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"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR IVIOTTO; 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. 


I ann regretting the past 
And fearing the future. 
Suddenly God was speaking: 
"MY NAME IS 'I am; " 
I waited. God continued: 
"When you live in the past, 
With its mistakes and regrets, 
It is hard. I am not there. 
"When you live in the future, 
With its problems and fears, 
It is hard. I am not there. 
"When you live in this moment. 
It is not hard. I am here. 

Selected by Sister Mildred Skiles 



Jigsaw puzzles are designed to challenge our abilities to bring together 
diverse pieces into a complete picture. Until all the pieces have been 
connected, it remains unfinished. 

Puzzles come in various levels of difficulty. For little children, puzzles 
come in tray form. There is a border to hold the pieces together. On the 
bottom, there is a faint outline of the shape of each piece, so the child is 
given a hint about where each belongs. As children develop, the puzzles 
become more difficult. The pieces are large and not so numerous. It takes 
greater skill to put together one of these puzzles than a tray puzzle. Later a 
person advances to more difficult puzzles, with a great number of pieces. 
The pieces are often small and the design gives fewer clues about their 
location in the complete puzzle. Today, there are many specialty puzzles 
that are even more difficult than the usual jigsaw puzzle. 

Sometimes children's puzzles are packaged with three or four in one 
box. If care is not taken, these puzzles can become mixed together. When 
putting one of these puzzles together, it becomes even more difficult 
because the pieces are mixed together. The makers of children's puzzles 
often solve this problem by printing a different design on the back of each 
of the puzzles. That way the pieces of one puzzle can be distinguished 
from the pieces of the other puzzles. Picking the pieces of one puzzle out 
of a mixture of puzzles is an extreme challenge. 

Entering a new year Is like putting together a puzzle from a mixture of 
pieces randomly thrown together. Life will present many puzzles 
throughout the year. The correct solution for those puzzles will require a 
great deal of Spiritual insight. 

James and John present two thoughts that illustrate this puzzle. "Doth a 
fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" James 3:11 . 


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"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that 
loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he 
hath not seen?" I John 4:20. A spring can not produce both salt water and 
fresh water. Even if it is close to the ocean, it must either produce salt 
water or fresh water. Trying to get both kinds of water from a spring is like 
trying to put a puzzle together from the pieces of many puzzles. It is 
impossible. We use our mouths and tongues to praise God. We use the 
same mouths and tongues to express hatred for our fellowmen. it is 
honorable to praise God. When we hate men, we hate those who are 
created in His image. This is another impossibility. 

In the year ahead of us, we will be putting together many puzzles. 
Some will be more difficult than others. Trying to worship God at the same 
time, we demean our Brother is like assembling a puzzle from pieces 
belonging to several different puzzles. 

There are two parts to our Spiritual lives. Like a puzzle they must be put 
together to form the whole picture. Ture religion and undefiled before God 
and the Father is this. To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, 
and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1 :27. These two 
thoughts bring together the social and doctrinal aspects of Christianity. The 
puzzle of fitting together these two elements is a part of the challenge of 
living to please God. He wants us to live unspotted from the world. We are 
to have the correct beliefs that will instruct us so we will live to do His 
pleasure instead of the world's. We also have a duty to seek the welfare of 
not only our fellow believers but of all who we can possibly help. We are to 
extend love, help and gifts to al! manner of mankind, just as God has 
extended His love and succor to us. It can be a difficult puzzle to find the 
balance between the two. To overemphasize either at the expense of the 
other is like trying to put two puzzles together as one. These two elements 
are not incompatible with each other. They are interrelated. A correct 
doctrine will produce concern for the needs of others. 

As we enter upon this new year, we have the opportunity to put the 
puzzle together. We can forget the unsolved puzzles of the past as we 
begin this new puzzle. We still can not put two puzzles into one. We can 
not get salt water and fresh water from the same fountain. We can not love 
God and hate people at the same time. We can not claim to serve God, 
while we ignore the needs of others. 

Do you enjoy the challenge of putting together a jigsaw puzzle? Your 
greatest challenge is the puzzle of life. Are you putting it together in a way 
that will please God? 



In Kampala, capital city of Uganda, the Dunkard Brethren Elders Paul L. 
Stump and Dale Jamison, the treasurer of the General Mission Board and 
chairman of the Board of Trustees, officially launched the African Mission. 



On a ten day mission trip to Uganda, they and their wives arrived from the 
United States via Nairobi, Kenya. 

The entire period was exciting and busy for the Lord. To promote the 
mission work, Elders Paul Stump and Dale Jamison participated in the 
teaching of the baptism class Saturday night. 

During the Sunday Service at Nateete in Kampala Dunkard Brethren 
Church, the service was led by Bro. Godfrey Kizza, followed by the 
preaching by Bro. Paul L Stump. There was a baptism class thereafter for 
more converts by Bro. Dale Jamison. Then we took off to the baptism site 
at our largest lake in Uganda near Kampala, a twenty minute drive to Lake 
Victoria. We were full of joy to witness the first mission church members of 
the Dunkard Brethren Mission in Africa being baptized. There entered 
Godfrey Kiiza with Bro. Paul L. Stump at hand. Bro. Dale Jamison did not 
hesitate to bring in and out people (Ugandans) for baptism. Mary Stump 
and her counterpart Doris Jamison supported the occasion with melodies 
and hymns encouraging the converts in and out of the lake waters. 

It was a great and important occasion to have both men baptize the 
members. Bro. Dale came in and officiated to many persons too. He 
became tired and called on Bro. Paul to continue. There was great victory 
to see twenty-two people receive baptism. Back to the history of the 
mission, our African mission of the Dunkard Brethren Church began five 
months ago this year in April. The church is growing so fast, there is need 
for the gospel to many souls. With the main church at Nateete, there are 
two up-coming congregations at Butambala, Kakumiro and Buwama. 

There are a lot of orphans and widows in our congregations. At 
Butambala Congregation it was surprising to record sixty-two children. 
Forty-eight of them being orphans of both parents and fourteen from 
parents unable to care for them. All of these children do not go to public 
schools, neither do they receive any education. They do not have clothes 
so put on rags. They are dirty, poorly fed, lack bedding and have no 
medical attention. Yet, they are hungry for the Gospel. The Dunkard 
Brethren Mission with Godfrey and Gorret Kizza have begun an important 
ministry among the children in the Dunkard Brethren Church in Africa. 

Could you be part and parcel of the same ministry? These children 
attend Bible classes, Sunday services, but they lack education. There is a 
great need to educate and take care of these young ones. At present we 
can put them in public schools. As funds become available to have a 
mission school, it will be built for them in future. 

We invite interested families or volunteer sponsors to assist these needy 
children, by paying their educational fees. This can be done monthly to pay 
their tuition fees. 

We shall be glad to have you dear Brethren respond to this urgent need; 
as we aim at building a strong future foundation for the Dunkard Brethren 
Church in Africa. 

Brother Godfrey Kizza 
P.O. Box 21 188 
Kampala, Uganda 



The Clock Not Started 
J. H. Moore 

On the top of my office desk is a small nickel clock, which is wound 
every morning. Every Monday morning it is necessary to set the clock as 
well as wind it, for during Sunday it runs down. On Monday morning I 
wound the clock and observed the hands were where I had placed them an 
houror more before. Then I noticed that the clock was not running, it then 
occurred to me that while I had wound the clock and set it right, still I had 
failed to start it. To myself I said, "Just like some church members, — set 
right, made ready for a long run, but never started." 

I got to thinking, and wondered whose fault it is that so many members 
are standing still. Some used to run well, but they stopped for some cause, 
and did not get started again. I have known some of them to appear before 
the church, and apparently be set right before the public as well as before 
the church, but for some cause they did not run; they could not be induced 
to keep time with the church and her work. Yes, they did, one time, run 
well. Some force hindered them, and now, in the spiritual life, there is no 

When I saw my clock was not running I took it down, gave it a good 
shake, set it right again and then it went on doing its duty. I do not mean to 
say that people who live and do nothing always need a shaking up, but 
they certainly need something more than a mere letting alone. They need 
to be started in the Lord's work, and it is one of the puzzling questions, 
sometimes, to know just how to start them. Jonah, on a certain occasion, 
had a little experience, down deep in the sea, that started him in the right 
direction, and he kept going until he reached Nineveh, where the Lord had 
a special work awaiting him. 

People are sometimes converted, as we call it. They come to church, 
and, so far as outward appearances are concerned, seem to be just right. 
But they do not run. By them the name of God is not glorified. They are 
just the same today that they were when they came into the church a year 
ago. There has been no progress, and no advancement in the Christian 
life. Judged by the standard of a babe in Christ Jesus, they may be all 
right, but they do not grow to manhood in the Lord's cause. They were 
apparently all right in the beginning, but they never got started. Some of 
them never got started to giving thanks at the table for their daily bread. 
They know nothing of the family altar, and cannot be depended upon to 
help forward the Lord's work. Surely, they are just like my clock; set all 
right, wound up, apparently ready for usefulness, but do not run. I verily 
believe that they need a shaking up. 

I have known ministers to be fully prepared for active duty. All the 
necessary authority was given them; they were wisely instructed and then 
left to carry forward the Lord's^work. But they did not move out, they did 


not preach. They never got started, and years later they were, so far as 
usefulness is concerned, just where the installation services left them, — set 
right, wound up with all necessary authority to preach the Word but not 

Well, whose fault is it that all these people are not started? Is it their 
own fault, or is it the fault of some one else? A persecution at Jerusalem 
one time started a certain number of the brethren out into the world to 
preaching the Gospel. On a certain occasion the Macedonian call started 
Paul. But must all preachers be started in this way? Must something of 
this kind be depended upon to start into work the babes in Christ? Or may 
not the fault lie at the door of those whose duty it is to look after the flock? 
Some of us are very much disposed to have all the members accord with 
the Gospel in matters relating to the externals, but are we doing just the 
right thing by not attempting to find work for them? Must we spend all of 
our time and energies trying to get the church ready for work? Verily, 
whose fault is it that the clock has not been started? 


Revelation 2:4-5, "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because 
thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art 
fallen, and repent, and do the first works;..." 

II Timothy 1:13, "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast 
heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." 

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

The words from the Book of Revelation were written to the Church at 
Ephesus. They are true of a large portion of the earthly church today. We 
believe it is important to remember the traditions handed down to us by our 
forefathers. However, these traditions must be examined in the light of 
Holy Scripture. At one time every group that existed declared that they had 
their origin in Holy Scripture. Some of these proved their cultic nature by 
declaring that other books were on the same status as Holy Scripture. 
Many added the traditions and teachings of men to Holy Scripture and 
declared them to be equal. Beyond these actions was the fact that many 
had left their first love. 

We believe that we, as individuals, have also left our first love in many 
instances. In the past few years we have met individuals who claim to have 
a special relationship with the Holy Spirit that is not in harmony with the 
Holy Scriptures. In John 16:13 we read, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of 
truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he will not speak of 
himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show 
you things to come." These individuals have replaced a love of Holy 
Scripture for a manmade revelation. The supposed wisdom of human 


science replaces an acceptance of a literal understanding of Genesis 
chapters one and two which is supported by other portions of Scripture. 
Sonne have accepted the false religions of the world as having truth that 
can be used along side of, and in some instances in place of, Holy 
Scripture. Paul instructs us to "hold fast the form of sound words, which 
thou hast heard of me." In I Timothy 6:20-21 Paul warns, "0 Timothy, keep 
that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, 
and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have 
erred concerning the faith..." While theistic evolution was not an issue in 
Paul's day, it certainly falls under the category of "science falsely so called." 
The Church at Ephesus would be considered a fundamental or 
conservative church in our day. For they "canst not bear them which are 
evil." They also "tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and 
hast found them liars." On top of that they "hast borne, and hast patience, 
and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted." How then 
had they left their first love? They even "hatest the deeds of the 
Nicolaitanes, which I also hate." We believe that the ideals and customs of 
the world had begun to replace their first love of the Lord Jesus Christ and 
Holy Scriptures. 

There are those who teach once you are saved you are eternally secure 
and have no need for a daily cleansing. Others teach that you can reach 
spiritual perfection in this life. The Apostle Paul says, "Brethren, I count not 
myself to have apprehended." Paul realized that he had to fight the good 
fight of faith to reach his heavenly goal. He goes on to say that he forgets 
those things that are behind. Those sins we have committed that are 
repented of are forgotten by God and washed clean by the blood of Christ. 
We can forget them. Praise God. Paul does not end there. He says he 
reaches forth unto those things which are before. It must be our desire to 
grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Paul ends with the words, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the 
high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Let this be our desire in this new year, 
should the Lord tarry His return. Let us forsake false teachings and worldly 
desires. Let us be sure that we have not left our first love. Then press 
forward "in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." 

If you have never experienced the forgiving love of Jesus Christ we pray 
that 1996 will be your year to begin a new life in Him. 

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


And now, my soul, another year, 
Of thy short life is past; 
I cannot long continue here. 
And t-his may be my last. 


Much of my hasty life is gone, 
Nor will return again; 
And swift my passing moments run — 
The few that yet remain. 

Awake, my soul, with utmost care 
Thy true condition learn: 
What are thy hopes? how sure? how fair? 
What is thy great concern? 

Behold, another year begins; 
Set out afresh for heav'n; 
Seek pardon for thy former sins, 
In Christ so freely giv'n. 

Devoutly yield thyself to God, 
And on his grace depend; 
With zeal pursue the heav'niy road, 
Nor doubt a happy end. 


Making a New Years Resolution 

There is no indication in the New Testament that the early Christians 
observed the New Year in any formal way. However, there is a precedent 
for this celebration in the Israelite economy in the Old Testament. 

The civil year of the Jews began, not in January, but in mid-September. 
The beginning of the year (Rosh Hashanah) was marked by the wonderful 
Feast of Trumpets. At that time, the trumpets were blown and the people 
were gathered together for a holy convocation. This was recognized as an 
acknowledgment that all of God's people would one day be gathered 
around His throne, when the Messiah would come to establish His 
kingdom. This was a time of rejoicing and expectation, that possibly during 
the coming year the Lord would come to His people. 

This time of joy and anticipation was immediately followed by ten days of 
repentance and confession, culminating in the solemn observance of Yom 
Kippur, the "Day of Atonement." This was a day of mourning and 
confession of sins. It was climaxed ultimately by the symbolic 
substitutionary sacrifice of the two goats, atoning for the sins of the people. 
The details of this ceremony are described in the sixteenth chapter of 

After offering a bullock as a sacrifice for his own sins, the High Priest 
was directed by God to select two goats. One was slain. His blood was 
offered at the mercy-seat in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle. This 
blood represented the blood of all the individual believers in the 


congregation, who deserved death because of their own sins against the 
Lord. It was accepted by God in substitution and was considered by Him 
an atonement for their sins. 

The second goat, the "scapegoat" was then sent away into the 
wilderness, after the sins of the people were confessed over his head by the 
High Priest. The two goats symbolized to the people the great truths that 
"the wages of sin is death" and "without shedding of blood is no remission."" 

As this solemn ritual was repeated every New Year, the people were 
compelled to remember the awful and deadly character of sin, in the sight of 
a holy God. As they confessed their sins, they saw God's judgment 
inflected on the innocent substitute. They undoubtedly made a Godly 
RESOLUTION to try to live more righteously and thankfully in the coming 
year. This should also be our New Years Resolution for 1 996. 

"Christ.. .hath appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." With 
this truth before us, it is proper and fitting, that we should observe the 
coming of a New Year as a time of remembrance and confession of sins 
and of prayerful determination to serve Him more faithfully and effectively 
than we have in the past. We do not have to look forward with only 
shadowy understanding to a coming Saviour as did the ancient Israelites, 
but we can rejoice in the clear light of a perfect salvation completely 
accomplished in the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

The most important and essential decision we can make this New Year's 
Day or any other day Is to receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and 
Lord. If you have not done that. .DO IT NOW and resolve to serve Him 
from this time forward. If you are already a believer, thank Him for the 
opportunity to serve Him and seek to grow In grace. Each new day, and 
particularly each New Year, should be a time of resolution and confession. 
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to 
cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

Have a Happy New Year and Jesus! 

Brother Len Wertz 


Bro. Godfrey Kiiza is asking assistance in meeting the needs of the 
many orphans, or children having only one parent, who is disabled (for the 
purposes of this article, these children also will be included in the term, 
"orphans") We feel this is a worthy work and feel we should make the 
needs known to the Brotherhood. 

Uganda has suffered a civil war. They also have been hit hard with 
disease. Well over 25% of the adult population perished in the war, or have 
died of disease. As a result, there are literally thousands of children who 
are orphans. Many find a home with others, but many others exist from day 
to day on whatever they can find to eat and clothe themselves. 

At our Butambala church alone, there are approximately sixty of these 
orphans. As a Board responsible for the oversight of this work, we have 


discussed how and what assistance we should be providing. We feei our 
focus should be on the Spiritual needs, and endeavor to meet those needs, 
by providing oversight, support, Bibles, vehicles, buildings, and so forth. 
Yet, we feel very strongly that we cannot ignore the material needs of the 
Individuals. We, as a church, can only scratch the surface of the many 
needs in Uganda. There are needs for orphanages, better health care, 
education, water, (which is carried from long distances and is often 
polluted), and sanitation just to name a few of the many needs. 

The children with whom we are working, generally have been living with 
others in the community, but are still lacking in clothing, bedding, medical 
attention and education. Uganda does not provide for a free education for 
Its citizens. Education must be paid by the student's families or sponsors. 
The orphans have no opportunity for an education as there is no one to pay 
for their education. This affects their future employment, as well as their 
ability to read and study the Scriptures when they are at church. 

Bro. Godfrey has made an appeal for us to sponsor these children, 
providing funds for schooling, and some very basic emergency medical 
care. All who are interested in sponsoring orphans in Africa can do so 
through the African Mission Board. We felt if the Board handled the money 
and forwarded it to Bro. Godfrey, it could be done much less costly, and 
used on a more timely basis. Checks mailed to Africa often take in excess 
of two months before the funds are available to them for the work. If we 
receive the money, it can be wired over along with the funds we are 
sending without additional cost. The funds can be available for the needs of 
the orphans on a much more timely basis. 

We would ask that you make at least a one year commitment and send 
the funds for at least two months at a time. Send your requests for a 
student(s) to Bro. Ray Reed, 302 Percival, Dallas Center, lA 50063, as 
well as your payments. Specify if you prefer to sponsor a boy or a girl. 
Bro. Godfrey will supply information about each child's situation, along with 
a picture of the student. 

Bro. Godfrey has requested $20.00 a month for each student. A 
breakdown of the funds will be as follows: $1 5,00 for educational tuition and 
supplies, and $5.00 for basic emergency medical/first aid care. 

Thank you, 
African Mission Board 


January 1, 1936 
Ida M. Helm 
A poet of Israel has written, "We spend our years as a tale that is told." 
We sometimes refer to the old year as a dead year, but the years never die, 
they simply step aside to make way for the New Year that is about to begin 
a new volume of the tale of life. Memories of the past year linger with us, 


and the days and months have contributed their share of material to help 
make us what we are. 

The record is sealed in the volume of 1935. Are we satisfied with what 
the year holds in her relentless hands? She holds what we gave her. She 
will carefully guard the volume till the great Judge shall bid her open the 
book. We may, as Esau of old seek with tears to change the record, but 
the guard is relentless, there is not one thought nor word nor act that we 
can change. 

Our lives have in a measure affected the lives of our neighbors and 
friends and their lives have in a degree affected ours. Have we helped 
each other to become a little more Christ-like? Have we remembered 
God's words, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of 
Christ." (Gal. 6:2.) Or have we sometimes put stumbling blocks in 
another's way? 

"What a checkered thing this life will be, when we see it unveiled in 

In our glad welcome of the New Year we may forget the old year and her 
solemn charge, but the record is not forgotten by God. He has a work for 
each one of us to do in the year 1936. No one else can ever do the work 
God intends for me to do. If I sleight my opportunities I can receive no 
reward. I can not hear from my Savior's lips the blessed words "well done." 
Of our selves we are weak, but Jesus our Lord and Savior is strong and 
able to help us accomplish the work He had for us to do. His promise is "I 
will never leave thee nor forsake thee." The days and nights of the New 
Year He is giving to us are not intended to be used by us as a merry-go- 
round or an amusement stage, but a field of conquest. 

Hard struggles lie in the path over which we must travel, for the 
adversary knows his time is short and he seeks to destroy as a roaring lion 
or to deceive as an angel of light, transforming himself so as the better to 
deceive. He doesn't care how he works just so he can make sure of 
getting his prey. He would stop the witness bearing for Christ of every 
Christian if he could. But there is One who has conquered Satan. He is 
the Christ of God. He is all powerful. He has traveled over the way we all 
must go, He will be our guide and lead us safely to the end if we will follow 
Him. He knows all the pitfalls and dangerous places along the way and He 
has safely bridged them all. 

While we are thinking about the work before us, we must remember that 
the standard of the work we accomplish will not be above the standard of 
our character. In spite of self-deceiving appearances, we can do nothing 
better or other, in reality, than to build ourselves into our work. The issues 
of life proceed out of the heart. 

The New Year will bring to us opportunities for service. Do you 
remember the haughty knight. Sir Launfal, how he started in young 
manhood to seek for something wonderful, and as he passed his castle 
gate he saw a poor leper crouching by the wall who held out his lean hands 


and begged for alms, and the proud knight scornfully tossed him a piece of 
gold and rode on; you remember he sought in many lands for something 
great and at last when his garments were worn threadbare and his hair was 
thinned and whitened with age he returned penniless to his earldom and 
found it occupied by another, and as he sat down to muse of happier days 
he saw the old leper still crouching by the wall and again he plead, Tor 
Christ's sweet sake I beg an alms." In tender love and pity the humbled, 
bankrupt knight shared his last crust of bread with the leper and brought 
him a drink of water, when suddenly the leper was transformed and stood 
before him glorified. Lo! it was the Lord of Glory to whom he had 

Let us improve the opportunities for service as they come to us, no 
matter how insignificant they may appear to us, and not like the mistaken 
knight look only for great things to do lest at last we be compelled to return 
empty handed to the place from which we started. 

The opportunities that may appear to us as humble beggars and not 
worth our notice, may be heavenly opportunities sent to us from God. 
Jesus said, "Behold I set before you life and death," and He tells us to take 
our choice. As we enter the New Year let us remember that the sting of 
death lurks in so many seemingly innocent things that are found on the 
highway of worldly pleasure, and that the fruit of the Tree of Life," can be 
obtained only on the narrow way, the way to the cross over which the King 
trod in anguish. 

The New Testament is the guide book that points out for us the way that 
He went and shows us where the delectable fruit is growing, and points out 
the pit-falls and dangerous places where we may fall to destruction. The 
Bible is a light to our pathway. When the tale of life is once finished it can 
never be changed and we must meet every thought word and act when the 
book of our life is read in the world beyond the grave. 

A poet has graphically described this solemn ordeal in the following 

I sat alone with my conscience. 
In a place where time had ceased; 
And we talked of my former living 
In the land where the years increased. 

And I felt I should have to answer 
The question it put to me, 
And face and answer the questions 
Throughout an eternity. 

The ghosts of forgotten actions 
Came floating before my sight; 
And things I thought were dead things, 
Were alive with a terrible might 


And the vision of all my past life 
Was an awful thing to face; 
Alone with my conscience sitting 
!n that solemn, silent place. 

Then I felt that the future was present, 
And the present would never go by; 
For it was but the scenes of my past life, 
Grown into eternity. 

Then I woke from my timely dreaming, 
And the vision passed away, 
And I knew that the far-away warning 
Was a warning of yesterday. 

And I pray I may not forget it, 
In this land before the grave; 
That I may not cry in the future, 
And no one come to save. 


"...but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power 
from on high." Luke 24:49. 

"...tarry one for another." I Cor. 1 1 :33. 

"...My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch." 
Mark 14:34. 

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall 
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they 
shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 . 

After spending another wonderful Lovefeast with the Lititz Congregation 
this Fall, we were taken back to the scripture in I Corinthians 11:33 which 
says, "Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for 
another." We meditated much upon these words and realized that there 
were benefits to be had by tarrying. We are told to tarry one for another in 
the Lovefeast because of the solemnity of the occasion. It gives us a 
chance to reflect upon the good things of God and the ultimate sacrifice 
that was made on our behalf. Tarrying one for another also shows us to be 
patient and loving one with another, as Jesus was with us. Just as the 
footwashing service teaches us humility, tarrying one for another helps us 
learn patience. 

The disciples of Jesus were told to tarry in Jerusalem until they were 
endued with power from God. They gathered together and prayed. The 
scriptures say they were in one accord in one place. They prayed and 
tarried and the Holy Ghost fell upon them as they were promised. There 


are benefits to tarrying. God promised Abraliam a people as numerous as 
the stars of the sky. He was old and so was his wife. He could not wait. 
The end result of Abraham's impatience was the Arab nation, which has 
been a thorn in the side of Israel ever since. Many times as Christians we 
run ahead of God, not recognizing God's timing and preferhng our own. 
Disastrous results often follow. This writer speaks from experience. As a 
young Christian I was not as patient with others as I should have been and 
did not realize God had a plan and a timetable for me. May God help us to 
accept His plan for us. 

Just as Abraham could not tarry because he perceived a weakness in 
his flesh, so the disciples, when asked to tarry with Jesus, fell asleep 
instead of watching. What a blessing they would have had if they only 
would have stayed awake a little while longer! It says in Isaiah that they 
that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. There is a blessing in 
waiting for Him. In James 1:4 we read, "But let patience have her perfect 
work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." Today in this 
hurried world our cry to God is, "Give me patience and give it to me now!" 
We recall hearing the testimonies of many saints that spent much time in 
finding the Lord. Our own quest for salvation took three years, with many 
agonizing and trying times. Many times we felt like giving up. Those who 
tarried in the upper room probably did not know entirely what it was they 
were waiting for, yet they, like Paul, were obedient to the heavenly vision. 
After all, they saw Christ rise out of their sight. We also, through faith, can 
wait upon the Lord and believe His promises knowing that if we are 
obedient He will indeed carry us through. 

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



Bro. Clyde Oscar Beeman, 61, of 66 N. Water Street, Frostburg, 
Maryland, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 2, 1995. "He 
fought a good fight and finished the course, henceforth is laid up for him a 
crown of righteousness." 

Born July 5, 1933, in Garrett County, Maryland, he was the son of Oscar 
Beeman and Flossie (Broadwater) Beeman, Lonaconing, Maryland. 

Bro. Beeman was a retired employee of Kelly Springfield Tire Company. 
He was a member of the Dunkard Brethren Church, Savage River, 
Maryland. He was a member of the Country Gospel Singers, a family 
group, as singer, songwriter and musician for twenty-four years. 

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Jean (Warnick) Beeman; 
one son, David C. Beeman and wife Gail, Shaft, Maryland; two daughters, 
Melonie F. Drew and husband Larry, Shaft, Maryland and Gloria M. 
Knieriem, Frostburg, Maryland; three brothers, Homer L Beeman and wife 


Freda, Westernport, Maryland, Bobby Beeman and wife Saundra, Vale 
Summit, Maryland and Roger L. Beeman and wife Sandy, Springfield, 
Virginia; three sisters, Edna M. Clark and husband Glen, Knapps Meadow, 
Maryland, M. Louise Skidmore and husband Stanley, Vale Summit, 
Maryland and Lavona K. Sines and husband Ronnie, Clarysvilie, Maryland; 
eight grandchildren, Steven Beeman, Chad Beeman, Amy Goldsworthy, J. 
R. Drew, Jessica Drew, Chantel Knieriem, Daniel Knieriem and Tyler 

Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 P.M., Friday, May 5, at the 
Durst Funeral Home, Frostburg, Maryland, with the Rev. Alan Smith, the 
Rev. Bill Clark and Bro. Virgil Leatherman officiating. Interment was in the 
Laurel Hill Cemetery, Moscow, Maryland. 

Clyde was a very "special" person. Even during his illness he had a big 
smile and hello for everyone who entered his room. His testimony of his 
faith and love for the Lord will never be forgotten. 
Sadly missed by the family. 


He was a man who loved his Lord, 

Good husband, father and son. 

God took him home to live in Heaven 

For his work on earth was done. 

He sang the gospel for 24 years 
As he traveled throughout the land. 
Wrote songs of praise, played lead guitar 
With "The Country Gospel Band." 

He was a man of integrity 
Who shared God's love with his friends. 
Prayed faithfully for his family 
Persevering until the end. 

We loved him much and we miss him 
But we'll see him again someday 
He waits at the portals of Heaven, 
To welcome us home to stay. 

-Edna (Beeman) Clark 
The family wants to thank everyone who expressed their love for 
Clyde. Also for the cards, flowers, food and especially the many prayers 
offered up for Clyde. 





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JANUARY 15, 1996 

NO. 2 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 

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. 


Study to show thyself approved, 

A follower of God. 
Go, tell the words that Jesus spoke 

While on this earth He trod. 

Speak up, nny brother, for the Lord; 

He has done much for you, 
Let others hear His holy Word; 

Show it by actions, too. 

Bear testimony for your Lord 

If you want salvation; 
God will guide in humble service, 

Not in emulation! 

If you will sacrifice for Him, 

He will salvation give. 

Then in that city up above 
Eternally you'll live. 

-Irene Stout 



The longest journey begins with the first step. As we look around 
us we realize that a big thing is composed of many small parts. 

Our bodies are composed of many diverse and interconnected 
parts. Each part supplies a need of the body. Whether bone, organ, 
muscle or tissue, each part contributes to the body's ability to live and 

A building is constructed of many interconnected parts. Without 
the varied parts of a building it could not shelter. If built without a 
major component, it would not be safe to be in. 

The world itself is made up of many elements. When the scientist 
dissects the earth, he finds atoms and molecules of the basic 
elements. Each element, in conjunction with the other elements, 
provides the framework for the earth's being. 

The great events that have happened throughout the world's 
history have been caused by many small events that combined to 
bring about the greater historic event. Wars do not just happen. 
There are contributing factors that precipitate these events. The one 
outstanding event that triggers the beginning of warfare is just one 
more event in a long line of provocations. Wodd War II did not start 
with Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939. That war had started a 
long time before. The rise of Hitler to power in Germany was one 
factor. His continued aggression at the expense of weaker countries 
was another. The world's economic situation played a part. The 
weakness of the leaders of the opposing governments was a 
significant force in allowing these events to transpire into war. World 


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War II had its roots in many countries, many leaders' hearts and 
minds and in prevailing conditions. These all had a part in bringing 
the war unto the world's stage of action. 

Just as a terrible war does not come by one simple act, so 
problems between individuals do not flame into hatred and distrust by 
a single action. People come to dislike and distrust each other 
through a series of failed opportunities to like each other. There may 
be certain preexisting conditions that affect people's relationships 
before they even meet. There may be a prejudice that clouds the 
relationship. Even Christians can be limited in their ability to deal with 
people with certain lifestyles. There are many things that influence 
one person's perception of another person. The first impression may 
be negative, although undeserved. Because of a poor first 
impression, a misspoken remark or some other trivial or innocent 
incident, an enmity is born between two people. If there is no 
willingness to overcome these poor beginnings, these harsh feelings 
are apt to escalate into a very negative relationship. When the 
relationship reaches this point, the only real cure is not a "papered- 
over" agreement to get along. A more basic cure is needed. This 
involves a need for a Spiritual solution. There Is a need for 
confession, repentance and forgiveness. Without this radical solution, 
there will be no real peace between these individuals. They need a 
war-ending peace treaty that is based on Biblical principles. Solutions 
that leave Biblical principles out can never be entirely successful. 

It is not only our relationships with others but our own inner failures 
that affect our lives. We need improvement. Internally. There are 
many ways in which we fail to live up to the pattern given in God's 
Word. This may include Impatience, anger, violent action or words, 
impiety, worldliness, immodesty, or many other failings. It may not be 
these negative activities. It may be the lack of positive activities. Like 
the Pharisees of old, we may lack judgment, mercy and faith. It is not 
that we do things that are ungodly, Instead we fall to do the things that 
promote Christ and Christian living. 

What is the remedy for this condition? First there Is the need for 
confession and repentance, especially where wrong has been done. 
To merely regret and belittle oneself will not improve the situation. A 
change needs to be made. Just as the present situation is the result 
of years of continued habits, the situation can be Improved by 
establishing a new set of habits. These habits will not be easy to 
initiate. New habits, whether good or bad, are made over a period of 
time by repeating the new activity a number of times. It is one step at 
a time. The steps may be baby steps at first. They may be giant 


steps when the new activity becomes more familiar. It is better to 
change a little for the better than to condemn the obvious lack. 

As you look at your self, your activities and your attitudes are you 
pleased with what you see? Are you willing, with the leading the Holy 
Spirit and the help of God, to make the needed changes? Are you 
willing to make these changes one step at a time? 



"And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant 
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright 
man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?" Job 1:8. 

As we consider the subject of servants, 1 would like to consider first 
the worthy servant and then the unprofitable servant. 

To see the task that was given to the servant, we look first at Isaiah 
41:28, "For 1 beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and 
there was no counselor, that when I asked of them, could answer a 

And also at Ezekiel 22:30, "And I sought for a man among them, 
that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for 
the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." 

Since no man was found that was able, he provided the servant 
who was both able and willing. 

We read of this one in Isaiah, chapters 42 through 53. These are 
sometimes called the servant songs of Isaiah. 

God describes this servant in Isaiah 42:1-9, also please read 
Matthew 12:17-21. 

In Isaiah 49:1-12 the servant speaks of the promise of God that he 
will uphold him. Again in Isaiah 50:4-9 the servant speaks of the 
tongues and of the ear, given him by the Lord God. John 12:49-50, 
"For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he 
gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what 1 should 
speak. And 1 know that his commandment is life everlasting: 
whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so 1 
speak." See also John 7:16 and 8:26. 

Again Isaiah 50:5-7. The servant says, "...I was not rebellious, 
neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my 
cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame 
and spitting. For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be 
confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I 
shall not be ashamed. See Luke 9:51 . 

Isaiah 52:13-15 begins to describe the suffering of the servant, and 


continues in the 53rd chapter to describe the suffering of the servant, 
and for whom and why it was necessary. Isaiah 53:5-6, "But he was 
wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the 
chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are 
healed. 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 

And God was satisfied. Isaiah 53: 1 0-1 1 . 

His work on earth was a work of service. Luke 7:22-23. "Then 
Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what 
things ye have seen and heard, how that the blind see, the lame walk, 
the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the 
poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not 
be offended in me." 

He crowned His life of service by taking a towel and basin, and 
washed the disciples' feet, and suffered the agonies of Gethsemane 
and died on the cross for your sins and mine. 

Thus He became the worthy servant of whom God said, "Behold, 
my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; i 
have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the 
Gentiles." See also Matthew 3:17, Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:7-35, John 

God bless you ail. 
Brother William Carpenter 


Should We Abandon the King James Version of the Bible? 

One indication that the Bible is still very much alive, even in these 
contemporary days of the '90's, when so many strident voices are 
denying its authority, is the continuing demand for new translations. 
Parts or all of the Bible are now available in more than twelve 
hundred different languages. This is twice as many as in 1920. This 
number is increasing steadily. Wycliffe Bible Translators have a staff 
of linguists working in almost five hundred different tribes to give them 
a Bible in their own language. 

As far as the English language Is concerned, at least twenty-five 
important translations and paraphrases have received wide usage in 
the twentieth century. These are in so called "modern English" 
instead of the supposedly archaic sixteenth-century English of the 
King James Authorized Version. The need for so many different 
modern-speech versions is not at all evident. 

A modern speech versjon does have certain advantages, of 


course. The Scriptures, as originally given, were in the common 
language of the people. They were intended by God to be understood 
and used by ordinary people, not just by priests and scholars. It is 
equally important today that all men should have access to the Bible 
in a language that is meaningful to them. There is no doubt that one 
or another of the modern translations has been of help to many 
people, who were not reached by the King James Version. 

Nevertheless, there is good reason for continuing to regard the 
latter as our basic English version, with the others used whenever 
appropriate for supplementary reading and study. In the first place, 
no modern translation has yet met the test of universal acceptability 
as the King James has for more than three hundred and fifty years. 
On the contrary, the very number of new translations is confusing, 
each with its own advocates and its own peculiar claims and 

At one time, Scripture memorization was very valuable to 
Christians but it seems to be becoming a somewhat forgotten 
discipline. Could it be because it is difficult to decide which version to 
memorize? If authorities do not agree on what the verse says, why 
do we want to memorize it? 

In addition, many translators of modern versions have been men 
who were not committed to faith in the full inspiration of the Bible. No 
matter how well they knew the original language or Bible manuscripts, 
their low view of Bible infallibility would corrupt their writing. The 
translators of the King James Version were not only scholars but were 
men who regarded the Scriptures as totally sacred. They revered the 
text highly and even used italics in the translation when words were 
added in the English. 

I disagree that King James English is too archaic or difficult to 
follow. It is written in a simple vocabulary and has a high percentage 
of one and two syllable words. 

The King James Version is universally acknowledged as the 
greatest masterpiece of English literature. Its beauty and majesty are 
without parallel in our literary heritage. 

The New Testament in the King James Version is based on the 
Greek text known as the Textus Receptus. It stands alone in this 
characteristic. The Byzantine text, as preserved through the 
centuries of Christianity by Greek speaking churches, gives credibility 
to this writing. 

Many translations contain an amazing number of obvious and 
careless mistakes. Some of these changes could be deliberate 
alterations. These versions of the Bible need to be used very 


carefully, if at all. 

There is a valid reason to believe that the King Jannes Version of 
the Bible is still the nnost accurate and reliable translation we have 
today. There would seem to be no reason to replace it with a modern 

Brother Len Wertz 


January 15, 1936 
Ethel Brubaker 
We find in Christ's teaching in Mark 4:1-20, that there are four kind 
of hearers; and as we as Christ's followers are sowing the seed in 
which of the four kinds of soil is It falling? If the seed which we are 
sowing is not bringing sinners to repentance, is it of carelessness on 
our part as sowers or on the part of the hearers? According to Mark's 
gospel we have the hearers as follows: 

I. The wayside. 

The kind of soil spoken of in this case has been left unbroken and 
uncultivated; the seed could not get underneath the surface and 
therefore was devoured by the fowls that came along. So it is with 
the hearers of the word, their heart is unbroken and hard and is not fit 
soil to receive the gospel. In such a heart it penetrates not but lies 
loosely upon the surface. The gospel is not given proper recognition 
by such hearts as is God's means of restoring them unto Himself. 
Because the evil one finds some way to snatch away the truth. 

II. The Stony Ground. 

This Is not stones mixed with soil, but stones with a thin layer of 
soil on top. With such condition the seed springs up quickly and 
likewise scorches quickly because it has not depth of earth. So it is 
with the hearers whose hearts are lightly impressed, they receive the 
word with joy, but when afflictions or persecutions arise, for the word's 
sake immediately they are offended. Then Satan enters in and 
devours them; and they are no more living the Christian life. 

ML The Thorny Ground. 

In this case the ground is good but has thorns in it. The ground is 
mellow and has sufficient depth but has not been cleared of the 
thorns. Such people really hear the word of God, but the cares of this 
world and the deceitfulness of riches, the lusts of other things of the 
world enter in and they become unfruitful. There are many different 
thorny ground hearers of the word, some of which we would like to 
make mention of. 


First, those who are so immersed in worldliness, business and 
anxious cares, that the good seed cannot come to fruitage. 

Second: Those who are rich. The anxious cares in business brings 
riches and the effects of riches is to blunt the spiritual perception of 
men and women as we find in I Tim. 6:9-19. 

Third: Again we have those running after the pleasures of this life. 
Many of the enjoyments of the world may be innocent within 
themselves, but they attract so much time and energy that Bible 
reading, deep meditation and prayer are crowded out. All these 
things are as thorns to living a Christian life. 

IV. The Good Ground. 

This ground is different from all the rest, it has nothing to molest. It 
is soft and mellow, deep and moist. Therefore it is capable of 
bringing forth good fruit. Some one hundred, some sixty and some 
thirty fold, as we have it recorded in Mark 4:20. This shows us that 
even the honest hearers of the word give forth fruits in different 
degrees. In the measure that it keeps the heart free from worldliness; 
cares of riches, pleasure seeking, mote picking and backbitings so 
that more of the good seed can mature. 

Which one of the four hearers are we? If we are one of the first 
three let us get busy and see if we can not raise our standard just a 
little higher each day as we travel the way that leads from earth to 
eternal glory. So let us as young and old that are trying to live the 
Christ like life be careful what kind of a life we live and the kind of light 
we show to the world that we do not keep sinners from repenting and 
discourage those that are already in the church to an extent that they 
turn back to the ways of sin. 


Silence is a blessed thing. Silence gives us access to the 
wonderful world of serenity. It is only in silence that we can find an 
opportunity to develop our personal relationship with God. 

Interior prayer offers us another way to use moments of silence to 
keep ourselves mindful of God's presence during the hours of a busy 
working day. Interior prayers are prayers of thought, addressed to 
God. It only requires a moment, while we are walking, working, or 
driving, to say, 'Thank You, Lord." 

Is it not just and right, that each day we remember God, and thank 
Him for the hours of that day, that He has given us? When we lift our 
eyes to a beautiful sky, or a glorious sunset, is it not right to say 
"Thank you. Father." Without silence we become estranged from 
God, and caught in the "Trap of the world," and are removed from the 


always present love of Jesus Christ. 

It is only in nnoments of silence that we can have the presence of 
mind to give our blessing to a less fortunate stranger, a playing child, 
or to the spirits of those who have gone before us, as we pass a 
cenaetery. We should carry the presence of Jesus Christ with us, 
everywhere we go, every day of our lives. We can only do this if we 
make a loving friend of silence. 

How can we be aware of the Holy Spirit, guiding and directing our 
lives if we never stop talking? If we are going to minister to others, 
must we not be silent and listen? Is not a good listener a blessing to 
everyone? If we have a loving compassion for the people all around 
us, must not we be silent and listen to their concerns and needs? 

No person who does not love silence can hope to reach his or her 
spiritual potential. Whenever you are in doubt, be silent... 

Bro. Allan Smith 


"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, 
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"Ephesians 2:20. 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and 
the Word was God." John 1 :1 . 

We must be extremely careful nowadays with what we read 
because the enemy is ready to devour us like a roaring lion. There is 
also much error on (so-called) Christian radio. In one day I heard 
several things that have no (or little) basis in scripture, or are just 
misinterpretation: "speaking in tongues," "slain in the spirit," "walking 
through cities," and so on. We must stay focused on the foundation. 

There are several things we must ask ourselves when we read 
Christian literature, or any other type for that matter. We must ask 
first of all, what Is the motive of the writer: WHY is this article or book 
being written? 

When reading a periodical like THE MONITOR, it can be 
understood that the piece of writing has been looked over carefully 
and approved by the Editor. In the Monitor's case at least, the writers 
are generally known personally by the Editor. The MONITOR has an 
agenda. All the articles fit into that agenda. Not all publications are 
like this. We must ask, is the writer bringing honor and glory to God? 
Is the writer bringing forth instruction in righteousness? Is the writer 
indeed writing from the standpoint that the scriptures are entirely true? 
Is the article being written with the position that Jesus Christ is the 
incarnate Son of God and that He brought a saving Gospel by living 
and dying and rising from the dead? Is the writer endeavoring to 


provoke the reader unto love and good works? Jesus said in 
Matthew 5:37, "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: 
for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." We must exercise 
care not to become repetitive. We must love our audience, and point 
them to Calvary. 

A dear friend of mine told me that when he went to Bible College 
the first thing he was told was this: "In order to get anything out of 
your time here you must forget everything you ever learned about the 
Bible and start fresh." My friend was a solid, born-again Christian, yet 
he was asked to forget his "prejudices." The college clearly taught 
error. He soon left. We must stay on the foundation. 

Everywhere we go God is being excluded. Maybe we should not 
go there. I wrote a letter to a local newspaper. They would not print it 
because it had a Bible reference in it. Thank God there are a few 
newspapers left that will print letters proclaiming the Gospel. We 
should witness more of the good things of God, and we should write 
more letters, including letters to newspapers that will print a 
proclamation of God's Grace. 

In I Peter 3:15 it says to be ready always to give an answer to 
every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with 
meekness and fear. It also states in verse 18, "For Christ also hath 
once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to 
God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit." This 
then is the foundation. Let us in every conversation of life remain true 
to the foundation. 

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


As I lay in bed last night meditating, it was near midnight. I had 
kept working until 10:45. As I prepared for bed, the electric went off. 
Everything went black. I hopped into bed. My mind began to wander 
and to think about many of the blessings that God gives freely to both 
saint and sinner. These are blessings that we never could pay for. 

Just think of the cost of a sunny day at today's cost of electricity. 
This could not be done with all of the learning and technology that 
man is so proud of. Yet if God took away all light, there would not be 
any electric lights either. All light would vanish from the earth and 
cavern darkness would surround us. It would be so dark that it could 
be felt. A person would become paralyzed in his steps. 

There followed other thoughts of God's free gifts. One of these is 


free water, without which all life would perish. There would be no 
green grass, trees, flowers, birds, animals or even human beings. 
Some people will say, "Oh, I pay for my water, it is not free." That 
water is free. People only pay for the means of getting access to it. 
He has not only given us the water for physical purposes, He also has 
given us the water of His Holy Spirit, to keep us alive spiritually and to 
feel His leading. Sadly, we have failed to follow His guidance so 
much of the time. We are suffering from a spiritual drought. As we 
need to use water to sustain life in the flesh, so we should constantly 
drink of the Holy Spirit to sustain our spiritual life in order to keep in a 
healthy, spiritual tune with God. Neglect of His guidance brings a 
withering up of our spiritual lives, just as it does our bodies if we do 
not have water to drink. 

Another free gift of God is the air we breathe. If God removed it, 
human and animal life would die almost immediately and plant life 
would follow. No amount of money could buy air. No rescue squads 
would pick us up. No hospital would admit us. No medical doctor 
would see us. 

Energy is another free gift. Some of the sources are electricity, 
wood, coal and oil. Without energy our motors would be dead, our 
cars would not run, our houses would be cold in winter and hot in 
summer. There would be no refrigeration to preserve our food, no 
heat to prepare our food, to wash our clothes and to do many other 

Also human, animal and plant life are gifts from God. Scientists 
have built robots, computers, and so forth, which have no life or 
knowledge, except what man puts into them mechanically. They are 
dead. They have no life or soul. Man has tried putting milk 
components together but animal life dies on it. It does not have the 
life additive that God put in mother's milk. People will spend 
thousands of dollars just to try to live a few days longer, but when 
God determines that life shall be no longer, the spirit of man flies 
away. The body is dead until the resurrection day, when God brings 
soul and body together again. Then man has no power to change his 
eternal destiny. It is forever sealed to be as we have determined 
during our life on earth. 

These are just a few of God's gifts to man. I do not think it possible 
to enumerate the many things God gives us free. The healing of our 
physical bodies is a great gift of God. Man can operate and sew the 
cut in the flesh together, but only God can heal it. Doctors, who 
realize this fact, have mentioned it to me different times. 

All of these free gifts are given to both saint and sinner by a 


merciful God. It costs to put water in our homes, get the energy out of 
the air and earth so that it can be used, for the medical profession to 
work on our bodies, but God's gifts are free. The greatest gift of all 
was His Son, who gave His blood freely to cover our carnal sinful 
nature and to keep us from eternal death. But as with the physical, 
we have our part to do in order to obtain that free gift. It is not by 
laying water pipes, drilling for gas, converting fuel to electricity, and so 
forth. We first must have faith in God, then praise Him (which, if we 
do not do. He said that the rocks and the mountains would cry out 
Luke 19:40), and to repent, be baptized and keep His 
commandments. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples 
if ye do whatsoever I have commanded you." Read I John 1 :3"6. But 
be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own 
selves. James 1:22. Faith without works is dead. Read James 2:17- 
20. We would be just as dead as our heating stove would be without 
fuel, if it were not provided for the fire to burn. 

By accepting God's free plan (without money and without price) 
which He has promised us. We can have eternal life in Heaven, 
where we will live forever by eating the twelve manner of fruit from the 
tree of life, drinking crystal clean water from the river of life, visiting 
and mingling with our family and loved ones of all ages and sing 
songs of praise together to our Redeemer. He looked on our 
afflictions and redeemed us from Satan without money and without 
price. ALL FREE! Praise the Lord! GLORY HALLELUJAH! 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 


Proverbs 20:1, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and 
whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." 

Proverbs 23:29-30, "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath 
contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? 
who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that 
go to seek mixed wine." 

The arguments against complete abstinence of strong drink and in 
favor of moderation are many and varied. Some of them can be 
construed from Holy Scripture. There may be historic evidence that 
our Brethren forefathers were not complete teetotalers. One of the 
strongest arguments in favor of moderation as opposed to complete 
abstinence is that the Bible condemns drunkenness and not drinking 
in moderation. While this would, perhaps, appear to be true, it does 
not alter the fact that there was never a drunkard who did not take the 
first drink! 


Many argue that the Holy Spirit can enable an individual to control 
the amount of strong drink consumed. We have no doubt of the 
validity of this argument. The same type of argument is set forth for 
owning a television or using a VCR. While we believe the Holy Spirit 
will give us the strength to overcome temptation, we do not believe 
that He will overrule our free will. Here lies the crux of the problem. 

We would not condemn an individual to Hell for using strong drink 
in moderation, especially if it is for medicinal purposes, anymore than 
we would condemn an individual to Hell for having a television set in 
their home. But we would caution that both of these have the 
potential for causing him to fall from the faith and thereby lose his soul 
to perdition. As our opening verse warns, "...whosoever is deceived 
thereby is not wise." 

The problems caused by alcoholic beverages are legion. "Who 
hath woe?" How many financial disasters have been caused by 
demon rum, as the old time evangelists named strong drink? "Who 
hath sorrow?" Anyone with a conscience left will have strong remorse 
after taking the life of an Innocent victim while being in an intoxicated 
state. Countless numbers have been killed by drunken drivers over 
the years. Murders and other felonies are often associated with 
strong drink. Not only do they suffer sorrow but the families of the 
loved ones killed have sorrow in their hearts also. "Who hath 
contention?" Many families have been destroyed through the use of 
strong drink. As verse 33 warns, "Thine eyes shall behold strange 
women..." "Who hath babbling?" An intoxicated individual has very 
little control over their thoughts or their tongue. Many a harsh word 
has been spoken and many unkind and untrue remarks have been 
made while under the influence of strong drink. We can ask 
forgiveness but the sting is never completely removed. "Who hath 
wounds without cause?" A sad picture is given in verse 35. "They 
have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have 
beaten me, and 1 felt It not: when shall I awake? 1 will seek it yet 
again." Many have suffered harsh treatment from their "fhends" while 
under the influence of liquor. Sadly, not only have many felt the hand 
of uncalled for punishment but they have administered it as well. 
There is probably nothing sadder than hearing of an innocent child 
being abused by an alcoholic father or mother. "Who hath redness of 
eyes?" This not only describes the appearance of one who habitually 
uses strong drink but could also be symbolical of diseases associated 
with strong drink. Many medical scientists believe that strong drink 
destroys the brain. Many other physical infirmities are directly or 
indirectly related to strong drink. 


We believe verse 31 is a strong argument in favor of complete 
abstinence. "Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it 
giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright." Verse 32 
gives the results. "At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like 
an adder." 

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


Titles and descriptions of the Church of God as given in the 

T-emple of God. I Cor. 3:16. 
H-ouseofGod. I Tim. 3:15. 
E-lect. Matt. 24:22. 

C-al!ed. Romans 8:28. 

H-eirsof God. Rom. 8:17. 

U-nited we stand, divided we fall. (A proverb.) 

R-ansomed. Isaiah 45:10. 

C-hristians. Acts 11:26. 

H-idden ones. Psa. 83:3. 

G-eneral Assembly. Heb. 12:23. 
0-bedient. I Peter 1:14. 
D-isciples. Matt. 5:1. 

E-xcellent. Prov. 12:26. 

S-heep. John 10:3. 

T-emple of God. Psa. 135:4 

A-ssembly of saints. Heb. 10:25. 

B-elievers. Acts 5:14. 

L-ight of the world. Matt. 5:14. 

l-mage of God. Rom. 8:29. 

S-tones. I Peter. 2:5. 

H-oly. I Cor. 3:17. 

E-lection. Rom. 9:11. 

D-early beloved. Jer. 12:7. 

The late Brother Paul R. Myers 




Bro. Russell Burdette Smootz, 77, Antioch, West Virginia, died 
October 6, 1995, at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center 
in Washington, DC 

Bro. Smootz was born March 27, 1918, in Elk Garden, West 
Virginia, and was the son of the late Elmer J. and Blanche (Harris) 

He was a former employee of American Woodmark Corporation in 
Moorefield, West Virginia, and a member of the Ridge Dunkard 
Brethren Church in Antioch. He was a veteran of World War II. 

On May 3, 1947, he married the former Ruby M. Rohrbaugh, who 

Other survivors include one son, Andrew A. Smootz, Linville, 
Virginia; two daughters, Sandra Eberly, New Holland, Pennsylvania 
and Joyce Shaffer, New Creek, West Virginia; one sister, Cletus 
Kauffman, Broadway, Virginia, and five grandchildren. 

Virgil Leatherman, Millard Benner and Frank Shaffer conducted the 
funeral at 1:00p.m. at the Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church. Burial 
was at the Knobley Cemetery, Antioch, West Virginia. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knobley Cemetery. 

We wish to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards and gifts. 
Thanks for all the prayers and kindness shown the family during this 
time of sorrow. 

Ruby M. Smootz and family 



Another time to praise the Lord. Sister Carla Blocher, daughter of 
Bro. Stephen and Sis. Karen Blocher, braved the cold waters of 
baptism and entered her name in the Lambs Book of Life. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 



February 4- "Ye Must Be Born Again" -John 3:1-13. 

1. Compare the first and second births. What are the similarities? 
What are the differences? 

2. Why is it so hard for the natural man to discern and understand 
Spiritual things? 

February 1 1 - Believing in the Son of God - John 3:14-36. 

1. Explain how God's love for everyone is unconditional. 

2. How is unbelief a self-condemnation? 

February 18 - Living Water - John 4:1-26. 

1 . What is "'The Gift of God" Jesus spoke about to the woman? 

2. Explain the process of Spiritual thirst quenching. 

February 25 - Harvest Time - John 4:27-42. 

1. Why did Jesus compare doing His Fatheris will to meat? 

2. Explain how we today are reaping what was sown by the 
generations before us. 


February 4 - Our Virtue- II Peter 1:3-11, Phil. 4:6-9, I Peter 3:10-12. 

1 . Is virtue easily attained or must we grow in it? 

2. How is 'The face of the Lord against them that do evil"? 

February 1 1 - Our dedication-Ex. 32:26-33, II Kings 23:2-3, Phil. 3:7-14 

1 . What determines whether or not we are on the Lord's side? 

2. What covenant must we make with the Lord? 

February 18 - Our Anchor- Hebrews 6:1-20. 

1. How can we "Go on unto perfection" in our Christian walk? 

2. What is our "Anchor of the soul"? 

February 25 - Hypocrisy - Matt. 23:12-28, Luke 6:44-49. 

1 . What did Jesus say about doing the less weighty things? 

2. Explain why hypocrisy is sin and compared to swallowing a 

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FEBRUARY 1, 1996 

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


We need not climb the hills to find 

Our Lord and worship there. 
We need not go through valleys low, 

For He is everywhere! 
Oh, we could go fronn pole to pole 

Or travel the earth's sphere. 
And yet our mind is sure to find 

That Christ is always near. 

What joy is this and with what bliss 

We worship at His feet. 
The time will come for everyone 

When they their Lord shall meet. 
Our judgment day we're shown the way 

To heaven or to hell. 
Worship with love your Lord above — 

Then find that all is well, 

-Irene Stout 



Most natural products contain impurities, therefore refineries are very 
important to us. In order to guarantee purity in the products we use and 
eat, they must be refined. The gasoline for our automobiles must be 
refined from crude oil. Sugar cane must be refined to become table 
sugar. Many things are potentially useful, but they can not be utilized 
until they have been refined. 

Silver and gold need to be refined before either becomes a metal of 
great value. Dirt, dross and other impurities are within the ore. It needs 
to be heated, so the dross can be removed. A very high heat is one of 
the best purifiers. By whatever manual or mechanical method, the 
impurity is removed, it is a necessary step. What is potentially valuable 
does not attain its full value until the impurities have been removed. 

Malachi writes to the Jews of his day. He writes of the refiner's work 
and applies it to them. He speaks of the need for purity in their religious 
and moral lives. Unfortunately, their lives did not measure up to the 
standards of God. They were impure. He gave several examples of 
ways that they had perverted their service of God. 

He accused them of robbing from God. They could not imagine how 
they had ever robbed God. The very idea seemed preposterous. He 
showed how they had withheld their tithes and offerings from God. 
They probably had some very good reasons for not making their 
expected offerings to God. People usually find very believable reasons 
for failing to do their duty towards God. They had failed to bring their 
tithes into the congregation's warehouse, although they probably had 
had at one time good intentions to do so. In the end, they did not save 


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their goods for themselves, they lost even greater blessings that God 
would have given them if they had been faithful in fulfilling their vows. 

He spoke of their hard speeches against God. They had a form of 
godliness but they lacked a true, vital dedication to God and His ways. 
Although they might deny speaking against God, Malachi informs them 
that they have made light of God's commandments and ordinances. 
They have considered God's commandments to be of little importance 
in their lives. In fact, they have, by reason and deceit, tried to free 
themselves of His demands upon their lives. They might consider His 
commands to be applicable to people of another age or culture, but not 
to themselves. They might decide they did not need to be or to do 
differently then their neighbors. They would feel foolish to do some of 
these things that the world would never do. 

They had a perverted sense of rightness. They not only did not 
follow God's commandments, but they spoke stoutly against those who 
did. They praised those who were wicked and criticized those who 
were righteous. Those who were evil were promoted in their minds, but 
the good were put down. 

Malachi wrote of the majority of the Jews following this course. He 
also commended those who were willing to follow God's program. 
Although they were few compared to the others, they were an 
inspiration to Malachi. He saw them meeting together to encourage 
each other in their godly course. Their reward was greater than just the 
praise of Malachi. They were commended by God, Himself. 

A refining was needed. He used the picture of the refiner's fire to 
speak of that needed refining. Fire will liquefy metals so the dross can 
be removed. No other means will be effective: God's judgment is a 
refiner's fire. His judgment of sin will cause a cleansing within the life of 
one of His people. 

They were in need of a great refining. Like the Jews of Malachi's 
time, many Christians have developed many of the same defective 
attitudes. They have impurities that need to be removed. They need 
the refiner's fire to work in their Spiritual lives. 

Many Christians display the same contrary attitudes and practices 
that the Jews of old had. Their behavior caused Malachi to speak 
against them. He warned them they needed to make some changes. 
Christians with the same attitudes also need to make similar changes in 
their lives. 

When Christians hoard their resources, speak against God, the 
Church, and His people, and lose their right sense of values, they are in 
need of a great refining in their lives. Either they will be changed in the 


fires of the refiner or tliey will be punished in the fires of Hell. 

Do you need to be refined? The one who has been refined realizes 
his potential. The unrefined will suffer great loss. 



February 1, 1936 


E. L. Beery 

Hear, therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it, that it may be well 
with thee, and that ye may increase mightily as the Lord God of thy 
fathers has promised thee in the land that floweth with milk and honey. 

Moses here is exhorting the children of Israel to hear God. Moses 
was a mouthpiece of God even from the time He spoke to Moses, out 
of the burning bush. 

The word says, "And the Lord spake unto Moses," time and time 
again we hear these words and surely God must have seen something 
in Moses that met with His favor, something that he could rely on. 

In our last quarter's Sunday School lessons we have the latter part of 
Moses life. In Deuteronomy Moses reviews the journeying of the 
children of Israel and calls attention to God's faithfulness, and His 
protection in every step of their journey. The same keeping and saving 
power he gives us through His word, and it is a great privilege to have, 
if we lay hold of the opportunity. 

He also reminded them that their raiment was not old upon them, 
neither did their feet swell these forty years. Even if the children of 
Israel thought they were taken out into the wilderness to die, God in His 
mercy always provided a way, even if that way looked dark. Moses 
also shows the children of Israel the danger of prosperity. They were to 
be taken to a land of brooks of water, lands of wheat and barley, vines 
and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olives and honey, 
everything that a person could want, also great cities which thou 
buildest not, and houses full of good things, which thou filledst not, and 
wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which 
thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; then He 
says, "Thou shalt not forget the Lord thy God which brought thee out of 
the land of Egypt." 

I believe that each and everyone of us in this generation have 
forgotten the protection and blessings that the Lord has given us, from 
the earliest existence of life up to this time. Who do we give credit for 


our protection and prosperity? As we follow Moses, we find that time 
and again the children of Israel were disobedient, and caused Him 
much sorrow. 

You remember when the children of Israel were thirsty, how God had 
told Moses to smite the rock once and water should come forth out of 
the rock. Moses disobeyed and because of this he was not allowed to 
spend the remaining days of his life in the promised land. Realizing this 
he asked God's blessing and divine support upon the children of Israel. 

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting 
arms, and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee. (Deut. 

This finds Moses ascending the mountain from which he never 
returned. This ends the life of a man chosen of God to be a leader the 
whole journey through, only to be left just outside in the end. I wonder if 
we as a people might be causing our Elders and those that have rule 
over us, as much sorrow and disappointments as the children of Israel 
did Moses? 

Let us think on these things with the end of our journey in view. 



The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation will have Revival 
Meetings, March 22 through 31 , with Bro. Jason Reed as our evangelist. 
We plan to close with a Lovefeast on Saturday, March 30, with services 
beginning at 11 :00 A.M. We welcome any who can come to worship with 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 

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2395 268th Lane 
Adel, Iowa 50003 


Woodland Drive 


Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17403- 



136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 

150 Wolfs Bridge Road 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 

1734 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 

1433 0verholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 


R.4 Box 66 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 


6436 Covert Road 
Modesto, California 95351 


4639 Addison-New Carlisle Road 

New Carlisle, 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 California Road 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

537 California Road 
Littlestown Pennsylvania 17340 


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 

255 Pleasant Grove Road 
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 


Box 178 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 


1260 Pine Grove Road 
Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania 17026 


R.2 Box 112 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 


31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, California 95320 


Andrews, Larry 
Armstrong, Ellis 
Aungst, Dale 
Beachler, Steve 
Beeman, Oscar 
Beeman, Steven 
Birt, Harliss 
Bittinger, Lester 
Blocher, Dale 
Blocher, Stephen 
Boone, Barry 
Brooks, Marion 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Clayton, Lawrence 
Eberly, Marvin 
Eberly, Paul 
Eberly, Roy 
Flory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Paul 
Hostetler, Don 
Jamison, Marian 

Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kasza, Tim 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Lichtenberger, Robert 
Litfin, Doyle 
Litfin, Ted 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Doyle 
Lorenz, Marvin 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Dale 
Meyers, Dennis 
Meyers, John 
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. 
Noecker, Richard 

Peters, Ron 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Fletcher, Albert 
Priest, Duane 
Reece, Dave 
Reed, Car! E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Oty 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschhaupt, John 
StJohn, Clifford 
St.John, Rick 
Sensenia Glenn 
Shaffer, Dean E. 
Siegrist, Tim 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Swihart, Roger 
Wells, Maunce 
Wertz, I von 
Wertz, Richard 
Wister, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 




Marvin Lorenz 

P.O.Box 62 

Pioneer, OH 43554 


Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

ManJieim, PA 17545 





A. Elders, otiier 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 
regularly and in brotherly love. 

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

D. Caucusing, that is the 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-Christian 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 1 7403 


Robert Carpenter 

R.5 Box 97 
Peru, 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, Secretory 
2654 K Avenue 
AdeUA 50003 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 

801 2 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 

Miciiae! Wray 

31111 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. 

Located on Savage River Road in 
Garrett County, Maryland. From 
Cumberland, Maryland, travel west on 
National Freeway #48, 20 miles to 
Lower New Germany Road (Exit 24). 
Turn left or south under the Interstate 
three-tenths mile, turn right on Lower 
New Germany Road. Go 3.8 miles, turn 
left on Westernport Road. Go 3.8 miles, 
turn hght on Savage River Road. Go 
3.9 miles to church on left. 

From Morgantown, WV area travel 
east on Interstate #68 to Lower New 
Germany Road (Exit 24). 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, on 
Maryland side of bridge) go seven 
miles on Route #135 (passing through 
Westernport and past WESTVACO 
Paper Mill) to Savage River Road. 
Turn 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, turn left to Dayton, 3.5 
miles right on Rt. 257, two blocks. 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Ohio 
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, Rt. 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 
miles 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 onto 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 above 

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 
nniles 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 corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Ave., go two blocks and turn 
left on Third Street, church house is 
one block. 

Near Wauseon, OH, located on U.S. 
Rt. 20 Alternate, 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 (marked with High- 
land Springs sign) go to Jonathan, turn 
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 Rt. 40, about six miles south 
of Ciearville. From Everett take Rt. 26 
to Ciearville. At Ciearville 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 Hil! 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.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 
Adel, lA 50003 

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

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

Wiike Wray 
3111 1 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 
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 
Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


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

Dennis StJohn, Secretary 
Bryan. OH 43506 

I Road 

Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
AdelJA 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 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 


David Sklles, 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 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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VOL. LXXI V FEBRUARY 1 5, 1 996 NO. 4 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR IVIOTTO: 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. 


Affliction is a stormy deep, 

Where wave resounds to wave; 
Though o'er our heads the billows roll, 

We know the Lord can save. 

When darkness and when sorrows rose, 
And pressed on every side. 

The Lord hath still sustained our steps 
And still hath been our guide. 

Perhaps before the morning dawn, 
He will restore our peace; 

For he who bade the tempest roar, 
Can bid the tempest cease. 

Here will we rest, here build our hopes— 
Nor murmur at his rod; 

He's more to us than all the world— 
Our Health, our Life, our God. 




A vacuum cleaner without suction is nearly useless. If it lacks 
suction, the machine will not pick up the dirt off the floor or out of the 
carpet. If it does not do this, there is no reason to expend the energy 
to push it over the floor. A blockage in the hose or some other part of 
the machine will prevent it from pulling up the dirt. Once the 
obstruction is removed, it will again do the work it is designed to do. 

Automobiles have a vacuum system. If a vacuum hose is 
punctured or disconnected, the vacuum will be broken. The car will 
not run properly. It may not run at all. Often these problems are 
difficult to diagnose. A very competent mechanic is needed to figure 
out the problems caused by a faulty vacuum system. 

It is impossible for a person to live in a vacuum. A human needs 
air to breathe in order to live. The earth's atmosphere was created to 
provide the precise mixture of ingredients that would be healthiest for 
humans. Although air pollution has harmed this mixture, it still is not 
out of the range of human usability. A vacuum is the absence of this 
needed air. Without this air, there would be no life. 

Just as people can not live in a physical vacuum, neither can their 
Spiritual lives prosper in a vacuum. There is a need for Spiritual 
activity in the life of each Christian. 

When God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt following the 
ten plagues, He did not tell them to just rest on the other side of the 
Red Sea. He had protected them until they had gotten to the Red 
Sea. He had delivered them from the danger of going back into 
bondage, by opening the Red Sea. He further protected them 
through the destruction of the pursuing Egyptians. They were not 


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delivered to rest but to move toward the Promised Land. They were 
equipped by God to move on to their destination in a rather short 
time. They chose to lengthen that time through their lack of faith. 
They made several detours on the way, but eventually, In the next 
generation, accomplished their original goal. Along the way, they 
acquired the Law, which regulated their daily lives, often in very 
precise ways. This Law gave them boundaries to order their lives by. 
To have rested on the eastern banks of the Red Sea after their 
symbolic baptism, would have been a vacuum for the children of 
Israel. Instead God had a plan for them to follow. He wanted them to 
move toward the Promised Land. 

There are many parallels between the journey of the Israelites from 
Egypt to the Promised Land and the Christian Life. Egypt was a land 
of darkness and bondage. It was necessary for God to provide the 
means of freeing them from their captivity. The sinner is a captive of 
the darkness and bondage of Satan, sin and self. His only hope of 
release is through the provision made by God. God provides the 
hope of escape through the vicarious atonement of His Son. The 
children of Israel could have done nothing on their own to affect their 
escape. It was God through His agents, Moses and Aaron, Who got 
them out. The sinner can do nothing to escape his predicament 
except to accept the Gift of God. Once the sinner has come through 
his "Red Sea", he is set to make his lifetime journey. 

A Christian is not called to leisure. He is called to a journey and a 
goal. His destination is Heaven. His goal is to serve God in his most 
acceptable way. The journey may have serious obstacles along the 
way. There will certainly be temptations that would call the Christian 
from his desired course. A Christian who does not have temptations 
is not actively living his faith. 

The Christian is saved to serve. He will serve God and his fellow 
man. Also, he will keep himself pure. The journey may be short or it 
may be long and arduous. There may be much opposition or little. A 
Christian's worst enemy may turn out to be himself. He wants the 
end rewards but does not feel the necessity of complying with God's 
requirements for obtaining those rewards. 

The Children of Israel often murmured and complained along the 
way. There were many things that did not suit them. They even 
came perilously close to rebellion at times. Christians must watch 
that they do not follow that example. Eventually those who did not fall 
away along the way did enter the Promised Land. 

There is a great need for men to escape the bondage of Egypt. 
They need to accept the provisions made for them by God. Once 
escaped from sin and Satan, they need to be on the journey toward 


the Promised Land. It is not a time of ease and retirement. It is a 
time of service. 

Where are you on your journey? 



Our calendar devotes one day out of the year as Valentine's Day. 
It is a day, though greatly commercialized, that is devoted to the 
expression of love. Let us reflect for a moment on the love that is 
light years beyond the love that a fallen world talks and sings about. 
The poet has best expressed it when he wrote: 

The Love of God, is greater far, 

Than tongue or pen can ever tell. 

It goes beyond the highest star, 

And reaches to the lowest hell. 

This is a beautiful expression of what cannot be fully fathomed by 
even the best human mind. Only within the soul can the true believer 
begin to experience the love of God which is "Heaven's Remedy". 

Ephesians 4:25 tells us that husbands are to love their wives 
"...even as Christ loved the church..." Husbands, that is to be one of 
the greatest goals and challenges of your lifetime. This is niore than 
just a beautiful saying, it is a command. It is a command that if put 
into practice would close all the divorce courts in our nation and make 
marriage counseling unneeded. The best valentine that a husband 
can give to his wife is to love her as Christ loved the Church. 
Remember, that to love your wife as Christ loved the Church is very 
costly and is a continuing action. Flowers fade and candy is 
consumed but the love of God working in a marriage will accomplish 
what all other efforts will not be able to do. 

From eternity past to eternity future, we find the love of God as the 
greatest force known to man. It was in the creation, in the garden 
when man lost his fellowship with God, on Mount Calvary when the 
sky blushed and turned black as the Saviour bore the curse of the 
law, but it still exists with undiminished power and fervor today. It will 
also abide throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. 

Prison bars cannot shut out God's love. It is shed abroad into the 
darkest hearts of man like the warm rays of sunshine on a cold 
winter's morning. Romans 5:5. "Heaven's Remedy" has the greatest 
potential to empty our prisons at this low ebb of human history. The 
year 1994 had the infamous record of surpassing one million souls 
being incarcerated in our penal system. 

The love of God cannot be likened to a box of chocolates or to 


beautiful flowers. It reached its apex on Calvary when the universe 
held its breath as Jesus, dying on the Cross cried, "Father, forgive 
them..." That was the love of God at its greatest moment. 

Fellow believer, is there someone or something in your life that you 
have not forgiven? Perhaps it is some old offense that cannot be 
forsaken. If so, avail yourself of the Balm of Gilead, "Heaven's 
Remedy," that the hurts of the past can finally be laid to rest. 

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, 
that we should be called the sons of God:" I John 3:1a. 

Brother David Skiles 


Christians and Reincarnation 

Popular Oriental religions are impacting many Christians' thinking 
on reincarnation. Some do not feel there is anything wrong with 
incorporating this thinking into the Christian faith. In reality, the 
amalgamating of reincarnation into Biblical Christianity is somewhat 
like talking about the godly devil. It is impossible! 

Religious systems that promote reincarnation teach that man's life 
consists of good and bad actions which, at his death, result in a 
system of merits and demerits. These positives and negatives 
accumulate and determine what the status of the next life will be. It, 
in their thinking, may even determine whether you will come back as 
a god, man or a plant or lower animal. (Maybe even a bug!) They 
teach that there is a chain formed from one existence to another with 
the balance of merit and demerit earned in the previous life. So, you 
obtain "salvation" when the rebirth cycle is broken and you become 
absorbed in a nebulous existence sometimes termed "Nirvana." 

The greatest dissimilarity between reincarnation and Biblical 
teaching exists in the idea of a recurring cycle of existence. The Bible 
says it is appointed for man to die and then comes the judgment. It 
pictures death as a separation of the soul from the world. When 
God's saint dies, he enters into an eternal estate secured for him by 
God's grace, through Jesus Christ. He does not enter into another 
higher status for another lifetime. 

The idea of reincarnation does not allow for the reality of a 
personal God who enters into a holy relationship with His creation. In 
reality, it usually is conceived as a cognitive process within man 
himself, rather than as a personal God. 

In addition, reincarnation makes man's spiritual advancement 
contingent upon his own personal mortal efforts. He is to make his 
merits outweigh his demerits. Contrast that with Christianity which 
shows that salvation can jnot be earned but is merited by the 


substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. 

Reincarnation holds that our spiritual, physical and moral 
conditions are determined by our former life. They are out of our 
control. This only leads to misery emotionally. It is devastating 
spiritually. Praise God we are not bound to our sins and that "if we 
confess our sins, Christ is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and 
cleanse us from all unrighteousness." "Though our sins be as scarlet, 
they can be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they can 
be white like wool." 

Christianity does not build on a system of merits and demerits. 

In addition, you cannot equate reincarnation with the doctrine of 
resurrection. This violates its meaning. Resurrection speaks of a 
time when our earthly bodies will be transformed and fitted for their 
eternal estate. Reincarnation advances a future life on earth with 
similar constraints and physical laws we have now. Resurrection 
demonstrates that there is no moral dualism between the spirit and 
matter. Reincarnation says that matter is essentially evil. 
Resurrection promises that our body will take on a new, incorruptible, 
glorified form. Reincarnation says a future life will be in a different 
body or even in a different order. 

To try to adopt reincarnation as an answer to the mystery of life will 
only lead you to anguish and frustration. Without a personal God, you 
are alone and lost in this universe. You have the promise of the 
resurrection and thus you can have joy and eternal hope. "Death will 
be swallowed up in victory." You have everything to look fonward to in 
your future in Christ. 

Brother Len Wertz 


"One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, NOW I SEE." John 

In our nursing work, we have found that there are two types of blind 
people. The first, blind from birth, has no concept of sight. They have 
no understanding of depth, color, or the various expressions of our 
creation. They cannot understand the meaning of vision. They may 
long to see, but in reality they cannot covet what they never have had. 
Most people who are blind from birth are able to make do with their 
other senses. Even more, they are often able to excel. The other 
senses become more acute. They even seem to have a "sixth sense" 
that can detect impending danger. 

We often have encountered the other type of blind person: the one 
who sometime in his past was able to see. Most of these, though not 
all, have a vivid memory of sight. They remember colors, certain 


memorable scenes, and especially, the faces of their loved ones. Not 
only do they remember, but they long to have their sight back. Most 
of all, they realize that their former state was far preferable to what it 
is now. 

Modern philosophy is a lot like the man born blind. The modern 
philosophers say that since they have never seen, there is no such 
thing as vision. Since there is no manifestation of God, there is no 
God. Yet, they stand accused by nature itself. As Romans 1:20 
says, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are 
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his 
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." The 
modern existentialist movement, which grew out of the aftermath of 
World War II, is pessimism at its most dark. They say life is utter 
uselessness. There is no God. Man is only a higher animal. Yet 
there is so much evidence to the contrary. They are indeed without 

Back in the late 1960's there arose what was known as the Jesus 
Movement. Young people at that time were challenging the morals and 
traditions of their parents. There were many who were earnestly 
searching for truth. Some found it. Many, in their search for truth, 
remind us of the blind man who once could see. He remembers what it 
was like and longs to be in that state again. It is as if the Holy Ghost 
gives some people a glimpse of heaven, leaving them hungry for more. 

Paul, who had other ideas, was struck down on the road to 
Damascus. Some people say this was irresistible persuasion on the 
part of God. Paul said, "I was not disobedient unto the heavenly 
vision." (Acts 26:19) One dear old saint from years gone by said, as 
he sought the Lor ., "God has something for me, and I will have it or I 
WILL DIE!" Oh, Lord, give us more people with that kind of vision! 

When a blind man receives his sight, it no longer matters if he was 
born blind. The blind man in the scripture said, "One thing I know, that, 
whereas I was blind, NOW 1 see." Do we see the importance of that 
statement? The fact that our eyes have been opened is the most 
important fact. When our understanding is opened and God can 
speak to us, we do like the blind man, we bask in the light. It is 
wonderful to see all there is to see. Our prayer is that God will heal 
more people of their blindness and that more people might be obedient 
to God and be saved. Jesus loved us so much that He gave His all 
that we could be reconciled to God. Has He opened your eyes? 

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



Part 2 

"Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold we have 
forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore." Matt. 

As we do what is commanded, do we think that thereby we can 
repay God for the gift of salvation, and all the blessings He showers 
upon us day by day? 

"So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are 
commanded you, say. We are unprofitable servants; we have done 
that which was our duty to do." Luke 17:10. 

Yet we are required to be faithful. Moreover it is required in 
stewards (servants), that a man be found faithful. I Cor. 4:2. See 
Heb. 3-6. Of two who were faithful also, see Numbers 12:7. 

For an account of a good and faithful servant read the 24 chapter 
of Genesis. 

Some were servants unwittingly. "For the Scripture said unto 
Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I 
might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared 
throughout all the earth." Rom. 1 :17. 

Another was Nebuchadnezzar. "And he was driven from the sons 
of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was 
with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body 
was set with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God 
ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it 
whomsoever he will." Dan. 5:21. 

"That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my 
pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the 
temple, Thy foundation shall be laid." Isa. 44:28. 

"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his 
Lord." Matt. 10:24. "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. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." John 

"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to 
minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." Matt. 20:27-28. See 
also Mark 9:35, 10:43-44, Luke 22:24-27. 

Whose servant are you? "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield 
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; 
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" 
Rom. 6:16. Please read Rom. 6:12-13. 

"Moreover by them (the judgments of the Lord) is thy servant 


warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward." Psalm 1 9:11 . 

"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant 
unto all, that 1 might gain the more." 1 Cor. 9:19. 

Tor we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and 
ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." II Cor. 4:5. 

"For do I now persuade men or God? or do I seek to please men? 
for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." Gal. 

"And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all 
men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose 
themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the 
acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out 
of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." II 
Tim. 2:24-26. 

The Queen of Sheba said to Solomon, "Happy are thy men, happy 
are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that 
hear thy wisdom." I Kings 10:8 and II Chron. 9:7. Surely we ought to 
be even happier to see the wisdom of Christ. See. Prov. 8:32-26. 

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made 
ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed 
is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." 
Matt. 24:45-46. Please read verses 42-51, also Luke 12:32-48. 

So let us all strive to serve faithfully, that we, though unprofitable, 
may hear our Lord say, "Enter thou into the joys of thy Lord." Matt. 
25:21 -23. This is the prayer of your unworthy servant for us all. 

God bless you all, 
Brother William Carpenter 


III John 4, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk 
in truth." 

The Scriptures are silent as to whether or not the writer of III John 
ever married. It is believed this was written by the Apostle John, who 
also is believed to have written I and II John, as well as the Gospel of 
John and the book of Revelation. The vast majority of Bible 
authorities and scholars are of the opinion that the "my children" 
mentioned in the book of III John were his converts. 

Nevertheless, it certainly brings joy to a natural parent's heart to 
know that their children walk in truth. Children, of themselves, should 
be seen as a blessing from the Lord. I thank God for my three 
daughters. Our love for our children should not be dependent upon 
their actions. The Scriptures teach us that Christ loved us while we 
were yet sinners. We are assured in Romans 8:38-39, "For I am 


persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor 
depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the 
love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." This same type of 
love that God has for us should be true of us as parents for our 
earthly children. 

Our love for our children is no guarantee that they will not be 
estranged from us. While it Is difficult for us to understand how any 
parent couid cast their own child aside because of differences of 
opinion, it is also heartbreaking to hear of children who refuse to have 
anything to do with their parents. This may come about because the 
child Is ashamed of the lifestyle they are pursuing that brings sorrow, 
In place of joy, into the parent's life, i am thankful that I have a loving 
relationship with all three of my daughters and I deeply appreciate the 
respect they have shown for me. 

We believe that we bring joy to the heart of our Heavenly Father 
when we walk in the truth. Contrary to popular teaching, It is possible 
to depart from the faith, therefore removing ourselves from the family 
of God. It is true that In a natural family once a son, always a son (or 
daughter) is a reality. Even in the natural realm a son or daughter 
can be disinherited! Jesus Christ, when teaching of the new birth, 
Informed us, "That which is born of the flesh Is flesh; and that which Is 
born of the Spirit is spirit." We can not compare natural truths with 
Spiritual realities. However, we also believe there are those who are 
a part of the family of God who bring sorrow to the heart of the Father 
because of their refusal to walk in the truth. 

The Apostles would never have gone against the commandment of 
Jesus Christ to "call no man Father" (the exception of natural or 
adopted parents being clearly understood in Scripture). Church 
historians refer to them as the founding fathers of the faith. We 
believe this is an acceptable title. It Is within a similar context that 
John refers to those he has led to Christ as "my children." 

In a somewhat similar sense, the Church has sometimes been 
referred to as "our mother." There are many who believe the 
reference by John to "the elect lady" in II John was a case in point 
There should be no greater joy In the Church than to hear that her 
children walk In truth. 

The problem comes when "walking in truth" is defined. All sorts of 
outlandish and heretical thoughts are presented as "truth" by different 
individuals and groups. On what is considered by most the cardinal 
truths of Scripture, we believe that those within the mainline of 
Christianity over the years are safe to follow. However, unfortunately, 
error has overcome both the popular Protestant movement and our 


Anabaptist brothers and sisters. Things like the Scriptural prayer 
covering and modest dress are set aside as "nonessentials." 

The greatest joy you can know is having your sins forgiven by the 
precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first step in walking in 
the truth is, we believe, trine immersion baptism. When we enter the 
presence of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ may we hear 
the words, "I have no greater joy than to hear that (you have walked) 
in truth." 

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


How we enjoy reading the column entitled "Sixty Years Ago"! We 
have found the writings of Brethren like L. W. Beery, J. A. Leckron 
and others to be full of insight. They are very spiritual and scriptural. 
These earlier Brethren had a real calling and vision. Maybe we 
should print some of the earlier articles, possibly some from 1923 to 
1926. To understand these articles, one must come to an 
understanding of what our church was about in its earlier years. 

These years began around 1923 with Elder B. E. Kesler's "Monitor 
Family". What did the "Monitor Family" stand for? It stood for reform 
in a drifting church! These Brethren and Sisters saw a lot happen in 
the church since the 1881 divide, and how fast the changes were 
moving! These Brethren of the "Monitor Family" thought the church 
should hold up a standard to the world, while many in the Church 
leadership thought the Church should serve the world. While 
Christian Love abounded for all, still differences in thoughts about the 
direction of the church arose. 

By 1926, the standards of the church were slipping away fast. The 
1911 dress decision advised a plain coat with standing collar for the 
Brethren, while Sister's garments were to be free from ornamentation. 
Plain bonnets and hoods were both recommended for the Sisters. By 
1926, neckties and stylish hats were being worn, as well as fancy hair 
styles by some members. Emphasis was placed on youth camps, 
education, a paid ministry, and forms of entertainment that were 
previously held in question. The Monitor Family thought that all of this 
deviated from the teachings of the Apostles. Even though different 
congregations attempted to hold fast by queries and 
recommendations, their attempts failed. Being dissatisfied with these 
rapid changes, many were looking for a return to the old ways. B. E. 
Kesler became the spokesman for this group. This was the beginning 
of the "Monitor Family" which would later become the DUNKARD 



This group of faithful Brethren upheld the 1911 dress decision with 
minor change. They believed the Bible was the inspired Word of God 
(Authorized King James Version), in honesty, in simplicity and 
modesty in both dress and manners. They did not believe In the 
wearing of neckties, gold ornaments, rings, bracelets and other 
jewelry by either Brethren or Sisters or in keeping of worldly fashions. 
They believed that long hair should be worn up in a simple manner 
under the covering by the Sisters. Short hair should be worn by the 

How far have we come from those early thoughts? Where will we 
be in ten or twenty years should the Lord tarry? As we have seen in 
the past, one small change leads to another. That former Church is 
now a member of the World Council of Churches, ordains women into 
the ministry and has very few members who dress in a plain and 
modest way. 

Do we really want to reap this kind of change? Or do we want to 
sow seeds of faith according to our aim, as it is found on the BIBLE 
MONITOR'S front page: "to be more sanctified, more righteous, more 
holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience."? Do we still 
want to be Spiritual in life and Scriptural in practice? We believe we 
really do want to keep this Aim and Motto. We must keep to the old 
paths for the road is narrow and few find it. We should also 
remember that the road to destruction is wide and many are those 
who find it! 

Faithful to thy post, oh, brother 

Thy profession, hold it fast; 
Thou must work and not another 

Stand thou firm unto the last. 
Be thy homes and houses taken, 

Choose thou still the olden path; 
Thou Shalt never be forsaken 

While the Gospel faith thou hast. 
As we look to His Second Coming, may we all remain steadfast in 
His ways and faithful in His Word. 

Two unworthy pilgrims trying to serve, 

Bro. Ray and Sister Sandy Barnett 
1341 Dayton-Xenia Road 
Xenia, Ohio 45385 



February 15, 1936 
D. K. Marks 
"And behold I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye 
in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." 
(Luke 24:49.) These are the words and the command that Jesus 
gave to His disciples, after his resurrection, before he ascended into 

After Jesus left this world and ascended up into heaven the 
disciples obeyed this command and tarried in Jerusalem in prayer 
and supplication for ten days, then they received this great power that 
Jesus promised unto them. Bible readers all know the results of this 
power, especially the repentance and conversion of 3000 souls. 

What helped the Holy Spirit to work so powerful? The disciples 
were all obedient to God's word, they were all assembled in one 
accord in prayer to God. 

Let us consider the power of electricity, it is carried from the power 
house on wires to a large city where many motors and large 
machinery are put in motion to manufacture goods, and every house 
in the city that has the live wire has an abundance of light, but when 
the electric wire is disconnected or broken on which the electricity is 
earned the machinery does not move, the city is without light, but in 
darkness. Let us think of the mighty power of God in the time when 
God told Joshua to cross the Jordan river when the waters were 
overflowing their banks, God commanded Joshua what to do in order 
that he and Israel could cross the river on dry ground. Joshua and all 
the people obeyed the commands of God, they all passed over 
Jordan in safety. Later they came to the large, strong walled city of 
Jencho. God gave Joshua and all the people instructions how to 
proceed for seven days. The first day they were to compass the city 
and go around it once, this they were to do for six days, on the 
seventh day they were to go around the city seven times. 

They obeyed God exactly as he commanded them, the walls fell 
down flat, the victory was won, the children of Israel rejoiced. Later 
Joshua sent his able bodied soldiers to take the small city of Ai here 
the Israelites were killed and defeated. The power of God was cut off 
from Israel. Why? Simply because one Israelite had disobeyed the 
command of God, this was sin in the sight of God. God told Joshua 
to find the hidden sin and destroy it. Joshua obeyed, God's power 
returned to Israel, they were victorious and prosperous. 

Let us look at the apostolic church again. When the number had 
increased to over 3,000 souls, all were obedient, the Holy Ghost was 


the great power of the church. We don't read about any sin in the 
church until after Barnabas sold his land and brought the money and 
laid it at the apostles' feet. Ananias and his wife decided to sell their 
possessions, but kept back a part and gave a part of the money to the 
apostles and told them they gave it all. 

Peter filled with the power of the Holy Ghost saw the hidden sin of 
Ananias as soon as he came into their presence and said, "Ananias, 
why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? Thou hast 
not lied unto men, but unto God." Ananias hearing these words fell 
down dead, and they buried him, afterwards his wife came into the 
presence of Peter, looking for her husband perhaps. Peter 
questioned her and she also lied to the Holy Ghost and she fell down 
dead so they buried her beside her husband. 

The Holy Ghost working In Peter would not allow sin to linger in the 
church, the result was great fear fell upon the whole church, they 
were pure and holy. Multitudes of believers were added to the church 
and many miracles were performed. 

When the apostle Paul was converted he was very much 
concerned that sin would be kept away from the churches he had 
been leading. He comes with the message to the Roman brethren 
and to us. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, that ye 
should obey it in the lusts thereof. (Rom. 6:12.) 

What is sin? Paul answers, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield 
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey: 
whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness." Read 
Gal 5:19-21 and see what the sinful works of the flesh are and the 
awful doom. Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith: prove 
your ownselves. Know ye not your ownselves how that Jesus Christ 
is in you, except ye be reprobates. (Gal. 13:5.) "And he that 
overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give 
power over the nation." (Rev. 2:26.) 



The address of Elder Ray Stuber is: 5200 Swamp Road, Felton, 
PA 17322. 

The full address of Elder Dennis St. John is: 21397 County Road 
B-50, Bryan, OH 43506. Please write out "County Road" when 
sending mail, including that for the Trustee Board or the Bible Study 
Board, to Bro. Dennis. 



"The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye 
therefore the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth labourers 
into His harvest." Luke 10:2. 

With some of the present staff at Torreon Navajo Mission planning 
to leave the field midyear, we ask you to pray that the Lord will 
provide the needed help that the work may continue in Navajoland. 
We are in need of teachers for the school as well as general help that 
goes with the work of sharing the Gospel and ministering to people in 

If you feel led to serve Christ in Navajoland, please contact one of 
the following: 

For information contact mission Superintendent: 

Bro. David Skiles 
Torreon Navajo Mission 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013-9701 

For an application contact Board Secretary, 

James MeyerS 
2641 205th St. 
Dallas Center, lA 50063 

"He that goeth forth and weepeth, beahng precious seed, shall 
doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." 
Ps. 126:6. 


There will be another revival meeting starting March 8 through 
March 17. How much have we grown and how much closer to the 
Lord are we since the last revival? It seems as we look over the 
churches there are many who seem to be getting more like the world 
and desiring the things of the world instead of the ways of the Lord 
and the church. 

As Bro. Dennis St. John from Pleasant Ridge, Ohio brings the 
Word of God to us, may our desire and prayer be to be more like our 
Savior and be obedient to our church. 

Come praying for Bro. Dennis. Jesus is coming soon. Are we 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



March 3 - "Thy Son Liveth"- John 4:43-54. 

1. Why does a prophet not have honour in his own country? 

2. What did believing Jesus' words have to do with the healing of 
the nobleman's son? 

March 10 - "Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?"John 5:1-16. 

1. Explain the healing abilities of the Bethesda Pool water. 

2. Why did Jesus have the healed man break one of the Jew's laws 
concerning the Sabbath? 

March 17 - Everlasting Life - Now! - John 5:17-29. 

1. Explain Jesus calling Himself The Son of Man". 

2. What did Jesus mean by "The Resurrection of damnation"? 
March 24 - The Resurrection - John 20:1-18. 

1 . Why was the stone taken away from the sepulcher? 

2. What did Jesus mean when He said, "Touch me not, for I am not 
yet ascended to my Father"? 

March 31 - The witness of the Father - John 5:30-47. 

1 . Who is the witness greater than John the Baptist? 

2. Why should we search the Scriptures? 


March 3 - Religion - Micah 6:8, James 1 :21 -27, II John 6-1 1 . 

1 . Explain the possible differences between religion and serving God. 

2. Explain the connection between hearing and doing the Word. 
March 10 - New Cloth - Matt. 9:16, Mark 2:21, Luke 5:36-39. 

1 . Contrast God's old and new kingdoms. 

2. Salvation is not a piece of new cloth attached to an old 
garment. Explain. 

March 17 - Laborers in Vineyard - Matt. 20:1-16. 

1 . For what wage had the laborers agreed to work? 

2. What is the lesson for us in each laborer receiving the same pay? 
March 24 - Unmerciful servant - Ps. 41:1-13, Matt. 5:7, 18:23-35. 

1. Compare man's mercy with God's mercy. 

2. Explain the connection of mercy and forgiveness. 

March 31 - The Wise Steward - Matt. 24:42-51 , 25:21 , I Cor. 4:2-5, 
Luke 12:35-48. 
1 . How is watchfulness a part of faithfulness? 
' 2. Why is it important to act upon that which we know? 

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MARCH 1, 1996 

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


Run your race with patience, 
For patience you must possess. 
Faith helps you endure 
Trials with joyfulness. 

Submit your soul to God 
While here on earth you live. 
And when offenses come, 
He'll help you to forgive. 

Satan may try to get you 
To turn away from God 
When you're tried and tested, 
While on this earth you trod. 

Trust in God for patience 
That you may be made whole 
An entire, wanting only 
Salvation, for your soul. 

-Irene Stout 



There are many ideas of what is right or wrong. We each form our 
own opinion of right and wrong. We live our lives by that self-defined 
standard. It matters little what the basis of our opinion may be. We 
do not care what others may think of our opinion. We are going to 
stick to it. That is the privilege of our free moral agency. 

We do have the ability to choose what we consider to be right and 
wrong. At the same time, we have to realize there are consequences 
that accompany every choice that we make. The consequences may 
be good or bad. They depend upon what we choose. We may 
choose the wrong standard of right. We may prosper by following 
that standard, but there will come a time of reckoning. At that 
reckoning we will have to face the consequences of our choices. 

Too often, today, in our society, we try to minimize the 
consequences of bad choices. We try to lessen the seriousness of 
the offense. We do not want any one to feel bad because of his poor 
choices. We have tried to eliminate guilt. This may appeal to us; 
especially if we have done something wrong. 

We do not enjoy guilt. It is not intended to be pleasurable. It is 
intended to be educational. It also should have a reformatory effect 
upon us. If guilty, we should desire to change the action that brought 
the guilt upon us. Too often we are more interested in avoiding the 
guilt than profiting from it. The humanistic view tries to seek a good 
feeling rather than right action or repentance. As long as we seek 
only our pleasure we will not prosper in our Spiritual lives. 

We do not like to be bound by a set of standards. We would prefer 
to choose our own way. If left to our own choice we would choose the 


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way that would bring us the least pain. Following a standard may 
involve sonne painful choices. Sometimes we need to choose the 
hard way. 

We have somehow gotten the idea that we are upon this earth 
simply to have fun. Fun has become the desire of all. There are 
many kinds of amusements available to keep us from serious 
contemplation and service. Sports of all sorts are available either to 
participate in or to watch. Movies, theater, television, and many other 
forms of entertainment are ever beckoning to us today, Others spend 
time and money on collecting various items of interest from antiques 
to automobiles to trinkets to knic-knacs. Other hobbies are available 
to keep us entertained. Billions of dollars are spent seeking this 
amusement. While entertained, we are not able to meditate, pray, or 

As Christians we are fortunate to have a standard established for 
us. God has not left us without a standard. He knew, that without a 
standard, we would all choose our own way. We would make our 
own choices. He has left us with one choice. That choice is whether 
or not we will accept His standard for our lives. Many of the choices 
we face in life are answered in the Bible. If we desire to find His 
standard we have a source. When He has not given us a definite, 
word-for-word decree, He has given us principles that are sufficient to 
guide us in the right direction. Our first choice remains whether we 
will accept or reject His standard. 

if we do not have the ability to make these choices, there was no 
reason for God to create us in His image. He might have created a 
race of robots, who would mechanically serve Him, instead. He 
chose, instead, to create us in His image. All would agree that God 
has the right of choice in all matters. As the Supreme being, He is not 
limited in His actions or attitudes. As those created in His image, we 
have also been given the ability to choose. 

God sincerely desires that we will choose the right way, but it is not 
guaranteed that we will do so. He will certainly prompt us by His 
Spirit and His Word towards the right choice, but He will not compel 
us to make that choice. Therefore it is His will that none would be lost 
but that all would repent and choose to follow His standard. 

God has preserved the Bible throughout the ages, so we could 
know His Will. The Bible has often been outlawed and misused, but it 
has been preserved for our Spiritual profit. It has survived many 
attempts to destroy and control it, so we could know God's standard 
for our lives. 

Choices are ever before you. What guides your choices? Have 
you chosen to be governed by His standard or some other? 

M.C. Cook 



"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him 
sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the 
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name 
of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord 
shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be 
forgiven him. 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." James 5:13-16. 

This is the antidote for affliction. There is none better. We are 
often admonished on these pages concerning Matthew 18 and the 
step-by-step guide found there to settle disputes. Here in James 5 
we find a step-by-step method to assuage any ailment that happens 
our way. Why is it that we are more inclined to call the doctor rather 
than the elders? 

The first step calls for prayer on our part. Perhaps we need to 
familiarize ourselves more with prayer. We have often said that the 
new Bible versions took hold because the "Church" had so neglected 
the Bible that they had, namely the King James Version. They had 
neglected the reading of the Word for so long that they no longer 
recognized it. Likewise, if, we have neglected our prayer life, and if 
we care not if we please God, then we will run to the doctor before we 
do anything else. I believe this is not pleasing to Him. If we trust 
God, we will then go to Him with our needs. 

In verse sixteen it tells us to confess our faults one to another. 
Many of us are not able to do this because walls have been built up 
over the years. We are not comfortable around each other. We 
cannot get so familiar that we can tell our faults because we are afraid 
they will become gossip and be spread around. Our duty is to love 
one another. Can it be said of us that we are brethren, because we 
have love one for another, and that it shows? 

The founders of our Brotherhood followed the scriptures. The early 
church followed the scriptures. This is the day and age of adding and 
subtracting from God's Word. Let us be true to it. Who is afflicted 
that God cannot heal? Who is so sick that God cannot raise him up? 
If we do not see the miracle of healing in our midst, it is because of 
unbelief. Too many use the excuse that these are not the times of the 
Acts. God is still able. Do we believe it? 

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



"Self Love" 

In the last twenty-five years, we have seen the concept of "self- 
love" and "self-esteem" coming on strong as a part of the evangelical 
Christian's thinking. It has just been a few short years ago that you 
could not find any material in the bookstore on the subject. Radio 
teachers never taught on the subject. 

That has totally changed. These concepts are now part of the air 
that we, even as conservative Christians, breath. 

This all started in the early 1970's. Teachers began to allege that a 
major source of behavioral, relational, and emotional problems were 
caused by the lack of self-esteem. Thus, the solution to this problem 
was to develop a good self-image. 

In terms like "self-love", "self-esteem" and "self-image," we see the 
idea of feeling good about ourselves. It goes so far in the secular 
world as to love one's self and project self to the center of our wortd. 
Personal fulfillment has become the god of the thinking man. 

The idea of self love runs counter to the teaching of historic 
Christianity. In fact, we are warned about it in the Bible and by early 
Christian historians and writers. If this idea of self-esteem were really 
scriptural, wouldn't the church have discovered and embraced it 2000 
years ago? Would the Holy Spirit have allowed the Church to be 
blinded to such a truth for all of these centuries if it were a proper 

Another cloud over the credibility of the self concept is its source in 
humanistic psychology. Carl Rogers was selected as the Humanist of 
the Year in 1964, Erich Fromm in 1966 and Abraham Maslow in 
1967. These men had a greater impact on evangelical self-theory 
than any other source, actually including the Bible. Statements like 
"Man is indeed the measure of all things" was made by them. 
"Experience is the highest authority... neither the revelations of God or 
man can take precedence over direct experience." Of course we 
cannot accept these positions. They are contrary to the Bible's 

The Bible teaches us to "Love our neighbor as ourselves." The 
word used here is, "AGAPE". This love emphasizes serving others. It 
is love in action, not directed inward. If the self-love idea were really 
Biblical, we would expect the Bible to abound with scriptures that 
might read like this: "It is commonly reported among you that there 
are those who do not love themselves." "I exhort them to love 
themselves." Would this be characteristic of normal Bible tone? 

The Bible uses the word, "love" (philia) in II Timothy 3:1 and 2 to 
talk about self love. It says that in the last days, men will be lovers of 


self. II Timothy 3 also goes on to list sins that flow from this problem. 
They all result in self-centeredness and pride. 

What is the result of the megadose of self-esteem teaching we 
have been absorbing? Education has declined. Crime has 
increased. Anxiety and depression have multiplied. Narcissistic 
ideas proliferate. 

God's design for Christian living is not built on the sand of self- 
concept. This only brings blight to society and the Church. The rock 
of agape love and projecting one's self into the lives and needs of 
others is sound and safe. The outward directed life, focused on God 
and others, will bring mental health, a sense of well being and a life 
with a healthy focus. Only then will we find the abundant life 
described in John 10:10. 

Am I saying that we should have a bad self-concept? In the 
humanistic sense which we have discussed. Yes! In the idea of 
being satisfied with the way God created us and being positive about 
ourselves and the contributions we can make. No! Praise Him for 
His perfect creative ability in designing you to take part in His ministry. 
Work right where He has you. 

Brother Len Wertz 


It is always the intention of Christians to follow Jesus. We meet in 
God's house to worship and praise Him, to preach of His plan of 
salvation, to encourage all to seek Him and make Him their personal 
Saviour, to work with our brothers and sisters in spreading the 
Gospel; and lastly, to keep His ordinances as outlined in the Bible. 
We wish to walk with our hands in His, through times of trial and 
sorrows, through times of joy and happiness, sharing in everything 
until we make our home with Him in heaven. 

How loving and great is our Saviour! We understand that He so 
freely and lovingly gives us salvation even though we could never do 
or say anything to merit His kindness for the Gift from Calvary. When 
we choose to follow Jesus, our Lord welcomes us into His holy family. 
He makes us His children. It becomes our desire to humbly serve 
and obey Him. We let Him use our vessels as beacons of His Light in 
this dark world. We are thankful for His shed blood on Calvary but 
feel so unworthy of such great love. We find happiness in being His 
children, yet feel pain as we realize how much we fail Him each day. 
We rejoice in His chastisement because we know He still loves us in 
spite of our shortcomings as found in Revelation 3:19. It is with 
Christian concern and alarm, when we see Satan making inroads 
within the Church. 


There are some of us who come from the outside, from the more 
worldly churches, who have seen the corruption of Satan. He has 
placed tiny moths of deceit in the Church. Later it is found that they 
have completely eaten away God's Word and the ordinances of 
obedience. It is that same concern that caused alarm among the 
Brethren back in 1925 to 1927. 

How clever Satan is to throw pebbles in our walk to cause us to 
stumble and fall. The evil one seldom puts boulders in our way for he 
knows we will recognize his intent and clearly steer away. 

It is those tiny pebbles of deceit that the tempter uses in the 
Church today. Many sincere, God feahng people have succumbed to 
Satan's allure of preaching "a better more loving way" of the Gospel. 
God is indeed a loving God. We can never, in our earthly minds, ever 
conceptualize His love for us. His love is infinite. How great is His 
love to have sent us a Redeemer to make atonement for OUR sins so 
that someday we may live with Him in eternity. 

The choice is always ours. We can follow our Saviour down the 
narrow road as described in Matthew 7:14 or we may choose the 
wider road of destruction. The narrow road our Lord tread to Calvary 
was not an easy one. It was a painful one both physically and 
spiritually. How the pain must have seared through His holy flesh as 
He endured the soldiers' scourgings and as the crown of thorns was 
pushed upon His head. His heart must have languished to know one 
of His beloved apostles would betray Him. He would be so cruelly 
mocked with words of ridicule and hate from God's chosen people — 
those He loved and would soon die for. Yet, He still chose that lonely 
road to Calvary because He was in holy submission to His Father's 
Will. What an example He set for us! 

The narrow road has never been a popular one nor will it ever be. 
It can be a difficult walk, often filled with discouragement and has 
many hurdles to overcome. If we fix our eyes on Jesus and depend 
on Him COMPLETELY, He will guide us and walk with us through 
those difficult times. 

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we read of how God is 
called the Father of Jesus and the Father of all who make His Son the 
head of their souls and lives. We often read about His children— from 
the children of Israel to those who chose to follow Jesus after His 
Resurrection. We have all experienced His holy love for us as our 
Father. It is truly His example as a loving but firm Father that we 
earthly fathers follow to raise our children. As our own families have 
guidelines In which we live, our heavenly Father has given each 
blood-bought child of His a guideline to follow through His Holy Word. 
Our obedience to His ordinances, set forth in Scripture, is essential in 


our daily walk with our Father. We expect our children to obey us in 
all matters knowing that someday that obedience may keep them 
from some harm. God also expects us to obey His ordinances to 
keep us from the harm of Satan's success. 

We believe it was through the Holy Spirit's work through the early 
church fathers that the ordinances were set for His church. It was 
that intense, sincere desire to follow those ordinances, that God so 
lovingly and carefully set for all, that caused the Anabaptists to form a 
fellowship and separate from the Catholic Church. 

Just as Satan caused Adam and Eve to fall in the Garden, so today 
he is still using many forms of deceit within the church, trying to lead 
many unsuspecting Christians down that wide road to destruction. As 
it is told in II Corinthians 11:14, Satan transforms himself into an 
angel of light. He mixes a little of God's Scripture into his pack of lies, 
making it appeal to our carnal natures, yet giving it a feel of godliness 
to ease our conscience. The same lie told in the Garden of Eden is 
still being told today. It is being told not only to unbelievers but to 
sincere, professing Christians as well. The world has always held 
onto Satan's enticements. Through similar enticements, well 
camouflaged in Christian terminology, he is still trying to worm his 
way into God's church. We are certain it was through the Holy Spirit's 
leading, after much prayer, after much diligence in studying the 
Scripture and through a strong desire to serve God in completeness; 
that our Anabaptist forefathers organized a doctrine based only on 
God's Word. We believe they knew that Satan would continue to 
attack the church as the years passed. They knew that by following 
the ordinances, set up in Scripture, and by depending wholly on God, 
that future generations would be able to successfully shield 
themselves from Satan's fiery darts. It is a legacy founded by our 
Fathers. It has been lovingly passed on to our forefathers, who have 
given us the keys to a life in Him. Will we be able to give our children 
and grandchildren those standards Jesus gave us or will we give 
them the watered down ways of the world? 

So now we are back to the narrow and wide roads and choices. If 
you choose to follow the narrow road, but only follow God's and the 
church's ordinances because you have to, then you make those 
ordinances traditions of men instead of God. If you continually try to 
"enhance, improve or update" God's guidelines, you are only making 
traditions of men that will hinder your fellow servants of Christ. Such 
thoughts often make that wide road of destruction easier to behold. 
Such thoughts weaken our defenses in upholding the tenets of the 
Gospel as we try to share God's plan of salvation with the unsaved on 
that wide road. How often we have seen sincere, good Christians 


with a desire to help others, fall into the tempter's hands and be led 
down that wide road of destruction, after being blinded by the "angel 
of light's" promises of a better, more loving way of salvation. Of 
course, if we choose the wide road to begin with, then we know the 
outcome. The real danger lies in our thoughts, our words and our 
actions and whose influence — God's or Satan's, that we choose as we 
walk down that narrow road. 

Will we follow with faithful and submissive hearts longing for Jesus 
or will we follow it enslaved with Satan's deceit? The choice is ours to 

"These all died in faith. ..and confessed that they 
were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." Heb. 11:13. 
Humbly in His Service, 
Brother Ray and Sister Sandy Barnett 
1341 Dayton-Xenia Road 
Xenia, Ohio 45385 


I Corinthians 9:14, "Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which 
preach the gospel should live of the gospel." 

I Corinthians 11:2, "Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember 
me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you." 

Galatians 3:23-26, "But before faith came, we were kept under the 
law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that 
we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no 
longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by 
faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into 
Christ have put on Christ." 

Why has order in the Church become a subject of disdain in a large 
segment of the earthly church? We believe the answer is threefold 
with other possible ingredients as well. 

First of all, we must be aware that the vast majority of those within 
the earthly church would deny that they are in opposition to church 
order. What they claim to oppose is legalism and man made rules 
and regulations. Many church leaders are faithful in preaching the 
gospel today but they are very obscure about what it means to "live of 
the gospel" in many instances. 

Some of the liberal church leaders are quick to label the Apostle 
Paul a legalist and woman hater. They see absolutely no need to 
"keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you." According to them 
only the actual words of Jesus are to be recognized for keeping the 
faith, and some do not even want to recognize these as actual words 


of our Lord! 

The more conservative element of the earthly church recognizes 
the whole Bible as the infallible Word of God and to be used as 
instruction. Within this group there is great confusion concerning the 
place of the Old Testament in relation to the New. Unfortunately, 
even many of those who have an Anabaptist background are 
confused on this point. They refuse to acknowledge that "we are no 
longer under a schoolmaster." 

One of the problems concerning order in the church is a disrespect 
for church history. We must be aware that church history is not 
absolutely infallible. Many of the early church fathers were already 
influenced by error that had its seeds planted while the Apostles were 
still living. In the area of church order we believe the facts are well 

Out of disrespect for church history comes a disrespect for those 
who preach and teach separation from the world. From church 
history we can learn what this actually meant to those in the first 
Century Church. To us, it is amazing how many of the things that 
allure us today were present already at that time. We are convinced 
they would have been appalled at the modern acceptance of worldly 
activities accepted by church members and even carried out within 
the meetinghouse's walls. The modern acceptance of participation in, 
either directly or as spectators, professional sports, films and plays 
along with other such worldly endeavors would have been anathema 
to first century Christians. 

We believe there is at least one legitimate reason for being less 
than satisfied with order in the church. This is a disrespect for dead 
formality. We are of the conviction that when the early church lost 
many of the true doctrines and replaced them with error they also 
replaced a living faith with dead formality. Gone was the joy that was 
expressed within the pages of Holy Scripture. Worship was made a 
legalistic burden while the voluntary praise of the Saints was stilled. 
Long boring dissertations replaced vibrant preaching. Robed choirs 
replaced congregational singing for many centuries. Eventually 
musical instruments replaced the lusty singing of the Saints out of the 
bowels of their emotions. Robed church leaders and crosses in the 
meetinghouse replaced centralized worship of the Lord Jesus Christ 
and Holy Scripture. Many years later national flags added to the 

Let us stand firm for order in the church but refuse dead formalism. 

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



Many lifestyles flourish in America today. Most folks claim 
Christianity as their religion. What is a Christian? What is it that 
determines whether or not one is a Christian? Do my works or my 
heritage or my church membership make me a Christian? Am I a 
Christian just because I desire to be one? 

! do not believe we can become Christians by these methods. It 
takes faith in Jesus Christ, coupled with repentance and Godly living. 
During the time shown in the Book of Acts, souls were added daily to 
the Church, but today many folks continue to leave traditional 
Christianity. Why? What is the problem? Do we no longer have the 
answers to life's problems? 

Yes! I do understand II Timothy chapter 3. However, do you, I and 
our children need to be a part of this? What about II Peter 3:9 and II 
Corinthians 12:9a? Does this still apply to us today? Is Jesus Christ 
and His grace sufficient during our weakness? Why do we not keep 
our children in the Church? I believe all too often we as parents 
expect the church officials and Sunday School teachers to do what 
we ought to be doing ourselves on a daily basis. Yes, we can find 
many measures whereby we justify ourselves but when we stand 
before an ALL knowing God what will my/our answers be? Why hide 
ourselves behind excuses now to suffer an eternal loss? Will I/we be 
able to hear my/our Saviour answer "Well done thou good and faithful 

Children are an heritage of the LORD. Psalms 127:3. Do I/we 
spend the quality and quantity of time with my/our child/children 
teaching them to pray, to study the scriptures, to memorize Scriptures 
as I/we should? Our children are all that any of us can take along 
with us to Heaven. When time is exchanged for eternity, what good 
will it have done us to have engrossed ourselves in personal interests 
rather than our God-given responsibilities? 

Children very easily took beyond our excuses and see the truth. 
We should be known by our fruits (Matt. 12:33 and 35-37). Let us not 
lament our past failings without changing the present and the future. 
There is no substitute for consistent Christian living. 

So I hope and PRAY (yes, i pray) this letter will encourage YOU to 
take inventory of your life, in all honesty, as well as to encourage and 
challenge you to greater Spiritual heights in the coming year. Will you 
make it your goal to walk closer to God and farther from the pleasures 
of the world? Will you start today? The best time to begin is NOW! 

In His love 
Brother Harold Zimmerman 



March 1,1936 


E. W. Pratt 

"Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge 
ye shall be judged and with what measure ye mete it shall be 
measured to you again; and why beholdest thou the mote that is In 
thy brother's eye and considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye, 
or why sayest thou to thy brother let me pull out the mote that is in thy 
eye and behold there is a beam in thy own eye. Thou hypocrite first 
cast out the beam out of thy own eye then shalt thou see clearly to 
pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye." 

This scripture is the language of our Savior in His sermon on the 
mount in which He was more especially speaking to His disciples and 
He evidently referred to the same condition from three different 

First judging; second measuring; third motes and beams. What is 
it to judge? Webster says, to hear and determine a case, to consider 
and decide a case. To try to pass on or test evidence. 

Pilate said to the Jews in John 18:31, "Take ye him and judge Him 
according to your law." 

Or the prophets in Isa. 11:1-5, "He shall not judge the nations by 
the sight of his eyes nor by the hearing of his ears but with 
righteousness shall he judge them." 

To censure rashly, to pass severe sentence. 

This is evidently what Jesus was referring to when He said, "Judge 
not that ye be not judged for with what judgment ye judge ye shall be 
judged." And how often in line with the rash censure Jesus received 
from the priests and scribes when they said he casteth out demons by 
Beelzebub, the prince of demons. 

So often we see a brother censured severely because of a 
misconstruction of his language he used in an illustration to bring out 
a glorious truth and some one looks at the illustration and not at the 
application is offended and instead of using Matt. 18 severely 
censures or judges and passes severe sentence. To such Jesus 
would say with what judgment ye judge ye shall be judged. Do we 
want to be judged that way? 

Now for the second angle of our text. And with what measure ye 
mete it shall be measured to you again. Measurement, is to compare, 
and we must have an accurate standard, othenwise we are sure to 
make a false measurement. Paul says those who measure 
themselves by themselves are not wise— how much more are we 
unwise when we measure our brother by our own lives. There is only 


one yardstick that is accurate and that is the word. Jesus said "My 
word shall judge you at the last day." 

Have we been measuring our brother by our yardstick? Do we 
want to be measured by that yardstick? 

Let us see how it works; some men brought an adulteress to Jesus 
one day saying, we know she is guilty and Moses in the law said she 
should be stoned. That was their measurement, but Jesus applied 
the same measurement to them, and said let him that is without sin 
cast the first stone, and none of them could stand the measurement. 

And now for the third angle of our text, "And why beholdest thou 
the mote that is in thy brother's eye and considerest not the beam that 
is in thine own eye? Or why sayest thou to thy brother let me pull out 
the mote that is in thy eye and behold there is a beam in thine own 
eye. Thou hypocrite first cast out the beam out of thine own eye then 
Shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote from thy brother's eye. 

Now, a mote is a very small atom, a grain of dust and can only be 
seen by one who has perfect vision. And a beam is a large timber 
which would obscure the vision and there is a possibility the beam in 
my eye would cast a shadow on any brother's eye and I might think 
he had a mote and there be no mote there. 

But again it is possible we may be hunting motes and forget to cast 
out the beam that is in our eye like the men who brought the 
adulteress to Jesus— they saw a mote in her eye and were looking for 
one in Jesus eye but instead they found a beam in their own eyes. 

Now let us apply the lesson to ourselves, how are we to act toward 
an offending brother? Jesus on the night of his betrayal said, "A new 
commandment I give unto you that ye love one another as I have 
loved you." How did Jesus love us — turn to Philippians 2:5-10. Here 
we are told He was kind to the unthankful and the evil. And in I Cor. 
13, we are told love thinketh no evil. 

Jesus gave us the best way to meet offenses in Matt. 18. Paul 
says if thy enemy hunger feed him and if he thirst give him to drink. 

Now some will accuse me of laxity in discipline, but not so, for the 
church that Christ shed His own blood that He might present it to 
Himself without spot or wrinkle is very dear to me. But in my opinion 
the first object of discipline is to save the offender. In Matthew we 
have three steps all actuated by love before judgment is passed. And 
too, we must be sure we are not trying to pull out a mote while we 
have a beam in our own eye. It reminds me of a story I read: once a 
family had moved into a poor neighborhood, the streets and yards 
were all cluttered with refuse, the woman wanted to clean up the 
place and set a date and asked the neighbors to come but no one 
came. Finally she said I will clean up my own yard and behold the 
others saw the light and in a short time the refuse all disappeared. 


So before we begin to judge or measure our brother let us examine 
ourselves, and before we attempt to pull out a mote from our brother's 
eye let us be sure there is no beam in our eye. 

Let us clean our own door yard first. 



Leah Kaye Heisey was born July 2, 1975, in Lebanon, 
Pennsylvania. She was the fifth child of Wayne and Cheryl 
Buckingham of Hesperia, Michigan. She departed this life on January 
19, 1996, at the University Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi at the age 
of 20 years 6 months 17 days. Sister Leah lived but seven weeks 
after she was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Less than nine months 
before, on May 6, 1995, she was united in marriage to Michael 

On July 9, 1989, Leah was baptized into the Old German Baptist 
Church. During her last days of illness she called for the Elders to be 
anointed with oil. Sister Leah expressed that she was ready to be 
with the Lord, and was fully resolved to submit to His will. Her last 
hours spent with her loving companion at her bedside were a 
testimony of her faith and of the light she radiated to others during her 
short lifetime. 

Besides her loving companion and parents, she leaves to mourn 
her passing seven brothers and two sisters. Sister Rachel and her 
companion Tom Hess, Brother Daniel and companion Joyce, Sister 
Dyann, Brother Mark, Brother Alvin, Jordan, Jamin, Nathan and 
Nevin, besides uncles, aunts, many cousins, and a host of friends. 
One brother Aaron preceded her In death. 

Funeral services were held January 23 with a full house at the Leaf 
River meeting house, by the home brethren and Elder Eldon Flory. 
Text, I Peter 1:23-24. All flesh is as grass. 

Private services were conducted in the home by Jan Heisey. 
Grave side service by Elder Jerre Longenecker. 

The body was gently laid to rest by members of the family, in the 
cemetery at the Leaf River meeting house to await the resurrection. 



The new address of Bro. Fred Johnson is 473 Dame Street, P.O. 
Box 87 Pettisville, OH 43553. 

The Plevna Congregation is looking forward to their Revival 


Meeting, March 10 through 17, 1996. The evangelist will be Bro. Ray 
Stuberof Felton, Pennsylvania. 

Lovefeast will be held on March 16 with services at 2:00 P.M. and 
7:00 P.M. 

All are welcome to come and enjoy this meeting with us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 


The Dallas Center Congregation is looking forward to a week's 
Revival Meeting, beginning Sunday, March 31, 1996, the Lord willing. 
Bro. Mark Andrews from the Grandview, Missouri Congregation will 
be our evangelist. Services during the week will begin each evening 
at 7:30 P.M. Lovefeast services on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 
7, Easter week end, will begin at 10:45 A.M. on Saturday. We invite 
all who can to come and enjoy these services with us. May we pray 
for Bro. Mark. Pray that each of us will be built up and strengthened 
in His service. Please, pray as well that souls will be drawn into the 
fold before our Lord returns. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 
be with you all. 

Sister Arlene Flora, Cor. 


The Bethel Congregation will be having Revival Meetings, April 14 
through 21 with Bro. Leonard Wertz as evangelist. Come, pray and 
enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Fern Wolfe, Cor. 


We wish to thank those who remembered us with cards, calls, 
visits and especially the prayers at the time of our individual 
surgeries. We appreciate your love and concern. May God bless 
each of you. 

Bro. Warren and Sis. Luella Smith 


I want to thank all the Brothers and Sisters for their cards of 
sympathy sent to me at the recent death of my son, Jim. They were 
deeply appreciated. Also for all your prayers in my behalf. Thank 
you. May God bless you all. 

Love in Christ, 

Sister Valeria Sweitzer 




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

Dennis St. John, Secretarv 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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



Fred 0. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

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

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

R.I Box 137 

Quinter, KS 67752 
IVIil<e Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 

Escalon, CA 95320 
Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, PA 17545 
Jacob 0. 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 
Adel, lA 50003 

Mike Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 



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

Dennis StJohn, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Fred 0. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel,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 
Adel, lA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Ml 49256 

Virgil Leatherman 

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MARCH 15, 1996 

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. 


Oh! Lord increase my faith this day 
Please teach me in a Godly way 
May my life show a good report 
That to thee others would resort 
For help and guidance I do seek 
Teach me ever to be more meek 
Take away all my pride and sin 
Restore in me Thy love again 
I look to thee for every need 
Increase my faith I ask indeed! 

Brother Harold Zimmerman 
Marietta, PA 17547 



Within a short time Peter made a great, basic confession, received 
Jesus' praise, suffered a severe admonition, and given instructions for 
his future days. These four interconnected events are recorded in 
Matthew 16. 

Only Peter, among the disciples, would have been so impulsive to 
say the things that he did. He could say Heavenly things as well as 
earthly things. He could exalt Jesus at one moment, but in the next 
moment, he could become a sore trial for Jesus. 

Jesus and His disciples traveled through various areas of what we 
call the Holy Land. They had been in Jerusalem. They traveled 
along the Jordan River. They had been in Jericho. They had gone 
through Samaria. They had been in several towns in Galilee. Now, in 
Caesarea Phillippi, He had a question for His disciples to answer 
They had had the opportunity to be with the people in all these areas. 
He wondered what the people thought of Him. Who did they think He 
was? The disciples listed several prophets and other great heroes of 
the Faith as the opinions of the people concerning Jesus. They saw 
Him as an incarnation of one of the Old Testament prophets or even 
of John the Baptist. They realized that He was Someone special, but 
they could not quite grasp who He really was. 

Now, Jesus asked the disciples to tell Him, not what the crowd 
thought, but what they believed about Him. This is always the most 
important question for each person to answer. It matters little how the 
world-at-large answers that question. The most important answer is 


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the answer of each individual heart. Who is He to us, individually? 

Peter had a ready answer. "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the 
living God." He had made a great leap of faith to say that Jesus was 
the Son of God. He recognized Him as the long-awaited Messiah. 
He realized that Jesus was more than a teacher or a prophet. He 
knew He was God. 

This answer gained a great commendation for Peter. Jesus 
praised Him for following the direction of the Holy Spirit in correctly 
identifying Him. Christianity would be based upon the faith of each 
who would acknowledge that Jesus was the Son of God, who came to 
bring a completed plan of salvation to men. Peter's expression of 
faith was fundamental to the establishment of the Church upon the 
Rock, Jesus Christ. 

It was not long until Jesus, hoping the disciples were maturing, 
began to tell them of the events that would happen in the near future. 
He began to prepare them for the time of His betrayal, trial, 
crucifixion, burial and resurrection. They just could not grasp such 
events, since He was the Son of God. Peter was quick to express his 
disappointment with Jesus' account of these future events. 

Like Peter, we would prefer that the good times would continue. 
We do not look forward to the times of suffering or hardship. Without 
the suffering, Jesus could not have completed the plan of salvation. 
His death and burial were as necessary as His birth and ministry. He 
came to do His Father's will. It would be hard enough to face the 
suffering without the disapproval of Peter. 

Jesus very sharply rebuked Peter for trying to foil the task He must 
complete. He compared him to the arch-enemy of our souls. Peter 
on his human level was trying to do the same thing that Satan was 
trying to do on a Spiritual level. He was trying to prevent the 
completion of God's plan of salvation. Peter preferred the thinking of 
men rather than the thinking of God. 

Jesus elaborated upon God's plan. He desired that men would 
choose the Spiritual life rather than the natural, human, fleshly way. 
Serving God means a new way of living. Man's desire should be the 
exaltation of Christ and God. This can be accomplished by striving 
for the fulfillment of God's will. It is His will that all would repent and 
be saved. It was never His will that men should be eternally lost. 
When men choose to follow the ways that seem right in their own 
sight, they fail God and doom themselves. They must look to God's 
way that will lead to eternal life. God has not hidden His will. It is the 
Bible, where will be found what He would have all to do. There is a 
plan for belief, action and sharing according to His will, that is not in 


tune with the ways of the world. 

Have you made Peter's confession? Have you found and followed 
His commands? If so, you are to be commended, not only by men, 
but by God. If not, you will be rebuked when you must stand before 
Him in judgment. 

Lay the good Rock foundation and build upon it. 



"And the man said. The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, 
she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." Genesis 3:12. 

Excuses. We hear them every day. We even give them every day. 
Adam blamed Eve for his sin. Eve blamed the serpent. All three 
were punished. They all had a part in the matter. We are all so quick 
to blame someone else or to justify our action somehow. Even when 
it comes to "thus saith the Lord", we are quick to justify ourselves. 

For instance, instead of "thus saith the Lord" regarding the sister's 
headcovering, we say It is not necessary because "the hair is given 
for a covering", or just as often, because it is only found once in the 
scripture. If a thing is found five times, is it five times as important as 
something only found once? Some events in the life of Christ are 
only found in one of the Gospels, but we consider it very important. 
To many, the commandments of God are not necessarily important. 

How about footwashing? We consider it a commandment of the 
Lord but most churches do not. They feel that it is all right to make 
substitutions for the act of footwashing: change a tire or help a brother 
in some way. "But, please, do not ask us to wash each other's feet." 

We are instructed in scripture that our yea should be yea and our 
nay should be nay. Anything else and we could fall into 
condemnation. Unnecessary words speak ill of us. Excuses for why 
we do not do a scriptural practice also speaks ill of us. It may be 
simple enough to justify now, but what will you tell the Lord later on? 
The practices of the church have stood the test of time, just as 
Christ's Words have, and just as the Law of Moses has. Jesus said, 
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." Even if the commandment 
sounds silly or looks odd in today's world, we should still be willing to 
do it. It is a testimony to God's grace when His children love, serve, 
and obey Him. So much was done for us when Jesus bled and died 
and rose again! We cannot afford to justify our actions with anything 
less than total obedience to Him. 

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



The dictionary defines, "apathy," as the lack of feeling, the absence 
of emotion, or indifference. 

Two women, I knew, who belonged to two different churches 
passed away without their churches having any knowledge of their 

I asked several members of one church, "Did you know Helen 
passed away." I gave the full name. They looked it up to determine 
membership. I was told, "Yes, she is a member." Then they thanked 
me for letting them know, as they did not want anyone deceased on 
the rolls. She had been in regular attendance until her age problems 
kept her away. While she was having all the usual problems of old 
age I asked if any one from her church ever contacted her. She said 

I attended that same church most of one summer looking for a 
friend. I reasoned that if 1 could find a friend there, I may also find the 
Lord there. I tried several times to contact some of the officials there 
in an attempt to find out their practices and finances. After several 
broken appointments I finally met with a retired minister. He claimed 
he did not know about their salaries or the cost to finance a 
missionary. I also asked if I could do volunteer work. He said I would 
have to check with the missionaries. I felt unwanted on my second 
visit so left promptly. 

After the other woman's passing, I called her church to ask about 
her. I was told they had not seen her for a while but she is welcome 
to come back any time. I did not disclose her death. 

The main reason I quit going to another church I had joined was 
because they would not agree to check on their missing members. I 
then joined another church with a similar experience. It was also 
about the same with a mission I worked with as a volunteer for about 
eight years. In all three places, I felt that I could have been dead 
without their knowledge unless some outsider disclosed It to them. 
This is what I call apathy. 

Christ stated that the two greatest commandments are first to love 
the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind. The second is 
likened to it by loving your neighbor as yourself. On these hang all 
the law. 

How do we keep the first? Christ said I was naked and ye clothed 
me, hungry and you fed me. In prison and ye came unto me. In as 
much as ye have done it to the least of these my brethren ye have 
done it unto me. I believe that's the way to keep the great 
commandment. By this, they shall know ye are my disciples if ye 


have love one for another. 

The three churches that 1 described do not have the basics, which 
seems to be common for churches today. They make excellent- 
sounding, audible prayers in public to be heard of men. 

How many Churches today have the "basics." I am still looking for 
one in my vicinity. I have visited many churches. They seem to all 
have greeters. Those designated to stand at the entrance and try to 
make you feel welcome. Each meeting has a different one or two to 
do this. Then during the service they pause to make a friend. They 
shake strangers' hands saying something like, "God loves you, and 
so do I." To love someone is to be more than just a friend. I say a 
friend is one with whom you are in steady contact. Their problems 
become your problems. You can call them at 2:00 A.M. They are 
glad to hear from you. They are ready to help you with any problem 
you have. You can give a friend a signed blank check. They will use 
only what they need. Love is much more than that so the next day 
after that service of friends you wonder who are those friends i made 
yesterday. Whom can I call on in my time of need? 

I am past eighty-one years of age. In my early years, if a person 
attended a Christian church, I thought he was a reputable person to 
do business with. He was a man of his word. I have lost well over 
one hundred thousand dollars due to the falsehoods of those with 
whom I have done business. All major losses, except one, have been 
to people who profess Christianity. They have been very vocal in 
their public prayers, statements and some actions showing their 
Christian belief. We both have gotten up from our knees with him 
leading in prayers, audibly asking God's blessing after we finished 
signing our agreement. The falsehoods by him, following soon after, 
caused me to lose thousands of dollars. I also gave up my small 
business due to our corrupt court. I have been there often enough to 
be convinced that judges are like the rest of us. Some of us are more 
honest than others. I definitely want to stay out of our courts. 

Christ has said, "When you pray enter into your closet and when 
you have shut the door, pray to your Father in heaven in secret and 
He will answer openly." Most of those described were very vocal, to 
be heard of men. Christ said as a man thinketh in his heart so is he. 
Man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh at the 
heart. He also said, "It is appointed for man once to die but after that 
the judgement." 

I cannot imagine how that will be, but, of course, I can not 
understand how so many people are put here on earth, practically all 
looking different. When I look at the heavenly bodies and consider 


the laws that govern our universe, I can only stand in awe of how 
great a God we have. It is not for me to understand why so many bad 
things happen to what we call good people. As far as the heavens 
are from the earth so is His thoughts higher than our thoughts. 

It takes a lot of faith to accept the fact that the reward of the 
Christian is out of this world. The Christian seems to have as many 
adversities on this earth as the non-believer. Of course my mind can 
not comprehend why there are so many different religions and races 
of people on the earth. I believe if we are to understand, God will 
reveal it when that time comes. This is one reason we are to accept 
Christ in child-like faith. It seems that most people born into a certain 
religion, stick with it. We need to pray for guidance and that His will 
be done. 

One of those who is the least in God's kingdom, 

Walter C. Myers 

5603 Winchester Street 

San Diego, CA 92139 


As I was considering an article about prayer, I changed the title two 
or three times. I then decided it was too great a subject for one 

First of all we are commanded to pray always. "And he spake a 
parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not 
to faint;" Luke 18:1. Please read 1-14 and also Luke 11:1-13. 

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and 
watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all 
saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may 
open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel." 
Eph. 6:18-19. 

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and 
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto 
God." Phil. 4:6. 

"Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of 
utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in 
bonds:" Col. 4:2-3. 

"Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the wilt 
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thess. 5:17-18. 

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, 
intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, 
and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and 


peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and 
acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;" I Tim. 2:1-3. 

"I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, 
without wrath and doubting." I Tim. 2:8. 

When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, he said, "When you 
pray," not "if you pray". Matt. 6:7 and Luke 1 1 :2. 

"And I say unto you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye 
shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Luke 11:9. 
Please read again Luke 11:1-13. 

"The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the 
prayer of the upright is his delight." Prov. 15:8. 

"He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their 
prayer." Psa. 102:17. 

So let us make our prayers a large part of our lives, knowing that 
God hears and answers prayer. 

Can you think of a prayer that has been answered? 

Only one? 

If the Lord wills I will try to write more about prayer. God bless you 

Brother William Carpenter 


Mark 4:11-12, "And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know 
the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all 
these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not 
perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any 
time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven 

II Peter 2:20-21, "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of 
the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end 
is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for 
them not to have known the way of righteousness, then, after they 
have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto 

At first glimpse and observation it would appear that the two verses 
taken from the book of Mark prove without a shadow of a doubt that 
there are some individuals predestined to never receive the gift of 
salvation. But, when taken within the context of the entire chapter, we 
find that this is not the case. These verses appear in between the 
parable of the sower and the explanation given by our Lord. Within 
the parable we find seed that fell by the wayside, some on stony 


ground, and some among thorns. Last of all we read of seed that fell 
on good ground. In our Lord's explanation we find that the first three 
types of seeds represent those who have the word taken away by 
Satan, those who endure for a time but are then offended, and those 
who become unfruitful. Those who are the good seed are those who 
continue in the faith. 

Those who represent the seed that fell by the wayside are those 
who do not allow the Holy Spirit to bring true conviction to their heart. 
Many children are carried to church as babes and attend church all 
their life with their godly parents until the age of adulthood but never 
experience a time when they personally believe the Gospel. There 
are those who sit in church services as visitors for years and never 
join the church. While joining a church is not a sure sign of true 
salvation, we believe that it is more important than expressed by 
popular religion. 

Those who represent the seed that fell on stony ground are those 
who never acquire any spiritual depth. When affliction or persecution 
for the Word's sake appears they are offended and wither away. First 
of all, it is important to root ourselves in the Word of God. This Is no 
guarantee that we will not suffer affliction. True Saints down through 
the ages have suffered and died for what they believed. This is taking 
place right now in some countries. It is not impossible that such a 
time may come to America. If we are not soundly rooted in the word 
of God through a born again experience by the shed blood of Jesus 
Christ we will fall from the faith at such a time. 

We are also not guaranteed that there will not be persecution if we 
are faithful. In fact, the Bible suggests that this WILL be a part of our 
life. Persecution can take many forms. It may be equal to affliction or 
as simple as not being accepted by the crowd. Many individuals can 
not accept being peculiar people and set apart (which is what the 
word means) from the world. In order to attain acceptance from 
others they compromise their convictions and the teachings of Holy 
Scripture. Such individuals are offended when reminded of their 
obligation to their Lord and, rather than accept persecution, join in with 
the worldly pleasures. Many of these finally depart from the faith. 

Those who represent the seed that fell among thorns are those 
who are overcome by the cares of this world, and deceitfulness of 
riches and the lusts of other things. They become unfruitful. Our love 
for the Lord Jesus Christ must be preeminent in our lives. When other 
desires become more important we are in danger of losing the love we 
have for our Lord. The work we do for Him will be hindered and we 
may eventually lose our relationship with Him. 


There Is a great danger in having a shallow faith. Let us all desire 
to be seed that fell on good ground and walk in the light of God's Holy 

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


March 15, 1936 


Ida M. Helm 

"Is thine heart right?" (II Kings 10:15.) This was the question Jehu 
asked of Jehonadab when he was out to execute the commission 
God gave him to exterminate idol worship in Israel. "It is," was 
Jehonadab's answer. Then Jehu invited him to a seat in the chariot 
with him. Jehonadab gave Jehu his hand as a pledge that he was of 
one heart and mind with Jehu in the sifting of God's people and the 
two could go together into the fierce conflict with the devotees of Baal 
worship for they were of one heart and one mind to do the Lord's 
work. If we get on God's side, which is always the right side in the 
strife of truth with falsehood, all will be well with us no matter how 
powerful are the forces of evil. 

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. 
(Jer. 17:9.) When God created man his heart was innocent and pure 
but Satan planted the germ of sin in the heart of man and changed it 
to a thing so corrupt that it called forth this scorching record from the 
inspired writer, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great 
in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart 
was only evil continually." (Gen. 6:5.) There are many other 
references in the Bible to the evil condition of the human heart. 

God is righteous, He is pure and holy. Man in his sinful, carnal 
state can not see God and live. It may be truly said of every person in 
their unregenerate state, "Thy heart is not right in the sight of God." 

Israel as a nation had apostatized and was woefully in need of 
regeneration. They had slighted God's word and worshipped 
according to the desire and dictates of their own heart, and they had 
to reap the briars and thorns and the whirlwind of their own sowing. 
They are on the broad highway to apostasy that teaches for doctrine 
the commandments of men. Our religious teaching must be the truth 
as it is revealed in Christ Jesus, it must be God's word in purity and 
simplicity. The heart that is right with God is illuminated with the Holy 
Spirit, it reflects the light of God and people recognize the reflection. 


It is folly to lean on any arm of flesh, or trust in one's own heart and 
intellect. God recognizes the treachery of the pretense of the heart 
that makes religion a cloak behind which he seeks to hide the 
adversary. A treacherous heart. Alas! 

God gave Solomon a wise and understanding heart, a good thing 
for a king and his throne and it is a good thing for every person in the 
king's realm to have a wise heart, willing and able to discern between 
truth and falsehood, to distinguish between right and wrong in season 
and out of season; it requires spiritual discernment of the heart, it 
requires a priceless gift from God. 

James 1:5 says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, 
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be 
given him." God gave Solomon largeness of heart, a wise heart, 
great intellectual capacity and a strong will to obey Him in everything. 
It was Solomon's choice. The wise heart will wait God's time, 
knowing all will be well when God leads, and not do like king Saul, 
take things in his own hands. Saul offered sacrifice contrary to God's 
word and God said, "To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken 
than the fat of rams." 

Wisdom is better than strength as worldly power or honor, yet how 
often man despise the wisdom that God gives. God searches out the 
evil heart and punishes it. 

Obadiah tells us how Edom dwelling in his rocky strongholds was 
led by pride of heart to believe that it would be impossible to dislodge 
him from them in face of the prophecies predicting his overthrow, but 
God decreed that there should be a complete destruction of Edom 
and Edom went down before God. She reaped as she had sown. 

In Matt. 5:8 Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they 
shall see God." The pure heart is free from all alloy of pride. To be 
pure in heart requires complete punty of the inmost thoughts and 
desires of the heart. A thing is pure when it contains no admixture of 
alloy, no inferior substance. As the heart thinketh so the mouth 
speaketh. If the inside is pure, illumined by the Holy Ghost it will be 
reflected on the outside; the Spirit will impart some of the blessedness 
to the character of the one that receives Him into his heart. 

Love and benevolence are pure when they contain no admixture of 
lust and self seeking. Jesus' religion requires that people should be 
humble, lowly, meek like the Master they serve. The meek are 
persons of lowly and gentle demeanor. They speak evil of no one. 
They are never busy bodies in other men's matters, they do not serve 
lusts and wortdly pleasures. They are ready and willing for every 
good work. They delight in the teaching of God's word. They are 


good work. They delight in the teaching of God's word. They are 
satisfied with little of this world's goods rather than desire the riches of 
the many wicked. 

Jesus says, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for i 
am meek and lowly In heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." 
(Matt. 11:28-29.) God's promise Is the meek shall inherit the earth. 
They may have but an acre of ground and a cabin in this life, or 
perchance live in a tenement, but they are heirs of all future blessings, 
they are the only rightful heirs of the land and the riches of this present 
world, they are children of the King, and joint heirs with God's Son 
Jesus Christ. The wicked are usurpers and must be cast out. 

Purity of heart begins with having the "heart sprinkled from an evil 
conscience," sprinkled with the cleansing, atoning blood of Christ 
Jesus. God alone can do the sprinkling. And the body washed with 
pure water. This is man's part, it takes place at baptism. To the 
people that said on Pentecost, "What shall we do?" Peter answered, 
"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 2:38.) 

Baptism is the door into the church. Three thousand souls entered 
the door and were added to God's people on Pentecost. When the 
body is washed and the heart sprinkled, cleansed by the blood of 
Christ there is light in the heart wherewith to see God. External 
purification without Inward purity of heart is not acceptable with God. 
We must scripturally know and see God in this life, we must worship 
in spirit and in truth if we would see Him and be like Him over there. 
Without holiness there is no power to please and see Jesus. 

The people that crucify Jesus, whether they be Jews or Romans or 
of any other nationality shall look, one day, on Him whom they 
pierced, but they shall die the second death. Heb. 6:6 says people 
today and of all ages and climes may "Crucify to themselves the Son 
of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." 

Matt. 25:46 says the wicked "...shall go away into everlasting 
punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." "Is thy heart right with 

Driven from Home 

J. H. Moore 
In the treatment of their children parents sometimes make mistakes 
that follow them to their graves. They do things that are Inhuman, 
unchristian and sometimes cruel. They do not mean to make 


mistakes of this sort, but they permit themselves to be influenced by 
their passions. Judgment, for the time, is dethroned; love feels 
outraged, and the unwise act is committed. 

We have In mind a bright young woman. Her parents were devout 
and well-to-do members of an influential church. The young woman, 
after careful study and without any undue persuasion, decided to 
apply to the Brethren church for membership. Her father told her if 
she carried out her purpose, she would have to seek another shelter. 
On a day set for the purpose, and in the presence of a large assembly 
of sympathetic people, she was buried with Christ in the rite of holy 
baptism. The scene was both beautiful and impressive, for all the 
people knew the young lady to be a well-educated, pious and refined 

Later in the day she returned to her father's well-furnished and 
cozy residence only to find her parents ready to execute the 
unreasonable and unhuman threat they had made. The kind-hearted 
daughter was told that the home was hers no more; that she should 
take her few belongings and seek another roof, never to return until 
she gave up the religion that she had embraced. 

It was a sad day for the young sister. She had no thought of 
surrendering the faith that she had publicly accepted in the forenoon. 
Taking what she could bear away, she went from the cozy room that 
had always been her own, leaving behind all that was near and dear 
in her parental home, and, in a sense, became a wanderer among 
those not of her own kindred in the flesh. But she found friends ready 
to help and cheer her, and soon had work for her hands and head. 

Years came and went, but she remained the same earnest, dutiful, 
intelligent, pious and diligent Christian through all of her experience. 
There was a place for her in the Sunday School, and she filled it to 
the full measure. People learned to love her, they wept when they 
learned of her sad home experiences, but not an unkind word ever 
escaped her lips regarding her parents. She married, became the 
mistress of a pleasant home and the mother of happy children. 

Time softened the hearts of her parents, and there came a day 
when they could stand it no longer. They saw their mistake and wept 
bitterly, but it was impossible to erase the sad past from their 
memories. They felt that they had not only made the mistake of their 
lives, but had actually driven the sunshine from their home. They 
could repent and ask pardon, and this they did. A letter was written, 
showing marks of the tears of regret. A more penitent letter could not 
have been sent to the faraway daughter, whose cup of joy was 
thereby made full to overflowing. 


the family, and, should she be permitted to again retum to the scenes 
of her childhood, will be shown the room from which she was barred 
when only a babe in Christ. The breach is closed, never more to be 
opened, but the painful past will cling to the memory of these parents 
until their dying day. They have been forgiven both on earth and in 
heaven, but there is nothing that can wipe the sad experience of ten 
years from memory's tablet. 

In all this there Is a moral for every parent. They may, at times, 
feel that a child is walking contrary to their wishes, but let them ever 
bear in mind that the driving of a son or daughter from under the roof 
of its parents is a fearful undertaking in the eyes of both God and 


The response to the African Call has been very encouraging. 
Twenty-two precious souls born into the Family of God make up 
the beginning of the Dunkard Brethren Church In Africa. They were 
baptized in Lake Victoria early October 1995. Since then, four more 
have been added to the number. The challenge to nurture them is 
almost ovenA/helming to your Board. We are not ignorant of Satan's 
devices so we implore your earnest prayers in their behalf that we 
may act wisely and cautiously in the many decisions we are having to 
make, that the will of the Lord may be done. 

The Lord willing. Brother Paul Stump and Brother Dale Jamison 
plan another visit to the Church in Uganda to see how they do, and 
assist in the further organization of the congregation(s). Please pray 
for them also. 

The sponsoring of the orphans at Butambala was completed 
almost before the appeal came out in the Monitor. Forty-six orphans 
between the ages of six and fourteen are being sponsored. We have 
tried to limit one child to a sponsor so that more may be involved. 
More information about the child will be supplied to their sponsor as 
soon as It is available. May the zeal of each contributor to the work in 
Africa bring souls into the fold of God and glory to His name. 

Brother Ray R. Reed, Secretary 
Balance on hand 9-30-95 $ 5,868.88 


Donations $19,531.65 

Orphan Sponsorship 1 ,440.00 

Trustee Board 7.000.00 


Total Receipts $27,971 .65 27,971.65 


Bibles 75.00 

Transportation 1 6,800.00 (Toyota Van $1 1 ,340.00) 
Buildings 3,000.00 (Rent for 6 months) 

Bank Charges 25.00 

Total Disbursements $19,900.00 19,900.00 

Fund Balance 12-31-95 $13,940.53 

Brother Mark Andrews, Treasurer 



The Quinter Congregation invites you to our Spring Lovefeast 
Meetings, March 15 through 17, 1996. Bro. Kevin Funk will be our 
evangelist. Please pray that each heart will be open to the moving of 
God's Spirit. 

Sister Julie Litfin, Cor. 


The Lord willing the Fourth District Meeting will be held at Pleasant 
Home Congregation, April 5 through 7, 1996„ Friday evening services 
will begin at 7:30 P.M. The Business session will be held at 10:00 
A.M. Saturday. There will be Lovefeast on Saturday evening. There 
will be further services on Easter Sunday. 

You are welcome to these meetings. Come to worship and 

Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 


The Grandview Congregation will be hosting District Meeting, 
starting Friday evening April 12, 1996, at 7:00 P.M. The business 
meeting will be held Saturday at 9:00 A.M. Other services that day 
include preaching at 2:00 P.M. and Communion at 6:00 P.M. Services 
on Sunday, April 14, 1996, will be at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. 

Come and worship with us! 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 



April 7 - That Prophet - John 6:1-14. 

1. Why were the multitudes following Jesus? 

2. What was the purpose of gathering up the fragments? 

April 14 - The Work of God - John 6:15-29. 

1. What is the "Meat which endureth unto everlasting life?" 

2. What is "The work of God?" 

April 21 - The Bread from Heaven - John 6:30-51. 

1 . Who can come to Jesus today? 

2. Who is the living bread which came down from Heaven? 

April 28 - The Spoken Word - John 6:52-71 . 

1 . How can we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus? 

2. Why did many of Jesus' Disciples turn back? 


April 7 - Offenses - Matt. 18:1-17, Luke 17:1-5, Rom. 16:17-19. 

1. Explain repentance and forgiveness in regard to offenses. 

2. How are we to be "simple concerning evil"? 

April 14 - Sin - Gen. 4:16-17, Isa. 53:5-6, Matt. 12:31-33, 
Luke 11:39-42, Luke 12:45-47, Rom. 6:1-23. 

1 . How does sin separate us from the presence of God? 

2. How can we appear sinless to man and yet be full of sin? 

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

1. Symbolically, whom does the householder represent? 

2. Symbolically, whom does the son represent? 

April 28 - The Resurrection Story - Matt. 16:21, 28:1-7, Mark 9:9, 
16:6-10, Luke24:11-18, John 2:19, 20:18-19. 

1 . Why was the stone rolled away from the sepulcher door? 

2. Explain the angel's words, "Tell His disciples and Peter." 

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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. 


Lift your glad voices in triunnph on high, 
For Jesus hath risen, and men shall not die; 

Vain were the terrors that gather'd around him, 

And short the domination of death and the grave; 

He burst from the fetters of darkness that bound him, 
Resplendent in glory to live and to save: 
Loud was the chorus of angels on high — 
• The Saviour hath risen, and men shall not die. 

Glory to God, in full anthems of joy; 

The being he gave us death can not destroy: 

Sad were the life we may part with to-morrow, 

If tears were our birthright, and death were our end; 

But Jesus hath cheered the dark valley of sorrow, 
And bade us, immortal, to heaven ascend: 
Lift then your voices in triumph on high, 
For Jesus hath risen, and men shall not die. 




"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far 
country."Proverbs 25:25. 

Have you ever been thirsty in the midst of a desert? In that situation 
a cup of cold water is most appreciated. It tastes even better than 
usual. You have a great desire for that water. The wise man 
compares that desire for cold water with a desire to hear good news 
from a distance. The desire for good news runs deep in our being. 

The Good News has come from a far country. The Bible is that 
good news. The word, "gospel" means, "good news.'The gospel has 
been sent from Heaven to earth for the benefit of all. Whether men 
accept or reject the gospel does not change the gospel. The gospel 
remains the same. Men may try to change or reinterpret it , but their 
efforts are futile. God's word remains the same for all times, places, 
cultures and peoples. 

Paul writing, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in Ephesians 2:1- 
10, re-counts for the Ephesian believers their response to the gospel 
when he presented it to them. He reminds them of what their past 
lives had been. He shows what benefit they had received of the 
gospel. Now they were alive, quickened. Formerly they had been 
under the dominion of Satan, the prince of the power of the air. They 
had been disobedient. Instead of following God they had followed 
Satan's direction. That course had left them Spiritually dead. 

They had followed a contrasting course under the Holy Spirit's 
direction. Paul shows them the various elements of the gospel. The 
gospel is the proof of the love of God. The Good News proclaims that 


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He has loved to the extent that He has given the greatest of all gifts. 

God is often presented in a way that emphasizes His wrath and 
judgment. That is a true picture for He will judge all who refuse to 
accept His gift. The other side is the love He shows by making 
available to men the plan of salvation. His Grace, Love and Mercy 
have compelled Him to offer a way of escape from His own wrath. 

His love caused Him to give the only gift that was able to appease 
His anger. A holy, righteous God can not stand the presence of sin. 
Men, since the fall In the Garden of Eden, have been sinful. Men, in 
general, and individually have no hope of appeasing God. Sinful man 
and a righteous God can not mix. God, Himself, has overcome this 
exclusive situation by providing the one remedy. He sent His only 
begotten Son to Earth to become the propitiation for the sins of all 
human beings. The only requirement placed upon the people of the 
Earth was that they accept that work so they might appropriate it for 

God did this for the whole world, but He expects each individual to 
choose whether to accept it or not. Each person must make his own 
choice concerning God's offered gift. God does not deal with men as 
nations, tribes, families concerning their personal salvation. Men may 
devise artificial divisions and expect God to work with those divisions. 
The end of the Thirty Years War in 1648 was secured by the Treaty of 
Westphalia. That treaty divided the German principalities among the 
three major religious bodies. Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed, based 
upon the religious preference of the prince of that particular, 
geographic area. All citizens of that area were expected to profess 
that religious teaching. God is more interested in individuals than in 
general groups. 

Jesus as the sinless, virgin-born Son of God was able to become 
the sacrifice for sinful men. Sinful men by accepting God's plan of 
salvation could reestablish the fellowship with God that had been 
broken. Those who would accept what God offered could have an 
eternal life, in the mansions that Jesus promised to them in Heaven. 

God's plan of salvation, faith, repentance and baptism, was made 
available through His Grace. It was not deserved. It could not be 
earned. It was given through God's love. It was given because of 
man's sins, not because he was so good that he deserved it. 

God did place a responsibility upon those who hear and accept the 
gospel. They are called to do the good works that would please Him. 
Along with the forgiveness of sins, believers are empowered to do 
good, instead of the habitual evil they have followed in the past. 
Christians are saved to serve. 


The Good News has been presented. God has expended His 
Grace, Love and Mercy on your behalf. Have you accepted it? Have 
you lived as one who has clean escaped the clutches of Satan? The 
Good News is that Jesus paid the price for your sin. He has redeemed 



How shall we pray? 

There are many examples of men who prayed, and how they 
approached God. 

Abraham stood before the Lord, and drew near. He prayed 
earnestly for any righteous ones who lived in the wicked city of Sodom. 
Gen. 12:22-32. 

Jacob wrestled with God until he received the blessing. Gen. 

God talked to Moses mouth to mouth. Num. 12:7-8. But when the 
people had sinned he fell down before the Lord. "And I fell down 
before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither 
eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in 
doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. For I 
was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the Lord was 
wroth against you to destroy you. But the Lord hearkened unto me at 
that time also. Deut. 9:18-19. 

David sat before the Lord. "Then went king David in, and sat before 
the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, 
that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in 
thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's 
house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O 
Lord God?"ll Sam. 7:18-19. Also I Chron. 17:16-17. David was 
speaking in awe and wonderment at the great promises which God 
had given to him. 

Solomon went up to offer on the brazen altar before the tabernacle 
at Gibeon. "In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by 
night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. "I Kings 3:5. "Give 
therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I 
may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy 
so great a people?"! Kings 3:9. See also II Chron. 1:7-12. 

At the dedication of the temple it appears that Solomon at times 
stood before the Lord with his hands spread forth toward heaven, and 
at times kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. 


See I Kings 8:22, 54. 

Hezekiah, when threatened by the hosts of Assyria, went into the 
house of the Lord. II Kings 19:1. When threatened with death he 
turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord. II Kings 20:1-2. 

"Then the Levites...said, Stand up and bless the Lord your God for 
ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted 
above all blessing and praise. "Neh. 9:5. 

"And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and 
having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and 
spread out my hands unto the Lord my God. "Ezra 9:5. 

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into 
his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward 
Jerusalem, (See I Kings 8:30, 44, 48) he kneeled upon his knees three 
times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did 
aforetime."Dan. 6:10. 

"And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and 
supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:"Dan. 9:3. 

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou 
hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father 
which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."Matt. 6:6. 

See Acts 9:3. 

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus 
ChrisL"Eph. 3:14. 

"I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up HOLY hands, 
without wrath and doubting. "I Tim. 2:8. 

"Pray without ceasing.1 Thess. 5:17. 

That you may all be blessed is the prayer of your unworthy servant. 

Brother William Carpenter 


by Neil Martin 

As the people of God, how should the matter of courtship be 
conducted? It almost appears like the Bible is silent on the subject. 
Among the Jews, at least, there probably was no courtship. The 
parents decided who would marry whom. It almost appears like many 
times the couple hadn't even seen each other till the marriage day. 
But I think if we look closely, we can find counsel in the Word for 
courtship. There are ways God's people are supposed to act whether 
they are courting or not. 

Our courtship days should be days we can look back on with good, 
pleasant memories; not regret, like we hear so many times. People 


say, "If only I hadn't/Then it is too late to change what has been done. 
But can't we take some warnings so the rest of us don't have to say 
the same thing? 

Courtship should be serious business; not taken on by the immature 
or young. The goal of courtship should be to find a godly life 
companion. It should never be just a time to have fun or to get some 
thrills. If we look at it lightheartedly, we are in for bitter reaping. Some 
people think they're entitled to a little fun, a little serving the flesh. But 
let's never forget that God will hold us responsible for our actions. 
Solomon writes in Ecc. 11:9-10, "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, 
and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but 
know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy 
flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity."lt says, "walk in the ways of 
thine heart.'That is something we will do. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, "A 
good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that 
which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."So 
the most important thing is to have our hearts changed from evil to 
good through the blood of Christ before we consider this important 
step in life, or we may bring forth evil fruit. And remember, "For all 
these things God will bhng us into judgment." 

When we think of people dating, no doubt the sin we think of the 
most is the sin of fornication. Some people think some of us put too 
much emphasis on the sin of fornication. They say where there is a 
catalog of sins listed, other sins are listed equally with it. That is true. 
Any sin is terrible and can keep us out of heaven. I Cor. 6:9 says, 
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of 
God?"Yet down in the eighteenth verse Paul does seem to put a 
difference there. He says, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man 
doeth is without the body: but he that committeth fornication sinneth 
against his own body."it seems like he's saying that is the worst. Most 
other sins are of the mind. This one is against the body also. At any 
rate, we want to flee from it. 

In Eph. 5:3, fornication is listed in a catalog of sins Paul says should 
not be once named among us. Then why do we hear of so much of it 
going on? Possibly it is because we have fallen into the trap of 
thinking, "as long as we don't commit the very act, we're innocent."But 
that is far from the truth. Jesus said in Matt. 5:28, "But 1 say unto you, 
That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed 
adultery with her already in his heart."That doesn't take much action to 
be guilty does it? We should flee; chase even the first wrong thought 


from our minds. Even though God's people would admit that lustful 
looks are wrong, because of what Jesus said, it is surprising what 
actions many think are acceptable. 

It seems too often we get our standard of action from the world. 
"Just as long as we are not quite as bad as the world around us we are 
all right."Paul writes to the Romans in Romans 13:13, "Let us walk 
honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in 
chambering, and wantonness, not is strife and envying. "This word, 
chambering, is talking about illicit bedroom activity. Some other 
translations use the word, debauchery. The word, wantonness, has 
about the same meaning. Paul says, "Let us walk honestly (decently, 
becomingly) as in the day."Just because the world around us is no 
longer ashamed to act indecently, unbecomingly, in the day (public) 
does not mean it is acceptable behavior. 

Then he goes on in verse 14, "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. "The 
natural man wants to seek sensual pleasures, (make provision for the 
flesh) and all of us that are living, have our nature to contend with. Our 
appetites and desires must be controlled by our minds. We must take 
on the mind of Christ and yield our will (desires) to Him. Titus 2:11-12 
says, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all 
men. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we must 
control the mind or heart, because our lives are an expression of what 
is inside us. 

When we see courtship in the world, you see anything but an effort 
to control the natural desires. We see them pampered, encouraged. 
Why? Because that is what feels good— what the flesh desires. But 
as Christian people we don't want any part in that kind of conduct. 

First, let us look at the matter of appearance. The world, or natural 
man, wants to dress, walk, act in such a way as to draw attention to 
themselves. They display the body to incite the passions of others. 
The Christian's goal should be the opposite. We should desire to 
cover the body and let the hidden man of the heart shine forth. It 
seems like women have more of a responsibility In this area than men, 
although it no doubt applies to man as well. It seems like it is woman's 
natural desire to draw attention to the body, and the man's natural 
desire to give it. Both, I believe are equally wrong. But I think that is 
why there seems to be more said in the Bible about woman's attire 
than about men's. 

Jesus said in the the Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5:28, "But I say 
unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath 
committed adultery with her^lready in his heart. "Possibily one of the 


biggest deceptions In the world today Is the replacing of the word, lust, 
with the word, love. There Is a world of difference between the two. 
Love Is of God. It is a concern for others. Lust is of the devil. It is sin. 
It is the desire to have something that is not rightfully yours. Yet we 
see many people. Including professing Christians, who are pampering 
their lust in the area of courtship, and ascribing it to love. How sad. 
What blindness! 

When we pray the Lord's Prayer, we pray, "Lead us not into 
temptation, but deliver us from evil. "Do we pray that and then walk 
right into temptation and expect God to deliver us from evil? It is my 
belief that there should be no physical contact between dating couples. 

To be continued 
Selected by Sister Shirley Frick 
From Jan/Feb 1 995 The Pilgrim 


Tell me not, In mournful numbers, 

Life is but an empty dream; 
For the soul is dead that slumbers, 

And things are not what they seem. 

Life is real! life is earnest! 

And the grave is not its goal; 
Dust thou art, to dust returnest. 

Was not spoken of the soul! 

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow. 

Is our destined end and way, 

But to act, that each to-morrow 

Find us further than today. 

Lives of true men all remind us 

We can make our lives sublime, 

And, departing, leave behind us 

Footprints on the sands of time; 

Footprints which perhaps another, 

Sailing o'er lifeis solemn main, 

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, 

Seeing shall take heart again. 

Let us, then, be up and doing, 


With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving, still pursuing, 

Learn to labor and to wait. 

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
#453 Brethren Hymnal 
Early in my youth I learned this poem in the public schools. That 
was before prayer, Bible reading and wholesome literature were taken 
out back in the early 1960's. I cannot possibly add to the wise advice 
of Longfellow, but I have to wonder if the early influence of literature 
such as this was not instrumental in my conversion later on. I believe 
we cannot stress enough the effect of good things and good 
Influences. By the same token we see what bad sights and bad people 
can do to our families. 

We are all leaving an influence behind, maybe good or maybe bad. 
Would you want your children following in your footsteps? We should 
live each day so as to be a refreshment to the souls of others. Jesus 
told us that if we have done these things to the least of these, we have 
done it unto Him. Which way are YOUR footprints going? 

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


Acts 2:29-32, "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the 
patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is 
with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that 
God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, 
according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He 
seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was 
not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath 
God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses." 

Jesus Christ was not the first one to rise from the dead. The Old 
Testament records instances where individuals were raised back to 
life. He was, also, not the last to be brought back from the dead. The 
New Testament gives us the record of the apostles raising the dead 
back to life. There is no denying the fact that Christ's resurrection was 
unique for several reasons. 

Except for Enoch and Elijah, every individual born either has or will 
be like David, "both dead and buried" (unless the body is destroyed by 
fire or some other means). We can all visit the grave of a loved one 
who has passed away and concur that their sepulchre (grave) is with 
us unto this day. But the soul is either in Heaven or Hell. The phrase 


"that his soul was not left in hell," contains the word, "hades" in the 
Greek. Since this word can be translated "grave" the doctrine of soul 
sleep has emerged from such passages of Scripture. The same word 
is found in Luke 16:23 where we read, "And in hell he lift up his eyes, 
being in torments, ..."Resurrection is the rejoining of the soul, spirit and 
body. Both the saved and unsaved will experience this someday. The 
resurrection of Jesus Christ remains unique. 

The raising of an individual from the dead leaves many questions 
that have no easy answer. Medical science has gained the technology 
to resuscitate an individual who has died from drowning, heart failure 
or some other natural cause. The question is sometimes raised if the 
soul actually left the body in such instances. We know that in such 
instances only a small amount of time is allowed before it is too late to 
resuscitate an individual. But in Scripture the allowed time had often 
passed and a true miracle took place. Trying to explain a miracle often 
leaves more questions than answers. But whether comparing Christ's 
resurrection to a medical resuscitation or a miracle it is still unique. 
The fact that His flesh did not see corruption after three days and three 
nights in the grave (without modern embalming) was itself unique. 

Jesus Christ's resurrection was unique in the fact that it was the 
fulfillment of prophecy. The prophecy found in our opening verses is 
found in Psalm 16:10. Not only did the Scriptures foretell the 
resurrection of Christ but He prophesied it Himself. 

Jesus Christ's resurrection was unique in the fact that He was the 
first one to be raised with a glorified body. Those who experienced 
resurrection prior to this returned to their body with all its physical 
limitations and sufferings. Even those who were given life after His 
resurrection did not receive a glorified body. Jesus Christ was the only 
one who did not have to experience death the second time. As stated 
earlier, the day is coming when all will experience a resurrection when 
death will have no hold on them anymore. 

This brings us to the fact that Jesus Christ's resurrection was 
unique in the fact that it brought our salvation. For we read in I 
Corinthians 15:16-17, "For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ 
raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your 
sins. "We are as guilty as most of not mentioning this usually except at 
this time of the year, when the world makes a mockery of the event 
with Easter bunnies and colored eggs. The blood of Jesus Christ 
cleanses from all sin and Calvary settled it all. Yet the resurrection 
was necessary. Even so, repentance and being born again 


guarantees our salvation but baptism completes it. Have you 
experienced this spiritual resurrection? 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


April 1, 1936 

A G. Fahnestock 

The age in which we are living has brought problems to us, such 
that our forefathers have not had. In problems pertaining to our 
physical being and in problems that pertain to operations of farms, 
factories, traffic, mails, governments, and so forth, they are fairly well 
solved through applying wisdom to past developments and 
experiences of the past and making use of the present opportunity, 
with the exception of the problem which pertains directly to the peace 
of humanity, the peace that came from heaven. Jesus said, "My 
peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you, not as the world 
giveth give I unto you... "Our American people (Christian nation) (?) 
have not taken heed to past experiences and developments which 
pertain to this great question of peace, and many, many churches 
have not availed themselves of the opportunity to receive and maintain 
the peace that brings satisfaction here on earth and through all 
eternity. The reason is a lack of faith in God. 

Faith is tested and tried in various ways. 1st - Some people's faith 
is tested by the multitude of unbelievers, who mock and scoff. Jesus 
says, "If they say all manner of evilagainst you falsely, for My names 
sake rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in 
heaven. "Do we believe this? Noah, when building the ark, did not 
permit himself to disobey God and through it he saved himself and his 
family. Think of the many Christian professing parents, who do not 
only neglect the saving of their children but through unbelief lead them 

2nd - Faith is tried by the ties of nature. Sometimes we find parents 
and sometimes children who know that they are not doing what they 
ought to do but they don't want to hurt the feelings of others and mar 
their social relations. They evidently have no faith in what Jesus said, 
(Matt. 10:37-38) "He that loveth father or mother more than Me Is not 


worthy of me and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not 
worthy of Me and he that taketh not his cross and foHoweth after Me is 
not worthy of Me." 

Abraham might have said like many say today, no, I will not offer my 
son Isaac, such an act would wound the heart of my wife and possibly 
killed her and furthermore what would others say. 

Faith tested by human reasoning - Jesus said on one occasion, "It 
is easier for a camel to go through the needle's eye than for a rich man 
to enter the kingdom of God."Some through human reasoning say that 
the needle's eye is the small opening in the wall of Jerusalem. The 
disciples did not think it as such; I am sure. If they had, they would not 
have said, "Who then can be saved?" 

Jesus must not have had the small opening in the wall in mind 
according to His reply. He said, "The things which are impossible with 
men are possible with God," implying that it was impossible for man to 
put a camel through the needle's eye. (Luke 1 8:25-27.) 

Again, (Matt. 17:20) "if ye have faith like a grain of mustard seed ye 
shall say to the mountain: be thou removed hence and it shall obey you." 

Many people and even ministers, through human reasoning say that 
this does not mean a mountain of earth but it means troubles we may 
encounter. A very popular minister has so explained it to me, and 
when he got through explaining I asked him, if a mountain means 
trouble what does the sycamine tree mean. Jesus says (Luke 17:9) "If 
ye had faith like a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say to the sycamine 
tree, be thou plucked up from the roots and be thou planted in the sea 
and it shall obey you." 

Reader, beware lest the devil deceive you through human 
reasoning. The man and woman that depends upon their own 
understanding and do not have faith in God, very well can say, so far 
as I can see, sprinkling or pouring are just as good as immersion for 
baptism, and feet-washing is not necessary, and many other things 
that we are commanded to do. James 2:18 says, "I will shew thee my 
faith by my works. "Many people today say they believe the gospel but 
by their works they prove their lack of faith in God. 

Faith tested by depending on human ingenuity and strength. God 
knew that humanity has this weakness. Gideon's army the Lord 
reduced from 32,000 to 300, so that they may learn to depend on God 
and obey Him; that their faith and confidence in God may be 
increased. (Judges 7.) Many a problem that we are trying to solve 
today, is not ours to solve but to conquer through faith in God. 

Jesus told us how to conquer our enemies and to gain our brother. 


How many Christian professing people follow His instructions, such as 
we find in Matt. 18, and many more, or do we use human ingenuity, 
proving that we do not have faith in Jesus Christ. No wonder Jude 
admonishes that we shall earnestly contend for the faith once 
delivered unto the saints. 

Jesus while here, looking down through the ages said, "When the 
Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on earth?"(Luke 18:8.) 

Reader, will He find it in you? 


Have you any room for Jesus? 

Have you any more room for Him? 

He'll make your life victorious, 

Pure, clean, and free from all of sin. 

He knocks right now at your heart's door 

Pleading to be invited in. 

Oh! hasten friend. He's there for sure. 

What could you loose? What could you gain? 

Think of heaven with no more pain! 

Open your door, bid Him come in. 

Brother Harold B. Zimmerman 


Marietta, PA 17547 



Bro. Orvis Alvin Smith was born January 15, 1932, to Roland 
Wallace and Aurelia Juanita (Root) Smith in Bloom, Kansas. He was 
born three months after his father had passed away. Orvis went home 
to be with his Lord in the early morning hours of February 7, 1996, at 
St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado. He was 64 years of 

He attended McClave Schools. 

On September 14, 1952, he was united in marriage to Helen Lucille 
Lockhart in Las Animas at the Fist Baptist Church. Orvis was in the 
Navy and they made their home first in San Diego, California, then in 
Kingsville, Texas, where their first child, Gordon, was born. They 
remained in Kingsville until June, 1954, when he was honorably 
discharge from the navy at the rank of petty officer 3rd class. After 
this, they made their home in Las Animas, Colorado, where their other 
five children, James, Kenneth, Donald, Jeanine and Melody were born. 


Orvis was preceded in death by his father, Roland, a brother, 
Roland Jr., step-father, Emery Wertz and an infant grandson, Mathew 
Medina. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Helen of the 
family home, four sons, and their wives, Gordon and Crisanta, James 
and Hea Young all of Riverside, California, Kenneth and Sung Si! of 
Westminister, Colorado, Donald and Lynette of Fontana, California, 
two daughters and their husbands, Jeanine and Larry Medina of 
Englewood, Colorado, Melody and Jake White of Aurora, Colorado, by 
thirteen grandchildren, Pia, Helena, Jason, Abraham, Jennifer, 
Benjamin, Jacob, Janeile, Nickolas, Samuel, Nicole, Danielle, and 
Ashley. And by mother Aurelia Wertz of McClave, Colorado, by 
brothers and their wives Warren and Luella Smith, Lee and Diane 
Wertz, McClave, Colorado, by sisters and husbands, Dorothy and Don 
Wiens of Lakewood, Colorado and Juanita and Oty Reed of McClave, 
Colorado. Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins as well 
as many friends also survive. 

Orvis will always be remembered by family and friends for his sense 
of humor, his positive attitude, his strength in enduring adversity, his 
example of faith expressed and lived. 

Funeral services were held February 10 at the Dunkard Brethren 
Church in McClave with Elder Herman Jamison and Brother Wayne 
Burgess officiating. Burial was at the McClave cemetery. 
It's hard to lose the ones we love, 
To see them pass away, 
The sweetest and kindest gone, 

While others are left to stay. 
But if we had a garden. 

With roses fair and bright. 
We'd often pick the loveliest 

And think it to be right. 
And so it is with Jesus 

In His earthly garden here, 
He often picks the fairest flowers, 

The ones we love so dear. 
The flowers that are picked by Him 

Will never fade away. 
We know they'll live forever and 

We'll see them some sweet day. 
We wish to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and gifts. 

Sister Helen Smith and family 




June 8-12, 1996 
1996 General Conference will be held June 8 through 12 at 
Roxbury Holiness Camp Grounds. 

Directions to Roxbury Holiness Camp Grounds, located 1/2 mile 
south of Roxbury, Pennsylvania on Route 997. 

Those traveling on Pennsylvania turnpike (1-76) exit number 15, 
take 997 south to camp grounds. 

Those traveling Interstate 81 North or South exit on Scotland Exit, 
take 997 north to camp grounds. 

Those traveling on train or plane go to Harrisburg. Take Greyhound 
bus service to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and call camp grounds for 

There is plenty of room for campers and trailers. 
Please bring sheets and pillow cases. 

When making reservations please state: Date of arrival, 
approximate time of arrival, number in party, approximate time of 

Camp grounds telephone number is (717)532-2208. 
Please send reservations to: 

Bro. Paul Noecker, Jr. or Bro. Verling Wolfe 

410 Black Horse Road Rt. 1 Box 1 483 B 

Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 Bethel, PA 19507 

71 7-739-2209 71 7-933-4246 


All Board reports and any queries for General Conference need to 
be sent to me by April 25, 1996. 

Brother Dennis St. John 
General Conference Writing Clerk 


The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation plans Lovefeast 
services on Sunday, May 5, 1996. We welconne all to conne and 
worship with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 


Do you have Internet e-mail? If so and you would like to use it to 
communicate with members and friends of the church, please send 
me a message at I will compile an address list 
and send it to you. 

Brother Dean Shaffer 





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. Filer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

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

Daie 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 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

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

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


Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Miil Road 
Engiewood, 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 


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, [A 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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VOL LXXIV APRIL 15, 1996 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 more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 


When we stand before the throne, 
Dress'd in beauty not our own, 
When we see thee as thou art, 
Love thee with unsinning heart — 
Then, Lord, shall we fully know — 
Not till then— how much we owe. 

When the praise of heav'n we hear, 
Loud as thunder to the ear. 
Loud as nnany waters' noise, 
Sweet as harps' nnelodious voice, 
Then, Lord, shall we fully know- 
Not till then — how much we owe. 

Even on earth, as through a glass. 
Darkly, let thy glory pass; 
Make forgiveness feel so sweet. 
Make thy Spirit's help so meet; 
Even on earth, Lord, make us know 
Something of how much we owe. 




John, in his Second Epistle, defines James 1:27. "Pure religion 
and undefiled before God and the Father is this. To visit the fatherless 
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the 

John was not shy about sharing what he had learned by being able 
to see, hear and touch Jesus during His earthly ministry. He 
continued to minister, as the Apostle of love, to believers throughout 
his long life. 

The Second Epistle is addressed to "the elect lady and her 
children." This could mean that he was writing to a particular Sister to 
advise her about the Christian life. He may have been writing to a 
congregation, using "woman" and "children" as terms of endearment 
to address them symbolically. Whomever the letter was originally 
written to is not of great importance. It was written for the benefit of 
all Christians who read it. 

Writing instruction and advice to younger Christians was one of the 
ways John could show his love for them. In this second letter he only 
alluded to the charity aspects of love. He promoted love that would 
help people, who had serious needs. 

Love is not just an emotion. It is a serious commitment. Love is 
better shown than expressed. All the sweet, romantic professions of 
love are worth little if the speaker is not prompted to serve the one to 
whom they are spoken or written. 

The care of widows and orphans is a necessary expression of love. 
Christians should be willing to express their love, concretely, to those 


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often forgotten by the community. 

Not only is love expressed in good deeds, but in following the truth. 
That is why John tends to write his epistles in very clear, sharp terms. 
The defense and doing of the truth is an issue John sees in black or 
white. James speaks of being unspotted by the world. John speaks 
of doing the truth. Doing the truth will forge a separation between a 
Christian and the world. 

John was willing to commend this "lady" for her present walk in the 
truth. It is always encouraging to see good order among believers. 
When believers walk in the truth they are setting a good example 
before their children and unbelievers. If Christians do not walk in the 
truth, how do they differ from the world they live in? The world holds 
Christians to a higher standard of conduct than fellow Christians will. 
The world may ridicule the righteousness of Christians, but if it is 
missing it will be noticed. The world expects Christians to be 
different. If Christians are not, they will be called, "hypocrites". 

Unfortunately, many Christians do not exhibit righteous living to the 
surrounding, dying world. Some believe that their choice to be a 
Christian is the only effort they need to make. Their one-time choice 
is their sole expehence in Christianity. Obviously, John valued a 
continued dedication to the truth as a necessary part of the Christian 
experience. There are many who, wishing to avoid legalism and 
worksism, have been hesitant to live a separated Christian life. They 
have chosen to identify with the world's view of life rather than give 
substance to their professions. John defines love as translating belief 
into action. Walking after God's commandments is a part of 
demonstrating love. Disobedience is not a sign of love, whether in a 
family or Christianity. 

John is concerned that believers have a correct view of Jesus. 
Those who do not acknowledge Him as the Son of God identify 
themselves with the antichrist. Jesus came from Heaven to bring 
salvation to men. If they do not receive Him as the Lamb of God, they 
are making themselves the enemies of God. All have the 
responsibility to make this choice in their lives. 

The teaching concerning Jesus is important. Also important is 
what He taught. He brought the word of truth and Spirit to individuals, 
so they could be saved and follow God. He called human beings to 
follow Him. Those who do not accept the fact of His identity and His 
doctrine can not have God within their lives. Without the truth, the 
Holy Spirit can not abide within a person. With the truth and the 
Spirit, a person can be the abiding place of God. 

John was concerned about the harmful effect of those who 


preached an untrue doctrine. He warned that they should not only not 
be listened to, but not even encouraged in their nnisbelief. 

Do you have pure religion? Have you made the choices necessary 
to have the Father and the Son dwell within? Are you walking in the 
truth, doing His commandments? 



We are writing this article as we are waiting in the Entebbe Airport 
on our two hour delayed flight to Brussels. Then it will be on to Atlanta 
from where Bro. Dale flies to Miami and Bro. Paul to Dayton. 
Checking our schedule, we will be up approximately fifty hours until 
we will get to bed again. Hopefully we will be able to sleep in flight. 
(We did.) 

We left Atlanta, Georgia on March 4, arriving in Entebbe the 
following evening at 9:35 P.M. We were met and welcomed by four 
Brethren. We were driven to Kampala, getting to bed about 1:30 A.M. 
Our first night was short in flight and our second night was short in 
bed. We were welcomed into Bro. Godfrey's home. We appreciated 
their very kind hospitality. 

Wednesday morning, we visited several homes. We also found 
one of the church members, Bro. Stephen Sekandi in the hospital. 
We pray for his speedy recovery. 

We visited the St. Barnabas Christian School and met the forty-two 
sponsored children there. Some of them came into the Administrative 
Office and sang some songs for us. What a precious experience to 
hear them sing so beautifully about Jesus and praising God! 

As we visited several guardian homes (where the sponsored 
children stay), tears trickled down our cheeks as we saw the 
desperate living conditions of these people, compared to our fine 
modern conveniences at home. While visiting one home, we had a 
terrible hard rain storm with a lot of wind. This sure made a terrible 
noise on a loose tin roof. Many trees were blown over and some 
homes were destroyed. It really does not take long to clean up a 
demolished home, as all it consists of is gathering up several pieces 
of tin and a few wheelbarrow loads of mud and sticks. We visited a 
home after the rain storm and found ourselves in a very muddy room, 
as there was no tin on the roof. 

Thursday morning after breakfast, we went to the Embassy and 
registration building to take care of some necessary paper work. We 
then went onto Kakumiro, about 120 miles away. When we arrived at 


9:00 P.M. the Van was immediately surrounded by children. After 
supper the men carried in mattresses and bedding. We slept on the 
floor in the school building. We had a good night's rest as we were in 
a higher elevation and there was a welcomed cool breeze. 

The next morning the children were there waiting for us and began 
singing for us for the morning devotions. 

We visited eight homes in the "brush" and the people received us 
gladly. One of the homes we visited had a child, sick with malaria. 
They did not have enough shillings for medication, but were so thrilled 
to have white missionaries in their home that they presented us with 
gifts of six eggs, five avocados, two pineapples, and a live chicken. 
The chicken's legs were tied together so we each held the chicken a 
while and it rode the whole way to Kampala with us. When we left, 
they had some shillings for medication. 

Another home also presented us with a live chicken. They are very 
poor people, living off the land, but they are willing to share what they 

About 5:00 PM, we gathered for instructions for baptism. We then 
walked about one mile through the jungle to the water where thirty- 
two members were baptized. As we started baptizing, the children 
began singing "born again." What a melodious harmony ringing 
through the jungle! 

The following morning we started our journey back to Kampala 
over rough, dirt roads, enjoying along with the bumps, the beautiful 
jungle countryside and luscious growth of vegetation. 

Sunday morning approximately seventy (mostly children) gathered 
for service at Natatee. We felt the need for help in the ministry, so 
immediately following services, we installed Bro. Peter Kisembo in the 
ministry to assist Bro. Godfrey. We then proceeded to Lake Victoria 
where six members were baptized. The members in Uganda now 
total sixty in number. 

On Monday, we went to St. Barnabas Christian School and took 
the sponsored children to a park by Lake Victoria where they did 
some hiking, sang songs and had a light picnic lunch. The remaining 
time was spent visiting and making the necessary preparations for our 
return home. 

We thank you for your prayers on our behalf and our Heavenly 
Father for His protection and care for us. 

Please continue to pray for the church in Uganda. 

Home again Wednesday evening at 11:15, March 13. Praise the 

Brother Paul Stump 
Brother Dale Jamison 




The first commandment given by God to man after the creation 
was to "Be fruitful and multiply. fill the earth. ..and subdue it." God 
has given us dominion over the earth. What a responsibility that is. 

It was in God's divine purpose that we increase the population of 
the earth. It might also be noted that we were to understand the earth 
and its processes. We are to utilize them. This is about the only 
positive, Biblical side of science that I am comfortable with. 

Tragically, man rebelled against God. As a result, he brought upon 
himself the great curse of decline, decay and death. In the Book of 
Romans we learn that the "whole creation groans and travails in 
pain." This condition of "corruption" extends throughout the physical, 
mental and biological realms. The word corruption refers to decay 
and disintegration and ultimately to death. This bondage to 
deterioration corresponds to what the scientists have recognized as 
the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This Law states that everything 
in the universe is tending toward an ultimate state of degeneration 
and death. 

But, what about man? We must remember that man is made in the 
"image of God." He is responsible to God, not only in the exercise of 
dominion over the earth, but in how he responds to God's work of 
redeeming and delivering the creation from its bondage of corruption. 
The first prerequisite for solving the problem of pollution is for people 
to turn, in repentance and faith, to Jesus Christ. It is "by Him" that "all 
things were created." It is also by Him that all things consist and have 
been reconciled. The shedding of Jesus' blood is the redemption 
price paid for the deliverance of individual souls and ultimately the 
whole creation. 

As long as man continues to reject Christ, there is no real solution 
to the problem of pollution or corruption. The Word indicates things 
will grow worse and worse. Ultimately millions will lose their lives in 
the ultimate upheaval of the earth that will occur during the Tribulation 

Eventually the earth will be made new and the environment will be 
radically transformed and revived. The curse will be gone. In the 
present, however, the effects of man's sinfulness and selfishness will 
inevitably continue to deteriorate the environment. The judgments 
that are on us are the result of the "destruction of those who destroy 
the earth." 

If we are fully new in Christ, we are going to love and respect our 


Church, our family and those around us. Similarly, we will have 
compassion on the animal kingdom and will oppose its exploitation. 
Our standard of living will be relatively simple and we will not make 
undue demands on the earth's environment and its resources. 

The ultimate answer to the pollution problem, then, is only found in 
Jesus Christ. When He is our Savior and the Lord of our life, we will 
come fully under His influence. 

Brother Len Wertz 


"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth 
such as be of a contrite spirit." Ps. 34:18. 

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." 
Matt. 5:3. 

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matt. 5:5. 

The child of God and the child of this world are entirely different in 
whom they admire. The Christian looks up to those with a meek and 
quiet spirit, while the Greeks despised such a one. Those that follow 
the philosophy of this world still hate meekness. The world believes 
In self-confidence, self-expression and the mastery of this life. The 
Christian believes in being "poor in spirit." Newspapers and 
magazines will show you the kind of people the world admires. They 
are certainly not described in the Sermon on the Mount. 

The Christian differs from the world in what he seeks after. The 
Christian hungers and thirsts after righteousness. The worldling 
hungers and thirsts after wealth, fame, status, power, and position. 
Look at anyone. What does he seek after? We should especially 
look at ourselves. 

The Christian also differs from the world in what he does. The non- 
Christian is consistent in that he lives for this world. He believes that 
this is all there is to existence and he fully intends to get all he can 
while he can. The Christian, on the other hand, considers this world a 
dressing room for eternity. His outlook is entirely different. The 
things of earth are merely transitory. In this the Christian must be 
consistent also. He must consistently lay up treasures in heaven. He 
must be a witness of the goodness of God. Part of his meekness 
comes from seeking to be a witness for Christ. It also stems from the 
peace that Christ has given the Christian. 
O, the joy of sins forgiven. 
O, the bliss the bloodwashed know. 
O, the peace akin to heaven: 
Where the Healing Waters flow. 


For the Christian, the heart has been changed. The outlook and 
desires also have changed. We have been saved and we are now on 
our way to Heaven. Nothing should distract us from that journey. 

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


Neil Martin 
Continued fronn April 1, 1996 Issue 

If Jesus classifies lustful looks (thoughts) as adultery, how would 
He classify more intimate activities? Yet people say, "It's not a 
problem of lust with me, it is just an expression of our love." If that is 
true, why does it lead so many couples into the actual sin? Couples 
who thought they would never go that far! Considering the activities 
many Christian people think are acceptable for courtship, I'm not 
surprised there is such an epidemic of sin against the body, that is not 
to be named once among us. James writes in James 1:15, "Then 
when LUST hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin..." It is not love that 
results in sin, love is of God. It says earlier in James 1:13-14, "Let no 
man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be 
tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is 
tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed." Why 
tempt ourselves to sin? James writes on in the fifteenth verse, "and 
sin-, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." None of us want death. 

Have you ever heard of any godly person who regretted that they 
hadn't engaged in a little more physical familiarly during their 
courtship? I haven't. But I have heard, and read, of many who had 
deep regrets because they had used too much liberty. James writes, 
"when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin." Jesus puts it a little 
stronger. He says lust is sin. Let's flee; run the other way, not sidle 
up as close as we can. 

Paul writes in II Timothy 2:22, "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow 
righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord 
out of a pure heart..." It says, "flee youthful lusts." We've been 
writing some of that. It also says there are some good things to do. It 
says to follow these good things, "with them that call on the Lord out 
of a pure heart." We want to sweep our house clean. We also want 
to fill it with good things. 

We might think of our courtship days as laying the foundation for 
our married life. If we want to have a good successful marriage, we 
must start with a good foundation. If we find ourselves in the situation 


of a troubled marriage as a result of a poor foundation, there is still 
hope for us, but we are going to have to start over, repent of the past, 
and build the way God intended for us to build. 

When looking for a life's companion, the Word has some things for 
us to look for. In I Peter 3:3-5, speaking to wives he says, "Whose 
adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of 
wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden 
man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the adornment 
of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trust in 
God, adorned themselves..." We want to look for this meek and quiet 
spirit. If it is of great price in the sight of God, surely it should be to us 
as well. Yet we see women who profess godliness trying to adorn the 
body, with hairstyles, flashy tight fitting clothing and so forth. That is 
anything but the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. You hear 
people say. "But that is not the way that person is. When you get to 
know them they do have a godly spirit." It also says, "Whose adorning 
let it not be that outward adorning." How can we say the outward 
expression doesn't mean anything? 

The goal of flash or immodest outward adorning is to get favorable 
attention for the body or self, so maybe the problem is more the man's 
than the woman's. If men would not be impressed with an outward 
show, it would remove the desire to be showy. 

"The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." Never underestimate 
the importance of it! As life goes on and husband and wife live 
together, it will greatly affect the harmony and effectiveness of the 
home, because the Biblical position of the wife is to be submissive. 
Any other spirit brings confusion and problems. 

When a girl considers a boy for dating or marriage, one of the most 
important things to look for is whether he is considerate of everyone. 
The Bible commands men to love their wives. Even though you think 
he is loving you, if he isn't kind toward everyone, be careful. When life 
goes on and he gets used to you, he will probably treat you like he 
treats everyone else. You want to look for someone with a converted, 
loving heart; not just someone who seems obsessed with you. 

God had designed it that the man should be the head of the home. 
That headship should start in the courting years. The man is most 
responsible for the way the courtship is conducted. Does he willingly, 
seriously, take his place? Not that the girl can't offer suggestions, or 
that they shouldn't discuss decisions together but remember, God has 
designed it that man should be the head of the home, and that the 
woman should be submissive. It ought to be in the same order in 


courtship as well, or it probably won't be that way in marriage either. 
Is he someone you can willingly submit to? Can you trust his 
judgment? Any other order besides God's order brings problems. 

There are many constructive things to do when a dating couple is 
together. They can read together, The Bible, as well as other books. 
They can sing together. They should pray together. Possibly they 
could go visit old people together. There are many more upbuilding 
things to do. Most of all, talk with each other. Learn to know the 
other's likes and dislikes and what their beliefs and convictions are. 
Find out whether this person is someone you can agree and 
harmonize with. Never figure you can change him to thinking and 
acting like you think he should after marriage. 

When you are together with the rest of the young folks, be a part of 
the whole group. There is plenty of time when you are alone together 
to be with each other. It has always looked like a sign of immaturity to 
me, when couples started dating, they thought they had to always be 
together. Whether the young folks are singing, playing games, 
traveling, whatever they are doing together, be a part of the big group 
and include everyone. It not only is the considerate way to treat the 
rest; it is good for you as well. Hopefully, all your life you will be 
working and associating with this group of people. Right now in 
young folks is the best time to learn to know, appreciate, and get 
along well with each other. 

It seems to me a courtship should not be too long. How long is too 
long no doubt varies with age and circumstances. But for the couple 
who is mature, and has grown up together in the same community, I 
think a year is probably long enough. 

Above all, PRAY TO GOD for GUIDANCE in this matter before you 
start, and during courtship. God answers sincere prayer. 
The Lord be with you all. 

Selected by Sister Shirley Frick 
From Jan/Feb. 1995 The Pilgrim 
A little bit of patience often makes the sunshine come, 
And a little bit of love makes a very happy home: 
A little bit of hope makes a rainy day look gay. 
And a little bit of charity makes glad a weary way. 

-from the Evangelical Visitor, 1896 



April 15, 1936 


Ida M. Helm 

Webster's dictionary defines the word counterfeit to mean: False, 
spurious, to put on a semblance of. A forgery, and so forth. 

We all know counterfeit money is worthless. We like to steer clear 
of things that are false, that are forgeries, worthless. We hear 
considerable shallow, yes worse than worthless talk these days, 
claiming that it does not matter much what one accepts as Bible 
doctrine, it doesn't matter whether he be baptized or whether he 
celebrate the Lord's supper or washes the saints feet, or lives the 
plain, simple life, or observes the teaching of the headship of Christ. 
If he believes in the divinity of Christ and lives a clean life that is 
enough, it is the clean living that counts. 

An old friend of mine, a gifted Sunday School teacher, used to say, 
"It doesn't matter what you believe, or what I believe, it's what God 
believes that counts." My belief nor your belief won't save us. We 
must believe and do God's revealed will to man if we would be saved. 
We must ring true to the gospel sound. 

Perhaps a number of us have read about a counterfeit five dollar 
bill that was handed in to the bank teller for smaller pieces of money. 
The teller handed it back. What's wrong? asked the owner of the 
money. "Counterfeit," said the teller. That counterfeit bill had been in 
circulation a couple of weeks and had been used to pay a doctor bill, 
it had been used to buy groceries, it bought a pair of shoes, it had 
been handed in to the welfare board and was used to buy provisions 
for a needy family. People believed it to be all right and accepted it at 
full value. Now it came to the observation of one that was able to 
detect its real quality, and it was turned down as worthless. It's 
record of good was null and void. 

There are religious leaders today that tell us, God will accept you 
and your belief and everything will be all right on the judgment day if 
you are sincere and your heart is right. They forget perhaps that if the 
heart is right the whole life will be right, the light of the Holy Spirit will 
reveal Christ in our daily life. Perhaps they forget that the devil 
believes and he trembles when he thinks of the awful judgment and 
the horrible lake of fire that is in store for him. 

Nothing is more contrary to the plain teaching of God's word, than 
the doctrine of "just so you believe and are sincere, everything will be 
all right with God." 


Hundreds of years before Jesus came into this world the Jewish 
prophet Isaiah, looking down through the centuries, writing by the 
inspiration of the Spirit of God said, "Behold I lay in Zion for a 
foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure 
foundation." (Isa. 28:16.) The apostles saw the ultimate fulfillment of 
Isaiah's words in the person of Jesus Christ. 

Centuries after Isaiah's time Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles 
guided by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote, "Other foundation 
can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (I Cor. 3:1 1.) 

Blessed is the person that builds their life's work on the solid Rock 
Foundation, Jesus Christ. What would Isaiah and Paul say if now 
after more than 1900 years of professed Christian building they could 
see the superstructure that had been builded. What a fantastic mass 
of medley of structures! 

Men and women have moved off the Solid Rock Christ Jesus, and 
builded on the shifting sand. They have discarded the precious 
material Jesus provided for them and used material of their own 

Paul further says, "But if any man buildeth on the foundation gold, 
silver, costly stone, wood, hay, stubble, each man's work shall be 
made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it is revealed in 
fire; and the fire itself shall prove each man's work of what sort it is." 
(I Cor. 3:12-13.) 

Some people make great appearance of piety and diligence while 
bringing in mere rubbish, lifeless material that has no living seed of 
truth;, doctrine commandments of men, works that please the fleshly, 
carnal desires. They bring them in and set them in the temple they 
are building for eternity. Some are working for quantity rather than 
quality in their superstructure, but it is true as has been said, 
additional size means additional danger if the material is not sound. 
God is not mocked. Listen! Paul says, "Ye also as living stones, are 
built up a spiritual house.. .acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." 

Every person's work must come before the observation of One who 
knows the true quality of the material used and if it be counterfeit it 
will be cast away as worthless rubbish. Every person's building will 
have to face the storm that will thoroughly test the foundation on 
which it is built. The tempest will wrench and strain the 
superstructure, and if the stones laid in the walls are unsound they 
will come down with a crash. 

The fingers of time will handle our building roughly but the living 
stones provided by Jesus Christ with which He would have us build 
will survive the wrecks that time pulls down, they will remain when 


heaven and earth pass away. 

We may live lives that are considered clean, free from vicious sins 
and be looked upon as true Christians. Perhaps we have been 
permitted to join the church on the strength of our clean living, but if 
we have never from the heart made open confession and repented of 
our sins and accepted the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior 
according to His plan of salvation all else will avail gs nothing. 

At one time David sinned grievously and at first he did not repent 
and confess. He says, "When I kept silent, my bones wasted away 
through my groaning all the day long. moisture was changed as 
with the drought of summer. I acknowledged my sins unto Thee and 
mine iniquity did I not hide: I said, I will confess my transgressions 
unto Jehovah; and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my soul." 

Jesus warns against counterfeit building when He said, "Many will 
say to Me in that day. Lord, Lord, And then will I profess unto them I 
never knew you." (Matt. 7:22-23.) 

On what are you building, my brother. 

Your hopes of an eternal home; 

Is it loose sand, 

Or the firm, solid rock 

You are trusting for ages to come? 

No matter how careful, my brother. 
The sand for your house you prepare. 
Twill be all swept away 
When the flood shall descend 
Leaving nothing but death and despair. 

Your Savior has warned you my brother, 

I pray you give heed to His voice, 

There is life on the rock 

But there's death on the sand, 

O, my brother pray tell me your choice. 

Hearing and doing we build on the rock. 
Hearing alone we build on the sand, 
Both will be tried by the storm and the flood. 
Only the rock the trial will stand. 

On one or the other my brother. 

You are building your hopes day by day; 

You are risking your soul 

On the works that you do, 

Will the dark waters sweep you away? 



Hebrews 13:1 

We are instructed in this verse of Scripture to let (or allow) 
brotherly love to continue. This would suggest that there is a 
responsibility on our part. In order for this to happen we must be 
willing to put self in the back seat. We believe one of the hardest 
verses to put into practice is Philippians 2:3. "Let nothing be done 
through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem 
other better than themselves." 

This verse also speaks of a very special type of love, brotherly 
love. The writer of Hebrews mentions another type of love in this 
chapter that is ignored in a large segment of society, and 
unfortunately also in the earthly church, today. "Marriage is 
honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and 
adulterers God will judge." 

He also mentions a more general type of love in Hebrews 12:14, 
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall 
see the Lord." The type of love that should be found within the 
marriage relationship and the type of love that allows us to follow 
peace with all men, including our enemies, is very important. Yet, at 
least in a sense, brotherly love supersedes both of these. 

The home is a very important Institution. It is deplorable that 
government and modern society can not even define what a family is. 
Peace with all men, from which comes the doctrine of non resistance, 
is a very important part of our Christian life. Neither of these can be 
attained outside of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We do 
not believe this relationship can be successfully maintained outside of 
the Church, unless very unusual and extreme circumstances would 
prevent combined worship. Without brotherly love the earthly church 
is nothing but an empty shell. 

In order for brotherly love to continue we have to determine who is 
our brother (or sister). We do not believe this can be limited to one 
denomination or gathering. We believe there is a danger in becoming 
so self-righteous that we judge who is or is not a true Christian by our 
understanding of Scripture. However, there is also a danger in 
ignoring Holy Scripture in order to promote brotherly love. In this very 
same chapter, verse 9, we are warned, "Be not carried about with 
divers and strange doctrines..." The desire for Christian unity comes 
from the heart of God. True unity is found within the pages of Holy 
Scripture. God is a God of love and mercy, but in Hebrews 12:29 we 
read, "For our God is a consuming fire." 

Brotherly love includes our love and respect for those who have 


authority within the Church. In verse 7 of this chapter we read, 
"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken 
unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of 
their conversation." There are those who teach that we must follow 
the teaching of those who have authority over us even if it is error. 
That is not scriptural teaching. The Bible clearly says we are to follow 
those "who have spoken unto you the word of God." We fear that 
many who hold an office of leadership do not realize their 
responsibility to not only those whom they hold rule over but also to 
God! Hebrews 13:17 instructs and informs us, "Obey them that have 
the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your 
souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and 
not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." 

Therefore it should be our desire for brotherly love to continue. As 
we have already suggested, for it to continue it must have a start. We 
have already alluded to the fact that a relationship with Jesus Christ is 
the foundation of brotherly love. For brotherly love to continue this 
foundation must be built upon. In Hebrews 13:12 we read, 
"Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own 
blood, suffered without the gate." Conversely brotherly love demands 
a stand for righteousness as well as a willingness to esteem others 
better than ourselves. Hebrews 13:6, "So that we may boldly say, 
The Lord Is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." 
We believe this also Includes not fearing what man may say about us. 
Brotherly love can not be accomplished without the strength of God 
within. We pray that God will "Make you perfect in every good work to 
do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight 
through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever." Then, and 
only then, can we "Let brotherly love continue." "Grace be with you 
all. Amen." 

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



The McClave Congregation will be holding their Spring Lovefeast, 
April 27-28. Come worship with us! 
May the Lord bless and keep you. 

Sister Tina Wertz, Cor. 



May 5 - The Doctrine of God - John 7:1-31. 

1 . Why does the unsaved world hate Jesus Christ? 

2. Why could not the Jews take Jesus at this time? 

May 12 - Mother's Day - Ruth 1:1-18. 

1 . Explain the responsibilities of motherhood. 

2. Name the character qualities of a good Mother. 

May 19 - Thursting For God - John 7:32-53. 

1 . Why was there so much confusion and so many different 
opinions about the identity of Jesus? 

2. What about Jesus impressed the officers sent to take Him? 

May 26 - Forgiveness: "Go and sin no more." - John 8:1 -1 1 . 

1 . What brought conviction of sin to the accusers? 

2. Compare Old Testament punishment with New Testament 

FOR MAY 1996 

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

1 . What separates us from God? 

2. To whom was the Redeemer promised? 

May 12 - Mother's Day - Gen. 3:17-24, Gen. 27:1-16, 42-46, Pro. 31:1-3. 

1 . What does the name Eve mean? 

2. Why did Rebekah help her son Jacob trick his father Isaac? 

May 19 - Redemption - Rom. 3:24-26, I Cor. 1:27-31, Gal. 3:1-14, Col. 
1:12-18,Titus2:11-15, Rev. 5:9-10, Heb. 9:11-12, 
I Pet. 1:18-25. 

1 . By whom do we receive redemption? 

2. How can we receive the promise of the spirit? 

May 26 - Battle of Life - Rom. 7:14-25, I! Cor. 10:3-6, Eph. 6:12, 

I Tim. 1:18-20,6:12-16. 

1 . Against whom is the Battle of life fought? 

2. What caused some to experience shipwreck in the battle of life? 

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


And must I be to judgment brought, 

And answer in that day, 
For ev'ry vain and idle thought, 

And ev'ry word I say? 

Yes, ev'ry secret of my heart 

Shall shortly be made known, 

And I receive my just desert. 

For all that I have done. 

How careful then ought I to live. 

With what religious fear! 
Who such a strict account must give, 

For my behavior here. 

Thou awful Judge of quick and dead. 
Thy watchful pow'r bestow! 

So shall I to my ways take heed, 
To all I speak or do. 

If now thou standest at the door, 

let me feel thee near! 

And make my peace with God, before 

1 at thy bar appear. 

-Charles Wesley 



Do you ever sit or lie and just think? It might be called 
reminiscencing or brainstorming. If it is particularly deep and 
Spiritual, it might be called meditation. 

Our meditations may range over many areas. To make our 
meditations of value to our spiritual lives, we must check our thoughts 
with God's Word. If we find our thoughts vary from the revealed will 
of God, we must rethink our answers. To meditate without reference 
to God's will, will cause us to go astray if we follow the conclusions of 
our own meditations. 

Today, the object of our meditations might be the present, low, 
moral conditions that pervade our society. We wonder why 
permissiveness is the rule. We live in a society that does not value 
high standards. Our society is governed by the motto of self- 
pleasure. Just as in the time of the Judges, when every man did what 
was right in his own eyes, so today each sets his own standard. An 
imposed standard is rejected. Individualism has become the 
prevailing philosophy. 

Another question that might engage our meditative mood concerns 
why the Church is held in such low esteem by not only the world but 
even by her own members. The answer to this question is 
multifaceted. It is related to the rise of individualism. When a person 
sets his own standard he does not want the church to set a higher 
standard for him. He idealizes his own rights and negates the 
Church's right. He does not respect the church and may come to 
despise her. He does not want to be told what he must or must not 


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If the church sets a standard but does not enforce it consistently, 
her members think ill of her for setting a false standard. How can 
they honor her, if she does not insist upon their allegiance? The 
Church must be sure of her standard. When sure of it, she must 
enforce it. If a standard proves to be unworkable, unfair or 
unscriptural, the same method can be used to repeal as to impose it. 
An unfair or double standard will erode respect for the Church. 

Perhaps one of the main reasons both society and the Church 
have become more permissive is the altered view that people have of 
God. God, no longer, strikes fear in the hearts of men and women. 
In centuries gone by, God was perceived as an angry God, who 
would execute judgment. He was pictured as a God of wrath. There 
was no idea of being less than serious about God's attitude toward 
man and his sin. God was not a subject of scorn and humor. He was 
reverenced. Even those who did not believe or attempt to live a 
Christian life were awe-struck by God. There was a fear of God that 
pervaded society. Everyone took God seriously. There was no doubt 
in anyone's mind that He clearly meant whatever He commanded. 
Those not willing to yield to His ways knew that they were in line for 
serious punishment, which they did not doubt would be meted out to 
them in the future. 

Over the past few decades the picture of God as loving, and 
nonjudgmental has become prominent. His love is very evident in the 
drawing of the plan of salvation. He has given His only begotten Son 
as the ransom for our souls. Surely He has shown to mankind love 
beyond our greatest desire. 

Unfortunately, His love has been emphasized to such an extent 
that His wrath has been forgotten. He no longer is presented as a 
God who should be feared. He has become a warm and fuzzy 
talisman that will keep us from all harm or discipline. There no longer 
is any fear of what awaits those who fail to accept His Gift or to live as 
He wills. It is thought that His love will cover everything, good, bad or 
indifferent. Man does not think that God would ever unleash His 
anger and wrath toward him. The time has passed when saints or 
sinners fear what He will do. Thy feel He would not dare show His 
anger toward men. 

Because we perceive that He will only show love and kindness 
toward us, we believe that little will be required of us. We have 
become permissive in our private lives. We have lacked discipline in 
our Churches. If we are depending upon God's love, but do not fear 
His wrath, we will consider whatever we do as being acceptable. We 
do not think of Him ever punishing us for our neglect of His Word, 


way, and will. 

When we muse upon our present situation in the world, many 
thoughts can come to us. These thoughts if consistent with the Word 
of God can lead us into a deeper understanding of God and His will 
for us. If we gain that understanding, we can better serve Him. 

Have you been meditating upon subjects that will lead you into a 
deeper Spiritual life? 



May1, 1936 


D. W. Hostetler 

In Titus 2:1, we read, "But speak thou the things which become 
sound doctrine." The revision has it, "benefit sound doctrine/' In I 
Timothy 6:2, Paul has the following in reference to sound doctrine, "If 
any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even 
the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine, which is 
according to Godliness." And to live the doctrine of our Lord brings 
forth a Godly life. The indication here is that there are doctrines that 
are not sound. These unsound doctrines cannot make or produce 

Jesus sent His disciples out to teach, but before sending them, He 
was very careful to teach them to reproduce the virtues of His own 
life. And this they did by living the things He taught them. Doctrine is 
that which is taught or set forth to be believed and accepted. It is true 
then that the system of doctrine that is believed and accepted 
becomes the individual's life. It behooves us to teach sound doctrine, 
for that becomes the object of faith, and that system of teaching is 
lived. That, then is sound living, and "doctrine" means 
commandments, precepts, ordinances, or orders intended as an 
authoritative rule of action. It is a system of rules laid down by divine 
authority, to regulate life. 

(Psa. 119:4). "Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts 
diligently." This word "diligently" means industriously, steadily, 
painstakingly, carefully. So the matter of teaching New Testament 
doctrine, as Jesus intended that we should is a very important and 
serious matter. 

(Psa. 119:15). "I will meditate in thy precepts and have respect 
unto thy ways." Two things here need our consideration. The first is 
to meditate in the precepts as God has laid them down in His word. 
To respect is to avoid injuring God's ways. It is to hold sacred, to 


treat with reverence, pay heed to. Taking this view of the word 
"respect" as used in the above text is of vital importance. To question 
some of the doctrines of Christ and try to set them aside is not 
showing very much respect to God's ways. In the first chapter, 
second verse, David speaking of a righteous man says, "his delight is 
in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night." 

To "speak the things which become sound doctrine" means to 
teach, to instruct, to indoctrinate that which is sound, to get people to 
believe and embrace sound doctrine. 

Furthermore it carries the idea of discipline, chastisement, 
correction. It is no wonder that Paul said to Timothy, "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 throughly furnished unto all good works." 

"Throughly" means "completely." To be "throughly furnished unto 
all good works" is to be throughly trained in the doctrine of our Lord 
and to have everything the soul needs to live on and to be prepared 
for the future life. 

What is it that perfects? It is the doctrine that has been given by 
the divine inspiration of God. And in order to reach this standard of 
perfection, it takes the whole system of the doctrine of our Lord Jesus 

Paul says to Titus (2:6), that young men should be "sober minded, 
thinking and meditating in sound doctrine." The trouble is there is so 
much unsound doctrine taught these days that the religious world has 
become intoxicated with falsehoods so that it is reeling like a drunk 
man. It is no wonder that there is the unrest, uneasiness, and 
dissatisfaction there is in the world. Having lost the sound doctrines 
that are now taught to be obsolete, the world is without faith in 
anything dependable, or worthy of faith. 

Paul goes on in this same chapter of Titus, and tells how to adorn 
the doctrine. "Now purloining," but that we should show all "good 
fidelity." Let me call attention to that word "purloining." It means "to 
remove, to steal." So to take away sound doctrine and teach 
something else would be stealing. Jesus in John 10:10 says, "The 
thief comes not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come 
that they might have life, and that they might have it more 

Again Paul tells us that "all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall 
suffer persecution." So long then as we stand true to sound doctrine 
we need not expect anything but disfavor from modern Christendom. 
Paul further says, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and 


worse, deceiving and being deceived." Then Paul tells us to go on, 
and "continue in the things we have learned, remembering of whom 
we have learned them." 

In Acts we read about the great success of the apostles. And this 
success was due to the fact that they continued steadfastly in the 
Savior's doctrine, and that they were in fellowship, in love and union, 
and had only one aim and purpose, and were prompted by the same 
motive. They had all things common. They shared equally united in 
one thing. All of us should have equal rights, and there should be no 
big I's and little you's. Well could James say, "My Brethren have not 
the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with respect of persons." But we are 
all one in Christ Jesus. And by this oneness in Christ, we become 
helpful to each other and when we have that system of sound 
doctrine within, we are willing to impart or share with others. May the 
Lord help us to this end. 


What shall we pray for? 
We can't presume to know what's best 

When we begin to pray; 
So we must ask, "What honors God?" 
And seek His will and way. 

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any 
thing according to his will, he heareth us." I John 5:14. 

Jt is all right, indeed, it is necessary that we pray for ourselves. 

"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying. Oh that thou 
wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand 
might be with .me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it 
may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." I 
Chron. 4:10. 

"For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition 
which I asked of him." I Sam. 1:27. 

"Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor 
riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny 
thee, and say. Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take 
the name of my God in vain." Prov. 30:7-9. 

Please read I Kings 18:21-46, II Kings 19:14-37, II Chron. 18:31- 

"Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might 
afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and 
for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to 


require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against 
the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, 
The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his 
power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we 
fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated for us." 
Ezra 8:21-23. 

"Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to 
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would 
desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that 
Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men 
of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night 
vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven." Dan. 2:17-19. 

We need to come together in prayer. 

"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as 
touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my 
Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered 
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matt. 18:19- 

"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed 
is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matt. 26:41 . 

"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall 
receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24. 

"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him 
sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the 
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name 
of the Lord; And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord 
shall raise him up; and if he hath committed sins, they shall be 
forgiven him. 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." James 5:13-16. 

The Psalms are full of the prayers of David and others. There are 
too many to write of them all. One of the more notable follows. 

"Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret 
faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them 
not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be 
innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, 
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my 
strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:12-14. 

The prayer of a broken and contrite heart, found in the 51st Psalm, 
is made by one who needed to be restored. He prayed for mercy, for 
cleansing, for a clean heart and a right spirit. He prayed that he might 
have the Holy Spirit, that he might dwell in his presence, and for the 


joy of Salvation. Please read this Psalm carefully and prayerfully. 

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye 
will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. 

These are the gifts I ask 

Of thee Spirit serene: 

Strength for the daily task, 

Courage to face the road, 

Good cheer to help me bear the traveler's load 

And, for the hours of rest that come between, 

An inward joy in all things heard and seen. 

These are the sins I fain 
Would have thee take away 
Malice and cold disdain, 
Hot anger, sullen hate, 
Scorn of the lowly, envy of the great. 
And discontent that casts a shadow gray 
On all the brightness of the common day. 
-Henry Van Dyke 
May God bless you all, and keep you in the hollow of His hand. 

Brother William Carpenter 


Revelation 6:9-10, "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw 
under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, 
and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud 
voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge 
and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" 

Revelation 20:4, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and 
judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were 
beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and 
which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had 
received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they 
lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." 

Being a martyr is no guarantee that an individual is in a right 
relationship with the true God. Many have given their lives for a false 
religion or a human cause. But down through the ages there have 
been those who have been willing to die for the true faith once 
delivered unto the Saints. There is a popular religious movement 
seemingly gaining in popularity that makes the death of these true 
Saints ludicrous at best. 

In our two opening verses we find those who were willing to die for 


the word of God. Within the modern earthly church there are those 
who take great delight in ridiculing those who "worship a book." We 
agree that there are those who use the Bible wrongly as some type of 
magical talisman. Some have great reverence for the printed pages 
but never take the time to open the cover of the book. Others wrongly 
teach that the belief in the Bible will keep an individual from all 
dangers. We believe that God does keep watch over those who are 
His own, but the very fact that the Bible tells of martyrs proves we are 
not exempt from fatal dangers. Without the Holy Word of God we 
have no directive to lead us into the ways of Truth. 

The martyrs also were willing to die for the witness of Jesus. This 
was not just any "Jesus" but the Lord Jesus Christ of Holy Scripture. 
Brothers and Sisters, do not ever allow anyone to convince you that 
the virgin birth, sinless life, glorious resurrection and ascension into 
Heaven of Jesus Christ, along with His literal second coming, are not 
important! We read of those who are joining in with cults and liberals 
to further a moral issue. It is reported that a modern movement that 
rightly gives strength to the teaching that the husband is the head of 
the home and the importance of the marriage relationship refuses to 
make true doctrine an issue. The pulpits of the land are all too often 
filled by individuals who believe Jesus Christ is a son of God but not 
God the Son. 

They were also willing to die for the testimony which they held. 
Sadly, most individuals today are not even willing to live for what they 
believe much less die for it. We believe the true Church is made up of 
individuals from many different denominations and independent 
groups. God is the final judge of who is a part of the family of God. 
We also believe that the plain way of life is a testimony to the world of 
who we are. To give up this testimony is a great loss we believe with 
all our heart. 

The last part of this manuscript is not meant to be the final word of 
interpretation or understanding of the book of Revelation. We respect 
those who disagree with our conclusions. The martyrs refused to 
worship the beast and to take his mark upon their foreheads or in their 
hands. We believe the beast is symbolic of this world and its system. 
This system is tied into a false religious system in a very intricate way. 
We have read of a time in history when it was impossible to buy or sell 
unless you belonged to the false religious system that had the power 
of that day. The head of this false church has great political power 
even today. Many evangelicals are "kissing the feet" and encouraging 
the true Church to accept him as a true prophet of God. There is also 
the New Age Movement, humanism and liberalism. We believe that 


there will be greater force put upon others to accept false leaders as a 
part of the true Church. We would encourage our Dunkard Brethren 
leaders and members to continue to refuse to be a part of any 
ecumenical gatherings or efforts. 

The mark upon their foreheads is symbolical of our thoughts. Most 
of today's religious books being distributed have the hidden agenda of 
supporting worldly activities and actions once opposed by the true 
Church. Once they have gained control of your mind they will control 
what you do and you will receive the mark of the beast in your hands. 

May God give us the strength to live out the Word of God and to 
die for it if necessary. The Lord Jesus Christ was more than a martyr. 
He died on the cross of Calvary as the lamb of God for our sins. If 
you have never been washed in the blood symbolized by trine 
immersion baptism we urge you to repent and be saved. 

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


"Sins of Omission" 

The usual way of cataloging our sins is to list the times we do 
something that we should not do. This is certainly not wrong as we 
need to be constantly examihing ourselves but it touches on only a 
part of the sin problem. We understand that failing to do what we 
should do is equally as sinful as what we do that we should not do. 

The Bible definition of sin is the transgression of the law of God. (I 
John 3:4) But, refusing to do the laws of God is just as sinful and 
rebellious as engaging in what the laws of God forbid. We are taught 
in James 4:17, 'Therefore, to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth 
it not, to him it is sin." God considers sins of omission just as 
reprehensible as those of commission. This is because the 
underlying attitude is the same in both cases. 

I fear that many people conclude that doing nothing is sort of a 
prized virtue. They define spirituality in terms of what they abstain 
from. We cannot live and please God without denying ungodliness 
and worldly desires. If we do not fill our life with righteousness, we 
will revert back to our old sinful lifestyle. 

God's Word forbids evil activity and instructs us to be fully involved 
in holy activity. We are equipped for good work as we are faithful to 
Him. The Apostle Paul taught us not only to put off the old man but to 
put on the new man. This shows two actions and if either one is not 
practiced, there will be sin in our life. 


Should we be totally fearful about the sins of omission to such a 
degree that it becomes an emotional crisis? The answer is a clear, 
"no". This kind of obsession is unbiblical because it shows that we 
are attempting to conquer sin under our own power. We cannot 
conquer it without God's spirit giving us strength and guidance. 

Recognition of the omission of righteousness is fully as sinful as 
committing unrighteous acts. Apathy toward the sins of omission will 
take away our joy. Our service will become increasingly meaningless. 

Evaluate God's Word. Is He asking you to do certain things that 
you are not doing or do not want to do at this time? If so, now is the 
time to ask for His forgiveness and accept His instruction for action. 

Brother Len Wertz 


building our houses on the Rock or on the sand? Daily Bible reading 
is a must for alert truth-seekers of God's Word. 

I try to follow this pattern. Early in the morning before I become 
involved in my daily duties, and before my mind, clear from a night's 
rest, has been disturbed by tiredness and dullness, this is what I do. I 
read a passage slowly, verse by verse. I read them many times over 
and over again. I try to grasp the truth that the Holy Spirit is trying to 
show me, just the way Elohim and the writer of the book wants me to 
know it. 

I no longer consider reading the Bible through in a given length of 
time. It makes no difference how fast I read, but what I have learned 
from what I read. Have I prepared my heart and mind to absorb and 
do what I read? Rebellion to any part of the Holy Scriptures puts 
stumbling blocks in my heavenly path to glory. God hates rebellion, it 
is as witchcraft to Him. How He must hate the work of witches who 
are serving Satan. Tor rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and 
stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry..." I Sam. 15:23. 

Then, I read the Bible in the order which the Holy Spirit leads me. 
Recently my reading has been Revelation, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, 
Song of Solomon, and this morning into Isaiah. 

Now, Isaiah was a good prophet of Elohim. He obeyed Elohim to 
carry messages for Him even to kings, some of whom were not godly. 
Sometimes they were not friendly to the prophet who told them of 
their faults, and that they should repent and bring their nation back to 
God. As I read that first chapter it very mgch reminds me of the 
condition of the world about us, and yes, also, of the churches which 
the people attend. The Israelites did their sacrifices, burnt their 


the people attend. The Israelites did their sacrifices, burnt their 
incense, went through rituals, but they also loved their pleasures, fun 
and gluttony at the places of idolatry with the people of the world. 
They talked religiously, but their minds were dirty. Their hearts were 
not clean and pure. They did mischief with their hands. They ran to 
do evil. Please read Isaiah 29:13. This is the mind boggling picture 
of things about us every day. Please read Isaiah 1 with me and note 
the job that was given Isaiah to do in order to get Israel (God's people 
of the Old Testament) to depart from evil and serve Elohim. Read of 
the promises if they would obey, and of the destruction if they 
continued on in their sins. Verse 28 "And the destruction of the 
transgressors (those who profess but obey not) and of the sinners 
(not professing people) shall be together, and they that forsake the 
Lord (people who at one time were obedient) shall be consumed." 
Please read carefully this whole chapter and then reread again and 
again if necessary to get the whole truth that Yahweh gave Isaiah to 
deliver. Then consider our world, our churches and our families, 
today. Then, please, let us forsake evil of all kinds in our lives. "But 
the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and 
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have 
their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is 
the second death." Rev. 21 :8. 

How few or many will stand? Will you and I? Believe me, it is time 
to seek after God's pearl of great price. It is time to sell out all of 
Satan's works, words, and thoughts and to get our record clean in 
Yashua's books of life. Then we will have no fears and will not need 
to cross Jordan alone. 

"O, Elohim, how great thou art 

You gave us, your Son for a Saviour Jesus Christ 

All the worlds innumerable were made by you. 
You put me here for a purpose 

Guide and help me to fulfill that purpose 

To your honor and glory." 


Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland. MD 21550 


"...let me never be put to confusion." Psalm 71 :1 
We are blessed in this age by having access to God's Word at 
every hand. Yet the devil has his counterfeit in many modern Bible 


argument concerning these modern versions. Let us not argue about 
how well they can be understood, or how the language flows, or how 
devoted were the translators to their task. 

We must concern ourselves with results. When purchasing a 
tractor, the farmer concerns himself with durability and cost- 
effectiveness. He will usually pick a brand-name that has stood the 
test of time, one that does not break down. David challenged the 
giant Goliath and was offered Saul's armor, yet he did not use it 
because he had not had a chance to prove it. The King James Bible 
has stood the test of time though today many openly ridicule this 
blessed old Book. It has been proven, and as we look back over 
times passed we see spiritual results that are not duplicated today. 

In Psalm 71 the writer prays, let me never be put to confusion." 
Let this be our prayer. In this day and age we must do all we can to 
steer clear of confusion. The modern Bible versions, on the surface, 
seem to make things clearer, but do they? I grew up in a church that 
went the route of the world council of churches, and when the world 
council approved the Revised Standard Version then that is what 
everyone got. When the Lord began to convict me of sin in my 
sixteenth year, I was led to buy an inexpensive King James Bible, one 
without any helps whatsoever. I sat down with it and a Webster's 
Dictionary and began to read it through. I have never regretted this 
move, and I recommend it to all. I know a Brother who could not read 
or write until he became converted. He then taught himself to read 
and write with only a Bible and a dictionary. 

Over a century ago there was confusion in the church because of 
the switch to preaching in English, It was not because German was 
bad. From my experience it seems that German is a much clearer 
language than English. But if the church in America was to 
evangelize, it had to do so in the language of the people. In those 
days the King James was the only English Bible, for the most part, 
and the Martin Luther was the only German Bible. Confusion was 
kept to a minimum. The devil was busy a hundred years ago just as 
he is today. Other things came in to divide the church back then, like 
Sunday School, revival meetings, paid pastors, raised pulpits, and the 
like. Judge for yourself as to whether or not the church was improved 
by these innovations. 

I realize that preaching "in the language of the people" is the 
excuse used by adherents to the modern Bible versions, but it is 
wrong to substitute clarity for accuracy. It is likewise wrong to make 
the simpler truths of scripture more understandable and at the same 
time make light of the deeper truths. I have read several of the new 


time make light of the deeper truths. I have read several of the new 

versions. This is what they do. 

The truth is that we see very little evidence of people being led into 

a deeper spiritual experience with modern Bible versions. We do not 

see holy living, sacrificial living or a desire for the eternal verities. 

Just as in farming, our concern should be with yield: not just quantity, 

but quality also. We should therefore stick with that which has been 


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



Bro. Jack Duane Miller was born May 31, 1923, at Ellendale, North 
Dakota and departed this life March 5, 1996, at the Veterans Medical 
Center at Dayton, Ohio. 

His parents were Clarence J. and Fern (Waller) Miller. 

Having survived two previous wives, he was married to Alice V. 
(Harmon) Reed of La Harpe, Illinois on July 12, 1981, at the Dallas 
Center, Iowa Dunkard Brethren Church. 

He and Alice lived in La Harpe, Illinois until 1986 when they moved 
to Darke County, Ohio. 

He is survived by his wife, Alice, a daughter, Charlotte Jean 
Bomstad of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a sister, Jean Hill of Ellendale, 
North Dakota, and two grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first two wives, and a 

Jack was baptized into the Dunkard Brethren Church in 1981 and 
to those vows he remained faithful until death. 

He worked for a farmer and lived on that farm. He also sold 
magazine subscriptions from door to door in different states. 

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 9, 
at the Englewood Dunkard Brethren Church with Bro. Phil Gish and 
Bro. David Rice officiating. He was laid to rest at the Royal Oaks 
Memorial Gardens, Englewood, Ohio. Bro. William Heisey conducted 
the graveside service. 

Upon the wall the crutches hung. 

Waiting for when the need would rise 

To once again give him a stride. 

For many years they've served his body, 


Balancing, supporting, holding steady. 

But on the wall the crutches hung. 

Carefully the nurses scurried, 
The doctors pondered, all others worried. 
With the sum of all their medicine ready, 
Balancing, supporting, holding steady. 

■^11 Yet on the wall the crutches hung. 

Finally, the message came. 
That life for him wouldn't be the same. 
He'd left this world for his home in Heaven. 
Where Jesus holds, no helps are needed. 

So on the wall the crutches hung. 

The day that Jesus hung in the sky, 
All who knew Him wondered "Why?" 
On that cross, those splintery beams. 
There was no glory in what could be seen! 

Upon that cross my Jesus hung. 

He died that day, but arose in three! 
His glory, not seen, was yet to be. 
And in our lives great pain we'll see. 
It can't compare to what glory will be! 

Upon that cross my Jesus hung. 

But someday soon, in Heaven, we'll run! 

-Bro. David Rice 
I wish to thank all that helped me during the sickness and death of my 
, Sister Alice V. Miller 



Lord willing, we, the Mechanicsburg Congregation, are planning a 
week-end Revival Meeting at Brightbill's, two miles east of 
Campbelltown on Route 322. Brother John L. Peffer has consented 
to be our Evangelist. The meeting dates are May 31 to June 2. 
Come worship the Lord with us and pray that all will be revived and 
new souls brought into the Kingdom of God. 

SisterRuthN. Miller, Cor. 




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MAY 15, 1996 

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. 


Thou must be true thyself 

If thou the truth wouldst teach; 

Thy soul must overflow if thou 

Another's soul wouldst reach. 

It needs the overflow of heart 

To give the lips full speech. 

Think truly, and thy thoughts 

Shall the world's famine feed; 

Speak truly, and each word of thine 
Shall be a fruitful seed; 

Live truly, and thy life shall be 

A great and noble creed. 

-Horatius Bonar 



We have all seen the magazines that feature strong, athletic men 
and women. They often present a view that is not pleasing. They 
have devoted themselves to developing a certain physique until they 
have become grotesque. They have gone beyond the requirements 
of good health to hone their bodies to a certain standard. To attain 
this development, many have used unhealthy or illegal drugs and 
devices. In pursuit of this fitness, they have deprived other body 
organs of their needed role and health. These bodybuilders are the 
epitome of extreme, development of the physical body. 

We may be in awe of such strength and physical perfection. As we 
contemplate the bodies that we have, we may become dissatisfied 
with the way we are. Certainly if we are obese or out of shape to the 
extent that our health is impaired, it is not wrong to alter our routine of 
diet and exercise. To seek a grotesque shape or to use dangerous 
drugs to achieve these changes is not right. 

Unlike this presentation of physical strength, the Christian's 
strength is Spiritual. The Christian can appreciate physical strength, 
but realizes it is temporary. During this life, as people grow older, 
their bodies show the effects of their advancing years. Some may 
retain their strength and agility longer than others, but not forever. 
The physical body is a wonderful creation of God. It should be 
honored and protected as a part of our honor for our Creator. Yet, it 
remains that this body is on the way to the grave from the moment of 

Since the body is not the Christian's main source of strength, he 
should be pursuing Spiritual strength, which is eternal. The Holy 


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Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, is eternal. He comes to 
dwell within the individual believer. As long as the Christian continues 
to make a pleasant dwelling place for Him. He will stay. Making that 
pleasant home requires a strength that does not come through the 
rigors of physical training. Spiritual strength does demand special 
diet and exercise. 

The Christian does not count calories or calculate the weight he 
can lift. He pursues a Spiritual diet. The Word of God will provide the 
food that is needed for Spiritual growth. A Christian's reading of the 
Bible should be as faithful as his intake of natural food. It is just as 
necessary. The Christian needs to exercise in various ways. One 
exercise involves bowing the head, hands and knees to seek needed 
help from Above. He may do other exercises including going to every 
meeting of believers possible. It is for his good and for the good of 
the others there when he shows up at the House of the Lord. He puts 
himself in the place where he can receive instruction and 
encouragement. He, in turn, encourages the others who are there. 
He can exercise by not only being there but by participating by using 
whatever talent God has given him. He may exercise by participating 
in the ordinances of the Church. By being a part of these 
commanded observances, he strengthens himself and encourages 
others. By taking a part in these ordinances, he is helping to 
guarantee their continuing presence to help draw the members' minds 
to the Christ who gave Himself for them. The ordinances teach and 
draw minds to the great, doctrinal truths of the Bible. Outside the 
formal services of the Church, he can exercise by showing love and 
helpfulness to those who stand in need, whether a part of the 
fellowship or not. He can by a donation of time, money or effort 
provide help to those less fortunate. He may exercise by sharing the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ, either through personal contact or by support 
of others sen/ing in distant fields. There are many ways, both private 
and public, that a Christian may exercise. This type of exercise will 
strengthen him, just as weights strengthen the athlete. 

One element of the Christian's strength that may seem 
contradictory is his need for weakness. That seems all wrong, when 
strength is his goal. A person's greatest strength may come when he 
is able to express his great weakness. It is necessary for people to 
admit they are weak. They realize their need of God's help to receive 
the required strength. The submission necessary to receive this 
strength is contrary to human nature. It is the human side of man that 
proclaims that he is able to do as he pleases. It is when he realizes 
that he must submit to God, that he is able to develop the total 
strength that he needs. Giving up his own strength, he is able to 


receive the strength from above that will make him the strong person 
he should be. 

Have you yielded your strength to God, so you can be truly strong? 
Do you diet and exercise to improve that strength? 



Help! Help! Help! Is the cry of the world! 
Go! Go! Go! The command of the Lord! 

Hopeless and lost the world reaches out 
Hearts aching and sore; living in doubt. 
Heathen and lost in faraway lands 
Have searching eyes and outstretched hands. 

Children in rags are pitif ly poor, 

Many are sick or wounded and sore. 

In Satan's clutches their souls are trapped 

And from their hearts all happiness sapped. 

Can we as Christians sit idly by 
And stop our ears to their pit'ous cry? 
How can we rock in our easy chair 
When we should be on our knees in prayer? 

With all our clothing and all our wealth 
Numerous blessings and vibrant health 
We loaf around and lazily sigh — 
"What is the use? Why bother to try?" 

While all around us are bleeding hearts 
We stubbornly fail to do our parts. 
Ashamed we should be when God looks down 
With sorrowful heart and woeful frown. 

Help! Help! Help! Is the cry of the world! 
Go! Go! Go! The command of the Lord! 

Sister Heidi Keller 



"And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come 
unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was 
come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 
But when he saw the wind boisterous he was afraid, and beginning to 
sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus 
stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of 
little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Matthew 14:28-31 . 

According to the dictionary, a person who stays in his room all the 
time and is afraid to go out of his house suffers from Agoraphobia. 
There are many out there with this ailment. This type of person fears 
making new relationships, or fears the unknown, or is afraid that 
something will happen. A patient at our hospital, every time he sees 
me, asks, "What is going to happen?" 

The world is flocking to psychics nowadays, which is a modern 
term for witch. The world wants to know what is going to happen. If 
people could really see the future they would see their doom. Why 
pay a psychic, when God's Word has the answer? 

When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water he wanted to also. 
Jesus bade him come. Peter was willing to step out, but he had to 
learn a lesson from Jesus. When the waves and the wind became 
contrary his faith weakened. It became necessary for Peter to call 
upon the Lord for salvation. Only then was he able to see the 
strength of Jesus compared to his own weakness. Jesus was telling 
him, in effect, do not be swayed or influenced by the waves. I will 
keep you. Your fear will cause you to see your weakness. Focus on 
my strength instead. As followers of Christ we must learn to entrust 
our future to the Lord: Not just tomorrow, but today as well. 

When he asked to walk on the water Jesus said, "Come." He did 
not say, "You are not ready yet," or, "you are not spiritual enough yet." 
He said, "Come." That simple act of trusting Jesus enough to obey 
His command is the act of faith that saves us. We have often spoken 
on these pages about counting the cost, about sitting down and 
considering. There are instances in scripture, like this one, where 
Jesus' command had to be obeyed instantly, without thought. When 
Jesus selected the Twelve Disciples they followed without too much 
hesitation. When they told Jesus they must do something first, like 
bury a loved one, Jesus interpreted the reason as an excuse. He 
said, "Follow me and let the dead bury their dead." 

There are many times when we must step out in faith, as Peter did. 
Sometimes, as with Peter we are not given a chance to think, but if 


we love Jesus, we will follow Him, whether we think we are ready or 


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


I have often wondered why, when God began to populate this earth 
by making Adam and Eve, He permitted Satan to be here and to 
destroy His plan. God wanted man to love and serve Him. He 
wanted man to be willing to sacrifice his carnal desires to prove his 
love for Him. He did not want robots. We would not have been 
happy if we, as a herd of cattle, were being driven down a lane, not 
knowing what was beyond, whether a new pasture or a slaughter 
house. He made us creatures of choice with minds, thinking power 
and the wisdom to know and to distinguish between good and bad, 
spirituality and wickedness. 

Will we pass the test when we come to judgment? When we hear 
the words of our Saviour, 'Well done thou good and faithful servant 
enter thou into the joys of our Lord", and He gives us a beautiful, 
shining, crown of salvation as a reward for our efforts, I am sure we 
will be more thrilled and blessed than if we had not put forth the effort. 

Adam and Eve chose, but made the wrong choice. By their choice 
they brought the Adamic sin upon all mankind. We still have that 
power of choice today, almost six thousand years later. God gave 
each of us a spirit, soul, and body, a trinity, when He made us. The 
Spirit belongs to God and will return to Him. The soul is ours. Our 
minds and actions will determine that soul's destiny, either Heaven or 
hell. The cold, lifeless body will be laid away until the resurrection 
day at the beginning of the millennium for the righteous, Then our 
three components will again unite. 

The wicked will not be resurrected until the thousand years are 
expired. Then the souls of man brought from hell will again unite with 
a resurrected body. That body will be thrown into the lake of fire, 
which is the second death. That is where the beast and the false 
prophet will be for ever and ever. Rev. 20:10. 

Now is the appointed time to make the right choices of the things, 
we want here and hereafter, so those things will be given us in 
eternity. The idolater, liar, thief, hater of God, the ungodly, the proud, 
the adulterer and such like would not be happy in Heaven. The Bible 
bears out that the evil will still be practicing their evil in eternity. Rev. 
2:22. There will not be any converts or changed lives there, there will 
be no Gospel preaching, no Holy Spirit to convict and convert, just 


more of the same wicked, earthly, desires in the deadly flames that 
neither dull nor go out in the millennium to come. Jude in verse 6 
writes that the angels who choose to follow Lucifer from Heaven have 
for the millenniums been chained and confined in a dark abyss 
awaiting the judgment. Rev. 20:10. Satan may be incarcerated in the 
same bottomless pit while Christ rules the world for one thousand 
years. Read Rev. 20. 

Now is the time to make our choices for the Lord. Now is the day 
of salvation. When the day of redemption is past, it will be too late. 
We will have to abide by what we chose during our lifetime here. 
What are we seeking? What is the god that we think more of than the 
Holy One. who died that we might live eternally with Him and all the 
redeemed of the earth? The hour is late. We have little time left to 
get ready and to be tried and proven faithful. Starting today, we can 
never get too close to our Lord and Master, but we easily can be to 
far away and lost. It is going to take determination and perseverance 
in the days and years ahead to be worthy of being included with the 
wise virgins in the rapture of the Bride of Christ. The anti-Christ and 
those who follow him are already working overtime now. As time 
goes on they will be putting in more and more effort to dethrone Christ 
in the hearts of as many men as they possibly can. The Bible says 
that the very elect would be deceived if it were possible. We must be 
well-learned and immovable in our Biblical lives. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 


May 15, 1936 


B. F. Masterson 
The word "standard," in the sense that I use it in this article, is 
defined by Webster: 'That which is established as a rule or model by 
authority." Looking at it from a Biblical viewpoint, there is a principle 
involved, something fundamental at bottom. Isaiah, when referring to 
the future church, said, "I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles and set 
up my standard." (Isa. 49:22.) Jesus Christ, when on the earth, set 
up a number of standards which were founded on the rock, (the Word 
of God, which is the truth, and its authority can not be questioned), 
such as "non-conformity," "peace," "patience," "the cross," 
"temperance," "love," "non-resistance," "purity," "honesty," "humanity," 
and so forth. All of the negatives to either one of these standards 
may not be named in the New Testament for several reasons. One 


is, they are too numerous — the Book could not contain them; and 
another is, the conditions and customs in society changes. There 
may be unbecoming customs and manners practiced in our time that 
were not known in Christ's time. There are some church members 
who excuse or justify themselves of their unbecoming conduct 
because the Bible is silent on such conduct. But there is a principle 
established at the bottom of each standard which will not leave an 
honest person spiritually discerned, in the dark. The Holy Spirit will 
guide in the way of the principles taught in the Bible. 

For instance, under the standard of "non-resistance." There are 
many ways whereby a child of God may be insulted besides being 
smitten on the right cheek, but the principle is established in the 
illustration. Here is where the Holy Spirit functions in His office to 
enlighten the child of God and to lead him, as Jesus said, "When the 
Spirit of truth will come, He will guide you into all truth." It depends on 
what principle is involved, if the matter is named in so many words in 
the Bible or not. If the child of God will heed the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit, he will not become involved in sin. 

I will not discuss each of these standards named above at this 
time, but we will take up the standard of ''non-conformity." The 
reason it is foremost on my mind is because it is stressed so strongly 
in the New Testament, and is so unpopular with the majority of 
church-goers, and so seldom referred to in the pulpit. To such, Jesus 
says, "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men, but God 
knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is 
abomination in the sight of God." Can you name anything that is 
more highly esteemed than fashionable dress? There are thousands 
today who, professing to worship the God and Father of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, bow in devout praise and adoration at the shrine of 
fashionable dress. It is worldliness. 

"Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? 
Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of 
God." (James 4:4.) That is a clear declaration, which cannot be 
misunderstood. The churches, which in the years that are past 
preached and practiced non-conformity in dress, and then later 
ignored it, went pell-mell into worldliness and cast discipline to the 
winds, winked at dancing, parties, card playing, attending shows, 
decked with jewelry, painting the face, cutting the hair, and discarding 
the prayer covering. 

This picture is not over-drawn. Such conduct is bringing reproach 
on the church, and proves disloyalty to Christ who is the perfect 
Model of His disciples. Brethren, if we claim the Bible as our creed, 
and fail to teach and practice the standard of non-conformity, our 


claim is not well-founded. 

A plain, modest appearance for Christ's sake is not the only way to 
show our loyalty to the standard of non-conformity. We manifest it in 
a chaste conversation, Tor out of the abundance of the heart the 
mouth speaketh." (Matt. 12:24.) Tor where the treasure is, there will 
the heart be also." (Matt. 6:21.) A vain and idle and foolish and 
empty conversation is conclusive evidence that there is a worldly 
heart within. 

Flattering lips, a whispering tongue, idle words, foolish jesting, 
backbiting, talebearing, railing, reproaching, blasphemy, falsehood, 
and slander, are the fruits of a heart completely under the dominion of 
the world, and show no sign of being a standard-bearer in the 
kingdom of God. All such conduct contrary to non-conformity, I call 
negative. There is no positive without negative, and they are 
innumerable. Therefore I said the Book cannot contain them all. The 
picture shows were not in existence when Christ was introducing His 
doctrine. These shows are one of the most damnable means to lead 
children astray imaginable. It is said that they are instructive. Yes, 
but far more destructive of character. They were invented, and are 
operated, for the money that is in them, hence they are used to gratify 
the lust of the patrons. And the church member will excuse himself 
because it is not forbidden in the Bible, therefore it gives a license to 
attend. Then the parents want to know why it is that there are so 
many young criminals. Why, they are schooled into it in the shows. 

There is a move on foot to renovate the movies. How can a thing 
be cleansed when it is rotten from top to bottom? "Wherefore, if ye be 
dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living 
in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (touch not; taste not; handle 
not; which all are to perish with the using) after the commandments 
and doctrines of men?" (Col. 2:20-21 .) 

Space does not permit the discussion of the use of vain and empty 
literature, participation in the sinful pleasures of the world, the 
identification with worldly organizations, and many other things in 
direct opposition to the clean-cut command: 'Be not conformed to this 
world" which was declared by one who was ordained by Christ to be 
an apostle to the Gentiles, one whose authority cannot be questioned. 
But a worldlyminded person cannot comply with these requirements. 
He adds, "But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." 

Right here fit in the words of the late R. H. Miller in a booklet written 
about fifty years ago on this subject, as follows:. 

"'Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.' The 
understanding 'darkened by the god of this world' must be enlightened 
by truth. The conscience defiled by sin must become educated and 


purified by truth. The affections which are earthly, and groveling and 
sordid and sensual, must beconne elevated and heavenly and spiritual 
and holy, and the perverse and rebellious will, which asks, 'Who is the 
Lord that I should be mindful of Him?' must become so thoroughly 
subordinated to the Divine authority that its constant breathings are, 
'Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth.' 'Every thought,' even should be 
'brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.' (II Cor. 10:5.) 

Call this regeneration, or the begetting again 'by the incorruptible 
seed of the Word of God,' it is a necessary qualification of Christian 
character and condition of life and immortality. Here, 'If any man be 
in Christ he is a new creature.' (II Cor. 5:17.) But since through 
transformation is not only internal but also external, it must not only 
be felt experimentally, but exhibited practically. In all the 
metamorphoses of the universe, the transformations do not only 
effect the nature and disposition, but also the conduct and 
appearance. The worm is not only changed to the butterfly in 
character and disposition, but it acts like a butterfly. So every 
Christian grace or virtue developed in the renewed mind as naturally 
exhibits itself in the conduct and life, as that the sun shines, or the 
fountain flows, or the earth vegetates." 


Desperately, helplessly, longingly I cried: 

Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied. 

I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate. 

And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait." 

"Wait, you say, wait," my indignant reply. 

"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why! 

Is your hand shortened, or have you not heard? 

By faith I have asked and am claiming your Word. 

My future and all to which I can relate 

Hangs in the balance and YOU tell me WAIT? 

I'm needing a 'Yes', a go-ahead sign, 

Or even a 'No' to which I can resign. 

And Lord, you promised that if we believe 

We need but to ask and we shall receive. 

And Lord, I've been asking and this is my cry: 

I'm weary of asking! I need a reply." 

Then quietly, softly I learned my fate 

As my Master replied once again, "You must wait." 

So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut and 


Grumbled to God, "So I'm waiting, for what?" 

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes wept with mine, 

And He tenderly said, '1 could give you a sign. 

I could shake the heavens and darken the sun, 

I could raise the dead, cause the mountains to run. 

All you seek I could give, and pleased you would be, 

You would have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me. 

You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint; 

You'd not know the power that I give to the faint; 

You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair; 

You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there; 

You'd not know the joy of resting in Me 

When darkness and silence were all you could see; 

You would never experience that fullness of love 

As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove; 

You would know that I give and save, for a start. 

But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart, 

The glow of My comfort, late in the night. 

The faith that I give when you walk without sight. 

The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked 

Of an infinite God, who makes what you have LAST. 

You ever would know, should your pain quickly flee 

What it means that 'My grace is sufficient for thee!' 

Yes, your dreams for that loved one overnight could come true. 

But oh the loss, if I lost what I'm doing to you! 

So, be silent. My child, and in time you will see 
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me. 
And though oft may My answers seem terribly late: 
My most precious answer of all is still: WAIT." 

-Author Unknown 

Submitted by Sister Clara M. Walter 


Ezra 8:20, "Also of the Nethinim, whom David and the princes had 
appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty 
Nethinim all of them were expressed by name." 

the Southwestern Co. 

"NETHINIM, a large group of temple servants, mentioned only in 
the later records of the Old Testament. In a sense, all the Levites 
were "Nethinim" (Num. 8:19), for they were given by the Lord as a gift 


to Aaron and his sons for the divine service. At the conquest of 
Midian (Num. 31) the prey was divided between the warriors and the 
congregation and a fixed proportion was "given" for the Lord's service 
(vss. 40, 42, 47) of which 32 were "Nethininn" to the priests and 320 to 
the Levites in general. Later when the men of Gibeon deceived Israel 
by claiming to have come a great distance (Josh. 9) they were 
allowed to live but were made "hewers of wood and drawers of 
water." The 392 descendants of these two groups, called "Nethinim" 
only in I Chronicles 9:2 and in Ezra and Nehemiah, came back with 
Israel after the Babylonian captivity (Ezra 2:43-58). At Ezra's return 
he lists 220 Nethinim (Ezra 8:20) and explains that David had 
appointed these for the service of the Levites." 

The name "Nethinim" means "given ones." In John 6:37-39 we 
read, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me: and him that 
Cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from 
heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And 
this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all that he hath 
given me I shall lose nothing, but shall raise it up again at the last 
day." While John 8:9 makes it perfectly clear that our Lord was 
specifically referring to the original eleven in a physical as well as 
spiritual way, we believe that in a sense all those born again by the 
precious blood of Jesus Christ are given as a gift by the Father to the 
Son for His supreme sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. The phrase 
"and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out," says to us that 
although the Father gave unto the Son those who came as a gift, the 
individuals still had the opportunity to refuse to be a gift as well as 
receive the gift of eternal life. 

According to the Bible dictionary "in a sense, all the Levites were 
Nethinim." In I Peter 2:5 we read, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built 
up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, 
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." The Brethren, along with 
Protestant groups, have always affirmed the priesthood of all 
believers. According to some Bible scholars much wiser than 
ourselves, Nicolaitanism (found in the book of Revelation) was a 
heresy that exalted the clergy over the laity. This is one of the 
reasons we never refer to our ministers as "Reverend." The other 
one is that this name is reserved for God according to Holy Scripture. 
We do not even refer to those who hold the office of Elder or Minister 
as "clergy." Although we respect them, as God commands we 
should, we also recognize that they are mere, mortal men with 
weaknesses the same as we possess. We are all under the ultimate 
authority of God, no matter, if we hold the title of Elder, minister, 
deacon or merely that of member. 


As God leads the Church we must be willing to submit to the will it 
expresses as it makes decisions. However, this does not mean that 
we can ever compromise personal convictions God has laid on our 

In Ezra 8:20 we find the Nethinim being appointed for the service of 
the Levites. In Philippians 2:6-7 we read, "Who, being in the form of 
God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of 
no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was 
made in the likeness of men." Unlike the Lord Jesus Christ, we do 
not like to think of ourselves as servants. At least, not deep down in 
our hearts. To be a servant means that we are subject to someone. 
We seldom like to take advice although we may often ask for it. 

The Levites can be seen as the Church. As we have already said, 
we must be willing to submit to the decisions made. At one time 
submission was expected and those who refused to submit were 
disciplined in one manner or another. This is fast becoming a thing of 
the past. 

Anything that is labeled "tradition" is being thrown out. If we truly 
had a submissive spirit we would not have lost many of things we did 
that set us apart from the world. Each of us must search our hearts to 
see how much change we can submit to before we depart from a 
group. We are not in favor of church splits and believe most of the 
time pride, not submission, is the cause. But lines must be drawn. 

The Bible tells us "all of them were expressed by name." God 
loves us each as individuals. We must love one another the same 
way. God will also judge each of us individually, not as a church. 

Our greatest obedience must be to the Word of God. Very few 
groups demand this anymore. This is the dangerous part of naming 
historical practices "tradition." Soon Bible teaching becomes 
'tradition," that is optional. Let us, like the Nethinim, be servants of 
our God and the Church. 

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


II Timothy 3:12 
MATTHEW was killed by the sword in Ethiopia. 
MARK was dragged to death in Alexandria, Egypt. 
LUKE was hanged on an olive tree in Greece. 
JAMES THE GREATER was beheaded in Jerusalem. 


JAMES THE LESS was thrown from the pinnacle of the temple and 

then beaten to death. 
ANDREW was bound to a cross, but preached until he died. 
THOMAS was run through with a lance in India. 
JUDE was shot to death with arrows. 
SIMON ZELOTES was crucified in Persia 
MATTHIAS was first stoned then beheaded. 
PETER was crucified with his head downward. 
PAUL was beheaded in Rome. 

II Timothy 2:12, If we suffer, we shall also reign with him, if we 
deny him, he also will deny us." 

Submitted by the late Paul R. Myers 


The Bible Our Neighbors Read 
J. H. Moore 

The daily lives of the church members are about the only Bible 
some people ever read. Instead of reading the Acts of the Apostles, 
they read the "Acts of the Church Members." They may not know 
much about the Gospel according to St. Matthew, but they can sit for 
hours and tell what they know about the "Gospel according to Deacon 
Jones." They may never have heard of Paul's First Epistle to the 
Corinthians, but they can quote by the hour from the living epistles too 
well known in their immediate neighborhood. The New Testament 
Book of Revelation is a mystery to them, but not so with the 
revelations about the different church members they meet almost 

You quote Scriptures to these people and they will quote ten times 
as much from some of the living epistles" in their own neighborhood. 
What care they for the Gospel according to St. Mark when the Gospel 
according to Deacon Smith contradicts it at every point? You may 
refer them to the Acts of the Apostles to show them how people were 
converted. They simply refer you to the acts of the church members, 
to show to you how many of the present converts now live. Talk to 
them about the Bible. They cannot understand it but they can 
understand the conduct of a half-dozen church members when they 
do not live up to their profession. And when the minister quotes from 
the Book of Revelation, concerning the end of the world and the 
destiny of the wicked, they cannot help thinking about the revelations 
that have just come to them regarding the conduct of this, that and 
the other church member. Let the minister preach a sermon on the 
purity of the heart, or a heart work, and probably one-third of his 


hearers will begin thinking about some hearts whose purity they 
gravely doubt. Tell the people about the innportance of plainness in 
attire. Quote them Scripture on the subject and they will begin 
quoting from the "Acts of the Church Members" on the same question. 
The quotations will not harmonize, and in the minds of not a few a 
quotation from the latter will go farther than one from the former. And 
so on to the end of the list. 

Well, what is to be done? There is no denying the quotation from 
the "Gospel according to Deacon Jones," or from the epistle, known 
and read of all men. The facts are there. There is no chance for a 
revision. These late walking gospels and living epistles stand in the 
way of the people. They point one way, and the New Testament 
points another. Here is a problem, and about the only way to solve it 
is to bring about some new and radical conversions. Jesus told 
Peter, "When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren/' That is the 
doctrine we need to teach to every man and woman who does not live 
and walk orderly before the Lord. If sinners will pay more attention to 
the lives of the members then to the New Testament itself, and we 
know they do, then we must give them a better class of members to 
read. They must have better living epistles, and acts of members that 
will not mislead them. We need members who can sincerely say, "Be 
ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." Of course we do not 
want members to talk just that way, but they ought to be such that 
even a sinner could point to one of them and say, "Behold an 
Israelite, indeed, in whom is no guile." We should have men and 
women who are going on to perfection, — people who can be 
examples to others. 

With people of this class we can accomplish the more good, for the 
sinner could then go on reading the Gospel according to Bro. Jones 
and Sister Smith, and be benefited. After reading the New Testament 
a heathen at one time said, "The Book is all right," and then added, 
"The Book is better then the Christian." The trouble lies in the fact 
that we live too far below the Book, and that weakens our influence. 
Not long since we conversed with a physician on religious subjects. 
He remarked, "If the Christian people would live up to their profession 
they would soon have all such fellows as myself in the church, and it 
would not take a revival to bring us." While this condition will not 
exonerate the doctor at the judgment, it does show how much the 
cause of Christ is crippled by those who do not walk blameless before 
God and man. 



June 2 - The Light of the World - John 8:12-32. 

1 . Explain what Jesus called "The Light of Life." 

2. Why could Jesus say 1 ann not of this world?" 
June 9 - Children of the Devil - John 8:33-47. 

1 . Whom did Jesus mean was the real Father of the Jews? 

2. Who hears God's Words? 

June 1 6 - "Greater Than Abraham?" - John 8:48-59. 

1 . What promise did Jesus attach to the keeping of His "saying"? 

2. How could Abraham have seen the day of Jesus? 
June 23 - "I Was Blind, Now i See" - John 9:1-7. 

1 . What does sin have to do with physical sickness and suffering? 

2. Explain the importance of obedience in the healing of the Blind 

June 30 - Blindness Revealed - John 9:8-41 . 

1 . Why did the Jews refuse to accept the confession of the Healed 

2. Why did Jesus openly tell the Healed Man that He was the Son of 


JUNE 1996 

June 2 - Soldiers - Eph. 6:13-18, 1 Thess. 5:4-1 1,11 Tim. 2:1-4. 

1 . How can we be children of the Light? 

2. What hardness may a good soldier of Jesus Christ have to 

June 9 - Our Principles - 1 Peter 2:1-25. 

1 . What did Peter mean when he said "offer up spiritual 
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ"? 

2. Explain how the word "conversation" means more than talking. 
June 1 6 - Consistency - Phil. 1 :25-30, 1 Thess. 4:9-12, 1 Tim. 3:7, 

James3:12-18, II Peter 3:1 1-14. 

1 . How do you Valk honestly toward them that are without"? 

2. When "all these things shall be dissolved" what will be left? 
June 23 - FATHER'S DAY - Mark 9:14-27, Luke 8:41-42, 49-56. 

1 . Explain the importance of faith in the life of a father. 

2. Why did not Jesus want the parents to tell others about Him 
raising their daughter from the dead? 

June 30 - Monuments - Jer. 1 :1 7-1 9, Gal. 2:8-1 0, Rev. 3:1 0-1 2. 

1 . How should our Christian life be like a "pillar"? 

2. How can we become "a pillar in the temple of.. .God"? 

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JUNE 1, 1996 

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. 


Happy the home, when God is there, 
And love fills ev'ry breast; 
Where one their wish, and one their pray'r, 
And one their heav'niy rest. 

Happy the home where Jesus' name 
Is sweet to ev'ry ear; 
Where children early lisp his fame 
And parents hold him dear. 

Happy the home where pray'r is heard, 
And praise is wont to rise; 
Where parents love the sacred Word, 
And live but for the skies. 

Lord! let us in our homes agree. 
This blessed peace to gain; 
Unite our hearts in love to thee, 
And love to all will reign. 



Read Colossians 3:17-23. 

The Apostle Paul reminds the Colossians of the importance of their 
relationships. He, first, reminds them of their relationship with God. 
Next, he writes of their family relations. Finally, he writes of their 
relationships in the workplace. He encourages believers to develop 
these relationships to better their own lives and to be good examples 
for others who might be watching them. The unbelieving may be 
touched by the godly conduct of believers who practice these 

It will not always be easy to maintain these relationships. Paul 
writes of a blessing for those who do these deeds as if they were 
doing them for God. If we viewed our service as directed toward God, 
we would have a loftier feeling about what we do. If we saw our 
service on a higher level than just plodding, dull, and half-hearted, we 
would find m.ore joy in our Christian service. Paul emphasizes this 
admonition by virtually repeating it a few verses later. He 
admonishes us to do our deeds in the name of the Lord in a whole- 
hearted way. 

This whole-hearted service is especially important in our closest 
relationships. We, often, take for granted those who are our dearest 
and closest companions. We may even serve others in the 
community better than those who share our homes. Our families 
deserve our best efforts, remembering that we serve them in the 
name of the Lord. When serving in His name, we are taking on His 
characteristics. We are doing in our poor way as He would do in a 
similar situation. 


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The first relationship he deals with is marriage. Marriage was 
established in the Garden of Eden. It has had God's blessing 
throughout history. As with all Spiritual relationships there are 
boundaries that surround it. Spiritual qualifications must be observed 
to obtain God's blessings. He has ordained that one man and one 
woman without current, prior attachments could be joined together in 
this lifelong relationship. The relationship is not to be dishonored by 
adultery or other unrighteous behavior by either partner. Divorce is 
not the normal means of dissolving this relationship. Only death is to 
part the two so joined together. 

To make this relationship work, an effort must be made by each 
partner. Writing first to the wives, he counsels them to be submissive 
to their husbands. This seems objectionable to some. This has 
nothing to do with equality. It is the establishment of a workable order 
within the family. Just as any organization needs a clearly defined 
head, the family also needs to have a head. The wife's submissive 
attitude, even when she knows better, can make the husband a more 
effective leader. Her talents, needed for a successful marriage and 
family life, often, can be delivered more appropriately as a helper than 
as a head. God has established this pattern for His own purpose, so 
it can not be bad to submit and fulfill His pattern. 

The husband is never commanded to be a tyrant, just because he 
has been appointed the head. Instead he is to love and nurture his 
wife. She would be more willing to submit if he would show her the 
kind of tenderness he did when courting her. He should show her 
how appreciative he is of her labors and trials. A husband, who fails 
to show his wife the depths of his love, hardly deserves her 
submissive service. 

Likewise, a father as the head of the family is not to be a dictator 
over his children. While he must maintain strict discipline, he must be 
sure that he does not go overboard in punishment of the children. 
Many children, who are strictly controlled while growing up, become 
rebellious when they are not under their father's direct control. A 
father's wrath may do more harm than good if it discourages his 
children. They become discouraged from never being able to please 
him, so they give up. 

Children need to be obedient. It is not something that they acquire 
when at a certain age. Their progress may be slow and nearly 
imperceptible at times, but as they are given godly instructions and 
examples, they will improve. They need to know that when 
disobedient, they are not only disobeying their parents but also God. 
Children need opportunities to show they can be obedient. 

Paul writes instructions concerning employees and the employers. 


There are responsibilities for each in this relationship. The employee 
needs to give his best effort to further the employer's well being. He 
should give a full measure of service. The employer needs to provide 
a decent wage, a safe workplace and treat his workers as God treats 
His subjects. If both would use the "Golden Rule" as their guide, 
there would be no labor strife. A job should be more than just earning 
money, it should be a way to serve people. An employer needs to 
look at more than the 'bottom line." 

All these relationships require an effort. That effort should be given 
as if the relationship were with God. Actually, it is! 



Colossians 1:12-14, "Giving thanks unto the father which hath 
made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath 
translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have 
redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" 

Hebrews 11:13-16, 'These all died in faith, not having received the 
promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of 
them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers 
and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare 
plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of 
that country from whence they came out, they might have had 
opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, 
that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their 
God: for he hath prepared for them a city." 

Definition of Patriotism: "love and loyalty or zealous support of 
one's own country." 

Only twice have the ravages of war been found in the towns and 
countryside of the United States of America. In the minds of some 
both of these wars were "holy wars" fought with the blessing of God. 
The first of these wars, the Revolutionary War, brought with it a new 
definition of "Patriotism." No longer was it a love and loyalty or 
zealous support of one's own country but the desire to form a new 
country. While religious freedom is the reason quoted by many, the 
true reason for this war of rebellion was taxation without 

The second war, the Civil War, was supposedly fought over the 
issue of slavery. However, the true issue was states' rights. Both of 
these wars also brought the issue of the civil rights of citizens into 


Many of our Brethren forefathers suffered during both of these 
conflicts because of their refusal to choose sides. They appreciated 
the freedoms proposed by the leaders of the Constitutional form of 
government that was declared to be a new experiment. But they also 
recognized that the Bible forbade them to take part in taking human 
life and to rebel against organized government. Likewise they 
opposed slavery, forbidding their members to own slaves, but realized 
that blood shed by fellow citizens of a country (and perhaps even 
fellow brothers in the Lord) was not God's answer to the problem. 

Beyond the fact of opposition to taking of human life was the 
conviction that they had a citizenship in a higher kingdom. We are 
convinced that the earthly Church, as a whole, has lost sight of this 
Scriptural truth. Many are looking forward to being a part of the 
heavenly kingdom when they die or the Lord returns. We will most 
certainly experience it in a perfect way at these times. The Bible 
clearly teaches that all the blood-bought born again are right now a 
part of this Kingdom. Our complete allegiance is to be to God and His 
Holy Word. Our Patriotism is not found in the flag of a nation but in 
the blood splattered cross of our Lord. Such things as racial prejudice 
becomes impossible to those who love as our Lord commanded us to 

In many Church circles the Constitution has replaced the Bible in 
importance. Individual rights are declared over "thus saith the Lord." 
This has both political and personal implications. We must obey God 
rather than man, but we are to be obedient to the laws of the land that 
are not clearly contrary to the Word of God. Many declare their right 
to ignore the standards set forth by God on such issues as dress, 
personal appearance and worldly amusements. 

Like those of the Old Testament, who were part of the faith, we 
should desire a better country. They had not received the promise in 
their lifetime (they were not Christians) but gained it at the death of 
Christ on Calvary. (We, personally, believe they are the 144,000 of 
Revelation 7.) We do not have to wait. Let us be true "Christian 
Patriots" and be faithful to the kingdom of our Lord. 

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


This year we were blessed with a wonderful district meeting. The 
Brethren brought forth the Word with majesty and power. There were 
no queries and no disputation. A wonderful spirit prevailed. 


One thing happened, however, that was worthy of note. This one 
thing has bothered me ever since. We closed up another 
meetinghouse. Another congregation has gone by the wayside. We 
are very sorry to see it go. We have always been of the opinion that 
the meetinghouse should remain open, regardless of the number 
attending. We realize that this is not always possible. In the Jewish 
Passover Seder an extra place is always set at the table in case the 
Messiah would come. Our meeting places are a testimony to an 
unchurched community. Believe me, they take notice if these houses 
of worship are being attended or not. 

We must ask the question, "Have I done all that I could so that the 
Word could continue forth in this area?" I realize now that I never sat 
in the meetinghouse that recently closed. Once, about twenty years 
ago, we drove past it on the way to another place of worship. We 
trust that everyone else's record is better than our own. 

Revelation 3:2 tells us to, "Be watchful, and strengthen the things 
which remain, that are ready to die:..." We should not be satisfied 
with meetinghouses closing, and the lessening of membership 
numbers, and the seeming lack of interest on the part of most people. 
If Christ Jesus dwells within us then we should, as the scripture says, 
compel them to come in. All people should be afforded the 
opportunity to meet the Saviour. We cannot be satisfied that the 
specter of easy-believism is swallowing up thousands, giving them a 
shallow worthless, do-nothing "gospel." As Paul says in I Corinthians 
12:31, "...and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." There is 
nothing to be ashamed of in Christ, unless we are not living up to 
OUR potential. 

We, if we are members of a local assembly, are responsible each 
Sunday to be in our places on time, prepared and worshipping God. 
Personalities and petty differences add strain to the worship 
experience. If we come to church for any other reason than to 
worship, learn, and fellowship, we add further strain to the worship 

We say all these things because, like the Brethren of old, we desire 
to see the Church grow and prosper and be a testimony to the world: 
a city that sitteth upon a hill - that cannot be hid. 

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



June 1, 1936 


L. W. Been/ 

The doctrine of confession of sins, like so many other plain gospel 
teachings, is no longer popular with rriany church people; 
nevertheless it has its place in the plan of salvation in connection with 
repentance. We earnestly contend that in order to get right with our 
God and our fellowmen that we must confess our sins. We insist on 
this because the written Word teaches it. "For with the heart man 
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made 
unto salvation." (Rom 10:10.) 

The wise man Solomon speaking from experience uttered this 
solemn truth, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso 
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Often have we 
seen these truths verified in our own experience and even though we 
see the vanity and folly of trying to hide our sins from God and our 
fellowmen so many are inclined, even in the churches to try to cover 
up and hide their ungodliness and live under the burden of sin rather 
than confess and have the burden lifted. 

When men are truly convicted of sin they feel the need of 
confession. Under the preaching of John the Baptist those who were 
convicted of sin "were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their 
sins." Under the preaching of Paul many were convicted of sin "and 
many that believed, came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds." 
(Acts 19:18.) Sin is a burden that weighs heavily upon the guilty party 
and confession plays an important part in removing this burden. We 
have read the testimony of men who were guilty of murder who 
claimed that they could get no relief from the awful burden of their sin 
until they confessed and made a clean breast of the whole affair. We 
have all had some experiences along this line in our own lives if we 
but stop and consider. How often in the past have we dealt falsely or 
unjustly with a loved one, a neighbor, a friend or perhaps a brother or 
sister in the church. After the wrong had been done and we were 
conscious of it how the matter did weigh down upon us, what a 
burden it was to bear. We felt constrained to go to the party that we 
had wronged and make the matter right. Following this impulse we 
went and confessed our fault, then how much better we felt. Has this 
not been the experience of each one of us? 

One of the common errors of the human family is to neglect doing 
the things which we know we .ought to do. So often we will leave a 
matter drag along for days, weeks or many years, which would only 


take a few moments or hours of time to correct, knowing all the time 
that the matter ought to be attended to at once. Many put off 
confessing their sins until the cold hand of death is upon them and 
then it is often too late, for we may be unable to correct matters in a 
way which we can have the relief so much needed and desired. 
Somehow so many lack the courage or moral stamina necessary to 
face the one who has been wronged, with an openhearted 
confession, yet it isn't nearly so hard as carrying a load of guilt 
continually. The enemy of our souls is only too glad to discourage us 
but let us not allow him to make life miserable for us by keeping us 
under sin when the Lord has provided a way of escape. 

A wonderful promise is given to us on this matter which we find 
recorded in 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." It 
is certain that if we do our part in confessing our sins and correcting 
matters that the Lord will do his part in forgiving and cleansing us. 
May we take courage and lay hold on these wonderful promises that 
we may be cleansed and fitted for life here and in the world to come. 


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 

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 
far 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 our 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 

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 were 
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 humbie themselves and repent, God 
would have mercy and favor them again. When God 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 through 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 5:1 6. 

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 


I had walked life's way with an easy tread. 
Had followed where pleasure and comforts led. 
Until one day in a quiet place 
I met the Master face to face. 

With station and rank and wealth for my goal. 
Much thought for my body, but none for my soul, 
I had entered to win in life's mad race 
When I met the Master face to face. 


I had built my castles and reared them high, 
With their towers had pierced the blue of the sky; 
I had sworn to rule with an iron mace, 
When I met the Master face to face. 

I met Him and knew Him and blushed to see 
That His eyes, full of sorrow, were fixed on me; 
And I faltered and fell at His feet that day, 
When my castles melted and vanished away. 

Melted and vanished and in their place 
Naught else did I see but the Master's face 
And I cried aloud, "Oh, make me meek 
To follow the steps of Thy wounded feet." 

My thought is now for the squIs of men, 
I have lost my life to find it again. 
E'er since one day in a quiet place 
I met the Master face to face. 

-Author Unknown 

Submitted by the late Paul R. Myers 


The Sunday Dinner 
J. H. Moore 

Once upon a time, after preaching to a most attentive 
congregation, the preacher's wife said I should go to their home for 
dinner. The drive was a pleasant one, just as most country drives are 
in midsummer. The sister was not long about preparing the meal, nor 
did she seem tired and worn out when the guests were shown their 
seats in the dining-room. After thanks, I glanced over the table, and 
noticed that, while there was plenty on the table, there were but two 
warm dishes to be seen. All the other dishes were cold. The food 
was well prepared, and everything , table linen and all, seemed neat 
and tidy. 

The wife took her seat at the table and enjoyed the meal with her 
guests. There was no passing from the table to the kitchen to bring 
more to eat. There was no serving of special dishes at the close. 
There was no urging of the visitors to eat several kinds of cake, a few 
pieces of pie and a dish or two of rich dessert after we thought we 
had eaten a fair meal. It was all on the table, one plain cake and the 


other dishes referred to. We ate and talked. So did the husband, 
wife and guests. It was simply a good, plain, substantial Sunday 
dinner, — a dinner that had not cost much, did not take long to prepare 
and one that answered its purpose in every particular. 

I enjoyed the meal, the conversation and the simplicity of the 
occasion. After it was all over I felt that I had not been the cause of a 
preacher's wife desecrating the Lord's Day by overtaxing her strength 
to get a big dinner for the visiting preacher and the other company. 
Then I fell to wondering why other women cannot get into the habit of 
preparing sensible, wholesome and economical Sunday dinners. I 
wonder why it cannot be arranged for the women to have some rest 
on the Lord's Day, even if they do happen to have company. Here 
were only two freshly-cooked dishes, and one of them I did not need 
to touch, for there was plenty on the table besides, to satisfy a hungry 
man. There were also a few cold dishes and they were palatable. 
Lemonade took the place of tea and coffee, and, as a rule, makes a 
more wholesome drink. 

I thought, Why should the woman make a Sunday slave of herself 
in order to get her visitors a much larger meal than they really need? 
Why must she work an hour or two over the hot stove, then remain on 
her feet, waiting on the table, while her friends are eating; when they 
retire, sit down alone, warm and tired, eat a hasty dinner, and then 
use up the rest of her strength cleaning up the dishes and table, and 
make herself so tired that she will not be in a condition to enjoy her 

I asked again, Is this the way to treat the hard-working wives or 
sen/ants either? Do the people of God, who have much to say about 
Gospel simplicity, want to encourage this way of living? Do they want 
their influence to be cast on that side of the Sunday question? If we 
believe in the simple and sensible life, why not practice it on Sunday 
as well as other days? Why should sensible Christian women attempt 
to excel each other with big Sunday dinners? Then, to think of it, 
some of them stay at home from church just to cook an elaborate 
dinner for company! 

The better way is the simple meal that requires but little work. Two 
or three warm dishes ought to be enough. A few cold dishes, 
prepared the day before, will help. Let no one say the table was 
made to groan beneath its burden of rich food. Offer the guests plain 
nourishment, serve it in a simple way, give the good wife a chance to 
rest and enjoy the meal as well as her company, and in the end God 
will be glorified and people will not so often be called on to make a 
god of their appetite. We insist on simplicity in our lives, in our attire 


and our everyday life. Now let us be consistent enough to practice at 
our Sunday dinners what we preach. 



Randy Chase 

CREATION: The belief that the universe was created by God, and 
that natural laws are not sufficient to explain the origin of all things. 

EVOLUTION: The belief that the universe was not created by God, 
and that natural laws are sufficient to explain the origin of all things. 

It is often stated in the news nnedia and in school textbooks that 
evolution is a fact of science, or that it is the best theory to explain the 
origin of the universe and life. The truth of the matter is that there is 
no indisputable scientific evidence (such as from the fossil record) for 
evolution, nor do the known laws of nature (such as in physics, 
chemistry, biology, and also from mathematical probability) support 
evolution. Instead, all the indisputable facts of science and laws of 
nature support creation, or they are consistent with the belief in 
creation. These claims, along with all the claims of this tract, have 
been documented by the creation scientists Dr. Henry Morris (Ph.D. 
in Engineering) and Dr. Duane Gish (Ph.D. in Biochemistry). 

In dealing with the origin of the universe, there are only three 
logical possibilities. These are: 

1. The Universe is eternal. 

2. The Universe emerged from nothing. 

3. The Universe was created by God. 

Now, in order to determine which one of these views is correct, we 
must figure out which one of them fits with the known laws that 
govern the physical universe. There are two well-established laws of 
physics that apply to the entire universe. They are the 1st and 2nd 
Laws of Thermodynamics. 


The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics teaches that the available energy 
for maintaining the universe is becoming more random and 
disorganized. Going along with this is the fact that the sun and stars 
are burning up. 

If we apply this law to the origin of the universe, then this rules out 
any possibility that the universe is eternal. In other words, the fact 
that the available energy for maintaining the universe is becoming 
more random and disorganized and the fact that the sun and stars are 
burning up, require that the universe at some time in the past must 
have had a beginning, and therefore, it can not be eternal. 



The 1st Law of Thermodynamics teaches that while the energy for 
maintaining the universe is becoming more random and disorganized, 
this energy does not cease to exist. This law is also known as the 
Law of Conservation of Energy — ^that is, while the matter and energy 
of the universe is being conserved, none of it is being created. 

If then we apply this law to the origin of the universe, then this 
means that the universe could not have brought itself into existence, 
seeing how its processes are not of a creative nature, but merely 
conserve what is already there. 

Also, this law along with the 2nd law, rules out any possibility that 
our present complex universe could have developed (or evolved) from 
a smaller and simpler universe or from a mass of matter and energy. 

Having shown that the universe could not be eternal, nor that it 
could have emerged from nothing, we are left with only one logical 
explanation — namely, that it was brought into existence by the 
creative power of God. 

The belief that God was the creator of the universe is the only view 
that fits with (and is required by) both the 1st and 2nd Laws of 
Thermodynamics. It is also worth noting that these two laws of the 
universe are in perfect agreement with what the Bible has said all 
along "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." 
(Genesis 1:1) 

According to the Bible, the God who created the universe, loves us, 
and has graciously provided for forgiveness of all our sins by the 
death and bodily resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 
15:1-8) As John 3:16 says, Tor God so loved the world, that He 
gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should 
not perish (in hell), but have everlasting life (in heaven)." 



Religion is man-made; the gospel is God given. Religion is what 
man does for God; the gospel is what God has done for man. 
Religion is man's search for God; the gospel is God's search for man. 
Religion is man trying to climb the ladder of his own self- 
righteousness, with the hope of meeting God on the topmost rung; the 
gospel is God coming down the ladder of the incarnation of Jesus 
Christ and meeting us as sinners at the lowest rung. Religion is good 
views; the gospel is good news. Religion is good advice; the gospel 
is a glorious announcement. Religion takes a man and leaves him as 


he is; the gospel takes a man as he is and makes him what he ought 
to be. Religion ends in an outer reformation; the gospel ends in an 
inner transformation. Religion whitewashes; the gospel washes 
white. Religion often becomes a farce; the gospel is always a force, 
the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. There are 
many religions, but only one gospel. 




Bro. Larry Lee Aungst of RR 3, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania passed 
from this life, Thursday morning, January 1 1 , 1996. He was 46 years, 
10 months. 

Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, March 11, 1949 to Dory A. and 
Mae (Wolfe) Aungst, RR 3, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. He was 
employed as a heavy equipment operator for Blaschak Coal 
Company, Mahanoy City. He was a member of Bethel Dunkard 
Brethren Church. He was baptized Sunday, October 22,1995, which 
was one week before our Lovefeast. We were so grateful to have him 

Surviving in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Bobbie Jo 
Aungst, Asheboro, North Carolina; a sister, Donna Gogets, RR 3. 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; six brothers, Lloyd, Dean and David RR 3, 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; Landis, RR 1, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; 
Dale RR 1, Bethel, Pennsylvania and Jeff, RR 2, Pine Grove, 
Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews. 

Services were held, Tuesday, January 16, 1996 at 10:00 A.M. at 
the Bethel Dunkard Brethren Church with Elder Rudy Shaffer, Bro. 
Scott Bross and Bro. Kenneth Wilkerson officiating. Interment at 
Hetzel's Cemetery, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. 

A precious one from us has gone 
A voice we loved is stilled; 
A place is vacant in our home. 

Which never can be filled. 

God in his wisdom has recalled. 

The boon his love had given, 

And though the body slumbers here. 
The soul is safe in Heaven. 





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. Piter, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, lA 50003 

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 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson 
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JUNE 15, 1996 

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. 


It was only a blossom, 

Just the merest bit of bloom, 

But it brought a glimpse of summer 
To the little darkened room. 

It was only a glad "good moming," 

As she passed along the way; 

But it spread the morning's glory 
Over the livelong day. 

Only a song; but the music, 

Though simply pure and sweet. 

Brought back to better pathways 
The reckless roving feet. 

"Only," in our blind wisdom. 

How dare we say at all? 

Since the ages alone can tell us 

Which is the great or small. 



When Elijah was taken up in the whirlwind to Heaven, his mantle 
fell to Elisha. Elisha, his long-time assistant, had persisted to go with 
Elijah as he traveled toward this place. At each stop along the way 
Elijah had suggested that Elisha stay there. Each time Elisha said he 
would not. He was not going to be left behind. 

As Elijah^s departure neared, he asked Elisha what he desired. 
Elisha could have asked many things. He could have asked for a 
memento to remember Elijah by. He could have asked for power to 
do certain things. These he did not ask for. He asked for a double 
portion of Elijah's spirit. This was beyond Elijah's power to give. It 
would have to come from God. Elisha did receive that Spiritual 
power, for he was able to see Elijah as he was taken up toward 

At each of the stops, along the way to the other side of the Jordan, 
were the sons of the prophets. These were younger men who had 
enlisted to help the Spiritual leaders of God's people. They were 
young people with a Spiritual insight and desire. They wished to 
serve although their field of service was limited. Elijah and Elisha 
traveled over much of the land, but these young men stayed in their 
particular areas. These sons of the prophets exercised as they were 
able. They were a buffer between the people and the heathen, idol 
worship that was so strong in that area. Elijah and Elisha could travel 
far, but their message was more powerful, because the sons of the 
prophets were in these various communities to remind the people of 
their leaders' words. 


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The arrangement of Elijah being supported and succeeded by 
Elisha, who in turned received the support of the sons of the prophets 
reminds us of the passing of the leaders of the Church. This can best 
be seen at General Conference. As the years go by, slowly, almost 
imperceptibly, the leadership of the Church changes. The Elijahs are 
followed by the Elishas. The sons of the prophets follow the Elishas. 

The Elijahs are the older deacons, ministers and Elders who have 
borne the heat and the burden of the day for years. For decades they 
have been in the midst of the work of the Church. They have served 
their congregations well. They have served responsibly in their 
District activities. They have had an important role at General 
Conference. They have served as delegates. The Elders have 
sensed on Standing Committee. All have had their part in the public 
services. They have performed nobly and well. They have striven to 
follow the Spirit's direction as they made decisions that were not 
always easy or popular. They have tried to do what was best for the 
Church, that she might be found faithful at the Lord's return. 

Right behind the Elijahs are the Elishas. They have served for a 
few years. They are beginning to take places of responsibility in the 
Church. They deeply honor the Elijahs. They wish to have the 
counsel of the Elijahs as long as possible. They see the difficult 
problems ahead that will need a double portion of the Spirit to solve. 
They have served for some time in their home congregations. They 
have served on some of the boards and committees, but they still are 
not the Elijahs in spirit and leadership. Their day will soon enough be 
here. They will wish that the Elijahs were still here to guide them in 
the decisions and activities that are theirs to make and to do. 

The sons of the prophets are the young ministers and deacons 
who have lately taken up their responsibilities. They have been 
chosen to these positions as they have shown faithfulness and 
promise of future ability. They are learning not only how to proclaim 
the gospel, but also the procedures for handling the business of the 
Church. They will be the Elishas and Elijahs of the future. They have 
successes and failures before them. They are observers of the 
activities of the Elishas and Elijahs, preparing for their future service. 
They yield a valuable service while they are growing into the work that 
is before them. 

Supporting the sons of the prophets are all the members who 
faithfully attend, serve and give. They are found in their accustomed 
place week in and week out. Out of these supporting members will in 
the future come more sons of the prophets. 

The generations march on. Those who were the Elijahs years ago 


have now passed from the scene, to be succeeded by their Elishas, 
who were ifollowed by their sons of the prophets. As we look back, 
we can remember many of these faithful leaders of old. They have 
left us a wonderful heritage. It is for the Elijahs, Elishas, sons of the 
prophets and faithful members of today to carry on their work. 



"Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong 
reasons, saith the King of Jacob." Isaiah 41 :21 . 

Have you ever stood before a judge and spoke on behalf of 
someone else? Perhaps someone is accused of a wrong and you 
appear in court to testify on his behalf to bolster his character. People 
appear also to give an accused person an alibi, or simply to plead for 
mercy on his behalf. Moses, when he pled for Israel did that very 
thing. He brought forth his strong reason. He pled the cause of the 
people of God. Did he not say, punish me instead of them? Blot my 
name out of the book instead of their names? Did not faithful 
Abraham plead for Lot in Sodom? Did not Daniel plead on behalf of 
Israel as well? 

It is my understanding that the longest prayer in the Bible is in 
John, chapter 17. It was Jesus praying for His disciples. He 
produced cause as to why they should be protected by the Father and 
Jesus brought forth strong reasoning as to why God should favor 

After reading the scriptures, I have come to two basic conclusions 
as to why our prayers are not answered. First, we are not persistent 
enough. It is too easy to take it as God's will if our prayer is not 
answered immediately. If it concerns an unsaved loved one, we must 
persist, because God is not willing that any should perish. I read of 
one case where a woman prayed forty years for her son before he 
was saved. We must love the souls of men, as Jesus did. He wept 
much for souls. What are the souls of our children worth? Can we 
afford to stop praying for them? 

Secondly, we are not specific enough. We know to produce our 
cause, but as our text reiterates, we must bring forth our strong 
reason. In the Psalms, in Lamentations, in Jeremiah, and in many 
other places the writers lay their souls bare before the Lord. We 
hesitate to do this, because we say that God knows all things, and He 
knows our hearts. Then, why are we ashamed to show God our 
hearts? Prayer requires time and sacrifice. Prayer also requires 


complete honesty before God. 

We must tell God everything. We cannot be afraid to do that. If we 
read carefully the seventeenth chapter of John we will see Jesus' soul 
laid bare before the Lord. In effect, He told the Lord that an answer to 
His prayer would honor and glorify Almighty God. Anytime a soul is 
saved the Lord is glorified. We may also have selfish reasons, but 
whatever the reason we must be steadfast in our praying and never 
give up. 

The story is told of a young lady who had to carry water up a steep 
hill for over a mile every day. She knew of a dry well close by, and 
reading the scriptures and knowing how important water is, she found 
our text, Isaiah 41:21. She prayed to that end in a simple, childish 
way, and produced argument after argument as to why the well 
should be opened. Soon after she prayed she took a bucket to the 
well that up until then had been dry. It was overflowing with water. 
She had enough faith to take a bucket to the dry well. She was 
persistent and she was specific. She also believed that God would 
answer her prayer. 

We have all the benefits that the Brethren of old had. We can pray 
and read the scriptures and be a witness for God. We can receive all 
the blessings of God that the early Church had, but we must not be 
surprised that we must put forth the same effort that they did. We 
cannot get to heaven on someone else's coattails. We must work out 
our own salvation with fear and trembling. 

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, 

Unuttered or expressed, 
The motion of a hidden fire 

That trembles in the breast. 

Prayer is the burden of a sigh, 

The falling of a tear; 
The upward glancing of an eye, 

When none but God is near. 

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, 
The Christian's native air, 

His watchword at the gate of death- 
He enters heaven with prayer. 

Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice 

Returning from his ways, 
While angels in their songs rejoice, 


And say, "Behold, he prays!" 

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


Zechariah 1 1 :7, 10,14, "...And I took unto me two staves; the one I 
called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.. ..And I 
took nny staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my 
covenant which I had made with all the people.. ..Then I cut asunder 
mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood 
between Judah and Israel." 

As we see it, God has given two staffs to His people. A staff can 
be used for protection and safety. However it can also be used as an 
instrument of chastisement and even destruction. In our lesson God 
has named the two staves Beauty and Bands. We see the staff of 
Beauty as representative of God's love, mercy and compassion. We 
see the staff of Bands as representative of God's law and judgment. 

We thank God for His staff of Beauty. Without His divine love and 
compassion not one individual on the face of the earth would be able 
to claim the gift of eternal life. Not one of us is holy enough to satisfy 
the absolute holiness of God. Those who believe that they are 
beyond and above a sinful nature and possess sinless perfection in 
this life are only deluding themselves, in our humble opinion. 

There are those who believe and teach that God's love is so 
encompassing that everyone will eventually be saved. The modern 
teaching goes beyond this. They teach that there is no Hell and no 
one is actually a sinner but merely suffers from a lack of self 
confidence, love and motivation. If this were true God would not have 
had to send the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to suffer for the sins of the 
world. Of course, the false shepherds deny the need of Christ's blood 
for salvation. As we read in verses 4 and 5 of this chapter "Thus saith 
the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; Whose 
possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that 
sell them say. Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own 
shepherds pity them not." 

A very controversial issue within the earthly church is God's 
dealing with His nation Israel. The popular teaching is that God's 
covenant with the nation Israel was unconditional. We, personally, 
believe that God's covenant with Israel was conditional and His most 
important specification was that they accept the Messiah that He 


promised to send. Verse ten of our lesson states that God took the 
staff Beauty and cut it asunder that He might break the covenant He 
had with all the people. Then in verse eleven we read, "And it was 
broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me 
knew that it was the word of the LORD." The first century Church was 
made up primarily of Jews who accepted God's gift of the expected 
Messiah. There are also those who teach that once we are safely 
under the blood of Christ God's love will never cast us out. This is 
absolutely true. However like God's covenant with Israel, His 
covenant with us is conditional on the premise that we do not reject 
His gift of the Lord Jesus Christ. This can happen before or after we 
experience the cleansing of sin. 

A great deal of the problem is, it seems, that most are eager to 
receive God's staff of Beauty but reject God's staff of Bands. The 
scripture says that God used both to feed the flock. Those who insist 
that God has requirements He expects of His children are labeled 
legalists in our day. These requirements are not simply rules and 
regulations to make life difficult for us but the desires of a Holy God 
who wants the best for us. We read that God cut asunder the staff of 
Bands that He might break the brotherhood between Judah and 
Israel. At this time Judah, not Israel, was God's chosen. At a later 
time the two nations again became one and became the nation Israel. 
To break the brotherhood would seem like a terrible thing in our day. 
We must realize that this was not the true brotherhood of faith but the 
joining of manmade ideals. Previous to this we read, "...And I took 
the thirty pieces of silver and cast them to he potter in the house of 
the LORD." This is a picture of Judas. Like him the modern church 
has betrayed this Lord Jesus Christ. 

May our desire be to accept both God's staff of love and His staff of 
obedience. We will then be assured eternal life with Him. 

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


June 15, 1936 


E. W. Pratt 

"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth 

therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this 

man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1 :25.) 

The perfect law of liberty. God on Sinai gave a perfect law. (Psa. 


19:7-11) But Christ fulfilled this law and gave us the law of liberty. 
Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that 
believeth, to the Jews first and also to the Greek. 

The law and the prophets were until John, but now the kingdom of 
God is preached and all man press into it. A new commandment I 
give unto you that ye love one another for perfect love casteth out 

The first greatest commandment is, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy 
God with all thy heart and with all thy strength and with thy mind." 
And the second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as 
thyself." Christ said, this do and thou shalt live. 

Continueth therein. The praise is at the end of the road, the 
blessings are for those who overcome. 

The doer is like a man who builded a house and digged deep and 
built his house on a rock. Christ is the rock and the chief corner 
stone. This is the stone that was rejected of you builders which has 
become the head of the corner. 

When Solomon's temple was in building all the material was 
shaped before being brought to the builders so there was no sound of 
the hammer and it is said the builders found one stone which they 
said was not intended for the wall so they laid it to one side (rejected) 
but as the wall was built the time came to place the key stone and the 
rejected stone was the very stone they needed. 

So we must dig deep to the bed rock for our foundation. We might 
find a fragment of rock lying on the sand, but we would still be 
building on the sand. When the engineer starts to build a dam he 
does not stand his foundation on a rock lying on the surface, he digs 
down sometimes two hundred or more feet to the solid rock. 

Out in the English channel lies a rock called the Eddison rock. It 
lies in the path of ships and many attempts were made to build a 
lighthouse there to warn sailors, but not until they incorporated the 
building into the rock and made it a part of the rock did they succeed 
as all other structures were swept away. So we must make Christ a 
part of our very being. We sing, "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all 
other ground is sinking sand." 

The unwise hear, but without a foundation build their house on the 
sand. Oh yes, Christ was a good man but he was only a man, they 
say. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would convince the world of sin, but 
they have not believed on Me. Peter said, "There is none other name 
under heaven given among men whereby ye must be saved." 

Some are building on their own moral lives and good deeds but 
Isaiah says our righteousness is like filthy rags. How earnest thou in 


here not having on the wedding garment? 

Some are calling some of Christ's teachings nonessential. Jesus 
said, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you." 

James says, "If ye shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point 
ye are guilty of all." So though I may have kept the whole law of 
commandments but fail to love my brother as Christ loved, I like the 
rich young ruler, will lack one thing. Twice in Christ's ministry He 
cleansed the temple at Jerusalem saying, "It is written My house shall 
be called of all nations a house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of 

Our bodies are the temple of God and he that defileth the temple of 
God, him will God destroy. We cannot reserve a part of our bodies for 
Christ. Christ says we cannot serve two masters neither can we 
dedicate a part of a building to God's service and part to the world. 
God's house cannot be a house of merchandise nor a play house. 

The storms come to one and all. our houses will be tested. The 
storms of life come thronging fast, their gloom reminds my soul at last. 
Thou thinkest Lord of me. The soul whose house is built on the solid 
rock will stand the storm, but the unwise builders will be wrecked. We 
see many all around us, and great is their fall. 

What foundation are you building on? Christ or Satan? On your 
answer depends your eternal destiny. 


W. E. Bashor 

It is one thing for the prophet to cry: "Prepare to meet thy God," but 
it is another thing to know how we can meet God in peace! Yet, there 
need be no confusion in this matter, for the Word of God says that 
Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) There 
are not a dozen ways, not even are there two ways, but just one way 
we can come to God in peace: it is through the man and Son of God, 
Christ Jesus. 

Is not the cry of our hearts, "Oh, where shall peace be found?" The 
Scriptures answer with "...He is our peace." (Ephesians 2:14) 

Where can we turn for life? Jesus answers, "I am. ..the life." (John 
14:6) He also said, "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) 

How can we be cleansed? The answer is: 'The blood of Jesus 
Christ ...cleanseth us from all sin." (I John 1 :7) 


The question is, just when does the blood of Jesus make the sinner 
clean to receive eternal life? 

Some teach that all you have to do is just believe (only have faith) 
and that will save you. They teach that you do not have to be 
baptized to be saved. Let's examine this premise... 

First, we know that we are saved by faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

Second, we know that we are saved by grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

We also know that we are saved by hope. (Romans 8:24) 

And, the Bible indicates we are also saved by repentance. (Luke 

Likewise, the Bible clearly states we are saved by baptism. (I 
Peter 3:21) 

Clearly the Bible does not teach that we are saved by faith alone, 
but it takes all the means of grace that Jesus has provided to wash 
away our sins. 

Scriptural View of Salvation 

We want to show step by step what the Scriptures teach for the 
way to salvation. 

Firstly, man must hear the Word in order to be brought to salvation: 
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 
(Romans 10:17) It is necessary that we hear all of what the Bible 
teaches on any subject. That is the reason why Jesus commanded 
His disciples that they were to go and teach all nations "...all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:20) 

Secondly, we must realize that faith is necessary for salvation. 

Hebrews 11:6 plainly says that "Without faith it is impossible to 
please Him (God)." Paul told the Philippian jailor to "Believe on the 
Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31) 

But Paul did not stop with telling him to believe, for in the 32nd 
verse it reads: "And they spake unto him the word of the Lord." The 
33rd verse then elaborates by saying "...And he took them the same 
hour of the night and washed their stripes; and were 
baptized. ..straightway." Jesus said in Mark 16:16: "He that believeth 
and is baptized shall be saved." We must have faith in Jesus that He 
is the Son of God and that His blood will cleanse us of our sins, but 
this faith means a trust in the Lord and not just belief only. The 
Apostle James writes, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou 
doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19) 

Thirdly, is the necessity of repentance for salvation. We must 
repent and turn from our sins and be sorrowful for the sins we have 
committed. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to 
be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." (II 


Corinthians 7:10) When the multitude on the day of Pentecost cried 
out and said, "...what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37). Peter said. "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 2:38) 

Forthly, is the aspect of confession in respect to salvation. "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." (Romans 10:9) 

When Philip was preaching to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts the 
eighth chapter the eunuch said to Philip, "See here is water; what 
doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with 
all thine heart, thou mayest." The eunuch answered by saying, "I 
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Then upon his 
confession he stopped the chariot and they went down into the water 
both Philip and the eunuch and Philip baptized him. I John 4:3 says, 
"...every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the 
faith is not of God..." 

Lastly, is the need for baptism. It is strange that men will take all 
the forgoing and say that these aspects are necessary for salvation 
but will contend that baptism is not necessary. But what does the 
Scripture teach? Let us go by the Word of God and not listen to 
man's opinion. I know that the devil wills for us to go only part way, 
for if he can get a man not to go all the way, he has won that man. 

Jesus says in Mark 16:16: "he that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved..." Jesus plainly says that faith plus baptism equals 
salvation. No doubt about it! In Acts 2:38 Peter states: "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." Did 
he mean you could receive the Holy Ghost before baptism? If he did, 
then his words did not say what they meant. 

Ananias came to Paul and said, as recorded in Acts 22:16, "And 
now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy 
sins, calling on the name of the Lord." We see here that baptism has 
a part in the remission of sins. 

The Basic Question 

In I John 1:7 we read: "...the blood of Jesus Christ...cleanseth us 
from all sin." 

We return to the question set before the reader earlier in this 
writing: Then just when does the blood of Christ cleanse us from all 
sin? This is an important matter. Paul says, "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..." 
(Romans 6:3-4) It is there, at baptism, that we obtain the benefits of 
that death. It is there, at baptism, when the blood of Christ is applied 
to our sins and we are cleansed from them. In Galatians 3:26-27, the 
apostle tells us that we are sons of God in Christ. The reason that he 
gives us is that " many of you as have been baptized into Christ 
have put on Christ." How many of us have actually put on Christ? 
" many as have been baptized into Christ." Therefore, baptism is 
the point of contact with the blood of Christ. We are not in Christ until 
we are baptized into Him. 

In Ephesians 2:12-13 we are told that those who were once 
"...without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and 
strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without 
God in the worid...are now made nigh by the blood of Christ." we are 
made nigh by the blood of Christ because we have been baptized into 
Christ. We are baptized into the death of Christ where His blood was 
shed. Therefore, we are cleansed by the blood of Christ by being 
baptized into Him. Baptism is the only means of getting into Christ. 
But it takes faith, repentance, confession, and baptism to complete 
the plan of salvation which Jesus brought down from heaven, but 
baptism is the point of contact with the blood of Christ. Leaving out 
any one of these aspects will not secure us for eternal salvation. 
Scriptural Mode of Baptism 

It is important for us to know the Scriptural mode of baptism. There 
are several modes of baptism in use today and I would like to 
examine them so my readers may know which one is according to the 
Word of God. There is the mode of sprinkling, pouring, and the single 
immersion. These, I believe, were all started by man, and a simple 
study will reveal this point. Sprinkling comes from the Greek word 
raino. Pouring comes from the word cheo and the single immersion 
comes from the Greek word bapto which means a single dip. 

In the New Testament none of these words are used to translate 
"baptize", "baptized" or "baptism". Why? Because they do not 
convey the meaning of the word. This is the only logical answer. I 
have talked to people that refer to Ephesians 4:5 where Paul said 
there is "One Lord, one faith, one baptism", and they would say: "See, 
here is one dip." The Greek word used here in Ephesians is baptisma 
and it is a noun and refers to the rite of baptism not to the action in 

Every time the Greek word bapto is used in the New Testament it 
is translated "dip" (meaning to immerse). This occurs in the following 
three Scriptures: John 13:26, Luke 16:24, and Revelation 19:13. The 


word baptism is the noun form of the word bapto and refers to the rite 
or ceremony of baptism. However, you can not have baptism without 
immersion anymore than you can have a race without running. With 
this illustration, we hope the reader can see the connection between 
the words. Just as the word "race" is to "run", so likewise "baptism" is 
to "dip". But the word "race" does not have the same meaning as the 
word "dip". "Baptism" is a noun; "dip" is a verb. "Race" is a noun; 
"run" is a verb. They are different parts of speech. 

The Greek word used in the New Testament for the translations 
"baptize", "baptized", or "baptizing" is baptizo as according to Thayer's 
Greek-English Lexicon. This word means to "dip repeatedly". It is the 
plural form of the verb "dip" and is the only word used to denote 
baptism. Therefore, to baptize a person by the mode Jesus taught 
will require more than one dip. If Christ had meant a single dip. He 
would have used the word bapto. 

Grammatical Comparisons 

Then, in order to know the number of dips in a Scriptural baptism, 
we must go to the commandment given by the Lord in Matthew 28:19- 
20. I have never heard of one advocate of a single immersion who 
quoted this passage to substantiate their view. In all my experience 
with people, I have never found them to analyze or compare this 
passage with other Scriptures of like grammatical construction as we 
are seeking to look at here. 

There are two passages of Scripture in the Bible I desire to bring to 
your attention that have the same grammatical construction as does 
the Great Commission. By comparing these passages we will readily 
understand the number of baptismal immersions referred to in 
Matthew 28: 19-20. 

The first passage is found in I Chronicles 29:29, and it reads: "Now 
the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they (are) written in 
the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, 
and in the book of God the seer." In how many places were the acts 
written? Three, of course. How do we know? We know because 
there are three places used to denote the number of times the acts of 
David were written. 

The second passage is found in Acts 7:36, and it reads: "He 
brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the 
land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years." 
How many places did He show signs and wonders? Again the 
answer is three, because we have three phrases connected together 
by the conjunction "and". 

I would like to stop here and point out that a "phrase" is a group of 


words which expresses a single thought or action. There are three 
phrases mentioned in each of the preceding passages with each 
having action, and since in each phrase is an action, there are, in fact, 
actually three separate actions occurring in the sentence. They are 
not one action with three parts rather three parts or passages each 
having action. Why? Because there are three phrases in each 

Likewise, in the Great Commission, Jesus teaches us to "Go ye 
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Here, Jesus used 
three phrases connected together by the conjunction "and" as did our 
previous examples. Since baptizing means to dip repeatedly, it takes 
the number of the phrases used to tell us the number of dips we need 
to employ to follow the Great Commission. Therefore, we need three 
dips to baptize as Jesus taught. Any more or any less violate the 
plain teaching of the Master. 

Historical Testimony 
We can also go to history and find when all the other modes of 
baptism were started, but no man has ever found where trine- 
immersion was started this side of Christ and His apostles. Therefore 
the only safe conclusion is that the Scriptural mode of baptism is the 

One of the early Church historians, Tertulliam, was born just 60 
years after the death of John, the lat of the Apostles. This is what 
Tertulliam had to say on the subject of baptism: 

"After His resurrection He promises in a pledge to His disciples that 

He will send them the promise of His Father; and lastly He 

commands them to baptize into the name of the Father and the 

Son and the Holy Ghost, not into a unipersonal God. And indeed it 

is not once only, but three times, that we are immersed into the 

Three Persons at each several mention of Their names." (Anti- 

Nicene Fathers, Writings of Tertullian, Volume III, page 623) 

Jesus said in John 14:6: " man cometh unto the Father but by 

me." Paul points the way to get into Christ in Romans 6:3: "Know ye 

not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were 

baptized into his death?" Seeing now how important it is to take the 

Word of God for what it says, let us follow all His commandments 

concerning the plan of salvation which includes faith, repentance, 

confession, and baptism. This is the way the Scriptures teach it. 

There is no other way. 

We beg of you today to accept God's plan of salvation. 



To the artist He is the One Altogether Lovely. 

To the architect He is the Chief Comer Stone. 

To the baker He is the Living Bread. 

To the banker He is the Hidden Treasure. 

To the biologist He is the Life. 

To the builder He is the Sure Foundation. 

To the doctor He is the Great Physician. 

To the educator He is the Great Teacher. 

To the farnner He is the Lord of the Harvest. 

To the florist He is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. 

To the geologist He is the Rock of Ages. 

To the jurist He is the Righteous Judge, the Judge of all men. 

To the jeweler He is the Pearl of Great Price. 

To the lawyer He is the Counselor, the Lawgiver, the Advocate. 

To the horticulturist He is the True Vine. 

To the newspaper man He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy. 

To the oculist He is the Light of the World. 

To the philanthropist He is the unspeakable Gift. 

To the philosopher He is the Wisdom of God. 

To the preacher He is the Word of God. 

To the sculptor He is the Living Stone. 

To the servant He is the Good Master. 

To the statesman He is the Desire of All Nations. 

To the student He is the Incarnate Truth. 

To the theologian He is the Author and Finisher of Our Faith. 

To the traveler He is the New and Living Way. 

To the toiler He is the Giver of Rest. 

To the sinner He is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. 

To the Christian He is the Son of the Living God, the Saviour, the 

Redeemer and Lord. 

Selected by the late Paul R. Myers 



We wish to thank all of you for remembering us on our 25th 
Anniversary by sending us cards and gifts. May God bless and keep 

In His love, 

Brother Eldon and Sister Angeline Mallow 



July 7 - 1 Am The Door; I Am The Good Shepherd"- John 10:1-18. 

1 . Explain how Jesus is the door to the sheepfold. 

2. How can we know the voice of the Good Shepherd? 
July 14 - Dedication to Christ - John 10:19-42. 

1 . Why did nnany of the people not believe? ^.^' 

2. For what reason did the Jews want to stone Jesus? 
July 21 - Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life - John 1 1 :1-46. 

1 . For what purpose did Jesus say Lazarus was sick? 

2. In Jesus' words, why did He raise Lazarus from the dead? 
July 28 - 'That One Should Die"- John 1 1 :47-57. 

1 . Why did the chief priests and Pharisees think that if the 
people believed on Jesus the Romans would take away both 
their place and nation? 

2. Was the prophecy of Caiaphas from God? Explain. 


FOR JULY 1996 

July 7 - High Minded - Luke 18:9-17, John 8:31-42, 

1 . How can we be justified before God? 

2. How can we know we are a disciple of Jesus? 

July 14 - Bad Company - Ex. 23:1-2, Ps. 1:1-6. II Cor. 6:14-18, Eph. 
5:11-17, 1 Cor. 15:33-34. 

1 . With whom should we fellowship? 

2. Delighting in what will help keep us out of bad company? 
July 21 - Greediness - Pr. 1:10-19, Ec. 5:8-12, 1 Tim. 6:6-12, Ja.5:1-7. 

1 .What is usually the result of greediness? 
2. Explain the relationship of patience and contentment. 
July 28 - God's claim - Matt. 6:33, 1 Cor. 3:16-23, 1 Cor. 10:21-33. 

1 . How do our priorities demonstrate what we allow God to claim 
in our life? 

2. How much of our life does God want to claim for Himself? 

i-aul Stump 

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JULY1, 1996 

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


Love is a two-way highway; 

Marriage is a two-way street 
Where harmony should overflow 

Where the two highways meet. 

Man and woman become one 

When wedding vows are said. 

May their lives be in accord 

From the day they are wed. 

Differences will surely come; 

Two minds aren't the same. 
Talking over your two opinions, 

Perhaps one opinion you'll claim. 

Trials come across your path, ^'^ 
So keep Christ in your heart. 

You'll grow mature in His love 
And never want to part. 

-Irene Stout 



In this wedding season, hopefully those who commit their lives to each 
other will be joined in the bonds of love. It is hoped marriage will be 
based on more than physical attraction. It is hoped these partners will be 
committed to each other through thick and thin. It is hoped they will be 
flexible enough to adapt to each other's needs. A wedding is an 
expression of love and hope that all the problems of life can be fairly met 
as two are bound together in one. 

Love can be defined in many ways. We think of love one way as we 
contemplate a marriage. Love appears differently when we think of the 
love between parents and children. The love shared by friends and 
neighbors is yet different. The love between Brethren and Sisters is a 
different love. All of these types of love differ, yet they all are the products 
of the love of God. 

The greatest of all love is the love of God. His love is greater than any 
other love that has ever been shown in this world. His love is not only for 
the whole world, but for each individual. His love was so great that He 
gave the Ultimate Gift of His Own Son to be the propitiation for the sins of 
mankind. His gift was not based upon what would benefit Himself, but 
what would benefit each person in this world. Since all are sinners, all 
are the objects of His love. It was His will and pleasure that all would be 
a part of His family. He had willed it so, when He created Adam and Eve, 
but they had frustrated His will. It was necessary to accomplish His plan 
of salvation through Spiritual adoption into His family. 

Having been adopted as His sons, men were united as the Church. 
There they could display their devotion and love for God. Each son of 


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God also could show love to the others who had similarly become a part 
of the same family. Within the family of God some were placed in 
positions of leadership. They were to direct the family in serving their 
Heavenly Father in an acceptable way. These were able by Bible study, 
prayer, and right use of talents to counsel and lead the rest of the body. 

The role of these leaders might be misinterpreted. They are often 
viewed in a way that is not consistent with their holy calling. There have 
been some leaders in the past who have neglected or misused their 
offices. Some have developed a dictatorial spirit. Some have misled 
God's people. Many have not led, but instead have followed their 
followers. Many mistakes have been made, but it remains that the faithful 
ones called by God to these positions have a very worthwhile and 
honorable vocation. Those who rightly serve the God, who has called 
them, are worthy of the honor that God intends for them to have. 

Leaders, as God's earthly assistants, will show His love to those they 
serve. They will not lord it over the Lord's heritage but will serve. Their 
service may take many avenues. One of those avenues is the 
application of discipline. Discipline is often viewed as a negative feature 
of the Church. Actually, it is designed, when rightly used, to make the 
body a fully functioning body of believers. Discipline can make the body 
stronger for the body will be united in its beliefs and practices. Discipline 
within the Church will bring obedience and a fuller expression of love and 
service within the Church, if rightly received, just as discipline is 
necessary within the family. It is evident what has happened in families 
as discipline has decreased over the years. The same malady appears 
in the Church when discipline is no longer used. Just as fathers need to 
be careful in their application of discipline of family members, so the 
leaders of the Church need to use a similar caution in applying discipline 
within the Church. 

Love is often viewed as a warm and fuzzy feeling that seeks only what 
the individual desires. Just as self-indulgence does not work in the 
family, it does not work in the Church. Love must sometimes apply 
warnings and penalties to be most effective. Love that does not discipline 
does not convey true love. Love sometimes shows the full force of 
Scriptural power through the penalties that will compel the errant to seek 
forgiveness and restoration. 

Enduring love is a love that continues to seek the best for the object of 
its love. That love will carry on, though there may be opposition. Too 
often love is viewed as giving in to the other, when that giving in could 
have harmful effects. An enduring love must seek what is best and 
continue to pursue that course. It may not always be easy, but it will, 
when successful, promote eternal life for the one who is the object of its 



Do you have an enduring love for the family of God? 



Hebrews 12:14-15, Tollow peace with all men, and holiness, without 
which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of 
the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and 
thereby many be defiled;" 

Ephesians 4:31-32, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger and 
clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And 
be ye kind one to another tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as 
God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." 

There are individuals who seem to have a "sweet tooth" and crave that 
type of indulgence. A few, like myself, enjoy the taste of something sour. 
But we have never heard anyone express a desire for something bitter. 
When something unpleasant comes into our life we sometimes use the 
expression, 'That was a bitter pill to swallow." 

While the taste of something bitter is very unpleasant, the root of 
bitterness spoken of in our opening verses has far greater consequences. 
There are at least three areas of our life that this affects. Each of them is 
closely linked together and may overflow the boundaries of each other. 

The first area we would like to think about is bitterness about life in 
general. We have read of individuals who have become so bitter with life 
that they refuse to bathe, change garments and take care of the proper 
nourishment required. Some of these were very wealthy in this worid's 
goods. While these are, admittedly, an extreme example, many, if not 
nrx>st, of us have been bitter over some circumstance or another. 

The second area we wish to think about is bitterness towards others. 
When someone wrongs us it is natural to feel bitterness towards that 
individual. But God desires for us to have a spirit that allows us to follow 
peace with all men. To accomplish this we must have a desire to be 
forgiving of one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven us. 
We find that it is very often easier to forgive someone than to accept 
forgiveness offered to us. We can also harbor a root of bitterness 
towards a group. We do not believe God expects us to "close our eyes" 
to false teaching and/or practices that lead away from Bible principles. 
But a root of bitterness within us will only add to, not solve, the problem. 
We confess that we have not always had a spirit of brotherly love when 
approaching an individual in these circumstances. While we are very 
hesitant to encourage an individual to leave a group, we believe this 


would be better than harboring any root of bitterness. We must be careful 
that a root of bitterness does not cause us to condemn a denomination or 
gathering because of the teachings or actions of a portion of that 
assembly. A root of bitterness can cause us to become so self righteous 
that we become convinced that no one else in a group is trying to be 
obedient to Scripture. The four sermons preached on Sunday morning 
and afternoon at General Conference from the assigned topic 
PRESERVING FAITHFULNESS: in the midst of: Deteriorating Morals, 
Exploding Technology, Religious Confusion, and Changing Vocational 
Opportunities, should have helped relieve any anxiety that we are no 
longer concerned with being faithful and helped to assuage any root of 
bitterness we may have had. 

Probably the greatest tragedy is a root of bitterness against God, 
Himself. We confess that we are unable to explain how God can have 
His hand upon His own at all times and yet disaster strikes in many ways. 
When this happens an individual usually becomes either "bitter or better." 
There have been those who have lost the joy of Heaven in this life and 
the next because of a root of bitterness springing up in their souls in such 

Any root of bitterness destroys the individual that it controls rather than 
the one it is directed toward. It can cause physical ailments and spiritual 
ruin. Let us desire to follow the wise counsel of "Let all bitterness, and 
wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you." 

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


"Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We 
also go with thee..." John 21 :3a. 

Have you ever felt like quitting? It would not be unusual if you did. We 
can look down through the annals of the faithful and see many who threw 
up their hands and said, in effect, "What is the use?" Moses was 
impatient, but God was in charge. How many times in our experience did 
we need to be reassured that God was in charge? Elijah was ready to 
quit in I Kings 19. He thought he was the only one left worshipping God 
and the enemy was ready to kill him. That is when God spoke to him. 

We cannot handle our problems alone. We need to be constantly 
assured that God not only is there to help us with our problems, but that 

Let us allow ourselves to get the picture in John chapter twenty-one. 


The disciples had walked with the Saviour for three and one-half years. 
He had directed their every step in all that time. Suddenly He was gone. 
Peter, always ready to speak up, spoke from his heart. Since the Lord 
was gone, he would return to what he knew best before Jesus arrived on 
the scene. He would go back to fishing. It was fun while it lasted, but 
they should get back to earning a livelihood. The problem with this 
reasoning, logical as it appears, is that Jesus told them that He would rise 
from the dead, and the disciples were not able to grasp this truth. Fear 
had driven them from the scene of the crucifixion. Fear continued to rule 
even after Jesus reappeared and was recognized. The account says that 
Peter drew a cloak around him and jumped into the sea. Was he afraid 
the Lord had seen him naked, or was it the fact of his unbelief? Let us 
learn to believe God. 

After reading all this, the alert reader will say, 'The Holy Ghost was not 
yet given." This is true, and we have the Holy Ghost today as our 
constant companion and teacher. So what is our excuse if we feel like 
quitting? Are we not human? Does our carnality often prevail? The 
scriptures tell us to provoke one another to love and good works. The 
fact is we need each other on this uneven journey of life. We need not be 
afraid to help one another or at least encourage one another. We are 
compassed about with a tremendous cloud of witnesses, especially those 
who have gone on before. It is always an encouragement to me to 
remember those who have trod this way before me. Heaven indeed will 
be worth it all. 

Come, let us join our friends above. 

Who have obtained the prize, 

And on the eagle wings of love 

To joy celestial rise. 

Let saints below in concert sing 
With those to glory gone; 
For all the servants of our King, 
In heaven and earth, are one. 

Dear Saviour, be our constant guide; 

Then, when the word is given, 

Bid Jordan's narrow stream divide. 

And land us safe in heaven. 

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



Julyl, 1936 


E.W. Pratt 

'Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed 
thereto according to thy word." (Psa. 11 9:9.) 

For a number of years we have heard a great deal about religious 
education, then as this was thought to be too general a term they 
changed to Christian Education. In I Cor. 1:18-31 the apostle contrasts 
man's wisdom with God's and shows God's foolishness to be wiser than 
man's wisdom and God's weakness to be stronger than man's strength. 

So our question, wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his ways is a 
live question. 

Paul had been highly educated to take a seat in the Sanhedrin, the 
highest religious council of his nation, and started out a persecutor of the 
church, and says, I verily thought 1 was doing God service. 

We have many today who have attended so-called Bible schools in 
preparation for service in the church and yet lack a true knowledge of the 
word. A list of Bible questions was submitted to a number of theological 
students, and they averaged a very low percent in right answers. How 
would they take heed to their ways according to the word? 

It was only when Paul heard God's call and asked Lord what wilt Thou 
have me to do, that he got a right start and even then he went into the 
wilderness of Arabia three years in God's school before he was fitted for 
his life work. 

O, that some of our theological students might have Paul's experience. 

Character building should begin several generations before the child is 
born and the spirit of love and harmony should permeate the home. A 
large per cent of our criminals come from broken homes, parental 
responsibility and the right character of their children cannot be over 

Christian education then is a part, an essential part of the home life. 
See in this connection Deut. 6, where God put this responsibility right up 
to the children of Israel. They were to teach their children diligently. 

The church and Sunday school are secondary to the home training for 
it begins before the kindergarten age and continues as long as the child is 
in the home. 

Other religions recognize the value of early child training. The Catholic 
child has to learn the Catechism, the Mohammedan, the Koran and the 
Hindu the Vedas. 

The Buddhist have their schools where they sing our sacred hymns 


with buddha's name substituted for our Savior; and even the atheists 
have their schools to teach their pernicious doctrine. 

May we not credit Moses' mother with his choice to suffer with the 
people of God rather than dwell in the tents of wickedness for a season. 
Remember she was his nurse and 40 years of Egypt could not efface her 

But the church is responsible to preach the word, be instant in season, 
reprove rebuke with all long suffering and doctrine, for the time will come 
when they will not endure sound doctrine, and shall heap to themselves 
teachers having itching ears and shall turn away their ears from the truth 
and shall be turned to fables. 

Are we not already in those perilous times when preachers are more 
interested in ball games and horse races than in preaching the word, 
when the church is more concerned about feeding the body with natural 
bread than with feeding the soul with the living bread; when revelry and 
drama and plays are substituted for the preaching of the word? 

In conclusion Christian education means parental responsibility for 
home training in the word of God. Paul commended Timothy because 
from a child he had known the Holy Scriptures and his mother and 
grandmother were his teachers, but Paul still enjoins Timothy to study to 
show himself a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing 
the word of truth. The Psalmist said, 'Thy word have I hid in my heart 
that I might not sin against thee." 

This means making it a part of our very being. It has been said there 
are men who could reproduce the word of God from memory if all copies 
were destroyed. May we not say they have hidden it in their hearts. 

Parents are responsible for home influences, for love and harmony are 
essential, without them it fails to be a home. 

Then in conclusion parents are responsible for environment. Witness 
Lot, he pitched his tend toward Sodom and soon he got into Sodom, he 
brought up his children in that wicked city, he was pained with the 
wickedness but stayed on until the Lord drove him out and he lost his 
children, his wife and his property. 

I met a man in Texas several years ago who told me he had owned a 
fine home in Kansas where he was isolated from the church and sold out 
and moved to Texas where he had a new home to make, but where his 
children would have church environment. His three children were all in 
the church and active in service. 

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way by taking heed 
thereto according to thy word. 

Let us see to it that our children have God's word hid in their hearts so 
they may take heed thereto and not sin. 




I Cor. 1:23, "But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a 
stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;" 

It is true! If you have Christ, then you have everything you need. Paul 
says in Col. 1:28, "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching 
every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect 
(complete) in Christ Jesus:" 

Are you in Christ? Are you perfect (complete)? If so, then what could I 
add to that completeness? I might spend some time expanding on what 
completeness in Him means, but I have nothing to give by way of an 
addition. YOU ARE COMPLETE. 

Good advertisement always needs a hook to make the product look 
appealing, stand out among the others, and become an object of lust. 
Unfortunately, Christianity has become a product of its hundreds of 
competing brands. Each with its own attractive hook, which is promoted 
above the person of Christ. These hooks promote such things as 
traveling around the world to place feet on the land for which believers are 
to pray, knowing Greek, being well versed on Church history, having a 
one time fix, or being able to tell an incredible experience. 

Certainly, many of these things are things that may be revealed in 
one's completeness in Christ, but they do not make one more special or 
complete. I call this pyramid preaching, because someone stands at the 
top with the addition he wants to push, looking down on the lowly masses 
of believers, encouraging them to become like him, emphasizing his 
superiority and others' inferiority in the faith. 

If you are the lowliest of believers, a new convert, someone who has 
never had an emotional experience, or who has been disappointed even 
though trusting God for your health or the health of a loved one, please 
note that you are complete in Christ. The day you accepted Him you 
were seated at the top of the pyramid; no one has anything you need to 
run after, for you are complete in HIM! 

We might find ourselves lusting to be carnal with the proponents of the 
greatest gimmicks. Faith is the greatest honor bestowed by God — 
greater than experience, prayer, or remarkable activities. True miracles 
are seldom advanced by believers. They are definitely given from the 
hand of God as the result of faith. They involve such things as the ability 
to love an enemy, steadfastness in reversals, and knowledge of our 
completeness in HIM. If the spectacular happens within the context of 
faith, then of course we praise God, but true faith spends more time 
advertising Christ than it does the spectacular that comes from Christ. 


Rejoice in faith, for you are complete in Christ. 

Brother Greg Wray 


B. F. Masterson 

It is said that n^n is eminently a religious being, he has within him 
feelings and sentiment which tends to awe and veneration. Wherever we 
become intimate with men's character we discover this truth. The Indians 
have their religious rites and superstitious fears, the Hindus have their 
countless idols and forms of worship; the Egyptians deify almost every 
living thing. At Athens they erected countless altars and the one to the 
unknown God. 

The knowledge of the true God was committed to Abraham and his 
seed and while the Gentiles were sunk in crime and darkness 'that which 
may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath shewed it unto 
them." (Rom. 1:19.) 

Of the sincere and devoted worshippers of the true God, David was 
the chief. He said as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of 
Thy mercy and in thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple. His 
object in coming to God's house was to worship the true God, to have 
sweet communion with Him. No doubt David had reference to the 
tabernacle which was erected by divine command which was God's 
dwelling place amongst His people and where He manifested His glory. 

First, the people worshipped the true God in the tabernacle, then in the 
temple, then in the synagogue, for convenience sake, but always turned 
their faces toward the temple when they prayed, which implied that the 
temple was superior to the synagogue, from the fact that it was the place 
where God dwelt and manifested His glory. 

Some people seem to compare the church house to the temple, which 
is a mistake. The temple was a type of Jesus Christ, God dwelt in Him. 
"In this place is One greater than the temple." (Matt. 12:6.) Destroy this 
temple." (Jno. 2:19.) It is also a type of the child of God. 'Know ye not 
that ye are the temple of God." (I Cor. 3:16.) 'Ye are the temple of the 
living God." (II Cor. 6:16.) 

The temple was also a type of the church, if so, nothing could be too 
fine and pure to embellish the temple to typify the purity of the church. 
Some seem to think that our churches should be decorated with fineries 
because the temple was of costly material, but it represents nothing but 
pride. "But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall 
worship the Father in spirit and in truth. God is a spirit, and they that 
worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." (Jno. 4:2-4,) 

Whenever there is the spirit of true devotion, where two or three are 



gathered together in His name there He is in the midst of them. The 
place of meeting the Lord and one another makes it so pleasing. It is 
what Paul was alluding to when he said, "And hath raised us up together 
and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." (Eph. 2:6.) 
The German has it "heavenly realm" rather the condition than place, but 
even the place where the saints meet becomes sacred. David evidenced 
his affection for the place when he said, "As for me I will come into Thy 
house." The poet expressed the thought so beautifully: 

'You may sing of the beauty of mountains and dale, 
Of the silvery streamlets and flowers of the vale; 
But the place most delightful this earth can afford 
Is the place of devotion, the house of the Lord." 

David had constant regard for God's house, "I will come," not as a 
traveler or guest, but as to his home. "I was glad when they said unto 
me, let us go unto the house of the Lord," and his purpose was to 
worship, "I will worship." The worship then was largely superficial in types 
and shadows leading up to the New Testament worship which is 
intensely spiritual. Some seem to have lost sight of this fact and have 
pictures hanging in their churches which seems inconsistent with the true 

"In spirit and in truth," some worship the minister, some the service, 
and some themselves. "God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must 
worship him in spirit and in truth." 

There are four things especially included in worship. The first is 
praise. "Praise ye the Lord, for it is good to sing praise unto our God." 
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and 
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col. 3:16.) 

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Eph. 5:19.) 
Singing is worship. 

Paul being so precise in specifying what is worship along the line of 
praise don't you think that if Paul would have considered it consistent to 
associate musical instruments with worship he would have mentioned it. 
It was not that the instruments were sacred, for worshippers of idols had 
plenty of them in their worship. 

The second is prayer. It is natural for a child of God to pray, and there 
are some beautiful thoughts connected with prayer. David was seeking 
after, that he might dwell in the house of the Lord. (Ps. 27:4.) The 
burning of incense is a type of the prayers of the saints, which brings 
about a wonderful display in heaven, "And another angel came and stood 
at the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given unto him much 


incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of the saints upon the 
golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, 
which came with the prayers of the saints ascended up before God out of 
the angel's hand." (Rev. 8:3-4.) 

David said, Tet my prayers be set forth before Thee as incense." I 
wonder if Paul did not think of this display in heaven in connection with 
the prayers of the saints when he said that the sisters should have their 
heads veiled when they pray, because of the angels? 

Surely, when saints are gathered together in worship, the sisters 
should have their heads veiled and the brethren, their heads uncovered 
in such a heavenly realm. 

David desired to dwell in the house of the Lord to inquire in His temple. 
Hence teaching is included in worship. There is always a demand for 
knowledge. He that hungers and thirsts for heavenly knowledge will be 
filled. It is the last command of Jesus to go and teach, teach. The best 
method to tell the story of the cross, with all patience and longsuffering. It 
can not be done by force, but by persuasion, it cannot be done by 
physical force. Christ never was out of the coast of the Mediterranean 
Sea, but the influence of His teaching is felt throughout the world. Each 
learner is like a phonograph that registers and reproduces speech. The 
hearts are pliable like the disk which receives the impression and then 
reproduces the story of the cross, a wonderful influence for good. 

Our forefathers were never out of Pennsylvania where the church first 
started in America, but their influence is felt from coast to coast; in India, 
China and Africa. 

Meditation and communion with God is included in worship, where the 
mind is lifted up to God, and where our conversation is in heaven. (Phil. 
3:20) "Blessed is the man, whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and in 
His law doth he meditate day and night." (Psa. 1 :2.) David would 
cultivate the spirit of holy veneration, "And in thy fear will I worship," not 
lightly, not as a person going to a house of amusement or hall of science, 
or place of business, or a social gathering, but in seriousness with 
solemnity and awe. "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of 
God." For the place where thou standest is holy ground. 

In the spirit of expectation, "toward thy holy place." The place where 
thou dwellest between the angels over the mercy seat. We must look to 
the holiest place, which Christ the fore runner, has for us entered our 
Father's house. Look through Christ for pardon, mercy, grace, comfort 
and heaven at last. 

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"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." God said, "I 
have loved thee with everlasting love and kindness, and will have nnercy 
on thee." 

To you who are weary and tired of your life of sin, Jesus says, "Conrje 
unto me, I will give you rest, and a new life in Me." Many people have 
heard the gospel preached, and have feft the Spirit of God drawing them 
with cords of love unto Jesus Christ our Saviour, but many have turned 
Him away and said, "Some other day." 

Many have died and gone into eternity without Christ by putting off the 
day of their salvation. You who have rejected, refused, mocked, and 
turned Jesus away - He loves you still. He is not willing that anyone die 
without being forgiven of their sins. 

Jesus was beaten, mocked, and nailed to the cross with blood flowing 
from Him. By asking Jesus to forgive you His precious blood will wash 
away every sin. 

He is pleading with you to come to Him. His arms of love and mercy 
are stretched out to take you and forgive you, but you must be willing to 
receive Jesus and take Him as your Saviour. You cannot be too low in 
sin to be saved. Even if you feel that your sin is too bad and that Jesus 
doesn't want you, He still loves you. He said, "Come, all." That means 
you! He will blot out your sins and remember them no more against you. 
He will cover them with His blood. Oh, how He loves you, dear one; don't 
die without Him. 

IF you refuse and reject Him when you draw your last breath, YOU 
demons will call your name and welcome you with jeering, laughing, 
mocking, to torment, agony, and everlasting punishment. Matt. 25:46. 
You will then remember the time when you rejected Jesus. 

When you reject Jesus, you will be out of the reach of Jesus; just as 
the rich man remembered when he was in hell. He said, "Send Lazarus 
with water to cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame." He also 
remembered his five brothers, and feared they might go where he was 
too. Yes, you too will remember in hell. Luke 16:20-31. He left the 
things of this world and riches that had kept him from Jesus. What is 
hindering you from praying and accepting Jesus now? 

You have no lease on life. In a moment, when God calls you, whether 
you are ready or not, you must go. Death does not wait. WILL YOUR 
IN THE BOOK OF LIFE IN HEAVEN? Please, dear one, pray and 
accept Jesus now. 

You Christians who read this may say, 'This is not for me." Wait! 


Read and see if you pass the test. We talk of the glories of heaven, 
eating of the tree of life, where God will wipe away all tears from our eyes. 
Yes, it will be wonderful there. Are you failing to give that kind word that 
some soul needs, or that kind look of compassion and love? Are you 
judging or condemning when you should take the beam out of your own 
eye? Do you have envy, jealousy, or pride? Are you disobedient to 
God? Are you trying to make a name for yourself? Do you have a 
passion for souls? Are you standing in the gap snatching souls from hell 
in intercessory prayer? Summing it all up, are you like Jesus? 

Will anyone cry out your name in hell, scream and say, "You failed to 
warn me. You talked to me many times, but never told me of Jesus." 
Will someone cry out your name in hell and say, 'Tm here because you 
failed to be like Jesus," or "I did not know you knew Jesus." Christians, 
let us draw nigh unto Jesus until we will be so like Him that we can say as 
Paul, "I am free from the blood of all men." Are you sure that no one 
WILL CALL YOUR NAME OUT IN HELL? The birds and lilies fulfill their 
purpose. Do you? 



Brother George Otis Frick, son of Noah and Clara Frick, was born in 
Portage County, Ohio, July 11, 1914. He passed away, unexpectedly, 
April 26, 1996, at the age of 81 years, 9 months, and 14 days. 

He was a member of the Conservative German Baptist Brethren 
Church. His occupation was farm drainage and farming. 

He was united in marriage with Charlotte Emma Weaver on 
September 5, 1 945. To this union were born five children. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and three half-sisters: May 
Frick, Hazel Poff, and Fern Wolf. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years and the children, Gloria and 
husband Men/in Hitty; Linda; Glen and wife Shirley; Retha and husband 
Robert Musser; Daryl and wife Sieglinda. Also sun/iving are eighteen 
grandchildren, one sister, Marie Keck, and nieces and nephews. 

Services were held at the Palestine Old German Baptist Church on 
April 30, 1996, with Lloyd Keeny and Owen Stout officiating. Interment 
was in the Miller Cemetery. 

We thank all for cards, prayers and concern shown at the passing of 
our loved one, George Frick. 

Charlotte Frick and family 




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The Lord willing, the Hart Congregation will have Revival Services, 
July 14 through July 21. Bro. Fred Pifer, of Dallas Center, Iowa will be 
the evangelist. Lovefeast Service will begin Saturday 11:00 A.M.; 
Examination service at 2:00 P.M.; and Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the fellowship. Come 
praying that souls may be touched and strengthened in these last days. 

Sister Anna M. Powell, Cor. 


Revival Meeting 1996 begins July 19 through July 28 if it pleases the 
Lord. Brother Jim Meyers from Dallas Center, Iowa will be the evangelist. 
Sen/ices start at 7:45 P.M. week nights and 6:00 P.M. Sunday evening. 
Come help us enjoy God's Word together. 

Recently we welcomed Bro. John and Sis. Marti Ledington into our 
midst by the right hand of fellowship. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

The Shrewsbury Congregation is looking fonward to another Revival 
Meeting this summer. 

Bro. Phil Gish, from Ohio plans to be with us from August 1 1 to August 
1 8. Pray for these meetings and come worship and fellowship with us. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 


The Grandview Congregation will be holding Revival Meetings with 
Bro. Fred Pifer from August 18 through August 25. Services on 
Saturday, August 24 will be at 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Lovefeast will 
be at 6:30 P.M. Services on Sunday, August 25 will be at 10:00 A.M. and 
2:00 P.M. 

All are invited to come and worship with us! 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 




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JULY 15, 1996 

NO. 14 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 

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

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

free, Free, FREE! 

We can be free from Satan's clutch 

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

We can repent from evil ways 

And lean upon His Word. 

Think! Free from a guilty conscience, 

Walking the path of light, 
Depending on Christ to guide us, 

E'en through the darkest night. 

Yes, free from our earthly bondage... 

We can be born again. 
Of water and of the Spirit. 

What a blessed refrain! 

We've an advocate with our God, 

It is Christ, His dear Son. 
He'll plead our cause when we have sinned; 

There's cleansing for each one. 

It is then He restores our soul. 

He is our Righteous Judge! 

We'll find freedom as His servants 
And never hold a grudge. 

-Irene Stout 


Justice, Judgment and Salvation 

The Prophet Isaiah often spoke of the people's failure to do God's 
will. Although they believed themselves to be God's people, they 
were reluctant to follow His commands. In Isaiah 59, he warned them 
that the judgment of God was in store for them because of their 

They wondered why they seemingly had lost contact with God. 
They did not seem to receive the blessings that their forefathers had 
enjoyed in a previous day. Instead of wonderful and marvelous 
deeds being done for their benefit, they perceived only silence from 
Heaven. Why were they not receiving the answers that they wished? 
Isaiah could tell them. 

There had been no change in God. They had changed. He still 
had eyes to see and ears to hear. They had placed a barrier between 
themselves and God. That barrier was their iniquities and sins. 
Through unfaithfulness they had lost their former power with God. 

Their sins had been varied and widespread. He presents a lengthy 
catalog of their sins. Some were personal. Some involved the whole 
nation. Their sin was very evident. 

He speaks of a lack of justice among them. They shed innocent 
blood. Their doings were compared to a spider's web. The spider's 
web is a sign of deceit. It also shows the power of what is seemingly 
little and fragile, yet able to destroy. How many flies have wished too 
late that they had not been enticed into a spider's web? It looked so 
harmless, but it proved so deadly. This is a picture of sin. Satan 
never allows sin to appear as sin. He always dresses it in appealing 
wraps, so it might not appear sin. Only too late does the victim 


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recognize his terrible situation. 

Many work against their own best interest and the best interest of 
the Church. It is not because they deliberately set out to harm the 
Church or their own lives, but a brighter pathway shines before them. 
They forget that Satan often appears as an angel of light deceiving all 
he can. He uses other men to entice even more to their destruction. 
Again, it is the supposedly fragile spider's web that catches its 
victims. It is much later, if ever, when they awaken to the damage 
that has been done in their personal lives and in the Church. Some 
do awaken soon enough to rescue themselves and maybe a few 
others, but the damage they have wrought upon the Church will go 

Isaiah warned his people that their chosen path would lead to 
undesirable results. Already they were aware that God was not 
responding to their prayers. There were other punishments in store 
for them. Eventually their falling away from God would be so 
continuos and so evil that they would go into captivity in far-away 
Babylon. They were no longer fit subjects to live in the land that God 
had given them. He wanted people who would love and serve Him 
and each other to live in the Promised Land. 

Justice was not found among them. Now, they murdered, stole 
and cheated to get what they wanted. Their hands were covered with 
blood. Their fingers were covered with sin. Their lips had spoken 
deceitfully. Certainly they were not good reflections of the God who 
had settled them in the land. 

Judgment was unknown amongst them. They might be able to use 
good judgment in business, but they lacked the judgment needed to 
make correct Spiritual decisions. They could not wisely judge 
between the leading of God's Spirit and the bidding of self and Satan. 
They easily followed the desires of their hearts. They could see no 
advantage in serving God. They did not identify with the practices 
God had established for their eternal well-being. 

Because they lacked justice and judgment, they also lacked 
salvation. They would not be able to look forward to the blessings 
that awaited those who loved and served God. Justice and judgment 
held a stake in their future happiness. 

The situation that Isaiah found in his land in his time is not so 
different then the situation found today. People today try to live as the 
people of the past did. They still lay aside justice and judgment. 
They will receive the same results that those of old received. 
Because they failed to pass the test of Christian living, they will also 
fail the requirements of a loving and merciful God. 

Would you have been the object of Isaiah's rebuke? Have you laid 


hold on justice, judgment and salvation? 



"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against 
thee." Psalm 119:11. 

"Pray without ceasing." I Thess. 5:17. 

When can you say you are satisfied with your knowledge of the 
scriptures? Are we ever finished with prayer or Bible study? 

I sat in a meeting one time and the Brother that conducted the 
opening devotions stood. In his words, he mentioned that the 
preacher was now done preparing for his message and was waiting to 
deliver it. The first thing that occurred to me was, when does a 
minister STOP preparing for a message? I heard a preacher say one 
time that he had prepared a message for a certain Sunday morning. 
The Lord had given him another one at 7:15 that morning during his 
morning devotions. In order to mind the Spirit, he skipped breakfast 
and studied until he stepped into the pulpit. We will be used of God if 
we keep ourselves open to His leading rather than sticking to our 

How do you prepare to preach a message or teach a lesson or 
lead a person to Christ? Do you pray first and ask God's direction 
and blessing for what you are about to do? What is the next step? 
There is much Christian literature on the market that makes it easy to 
prepare. Books, commentaries, and even the new Bible versions are 
tainted by the thoughts of men. A man will get into the pulpit and 
HTKDUth the thoughts of others, not the Holy Scriptures. If it is made 
too easy, then of what value can it be? I sat in school for twelve 
years at one hundred and eighty days a year so I would be able to 
read and write and cipher and have a knowledge of history and 
geography and a few other things. I spent a lot of extra hours doing 
homework. A lot of what was drilled into me, over and over, I 
remembered. The Scriptures I learned in Sunday School as a child I 
also remembered. There is no short-cut to preparing the gospel 
message. It is important when studying to get the mind of God on the 
matter not the ideas of man. You can get a sermon outline out of a 
book, or cute little anecdotes out of a book, and that is fine, but the 
mind of God comes from earnest prayer and the study of God's Word. 

When I began to study the Bible at age sixteen I used a King 
James Bible with no helps and a dictionary. I had read through that 
Book three times before I opened any other. I discovered that God's 
Word holds the answer to whatever difficulties man can get into. 


Seek God through prayer and His Word. You will not go wrong. 
O may I love, at early day 
To rise, when all is still, 
And hear my Saviour kindly say, 
"Come, ask me what you will." 

O may I love to search his law, 
To hear his words of love, 
And feel his spirit sweetly draw 
My soul to 'things above." 

O may I love to ask, in prayer. 
His spirit's guiding ray — 
Through every scene of anxious care, 
Through life's bewildered way. 

Thus let me spend each rising hour, 

Thus close my latest days, 

Till I shall wake, to sleep no more, 

Where prayer is changed to praise. 

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


II Corinthians 2:15-17, Tor we are unto God a sweet savour of 
Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we 
are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life 
unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as 
many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of 
God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." 

Of all the bodily senses the olfactory or sense of smell is probably 
the most sensitive. While the organs that produce the other senses, 
the eyes, ears, tongue and skin (along with the nerves) can affect 
other parts of the body, the senses themselves, sight, hearing, taste 
and feel, are more limited than the sense of smell in affecting the rest 
of our body. A good smell can make us hungry and affect us in many 
other ways. It is hard to describe how a sweet smell gives us a 
feeling of exhilaration. Conversely, a bad smell can cause our 
stomach to become queasy. If food does not smell right to us it will 
not taste right either. An acrid smell can actually cause a feeling of 


The Apostle Paul makes a very strange statement in our opening 
verses. He says that we (Christians) are unto God a sweet savour of 
Christ, in them that are saved. When we are ill there is nothing more 
encouraging than the fellowship and prayers of the Saints. When we 
are lonely a telephone call or a visit from a brother or sister in the 
Lord Is like smelling the sweet flowers of Spring. When Satan tempts 
us a word of encouragement from someone of the household of faith 
is like a bouquet of sweet smelling roses. 

But how can we be a sweet savour of Christ in them that perish? 
Paul says we are a savour of death unto death. There is nothing 
more putrid than the smell of death. How can this be described as a 
sweet savour? We believe the answer is found in what can result 
when an individual faces the reality of death. Physical death is 
normally unwelcome to all of us. Only those suffering great pain or 
distress desire it. 

There is a great truth in the statement that many are eager to go to 
Heaven but very few are in a hurry to die to get there. We do not 
believe this is wrong. God has given man the will to live and we 
believe He desires for us to take care of our bodies to live as long as 
we can. But to deny the reality of death is another matter. 

Even more of a concern should be the reality of spiritual death. 
Every human on earth will experience physical death unless the Lord 
should return during their lifetime. But there is a way to escape 
spiritual death. This is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we 
believe, symbolized in trine immersion baptism. 

Paul goes on to say that we are not as many which corrupt the 
word of God. You can not truly seek salvation until you realize that 
you are a sinner. Modern theology (which may not be as new as we 
suppose) denies that man is born a sinner. They teach that basically 
we are all good. It is a stink in the nostrils of God when human works 
are offered for salvation. We can be a sweet savour of Christ by 
informing individuals of a need to recognize their hopeless estate. 

This must be done with sincerity. We must really love those who 
are lost in sin. Although most of our lives are taken up with the time 
consuming reality of making a living, we should make time to reach 
the lost one way or another. God has called some into the ministry 
for this purpose. That does not let the rest of us "off the hook." We 
do not believe you must accost everyone you come into contact with 
but be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, who must do the 

Our witnessing must be as of God. We do not believe you should 
be involved in worldly pleasures to "witness for Christ." We should 


not be offensive but we must realize that the Word of God will 
sometimes offend. We must leave the results in the hands of God. 

We must speak of Christ. Church doctrine has its place but can 
not win a soul to Christ. Let us desire to be a sweet savour of Christ. 

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



Whatever Jesus said or did has eternal significance. Often I Kke to 
go through the Gospels and only read the red-lettered words of 
Jesus. I love to hear His teaching. 

I thought recently that I should ponder the very first thing He ever 
spoke. Actually, it was not a word, but a sound, a cry. The first thing 
that came out of the mouth of Jesus was a cry. What is the message 
in God, Himself, crying? What does the cry of a baby solicit in us? 
What have our own tears taught us? 

The cry of a baby demands examination of the situation by the 
parents so they can provide what is needed. A cry is a proclamation 
of helplessness, dependence, trust, and need. It is the recognition 
that, "I can't." 

If Jesus would acknowledge His existence in such a way, then 
should we not also? When we cry we are heard by the same Father 
in heaven who heard Him. 

There is simply too much stress from not crying. Several years 
ago a chemical was discovered in the brains of anxiety ridden people. 
For years chemists have attempted to neutralize that chemical in the 
hope of bringing relief to the suffering. To date no medication has 
proven effective. However, if the tears of the afflicted are analyzed, 
one will find the anxiety-causing chemical being released. Why? 
Tears acknowledge the true condition: we can't. 

We were not created to be God, but to need God. Trying to fulfill a 
job description for which we are not created causes anxiety. Tears 
are proof that we have begun to give up on playing God. Psalm 
126:5, "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." 

It is pride that keeps us from crying out. It therefore keeps us in 
misery. If we would run to the sound of a cry and act, how much 
more will He? Though just as parents do not always pander to a 
child's every cry, the Lord does not always intervene to immediately 
relieve our sources of misery. As we acknowledge, "Apart from You I 
can do nothing," look for the Great '1 CAN" to eventually move in. 


Both our waiting and His moving can build faith. 

Brother Greg Wray 


July 15. 1936 

William Root 

(Jno. 3-7) "Marvel not that I say unto thee, ye must be born again." 

Nicodemus seemed astonished at the words of our Lord as 
recorded in the text. He was thinking only in natural terms or about 
the natural birth, while the Savior had reference to spiritual things or 
the spiritual birth. 

Nicodemus was a Jewish teacher or Rabbi, a Pharisee or a master 
in Israel. Jesus scorned the doctrine of the Pharisees, with their 
hypocrisy, pronouncing woes upon them. So he said to the great 
Jewish teacher "Art thou a master of Israel and knowest not these 

Now my great man if you cannot discern spiritual things or be born 
of both water and spirit you cannot see or enter God's kingdom. 

Now there are still people in the world today who insist that a child 
is prepared for the church or the kingdom of God when it has 
memorized the ten commandments, and twenty-third Psalm and can 
repeat the Lord's prayer. 

Now my dear readers, it is well and good for us as parents to teach 
our children to memorize scriptures and to teach them to learn to 
pray, but let me say it takes more than these to get one into God's 

"Marvel not that I said unto thee ye must be born again." 

Other folks seem to get the idea that if a sinner goes forward at the 
time of some revival meeting and shakes the preacher's hand, and by 
such an act identifies themselves with some church that they are 
fitted for the kingdom. By such an idea personal regeneration is 
obliterated. When personal regeneration is obliterated a distinction 
between the church and the world is blotted out. In consequence of 
which the cause of Christ has been retarded, and the tone of 
Christianity has been lowered. We all know that this is a fact. But 
beloved, none but the regenerated church can cope with the powers 
of darkness, none other has a mission to this fallen world. 

A characteristic of the new birth or of a new creation is a new man. 

In the new birth man is recreated. Paul says in Col. 3:10, "And 
have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the 
image of him that created him." 


In the heathen religions, the people create their gods, in the 
Christian religion God creates his people. In pagan systems, the 
people transfer their character to their deities, and as the worshippers 
are unchaste, untruthful, and treacherous, so their divinities are 
immoral, revengeful and Satanic. This saying holds true in the case of 
all idolaters. 

David said in regard to those who create their gods and worship the 
same, (Psa. 115:8) "They that make them are like unto them, so is 
everyone that trusteth in them." But in Christianity the worshipper 
becomes a "partaker of the divine nature" and "is holy for God is holy." 

Thus the manifestation of the new birth is — a new life. (Rom. 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." When Jesus said to men "ye 
must be born again" He proclaimed the most startling truth that ever 
fell on the ears of men. He announced the most vital transformation 
ever suggested to the world. He said in effect "you men are dead, you 
do not see, you do not hear; you do not feel, you do not know, you 
are alive to things of earth, but dead to the things of heaven, you are 
lost, you are shrouded in darkness, you are sunk in wickedness and 
your life is a failure. You are without God and therefore you are 
without hope in the world." 

You may roll in luxury and revel in carnal joy, but your state is 
utterly sad, your spiritual house has rotted so that it can not be 
repaired. It must be pulled down and a new house built, and until this 
is done you cannot become temples for the Holy Spirit. Your purpose, 
your conduct, your worship, the whole trend of your lives must be 

This change is regeneration, and let us not forget that one must be 
regenerated before they can see or enter God's kingdom. Neither 
should we marvel at that saying says Jesus. The natural cannot 
produce the supernatural. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh." 

There is nothing good in human nature that can produce eternal 
life. The apostle Paul says, "in me that is, in my flesh there dwelleth 
no good thing." and he further teaches most emphatically that "the 
carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of 
God neither indeed can be." 

The natural man then cannot meet the conditions of life, simply 
because he is spiritually dead. But if the Spirit of God quickens one 
into new life he will have a new song, which is the melody of a new 
creation of the new birth. 

David says in Psa. 40:3, "And He hath put a new song in my 


mouth, even praise unto our God, many shall see it and fear, and 
shall trust in the Lord." 


The Mother and the Daughter 
J. H. Moore 

It was my first visit to the brick meetinghouse. I enjoyed the 
sermon very much, and made a few remarks myself. I was much 
pleased with the hearty greeting I received after meeting. When one 
is from home, it does his soul good to find kindred spirits. I accepted 
an invitation to dine with one of these good old deacons. His wife 
seemed the perfection of kindness. She introduced me to their 
daughter, a real intelligent young lady. I was pleased to find such an 
entertaining daughter in a brother's family. As we drove down the 
pike, she seemed perfectly delighted with some good steps taken by 
the District Meeting, just then over. 

The carriage had hardly stopped in front the commodious house, 
till she was out, and passed up the graveled walk on a run. By the 
time I reached the house with her mother, she had the fire in the 
base-burner in a perfect glow, for it was yet cool, and was ready to 
take my overcoat and hat, and helped me to the best rocking-chair in 
the house. For one solid hour she entertained me in a real, brilliant 
way. She understood music, history, and a good stock of general 
information, and knew almost as much about the Brotherhood and our 
leading writers and preachers as I did. Her father seldom said 
anything, though he seemed interested. Alt the while I could hear the 
quick steps of the mother in the kitchen. I must confess that I did not 
altogether enjoy the conversation, for somehow I thought that the 
young lady ought to be out in the kitchen, helping her mother. 

When we walked out into the dining-room and I saw that good old 
mother wiping the perspiration from her face and neck with that long 
blue apron, I could not help pitying her. The table was literally piled 
full of good things. While eating it occurred to me that it would have 
looked a great deal better if the young woman could have prepared 
the meal, and let the good old mother have a little rest. Possibly the 
meal might not have been as well gotten up, and then, possibly, the 
mother could not have entertained me so well. However let that be as 
it may, one thing is certain, if I had been a young man, looking for a 
wife, I believe I would never have stopped at that place. Somehow, I 
have very little confidence in daughters who will not help their 
mothers, and will not do what they can to make their burdens lighter. 



William N. Kinsley 

Gen. 2:7, 15-17, 22, "The Lord God formed man, of the dust of the 
ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man 
became a living soul. And the Lord God took the man, and put him 
into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord 
commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest 
freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt 
not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely 
die. But for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the 
rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and 
brought her unto the man." Gen. 3:8-13, "They heard the voice of the 
Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and 
his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God. And the 
Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? Hast 
thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest 
not eat?" 

"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not 
eat of it" and Adam said, "The woman whom thou gavest to be with 
me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." So Adam made his 
excuse, the woman gave me to eat. Adam shifted the blame on the 
woman. "And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that 
thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and 
I did eat." So the woman made her excuse too. The woman saw the 
tree, and that it was pleasant to the eyes. This has been handed 
down through the ages, even to this present day. People decorate 
their bodies with everything that looks pleasant to the eyes, and then 
make flimsy excuses, that their heart is right. How about the 
conscience, is it void of offense toward God? What made Adam 
afraid of the Lord God? 

I Sam. 15:22-24, "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice", or flimsy 
excuse. "Because thou has rejected the Word of the Lord, he hath 
also rejected thee from being King. Saul said, I have sinned: for I 
have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words; 
because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice." This is much 
the condition of this day and age, when ministers much teach and 
preach to suit or please their creed. Their excuse is, It is what the 
people want. We also find people who make flimsy excuses, why 
they do as they do. 

When we face the judgment day, we will meet facts, there will be 
no excuses accepted. Heb. 4:12-13, "For the Word of God is quick, 
and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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. 
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all 
things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we 
have to do." 

Luke 14:16-18, "A certain man made a great supper, and bade 
many: and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were 
bidden. Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one 
consent began to make excuse." I have bought a piece of ground, 
and I must go and see it. (This piece of ground must of been 
uppermost in his mind?) I pray thee have me excused. The other 
one said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them. I 
pray thee have me excused. Another said, I have married a wife, 
therefore I cannot come. So none of them that were bidden came. 
So the servant was instructed to bring in the poor, and the maimed, 
the halt and blind. And yet there was room, and the lord said unto the 
servant, Go out into the highways, and compel (persuade) them to 
come in, that my house may be filled. 

The word excuse means: to declare ourselves free from blame, 
innocent, to reserve a reason to justify ourselves. Some Christian 
people try to justify themselves in anything that is old. Satan and his 
angels and their influences are old, they were soon after the Creation. 
Satan beguiled the first woman and has been in the world ever since. 
At the great judgment day, some will say this is what our minister 
taught and we adhere to him, if it be wrong he carries the 
responsibility. Who will plead our case at the judgment day? Some 
will point out church members, how they do and live as their excuse 
why they do not attend church or accept Christ and the conditions of 
salvation. You just try to do some mission work and you will hear all 
the excuses. 

One man told me. Yes I know what the Word says, but if I do it, my 
family and all my friends would turn against me. He cried and said, I 
cannot do that. One of the man's excuses is, I want to look and dress 
like others. I do not want to give up the necktie, and so forth, that I 
will look odd. Anything that we would not give up under any 
consideration, is an idol. Some professing women want their hair 
curled, like the fashions of the world. But if all could have their way, 
they would be great church workers. All along the ages of history, 
people had excuses. Even Cain said. Must I be my brother's 
keeper? If some cannot find an excuse they tell the untruth. 

We do not all have the same idol to worship. We know of some 
who had the tobacco habit and say, Yes, perhaps we could but we do 


not want to. Some tell us it is good for their health, why everything 
that God made He pronounced very good. But we as a people 
misuse and abuse, many of these things. I Tim. 4:4-5, "For every 
creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received 
with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer. 
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be 
a good minister (or witness) of Jesus Christ." A divine being can be 
called good, using this world's goods, but not abusing it. Many things 
are under the control or influence of Satan. Shall we be partakers of 

I Cor. 10:21, "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of 
devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of 
devils." Things that the devil is the instigator of are questionable. We 
were asked. To renounce Satan with all his pernicious ways. We said 
yes, when we were baptized, are we doing it? All means all, not just 
a part. We are to renounce Satan in all his deceptive things and 
ways. Some people pray, Lead me not into temptation and then go 
on in Satan's ways and follow their own lusts. Do you think this kind 
of a prayer will save you? 

Jas. 1:13-15, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of 
God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any 
man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own 
lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: 
and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death." Departure from the 
influence and power of the Holy Spirit, unless we repent and change 
our course, will lead to spiritual death. For godly sorrow worketh 
repentance to salvation. Some are become great church leaders and 
are too great to confess any wrong doings. Some of the so-called 
Christians, deny or defy part of God's Word. Because that, when they 
glorified him not as God, neither were thankful. Who changed the 
truth of God into a lie, and worship and sen/e the creature more than 
the Creator. Who is blessed forever. Have we any people like this in 
this day and age? 

Eph. 5:17, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what 
the will of the Lord is?" I Thess. 5:18, "In everything give thanks: for 
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Are we without 
excuse? Luke 12:2, "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be 
revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known." Verses 47-48, "That 
servant, which knew his Lord's will and prepared not himself, neither 
did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes", or 
punishments. But he that knew not the Lord's Will, will not' be 
excused but will be beaten with less or fewer stripes. This was one of 
Jesus' parables or comparisons of God's kingdom. For unto 


whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. This 
parable was given to the multitudes. 

A certain one said unto Jesus, Lord I will follow thee whithersoever 
thou goest. Jesus said unto another Follow me, but he said, Lord, 
suffer me (excuse me) I must go, and bury my father. Another also 
said. Lord I will follow thee: but let me first go and bid them farewell, 
which are home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, 
having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the kingdom 
of God. We must be willing to forsake all, to serve Jesus and inherit 
eternal life. Jesus said, Whosoever shall receive this child in my 
name, recelveth me. Anyone that accepts not a child, as an angel of 
God, will offend the Lord. Jesus said. If any will come after me, let 
him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. He, Jesus, 
shall reward every man according to his works and every one who 
forsaketh houses, brethren, father, mother, wife, or children or lands, 
for my names sake shall inherit everlasting life. 

Matt. 13:41, "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they 
shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which 
do iniquity." Why call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say? 
What will our excuse be? Many people are disobeying the speed 
laws and other laws of the land, what is their excuse? Why do not 
people accept Christ? Have you a reason, or is it an excuse? Why 
do not Christians live for him, with full surrendered heart? Excuses 
are sometimes speaking untruth. The apostle Paul said in Rom. 12:1 , 
"Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service." But many make it an excusable 
service. Jesus gave His all: life, blood, tears and sufferings, beyond 
the conception of the human mind, to redeem fallen humanity and He 
is offering it to you as a free gift, an unspeakable gift. Yet with all this 
men make excuses for not accepting the offer, the offered terms of 
salvation for everlasting life. 

Come, for all things are ready. My oxen and my fatlings are killed. 
Come unto the marriage and they would not come, but made light of 
it. They were too busy with the affairs of this world and they went 
their ways, one to the farm and another to his merchandise. The 
kingdom of Heaven is likened unto ten virgins, who went forth to meet 
the bridegroom. Five of them were, wise and five were foolish or 
negligent and without excuse. At midnight there was a cry made, 
behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. They that 
were ready went in with Him to the marriage, and the door was shut. 

Rev. 19:7,9, Tor the marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife 
(the bride) hath made herself ready. And he said unto me, Write 


Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the 
Lamb." And He said unto me, What are these which are arrayed in 
white robes? And whence come they? And he said to me, These are 
they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their 
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Have you 
been to Jesus for soul cleansing? Are your garments spotless, are 
they white as snow? Are you washed in the soul cleansing blood of 
the Lamb? 

Selected from Jan. 15, 1959 Bible Monitor 



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The Lord willing, the Dallas Center Congregation is looking forward 
to a week's Revival Meetings, Sunday, August 4 through 11, 1996. 
Bro. David Skiles from Torreon Navajo Mission will be our evangelist. 
Evening services at 7:30. Lovefeast will be Saturday and Sunday, 
August 10 and 11. Please come and enjoy these services with us. 
Pray for Bro. David and that all of us may be encouraged to press on 
in these last days. Also for sinners to be brought into the fold. 

Our hearts were blessed on Sunday, June 2, when two young 
sisters. Sis. Mary Hawbaker and Sis. Kim Meyers were received into 
our fellowship by Christian baptism. 

Sister Arlene Flora, Cor. 


We wish to thank all those who remembered us with cards on our 
45th anniversary. God has blessed us with forty-five happy years 
together. May He bless you for remembering us. Also thank you for 
your many words of encouragement while laboring on the mission 
field in Africa. May He be glorified and His will be done. 

Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump 



I 1996 

August 4 -"A Pound of Ointment" -John 12:1-11; James 5:14-15. 
/ 1 . Why did Mary anoint the feet of Jesus? 

2. What are the purposes of anointing the sick today? 

August 11 - "The Hour Is Come" - John 12:12-36. 

1 . How did Jesus say we can identify His servants? 

2. How can we be the Children of Light? 

August 18 - Salvation and Judgement - John 12:37-50. 

1 . Who blinded the eyes and hardened the hearts of those 
who did not believe? 

2. Why did Jesus come into the world? 

August 25 - The Ordinance of Feet Washing - John 13:1-17. 

1 . Why should we wash one another's feet? 

2. How can washing only our feet make us "clean every whit?" 


AUGUST 1996 

August 4 - Guidance - Ps. 23:1-6, Matt. 1 1 :27-30. Luke 1 :73-79, John 

1 . Why does the Lord lead us "in the paths of righteousness?" 

2. Into what will the Holy Spirit guide us? 

August 11 - Flattery - Job 32:20-22, Ps. 78:35-38, Prov. 28:21-25, 
Mark 12:13-17. 

1 . Explain the difference between flattery and respect. 

2. How did Jesus respond to those who tried to flatter Him? 

August 18 - Half Heartedness - II Kings 10:30-31, Luke 14:16-27, Acts 
28:23-27, Heb. 2:1-3. 

1 . How do excuses often illustrate our half-heartedness? 

2. What is the Reward for half-heartedness? 

August25-OurDrfficulties-ISam.12:15-25, Phil 2:12-21, Rev.3:14-22. 

1 . How do we often bring difficulties upon ourselves? 

2. Whom does God rebuke and chasten? 

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AUGUST 1, 1996 

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. 


The love of God 

Sends forth a beam 
That's seen and felt and heard. 

It goes beyond 

What can be seen 
But shows up in His Word. 

Christ proved His love 

When sent to earth 
To show us how to live. 

His blood atones, 

And second birth 
Can wash away our sin. 

I pray He fills 
Me to the brim 

With His great love divine 
And that I'll walk 
Along with Him 

Until His home is mine. 

-Irene Stout 



We live in a world of confusion. Compromise and equivocation are 
equated with love and mercy. Discipline and obedience are thought to 
be legalistic and intolerant. Unfortunately these attitudes are not only 
prevalent in the society around us, but are too often found within the 
Church. If the Church is merely a reflection of the surrounding society, 
how can she be a lighthouse sending out the beams of God's Love to a 
lost and dying race? 

Today, we are harvesting the results of past advocacy of 
permissiveness. People lack self-discipline. Everyone wants what he 
wants right now. This attitude brings indebtedness. They do not want 
to earn the needed money over a period of time, so they borrow. By 
the time a major purchase is paid for, it is worn out. Not only does 
permissiveness affect personal finances, it affects education. The goal 
of most students is not to learn but to receive a diploma. Easy, 
unstructured classes are established so each student can achieve his 
goal. Discipline has nearly disappeared from the public schools. Too 
often the students run the school more than the administrators and the 
Boards of Education. This lack of self-discipline affects the nation's 
crime rate. When people see something they want, instead of earning 
it, they steal it. Others, even more desperate, will kill to get what they 
want. The Biblical ideal of self-control and sobriety have been rejected, 
so we live in an unchurched and immoral society. 

Unfortunately this spirit of permissiveness has gotten into the 
Church. Every man chooses to do what is right in his own eyes. He 
determines what is permissible. He made solemn vows to give and 


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receive counsel, but he makes his own decisions in his daily life. He 
promised to work with his congregation, but will have his own way, if 
they do not yield to his desire. 

Progressing into new areas is not always wrong. When the time for 
change comes, it needs to be approached by the Body not by 
individuals acting on their own plan. This involves seeking counsel and 

Permissiveness gains control over a period of time. It does not 
happen all at once. 

Permissiveness might be viewed, by some, as Christian love in 
action. Instead it may be the opposite of true Christian love. Christian 
love seeks what is the best for each member. The best may not be the 
most obvious course of action. It may involve some hard choices. It 
may involve waiting. It may involve self-discipline and the discipline of 
the Body. 

Discipline is not pleasant. The function of Church discipline is not 
punishment. Sometimes people lose sight of the true use of discipline. 
The goal of discipline is the restoration and repentance of the member. 
Love will accomplish its work if it is not diluted with compromise or 

The desire for a greater number of members can hamper the 
application of loving discipline. This desire leads to accommodation to 
attract numbers. Ironically, this spirit of compromise over time may 
work against that goal. As compromise becomes more evident, there 
will be a weaker draw upon others. Although people may not proclaim 
it loudly, there is a searching for a Body that will maintain a loving 
discipline and stand for the teachings of the Word of God. People have 
seen the results of an age of permissiveness, they want something 
better in their Christian lives. 

Discipline means that a judgment has been rendered. Whether a 
parent disciplines a child or the Body disciplines a member, a judgment 
has been made. The parent may decide on the spur-of-the-moment 
that discipline is needed by the child. That discipline is delivered to 
dissuade that child from further unwise activity. The discipline of the 
Church must be more fully considered. There must be time allotted for 
a change of heart. Once that time has passed, it is time for discipline to 
be administered. Since restoration and repentance are the goals of this 
discipline, the discipline must fit the situation. 

When discipline has accomplished its goal, the Body should be 
merciful. After judgment has been made and the discipline has been 
pronounced, mercy is the need. Each has received Grace and Mercy 
from God. None would have access to the plan of salvation if it were 


not for the Grace of God. None could repent of their sins, if it were not 
for God's Mercy. Because all in the Body have received mercy, they 
should extend that mercy to those who have erred and have benefited 
by the application of loving discipline. 

Permissiveness has wrought confusion in the world. It can not be 
allowed to also wreck the Church. 



Nehemiah 8:2. "And Ezra the priest brought the law before the 
congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with 
understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month." 

The gift of hearing is a wonderful blessing from God. Although we 
do not hear as clearly and as sharply as we could, we cannot fathom 
what it would be like not to be able to hear at all. Yet, perhaps a 
greater tragedy would be to be able to hear and not understand what 
we were hearing. 

We are living in the age of grace, not law, but we are still responsible 
to hear the Word of God with understanding. While women are not to 
be in a place of leadership according to Scripture, both men and 
women are responsible for correct understanding when they hear the 
Word of God expounded. 

We can hear a conversation between two individuals in a foreign 
language distinctly and yet have no comprehension of what they are 
discussing. By the same token, some individuals seem to be able to sit 
in worship service after service and not understand what is being 

In verse 6 of this chapter we read, "And Ezra blessed the LORD, the 
great God, And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up 
their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD 
with their faces to the ground." We realize that most Brethren are not 
very emotional in their worship. But we hope that the reason so few 
"amens" are heard in services is not that many are hearing without 
understanding. On the other hand, we have been in services where 
bud "amens" were frequent and we are reasonably sure that it was the 
toud and demonstrative preaching that brought them forth rather than 
agreement with what was being said. When we hear with 
understanding the center of our worship will be on the Lord. 

In verse 8 of this chapter we read, "So they (the leaders) read in the 
book of the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them 
to understand the reading." 


We are very grateful for the place that the reading of the Word of 
God has in our Brethren services. We are told that some churches do 
not even read the Bible in some services but use other sources for their 
sermon introductions. While we may all have our times of mis-reading 
a word or have difficulty with a name or place in Scripture, we should 
strive to read the Word of God as distinctly as we can. We are also 
grateful for the use of the King James Version in our services. 

To gain understanding our preachers have to give the sense of what 
their text is saying. There are times when certain portions of Scripture 
are used on a regular basis for certain events. While some may see 
this as needless repetition we believe there is merit in this practice. It is 
true that all of the Bible is the Word of God and is good for exhortation. 
But it has been proven that such a portion as the teaching of the prayer 
veil was discontinued in reading at the Love Feast examination sen/ice 
before the prayer veil (or covering as some prefer) was set aside. The 
same is true of our other Scriptural Brethren teachings and practices. If 
our leaders do not preach and teach them they will eventually be lost. 

It is the responsibility of those in leadership to "cause them to 
understand the reading." We are not opposed to using an amusing 
story or illustration to keep the attention of the congregation. The 
responsibility of a preacher is not to entertain his audience. It is to 
proclaim the Word of God in power and understanding. Then it is the 
responsibility of those listening to try to grasp what the speaker is trying 

to put forth. 

There are two primary reasons that it is important to hear with 
understanding. The first of these is that salvation is brought about by a 
correct understanding of scripture. This is why the Brethren reject 
Infant baptism. Historically, baptism was understood to be the last step 
in salvation. An infant can not understand nor respond to the Word of 

Secondly, a correct hearing with understanding allows us to walk in 
truth. Truly, we are living in a day of religious confusion. We must seek 
the leading of the Holy Spirit daily to avoid error. May our sincere desire 
be to hear with understanding. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


Saturday Morning Worship 

Bro. Ray Reed. Golden Text of the Bible, John 3:16, I Cor. 5:13-21. 


Have we really been reconciled to our God? We have the light; the light 
of the world is Jesus. Satan is overpowering. I Cor. 4:1-2. 

Bro. Edward Johnson closed with prayer. 
Saturday P.M. 

Bro, Dennis Myers opened. Psalm 80. As we look at our lives, how 
often do we feel we ought to be turned? Sometimes, in our spiritual life 
we may need to turn around. 

Bro. Fred Johnson. Becoming a Profitable Servant. Philemon. 
Under the Apostle Paul, Philemon became more profitable. Something 
makes a change in our lives to make us a profitable servant. Jesus had 
a great love for us. The Apostle Paul prayed that Philemon would be a 
great servant. Philemon was a run-away slave in the beginning. He 
made a change so he would be more beneficial. We should try to be a 
profitable servant for God. To be profitable for the Lord, we will be 
willing to work for Christ. We should make ourselves profitable in the 
work of God. We should teach our children the Holy Word. We shouki 
make our wrongs right if we have done anything wrong to anyone, so 
we can have a peaceful mind. Our Lord Jesus gave His all for us. He 
shed His blood for us so we can be that profitable sen/ant and work for 
Him and live a righteous life. 

Bro. Kevin Funk. I Kings 6:7. Are we Ready to Get Ready? Are we 
ready to meet the Lord? Are we getting ready? Are we willing to be 
that profitable sen/ant? Matthew 25:1-10. The ones that heeded the 
Master's call were ready for the Master's call before the doors closed. 
A willing member in the church can easily be changed if he follows the 
Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can change us, if we allow God to work in 
our lives. We should be a people ready to meet Christ when He comes 
again. Are you willing to build upon the found altar of God and maintain 
the Holy Word? We must have ourselves ready for the Lord. 

Bro. Mark Cordrey closed. Allow God to help us get ready to meet 
Him. Are you ready? II Timothy 2:19-21. The real power in us is with 
God. Get ready to meet Him. 
Saturday Evening 

Bro. Henry Walker opened. I John 3. Our hope should be that we 
will be in that resurrection. Welcome home since you have lived 
faithful. Christ died for us so we could become sons and daughters. 

Bro. Warren Smith. The Christian Armor. Eph. 6:10-18. We are 
living in evil days. Let us put on the armor of God. We need a 
strengthening of our faith. How do I stand in the sight of God? Put on 
the whole armor of God. What are our goals? Are we a prepared 
people to meet Christ when He comes? We should restrain ourselves 


from the sins of the world. Are we putting on the whole armor of God 
and repenting from the evil things of the world? The devil tries us 
today; that's the reason we need the whole armor of God. Satan 
deceives many people in a cunning way. He tried to deceive Job, but 
Job had too much integrity to listen to Satan. Jesus said, "My words 
will never pass away." Rev. 3:20. We should have the whole armor of 
God in our lives and live true to the Holy Word, Which part of the armor 
of God could we leave off? None; it takes it all. Put on the whole armor 
of God. 

Bro. Paul Stump closed. Have you put on the whole armor of God to 
keep Satan from deceiving you? With the great armor of God, we have 
God with us. 
Sunday Morning Worship 

Bro. Robert Lehigh. Eph. 4:11-16. The Church should work 
together for Christ. We need the prayers of each other. Members of 
the Church should have great love for each other and be willing to work 
together. The Bible Is our guide in our Church. We should work for the 
goal of Jesus Christ. 
Sunday A.M. 

Bro. Gene Kauffman opened. Eph. 6:1-10. We should instruct our 
children in the way of the Lord. 

Bro. Frank Shaffer. Preserving Faithfulness in the Midst of 
Deteriorating Morals. Gen. 5:10. Noah built the ark to save the faithful 
people from the flood. Lot was saved while all the people were in great 
sin and lost. People have forgotten God. Titus 11:11-14. God has 
great love for all people. We should turn our life over to God and live 
for Him. We should deny ungodliness and disown having any part of it. 
Having the Holy Spirit living in our lives, keeps our lives happier. Are 
we on fire for God, teaching our children to be faithful servants for Him? 
We should live the Ten Commandments. Do we teach the Ten 
Commandments to our children? 

Bro. Ray Stuber. Preserving Faithfulness in the Midst of Exploding 
Technology. II Tim. 3. Can we preserve faithfulness? Not all change 
is wrong. The Apostle Paul made it clear that we need to be content 
with what we have. Many people are lovers of pleasures nrrare than of 
God. We need earnestly not forget God. The Word of God will help us 
preserve faithfulness. Stand fast and close to God. 

Bro. David Skiles closed. We have a great God who abideth 
faithfully. May God help us to live faithfully in this world of modern 
Sunday P.M. 

Bro. Marlin Marks opened. John 8:31-32. We need to know the 


truth. Jesus is the way of truth. John 1 6:1 3. We are going to be shown 
the truth through Christ. 

Bro. Mitton Cook. Preserving Faithfulness in the Midst of Religious 
Confusion. John 4:1-6. There are many spirits. We should remain 
faithful in the midst of religious confusion. Who is Jesus Christ? We 
live in a day of Christian error. The gift of God was His Son teaching us 
how to gain eternal life. Which way are we choosing to go? The broad 
way or the narrow way? The Apostle Paul was in a great shipwreck. 
Paul told the people to listen to him and they would be saved. We 
should be careful and not look towards the easy way. What are we 
doing today? Are we the Pauls or are we the Jonahs? Both survived 
the shipwreck and remained steadfast and faithful in religious 
confusion. We are in need of Bible study. Learn to know what the 
Bible says. Prayer is very important; be in communication with God. 
We need fellowship. It is important we know what we believe and why 
we believe it. We should try to live true and faithful in the midst of 
religious confusion. 

Bro. Robert Carpenter. Preserving Faithfulness in the Midst of 
Changing Vocational Opportunities. Gen. 3, Luke 19:1-9, Eph. 4:28, 
We know we are admonished to work. There is a purpose in vocation 
that we might be willing to share. Many people have vocations. The 
publican in the Bible was a tax collector. In our jobs or vocations, we 
should be careful to stay faithful to Christ's teachings. We should be 
careful in our vocations. There are two ways to look at vocations to 
which we are called. Stay plain and faithful to the teaching of Jesus. I 
Kings 18:1-9. 

Bro. Merle Sweitzer closed. Lots of people in the world are in 
confusbn. They do not have Christ in their lives. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 


"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but 
rather reprove them." Eph. 5:1 1 . 

The devil has always mixed truth with en-or. This is his strong suit. 
The byword in today's "politically correct" society is "unity in diversity." 
This is an unofficial motto in the World Council of Churches. Many 
churchmen have always taught that we must compromise with the 
world in order to win the world. Ecumenicists say, "Lay aside your 
differences and come together." 

But the Bible says, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be 
ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will 


receive you." II Corinthians 6:17. There are many organizations today 
that do a lot of good, but they mix truth with error. One organization, 
called the Promise Keepers, has really made a name for itself. But they 
embrace Catholics and Mormons and the like as fellow-Christians, and 
that we should not do. We must uphold the holiness of the Word, and 
we must, as the Word commands us, speak the truth in love. 

Years ago the Brethren would get together with folks of differing 
persuasions and debate. I have an old book here at home called the 
Riggle-Kesler Debate. It was written in 1915 and contains the entire 
transcription of several debates between Brother B. E. Kesler and 
(Elder) H. M. Riggle of the Church of God. Our Brother Kesler, in these 
debates, was faithful to God's Word and clearly defined the position of 
the Church. Today, unfortunately, there is little debating. People, in the 
modern spirit of the Age, are laying aside their differences. They are 
entering upon "dialogs" between groups in an effort to "understand" one 
another. I was taught from little on up that if you let the camel get his 
nose into the tent, after a while the whole camel is in the tent. We 
cannot afford to give up scriptural practices in order to "get along." We 
must mind the Lord. 

Unfortunately, man's nature being the way it is, we often have to 
spend some time in the desert before we understand the true value of 
water. What is the value of truth? We can soon find out its value by 
first seeing what it is. Psalm 119:142 says, "...thy law is truth." John 
14:6 says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the 
Father, but by me." Jesus is speaking. If you want a place in heaven, 
you are going to have to go in through the door. That door is Christ. He 
alone is the way. We cannot allow truth to be mingled with error. Truth 
must remain pure. 

We are admonished in Philippians 4 that whatsoever things are pure, 
we should think on these things. We cannot be teased by the works of 
darkness, but rather, we must stand up to the devil. There is no greater 
task for the Christian than to make heaven his home. 

The happy shore, on Eden's plains, 

The realms of endless day, 

Are far removed from earthly pains. 

Unseen by nrrortal clay. 

We'll gird our loins, my brethren dear. 
Our heavenly home discerning; 
Our absent Lord has left us word. 
Let every lamp be burning. 


Should coming days be cold and dark, 
We need not cease our singing; 
That perfect rest naught can molest, 
Where golden harps are ringing. 

Let sorrow's rudest tempest blow, 

Each chord on earth to sever, 

Our king says come, and there's our home. 

Forever, Oh, forever! 

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


August 1, 1936 


Paul R. Myers 

In times of need, trial and affliction, a Christian has an inward feeling 
of security, peace and rest that a child of the world is quite unfamiliar 

Christ says, My peace I leave with you. And again, I will send you a 
comforter. This comforter is the Holy Spirit working in a man's being. It 
is the ever present comforter and guide along life's pathway. 

If there would be no promise of a reward to the faithful in the next 
world, a true Christian possesses, in this life, a state of security, 
invaluable, unestimateable, worthy of all sacrifice made for it. Yet, it is 
ours, free, paid by our Savior, and all we are asked is, Come, partake of 
it freely. 

While we have the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit in this life, 
our outstanding comfort shall be more fully realized when the hour of 
death strikes, and we hear the voice of the Savior say, "Come up 
higher, enter into the joys of the Lord." 

Several of Christ's institutions, if carried out according to scripture, 
are for the strengthening and building up of this comfort. 

Baptism, administered to a sin-filled soul, cleanses it from all sin. 
What in its place could answer the same purpose? Nothing, Jesus 
gave us an example, being baptized of John in the River Jordan. Not 
that Jesus needed the baptism for the remission of sins, but that we 
might abide by His example. 

Therefore, a re-born person, baptized for the remission of sins, has a 
wonderful comfort that he through the administering of this ordinance 


according to the scripture, has his sins washed white as snow. 

After a man has been baptized, in his daily walks of life, he is 
confronted with sin daily. We are only human, and it is human to err. 
But again we have a comfort that if we are willing to confess our sins, 
He is willing to forgive us our sins. 

We must confess our sins to God through prayer. We have a 
comfort in prayer that a non-Christian does not have. In God's word we 
read that He does not tire of our oft coming to Him. His virtue and 
power is none the less, even if we call upon Him incessantly. Every 
true Christian fully comprehends the value and need of prayer. Prayer 
offered in faith and if we be in proper relation with God is our means of 
direct communication with Him. 

The fact that God does not always answer prayer when and how we 
wish, does not lessen the value of prayer. 

We may ask contrary to His will, and He being the great Judge will 
answer, not as we may wish possibly, but in a way that will be for our 

Prayer is our daily means of being in contact and communication 
with God. Then we have occasions of being enriched by obeying His 
ordinances of feet washing, Lord's Supper, and communion. Properly 
taken and administered, the obeying of these ordinances restores a 
Christian, in the sight of God, as clean and pure as the day he was 

What comfort a Christian can have when he has the opportunity of 
partaking of these glorious privileges, knowing that they were ordained 
by God and that they are a manifestation of God's care for His people. 

The above privileges and duties are for each Christian to be 
enriched along life's pathway. The Bible does not hold out the thought 
that the body will not be subject to sickness or disease. True, 
Christians as well as the non-Christian shall suffer bodily afflictions. 

But in times of such, a Christian again possesses a hope and a 
comfort not realized by a child of the world. In James 5:14 we read. If 
there is any sick among you, let him call for the elders of the church, 
and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the 
Lord." This anointing is for the remission of sins and for the 
strengthening of the body, if it be God's will. 

From the day of our baptism until the day of our death, we have a 
comforting thought, that if we are right toward God and our fellowman, 
we have assurance that God will be with us. This is not only a spoken 
axiom, but if we are in the faith, it is a fully realized fact, fully felt within. 

The Bible says, "It is appointed unto man once to die, and after 



death the judgment." The true Christian comfort is to be fully visioned 
and realized when we part this life and hear God's voice applaud us 
and say, "Come up higher." 

We need not hesitate about accepting the true religion of Jesus 
Christ, because, as I said in the beginning, if our only hope was in this 
life, the comfort and satisfaction derived from it would more then repay 
any effort spent for it. But our true comfort lies in the day of judgment, 
when Christ will intercede in our behalf and when we shall be 
numbered with the white robed throng, and forever be with the Lord. 


The Child's Commentary 
J. H. Moore 

In nine cases out of ten the father and mother are the commentaries 
by which their small children interpret the Holy scripture. They soon 
learn that their parents belong to the church, and are not long in falling 
in with their ways of thinking. They at once favor the church where 
father and mother worship, and, as they advance in years, imbibe, to a 
certain extent, the doctrine held by them. 

By and by the children begin to study their parents. They will 
commence studying their parents before they read the Bible. They 
know that they belong to church, that they hold to certain doctrines, 
believing that a certain thing is right, and, on the other hand, that 
another thing is wrong. The time was when the children thought what 
their father and mother believed was all right, but as they grow still older 
and their minds become more mature, they look at things differently. 
They wonder whether this, that, and the other thing, are really right! It 
does not look just that way to them. They wonder whether it is in 
keeping with the teachings of the New Testament, and on learning that 
it is not, it is a question in their minds whether to denounce the book or 
to doubt the sincerity of their parents. 

For years — while younger— they had been interpreting the Bible by 
their parents. To them their mother had been a walking commentary. 
Their father had served as a guide post, pointing in the direction leading 
to heaven and happiness. But now they are reading father and mother 
closer. They see in their conduct something they never specially 
noticed before. They hear them use bywords and sometimes other 
words not becoming a devout Christian. Then they talk unkindly about 
their neighbors. They frequently abuse, or rather talk abusively of some 
of the members in the church. They may even say some hard things 
about the preachers, and also about the elder, whose dealings are not 


at all times above question. They notice that their parents lack in 
religious zeal, as well as in devotion to the church and her work. At 
meeting they sometimes hear father or mother pray, but at home never. 
At church they often see them singing like angels, but at home hear 
them scold and say many unkind things. 

The commentary that first delighted and encouraged them has now 
proved a puzzle. Must they lose faith in their parents, or must they lose 
faith in the Bible? If they lose faith in their parents, then the early living 
commentary is gone. It can no more be a help to them in religion. If 
they surrender the Bible, then they look upon their parents as having 
been deceived, and religion can have no consideration upon their part. 
They have become skeptical, and are hopelessly lost. All this is due to 
the unfaithful lives of their parents. 

How much better it would be for their children could parents only set 
before them the true light! Blessed is the child whose father or mother 
is a true and reliable commentary on the New Testament. They early 
learn to read their parents. They learn this long before they can read 
anything in the Bible. Now, if, in after-years, they find the manner of life 
of their parents in perfect harmony with the teachings of the Sacred 
Volume, then they will have confidence, not only in those who brought 
them into the world, but also in the Book. Parents need only study their 
subject in order to understand its bearing on the rising generation. 
They can see how their conduct may lead to the salvation of their 
children or may be the means of driving them farther away from the 
kingdom. May God help all the parents truly to become living epistles- 
living commentaries— for the guidance and comfort of their children. 


Howard J. Surbey 

I wonder if we have ever realized that as individuals who have 
accepted Christ, there is a vast difference between us and the general 
run of human beings? 

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are 
not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do 
others; but let us watch and be sober. Let us, who are of the day, be 
sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, 
the hope of salvation." I Thess. 5:5-6, 8. 

The sins, methods of dealing with men, expressions, and any other 
way which might bring shame and disgrace, are usually carried on in 
the night. Especially until one becomes so hardened to them that they 
no more bring shame. However, notice that we are not living in night- 
darkness— but in light— day. 


"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise 
with healing in his wings." Mai. 4:2. "Then spake Jesus again unto 
them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not 
walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12. 

First a fear or reverence for God was impressed upon us. Then the 
light of the glorious gospel of Christ shined upon our hearts and we 
followed it with the result that we now are walking in the light and not in 
our sins. 

'The people that walk in darkness have seen a great light: they that 
dwell in the land of the shadow of death upon them hath the light 
shined." Isa. 9:2. "While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may 
be the children of light." John 12:36. Think for a moment how 
important light is to you in your everyday life. The expense that man 
uses that he may have it whenever and wherever he wants it. Without 
light of any kind, man is almost useless and is not sensible to dangers 
or duties. 

Just so spiritual light makes us aware of the naturally unseen. Even 
a glimpse into the light of the glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
makes us aware of some things eternal. The more of that light that 
anyone can assimilate and have at his command the deeper one can 
see into the eternal. 

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: 
walk as children of light." Eph. 5:8. Do we question that we have 
sinned, no. Do we question that Christ is the light of the world and able 
to light our lives, no. Why not walk as children of light? 

Are we sober, if not, the light will do us no good. Let us watch and 
be ready. Grow in Faith and in Love. "He that loveth his brother 
abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him." I 
John 2:9. 

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the 
great God and our Savior Jesus Christ." Titus 2:13. 

Selected from August 15, 1947 issue of Bible Monitor 


The new Treasurer of the Bible Study Board is Bro. Rick St. John, 
2578 County Road 20-2, Archbold, OH 43502. Continue to send 
contributions for the Bible Study Board to the secretary, Bro. Dennis St. 
John, 21397 County Road B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 


The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation is looking forward to 
Revival Services, September 1 through September 8, 1996, with Bro. 
Eugene Kauffman from Dayton, Virginia. 

We extend a hearty invitation to all, to join us for these services in 
prayer and attendance, that we would be strengthened and the lost 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 


The Lord willing, Pleasant Ridge Congregation, Ohio, plans a 
Harvest Meeting on September 8, 1996, with morning services. 

Also, we are planning a Lovefeast on October 12 and 13. Morning 
services at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, afternoon services at 2:00 P.M. 
and evening services 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. 


The Bethel Congregation invites you to our Fall Revival Meetings, 
September 22 through 29. Bro. David Rice from Englewood, Ohio will 
be our evangelist. Pray that saints are strengthened and sinners give 
their hearts to the Lord and hand to the Church. 

Sister Fern Wolfe, Cor. 


We at the Bethel Dunkard Brethren Church School, Bethel, 
Pennsylvania are in need of teachers for the 1996-1997 school term. 
We need teachers for Kindergarten, fifth and sixth, and seventh through 
twelfth. If anyone would be interested, would they please call either 
Brother Harold Kegerreis or Brother David Aungst. We would ask 
anyone interested to prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve the 

Bro. David Aungst, chairman 717-345-6588 
Bro. Harold Kegerreis, secretary 717-933-4743 


Thank you so much for the beautiful cards on our 50th Anniversary. 
Your thoughtfulness was really appreciated. 
May God richly bless you. 

Brother Lawrence and Sister Etta Clayton 




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

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smitti, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McCiave, CO 81057 


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

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 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

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, Treasurer 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

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

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


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

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397 County Road 850 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

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. 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 Skiles, Superintendent 
NCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Sebretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 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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AUGUST 15, 1996 

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


What lack I yet? Dear Lord, show me; 

Is it to love more heartily? 

Or is it faith and trust in Thee? 
What lack I yet, my God to see? 

Is it patience with fellowman? 

Or, with myself, to Satan ban? 

Help me to walk with Christ each day, 
My feet keep on the narrow way. 

Lord, where I lack, wilt Thou supply? 

Fill those places before I die? 

Then by Thy grace at home I'll be 
With Thee throughout eternity. 
-Irene Stout 



The rich, young ruler came to Jesus hoping to receive His 
commendation. He had kept the commandments. He thought that 
would be enough to gain the favor of Jesus. As Jesus quizzed him 
about his life and habits, he was pretty confident that he had done all 
necessary to gain Jesus' approval. As Jesus probed more deeply 
within his life, he could think of nothing more that he could have done. 
Almost forlornly he asked what he yet lacked that would secure the 
favor that he sought. 

Jesus' answer hit the mark far better than he might have wished. 
His riches had become a barrier to the total yielding of his life. While 
he had kept the law to the letter, he had failed to observe the spirit of 
it. He could observe ordinances, but he would not yield to the 
practical, giving side of following God's Word. When Jesus 
suggested the necessity of giving away all of his possessions, he was 
not willing to go that far. He was willing to do many things, but he 
was not willing to be poor so he would have to depend upon God for 
his well-being. With his riches to sustain him, he was self-sufficient. 

A self-sufficient man is not sold out to God. He is able to take care 
of himself. He does not need to depend upon God for his daily bread. 

His riches had become his dearest god. He was not willing to part 
with them, although they would ultimately cause him to fail to receive 
the prize, he so earnestly craved. He cared more for his riches than 
the destiny of his soul. 

He was not the first nor the last to have mixed-up priorities. When 
he thought he was so amply provided for, he was actually the poorest 


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of men. Heavenly treasures are worth far more than all the 
perishable riches of this world. Although they may seem secure, the 
riches of this world can take flight and disappear. Family incidents 
may cause financial reverses that can turn riches into poverty. 
National and world events within can destroy fortunes built over many 
years. Financial panics or political turmoil can affect the solidity of an 
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Bank failures and stock market crashes can lessen fortunes thought 
to be untouchable. 

Some people view wealth as a sign of God's favor. The rich, 
young ruler may have thought he was rich because he had tried his 
best to keep the law. Jesus wanted that wealth to be used for more 
than just his creature comfort. Today, many confuse their wealth with 
God's commendation. A Christian lifestyle may contribute to the 
gathering of riches. When the costly habits of the world are shunned 
and a plain and simple lifestyle is chosen, there is a tremendous 
decrease in the cost of living. That which is saved becomes a 
building block of wealth. 

Many who have gained riches have done so with a desire to serve 
God. Others have gained riches, but have had no regard for God. 
Their wealth has come through various means, ethical and unethical. 
They may, as an after thought, give God thanks for their wealth, 
although it was garnered by ungodly means. 

A Christian may use riches for good causes. Many charities have 
been financed by Christians. They wanted to return a portion of their 
wealth to those less fortunate than themselves. They could perhaps 
remember when they too had been without financial means. Jesus 
would commend that use of wealth. 

Money given in this way may be very useful and a means of 
honoring God. There is, unfortunately, a tendency to receive the 
honor of men for these gifts rather than honoring God, the giver of 
every good and perfect gift. Modesty may be overcome in a moment 
of weakness, when the gift becomes publicized. 

When the rich, young ruler asked, What lack I yet? The issue was 
more than just the dispensing of his possessions to the poor. It was 
an issue of trusting God to the fullest. It boiled down to whether he 
would trust in his riches or he would trust in God. Which would have 
the highest priority in his life? 

Trusting in God, ultimately, leads to the necessity of accepting 
Jesus Christ as the Anointed Savior. Trusting God for the material 
and physical provisions of life is a good thing. Far more important is 


trusting God for the redemption and salvation of the soul. This is the 
greatest gift that can conne to man from God. Man's greatest trust is 
for his soul's salvation. Without this dependence upon God, all other 
issues of life shrink into insignificance. 

Have you asked the question, What lack I yet? 



U.F.O.'s, Bermuda Triangle and the Abominable Snowman! 

In recent years, a strong reaction against the rationalistic, 
materialism of our scientific age has caused many Christians and 
other people to be fascinated with reports of strange and unexplained 
phenomena. The tremendous popularity of books and programs 
about U.F.O.'s, the Bermuda Triangle and the Abominable Snowman 
are evidence of a remarkable spirit of credulity today. It seems we 
are eager to believe in almost anything as long as we do not have to 
believe in the full reality of the Bible and its truths. 

What are some facts associated with these reports and how should 
we as Christians react to them? The Christian is not rationalistic in 
the sense that we reject even the possibility of the supernatural. God 
is omnipotent, therefore, miracles are certainly a reality. In addition, 
the Bible teaches the reality of many invisible powerful spirit beings, 
both angels and demons. 

I believe a healthy skepticism about such phenomena is 
appropriate until there is firm and conclusive evidence as to what they 
are. You can reject two common interpretations immediately. First, 
they do not relate to physical creatures from other planets. Second, 
they are not associated with half-human, half-animal products of 
evolutionary processes on this planet. 

Whatever may be the real nature of "Bigfoot", it is not a creature 
intermediate between man and the ape. God's Word teaches us that 
man is uniquely created in the image of God and all animals are lower 
than man and under his dominion. Regardless of evolutionary 
speculations, the Scripture is the only reliable source of explanation. 
It is possible these creatures are some form of a giant ape or the like, 
if they, in reality, do exist. 

The idea of U.F.O.'s being interplanetary vehicles controlled by 
some humanoid beings from outer space is equally impossible. God 
prepared planet earth as a unique home for man and it is on this 
planet. Earth, that God Himself will dwell eternally. (Rev. 21 : 1-3) 

Even if there were humanoid beings on other hypothetical planets, 


it is absurd to reason that they would be traveling back and forth to 
our planet. The nearest star is four light years away and it is 
unrealistic to think that space vehicles could be designed to travel at 
speeds even distantly approaching the speed of light. 

Researchers have shown that the great majority of U.F.O. sightings 
can be explained as atmospheric phenomena, weather balloons, 
airplanes, light reflections on clouds, gaseous effusions, military test 
vehicles and so forth. Some are probably even hoaxes or 

Researchers have also shown that the infamous "Bermuda 
Triangle" is not a reality. The search for supernatural or preternatural 
explanations is absurd. Christ, when He was on Earth, rebuked those 
who were always looking for "signs and wonders." Even though 
Satan and his angels possess power and knowledge, they are only 
finite creatures and can do no more than God allows them to do. 

The Bible DOES prophesy that there will be an increase in 
demonic activity in the last days. It also indicates that unusual 
phenomena will increase in this time. Thus, we can not completely 
dismiss the possibility that some of these things are demonic in 
nature. They might well be associated with spiritism, astrology and 
psychic phenomena. The phenomena always attracts those who are 
looking outside of God for the answers to the creation and the 
harmony of the Universe. Whether these tales are merely examples 
of human imagination and gullibility or whether they are involved in 
demonism, clearly all such connections should be avoided by 
Christians. Our only involvement in them should be to prayerfully and 
carefully deliver others who have become involved in them. 

Brother Len Wertz 


Continued from August 1, 1996 Issue 
Sunday Evening 

Bro. Jim Meyers opened. Potential-time. I Kings 20:1-4. "He that 
will lose his life for my sake shall gain it." 

Bro. Phil Gish. To the young people. I John 2:13, 5:4-5, Luke 
11:9-13, Prov. 16:32. Five Wrecks. Do you have control over your 
heart and soul? 

Wreck #1 — Economic and Material Wealth. We should handle 
our finances with the Word of God. Are we interested in Christian 
Worship instead of worldly amusements? 

Wreck #2 — Lack of Shame. Every believer should carry shame. 


Don't ever back away from shame. 

Wreck #3 — Lack of Pain. Pain is God's trumpet. Suffer pain for 
Jesus. Seek the Lord and His teachings. 

Wreck #4 — No Plimsoll Mark (a set of tines or a line on a ship 
showing the water level to which they may legally be loaded). Stay in 
the perimeter of God's love, or you will end up in a wreck. Continue 
ye in my love. 

Wreck #5 — Temptation. I Cor. 1 0:13. Temptation is controlled by 
the devil, who is very deceiving. We should keep ourselves under 
control or else Satan will devour us. The Lord has control of our lives. 
Satan will not tempt you more than you can stand. Get rid of the sin 
in your life. We need to control our temper and stay away from 
alcohol or any other sin in our lives. 

Bro. Paul Ness closed. God can help us in our troubles. 
Monday Morning Worship 

Bro. Leonard Wertz. I Peter 2:5-10. We need to follow the narrow 
path that leads to heaven. Without God, there is no life. God speaks 
to us through His Word, the Bible. Man is created in the image of 
God. God gave us Jesus that we might gain life eternal through 
Christ's teaching. We believe life is sacred. Praise God that the Old 
Time Religion consists of honest believers. Let's be godly and live 
true and faithful. 
Monday A.M. 

Bible Study. Adults: The Church —A Tempered Body. I Cor. 12. 
Children: A Blind Man Receives Sight. John 9:1-38. 

Bro. Tom St. John. I Cor. 12, II Cor. 3:16. The Bible is the inspired 
Word of God. There are many happenings in the Bible. Do you 
believe these? Yes, we believe every story in the Bible. All scriptures 
are given by God. God has preserved the Holy Scriptures throughout 
all these years. Satan tries to change people's minds on the Bible. 
There is a lot of religious confusion. The many versions of the Bible 
cause much confusion. The new versions have taken on the New 
Age movement. We serve the real God that we read about in the 
King James Version. Lucifer was cast down from heaven. This man 
is Satan, a very deceiving man. He wants to destroy our faith in God 
and His only Son, Christ Jesus. Jesus said, "I am the bright and 
morning star." Be very cautious when reading the new versions of the 
Bible. Our God has preserved the true word in the King James 

Bro. David Aungst closed. The King James version of the Bible is 
the Word of Truth. 
Monday P.M. 


Bro. Kenny Wilkerson opened. I Peter 3:7-13. Do we hate evil 
enough? Make sure the influence of our fannily is pure in our homes 
with our family. Bad influence from magazines can be very harmful to 
our children's minds and lead them in the wrong way. 

Bro. David Rice. Despise Not the Little Ones. Romans 8:28. 
What is the image of Jesus Christ? Matthew 18:1-10. Christ came to 
save all of them that are lost. When He speaks of the little ones, He 
also means everyone that comes to Jesus and whose souls are 
saved. John 15:18-19. Christ said, "They hated me, and they will 
also hate you." Romans 2:1. Do not judge a man. We are not to 
despise anyone. We should make peace with our enemies. Jesus 
did not despise the sinners. He tried to help them and reasoned with 
them to change so they, too, could get their souls saved. ETC stands 
for Esteem, Treasure, and Cherish. Christ helped people when they 
were in need. 

Bro. Gordon Jamison. I Peter 1. What does God expect of us 
today? What is God looking for in our lives? God looks on the heart. 
Job was a perfect man. God is looking for perfection in our lives. The 
Apostle Paul was struck down by God, while going to Damascus. 
The Apostle Paul made a complete change and worked for God. 
Jesus died on the cross so that we can be saved by His teachings in 
the Bible, We need to give our all to gain that eternal home. God 
brings everyone of us to the foot of the cross. Christ died for us so 
we can get to heaven. Hold on to the Savior's hand; He will lead us 
to eternal life if we allow Him. Christ said, "If you love me, keep my 
commandments." Let's be a Holy people and live for Christ and His 

Bro. Fred Johnson closed. 
Monday Evening 

Bro. Virgil Leatherman opened. Isaiah 40:1-9. The eagles shall 
renew their strength. Eagles fly to the top of the mountain. A storm 
takes them up in the air above the storm. It is nature's way of 
protecting the eagle. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Wait 
upon the Lord. 

Bro. John Peffer. Beware Lest. Matt. 7:15. Beware of false 
prophets, men, scribes, evil workers, and Pharisees who loved the 
praise of men rather than of God. Beware of that Doctrine. David 
was a man after God's own heart. David was the greatest king to 
reign. Beware of the sins of the times. We need for God to speak to 

Bro. Harley Flory. Gnats and Camels. Matt. 23:24. The Pharisees 
were great for tithing one tenth of everything that men produced. 


What we promise God is important. We need to be careful of little 
trivial things. Jesus said, "Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat and 
swallow a camel." Jesus showed the Pharisees that they were in 
error. II Sam. 12. How serious is judgment? God is no respecter of 
persons. Forgiveness is part of the mercy of God. James 2:12. 
Faith. Heb. 11. Faith, Hope, and Charity. Charity is love. We are 
living in freedom before God. Jesus said, "When I come again, will I 
find faith on the earth?" Keep that faith and work for the Lord. 

Bro. Frank Shaffer, Sr. closed. Watch the gnats and keep them 
strained out. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 


Ezekiel 34:11, "For thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I even I, will 
both search my sheep, and seek them out." 

Jeremiah 29:13, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall 
search for me with all your heart." 

It is wonderful to know that God searches out His sheep and finds 
them when they are wondering astray, before they have any 
knowledge of Him. He seeks us out and finds us even when we are 
not looking for Him! There is a lot of confusion today in religious 
circles concerning God and man. Who seeks whom? Who finds 
whom? The scriptures are clear about a lot of things that folks refuse 
to see. Take baptism for instance. The Bible is so clear that baptism 
means immersion, and repeated immersion, yet it is so clear that a lot 
of people who would like to believe otherwise will miss it. The same 
thing happens with the relationship between God and man. Many are 
so steeped in tradition that they neglect to see what the scriptures 

We find by looking at the above scriptures that there is a searching 
on both the part of man and of God. I remember when I was a 
teenager searching for God. For many years I did not seek Him with 
all my heart. I sought Him when I was in trouble or downhearted or if 
things were not going right. But I did not seek Him wholeheartedly. 
Yet I believe that all that time He was searching me out, and not 
allowing me to stray too far. You could say that God sought me until I 
found Him. 

The scriptures tell us that God has not lost one of His sheep except 
the son of perdition. He has not lost any except Judas. This is a 
wonderful thing to know. If we trust in Him continually and do His will 
we become one of His sheep and He promises to uphold us and keep 


us in the hollow of His hand. This truly is a wonderful promise. Man 
cannot make a promise like that and keep it. Only God can. 

I often wonder what He sees in us to redeem us. He loved us 
when we were unlovable by human standards, and often we still are. 
Yet He loves us, poor wondering sheep that we are. He provides for 
us. He watches over us, and He searches us out. 
Thou Shepherd of Israel and mine, 
The joy and desire of my heart. 
For closer communion I pine: 
I long to reside where thou art: 
The pasture I languish to find, 
Where all who their Shepherd obey, 
Are fed, on thy bosom reclined, 
And screened from the heat of the day. 

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


Ephesians 4:17-19, "This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, 
that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of 
their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from 
the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the 
blindness^of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves 
over unto lasciviousness: to work all uncleanness with greediness." 

The very mention of the word "feelings" elicits controversy within 
the Christian community. Many Anabaptists are strongly opposed to 
the Pietistic theology because of the inclusion of an emotional 
experience in salvation. This initiates a discussion concerning 
personal (individualistic) decision verses corporate accountability. 

We, too, are concerned with the modern trend of "every man doing 
that which is right in his own eyes." We are also persuaded that there 
is a need for personal commitment and responsibility. We believe this 
starts with an experience with the Lord Jesus Christ. Emotion may or 
may not be a part of this experience. We are not nearly as impressed 
with "dry eyed conversions" as with those who express their sincere 
guilt of sin with tears. 

The subject of "feeling" or "emotion" also conjures up loud and 
active worship with much display. We are convinced that much that is 
deemed to be a movement of the Spirit is no more than human 
emotion out of control. However, we are also convinced that the Spirit 


does move individuals to express their love of the Lord in acts of 
emotional display. 

The "feeling" described in our opening verses does not deal directly 
with this controversial definition of feelings. It deals with a feeling of 
awareness of sin. Paul says that we are not to walk as other Gentiles 
walk. That is, our lifestyle should be different from that of the general 
population. We believe Christians should be different in their attire, 
their form of speech and their choice of amusements among other 

Paul says other Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind. They are 
not concerned what their appearance may do to others. In fact, many 
dress for the sole purpose of attracting the attention of the opposite 
sex. In addition to this, other Gentiles are often very egotistical. A 
large portion of the population is in love with themselves. Their 
greatest goal in life is to supply their wants, needs and desires. We 
believe this can be a stumbling block for Christians as well. 

Paul also says other Gentiles have the understanding darkened. 
They do not have the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to guide them 
into truth. Paul infers that we can also have a lack of understanding 
even if we have the Holy Spirit within. We can read and study our 
Bible and use the correct version (which we believe is the King James 
Version) and still fall into error if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to lead 
us in our understanding. Preconceived ideas and a lack of true 
conviction can hinder the Spirit in this area. 

Paul says that other Gentiles are alienated from the life of God 
through the ignorance that is in them. Ignorance can come from a 
lack of Bible study. It can also come from being influenced by popular 

Paul says these things come about because of the blindness of 
their heart. We "see" spiritual truths with our spiritual eyes. This is a 
very important part of "feeling" as we see it. Satan can cause us to 
doubt our salvation and make us feel like we are lost. He can also 
give us a false sense of security and make us believe that God will 
not judge our sin if we have once been saved by the blood of Christ. 

Paul says that these other Gentiles are past feeling. What a 
terrible condition to be in! They can not know the calling of the Lord 
on their heart to repent from their sin. This is because they have 
given themselves over to lasciviousness. That is doing anything that 
pleases their mortal bodies and minds. To us this proves that we 
have a free will. Paul says these other Gentiles work all uncleanness 
with greediness. It is popular today, as it may have been when this 
was written, to make excuses for deviate lifestyles. 


Are these other Gentiles without hope? We think not. For a few 
verses later Paul speaks of putting off the former conversation 
(lifestyle) the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts 
and putting on the new man, which after God is created in 
righteousness and true holiness. 

God can deal with you if you sincerely allow Him to take away the 
feelings for sin and give you a feeling of true joy. As Christians we 
must also allow the Holy Spirit to bring conviction from time to time 
upon our heart. May we never come to the place of being past 

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


August 15, 1936 


J. D. Brown 

"Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in My 
name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matt. 24:4-5.) 

We find in later days, false teachers will declare, Lo here is Christ 
and there is Christ. Be not deceived, allowing yourselves to be 
tossed about by every wind of doctrine. We have a right to know 
which is the right church, by searching the gospel as we are 
commanded, Paul told Timothy to study to show thyself approved of 
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the 
word of God. 

If we acquaint ourselves with the word of God, we will be prepared 
to weigh them in the gospel balances, or measure them by the rule of 
God. By their fruits ye shall know them. 

(I John 2:15-17.) "Love not the world, neither the things that are in 
the world, if any man love the world the love of the Father is not in 
him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of 
the eye, and the pride of life is not of the father but is of the world, and 
the world passeth away and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will 
of God abideth forever." 

A great contrast between these that follow after the fashions of the 
world, and indulge in all the things of the world, their religion passeth 
away with all the lusts of the flesh, but those that do the will of God 
abide forever. They not only abide with the Lord in this life, but they 
will abide with Him in the life to come. 

(John 15:19) "Ye are not of the world," speaking to His disciples, "I 


have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." 
This scripture settles the question for ever. It is too plain to be 
misunderstood, those that lust after the flesh, and satisfy the lust of 
the eye, and the pride of life are not the church of Christ. Because He 
said I have chosen you out of the world. If they are a chosen people 
they are a separate people from the world. Therefore the world 
hateth you. Is it reasonable that the world would join the church of 
Jesus Christ, when Christ says the world hates the church? 

(Jas. 4:4) "The friendship of the world is enmity with God. 
Whosoever therefore will be a friend to the world is the enemy of 
God." I truly believe the most conservative man in the worldly church 
is a friend to the most worldly man in the church, because he 
recognizes him as the brother, he communes with him, which proves 
beyond a doubt that they are friends. And if so, he is no better than 
the worldly brother, because James says he is the enemy of God. 

Again they have no excuse, they take their choice, they choose 
between the loyal and the disloyal, they prefer going with the worldly 
church, which again proves they are a friend to the world. 

Again the gospel teaches, two can not walk together except they 
agree. From this scripture, we infer that the most conservative 
brother must agree with the worldly church. 

(Matt. 15:14) "Let them alone. They be blind leaders of the blind. 
And if the blind lead the blind both shall fall into the ditch." Matthew 
warns us there will be blind leaders, and if we follow them we with 
them shall fall into the ditch, or condemnation. 

(Jas. 1:27) "Pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is 
this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keep 
himself unspotted from the world." I ask in the name of good 
reasoning, has the worldly church a pure and undefiled religion? If 
not, can they be the church of Christ? 

(John 15) "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." 
It requires strict obedience to the word of God, to be a friend of God. 

(II Cor. 6:14-18) Paul here teaches that the church and the 
unbelieving world can not fellowship or commune together any more 
than light and darkness. The church represents the light. Ye are the 
light of the world, ye are the temple of the living God, as God hath 
said, I will dwell in them, and will walk in them, and 1 will be their God. 
And they shall be My people, wherefore come out from among them 
and touch not the unclean thing, and on these conditions he agrees to 
be our Father and we shall be his children. 

(Rom. 16:18) Come out from among them, because they serve not 
our Lord Jesus Christ, but by good words and fair speech, they 


deceive the hearts of the simple. Be not deceived, they will deceive 
the very elect if possible. 

(Rom 16:17) "Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause 
divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; 
and avoid them. 

The word avoid means shun them, withdraw from them, or escape 
or flee from them, (Webster). But in place of shunning them, or 
withdrawing from them, escaping or fleeing from them, they fellowship 
and commune with them, showing they are the friends of the world. 
By their fruits ye shall know them. 

(I Thess. 3:6, 14) "Ye withdraw from every brother that walketh 
disorderly, and not after the traditions which he received of us." Paul 
in II Tim. 3 says, from such turn away. We see from the foregoing 
scripture that the most conservative member of the worldly church 
has a work to do, they must withdraw, or come out from the worldly 
church, before Jesus Christ will recognize them as a child of God. 

(Heb. 6:4-7) 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 powers of the world to come. If they shall fall away, to renew 
them again unto repentance seeing they crucify to themselves the 
Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame. 

I believe the worldly churches were once enlightened, and tasted of 
the heavenly gift, and were partakers of the Holy Ghost, and tasted 
the good word of God, and if so, Paul offers them as a church no 

(Titus 1:11) Paul says their mouths must be stopped, but this is 
just the kind of preaching the worldly church wants, hence they are 
allowed to speak. 

(John 16:13) The Holy Ghost guides men into all truth, which is 
the word of God. When men are guided by the Holy Ghost into all 
truth they will withdraw from all the ungodliness of the kingdom of this 

(John 17:16) "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the 
world." According to this, Christ will not recognize a worldly church. 

(Rom. 12:2) And be not fashioned according to this world. The 
humble follower of Christ dare not form, shape, or fashion himself 
after the foolish and vain customs, styles and forms of the worldly. 
But be ye transformed, changed from the foolish styles of the world, 
to modest apparel, which becometh those professing godliness, by 
the renewing of your mind. A renewed mind is a changed mind, 
which is affected by the influence of the Holy Ghost and the word of 



When we have a change of apparel and a changed mind, then we 
are a new creature in Christ Jesus, then we can present our bodies in 
an acceptable nnanner of God, then is when we can be read and 
known of all men. 

(Rom. 12:1) But the worldly churches present their bodies in all the 
styles and fashions of the world, they present their minds, I truly 
believe the same way, in sympathy with the world, which is carnal. 
The carnal mind is enmity against God, not subject to the law of God 
neither indeed can be. We must forsake all the pleasures of this 
world, forsake even our best friends, for Christ's sake. 

(Luke 14:26) If any man come to Me, and hate not his father and 
his mother and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and 
his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." 

(Matt. 10:37) "He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not 
worthy of Me and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not 
worthy of Me, And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me 
is not worthy of Me."(Matt. 19:29) "And every one that hath forsaken 
houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father or mother or wife, or children, 
or lands, for My name's sake shall receive an hundredfold, and shall 
inherit everlasting life." 


Do you recall the young lady, who as valedictorian of her high 
school graduating class, testified for Jesus Christ? At first the 
principal flat out said, "No." Only a threatened law suit changed that. 
Then she was asked to write her speech and tone it down. She did 
not. The speech was given as she had originally planned. 

This clearly demonstrates once again that Christianity is under 
attack. She could have quoted Buddha, Confucius, or Shirley 
MacLaine, but not God! Others have free speech, Christians do not! 
Consider the following observations: 

Christians (that is us) are more into tolerance than truth. Even 
Christians were ashamed. Truth has been sold out for popularity and 
acceptance. Preachers are encouraged to "tone it down" and not to 
"be so negative." 

Her speech was evangelistic. Perhaps even my wisdom would 
have changed it. Then it hit me. We have lost our zeal and our 
aggressiveness. We are totally passive, defeated. The early church 
was militant. We are trying to be righteous without being too 
religious. It is not going to happen. 

The media shout, "courage" when the abortionists, homosexuals, 


radical feminists, and so forth, "shove it in our faces." They whine 
when a little Christian girl discusses her faith and priorities. 

The world is not listening to the church because the church is not 
talking. We have ceased preaching because we no longer have fire 
in our bones. Pulpits deliver feel-good sermonettes to Christianettes 
while the church dies. Should not someone rattle our cages? 

Everything we believe in is offensive. God is offensive Jesus is 
offensive. Truth is offensive. Preaching is offensive. The Bible is 

Good morning, church! Is anyone reading? Let us wake up before 
our meeting houses become our tombs. Movements begin in caves 
and die in cathedrals. 

We cannot settle for life-support Christianity. What has become of 
the Great Commission? Thank God for the little girl in DeSoto, 

Used by permission 
Selected from Pulpit Helps 
by Brother Lynn H. Miller 



Please make the following changes in the Directory of Information 
in February 1, 1996, issue. 

The present contact person for Mountain View, CO Congregation is 
Bro. Oty Reed, 33720 Rd 26, McClave, CO 81057. His telephone 
number is 71 9-829-4511. 

Please delete the current information for the Mountaindale, MD 

Would you be interested in being part of a management team, or 
would you know someone who is qualified for such a position? Then 
please contact a member of the Trustee Board of Mt. Hope Home. 
Telephone 717-741-1607. 

Or you may communicate directly to: 
Mt. Hope Home 
3026 Mt. Hope Home Rd. 
Manheim, PA 17545 



September 1 - The New Commandment - John 13:18-38. 

1 . To whom was Jesus referring when He said, "Whomsoever I send"? 

2. How can we show "Love one to another", providing we are Jesus' 

September 8 - "The Way, The Truth and the Life" - John 14:1-14. 

1 . How could God the Father be seen in Jesus Christ the Son? 

2. Whatever we ask in Christ's name will be done, for what 

September 1 5 - "If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments" - John 14:15-31. 

1 . How can we prove our love for Christ by keeping His 

2. What work will the Holy Spirit perform in us as believers? 
September 22 -Abiding in Christ -John 15:1-8. 

1 . Receiving what we ask of God is conditional upon what two things? 

2. By doing what, do we glorify the Father and be a disciple of Christ? 
September 29 - Greater Love - John 1 5:9-25. 

1 . Explain the difference between a friend and a servant? 

2. Why should we, as believers, expect persecution from 

September 1 - Our Heavenly Home - Matt. 6:19-21 ; Luke 10:17-20, 
John 14: 1-6, Rev. 21:1-27. 

1 . Why is it so important to have our treasurers in the right place? 

2. Who shall inherit the "All things" of Heaven? 

September 8 - Our Rebellion - Deut. 9:24, I Sam. 15:22-23, Isa. 65:2-5, 
PhiL 3:16-21, Rom. 10:1-3. 

1 . How does God respond to the rebellion of His people? 

2. How should we submit ourselves "unto the righteousness of God?" 
September 15 - Our Spiritual Growth - II Cor. 9:6-1 1 , Eph. 4:14-16, 

I Thess. 3:11-13, II Pet. 1:5-9, 3:18, Heb. 6:1-6. 

1 . How is our Spiritual growth conditional upon our growth in love? 

2. Explain the relationship of Spiritual growth and fruit bearing. 
September 22 - Our Earnestness - Deut. 6:M2, Ps. 1 19:1-16, 

Prov. 3:1-13, PhiL 3:13-15. 

1 . In what ways can we show our earnestness in serving God? 

2. How can we "find favor and good understanding in the sight of 
God and man"? 

September 29 - Our Eagerness - Mark 10:13-22, I Cor. 15:1-10, 
Acts 13: 38-44, Acts 17:16-34/ 

1 . How is our eagerness in God's service an indicator of our spiritual 

2. How could it be possible for us to be eager to serve God and yet be 
lost spiritually? 

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SEPTEMBER 1, 1996 

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


The time draws nigh, when from the clouds 
Christ shall with shouts descend; 

And the last trumpet's awful voice 

The heav'ns and earth shall rend. 

Then they who live shall changed be. 

And they who sleep shall wake; 

The graves shall yield their ancient charge, 
While earth's foundations shake. 

The saints of God, from death set free, 
With joy shall mount on high; 

The heav'niy hosts, with praises loud, 
Shall meet them in the sky. 

A few short years of exile past, 

We reach the happy shore; 

Where death-divided friends, at last, 
Shall meet to part no more. 



Farmers buy or store seed to be planted. If they are to have a 
harvest they must invest in seed, which, hopefully, will produce a 
large harvest. 

The best seed may be secured. It may be stored under ideal 
conditions. While sitting in the storage bin, it has the potential of 
producing a bumper crop. Every farmer knows that potential does not 
make a crop that can be harvested. No matter how expensive or how 
well kept, the best seed can not produce a harvest until it has been 

Before the seed can be sown, the ground must be adequately 
prepared. It must be broken up. Seed sown on the pathway or other 
patches of hard ground can not take root and produce a crop. Rocks 
and stones must be removed from the field. Rocks do not provide a 
suitable seedbed because the seed can not take root. The grass and 
weeds must be pulled or tilled down so they do not choke the young 
sprout. When all these operations have been completed, the soil is 
prepared for the sowing of the good seed. Even with the best of 
conditions, there will be a variance in the amount of the harvest. 

Even the smallest yield is a miracle. Even from one grain can 
come a stalk that produces many, many grains. Multiply that one 
grain by all that were sown and some idea of the magnitude of the 
harvest can be gleaned. Even if all do not produce to their fullest, 
what they do produce is a large increase over that one initial seed. A 
good seed in fertile ground will produce a great crop. 

For a seed to produce it must die. There is an element of risk in 
planting that good seed. The natural tendency is to hoard it. If it is 


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kept in storage it will produce nothing. If kept too long it will decay 
and become unproductive. It must be planted. It must die. It must 
germinate to bring forth its fruit. 

The thought of dying to produce life is a picture of the Resurrection 
of Jesus Christ. His Resurrection has been the source of true, 
bountiful Spirituality for nearly two thousand years. He desired to do 
His Father's will. Although He may have desired to have been spared 
the pain, shame and suffering of the crucifixion, He, nevertheless, 
yielded to the will of God. God's love for the individuals of this world 
caused Him to give the greatest of all gifts, His only begotten Son. 
Jesus, the Son of God, paid the price for the sins of humanity on the 
cross. He was lifted between Heaven and earth, drawing humanity's 
sins unto Himself. 

There He died. He was taken from that cross to lay in Joseph's 
tomb. He was the good seed being planted in the ground. That seed 
germinated. He resurrected. He provided life for fallen mankind. 

His resurrection is pictured each time a sinner convicted of his sin 
decides to follow Jesus by declaring his faith, repenting of past sins 
and entering the baptismal stream. Baptism is a picture of death, 
burial and resurrection. It identifies the believer with Jesus. 

The han/est is gathered into the granary. There the grain awaits 
being sold, fed to animals or saved for next year's seed. Whatever its 
destination, it can not remain in the granary. It must be used. 

Joy accompanies the gathering of the grain. There may be a 
celebration to commemorate the end of the harvest. Better yet, 
thanks may be offered to God for this harvest. However, the seed 
does not fulfill its original potential until it is used. 

Those who have been born-again must become good seed. They 
have received the vitality of the resurrection. With that life within, they 
must be scattered abroad. They have been gathered into the 
Father's garner to be scattered forth as seed that will continue to 
produce even more seed. 

Those who have been gathered need to enjoy the benefits of the 
fellowship and instruction within the granary. They dare not become 
at ease in that situation. They must go forth to bring forth other seed. 
There is a tendency to hoard the seed. Hoarding actually has an 
opposite than expected effect. Instead of saving the seed, it often 
brings a decay into the body of believers. Certainly every 
congregation should be of sufficient size to provide a well-rounded 
ministry. Every congregation also should be looking for ways it can 
promote the sowing the good seed in other areas. These areas may 
be just a few miles away, they may across the country, or even 
around the world. 

Have you been gathered into the Father's granary? Are you willing 


to scattered as the good seed, wherever needed? 



September 1 1936 


Ida M. Helm 

"What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that 
ye enter not into temptation." (Matt. 26:40-41.) 

Jesus had taken His disciples into the Garden of Gethsemane to 
watch with him. His humanity craved the companionship of friends in 
that crucial hour. HE was Praying. HE said, "My soul is exceeding 
sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me." (Matt. 
26:38.) Oh how imperative it is that we watch and pray without 
ceasing. While Jesus agonized and interceded for the sins of the 
disciples, for your sins and mine and for the sins of all of Adam's race 
the disciples went to sleep. Of all the people that were astir that 
night, none were watching, none were praying. 

When Jesus wakened Peter out of his sleep he took a sword and 
cut a man's ear off, and Jesus had to heal it and rebuke Peter. If 
Peter had been watching and praying with Jesus he would not have 
drawn a sword against his fellowman. In our careless state of mind 
while we are napping or dozing or while we are ever busy here and 
there and not on our guard the call comes to us to watch and pray. 
Even in our best, most earnest and somber moods Christ our Savior 
calls us to watch and pray that we may retain that which we have and 
that we may grow more like Him. 

"What, could ye not watch with Me one hour?" These were 
pathetic, touching words that fell from the lips of our Savior when in 
his awful interceding agony he found the disciples sleeping. He was 
in a few hours to be led to the cross to be a sacrifice for all man kind, 
that his sinless blood might cover our sins, though they be as scarlet. 

"And His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to 
the ground." (Luke 22:44.) It was for the sleeping disciples that HE 
sweat those bloody drops, it was for me. it was for you that HE sweat 
those bloody drops. Can we watch with Him? 

At love feast time we wash each other's feet, we eat the Lord's 
supper and partake of the bread and cup, emblems of Jesus broken 
body and shed blood. 

St. Paul says, "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and 
drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and 
blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat 
of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh 


unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not disceming 
the Lord's body." (I Cor. 11:27-29.) 

It is wonderful that the chief ordinance of Christianity is the 
commemoration of the death of a man. A vital relationship to the 
accomplishment of God's great plan of redemption. We should 
always live on the highest plane of holiness possible. 

At love feast time during the usual hour or two of intermission 
between the examination service and the feast how do we spend the 
time? Do we indulge in a careless confidence, talking about secular 
things, laughing and perhaps joking a little bit, instead of watching 
and praying with Jesus? Preparation for the communion and 
partaking of it is no trifling matter. Our weakness and our moral 
nature is understood and closely scrutinized by our creator and 
Redeemer to whose perfection we weak morals are mystically united. 

Let us watch and pray that the mysterious purpose in God's plan 
may be fulfilled in our weak body. "But as he which called you is holy, 
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation." (I Peter 1:15.) Jesus 
and the salvation he brought to mankind should be the subject and 
thought of our conversation between the examination service and the 
feast. It is to proclaim and commemorate the Savior's death that we 
come together and we should keep our minds on the tortured, 
bleeding Jesus as he dragged his broken, humiliated body up 
Calvary, "despised and rejected of men." 

"What could ye not watch with me one hour? Listen, Paul is 
speaking, "Only let your conversation be as becometh the gospel of 
Christ." (Philippians 1:27.) 

"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for 
the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, that 
it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the 
working whereby HE is able even to subdue all things unto Himself." 
(Philippians 3:20-21.) 

There is no bar to communion but the want of correct preparation 
and whatever bar there is men and women may remove themselves if 
they will. God insists on people doing things right. 



Have you ever participated in a game of volleyball, and one or 
more of the players on your team were "hot dogs?" These "hot dogs" 
would hit the ball at every chance, sometimes running into other 
players on their own team. The ones on the team who were not quite 
as good at the game would never get a chance to hit the ball. 

Does this sound to you like an example of good teamwork in 


action? I believe that playing volleyball can give us some valuable 
insights about getting along as a Church. 

In Ephesians 4:11-16, Paul gives a list of different spiritual gifts. 
He also gives the reasons why God grants spiritual gifts unto men 
and women who are believers. 

Why do we need a church team? The three reasons given are; 

(1) For the perfecting of the saints, 

(2) for the work of the ministry, and 

(3) for the edifying of the body of Christ. 

How long will we be needing to work together as a team within the 
body of Christ? Until "we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the 
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure 
of the stature of the fullness of Christ." This objective is supposed to 
be fulfilled in our Church today! 

What is a "team ministry?" As it relates to this application, I would 
define a team ministry as a church that works together in presenting 
to the world a united front: a people who live out the Word of God in 
their daily lives, and who are intent on sharing the Gospel Message 
with others. 

As we consider the merits of working together as a team, I will be 
using the example of a volleyball game. In playing volleyball, a 
number of players divide into two different teams. There are certain 
rules by which to play, so that the competition is fair and equitable. In 
my experience, a team that plays well together can win over a team 
where a few individuals are really good players, but who do not 
cooperate together as a team. The goal is to get the ball back over 
the net without letting it hit the ground. The hope is that someone 
from the opposing team will fumble the ball and let it drop, so that 
your team can gain a point. 

In building a Church team, there are at least five qualities needed 
among the individuals in the group. They are: (1) Commitment, (2) 
Character, (3) Trustworthiness, (4) Leadership, and (5) Flexibility. 

The first quality needed on the team is commitment. Commitment 
(in a church team setting) is a decision to love each other and to 
deliberately choose to work together. This particular type of love is 
not the gushy, mushy type — like when a boy meets a girl and they fall 
"head over heels" in love for each other. This kind of love is a real 
commitment; a rational decision to choose to be committed to the 
other persoTi(s) for the rest of your life. 

Love is the oil that allows us to work together without grinding each 
other to pieces! Just let a bearing go without oil for a period of time 
on a piece of machinery, and you will see what happens when a 
Church without love will get all heated up, and will eventually 



experience a "meltdown" if the condition is not alleviated. 

Commitment also includes the Biblical mandate to forgive one 
another when wrongs occur; when offenses are committed. Those 
team members who are committed to each other will display a 
willingness to work together and have a forgiving spirit. 

You know what happened soon after the iall" in the Garden of 
Eden? There were ONLY two brothers, and one of them killed the 
other! Only two brothers, yet, Cain was NOT willing to work together 
on this earth with his brother, Abel. Cain was NOT a good example of 
a team player. 

Years ago, when automobiles were just coming out, the story goes 
that there were two cars registered in the State of New Jersey. Only 
two! And they collided at an intersection. Why? They were both 
coming to the same intersection at the same time, and neither driver 
would yield the right-of-way! 

God wants us, who are believers, to learn to work together — so we 
can develop a trust in one another. We need to overcome the fruits of 
"the fair by getting along together. Unlike Cain and Abel, we need to 
live in unity and harmony, and experience teamwork! 

A good example of commitment can be seen on the volleyball court 
during a game when someone gives up a good hit for the benefit of 
someone else on the same team. The team's players need to work 
together during the game for the ultimate good of the team. In order 
for the team to win, each player needs to work for the benefit of the 
team, rather than for his or her own personal benefit. In this way, the 
team has a fighting chance to win! 

How about the Church team? Is each one willing to do his or her 
part? We all need to be committed to the task of spreading the 
Gospel Message. We all need to be committed to working together. 
Sometimes we need to lay aside our personalities. We need to 
accept the fact that others will see things from a different angle than 
we do. We believers need to choose to get along together in order to 
accomplish the larger task of winning the lost for Jesus Christ. 

To be continued 
Brother Bob Lehigh 


I Corinthians 1:12-13, "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I 
am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is 
Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the 
name of Paul?" 

Where I am employed we have a system of seniority that can get 
very complicated. It involves both factory and department seniority. 


Within this system is what we call a "round robin." Theoretically the 
decision of job award could go on indefinitely. To avoid this there has 
been a restriction put on this "bumping" procedure. We have come to 
believe that theological issues are similar to this in some respects. 
When we try to make final and profound statements of understanding 
on many theological issues we find ourselves going "round and 
round" with no clear understanding. 

We are persuaded that a large part of the problem is that we are 
trying to follow the wisdom of man in place of allowing Scripture to 
speak for itself. In a recent correspondence by mail we were once 
again challenged with the question of why there are so many different 
denominations, splinter groups and independent gatherings. As we 
thought on this question our mind was drawn to our opening verses. 

In our day we could probably paraphrase the Apostle Paul and 
come up with a statement such as the following. "Now this I say, that 
every one of you saith, I am of Martin Luther and I of John Calvin, (or 
Jacobus Arminius), and I of Cephas (Peter); and I of Christ." To this 
could be added the names of leaders of the various cults. Almost 
every one of the various groups claims to be a part of the body of 
Christ. A few claim that they are the body of Christ. Some refuse to 
worship Jesus Christ but claim to worship the Father. For us, it is not 
difficult to completely separate ourselves from the cults. But what 
about the remaining group? There is also the difficulty of where to 
place some religious movements. There is a growing movement 
today to accept the Roman Catholic Church as a legitimate part of the 
body of Christ. In reality they, of their own admission, are the group 
that says, "I (am) of Cephas." They insist that Jesus Christ gave the 
authority to rule the earthly church to the Apostle Peter and the Popes 
are his successors. 

One of the things that has always puzzled us about this portion of 
Scripture is why the Apostle Paul included the name of Christ in this 
list. There are at least two possibilities. The most obvious is that you 
can claim to be following Christ but fail to worship the Christ of 
Scripture. But there is also the danger of becoming so self righteous 
that you come to believe that you and your little group (no matter the 
numerical number) are the full and complete body of Christ. The 
statement, "While others are following the teaching of man, we are 
following the teaching of Jesus Christ and Holy Scripture," can be 
both of good statement and a sigh of self-righteous holiness. 

Paul's question, "Was Paul crucified for you?", speaks to us of the 
importance of believing in the shed blood of Christ for our salvation. 
This eliminates a large portion of the modern church and other 
organizations from the true body of Christ. Paul's next question, "Or 


were ye baptized in the name of Paul?", says to us that baptism is 
more important than many conservative groups make it. But it also 
raises the question of the correct mode of baptism along with the 
issue of infant baptism versus believer's baptism. 

Is Christ divided? The obvious answer is, No! Should we then join 
the ecumenical movement? Heaven forbid. Should we discontinue 
our wearing of distinctive garb to bring more unity with other 
believers? We are persuaded that doing so will eventually lead to our 
sisters losing the prayer veil, which is an issue of division. Christ is 
not divided but man has divided the body of Christ by interpretation of 
Scripture. We are persuaded that we should hold fast to Brethren 
understanding of Scripture that has lasted the test of time until the last 
few decades. We are not dividing Christ by standing fast to Holy 
Scripture and tradition that makes it applicable. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 


continued from August 15, 1996 issue 
Tuesday Morning Worship 

Bro. Mark Cordrey. Psalms 20. Our biggest goal in life is to get 
right with God. What kind of Christian are you? Jesus gave His life, 
not for Himself, but for us. What do you trust in? When we get to the 
end of our life, have we gotten ourselves ready to leave this world? 
Did we accept Christ and all of His teachings? Remember the Lord 
your God; put your trust in Him. 

Bro. Eldon Mallow closed. Ps. 111:1-3, Eph. 3:14-21. We need to 
stand faithful to the Word of God. 
Tuesday A.M. 

Bro. Scott Bross opened. The thought and cost of faith. We must 
have faith in Christ. We have faith in our Heavenly Father. Acts 6:8, 
11:24, 27:23-26. Barnabas and Paul were faithful workers for God. 
We need to fear our enemy, Satan. Do not allow him to lead us in the 
wrong direction. God is trying to strengthen our faith. Trust in Him, 
and He will help us. 

Bible Study-Adults: The Church-A Tempered Body, I Cor. 12 
Children-A Son Returns Home, Luke 15:11-32. 

Bro. Denny Myers. Take up Thy Cross. Matt. 16:21-24. Christ 
said, "I must go and suffer many things." Many of us here have 
decided to follow Jesus and His teachings. The cross has some 
weight. Christ said, "You may be hated by all men and shall be 
saved." Christ took His cross and made it holy by death. We are 


called to bear the burdens of others. So often Satan tempts us to 
give an excuse. He tells us not to bear others' burdens. Is the cross 
too heavy to bear to help others and their burdens. Do you hear 
Christ calling the cross bearers? Do not yield to temptation. Take up 
the cross and follow Christ. Christ is there and will show you how to 
bear the cross. Christ said, "If you are not willing to take the cross, 
you are not worthy of me." If we do not bear the cross, where do our 
children stand? They can see we are not willing to take up the cross. 
We are living in the last days. Are we lowering our standards and not 
willing to take up the cross as we should? Mark 10:21. The cross 
was too heavy to bear for the rich man. Jesus loved the rich man and 
told him to sell everything, and take up the cross and follow Him. Are 
you willing to bear the cross and live faithful throughout your life? 

Bro. Fred Johnson closed. 
Tuesday P.M. 

Bro. Gordon Jamison opened. Matt. 28:19-20. 'Teach all nations 
to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world." 

The Decorum Committee asked Bro. Dale Jamison to tell of his 
African Mission experiences. Acts 16. Bro. Godfrey is twenty-seven 
years old, married now and is a minister of the Dunkard Brethren 
Church. There were hundreds of children running loose in Kampala. 
The children get all of their food at school in Kampala. Bro. Paul, 
Sister Mary Stump, and my wife Doris and I went out to the Bush for 
sen/ices. As we went along through the trees, we saw the little huts 
that they lived in. Many wanted to be baptized and thirty -two were. 
They were so happy to be born again. We traveled on about fifty 
miles further, where there were sixty some children who came along 
to the sen/ice. Most of the women in Africa believe in having their 
heads covered during prayer. The people were glad to be part of the 
service at every home we went to. Bro. Paul and I received two 
chicken hens, eggs and pineapple. It is their way of saying, 'Thank 
you for being here." People in Africa want missionaries to come and 
teach them the Bible. African people need the Lord. They want to be 
baptized. They are happy to learn of the Bible. The gospel needs to 
be preached in Africa. They do not practice the holy kiss there, as we 
do in America. They kiss only by brushing cheeks. 

Bro. Phil Gish closed. We need to pray for our Mission Board and 
learn how we can be of help to the people in Africa. 
Tuesday Evening 

Bro. Jim Meyers opened, Luke 8:26-40. What are we doing with 
what God has entrusted to us? 

Bro. Rudy Shaffer. 911. Matt. 25:31-46. Do we see the fallen 


men around us? Many people in the world need Christ. We need to 
share the gospel with fallen men. We need a vision of Hell. Hell has 
become a place of torment. We need salvation to get us ready for 
Heaven. We need Christ and His teachings. Any church that does 
not have trouble means Satan has full power over it. Be a witness to 
the people who do not know Christ. Jesus said to go into all the world 
and preach the gospel. Let's get on fire for the Lord. 

Bro. William Carpenter closed. The Bible is the message that we 
carry with us to any missionary meeting with anyone in need to learn 
of Christ. 
Wednesday Morning Worship 

Bro. Milton Cook. I Chron. 16::7-37. This was the returning of the 
ark of the covenant. It was put in the place where it belonged. We 
have been greatly blessed while we have been here at this 
Conference. We are hereto praise the living God. We can choose to 
be built up in our Spiritual lives since we have been here. 

Sister Alice Heisey 


John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men 
unto me." 

As witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ we should never be 
discouraged. We should continue to tell others about our crucified, 
risen Lord. For we know that, according to the scriptures it is Jesus 
that draws men unto Him. It is not us. When I look back on my own 
experience, I remember the words of a man, but it was the drawing 
power of Jesus Christ that sustained me for over three years until I 
finally became His child. If He truly drew me all those years, and if He 
has held me even until this very hour, then I must not doubt His power 
to draw others and to save and keep them. 

Tis done — ^the great transaction's done 
I am my Lord's, and he is mine; 
He drew me, and I followed on, 
Charmed to confess the voice divine. 

We must, in all our witnessing and work for God, go in the name of 
Jesus. No person in this world is beyond His power to save. Jesus is 
the only true magnet. His power is irresistible. Man has tried to draw 
others through programs, musical groups, famous preachers, puppet 
shows, conferences, and the like, but JESUS said, "...if I be lifted up. I 
will draw all men unto me." Are we lifting Him up for others to see? 

Jesus will save you. Not the logic or knowledge of this world. Not 
the churchly organizations or fads of this present world. It is Jesus. 
We need to be careful of fad and fashion in the religious realm. 


Look at education. Educate yourself if you must, but do not let 
your education lead you away from Jesus. Do not be side-tracked by 
a loved one, a group of friends, a form of entertainment, or a sport. 
Jesus is too precious to be lost at the hands of something so 
insignificant. Many today are in the valley of decision. Rich and poor, 
ignorant and educated, young and old: we all pass this way at 
sometime in our lives. What will you do with Jesus, who is called 
Christ? Will you bow before Him and plead for mercy to take away 
your sins and make you His child? Or, will you, like many millions 
before you, crucify Him again and bring Him again to an open 

Happy day, Happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away! 
He taught me how to watch and pray 
And live rejoicing every day; 

Happy day, Happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away! 

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


The Mind: Its Care 
J. H. Moore 

Did you ever walk through a fine apple orchard and admire the 
fruitful trees? Have you not seen these trees covered with bloom 
and, later on, hanging full of fruit? Then, have you not visited the 
orchard again, and been charmed by the tinted leaves and large, 
delicious apples? Have you not stood beneath the outspreading 
branches of some favorite tree and counted the large, ripe apples 
lying on the ground? Did you not, at the same time, notice some 
decayed fruit? Did you take the pains to count such apples? More 
especially, did you eat any of the decayed fruit? Certainly not. That 
was sensible. That is the way all fair-minded people do. They admire 
the beautiful, and eat that which is good. They never would think of 
eating a rotten apple. They might possibly gather them up and cast 
them into the ditch, but they could never be induced to make use of 
them, or even to ask anybody else to do so. 

That is the right way to treat the body. The Lord never intended 
that people should put partly decayed fruit into their stomachs. Why 
not be thus wise regarding the care of the mind? The world is full of 
good things to think about. There is good books and papers 
everywhere. In nature there is much to admire and think about. 
Then, why feast upon the evil and the unpleasant? Why spend hours 
and even days, rolling evil thoughts over and over in the mind, as 


though they were sweet morsels? True, evil things are about us. We 
cannot help noticing them. But why not dispose of them, as we would 
get rid of decayed fruit, and then go on thinking about the good, the 
noble, the beautiful and the uplifting? 

Decayed fruit in the stomach will soon ruin it. Next will come 
disease, followed by a painful death. The same unwise treatment 
may lead to a troubled mind and an unhappy life. The wise man 
takes care of his body. He knows that it is the only one he is ever 
going to get in this world. But he is not always so careful regarding 
the care of his mind. He fills his mind with unpleasant thoughts, and 
then wonders why he must all the time be worried with the evil of this 
world. He is like the foolish man— if one so foolish could be found— 
who whiles away his time in his charming orchard, feasting on 
decayed fruit. 

In this wicked world we cannot avoid coming in contact with evil. 
Sin and misfortune must be encountered, but they should be 
disposed of. At least we should not permit the mind to feast upon 
such thoughts. To do so will not be good for the mind, neither will it 
produce happiness. It requires time, attention and great care to 
supply the stomach with healthful food. This is true of the needs of 
the mind. He who would have a healthful, useful, happy, pure and 
contented mind must give it even more attention than he gives his 
stomach or his body. A pure mind might possibly exist in a neglected 
body, but a spotless soul will not go hand in hand with a willfully 
neglected mind. 


"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." Matt. 28:19a. 

We praise God for the open door in Uganda, and the eagerness of 
the people to hear the good news in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Brother Paul Stump along with Brother Rudy Shaffer are planning a 
visit to Africa, November 18. They will survey the progress of the 
congregations in Uganda, with concerns to help them become 
established in the Faith and possibly assist in plans for permanent 
meeting houses. 

The support of the Orphan Sponsorship has been excellent with 
ninety-six being cared for. Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to 
come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of 
God." We understand that the children attend school the year 
around, with intermissions every three months. They receive one hot 
meal a day at school. Brother Godfrey goes to school on a regular 
basis and ministers to the children. Those sponsoring one or more 
children are encouraged to correspond with your child (children). You 
may send small gifts such as modest clothing, Christian story books 


(being careful that the stories and illustrations are in good taste with 
the teachings of Jesus), pens and pencils, mathematical sets, and so 
forth. Address your correspondence to your child, c/o Child 
Sponsorship Program, Dunkard Brethren Church in Uganda, P.O. 
Box 21 1 88, Kampala, Uganda, East Africa. Pray for your child daily. 

Your Board would like a couple to go to Uganda for an extended 
period of time to assist and support Brother Godfrey and Brother 
Peter in the work of the Lord there. Anyone interested, please 
contact us. 

We thank you for your strong support of this work and urge your 
continued prayerful interest. 

For the Glory of God in Africa, your African Mission Board; 

Brother Ray Reed, Sec. 
Quarter Ending June 30, 1 996 
Balance 3-31 -96: $ 1 3,631 .39 


Donations $ 7,667.90 

Sponsorship $ 5.127.00 

Total Receipts: $12,794.90 


Travel $ 2,148.95 

Transportation(includes van maintenance, operation 

and public transportation) $ 1 ,720.00 

Bibles $ 375.00 

Rent: Housing, Church-6 months $ 3,000.00 

Banking Fees $ 30.00 

Orphan Education $ 7.700.00 

Other $ 100.00 

Total Disbursements: $ 1 5,073.95 

Balance 6-30-96: $ 1 1 ,352.34 

Bro. Mark Andrews, Treasurer 


Lord willing, the Mechanicsburg Congregation is planning a Revival 
Meeting to be held from September 8 to September 15, 1996, at 7:30 
each evening, with Sunday morning services at the usual time. Our 
evangelist will be Brother Rudy Shaffer from the Lititz Congregation. 
Please pray that God will have His way in these meetings, that His 
precious name will be glorified. We covet your prayers and 

Sister Ruth N. Miller, Cor. 



Our welcome is extended to all to our September 15 Harvest 
Meeting at the Englewood Congregation. If the Lord wills, Brother 
Lloyd Lorenz will bring the message. 

Two recent lambs born into the Kingdom: Cathy, daughter of Bro. 
Steve and Sis. Karen Blocher and Leigh Anne, daughter of Bro. David 
and Sis. Bonnie Rice. May we hold them up in much prayer for the 
guidance of God's Spirit. 

We feel greatly blessed by the enriching messages of Bro. Jim 
Meyer's revival efforts. It was a pleasure to have his family, also. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 


We want to thank all those who sent us cards on our fiftieth 
wedding anniversary. It was a lovely memory to add to our book of 
memories in our lives. May God bless you for your thoughtfulness. 

Brother and Sister Reinhold Gunderman 


For those people who enjoy using computers, there is a forum that 
is really enjoyable. I am a Sysop, (or system operator) of a computer 
bulletin board, or BBS called the Messenger. Basically it has after 
church discussion areas. Mine has forty or so topic areas, Old and 
New Testament, apologetics, prayer requests, poetry, local area 
activities, to name a few. Plus programs for free downloading. It also 
offers utilities for your system. 

This is not Internet. It is NETworked with around thirty other 
computers, mostly on the West Coast but there are a few in the East. 

I decided to join the BIBLEnet family, to give the conservative side 
of Christianity. If you have a computer with a modem you are 
welcome to call and visit my computer. Use your .com program, dial 
209-874-9837. When your computer connects it will ask your Name 
or New: Type Dunkard Brethren Church. It will then ask your 
password: type PLHOME, it will then ask the phone number of our 

church, that is, ###-###- type 8634. The program will then let 

you in. Read the instructions. Leave me some feedback to let me 
know who called. You will want to call before 8:00AM, after 1 1 :00PM 
or on weekends. The computer is on twenty-four hours a day. 

If anyone is interested in starting a BBS, and NETworking with 
BIBLEnet or know anyone interested, give me a jingle. If you have a 
computer already it would cost less than one-hundred-fifty dollars to 

Brother David Walker 
Pleasant Home Congregation 





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 
IVIcClave, CO 81057 


Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adei, iA 50003 

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 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

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, Treasurer 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adei, IA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 


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

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397 County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

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 
(717) 359-5753 

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, IA 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 

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

(USPS 054-780) 



SEPTEMBER 15, 1996 

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


Two men toiled side by side from sun to sun, 

And both were poor; 
Both sat with children, when the day was done. 

About their door. 
One saw the beautiful crimson cloud 

And shining moon; 
The other, with his head in sadness bowed. 

Made night of noon. 
One loved each tree and flower and singing bird. 

On mount or plain; 
No music in the soul of one was stirred 

By leaf or rain. 
One saw the good in every fellow-man 

And hoped the best; 
The other marvelled at his Master's plan. 

And doubt confessed. 
One, having heaven above and heaven below. 

Was satisfied; 
The other, discontented, lived in woe. 

And hopeless died. 

-Sarah Knowles Bolton 



One attribute sought by most people is patience. Everyone wants 
to have more patience but seemingly there is never time enough to 
develop it. We want it to be instantly available. Unfortunately, 
patience is not developed that way. 

Patience is mostly developed by waiting. When a person learns 
how to wait instead of struggling against God's plan and pace, 
patience has an opportunity to develop. 

Jesus told several parables that emphasized waiting. Matthew 25 
contains some these parables. Each parable teaches other lessons, 
but part of the story involves the need of waiting. In neither case was 
the waiting to be a mere folding of the hands and the taking of sleep, 
it was to be a period of active waiting. 

In the parable of the Ten Virgins, there was a period of waiting. 
There seemed to be idleness indulged in by all the virgins. The five 
wise virgins had prepared themselves for the end of the waiting time. 
The five foolish virgins had not improved their time by obtaining the 
needed oil before the groom came. The wise virgins could have been 
more active but at least they were ready. The foolish had completely 
wasted their time and opportunity. 

Neither group knew when the bridegroom would come. They all 
had to wait the same amount of time. Each group grew weary, so 
they slumbered and slept. This may have been better than to 
impatiently fret and stew about the time of his arrival. The key was 
that whenever he would finally come they would be ready. 

Those who were not ready could not borrow from those who were 
prepared. In this world there are many who depend upon the relief 


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granted by those who have prepared. At that time, there will no 
welfare system that will provide the needed oil. They must either 
have it beforehand or do without. 

In the parable of the Talents, the story is based upon the efforts of 
each sen/ant, while the master was away. The servants did not know 
when the master would return. They could use the time to improve 
their finances or they could do nothing. 

Two of the servants used their time wisely. They were able to 
improve their time. They had more at the end than at the beginning of 
the master's sojourn. However, one did not choose to use his talent. 
He chose instead to bury it. He was very security minded. He did not 
have much. He did not want to risk the little bit that he did have. At 
the least , he might have placed it at interest, so he could have had 
some gain. By thinking to protect his money, he actually placed it at 
greater risk. It might have decayed within the ground. It might have 
been dug up and destroyed by animals. It might have been lost 
through forgetfulness. When the master returned he was severe with 
this servant, who had not profited from his talent. 

The lesson for us is to use the talent that the Lord has given each 
of us. We may not possess great talents, but what talent we do have 
we owe to the Lord. We must use it the best way possible. Even 
after we have employed that talent, we may need to wait for the 
results. Money put out at interest does not garner a great deal of 
money in a short time. It is over a long period of time that interest 
may produce wealth. 

In the Bible, the word, "wait"' has several meanings. It can mean 
"service", "expectation," "hope," or "spending time." Each meaning 
carries with it the idea of a prize at the end of the waiting period. That 
waiting period may be long or short. That should not concern us, for 
the prize will be worth whatever price the wait demanded. 

Besides these parables there are many more admonitions to wait 
upon the Lord. In our human inpatience we often think that we can 
improve upon God's plans for us. We want to adapt His message to 
our day and age, rather than wait upon Him. When we get the idea 
that we can run ahead of God and produce a better program than He 
has already given us, then we are no longer waiting upon Him. 
Somehow we think that God does not understand our conditions. We 
want to adapt and modernize His ways to meet our approval. We 
have set ourselves as the ones in charge. We forget we are the 
servants not the master. Servants are to wait upon their master, not 
the other way around. 

Waiting developes patience when it brings forth its expected fruit. 
If we perceive the wait is worthwhile we will be willing to do whatever 


is necessary to secure the prize. In the meantime we are developing 
the patience we need. 

Are you patient? Have you learned to wait upon the Lord? 



"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. 

There are billions of stars in the heavens. Looking up on a clear 
night, the mind boggles at what it sees: stars like dust in appearance 
there are so many. Yet those who have traveled the vast waters of 
the earth will tell you that of all these stars there are a few that are 
useful. The North Star is one. It has guided the mariner for 
thousands of years. It is a fixed point that the pilot can concentrate 
on, and thereby tell what direction he is going. When I was young 
and we traveled away from home I always focused on the North 
Mountain. I could always tell familiar surroundings by looking for 
North Mountain. Just as the North Star and the North Mountain are 
guides to the weary traveler, so is our text. It is like the North Star 
because for centuries it has guided the weary soul to salvation. 

Not far from where we live there is a Christian Book Store. They 
sell Bibles and books of all sorts. They also sell maps. People come 
from miles around to purchase maps there because they need to 
know the way to a place. The Bible is our road map to heaven. John 
3:16 is one of the highlighted places on that map. It has been read to 
those souls who were dying to give them peace. It has been read 
aloud in every Christian Church in the world because in a few short 
words it encapsulates the essence of God's Word. 

It talks about God's Love, using the word "so" which gives it infinite 
strength. It talks about God's Son, the most valuable Gift ever given 
to man. There is then, as Spurgeon calls it, "the simple requirement 
of believing." The "whosoever believeth in Him," which leaves room 
for you and me. There is also the great promise of salvation, which 
only God can grant, that believers will not perish, but have everlasting 

Someone asked me if I thought that a person could accomplish a 
high office in the church without being saved. I hope not, and I trust 
that God would reveal this type of person to others. Salvation is not 
just the most important thing, it is the only thing. We cannot afford to 
let unconverted people into church offices, or even into church 
membership. The damage that can be done in deceiving others and 


leading others astray is very serious indeed. 

We know that the devil is busy. He would deceive the very elect if 
he could. An unconverted church member can do nothing against 
him. We must allow Christ into our hearts and allow God to rule and 
reign in our lives. The devil will then have no power against us. God 
will bless those who trust in Him. 

God loved the world of sinners lost and ruined by the fall; 

Salvation full, at highest cost, He offers free to all. 

Even now by faith I claim Him mine, The risen Son of God; 

Redemption by His death I find, And cleansing thro' the blood. 

Love brings the glorious fullness in, And to His saints make known 

The blessed rest from inbred sin, Thro' faith in Christ alone. 

Believing souls, rejoicing go, There shall to you be given, 

A glorious foretaste, here below, of endless life in heaven. 

Of victory now o'er Satan's power Let all the ransomed sing. 

And triumph in the dying hour Thro' Christ the Lord, Our King. 

O 'twas love, 'twas wondrous love! The love of God to me; 

It brought my saviour from above. To die on Calvary. 

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


Part 2 

In Part 1 of this topic, we found that one quality needed in building 
a successful church team is commitment. Each of us, in a successful 
church setting, needs to make a conscious decision to love each 
other, and then deliberately choose to work together. 

A second quality needed in building a successful church team is 
character. For the purposes of this article, I would define character as 
doing the right thing when nobody's looking. In our land today, there 
seems to be quite a lack of character in people's lives. It almost 
seems that we need to reach back into history in order to pull out 
some examples of character. 

Before Abraham Lincoln became involved in the United States 
Government, he was an attorney. Someone wanted Lincoln to 
defend their case in court. Lincoln asked a few questions and found 
out that the person was at fault. Lincoln would not take the case, 
even though he was offered huge sums of money. He felt it just was 
not right. Oh, how we need to build this kind of character in our 
children, in our church family, and in our team members in the body of 


Who are you? I am not asking what you preach! I am asking who 
you are. ..through and through, in pressure and out of pressure. ..when 
nobody's looking? What would your family say about you if I asked 
them to write and tell me the truth about your character? We have all 
been in homes where a lot of pretense was going on in the church, 
but oh, how different it was in the home during daily life! This kind of 
hypocrisy will show up in the children! 

Times of crisis do not necessarily build character. But they do 
reveal whatever character is already there. 

How many times have you seen character revealed during a game 
of volleyball? Sometimes it would seem to be humorous if it were not 
so serious! I have seen some "hot dogs" get so angry at their own 
team members who fumbled the ball that they would begin screaming 
and yelling. This was only in a volleyball game; when a half hour after 
the game, nobody would even remember who won or lost! Sure, it is 
okay to try to do your best when playing a game. It's not right to lose 
your temper, and get the attitude that one particular game is the most 
important thing on the earth! 

The Bible speaks of people who easily lose their tempers: "He that 
is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit 
than he that taketh a city." (Proverbs 16:32). 

We are reminded in Ephesians 4:13 that we are to work together 
as a team until, "we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the 
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure 
of the stature of the fullness of Christ." If a team member of the body 
of Christ does "fly off the handle" and loses his temper, it reflects very 
badly on the entire cause of Christ and His Kingdom. We who are 
believers really are representing God's Kingdom to every person we 
meet. What kind of representative are you? 

To be continued 
Brother Bob Lehigh 


"Living better today because of the future" 
Knowing the future makes all of us better prepared to face it. 
Some people, however, find the Bible's teaching on the future very 
confusing. Some have become so frustrated that they no longer 
study prophecy. 

Although some details of prophecy are difficult to understand and 
even others are hidden, the purpose is clear, God has unveiled the 
future to comfort us and purify us. He tells us not to let our hearts be 
troubled. The apostle John adds, "Everyone who has this hope in him 


purifies himself, just as he is pure." (I John 3:3) 

In the last chapter of his epistles, Peter gives suggestions on how 
to live in the light of Christ's any-moment return. He presents several 
ways we can prepare ourselves spiritually. 

The first way we can prepare for the future is to rely on God's truth. 
Peter urges us to recall the words of the prophets and commands of 
Christ given through the apostles. These truths will strengthen us for 
any assault on our faith. 

Peter warns us that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking 
God's Word and following their own evil desires. They will deny the 
promise of Christ's return, claiming that everything continues as it 
always has. They forget that God has already interrupted history 
several times, first at Creation and then at the Flood. Christ's return 
will again interrupt human history. The earth, once destroyed by 
water, is now reserved for judgment by fire. 

Unfortunately, many people today have substituted their own 
experiences or ideas for the Word of God. Again Peter instructs us to 
follow God's Word rather than to depend on feelings and worldly 
advice. This is especially important as the end times approach and 
Christ's return draws near. False teachers will claim authority over 
the truths of Scripture. 

Another way we can prepare ourselves for the future is to 
remember God's patience. Again addressing his friends, Peter 
reminds us that the "Lord is not slow in keeping his promise as some 
understand slowness." Many people wonder why Christ has delayed 
His return for so long. Peter reminds us that the Lord is "patient, not 
wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 
Christ has not yet returned to allow more time for people to come to 
Him. As soon as the church is complete. He will return as He 

When Christ returns, we will enjoy His presence for eternity. A 
thousand years will be like a day! 

Our knowledge of the future should also motivate us toward 
righteousness. We must make every effort to be found spotless, 
blameless and at peace with Him. 

Peter explains that this world will be destroyed. Therefore, we 
should not be wrapped up in it as believers. We must live in keeping 
with the coming new heaven and new earth. When the present 
heavens disappear and the elements are destroyed by fire, we will 
dwell on a new earth prepared by the Creator. 

Understanding these things, why, then do we spend so much time 
with the things of this world? Why put cosmetics on a corpse? 
Everything here will be destroyed. We must live in the light of Christ's 


return and the blessing that awaits us in heaven. 

As we learn to live with eternity's values in view, we will have to 
guard ourselves against the spiritual threats of the end times. Peter 
tells us to be on our guard so we may not be carried away by the 
error of lawless men. 

The best defense against these errors is to grow in the grace and 
knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We need to live 
consistent Christian lives, rooted and grounded in solid doctrine. 
People are searching for the truth. If we proclaim it clearly and live by 
it consistently, they will be drawn to our Saviour. 

Even though we may not understand all the details of prophecy, we 
can be sure that Christ WILL return. God has unveiled the future, not 
to satisfy our curiosity, but to prepare us to live in the light of His 
return. By knowing the future, we can live better for God today. 

Live in anticipation. Live expectantly. Christ is coming. ..maybe 

Brother Len Wertz 


Psalm 66:5a,6,7, "Come and see the works of God;. ..He turned the 
sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we 
rejoice in him. He ruleth by his power for ever: his eyes behold the 
nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves." 

We have received several small books at different times from the 
head of a blind association that explain how blind individuals can 
accomplish almost anything a sighted person can. While we find this 
to be interesting and even astonishing, we would hate to be without 
our sight. It might be possible to write articles by quoting them and 
having someone else type them up, but it would not seem the same 
to us. We are sure God would give us the grace to bear such an 
affliction but would much prefer not to have to struggle with it. 

The Psalmist invites us to come and see the works of God. We 
enjoy driving in different parts of the State, we live in, and seeing the 
different scenery. Much of this is the works of God. The works of 
God the Psalmist is talking about in these verses is a demonstration 
of God's power. First of all, he says that God turned the sea into dry 
land. Then he says that they went through the flood on foot. We 
believe these two thoughts go together. There is more than one 
incident recorded in Holy Scripture where someone went across 
water on dry land after the parting of the waters. The best-known by 
far is the crossing of the Red Sea, by the Israelites. The Psalmist 
says, 'there did we rejoice in him." This psalm is credited to David. 
He, of course, never actually experienced a crossing of water, 


changed by God into dry land, that is recorded in Holy Scripture. He 
vicariously experienced this miracle by either reading about it or 
hearing it told. He could then make it a part of his own spiritual 
experience. By the same token we can vicariously experience the 
works of God by reading the Holy Scriptures in our day. 

There is a greater way we can see the works of God in our lives. 
Just as God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites in their time of need, 
He is with us in our greatest time of trouble or tragedy. We may not 
always experience what we can describe as a miracle, but God is 
there to give us the strength and courage we need at the moment. 

The Psalmist assures us that God rules by His power forever. We 
can soon become discouraged when we observe the wickedness all 
around us. We would not disagree with those who obsen/e that the 
wicked seem to be getting more bold in their demands and the morals 
of the population, in general, seem to be deteriorating. The sins we 
see today have been with us since the fall of man. Some historians 
believe that conditions were as bad and maybe even worse in such 
places as Corinth in the days of the Apostles. No matter how out of 
control society seems to be, God has not lost any of His power. The 
omnipotence of God is from everlasting to everlasting. 

We are told that God's eyes behold the nations. We do not believe 
that God desires Christians to be involved in politics. Neither do we 
believe that America, or any other nation, is or ever was a Christian 
nation. We do believe that the nation that turns its back on God will 
be judged by Him. We do not believe the statement is entirely true 
that states, "If God does not judge America He will have to apologize 
to Sodom and Gomorrah," for God will never have to apologize to 
anyone. But it is true that America rivals these wicked cities in 

The Psalmist warns, "let not the rebellious exalt themselves." He is 
probably referring to the rebellious nations and their inhabitants. 
Unfortunately, he could have been addressing the earthly church! It 
is, indeed, sad the direction the nations of the world are taking. It is 
sadder yet the path a large portion of earthly churches have 
determined to follow. It is disgusting when a political figure in high 
office defends an immoral act. It is revolting when a church leader 
does this. God is not limited by man. We will see His works and His 
judgments in spite of man's actions. The world will never see the 
works of God through a rebellious church. 

Come and see the works of God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in 
your life by accepting the finished work of Jesus Christ. 

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



September 15, 1936 


D. W. Hostetler 

In Heb. 1 :1 , we have these words: "God who at sundry times and in 
divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, 
hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son." 

Since the old testament was given by the verbal inspiration of God, 
the contention here is that, the New Testament was given by the 
same God in the same way — the verbal inspiration of God through 
His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Inspiration is not revelation, it is the act of communicating divine 
knowledge to the mind of holy men. Inspiration is the act of the same 
God by the same Holy Spirit writing the knowledge revealed. The one 
is the influx, the other the efflux. 

Inspiration is not illumination. Every regenerated Christian is 
illuminated in the fact that he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, but not 
every person so illuminated is inspired. Only Bible writers were so 

Again, inspiration is not human genius. The latter is simply a 
natural qualification, however good and well developed it may be. But 
inspiration is supernatural throughout. The writers were not inspired, 
but the word written was inspired. 

I should like to go further with the point of the verbal inspiration of 
the scripture. The text at the head of this article is clear proof that 
God did speak to the fathers directly through the prophets. In II 
Timothy 3:16, Paul says: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God," 
or as the revised version has it "every scripture inspired of God is 

The word rendered "scripture" in this passage is "Graphe." It 
means to dictate and write. So the idea here is that the scripture 
dictated by God has been written by the inspiration of God 

It is interesting to know that only we common folks believe this 
doctrine, but Prof. A. A. Hodge says that the line can never rationally 
be drawn between the thought and word of scripture, that we have a 
verbally inspired Bible. Profs. Gussen, Westfield, Burgon all believed 
this same doctrine. 

Our ancient church fathers, Justin, Irenaus, Clement of Alexandria, 
Origen, and Augustine all believed the doctrine of the verbal 
inspiration of the scriptures. 

God spake through prophets, that is, He communicated His word to 
prophets, "at sundry times and divers manners," bit by bit, and in 


various forms, such as man needed for his spiritual good, and 
righteousness, and holiness. 

Moses lived some 2500 years after the creation. How did he get 
his knowledge of the facts of creation, sin, the promise of a Savior, 
the building of the Ark, the flood, and so forth? Under the force of the 
text under consideration, it is clear that Moses got his knowledge by 

In Luke 1:70 we read, "As He spake by the mouths of His holy 
prophets which have been since the world began." Moses was not 
only a law giver but a holy prophet. 

In the first chapter of Romans, Paul says he was called to be an 
apostle of Jesus Christ, and that this Christ was promised by God in 
the holy scripture (which was given by verbal inspiration) and that he 
was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh and declared to 
be the Son of God. "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His 
Son." Here it is declared positively that God hath spoken unto us in 
the last days through His Son, that the Son of God was here in the 
world in person, lived here some thirty-three years in the flesh and 
chose His disciples and taught them for three years, and before 
leaving them, told them that the Father would send "the Comforter 
which is the Holy Ghost," and that He, the Holy Ghost, would teach 
them and bring all things to their remembrance whatsoever He had 
said unto them; and that the anointing which they had received should 
teach them, and that they did not need any man to teach them, for 
this same anointing should teach them truth, which was the very thing 
Jesus had taught them. It is clear that the things which we have 
written in the New Testament were given the writers by the Lord 
Jesus Christ Himself. 

In I Cor. 1 1 ;23, Paul informs us that the thing he was writing to the 
church at Corinth he had received of the Lord. That Paul was 
laboring under the power and direction of the Divine Holy Spirit of 
God is clear proof that the New Testament was given by the verbal 
inspiration of God. 

In Gal. 1:11-12 Paul says: "For I qertify you, brethren, that the 
gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither 
received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of 
Jesus Christ." 

I would like the reader to note the word "certify" here in this text. It 
means "to confirm the truth and validity of, as a document or assert by 
a formal written statement, sighed by an authorized official." So Paul 
was chosen an apostle, fully authorized by the Lord Jesus Christ to 
receive and write the gospel of Christ. Furthermore he positively 


declares he had not received this gospel from man, but that he had 
received it by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

John tells in Revelation how he received it direct from Christ: "I am 
Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, what thou seest write in 

a book. 

In Rev. 1:1, we have a text that puts the verbal inspiration of the 
New Testament beyond all doubt: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, 
which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which 
must shortly come to pass and He sent and signified it by His angel 
unto His servant John." 

Again and again the writers of the Bible say that the word of the 
Lord "came unto me," or "thus saith the Lord," or "I saw in a vision." 


God's Word is true. 
Tells what to do. 
Your Lord believe; 
Never deceive. 

if you're in doubt. 

Why not find out 

Just why you are 

Wand'ring afar? 
Take up God's Book; 
Search it, and look, 
And you will find 
That God is kind. 

And He wants you 

To be so true 

You'll live your life 

Just for your Christ. 
Let Him get hold, 
Then let Him mold 
Your life for you... 
He'll make it new. 

Now, on bent knee, 

Just humble be; 

Stop all your sin 

To obey Him. 
Come, yield to God! 
His straight way trod; 
Love will abound 
With Christ around. 


He came to save 
Us from the grave, 
From the "wide gate," 
And from "hell's fate." 

Then after years 

Of joy or tears, 

That blest reward 

With Christ, our Lord, 

Is not Christ's home 
For saints alone? 
Yes, they will rise 
Up to the skies. 

Twill be the pure, 

Who did endure 

Their trials here 

On this "old sphere." 

What joyful bliss! 
Just think on this — 
Heaven above. 
Where all is love! 

So meet me there. 

Up in the air, 

Where mansions fair 

Are waiting there. 

For if you don't. 
Or if you won't 
Doyour Lord's will, 
Then there is still 

A hell below. 

Where those will go 

Who turned their back 

On God's straight track. 

There, fire will burn, 
And you will yearn 
For some release. 
But it won't cease. 

You chose your way; 

Now, there you stay. 

Your "Book of Life" 

Was full of strife 


And vain glory, 

Not Christ's story. 

Now judgment day 

Brought you your pay... 
Weeping, crying, 
Longing, sighing, 
Wishing you had 
Been good, not bad. 

But lived a life 

Following Christ, 

Working for Him 

Till He'd come "again." 
See Christ sighing. 
Bleeding, dying 
On Calvary 
For you and me. 

-Irene Stout 



Sis. Mary F. Keller, born April 10, 1908, in Richland, Pennsylvania, 
departed this life February 4, 1996, at the age of 87 years. She is 
survived by three daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Edwin Stauffer of 
Newmanstown, Pennsylvania and Dorcas, wife of Nelson Myers, and 
Rhoda, wife of Rudy Shaffer, both of Manheim, Pennsylvania; two 
sons, David E., husband of Ruth Keller of Lebanon, Pennsylvania and 
Fred E., husband of Lorraine Keller of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, 
twenty-four grandchildren; forty-nine great-grandchildren; five great- 
great-grandchiidren; and a twin brother, Marvin F. Eberly of 
Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Ammon B. Keller, 
a son, Titus B. Keller and his wife, Anna; three grandsons and two 

Mary gave her heart to the Lord in her teenage years. She and her 
husband, Ammon, became members of the Lititz Dunkard Brethren 
Church in February, 1 941 . 

Mary often expressed love and concern for her family and friends 
and remembered them frequently in her prayers. 

The funeral service was held Wednesday, February 7, 1996, at the 
Lititz Dunkard Brethren Church. Elder Virgil Leatherman and Ministers 
Kenneth Wilkerson and James Eberly officiated at the services. Burial 
was in the Millbach Community Cemetery. 


The family wishes to thank each of you who have remembered us in 
prayer and for the loving support shown to us with cards and flowers. 


The new address of Elder Henry Walker is 12409 Terrace View Court, 
Waterford, CA 95386. His telephone number remains the same. 


The Lord willing, the West Fulton Congregation is looking fonward to 
Revival Meetings, September 20 through September 29, with Bro. 
Wayne Burgess of McClave, Colorado as our evangelist. Evening 
services will start at 7:45 and Sunday evening at 7:00. 

All are cordially invited to come and worship with us. Remember to 
pray for these sen/ices. 

Sister Diane Heisey, Cor. 

Brother Dennis St. John from Ohio will be joining us to conduct 
revival services beginning Sunday, September 29, and ending with the 
Lovefeast celebration on Sunday evening, October 6. Your 
prayers/presence would be inspiring and encouraging to us during 
these efforts. 

Sister Dorcas Shelly, Cor. 


Our Revival Meeting will start October 18 and run through 27. Bro. 
Harley Flory from Pleasant Ridge, Ohio will be our evangelist. Come 
and pray for these meetings. 

A few Sundays ago our congregation was singing the song, "More 
Like Thee." I had to think, is that really our desire? Do we know what 
we are singing? "Never let me from thy footsteps stray, Keep me in the 
narrow way. Pure without and pure within, Keep me ever from the 
ways of sin. Meek and lowly, ever kind and true, Like thyself in all I do." 

Are our desires to be more like the world or more like Christ, so 
someday we that crown of life could win? 

Our prayer is that we might be drawn close to our Saviour and 
strive to be more like Christ each day. May we see a revival in each 
of our hearts so that others who see and know us will be drawn to 

Sister Dorcas Myers, Cor. 



October 6 - The Comforter: The Spirit of Truth - John 15:26-27, 16:1-15. 

1 . Jesus said the Holy Spirit would "Reprove the world" of what 

three things? 

2. What other works of the Holy Spirit did Jesus mention here? 
October 13 - "Ask and Ye Shall Receive" - John 16:16-33. 

1 . Why should we always ask in Jesus' name when praying? 

2. Explain how it is possible to have peace in Christ and in the 

world tribulation? 
October 20 - Jesus' High Priestly Prayer - John 1 7:1-26. 

1 . What did Jesus say in His prayer about the unity of 


2. For whom did Jesus pray this high priestly prayer? 
October 27 - Betrayal and Denial - John 1 8:1-27. 

1 . Why did the band of men and officers fall to the ground at the 

words of Jesus, "I am He"? 

2. Explain how Peter could be so bold in some ways and yet so 

afraid of being fully identified with Christ? 


October 6 - Little Evils - Prov. 6:6-23, Ecc. 10:1-20, I Cor. 5:6-8. 

1 . In the sight of God are there big evils and little evils? 


2. Explain how the little evils in our life are like dead flies 

in the ointment of the apothecary. 
October 13 - Perilous Times - Gen. 6:1-13, II Tim. 3:1-17. 

1 . In Noah's time, why did God destroy most of his creatures 
along with the corrupt people? 

2. In the midst of a corrupt world how can we as God's people 

"Be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works"? 
October 20 - A Great Deceiver - Gen. 3:1-24, Matt. 4:1-1 1 , II Cor. 

2:10-17, II Cor. 11:13-15. 
1 . In what ways was the temptation of Christ like the 

temptation of Eve? 
2. How can we discern between what is of God and what is of 
October 27 - Our Protection - II Cor. 16:7-9, Dan. 3:15-25, 6:11-23, 

Luke 21:1 8-1 9. 

1 . How is it possible to have a perfect heart toward God? 

2. What must we do to be assured of God's protection? 

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OCTOBER 1, 1996 

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


As a tree beside the water 

Has the Savior planted nne; 

All my fruit shall be in season, 

I shall live eternally. 

Tho' the tempest rage around me, 

Thro' the storm my Lord I see, 

Pointing upward to that haven, 
Where my loved ones wait for me. 

When by grief my heart is broken, 

And the sunshine steals away, 

Then His grace, in mercy given, 

Changes darkness into day. 

When at last I stand before Him, 

Oh what joy it will afford, 

Just to see the sinner ransomed, 

And behold my sov'reign Lord. 

-Alfred H. Ackley 



Pontius Pilate is considered one of the most-despised men of all 
history. As the judge of Jesus, wanting to retain the favor of Caesar, 
he was controlled by his political sense. He condemned Jesus to be 
scourged and crucified at the urging of the corrupt leaders of the 
Jews. He somewhat realized the power of Jesus. He knew Jesus 
had been delivered to him for condemnation because of the jealousy 
of the Jewish leaders. He wished to wash his hands of the whole, 
sordid affair. His wife warned him because of the dream that had 
troubled her. He understood more than we might think, but he lacked 
moral courage. 

He gave in to their demand for the crucifixion of Jesus. He had 
sought to deflect them by offering a choice between Jesus and 
Barrabus. Under any other circumstances, they would never have 
desired any leniency for Barabbus. They chose a thief and murderer 
over Jesus, They were willing to make this dubious choice so they 
could get rid of this radical, blasphemer who claimed to be the Son of 
God. He would deflect the affections of the people from them to 
Himself. They seemed to have less insight than the pagan, Pilate. 
They, who claimed to be God's Chosen People, should have 
recognized and followed Jesus when He came unto them, but they 
rejected Him. 

Yet, some of His words bothered them. After they had persuaded 
Pilate to crucify Jesus, they began to have some doubts themselves. 
He had expired upon the cross. His body had been removed from the 
cross. The body had been hastily prepared for the grave. Now, 
instead of exalting over what they had accomplished they began to 


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worry. They wanted to make sure that there would be no occasion for 
His disciples to steal his body out of the grave. The disciples then 
might claim that He had arisen, just as He had claimed that He would. 
This end would be worse than the beginning. They went to Pilate the 
next morning, seeking a seal and a guard over that tomb. He allowed 
them to do as they wished. His words sound less than hopeful that 
they could accomplish what they hoped. He told them to make the 
burial site as secure as they could. His insight suggests that he 
wondered if they could really secure it as totally as they wished. 

They made sure the body was still there. They made sure the 
huge stone was set before the doorway of the burial cave. They 
blocked it as well as they could. They sealed around the stone. They 
placed a wax seal across its face, so any disturbance could be 
detected. They placed guards to watch so no one could disturb that 

Did they succeed in making it secure? They could not secure it. 
Jesus arose. Their efforts were totally futile. That grave could not 
hold Him. They could not stop Him. 

Like the rock in front of the burial cave, people try to secure their 
lives against the claims of Jesus. He claimed He would arise the third 
day and He did. He also has a claim upon each of our lives. His 
claim is based upon creation, redemption and obedience. If a person 
is unwilling to yield to His claims they are like the Jewish leaders 
trying to seal the grave against His resurrection. 

Their denial will be no more effective than that of the Jews. 
Although men may attempt to keep Christ from control of their lives, 
they will find, in the end, that they made a poor choice. There are 
many things that attract the efforts of people in this life. They may try 
to accumulate property. They may try to control great corporations. 
They may amass great fortunes. They may have great athletic 
success. There are many other areas of life where people try to 
secure a great standing. Even if they are successful in these 
endeavors, they will have failed to have secured their lives beyond 
the influence of Jesus Christ. 

If they refuse to accept Him as their Savior and Lord in this life they 
will have to meet Him as their judge after this life. They can be born 
again into the family of God. If they do not avail themselves of this 
opportunity in this life, they will miss all opportunity to realize that 
relationship. Instead of a homecoming welcome to Heaven, they will 
face a fearsome entrance into the eternal punishment of Hell. 

As secure and sure as they may think that they can make their 
lives according to their own plan, they are only set for failure. It is a 


pity to waste a lifetime of energy and planning on a certain failure. 
Far better to invest that time and effort into something that will 
produce a far greater reward at the end. 

Have you tried to make your life sure without Jesus Christ? Learn 
from the failure of the Jewish leaders in trying to make sure the tomb. 




So far in this series, we have seen that building a successful 
church team requires commitment and character. 

A third quality essential in building a church team is 
trustworthiness . Trust is the bridge of every relationship. 

The Bible commands us to love one another. We are also 
commanded to forgive each other. But, on the other hand, trust 
needs to be earned. 

Sometimes, a person squanders their trust. When that happens, it 
takes a long time to build up trust for that person again. As fellow 
Christians, we still love them. We choose to forgive them. But the 
element of trust must be earned. This is the balance in submitting to 
leadership. We submit to leadership who have earned our trust. In 
return, we need to let them lead! 

We need to grow toward trustworthiness. Each of us needs to 
develop a proven track record, so we can, in turn, trust each other. 

On a professional sports team, when the coach or captain calls out 
a play, each player needs to be faithful in his assignment. Each 
person's assignment will be different. They are all important. One 
can not worry about the other's assignment. Each needs to be faithful 
to the task given to him. 

Suppose, for example, you are in the infantry of the Army. You are 
allotted a few soldiers and given an assignment. Your task is to take 
a hill at a certain latitude and longitude, by a certain time. As you 
attempt to take the hill, you encounter resistance. So you decide to 
choose an easier path than the one in the plan. At the assigned time, 
you end up at different coordinates than where you were assigned. 

Suddenly, shooting breaks out. There is a lot of confusion. After a 
while, you and your fellow-soldiers are shot dead. What happened? 
In the confusion, your own army knew you were supposed to be at an 
assigned place. When your shooting issued from a different location, 
they thought you were the enemy. So your own army fired on your 
position. You were killed by "friendly fire." 

When your own army finds out they killed you, they will be sorry. It 


will be written down in the books as a mistake. Still, you and your 
fellow soldiers will be dead. Yes, in this scenario, your death would 
have been an accident, but you would still be dead. 

This clearly illustrates the need to be faithful for those who are 
serving in the armed forces. It is just as important to be faithful and 
trustworthy when serving in the army of the King of Kings and the 
Lord of Lords! 

We need to be DEPENDABLE! We each need to earn the respect 
of those around us. If someone consistently has "bad" insights into 
how to solve problems, those around will not be very willing to listen 
when he offers advice on how to solve a problem. Trust needs to be 

We are to hear from God. We need leaders who have a proven 
track record, and who have displayed that they hear from the Lord in 
challenging situations. 

Perhaps you have seen examples of trustworthiness in a volleyball 
game. When the ball comes to you, you have to hit it! Your team is 
depending on you! If you fumble the ball, you have let your team 

Watching a successful volleyball team, you will notice that the team 
members set the ball up for one another. That way another team 
member can get a good hit from the right angle to slam the ball over 
the net to the opposing team. 

Are we able to learn from this simple illustration how important it is 
that we, who are on the Lord's team, work together? Can we see 
how crucial it is that we support each other as we do battle with the 
enemy, who is Satan and his evil forces? 

To be continued 
Brother Bob Lehigh 


II Timothy 2:3, 'Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier 
for Jesus Christ." 

Soldiers for Jesus Christ? How many of us can truly call ourselves 
soldiers in the Army of the Lord? Verse four says, "No man that 
warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may 
please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. Being totally given 
to another is an oriental concept that few of us westerners 
understand. The scriptures are full of servanthood, and yes, even 
slavery. We westerners are free individuals and cringe at the thought 
of giving our lives fully to another. Perhaps this is part of the reason 
why Biblical Christianity has so few takers in the New World. We are 


not talking here of modern "Christianity", with its psychology, its 
modern and inaccurate Bible versions, and its "feel good" theology. 
How many have denied themselves and taken up the Cross of Christ? 
The Apostle Paul had been betrayed by many whom he thought 
were his friends. These things will befall all who serve Christ. Many 
have been discouraged when faced with such setbacks. Paul tells us 
that we must endure hardness. Soldiers in this world are taught to 
fight and kill. Soldiers in this world lose their comrades. They are 
taught to do these things, to endure these things, and not be 
discouraged. We, as Christians, MUST LEARN TO ENDURE WHAT 

Soldiers of this world fight and die for causes that only pass away. 
Our cause is eternal. Where are we? Verses eleven and twelve of 
this chapter state it well, "For if we be dead with him, we shall also 
live with him: If we suffer we shall also reign with him: If we deny him, 
he will also deny us." Are we actively fighting on the Lord's side, or 
have we been wounded or sidelined or discouraged by this walk? In 
the fourth chapter of II Timothy we are given the duties of the 
Christian warrior. Are we fulfilling these duties? Paul said he fought 
a good fight. How about us? 

Fight on, my soul, fight on, 

Till all thy foes must yield; 

Thou canst not wear the victor's crown, 

Till thou hast gained the field. 

Follow the Saviour on, 
Where'er He leads the way: 
Through fiery trials and through scorn. 
He leads to endless day. 

Though all thy friends turn foes. 

And Satan threats and storms, 

He gently guards, and always knows. 

To keep you safe from harm. 

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


II Timothy 2:19, "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth 
sure, having this seal. The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let 
every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." 


A building is only as strong as its foundation. We do not have a 
basement under the house but merely a crawl space. It was 
discovered that there was a serious moisture problem in this area. 
This, in turn, entailed two possible catastrophic results. The first was 
the obvious danger of rotting timber. The second was the possibility 
of termites. We could have ignored the problem and persuaded 
ourselves that the house would stand for our lifetime and that was all 
that was important. That would not have been using good wisdom. 
Instead we took steps to correct the problem. 

We praise God that His foundation standeth sure. All the wayward 
ways of man cannot change His immutable truths and sovereignty. 
We can rest on the promise that God has the whole world in His 
hands and is in full control of all circumstances. This is sealed by the 
truth that the Lord knoweth them who are His. We do not have to 
concern ourselves with judging who will enter Heaven and who will 
not. God is more than able to take care of this. He is also able to 
keep us from falling. When we are washed in the blood and baptized 
in the Spirit we can be assured of God's continual presence. He does 
not leave us to contend with the trials and tribulations of life on our 
own. He knows that we are mere mortals, made of dust, with a carnal 
nature that desires things contrary to the will of God. He has set us 
on the solid rock of Jesus Christ and helps us to fight the winds of 
temptation and the waters of wrong desires. 

We can be secure in this knowledge and ignore the last part of this 
verse, which we see as a warning to us as individuals as well as to 
the Church. While the foundation of God standeth sure, we have the 
obligation to depart from iniquity. We have the responsibility to take 
care of the foundations given unto us. We would like to look at three 
of these foundations that are in danger of erosion. 

The first foundation we would like to look at is the firm foundation of 
God's Holy Word. We can understand the attack on the Bible by 
those who claim to be atheists or agnostics as well as those who are 
a part of some other religion. But today the major attack on the Word 
of God is coming from those who claim to be a part of the body of 
Christ! They no longer believe in the miracles recorded in Holy 
Scripture. They question the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. They try 
to convince individuals that their own works are sufficient for 
salvation. Is it any wonder that in place of warning those who name 
the name of Christ to depart from iniquity they assure them that God 
will accept their sinful ways and practices. 

The second foundation we would like to think about is the 
foundation of respect. While the world has always been full of sin and 


the desire for holiness has always been lacking In the vast majority of 
people, there was always a healthy respect for morals among the 
majority of individuals and a respect for the Bible within most hearts. 
Today the dress and actions of society as a whole shows a lack of 
respect for God and for themselves. 

This leads into our third foundation. The foundation of morals. The 
advent of Hollywood movies began a decline in the morals within 
society at large. At one time, many within the Church taught that a 
couple should not have any physical contact, including kissing, before 
marriage. The Hollywood movies helped to demolish the guidelines 
that helped to keep a chaste relationship. Loose dating practices that 
involved switching from one partner to another on a frequent basis 
became the norm. Multiple marriages soon followed. Today those 
who once condemned the Hollywood movies sit and watch the same 
thing on television. Many now teach that movies are not wrong as 
long as you make careful choices. 

This verse teaches that God is sovereign and that man has a free 
will. We can ignore and excuse our iniquities by accepting the 
erroneous teaching of unconditional eternal security or by convincing 
ourselves that our good works will outweigh our evil actions. God's 
foundation standeth sure and His judgment is certain if we do not 
confess and forsake our iniquities. 

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



Many bankruptcies are declared these days, even among 
Christians. What does the Bible have to say about this practice? Is 
bankruptcy ever permissible without being a violation of the 

To understand the implications of bankruptcy, we need to first 
define what it is. When a person or business is declared insolvent by 
a court, he or it is unable to pay its debts or obligations. That is a 
declaration of bankruptcy. 

Many things can lead to that declaration: a sudden downturn in 
expected income in comparison to money already obligated; the loss 
of a job and too long a time to recover before losing one's 
possessions; a failure to pay off your debts in a timely fashion, which 
in turn forces you to fall behind on your obligations. 

The basic bottom-line cause of bankruptcy is to be so deeply 


indebted that income is insufficient to satisfy obligations. Ultimately, 
that forces creditors to demand payment. If the person or business 
declares bankruptcy, which is a protection offered by our judicial 
system, the creditors stand to lose part or all of the money owed to 

While bankruptcy is legally acceptable under certain conditions, it is 
not morally and ethically acceptable for the Christian. In Psalm 37:21 
we learn that to borrow and fail to pay is wickedness. The name of 
the Lord is dishonored by one of His people failing to honor what is 
owed. There may be a rare circumstance where a Christian has no 
other recourse than to face bankruptcy. Should that occur, the court 
itself may determine what is to be done regarding repayment 
percentages to creditors. The Christian is obligated to honor the full 
original obligation even if this decision is made. If he does not, he will 
be defrauding his creditors of their rightful due. It is important to work 
with creditors to meet obligations in full beyond the limited repayment 
percentages that the court establishes. That is in keeping with the 
Scriptural teaching concerning a good name. (Proverbs 22:1) 

We must be cautioned to guard ourselves from extensive over- 
obligation either personally or in our businesses. Should the 
unexpected occur, we can not consider bankruptcy an option just to 
avoid repaying what we owe. It does not matter what provisions are 
legally available. We are commanded in Romans 13:8 to base our 
obligation to others on love, not finances. If we do that, we will be 
kept from losing important relationships and will ultimately fulfill our 
obligation in a God given way. 

Brother Len Wertz 


October 1, 1936 


William Root 

(Mark 12:30) "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 

heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy 

strength: this is the first commandment." 

In the hearts of all who have been thoroughly converted, who walk 
in the light of God there soon comes a conscious hunger for 
deliverance from everything that is contrary to God's will, and for more 
complete and increased conformity to the divine nature. 

The deeper the experience the deeper will be our hunger and the 
greater will be our hatred toward everything that hinders communion 
with God and of loving Him with all our heart, and with all our soul, 


and with all our mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. 

Our Savior plainly recognized this fact when in His sermon on the 
mount He declared, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst 
after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 

There remains in the hearts of true Christians those who have 
been born of the Spirit, those who are conscious of real love, and faith 
and hope toward God, those who are begotten of Him in soul: a 
desire to put away that old inherited nature which is corrupt, which 
Paul terms the "old man" and the "carnal mind, that is enmity against 

I think all will agree with me that all true Christians should hate that 
inherited evil nature, which we find in the natural man, and strive 
against it and yearn for deliverance from it. 

The religion which is taught in both the old and the new testament 
are one and the same religion. 

From the beginning of time God has demanded that His people 
should love Him perfectly and entirely. We should love God with all 
the capacity of our being. No rival affection should find place in our 
hearts. In the law given by Moses he said, "Thou shalt love the Lord 
thy God, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 
mind." Christ also gave the same command in declaring our duty 
under the gospel. (Matt. 22:37-38) "Jesus said unto him, thou shalt 
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with 
all thy mind; this is the first and great commandment." 

Then again, if the carnal mind is enmity against God and is not 
subject to the law of God neither indeed can be. As we read in Rom. 
8:7, God then in commanding us to love Him with all our heart 
naturally provided for the removal or cleaning away of everything that 
would make it impossible for us to obey Him. 

The word agrees to that statement, for to the Old Testament saints 
He promised, as we read in Deut. 30:6, "And the Lord thy God will 
circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed to love the Lord thy 
God, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live." 

And to us under the new dispensation He says, (I Jno. 1:7) "If we 
walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship one with 
another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth from all sin." 

Then again, God has declared that His wrath is revealed from 
heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness in men. (Rom. 
1:18) "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all 
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in 

God loves righteousness, but He hates iniquity. (Heb. 1:9) "Thou 


hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, even thy 
God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." 

(Prov. 8:13) "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and 
arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate." 

God cannot consent to evil, for He is of purer eyes than we are and 
He cannot behold it. He cannot look upon iniquity, (Heb. 1:13) 'Thou 
art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: 
wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously and boldest 
thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous 
than he?" 

God commands us to be holy, for He is holy. (Levi. 11:44) Tor I 
am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye 
shall be holy; for I am holy." (I Pet. 1:16) "Be ye holy for I am holy." 

After we are freed from our bondage of sin, we can know that our 
old man is crucified. Paul says in Rom. 6:6, "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." 

Can it be God's choice that the nature which He has declared to be 
"enmity" against Himself should remain in the human heart? We think 
not. After our conversion we should be "pure in heart." Jesus said, 
(Matt. 5:8) "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." 
And in I Jno. 3:3, "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth 
himself even as He is pure." Purity of heart can be found only by faith 
in the cleansing power of Jesus blood. After conversion then the cry 
of the soul should be for purity for the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit. 
The work of the Holy Spirit in purifying the heart is but a preparation 
for His indwelling. 

(John 14:17) "Even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot 
receive because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know 
Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. The Holy Spirit will 
lead the converted, new born soul into all truth." (Jno. 16:13) 
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come He will guide you into 
all truth." 

Dear friends it is beyond question plainly revealed to us that it is 
the will of God that we, his children, should "grow in grace and in the 
knowledge of the truth." Then we are assured that the path of the 
"just" is as a "shining light that shineth more and more unto the 
perfect day." 

(Psa. 16:11) "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is 
fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore." 
And in Psa. 27:1 , "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I 
fear? The Lord is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?" 


After conversion we should go on and continue to increase in all of 
the fruits of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-23.) For if we do not increase in 
love to God and our neighbor, if we do not have more and more of the 
mind that is in Christ, if we do not feel more as Jesus felt when He 
wept over Jerusalem and when on the cross He prayed, "Father 
forgive them for they know not what they do," if we are not more 
concerned over lost souls, and over the desolation of Zion the church, 
in these last days, when so many are falling away, if we are not more 
and more inclined to self denial and self sacrifice in behalf of souls, if 
we are not increasingly drawn out in prayer for all saints and for the 
upbuilding of God's kingdom; if we are not reflecting in our lives and 
characters more and more of the divine image, continually hungering 
and thirsting to know more and more of the love of God that passeth 
knowledge, if we do not these things, then there is surely something 
sadly wrong in our Christian experience and in our practice. 

Paul has said, "And the Lord makes you to increase and abound in 
love one toward another and toward all men, even as we do toward 
you." (I Thess. 3:12.) 


"Leaves have their time to fall 
And flowers to wither at the north-wind's breath 

And stars to set-but all, 
Thou hast all seasons for thine own, oh! Death." 
Kind reader, are you prepared to die? You may meet death at any 
time. The many sudden deaths around us stand as so many 
sentinels to warn us of our danger. The dearest interests of your 
future state depend upon your condition when the shadowy king 
strikes you down. Around us and within us are daily warnings of his 
approach. Every rivulet that ripples over its pebbly bed says, Return. 
Every falling leaf reminds us of our mortality. Every withering flower 
speaks in perfumed eloquence and warns us that the bloom of health 
that mantles the cheek must wither and fade. Every pain and ache 
that racks our body tells us that the fell destroyer is doing his work, 
and appeals to our pride, our avarice, our licentiousness and all that 
is within us, and tells us to take warning and prepare. Death is a 
reaper before whose sickle we all must fall. And with all the wisdom 
and power we possess we cannot tell when he will strike us, neither 
can we stay his iron grasp or melt his heart to pity. The stern, 
irrevocable decree has gone forth that it is "appointed unto man once 
to die." 

It is a solemn thing to die, to go away from the world, from our 


business, from our friends with all the pleasant associations, and 
return no more forever. If we had no knowledge of what is beyond 
the grave, death would indeed be a terrible thing to contemplate and 
still worse to experience. It would be a ''dark valley," "King of 
Terrors," "chilly waters." And our knowledge only intensifies its 
horrors if we are not prepared for it. To feel we must leave this life 
and go to the dark, damp realms of the grave, and then go into the 
unknown regions to meet an offended God and lose the rich 
inheritance of his saints, will fill the soul with woe inexpressible. Oh, 
the thought of the grave when we are not prepared for death! 

"There darkness and dampness with poisonous breath 

And loathsome decay, fill the dwelling of death; 

The trees are all barren and bare. 

The pilgrim, who reaches this valley of tears 

Would fain hurry by; and, with trembling and fears, 

He is launched on the wreck-covered river." 
If we are prepared by a holy life, devoted in obedience to God, 
death has no sting and the grave no terrors. Jesus our Savior took 
upon himself our nature, that through death he "might destroy him 
who had the power of death." Having gone down through the dark 
regions of death he lit up the gloom of the valley with effulgence like 
that of heaven, thus making the dying couch of his people radiant with 
the light of his presence, and dignifying it into the gateway from the 
tribulations of earth to the glories of heaven. The grave is the couch 
upon which the careworn and weary believer sweetly reposes till the 
morning bells of eternity call him forth. 

"The storms that wreck the wintry sky 

No more disturb his sweet repose, 

Than summer evening's latest sigh, 

That shuts the rose." 

"How peaceful the grave! its quiet how deep! 
Its zephyrs breathe calmly, and soft is its sleep. 
And flowrets perfume it with ether." 

"How lovely, how sweet the repose of the tomb! 
No tempest is there; but the nightingales come, 
And sing their sweet chorus of bliss. 

Selected from The Brethren's Tracts and Pamphlets 


The Holy Spirit takes possession of the person who surrenders his 


or her life to the Divine Will. In daily life it beconnes difficult to do the 
wrong thing, because the Holy Spirit will deprive such a person of 
peace and comfort: likewise, a person will have to forfeit calm and 
contentment if they omit doing that which they are called to do. 

God is loving. God is gentle. God loves us deeply if we live for the 
sake of loving Him. It is that simple. That is all there is to know. 

Brother Allan Smith 
900 W. Main St. 
Ephrata, PA 17522 


Mr. Timothy Cook, son of Brother and Sister Milton Cook of 
Beaumont, California was united In holy matrimony with Miss Amber 
March, daughter of Mr. Albert March of Athol, Idaho and Mrs. Alice 
Magers of Beaumont, California. The wedding was held at 6:00 P.M., 
September 14,1996 at the Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church. 
The ceremony was conducted by Elder Milton Cook. The newlyweds 
are at home at 637 Massachusetts Avenue, Beaumont, California 


The Lord willing, 1997 General Conference will be held at the 
Maranatha Bible Camp near North Platte, Nebraska, June 6-1 1 , 1997. 
More details will be given later. 

Brother Carl E. Reed 
Arrangements Committee 

Brethren Paul Stump and Rudy Shaffer plan to visit the churches in 
Uganda in November. Those having items of clothing to send to the 
orphan children may send them to either of the Brethren by 
November 1 . They will combine the items for efficient transportation, 
so pin all information you desire to the garments for identification. 

Brother Ray R. Reed, Sec. 


The Lord willing, Dayton Congregation is looking forward to our Fall 
Revival Meeting, October 16 through 20, 1996. The Lord willing, 
Brother Scott Bross of the Bethel, Pennsylvania 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 19, 1996. 

We invite any and all to come and be with us, also remember our 
little number in prayer that we might all be touched and drawn closer 
to the Lord and Saviour. 

Our PRAYER to all, "I have seen the travail, which God hath given 
to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing 
beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that 
no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to 
the end." Ecclesiastes 3:10-1 1 . 

Sister Lizetta Bittinger, Cor. 


The Plevna Congregation plans a Fall Revival, October 20 through 
27 with Bro. Mark Cordrey of Modesto, California as evangelist. 
October 26 will be our Lovefeast. There will be services at 2:00 p.m. 
and 7:00 p.m. 

We invite all to these meetings and ask for your prayers. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

The Quinter Dunkard Brethren Church will be having a Revival 
Meeting, October 20 through 27, with Bro. Mike Wray as Evangelist. 
Our Lovefeast will be held on Saturday, October 26. 
Please come and be blessed with us. 

Sister Julie Litfin, Cor. 


We wish to thank all of our dear Brethren and Sisters across the 
nation who have prayed, sent cards and gifts of love in Nathan's 
behalf. On August 13, his foot and ankle were lost to amputation but 
his spirit and determination have only grown. We praise God. He is 
still on crutches and expects to receive his temporary prosthesis very 
soon. Knowing so many people cared has been the greatest of 
encouragement to us all. God bless you. 

The Roland Reed Family 





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

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
Bryan, OH 43506 

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


Fred O. Piter, 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 
Qulnter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manhelm, PA 17545 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeiand Road 
York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

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 Homeiand Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
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 
21397 County Road 850 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Oordrey 
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 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littiestown, PA 17340 

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 

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, 1996 

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


Holding on to Jesus, with the crown in sight; 
Holding on to Jesus, in the dark and light; 
Tho' the world may tempt me with its luring dross, 
Holding on to Jesus, clinging to the Cross. 

If I hold to Jesus, Jesus holds to me. 
And each path of duty plainly I can see; 
Over all I triumph, and securely stand, 
Holding on to Jesus, by his mighty hand. 

Ere you can unshaken to the Savior hold, 
Earth must be forsaken, self and love of gold; 
Gladly you must suffer ev'ry earthly loss, 
Holding on to Jesus, clinging to the Cross. 

Bid farewell to pleasure, let the idols fall, 
And the Savior only be your all in all; 
Nothing shall disturb you, tho' the tempests toss, 
Holding on to Jesus, clinging to the Cross. 

-Alfred J. Hough 



One of the problems of modern American society is mediocrity. It 
affects almost every facet of American living. Mediocrity is an attitude 
of being pleased with doing or producing what will just get by. There 
is a lack of striving to do any better than average. Some realize their 
imperfection, so they only try to get by. Others let laziness dictate 
their efforts. Others are uninterested. Some do not care. 

Mediocrity affects all types of people. They may be young or old, 
rich or poor, executives or blue-collar workers. They are in every part 
of the country. They live in the cities, in small towns and in the 
country. They may be single or married. They may have families or 
be childless. They may live in the slums, the inner cities, the suburbs 
or the posh, exclusive neighborhoods. 

Not only is mediocrity seen in the serious, worthwhile endeavors of 
life. It is found also in recreational activities. Many who play a sport 
do not give a concentrated effort. They go through the motions 
without really putting a great amount of extra effort into the activity. If 
recreational activities do not evince a sustained exertion, a more 
serious task likewise will receive only a lackadaisical effort. School 
studies will be done just to pass the required tests. There will be no 
pursuit of knowledge beyond what is required to pass. Just enough 
effort will be put forth to receive a diploma. That diploma should 
signify that an effort has been made. In reality it only signifies an 
effort that was just enough to get by. 

These examples might be blamed on children and young people, 
but they have learned this attitude from adults. Employees may work 
to presen/e their positions, but not further the employer's well-being. 
Workers, whether skilled or unskilled, may put in their time, but not be 


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productive. They produce items that just pass inspection. There is a 
lack of craftsmanship. Those who provide a service will serve as little 
as possible. It is not only government bureaucrats who fail to give 
friendly, personalized service. It can be any clerk or agent who cares 
not for the customer but for his own paycheck. 

This mediocrity, unfortunately, can be found in Church as well as in 
society. That is the one place where it should not be found. As 
society's ideas and attitudes have affected the Church, mediocrity has 
found a dwelling place. Since the Church is composed of individual 
members, mediocrity is found in Christian's lives. 

Christians no longer labor for others as if they were laboring for 
Christ. They do not want to work a little harder, smarter or be more 
helpful in their employment. Paul warns the believers to be diligent in 
their labors. They were to serve their masters as those who served 
God. They were not to purloin or be men pleasers. They were to 
earn an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. Intentional 
mediocrity is a form of dishonesty. 

Jesus warned the Church at Laodicea that He would spew out 
those who were lukewarm. He could abide the hot or the cold, but not 
the indifferent, the untrying, and the lazy. He makes a comparison 
with drinking water. Nothing can quench the thirst on a hot day like a 
drink of cold water. Other beverages have been promoted as thirst 
quenchers, but they all come short of satisfying as well as cold water. 
Hot water can be used for making tea or coffee. These drinks can 
satisfy. Hot water alone can be used to decrease the appetite before 
a meal. Lukewarm water is good only for gargling. Water that is used 
for gargling is not swallowed. Jesus has the same feeling for the 
mediocre believer that we have for gargling water. It can be helpful 
but not pleasurable. 

One of God's purposes in creating people was that they might 
bring pleasure to Him. Man was created to please God. A person 
with a mediocre attitude can not please God. God created the Earth 
and set man over it. Also, He gave His greatest Gift, His Son, as the 
redeemer of individuals from their sins. He gave so much. He hopes 
there will be something within man that will respond in a similar way. 
No person can ever give as much as God has given. Certainly, 
something more than mediocrity is His due. 

It is so easy to be influenced by the mediocre society surrounding 
us. The expectation among our fellow workers is that we do not put 
forth an extra effort. The prevailing attitude is that a person should 
not do any more than is absolutely necessary. That attitude can be 
infectious. After growing slack in temporal affairs, it is not hard to 
become lax in Spiritual affairs. 

As a Christian living in a world content with mediocrity, how do you 


give the total effort God desires of you? Do you make an effort in 
both temporal and Spiritual affairs? 



Genesis 5:24, "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for 
God took him." 

Hebrews 11:5, "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not 
see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for 
before His translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." 

II Kings 2:11, "And it came to pass, as they went on, and talked, 
that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and 
parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into 

James 5:17-18, "Elias (Elijah) 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 heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth 
her fruit." 

Genesis 14:18-20, "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth 
bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he 
blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, 
possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, 
which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him 
tithes of all." 

Hebrews 7:1-3, "For this Melchizedak, king of Salem, priest of the 
most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the 
kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of 
all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that 
also King of Salem, which is. King of peace; Without father without 
mother without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of 
life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." 

As we study Holy Scripture we find many things that can not be 
understood or explained completely by the human mind. This has 
brought doubt, confusion and false teaching into the lives of many 
individuals. Some things must be left to the sovereign wisdom of 
God. We must accept Scripture as it reads if we completely 
understand it or not and if it fits neatly into our theological 
presuppositions or not. 

Three individuals, mentioned both in the Old and the New 
Testament, Each is very unusual. They have caused discussion 
caused by the difference of opinions within the earthly church. We 
believe each of them represents a characteristic of God. 


The first individual we wish to look at is Enoch. There are those 
who believe that Enoch did die. Hebrews 11:5 seems to teach this 
that he did not die with certainty. This leaves many questions that we 
find no answer for. For us the outstanding thing about Enoch was 
"that he pleased God." We see Enoch as representing the 
righteousness of God. John 12:43 describes the vast majority of 
those who claim to be believers today. Tor they loved the praise of 
men more than the praise of God." It seems very few are willing to 
name sin anymore. Instead, sin is spoken of in a very general way. 
At the same time popular Christianity is busy trying to persuade 
Christians that what was once considered sin is no longer thus. 

The second individual we wish to look at is Elijah (called Elias in 
the New Testament). Here again, there are individuals who do not 
believe that Elijah was taken up to Heaven without seeing death. As 
with Enoch, this is an area that we have difficulty fitting into our 
theological interpretation and understanding. But the Bible says "and 
Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." The ministry of Elijah 
included many miracles, one of which is recorded in the book of 
James. We see Elijah representing the power of God. Many within 
the earthly church have come to the conclusion that miracles are not 
possible today. Although we are persuaded that much deception is 
connected with the modern "miracle workers," we believe God is the 
same God now, as He was within the pages of Scripture! 

The last individual we want to look at is Melchizedek. This is, 
perhaps, the strangest individual of the three. Not only do the 
Scriptures say that he never saw death but that he was never born! 
Most commentators say this is a matter of records and not to be taken 
literally. We see Melchizedek as being representative of the 
superiority of God. One of the major problems within the earthly 
church is many want to bring God down to human standards and 
limitations. When we talk about God we must include God the Father, 
God the Son, (The Lord Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. Three 
in One and One in Three. God is superior to humanity in thought, 
word and deed. To deal with the subject of His superiority in full 
would require at least a whole manuscript and probably a book. 

We will allow those with greater wisdom and knowledge than we 
have to wrestle with the difficulties of Scripture as illustrated in the 
lives of these three individuals. Our desire is to recognize the 
righteousness, power and superiority of God and allow them to be a 
part of our daily lives and desire that they may make us better 
witnesses for Christ. 

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



Part 4 

So far in this series, we have seen that in order to have an effective 
Church team, we need the qualities of (1) Commitment, (2) Character, 
and (3) Trustworthiness. A fourth crucial quality for building a 
successful team is leadership . 

Leadership is a display of discernment, as well as consistency. A 
quality leader will not be "bouncing around" from one thing to another, 
or have variable mood swings from one day to the next. Rather, a 
quality leader will consistently show insight in applying the Word of 
God in practical, everyday situations. 

If someone on the team displays wrong insights, and has a poor 
track record, the team will not listen to him. This is for a good reason! 
If the team heeds the advice of one who is not wise, they will lose the 

The Bible is our guide and our rule book in the game of life. The 
Word of God is the manual from which we derive our basic rules of 
play. From it we can all secure wisdom for getting along in daily life. 
But the team needs leaders who can teach us how to apply the Word 
to our daily lives as we participate on the team of the Kingdom of 

John says, "By this we know that we love the children of God, 
when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love 
of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments 
are not grievous." (I John 5:2-3). To have a successful team, we 
need to carefully seek out the commandments of Jesus Christ, and 
heed them. 

Each of us needs to look out for the good of the team! I feel that a 
serious flaw in the Dunkard Brethren Church is that many of us are 
looking out for ourselves FIRST! It takes aH the gifts working together 
to equip the saints to DO the work of the ministry. 

For example, consider how a football team works. There are 
eleven players who choose to submit to a coach, so their team, 
hopefully, can win over the opposing team. Those eleven players 
study hard. They practice hard. They all flow together in order to 
make a play. All their efforts are for the good of the team. No one 
person gets all the glory. Even when the quarterback does get 
"praised up," where would he be without the linemen and the running 
backs, and the other members of the team who support him? 

Sometimes it seems nearly impossible to get eleven people in our 
Church to join together and to work together for a common cause, let 
alone an entire church working for the good of the team (to the glory 
of God)! 


We need leadership to have an effective team ministry. We need 
to let the leaders lead! I believe that in many situations, football 
teams are doing quite a bit better than we are! We, as a church, need 
to establish leadership. Then, we need to respect our leadership and 
willingly submit. We need to allow the leader to be the leader. 

A rather interesting test of a congregation's willingness to be led is 
in the area of congregational singing. Does the congregation willingly 
follow the song leader? Or are there some in the congregation who 
stubbornly refuse to allow the song leader to be the leader? 

I remember an occasion some years ago, when I was asked to 
lead singing at a particular place. Once into the singing, I found out 
rather quickly that they really did not want a song leader at all. 
Rather, they only wanted a "song starter." There was a lady sitting in 
the front row who actually led" the singing! I only started the songs! 

Think about the difference between "song leading" and "song 
starting." One requires leadership, the other does not. "Song 
leading," when done correctly, can lead to beautiful harmony in unity, 
where everybody starts and stops at the same time, and holds the 
appropriate notes together ! "Song starting" generally has its share of 
discord, and the timing is not together at all. 

I believe that this basic attitude of "not being willing to be led" 
creeps into other areas. We are not sure we want someone else to 
lead us in the singing. And we are not at all sure that we want to 
entrust to others the leadership of our church. Do we tend to have a 
basic refusal to let leaders be leaders? 

Do we lovingly and willingly submit— with Biblical accountability? 
Or are we suspicious, displaying a lack of trust, and acting somewhat 
distrustful of each other? 

A leader needs to be humble . God does better with those who are 
dependent on Him. If a leader is good, and he knows it . then God 
has a very difficult time using him. Humility and a dependence on the 
Lord are very key issues in this area of Leadership. 

Those of us on the team need to warn each other about the 
possible moves of the enemy that we see coming. Each team 
member has had different experiences, therefore he is aware of the 
enemy's moves in different areas. When all the members of the team 
pool their observations and insights, the team can be aware of how 
the enemy is operating, and can take the appropriate actions, both 
defensively and offensively. 

One area in which the enemy has made quite a large inroad within 
the plain people is to get them so upset with each other that they 
divide, and start new groups. When this happens, it's usually not long 
until another group splits off the new group. 

But, you see, if the team was aware of the dynamics of the 


enemy's operation in tliis area, they would heed Romans 16:17-18, 
which says, "Mark them which cause divisions and offenses 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." 

There comes a time when people who cause offenses and 
divisions need to be kicked off the team. Sometimes, we try to 
absorb everybody. But there is the possibility that if we see a split 
coming, maybe we should not always try to hinder a person from 
leaving the church. If we are dealing with a person who is causing 
divisions and offenses, far more damage may be done if we try to 
keep them in. 

A self-seeking spirit of independence is OUT. We, who are 
committed to working with the team, need to voluntarily choose to 
submit. How would we listen if our Captain, the Lord Jesus Christ, 
was actually, physically present so that we could see Him, and He 
was personally leading us? Would we confuse the signals? 

How well do we hear the signals? How well do we hear the signals 
that come from the Lord Jesus through our Brothers and Sisters in the 

A part of the duty of leadership, as well as for each member of the 
team, is the ministry of "enabling." The leadership (ministry) needs to 
support the front lines; The "front lines" are each of the members of a 
local congregation. They are on the front lines all week long. So the 
ministry (the servants) are there to "enable" the remainder of the 
congregation to do battle on the front lines as they face the hosts of 
Satan every day in their daily lives! 

The congregation needs to support the leaders. Our leaders need 
our prayers, love, support, forbearance, loving correction, and 
freedom to dig into the Word (time constraints)!. Expectations of 
leadership in the free ministry are very high! Ministers are expected 
to do the work of a Pastor — in addition to maintaining a regular job. If 
we do not watch out, that leaves our family and our study time in the 
dust. That can not be! We might as well quit the ministry rather than 
give up our families and our study time to Satan in order to measure 
up to the expectations of the congregation. 

The captains of the local church need to have vision. They need to 
have goals. They need to lay out clear steps for accomplishing those 
goals. In this way, the congregation can be moving forward 
spiritually! There will be an "air of expectancy" as each member of 
the team eagerly anticipates what the Holy Spirit will accomplish in 
each service. 

Some qualifications of a leader of the Team include : wisdom, 
discernment, leadership, never self seeking. Instead, a leader needs 


to be team-oriented, accurate about his observations, and he needs a 
"proven track record" in order to be trusted. 

God will work with us. Just think of the example of Peter! Jesus 
Chnst gave Peter the Keys to the Kingdom (see Matthew 16:18-19) 
Shortly afterward, Peter blundered! Jesus told him "Get thee behind 
me Satan." (Matthew 16:22-23). That's about as strong a rebuke as 
could be made to a person! Later, Peter made an even bigger 
blunder. He denied he ever knew Jesus three times right before the 
crucifixion. But God did not take "the Keys" away from Peter 
Instead, He helped Peter more fully to trust and depend on Him. 

For an example of leadership, we can again look at the game of 
volleyball. If there is a good captain on the team, that person can be 
sure that the more skilled players help the semi-skilled players, so that 
each one works for the best advantage of the team, rather than for 
each individual on the team to look good in front of the watchinq 

To be continued 
Brother Bob Lehigh 


"Thou Shalt not follow a multitude to do evil..." Exodus 23:2. 

"And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the 
mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice 
and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that thev had 
seen..." Luke 19:37. 

"And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate " 
Luke 23:1 . 

Our scripture amply illustrates that it is dangerous to follow a crowd 
Jesus, of whom it can be said that He never did any evil was not 
worthy of such a death because He is the Son of God. Yet It pleased 
God to bruise Him and to set Him at nought. The same crowd that 
praised God for His presence were gnashing on Him with their teeth 
just a few short days later. It is only by the Grace of Almighty God 
that we do not follow in the footsteps of this crowd. 

The Church has always frowned on Christians going to places of 
amusement. May it always do so. We should not go where the crowd 
goes, or do what the crowd does. There was a time when a multitude 
followed Jesus. At first they sought after the loaves and fishes. Then 
perhaps it was the healings, and maybe even His stirring messages 
At last the crowd wanted an earthly king to overthrow the tyrannical 
Roman government. When this did not come to pass the crowd 
turned on Jesus like a pack of dogs. "Crucify Him! Give us 
Barabbas!" When asked about Jesus and what should become of 


him, the crowd said, "His blood be upon us and our children!" Do not 
wonder why the Jewish race has been cursed over all these years. 
Not many years later this crowd was destroyed and dispersed by the 
Roman legions. 

About thirty years ago there was a Soccer Match in Brazil. Over 
two hundred thousand souls attended. Soccer is an obsession with 
millions In Europe and South America much as baseball is in North 
America. At this particular match a referee made a debatable call. A 
fight broke out in the crowd. Hundreds panicked and rushed the 
exits. Over three hundred were trampled to death in just a few 
seconds. We also remember an instance where two jumbo jets 
crashed on the runway. They never even got off the ground, yet over 
five hundred people were killed. 

I am thankful that my only interest when it comes to large groups of 
people would be a church conference or a camp meeting where the 
saints are gathered together. Yet fewer and fewer churches are 
following Jesus, so fewer and fewer camp meetings are worth 
attending. I believe we have reached the point where those who have 
reached heaven that we know and love are greater in number than 
those here below. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, '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 which is set before us, Looking unto 
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;" Here the word is, "cloud", 
not, "crowd". We must look up to see it, and we must see it by faith. 
This is the "crowd" we should follow. Why? Jesus answers that 
question in Matthew 7:14, "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is 
the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Where 
is the crowd now? 

The pearl that worldlings covet 
Is not the pearl for me; 
Its beauty fades as quickly 

As sunshine on the sea. 
The road that many travel 

Is not the road for me; 
It leads to death and sorrow. 
And endless misery: 
But there's a road that leads to God, 

It's marked by Christ's most precious blood; 

The passage here is free 

Oh, that's the road for me! 

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



October 15, 1936 


Ida M. Helm 

Absalom, the vain, rebellious son of king David was dead. He 
became the victim of his own vanity. Caught by his beautiful locks of 
hair of which he was so proud he was entrapped and kept dangling till 
his enemies put an end to his life, a worse than empty life. 

The news of the victory of king David's men must be carried to 
Mahanaim where the king was. Ahimmaaz aspired to carry the 
message. For some reason Jacob did not wish that Ahimmaaz 
should be the bearer of the news, but dispatched Cushi to run with 
the news. So persistent was Ahimmaaz to run also that he carried his 
point and was permitted to go. He started on such a brisk run that he 
reached Mahanaim ahead of Cushi, and as soon as he came with in 
hearing distance of the king he shouted, "All is well." Coming nearer 
he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king and said, 
"Blessed be the Lord thy God, which hath delivered up the men that 
lifted up their hand against my lord the king." 

Then David asked the question that was uppermost in his heart, "Is 
the young man Absalom safe?" Here the faint heartedness of 
Ahimmaaz asserted itself, and he sought to evade the question. It 
was a hard thing for him to tell the king his son was dead, and he told 
an untruth. He said, when Jacob sent the king's servant and me, thy 
servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was. Ahimmaaz 
was a friend of David and before this he had a message of cheer to 
the king, but the news to be told today would bring sorrow. 

Perhaps it's harder to tell the whole truth to a friend when it cuts 
than it would be were the person a stranger. But the whole truth must 
be told at any cost, but Ahimmaaz just talked. I suppose he thought 
he must say something. Ahimmaaz knew about Absalom's defeat 
and death and David's victory. No wonder Jacob told him he had no 
convenient message to carry and sent Cushi, the man that would tell 
the news exactly as Jacob told him. 

It has been said that "the family of this man Ahimmaaz never dies." 
Empty talking. 

In I Cor. 4:18-20, Paul tells of some cousins of Ahimmaaz. Empty 
talkers they and they were puffed up. He said, "I will come to you 
shortly, if the Lord will, and I will know not the speech of them that are 
puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word but 
in power." 

A church may be tempted to talk about its eloquent preachers and 
teachers, its riches, its cultured ministry more than to rejoice over that 


very thing for which the church exists, the lifting of men and women to 
the high plain of Christian living, to reflect the light of Christ to the 
dark, sinful places of the world. That church with its beautiful painted 
windows, its loud siren, its elegant music may have a zeal for God, 
but unless it brings the whole gospel message of truth to the people, 
both old and young, it will not meet the approval of God. Empty 

The Jews crucified Jesus although "of the rulers many believed on 
him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess, lest they 
should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory of men 
more than the glory of God." They just talked. 

Intimidated by the creature, not fearing nor regarding the Creator, 
the Lord of glory, they just talked. A man may flatter himself as to his 
knowledge and his ability, but if like Ahimmaaz he tries to evade 
telling the whole gospel truth as Jesus gave it to us, his words are 
empty talk. God has sent men to preach his gospel to every creature, 
but he needs twice born men, regenerate Spirit filled channels 
through whom to send the blessed word of God, the message of 
salvation. God's pardoning mercy flows only through one channel 
and that is the atonement brought to earth by the man, Christ Jesus, 
the Son of God. 

If Ahimmaaz go out to preach today the church must like Aquilla 
and Priscilla, take him and teach him more thoroughly the things of 
God, he must be converted and then when he has studied the Bible 
and knows the truth as it is in Jesus he may go and preach the 
everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. How careful we should be that our 
friends do not intimidate us or shake our steadfastness for Christ. We 
may stand firm against the adversary's grosser and more flagrant 
assaults on our determination to belong wholly to the Lord, but he 
may come as an angel of light and intimidate us. Our hearts may 
grow faint at the reproof or sneers or flimsy arguments of a friend. (?) 

The only hope we have of leading the people to Christ is to show 
them the worth and preciousness of our Redeemer, and the best way 
we can do it is by yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit that he may 
reveal the Christ in us. We must study God's word if we would have a 
message from Him to carry to the world and we must be willing to tell 
it exactly as he told it to us or it will not avail. 

"It behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead. ..and that 
repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name 
among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of 
these things." (Luke 24:46-47) 

"And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15.) 


We do not know why God chose men to preach His gospel instead 
of choosing angels, but He did. But they must be regenerate men, for 
"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they 
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they 
are spiritually discerned." (I Cor. 2:14.) 

St. Peter tells of some who "speak great swelling words of vanity." 
(II Pet. 2:18.) 

Great swelling words of vanity, spring from a mistaken idea of what 
sin really is, they show self-righteousness deeply rooted in spiritual 
pride. They tend to cancel our duty to God, they fail to accomplish 
making of us what God intended we should be. The liberty they 
propose is such as leads away from God; that fears not the 
destroying power of Satan, nor hates the subtle sin that would blind 
our eyes to the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. Empty talk. 

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

Paul's admonition to Timothy needs special attention today. When 
so many unworthy topics and so many unworthy words are heard 
from the pulpit. If these preachers would only always remember they 
are speaking in the sight and hearing of God they would find things to 
say far different from what they do say sometimes. They tend to the 
subverting of those who listen to them. Empty talk. Worse than 

The extension of God's kingdom is not brought about by show or 
eloquence of speech, or much talking, but by spiritual influence, the 
Holy Spirit reflecting the life of Christ in His followers and attesting to 
presence of Christ in the church and the individual and becoming a 
power in men's lives, lighting up the dark corners of earth and leading 
men and women to open their hearts to the influence of the Holy 
Spirit. The kingdom of God is not in word, it is not in empty talking. 


The church is the body of Christ 
From young to very old. 

It is like this human body, 

Working parts of the "fold." 

God gives everyone some talents. 
And all are not the same. 

So if we cannot preach like Paul, 
Then we are not to blame. 


If the Lord shall give us wisdom, 
Then we shall not glory, 

But with a spirit of nneekness 
Study His great story. 

He gives us our understanding — 
We can glory in this — 

That we know His lovingkindness, 

Judgment, and righteousness. 

We'll use what God has given us 

To make our life worthwhile. 

We'll be cheerful, thankful members. 
Going the second mile. 

In this body, we need the foot; 

We need also the hand; 
The head and smelling are useful — 

God gives each one of them. 

If the whole body were an eye. 

Where would the hearing be? 

How can one say to another, 

'1 have no need of thee?" 

We are given a mind to think 

And God's Spirit to lead... 

While His written Word will guide us; 
On it we are to feed. 

We're submissive to each other 
In the fear of the Lord, 

Giving thanks to God and Jesus, 
Living in one accord. 

Be ye kind one to another, 

Using the gifts God gave. 

Clinging fast to what Jesus taught, 
Our souls striving to save. 
-Irene Stout 




The Editor offers his apology for misplacing two recent news items 
that should have appeared several issues ago. One, a thank you 
note appears here. The other, an announcement of a now-past 
revival meeting, did not appear. The failure to appear was not 
through any fault of that congregation's correspondent. The Editor is 
sorry for the inconvenience and dismay caused by his error. 

We would like to thank everyone that contributed to the Holy Lands 
tour fund for Bro. David and Sis. Mildred Skiles. The presentation at 
General Conference was a surprise and blessing to them. The Lord 
willing they will be traveling to the Holy Lands and Greece on a tour 
directed by Bro. Harold Martin in April of 1997. 

In Christian Love, 

Brother and Sister Dale Meyers 

Brother and Sister James Meyers 

October 26 is the date for the Englewood Congregation's 
Lovefeast. If it is the Lord's will, we will meet at 1 1 :00 A.M., 2:00 P.M. 
for afternoon service, with the Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. Come and 
enjoy Saturday and Sunday with us. 

The Lord has blessed our congregation with another baptismal 
service bringing Brother Tim Kauffman into God's Kingdom. Praise 
God's Holy name! We want his wife, Mindy, to feel welcome. 

Sister Ruth Speicher Cor. 


The Lord willing, we at Goshen plan to have four evenings of 
meetings. They will run from 7:45 P.M., October 31 through 
November 3. Brother Robert Carpenter will conduct the services. An 
afternoon service will begin at 2:00 P.M. and Lovefeast that same 
evening of November 2 at 7:00 P.M. Services continuing Sunday 
morning and closing Sunday evening. Sunday evening service to 
begin at 7:45 P.M. also. 

Sister Velda Gunderman, Cor. 



November 3 - 'What is Truth?" - John 18:28-40 

1 . In the words of Jesus, why did He come into the world? 

2. How can we hear the voice of Jesus today and be "of the truth"? 
November 10 - The Crucified Christ - John 19:1-30. 

1 . Who is the source of all power? 

2. Explain the complete meaning of the words of Jesus, "It is finished." 
November 1 7 - THANKSGIVING - Phil. 4:1-23. 

1 . What should be included with our prayer requests? 

2. Explain how you can discern between needs and wants. 
November 24 - Prophecy Fulfilled - The Burial of Jesus - John 19:31-42. 

1 . Name the prophecies unknowingly fulfilled by the soldiers. 

2. Who is, "He that saw it bare record"? 

November 3 -Nonresistance-lsa. 9:6-7, Jn. 18:36-40, II Cor. 10:3-6, 
Rom. 12:14-21, Gal. 5:19-26. 

1 . How did Jesus fulfill His title, "Prince of Peace"? 

2. Why do not the servants of Jesus fight? 
November 10 -Nonconformity -Rom. 12:1-13, I Tim. 2:8-15, I Pet. 

1:13-16, 3:3-5, I John 2:15-17. 

1 . Explain the difference between conformation and transformation. 

2. In addition to speaking, what is included in "All manner of conversation"? 
November 17- THANKSGIVING -Psa. 105:1-5, 106:1-5,107:21-22, 111:1-10. 

1 . For what reasons do we owe God our thanks? 

2. What are *The sacrifices of Thanksgiving"? 

November 24 - Athletbs - 1 Cor. 9:24-27, Gal 5:7, Phil 3:14, Heb. 12:1 -2, II Tim. 4:6-8. 

1 . Explain the importance of temperance in the life of an athlete 
and in the life of a Christian. 

2. Name some of the weights that can hinder us in the Christian 
race of life. 


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NOVEMBER 1, 1996 

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. 


Father of Jesus Christ, my Lord, 
My Saviour and my Head, 
I trust in Thee, whose powerful word 
Hath raised Him from the dead. 

In hope, against all human hope, 
Self-desperate, I believe; 
Thy quickening word shall raise me up. 
Thou shalt thy Spirit give. 

To Thee the glory of Thy power 
And faithfulness 1 give; 
I shall in Christ at that glad hour. 
And Christ in me shall live. 

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, 
And looks to that alone; 
Laughs at impossibilities, 
And cries, "It shall be done!" 

Charles Wesley 



Miracles are mind-boggling. They can not be understood or 
explained. A supernatural power is necessary for miracles to happen, 
for they defy the rules of nature. 

Several miracles are described in the Bible. God moved in 
mysterious ways to overcome natural forces for the benefit of His 
Chosen People. He led them dryshod through both the Red Sea and 
the Jordan River. He provided for their material and physical comfort 
during their journey to the Promised Land. He protected various 
individuals from dangers. He destroyed their enemies and their cities. 
He preserved the dwelling places of His People. It would be hard to 
number all the miracles described within the Bible. 

We are reminded of miracles at the birth of a baby. It is a miracle 
that God created the human body so a baby could be conceived and 
born. Surely, the human reproductive system could not have been 
formed through evolution. It is too complex to have been formed by 

The conception, development and birth of a child is one miracle 
after another. How can two microscopic cells develop into a child with 
all the attributes of the human race? There must have been a 
superior genius behind the design of such a system. 

In the hearts of a child's parents and others is the hope that that 
child will accomplish what it was born to do. It is hoped the child will 
grow up to have a loving relationship with parents, siblings and other 
relatives. It is hoped the child will develop a circle of friends. It is 
especially hoped that the child will experience not only this first birth, 


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but the second birth as well. We want our children to take advantage 
of all the abilities that they possess. We want them to live up to the 
potential that comes packaged within each new life. 

The birth of a baby is a great miracle, but the greatest of all 
miracles is being born again, Spiritually. The possibility of the second 
birth is itself a miracle. Since Adam and Eve's fall in the Garden of 
Eden, human beings have been at variance with God. Men have 
sinned. They can not meet the perfect requirements of God, 
therefore they are eligible for damnation. Men have tried to invent 
many ways to overcome this situation. They have tried to ingratiate 
themselves with God through various deeds and acts of piety. They 
have tried to bribe God into approving their efforts, but in vain. Some 
have thought they could take Heaven by storm. Others have thought 
to get in through subtlety, but all have failed. 

All their efforts have been in vain, for God, Himself, has made 
available the only way that will succeed. This is as much a miracle as 
the plan of salvation itself. Although all sin ultimately is against God, 
He has initiated the method that will bring sinners into fellowship with 
Him. God extended His love toward sinful humans. Without this 
Grace of God, there would have been no way for men to ever find 
favor with Him. Miraculously, God did extend grace toward mankind. 
He did not do it in a half-hearted way. He gave of the very best that 
He had. He sent His only begotten Son to become the propitiation for 
the sins of men. There was no other possible way for a sacrifice to be 
made for sinners. God required a perfect sacrifice. Only God could 
provide that perfect sacrifice. 

Jesus qualified as that sacrifice because He, unlike all other 
humans, was sinless. On the cross, He could become their sin- 
bearer. His only sin was the sin of all mankind of all times and climes 
laid upon Him on the cross. God approved of Him as the perfect 
sacrifice. This He attested to in the resurrection. If Jesus' sacrifice 
had not been sufficient, His body would have remained in the grave. 
There would have been no first Easter. 

The miracle was complete. God against all concepts of justice sent 
His son to be the atonement for the sins of the human race. This was 
a miracle. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. He qualified to be the 
atonement. This was a miracle. Jesus completely followed His 
Father's will and gave Himself on the cross as the sacrifice for men's 
sins. This was a miracle. His sacrifice was accepted by God as 
shown in His resurrection. This was a miracle. 

Miracles are wonderful. The Bible is full of miracles used by God 


to confirm His care for His people. The birth of a child is one of the 
greatest events we can be a part of in this world. The greatest 
miracle is the Spiritual rebirth of a person. A sinner becoming a saint 
is a miracle. 

You have been a part of the miracle of birth. Have you also been a 
part of the miracle of the Spiritual rebirth? 




In building an effective church team, we have seen that we need 
the qualities of (1) Commitment, (2) Character, (3) Trustworthiness, 
and (4) Leadership. A fifth crucial quality for building a successful 
team is flexibility . 

Flexibility is the ability to adjust a little within the circumstances. 
Adaptability is the opposite of rigidity. 

For example, someday I might be called upon to drive something 
besides a Ford vehicle. While I certainly do not think having all Fords 
in your driveway makes you a better Christian, yet it does happen that 
currently (as this is being written) I do have all Fords in our stable. 
But if I were die-hard, I would refuse to drive a Chevy or Dodge, even 
though it might help for some reason in a particular situation. That 
would be the opposite of being flexible. 

To be narrow and rigid is to lack mental or spiritual health. If you 
cannot adapt to the toilet tissue being rolled out the wrong way, and 
you are really serious about that, you have got quite a problem! If you 
cannot adapt to your Brother's or Sister's little quirks, then you have 
problems in the area of working closely together on the team. 

For example, on the Masada, during the overthrow of Judea by the 
Roman Army around the time of A.D. 70, when the 967 Jewish 
Zealots saw they were going to be there a while, their leader, Eleazar, 
assigned each family a designated living quarters. If he had not, a 
fellow Zealot's twitch of the elbow might have bothered someone 
more than all of the Tenth Legion encamped around below! Eleazar 
had the insight to know the play, and yet at the same time remain 
flexible. Conditions do change on the field. 

God knows everything ahead of time. He does not want us to 
know everything ahead of time. God could easily tell us what is 
coming and what we should do. He is trying to build wisdom and faith 
in us. 

No game is static, and no game goes exactly as planned. So we 


need to lay out the plan, and then, in the heat of the battle, we must 
realize that nothing is going as planned! We have to know where to 
start, and where we are headed! 

Flexibility is the ability to formulate a plan, and then to understand 
that "it is not going to work like this," and be able to adapt to the 
needs of the particular battle you are in. 

Again, we can turn to the game of volleyball for some examples of 
flexibility. In a volleyball game, when the ball comes to you and you 
are going to hit it, CALL THE PLAY! When you "call the play," the 
player next to you realizes you called the play, so that even though he 
was going to hit the ball, he backs off from his plans. That's flexibility 
in "real time." 

Did you ever witness a "crack-up" on the volleyball court? Yes, 
they do happen. Sometimes they seem to be somewhat unavoidable! 
At other times, someone needs to be more "instantly flexible." 

In conclusion, we saw that in order to have an effective team 
ministry, the following ingredients are needed: 

(1) Commitment 

(2) Character 

(3) Trustworthiness 

(4) Leadership 

(5) Flexibility 

Note that these articles on teamwork were not at all 
comprehensive! There are many other factors that enter into making 
a successful team! This series of articles serves only to stimulate 
your thinking. What other factors do you think it takes to run a 
successful team? Try living them out! 

Also note that it takes a heap of co-operation to build a successful 
church team. And it takes "bushels" of encouragement! You can 
hardly get enough of that! We all are tossed around in the world all 
week long. When we get to church, we need to be built up — not be 
banged around some more by our "loving" brothers and sisters in the 
faith! May God help us learn this! 

Then there is something the Team can really do without: Gossip 
and Complaining . These two ingredients cannot be tolerated. They 
will bring down a team. They will bring division. They will bring 
death. The Bible says we are to mark those that do these things, and 
do not have anything to do with them (remember Romans 16:17). 

Paul warns in the Galatians 5:15, "But if ye bite and devour one 
another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." 

Let's use our mouth for EDIFYING (Ephesians 4:29), for building 


each other up, and for encouraging each other for a job well done. 
We get plenty of criticism in the world — every day! 

Remember , we believers are on the same team. We need to stop 
tearing down other team members. Your other team members are 
not the enemy! We dare NOT shoot each other in the back. 

If we have an effective team ministry in our local church, we are 
carrying out the command of John 13:35; "By this shall all men know 
ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Everytime we 
demonstrate our love for one another, we have scored a point against 
Satan! Love never fails. 

The principalities and powers of the darkness knew Jesus, and 
they knew Paul. But they did not know the seven sons of Sceva, who 
were trying to cast evil spirits out of man. In Acts 19:13-16, we read 
about the seven sons of Sceva. 

"Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to 
call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, 
saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there 
were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which 
did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I Know, and Paul 
I know: b ut who are ve? And the man in whom the evil spirit was 
leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them so 
that they fled out of the house naked and wounded." 

Do the principalities and powers of darkness know YOU? 

What kind of team member are you? 

-This is finally the conclusion! !- 

Brother Bob Lehigh 


"If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his 
soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to 
all that proceedeth out of his mouth," Numbers 30:2 

From the Hippocratic Oath (the Ancient Greek oath made by 
doctors as they graduate from Medical School): I will give no deadly 
medicine to any one if asked nor suggest any such council, and in like 
manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion. 
With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my art. I 
will not cut persons laboring under the same stone but will leave this 
to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever 
houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick and will 
abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption, and 
further, from the seduction of females and males, of free man and 



The Hippocratic Oath, though ancient and made to the Greek God 
Apollo, has been the standard of many centuries. They promise to do 
no harm, yet millions of babies and countless people have been 
mercilessly dispatched in the past twenty-five years. 

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine says "one out of 
five intensive-care nurses have intentionally hastened patients' 
deaths to relieve their pain and suffering." A survey of 1600 nurses 
found that seventeen percent said they had been asked by patients or 
family members to perform euthanasia or assist in suicide. Sixteen 
percent said they had hastened a patient's death by only pretending 
to provide life-sustaining treatment ordered by a doctor. We can 
conclude that these figures are probably higher than indicated 
because these nurses openly admitted their wrong, and there is no 
doubt some who could not admit it. 

It is my understanding that nurses also vow a vow, like doctors, to 
do no harm. In the medical field, in which trusting souls put their lives 
into the hands of trained individuals, these vows mean less and less 
as the years roll on, and as morality and the sanctity of human life go 
out the window. 

A hundred years ago divorce was nearly non-existent. People 
began to see that they could sin and the government and society as a 
whole would look away. In 1964 Nelson Rockefeller ran for 
Presidential nomination but his showing was poor, chiefly because he 
was divorced and remarried. In 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected, 
his divorce and remarriage hardly mentioned. Times change, and the 
morals of a society may degenerate, but God's Word will stand. 

I am concerned for the degeneration of the morals in the field of 
medicine. This writer has spent nearly twenty years in nursing, 
thinking of it as a means to help people. Modern morality states that 
to stop someone's suffering is morally right, yet what are the 
consequences of "playing God" and sending someone into eternity 
before their appointed time? Murderers do no less when they kill in 
cold blood. Modern thinkers feel it is okay to shorten a pain-laden life 
as if it were the same as a dog or a horse. We owe the patient so 
much more. It is not wrong to make a person comfortable, but our 
place is not to usurp God. 

In the past, before modern medicine destroyed deathbed scenes, 
family and friends would gather around the loved one's bed as he 
traveled to the next world. Many times the departing soul would 
admonish the gathering to meet him in heaven, and glorious 


testimonies and rejoicing would fill the air. Today, the death scene is 
often filled with noise and machinery, or at best the loved one passed 
away accompanied by the stupor of mind-filled drugs. O friend, death 
is not the end! Prepare for eternity! If you do not, your place with the 
devil is secure! Trust in Jesus. He has gone to prepare a place for 
us. Even though most practitioners of modern medicine no longer 
believe there is anything after this life, there are yet a few that ply 
their trade with God-given compassion. There are yet a few who 
have vowed to do no harm. 

Thou source of joy supreme. 

Whose arm alone can save 

Dispel the darkness that surrounds 

The entrance to the grave. 

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


I John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on 
the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal 
life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 

The most basic doctrine of Holy Scripture and that which is of 
eternal importance is perhaps the most debated topic of religious 
significance. We do not claim to have all the answers to portions of 
scriptures dealing with salvation that are difficult to interpret. We 
desire that God would receive glory and that error would be avoided 
in our effort to deal with this vital subject. We confess our human 
weaknesses and lack of perfect understanding. 

First of all scripturally sound salvation is a limited salvation. I John 
5:1 1 tells us, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal 
life, and this life if in his Son." There is no salvation in the many 
religious leaders in the world. The Lord Jesus Christ is THE way, not 
a way. 

Secondly, scripturally sound salvation is validated by the presence 
of the Holy Spirit. I John 4:13, "Hereby know we that we dwell in him, 
and he in us, because he hath given us of his spirit." There is much 
discussion and debate as to how and when we receive the Holy Spirit 
in our lives. We are convinced that the Scriptures teach that we 
receive the Holy Spirit at the time of our salvation, not at some time 
later. We are also convinced that there is a connection between the 


receiving of the Holy Spirit and baptism. Those who never have an 
opportunity for baptism but call upon the name of the Lord for 
salvation as well as those who never receive baptism we leave in the 
hands of God. 

A third truth of scripturally sound salvation is that it is not a one time 
experience but a lifetime walk. It is true that there must be a time 
when we personally accept the finished work of Jesus Christ and 
repent of our sin. We must also walk in the light of God's Holy Word 
each day of our lives. I John 1 :6-7, If we say that we have fellowship 
with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we 
walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with 
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all 
sins." There is no scripturally sound salvation without the shed blood 
of Jesus Christ, but this does not eliminate the need for walking in the 

A fourth reality of scripturally sound salvation is the fact that it 
includes keeping the commandments given in the New Testament. 
One of the most popular teachings in the present earthly church is that 
salvation has nothing to do with your works. Any connection between 
works and salvation is labeled LEGALISM and disdained by leading 
preachers and authors of our day. It is true that human works have 
nothing to do with our salvation but obedience has everything to do 
with it. "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his 
commandments." I John 2:3. It is God's love that provides our 
salvation. There is a very close connection between God's love and 
God's mercy. There is not one of us who deserves salvation. 
However, God in His love and mercy has provided a way to obtain it. I 
John 5:3 Tor this is the love of God. that we keep his 
commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." 

A fifth, and final, truth of scripturally sound salvation is the fact that 
it can be lost. I John 2:24-25, Tet that therefore abide in you, which 
ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from 
the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, 
and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us,' 
even eternal life." 

We have used the book of I John to provide a look at scripturally 
sound salvation. Men can quote such verses as I John 3:9 
"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed 
remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." to 
"prove" that we can come to a place of sinless perfection or to teach 
unconditional eternal security. This is the word of God and we desire 


more perfect understanding. But the Apostle John ends this epistle 
with a warning against falling away. "Little children, (saved 
individuals) keep yourself from idols. Amen." Amen, let us desire 
scripturally sound salvation. 

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


November 1,1936 



"O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God. for thou hast fallen by thine 
iniquity." (Hosea 14:1.) 

The strain of this chapter differs from that of the former chapters. 
Those were generally made up of reproofs for sin and threatenings of 
wrath, while this is made up of exhortations to repentance and 
promises of mercy, and with these the prophet fitly closes. 

This chapter is as applicable to God's people today as it was to 
Israel and for an invitation to return and a promise to restore us to our 
former prosperity should be good news to every sin sick soul. 
"Asshur shall not save us." When we realize that the federations and 
alliances of today cannot save us we will be ready for repentance. 
True repentance sees the wrong as so flagrant a violation of the 
beneficent divine law, that it forgets the less in the greater and cries 
out with David, "Against thee and thee only have I sinned." (Psa 

None can understand himself without a painful sense of the 
contrast between what he is and what he should be. "Repent" has in 
it a sound of hope and improvement. 

The message is not limited, but meets every man, for all have 
sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23.) What shall 
we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God 
forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 
(Rom. 6: 1-2) 

Restoration. '1 will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for 
mine anger is turned away from him." "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." (Mai. 3:7.) 

A new life is the best and most sublime penitence. It is recorded of 


Augustine that he had written over his bed in large letters, that he 
might not forget it: "The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite 
spirit." (Psa 51:17.) The proof of real sorrow for past sins is a life 
without sin. 

Repentance and restoration are only initial steps in the new life 
which they inaugurated. Beyond them is still something higher. 

Good news came to Zacchaeus when he stood and said unto the 
Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I 
have taken anything by false accusation, I restore him fourfold." And 
Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to thine house, for so 
much as he is the son of Abraham." 

Righteousness: "For the ways of the Lord are right, and the just 
shall walk in them." (Hos. 14:9.) 

Dear reader, God's word is calling you, you are urged to accept, 
that the Father might be glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye 
be my disciples. And that knowing the time, it is high time to awake 
out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 


These brief thoughts came to my mind and were largely penned 
during the commencement exercises at the Garrett Community 
College on Saturday, May 1 8, 1991 . 

If you were to have a little chat with Jesus, as He interviewed you 
for the rapture, would He look for your name on the church rolls? 
Would He ask which one you belong to? Or would He say, "Were you 
there when I died on the tree? Do you remember me? The thorns on 
my head, the mockery, the nails in my hands and the spear that 
pierced into my side?" 

Then He might say, "The place I have prepared for you is so 
splendid, that you can not feel at home unless you are able to fit into 
that praising throng. That make-up, on your beautiful face that I have 
given you, must come off before you go. Your jewelry must be 
removed because up there, you see, nothing is so cheap. My 
brother, that long hair will shame you when you stand before the 
throne. My sister, your hair was given you for a glory to your Creator. 
You will need all of it that you can get." 

Then He might ask, "How about your apparel? Everyone up there 
will be modest." 

Then He might ask, "Have you truly, in reality, been born again?" 

You might answer, "Sir, I need to go to the dressing room for just a 
minute. I will be ready soon. Just give me a little time." 


When in your closet and on your knees, you might find it to take 
longer than you had thought. There were bad attitudes, pride, lust, 
jealousy, and many more things. You hoped your visitor would be 
patient for you know He loves you very much. 

By the time you came out of your closet, you may have found your 
invitation to be His bride had come and gone. 

Homer Mellott 
1375 Mellott Road 
Oakland, MD 21550-98095 


by Douglas Leatherman 
From October 15,1954 Bible Monitor 

A few of the basic foundations of our church are that God is our 
Maker, creating the heavens and the earth, all living things on the 
earth and finally man; that man disobeyed God and therefore was 
separated from having direct communication with God or is privileged 
to go to Heaven that God prepared for him; that Jesus Christ is the 
Son of God and was sent to earth, in the form of man, that He might 
teach man God's will and shed His blood that man's sins may be 
forgiven and he might have the opportunity to go to Heaven; that the 
Holy Spirit is also a part of the God-head and works in the minds of 
men to help them to understand God's Word. 

We consider the King James Version of The Holy Bible as our 
foundation and history book of God workings with men. The first part 
of the Bible is the Old Testament and gives an account of God's 
dealings with men before Jesus Christ came to earth. The second 
part of the Bible is the New Testament, that which gives the dealing of 
God with humanity since Jesus Christ came to the earth and will be 
the law until the earth is destroyed. 

The Dunkard Brethren Church is an out-growth of the religious 
reformation in Europe. It was founded in 1708 on what they 
understood to be the commandments of the New Testament. At the 
present most of the members are in the United States, at least of our 
denomination. A number of groups have grown out of this same 
source, some large and some small, but our practice is very similar to 
that originally started. Our congregations are divided into four 
districts in the United States. 

Our main officers are Elders, Ministers and Deacons, whose duty is 
to supervise the work of the church, both at home and throughout the 
brotherhood. These officers are to teach, practice and enforce the 


commandments, we believe the New Testament teaches. We have 
local councils, district councils and a general council, where all 
questions and problems are discussed and decided upon. Each 
congregation has a presiding Elder, who is its highest official. 

Our church-house are strictly for teaching from the Bible and to 
worship and praise God. Our ministers and officers receive only free- 
will gifts to help support them. We try to cover the whole Bible in our 
Sunday-school over a period of years. 

All who believe in the Bible and are willing to accept its teachings 
can become members if they promise to quit the sins of the world. 
After we believe in Jesus Christ and ask forgiveness for our sins, we 
get into the church by Christian Baptism, which we believe the New 
Testament teaches is triune immersion. "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", Matt. 28:19. John 3:1-7 tells us 
about this baptism or being born again by water, not into the earth but 
into God's Kingdom. 

The most sacred service of our church is the Communion service. 
We try to carry it out and regularly practice it just as Jesus taught it, to 
His followers as we read about in John 13. We have a preaching 
service for us to think about ourselves as God sees us, then 
feetwashing service, the Lord's Supper and finally: each one taking of 
the communion bread, which represents Jesus' body; and also the 
unfermented grape-juice which represents Jesus' blood. 

We believe in dressing plain and simple and not adorning our 
bodies with unnecessary things. We have a prescribed order of 
dress, for all members, as has been decided upon by our general 
councils. Romans 12:1-2 tells us, "I beseech you therefore brethren, 
by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, 
holy, acceptable into God, which is your reasonable sen/ice, 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". We believe Jesus' commandments are for those 
who believe in Him, have accepted Him and try to do what He said. 

We believe in loving one another and in fact all men. We do not 
believe in fighting or going to law to get advantage of someone else. 
What differences may come up from time to time, we believe should 
be settled by agreement between one another or if necessary that the 
church might decide it for us. We believe that God put us here to 
have clean, healthy living so we could work for Him. We believe that 


each person must decide for himself what he will do in his life and that 
each one will be responsible for what he does. 

from school essay 
Editor's comment: Could such an essay be written in a public 
school today? Would our young people today be able or willing to 
write such an essay? 


Peter Nead 
The church acknowledges but one head: the Lord Jesus Christ. 
She acknowledges but one law book: the Testament. She believes 
that all the members are obliged to observe all the laws and 
ordinances of the one law book. The members consider themselves 
as belonging to one family. They are all brothers and sisters, and as 
such feel and know themselves to be bound under the strongest ties 
to love one another, and if required, to lay down their lives for their 
brethren. Consequently, if one member rejoices, all rejoice. If one 
member weeps, all weep. The true church is opposed to high things; 
that is, everything that has a tendency to exalt the carnal mind. 
Therefore, the members are taught not to mind, but reject high things, 
and that they should be as uniform in their manners and customs as 
possible, and these manners and customs to be in harmony with the 
doctrine of the cross: that their souls and bodies, and all that 
appertains unto them, might be brought under subjection to the 
doctrine of Christ. 

Quotations from Theological Writings by Peter Nead, 1866 

Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 


Some years ago, the Datsan Motor Company spent more than a 
million dollars to change its name to Nissan. 

Leonard Sly changed his name to Roy Rogers. He and several 
other actors of movie fame did quite well financially after they 
changed their names. 

The following story was reported as true at the time. There was a 
boy small for his age and very shy. He thought if he could change his 
name, he could do so much better in this life. He went to his father 
and told him what he wanted to do. His father asked him what he 
wanted to change it to. The boy said "William Howard," since William 
Howard Taft was then president of the United States. His father knew 
a judge, so he arranged for a meeting of the boy and the judge. 


When he told the judge what he wanted to change his name to, the 
judge said all right. From now on you will be known as William 
Howard. Elated, the boy went home and told his father what the 
judge had said. His father said he could go by any name that he 
wanted to, but that it was up to him to make his name amount to 
something. Others can call you William Howard, but to me you will 
always be Norman Vincent Peale. The boy went on to become a 
famous minister and writer of books like. "The Power of Positive 
Thinking." He died in his sleep at ninety-five. 

It was foretold that "Jesus" was to be His name. He was to be the 
Savior of His people. That at the name of Jesus every knee should 
bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and the things under the 
earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord 
to the glory of God the Father" Philippians 2:10-11. 

We have the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Do 
we have any for the rich people like Hunt, Getty, or Rockefeller? 
yVhich shows that a good name is rather to be chosen than great 
riches and loving favour, rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1. 
The good name endures for many generations. Our fellow men may 
not think of us as being good. It is what God thinks that counts. 
There were enough people who wanted to crucify Christ for it to 
happen. Surely the good men whom we remember had their 
enemies. This includes King David, Lincoln, Washington and those 
who were martyred. 

People do not care how much you know until they know how much 
you care. 

Still, one of the least in God's Kingdom. 

Walter C. Myers 

5603 Winchester Street 

San Diego, CA 92139 


Feed My Lambs 
J. H. Moore 
To Peter Jesus once said, Teed my lambs." By this he meant that 
Peter should take good care of the young members of the flock. And 
what was said to Peter is meant for every minister in the list of the 
faithful. Jesus is especially concerned about the young members of 
the church. He wishes them well fed upon the sincere milk of the 
Word, that they may grow and become strong. Should any of them 
be led astray, they are to be looked after and led back to the flock. All 
of this should be done carefully and tenderly. In the work of caring for 
the young the elders and ministers are to take the lead. That is, they 
should make it their life duty to look after the young. They need 
fatherly counsel and motherly tenderness. 





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 
Adel, lA 50003 

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 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 
10340 North Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, OH 45322 

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, Treasurer 
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 
21397 County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

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 

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 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 

Ray mo re, MO 64083 

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NOVEMBER 15, 1996 

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


Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest-home: 
All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin; 
God, our Maker doth provide For our wants to be supplied: 
Come to God's own temple, come, Raise the song of harvest-home. 

All the world is God's own field, Fruit unto His praise to yield; 
Wheat and tares together sown. Unto joy or sorrow grown; 
First the blade, and then the ear. Then the full corn shall appear: 
Lord of harvest, grant that we Wholesome grain and pure may be. 

For the Lord, our God, shall come. And shall take His harvest home; 
From His field shall in that day All offenses purge away; 
Give His angels charge at last In the fire the tares to cast; 
But the fruitful ears to store In His garner evermore. 

Even so, Lord, quickly come To Thy final harvest-home; 

Gather Thou Thy people in. Free from sorrow, free from sin; 

There, forever purified. In Thy presence to abide: 

Come, with all Thine angels, come. Raise the glorious harvest-home. 

-Henry Alford 



During the Thanksgiving season it is a common practice to 
enumerate the things for which we are thankful. This is a good 
exercise to remind us of all that we have received. It is an even better 
exercise if we do it more often than just once a year. 

It is hard to pick out one thing to be especially thankful for. This 
proves how much we have received from God and indirectly from Him 
through others. There is not a one of us but who have received help. 
This help may have taken many different forms. It could have been 
financial. It could have been physical. It could have been good 
advice. It could have been motivational. It could have been spiritual. 

This help given to us by others came indirectly from God. He is the 
giver of every good and perfect gift. A Christian is inspired by God to 
give to others since he has received the best Gift of all, Jesus Christ. 
Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit in the heart of a believer, will 
motivate that person to give as He gave to individuals during His 
earthly sojourn. Although God inspires this reaction through His 
Spirit's direction, He will bless that person as if the action were self- 
inspired. God rewards those who serve others. 

It is difficult to single out that for which we are most thankful. Along 
with Spiritual blessings, there are also physical and material blessings 
that are important to us. Some of these may seem trivial and 
unimportant, yet we are thankful to have and to enjoy them. Some of 
the physical blessings that we enjoy are very important to us. Good 
health makes all other blessings more enjoyable. Yet, Spiritual 
blessings must outrank everything else. All other blessings are only 


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for time, but Spiritual blessings are for eternity. Spiritual blessings 
may be enjoyed by those who have few material blessings. Spiritual 
blessings may be enjoyed by those who have ill health. While we 
value these other blessings that have come to us, we must realize 
that they are not the most important. We should be thankful that God 
does provide these blessings as well as the great eternal blessings 
that affect not only our bodies but our souls as well. 

God is a God of small things as well as a God of big things. He is 
concerned with our smallest needs as well as our great, eternal 
needs. He may not always give us all the little toys of human desire 
that we want, but when He denies them it is for a greater purpose. 
Our Heavenly Father does know best. He wants us to have those 
things and pleasures that will be the best for us, therefore He may 
deny us some things that would interfere with our Spiritual lives. The 
world around us does not understand why we should deny ourselves 
many of the pleasures and activities that they find so indispensable. 
It is not just self-denial, but God's motivation that would keep us from 
enjoying what would ultimately be harmful for us. He sees the power 
of these pleasures to pull us away from full-hearted service and 
devotion to Him. He realizes, better than we, that these momentary 
pleasures may be very enjoyable for a season but that ultimately they 
would be a hindrance in our Spiritual lives. We should be thankful 
that our Heavenly Father is concerned about the outcome of our lives 
on this earth. He wants our lives to be successful. He wants this 
more for us than we do for ourselves. 

The Spiritual life He offers us is the greatest of all gifts that could 
be given to anyone. When we consider the price He paid that we 
might have that eternal life we can realize how valuable it really is. 
He gave His only begotten Son to pay the price for our sins and 
follies. There was no other way that could have satisfied His sense of 
justice. A perfect sacrifice had to be given to bring redemption to His 
fallen creation. 

We should be thankful that God did provide that sacrifice that we 
might have eternal life. We also should be thankful that although God 
was not indebted to us He gave His best gift. Obviously, no person 
ever deserved the gift that God gave. If God had given as individuals 
give, He would have played favorites and made His sacrifice available 
only to certain people. If He had used human reasoning H6 would 
have concluded that since none deserved His gift. He just would not 
give it. If He were motivated by the human passion of getting even. 
He would have left mankind to suffer the ultimate punishment they 


deserved. God is gracious and merciful. He provided His Son, Jesus 
Christ, to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of each human being. 

At this Thanksgiving Season, for what are you thankful? I dare you 
name everything. Whatever the size of your list do not forget the Gift 
that God gave for you. 



Psalm 26:7, 'That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and 
tell of all thy wondrous works." 

All of the readers from America have heard the account many 
times of how the Pilgrims had a special celebration to thank God for 
their survival in the new land. This is referred to as the first 
Thanksgiving. We believe the Pilgrims were sincere believers who 
gave thanks to God from their heart. They, along with the Puritans, 
helped to establish a strong Bible basis that this country was founded 
on. Although they lacked spiritual understanding in some areas, we 
believe God honored their sincere desire to live godly lives. By the 
same token, we believe there are Christians today who do not have 
all the spiritual wisdom that God has revealed. 

While this is referred to as the first Thanksgiving, as we already 
stated, in reality the first Thanksgiving is recorded in the book of Job 
chapter 38. God speaks to Job out of a whirlwind and asks him the 
following. "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? 
declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures 
thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the 
corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all 
the sons of God shouted for joy?" 

While the term "the morning stars" may only be an 
anthropomorphism, it may also refer to the heavenly angelic-like 
creations such as the cherubim and seraphim. Many Bible scholars 
believe the "sons of God" is a reference to the more common angels. 

Another point of interest is that many authorities on the scriptural 
writings believe that Job is the oldest book in the Bible. The book of 
Job contains many scientific truths that were unknown to mankind 
until recent centuries. We believe it also teaches that dinosaurs lived 
at the same time as man and not millions or billions of years before. 

The book of Genesis also teaches that all living forms were created 
within six literal days. Whether or not the heavenly beings were 
created at this time is a matter of debate. We believe the first 


Thanksgiving account would teach that they were created before the 
creation of the Earth. 

Modern nnan has the audacity to question God, instead of allowing 
God to challenge his thinking. They claim to have the answer to 
God's questions to Job in humanistic evolution or theistic evolution. 
We, the true Church, should publish the truth of a literal six day 
creation with the voice of thanksgiving. This was the first of God's 
wondrous works. 

We should also publish with the voice of thanksgiving our gratitude 
to God for the many physical blessings He has provided us. We may 
think that we supply our needs by our own efforts, but if God does not 
supply our health and strength we can do nothing. We can even 
publish with a voice of thanksgiving our thanks for things that are not 
pleasant to bear, knowing that God is working things out to His own 
glory. We confess that we find this hard to do at times. 

Once again, we wish to publish with thanksgiving the fact that God 
has allowed me to be a father to three daughters. We recognize that 
we have not always been the example we should have been. We 
thank God that He can use our imperfect being to share the truths of 
His Holy Word with family, friends and those we come in contact with. 
Again, we confess that we do not do this as often as we should. 

While we fail often, we have a Heavenly Father that is perfect in 
love and judgment. We should try to follow the example our Heavenly 
Father has given in the area of love and mercy. We can not judge 
with true judgment as God can. While the Creation is God's 
wondrous work we publish with the voice of thanksgiving an even 
greater work of God. The fact that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus 
Christ, to Earth to die for the sins of the world. Praise God that 
included me. 

We often complain about our trials and tribulations. While life will 
never be a bed of roses, if we took more time to publish with the voice 
of thanksgiving our gratitude to God we would experience more joy in 
our daily lives. 

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


We are writing this article to testify that God still hears and answers 
the prayers of those who truly call upon His name. 

For years we have heard and read accounts of Christians being 


persecuted in Communist-held countries. We have wondered what it 
would be like to visit such a place. Opportunity came through 
Christian Aid Ministries, which had started an orphanage in Romania. 

Upon arriving there, you get the feeling that you have been 
transported back in time. Progress is at a standstill. Living conditions 
are very poor. A great majority of the Christians have large families. 
Their homes have only two or three rooms. Food and clothing are 
scarce and very expensive. 

In thinking of their need, we wondered how we could help these 
people. The poorest among us are wealthy in their sight. 

Yes, we can give them of our abundance, our time, and our labor. 
But what can we give to help increase their faith in God? After going 
to several worship services, I came away feeling they have something 
we could use in our land of plenty. 

We found church houses filled with young and old, for both 
morning and evening services. There is very little transportation, so 
people walk to the services. 

Many church buildings are being built. The churches seem to be 
growing by leaps and bounds. We attended a baptism service where 
seven were baptized; ages seventeen to eighty-one years of age. Yet 
at another place, twenty were baptized, and forty at another. 

Have you noticed, as I have, how hard it is to get believers to 
attend Sunday evening or mid-week prayer services? What would it 
be like if we had to walk to services? 

How many revival meetings must we attend before we see 
someone accept the Lord? Could it be we are too caught up in this 
materialistic world and have put God in second place? I believe we 
as God's people in this land of plenty have more of a challenge to be 
faithful and true to our God than the believers who have almost 

May we who live in this land of prosperity use these blessings to 
the honor and glory of God, and not to our own destruction. 

Brother Verling H.Wolfe 


Amos 2:6, Thus saith the Lord; for three transgressions of Israel, 
and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they 
sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes..." 

We cannot put a price on our Christian life, but many have sought 
to cheapen it. We look at much of today's "Christian" literature and at 
the "easy-believism" prevalent in the mainline churches. We know. 


for the scriptures tell us, that God hates this type of thing. Matthew 
13:22 says that some hear the Word, "and the care of this world, and 
the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh 
unfruitful." Seeking after the things of this world has caused many to 
become unfruitful. 

Not only does worldly pleasure lead men away from God, but it 
also warps their values. An unusual example of this is found in 
Japan. The Japanese love to bowl, and they revere their bowling 
pins. Instead of throwing the pins away when they become worn, 
they are burned in a special Buddhist worship service. The Buddhist 
monks chant prayers seeking eternal rest for the damaged bowling 
pins. They also have religious services for broken sewing needles 
and other items of this type. 

We may find this amusing, but our values in many ways are not 
much different. How much of our precious time do we waste while 
the souls of men are dying? We wear ourselves out trying to provide 
temporal things. The Scriptures have encouraged us to lay up 
treasure in heaven. I know a man, though not a Christian, who 
spends thousands of dollars a year on clothing and other items that 
all carry the insignia of his favorite brand of beer. I am sure there are 
professing Christians who spend thousands per year on a hobby, 
perhaps on a hobby that is not even edifying to the soul. 

Will we be held accountable for our affluence? There are millions 
in this world who would be happy to have one per cent of what we 
have. In effect, we sell them for a pair of shoes. Would to God that 
the Church would get its priorities straight and realize that these 
earthly things will be burnt up. 

If we could get just a moment's glimpse of Heaven this article 
would not need to be written. We would want to tell everyone how 
beautiful it is there. If we could get one glimpse of hell it would have 
the same result. We would want to tell everyone how much they 
need to avoid that terrible place. 

The scriptures tell us to beware, lest when we have eaten and art 
full, that we forget God. Let us be careful that the cares of this life do 
not overshadow our Christian experience. 

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



November 15, 1936 


D. W. Hostetler 

The above subject has been discussed pro and con, and many 
conflicting theories are taught these days. So I want to call the 
reader's attention to the scriptural teaching of this very important 

There is a system that teaches the first work of grace to be 
conversion, and that the second work of grace is to seek 
sanctification, that they "pray through" and find sanctification. 

Let me state here that the only way to attain sanctification or 
become sanctified is to obey God's commands given us through 
Jesus Christ. In John 17:17, we have a text direct to the point which 
reads, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." Then read 
verse 19, where Jesus states, "and for their sakes I sanctify myself, 
that they also might be sanctified through the truth." 

Now to bow down at the altar (as some do) to "pray through" to find 
sanctification is pure sacrilege, for this system superimposes 
sanctification, independent of obeying the truth of the matter. 

"Without faith it, is impossible to please God." (Heb. 11:6, John 
3:18,36.) Without repentance and confessing sin, there cannot be any 
forgiveness. (I John 1:9, Psalms 32:5, Prov. 28:13, Matt. 8:2, Mark 
1:15, 6:12, Luke 13:8, Acts 2:38.) 

Baptism is for the remission of sin. (Mark 1 :14, Luke 3:8, Acts 9:6, 
22:16.) Now these passages clearly teach that faith, repentance, 
confession, and baptism are the conditions of pardon. This brings us 
into the light and into fellowship of the household of God. Then the 
blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:7, John 12:35, I 
Cor. 6:11.) 

When people comply with these conditions of pardon, their sins are 
remitted, forgiven. It is then that we are in a condition to receive the 
baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is sanctification. 

Webster defines the term "sanctify" thus: "In a general sense, to 
cleanse, purify, or make holy." Hear then the prayer of Jesus in John 
17:17, which supports this idea: "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy 
word is truth." In John 15:3, we read: "Now ye are clean through the 
word which I have spoken unto you." (Acts 15:9.) "And put no 
difference between us and them, purifying your soul in obeying the 
truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren." Here it is 
made clear by these inspired writers that obedience to the truth of 


God is the thing that purifies. 

In Eph. 5:26, Paul, speaking of the church says, That He might 
sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word." 
Christian baptism is meant here when he speaks of the washing of 
water (which is commanded in His word) by the word. 

Webster further states that to sanctify is to separate, set apart, or 
appoint to a holy, sacred, or religious use. (Gen. 2:3) "And God 
blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it." That is, He hallowed, and 
set it apart as a holy day. It is to purify, to prepare for divine service. 

In Exodus 28, Aaron and his sons were anointed with oil by the 
command of God into the priesthood, thus being set apart or 
sanctified for a special work. 

The tabernacle, the altar, and all the vessels were sanctified by the 
sprinkling of water and blood, thus being set apart for a holy use. So 
the contention here is that it is through the truth that we are sanctified, 
and that short of obedience to truth there cannot be any sanctification. 
(Romans 15:16.) We are told that the Gentiles were sanctified by the 
Holy Spirit. But note that Paul says in reference to the Gentiles that 
he was the minister of Jesus Christ to preach the gospel of God to 
them, which he did, and their accepting this gospel and obeying it is 
just what Jesus said to the disciples, that when the Holy Spirit is come 
he will guide into all truth. It is clear that the Holy Spirit led these 
Gentiles to obey the gospel of God, so they were sanctified. In the 
sixth chapter of Romans we are told that we are baptized into Jesus, 
therefore we are buried with Him by baptism, that is the old man of sin 
is buried and the new man is raised by the glory of the father to walk 
in newness of life, and that we are planted together in the likeness of 
His death. It is there and then that sanctification takes place. 

In the eighteenth chapter of Jeremiah the prophet speaks about 
Israel in the hands of God being as clay in the hands of the potter. 
Paul in II Timothy 2 says that "in a house there are vessels of gold 
and silver and of wood and of earth: and some to honor and some to 
dishonor." Then he tells us that if purge himself from these, he 
shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and met for the Master's use, 
and prepared for the Master's use. 

So there can be no intelligent doubt that sanctification is the 
cleansing, purifying, and the setting apart for a special and a definite 
use or work for our Lord and Master. 



The old man went to meeting, 

For the day was bright and fair, 
Tho' his limbs were very tottering 

And 'twas hard to travel there: 
But he hungered for the Gospel, 

As he trudged the weary way. 
On the road so rough and dusty 

'Neath the summer's burning ray. 

By and by he reached the building 

To his soul a Holy place; 
Then he paused and wiped the sweat drops 

Off his thin and wrinkled face; 
But he looked around bewildered, 

For the old bell did not toll 
And the doors were shut and bolted 

And he did not see a soul. 

So he leaned upon his crutches, 

And he said, "What does it mean?" 
And he looked this way and that 

'Till it seemed almost a dream; 
He had walked the dusty highway. 

And he breathed a heavy sigh 
Just to go once more to meeting, 

Ere the summons came to die. 

But he saw a little notice, 

Tacked upon the meeting door. 
So he limped along to read it, 

And he read it o'er and o'er; 
Then he wiped his dusty glasses 

And he read it o'er again 
'Till his limbs began to tremble 

And his eyes began to pain. 

As the old man read the notice. 

How it made his spirit burn: 
"Pastor absent - on vacation - 

Church is closed 'till his return." 


Then he staggered slowly backward, 
And he sat him down to think 

For his soul was stirred within him 
Till he thought his heart would sink. 

So he mused along and wondered 

to himself soliloquized: 
"I've lived 'till almost eighty, 

And was never so surprised, 
As I read that oddest notice 

Stickin' on the meetin' door, 
"Pastor on vacation," 

Never heard the like before. 

Why, when I first joined the meetin' 

Very many years ago. 
Preachers traveled on the circuit 

In the heat and through the snow. 
If they got their clothes and vittles 

(Twas but little cash they got). 
They said nothin' 'bout vacation. 

And were happy in their lot. 

Would the farmer leave his cattle. 

Or the shepherd leave his sheep? 
Who would give them care and shelter 

Or provide them food to eat? 
So it strikes me very singular. 

When a man of holy hands. 
Thinks he needs to have vacation 

And forsakes his tender lambs. 

Did St. Paul gel such a notion? 

Did a Wesley or a Knox? 
Did they in the heat of summer 

Turn away their needy flocks? 
Did they shut up their meeting house 

Just go and lounge about? 
Why they knew that if they did 

Satan certainly would shout. 


Do the taverns close their doors 

Just to take a little rest? 
Why, 'twould be the height of nonsense 

For their trade would be distressed; 
Did you ever know it to happen, 

Or hear anybody tell, 
Of Satan taking a vacation 

Shutting up the doors of hell? 

And shall preachers of the gospel 

Pack their trunks and go away, 
Leavin' Saints and dyin' sinners 

To get along as best they may. 
Are the souls of Saints and sinners 

Valued less than selling beer? 
Or do preachers tire quicker 

Than the rest of mortals here? 

Why it is I cannot answer, 

But my feelings they are stirred; 
Here I've dragged my tottering footsteps, 

For to hear the Gospel Word; 
But the preacher is a traveling. 

And the meetin' house is closed; 
I confess it's very tryin' — 

Hard, indeed, to keep composed. 

Tell me when I tread the valley, 

And go up the shinin' height. 
Will I hear no angels singing? 

Will I see no gleamin' light? 
Will the golden harps be silent? 

Will I meet no welcome there? 
Why the thought is most distressin'. 

Would be more than I could bear. 

Tell me when I reach the city, 

Over on the other shore. 
Will I find a little notice 

Tacked upon the golden door, 
Tellin' me, 'mid dreadful silence, 


Writ'in words that cut and burn, 
^ "Jesus absent - on vacation 

Heaven closed till His return. 

-Author Unknown 


Hymn #1 
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that 
pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that 
hath called us to glory and virtue." II Peter 1 :3. 

One of the strengths of the Brethren is our slowness to change. 
The landmarks of our faith must be immovable, as all good landmarks 
are. If you have something good there is no reason to change. The 
Authorized King James Bible is a landmark that the English-speaking 
Brethren have used since the Brethren first came to America. 
(Editor's note: The German-speaking Brethren used Martin Luther's 
German translation.) For nearly a hundred years the Brethren 
Hymnal has been used. It likewise is a landmark. Many of the old 
hymns typify our faith. We have memorized the words just as we 
have memorized portions of the scripture. There is nothing wrong 
with this if the words we commit to memory are scriptural. 

The first hymn in the Brethren Hymnal starts out like this: 

Jehovah God! thy gracious power 

On every hand we seel 
Only the child of God can sing this stanza because the world is in 
the dark. They do not see the goodness of God; He is only there to 
accuse or blame when things are not going his way. God's power is 
the greatest force in the universe. But His Gracious power cannot be 
explained by any unbeliever, and by very few that believe. The Grace 
of God can be defined, but hardly explained. Only the one that the 
Lord has touched and saved can begin to convey even a stammering 
understanding of God's gracious power. Yet to us it is everywhere. 

From morn till noon, till latest eve. 

The hand of God we see. 

And all the blessings we receive, 

Ceaseless proceed from thee. 

The child of God is truly blessed. He knows from where all things 

come. He knows that, though he does not deserve what he received, 

he continues to receive these things because of God's grace and 

love. When we were unbelievers we did not acknowledge God's part 


in everything. We did not see the overall scheme of things and that 
God was behind it all. We thought that these things happened by 
accident. But when the light hit our eyes we were able to put it all 
together. God said, "I AM." Jesus said, "I AM." God is all 
encompassing: the self-existing ONE. His power on every hand we 
see. He has blessed us beyond all comprehension. 

What need our little life, 

Our human life, to know. 

If God hath comprehension? 

In all the dizzy strife 

Of things both high and low 

God hideth His intention. 

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


Clean Hands 
J. H. Moore 

The law of Moses directed that those committing adultery should 
be stoned to death. One time a woman was caught in the act of 
committing this sin. By some of the scribes and Pharisees she was 
brought before the Savior and her sin reported. They knew what the 
law required, but they wanted to see what Jesus would do with the 
woman. This they did to tempt him. 

He gave them plenty of time to think and then said: "He that is 
without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" (John 8:7). In 
other words, You can do as Moses directed, but the first stone must 
be cast by a man who has clean hands. Each man was left to settle 
the question for himself, and not one of the accusers would admit that 
his hands were clean enough to cast the first stone. 

Among the Hindus there is a fable illustrating this lesson. A thief 
"was captured with stolen money in his hand and sentenced to die. 
The night before his execution he devised this novel plan for rescue: 
He called the jailer into his cell and said, 'Go tell the king that if I can 
come to him, I can tell him how to grow gold.' The news was carried 
to the king and he said, 'Let the culprit be brought before me.' When 
the thief entered the royal presence he produced a piece of gold and 
said, 'Your majesty, if this piece of gold be planted in the soil it will 
grow into a tree, every branch of which will be laden with gold as an 
orchard with fruit. But this golden seed must be planted by a hand 


which has never been stained by a dishonest act. Of course, I am a 
thief and cannot plant this seed. My hand is not clean, so I pass it to 
your majesty.' The king looked at the gold for a moment, then he 
said, 'I would plant it if I could, but alas! my hand is not clean; I will 
pass it to my prime minister.' The prime minister's hand was not 
clean, and he passed it on to another. Thus the golden seed went 
from hand to hand. Then the thief said, 'Your majesty, if no man's 
hand is clean, why should I alone die for the crime?' 'You are right,' 
said the king. If you are to die then I must die also.'" 

All around us are people who make it their business to pass 
judgment on those who make mistakes, while they themselves have 
unclean hands. We sometimes see this in council meetings. 
Members, with hands not wholly clean, persist in having others set 
right. They plead for a pure church and an upright membership, while 
their own hands are stained. It is proper to have those who sin to 
repent and be set right before the church and the community, but how 
becoming it would seem if those who lead out in a move of this sort 
would first wash their own hands! And until they can do this, let them 
not cast the first stone, nor be too forward about planting the golden 
seed that produces the golden fruit. Even the sinner admires clean 
hands, and God demands them. Only clean hands will be permitted 
to receive the clear title to mansions in the skies. 



The new 1997 Indiana-Michigan Directory of the Brethren of the 
Old German Baptist Church will be available about the middle of 
November, the Lord willing. The standard book size will be $7.00 
each, and a new pocket, purse size will be available for $3.50 each. 
If purchased as a set (one of each) the price is $10.00. All prices are 
postpaid. These directories may be purchased at stores operated by 
Brethren, or ordered direct from the address below. Send all orders 

Indiana Directory Committee 

P.O. Box 97 

North Manchester, IN 46962-0097. 



Dec. 1 - Jesus Appears To His Disciples And Thomas - Jolin 20:19-31. 

1 . Did the disciples need to see the scarred hands and side of Jesus 
before they recognized Him? 

2. Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." 
Explain this receiving in comparison to the "filling" in Acts 2. 

Dec. 8 - "Come And Dine" - John 21 :1-14. 

1 . Why do you think Peter decided to go fishing? 

2. How was John able to recognize Jesus when the other disciples had not? 
Dec. 15 - "Feed My Sheep" - John 21:15-25, 

1 . What was the purpose of Jesus repeating three times His question to Peter? 

2. Why was Peter concerned about what John was supposed to do? 
Dec. 22 - The Birth Of Christ - Luke 2:1-20. 

1 . How did the Roman Emperor participate in God's plan for the world? 

2. According to the words of the angel, For whom did Jesus come to earth? 
Dec. 29 - The Ascension of Jesus - Acts 1:1-14. 

1 . For what purpose did Jesus stay on earth forty days after His 

2. What kingdom were the disciples referring to when they asked Jesus, 
"Wilt thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?" 


Dec. 1. - Fellowship - Gen. 5:24, 6:8-9, Ps. 73:23-28, Matt. 18:19-20, Luke 24:15-32. 
I John 1:3-10, John 15:4-10. 

1 . How can we walk with God today like Enoch and Noah? 

2. What provisions allow us to "Draw near to God?" 

Dec. 8 - Appearances - 1 Sam. 16:4-7, Matt. 6:1-5, 16-18, Luke 20:46-47, 
!1 Cor. 5:12, 10:7. 

1. In what ways can appearance be deceiving? 

2. Why is it so important for our actions to coincide with our outward 

Dec. 15 - Disfigurement- Prov. 21:29-31, Isa. 3:9-24, II Pet. 1:3-4, Rev. 13:16-17, 

1 . What does our countenance tell others about us? 

2. How could we become spiritually disfigured? 
Dec. 22 - The Birth of Christ - Luke 1 :1-33. 

1 . List the similarities/differences of Gabriel's appearance to Zacharias 
and his appearance to Mary. 

2. Compare Gabriel's prophetic description of Jesus' life with his 
prophetic description of John The Baptist's life. 

Dec. 29 -The Grace of God- Ps. 84:1-12, Acts 11:21-24, 1 Cor. 3:10-14, 15:9-10, 

II Cor. 1:12, I Pet. 5:5-11. 

1 . What/Where would we be without the grace of God? 

2. Explain the relationship of humility and grace. 

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DECEMBER 1, 1996 

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


Jesus calls us, o'er the tumult 
Of our life's wild, restless sea, 
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth, 
Saying, "Christian, follow Me." 

Jesus calls us f ronn the worship 
Of the vain world's golden store, 
From each idol that would keep us, 
Saying, "Christian, love Me more." 

In our joys and in our sorrows, 
Days of toil and hours of ease, 
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures, 
"Christian, love Me more than these." 

Jesus calls us, by Thy mercies, 
Saviour, may we hear Thy call, 
Give our hearts to Thine obedience, 
Serve and love Thee best of all. 

-Cecil F. Alexander 



Please read Zechariah 3. 

Zechariah presents a picture of Joshua, the High Priest, that can 
be instructional for us. There are lessons that we can glean from this 

Joshua is pictured as one rescued from the fire of destruction. He 
had not been far from burning with the rest of the wood with which he 
had been associated. He was plucked from the fire. He coula have 
totally ignited very soon, but he was pulled from the fire for a purpose. 
He would spread a different fire. 

Before he was qualified to spread the fire to others, he was in need 
of being cleansed. His garments were filthy. They had been tainted 
with the sin's smoke and ash. While his garments were spotted he 
was not fit to go forth, so he needed a change of clothes. This he 
received as the old clothes were taken from him and were replaced 
by new, pure clothes. These godly garments of righteousness 
qualified him for God's sen/ice. 

In the beginning, Joshua was at the crossroads of decision. He 
had an angel on one side counseling him to take the right course. On 
the other side, Satan whispered that he should follow an altogether 
different course. Satan would whisper to him as he had to Eve in the 
Garden of Eden. He was seeking to raise doubts about God and His 
word and way within Joshua. He had succeeded with Eve as she 
depended upon her human ability to reason and her emotions. Satan 
comes to each of us at a similar crossroads of decision. He would 
cause us to question God, the Bible and the Church. He would prefer 
that we would remain in the fire of destruction. He is not bound by 


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any rules of morality, so he may lie to us to persuade us to follow his 

On the other side the angel of the Lord will attempt to persuade us 
to turn toward God. We often make this a harder decision than it 
ought to be. Our natural emotions crave the things that Satan would 
represent that he can give us, so we halt between two opinions. If we 
were to approach this decision with logic and righteousness in mind, it 
would be a very easy decision. By nature we are disposed to do 
Satan's bidding. 

After Joshua's garments were changed he was given a promise. 
The promise was conditioned on his willingness to follow the ways of 
the Lord. If he did, he would be able to judge within the Lord's house, 
he would be able to keep the courts of the Lord and he would be able 
to walk among His people. We may not fully understand all that is 
entailed in these promises, but we do know that since they came from 
God, they are special and desirable. 

Many would like to obtain the glory involved in these promises, but 
unfortunately they do want to yield their own ideas. They want to rule 
but can not for they do not have the necessary preparation in the 
ways that the Master has set before them. There may be 
disappointment later when they think they should be honored as the 
defenders of the Lord and His Word, but they find instead that He will 
reject them. They still have on their filthy garments. They still have 
the smell of the fire on them: Instead of being able to spread the 
Gospel fire they have failed to avail themselves of its glorious 

Joshua is a picture of individuals who must make that eternal 
decision. Each must decide either to listen to Satan's unholy 
pleadings, or to accept the offer of eternal life. Each who accepts 
God's offer must be willing to change clothing. The inner cleansing 
should be accompanied by an outer change of garments to show 
there has been a change made in that life. 

When the firebrand has been plucked from the fires of destruction 
and given new clean clothes, he is fitted to become God's firebrand. 
God will throw him where He will, so he can accomplish the most 
good for His cause. He wants him to spread the Gospel through a 
change in his lifestyle, attitudes and appearance. Instead of burning 
within the fire of destruction, he can cause fires of contrition and 

It does not take much to start a fire. A match can begin a fire that 
destroys thousands of acres of forest. A flying ember can ignite a 
wood shake shingle roof and destroy a home. God's desire for His 
firebrands are that they will do what they are capable of doing. Each 


doing his part in obedience and submissiveness, will cause the glow 
of Gospel fires to be seen and felt wherever the firebrand goes and 
whatever he does. 

Are you a firebrand for Christ? 



Being square and not chicken, "What does that mean?" you might 
ask. Words often have different meanings. One definition for square 
is: a plane figure having four equal sides; but, the definition we would 
like to think of is this one: just, fair, honest, not conversant (familiar or 
acquainted) with current fads or styles, unyielding, firm, old-fashioned, 
unsophisticated, conservative. 

When we think of chicken - we think of a farm bird, but we would 
like to think of this definition also: timid or cowardly, to lose courage. 
Acts, chapters 6 and 7, gives the account of a man who was "square 
and not chicken." His name was Stephen. 

Stephen was brought before the council. There they set up false 
witnesses against him. He told them the truth, "Ye stiffnecked and 
uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: 
as your fathers did so do ye." (Acts 7:51) Stephen told them the truth 
and the truth hurt. They were cut to the heart and gnashed on him 
with their teeth. They cast him out of the city and stoned him to 
death. He could have turned "chicken" (cowardly or lost courage) and 
would not have been gnashed on with teeth and stoned. Stephen 
stayed fore-square upon the true gospel of Jesus Christ, unyielding to 
the pressure around him. What if - when they started stoning him, 
Stephen would have said, "Wait a minute, I'm sorry I offended you, I 
really was a little hard on you. Please forgive me!" We would say that 
he would have been a real chicken or coward. What about us? 
When the opportunity comes our way to witness for Christ, or point 
out sin as Stephen did, would we be gnashed on or stoned? No, a lot 
less than that happens to us, and yet, it seems we are afraid to stand 
for the right. 

The account of John the Baptist's death tells us that he was 
"square and not chicken" in Mark 6:16-29. Verse 20 states that he 
was a just and holy man. John told Herod, "It is not lawful for thee to 
have thy brother's wife" (Mark 6:18) and it cost John his head! John 
could have turned chicken and said, "Well, you ARE the king, God is 
a God of love, surely God will overlook this sin. He understands, 
besides I'm sure if we look hard enough we can find an exception 
clause somewhere in the scripture!" John stood perfectly "square." 
He was full of the Holy Ghost; willing to die, rather than deny the truth. 


Noah was a real "square" in his day. In Genesis 6:5 it is stated, 
"God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that 
every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil 
continually." Even though Noah lived in a very wicked day, he did not 
yield to the evil around him. "But, Noah found grace in the eyes of the 
Lord." (Genesis 6:8) Verse 9 states: "Noah was a just man and 
perfect in his generations and Noah walked with God." God told 
Noah to build an ark, so that's what he did - on dry land! Can you 
picture Noah and his sons - sawing, hammering, and working on this 
big boat while the wicked men watched them, laughing, making jokes, 
and calling them fools for doing what they were instructed by God to 
do? Noah did not turn "chicken." What about us when God instructs 
us to do something as recorded in II Cor. 6:17, "Wherefore come out 
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not 
the unclean thing; and I will receive you." It's much easier to follow 
the crowd, do what they do, go where they go, do your own thing and 
not get too excited about obeying God. They thought Noah was a 
fool until they saw all the animals and Noah's family go inside and 
God shut the door. When it started raining, there were eight 
"squares" SAFE in the ark, while there was a multitude of "chickens" 
on the outside of the ark - wishing they were "square" and on the 

There are many others in the Bible who were "square and not 
chicken." We can look at David and the slaying of the giant Philistine, 
Goliath. (I Sam. 17); the three Hebrew children being cast into the 
fiery furnace (Daniel 3); or Daniel in the lions' den (Daniel 6). These 
were not afraid to stand for God and give their very life if need be. To 
be on God's side was not very popular in their day and neither is it for 
us today! 

A young man I worked with several years ago comes to my mind 
often. When he first started to work where I did, he was a nice, 
Christian, young man. As time went on he became friends with the 
wrong crowd. First, he started laughing along with the dirty jokes; 
then he started telling them himself. Soon he began smoking ( I can 
remember seeing him - his eyes were red and watering - but he 
continued smoking - to be with the crowd) and talking, doing, and 
eventually going where the world did. When Friday evening, quitting 
time came, he went with his new "friends" to the bar for a couple 
drinks, too. Instead of staying "square" he turned "chicken." 

"...he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved!" (Matthew 

Brother David Aungst 



Prov. 24:33-34, "Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of 
the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; 
and thy want as an armed man." 

Luke 8:14, "And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when 
they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and 
pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection." 

I should write but others are better at writing than I. If I could just 
preach from the pulpit or write on paper the way I preach when lying 
awake in the middle of the night. 

Then I should write now, but those leaves that were so beautiful a 
few days ago are now on the ground, and need to be raked up and 
disposed of. And, oh yes, there is a lot of dead wood that needs to be 
cut, and put in the basement to burn. The garden needs a little work 
yet. Probably the lawn should be mowed once more. 

I must read the newspaper to keep up with what is going on in the 
world. Right now, just after taking time to eat, sit in my easy chair, to 
read, I must keep up with my daily Bible reading, but I am getting very 
sleepy. ZZZZZ. 

Well, that was a nice nap, now there are a few things I must do. 
Well maybe tomorrow. 

Ephesians 5:14-16, "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, 
and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then 
that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the 
time, because the days are evil." 

Colossians 4:2-5, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with 
thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us 
a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am 
also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk 
in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time." 

May God bless you all richly. 

Brother William Carpenter 


"I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the 
same mind in the Lord." Philippians 4:2. 

It is a sad fact that Euodias and Syntyche achieved fame because 
they argued with one another. From the context of Philippians 4, it is 
certain that they were leaders in the church at Philippi, and though 
they were prominent, they had a difference of opinion. There have 
been many articles written in these pages recently concerning being 
of one mind. Christian harmony, working together and the like. I 
believe that the church is at a crossroads: do we continue on as we 


have for centuries, or do we change to accommodate modern thought 
and ideas? 

Verse five states, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. 
The Lord is at hand." Moderation here does not have anything to do 
with using alcohol, it means reasonableness, graciousness or yielding 
to the will of another. Paul was trying to say that the church's ability 
to work together as a unit should be renowned in all the world. We 
must be careful here, because the tendency is to drift from the Word 
of God for the sake of unity, and we cannot do that. We must lift up 
the standard so others may see and live. 

There are many lessons to be found in Philippians 4:2. It is sad 
that oftimes leaders of the church do not agree with each other. We 
read how Paul and Barnabas fell out. Yet their disunity was not 
allowed to linger and fester. They separated without any hard 
feelings, and the Lord's work continued. They did not fight and argue 
endlessly, but made an end to it. This must be done. First, we must 
be true to the scriptures, taught by the Holy Spirit of God. Second, 
we must deal with disunity as a plague that will destroy the church if it 
is not soon dealt with. 

The fact is we do not always agree. We must learn the difference 
between opinions that we have and Biblical, unalterable fact. People, 
today, look other places than to Jesus. Only on Jesus should our 
vision be centered. Hebrews 12:2 says, "looking unto Jesus, the 
author and finisher of our faith," and verse 3 continues the thought by 
saying, "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners 
against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds." 
Jesus, Thy blessings are not few, 

Nor is thy Gospel weak; 
Thy grace can melt the stubborn Jew, 
And bow the haughty Greek. 

Come, all ye wretched sinners, come, 

He'll form your souls anew; 
His gospel and his heart have room 
For rebels such as you. 

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


Jerusalem 3000 
These are interesting times in Israel. As we look forward to a trip 
there in 1997, we closely watch the happenings. The Jews and 


Muslims certainly are not at peace. The re-erecting of fences 
between major sections of the City of Jerusalem and the erecting of 
signs saying, "Jews Not Welcome", which really are not just pieces of 
wood with writing on them, but are in reality "signs of the times." 

This year and in 1997, Israel is celebrating their love affair with 
beautiful Jerusalem that has spanned 3000 years. Since the first of 
David's warriors went over the walls of the Jebusite fortress in 1000 
BC, Jerusalem has endured as the religious and political capital of the 
Jews. On property purchased by David from Araunah the Jebusite 
(see II Samuel 24:18-25), her great temples have stood with honor. 
Within and around these ancient city walls her sons and daughters 
were born and celebrated. Even during the debilitating periods when 
the Jews were swept off the land by the tyrants of the time, far-off 
Jerusalem was to hold the hearts of her children, the wandering Jews. 

With these historical facts in view, we need to remind ourselves 
once again that the Muslim claims on Jerusalem did not commence 
until the seventh century AD. The Jewish people occupied the city of 
Jerusalem for about sixteen hundred years before Islam was 
established there. 

Since 1967, when Israel captured the city, Jerusalem has been 
called the "occupied territory." The city has been fought over perhaps 
more than any other city in the world. When Jerusalem was 
conquered in battle, the victors held it until they were displaced by 
someone else, who had more strength and will in battle to possess 
the place. 

Scripture is replete with references about a time when the nations 
will be reconciled to God. Controversy over Jerusalem will be a thing 
of the past. Jerusalem of the future will be tranquil, peaceful and the 
focal point of the ruler of the earth. Jesus Christ will dwell there once 

We, too, will dwell there. There shall be no more utter destruction. 
Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. (Zech. 14:1 1) We can hold to the 
promise that "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the 
morning." We can turn our tear-stained faces to the horizon, morning 
is coming. The King is coming, for the Christian. Keep your eye on 
Israel. Keep your eye on Jerusalem. She awaits us and her King. 

Bro. Len Wertz 


Deuteronomy 32:32-33, "For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and 
of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their 
clusters are bitter: Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel 
venom of asps." 


Deuteronomy 32:36-37, Tor the LORD shall judge his people, and 
repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is 
gone, and there is none shut up, or left. And he shall say, Where are 
their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,...?" 

The sin of Sodom appears to be growing in acceptance within the 
leadership of the earthly church in spite of the danger of AIDS. 
However, this is only a branch of a much larger problem within the 
established church. 

In the New Testament, grapes and wine are symbols for the blood 
of the Lord Jesus Christ. A large portion of the modern church has 
rejected this blood for the salvation of sin and replaced it with grapes 
of gall, the human works of man. Because of this their clusters are 
bitter. They deny that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. They 
despise the King James Version. A minister in what could be called 
our mother church has written a book entitled, THE ULTIMATE 
page of the book states, "The doctrine that the Bible is the inerrant 
Word of God is the worst heresy that the Church has ever faced, and 
this book's sole purpose is to move Christians to eliminate that 

Their wine is the poison of dragons. They re-interpret the truths 
that have been accepted down through the centuries and introduce 
new ones. Recently, we received a mailing, from a computer 
enthusiast, that supposedly proved that repentance is not a Scriptural 
term. To prove his point he went back to the original Greek. While we 
accept the fact of the original Greek language and believe it is 
sometimes helpful to refer to such references as Strong's Greek and 
Hebrew dictionaries, we also are aware of the fact that those who 
supposedly are learned in the Greek do not always agree on what the 
Greek says or means. Two issues pertinent to this discussion are the 
prayer veil (or covering) and women preachers. 

Their wine is also the cruel venom of asps. They destroy the 
assurance given to true believers. Recently a pastor of a church 
made the following statement. "If Jesus Christ were alive today, I'm 
certain he'd be using every form of entertainment that's out there to 
make God relevant and practical in people's lives." They reject the 
Christ of the Bible who said in Revelation 1:18, "I am he that liveth, 
and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have 
the keys to hell and of death." 

Today the majority seem to see God as merely a God of love and 
the Lord Jesus Christ as a meek, helpless servant. The book of Jude 
describes those whose vine is the wine of Sodom and God's response 
to them. Jude verses 12-15, "These are spots in your feasts of 


charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: 
clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose 
fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering 
stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And 
Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, 
Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, To execute 
judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them 
of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of 
all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against 

A large portion of the earthly church has lost its power by accepting 
the vine of Sodom and rejecting the true vine. In John 15:1 the Lord 
Jesus Christ says, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the 
husbandman." The false gods of the vine of Sodom will be of no help 
in the time of need. The false rock of the vine of Sodom will not stand 
the storms of life and bring true salvation. 

May our desire be to be a branch of the true vine and reject the 
vine of Sodom. Let us hold fast to the Word of God and follow all of 
its truth, teachings and precepts. 

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


Hymn #2 

"Holy and reverend is his name." Psalm 1 1 1 :9 

It has been my desire for quite a while to bring forth a series of 
articles from the Brethren Hymnal with the idea of fortifying the 
doctrines long taught by the Brethren. We wish to, as is always our 
goal, to be Biblical, as we believe this blessed old hymn book to be 
Biblical. As we page through it, let us be reminded of the many 
blessings that are ours as the children of God. 

I own several copies of the small Brethren Hymn Book, the same 
volume except without the musical notes. It is valuable as a book of 
poetry, and it is easy to carry that way. Many churches have added 
other hymnals to their collection, but it is still a blessing to sing from 
the old black book. May it ever be so. 

Holy and reverend is the name of our eternal king. Isaiah 6:3 says, 
"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his 
glory." The unbeliever does not see it. The soul immersed in the vain 
things of this life does not see it. It remains for the saint of God to not 


only see it, but proclaim it. It has often been said that when a person 
is first converted the world looks entirely different from what it did 
before God appeared in their lives. If we are truly being used of God 
and are sincere children of His, our perception of this hymn will 
increase year by year. 

With sacred awe pronounce His name. There is much controversy 
concerning what the name of God is. A local cult hereabouts says 
"Yahweh" is the only name God hears. We believe that God only 
hears from a penitent heart, regardless of the name used. Our God is 
Holy. We are obliged to speak His Name in a holy way. This writer 
has always used the name "God" or "Jehovah God" and has never felt 

This wonderful hymn ends with a prayer. 

Thou, holy God, preserve my soul, 
From all pollution free; 
The pure in heart are thy delight, 
And they thy face shall see. 

Only the pure in heart shall see God. God will only hear from a 
soul that seeks after His righteousness. 

Today the "Christian" world seeks to devalue the Holiness of God. 
They say that God is a Father or a Mother. They say God will accept 
anyone regardless of their value system or sexual orientation. God 
accepts only righteousness. If we say anything else we demean Him. 
We cannot approach Him without the Blood of Christ, which was shed 
to accomplish our salvation. We have no righteousness of our own 
acceptable to God. 

We cannot ascribe the name "Reverend" to anyone but God. Only 
God is to be revered. Man did not earn this title, nor does he deserve 
it. Only the supreme, Majestic Godhead is desen/ing of our praise 
and worship. May God help us to walk so as to see Him someday. 

Psalm 17:15, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I 
shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." 

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


December 1, 1936 


L. W. Beery 

After noting the authority back of the New Testament teachings as 

given to us by the apostles, naturally serious thinking people wonder 

as to the authority back of the 'transition" which has taken place so 


noticeably in professing Christendom of late years. With a little sound 
consideration one can easily determine as to the authority back of the 
unscriptural innovations and departures from the faith which have 
been fostered among professing Christian people. 

There is no question but that Christ intended His teachings as 
recorded by the apostles to endure throughout the ages until his 
return to earth again. His parting commission to the apostles clearly 
indicates this. "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." 
(Matt. 28:19-20.) It is definitely given in this reference that the things 
that Jesus taught His disciples were to be taught and observed "even 
unto the end of the world." 

The passing of time and changes that take place among men on 
the earth do not change the inspired word that is given us in the New 
Testament. It is this word that shall last throughout the ages and 
appear before men on the day of judgment there to condemn or 
exonerate all who face it. Jesus said, "The word that I have spoken, 
the same shall judge him (the man that rejects) in the last day." 
Jesus and His plan of salvation for men in the dispensation does not 
change. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." 
(Heb. 13:8.) Certainly then, from this consideration, the authority of 
Christ is not back of these changes which so flagrantly violate New 
Testament teachings. 

There was evidently a "transition" in the Galatian churches in the 
time of Paul for in writing to them he states, "I marvel that ye are so 
soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto 
another gospel; which is not another but there be some that trouble 
you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." (Gal. 1:6-7.) Paul and 
his helpers had preached the true gospel to the Galatians and they 
had accepted it but from the language that Paul uses in writing to 
them they had turned aside to something else. There were those that 
"troubled them" and endeavored to "pervert" the gospel of Christ 
which they had been taught. This new gospel, Paul intimates, was 
simply the ideas and theories of men and had no higher origin or 

It is evident that the same condition exists today that did in the time 
of Paul. This new gospel which has resulted in the "transition" in the 
church is simply some theories that men have concocted and have 
substituted for what the gospel teaches. The authority back of the 
transition then, is "man," and all those who accept these theories in 
preference to gospel teachings are making "man" their god. 


Regarding these who cause trouble in the church by endeavoring 
to pervert the gospel, Paul says this: "But 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. 1:8.) In the next 
verse he repeats the statement. This ought to be sufficient warning to 
all serious minded folks. There is however, a more solemn warning 
given to all who would pervert the gospel of Christ. Tor I testify unto 
every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any 
man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues 
that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the 
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out 
of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which 
are written in this book." (Rev. 22:18-19.) 

What an awful thing it will be on the day of judgement to be 
responsible for these unscriptural practices that have been set up in 
the churches in place of what the gospel teaches. "For me and my 
house, we will serve the Lord." 



J. H. Moore 
Grandfather had seen better days. I mean the one to whom we 
refer at this time. He was once a strong young man, full of life and 
with bright prospects before him. He took to himself the maid whose 
heart and hand he had won. They were poor, but they were happy. 
They had few troubles and dreamed of none. Life with them was full 
of sunshine and the outlook hopeful. They looked forward to the time 
when they could possess a comfortable home and have about them 
plenty on which to live, and also a place where they could spend the 
declining years of life. 

Their first house was small, consisting of but one room. And yet it 
was large enough for the young father, mother and two little girls. As 
the years went by other rooms were added, and then there were more 
children. Trees were planted, and in time the buildings, the orchard 
and shade trees gave the little knoll, by the side of the country road, a 
most charming appearance. The fond parents did not neglect their 
religion while accumulating wealth, but they did, in a measure, neglect 
the best interests of their children. One by one their sons and 
daughters were sent off to school. They did not select schools 
particularly favored with religious environments. The children were 
well educated, and thus fitted for society and business, but not for the 
Lord's house. The soul culture had been neglected, and not one of 
them was a member of the church. Considerable property passed 


into their hands, and, so far as the world was concerned, they were in 
excellent circumstances. 

There came a change. The father and mother grew old. Their 
eyes grew dim and their strength failed them. The home farm was 
turned over to a son-in-law, and the parents were to be contented 
with a home with their daughter. The daughter, of course, was kind, 
and so were all the grandchildren. But the home was not as in days 
of yore. It ceased to be a lodging place for the Brethren who chanced 
to visit the locality. There was a time when this good man and wife 
could count on entertaining all the ministers who visited their church. 
Their roof had sheltered some of the most gifted preachers in the 
Fraternity. But that had come to an end. The daughter and her family 
moved in fashionable society, and by this the aged father and mother 
were in a measure cut off from the society of the church. They often 
wept. They had hoped that their last years might be their most 
enjoyable ones. But such was not the case. They saw their mistake. 
They had raised their children for the world, and not for the church. It 
was too late to make amends. They could only weep and wait for the 
boatman to come and row them across the chilly waters to the other 

By and by a minister was sent for. The neighbors gathered. There 
was to be a funeral. The boatman has come for grandmother. It 
seemed that loving hands could not do enough for the dead mother. 
No expense was spared. The coffin was fine. The hearse was the 
best to be had. The casket was covered with costly flowers. 
Grandmother never had so much respect shown her. The minister 
grew eloquent, the sons and daughters wept. The grandchildren 
cried, and even the neighbors shed tears. All this was for the dead. 
The poor woman was cold in death, and could not realize what was 
being done for her. The aged husband wept and sobbed. He said 
nothing, but he thought, "If only half this affection had been bestowed 
upon mother while living, how pleasant life would have been for her!" 
To the angels it probably looked like mockery. 

Grandfather was left alone. Scores reached for his hand and said 
words that were meant to be consoling. He leaned on the arm of a 
daughter as he looked down into the cold grave; then was gently led 
away. For a few days each one of the family acted as an angel of 
love. No grandfather was ever treated more kindly. Time, however, 
moved them all farther away from the sad incident, and inside of a 
few months the scenes at the funeral and grave seemed to have been 
forgotten. The gray-headed father sank into despondency. No one 
appeared to take any special interest in him. Not only so, but he 


seemed to be in the way. His room was wanted for another purpose. 
The family desired to entertain more, but grandfather was in the way. 
No wonder the good old man was sad! His last days were full of 
sorrow. He lived only because he had to. He hoped for relief when 
he reached the other shore, and anxiously he wondered when the 
boatman would come for him! 


What would this day be like if everyone we met would have a lovely 
smile? We all know a smile costs nothing but gives much to those 
who receive. They are surely blessed by it. It takes but a moment, 
but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. No one is so rich he 
can get along without it. It creates happiness in every place. Many 
homes are blessed when the family uses it. It is so much help in 
business. Many friends are gained by it. It is rest to the weary, cheer 
to those who are discouraged and sad. It helps in all kinds of trouble. 
There is no price for it. It cannot be bought. You cannot even borrow 
or steal it, for it is of no value to anyone until you receive it. Let us not 
be so tired and weary, we can not give a smile. Let us all give a smile 
to everyone we meet. Then wait to see what happens. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



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DECEMBER 15, 1996 

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


Living for Jesus a life that is true, 
Striving to please Him in all that I do, 
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free, 
This is the pathway of blessing for me. 

Living for Jesus who died in my place, 
Bearing on Calv'ry my sin and disgrace, 
Such love constrains me to answer His call, 
Follow His leading and give Him my all. 

Living for Jesus wherever I am. 
Doing each duty in His Holy Name, 
Willing to suffer affliction or loss, 
Deeming each trial a part of my cross. 

Living for Jesus thro' earth's little while, 
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile, 
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem, 
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him. 

-T. O. Chisholm 



Living amongst people devoted to materialism can be a real 
challenge to a Christian. People want the latest conveniences and 
gadgets, which are expensive, bringing greater debt and 
dissatisfaction. The desire for these playthings is produced either 
through creative advertising or the pride that wants to keep-up-with or 
get-ahead-of others. Accompanying this desire for these gadgets is a 
disdain for the frugal ways of past generations. 

Those who lived in simpler times often had to make do with a lot 
less than what we think is necessary these days. Looking back, we 
often wonder if they did not have a greater contentment than what we 
have with all we do have. Our wants have far outstripped our needs. 
Frugality of the past made them thankful for their left-overs and hand- 
me-downs. Today we would be insulted if we were required to use 
up, wear out, eat up all we had before we could have any more. They 
could not afford to waste their resources. They were thankful for what 
they did have. 

They were willing to eat left-over food. Sometimes, food, the 
second time around, actually is better than it was the first time 
around. This is especially true of soups, which blend together more 
fully the longer they are prepared. They were not ashamed to wear 
previously worn clothes. Patches and safety pins were no shame as 
long as their clothes were as clean as possible. Today someone who 
wears clothes patched and made-over is looked down upon. In fact, 
people who wear clothes a little out of date are thought strange. 
Frugality would be a good addition to the American way of life. 

Frugality has always been one of the traits of the Brethren. 


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Frugality was practiced not to accumulate wealth and property. While 
the Brethren often were able to accumulate substantial bank 
accounts, that was not their primary goal in the handling of their 
finances. Their goal was to honor their Lord and Master through the 
right use of their financial resources. Feeling they were pilgrims and 
strangers in this world, they did not want to be too attached to it. By 
using their money sparingly and wisely, they were investing in those 
things that were necessary. That which was superfluous they did not 
want to collect. They felt the luxuries and unnecessary things that 
they could have accumulated would have hindered their journey 
through this world. They would have been tempted to give more 
effort and honor to the things that they might collect rather than 
serving God as they should. 

The Brethren were not so "cheap" that they did not appreciate 
quality. They understood quality. They knew a quality item might 
cost more at the beginning but that it would outlast an inferior item. 
They could save money and have better items by buying quality 
items. They knew the difference between frugal and "cheap". 

Sen/ing God by not wasting His resources meant they did not need 
the latest styles or gadgets. They were content with the necessities. 
Their frugality gave them resources they could share with others who 
were less fortunate than themselves. They could support the work of 
the Church. Their simple lifestyles not only were a help to their own 
Spiritual lives and provided forthe Church's expenses and expansion, 
but they also were good for the surrounding community. Their simple 
lives set an example before those who could do better in their worship 
of God. Their thrifty ways saved the natural and financial resources 
of the community. They were a healthier and happier people in the 
midst of people who did not use discernment in their use of the 
present world. They fulfilled the Scriptural admonition to help others. 
They could give not only monetarily, but also Spiritually. 

These considerations of the godly and frugal use of wealth and 
possessions are especially timely during this Christmas season. At 
this season, it is especially easy to lose sight of the purpose of our 
possessions. The constant merchandising of products makes it easy 
to be mesmerized and drawn into the worldly spirit of the season. 

The connection between Christmas as we know it today is very 
slender with the event that it supposedly commemorates. The 
accumulating of the latest and richest gifts is not a celebration of the 
best Gift of all. No way can our giving duplicate God's giving. He 
gave so much more and at a so much greater cost. If we can do 
some good at this season (or anytime) we should use our resources 


in that way. As Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to 
receive." We need to be frugal in the use of our resources at this 
season, so they can be put to a better use. 

During this Christnnas season do you have your priorities in line? 
Will you be frugal or wasteful? Will you honor God? 




She knew he was right, 

When recalling that night 

That the Spirit descended on her 

What more could have been 

And delivered to men 

Than him conceived on the earth 

The time then grew long 

And short grew her song 

As news spread concerning a birth 

Out of wedlock no less 
Seemed to curse more than bless 
As the man considered her worth 

Then the Angel appeared 
And spoke "Joseph draw near" 
"And behold the chosen of God" 

Go take her to wife 

For she'll bring forth the life 

That will save your people from sin 

Then he took her to him 

And their new life began 

Though with child, still a virgin till birth 

And Joseph a just man 

Heeded God's own command 

And stood by her though the better became worse 


A decree from the King 

Contained orders to bring 

Each man's family to the town of his birth 

So he took the young lass 

Upon the back of an ass 

And trekked over mountainous terrain 

Then the search about town 

For a place to lie down 

Finally, stabled, no room in the Inn 

One moment t'was pain 

And again and again 

Until at last the miracle came forth 

First silence then a cry 

As a breath he did try 

And life poured into his small frame 

They wrapped him all up 

With a pull and a tuck 

As he wiggled and wiggled again 

Joseph knew at that time 
As thoughts raced through his mind 
It was worth any suffering sustained 

He beheld both his feet 

As his hands oh so sweet 

And pondered, would they ever feel pain 

But her heart raced with might 

And her visage blanched white 

As a vision took shape in her mind 

On those little pink hands 

And those little pink feet 

Blood Stains! caused by sin from our kind 

But as she looked on his face 

And saw love's unending grace 

Had met humanity's need in the flesh 


She remembered the word 

Of the Angel she'd heard 

"Mary among women thou art blessed" 

And she knew he was right 

When recalling that night 

That the spirit descended on her 

Brother Greg Wray 
4312 Murphy Rd. 
Modesto, CA 95358 


John 17:6, "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou 
gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them 
me; and they have kept thy word." 

We are again in the season when individuals will be giving gifts to 
one another. Someone has wisely said that Christmas is supposed to 
be a celebration of the birth of Christ yet everyone gets a gift except 
Him. The fact that this time of year is largely a commercial enterprise 
mixed in with licentious activities is reason enough for some 
Christians to remove themselves from participating in the celebration 
of the holiday. 

Some refuse to have part for a more basic reason. According to 
derived from the medieval "CHRISTES MASSE" meaning the mass of 
Christ. Some more interesting facts given are that the birth of Christ 
was not an object of celebration until the fourth century. As it was 
impossible to fix the date of the nativity, it was celebrated on the 
same day as the pagan Mithraic rites of the birth of the Sun and at the 
close of the Roman festival called the Saturnalia, held in mid- 
December. As is the case with the date, most of the customs 
associated with Christmas were not originally Christian. The merry- 
making, the feasting, the candles, and the giving of gifts have their 
origin in the Roman Saturnalia. The Christmas tree did not come into 
wide usage until the 18th century. We, personally, believe that the 
origin of the Christmas Tree can be found in Jeremiah 10:1-5, where 
God says it is "the way of the heathen." An interesting historical fact 
from another source is that at the early part of our American history 
the celebration of Christmas was against the law. 

Our introductory verse concerns a time when God the Father gave 
a gift to His Son. It was not at the time of His birth but at the 


beginning of His ministry. We believe the gift includes more than the 
original apostles but includes all those who are born again. 

Christ says that the Father gave the men to Him from out of the 
world. Today many want to be recognized as followers of the Lord 
Jesus Christ but they want to keep the trappings, glitter and glamour 
of the world also. Such individuals resemble the gaudy wrapping that 
Christmas gifts usually come in, only to be crunched up and thrown 
into the trash or burned, usually. 

The phrase 'thine they were" is a very interesting one. We do not 
believe this refers to when they were a part of the world. The popular 
teaching that all individuals are sons (or daughters) of God is not 
supported by Holy Scripture. God never declared that the pagan 
individuals of the Old Testament era were His children but directed 
that they should be destroyed at various times. God's judgment, not 
His mercy, rests upon the unsaved world that rejects His gift of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. The original twelve disciples were all Jews. We 
believe they had accepted the Jewish religion and looked forward to 
the Messiah. Therefore, this phrase can only be applied to the 
original apostles. 

Christ then makes the declaration of God's gift to His Son, "and 
thou gavest them me." In Isaiah 43: 11 God the Father proclaimed, "I, 
even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior." Now the 
Father will openly share his glory, honour and worship with God the 
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This was a revealed gift, not a gift 
established at this point in time. For in John 17:5 we read, "And now, 
O Father glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had 
with thee before the world was." 

Contrary to some teaching, this gift of the Father to the Son was 
not without the consent of those given. For in verse 8 we read, "For I 
have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have 
received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and 
they have believed that thou didst send me." Three acts of free will, 
receiving, knowing (making it a part of their knowledge of truth), and 
believing. The same three steps of free will we must assent. 

We, as a gift of God to His Son, are included in verse 10. "And all 
mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them." Are 
you a gift of God to His Son? If not, accept the finished work of Jesus 
Christ on the cross of Calvary. 

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



"I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that 
knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister my love, my dove, my 
undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops 
of the night." Song of Solomon 5:2. 

"For the love of Christ constraineth us;,.." II Corinthians 5:14. 

What a force love is! There is no force greater. Yet today many 
equate the love of God with comfort and ease. Of all the wonderful 
adjectives we can attach to the word love we must include those that 
indicate love to be an irresistible force, a controlling force, a drive, to 
restrain, to repress, to bind or confine. Love does all these things: the 
love of God especially. 

In the first verse of our lesson, the object of love was awakened 
from sleep. She was disturbed: wrenched out of a peaceful state. 
We have read the testimonies of many whom God has touched. 
Some say that God has brought a peace to them, and this is true. 
There is nothing like the Peace of God. Yet, others have said that 
God forced them out of their complacency, apathy and laziness. 
They have been on the move ever since. 

There is nothing like God's love to change a person. Paul's 
conversion was dramatic in the change that it caused. When the 
Doctors Barnaard and DeBakey began to do heart transplants in the 
late 1960's there was no operation more drastic and more devastating 
to the human body. Yet the change God affects on our heart is no 
less drastic spiritually. Our consciousness is totally changed. 

Just as the bridegroom knocks on the door of his beloved, so does 
Christ knock on the door of our heart. Some will call down to Him and 
say, "Leave me alone! I do not want to be disturbed!" There is a 
supreme effort involved in getting up and answering the door: AND 
entrance into our heart and life. We cannot treat this call lightly. 

Much has been written of Mahatma Gandhi. Many have compared 
him to Jesus Christ. Though he was merely a man, the love that he 
had for the people of India eventually caused that land to become 
independent and free. This is what the love of one man can do. How 
much more perfect is the love of God, and how much more can this 
love do? 

Could we with ink the ocean fill 
And were the sky of parchment made. 
Were every stalk on earth a quill 
And every man a scribe by trade: 
To write the love of God above 


Would drain the ocean dry, 

Nor could the scroll contain the whole 

If stretched from sky to sky. 

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


December 15, 1936 


Ida M. Helm 

Away back in Eden the river of time had its source. Even there was 
the deceitful undercurrent to draw men down and Adam and Eve went 
down at the swish of the Serpent's deceit, and e'er long their son, 
Abel, lay cold in death, slain by his brother, Cain. Then Adam and 
Eve knew what physical death was like, they knew God meant when 
He said, that to disobey Him is sin, and that sin will surely bring 

It drove them from the beautiful garden of Eden, now it robbed 
them of their first born son, the dutiful Abel. 

God gave them a son, Seth instead of Abel who Cain slew. The 
years passed and the Godly sons of Seth kept themselves separate 
from the worldly children of Cain, they worshipped God, they called on 
the name of the Lord; to them by faith was the promise of a Savior 

The years flowed on swiftly and finally the descendants of Seth, the 
sons of God saw the daughters of men - Cain - that they were fair; 
and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, 
"My spirit will not always strive with man." (Gen. 6:2-3.) 

The long suffering patience of God bore with them till the springs of 
the world became poisoned and foamed out fatal moral corruption, not 
only to a community but to a world. No doubt the sons of God and the 
daughters of men thought they were*having a good time, but they 
trampled the religion of God under foot; the earth was filled with 
violence. There were men of renown in those days, remarkable men, 
strong men, but none of them were able to stop the violence, or head 
off the wave of crime. 

Well they should have trembled when God said He would destroy 
man, but they only mocked and jeered, till God .opened the flood gates 
of heaven and earth and deluged the world with a flood, and took all 
mankind away except eight righteous souls. 


The channel of years was cleansed and man was given a new 
start. The rainbow, the sign of the covenant between God and Noah 
reminds us today that God is faithful to His word. He will never again 
destroy the world with a flood. The years passed and again the 
under-current of sin became rife in the world. The channel of years 
again became clogged with sin. 

Men praised dumb idols and called on them and worshipped them, 
they became like the filthy gods they worshipped. God looked down 
on Egypt, the land where his people lived and saw the sins and 
oppression and heard the cry of his people, and in order to reveal the 
holiness, justice and power of God, also that the Egyptians might 
know Jehovah God and that He might visit judgment on the idol gods 
of Egypt He sent the ten plagues. Also that Israel might know 
Jehovah God. 

He proved clearly that men might understand that the plagues were 
a manifestation of a conflict between the idols of Egypt and Jehovah 
God of Israel. Each plague was an attack on one of Egypt's gods that 
left Jehovah God the victor every time. God again gave His people a 
new start by bringing them into the Land of Promise and setting 
Himself up as King over them. 

But alas! One channel cleansed, others sent out streams of poison 
again and again. God's children were caught by the under-current 
and God's all powerful arm rescued them by rising up judges to bring 
them back to Him. He gave them kings because they wanted to be 
like other people; He sent prophets to warm them of the penalty of 
disobedience; but they were an obstinate, headstrong people, and 
alas! brazen idolatry foamed out shame and disgrace till God in anger 
sent them into exile to be cured by having copious doses of idolatry 
dealt out to them. 

The years passed and again God rescued them by bringing them 
back to the Land of Promise. But alas, the stream did not stay 
cleansed. Again and again God cleaned up His people and gave 
them a new start till finally Jesus, the promised Messiah of God, His 
only Son came from heaven to win men back to God. When He came 
He saw the people as sheep without a shepherd. 'Then saith He unto 
His disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. 
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth 
laborers into His harvest." (Matt. 9:37-38,) 

True, they had the Scribes and Pharisees, but these were no true 
shepherds, but blind leaders of the blind. Jesus saw it as not the fault 
of the people but the trouble lay in their guides. Away back in the 
days of Jeremiah he tells us in the tenth chapter of the book he wrote, 


"My God's tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my 
children are gone forth of me, and they are not; there is none to 
stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. For the 
pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore 
they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered." (Jer. 

Unless a man is called of God he is useless in God's harvest field 
today. God's ministers must be filled with the Holy Ghost, they must 
know God's word and obey it and keep the old landmarks intact. 

Nineteen centuries have rolled by since the Judean sun shed its 
morning beams over the empty tomb of the Lord and the angels 
proclaimed the glad tidings, "He is not here, but is risen." The Son is 
exalted, He is at the Father's right hand, He reigns "King of kings and 
Lord of lords." He is coming again. When He was here He said in the 
day of the coming of the Son of Man it shall be as it was in the days of 
Noah. Today the world is filled with violence as it was then. We have 
men of renown, great scientists, great statesmen, great politicians 
and yet every one of them are unable to quench the wave of crime 
that is sweeping this earth today. 

We are facing a new year. No one but God knows what it shall 
bring to us, but God does know. Tremendous issues are at stake. It 
behooves every follower of Jesus Christ to be alert, active, working 
for Christ. The world is seething in unrest, man and women are 
rushing blindly to destruction. The springs of the year are foaming 

The principles of righteousness must be implanted in the rising 
generation if they would be able to breast the under-current of crime 
and wickedness that is seeking to drag them down. If we would 
understand the movements of men today there is no place half so 
good to go to find out as God's word. He has told what to expect in 
the latter days. One is, a falling away from God; another is Sunday 
desecration and neglecting the church. 

Daily, hourly, invisible fingers are recording every act and thought 
and word of my life and yours for the book of remembrance that God 
keeps of each one of us. Will they bear the searchlight of eternal 
truth? If they will, what a glad thought, free from sin, bound with 
righteousness. If they will not, what a sad withering thought, free in 
respect of righteousness, chained with sin. Sin is a dreadful master. 

We may think a thing is so small it does not matter much, and I 
desire it so much. What an awful mistake. No matter how small the 
wrong may be, it is sin; sin brings us under condemnation, and 
condemnation means eternal death. How much Jesus is expecting of 


me and you during 1937? Will we disappoint Him? Will we prove the 
firmness of our Christian character by striving to create a pure and 
en-nobling atmosphere around us. Our lives are either marring or 
beautifying the souls of those around us. 


There are some who feel that no person is a saint. Because some 
believe that only certain holy people should be made saints, who can 
then intercede on the behalf of others, we turn away from the idea 
that we are saints. 

One of the definitions of saints in the dictionary that we have is: 
Any baptized believer in Christ according to the New Testament. 

So we look into the New Testament, but we also find the word, 
"saints," many times in the Old Testament, as well. 

I Sam. 2:9, "He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall 
be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail." Although 
"saints" is not used in this context see concerning "feet". Psalm 40:2, 
Isaiah 5:27, Ephesians 6:15. 

In the prayer of Solomon at the dedication of the temple, II 
Chronicles 6:41 "Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting 
place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be 
clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. 

From here to Zechariah 14:15 the word "saints" is found thirty-one 
times, sometimes from a word meaning, kind, pious, godly, good, 
holy, merciful. Sometimes from a word meaning sacred, either 
ceremonially or morally. 

The word "saints" in the New Testament comes from a word 
meaning pure, blameless, religious, ceremonially consecrated. 

Does this frighten you? 

Called to be saints. Romans 1 :7, "To all that be in Rome, beloved 
of God, called to be saints: Grace to you, and peace, from God our 
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 1 :2, "Unto the church 
of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, 
called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of 
Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours." 

In II Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 
1 :2, Paul addresses the Christians as saints. 

The faith was once delivered to the saints. Jude 3, "Beloved, when 
I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was 
needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should 
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the 


The prayers of the saints are precious, Revelation 5:8, "And when 
he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell 
down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden 
vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints." Revelation 8:3-4, 
"And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden 
censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should 
offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was 
before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with 
the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's 

The saints overcome. Revelation 19:8, "And to her was granted 
that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine 
linen is the righteousness of saints." Revelation 20:9, "And they went 
up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints 
about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of 
heaven, and devoured them." 

If we then are called saints, because we are baptized into Christ, 
let us live and walk like saints. This is the prayer of your unworthy 
servant. God bless us all to His purpose. 

Brother William Carpenter 


Hymn #666 

"...for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." Mark 3:1 1 . 

All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down. In the 
second chapter of Acts we read about the Holy Ghost coming among 
the people. Verse one tells us they were in one accord in one place. 
They had surrendered themselves fully to Him. They were waiting for 
Him. They were of one mind and one purpose. Then, "suddenly 
there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it 
filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto 
them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them. And 
they were filled with the Holy Ghost..." We realize that this was the 
initial manifestation of the Holy Spirit. 

We need not expect cloven tongues of fire, but we need to expect 
Him. All is vain unless He comes down. Our work for God must be 
His work. Also, our work for God must be accompanied by 
obedience, as those in the upper room who waited for Him. They 
were told to tarry until they be endued with power from on high. They 
did so. 


All is vain unless the Spirit 
Of the Holy One comes down. 
Brethren, pray and Holy manna 
Will be showered all around. 
It is easy to fall into form. We gather together on the Lord's Day at 
the prescribed time, we sing two or three hymns, and the 
superintendent comes forward and reads a scripture and prays. Then 
we have Sunday School. Then the Brethren take over. Some of us 
may say, "Oh no, it is Brother so-and-so's turn to preach." Let us 
rather pray that the Holy Spirit would influence the speaker, and that 
He would be present in the services. We all have favorites, but we 
should rather beg God's will into our lives and the Holy Ghost's 
presence in what is said. What lessons hath God for me this day? 

Much preparation goes into a message, but the best preaching I 
ever heard came when a preacher found out he was preaching and 
had no chance to prepare. The Holy Ghost stepped in. The Holy 
Ghost called upon all the Bible reading and prayer the Brother had 
engaged in for many years and called these things to remembrance. 
For it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. This does not mean 
that we should not prepare. But if we immerse ourselves daily in His 
Word and prayer, the Holy Ghost bearing witness, we will be ready 
when we are called upon, whether it be in the church, or by the 

Christ will call us home to heaven; 
At his table we'll sit down; 
Christ will gird himself and serve us 
With sweet manna all around. 
We have sat at quite a number of Lovefeasts over the years, but as 
good and wonderful as they are and as blessed as we were to be 
there, there is no comparison to this, our heavenly home. Imagine, to 
be served by Jesus! Another hymn says: 
Jesus paid it all! 
All to Him I owe! 
Sin had left a crimson stain: 
He washed it white as snow! 
We kneel and in utter desperation call out to Him to be saved. As 
Peter when Jesus bid him walk on the water, Jesus does the rest! All 
is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down! 

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



Singing The Message Of Christ 

Singing has not been a part of the Navajo culture; at least not until 
they were introduced to Christian songs. One song they can 
especially relate to is "There'll Be No Dark Valley When Jesus 
Comes." Nothing can compare to a group of well-scrubbed, bright- 
eyed Navajo children enthusiastically singing "Jesus loves me this 1 
know, for the Bible tells me so." 

On various occasions we have gone to the hogans and homes to 
sing the message of Christ. It is a memorable experience to stand 
under the bright desert stars in front of an open door with a roanng 
fire in the barrel stove while little brown-faced and bare-footed 
children stand watching as they listen to the Gospel message in song. 

Brother David Skiles 


Our annual revival, August 16 through 25, with Bro. Ray Reed of 
Dallas Center, Iowa as evangelist is now history. Bro. Reed, a very 
sincere and concerned Brother in the Lord brought a number of soul 
searching and dynamic sermons from the scriptures. The meeting 
was fairly well attended by various denominations and outside people, 
but partially due to the fact that our revival announcement did not 
make it to the Bible Monitor few of the Brethren and Sisters from other 
congregations came. However, eighteen surrounded the Lord's table 
with Bro. Reed officiating. Other visiting ministers were Elder Rudy 
Shaffer and our Elder Bro. Ray Stuber. 

No new members were added to our number. I feel that the good 
seed of the Gospel has been sown, and it seems Satan is trying his 
best to destroy it. We all need to be strong pillars in the Lord's work 
and getting stronger daily as time is running out and it will be too late 

to work. 

At our last council meeting the church decided to have both a 
Spring and Fall revival meeting. Our Spring revival is scheduled for 
March 22 to March 30 with Bro. Paul Hartz, Palmyra, Pennsylvania as 
evangelist. There will not be a Spring Lovefeast. We will be glad to 
have as many visiting as can come each evening at 7:30. 

Please pray for the Swallow Falls Church, the members and the 
work here. The harvest truly is ripe. Many are the people who are 
lost in sin, but the reapers to bring them in are few. We do not have 
much longer to work for our Master. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder, Cor. 



Januarys - The Value Of The Law - 1 Timothy 1:1-13. 

1 . What is "The end of the commandment"? 

2. Paul said the law is for whom? 

January 12 - The Value Of Grace - 1 Timothy 1:14-20. 

1 . By what was Timothy to war a good warfare? 

2. Name some causes of spiritual shipwreck. 
January 19 - One God And One Mediator - 1 Timothy 2:1-7. 

1 . What is God's universal call to mankind? 

2. Why is there only "one mediator between God and men"? 
January 26 - Authority - I Timothy 2:8-15. 

1 . Explain the relationship of authority and headship. 

2. What does Paul mean, "she shall be saved in 



Januarys -Abiding in Christ - John 15:1-12, I John 2:2,28. 

1 . How can we truly abide in Christ? 

2. Why should we abide in Christ? 

January 12 - Daily Worship - Dan. 6:1-13, Psalm 61:8, Luke 9:23. 

1 . How did Daniel's daily worship of God prepare him for life? 

2. Explain the words of Jesus, "Take up His cross daily". 
January 19 - Associations - Ex. 23:2, Psalm 1:1-2, II Cor. 6:14-18. 

1 . Why is the majority often wrong? 

2. Explain the importance of physical, mental and spiritual 
separation from evil. 

January 26 - Expression Of Self - Psalm 100:2, Psalm 147:1, Phil. 

1 . How should we express our self to God? 

2. Explain how even our thoughts are an expression of 
ourselves to God.