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JANUARY 1, 1995 

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 aim to be nnore sanctified, nnore righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


If you would prosper in life 

And have good success, 
Then meditate on God's Word, 

Your life He will surely bless. 
Observe and do what He tells 

In His writings found, 
Then your feet shall be planted 

On a "higher ground." 

Be strong and of good courage — 

God will not fail you. 
He will help you to succeed 

When His work you do. 
Choose to serve the Lord always; 

Walk with Him each day. 
His glory-light will guide you, 

Like the sunshine's ray. 

-Irene Stout 



We are all familiar with a child's lack of understanding. What is 
most valuable is not always apparent to a child. We have all heard 
about (or perhaps it has even happened to us) a child trading a dime 
for a nickel. The nickel seemed more valuable because it was larger 
than the dime. The worth of that coin was not determined by its size. 
The child lost half the value of his dime because he was unable to 
perceive anything of its value other than its size. 

We can demonstrate the relative value of some common numbers. 
The numbers, "1", "10", and "100" are related to each other. Once we 
learn numerical relationships, we can perceive that not all numbers 
are equal, but some are ten or even one hundred times as large. This 
is very basic mathematics, but if we do not get this fundemental 
concept, we will never be able to compute correctly. 

We can see that relative worth entered into the calculations made 
by those in charge of the ship that carried Paul, the prisoner, from 
Caesarea to Rome. Paul had wanted to proclaim the Gospel in Rome 
for a long time. The first part of the journey was uneventful, as the 
ship went from Caesarea to Myra. There it was necessary to find 
another ship to continue the journey. The ship chosen was carrying a 
load of wheat from Alexandria to Italy. This freighter was not a cruise 
ship. The centurion hired it to carry his band of soldiers and his 
prisoners, including Paul. After a stop in the Fair Havens, where Paul 
counseled them to remain for the winter, they pressed on to make a 
different harbor where they might have more enjoyable winter 
quarters. They never made it to the other harbor. While trying to 


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reach it, a terrible hurricane arose upon the Mediterrain Sea. That 
storm, which lasted at least two weeks, severely damaged the ship 
and made all but Paul despair of reaching their destination. Paul had 
the assurance of God's angel that he would appear before Caesar. 
Not only would he survive but all who were on the ship with him would 
also survive if they would stay aboard the ship. After passing through 
the various dangers of the voyage, they completed their journey with 
a shipwreck on Malta. 

When the ship was very sorely tried during that storm those on 
board made some decisions that reflected their view of the relative 
value of various things. When it appeared the ship could not survive 
the storm, they were willing to throw overboard some of the ships 
tackling. They surmised it would be better to destroy part of the ship 
if it would mean their safe arrival. A partially equipped ship that 
survived would be of greater value to them than a wholly rigged ship 
that sunk. Although the shipowner's livelihood depended on the safe 
delivery of his cargo of wheat, when all appeared lost, the wheat was 
thrown overboard in the hope that the lightened ship could better ride 
out the storm. These decisions were made because they recognized 
that the ship and the wheat were of less value than the two hundred 
and seventy-six lives onboard. They had a natural instinct that made 
them do all possible to save their lives. The ship and the wheat were 
not as valuable as their lives. 

This is not an instinct limited to the sailors and soldiers of long ago. 
We still have this God-given instinct within us today. We are still 
appalled by the scenes of murder, rapine, abortion, and cruelty, 
whether connected with warfare, gangs or domestic violence. There 
is still a value placed upon human life, although that value seems to 
diminish as fewer people are interested in God's will for men. 

The relative worth of various things should remind us that we 
should place higher values upon some things in life. Life itself has 
value because: 1 . God created human beings, 2. He sent His Son to 
die to save their souls, and 3. He has established an eternal abode in 
Heaven, for those who will accept His Word and Way. Of even 
greater value than life is the eternal soul breathed within man by God. 
A life should be lived to secure the best for that soul throughout 

Those on Paul's ship had to make some choices concerning what 
was most important to them. Their lives were more important than 
the ship and its cargo. For Paul and his companions, their souls were 
of even greater value because they recognized that God had paid a 


high prize to redeem those souls. 

In this new year, you need to make the right choices. You need to 
decide what is the most important thing that you have control over. 
Like the sailors you must choose whether to go down with the ship 
and its cargo, or whether you might do better to lighten up on your 
possessions and end up saving that which is most important. This 
could be the most important decision you make this year. 



Romans 6:4. "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into 
death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of 
the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." 

Romans 7:6, "But now we are delivered from the law, that being 
dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, 
and not in the oldness of the letter." 

Deuteronomy 32:17, "They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to 
gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom 
your fathers feared not." 

Acts 17:21 , "(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there 
spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new 

Once again, we are entering a new year. Should the Lord tarry, in 
a relative short period of time we will be entering a new century. Only 
a selected few individuals have the privilege of seeing such an event. 
Time, in itself, brings newness. It is a blessing in many ways. Most 
individuals see the arrival of a newborn baby as a blessing. It is a 
blessing to see that baby mature into a young child and then to a 
young adult and finally into a young man or woman. But there is also 
danger within this process. The physical danger of sickness and 
accidents is a reality we must live with. 

What greater blessing is there than to see an individual enter into 
the stream of baptism and return a new creature in Christ? Yet there 
is the danger that the individual has never truly repented. While the 
Bible clearly teaches baptism for the remission of sin, it does not 
teach baptismal regeneration. This is why our Anabaptist forefathers 
wisely forsook the practice of infant baptism. There is also the danger 
that the one who has truly repented and forsaken Satan and all his 
evil ways will not walk in newness of life. The word "should" does not 
mean that this is optional, but it does mean that we have the free will 
not to do this if we so choose. Even so sickness or accident can take 
an individual into the realm of death at an early age, even so an 


individual can die spiritually before reaching final maturity, which is a 
home in Heaven. 

We should praise God that we are delivered from the law and have 
freedom in Christ. We can serve in newness of spirit. We are not 
bound by the ceremonial laws given to Israel. We have a relationship 
with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit 
that the Old Testament Saints never experienced. But this newness 
is not license to live as we want. I John 2:3 informs us, "And hereby 
we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." The 
next two verses make it even stronger. "He that saith, I know him, 
and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in 
him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God 
perfected: hereby know we that we are in him." 

Like the Israelites, some within the earthly church have fallen victim 
to sacrificing to new gods that came newly up. While we are not 
bound by law of the Old Testament, we do not serve a new God. The 
God we serve is the same God that created the world in six literal 
days and rested on the seventh. He is the same God that called out 
Abraham and gave His blessing upon the nation of Israel as His 
chosen people. He is the same God that inspired the prophets to 
prophesy of a Redeemer and Savior and then brought it to pass. 

Like the Athenians, the modern church spends much of its time in 
nothing else but either to tell or to hear of some new thing. All 
tradition has to be examined by Holy Scripture. Before we throw all 
tradition out we should investigate what replaces it! The newest trend 
we are aware of is a new type of worship, which, in reality, is not 
worship at all! 

Yes, newness can be a blessing. Change is not always wrong. 
But when change takes us away from the things of God in place of 
drawing us closer to the Lord Jesus Christ they are a danger, to say 
the least. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch Street 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


(Editor's Note: The following article is a little late for the 1994 
Christmas season, but its lessons are applicable all year long. So it 
appears here for our encouragement throughout this year.) 

I do not have much time for plays, dramas and so forth. May we let 
our minds wander as we read a hypothetical conversation between a 
husband and wife. I recognize this is not likely to be your home. My 


purpose is to cause us to look at the season and how we celebrate 



(Reading the newspaper) "This is disgusting, XMAS Sale, why you 
would think that Christ has no part of Christmas. X'ed Him out... 
XMAS! (With a sound of disgust). 

Since you brought up the subject of Christmas, I would like to 
review my Christmas lists with you to see if I have missed anything. 
On the 23rd is your office Christmas party. ..I've ordered the hors 
d'oeuvres, the treats and the snacks for the party, but you will need to 
get the drinks. 

I will be sure to get plenty of drinks. ..what's a Christmas party 
without getting thoroughly smashed? Why, last year at the Jones' 
party, we ran out of drinks by 10:30! 

You need to get the Christmas tree tomorrow on your way home 
from work. I am fixing up a wreath for the door, and I have gotten 
plenty of tinsel and decorations, and oh yes, you also need to put 
Santa and the reindeer up on the roof soon.... 

I hope the snow mefts soon, the roof is pretty treacherous right 
now, but the children will really be disappointed if I do not get Santa 
up soon. I will put up the tree and the Santa tomorrow night, if I can 
get some help from John with the safety rope up on the roof. 

I ordered plenty of mistletoe and greens. 

Good, last year Tom really made a fool out of himself under the 
mistletoe. He was so drunk... He really made some wild comments 
about Shema and the way that she was dressed, I wonder what they 
will be like this year? It was fun watching their antics. 

Our family get together will be at our place this year.. .and since it's 
Sunday, I will have to stay home from church in order to get the 
turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry salad,.... 
and the rest of it done in time for lunch. 

It's a real shame you have to miss church, the pastor usually has an 
excellent sermon on Christmas... and we really should get the children 
to church at least twice in a year. With all that work to be done, maybe 
I will skip church too and give you a hand at getting it ready. 



As far as the gifts,... You will be getting the computer for John, 
won't you? 

Yeah,... Hey, look at this computer advertisement, a family 
multimedia special including a printer.. .only $2695.00. Why it has a 
recipe program, a checkbook manager, and lots of great games. 
Listen to these titles! Dungeons and Dragons, Valley of the Gods, 
Demons on the Loose, Doom III, Space Invaders, Pagan Ultimate #8, 
Demon World, Faces of Evil, and a personal astrology and spiritual 
advisor program. 

Sounds interesting... But, do you think any of us will get much else 
done, other then playing with the games? I got Ralph's gifts, the 
Simulated Battle Combat Set, the Mighty Morph Power Ranger Set, 
The Super Blaster Mega Machine Gun, and The Super Street Fighter 
game and the knife that he wanted. I sure hope he does not try to 
hurt any body with the knife. I got a monster doll that is so ugly, that 
it's cute for Sophie, some rattles, and a couple of other toys. I also 
got several cute dresses with her astrological sign on them for her. 

It sounds great... uh... with the $1100.00 car repair bill today, how 
is the budget holding up? Are we going to be able to afford it as we 

Well, some of the games and toys were more than I expected, but 
we got a new pre-approved credit card application in the mail today 
for $4000.00. IF we get that we should be okay. 

Sounds great, but does that make it our 19th or 20th credit card? 

No, I believe that it is our 23rd or 24th, if we count Sears and 

Oh well, what is another credit card.. .after all this is Christmas, a 
season of celebration and joy. What better things, other than parties 
and gifts, could we spend our money on? The purpose of Christ's 
coming was to bring happiness and joy wasn't it? We may as well get 
into the spirit of Christmas, and get all the fun that we can get! 

With all the parties, gifts, celebrations, family gatherings, and busy 
activities of Christmas, have we too lost sight of the reality of 
Christmas? Is Christ honored by our activities and purchases during 
this season that is named in his honor? Many of the activities, which I 


have listed above have nothing to do with his birth, and dishonor and 
mock the purpose of His coming. Yet we celebrate Christmas, 
forgetting the Christ of Christmas. Why don't we be honest and call it 
XMAS? Many of the gifts we purchase for our children are products of 
an evil society, honoring demons, witchcraft, lust, and so forth. Be 
careful of the games, music, toys, and so forth, which you purchase, 
they may well affect and desensitize the tender hearts of your 
children, opening them up to sinful activities. Many toys are based on 
a theme of violence, occult, or impurity. Items based on these 
themes have a major influence on our acceptance of these items in 
our lives. Because of this, they have no place in any home, much 
less a "Christian home". 

Our Christmas gifts, and celebrations often mock the very purpose 
for which Christ came. We think of Christ as a messenger of Peace, 
yet we give gifts symbolizing violence and destruction. We think of 
Christ as a messenger of truth and light, yet we give gifts based on 
activities of evil spirits, occult, and demons. We think of Christ as the 
messenger of all that is good, yet many of the activities that occur at 
"Christmas parties" are manifestly evil. 

Are we celebrating Christmas or XMAS? Subconsciously many 
have removed Christ and the spirit of worship from their lives. In my 
opinion, much of the celebration of Christmas by the world, has 
degraded to little more than what God must consider a blasphemous 
stench or XMAS. Christmas has become sheer mockery of Christ, by 
the very ones who would benefit from His salvation. 

Christ came to bring the joy of salvation, the joy of serving and 
honoring Him. May our activities likewise honor Him during this 
season, or at any other time of the year. We should spend more time 
praising God and honoring and serving Him, and less time with the 
world partying, celebrating, doing things, or giving gifts that mock 
Christ. Christmas is a time when God gave us His Son, who came to 
redeem us from sin, and gave us a NEW Way of LIVING our life. May 
we keep our Christmas simple, Christ-honoring in all that we do. May 
our gifts, decorations, and activities all HONOR Christ and the 
purpose of His coming 

Brother Rudy A. Shaffer 


January 1, 1935 


J. A. Leckron 

We believe the above subject ought to be put before the public 

more than it is, not to scare people into the church, but to make them 


think or realize what the rich man had to contend with, and will have to 
contend with until the great judgment day when he and all others who 
do not obey the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ leave this 
world. We would like to take a part of Luke 16:23 which reads as 

"And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,..." Now some 
people think, and some of the popular preachers of this age say this is 
a parable, but Christ says, "There was a certain rich man," verse 19, 
not that there will be, or that there might be, but He makes it a positive 
fact that there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple 
and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. Now after we find 
this is not a parable, then we want to find out what the rich man did. 
We will take what the rich man believed in when he was in hell in 
eighteen points. 

First: He believed in mercy, for he said unto Abraham, "Father 
Abraham have mercy on me," verse 23, but when he was on earth he 
did not think about mercy on Lazarus, and that is the way with us 
sometimes - we forget God until something comes upon us to make 
us think. 

Second: He believed in crying, verse 24, for he cried unto 
Abraham for mercy. Have any of us, my dear readers, been in that 
condition, that we felt like crying for mercy? 

Third: He believed in prayer now, verse 27, for he prayed that 
Abraham should send Lazarus to his father's house to tell his five 
brethren not to come where he was. Now if this is a parable as some 
claim it is, then why did the rich man ask that something be done that 
his five brethren might get right with God, that they come not to this 
place of torment. Now if this is to be in the future, and at the end of 
the world, then what need would he have to pray that his five brethren 
should not come where he was? No, he was in Hell, and his five 
brethren were still here on earth, and he was interested in their 

Fourth: He recognized leaders, verses 24 and 30, for he 
recognized Abraham as the chosen leader of God. I wonder if we 
recognize the leaders in the church today as we should; those that are 
real leaders; those that stand foursquare for Christ and the church; if 
we don't then we may be like the rich man in Hell, for we are going to 
the same place if we obey not the gospel. 

Fifth: He believed in individual help, verse 24, for he asked for 
mercy; not for someone else, but for himself, for he wanted Lazarus to 
come and cool his tongue with some water, but it was too late. 

Sixth: He believed in the salvation of his family now as he never 
did before; for he asked Lazarus to go back to earth and visit his five 


brethren, and warn them that they should not come where he was, for 
he was tormented in those flames, and so forth. This ought to make 
us all think what we are doing for the saving of our families. Noah 
saved all his family, and we wonder how many of us are doing as 

Seventh: He believed in giving relief, verse 24, for he wanted to be 
relieved of being tormented in those flames. Just think what an awful 
place the rich man was in, and how he suffered and is suffering at this 
present time, and will continue to suffer until the thousand years have 
expired, when he will be called forth to judgment and get his sentence 
which will be Depart from Me ye workers of iniquity, into everlasting 
fire, into the lake of fire and brimstone, a fire that cannot be quenced, 
where the wicked will not die, but will be burning throughout the 
ceaseless ages of a never ending eternity, so if we want real relief, 
let's get it while we are still here on earth and have time and 
opportunity to prepare to meet our God. 

Eighth: He believed in repentance, verse 30, for he wanted 
Lazarus to go back and inform his brethren of the awful condition he 
was in, and thought they would repent if Lazarus would tell them. 

Ninth: In the same verse he also believed in personal work, for he 
wanted Lazarus to go to them personally and warn them of the 
danger in not serving the Lord. 

Tenth: He believed in different methods of working, for he thought 
if they would not listen to the people here on earth, they might listen 
to Lazarus if he would go back to them from the dead. 

Eleventh: And in the same verse, verse 28, he believes it paid to 
testify for Christ, for he said, 'that he may testify unto them, lest they 
also come into this place of torment." 

Twelfth: He also believed in a place of torment, for he is now 
experiencing the realities of a lost world, and he knows it is a place, 
even if some of the popular preachers of this day and age say there is 
no hell, or if even there is, it is not a place. Now while we have time 
and opportunity , let us all strive to shun that place hell, and strive to 
land in that better place. 

Thirteenth: He believed in sending to others the news, that they 
might get right with God and not spend eternity in Hell as he now 
knows he will. 

Fourteenth: He also believed in the resurrection now, but perhaps 
he looked at it lightly before, and paid no attention to it, just like some 
of us now are doing, verse 30, for he said, "but if one went unto them 
from the dead, they will repent." 

Fifteenth: He also believed In justice now, for you don't hear him 
say once, that you haven't treated me right Lord, or that you did not 


give me a fair trial, no, but he now knows he is dealing with a just 
God, and knows he is reaping what he has sown. We sometimes 
think we do not get justice in the courts of our land, and the same in 
the church sometimes, but when we are dealing with God, we get 
justice, for he knows our every heart, and knows our thoughts even 
before they are expressed, and if we are faithful, we need not worry 
about the future. 

Sixteenth: He also had faith now, that if some one would go and 
explain to his brethren the awful condition he was in, that they would 
repent and not come to where he was. 

Seventeenth: He also had hope, for he hoped that something 
might be done to keep his brethren away from that place of torment. 

Eighteenth: He also had love now, for he loved his brethren to that 
extent that he did not want them to come to that place of torment he was 
in, but to prepare for a better place, even rf he could not be with them. 

Brethren and sisters, are we as interested in our families and 
others as the rich man was for his five brethren after he had landed in 
Hell? Now if we believe the Bible as it teaches on this subject, we will 
have to believe that the moment after any of us draw our last breath 
here on earth we are either where the rich man was, or we are in 
paradise, a place of rest awaiting the first resurrection, and that will be 
at Christ's coming for the church, when the dead in Christ shall rise 
first then we that are living shall be changed, and together we will 
meet the Lord in the air, and ever be with the Lord. 

But the wicked dead rise not until the thousand years have expired, 
they will be like the rich man, be in torment all these years until the 
judgment, and then put into the lake of fire and brimstone, which is 
the second death, which the Devil and his angels who have deceived 
them. Now my dear reader, if you want to know what is going to 
happen when Christ comes with His church to set up His kingdom, 
read the last chapter of Zachariah, and you will find some of the 
awfuwl plagues that shall come to men. 

Our prayer is that we all may strive to live a more consecrated life, 
that we may have right to the first and best resurrection, for on such 
the second death has no power. 



Jesus, the Son of God, gave His life upon the old Rugged Cross, 

that we might have right to the Tree of Life. The devil has done, and 

is doing, his best to deceive, to rob, and to destroy those rights. 

Today, as it has ever been since Adam and Eve's time, the devil is 


doing his utmost to rob us of Heaven. 

Webster defines devil as: Satan, chief evil spirit, archenemy and 
adversary of our soul. 

His purpose is to cause a believer to renounce his faith in Jesus 
Christ. The devil does not want anyone to believe in Jesus. If 
someone does, the devil's next best strategy is to neutralize him 
spiritually so that he is ineffective as a witness for Jesus. The words, 
"devil" and "Satan" are used interchangeably. 

The Bible's Descriptions of the Devil 

Rev. 12:9, The devil is a deceiver. 

Rev. 9:1 1 , The devil is a destroyer. 

John 8:44, The devil is a murderer. 

John 8:44, The devil is a liar. 

John 8:44, The devil is the father of lies. He abode not in the truth. 

I Peter 5:8, The devil is a roaring lion. 

I Peter 5:8, The devil is an adversary. 

Revelation 9:1 1 , The devil is an angel of the bottomless pit. 

John 12:31 , The devil is the prince of this world. 

Isaiah 14:29, The devil is a serpent. 

Revelation 20:2, The devil is Satan. 

Ephesians 6:12, The devil is the ruler of darkness. 

Luke 10:18, The devil is as lightning. 

II Corinthians 4:4, The devil is the god of this world. 
Revelation 20:2, The devil is a serpent. 
Revelation 20:2, The devil is a dragon. 

There are more names and descriptions given in God's Word 
Some of the Devil's Works 

The devil is the god of our world system. As such, he puts into 
place lies that the unsaved world accepts as truths. These lies 
permeate society and deludes them. 

The devil is no novice. His doctrine is MATERIALISM. He wants 
people to have the tendency to be more concerned with material 
things than with Spiritual values. As Christians, if we are not careful, 
we will find ourselves in bondage to materialism, head-over-heels in 
debt. We will be found neglecting our families for the sake of 
professional goals and forgetting the Lord. 

The goals we try to reach, materially are not what counts. Eternity 
is what counts. We must adjust our present priorities to reflect eternal 
values. Mark 8:36, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the 
whole world, and lose his own soul?" 

Matt. 13:38-39, (Summing up) The devil sowed tares among the 
good seed. He over-extends himself to destroy our hopes of Eternal 


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

it was the devil who deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. 

Read Luke 4:13. Jesus was led by the Spirit, into the wilderness. 
For forty days and nights He ate nothing. He was hungry. The devil 
knew that would be a good time to tempt Him. He said to Jesus, 
"...command this stone that it be made bread." Jesus could have 
done it but did not. Instead, He quoted scripture, saying, "It is written. 
That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." 

Then the devil took Him unto a high mountain, where He could see 
all the kingdoms of this world. The devil promised Jesus he would 
give Him power and glory over all that Jesus saw, if He would worship 
him. (The devil told a lie, for he did not have all that to give.) John 
8:44, Jesus speaking, "...he is a liar, and the father of it." Luke 4:9, 
"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: 
for it is written. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only 
shalt thou serve." 

Then the devil set Jesus on a pinnacle of the temple at Jerusalem. 
"If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is 
written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And 
in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy 
foot against a stone." "And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said. 
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." 

Then the devil departed from Him for a season. So he does with 
us, then he comes back with more temptations. 

There are lessons to be learned from these three temptations. 

The devil is powerful, but Christ is all powerful. 

What the devil promises, he can not give. 

Christ does not lie. His promises will be fulfilled. 

We must pray for the help of the Lord to refuse to do what the devil 
wants us to do, as Jesus did. 

We must be able to give scriptural reasons for not indulging in the 
devil's sins. 

We must keep the devil behind us. We must keep ourselves 
unspotted from the world. 

Pray that every professor of Christianity can be a Joshua, "As for 
me and my house, we will serve the Lord." 

To be continued 
Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, Ohio 44718 





Bro. Carl Hayward Broadwater was born on February 28, 1909, in 
West Salisbury, Pennsylvania and departed from this life on Saturday, 
August 6, 1994, at 2:10 P.M. at his residence in York, Pennsylvania at 
the age of 85 years, 5 months and 9 days. His wife. Myrtle 
Broadwater, and his three children, Marvin Broadwater of Inman, 
South Carolina, Glendora Stump of York, Pennsylvania and Lula 
Catherine Cimini of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, were at his side when 
the Lord called him home. He is also survived by ten grandchildren 
and ten great-grandchildren. 

Carl was baptized in the Savage River at Broadwater Chapel, 
Maryland, on November 4, 1933, by Brother Benjamin Lebo. On 
November 27, 1933, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Broadwater, 
also of Broadwater Chapel, Maryland. The couple celebrated their 
60th Anniversary with family and friends in November 1993. Carl 
worked in the coal mines in Maryland for fourteen years before he 
moved to Pennsylvania, in 1954, where he worked as a carpenter 
until he retired. Carl also worked for the Lord as a minister in the 
Shrewsbury Congregation, Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania since 1962 and 
was subsequently ordained as an Elder in the church. 

A viewing was held in York, Pennsylvania on August 8 and a 
second viewing took place in LaVale, Maryland on August 9. The 
funeral was held on August 10 at the Hafer Funeral Home, LaVale, 
Maryland. Elder Virgil Leatherman, Elder James Kegerreis, Elder 
Jacob Ness and Pastor Homer Beeman officiated at the services. 
Burial was in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale, Maryland. 

The family thanks everyone who expressed their love for Dad and 
their own personal grief at Dad's passing. We took comfort from the 
many cards, flowers, and the food we received and, especially, from 
your flooding the gates of heaven with prayers for us. We know that 
there are many who miss him, as we do. Our sorrow, however, is 
lifted when we remember that Dad said, "I'll see you in gloryland." 
We would like to submit the following poem in memory of our 
husband, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather because we can 
hear him say the following words to us.: 

I am home in Heaven, dear ones; 

Oh, so happy and so bright! 
There is perfect joy and beauty 
In this everlasting light. 


All the pain and grief is over, 

Every restless tossing passed; 

I am now at peace forever, 

Safely home in Heaven at last. 

Did you wonder I so calmly 

Trod the valley of the shade? 

Oh! but Jesus' love illumined 

Every dark and fearful glade. 

And He came Himself to meet me 
In that way so hard to tread; 

And with Jesus' arm to lean on, 

Could I have one doubt or dread? 

Then you must not grieve so sorely, 
For I love you dearly still: 

Try to look beyond earth's shadows, 
Pray to trust our Father's Will 

There is work still waiting for you, 
So you must not idly stand; 

Do it now, while life remaineth — 

You shall rest in Jesus' land. 

When that work is all completed, 

He will gently call you Home; 

Oh, the rapture of that meeting. 

Oh, the joy to see you come! 

-Author Unknown 


We are rejoicing that God's Spirit is still performing miracles. 
Daniel Frick, son of Bro. Glen and Sis. Shirley Frick, was born again 
November 13. Also, Brent and Kelly Cottrell were received into our 
midst by fellowship greeting. They are the parents of four sons. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 





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JANUARY 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


At every nnotion of our breath, 
Life trembles on the brink of death; 
A taper's flame that upward turns, 
While downward to the dust it burns. 

Moment by monent years are past, 
And one ere long will be our last; 
There is a point no eyes can see. 
Yet on it hangs eternity. 

This is that moment — who shall tell, 
Whether it leads to heaven or hell? 
This is that moment — as we choose, 
Th' immortal soul we save, or lose. 

Time past and time to come are not — 
Time present is our only lot; 
O God! henceforth our hearts incline, 
To seek no other love than thine. 




We realize that the most of the inhabitants of the United States, 
either came here from another country or are descendants of those 
who did. Only the Native Americans can claim to be permanent 
inhabitants. Even they may have been the original immigrants, 
coming even earlier from the Orient by the Bering Straits. So none of 
us can speak unhypocritically about those who immigrate today. 

It is a popular opinion that the opportunity offered to our ancestors 
from Northern and Western Europe should be withheld from those 
who come from other parts of the world. Christians should be very 
careful to fulfill the Golden Rule. As we have been given the 
blessings of living in this most blessed of lands, we should be willing 
to share those blessings with others. 

Would we have had the faith and endurance that our ancestors did 
when they faced the dangers of immigrating to this Land? We 
wonder if we would have left the familiar scenes of the Old World for 
the foreboding and dangerous scenes of an unknown land. Would we 
have had the faith and courage to bring our religious beliefs to William 
Penn's Woods and surrounding colonies? The first to come must 
have sent messages of encouragement to those who came afterward. 
Even after arriving here, the sea coast cities did not long provide the 
home they sought. Soon they moved inland where they could till the 
soil and plant not only their crops but their families and their churches. 
It was not long until they were found in the backcountry of the Middle 

There was a price demanded of these immigrants. They paid the 
price of separation from their families and loved ones in their 


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homeland. They had to pay for their passage, which would have 
been a high price when compared to their financial situation. If they 
could not pay before they left their home, they could contract to pay 
for their passage through indentured sen/antship after they arrived in 
America. They paid a price in the dangers of the Atlantic crossing. 
There were some especially dangerous times, when their small and 
fragile ships were tossed about by wind and waves. After a journey of 
several weeks, which often included suffering the want of fresh food 
and water as well as proper sanitation and privacy, they would land in 
a strange land among strange people, who had strange customs and 
languages. They so highly valued what they would receive at the end 
of this treacherous journey that they were willing to pay the 
demanded price. 

As citizens of this land we are not apt to be looking to emigrate to 
another land. We feel quite comfortable here. Although all does not 
please us all the time, we can think of no better place to live. 

But! We are going to make a change. We are going to have to 
leave this land. We are going to leave not only this country but this 
world. Th^ death angel will call and we must respond. There will be 
no tie here that will be powerful enough to overwhelm that call. Our 
station or rank in this world will not matter a bit. There will be no 
appeal. When the summons comes we will go. 

We will be as immigrants going to a strange and far land. The 
preparations that we have made for that journey will determine how 
that journey will end. Some immigrants after arriving in their new 
country, wish they could be back where they started. This will be the 
situation with all too many people when they have been summoned 
for their last journey. They will wish for more preparation time so they 
can change their destination. Alas! They failed to properly use the 
time and opportunity that was extended to them. They chose to fritter 
away their opportunities so now at that dark hour they will be found 
wanting and unqualified. 

The time and opportunity are extended to humanity to prepare for 
that hour. There will be no appeal of the sentence of a righteous and 
holy Judge. Many helps have been provided for us so we can be 
prepared for that decisive hour. We have the declared Will of God in 
His Word. We have the record of His greatest Gift. We have the 
testimony of those who have tasted the joys of Christian living and 
service. We have the Holy Spirit who is willing to live within and lead 
us in His ways. All these things and more have been given to help us 
make the right choice and to live consistently with that choice. 

We will be immigrating either to Heaven or Hell. There will be no 


middle ground. The choice will be made during this life. We need to 
prepare according to our choice. 

To which place do you intend to immigrate? Are you ready? 


Handling Grief 

Several years ago I presented a lesson for our Wednesday night 
Bible Study on the topic of grief. Several people have asked me for 
this information again and I feel led to share it with the readers of the 
Bible Monitor. I can assure you that none of us are above the need 
for special consideration and care when we are grieving the loss of a 
loved one. This process sometimes occurs, in addition, to those who 
break up a courtship relationship. 

The STAGES OF GRIEF that everyone will experience at 
sometime in their life are as follows: 

Stage 1 : Shock and crying. Crying is right. It is the appropriate 
thing to do when the initial stage of grief is experienced. God has 
given you this release and whether you are male or female.. .you will 
need to express it in this way. 

Stage 2; Guilt. Yes, you will feel guilt and you probably will not 
understand why. This stage occurs because you in some way feel 
responsible or involved in some special way through which you might 
have had some control. 

Stage 3: Hostility. You must go through this stage also. You will 
want to turn it over to the Lord, but you will feel it. It need not destroy 
you or your relationship with Jesus and others. 

Stage 4: Restless activity. I can remember when my mother 
passed away, I felt this emotion. I just did not feel settled at any time 
or under any circumstance. My mind just kept going back to 
memories, occasions and even the final days. 

Stage 5: Usual life activities lose their importance. What you have 
enjoyed might well not be enjoyable at this time. You lose the vitality 
of living that you once had. 

Stage 6: Identification with the deceased. You begin to look back 
and identify with the person in all that you say and do. You become 
"controlled" by the person who is no longer there. 

THE GRIEF PROCESS: There are ten emotions that you WILL 
experience when the death of a loved one occurs. You must go 
through them because they are the emotions that God gave you. 
They will eventually fade. You will regain your life and live it in its 
normal course. 


1. Shock 

2. Emotional release 

3. Depression and loneliness 

4. Distress 

5. Panic 

6. Guilt 

7. Hostility and resentment 

8. Inability to return to usual activities 

9. Hope 

10. Struggle to affirm reality 

These may take a shorter or longer time for a particular person, 
depending on many circumstances but the sequence will be real. If 
you recognize that they are normal, you can come through this most 
difficult of life's challenges with courage and hope. 

If you are currently ministering to a bereaved person, remember 
that he or she needs: 1, Safe places 2. Safe people 3. Safe 
situations. These will all be helpful in the healing process. 

How can you best minister to someone in the time of grief? 

1 . Begin where the bereaved person is. Do not try to put them into 
another psychological situation. They will be helped most fully when 
you can reach out to them at their level. 

2. Clarify his or her expressed feelings with him. 

3. Empathize. 

4. Be sensitive to his feelings and do not say 'loo much." I can 
remember again, at my mother's death, an individual in insensitivity 
said, "Well, I have already had this happen in my life and you do not 
need to feel so bad." Too bad that this person was not sensitive to 
the feelings of others at this time of special need. 

5. Do not use faulty reassurances with the person. Reassure in 
truth and prayerfully. Flippant remarks are more damaging than 

We, as God's people, have a special opportunity and obligation to 
minister to people at this difficult time in their life. I pray that we will 
better understand how we might reach out to them with real comfort 
and help them through their grief. 

Brother Len Wertz 


"For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our 
king; he will save us." Isaiah 33:22. 

He will save us. His promises are true. Man will disappoint us 
every time, but God is true to His Word. In the beginning, God. This 


statement is found in Genesis 1 :1 . But it is incomplete, you say. This 
writer maintains that no statement is more complete. In the 
beginning, God. We hardly realize the gravity, the importance, and, 
yea, the magnificence of that statement to take in His Lordship, His 
Kingship, and His Salvation. Our minds are too small to understand 
completely. Someday, if we have faith, we will understand better, 
when we are sitting at His feet. 

He will save us. He is able. He paid the price to make it possible. 
Nothing is too hard for God. To some, these are just a bunch of 
cliches that mean nothing. I have heard the Lord and His work 
belittled and ridiculed. Some folks have seen others talk the talk, but 
apparently they did not walk the walk. How important it is to be a 
good example to everyone, nothing wavering. The importance of this 
cannot be over-emphasized. 

The throne of God forever stands: 
Grace is the scepter in His hands. 
His laws and words are just and right: 
Justice and grace are His delight. 

David said, "I delight to do thy will, O my God:..." (Psalm 40:8). 
Paul said. "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man." 
(Rom. 7:22). The world, ignorant of many of the things of God, is not 
ignorant concerning the things that WE delight in. If we really believe 
the things we profess, it will be known of men. 

The Lord is our judge. We must keep this thought ever before us. 
He is our lawgiver our king, our Saviour. All these things we must 
meditate upon. They are good in the night seasons: when our way is 
unclear. They are also good when all is right with, us. 

Save us, O God of our salvation. (I Chron. 16:35). These words 
sound as if they were written in desperation. Fortunately, He is there 
for us in the desperate times. But we must also be careful, lest we 
forget the Lord when we have eaten and art full. This is our nature, to 
forget the One who saves us. His salvation, when it is just a fact, it 
often becomes a commonplace fact. 

It must, as it did to the writers of Holy Scripture, become a 
REVELATION. The difference between fact and Revelation is 
determined by how it is acted upon. When those professing faith are 
taken into the water to be baptized, the questions they are asked in 
the water are always answered in the affirmative. No one ever says, 
"no". Yet, many turn back after a while to the things of the world. 

I know Bill Clinton is our president. If you asked me who our 
president is, I would give his name. Yet, I have never met him, so it is 
only a mere fact to me. If I knew the man, and his ways, and he truly 


was a presidential man, and I had confidence in him, then my 
knowledge would be more than a simple fact. 

We are asked if we believe that Jesus came into the world with a 
saving gospel. Some answer, 'yes" because they read it in the Bible. 
To some it becomes MORE real as they progress. But to others it 
never is more than a mere fact. It never becomes a Revelation. To 
Paul, who met Jesus on the Damascus Road, it became a Revelation. 
For us, it takes wholeheartedness. In Jeremiah God says, you will 
find me if you search for me WITH ALL YOUR HEART. He will save 
us. Do we believe it? How much do we believe it? Do we believe it 
is enough to live it and to declare it to others? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Continued from January 1 , 1995 Issue 

The devil sets snares (traps) in sneaky ways to catch men and 
women, boys and girls. And he knows how to bait them. 

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

Jesus was never over come by the devil. When we accepted 
Jesus' plan of salvation, in the baptismal water, we made a promise 
to God and men that we would renounce Satan (Devil) and all his 
pernicious (causing great injury, destruction, fatal) ways and 
practices of the world. 

The following are some of the snares the devil sets to entrap 
thousands of people today, even many who profess Christianity. 

Mark 10:19, Jesus speaking, "Thou knoweth the commandments, 

Do not commit ADULTERY, 

Do not KILL, Do not STEAL, 

Do not bear FALSE WITNESS, 


I Cor. 6:18a, "Flee FORNICATION." 

All the above are SIN. 

The newspapers, magazines and other media report regularly on 
the breaking of these commandments. The general public seems to 
feast on such sins, when they should raise their voices against them. 

ADULTERY and FORNICATION are the SINS of the day. The 
devil has the participants eating out of his hand. Thousands of 
couples, UNMARRIED are living together - in SIN. 

In I Cor. 6:9-10 we read, "Know ye not that the UNRIGHTEOUS 


SHALL NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither 
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effenninate, nor abusers 
of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor 
drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of 

The devil sets many baited snares and he entraps many people. If 
they continue to so live, they will receive sin's wages. Rom. 6:23b, 
"For the wages of sin is death." 

God gave His only begotten Son to die on the Old Rugged Cross. 
By accepting His plan of salvation, and obeying His Word our sins will 
be forgiven. 

The devil rules the world. John 18:36, "Jesus answered, My 
kingdom is not of this world:..." 

Rom. 6:16, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves 
servants to obey, his sen/ants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin 
unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" 

If we do not serve Christ, we are serving the devil. 

Paul, the Apostle gives good advice to one who sincerely wants to 
live for Christ and the Church, which He purchased with His own 
blood. II Cor. 6:17-18, "Wherefore come out from among them, (the 
world) 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." 

If we are sons and daughters, we have a promised legacy. Rom. 
8:17a, "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with 

Exodus 20:13, "Thou shalt not kill." Abortion, the destroying or 
killing of the fetus, is of the devil. It is wrong for the mother and wrong 
for the one who brings about the abortion. God pity any who have or 
assists in an abortion. This is a horrendous sin, which is prevalent in 
our day. 

Illegitimacy is just as prevalent and just as sinful as abortion. They 
both are the result of illicit sex. All are contrary to scripture and are 
the works of the adversary of our soul. 

We need to pray regularly to God for help to overcome the devil. 

One of the things the world and some professed Christians need 
today is CLOTHES. Christians, male and female are to dress in 
modest (decent, unrevealing) clothing. Do not follow the foolish 
fashions of the world, which are inspired by the devil. 

I Tim. 5:22b, "Keep thyself pure." 

Rev. 2:10b, Jesus speaking, "be thou faithful unto death, and I will 


give thee a crown of life." 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 


Exodus 15:23 "And when they came to Marah, they could not drink 
of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it 
was called Marah." 

The warning came while we were at our place of employment, DO 
NOT DRINK THE WATER. Later, we were to find out that not only 
was the water in that place polluted but our water at home and in 
several different localities. Unfortunately, the warning did not come 
soon enough for some individuals. The report was that there was 
much sickness because of the water and some were even 

The warning not to drink the water from the water fountains was not 
because the company wanted to punish us or to deny us water, (in 
fact, in time, fresh bottled water was provided), but to save us 
distress. There is a need in the church to warn members not to drink 
the "polluted water" that is being offered. We are certain that the 
water company did not deliberately send polluted water into the 
homes and places of employment. They thought they were giving the 
same safe water they had always given. To our knowledge the exact 
source of the pollution was never discovered. 

"Polluted water" was offered to the church at a very early stage. In 
Acts 20, we find the Apostle Paul giving the following warning, "Take 
heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the 
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, 
which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that 
after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not 
sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking 
perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, 
and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn 
every one night and day with tears." 

We would encourage all our elders and ministers to take heed of 
themselves. God will hold you responsible for the flock over which He 
has made you overseer. To no less a degree are we responsible for 
what we write or share as we teach a Sunday School class. 

Paul says that we are responsible to feed the church of God, which 
Jesus Christ purchased with His own blood. You can go longer 
without food then you can without water, but both polluted water and 


food are a danger to your health and perhaps even your life. 

When it was discovered that the waters of Marah were not fit to 
drink, "... the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we 
drink?" There were times when the Israelites murmured against God 
and Moses without just cause. But in this case they were within their 
right. They needed pure water to live. 

Not only are we expected to provide safety against the grievous 
wolves who enter in but we are also expected to provide fresh water 
for the flock. A, so called, higher criticism entered the church several 
years ago and it has torn the flock to pieces as well as given it 
polluted water. Very often in a very subtle way, and sometimes in a 
very open way, an attack is made on the Bible and the historic 
understanding of what it contains. Down through the years signs 
have accompanied this deadly enemy of truth. Theatrics in the pulpit 
replaced strong preaching. Doctrine and tradition became something 
to avoid rather than to defend. 

While we are to respect our elders and ministers, we must be 
careful that we do not worship them. Paul's warning that "Also of your 
own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things,..." is as true 
today as it was then. As with the water company mentioned earlier, 
most of these will not intentionally give us "Polluted Water." They 
may not realize that the "Water" they have received from the radio 
program or a magazine is polluted. 

Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible offer pure water to your thirsty 
soul. May each desire to come and drink freely thereof. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, Pa. 17078-2704 


January 15, 1935 


L. W. Beery 

It is evident that our Maker did not place the human family on this 

earth without a purpose. Of all the created things, there are none but 

what have their sphere of action, their mission in this world. The 

birds, the beasts, the creeping things, the fishes of the sea all fill a 

place in this world and have a work to do. Then surely, man the 

crowning glory of all creation was not placed here for naught. In Rev. 

4:1 1 , the declaration of the four and twenty elders that surrounded the 

throne is this, 'Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, honor and 


power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are 
and were created." It can be understood from this that all things were 
created for the purpose of pleasing God. 

After the work of creation had been finished, "God saw every thing 
that he had made and, behold, it was very good." Thus we find that 
everything as it was created pleased God. All of these created things 
honored and glorified their Maker as long as they continued as they 
were created. Man, the one created "in the image of God" in whose 
nostrils God breathed the breath of life so that he became a living 
soul, was endued with great intelligence and ability. 

"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and 
multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion 
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over every 
living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Gen. 1 :28.) 

It was also intended that man was to dress and keep the garden of 
Eden into which God placed him. The only restriction placed on man 
was that he should not partake of the fruit of one tree. As long as 
man fulfilled his mission by being submissive and obedient to his 
Maker all went well; we find however, that when he was tempted, he 
harkened unto the voice of his wife and transgressed the 
commandment of the Lord. This was displeasing to God and the 
human family has suffered the consequences of this sin ever since. 
We rejoice, however, that God did not cast us off utterly, but provided 
a way whereby we can still honor and glorify our Maker and live 
pleasing in His sight. 

Even though the human family has sinned and fallen from their 
original state of purity it is still their mission on earlh to honor and 
glorify the God who created them. The first step toward fulfilling this 
mission is for us to acknowledge that we have sinned, confess our 
sins and submit to the plan of redemption extended to us by our Lord 
and Savior Jesus Christ. This will make of us new creatures for "if we 
confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and the 
cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1 :9.) 

We should then present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. This sen/ice 
consists in walking in harmony with all the commandments, statutes 
and ordinances of the Lord as given to us in the gospel. A life that is 
yielded to the will of the Lord is a life that is a blessing in this world 
and it will redound to the honor and glory of God. Such a life is spent 
in laboring with our hands to provide for ourselves the necessities of 
life in striving to uphold the word of God in its primitive purity and the 
upbuilding of the kingdom of God here below, in ministering to the 


poor and needy, in visiting the widows and orphans, in keeping 
ourselves unspotted from this world and doing good to all men as we 
have opportunity. "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for 
with such sacrifices God is well pleased." (Heb. 13:16.) 

A wise man of old and one with a wide experience has left us this 
conclusion, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear 
God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. 
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, 
whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecc. 12:13-14.) 

Inasmuch as it is revealed so clearly to us what our duty in life is 
may we all strive through the coming year to more acceptably fulfill 
our mission in this world. 


Entering Jerusalem 
J. H. Moore 

One beautiful Saturday morning, in company with others, I rode out 
of our camp in Palestine, descended a steep hill to the east, and then 
turned up a deep valley to the south. The ride in the fresh morning air 
was delightful. We were not only passing over ground made sacred 
by Bible events, but we were in a land made charming by the hills, 
valleys, plains and brooks. We were among the mountains of 
Ephraim, and were comforted with the thought that this was to be our 
last day on horseback before reaching the Holy City. 

From the deep valley we ascended, passing up higher from first 
one fertile valley to another, until the top of a lofty range was reached. 
Here our dragoman stopped, and we drew rein by his side. He then 
stretched his hand to the south and said, "Take your first look at the 
City of Jerusalem." Sure enough, there was the City of Jerusalem in 
the distance. I sat upon my horse and took a long look at the city 
made famous by Bible characters. Had it not been pointed out I 
would have recognized it at first sight, though sixteen miles away. 
The Mount of Olives on the east was plainly visible. Then between 
the city and the Mount I could also see the Valley of Jehoshaphat. 
Glancing to the southeast there was the great Valley of the Jordan 
spread out, stretching away to the south. The north end of the Dead 
Sea was in sight, while just below us, and about one mile to the 
south, was the little village of Bethel, where Jacob once slept and 
dreamed. Here he saw, in a vision, a ladder reaching from earth to 
heaven and the angels ascending and descending. 

Surely I was on holy ground, and could but look and think. I had 


traveled thousands of miles, both on the land and on the sea, that I 
might look upon the city made sacred to me by the lives of holy men 
and women. At the age of twelve years I had read my first account of 
the city, and had since read nearly everything treating of the place, on 
which I could lay my hands. For years I had longed to visit the Holy 
City, walk her streets and study her surroundings. 

And now, for the first time, my eyes beheld what was left of the 
once most charming city in the eastern world. Was it a vision, or was 
it a reality! It seemed almost like a vision in the night. It was near 
here that Jacob had the most comforting vision of his life. It left on his 
mind a picture that never faded. In the hours of distress he could 
close his eyes and behold the ladder and the angels. Mine was not a 
vision. It was a happy reality, and yet it left a picture that changes 
not, and is ever present. 

Our company rode down into the village of Bethel, and then on to 
Jerusalem, the city being in sight most of the time. In the afternoon 
we reached a point just to the north of the Damascus Gate, leaving 
Calvary a few hundred feet to the east. Here I looked for the first time 
upon the place where wicked men crucified the Lord of glory. We 
probably occupied the place where thousands stood that memorable 
Friday afternoon, and witnessed the greatest tragedy the world has 
ever known. Darkness fell upon the whole region, sadness filled the 
hearts of hundreds of earnest disciples, and sorrow reigned in heaven 
while the multitude stood and looked on in amazement. We rode 
away from the spot, and on that Saturday evening had the pleasure of 
entering the City of the Great King. May we all be so fortunate, in the 
evening of life, as to be permitted to enter the Jerusalem that is 


Matt.22:2, "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, 
which made a marriage for his son." 

This parable is spoken by Jesus, showing there will be a wedding 
when the time comes. 

Jesus has sent forth his sen/ants to seek and to save the lost, to 
preach the word, to invite them to accept Him as their savior, and 
prepare for the marriage of the Lamb. Many are called and the 
invitations are given. Many people do not accept Him as their Lord 
and Savior. 

They are not preparing for the wedding, but the ones who accept 
Jesus as their savior, are preparing for the wedding garment. The 


Christians are looking for the return of Jesus to take them as the 

bride. (His Church which is the true bride.) 

Matt 22:10, "So those servants went out into the highways, and 

gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and 

the wedding was furnished with guests." 

Matt.22:11 , "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw 

there a man which had not on a wedding garment." The man who did 

not have on a wedding garment was one who had not accepted Jesus 

as his savior. 

Matt.22:13-14 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand 

and foot, and take him away, and cast him into the outer darkness; 

there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called,' 

but few are chosen." 

Brother Lester Bittinger 
RR2BOX 120 E 
Mt. Solon, VA. 22843 


Every day we read about somebody who has been killed on the 
highway. I wonder who is to blame. 

Do we start so we have plenty of time to reach our destination on 
time? We all have a great responsibility as we sit behind the wheel. I 
often wonder what would happen if we were under Israel's 
responsibility, as given in the Old Testament. Exodus 22:6. I believe 
we would be more careful and more concerned, if this Law were in 
effect today. I think every since the creation, God's theme has been 
to have men and women understand that each person is responsible 
to be thoughtful of others. We read in God's Holy Word that we are to 
be courteous, careful, wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. We 
should be thinking more highly of others than ourselves. How many 
of us are practicing this as we drive our cars, vans, trucks and 
campers? I wonder what would happen if the government would 
outlaw insurance and replace it with the Old Testament law of life for 

If you get sleepy, stop at the side of the road and sleep awhile. 
Never drive and have a person asleep on the front seat. That 
sometimes will cause you to get sleepy. Do we have to break the law 
because we did not start on time? Don't you know you are 
responsible before God? When people ride in a car everybody 
should be wide awake and help the driver. So many lose their lives 
because someone fell asleep. Be alert when you are driving for the 
life that is lost may not be some one else's life, but yours. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



I take this avenue to apologize to the many people who are so 
patiently waiting for a copy of the 1994 General Conference Minutes 
of the Dunkard Brethren Church. 

When I accepted the responsibility as writing clerk of General 
Conference 1994, I had already been through several examinations 
and many tests awaiting final reports from the doctors. At that point in 
time it was thought there was a 95% chance of cancer in my right 
lung. Upon arriving home from Conference we were told the "mass" 
was the bad kind and would need to be removed. Surgery was 
scheduled for July 8th. All went well, but Yours Truly didn't realize 
that it was going to be nearly four months before he was going to be 
able to undertake a project of such a magnitude as assembling all the 
information that goes into the General Conference Minutes. (Some of 
us do not like to admit that we do not recoup as fast as we once did.) 
At this writing the work has been to the printers, now the proofs are in 
the hands of the officers of General Conference for their reviewing. 
Next steps are: back to the printers, packaging and mailing. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the folks who offered 
prayers on behalf of this Brother. Just prior to surgery I experienced 
a relaxed spirit such as I have never known before. Even though the 
Doctor did not say so, one could tell that he was interested in this 
relaxed attitude. Just before entering into the operating room he 
asked, "How are you doing?" I said "OK." He said, "Are you ready?" 
I said, "Yes." You see, what I was to find out later, was, there were 
prayer chains going on all over the country for Gene, and those 
prayers were being answered. Praise the Lord for His comforting 
Spirit! I was back to the Doctor last week for a checkup and the 
report was GOOD! Thank the Lord for answered prayers! Thank 
you, Brothers and Sisters and friends, from all over the Brotherhood 
for Prayers, cards (hundreds of them) telephone calls, words of 
encouragement and visits. God Bless you and keep up the good 

Brother Gene Kauffman 

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February 5 - Stubble Instead of Straw ~ Exodus 5:1-23. 

1 . Who is the Lord that we should obey His voice? 

2. Why did God allow the further oppression of His people? 

February 12 - God Speaks Unto Moses And Aaron - Exodus 6:1-30. 

1 . What did Godis covenant with His people include? 

2. Why did not the children of Israel hearken unto Moses? 

February 19 - Moses and Aaron Before Pharaoh - Exodus 7:1-18. 

1 . For what purpose did God harden Pharaoh's heart? 

2. How did God show His final authority through Aaron's rod? 

February 26 - River Nile Turned To Blood - Exodus 7:19-25. 

1 . Of what importance was the Nile River to the Egyptians? 

2. Compare this blood to the blood that delivered. 


February 5 - The Two Ways - Matt. 7:13-21 , I John 4:4-6. 

1 . Who can enter the Kingdom of Heaven through the strait 
gate and the narrow way? 

2. How can we know the Spirit of truth? 

February 12 - Spiritual Plants - Matt. 15:13-20, John 15:2-6. 

1 . What does it mean to be planted by God? 

2. How does God purge a Spiritual branch on His vine? 

February 19 - Feeding Four Thousand - Matt. 15:30-39, Mark 8:1-9. 

1 . Who received the glory through the miracles of Jesus? 

2. Why did not Jesus feed the multitude the first day? 

February 26 - Kindness!!! - Rom. 12:9-10, I Cor. 13:4, Eph. 4:31-32, 

Col. 3:12-17. 

1 . Why should we be kind one to another? 

2. Explain the link between charity and kindness? 

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FEBRUARY 1, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Behold the glories of the Lamb, 

Amid his Father's throne; 

Prepare new honors for his name, 

And songs before unknown. 

Let elders worship at his feet, 

The Church adore around, 
With vials full of odors sweet, 
And harps of sweeter sound. 

Those are the pray'rs of all the saints. 

And these the hymns they raise: 

Jesus is kind to our complaints, 

He loves to hear our praise. 

Thou hast redeem'd our souls with blood. 

Hast set the pris'ners free — 
Hast made us kings and priests to God, 
And we shall reign with thee. 
-Isaac Watts 



At the height of the Gulf War, the popularity of President George 
Bush was very high, yet less than two years later he was soundly 
defeated for reelection. In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected to replace 
George Bush. In 1994 the party of Bill Clinton suffered a humiliating 
defeat, which has been blamed on him. These two recent examples 
illustrate how fickle popularity can be. Both men stood high in the 
estimation of the American public for at least a few weeks or months, 
but later that popularity melted away. 

That is a danger of worshipping human beings. The one who is 
thought to be unreproachable one day will be faulted the next. People 
change their minds about what or whom they like. 

Sports heroes may be the most fickle of all. One good season in any 
sport does not guarantee a successful career. Many who have had a 
brilliant year will fade away. There may be many reasons. Many 
youngsters look up to the professional athletes, but their heroes may 
turn into characters unworthy of adulation. The lives of many 
professional athletes are not what they should be, because of 
immorality and addictions to harmful substances. Many have not 
maintained their marriage and family life. 

Many people look up to business leaders as their heroes. They 
equate money with success. They see people who have built large 
fortunes. Some by immoral and illegal means, others have become 
prosperous by legitimate means, but use their money to please 
themselves. There have been many businessmen who have become 
famous and even emulated. People, who see what these businessmen 
have accomplished, will try to follow in their footsteps. Even if their 
methods of wealth accumulation are moral and legal, others may not be 
able to do the same things. There are many variables that can affect 
the success of each one. 


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There have been a number of heroes, who seemed anointed by 
God, but have fallen. There have been many Spiritual leaders, who 
after enjoying a season of popularity and influence, have been shown 
to be unfaithful servants of God. While popular, many things were 
overlooked by even very consen/ative people. In looking back, some of 
their errors could be seen more clearly. Their teachings tended to be 
those popular with their followers. They would skirt Biblical issues that 
would affect their popularity. Often they became wealthy from 
contributions. Some were wolves hiding in sheep's clothing. While 
they preached a conservative gospel, their personal lives did not match 
their teachings or the Bible's. They often emphasized the gaining of 
earthly treasures more than the laying up of Heavenly Treasures. 
These leaders enjoyed several years of popularity, but eventually their 
downfall came. It usually began with a small incident, often related to 
money or property. As investigations were made, their failures were 
brought to light. Some had committed illegal acts and were eventually 
sent to prison by the civil authorities. Others committed immoral acts 
that created a bad impression of all Spiritual leaders. 

All these examples point out the fallacy of worshipping human 
beings. Even the best-intentioned person can lead others astray by 
inadvertence. Others will knowingly lead others astray to gain notoriety 
or wealth. Satan uses whom he can to harm the reputation of the 
Church and her members. 

If these heroes have been made of clay, is there any who can be 
trusted? Yes! There is One who is worthy of our worship and 
reverence. The Son of God left the beauties of Heaven to dwell upon 
Earth. While here He lived a perfect life. There was no leading astray 
by plan or inadvertence. Being perfect. He would become the only 
possible substitute for men's sins. Not another person on the earth, 
since creation, could have accomplished what He did. 

We do not need to fear that He will lead us astray. It is His goal to 
lead us to the Father. He will lead us, as no other can, to the mansions 
He has prepared for His prepared people in Heaven. He is worthy of 
our worship as no other person is. 

Whom do you worship? Has the object of your adoration proven to 
be faithful and honest? Be sure the One you worship is Jesus Christ, 
the Son of God. 



February 1, 1995 


B. F. Masterson 

"To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that fadeth not 
away, reserved in heaven, for you." (I Pet. 1 :4.) 

The young Bible student is seeking in his Bible for the hard questbns 
and puts them to his senior, such as where Cain got his wife, and so 
forth. But the veteran of the cross, who has served his Master for many 


years, who will soon exchange the present for the promised inheritance 
which is reserved for him in heaven, is seeking for the promises of the 
future in his Bible and seeking the description of the beautiful city of the 
New Jerusalem which he soon expects to occupy, and when he finds it 
in the end of the book, he is made to exclaim with Peter, "Blessed be 
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His 
abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance 
incorruptible, and undefiled and that fadeth not away, reserved in 
heaven for you. 

The language is so direct, so personal, leaves no room for doubt. 
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not 
seen." But I am so unworthy. Yes, but here is where Satan wants to 
rob us of our faith in the promises. 

At the close of our life on earth, Satan knowing full well that we arie 
kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, and if he could 
rob us of our faith in His promises and turn our eyes away from Christ 
on the cross, who died for our sins and rose again for our justification 
and ascended into heaven entered into the sanctuary above, which is 
the real, our great High Priest, with His own blood interceding for our 

We must hold fast and not let go our faih in His blood as perfigured 
under the law. The Father wants us to have a full assurance of faith in 
His promise. 

Paul said to the Hebrews, 'We desire that every one of you do show 
the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end." He says 
to the Corinthians, "For we know that if our earthly house of this 
tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God an house not 
made with hands eternal in the heavens." 

When Peter wrote his first epistle he was about thirty-three years in 
the ministry, his faith was established, his hope was confirmed by the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ. My hope is based on nothing less. 

Before I came to California I was eagerly looking for literature 
describing California, but when I arrived here I found that the half had 
not been told. When I returned east on a visit I tried to tell my friends all 
about it, but they could not comprehend— they had not read up on it; 
they were not prepared to receive the truth about it. 

There is one who was there, saw and occupied the inheritance 
that is reserved for us, brethren. He is our Elder Brother. He says, "He 
that Cometh from above is above all, he that is of the earth is earthly, 
and speaketh of the earth; He that cometh from heaven is above all, 
and what He hath seen and heard that He testifieth and no man 
receiveth His testimony. He that receiveth His testimony hath set his 
seal that God is true." (John 3:31-33.) 

He speaks of a class that did not believe Him, the observation 
of those go not beyond this little earth. O how narrow are the ungodly. 
Such are not prepared to receive the birth, not having faith in God's 


word his surroundings are very limited. He is attached to this little earth- 
not so with the one who sets to his seal that God is true, 

David said, "O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fty away 
and be at rest." (Ps. 55:6.) He knew that there was a better place than 
this. 'There remaineth therefore a rest for the children of God." It is the 
Christian's privilege to soar on the wings of faith far above the corruptible, 
the defiled and fading, to explore the land that is fairer than day. 

"Things that are seen are temporal, things that are not seen are 

Our text implies that our present dwelling place is corruptible, defiled 
and fadeth away. It has the germ of dissolution in it and must dissolve 
sooner or later. All this presupposes a home beyond this that is 
incorruptible, undefiled and that fadeth not. Tor the invisible things of 
him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by 
the things that are made." (Rom. 1 :20.) 

Then the material things are defiled or has in it the germ of dissolution. 
This presents a gloomy picture. In our experience it comes home to us 
how that the Lord did not only say, 'The day thou eatest thereof thou 
Shalt surely die,"but He also said, "Cursed is the ground for thy sake, in 
sorrow shalt thou eat of rt, all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall 
it bring forth to thee. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until 
thou return unto the ground." 

Here is where the germ of corruption was imbedded. It is thus by 
contrast that we learn the true condition of our inheritance. It is the 
condition where the germ of corruption brought about because sin is 

Notice the contrast. The first brought gloom and darkness. The 
second light. The first brought sorrow; the second joy. The first misery; 
the second happiness; the first death, the second glorification; the first 
nrK)rtality, the second imnr»ortality. 

Notice this organism of ours, in youth in the bloom of beauty and 
health within it is hid the germ of corruption that will bring it to dust, what 
must it be when this corruptible shall put on incorruption and this mortal 
shall put on immortality? 

Then the saying shall come to pass. "Death is swallowed up in 

Let us, dear brethren, arise from our gloomy life through Jesus Christ, 
to the highest plain, "Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in 
heavenly places in Christ,"where is born the imagination of heaven, 
where heaves the breast with emotion, the origin of that which is pure and 
holy and shall not perish. 

Heaven kisses the earth at its highest altitude, ten thousand feet 
above sea level on Mount Hermon, so I must ascend to the highest 
spiritual altitude, above all that which is impure and unholy, that I might 
gain heaven's sweet impression. How? How? Paul says through faith; 
James says by works; Peter says hope; John says, love; Jude says, 
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R.I Box 136 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

R.3 BOX 24-D 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

P.O.Box 87 
Pettisville, Ohio 43553 

1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

313 Park Avenue 
Broadway, Virginia 22815 

220 Narrows Drive 
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046 


Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

R.7 Box 7840 

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17362 

1314 E.7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 

R.4 Box 31 1 
Peru, Indiana 46970 

R.1 Box 21 

Clearville, Pennsylvania 15535 



3027 Acorn Lane 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356-9782 

1813 North 136th Avenue 
Hart, Michigan 49420 

2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

2395 268th Lane 
Adel, Iowa 50003 

Manor Care Nursing Home 
5005 Higbee Avenue NW 
Canton, Ohio 44718 

Woodland Drive, R.6 Box 6119 
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17403-9489 

136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 

150 Wolfs Bridge Road 
Cariisle, Pennsylvania 17013 

1734 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 

R.4 Box 66 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

6436 Covert Road 
Modesto, California 95351 

4639 Addison-New Carlisle Road 
New Cariisle, Ohio 45344 

10213 Bethel Road 
Frederick, Maryland 21701 

P.O.Box 163 

Converse, Indiana 46919 

13092 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 

13055 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 

42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 

460 Califomia Road 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

1 1 1 Maple Avenue 
Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331 

HCR 79 Box 8 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 



26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 

Bryan, Ohio 43506 

20380 Co. Road R 
Alvordton, Ohio 43501 

R.I Box 997 

Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 

10340 N.Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 

R.5B0X 199A 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 

17421 C.R. 14 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

R.2 Box 59 

Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 

12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 

33720 Road 26 
McClave, Colorado 81057 

Box 178 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

1260 Pine Grove Road 
Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania 17026 

R.2 Box 112 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, Catifornia 95320 


Andrews, Larry 

Armstrong, Ellis 


Beachler, Steve 

Beeman, Oscar 

Beeman, Steven 


Bittinger, Lester 



Boone, Barry 

Brooks, Marion 



Castle, Keith 


Clayton, Lawrence 




Flory, Claude I. 

Flory, Marvin 




Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Litf in, Doyle 
Lorenz, Marvin 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Dale 
Meyers, Dennis 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Kenton 
Miller, Levi H. 
Miller.Lynn H. 
Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 

Newman, Dale 
Noecker,Paul Jr. 
Peters, Ron 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Rupp, Denver 
StJohn, Clifford 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Swihart, Roger 




Marvin Lorenz 

P.O.Box 62 

Pioneer, OH 43554 


Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

f^/lanheim, PA 17545 





A. Elders, other officials and all others 
are admonished that being busybodies 
in other men's matters is contrary to 
Scripture. It should not be indulged in, 
as it causes complaint and interference 
with the spiritual life and work of those 
concerned. This applies especially 
where there may be trouble in the 
church, both to local members and 
those elsewhere, talking and writing 
about those 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 interfere in any way 
with proper care of difficulties, 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 proceed 
regulariy and in brotherly love. 

C. In correspondence, care should be 
exercised not to make statements that 
may be constmed 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 talking 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-Chnstian and should 
not be indulged in. 


Ray R. Reed, Chairman 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, lA 50063 


Jacob C. Ness, Exec. Sec. 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 


Robert Carpenter 

R.5 Box 97 
Pern, IN 46970 

Henry Walker 

12413 Delaware Road 

Hickman, CA 95323 


Milton Cook 

1138 East 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 



Henry Walker, Chairman 

12413 Delaware Road 

Hickman, CA 95323 


Martin Meyers, Secrete ry 

2654 K Avenue 



William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Ml 49256 


Virgil Leatherman 

419 North Queen Street 

Littlestown, PA 17340 


Tom Jamison 

R.2 Box 30 

Hoxie, KS 67740 





Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, PA 17545 

Dennis St.John 


Bryan, OH 43506 

David L. Skiles 

HCR 79 Box 8 

Cuba, NM 87013 

Michael Wray 

31 1 1 1 Combs Avenue 

Escalon, CA 95320 

Fred Pifer 

1734 240th Street 

Adel, lA 50003 



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

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

From Morgantown, WV area travel 
east on National Freeway #48 to 
Lower New Gemnany Road Exit. Turn 
right, go 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 Route #135 at 
McCoole (just north of Keyser, WV) 
seven miles to Bloomington, MD. Tum 
right on Savage River Road, go 12.5 
miles to church on right, 

Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, 
twenty four miles northwest of Des 
Moines. Turn north off Rt. 44 onto 
Quinlan Avenue at west edge of Dallas 
Center. The church is located at 2323 
Quinlan Avenue, 3/4 mile north on the 
west side of the road. 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at 
Harrisonburg Exit #245. Go to fourth 
stop light, Rt 42, tum left to Dayton, 3.5 
miles right on Rt. 257, two blocks. 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Rt. 
40 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. 

Located on Green Road, one block 
north of County #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., go one block. Turn left on West 
Clinton St. Go one mile to Green Rd., 
turn right and go one block, The 
church Is located on the east side of 
the road. 

The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway 1.5 miles 
south to 139th St Turn west and go to 
second street, turn south one block. 

From Muskegon go north on Rt, 31 
to Hart Exit, Go left from freeway about 
1.5 miles to tee in road. Turn right and 
go approximately one half mile to 
church on left side of road. 



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 crossroads, turn right. The 
white church is on the right 

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., (corner of Keller and 
Washington St.), four blocks west of 
Market St. or Rt. 114. Leaving the 
Pennsylvania Turnpike at the Carlisle 
interchange, RL 11 will lead east to Rt. 
114. Leaving the Turnpike at Gettysburg 
Interchange, Rt. 15 will lead west to Rt 

Brightbill's House - located on U.S. 
Route 322, 2.5 miles east of Campbell- 
town, Pennsylvania in Lebanon County. 
The meeting house is a grey limestone 

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

Seven miles north of Frederick, in the 
little town of Mountaindale, Maryland, 
from the east go through the town to the 
west on the 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, a 
half mile west of Lewistown and six miles 
south of Thurmont 

Located near Collins, Mississippi. 
From Collins, go east on US 84 three 
quarters of a mile to Salem School Road. 
Turn left and go five and one fourth miles 
to intersection, where there is a directional 
sign to the Church. Turn left and proceed 
one mile to the next directional sign. Turn 
right and go one half mile to the church 

The Pleasant Home Church is located 

at 3960 Sharon Ave., Modesto, California. 

The church's telephone number is 209- 


Directions: from the south on Highway 
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. The 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. 

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

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. 

Located at the corner of Eighth Street 
and Main Street. 

Coming from the west to Ridgeville on 
U.S. 50, turn right on Knobley Road. 
Follow this road to the Antioch Church of 
God, where you will turn left unto an 
unpaved road. Follow this road to where 
the road forks, keep the right hand road to 
the Ridge Church House. 

Coming from the east on U.S. 50, turn 
left on Ridgeville and follow the same 

Coming through Cumberland, 
Maryland follow Route 220 south through 
Keyser, West Virginia to U.S. 50. Turn east 
on U.S. 50 and go to Ridgeville and follow 
the above directions. 

Fourteen miles south of York on Rt. 

Ill, at the north end of the town of 


Church address is: 2191 Swallow 
Falls Rd., Oakland, MD 21550. Take 
Maryland Rt 219 North of Oakland 5.5 
miles or South of I 68, 18 miles to 
Mayhew Inn Rd. West on Mayhew Inn 
Rd. to the stop sign (4.2 miles). Bear 
left onto the Oakland-Sang Run Rd. for 



.3 mile to the Swallow Falls Rd. Turn 
right onto the Swallow Falls Rd. for .3 
miles. The church will bo on your left. 

About midway between Frederick, 
MD and Hanover, PA. One fourth mile 
east on Rt. 194, at an intersection three 
miles north of Taneytown, MD. 

Church is located in west side of 
town, on the comer 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. 

Near Wauseon, OH, located on U.S. 
Rt. 20 Altemate, 3.5 miles west of the 
junction of Ohio Rt. 108 and U.S. 20 

Located in Cherry Valley. Go north 
of Beaumont on Beaumont Ave., turn 
right on Brookside (mariced with High- 
land Springs sign) go to Jonathan, tum 
left, go one block to Lincoln, turn right 
and go to church which is on left side of 


Ward's Church is located in South- 
Central Pennsylvania about halfway 
between Everett on Rt. 30 and Piney 
Grove on RL 40, about six miles south 
of Clearville. From Everett take Rt. 26 
to Clearville. At Clearville go straight 
south, leaving Rt 26, which turns right. 
Go 1.5 miles, turn right at the fork. 
Ward's Church is five miles on left side 
of road. Services are held second, 
fourth and fifth Sundays, at 10:00 A.M. 

MEXICO - 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 leading to the 
left. A Mission sign marks this junction. 
Present personnel includes: David and 
Mildred Skiles; Paul and Sarah Skiles; 
Loren Carpenter; Jeff Birt; Philip and 
Kelly Lapp; Angela Hill and Crystal 
Strite. Visitors would be wise to notify 
the Mission in advance. Address: HCR 
79, Box 8, Cuba, NM 87013; telephone: 
505-731-2292. Please contact for 
further information. 


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Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.Joiin, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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


Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manhelm, PA 17545 

Fred O. Piter 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 


Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Engiewood, OH 45322 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Piter 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, iA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Fred O. Piter, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adei.iA 50003 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 
4025 Woodland Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95358 


Henry Walker, Chairman 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, CA 95323 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adei, IA 50003 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 


Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 


Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 


David Sklles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overhoitzer Drive 

Modesto, CA 95355 
James Meyers, Secretary 

2641 205th Street 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Ray more, MO 64083 

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should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 

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FEBRUARY 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


The thunders roar, 

The rain does pour, 
Lightning streaks across the sky. 

The wind does blow; 

As limbs bow low, 
It seems destruction is nigh. 

God's love is sure; 

He'll help endure 
Life's storms that come our way. 

Trust in the Lord, 

Cling to His Word, 
And "This, too, shall pass away." 

For this we know 

That after the snow 
There always comes the spring. 

The rains will slow, 

The sun will glow. 
And a rainbow God may bring. 


What pleasure is this 

To enjoy such bliss, 
As the rainbow leaves with the rain. 

Happiness is here, 

As clouds disappear, 
And the sun shines brightly again. 

-Irene Stout 


Although we have seen many rainbows, we still marvel when one 
appears in the sky. Whether a rain has been welcome or a nuisance, 
the rainbow at the end is a beautiful and inspiring sight. The beauty of 
the rainbow is not only in its physical beauty, but also in its Spiritual 

The rainbow reminds us of Noah's flood. Until that flood had 
receded, there had never been a rainbow. God gave the rainbow as a 
reminder to Noah of what he had been through. 

Of all people living, only Noah and his family escaped the destruction 
of the greatest of all floods. The waters came not only from the 
heavens but from within the earth. There was no escape for those who 
would not receive the message of grace. Noah did find grace in the 
eyes of the Lord. He tried to share that message with the disobedient, 
who watched him building the ark according to the plans and 
specifications that God had given him. No other plan could have saved 
him and his family. The rainbow was a reminder to Noah of how he 
had been delivered. 


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Today the rainbow is a reminder to us of the grace of God. Just as 
He gave detailed plans to Noah, so He has given us detailed plans that 
we too might be delivered from eternal destruction. His grace is shown 
in His Son, who brought a saving Gospel to mankind, through His shed 
blood. If Noah had chosen not to follow the detailed instructions he was 
given, to the letter, they would have been of no use to him or his family. 
Knowing what needs to be done will not accomplish anything. It is the 
doing that will prove beneficial. If Noah had done nothing, he would 
have perished like everyone else. If Noah had decided to use a 
different plan than God's, he would have perished. That first rainbow 
was a reminder to Noah that he could now enjoy the benefits of his 
obedience. The rainbow today should remind us that God has provided 
not only the grace necessary for our salvation, but also the plan that 
must be strictly followed if it is going to profit us. 

The rainbow is made up of the colors of the prism. They are distinct, 
yet they blend together from one band of color into another. Seeing the 
rainbow we may be reminded of the various races who inhabit this 
earth. Because of the blessings that we have received, we sometimes 
get the idea that we are somehow different or better than any other 
people. We are reminded by the Apostle Paul that all peoples are of 
the same blood. One of the major breakthroughs of early Christianity 
was its spread among all classes and races of people. The Jews had 
been God's favored people during the Old Testament era. They had a 
superiority complex. This many times limited their outreach to others. 
If we develop similar feelings we too may limit our outreach. We know 
that color is only skin deep. The hearts and minds of all are of the 
same nature. All have inherited Adam's nature, for all ultimately have 
descended from Adam and Eve. Cultures and customs may vary along 
with complexions and languages, but the eternal need and desire of 
each one is the same. All are in need of the Saviour, for all have 
sinned and come short of the glory of God. Each individual as well as 
each race is distinct, yet needs to blend with others to make a united 
whole. Thus the rainbow is a picture of the Church. 

The rainbow especially speaks of God's promises. He specifically 
gave the rainbow as a promise to Noah and all mankind that he would 
not destroy the earth by flood again. There have been some major 
floods since Noah's day. As destructive and far-reaching as some have 
been, never has one come close to doing the destruction of that original 
flood. He has kept that promise. His promise also included the 
information that in the end the world would not be destroyed by water 
but by fire. If the flood was able to do such massive damage, what 
greater destruction could be wrought by fire? That fire will far exceed 


any fire we know here. That fire will nnelt the elements of this earth 
totally. The destructive power of God's judgment will be beyond 
anything ever known before. God has made many other promises 
through His Word. He will keep each one as faithfully as He has kept 
the promise He made to Noah. If wise, we will stand upon His 
promises for they are surer than any promises we have received here. 

The rainbow is more than the natural phenomena that we see at the 
end of a storm. It has Spiritual lessons as it reminds of us of Noah's 
flood and what was necessary for he and his family to survive. It 
reminds us by its many colors that the Body of Christ is made up all 
types of people. It reminds us of the many promises that God has 
made to us. 

What do you see when you see a rainbow? 


We arrived in Nairobi on Tuesday, January 10. We were met at the 
airport by Sis. Theresa O'Kello and five others with a very warm 
welcome. We are living with Theresa and her seven children. We have 
very comfortable living quarters. Even though some of the modern 
conveniences of home are missing, we are cared for very well. The 
food is good and usually consists of rice and a mixture of various 
vegetables. We are getting plenty to eat and we are fearful that our 
waistlines will expand a little while here. 

We are treated as Royalty and with much respect. The churches 
here are eager to hear the preaching of God's Word. They love the 
Lord and are not ashamed to witness for Him. We have had many 
teaching and instructional meetings with the church leaders. A few 
have expressed a desire to preach and teach the Dunkard Brethren 
Doctrine. It looks very promising at this point for a mission, both here in 
Kenya and also in Uganda. Pray for these young men that they will 
continue to be strong in serving the Lord and spreading the gospel. 
They are men who are committed to the Word of God. Their earnest 
and fervent prayers make tears run down our cheeks as they give God 
glory and pray for the church in America and the work in Kenya. 

We have visited several homes now and we are impressed how 
contented they seem to be living in such a small room. Some of them 
are smaller than many bathrooms in America. Our hearts go out to 
these people who are living on practically nothing. We pray that your 
hearts will be touched as ours are as the work will unfold here in Kenya. 
Both the financial and spiritual needs are very great. We thank all of 
you for your cards, letters, and prayers for us while here in Kenya. 
Keep praying for God's will to be done. 


In Christian love, 

Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump 


II Cor. 2:11, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are 
not ignorant of his devices." 

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

One of his devices is to cause us to doubt the Word. He tried to 
cause doubt in the mind of Christ, saying, "If thou be the Son of God..." 

As Paul was speaking in II Cor. 2 of forgiveness, we would like to 
point out some of the devices he uses to doubt that we are forgiven. 

He tries with some to make us believe we have never done anything 
real bad so we do not need forgiveness. The Word answers in Rom. 
3:9-12, "What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we 
have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that 
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone 
out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none 
that doeth good, no, not one." Verse 23, "For all have sinned, and 
come short of the glory of God." I John 1 :8, "If we say that we have no 
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 

He may try to make us believe that the good we do outweighs the 
bad, so we need nothing more. The Word answers. Job 9:20, "If I 
justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, 
it shall also prove me perverse." Prov. 20:9, "Who can say, I have 
made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" Ecc. 7:20, "For there is 
not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." 

He may try to make us believe we are too wicked to be forgiven. 
The Word answers, Isa. 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together, 
saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as 
snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." I Tim. 
1:12-15, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for 
that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was 
before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained 
mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord 
was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus 
came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." I John 1 :9- 


2:2, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not 
sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, 
these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we 
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is 
the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of 
the whole world." 

There are of course conditions that we must meet, among which are: 
Repentance, Luke 24:47, "And that repentance and remission of sins 
should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at 
Jerusalem." Acts 2:38, 'Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be 
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission 
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 3:19, 
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted 
out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the 
Lord." Acts 8:22, "Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray 
God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee." II 
Chron. 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble 
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked 
ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will 
heal their land." Isa. 55:7, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the 
unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he 
will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly 

Confession, Rom. 10:9-10, 'That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth 
the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised 
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man 
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made 
unto salvation." I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and 
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

If we would be forgiven we must forgive others. Matt. 6:14-15, "For if 
ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive 
you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father 
forgive your trespasses." Mark 1 1 :25-26, "And when ye stand praying, 
forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in 
heaven may forgive you your trespasses, But if ye do not forgive, 
neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." 

Let's not let Satan get an advantage of us. 

Pray for us and for one another. 

Brother William Carpenter 



A Minister Speaks to Young Mothers 

We all understand that the family is under tremendous pressure 
today. Because the home has been created by God, it is only logical 
that Satan will use every means possible to destroy it or at least 
frustrate it. He is totally aware that a strong and stable home creates 
strong and stable children and these children will become the soldiers 
of the cross of the future. This Godly heritage keeps the army of the 
Lord continuing through the generations. Normal, godly families are the 
greatest power on the face of this nation. 

How many old folks have agonized over their wayward children? 
Some seem to go from problem to problem because they do not stay in 
tune with separated Christian parents. Rebellion and acceptance of the 
values of the age cause them to become shallow and self-centered. 

What was the problem? What would have altered the course of that 
family and the path the children chose? 

Most children are only home for about eighteen years and that is a 
relatively short time to teach personal responsibility and character. 
Diligent teaching and reproof in love and the use of the rod are very 
important and Biblical. Helping your children to choose right friends 
and working to keep them away from bad activities and influences is a 
must. Teaching a love for the Church and Her members is a must. 
Disallowing wrong music and inappropriate clothing and other harmful 
fads will help them to "keep straight." "Keeping straight" today usually 
has to do with not using drugs, alcohol, tobacco and watching porn 
films. What a lack of understanding of knowledge of God's Word is 
shown in that kind of thinking. 

One of the real problems in our age is an economy that seems to 
require both parents to be employed out of the home. How many of our 
little flock have decided that the possession of more things and self 
fulfillment are more important than the lives of their beautiful children? 
Installment debt, materialism, wrong priorities have kept both parents in 
the labor market full time. Dedication to the task of parenting seems to 
be laid aside in the face of this environment. 

I remember many times running into the house after school and 
yelling, "Mom". ..and she would respond with a "Hi. How was your 
day?" I really did not care so much what she said at that moment. I 
just cared that she was there and I felt very secure because she was 
close by. 

The Biblical admonition that Godly women be "keepers at home" in 
Titus 2:5 was put there for an important reason. She is there for the 


children. She does not open herself to an environment where she 
changes her loyalty to her career or, God forbid, to another man at the 

From the beginning, it was the man's duty to provide for the family. 
When a woman is put into the breadwinning role as the provider there 
are many times a change in her attitude toward her husband and his 
provision. She no longer feels a Biblical dependence on him and this 
leads to conflicts in leadership. 

The Bible and nature itself gives the female a "nesting" drive. It is 
easily shown from the time she is able to hold on to a doll and to play 
house. She usually does not run out and dig roads in the dirt or play as 
if she is an airplane pilot. She, from early childhood, thinks like the 
female of the species. 

Now, there is also the chance that a wife and mother might be at 
home and not take up the responsibility of that home. I understand 
that. If she lies around most of the day and possibly does not fully 
dress until the day is half over.. .if there are cobwebs all over and green 
stuff growing in the refrigerator... this is not accepting the challenge of 
being a full-time creative "keeper at home." 

The "good life" is found in a Godly influence for the family. It is 
loyalty to the husband and guidance for the children. It is 
understanding that you are loved and feel important and fulfilled in the 
tasks of the household and in helping your mate to raise up a Godly 
heritage to the Lord. Be blessed... be home. You will be glad you 
did. ..and so will your husband and children. 

Brother Len Wertz 


(Read Nehemiah chapter 1) 

As this chapter opens we find a man named Hannani and certain 
men of Judah came to visit Nehemiah. Nehemiah asked them 
concerning the Jews that had escaped the captivity, which refers to the 
Babylonian exile, and about the city of Jerusalem. 

"And they said unto me. The remnant that are left of the captivity 
there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of 
Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with 
fire." Nehemiah's response to this answer is given in verse 4. "And it 
came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and 
mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of 

There is a remnant of the Church that is determined to "rebuild the 
walls and replace the gates." They have left behind their "Babylonian 


captivity" and are determined to serve the true God in fullness and 
complete surrender. The reaction of the popular church movement has 
been to label these men and women of God legalists and declare them 
to be a liability to the cause of Christ. For the cause of Christ they suffer 
great spiritual affliction and reproach. 

The reaction of these persecuted Christians is, or should be, that of 
Nehemiah. For those who are making havoc of the true faith we should 
weep, mourn, fast and pray. 

Like Nehemiah we need to call upon the "Lord God of heaven, the 
great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that 
love him and observe his commandments." The popular church 
movement will tell you that we are now under Grace and not under the 
law. Therefore, according to them, obedience is optional and has 
nothing to do with our salvation. What does the Word of God have to 
say on this subject? I John 2:3, "And hereby we do know that we know 
him, If we keep his commandments." We are not under Old Testament 
law but the commandments and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ 
include and go beyond the moral laws of the Old Testament. 

Like Nehemiah we should pray for "the children of Israel, thy 
servants," (the earthly church), day and night. We need to "confess the 
sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against thee." Can 
we lose our pride and, like Nehemiah, confess that "both I and my 
father's house have sinned."? In place of this all too often we deny our 
sinful nature and end up in as sad a condition as those who try to 
excuse sin. 

Let us confess with a broken heart, "We have dealt very corruptly 
against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, 
nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy sen/ant..." The earthly 
church is not perfect. It does not matter what the name may be of the 
organization you belong to or if you consider your organization to be 
only an Independent work there are areas that are in need of 
improvement. Yet we believe with all of our heart that there is no 
salvation outside of the true Church which is made up of the blood 
bought redeemed Saints. We believe the commandments, statutes and 
judgments that God has given to the Church down through the ages 
must be taken very seriously. 

Let us join Nehemiah in his petition to the Lord. "O LORD, I beseech 
thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to 
the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name." Brothers and 
Sisters we are not alone in our desire to fear the name of the Lord and 
obey His commandments. Our prayers and desires of the heart are 
also the prayers and desires of other sen^ants of the Lord. 


"...and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him 
mercy..." Oh may God prosper us greatly in spiritual riches. May He fill 
our heart with the love, joy and peace of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 
May God grant us His mercy. Not one of us is so holy that we do not 
need the mercy of our Lord. 

May we with Nehemiah declare, "For I was the king's cupbearer." It 
is said that the cupbearer tasted what the king drank to be sure it did 
not contain poison. Are we willing to lay our life on the line for the Lord 
Jesus Christ? Will the label "legalist" keep us from serving Him with all 
our heart? 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any 
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and 
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts 
and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12. 

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15. 

There is a great emphasis today on "rightly dividing" the word of 
God. This is very necessary and we would say nothing against it. The 
Holy Scriptures are God-breathed. They have stood the test of time. 
Perhaps the emphasis should include having God's Word divide us. 
Earlier in II Timothy 2, it says, "...For if we be dead with him, we shall 
also live with him." There is a death to sin and to the world which we 
must allow God to accomplish in us. The Holy Ghost, whom we have 
been promised, will teach us ALL THINGS. If we allow the Lord to work 
a perfect work in us the Word will become understandable. 

Have you ever noticed that there is no effort made in the Holy 
Scriptures by the original writers to organize them in a systematic and 
analytical way? This is because we have the Holy Ghost to teach us, 
and the unsaved CANNOT understand the deep things of God. It is 
unknown to them. It is a mystery to them. More time is wasted in trying 
to work up a revival when revival must be prayed down from above. 

Hebrews 4:12 states that the Word of God can divide the soul from 
the spirit. It can take away our evil desires so that we can serve the 
Living God willingly, from the heart. Do we love the Lord with all our 
heart? If we have seen our need for a Saviour, repented of our sins 
and thrown ourselves upon the mercy of Almighty God, realizing that 
He is able abundantly to pardon. He then will be true to His promise to 


deliver us. Oftimes those who have grown up in the church feel that 
they are not sinners, but all of us have been born with the same nature: 
we are prone to sin. Regardless of whether we have yielded to the act 
of sin or not it is still in our heart, and we must be born again. 

When we have become a new creature in Christ and all things have 
become new, we can study to show ourselves approved unto God. To 
study the scriptures while yet a sinner will only glean one conclusion: 
that we are worthy of death and must come to Jesus to be saved. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


February 15, 1935 

Grant Mahan 

To be in a depression of any kind is not pleasant, yet depressions 
are good for us if they lead us to see our mistakes, our wanderings from 
the right path, and to seek the old path. If we were as careful to avoid 
wrong as we are eager to get back after we have gone wrong, there 
woukJ be fewer getting off the right road and being lost. We need to 
think of this as we go along. It is a good thing to "be sure we are right." 

The great trouble with us is that we are so much more affected by 
our financial depressions than by our spiritual depressions. Our country 
gets farther and farther away from God, and we are not much 
concerned about it. We do not hold meetings and take counsel as to 
how best we can get back to Him. It seems to be a matter of 
comparative indifference to us. Jesus said that a man's soul is worth 
more than the whole world; that means that is the value of your soul 
and my soul. We cannot get, and we could not keep if we could get, 
the wealth of the world. We also often lose the small part of it that we 
accumulate by hard striving and great self-denial. And when we do 
lose part or all of what we have, we lament greatly and tell people how 
unfortunate we have been. 

But all of us have seen people who were going away from God, who 
were taken up by the cares and pleasures of the world, and yet did not 
seem to realize that they had lost anything of any great value. They do 
not lament, they do not hasten to tell their friends and ask them how 
they can regain what they have lost. There is something wrong with 
those who fail to realize their loss, their undone condition. 

There is a world lost in sin; our country is part of it. In a short time, 


less than two years, billions have been spent in money to get our 
country back to normal conditions to recover from the depression. Yet 
our country is in much greater need of regeneration from above than of 
recovery of prosperity financially; and it would take a long, long time for 
the professing Christian people to spend as much to have Christ 
accepted as has been spent in so short a time to regain the money lost. 
It looks as if we consider recovery of financial prosperity of more 
importance than spirrtual recovery. We have largely lost our sense of 
proportion, of relative values; and we need to regain it. We can never 
go right, we can never reach the highest goal, so long as we think of the 
things we do and strive to obtain, to the neglect of the better things, 
those that are eternal. Recovery is what the world needs, and financial 
recovery, for which so much has been done, is of comparatively little 
value. It is a matter of very little importance to me whether I have much 
or little of this world's wealth, but it is of infinite importance to me that I 
have treasure laid up above. What we have here in cash, thieves are 
likely to steal; what we have laid up above they have no way of 
reaching — and it is a wealth very different from the wealth of this world. 
Too many have lost their faith in God, in Jesus Christ our Lord, in His 
Book, in the church, in our brethren, and in ourselves. It looks as if we 
had lost pretty much all that is of real value while holding fast to the 
baubles that are of no real value, and of which we shall soon be 
deprived. The time of our departure is at hand, and when it comes we 
must leave behind the greater part of what we have considered our 
wealth. There is no place beyond for stocks and bonds, for gold and 
silver are not needed. It will be great gain for us if we learn to realize 
how little these things are needed in this life and not at all in the other 
and better life. 

Yes, we need recovery, we want recovery; but we are not seeking, 
perhaps are not even wanting the recovery which is our greatest need, 
and which will make us unspeakably rich through the ages of eternity. 
The world is well lost by us if by losing it we can win and keep fast hold 
on God. No sacrifice is too great to make if it will help us to a higher 
plane of life here and give us a blessed home in eternity. We need to 
recover our faith in God, in our Lord Jesus, in His Word, in His church, 
in our brethren, in ourselves. We must strive to increase our faith in the 
eternal things, the things that really count now and in eternity. 

We must regain some things we have lost and must lose some that 
are not gain to us. We have two lists given us as a guide what to seek 
and what to cast off: there are good fruits and evil fruits; and we know 
which are and ever will be best for us. We know which will drag us 
down and which will build us up. We need to cast off our indifference 


and to engage earnestly in the work which was left us to do. It is better 
to be rich in good works than in earthly property; it is better to have the 
Lord for our portion than all that earth can give without Hinn. 



Bro. Daniel David Roedel was born the son of Herman and Anna 
(Neumann) Roedel in Hubbard, Oregon, December 16, 1907, one of 
eight children. 

He grew up and attended school in Portland and Cedar Mills area, 
then worked on farms in the community. On January 18, 1939, he was 
married to Esther M. Schultz in Canby and they made their first home in 
Aloha. They were married with few possessions, for it was still the 
depression years. Their love, was all they wanted. "God was with us 
through the good times as well as a few bad ones," says Esther. 

In 1945 he went to work for Spaulding Pulp and Paper Mill, now 
Smurffit, in Newberg, and worked for them twenty-four years. They 
moved to the Newberg area, living in the Sunnycrest area in Newberg. 
The past thirty years they have lived on their farm west and north of 
Newberg. Dan enjoyed collecting rocks and working with them; going 
to the ocean for fishing and clamming; and kidding with his friends and 
family. They also traveled to various states (most of the forty-eight) to 
visit friends and fellowship with the churches. He was always busy at 
something in his work and rock shop. The evenings he spent 
embroidering, which was one of his loves! He even helped quilt several 

After retiring, Dan with Esther and Janet, spent almost two years as 
volunteers at Torreon Navajo Mission in New Mexico. Dan was the 
handyman, working and keeping up the laundry room (which was for the 
benefit of the Navajos) and fixing things in the Christian School. He 
loved doing these things, willingly doing whatever was asked of him. 

He joined the Dunkard Brethren Church in 1955. 

On Friday, January 13, 1995, he died at his home in Newberg of 
causes related to age, when he was 87 years and 28 days of age. 
Sun/iving and left to honor his life are: his wife of (5 days short) 56 
years, Esther May Roedel, of Newberg; three sons, David and his wife 
Sandra of Newberg, James and his wife Dianna and Ronald and his 
wife Vicki both of Aloha; one daughter, Janet Roedel of Newberg; 
twelve grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and those who have 
come to know and appreciate him where he has lived and worked. All 
of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death. 

He was a good father and husband. Always taking Esther to dinner 


on their wedding anniversary, never forgetting one. If they could not 
afford to eat out, sonnething special, like going to the coast, or visiting a 
family nnember was done instead. 

He loved his family and grandchildren. Although all the great- 
grandchildren never knew their real Grandpa, as he had his stroke and 
was in a wheelchair when they came along. The first major stroke was 
two days before the oldest great-grandchild was born. They came and 
put Michael in Dan's arms in his hospital bed, when Michael was only 
six hours old. 

He was very content after his stroke, and mostly cooperative in 
whatever was done for him. He will be greatly missed! 

His funeral service was on Friday, January 20, 1995, at 1:00 P.M. at 
Attrell's Newberg Chapel, a Golden Rule funeral home, with Elder 
Galen Litfin officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Torreon 
Navajo Mission or Ned's Place of Newberg, Oregon. 

We want to thank all the Brothers and Sisters for all the prayers, 
beautiful cards and letters sent us at the time of the loss of our loved 

Also for the prayers and care throughout the eight years of his 
disablement. His tired body is now at rest. Praise God. Our loss is his 
gain through our Lord's redemption. 

Sister Esther Roedel, and family 


June 10-1 4, 1995 

The Lord willing, the Fourth District of the Brotherhood intends to 
hold General Conference, June 10-14, 1995 in Modesto, California. 

The Lodging Committee requests that people planning to attend the 
Conference and need lodging contact Bro. Dave Reece or Bro. Henry 
Walker as soon as possible. 

If you can provide your own transportation for the duration of your 
time at the conference, it will help reduce our costs and organizational 
needs. If you will need transportation it is imperative to let the Lodging 
Committee know ahead of time. 
In behalf of the Lodging Committee: 

Bro. Dave Reece Bro. Henry Walker 

1341 Bennett Rd. 12413 Delaware Rd. 

Modesto, CA 95358 Hickman, CA 95323 

209-529-2741 209-874-2832 



Hebrews 1 1 :25 has a challenge for each of us in this new year. "And 
let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." 
How can I encourage your spreading of God's love to those you contact 
in day-to-day activities? How can you stimulate desire in my life to 
promote the cause of the Kingdom? 

The past year has brought sorrows and joys into Pleasant Home's 
congregational life. One happy experience is the addition of new 
members to our number. In the latter part of the year, we received Allison 
Dutter, Peggy Zemens, Jim and Elida Byler and their children, Janet, 
Jevon and Ken into membership. What is our part in "provoking them 
unto love and good works"? 

Visitors are welcome at any of our services. Bro. Galen Shelly and his 
wife Jennifer brought a special joy to our midst during a week of Revival. 

We invite you to District Meeting and Spring Lovefeast, Easter 
weekend. We look forward to hosting General Conference in Modesto as 
we open our homes to you. 

May God bless your personal and congregational life in 1995. We 
know Christ's coming is SOON and trust each of us can join that great 
and wonderful coming together of the Bride! 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 


The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation will have Revival 
Meetings, March 17 through 26, with Bro. Mark Andrews as our 
evangelist. We plan to close with a Lovefeast on Saturday, March 25, 
with sen/ices beginning at 1 1 :00 A.M. All who can come are welcome to 
worship with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 


Brother Mark Cordrey from Modesto, California has consented to be 
with us from March 24 through April 2. 

An invitation is extended to all to come, worship and pray for these 
Revival Meetings. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 


The Lord willing, the Dallas Center Congregation will plan to hold their 
Spring Lovefeast Sen/ices on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 1995. 
Services will begin at 1 0:45 Saturday morning with our Lovefeast in the 
evening. We welcome all who can come to enjoy this time of fellowship 
with us. We covet your prayers. God bless you. 

Sister Arlene Flora, Cor. 



March 5 - Frogs and Lice - Exodus 8:1-18. 

1 . Why did not Pharaoh want immediate relief from the frogs? 

2. What made the magicians declare "This is the finger of 

March 12 - Plague of Flies - Exodus 8:19-32. 

1 . Why was there not swarms of flies in Goshen? 

2. What was the "Abomination of the Egyptians" that Israel 
was going to sacrifice to the Lord? 

March 19 - A Plague on Cattle and Boils on Man - Exodus 9:1-12. 

1 . Could not the children of Israel serve God in Egypt? 

2. Where did the power of the magicians come from? 

March 26 - Hail and Fire - Exodus 9:13-35. 

1 . For what purpose did God raise up Pharaoh? 

2. Was Pharaoh's repentance genuine? 


March 5 - Our Integrity - Job 27:1-6, Ps. 41, Ps. 11:1-5, I John 3:18-24 

1 . Can we keep our integrity with our own strength? 

2. How does the Lord try the righteous? 

March 12 -Conversion- Ps. 19:2-14, Ps. 51:10-13, Matt. 18:1-11, Acts 
3:19, James 5:19-20. 

1 . How do we humble ourselves as a little child? 

2. Can you be converted without repentance? 

March 19 - Our Labor - Matt. 20:1-16. 

1 . Why were not those who worked longer paid more? 

2. Why had not those hired at the eleventh hour been 

March 26 - The Greatest Commandment - Deut. 10:12, Matt. 22:35- 
40, Luke 10:25-29. 

1 . Why is this called the Great Commandment? 

2. What is required in both commandments? 

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MARCH 1, 1995 

NO. 5 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 

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

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


Father, I scarcely dare to pray, 

So clear I see, now it is done, 

That I have wasted half my day 

And left my work but just begun. 

So clear I see that things I thought 

Were right, or harmless, were a sin; 

So clear I see that I have sought 

Unconcious, selfish sins to win; 

So clear I see that I have hurt 

The souls I might have helped to save; 
That I have slothful been, inert. 

Deaf to the calls Thy leaders gave. 

In outskirts of thy kingdom vast, 

Father, the humblest spot give me; 

Set me the lowliest task thou hast; 

Let me, repentant, work for thee. 

-Helen Hunt Jackson 



There are many things that we nnust resist during our lives. We 
have to resist many temptations, from lust to greed to gluttony. We 
must resist the efforts of others to lead us astray. We must resist our 
own desires in the moments of weakness. While we resist all these, 
we must not resist God. 

Most people do not resist God directly. Many will appear to obey. 
While they would not resist God to His face, they will resist Him when 
they do not resist Him in a direct way. They resist Him by rejecting 
His Word proclaimed or read. They think by resisting His messengers 
or His Word that they are not directly resisting Him. 

Perhaps one of the prime examples in the Bible of resisting God is 
Pharaoh's attitude toward God, when Moses and Aaron approached 
him about freeing the children of Israel. He did not want to comply 
with their request. He stated that he did not know that there was such 
a God as they represented to him. He certainly was not going to let 
their people go. Furthermore for their pains he increased the burdens 
of their bondage. As they continued to go to him and seek the release 
of the people, he continued to defy them and resist God. He had a 
hard heart to begin with, which became harder as he continued to 
resist. God allowed this hardness to deepen, so the deliverance of 
the Israelites would be more dramatic and more destructive of the 
Egyptians. It took some very drastic plagues to convince Pharaoh 
that he was dealing with a God who was far superior to the gods he 
worshipped. He continued to resist God even after he promised to let 
them go. The Passover finally convinced him that he must let them 


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go, although he later regretted his decision. He pursued them and 
met his death in the midst of the Red Sea. 

Pharaoh is not the last person to try to resist God. Others have 
tried and have failed as miserably as he did. Because his resistance 
was so long lasting and so mean spirited, the means of delivery were 
so spectacular. God did not leave any doubt that He was in charge. 
When men swell with pride, they get the impression that they are 
superior to God. They know better than He does. When that 
happens to a man, he is setting himself up for a big fall. There is a 
folk saying that fits this situation. 'The bigger they are the harder they 

This is expected behavior for the wicked, evil and ungodly. 
Unfortunately there are many who are members of the Church and 
profess to be Christians who are resisting God. In the Bible records 
are given of men who were heroes of the faith. They were the great 
men of God but beside their good deeds there are evil deeds and 
attitudes that they displayed. The Bible portrays great men, but it 
never glosses over their faults. This reminds us that no matter how 
good men may be, they still have flaws. These flaws illustrate great 
men's need to depend upon God, just like the rest of us. 

With this history spread before us, it should be evident that we 
need to guard against resisting God. Yet it is so easy to resist Him. 
He allows us to have our way even if it is wrong. Sin is not just 
Adam's failure in the Garden of Eden but our failure in our daily 
activities. We have sin to answer for in our individual lives. We can 
not blame our standing with God on our foreparent's lack of 
perception when the enemy enticed them. We have each sinned and 
come short of His perfect will for us. When we have failed to heed His 
will, we are resisting Him. As alarming as that should be to us, even 
more upsetting to us should be those times when we purposely defy 

There are many ways Christians can resist God. It may be through 
actions, attitudes or words. When we are unwilling to accept the 
teaching of the Bible concerning the origin of man and this earth as 
the result of God's spoken word, we are resisting God. When we do 
not admit our faults and sins, we are resisting God. When we are 
unwilling to depend upon Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are resisting 
God. When we make Jesus anyone less than the Son of God, we are 
resisting God. When we make light of Hell and despise Heaven, we 
are resisting God. When we refuse to accept the Bible as His 
revealed Word, we are resisting God. When the plan of salvation is 
not accepted, we are resisting God. 


It is ever so easy to believe our own interpretations, or to be led 
astray by our own intentions. We would never resist God, yet 
somehow we are at odds with Him and the Church. 

Would you resist God? 



Though the term, "unpardonable sin," is not used in the Scriptures, 
it seems evident from the Scriptures that there is a sin that cannot be 
forgiven. Since I, in the past, have wondered if I might have already 
committed the unpardonable sin, and have talked to others who also 
wondered, I have looked into the Scriptures to understand, if possible, 
what it means. 

The Scriptures we will look at first are Matt. 12:31-32, "Wherefore I 
say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto 
men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven 
unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, 
it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy 
Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the 
world to come." Mark 3:28-29, "Verily 1 say unto you, All sins shall be 
forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever 
they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy 
Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation." 
Luke 12:10, "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of 
man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against 
the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven." 

We note that in all three gospels He says AGAINST the Holy 
Ghost. Matthew and Mark both have this statement in connection 
with the accusation that Jesus cast out devils by the prince of the 
devils. Attributing the work of the Holy Ghost unto Satan. Read Matt. 
12:22-33 and Mark 3:22-30. 

It seems evident that suicide cannot be forgiven, but only because 
one has put himself in a position where he cannot repent. 

I John 5:16-17, "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not 
unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin 
not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall 
pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto 

Please read Heb. 6:1-11 and Heb. 10:26-39. Quoting Heb. 6:4-6, 
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have 
tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy 


Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the 
world to conne, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto 
repentance; seeing they crucify to thennselves the Son of God afresh, 
and put him to an open shame." Quoting Heb. 10:26, Tor if we sin 
willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there 
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." 

My opinion is one cannot commit that sin and not know it. Heb. 
6:8, "But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh 
unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." Heb. 10:27, "But a certain 
fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall 
devour the adversaries." 

Some things we need to be wary of: lying to the Holy Spirit, Acts 
5:1-10; resisting the Holy Ghost, Acts 7:51; grieving the Holy Ghost, 
Eph. 4:30, quenching the Holy Ghost, I Thess. 5:19. 

Before leaving the subject we have a few words of comfort. Heb. 
6:9-11, "But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and 
things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is 
not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have 
shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and 
do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same 
diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end." Heb. 10:35, 
"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great 
recompense of reward." And verse 39, "But we are not of them who 
draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the 

We welcome comments and questions. Pray for us and for one 

Brother William Carpenter 


"Why did God create Satan?" 

One of the most interesting things about parenting is the questions 
that children ask that seem rather hard to answer. Questions like, 
"Dad, why do chickens have feathers?" "Why don't they have ears 
like people?" These are all fun questions but sometimes questions 
are asked like, "Why did God create Satan?" 

Of course there are some people who seem persuaded that Satan 
does not even exist. He does! He is the fountainhead of all unbelief 
and of every kind of spiritual and moral evil in the world. He is the 
adversary, the slanderer, Lucifer, the serpent. To us, the existence of 
Satan as a real person is proven by the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ 
recognized him as such. 


The Apostle Paul called him the "god of this world." He was also 
called the ''prince of the power of the air." The scriptures teach that, 
before man and the world were created, God had created an 
"innumerable company of angels." This was a heavenly host of 
spiritual beings of great strength and intelligence. The highest of 
these created beings were the cherubim and they are still the 
attendants at the very throne of God. 

God did not create Satan as an evil being. Like the other angels, 
he was created as a free spirit, not an unthinking machine. He, and 
all other angels, was fully able to reject God's will if he chose to do so. 

The root of all sin, in both man and in angels, is the sin of unbelief 
and pride. This refusal to submit to God's will, as revealed by His own 
Word, and the accompanying assertion of self-sufficiency crowns the 
creature and his own will in the place of God. This was the original 
sin of Satan, rejecting God's Word and trying to become God himself. 
He proclaimed, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above 
the stars of God. ..I will be like the most High." 

When God created Satan and set him at the head of the angelic 
hierarchy. He undoubtedly told him of His plans for the universe, 
including the future creation of man in His own image. In view of 
Satan's later malevolent preoccupation with man's destruction, it 
would appear that this intention provoked a spirit of resentment in his 
mind. He developed an intense personal pride in his own elevated 
position, his beauty and wisdom. He was displeased that God would 
give man the wonderful ability to reproduce and multiply, a privilege 
not given to the angels. 

This spirit of pride and resentment began to generate a spirit of 
unbelief in God's truth and righteousness. He might have questioned 
that he was even created by the sovereign God, or that He could 
create man, who was any better than he was. It might have seemed 
reasonable to him that he just arose by natural processes out of the 
elemental energies of the cosmos. (Sound familiar?) He resented the 
control of God and he organized many other angels into a "new order" 
in the heavens. He would be the new god. 

The resulting fall of man enabled sin to enter into the world and 
Satan to take dominion thereof. God has allowed Satan to continue 
for a season in this rebellion and the earth has become his base of 
operation. Even now there are millions of people who consciously 
worship Satan and many more millions who are increasingly open to 
their hatred of God. The whole system will end up with the world 
worshipping the dragon (Rev. 13:3). This short success will cause 
him to be thrown into the lake of fire and he will be tormented day and 
night for ever and ever. 


God, of course, REALLY WAS THE CREATOR and Satan's idea 
was only a lie. Even though he is the author of rebellion today, this 
can be conquered by God as He reveals His grace and love as well 
as His power and holiness to His people. He is not only the Creator 
but He is our Redeemer and Saviour.. .through His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Salvation and eternal life are offered to all men. It is His will that 
He be accepted by all people. Those who reject Him will share in the 
same destiny as their preferred master, Satan. These people will 
hear the awful words, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting 
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." 

Brother Len Wertz 


Part 1 

A common definition of faith is 'Taking God at His word." Webster 
defines faith as: "Unquestioning belief in God and Christ." The Bible 
in Heb. 11:1 defines faith thus, "Now faith is the substance of things 
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." 

Real, genuine FAITH will change a person's life and heart from the 
lures of this world to live for Christ. When FAITH is genuine, its 
influence is very powerful. 

When we manifest a true FAITH in Christ, a noticeable change will 
be very evident. We will have a new kind of relationship with 
whomever we meet, even our enemies. Our life, our dealings, our 
language and our worship will reflect our FAITH. 

Hebrews 11:6a. We have a warning, that without FAITH it is 
impossible to please God. 

Romans 10:7 informs us as follows, "So then faith cometh by 
hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 

Luke 18:8b, "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he 
find faith on the earth?" 

II Thess. 2:3b, tells us that there shall be a falling away (from the 
faith) prior to Christ's second coming. 

Why? I John 4:1, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the 
spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are 
gone out into the world." 

We are living in that day! 

Modern preachers today are not preaching full Biblical Doctrine. 
They definitely are not contending for the FAITH once delivered unto 
the saints. The prayer veil, feetwashing, trine immersion baptism, 
nonconformity, and so forth are subjects that the modern minister 


does not preach on. Might they rightly be classed as false teachers? 
The Apostle Paul told Timothy in II Tim. 4:2a, "Preach the word." 
Regarding my subject FAITH, I propose to follow, quoting many 
scriptures on the subject without comment. 
Mark 1 1 :22b, "Have faith in God." 
II Cor. 5:7, "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)" 
Gal. 5:22 tells us that faith is one of the fruits of the Spirit. 
James 2:17 tells us faith without works is dead. 
James 5:15a, "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick." 
Col. 1:23a says we are to continue in the faith, grounded and 

Rev. 2:10, " thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a 
crown of life." (Jesus speaking.) 

To be continued 
Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave. NW 
Canton, OH 44718 


March 1,1935 


Elwyn Speaker 

Yes it's past, I know, but a few thoughts brought to mind on that 
day might be well to consider The minister of a well known church 
here, gave a discourse on that Lord's Day in regard to the evils of war 
and the beauty of peace. Many of his thoughts were good and 
truthful. As a comparison between private and national acts he gave 
this: A man may shoot down his neighbor and by so doing disobey the 
laws of God and man, for which he is justly punished, a life for a life; 
but in warfare, if a man shoots down his neighbor, he does no sin 
because he does so under the authority and command of the 

This likely brought comfort to the hearts of many who had sons or 
brothers in the last war, to think that they did not sin when helping to 
slay the sons of other mothers. One of the commands God wrote on 
the tables of stone was this, "Thou shalt not kill." He added no 
exceptions; why should we? However it seemed that God sometimes 
helped the Israelites in warfare against their enemies, and no doubt 
He can overrule a battle for good, to some, as He wills. 

Lest we might become confused in this matter let's take a 
retrospective view of world conditions: In the beginning God made the 
world very beautiful and God saw everything and "behold it was very 


good/' everything was peace and harmony; the lamb lay down with the 

But conditions now — slaying and murdering and wrangling — why 
such an awful change? O sin, sin is here! Why is sin here? Because 
the father of sin and all lies, Satan, is here. How come he is here? 
Because In heaven he became so awful, even having war, that God 
cast him out. Why he was hurled down to this planet instead of some 
other one I don't know, but one thing you and I do know — he is here. 

Now then, bearing all this in mind, we see the great care needed 
lest we be turned aside by the deceitfulness of sin. The Israelites 
were a stiff necked and rebellious people and Jesus did not approve of 
everything they did and advocated. In the beginning of His ministry 
(Matt. 5) He said, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt 
love thy neighbors and hate thine enemy, but I say unto you, love your 
enemies." Why? So that we can triumph and rule over them? No. 
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven." 
Great reward. As usual, our Father's reward is above all proportion to 
the obedience requested. 

We remember how it is in war time; only such articles as will 
promote and foster hatred against the supposed enemy are allowed to 
be published. Anger and hatred, coming from Satan, is a necessary 
prerequisite to war. There could be no war if only love prevailed. The 
man of the world advances this thought: "That love does not prevail 
and we have to meet conditions as they are, if we don't want to be the 
under dog we have got to fight and overcome." Those who look at it in 
this way must remember that as an individual, or a nation, we must 
meet this God-given truth, "With what measure ye mete, it shall be 
measured to you again." 

No doubt it is quite interesting and profitable to construct the great 
warships, with the automatically controlled cannons and everything 
complete. And likely the firing squad takes pleasure in accurately 
aiming these great weapons and pressing the button at the proper 
moment. But suppose these human life destroyers were suddenly 
lifted up by some unseen power and turned end for end. It makes all 
the difference in the world which end of a gun you are facing. If we 
are not willing to get back what we give we are in the devil's ranks. 

'Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to 
you, do ye even so to them." If we are holding a weapon for use 
against our neighbor, or our neighbor nation, which we would not be 
willing to have reversed on us, we have not the spirit of Christ. God's 
weapons are reversible. Here is another one. "Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thyself." The nation on whom this weapon is used can 


and will reverse it, using the same kind of ammunition. And instead of 
causing death and destruction, it brings forth love and peace and 
happiness. "On earth peace, good will toward men." 

When the devil has any work on hand he wants immediate action. 
He gives no time for thought and prayer. Then when it is all over we 
can see how senseless and unreasonable it was. So with the World 
War. Now that it is all over (except paying for) and the graves of the 
eight million dead sons (from both sides) nicely covered, people are 
asking why it was necessary and why it could not have been settled 
some other way? The answer is, because it was Satan's work, and 
his ultimate aim always is, destruction of soul and body. 

As a church we must be sure we are established, 'footed and 
grounded," in this matter as in other things, for we know not how soon 
we may be brought face to face with this issue. As a help we should 
take a look far back (as already given) and a look far ahead. Heaven 
is ahead. We can not pass through the pearly gates with a carnal 
weapon in our hands. Tut up. ..thy sword. ..for all they that take the 
sword shall perish with the sword." What if death should come to us 
while trying to slay our brother? It would mean for us that we go 
condemned to the judgment bar of God. 

There is no chance after death to prepare to meet God, no 
purgatory. Though heaven is awaiting us, it must begin with us here, 
in our hearts. We cannot harmonize with the ungodly ways, the 
warfare, of this world. (Jno. 18:36) Jesus says, "My kingdom is not of 
this world." Perfect peace will never be attained while Satan is the 
"prince of this world," but that is no reason why we, as individual 
Christians and as the church which He has purchased, should not 
follow implicitly the teachings of the Man of Galilee, the Son of God. 


I have been thinking about one of the most important and 
productive segments of our church family. ..the senior citizen 
Christians, t have decided to write a series of articles especially 
keyed to your stage in life. I hope all readers will find the information 
valuable. So, if you are not in the older group. ..but certainly hope to 
be someday, read on. 

Maturity in physical life should also bring about maturity in our 
Christian life. This does not always happen but it may be because we 
have not taught the importance of becoming fully what God wants us 
to be. 

The process of spiritual maturity must be prefaced with the fact that 


NO person ever becomes absolutely and totally mature in Christ and 
working toward this state of spirituality is an unending process. You 
should, however, be continually maturing and not thinking of yourself 
as having "arrived." An older Christian who thinks he or she has 
arrived is guilty of pride and has not progressed as much as it would 

On the other hand, you need to properly evaluate yourself instead 
of assuming an artificial humility when you speak of growth in Christ. 
You are to see yourself both honestly and humbly. Seeing yourself in 
this manner will allow you to truly be mature without being proud. It 
also allows you to be behind some other Christians in some particular 
areas without being depressed. 

Even though maturing in Christ is a process that will continue as 
long as you are mentally alert, you will not see it in an unbroken 
progression. The progress pattern of maturing is a jagged line. You 
have minor ups and downs and plateaus with an overall growth in 
your God given qualities, attitudes, disposition and behavior. 

Maturity will be reflected by an increase in love, comprehending 
spiritual truths, experiencing life at its fullest and practicing its 
"breadth, length, depth, and height." 

Maturation is ultimately becoming a "perfect (complete) man, unto 
the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." 

Being fully mature in your Christian life is not separable from acting 
as a fully developed Christian. Qualities are reflected in behavior. 
This spiritual maturity is not the product of works any more than 
salvation is the result of works alone. Both salvation and maturity 
result in service prompted by the Spirit's control and influence. It is 
common to think of the period of retirement from one's vocation as 
retirement from vital activity in the church and nothing could be farther 
from the truth. It is during this period that a person can apply what 
has been learned in a lifetime of dealing with people in mercy, 
kindness, humbleness, meekness, long-suffering, forbearance, 
forgiveness and charity. You are now come to full blossom like a 
beautiful rose. ..and should be full of righteousness and true holiness. 

The mature. ..or elderly.. .physical garment is attractive to God and 
to fellow believers. Others will become protective of you and esteem 
you highly for both your chronological and spiritual maturity. When I 
was in Africa, there was a greeting for the elderly that denoted that 
they were special... worthy of greater honor. They were held in high 

Continue with an eagerness to produce fruit, to offer leadership and 
work for the perfecting of the younger members of the Body of Christ. 


Just as you have changed physically in your maturity, I pray that 
you are changed significantly in your spiritual transformation. I pray 
that you have allowed your Christian life to become balanced and 
reflect victory. I pray that as you have separated yourself from sin, 
you have a light shining from possibly dimmed eyes that will be the 
crowning glory of your life. 

Yes, you may suffer some pain, might even yet make mistakes and 
sin, but you can enter and live in this phase of life as a victorious and 
influential person, sharing your life. You are a wonderful example of 
what God will do for us when we live with His teachings at the center 
of our being. 

Brother Len Wertz 


Isaiah 33:22, "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our 
lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us." 

There is an often repeated story concerning an individual who was 
saved from a tragedy by another individual. As the story goes the 
individual who was saved from the tragedy later committed a serious 
crime. The same man who saved his life now sat in the place of his 
judge. At the sentencing the judge is supposed to have said the 
words, "Then I was your savior, now I am your judge." It is then 
stated that the Lord Jesus Christ is now our Savior but will one day be 
our Judge. There is some truth to this illustration and we do not 
condemn those ministers or other speakers and writers who use it. 
However, we are convinced that there is much confusion concerning 
the place of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Judge, Lawgiver and King. 

In Acts 10:42-43 we read the following. "And he commanded us to 
preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained 
of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the 
prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him 
shall receive remission of sins." This portion of Scripture seems to 
clearly teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is to be the final Judge at the 
resurrection. II Timothy 4:8 confirms this truth. "Henceforth there is 
laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous 
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them 
also that love his appearing." 

At first glance we seem to have proven the truth that Jesus Christ 
is now Savior and will be the Judge at the end of the age. We would 
affirm this truth with no difficulty. However, there is no second chance 
after death or the rapture of the Church. Therefore there is the sense 


in which Jesus Christ is our Judge this very day, be it the day of His 
return or not. 

There is a saying very popular in our day, "We are not under law, 
we are under grace." Again we would confirm that there is some truth 
in this statement. We do not believe that a Christian is bound by the 
Old Testament law. However, we read in Galatians 6:1-2, "Brethren, 
if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such 
an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be 
tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of 
Christ." When the fact that we are no longer under the law is taken to 
mean that God has changed His moral law or that once we are saved 
we will not be judged by that law, a serious error is being propagated. 
We must confess that we all have our faults. We all struggle with our 
carnal nature. Likewise, most of us will confess that we are not as 
spiritual as we would wish to be. We believe the Apostle Paul is 
referring to something much more serious than we would normally 
refer to as a "fault." When there is outright sin within the community 
of Christ it is a sad state of affairs if no one is spiritual enough to 
confront the individual. The confrontation is not to show our dislike for 
such an individual but to "restore such a one, in the spirit of 
meekness." We believe it is by doing thus that we fulfill the law of 
Christ. Thus the Lord Jesus Christ is our Lawgiver. 

Jesus Christ is our Judge, He is our lawgiver and He is our King. 
In I Timothy 6:15 we read, "Which in his times he shall show, who is 
the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, the Lord of Lords." 
If the Lord Jesus Christ is not King of your life now. He will not be 
your King at a future time. 

It is a serious matter to realize that Jesus Christ is at this present 
time our Judge, Lawmaker and King. We praise God that "he will 
save us." Unlike the human judge who had no power to save the 
individual without relinquishing his duty to protect the law, our divine 
Judge shed His precious blood to be both our Savior and our Judge. 
His laws are so absolute that it is impossible to keep them perfectly. 
But He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us each day of our life. 
This is a wonderful part of our salvation. As our King He expects us 
to be willing to obey His commandments. He realizes that we are but 
dust and not sinlessly perfect. We do not believe we lose our 
salvation every time we stumble or fall spiritually, but we can lose our 
salvation by not acknowledging Him as King of our life and thus 
departing from the faith! Even then, in most cases we believe. He is 


willing to restore us and once again be our Savior. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


"Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no 
man, we have defrauded no man." II Corinthians 7:2. 

Servants of the most High God should be willing to be taken 
advantage of, but they should never take advantage of others. It is 
sad to see those who profess godliness and trust in God, begging and 
arousing pity in others for themselves. There are those who make 
use of the brethren's hospitality. It is only right to be hospitable to one 
another, but we can wear out a good thing. We should not behave so 
our behavior causes others to hesitate when we approach them. It is 
understood that we are not going to steal from others or cause others 
to sin. But so often we take advantage of another person's good 
nature and we should not. It is easy to approach the brethren with our 
needs, but it takes faith to remain silent to our brethren and go to the 
Lord about them instead. If the brethren are in tune with the Spirit of 
God, He will reveal those needs if the church is to address them. 

With all the welfare. Medicare, and Social Security abounding in all 
its forms sometimes it is difficult to believe that our Father is rich in 
houses and lands. He holds the wealth of the world in His hands. We 
need not go hat in hand to any man. Are we beggars seeking the 
alms of this world? Or are we servants of the living God? The 
prodigal son, when he had lived his way and when he had come to 
the end of his earthly supply said, "I will arise and go to my father." 
Shouldn't we? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Brother Laverne Emerson Keeney, 65, of 263 Yummerdall Road, 
Lititz, Pennsylvania died at 11:51 A.M. Saturday, March 19, 1994, at 
his home, after a lengthy illness. 

He was the husband of Ellen (Wise) Keeney. The couple observed 
their 46th wedding anniversary, June 21 ,1 993. 

The service was held at 2:00 P.M., March 23,1994 at Lititz Dunkard 


Brethren Church, Clay Road, Lititz, Pennsylvania. Officiating at the 
service were Elder Dean St. John and Elder David Kegerreis. Burial 
was in Middle Creek Brethren Cemetery, Ephrata Township. 

Elder Keeney was born in North Hopewell Township, York County 
on October 11, 1928. He was the son of the late Norman and Elsie 
(Godfrey) Keeney. He served as an elder and minister with the 
Conservative Brethren Church at Millbach. He was owner and 
operator of the L. E. Keeney Construction Company of Lititz. 

Elder Keeney also is survived by a son Lamar E., husband of Jean 
(Kegerreis)of Denver, Pennsylvania, two daughters, Joanne E., wife 
of Dale Longenecker of Bethel, Pennsylvania and Donna M., wife of 
Eidon Weaver of Lititz, Pennsylvania, eight grandchildren, three 
sisters, Elva Schildt of Taneytown, Maryland, Marguerite Marks of 
Felton, Pennsylvania and Dorothy Marks of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, 
also two brothers, Kenneth of York, Pennsylvania and Norman of Red 
Lion, Pennsylvania. 


I wish to thank everyone for prayers and sympathy cards I 
received. Also for the cards Laverne received during his three years 
of illness. They had been very uplifting to him. He is missed as a 
husband, father and grandfather. 

Sister Ellen Keeney 


The Bethel Congregation is looking forward to our spring revival, 
April 16 through 23. Bro. Dale Jamison has promised to be with us, 
the Lord willing. Pray that we be more determined to do His will 
instead of our own, in each step we make in life. Do we ask 
ourselves, Is this to the honor and glory of God or the honor and 
glory of man"? 

"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." 
Prov. 3:6. 

Come and worship with us. 

Sister Fern Wolfe 

The Plevna Congregation plans a Spring Revival, April 9 through 
16 with Bro. Phil Gish of Casstown, Ohio as the Evangelist. 

Services will be at 7:30 P.M. nightly. Lovefeast services will be held 
at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., April 15. All are welcome to come and 
worship with us. Please pray that souls may be won to the Lord! 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 





Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Higlnway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Fred O. Piter 
1734 240tti Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 


Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Piter 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Fred O. Piter, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 
4025 Woodland Avenue 
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MARCH 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Last night my little boy confessed to me 

Some childish wrong; 

And kneeling at my knee, 

He prayed with tears — 

"Dear God, make me a man 

Like Daddy— wise and strong; 

I know you can." 

Then while he slept 

I knelt beside his bed, 

Confessed my sins. 

And prayed with low-bowed head. 

"O God, make me a child 

Like my child here — 

Pure, guileless. 

Trusting Thee with faith sincere." 

Andrew Gillies 



Young couples have a natural, God-given desire for children. 
Marriage is not simply an enjoynnent of each other; it is a means of 
continuing the human family. Despite propaganda advocating family- 
limiting plans and abortion, it is still God's will that children be born. 

The Psalmist speaks of the desirability of children. He likens 
children to a quiver full of arrows. Arrows would have been very 
valuable to a soldier or hunter of his day. He would spend his spare 
time fashioning arrows, so they would be available when he needed 
them. Children should be valued as the offspring of God-given love 
and union. 

Children formed a part of Jesus' ministry. When parents brought 
their children to be blessed, He wished to do so. Although His 
disciples could see no reason to bother Him, He wanted to hold and 
touch them. He used them as object lessons for the disciples. The 
willingness of children to trust and obey served as a lesson that adults 
must be willing to trust and obey God. The Kingdom of God is 
available only to those who are willing to humble themselves as little 
children. Too many adults feel they know more than is necessary, so 
they should be accorded special privileges. They begin to think they 
can approach God upon their own terms instead of accepting His. 
Children learn early to accept the terms granted them by their parents 
and other adults. In school, sports and other activities they must 
follow the rules established. Adults must accept the rules and 
conditions that surround God's Kingdom. Negatively, we are told that 
to not accept as a child, we can not even see the Kingdom of God, let 


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alone enter it. Positively, we are told that to humble ourselves as little 
children will secure for us an entrance into the Kingdom of God. 

This need for having a child-like trust ties in with the words Jesus 
spoke to Nicodemus. He spoke of a need for a new birth. 
Nicodemus could only envision a natural birth, which he knew was 
impossible. Jesus told him that there must be a rebirth to see the 
Kingdom of Heaven. When he could not comprehend this rebirth, 
Jesus spoke of a rebirth by water and blood. Without this rebirth 
there could be no entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus 
repeated that it was necessary to be born again. "Ye must be born 
again." This is birth parallel with but different from the natural birth. It 
is a choice given to men to accept or reject the plan of salvation 
delivered by God. It is secured through the blood shed by Jesus 
Christ. It is done. It is offered. It must be accepted to be operative. 

While Jesus speaks of the need of childlikeness in accepting, 
trusting and obeying, the Apostle Paul speaks of a need of maturity in 
knowing the Word of God. He speaks of not being children in 
understanding, but of being men. We must mature in our study and 
understanding of His Word. Just as children must continue to grow, 
develop and mature, so Christians must not remain static. They must 
be growing. In order to serve Him better we need to know His 
revealed will. To know it we must study His Word, the Bible. The 
Bible does not simply contain the Word of God; it is the Word of God. 
The Bible speaks of the responsibilities of God's followers. It also 
speaks of the rewards. Being a child of God brings with it a great 
blessing. As the adoptive children of God, we become a part of His 
family. Once a child is adopted into the family that is not his birth 
family he has all the privileges of the other family members, even if 
they are children by natural birth. The adoptive child becomes an 
heir. God's adoptive children have become heirs of God. The heir is 
in line to receive the inheritance gathered, invested and marshaled by 
the parents. Our position as a child of God is secured by the price 
paid by His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The natural Son died 
so we could be adopted into His Father's family. As part of that family 
we will inherit the same Heavenly Home as the Son. We have an 
account of His ascension into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. He 
had made a promise earlier that if He went away to His Father's 
House, He would prepare there a place for the adoptive children of 
God. He promised further that if He prepared it, He would return to 
gather God's children so they might have their inheritance. 

An inheritance gained here may take wings and fly away, if not 


managed properly. The inheritance He has prepared is eternal. 

Children are an heritage of the Lord. This includes children born 
naturally, as well as those born supernaturally. Are you a child of 




As we are flying 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, each hour 
brings us 530 miles closer home and 550 miles farther away from 
Kenya. There we left many people who we learned to know and to 
love. As we were preparing to take our departure, many of them 
wanted us to stay longer and made us promise to come back soon. 
We gave each other farewell; cheeks were wet with tears and we 
were knit together in the bond of love for each other. We left part of 
our hearts in Africa. We do not deserve half the respect and honor 
that these dear people gave us while there. As we reminisce over the 
past six weeks, our first mission adventure to Africa, we thank God for 
protection, good health, friendship, fellowship, and for opening the 
door to spreading the gospel in Africa and the very promising 
possibility of starting a Dunkard Brethren mission in Africa. 

When we were planning this virgin mission, we submitted our lives 
wholly to the Lord. We wanted His will to be done. We wanted to live 
with the natives in their homes, eat their food, and win their hearts. 
All these things we did and we enjoyed our entire stay. We preached 
twenty-one sermons, had many visitations and fellowships in many 
homes (including Sis. Theresa's home), had several counseling 
sessions, and spoke at two universities. I must truthfully admit that 
people in Africa are hungry for the Word of God. 

We rented a car to get around to visit different homes. Two days 
were spent in Mombasa which is on the Indian Ocean coast. It is very 
hot at Mombasa. We visited several homes and a church there. Many 
roads are very bad in Kenya. We also visited West Kenya including 
Nakuru, Kisumu, Kakamega, and Kitale. This was "bush country." 
One week was spent there visiting different homes and churches. The 
churches are very small, ranging from fifteen to forty members. The 
church buildings range from a grassy spot under a tree to a little 
framework of twigs, to a small mud hut building, a tin covered building, 
or even a room in a home. However, these people are so thankful to 
God for their church and what little they have. Their prayers are 
earnest, fervent, effectual prayers that put many a Dunkard Brethren 
prayers, even your unworthy servant's prayers, to shame. 


The people so often told us that they were so glad that we were 
willing to stay in their homes so they could visit with us. They said 
that most all white missionaries come to Kenya and stay in hotels and 
use the mission money to do sight-seeing and do not visit in people's 
homes. I hope and pray and also feel that we have made an 
impression on these people's lives. We were the first white people 
that many of the young children saw. 

When we accepted the call to go to Kenya, our desire was to go 
and live an exemplary life among the people so that they would want 
to be like us. My vision for a mission in Africa was to go there and 
find a young minister who would be willing to preach the Biblical 
principles of the Bible as understood by the Dunkard Brethren Church 
and to carry on the work there after our return home. Praise God!! 
This has happened!! We found several young preachers who made a 
commitment to preach the Dunkard Brethren Doctrine. After 
spending several hours of counseling with them I asked, "Are you 
sure this is what you want to do? Are you willing not to wear the neck 
tie?" The answer was, "Yes; I have already gotten rid of my neck ties, 
Brother Paul, I want to look like you." Tears of joy filled my eyes as I 
took off my coat and put it on him. He looked in the mirror and 
smiling said, 1 like it." I said, "You may have it." I left both of my suits 
in Kenya for these two brethren. Pray for them that they will have 
strength to keep their commitment and that God will use them in a 
mighty way. 

1 also had a vision before going to Africa that after we would be 
there a few weeks that we would have to fax a letter home for the 
sisters to get together and make some coverings for the women in 
Africa. This vision was not fulfilled, but. two days before we left, 
Theresa asked if Mary would leave one of her prayer veils there so 
the sisters could see how it was made. Praise the Lord! 

There is much work to be done in Africa. I have spent many 
sleepless hours at night while in Africa, tears wetting my pillow as I 
lay there thinking of the needs of the people in Africa; both financial 
and spiritual, thinking how they strive for survival, thinking how 
contented they seem to be with nothing. Thinking how blessed we 
are in America, and thanking God for opening the doors in Africa. 

We thank God for giving us the opportunity to go to Africa on this 
mission adventure. We feel enriched and blessed through this 
experience. It was an experience of a lifetime which we will never 
forget. We will cherish it the rest of our days. 

We also want to thank all of you brethren and sisters for your 


earnest prayers for us while we were gone. We could feel the prayers 
of all of you. Also, for the many cards and letters. One day we 
received fourteen pieces of mail. Sister Theresa was really 
impressed. She said, "You have many friends." 

We know that not all of you can go to Africa, but, we pray that God 
will open your hearts to support the work that has already been 
started there, both financially and with prayer. 

Just to show you how hard it is for me to write and how slow a 
writer that I am, we traveled over 3,000 miles while I was writing this. 
Just a few more hours and we will be home. 

We arrived home safely at 4:30 P.M., February 22. Praise God for 
a safe flight. We thank God for what we feel was a successful 
mission trip. We pray that He will water and prosper the seed that 
has been sown to a bountiful harvest. 

Again, we want to thank each one of you for your earnest, 
prayerful, and encouraging support. May God bless you all. 

In Christian love. 
Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump 


Part 2 
Biblical Examples 

The subject of faith and all its derivatives is one of the most 
important subjects in the Bible. 

There are many names of people, who are mentioned and 
commended for their faith. 

Hebrews 1 1 :7. Noah, warned by God of things to come, of which 
he had not seen, by FAITH, built the ark on dry ground. The reward 
and blessing he received was the saving of his household. 

Hebrews 1 1 :4. By FAITH ABEL offered unto God a more excellent 
sacrifice than Cain, which proved his righteousness. 

II Timothy 4:7. The Apostle Paul, not bragging, said, 1 have kept 
the FAITH". 

Ephesians 6:21 . Tychicus was a FAITHFUL minister in the Lord. 

Hebrews 1 1 :5. Enoch by FAITH, was translated that he should not 
see death. 

Colossians 4:9. Omesimus was a FAITHFUL and beloved brother. 

Hebrews 11:8. Abraham, by FAITH when he was called to go out 
unto a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; 
and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 
Hebrews 11:17. By FAITH Abraham offered his son, Isaac, as a 


sacrifice, but God stayed his hand. Abraham became known as "The 
Father of the Faithful." 

Colossians 1 :7. Epaphras was a FAITHFUL minister. 

Revelation 2:13. Antipas was a FAITHFUL martyr. 

Acts 6:8. Stephen was full of FAITH and power. 

Hebrews 11:29. By FAITH, Moses led the children of Israel 
through the Red Sea, as if by dry land. 

There are many more instances in the Bible of individuals who, 
when tried, proved their faith. 

In Jude 3 we are admonished to earnestly contend for the faith 
which was once delivered unto the saints. 

1 Corinthians 16:13, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like 
men, be strong." 

I Corinthians 4:2. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man 
be found faithful. 

The Reward for Faithfulness 

Matthew 25:21, "...Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou 
hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many 
things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 



I have noticed as I visit older Christians that their homes are very 
quiet compared to our busy home still filled with the sound of students 
and young people. But, that is another phase of life that is beautiful 
and special. It is the place where God has placed you at this time 
and God's timing is perfect. 

Have you ever been in a garden in the evening? Honey-heavy 
bees are home from the clover and the moths suck the sweetness of 
the flowers as the air cools and the evening sky turns to shades of 
red- The breeze has quieted and the leaves hardly quiver. 
Everything seems to be at peace and the heart seems to swell with 
feelings of contentment. 

Have you ever walked alone through falling snow at night? Like a 
mantle it wraps you away from the familiar world of things and people and 
their cares and claims. It comes down as silently as heaven's grace. It 
seems to wipe away the ugliness and scars of the day and makes all 
things one in white simplicity. The snow is a solitude of silence. 


Yet, deeper than the silence of a garden in the evening and deeper 
than the silence of the falling snow is the silence of the presence of 
the Heavenly Father. You have that special contentment as His child 
that cannot be experienced by anyone else in the world. Your 
thoughts can be stayed on the things that are good and true and 
merciful and you can face life with a stilled mind and a refreshed and 
restored spirit. You are never alone with God. 

You have all welcomed home someone you love who has been 
away for a long time. In the midst of the turmoil, the jostling elbows 
and vibrant voices, when the one you love comes through the gate, 
for a moment the noise and confusion fade away and you reach out 
with your hands and your heart. There is only love and peace and joy 
at that moment. That is something you always look forward to. It 
brings you another kind of peace. 

I can remember my Grandmother Wertz. When I went to visit her 
after my grandfather was gone, the first thing she always did was 
reach out for my hand. She would hold it tightly... sometimes for most 
of the time I would visit with her. What love and strength I received 
from those moments and how I cherish them. Those were quiet times 
but yet there was a noisy pounding in my heart expressing a special, 
unexplainable love. 

Beneath the waves, the ocean waters lie silent and untroubled. 
Above the clouds, the heavens are undisturbed. Above the level of 
your thoughts, inside your inmost heart. ..there is a place of peace. It 
is a unique time of being able to gaze into the depths of your heart 
and bridge the gap from man to God., It is a special gift and not an 
empty experience. 

Isn't music more beautiful when there are rests? How much 
deeper is the passionate outpouring of God's Spirit as you 
contemplate unuttered feelings. The conversation of your soul with 
God is wordless and wonderful and there is only time for it as you 
become a senior Christian. 

It is in silence that God writes on the emptiness of space and 
punctuates His sentences with lights that illuminate the skies at night. 
It is in silence that great thoughts are born and our lives find a special 
richness and meaning. 

The center of silence contains God. This can strengthen you and 
give you courage. It can inspire you and in turn, you can inspire 
others. This may be your special ministry. 

Silence is deeper when it contains communion with God. It is 
really golden! There you come into the living presence of God. There 


you understand your sonship or that you are a daughter of the living 
King of Kings. You walk with Him through the meadows of your 
mind. the valley of contentment... by the pool of renewal. ..and in the 
place of silence. 

Yes, the silence of the mature years, the reflection of God's grace, 
the ministry that comes from this time is God's gift to you. Always 
think of it in that way. God be praised. 

Brother Len Wertz 


Psalm 51 :12a, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;" 

Romans 14:17, Tor the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but 
righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." 

David's plea was for a restoration of his salvation. An honest 
reading of the verses preceding our opening verse will confirm this. 
Yet it is possible, we believe, to lose the joy of our salvation without 
actually losing our salvation. 

In Hebrews 12:1 we read, "Wherefore seeing we also are 
compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 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." Verse 2 finishes this 
thought with the words, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of 
our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,..." 
When we bear the weight of disobedience we will suffer the loss of 
joy. Satan may provide a false sense of exhilaration when we choose 
to lay aside the pure teachings of Holy Scripture, but this never brings 
the real joy of the Lord into our lives. We believe that many mental 
and emotional problems are brought about by going against the light 
of truth God has revealed unto an individual. 

We believe that David's temptation is one of the sins which doth so 
easily beset us. The sin of adultery has not only caused many to lose 
the joy of their salvation but has literally caused them to lose their 
salvation. Temptation in this area seems to come to the majority of 
individuals some time in their lives. Jesus Christ warned in Matthew 
5:28, "But I say unto you. That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust 
after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." 
Temptation is not sin until we act upon it. Yet how many suffer the 
loss of the joy of salvation because of impure thoughts. 

The loss of a mate through death is a heavy cross to bear. We 
believe the loss of a lifetime partner through divorce is a heavier cross 
to bear. Yet, like our Lord Jesus Christ, we must look beyond the 


cross to the joy we can experience through obedience. 

We sincerely doubt the possibility of sinless perfection in this life, 
although some Bible verses do seem to teach this. Yet this does not 
excuse us from striving for righteousness. All too many professing 
Christians substitute the thrills of worldly pleasures for the joy of 
serving the Lord in righteousness. It is true that David said, "Restore 
unto me the joy of THY salvation;" and our righteousness must be 
God's righteousness, not our own. Yet salvation must also be a 
personal experience and, we believe, so must our righteousness. 

Paul's parting words to the church at Corinth are found in II 
Corinthians 13:11, "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good 
comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace 
shall be with you." The joy of salvation can be lost when we are no 
longer of one mind. Sin in the church can not be ignored. There is a 
place for rules and regulations. But God's greatest desire for His 
Church is that we live in peace. This does not mean that we accept 
false teachers and groups as fellow Christians. This would be a false 
peace. It does not mean that we compromise Scriptural truth. This is 
also a false peace. However, it does mean that we should strive to 
get along with one another. Many Bible scholars believe that "perfect" 
in the Scriptures refers to maturity. Are we too often like little children 
who want their own way? 

It would seem as if many get great pleasure out of friction in 
fellowships but look down on joy in the Holy Ghost. We believe that 
salvation should be a real joy. We appreciate the joy of the Lord we 
have experienced in some of our song services. We have no problem 
with someone rising their hands in joy or saying "Praise the Lord." 

We pray that God may restore the joy of salvation to our hearts as 
individuals and to the church as a body. If you have never 
experienced the joy of salvation the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses 
from all sin. The prayer of David, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; 
and renew a right spirit within me," is for those who have never been 
saved as well as for those who have fallen from the faith. The 
obedience of triune immersion baptism will bring the joy of the Lord's 
salvation to your heart and soul. 

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


"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will 


of him that sent me." John 6:38. 

We write this to try to attain a better understanding of God's will for 
our lives. We can read in the scriptures concerning God's will and 
how others have responded to it. We read in John 17, that the Lord 
struggled with God's will. Is it so unusual that likewise we will 
struggle with it? 

Often we think of God's will within our own frame of reference. It is 
dangerous to put limitations on Him. David Brainerd became a 
missionary to the Indians, yet he had no knowledge of their language. 
George Muller started many orphanages all over Great Britain, yet he 
had no money. These things would discourage those of us with 
common sense, but one lesson we can learn is that God is not limited 
by common sense. Our Lord knew that He had to suffer and die for 
the sins of all mankind, and Paul also knew that his end would be 
death. Can we trust God though we do not know the outcome of our 
lives? Do we have enough faith to believe that there is a wonderful 
place even now being prepared for us? 

Just because I am quiet and shy does not mean that my place in 
God's will will be a quiet one. I must surrender my temperament to 
His will. We must beware of many who claim to be able to discern 
what God's will for others may be. Our only understanding of God 
comes from His Word and our daily communion with Him. We cannot 
afford to say, "This is the way I am, and this is the way I will always 
be." God is able to forgive our sins and change our hearts. God is 
able to change our desires and our temperaments. If we are not fully 
surrendered to the Lord, we cannot expect to have an easy time 
doing what God commands. 

We must be fully surrendered to God. We must daily search the 
scriptures and daily commune with God. This way we will come to 
understand better God's will for our lives. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


March 15, 1935 
B. F. Masterson 
"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be 
tempted of the devil." (Matt. 4:1). 

"Then" indicates a point of time. When was Jesus led up? 


"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the 
water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the 
Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:. .Then 
was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness..." 

Such is the experienceof the child of God. Baptized and approved 
of God, handed over to the devil in the wilderness to fight life's 

Question not the validity of your baptism because it was succeeded 
by fierce temptation. Jesus was the Son of God standing on the 
banks of the river, but as much the Son of God when tempted by all 
the forces of hell in the wilderness, and so were you dear brother. 
Notice, led up," by the same spirit that descended upon him at his 
baptism. Understand that temptation is not an accident, but each 
child of God is tempted. It is God's plan that all His created 
intelligence had to pass through this test. The devil, his angels, and 
our first parents are those who failed, and many since. 

The wilderness is not a thousand miles away from the newly 
baptized child of God, his eyes fixed on Christ and heaven and right 
across from sea to sea lies the wilderness, and one cannot escape it. 
Life itself is a temptation. 

When the tempter came to the Master he said three things. A 
certain writer says, "His program is short and shallow beyond those 
three things he has never advanced one step, he is not an originator 
of new temptations. You can weigh them, you can measure them, 
you know where they begin and how they operate and how they 

Unlike God's word which is unfathomable. If he deceives you, you 
must take the blame, he is a great bamboozler, and the mischief is 
that the people want to be bamboozled, or "tricked." 

He has three weapons with which he endeavors to smite you. In 
our lesson we find their names, size and capacity. 

Let us hear what the arch tempter said, and when the tempter 
came to him he said, "If thou be the Son of God, command that these 
stones be made bread." This was an appeal to immediate necessity. 
He comes in the spirit of benevolence; he shrinks into as little a devil 
as possible. Why you must be very hungry, having fasted forty days 
and nights, the pangs of hunger must be something terrible. If I could 
make bread I would most gladly do so, but if you are the Son of God 
you certainly have power to perform miracles, command that these 
stones be made bread. He addressed himself to the appetite of the 


He has an unlimited supply in stock, such as it is, he is able to 
accommodate the desires of the flesh; what the flesh desires the most 
he will supply. He has agents galore to do business for him, he has in 
stock every article along the line of worldly pleasure. If you desire 
wealth, he has all the inventions to acquire it by unfair means. 

If you crave the foolish fashions, he will accommodate you from a 
costly dress to no dress, (a waist band to be seen at the summer 
resorts). He will sympathize with you in your vain desires of the flesh, 
so will some parents with their children. Did you hear them in church 
meeting making a plea for the young members for more freedom from 
restraint? Well they have won the day, in dress, in games, in 
theatrical plays, and what not. 

"Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on 
a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of 
God, cast thyself down:..." He takes Him to the holy city, he pretends 
to develop His faith, he pretends to show Him how to become more 
religious. It was an appeal to the Son to be presumptuous, to force 
meaning into the divine word which the divine spirit never intended to 
convey. That is a trick of his. 

"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, 
and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 
And saith unto him. All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall 
down and worship me." This ends the program. It is the temptation 
of bribery, it is the temptation addressed to every instinct which is in 
every human heart, to turn much into more. 

A short and easy way of getting rich and a direct cup to rulership. 
Beyond these three things the devil never got. John says, Tor all 
that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye, and 
the pride of life, which includes all the devils inroads." 

Having looked at the temptations, let us now look at the answers. 
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread 
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." 
This is the profound view of life as contrasted with the shallow that the 
devil recommends that could be sustained in only one way, eat and 
live. That was the foolish rich man's notion of life, on the theory if a 
person has enough of this world's goods what more can he want? 

Jesus came to enlarge the possibilities of life, "Therefore, take no 
thought, saying, what shall we eat or what shall we drink, or 
wherewithal shall we be clothed." 

Trust in the Lord and He will supply you with bread for body and 
soul. It is not brought to us by ravens either, but by Jesus Christ and 


the Holy Spirit. "The kingdom of heaven is not meat and drink," "I 
have bread to eat which ye know not of." Thus Jesus strikes at the 
foundation of our mistakes. 

He does not say, whatever you do, accumulate plenty of bread. He 
says, "take no thought of bread, but hunger and thirst after 
righteousness and these things shall be added." 

The second answer: It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the 
Lord thy God." There is a right use of liberty as contrasted with a 
wrong one. Notice the meaning of the word "tempt." Thou shalt not 
make experiments upon God, thou shalt not set traps for God; don't 
run into danger for the purpose of being delivered from it. Do not fall 
into a pit and say, God will come and deliver me out of this pit and so 
reveal His mighty power in the eyes of the people. Rather say. Father 
help me to work up to the end of my liberty, I will carry out Thy will to 
keep myself, to preserve my life from danger, I will not run risks for 
the sake of your performing miracles in my behalf. 

The third answer: "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou 
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." 

"Thou shalt worship," take that word in opposition to the word 
"tempt." Thou shalt not tempt but worship, give Him the heart's 
adoration, a consecrated offering of body, soul and spirit, that is what 
keeps a person upright, and he does not need to be propped up with 
church machinery of man's contrivance. For worship is too intensely 
spiritual to admit of a substitute of such as musical instruments. It is 
too insignificant for its noise to raise above the clouds. 

The Father demands worship from the heart of His saints, under 
the law it may have been permissible when worship was superficial, 
but under the new dispensation worship is so intensely spiritual that 
nothing will do through which to commune with God, but the heart of 
man. God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in 
spirit and in truth. (Jno. 4:24.) 

How is it with us in prayer? Not in the mere fluency of sentences, 
which is often a temptation and mockery, but the heart's desire, the 
outpouring of the soul. (Rom. 8:25.) 

The supreme purpose of the will, do we love God? Wait for Him, 
trust in Him, believe in His word? 

Not only must this worship, but following and coming out of it, there 
must be service. Religion is not folding of the hands and an upturning 
of the eyes and a select expectation of something that shall fall upon 
us. Religion, is active service, devotion, whole hearted consecration 
of every power to one object. 




Sister Margaret K. Dayhoff, born January 26, 1919, in Green 
Spring, West Virginia, departed this life January 10, 1995, at the age 
of 75. She was the daughter of the late James Dorsey and Nora 
(Biggs) Rockwell. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy, and a daughter, 

Margaret gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized September 
21 , 1952. She was a member of the Walnut Grove Dunkard Brethren 
Church, Taneytown, Maryland. On September 15, 1956, Guy and 
Margaret were ordained in the ministry, and served faithfully until 
Guy's passing in 1969. In addition to serving in this capacity, 
Margaret was a primary Sunday School teacher for many years, and 
a constant encouragement to her Brothers and Sisters in the Lord. 

Surviving is a son, James W. Dayhoff, two daughters, Laurie A. 
Dayhoff and Cherie Lynn Jennings, all of Westminster, Maryland, and 
a grandson. Christian, who was a great source of joy to her. 

The funeral sen/ice was held Friday, January 13, at Myers Funeral 
Home in Westminister. Elders Virgil Leatherman, Emmert Shelly, and 
Ministers Galen Shelly and Paul Nell officiated at the services. Burial 
was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Finksburg, Maryland. 

Donald Barnhouse was the pastor of Philadelphia's Tenth 
Presbyterian Church when his wife died and left him with young 
daughters to raise alone. He did something that most men could not 
do and that was preach at his own wife's funeral. He realized that he 
was obligated to his girls to try to explain or make sense out of the 
struggle his girls were having with what they did not understand. It 
was something he confronted daily. The answer came as they sat in 
traffic waiting for the light to change. It was a particularly bright 
morning and a truck pulled up in the lane next to them. It blocked the 
sun from view, and placed the inside of the car into a shadow. It 
struck him so that he turned to his girls and said, "Would you rather 
be hit by the truck or it's shadow?" "Oh, Daddy, that's a silly 
question," they responded. "Of course, we would rather be hit by the 
shadow— that doesn't hurt." 

Margaret has walked through the shadow of the valley of death, but 
she was not struck by death but by its shadow— because someone 
else stepped between. His name is Jesus. We can only look back 
and say, "She won, she won, she won." 'Triumphant in Christ." It is 
not something we do. It's something we are! 

As Joan of Arc once said, "It is better to be alone with God. 
His friendship will not fail me, nor His counsel, nor His love. In His 
strength I will dare and dare, and dare until I die." 



April 2 - Locusts and Darkness - Exodus 10:1-29. 

1 . What qualifications did Pharaoh include with his repentance? 

2. Explain the light in the Hebrew's dwellings. 
April 9 - Death of the Firstborn - Exodus 1 1:1-10. 

1 . How did the Egyptian people show favor to the Hebrews? 

2. How does God put a difference between the world and His 
people today? 

April 16 - The Resurrection - Luke 24:1-35. 

1 . Why did not the disciples understand Christ's resurrection? 

2. Breaking what bread will help us know Christ today? 
April 23 - The Passover - Exodus 12:1-30. 

1 . Why was this called the Passover? 

2. In what way did God change the Hebrew calendar year in 
regard to the Passover? 

April 30 - The Exodus Begins - Exodus 1 2:31 -51 . 

1 . Why did Pharaoh ask Moses and Aaron to bless him? 

2. Why could not an uncircumcised male eat the Passover? 


April 2 - Lord's Supper - Matt. 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-22. 

1 . Explain the Symbolism of the bread and the cup. 

2. Explain how we can avoid betraying Christ today. 
April 9 - The Ascension - Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11. 

1 . What was the basis of the disciple's great joy following the 

2. Name the promise that accompanied the ascension. 
April 16 - The Resurrection - John 20:1-31. 

1 . How can we know Christ arose from the grave? 

2. What is the purpose of God's written Word? 

April 23 - Holy Kiss - Matt. 26:42, Rom 16:16, I Cor. 16:20, II Cor. 13: 
11-14, I Pet. 5:14, I Thess. 5:26. 

1 . In what ways can a kiss, a symbol of love, be used wrongfully? 

2. What makes a kiss holy? 

April 30 - Charity - 1 Cor. 13, I Peter 4:1-10. 

1 . Why is love so important in the life of a believer? 

2. Name some of the evidences that show love is present in 
the life of a believer. 

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APRIL 1, 1995 

NO. 7 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 

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

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


Would you win a soul to God? 
Tell him of a Saviour's blood, 
Once for dying sinners spilt, 
To atone for all their guilt. 

Tell him how the streams did glide 
From his hands, his feet, his side; 
How his head with thorns was crown'd, 
And his heart in sorrow drown'd; 

How he yielded up his breath; 
How he agoniz'd in death; 
How he lives to intercede — 
Christ, our advocate and Head. 

Tell him of that liberty 
Wherewith Jesus makes us free; 
Sweetly speak of sins forgiv'n — 
Earnest of the joys of heav'n. 

-Wm. Hammond 



We are all familiar with, "The Old Rugged Cross". It is one of the 
best known songs of the Church. It expresses an appreciation for the 
work accomplished by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. It 
connects His suffering with the forgiveness of our sins and entrance 
into the family of God. 

Our minds are drawn by the song to the scenes of Good Friday. 
We see the howling mob urged on by the bigoted religious leaders 
crying for His crucifixion. We see Him scourged and mocked by the 
soldiers. We see Him before Pilate, willing to offer Himself, We see 
Pilate trying to wash his hands of the whole affair. We see the 
procession up the hill overlooking the city of Jerusalem. Jesus must 
carry the cross to which He will be nailed. We see Him hanging from 
the spikes driven through His wrists. His full body weight is borne by 
His arms. His feet are nailed to the cross so He can get no support 
from them to relieve His suffering. His physical suffering is awful, but 
His Spiritual suffering is worse. As He bears the sins of mankind 
upon His bruised body, He is separated from His Heavenly Father. 
He feels what every sinner must feel, when he departs this life without 
being at peace with God. Death and Hell could not hold Him, for that 
Sunday was a day of triumph as He arose from the grave and 
appeared to His closest associates. He was victorious, not only for 
Himself, but for all who would accept His substitutionary death as the 
cure for their sin. 

The one drawback to this song is the thought that separates the 
events of that Good Friday from our lives today. It may become only 
a historical scene. It becomes separated from our daily lives. We 


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must identify the historical Jesus with the Spiritual work He did for us. 
We may push Him back into history and forget that He is as real today 
as He was then. He is very much alive in Heaven preparing 
mansions for those who follow Him. We risk idolizing the historical 
Jesus and ignoring His present claims upon our lives. 

One opportunity we have to identify with the historical Jesus and 
also to make our lives relevant in today's world is through the 
Lovefeast service. Jesus gave this ordinance not only to 
commemorate His meeting with His Apostles in the Upper Room. He 
gave it as a reminder of what He accomplished for us on the cross. 
He gave it as a reminder of the service we might offer to others. The 
lessons of the Lovefeast have many facets and levels for each 

The service begins with self-examination. We look as no other 
person is ever able to look into the hidden recesses of our hearts. 
Only God can know better what is hidden there. It is a good time for 
confession to God and others. 

The first part of the formal Lovefeast service, the feetwashing, is a 
time of Spiritual preparation for the deeper things to come. The 
service provided to one another in the washing and wiping of feet, 
shows the humility of Christ. Not only did He humble Himself to wash 
feet, but He gave Himself totally for us. This service of cleansing 
speaks of the purity of those surrounding the table. Though none 
have lived perfectly, all can symbolize their forgiven cleanliness by 
the washed and wiped foot. 

The Supper, eaten of common bowls and of simple design, speaks 
of a fellowship meal. This meal looks back to that meal as a historical 
meal. It also looks forward to a future meal served at the wedding 
feast of the Lamb in Heaven. 

The common bond of love is emphasized in the holy kiss that is 
shared around the tables. The Brethren greet Brethren and the 
Sisters greet Sisters, so this purest of kisses will not be sullied by an 
unnecessary connection with the erotic kiss of this world. 

The communion of the bread and the cup emphasizes the high 
cost our salvation cost Jesus. His broken body and His spilled blood 
are brought to mind as we partake of these emblems. We are 
identified with what He has given and done for our soul's eternal 
good. We want to partake of these emblems in a worthy and reverent 

The Lovefeast gives us the best present day opportunity to identify 
with Jesus and what He did for us on the Hill Far Away. That Hill Far 
Away should not be just a historical event without any connection with 
our present life. It must be vital in our faith and in our practice. 




Webster defines, "EASTER" — as "an annual Christian Festival in 
the spring of the year celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ", 
and "RESURRECTION," — as "rising from the dead, coming to life 

After God created all things including man, He pronounced it good. 
In a relatively short time, because of sin, man fell from that good 
estate to the extent that it grieved God that He had made man. 
Genesis 6:6. 

Because of the abundance of God's love for humanity. He sent His 
only Son to bring the only plan of salvation whereby sinful man could 
be saved from their sins, by believing and obeying His teachings. 
That Son was Christ. He faithfully performed His duties. Many 
became His followers- 
While Christ had followers, there were also those who found fault 
and wanted to do away with Him. The Apostle Paul, the greatest 
missionary, who ever lived, except Jesus Christ, was confronted with 
much opposition to his ministry. So much so that he states in 
Romans 7:21, "I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is 
present with me." Christ's followers are confronted today by the same 
adversary of our souls. 

Christ was a benefactor to mankind both physically and spiritually. 
He was the Son of God, sent to earth to bring and pay for the great 
plan of salvation by His shed blood on Calvary's Hill. 

The more Christ did for His followers the more His enemies tried to 
discount His work on earth. The hatred grew so immense that He 
was arrested and falsely accused. 

Because He said He was the Son of God, who He was, He was 
accused of blasphemy. He was sentenced to be put to death. 

His accusers delivered Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor. He 
asked Jesus, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, 
"Thou sayest." 

Pilate had to make a tough decision. He had stated that he found 
no fault in Jesus. Therefore, Pilate left the outcome to the people. 
They had then a notable prisoner named Barabbas. Pilate said unto 
them, "Whom will ye that I release unto you, Barabbas or Jesus which 
is called Christ?" Pilate knew that because of envy, they had 
delivered Him. 

The multitude cried out to release Barabbas. "What then shall I do 
with Christ?" was Pilate's question. They answered, "Let Him be 
crucified." Pilate then scourged Jesus and delivered Him to be 


The soldiers of the governor took Jesus. They very shamefully 
mistreated Jesus in many humiliating ways. After they subjected Him 
to much ridicule, they led Him away to crucify Him. 

After the horrendous and horribleness of death by crucifixion, 
Jesus, in His last struggle of life, yielded up the ghost. 

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses and the 
mother of Zebedee's children witnessed His death. 

A rich man, Joseph of Arimathea, begged Pilate for Jesus' body. 
Joseph prepared the body for burial and placed it in his own new 
tomb which he, himself, had hewn out in the rock. To seal the tomb 
he rolled a large stone over the mouth of the tomb. 

The Chief Priests and Pharisees, for fear Christ would come forth, 
as He had foretold, received authority from Pilate to seal the stone 
and place soldiers to watch that nobody would steal Christ's body. 
They thought that they could prevent His resurrection. 

As it began to dawn, (before daylight), some of the women who 
witnessed His crucifixion, made their way to the tomb. There was a 
great earthquake. As they approached the tomb, the angel of the 
Lord from Heaven, had rolled back the stone and was sitting upon it. 
He said to the women, "I know that ye seek Jesus... He is not here; 
for He is risen..." Matt. 28:5-6. 

All the guarding of the tomb was useless. Jesus who was dead, 
arose (was resurrected) to life as was witnessed by many who saw 
Him after He arose. 

We read in I Cor. 15:20, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, 
and become the firstfruits of them that slept." indicating that there will 
be resurrections following Christ's resurrection. 

In the future, and it may be nearer than we think, will be another 
resurrection. We read in Acts 24:15b, "that there shall be a 
resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust." 

John 5:28-29, Jesus speaking, "Marvel not at this: for the hour is 
coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice. 
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection 
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of 

All that are in their graves shall come forth, either to the 
Resurrection of Eternal Life or eternal punishment. Those who are 
living at that time will be judged on the same basis. WHERE DO 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 



A dear sister in her mid-eighties approached me and asked, "Why 
did my son die? He was such an obedient and respectful boy and 
Ephesians 6 says that such a person would live long. What does it 
mean, I don't understand?" My heart went out to her as I considered 
the burden she had been carrying for such a long time. She, in her 
mid eighties, had lost her son in a tragic accident when he was 
seventeen. A long time to wonder, "If this scripture can not be 
counted on, what else will let me down!" 

At first appearance it would seem evident that the meaning of this 
passage is the promise of a long life to each person who would honor 
and obey their parents. Our faith can be challenged as we analyze 
life experience in light of this interpretation, as we observe the death 
of youth who by all appearances were of excellent character, while 
the openly rebellious and disobedient seem to thrive. Does this God 
whom we desire to know become more unknowable and distant? Do 
we simply say (as an escape) that His ways are higher than ours and 
past finding out? Or perhaps we conclude that this young person was 
inwardly indifferent despite the outward evidence and our all knowing 
God dwelt with him accordingly? It is our desire that those who have 
struggled and agonized over these questions would find rest and that 
the rest of us would be challenged to obedience by seeing this picture 
in a larger frame. 

From the beginning God created man in His image, mate and 
female, together forming the first and most important institution, the 
family. Sin entered the perfect scene and Satan has been warring 
against the family ever since. He disrupts the communication and 
fellowship between Creator and created. He diverts the steps of the 
created away from the Creator's plan. He is intent on destroying the 
structure that God chose as the primary source of reflecting His 
image. God's communication about Abraham reveals vital 
information about the family structure. 

Gen. 18:19, "For I know him, that he will command his children and 
his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to 
do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that 
which he hath spoken of him." God had spoken future, long range 
promises, blessings, plans and protection for His people, and the 
conditions He established were dependent upon His ways being 
passed from one generation to another. From fathers to sons, 
mothers to daughters. A transfer of values, experiences, convictions 
and instructions for a solid foundational base for the strength, the 
faith, and the safety of future generations. That the God of Abraham 


would be the God of Isaac, and of Jacob, and of Israel, and so forth 
and that His values would be their values. Wisdom is learning from 
past experience, so mistakes are not repeated and proper actions 

We find the first source of the Ephesians passage in Exodus 20:12, 
when God presented the Ten Commandments to His chosen people, 
Israel. A parallel thought is in Deut. 6, where God reveals His plan for 
the primary source of education being the home, with the parents as 
instructors. This is to prepare the next generation for victorious living, 
giving to them the purpose and the meaning for living and believing 
as they do (v. 20-25). For the passing of information effectively, lines 
of communication need to be maintained, relationships nurtured, and 
parameters established. Parents are instructed to see children as 
God intended, a gift from Him, to be stewards of, to develop them into 
weapons of warfare against Satan's kingdom (see Psa. 127). 
Children are commanded to honor (to place in high value upon) their 
parents and to obey them (the development of attitudinal and 
behavioral patterns). This command was so crucial to God's plan that 
failure to obey had tremendous consequence (see Deut. 21:18-21). 
The resultant blessing coinciding with obedience to the command is 
found in the Exodus reference and is often repeated. Let's take a 
look at some of them. Ex. 20:12, "Honour thy father and thy mother: 
LORD THY GOD GIVETH THEE." Deut. 5:16, "Honour thy father and 
thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; THAT THY 
DAYS MAY BE PROLONGED, and that it may go well with thee, IN 
5:33, "Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath 
commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, 
SHALL POSSESS." Deut. 11:8-9, "Therefore shall ye keep all the 
commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be 
strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it; 
LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a 
land that floweth with milk and honey." Deut. 11:21, "THAT YOUR 
CHILDREN, IN THE LAND which the Lord sware unto your fathers to 
give them,..." 

As we consider the setting of these commands and promises, we 
see them addressed CORPORATELY to the nation Israel rather than 
to individuals. We see also the substance of the promise, a principle 
to maintain the standards He had established for their moral, 


financial, and spiritual integrity. The failure to do so would weaken 
the very fiber of their existence and would result in losing their 
leadership and rule in the land God had given them to dwell in. Their 
enemies would come in and overthrow them. They would be 
displaced, and exiled into lands not their own: THEIR DAYS WOULD 
The following references reveal clearly this principle; Deut. 4:25-26, 
"When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall 
have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and 
make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in 
the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven 
and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly 
perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; 
be destroyed." We can repeatedly observe Israel's rise and fall from 
spiritual and moral integrity and stability, to degeneracy and failure. 
Children esteeming and valuing their parents instruction was God's 
way of family strength and integrity being passed from one generation 
to the next, insuring community and national strength and stability. 
The failure of this would mean deterioration on a community level, 
then national, and again its people would find themselves overthrown, 
defeated from within before being conquered from without. 

A noted and respected advocate of the family was asked if he 
could pinpoint the one key element in the breakdown of society. As 
he discussed the complexity of the answer, he isolated disrespect as 
the common thread present in every level of society and the direct 
correlation between disrespect and immorality. 

Harvard sociologist, Zimmerman, in his book 'The Family and 
Civilization" (1947) reports that every powerful civilization — Assyrian, 
Babylonian, Sumerian, Greek, Roman, and Western, began with the 
male and female relationships resembling the "Marriage that God 
created". But every civilization declined, and the decline can be 
carefully charted by looking at the downfall of each family system in 
each culture. Under "Symptoms of an Atomistic Age" (he lists 8) he 
mentions: (1) There is an increased public disrespect for parents, 
parenthood, and authority in general, so that parenthood becomes 
harder for those who still try to rear children. (2) There is an increase 
in juvenile delinquency, promiscuity and rebellion. 

Our nation today is an existing example of a once blessed nation, 
moving successfully through time by men perpetuating biblical 
morality, ethics, and financial values, to a people who in a relatively 
short period in time of postwar laxity, spawned a generation of youth 
pulling loose from their moorings, who thumbed their noses at 


authority of any kind and anything that smelled of traditional mores, 
sowing a crop of wild oats that today is maturing into moral and ethical 
relativism. It appears evident that current and future events which will 
be tomorrow's history will again prove the perfectness of God's 
omniscient wisdom with this time resistant principle standing as a 
testimony to ignorance. When people ignore their history, they are 
bound to repeat it. A people who honour their parents and learn from 
their wisdom will remain long in the land that God has given to them. 
Mai. 4:6, "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and 
the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the 
earth with a curse." 

Ephesians 6:1-3 does not stand alone, separated by chapter 
delineations, but is a continuation of instruction which begins on a 
personal individual level, moves to the husband/wife relational 
responsibilities and attitudes, then progresses in proper order to the 

We see respect as the fiber that holds the fabric of society together, 
but what is it? How can we define it? What does it mean to honor? 
Someone has well defined it as follows: HONOR: a DECISION we 
make to place high value, worth and importance on another person by 
viewing him or her as a priceless gift, and granting that person a 
position in our lives worthy of great respect. LOVE involves putting 
that decision into action. NOTE: The lower the value we attach to a 
person, the easier we can "justify" dishonoring them with expression 
of voice and inappropriate words and actions. 

WHY HONOR AND OBEY? "for it is right!" Parents stand in the 
place of God for a time in our lives and we get His will for our lives 
through them; therefore rebellion against parents is rebellion against 
God. NOTE: The DECISION to honor and obey is not dependent on 
worthiness. (1) God's command was not conditional. (2) The highest 
form of love is to bestow honor on one who does not deserve it. 

HOW DO I HONOR MY PARENTS? (1) Listening carefully to their 
counsel. (Prov. 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, 5:1, 10:1, 13:1). (2) Acting wisely. 
(Prov. 27:11). (3) Living so I have a clear conscience, and they hear 
good reports of me. (Prov. 15:30). (4) Being committed to sexual and 
moral purity. (Prov. 5:1-11). 

By searching out the foundational scriptures for the Ephesians 6 
promise we can view the intent of the writer. We see that the meaning 
is far greater than the extended years of individuals but rather the 
future of families, of churches, of communities, of nations, depends on 
the obedience to this "command of promise", and still, the 
responsibility rests with each of us, individually! 

Brother Jason L. Reed 



"Do we have miracles today?" 

The standard belief of the scientific establishment in our day is that 
miracles are impossible and that genuine miracles have never 
occurred, either in Biblical days or in our day. It is the claim of many 
that supposed miracles can always be explained in terms of natural 
laws in some way. The witnesses, under the excitement of the 
moment, may have been mistaken in what they claimed to have seen. 
With the advance in scientific knowledge, more and more 
phenomena, once thought to be supernatural, are found to have a 
total natural explanation. Every natural process is known to vary 
statistically about some typical method and rate of operation and thus 
a supposed miracle may really be only a rare variation in the 
particular process. These "scientific reasons" discredit God and 
miracles that occur today and those that occurred in Bible times. 

I agree that God might use some of these means to create 
miracles because His laws are very reliable. On the other hand, since 
God established the laws. He is also able to change them at His will. 
To say that miracles are impossible is actually to deny that God 
exists. The question, then, is not whether miracles CAN happen, but 
whether they DO happen. This depends upon whether God has 
adequate reason for superseding His ordinary laws or not and 
whether there is evidence of such. 

There might well be two kinds of miracles. The first type is what 
we can call a "miracle of creation." This involves actual creative 
activity on the part of God Himself. We know scientifically that there 
are just two basic laws controlling all natural phenomena, the Laws of 
Energy Conservation and the Law of Energy Degradation. Thus, if a 
particular event involves a new act of creation, of matter or energy or 
order, then it is a genuine miracle that only the power of God Himself 
could accomplish since He alone is the Creator. These miracles are 
somewhat rare. The signs recorded in the Gospel of John would be 
examples. Turning the water into wine, feeding the five thousand and 
the raising of Lazarus from the dead were creative miracles... done 
that people might believe in Jesus. 

One special miracle of creation is actually very common, even 
today. That is the miracle of regeneration.. .when a person is "born 
again." This is true miracle in the fullest sense of the word. 

The second type of miracle is the miracle of providence. This does 
not involve a divine intervention in the two basic laws, but is a special 
ordering of the manner or time of occurrence of a particular process. 
Such a miracle was shown in the Phillippian earthquake in Acts 16 


and the three and a half years drought in Elijah's time. God often uses 
His angels to accomplish miracles of this kind. 

Providential miracles still occur today. Every true Christian knows 
this from personal experience. God works in unlikely and remarkable 
ways. Answers to prayer the providential ordering of curcumstances 
and all other parts of this miracle will always be in conformity with 
Biblical revelation and will honor the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Do miracles as we read about in the Bible still occur today? You 
can bet your life on it. God's arm is not shortened. We can expect 
miracles. We should praise Him for the awesomeness of them. 

Brother Len Wertz 


James 2:5-7, "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God 
chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom 
which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised 
the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the 
judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the 
which ye are called." 

Revelation 5:11-12, "And 1 beheld, and I heard the voice of many 
angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the 
number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands 
of thousands; Saying with a loud voice. Worthy is the Lamb that was 
slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and 
honour, and glory, and blessing." 

It would seem a large portion of the earthly church has its priorities 
mixed up. Many are rich in this world's goods, compared to the 
standard of living of many in the world. It is seemingly poor in faith. 
Many are reluctant to give to the needy or to the work of the church 
unless their own financial situation represents a surplus. 

The words of James are as true today as they were in the day in 
which they were written. "But ye have despised the poor." All too 
often we look down our noses at those who struggle to make ends 
meet through no fault of their own. 

James goes beyond our love of money and lack of love for our 
fellow man. He asks the question, "Do not they blaspheme that 
worthy name by which ye are called?" All too many in the earthly 
church give their time and money to those who blaspheme that 
worthy name by the which we are called. 

Are we truly willing to join in with the angels, the beasts and the 
elders and proclaim that "Worthy is the lamb that was slain"? Do we 


really realize how precious the blood that was shed for you and me 
really is? 

Because Jesus Christ was willing to die on Calvary's cross He is 
worthy to receive power. In Matthew 28:18 we read, "And Jesus came 
and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and 
in earth." Does the fear of the power of men keep us from standing firm 
on the Word of God? Do we forget that Jesus Christ has more power 
than the powers that be on earth? 

The Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of all riches. When He walked the 
earth He could have been numbered among the wealthy and famous. 
Yet He chose to identify Himself with the poor and homeless. Are our 
desires for the riches of this world or for eternal blessings? 

Jesus Christ is worthy of all wisdom. It was once asked if God 
understands modern computers. Do we stop to realize that all wisdom 
came from God and that Jesus Christ was the co-creator of all things? 
Are we wise in the things of this world and foolish in not seeking the 
wisdom of Holy Scripture? 

Jesus Christ is worthy of all strength. Jesus Christ was not the 
feminine looking individual pictured in many famous paintings. We 
believe he was a man among all men. Yet He chose to take the way of 
nonresistance and give it as an example to His followers. 

Jesus Christ is worthy of all honour. We worship Him because He is 
God the Son. But it should go beyond even this. We should never give 
honour to another by word or deed over and beyond the honour we 
give our Lord. Do our words and actions give Him the honour He 

Jesus Christ is worthy of all glory. He is not willing to share His glory 
with anyone save the Father and the Holy Spirit. Yet we set up persons 
and things and make them idols that share in the glory due to our Lord 
and Master. 

Jesus Christ is worthy of all blessing. We desire and receive the 
blessings of God, but how do we bless Him? We believe He is blessed 
when His children live a life of obedience. 

Yes, worthy is the Lamb. Have you received forgiveness through 
His shed blood? Does your life say WORTHY IS THE LAMB? Let us 
be careful that we do not blaspheme that worthy name by the which we 
are called or give of our time and earnings to those who do. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



April 1, 1935 


J. R Britton 

"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: 
and the grace of God was upon him. And Jesus increased in wisdom 
and stature, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:40, 52.) Thus 
we see that Jesus grew and developed into the various 
characteristics that are indispensable and essential to a full mature 
spiritual character. 

And at the age of twelve years, Jesus manifested considerable 
growth; when His parents found Him in the "temple, sitting in the 
midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 
And all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and 
answers." (Luke 2:46-47.) 

Growth is a foreordained arrangement of the Creator; not only in 
human life, but also in the animal and vegetable kingdoms; as 
manifested in (Mark 4:28), Tor the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; 
first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in ear." 

We also find the same fact is true in spiritual life. "As new born 
babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." 
(I Peter 2:2.) And again Peter says, "Grow in grace, and in the 
knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (II Peter 3:18.) 

These scriptures denote growth in the spiritual life. Therefore 
Peter could well say, "He that lacketh these things is blind, and 
cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his 
old sins." (II Peter 1:9.) 

We are made to believe these early Christians had made little or no 
advancement in the spiritual life. Hence Paul says, "For when for the 
time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again 
which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become 
such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." (Heb. 5:12.) And 
as Paul earnestly desires spiritual growth, he urged the Elders, 
saying, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over 
the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the 
church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood." (Acts 

And so it is plain and logical, that spiritual maturity is not 
spasmodic nor instantaneous, but ordained only through growth, 
"Unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of 
Christ." (Eph. 4:13.) 

Now then, it stands to reason that spiritual growth must be matured 
and fostered by proper teaching as prescribed by the "Great 


Teacher," and the Apostles. Therefore, old Father Paul admonished 
Timothy to "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in 
them: for in doing thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear 
thee." (I Tim. 4:16.) For "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, 
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction 
in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly 
furnished unto all good works." (II Tim. 3:16-17.) 

So again we see that a full degree of spiritual development is only 
attained through growth. 

Jesus grew and developed in all of the various graces, virtues and 
requisites of His Father's will; which enabled Him to say with 
authority, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto 
the Father, but by Me." (Jno. 14:6.) Well might that old veteran of the 
"cross" exclaim, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is 
none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must 
be saved." (Acts 4:12.) 

Thus we see that only through the vicarious atonement of Jesus 
Christ; can we enter into that "City that lies fore square," the home of 
the redeemed. As Jesus declared, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the 
Life," there is no other way whereby we may be saved. 

Jesus grew in wisdom and grace until He became the greatest 
Teacher and benefactor the world has ever known; He not only taught 
the people: He showed them how to live a perfect life. And when the 
time came that He should be installed into His Divine appointed office, 
and invested with all authority, "Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan 
unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade Him, saying, I 
have need to be baptized of thee, and comest Thou to me? And 
Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it 
becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him. And 
Jesus when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: 
and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of 
God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: and lo a voice 
from heaven, saying, this is My beloved Son in whom I am well 
pleased." (Matt. 3:13-17.) 

Thus we see the "Great Teacher" showing us the way, "His way." 
No wonder Paul says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: 
for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to 
the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Rom. 1:16.) 

And again the apostle Paul cries out emphatically, "Though we, or 
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that 
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Gal. 1:18.) 
Therefore, why should anyone cavil and dispute the words of Him, 
who spake as never man spake. 



All business for 1995 General Conference needs to be in my hands 
by April 20, 1995. Thank you. 

Writing Clerk of General Conference 
Brother Gene Kauffman 
313 Park Ave. 
Broadway, VA 22815 


The West Fulton Congregation has decided to change the set date 
for their Spring Lovefeast to the Fourth Saturday of April. 

This year our Lovefeast will be held April 22. There will be sen/ices 
on Sunday, April 23 also. 

All are welcome. Please come. 

Sister Diane Heisey, Cor. 

The Lord willing, the Grandview Congregation will have their Spring 
Lovefeast, April 29 to April 30, 1995. Weekend sen/ices will begin, 
Saturday at 1 1 :00 A.M., with Lovefeast that evening at 6:00 P.M. 
We invite all who can to come and worship with us. 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 


While it is impossible for me to answer each card and letter 
received over my 91st birthday, I will use this way to acknowledge 
their receipt. 

I, personally thank each and every one for their cards, letters, 
prayers, words of comfort and encouragement and gifts. 

It has been a great blessing to me over the years to learn and to 
love so many members of our beloved Church. 

It is my prayer that God will richly bless you, for your kindness and 
thoughtfulness of me, and at the end of this life, reward us all with a 
Home in Heaven where there will be no more sorrow, sickness or 

Your Brother in Christ, 
Brother Paul R. Myers 





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APRIL 15, 1995 

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 aim to be nnore sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Dare to think, though others frown; 

Dare in words your thoughts express; 
Dare to rise, though oft cast down; 

Dare the wronged and scorned to bless. 

Dare from custom to deparl; 

Dare the priceless pearl possess; 
Dare to wear it next your heart; 

Dare, when others curse, to bless. 

Dare forsake what you deem wrong; 

Dare to walk in wisdom's way; 
Dare to give where gifts belong, 

Dare God's precepts to obey. 

Dare what conscience says is right, 
Do what reason says is best, 

Do with all your mind and might; 
Do your duty and be blest. 



There are two instruments which are similar in name and related in 
work. Both deal with the temperature of the air that surrounds us. 
Both are made with precision. Both are relied upon by all of us. 
These two instruments are the thermometer and the thermostat. 

Although they have similar names, their purpose is different. As 
the name implies, the thermometer measures the amount of heat in 
the surrounding air. We often look at the thermometer to see how hot 
or cold it is, so we may dress accordingly. We use a thermometer to 
know how hot or cold the inside of our houses are. We also measure 
the heat or coldness of liquids and foods that we eat and drink. It is a 
very useful instrument. 

The thermostat is a more complicated instrument. It depends upon 
the thermometer to discern the heat or coldness around it. When it 
has received this information, its mechanical parts operate in 
conjunction with a heater or cooler to supply air that is the proper 
temperature. It is set to deliver the precise temperature of air that is 

The thermometer reacts to the conditions around it. It only gives a 
reading of the temperature of the surrounding air. Although we blame 
the thermometer for it being too hot or too cold, the thermometer does 
not affect the temperature of the air, it only records it. The thermostat 
causes a change to happen. When it senses the air is cooler than what 
we desire, it causes the heater to come on and begin to heat the air to 
our desired temperature. It also can cool air that is hotter than what we 
desire, when it senses the air is too warm. The thermostat when 
properly adjusted will allow us to enjoy comfortable air around us. 


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There are many Christians who are like the thermometer. They 
react to the surrounding scene. If they are at Church, they are very 
devout and pious. If they are at work or in some other worldly 
gathering, they reflect the values and behavior of that gathering. 
They fit in wherever they are. They have no godly influence upon 
their surroundings. 

Christians who are like thermostats do influence their surroundings. 
In fact they are not found in surroundings that are unacceptable in the 
first place. Just as thermostats change the surrounding air, so 
thermostat Christians change the group they are with. Their influence 
and good behavior is not only evident on Sunday, but every day in 
every place. 

The thermometer and the thermostat illustrate one of the age-old 
problems of the Church. There have always been members of the 
Church who have been like thermometers. They are only indicators 
of what is going on around them. If it were not for Corinthian 
Christians, who lived as thermometers, Paul would not have written 
the two letters of correction that he did. They had continued to live 
their lives as they had formerly. There was division and distrust 
between the members. Despite the great price paid for the souls of 
men by Christ, those so bought, have often lived lives not in harmony 
with the will of their Savior. 

The thermostat is able to produce conditions that are different from 
what they have been. All of its mechanical devices are designed to 
produce the desired changes. Christians, who act as thermostats, 
influence their enviroment. They not only affect the atmosphere by 
leaving the air unpolluted by bad habits. They also influence people 
to be their best. They cause other Christians to be better Christians. 
They also are able to influence non-Christians to consider their 
eternal destiny and God's provision to improve it. They bring to any 
gathering, a joy and peace that is contagious. They improve their 

The thermostat has a postive influence on its surroundings. If it 
does not, it is broken. When it is broken, it needs to be fixed. There 
are many Christians who have become broken thermostats. They 
may function fine as thermometers, but they are unable to change 
their environment. When they are not functioning as effective 
thermostats, they need Spiritual repair. 

This repair is readily available. Through prayer, praise, confession, 
and obedience, the broken Christian can be made to function again. 
It is God's will for His children to function willingly and effectively in 
the world around them. Through His Holy Spirit, direction is available. 
The thermometer can be transformed into a thermostat. The 
thermometer needs the extra working parts of the thermostat to be 


effective. Those parts are available to all Christians who will avail 
themselves of them. 

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? 



I Peter 1:3-5, 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again 
unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not 
away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God 
through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 

We have much for which to praise our Great God. Only God the 
Father, along with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, is worthy of 
being called Blessed, which is a form of praise. 

We praise Him for His abundant mercy. We deserve the wrath of 
God but He provides us with His mercy if we meet His conditions. 

It is through this abundant mercy that He hath begotten us again 
unto a lively hope. This hope (assurance) of life eternal was lost 
through the adamic sin. But it was given anew through the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Hallelujah! The shed 
blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary bought our salvation. 
Yet, as the Apostle Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 15:17, "And if 
Christ be not raised, your faith is vain: ye are yet in your sins." 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ provides us with an inheritance. 
We understand this inheritance to be the gift of eternal life. This 
inheritance is incorruptible. One meaning of this is "not accessible to 
bribery." You can not buy your way into Heaven or get there through 
human works. Another meaning of this word is "not subject to decay 
or spoilage." An individual may have a large inheritance coming to 
them on earth that can be lost by poor management or an economic 
failure, but not so our inheritance in Heaven. 

This inheritance is undefiled. "Defile," means "to make foul or dirty; 
pollute." Therefore our inheritance which is undefiled is pure in every 
sense of the word. 

We have an inheritance which fadeth not away. No matter how 
large an earthly inheritance may be it can be squandered away 
through riotous spending. This is not true of our heavenly inheritance. 

This inheritance is reserved in heaven for you (who are in the faith) 
and for me. We do not have to worry about the inheritance being lost 
or not being available to us. 

This inheritance is for those who have been kept by the power of 


God. There is no way that we can keep ourselves free from falling 
into sin. It takes the mercy of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to 
live a victorious life. 

If all of this is true, and it is, because the Word of God says it is so. 
Are the Galvinists correct in their teaching of unconditional eternal 
security? Is it true that man has no part in his salvation? 

Peter says we are kept BY the power of God THROUGH FAITH 
UNTO SALVATION. The Apostle Paul puts it this way in Colossians 
1:21-23, "And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in 
your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of 
his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and 
unreproveable in his sight: IF YE CONTINUE IN THE FAITH 
grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the 

If we continue in the faith, we are ready to be revealed in the last 
time. God will accept us as sons (and daughters) of himself adopted 
through his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to receive our 
heavenly inheritance. 

We have a heavenly inheritance reserved in the heavens but the 
blessings begin right now. As song writer A. H. Ackley expresses it: 
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; 
I know that He is living, whatever men may say; 
I see His hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer. 
And just the time I need Him, He's always near. 
He lives. He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! 
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way. 
He live$. He lives, salvation to impart! 
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart." 
Do you have the resurrected Savior within your heart today? If so, 
you have a heavenly inheritance waiting for you. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


In 1926, when the Dunkard Brethren came to be, there was no 
such thing as television. But there was theater and movies, and 
these things were preached against then, just as they are now. 
Psalms 101:3 says, '1 will set no wicked thing before mine eyes." 
Many say they can control it, but who is controlling it when your back 
is turned? Today we are seeing an amazing thing. Many, raised in 
Christian homes that never had a television, are suddenly buying 
them. Many who were raised with a television, and know its dangers, 


are getting rid of theirs and speaking out vehemently against them. 
With theater and movies there always was a certain amount of 
judgment involved before the tickets were bought. Yet, even with 
judgment considered, theater and movies were still soundly 
condemned by the body of Christ. Some say, ''We will only watch 
good programming." There is still judgment involved, but fewer are 
speaking out against it, even though there is essentially no difference 
between theater and television. 

Even if television had some value it would still be taking people 
away from the study of the Word, from talking to one another, and 
from spending meaningful time with one another. Take this message 
from one who grew up in front of the television and was hypnotized by 
it from age three. Television reminds me of the snake that hypnotizes 
the bird. The bird has the physical power to fly away at any time, but 
there is something about that snake that keeps the bird frozen in its 
tracks. It only takes a few minutes for the snake to fall upon the bird 
and devour it. The power that television has over people is shown by 
the average time one is watched per day per person — seven hours. 
Praise God that there are a few concerned Christians left who have 
seen the evil of television and have none in their home because they 
want something better for their children. They want to give honor and 
glory to God with their time and talent, and most of all, they do not 
want to be sitting stupefied in front of the "boob tube" when Jesus 
comes. Are we looking unto Jesus? 

I have seen the cross of Jesus: 

Gazed upon the crucified. 

And my heart is won forever. 

I am saved and satisfied. 

Earth's joys no longer charm me, 

And the world has lost its hold. 

But my heart will sing with gladness 

When the pearly gates unfold. 
If we read Romans 14 carefully we will see that we are not to do 
anything that will weaken a brother or cause him to stumble. The 
example is used of the social drink. Alcohol does not tempt me, but if 
another brother would see me taking a social drink and conclude that 
it is all right to do likewise, and is made drunken by it, would not 1 bear 
some responsibility? 1 might, as some claim, be able to control the 
television, but can I say the same for my children? If they invited the 
neighbors in when I was gone would they view the screen with the 
same wariness that I would? What about the weaker brother? 

When this writer was a teenager I was involved in a rock band. 
The loud music, the alcohol and the drugs were all a part of that 
scene. I do not, as a Christian, need to wallow in those things now. 


When I was young television was also young, and there was very little 
on it that was offensive. Today the contents are far worse. It is 
possible to see the worst forms of pornography on a cable channel, or 
simply by popping a video tape into the VCR. Our eyes are sensitive 
instruments, and damage can be done before we have the power to 
resist. The images on the screen, whether we judge them to be good 
or bad, have the power to hypnotize and to brainwash us. We often 
hear alcohol referred to as "spirits", because of the evil spirits it 
connotes. Alcohol is not the only thing that creates evil spirits. Just 
like the bird and the snake, we may not have the power to resist. 
Compare Joseph and Samson. When confronted with sin, Joseph 
ran away. He knew what it could do to him. Samson, on the other 
hand, laughed and toyed with sin, and lost his life. Are you convinced 
that these things are not good for you? 

Not but Christ can satisfy. 

None other name for me. 

There's love and life and lasting joy, 

Lord Jesus, found in thee. 
Before we close we must say a word about the message of 
television. Do not believe a word of it. They are lying to you. Most 
headaches do not go away thirty seconds after taking some pill. Most 
of the world's problems are not solved in a thirty or sixty minute 
segment. Most politicians cannot keep their promises. Pierced ears 
and noses are not pretty and it is not the end of the world if you are 
ten pounds overweight. But worst of all you will not hear the gospel 
over the television, and as a Christian you will not be edified by what 
you see. 

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


I will try to point out, without comment, what the Bible says 
concerning baptism. 

John's baptism, Matthew 3:1-17, (verse 11) 1 indeed baptize you 
with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier 
than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with 
the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" (verse 13-17) 'Then cometh Jesus 
from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John 
forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest 
thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so 
now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he 
suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway 


out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto hinn, and he 
saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 
And lo a voice fronn heaven , saying, This is my beloved Son, in 
whom I am well pleased." Mark 1:1-8, (verse 4) "John did baptize in 
the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the 
remission of sins." Luke 3:1-22. Was the baptism of John from 
heaven or of men? Matthew 21 :23-27, (verse 25-26) 'The baptism of 
John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned 
with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say 
unto us. Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of 
men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet." Mark 1 1 :27- 
33. Luke 20:1-8. Luke 7:24-30, (verses 29-30) "And all the people 
that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with 
the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the 
counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him." Acts 
10:34-38, (verse 37) "That word, I say, ye know, which was published 
throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism 
which John preached;" Acts 13:23-26, (verse 24) "When John had 
first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the 
people of Israel." Acts 18:24-28, (verses 25-26) "This man was 
instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he 
spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the 
baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: 
whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, 
and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly." Acts 19:1- 
6, (verses 4-6) "Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism 
of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on 
him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they 
heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And 
when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on 
them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied." 

Why do you baptize John? John 1:19-34, (verse 33) "And I knew 
him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto 
me. Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining 
on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost." 

The baptism of Jesus was recorded in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9- 
1 1 and Luke 3:21-22. We have already written of this in the record of 
John's baptisms. 

Jesus baptized His disciples, John 3:22-36 and 4:1-3, (verses 22- 
23) After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of 
Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. And John also 
was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water 
there: and they came, and were baptized." John 4:1-3, "When 
therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus 


made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself 
baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again 
into Galilee." 

Another kind of baptism, Matthew 20:20-23, (verses 22-23) '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 to be baptized with the 
baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 
And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be 
baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right 
hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them 
for whom it is prepared of my Father." Mark 10:35-40. Luke 12:49- 
53, (verse 50) "But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I 
straitened till it be accomplished!" 

The commands of Jesus, Matthew 28:16-20 (verse 19) "Go ye 
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Mark 16:14-20, (verse 
16) "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that 
believeth not shall be damned." 

Baptism in the early church, Acts 1:1-8, (verse 5) "For John truly 
baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not 
many days hence." Acts 2:37-42, (verse 38) "Then Peter said unto 
them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost." Acts 8:12-17, (verse 12) "But when they believed Philip 
preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of 
Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Acts 8:26- 
40, (verses 35-38) "Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the 
same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on 
their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, 
here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said. If 
thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest, And he answered and 
said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he 
commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into 
the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him." Acts 
9:17-19, (verse 18) "And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had 
been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was 
baptized." Acts 22:6-16, (verse 16) "And now why tarriest thou? arise, 
and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the 
Lord." Acts 10:44-48, (verses 47-48) "Can any man forbid water, that 
these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as 
well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of 
the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days." Acts 11:15-18. 
Acts 16:14-15, "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, 


of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart 
the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were 
spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she 
besought us, saying. If ye have judged nne to be faithful to the Lord, 
come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us." Acts 
16:25-34, (verse 33) "And he took them the same hour of the night, 
and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, 
straightway.' Acts 19:1-7, (verse 5) "When they heard this, they were 
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." 

What is said in the epistles concerning baptism? Romans 6:1-6, 
(verses 3-4) "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into 
Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried 
with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from 
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in 
the newness of life." I Corinthians 1:13-17, (verse 13) "Is Christ 
divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name 
of Paul?" I Corinthians 10:1-4, (verses 1-2) "Moreover, brethren, I 
would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were 
under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all 
baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;" I Corinthians 
12:12-13, (verse 13) "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one 
body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; 
and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." I Corinthians 15:29; 
Galatians 3:26-29, (verse 27) "For as many of you as have been 
baptized into Christ have put on Christ." Ephesians 4:3-6, (verse 5) 
"One Lord, one faith, one baptism." Colossians 2:9-14, (verse 12) 
"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him 
through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from 
the dead." I Peter 3:18-22, (verse 21) "The like figure whereunto 
even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth 
of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ:" 

Pray for us and for one another. 

Brother William Carpenter 



Jerusalem, the capitol of Palestine, is a very interesting, Biblical 
city. The name identifies as a "city of peace." 

History records its destruction many times. Probably no other city 
in Palestine has as much history as Jerusalem. 

The earliest known record of the city, when first called Salem dates 
back to approximately the year 2000 BC King David took the city in 


1049 BC. In 970 BC it was plundered by Shishara. In 884 BC the 
Philistines and Arabs overthrew the city. In 708 BC it was besieged 
by Nebuchadnezzar, who burned Jerusalem and Solomon's Temple. 

At this time many Jews were taken captive to Babylon. 

The city enjoyed peace and rebuilding until the year 70 AD when 
Titus captured the city and again destroyed the temple. 

Siege after siege laid the city waste. It was last captured by Saladin 
in the year 1187 AD. It was annexed to the Roman Empire in 1577. 
With slight interruptions it has so remained. 

Since as recently as 1949, when Israel became a state, there has 
been trouble there. This is a brief summary of the rise and fall of the 
"City of Peace!" 

Within the boundaries of the city are four distinct hills or mountains 
as the Bible refers to them. They are named Mt. Zion, Aora, Moriah 
and Bozetha. 

The city, when I visited it was walled, embracing approximately 210 
acres. The old Biblical Jerusalem is within the wall. The more modern 
city lies outside the wall. 

The greater percentage of its inhabitants are Jews. The next 
largest group are Mohammedans, who are called Moslems. 
Approximately, there were, in 1952, 28,000 professing Christianity. 

Much more history could be written about Jerusalem, but the most 
important significance of the city is the fact that it was the center of 
much of Christ's teachings and activities. 

A very important village, fifteen miles northeast of Hebron and five 
miles south of Jerusalem, is Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus. 

The city of Nazareth, north of Jerusalem, is where Jesus grew up. 
The Bible states that here is where He "Increased in wisdom and 
stature and in favor with God and man." 

East of Jerusalem flows the Jordan River in which Jesus was 
baptized by John. 

A short way east of Jerusalem is the city of Bethany. It lies on the 
slope of the Mount of Olives. The word "Bethany" means the Hourse 
of dates. The home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus was in Bethany. 
Jesus called at their home often. We read in John 11:5, "Now Jesus 
loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus." 

The Mount of Olives lies east of Jerusalem approximately one mile. 
The Garden of Gethsemane is located on the slopes of the Mount of 
Olives. The history and record of the Mount of Olives are nearly 
inseparable from the history and record of Jerusalem because of their 
proximity to each other. There are many other references in God's 
Word concerning the Mount of Olives and Jerusalem. 

I refer to one more. Jesus, in the presence of His disciples, 


ascended up into heaven from the Mount of Olives. Read Acts 1 :9-12. 

To be continued 
Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., N.W. 
Canton, OH 44618 


April 15, 1935 


Grant Mahan 

We find the words "prosper", "prosperity" and "prosperous" a 
number of times in the Bible. They are good words to think of, 
especially if we note what the Lord says about them, the conditions 
under which we can enjoy prosperity, be prosperous in what we try to 
do. If we would but allow the Bible directions there would be but little, 
if any, failure in our lives. There are certain things we must do if we 
are to attain to our goals as we go through life. There are numerous 
things we should like to gain. And there are rules which must be 
followed if we are to attain the goals. 

Our country, most of the world, has been under depression, and is 
not yet out. Why did they get in? We are told sometimes in the Bible 
that certain men should not prosper, and we are told that certain 
others shall prosper. What makes the difference? Simply that some 
took God's way in life and the others did not. It is quite clear. Of the 
righteous man it is said, "Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Of the 
others it is said, "The ungodly are not so:... Therefore the ungodly 
shall not stand in the judgment. .The way of the ungodly shall perish." 

In Deuteronomy the Jews were told: "Keep therefore the words of 
this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do." In 
Chronicles we have these words: "Then shalt thou prosper, if thou 
takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord 
charged Moses with concerning Israel." The New Testament rule is 
not different. The Lord Himself said when He gave the Great 
Commission: 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 always, even unto the end of the world." 

For the people of Israel the promises were mainly for this world; 
and yet there was a looking forward to the time of the coming of 
Christ. It took obedience to attain material success; will disobedience 
secure for us spiritual success? We know it will not; and yet we 
disobey. How many churches are there in which the "all things" are 


literally taught and literally obeyed? And yet it is only by obedience to 
this command that we have the promise of Christ's presence with us. 
And we know, or we should know, that without His presence we 
cannot succeed. 

The world, even the part of it which professes to follow the Lord 
Christ, know they are not obeying Christ. And yet they should know 
that failure to obey is one reason, the main one, why they have not 
prospered. The world got into trouble by disobeying the teaching of 
the Lord, and now it is seeking to get out without turning to Him. Will 
they succeed? And if they succeed will their success be worth much 
to them? A purely material civilization should not, would not, appeal 
to a Christian. The world has forgotten God in so many ways. One is 
almost afraid to think of the terrible things that may happen on the 
earth in the future, perhaps in the near future. Why do people fear? 
Isn't it because they know that the Lord is not with them, that they 
have disobeyed and turned from Him? 

When men think of prosperity, it is of material prosperity and not 
soul prosperity that they think, mostly. Success, for them, is money, 
property, the riches of this world, which they know they must soon 
leave behind them. And the churches, all of them, so far as I know, 
are being more or less influenced by the same thought — success in 
financial affairs. There are not a great many men who live as Christ 
did who are rich in the things of this world. How many can you count? 
Many of those who have taken the name of Christ seek to become 
rich in the wealth that perishes; and which, if it remains in the family, 
often is a curse rather than a blessing. I think we have all known 
families in which that was the case. Knowing this so often happens, 
why do parents try to pile up wealth for their children? I think we are 
not wise, not really Christian, when this is greatly desired by any of 

The Psalmist says of the Israelites when they desired things 
forbidden by the Lord, "He gave them their request; but sent leanness 
into their soul." What a price to pay for the things that perish! We 
want gain, and when we want it too much we forget that Godliness 
with contentment is great gain. There is no greater gain, none other 
so great, as Godliness. Why, then, do we strive so earnestly and 
faithfully for that which makes it impossible for us to live Godly in this 
present world? "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after 
righteousness; for they shall be filled." "He hath filled the hungry with 
good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away." For what did 
these hunger? Not material things, but spiritual. And in what were 
those rich who were sent empty away? Not in spiritual things. The 
Lord give us the hunger for righteousness; for then we shall be filled 
with the best things. 



Do you sometimes feel just a little sorry for yourself because of 
your circumstances as an older person. Possibly you are living by 
yourself now. Your wonderful partner has gone on to his or her 
eternal reward in heaven and sometimes you just "feel like traveling 
on" yourself. You have lost your zest for living and happiness seems 
to evade you. 

Happiness is a true spiritual quality. It is like love, peace, wisdom 
and all of the other divine ideas in the Mind of God. To get 
happiness, you have to be willing to receive it. To enjoy it, you have 
to take it. You have to claim it as belonging to you and use it and act 
as a center for spreading happiness to others with your smile and 
cheerful words of encouragement. The way younger Christians see 
you act will be a pattern for them in future years. 

You have to be willing to be happy, regardless of your present 
circumstances or conditions. You have to agree with the idea of 
happiness and say, "yes" to it, giving thanks for it as already 
belonging to you as a gift from the Heavenly Father and express it 
with your thoughts, words, feelings, actions and reactions. 

We often foolishly ask for what is impossible and we pray for things 
that we think will make us happy rather than praying for happiness 
itself. If we are honest with ourselves, we will find that for one reason 
or another we are not always willing to be happy. 

Have you decided happiness is no longer intended for you? I know 
you would not like to admit to this thought but many people seem to 
feel that God wants us to suffer and be sad. WRONG! You might 
even feel that you are in some way paying a price for some wrong 
things you have done in the past. You gain a long face and a 
wretched countenance. 

Then there are those individuals who are actually happy being 
unhappy! These are the ones who enjoy feeling bad. They feel 
virtuous in trials. They get satisfaction out of their self-pity and like to 
brood over their troubles, making martyrs of themselves. 

There is a way to gain happiness.. .lasting happiness. ..that nothing 
can take away from you. It is accepting happiness where you are 
right now and not constantly trying to pursue it outside your current 
situation or condition. Tell God,... "Lord, I am willing to be 
happy. me to truly experience this trait in my life. Open my eyes 
to see the beauty of life again. ..the green grass, the little breeze, the 
tall trees, the sound of children playing." Live, work and sleep 
happiness. Be willing to be happy and God will do the rest. 


Ask yourself, "Are you willing to be happy?" If you are not willing, 
God Himself will not make you happy in spite of yourself because He 
has given you the free will to choose for yourself. If you are willing, 
say so. Say it aloud,... "I am willing to be happy. ..I will declare the 
mercy of the Lord in my life and touch the lives of others for His sake 
and in His Name." 

No matter what your situation, you may be surprised how quickly a 
flood of new joy can sweep over you and soon something will happen 
in your life that will relieve your distress. 

Jesus came that our "Joy might be full." Happiness is a state of 
mind and it attracts other blessings. It is an intangible value that 
helps establish the spirit of the Lord in our life. 

Of course you must remember that God created you so He could 
express His own joy and happiness through you. To feel and 
experience that joy, you, first, must be willing to be happy. 

Claim happiness. ..affirm it, be willing to express it and share it. 

Brother Len Wertz 



The Waynesboro Congregation cordially extends an invitation to 
our Lovefeast services on May 7, 1995. Come and worship with us. 

We are happy to welcome Matthew Priest, husband of Sis. Beverly 
Priest, who was received into the Church on former baptism. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 


The Pine Ridge Congregation, Mississippi would like to thank all 
who have helped us with our building project since it began in 
November 1993. 

We are very grateful for the support of the members of the Dallas 
Center Congregation who so generously gave of themselves in 
February to help finish the work. 

During the four days they were here, they worked many long hours 
on the building. On Sunday they delivered messages both morning 
and afternoon. 

A special thanks to the sisters who sent food for nearly all of the 
meals, and most were already prepared. It was a wonderful help. 

God bless each of you. 

Sister Ruth Ann Wells, Cor. 


FOR MAY 1995 

May 7 - Remember This Day - Exodus 13:1-22. 

1 . Why did God claim the firstbom of man and beast? 

2. What do we, today, need to give the first of to the Lord? 

May 14 - MOTHER'S DAY - Proverbs 31 :1 0-31 . 

1 . What hours does the virtuous woman labor? 

2. Who does the virtuous woman help beyond her household? 

May 21 - Crossing The Red Sea - Exodus 14:1-31 . 

1 . Salvation was then, and still is, of whom? 

2. What was God's purpose in drowning the Egyptians? 

May 28 - Song of Deliverance - Exodus 15:1-27. 

1 . Name some reasons why God may have made the 
Israelites first experience with wilderness water a bitter one. 

2. List the conditions required for God's people to be disease free. 

FOR MAY 1995 

May 7 - Profanity - Ex. 20:7, Matt. 5:33-37, James 3:9-12, 5:12. 

1 . What does it mean to take the name of the Lord God in vain? 

2. In God's design, what is the purpose of our mouth and tongue? 

May 14 - MOTHER'S DAY - I Samuel 1:9-28. 

1 . What was Hannah's "affliction", as she called it? 

2. How should we be "lent" to the Lord today? 

May 21 - Patience - Ecc. 7:8-1 0, Luke 21:19, Heb. 1 0:35-39, 
James 1 :2-4, James 5:7-1 1 

1 . Explain the connection between faith and patience. 

2. How long must our patience last? 

May 28- Humility -Micah 6:8, Luke 14:7-11, Rom 12:3, James 4:8-10, 
I Peter 5:3-9. 

1 . If we humble ourselves, what has God promised to do for us? 

2. How is humility related to submission? 

(USPS 054-780) 



MAYI, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


What does Jesus want of nne? 

O, how can i repay 
All that He has done for me, 

When skies are bright or gray? 

Could it be that He may want 

My thanks and also praise? 

For He shed His precious blood 
That I might live always. 

When I draw away from Him 

And stop looking up above, 

Still, He keeps on blessing me 

Showing His wondrous love. 

Alas, in meekness, I now pray 

For forgiveness once more, 

And promise to live closer. 

Striving for that other shore. 
-Irene Stout 



We all tend to collect. Some people amass great collections of 
trivial items. While some collect antique automobiles, others will 
collect old labels or small insignificant items, no longer made or used. 
It is amazing what some people decide to accumulate. Some 
people's accumulations are just accumulations. Others will organize 
and label their collections so others can enjoy them. 

People who pay a high price in time, effort and money to amass 
their collections, often find that others are not as interested as they 
are. A collector's children may not be interested enough in their 
parents' collection to preserve it after their demise. If a collection is 
not worth a great deal of ready money or of immediate use, it may be 
dismantled or destroyed. Although a lot of effort went into gathering 
these collections, eventually most will be scattered. 

A farmer gathers seed so he can plant his crop. The parable of the 
sower tells of the man broadcasting his seed upon various types of 
ground. His first concern was to gather good seed that would 
germinate and produce an abundant harvest. His next concern was 
to distribute it the best he could. Even with diligent care, some of the 
seed was wasted on unproductive ground. The good seed that did 
fall on good ground produced crops that multiplied the original seed. 
He never would have reaped such an abundant crop if he had just 
gathered his seed and kept it. The harvest came after he had 
scattered the seed, although some did fall on the wayside, the hard 
ground and the weed patch. 

The work of the Church, like the sower's, is to share the Gospel 
seed. The Word of God awaits being scattered. The Church 
possesses the truth, but that truth will do others no good if it is not 


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shared. The Church can not withdraw itself totally from the affairs of 
men, but must influence men. It is not through social programs or 
political action that men will be changed. It is through the saving 
Gospel. Men make changes after they have been changed. These 
programs only affect their social, political, and financial situations. A 
man's true worth depends on his relationship with God. That 
relationship must be according to God's will. God's will can only be 
known when the Gospel Is broadcast to all manner of mankind 
throughout the world. 

The spreading of the Gospel is accomplished by Christians living 
the Gospel before others. Christian living is more effective than all 
the resolutions and minutes passed by Church bodies. People relate 
more to other people than they do to the printed, or even the spoken, 

Congregations gather together over a period of time. People come 
together through conversion, identification and moving. It is good 
when a congregation can attain a size that will permit the 
congregation to be fully functional. The fellowship and the teaching of 
a strong body of believers is enjoyable. AH enjoy the benefits of a 
large group of sharing Brethren and Sisters. The Church becomes 
not only the Spiritual home but also the social home of the members, 
so they have little need of the surrounding world. 

Although this gathering is enjoyable, it can become a snare. 
Christians are gathered to be scattered. Congregations need enough 
members to be active, working groups. That Ideal number varies 
from congregation to congregation, depending on the makeup of each 
congregation. When a congregation grows beyond that ideal number 
there is less opportunity for the members to enjoy the fellowship that 
they need. There will develop a gap between the leaders and the 
followers. When this happens, the Church becomes more 
institutionalized and less personalized. 

Congregations are gathered to be scattered. Their scattering 
should not be through division or distrust. Scattering is to be a 
method of spreading the Gospel. By dividing congregations and 
sending members out to weaker congregations or to the mission field, 
the Gospel can be spread to other areas and other people. 
Supercongregations of hundreds and thousands of members lose 
their identification with each other and lose sight of their goals. It is 
better to have a number of smaller congregations than one huge, 
impersonal congregation. It is still a good strategy to divide and 

Is your congregation gathering? Is it gathering so it can be 
scattered in service? Or is it being gathered to become an institution 
that has lost its purpose? 

Gathering is necessary. Scattering is needed, too! 




John 1:12-13, "But as many as received him, to them gave he 
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his 
name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor 
of the will of man, but of God." 

The debate has continued through the years to our present time. 
Does man, with an action of his will, receive Jesus Christ or does God 
bestow salvation on mankind according to predestined election? 

Our study scripture says, "But as many as received him." This 
seems to imply that there was a possibility to reject the Lord Jesus 
Christ. We believe there comes a time in every individual's life when 
the Holy Spirit speaks to their heart of the need of a Savior. At this 
point in time, with their free will, they must accept or reject the calling 
of God. 

"To them gave he power to become the sons of God." It is true that 
God gives us the power to become sons (or daughters) of God. This 
does not negate the scriptural teaching of free will. 

"Even to them that believe on his name." Contrary to modern 
popular thought, you can not come to the Lord Jesus Christ through 
Mohammed, Buddha or some other false messiah. We must 
remember that those who believe on His name are those who receive 
Him. In other words, those who believe whom Jesus Christ really is. 
That He is the virgin born Son of God. That He is God the Son, the 
second person of the Trinity. That He is our resurrected Lord. 

"Which were born." All individuals had a natural birth. Those who 
are sons of God have a supernatural birth. It has been well said, 
"Only born once, die twice; born twice, only die once." But like most 
sayings of men this one has a flaw. You can die spiritually after the 
second birth. 

"Not of blood." Your ethnic origin has nothing to do with your 
salvation. The various blood types are found in all races of mankind. 
No matter the color of your skin or the language you speak as your 
mother tongue, you share one thing in common with all mankind, a 
sinful, nature. All of mankind suffers under the curse of adamic sin. 
You may have "royal blood" flowing through your veins or you may be 
able to trace your ancestry back to an important elected government 
official. In the eyes of God you are no more important than the lowest 

"nor of the will of the flesh." There is no inner spark that we can 
fan to more brightness. Nor do we grow into salvation by doing good 
works. Modern man has changed the words of the hymn writers who 
saw themselves as "a worm" and "a wretch like me," but the Bible still 
teaches that there is no good to be found in sinful flesh. 

"Nor of the will of man." Positive thinking has never led anyone to 
the truth of salvation. We struggle with our human will as long as we 


live. We like the way our Brethren Hymnal records the last verse of 
Robert Robinson's hymn, "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing." 

"O to grace how great a debtor 

Daily I'm constrained to be! 

Let thy goodness like a fetter, 

Bind my wand'ring heart to thee: 

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, 

Prone to leave the God I love; 

Here's my heart, O take and seal it; 

Seal it for thy courts above." 
Another song book changes the words, "Prone to wander, Lord I feel 
it, Prone to leave the God I love;" to "Prone to love Thee, Lord I feel it, 
Prone to serve the God I love;" We believe our Brethren rendition is 
more true to life and more truthfully realistic. 

"But of God." Our salvation is of God. God designed it, God 
desired it, God decreed it and God delivered it. 

As we read in II Corinthians 5:15-18, "And that he died for all, that 
they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto 
him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know 
we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after 
the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any 
man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who 
hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us 
the ministry of reconciliation;" 

Praise God we are among the "as many as received him." We 
hope that you are too. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


Discrediting the Bible by Science 

The basic reason for the modern widespread rebellion against 
traditional values in every realm of life, social, political, moral, 
educational, and religious, is the widespread impression that Biblical 
principles have been outdated by the discoveries of modern science. 
Our constitution and our American culture in genera! were permeated 
in their origins with a strong national faith in God and His Word. The 
gradual and now rapid undermining of confidence in the Word of God 
is a result of the rise of uniformitarianism and evolutionism in the 
nineteenth century. This was followed by a revolt against the social 
and political institutions erected on faith in God. It is no accident that 
religious liberals are almost always moral and political liberals and 
vice versa. 


However, the fact is that true science has always confirmed the 
Bible. It is not science but scientism (philosophy) that has attacked 
the Bible. 

Science means knowledge and it therefore includes only that which 
we actually know, by direct observation and experience. It is the 
organized body of factual knowledge and relationships. The scientific 
method involves experimental reproducibility and verification. Thus, 
science, in its proper sense, can deal only with the processes of the 
world as it now exists. It can tell us nothing for certain about 
prehistoric events and processes, nor can it predict future events and 
processes with accuracy. 

Many scientists have assumed that present processes are eternal 
processes, therefore, they can explain everything that ever has been 
or ever will be in terms of what exists or happens now. This is the 
philosophy of "uniformitarianism" and it is the ruling philosophy in the 
modern scientific establishment. It leads to evolutionism that seeks to 
explain the origin and development of all things in terms of present 
rational processes. 

This assumption Itself violates the two fundamental laws of 
science, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. These laws 
deal with the all-embracing entity known as "energy," which includes 
all the phenomena of the physical universe. All processes are 
basically interchanges of energy. Even matter itself is fundamentally 
a type of energy, which can, under the right circumstances, be 
converted into other forms. The First Law states that nothing is now 
being created or destroyed and the Second Law states that in all real 
processes there is a net loss of energy available for future work. 
Thus all processes are conservative and disintergrative, not creative 
or intergrative. 

The Bible, instead of being discredited by science, has actually 
anticipated modern-day science. These laws were stated in the 
creation and the finished work involved in it. God created everything 
and He is not now creating anything but neither is He allowing 
anything to be annihilated. 

Everything gets old, wears out, runs down, and ultimately dies. In 
all processes, some energy becomes degraded. The Bible calls this 
the law of bondage of corruption, under which the "whole creating is 
groaning." It Is also called the curse and God invoked it when man 
first brought sin into God's originally perfect creation. 

The First Law states that, since all present processes are 
conservative, not creative, the beginning of all things required by the 
Second Law must have been accomplished by means of creative 
processes that are not now in existence. Therefore they are 
inaccessible to science and anything we are ever to learn about them 
must come by the revelation of the Creator Himself. 


If that sounds a bit scientific to you, it miglit be because I have a 
degree in Science and I feel quite comfortable sharing it in this way! 

Let us conclude that the framework of science is confirmed by the 
Bible and it leads us irrefutably to the first words ever written and the 
most profoundly important truth ever comprehended.. .IN THE 
EARTH. ..To God be the glory! 

Brother Len Wertz 


Part 2 

No writing about Jerusalem and environs would be complete 
without referring to the mighty wonder of Jesus, to His life, death and 

He was God's only Son. His main purpose in being sent to earth 
was to bring God's plan of salvation. 

He was the greatest teacher who ever graced the earth. He taught 
by precept and example. He used the natural things of life to teach 
the Spiritual. 

His ministry consisted of preaching, teaching, healing, raising the 
dead, and performing many, many miracles, mostly in or near 

His first miracle was at the feast in Gana. He turned water into the 
best wine served at the feast. 

He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He fed multitudes of four 
and five thousand men besides women and children. More food was 
gathered up after the feeding than He had to start with at the 

Near Jerusalem, He healed the impotent man. John 5:1-9. I give 
this one illustration. It being only one of many similar healings Jesus 

Jesus entered the Temple in Jerusalem and there found men 
making merchandise, doing business, in an institution dedicated to 
worship only. I have to wonder how "men of the cloth", preachers, 
priests, and so forth, who permit and encourage gambling, raffles, 
bake sales, and so forth, in their houses of worship will fare on the 
day of judgment. 

Jesus cleansed the temple by driving out the evil doers. This, 
along with His other works and teachings irritated many to the point 
they sought to do away with Him. 

He had to stand trial before Caiaphas. Because they had no true 
charge against Jesus they sought false witness. After He was tried in 
several courts, He falsely was accused of blasphemy. 

The sentence they pronounced on Him was death. 

Pilate, who had to make disposition of this case, left the decision, 


to the people, as to whom he should release, Barabbas or Jesus. 
They preferred to release Barabbas and to crucify Jesus. 

He was put through all kinds of shame and embarrassment, then 
was led away to be crucified. 

His trials, His condemnation, His sentence to be crucified were all 
fulfillment of prophecy in God's Word, and all took place in Jerusalem. 

His crucifixion took place nigh (near) the city - namely, Jerusalem. 
John 19:20. 

This location was called in Hebrew, "Golgotha," "the place of a 

Joseph of Arimathaea donated his own private tomb for Jesus' 
burial. It was from this tomb that Jesus arose. He became the first 
fruits of them that slept. I Corinthians 15:20. 

Much, much more could be written about the Holy City. 

God granted me the blessing of having the experience of preaching 
several times in Jerusalem. 

Visiting the Holy City inspires one to make fully ready to inhabit the 
New Jerusalem which John the Revelator saw coming down from 
God out of Heaven. John 21 :2. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, OH 44718 


Matthew 5:14 

In New Testament times, lamps were very common. They could 
be carried from room to room, or set on a stand. They burned olive 
oil that could be grown in the area. We all know so welfthe Bible 
parable that says that we do not put a lamp under a bushel. It was a 
common practice of the day to put an oil lamp on top of a bushel not 
under it. Today a common hand light for use, when outside in the 
dark, is a flashlight. 

I would like to make an analogy with a flashlight. First we have the 
outside of the flashlight, or the case. I would like to liken this to our 
human body. The light bulb is like our soul, which, when we have 
Jesus in our heart, shines before men. Now the flashlight is not any 
good unless it has power. Jesus has given us the power. His Holy 
Spirit. We may tap into this "battery" with the wires of prayer and 
God's Word. The clear piece of plastic or glass is similar to our 
conscience, which must be kept clean that it may be seen through. 
The flashlight that 1 just described to you is a flashlight, but if you tried 
it outside, it would not work very well. Why not? Because it would 
only make a very small light in the darkness. It still needs the mirror. 
The mirror is comparable to our works. They do not make up the 
flashlight, but they are a distinct part of it. They help the flashlight 


make a greater Impact upon the darkness. Then the shining flashlight 
can be put into God's hand to shine into the darkness as a tool for the 
advancement of His kingdom. 

Imagine now that you take this flashlight outside at dusk. The 
flashlight is shining bright and clear. Soon the shadows deepen, and 
the air becomes chilly. The light is standing out a little more because 
of the more apparent darkness. Would we now expect the flashlight 
to get slowly dimmer because the night is getting darker? Does a 
flashlight dim in a dark night because it feels out of place, or has to 
stand alone? Does the night getting darker permit the flashlight to get 
darker? No. The darker the night, the greater need for a consistently 
bright light. 

As the night gets darker in this present world, may we all strive to 
consistently shine brighter for Christ. 

Brother William Johnson 
1539 Montclair Drive 
Modesto, CA 95350 


May 1, 1935 


J. F Britton 

Jesus said, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." 
(Jno. 13:17.) Therefore, knowledge and doing are the quintessence 
and dynamics of the whole plan of salvation and can logically be 
recognized as the golden text of the New Testament. Because in this 
text centers and clusters the gist and contents of Jesus' teachings. 

The Apostle Paul placed a high rating on knowledge when he 
urged saying, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what 
the will of the Lord is." (Eph. 5:17.) And so it is a well known fact that 
all satisfactory and acceptable services must be rendered by 

The 13th chapter of John discloses an inspiring and humiliating 
scene of the closing service of Christ. (In Luke 22:27) Jesus said, "I 
am among you as he that serveth." Again in Matt. 20:28 we read, 
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to 
minister, and to give His life a ransom for many." Hence it is plain and 
indisputable that Jesus came to this world on a mission of service and 
there cannot be any service without "doing." Jesus verified that fact 
when He said, "He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me 
alone; for I do always those things that please Him, As He spake 
these words, many believed on Him. Then said Jesus to those Jews 
which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My 
disciples indeed." (Jno. 8:29-31.) 

To "continue in My word" - to keep "doing" those things that "His 


word" teaches us to do. Then, and then only are we His disciples 
indeed. Jesus verifies this statement in John 13:8 when Peter saith 
unto Him, "Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, if I 
wash thee not thou hast no part with Me." 

Jesus gave Peter to understand that his refusal will disqualify him 
from exercising and participating with Him in His divine appointed 
program and ordained scheme of salvation; for all of them, that will 
comply with His requisites. Therefore when Peter realized that his 
relationship with Jesus hinged on his obedience to Jesus' demands, 
he yielded. Peter did not persist in trying to justify himself with the 
idea that he had a right to his own opinion. 

Thus we see that it is through spontaneous and willing obedience 
that we merit and secure the Reward and Fruition of Doing. 

"So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, 
and was set down again. He said unto them, know ye what I have 
done to you? 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. Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater 
than he that sent him." (Jno. 13:12-16.) 

A wonderful exposition, clothed in humility and divine authority on 
Christian service. 

No wonder that Jesus said, "If ye know these things, happy are ye 
if ye do them." For it is plain and logical that our future joys and 
happiness depends altogether upon our observing and "doing" the 
Lord's will. Jesus said, "Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, 
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of 
My Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 7:21.) 

Again we read, "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that 
they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the 
gates into the city." (Rev. 22:14.) And again we read, "Who so 
looked into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being 
not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be 
blessed in his deed." (James 1:25.) 

Many other scriptures could be quoted that attest and verifies the 
fact that obedience is the highest and strongest evidence of our faith 
and love for Christ. 

"Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to harken than the fat 
of rams." (Samuel 15:22.) 

Therefore Jesus said, "If a man love Me, He will keep My words: 
and My Father will love him, and we will come unto Him, and make 
our abode with him." (Jno. 14:23.) This text assures us of the divine 
fellowship whereby we enjoy the reward and fruition of Christian 


Hence Jesus says, "Behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with 
Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha 
and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 
Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have 
right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gate into the city." 
(Rev. 22:12-14.) 

O God breathe upon us, and quicken us by Thy spiritual power and 
grace; that will enable us to love more, and do more of Thy Holy will; 
that we may be worthy to enter into the home of the redeemed. Let 
us sing: 

Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone. 

He whom I fix my hopes upon; 

His trick I see, and I'll pursue 

The narrow way till Him I view. 

The way the holy prophets went, 
The way that leads from banishment; 
The King's highway of holiness, 
I'll go, for all His paths are peace. 


Hebrews 11:21, "By faith^ Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed 
both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his 

We read in Genesis 32 about Jacob wrestling with the angel and 
how he came face to face with the Lord God. This experience 
changed him forever. He received a new name and a permanent 
limp. He was never the same again. His name means "supplanter," 
or one who takes the place of another. When Jacob received the 
touch of God, his supplanting was brought to an end. He, like the 
Apostle Paul, had to be stopped in his tracks. He had taken the 
blessing and the birthright that belonged to his older brother. AH the 
talents and strength that he possessed were affected by this touch of 

So the Hebrews writer tells of the faith of Jacob. His weakness, a 
blow dealt him by the Lord Himself, is what brought forth his faith. 
Most of us can point back to a time in our lives when we met the Lord. 
The strengths and talents that once were used for evil are now used 
for God's glory. When asked why he limped, Jacob no doubt told of 
his experience with the Lord. We are told to be ready to tell every 
one of the hope that lies within us. When we meet God, whether or 
not we yield to His tender embrace, we never are -the same again. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 




When you were a young person you could hardly wait to be on 
your own. You instinctively felt great power and possibilities within 
yourself. ..with high hopes and dreams. Yet, later in life, the thought of 
being on your own, alone, may be very unhappy. A loss of someone 
on whom you have come to depend leaves you feeling vulnerable and 

Being alone does not mean being deserted. It does not mean that 
you are without help. It means that your dependence is again on the 
One who can also give you that special sense of security and well- 
being. You still have God's power within you and you still have great 
possibilities for a life filled with productive contributions to your family 
and to the church. You are strengthened and empowered by the 
living Spirit within you. 

With the loss of a husband or a wife, a person may cry out, "How 
can I go on? How can I cope with life?" You may not be able to see 
how life can be bearable without the love, support and companionship 
of that dear one. It is not easy to face the changes that bereavement 
brings. Where there has been a sharing of daily life, now you are on 
your own. You are on your own. ..but not alone. 

The need for strength, for courage, for comfort is met by the loving 
presence of Christ in your midst. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I 
give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your 
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." "Lo, I am with you always." 

The Spirit of the loving Christ within you supports you, brings you 
peace, renews your courage, giving you the will to carry on. 

YOU CAN COPE. You can meet life in a new spirit when you rely 
on Christ's Spirit within you to heal the hurts of the heart and to bring 
you into newness of joy. You are on your own but you are not alone! 

No one tells the baby struggling to stand, trying to manage the first 
step, that he is on his own. He knows it. It is his first move toward 
independence. His parents, as much as they love him, as much as 
they want to help him, cannot do for him what he must do for himself. 
There can be encouragement, praise, rejoicing. ..but he must learn to 
stand on his own. ..he must take the first step on his own. 

Sometimes you may feel like an infant struggling to get on your 
feet. That is all right. It is a normal feeling and it helps to create a 
greater dependence on God. You can accept that feeling and you 
can come to terms with the experience. You can come from darkness 
into light and God will bless you beyond words. You can know you 
are on your own but you are not alone! 

You want to be strong, to be able to stand on your own two feet, to 
be able to cope with life under any circumstance and you want to be 
free from fear and dependency. None of you want to be alone. You 


are not alone! God's spirit calls you to come up higher in your 
thoughts about yourself. He gives you the strength, the courage, the 
will, the faith to refuse to be clowned by the circumstances of life. He 
helps you to stand strong. 

Claim the power of God through His Holy Spirit. He is wisdom, 
guidance and direction. He reveals truth and unifies you with other 
people around you. He enriches and satisfies. He is the link between 
you and others in the Christian family. He is Christ's very presence 
and He is at One with God. He will give you purpose for going on.. .for 
not feeling alone. ..even though you are on your own. 

Brother Len Wertz 


Emily R. Moore 

I love my Lord, Who to earth came, 
Twas not for wealth or earthly fame; 
But 'twas His love for you and me, 
What boundless love, so full, so free! 

I love my Lord, Who died for me 
That thru His death I might be free; 
On Calvary's cruel cross of shame 
He ransomed me, oh praise His name! 

I love my Lord, for He arose! 
He conquered death and all His foes; 
E'en now He sits upon His throne. 
He's interceding for His own. 

I love my Lord, for some glad day, 
He'll take me from this earth away, 
Then with His saints for aye I'll sing - 
"Oh glory, glory to my King!" 

My Lord, my King, I love Thee today, 
I love Thee now, I'll love Thee for aye; 
I'll follow Thee o'er land and sea. 
My life shall e'er belong to Thee. 

Selected by Brother Galen Litfin 




The Lord willing, the Fourth District of the Brotherhood plans to 
host General Conference, June 10 through 14, 1995, at Modesto, 

Conference attendees arriving prior to Saturday afternoon (June 
10) should go to the Pleasant Home Church for registration and 
lodging information. 

The Pleasant Home Church is located at 3960 Sharon Avenue, 
Modesto, California. Directions: Attendees arriving on Highway 99 
north or south take the Briggsmore exit. Follow Briggsmore east 
(approximately 6 miles) to Claus. Turn left (north) on Claus. Church 
is approximately one half mile on the left at the corner of Claus and 

Attendees arriving on State 132 from San Francisco, take 
Carpenter Road north to Briggsmore, and follow above directions. 

Attendees arriving after 2:00 P.M. on June 10 should go to the 
Conference facility: Ceres Seventh-Day Adventist Church 

1633 N. Central Avenue 
Ceres, CA 95307 

Directions: Attendees arriving on Highway 99 north or south take 
the Hatch Road exit. Go east on Hatch approximately one mile to 
Central. Go right on Central. Facilities on the right. 

We trust your stay in California will be enjoyable and uplifting. 

On behalf of the Committee of Arrangements. 

Brother Dave Reece 


Special Lovefeast plans for June 3 and 4 are In the making, If it is 
the Lord's will. The Communion Service will Include a new found 
friend, Godfrey Kiisa from Nairobi, Kenya, Africa who desires to 
become acquainted with our customs and understanding of God's 
Word. The plans also include a baptismal service. 

We are rejoicing and praising our Saviour for the Barnett family 
who cast their lot with us by the right hand of fellowship. They are 
Father, Ray; Mother, Sandra, and daughter, Thelma; also 
daughter,Tammie by baptism. There are also two small sons. 

Sister Ruth Spelcher, Cor. 


Due to the response after this year's Brethren Bible Conference, 
the dates for 1996 have been changed to March 15, 16 and 17. Until 
further notice they will remain the 3rd weekend in March. 

Brother Ron Peters 



The new address of Elder Galen Litfin is: 1408 East 7th St., 
Newberg, OR 97132. His new telephone number is: 503-538-2876. 


Thanks for making our 40th Anniversary a memorable one with 
cards and letters. We were surprised by a drop-in at our home. God 
richly bless you. Pray for souls who do not have brothers and sisters 
in Christ. Do we appreciate the wonderful Christian heritage we have 

God bless you all 

Brother Verling and Sister Fern Wolfe 


I want to thank the brethren and sisters who sent cards for my 75th 
birthday. I received 164 cards from every congregation in the 
Brotherhood. May God richly bless each one of you. 

In Christian love 
Sister Valeria Sweitzer 

The happiness of your life 
depends upon the character of your thoughts. 

Next to salvation, a good wife and mother 
is God's sweetest smile from heaven. 





Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.JoInn, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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


Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 
136 Homeiand Road 
York, PA 17403 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escaion, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Fred O. Pifer 
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Adel, lA 50003 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Miiton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 


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10340 North Diamond Mill 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
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Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
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Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escaion, CA 95320 



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2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel,!A 50003 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 
4025 Woodland Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95358 


Henry Walker, Chairman 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, CA 95323 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretar 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, lA 50003 
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William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 

Virgil Leatherman 
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Littlestown, PA 17340 
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Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 


David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 

Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escaion, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
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Raymore, MO 64083 

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MAY 15, 1995 

NO. 10 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 

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

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


If I nnust die, O, let me die 

With hope in Jesus' blood— 

The blood that saves from sin and guilt. 
And reconciles to God. 

If 1 must die, O, let me die 

In peace with all mankind, 

And change these fleeting joys below 
For pleasures more refin'd. 


If I must die - and die I must- 
Let some kind seraph come, 

And bear me on his friendly wing 
To my celestial home. 

Of Canaan's land, from Pisgah's top, 

May I but have a view. 
Though Jordan should o'erflow its banks, 

I'll boldly venture through. 



This has been a year of unusual weather. In various parts of the 
United States, the weather has been different from what had been 
expected. In the wetter, greener parts of the country, it has been 
warm and dry. In the dryer, warmer parts of the country it has been 
wet and cool. Weather has always been a subject for discussion. All 
the discussion that we invest in it, has never changed it a bit. We 
continue to have unusual weather from time to time. 

There are other unusual events that happen from time to time. 
These things happen just when we least expect them. Natural 
disasters come, either with or without warning, and wreak havoc over 
a large area. Not only houses, barns and other buildings are 
destroyed, but often lives are lost. Tornadoes, hurricanes, 
earthquakes, ocean waves and other natural disasters disrupt the 
lives of people. Fires, explosions and violence also disturb people's 
lives. Few places escape the effects of these various forces. While 
one area may suffer from certain disasters, other areas also have 
their own type of disaster. There seems to be no way of escaping 
these forces. 

If we move from one area to another we are likely to move from 
one disaster to another. The first extensive battle of the American 
Civil War was fought at Bull Run in Northern Virginia. That battle was 
fought over land belonging to Mr. McLean. After that battle, he 
decided to move farther south in Virginia to escape the effects of the 
war's violence. The last battle of the Civil War was fought over his 
land near Appomattox Court House. In fact. General Robert E. Lee 
surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of Mr. 


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McLean's home. He could not move away from the unexpected. 

A few weeks ago, a powerful bomb exploded outside the Federal 
Office Building in Oklahoma City. It caused terrible destruction. 
There were over one hundred and sixty lives lost in that explosion. It 
was a great shock to all who even just heard about it. It was totally 
unexpected. It was unexpected since it occurred in the United States. 
Excepting the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City a 
few years ago, there has never been anything quite like this in this 
country. To happen in the interior of the country was an even greater 
shock. There might have been some expectation of this happening in 
a major city, but Oklahoma City would not seem a likely target. To 
learn that it, apparently, was carried out by American citizens, was an 
even greater shock. These men apparently had a gripe against the 
government that caused them to destroy not only government 
property but the lives of many people who were in the building 
innocently doing their business. 

Many commentaries could be written about the connection of these 
types of events with the end times of this world. It appears that the 
hedge about the United States has slipped away as the people of this 
land have given themselves over to every kind of ungodly behavior. It 
speaks volumes about the moral and Spiritual decline of the United 
States over the past few decades. 

None of the people involved in that explosion expected when they 
got up that morning that they would go through such a dramatic 
change in their lives that day. Those who were killed did not expect 
to die that day. We do not know the Spiritual condition of any of the 
people involved. We do not know what fate they met. 

The question that would be more important to us is what would our 
fate have been. If we had been Involved In this disaster. All of us 
meet with unexpected events as we go through life. We sometimes 
encounter those terrible things that always happen to "someone else." 
How are we prepared for those events? Whether it be unexpected 
disasters, bad weather, wars, or sickness, are we prepared for these 

We may think we are well able to handle anything that comes 
along. Often in the midst of a testing time, we find we are not as well 
prepared as we thought. It may be far easier, as a Christian, to face 
death than to face a continuing problem, day after day. 

Are you prepared for an unexpected event? Are you prepared to 
face death at an unknown time or place? Are you prepared to face an 
ongoing problem that requires a continual replenishing of faith and 
fortitude? Are you a part of God's family so you can have the 
strength and wisdom to face whatever events that come against you? 




Reaching the unreached is a task that must be done. Nineteen 
ninety-five gave birth to a historic missionary journey to Africa by the 
arrival of Paul and Mary Stump. The hearts of men and women were 
moved by their messages of love to a dying world. 

"Why are you wasting the whole day here doing nothing? "No one 
hired us", they answered. "Well, then, you also go and work in the 
vineyard", he told them." Matthew 20:6-7. There is an end time 
opera in which all Christians all over the globe are actors and 
actresses. Some are in the just group. They are busy labouring and 
toiling for our Master, Jesus Christ. They are always seeking for 
every means of extending His kingdom. These are those that make 
things happen, like the Stumps. Now you can pray for missionary 
activities in Kenya with an accurate and up-to-date information from 
the pioneers. Whomsoever you are and whatever talent you possess, 
whatever experience you have gone through in life, there is a portion 
for you in missions. 

Thanks be to the Dunkard Brethren for sending Paul and Mary 
Stump over. They made God's business their business and 
considered souls more Important than their lives. They left footprints 
behind in the African sand of time and we look forward to their next 
visit. Ambassadors so humble, so dedicated, so full of Godly love, 
gave their all as they traveled across this nation of Kenya on the 
rough roads, like the road that led the Lord to Golgotha. What is your 
level of commitment to this God you are following? Let us be very 
sober about our own life. God is looking for people who will stand in 
the gap, who will pull down principalities and strongholds, who will cry 
for nations where the devil is presently having a field day. God is 
looking for people who will love not their lives, even unto death. 
Those who will literally hold their lives in their hands, as it were. 
Leaving family, business and friends behind and not knowing what 
will befall them. 

Some people tried to get rid of Jesus. Some tried to ignore Him. 
Others were unwilling to face the force of His claims upon them. It is 
the same today. You cannot sit on the fence. "He who is not with me 
is against me." Luke 1 1 :23. God bless the Stumps. 

Theresa Okello 


"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." II 
Timothy 3:1. 

Matthew 24:4-8, Jesus' own words, "Take heed that no man 


deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; 
and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of 
wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to 
pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and 
kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, 
and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of 

We, for certain, are living in a generation of crime and perilous 
times. Our daily newspaper, in one issue, carried twenty-three items 
of violence and crime. There were three bombings, six murders, 
abortion, and homosexuality reports totaling five. The remaining nine 
consisted of hijacking, the O. J. Simpson trial, shop lifting, auto theft, 
passing bad checks, riots and hold-ups. There was an account of a 
jail having forty more prisoners than allowed. They were to release 
forty prisoners, who faced lesser charges. 

When our nation's jails are filled to overcapacity, can we truthfully 
say we are a Christian nation? I realize we are better off than other 
nations, but we could stand improvement. 

Jesus and the prophets foretold what would come to pass. 

Matthew 10:21, Jesus' own words, "And the brother shall deliver up 
the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall 
rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." 
Nearly every newspaper carries items that are evidence of the 
fulfilling of one or more of the above prophecies. 

Nations shall rise against nations. Matthew 24:7a. That prophecy 
of Jesus has come to pass. Historians state that for a very short time 
near the time when Christ was born there was peace on earth and 
good will toward man. 

In Matthew 24:7 we see that pestilence will be on this earth. 
Pestilence is a deadly epidemic, disease or plague. Cancer is one of 
those deadly diseases and is a major cause of death in our day. 

Our nation is plagued with false prophets. Jesus states in Matthew 
15:9, "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the 
commandments of men." 

Mark 13:22, Jesus states, "For false Christs and false prophets 
shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were 
possible, even the elect." The Apostle Paul, who met up with false 
teachers, gives us this advice, as recorded in II Timothy 2:15, "Study 
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be 
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." Jesus, the Saviour, gave 
many such warnings. For it is His will that none be lost. 

Famines, deceivers, pestilence, fornication and adultery, all, are 


abounding in our day. 

I want to refer to Jesus' prophecy that there shall be earthquakes in 
divers places. We are made to think, when we read of the 
devastation, caused by earthquakes in our day, of the fulfillment of 
the scriptures. This should prove to the skeptic that every prophecy 
will come to fulfillment. 

As we see scripture being fulfilled may we strive to be obedient to 
God's Word. Then we shall experience what Christ promised as 
recorded in Matthew 24:13, "But he that shall endure unto the end, 
the same shall be saved." 

Brother Paul R. Myers 
5005 Higbee Ave., NW 
Canton, Ohio 44718 


In 311 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine publicly professed 
tolerance of the Christian faith and a few years later Christianity 
became the official religion of the government, the army and the 
whole empire. Under order from the emperor, this state-church 
system tried to enforce it's doctrine and compromises on the 
worldwide or "catholic" church. These man-made officials declared 
that the non-resistant, non-conformist churches which were still 
faithful to the apostolic Gospel and disciplines were from then on to 
be called heretics and killed. 

Great human reasoners arose, who argued that it is right for 
Christians to go to war and fight, right to baptize infants, right to 
torture and kill "heretics" and right to obey the Pope of Rome. During 
these dark ages when the Catholic Church degenerated into 
superstition, murder and idolatry, there were a few minority churches 
called by various names who remained faithful to the Scriptures and 
maintained believer's baptism, the new birth experience, discipleship 
and disciplined churches, non-resistance and non-conformity. As 
they were hunted and killed in one area, they sprang up in other 
areas; they found their Gospel in the Word of God and considered the 
Roman and Greek churches to have fallen into apostasy. 

The light brightens... 

In the midst of all this darkness, the faithful light began shining 
brighter around 1500. All over Europe, there was a rebirth of interest 
in studying the ancient writings, chief among them - the Bible. As 
people began to study for themselves what the Scriptures actually 
taught, they became amazed at the simplicity and purity of the 
apostolic church and horrified at the complexity and corruption of the 
Roman Catholic Church. 


Reformers like Luther in Germany, Zwingli in Switzerland, Calvin in 
Geneva and Knox in Scotland rose up to denounce the Catholic 
Church and to cry out for its reform and purification from within. They 
rejected the idolatry and superstition of the Catholic Church but 
accepted the state-church system of so-called Christian governments 
and Christian countries. Even after the reformers broke with Rome, 
they still retained infant baptism, defended the torture and killing of 
heretics and rejected the apostolic doctrines of discipleship, non- 
resistance and non-conformity. 

Because of this compromise of the reformers, there arose in the 
1500's groups of sincere Christians who rejected the idea of the mere 
reformation of Catholicism and aimed for nothing less than the 
restoration of the apostles' doctrine and fellowship. The leaders of 
the restoration movement were men like Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, 
George Blaurock, and later Menno Simons, Alexander Mack and 
Samuel Froelich, among many others. These men went about 
teaching and preaching their faith, summoning people everywhere to 
break with the world and worldly churches and become obedient 
followers of the Word of God. 

This resulted in their being opposed and persecuted by both the 
Catholic Church and the Protestant reformers and brought untold 
suffering into the lives of those who stood for the truth of the Gospel. 
By their enemies they were called anabaptists (rebaptizers) because 
of their refusal to recognize infant baptism and their insistence on 
believer's baptism. Their movement was blessed of God and spread 
throughout Europe, being gladly received by the common people and 
those courageous leaders who desired to obey God and be true to 
the original pattern of the New Testament church. 
The Brethren movement begins... 

Within Germany, many Lutherans eventually became unhappy with 
the formalism of worship and ritual in their state church and with the 
general barrenness of German Protestantism. Taking their theology 
and much of their practice from the older anabaptists (eventually 
known as Mennonites), these pietists, as they were called, took the 
New Testament literally and endeavored to put its teachings into 
practice even in the least detail of their lives. They spurned the ideal 
of apostolic succession, and at the heart of the practice was a love 
feast, or agape, which included the serving of the Lord's Supper 
preceded by a ceremony of footwashing. From these German pietists 
were born the German Baptist Brethren. Often called Tunkers, or 
Dunkers, the brotherhood had its beginning in 1708 with eight 
persons in Schwarzenau, Germany. 


The Brethren move to America... 

Because of economic necessity and persecution in central 
Germany, one group, of Dunkers, under the leadership of Peter 
Becker, came to America in 1719 to take up free lands offered by 
William Penn. The members settled in Germantown, near 
Philadelphia, from where they eventually spread across the country. 

The Brethren enjoyed healthy growth until 1881-1883 when the 
church split into three groups: the progressive Dunkers formed the 
Brethren Church; the conservative Dunkers formed the Church of the 
Brethren (the Dunkard Brethren formed from this branch in 1926 as 
the main body progressed further from Scriptural truths.); the 
remaining Old Order Dunkers formed the Old German Baptist 
Brethren Church and the Old Brethren. 

We are reminded by church history that many churches began 
through the desire of men of God to restore the doctrine and 
fellowship of New Testament Christianity. And yet we mark in alarm 
how so many of these same churches have tended to gradually drift 
away from apostolic standards and settle back into the world out of 
which they were originally called. 

Some groups today... 

Brethren churches still seeking to remain faithful to this New 
Testament standard today include: Old German Baptist Brethren, Old 
Brethren, Dunkard Brethren, a few conservative, plain Church of the 
Brethren congregations and some independent community Brethren 

We welcome guests and encourage you to visit soon; you will be 

warmly welcomed. 

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The above article is the text of a new tract recently approved by the 
Tract Examining Committee. Unlike previous tracts, it is not being 
published in the standard brochure form. Space is available at the 
end for an address and even a map for individual congregations. Any 
congregation desiring to use this tract should contact the Editor. 
Send him the pertinent information. He will return a master, which 
can be taken to a printer or copy shop, where it can be reproduced on 
fairly heavy paper. This is especially designed to hand out to those 
who are not familiar with the Dunkard Brethren Church. —The Editor 


The Rock, Christ Jesus, is the firm foundation that the floods can 
never destroy. Selah. He is the giver of the life giving waters, that 
never cease to flow. 

Matt. 7:24-27, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of 
mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his 


house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, 
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it 
was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings 
of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, 
which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the 
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it 
fell: and great was the fall of it." 

There are two houses described here. The one house was built on 
the sand, the other on a rock foundation. Perhaps to look at them 
both, they looked alike to the human eye. But there is quite a 
difference. The foolish man paid no attention to his foundation. He 
simply collected his building materials, hurriedly fitted them together 
and moved in. Notice it says HE BUILT HIS HOUSE. This is man's 
spiritual problem today, he is building his own Spiritual house with the 
materials he wants to use. He uses materials that appeal to man and 
his carnal nature. They are not designed for the stability of the soul. 
The commandments of God that anchor his building to the solid rock 
are often omitted. The building is weak without a foundation and 
cannot withstand the ravages of Satan's flood of sin. Hence the 
occupant and his household are swept away by the wind and the 

Now let us take a look at the wise builder. He took thought, wisely 
selecting the solid rock for the foundation. He carefully chose the 
materials to be used, then he founded or bonded them to the rock. 
Each perfect piece was fastened with care so that it was a finished 
product that stood the test when the storms came. It is the same way 
with our Spiritual lives. 

Noah's ark was an example of such a building also. He carried out 
each and every commandment God gave him, whether it be big or 
small. Suppose he had failed to pitch only one crack in the bottom of 
the ark? I do not believe the ark would have withstood the ravages of 
the storm and flood. Then all would have been lost. So, we must 
search the Scriptures, find the keys to the kingdom of God, seek 
diligently with an open and ready heart to surrender our will to God's 
will. Then He will come into our hearts and lives. He will sup with us 
and direct us that we will be included with the wise virgins when He 
calls. We will not be with the foolish virgins who will be left on earth to 
endure the wrath of man and God in the destruction of this sinful 

The lukewarm teaching by the leaders of today's Laodicean 
churches is "Believe on Jesus and you are saved. He has paid the 
price. Our only requirement is belief in Him to be saved." They are 


passing up many things the Bible teaches, saying they are not 
necessary anymore. God says "For I am the Lord, I change not..." 
Mai. 3:6. Man is saying the mode of baptism does not matter, in fact, 
it is not even necessary. The prayer veil was only commanded one 
time therefore it is not very important. On and on subtractions have 
been made on God's Word. Now supposedly all we need to do is sit 
on the deck (as if we were on a sailing vacation) enjoying the sinful 
things of the world, having an expectation of escaping the sin burning 
inferno that God said will destroy all evil. James, the Apostle, says 
"Faith without works is dead." James 2:26. 

Today is the day of salvation. Time has almost run out for this 
dispensation. Man's work week of six thousand years is almost 
complete. Then the Sabbath rest day of one thousand years will be 
ushered in, when the righteous will live and reign with Christ on earth. 
But the wicked will not be resurrected until the one thousand years 
has expired. Rev. 20:5. 

Our lives, now, will determine which resurrection we will take part 
in. We must be prepared to build our spiritual houses on the Rock, 
Christ Jesus. We can not be partakers of the lukewarm Laodicean 
Church. Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow may be too late. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 


"...If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love 
him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 

Much hinges on that little word, "if. We often hear people looking 
back on their lives with regret. They say, "If only I would have done 
this or that, things would be different." They say, "If 1 had a million 
dollars," or "If I just could win the lottery, I could do this or that." 
Hindsight solves nothing, except to illustrate the tragedy of a wasted 
life, or misplaced ambition. The world places high regard on riches 
and social position and looks down upon those whose interests are 
not in line with theirs. If you have riches, use them for the honor and 
glory of God and you will have treasure in heaven. 

Our scripture contains quite a promise, and Christians know that 
God is ever true to His promises. The Believer in Christ has a 
tremendous blessing: God's indwelling. When Christ gave His all on 
the cross for us He made it possible for us to have a renewed 
relationship with the Godhead. Not only that, but our relationship with 
God is even better than it was at the beginning with Adam and Eve in 


the garden because we have now been BOUGHT WITH A PRICE. 
One there Is above all others, 

Well deserves the name of friend. 
His is love beyond a brothers, 

Costly, free, and knows no end. 
They who once his kindness prove, 
Find it everlasting love. 
Can anyone with mere words adequately describe that love to 
others? It is better felt than told. Yet we continue to try to tell it, 
because He means so much to us. 

"We love him, because he first loved us." I John 4:19. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Just a few... 

We are living in a confusing age concerning religion. It would 
seem that this is the age of Christian balloons, Christian gimmicks, 
Christian "born again" political candidates, Christian athletes, 
Christian gyms, Christian clubs, Contemporary Christian music, 
Christian everything. Yet, at the same time, there is more 
compromise and apathy in Christianity than there has been in the 
past several decades. We cannot help thinking of Paul's writing, "Do 
not be deceived!" There has to be a real separation of God's people 
from the kingdom of the world. ..because "Strait is the gate and narrow 
is the way.. .and FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT." 

We have a choice today to either believe what Paul has taught us 
under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit or just go along with the 
religious trends of the time. 

Christian broadcasters and programs emphasize the importance of 
voting and being involved in this world's system, when God's Word 
tells us that we are "Not of this world." Do we find real harmony in 
both? Which one is correct? It is easy for us to be religious, 
enthusiastic, charismatic and even to know all of the right words and 
phrases that saints are supposed to use, but it is not easy to separate 
ourselves from the world and the current, prevailing thinking. If we do 
not repent of our condition and move toward the center of God's will 
for His Church, we will pay the consequences for our lack of 

I am the first to admit that we all are going to stumble and fall and 
make wrong decisions and even sin. If we think that we are not, we 
are just kidding ourselves. All of us! We have to pray that God will 


work through His Holy Spirit in our lives so we can make quality 
decisions concerning our direction in life. We need to pray that He 
will help us to work through the immaturity in our Christian characters. 
When we do fall, we will respond in sorrow and repentance — then go 
on toward maturity. 

A new creature in Christ must continue to set priorities based on 
God's Word. We just can not do what seems right in our own eyes 
and maintain a close relationship with the Master. 

We need to be in the Word. Only in its pages will we find real truth. 
Only as we follow its mandates will we really make an impact in this 
world. It is the Word that teaches us simple truths — lifesaving truths 
such as: Jesus was born of a virgin; He lived a sinless life; He died 
for us on Calvary; He rose from the dead; He ascended on high; and 
He is seated at the right hand of God. If we reject any of these simple 
truths, we can not be saved nor can we ever be successful in our life. 
You might say, "Well, I am far too sophisticated and cultured to let my 
life revolve around such simple theology." Believe me. Confronting 
present-day teachings and false teachers is a must. Stay true to the 
Lord at all costs in these "end times" days. Yield all your life Xo the 
Lordship of Jesus. ..all the way, every day. 

Brother Len Wertz 


Acts 4:10-12, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of 
Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye 
crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man 
stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at 
naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name 
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." 

Acts 4:31, "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken 
where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the 
Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." 

There are at least three major schools of theology that deny the 
reality of the Trinity. All three schools of thought go back many years 
to their beginning. In more recent times they have had an influence 
on mainline Christianity. This has grown to such a proportion that 
many have accepted the subtle error without realizing the 

The first school of thought we would like to look at is Unitarianism. 
This school of thought is usually identified as those who deny the 
Trinity. They could not grasp the truth that God Is One and yet, as 


our Dunkard Brethren Church Polity teaches, 'The Godhead is one, 
consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 

The second school of thought we would like to look at is Deism. 
This school of thought is identified as a belief in the existence of a 
personal God, based solely on the testimony of reason and rejecting 
supernatural revelation. There are those who contend that a large 
number of the founding fathers of America were deists. Be that as it 
may, this school of thought has had a great influence on many 
mainline denominations. A very large percentage of leaders within 
modern Christendom deny the miracles in both the Old and the New 

The last school of thought we would like to look at is Arianism. 
This school of thought Is identified as those who teach that Christ is 
not one substance with God the Father. Many of the major cults are 
the spiritual posterity of Arianism. This has also had its effect on 
modern religious thought. 

We believe, as do many conservative scholars of the Bible, that the 
patriarchs of the Old Testament believed in the Holy Trinity, although 
they did not fully understand it. However, by the time Jesus Christ 
came on the scene as a man, this truth had been lost to the nation of 
Israel. This was one of the major reasons that the various Jewish 
sects could not accept the fact that God had a Son. 

Many religious leaders of our day who call themselves "Christian" 
would say that this would not be an important issue. But the church 
leaders of the New Testament made this their priority and were willing 
to suffer and even die to proclaim this truth! Peter (filled with the Holy 
Ghost) made it known that all, and he specially named all the people 
of Israel so there would be no misunderstanding, had to accept Jesus 
Christ as their Savior. 

Are we willing to speak this truth with boldness today? Like the 
Jews of old, the Lord Jesus Christ is being crucified anew and we 
refuse to take part in the blame because we have not done the actual 
crucifying. If we are silent we share the guilt. God has raised Him 
from the dead, which along with the other miracles, is being denied by 
modern religion. He was raised as a body, not as a spirit. There is a 
spiritual truth in this. God has given us the power to defeat error. 
The confrontation came about between the Jewish leaders and the 
apostles because of the healing of a lame man. They made it plain 
that Jesus Christ was the healer. So it is even today. 

Beyond physical healing is the healing of the soul from sin. The 
reason we must contend for the Holy Trinity and expose those 
schools of thought and their followers is the glorious truth taught at 
this setting. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none 


other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be 


Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


May 15, 1935 


L. W. Beery 

In every line of endeavor In life one is continually confronted with 
imitation. It stands out as one of the arts of the modern scientific and 
inventive age and there is hardly anything of value to men but what 
something has been invented to take it's place. Many of these 
imitations are very useful but most of them fall far short of the genuine 
when it comes to durability. 

Many of these imitations have a good appearance but they are 
usually less expensive and for this reason there is a good demand for 
them. Although many of these products are very cleverly made there 
are always ways of distinguishing them from the genuine. It often 
pays one well to secure the genuine even though the original cost 
may be greater. 

This is especially true when it comes to spiritual matters, for in this 
too are we confronted with many imitations. It cannot be otherwise 
under existing conditions. We are told in Ephesians 4:45, 'There is 
one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your 
calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism." This is speaking of the 
genuine religion of Jesus Christ and this we should be vitally 
interested in. 

With conditions as they now are in professed Christianity we are all 
aware of the fact that there are many Lords, many faiths and many 
baptisms proclaimed before the world. According to the foregoing 
reference there must be a great amount of imitation religion in the day 
in which we live. 

In this too we notice that many of the imitations have a very good 
appearance (especially to the carnal eye), many of them are very 
inexpensive (no sacrifice, no self-denial, no restraint and no cross 
bearing) and this type is very well received and supported by the 

It will also be noticed that many of these imitations in religion are 
very cleverly patterned after the genuine. In spite of this however we 
need not be deceived, as we have a means at our command whereby 


the soundness of any system of religion can be determined; namely 
by comparing it with the word of the New Testament as given us by 
Jesus our Lord. 

Genuine religion is that which gets its origin from above, "For God 
so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting 
life." (John 3:16.) 

Genuine religion accepts Christ as the Savior of a lost and sin 
cursed world. 

The religion of Jesus Christ regenerates men and makes of them 
new creatures. "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.) The genuine religion then, begets spiritual life to 
those who obey the written word in faith believing. "It is the spirit that 
quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto 
you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63.) 

Genuine religion not only consists in accepting the word of Christ 
but also in "continuing therein;" "Then said Jesus to those Jews 
which believed on Him, if ye continue in My word, then are ye my 
disciples indeed." (John 8:31.) 

Continuing in the word of Christ indicates the keeping and 
observance of the commandments, statutes and ordinances as given 
us in the New Testament, the most of which have been cast aside by 
the many popular imitations in religion. Jesus said, "He that hath my 
commandments and keepeth them, he it Is that loveth me." (John 
14:21 .) "But whoso keepeth His word, in Him verily is the love of God 
perfected hereby know we that we are in him." (I John 2:5.) 

From these passages of scripture it will be no hard matter for us to 
determine if the religion that we have is the genuine or if it is just an 
empty imitation. 

In our investigation along this line should we discover that we have 
been deceived by one of these many modern imitations it would be 
wise indeed, at any cost to cast the imitation aside and accept the 

Any system of religion that is not in harmony with the teachings of 
Christ is an imitation and will not profit one in the end. 

Jesus said, "Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things 
which I say" (Luke 6:46.) 


FOR JUNE 1995 

June 4 - Manna and Quail - Exodus 1 6:1-21 . 

1 . For what purpose, other than physical food, did God send 
manna and quail? 

2. How do you suppose God views greed and hoarding 
beyond our needs today? 

June 1 1 - Resting On The Sabbath - Exodus 16:22-36. 

1 . Compare no manna on the Sabbath with the Genesis 
account of creation. 

2. Explain how, and why, sometimes the manna spoiled over 
night and other times it did not spoil, even for generations? 

June 18 - Father's Day - Luke 1:57-80. 

1 . Why was not the child named after his father? 

2. From Zacharias's prophecy, explain God's plan of salvation? 

June 25 - Temperance - Proverbs 23:1-35. 

1 . To how many, and to what areas of life does temperance apply? 

2. When is not moderation a good definition of temperance? 

FOR JUNE 1995 

June 4 - Sowing and Reaping - Ps. 126, Hosea 10:12-13, II Cor. 9:6, 
Gal. 6:7-9. 

1 . What is the ratio of the seed to the harvest? 

2. Compare the similarities and differences of the two harvests? 

June 11 -Temptation - I Cor. 10:1-14, James 1:2-3, 12, II Pet. 2:4-10. 

1 . What does God's Word say about the often used excuse, 
that some people face greater temptations than others? 

2. Why should we be joyful when temptation comes our way? 

June 18 - Father's Day - Gen. 27:1-46. 

1 . Compare the intentions and actions of Isaac and Rebekah 
in this account. 

2. Why could not Isaac bless Easau? 

June 25 - Temperance - Is. 5:1 1-14, Acts 24:24-26, Rom. 6:16-18, 
Gal. 5: 22-26. 

1. Explain the relationship between righteousness, 
temperance, and judgement. 

2. How does the Holy Spirit help us be temperament? 

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JUNE 1, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Lord, I long to be 

Just burning for Thee, 

In a world sick with sin 

And no peace within. 

Help me to be 

A better servant for Thee, 

To go into the night 

And show sinners the true Light, 

That You they should receive 

If they would only believe. 

Brother Randall J. Reed 



Many organizations organize a special day called "homecoming". 
A special event is deemed important enough to invite many people 
who have had a connection with that organization over the years. 
The event usually marks some significant anniversary or 
achievement. On the set day, people will gather, often from a great 
distance, to mark this event and to remember past times. Although 
nostalgia may be involved in these homecomings, they can 
encourage the attendees to advance the organization's program. A 
homecoming may be an industrial firm's regathering of past 
employees and managers. It may be a school's gathering of past 
pupils and teachers. It may be a congregation's gathering of past 
ministers, members and families. The homecoming event can be 
enjoyable bringing together people who are not together regularly. A 
day or a few days are set aside to nurture relationships amongst 
these special people. 

General Conference is the Church's yearly homecoming. This is a 
time when members can be with each other. As members travel 
across the country to Conference, they are looking forward to a time 
of fellowship with those of like precious faith. Of course, there will be 
interest in the business that will be conducted. There will be a 
wonderful time of worship. God will be praised and honored through 
the preaching, singing and praying during this Conference. There will 
be many Spiritual resolutions formed within the hearts of those 
attending. As all these activities are done, there will remain a great 
desire for fellowship. 

As Conference makes its quadrennial trek across the country, 
more members have the opportunity to become acquainted with those 


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they would never see otherwise. Like an ordinary homecoming, 
Conference is a gathering of those who are not with each other very 
often. Some will meet for the first time. Others will be together who 
make a habit of attending Conference every year. 

Although there may be some looking back, there will be many 
challenges to looking forward during Conference. Christians can not 
continue to live in the past. It is wonderful to recount the victories of 
our Spiritual forefathers. Their lives have become as legends to us. 
Their stories provide inspiration for us as we meet the trials of life. As 
encouraging as these stories may be, still we must face the situations 
of our own day. We must do the courageous things that will become 
legends for our descendants. There are challenges for us to face 
today. Decisions must be made. Goals must be set. Resolutions 
must be made, not on paper, but in hearts and minds. Opportunities 
may come disguised as challenges. Only after we have met those 
challenges will we recognize them as the opportunities they really 

General Conference helps us be successful in meeting these 
challenges. We can better achieve our goals by pursuing them as a 
group rather than as individuals. As individuals we do our own thing; 
as a group we do what wili be best for all. It has long been 
recognized that a united effort will accomplish more than what 
individuals can do. When acting as individuals we may not have all 
the facts or understand ail the ramifications of a certain act, but we 
are more likely to get the whole picture when all contribute to the 
making of a decision. Minds can be changed when challenged by the 
group's reasoning. Scriptural and Spiritual ramifications may be more 
evident after a matter has been considered by the whole group. The 
leading of the Holy Spirit may be more noticeable when several are 
led the same way, rather than just one. 

The dangers of the world around us are real. When we meet at 
General Conference, the world seems temporarily shut out. We are 
prepared through the religious exercises of that meeting to better 
meet the dangers of the world. The more united we are in 
Conference, the greater our power in meeting the Devil's attacks. We 
are empowered by our participation in General Conference. 

In a small way Conference is a foretaste of the ultimate 
homecoming. The fellowship and worship of Conference will prepare 
us for those activities in Heaven. As a small group met in Conference 
we are preparing for an eternal homecoming Up There. Conference 
will last a few days here but Heaven will be for eternity. It is good for 
us to use every opportunity to better prepare ourselves for our 
Heavenly Home. 

Do you enjoy homecoming occasions? Are you planning to attend 
the Homecoming this month? Are you preparing for the Great 
Homecoming in Heaven? 




This expression is taken f ronn the November 1 994 Torreon Navajo 
Bulletin, which described a typical school day for Aaron Chiquito. It is 
Navajo for 'Tm sitting here." 

How do we answer when God calls us? 

In Genesis 22, Abraham answered three times with the words, 
"Here am I." In verses 1 and 2 God called him to a very difficult thing. 
In verses 11 to 13 God informed him that He was satisfied, and 
supplied a substitute offering. In verse 7 he faced a very difficult 
question from his son. In all of these calls he not only answered, but 
he acted upon the commands he received. 

in Exodus 3 is recorded the call of God to Moses out of the burning 
bush, and he answered, "Here am I." More importantly he did what 
God required of him. He felt he could not do it, but he did it, albeit, 
with great reluctance. At times he became very discouraged, but he 
carried on, in obedience to God's commands. 

In I Samuel 3:1-10 is recorded, that before the Lamp of God went 
out in the temple of the Lord, God called Samuel. Samuel answered, 
"Here am I". More importantly he obeyed and served the Lord as long 
as he lived. 

In Isaiah 6:1-13 God said, "Whom shall I send?" Isaiah said, "Here 
am I, send me." He was given a very difficult message, but he was 
faithful to deliver it. 

Matthew 4:18-22, 9:9, Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:1-11 and 27-28 tell of 
some, who when Jesus called, left all and followed Him. Matthew 
8:18-22 and Luke 9:57-62 tells of some who were not willing to 
answer the call. They were not willing to leave all. 

Acts 9:1-22 tells of the call and answer of Saul of Tarsus, later 
known as Paul. He immediately acted upon the command of God. 

The question is how do you, and how do I answer the call? 

Pray for us and for one another. 

God bless you all. 

Brother William Carpenter 


Isaiah 30:1, "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the lord, that take 
counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my 
spirit, that they may add sin to sin:" 

Hosea 13:2, "And now they sin more and more, and have made 
them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own 
understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, 
Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves." 

James 1:15, "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: 
and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." 


We are living in a day when, for many people, sin is hard to define. 
Some popular church leaders have made sin an archaic word no 
longer useful in our modern society. Others are faithful in pointing out 
the sins found in government and other worldly institutions. We are 
thankful for those who cry out against such sins as homosexuality and 
abortion. But what has happened to those who have cried out against 
the sin of a rebellious spirit? 

We believe God still is concerned about His rebellious children. 
They are willing to take counsel, but not from the Word of God. 
Christian psychology has become a popular leader in the thinking of 
modern day Christianity. We do not deny that there is some truth to 
the teaching that we can become so self debasing that an individual 
recognizes his weak and worthless status in the sight of a holy God. 

The sad fact is that all too many professing Christians cover with a 
covering, but not of the Spirit of God. We know that it Is the blood of 
Jesus Christ that not only covers our sins but takes them away. 
However, all too many conclude their relationship with God at this 
point. They do not allow the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth and 
away from the snares of Satan found in the desires of this world. 
They quench the Spirit that they may add sin to sin. 

After they successfully silence the convicting power of the Holy 
Spirit they are free to sin more and more. They make molten images 
of their silver. Most of us are guilty of using our money to please 
ourselves to the extent that we can afford. It may not be sinful to 
have possessions but when our possessions take precedence over 
the things of God they are a danger. They make idols of their own 
understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen. No longer do most 
Christians seek the leading of the Holy Spirit to determine what is 
pleasing to God and what is not. Instead they seek the counsel of 
popular Christianity that tells them that their idols of manmade 
amusements are not sinful unless THEY make them sin. They cry, 
"Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves." A church leader dressed 
in the latest style is not going to warn against following the trends of 
the world. If his wife is covered with jewelry and has her face filled 
with makeup it is very unlikely that he is going to warn against looking 
like the world. IN our day it is quite likely that a woman will be doing a 
lot of the teaching. We are not going to question such individual's 
salvation. That is God's department. We are convinced that such 
teachers are leading many into escalating sin. How much influence 
are they having in our own Dunkard Brethren Church? 

When we think of lust we usually think of sexual sin but lust covers 
much more than that. We lust after power, amusements, self 
satisfaction and otherworldly allurements. When we lust long enough 
it will bring forth sin. And sin, when it is finished brings forth spiritual 
death. May we heed the warning and truly seek the mind of God 


within His Holy Word and through the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


Webster defines "falsifiers" as, "Telling things not true, incorrect, 
wrong, misleading, a lie, to misrepresent," and so forth. 

The Bible gives plenty of warning about false prophets, false 
Christs, false apostles, false teachers, false witnesses, and so forth. 

Jesus, in Matt. 24:24, states, "For there shall arise false Christs, 
and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; 
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." 
Certainly Christ's prophecies are being fulfilled, rapidly, in our 

God's Word tells us very plainly that He CREATED man after His 
own likeness. Evolutionists teach that man evolved from a lower 
species of the animal kingdom. We know the Bible is true. Teachers 
and advocates of evolution are falsifiers. 

The Apostle Paul met much opposition to his ministry. He strongly 
made this statement in II Cor. 11:13, "For such are false apostles, 
deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of 

Satan, the devil, prompts the falsifiers. He is determined to 
counteract the work and teachings of Christ, who brought to earth 
God's plan for salvation. He sealed that one and only plan with His 
shed blood, as it flowed from His body hanging on the cross of 

II Peter 2:1 gives the following warning, "But there WERE false 
prophets also among the people, EVEN AS THERE BE FALSE 
teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, 
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves 
swift destruction." 

In Matt. 7:15, Jesus speaking, "Beware of false prophets, which 
come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening 
wolves." Wolves out to devour! 

Again, in Mark 13:22, Jesus' words, "For false Christs and false 
prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it 
were possible, even the elect." God's Word contains many more 
warnings about being aware and alert to the teachings of false 

What are the falsifiers advocating and teaching today? 

We hear today, that to be saved one has only to fall down before 
their radio or television to receive salvation. What a lie! 

Jesus said, "Ye must be born again." Not reborn physically, but be 


born of the water and the Spirit. That requires immersion baptism. 
Those who ignore Jesus' teaching are not building on the Rock, but 
on the sand. 

Today, in many modern churches, they have bake sales, raffles, 
worldly amusements, and so forth. This is absolutely wrong. Church 
leaders who permit it are simply ignoring the fact that Christ, nearly 
two thousand years ago cleansed the temple and drove out those 
who made the temple a house of merchandise. 

The thirteenth chapter of John is a very important chapter to a 
Christian. Our salvation hinges on it. A radio preacher said, "There 
will be no foot-tubs in MY church." I would never want to be a 
member in HIS church. Why? For the simple reason, that when 
Peter at first refused to have his feet washed, Jesus told him, "If I 
wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." Peter, realizing his 
mistake and the seriousness of it, readily agreed to feet washing. 

I personally know a minister who, on the beginning of a New Year, 
announced that he would be preaching most of the year on the Book 
of John. When he came to the thirteenth chapter he announced that 
he would skip that chapter, since it was not relevant in any way. 

The same situation exists over Christendom regarding non- 
conformity, bobbed hair, the prayer veil, not taking the oath and so 

We who have been taught to believe and put Into practice God's 
Word, by our foreparents, have received a great heritage. 

Much, much more could be written regarding my subject. 

The Apostle Paul, a true follower of Jesus wrote to Timothy in II 
Tim. 4:3-5, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound 
doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves 
teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from 
the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, 
endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy 

That time has come! 

Jesus foreknew the coming of the false servants and He knew the 
results of such teaching. 

In Luke 18:8b, Jesus speaking, "Nevertheless when the Son of 
man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" 

In light of the fact of the many falsifiers in our day, let us, each one 
take the counsel of Jesus as recorded in Revelation 2:10b, "be thou 
faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." 

The Late Brother Paul R. Myers 



It seems one of the awesome parts of the "senior Christian" life 
should be the fact that you are at a time when you can experience the 
full richness of the Christian life. That is the deeper life. It is the 
bottom of the well where the water is freshest and coolest. 

There are a number of terms that have been used to describe the 
advanced stage of the Christian experience that the mature Christian 
may enjoy. Whether it is the "higher life," the "overcoming life," the 
"crucified life" or the "deeper life", it is a special time of communion 
with the Lord. 

This victorious life is a part of being "grown up" in Jesus. It is to be 
relished and looked forward to. It is the time In life when surrender is 
reached. There is that greater consecration in the Lord's service. It is 
a time when separation does not seem like a challenge but a special 
arrangement with God for the regenerated mind. It Is a time when the 
prayer life is vital and the appropriation of faith is full. 

The term "abiding" in Christ seems to fit the senior years of life 
better than at any other time of life. This is the opportunity to practice 
the presence of the constantly abiding love of the Lord. It is the time 
to enter into the holy of holies and there abide deeply in the Saviour's 

Now, even though this is the rich time of life, yet, there are still 
some dangers that can be experienced in the senior years. First, 
there is the danger of having an unhealthy introspection and self- 
centeredness. if you glory in having reached these spiritual heights, 
you can hardly avoid an attitude of pride concerning this attainment. 

The second danger is that you may become so enamored by your 
experience in living the abundant life that you neglect to reach out to 
others and share these blessings, which the Lord has given to you. 
You might even get to the point where you receive what you believe 
to be direct revelations from God, Himself, and as a result, you are no 
longer in tune with the need for continuing study and prayer. 

Remember, the Holy Spirit will never lead you to do or to believe 
anything that is contrary to the Scripture. 

The real secret of the abundant, victorious, fruitful Senior Christian 
life is no secret at all. Just as you began the physical life as a babe 
and grew to maturity and usefulness through proper sustenance and 
training, so it is with your current spiritual life. You have continued to 
grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus 
Christ. (II Peter 3:18) This has made the difference in your life. 

The sustenance for your continuing spiritual growth and influence 
in your senior years is the Word of God. There is absolutely no short- 
cut and no substitute for the study of the Scriptures. In this sense, 


you are still a Biblical babe, desiring the sincere milk of the Word and 
growing thereby. As you study, you will be a doer. 

You have attained special God given wisdom and knowledge. 
Share it with us. Share it with those who are younger. Share it with 
those who desire to know more about what you have learned. Fill our 
lives with God's grace by your faithful presence at services and other 
church activities. Come into our lives and help to make them rich with 
your experience and love. 

Brother Len Wertz 


"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for 
their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to 
him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him 
up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one 
be warm alone? And If one prevail against him, two shall withstand 
him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. 

We have often heard that the Bible contains all the advice and rules 
for life that we will ever need. Our scripture lesson is a classic 
example of the Bible dispensing good advice and also explaining itself 
well. Why are two better than one? Ask anyone who is married and 
whose marriage is grounded on the rock. Ask any local assembly of 
believers that abides by the nearly forgotten plural ministry, and 
whose ministers think not of themselves but of the continuance of the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why are some so interested in having the 
pre-eminence when the system set forth in God's Word is so efficient? 
It says that a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Why is it that there 
are so many little cliques that refuse to allow others in? Psalm 133 
says, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell 
together in unity!" The marriage union is not a master/slave 
relationship, but each one has his or her place to occupy. It is 
likewise with the church. There is no dictator/serf relationship, but 
each one occupying their place in God's economy. We are there to 
help each other, and lift up one another. Philip, who was a deacon, 
was not content to wait on tables alone, but he preached the Word to 
those in need of the Gospel. There is more to the Christian life than 
just attending church on Sunday. One who has been bom again and 
has put his faith and trust in Christ, should he not be like Elihu in the 
book of Job? He said, Tor I am full of matter, the spirit within me 
constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is 
ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I 
will open my lips and answer." Job 32:18-20. Is not the Gospel like a 
fire in our bosom that we must share with others? If the Holy Spirit 
constrains us to share the Gospel with others, can the Holy Spirit also 


constrain us to work together as brethren for the furtherance of that 

Sovereign Ruler of the skies, 
Ever gracious, ever wise, 
All my times are in thy hand, 
All events at thy command. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


June 1, 1935 


J. A. Leckron 

It is hard to understand how anyone can read the Bible and not 
believe in the second coming of Christ. It is still harder to understand 
how passages that clearly predict His coming can be erroneously 
interpreted or explained away. There are those, for instance, who tell 
us that every time a Christian dies, Christ returns. That the second 
coming means death. But, my friends, there are six reasons why this 
could never be. 

First: The events of I Thess. 4:16-17 do not occur at death. Listen, 
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with 
the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in 
Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be 
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the 
air and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Now my dear reader, we 
want to say to you, that when a Christian dies the Lord does not 
descend from heaven with a shout, the dead do not rise, and those of 
us who are alive are not caught up with them in the clouds, nor do we 
meet the Lord In the air. And since these events must all take place 
when Christ returns, and since none of them occur at death, therefore 
the second advent cannot mean death. 

Second: The statement of 1 Cor. 15:51, "We shall not all sleep" 
(die), is flatly contradicted if the second coming of Christ means 
death. According to this passage there will be at least one generation 
of Christians who will never die, the generation that will be living when 
He comes. "We shall not all sleep." 

Third: The second coming is always spoken of as a comforting 
hope, whereas death is an enemy, (I Cor. 15:26). It is one thing to 
die, it is quite another thing to live and meet the Lord. "Wherefore 
comfort one another with these words." 

Fourth: Christ comes for us; we do not go to Him as in death. "I 
will come again and receive you unto myself," He says. (John 14:3.) 


Fifth: John 21:21-23 differentiates the second coming from death. 
"If I will that he (John) tarry till I come," says Jesus. "Then went this 
saying abroad that that disciple (John) should not die." Nothing could 
be plainer. They understood it. Christ's coming was one thing and 
John's dying another. The report went around that John might live 
until Christ returned. That is conclusive proof. In fact, it is absolutely 

Sixth: Substitute the word "death" and the passage about the 
second coming becomes meaningless. Take, for instance, Phil. 3:20, 
"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for 
(death) the Lord Jesus Christ." How absurd! "From whence also we 
look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." 

Now try Matt. 16:28: "There be some standing here that shall not 
taste of death, till they see (death) coming in His kingdom." What 
nonsense! Are death and Christ synonymous? Of course not. "Till 
they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." We trust that no 
one will ever again be so utterly foolish as to think that the second 
coming of Christ means death. Such a conclusion is without any 
scriptural support. 

There are those who tell us that the predictions regarding Christ's 
return were fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit 
came. They say that the coming of the Holy Spirit was the promised 
coming of Christ. But there are two main reasons why that could 
never be. 

First: Many of the promises regarding the second coming of Christ 
were made after the Day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy 
Spirit, for instance, Phil. 3:21, II Tim. 4:8, i Thess. 4:16-17. All these 
predictions and many more were made after Pentecost. Then He 
could not have come in the person of the Holy Spirit, or there would 
have been no later promise of His still future coming. 

The church still looked forward to His coming, long after Pentecost, 
for He had not yet come. 

Second: The events of I Thess. 4:16-17 did not occur on the day of 
Pentecost. Read the account and see. The Lord did'not descend 
from heaven. There was not resurrection of the dead. Believers or 
saints, were not caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. In 
fact, Peter and the rest of the disciples remained on the streets of 
Jerusalem most of that day taking care of the multitude, they were very 
busy baptizing those three thousand that repented of their sins. Not 
one was caught up. Hence, Pentecost was not the second coming. 

The scriptural view is surely plain enough when it says, 'The Lord 


himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the 
archangel and with the trump of God." (I Thess. 4:1.) And again, "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" and "Behold He 
Cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him." (Rev. 1 :7.) 

We have no clearer, plainer statement of any truth in the Bible than 
that of the second coming of Christ, and unless language is to be 
wrenched out of its setting and rendered meaningless, we cannot 
mistake it. If God did not mean what He said, why did He not say 
what He meant? Nay, we believe He did say what He meant, and 
meant what He said. If we do not take the word of God as it reads 
concerning Christ's second coming, how can we blame the Jews for 
not taking it literally regarding His first coming. Every prophecy about 
His first advent was literally fulfilled. 

Such positive statements as They pierced My hands and My feet. 
They gave Me gall, mixed with vinegar, to drink." (Psa. 22, Psa. 34, 
Psa. 41:9, Psa. 55:12-14, Isa. 50:6, Isa. 53, Micah, 5:2, Zech. 13:7.) 
Look them up. 

Again we say, do not blame the Jews for rejecting the prophecies 
concerning His first advent if you reject those about His second, for 
they are plainer by far. If He could come as an infant, why not as a 
King? Of course, it was hard for the Jews to think of their God 
becoming a helpless babe. There is some excuse for them. They 
expected a king. Well, next time He will come as a King. He will not 
be disguised. Is it not easier to expect Him as a King? 

After all, my dear readers, there is no question about His second 
coming, but there is a question about us being ready to meet Him 
when He comes, and it looks very much like the time is drawing to a 
close; then how careful we should live so we may be in the condition 
of the five wise virgins, and if we are like them, we will have no oil 
over to spare to those that were careless and indifferent about their 
soul's welfare. 

Oh, that we all might have more zeal, and take life more seriously, 
that it means much to be a Christian, and it takes more than having 
our names on the church register, we must live such lives here that 
we may know we have our names written in the Lamb's Book of Life. 
May the Lord so help us to live that whether we are alive or dead 
when Jesus comes, we will have so lived that we may be permitted 
to meet Him in the air. Is our prayer. 



The Sunbonnet in Jerusalem 
J. H. Moore 

In company with others it was my privilege to spend Thanksgiving 
in Jerusalem in 1898. We occupied pleasant quarters on the third 
floor of an excellent hotel. Many a time have I passed up an easy 
flight of stairs to the flat roof for the purpose of looking over the city. 
The hotel stands near the Jaffa Gate, and the top commands a fine 
view of the greater part of Jerusalem. In a place like this one can 
profitably spend months reading and studying. The Bible student 
never seems to grow weary of the sacred associations. But now and 
then there are occurrences here, as well as elsewhere, outside of the 
usual, and we now refer to one of them. 

A large upper room in the hotel was prepared for the Thanksgiving 
services. Chairs were brought in from different rooms and arranged 
together in church fashion, with an isle on each side. In front was 
placed a neatly-covered table and a chair for the minister. Here and 
there the stars and stripes were displayed, and in a general way the 
room was made to look somewhat American-like. A number of 
Americans were stopping at the hotel, there were others in and about 
the city, and by the time they had gathered in the room we had a real 
respectable looking audience. 

The services were led by a Methodist minister of fine address, he 
being assisted by others. The talk was good, the song service 
inspiring, and the spirit of the gathering somewhat patriotic as well as 
religious. It was a little remarkable that a purely American 
Thanksgiving service should thus be held on the northern section of 
Mt. Zion, near where once stood the marble palace of Herod the 
Great, and not far from the spot formerly occupied by the gilded 
palace of King Solomon. 

Reflections of this kind, however, were somewhat interrupted by 
the appearance of a plainly-attired and intelligent looking lady, 
wearing a real old-fashioned, brown sunbonnet. Her appearance 
immediately attracted my attention. Her bonnet was not like that worn 
by most of our sisters of today, but about such a bonnet as might 
have been seen in a well-regulated church thirty or forty years ago. I 
had seen no bonnets, save those worn by the sisters in our company, 
since leaving Sweden. In my own country I might have seen a bonnet 
of this kind in an audience and not thought much about it. But an old- 
fashioned split bonnet in Jerusalem aroused my curiosity. I was 
curious to know something about the lady, and why she was in the 


Holy City. 

Later our company learned nriore concerning her. She formerly 
lived in Ohio, and was then a very proud woman, caring little for the 
self-denying religion of Jesus. She felt herself called to work among 
the negroes in the South, and became fully convinced that the 
fashions of Paris and the religion of Jesus Christ did not blend, so she 
laid aside her finery, attired herself as she thought becoming a 
woman professing godliness, and then worked with a clear 

In time she found her way to Jerusalem, and was there working 
among the poor Jews, trying to convince them that Jesus is their long- 
expected and long-promised Messiah. Her humble home was among 
the poorer class. Here she lived, prayed and worked. So far as I 
could learn, she depended upon no missionary association for 
support. Her only trust was in the Lord. Now and then some money 
came her way, and on this she lived, devoting her entire time and 
strength to the good of those who looked up to her for spiritual help. 
Those who read this story will by it be reminded of the fact that there 
lived in Jerusalem at that time at least one woman who looked like an 
intelligent, devout and earnest American sister of the Brethren church. 



Sis. Irene M. Harris, 79, of New Creek, West Virginia, died 
Wednesday, April 19, 1995, at her residence. 

Born July 22, 1915, in Grant County, West Virginia she was the 
daughter of the late Minor and Mary (Hardy) Leatherman. 

Sis. Harris was a member of the Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church 
of New Creek. 

Surviving are her husband. Otto F. Harris; one son, Wayne Harris 
and wife Barbara of New Creek; three daughters, Mildred Missenger 
of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, Viola Weaver and Hazel Bream of 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; four brothers, Virgil Leatherman and 
Garland Leatherman of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, Ralph Leatherman 
of Frederick, Maryland and Charles Leatherman of Wauseon, Ohio; 
one sister, Myra Rotruck of Winchester, Virginia; twelve 
grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 21, at 
the Ridge Dunkard brethren Church with Elder Gene Kauffman 
officiating. Interment was on the Harris family farm. 


In Loving Memory of Irene Harris 
My Mother-in-law you have been for thirty years. 
Always caring and sharing for others, you loved dear. 
Your life was like a window. Where love could shine through. 
Reflecting the Lord in whatever task was to do. 
"Were You There?" was the last song you did sing. 
And your voice still had a beautiful ring. 
Wednesday your hands fell in earthly death, 
But God lifted them up to heaven for rest. 
Death is not the end for us who believe. 
It's the beginning of life in Eternity. 





The Hart Congregation will be having Revival Meetings, July 9 
through 16 with Bro. Mark Andrews as evangelist. Lovefeast will be 
held on Saturday, July 15 with morning and afternoon services and 
communion in the evening. We invite any to come and enjoy the 
services with us. 

Sister Bev St. John, Cor. 


The Pleasant Ridge Congregation, Ohio, plans a Harvest Meeting, 
July 30, 1995, with morning services. All are invited to these 

Sister Marjorie Fiory, Cor. 


I wish to thank all the Brethren and Sisters for all the beautiful 
cards and letters and telephone calls, but especially for all your 
prayers for me while in the hospital and at home. 

May God bless each one. 

Sister Clara Gunderman 





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JUNE 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Love Is the fountain whence 

All true obedience flows; 
The Christian serves the God he loves, 

And loves the God he knows. 

He treads the heav'niy road, 

And neither faints nor tires; 

That generous love which warms his breast, 
With fortitude inspires. 

No burden seems so great, 

No task so hard appears, 
But this he cheerfully performs, 

And that he meekly bears. 

May love - that shining grace, 

O'er all my pow'rs preside; 

Direct my thoughts, suggest my words, 
And ev'ry action guide! 

-Isaac Watts 



"We can accomplish nothing!" "What can a small group like ours 
ever hope to accomplish in this large and ungodly world?" We call 
this reality. Perhaps, it does express our view of the world and our 
prospects. Does it express God's view of the same situation? 

Our view and God's view are not always the same. What we 
consider to be reality is only our perception. Often that perception is 
negative, because we can not see the whole situation as God does. 
He has an overview, while we only have a horizontal view. If we 
could get the same view as His, we would not be so easily defeated. 
We see only the massed forces of the enemy. We do not see the 
greater power of God available to us. 

Our Spiritual victories, as individuals and as a Church, would be 
greater if we could get the view that with God's power we can not fail, 
if we pursue a course, consistent with His Will. This means we must 
be students of His Word. His Will and the direction of the Holy Spirit 
will never contradict the Bible. To know His Word, we must study it. 
We must dig out its lessons, so they will become more firmly 
established in our minds and lives. 

When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He left behind approximately 
one hundred and twenty followers. It would seem those few disciples 
could accomplish very little. They were not a significant number in 
the city of Jerusalem, especially at Pentecost. That Pentecost saw 
the greatest revival, as three thousand were added to their number 
that day. If they had feared the power of the Jewish religious 
establishment, they would have cowered in the upper room. The 
Church would have ended before it really had gotten started. With 
the infilling of the Holy Spirit, they received a power greater than their 
fear. They spoke out boldly about their crucified, buried, resurrected 


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and ascended Saviour. Their bold speaking, although it was at first 
misinterpreted as the prating of drunken men, caused a significant 
group to become concerned about their souls' need. There were 
other significant ingatherings of those who had ridiculed and opposed 
in the past. They soon became well known and widespread 
throughout the Mediterranean world. It was not long until they were 
accused of turning the world upside down. 

Christianity spread throughout the world. Over a period of time its 
doctrines became polluted with embellishments to and subtractions 
from the Bible's plain teachings. Although the Reformers, Luther, 
Knox and Calvin, sought to improve the situation, they failed to 
reestablish all the Biblical doctrines of the New Testament Church. 
Significantly, they continued to unite the Church with the temporal 
power of the State. 

These confused and ungodly conditions led a few to serious Bible 
study. Their study prompted them to separate from the Spiritually 
defunct Churchs they belonged to, so they could form their own group 
that would carry out the ordinances and other teachings of the Bible. 
Eight met at the River Eder, near Schwarzenau, to begin this 
experiment in Biblical Christianity. Their numbers soon multiplied, 
because they were bold in speaking to others who desired 
enlightenment. After several years of trials and troubles in Europe, 
almost all eventually emigrated to the New World. There they not 
only bettered their financial and physical condition, but also spread 
the Gospel. Through their influence and Biblical preaching, they 
spread across the continent. They were pioneers in some sections of 
the United States; in others they came soon after the frontier stage. 
Through doctrinal purity and godly living, they became numerous and 
far flung. 

The Brethren of old times came to a new land and continued to 
spread the Gospel. Today, we often cower because we are not well 
recognized and we fear the ridicule of those around us. We fear to 
forward the work. Now we have challenges to spread the gospel 
farther than within our own country. The world looks big and 
foreboding. We have many fears for we can hardly conceive of 
ourselves being able to spread the Gospel and pierce the great 
Spiritual darkness that lies throughout the world. We may not be able 
to convert a whole world, but we can do our part in a little corner of 
that world. 

We need to get God's vision of what His people can do when they 
work with Him. Although there may be setbacks, His vision does not 
include failure. 

Do we have a vision large enough that we could make a difference 
in one little area of this dark and lost world? What are our 




Editor's note — The following article is the first installment of an 
edited transcription of Elder Paul Stump's sermon at Engiewood, 
Ohio, February 26, 1995, after returning from his missionary journey 
to Kenya. 

Welcome to the service. This morning we are happy to be here. 
Praise the Lord! It does our hearts good to be back home. We were 
happy to be with the people over there, we told them so about every 

I tell you, when we came home and sang these precious songs of 
Zion as we used to, t could have sung all morning. I love it. I think 
we need to praise God. I believe, in our own way, we need to praise 
God from the bottom of our hearts. Often when we praise God and 
sing these songs, we don't get the real meaning out of them until we 
fully comprehend what we are singing. 

I believed those people over there when they were singing "There's 
Power in the Blood." That is one of their favorite songs. They just 
sing with their arms stretched out. There is POWER in the blood and 
I believe they mean it. I believe God hears their worship. 1 felt it, 
when I was over there. We had a wonderful experience when we 
were over there; one that we will cherish the rest of our days. Still, we 
are happy to be back. We are happy to be here. I don't know how 
much I shall say, this morning, but I want to share with you some of 
the things we experienced while we were over there. 

We had a nice flight, both going and coming, for which we are 
thankful. We were met at the airport and taken to Sister Theresa's 
house in a pickup truck. It took about forty minutes to get there. The 
roads were bad. They have speed bumps over there. So you can't 
go fast, as some of those speed bumps are almost like going over a 
log. Sometimes the floorboards raised up as we went over them. Its 
a different way of life. 

We had a comfortable home. They provided for us very, very well. 
We had modern conveniences, such as running water that was turned 
off ninety percent of the time. We were talking about water in Sunday 
School this morning and I tell you we don't know how precious water 
is to our life, until we are out of it. One morning we were getting 
ready to go to Mombosa. The water had been turned off as they 
hadn't got enough water carried in. We waited for our water to wash. 
It didn't come and it didn't come and it didn't come. Finally, what we 
did, we took a half glass of our drinking water, poured it out to wet a 
wash rag. We washed our faces and our bodies a little bit, combed 
our hair, and got ready to go, on a half glass of water! We had used, i 
suppose, in the six weeks we were there in Kenya, as much water as 


some of you people use for one bath. We have a tendency to 
murmur and complain about conditions about us. I tell you, I believe it 
would be good to go to Africa for a little while and see the conditions 
the people there go through and how they are content with nothing! 
Absolutely nothing! Here we sit with our arms full and our mouths full, 
our freezers full, with beautiful homes and we forget God! I am 
convinced that we live too much at ease in Zion. We really don't 
know it. We don't realize it. We take all these things for granted. We 
take it upon our own selves, yet we have a tendency to forget God! 
Those people have nothing. We have talked to pastors over there, 
who are trying to pastor a small church, getting a little band of 
believers together, to worship the Lord. They have nothing. They 
can't get a job. There are no jobs available. They are very poor and 
most people can't find a job. 

The first two weeks were pretty rough, but we enjoyed it. It was 
hard to get used to the environment. We seemed so isolated as we 
had to go eight or ten miles to the post office for the mail. No 
telephone. If you wanted to make a call you had to go uptown to the 
Communications Building. You had to stand in line. It took an hour 
and a half to send a Fax. Here in America, we push the buttons and 
about that quick the Fax is through. It's a different way of life. 

We did experience a little homesickness. I don't know if any of you 
ever did or not. It's not so terrible painful, but its heart rending. About 
the fifth morning, when we woke up, Mary was sobbing, "I'm 
homesick!" I thought, "Lord, help us. We have a long ways to go!" 
She said, 'Til be alright," and she was. So we got along pretty well. 
We were looking iomard to mail from home. We got mail one day, 
fourteen pieces in all. I want to thank you for the mall you sent. Your 
cards and prayers, we appreciated it all. The first letter we got from 
home was a letter from Shirley. We were so glad to get it. Mary 
started reading it; read one sentence and she broke down and cried, 
waited a little bit and tried again, read a little and broke down again. 
She said, "Here, you read it." I took it and started reading and you 
know, i broke down and cried. We were so glad to hear from home. 
It was touching, especially when we got the letters from people, who 
said, "We are praying for you!" "There are many prayers going up for 
you." It was really a touching experience, wetting my pillow with 
tears, not because I was homesick, but because of joy, of the 
situation over there, conditions in Kenya, Africa. How they are trying 
to serve the Lord. It just all went through my mind. Our mission was 
to go over there to find someone interested in preaching God's Word, 


according to the principles of the Dunkard Brethren Church as 
understood in the New Testament. That was our desire and God 
opened up the way. God, Oh, God, I thank you. Everything is 
opening up. And so I shed many tears of joy and tears of concern, 

As I say this, I was thinking about the little boy in the street. The 
first time we went uptown to get some money exchanged, as we 
crossed the street, a little boy came up to me. His arms were so thin, 
with pitiful eyes, he said, "Sir, please give me a shilling." I looked 
down at him and smiled. I didn't have a shilling. I had hundreds of 
shillings, but not A shilling. I had a big denomination as I had just 
come from the bank. Theresa was with us. She put her hand on his 
head, told him something and patted him. The boy looked up again 
and said, "Please give me a shilling, I'm hungry!" You know we 
walked across that street and I looked back and there stood the little 
boy, watching us go. Oh, My Lord, My God, I never helped that boy. 
So our hearts went out to situations like that. 

We had many touching experiences, but the experience of a life 
time that we will cherish the rest of our days. We learned to eat 
different things. We went over there to be with the people to win their 
hearts. We figured that we couldn't win their hearts if we couldn't be 
with them. We lived with them, ate with them, prayed with them and 
worshipped with them. Let me tell you that we were received as 
royalty. We didn't deserve half the honor and the royalty they 
bestowed upon us. 

To be continued 

Transcribed by Sister Maxine Surbey 


The Sea of Galilee is a very beautiful body of water. Arriving over 
a windy, hill-topped road, as you descend, you have a panoramic 
view of the city of Tiberias. Tiberias borders on the sea of Galilee. 

This Biblical body of water is identified by several names. In 
Matthew 4:18 and Mark 7:31 it is called the sea of Galilee. In Luke 
5:1 it is identified as the lake of Gennesaret. In Joshua 12:3 and 
Numbers 34:11 it is named the sea of Chinnereth. In John 21:1 it is 
identified as the sea of Tiberias. Some writers refer to it as a sea, 
others as a lake. 

The sea is shaped like a pear, the widest end being toward the 
north. The Jordan River flows through the sea of Galilee. The sea 
lies six hundred feet below the Mediterranean Sea. 

The sea of Galilee is definitely Biblical water. It is the setting for 
many teachings and miracles of our Beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ. I will refer to a number of them. 


After Jesus' resurrection, the disciples were nonplused. When the 
disciples were together, Peter said, "I go a fishing." They agreed to 
accompany him. They fished all night and caught nothing. In the 
morning, a voice from shore (Jesus') asked, "Have you any meat?" 
They answered, "No." Jesus answered, "Cast your net on the other 
side of the boat.". They did. They counted one hundred fifty-three 

At the same time, Jesus had a fire burning and prepared some of 
their catch and said to them, "Come and dine." Would, we could have 
been served by Jesus? If we live true and obedient to God's Holy 
Word we will be invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. 
Revelation 19:7. 

Matthew 17:27. Regarding paying taxes, Jesus told Peter, "Catch 
the first fish, open its mouth, there you will find a coin. Pay your taxes 
and mine." 

In Matthew 4:18-22 we have an interesting lesson. Jesus was 
walking by the sea of Galilee. He saw Peter and Andrew, brothers, 
casting their nets to catch fish. Jesus made this statement, "Follow 
me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their 
nets and followed Him. 

When He called others to be His disciples, they too followed Him 
without question. Is the human race today willing to leave the world 
and follow Jesus? I am afraid the truthful answer is "No." 

Much more could be mentioned about Christ and the sea of 
Galilee. Suffice it to say, the sea of Galilee was the setting for many 
of the experiences of the disciples. 

In closing, we have recorded in Matthew 8:23-27 that Jesus and 
His disciples encountered a great tempest in crossing the sea. They 
feared for their lives. Jesus caused a great calm. Read and study 
the above scriptures. 

Just as Jesus abated that tempest, He can bring peace of mind to 
the sinner if he will continually call on Jesus. 

The late Brother Paul R. Myers 



A boy had a deep, insatiable love for baseball. As a little boy, he 
frequently toted a toy bat and plastic ball. During grade school days, 
he took advantage of every opportunity to play catch. In Junior High 
School, he became the star player. His way through college was 
paved by his ability in this sport. After graduation he was drafted by a 
professional club. After a short stint in the minor league, he made it 
to the big league. Today he is finding his feelings on the sport have 
changed. While he is financially secure and revered by his fans, he is 


troubled. ..the game, he once played on the strength of desire, is now 
performed out of duty. 

I give you this story to illustrate that like this ball player, many 
church leaders find themselves fulfilling their obligations but without 
the passion that once fired them. The same Bible that was once read 
with a sense of delight is now merely an occupational tool. There is a 
scholarly determination but also a faltering spiritual devotion. Prayer 
has given way to worries and the church leaders fall victim to 
profession without passion. 

A minister must keep alive the flame of his love for Christ. He must 
be ever growing in his communion with the Savior. How is this 
possible? How can one avoid the lapse into lukewarmness? 

First of all, a minister may feel the need to build a significant work. 
The pressure of being impressive can become overwhelming. That 
can lead to a ministry out of focus. The remedy is to remember that 
in God's perspective, who the man is becoming is more important 
than what the man Is doing. 

Those who are called to preach must always approach the 
Scriptures with a commitment to accuracy. It is noble to desire that 
the congregation be challenged by the sermon, but it is especially 
imperative that the minister has himself been changed by the study. 

Church leaders often worry about offerings and attendance. The 
program seems to outstrip prayer and dedication to the work. There 
is always the danger of wrong priorities because of the pressures of 
the job. 

To stay spiritually fresh, church leaders desperately need the 
fellowship and admonition of their peers. It demands honesty and the 
willingness to accept another's counsel. 

Young Brethren, I write this especially to you, as you aspire to the 
ministry or If you are already in the ministry. If you have allowed the 
pressure of ministerial obligations to make your heart callous, the 
demands of duty to snuff out the joy of your relationship with the Lord, 
you, like the boy with the bat and ball, may need to go back to the 
beginning. In childlike faith re-develop your ministry on a profound, 
yet, simple affection for God. Get back to basic motivations for 
serving Him in this capacity. 

Brother Len Wertz 


"And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and 
supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:" Daniel 9:3. 


Let us look at the ninth chapter of Daniel and see how a godly man 
looked into the scriptures and obeyed God. This was not someone 
who pointed fingers at the other man. He had begun to read the Word 
in earnest, and discovering that Jeremiah's prophecies concerning 
Israel were soon to be fulfilled he began to seek the face of God 
concerning His people. Thankfully, though Daniel was what most 
church people would classify as a "good" man, he prayed thus: 

(Verse 5) "We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have 
done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy 
precepts andlrom thy judgments:" 

Daniel included himself right in there with those sinful old Israelites. 
He did not arch his back and say, "We have Abraham for our father" 
or some other self-righteous slogan, but he being part of the family of 
God, was also a partaker of their sins, and he knew it. 

Daniel continues, "O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face - 
because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong 
mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him." 
(verse 8-9) 

Confusion of face is shame. Daniel was ashamed for himself and 
his people. He prayed with fasting and with sackcloth and ashes, 
knowing that though Israel was wayward, and had departed from God, 
Daniel served a God of mercies and forgivenesses (notice the plural). 
The only way the church of today will be revived is if we, collectively, 
get on our knees and say, "We have sinned." We must seek the face 
of God continually in our lives, and not pray like the Pharisee who 
said, "Thank God I am not like other men," but instead, "God have 
mercy on me, a sinner." 

Many ask, should a person many years in the church, perhaps 
even with an office, pray, "God be merciful to me a sinner?" That 
person can and should pray that way. We all worry about our 
reputations, and what people will think of us, rather than being honest 
before God. When we are being honest before God, He can use us to 
His glory and not before. Daniel set his face before Almighty God. Do 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Psalm 74:18-20, "Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, 
O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. O 


deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: 
forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. Have respect unto 
the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the 
habitations of cruelty." 

We are fully persuaded that the enemy of our soul has deceived 
the multitudes and brought reproach upon the name of our Lord. The 
foiolish people who have fallen victim to the lies of Satan have 
blasphemed His name. 

Probably the greatest area of deception within the earthly church 
lies within the truth of the two covenants. We may not fully 
comprehend the mind of God in this area, but we are called to obey 
even if we do not completely understand. To have respect for the Old 
Testament, the old covenant, does not mean that we are to live under 
its rules and regulations. Even under the old covenant, where God 
not only allowed Israel to go to war and destroy men, women and 
children but actually commanded it, the Psalmist has concern about 
the habitations of cruelty. It would appear that this was not an outside 
enemy that concerned the Psalmist. For in verse 4 of this Psalm we 
read, "Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set 
up their ensigns for signs." Is it any wonder that the Psalmist was 
concerned that God had forgotten His covenant with Israel? 

The psalmist's words take on an even greater meaning when 
viewed in the light of the New Testament. "O deliver not the soul of 
thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked." The turtledove 
(usually called, merely, a dove in our day) is a sign of peace. Bishop 
Ernest J. Swalm in his book, "Nonresistance Under Test", shared the 
following historical data. 

"This early church stood by this doctrine (nonresistance) and 
sponsored it. History tells us that from 60 A.D. to 170 A.D. not a 
single Christian was known to have enlisted in the army. Later a 
soldier who professed Christianity was not given communion until he 
did penance. But we see a change in the Fourth Century when, 
under Constantine, the Church and the State were united, and the 
State dominated and controlled the Church. Thus the standards were 
changed, and military service was held as an exclusive privilege for 
Christians only. Pagans were not allowed to join the army. Since that 
time, more or less, the Church has strutted down the centuries with 
the sword in one hand and the cross in the other, thus failing to 
realize the distinct separation that God expects of the Church and 

Thus it became that patriots were considered true Christians and 


nonresistant followers became the outcast. Somewhere along the 
line this took an even stranger twist. Christians were not only called 
to defend their country with military might but were called to overthrow 
the rule of government over them in the name of religious freedom! 
We have never understood how the American revolution was 
considered (and continues to be so) an issue of freedom of religion. 
Even if this were true it would not change Romans 13, I Timothy 2:2 
and I Peter 2:17. The fact of the matter is the problem was taxation 
without representation, not religious freedom. The Bible has 
something to say about this also. Romans 13:6-7, "For this cause 
pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually 
upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to 
whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; 
honour to whom honour." 

Today this spirit of rebellion has revived (or perhaps it never really 
died). So called "Christian" groups are calling for the overthrow of our 
present government. Terrorism and destruction are the trademarks of 
these groups. 

Most Christians would not be a part of blowing up a building full of 
innocent people, including children. The seeds of unrest and 
demonstration against government are what bring such things into full 
bloom. Let us stand fast in the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ and 
stand for peace in a time when the dark places of the earth are full of 
habitations of cruelty. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


June 15, 1935 

J. H. Beer 
(Acts 19:13-20.) It's a happy time in a soul, it's a happy time in a 
family. It's a happy time in the church, and it's a happy time in the 
country, when the word of God grows and mightily prevails. It's a 
happy time when open sinners are seen leaving their sins and 
seeking their Savior. It's a happy time when men are giving up their 
sins; when saloon keepers are taking down signs and burning them, 
and when they give up their licenses, it's a happy time when card 
players throw away their cards and take the Bible instead; its a happy 
time when lovers of gaudy dress take their adornments and replace 
them with modest apparel. (I Tim, 2:9, I Pet. 2:3-4.) 


When the leaven of the gospel begins to work, there will be no 
need of a train of arguments to prove how inexpedient, how utterly 
unworthy it is for a Christian to turn aside after the amusements and 
trifling things of the world. Those who first trusted in Christ, were 
willing to forsake all and follow Him. The grace of the gospel 
produces a new taste-it alters everything about us, our friends, our 
pursuits, our books, no other proof in our lives will equal that which is 
seen in it's practical effect on the lives of others. Will you who read 
this message see to it that you purge yourselves from all filthiness of 
the flesh and be led by the Holy Spirit. 

(Acts 19:18-20.) This scripture is given in support of the prevailing 
power of the gospel against opposition, past triumphs of the gospel 
should give present encouragement, that we too shall see the word 
of God grow and prevail and the victories may be expected to be the 
same, men, magic, books and the love of money shall be subdued. 
Speaking of the Spirit, (John 16:8), and when He the Spirit is come, 
He will reprove the world of sin, and or righteousness, and of 
judgment to come. Perhaps you say the gospel is not stirring people 
today as it did in Paul's day. The trouble is not that the gospel has 
lost its power to stir, but the manifest weakness of the men who claim 
to be ambassadors for Christ. In the days of the Apostles, a bold 
ministry proclaimed and defended the truth they were not guilty of 
preaching non-essentials and compromising the gospel to suit the 
masses. A bold ministry proclaimed and defended the truth, and 
opposition was aroused, this is always a needful sign. 

God is not at work long without the devil working also. Deceitful 
counterfeiting was commenced, and was speedily ended in the most 
remarkable manner, see verse 14, there were seven sons of one 
Sceva, Paul preached, pleaded, made the gospel to sound forth, and 
on departing said 1 am free from the blood of all men. 

Read the following chapter, and see how three years were spent in 
planting the church at Ephesus. So mightily grew the word of God, 
the measure of it was seen first in a church with a number of faithful 
Elders, (second) in a neighborhood fully aware of the presence of the 
gospel among them, for it touched them practically; so much that, 
important trades were affected and a people openly confessing their 
sins, in their conversion. Here we see Paul's work and God's work. 
Paul labored diligently in planting, and God made it grow, yet it was 
all of God. 

Is the word of God growing among us, if not why not? It is a living 
seed, and should grow, and will grow unless we hinder it. (The word 
of God prevailing.) Growth arouses opposition; but where the word 


grows with inward vitality it prevails over outward opposition. The sin 
being exposed, it was confessed by those who had been guilty, and 
by those who had commenced its study, and being confessed it was 
renounced altogether. Nothing is more needed today for the 
advancement of Christ's kingdom, than faithful ministers and Elders 
who are willing to stand four square on the gospel, who through faith 
will deliver the message of him who is able to save men and women 
who are on the road to hell. 


Closing the Door Behind Him 
J. H. Moore 

It was the first and only love feast Judas ever attended. He had 
been with the Master for more than three years. He was the trusted 
treasurer and steward of the little band of selected believers. He had 
heard Jesus preach hundreds of times, and such wonderful preaching 
no man ever heard before. Even the learned and gifted said, "Never 
man spake like this man." He had seen him perform scores of 
miracles, to the wonder and amazement of every beholder. He could 
not, it seems, help believing that his Master, as his disciples called 
him, was a supernatural being. 

At the end of three years the little group of disciples, twelve in 
number, assembled with their leader In an upper room in Jerusalem. 
It was probably on Thursday evening, in the early part of April. A 
memorial meal had been spread upon the table, around which the 
thirteen had gathered. The curtains were down and the door was 
closed. The Master, to the amazement of his disciples, girded himself 
with a towel, poured water into a basin, and washed and wiped the 
feet of each of them. This was a religious service which they could 
not at that time understand. It was the first love feast for all of them. 
Then followed the Lord's supper, a meal that had been prepared for 
this special evening. It was the last meal that the Son of God ate with 
his followers while in the flesh. 

Near the close of this sacred meal Jesus astonished his disciples 
by what he said to Judas. Judas understood it, but the others did not. 
He arose, turned his back upon the Lord's table, walked out of the 
room, closed the door after him and disappeared. The Christian 
world knows the fate of that man. His action threw a shadow over the 
quiet little meeting. Each of the remaining disciples wondered what it 
meant. Why should Judas leave the room in the midst of the feast? 
Why should he walk out and close the door after him? That door was 
closed, nevermore to be opened by the man who had turned his back 


on the Lord's table. In vain they looked for the door to swing on its 
hinges, but the man never returned. Satan had entered into him, and 
he went to his doom. 

A few minutes later Jesus blessed the bread representing his 
broken body, and gave It to his disciples to eat. They ate it with sad 
forebodings of some mysterious fate awaiting their Master. The cup 
was passed in like manner. But Judas was not there. He alone of the 
twelve had been captured by Satan and led to his destruction. During 
the night he betrayed his holy Master, and before the ending of 
another day he closed his unfortunate life at the end of a rope. Such 
was the fate of the man who dared to turn his back on the Lord's 
table. Such was the end of the man who left the society of the saints, 
walked out of the room and closed the door behind him. Such was 
the doom of the man who permitted Satan to enter his heart and lead 
him astray. Better for that man had he never been born. 

And so it is with those who do not keep their hearts bolted against 
Satan. If Satan once enters the heart of the believer, as he entered 
the heart of Judas, his doom is sealed. He will be induced to leave 
the society of holy people, to leave the heavenly places in Christ 
Jesus, to turn his back upon the Lord's table and ail the sacred 
institutions belonging to the house of God, to walk out of the church, 
close the door behind him, and disappear in the sinful world. Sad 
indeed is the fate of such a man. 


God has given us a gift, a gift of Salvation by faith in Him who died 
for each of us. If we are followers of Christ we, each one, need to 
reach out and seek the lost and do all we can to win them for Christ. 
Are we using the talents that Christ has given us, or are we letting 
others do the work? I am sure every one has some talent, whether 
great or small. Are we hiding our talents? I am sure if every one 
were using the talents the Lord gave them more people would be in 
the Church and serving the Lord. 

We see so many out in the world who do not know Christ and do 
not realize what it means to have a life with our Blessed Lord. Do we 
ask others to come to church? Do we try to provide a way for 
someone we know who does not attend any church? Many churches 
in our town have a group who calls people to offer them a way to 
church. I get calls from other churches all the time, some times as 
many as three a week, wanting me to come to church and they will 
pick me up. Why can not we also call and invite others to come to 


church? Why should there be only two people in a large car, when it 
could be full? 

In some churches people with talents are not allowed to use them. 
Who is going to pay? God did not give us a talent to hide it but use it 
to honor and glorify Him. 

Oh, the harvest is ready, but no one seems to have time to bring in 
the sheaves. May God help us to work now, for soon time will be no 
more. How sad it will be, when so many are lost. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



Elder Paul R. Myers, born to Theodore and Cevllla Myers, 
February 27, 1904, passed away. May 18, 1995. 

He was married on June 16, 1926, to Margaret E. Burky, who 
preceded him in death January 8, 1989. 

He was installed into the ministry May 25, 1947. 

He enjoyed doing evangelistic work over the Brotherhood. 

He also had many varied jobs and hobbies. 

He is survived by two sisters, Mildred Kreiner and lona Allen and 
their families. 

Funeral services were held at the Hecker Funeral Home in 
Uniontown, Ohio, May 22, 1995, by Elder Edward Johnson and Elder 
Harley Flory. Burial in Woods Cemetery in Uniontown with Elder 
William Carpenter concluding the service. 

The family would like to thank everyone who were so faithful in 
remembering Paul with prayers, cards, letters and visits. 

This was found in Paul's Bible after his death: 

The Lord Jesus was the best taskmaster I ever 

worked for. He called me as a Deacon, Minister and Elder. 
To fulfill His assignments, He provided safety in 

travel over many thousands of miles by air, by rail, by 

ship and by auto. 

From my experience, 1 highly recommend that Christ 

should come first in each of our lives, for His rewards 

are beyond explanation. 

Paul R. Myers 



FOR JULY 1995 

July 2 - Water From The Rock; Amaiek - Exodus 17:1-16. 

1 . What and who does God use today to provide Spiritual water 
in the wilderness of life? 

2. Explain the meaning of the name Moses gave to the altar, 

July 9 - Moses and Jethro - Exodus 18:1-27. 

1 . Explain the priesthood of Jethro. 

2. Explain the leadership chain of command which Moses set up. 
Was it of God? 

July 16 - Moses In The Mount - Exodus 19:1-25. 

1 . What was God's Promise to His people, contingent upon their 
obedience to Him? 

2. Of what importance is sanctification of God's people today? 
July 23 - The Ten Commandments - Exodus 20:1-26. 

1 . Name the commandments that speak of our relationship to God. 

2. List the commandments concerning relating to our fellow man. 
July 30 - Judgments - Exodus 21:1-17. 

1 . How should our commitment to Christ compare with that of the 
Hebrew manservant to his master? 

2. Why did smiting or cursing father or mother carry the death 


FOR JULY 1995 

July 2 -Come Unto Me- Isa. 55:1, Matt. 11:28-30, Luke 14:17, Rev. 

1 . What is the yoke Christ said we must take? 

2. Explain the burden which Christ referred to as light. 
July 9 - Healing Of The Blindman -John 9:1-41. 

1 . Explain the part of obedience in the blindman's healing. 

2. How did the blind man share his faith with the Pharisees? 
July 16- Feet Washing -John 13:1-19. 

1 . Why did not Peter want Christ to wash His Feet? 

2. Explain the symbolism in feet washing. 

July 23 - Anointing - Mark 6:12-13, James 5:13-18. 

1 . Name two things anointing is symbolic of in the Bible. 

2. Explain the importance of prayer in anointing the sick. 
July 30 - The Phillipian Jailer - Acts 16:23-40. 

1 . What things indicated to the jailer that Paul and Silas had 
the answer to His Question, "What must I do to be saved?" 

2. Why had not Paul and Silas revealed to the magistrates that 
they were Romans before they were beaten and imprisoned? 

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JULY1, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


If we sit down at set of sun 

And count the things that we have done, 

And counting, find 
One self-denying act, one word 
That eased the heart of him who heard, 

One glance most kind. 
That fell like sunshine where it went, 
Then we may count the day well spent. 

But if through all the livelong day 
We've eased no heart by yea or nay; 

If through it all 
We've nothing done that we can trace 
That brought the sunshine to a face, 

No act most small 
That helped some soul, and nothing cost. 
Then count that day as worse than lost. 




This motto should remind us to have a purpose in our lives. Daniel 
had a purpose when he was taken into captivity. He was determined 
he would not defile himself by eating the king's meat. He stood by his 
purpose and was greatly blessed and promoted by God. During 
Jesus' earthly ministry, He had a purpose. He came to do His 
Father's will. He not only proclaimed the message of salvation, He 
also served the needs of the people. 

This motto was used by the early Brethren. It Indicated their 
devotJQn to God and their concern for their neighbors and Brethren. 
The Bible teaches a duty of worship. Each believer needs to 
reverence God, the Creator and Saviour of men. The Bible also 
teaches the concern believers should have, not only for their fellow 
believers, but for all others. 

God wants to be magnified as the One above all others. Men need 
to see Him as the wisest and best. It is not only His goodness that 
may make men glorify Him. His vast power, unleashed in destruction 
and judgment, may also encourage men to look up to Him. Whatever 
inspires men to be in awe and admiration of Him will be turned to His 

Ephesians 4:1-16 gives a scriptural view of this motto. Three 
things are necessary to bring glory to God. They are: 1. right worship, 
2, right doctrine, and-S. right living. 

The worship of God consists of Christians continously praising Him 
for all that He has done or wants to do in their lives. Included in the 
Christian's praise Is his prayers. Prayer is an acknowledgemnet that 
there Is One greater than ourselves. The One whom we seek to aid 


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us, physically, materially or spiritually, must be greater than 
ourselves. Otherwise we would not bow before Him In petition and 
humility. He must be acknowledged as the "one God and Father of 
all." It is through His goodness to us that we have our daily blessings. 
We must speak of the favors He has shared with us and praise His 
Name amongst mankind. 

To glorify God, we must practise and believe what He has 
delivered as His Will in the Bible. Our teaching and practise must be 
in line with His expressed will. The ordinances given in His Word are 
not only for His glory but also for our Spiritual good. We are improved 
Spiritually by observing the ordinances and by believing His Word. 
Anytime a man is improved Spiritually, God is glorified. A man lifted 
by God out of his human, sinful ways is a glory to God. He is God's 

A Christian, desiring to glorify God, not only observes the 
ordinances, but lives righteously dally. Righteousness is right living. 
A Christian must regulate his lifestyle through self-discipline and Holy 
Spirit direction. A believer who does not live consistently with God's 
desired holiness will bring disrepute upon God. A Christian is called 
to live that God may be glorified. 

Romans 15:2, "Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good 
to edification." This verse gives a Christian responsibility beyond his 
own life. It speaks of an influence upon others. Edification is building 
up someone else. We are to seek their good, especially their Spiritual 
good. If we help another materially or physically it may also bring 
Spiritual good into their lives. 

There are three things that affect our neighbor's good. They are: 1 . 
right worship, 2. right doctrine and 3. right living. The things that 
glorify God are for our neighbor's good, also. 

Right worship aids another for it is an example for him. When he 
observes us worshipping and reverencing God, he may be inspired to 
do likewise. If he understands that we depend upon God rather than 
on ourselves, he may look above his worldly situation to God, just as 
we do. 

If we wish to influence our neighbor to do good, we must set a true 
pathway before him. He needs to see the total picture of a life based 
on following al! the New Testament teachings. If he does not see us 
yielded to the will of God, he may not realize his need to obey God 
implcitedly also. 

Our neighbor must see our righteous lives. We can not expect him 
to be drawn toward God, if he can not see God living through us. If 
our righteousness does not exceed the righteousness of the world 
about us, there is little chance that he is going to respond to the 


preached word. 

To the glory of God and my neighbor's good is a motto. To be a 
true motto and not just empty words, it must be put into practise in 
each of our lives. 

Is this motto a part of your life? 



Continued from June 15,1995 issue 

They were thankful that white missionaries would come and live in 
their home as we lived with Theresa. There they could come into the 
home, visit and talk Scripture. What wonderful experiences we had. 
We went over there to spread the Gospel. The Gospel was very well 
received. The people over there are anxious and hungry for the Word 
of God. They have ministers and pastors over there who preach, but 
they need to be taught a little more. Theresa wanted to get the 
pastors together so we could speak to them. We did this the second 
day we were there. The first day was rest. We visited with the 
pastors. Their questions were, "What do you believe?" "What does 
the Dunkard Brethren Church stand for?" They were eager to know. 
I thought the best plan was to get the Polity Booklet and show them 
our standards. We started about 1:00 in the afternoon and some 
stayed until 8:00 in the evening, discussing the Scriptures and Polity 
Booklet and things like this. I was amazed at how eager they were to 

I asked if they had the communion. Yes, they had the communion. 
How about feet washing? No, we do not wash feet. I said, "Why 
not?" I said let us go to the 13th chapter of John. We read it and 
studied it together. I said, "Take notice, here is how Jesus did. How 
He rose from supper and laid aside His garments and took a towel 
and girded Himself and so forth. Then 1 read further, "If ye know 
these things, happy are ye if ye do them. As 1 have done unto you so 
do ye to one another." "Now," I says, "Why is that in there?" Finally 
one of the brethren said, "Brethren, it's Bible!" They were eager to 
learn. They were very receptive and they said they were going to 
start doing it. It is going to be a little hard for them, with their dirt 
floors, without tables and benches without backs. If you rock a little, 
you are going to upset. Anyway, they were very eager to learn. 

We had a discussion of headship and the prayer veil. They said 
some sisters did not cover their heads anymore because so many 
people who are non-Christian cover their heads. So they do not want 
to cover their heads anymore. 

Now, I tell you, my dear people, we cannot hide behind other men's 


sins. There is too much of that being done in our Church. We hide 
behind someone else's evil doings. The Bible says that is 
hypocritical. We should not do this. You know when a professor of 
the faith, does something wrong, it's wrong! That does not give us 
the authority to hide behind that sin. Maybe this Is cutting a little 
close, but I have heard some say that they did not wear a plain hat or 
a plain coat because such and such a brother did a dirty deed and 
they do not want to be like him. We are not covered by someone 
else's sins, we need to be covered by the blood! That's what we 
need to be covered by — the blood of the Lamb. 

It will take a lot of teaching over there. The women, who speak in 
Church, give wonderful testimonies. We heard Sister Theresa preach 
one time. We went over there to see how they do. We did not go 
over there to force them to do our way. We went to teach them and 
to see what they were doing. My goal was to go over there and live a 
life that they would want what we have. 

We took our song books along. We took our song books out in 
Theresa's home to see if they knew any of the songs. We and a 
couple of Brethren started to sing one Sunday afternoon. We sang 
about all afternoon, one song after another. They knew these, 
"Power in the Blood, ""Count your Many Blessings, ""What a Friend We 
Have In Jesus" and on and on. After singing one of the songs, I just 
don't remember which one it was, one of the brethren said, "Wow!" 
He was happy, you know. He was rejoicing that he could sing with 
us. They don't have the money for song books. They are too 
expensive to buy so they just sing by heart. They sing, 'There is 
Power in the Blood,""What Can Wash Away My Sins, ""Yes, God is 
Good." They repeat a lot. 

Every person in Kenya, knows three languages, at least, and some 
know as many as twenty. There are fifty different languages in 
Kenya, alone. When they get together to worship and start praying, 
they pray in English, Swahili, and perhaps two or three other tongues. 

How they pray! They just pray and pray and pray! I prayed for 
everyone I could think of and prayed and thanked God for everything 
and they were still praying. I was wondering, "How can these people 
pray like this?" They pray as if they are talking to God. My mind was 
drawn to our services at home in America. We, as a Dunkard people, 
pray just as if we went into a closet to pray. I am not condemning 
that. When we pray we stick our heads down in the corner of the 
bench and mumble a few words. Now, I'm not condemning anyone's 
prayers. Don't get me wrong. I just wonder what is right? We realize 
this must come from the heart. They are a very expressive people 
and when they pray they really pray. 


It made tears run down my cheeks when they prayed for us. They 
started praying for us before we came. When we got there, we told 
them we had a wonderful flight, just no turbulence at all. They said, 
"Well, you weren't supposed to, we were praying for you!" Can you 
imagine that? They were praying for a good flight. Before we had 
made preparations to come home, I don't think that we were there 
three weeks yet, they were already praying for our safe return. They 
prayed that the blood of Jesus Christ would be spread along the way 
and over the plane. They prayed for our family, for our children and 
grandchildren. They prayed for the church, here. They kept on 
praying. My! My! Why can't we get a little more excited about the 
Lord? We need to think along these lines. 

As I was discussing Scripture with them, there were different things 
that they accepted. We were talking about plainness. We covered 
almost everything. I won't go into detail. I told them why I dress as I " 
do. I told them we feel that neckties should not be worn, because it's 
an unnecessary appendage. What is it good for anyway? "Your coat 
is a lapel coat so a necktie looks nice." "Would a necktie look nice on 
my coat?" That is one reason why we chose this type of coat, to 
discourage the wearing of a necktie. It's a mark of separation. And 
don't you know, they accepted it. Generally, not fully. Right away 
they were ready to listen. The next time they came back, a lot of the 
neckties were gone. They were off. They were eager to learn. They 
were ready to accept what was taught. 

One Brother came back the next morning. He said, "Bro. Paul, I 
like what I see. This is what I want. I want to preach the Dunkard 
Doctrine." He is a young man, twenty-five years old, ready to 
graduate from college March 29. He will go back to Uganda, a 
neighboring country. He wants to preach the Word. His parents were 
killed In the war when he was two years old. He was an orphan, a 
refugee. He went to Kenya and received a scholarship. He wanted 
to become a preacher. So he is going to graduate. He wants to 
preach the Dunkard Brethren Doctrine. Then is when the tears 
started running down my cheeks. "Lord, thank you for opening up the 
doors." This Is what 1 was looking for. No honor for myself. That was 
my purpose for going to Kenya — to find someone to carry on the 
work before we came back home. 

The week before we came home I had quite a number of sessions 
with him. We were discussing church work. I asked him, "Godfrey, 
are you willing to teach all the doctrines of the Dunkard Brethren 
Church?" "Yes," he said, "I am." "Are you willing to not wear the 
necktie?" He said, "Bro. Paul, I got rid of my neckties. I want to dress 
like you do." So I said, "Do you really want to dress like I do?" And 
he said, "Yes." He was built about my size. I took my coat off and put 


it on him to see how it would fit. He looked in the mirror and smiled 
and said, "I like that!" They have a desire to change. I told him that if 
he liked it, he could have it. So I gave him my suit. To make a long 
story short, I left two suits over there. I had a concern for these 
people. I had a couple more suits at home, why should I not share 
with them? They can have other suits made over like them. 

To be continued 

Transcribed by Sister Maxine Surbey 


Proverbs says it well, "Without a vision, the people perish." As we 
approach the Twenty-First Century, a vision for reaching Africa for 
Christ, with Church planting is needed across the continent, by both 
clergy and laity of the Dunkard Brethren Church. To keep up with the 
population demographics in our continent, Africa, hundreds of new 
churches must be pioneered in the coming decade by the Dunkard 
Brethren Mission in Africa, especially Uganda. This presents a great 
challenge that must be addressed in order to ensure the long-term 
viability of the Dunkard Brethren Church message and ultimately, the 
growth of God's Kingdom. Such a vision for Africa has been 
motivated by Paul and Mary Stump during their first missionary trip to 
Africa in Kenya. 

On the foundations laid by the Stumps while in Africa, the Dunkard 
Brethren Mission in Kampala, Uganda, has been raised here in Africa. 
The vision was shared among us (Africans) and personally responded 
to, to carry it on. The Lord brought Paul and Mary Stump as the 
scripture reads in Acts 8:26-40. 

"The Angel of the Lord led Philip to the Ethiopian Eunuch and the 
gospel of Christ was spread through him." The Dunkard Brethren 
Church Mission launched the first Sunday Service on April 2, 1995, in 
Kampala, Uganda, Africa. We had twenty-two adults and five children 
in the first fellowship of the Dunkard Brethren Church in Africa. 

Let it be known to all, the (Dunkard Brethren Church), that the Lord 
has opened up a Mission in Africa this year, 1995, as a result of our 
Elder and his wife, Paul and Mary Stump. The work is growing and 
Africans are excited about it. We are happy to have the Mission 
begin for the purpose of reaching our fellow Africans with God's 
Word, and the message of Salvation. It is our prayer, vision and plan 
with a target to make the Dunkard Brethren Mission known, by 
establishing branches in many countries of the African continent. 

However, the success of the Dunkard Brethren Mission to meet her 
demands and make it a reality will depend on your prayer support, 
encouragement and direct involvement where possible. 

Godfrey Kliza 
Kampala, Uganda 



II Thessalonians 3:17, "The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, 
which is the token in every epistle: so I write." 

At my place of employment accountability is very important. Strict 
and careful records are kept. Every job is assigned to a certain 
person to perform. We either sign our name or our initials to show 
that we did the job. That way, if someone says the task was not 
performed, we can go back to the record and prove that it was done. 

Accountability is also important to God. The scriptures say that we 
will give an account for every deed done in the body. We will or will 
not be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven depending upon 
whether or not our sins are under the blood of the Lord Jesus. If the 
blood is not atoning for our sins then we are accountable for them and 
deserving of the punishment, specified. 

The Apostle Paul thought it was important to put his name to the 
epistles he wrote, for two reasons. First, his name would probably 
add weight to what was written, because Paul was a well respected, 
powerful and influential man of God. Secondly, Paul believed in 
accountability. The person who wrote the epistle was also 
responsible for its contents. 

In my writing experience I have never seen an editor accept an 
unsigned article. There are many reasons for this, but primarily 
accountability is the most important. If we write an article that is 
printed and distributed, we are then responsible for the article, though 
the publication must be single-minded and God-honoring and bear 
responsibility for what truth lies therein. Writers must be careful there 
are no underlying motives in the articles they write. They must not 
aim their writing at certain people or work towards the alienation of 
certain people. We must be motivated by our love for the church and 
the Brethren, and we must allow the Holy Spirit to affect change in 
people. Our work must reflect our love for the Lord and our desire to 
uplift and honor Him. 

Not too long ago 1 received in the mail a note signed, "A Brother." 
It was difficult to read, but what I could make out expressed criticism 
of an article I had written. I could not tell what article was being 
referred to, since the brother did not mention it, and since he did not 
sign it, I could not write back to inquire. It is important to be able to 
communicate. Most problems in the Church could be more easily 
solved if communications were more open. If the Brother would have 
signed the paper, perhaps, I could have helped to quell any 
misunderstanding that he had. Perhaps we could have cemented a 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



How to Study the Bible 

There is nothing more enjoyable than studying God's Word. Yet, 
the thought of it seems to turn some people off. As a result they 
quake with guilt instead of tremble with eagerness. 

To study the Bible, it must be read first! That may sound too 
obvious, but quite frankly, that is where many people fail. Too many 
Christians are content with a second-hand knowledge of the Word. 
They read books ABOUT the Bible instead of studying the Bible for 
themselves. Books are good, but collateral reading can never replace 
the Bible itself. 

There are a lot of Bible reading plans available today but lets 
consider some things that may help in making this the awesome 
experience it should be. First, read through the Old Testament. Yes, 
the Old Testament! Note in the margins any truths you particularly 
want to remember and write down anything you do not seem to 
understand. Sometimes these questions will be answered later in the 
text itself. The questions, that you cannot find answered, can become 
starting points for more in-depth study, later. 

Now, read the New Testament. Consider reading one book 
repetitiously for a month or so. Begin with a short book such as I John 
and read it through in one sitting every day for a month. At the end of 
that time, you will know what is in the book. You will also develop a 
visual perception of the full book and see the bigger picture of the 

Divide longer books into short sections and again read each 
section daily for up to a month. The Gospel of John contains twenty- 
one chapters. If you read seven chapters each day for a month, you 
will finish It in ninety days. 

Always keep this question in mind, "What does this mean?" It is 
important to understand meanings before applications can be made. 

In interpreting the Bible, there are several gaps that have to be 
bridged. First, there is the language gap. The Bible was written in 
Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. Understanding the meaning of a word 
or phrase in original language can be the key to correctlyjnterpreting 
a certain passage of Scripture. You might want to have an Expository 
Dictionary near by. 

Second is the culture gap. Some people try to use cultural 
differences to explain away the more difficult biblical commands. Do 
not fall into that trap. Realize that we must first view Scripture in the 
context of the culture in which it was written but understand, too, that it 
is written to all generations. 

The geography might be a third gap. Biblical geography makes the 


Bible come alive. A good Bible atlas helps here. Of course, nothing 
helps like seeing the land first-hand if that is a possibility open to you. 

Bible history is the last gap. An understanding of Bible history will 
help us place the people and events in their proper historical 

There are four principles that can guide you in interpreting the 
contain some figures of speech and symbols, they are intended to 
convey literal truth. 

Second, you will need to interpret Scripture in its historical context. 

Third, the grammatical structure of each sentence is important. 
What is the tense of the main verb? To whom do the pronouns refer? 

Finally, remember this principle. THE BIBLE DOESN'T 
CONTRADICT ITSELF. If you arrive at an interpretation that 
contradicts a truth taught somewhere else in the Word, your 
interpretation Is not correct. 

Now comes the major challenge. You must APPLY THE BIBLE. 
Bible study does not stop with the procedures of study. Your goal 
must be to let it speak to you and enable you to grow spiritually. The 
study is not complete until you ask yourself, "What does this mean for 
my life and how can I practically apply it?" If there is a command to 
be obeyed, you obey it! If there is a promise to be embraced, you 
claim it! If there Is a warning to be followed, you heed it! Ultimately 
you must submit to Scripture and let it transform your life. If you skip 
this step, you will never enjoy Bible study and the Bible will not 
change your life. 

Bible study is an obligation and a privilege. Let it bring you to 
maturity as a believer. 

Brother Len Wertz 


Isaiah 32:20a, "Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters." 
The world is full of the "waters" of religion. There are those who 
believe that we should allow each Individual to seek God in the way 
that seems the best for him. In place of sharing the truth of the 
gospel we are encouraged to interact and dialogue with those of 
various beliefs. By doing so we would deny these individuals their 
only hope for Heaven. 

However, there are some "seeds" that bring forth tares rather than 
the desired harvest. These should be avoided at all cost. One of 
these is the seed of arrogance. We believe that when we become so 
"holy" that we can not speak to individuals without a superior attitude 


we have lost our cause. Christianity is certainly superior to any other 
religion, but we do not believe that being a Christian makes a person 

Another closely related seed is the seed of ridicule. We can not 
compromise the truth of Scripture but we do not believe that we must 
berate those with whom we are sharing the truth. 

Taking these cautions into consideration, we believe Isaiah 32, 
starting at verse 13, has a message for us today. "Upon the land of 
my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses 
of joy in the joyous city:" When we enter the "conservative" area of 
Christianity we have very little opposition to the fact that there is no 
way to God but through Jesus Christ. But the thorns of relativism 
have sprung up within the conservative body of Christ. Such things 
as modesty of dress, the wearing of jewelry, and hair styles for men 
and women are considered to be relative. Shorts are now considered 
to be modest In relation to "short shorts" and a bathing suit is 
considered modest in relation to a bikini and on it goes. A little 
jewelry is considered to be acceptable in relation to "overdoing it." 
Long hair on men is often judged in relation to how long a woman's 
hair is, which is judged in relation to how long a man's hair should be. 
This is a vicious cycle that ends up with each individual deciding what 
is "long" and what is "short." 

The briars of political involvement, patriotism and self defense have 
compassed the "joyous city." These must be rooted out and replaced 
with the seed of truth. 

"Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city 
shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of 
wild asses, a pasture of flocks; Until the spirit be poured upon us from 
on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be 
counted for a forest." 

The palaces are representative of leadership. The grand 
eloquence of Holy Scripture has been replaced with the hovels of 
man's interpretations. Therefore the multitudes of the city of God are 
left without leadership. The forts and towers of divine truth, our 
safety, have been replaced with the dens of self understanding. The 
wild animals and flocks without shelter have joy in their "freedom," but 
they are without the protection, so badly needed. 

When the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and we are willing 
to listen, the wilderness becomes a fruitful field. The Holy Spirit will 
give the rain of blessing upon the seeds of truth we sow. This fruitful 
field will be counted for a forest. A strong bulwark and material for 
future building. 

"Then judgement shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness 


remain in the fruitful field." God's judgment and righteousness are 
very seldom accepted by "religious" man. 

"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of 
righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people 
shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in 
quiet resting places; When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; 
and the city shall be low in a low place." 

Let us never be ashamed of our way of peace and quietness. 
When the hail of popular thought falls we can be secure in our 
assurance of the truth. 

Let us sow beside all waters, sowing the truth of salvation through 
the blood of Jesus Christ as symbolized in trine immersion baptism. 
God will call us blessed in His sight. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


July 1,1935 

Ida M. Helm 

It is hard for man, morally dwarfed and warped as he is, to trust 
implicitly in the gracious God, and utter his praise as we should, for 
we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. 

He is good. He is glorious! In Him is all penetrating and diffusive 
light. He is the source of wisdom, knowledge, peace, holiness, 
happiness, love and life. Without Jesus what would man be? 
Religion would be an empty science as it is in pagan lands today, full 
of terror and dispair and racked with realizing anticipation of future 
successive, substantial and endless misery and woe. 

Everything that God created He pronounced good. Man was pure 
and sinless created in the image and likeness of God. Mankind took 
sin from the hand of Satan and blighted God's pure and lovely 
creation, filled men's hearts with cruelty, blasted human hopes, filled 
the centuries with corruption and crime, broke the heart of God's well- 
beloved Son and murdered Him. 

Through sin man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands 
mourn. Satan is powerful, he is crafty, he is a liar, he is lawless, he Is 
a murderer. Man cannot chain him. Man can not legislate Satan and 
sin. The old man of sin can not be reformed, it must be crucified, 
dead and buried, and the new man in Christ Jesus must walk in 


newness of life. Satan was conquered on Calvary. 

The promised Messiah appeared in the time when Pilate was 
procurator of Judea, and he was rejected of men. If a blood-thirsty 
mob had taken Jesus out and crucified Him by force in some out of 
the way place His blood would not have atoned for our sins. He must 
be crucified in a legal way. He must go voluntarily to the cross. He 
must be brought before the Sanhedrin, the highest court of Jewish 
authority and there the sinless one, the one who was declared to be 
innocent, must have the death sentence pronounced upon Him. He 
must be taken before Pilate and Herod that the representatives of 
Rome, the world power may declare there is no fault in Him, He is 
innocent. There was no one to plead His case. All forsook Him and 
fled. He was doomed to death on the cross. 

In the ancient world the cross was not eulogized as it is today. A 
crucified criminal, was in the sight of men, detested. He was cursed 
of God. Jesus had to stand in our place and bear the curse of sin or 
we would be under sentence of eternal death today. All the blood of 
every animal that was shed under the old ceremonial law could not 
take away one sin. Only the blood of the sinless Son of God had the 
efficiency to atone for sin. 

The first Adam sinned and fell and the human race fell with him. 
Christ the second Adam was sinless, He over came Satan and 
temptation and in Him we can take refuge and be saved. The 
disobedience of the first Adam was met by the obedience of the 
second Adam. 

Jesus became carnate that He might undo what the first 
representative did. He was slain, for the wages of sin is death. Great 
has been the ravages of sin, it measured mans years at 70. I John 
1:8-9 says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the 
truth is not in us." No man ever was absolutely sinless and not in 
need of the application of the cleansing blood of Christ. "Being 
justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ 
Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in 
his blood." (Rom. 3:24-25.) 

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus 
Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with 
him in baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the 
dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in 
newness of life. ..our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin 
might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Rom. 

We are not only to be dead with Christ, but we must rise with Him 


to live in Him, if we would find rest for our souls. 

Though the Christian be dead to the world, the world will not be 
dead toward the Christian. The world is at enmity with Christ and 
from it will issue deeds of ill will and hatred that will severely try the 
love and faith of the followers of Christ. 

One the day of atonement the blood of the sacrifice was carried 
into the most holy place, while the flesh of the victim was not eaten 
but burned outside the camp. "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might 
sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let 
us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his 
reproach." (Heb. 13:12-13.) As if we were going forth with Him when 
He was led away to be crucified. He was led away as a malefactor, 
He was the object of scorn and contempt. He was taunted and 
reviled while He was on the way to the place of execution, and even 
on the cross. 

Alas, how many there are who profess to love Him when religion 
subjects them to no reproach, but had they been present when He 
was led to execution would have shrunk back from following Him to 
Calvary. To be crucified with Christ today, follower of Christ must 
utterly renounce all worldly, carnal things, even though it entail scorn 
and contempt for Christ's sake. 

Christ's resurrection meant endless life. He did not rise to die 
again. The Christian's baptism in the watery grave means a death 
and resurrection to life once for all. Not to live again to the world. 
Paul asks the question, "How shall we that are dead to sin live any 
longer therein?" When we die to sin we sever our connection with it. 
We put a virtual end to our sinful life. To live in Christ and Christ in us 
we must possess and practice all the truths taught in His word, thus 
we are children and heirs with Jesus Christ. 

To not obey all the teachings of God's word is to live without God. 
The condemning power of sin is so great that it is utterly impossible 
for the best moral man that ever lived to save himself. Some of the 
men who crucified Jesus passed as moral men. Only those who live 
in Christ and practice all His teachings can appropriate to themselves 
the cleansing efficacy of the blood of Christ. 

Jesus was rejected of men, He had no where to lay His head, He 
had nothing but a cross. In His will He bequeathed to each child of 
God a cross with the stipulation that he bear it daily after his Master. 
He promised, "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown 
of life." (Rev. 2:10.) 




The Shrewsbury Congregation is looking forward to our Summer 
Revival Meetings. The Lord willing, Bro. Michael Wray from California 
plans to be with us from July 30 to August 6. Pray, come, worship, 
and fellowship with us. Pray for those who need the Lord in their 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 


The Swallow Falls, Maryland Congregation's annual ten day revival 
is planned to begin August 18, each evening at 7:30 with Bro. Rudy 
Shaffer as evangelist. Saturday, August 25, afternoon service at 3:30 
P.M., Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday noon fellowship dinner. 

Please come praying (we have room to accommodate you), and if 
you cannot come please do remember us at Swallow Falls in prayer 
as we are few in number and we definitely need to hold each other up 
in the perilous times we are facing now, and in the time of great trials 
and tribulations such as our earth has never experienced before. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder, Cor. 


To every member of our persuasion, from coast to coast, greetings. 

On last November 29 I entered the hospital for the first knee 
replacement. Then again on April 25 for the second one. 

I am coming along fine with much therapy. I am walking now with 
one cane. 

Thanks to everyone for all the cards and gifts, and above all your 
many prayers in my behalf. 

God bless you each. 

Brother Harley Rush 


Our 1995 Revival Meetings will begin July 22 and end July 29. If it 
is the Lord's guiding. Brother Galen Shelly will bring us the messages. 
We will be looking forward to all who can to join us. 

Three more precious souls; Trisha Lengyel, Dan Westbrook and 
Doris Brock had requested baptism and committed their lives for the 
cause of Christ. May we hold them up in much prayer to protect them 
from this wicked world. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 





Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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


Jacob C. Ness, Chairman 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31 1 1 1 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H.108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 


Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York. PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H.108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escaion, CA 95320 


James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
AdeUA 50003 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 
4025 Woodland Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95358 


Henry Walker, Chairman 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, CA 95323 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretar 
2654 K Avenue 
Adei, lA 50003 
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William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
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Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 


David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Marlin Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

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JULY 15, 1995 

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 AIIV1: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


But that thou art my wisdom, Lord, 

And both mine eyes are thine, 

My mind would be extremely stirred 
For missing my design. 

Were it not better to bestow 

Some place and power on me? 

Then should thy praises with me grow, 
And share in my degree 

But when I thus dispute and grieve 

I do resume my sight; 
And, pilfering what I once did give. 

Disseize thee of thy right. 

How know I, if thou shouldst me raise 
That I should then raise thee? 

Perhaps great places and thy praise 
Do not so well agree. 

Wherefore unto my gift I stand; 

I will no more advise; 
Only do thou lend me a hand. 

Since thou hast both mine eyes. 
-George Herbert 



II Peter 2 shows the two sides of God's personality. On one hand 
we can see His severity and on the other His goodness. He is a God 
of wrath and a God of love. He judges and none can recall his 
sentence. His love provides the only escape from the judgment 
deserved by all. His love cost Him His Son. Jesus bore the sins of 
humanity on the cross, so we, individually, would not have to bear the 
judgment that sin deserved. 

God has dealt with sin and rebellion many times. Even before 
creation, He had faced rebellion amongst the angels of Heaven. 
Under the leadership of Lucifer, a third of the angels had rebelled 
against God. God answered their rebellion with swift and terrible 

After God created the earth, all continued in harmony until sin 
entered through the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Their fall 
brought sin's power upon men. The course of life deteriorated with 
sin becoming more prominent. Finally, a time came when God could 
abide no more. He was sorry He had created mankind. He was 
ready to destroy His creation. The only way to get rid of sin was to 
get rid of m^n. 

In the midst of the darkness of sin, God found one man and his 
family who continued to serve Him. Noah found grace in the eyes of 
the Lord. God did not destroy Noah for he was His only 
representative in a world full of sin. God gave Noah specific 
instructions, which must be carried out exactly as God gave them or 
they would not be of any benefit to him. During the time, Noah built 
the ark, he warned men of a coming judgment, but none were willing 
to listen or to join Noah and his family on the ark. That ark was lifted 
up and carried by the very waters that became the death of the 


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Others. God's judgment had included grace for Noah. He had 
followed God's precise instructions. 

After the flood, the population of the earth began to multiply again. 
As the number of people grew, sin grew. The people became wicked 
again. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were particularly noted for 
their sinful activities involving illicit relationships. The men of these 
cities had a great desire for other men. The women preferred other 
women. In the midst of the city of Sodom lived Lot, Abraham's 
nephew. Lot had chosen the plain, when Abraham offered him the 
choice of the land. He had prospered materially but had failed 
Spiritually. There remained within him a small spark of the Spiritual, 
but he had become ineffective as a witness of God in this unrighteous 
city. He realized that the deeds of his neighbors were wicked. These 
things vexed him, but he seemingly did not have the strength to 
remove himself and his family from them. 

When God had had enough of this carnal lifestyle, He warned 
Abraham what was In store. Abraham, because of his particular 
concern for Lot and his family, plead with the Lord to withhold His 
judgment if a certain number of righteous could be found there. After 
much seeking, not even five righteous could be found. The only ones 
who qualified were Lot, his wife and two unmarried daughters. When 
the time for destruction came, God sent angels to Lot's house to warn 
him to escape. Lot's ties to the city were too strong. He had married 
daughters, whose husbands were a part of the unrighteous 
population. He could not persuade anyone else to go with him. His 
Influence for good was nil. As the destruction was about to begin Lot 
was forcibly led out of the city towards the mountains. Even as he 
was escaping, he continued to argue with God's plan for his escape 
and well-being. His wife looked back at those things that were 
important to her. She was turned into a pillar of salt. The daughters 
later showed the influence Sodom had had on them in their dealings 
with their father. 

Lot escaped, but it was not in the wholehearted way that Noah 
had. Noah was a preacher of righteousness in the midst of a very 
wicked and doomed world. Lot had to be removed from Sodom for 
his own good. He did not have a righteous influence. Noah had his 
whole family on the ark. Though only eight people, they represented 
two generations. They would be able to repeople the earth. Lot could 
not bring his whole family out of Sodom. 

God provided a way of escape for both Noah and Lot. Noah 
wholeheartedly followed the instructions God gave him. Lot 
continued to argue with the angels and God. He never gave in to 
God's direction without a fight. 

Are there parallels between Noah and you? Are there parallels 
between Lot and you? Which one do you most resemble? 




Continued from July 1 ,1 995 issue 

I tried my suit on anotlier pastor wiien we were in the "Bush." He 
says, "I want to look like you." He wanted me to send him a picture of 
him wearing my suit, so he could know how to make a coat like it. He 
said, "I think this is the way we ought to dress." I took the picture 
then. He was so tickled. 

How easy it was to get these people to listen and to be obedient. 
Here, we preach and preach our heart out. We talk about worldliness 
coming in the Church and how we should shun these worldly 
tendencies. The more we preach, the worse it seems to get. What is 
the matter with us? Have you ever thought about that? I have 
thought about this since ! was over there. Why is it so hard to get 
people to understand? It seems like too many times we feel the least 
we can do, the better we feel. I think we ought to see how much we 
can do for the Lord. That is the desire they have in Kenya. Doing for 
the Lord. 

We visited many churches and had worship services. We spoke in 
two universities. At one university, there were over two hundred 
students who came out for the meeting that night. Those young 
people are desiring something. They need a little guidance. The text 
that I used was, "Christian Ethics in Business." They had in their 
minds that you cannot be in business and be a Christian. Which way 
should they pursue? Would they want to be business people or 
Christians? They had been trying to teach them that they can be 
honest in their business. That was the theme of the evening. So I 
spoke on that subject. You do not have to be crooked, when you are 
in business. You can run a business and run it honestly. Those 
students were just drinking it in. They are hungry for God's Word. 
We are glad to have found it so. 

We are just rejoicing in the Lord, that they are willing to accept our 
teaching and to try to be like we are. It looks very, very promising. 
The seed is sown. There is a need for a watering to be done. We 
look for the Lord to water and bring a bountiful harvest. 

I know a lot of you have been praying. We could feel it. We knew 
people were praying. Not only here, at Englewood, but all over the 
country and the Brotherhood. I know you were concerned for our 
safety. We were, too. But we were guarded. They guarded us with 
their lives very, very closely. We feel that things have turned out real 

There is a lot of work needing to be done over there. A lot of 


prayers are needed in behalf of Africa, if we expect the seed that is 
sown to grow. We encourage you to remember to pray. Keep on 
praying for the work in Africa. They need your prayers. 

Their financial burden is more than they can bear. We have visited 
many churches. One time we were riding along out in the "Bush" 
when John says, "Bro. Paul, there is one of our churches." I said, 
"Where?" "Out there by that tree." Can you imagine that? It was just 
a little grassy spot about as big as this corner, here. There they 
would gather to worship. That's their church. We have a building like 
this with fans, lights, plastered wails, comfortable seats, plus about 
forty pillows here. I think I counted one time. Then we get tired going 
to church. When they go to church, they stand. 

We were at another place, out in the "Bush", when John said that 
the Sister who lived at that place donated some land for a church 
here. He said that he wanted to take us up to see it. So we walked 
out back of the house. I thought we would see a church. When we 
got out there, you know what we saw? It was a skeleton of a building 
just made out of twigs, branches or limbs. Something like bamboo 
poles. He stood there and said that this was their church. He did not 
say that this is all we have. He said this is our church! I asked him 
what they did when it rains or when it is hot. "We have a bamboo rug 
that is put on the top to make a little shade. The Lord doesn't let it 
rain on our services." Can you imagine that? Here in America if it is 
a little cloudy and looks like rain or snow, we cannot go to church 
because it might be bad. Have you ever thought of that. We have a 
lot to learn, my dear people. 

We want you to know that we are happy in what took place. We 
are satisfied that the Lord has opened up the doors to Africa. We 
trust that you will keep on praying and doing what you can for this 
cause. If the Lord lays it on your heart to go to Africa sometime, I 
encourage you to go. It's beautiful weather, there. God looks down 
upon His people there. I was made to think about one verse. In the 
book of Philippians, where Paul says, "I thank my God for every 
remembrance of you always in every prayer of mine for you, making 
request with joy." Phil. 1:3-4. As we were worshipping many times I 
would think of people back home, still sleeping. When we would go to 
bed over there you people were worshipping the Lord. How nice it is 
that the Lord can be worshipped at all times. We need to remember 
them in prayer. I know that they are offering prayers on our behalf 
right now. Being about seven or eight o'clock I feel there are prayers 
going up by those dear people for the Dunkard Brethren Church. 


Being confident, "For your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day 
until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun 
a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." 

We trust that the work in Africa has been a good work. We know it 
has been a good thing. Now we trust that it will continue. We really 
solicit your prayers and your support, my dear people. Your financial 
support is needed to care for the people's needs over there. 

i have to think of a missionary from India. He came over here and 
went to church down in Texas. That building that they showed him 
cost forty-two million dollars. He figured that such an amount would 
have built three hundred seventy-five thousand churches in India. 
Can you imagine that? Here in America we used that amount for one 
building! That is not the Church anyway. The Church is the people. I 
feel, we as a Dunkard people can go over there and build simple 
church houses that the people will be happy with. What do we have 
to be thankful for? 

Pray for the work in Africa. May God bless you! 

Transcribed by Sister Maxine Surbey 


Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, was the greatest teacher who ever 
graced the earth. He taught us how we should live our daily lives. He 
taught us how to prepare to receive that great reward, "Eternal Life." 

In Luke 6:31, Jesus speaking, "And as ye would that men should 
do to you, do ye also to them likewise." This is a powerful teaching 
and Jesus meant that Christians obey it. 

The headlines of today's papers indicate that the masses of 
people, worldwide, are ignoring this rule. Crimes of every description 
are being committed, in every phase of life, from poor people to those 
of highest authority in our land. 

Stealing, robbery, cheating, killing, rape and arson are a partial list 
of the ways and means of disobeying the Golden Rule. Today, we 
can truthfully say, "We are living in a very criminal age." it will not get 
better. It shall get worse until Jesus comes. 

Let us consider seriously the change that would take place, not 
only over America, but over the entire world if the Golden Rule were 
lived out. 

Wars between nations would be no more. Nations would agree 
and peace would prevail, saving lives, and billions of dollars. It would 
also be obeying God's Word, "Thou shalt not kill." While on the 
subject of killing, if the Golden Rule were obeyed, abortions would be 


a thing of the past. 

If a day could be set when all people would abide by and practice 
the Golden Rule, we would be living in a safe, joyous and spiritual 
land, a little bit of Heaven. Our doors would need not be locked. 
Thousands of police, sheriffs, detectives, FBI agents, guards, and 
wardens would have to change employment. Lawyers would have to 
close their doors. Divorce courts and homes for battered women 
would be out of business. 

Violation of the Golden Rule is an incurable disease and is 
crippling our nation Spiritually and financially. The highjacking of 
airplanes, bombing of buildings, and kidnapping would no longer 
make news head lines. Politicians would fulfill their promises that 
they made when they ran for office. 

Homicides would be a thing of the past. Today they are very 
prevalent. Two people get in an argument and before it is over, one 
or the other is shot. 

Mothers would not do away with new born babies. The list of 
crimes is endless. 

If the Golden Rule were obeyed, children would honor their fathers 
and mothers much more than they do today according to the 
newspapers. Children would not be stealing money from their 
parents. They would not disobey, nor would they kill them. 

Parents likewise would be more considerate of their children. 

Abiding by the Golden Rule would change hate to love. It would 
change a dishonest person into an honest one. A selfish person 
would be turned into a generous person. The changes that would 
take place would be endless. 

One great cause of this situation is the fact that from many pulpits 
the sermons are so watered down that the hearers do not hear the 
true Word of God. 

1 close this article having only touched the subject. It is my 
absolute belief that if professed Christians, enmasse, obeyed the 
Golden Rule, the coming of the Lord would be delayed. Otherwise, I 
think the time is near for Him to take His Bride out of this evil world. 

The late Brother Paul R. Myers 


Isaiah 53:6, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned 
every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity 
of us all." 

The so called "Big Bang" theory was in the news once again, 


recently, in our local newspaper. Supposedly scientists have 
discovered a small an^iount of helium gas somewhere out in space 
that now gives further credence to the "Big Bang" theory of the origin 
of life. 

We are not a computer expert by any means although we do 
operate a simple computer-run system at our place of employment. 
But this much we know, a computer will tell you anything you wish to 
Therefore, if you feed false information into a computer, then use the 
electronic brain to analyze it, you will receive a correct analysis based 
on the false information. 

You may be wondering by now what this has to do with sheep. If a 
sheep will follow his shepherd, even if it is to the slaughter house, are 
not many using the same type of wisdom by following their own line of 

Truly, "All we like sheep have gone astray." The hardest portions 
of Scripture are those that point out the weaknesses in our lives. All 
too often we pour our strong points into the "computer" of our mind 
and receive the exact results we desire. 

"We have turned every one to his own way." We fail to see the 
error of our way but we can recognize the failures in others with little 

Another aspect to this truth is that many have chosen to follow their 
own way in place of the way of the Lord. Like the computer scientists 
who place false information into a system, then use this data to prove 
its validity, there are those who interpret scripture to their own liking, 
then use this information to soothe their consciences. One of the 
hardest things to do is to separate the "sheep" from the "goats." We 
have said and written many times that we do not judge who are 
Christians and who are not. We leave that up to God. We have 
come to realize that false teachers usually have some truth mixed 
with their error. Recently a Jehovah Witness couple was at our door 
and we found ourselves agreeing with what they were saying 
concerning the truth of Creation and the false teaching of evolution. 
We realize that their rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ as God the 
Son leaves them out of the family of God. But where does that leave 
those who accept theistic evolution? We have come into contact with 
many individuals, through our writing efforts and other contacts, with 
whom we have a strong feeling of Christian fellowship. Yet, we 
recognize that they have chosen to follow their own reasoning in 
place of allowing the Bible to speak for itself. 


Many have accused the Dunkard Brethren Church and other like 
minded groups of being like sheep who follow a tradition in place of 
Holy Scripture. It is true that tradition has played an important part in 
our history and understanding of Scripture. But our tradition has kept 
us true to the Bible in many more ways than it has been a detriment. 
We have come to the conclusion that tradition should not be a cause 
of a break in fellowship. If it keeps us closer to God and farther from 
the world we should be very slow in throwing it away. We must be 
careful that we do not fall into the error of many today, also, and 
relegate Scriptural truth to the area of human tradition. 

"And the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Most of 
those who reject a literal seven day Creation also reject the truth of 
original sin. If there is no place of judgment there is no need of a 
Savior. The glorious truth that the Lord Jesus Christ has shed His 
precious blood for our salvation has been replaced by man's 
reasoning that says that all individuals will eventually be saved. 

Let us like sheep follow the true Shepherd of eternal life, which 
starts with a life of obedience, now. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." 
Mark 9:23. 

Depression is reaching epidemic proportions in America today. It is 
a feeling of utter hopelessness and a lack of ambition. Often, 
depressed people are suicidal. Suicides have never been higher In 
our country. This shows me that America is experiencing a spiritual 
downturn, because faith and trust in God are the only real cures for 
depression. Doctors can give people medicine, but medicine largely 
just masks the symptoms. It does very little to treat the disease. 

The best advice to people who claim to be depressed is to simply 
trust in God, and trust in Him with all your heart. 

"...Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." Mark 9:24*. 

A simple, childlike faith gets more difficult as we get older. Little 
ones are not discouraged by circumstances and have little 
understanding of the forces of nature that we older ones have. What 
does it take for us to SIMPLY believe that what He promised. He will 
carry through. 

O for a strong and lasting faith, 
To credit what the Almighty saith; 


To embrace the message of His Son, 
And call the joys of heaven my own. 
We cannot expect muscles to get strong unless they are exercised. 
Faith needs to be exercised. To throw up our hands and say it is of 
no use is to deny God's promises. God said, "My grace is sufficient 
for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (II Cor. 12:9) 
Since, in us God has little to work with, but weakness, all we need to 
do is call on Him and He will do that which we are unable to do. We 
must trust God. 

I glory in infirmity 

That Christ's own power may rest on me: 
When I am weak, then am I strong; 
Grace is my shield, and Christ my song. 
Depressed people feel as If they are not in control of their 
circumstances. Christians, since they follow the Lord, must trust God 
in their circumstances. We can feel helpless, but there Is a source of 
foundation and strength. We can feel hopeless, but there is hope in 

Why am I writing this? I am writing this because we are in the 
midst of hopeless times. We may not be able to foresee an answer to 
our problems, but God has the answer we do not see. 
"Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe:..." Psalm 119:117. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


"Should Christians engage in politics?" 
Those who have been to Retreat or have helped with it, as staff 
members over the years, know that I prefer not to mince words where 
the Bible gives us strong mandates and teaching. Sometimes it 
seems easy to just go along with the movement of modern "radio 
Christianity" and let them set the values and rules for our lives. We 
need to be cautioned that the only authority on life is God's Word. 

Biblical Christianity is pan-political. It can and has existed and 
flourished under all types of political systems. In fact, Church history 
witnesses to the phenomenon of a church that prospers more during 
persecution than under more favorable circumstances. Many 
Christians living under varying political systems have questioned the 
extent to which they should try to influence government decisions or 
public opinion toward Christian ideals. 

Christians living in countries affording freedom of speech and 
religion obviously have more opportunity for direct influence than do 


those living under repressive regimes. At least a couple of factors 
keep Christians from having the influence they should have in forming 

First, since the Word of God plainly teaches that born again 
believers hold a heavenly citizenship, some Christians feel that they 
have no responsibility toward this world or its governments. True 
believers have withdrawn even further from the public arena when 
religious apostates substituted their social gospel for God's saving 
gospel. Tine social gospel, which claims that the only salvation man 
needs will come through improving society's systems, is totally 

Yet, the Bible also teaches that believers have a responsibility to 
be a force for good in this world. Knowing Jesus Christ as your 
personal Savior should make you the "salt of the earth" and the "light 
of the world." Salt becomes worthless if it loses its distinctive flavor 
and a light has no purpose if it is not penetrating the darkness. 
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." 
Righteousness will have no place unless those who have received 
God's free gift of righteousness in Christ exercise an appropriate 
influence. This influence will primarily be in the spreading of the 
gospel of Jesus Christ. Beyond that, it can lead to taking stands on 
public issues in a manner manifesting righteousness. 

The Apostle Paul sets an example by using his Roman citizenship 
to obtain justice. After he was beaten and jailed on trumped-up 
charges, he demanded a public apology from the magistrates that 
would vindicate his testimony. He later appealed to the highest 
governmental authority in an attempt to obtain judicial redress. He 
followed the example of Christ and the Old Testament prophets in 
being a voice for righteousness whenever he had the opportunity to 
address rulers or governing bodies. He did not consider himself 
isolated from governmental function. 

Now, do not confuse a vocal stance on social problems with the 
Church's main mandate of evangelism. This is where the social 
gospel has gone astray. We might use, as an example, the crusade 
for the ecology. Social gospel spokesmen see this as an essential 
crusade for world improvement, thus they see it as the mission of the 
Church. Believe me, reducing air pollution can improve the quality of 
life in our communities and that is good. Being active in the fight 
against pollution is not going to help people understand how to meet 
their God. We are not commanded to save the environment but we 
are commanded to save the world. Do we, then, have a right to be 
poor stewards of the ecology? Of course not! That is part of God's 
creation and anything God made has value. 


Another factor that retards our influence in government is the 
intimidation we feel when we receive unjust indictments from the 
opposition. Efforts to promote anything resembling Christian morality 
in any public forum are usually met with great rebuffs such as, "You 
have no right to force your religious beliefs on others." (Of course, 
they have a right to force saving the environment on others. ..but that 
is another story!) 

While Christians endure intimidation for expressing their 
convictions, all manner of other ideologies enjoy comparative 
freedom. For instance, theistic and atheistic humanism pervade the 
public educational system. They see it as the only thing that will 
salvage the educational enterprise. Yet, humanism meets every 
criterion of a "religion." Do we not have the same right, under the law, 
to voice our convictions as do other religionists? Banning the doctrine 
of creation from schools and replacing it with evolution is a similar 

When moral issues are under discussion in the public forum. 
Christians have a right to present their case and voice their 
convictions. The Christian cannot divorce his Biblical faith from the 
issues of our day. He cannot force anyone to adopt convictions that 
are Biblical but he can recognize his responsibility and right to voice 
the truth and proclaim the gospel message. 

May God bless us with great wisdom in knowing to what extent we 
can be valuable in His service in proclaiming the truth and in 
provoking governmental change. Certainly we can begin this task by 
the Biblical mandate for prayer. 

Brother Len Wertz 


July 15, 1935 


E. J. Reece 

To run, and how to run, is the main particular thing that should 

interest us. In Heb. 12:1-2, we can learn much, "Wherefore (for which 

reason) seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of 

witnesses, 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." That 

great cloud of witnesses, we find in the preceding chapter, as Abel, 

Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, 

Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David and Samuel, and of the prophets, of 

which we learn just how they ran. And that was as the Lord directed. 

So the writer concludes, by saying "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," as those mentioned in the preceding chapter did. The 
apostle Paul tells us how he ran, "I therefore so run, not as 
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air; but I keep under 
my body, and bring It unto subjection; lest that by any means, when I 
have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." (I Cor. 

And just so with us. If we run with certainty, must lay aside every 
weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and run with 
patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author 
and Finisher of our faith. 

That faith that cometh by hearing God's word. (Rom. 10:17.) 
Instead of being tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind 
of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and the cunning craftiness whereby 
they lie in weight to deceive. (Eph. 4:14.) 

Another very important thing to do is to get on the "narrow way," 
and keep on the "narrow way" where we know the sign boards are 
true, and use sufficient time to know just how they read. Solomon 
tells us that "the race is not to the swift," that means much. 

Take time to ask for the old paths, and then walk therein, as did 
Zacharias and Elizabeth in all the commands and ordinances of the 
Lord blameless, and they were both righteous. (Luke 1 :6.) 

That kind of a race will make any one right, God being no respecter 
of persons, but in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh 
righteousness, is accepted with Him. (Acts 10:34-35.) 

Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith is the 
only safe way to run. "Jesus says learn of Me." "Jesus sayeth unto 
him (Thomas) I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh 
unto the Father but by Me." (John 14:6.) 

A few years ago I heard a young minister make the remark in the 
pulpit, that he knew that the prophets said to ask for the old paths, but 
he was going to blaze out some new ones, and he did, by which he 
got the organ into his worship, and the standing posture in prayer, the 
modern way of omitting the prayer that Jesus said we should say, 
when we pray, and the modern style of dressing. AH of which is 
adverse to Bible teaching. 

Listen to one of the directions on the narrow way, Paul to Timothy, 
"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them, for 
in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee." 
Again to Timothy, "Preach the word." With this connect what he says 
in Gal. 1:8-12. 

Let us consider Paul's teaching as given in I Tim. 6:3, "If any man 


teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the 
words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the doctrine which is according to 
Godliness: He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions 
and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil 
surmisings," finally he says, "from such withdraw thyself." 

Hear the apostle further, "Let no man deceive you with vain words; 
for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the 
children of disobedience." (Eph. 5:6.) 

To the church at Rome, "Now I beseech you brethren, mark them 
which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye 
have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our 
Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair 
speeches deceive the hearts of the simple," (unlearned). We should 
not be side-tracked, deceived by their zeal. We might do to test them 
out as did the prophet Elijah, the prophets of Baal. (I Kings 18:27-30.) 

In running the Christian race we need the spirit and mind of Jesus. 
In order to overcome the trials and tribulations that may come upon 
us. The apostle speaking of Christ says, "For consider Him that 
endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be 
wearied and faint In your minds." What helped the Master to endure 
those trials and persecutions, was the joy that was set before Him, 
looking fonA/ard to the glory that was soon to follow. 

Think of the persecutions Paul endured, in stripes above measure, 
in prisons more frequent, in death oft. Of the Jews five times he 
received forty stripes, save one; thrice was he beaten with rods, once 
was he stoned, three times suffered shipwreck and a great many 
more he mentioned in this 11th chapter of II Corinthians. And in the 
end of his race, facing Nero's block, he could say 1 am now ready to 
be offered. Why? Because he knew that there was a crown of 
righteousness laid up for him. The same for us if we run as he did. 



December 3, 1984 one of God's Children in Nairobi, Kenya, having 
obtained the May 15, 1982 issue of the Bible Monitor, challenged 
'OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel' 
with two simple questions: "Please can you tell me more about the 
members and how they go into all the world and preach the Gospel? 
At our invitation can they come over to Kenya?" Signed, Yours in 
Christ, Theresa Anne Okello. 

Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump finally answered this appeal 
this past January and early February (see MISSION 
ACCOMPLISHED in March 15, 1995, issue of the Bible Monitor). 


Because of this visit, the General Mission Board submitted the 
following Statement that was passed by General Conference: 

The General Mission Board wishing to fulfill the Great Commission 
wishes to recommend to Standing Committee and the delegates of 
General Conference that we: 

1. Continue the work done during the last year in Kenya and 

2. Seek out and teach native leaders and their followers Biblical 
doctrines and principles of living and leadership as interpreted by the 
Dunkard Brethren Church. 

3. Where feasible, locate leaders to establish local congregations. 

4. In light of the lack of an existing Dunkard Brethren Church in 
Africa, We authorize appointed Brethren to install qualified nationals 
into the ministry after a careful examination of their beliefs, character, 
and commitment to the Word of God. 

5. Establish a separate mission fund toward the support of the work 
over there for fifteen months to be reviewed annually. 

To implement these recommendations, we suggest the 
appointment by the General Mission Board of a three-member, 
interim, African Mission Board. 

The members of the Dunkard Brethren African Mission Board 
appointed by the General Mission Board are: Chairman-Brother Rudy 
Shaffer; Treasurer-Brother Mark Andrews; Secretary-Brother Ray 
Reed. Their organizational meeting was by telephone conference, 
June 22, 1995. Preliminary work is under way. Your prayerful 
support is implored. May we all accept the call. "Reaching the 
unreached is a task that must be done," "He that winneth souls is 
wise." Proverbs 11:30b. 

Contributions may be made to Brother Mark Andrews, Treasurer, 
and sent to Brother Ray Reed, Secretary, 302 Percival, Dallas 
Center, lA 50063. 


The Dallas Center Congregation is looking forward to our Revival 
Meetings, August 11 through 20, 1995, the Lord willing. Brother 
Dennis St. John, Pleasant Ridge, Ohio will be our evangelist. 
Services at 9:30 and 7:00 on Sunday and 7:30 during the week. 
Lovefeast Saturday services will begin at 10:45 A.M., 2:00 P.M. for 
Examination Service and Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. on August 19. 

We invite any and all to be with us; also remember us in your 
prayers that we might all be touched and drawn closer to the Lord. 
Also that sinners will be brought to the knowledge of the truth in these 
last days. 

Sister Arlene Flora, Cor. 



August 6 - Punishments for Offenses - Exodus 21:18-36. 

1 , Explain the meaning of the words "be quit." (v. 19, 28) 

2. Why was the owner put to death when his ox killed someone? 
Under what circumstances? 

August 13 - Restitution for Trespasses - Exodus 22:1-31. 

1. Explain the different multiples of restitution and how they 
relate to circumstances. 

2. Why was not usury to be preached? 
August 20 - Laws for Judgment - Exodus 23:1-19. 

1 . What is wrong with gifts? 

2. Explain the similarities and differences of the seventh day and 
the seventh year. 

August 27 - An Angel to go Before - Exodus 23:20-33. 

1 . Who is the angel who goes before us today? 

2. Why did the heathen inhabitants have to be driven out of the 


August 6 - Naaman - II Kings 5:1-27, Luke 4:27. 

1 . Explain the significance of faith and obedience in Naaman's 

2. What motivations prompted Gehazi's actions? 
August 13 - Headship - 1 Corinthians 11:1-15. 

1 . List the order of headship, beginning with God. 

2. What is the purpose of the woman's veiling? 
August 20 - Almost Persuaded - Acts 26:1-29. 

1 . In what ways did Paul use the circumstances of his trial to 
preach the gospel? 

2. Why was Paul kept bound even though they declared he had 

done nothing worthy of death or bonds? 
August 27- Divine Grace- Ps. 84:9-12, I Cor. 3:10-14, II Cor. 1:12, 

Eph. 2:1-10. 

1 . What is the basis of God's grace? 

2. Through whom is God's grace shown? 

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AUGUST 1, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Not in dumb resignation 

We lift our hands on high; 
Not like the nerveless fatalist, 

Content to do and die. 
Our faith springs like the eagle 

Who soars to meet the sun, 
And cries, exulting, unto thee, 

"O Lord, thy will be done!" 

Thy will! It bids the weak be strong; 

it bids the strong be just; 
No lip to fawn, no hand to beg, 

No brow to seek the dust. 
Wherever man oppresses man, 

Beneath the liberal sun, 
O Lord, be there! Thine arm make bare! 

Thy righteous will be done! 
-John Hay 



There are a multitude of lists made and published. There are lists 
of the prettiest, the ugliest, the best, the worst, the biggest, the 
smallest, the oldest, the youngest and of many other descriptions, it 
depends who makes the list, what the criterion is for inclusion on the 

One of the lists that is of interest to many people is the list of best 
and worst dressed people. By whatever criteria they are chosen, 
those on these lists are honored or snubbed according to their 
position on the lists. Yet, it would be safe to say that most who read 
this would use a far different standard in judging the dress of people. 

There have been a number of books published, which have 
contained nothing but various lists. These lists usually contain trivial 
information. The information tends to be more entertaining than 

Many people make lists of tasks that they need to accomplish. 
Whether it is a list of various projects that they need to prioritize or the 
various steps to accomplish a goal, lists aid their memories. What is 
written can be better remembered than that which is just in the mind. 
There is a greater probability that a task will be accomplished if it is 

As Christians we have a tendency to make lists also. These lists, 
sometimes, become a list of beliefs, which may become a creed. 
After such a creed is fashioned, there is often a demand that all 
subscribe to it. While it may be handy to summarize beliefs and get 
them into a handy form. It can become dangerous if this list 
supersedes the Bible. There is a danger that the list will replace the 


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Bible as the source of accepted orthodoxy. Men begin to think that 
their carefully constructed creed becomes more important than the 
delivered Word of God. Often these creeds are assembled through 
the deliberations and compromises of men, who are not totally agreed 
with each other. Instead of accepting the unfailing Word of God, they 
will put their faith in a statement concocted by men seeking a 
consensus. It is far better to take the Bible as the final word than to 
try to improve upon it by men's designed statements. 

Among our list making, we are apt to make lists of sins. We get the 
idea that there are some sins that are big and others that are little. 
We are shocked when the big sins are committed, but tend to excuse 
the little ones. In our classification of sins we tend to become judges 
rather than doers. We judge how serious a particular act is. Often, 
acts that we do, we would consider to be quite unimportant, 
compared to the deeds of others. This perhaps explains why we tend 
to classify sins as large or small. It is a matter of protecting our own 
spiritual egos 

We have our individual systems of classifying sins. We would all 
agree that there are certain deeds that are so terrible and anti-God 
that they must certainly be great sins. Murder, rape, robbery, 
adultery, blasphemy, abortion, and any number of other things would 
be big sins on anyone's list. There are other deeds that would be sins 
on everyone's lists, but some would consider them more serious than 
others. There are other deeds that some would consider sins, even 
serious sins, while others would hardly think of them as sins at all. 
When dealing with deeds not mentioned in the Bible, there may be a 
variance in opinion on their seriousness. Some people develop 
concerns about some deeds that do not seemingly bother other 
people. Therefore, opinions vary whether these deeds would be 
considered big or little. 

While we are making lists of sins we may have a tendency to make 
lists of people. We set some people higher on our list because they 
meet our criteria. They agree with our views. They have a similar list 
of big and little sins. They would do the same things we would do. 
They would not do those things we would not do. Some would use 
other criteria to make lists of people. They would separate people by 
their race, color or ethnic background. Some are impressed by the 
rich. They would have a special place on their lists and in their hearts 
for those who are rich. Others would seek out those who are famous. 

The list we must be most interested in is the list God is writing in 
Heaven. There will be a time when the Lamb's Book of Life will be 
opened. It is our hope that our names will be found there. 

Do you ever make lists? Are your lists Scriptural? 




Webster defines power as: "The ability to do or act, force, strength, 

It is utterly impossible for the finite mind to comprehend the 
extreme power that God possesses. Only God and Christ have 
access to that power. 

Jesus, in Matt. 28:18 states, "...all power is given unto me in 
heaven and in earth." While on earth. He used that power to the 
benefit and blessing of mankind. In all the healings, the raising of the 
dead, the feeding of the multitudes, the abating of storms, the 
resisting of Satan and so forth, He knew no failures. Why? Because 
God imparted (shared) to Jesus that power. 

There are three specific attributes ascribed to God. 

(1) God is OMNIPOTENT. He has unlimited power. 

(2) He is OMNIPRESENT. He is able to be anywhere, any time 
and everywhere at the same time. 

(3) He is OMNISCIENT. He knows all things. 

(1) There is much evidence in the Holy Bible, of the POWER OF 
GOD. He started with nothing and created (caused to come into 
existence) the world and all things therein. Job 26:7, "He stretched 
out the north over the empty place, AND HANGED THE EARTH 

He created man from the dust of the earth, then breathed into him 
the breath of life and he became a living soul. What power! 

Every plant, every specie of fish, animal and insect, and man, his 
highest creation, were so created to reproduce after their own kind. 

As time went on, and man sinned, God sent His only begotten Son, 
Jesus to bring God's plan of salvation. Jesus, who was sinless, stood 
trial, being shamefully mistreated. He was crucified on the cross of 

At Christ's death, God manifested His mighty power. We read in 
Matt. 27:50-53, "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, 
yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in 
twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the 
rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the 
saints which slept arose. And came out of the graves after his 
resurrection, and went into the holy city (Jerusalem), and appeared 
unto many." 

We, in our day, are very aware of the power of God. The strong 
earthquake in California and the much greater one in Japan are 
manifestations of the power of God. 

Much more could be written regarding the power of God. He 


possesses the power to fulfil! His promise as stated by Jesus Himself 
in John 5:28-29, "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the 
which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come 
forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they 
that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." 

(2) God is omnipresent. He is able to be anywhere, or everywhere, 
ali at the same time. 

He is ON DUTY at all times. We read in Isaiah 41:17, "When the 
poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue 
faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not 
forsake them." 

Psalm 37:25, David's words, "I have been young, and now am old; 
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging 

The writer of Proverbs 18:24b, referring to God states, "there is a 
friend that sticketh closer than a brother." 

Psalm 1 39:7-1 0, Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I 
flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I 
make my bed in heil, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the 
morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall 
thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." 

When Jonah was cast into the sea God was present. He prepared 
a great fish to swallow Jonah to protect his life. Because Jonah tried 
to flee from God, he had to experience the power and presence of 
God, after which God caused the fish to vomit out Jonah upon the dry 
land. Read Jonah, chapters two and three. 

Today, we, who are living, observe about us those who, upon their 
death, want to be cremated, to the intent that their ashes be scattered 
to the wind. They, as all people, will stand before the great Judge 
and be tried. The outcome of that judgment will determine where we 
shall spend Eternity, Heaven or Hell. There is no possible way to flee 
the presence of God. 

(3) God is omniscient. He knows all things. His knowledge is 
without limits. Job 12:13, "With him is wisdom and strength, he hath 
counsel and understanding." 

II Chronicles 2:5b, "for great is our God above all gods/' 

I Thess. 2:5b, "God is witness." God has full knowledge of every 
human being. 

David, in Psalm 139:14 states, "...for I am fearfully and wonderfully 
made:..." So are we all. God made us, and knows all things about 

Matt. 10:30, "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." 
Can you fathom such knowledge? 


With millions of sparrows flying over this earth, Luke 12:6b states 
that, "and not one of them is forgotten before God." 

Psalm 95:5, "The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed 
the dry land." Just as a housewife takes a clump of dough, and with 
her hands, forms a pie shell, it was just as easy for God to form the 
dry ground. 

Needless to say God's knowledge knows no limits. Much of His 
knowledge He has shared with Christ and with the human race. 

There is only one event, yet to come In the future, that even Christ, 
His Son does not know, as recorded in Matthew 24:36, "But of that 
day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my 
Father only." These are the words of Jesus. 

The late Brother Paul R. Myers 


The Church and the world walked far apart 

On the new-age movement time; 

The world was singing a classic song 

And the Church a hymn sublime. 

"It's not as bad as you think," 

But the good ole Church turned not aside 

But said, "Come to the water to drink!" 

The proud old world said, "Your Church is too plain 

We'll build you one like mine. 

With more rooms for classes and nurseries 

And blue curtains ever so fine. 

Get rid of your blinds, purchase curtains indeed 

And styled furniture just like mine. 

It's only a rut you've got yourself into " 

But you see, the world was blind. 

The puffed-up world said, "You dress too plain 

Get loose and don't be so sober." 

The Good Ole Church solemnly answered and said, 

"Praise God for dresses of modesty. 

Praise God, I'd do the same thing over!" 

The casual look is not for Christians; 

A modest, separate people of Christ we must be, 

With Jesus vividly living in me! 

The hawk-eyed world said, "Your singing is dead. 
Sing modern-time praise songs in varied ways. 


You get slowed down in the old fashioned hymns 

The old book has much dismay." 

The adamant Church firmly looked ahead 

To the only wise Father in Heaven, and said; 

"Lord open their eyes, YOU are not dead! 

To their sin-filled hearts of pride instead." 

The Good Ole Time Religion is for me; 

Singing songs of Zion cheerfully. 

The good ole hymns of Zion fills my heart; 

The Christian really should do his part. 

Digging a little deeper in the Word for God, 

Rooting out the selfish pride, 

Yes, the Good Ole Time Religion is 

Good enough for me — He provides! 

When the trumpet shall blow and the Lord shall descend; 

We will stand before the God of all ages. 

"Lord look at me, I'm Christian you see. 

But plainness and simplicity just isn't for me. 

It's too much on me to look separate from the world 

And be mocked in a crowd for Thee. 

I'd rather be a mouse in a hospital ward 

Than to look separate don't you see?" 

God declares to His people, "Come out from among them 

And be ye separate, Saith He. 

What manner of persons ought to be? 

Plain, Separate people for the world to plainly see; 

From hair and clothes, extra adornments be free. 

The Christian, a distinct but humble people, Ye, 

Reliance on the Lord, a child of faith about me. 

The Ole Time Religion is just good enough for me! 

The world hung her head low and walked away 

For the grounded Church was there to stay! 

Firmly rooted deep in the earth. 

Firmly transplanted since the new birth. 

Shouting, "There's VICTORY over sin, Satan and hell" 

Hallelujah I've been born again in Him do dwell; 

Glory to the Lamb that was slain for me. 

Praise God for the Ole time religion. ..It's good enough for me! 


As I was traveling to an eastern suburb of Dayton to take care of 
some children while their mother was in surgery, cars were passing 
me and whipping in and out. The rain was pouring down, the 
windshield was fogging up and I was trying to watch road signs to get 
to the proper destination. With the hustle and bustle of it all, I ended 
up being lost. Lost in the big city with dead end streets, one way 
streets and many traffic lights. 

Upon realizing my predicament, I started asking for help. One 
quick stop-shop was open to my advantage. ! hurriedly went in and 
asked for directions. To my dismay, the gentleman said, "I don't know 
either but I'll try to look on my map." While watting for my directions, 
five tough, rough, dirty, mortal souls stepped into the store. As I 
turned around to check on their whereabouts, one fellow stared and 
scowled at me. I suppose he was wondering just where I came from 
and what mystified group I belonged to. I whispered a prayer that I 
was thankful I looked like I did. Sometimes God takes us through a 
test of faith to show us Christians just what separation from the world 
must be. 

As the days are going by, do we show our colors, pilgrims, 
everywhere? Are we separate in dress and appearance from the 
world? Does the world know by looking at us, that we belong to 
Christ? What Biblical grounds are we rooted into? What kind of 
standard are we laying down for the world around us to see? Do we 
look like the world and have one foot in the Church, just so the Lord 
might save us someday? 

Christian, fellow travelers to the bar of God, we must give an 
account someday. There is no way out. We will have our "Report 
Card" read. Will we be faithful, true, sincere and worthy to enter the 
Portals of Glory? Luke 6:22 says, "Blessed are ye, when men shall 
hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and 
shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of 
man's sake." 

As the world continues to wax worse and worse do we not continue 
to see the Church swing and sway? When I joined the church, soon 
to be thirty-one years ago, the black hats and bonnets lined the back 
entryway wall of the Church house. There was an identity there 
which the world recognized us by. The brethren wore the standing 
collar coat each Sunday. It was a Heavenly sight to see the Unity and 
Happiness there. Is God asking too much of us Christians to dress 
just one day for the Lord? It would be wonderful if you could tell who 
the Christian people are each day of the week. Some people say, "It 
is too hot." God pity us if we cannot sweat one day for the Lord 
because of modesty! Can we not deny self one day for the Lord? If 


we are one of God's chiidren we WILL yield our ai! on the altar and 

give ourselves wholly unto God. 


An Unworthy Servant, 
Sister Shirley L. Frick 


Matt. 5:13 I am the salt of the earth. 

Matt. 5:14 I am the light of the world. 

John 1:12 I am a child of God. (Part of His family)(see Rom. 

John 15:1 ,5 I am part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of His 

(Christ's) life. 
John 15:15 1 am Christ's friend. 
John 15:16 I am chosen and appointed to bear HIS fruit. 

Acts 1:8 1 am a personal witness of Christ for Christ. 

Rom. 6:18 I am a slave to righteousness. 

Rom. 6:22 I am enslaved to God. 

Rom. 8:14-15 I am a son of God (God is my "daddy" so to 

speak)(see Gal. 3:26/4:6) 
Rom. 8:17 I am a joint-heir with Christ sharing His inheritance 

with Him. 

I Cor. 3:16/6:19 I am a temple (home) of God. His Spirit (His life) 

dwells in me. 
I Cor. 6:17 I am joined (united) to the Lord and am one spirit with 


I Cor. 12:27 I am a member (part) of Christ's body, (see Eph. 5:30) 

II Cor. 5:17 I am a new creation (new person) 

II Cor. 5:18-19 I am reconciled to God and a minister of reconcilation. 

Gal. 3:26,28 I am a son of God and one in Christ. 

Gal. 4:6-7 I am an heir of God since I am a son of God. 

Eph. 1:1 I am a saint, (see I Cor. 1:2, Phil. 1:1, Col. 1:2) 

Eph 2:10 I am God's workmanship (handiwork) created (born 

anew) in Christ to do his work that He planned 

beforehand that I should do. 




1 am a fellow citizen with the rest of God's people in 

His family. 

Eph 3:1/4:1 

1 am a prisoner of Christ. 

Eph. 4 24 

1 am righteous and holy. 

Phil. 3:20 

1 am a citizen of heaven and am seated in heaven 

hght now. (see Eph. 2:6) 

Col. 3:3 

1 am hidden with Christ in God. 

Col. 3:4 

1 am an expression of the life of Christ because He is 

my life. 

Co!. 3:12 

1 am chosen of God, holy, and dearly loved. 

IThess. 1:4 

1 am chosen and dearly loved by God. 

1 Thess. 5:5 

1 am a son of light and not of darkness. 

Heb. 3:1 

1 am a holy brother, partaker of a heavenly calling. 

Heb. 3:14 

1 am a partaker of Christ... 1 share His life. 

1 Pet. 2:5 

1 am one of God's spiritual stones and am being built 

up (in Christ) as a spiritual house. 

1 Pet. 2:9-10 

1 am a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, 

a people for God's own possession to proclaim the 

excellencies of Him. 

1 Pet. 2:11 

1 am an alien and stranger to this world 1 temporarily 

live in. 

1 Pet. 5:8 

1 am an enemy of the devil. 

1 John 3:1-2 

1 am now a child of God. 1 will resemble Christ when 

He returns. 

1 John 5:18 

1 am born of God and the evil one (the devil) can't 

touch me. 

Psalm 23,100 

1 am a sheep of his pastures therefore I have 

everything 1 need. 

Brother Greg Wray 

4312 Murphy Road 

Modesto, CA 95358 


"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, 
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:1 1 . 
The dictionary meaning of the word "reckon" is to "count or 


compute." In Bible times it would best have been defined as 
"accounting, or bookkeeping," Those of us with experience know that 
mathematical accounting is one of the most accurate of the sciences. 
Can a person describe an event with total accuracy? Can a person 
reproduce a sunset on paper with a few colored pencils? No. But we 
can accurately total up numbers or facts. If I tell you that two plus two 
equals four, can you doubt me? Very few people would doubt it, 
because it is an invariable fact. 

When God tells His people to reckon themselves dead unto sin and 
alive unto God, there should be no doubt in their hearts or minds. We 
can believe God. He is totally reliable. There is no room for error on 
His part. If we have truly been converted, then His promises to us are 
indisputable, because these promises are for all who believe. As the 
scriptures say, we must believe that He is, and that He is the 
rewarder of them that DILIGENTLY seek Him. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Ezekiel 21:9-10, "Son of man, prophesy, and say. Thus saith the 
Lord; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished: It is 
sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: 
should we then make mirth?..." 

We live in a day that seems to be devoid of being serious about 
much of anything. A phenomenon known as "holy laughter" appears 
to be sweeping across the world. "Smile God loves you" has been a 
catchword phrase for some time now. Many church services 
resemble a drunken orgy in place of solemn worship. We believe that 
three important truths are being lost as the earthly church (as a 
whole) is moving from serious worship to frivolous entertainment. 

The first thing that is being lost is a holy reverence for God. We 
are slowly but surely losing the "Thus saith the LORD," in the majority 
of church services, we fear. In Psalm 111:9 we read, "He sent 
redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for 
ever: holy and reverend is his name." Not only, in our humble 
opinion, does this verse prohibit calling a man "Holy" or "Reverend" 
for a title but it speaks of the reverence we should have for God 
because He sent His redemption unto His people. No longer do 
many fall prostrate at the feet of the Lord in prayer. They refuse to 
even bend the knee! 

The second thing that is being lost is a separation from the world. 
In Titus 2:12 we read, "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and 
worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this 


present world." In most church settings it seems as if a verse such as 
this is changed to read, "God wishes you to take part in worldly lusts 
and to have a good time as a Christian." Whether modern religion 
(called Christianity) recognizes it or not, "a sword is sharpened." This 
sword is the Word of God, the Holy Bible. We must deny 
ungodliness. The word, "deny" as used here means to oppose. The 
modern church may accept such things as homosexuality and 
abortion but God still opposes such things! The majority of modern 
day preachers may tell you that there is nothing wrong in going to 
places of worldly amusement or owning a television or VCR that can 
lead to enjoying worldly lusts but the Word of God still instructs us to 
be a separate people. It is not popular to desire to live soberly, 
righteously, and godly in this present world, but God still requires it. 

A third danger is that we may forget the serious nature of our 
eternal destination. In II Thessalonians 2:10-12 we read, "And with all 
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they 
received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for 
this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should 
believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the 
truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." Men no longer seem to 
believe that the sword of God "is sharpened to make a sore 
slaughter." "It is furbished that it may glitter." The light reflected from 
the Word of God is from the Holy Sanctuary of Heaven. Much is said 
about the love of God today, but how often do we hear of a need of 
"the love of the truth?" God is Love but He is also a God of Holy and 
Righteous judgment. The popular saying, "It does not matter what 
you believe, as long as you believe," is foreign to Holy Scripture 
teaching. We do not know how far an individual must go in rejection 
of the truth of Holy Scnpture before God will "send them a strong 
delusion, that they should believe a lie," but it is certainly a very 
serious warning. The fact that "they all might be damned who 
believed not the truth," is surely no laughing matter. 

We would not desire to leave you under the impression that there 
is to be no joy in our Chnstian experience. But joy and mirth are two 
different things entirely. We also believe it is not wrong to laugh when 
we get together for social gatherings. But our laughter should never 
be at the expense of others or humor that speaks ill of another race or 
color and especially not that that TAKES AWAY THE HOLINESS OF 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



August 1, 1935 

L. W. Beery 

When one puts forth effort for the cause of Christ in this world of 
sin opposition can be expected; the reason for this is obvious, Jesus 
the author and finisher of our faith was bitterly opposed during His 
ministry here. "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." 
(John 1:11) Jesus was a messenger of light to this old sin cursed 
world and His coming revealed the sinful deeds of men; this resulted 
In condemnation to those who did not turn away from their sins. "And 
this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men 
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." 
(John 3:19.) 

If men would love light rather than darkness this would be quite a 
different world to live in. But it is true now as it was in the time of 
Christ, men do love darkness rather than light therefore they oppose 
any cause that exposes and condemns their unlawful deeds. "For 
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, 
lest his deeds should be reproved." (John 3:20.) 

Not only do evil men oppose the efforts of true Christians, they 
hate those who put forth these efforts. This was true with our Master. 
In speaking along this line Jesus said, "If I had not come and spoken 
unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their 
sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done 
among them the works which none other man did, they had not had 
sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father." 
(John 15:22-24.) 

Jesus knew how His followers would be treated so He said this to 
His disciples, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it 
hated you. if ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but 
because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the 
world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:18-19.) If we are 
true followers of the Christ we can expect this hostile resistance of the 

This opposition does not come alone from men who make no 
profession of religion; in fact in our day some of the bitterest 
animosities come from those who profess to be followers of the 
Christ; individuals and churches who have apostatized and 
compromised with the world. Those who have apostatized hate the 
true Christian and the true Christian church because true Christianity 
exposes the corruption In an apostate individual and church. This 
accounts for the experiences of the faithful few in these days who are 


Striving for the true faith of the gospel. 

it has been and is the aim of the Dunkard Brethren to uphold all the 
teachings of Christ and carry the message of salvation to those who 
have it not. In view of what Jesus experienced and the instructions 
he left us it is not to be wondered at that we have had bitter 
opposition; we need not expect anything else as long as we earnestly 
contend for the unadulterated gospel. 

It is encouraging to hear the words of our Savior to those who have 
learned the way of truth and righteousness; "Blessed are ye, when 
men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their 
company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for 
the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, 
behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their 
fathers unto the prophets." (Luke 6:22-23.) 


I wish I had known what I was going to do as a living, and what my life 

work would likely be. 

I wish I had known that my health after 30 was largely dependent on 

what 1 had put into my stomach before 1 was 21 . 

I wish I had known how to take care of my money. 

I WISH I HAD KNOWN that a man's habits are hard to change after 

I wish I had known that the harvest depends so much upon the seeds 


I wish I had known you cannot get something for nothing. 

I wish I had known the world would give me just about what I 


I wish I had known the folly of not taking the advice of older, wiser 


I wish I had known that Dad wasn't such an old fogey after all. 

I wish I had known that everything Mother wanted me to do was right. 

I wish I had known what it meant to Mother and Father to raise a son. 

I wish I had known more of the helpful and inspiring parts of the Bible. 

I wish I had known the tremendous value of the opportunity and the 

joy of serving a fellow man. 

I wish I had known that there is no better exercise for the heart than 

reaching down and helping people up. 

I wish I had known that the "sweat of my brow" would earn my bread. 

I wish I had known that thorough education brings the best of 

everything else. 

I wish I had known that honesty is the ONLY policy, not only in 

dealing with my neighbors but also in dealing with myself and with 



I wish I had known the value of truthfulness in everything. 
And today I wish I knew the fornnula for impressing you and other 
young people that life is a mirror which will reflect back to you what 
you think into it. 

Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



It is the desire of the Brethren going to Uganda to take along 
standing collar suits. Anyone having a used, serviceable suit in good 
condition may send it to Bro. Paul Stump, 10340 Diamond Mill Road, 
Englewood, OH 45322. Please send as soon as possible. 

Thank you. 


General Conference 1995 has come and gone! With substantial 
planning and help from local Fourth District members and our guests, 
the meal arrangements went smoothly. It was a pleasure to share our 
homes with Brothers and Sisters from several states. The church and 
school facilities we rented were more than adequate for our needs. 
The weather cooperated for the most part and all survived another 
year! The costs associated with this Conference totaled $14,369,79- 
The district had originally budgeted $26,500.00. We are thankful to 
have more than met our financial goal. The savings realized should 
permit the Brotherhood to fund, more easily, other pressing needs. 
Again, we thank you for your flexibility and support. 

Fourth District Committee of Arrangements 


The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation plans for Revival 
Meetings, August 27, 1995, through September 3, 1995. Bro. David 
Aungst from the Bethel Congregation will be the evangelist. 

Remember these services in prayer, that lost souls would repent 
and that each of us would be fully dedicated to serving the Lord. 

A hearty invitation is extended to all, to come worship with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 





Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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


Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manhelm, PA 17545 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 


Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 
4025 Woodland Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95358 


Henry Walker, Chairman 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, CA 95323 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, lA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

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

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

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


David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 1 00 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

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AUGUST 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


When over the fair fame of friend or foe 

The shadow of disgrace shall fall, instead 

Of words of blame or proof of thus and so, 
Let something good be said! 

Forget not that no fellow-being yet 

May fall so low but love may lift his head; 
Even the cheek of shame with tears is wet, 

If something good be said. 

No generous heart may vainly turn aside 

In ways of sympathy; no soul so dead 

But may awaken, strong and glorified. 
If something good be said. 

And so I charge ye, by the thorny crown, 

And by the cross on which the Saviour bled, 

And by your own soul's hope of fair renown. 
Let something good be said! 

-James Whitcomb Riley 



When we are asked to forgive another person, usually the misdeed 
is so small that it does not require much thought. It is easy to forgive 
a loved one. We are prone to overlook their errors and sins, anyway, 
so it is no great thing to forgive them. There may be other times 
when it is harder to forgive, but we are willing anyway. When the 
failure involves someone who is a stranger to us or even one we 
count as an enemy, we may pause before we would forgive. 

It is harder to forgive, if the mistake or sin is a large one. If it 
involves a great deal of money or property we may want some sort of 
restitution. If It involves a great Spiritual misdeed then it may be even 
harder to forgive. 

Although we speak of forgiving and forgetting, it is impossible to 
forget a major misdeed that might affect not only ourselves but many 
other people. Our forgiveness must not be predicated on our ability to 
forget. Our minds will not allow us to forget something that has had a 
major impact upon us and others. 

Our example of complete, undeserved forgiveness is God. He 
loved us before we loved Him. He was willing to forgive us, even 
though we were not interested in Him. He drew the plan of salvation 
even though we were not interested in it, until His Spirit began to 
convict, convince and judge us. Then we were willing to turn to the 
offered source of forgiveness. It was only through the gift of His Only 
Begotten Son, that we could be forgiven. There was nothing, no 
matter how good, that we could do that would bring about our 
forgiveness. Every misdeed that we had done was a sin against God, 


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SO we were without hope of forgiveness or restoration until we could 
secure forgiveness through Jesus Christ, We in no way deserved 
that forgiveness, although we might accept it gladly and quickly, when 
offered. What could we give God to cover our past sins? There was 
nothing, so we had to depend upon His gift of undeserved 

It bothers some people to receive a gift. They would gladly receive 
wages. They would gladly trade something they could give for that 
gift, rather than accept it. The wages spoken of in the New 
Testament are the wages of sin, which is death, beside those wages 
is set the gift of God, His Son. It is better to swallow our pride and 
accept what we can not buy or work for. It is undeserved, therefore 
we should accept it quickly and gladly. 

Since God has forgiven men so undeservedly, it would seem His 
spiritual family would also imitate His forgiveness. As children 
resemble their parents, it would be expected that God's family would 
resemble Him in their characteristics. If God can forgive those who 
do not deserve such forgiveness, men should forgive each other as 
well. Those who have received such a great gift would seem the 
likeliest to forgive others. Christians should be the most openly, 
forgiving people. 

Many situations may arise during a lifetime. Even amongst 
Christians times of stress and dispute can arise. In a moment of 
unthinking or in a great burst of emotion, that unworthy of a Christian 
is said or done. All would agree that it would have been better if it 
had remained undone and unsaid, but it wasn't. 

As cooler passions come to the forefront, there may be an effort 
made toward forgiveness. What is to be done? Jesus instructed His 
Apostles there should be no limit set on the forgiveness that was to 
be offered. Seventy times seven seemed too great to comprehend. 
How could anyone ask forgiveness that many times? But if he did, he 
should be forgiven. Jesus said nothing about restitution or 
punishment. That forgiveness would be undeserved. We become 
more Christ-like when we are able to offer undeserved forgiveness. 
One of our goals as a Christian is to become more like our Saviour. 
The offering of undeserved forgiveness will mark us as becoming 
more like Jesus. 

Can we offer that undeserved forgiveness to others? Can we 
forgive members of our family? Can we forgive people who have 
done mean things to us, even years ago, even though they would not 
even seek our forgiveness? Can we forgive if they continue to say 


and do mean things about and to us? Can we forgive fellow 
members of God's family? 

Can we get beyond what punishment others deserve and see that 
we have all failed to receive the punishment that we have deserved? 
We, many times, are more interested in what Is required of another 
and less interested in what we should be doing ourselves. 

Let us remember the undeserved forgiveness that God has shared 
with us as we deal with those who sin against us. "And forgive us our 
debts, as we forgive our debtors." 



A Chinese Emperor was informed that some of his enemies had 
caused an insurrection in one of the areas of his domain. He said to 
the officers: "Follow me and we shall soon conquer them." 

As soon as the mutineers saw the Emperor approaching, they gave 
in and surrendered. 

His officers expected to receive his orders to kill these mutineers, 
but he never issued such an order. 

The first thing that this Emperor said to his enemies was that he 
loved them and he was not going to harm them. 

One of his officers asked him, "Your Majesty; is this the way that 
you fulfill your promise of conquering your enemies? You had told us 
that you were going to conquer your enemies but you forgave them 
and you are treating them as if they were your friends." 

"Yes," answered the Emperor, "I promised to destroy my enemies. 
I kept my word. They are no more my enemies. 1 made them my 

The easiest way to destroy your enemies is to make them your 
friends. And who of us does not need more friends? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


My father's name was Theodore Myers and my mother's name was 
Cevilla. He was born in Rome City, Indiana. She was born in 
Franklin County, Pennsylvania. 

Early in life each came to Ohio to obtain employment. 

The powers to be, by destiny, found them employed by the same 
family, father's married sister. 


Romance began, which led to marriage. In the course of time their 
children were born, a son (myself) and two sisters. 

Father had a hard start in life. When he was eight days old, his 
mother passed away. A woman by the name of Libby Birch, (I do not 
know if she was a relative or not) cared for him. She was very kind to 
him. In time his father remarried, and he returned home. 

His step mother was very unkind to the step children. She 
repeatedly punished them without cause. For instance, if they had 
company for a meal she forewarned them not to take a piece of pie. 
Father said in the presence of company she would insist that he take 
a piece. If he didn't, she would put a piece on his plate and said, "Eat 
it." If he did the company would hardly be gone until she gave him a 
hard whipping. They would complain to their father, he was 
sympathetic but could not change her. 

Father had a brother by the name of Heram. Because of the ill 
treatment, he left home and for many years no one heard from him. 
One day he knocked on father's door and they were glad to see each 

Father also had two sisters. Over a period of time they married. 

Before marriage father worked on a farm as a hired man. His pay 
was $100.00 a season from spring until harvest was over. In that 
time he withdrew $3.00 for clothes, receiving $97.00 at the end of 

Much more could be written about his early life. One thing certainly 
can be said of dad, he was a kind, loving, Christian father. He was a 
self-made man. 

He accepted Christ as his savior and lived, (not just professed) the 
Christian life. He was a good Bible student. He taught Sunday 
school, was a deacon, then elected to the ministry and ordained as an 
Elder. He vServed on various Boards in the Church. 

He farmed in the summer time and worked In coal mines during the 
winter months. One mine father worked at, the operator would be 
drunk and the mine could not operate. The owner of the land 
canceled his lease. He asked father to take over the mine. He did 
and was successful. When all the recoverable coal was mined he 
opened another mine. At the last mine, I was a partner. I will never 
forget the articles of partnership agreed on, nothing in writing, just an 
oral agreement. He stated that he would be responsible for all 
activities underground in producing the coal. I was to assume every 
phase of the business above ground. This included bookkeeping, 
serving the, customers, paymaster, filing all government reports, doing 


the banking, and many other phases of a retail business. Thus we 
operated for ten years. 

At one of the mines, he bought forty acres. When he decided to 
quit coal mining, he bought a tractor and equipment and farmed the 
forty acres. He previously had planted an orchard on most of it. 
Many acres were planted in sweet corn. Early apples ripened about 
the same time corn was to be picked. 

Father had an order for the first ripe apples of the season. He 
climbed to the top of the ladder to reach the nicest apples. The 
ladder turned. He fell to the ground, breaking his back. A doctor and 
an ambulance were called for. He was taken to the hospital where he 
remained for sixteen weeks. 

The neighbors and church members, my sisters, my mother, and I 
finished the harvesting of the apples, sweet corn, potatoes and so 
forth. Father, now, an invalid, sold the forty acres. Not only did his 
injury prevent him from farming, but had a great effect on his 
ministerial work. Not only did father claim Christianity, he lived it 
every day of his life. I, briefly, will give some of my observations of 
his ways of life. 

In measuring, when selling anything, he abided by the scripture as 
recorded in Luke 6:38. He also abided by the golden rule, "Do unto 
others as you would have others do unto you", as recorded in Luke 

The golden rule was his policy in every deed and action in life. A 
heart attack at 69 years ended his life here on earth. His funeral was 
the largest congregation of people ever assembled in our church. 

His Son, 
The Late Brother Paul R.Myers 


Contemporary Christian Music 
(The following article is a summary of the lecture on music at the 
1995 Youth Retreat in Colorado. I pray that It will help you in 
answering questions in regard to the selection of Christian music to 
which you listen.) 

Remember, the devil is crafty. He is the great deceiver. He knows 
most Christians would not be taken In by obvious deviations from the 
truth. So, he sneaks In in a pair of blue jeans and sneakers. Young 
people, sometimes it seems that some people turn to Christ as a 
result of Contemporary Christian Music. I would like to raise some 
questions as to the accuracy of that statement in this article. You can 


not reach unsaved youth, or any people, with Satan's tactics. Satan 
is totally opposed to the things of the Spirit of God. A blind person 
cannot appreciate a beautiful sunset and an unbeliever cannot 
comprehend music about God. Music is ultimately not for outreach. 
It is for the enjoyment of the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ has 
been dragged back into the bush and we must realize that. As saved 
people, we need to raise our voices against evil and for the glory of 
God. May God save us from this age of God defying music. 

The New Age has come in on us like an unstoppable, monstrous, 
bone-crushing steamroller. Its intent is to wipe Bible believing 
Christianity off the face of the earth and replace it with a satanically 
controlled, one world government. Because Satan cannot gain the all 
out worship he desires from every living human being until the last 
steadfast and uncompromising Christian has been destroyed, he is 
working hard to reach into the Church. 

Contemporary music is molding the modern Church as much as 
any force in the world today. It is changing ideas, doctrines and 
beliefs. The song lyrics are the end result of Satan's long term 
master plan to dishonor Jesus Christ. 

The modern Church is in confusion, split by division, and tight 
lipped about the truth. Christian Contemporary Music is partly the 
cause. Satan knows you are the key to a Christian future and that 
popular music is the charm to spiritually destroy you. It is clothed in 
snappy Christian "catch-phrases" and is guaranteed to appeal to your 
sensual nature. 

An anti-Contemporary Christian Music stand is probably the most 
unpopular view any servant of God can take today. But the Bible 
says the "Time will come when church members will not endure 
sound doctrine. Instead they will heap on themselves teachers 
having itching ears and they will turn their ears from the truth and will 
turn to fables." (My paraphrase.) 

I want to share some popular reasons I hear cited to show that 
Christian Contemporary Music can and should be used to evangelize 
the lost and entertain the believer. 

Now, remember, we know what has happened in secular music. It 
has enslaved the souls of millions of people. Remember, too, that 
Christian Contemporary Music is full of fleshly, worldly, musical styles. 
It sounds very noble and idealistic. Of course, Col. 5:16 says, "There 
is a way that seemeth right to us. ..but it ends in death." 

Reason 1: No one should judge another person's music or 
ministry. Of course this is based on Matt. 7:1-2. (Judge not!) 
Christian Contemporary Music defenders love these verses because 
they are supposed to shut down any and all criticism of their music. 
However, Christians in this case need to judge! Proverbs 21:15 says. 


"It is joy to the just to do judgment..." Matthew 7 is talking about 
people, not music. To evaluate Contemporary Christian Music is to 
judge righteous judgment. It means to care about another's soul. 

Reason 2: The Bible says we can play our music loud, right? After 
all, doesn't it say in Psalm 33:1-3, "Sing unto him a new song; play 
skillfully with a loud noise?" Believe me, there is a big difference 
between loud as used in this passage and the ear bleeding, painful 
noise of this electronic age. The Contemporary Christian Music 
person desires to shake you with the amplified roar of rock guitars, 
drums and the like. Music can be 110 decibels. This certainly does 
not bring praise to God when it can damage the 8th cranial nerve and 
cause partial hearing loss. The Holy Spirit must be grieved as He 
endures this chaotic noise. 

The Word talks about a "New Song." Is Christian Contemporary 
Music the new song or is it the same old junk food of the mod music 
industry wrapped up in something that looks religious? When it talks 
of being skillful in the Word, I have to think of how many performers 
who really are quite unable to play anything but the eight basic 

Reason 3: I have to be like the world to save the world! This might 
well be the worse statement of all. Paul was made all things to all 
men that he might by all means save some.. .(I Cor. 9:22). Did Paul 
become an alcoholic to win the drunkards at the pagan feasts? Did 
he wallow in sexual sin so he could better present the gospel to the 
temple harlots? Did he swear and curse like the foul mouthed sailors 
at the docks so he could become one of the boys and win some of 
them? No! He followed the scripture, "Be ye holy, for I am holy." 

Let me make this clear. Sin is sin. Nowhere in the Bible does God 
ever condone sinning to win a person to Christ. We can preach to the 
drunk in the bar, but can we participate with him? We can reach out 
to draw sinners from the mudholes of life, but we do not need to jump 
in and wallow with them. Jesus never did that. Neither are we to do 

Reason 4: Christian Contemporary Music is a neutral force. It can 
be either good or bad, depending on how you use it. Satan loves this 
concept. That "force" says there is a neutral power within all of nature 
that can be directed by the person controlling it. That is like witchcraft 
either being black or white. Actually, both are from Satan. God 
beheld and saw only the good in Genesis. neutral ground was 
there for God. fence riders. 

To be continued 
Brother Len Wertz 



Numbers 10:29-30, "And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of 
Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, We are journeying unto the 
place of which the Lord said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and 
we wilf do thee good: for the Lord hath spol<en good concerning Israel. 
And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, 
and to my kindred." 

Colossians 2:6, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the 
Lord, so walk ye in him." 

Many, more eloquent and wiser than myself, have described the 
Christian life as a journey. The fact that the Bible is our road map has 
been expressed in poetry, prose and song. It is not our desire to 
compete with these works of wisdom, but to humbly share what we 
feel the Lord has laid on our heart. 

Like the Israelites of old, our Brethren forefathers did not have the 
luxury of having motels, fast food places and fine restaurants when 
they took a long journey. The mode of travel also made what we 
consider a short pleasure trip a major venture. They had to carry their 
provisions and necessities along with them. 

They also deemed themselves to be on a spiritual journey. They 
desired to reach "the place of which the Lord said, I will give it you." 
Ultimately this would be Heaven. But our Brethren forefathers also 
believed that they were taking a spiritual journey that would lead them 
to the perfect will of God for their life. 

As they journeyed, they invited others to "come thou with us, and 
we will do thee good." There is a difference of opinion among 
historians as to whether or not our Brethren forefathers believed that 
they would be the only ones in Heaven. If, in fact, they did believe this 
we believe they were in error on this point. But we believe that they 
had something valuable to share with those with whom they came into 

Our desire today should be to invite others to join us in our spiritual 
journey. The start of this journey must be at the blood stained, Old 
Rugged Cross, that we sing about sometimes. There we are washed 
clean and given new garments for our journey. As we read in 
Revelation 7:14, "...These are they which came out of great tribulation, 
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of 
the Lamb." 

The journey starts at the cross, but it does not end there. As we 
are instructed in Colossians (and other portions of Scripture) "As ye 
have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him." 

It appears that our Brethren faith is becoming a thing of the past 
with the majority of those who name Alexander Mack as their founder. 
If our historical traditions are nothing but excess baggage we should 
have no fear at their being cast aside. But we, personally, believe 


they hold much more importance than they are normally given. They 
gave those who wished to join in the journey something with which to 
identify. Certainly there will be those who believe and teach that our 
works have nothing to do with our salvation. At one time it was only 
those who held to unconditional eternal security that stressed this. 
Today it is hard to find a group that does not label all works as 

Many times it starts with traditions that are not found in Scripture. 
And we do have to be careful with man made traditions. But when so 
called man made traditions were cast aside it was not long until such 
things as the prayer veil, nonconformity to the world in dress and 
avoiding all appearance of evil in worldly pleasures was labeled "man 
made traditions." Did we really gain in our spiritual journey by casting 
Brethren tradition aside? 

If you have never started on the journey to Heaven we invite you to 
start by repentance, trine immersion baptism and joining our Dunkard 
Brethren Church. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your 
pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn 
again and rend you." Matt. 7:6. 

I was quite moved recently when I read again a familiar portion of 
God's Word, namely First Corinthians, chapter four. In it, Paul 
reproves the boasting of the Corinthians. He says, we are fools for 
Christ's sake, but you (meaning the Corinthians) are wise. We are 
weak, but you are strong. We are despised, but you are honorable. 
We hunger and thirst and are beaten, and have no certainty of a roof 
over our head. We labor, we are reviled, but in all these things we 
are not destroyed but rather we honor and glorify God. 

Paul, as an Apostle, visited the churches in Europe and Asia to 
instruct them in the things of the Lord. It had been a while since Paul 
had visited Corinth, and they began to say, "Paul has not deemed it 
necessary to visit us, so we must be doing everything right." They 
began to get proud of themselves, yet they were full of sin and did not 
see it. 

So often we have to be reminded of our faults, but many take the 
wrong attitude. It happens In both directions. The one instructing 
often has the "Gotcha" attitude, pleased that he has caught someone 
in sin. The instructed one often misinterprets the actions of the 
instructor and has the "why am I being picked on" attitude. 

Paul's reputation was being destroyed by the Corinthians yet he 


continued on. In Second Thessalonians he said, " not shaken in 
mind, ...and stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been 
taught..." (chapter 2, verses 2 and 15). He could tell us because all 
these things he had mentioned in I Cor. 4 had happened to him and 
he had overcome them. He knew, of all people, that we WILL be 
reviled for the cause of Christ, often by those that call themselves 
Christians. It is not a question of "if," but a question of "when". 

We must be careful, as Paul tells us again in Philippians 3:2, of 
dogs. Christ warned us about the giving what is holy to the dogs, in 
Matthew 7:6. These dogs are those who use the Gospel for their own 
selfish motives and destroy the testimony of Christ for others. We 
must be constantly on the alert not to cast the Gospel before those 
who do not understand its value. Here we must be in tune with God 
so we can allow the Holy Spirit to guide us to whom we should share 
the Gospel. Those who belittle the Gospel will be those who try to 
destroy us. 

It is wrong for us to purposely invite persecution that we may glory 
in it. It is proper for us to glorify God in all that we do. If we are 
persecuted, we must stand fast. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


August 15, 1935 

J. D. Brown 

For several years now, we have what they call sleeping sickness, 
going around. People apparently just go to sleep in good health, and 
sleep for months, and sometimes years. 

We noticed in the papers some time ago, a case in Chicago, where 
a girl has been sleeping now for three years. 

This is typical of the spiritual sickness that is going around in the 
world today. People in apparently good spiritual health, go to sleep 
spiritually. Men who once had their spiritual eyes wide open to 
spiritual things today have them closed. 

Even Elders who have had the oversight of churches for several 
years, who were able at one time to oversee and direct the church in 
a spiritual way, today are asleep on the job, not able to see or to give 
dependable advice. It seems that it has always been that way, even 
when Christ was here, the apostles went to sleep on duty. 

(Matt. 26:38-45) Jesus just before He was betrayed asked the 
apostles, "Watch while I go yonder and pray." On His return He found 
them asleep. He went the second time to pray, when He came back 


they were asleep. He went the third time and they were asleep again. 

Think of the circumstances under which they went to sleep, Jesus 
was about to be put to death, looking for the enemy to come at any 
time and now He asks them to watch, and they went to sleep. So it is 
today, He has chosen men through the church for that very same 
purpose, to watch for the enemy, and they go to sleep, today just as 
they did in that time, with all the information Jesus has given, He has 
warned His people the time would come, when false prophets would 
rise up in the church and deceive the very elect if possible, yet men 
and women will go to sleep. 

(Matt. 13:25-26) But while men slept the enemy came and sowed 
tares, (tares represent the ungodly) among the wheat, (wheat 
represents the people of God) and went his way. V. 26. But when 
the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the 
tares also. (Tares, false prophets.) That time did come, and while 
his watchmen were asleep, those false prophets came up in the 
church and broke the church seal. (Eph. 4:30) 

Like the Ark, the church was sealed, on the inside and on the 
outside; sealed on the inside to keep the things inside that were 
inside, and sealed on the outside to keep the things outside that were 

These false prophets took possession and broke the seal. At the 
beginning the opening was very small, we could hardly notice that it 
had any effect on the church but as time went on the opening became 
larger until Satan crept in, sowed ungodliness, sowed things to satisfy 
the flesh, the members of the church became lovers of pleasures 
more than lovers of God — began to seek places of amusements, card 
parties, dance halls, shows, swimming pools, big feasts, buy and sell 
for gain (Luke 19:45), pride, gold, costly array, bobbed hair, powdered 
face, short skirts, low necked dresses, neckties, secret societies, 
politics and now everything that the world indulges in, is in the church, 
(James 1:27). Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father 
is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions and to 
keep himself unspotted from the world. 

That is not all, but the things inside the church crept out. Church 
ordinances crept out of the church; salutation, prayer veil, Lord's 
supper, feet washing, baptism, nonconformity. Satan formed a circuit, 
passed right through the church and drove the things God had placed 
in the church for the salvation of man, right out of the church. 

Our duty is to come out from among them. 

(II Cor. 6:14-18) "Be ye not unequally yoked together with 
unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with 
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and 
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that 
believeth with an infidel? 


And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are 
the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them; 
and walk In them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My 

"Wherefore 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." 

"For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull 
of hearing, and their eyes have they closed, lest they should see with 
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, 
and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Acts 28:27.) 


The Mistake 

J. H. Moore 

I once made my home in a family for several weeks — where 
everything, to all appearances went like clockwork. The family was 
composed of parents and two sons. They lived on one of the best 
improved farms in the country. The father was known far and wide as 
the model farmer of that part of the State. Not one thing was allowed 
to remain out of order on his premises. Every building and fence was 
kept In the very best state of repair. He had a place for each tool, and 
when not in use it had to be there. So far as orderly farming was 
concerned, he made it a decided success. 

He was noted as a strict church member, and it had to be very bad 
weather indeed If he was not found at his place in church. He was as 
strict with his boys as he was with himself. They not only had to 
attend church and Sunday School as regularly as the Lord's Day 
came around, but the Sunday had to be spent in each particular as he 
directed. His word was law, and it was the law that he did not 
hesitate to enforce whenever occasion demanded it. For miles 
around no boys seemed so well trained as these two farm boys. 
Under their father's ever watchful eye they kept within the bounds of 

Everybody congratulated the Intelligent and successful farmer for 
his success in raising an industrious and Christian family. Not a few 
envied him, and wished they could exert over their children the 
influence which he seemed to have over his. He was not only 
pronounced a model farmer, but he was regarded as a wise and most 
successful parent. In the minds of most of his neighbors he was 
making family discipline a success in every particular. 

The years went rapidly by, and the boys soon reached manhood. 
When they were twenty-one years old they felt that they were no 


more under their father. To them it was a decided relief. In a little 
while they were regarded as the wildest boys in the neighborhood. 
They became positively reckless. This surprised the parents no less 
then it surprised most people of the neighborhood. To them it 
became quite apparent that the man who had made a success as a 
farmer was a failure in his own household. He knew how to compel 
his boys to obey every word that came from his lips, but he knew not 
how to develop them. He succeeded in ruling them, but he had not 
trained them. Under his eyes they knew how to behave themselves, 
but when once cut loose from his authority they knew no restraint. 

Other parents are making the same mistake with their children. 
They think that enforced, ironclad rules settle the whole question. 
They exact the strictest obedience, never once seeming to realize 
that cold, formal rules, as compared with Intelligent training, are of no 
lasting value. Had this farmer spent more time developing his boys, 
and less with his fine set of rules, the results might have been 
different. The principles of doing right should have been more 
thoroughly fixed in the minds of the boys, so that, when they grew to 
manhood, they would know how to apply them. The boys had been 
taught how to obey rules, but they had never been taught how to 
govern themselves. 

No one ever saw this stern father engage in an interesting 
conversation with his boys. He never consulted them, nor did he try 
to get them specially interested in his business. It was his privilege, 
so he thought, to command, and it was the boys' duty to obey. He did 
the commanding, the boys did the obeying, for they did not dare to do 
otherwise; but the results in the end were sad to contemplate. Every 
parent has a right to rule his children — In fact. It Is his duty— but what 
is government without development? It Is the father that gets close to 
the hearts of his children who makes family government a success. 
He requires obedience, but he thinks more of development and 
growth along right lines. It Is what his children will be when they leave 
the parental roof that most concerns him. In the beginning he 
commences their training with the view of making men and women 
who will be a credit to their parents as well as a credit to the church 
and to the community. 


The Plevna Congregation invites you to their Fall Revival, 
September 3 through 10, 1995. Elder Fred Piter from Dallas Center, 
Iowa will be the evangelist. Lovefeast services begin at 2:00 P.M., 
September 9, with Communion at 7:00 P.M. Other evening services 
begin at 7:30. 


We invite all to these services. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 


The Bethel Congregation is looking forward to our fall Revival, 
September 10 through 17. The Lord willing Bro. Tom St. John will be 
with us. Come and worship with us. Pray we all grow more like the 

Sister Fern Wolf, Cor. 


Someone borrowed tape #1 (the master tape). Would you please 
return It to Vera Pike as soon as possible. I cannot make copies until 
I have it. Thanks. 

Preaching tapes are available again this year, by contacting Vera 
Pike, 12967 SH 108, Wauseon, OH 43567. Telephone (419) 337- 
6251 daytime hours 9:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. EST and weekends, 
anytime. They are $2.00 a piece plus postage if I have to mail them. 
I will send the bill with your tapes. Thank you. 
Please order by NUMBER # 
#1 Len Wertz — "A Pentecostal Experience" 

Wayne Burgess — "Yielding to the Spirit's Influence" 
#2 William Carpenter — "Confusion" 
Rudy Cover — "Being Alive in 95" 
#3 Milton Cook — "The One Needful Thing" 
Dale Jamison — "Know Your Opponent" 
#4 Ray Reed — "Spirit of Non Resistance" 

Henry Walker — "Core Belief 
#5 Mark Cordrey — "Savior or Savior and Lord" 

Merle Switzer — "Pilgrims and Strangers" 
#6 Rod Renicker — "You're Rich" 

Ron Marks — "Bringing Glory to God" 
#7 Fred Pifer — "The Gulf, The Gap and The Governor" 

Len Wertz — "Burnout" 
#8 Paul Stump — "Africa" MISSION 

Mike Wray — "The Soul of the Missionary" 


I would like to express my thanks for the lovely cards and notes 
received on my birthday, June 30. They were inspiring and 

Sister Verda Lorenz 



September 3 ~ God calls Moses to the Mount - Exodus 24:1-18. 

1 . What is the blood of the covenant with us today? 

2. Moses had written all the words of the Lord in the Book of the 
Covenant, why the tables of stone? 

September 10 - Plans for the Ark - Exodus 25:1-40. 

1 . What was God's purpose for the sanctuary? 

2. Explain the purpose of the ark and its lid. 

September 17 - The Tabernacle - Exodus 26:1-37. 

1 . Why did God give such detailed instructions for building the 

2. Explain the purpose and symbolism of the vail. 

September 24 - The Altar - Exodus 27:1-21 . 

1 . For what was the Brass Altar to be used? 

2. Why was the lamp to burn always? 


September 3 - Sleep - Mark 13:33-37, Rom. 13:10-14, Eph. 5:14-17, 
I Thess. 5:5-10. 

1 . Why is not sleep a form of spiritual rejuvenation? 

2. Explain how the word, "watch" means more than to look at 

September 10 - Young Man's Fall - Acts 20:1-12, I Cor. 10:1-12. 

1 . Spiritual sleep will lead to what kind of fall? 

2. How can we fall even while thinking we will not fail? 

September 17 - Leaven - Matt. 16:1-12, Gal. 5:1-9. 

1 . What was the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees? 

2. How much sin (leaven) does it take to leaven the whole person? 

September 24 - The Fig Tree - Matt. 21 :17-22, Mark 1 1 :1 1-24. 

1 . In our spiritual life, what are the leaves? 

2. In our spiritual life, can we have fruit without leaves? 

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SEPTEMBER 1, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Grace, 'tis a most delightful theme: 
Tis grace that rescues guilty man, 
Tis grace divine, all-conq'ring, free, 
Or it had never rescu'd me. 

Twis grace that quicken'd me when dead, 
And grace my sou! to Jesus led; 
Grace brought me pardon for my sin, 
And grace subdues my lust within. 

Tis grace that sweetens ev'ry cross. 
And grace supports in ev'ry loss; 
In Jesus' grace my soul is strong; 
Grace is my shield, and grace my song. 

Tis grace defends when danger's near. 
By grace alone I persevere; 
Tis grace constrains my soul to love. 
And grace will bear me safe above. 



The grace of God is totally undeserved. Grace, by definition, is 
undeserved. Grace is not a reward, a payment, or wages. Without 
the Grace of God, there would be no hope for any person living in this 
world. Being human, we do not understand how God could offer His 
Grace to us. The fact remains that He has. 

We recognize God's Grace being shown to us through the gift of 
His Son, Jesus Christ. He gave His Only Begotten Son, not because 
we deserved that gift, but because He loved His highest creation, 
human beings. His love was grieved at the inability of humans to 
save themselves. Actually, humans were not very interested in trying 
to approach God. As a whole, they did not want to be a part of His 
family. This grieved God. He had created men in His own image that 
they might be a part of His family. However their earthly desires 
overwhelmed whatever Spiritual desires they may have had. God 
wanted them for His own. 

There was no other way available for Him to bring them back to 
Him. He must give His Son as a ransom for their sins. Their sins 
were not only the evil deeds that they had done, but also their 
unwillingness to obey or honor God. Their sin disqualified them from 
being a part of His family. Their own deeds or the deeds of others 
could not avail because all were sinners, so could not offer that 
sinless sacrifice demanded by the justice of God. The only ransom 
acceptable was the sinless sacrifice of His Son. By His Grace He 
was willing to offer that one and only ransom. He gave His Son, 
though undeserved and unappreciated. God's Grace prevailed to 


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offer the one effective sacrifice for fallen men. 

Jesus came to do His Father's will. He not only humbled Himself 
to live as a man amongst men. He was a willing perfect sacrifice 
offered as a ransom for the human race. He was born of a virgin, 
impregnated by the Holy Spirit. He served mankind through teaching 
and healing and by pointing His hearers to God. He served by being 
obedient to His Father. He became the prefect sacrifice, unavailable 
otherwise. God was willing to give His Son. Although when the time 
came for Jesus to bare the sins of all humans upon the cross the 
Father brought darkness upon the Earth to shroud the view of His 
Son as a sinner. The resurrection was proof of the Father's 
acceptance of His sacrifice. The price had been paid. Jesus came 
forth from the tomb in victory over death, hell and the grave. The 
power of sin was broken. Men who accepted the work done by Jesus 
could escape the final power of sin. By God's Grace, this remedy 
was now available. 

God is gracious not only to provide the way of salvation, but to 
provoke individuals to consider the advisability of accepting the 
proffered hope. God's Spirit does call and plead with humans to 
accept God's Grace. They have eternal life offered to them, but it 
awaits their acceptance. A gift is not a gift until it is accepted. We 
hear of rare occasions when riches are refused although offered 

There is a story of a man who lived in the early days of the 
American Republic. He had committed a crime worthy of death. His 
friends interceded with President Jefferson to pardon him. Finally he 
agreed to give the pardon. When the pardon was offered to the guilty 
one, he refused it. His refusal became a case for the courts to 
decide. It finally was decided that because he refused the pardon, he 
would have to suffer the original punishment. He died because he 
turned down the President's pardon. This is too often the case with 
many today. They have been offered pardon through the Grace of 
God, but they have refused it. 

God created people having the power of choice. Man was created 
in God's image. God certainly has the power of choice. Jesus, the 
Son of God, made the choice to do His Father's will. He had a will 
and the adopted children of God also have a will. They have a choice 
to make. 

The Grace of God is not a good luck charm. It does not 
necessarily deliver us from our poor judgment and actions. We can 
be thankful that God is not vindictive like men. He does expend His 


Grace to deliver us from many situations. There are other times when 
He allows us to taste the fruit of some of our misdeeds. This also is 
His Grace demonstrated. He is teaching us a lesson that will be 
beneficial, so we will not fall into that misdeed again. 

Without God's Grace we would have no hope or happiness. To be 
fully effective in our lives we must allow Him to direct our lives. His 
Grace is ever available, needing only our acceptance and practice. 

Have you received the proffered Grace of God? 



Matthew 5:37,"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; 
for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." 

Most of us have had the trying experience of a telephone call with 
a salesman on the other end who will not take a simple"no" for an 
answer. There have been actual harassment charges taken to court 
over this type of thing. While we are not sure this is the correct thing 
to do, we have simply hung up on an overzealous sales person. This 
is not something entirely new. There have always been salesmen 
who knock on the door (although they are few in number anymore in 
our area). For some reason the phone call salesman is even more 
irritating to us. We are not sure how this relates to the rest of our 
thoughts, but it was such an experience that caused us to ask the 
question, "What ever happened to the simple 'No'?" 

There was the time that a simple "no" was all that was needed to 
correct a small child (along with the rod of correction at times). By the 
time the child reached the age of understanding right from wrong, a 
simple "no" was often all that was needed. But within the last twenty- 
five or so years this has completely changed. Parents were told they 
should have a clinical and psychological reason to give their children 
for saying "no." "Because I said so," may not have been the most 
profound way to say "no", but it did carry the authority of the parent 
with it. Today the authority of the parent in all too many homes is 
nonexistent. We realize that child abuse is a problem in today's 
world. There have always been those who were not able to 
distinguish between corrective and abusive practices. There, very 
well, may have been good reasons for child protection laws to be put 
into place and agencies set up to investigate child abuse. But when 
the state government replaces the parent as the authority figure 
things have gotten out of hand in our opinion. When a child can 
question the "no" of a parent by legal means we may very well be 


setting ourselves up for real problems. 

The laws of the land are rapidly changing because someone 
questions the authoritative "no." This, also, is not entirely new and 
perhaps not entirely bad. Such laws as the segregation laws were 
definitely wrong. The push to legalize drugs (although the most used 
drug, alcohol, has been legal for some time now) the abortion laws (or 
lack of them) and laws that pamper the criminal and make it difficult 
for the victim are all a result of a different understanding of saying a 
simple "no." We are not encouraging the Church to become involved 
in political action to make "good" laws but we believe we can see the 
results of a lenient society. 

The earthly Church has seen amazing changes in the last few 
years due to the fact that a simple "no" Is no longer permissible. We 
have indicated before that we appreciate the fact of willingness to 
change some things within the church polity. Now jt seems to be 
speedily coming to the place that a "no" given by elected church 
officials Is simply Ignored. Any rules and regulations are simply 
shrugged off as legalism. 

To hear some individuals speak you would think that God never 
uttered a "no" In the entire pages of the Bible, the written Word of God. 
The "thou shalt nots" of the Ten Commandments are being explained 
away one by one by the modern church It would seem. At least they 
no longer hold the authority they once did. It is true that we are under 
grace and not under the law. All but one of the Ten Commandments 
were repeated in the New Testament and strengthened by our Lord. 
We believe even the commandment concerning keeping the Sabbath 
day holy is to be observed on Sunday. The weak and rebellious 
Church of our present day (as a whole) we are convinced is a direct 
result of refusal to recognize God's "NO" found in Holy Scripture. 

Will you not say "yes" to the call of Christ on your heart if you have 
not responded to this call? Then be willing to obey the"NOES" of 
Holy Scripture. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


"My Mothers' Kitchen" 

My father and mother were Theodore and Cevilla Myers. 

My mother lived ninety-three years. At ninety-one, I well remember 
the abundance, variety and quality of food mother prepared and 
served her family. 

General stores in her time handled only the bare essentials 


compared to what the supermarkets stock today. We, a family of five, 
lived on a small acreage. We raised our own vegetables. We also 
had a few apple, peach, pear and cherry trees that supplied fruit for 
our needs. We kept a cow for our dairy needs, and a small flock of 
chickens. We fattened and butchered several hogs each year for our 
meat supply. 

Father was the provider and mother the preparer of our three daily 
meals. She had a talent for cooking and baking. She passed that 
talent to my two sisters who could prepare sumptuous meals also. 

Mother's time was used to prepare, preserve and serve delicious 
nourishing foods taking advantage of all in-season vegetables, fruits, 
and so forth. 

Nearly a century ago, freezing was unknown as a means of 
preserving foods. Canning, drying and salting were the means of 
preserving. They worked. 

Cut up fruit, green beans, cut off sweetcorn and other foods were 
dried to preserve. 

Meat, especially pork, was either packed in salt or stored in a 
heavy salt water brine. Eggs were preserved by keeping them 
immersed in water glass. 

Dairy products were kept in a bucket, lowered in a dug well or kept 
in a spring if there was one handy. Otherwise there was considerable 

In the fall, after harvest, mother would dry and brown ear corn in 
the oven. When ready. It was shelled and taken to the mill to be 
ground into cornmeal. Mother would cook up a batch, pour it into 
pans, where it would set up firm. We called it mush. 

Cornmeal was used to make corn pone. Also, cornmeal cooked 
with the broth left from cooking the pudding meat made a good 
breakfast food called "scrapple" or sometimes called "paunhaus". 

When raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and so forth were in 
season, they were picked and brought into mother's kitchen. Her 
creative hand produced jams, jellies, shortcake, pies, tarts and many 
other goodies. If she had more than could be used at the time, she 
preserved them for future use. 

Following butchering day we had several large cans of lard. None 
was sold. It was used in cooking, frying and other ways. Mother 
claimed that lard made better pie crust than any other shortening. 

A hot kettle of lard was the means of making good donuts and 
potato chips. Mother made a batter which, when dropped by the 
spoonful into the hot lard, produced what were called "frogs". They 
were very tasty when eaten with syrup. Large spoonfuls would make 
big hollow "frogs". Mother would cut them open and fill them with a 
sweet white filling and we would have cream puffs for dessert at our 
next meal. 


After butchering and the choice meat was preserved by salt or salt 
bnne, hams, side meat (bacon) and some of the sausage was 

Mother still had a lot to do following butchering. Lacking electric 
refrigerators and freezers, she would fry sausage and other cuts, put 
the cooked meat in gallon crocks and fill the crock with hot lard. That 
meat was preserved that way until used up. Mother would clean the 
pigs feet and make "souse" which was very tasty. 

Mother would clean the pig's stomachs. At a later time she would 
make a filling of diced potatoes, cut up fresh sausage meat, a little 
onion, salt and pepper and stuff the pig stomach. This was put in the 
hot oven and baked until nice and brown and well done. Thick slices 
became the main entree for a delicious meal, nowhere obtainable but 
from a farm kitchen or a woman versed in farm kitchen cooking. 

When apple harvest was over, we would have an apple snitzing 
party. Neighbors would come in to peel and cpt up apples in 
preparation to cooking applebutter. 

The cut up apples along with sugar and seasoning were put in a 
big butchehng kettle and set in a three legged stand. The fire was 
stoked to keep the kettle boiling. The contents had to be stirred 
continuously until the applebutter was of the right consistency. 

Fresh applebuttered bread topped with smearcase (cottage 
cheese) made for very good eating. 

Mother canned hundreds of quarts of meat, fruits and vegetables. 
She made and canned vegetable soup for winter use. 

At Christmas time her kitchen became a candy factory. Peanut 
brittle, fudge, sea-foam, orientals and popcorn balls were some of her 

Besides her kitchen output, she found time to crochet bedspreads 
curtains, many doilies and three large 3 foot by 5 foot Bible subjects' 
My two sisters and I had a wonderful mother and father. 

Their son, 

The Late Brother Paul R. Myers 


Contemporary Christian Music 
Part II 

Reason 5: We have to use Contemporary Christian Music to reach 
out to lost young people because that is the language they 
understand today. God help us! Christian music Is becoming more 
accepted by the general public than ever before BECAUSE it is what 
they are used to listening to. Amy Grant would be a good example of 
this. It IS a lot easier to get a Contemporary Christian Music loving 
non-chnstian believing friend to listen to Christian Contemporary 


Music than to have them listen to hymns and praise music. People 
talk about having to apologize for "plain gospel" music.and that is 
very sad. The Bible says if we are ashamed of the Lord in our 
generation, Jesus will be ashamed of us when He comes in the glory 
of His Father with the Holy Angels. (Mark 8:38) 

Young people, there are scriptural limits to our evangelism. We 
are not to convert at any price and use the beat to bait and reel 
people in. If Contemporary Christian Music is such a great 
conversion tool, why is there no mention of it in the Bible? How did 
young people get saved centuries before Contemporary Christian 
Music was around? There was 2,000 years of successful soul 
winning before now. Yes. is powerful. ..but preaching is 
ordained to save souls, not drums and tambourines. Timothy and 
Silas did not get down and boogie to rustle up some converts in 
Ephesus and Philippi. Music was not an evangelistic tool. 

Reason 6: Contemporary Christian Music makes you feel good. 
How can it be wrong? Wow, have you ever heard this question 
before? This is a perverted philosophy and it is big in the church 
today. The fear of God is going and only His love is preached. Our 
mind set focuses on love, "Jesus loves you. ..and we love you too." 
Contemporary Christian Music Is largely responsible for this. 

Deut. 5:29 talks of a people with a heart that would fear God and 
keep all of His commandments. ..always. ..that it might be well with 
them and their children forever. Very few songs talk about 
commitment and a Christless eternity without it. They seem to see 
dancing saints before the judgment seat of God with raised hands or 
clinched fists. 

Reason 7: But kids are getting saved through Contemporary 
Christian Music. How can we condemn that? How crass it is to fire 
up gullible audiences with high powered electronic equipment and hit 
them with an altar call. We are to come to Him with humbled and 
broken spirits, hearts heavy with a hateful knowledge of sin. Singing 
idols create emotion. ..little conviction. Where are the millions saved 
through this medium? Are the churches getting fuller from these 
concerts? Where are they in our own beloved church? Are your 
peers showing spiritual depth and growth as a result of Contemporary 
Christian Music? Or. ..are they entertained? Where is the 
Contemporary Christian Music CRUSH in the Dunkard Brethren 

John 12:32 says, "And I, if 1 be lifted up from the earth, will draw all 
men unto me." 1 would say that the entertainer is usually the one that 
is lifted up. If an individual wants to sing and praise God without great 
glory.. .super! But ticket prices show where the real priority is! 

Reason 8: Even the Apostle Paul said nothing was unclean of 
itself. Contemporary Christian Music is just a different style. There is 


nothing wrong with it. (They use Romans 14:14.) Well, that 
statement has an easy answer. The Bible teaches us what is unclean 
or untouchable. These are the works of the flesh. Contemporary 
Christian Music, which is following the lead or rock and pop music. 
not fully clean. 

Reason 9: God can use anything to reach souls.. .so why can't He 
use Contemporary Christian Music or Christian rock? I agree! GOD 
CAN DO ANYTHING HE PLEASES. But He calls us to maintain our 
holiness and separation from the world. When Contemporary 
Christian Music groups have the same hairstyles as the world, the 
same outfits, same jewelry, same concerts, same light shows, same 
dance routines, same fog machines and accompaniment as secular 
music groups. ..then they are presenting an appearance of evil. 
Contemporary Christian Music reflects the world and if you love 
it. better take a look at your attitude toward your love of the world. 

To be continued 
Brother Len Wertz 


Everyone here in the country and mountains has been busy 
between showers trying to plant their gardens. God formed Adam and 
Eve perfectly, like all of His work. He placed them in a perfect place 
and occupation, which was in a garden, to plant, cultivate and enjoy. 
They applied themselves to nurturing and caring for the plants, not 
only for food, but for a wholesome, clean and pure mind. Then, when 
the day's work was done, they leisurely walked through the garden 
admiring the vegetation, fruits, vegetables, flowers and trees, listening 
to the warble, whistles, chirps and so forth of the happy birds, with 
animals of all types roaming the garden (they were not wild and 
ferocious then). This was a perfect setting for the Lord to come walk 
and talk with them. You say "wonderful, fantastic, but that was some 
far off distant age." 

1 realize that was before sin entered this world. The Lord still 
speaks to us today if we will listen to the still small voice that tells us 
what we shall or shall not do. He says in Mai. 3:6 Tor I am the Lord, I 
change not..." We are the ones who have changed. Mai. 3:7, "Even 
from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, 
and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, 
saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said. Wherein shall we return?" If we 
will obey Him by doing His will in yieldedness of heart and give Him a 
quiet time of meditation instead of ever rushing around trying to pacify 
the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Personally 
I really enjoy the garden, it seems to be the place nearest to God and 
where He seems the nearest to me. 


The New Testament writers mention a number of times that Jesus 
and the apostles spent nights and even longer in prayer in the 
wilderness, in the desert and in the garden. When Jesus was about 
to shed His blood to cover the sin of all humanity He went to the 
garden where He was close to the Father. 

I have learned many spiritual lessons from the garden. The garden 
must be planted at the right season, If too early it will freeze, too late 
the crop will not mature by harvest time. So must we be alert to 
encourage and strengthen those in need spiritually at the time the 
Spirit is drawing them. Without God's help we can do nothing. 

The garden must be planned when we plant it. If we plant 
cucumbers together with muskmelons they mix and the good taste is 
destroyed. So must the Christian not keep company with those who 
would mar our Christian graces. It has been said that we become a 
part of all we meet. Thereby we may be lured away from God and fall 
from grace. Then we can become entangled in Satan's net of 
deception and very possibly eternally damned. 

We are living in an age when people are reading and overlooking 
many commandments and duties mentioned in the scriptures then 
saying "they are no longer required, it Is not done that way any more, 
or we do not need to do that, it is not necessary," and so forth. Dear 
reader, God says in Mai. 3:6, 1 change not." He fulfilled the sacrificial 
laws of pardon by sending His Son as a sacrifice for all humanity if we 
accept and obey His commandments. His laws to live by still stand. 
If we have sin in our heart, even though we do not commit the sin we 
are still guilty. Rom. 1:31. "Do we then make void the law through 
faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Please read Matthew 5 
slowly, carefully, thoughtfully with a desire to please God. There are 
many truths in this chapter that many church people overlook, or 
dismiss with many excuses, but these are the words of Christ, not to 
be overlooked and disobeyed. 

A garden left uncultivated goes to weeds, which choke the 
vegetables. So we must also constantly cultivate our Christian life by 
reading God's Word, attending spiritual church services, praying, 
mission work, visiting and helping those in need and keeping 
ourselves unspotted from the world. James 1:27. Many kinds of 
weeds grow in a garden and they make speedy headway if they are 
not constantly cultivated out. So the devil presents many kinds of sin 
to our minds, which like the garden, must be constantly cultivated and 
the evil thoughts cast out while they are small and can easily be 
destroyed. There are other kinds of weeds with seemingly-never- 
dying roots, one of which is the Canada thistle that has a tap root 
below plough depth that continues to rent up those nasty prickly tops 
that no one wants to touch. It can be cut off, time after time, all 
summer long, year after year, before they give up. The Canada 


thistle reminds me of the deep sins of jealousy, spite, envy, hatred, 
and such like. My garden has these hateful Canada thistles, which 
grow in the pea rows. It is a nasty combination when I go to pick the 
peas, but though the peas cling to everything else about them not 
once have 1 seen them cling to a Canada thistle. When I put on a pair 
of leather gloves and go after the thistle I never fear destroying the 
pea vines. Let us be like the peas. If our place is close to the 
Canada thistle let us remember the peas that would take no hold on 
the Canada thistle and let the sin alone. 

So, church member, if you have these things in your heart it will not 
only hinder the sinner from taking hold and becoming a Christian, but 
will turn him or her away. When God destroys that old root of 
bitterness out of the heart and the pricks are removed the crop will 
yield abundantly. The conversion of the Apostle Paul on the 
Damascus road is a good example. 

Then another garden problem is the frost, sometimes In June and 
September here In the mountains. When some of us were perspiring 
at the Nebraska Conference some years ago the folks back home 
were working in cold high wind to cover rows of tender vegetables to 
protect them from the freeze. So in the Church, God's garden, we 
should labor to protect souls from destruction. It is difficult because 
Satan nearly always adds to the problem with His gossipy winds of 

I have heard the remark many times that when plants do well for 
someone that they have a green thumb. Instead of a green thumb it 
is tender loving care which spiritually interpreted is love, without which 
no man shall see the Lord. It is the spirit of Christ who gave Himself 
that we might live. Thanks and praise to Him for the supreme 
sacrifice. Let us constantly cultivate the Christian graces in ourselves 
and in others with tender loving care. If there is a distance between 
Christ and us it is we who have moved away from Him. He said in 
Mai. 3:6, "I change not" and in another place, "I am the same 
yesterday (Old Testament), today (New Testament), and forever 
(eternity). If we will obey Him with a yielded heart and give Him quiet 
times of meditation instead of ever rushing around, sitting in front of 
the television or VCR doing everything to pacify the lust of the eye, 
the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. 

The father ploughs and cultivates the garden, the mother and 
children plant, hoe and harvest the vegetables and prepare them to 
eat, or for winter use. This plan makes a happy family, teaches the 
children to work and value their labour. So in God's garden the 
Church, the elders and officials have their spiritual work to do, the 
laity have their work. When all work together to a common end, the 
sustaining of souls for eternal well-being, all goes well and God's 
garden produces one hundred fold. Let us strive to forsake the love 


of the world and ungodly people, who are the snares of Satan to rob 

us of eternal life and send us into the everlasting lake of fire that was 

prepared for the devil and his angels. 

Our desires and our lives make the difference between Heaven or 

hell. Let us give the Holy Spirit the chance to speak to us in our 

evening walk with Him in the garden. 

Lovingly submitted 
Sister Ruth W. Snyder. 


September 1, 1935 

L. W. Beery 

It is interesting to note in how many ways this generation is 
following In the footsteps of other generations in practices that are 
evil. It seems not many children profit by the mistakes of the parents 
and not many generations profit by the mistakes of other generations 
even though a record is given for their instruction and warning. 

In this day the "professing church" is doing so many things which 
are displeasing to God that the Israelite nation did in their day even 
though we have knowledge of their history and experiences and 
should profit by their mistakes. 

At one time the word of the Lord through Jeremiah to Judah was 
this, "Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye steal, 
murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense 
unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come 
and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and 
say. We are delivered to do all these abominations? Is this house, 
which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes'? 
Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord." (Jer. 7:8-1 1 .) 

In the chapter from which this passage is taken the Lord was 
calling Judah to repentance; His message to them was, "amend your 
ways and your doings." A deplorable condition was existing among 
God's people; they were engaging in the sins and corruption of the 
world. Murder, oppression, theft, immorality, vulgarity and idolatrous 
worship was bad enough among the heathen nations who knew not 
the true God, but here all these abominations were being carried on 
under the cloak of religion. What made the condition worse they were 
justifying themselves in their evil conduct, they were "trusting in lying 
words." Yes, they said, "The temple of the Lord, the temple of the 
Lord, the temple of the Lord, are these." (V.4) Yes, they reasoned, 
we are God's people, his children, and they came into the sanctuary 


of the Lord calling upon him and worshipping him. In all probability 
their leaders were patting them on the back and telling them there 
was no harm in these things inasmuch as they were the people of 
God. Doubtless these were some of the lying words in which they 
were trusting. What a mockery this was in the eyes of God. 

One could hardly describe the present condition among professing 
Christian people more accurately than this. We are living in days 
when some of the extremes of wickedness are in evidence in the 
human family; evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse 
and sin and degradation are in evidence on every hand. Were these 
conditions only existing among those who make no profession of the 
religion of Jesus Christ it would be bad enough but those who claim to 
know and profess to be children of the true and living God are 
engaging in all these sinful things. Not content with engaging in these 
abominable things with the world, they have brought them right into 
the sanctuary of the Lord where they are being carried on under the 
cloak of religion. 

Like Judah, the professors are justifying themselves in their sins. 
They call upon the Lord and worship Him but continue to rebel 
against Him and walk after the lust of the flesh. They say, oh yes, we 
have accepted Christ, have been baptized and have joined the 
church, we are Christian people. Their hireling pastors tell them there 
is no harm in these worldly things inasmuch as they are members of 
the church, support the programs of the church and help pay his 
salary. They trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 

Surely God is calling professing Christendom to repentance, 
"Amend your ways and your doings" is the message to all that have 
been deceived and led astray. Will we hear and obey the word of the 
Lord or will we continue on in sin and suffer the wrath of an offended 



Sis. Clara (Clarey) St. John was born May 2, 1927, near West 
Unity, Ohio, the daughter of Chester and Nellie (Roesch) Tate, She 
passed away at her home April 4, 1995, at the age of 67 years, 11 
months and 2 days. 

She is survived by her husband Edwin, three daughters, Beverly of 
Hart, Michigan, Carol Lorenz and her husband Lloyd of Peru, Indiana, 
Janet Hunkapiller and her husband Louis of Bethel, Pennsylvania; 
two sons Thomas and his wife Susan of Alvordton, Ohio and David 


and his wife Becky of Pioneer, Ohio, and eight grandchildren. 

Also surviving are three sisters, Dortha Hostetler of West Unity, 
Ohio, Melba Flory of Pioneer, Ohio, Marcella St. John of Stryker, Ohio 
and many nieces and nephews. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, Chester and Nellie Tate 
and a brother, Donald Tate. 

She gave her heart to the Lord at an early age and served God as 
a faithful member of the Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church 
and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. 

Clara was a very special person. She was a friend to the 
friendless, a mother to the motherless, and always had time for those 
who were troubled and less fortunate. Her quiet and patient spirit was 
a comfort to all who knew her. 

The Welcome 
The road has led me upward 
To the gates of glory wide, 
And the Savior bids them open 
As He welcomes me inside. 

The radiance of His beauty 
Flows round about my soul 
And I feel His hand upon me 
As He makes by body whole. 

Bowing there before my Master 
Lifting up mine eyes to His 
He gazes down upon me 
In love and tenderness. 

The road's been rough and rocky 
I've traveled there below. 
But I'm dwelling in the heavenly 
Land, where milk and honey flow. 

So let the Savior comfort you 
And heal your broken heart. 
Then someday we'll dwell in heaven 
Where we'll never have to part. 

-Martha Heer 

The family wishes to thank all who helped, consoled, and prayed 
during Clara's illness and after her death. 




The Grandview Congregation plans to hold their Revival Meetings, 
September 10 through 17, the Lord willing. Bro. Dennis St. John will 
be the evangelist. Lovefeast will be September 16 with services 
beginning at 1 1:00 A.M. and Lovefeast service at 6:00 P.M. 

All are welcome to come and worship with us. 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 


The Lord willing the West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to 
Revival Meetings, September 22 through October 1. Bro. Ray Stuber 
from the Shrewsbury Congregation will be the evangelist. Services 
will be at 7:45 weeknights, and 7:00 Sunday Evening. 

Pray for these meetings that souls might be saved and that we 
each might be revived. All are cordially invited to attend any or all of 
these services. 

Sister Diane Heisey, Cor. 


The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation is planning to 
have Communion Service on October 14 and 15. Morning services at 
11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 14, afternoon services at 2:00 P.M., 
evening Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. Services continue on Sunday 
morning at 9:30 A.M. 

All are welcome to come and worship with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor 


Brother Eugene Kauffman from Dayton, Virginia will be with us to 
conduct revival services beginning Sunday, September 24 and ending 
with the Lovefeast celebration on Sunday evening, October 1. Your 
prayers and/or presence would be inspiring and encouraging to us at 
this time. 

Sister Dorcas Shelly, Cor. 


Thanks for remembering my 80th birthday. God bless each one 
that sent a card. 

Sister Beulah Reed 





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VOL Lxxm 

SEPTEMBER 15, 1995 

NO. 18 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 

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

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


One prayer I have — all prayers in one — 

When I ann wholly thine; 
Thy will, nny God, thy will be done, 
And let that will be mine. 

All-wise, almighty, and all-good, 

In thee I firmly trust; 
Thy ways, unknown or understood, 

Are merciful and just. 

May I remember that to thee 
Whate'er I have I owe; 

And back, in gratitude, from me 
May all thy bounties flow. 

And though thy wisdom takes away, 
Shall I arraign thy will? 

No; let me bless thy name, and say, 
"The Lord is gracious still." 




Several years ago, the writer and family invited a neighbor to 
accompany them to Church one Sunday morning. She attended. 
She was not a religious person, although she had obviously received 
some religious training when a child in her native Germany. After the 
service, her comment about the morning spent with us at Church 
boiled down to one particular thing. She had found it hard to sing with 
us because our singing was in a minor key instead of a major key as 
she had learned. 

This incident reminds us that conservative Christians, even in their 
singing, are different from the surrounding world. Their singing 
speaks of a submissive spirit, that would produces lives in a minor 
key. A man tends to have a pretty high opinion of himself, his 
abilities, his strengths, and his wisdom. It is human nature to 
minimize God and promote man. 

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also the grammar. The spell check is much appreciated and much 
used. The grammar check can be a problem sometimes. The 
grammar check is designed for modern business correspondence. 
Therefore it readily points out any grammatical construction that is in 
the passive voice. The passive voice expresses submission. The 
person is being acted upon rather than doing the acting. This will not 
do in modern American business. In the pages of the Bible Monitor, 
there are many remarks made that show a submission to God or even 


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The Editor must override the checker, so God may receive His due 

How like modern man, who does not want to be subject to anyone 
else but himself. Each wants to do what is right in his own eyes. He 
does not want a standard imposed upon him. The standards 
established by the Bible are laughed at as being outmoded and 
unwise. This is not an entirely new developement. Men have been 
rebellious since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. It was the serpent's 
plea to Eve that emphasized her ability to choose. She would 
become wise beyond what God had intended. Her newfound wisdom 
would become a snare to her and Adam. Once they had disobeyed 
God and became submissive to Satan's suggestion, they gained an 
earthly knowledge. 

They lost more than they gained. They lost their fellowship with 
God, which was reestablished only after the sacrifice of the ram, to 
provide clothing and a blood sacrifice. This sacrifice was symbolic of 
the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus Christ, to provide redemption for 
fallen and sinful mankind. 

That was not the last time that men rebelled against God. It has 
been the steady history of men to be in rebellion against God. It was 
noted in the time of the Judges that men were wont to do what was 
right in their individual minds. Each man set his own standards for 
conduct and living. He was not going to be told by another what he 
must or must not do. He was not going to be told by God either. 

The Bible as well as history is replete with examples of men setting 
their courses without reference to God's revealed direction. The 
standards set by God have been ignored and ridiculed since the 
beginning of time. Within our own very enlightened age, these 
standards are especially spurned and neglected. Submission to God 
is at a very low ebb. 

There are many visible signs of this rebellion and reluctance to 
yield to God. It can be seen in personal appearance. The image of 
God has been sadly marred by His creation. Men wear their hair 
long; the women wear it short. Clothes are less than modest for 
either sex. The signs of submission to God in dress are missing from 
the Churches, where they would be expected to be found. The prayer 
covering, modest dresses and plain hairdoes are hard to find amongst 
God's professing people. The recreational activities of both men and 
women are often inconsistent with their professions of faith. Many 
other lifestyle issues show an unwillingness to submit to God's 


standards. The career pathways chosen often show a desire for 
vocations that may impinge upon the standards God has established. 
How often are our lives at variance with our profession of being 
God's children. How hard is it to live life in a minor key? How hard is 
it to be passive rather than aggressive? Perhaps as we sing we can 
be reminded by the minor key of our submission to God. As we study 
grammar and the passive voice, might we be reminded that God 
wants to work on us as well as have us work for Him. 



Contemporary Christian Music 
Part III 

Reason 10: If Jesus is preached, nothing else matters. Oh, really? 
If someone takes off his clothes to draw a crowd and begins to preach 
the gospel of Christ, is it then permissible since the gospel is being 
preached. If Christian girls were to work as topless dancers so they 
could preach Christ to the men in the bars would God be happy with 
them? NO WAY! This may sound unreasonable, but Paul never 
meant that anything goes. Sin is still sin. 

Reason 11: Why should the devil have all of the good music? 
How absurd! Name ten good things about Contemporary Christian 
Music. Maybe, "it makes me feel good," "it lets me blow off steam," "it 
helps me to cope." We give the best to God in our music and this is 
not the best. The best is not loud and dissonant. The music belongs 
to the world. Let them keep it. 

In Isaiah 5:20, we learn, "Woe unto them that call evil good and 
good evil." One Contemporary Christian Music "artist" says, "Any 
band who says that they are in ministry and they don't want to be 
popular are they talking through their mouth. If I can't feed my family 
then I am in the wrong business." 

In Contemporary Christian Music, the name of Jesus is thrown 
around like an irreverent lucky charm. It uses a lot of generic jargon 
about God. It is usually as non offensive as possible so it will appeal 
to "everyone." 

The following are some statements from current artists that may 
set this topic in perspective and help us make a decision to change 
our music tastes. 

"I am not connected to Christian music at all." "We are about the 
most unreligious band you can imagine." "I am really sick of all this 
heavy handed Christianity." "My goal is not to speak to the church. I 


want to talk about peer pressure." "When my songs draw fire, I know 
I'm on the right track." "I want them to know that being a Christian 
doesn't mean that you have to become a nerd and wear un-stylish 
clothing." Young people, the Apostle Paul was stoned, beaten, 
whipped, attacked and ultimately executed for the cause of Christ. 
Certainly Christ weeps over such compromise today. 

You must test your music. Test it in regard to: A. Peace: Is its 
quality peaceful. If it is not clear and peaceful, it is confusing and God 
is not the author if it. B. Joy: Does it make you deeply happy? 
Measure the message. IF it is not for the Christian, it is not valid. 
Christian music is not for the lost. The Bible never tells us that it is. It 
must contain the messages of salvation, comfort, devotion, 
thankfulness, and so forth. C. Thankfulness: The world always 
despises Christian music because it expresses thankfulness to God. 
They are only attracted by it when it becomes worldly enough to 
attract them! D. Grace: Music should be filled with grace and there 
should not be an air of pride about it or the artist who sings it. E. 
Teaching and Admonition: Christian music must be rooted in the 
Word of God. Most entertainers today are far more worried about 
fees, production costs, light and stage sets, set ups and tour 
expenses, printing, ads, popularity polls, and gospel charts. Do any 
of these sound important Biblically? 

I challenge you to action. Stand up and be counted for God 
against Contemporary Christian Music, Rock and Country music. The 
price may seem high but the prize is to be had in the end. Cry out 
against "music pollution." 

Let me share with you as we close this article a letter from a young 
Sister in California who has made a covenant with God about her 
music. "I hope I can always be a living vessel of the Lord and I pray 
that other young people will not fall into the pit that I did. God has 
forgiven me and I am overflowing with love for God.. .Satan tried to 
win me over.. .but he did not succeed, PRAISE GOD. I am sold out to 
God now." 

Will you sell out to God in regard to YOUR music? 

Brother Len Wertz 


I am blessed with two good sisters 

They are named Mildred and lona. 

We, each lost our companions 

We, each face future life alone. 


We had the best of Christian parents 

That any child could have, 
They taught us how to worship, 

They taught us how to save. 

Dad was a good provider 

And Mom, a very good mother. 
One thing they did not relish 

When-ever we fought each other. 

Mother taught my sisters 

How to launder, clean and cook. 
My daddy taught me outside work 

And how the lawn should look. 

They taught us Christianity 

To Sunday School and Church we went. 
Dad told me many, many times. 

If I earned a nickel, save a cent. 

Each parent was quite active, 

Not slothful in any way. 
They taught us the same principles, 

Which we tried to do each day. 

One by one we chose our mate 

The time had finally come. 
When we each set up house-keeping 

Though 'twas hard to leave our home. 

My sisters, each are special! 

They are Christians, core to core. 
Each are good home makers 

What more could one wish for. 

Each have reached the stage of life 
To do a trifle, its hard to start. 

We know that ere too soon, we each 
Shall from this life depart. 

They have been good to me 

With visits and choice things to eat. 
With conditions as they are today 

Its very hard for us three to meet. 


But in God's time and will, 

We'll leave this life on earth. 

We will meet loved ones gone before 
As a result of our RE-BIRTH. 

The late Brother Paul R. Myers 


(Read Matthew 4:1-11) 

Hebrews 2:18, "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, 
he is able to succour them that are tempted." 

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

James 1 :13, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of 
God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any 

There have been many articles and even books written on the 
subject of the temptations of Christ. Sermons abound on this subject. 
However, we do not recall reading or hearing the difficulties 
surrounding this occasion being discussed. We feel led to attempt to 
do just that. In doing so, we desire to re-affIrm three basic truths of 
our faith. 

The first difficulty we find in the recorded incident in Matthew 4 is 
the fact that Satan, also called the tempter and the devil in this 
account, must have known whom he was attempting to deceive. If, 
as we believe, he was Lucifer the archangel he knew our Lord within 
the realms of Glory. We do not claim infallibility in our dealing with 
the question we propose, but it is of a certainty that God rules and 
overrules even over the empire of evil. It would seem as If God 
allowed Satan to tempt the Lord Jesus Christ for His own purposes. 
Perhaps He blinded the eyes of Satan temporarily to the fact that 
Jesus Christ was God the Son. 

This leads us to the first basic truth of our faith. As we read in 
Hebrews 2:18 the fact that Jesus Christ was tempted allows Him to 
succour them that are tempted. The word "succour" (usually spelled 
succor today) means to give badly needed help. Therefore God 
allowed Jesus Christ to be tempted so He would be able to 
experience what we feel when we are tempted. 

The second problem we find in the account of the temptation is that 
some teach that if Jesus Christ did not have an adamic sin nature He 
would not have been able to be tempted. Again, we point out that 


God atiowed this for His own purposes. This argument may have 
been within the Church during the time of the first century since the 
writer of Hebrews seems to have addressed it. In Hebrews 4:15 the 
writer of Hebrews (whom we believe to be the Apostle Paul) states 
very emphatically that (Jesus Christ) "was in all points tempted like as 
we are, yet without sin." 

This brings us to the second basic truth of our faith. A savior with 
an adamic sin nature would be no savior at ail. To teach, as some 
do, that Jesus overcame this sin nature by meeting each temptation 
without sinning does not explain how He would have lost His adamic 
nature which would have left Him in need of a Savior. The virgin birth 
was not only a miracle it was also the means whereby Jesus Christ 
was born without a sinful, adamic nature. We believe the blood that 
flowed through His veins was of a type never again and never before 
found on earth. 

There is another truth connected with this subject. That is the fact 
that temptation is not sin. Yielding to temptation is. We are aware 
that some teach that the adamic nature can be completely destroyed 
by a "second work of grace." While some verses would seem to 
suggest the possibility of this, there are two reasons we reject this 
teaching. First of all if we no longer have an adamic nature it would 
be impossible to backslide or fall from the faith. The Scriptures teach 
both. Secondly, we have yet to meet the individual who has no 
failings once you get to know them well. (This most certainly includes 

The last problem we find with the temptation of Jesus is found in 
James 1:13. If God cannot be tempted, was Jesus Christ God at the 
time of His temptation? Throughout church history men have both 
denied the deity of Jesus Christ and His humanity. The third basic 
truth we find is that Jesus Christ was both one hundred per cent 
divine and one hundred per cent human. This mystery is an article 
within itself. 

When temptation comes our way the God-man is able to keep us 
from falling. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


September 15, 1935 


A. L Miller 

Everything has a history, because everything is passing. 

In the beginning God made the world, and now this is history, and 


we can believe it or not believe it, nevertheless it remains to be a fact. 

History appeals to us as an educator, it was so intended from high 
heaven. The things that were written before hand were written for our 
learning. (Rom. 15:4.) The amount we gather from history is 
measured by the amount we believe in it. There is one fact peculiar to 
true history and that is, it reaches from one extreme to the other or in 
other words it is complete. 

Now God has given man a mind to believe it or not believe it. 
Man's character is built upon what he accepts as a fact. Nevertheless 
it is not always a fact because he believes it. Man often believes 
things that are not facts. We might ask what is belief? Confidence, 
trust, acceptance of anything whether proven or assumed. 

Now we find in God's most precious book, history proven in many 
different ways at many different times. One of the strongest is 
prophecy. Prophecy is only history written before time. God has so 
interlocked the two that the one depends upon the other for its 
completion. History looks to prophecy to complete the truth, while 
prophecy looks to history to confirm the truth. Should this not make 
us strong to believe it? 

Paul told the Roman brethren "that the invisible things from the 
creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things 
that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are 
without excuse." 

God asks us to take nothing for granted, what He asks us to do, He 
qualifies. Jesus told the hosts at one time, "Ye believe in God, believe 
also in Me." Why were they to believe Him? Because for His very 
work's sake. This was truth qualified by works. It was a testimony of 
His power. But did the Jews believe in Him! Verily nay. How about 
the people of today, do they believe in the gospel teachings of Christ? 
I wonder if the Master would come to earth today and see the ungodly 
things going on in the religious world, if He wouldn't say, "O, fools and 
slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." (Luke 

The crowning sin of the Jews was unbelief. When God delivered 
them out of Egypt, they believed up to the point of deliverance from 
bondage, out of Pharaoh's power, but believed not in the ways and 
means that God chose to being them to the promised land. 

They did not believe God's word, hence they did not believe His 
power and means, and what was the awful consequences. 

They did not go into the promised land. Are we, as a Gentile 
nation, not writing the same history of unbelief? 


The true child of God can see this plainly. These two histories of 
unbelief are written not so much by the world, but by believers, or 
rather church members, not Christians. The condition of the greater 
part of the religious world of today is, they believe in unbelief. We as 
Bible readers and obedient children to its teachings, can see this very 
plainly. Few indeed, are they who believe the whole of God's word. 
They try to satisfy themselves in believing that something short of 
what God says, or has said, will do just as well. Just like when God 
told Moses to build the ark of atonement, (Exodus 25:10-22) Moses 
was told to put rings into the side of the ark, and to make staves to 
put into the rings to carry it. We find that they carried it for some time, 
but we find that they made a change. They came to a place and time 
where they thought an easier way was just as good. So David arose 
and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah 
to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. Did they carry It? No, they took 
a new cart (another belief) and what a time they had playing upon all 
kinds of instruments. 

Dear reader, do you know of such things going on today in the 
churches of our land? Well what happened? Please read II Samuel 
6:1-10. It is possible that we can do the right thing in a wrong way? 
Yes, very easily. We find that David did not get the blessing as soon 
as he thought he would with this new cart, although his intentions may 
have been good, but he adopted a Philistine expedient. 

Belief of itself can no more save a man than faith without works. 
Belief of itself is far more apt to make a man a devil than a Christian. 

It needs qualification. We must give evidence in the thing we 
believe by obedience. God's command is observe all things, this 
means that we are to believe all things, teach all things, obey all 
things, and oh, the glorious promise is, "Lo, I am with you always 
even unto the end of the world." (Matt. 28:20.) Praise His holy name. 

Who can measure the depth of man's blindness in unbelief when 
once its victim? Few indeed, are they who correctly weigh the 
opportunity of accepting the terms of God now. It is but a small 
matter to not believe man, but we should well consider what it is to 
not believe God. Remember Lot's wife, also Ananias and his wife. 


"And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they 
had no root, they withered away." Matthew 13:6. 

This is part of the parable of the sower. It concerns the sowing of 
the Gospel, and what happens to the seed that is sown. In this case 


we have seed in shallow soil. The problem was not the sun, but the 
lack of roots. How is your root system? When you have a spiritual or 
temporal difficulty, or a setback of some kind, do you blame the 
scorching of the sun? You should rather blame the shallowness of 
your roots. 

The roots here represent our spiritual life: our secret life with God. 
By secret we mean that which is carried out in private. How much 
time do we spend in private before the throne of Grace? How much 
is spent in intercession and in the reading of God's Word? I have 
heard that many church members only pray at meals or in the 
meeting where others see them. For many there is no prayer closet, 
no "Hidden Life of Prayer." There are also those that do not read the 
Bible except before others. God wants to bless us, but often due to 
our own willfulness we refuse His blessings. 

It is those Christians that spend much time in secret with the Lord 
that are able to triumph when trials of life come their way. It is those 
who choose the afflictions of the righteous rather than the pleasure of 
sin for a season. One day we may have to make a decision: do we 
renounce our faith or lose our lives? We cannot afford to wait until 
then to know what our decision would be. We must set down our 
roots now for the scorching sun ahead. 

With my whole heart I've sought thy face, 

O let me never stray 

From thy commands, O God of grace, 

Nor tread the sinner's way. 

Bro. Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Fred Pruitt 

Pray for the President and Legislators. 

The United States as a nation is the richest country in the world, 
having resources to such an extent that we could practically live 
within ourselves if need be. The wealth of this country runs into the 
billions. While the government may not be perfect and officials make 
mistakes, yet we believe our form of government is the best in the 
world and allows more justice to citizens in general than any other 
form of government. 

The records show that this nation has never been whipped nor 
beaten to her knees by any other nation although a number have tried it. 


Although all these good things can be said of this nation and much 
more could be truthfully told; yet we, as a nation of people, should not 
boast, but humbly thank God for His past favors. If we boast at all, let 
it be in the Lord only for He it is that has favored us and allowed us to 
prosper and become strong in a natural sense. The same God of 
love and mercy that has favored us in the past can withdraw His 
power of favor and soon the nation would wither, blast, and be 
overrun by wicked people who would slaughter us, subdue us, and 
bring us into slavery and abject poverty. 

It is everywhere evident that this nation as a people in a general 
sense has forgotten God. The wickedness of the wicked is great in 
the land. The majority of professed Christians have only self- 
righteousness, and they travel on, wrapping their self-righteous rags 
around them with a lofty air, worshipping their fine church buildings 
and large numbers more than the "Giver of all things." The professing 
people are cursed with idol worship. They worship "MY CHURCH" 
and the good things that God gives rather than the giver. They do not 
seem to be careful or diligent to examine themselves in the light of the 
sacred word or the life of Christ to see how much they need to repent 
and forsake, but seem satisfied and contented just to belong to some 
man-made church. 

God's written word reads, "Woe to them that are at ease in ZIon." 
Amos 6:1. The people are trusting in the mountain of Samaria (in this 
country) rather than in the heavenly Mount Zion, Jerusalem which is 
from above, the mother of all truly spiritually living people (Gal. 4:26). 

Those in touch with the living God ought to pray thus: 

Pray first for those in authority, for the legislators and rulers of our 
nation. Read I Tim. 2, first few verses. 

Our president and body of senators and legislators have a great 
responsibility resting upon them to guide the affairs of our nation to a 
peaceful end. They need our prayers rather than criticism, for they do 
need wisdom from God. They need to fear God and humble their 
hearts before Him, and seek wisdom from the Creator of all things 
that exist that our nation may not perish. 

Pray that God will talk to the hearts of the people and teach them 
to humble down before God, and not only repent and ask God to 
forgive them of their sins, but that they will look to God for grace to 
forsake sin. God will have mercy on people that will humble their 
hearts in godly sorrow for sin and forsake it that His righteousness 
may be in them. 

We read in Prov. 28:13, "He that covereth his sins shall not 


prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." 
It is not enough just to repent and confess our sins; we must forsake 
them if we expect mercy at the hand of God. 

We should pray for the young boys who have been drafted into the 
army for training to kill others— both in this nation and in other 
nations, for their souls are all precious in the sight of God — they 
certainly need the prayers of the righteous. Pray for those in the 
hospitals who are wounded and crippled in the past war, and for the 
mothers whose hearts are broken and bleeding because of sons who 
fell on the battlefield or were crippled and maimed for life. Pray for 
the war lords in other nations and in our nation, that God will weaken 
them and make them afraid to launch another bloody war with 
"garments rolled in blood." 

Some may say, "What is the use to pray? what is going to be will 
be." Such reasoning as that is not sound, neither is it scriptural. 
When the Hebrew nation would humble themselves and repent, God 
would have mercy and favor them again. When Qo6 had said to 
Hezekiah, "Set thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live," 
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and wept sore and prayed unto 
God. God saw his tears and heard his cry and added fifteen years to 
his life. God's word thru Jonah to that wicked city, Nineveh, was "Yet 
forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown." But when they heard 
the pronunciation of God's wrath upon them, they began to repent 
and the King published throughout Nineveh, a decree saying, "Let 
man and beast be covered with sackcloth and cry mightily unto God: 
yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence 
that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and 
turn away from His fierce anger that we perish not." Jonah 3:8-9. 

"And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way: and 
God repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them; 
and he did it not." God will be like that to us as a nation if we will 
repent and turn from evil as they did. James says, "The effectual, 
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16. 

Peter says, "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and 
his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is 
against them that do evil." I Pet. 3:12. If this nation will repent and 
forsake their sins and become righteous, God's ears will be open to 
our cries and America will be saved. 

Brothers and sisters, let us pray for our President, Legislators, and 
the nation as a whole that we may have peace in the land; for 

Selected by Dan Kaufman 




Sis. Mamie S. Leatherman, 85, a resident of Dawn View Manor 
Nursing Home, Fort Ashby, West Virginia, formerly of Route 1, 
Burlington, West Virginia, died Thursday, May 25, 1995, at Potomac 
Valley Hospital, Keyser, West Virginia. She was born May 28, 1909, at 
Martin, West Virginia, the daughter of the late William and Martha F. 
(Leatherman) Smootz. 

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray 0. 
Leatherman on December 20, 1949. Sis. Leatherman was the last 
surviving member of her immediate family. She was retired from the 
Cambridge Rubber Company at LIttlestown, Pennsylvania. She was a 
member of the Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church, Antloch, West Virginia. 
Sis. Leatherman is survived by nine nieces and seven nephews. 

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, May 28, 
1995, at the Rotruck-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Keyser, West 
Virginia with Elder Virgil Leatherman and Elder Gene Kauffman 
officiating. Interment was In the Knobley Cemetery. She will be greatly 
missed. We will just say good-by here and good morning over there. 


Sister Susie Wllma Gilpin, 85, of 6501 Slabtown Road, Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, July 4, 1995, In her home following a 
lengthy illness. 

She was born April 27, 1910, in New Enterprise, Pennsylvania. She 
was the daughter of Samuel K. and Amanda (Koones) Wisler. 

She and her husband, Joseph A. Gilpin were married in January 
1955. He preceded her in death on January 12, 1984. 

She is survived by four step children, Frances Sweltzer and Freda 
Rexroad, both of Swanton, Maryland, John Gilpin of Hancock, Maryland 
and Cecil Gilpin of Gerard, Ohio; a sister Elizabeth Wisler, with whom 
she resided and a brother, John Wisler of Zulllnger, Pennsylvania; 
sixteen grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a stepson, Kurtis Gilpin, a brother, 
David Wisler, and two sisters, Mattle Wisler and Fannie Hearn. 

Susie was a very faithful and devoted member of the Waynesboro 
Dunkard Brethren Church. She also enjoyed corresponding with 
several students at the Torreon Mission. 

Private family services were held at 8:45 A.M., Friday, July 7, 1995, 
in her home. Funeral services followed at 10:00 A.M. at the 
Waynesboro Dunkard Brethren Church with Eiders Frank D. Shaffer, 
Eldon Mallow and Frank E. Shaffer officiating. Burial was In the 
Rhodes Gilpin Cemetery, Swanton, Maryland. 

We wish to thank everyone for the prayers, visits and cards at the 
time of the loss of our loved one. 

The family and Sister Elizabeth Wisler 




The Englewood Congregation has chosen September 24, 1995, for 
their Harvest Meeting. Bro. Dennis St. John has consented to bring the 
morning message. We will remain for a fellowship meal at noon. 
May the Lord of the Harvest make this a time of gathering in. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 
The McClave Congregation is looking forward to a Revival, September 
24 through October 1. Brother Kenny Wilkerson from Pennsylvania will 
be our evangelist. 

Lovefeast services will be September 30 at 7:30 P.M. Other services 
for that day will begin at 1 1 :00 A.M. All other evening services will begin 
at 7:30 P.M. Come worship with us! 

Sister Tina Wertz, Cor. 
The Lord willing, the LItitz Congregation plans for Revival Meetings, 
October 6 through October 15, 1995. Bro. Robert Carpenter from the 
Plevna, Indiana Congregation plans to be with us. 

Come praying for lost souls and a strengthening of the Church. 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 
The Mechanicsburg Congregation is planning on a Revival for one 
week from October 15 through 22, 1995 with Brother Jason Reed as 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 
Dayton Congregation is looking forward to our Fall Revival Meeting 
October 18 through 22, 1995. The Lord willing, Brother Harley Flory, of 
the Pleasant Ridge, Ohio Congregation will be our evangelist. Services 
at 7:30 P.M. weekdays. The Examination Service begins at 4:00 P.M., 
Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday October 21 , 1995. 

We invite any and all to be with us. Also remember our little number in 
prayers that we might all be touched and drawn closer to the Lord and 

My PRAYER to all. Tor by grace are ye saved through faith; and that 
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8. 

Sister Lizetta Bittinger, Cor. 
The Area Code for the members who attend the Dayton Dunkard 
Brethren Church has been changed to 540 on all telephones. Thank you. 

Sister Lizetta Bittinger, Cor. 



October 1 - Aaron's garments; The Ephod - Exodus 28:1-43. 

1 . Name the two purposes of Aaron's holy garments. 

2. What is meant by the phrase, "That Aaron may bear the iniquity 
of the Holy things"? 

October 8 - Laws of Sacrifice - Exodus 29:1-46. 

1 . Why were Aaron and his sons commanded to put their hands 
upon the head of the animals to be sacrificed? 

2. How was the tabernacle sanctified? 
October 15 - Atonement - Exodus 30:1-30. 

1 . For what was the atonement money to be used? , 

2. Why wash hands and feet but not the whole body? < 
October 22 - Cunning workmen; keeping the Sabbath - | 

Exodus 31:1-18. ^ 

1 . How does God raise up people today to do His work? : 

2. How should we observe the Sabbath under grace? 
October 29 - Moses pleads for Israel - Exodus 32:1-14. 

1 . What are the golden calves at the feast of the Lord today? 

2. What lessons should we learn from the intercession of Moses? 


October 1 - Obedience - Deut. 26:16-18, Jos. 1:8-9, Matt. 7:21-23; 
James 1:21-25. 

1. Explain the relationship of commitment and obedience. 

2. Why is it so important for our words and our walk to match? 
October 8 - Providence - Prov. 12:20-25, Prov. 13:13-16, Prov. 22:1-4, 

Luke 12:29-35 

1 . How does God provide for and care for His people? 

2. In what ways can keeping our lights burning demonstrate the 
providence of God to others? 

October 15 - Knowledge - Gen. 3:5-6, Ps. 2:3-5, John 7:16-17, John 8: 
31-32, II Peter 3:17-18, II Tim. 3:7. 

1 . How can we know the truth? 

2. How do we grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 

October 22 - Cornelius - Acts 10:1-48. 

1 . What lessons did Peter learn through these happenings? 

2. Explain the significance of obedience on the part of both 
Cornelius and Peter. 

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OCTOBER 1, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


Be strong to hope, O heart! 

Though day is bright, 
The stars can only shine 

In the dark night. 
Be strong, O heart of mine, 

Look toward the light. 

Be strong to bear, O heart! 

Nothing is vain: 
Strive not, for life is care. 

And God sends pain. 
Heaven is above, and there 

Rest will remain. 

Be strong to love, heart! 

Love knows not wrong; 
Didst thou love creatures even, 

Life were not long; 
Didst thou love God in heaven 

Thou wouldst be strong. 



There is a widespread perception tliat only weak men and 
women become Christians. This view is somewhat confirmed by the 
statistic that more than twice as many women as men are active 
members of Christian churches. The current idea is that one who is a 
Christian does not have the physical stamina or courage to live a real 
man's life. 

Is this merely an illusion or is it true? Christians dare not be 
weak. A greater strength is needed to live a Christian life than one of 
drift and defeat. Satan would want to picture Christianity as a gathering 
of the weak and ineffective. If he can persuade men and women that 
only the weak become followers of Jesus Christ, he would lead many, 
having great talents, to waste them on other pursuits. 

Putting aside the illusion of weakness, let us consider the true 
strength of those who become a child of God. Which requires the 
greater strength, drifting with popular opinion and practice, or standing 
boldly for what is right? It is quite easy to go along with what everyone 
else thinks or does. It does not require a great deal of strength to be 
part of a crowd. It takes strength to stand with a minority. There is no 
great public adoration for the one who chooses to follow God. 

We can look at the lives of various heroes of the faith and see 
the strength they exhibited. Considering the persecutions listed in 
Hebrews 11, we can appreciate their strength. We can appreciate the 
stand that they took, when it was not easy to be in the minority. 

Abraham had the strength to obey God. It was not easy for 
him to separate himself from his family and move to an unknown land. 
He chose to separate himself from idols and idolatry. He was obedient 


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to God when he was told to sacrifice his own promised son. He was a 
hero who became the Friend of God. He was not weak and fearful, 

Moses had the courage to choose God's people over the 
pleasures of Pharaoh's household. He had the courage to deliver, over 
and over, the message God had for Pharaoh. It was no easy task to 
stand before Pharaoh and pronounce the various plagues that God 
would send upon Egypt. Perhaps demanding even more strength was 
his leadership of the oft rebellious children of Israel. Forty years of 
journeying through the desert demanded courage and strength. It was 
not only the harsh physical conditions that demanded such strength, 
but the emotional and Spiritual challenge of leading an unwilling and 
rebellious people through many dangers. Yet he remained loyal not 
only to God, but also to the well-being of the people 

David was another strong hero of the faith. He was the man 
after God's heart. He had an understanding of God's emotions toward 
mankind. He knew of God's love and also His judgment. There were 
many times that he found God's favor and many times he felt His 
vengeance. David could be strong before Goliath, Not only did he 
overcome the giant, but he inspired his countrymen. He defied Saul, 
yet was strong enough to not take advantage of him. 

The Apostle Paul may have been the strongest weak man 
there ever was. He spoke often in his epistles about his appearance of 
weakness. He was not a compelling speaker nor handsome in looks. 
He suffered many physical ailments and tortures. He suffered more 
from the attitudes of his enemies and even his supposed friends. He 
was willing to face the dangers and persecutions that awaited him. 
Although weak in the flesh, he certainly was not weak in the faith. 

Jesus is often pictured as weak and effeminate. He could 
never have been weak and have faced the serious challenges that 
were before Him, Because He was determined to do His Father's will 
He was willing to do what was necessary. He faced physical and 
emotional challenges that would have defeated a weaker person. The 
burden He bore on the cross demanded moral. Spiritual and physical 

Christians need to be strong. The strong need to be 
Christians. Christianity is not for those who are weak and indecisive. 

Those who fear they lack this strength are not left without a 
source of power. Any Christian, no matter how physically, mentally or 
Spiritually weak, can have the needed power. That supplied power is 
one of the works of the indwelling Holy Spirit. His Spirit is able to 
strengthen the weak so they have the power to accomplish God's 
purpose through their lives. 

Do you think serving God is only for the weak? Since you are 


strong, why do you not serve Him? 



Christian Self Concept 

Christians, who suffer from a deficient self-concept frequently 
think about themselves, but seldom about themselves in relation to 
God. Of course this causes problems in the believer because his 
thoughts of himself are just as they were while he was still unsaved. 

To think of yourself properly, you must think of yourself as God 
thinks of you. God sees the sins, the failures, the inadequacies of His 
children. Beyond evaluating practice, God considers our position. By 
His grace, believers are positioned in Jesus. When God thinks of us, 
He thinks of us in terms of our relationship to Him. An accurate and 
adequate self concept results when we think of ourselves in this same 

This God centered self-concept requires wrestling with some 
weighty theological truths. It demands understanding the meaning of 
being in Christ Jesus, of being a child of God, and of becoming 
partakers of the divine nature. As created beings, our value is 
determined by our Creator. As part of His new creation in Christ Jesus, 
our value is derived from our relationship with Him. 

Often, everything, except our God-concept, intrudes to 
determine our self concept. The weather, for instance, can drastically 
affect our self-concept. In cloudy and foggy weather a person may 
consider himself an utter failure; in beautiful weather the same person 
may exude unbounded optimism. Similarly, our self-concept can be 
manipulated by our financial status, health condition, personal remarks 
by others, minor daily irritations at work or at home and by many other 
factors. The result is instability. Up one day and down in the valley the 
next. Instability will always result, unless we base our self-concept on 
something that never changes, our position in God, and in Christ Jesus. 

A simple exercise can illustrate this point. When asked to 
make a list of statements describing oneself, most people will include 
data on marital status, family size, education, occupation, 
accomplishments and hobbies. Some would even include their goals 
for the future, personality description and an evaluation of current 
emotional characteristics. How many of us include descriptions such 
as saint, royal priest, heir of God or member of the Body of Christ? Yet, 
these are a few of the descriptions God used in the Word to describe 
the believer. They are the types of things that will provide the proper 
base for our self-concept. 


A sense of personal identity based on our relationship with God 
will have various results. First, we will be thinking about ourselves as 
God does and thus will be thinking correctly. We will strike the delicate 
balance between the two extremes of pride and false humility. Also, 
one will have the type of stability that insures hope, patience and faith, 
even in the most difficult circumstances. Discouragement does not 
come easily to one who knows himself ultimately victorious in Christ 
Jesus. In addition, temptation loses much of its appeal to a person who 
thinks of himself as a "saint" or as a "child of God." Boldness in 
Christian service likewise results when we see ourselves vitally 
connected to Christ, whose success is sure. 

How do we develop a God-centered self-concept? Meditate on 
the scriptures that describe our unchangeable position in God's sight. 
This will renew our mind to think correctly. Eph. 1 :3-1 4, I Peter 2:9 and 
II Peter 1:3-4 will provide a beginning. Frequent reflection on their 
contents will help us to be more sensitive to the sarne truths in other 
passages. Mental discipline is required to think repeatedly on these 
truths. This discipline results in new thinking patterns that glorify God. 

Christians can end confusion about their significance by 
thinking about themselves in the same manner as God does. As 
Christians, we cannot think correctly about ourselves without thinking 
about God. Our identity is determined by our position, our relationship 
with Him in Jesus Christ. 

Brother Len Wertz 


One of the landmarks of the past era is gone, perhaps, forever. 
That is the old country store. Years ago, before shopping centers and 
chain stores appeared, there were located in many villages and 
communities these kind of stores. Most of them displayed a sign on the 
front of the building, "GENERAL MERCHANDISE". They were true to 
their name. 

There was a need for these stores, in that time. They served 
their communities well. There were few automobiles. People 
depended on the country store for most of their needs. 

Generally the store keeper lived in the same building. His 
hours were not from eight o'clock in the morning until five in the 
evening, but more likely seven in the morning until nine or ten o'clock at 

He stocked all kinds of merchandise. You seldom asked for an 
item he did not have. If you were willing to wait he would order it for 
you and notify you when it came in. 


His stock of groceries was not as elaborate as wliat the 
modern stores carry today, but he stocked the essentials. Cookies, 
pickles, oyster crackers and many other items came in bulk, not already 
packaged like today. Sugar came in cloth bags. The size most often 
called for was the twenty-five pound bag. It was cheaper per pound 
than smaller bags. Vinegar came in barrels. If you needed vinegar you 
had to bring your own container. 

In the middle of the store was a pot-bellied stove for heat. 
Loafers sat around the store. Often there was a Checker game in 

He stocked sprinkling cans, buckets, five gallon oil cans, slop 
jars, lanterns, dishpans and so forth, all hanging from hooks in the 
ceiling. He had a display of garden tools such as shovels, hoes, rakes, 
spades and so forth. In the spring of the year he stocked all kinds of 
seeds, vegetable plants and other products for the garden, such as 
fertilizer and insect repellents. 

One counter was where he conducted business. There he 
wrapped and tied the packages with cord from a ball suspended from 
the ceiling. The cord hanging down was always handy, but out of the 
way. A stalk of bananas hung from the ceiling, also. On this counter 
was the cash register or cash drawer. A coffee grinder stood next to 
the cash register. Coffee came in the whole bean in large bags. He 
ground it to order. Back of this counter was a type of filing cabinet 
where he filed duplicate copies of files when customers said "charge it". 
A meat slicer was on this counter. He did not stock fresh meat, only 
cold cuts. 

Nearby was a big wheel of Swiss Cheese weighing more than 
one hundred pounds. He cut it in wedge shaped pieces, varying in size 
according to the customer's order. 

He carried a line of footwear for men, women and children 
consisting of shoes, boots, rubbers and overshoes. 

At the country store where my folks dealt, the merchant was 
honest and courteous. His business increased to the point where he 
had to enlarge his building, which included a small warehouse. With 
this addition, he could stock a larger variety of items. He had more 
shelves built nearly to the ceiling. 

He installed a rolling, inclined ladder to reach these upper 
shelves. It had a wheel on both sides of the bottom of the ladder. At 
the top of this inclined ladder was an attachment that ran on a track 
fastened to the ceiling, running the full length of the building. He could 
roll this ladder anywhere within the limits of the track, to store or get 
merchandise from the upper shelves. 


In the new warehouse, he stored ladders, wheelbarrows, chick 
feed, and many other things that took too much room in the store. 

He stocked a variety of smalt hardware such as nails, screws, 
bolts, knives, padlocks and so forth. 

The women folk could buy sewing needles, pins, needles, 
thread and so forth, along with a few bolts of cloth. 

He also sold patent medicines and first aid supplies. He 
stocked men's work clothes such as overalls, work shirts and gloves to 
name a few. 

At Christmas time you could buy trees, decorations for the 
season, oranges and greeting cards. I can not recall all the variety of 
merchandise that he sold. 

He was an agent for a laundry and a dry cleaning company. 

While there were few cars at that time, he had one gasoline 
pump. On one side of the pump was a sprinkling can with water to fill 
radiators. On the other side was a rack that held six one quart glass 
bottles of oil. He did not have an air compressor. 

If his store was located where a railroad went through, he also 
was the post master of that village. He maintained a post office in his 
store. The mail train went one direction in the morning and the opposite 
direction in the evening. He had to postmark each item that went out. 

He then packed the outgoing mail in a rain proof bag. Close to 
the store and very near the railroad was a sturdy post, with two arms 
about three feet long, extending towards the track. One was above the 
other as far apart as the length of the mail bag. Each arm had a 
patented hook on the end to which he hanged the mall bag, each end 
hooked to one of the arms. When the train came, it did not stop. The 
mall car person opened the side door of the car. A man in the mail car 
extended out of the doonA^ay a special made hook that grabbed the mail 
bag. At the same time he kicked off the incoming mail bag. 

After the train went through, he took the bag of mail, sorted it, 
and put it in the proper lock boxes. 

He was a trader. Farmers traded their surplus eggs and butter 
for groceries. He had to hire several people to help operate his 
enterprise. Occasionally he had to get up at night to accommodate 
someone in need of a first aid item or needed to call a doctor, as the 
store keeper had the only phone in the vicinity. 

Due to the fact that he had an enormous variety of 
merchandise, the post office, gas station and his trading with the 
farmers plus paying better wages to his help than the average, he 
operated much longer than many of his competitors. 

The late Brother Paul R. Myers 



October 1, 1935 


B. F. Masterson 

"Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, 
beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked fall 
from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge 
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (II Peter 3:17-1 8.) 

The apostle admonishes not to do one thing, but to do the 
other. "But to grow In grace," which is Christian character. Character is 
what we are, not what we do nor what we say, that is profession. 
Character is what we are, not what we seem — that is appearance; not 
what people think we are — that is reputation. Character is the force of 
life. A principle engraved on the heart by or through the operation of 
the Holy Spirit in the new birth. 

This is "Christian Character." The original word for character 
signifies, "I engrave on the marble." He who is born of God is Godly 
minded and partakes of the divine nature, because like begets like. 
'That which is born of the Spirit, is Spirit." "If any man has not the Spirit 
of Christ he is none of His." 

This Spirit controls the whole man, flesh cannot be converted, 
flesh is flesh still, but it can be controlled. The foundation of Christian 
character is not merely negative. We do not clean the garden weeds 
and dig it up and mellow the ground and leave it rest at that, but we 
plant and cultivate that which will bring forth fruit. 

So one having his sins pardoned and then be passive, is not 
bringing forth fruit to the honor and glory of God. It is not only how 
good I can be, but how much good can I do. "He that heareth these 
sayings of mine and doeth them." Some Christian professors are so 
good that they are good for nothing, never make themselves felt. 

The word of God is the seed engraved on the heart, not born of 
the corruptible but incorruptible the word of God which liveth and is the 
power of God unto salvation to them that believe, and endure forever. 

That which is to endure is of slow growth, not like a mushroom, 
but like the oak. 

Let us look at this process of the growing of grace from a real 
practical standpoint. Please read II Peter 1:2-10. In this scripture we 
find the arithmetic or development of Christian character. 

First, sin subtracted; second, grace added; third gifts divided; 
forth, peace multiplied. All these traits implies activity and activity 
develops the very first thought, "Give all diligence," implies activity, 
earnestness in God's service. 


Now comes the addition of Christian character in its natural 

First add to faith— the faith that leads one to embrace Christ. 
There are degrees in faith, from one degree of faith to a higher degree. 
"From faith to faith," which produces virtue or courage, fortitude, 
bravery. Now add knowledge to faith and virtue. A clear conception of 
God's will, faith without knowledge is like a ship without a pilot. Here 
the Holy Ghost will come to one's assistance, "He will guide you unto all 
truth." To knowledge temperance, the entire government of passions. 
"Let your moderation be known unto all men." 

A person making a strong plea against whisky traffic, have him 
sit to a well loaded table and watch him eat. I am not opposing his plea, 
but his inconsistency. To temperance patience, enduring evils, wrongs, 
toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, and so forth. 

To patience — Godliness, more like Christ, as a matter of 
course, pious, reverential. To Godliness — brotherly love or kindness, 
more goodness, more love for whom Christ died. To brotherly love — 
universal love, self sacrifice, not selfish, but that which moves one to 
give for missions. 

These traits of character are not developed by promenading in 
golden slippers on the sunny side of life. These Christian graces are 
like a bouquet of roses plucked midst the thorns of endurance and toil in 
the garden of affliction. 

These graces fully developed are most beautiful, like the 
rainbow, its beautiful colors are produced from the sun shining on the 
rain drops. So midst toils, trials and afflictions and opposition in the 
sunshine of the gospel these beautiful graces are brought to light. Were 
it not for friction the steam engine could not make headway on the track. 
If upon a smooth and level track you should start an engine rolling it 
would soon stop, the track would offer no resistance, the wheels would 
be spinning, but making no headway; but the inequality and projection 
of the track grips the wheels and starts it and keeps it going. That is the 
reason the engineer puts sand on the track when it comes to a heavy 
pull. What is true of the engine is true of the Christian, hindrances, 
disappointments, failures and opposition are the real helpers. It is only 
through them that we get a grip on the shining track to the beautiful 
sunset of life. 

These make us to realize and to know ourselves; teach us to 
control self; by these means we pass the station of doubt and dispair on 
the trunk line that leads to the union station of happiness. 



Jeremiah 50:22-24, "A sound of battle is in the land, and of 
great destruction. How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder 
and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! I 
have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou 
wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast 
striven against the LORD." 

Although a Christian is not to be involved in carnal warfare 
there are many parallels between the armies of the world and the army 
of the Lord. Make no mistake about it, the true Church has been in a 
spiritual battle from its very conception. The New Testament makes it 
very clear that the greatest concern of the first century Church was not 
the persecution from without but the false teachers and prophets within 
the system. 

From talking to those, who were involved in an unpopular war 
fought within our lifetime, we have found out that one of their problems 
was that it was often nigh to impossible to distinguish the enemy from 
the friend. We observe this dilemma escalating within the earthly 
church of our day. 

For many years there has been a concerted effort to abolish 
any absolutes within the church. At first this was primarily an effort of 
those who were labeled "liberal." But recent years has found the 
"conservative" element of the church caught up in this diabolical 
scheme. There are three areas where absolutes were, at least to a 
degree, upheld by the "conservative" branch of the church. 

The first of these was the cardinal doctrines of the faith. A 
recent movement gaining popularity with those who claim to be a part 
of the "conservative" element of the church, according to reports we 
read, have put moral values above sound doctrine. 

On the other hand, there are those within the "Conservative" 
camp who seem to be very strong on the cardinal doctrines of the faith, 
but they refuse to uphold absolutes in the area of such issues as 
modesty in dress and separation from the world. 

The Church, the hammer of the whole earth both in the sense 
of positive building and the breaking down of spiritual strongholds, is cut 
asunder and broken! Like Babylon, she has become a desolation 
among the nations! Although the world has always despised the 
absolutes of the church they respected her for upholding them. Today 
this respect is fast becoming a thing of the past. 

We cannot expect the blessing of God upon those who have 
striven against Him and His Holy Word. Many do not seem to be aware 
that the Glory of the Lord has departed from a large segment of the 


earthly church. They are found and caught in the snare of deception. 

The last portion of the battle we wish to explore may seem 
insignificant and without merit to many. This is the battle raging within 
such movements as our own Dunkard Brethren Church. We confess to 
being a connoisseur of Brethren history, although we may not meet all 
the qualifications of Its definition. One of the most interesting books we 
have ever read on this subject Is a recent one by Donald R. Fitzkee with 
the title "MOVING TOWARD THE MAINSTREAM." We quote the 
beginning portion of one paragraph from his book. 

"The shedding of distinctive dress was a highly visible outward 
sign of important Inward changes taking place among the Brethren in 
the early years of the century. Their growing penchant to dress like the 
world indicated that Brethren had begun to think like the world, as 
well..." (Emphasis by the author.) 

Without being judgmental, the desire to be like other church 
organizations is very obvious in the appearance, sermons and 
decisions of most plain churches. Little by little we are becoming more 
ecumenical minded and rebellious against our own traditions. Our only 
concern Is, where will It end? Will we have striven against the Lord? 

A sound of battle is in the land. Each must decide where their 
loyalty will lie. There is also a battle for your soul. You must decide 
between Jesus Christ and this world. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


"But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth 
before you Into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you." 
Mark 16:7. 

Why do you think Peter was singled out In this narrative? Why 
was It he and not Thomas the Doubter or Judas the Betrayer? Judas 
was dead and Thomas was reconciled to Jesus. It was because Peter 
denied Jesus. 

Think of it: Peter, who had seen Jesus transfigured, who was 
with Him in the garden, who so wanted to be like Jesus that he walked 
on the water. He denied Him: Not once, but three times. Jesus told 
him that he would, but he would not believe It until after it happened. 
He was guilty before God and man and did not deserve the mercies of 
God. Did not Jesus say whoever denies me I will deny before my 
Father in Heaven? Yes, Peter was indeed guilty of denying the Savior. 
But what of the grace of Almighty God? Didn't Peter weep and repent 


of his wrong? Just as Thomas fell on his face before Jesus saying, My 
Lord and My God, could not Peter also repent of this sin? 

What a Blessed Day it was when Peter heard his name. It was 
a day just like the day that we heard Jesus speak our names, and 
welcome us into the family of God. The great gulf that separates man 
and God has been spanned by Jesus Christ. The chasm of our own 
design, like Peter's, has been bridged by Love. 

O the love that drew salvation's plan! 
O the grace that brought it down to man 
O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary! 
Mercy there was great and grace was free, 
Pardon there was multiplied to me. 
There my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary! 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Every day as I awake, I look for the sunrise. Some mornings 
are dark as the rain begins to fall. We need both the sunshine and the 
rain to make the vegetables grow. The dear Lord knows what Is best 
for His children. 

Every day as I awake I pray that I can live through the day as 
He has planned it for me. I have met with lots of grief but still the dear 
Lord has helped me to be able to go through this. I still keep getting 
help from above to give me courage to do the things He has In His plan 
for my life. 

I love to meet with those who have never known the dear Lord, 
so 1 can speak to them about their lost condition. I try to help them see 
the beauty of a Christian life. 

I always try to be walking up the hillside where the sunshine 
lights the way. I am not going down, but upward, so my pathway is 
never dim. I know the day will be brighter, if I journey with the dear 
Lord towards the hilltop watching for the sun to rise. Then I can spend 
the day trying to save some lost soul. 

I wonder if there are times when I fail to see the work or 
mission of love He has reserved for me. We must always be cheerful 
and hopeful. When we see others who are sad and depressed, we 
must be happy. By our smiles, they can know we are out in the 
vineyard working for lost souls. 

I know I am growing old but I feel He still has something I can 
do to reach those still out of the ark of safety. So, as the days come 


and go, I will try to walk in His chosen way. 

Perhaps He still has some work 1 have failed to see. If I only 
can be cheerful and hopeful, when I meet those sad and depressed, 
perhaps I can better see what it is. There are ways of serving. He 
alone can understand. I always have loved serving Him in bringing lost 
ones to Him. 

The school year, 1919-1920, I spent in Chicago at Bethany 
Bible School. I worked my way through by helping others and doing 
work at the school to pay for my room and board. I had a wonderful 
eight months. On Easter Sunday, I was able to bring a minister from 
the Methodist Church, to Christ. He left the Methodist Church. I held 
the blanket when he was baptized. There were over five hundred 
present as he told them I won him to Christ. That Easter I won twenty- 
four for Christ. 

Now I am past ninety-four years old and I still pray there are 
souls I can win. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 


The Thorn Removed 
J. H. Moore 

The threshers were at Mrs. Style's on Monday, finishing their 
work in one day. The lady proudly informed her helpers that her extra 
grocery bill was several dollars. Her own well-stocked fruit closet could 
not supply her ambitious demand, and dried apricots, currants, prunes, 
peaches and raisins were purchased to make up the deficiency. Some 
one said she had fifteen different kinds and forms of fruit, but that 
seemed a little stretched. However, the fruit, preserves, three kinds of 
pie, two varieties of cake and the same of cookies, cheese, celery and 
pickles so completely filled the table that the substantial food, meat, 
vegetables, and so forth had to be served from a side table. What was 
left, and could not be consumed by the family, had to be thrown away. 

The threshing was done on Monday, and all day Sunday the 
lady and her daughter baked and stewed for the morrow. Laying aside 
any consideration of the Lord's Day, was it sensible to make such an 
effort for the mere sake of display? This tired, overworked woman 
seldom bakes less than three kinds of pie on Saturday, and should 
Sunday find her with but one kind of pie, and unexpected company, she 
promptly bakes more for dinner. She is a good, well-meaning woman, 
but an uncomfortable hostess, and one who has no time for reading 
and very little for recreation. She, though a strong woman, has not only 
worked herself into a nervous condition, but makes her guests nervous. 
It makes one tired to be around her. 


Mrs. Sensible had different ideas about feeding hard-working 
men. She had the threshers the next Monday. Saturday she baked a 
goodly batch of cookies and a large loaf cake besides the one for 
Sunday dinner. She attended services on Sunday morning, rested in 
the afternoon, and Monday morning found her ready for the fray. When 
the men went to the city for meat, she sent for bread, cheese, celery 
and ginger snaps. And with the help of two neighbors she had a dinner 
fit for a king, without disobeying the laws of nature or nature's -God. Not 
only so, but it was restful to be in her presence. She seemed to take 
things easy, and yet nothing was neglected. 

A wide-awake woman has been watching these things, and 
has made up her mind that there is no need of a woman making a slave 
of herself by preparing for company dainty things that serve no good 
purpose for either the stomach or brain. She says: "Threshers and 
unexpected guests were at one time my 'thorn in the flesh,' and, in my 
anxiety, it seemed to me they were, like the poor, 'always with us.' It 
occurred to me one day that much of the pleasure of life was being 
marred by the question which came to my mind at the first glimpse of 
arriving guests, 'What will I have to eat?' and I settled it then and there, 
that I would really be glad to see them by not straining myself to furnish 
a luxurious repast, but by giving them a good, square, welcome meal, 
and myself some time for visiting. It is a genuine pleasure to entertain 
intelligent, wide-awake, thinking men and women, if our own ideas be 
not put absolutely to rout by the duties of hostess." This lady has solved 
the problem. She enjoys her company, and her company is delighted 
with her. 



Brother and Sister Paul Stump and Brother and Sister Dale 
Jamison are scheduled to be in Kenya and Uganda for three weeks 
leaving the United States, September 19. Brother Godfrey Kiiza, P. O. 
Box 21 188, Kampala, Uganda is anxiously awaiting their coming. They 
hope to work with him in establishing the Dunkard Brethren Church in 
Africa. He indicates there are many who await Christian Baptism. Pray 
for them and the people they are privileged to work with. 

Brother Paul indicated car rental passage between the two 
countries is not allowed and they are faced with transportation 
problems. Rental vehicles are also quite expensive. 

Financial receipts to date are $6,943.38. We thank you for 
your giving and solicit your continued support. Make checks payable to 
the Dunkard Brethren African Mission Board, Mark Andrews, Treasurer; 
and send to Ray R. Reed, 302 Percival, Dallas Center, lA 50063-1014. 

Brother Ray R. Reed, Sec. 



The Pine Ridge Congregation near Mt. Olive, Mississippi, is 
planning a three day Revival Meeting prior to our Lovefeast. Evenihg 
meetings will be, the Lord providing, on November 1, 2, and 3, with 
Elder Harley Flory bringing the messages. 

Services on Saturday, November 4, with Lovefeast in the 
evening, followed by regular services on Sunday. 

Come fellowship with us. 

Sister Ruth Ann Wells, Cor. 


The Quinter Congregation is looking forward to our Revival 
Meetings with Bro. Rod Renicker, November 5 through 12. We will be 
holding our Communion Service on Saturday evening the 11th. We 
invite all to join us in this time of worship and renewal. 

Sister Ruthie Clark, Cor. 


When I read Revival notices in the Monitor, I remember past 
experiences in many of the congregations and wish I could share with 
you again. 

The Pleasant Home Congregation invites your presence at our 
upcoming Revival, October 22 through 29, 1995. Bro. Kenneth 
Wilkerson from the Bethel Congregation, Pennsylvania will be bringing 
the Word. 

Our Fall Lovefeast and Communion is the first weekend of 
November. Come if you can and remember us in prayer. 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

94TH BIRTHDAY, JULY 24, 1995 

From the beloved Churches all over the United States, from 
friends and relatives, I received 165 cards and letters. Some sent 
cards with many names. Several relatives and friends went out of 
their way to make this a special time for me. I am so thankful for all 
the cards and gifts I received. 

I enjoyed the Conference. No one will ever know how much it 
meant to see the members I have learned to know in years past. 

Thanks, with all my love. May the dear Lord richly bless 

every one of you is my prayer. 

Sister E.M.AIItus 





Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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


Fred O. Pifer. Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adei, lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mife Wray 
31 1 1 1 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
IVIanheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 


Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adei, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

I Road 

Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
AdelJA 50003 

Marlln Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 
4025 Woodland Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95358 


Henry Walker, Chairman 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, CA 95323 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adei, lA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

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


David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

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OCTOBER 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


When you go to church, 

Leave all the world outside; 
Let the spirit flow 

Rolling in like a tide. 

Ask God for wisdom 

To receive what is said, 
So your sou! is fed 

With the true Living Bread. 

Take heed to His Word 

So you can reach your goal. 
Who knows? You may help 

Some poor, wandering soul. 

Get nourishing food 

For your own soul each day, 
Studying God's Word 

So you won't go astray. 

-Irene Stout 



Oh! It feels so good to stretch. After a nap, a full night's 
sleep or dozing in a chair, it feels good to stretch our arms and legs. 
It seems to get the blood flowing. We become more alert. We are 
ready to tackle the problems before us. 

Stretching is important to the one who is exercising. Whether 
he is a world-class athlete or an over-weight home exerciser, 
stretching is an important part of his exercise program. Exercise 
without stretching can cause serious damage to unstretched muscles 
and tendons. The warm-up phase is important if the exercise is going 
to accomplish its desired goal. It is a necessary ingredient for 
success as an athlete. 

There Is another type of exercising that is not physical. 
People often need to stretch their minds and attitudes. Just as 
stretching is important physically, it is also important for the mind. 
There are different ways the mind may be stretched. It may be 
stretched through education. The addition of new facts and 
information can make the mind more knowledgeable. The mind may 
be stretched by an effort to improve attitudes and personality, which 
will make him a more successful person. The mind may be stretched 
by attaining a sense of self-esteem and confidence. 

These mind stretching activities can be very positive 
Influences in a person's life or they can be destructive. If they are 
undertaken with the thought of self-reform, governed only by personal 
desires, the change can be harmful. If a person comes to depend 
upon his own strength and ideals, divorced from God's standards and 
help, he will be led away from the best way. Humility before God is 


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needed in making these mind stretching changes. There are many 
ungodly philosophies abroad in the world today that would lead one 
astray. Humility before God is not a total abasement of a person, it 
makes sure he has an anchor, so he can be productive in his life. 

Stretching Is likewise needed in the Spiritual Life. There must 
be growth and change in each person's Spiritual life. If there is not 
progress, there will be a falling away. 

The goal of the Christian should be to be more and more like 
Christ. Just as there Is a desire to advance In the natural life, so there 
should be a desire to go forward in the Christian life. Men may have 
various heroes, whom they emulate to help them become better In 
their business, sports, or financial lives. These heroes all have faults. 
Unlike these heroes, Jesus is perfect, worthy of being duplicated. 

Knowing the desired outcome of the Christian life, emulating 
Christ and pleasing God, the Christian must put some effort into it. All 
desires and dreams need to be put into action. So the fulfillment of 
Christian desires must be acted upon. Too often Christians can 
become the prisoners of their good intentions. They desire a change 
and an advancement, but they procrastinate doing what is necessary. 

No Christian, no matter how long he has been a Christian, no 
matter what official position he may hold, no matter how much he may 
give of effort or finances, has arrived at the place where he can not 
improve his Christian life. There will always be some shortcoming 
that will prevent him from being perfect. Therefore there is a need to 
stretch. Changes and growth have to occur to follow the Good 

Some of the ways of securing this improvement are quite 
private, others are more public. Private means would include intense 
Bible study and private prayer in his secret closet. These phvate 
activities may lead to a more public form of service. One used to 
private prayer may be better fit for leading in public prayer. The one 
who has studied the Bible intently can better direct public Bible study. 

Other activities are not so centered on devotional activities. 
Stretching may include visiting and helping the poor, widows, and 
other unfortunates. These social activities can not be rendered as 
good deeds deserving God's repayment. These deeds can not be 
done separated from the doctrinal and devotional basis of Christianity. 
These deeds are not Christianity itself. They are the result of 
Christians stretching to do as Jesus would have done in their places. 
Some of these activities may be very obscure and hidden from public 
notice. Jesus never desired the notoriety that He received. He 
wanted only to do His Father's will. 

Stretching is good, physically, mentally and Spiritually. It is 


necessary to stretch to attain a higher level in any of these pursuits. 
Stretching to wake up gets us ready to pursue life. Stretching 
physically gets our bodies fit for running life's race. Stretching 
mentally gets our thinking straight. Stretching Spiritually gets us 
prepared for serving God and His creation. 
Have you dared to stretch? 



"How should a Christian use his leisure time?" 

The manufacture and sale of vacation and sports equipment 
is one of the fastest growing industries in America. Americans have 
increasingly more leisure time than ever before in history. The work 
week for most occupations has dropped to forty hours or less. 
Although forty hours sounds like a lot of work time to most of us, it is 
many hours less than the average work schedules of the past. Some 
companies have adopted a four day work week. 

Leisure time is not the same as idleness, especially for the 
person who values his time. Idleness conveys the meaning of waste. 
The Christian is taught to "redeem the time." (Eph. 5:16) We bear a 
responsibility to God for the judicious use of our time and we are just 
as much a steward of it as we are of our financial resources. 

The Christian believes that his faith can be integrated into 
every facet of his life and indeed, our faith is basic to every part of life. 
As a result, our faith should help us determine how to spend our "free 
time." Even though we think of it as freedom from our bread winning 
regimen, our time is not free from our commitment to Jesus Christ. 
Christ must be Lord of our leisure time as much as He is of any other 
part of our life. 

Recognizing this, we should not segregate our Christian 
service to those times when we cannot find anything else to do. 
Christ reminded the disciples of the urgency of the time and taught 
them, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white 
already to harvest." (John 4:35). 

When we select projects to fill our leisure time, we should 
remember the spiritual criterion of Colossians 3:17; "And whatever 
you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus..." Some 
activities are plainly non-Christian while others arouse some doubt. 
Many hours are carelessly frittered away, absorbed by meaningless 
recreation, daydreaming or in idle conversation. While these and 
similar activities may not be wrong in and of themselves, we are 
bound to examine our leisure by this standard: can I really do it in the 


name and for the glory of Jesus Christ? By doing something in 
Christ's name, we do what we think Christ would be doing. In other 
words, leisure time does not have to be wasted time. 

There is a misconception among many Christian people that 
in order to adequately "redeem the time," you have to be frantically 
busy every moment. Martha thought that when Jesus came to her 
home in Bethany. She was taught by this event that spending leisure 
time in worship and instruction was a very worthwhile activity. 

There is no question that we need to stop our frenzied 
commotion and listen to the voice of God. Moments of quietness and 
rest are necessary to fortify our spiritual and emotional reservoirs. In 
addition, we simply do not have the physical or emotional stamina for 
ceaseless activity. To constantly abuse ourselves out of "piety" does 
not show good spiritual judgment. 

Something positive should usually be accomplished during 
our leisure time. Rest improves our quality of work and extends the 
length of our good health. Just because we fill our life with a frantic 
succession of activities does not necessarily mean we are redeeming 
the time, even if those activities involve "Christian service." 

No one has ever accomplished as much in a lifetime as Jesus 
Christ did. Yet, He always had time for everyone who came to Him. 
He was never too busy to take whatever time was necessary to meet 
the needs of others. It was He who encouraged His disciples to 
"Come apart into a desert place..." Though their leisure did not 
involve anything that was involved in preaching, teaching, witnessing 
or studying, the Lord prescribed it as a positive value. 

Above all, we misuse our time when we "kill it." Leisure hours 
are held in trust from God. Killing time during our work hours reflects 
a low opinion of God's gift of life, itself. God prescribed a day of rest. 
He knew it was necessary for our physical health, emotional balance 
and spiritual productivity. Killing time goes beyond God's instruction 
when it becomes an occasion for "sloth." 

Certainly, leisure time can be a great blessing or a curse for 
us as Christians. This depends entirely on our consciousness of our 
responsibility to do our leisure activities to the glory of God. 

Brother Len Wertz 


Acts 17:28, "For in him we live, and move, and have our 

Ephesians 5:2, "And walk in love,..." 

Ephesians 4:1, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech 
you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called," 


In these scriptures, the verbs, "move" and "walk" suggest a 
going forward. This does not for a moment imply any other direction 
but forward. We are not to stand still, unless it is to see the salvation 
of the Lord and meditate upon Him. Neither does it suggest that we 
go backward. Our walk with God can only continue if we go forward. 

I learned to ride a bicycle at age ten. I would have learned 
sooner, but as a child I had inner ear problems which affected my 
balance. One thing you learn really fast when you are learning to ride 
a bike is to KEEP MOVING FORWARD. If you stop suddenly you 
can hurt yourself. Of such is the Christian life. We can be hurt if we 
cease to move forward. 

With God there is a reward in view. There is an end in sight. 
Just as the runner can see the finish line and puts all his effort into 
reaching it, we can see, by faith, our heavenly reward. In order to 
achieve it we must KEEP MOVING FORWARD in the Christian life, 
"Looking unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith." 

Moses disobeyed God and was not allowed to enter the 
Promised Land. Yet God let him see it. Has God given us a glimpse 
of Glory? Is there a vision in our heart of a place greater than 
anything in this world? "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the 
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." I Cor. 15:57. 
Let us sing though fierce temptation 

Threaten hard to bear us down; 
For the Lord, our strong salvation. 

Holds in view the conqueror's crown. 
He that washed us in his blood 

Soon will bring us home to God. 

Brother L. H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 


I was born in 1904. When I was six years old 1 started to 
school in a one room, red brick building. I completed the 8th grade. 
Then I went to high school 

I have fond memories of my early school days. Most of my 
teachers were women. Salaries were low. Few men taught grade 

Many of the teachers were not from the local area. Usually, 
they boarded with one of the local house holders. One teacher taught 
all eight grades. 

The school room was heated with a big cast iron coal burning 
stove. Around this stove was a metal shield to deflect the heat more 


uniformly over the room. The shield made a good place to dry gloves 
and mittens. 

The boys sat on one side and the girls sat on the other side. 
In each back corner was a closet where we hung our wraps and 
placed our over shoes. It had shelves where we placed our dinner 
buckets. In the back of the room was a bucket of water and one tin 
cup. This was before GERMS were discovered. 

School attendance increased over the winter months. The 
older boys had to help put in the spring seeding and help harvest in 
the Fall. They could only go to school during the Winter months. 
Several of the women teachers made an agreement with the older 
boys to serve as janitors. They would sweep and carry water and 
coal in. They also would carry ashes out, raise and lower the flag, 
scrub the outside rest rooms, and so forth. It was a good 
arrangement for the teacher and the boys. The pay was small, but It 
provided spending money, which was hard to come by, years ago. 
The boys took turns as janitor. 

Each school had a man from the near vicinity who was called 
the director. He was responsible to see that the school property was 
well-taken care of. If a window glass was broken, or a stove pipe 
needed a replacement or the coal was running low, the teacher called 
the director and he took care of it. It was his responsibility to make 
sure the school room was thoroughly cleaned before school began in 
the fall. 

When the teacher called a class, those in the class came 
forward and occupied the front seats. The younger pupils picked up 
some knowledge by listening to the different classes recite. Some of 
the subjects taught in grade school were reading, writing, arithmetic, 
spelling, geography and history. 

About once, every two weeks, we had a SPELL DOWN. The 
boys lined up on one side and the girls on the other. The teacher 
pronounced the words, starting with the girls. If she could spell the 
word she remained standing. The next word was given to the boys. 
If anyone missed a word, that person had to sit down, and the same 
word was given to the other side. 

This continued until there was only one standing, be it boy or 
girl. The last word given was usually a hard one. If he or she missed 
the word, the spelling contest was over. If he or she spelled it 
correctly, that one was declared the champion speller of the day. 

Some of the games played at noon and recess were ante 
over, baseball, drop the handkerchief, jump rope, tag, hide and seek, 
prisoner's base, marbles, hop scotch and more. 

We had cake walks. While there was no money involved, the 


girls would bring home made cakes. The cakes were wrapped with 
the name of the girl inside. The boys would bid on them, each hoping 
he would get the cake of his favorite girl. Then they would sit together 
and eat. It was fun. The teacher was the auctioneer. Oftimes there 
was a little cheating with the cake walk. If a girl had a particular boy 
she especially liked, before the mock sale began, she would inform 
him of the color of the wrapping. He would outbid all others. Then 
they sat together and ate. 

Once a year the school put on an entertainment to which the 
public was invited. 

Discipline was a factor years ago. Different teachers used 
various methods of punishment. A common one was to make the 
unruly scholar stand on the rostrum with his face towards the 

Another was to keep him in during recess and noon, not 
allowing him to go out and play. Most men teachers went a little 
further. They made an unruly boy come up to the teacher's desk. He 
pulled out a switch, paddle or piece of hose, and in the presence of 
every scholar, he gave the boy a good whipping. The rest of the 
scholars, witnessing the punishment, learned that they had better 

Some of the infractions were shooting paper wads with a 
rubber band, setting tacks on the seat of a pupil who went to recite 
with his class. Another was dipping a pen in the ink well on his desk, 
then snapping the pen to splatter ink on another pupil. 

As for the girls, most were punished by having them stand on 
the rostrum or keeping them in during recess and noon or sometimes 
after school. Today, a teacher dare not strike a pupil. 

If a pupil had to go to the rest room, they held up one finger 
until they got a nod of approval. 

The last week of school was a busy week. It was the time for 
final examinations. After that they gave out the report cards. Those 
who passed were elated. Those who failed were down hearted. The 
last day of school climaxed with a picnic including any parents who 
wanted to come. 

The old country school is one of the institutions of learning 
that went out of existence years ago. The schools have consolidated. 
The pupils attending the red brick seat of learning had to walk 
regardless of how far. Today they are hauled by bus. What a 
difference today from yesterday! 

The late Brother Paul R. Myers 



The Stolen Goose 
J. H. Moore 

A minister told a member of his congregation that she could 
not come to church because she had stolen a goose the day before, 
and had not returned it. The woman in reply said: "Do you suppose 
that I am going to let a little thing like a goose come between me and 
my Savior?" One hardly knows whether to frown on account of the 
woman's spiritual stupidity or to smile because of her innocent wit. 
True enough, a goose is a little thing to come between a Christian 
woman and her Savior, and yet, if it is a stolen goose, it becomes 
large enough to block the way to heaven. 

There are people who have no higher conception of 
Christianity than this misguided woman had. They would not think of 
permitting a little thing like a pack of cards to stand between them and 
their Master. They play cards, then go to church and sometimes sing 
like angels. There are others who will not allow their fine jewelry to 
come between them and their blessed Jesus, as they say. They wear 
their costly diamonds and set off their persons with fine ornaments, 
pretending to think that they are pleasing the Lord. 

And, by the way, this thing of men and women going on in 
their sins, doing this, that, and the other thing, not in keeping with the 
letter and spirit of the Gospel, and, at the same time, trying to make it 
appear that they are worshipping God with all necessary sincerity and 
loyalty, is becoming a little serious. They say that they are not going 
to permit a little worldliness to come between them and their Savior, 
and yet it is there all the same. They may appear religious, may 
possibly die happy, still the stolen goose has never been returned. 

We pity the woman on account of her spiritual stupidity, but 
are there not thousands equally stupid? They may not have stolen , 
but they are violating some of the plain New Testament commands, 
and wholly disregarding others. They need to repent and do their first 
works over, else they may, at the judgment bar of God, find mountains 
between them and their offended Master. 


October 15, 1935 


E. J. Reece 

!n Matt. 7:13-14 we read of those two ways, the broad way 
and the narrow way, and to where each leads. One to destruction, the 
other to life, and as there is only two ways in which to go it is very 


evident that we are going on one or the other of these ways. 

There is no middle ground. We are either right or wrong, and 
In as much as we all desire the blessings, which are promised at the 
end of the narrow way, and in as much as "it is not In man that 
walketh to direct his steps." (Jere. 10:23.) 

How Important that we do as David said he did, "I thought on 
my ways and turned my feet unto Thy testimonies, I made haste, and 
delayed not to keep Thy commandments. (Psa. 119:59-60.) And in 
verse 105, "Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light unto my path." 

And Indeed we have plenty of Instructions In the word to fully 
direct us, if we will only open our eyes to see, and our ears to hear. 
The Word does not only tell what to do, but how to do. Jesus the 
great teacher, came Into the world and marked out the way by 
precept and example saying, 1 am the Way, the Truth and the Life: 
no man cometh unto the Father but by Me." (John 14:6.) He says 
"learn of Me." (Matt. 11:29.) 

And the Apostle Peter tells how much we are to hear Jesus 
saying: Tor Moses truly said unto the fathers, a prophet, shall the 
Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him 
shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it 
shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, 
shall be destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3:22-23.) 

In II Timothy 3:16-17, we read: "All scripture Is given by 
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for 
correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may 
be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." We find the 
word complete, not only telling us of the narrow way but also how to 
do, on that way. 

In Luke 9:23 Jesus tells us, "If any man will come after Me, let 
him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." And it 
is my observation that to deny self is where the pinch comes, 
because as Solomon tells us, "Every way of man is right in his own 
eyes; but the Lord pondereth the hearts." (Prov. 21 :2.) 

Man is so inclined to want to have his own way, and oft times 
as a good writer said: 

If self must be denied; 

And sin forsaken quite, 

They would rather choose the way that's wide 

And strive to think it right. 

In the Word It is easy to be seen that the narrow way is to 
narrow for self, with his carnal mind, walking after the flesh. 

But whenever one is made willing to deny himself, take up his 
cross daily, obey His word, as they did on the day of Pentecost, when 


they gladly received the word, and were baptized for the remission of 
sins, and by so doing they entered in at the strait gate, on the narrow 
way; not only did they accept the preached word, and were baptized, 
but the word says, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles 
doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." 

Mark the word, "they continued in the apostles doctrine." To 
continue is what Jesus told those Jews which believed on Him, "If ye 
continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall 
know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32.) 
Right here is where so many fail, by not continuing in the holy words 
and inspiration by the Master and his holy apostles but allow 
themselves to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, by the 
sleight of men whereby they lie in wait to deceive (side tracking). 

Jesus is the strait gate, and the narrow way. In John 10:9 
Jesus says, 1 am the door; by Me if any man enter in, he shall be 
saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture." "Strait gate," means 
narrow. Too narrow for "big self." Jesus says ye must be born again. 
"Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he can not enter into 
the kingdom of God," and to all such that are born again. He gives 
"power to become the sons of God, which were born not of blood, not 
of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." 

Jesus is also the narrow way. In John 14:6 He says, "1 am 
the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but 
by Me." And if we will only act as wise men and do as Jesus says in 
Luke 9:23, "And he said unto them all, if any man will come after Me, 
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." 

Solomon says, "The way of life is above to the wise, that he 
may depart from hell beneath." (Prov. 15:24.) 

"There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end 
thereof are the ways of death." 

The two ways are plainly stated, and also what is to be 
obtained at the end of these two roads or ways. One to eternal 
punishment, the other to eternal life. (Matt. 25:46, RV) 

The blessings of immortality and a home in heaven with the 
Father Son and Holy Spirit, and all the redeemed and sanctified, can 
be obtained by alt who are willing to deny self and learn of Jesus and 
do His will. How it should behoove us to know His way, and 
understand what the will of the Lord is, so that we might know the 
false prophets that comes to us in sheep's clothing. 

We have the opportunity to make our calling and election sure 
in life, and it is a matter of choice as to which road we choose, and his 
servants ye are to whom you obey. 



Galatians 5:26, "Let us not be desirous of vain glory, 
provoking one another, envying one another." 

The song writer says, "To God be the glory, great things He 
has done,...". The small dictionary in the back of our home study 
Bible states, "Glory of the LORD, The word 'glory' is sometimes 
synonymous with 'God' to avoid referring to God in human form." We 
understand "vain glory" as a desire to receive the worship and praise 
that is due only to God. 

In I Timothy 3:1 we read, "This is a true saying. If a man 
desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work." And in I 
Corinthians 12:31 it states, "But covet earnestly the best gifts:..." 
Then in I Corinthians 14:1 we find, "Follow after charity, and desire 
spiritual gifts,..." Therefore we come to the conclusion that it is not 
wrong to desire all that God has for us. Herein lies the crux of the 
problem. We are to desire all that God has for us. 

In the same verse Paul warns against provoking one another. 
You may think that God has given an individual a certain gift but if 
they do not discern this you are not to try to force him into your mold. 
If an individual is called into an office by the Church we believe they 
should carefully seek the will of God in the matter. The vast majority 
of the time the individual has already felt the call of God on their heart 
to fulfill the task that is put before them. We do not subscribe to the 
teaching that the earthly Church is infallible in all its actions. If an 
individual truly feels that God has not called them into an office, we 
believe the Church should respect this. 

On the other hand there are individuals who claim to be called 
to fill a position in the Church that the Bible clearly forbids. This is 
vain glory. If you do not have the Scriptural qualifications to be a 
bishop, (which we believe includes an elder and a minister), to claim 
God's call on your life is nothing less than vain glory. There are also 
Scriptural qualifications given for a deacon in this same chapter (I 
Timothy 3) as well as other places. One of the qualifications for both 
a bishop and a deacon is that they are to be "the husband of one 
wife." Paul is reinforcing what he has already taught in I Timothy 
2:12, "But I suffer not a woman to teach, (Greek: 'didaskein' = 
'authoritative instruction') nor to usurp authority over the man, but to 
be in silence." This rules out a woman in the office of Elder, minister 
or deacon. We are also warned against an official being a "novice" 
which is a beginner. We feel we should be careful about "pushing an 
individual up the ladder" too quickly. An official is also to be able to 
"rule well his own house." Therefore we believe our denomination is 


correct in not allowing those divorced to hold an office higher than 
Sunday School official or teacher. 

Paul also warns against "envying one another." We may 
sometimes question the wisdom of the choice of a committee to fill an 
official position but we must be careful that it is not vain glory that 
prompts the questioning. If we desire the position and God has called 
us to this position we should be willing to wait upon the Lord to put us 
there. If we think someone else is more qualified than the one 
chosen for the position, is it because of a dislike for the individual 
chosen? If so we may be guilty of vain glory. 

We do not apologize for our stand for the historic Brethren 
way of life. We are convinced that the farther we drift from our 
traditions the closer we come to be like the world and the farther we 
will depart from the ways of Christ. We also recognize that our 
traditions can be only vain glory. If an individual has never had a true 
born again experience, plain clothes and lifestyle will not get him into 
Heaven. If our style of dress is only to attract the attention of men 
and not for the glory of God it is in vain. 

Desire to give all the glory to God and avoid vain glory. To do 
this we invite you to repent, be baptized by trine immersion and unite 
with the Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


Words of Inspiration 
Rev. Brian B. Haller 

1 don't think it's cost our church any new members, but more 
than a few visitors to the church office have been shocked to find me 
talking to the photocopying machine. 

It's not the fact that I'm speaking to a machine that's 

To be honest, it's the language. 

Unless you've dealt with this machine, you probably won't 

You see, it waits. 

It waits until you're very busy or running late or copying 
something real important. 

And then it strikes. 

It devours, tears, smears, rips and jams. ..not once, but over 
and over again. 

No one ever walks in while it's running smoothly. 


But when it strikes and I lose my temper, I confess I use 
language that should not be spoken in church. ..or anywhere else, for 
that matter. 

And that's when someone always walks in. 

At times, I've been so embarrassed that when the visitor has 
asked for the pastor, I've felt like saying, "He's not in today..." 

The issue is the second commandment: "You shall not take 
the name of the Lord your God in vain." 

Easy for him to say; God made Moses a copy of the 

If Moses had ever used our copying machine, maybe there 
would be only nine commandments. 

But there IS a second commandment. 

Only I'm not so sure it's about cussing. 

Now, before you phone my bishop, please know that I do not 
condone swearing. 

You should not swear because it is embarrassing. 

But I think there's much more at stake in the second 
commandment than bad language. 

You will not get Into heaven for not swearing. And you'll have 
to clean up your language there if you do. 

I think the second commandment is really about our attempts 
to use or misuse God. 

The very first commandment gives us the real God. 

But In our hands, that's risky business. 

And so God Immediately adds number two: Do not take the 
Lord's name in vain. 

Or.. .do not try to misuse the God you've been given. 

Obviously, God is the greatest power that exists. 

It's a risky thing to place such power at the disposal of 

Given the chance, we would abuse it; we would take it in vain. 

Swearing is simply unnecessary and embarrassing. But 
trying to use God is obscene. 

What amazes me is the number of people and religious 
groups that would never, ever cuss and that condemn those who do, 
and yet think nothing of asking God to meet their needs and help 
them fulfill their wishes and achieve their agendas! 

That's not God. 

That's a genie-in-a-bottle! 

Now THAT is obscene! 

The power of God is not available to do your bidding, and 
Jesus is not here to do your will. 


Jesus is here to accomplish God's will and he invites you to 
join him. 

I'm familiar with those, "Whatsoever you ask..." verses, but 
remember the rest: "in my name." 

"In Jesus name" is not a formula at the end of a prayer; it's in 
keeping with Jesus' will and purpose. 

The goal of your spiritual life is not getting God to serve you. 
It's just the opposite; it's getting you to serve God. 

As our culture becomes more secular and religious groups 
compete and advertise for members, you'll hear more and more of 
them offering to put God to work for you. 

The Mormons have been very successful convincing people 
that their God will make your marriage work and keep your children 

There's an entire movement called, "Church Growth" that 
recommends offering the religious consumers what they want, 
including a God who is at their disposal. 

Statistically, the Church Growth movement works. It is truly 

Of course, God cares about you. But that doesn't mean you 
know what's best. matter how noble and pure your needs and 
motives may seem to you. 

There are always repercussions we can't anticipate and side- 
effects of which we're ignorant. 

Pray for God's gracious will to be done. 

Anything else is taking God's name in vain. 

And taking God's name in vain is really obscene! 

selected by Brother Edwin St. John 



An invitation goes out to any and all for our Lovefeast 
celebration. The Lord willing, we will meet at 1 1 :00 A.M., October 28, 
afternoon service at 2:00 P.M., Communion Service proper at 7:00 
P.M. Sunday service included. 

We have been encouraged by adding Brother Mark Flory to 
our number by the right hand of fellowship. May God's name be 
praised. We want his wife and sons to feel welcome. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 



November 5 - The Broken Commandments-Moses Intercedes - Exodus 32:15-35. 

1 . Explain the difference in the reactions of Moses about the 
Golden Calf, when God told him about it on the mountain and 
when he actually saw it in the camp of Israel. 

2. Why was not Aaron among the 3,000 men slain? 

November 12 - Promise of Canaan; Moses sees God - Exodus 33:1-23. 

1. Compare this tabernacle with the one reared up in chapter 40. 

2. Explain the two seemingly contradictory verses in this chapter, 
verse 1 1 and verse 20. 

November 19 - THANKSGIVING - Psalm 100:1-5. 

1 . List ways of expressing thanks. 

2. Explain how gladly serving the Lord is an expression of thanks. 
November 26 - The Ten Commandments Rewritten - Exodus 34:1-35. 

1. List the attributes of the Lord given in His own words. 

2. Why can we not make covenants with the ungodly? 


November 5 - The Sorcerer - Acts 8:9-25. 

1 . Why did the people of Sameria confuse sorcery with the Power of God? 

2. Why cannot the Holy Spirit be purchased with money? 
November 12 - Dorcas - Acts 9:36-43. 

1 . What, in the life of Dorcas, had made a lasting impression on 
the people? 

2. For what purpose did Peter raise Dorcas from the dead? 
November 19- THANKSGIVING -Ps. 118:1,29; Ps. 136:1-4; Rom 1-21 

Col. 3:12-17. 

1 . Why should we give thanks unto the Lord? 

2. Explain the connection between love and thankfulness. 
November 26 - The Unknown God - Job 5:8-1 8, Ecc 3: 1 -5, Acts 1 7:22-31 . 

1. Explain how we can know about God and yet not really know God. 

2. What assurance is given those who know God in a personal way? 


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NOVEMBER 1, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


I know not, and ! would not know. 

Content, I leave it all with Thee; 

'tis ever best it should be so; 

As thou wilt have it let it be. 

But this I know: that every day 

And every step for me is planned; 
I surely cannot lose the Way 

While He is holding fast my hand. 

And surely, whatsoe'er betide, 

I never shall be left alone: 

Thou standest ever by my side; 

To thee my future all is known. 

And wheresoe'er my lost may fall 

The way before is marked by Thee; 

The windings of my life are all 

Unfoldings of thy Love to me. 



The whole is the sum of its parts. Each part needed to make the 
whole is important. Have you ever been frustrated when putting 
together a jigsaw puzzle of several hundred pieces to find a piece or 
two missing? Those small holes betrayed the incompleteness of that 

The human body is a prime example of something made up of 
many small parts. The various parts of the human body have been 
designed and brought together by the master planner, God. When 
He created man, God brought together a body, consisting of so many 
highly developed organs, muscles and structural parts, that it could 
never have evolved through blind chance. 

The various systems of the body are awesome. The skeletal 
system brings together bones of all sizes, shapes, and proportion, 
along with muscles, tendons and ligaments. These all work together 
to make a human being who can walk, sit, run, swim, ski, jump, crawl, 
and many other activities. The digestive system consists of a number 
of organs that process the intaken food so the body is provided with 
its necessary nutrients. The circulatory system delivers blood to all 
parts of the body. The heart pumps the blood, the blood vessels 
carry it, and the lungs purify it. The nervous system provides feeling 
to all areas of the body. This feeling can be of pleasure or pain. 
Without the nervous system activating pain sensors throughout the 
body, we would get into more dangerous situations than we do. 
There are other systems that have a part in the body's functions. 
These systems all have a part in the body's progress throughout life. 

The body could never exist or function if it were made up of only 


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one organ. The body needs all its organs to function perfectly. A 
body that was nothing more than an eye or a foot or a tongue would 
never be able to function as intended. The body can exist without 
certain organs, but never as well as with all healthy organs. The body 
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sense to see, taste, feel, hear or smell. The head gives the body 

All of these examples concerning the importance of the various 
parts that make up the body or even a jigsaw puzzle point out the 
importance of each one who makes up the Church. Each member is 
important, whether he holds an official position, an office or not. The 
important thing is the relationship that each member has with the 
Head of the body. Jesus Christ is the head of His body, the Church. 
As the Head He has the right to direct and use each member as He 
sees fit. Through the Holy Spirit He can supply the impulses needed 
to do the work He desires in each life. 

Each part of the body is important in Its own way. If parts of the 
body were like people, they would become jealous of each other and 
would demand equal attention. The body's organs do not perform 
that way. They do not give ultimatums. The foot can not say that 
because it is not the eye, it just will not be a part of the body. It will 
continue being the foot anyway. The ear can not cease to function 
just because it is not the eye. Some parts of the body do seem to 
receive more honor or attention than some others. Usually these 
parts are the most vulnerable to injury or disease. They are the 
weakest, so their greater honor is a way of protecting them. 

If Church members could work together as well as the parts of the 
body do, more would be accomplished by the Church. Each member 
has been given one or more talents to be used for the advancement 
of the Gospel. Some talents are more visible than others. Some 
involve an official capacity. All involve using the given talent. 

Paul remarked that none at Corinth should consider themselves a 
part of a party that followed either himself or Apollos or anyone else. 
They should see these leaders working together to plant and water 
the Gospel seed. After all, God would bring forth the increase. The 
farmer, gardener or orchardist can only plant, prune and cultivate. It 
is God's option to water and warm the crop to make it productive. 
Paul saw himself as a planter. He saw others as irrigators. As 
important as these activities were, he also knew that God would 
ultimately control the destiny of the crop. 

As members together in Christ, we have many important 
functions to perform. Our efforts must work together to be productive. 
Each effort supplies a necessary part of the whole. We need the 


perspective that these efforts are for God's glory. He will use and bless 
them as He sees fit. 

Which part of the body are you? 



Wednesday 10-3-1995 
To all our loved ones at home, 

We are all doing well. We arrived safely and had a good flight. We 
all enjoyed a canal ride in Amsterdam while waiting for our flight to 
Nairobi. Willis had a nine passenger van reserved for us with a driver 
and all gas furnished. We were glad for that. We visited six churches 
in Kenya from September 21 to September 29. 

This trip is different from the first one since we stayed at a different 
place nearly every night. We spent about all our time in the Bush 
instead of in Nairobi. We saw monkeys, baboons, zebras and gazelles 
along the way. Everyone seems so happy to see us again. Dale and 
Doris seem to enjoy every minute of it. Our diet of rice, ugali, bananas 
and tea seems to be agreeing with everyone real well. 

On Thursday the 28th we crossed the border into Uganda and 
stayed in Tororo overnight. We went on to Kampala on Friday 
afternoon. After we met Godfrey at the Sheraton Hotel, we came out 
here to their home. We each have a bedroom with a 3/4 bed. We all 
are getting along fine. They have no running water but do have a toilet 
that they flush by pouring in water. Godfrey and Gorrett have three 
bedrooms, living room, dining room (with nothing in it) and a kitchen 
(also with no cupboards), just a small charcoal burner to cook and heat 
water. They are so happy to have us stay with them. 

We went to church Sunday. There were about sixty present. We 
enjoyed a "Dunkard" service. After the service, the van made three 
trips to Lake Victoria, where twenty-two were baptized. It was an 
experience that all of us enjoyed and for which we praised the Lord. 
We will cherish it the rest of our days. 

Today we will go to Butombala about 60 miles from here to one of 
the other missions. We are planning installation this evening and a 
Lovefeast Saturday evening. Pray for us as we proceed with the work 
here in Uganda. We are both pleased and impressed with Bro. 
Godfrey's sincerity to serve the Lord and work with the Dunkard 
Brethren Church and with the work that he has already started. We 
expect to return to Kenya on the 9th for a few days before returning 

With all our love to all, 

Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump 

Brother Dale and Sister Doris Jamison 


Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

The months have rolled by since God took my dear husband 
Home and in some ways time heals but in other ways, the emptiness 
it left in my life lingers on. So many of you were so thoughtful, kind, 
and compassionate as you expressed your support and sympathy 
over the time of the death. I am reminded, again and again, of how 
grateful I am for a Church family and most of all for the Lord Who is 
the Great Comforter. 

The Lord has not failed me and His grace is sufficient. He has 
been proven faithful over and over again. Often, it is through His 
people that He works and that is why I am writing. 

The children are off playing and making noise. They add so 
much to my life and I am so thankful for them. But I am lonely. How 
often I long to talk to other adults, to hear the sound of gravel 
crunching as a car pulls in the driveway and know that I can enjoy the 
privilege of visiting with some grown people instead of relating only to 
little children. Maybe you men feel somewhat awkward coming to the 
house where there is no other man to visit with. May I suggest you 
bring another couple with you? Or, come prepared to work. There 
are so many needs around the house that I feel helpless in repairing - 
things I always counted on a husband to do. 

Last week the lawn mower made a funny sound and then quit. 
Do I call a serviceman and pay a big bill? There is a leaky spigot and 
a porch floor needing repair. I try to be as independent as I can but 
somehow I believe God's people miss out on God's blessings when 
they fail to visit and help the widows. I know I am special in God's 
sight - He talks about widows so often in His Word. I know He will 
look after me with or without your help but somehow I believe we 
would all be blessed by your help and involvement. 

Along with your visit, I would welcome your offer to have 
devotions before you leave. I miss my husband leading our family in 
times of reading, inspiration, and prayer. It would be good to have my 
children see a man filling that role. 

Forgive- me if I sound like I am complaining. I do not mean to. 
God would not have allowed me to fill the role of widow if He did not 
have a special reason for it. I know He will see me through. And 
thanks for all the help you have been. I do not want to sound 
unappreciative. 1 just want to remind you what God Himself says in 
His Word: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is 
this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction..." James 
1 :27. If you come visit me, you will see some of my needs. And then 
together, we will grow closer to the Lord. 

Your widowed sister 



Psalm 37:3, "Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shall thou dwell in 
the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." 

Has the church given in to the spirit of the Age? Have we yielded 
to peer pressure and stopped fighting the good fight of faith? In the 
next few paragraphs this writer would like to examine these questions 
and what the church has lost in order to be secure in this world. 

Brethren of old, and we are thinking of those who settled this 
country, were simple, God-fearing folk. They came to be able to 
worship God as the Bible taught. They had to trust in the Lord 
because they had no earthly security. The Psalmist said, some trust 
in chariots, some trust in horses, but I will trust in the Lord my God. 
Today there is an emphasis on retirement plans, health care benefits, 
and different types of Insurance. 

Those who followed Jesus had to trust Him because they were 
not even plying their trade. Years ago, to have a trade, to be able to 
work with your hands was enough. Today man is interested in what 
benefits he can acquire. None of us, including this writer, are exempt. 

What can we get from the government today? What does the 
government owe us? Could this all be a part of the big picture, the 
"peace and safety" that we read about? Could our laxity and comfort 
be feeding our lack of faith? Perhaps the world is so spiritually dead 
today because it does not need God, and perhaps government 
programs have taken the place of the church in needy peoples" lives. 

We read in the parable of the sower that the cares of this world, 
and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word and causing one to 
become unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22) 

The Brethren, always, have taught that the world is in direct 
conflict with the spiritual life. Jesus taught it. We can learn to depend 
on Christ or we can learn to depend on the world. It is possible for 
the Lord to be displeased with our choice of a vocation. The 
argument is often brought forth that a higher-paying job generates 
more revenue for the Lord's work. We must maintain that the Lord 
would be more pleased with a vocation that honors and glorifies Him, 
regardless of the rewards. God will not bless ill-gotten gain, no matter 
how much of it you have. Though we hear less about it today than in 
the past, II Corinthians 6:14 still tells us, "Be ye not unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers:..." This scripture does not just mean 
marriage, but I believe it includes every aspect of our Christian lives. 
The church cannot afford to sell out to the world. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



(Read I Thessalonians 4:13 to the end of chapter 5) 

For many years there have been cults who have denied various 
truths connected with our Eternal Home with the Lord Jesus Christ. 
There were also "fringe line groups" who were evangelical in some 
respects but denied some of the same truths as the cults. Today, 
there are those who claim to be a part of the evangelical mainstream 
who deny these truths. We have addressed this concern in previous 
writings but feel led to do so again. 

The fourth chapter of I Thessalonians starting at verse thirteen 
and chapter five deals with these truths either directly or indirectly. By 
the grace of God and hopefully with the leading of the Holy Spirit we 
want to examine a portion of this Scripture. 

The verses in I Thessalonians chapter 4 deal, of course, with the 
second coming of Jesus Christ. Before we deal with this truth we 
want to think about those who die in the Lord before this event. The 
teaching of "soul sleep" seems to be gaining adherents. According to 
this teaching only God is immortal therefore man can not have an 
eternal soul. In a sense they are correct in saying that a man does 
not have a soul but is a soul. Our soul is our real being, as we 
understand It. There is discussion concerning the soul and the spirit 
in some religious circles that we feel leads to more confusion than 
enlightenment. It is also true that only God is immortal and eternal. 
This does not mean that man does not have a never dying soul but 
that our whole being had a beginning which is not true of God. Paul 
affirms the fact that man has (or is) a living soul and a triune creation. 
In verse 23 of chapter 5 he states, "...and I pray God your whole spirit 
and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our 
Lord Jesus Christ." 

One of the verses that would seem to teach "soul sleep" actually 
affirms the truth of a never dying soul. In I Thess. 4:14 we read, "For 
if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which 
sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." If those who "sleep in Jesus" 
do not have a never dying soul alive in Heaven, how can God bring 
them back with Christ at His second coming? 

Another teaching in relation to "soul sleep" is the denial of eternal 
punishment. Paul alludes to this in chapter 5 verse 9. "For God hath 
not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus 
Christ." We will not take the space to quote them but a careful study 
of the Gospels will reveal verses that show that the Lord Jesus Christ 
taught an everlasting Hell and punishment. At His second coming 
both death and Hell will be cast into the lake of fire. In this continuing 
place of punishment, Revelation 20:10 says that the devil, the beast 


and false prophet (the unholy trinity) will all be found In the lake of fire 
"and shall be tormented day and night, for ever and ever." Then in 
verse 15 we find, "And whosoever was not found written in the book 
of life was cast into the lake of fire." There is no reason not to believe 
that this will be the same for them as it is for the unholy trinity found in 
verse 10. 

But, Hallelujah, there is a great time for those whose names are 
found written in the Book of Life. "For the Lord himself shall descend 
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with 
the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we 
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in 
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with 
the Lord." Are you aware that some "evangelical" individuals are 
teaching that we do not go to Heaven but that this earth will be 
Heaven? Not according to these verses! We, personally, believe this 
is the same event described in Revelation 1:7. "Behold, he cometh 
with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced 
him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, 

Are you ready to go to be with the Lord whether at death or His 
second coming? Only salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ can 
prepare you for this event. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


The Holy Scriptures declare that in the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; and the Word 
was made flesh, and dwelt among men. That flesh was Jesus, the 
lowly Nazarene. He permeates the Word of God with His holy 
presence. He springs forth from every sacred page to meet every 
man today in the form of His need. 

In Genesis He is the "Seed of the Woman." 

In Exodus He is the "Passover Lamb." 

In Leviticus He is our "High Priest." 

In Numbers He is the "Pillar of Cloud by Day and the Pillar of Fire 
by Night." 

In Deuteronomy He is "Prophet like unto Moses." 

In Joshua He is the "Captain of our Salvation." 

In Judges He is the "Judge and Lawgiver." 

In Ruth He is our "Kinsman-Redeemer." 

In 1 and 2 Samuel He is our "Trusted Prophet." 


In Kings and Chronicles He is "Reigning King." 

In Ezra He is our "Faithful Scribe." 

In Nehemiah He is the "Rebuilder of Broken Walls" of our 
shattered lives. 

In Esther He is our "Mordecai." 

In Job He is our "Ever-living Redeemer." 

In Psalms He is the "Lord Our Shepherd." 

In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes He is our "Wisdom." 

In the Song of Solomon He is the "Lover and Bridegroom." 

In Isaiah He is the "Prince of Peace." 

In Jeremiah and Lamentations He is our "Weeping Prophet." 

In Ezekiel He is wonderful "Four-Faced Man." 

In Daniel He is the "Fourth Man in the Fiery Furnace." 

In Rosea He is the "Eternal Husband," married to the backslider. 

In Joel He is "Baptizer with Holy Ghost." 

In Amos He is our "Burden-Bearer." 

In Obediah He is "Our Saviour." 

In Jonah He is the great "Foreign Missionary." 

In Micah He is "Messenger of Beautiful Feet." 

In Nahum He is our "Avenger." 

In Habakkuk He is the "Evangelist," pleading for a revival. 

in Zephaniah He is "The Lord Mighty To Save." 

In Haggai He is the "Restorer of the Lost Heritage." 

In Zechariah He is the "Fountain Opened in the House of David," 
for sin and uncleanness. 

In Malachi He is the "Sun of Righteousness" rising with healing in 
His wings. 

In Matthew He is the "Messiah." 

In Mark He is the "Wonder Worker." 

In Luke He is the "Son of Man." 

In John He is the "Son of God." 

In Acts He is the "Holy Ghost" moving and working among men. 

In Romans He is the "Justifier." 

In 1 and 2 Corinthians He is the "Sanctifier." 

In Galatians He is the "Redeemer" from the curse of the law. 

In Ephesians He is "Christ of unsearchable Riches." 

In Philippians He is the "God Who Supplieth All Our Need." 

In Colossians He is the "Fullness of the Godhead Bodily." 

In 1 and 2 Thessalonians He is our "Soon Coming King." 

In 1 and 2 Timothy He is the "Mediator Between God and Man." 

In Titus He is the "Faithful Pastor." 

In Philemon He is the "Friend of the Oppressed." 

In Hebrews He is the "Priest of the Everlasting Covenant." 


In James He is the "Lord Who Heals the Sick." 
In 1 and 2 Peter He is the "Chief Shepherd" who soon shall 

In 1 , 2 and 3 John He is "Love." 

In Jude He is the "Lord Coming with Ten Thousand of His Saints." 

In Revelation He is "King of kings and Lord of lords." 

Submitted by the late Brother Paul R. Myers 


November 1, 1935 


Ida M Helm 

Where art thou? This question came to Adam from God. Adam 
had forfeited his high estate and hid himself among the trees of the 
garden. The slime of the serpent and the marks of sin were clinging 
to him and he feared to meet God. "I'm naked," was his plaintive cry. 
Alas his beautiful robe of righteousness that robed his body in a halo 
of glory was gone, he no longer bore the image of God In Innocence 
and purity. He was conscience smitten and naked to the afflictions 
and adversities and stings of the evil one whose voice he heeded 
instead of the voice of God. He was driven from Eden subject to sin, 
decay and death. 

The story of Absalom teaches us that the way of the transgressor 
Is hard. Absalom thought he could in an underhand way have himself 
crowned king. No crime was too degrading to stop him in his efforts 
to overthrow the throne of his father the king of Israel, and set up a 
throne for himself. In the midst of his treachery the cry came from the 
lips of his almost heartbroken father, "Is the young man safe? Where 
is my son Absalom? Absalom, hanging, dangling from the branches 
of a tree by his beautiful long hair of which he was so vain, proclaims 
that sin so attractive at first, at last biteth like a serpent and stingeth 
like an adder. Joab took three darts in his hand, and thrust them 
through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of 
the oak." (II Samuel18:14.) His life ended in ruin. There is no loss 
like the loss of a soul! "They that sow the wind shall reap the 

When we first met King Saul he was a goodly young man. He 
was humble and willing to love and obediently serve God and love his 
fellowman. But there came a time when he turned from God and 
forsook His commands. When he separated himself from God an evil 
spirit took the place of the Spirit of God in his heart. Saul wanted to 
go his own way and God left him to work out the results of an evil 
heart and a life guided by selfishness and sin, away from God, the 


only one who can control and direct us and lead us from victory to 
victory over sin and the evil one. 

The enemies of Israel were many and they were on the alert, but 
King Saul left the task of over coming them and spent his time hunting 
for David, the man God chose for the next king. Envy, passion, 
revenge sapped the life of this ungodly man. His kingdom tottered 
thorough neglect and sin. His army became discouraged and when his 
last great battle arrayed itself for the fight and the people looked for the 
king he was away consulting a witch instead of counseling from God 
and preparing for his work. Saul perished miserable, a suicide. No one 
can tell what the end will be when he first forsakes the counsel of God 
and starts to follow his own inclination. 

We have a mighty foe, Satan; he is deceitful, cunning, treacherous, 
malicious, ever seeking to bring trouble and sorrow on God's children. 
Obedience to God in all things and trust in His power is our only hope. 


Once upon a time there was a church staff looking for teachers for 
children and preschoolers and youth. 

And some adults said, "I don't want to leave the sweet fellowship 
and study with my adult class." (But the drug pusher on the street said, 
"Not even the threat of jail will keep me from working with your 

And some adults said, "i could never give the time required to plan 
and go to teachers' meetings." (But the pusher, the porno book dealer, 
and the movie producer said, "We'll stay open whatever hours are 
necessary everyday to win the minds of kids.") 

And some adults said, "I'm unsuited, untrained, unable to work with 
children, preschoolers or youth." (But the movie producer said, "We'll 
study, survey, spend millions to produce whatever turns kids on.") 

So. ..the adults stayed in their classes and enjoyed the sweet 
fellowship and absorbed the good Bible Study, and could go out of town 
often on the weekend and were available to do whatever was good to 
do on Wednesday or Sunday nights instead of teachers' meetings. 

And when Sunday came, the children came to their classes and no 
one was there except the church staff going from one room to another 
trying to assure them that someone would surely come to teach them 
some Sunday soon. But no one ever came, and the young children 
soon quit coming because they had gone to listen to others who did 
care about the things they did and what went into their minds... 

Selected by Sister Mildred Skiles 



A new comer to a community decided to search for a new cliurcfi 
home. For eighteen Sundays he visited eighteen different churches. 
He followed the same plan for each church. He dressed neatly and 
sat near the front. After worship he would walk slowly to the rear. If 
there were a side aisle he would turn and walk back to the front and 
go slowly to the back again. If fellowship were offered after worship, 
he would ask directions to the fellowship hall and stay. He used the 
same scoring card for each church. 

10 for a smile from a worshiper 
10 for a greeting from someone 
100 for an exchange of names 
200 for an invitation to stay for fellowship 
1 000 for an introduction to another worshiper 
1000 for an invitation to meet the pastor 
By this scale, 1 1 of his 18 churches scored fewer than 100 points 
and 5 received less than 20. 

He concluded that the music may be beautiful, the doctrine 
Biblical, the sermon inspiring, but if no one in the church cared that he 
was present, he did not want to return. 

This is a sad, but true story we can learn from! 

Selected by Sister Pam Franklin 


They may not be wise as the wisest, 

they may not be clever or strong. 
There'll be times you will think that their counsel 

is narrow or utterly wrong. 
You will think when they frown upon pleasure — 

which you are so eager to share 
That your father and mother who love you 

are merely an old-fashioned pair. 
But this they would have you remember, 

whatever they say or do 
It's not of themselves they are thinking— 

their thoughts are all centered in you. 

There are those who will flatter to please you 
for something they're eager to gain. 

There are those who will seem to befriend you 
who will never constant remain. 

Some strangers will lead you to folly 


and leave you the moment it's done. 
Some, not caring wliat harm may befall you 

will tempt you with dangerous fun. 
You may question the motives of others, 

but remember your whole lifetime through 
Your father and mother who love you 

have no other motive than you. 

There is nothing of profit they're seeking; 

there's nothing they want you to buy. 
You've no reason to doubt what they tell you; 

they've nothing to gain by a lie. 
Whenever they check or correct you, 

it is not for themselves that they speak, 
They would happier be could they praise you 

but it's only your welfare they seek. 
You may think them old-fashioned and fussy 

and narrow, as children will do. 
But remember your father and mother 

have all their hopes centered in you. 



Satan and Wealth 
J. H. Moore 

One time a very zealous church worker said to me that he wished 
he was a rich man. He would like to come into possession of millions 
of dollars. We have hundreds of people who would be pleased to 
have a few million dollars come their way, and some of them are 
doing their utmost to work up to the million-dollar point, but money is 
not accumulated by wishes. It takes more than mere wishes to 
produce dollars. But this earnest man said he did not want the money 
for his own use, for he would like to spend thousands of dollars to 
help poor churches. Certainly his motives were good, and some are 
made to wonder why the Lord does not help such men to make 
money by the million. They think he helps others to accumulate 
fortunes, and why not help those who want to do good with their 

It is altogether probable that the Lord is not helping very many of 
the millionaires to pile up their big fortunes. He may be helping some 
of them, but judging by the methods employed and what they are 
doing with their money, I cannot avoid concluding that the devil has 


more to do with many of the great enterprises than anybody else. I 
further believe that the devil does his utmost to keep faithful and 
earnest gospel preachers as poor as possible. It is common for men 
of wealth to give the Lord credit for the property they have been 
permitted to accumulate. In many instances it would be far more 
consistent for them to give the devil credit for their prosperity. A man 
who employs dishonorable methods to accumulate wealth is a child of 
Satan and not a child of God, and he should know that Satan, his 
father, rather than the Lord, is helping him to become rich. It is likely 
that Satan does not want a million dollars to find their way into the 
hands of the kind of men referred to in the beginning of this article. 
They would make too wise a use of their possessions. 

A rich man once told me that he was so thankful that the good 
Lord had blessed him with an abundance of this world's goods. I 
happened to know something about a few of his business 
transactions, and I certainly felt like telling him that in my judgment he 
should thank the devil for considerable of his wealth, for I was quite 
sure that the Lord could not sanction some of his work. The Lord 
helped Job as well as Abraham, and under the blessings of heaven 
they both became very rich, but I feel quite confident that he did not 
help Herod the Great to acquire his vast fortune. Nor does he help 
other rich men who employ dishonorable methods in the 
accumulation of millions. 

The way some people, and even church members, too, at that, 
employ their wealth, prompts me to conclude that the Lord surely has 
not given them their earthly possessions. They spend a whole life 
accumulating property, become immensely wealthy, and then pass 
out of this world without showing the least appreciation for the help 
they claim to have received from the Giver of all that is good. It 
occurs to me that the men and women who give freely for the Lord's 
work are the ones whom the Lord has been blessing and helping, and 
it would be easy to name a number of consecrated people who made 
the wisest possible use of their wealth while living, and left much to be 
employed for good purposes after being called to their reward. But, 
candidly, I am not able to understand why the Lord should help a man 
accumulate a great fortune merely for his own selfish use, and then to 
turn it over to the world after he is done with it. Possibly the devil has 
more to do with making rich men than some of us have been led to 




Sister Mary M. Leatherman was born March 4, 1909, at Antioch, 
West Virginia to George and Martha (George) O'Brien. She departed 
this life August 17, 1995, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

At a young age, she accepted the Lord as her Savior at Ridge 
Dunkard Brethren Church. She was married to Brother Thomas 
Leatherman, and to this union was born three children: Sister Ruth 
Cease of Biglerville, Pennsylvania and Richard and James 

In 1951, they moved to Gettysburg, and later she became a 
member at Walnut Grove Dunkard Brethren Church. She worked at 
Carroll Shoe Company in Littlestown. After a short illness, she went 
to live in a nursing home in Gettysburg. 

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, and two 
sons, Richard and James. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth 
(Mrs. John Cease), two sisters, Grace Surbey and Ethel Leatherman, 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania, two brothers, Herbert O'Brien, Hanover, 
Pennsylvania and Emory O'Brien, Purgetsville, West Virginia, eight 
grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held Monday, August 21 at Monahan 
Funeral Home in Gettysburg. Elders Emmert Shelly and Paul Nell, 
and Brother Galen Shelly officiated at the services and gravesite. 
Elder Virgil Leatherman was the chorister. Burial was at Oak Lawn 
Memorial Gardens near Gettysburg. 

The family wishes to thank everyone for the flowers, cards and 
prayers. May God bless you all. 

Sister Ruth Cease and family 


Ministerial List Change 
The new address for Brother Galen S. Shelly is 537 California 
Road, Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340. His telephone number is 





Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.JoInn, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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


Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 

Adel, lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, !N 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.I Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mil<e Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

IVlilton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 


Paui Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
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NOVEMBER 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


I'nn thankful for the clear blue skies, 
The rain and sunshine, too. 

I'm thankful for the growing flowers, 

Covered with the morning dew. 

I like to watch the autumn come, 

With all its changing colors. 

The fields of ripening beans and corn 
To harvest takes many hours. 

I'm thankful for my food and shelter 
From winter's cold and snow. 

The beauty of whiteness all around. 

Some have not the joy to know. 

The warm spring breezes come along, 
Buds and sprouts everywhere. 

Life is bursting forth again; 

Songbirds are in the air. 

This only touches a tiny part 

Of all my thankfulness, 
For time and words can never tell 

All that I'd like to express. 

-Irene Stout 



Never did a mortal suffer as Job. Only Jesus ever suffered more. 
His suffering was on a different scale, that could not be 
comprehended by humans. Job suffered in patience. Although, we 
appeal for the "patience of Job," few ever achieve his level of 

He did not understand why he must suffer. He did not know 
about Satan's tests. He might have questioned why it was happening 
to him, but he maintained his integrity with God. 

His losses were great. He lost not only his wealth, which was 
measured by the animals he possessed, but also his family. He had 
every reason to mourn and regret his loss. Although ignorant of the 
real cause, he remained assured that he had not provoked God to 
punish him. 

Satan questioned Job's motives for serving God. God presented 
Job for Satan's consideration. Satan answered that Job only served 
God for the material benefits that he enjoyed. During the first test 
Satan was allowed by God to only take Job's possessions from him. 
He was not allowed to touch his body. When Job passed this test, 
Satan was not content. He wanted to prove Job further. During the 
second test he was allowed to touch Job's body, but not take his life. 
This test was far more severe than the first. 

One of the toughest parts of this test was the lack of Spiritual 
understanding by his wife. She counseled him to curse God and 
prepare to die. This was hard advice for him to hear from his life 
companion. He, still, would not blame God for his misfortunes. 

His three friends came to visit and comfort him. They proved to 
be poor comforters. They could only look at the outward appearance. 


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They drew the conclusion that since God punishes sinners, Job must 
be a great sinner to have been punished so severely. Although they 
spoke many truths, they misapplied those lessons in Job's case. 

Eventually Job's troubles were turned. His wealth and family 
were restored to him in greater abundance than what he possessed 
at the first. He learned how to forgive. 

It would seem in the midst of all these troubles and trials, Job 
would hardly have anything to be thankful for. Although he does not 
express his thanksgiving for this experience in so many words, we 
would believe that at its conclusion he was thankful for what this 
experience had wrought in his life. The Apostle Paul instructed that 
thanks should be given at all times unto God. This principle was good 
for Job and for us, as well. Giving thanks, even when we can hardly 
be thankful, is a wonderful exercise that develops thankfulness within 
us. Even though not totally thankful at the beginning, just having an 
attitude of thankfulness can bring thankfulness within our lives. 

What did Job have to be thankful for? He had lost his wealth, his 
health, his family, the support of his wife and the comfort of his 
friends. Was there anything left to be thankful for? 

He could be thankful God had greater power than Satan. 
Although his testings were sore and severe, there was a limit placed 
upon them. If God had not limited Satan, other tests may have been 
added to those already given. Satan is powerful, but God is 

He could be thankful that he had a wife. Although her Spiritual 
perception was not as strong as his own, she still was a companion to 
him. She was not condemned after her passionate outburst. Loved 
ones may make emotional statements, though wrong and hurtful, that 
we can overlook because of their position in our affections. 

He could be thankful for a choice in his situation. He was not a 
puppet without a choice. Although God allowed Satan great latitude 
in dealing with Job, still there were choices for Job to make in 
responding to his situation. 

He could be thankful for his friends. They did not prove to be 
perceptive. They were not as comforting as Job might have hoped, 
nevertheless they had come to him. When his body was grossly 
disfigured by the boils, many would have avoided him. His three 
friends did come even in his hour of extreme discomfort and distorted 

He could be thankful for the lessons that he gleaned from this 
experience. He had learned to forgive. His whole condition turned 
when he forgave. Others may not have deserved his forgiveness, but 
he was willing. Thereon hung his restoration. 

At this Thanksgiving season, how many lessons can we learn 
from Job's experience? How many lessons can we learn from our 


own lives' experiences? 

Can you be thankful this season, even though you have suffered? 



What did we find in Africa? Matt. 28:19-20, "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 always 
even unto the end of the world." 

On September 19,1995, Bro. Paul and Sis. Mary Stump and Bro. 
Dale and Sis. Doris Jamison left the United States for Amsterdam, 
Netherlands. After an eight hour lay over, our flight proceeded to 
Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arrival at the Nairobi Airport, there were ten or 
twelve pastors to greet us. Paul and Mary had met most of them 
when they visited Kenya last January. 

A van had been leased, furnished with a driver and gas for our 
almost a month's stay. We traveled over 3,000 miles in Kenya and 
Uganda. Some of the Kenya pastors went with us to many churches 
in East Africa. We were taken back into the bush for many of the 
services that we attended. 

I had been of the opinion that the bush was some remote area, 
but we found it highly populated, with heavy rainfall and very 
productive soil. Each farm consisted mainly of one or two acres. All 
the tools used were hand tools. On this a family of four to twelve 
must make a living. Our diet that we ate with the natives in Kenya 
was mostly rice, maize, green bananas, that were cooked, little pieces 
of meat and also delicious fresh fruits. Africans do not eat desserts. 
We got along just fine, but we did purchase all our own drinking 

We had several experiences in Kenya with accident patients and 
sickness. We felt they must see a doctor, but the family did not have 
the money. We did take them to the doctor and hospital for care. On 
arrival, we found out they will not do anything towards helping the 
patients, without any money, not even first aid. So we paid the bill in 
advance for doctor and hospital care. We had some good 
experiences and good fellowship with the different churches. 

Now, it was time to go over to Kampala, Uganda, some 400 or so 
miles away. We were met in Kampala by Bro. Godfrey Kliza. We 
were taken to his home where we stayed for the next ten days. He 
had been married only a month before. We felt we were almost 
imposing too much on a new bride, but we were treated royally and 
certainly enjoyed being with them. 


Many, there, were asking for baptism. We gathered together one 
evening for instruction for the applicants for baptism. Many questions 
were asked. Bro. Godfrey had already instructed them well. 

Sunday morning, church was at ten in the building Bro. Godfrey 
had rented. There were around seventy-five present, along with 
many university students. 

Baptism was held immediately after service. Four or five van 
loads of people were taken to the waters of Lake Victoria. Twenty- 
two were baptized. It was a great sight to see this many applicants 
lined up in a row waiting their turn, eager to be next. We are praising 
God for this wonderful experience. There are many, many more 
waiting to be baptized, but Bro. Godfrey feels they need more 

The Dunkard Brethren Church of Africa has had its beginning. 
Bro. Godfrey is a very spiritual man who has worked hard in the 
ministry and we have seen great results. He also has several young 
men who stand by him in the work. At every mission point we saw 
men willing to work, who were very capable of conducting a service. 

We traveled to Butanbala, another mission point about seventy- 
five miles from Kampala, where there were seventy-five to one 
hundred people for services. We found very poor people at this 
location. They do not have a churchhouse but we pray that the Lord 
will provide means for helping them to build a church. 

Very few, if any, of the children present that day have had any 
formal education. They can not read or write and their parents are 

Bro. Godfrey wanted to start some basic education and some 
trade schooling for them. Bro. Godfrey goes out to this mission once 
a week. It involves a three hour bus trip, then he walks five miles 
back into the village, then five miles back to the highway often waiting 
three hours for a bus to come along. Are you that dedicated? 

We went back to Kampala again, where we visited many homes. 
We were also invited to have services in a university. Everywhere 
there was a good response to the Gospel. All would say "welcome", 
even the little children. 

We felt the need for a van for Bro. Godfrey. A used van was 
purchased, thanks to Bro. and Sis. Stump, who paid for the van until 
they can be reimbursed. 

Bro. Godfrey and Sis. Gorret felt he should be installed into the 
ministry by the laying on of hands. Bro. Dale and Bro. Paul 
performed the installation. 

The new members wanted to go through a Love Feast and 
Communion Service. We needed to shop for provisions for this. 
Have you ever experienced a Communion service by candlelight? 

We feel the work Bro. Godfrey has started will grow and grow. 


But it will take an effort and prayers on our part and some money 
must be spent. 

How do you separate extreme poverty, health care and basic 
education from need for spiritual training? John 3:16, "God so loved 
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 

Everyone has a right to these opportunities: 1. Have the gospel 
of Jesus Christ. 2. Have a Bible available in his or her own language. 
3. Have a Christian fellowship nearby, so they can meet, have biblical 
teaching, prayer and worship with others in the body of Christ. 4. 
Have a Christian education available for his or her children. 5. Have 
the basic necessities of life; food, water, clothing, shelter and health 

Pray for the body of Christ in Africa! Pray for the workers! The 
work in Uganda is a field ready to harvest with three or four mission 
points already established. We feel the need for a team to return to 
Uganda, possibly annually, to encourage and support the work. 

Bro. Paul and Sis. Mary are to be commended for the ground 
work they have laid and the money they have given. They are 
respected and loved by all. Many of the natives have said, "You must 
come back." 

Upon returning home we have had to stop and consider how rich 
we really are. If you are ever privileged to go to Africa, I do not care 
how much money you should take along, you will come home empty 
handed if you have any compassion at all. Jesus had compassion on 
the multitude. Matt. 25:35-36, "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." 

Matt. 25:80, "And the king shall answer and say unto them. Verily 
1 say unto you. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of 
thesfe, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

We have gone; we have seen; life can never be the same for us. 
Brother Dale and Sister Doris Jamison 


Nehemiah 12:31, "Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon 
the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave 

After a time of great difficulty the Israelites were finally able to 
celebrate the completion of the wall of Jerusalem. Verse 27 of this 
chapter tells us that they "sought the Levites out of all their places." 
The Levites, while not all priests, were given a special place in Israel's 
religion. In order to be a priest one had to be a Levite and also 


belong to Aaron's family. These Levites were brought to Jerusalem 
"to keep the dedication with gladness." This was to be a time of both 
thanksgiving and singing accompanied by cymbals, psalteries and 

While our Brethren forefathers did not recognize holidays, they 
observed "Thanksgiving" many years before this holiday was made 
official. After their times of harvest, they always set aside a special 
time to give thanks to God. We believe it is also good for us to take a 
time to give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received. Of 
course, this should be a part of our life the whole year through, as 

We thank God for our Brethren heritage. We are aware that 
tradition can become a stumbling block and become a replacement 
for a genuine born again experience through the shed blood of Jesus 
Christ. Time and time again, we have been made aware that plain 
dress is a witness to the world that we are a part of the family of God. 
We recently received a request for one of our plain hats to be placed 
in a museum. We are convinced that the plain people are losing their 
outward testimony to the world at a fast pace. Sadly, it being 
replaced by immodest and worldly attire in most instances. 

As we think about Thanksgiving we are made to think that this is 
one holiday that is largely bypassed by the world. Our mailbox has 
been filled with calendars for the New Year for several months 
already. To us a symbol of the fast pace this world follows. Religious 
organizations and secular charities send us Christmas cards (which 
we do not use) in hopes of receiving a contribution. We did receive 
one lonely Thanksgiving card that we recall. People are waiting in 
anticipation of the Christmas and New Year's parties that will put 
them in the category of "lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God." 
These are listed along with "unthankful" as signs of the last days in !l 
Timothy 3. 

On the more positive side, while taking one of our walks for health 
we passed a couple who lives In our town. He is deaf and we believe 
unable to talk. His wife stricken by some unknown, to us, disease sits 
in a wheelchair with crippled hands and legs. We had to take time to 
be thankful that God has allowed us to be able to both hear and talk. 
Oh how thankful we can be that we were able to walk and use our 

We have suffered from stomach trouble for several years now, 
along with various other physical maladies. We thank God that the 
stomach trouble was finally diagnosed as a fairly simple problem and 
all our problems together have not caused us to lose one day's work 
for over six years now. We fhank God that we have a sufficient 
paycheck to pay all our bills and put some away in savings. We thank 
God for our daily "bread" and the ability to eat it. We thank Him for a 


house to keep us dry when it rains and warm in the winter. We thank 
Him for the many extra blessings we have in this life such as two 
vehicles, this typewriter/word processor we are now using and many 
other things. Our closet is filled with clothes and the laundry room 
has a washer and dryer to keep them clean. We could go on and on. 
Most of all, of course, we thank God for the gift of the Lord Jesus 
Christ and our salvation through Him. If we should lose all of our 
earthly blessings, like Job, if the doctor would speak that dreaded 
word "cancer," we can still thank God for our eternal home in Heaven, 
if we are born again and made a Son or Daughter of God. 
Let us take time to be thankful. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


It takes a broken shell to use an egg. 

It takes broken soil to produce a crop. 

It takes broken grain to give bread. 

It takes a broken colt to become a useful horse. 

It takes broken clouds to give rain. 

It takes broken bread to give strength. 

It took a weeping, broken Peter to become a preacher. 

It took a broken Judas Iscariot to return the money he received to 
betray Christ. 

It took a broken alabaster box to give perfume. 

It takes a broken and contrite heart to admit to having done 

!t takes a broken glass at a fire alarm box before the fire 
department can be called. 

The seal of a package must be broken before it can be opened. 

The band on a sheaf of grain must be broken before the grain can 
be threshed. 

We must break pride to become humble. 

We must break doubt before we can have faith. 

We must break away from discouragement and confusion before 
we can have that peace of God which surpasses all understanding. 

We must break our own stubborn will before we can do the will of 

We must break away from the ways of the world before we can 
enjoy the ways of the Lord. 

Compiled and Composed by 
The late Brother Paul R. Myers 



"If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. 

"If a man love me, he will keep my words." John 14:23. 

Everyone has certain rules that he keeps. Call them morals or a 
code of ethics; call them what you will. Even the most sociopathic 
individual has some kind of code to live by, even if he has committed 
murder. The Ten Commandments set down in the Book of Exodus 
have become the foundation for an entire civilization. Today with 
millions of laws on the books and the prisons bursting at the seams 
this nation would have been better off had it kept those original ten. 

Yet, people cannot be made to keep laws and rules without some 
kind of consequences for their actions. The carnal man must know 
that punishment awaits anyone breaking the law. 

But, Jesus says, I show you a more excellent way. This more 
excellent way is Love. It is a regeneration of the heart through faith 
and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. He says, IF YOU LOVE 
ME you WILL keep my commandments. Our WILL will no longer be 
for ourselves, but it will be for Him. We love Him because He first 
loved us. So to keep the commandments of God we must first love 
God, and it is through Christ that we can love God. 

Jesus carries this one step further in John 13: "A new 
commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, AS I HAVE 
LOVED YOU, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men 
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." The 
emphasis here is on the phrase AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. Without the 
love of Christ it is not only impossible to keep the commandments of 
God, it is also impossible to love one another. 

Any rules that a church makes have to come from the Word of 
God. It is my belief that church polity should be written in such a way 
that it never needs to be changed, because God's Word never 
changes. There will be times when clarification will be needed, as 
was done in Acts, chapter 15. We must note from that portion of 
scripture that God's Word was not changed. 

When I was young I rebelled against authority of all kinds. When 1 
made my peace with God I welcomed the authority of God. I even 
looked at my parents and civil government in a different light because 
I had a change in relationship with the One who dispenses all power 
and all authority. 

O for a thousand tongues to sing 
My great Redeemer's praise; 
The glories of my God and King, 
The triumphs of His Grace. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



November 15, 1935 


B. F. Masterson 

I am corresponding with a veteran of the cross, who has passed 
his ninety-first milestone, of no mean ability. He has been active in 
the ministry, and I heard him preach fifty years ago. He was 
moderator at an Annual Meeting held In Tennessee. He is a reader of 
the "Bible Monitor." He suggested in one of his letters that I write an 
article on the above subject. 

That put me to thinking. Why should he want to read an article on 
the subject of "Meekness?" It occurred to me, he having passed 
through all the stages of life in the services of his Master, his 
experience has taught him the value of meekness predominant in 
one's personality, especially does it stand out in the life of the aged 
Christian, who is meekly waiting for his Master's call; who has learned 
this beautiful trait of character in the school of experience. 

Jesus has priced It very highly, when He said, "Blessed are the 
meek: for they shall Inherit the earth." I do not think that He meant 
the earth in its present sinful condition, rather after it has passed 
through the fire of purification which will out do the old earth in 

If meekness is so valuable a possession in one's personality, we 
should know the full meaning of the word, for we all would like to be 
heirs of the new earth, which Is free from all sin and its 

Webster defines the word "meek" as mild of temper, not easily 
provoked, patient under injuhes, not vain or haughty. 

The synonyms are gentle, mild, yielding, unassuming, humble. 
That looks just like the nature of Jesus, does it not? He says, "Follow 
Me." "I am meek and lowly of heart." "I am the way." 

Peter says meekness is an ornament and is of great price In the 
sight of God. If meekness Is so highly esteemed in the sight of God, 
surely it seems, that each professed Christian would want it. 

Have you noticed the setting of Peter's language? In I Peter 3, he 
Is teaching by contrast, which is the best method of teaching. He 
presents first the negative side and then the positive. Let us read it 
altogether, the third and fourth verses: "Whose adorning let It not be 
that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of 
putting on of apparel." This we are not to do. Now let us read the 
positive— what a contrast! "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." 

Now what Is the correct conclusion? The first is worthless In the 
sight of God, and corruptible; the second is just the opposite of great 


price, incorruptible and a real ornament. 

It is remarkable how that many church members were plain until 
the bars of church discipline were lowered, then they put on worldly 
apparel of loud colors, the body arrayed with gold and even some 
diamonds. It seems they feared the rules of the church more than 
God's word, "There must be also heresies among you, that they 
which are approved may be made manifest." (I Cor. 11:19.) 

A meek and quiet spirit is of a divine nature and is peculiar to the 
one who is born of the spirit, "according as His divine power hath 
given unto us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness through 
the knowledge of Him who hath called us to glory and virtue, whereby 
are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by 
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the 
corruption that is in the world through lust." (II Peter 1:3-4.) 

Surely the reward of a meek and quiet spirit is included in the 
exceeding great and precious promises. 

The (new) earth for an inheritance and there is no telling what 
more God has in store for the meek, where He set such a high 
estimate on a meek and quiet spirit. 

"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which 
were upon the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3.) Was that the 
reason that the Lord favored him above every other prophet, in that 
He spoke to him mouth to mouth, whereas He made himself known to 
other prophets in visions and dreams? Since meekness was an 
outstanding trait in his makeup which no doubt made him such an 
efficient leader of God's people, would it not be an excellent trait in 
the personality of a preacher who is supposed to lead God's people? 
And if the members who are supposed to follow the example of their 
leader would be meek, would that not be a church without spot or 
wrinkle? No display of gold ornaments, no loud colors in garments, 
no movies, no church entertainments, no dances, no card games, no 
dancing, nor any other corruptible nonsense. 

O brethren, above every thing by the grace of God, let us be 


Before there was light, 
Before there was night, 
Where did God come from? 
Before there was day, 
Before the sun shed a ray. 
Where did God come from? 
Before it was dark 
Before He made the lark, 


Where did God come from? 

Before He made the earth, 

Before your own birth, 

Where did God come from? 

Before the earth had form, 

Before the first thunderstorm, 

Where did God come from? 

Before God made the fish, 

Before you had cast a wish, 

Where did God come from? 

Before God made the tail grass. 

Before you looked through a magnifying glass, 

Where did God come from? 

Before God made the stars. 

Before man drove cars, 

Where did God come from? 

Maybe it will never be known. 

Maybe we will never be shown, 

Just where God did come from! 

Brother Randy J. Reed 



Brother Emery David Wertz, born August 10, 1904, at Friend, 
Kansas, the third child and first son of Joseph Lee and Rhonda May 
(Finkenbinder) Wertz, went home to be with his Savior in the early 
morning hours of July 16, 1995 at the age of 90 years, 11 months, 
and 6 days. 

Emery moved to the Lubers, Colorado area at the age of 14 in 
1919. He has lived within a couple of miles of the home place all his 
earthly life and at the present home since 1944. 

Emery married Vera Spannaus on November 1, 1930. To them 
was born a daughter, Dorothy May. Vera preceded him in death in 

He married Aurelia Juanita (Root) Smith, on April 1, 1939, and 
became a father to two sons, Warren and Orvis Smith. To Emery and 
Aurelia were born Juanita June and August Lee. 

Emery joined the Church of the Brethren at an early age. Emery 
and Vera were baptized according to the Lord's command and 
became members of the Cioverleaf Congregation of the Dunkard 
Brethren Church, at McClave, Colorado. He became a Deacon in 
1944 and served in that capacity until 1955 when he became a 
Minister. He was ordained an Elder in 1965 and served until his 


death. Emery was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, 
Ethel and Rosella, and one grandson, Roland Foster Smith. 

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Aurelia of 
McClave, by three sons, Warren Smith and wife Luella, Orvis Smith 
and wife Helen, and Lee Wertz and wife Diane, all of the McClave 
Congregation; two daughters, Dorothy Wiens and husband Don of 
Denver and Juanita Reed and husband Oty of McClave; by a brother, 
Richard Wertz of McClave; by two sisters, Etta Lefholz of McClave 
and Minnie Haldeman of Dallas Center, Iowa; by fourteen 
grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and six great-great 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 19 at 
the Dunkard Brethren Church of McClave with Elder Herman Jamison 
and Elder Dale Jamison officiating. Burial was in the McClave 


Sister Susanna B. Johns, 95, formerly of Lititz, Pennsylvania, died 
Sunday, June 11, 1995, after a four month illness at the Mount Hope 
Dunkard Brethren Church Home near Manheim, Pennsylvania, where 
she had lived since 1986. 

She was a charter and faithful member of the Lititz Dunkard 
Brethren Church. She retired after forty years with the Bedform Shoe 
Company of Lititz. 

She was born September 4, 1899, in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the 
daughter of the late Christian M. and Anna Bess Johns. 

Surviving are a sister, Sarah B. Buffenmyer of Ephrata, 
Pennsylvania and three brothers, Christian B. of Manheim, 
Pennsylvania, Francis B. of Leola, Pennsylvania and Walter B. of 
Akron, Pennsylvania. 

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M. June 16,1995, at 
the Lititz Dunkard Brethren Church with Elder Rudy Shaffer and 
Minister James Eberly officiating. Burial was in the Bareville 
Cemetery, Leola, Pennsylvania. 

We want to thank everyone for the prayers, visits and cards she 
always enjoyed while at the Church Home. 

The family 


Shane Logan Stamy, infant son of Merle D. and Arlene 
(Wagoner) Stamy, was stillborn, September 2, 1995, at their home In 
Montrose, Colorado. 

Missing him are his parents; four sisters, Shanna, Michelle, 
Monica, and Alysha; grandparents, Hubert and Naomi Stamy and 


Calvin and Lois Wagoner; great-grandpa, Raymond Kessler; aunts, 
uncles and eighteen cousins. 

Preceding him to his heavenly home was his big brother, Logan, 
who died at the age of twelve days in 1991; great grandparents 
James and Elizabeth Wagoner, Jesse and Pearl Wolf, Daniel and 
Lena Stamy, and Minnie Kessler. 

On September 6 visitation services were held at the Crippin 
Funeral Home in Montrose, Colorado, with Pastor Arlin Geigley from 
Sunnyview Mennonite Fellowship giving a short message from Isaiah 
55. On September 8 visitation services were held in Pratt, Kansas, at 
Larrison Mortuary, with Brother Wayne Burgess from McClave, 
Colorado, speaking on Psalm 6. A short family service was held at 
the graveside in Pleasant View Cemetery at the Sand Creek Old 
German Baptist meetinghouse on September 9. Songs used were 
"Blest Be the Tie", "My Jesus, I Love Thee", "Jesus Loves Me", and "I 
Need No Mansion Here Below", (which was sung at Logan's funeral) 

You planned so joyously for his arrival. 
You tho't that you would clasp him to your breast, 
And watch him grow, and help him learn life's lessons— 
But God knows best. 

He planned for his arrival Over Yonder 
On Heaven's shore. The gate was open wide. 
God welcomed him, and now your baby's waiting 
Safe, safe Inside. 

You'll put away the bottles and the diapers- 
All you made ready for your baby dear. 
He'll never need them up in Heaven's meadows. 
He's in God's care. 

Your hearts are crying cause your baby left you. 
You wanted - oh, so much! - for him to stay. 
But he will never know a tear or heartache 
In God's glad day. 

So wipe away your tears, Mommy and Daddy. 
If you will always serve God faithfully 
Some golden morn, you'll meet your little angels 
And live together 
-On and on 

-Thro' all eternity. 
Though we do not understand God's reasons, we know His ways 


are perfect. Tor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your 
ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than 
the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts 
than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9. We never got to know Shane 
here on earth, but in heaven we will "know even as we are known". 
We look forward to meeting our two little sons over there. 

Brother Merle and Sister Arlene Stamy 



We, the Englewood Congregation, have changed our Sunday 
evening service time from 7:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.. 

Glory to God for the working of His spirit in bringing Bro. Glen 
Markley by the right hand of fellowship and Bro. Stevie Boone by 
baptism into our midst. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 


Our Dad's love affair with nature and animals dates back years. 
Colorful sunsets charmed the "Rabbit-Ear" Mesa in the western 
horizon of the SUMMER CAMP. It holds power over everything else 
except God! 

The allure of tranquillity, Torreon in a silent stage offers striking 
images of a sacred place in a multitude of colors and forms. 

We miss you, Dad! 

On behalf of my Mom, Veta, my brothers and sisters, we are so 
thankful for all the cards of sympathy that you all sent. It meant so 
much to all of us at a time when we lost Dad, Hugh Trijillo. 

Thanks, with all our love. May the Lord richly bless each and 
everyone of you. 

Brother Eugene E. Trujillo and Trujillo Family 
Torreon, New Mexico 



December 3 - Offerings - Exodus 35:1-35. 

1 . Who was to bring an offering unto the Lord? 

2. Who was going to make the items for the tabernacle? 

December 10 - Building the tabernacle - Exodus 36:1-38. 

1 . How much was received in the offering for the tabernacle? 

2. How will the wise hearted work today in God's kingdom? 

December 17 - Building the Ark, Altar - Exodus 37:1-29; 38:1-31. 

1 . What was the significance of the seven lamps on the 

2. Explain the symbolism in the gold, silver, and brass as each 
was used for the Tabernacle. 

December 24 - The Birth of Christ - Luke 2:1-10. 

1 . Why were the shepherds the first to learn of Christ's birth? 

2. Explain the sign, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a 

December 31 -The Glory of the Lord - Exodus 39:1-43; 40:1-38. 

1. What are the colors blue, purple and scarlet symbolic of, as 
they were present In the tabernacle worship? 

2. How must we prepare the tabernacle of our body for God to 
dwell therein? 


December 3 - Our Center of Life - John 4:21-26, Acts 19:22-31, 24:14- 
16, II Cor. 3:17-18. 

1. Where should we worship God? 

2. How should we worship God? 

December 10 - Relationship with God - Romans 8:1-39. 

1 . After what are we to walk? 

2. To whose image should we be conformed? 

December 17 - Second Coming of Christ - Matt. 24:29-30, I Thess. 

1. Compare Christ's first and second comings. 

2. How should we await Christ's second coming? 

December 24 -Christmas Story- Matt 1:18-25,2:1-11, Luke 2:8-16. 

1 . Why was His name Jesus? 

2. Compare the wisdom and actions of Herod with those of the 
wise men. 

December 31 - Diligence - II Peter 1 :3-1 5. 

1. Contrast diligence and negligence in the Christian walk. 

2. How can remembering help keep us diligent? 

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DECEMBER 1, 1995 

NO. 23 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 

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

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


We are living, we are dwelling 

In a grand and awful time — 

In an age on ages telling: 

To be living is sublime. 

Hark! the onset! will ye fold your 

Faith-clad arms in lazy lock? 

Up! O, up! thou drowsy soldier; 

Worlds are charging to the shock. 

Worlds are charging, heav'n beholding; 

Thou hast but an hour to fight; 
Now, the blazon'd cross unfolding. 

On! right onward for the right. 

On! let all the soul within you 

For the truth's sake go abroad: 

Strike! let ev'ry nerve and sinew 
Tell on ages — tell for God. 
-A. 0. Coxe 



Jesus dealt with many men, women and children during His 
earthly ministry. Each had the opportunity to profit by their contact 
with Him. Some did and some did not. Three men who did profit by 
being with Jesus were Lazarus, Nicodemus and Zaccheus. Their 
social positions varied. 

Lazarus had not left his boyhood home. He lived with his 
father and two sisters. Their home at Bethany had become a 
stopping place for Jesus whenever He came to Jerusalem. He liked 
being in this home where the daughters served and listened to Him. 
A bond of love had developed between Jesus and Lazarus. Lazarus 
was neither a leader nor an outcast. 

Nicodemus was a religious leader. He was a member of the 
honored and powerful Sanhedren. This group of seventy was the 
ruling body of the Jews. They exercised not only religious leadership, 
but also some political leadership among the people. The members 
of this select group were looked up to and listened to. Nicodemus 
came to Jesus under the cover of darkness. As a leader of the Jews 
he did not want to be seen with Jesus. It bothered him for anyone to 
know that he wanted to know more about this radical reformer, who 
was drawing people away from the dead formalism of the religious 
leaders toward the true worship of God. 

Altogether different was Zaccheus. He was a publican. He 
collected the taxes for the hated Roman conquerors. He was 
considered a traitor by the Jews. He would have been a minor official 
in the eyes of the Romans. He would have been distrusted and 
despised by all people. A publican was allowed to collect whatever 
he could from the people. He was required to turn in a specified 


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amount to the Roman government. The rest he could keep. It was 
his profit. He was despised for his allegiance to the Romans and for 
his crafty business practices. He really did not plan to have an 
encounter with Jesus. He was just curious. He heard Jesus was 
passing through Jericho, so he was determined to see Him. He had 
the determination of a short man. He climbed into a sycomore tree. 
There he had a good view when Jesus walked by. He did not count 
on Jesus even seeing him. Jesus not only saw him, but called him 
down from his perch in the tree. 

When Nicodemus came to Jesus, he was willing to admit that 
Jesus was a great teacher, even one sent by God. Jesus was not 
interested in the praise of Nicodemus. He knew the heart of 
Nicodemus. Although he was a leader of the Jews he was not right 
with God. Jesus very quickly went to the need of Nicodemus' heart. 
He, by illustration, pointed out that Nicodemus needed a new birth. It 
did not matter what exalted position Nicodemus held, his greatest 
need was to have a salvation experience and to become a part of 
God's family. 

Zaccheus, the despised publican, definitely was an outsider. 
All would agree that his life was not pleasing to God. Yet, Jesus 
called him down from the tree so He could go to his house. This kind 
request of a home meal and lodging struck Zaccheus in a tender 
place in his heart. He immediately realized his Spiritual need. The 
opening of his heart wrought a tremendous change in his life. He not 
only wanted to do right but to make right his past offenses. 

The family of Lazarus was touched by sorrow when he died. 
Word was sent to Jesus. He came with His disciples to visit the 
family in their grief. He came not merely to comfort but to restore 
Lazarus to his family. He gave them a lesson concerning 
resurrection. As He called Lazarus forth from the burial cave. He 
gave a preview of His own resurrection. His own resurrection gave a 
preview of the resurrection of all believers. He showed that He was 
the master of death, hell and the grave. This was the ultimate gift 
from God. 

Like Nicodemus, many good people, even religious people, 
are outside the fold of safety. They may trust in their good works, 
their positions, or their reputations. Those things are not sufficient. A 
saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the one needful 

Others' lifestyles mark them as obvious sinners, like 
Zaccheus. They are looked down upon by most In polite society. 
Just as Jesus could perceive the good in Zaccheus, He can still see 
the good In the despised of today. They, like Zaccheus, need to 
prepare a home for Him in their hearts. 

Lazarus as a symbol of the resurrection gives hope to all 


believers. There is a better life beyond this one. Although there may 
be sorrows and temporary separations, there is a hope for a new and 
better life in this world and in Heaven. 

Can you identify with one of these men? They profited from 
their encounters with Jesus. Have you? 



Mark 10:47-52, "And when he heard that it was Jesus of 
Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, 
have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his 
peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have 
mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be 
called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good 
comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, 
rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, 
What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto 
him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go 
thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he 
received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way." 

In the same manner God desired deeply that all mankind 
receive abundant life. He offered His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus 
declared the purpose of His manifestation when He said, "I have 
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more 
abundantly." (John 10:10.) Surely He redeemed mankind when He 
gave His life for us, an event that availed eternal life to all who 
believed. He returned us to the Shepherd and the Guardian of our 

The life transforming work of God started to bear fruit in Africa 
about six months ago, through the Dunkard Brethren Mission of 
Kampala, Uganda. This shall continue till most parts of the continent 
are lit by the light. Abundant life is now a reality to some. It will be, 
as well, to many Africans, owing to the devoted labors of the Dunkard 
Brethren Church with Paul and Mary Stump and Dale and Doris 
Jamison, who came to Africa to reach out for the gospel of Christ. 
They toiled with untiring zeal. At the peril of their own lives, they 
proclaimed the good news. 

We now bear in our hands a glowing torch to carry this glad 
message to the many unreached souls, who are dying daily and 
passing into the night. They are blind, spiritually, physically and 
intellectually limited. They have been waiting for a long time in 
darkness for someone to go and take the light to them. Many have 


sought to know the Saviour in their blindness. Such as the African 
traditional religion, the spiritism religion, witchcraft and the oriental 
religions e.g: Buddhism, Hinduism. Others nave decided to live 
without any religion, but full of superstition. They are ready to be 
taken up by anything. 

Why should their cry be in vain? The Dunkard Brethren 
Mission has an answer and a solution for the people of Africa. It is 
according to God's plan that the Dunkard Brethren Church has 
entered into Africa by establishing a mission in Uganda, Kampala 
City. We shall make it. We need prayers, encouragement and your 
presence in the Dunkard Brethren Mission. This is our privilege to 
work and serve the Lord in Africa. Christ is the hope and the answer 
for the African cry. 

Wherever you are, you can pray, a key role to avail abundant 
life to many unreached people. You can help the work of the Dunkard 
Brethren Mission in Africa by direct involvement and financial support 
and prayers. 

For additional information fax or write to Godfrey and Gorret 
Kiiza. Visitors welcome. 

Brother Godfrey Kiiza 
Dunkard Brethren Mission 
P.O. Box 21188 
Kampala, Uganda 


"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy 
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him 
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." (I 
Peter 2:9) 

When reading this verse, it is often tempting to hang our 
identity on our own notion of what it means to be "peculiar." Our 
experience, and the experience of other like minded people, reinforce 
the assumption, that as plain people, we are just a bit "peculiar." 
From this point of departure we take off on the things that make us 
"peculiar," such as the covering worn by the sisters or the cut of the 
coat worn by the brethren. 

I enjoy wearing my Dunkard beard for it identifies me with a 
heritage that I truly love. But, if looking different, even if there are 
scriptural reasons for our attire and physical appearance, is the 
meaning of "peculiar," then we are going to have to face the fact that 
we share the spotlight with a whole host of other people whose 
peculiarity has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. The mere mention of 


those whose hair has been dyed green or orange, or long slender 
locks of hair growing from some point on the head while the rest of 
the scalp is close cut, or baggy pants that seem to all but fall off the 
hips, will suffice to show that a wide variety of other garb that is 
certainly "peculiar" is seen in our culture these days. 

A closer examination of the word "peculiar" is needed if we 
are to understand correctly what the Apostle Peter was really saying. 
The definition of the Greek word used here can be rendered several 
different ways. Along with "peculiar" it also has the meaning of being 
"purchased," or being a "possession." A look at a multiple translation 
of the Bible renders such phrases as: "God's own people," "a people 
belonging to God," "God's very own," and "a people claimed by God 
for His own." What makes us "peculiar" is who owns us. 

While in college in the early 70s, some friends and I decided 
to spend a day at the ocean. While there I went for a long stroll down 
the beach. As I came around a slight bend I saw a large mansion, 
surrounded by fence that stretched clear down past the water's edge. 
On closer inspection I discovered that this was President Nixon's 
personal residence and Western White House at the time. Though I 
had lost respect for the man because of the Vietnam War and the 
beginnings of the Watergate investigations, I was none-the-less 
amazed to find myself standing next to the President's house. What 
made this residence so important was not its location or appearance 
but who owned it. 

"For ye are bought with a price..." (I Cor. 6:20) Paul informs 
us. Just a few verses earlier in Peter's epistle, Peter tells us that 
" were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and 
gold,. ..But with the precious blood of Christ..." (I Peter 1:18-19) What 
makes us, as believers, important, and therefore, "peculiar," is that we 
are owned by God, who has gone to such extraordinary lengths to 
purchase us. Our response to being a "peculiar" possession of the 
Lord Jesus Christ is to sing forth His praises in word and deed, 
glorifying God in our body and our spirit, giving testimony with our lips 
and our lives, even including the ways we adorn our bodies, because 
God, "hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." 

Brother Phil Franklin 


James 5:16-20, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray 
one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer 
of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like 
passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; 
and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six 
months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the 


earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err from the 
truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth 
the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and 
shall hide a multitude of sins." 

Zechariah 10:1-2, "Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the 
latter rain, so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them 
showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. For the idols have 
spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false 
dreams; they comfort in vain therefore they went their way as a flock, 
they were troubled, because there was no shepherd." 

"Keep praying for rain," were the words spoken to me by the 
cashier after the business transaction was completed. She had no 
way of knowing if I was a man of prayer or not, but my plain 
appearance led her to believe this was so. 

We find that Elijah prayed that it might not rain. He 
recognized that there may be times that we have to suffer along with 
those who do evil in order for God's authority to be exhibited. We are 
not sure when, or even if, this would be appropriate for a Christian. 
But we must recognize that God is sovereign and that He may not 
always answer our prayers the way we would like them to be 
answered to fulfill His will for us and all mankind. 

But we also find that Elijah prayed again and God did send 
rain. When we pray for something, we should pray in faith believing 
and expecting an answer. But, we would again caution that our 
prayers must be in the spirit of "Thy will be done." 

There is much emphasis on praying for healing and miracles 
in our day. We believe that God can heal and that the day of miracles 
is not past. However, there is an altogether lack of emphasis on 
spiritual healing In our day. 

James recognized the danger of physical healing leading to 
acceptance of error in the Church. This is why after giving the Church 
the formula for the anointing service, which we believe is God's 
method of healing in a church setting, although He will also honour a 
prayer from the heart. He warned BRETHREN of the possibility of 
erring from the truth. We are to let such a brother know "that he 
which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul 
from death." This does not sound like unconditional eternal security 
to us! 

Zechariah tells us to "Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of 
the latter rain." We believe we are now in the time of the latter rain. 
The time when God has poured the Holy Spirit upon His people and 
now lives within us. "So the XORD shall make bright clouds." The 
brightness of His Holy Word illuminates our path if we take time to 
study it and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truths therein, "...and 
give them showers of rain." His Holy word will bring blessings into our 


lives if we are obedient to its teachings, " every one grass in the 
field." There will come a day when our trials and sorrows are past. 
When all will be perfect each and every day of our life when we dwell 
with Him on Heaven's shore. 

But In the meantime we must deal with false teachers and 
religions. Tor the idols have spoken vanity." We know that idols can 
not speak literally. But worship of a false god can bring a false peace 
to an individual. "Diviners have seen a lie, and have told false 
dreams." We are told today that we can have unity in diversity. Even 
the truth that Scripture binds us together in Christ and those things 
not found in Scripture should not separate us is being misused. We 
are reluctant to name sin and worldly attractions that are displeasing 
to God in the modern church. 

KEEP PRAYING FOR RAIN. If you have a physical need do 
not hesitate to ask God for healing. If you have a need for a miracle 
God is still in the miracle working business. But most of all pray for 
the spiritual rain so badly needed in the earthly church today. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


One time a certain man wanted to hire a driver. Three men 
applied for the position. The man took the applicants down to the 
dangerous place in the road. Thereon was a cliff with a hundred-foot 
drop. "How close can each of you get to the edge without going 
over?" The first one said, "I can drive to within one foot of the edge." 
The second one said, "I can drive to within six inches." The last man 
exclaimed, "Sir, I will stay as far from the precipice as I can get." "And 
you are the man for the job," stated the wise employer. 

A little boy was recovering from a serious illness which 
necessitated him eating different foods from the others in the family. 
Normal food was dangerous for him. One day his sister came into his 
room eating a gooey piece of cake. "Ruth," he said to his sister, "You 
must run right out of this room now and I will shut my eyes so I won't 
want that cake." It is important to avoid temptation. 

Avoid temptation, young Christian, as you would a deadly 
serpent. Avoid associations that will lead you away from Christ. 
Avoid the frivolous, giddy company that seeks only a laugh and fun, 
for to mingle with such is a detriment to the soul. Avoid the worldly! 
irreligious person whose whole attention is on the present, evil world,' 
who scoffs at religion and makes fun of Christians: whose primary 
goal is living for self instead of for God. Avoid lovers of pleasure. 
They will lead you into questionable amusements and doubtful 


associations. Avoid the wicked, sensual man or woman. Avoid 
places of worldly amusement: the movies, the dance halls, the 
theaters, the card games. 

It is not meant by this that there are no enjoyments for young 
Christians. There are plenty of them: innocent enjoyments, games 
that inform and encourage, that strengthen the eye and the arm and 
paint the cheek with color that is not artificial. To be a Christian 
means to give up the evil. The good, wholesome things can be 

It also does not mean that the Christian cannot associate with 
the non-Christian. The young Christian should be friendly to all 
people. What the young Christian should avoid are associations and 
the company of sinful and unwholesome characters that would 
adversely influence. Many of your friends will still want to be your 
friends, and this friendship should be used to bring them to Christ. 
You can explain in a kindly way why you cannot go to places that you 
feel Christ would not have you go. Thank them and tell them that you 
must walk with Jesus. 

Sit down quietly, young Christian, and think over the 
momentous decision you have made in following Christ. Are not the 
most tremendous possibilities bound up in that acceptance? You 
have begun your journey to Heaven. Do not look back. Do not 
stumble over Satan's wiles. The temptations of this world do not 
compare with those blessings found in a satisfied and God-blessed 
walk with Him. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



Most people find it difficult to stare into the heavens on a clear 
night for any extended period of time. As we stare into the night sky 
we are awed by the magnitude of the universe, and are to a degree 
disoriented, because we are at a loss to comprehend the Infinity that 
is before us. We are uneasy, and turn away to the world we better 
understand, perhaps making some obvious remark about how chilly 
the night air feels. 

Likewise we are uncomfortable with a magnificent view. We 
can stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon, an hour before sunset. 
We turn away because we are unable to take It all in. We find 
ourselves unable to assimilate what we see and would be unable to 
express our feeling If we were to linger there. In contrast the 


Japanese, a century ago, enjoyed a contemplative tradition, and were 
able to spend hours in a garden or in a beautiful place absorbing the 
scene, watching the beautiful changes of the colors and the slow 
moving shadows at the close of day. Their attention, and quietude, 
gave them an expanded capacity to assimilate, and delight in the 
wonders of nature. How much richer and deeper is the experience of 
the contemplative! 

And so it is with God. Although God is beyond our 
comprehension, prayerful contemplation brings us enormously closer. 
We become open to further enlightenment, not through our own 
capabilities, but through God's power. Here we experience 
communion, not symbolically, but by a deep sense of knowing and 

Modern urban life, unfortunately carries us In the other 
direction. We are continually distracted by multiple events taking 
place at the same time, interruptions, a cacophony of background 
noise. We experience a sense of urgency about both work and 
recreation. This environment makes us less capable of reflection. 
Learning becomes an accumulation of facts, rather than the process 
of gaining wisdom. 

in this fast moving world our spiritual lives are often among 
the victims. We habitually begin to expect simplified, three and four 
word, answers to weighty questions. We lose our ability to think 
things through. We are impatient, and want quick, easy answers. We 
seek the instant gratification of our desires. We become thoughtless 
of our own welfare, we become thoughtless of others, and worst of all 
we become thoughtless of God! 

It is imperative that we all recognize the needs of people who 
are falling victim to the serious problems of modern life. There is an 
urgent need for people to be provided the means to center their lives; 
the capacity to be thoughtful, without anxiety. If formal meetings of 
prayer and meditation were common place, people would respond. 
There is a great need to have a time and place to reaffirm baptismal 
vows, to make the intimate acquaintance of the Holy Spirit; 
recognizing the guidance, and spiritual power, that God will contribute 
to our lives if we open ourselves to Him. These things are not best 
left to chance, in hopes that the individual will seek some thoughtful 
quiet time with the Lord. To know God, we need the insights of one 
another. We need a forum where we can ask questions, and share 
our thoughts with one another. But, most of all we all need a quiet 
time, when we can listen to God, learn to open our hearts to Him and 
to each other. This Is contemplative worship, which can take place 
any time, anywhere. 

Allen Smith 



To the Potter's house I went down one day, 

And watched Him while molding the vessels of clay. 
And many a wonderful lesson I drew 

As I noticed the process the clay went through. 

Trampled and broken, down trodden and rolled, 

To render more plastic and fit for the mold. 

How, like the clay that is human, I thought, 

When in Heavenly hands to perfection is brought. 

For self must be cast as the dust at His feet. 

Before it Is ready for service made meet. 

Pride must be broken and self will be lost — 
All laid on the altar, whatever the cost. 

And lo! by and by a delicate vase 

Of wonderful beauty and exquisite grace. 
Was it once the vile clay? Ah yes, and yet how strange. 

The Potter had wrought a wonderful change. 

Not a trace of the earth or the mark of a clay. 

The fires of the furnace have burned them away. 

Wondrous skill of the Potter — the praise is His due. 
In whose hands to perfection it grew. 

Thus with souls living still content in His hand, 

That do not the power of working withstand. 
They are molded and fitted a treasure to hold. 
Vile clay transformed into purest gold. 
Author unknown 
Selected by the late Brother Paul R. Myers 


December 1, 1935 


L. W. Beery 

In the day in which we live there is much religious activity on 

every hand and a wide variety of enterprises are undertaken and 

advanced in the name and under the cloak of religion. During the 

Thanksgiving season and upon other special occasions many 


programs, pageants, entertainments and other special services which 
require much time, taient and expense are arranged and presented 
before the public as religious services. It is claimed by those who 
foster such enterprises that time, talent, energies and finances spent 
in these ways are sacrifices and offerings to God. This may seem 
plausible as men reason, but are such services acceptable sacrifices 
with God? 

If those who advocate such services in the sanctuary would 
give us scriptural authority for such practices then we would not 
question them, but this they cannot do; in fact the New Testament 
teaches to the contrary. Jesus said, "My house shall be called the 
house of prayer." In view of the many teachings in the Gospe! on 
matters along this line a thoughtful person naturally wonders under 
the circumstances and conditions existing just how much that is being 
earned on under the name of religion is acceptable in the sight of 

Those who advocate these modern innovations contend that 
even though they lack scriptural authority, inasmuch as the services 
are dedicated to the Lord they are justifiable. This reminds us of what 
happened with the Israelite nation under the leadership of Saul. 

In I Samuel 15 it is recorded that Saul and his people were 
commanded to utterly destroy the Amalekites and their property. 
Instead of complying fully with what the Lord had commanded, they 
spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice unto the 
Lord. According to their own way of reasoning they were justified in 
so doing but in this they were sadly mistaken as is evidenced in the 
following passage from the foregoing chapter. "And Samuel said, 
hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offehngs and sacrifices, as in 
obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, 
and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of 
witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou 
hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee from 
being king." 

According to this, when Saul did not comply fully with the 
commandment of the Lord it indicated "rebellion and stubbornness" 
and he had to suffer for it. It will also be noticed that rebellion and 
stubbornness are classed the same as witchcraft, iniquity and 

There is an application which we wish to make here that we 
feel is appropriate. It is evident that these modern innovations in 
religious life and service are matters that appeal to the carnal nature; 
they satisfy the "lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of 
life." As such they fall under the condemnation of the scriptures. As 
proof of this we offer the following passages. "That ye put off 
concerning the former conversation the old man which is corrupt 


according to the deceitful lusts." (Eph. 4:22.) "Knowing this, that our 
old man is crucified with him that the body of sin might be destroyed, 
that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Rom. 6:6.) "Dearly 
beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly 
lusts, which war against the soul." (I Pet. 2:1 1 .) "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." (I John 2:16.) 

We notice from these and other like references In the gospel 
that the "commandment of the Lord" is to utterly destroy the carnal 
nature, "but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision 
for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." (Rom. 12:14.) 

Instead of complying fully with the commandment of the Lord, 
modern so-called Christendom has, like Saul and the Israelites, 
spared the "best of the flocks" as the offering to God. This indicates, 
like with Saul "stubbornness and rebellion" which, if persisted in shall 
surely mean rejection. In view of the warnings in the scriptures we 
are not only justified in questioning these modern innovations, but in 
exposing their true classification and the danger of coming under the 
condemnation of the Lord by partaking of such. 


As He guides us 
Through this life 
We're guided upward 
Towards that light 
To those mansions 
Far beyond 
Where we shall be 
Through this life 
He guides us on 
To those mansions 
Far beyond. 

Now we're headed 
Towards the shore, 
Where there's no tears 
Forever more. 
All is peace 
And happiness 
Joy and love 
And thankfulness. 
Through this life 
He guides us on 


To those mansions 
Far beyond. 

We have safely 
Reached the shore 
And see our loved ones 
Once more. 
Now we'll live 
We our Saviour's 
Face will see. 
Through this life 
He has led us on 
To our mansions 
Far beyond. 

Brother Randall J. Reed 



Sis. Emma (Wanner) Stauffer of 241 Kurtz Road, Ephrata, 
Pennsylvania, passed away from this life September 9, 1995. She 
was 87 years 5 months and 5 days. 

She was born April 4, 1 908, to Abram and Mary Ann Wanner. 

December 22, 1928, she was married to Abram Stauffer. He 
was killed In an accident on March 19, 1937. One daughter, Anna 
Keller also preceded her in death on July 30, 1 993. 

She was a member of the Lititz Dunkard Brethren Church. 
Surviving are four children; Mary Rauser and Martha Eberly, both of 
Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Abram Stauffer of Reinholds, Pennsylvania 
and Edwin Stauffer of Newmanstown, Pennsylvania, twenty-four 
grandchildren, eighty great-grandchildren and six great-great- 

Services were held September 12 at the Lititz Dunkard 
Brethren Church with Elder Rudy Shaffer and Bro. Jim Eberly. 
Interment was in Mohler's Church of the Brethren Cemetery. 

The family wants to thank all the church family and friends for 
the many acts of kindness and words of comfort shown during 
Mother's illness and for the cards and love shown to us during our 
bereavement at her passing. 

May God's blessing be yours. Is our prayer. 

The family 

I do not know who gave it to her or where it came from but 


above my Grandma's kitchen table on the wall was a little plaque that 
read "When life hands you scraps, make a quilt." That perfectly 
described my Grandma. 

As a young woman she married a widower with two little 
boys. They enjoyed the addition of three daughters to their family 
only to be so soon followed by tragedy. Grandpa was killed at work 
when the bed of a truck came down, crushing him. As a young widow 
with five little children to feed. Grandma had to be frugal, ambitious, 
and careful. She sewed in her home for a store to help provide for 
her family. 

She suffered the deaths of many close family members in 
recent years and yet, whenever we would visit her she would talk of 
God's goodness and all we have to praise Him for. She still sewed, 
including making quilts up until recent months. She kept busy and 
seemed to enjoy life as she nurtured plants, kept sewing and 
attending church. 

Last week we laid the dear little woman with white hair and 
stooped shoulders to rest. The Lord had beckoned her to come and 
she went, quietly and peacefully. She made many, many quilts in her 
lifetime but none are so beautiful to me as the one she made out of 
the "scraps" life handed her. May her legacy be passed on. 

By a grandchild of Emma Stauffer 



We the Dunkard Brethren Church of Dayton, Virginia wish to 
thank Bro. Harley and Sis. Marjorie Fiory for coming and holding 
Revival Services, October 18 to 23. 

We highly recommend that any church accept Bro. Harley for 
evangelist. He brought spiritual messages to us. May the Lord richly 
bless him and his companion. "And the God of peace shall bruise 
Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be 
with you. Amen." Romans 16:20. 

Sister Lizetta Bittinger, Cor. 





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DECEMBER 15, 1995 

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 aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


!f suddenly upon the street 
My gracious Saviour I should meet, 
And he should say, "As I love thee, 
What love hast thou to offer nne?" 
Then what could this poor heart of mine 
Dare offer to that heart divine? 

His eye would pierce my outward show, 
His thought my inmost thought would know; 
And if I said, "I love thee. Lord," 
He would not heed my spoken word, 
If verily I loved him well. 

If on the day or in the place 

Wherein he met me face to face 

My life could show some kindness done. 

Some purpose formed, some work begun, 

For his dear sake, then, it were meet 

Love's gift to lay at Jesus' feet. 

-Charles Francis Richardson 



The Christmas season is a time of gift giving. Christmas is tied to 
the merchandising done at that time of year. The success or failure of 
many retailers is related to their sales at this season. So there is 
much seeking of customers. Children are raised on the idea of the 
gifts ringing the tree on Christmas morning. Whether the worldly idea 
of Santa Claus is introduced or not, there Is still a great deal of effort, 
time and money expended on the giving and receiving of gifts. 

How has Christmas become so associated with the Idea of gifts? 
Not only is it promoted by merchandisers, but by many from a 
religious perspective. It is claimed that the giving of gifts is an 
imitation of God's giving of His Son. There can be no other gift that 
can even be an imitation of God's Gift. No one can comprehend what 
His Gift cost Him. His Gift was not given with any ulterior motive. 
Unlike many who give gifts only to enhance their possibilities of 
receiving equal or better gifts, God gave His Gift only for the benefit of 
those who would accept it. A gift has to accepted. If unaccepted it is 
an effort wasted upon the intended recipient. 

God's Gift was unspeakable. It was beyond the power of speech to 
convey its full meaning. He gave His Only Begotten Son to be the 
ransom for the souls of men. By their desperate lives they had cut 
themselves off from Him, but God was willing to forgive them and to 
receive them again, plus He provided the needed redemption. He 
provided the sacrifice needed to turn His anger from those who 


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deserved it. He could have allowed the guilty suffer their fate, but He 
provided the means for escaping that fate. Truly, there is no other gift 
that could match or even imitate His. 

The gifts we give should be motivated not by a desire to imitate, 
but by the same love He has displayed toward us. As His love fills us, 
we should reflect, not imitate, it to others. One way of reflecting His 
Gift is to share that Gift with others. The material gifts of this life are 
enjoyable and often useful, but many are unnecessary and only for 
show. The one lasting gift is the sharing of God's Ultimate Gift with 
others. This sharing can be through personal example and word. This 
is most successful with our immediate family and near friends. Others 
can be reached through the organized efforts of others. The sharing 
of our material means can provide them with the means to share the 
Gospel. Few of us can go to New Mexico to live, work and share the 
Gospel. Even fewer of us can go to Uganda to live, work and share 
the Gospel. Although we can not go to these isolated places, there 
are those there who are sharing the Gospel. By the sharing of our 
means, we can have a part in the spreading of the Gospel in these 
places, where we could never go ourselves. 

God has sent His Gift, the greatest of all Gifts. He has given that 
gift that we might receive the gift of redemption. He has also given us 
many other gifts. These are the talents and abilities He has given to 
each of us. He has blessed us with these gifts, so we might be 
prepared to serve Him in all ways possible. These gifts are varied, 
unlike His great Gift, which is the same for everyone. These gifts, by 
contrast, are individual. Not only do they differ from person to person, 
even the amount each person receives is different. Some may have 
only one talent, while others may have multiple talents. These talents 
take many, individual shapes. Some people have public talents that 
are useful in the public worship services of the Church. Others have 
talents that are more private. While they may participate in the public 
services, their best work is done in private. They may be prayer 
warriors or they may give time, money and gifts to others in a quiet 
way. Others may not have talents that are considered Spiritual, but by 
use of the talents they do have, they are able to financially support 
the work of others. It may be difficult to discern the talents that some 
have, but if they are willing to use that talent for God's purposes, it 
can be as valuable as any other. 


It must be remembered that God gives these talents that His 
purposes may be fulfilled. He does not give them to be used for self- 
glory. When these talents are misused for personal advancement, 
they are being abused. 

God has given A gift of eternal life through THE Gift of His Son. 
Have you accepted it? God has given varied gifts for serving Him and 
others. Are you using them? 

M.C. Cook 


Romans 11:26-27, "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, 
There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away 
ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I 
shall take away their sins." 

This quotation from the pen of the Apostle Paul can not be found in 
the Old Testament. There are other "quotations" given in the New 
Testament that are not word for word repeats from the Old 
Testament. There are those who say that these writings were 
considered inspired in the time of Paul and the other Apostles, which 
are lost to us. Others vehemently disagree with this theory. Another 
possible explanation is that the difference comes from translating 
from one language into another. Translating from Hebrew to Greek 
would be like translating from German to English. A third, and we 
believe likely, possibility is that Paul paraphrased the teachings in the 
Old Testament. Whatever the explanation, we can be assured that 
there are no mistakes or contradictions within the pages of the Holy 

There is also another controversy concerning this portion of 
Scripture. A major part of Christendom teaches that this is a reference 
to the second coming of Christ. A much smaller portion believes it is 
referring to His first coming. Which ever position you take, we believe 
it is unscriptural to say that Israel as a whole body will be saved 
without repentance and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, as some 
seem to teach. 

Paul starts his thoughts on our selected verses in chapter 10. 
(Actually Romans chapter one to chapter eleven covers this subject.) 
"Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they 
might be saved." Then in verses 12 and 13 we read how Israel will be 
saved. "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for 


the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For 
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Then 
in verse 23 of chapter eleven (speaking about Israel) Paul writes, 
"And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for 
God is able to graft them in again." 

In Matthew 1:21 we read, "And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, 
and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from 
their sins." The nation of Israel was looking for a political Messiah to 
save them from Roman rule. Like many modern religious figures, they 
misunderstood the Old Testament teaching of the Deliverer. It is 
interesting that some political leaders are now saying that politics is 
not the answer to the wickedness found throughout the world. Those 
of the true Brethren faith have said this from the start! Much of the 
earthly church is bogged down with social and civil ISSUES, while the 
true purpose of the Church, the salvation of souls, is "put on the back 
burner" or completely ignored. 

This Deliverer will "take away ungodliness from Jacob." Study the 
sins found in the Old Testament and you will find that they are the 
.same sins found in the world today. Men have always had the same 
problem: a sinful nature that needs to be redeemed. The only way this 
can be done is through accepting the finished work of Jesus Christ on 
Calvary where He shed that most precious blood. The babe was born 
in Bethlehem grew to manhood and became the Deliverer of both 
Israel and the world. 

"For this is my covenant with them, when I shall take away their 
sins." The New Testament is also the New Covenant. In Hebrews 
8:12-13 we read, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and 
their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 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." 

At this time of the year when the world is taken up with Christmas 
trees and bright lights, let us proclaim that the Deliverer has come. 
The very sins and iniquities that will be found in homes "celebrating 
Christmas" are the ones He has come to deliver us from. If you have 
not already done so, will you not accept this perfect gift today? Then 
you will recognize that your own personal DELIVERER has come! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



In the dawn of time's beginning, 
God with love and boundless might 
Spake, and worlds came into being, 
All was perfect in His sight. 
Man was made for God's own glory 
Giv'n a heart to love and praise, - 
Wondrous thought, made in His image, 
Made to live though endless days! 

Sad the day when Satan entered 
God's blest plan to overthrow; 
Sin brought chaos, hope departed, 
Joy gave place to pain and woe. 
Darkness deep and overwhelming 
Filled with dread man's troubled breast; 
Still he knew no peace or rest. 

Hear, oh hear the wondrous story 
Of the gracious Saviour's love, 
How He left His throne of glory, 
Left His Father's home above; 
Heralded by choirs of angels 
On that still Judean night; 
Shepherds heard the tidings glorious 
Sought and found the Lord of Light. 

Unto us God's Son is given. 
Saviour, Lord, eternal King; 
Light of life, brought us salvation. 
Unto Him our praises sing. 
Let us worship and adore Him 
Love Him, serve Him all our days; 
Let our lives in glad abandon 
Bring to Him unceasing praise. 

-Emily R. Moore 

Selected by Brother Galen Litfin 



Based on the walk of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. 

Note the awfulness of the presence of the Holy God, Come before 
him in reverence and Godly fear. Please read Lev. 9:22; 10:1-3; 16-1- 

The court of the tabernacle was 100 cubits long and 50 cubits 
wide. The curtains of the court were of fine twined linen. In the east 
end was a gate that was 20 cubits wide. The hanging of the gate was 
made of blue and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen, wrought 
with needle work. Within were the altar, the laver and the tabernacle. 
Some could enter into the courtyard, but could go no farther. 
The High Priest comes in with a bullock for a sin offering, and a 
ram for a burnt offering. He lays aside his garments, washes himself 
with water, and puts on the holy garments. Please read Col. 3:1-17. 

He takes of the congregation two goats for a sin offering, and a 
ram for a burnt offering. 

He kills the bullock of the sin offering. He takes a censer full of 
burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord. His hands are 
full of sweet incense, beaten small. 

Bringing it within the veil, he puts the incense upon the fire before 
the Lord. The cloud of the incense would cover the mercy seat, which 
is upon the ark of testimony. He does this so he would not die. 

He takes of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkles it with his finger 
upon the mercy seat eastward. He sprinkles of the blood with his 
finger seven times. 

Next he kills the goat of the sin offering, and does with his blood as 
with the blood of the bullock. 

With the blood he makes atonement for himself, his household, 
and for the people. He makes an atonement for the altar that is before 
the tabernacle, by putting of the blood upon the horns of the altar and 
sprinkling of the blood upon the altar seven times, to cleanse it, and to 
hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel. 

He puts both hands upon the head of the live goat. He confesses 
over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel and all their 
transgressions in all their sins. He puts them upon the head of the 
goat. The goat is taken by the hand of a fit man unto a land not 
inhabited. The goat bearing upon him all their iniquities is let go in the 
wilderness. This is the scapegoat. 


The high priest comes again into the tabernacle and puts off the 
holy garments, and leaves them there. He again washes himself with 
water. He puts on his garments, before he offers the burnt offerings, 
and burns the fat of the sin offering on the altar. 

The residue of the sin offerings was carried without the camp. 
There were burned in the fire, their skins, their flesh, and their dung. 

Both the man, who led the scapegoat into the wilderness, and the 
man, who burned the residue of the sin offering, washed their clothes, 
and bathed their flesh with water, before coming into the camp. 

We come into the courtyard, by hearing the gospel, and reading 
the Scriptures. 

We approach the altar, and find that the blood has already been 
shed for our cleansing. The atonement has been made. We lay aside 
the garments of the flesh. Col. SiS-Q; Gal. 5:1 9-21 ; Eph. 5:3-8. 

Next we have our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. We 
also have our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. 10:22 (Baptism), 
see also Acts 22:16. 

We then can put on the holy garments. Col. 3:10-17; Gal. 5:22-26. 

We can freely approach the mercy seat, because the veil was rent 
in twain. Matt. 27:51; Mark 15:38; Heb. 10:19-21. Our prayers go up 
as incense from the altar that is before the throne. Rev. 8:3-4; 5:8-9. 

We become the burnt offering, for we MUST lie ourselves upon the 
altar of sacrifice. Rom. 12:1. 

We do not lay off the holy garments, and put on again the 
garments of the flesh, because we have access to the holiest at all 
times. We can come boldly unto the throne of Grace, but always with 
reverence and Godly fear. 

While the atonement was made for Israel ever year, our atonement 
is made for us forever. Please read Rom. 5:1-1 1 

Brother William Carpenter 


December 15, 1935 

Bertha Little 
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his 
cross daily and follow Me." 


Tor whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will 
lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it." 

Tor what is a man advantaged, If he gain the whole world, and 
lose himself, or be a cast away?" 

"For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My word, of him 
shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own 
glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels." (Luke 9:23-26.) 

Let us think for a few moments on what it may mean for us to deny 
ourselves, or what we must do if we would follow Christ. If all 
professing Christians truly feared God, which we believe can never be 
a part of our life, unless we read God's holy word often, yes daily. 
Then we will surely fall at His sovereign feet and plead for mercy and 
be willing and happy to do all he asks of us. 

In Titus 2:2-14 we are told to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, 
and to live soberly, righteously and Godly in this present world. 

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the 
great God our Saviour Jesus Christ: Who gave himself for us, that He 
might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar 
people, zealous of good works. 

If we truly love God above all else we will be determined to deny 
ourselves of all ungodliness and worldly lusts. We cannot adorn the 
soul when we are giving away to pride, and following the ungodly 
wicked fashions of the world, especially of this age. 

How it saddens the heart to see those who were once a light and 
inspiration to us, and now in their older years powdering their faces 
and dressing in open disobedience to the word, then their children and 
younger ones in looking to them as leaders, instead of looking only to 
Christ, the word, are using rouge, lip stick, bobbing the hair and 
having permanent waves, dressing ungodly and think they are 
followers of the meek and lowly Jesus, because of wearing a prayer 
veil during services. Then we think of the cunningness and deception 
of Satan, for no doubt he is taking the time of these poor souls, 
tempting them to pleasures of the world or the cares of life, and they 
become barren and unfruitful, not taking time to search God's word 
and seek His holy, divine will. 

Are these dear ones ashamed of Jesus and his word, or are they in 
ignorance of God's word? Oh, that they had more warning from the 


We read that even Christ pleased not Himself. In all things He 
sought the glory of His Father and was obedient unto His will, yea, 
even the humiliation and death of the cross that He might redeem all 
who came unto the Father through Him. 

He is the "Rose of Sharon." He became the "crushed Rose" for us. 
If we are to follow Him and partake of His nature, we too must be 

Only the Christian who will deny himself, take up his cross daily 
and follow the Master, can know this "crushing" experience which it 
takes to make us like our "Example," even Jesus. But I see no other 
way to become like Him. 

But when the rose is crushed It sends forth its sweetest fragrance. 
Are we willing for this, just to be like our Lord? 

It means to lay aside all that the human heart cries our for. It 
means to keep in the background and let others to be pushed 
forward, and for us to rejoice that others can do as well, years many 
times better than we, no doubt. 

It means to let others receive praise when it rightfully belongs to us, 
and to be silent when tempted to defend ourselves, all of this and 
more is included in a life of self denial, and a life that will show to 
others, "Christ living in us." 

But if we can do this, we have the help of the blessed Holy Spirit to 
such an extent that we have the fully surrendered life, the yielded life; 
and the soul longs to suffer for Christ's sake, because the love is so 
great, the love of Christ to us, and the love of the redeemed to Christ. 
What blessed fellowship. Is any price too great to pay for such 
wonderful, matchless and everlasting love, and such precious 

Words can never tell how blessed and joyful is the Christian life 
when Christ is acknowledged in all our ways. 

It is not easy to live this life of self-denial, with the warfare we have 
between the flesh and the spirit, unless we abide in Him continually; 
then and then only can our life be one with Christ, our precious 
Savior, that His blessed presence makes every thorn to appear as a 
rose, and brightens our pathway no matter how dark, and makes 
every sorrow a blessing. 

This lowly Jesus meant just what He said when He gave us these 
words, "If any man will come after Me, let Him deny himself and take 


up his cross daily, and follow Me." Can we do less when we realize 
that he suffered, bled and died for us. But He lives forevermore, and 
as our faithful High Priest is now interceding for us. 

Oh, that each professed follower of the Lord would come to know 
the great joy that is the portion of the "abiding Christian." Oh, beloved 
let us not be ashamed of Jesus and His word-oh, the awful 
condemnation that awaits us if we are! "Of him shall the Son of Man 
be ashamed, when he shall come in His own glory and His Father's 
and of the holy angels." 

God's holy word is regarded far too lightly, by His professed 
followers, in these cold, lukewarm days. Oh, let us pray for God to 
revive them and arouse them to know what it means to be an humble 
follower of the meek and lowly Jesus, and that they may cling to 
God's word which is to be our judge in that awful day, when we must 
all appear at the judgement seat of Christ, to give an account of the 
deeds done in the body. 

Then by the mercies of God, let us present our bodies a living 
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. 
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. 12:1&2.) 

Oh, for the worth of a soul, how we should point all our weak 
brethren and sisters to God's word, for even at best we are all weak, 
and let us as followers of the blessed Christ be lights in the world, 
walk after the spirit and not after the flesh and finally by the help of 
God, "Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, 
always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know 
that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (I Cor. 15:58.) 


There is a movement afoot today that says that the earth is our 
friend and we should take care of it. We should not litter or pollute. 
For every tree we cut down we should plant another. We should not 
needlessly destroy animals or their habitats. All this sounds 
reasonable until you look at the underlying beliefs of those espousing 
these things. 

The New Age Movement seeks to combine various aspects of 
pagan religion into a universal religion that denies Almighty God. 


Various Indian Tribes indigenous to North America believe in the 
earth being "alive". So they worshiped the earth as a deity, as many 
also worshiped the moon, sun and stars. Many of us who have spent 
time researching and studying the New Age Movement understand 
that the forces of evil are behind it. Man alone cannot fight it. We 
need to call on God to help us. This movement began in the Garden 
of Eden when man first rebelled against God. The old serpent was 
there, trying to acquire a new kingdom for himself. By now he has 
fairly well succeeded. 

There was a time when the church and the world were far apart. 
Today, most "churches" follow the ways of the world. There is little 
difference. The ways of the serpent have crept in, including New Age 
and One World ideas. They say we are citizens of the earth. The 
Bible tells Christians that we are citizens of heaven. They say there 
are many ways to reach God. The Bible says there is only one way: 
through Christ. They say that man, himself, is a God. The Bible says 
that God is a spirit. Those who worship Him must do so in SPIRIT and 
in TRUTH. They say truth is found everywhere. Jesus said, I am the 
way, the TRUTH and the life. 

Here is another Instance where we must be like the Bereans and 
search the scriptures so we are not carried away by false teaching. 
We must constantly be on our guard. The New Age philosophy is so 
common today. Most of it sounds so good to the inexperienced ear, 
that we must warn against it. For years the teachers of this false 
doctrine were subtle in their ways, but now they are becoming more 
and more blatant, realizing that they are succeeding in their 
deception. Do not be deceived, my beloved Brethren. We must trust 
in God, because He is able to deliver His children. 

We all believe in conservation. Perhaps there are a few 
organizations that are genuine and not fronts for New Age teaching. 
We need to thoroughly investigate any organization that we support 
so that we are good stewards of the wealth the Lord has given us. 

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




Adam- 1 Cor. 15:45 

Advocate - 1 John 2:1 

Alpha And Omega - Rev. 1 :8 

Amen - Rev. 3:14 

Angel - Isa. 63:9 

Ancient Of Days - Dan. 7:22 

Anointed - Psalms 2:2 

Apostle- Heb. 3:1 

Author, Finisher Of Our Faith 

Babe -Luke 2:10 
Beginning Of Creation - Rev. 3:14 
Begotten Of The Father - John 1:14 
Beloved - Eph. 1:6 
Bishop- I Peter 2:25 
Blessed- I Tim. 6:15 
Branch of Righteousness - Zech. 3:5 
Bread Of Life - John 6:48 
Bridegroom - Matt. 9:15 
Bright And Morning Star - Rev. 22:1 6 
Brightness Of Father's Glory - Heb. 1 

Captain- Heb. 2:10 

Chief Corner Stone - Eph. 2:20 

Child - Isa. 9:6 

Chosen -Matt. 12:18 

Christ -Matt 1:16 

Consolation Of Israel - Luke 2:25 

Covenant - Isa. 42:6 

Chosen -Matt. 12:18 

Counselor - Isa. 9:6 

Harmless - Heb. 7:26 

Head Of The Church -Col. 1:18 

Heir Of All Things -Heb. 1:2 

High Priest -Heb. 3:1 

Holy One Of God -Mark 1:24 

Holy Child - Acts 4:30 

Hope - I Tim. 1:1 

Covert - Isa. 32:2 
Creator- Isa. 43:15 

David - Jer. 30:9 

Daysman - Job 9:33 

Day Star- II Pet. 1:19 

Deliverer- Rom. 11:26 

Desire Of All Nations - Hag. 2:7 

Dew - Hosea 14:5 

Heb. 12:2 Diadem- Isa. 2:3 

DoorOf Sheep- John 10:7 

Eagle- Deut. 32:11 

Elect- Isa. 42:1 

Emmanuel- Matt. 1:23 

Everiasting Father - Isa. 9:6 

Express Image - Heb. 1:3 

Faithful Witness - Rev. 1 :5 

Feeder - Isa. 40:11 

First Begotten - Rev. 1:5 

Firstfruits- I Cor. 15:23 

:3 First And Last- Rev. 2:8 

Foundation - Isa. 28:16 

Fountain - Zech. 13:1 

Forerunner - Heb. 6:20 

Friend Of Sinners - Matt. 11:19 

GiftOf God-IICor. 9:15 

God -John 1:1 

Governor - Matt. 2:6 

Gracious - I Peter 2:3 

Habitation - Psalms 91:9 

Only Begotten - John 1 :14 

Passover - 1 Cor. 5:7 

Potentate- I Tim. 6:15 

Prince -Acts 3:15 

Prophet- Luke 4:19 

Propitiation - 1 John 2:2 

Power of God - 1 Cor. 1:24 



Image of God - Heb. 1:3 
Immanuel - Matt. 1:23 
Immortal - 1 Tim. 1:17 
Invisible - 1 Tim. 1:17 
Jesus- Matt. 1:21 
Judge -Acts 10:42 
King -Matt. 21:5 
Lamb - Rev. 5:6 
Leader - Isa. 55:4 
Light- John 1:9 
Life- John 14:6 
Lion Of Tribe Of Judah - Rev. 5:5 
Lord - Rom. 1:3 
Man - I Tim. 2:5 
Master- Matt. 8:19 
Mediator - 1 Tim. 2:5 
Merciful- Heb. 2:17 
Messiah -John 1:41 
Mighty God - Isa. 9:6 
Minister- Heb. 8:2 
Morning Star - Rev. 2:28 
Nazarene - Matt. 2:23 
Offspring Of David - Rev. 22:16 
Son of God - Matt. 4:3 
Son Of Man - Matt. 8:20 
Sower- Matt. 13:3 
Spirit- I Cor. 15:45 
Stone Refused - Matt. 21:42 
Sun Of Righteousness - Mai. 4:2 
Surety - Heb. 7:22 


Purifier- Mai. 3:3 

Physician - Matt. 9:12 

Priest -Heb. 4:14 

Prince Of Peace - Isa. 9:6 

Ransom - 1 Tim. 2:6 

Reaper- Rev. 14:15 

Redeemer - Isa. 59:20 

Resurrection - John 1 1 :25 

Refiner- Mai. 3:3 
Righteousness - Jer. 23:6 

Rock- 1 Cor. 10:4 
Rod And Branch - Isa. 11:1 
Root Of David - Rev. 22:16 
Ruler In Israel - Micah 5:2 

Sacrifice - Eph. 5:2 

Sanctification - 1 Cor. 1:30 

Seed Of Abraham - Gal. 3:29 

Seed Of The Woman - Gen. 3:15 

Seed Of David- II Tim. 2:8 

Second Man - I Cor. 15:42 

Servant- Isa. 42:1 

Shepherd -John 10:11 

Shiloh- Gen. 49:10 

Testator - Heb. 9:16-17 

Truth- John 14:6 

Vine- John 15:1 

Way- John 14:6 

Wisdom OF God - I Cor. 1 :24 

Witness - Rev. 1:5 

Wonderful - Isa. 9:6 

Rev. 5:12 

Many of these names are mentioned in more than one reference, 
but I have chosen to include only one. 
Obtained from Cruden's Concordance. 

Compiled by the late Bro. Paul R. Myers 




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Another revival at Swallow Falls, August 18 through 27 has gone 
down in history. Bro. Rudy Shaffer brought the Word to us 
thoughtfully and well. Although there were no additions to the church 
it gave us encouragement to keep on keeping on for our Saviour. So 
we might be accepted in that number that will inhabit that beautiful 
City the New Jerusalem with our Lord and Redeemer for eternity. 

We had fairly good crowds, but were sorry more people were not 
interested in the Gospel Message any more. It is another sign that the 
Lord's coming draweth near. "But as the days of Noe were, so shall 
also the coming of the Son of man be." 

We did appreciate the interest others showed by the number 
coming from other congregations throughout the meeting. Twenty- 
eight communicants surrounded the Lord's table, with Elder Paul 
Ness officiating. Elders Virgil Leatherman and Rudy Shaffer assisted. 

Please pray for the Swallow Falls Congregation. We always enjoy 
your presence with us. Thanks for coming. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder, Cor. 


I would like to thank all the Brethren and Sisters for the cards, 
letters and telephone calls for my 93rd birthday. 

I appreciate the kindness shown to me from everyone. 

May God richly bless each and everyone. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Clara Gunderman 



January 7 - Jesus, the Word - John 1 :1 -14. 

1. Explain the phrase, "And the Word was God." 

2. How was the darkness suppose to comprehend the light? 

January 14 - The Witness of John, the Baptist - John 1:15-34. 

1 . Why did the Pharisees think John the Baptist was the Christ? 

2. How was John's baptism different from what Christ would 
baptize with? 

January 21 - Come and See - John 1 :35-51 

1 . How was Jesus the Lamb of God? 

2. What things convinced the disciples of John the Baptist that 
Jesus was the Messiah? 

January 28 - Whatsoever He Saith Unto Thee, Do It - John 2:1-25. 

1 . Why was the mother of Jesus anticipating a miracle? 

2. What sign were the Jews expecting from Jesus regarding 
cleansing of the Temple? 


January 7 - Our Resolutions - Luke 16:1-17. 

1 . How was the steward's resolution used for evil instead of good? 

2. What should be our resolve in the small things God asks of us? 

January 14 - Our Shallowness - Ez. 33:30-32, Mark 4:16-17, 
John 6:64-69, Eph. 14:14-16. 

1. Explain the connection between hearing and doing. 

2. How is doing related to believing? 

January 21 - Monuments - Jer. 1:17-19, Gal. 2:8-10, Rev. 3:10-12. 

1 . What made Jeremiah an iron pillar in the sight of God's people? 

2. How can we become a pillar in God's Temple? 

January 28 - Living Forever- Luke 18:18-20, John 3:14-21, 36. 

1. What was the root problem behind the ruler's wealth? 

2. What is the first basic step in receiving Eternal Life?