thanks to those to whom we are indebted to in a tangible way? 

While we do not personally believe that America was founded on 
true Christian principles, we do believe that we are indebted to 
those who gave us the freedoms and blessings which we enjoy. We 
recognize the flag as being a symbol of war and the killing that 
goes with it, yet we believe that we should express our respect for 
what it stands for by refusing to take part in any act which would 
desecrate it. We should express our thanks by being good citizens, 
paying our taxes honestly and praying for those who are in 
authority over us in government. We, of course, cannot take part in 
the political system by voting or holding office and going to war 
would violate the commandment of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus 
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For those of us who do not own our own business we are 
indebted to those who provide a pay check to pay our bills. If you 
do own your own business you are indebted to those to whom you 
offer your services and any employees you might have under you. 
We who work for others should express our thanks by trying to do 
the job that is expected of us. We should be at work unless 
sickness or some other valid reason prohibits. Some of us may 
even be obligated to work on a Sunday. However, if our job does 
not include Sunday in our regular work schedule we do not believe 
we should volunteer to work overtime on the Lord's Day. We 
should never take part in any strike or act of rebellion against a 
company. If a strike should occur we may be obligated to (or even 
choose to) stay at home but we should never take an active part. If 
you employ others you should "do unto others as you would have 
them do unto you." A businessman should never try to take 
advantage of his customers and should provide the best service 
possible. 

Most of us have more food and clothing than we really need. We 
have our houses full of beautiful furniture. Some of it is new and 
some is furniture that has been handed down. Our houses, them- 
selves, are often great edifices. They are many times filled with all 
the greatest contraptions and creature comforts. Without making a 
moral judgement on Christians having such luxury, do we express 
our thanks by helping those in need? The Apostle James exhorts 
us in James 2:15-16, "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?" And the 
Apostle Paul instructs us in Galatians 6:10 "As we have therefore 
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who 
are of the household of faith." To argue that we cannot take care of 
all the needy or that there are too many good charities to support 
them all is merely a means of avoiding our Christian obligation. 
While we do not believe it is wrong to give to other charities, our 
first and greatest gifts should go to the Church. The Church, in 
turn, should be a center to help those in need whenever the 
opportunity presents itself. We should be willing to give beyond 
our offerings to the Church; and help anyone in need who crosses 
our path in life as God provides the means. 

Most of us can be thankful for the friends we have, especially the 
brothers and sisters who share the faith. Do we express our thanks, 
by reaching out to those who are lonely or in need of a touch of 
love and kindness? While we believe very strongly in a need to 
contend for the faith, we do not believe this means we cannot reach 



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out in love to someone we may not agree with or does not practice 
the standards we believe the Bible calls for. We come across many 
in life's pathway who are struggling with marital breakups, the loss 
of a loved one, a disease that has no cure and other tragedies in 
life. Do we "reach out and touch someone?" Do we take the time 
and effort to write to those who are lonely or discouraged? We 
have some, right in our Dunkard Brethren Church, who need our 
encouragement and Christian love. 

We have saved the most important for last. We must thank God 
for all that we have including life itself. Even beyond mortal life we 
express our thanks with the hymn writer who wrote these words: 
'Thank you Lord for saving my soul, 
Thank you Lord for making me whole. 
Thank you Lord for giving to me, 
Thy great salvation so rich and free." 
Have you experienced this great salvation? The Lord Jesus 
Christ shed His blood on Calvary so you may have it without cost. 
Let each of us strive to express our thanks to God foremost and to 
others who help us along the pathway of life by being obedient to 
His Word and loving others through word and deed. 

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

ANSWERS TO OUR PRAYERS 

If we belong to Christ, and are living close to Him we can call 
upon Him and He will answer. "... I will deliver him, and honour 
him... and shew him my salvation." Psalms 91:15-16. Jesus has 
promised to hear our needs, He will not forsake us. If we call upon 
the Lord, He will answer. In Isaiah He tells us before we call He will 
answer and while we are speaking He will hear. Jesus tells us to, 
"... Ask, and, it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, 
and it shall be opened unto you." Luke 11:9. If we abide in Him and 
our words abide in Him ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done 
unto you. 

But if we fall from Christ He will not hear our prayers. We can 
call but He won't answer. 

Let us each one be very careful and keep living on the straight 
and narrow way. Keeping very close to Him. Let us always be on 
our guard for the world is so full of false preachers and prophets we 
all must be very careful so we won't be deceived. 

Let no one deceive you. If they tell you a scripture in the Bible 
says so and so, look it up, don't let them deceive you. For we are 
told in God's Holy Word the day will come when there will be a 



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falling away of the faithful. We already see it today. Many whom 
seemed to be loyal Christian church workers have left the church 
and gone back into the world or to other denominations that don't 
follow Christ's teachings. 

Let us all earnestly pray that we will do all in our power to help 
the weaker members and see if we can save them before it is too 
late. Let us pray for the church that she will be able to stand and 
stay close to the Lord and be faithful to Him till He sees fit to call us 
Home is my prayer. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



THE LORD'S WORK 

How sweet is the life that is given to service. 
No joy can be deeper; no bliss more complete 
Than to yield our own talents and will to the Master 
And lovingly lay it all at His feet. 

How sweet to go forth in youth's happy morning, 
To win golden sheaves for the Mansions above. 
How sweet to face danger, hardships and trials, 
Oh, sweet any sacrifice when its motive is love. 

How sweet when alone mid the roar of the lions 
To know that the Saviour is close by your side, 
And through the dark shadows, the trial and suffering, 
His love and His care doth ever abide. 

How sweet when at last our dear Master shall render 
The harvest of earth to His garner in. 
Each gleaner his share of reward shall gather 
For the souls that in suffering they did win. 

And some of the gleaners He calls out yonder, 
Over the roar of the billows' foam, 
While others can gather the fruit of His harvest 
Around the doorstep of home, sweet home. 

Oh, there is a field for all who will labor, 
And God sees the motive within our breast. 
The darkness is gathering; oh, let us hasten 
To gather the harvest and do our best. 

How sweet when at last angel voices shall welcome 
The labourers home when life's work is done. 
When pearly gates open away in the distance 
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Oh blessed thought; in that home is no parting, 

No bitter goodbyes on that beautiful shore. 

With our Blessed Redeemer and loved ones we'll gather 

To walk on the streets of pure gold evermore. 

May God's richest blessings forever be with you, 
And know that your labour shall not be in vain. 
With hearts sad and lonely we ever shall miss you, 
But will know that our loss is the heathen world's gain. 

- Albertine Bowman 
Selected by Brother Paul R. Myers 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 15, 1929 

THE GREAT EXAMPLE 

Reuben Shroyer 

"And being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself and 
became obedient unto death even the death of the cross." (Phil. 
2:8) 

We are all children going to school. The Bible is our text book 
and Jesus our teacher. This world is our school room, and this life 
our school term. Our school life is one of instruction, discipline 
and preparation. Our school life is also one of probation. The 
house of probation is large enough and the school term of life long 
enough to enable all to secure the object for which we have been 
placed here. In this school of life there are many important lessons 
to be learned. The most important is the all comprehensive lesson 
of obedience to God. This is absolutely essential to success. 
Without it there can be no adjustment to our various relations, no 
perfecting of character and no happiness. The life that has not 
learned this lesson ends in failure and disaster. 

The scriptures record everywhere marks the steps in the pathway 
of obedience with beautiful lines of living light while all along the 
pathway of human history the movements of the divine purpose are 
seen tending in the same direction. God has set before us all the 
lessons of history and the teachings of the scriptures to constrain 
us to obedience to his will. God has placed us in families in 
communities in nations and under government. God desires 
obedience to parents in the family, obedience to teachers in the 
school, obedience to the ruler of the land that thus we might the 
more easily rise to the highest relation with the Father, the ruler of 
all and walk before him with glad and ready obedience all our life. 
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into this school room of earth and school of life to begin side by 
side with his fellowmen to learn its lessons, to do its humble work, 
to endure its trials, to realize its discipline, to secure its highest 
objects and to glorify human life forever. Jesus passed through the 
entire range of this school life, proved its possibilities and mastered 
all its details. He learned its lessons as none had ever learned them 
before and thus became the one and only example of perfect 
obedience and as such we are to consider him, learn of him and 
follow him. He learned obedience in this school of human life, he 
humbled himself beyond our measure of conception in coming to 
us in fashion as a man in the form of a servant and then being found 
in this fashion he humbled himself to the fullest extent of 
obedience even unto death — the death of the cross. He used the 
sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. He was tempted in all 
points as we are and yet without sin. 

He was put to the severest tests of loyalty and obedience to his 
heavenly Father at every turn of life, and he endured the tests in the 
same way that we can endure by the grace and help of God. He 
learned obedience by the things which he suffered. He became 
obedient. Jesus carried obedience to the Father through his whole 
life on earth in all its relations in all its experiences to the highest 
possible point, namely, the death on the cross. Paul says he 
became obedient unto death even the death of the cross. In this 
experience he met the supreme test of obedience. When the great 
waves of anguish began to roll in upon him he prayed, "If it be 
possible cause this cup to pass, but not my will, but thine, be 
done." Under the dreadful eclipse of his Father's face while dying 
on the cross he said, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken 
me." 

Through all these experiences he was obedient until at last he 
cried out with his expiring breath, "It is finished." More he could 
not do. It is finished. The plan of redemption was finished. Christ 
came into the world to save sinners. To this end he came to the 
earth and lived a perfect life in obedience to the will of his Father to 
show us how to live. Thus by his obedience he opened the way of 
development up to the very highest possibilities of human 
character and achievement as well as to the purity, the blessedness 
and the eternal glory of heaven. It is written of him that as a 
consequence of his humiliation and obedience God hath highly 
exalted him and gave him his name which is above every name that 
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven 
and things on earth and things under the earth and that every 
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God 
the Father. (Phil. 2:9-11) 



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Looking down from his throne upon those for whom he gave his 
life, he says to them with inspiring assurance to him that over- 
cometh I will give to sit with me in my throne. It is only as we follow 
Christ our example in the way of obedience, and walk even as he 
walked that we can hope to accomplish our high mission in life. We 
need to seek for no other than the old way of obedience, there is no 
other way to victory and perfection. Jesus says he that will come 
after me, live as I have lived and attain its true end, let him deny 
himself and take up his cross and follow me. He that forsaketh not 
all that he hath cannot be my disciple. He who would reach the 
place where Christ dwells must go the way Christ went. If we 
desire the fullest development of mind and heart and constant 
fellowship and communion with God we must be led by the 
Master's spirit. 

Yes, dear reader, it is necessary that we be touched by the high 
inspiration of the divine life that Jesus walked in. He, Jesus, was in 
the way of toil, sacrifice, suffering and even death. Yes, that way 
led him through Gethsemane and the judgment hall and to calvary. 
It led him also to Olivet and to glory. To his followers he says, 
"Whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose 
his life shall save it." He who follows Christ's perfect example, 
secured by his abiding presence is truly blest, and shall rise higher 
into purer light and higher experience and wisdom, love and 
power, and at last enter with the dear Lord into his glory to be like 
him and be with him forever. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Modest Attire 
J. H. Moore 

Even in his day, when there were no great clothing trusts to 
dictate the fashions, Peter deemed it wise to say something 
regarding Christian attire. While the adorning of women is directly 
named, still what he says will, in principle, apply to men as well. We 
quote from 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 corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet 
spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 

Peter does not stand alone in insisting on the modest attire for 
Christian women. Paul comes to his support with the following 
instructions: "In like manner with shamefacedness and sobriety; 
not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which 
becometh women professing godliness) with good works." (I Tim. 



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2:9-10) By "modest apparel" is meant that which stands for 
modesty, comfort and economy. Taste is by no means forbidden, 
for one may show the very best of taste in selecting plain clothing. 

The idea of both writers is to discourage the use of any article of 
attire worn merely for adornment or display. This includes jewelry 
of every class, as well as feathers, flounces, ruffles and all display 
trimmings. But it does not prohibit that which is neat, tidy, tasteful 
and fitting. Plain and modest clothing, such as becometh holy men 
and women, is the burden of the lesson, and those who do not heed 
the teachings of the apostles on this subject are guilty of violating 
just that much of the Word of God. 

The New Testament religion is a plain, sensible, reasonable 
religion. Its purpose is to develop a body of people noted for their 
simplicity, loyalty and good common sense. The teachings of Paul 
and Peter on the dress question comes within these limits. This is 
the conclusion, regarding the attire, that has been reached by the 
most devout, and the best thinkers of Christendom. In their 
writings and teachings they stand for plain dressing and oppose 
that which is immodest, extravagant and worn for mere display. 

These are days when fashion rules. Fashions, from year to year, 
are regulated by a well-organized system. In deciding what people 
should wear this year, next year, or in other years to come, no 
account whatever is taken of economy, comfort, consistency, or 
even modesty. Even health must be sacrificed for what may be 
considered fashionable. The purpose, from start to finish, is 
display. In the field of industry the aim is to improve machinery 
from year to year. Men dispense with old machinery, or old tools, 
in order that, in purchasing the new, they may secure something 
that is better. Not so in changing the styles. There is no thought of 
placing on the market something better than has been worn. The 
ruling thought is something different, regardless of physical, 
mental or spiritual consequences. 

Not only so, but the people who originate styles, and dictate 
what should be worn, are not Christians. They do not plan for the 
converted, but for the unconverted. The aim is to make worldly 
people still more worldly. The Christian man or the Christian 
woman who falls in with the ever-changing styles, is simply lining 
up with the ungodly. Furthermore, those who fall in with these 
styles never dress plainly. They make no attempt to conform to the 
ideal in attire, recommended by the two apostles whom we have 
quoted. What they say is ignored, while what is recommended by 
the managers of the styles is given more consideration than they 
would ever think of giving the Gospel. 

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laid down in the New Testament, cannot afford to overlook the 
importance of teaching and insisting on plain, modest and 
becoming attire for men and women. The church that neglects this 
duty is simply permitting pride to play havoc with the spirituality 
that should characterize the humble and devout followers of the 
meek and lowly Jesus. 

A few generations ago many of the churches were plain. The 
members believed in simplicity and the ministers taught and 
insisted on plainness with a zeal worthy of the cause they 
represented. But in most of them the leaders of fashions gained 
the ascendency, and today there is not the first mark of distinction 
between the unconverted and the church members. The condition 
is deplorable. It simply means the quenching of the Spirit, the 
departure of simplicity and the installing of worldliness. There are 
only a few more plain churches left, and pride is making its inroads 
into their ranks. Shall they surrender their claims in the interest of 
New Testament plainness, or will they stand by this part of the 
Gospel? Our prayer is, — and let it be the prayer of every devout 
reader, — that the plain churches may continue to stand for plain- 
ness, modesty and reason in the Christian attire. 

DON'T CLOSE THE MEETINGHOUSE 

Not too long ago on a Lord's Day morning, my wife and I quickly 
ate breakfast and dressed our seven children in anxious antici- 
pation of visiting a neighboring congregation of believers. We got 
there in plenty of time, but no one else showed up. Not only did we 
travel nearly sixty miles out of our way but we knew of no other 
place in the area we could attend worship. We found out later that 
the minister was away holding a revival meeting service, so 
services were canceled. 

Now we know that before Jesus returned to Heaven He left us 
with a commission. "Go ye therefore and teach all nations." We 
also know that the scriptures admonish us to meet together. I Peter 
3:15 says "... be ready always to give an answer to every man that 
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and 
fear." We should not be afraid to keep the meetinghouse open. 
Some needy soul just may arrive at the door and need us that 
morning. 

Traditionally the brethren have believed and practiced the plural, 
unsalaried ministry. One of its purposes is to allow its ministers to 
preach the gospel elsewhere and work among its people without all 
the work falling on one person. It also helps to prevent the idolatry 
we see with single pastorates. Brethren should try to work within 
the framework which God has instituted. Jesus sent His disciples 



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out by twos. By the same token it is good to have more than one 
minister in a congregation. 

With all the church buildings round about us with their spires and 
steeples rising toward heaven like little Towers of Babel, our plain 
meetinghouses speak silent testimony to the manner in which God 
really wants His people to worship. It does little for the cause of 
Christ to have the meetinghouse and not have it open and 
operating. 

Years back before a group I fellowshipped with had a meetplace 
of their own they tried to rent an old-fashioned building from a 
conservative group. They had built a bigger building and only used 
the old one one weekend a year, but rather than rent it to a budding 
group of Christians they opted for keeping it closed so they could 
use it once a year. Will the Lord deal harshly with them? I hope not 
but I fear so. We must no longer look at neighboring groups of 
Christians as "competition," but rather as co-laborers. In the 
Christian life there are not cousins, only brethren. You are either a 
brother or you are not. Let us open our doors and keep them open, 
not only to our brethren, but to those from the world. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 

Box 433 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 

NEWS ITEMS 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation enjoyed a week's Revival, October 8 
through 15, with Bro. Dale Jamison as evangelist. We had sermons 
that were inspiring and helpful. Although there were no souls 
added to the Church, those who attended were well fed. 

We were happy when a good number of young people came for 
the weekend from Iowa and Pennsylvania. We were glad for all our 
visitors and appreciated the prayers offered up for this Revival! May 
God bless Bro. Dale and Sis. Doris as they continue in the work of 
the Church. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 
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When things in this old world go wrong, be calm and strong, for 
trouble does not last long. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 1989 

December 3 - The Bride, the Lamb's Wife - Revelation 21:9-16. 

1. Who is the Bride of Christ? 

2. Are we ready to be part of the Bride? 

December 10 - The Wall of the City - Revelation 21:17-27. 

1 . What are the dimensions of the city and wall? 

2. Name the precious stones of the city. 

December 17 - The Throne of God; Heaven - Revelation 22:1-9. 

1. Name some things seen in Heaven. 

2. Will we be part of those around the throne? 
December 24 - THE BIRTH OF CHRIST - Isaiah 9:1-7. 

1. Is Christ our Counselor, our Prince of Peace? 

2. Is the message of Christmas one of giving or receiving? 
December 31 - "Come" - Revelation 22:10-21. 

1 . Who is the Alpha and Omega? 

2. Have we responded to the great invitation... "Come"? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR DECEMBER 1989 

December 3 - Fellowship - Gen. 5:24; Gen. 6:8-9; Ps. 73:23-28; 
Matt. 18:19-20; Luke 24:15-32; I Jn. 1:3-10; John 15:4-10. 

1 . Define and apply fellowship to the Christian life. 

2. Why is fellowship with God, to His people, so important? 
December 10 - Appearances - I Sam. 16:4-7; Matt. 6:1-5; 16-18; 

Luke 20:46-47; II Cor. 5:12; II Cor. 10:7. 

1. Name some reasons God appeared to men in the past. 

2. Are you ready for the greatest of all appearances? Titus 2:13. 

December 17 - Disfigurement - Pro. 21:29-31; Is. 3:9-24; II Pet. 

1:3-4; Rev. 13:16-17; 19-20. 
December 24 - The Christmas Story - Luke 2:1-33. 

1. What does Christmas mean to you? 

2. Has Jesus received the gift He wants from you? 
December 31 - The Grace of God - Ps. 84:1-1 2; Acts 1 1 :21-24; I Cor. 

3:10-14. 

1 . What does the Grace of God mean to you? 

2, Name some ways the grace of God can bless us. 



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VOL. LXVII DECEMBER 1,1989 NO. 23 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and OUR WATCHWORD: Go into ail 
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. 

INNER PEACE 

When you have the Lord within you, 

You have a love that won't cease. 
When you see troubles about you, 

You'll still have an inner peace. 

You'll have concern for others 

That live in darkness of sin. 
You'll have a desire to guide them 

To Christ, who gives peace within. 

Your caring just leads to sharing 

The gifts God's given to you. 
And you don't feel it's a duty — 

It's something you want to do. 

Now "duty" can lead to "beauty"... 

Faith and repentance take o'er, 
And a soul living for Satan 

Walks the way of sin no more. 

It's washed in the blood of Jesus 
And knows the depths of God's love; 

It's then it has that inner peace 
Coming from God up above. 

- Sister Irene Stout 



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COSMETICS 

Billions of dollars are spent in the United States every year to 
purchase cosmetics. Cosmetics have become a big industry 
because people believe their natural beauty is not good enough. 
They must use these various aids to improve their looks. 

The idea of preserving or enhancing natural beauty is the brain- 
child of those unsatisfied with their appearance because they have 
been persuaded they must adopt the appearance of movie person- 
alities or other famous people. No one is satisfied with God's 
design. Because of the shifting ideas of beauty, they must change 
cosmetics so they can make themselves look as the current fad 
dictates. 

People are unwilling to admit that God's design for human 
appearance is best. The very people, who would not dare be 
conformed to the Spiritual ideal of beauty, are the ones who rush to 
be conformed to the latest style no matter how outlandish or 
indecent. The sale of cosmetics only indicates the under lying 
problem of self imoortance and the defiance of God. 

Too often the ideal of beauty comes from Hollywood. The 
current fad is inspired by those who often are the most immoral 
and outlandish of all people. Whatever the current style, it involves 
various applications of chemicals, which are often unhealthy, to 
the face, eyes, hair or nails. These cosmetics may be co-ordinated 
to match the clothes so as various colors come and go with the 
current fad, it is necessary to get new cosmetics and clothes to 
keep up with ever changing fashion. 

In the hands of a cosmetic artist, these various applications can 
produce an appearance that is appealing to the human eye. The 
usual application of these preparations in the hands of the 

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untrained creates a picture that often is not very pleasing. Often it 
is almost hideous and sometimes downright disgusting. 

Cosmetics may have a limited usefulness in repairing features 
that have been destroyed or distorted by accident or disease. The 
use of these items may be necessary for the well-being of that 
victim's mental health. But this constitutes a very minisicule part of 
the cosmetic business. 

Some go beyond the use of lotions and potions to create beauty 
according to current fashion. Some undergo surgery to restore 
their looks to that of a younger age. Some are willing to have 
multiple surgeries, even repeatedly, to mask, at least from them- 
selves, the evident fact that they are growing older. This is a 
symptom of their desire to remain young so they will not seem to 
be approaching death. Death is a terror to most humans because 
they have high handedly ignored God's claim on their lives. By 
remaining forever young through cosmetics and surgery they think 
to forestall the inevitable. 

God's ideal of beauty is far different from man's. The models 
posed in glamour magazines are far from what God considers to be 
beautiful. Just as Samuel could not perceive which of Jessie's sons 
should be anointed to be king so men have a distorted idea of 
beauty. God sees what men cannot see. He can see the heart and 
the mind. He knows the intentions as well as the outward actions. 
He understands the inner attitudes. 

It is the inner person that appears to God as beautiful or ugly. 
The human body will perish. Whatever actions have been done in 
order to preserve it will not preserve it one second longer. But the 
soul — the inner being of a person — will continue for eternity. So 
the efforts made to preserve and enhance the natural beauty will 
not avail its desired result. The effort could better be expended 
upon the betterment of the inner man. 

God's plan is for people to give their greatest efforts toward 
beautifying the inner being and to have little concern for the beauty 
of the outward shell. He does give some direction concerning the 
public presentment of the outer shell. It is not to be decorated by 
jewelry, cosmetics or stylish hairdoes. The raiment is to be modest 
both in covering the body and in cost. 

The inner being needs to be continuously trained to produce the 
Spiritual fruit that is expected of Christians. The world expresses 
itself through outward show. The outer shell is extensively 
decorated to gain the interest of those around who would look at 
them. It is of little importance whether that decoration is hideous 
or truly beautiful — just so it gains attention. This is the opposite of 
God's plan for the Christian. He wants the Christian to develop a 



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meek and quiet spirit. There should be that feeling of humility that 
creates a heart of reverence and a life of service. It is a spirit that 
first looks up at God in awe and then at others in love and willing- 
ness to serve. It does not easily draw attention to itself but rather to 
God and others. 

The best cosmetics are those that preserve and enhance the 
Spiritual beauty that God wishes to behold in each person. The 
fads of current fashion are ever changing but God's standard of 
true beauty remains the same through all ages. You can have that 
beauty without the cosmetics that the world depends on. 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

To be a woman.... 

Possibly as a result of the "unisex" movement of our age, the role 
of the woman has seemed to melt into that of the man. The "You've 
come a long way, baby" mentality prevails and destroys the God 
ordained differences between the male and female of the species. 

Femininity is very important to a woman of God. This is that 
special character that shows a gentle spirit and a Christian 
standard above the standards of the 80's. The spirit of competition 
must be removed and the woman must realize that her contribution 
is different from that of the man. Identity, achievement and work 
skills are important but when these attributes become competitive 
with those of the man, there needs to be a reversal back to the God 
given roles. God created the woman to be uniquely different from 
the man that she might complement, complete and interact 
effectively with him. She was created to be equal as his opposite! 
Together with the man, she makes up a complete unit which 
represents wholeness in a special definition of the Word. 

God gives the Christian woman the ultimate opportunity for 
personhood. He plays no favoritism with either sex. He gave the 
woman the same dignity and worth as the man. However, even 
though this is true, the Biblical instruction of submissiveness is still 
an effective part of God's plan. This is one of the reasons why it is 
necessary for the woman to have her head veiled. 

I am concerned that some women have invaded fields of 
endeavorthat should be carried out by men. This is putting them in 
a position of vulnerability to the pressures around them that can 
destroy their position as a woman. And I am not only refering to a 
vulnerability on a physical level, but also on an emotional, psycho- 
logical and spiritual level. The woman, by God's design, is to be 
protected from many of the pressures that the man has to endure. 
She is meant to be largely free of these burdens and she is putting 
herself in compromised positions to be defrauded. In reality, the 



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man has the obligation to stand between the woman and the world 
(whether a father or husband), absorbing many of the pressures 
that could come against her. 

I wonder how much evil has come upon the church and our 
homes because women have lost this protective shield. We have let 
Satan beguile us into believing that it is degrading for the woman to 
be submissive and we have dismissed this concept as old fashioned 
and foolish. The Bible has no design in exalting or deflating egos. 
It simply is elemental in providing the Divine Order for authority 
and protection against Satan's devices. The undermining is from 
Satan, not God. 

God's woman will not be afraid of the toil but does not desire the 
rule! 

Submissiveness is not necessarily a matter of outward form but 
of inner attitudes. A woman can be a person of strong opinions 
and still be submissive to the man's authority. God is interested in 
the condition of the heart in these cases. 

Relative to spiritual things, the woman's counsel and opinion is 
very important. It would almost seem that women often have a 
more direct, intuitive group of the spiritual than man. This might 
well be as a result of her characteristic of patience which is seldom 
as noticable in the man. 

Submission, then, means to put yourself at the disposal of the 
person who is set over you... yielding yourselves to God and His 
authority. 

A woman of God is one who gives of herself, her time and her 
energy to the church and the home. It is using her special stamina 
and emotional endurance to bless her life and the lives of others. 

God's woman is a woman of the heart. She blesses the lives of 
others because of her tenderness and genuine concern which are 
God's appointed blessings to her. Her capacity to love and to share 
that love makes the lives of those around her rich and fulfilling. 
Indeed God has blessed the holy woman with a faith and brilliance 
of spirit that allows her to make a beautiful contribution in the 
forever family of God and the world. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every 

time we fall. — Goldsmith. 



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SINGING MEN AND SINGING WOMEN 

Ezra 2:65b, "... and there were among them two hundred singing 
men and singing women." 

Ephesians 5:19, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns 
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the 
Lord;" 

One of the joys of Christian worship is the singing of the hymns 
of the Church, There is nothing that thrills our heart more than to 
hear a group of gathered believers singing in two part harmony. 
While the Old Testament worship probably included special 
singers, the New Testament and church history would indicate that 
this was not a part of New Testament worship until relatively recent 
years. The use of musical instruments in worship is also a more 
recent practice. It can be dated back to the time when pagan 
worship with symbols and man-made practices were incorporated 
into worship services. 

Hymn sings without preaching is like having an appetizer and 
dessert without the main course. It can be a time of great joy and 
gladness but there is no real spiritual food to eat. The modern 
practice of having special singing in place of a preaching service is 
a sign of the lack of real spiritual maturity in many gatherings. The 
fact that the acceptance of "Christian rock" has come out of such 
gatherings is a sure sign that God's blessing is not upon such 
practices. On the other hand, hymn sings would be a welcome 
alternative for youth gatherings where present practice is not 
always wholesome. 

While singing hymns and spiritual songs should be a great 
blessing and prepare our hearts to hear the word of God, modern 
choirs and special singers during worship service have made it 
more of a form of entertainment. We have been in services already 
where the congregational singing was limited to a few verses of 
song while the special music took up the better part of the service. 
We are truly grateful for our Dunkard Brethren type of service. We 
rejoice in the fact that we are open to various types of songs and 
song books, although the black Brethren hymnal holds a special 
place in our heart. While we respect those who hold to the "chant" 
which is said to have been the original type of worship singing, we 
have to admit that our Dunkard type of singing is more attractive to 
us. There are some songs that were meant to be sung slow and 
with meaning and we feel such songs are a real blessing to the 
heart. Other songs were meant to be sung more lively and we 
enjoy this type of singing also. Just as all worship services are not 
the same if the Spirit of God is leading, even so all our singing will 
not be exactly the same in each service. 

Paul says, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and 



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spiritual songs." This reminds us of our practice of lining hymns 
which has almost been lost in many of congregations. We realize 
the practice was for a time when some did not have hymn books. 
While there may be no real need for continuing this practice we feel 
it adds to the service. Discontinuing it may be a sign of trying to be 
like everyone else, as well as trying to rush through the service and 
get it over with. Our services may soon be like the one where the 
visiting minister asked how long he could preach. His host told him 
he could preach as long as he likes, but that the congregation all 
goes home at twelve o'clock. 

The second part of Paul's advice is "singing and making melody 
in your heart to the Lord." Is our singing truly to the Lord? Is the 
emphasis on having perfect sound and pitch or on praising the 
Lord? We are glad that the scriptures admonish us to make a joyful 
NOISE unto the Lord. We realize singing is not one of our gifts. Yet 
we truly enjoy raising our voice in song. Singing can stir our 
emotions. It can cause us to weep or even to shout. We hope that 
none of our brethren or sisters are offended if a "praise the Lord," 
"amen," or "Hallelujah" escapes from our lips during a song 
service. On the other hand emotional singing can become merely a 
form and ritual. It should be the stirring of the Holy Spirit in our 
hearts and not the loud singing that brings about emotion. A 
brother or sister who may never "shout" in a service or even sing 
very loud may be more spiritual than an individual who is loud and 
emotional in every service. When a brother leads the singing he 
should not try to "pump up" emotion by singing ewery song fast or 
very loud. While we would not make an issue over it, we prefer the 
old way of song leaders remaining seated in the congregation. 

There are those who now refuse to sing songs that contain the 
blood of Jesus Christ. Others are taking out all male references in 
their songs. For several years now some of the old favorites have 
been changed to make them more acceptable to modern man. We 
hope the time never comes when the Dunkard Brethren will join 
this trend. 

We join in with song writer C. B. Widmeyer in singing: 
"There'll be singing, 

There'll be shouting 

When the saints come marching home, 

In Jerusalem, In Jerusalem; 

Waving palms with loud hosannas 

As the King shall take His throne, 

In the new Jerusalem." 
Are you ready to be a part of that day? If not you must be born 
again, washed in the blood of the Lamb. As Jesus said in Mark 



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16:16, "He that believeth not shall be damned." There will be no 
singing in Hell. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 1, 1929 

SHIBBOLETH 

Eugene W. Pratt 

"Say now Shibboleth and he said Shibboleth." (Judges 12:6) 

We find in reading God's word that it often happens that his 
people are tested in some way to show where they stand, as 
Abraham. Gen. 22:1-14. 

In the case before us there had been a great battle and the 
defeated army is fleeing for their lives but the enemy has 
possession of the fords of the Jordan, the only road to safety, and 
takes advantage of a defect in their speech to detect them and thus 
many who thought themselves safe were put to death. 

Now let us apply this to the present. The test we all have to meet 
is Christ. For there is no other name under heaven given among 
men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12. So when we come to 
the spiritual Jordan we must be able to speak the password 
CHRIST or we cannot cross to the heavenly shore, but like the 
Ephramites will be caught by our speech. 

Christ says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 
14:15) 'Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you..." (Matt. 28:20) "Whosoever therefore shall 
confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father 
which is in heaven." (Matt. 10:32) 

We must confess Christ as the power of God unto salvation to 
every one that believeth. (Rom. 1:16, I Cor. 1:24) 

For without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Heb. 1 1 :6) 

What must we believe? That Christ is the Son of God and that he 
brought from heaven a saving Gospel, then we must confess him 
through repentance and baptism. 

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;..." (Mark 16:16) 

"This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which 
is become the head of the corner." (Acts 4:11) 

Now we all know what is meant by the chief cornerstone in all our 
large buildings. What a display they make in laying the corner- 
stone! And all the building depends on that stone. So in this case 



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the whole Christian fabric depends on Christ, the solid rock. (I 
Peter 2:5-6) 

On this rock is built eternal life. (John 3:16, 36) Love to the 
Brethren. (I Jer. 4:1) So all through the New Testament we find 
directions how we may so put on Christ that the river of death shall 
have no terrors for us. Now let us see where we stand, Christ, our 
head, says we must believe. "But what must I believe," says one? 
We must believe Christ is the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, 
crucified to redeem us, buried, arose for our justification. (Rom. 
4:25) And ascended to the Father where he ever liveth to make 
intercession for us. (Heb. 7:25, I Cor. 15:20-23) Believeth thou this? 
if so you are ready for the next step, baptism. But says one, "I don't 
know of what baptism consists." Why, go to the great commission 
(Matt. 28:19) and then ask the Greeks the meaning of Baptizoand if 
you truly believe all you say you do you will not let prejudice keep 
you from being baptized by the apostolic mode, for there is no 
other that meets Christ's approval. Then the next thing is to do the 
"all things whatsoever" Christ has commanded. 

We are to follow him in all the ordinances of his Church, as Christ 
gives them. They are: 

1. Baptism. 

2. The salutation of the Holy Kiss. (Rom. 16:16, I Cor. 16:20, 
II Cor. 13:12, I Thess. 5:26, I Pet. 5:14) 

3. Feetwashing. (John 13:1-17) 

But says one, "I don't believe feetwashing is essential it is only 
spoken of once and the apostles surely would have mentioned it if 
they kept it as an ordinance." Oh! but brother, sister, it was Christ, 
our head, who taught it by precept and example, and do you want 
to take the responsibility of saying any of the commands of Christ 
are nonessential? But in fact, Paul does speak of feetwashing in 
I Tim. 5:10, and as he was not in that upper room when Christ our 
head, taught it to his disciples, he must have been taught about it 
after his conversion, and he says Christ was his instructor. (II Cor. 
12:1-10, Gal. 1:1-11, 24) This shows its importance. But says one "I 
will never wash feet." Well, Peter said something like that, and 
Christ said, "if I wash thee not thou hast no part with me." (John 
13:8) 

4. Lord's Supper. (I Cor. 11:20, II Pet. 2:13, Jude 12) 

Oh, says one, "We observe that, the bread and cup of com- 
munion." But Luke 22:19-20 states the communion was instituted 
after they had supped. 

But says one "they were eating the Jewish Passover." But the 
Jews had not eaten their Passover when Jesus died on the cross. 
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Preparation day. (John 13:29) This shows that the feast was yet in 
the future when Judas left. Then the next morning the Jews "went 
not into the Judgment Hall of Pilate lest they be defiled, but that 
they might eat the Passover." (John 18:29, see also, John 19:14, 31, 
42, Luke 23:54, Mark 15:42, Matt. 27:62) In fact Jesus died at the 
time the paschal lamb should be slain (Ex. 12:6), and said the meal 
he ate was to be fulfilled in his kingdom. (Luke 22:15-16, see Rev. 
19:1-9) The marriage supper of the Lamb. (Matt. 25:1-13) 

5. Communion. (Matt. 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20, 
I Cor. 10-16) 

6. Anointing for healing. (Mark 6:13, James 5:14) 
Say now Shibboleth and they said Sibboleth. 
Say now Christ, or are we saying SELF instead. 

IS EVERYBODY HAPPY? 

Leviticus 19:18, "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge 
against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor 
as thyself: I am the Lord." 

For years an elder brother of ours used to conclude a prayer 
meeting service by saying, "Is everybody happy?" He was con- 
cerned that everyone in the congregation have a clear conscience 
and that there be no problems between brethren. He knew that 
when brethren feel badly towards one another that the Holy Spirit 
will not work among the people. When Achan hid things under his 
tent that should have been destroyed, the people of God were 
defeated in battle. Today when the people of God hide things, 
whether they be sin, or grudges, the gospel message will be 
defeated, chiefly because not all are working towards that common 
goal. 

We cannot expect the annual visit to solve all these problems. 
Our desire to keep the records clean should be an ongoing affair. 
The brethren, from the least to the greatest, should all be honest 
and open with each other, so that God would be glorified. If one 
has something against another, Matthew 18 should be a guideline. 
Problems should be dealt with with all speed. They should not be 
allowed to fester. The longer grudges and differences are allowed 
to broil the worse the situation becomes. Brethren should never 
hold something against another brother. Brethren should never 
"keep a list" of things against another brother. Each difference 
should be dealt with immediately. This way brethren remain 
brethren. 

We must also be careful not to offend our brother. We must 
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People have feelings and we must consider those feelings in our 
dealings with our brethren. We must remember that Jesus, when 
wronged, did not seek revenge. He suffered the wrong. Our 
brethren are not perfect. But we must preach and teach a perfect 
gospel in which there is no room for sin to get between us, or 
between us and our Lord. 

In order for the church to operate successfully there can be 
"nothing between our souls and the Saviour." Likewise there can 
be nothing between us as brethren and sisters. Some people are so 
used to fighting in counsel meetings that they do not believe 
anyone can get along. Yet there is such a blessing in the harmony 
that exists between brethren whose hearts are wholly surrendered 
to Jesus and His Holy Will. 

"Behold, how good and how pleasant if is for brethren to dwell 
together in unity. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, 
that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down 
to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew 
that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord 
commanded the blessing, even life evermore." Psalms 133. 

Lynn H. Miller 
P.O. Box 433 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Principles and Methods 
J. H. Moore 

This may be as good a place as any for a chapter in which more 
may be said on principles and methods than could be given in the 
chapter on "Our Creed." Principles relate to things that are 
fundamental in character. They are of God, and are therefore 
fixed, and not subject to change. They may be discovered, but 
cannot be originated. They are intended for all ages, places, races 
and climes. On them the seal of God has been set, and with them 
men may not trifle. It becomes the duty of all men, in every age, to 
recognize principles, and bow in submission to their demands. 
They dare not neglect or attempt to set them aside. Back of them is 
God, and they are here to stay. 

Methods are sometimes designated as principles in operation. 
Methods are the means devised for carrying out principles. Some 
of them may be of God, and others may have no higher authority 
than that of man. But as a rule, methods are creatures of 
circumstances and conditions, and subject to change. The same 



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authority that brings a method into existence, has a right to 
change, amend, or abrogate it. But methods have their place in the 
economy of grace, and while worthy of the highest consideration 
of man, should not be elevated to the dignity of principles. 

To illustrate: The religious rite of feet-washing, as set forth in 
John 13, is a principle. It is of God, and enjoined upon all the 
faithful. As a Heaven-authorized institution, it may not be trifled 
with by men or angels. But there are methods for carrying out the 
principle, or institution, and these methods, once put into oper- 
ation, become to us the institution itself. And while this is true, 
methods are subject to modification. The rite may be performed in 
an upper room, or in any other room, for that matter. One may 
wash and another may wipe, or one may wipe the feet he washes, 
though the latter seems more in keeping with the example. All of 
these are methods, and while being duly respected, they must not 
be looked upon as principles. We may regulate our methods, but 
we dare not introduce methods that will eliminate the principle. 
The principle, in this case, was set in the church to stay. 

Principles and methods apply in a special way to the subject of 
Christian attire, as treated in the previous chapter. Plainness is a 
principle. It belongs to the fundamentals of the Gospel, and is 
intended for all races in every age and clime. But it must be borne 
in mind that the principle, in the domain of plainness, is one thing, 
while the method of carrying out that principle is quite another. 
The principle is fixed. It is settled. It is not even a debatable 
question. Not so with a given method. That may be changed, or 
substituted for something else. But the method or methods 
adopted must not be of such character as to minimize or set aside 
the principle. The principle must be maintained at all hazards. 

In the time of the apostles there seems to have been no general 
method of carrying out the principle of plainness, aside from what 
we have considered in the chapter on modest attire. The members 
of that day were so thoroughly imbued with the principle itself that 
they, governed by the Spirit, voluntarily put it into operation. In 
this age, however, we are confronted with a well-defined system to 
regulate styles in such a way as to ignore every feature of Gospel 
plainness. To overcome this influence the church may, with 
perfect propriety, recommend, — subject to change to suit environ- 
ments, race and climatic conditions, — methods for carrying out 
the principle that the Gospel enjoins upon the followers of Christ. 
In other words, she may wisely adopt a standard. 

This standard, however, should not be confounded with the 
principle, nor should it be of such a character as to eliminate the 



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principle. It should be employed as a means to an end, and if not 
abused, or taken advantage of, should aid the church in reaching a 
position in the matter of plainness, fully in keeping with all that the 
New Testament demands of a Christian people. And in view of the 
united efforts of strong, worldly combinations, to make of the 
masses mere slaves to fashion, it may be considered wise of the 
church to adopt, and even insist, within the bounds of reason, upon 
methods that will protect her members from the evil fashions of an 
unconverted world. And while the principle of plainness itself, 
deeply inbedded in the heart, ought, under the leadership of the 
Spirit, to be sufficient to keep Christian men and women non- 
conformed to the world in attire, still it is a noticeable fact that the 
plain churches of today are the ones that have adopted some kind 
of a standard as an aid in maintaining the principle of plainness. 
This fact is worthy of more than a passing consideration. 

What we have said of principles and methods, as they relate 
themselves to one of the church ordinances, and to New Testament 
simplicity in attire, may apply, in a large measure, to all of the 
fundamentals set forth in the teachings of Christ and the apostles. 
The principles are divine, and may be interpreted and explained, 
but cannot be altered, or abrogated. The methods, which, after all, 
are only principles in operation, may be subject to modification, 
and unless especially authorized by Divide Revelation, should not 
be classed with principles, or with fundamentals. Keeping this in 
mind, may help many church officials to avoid some grave errors in 
the application of church discipline. Let the motto be, "Firmness in 
principles, but charity in methods." 

OBITUARY 

PAUL STUBER 

Paul F. Stuber was born January 17, 1913, in East Cocalico 
Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and went Home to be 
with the Lord July 18, 1989, while at the Fairmount Rest Home, R. 4, 
Ephrata, Pennsylvania, at the age of 76 years, 6 months, and 1 day. 
He was the son of the late Lemon and Ellaminda (Strickler) Stuber. 

He was a life-long resident of the Ephrata, Pennsylvania area. On 
September 22, 1934, he was united in marriage to Mildred 
Sensenig. He had been a member of the Lititz Dunkard Brethren 
Church for many years, and more recently was a member and 
deacon at Christ Ambassadors Church, Little Kutztown, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

He leaves to mourn his departure four children: Harold, Reams- 
town, Pennsylvania; Mary, wife of Carl Wise, Denver, Pennsylvania; 



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Betty, Ephrata, Pennsylvania; and Ray, Felton, Pennsylvania, 
eighteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. He 
was the last of his immediate family, and was preceded in death by 
his son, Paul, Jr., in 1983, and wife Mildred, January 21, 1989. 
Funeral services were held at the Valley View Church, Schoeneck, 
Pennsylvania, on July 21, 1989, exactly six months from the day of 
his wife's death. Brethren Daniel A. Alspaugh, Sr., David Alspaugh, 
and Isaac K. Sensenig officiated. Interment was in Mellingers 
Cemetery, Schoeneck, Pennsylvania. 

The family wishes to thank all for their cards, prayers, love, 
concern, and expressions of sympathy. 

FATHER AND DAD 

Paul Stuber was a Father, a Husband, and yet, he was a Dad. He 
was known to many as Brother Paul, Paul, and Grampa, and was 
able to make us glad. 

"F"aithful as a father, was our Dad, 
his words were sure and sound. 
"A"wake and alert to his families needs 

you could count on him being around. 
"T'rusting in the Saviour, as a Dad, 

an example to us did leave. 
"H"ead of the house was one of his jobs 

and, 'in order', he believed. 
"E"ncouraging as a father, as our Dad, 

our spirits he could lift up high. 
"R"eward for his faithfulness, 
he's now rejoicing in "the Sweet By and By." 
He passed from this life 

on the day, July 18. 
But in our hearts and on our minds 

hell stay, till we leave this earthly scene. 
Sharing and caring is what he enjoyed, 

we can remember that quite well. 
His pattern and example that he left 
in it might we also dwell. 
"D"o we hear the Saviour call 

is God's voice pleading today 
"A"re we walking in the path 

sensing God's love He sends our way? 
"D"o we want to meet Dad, Brother Paul, Paul, 
or Grampa, one sweet day? 



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REUNION IN HEAVEN 

Dad and Mom have been united 

in Heaven again we know. 
And today together they're rejoicing 

while we mourn here on earth below. 
No, we are not quite certain 

of all the joys that Heaven holds. 
And we're not sure what they look like, 

for all these things we're not told; 
But if we refuse our loving Saviour 

and cast Him from our way, 
We'll never again see Mom and Dad, 

but Hell is where we'll stay. 
But thanks be unto Jesus 

that need not be the case 
For the gate stands open wide 

for us to enter the race. 
And if we hold out faithful 

and serve our rise n Lord 
We'll have a family reunion 

like earth could never affordl 



NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

We want to thank each one of you for the cards you sent to us for 
our Fortieth wedding anniversary. Being remembered by so many 
dear brethren and sisters sure helped to make this a special time 
for us. God bless each one of you. 

Brother and Sister Edwin Stauffer 



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VOL. LXVII 



DECEMBER 15, 1989 



NO. 24 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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

A HOME FOR THEE 

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown, 

When Thou earnest to earth for me; 

But in Bethlehem's home there was found no room For Thy holy Nativity. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

Heaven's arches rang when the angels sang, 

Proclaiming Thy royal degree; 

But in lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, And in great humility. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest 

In the shade of the forest tree; 

But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God, In the deserts of Galilee. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

Thou cam'st, O Lord, with the living word 

That should set Thy people free; 

But with mocking scorn, and with crown of thorn, They bore Thee to Calvary. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

When heaven's arches shall ring and her choir shall sing 

At Thy coming to victory, Let Thy voice call me home, 

Saying, "Yet there is room, There is room at my side for thee!" 

And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, When Thou comest and callest for me. 

- Emily E. S. Elliott 



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HUNGRY EVEN AT CHRISTMASTIME 

There will be some people who will not have enough to eat 
Christmas day. They may be the cause of their own condition or it 
may be the fault of someone else. It does not really matter for the 
fact remains that they will be hungry. This condition will be found not 
only in the poorer parts of the world but even in our own country. 

The Christmas season has come to be a holiday celebrated with 
much eating and drinking. The perfect picture of the holiday is that 
of a family drawn from across the country all gathered at home 
partaking of a home cooked meal with the opportunity of remi- 
niscing and catching up with family happenings. For many families 
this idealistic view is, but a dream, while for some it will be a picture 
of their holiday. 

Since food is associated with this holiday, it is sad that there will 
be some who will fail to enjoy the day. There will be many free 
meals given out at rescue missions, churches and by other 
organizations but there will still be some who will miss out. There 
will be some who will hardly know Christmas was any different 
than any other day. 

Christmas, of course, should be much more than just a meal. It 
should be a remembrance of God's love for mankind shown in the 
gift of His Son. It was a gift when Jesus came as a Babe who was 
laid in a manger in Bethlehem. For He laid aside His Heavenly 
being to become a human being so He could fully identify Himself 
with men. He did not come asa King orasoldier butasa Babe who 
would grow up as other children. He would know physical labor, 
pain, hunger and thirst just as other humans did. By having human 
form, He did not cease to be God so He could accurately teach His 

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Father's will to those who would follow and listen to Him. The end 
of His human life was in pain, humiliation and sacrifice. He had 
lived that life without sin so He could be the perfect sacrifice for the 
sins of all mankind, not only those alive then but for those living 
today. 

This is the message of the Christmas season. Unfortunately it 
has been lost in glitter and festivities that have become associated 
with the season. The Christ who has given His name to the day is 
often ignored except in pious remarks that are thought necessary 
to ease the consciences of those who are reveling in the holiday. 

It will not be only the homeless and poor who will be hungry at 
Christmas. There will be many more who will be starving. Their 
stomachs will be full. They will have presents beyond what they 
can ever use. Despite all the celebration of the season, they will 
end up disappointed, depressed and dejected. They still will be 
hungry. 

This hunger has nothing to do with physical hunger. Many who 
will be well filled at Christmas will still hunger as their Spiritual 
needs remain unfulfilled. Their celebration of Christmas will be a 
physical event without regard for Spiritual fulfillment. 

Crowds may gather in Cathedrals and churches to celebrate the 
holiday but there will not be any fellowship. Each person will be 
there by himself having little or no connection with the others 
around him. Fellowship is more than being at the same place at the 
same time. It is an identification of each person with others who 
have the same basis for being there. Those who have accepted the 
Gift of God individually can have fellowship amongst themselves 
as Brothers and Sisters. Many will celebrate the holiday with a 
hunger for Christian fellowship. 

The greatest hunger of the holiday will be for the Spiritual 
fulfillment that will sadly be lacking in many homes. The Jesus 
who came as that Babe who was laid in Bethlehem's manger will be 
missing from the Christmas observances of many. They may use 
His name (perhaps more often in vain) and they may use legendary 
and heathenistic practices as a part of this celebration. They will 
not have a direct connection with one for whom the day is 
supposedly set aside. Their lives and their souls will be hungering 
for they know not what, but they may in sober and quiet moments 
realize that something is missing. 

When Christ has become but an excuse for the celebration of the 
day in various ungodly and short sighted ways there is a lack in 
those lives that is as deadly as the lack of food for the hungry. 
Physical hunger may lead to physical death but Spiritual hunger 
will lead to Spiritual death. If it is not corrected through God's 
remedy, found in His Son Jesus Christ, there will be an eternal 



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separation from God to be spent in the place prepared for Satan 
and his followers. 

As Christmas again approaches may each have enough to eat so 
they will not be hungry. More important than the filling of the belly 
will be the condition of the soul. Be sure yoursoul does not hunger 
at this or any other time of the year. 

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM 

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the 
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me 
that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, 
from everlasting." Micah 5:2. 

Something exciting was about to happen in Bethlehem. It had 
been prophesied in the Old Testament, and now the time had 
come. The innkeepers and shop owners were all very busy 
because of a taxation decree. People were coming to town from all 
over and they were probably both excited and irritated. There was 
excitement over the activity of travel, but there was irritation and 
distress because of the tax they had to pay. And yet the greatest 
excitement was yet to come. 

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of 
Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called 
Bethlehem: (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to 
be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child." Luke 
2:4-5. (Read also Luke 2:6-20.) The need to return to one's own city 
was surely a hardship for many people, but they had to go. No one 
was spared, not even Mary, and it must have been a very stressful 
time for her. 

Nearly everyone in the town and surrounding area were thinking 
only about the taxation. But Mary and Joseph had something else 
to think about. Mary's child was due and whatever concern they 
felt about the taxation process no doubt was of minor importance. 
Little did they know that this baby's birth would cause much more 
excitement than anything else in town. The excitement even 
reached unto Heaven and into the surrounding countryside. It was 
an event which would change the world. 

The shepherds were in the countryside that night doing what 
shepherds always do — watching over their flocks. No doubt it was 
a quiet night and they were peacefully tending to their duties. All at 
once their peace was disturbed for an angel had come to tell them 
about Jesus' birth. "For unto you is born this day in the city of 
David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11. His words 
were followed by more excitement when a heavenly host joined the 
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Can't you just see the awe on the shepherds' faces and feel the 
wonder in their hearts? A quiet night in the field had become a 
night to be long remembered. It was a night of revelation, of joy, 
and a time to share the best news mankind had ever received. The 
first thing they did was to go looking for Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. 
The second thing they did was to tell everyone they could about 
Jesus. Their audience must have been large, with so many extra 
people in town. And the third thing they did was to go home with 
rejoicing in their hearts. 

The news the shepherds heard that night that our Saviour had 
come, is also ours to hear. It is for us likewise to seek Jesus, and 
not put it off. It is for us to share the good news of salvation with 
everyone we can. We can rejoice too, that we have found Jesus 
and can tell others all about Him. The excitement and thrill of that 
night is still present with us, simply because Jesus is still present 
with us. 

"O Little town of Bethlehem" makes some people think of a song. 
It makes some think of a manger scene, while others think of the 
shepherds and wise men. Still others think only of a season of the 
year for gift-giving and for family gatherings. But for those who 
have really heard about Jesus, Bethlehem means the fulfillment of 
God's promise, that He would send a Savior to redeem us. It means 
there would be reason to rejoice through the ages to come because 
of Jesus' birth. 

If the little town of Bethlehem sounds insignificant, and the 
manger scene just seems like a nice story, you'd better take 
another look. The event that night and the excitement it caused 
was ignored by many, because they were not looking for Jesus. But 
those who paid attention were blessed in their souls. You can 
believe, or you can ignore Jesus' birth now, but not forever. 
Someday you must face the reality of His coming. Why not do it 
now, and experience the thrill of having Jesus as your Savior? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

"Wishing you a frustrated Christmas?' 1 

It would almost seem today, that we need to send a sympathy 
card to others at Christmas time. People are depressed, anxious 
and frustrated during this season rather than basking in the joy of 
the birth of Christ... our Saviour, the Holy One, King of Kings, 
Prince of PEACE. This Prince of Peace is desiring to apply that 
peace to the lives of all men and yet we are so caught up in the 
dilemma of this century that we do not allow that balm to be 
applied to our life. 



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I am very fearful that many conservative Christians have become 
caught up in the frantic craziness of the secular celebration of 
Christmas. Both secular and Christian (?) psychologists tell us 
that we can expect our level of stress to rise as the added layer of 
tensions cap our already busy day-to-day schedule. 

What are some of the symptoms of this stress? It might be 
characterized by an inability to concentrate, a shortening of the 
attention span, sleep and speech problems, ruptures in relation- 
ships with friends and loved ones, a decrease in energy and a 
general feeling of frustration. 

It is time we get back to the basics of this celebration. It is time 
we put Christ at the center of Christmas and make it a wholesome 
time of love and thanksgiving coupled with fellowship and giving. 

It is important that we don't compare what we are doing and how 
we are celebrating with those in the world. If we do, we will 
become frustrated. Our simpler life style is God's will for His 
people and if we compare the pretentious happenings of the 
secular world during this time, we will be unhappy. 

Prepare for family gatherings more simply. Don't make yourself 
sick in getting things together for a time of fellowship and not be 
able to enjoy it as a result. 

Make a gift and food budget and stick with it! We all dream of 
lavish gifts for those we love and many times these things cannot 
be afforded. So... what do we do? We go into debt to the point of 
financial devastation. 

Smile and laugh a lot during this season. Certainly there is 
reason to do so. But not only that, even the Proverbs tell us that 
this will be therapeutic for us. Laughing and singing is one of the 
best ways to cope with stress. While the world is falling apart you 
can be smiling about the reason for the season. 

If you do feel frustrations... share the load. The Bible is so 
adamant about our sharing with each other and most of the time 
you prefer to not let anyone know that you are vulnerable to any 
frustrations. You have to play the role of being Brother and Sister 
"perfect Christian." And, certainly you must be constantly striving 
toward that "perfect" or complete state of the Christian experience 
but you are flesh and blood and you are going to have human 
reactions to situations. Not only should you share with others but 
let others share in the work load of the season. Pass those 
responsibilities around to the rest of the family. Let everyone feel 
productive and useful. 

Most of all, let's rethink our values. We have fallen into the status 
quo and we need to restructure. We don't have to buy into the 
humanistic thought of the age. We might even sit down and pin 
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see where our perspective really lies. Give simple but love filled 
gifts. Stay true to your beliefs because these are what gives you 
your sense of purpose in everyday living. 

Don't become frustrated this Christmas. Celebrate the birth of 
Jesus in the full knowledge that He is bringing a special peace into 
your life that will allow you to quietly let the world go by as you 
concentrate upon His love and reason for coming. The gift of 
God's Son is the gift to be most treasured and you have already 
received that gift if you have accepted Him as the Lord of your life. 
You can look away from self, from success, from failure, from 
ambition and circumstances. You can focus on God and on 
praising Him. You can focus on others and not self. 

On Christmas Day, There is an Unseen gift 
Each of us Can give To the other: 
Let us give a secret promise, To last 
From this Christmas To the next, 
To share The frankincense of Joy, 
The myrrh of kindness, The silver and gold 
Of Friendship. May Christmas peace fill 
Your hearts and Christmas light sparkle in 
Your eyes. God bless you. 

Brother Len Wertz 

THOUGHTS ON CHRISTMAS 

Romans 14:5, "One man esteemeth one day above another: 
another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully 
persuaded in his own mind." 

There are many controversial issues within the earthly church. 
One that is almost sure to be heard at this time of the year is 
whether or not we should observe Christmas (along with other 
holidays). Our Brethren forefathers were in total agreement with 
C. H. Spurgeon who is recorded to have made the following 
statement. "We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. 
Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrange- 
ment called Christmas." They did not observe any special days 
including birthdays. Today some of our Brethren even observe a 
special day for the birthday of their dog. While we strongly believe 
that our Brethren forefathers were led by the Holy Spirit, we also 
recognize that they were not infallible. We believe the same holds 
true for our elders and ministers today. For us our opening verse 
answers the question of whether or not we should observe 
Christmas. While we do not feel it is wrong to recognize a special 
day for the birth of our Lord, and we have recently read an article 
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December, there are at least three areas that we should avoid at 
this time of the year. The first of these is the commercial aspect of 
Christmas, it is said that some individuals only finish paying for 
one year's Christmas presents in time to buy the next year's. We 
should never spend money that we do not have except in a great 
emergency or for a major purchase such as a house or a vehicle for 
transportation. We personally, feel it is unwise to spend money for 
wrapping paper that only gets torn up and thrown away. This is 
also true of fancy ribbons and expensive cards. 

Secondly we should avoid the pagan customs associated with 
Christmas. We cannot share the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ with 
Santa Claus. We also believe that Jeremiah 10:1-10 describes the 
present day Christmas tree. We believe we should observe the 
warning in verse two, "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of 
the heathen,..." While the majority of our brethren and sisters will 
enjoy a special meal on this day, and we do not believe this is 
wrong, we should avoid the party spirit of the world. It goes 
without saying that we should not be a part of drunken orgies that 
are popular with the world at this time of the year. Also "Christmas 
kisses" should be limited to your wife (or husband) or other 
immediate members of the family. The only "Kisses" given outside 
of this perimeter should be chocolate kisses. 

We have saved the most important area for last. We should avoid 
taking the virgin birth and the deity of Jesus Christ lightly by only 
observing it one time a year. Many churches that have elaborate 
Christmas services, which include lighting of candles and litanies 
that we believe are a part of the pagan customs we just addressed, 
deny the reality of the virgin birth. We rejoice in the fact stated in 
Galatians 4:4-5, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God 
sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To 
redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the 
adoption of sons." This is the very foundation of our Christian 
faith. God sent His Son to be born of a virgin, to live a sinless life, 
to die on Calvary's cross there shedding His precious blood for our 
salvation, to be buried in the tomb and rise again on the third day 
and to ascend to Heaven awaiting the day He shall come again to 
make all things new. Jesus Christ had to be born of a virgin in 
order to be the sinless sacrifice for our sin. Beyond this most 
important fact is the reality that, unlike us, Jesus Christ is from 
eternity to eternity. In Hebrews 7:3 Melchisedec is compared with 
the Lord Jesus Christ, "Without father, without mother, without 
descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made 
like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." This does 
not deny that Jesus Christ is God the Son or the Son of God but 
speaks of no earthly father. It also does not deny the virgin birth 



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but speaks of His pre-existence. 

Once again this year most of our meeting houses will have a 
special Sunday school lesson around December the 25th. Many of 
the sermons will center around the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
As we have tried to make clear, we are not opposed to this. We 
believe we should respect those Brethren who "esteemeth every 
day alike." We should be glad that there are still those who desire 
to follow Brethren traditions and reject those traditions our fore- 
fathers rejected. 

Observing Christmas will not save your soul. You must be born 
again and baptized according to scripture. Let us be very careful 
when following the traditions of man and "let every man be fully 
persuaded in his own mind." 

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

IN HIS ARMS 

Muffled screams reached my ears. I ran upstairs to our nine 
month old baby who had awakened and in his squirming and 
turning he had completely covered himself with blankets. As I 
pulled the covers back, terrified eyes looked into mine. He was 
screaming, sweat was running down his flushed face, his body was 
stiff. His world had been dark, strange, and frightening, perhaps 
even suffocating. I could imagine he'd been thinking, "WHERE IS 
MOTHER?" 

I picked him up and cuddled him in my arms. Immediately the 
cries ceased, his body grew limp and he nestled up against my 
neck. Within the minute I looked at him and his eyes were closed, 
breathing was soft and slow and he was the picture of peace as he 
had again fallen asleep. 
ft*'******-******************, a**** 1 ************* 

My heart is screaming out — injustice is all around. Sin is 
rampant. The world is black — the future looks bleak. Satan seems 
to be having a heyday. There's sickness; there's sorrow; there's 
deaths of innocent people, perhaps killed in accidents by drunks. 
Babies are aborted, children abused, marriages failing, and the 
ideal family is almost a thing of the past. My heart almost fails 
within me. My pulse quickens, my strength weakens, discourage- 
ment and fear try to take me, doubts and questions plague me. 
"WHERE IS GOD?!" 

Then I feel it. His arms around me. His peace and strength flow 
over me. His tender voice calms me. His assurance that He is still 



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in control. His promise to provide grace for every trial. His love 
that assures me He will let nothing happen that is not best for me 
—He loves me that much! 

Why would I have any less confidence and trust in Him than my 
child does in me? If my son thinks I love him, I know my God loves 
me much more. If I care about my son and his well being, I know 
that God wants what's best for me. So why don't I always "lay my 
head down and fall asleep" and rest in the peace He can give? 

"Lord, help me to remember that NOTHING is beyond Your 
control. And help me to rest in the assurance that You will face 
each tomorrow with me, and when the going gets too rough, You'll 
carry me. What more could I want? I love You so much!" 

Learning to lean, 
Sister Sally Meyers 
R#1 Box 109 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

TODAY 

It is not the time or hours we put in every day, but what we do 
during those hours that count. If nothing good comes from our 
labours, then the time was lost. It takes a lot of sunshine and rain to 
make a rainbow. People worry a lot, but worry is the interest paid 
on trouble before it is due. If Christians would stop and think, "If 
we take serve out of service we only have ice left." It has been said 
many times that so called Christians need a little defrosting. So 
many real Christians have many good thoughts but so often fail to 
share them with others. If we don't put them to use they are like 
kites, they fly away. 

There are some Christians today, we find, who are like the lights 
we have in our home. They keep going on and off. Many 
Christians today are willing to let the Holy Spirit lead them. Real 
Christians should love to pray so they could open up the way 
between them and the Heavenly Father so He could show them the 
things He has in store for them to do. Through praying they learn 
to work and labour for their blessed Lord. 

Jesus is a wonderful teacher, but He will not do the work for us. 
We must learn to work for Him so the ones who are still out of the 
ark of safety will learn to know Him. 

God has many things in His plan for us to do. We must seek and 
find. If we go to Him in prayer He will reveal them but we must be 
willing to follow. Prayer is the most wonderful thing in a Christian 
life. Prayer is a wonderful thing because we know we are talking to 
the One who understands us. He is the One from whom our 
strength cometh. He keeps us from temptations, comforts us in 



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sorrow and guides us so we stay on the narrow way. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 15, 1929 

THE TWO NATURES IN MAN 

J. F. Britton 

The two natures in man are generally referred to as the lower 
nature and the higher nature, and it occurs that those two natures 
are at variance and arrayed against each other; each striving for 
supremacy in the human life. 

The reader should note that the lower nature is divided or 
classified under three heads, as follows: Licentious passions, 
inordinate craving for greed, and a carnal longing and desire for 
pleasure. These seem to be the various fields in which the human 
nature functions or operates in its debasing influence. 

A great man once said, "sow a habit, and you will reap a 
character, sow a character and you will reap a destiny." Oh, the 
eternal horrors that cling and cluster around the second death, the 
sowing to the flesh. No wonder James wrote, "when lust hath 
conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, 
bringeth forth death." (Jas. 1:15) And Paul says, 'The wages of sin 
is death." 

Jeremiah saw the unspeakable wickedness in his day, when he 
said, 'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately 
wicked: who can know it?" (Jer. 17:9) And when God pulled the 
curtains back, that the Apostle John could get a vision of the floods 
of iniquities rushing through human lives, he wrote saying, "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 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 forever." (I John 2:15-17) 

This text, as well as many other Scriptures, shows that there is a 
higher and more enobling nature in man, which is composed of 
moral refinements, righteous integrity, and a sincere desire for 
spiritual attainments, which are only possible through a full 
surrender to the reformatory and transforming powers of the Holy 
Spirit. 

This seems to have been Paul's experience when he wrote: "But 
what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea 
doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the 



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knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the 
loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win 
Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, 
which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the 
righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and 
the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, 
being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might 
attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had 
already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if 
that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of 
Christ Jesus. 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. 3:7-14) 

The writer believes that it is the experience of everyone who 
passes out of the lower debasing nature, into that higher and more 
glorious nature through the operation of the Spirit of God. Paul 
could say from the fullness of his experience, '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) No wonder 
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 
except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 
(John 3:3) Yes, born into that higher and Spiritual nature, that 
enables the new born creature in Christ Jesus to cry out and say, 
Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and praise his Holy name. For whereas, 
I was a victim and a slave in the lower nature, now, I have been 
redeemed and free to serve my God. And whereas I was blind, 
now, I can see the beauties of holiness in the Christ life. 

Hence, the greatest achievement that anyone can possess in this 
world, is to really know that they "Have passed from death unto life, 
and that their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life." Yes, 
this is worth more than all the glittering wealth, fame, and the vain 
and carnal pleasures of this world. May God's grace and strength 
enable every reader of this article, to strive earnestly for that higher 
nature and spiritual realm, where superiority and excellency dwell. 
Amen. 



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God governs the world, and we have only to do our duty wisely, and 
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THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES 

Holy Men and Women in Prayer 
J. H. Moore 

The Old and New Testaments abound in references to praying 
men and praying women. Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah, 
Daniel, and all the other prophets, were praying men. All the 
apostles were given to prayer. Hannah, Mary, the mother of Jesus, 
and other women, were often at the throne of grace. Christ, though 
divine, spent many precious seasons in prayer. In fact, one might 
fill pages telling about the praying men and women of old. 

The church of Christ should be a praying church. The early 
churches often met for seasons of prayer. In Acts 1:13-14 we read 
of the saints, both men and women, who gathered into the upper 
room for a continued season of prayer and devotion. In times of 
trouble the faithful went to God in prayer. They talked to him as 
dependent children would talk to a loving father. He heard their 
pleadings and answered their supplications. This led to trust and 
faithfulness. 

The primitive Christians assumed different attitudes in prayer, 
but the prevailing posture was kneeling. We read of Jesus falling 
on his face at prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Stephen 
kneeled and prayed (Acts 7:60). Peter also kneeled and prayed 
(Acts 9:40). Paul kneeled down and prayed with all the elders at 
Ephesus (Acts 20:36). At one time he kneeled on the seashore, 
with a group of parents and their children, and prayed with them 
(Acts 21:5). Still the publican stood when he prayed, and he was 
justified (Luke 18:13). Jesus at one time said: "When ye stand 
praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any" (Mark 1 1 :25). 

In I Cor. 11:3-15 Paul gave special instructions regarding prayer. 
Here he says that while praying or prophesying the women should 
have their heads covered, and that the men should appear before 
the Lord uncovered. In the original, instead of covering, we have 
"veil." As it applies to sisters, Paul's language clearly enjoins the 
covering as a duty, and it seems that in the early churches no sister 
presumed to engage in prayer or prophesying with her head 
unveiled. The apostle appealed to the judgment of those whom he 
addressed, saying: "Is it comely that a woman pray unto God 
uncovered?" (I Cor. 11:13) 

The instructions for the brethren were just the reverse. They 
were to pray or prophesy uncovered, and in this show due respect 
to Christ, the Head of man. The woman honors her head by the use 
of the Prayer veil, while man honors his Head by removing his 
covering. We are not taking space to explain the whys and 
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should be one rule for them and another for the brethren. We are 
simply calling attention to what Paul enjoined upon the sisters, 
regarding their privilege and duties during devotional services. 

It may be well to state that the apostle's teaching on this point is 
of sufficient importance to command the attention, consideration 
and respect of those who would have their lives measure up to the 
Written Word. It is no less the duty of the woman to cover her head 
during prayer, than it is for man to have his head uncovered. The 
duty upon the part of one, in this particular, is no less obligatory 
than upon the part of the other. The authority that uncovers the 
man, covers the woman. Revoke the injunction for the latter, and 
you revoke it for the former. The two injunctions stand or fall 
together. 

OBITUARY 

GEORGE LONGENECKER 

Bro. George H. Longenecker was born June 17, 1915 in Manheim 
Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and departed this life October 
26, 1989 by a tragic automobile accident. He was the son of the late 
Nathaniel and Anna (Huber) Longenecker. He was 74 years 4 
months and 9 days. 

He was the husband of Fern E. (Meade) Longenecker. He had 
been a self-employed contractor since 1957 until he retired in 1980. 

Bro. Longenecker served as a Deacon in the church for forty- 
seven years and at the time of his death he was a deacon in the 
Conservative Baptist Brethren Church of Frystown. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons: George T. and 
Jerre L., both of R. 1, Bernville, Pennsylvania, Thomas G. and Dale 
E., both of R. 2, Bernville, Pennsylvania; six daughters: Rhoda A., 
wife of David Kegerreis, R. 1, Bethel, Pennsylvania, Rita Y., wife of 
Luke Eberly, Donna M., wife of Galen Stauffer, both of R. 1, 
Bernville, Pennsylvania, Wanda A., widow of Robert Hearn, Cinda 
S., wife of Raymond Burkholder and Debra F., wife of Glenn 
Burkholder, all of R. 2, Bernville, Pennsylvania; thirty-eight grand- 
children and seven great-grandchildren. Also two brothers, John 
of Rt. 1, Robesonia, Pennsylvania and Jason, Lancaster, Pennsyl- 
vania; four sisters: Amy, widow of Aaron Shaner, Pottstown, 
Pennsylvania, Ruth, widow of Ivan Greenly, Dowingtown, Pennsyl- 
vania, Mary, wife of Leonard Garman, Montville, Pennsylvania and 
Nancy, widow of Paul Beidler, R. 1, Myerstown, Pennsylvania. 

Funeral services were conducted at the Conservative Baptist 
Brethren Church, Frystown, Pennsylvania on Monday, October 30, 
with Elder LaVerne Keeney opening, Bro. Jack Snyder having the 



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message with II Timothy 4:7 "I have fought a good fight I have 
finished my course, I have kept the faith:" Elder Dean St. John had 
the graveside services. 

The family wishes to express their thanks to all who remembered 
us with cards, notes and prayers during this time of bereavement. 

Sister Fern E. Longenecker and family 

THE LORD IN ZION REIGNS 

The Lord in Zion reigns, 

And will his people keep; 
Tis he the universe sustains, 

And well secures his sheep. 

Though with affliction sore 

He may them exercise; 
Yet still his hand they shall adore, 

And still his love shall prize. 

Should poverty, and loss 

Of every kind of good, 
Conspire to make our weighty cross, 

Our helper still is God. * 

May we for ever trust 

And glory in his name; 
Jesus, the faithful, true, and just, 

Forever is the same! 

Submitted by Lynn H. Miller 
P.O. Box 433 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JANUARY 1990 

January 7 - Only One Gospel - Galatians 1:1-24. 

1. To whom is this letter addressed? 

2. What problem at Galatia prompted Paul's letter? 

January 14 - Paul's Apostleship to the Gentiles - Galatians 2:1-10. 

1. What was Paul's purpose in taking Titus along? 

2. Why was circumcision an issue? 

January 21 - Justification by Faith in Jesus Christ - Gal. 2:11-21. 

1 . What is it to be justified? 

2. How are we justified? verse 16. 

January 28 - Children of Abraham - Galatians 3:1-14. 

1. Who are now the children of Abraham? verse 7. 

2. What shall the "just" live by? verse 11. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JANUARY 1990 

January 7 - Abiding in Christ - John 15:1-12, I John 2:2, 28. 

1. What are the blessings of abiding in Christ? 

2. What are the results of failing to abide in Christ? 

January 14 - Daily Worship - Dan, 6:1-13, Psalms 61:8, Luke 9:23. 

1. What is worship? 

2. Name some ways we can worship God daily. 

January 21 - Associations - Ex. 23:2, Ps. 1:1-2, II Cor. 6:14-18. 

1. What effect will "true friends" have on us? 

2. Notice the influence of evil companions in I Cor. 15:33. 

January 28 - Expression of self - Ps. 100:2, Ps. 147:1, Phil. 4:6-9. 

1. List some carnal expressions of self. 

2. List some positive, God honoring types of expressing our- 
selves.